Charles E. Burelison, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at his home. Born April 20, 1931, in Eaton, he was the son of Elmer Virgil ‚ÄúJack‚ÄĚ and Lillian Esther (Mumaugh) Burelison.
He attended Northside High School, Fort Wayne and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. On July 14, 1951, he married Barbara A. Middleton at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and they have always lived in Whitley County. For 35 years he worked at Dana Corporation, Churubusco.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the third of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Beatles wrote a song about it. Teenagers dream about it. Vacations begin and end with it. Driving a car. For Paul Gates, 83, of Columbia City, driving was a pleasure. Gates remembers his first car, a 1932 Chevy bought in 1947.
‚ÄúCars were a lot different back then,‚ÄĚ Gates said. ‚ÄúThey were fast enough. Now a days these cars can go way too fast.‚ÄĚ
Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Whitley County tallied 3.1 inches of snow Wednesday. Right, a wooded area on County Road 150 North near Johnson Road is blanketed with snow.
Shelley S. Zawacki-Boggess, 51, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:38 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her home. Born Nov. 10, 1961, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Bill L. Maloney and Marilyn R. (Yeatts) Maloney-Schafer.
Born and raised in the Churubusco area, she moved to Chicago in 1985 where she lived for 23 years before moving to Florida for two years and finally returning to Whitley County.
Allen Fugate, 86, of Washington Township, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky a son of George and Karsan (Miller) Fugate.
His formative years were spent in Kentucky where he completed his education.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. On April 6, 1947, he was united in marriage to Clara Ellen Hawn. They always made their home on the same farm in Washington Township. Mrs. Fugate died Jan. 28, 2010.
Gregory W. Ranly , 65, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, Gregory worked as a Advanced Planning Coordinator with Dana for 38 years.
He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and Purdue University, a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, and a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Bryan R. Culp, 31, of Columbia City, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1981, in Fort Wayne, a son of Daniel R. and Vickie S. (Swonger) Culp. His formative years were spent in Laud, Fort Wayne and Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School.
He worked two years at Super Market Services in Fort Wayne, seven years at the Wal Mart Distribution Center in Garrett and since August 2011 at Reelcraft in Columbia City.
Basketball tournaments begin tomorrow, as Columbia City and Churubusco‚Äôs boys are slated to play two games at CCHS Friday, before finishing the tournament at Carroll High School Saturday.
Above, Columbia City‚Äôs Jon Simmons looks for an open teammate.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The county‚Äôs first snow storm caused a fatal crash Wednesday night on U.S. 30.A New Jersey man was pronounced dead on the scene, and two more were taken to the hospital with leg and shoulder injuries.
John Knauer, 50, of Wenonah, N.J. died after he lost control of the SUV he was driving, rolling it several times. His passengers, John Knauer Jr., 31 and Daniel Nevius, 26, escaped with non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the second of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Sometimes ignoring advice can lead to interesting results. Columbia City Attorney Terry L. Smith received a piece of advice when he was early in his law practice that he obeyed at first, but has since quit following, with interesting results.
‚ÄúWhen I began my practice, one of the Gates told me, ‚Äėnever talk to a reporter and never express an opinion.‚Äô And I did that at first,‚ÄĚ Smith said.