Archive - Obituary
November 13th, 2013
Donna K. (Keisling) (Anglin) Wilburn, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:21 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1949, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Albert and Viola M. (Stock) Keisling.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1967. In high school, she was active in the band and show choir. On March 27, 1993, she married Connie J. Wilburn in Columbia City.
She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Ruth I. Billings, 85, of Noble County, died at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at her home.
She was born June 23, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Edward August and Margaret Pauline (Boland) Gosda.
Surviving relatives include four children, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, and a sister.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Vickie J. (Lee) Kirkwood, 59, of Anderson went to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 2013, at St. Vincentâ€™s Hospital in Indianapolis.
She was born Aug. 1, 1954, in Noble County, to Lennis Lee and Donna Bell (Winebrenner) Cearbaugh.
She was a waitress at various restaurants in Columbia City and Anderson, where she lived since 1991.
Charles E. Macy, 82, a resident of Churubusco, passed away unexpectedly at 8:08 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Provena Sacred Heart Home in Avilla.
Mr. Macy was born Sept. 1, 1931, in Richmond, a son of Oscar and Mary (Hamilton) Macy.
He moved to this area as a child with his parents, and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1951.
As a young man he served with the U.S. Army in Korea during the Korean Conflict, and was married in Noble County on Oct. 11, 1952, to Patricia L. Halsey.
Patricia A. Durbin, 85, of Kendallville died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 2:55 a.m. in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.
She has lived in this area for 53 years, coming from South Bend.
She was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, both in South Bend.
Mrs. Durbin was a registered nurse. She worked as a surgical nurse at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. She also worked as the industrial nurse for 25 years at Kraft Foods in Kendallville.
Gary Lee Rapp, 63, of Churubusco, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Rapp was born in Garrett on Aug. 5, 1950, to Dick A. Rapp, Sr. and Janice Fern (Trumbull) Rapp.
His mother preceded him in death on March 29, 2009. Gary graduated from Churubusco High School in 1968, and the Nashville Auto Diesel College. He married Edna Marie Lafevor May 26, 1972.
Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school. On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.
Mable I. Blanchard, 91, of Richmond, Texas, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Cambridge Nursing Home in Richmond.
Born on March 28, 1922, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Leland Edward Blew and May Ilean Blew.
On July 11, 1942, she married Melvin Hayes Blanchard at Hattiesburg, Ms. She was a custodian at Whitko Community School Corporation for 22 and a half years. She had lived in Columbia City until 2003, when she moved to be closer to her son in Richmond, Texas.
Elizabeth Linnette Martinez, 48, of Columbia City, passed away suddenly at her residence at 1:14 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
She was born in Fort Wayne Aug. 21, 1965.
She was the daughter of Willis DeWayne â€śBillâ€ť and Viola May (Wood) Bosserman.
Liz spent her lifetime in Columbia City graduating with the Class of 1983 from Columbia City High School. She attended cosmetology training and received a Nail Tech certificate.
Gale W. North, 80, of North Liberty, passed away at 12:21 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home.
Born March 29, 1933, in Wilson Lake, Whitley County, he was the son of Charles B. and Rhoda B. (Cook) North.
He graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1951. He was a Korean War Veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps serving from 1953 â€“ 1961. During his service he was awarded medals for National Defense Services, Korean Service, sharpshooter and good conduct. Gale had achieved the rank of sergeant at the end of his tour of duty.