Archive - Obituary
September 30th, 2014
Aug. 20, 1921 â€” Sept. 24, 2014
Max R. Secrist, 93, of rural Columbia City, died at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at his home. He was born August 20, 1921, in Urbana, to Adam and Florence Edna (Huffer) Secrist.
Max was a 1940 graduate of Atwood High School. He married Virginia Kreger in Warsaw Feb. 22, 1942. She died July 11, 2007.
He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran. Max retired from Conrail Feb. 22, 1982, after 40 years, where he was a conductor and a brakeman.
March 27, 1963 â€” Sept. 25, 2014
Michael A. Hoover, 51, of Wolcottville, passed away at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at his home at Atwood Lake.
Mike was born March 27, 1963, in Columbia City and was the son of Rex H. and Kay A. (Patten) Hoover.
He had started working at Scottâ€™s Restaurant in South Whitley and some part time jobs before working at Dwyer Instruments from 1984 until 1999. He then worked at AutoLiv for a few years and in 2003, he started working for Wal-Mart in Columbia City and the past two years at the Kendallville store.
Aug. 4, 1931 â€” Sept. 27, 2014
Rev. J. Phillip Blake, 83, formerly of Columbia City, died at 9:42 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at North Ridge Village Nursing and Rehab in Albion where he had been a resident since April 2011.
He was born Aug. 4, 1931, in Delaware County, a son of Joseph H. and Ruth E. (Jackson) Blake.
Phil spent seven years on the farm his great-grandfather homesteaded in 1859 in the Alexandria area. He was educated in the Madison County School system and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1949.
July 25, 1934 â€” Sept. 27, 2014
L. DeWayne Gable, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at his home.
He was born July 25, 1934 in Whitley County, a son of the late Delmar and Ethel (Miller) Gable.
His formative years were spent in the South Whitley area. He graduated from South Whitley High School.
On March 17, 1956 he was united in marriage to Shirley O. McGrath. They made their home at Gable Acres in rural South Whitley.
In 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to his farm in rural South Whitley.
Roger D. Geiger, 87, of Albion, passed away at 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born March 11, 1927, in Noble County, he was the son of Harold and Treva (Ritter) Geiger.
He attended Wolf Lake Schools. He worked at Liberty Coach in Syracuse and retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne. He was also a lifetime farmer and drove school bus for Wolf Lake.
After the loss of his first wife, Roger married Joan Fruchey Nov. 30, 1999, at West Point Church, where he also had attended.
Sept. 20, 1945 â€” Sept. 20, 2014
Barbara J. VanWey, 69, of South Whitley, passed away peacefully at her home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She had been in failing health.
She was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Logansport, a daughter of the late Von and Francis (McWhinney) Anderson.
Her formative years were spent in Rochester and Warsaw. She graduated from Warsaw High School in 1964. She then completed flight attendant school.
On June 26, 1965, she was united in marriage to James Van Wey. They have always made their home in South Whitley.
Dec. 30, 1930 â€” Sept. 23, 2014
Robert Lee Watson, 83, died at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, where he had been a resident since June.
He was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Wells County, a son of William Henry and Constance (Moore) Watson.
He spent his formative years in Etna Troy Township and attended Larwill High School.
He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War and fought in the Battle of Pusan.
Jan. 16, 1912 â€” Sept. 22, 2014
Emanuel â€śSnickâ€ť N. Geiger, 102, of Churubusco, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home in Churubusco.
Mr. Geiger was born Jan. 16, 1912, in Rome City, a son of Emanuel A. and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger. He spent his formative years in Churubusco.
On April 17, 1929, he was married in Churubusco to Mabel Marie Cotton.
He was a long time Smith Township farmer, also drove school bus, and was an antique dealer.
Mr. Geiger attended Blue River Church of the Brethren and taught Sunday school at the United Brethren Church.
May 17, 1927 â€” Sept. 21, 2014
Gloria A. Oldt, 87 of South Whitley, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at The Oaks, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since 2012.
She was born May 17, 1927, in South Whitley, a daughter of the late Paul and Iva (Tschantz) Lehman.
Her formative years were spent in South Whitley and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
Sept. 2, 1940 â€” Sept. 4, 2014
Carl Lee â€śButchâ€ť Gipson, 74, of Rome City, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at 4:30 a.m. in his residence.
He had lived in Rome City for 13 years, coming from Alaska where he lived for 11 years. Prior to that, he resided in Columbia City. He was a graduate of Columbia City High School.
Mr. Gipson retired in 1989 after 30 years with Navistar in Fort Wayne. He worked as an engineer in the sheet metal department.
He was a member of Elks Lodge #1417 in Columbia City.