Jimmy L. McCune

Jimmy L. McCune, 80, of Fort Wayne, IN and having family members in Huntington, IN, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Mr. McCune served as a master sergeant in the Air National Guard for 22 years. He attended Indiana Business College and took a Dale Carnegie business course. Between 1960 and 1978, he worked at several dry cleaners as a manager and dry cleaner. He lived in California and was the warehouse manager of a rubber company before moving to Fort Wayne in 1985. He worked at Troy Cleaners until his retirement.

Paul J. Fries

Paul J. Fries, 91, of Columbia City, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 2:15 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Fries graduated from Columbia City High School in 1941 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and zoology from Indiana University in 1950. He received a master’s degree in education from Saint Francis College, Fort Wayne, in 1967.

Virginia R. Airgood

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Virginia R. Airgood

Virginia R. Airgood, 92, of North Manchester, IN, and having ties to Bippus, IN, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at 4:25 p.m. at the Kosciusko County Hospital, in Warsaw.

Mrs. Airgood, a 1940 graduate of Lagro High School, worked at Heckman Bindery for 19 years and retired in 1982. She was a 53-year member of the Chester Charmers Home Economics Club, in North Manchester, and a member of Servia-New Hope United Church of Christ, in Bippus.

Hazel E. Earhart

Hazel E. Earhart, 99, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 1:30 a.m. at Heritage Pointe, in Warren.

Mrs. Earhart was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She had worked in assembly at Triad-Utrad for 12 years, retiring in 1978.

She was born July 27, 1915, in Sylacauga, AL, to Frank R. and Margaret N. Bearden Giddens. She married Warren Earhart on Nov. 29, 1941, at the First Church of the Nazarene, in Huntington. Her husband preceded her in death on March 24, 2002.

Daniel H. Evans

Daniel Hunt Evans, 73, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home.

Mr. Evans graduated in 1959 from Oliver P. Morton High School, in Hammond. He studied at Manchester College and earned a Bachelor of Science in education from Huntington College. He earned a Master of Science in special education from the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne.

Jody R. Bir

Jody R. Bir, 62, of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 1:22 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Bir graduated from Huntington North High School in 1970. She worked in the heart center of Lutheran Medical Group for more than 15 years and as a teacher’s aide in the Huntington County Community Schools for 14 years. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Quilt Club, both in Huntington.

Foresters split diamond twinbill with MVNU

The Huntington University baseball team lost the first game against host Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2-0, but responded with a 4-2 win in the second to secure a split of its doubleheader on Wednesday, March 25.

With the game knotted up at 2-2 going into the sixth inning of the nightcap, sophomore Dalton Combs put the Foresters in front for good with a two-run home run that plated fellow sophomore Andy Roser, who reached base on a fielder’s choice.

Foresters lose close, then big against Marian

The Huntington University softball team got edged by Marian University, 2-1, before getting blanked, 8-0, to suffer a sweep in Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 25.

Huntington managed just one run in the first game despite banging out nine hits. A quartet of Foresters finished with two base pokes apiece, including senior Cristin Carter, who produced the team’s lone score with a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Gene F. Williams

Gene F. Williams, 82, of Sarasota, FL, and having family members in Warren, IN, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Sarasota.

Mr. Williams was born on April 25, 1932. He is survived by his wife, Joyce.

Additional survivors include a son, David Williams, of Montana; three daughters, Vicky Knecht, of Sarasota, FL; Shelly Williams, of Fort Wayne; and Linda Murphy, of South Bend; two brothers, Jerry, of Warren, and Rick, of Plainfield; two sisters, Sondra, of Montpelier, and Sonjia, of Warren; and nine grandchildren.

Loss of cat leads Gardave to take up cause of town’s feral felines

Joan Gardave sets out treats for two of the colony of cats she keeps watch over at her home in Huntington. Gardave, who heads up Jamie’s Legacy, seeks to trap, neuter or spay then release feral cats to control the population of the felines throughout the city.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It took losing a cat for Joan Gardave to not only discover a passion that honors her beloved feline, but also helps Huntington get control of its feral cat problem.

Gardave, a native of Canada who is now a Huntington resident, was distraught when her cat Jamie wandered away from home in September of 2012, sparking a three-month search.

“Every week we had articles with pictures of him and there were posters all over town,” she recalls. “I would go around town and people would say, ‘Oh, you’re Jamie’s mom.’”

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