April 17th, 2014
Michael Ray Werstler, of Larwill, passed away at 5:40 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at his residence at the age of 63.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County, and a 1968 graduate of Pierceton High School, Pierceton.
He attended college at United Electronic Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., receiving his associate degree in electronics in 1970.
On Jan. 13, 1971, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1973.
Eudora Marcella (Ellis) Blanchard, 93, of Southport, formerly of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at her home.
Born on Dec. 8, 1920, in Marshall County, she was the daughter of John Linus and Mary Jane (Atha) Ellis.
She graduated in 1938 as salutatorian from Tippecanoe High School. Her class was the first in Indiana required to earn a four-year degree for elementary education majors when she graduated in 1942 from Central Normal College in Danville. She had been a member of Delta Sigma Kappa sorority, Iota Chapter since college.
WHITLEY COUNTY (April 17, 2014) - The Indiana Department of Education has released the graduation rates of the state's high schools in 2013. How did Whitley County rank? See today's issue of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s been a cold and blustery winter, but according to Whitley Countyâ€™s Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, that is no excuse for a house to be left in disrepair.
Thomas Ebetino owns property on County Road 400 South, and after several conversations and official written notices, he has still not complied with Wagnerâ€™s request to make the house safe.
â€śAt the Dec. 16, 2013 meeting, the Commissioners granted Ebetino two months to weatherize the home,â€ť Wagner said. â€śThat has not been done.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who broke into a family memberâ€™s home in December of 2013 was given an eight-year sentence Monday.
Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, will serve six of the eight years at the Whitley County Jail, with the remainder of the burglary sentence to be spent on probation.
Burglary is a Class B felony.
Cosletâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, hoped his client could serve some of his sentence on work release.
â€śHeâ€™s a 20-year-old that got caught up in a bad crowd, and did things heâ€™s not proud of,â€ť Voelz said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A recently completed troop project benefited an area Boy Scout and Whitko Community School Corporation.
Lucas Schmittler, a freshman at Whitko High School, was in search of a project to complete his requirements as an Eagle Scout with Troop 85.
When he realized that the Eel River Environmental Center was left unattended near his high school, he thought it would be the perfect way to earn his Eagle Scout designation.
Robert Stangland, 89, of Columbia City, passed away at 1:12 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014, and reunited with his wife, Waundean who passed away this past September.
A life-long resident of Whitley County, Bob was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Jefferson Township, he was the son of James and Grace (Mohn) Stangland.
John M. Arter, 63, of Pierceton, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Sept. 7, 1950, in Zanesville, Ohio, he was the son of John A. and Helen A. (Rondonsky) Arter.
He graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1968 and earned an associates degree from Ivy Tech in HVAC certification and numerous other certifications earned over his lifetime.
Joshua Harold Copp, 35, of rural South Whitley, died early Monday morning, April 14, 2014, due to natural causes.
He was born July 2, 1978, in Fort Wayne, a son of Jeffrey O. and Connie R. (Johnson) Copp.
In 1979 his family moved to Osceola, from Oakbrook, Ill. In 1985, the family moved to Rehrersburg, Pa.
He graduated from Tulpehocken High School in Bernville, where he played soccer and basketball. In 1998, he returned to Indiana to live in Columbia City.
On Oct. 6, 2001 he was united in marriage to Anna R. Siegrist.
Brian Dee Weigold, 60, of Elkhart, passed away of natural causes in his home April 11, 2014. He was born April 12, 1953.