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Obituaries

Roger B. Thomson, 81

July 28, 2014

Roger B. Thomson, 81, of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:50 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home.
Born in South Whitley, Jan. 31, 1933, Mr. Thomson was the son of Ralph Benjamin and Prudence White Thomson. He married Nellie W. Newell Sept. 11, 1953.
Mr. Thomson was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1953, during the Korean War; he was honorably discharged in 1955.
He received a bachelors degree in electronic engineering from Indiana Tech in 1960, and was the salutatorian of is class.

Cathy Bewak, 71

July 21, 2014

Cathy Bewak, 71, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Madelyn Walter, and her companion, Preston Stackhouse.
Surviving are her children, Christy (Dave) Roberts of Brighton, Mich., Todd (Susie) Neff of Decatur, and brother, Larry (Becky) Walter of Columbia City.

Ann Smith, 75

July 21, 2014

Nov. 15, 1938 — July 18, 2014
Ann Smith, 75, of rural Columbia City, died Friday evening, July 18, 2014, at her home.
She was born Nov. 15, 1938, in South Whitley, a daughter of Arthur H. and Marguerite B. (McConnell) Bechtold. Her formative years were spent in South Whitley. She graduated from South Whitley High School in 1956.
On Jan. 25, 1957, she was united in marriage to Richard D. Smith. They made their home south of Columbia City for 31 years before moving to their home at New Lake. Mr. Smith died July 31, 1993.
She was employed at Essex/Coupled Products for more than 35 years.

Thomas Rudd, 88

July 18, 2014

Thomas T. Rudd, 88, of South Whitley, passed away at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his residence after a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 6, 1926, in Culver, the son of Maurice Henry and Lois Isabelle (Todd) Rudd.
Tom graduation from South Whitley High School with the Class of 1944 and went on to attend Butler University.
He served with the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II from 1944 and was discharged in 1946.

Victor Adkins, 82

July 17, 2014

Victor “Joe” Adkins, 82, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014. He was born in Denver, Ind., son of the late, William and Edna Adkins.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and was also a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. He retired in 1994 after 36 years of service with United Telephone-Sprint.

Kathryn Leffel, 93

July 16, 2014

Kathryn Agnes Leffel, 93, of Larwill, went to be with her Savior at 5 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Mason Health & Rehab, Warsaw where she had been a resident since March.
She was born April 8, 1921, near Raber, a daughter of Millard and Goldia Agnes (Conner) Kyler.
Her formative years were spent in Jefferson Township. She completed her education at Jefferson Center High School.
On April 26, 1940, she married Robert S. Leffel in Fort Wayne, moving to Larwill after a short period. Mr. Leffel went to be with the Lord Aug. 4, 1995.

Frank Krantz

July 16, 2014

Frank Krantz, of Columbia City, passed away March 24, 2014. He was born Dec. 5, 1943.
He is survived by Donata Sturgill, Philip Krantz and Susan Bowen. He was a beloved father and friend, and will be missed.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday for Mr. Krantz at the Veterans Post in South Whitley at 3 p.m.

Ellen Oliver, 84

July 14, 2014

July 30,1929 — July 11, 2014
Ellen J. Oliver, 84, a lifelong Whitley County resident, died at 4:48 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, where she was admitted earlier in the day.
She was born July 30, 1929, in Whitley County, a daughter of Paul and Edna (Souder) Anderson. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On March 20, 1928, she was united in marriage to Homer W. Oliver. Mr. Oliver died Jan. 28, 2002.
She was employed at Blue Bell.

Beth Sollazzo, 58

July 14, 2014

March 12, 1956 — July 12, 2014
Beth A. Sollazzo, 58, a resident of rural Columbia City and wife of John Sollazzo, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, July 12, 2014, at the family residence in Etna Troy Township.
Beth was born March 12, 1956, in Garrett, a daughter of George E.. and Shirley (Cook) Gause, and spent her formative years in LaOtto.
As an adult she had worked for 12 years at Fasson Avery Dennison in Fort Wayne, and had retired from the Wal Mart Warehouse in Garrett due to ill health.

Aubree Coe

July 11, 2014

Aubree Marie Coe, 4 month old daughter of Christopher D. Coe and Summer Marie Woodworth, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born Feb. 20, 2014, in Kendallville.

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