Archive - Obituary
June 15th, 2011
Edward A. Whitacre Sr., 63, of Big Lake, died at 7:28 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
He was born April 13, 1948 in St. Charles County, Mo., a son of Ollis D. and Katherine M. (Farmer) Whitacre.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy; father, Ollis Whitacre; children, Rob Whitacre, Kim Whitacre, Eddie Whitacre, Michael Whitacre and Sacha Whitacre; and a sister, Cindy Whitacre.
Visitation was 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas.
Belinda Sue (Bryant) Beiswanger, 55, of Kendallville went on to heaven from her home Thursday, May 26, 2011, after an eight month battle with cancer.
Mary Elizabeth Fletcher, 82, of Warsaw, died at 3:14 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at her residence.
She was born in Dixon, Ohio, Feb. 16, 1929 to Loyd and Virga (Zeigler) Anderson. She was married May 6, 1950 to George Marion Fletcher, who survives.
She was a resident of Warsaw for the past 10 years, moving from Columbia City. She was a homemaker and attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Warsaw and St. Matthews United Methodist Church of Columbia City.
Edward Arnold Hammons, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 7:47 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 14, 1952 in Ossian, he was a son of Harold L. and Betty Jane (Spitler) Hammons.
A former resident of Fort Wayne where he graduated from North Side High School, he moved to Columbia City in 1972. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On June 11, 1975 he married Cheryl Ann Brandom in Whitley County. He worked at Briggs Fertilizer Plant in the maintenance department.
Phyllis J. Loughner, 87, of Ligonier, passed away at 6:46 a.m. Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Avalon Village Nursing Home in Ligonier. She was born Aug. 3, 1923 to Edgar and Mildred (Babcock) Martin in Elkhart County.
She is survived by a son, Steve Troup of Ward, Ark. and a sister, Juanita Haines.
She was laid to rest in Marion National Cemetery in Marion.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of the donorâs choice. The Yeager Funeral Home in Ligonier is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.
Deborah Jo Moore, 59, of Columbia City, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne. Born April 26, 1952 in Kendallville, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Janice (Harp) Larson.
She graduated from East Noble High School with the Class of 1970. She married Dennis Moore at Faith UMC Kendallville in 1972. She was a licensed appraiser and owned her own business, Moore Appraisals. She was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church, where she headed up the mid-week meal ministry.
Ruth Rozelma Imler, 91, of Sebring, Fla, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 29, 1920, to Alfred W. and Ethel M. (Gripe) Kyler in Pierceton, and had been a resident of Sebring since 1987, coming from Columbia City. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing, gardening and being outdoors. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends and family.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Harold) Fosnaugh of Warsaw, Rebecca Imler of Sebring and Diane Imler of Sebring; a son, Dan Imler of Albion; and sister, Ruby Hossler of Warsaw.
Mary A. Rice, 88, of Columbia City, died at 3:40 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2011 at Millers Merry Manor.
She was born May 6, 1923 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of the late Edward and Edna (Lehman) Baker. She spent her formative years in Fort Wayne. She attended Central High School.
On Feb. 11, 1945 she was united in marriage to Merlin A. Rice. Mr. Rice died March 16, 2003.
Victoria L. âVickiâ Hanes, 50, of Huntington, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011. She was born April 15, 1961 to Doug and Judy (Koons) Bowyer. She worked for the United States Postal Service for the past 17 years and most recently as a Postmaster in Yoder and Bippus.
Surviving family include her husband, Dan Hanes; daughter, Amanda Hanes; step-son, Matt (Shannon) Hanes; parents, Doug (Judy) Bowyer; brother, Dave (Jill) Bowyer; grandmother, Patricia Koons; mother-in-law, Carolyn Springer; and several nieces and nephews.
Helen M. Whaley, 100, widow of Waldo Whaley, died Friday, May 20, 2011 at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born Jan. 21, 1911 in Steuben County, she was a daughter of the late Morris W. and Anna L. (Goodrich) Hanson.
Survivors include a son, Lee (Pat) Whaley of South Whitley.
At Mrs. Whaleyâs request there will be no visitation or service. Burial will be at a later date at Jamestown Cemetery in Steuben County.