Brian Lee Baker, 53, departed this life on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 at his home in Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1958, to Paul and Jo Ann Baker in Fort Wayne, Brian graduated from Whitko High School.
He worked at Dana Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 2007. Brian enjoyed all sports.
Dorothy J. Mittendorf, 86, a resident of Huntertown, died at 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Garrett.
She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Summitville, a daughter of Stephen and Myrtle (Poindexter) Ellsworth.
On Feb. 1, 1947, she was married to Ralph Mittendorf, Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph, Jr.; her son, David L. Mittendorf of Huntertown; a brother, Jerome J. Ellsworth of Dearborn, Mich.; a sister, Barbara Weber of Rock Island, Ill.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Howard S. Strader, 82, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:58 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Oct. 13, 1929, in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of William and Mildred (McPhillen) Strader.
He was a resident of Allen County until moving to Whitley County in 1951.
He attended St. Joe Township Schools, Allen County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Electric Department put the finishing touch on a nearly two-year project Friday.
The department, doing most of the work in its spare time, has successfully changed out over 4,500 electric meters, the device that measures the amount of electric energy consumed by a residence, business, or electronically powered device.
Two years ago the city was contacted to gauge interest in purchasing an over-stock of meters at a discount price.
â€śWe got them for a very inexpensive price,â€ť said Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone.
PERU â€” Both Whitkoâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams are advancing to the championship games at the Peru tournament tonight.
The girls won the tournament last season and are looking to do the same this year after a 69-48 win over LaVille Thursday night.
The Lady Wildcats (5-6) face host Peru (4-7) tonight in the championship game at 6 p.m.
The boys picked up their second win of the season Thursday against Peru, 66-50.
Logan Irwin had six 3-pointers in his 34 points.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys basketball team combined for 149 points in two games Thursday at its holiday shoot-out.
Columbia Cityâ€™s gym hosted six games between six schools and the Eagles finished the day undefeated, beating Prairie Heights and East Noble.
The hosts beat Prairie Heights by 71 points, scoring 94 and holding the 2-7 Panthers to 23 points.
The Eagles had a 50-15 lead at halftime.
Drew Benedict and Drew Burnsworth combined for five 3-pointers in the first half, eight on the game and 16 on the day.
Mark your calendar for these Whitley County events and activities:
Patriots will host
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County Patriots will host State Sen. Jim Banks and State Rep. Kathy Heuer at their next meeting, open to the public, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 7 p.m. at The Church of the Nazarene, 506 N. Main St.
The discussion will center on give-and-take about the upcoming legislative session. Also, Brendon Boudreau will attend to discuss Right to Work.
Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food items for local charitable food pantries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City resident Gary Fouts and his siblings did as many children do around the holidays while growing up in the 1960s: They wrote letters.
Theirs, however, were not to Santa Claus.
Gary, then 13, his brother Melvin, 14, sisters Jane Ann, 12 and Bonnie, 5, instead sent their holiday greetings to the White House; more specifically, to the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson.
â€śWe sent them every year when we were kids,â€ť said Fouts.
Evelyn M. (Gipe) Schinbeckler-Tolliver, 93, formerly of Lake Wawasee, Syracuse, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community, Fort Wayne where she resided for the past seven years.
Born July 24, 1918, on the Gipe family farm, at Ind. 9 and CR 500 N. in Thorncreek Township, she was the oldest child of seven children to Earl E. and Zora S. (Shock) Gipe-Hodson.
MIDDLEBURY â€” Col-umbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team finished its holiday tournament at Northridge Wednesday with a win over Andrean and a loss to Homestead.
The Lady Eagles started the day against the 0-12 Andrean 59ers, winning 61-15 over a young team.
â€śThey had a lot of girls decide not to play at the last minute,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Amy Shearer said. â€śTheyâ€™re playing a lot of young girls and theyâ€™re working hard.â€ť