June 15th, 2011
ALBION â€” Wayne Massey, 59, of Bear Lake near Albion, died Saturday, June 4, 2011 at his residence. He was born Dec. 3, 1951 to Leon Lewis and Mary Ellen (Dunlap) Massey in Kokomo.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1971-73 during Vietnam.
He is survived by three sons, Jason Massey of Fort Wayne, Matthew Massey of Ligonier and Michael Massey of Greenwood; his mother, Mary Ellen Massey of Kokomo; one brother, Roger Massey of Rouchville; one sister, Debbie Denny of Kokomo and four grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday at Marion National Cemetery at 1 p.m.
Edward Lee Peffer, 62, of Ligonier died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2011 at I.U. Health Goshen Hospital. He was born July 13, 1948 to Charles E. Peffer and Josephine M. Leighty.
He graduated from Avilla High School in 1966 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970.
John M. â€śJakeâ€ť Cramar, 79, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home.
He had been in declining health for the past four years, and had returned to his home from the hospital Tuesday.
Mr. Cramar was born in Fort Wayne on April 3, 1932, a son of David L. and Lola Mae (Cook) Cramar, and moved to Churubusco at age 9 with his parents.
He graduated from Churubusco High School in 1950, and as a young man served with the U. S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Debra L. Reimund, 57, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 5:50 a.m. Monday, June 6, 2011 in the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City after becoming suddenly ill at her home.
Ms. Reimund was born Dec. 12, 1953 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Herbert E. and Blanche (Smith) Reimund, Sr. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne and graduated from Northside High School in 1971.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thea K. Fry, 63, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:37 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born Feb. 8, 1948 in Allen County, she was the daughter of Jasper G. Styles and Theadora G. (Koutras) Harmon.
She lived in Allen County moving, to Whitley County in 1981. She graduated from South Side High School, Fort Wayne with the Class of 1966.
On August 23, 1974, she married David L. Fry in Fort Wayne. She worked at Fort Wayne Community Schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools as a bus driver with 15 years of service.
WOLF LAKE â€” Cecil J. Harrison, 56, of rural Wolf Lake, died quietly at home surrounded by his loving family at 10:11 a.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011. He had been in failing health.
He was born July 26, 1954 in Columbia City, the son of the late Cecil J. and Mildred (Hursey) Harrison. His formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township and he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1972.
On March 16, 1996 he was united in marriage to Kathy L. Appleton.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Mary L. Melkus, 62, of Churubusco, died at 10:40 p. m. Friday, June 3, 2011, at Lutheran Hospital.
Melkus was born in Goshen March 26, 1949 to Gerald and Eleanor (Middaugh) Kistler. She spent her formative years in Elkhart County where she graduated from Goshen High School.
She worked for Washington Product near Cromwell and at Dekko Wire in North Webster.
Carolyn J. Kessie, 74, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:35 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2011 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.
Born Nov. 11, 1936 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Paul C. and Violet M. (Dolly) Boggs.
She was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. She attended Thorncreek School and graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1954. On June 9, 1957, she married Dick D. Kessie at Troy Presbyterian Church, Whitley County.
Gary P. â€śSoupâ€ť Wolf, 57, of Columbia City, died at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011 at his residence.
Born Oct. 26, 1953, he was the son of Joseph and Joan (Oâ€™Keefe) Wolf.
A life time resident of Columbia City, he graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1972. On Nov. 28, 1992 he married Vicki Zorger. He worked in agricultural-related fields for 35 years with 27-plus years being at AgPlus Peabody.
He was a member of St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, Nix Settlement and attended St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Columbia City.
Wilma Jean (Barger) Burkett, 61, of Pierceton died June 2, 2011 at 5:01 pm in Lutheran Hospital, Ft. Wayne.
She was born May 26, 1950 in Greenville, Ohio to Glen and Lena (McGaughey) Barger. She resided in Pierceton for 43 years and on July 25, 1970 in Pierceton she married Gene Burkett, who survives. Burkett worked at Whitley Products for 15 years and was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of the Pierceton Firemanâ€™s Ladies Auxiliary and was a 1968 graduate of Columbia City High School.