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November 26th, 2014

Helen Baxley, 83

November 26, 2014

Oct. 6, 1931 — Nov. 23, 2014
Helen L. Baxley, 83, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at her home.
Born Oct. 6, 1931 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Keith and Berniece (Wood) Leininger.
She grew up on her family farm outside of Columbia City and graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1949.
On April 17, 1953, she married Harley L. Baxley. The two had met while working together at U.S. Rubber.

Virginia Smith, 87

November 26, 2014

Sept. 18, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014
Virginia Ruth Smith, 87, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, a daughter of Frank and Viola (Hicks) Cherry.
Her husband is Herman Smith. She has three step-children, one sister and one brother. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three half sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation after 10 a.m. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

James Bowles III, 48

November 26, 2014

Dec. 6, 1965 — Oct. 17, 2014
James”Jimmy” Harvey Bowles III, 48, of Little Rock, Ark. passed away Friday afternoon Oct. 17, 2014.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his father James Harvey Bowles, Jr. and his grandparents James Harvey Bowles, Sr. and Dollie Mae Bowles.
He is survived by his mother Sandi Bowles Chaffin, sisters; Cathy Lee (Tim), Denise Carroll (John), Sandra Bowles Johnson; brother, Ellis Ray Chaffin; aunt, Alison Furge (Jay); uncle, Denis Glenn (Anita) along with many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Jean Benson, 99

November 26, 2014

Oct. 3, 1915 — Nov. 24, 2014
Jean M. Benson, 99, of Columbia City, died Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014 at Parkiew Pointe where she had been a resident since 2006.
She was born Oct. 3, 1915 in Columbia City, a daughter of Delmor and Ethel (Reese) Mosher. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1933 and International Business College.
She was employed at Farmers Loan and Trust, Woolen Mill and was a Deputy for Whitley County Auditor.

November 24th

Georgia Reeg, 96

November 24, 2014

Jan. 28, 1918 — Nov. 21, 2014
Georgia Louise (Menzie) Reeg, 96, passed away peacefully at 11:55 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, with her loving family surrounding her.
She was born the daughter of Charles J. and Mary B. (Gawthrop) Menzie in Washington Township, near Pierceton, in Kosciusko County.
Georgia grew up on Twin Pines Farms, the Menzie family homestead, in Kosciusko County, which was in the family for more than 100 years. She attended Pierceton Schools, graduating as Salutatorian from Pierceton High School with the Class of 1935.

November 21st

Kevin Minnix, 48

November 21, 2014

April. 5, 1966 — Nov. 18, 2014
Kevin Joel Minnix, 48, of Columbia City, died Tuesday evening, Nov. 18, 2014.
He was born April 5, 1966 in Columbia City, a son of Mendell and Irma Sue (Lovely) Minnix.
He made his home in Columbia City with the exception of 1980 to 1985, when he was in Cleveland, OH.
He was employed at C&H Concrete, Kilgore Manufacturing and Corporate Construction.

November 19th

Abigail Delaney

November 19, 2014

Oct. 28, 2014
Abigail Sukie Kim Delaney, beloved daughter of Sr. Airman William and Sonya Hye-Min (Kim) Delaney, was stillborn Oct. 28, 2014 in Suwon, Gyonggi-do, South Korea.
Abigail is survived by her parents of Columbia City; grandparents, Thomas Delaney and Kelly Davenport of Columbia City and Kim Jong-Goo and Lee Sook-Hee of Gumi, North Gyeongsang, South Korea and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A private family service will be held in December.

Ervin Geiger, 93

November 19, 2014

Sept. 28, 1921 — Nov. 14, 2014
Ervin D. Geiger, 93, of rural Albion, formerly of Columbia City, died at 8:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at his home.
He was born Sept. 28, 1921 in Whitley County a son of Forrest and Hazel (Pippenger) Geiger.
On April 9, 1942 he was united in marriage to Francis Ruth Jackson. Mrs. Geiger died Oct. 29, 2009.

William Sizemore, 58

November 19, 2014

Dec. 31, 1955 - Nov. 17, 2014
William B. Sizemore, 58, a former resident of South Whitley, passed away at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
William “Wills” was born in Prestonsburg, Kent. on Dec. 31, 1955, a son of Henry and Bess (Hubbard) Sizemore. His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
He is survived by his sisters, Arie Sue Mann, Louise Rodman, Henrietta Leonard, Blanche Kilander and Dora Gable.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Juanita Castle, brother Jim Sizemore, brother-in-law Mike Kilander; 11 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

Dora Carroll, 96

November 19, 2014

April 7, 1918 - Nov. 18, 2014
Dora Belle Carroll, 96, a former resident of South Whitley, died 4:50 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 18, 2014 at The Oaks where she had resided since Oct. 2013.
She was born April 7, 1918 in Whitley County, a daughter of Christian John Lewis Dreyer and Sylvia Belle (Arnett) Dreyer. She spent her formative years in Washington Township where she graduated from Washington Center High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Manchester College and master’s in teaching from University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne.

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