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October 16th, 2014

Barbara Pearson, 86

October 16, 2014

May 12, 1928 - Oct. 15, 2014
Barbara L. Pearson, 86, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of Melvin B. Pearson, passed away unexpectedly at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at the Kingston Care Center in Fort Wayne. She had been a patient there for one and one half years.
Mrs. Pearson was born in Smith Township May 12, 1928, a daughter of Murray and Lois (Geiger) Harrold. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947, and was a lifelong resident of Churubusco.
On Sept. 14, 1957 she was married in Churubusco to Melvin B. Pearson.

Jon Fulton, 55

October 16, 2014

Sept. 27, 1959 - Oct. 14, 2014
Jon A. Fulton, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born Sept. 27, 1959 in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Buddy Doyle and Anna Gail (Cox) Fulton.
He lived in the Detroit metropolitan area before moving to Whitley County in 1991. He graduated from East Detroit High School with the Class of 1977, and attended Rochester College, Rochester Hills, Mich. where he pursued a bachelor’s of religious education degree.

October 15th

Luther “Dale” Mann, 70

October 15, 2014

June 23, 1944 - Oct. 13, 2014
Luther “Dale” Mann, 70, died at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 at Parkview Whitley Hospital’s emergency room. He had been in declining health.
He was born June 23, 1944 in Edwards County, Ill., and was the son of the late Hugh and Ruby (Hall) Mann. His formative years were spent in Albion, Ill. He graduated from Edwards County Senior High School in 1962. He went on to earn an associate’s degree in electronics from United Electronics.

October 13th

Allan N. Swangren, 75

October 13, 2014

Dec. 1, 1938 - Oct. 11, 2014
Allan N. Swangren, 75, passed away peacefully at 12:05 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since March.
He was born Dec. 1, 1938 in Melrose Park, Ill., son of the late Norman and Mabel (Kopp) Swangren. He spent his formative years in Maywood, Ill. and attended Proviso High School, Maywood, Ill.
On Jan. 24, 1962 he was inducted into the U.S. Army. On Jan. 27, 1964 he was honorably discharged and moved to reserve status. He completed his service Jan. 23, 1968.

Treva Ghaster, 90

October 13, 2014

Treva Eloise Ghaster, 90, passed away Sunday Oct. 5, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Whitley County, Treva was a Lutheran School of Nursing graduate and worked as an R.N. with Lutheran Hospital and St. Joe Medical Center for many years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of Blackhawk Baptist Church.

October 10th

Margaret Wilcoxson, 94

October 10, 2014

Dec. 7, 1919 — Oct. 8, 2014
Margaret L. Wilcoxson, 94, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 7, 1919, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of James and Ruth (Gangwer) Hess.
A lifetime resident of Whitley County, Margaret graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1938.
On Nov. 6, 1941, she married Charles E. Wilcoxson. She was a homemaker and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Whitley County Women’s Extension Club.

Hancford Layne, 90

October 10, 2014

April 23, 1924 — Oct. 9, 2014
Hancford “Hank” Louise Layne, 90, of South Whitley, went home to be with the Lord Thursday Oct. 9, 2014.
Born April 23, 1924, in Manton, Ky., she was the daughter of Lee and Nelis (Howard) Stephens.
She grew up in Manton and graduated from Martin High School with the Class of 1944.

October 8th

Warren York, 57

October 8, 2014

Dec. 24, 1956 — Oct. 6, 2014
Warren York, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:34 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 24, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of Donald A. and Marilee J. (Heil) York.
Warren graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1976. He worked at Columbia City Engineering for more than 20 years and was a member of Columbia City United Methodist Church.

October 7th

Marcia Allen, 81

October 7, 2014

Aug. 18, 1933 — Oct. 5, 2014
Marcia I. Allen, 81, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at her home.
Born Aug. 18, 1933, in Andrews, she was the daughter of Kenneth M. and Helen L. (Clark) Slagal.
She graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1952. On Dec. 15, 1952 she married Larry L. Allen.
Marcia was a telephone operator early on in her life, but she was most proud of being a mother and homemaker. For a brief period, she also was a nurse’s aid at the Linvill Nursing Home. She was a member of Community Bible Church.

October 6th

Ronald Ott, 92

October 6, 2014

Oct. 15, 1921 — Oct. 3, 2014
Ronald H. Ott, 92, formerly of rural Churubusco, died Friday evening, Oct. 3, 2014, at Timbercrest Healthcare, North Manchester, where he became a resident Sept. 27.
He was born Oct. 15, 1921, in Noble County, a son of W. Denver and Gertie M. (Hire) Ott. He attended school in Merriam and graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1940.
On Sept. 5, 1948, he was united in marriage to Jennie Irene Ott. A lifelong farmer, they made their home on their farm in Noble County. On July 3, 2012, they moved to Timbercrest Retirement Community.

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