January 5th, 2011
Robert Boknecht, 81, of Highland Falls, NC, died unexpectedly on January 2, 2011, at his residence.
Born and raised in Decatur, he graduated from Valparaiso University in 1951 with a double major in psychology and geography.
He was Vice President of Employee Relations for Standard Oil until his retirement.
Survivors include his sons, Mark (Rita) and John, both of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren; brother Ed (Dorothy) Boknecht of Fort Wayne; and niece Dianne (Steve) Koch.
Mary Diaz, 85, of New Lenox, Illinois, died Monday in a hospital at Joliet, Illinois.
She was born to Lewis and Julia Alonzo Flores.
Surviving are her husband, Edward Diaz; one son, Robert L. Diaz of South Holland, Illinois; two daughters, Gloria Tomchek and Dorothy F. Marnell of New Lenox; and one sister, Margie Solano of Berne.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home, Berne, with burial in MRE Cemetery, rural Berne.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home for Maxine J. Hakes, 80, of Decatur, who died Tuesday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
John E. Isch, 71, of Decatur, passed away on January 4, 2011, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
John was born on January 26, 1939, in Adams County, Indiana, to Ralph Isch and Opal (Walters) Isch Lillich.
On October 26, 1958, he married Lois J. Archinal.
John was a member of Zion United Church of Christ in Decatur and served on many boards of the church. He was active in Big Brothers, was the community service supervisor for the Adams County Jail, and was an avid golfer.
Kicking off 2011, Decatur City Council on Tuesday night got an update on early plans coming together for the city's 175th birthday celebration later in this new year.
On hand were the two men guiding the planning, Larry Isch and Max Miller, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Wez Kuntzman. Miller and Isch left later with $500 in "seed money" provided by council and Mayor John Schultz.
The celebration will be held in conjunction with the annual Kekionga Festival, scheduled August 26-28.
The Decatur Police Department and the Adams County Coroner's Department jointly reported today that a city man, Kevin A. Brantly, 53, was found dead at his home on Tuesday morning.
In addition, his wife, Laura "Vicky" Brantly, 52, was found in the house in poor condition and was taken first to Adams Memorial Hospital, then flown by helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne at 10 a.m. This morning, a Parkview spokeswoman said only that Mrs. Brantly is not on the hospital's list of in-patients.
South Adams senior troop leader Dustin Wanner pitched a tent for his Starfire teammates at the charity stripe Tuesday night and the bonfire the Stars enjoyed resulted in a 57-54 triumph over county rival Bellmont at the Stardome.
The first annual Adams Central Superdual will be held on Saturday, Jan. 8, it was announced today by the AC Athletic Department.
The annual Wrestling Jet Invitational apparently is no longer, being replaced by the eight-team dual meet.
Joining the host Jets will be: Bluffton, Bishop Dwenger, North Wayne Northrop, Fort Wayne Snider, Jay County, Norwell and Southwood.
"We told the kids at the start of the year that there would be adversity, we just didn't know where. As it turns out it comes with the injury to Brooks. We were the team to beat, it just didn't happen," stated veteran Bellmont assistant coach Tim Myers after the Al Smith Classic last week at Mishawaka.
Bellmont, with nine placers and three making to the finals, led most of the way, but yeilded in the end to Penn by three points.
The junior varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the Stardome as Bellmont travels to South Adams for boys basketball action.
No frosh game is scheduled.
Bellmont will take a 3-3 record into the contest after the recent win over Adams Central. The Starfires are 2-5.
School officials note that the Bank of Geneva will conduct a $100 shooting contest at halftime of the varsity game.