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July 20th, 2011

O. Duane Sprunger

July 20, 2011

    O. Duane "Skeezix" Sprunger, 68, of Berne, died Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born in Adams County on February 12, 1943, to Arthur and Leola Simon Sprunger.
    Among survivors are his wife, Connie; one daughter, Mrs. Matt (Angela "Toots") Teeter of Berne; three sons, Randy Harris of Berne, Doug Harris of Monroe, and Tom Sprunger of Bluffton; and one sister, Suzie Roudebush of Berne.

July 19th

Daniel F. Herman Sr.

July 19, 2011

    Daniel F. Herman Sr., 79, of Linn Grove, died at his residence on Sunday, July 17, 2011.
    He was born on September 25, 1931, in Adams County to Franklin D. and Jessie (Cave) Herman.
    On September 19, 1970, he married Marilyn C. Myers.
    Daniel retired as a mechanic with Dan’s Auto Service and Balsiger Motors in Berne.
    He was a member of the American Legion post at Bluffton and the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Geneva.

Rita A. Runyon

July 19, 2011

    Rita A. Runyon, 72, formerly of rural Decatur, died on Sunday in Meadowvale Health and Rehabilitation Center at Bluffton.
    She was born in Adams County on March 14, 1939, to Kenneth H. and Mary Jane Kunkel Runyon.
    Surviving are two brothers, Kaye K. Runyon of Peoria, Arizona, and David R. Runyon of Guam.

July 18th

Calvin E. Smitley

July 18, 2011

    Calvin E. Smitley 81, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2011, at his residence.
    Calvin was born on November 3, 1929, in Mercer County, Ohio, to George W. and Effie (Yoder) Smitley.
    He married Norma J. Vorhees on May 29, 1947. She passed away on September 8, 1990.
    He retired in 1991 from Dana Corporation in Fort Wayne after almost 44 years of service.
    He was a member of Moose Lodge 1311 and the Eagles Lodge, both in Decatur.

Dolores M. Harvey

July 18, 2011

    Dolores M. Harvey, 86, formerly of Bluffton, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
    She was born on January 3, 1925, in Adams County to Milo and Mary (Hirschy) Fuchs.
    She married Dale A. Harvey on June 17, 1944; he died on November 19, 2006.
    She is survived by a brother, Delbert Fuchs of Berne.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, and two brothers.

Lewis L. Painter

July 18, 2011

    Lewis L. "Boose" Painter, 58, of Willshire, Ohio, died at 4:51 p.m. Saturday in Community Health Professionals In-Patient Hospice Center at Van Wert, Ohio.
    He was born to Charles L. and Janette Crites Painter. His father died in November of 1990; his mother lives in Willshire.
    On November 10, 1973, he married Gayla J. Marbaugh; she also survives.

Ronald D. Ellis

July 18, 2011

    Ronald D. Ellis, 61, of Decatur, died at 3:56 a.m. Friday in his residence.
    He was born on April 14, 1950, in Decatur to Glenn L. and Hazel M. Buchanan Ellis. His father is deceased; his mother lives in Decatur.
    He married Vickie Painter on February 28, 1976, in Decatur and she also survives.
    He graduated from Bellmont High School in 1968 and was employed as a service manager at the Micromatic plant in Berne for more than 26 years.

Michael D. Cowell

July 18, 2011

    Michael D. Colwell, 59, of Berne, died Wednesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born to Hout and Evelyn De Silva Colwell. His mother is deceased; his father lives in Mayor, Arizona.
    Surviving are his wife, Yvette; two sons, Michael Colwell of Coco, Florida and Jason Colwell of Deland, Florida; and four grandchildren.
    Burial will be later in Marion National Cemetery at Marion, Indiana.
    Arrangements were by Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

Daniel F. Herman

July 18, 2011

     Daniel F. Herman, 79, of Linn Grove, died at home on Sunday.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, Decatur.

July 14th

Sophia K. Hoover

July 14, 2011

    Sophia K. Hoover, 90, of Fort Wayne, died Tuesday at her residence.
    She was born on November 30, 1920, in Fort Wayne to Stanley and Victoria Kotyla Kelak.
    She married John William Hoover; he is deceased.
    She was a clerk for 19 years at the L.S. Ayres store in Fort Wayne.

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