Archive - Obituary
March 25, 1927 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 29, 2014
Deloris F. Frane, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born March 25, 1927 in Auburn, she was the daughter of Glen and Io Evalyn (Bilderback) Stanton.
Deloris married Darwin Frane Dec. 29, 1986 and had worked at L.S. Ayres and Macy‚Äôs for over 10 years in Fort Wayne. In 2009, she moved to Columbia City from Fort Wayne. ‚ÄúShe was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.‚ÄĚ
Jan. 17, 1946 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 28, 2014
Lyle G. Hill, 68, of South Whitley, died at 9:14 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at his home.
He was born Jan. 17, 1946, in Wolf Lake, a son of Earl L. and Aileen M. (Goodrich) Hill. His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1965.
On June 1, 1965 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged April 1, 1971.
He was employed at Klingaman Welding & Repair, Waugh Drainage, Moose Lodge and lastly PTG.
Sharon A. Keller Diemer, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Sharon was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert Diemer, of Columbia City; son, William (Dianna) Diemer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Debra (Jim) Byerline, of Columbia City, Sondra (Jerry) Hughes, of Fort Wayne and Stephanie Hayes, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother, Herschel Keller, of Atlanta, Ga.
Sharon was preceded in death by her son, Roger Diemer.
June 24, 1937 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 25, 2014
Norma L. Wells, 77, of Columbia City, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 24, 1937 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Earl and Marguerite (Unger) Jacobs. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
On April 12, 1957 she was united in marriage to Russell G. Wells at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1971 when they moved northwest of Columbia City.
Aug. 28, 1978 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 25, 2014
Jason Paul Watson, age 36, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:31 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at his residence. Born Aug. 28, 1978 in Fort Atkinson, Wis., he was the son of Dan and Cheryl (Lilly) Watson.
Jason attended Whitley County schools and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1998. He attended Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Jason worked in automotive sales and was also proud to be a stay at home dad.
He enjoyed playing poker, watching Green Bay Packers football, traveling to Wisconsin and playing video games.
Nov. 27, 1936 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 21, 2014
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Nov. 27, 1936 in Coudersport, Pa., he was the son of George ‚ÄúWill‚ÄĚ and Violet (Peet) Atkinson.
He graduated from Coudersport High School with the Class of 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force with time spent in Labrador. In 1961, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology.
Oct. 27, 1912 ‚ÄĒ Dec. 18, 2014
Florence E. Keiser, 102, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Muncie where she had been a resident since March.
She was born Oct. 27, 1912 in Whitley County, a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Belle (Smith) Schrader. Her formative years were spent in Columbia Township where she had perfect attendance at the Schrader School all eight years.
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Please check the Tuesday paper for visitation and funeral times.
Aug. 15, 1920 - Dec. 17, 2014
Corwin A. ‚ÄúCorky‚ÄĚ Draper, 94, of Huntington, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at The Heritage of Huntington.
Corwin was born Aug. 15, 1920 in Huntington, a son of Joseph A. and Edith C. (Dinius) Draper.
He was united in marriage to Margaret K. Weiford on July 17, 1943 in Huntington. His wife survives. Additional survivors include four children. He was preceded in death by a brother.
April 22, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2014
Joan A. ‚ÄúSmoke‚ÄĚ Heinley, 84, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Heritage of Huntington where she had been a resident since January 2011.
She was born April 22, 1930 in the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, a daughter of Virgil E. and Ethel M. (Schinbeckler) Heinley. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School and attended college in Kentucky.
She was employed at Mullendore‚Äôs Confectionary for many years, Chamberlin Products for over 10 years and Viking Inc. for 14 years.