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July 13th, 2011

Natalie Estlick, 93

July 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Natalie E. Estlick, 93, a former resident of Columbia City, died Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Smyrna, Ga.
She was born Nov. 7, 1917 in Larwill, a daughter of Earl and Naomi (Flickinger) Hoover.
At the age of one, her family moved to Thorncreek Township where she attended the Hoop (one room) School. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1935.

July 12th

'Stangs capture second consecutive home win

July 12, 2011

The K.C. Mustangs remain undefeated at home after a 24-10 win over the Wanee Hurricanes this weekend.
After a shaky first quarter with the Hurricanes taking an early 3-0 with a field goal, the Mustangs’ veteran leader took charge.
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Whitko announces spring sports award winners

July 12, 2011

BASEBALL
Major Awards: Kody Brandenburg, Josh Pratt, Nathan Sherrard, Josh Smith, Alex Winger, Dominic Arrowood, Brandon Carpenter, Riley Cokl, Wes Gensch, Austin Mort, Colin Nicodemus, Alex Stoddard, Ryan Weigold, Wyatt Wolf, Ethan Nicodemus, Seth Patrick, Avery Robbins
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July 11th

Margaret Miller, 90

July 11, 2011

MERRIAM — Margaret M. Miller, 90, of Merriam, died at 1:40 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011 at her home.
She was born Sept. 15, 1920 in Mishawaka, a daughter of Austin E. and Jesse B. (Chamberlain) Miller.
On Aug. 9, 1938 she married William H. Miller, who died March 13, 1988.
Surviving relatives include four children, Harlen Miller of Albion, Kenlyn Miller of Albion, Deidre Bair of Churubusco and Alesia Geiger of Albion; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Welsey A. Miller and a sister, Catherine Guidi.

Shirley Dear, 75

July 11, 2011

Shirley A. Dear, 75, of Columbia City passed away at 7:49 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born April 24, 1936 in Whitley County, the daughter of Eldrige V. and Turah M. (Leininger) Brockup.
She attended Columbia City High School and worked at Chamberlin Products, South Whitley, Weatherhead, Ion Capacitor, Inc. and Alcoils all of Columbia City. However, she was best known as a great homemaker. She was married Jan. 13, 1953 in Etna Green to John Junior Dear.

Robert Gordon, 85

July 11, 2011

LARWILL — Robert Lee “Bob” Gordon, 85, of Larwill, was taken to be with his Lord at 11:35 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 25, 1926 in Whitley County, Indiana a son of Lawrence and Elizabeth (Carter) Gordon. His formative years were spent on a farm in the Collins area. He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1944.
On Dec. 22, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a medic during World War II. He was honorably discharged Nov. 2, 1945.

Anna Fulk, 84

July 11, 2011

Anna Belle Fulk, 84, a resident of Kendallville, died at 10:30 a. m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her home.
She was born in Noble County Nov. 6, 1926. On July 10, 1945 she was married to Robert N. Fulk.
Mr. Fulk preceded her in death May 23, 2004.
The surviving relatives include two daughters Joy Rose of Albion and Connie Castor of Kendallville; a son Steven R. Fulk of Albion; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother Milo “Buck” Rider.

Escape from Romania: Schwarz recalls leaving homeland

July 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — He and his family went through war at their homeland of Rode, Romania only to realize the American dream years later.
Bill Schwarz was just a young lad when he came to America with a brother, two sisters, his mom and dad and grandmother. But his family lost their family farm through it all.
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Dr. Richard Minear, 84

July 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Dr. Richard L. Minear, 84, of Columbia City, died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2011 at Miller’s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since March 2010.
He was born April 16, 1927 in Fort Wayne, a son of Ralph R. and Minnie K. (Mantz) Minear. He spent his lifetime in Columbia City, graduating from Columbia City High School.
He then graduated from Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis.
During World War II, he served in the United States Navy.
He was honorably discharged in 1946.
On June 26, 1949 he was united in marriage to Lois M. Braun.

July 8th

Local duo bolster the arts

July 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The arts in Whitley County are alive — even more so now that there is a partnership involved.
It began as the brainchild of two women who felt Whitley County was solid as far as libraries and parks but came up short in other areas of the arts.
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