Donna Rae Himelick, 83, of South Whitley, fell asleep in death on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.
She is survived by her five children, Ricky J. (Diana) Kuckuck, Trudy R. (Richard) Shirey, both of South Whitley, Jan A (Marianne) Kuckuck of Columbia City, Valerie A Roebuck of Houston, April L (Richard) Gerisch of Niles Mich.; two brothers, Gay (Rosalie) Smith, G. Lee Smith, 14 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Children at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church pose for the camera in advance of their program on Christmas Eve, presented Saturday afternoon.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Charles Lee Stephens, 59, of Bradenton, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, after becoming suddenly ill.
He was born Feb. 13, 1952, in Fort Wayne, a son of Don Wesley ‚ÄúJoe‚ÄĚ and Mary Louise (Weber) Stephens.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1970.
Along with owning his own business, working for Tires Plus and Hires, he was a long-time employee of Goodyear Tire. While living in Bradenton, Fla., he was a member of the Moosehead Lodge 1223. During his life he was an avid fisher, kayaker, golfer and boater.
WABASH ‚ÄĒ Lynn Carlton Young, 93, Wabash, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at 1:07 a.m. at Wabash Skilled Care Center.
He was born in Whitley County Dec. 3, 1918, to the late Fredrick A. and Josephine R. (Butler) Young.
He served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He married Lillie Belle Starbuck Dec. 12, 1942.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Belle Young, Wabash, and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Ray.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at McDonald Funeral Home, 231 Falls Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.
Robert L. von Holdt, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, 2011 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born June 18, 1927, in Chicago, he was the son of Norbert W. and Barbara (Hessel) von Holdt.
He grew up in Chicago and graduated from Loyola Academy with the class of 1945.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946.
After his marriage to Josephine Cecelia Psenicka on Oct. 15, 1949, at St. Joseph‚Äôs Catholic Church, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., moving to Columbia City in 1960.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Authorities say a missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and a family friend who had been watching the girl is facing murder charges.
Allen County sheriff's spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said Monday night that investigators found the body of Aliahna Lemmon in the county, but he wouldn't say where.
Tinkel said 39-year-old Mike Plumadore was arrested and is being held on a murder charge. He's scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Churubusco wrestling had a strong showing Friday, competing with 15 other teams at the John McKee Invitational held at Rochester High School.
Heading into the finals, Churubusco stood in second place with 175.5 points.
The meet consisted of 14 individual wrestler brackets based on weight class. In the 106 and 113-pound weight class, ‚ÄėBusco was forced to forfeit in both the championship and wrestleback brackets.
Eagle Chase Downing, who came in as the fourth seed in the 120-pound class, earned a victory by way of forfeit, moving on to the quarter-final round.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 recently held its annual Hoop Shoot at the Indian Springs Middle School Gymnasium.
Local winners from the three county school systems were in attendance, with the winners of this contest advancing to the District event to be held in January of 2012.
Over three million boys and girls are expected to compete in this year‚Äôs Elks National Free Throw Contest (Hoop Shoot).
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ He‚Äôs undoubtedly the most popular teacher at Churubusco Junior Senior High School and while on top, he‚Äôs retiring.
Gary Smith knows when to exit, stage left.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm on the top of my game and I know this is the right time to retire,‚ÄĚ said Smith, a social studies teacher.
Smith took over at CJSHS when long-time teacher Paul Daily retired 22 years ago.
Smith served four years in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Indiana University in 1980.
Jan M. Lambert, 78, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, in Fort Wayne.
Born in Redkey, he graduated from Muncie Central High School.
Jan worked as a electrician with General Electric for 42 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1997.
Surviving are his wife, Becky S. Lambert of Fort Wayne; daughter, Cathy (William) Howard of Columbia City; daughter, Debra (Tim) Minnick; son, Michael Lambert of Tennessee; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents Lloyd M. and Madge Cedora Lambert, a son, Scott Lambert and brother Lloyd Kent Lambert.