Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Douglas Scott Radke passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
Born Feb. 7, 1959, he was the son of Michael G. and Shirley M. (Middleton) Radke.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Debbie Radke of Hot Springs, Mont.; siblings, Todd Radkle of Columbia City, Amy Jo Hoffmeier of Ossian, Michael E. Radke of Florence, Al. and Chad Radke of Columbia City; children, Tara Hodges of Columbia City, Josh Radke of Wilson Creek, Wash. and Wakie Ulman of Moses Lake, Wash.; and seven grandchildren.
A family memorial service will be held in the spring.
David Michael Hockgeiger, 63, of Columbia City, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at his home.
He was born May 18, 1950, in Mt. Carmel, Ill., a son of George and Betty (Woods) Hockgeiger. His formative years were spent in Mt. Carmel. He completed his education at Mt. Carmel High School.
He loved his job as a grounds superintendent of golf courses, working throughout Illinois and Indiana, lastly at Eagle Glen Golf Course since 2006.
His enjoyment came spending time with grand babies, playing guitar and driving his car.
Dennis Ross Londt, 60, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy illness at the IU Medical Center in Indianapolis.
He was a graduate of Central Noble High School and Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Medicine.
He was a medical technologist MT/ASCP and worked in laboratories in Indiana, Ohio and Texas.
He was born in Wolf Lake, to the Howard E. Londt and Dorothy Walker Londt who both preceded him in death.
His brother, Edward (Jane) Londt lives in Huntertown and sister Peggy (Chris) Wegenka lives in Fort Wayne.
Earl Strickland, 60, of Columbia City, went home to be with the Lord at 4:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. Born on April 7, 1953, in Loris, S.C., he was the son of Lester Hampton and Flauda (Todd) Strickland.
In 1972, he married Vickie Fletcher in Columbia City. From 1984-2003 Earl worked as a property manager in Stuart, Fla.
North Carolina was then home until 2006, when he returned to Columbia City. He loved to deer hunt in addition to fishing at Big Lake, Gilbert Lake, and the ocean.
Larry A. Heeter, 69, of South Whitley, died at 2:38 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where he was admitted the Friday before.
He was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Huntington, a son of Max and Geneva (Stetzel) Heeter. As a young boy his family moved to Wisconsin. As a teenager, he moved to North Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School.
He was employed at Farmerâ€™s Grain Elevator, Whitley Manufacturing for nearly 15 years and Wabash Valley.
He was a former volunteer fireman for South Whitleyâ€“Cleveland Township Fire Department.
Rista Jane MacDonald, 72, of Warsaw, died at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at the home of her mother, Juanita Krider, where she had been staying for the last two years due to failing health.
She was born Oct. 7, 1941, in Wolf Lake, a daughter of Clyde LeRoy and Juanita J. (Friend) Krider Sr.
Her formative years were spent in Collins. She graduated from Churubusco High School.
In 1953, she began working at Rogers as a meat cutter, retiring from Kroger in 2003.
Sue Rose Grossman Marker, 74, formerly of South Whitley, died at 1:53 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Huntington, where she had been a resident since April 2003.
In 2000, she became a resident at Peabody Home in North Manchester.
She was born March 18, 1939, in Allen County, a daughter of William Byron and Marian Emelyn (Enos) Bollinger.
A lifelong resident of South Whitley until 2000, she graduated from South Whitley High School and Manchester College.
On Sept. 27, 1958, she was united in marriage to David E. Grossman. Mr. Grossman died Aug. 11, 1989.
Joyce M. Bair, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 9, 1923, in Fort Wayne, she was a daughter of the late J.W. Hiscutt and Edith Gilbert.
She was a cosmetologist, electrologist and electro pigmentation practitioner. She was a member of Gethsemaine Luthearn Church.
Surviving relatives include her niece, Brenda Bogess of Churubusco; brothers, Frank C. Hiscutt of Fort Wayne and Judson A. Hiscutt of Largo, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leo E. Bair.
Thomas McCullough, 80, passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Dekalb Health in Auburn.
He was born in Whitley County to John Thomas and Marion Etta (Rosenogle) McCullough on Dec. 29, 1932.
He honorably served his country from 1950-53 in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On June 11, 1954, he married Judith Hire at Nazarene Church in Churubusco. He retired from Dana Corporation with more than 42 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering, his grandchildren and friends at Dari-Point in Ligonier.
Alberta Ruth Malcolm, 90, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.
Alberta was born March 12, 1923, in Churubusco, a daughter of LeRoy and Lilah (Brumbaugh) Veazey.
On July 25, 1942, she was married in Columbia City to Maurice E. Malcolm.
She was employed at General Electric, as an inspector and retired in 1983 after 33 years.