January 3rd, 2011
Gloria A. Ruckman, 77, of Churubusco, passed away at 6 p.m. Dec. 30, 2010 at The Oaks, Columbia City. Born Oct. 29, 1933 in Huntington County, she was a daughter of Ernest and Helen (Allen) Routt.
She has been a resident of Whitley County, since 1951. She attended Arcola High School. On Dec. 25, 1951, she married Duane E. Ruckman. While Mrs. Ruckman worked for nine years at Dana Churubusco, she spent most of her working years raising her four children and 10 grandchildren. She was an active member of the Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses Congregation of Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s police officers stay protected due to upgrades made possible by state law and federal funding.
Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen told the Columbia City Common Council last month that a new shipment of ballistic vests had arrived in his department.
â€śWe got 10 vests from the federal governmentâ€™s 50/50 matchâ€ť said Petersen. â€śState law requires you to supply vests and replace them every five years.â€ť
Petersen said the State of Indiana intervened in recent years to reinforce a â€śvest life expectancyâ€ť provided by the makers of the equipment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police in Columbia City are investigating the death of a five-month-old baby girl Monday morning at 730 Camden Drive.
Neighbors heard a woman screaming and called 911. According to the Columbia City Police Department dispatchers, the call came in around 9:15 a.m.
According to Columbia City Chief of Police Mike Petersen, a decision on whether or not to file charges in the case is â€śpending the report on cause of death.â€ť
An autopsy was being conducted Monday afternoon. Results were not available at press time.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Fort Wayne man received eight years in jail for drug offenses while a Syracuse man received a suspended 18-month prison sentence for a drug-related incident surrounding the death of a woman last year.
Jeremy R. Church, 25, of Fort Wayne received a pair of eight-year sentences for dealing in cocaine and dealing in a controlled substance.
Both charges are B felonies.
Church was sentenced in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday and could be released in six years since two years of his eight-year sentences were suspended.
Judith Diane Clark, 70, of Columbia City, died at 9:40 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 at her home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1940 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a daughter of Harwood Calvin and Helen Louise (Wood) McKain. Her formative years were spent in Council Bluffs, where she graduated from high school.
From 1959 until 1961 she served in the United States Navy.
Austin Lewis Hodson, 89, of Columbia City, Ind. passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Stringfellow Hospital in Anniston, Ala. while visiting family. Born April 10, 1921 in Whitley County, he was a son of Loren F. and Phylena (Brubaker) Hodson.
Everett C. Targgart, 80, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City. Born July 13, 1930 in Noble County, he was a son of Dewey and Myrta (Winebrenner) Targgart.
He was raised in Noble County near Burr Oak and Merriam. After his marriage to Donna Holbrook June 25, 1954 they moved to Columbia City for two years. In 1956 they moved to Noble County and lived there until 1969 when they moved back to Columbia City and have lived there since. He graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the Class of 1948.
Effie Joan Behrens, 92, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Towne House Health Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 25, 1918 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Thomas D. and Pamela J. Roberts. She was a graduate of South Side High School in Fort Wayne. On Dec. 21, 1935 she married Dr. Otto K. Behrens. During their early married years together they lived in Washington, D.C., Oxford, England and New York City, N.Y. In 1940 they moved to Indianapolis where she lived until moving to Fort Wayne in the fall of 2008.
Marilyn E. Frazier, 73, a resident of Churubusco in Allen County died Wednesday Dec. 29, 2010 in the Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Dec. 2, 1937 in rural Churubusco Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur and Evelyn (DeWitt) Eytcheson.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth L. Frazier; their daughters, Melody Gingery and Monica Frazier; and a sister, Doris Jones.
Harold A. Krider, 63, of Whitley County, died at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 7, 1947 in Wolf Lake, a son of George W. and Mildred M. (Hill) Krider. His formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1965.
On May 21, 1966 he was united in marriage to Jo Ellen Vogely. They made their home in Columbia City and later on a farm in Columbia Township before moving to Washington Township, residing at their present home since July 2007.