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Obituaries

Michael Werstler, 91

April 17, 2014

Michael Ray Werstler, of Larwill, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his residence at the age of 63.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County, and a 1968 graduate of Pierceton High School, Pierceton.
He attended college at United Electronic Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., receiving his associate degree in electronics in 1970.
On Jan. 13, 1971, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1973.

Eudora Blanchard, 93

April 17, 2014

Eudora Marcella (Ellis) Blanchard, 93, of Southport, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at her home.
Born on Dec. 8, 1920, in Marshall County, she was the daughter of John Linus and Mary Jane (Atha) Ellis.
She graduated in 1938 as salutatorian from Tippecanoe High School. Her class was the first in Indiana required to earn a four-year degree for elementary education majors when she graduated in 1942 from Central Normal College in Danville. She had been a member of Delta Sigma Kappa sorority, Iota Chapter since college.

Robert Stangland, 89

April 16, 2014

Robert Stangland, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:12 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, and reunited with his wife, Waundean who passed away this past September.
A life-long resident of Whitley County, Bob was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Jefferson Township, he was the son of James and Grace (Mohn) Stangland.

John Arter, 63

April 16, 2014

John M. Arter, 63, of Pierceton, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Sept. 7, 1950, in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of John A. and Helen A. (Rondonsky) Arter.
He graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1968 and earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech in HVAC certification and numerous other certifications earned over his lifetime.

Joshua Copp, 35

April 16, 2014

Joshua Harold Copp, 35, of rural South Whitley, died early Monday morning, April 14, 2014, due to natural causes.
He was born July 2, 1978, in Fort Wayne, a son of Jeffrey O. and Connie R. (Johnson) Copp.
In 1979 his family moved to Osceola, from Oakbrook, Ill. In 1985, the family moved to Rehrersburg, Pa.
He graduated from Tulpehocken High School in Bernville, where he played soccer and basketball. In 1998, he returned to Indiana to live in Columbia City.
On Oct. 6, 2001 he was united in marriage to Anna R. Siegrist.

Brian Weigold, 60

April 16, 2014

Brian Dee Weigold, 60, of Elkhart, passed away of natural causes in his home April 11, 2014. He was born April 12, 1953.

Geraldene Slater, 97

April 16, 2014

Geraldene A Slater, 97, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:30 pm on Friday April 11, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born in Kosciusko County March 6, 1917, she was the daughter of Fred R. and L. Ruth (Harney) Jellison.
She graduated from Sidney High School, Sidney, with the Class of 1935. She lived there prior to moving to South Whitley in 1949.
She married to Stan Slater in Hillsdale, Mich. Geraldene worked for the Sidney Telephone Company as a telephone operator manager.

Raymond Goble Jr, 64

April 16, 2014

Raymond Perry Goble Jr., 64, a lifelong Washington Township resident, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 12, 2014.
He was born Feb. 26, 1950, in Fort Wayne, a son of Raymond P. and Mary Mildred Henrietta (Smith) Goble. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1968.
He was employed at Weatherhead for 36 years, until October 2003. From 2004 until 2009 he worked at Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware.
His church membership was with South Whitley Church of God.

Joy Worrick, 93

April 10, 2014

Joy M. Worrick, 93, of Columbia City, died at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since April 3.
She was born April 19, 1920, in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Everett “Bud” and Dessie (Traster) Taylor.
Her formative years were spent in Union Township. She graduated from Union Township High School.
On April 9, 1944, she was united in marriage to Lester B. Worrick. They made their home in Union Township. In 1997, the couple moved to Westgate, Columbia City, and 2005 to their present home.

Richard Stang, 73

April 9, 2014

Richard W. Stang , 73, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Bethlehem Woods Rehab Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Elyria, Ohio, Richard worked as a union carpenter with Local 232 for 20 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran.
He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and fishing.

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