November 28th, 2011
Nelson Billington, 86, of Berne, died November 24 in Lutheran Hospital at Fort Wayne.
He was born to William and Mabel Jackson Billington.
Among survivors are a daughter, Debbie Billington of Allen County; three sons, Terry, Steve, and Jeff Billington, all of Bryant; three sisters; and four brothers, including Bill Billington of Decatur.
There will be no funeral or visitation. Burial will be later in Westlawn Cemetery at Geneva.
Virginia L. Hower, 85, of Bluffton, died Friday in Bluffton Regional Medical Center.
She was born to John "Frank" and Mary C. Davis Helblig.
Among survivors are one son, Brice Hower of Bluffton, and seven daughters, Loretta Drew and Brycella Roth of New Haven, Rosie Hower of Decatur, and Mrs. Pat (Connie) Durham Jr., Mrs. Rob (Karen) Trenten, Mrs. Steve (Lora) Esterhia, and Patti Hower, all of Bluffton.
Katharina Lehr, 87, a former rural Decatur resident, died Sunday in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.
Jack Edward Schnepf, 89, passed away on November 24, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jack was born on October 11, 1922, in Alvord, Iowa. He was one of 10 children born to William and Stella Schnepf.
The family relocated to Decatur, where he remained until 2006. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, to be closer to family.
Jack was a farmer, a General Electric worker, and a Central Soya employee, and eventually became an artist, weaving unique works of art.
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.