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January 18th, 2011

Luella Amstutz

January 18, 2011

    Luella Amstutz, 92, of Berne, died Monday in Swiss Village Retirement Community.
    She was born to Ralph and Martha Cordier Monroe.
    Among survivors are a son, John M. Amstutz of Geneva, and two sisters, Luetta Hill and Mrs. Rudy (Marjorie) Brehm of Celina, Ohio.

Edward E. Dick

January 18, 2011

    Edward E. Dick, 83, formerly of Decatur, died today at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home, Decatur.

Ralph R. Grote

January 18, 2011

    Ralph R. Grote, 89, of Decatur, died at 5 a.m. Monday in the nursing center at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    He married Irene C. Conrad on March 28, 1943, in Immanuel Lutheran Church; she survives.
    He was an auto mechanic for 49 years, a charter member of the Union Township Lions Club, and a member of American Legion Post 43 in Decatur, of which he had served as commander.
    During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

January 17th

Ralph R. Grote

January 17, 2011

    Ralph R. Grote, 89, of Decatur, died today at Woodcrest Retirement Community.
    Funeral arrangements are pending at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.

Catherine J. Fosnaugh

January 17, 2011

    Catherine J. "Katy" Fosnaugh, 91, a longtime resident of Linn Grove, died Thursday in Hospice Home at Fort Wayne.
    She was born in Adams County on September 30, 1919, to John and Clara Chrisman Pearson.
    Among survivors are three daughters,,Mrs. Bruce (Carole) Mann of Monroe, Mrs. Robert (Peggy) Diek of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Richard (Sandra) Courson of Warsaw.

Lorinda F. Koeneman

January 17, 2011

    Lorinda F. Koeneman, 94, of Monroeville, died Saturday at The Village of Heritage nursing home in Monroeville.
    She was born to William F. and Clara Thieme Hockemeyer.
    She married Oscar W. Koeneman; he passed away in 1993.

R. Rolando Rangel

January 17, 2011

    R. Rolando “Roli” Rangel, 33, of Noblesville, Indiana, formerly of Decatur, died unexpectedly at his residence on Thursday, January 13, 2011.
    He was the son of Roberto M. and Irma O. (Serna) Rangel of Decatur. Roli was born on December 10, 1977 in Decatur.
    He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and its Hispanic Society.

D. Florine Thatcher

January 17, 2011

    D. Florine Thatcher, 88, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2011, in Vancrest Nursing Home at Convoy, Ohio.
    She was born on June 17, 1922, to Lester V. and Grace C. (Cully) Everett in Wren, Ohio.
    On October 1, 1960, she married Joseph W. Thatcher; he passed away on May 8, 2005.

Leland Welker

January 17, 2011

    Leland "Gene" Welker, 84, of Bemidji, Minnesota, died on Monday, January 10, 2011, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
     Leland Eugene Welker was born on December 5, 1926, in Monmouth to Harley "Chip" Welker and Christena (Rumschlag) Welker. His mother died when he was an infant and he was raised by an uncle and an aunt, Frank and Rose Loshe.
    He grew up and attended school in Decatur. 

No one hurt as NA bus struck

January 17, 2011

    The second accident involving a school bus in Adams County in less than a week occurred Friday in downtown Decatur at 3:20 p.m.
    A Decatur Police Department report said Lydia A. Lockwood, 16, Hickory Road, Decatur, was eastbound in her van at the intersection of Monroe and Third Street. She told police she thought she had the green light and entered the intersection.

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