November 28th, 2011
Donald J. Sprunger, 96, of Berne, died today at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
Larry Eugene Spencer, 68, of Springfield, Ohio, a former Portland resident, died on November 21 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Larry was born on October 31, 1943, in Hartford City to Robert and Erta Stauffer Spencer.
He graduated from Portland High School in 1961 and worked for International Harvester for 46 years, retiring on February 26, 2008.
Larry married Marguerite Romer on September 27, 1963, and she survives.
A new wrestling mat, purchased for use at the Bellmont middle school and high school, was dedicated Tuesday in a brief ceremony, prior to the season opener.
The mat, honoring John Friedt, carries the words seen in photo on one corner.
Friedt, who passed away suddenly last February, was instrumental in starting the Decatur Wrestling Club and served over 30 years as an assistant varsity coach and was Bellmont Middle School coach for many years.
Although the temperature was a fairly-mild 41 degrees this morning, many of those who waited in line outside the Decatur Kmart store beginning at 4 a.m. for Black Friday deals bundled up with coats, hats and blankets to stay warm.
Shopping was continuing throughout the day in Decatur.
Adams Health Network Chief Fnancial Officer Dane Wheeler ticked off several well-documented items Tuesday night to the AHN board of trustees at their monthly meeting as he discussed the fiscal health of the organization.
FORT WAYNE — Led by a sizzling hot Ronald Lucas, Wayne's Generals blasted out of the chute Wednesday in the season opener versus Bellmont, charging to a 21-0 lead over the befuddled Braves en route to a 72-44 win.
BERNE— It wasn't exactly a packed house at the Stardome on Wednesday night, but perhaps the fans will come out to watch if more games end up like the 55-52 victory over the Union City Indians did.
The score was 23-34 in favor of UC at the halftime break and it looked like the Indian faithful would get their revenge, but first-year SA coach Andy Brown put something in the water during his pep speech and the Berne boys came out swinging in the second half.
Nelson L. Billington, 86, of Berne, died Thursday in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva.
Grace L. Dubach, 86, of Berne, passed away on Thursday morning, November 24, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Community.
She was born to Solomon and Velma Burley Mosser on December 19, 1924.
Grace married Glen Dubach on May 24, 194; he survives.
She was a member of Cross Community Church in Berne, a homemaker, and a former chairwoman of the Dorcas Circle.
Her special interests were her family, quilting, and needlework.
Paul L. Harden, 92, of Decatur, passed away on Friday November 25, 2011, at the residence of his daughter, Nancy, and grandson, David Ireland, where he resided the past eight years.
Paul was born on February 13, 1919, in Adams County to Clyde and Edna (Welty) Harden.
On April 5, 1942, he married L. Catherine Sovine; she passed away on October 26, 2005.
Paul attended Pleasant Dale Church of the Brethren in rural Decatur.