May 21st, 2012
NEW HAVEN â Allen L. Plasterer, 79, of New Haven, died at 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012, at Golden Years Homestead where he had been a resident since 2009.
He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Fort Wayne, a son of Richard W. and Myrtle (Lee) Plasterer.
On Feb. 1, 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War.
On Jan. 29, 1983, he was united in marriage to Jacqueline L. Ramp.
Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs boys golf team is undefeated after 10 matches. The Eagles won the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference match last week, and defeated Summitt and Woodside (Homestead) on Tuesday by two strokes.
Tyler Green, second from left, shot a one-under par at Raccoon Run in the NLMSC match (34). Spencer Klimek, fourth from left, finished with an even par, 35.
Matt Benedict, third from left, shot a 41. Garrett Roehling, far right, fired a 44 and Nick Decker, far left, had a 49.
COLUMBIA CITY â While local police investigate a student at Indian Springs Middle School who allegedly stabbed numerous middle-schoolers with a sewing needle, the top official at Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation says the school district acted pro-actively to the incident.
Buna C. Head, 97, a resident of Blue Lake near Churubusco, died at 12:21 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Oaks in Columbia City.
She was born July 28, 1914, in Huntington County, a daughter of Arthur C. and Mary Ann (Shidler) Myers.
On June 21, 1953 she married Harry W. Head.
He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1974.
Surviving relatives include her daughters, Nancy Murphree of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Marilyn âSusieâ Koker of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â Helen E. âGeneâ Lahr, 93, of rural Columbia City, died Friday morning, May 18, 2012, at Renaissance Village.
She was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Garrett, a daughter of John F. and Florence (Ladig) Osterman.
In 1936, she married Floyd Ervin Hall. He died in 1944.
On May 21, 1945, she married Lester E. Lahr.
He died Sept. 28, 1995.
Surviving relatives include two children, Carol Gillum and Robert Lahr, all of Churubusco; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a brother, Martin Osterman of Fort Wayne.
Beverly (Cowles) Smith-Pullen, 81, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at her home on her beloved Shriner Lake.
Born Oct. 17, 1930, in LaOtto, she was the daughter of Ed and Eleanor (Walda) Cowles.
She attended South Side High School, Fort Wayne.
She married John R. Pullen in 1975 and lived most of her life in Allen and Whitley counties.
Bev worked at General Electric in Fort Wayne for more than 25 years and was a member of Elex Club, Zion Lutheran Church and United Community Travelerâs of America.
COLUMBIA CITY â Helen Marie Williams, 84, of rural Columbia City, died at 12:24 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted on Wednesday.
She was born June 26, 1927, in Monroeville, a daughter of Cecil E. and Carol L. (Dager) DeWert. She completed her education at Monroeville High School.
On Nov. 11, 1949, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Williams Jr.
From 1953 until 1978 they made their home at Blue Lake before moving to Colorado for two years. In 1980 they returned to the rural Columbia City area.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jessie Maxine Romine, 87, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since July 2011.
She was born April 4, 1925, in Branch County, Mich., a daughter of Ray and Delilah (Hulse) Brown. As a teenager, her family moved to Auburn. She graduated from Auburn High School.
Following her high school graduation, she worked for Warner Gear for three years, the principal at Auburn High School. She also worked at Royal Industries for three years.
With I-READ3 results coming in electronically about a month ago, school superintendents in Whitley County were pleased with student performance on the test.
âItâs a difficult high stakes test for a third grader to take,â said Steve Darnell, superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). âOur teachers, parents and administration were pleased with the results.â
The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test.
COLUMBIA CITY â After 35 years of being an educator, Bob Hoke is retiring.
Hoke has been in education most of his life, and most of it was spent right here in Whitley County Consolidated Schools. He has been the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School for the last 10 years.
âMy educational experience all began in kindergarten,â said Hoke. âI grew up on a farm in Goshen and after high school went to Ball State University.â
Hoke began his teaching career at Goshen Middle School teaching seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.