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May 28th, 2014

Virginia M. Freeman, 64

May 28, 2014

March 29, 1950 — May 27, 2014
Virginia M. Freeman, 64, of Columbia City, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born March 29, 1950 in Noble County, she was the daughter of Hobart E. and Helen V. Yoder. She graduated from West Noble High School with the Class of 1968.
May 29, 1971 she married Maurice D. Freeman in Avilla. A few years later, the two moved to Whitley County. She and Morry had owned and operated Freeman Janitorial. She is a member of First Church of God.

May 27th

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86

May 27, 2014

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully May 24, 2014.
The elder daughter of Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton, Beverley was born July 31, 1927 in the old Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living in the country on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City Schools and Columbia City High School.

R. Choleene Leinker, 86

May 27, 2014

Oct. 26, 1927 — May 25, 2014
R. Choleene Leinker, 86, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.
Born Oct. 26, 1927, in South Whitley, she was the daughter of Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner.
She lived in South Whitley until 1941 then moved to Fort Wayne for 10 years, where she attended North Side High School, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla.
She then moved to North Webster, where she lived until 2000 finally settling at her present home in Columbia City.

May 23rd

Norma Jean Keppler, 72

May 23, 2014

Norma Jean Keppler, 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014 at Golden Years Homestead Nursing Home.
Born May 28, 1941, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Isaac Franklin “Frank” and Clara Elizabeth (Murphy) Overholser.
Norma will be lovingly remembered by her family.

Evelyn Duffield, 92

May 23, 2014

Evelyn Magley Coleman Duffield, 92, of Kingsport passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Asbury Place.

May 22nd

Sharon L. Beard, 76

May 22, 2014

March 21, 1937 — Oct. 3, 2013
Sharon Louise Beard, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark. since Sept. 1997, died Oct. 3, 2013.
She was born March 21, 1937, in Columbia City, a daughter of Forrest W. and Jean (Staley) Zumbrun. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
On Aug. 21, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald R. Beard in Jefferson Township. Mr. Beard preceded her in death in 1992.

Margaret Thompson, 63

May 22, 2014

June 9, 1950 — May 19, 2014
Margaret E. (Hiss) Thompson, 63, of Kissimmee, (formerly of Elkhart), passed away, May 19, 2014, with her husband “boyfriend,” of 41, years lovingly at her side.
She was born June 9, 1950, in Garrett, to Robert and Anna (Felke) Hiss and married Richard Thompson June 1, 1973.
Together they built and nurtured a blended family with sons Rick (Glenda) Thompson, Kerry (Dawn) Thompson, Kristopher (Laurie) Thompson, Mark (Jacqui) Pedley, and son-in-law Bob Storlie. Their daughters include Tina Thompson, Kristie (Maurice) Conley, and Kelli Storlie.

Kaylin Pratt, 18

May 22, 2014

Oct. 13, 1995 — May 22, 2014
Kaylin Renee Pratt, 18, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving and caring family.
Born Oct. 13, 1995, in Gary, she was the daughter of Donald Mark Pratt and Michelle J. (Blewett) Pratt, who survive her.
She has spent most of her life in South Whitley and attended Pierceton Elementary School. Kaylin was a member of Turning Point Church in South Whitley.

May 21st

Phillip Meier

May 21, 2014

Phillip D. Meier, of Woodstock, passed away May 8, 2014, after a short stay at JourneyCare Hospice of Woodstock.
He was the last survivor of seven siblings, born to Henry and Doris Meier of Columbia City.
Phil was awarded an early high school diploma so that he could join the service in World War II. After the war, he attended business school. Coupled with a sharp mind, a will of iron, and a strict work ethic, he became a successful salesman and business manager for several water treatment companies.

May 20th

Tracey Tennant, 57

May 20, 2014

Tracey J. Tennant, 57, of Columbia City passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He was a graduate of Columbia City Joint High School, and he was a talented landscaper, handyman and project manager.
He had a love for plants and all things green, making everything he touched beautiful. He loved spending time with his daughters and watching his grandchildren grow.
He also enjoyed mudding, bonzaing, and borin’ in his trucks, four wheelers, and beep beep jeep while giving the gristle ho sign.

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