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September 13th, 2011

Evelyn Bobilya, 95

September 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Evelyn M. Bobilya, 95, of Columbia City, died at 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Avalon Village, Ligonier where she had been a resident since 2005.
She was born Aug. 7, 1916 in Albion, a daughter of Victor and Clara H. (McLallin) Edwards.
She attended Albion Grade School and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1936.
On March 20, 1937, she was united in marriage to Eugene W. Bobilya.
They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1956 when they moved to a farm north of Big Lake in Noble Township, Noble County. Mr. Bobilya died Nov. 22, 1993.

Betty Byrd, 85

September 13, 2011

Betty Jane Byrd, 85, of Churubusco, passed away at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at North Ridge Village Nursing Home, Albion.
Born Aug. 1, 1926 in Allen County, she was the daughter of Paul and Alice (Mason) Guillaume.
She grew up in Allen County and attended Huntertown High School.
She married Leonard Byrd on April 14, 1944 in Churubusco, where they set up housekeeping.
They moved to Columbia City in 1968 and after her husband’s death, she returned to Churubusco in 2009. She was a homemaker and housewife.

Deanna Ruble, 71

September 13, 2011

Deanna Kay Ruble, 71, formerly of Whitley County, passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at 3:33 p.m. after a long courageous battle with cancer, in Columbus, Ohio at a Hospice Treatment Center.
She and her husband, Dr. James Ruble resided in the Whitley County area off Derby Drive for 34 years.
She was the office manager in her husband’s practice for 46 years here in the Fort Wayne area, until they retired in 2006.
They then moved to Jefferson City, Missouri in 2007, where Doctor Ruble serves as a General Dentist at a correctional facility in Tipton, Mo.

Doodlebug progress

September 13, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — With a ground-breaking ceremony held in May, the west side of the South Whitley Town Park has transformed into a colorful playground as Doodlebug Village (Phase I) was completed on Friday. Irving Gravel Co., Fort Wayne, placed pea gravel in the village on Friday to complete the first phase. In the future, Adventure Mania (Phase II) will be located on the east side of the park with a fire truck and swings to be incorporated into the play section. Scott Weekly, with Irving Gravel, and South Whitley utility employee Ron Anderson were on site as the pea gravel was unloaded.

‘Meat’ the Kriders The art of steak carving a family affair

September 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — There are three generations of the Krider family and they all love to work with meat.
Robert and Richard Krider began Krider’s Meat Processing in 1977. It wasn’t long before Robert’s son, Randy, wanted to quit his job and join his uncles. So the Viking Corporation owed Randy a week’s worth of vacation and he gave his notice and began working at Kriders.
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Larwill council ratifies ’12 budget

September 13, 2011

LARWILL — The Larwill’s 2012 budget has been established and was approved by council members last week in the amount of $99,977.
“Nothing has changed (from 2011 budget),” Clerk-Treasurer Renee Sills said.
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September 12th

Edna Western, 86

September 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Edna Earlene Western, 86, of Etna Troy Township, Whitley County, died at 1:18 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Sycamore Village Keepsake Memory Care Unit where she had been a resident since December, 2008.
Edna was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Sycamore, Ill., a daughter of Earle Edna and Pearl Ethel (King) Matteson.
She graduated from Sycamore High School with the class of 1941 where she played the violin in the orchestra, played numerous sports in GAA and was a Girl Scout leader.
She had lots of fun working as a “soda jerk” at the local drug store during high school.

Jean Krom, 77

September 12, 2011

Jean E. Krom, 77, a former resident of Tri-Lakes and widow of Lewis E. Krom, passed away at 8:51 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
She had been taken to the hospital from the Englewood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been a patient for the past five years.
Mrs. Krom was born Jan. 9, 1934 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Fred and Frances (Nix) Alles, and spent her formative years there.
As an adult, she had lived in Florida for ten years, before returning to this area in 1978.

Donald Anderson, 85

September 12, 2011

Jerry L. Dinius, 65, of Roanoke, died at 10:10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at his residence.
He had been in declining health for the past two years.
Born Dec. 5, 1945, he was the son of the late Gerald K. Dinius and Helen E. Maggart.
He attended Columbia City Joint High School and for the last 25 years, he worked at Water Furnace International in Fort Wayne.
He had been a 20-plus-year resident of Roanoke, living in Columbia City prior to that.
Jerry was an avid fisherman, gun collector and loved the outdoors.
He was a long-time active member of the National Rifle Association.

Donald Anderson, 85

September 12, 2011

Donald B. Anderson, 85, of Columbia City, died at 6:09 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born May 3, 1926, he was the son of the late Earl and Mary Katherine (Blain) Anderson.
Donald moved from Butler to Columbia City in 1942 and has made this area his home since.
He graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1944.
He then enrolled in the U.S. Army where he served his country in World War II in both the European and African Theater.

 

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