May 29th, 2012
Services to honor the county's war past and present war veterans were held in Geneva, Berne and Decatur over the Memorial Day weekend, with large crowds at all three events.
Decatur Mayor John Schultz struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke in front of the Peace Monument on the courthouse square in front of the assembled crowd about the sacrifices made by American service men and women.
Senior Matt Stidam capped a three-run fifth-inning rally with a clutch, two-run double, and Nick Fuelling's sixth-inning hit knocked in barreling baserunner Ben Baker with the key insurance run as Bellmont cut down rival Norwell 4-3 Monday to capture the 3A BHS Sectional Baseball championship.
Bernadine Ruth Bleeke, 78, of Decatur, passed away at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at Ossian Health Care Center, where she had been a patient for four days.
Bernadine was born on Wednesday, October 11, 1933, in Adams County, to the late Joseph C. and Adelia L. (Young) Bleeke.
She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Decatur, and was a member of the Ladies Aid of the church. Bernadine was a homemaker.
Among survivors are several nieces and nephews.
FORT WAYNE—After defeating Churubusco with a pair of runs in the seventh inning of the sectional semi-final game at Indiana Tech earlier in the day, the Starfires ran out of magic and fell to the hosting Bishop Luers Knights, 6-3 in the title game on Memorial Day evening.
The Knights earned their seventh sectional title and first since 2008 with the win over South Adams who had won 11 straight games up to that point. They had defeated the Bluffton Tigers, 4-2 in the second game of the semi-finals.
Londa (Ann) Crump, 68, of rural Portland, died Sunday in Parkview Regional Hospital.
Among survivors are her husband, Stephen Crump, Portland; two sons, Lonnie (Lisa) Crump, Decatur, and Ken (Deborah) Crump, Poneto; two daughters, Stephanie (Terry) Marcum, Portland, and Sherry (Vaughn) Noggler, Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Ethel M. Hamrick, 90, of Decatur, passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Ethel was born on Tuesday, January 31, 1922, in Carlsrew, Illinois, the daughter of the late George T. and Calley (Gross) Adams.
She married Charles E. Hamrick, of Decatur, on September 1, 1951; he survives.
Frieda Herderhorst, 96, of Decatur, passed away at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Frieda was a longtime resident of Monroeville and had been a resident of the Woodcrest Garden Apartments since 2009.
Frieda was born on Monday, August 9, 1915, in Adams County, the daughter of the late Edward and Elise (Franke) Busick.
William F. Hullinger, 81, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Born in Decatur, William worked as a Tool & Die Maker for Zollner Piston 34 years before retiring in 1988. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, and a member of American Legion Post 82, VFW 2457 in New Haven, the Marine Corps League, Devil Dogs, and Korean War Veterans.
—Bellmont played for their playoff lives on Friday night against the Heritage Patriots in the baseball sectional semi-final game held at the Teepee pulling out a 4-3 victory against their foes.
Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush commented on his tough Heritage opponents, "I don't know what it is about these guys. We come out against Mississinewa and pound the ball and I didn't think this guy (Conner Sheehan) was any better than what we saw the other day and we couldn't hit consistently."
Veterans-related events in Decatur, Berne and Geneva, along with Willshire, Ohio, have been announced for the Memorial Day weekend.
The American Legion post 43 color guard and firing squad will be at the Decatur Catholic Cemetery on Monday at 9 a.m. for a short service honoring past and present veterans, before moving to the Decatur Cemetery for another short service.