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August 11th, 2014

Wendell Buntain, 79

August 11, 2014

Dec. 1934 — July 23, 2014
Wendell Buntain passed away July 23, 2014, after an 18-month battle with cancer at Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces N.M.
He is survived by his wife Helen, son Greg (Patti and son Christopher), son Nick (Irene and sons Benjamin and Wilton), daughter Julie Pannell (Mike and son Matthew).
A story of Wendell’s life, along with a guest book, is available at the Baca Funeral Chapel at

Wanda Knafel, 89

August 11, 2014

April. 17, 1925 — Aug. 8, 2014
Wanda J. Knafel, 89, of Ligonier, passed away Aug. 8, 2014, in Albion. She was born April 17, 1925, to Cecil and Frances (Ozier) Phares. She married Gust D. Knafel, Jr. He preceded her in death in 1995.
She is survived by four sons, Stan (Darlene) Knafel of New Paris, Tim Knafel of Ligonier, Ted (Janet) Knafel of Columbia City and Floyd Knafel of Syracuse; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wilton Phares of Albion and a sister, Dorothy Smith of Salem, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a brother, Marvin Phares, in 2012.

August 9th

Ronald Neeley, 82

August 9, 2014

Ronald E. Neeley, 73, of Warsaw, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2014 at his home with his family by his side. Born Aug. 31, 1940, in Utica, Pa., he was the son of Hiram J. and Cora M. (Deets) Neeley.
He graduated from Meadville High School with the of Class 1958, and attended Erie Commercial College for two years before moving to Marion to attend Indiana Wesleyan for the next three years.

August 8th

Paul Hile, 45

August 8, 2014

Paul “Pete” Wayne Hile, 45, of Columbia City, passed away at 12:19 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Columbia City.
Born July 2, 1969, in Columbia City, he is the son of Paul H. and Bonnie J. (Murphy) Hile who survive him.
As a youth, Pete enjoyed hanging out with his buddies and playing the new creation of home video games on his Atari and Commodore. With the Commodore, he learned that he could write his own video games which sparked his interest in attending Ivy Tech for computer programming after graduation.

August 7th

D. Kirk McNagny, 89

August 7, 2014

Nov. 18, 1924 — July 19, 2014
D. Kirk McNagny, 89, of Williamstown, Va., passed away of pneumonia Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Kirk was born in Columbia City Nov. 18, 1924, the last of three children to Vera and Rob Reed McNagny.
Kirk graduated from Columbia City High School and subsequently earned an aeronautical engineering degree from Tri-State University.
In 1952, he married Jaralee “Jerry” Johnston of Peru, his partner in life for the next 44 years.

Roberta Meagher, 75

August 7, 2014

Sept. 25, 1938 — Aug. 4, 2014
Roberta J. Meagher, 75, of Columbia City, passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Marshall and Doris (Mace) Wolfe.
Roberta graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1956, and received an associate’s degree from Virginia Beach Community College.
On Jan. 1, 1956, she married Larry W. Meagher. She had worked at Ralston Purina. She was a member of the Columbia City VFW, American Legion and Eagles.

August 6th

Betty Doudt, 98

August 6, 2014

Betty R. Doudt, 98, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Westminster Village in Muncie.
Born May 3, 1916, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of E.O. and Ruth (Johnson) Ringwalt.
In her early years, Betty lived in Fort Wayne before moving to Laud in 1950. In 2000, she moved to Columbia City and recently moved to be closer to her son in Muncie. She graduated from South Side High School with the Class of 1934.

August 5th

Esther A. Bresler, 99

August 5, 2014

Esther A. Bresler, 99, passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Fort Wayne.
Born in Fort Wayne, Esther’s passion was her family and she faithfully served them as a homemaker. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Surviving are her sons, Fred (Sue) Bresler of Lakeland, Florida; John Bresler of Columbia City; George (Janet) Bresler of Groton, South Dakota; daughter, Ann (Jerry) Smith of Columbia City; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Clara Stone of Louisville, Kent.

August 4th

James M. “Jim” Herron, 58

August 4, 2014

James M. “Jim” Herron, 58, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at his residence. James was born July 18, 1956, in Fort Wayne, the son of Paul and Norma (Comer) Herron.
James was a lifetime Whitley County resident and a 1974 graduate of Columbia City High School. He also attended Kaplan University and received his Paralegal Certificate.
James spent most of his working career as a machinist at United Technologies in Columbia City, Dana Corporation in Syracuse, and Eaton-Clutch in Auburn.

August 1st

Von Fisher, 76

August 2, 2014

Von E. Fisher, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 9:55 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center where he was admitted Monday.
He was born Aug. 5, 1937, in Columbia City, a son of Marshall Earl and Alice Marie (Blanchard) Fisher.
He attended Columbia City Schools until second grade when his family moved to Thorncreek Township. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1955.


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