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May 12th, 2014

Doris Simmons, 76

May 12, 2014

Doris E. Simmons, 76, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014, at her Goose Lake home. She was born on January 31, 1938, in Lodi, Ohio and was the daughter of Elmer K. and Cleo E. (Hite) Brown.
She spent her childhood in Lodi, Ohio before moving to Fort Wayne and finally settling in Columbia City, most recently at Goose Lake. She attended Central High School. She married James A. Simmons Aug. 30, 1968, in Columbia City.
She was a homemaker for most of her life but was employed by Kroger’s in the Deli for 10 years before retiring in 2004.

Carl “Al” Heck, 77

May 12, 2014

Carl Allen “Al” Heck, 77, of North Webster, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home.
He was born on March 23, 1937, in Fort Wayne, to Joseph Franklin and Sarah Jane (McKeever) Heck.
He grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated in 1955 from Northside High School in Fort Wayne.
He was married on July 5, 1960, in North Webster, to Sandra S. “Sandy” Shock who survives.

Paul Konger, 83

May 12, 2014

Paul T. Konger, 83, a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at his home in Green Township following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Konger was born on the family farm in Green Township Aug. 26, 1930, a son of Clarence and Mildred (Emge) Konger, and spent his entire lifetime there.
He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1948, and retired from Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne in 1991 after 30 years. He was also engaged in farming in Green Township most of his adult life.

Merlin Rice, 67

May 12, 2014

Merlin Ray Rice, 67, of rural Albion passed away peacefully at his home at 10:40 a.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014.
He was born July 14, 1946, a son of Merlin A. and Mary A. (Baker) Rice.
He completed his grade school education in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1964. On Aug. 4, 1966, he entered the U.S. Army. He received an honorable discharge July 14, 1968.
He returned to the area where he became a career long journeyman pipefitter working out of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 166, Fort Wayne.

Samuel S. Keirn, 17

May 12, 2014

Samuel Sherm Keirn, 17, of South Whitley died peacefully with his mother at his side during a doctor visit in Fort Wayne, Thursday, May 8, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.
He was born Nov. 28, 1996 in Columbia City to Sherm S. and Diana L. (McNamara) Keirn. He was a life-long resident of South Whitley. He completed his elementary education at South Whitley and Whitko Middle School and was a junior at Whitko High School.

May 9th

Albert Curless, 96

May 9, 2014

Albert Curless, 96, of Columbia City, died at 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day.
He was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Wabash County to Earl and Grace (McKinley) Curless. He grew up in Wabash County, and later moved to the Arcola area where he graduated from Arcola High School. In 1936 he moved to the Columbia City area.
He was united in marriage to Margaret E. Roemer Dec. 24, 1937. They made their home at Goose Lake for 10 years, moving to their home in Columbia City in 1979.

Ellen Schaefer, 91

May 9, 2014

Ellen M. Schaefer, 91, of rural Columbia City, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at her home.
She was born March 25, 1923, in Columbia City, to Grant M. and Belle (Walker) Knight. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
She was united in marriage to Earl G. Schaefer May 4, 1940. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to their home in Union Township around 1960. Mr. Schaefer died July 7, 2002.
She was employed at Supermarket Service in Fort Wayne for 10 years.

May 8th

David Zeigler, 71

May 8, 2014

David L. Zeigler, 71, of Churubusco, passed away Monday, May 5, 2014, at his home in Churubusco.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 45 years, Bonnie Zeigler of Churubusco; his children, Matthew (Julie) Zeigler of Logansport, Julie (Greg) Hubbart of New Haven, and Mark (Melissa) Zeigler of Columbia City; brother, William (Rosemary) Berry of Churubusco; and eight grandchildren
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Weaver.

Elaine M. Hesting, 72

May 8, 2014

Elaine M. Hesting, 72, of Columbia City passed away at 6 a.m. Tuesday May 6, 2014 at her home. Elaine was born Jan. 24, 1942, in Winston, Conn. She was the daughter of Claude Brot and Alice (LaFountain) Harrington, Sr.
She graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School, Lafayette, with the Class of 1960. She married Marvin R. Hesting June 18, 1960. They made their home in rural Whitley County for the last 53 years.

Richard Ellison, 94

May 8, 2014

S. Richard Ellison, 94, of Kosciusko County, passed away at 11:35 am Monday, May 5, 2014 in his residence.
He was born Sept. 10, 1919, in Huntington County to Samuel Edward and Ida Mae (Gesaman) Ellison.
He was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Penn Feb. 16, 1945, in Huntington. She preceded him in death June 26, 2012.
Richard graduated from Andrews High School in 1937 then he moved from Huntington to his Monroe Township Farm in 1950.

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