September 24th, 2014
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s boys tennis played Fort Wayne North Side Monday at home, winning 5-0. No. 1 singles player Luke Lillmars and the No. 1 doubles team of Landon Lillmars and Justin Schoeph won in straight, 6-0, 6-0 sets.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department added one of its own to its squad of deputies this month. Sam Gillespie, 23, of Fort Wayne, has been a confinement officer with the department for nine months and was recently selected as the departmentâ€™s newest deputy. â€śI love it here,â€ť Gillespie said. â€śI plan on moving here as soon as the opportunity arises.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Lady Wildcats varsity volleyball team took down the Wabash Apaches Tuesday, winning 3-0. Match leaders for the team were Delaney Ray with 11 kills, Elaine Warner with 29 assists, Tressa Keim with 15 digs and Kaity Reed with two blocks and two aces.
Sept. 20, 1945 â€” Sept. 20, 2014
Barbara J. VanWey, 69, of South Whitley, passed away peacefully at her home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. She had been in failing health.
She was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Logansport, a daughter of the late Von and Francis (McWhinney) Anderson.
Her formative years were spent in Rochester and Warsaw. She graduated from Warsaw High School in 1964. She then completed flight attendant school.
On June 26, 1965, she was united in marriage to James Van Wey. They have always made their home in South Whitley.
Dec. 30, 1930 â€” Sept. 23, 2014
Robert Lee Watson, 83, died at 7:43 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, where he had been a resident since June.
He was born Dec. 30, 1930, in Wells County, a son of William Henry and Constance (Moore) Watson.
He spent his formative years in Etna Troy Township and attended Larwill High School.
He served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War and fought in the Battle of Pusan.
Jan. 16, 1912 â€” Sept. 22, 2014
Emanuel â€śSnickâ€ť N. Geiger, 102, of Churubusco, passed away at 5:10 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at his home in Churubusco.
Mr. Geiger was born Jan. 16, 1912, in Rome City, a son of Emanuel A. and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger. He spent his formative years in Churubusco.
On April 17, 1929, he was married in Churubusco to Mabel Marie Cotton.
He was a long time Smith Township farmer, also drove school bus, and was an antique dealer.
Mr. Geiger attended Blue River Church of the Brethren and taught Sunday school at the United Brethren Church.
May 17, 1927 â€” Sept. 21, 2014
Gloria A. Oldt, 87 of South Whitley, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at The Oaks, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since 2012.
She was born May 17, 1927, in South Whitley, a daughter of the late Paul and Iva (Tschantz) Lehman.
Her formative years were spent in South Whitley and Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
Sept. 2, 1940 â€” Sept. 4, 2014
Carl Lee â€śButchâ€ť Gipson, 74, of Rome City, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, at 4:30 a.m. in his residence.
He had lived in Rome City for 13 years, coming from Alaska where he lived for 11 years. Prior to that, he resided in Columbia City. He was a graduate of Columbia City High School.
Mr. Gipson retired in 1989 after 30 years with Navistar in Fort Wayne. He worked as an engineer in the sheet metal department.
He was a member of Elks Lodge #1417 in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Officials took the next step toward the complete approval of a proposed senior apartment complex in Columbia City. At Tuesday nightâ€™s Common Council meeting, officials agreed to amend the cityâ€™s comprehensive plan and approved a rezoning request to allow for the apartments, which are expected to be located at the former Blue Bell factory on South Whitley Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Somebody once said that a good defense was the best offense. But to every adage there is an exception, as the Columbia City Lady Eagle volleyball team found out on Monday night. In spite of playing some of their best defensive ball against a very hard-hitting Blackhawk Christian squad, the Lady Eagles fell in four games, 23-25, 27-25, 12-25 and 22-25 in their first home contest of the week.