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December 30th

Lyle G. Hill, 68

December 30, 2014

Jan. 17, 1946 — Dec. 28, 2014
Lyle G. Hill, 68, of South Whitley, died at 9:14 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 at his home.
He was born Jan. 17, 1946, in Wolf Lake, a son of Earl L. and Aileen M. (Goodrich) Hill. His formative years were spent in Etna Troy Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1965.
On June 1, 1965 he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged April 1, 1971.
He was employed at Klingaman Welding & Repair, Waugh Drainage, Moose Lodge and lastly PTG.

Sharon Keller Diemer, 76

December 30, 2014

Sharon A. Keller Diemer, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. Born in Fort Wayne, Sharon was a homemaker and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Robert Diemer, of Columbia City; son, William (Dianna) Diemer, of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughters, Debra (Jim) Byerline, of Columbia City, Sondra (Jerry) Hughes, of Fort Wayne and Stephanie Hayes, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and brother, Herschel Keller, of Atlanta, Ga.
Sharon was preceded in death by her son, Roger Diemer.

December 29th

Norma L. Wells, 77

December 29, 2014

June 24, 1937 — Dec. 25, 2014
Norma L. Wells, 77, of Columbia City, died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born June 24, 1937 in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Earl and Marguerite (Unger) Jacobs. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
On April 12, 1957 she was united in marriage to Russell G. Wells at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1971 when they moved northwest of Columbia City.

Jason Watson, 36

December 29, 2014

Aug. 28, 1978 — Dec. 25, 2014
Jason Paul Watson, age 36, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:31 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014 at his residence. Born Aug. 28, 1978 in Fort Atkinson, Wis., he was the son of Dan and Cheryl (Lilly) Watson.
Jason attended Whitley County schools and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1998. He attended Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Jason worked in automotive sales and was also proud to be a stay at home dad.
He enjoyed playing poker, watching Green Bay Packers football, traveling to Wisconsin and playing video games.

December 23rd

George W. Atkinson, 78

December 23, 2014

Nov. 27, 1936 — Dec. 21, 2014
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Nov. 27, 1936 in Coudersport, Pa., he was the son of George “Will” and Violet (Peet) Atkinson.
He graduated from Coudersport High School with the Class of 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force with time spent in Labrador. In 1961, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology.

Florence E. Keiser, 102

December 23, 2014

Oct. 27, 1912 — Dec. 18, 2014
Florence E. Keiser, 102, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Muncie where she had been a resident since March.
She was born Oct. 27, 1912 in Whitley County, a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Belle (Smith) Schrader. Her formative years were spent in Columbia Township where she had perfect attendance at the Schrader School all eight years.

December 22nd

George W. Atkinson, 78

December 22, 2014

Arrangements pending
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Please check the Tuesday paper for visitation and funeral times.

Corwin ‘Corky’ Draper, 94

December 22, 2014

Aug. 15, 1920 - Dec. 17, 2014
Corwin A. “Corky” Draper, 94, of Huntington, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at The Heritage of Huntington.
Corwin was born Aug. 15, 1920 in Huntington, a son of Joseph A. and Edith C. (Dinius) Draper.
He was united in marriage to Margaret K. Weiford on July 17, 1943 in Huntington. His wife survives. Additional survivors include four children. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Joan ‘Smoke’ Heinley, 84

December 22, 2014

April 22, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2014
Joan A. “Smoke” Heinley, 84, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Heritage of Huntington where she had been a resident since January 2011.
She was born April 22, 1930 in the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, a daughter of Virgil E. and Ethel M. (Schinbeckler) Heinley. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School and attended college in Kentucky.
She was employed at Mullendore’s Confectionary for many years, Chamberlin Products for over 10 years and Viking Inc. for 14 years.

Michael J. Cook, 70

December 22, 2014

Oct. 20, 1944 - Dec. 19, 2014
Michael J. Cook, 70, of Auburn, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.
He was born Oct. 20, 1944 in Columbia City, Ind. a son of Wave Eugene and Marilyn Virginia (Mossburg) Cook. His formative years were spent in Union Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and was the 1963 Honor Blanket recipient. He continued his education at Butler University where he played football for a year.
On Sept. 12, 1966 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged Sept. 11, 1972.

 

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