September 15th, 2014
John A. Kintz, 79, Decatur, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital. John was born in Decatur Sept. 5, 1935, to the late John and Mary (Bernard) Kintz. He married Elizabeth “Sis” Miller Oct. 18, 1958; she survives.
A 1953 graduate of Decatur Catholic High School, John served in the U.S. Army from 1955-57. He worked at Central Soya before beginning his career in the insurance industry in 1966 at Franklin National Life. Later, John founded the Kintz Insurance Agency.
Eileen A. Billington, 90, of Decatur and formerly of Bluffton, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.
She was born in Huntington County April 30, 1924, to the late Raymond and Anna (Hause) Krieg. She married her first husband, Rev. James H. Hall, in Wabash Sept. 21, 1946; he passed away in 1991. Eileen married her second husband, Harold, in Bluffton June 7, 2001; he survives.
Bonita “Bonnie” Heare, 80, of Decatur, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest in Decatur. Bonnie was born in Berne, July 28, 1934, to the late Chester and Esther (Bollenbacher) Heare.
She was a nurse in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis and in Arizona. She also was involved in various volunteer efforts.
Bonnie is survived by one brother, John Heare of Stockton, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Wallace E. “Wally” Hertel, 91, Decatur, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Adams Woodcrest Retirement Community.
Wally was born in Burlington, Wis., Friday, April 13, 1923, to the late Frederick W. and Anna (Schroeder) Hertel. He married Wanda M. Busse Dec. 13, 1947, in Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur; she survives.
Wally served his country in the United States Navy during World War II, where he served in the Western Pacific.
Nolan Dean Koons, 76, Linn Grove, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Fort Wayne.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Nona (Gerber) Koons; three sons, James (Marsha) Koons of Ossian, Jeffrey (Sondra) Koons of Berne, Jason (Lisa) Koons of Huntington; two daughters, Jeralynn (Stanley) Reiber of Minneola, Fla. and Jolene (Mark) Letanosky of Avon Lake, Ohio; brother, Norman (Liz) Koons of Decatur; and 13 grandchildren.
Court documents filed in the case of Michael A. Motter — charged last week with single counts of rape and sexual battery and five counts of child molesting — allege the defendant engaged in unwanted sexual acts with two young girls in Berne.
South Adams science and chemistry teacher Michael Baer has been chosen to receive an Excellence in Education award, sponsored by the national organization AdvanceED, South Adams High School Principal Trent Lehman reported at last week’s monthly school board meeting.
Adams County Clerk of Courts Gayla Reinhart appeared before the Adams County Commissioners last week, seeking permission to break the county hiring freeze and create a part-time position within her department.
Reinhart stated new federal regulations allow members of the public to view records kept by her department, requiring the redaction of all personal information contained in more than 2,800 cases on file with the clerk of courts office.
John A. Kintz, 79, Decatur, died this morning. Arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.
Steven S. Sprunger, 75, Berne passed away Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Chalet Village.
Survivors include three sons, Carl D. Sprunger of Pennville, Daniel J. Sprunger of Stuart, Fla. and Steven (Stephenie) Sprunger of Berne; sister, Jane Mann of Berne; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, with Pastor Larry Eads officiating. Burial will be in MRE Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.