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June 26th, 2011

Bob Chiddister, 53

June 26, 2011

Bob C. Chiddister, 53, of Cromwell, died at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 15, 1957 in LaGrange to Bob W. and Deloris (McClure) Chiddister.
He is survived by two sons, Scott Chiddister of Albion, Travis Chiddister of Ligonier; three grandchildren, three sisters, Sally Wilson of Albion, Sherri Kilgore of Wolf Lake, and Shellie Koze of Ligonier. He was preceded in death by his father, Bob W. Chiddister.

Helen Wirges, 87

June 26, 2011

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Helen Louise (Friedman) Wirges, 87, of Nottawa, Mich., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI.
She was born Aug. 30, 1923 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Rhines) Friedman.
Helen attended St. Judes Grade School and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Ft. Wayne in 1941.
Following High School she joined the U.S. Navy, WAVES , and served in WWII.
On Feb. 8, 1947 in Fort Wayne, she married Harold E. Wirges, who preceded her in death in 1994.

James McGlocklin, 51

June 26, 2011

WOLF LAKE — James Alvin McGlocklin, 51, formerly of Wolf Lake, passed away Nov. 20, 2010 in Denver, Colo.
He was born April 28, 1959 in Elkhart, a son of Frances E. (Rarick) McGlocklin and the late James C. McGlocklin. He graduated from Central Noble High School.
In 1979, he entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a jet engine mechanic. He was honorably discharged in 1983. His passions included working as a mechanic for race cars, drawing and tattooing.

Taylor McIntosh, 17 Mo.

June 26, 2011

Taylor Marie McIntosh, age 17 months, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 at her home.
Born Jan. 5, 2010 in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Jesse Eugene McIntosh and Brittany Nicole McConnehey.

Robert Fessenden, 62

June 26, 2011

Robert Eugene Fessenden, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:33 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
Born June 1, 1949 in Oceanport, N.J., he was the son of Bradley Merton and Loella Blanche (Pressler) Fessenden.
He lived in the Larwill and Columbia City areas. He graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1967 and attended college for one year. On May 27, 1969 he began working at Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne retiring as a group leader June 1, 2000. He was a member of the VROC-Motorcycle Club.

June 15th

Danny Smith, 74

June 15, 2011

Danny B. Smith, 74, of Ligonier, died Sunday, June 12, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Jan. 17, 1937 to John T. and Ethel (Pepple) Smith in Wawaka.
On June 16, 1956, he married Shirley L. Altimus in Green Center. She preceded him in death April 25, 2011.
Mr. Smith was a lifetime area farmer and had worked as a mechanic for Truelove Brothers of Albion, J.A. Miller and Son of Wakarusa, and Noble County Highway Dept.
He is survived by three children, Bill Smith of Wawaka, Judy Reeve of Ligonier, and Bob Smith of LaGrange; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Ellsworth Jacobs, 87

June 15, 2011

FORT WAYNE — Ellsworth “Bud” R. Jacobs, 87, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, he worked as a supervisor with Dana Corporation for 35 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a member of Dana Quarter Century Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the outdoors.
He enjoyed NASCAR and building race cars.

Kathleen Swoverland, 94

June 15, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Kathleen “Katie” Swoverland, 94, of Churubusco, passed away at 6:06 p.m. June 13, 2011, at Heritage Park Nursing Home, after a long illness.
She was born to Clarence and Clara (Dodson) Carriger Aug. 30, 1916 in Churubusco, where she spent her formative years.
Following her graduation from Indianapolis Methodist College, she spent her career working at several different hospitals as a Registered Nurse, her last being the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, before retiring in 1966.
She married Donald F. Swoverland Aug. 6, 1938.

Gearldine Growcock, 95

June 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gearldine Z. Growcock, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at her residence.
Born Nov. 20, 1915 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Jesse Benjamin and Lillie Francis (Prough) Zeigler.
She lived all her life in the Whitley County area and spent 16 winters in Florida.
She attended Churubusco High School and on Feb. 23, 1935, she was married to Albert C. Growcock in Columbia City, by Pastor Cecil R. Smith.

Barney Bumbaugh, 78

June 15, 2011

NORTH MANCHESTER — Barney Martin Bumbaugh, 78, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at 9:10 p.m. in his North Manchester home.
He was born April 19, 1933 in Warsaw to Girrard M. “Judd” and Ethel F. (Deerwester) Bumbaugh.
On Nov. 13, 1954, he married the love of his life, Dorothy Jo McDonald.
Bumbaugh served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1957 as an electrician with the 91st Field Maintenance.
For the past seven years he’s lived in North Manchester.
He worked at Dana Corporation for 32 years as a tool grinder, retiring in 1995.

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