April 18th, 2011
Moments of silence often last only 15 or 20 seconds, but the one observed on Thursday evening at Geneva for influential banker and civic linchpin James D. Briggs Jr. was lengthier than usual, running at least one minute.
The solemn tribute to Briggs, one of the most veteran financiers in Indiana, came less than one hour after he died, at age 89, in Adams Memorial Hospital.
Briggs led Bank of Geneva for decades and his son, Andrew, is the current bank president.
Dual theatrical events are scheduled on Saturday, April 30, at Bellmont High School:
The musical "The Phantom of the Opera" will begin its two-day run with a large cast and crew of BHS students.
Rachel R. Graber, 91, of Berne, died today.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne.
William E. TouVelle, 86, a resident of Berne the last 30 years, died Friday at Harborside Care and Rehabilitation Center in New Haven, his home the past month.
He was born to Robert D. and Lucille Westonhaver TouVelle.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas S. TouVelle of Modesto, California, and William H. TouVelle of Venice, California; a sister, Cynthia TouVelle Hickman of Ohio; and two grandchildren.
Ryan D. Zimmerman, 25, of Fort Wayne, passed away in Decatur on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
He was born on March 6, 1986, in Fort Wayne.
He was employed by Primco Inc. of Fort Wayne and was a member of River Christian Church.
Norma E. Agler, 90, of Decatur, passed away on April 14, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on December 20, 1920, in Mercer County, Ohio to Aaron and Dovie (Mason) Ridenour.
She married Donald L. Agler. He preceded her in death on January 2, 1951.
Norma was a member of Faith Alive Ministries in Decatur, retired in 1981 from General Electric Corp. after 24 years of service, and was active in G.E. CODE Retired Women.
Geraldine M. Buuck, 86, of Hoagland, died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
She was born on June 1, 1924, in Wells County to Martin C. and Paula Ostermeyer Gallmeyer.
She married Robert H. Buuck on September 22, 1945; he passed away on May 9, 2002.
She was a homemaker and also worked at Indiana Auto Auction. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church at Bingen and the Hoagland-Area Advancement Association.
James D. Briggs Jr.
James Day Briggs Jr., 89, of Geneva, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Bank of Geneva, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana.
He was born in Geneva, Indiana, on July 3, 1921, to James D. and Mary E. Hoskinson Briggs.
Pauline E. Hilyard, 94, a longtime Decatur resident, died on Thursday in The Village of Heritage nursing home at Monroeville.
She was born in Adams County on September 22, 1916 to Earl B. and Rhuey J. Hakes Hilyard.
Surviving are one niece, Phyllis Colley of Monroe, Michigan, and four nephews: Max Hilyard of Angola, Indiana; Leonard P. Hilyard of Chicago; Terry E. Hilyard of Brownsburg, Indiana; and Richard Hilyard of Salt Lake City.
The hot-hitting Bellmont Braves continued to see pitches they like served up at home plate as they counted five extra base hit, including two homers, among the 15 hits they racked up in a 14-7 triumph over South Side Thursday.
Brandon Voglewede gave the Bellmonters a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer. Landon Baker also connected for a round-tripper for the Braves as did Joyner of South Side. The Archers' Florek tripled while getting doubles for the Braves were Will Busse, Joe Baker, and Brian Fullenkamp.