September 17th, 2014
A room designed for feline residents at the Whitley County Humane Shelter received a new coat of paint courtesy of agents from Minear Real Estate. As part of the United Way of Whitley Countyâ€™s Day of Caring, from left, Brad Minear, Brandon Ferrell and Trent Lawrence volunteered at the shelter.
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 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 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.
Members of the Whitley County 4-H Rabbit Club competed at the Indiana State Fair Sunday, Aug. 3, in a Rabbit Ambassador Competition. 4-Hers studied to be prepared for a written test, 20 rabbit breed identification test and showmanship competition. Marlee Heriter placed fifth in the Junior age division. Rozlyn Bishop placed in the honor group in the Intermediate age division. Crystal Van Houten placed in the honor group in the Senior age division and Rebecca Lilly placed in the honor group in the Master age division. From left: Heriter, Bishop, Van Houten and Lilly.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Chapter of AARP met Sept. 2, at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City to learn about a nonprofit organization serving the county. Diane Foughty, a representative from Help Line, was introduced by Phyllis Swick
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Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first in a series spotlighting area graduates who have elected to join the military.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Lucas Kumfer is an average 20-year-old from Whitley County, but he is planning for a not-so-average role.
Kumfer is joining the U.S. Air Force. When a friend of his decided to join the Marines, Kumfer decided to enlist as well.
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 R. Craig, 85, of rural Columbia City, died at 9:07 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 at Millerâ€™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.