July 29th, 2014
Terry G. Hike II, 46, Fort Wayne, formerly of Decatur, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at his mother’s residence in Bluffton.
He was born Oct. 3, 1967, to Terry G. and Mary J. (Dyer) Hike.
Terry was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and was a 1986 graduate of Bellmont High School. He worked as a medical dialysis consultant. He was also a manager for Ammolite Jewels in St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and in Skagway, Alaska.
Ronda L. Cowans, 49, Decatur was fatally injured in an automobile accident north of Decatur Sunday, July 28, 2014.
Arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur.
Included inside Tuesday's edition of the Decatur Daily Democrat is the 2014 edition of our annual Fact Book.
The 66-page edition is a comprehensive listing of federal, state and local governmental offices, local fire and police agencies and first responders. Also included is information pertaining to area recreational activities, towns cities and villages, churches, libraries, medical professionals and more.
The special edition was made possible by the sponsors featured within the publication.
Decatur Elk members recently joined with Girl Scouts of Adams County for a celebration at the Girl Scout Cabin in Hanna Nuttman Park. Decatur Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Pat McCormick organized the event, which attracted some 50 participants. The Elks donated $2,000 to make improvements at the Girl Scout Cabin. Lodge also members volunteered to do plumbing, paint, provide heavy-duty doors for the cabin and other work at the facility.
State Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne, served as the grand marshall in his hometown parade Saturday as the 2014 Swiss Days Festival wrapped up Saturday.
FOR THE FANS—Brickyard 400 winner Jeff Gordon takes the time to appease this young fan before the race Sunday signing a replica of Gordon’s #24 car. Gordon is now a 5-time winner of the event. (Photo by Chris McCoy)
This dog nearly passes out from excitement after seeing one of his owners for the first time in nearly two years.
Amos E. Miller, Jr., 75, Bluffton, passed away at 2:08 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2104, at River Terrace Estates.
He was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Bluffton to the late Amos E. and Olive L. Miller, Sr.
Amos worked at Fleetwood Industries, Decatur, from 1974-2009, retiring with 35 years of service. He was an avid gun collector, outdoorsman and hunter.
He graduated from Petroleum High School. Amos was a member of Petroleum Methodist Church and the Moose Lodge.
The Indiana State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred Sunday that fatally injured a Decatur woman and hospitalized four others.
A brief but intense summer thunderstorm carrying extremely high winds and heavy rainfall passed through the Willshire area shortly before noon Sunday, leaving several area residents without electrical service for as much as four hours.
The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office reported no serious damage as a result of the storm, although an AEP power line was downed across Ohio 81 just east of Willshire. Evidence of wind damage to area corn fields was also present.