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Obituaries

Brinda Rowe, 64

September 19, 2014

Brinda F. Rowe, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born March 14, 1950 in Sayersville, Ky., she was the daughter of Nollin and Helen (Rowe) Collins.
She graduated from Union City High School in Marshall, Mich. with the Class of 1968.

Riola VanWey, 92

September 18, 2014

Riola F. VanWey, 92, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:54 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born Feb. 27, 1922, in Mitchell, S. D., she was the daughter of Ernst F. and Stella V. (Hall) Taylor.
Besides a short period of time in South Dakota, Riloa was a lifetime resident of Whitley County.
She attended Columbia City High School and June 22, 1942, she married Robert E. VanWey.
She worked for Blue Bell and was a cook at the Eagles, American Legion, and for the Mason’s and Rotary Club. She was a member of Eagles, American Legion, VFW and Moose.

Max Bowers Jr., 65

September 18, 2014

Max L. “Mick” Bowers Jr., 65 of Churubusco, died suddenly Tuesday evening, Sept. 16, 2014, at his home of natural causes.
He was born April 7, 1949 in Fort Wayne, a son of Max Lavon and Gwendolyn G. (Grabach) Bowers Sr.
His formative years were spent in Laud. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and continued his education at Ivy Tech.
On Sept. 17, 1983, he was united in marriage to Lisa A. (Diffendarfer) Herbst. On Dec. 1, 1985, they moved to their present home.

Mary Gray, 94

September 18, 2014

Mary Alice Gray, 94, a resident of Churubusco and widow of John C. Gray, passed away at 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She had been taken there on Sunday from the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
Mrs. Gray was born Nov. 28, 1919 in Smith Township, a daughter of Thomas Carl and Maude Elizabeth (Bennett) Gaff, and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1937.
On June 14, 1941, she was married in Wolf Lake to John C. Gray, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.

James Wilcox, 77

September 17, 2014

James M. Wilcox, 77 of Fort Wayne and formerly of Big Lake, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Columbia City.
Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Azar (Bryon) Yoder of Big Lake and Beverly Weber of Boston, Mass; a stepson, Bobby Chunn of Louisiana; a stepdaughter Deborah Wilkinson of Fort Wayne; three granddaughters, Elizabeth (Scotty) Kessler, Samantha Geschwind, and R. Renee Azar and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death his brother, William Wilcox and one great-grandson, Donovan Kessler.

John Greene, 42

September 17, 2014

John Paul Greene, 42, passed away Sept. 12, 2014, in Lima, Ohio.
He was born to Stanley Martin and Peggy (Watkins) Greene Nov. 1, 1971, in Fort Wayne.
He graduated from Huntington High School with the Class of 1990 and been a sign maker for Johnson Brothers in South Whitley and Signs Source USA in Lima.
John was well-known to be generous of spirit, a loving and compassionate family member, and hard-working.

Ray Ashbaugh, 96

September 17, 2014

Ray E. Ashbaugh, 96, a resident of rural Fort Wayne and long time Lake Township farmer, passed away at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient for the past 11 months.
Mr. Ashbaugh was born May 19, 1918, in Van Wert, Ohio, a son of Alva and Marvel (Shaw) Ashbaugh, and spent his formative years there.
He was married in Van Wert in 1943 to Helen M. Craft and moved to Lafayette Township in Allen County in 1945 where he lived until moving to his present farm home in Lake Township in 1957.

C. Harold Polk, 86

September 15, 2014

Rev. C. Harold Polk, 86, of Columbia City, died at 8:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at his home.
He was born June 9, 1928, in Kokomo, a son of Clarence Branch and Nellie Dorothy (Bird) Polk.
He graduated from Kokomo High School and Klotzing College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
On Sept. 2, 1951, he was united in marriage to Donna L. Polk. They made their home in various Wesleyan parsonages including Martinsville for two years, Kokomo for 10 years total, Peru for three years, Kingford Heights for four years, Green Center for two years and Larwill for 14 years.

Marvin Craig, 85

September 15, 2014

Marvin R. Craig, 85, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:07 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor.
He was born May 12, 1929, in Fort Wayne, a son of Ward F. and Arlene (Otis) Craig. He completed his education at Central High School.
On Nov. 22, 1958, he married Leola J. Yeager. They made their home in Fort Wayne and later Leo, moving to their present home in 1983.

G. Eugene Hively, 84

September 15, 2014

G. Eugene “Gene” Hively, 84, a resident of rural Columbia City, died at 10:08 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since last month.
He was born Sept. 27, 1929, in Whitley County, the only child of Ralph and Violet (Goodman) Hively.
His formative years were spent in Smith Township until 1944 when his family moved to Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.

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