Archive - Obituary
May 27th, 2014
Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully May 24, 2014.
The elder daughter of Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton, Beverley was born July 31, 1927 in the old Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living in the country on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City Schools and Columbia City High School.
Oct. 26, 1927 â May 25, 2014
R. Choleene Leinker, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 26, 1927, in South Whitley, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner.
She lived in South Whitley until 1941 then moved to Fort Wayne for 10 years, where she attended North Side High School, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla.
She then moved to North Webster, where she lived until 2000 finally settling at her present home in Columbia City.
Norma Jean Keppler, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead Nursing Home.
Born May 28, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Isaac Franklin âFrankâ and Clara Elizabeth (Murphy) Overholser.
Norma will be lovingly remembered by her family.
Evelyn Magley Coleman Duffield, 92, of Kingsport passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Asbury Place.
March 21, 1937 â Oct. 3, 2013
Sharon Louise Beard, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark. since Sept. 1997, died Oct. 3, 2013.
She was born March 21, 1937, in Columbia City, a daughter of Forrest W. and Jean (Staley) Zumbrun. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
On Aug. 21, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald R. Beard in Jefferson Township. Mr. Beard preceded her in death in 1992.
June 9, 1950 â May 19, 2014
Margaret E. (Hiss) Thompson, 63, of Kissimmee, (formerly of Elkhart), passed away, May 19, 2014, with her husband âboyfriend,â of 41, years lovingly at her side.
She was born June 9, 1950, in Garrett, to Robert and Anna (Felke) Hiss and married Richard Thompson June 1, 1973.
Together they built and nurtured a blended family with sons Rick (Glenda) Thompson, Kerry (Dawn) Thompson, Kristopher (Laurie) Thompson, Mark (Jacqui) Pedley, and son-in-law Bob Storlie. Their daughters include Tina Thompson, Kristie (Maurice) Conley, and Kelli Storlie.
Oct. 13, 1995 â May 22, 2014
Kaylin Renee Pratt, 18, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving and caring family.
Born Oct. 13, 1995, in Gary, she was the daughter of Donald Mark Pratt and Michelle J. (Blewett) Pratt, who survive her.
She has spent most of her life in South Whitley and attended Pierceton Elementary School. Kaylin was a member of Turning Point Church in South Whitley.
Phillip D. Meier, of Woodstock, passed away May 8, 2014, after a short stay at JourneyCare Hospice of Woodstock.
He was the last survivor of seven siblings, born to Henry and Doris Meier of Columbia City.
Phil was awarded an early high school diploma so that he could join the service in World War II. After the war, he attended business school. Coupled with a sharp mind, a will of iron, and a strict work ethic, he became a successful salesman and business manager for several water treatment companies.
Tracey J. Tennant, 57, of Columbia City passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He was a graduate of Columbia City Joint High School, and he was a talented landscaper, handyman and project manager.
He had a love for plants and all things green, making everything he touched beautiful. He loved spending time with his daughters and watching his grandchildren grow.
He also enjoyed mudding, bonzaing, and borinâ in his trucks, four wheelers, and beep beep jeep while giving the gristle ho sign.
Catherine M. Croghan, 88, died Monday May 12, 2014, at the Homestead Assisted Living Center in Rice Lake.
She was born in Fort Wayne July 3, 1925, a daughter of Michael and Helen Romanowski Krantz.
Catherine married Robert T. Croghan in 1945 in Fort Wayne and he preceded her in death in 1985.
She moved to this area in 2002 after spending 50 years in the Laud area. She was a housewife and homemaker, loved her flower gardens, grandchildren and did travelling in foreign countries.