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January 9th, 2015

E. Jane Gradeless, 91

January 9, 2015

March 22, 1923 — Jan. 8, 2015
E. Jane Gradeless, 91, of Roanoke and formerly rural Columbia City, died at 6:46 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born March 22, 1923 in Thorncreek Township, a daughter of B. Frank and M. Ruth (Ott) Bitting. Her formative years were spent in Thorncreek Township. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1941.
In 1943 she began working for Whitley County REMC until 1962.

January 8th

John E. Pletcher, 68

January 8, 2015

Sept. 15, 1946 — Jan. 7, 2015
John E. Pletcher, 68, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born Sept. 15, 1946 in Wolf Lake, he was the son of John J. and Betty (Lehman) Pletcher.
He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1965. Following graduation, John served in the Indiana Air National Guard.

Craig Alan Potter, 51

January 8, 2015

Sept. 21, 1963 — Jan. 3, 2015
Craig Alan Potter, 51, of Columbia City, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich. passed away suddenly from an automotive accident on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 near Mansfield, Ohio.
He was born to James N. and January J. (Schut) Potter Sept. 21, 1963 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Craig was truck driver for many year most recently for the Wel Company. When Craig had some down time he thoroughly enjoyed Karaoke, and was quick to point out that if you didn’t like his singing, then you didn’t know good music. He also liked to hunt and fish when the time permitted.

Maurie L. Hahn, 70

January 8, 2015

March 1, 1944 — Jan. 6, 2015
Maurie L. Hahn, 70, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at his home. Born March 1, 1944, he was the son of Scott and Irene (Bruns) Hahn.
He graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School with the class of 1962 and July 27, 1963, he married Regina Shull. Maurie was a member of Aboite Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Regina Hahn; children, Greg (Carrie) Hahn, of Holland, Ohio, Melanie Hahn, of Fort Wayne and Paul (Ruby) Hahn, of Columbia City; and grandchildren, Lucas, Olivia and Lawson Hahn.

January 7th

Glen E. “Sam” Kelsey, 82

January 7, 2015

Jan. 13, 1932 — Jan. 6, 2015
Glen E. “Sam” Kelsey, 82, of Columbia City, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
He was born Jan. 13, 1932 in Jefferson Township, a son of Paul David and Dorothy E. (Oliver) Kelsey. At the age of three, his family moved to Cleveland Township. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1950.
On Oct. 6, 1952 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Aug. 27, 1954.

Carla Cone Freel, 57

January 7, 2015

Nov. 29, 1957 — Jan. 5, 2015
Carla Cone Freel, 57, of Columbia City, Indiana passed away at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
On Nov. 29, 1957, she was born in Columbia City, to Charles and Elizabeth “Betty” (Hamsher) Cone. She was raised in Pierceton but lived most of her life in Whitley County. She was a graduate of Whitko High School, Class of 1976.

January 6th

Iola M. Hanauer, 85

January 6, 2015

Dec. 22, 1929 — Jan. 3, 2015
Iola M. Hanauer, 85, a former resident of Columbia City, died at 6:58 p.m. Saturday Jan. 3, 2015 at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
She was born Dec. 22, 1929 in Madison County, a daughter of Virgil E. and Lillian Esther (Mumaugh) Burelison. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended Concordia Lutheran High School.
In May 1949, she was united in marriage to Wilfred Junior Hanauer. For 37 years they made their home in Columbia City. Mr. Hanauer died Dec. 2002.

Richard E. Hyser, 60

January 6, 2015

Sept. 23, 1954 — Jan. 2, 2015
Richard E. Hyser, 60, of Columbia City, passed away at 3:48 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne. Born Sept. 23, 1954 in Whitley County, he was the son of Robert R. Hyser and Wilma (Love) Hyser-Clark.

Ralph Eugene Deck, Sr.

January 6, 2015

May 25, 1929 — Jan. 2, 2015
Ralph Eugene Deck, Sr., of Albion, passed away at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at his home south of Wolf Lake.
Ralph was born May 25, 1929 to George Garrison and Elmira Mae (Rollins) Deck in Oakwood, Ohio. Later the family moved to Churubusco, where he grew up. To family and friends he came to be known as “Popeye.”
Ralph joined the Air Force in 1951 and served his country for 17 years, including 10 years in Foreign Service. He was a Staff Sergeant when he was honorably discharged in 1968.
Ralph married Vada Ilene Smeltzer Jan. 5, 1957 in Churubusco.

January 5th

Juanita J. Krider, 102

January 5, 2015

May 17, 1912 — Jan. 3, 2015
Juanita J. Krider, 102, of Collins, died at 6:43 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at her home.
She was born May 17, 1912 in Noble County, a daughter of Clarence and Rista (Winebrenner) Friend. Her formative years were spent in Merriam. She graduated from Wolf Lake High School in 1931.
On April 6, 1935 she was united in marriage to Clyde LeRoy Krider Sr. They made their home in South Whitley until 1939 when they moved to their home south of Collins. Mr. Krider died in Sept. 1981.
Her memberships include Collins United Methodist Church.

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