June 18th, 2012
Marshall A. âSmittyâ Smith, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born March 20, 1927, in Whitley County, he was the son of Lewis and Maude Martha (Kneller) Smith.
He attended the public school system and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In 1954, he married Barbara L. (Hire) Smith. A lifetime Whitley County resident and part-time farmer, he owned Smittyâs Auto Parts since 1985 and also worked for General Electric for 20 years. Smitty, a âtinkerer,â loved to create things with wood and metal.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â David Salyer is a father to two sons, but a source of guidance to many.
As the pastor of Victory Christian Fellowship, Salyer, with the support of his wife Michelle, has been leading his congregation for 14 years.
Salyer has had to re-invent himself three times. With his military service record, an engineering background and finally as a clergyman, Salyer has evolved into a father who basis his decisions on faith and family.
The winning team of the 2012 Whitley Weighâs in competition, sponsored by the YMCA, Parkview Whitley Hospital and The Post & Mail, finished last week.
The winning team, the Rollie Pollies, showed an 11.4 percent weight loss.
On the team was Peggy Johnson, Matt Strickler, Steve Smith and Chris Thompson.
The winning team received a $1,000 check.
Smith was the top male, losing 28 percent. Nick Schrader was second (23 percent), Chad Whetston was third (12 percent), Johnny Couch was fourth (11 percent) and Randy Bufkin was fifth (nine percent).
CHURUBUSCO â Even though Whitley County is suffering from drought conditions, one group of gardeners is keeping everything green and the flowers bright.
The Whitley County Master Gardeners present their 2012 Garden Walk, and it centers around the Columbia City and Churubusco areas. The Walk includes seven gardens and is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23. The cost is $7 per person which is $1 per garden.
CHURUBUSCO â When Randy Jones was growing up in Churubusco, theatre was a great influence on his life. Now an adult and living in New York City theatre has moved over, and reality television has taken its place.
Jones, a son of Eddie and Diane Jones, of Churubusco, is busy working on a new television series for The Learning Channel (TLC) about Amish kids moving to New York City for the summer to explore the modern world.
âWe are in our final week of shooting in NYC,â said Jones.
He is a director and sometimes a supervising producer depending on the show.
LARWILL â Larwill Town Council member Rick Flauding announced his resignation this week which will be effective after the July meeting. Flauding, who has held his position for approximately 13 years, plans on relocating to another area.
âNext month will probably be my last meeting,â Flauding said. âIâve been on the board since 1999.â
âI hate to see this, but I wish you the best,â Hobbs said.
Adrian R. Beers, 89, of Columbia City, died at 4:40 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted on Wednesday.
He was born Sept. 23, 1922, in Etna Township, a son of Keslar R. and Nellie R. (Dobbin) Beers. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1940.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 8, 1942, serving during World War II. Following his discharge on Nov. 7, 1945, he returned to his employment in Crestline, Ohio with the Pennsylvania Railroad.
COLUMBIA CITY â At the June 12 meeting, the Rotary Club featured guest speaker, Dick Haworth.
Haworth has been at the forefront of protecting the tree-scape in Columbia City for more than 30 years.
Haworth, and his dedicated committee, have been landscaping the Peabody Library grounds with 40 of the most common trees in Indiana.
This project is a follow up to another attempt made several years ago by the Soil and Water Conservation department.
âUnfortunately,â Haworth said, âThe deer got to the young trees, and before they could be stopped, the result was almost a total loss.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Relay for Life committee would like to thank all those who gave in support of the fight against cancer.
According to Lisa Stoll and Tamara Carroll, the events chair persons, the Relay for Life event was, once again, a big success.
âBecause of the support and generosity of so many, we had a very successful relay event on June 2nd and 3rd. It truly is a blessing to be a part of such a caring, giving and kind community and we would be remiss in not taking the opportunity to publicly say thank you to so many of you,â said Stoll.
Hugh S. Henry, 96, of West Lafayette, Ind, died at 7:10 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Indiana University Health.
He was born June 17, 1915, in Vanderburg, County, Ind., to the late Robert and Mayme Henry.
Survivors include his wife, Marge Henry, three daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel with the funeral service following at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Dr. Philip Klinger will be officiating. Interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.