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October 30th, 2014

Douglas Vorndran, 74

October 30, 2014

Nov. 13, 1939 — Oct. 28, 2014
Douglas W. Vorndran, 74, of Columbia City, died at 11:36 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted Saturday.
He was born Nov. 13, 1939 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Clement and Uva (Vansickle) Vorndran.
His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. Later the family moved to Anderson where he graduated from Anderson High School.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserve. The majority of his work career was as a press operator at Parrot Press in Fort Wayne.

Walter R. Mills, 81

October 30, 2014

Oct. 29, 2014
Walter R. Mills, 81, a resident of rural Columbia City at Tri-Lakes, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Oct. 29, 2014 at the family residence on Shriner Lake.
Mr. Mills was born in 1933 in Detroit, a son of Harold and Mary (Falba) Mills. He moved to Fort Wayne as a child with his parents, and was a U.S. Army veteran.
In 1954, he was married to Betty Truelove in Fort Wayne and lived there until moving to his lake home in 1996.
He was employed at International Harvester in Fort Wayne for 33 years, retiring as a tool research engineer in 1983.

October 29th

Emogene Leasure, 95

October 29, 2014

June. 1, 1919 — Oct. 27, 2014
Emogene H. “Jean” Leasure, 95, North Manchester, died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester.
She was born June 1, 1919, in Kosciusko County, to Emory and Mary (Warner) Hossler.
She graduated from Pierceton High School (Pierceton) in 1937, and from Manchester College where she received a BS degree in education. She received her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Purdue University in 1964.

October 28th

James “Darrell” Clark, 62

October 28, 2014

June 10, 1952 - Oct. 26, 2014
James “Darrell” Clark, 62, of Pierceton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 surrounded by his family. Born on June 10, 1952 in Harlan County, Kent., he was the son of Oscar Howard and Grace Ellen (Cody) Clark.
He and his family moved from Kentucky to South Whitley in 1972. He had worked at Dalton, Carey Construction and Star Light in Pierceton. For over 20 years, Darrell worked at Alfe Heat Treat, retired in 2008.

Terry Nicodemus, 63

October 28, 2014

Nov. 8, 1950 — Oct. 26, 2014
Terry J. Nicodemus, 63, of Albion, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, at his home.
Born Nov. 8, 1950, in Wawaka, he was the son of Ernest and Mary Lou (Nicodemus) Tucker.
He graduated from Central Noble High School with the Class of 1969. Following high school, Terry served in the U.S. Army.

J.L. “Jack” Hill, 90

October 28, 2014

June 14, 1924 - Oct. 26, 2014
J. L. “Jack” Hill, 90, widely acquainted Green Township farmer and a former resident of rural LaOtto, passed away at 8:22 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at The Oaks in Columbia City. He had been a patient there since Sept. 5.
Mr. Hill was born on June 14, 1924 in Green Township, a son of Lee and Romona (Haney) Hill. On Nov. 23, 1942 he was married in Churubusco to Betty Claxton, and the couple lived most of their adult lives in Noble County.
He was engaged in farming in Green Township during his working years.

October 27th

Allene Long, 90

October 27, 2014

July. 28, 1924 — Oct. 24, 2014
Allene P. Long, 90, formerly of Columbia City, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Licking County Memorial Hospital in Newark, Ohio.
She was born, July 28, 1924, in Warsaw, the daughter of Fred and Mildred (Wright) Cole.
She spent most of her life in Kosciusko, Noble and Whitley counties and graduated from North Webster High School.
On April 26, 1942, she was united in marriage to Joe E. Long and they were married 71 years.

October 24th

Dorothy Tinney, 91

October 24, 2014

March 26, 1923 — Oct. 21, 2014
Dorothy Elizabeth Federspiel-Tinney, 91, of Fort Wayne, went home in peace Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her home.
She was born to the late Louis and Lillian Jones, March 26, 1923, in Louisville, Ky.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Russell) Lahr; sons Andy (Chris) Federspiel and Ernest Federspiel; step-daughters Suzanne Shelton, Laura Barnes and Carolyn Runyan, step-son David Tinney; brother Kenneth Jones, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

October 23rd

Lavinia Robinson, 84

October 23, 2014

Aug. 16, 1930 — Oct. 21, 2014
Lavinia A. Croy-Robinson, 84, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:37 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.
Born Aug. 16, 1930, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Doc and Maude (Stamper) Fletcher.
She moved from Kentucky to the Whitley County area at the age of 10. She attended Collins School, and on April 21, 1948, she married Albert Croy in Huntertown. Soon after in 1950, they moved their family to Fort Wayne.

Kenneth Parke, 59

October 23, 2014

July 26, 1955 — Oct. 21, 2014
Kenneth Jay Parke, Sr., 59, a resident of Big Lake, died at 10:31 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. He had been in declining health.
He was born July 26, 1955, in Fort Wayne, a son of James and Virginia (Hawk) Parke. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He attended South Side High School.
On Dec. 29, 1973, he entered the U.S. Marine Corp. He was honorably discharged May 28, 1978.
On July 29, 1978, he was united in marriage to Cathy M. Thompson. They made their home in Fort Wayne. In 1989, they moved to Big Lake.

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