First case of coronavirus confirmed in county

The Huntington County Health Department has announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Huntington County.

Residents need to continue to take this highly contagious virus seriously, but also realize that 80 percent of COVID-19 patients have mild symptoms and recover, notes Emily Schamehorn, public nurse with the Huntington County Health Department.

Martha D. Rohrer

Martha Dee Rohrer, 75, died Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Rolling Meadows Health & Rehabilitation Center in LaFontaine.

Ms. Rohrer worked at Foster Forbes for 35 years until its closing. She then became a cashier at WalMart for 14 years.

She was born Aug. 12, 1944 in Marion to Doyle and Opal Dillon Rohrer.

She is survived by a brother, James (Judy) Rohrer, of Chicago, and a sister, Garnet Downam, of Marion.

Kathy Baker Dotson

Kathy Baker Dotson, 75, of Akron, IN, and having family in Lagro, IN, died Monday, March 23, 2020, at 5:25 p.m. at her home.

Mrs. Dotson owned and operated Kathy's Cleaning Service in Wabash. She was a former member of the Old Baptist Church in Gilead and attended the Freedom Life Church in Wabash.

She was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Paintsville, KY, to Richard and Nettie Sluss McKenzie. She first married John D. Baker on Jan. 31, 1965, and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1971. She then married Glen Dotson on May 4, 1996, and he survives.

Mark W. Kennedy

Mark W. Kennedy, 67, of Huntington, IN, died March 25, 2020, at Heritage Pointe of Huntington.
Mr. Kennedy graduated in 1971 from Greenfield Central High School and retired on Aug. 31, 2006. after many years at General Motors.

He was born Jan. 26, 1953, in Greenfield, to William L. and Jo Ellyn Burton Kennedy.

He is survived by a sister, Marsha (David) Kelpe, of Cincinnati, OH.

There will be no calling or services. A private burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials are to the donor’s choice.

Jeffrey A. Humphries

Jeffrey Alan Humphries, 51, of Montpelier, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 10:47 a.m. in Montpelier from injuries received from an industrial accident.  

Mr. Humphries was a graduate of Huntington North High School. He was a 17-year member of the Indiana National Guard. He had worked at NRP in Montpelier for two years. He was a member of the Millard Brown American Legion Post 156.

Andrew D. 'Andy' Cartwright

Andrew Dean "Andy" Cartwright, 64, of Wabash, and having family in LaFontaine, IN, died Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 6 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Cartwright was a 1973 graduate of Northfield High School. He was a caregiver and attended St. Paul's County Line Church.

He was born Aug. 20, 1955, in Anderson to Eugene Allen "Gene" and Mary Lou Holcomb Cartwright.

He is survived by two sisters, Rebecca (Mike Clay) Garrett, of Warsaw, and Linda Grossman, of LaFontaine, and a brother,  David (TC Hull) Cartwright, of Marion.

William K. 'Bill' Carpenter

William K. "Bill" Carpenter Sr., 76, of rural Wabash, IN, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 1:03 p.m.,  at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Carpenter retired from GenCorp in Wabash, and also worked at BTR in Peru. He most recently worked security at Fort Wayne GMC.
He was born July 7, 1943, in Leander, KY, to Sanford and Madgie Click Carpenter. He married Gladys Farmer on July 19, 1966, in Wabash, and she survives.

Susan G. Rhymer

Susan Gayle Rhymer, 67, of Decatur, IN, and having ties to Markle, IN, died Monday morning, March 23, 2020, at her residence following an unexpected medical event.

Ms. Rhymer was a former member of the Ossian Church of the Nazarene. She was formerly employed as a certified nursing assistant for Woodcrest – Evergreen for many years. Prior to Woodcrest, she also worked at All Seasons Industries in Markle.

She was born Sept. 18, 1952, in Decatur, to Delbert and Delphina Lovins Rhymer.

Edward J. Moore

Edward John Moore, 79, of Loon Lake, IN, and a native of Roanoke, IN, died March 23, 2020, at home.

Mr. Moore spent his formative years in Roanoke, graduating from Roanoke High School in 1959. He served in the United States Navy and worked for Dana, in Fort Wayne, retiring after 42 years of service. He and his wife lived in Roanoke afster they were married, raising their children there.

‘Grab & Go’ food distribution now only Thursdays

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has announced it will change the days of its “Grab & Go” food distribution to children to Thursdays only.

HCCSC Food Services Director Ken Akins says the lack of food available from the district’s vendors due to the coronavirus pandemic is the reason school officials decided to reduce the distribution days to only once per week.


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