Thomas E. 'Tom' Ashley

Thomas E. “Tom” Ashley, 76, of Huntington, IN, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 9:00 p.m. at Markle Health & Rehabilitation.

Mr. Ashley graduated from Muskegon High School in 1961 and worked in printing for 40 years, the last 10 years owning Workman Printing before he retired in 2005.

He was born June 15, 1943, in Muskegon, MI, to Donald K. Sr. and Georgianna Ashley. He married Joanne R. Smith on Nov. 10, 1962, in Muskegon, and she survives.

Jack W. Wilson

Jack M. Wilson, 91, of Warren, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at Wesleyan Healthcare Center in Marion.

Mr. Wilson served his country in World War II, enlisting in the United States Navy at the age of 17, and he later served in the marines and the army. Following military service, he worked as a switchman for the railroad and later for Sunday Visitor/Noll Printing as a journeyman printer until his retirement.

He was born in 1928 to John and Lucille Wilson. His wife, Emilie, preceded him in death.

Kerry A. Tuttle

Kerry Alan Tuttle, 63, of Bluffton, IN, and having family in Zanesville, IN, died Friday evening Jan. 31, 2020, at Signature Health Care in Bluffton.

He was born March 13, 1956, in Bluffton to Charles R. and Dorothy M. Bauman Tuttle.

Mr. Tuttle attended Bluffton High School and worked for the former Corning Glass Works in Bluffton and was a truck driver for Boo Trucking in Bluffton.

He is survived by three brothers, Andy L. (Diane) Tuttle, of Zanesville, and Robert K. (Pam) Tuttle and Rex E. (Julie) Tuttle, both of Bluffton.

Margaret E. Frieden

Margaret E. Frieden, 96, of North Manchester, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Feb. 1, 2020, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Mrs. Frieden attended Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester. She also volunteered her time with the Republican Party for many years and was a member of Pythian Sisters and Ora June Circle at church.

She was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Huntington County, to Ray and Francis (McCool) Shenefield. She married James Frieden on Dec. 15, 1946, and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2018.

Tina G. Miller-Blake

Tina Gale Miller-Blake, 58, of Huntington, IN, died Jan. 22, 2020, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born June 21, 1961, to David D. and Emma V. Bailey Freyholtz. She married Charles D. Blake on Aug. 18, 2018, and he survives.

Mrs. Miller-Blake lived most of her life in Grant County and for the past 12 years resided in Huntington. She worked 19 years for Weaver Popcorn in Van Buren. She was employed as a machine operator for Pretzels, in Bluffton.

Steven A. Lane

Steven A. Lane, 70, of North Manchester, IN, and having family in Warren, IN, died Jan. 31, 2020, at Parkview Wabash Hospital, in Wabash.

After graduating from Akron High School, Mr. Lane joined the United States Army. He was also a member of the American Legion. He worked at Zimmer as a tool and die maker for 26 years, retiring in 2014. He fought cancer for the last 16 years.

He was born Aug. 11, 1949, in Wabash to Eugene and Hazel Miller Lane. He married Lavaughna Woods on Nov. 23, 1977, and she survives.

Eyeing the hoop

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Brian Niverson, of the Huntington County Special Olympics team, eyes taking a shot against his defender, Matt Baker of Noble County, during the annua Huntington County Special Olympics Invitational Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Huntington North High School. More than 500 Special Olympics athletes representing 17 Indiana counties competed this year.

Former nursery owner Fox delays retirement to keep doing job for which he still has passion

Wayne Fox stands inside a greenhouse at Huntington Nursery & Florist, where he has worked for 51 years. Fox was also the owner of the business for a long time, selling it in 2008, but he opted to stay on to help out and continue doing work he says he loves.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Wayne Fox agreed to stay on and help for a year after he sold Huntington Nursery to Jim and Kevin Yarger in 2008.

Twelve years later and counting, he’s still there.

“I’m one of the managers here,” he says, when asked for his current title. “I do the design work, and I do the estimating for all the outside contracting, and I’m kind of the horticulture guru, so to speak … I’ve been here so long, I do what I have to do. I’ve been doing it so long that whatever has to be done, I do.”

Proposed gypsy moth treatment

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Vince Burkle, Northeast Indiana nursery inspector and compliance officer of the Indiana DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology, talks about gypsy moths and the proposed treatment for them in Huntington County at a public meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Local Relay for Life campaign to have kickoff meeting on Feb. 6

Relay for Life of Huntington County is holding its 2020 kickoff meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, in Huntington, at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in learning more about Relay for Life is invited to attend. This year’s Relay for Life is scheduled for June 13 at Kriegbaum Field, in Huntington, from noon to midnight.


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