March 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Lawrence â€śLarryâ€ť W. Pressler, 62, of Columbia City, died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, March 5, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born March 19, 1949, in Wabash, a son of Larry G. and Betty (Stark) Pressler.
His formative years were spent in South Whitley.
He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1967. He then attended Sams Technical Institute, Indianapolis.
On June 19, 1971, he was united in marriage to Melanie J. Kyler. They made their home in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” RenĂ©e Gilberte Juilette Surget Stewart, 96, of Columbia City, died at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, at her daughter Alice Kinzerâ€™s home in Beaverton, Ore. where she had resided since 2010.
She was born July 21, 1915, in Chailland, Mayenne, France, the fifth child of Louis and Marie-Louise Surget.
Her formative years were spent in Paris, where she attended and graduated as a lab technician from Scientia-Private School in Paris in 1937.
ALBION â€” James M. â€śJimâ€ť Earnhart, 83, well known Noble County farmer and a resident of rural Albion, passed away at 12:19 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2012, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville following a lengthy illness.
He had been taken to the hospital from his home earlier in the day.
Mr. Earnhart was born March 12, 1928, in Kosciusko County, a son of Arby Nelson and Mary (Doke) Earnhart, and moved to Green Township in Noble County as a child with his parents.
He spent his formative years on the family farm there and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.
Anthony Logan Gibson, 53, a resident of Merriam, passed away unexpectedly at 11:07 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at his home.
Mr. Gibson was born on April 19, 1958, in Morehead, Ky., a son of Clayton L. and Ruth Lee (Terrell) Gibson, and moved to this area as a child with his parents.
He graduated from Central Noble High School in 1976, and lived in Merriam most of his life.
He had been employed as the purchasing manager at Pro Systems in Churubusco since 1997, and attended Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
Judy A. Heathman, 73, of Port Saint Lucie, Fla. passed away March 5, 2012, in Port Saint Lucie.
Mrs. Heathman was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Indiana and came to Port Saint Lucie from Champaign, Ill. in 1978.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Calvin Heathman of Port Saint Lucie; daughter, Rhonda Blakey and her husband, Mark Blakey; and grandson, Benjamin Blakey, all of Port Saint Lucie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Vivian Hendrickson; and brother, Herbert Hendrickson.
Private arrangements are with Yates Funeral Home, Port Saint Lucie.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Smoke rolled across the serene landscape; Laurel Stockamp wandered around the charred timber, inspecting the extensive damage and remembering the tall, long structure as it was more than a week ago. Barrels of hay and ash remain untouched for inspection after a morning fire engulfed Stockamp Ranchâ€™s main bank barn before spreading to the exercise barn and finally the loafing barn.
Shaking her head in disbelief at the sight, Laurel said, â€śEveryone will remember the big fire here.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śIf she was in the gym, she was happy.â€ť
Columbia City coaching legend Wayne Kreiger wasnâ€™t talking about a former player. He wasnâ€™t speaking of his wife, daughter or granddaughters.
The Indiana Hall of Fame coach was reminiscing on his mother, Helen Kreiger-Ziegler, of Huntington, the woman who has followed him throughout his entire basketball career.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Passages, Inc., after a campaign and election of officers, attendance has increased fivefold in the past year.
â€śPassages has always had a group that met but now weâ€™ve got a name, officers and a mission statement,â€ť said Mary Hunnicutt, Passages director of supported living and admissions.
Martha L. Reilly, 93, of Columbia City and Fort Myers Beach, Fla., died March 2, 2012.
She was born Oct. 8, 1918, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of the late Henry and Fredericka (Heuer) Franz.
Surviving are sons, Thomas (Marti Ainsworth) Reilly, Daniel Reilly, and Robert (Sarah) Reilly; daughters, Patricia (David) Willyard, and Kathleen (Kurt) Blessing; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Reilly Jr.; grandson, Grant Reilly; two brothers and one sister.
Carl E. Metzger, 92, North Manchester, died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Peabody Healthcare Center.
He was born May 20, 1919, in Kosciusko County to Albert H. & Fern E. (Swank) Metzger.
On Sept. 29, 1946, he married Wilda E. Poehler. She died March 17, 2010.
Surviving are a son, Lee W. Metzger, Lagrange, and a sister-in-law Wilma Pinckley of California.
One sister, Lela B. Wise is deceased.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.
Visitation is one hour prior to services at the mortuary.