Thomas Fortman

All who knew Thomas Fortman would agree that he was an extraordinary man to know and love. He was genuine, outgoing, and friendly – the sort of man who never met a stranger. A more devoted family man would be hard to find as there was nothing that … Read More

Lorene Minnix

Lorene Minnix, 68, of Columbia City, died at 6:38 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born April 3, 1947, in Sewell, Ky., to Ancle B. and Maudie (Smith) Minnix. At the age of seven, her family moved to Columbia City, … Read More

John Allen Schenck

John Allen Schenck, 75, of rural South Whitley, died Monday, April 15, 2015, at his home. He was born April 24, 1939, in Marion County, a son of the late Leonard and Edith (Jones) Schenck. He began his elementary education in Speedway. The family then moved to Michigan … Read More

Richard Forrester

All who knew Richard Forrester would agree that no one met him and left unchanged. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation wherever he went. A more devoted family man would be hard to find as there was nothing Dick treasured more than witnessing … Read More

David Jules ‘DJ’ Esterline

David Jules “DJ” Esterline, 23, a Columbia City native, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, April 14, 2015. He was born July 16, 1991, in Fort Wayne, a son of David Jules and Denise Rachelle (Roth) Esterline. His formative years were spent in Columbia City. He graduated from Columbia City … Read More

Janice A. Vance

Janice A. Vance, 88, of Columbia City, completed her journey to meet with the great spirit at 11:13 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2015. She was born May 9, 1926, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Ervin and Dorotha (Williamson) Steup. In 1929 she moved to Paulding County, Ohio, … Read More

Richard L. Eber

Richard L. Eber, 83, of rural Columbia City, died Monday, April 13, 2015, at his home. He was born March 6, 1932, in Muncie, a son of the late Virgil C. and Clara (Milligan) Eber. He began his elementary education in Selma. The family then moved to Loon … Read More

Mary K. Miller

Mary K. Miller, 83, a Columbia City resident, died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She was born April 23, 1931, in South Whitley, the daughter of Dwight and Martha (Keiser) Hathaway. She graduated from South Whitley High School in … Read More

Sharon A. Diffendarfer

Sharon A. Diffendarfer, 73, a resident of rural Churubusco, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. She had been in declining health since July and had entered the hospital on Tuesday. Sharon was born on June 13, 1941, a … Read More

Lavonna J. ‘Bonnie’ Best

Lavonna J. “Bonnie” Best, 83, of Columbia City, died at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she was admitted on Friday. She was born Oct. 7, 1931, in South Whitley, a daughter of Franklin W. and Sarah C. (Pritchard) Holler. She graduated … Read More

John Watson Bower

John Watson Bower died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife: Esther Gates Bower; son: John W. (Mindy) Bower Jr., Wabash; and daughter: Rebecca (Robert Sr.) Bower Kramer, Portage, Mich.; grandchildren: Caitlin (Tyler) Kramer Pawl and Kelsey Kramer, both of … Read More

Bryan D. Saving

Bryan D. Saving, 50, of Fishers, passed away Wednesday, April 8, in his home. He was born March 5, 1965, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Donald F.W. and Karen (Winkler) Saving. He attended Whitko High School in South Whitley. MSG Bryan Donald Saving retired from the United States Air … Read More

Shirley Jagger

Although she accomplished so much of which to be proud, Shirley Jagger was a humble woman whose greatest source of pride and joy was found in the family she cherished more than life itself. A lifelong resident of the community she loved, she was genuine, approachable, and kindhearted, … Read More

Jane A. Goble

Jane A. Goble was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a caring professional. She was the glue that held her family together and the strength that her community trusted. Selfless and giving, Jane made a career out of caring for others. Hardworking and vigorous, she lived out … Read More

Carolyn E. Fisher

Carolyn E. Fisher, 88, of Columbia City, and formerly of Muskegon, Mich., passed away at 4:26 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. Born Sept. 27, 1926, in Mishawaka, she was the daughter of Francis L. and Leona (Tharp) Cox. She had worked … Read More

Stanley ‘Gene’ Pepple

Stanley “Gene” Pepple, 74, of Columbia City, died at 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015, at Parkview Whitley Hospital. He was born Aug. 12, 1940, in Noble County, to Lloyd Albert and Mary Jane (Coleman) Pepple. His formative years were spent in the Huntertown area. He graduated from … Read More