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February 7th, 2014

Arthur Parry Jr., 90

February 7, 2014

Arthur W. Parry Jr., 90, of Fort Wayne, passed away Feb. 5, 2014, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, with calling one hour prior at Plymouth Congregational Church 501 W. Berry St. Fort Wayne.
Arrangements have been made by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton FH 6424 Winchester Road Fort Wayne. Visit online at

Helen Avins, 86

February 7, 2014

Helen E. Avins, 86, of rural Columbia City, died at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was born July 14, 1927 in Whitley County, a daughter of Paul and Bessie (Kalb) Raber.
Her formative years were spent in Laud where she assisted her father with the operation of Raber Grocery.
She graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1945.
On May 1, 1954, she was united in marriage to James Westley Avins.
They made their home in Laud. Mr. Avins died Feb. 19, 1990.

February 3rd

Delbert Hipshire, 80

February 3, 2014

Delbert Lee “Del” Hipshire, 80, of Columbia City, IN passed away at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, February 01, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Friday after an extended illness. He was born on March 1, 1933 in Churubusco, IN, the son of Jesse Adam and Mary Ann (Zolman) Hipshire.

Phyllis Keefer, 86

February 3, 2014

Phyllis Irene Keefer, 86, of Big Lake, Columbia City, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Norwood Health and Rehab Center, Huntington, after a brief illness.
She was born on July 31, 1927, in Allen County, to Robert J and Elsie I. (Hambleton) Young.
She graduated from Lafayette Center High School with the Class of 1945. She was married on July 4, 1947, in Kentucky to Elmer M. Keefer, Jr.
She moved to Roanoke in 1947, to Zanesville in 1989, and then moved to her present home at Big Lake in 1994.

January 29th

David Mills, 22

January 29, 2014

David J. Mills, 22, of Columbia City, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.
Born May 2, 1991, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Bill R. Mills and Pamela G. (Becker) Mills.
He attended Roanoke Baptist School until 2008 and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2009.
David received his Bachelor’s Degree from IPFW in business law in May of 2013.

Sherry Iholts, 59

January 29, 2014

Sherry L. Iholts, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at her residence, after an extended illness.
Born Oct. 22, 1954, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Martha (Graves) Kessler.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1973 and on March 26, 1983, she married Richard Iholts in Churubusco. She was a lifetime resident of Columbia City.
She worked as a transportation dispatcher at North American Van Lines prior to becoming ill. She enjoyed shopping along with feeding and watching birds.

Robert Martin, 89

January 29, 2014

Robert D. “Bob” Martin, 89, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at 12:20 a.m. in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 27, 1924, he was the son of Charles and Ruth (Steffe) Martin.
A lifelong Kosciusko County resident, Bob was a 1942 graduate of Atwood High School, Atwood.
He served with the U.S. Army in World War II. On Aug. 20, 1948, he and Patricia Harris were joined in marriage.
For 17 years he worked on the Kosciusko County Highway Department where he was a mechanic. He retired in 1990.

Craig Sherbahn, 61

January 29, 2014

Craig Eugene Sherbahn, 61, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 19, 1952. He graduated from South Whitley High School and received his bachelor of science in agriculture education in 1974 and Masters of Animal Science degree in 1977 from Purdue University.
In 1985, he began his employment with Farmers Elevator Company, now Ag Plus.
He also assisted his parents with Sherbahn Auctioneer Services.
On April 20, 1986, he was united in marriage to Pamela S. Eberly Nixon.
They have always made their home in South Whitley.

January 28th

Randall Scott

January 28, 2014

Randall W. “Randy” Scott passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in Paoli, a son to Cody W. and Lillian M. Kesterson Scott.
He moved to Larwill in 1973, and later moved to Ohio where he worked for Carpenters Amusement.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed Nascar, football, action movies, country music, camping and spending time with his family.

Marjorie Saffer, 89

January 28, 2014

Marjorie J. Saffer, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2010.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Leon B. and Blanche V. (Layman) Williams. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.

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