COLUMBIA CITY â For five of the last six years, Tom Rethlake has served as chairman for the Whitley County Board of Commissioners.
Rethlake has announced he will be stepping down from the position.
He will remain on the board as a commissioner.
Commissioner Don Amber will take over the duties as chairman.
According to Rethlake, the county has a policy that a chairman generally only serves for two years at a time.
Isabel I. Kitson-Bishop, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:28 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at her home.
Born Oct. 7, 1921, in St. Joseph County, she was the daughter of Marvin and Pearl (Enders) Odiorne.
She spent her childhood in St. Joseph County. On March 10, 1942, she married Monroe Kitson, in Goshen. She and her husband raised their family on a farm near Tri-Lakes where they resided for many years before moving to Columbia City.
Dennis Crampton, 64, formerly of Columbia City, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 in San Diego.
He was born in Fort Wayne Sept. 14, 1947.
He grew up in the Tri-Lakes area near Columbia City and enjoyed swimming, boating, fishing, baseball, and track.
He graduated high school at Columbia City Joint High School in 1965, and from Purdue University in 1971 with a degree in electrical engineering.
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 â 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 âJoeâ 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 â 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. Josephâs Catholic Church, they moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., moving to Columbia City in 1960.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) â 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 â 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, âBusco 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.