June 7th, 2012
Lonnie L. Van, 63, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Born Sept. 1, 1948, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy (Bowman) Van, Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Van; two children; two brothers and one sister.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials may be given in memory of Mr. Van to the donorâ€™s choice of charity.
Please visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register.
Shawnee resident, DeLois Jean Scott, 79, passed away June 5, 2012, in a midwest city nursing home.
DeLois was born May 19, 1933, in Wolfe Lake, the daughter of Burtis & Ina Mae (Johnson) Cunningham. She graduated from Larwill High School.
On March 10, 1962, she married Jack W. Scott. For 37 years she worked as a buyer for Dana Weatherhead Tool Plant in Columbia City.
FORT WAYNE â€” Betty Jo â€śB. J.â€ť (Dazey) Thiel, 60, a resident of Fort Wayne and native of Wolf Lake, passed away at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at her home. She had been in declining health since December.
Mrs. Thiel was born in Wolf Lake on Sept. 30, 1951, a daughter of James C. â€śJ. C.â€ť and Mary (Moeller) Dazey, and spent her formative years there.
Columbia Cityâ€™s track team recently honored its top athletes.
From left, Tryzel Jenkins (Most Improved Athlete), Garrett Vandersaul (Most Valuable Thrower), David Fulk (Rookie of the Year), Brenden Zoltek (Most Valuable Runner), Lucas Hahn (Most Valuable Jumper), Alex Fritz (Coaches Award) and Matt Rethlake (Most Valuable Participant).
The moon shines bright in the sky Saturday evening.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board approved a computer lease proposal at their work session Monday.
Anne Plunkett, technology director, said while the schools usually buy computers, there are other ways to obtain the equipment needed.
â€śWe are hoping that leasing may be a viable alternative for that,â€ť said Plunkett.
Due to state requirements for online testing, the amount of equipment needed to meet those requirements has significantly increased.
WCCSâ€™ current laptops are four years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At Mondayâ€™s County Council meeting, Michael Barton, highway department superintendent, gave an update on the departmentâ€™s sealing program that started Tuesday.
â€śJohnson Road will be the first road we start on,â€ť said Barton. â€śWeâ€™ll actually get primed in the morning and start sealing.â€ť
Barton said the department would also go down to 800 S., 700 E. and a few other roads in the area.
The department is working to go back over all the roads they double sealed in 2009-10.
As far as working on single seals, Barton said there are about 70 miles of road.
Earl J. McEntire, 85 of Northwest Allen County, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at his residence.
He was born March 12, 1927, a son of Meril and Nina (Willour) Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann (Ulrich) McEntire; three children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee St., Markle.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel with Pastor Tom Oâ€™Brien officiating.
Interment will be at the Markle Cemetery.
Matthew â€śPeteâ€ť J. Hill , of Columbia City, passed away at 9:29 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Hill was born on Feb. 19, 1972, in Fort Wayne, a son of Max and Judy (Oliver) Hill. He spent his formative years in Columbia City.
He enjoyed time spent with his children and they admired his strength and bravery during his illness. Brenden will miss watching the Steelers with his dad. Maddie was the apple of his eye.
John J. Pease, of Bluffton, passed away at 2 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at River Terrace Estates.
John was born on Oct. 4, 1924, in Wells County, to Lester R. Pease and Evelyn D. (Speheger) Pease. He married Esther L. (Ginter) in Wells County on April 14, 1946. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2001. John married Phyllis (Barnett) Langel in Adams County on Sept. 24, 2002, and she survives.
John was a graduate of Bluffton High School. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran having served our country from July 29, 1943, to Jan. 24, 1946, in the European Theater.