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George W. Atkinson, 78

December 22, 2014

Arrangements pending
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Arrangements are pending at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
Please check the Tuesday paper for visitation and funeral times.

Corwin ‘Corky’ Draper, 94

December 22, 2014

Aug. 15, 1920 - Dec. 17, 2014
Corwin A. “Corky” Draper, 94, of Huntington, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at The Heritage of Huntington.
Corwin was born Aug. 15, 1920 in Huntington, a son of Joseph A. and Edith C. (Dinius) Draper.
He was united in marriage to Margaret K. Weiford on July 17, 1943 in Huntington. His wife survives. Additional survivors include four children. He was preceded in death by a brother.

Joan ‘Smoke’ Heinley, 84

December 22, 2014

April 22, 1930 - Dec. 20, 2014
Joan A. “Smoke” Heinley, 84, of Columbia City, died at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at Heritage of Huntington where she had been a resident since January 2011.
She was born April 22, 1930 in the Linvill Hospital in Columbia City, a daughter of Virgil E. and Ethel M. (Schinbeckler) Heinley. Her formative years were spent in Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School and attended college in Kentucky.
She was employed at Mullendore’s Confectionary for many years, Chamberlin Products for over 10 years and Viking Inc. for 14 years.

Michael J. Cook, 70

December 22, 2014

Oct. 20, 1944 - Dec. 19, 2014
Michael J. Cook, 70, of Auburn, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.
He was born Oct. 20, 1944 in Columbia City, Ind. a son of Wave Eugene and Marilyn Virginia (Mossburg) Cook. His formative years were spent in Union Township, Whitley County. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School and was the 1963 Honor Blanket recipient. He continued his education at Butler University where he played football for a year.
On Sept. 12, 1966 he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged Sept. 11, 1972.

Harry P. Chalk, 84

December 19, 2014

Harry P. Chalk, 84
Aug. 1, 1930 — Dec. 18, 2014

Harry P. Chalk, 84, of Columbia City, died at 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 at his home.
He was born Aug. 1, 1930 in Champaign, Ill., a son of Joseph and Lena (McLaughlin) Chalk. As a young boy, his family moved to Sidney where he completed his education.
On Aug. 9, 1948 he enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean War from which he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged Aug. 10, 1954

Carolyn Ann Stidham, 65

December 18, 2014

Jan. 12, 1949 — Dec. 17, 2014
Carolyn Ann Stidham, 65, of Columbia City, died unexpectedly of natural causes at 3:55 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014.
She was born Jan. 12, 1949 in Warsaw, Ind., a daughter of Roy Elmer and Ruth Joan (Brower) Combs. She graduated from South Whitley High School and Patricia Stevens Air Career College in Chicago.
On May 7, 1971 she was united in marriage to David B. Stidham. They have always made their home in Richland Township, Whitley County.
After 34 years of service, Carolyn retired from Zimmer this year.

Rozella ‘Rosie’ Wolfe, 92

December 18, 2014

April 7, 1922 — Dec. 16, 2014
Rozella A. “Rosie” Wolfe, 92, of Columbia City, died at 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she was admitted that Monday.
She was born April 7, 1922 in Huntington County, a daughter of Edward J. and Isabella A. (Scher) Scheiber. Her formative years were spent in the Huntington-Whitley County Line area. She was educated in the Clear Creek Township High School.
On Aug. 4, 1962 she was united in marriage to William H. Wolfe. They made their home on a farm west of Columbia City. Mr. Wolfe died Oct. 12, 1990.

Frank Boggs, 84

December 18, 2014

Dec. 22, 1929 — Dec. 13, 2014
Frank D. Boggs, 84, of Columbia City, passed away from injuries sustained in a two car accident Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 22, 1929 in Thorncreek Township of Whitley County, he was the son of Thomas and Mary J. (Widup) Boggs.

Evelyn Shafter, 92

December 17, 2014

June 19, 1922 — Dec. 16, 2014
Evelyn Alice Shafter, 92, of Warren, passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at Heritage Pointe Retirement Home, Warren. Born June 19, 1922 in Ellingson, S.D., she was the daughter of Celia M. and Beatrice I. (Gooding) Smith.
She moved in 1938 to Indiana, and lived briefly in Fort Wayne, Tri Lakes from 1946 until 1982 then moving to Columbia City. In 1993 she moved to Warren. She graduated from Lincolnville High School with the Class of 1940. She attended Wayne University Cosmetology School.

Annabelle Brower, 86

December 16, 2014

April 28, 1928 — Dec. 14, 2014
Annabelle B. Brower, 86, formerly of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at Bronson Commons, Mattawan, Mich. where she had been a resident since August 2012.
She was born April 28, 1928 in Whitley County, a daughter of the late Evan and Goldie (Walter) Sheets. Her formative years were spent in Marathon, N.Y. She graduated from Marathon High School. She completed her formal education at Ithaca Junior College.

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