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January 23rd

James A. Downing

January 23, 2012

    James A. Downing, 75, of Berne, died Friday.
    He was born to James F. and Ruth (Devine) Downing.
    Among survivors are a son, James P. Downing, of Berne.
    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, at 1:30 p.m., at Pease Lutheran Church, Pastor Donald Sauls officiating.

Robert E. Kelly Jr.

January 23, 2012

    Robert  E. Kelly, Jr., 33, of Geneva, died on Thursday at Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton.
    He was born to the late Robert Eugene Kelly Sr. and Jean (Hale) Kahn, of Decatur.
    Among survivors are his mother, Jean (Hale) Kahn of Decatur; sons, Austin Kelly and Blake Kelly, both of Geneva; and Trevor Kelly of Decatur; daughters, Dani Mosser and Shaylyn Kelly, both of Geneva; brother, Randy Sipe, of Decatur; sisters, Jessica (John) Patch, of Bluffton and Jennifer Kelly of Deland, Fla.

Fredrick H. "Fritz" Liechty

January 23, 2012

    Fredrick H. "Fritz" Liechty, 84, Goshen, a former Berne native and businessman, passed away Thursday morning at Greencroft Gables, Goshen.
    He was the son of Hiram and Fanny(Beitler) Liechty, born on January 8, 1928, in Berne.
    He married Magdalene "Maggie" (Lehman) on August 26, 1950.

January 20th

Waneta A. Franz

January 20, 2012

     Waneta A. Franz, 87, of Decatur, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Friday, January 20, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center located in Decatur.
    Waneta was born on Tuesday, April 29, 1924, in Adams County to the late Martin and Frieda (Bauermeister) Conrad.    She married the late Richard C. Franz on March 13, 1943, in Decatur. He passed away on September 23, 1998.

Robert Paul Banks

January 20, 2012

    Robert Paul Banks died last Sunday, a day after his 72nd birthday, at his home in Corsicana, Texas.
    A graduate of Decatur High School and Tennessee Tech, he was a teacher and coach at Monmouth High School, Decatur Junior High and Southeast Elementary here until moving to Corsicana in 1981.
    Among survivors are his wife, Marsha; two children; and five stepchildren.
    Graveside services were held Wednesday in Corsicana. Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth Margaret (Kimble) Beer

January 20, 2012

    Ruth Margaret (Kimble) Beer, 90, of Sycamore, died early Wednesday, January 18, 2012, in Kishwaukee Community Hospital. 
    She was born on Thursday, June 16, 1921 in Decatur, to Dwight and Ruth (Madden) Kimble. 
    She married Karl H. Beer on Nov. 29, 1950.  
    She was a member of The Federated Church in Sycamore.

January 18th

Marlene Wilson

January 18, 2012

    Marlene Wilson, 73, of Homosassa, Fla., formerly of Decatur, passed away January 13, 2012, at the Hospice House of Citrus County, Fla., with her loving husband Jim by her side.
    She was born on May 20,1938, in Adams County.
    She retired from Azar's Inc. after serving 28 years in the food and beverage service business at the Back Forty Restaurant.
    She was a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Course and took several courses at Vincennes University.

January 13th

Phyllis Ann James

January 13, 2012

    Phyllis Ann James, 83, of Decatur, Wednesday at her residence.
    She was born to the late Loree and Norma (Gray) Heideman.
    She is survived by her husband, Lewis James, of Decatur.
    Among survivors are her sons, David (Mary Whonsetler) James, of Fort Wayne; Dennis (Cindy) James, of Decatur; and Randall (Rita) James, of Van Buren, Ind.
    Visitation will be Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at Ferguson and Glancy Funeral Home, Van Buren. Services will follow at 6 p.m.

Arthur L. McCollum

January 13, 2012

    Arthur L. McCollum, 72, of Keystone, died on Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. 
    Among survivors are his wife, Paula McCollum, of Keystone; and two brothers, Norman McCollum and Ronald (Cindy) McCollum, both of Geneva.
    Visitation is 1-5 p.m. on Sunday at Downing and Glancy Funeral Home, Geneva. Services are at 1 p.m. on Monday.
    Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Geneva.

Steven L. Whittenbarger

January 13, 2012

    Steven L. Whittenbarger, 54, of Auburn, formerly of Decatur, died Wednesday at Wesley Healthcare in Auburn. 
    Steven was born to Phyllis A. Whittenbarger.
    Survivors include a son, Jason Whittenbarger, and a sister, Sandy (Chris) Till, of Ft Wayne.
    There will be no visitation or service.
    Arrangements were by Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home.

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