Foresters lose opener of NAIA tourney

The fourth-seeded Huntington University baseball team suffered a 7-5 loss to fifth-seeded British Columbia on Monday, May 13, in the opening round of the 2019 NAIA National Championship Tournament at Luther Williams Field in Macon, GA.

The Foresters had rallied back from a 3-0 deficit in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but BC, 30-20, scored a trio of runs in the seventh inning for what proved to be the game-winner.

Norwell tops Lady Vikes to take NE8 net crown

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team fell to visiting Norwell, 1-4, on Saturday, May 11.

A clash between the top two teams in the Northeast 8 Conference, the Lady Vikings and Lady Knights both entered the contest with 6-0 records in conference action. While the Lady Vikes only recorded one win against their guests, they got edged in contests at third singles and second doubles that narrowly tilted the match in Norwell’s favor.

Lady Vike netters dispatch South Adams

The Huntington North High School girls’ varsity tennis team dispatched visiting South Adams, 4-1, on Friday, May 10.

The Lady Vikings, 12-3, swept the Lady Starfires in doubles action. In the No. 1 match, senior Maisy Wohlford and junior Maisy Kesler beat Josie Grabau and Gabi Bailey, 6-2, 6-4. The second tilt saw senior Crosley Stanley and junior Sydney Smekens upend Mileena Mowery and Ashleyn Claghorn, 6-0, 6-0.

Doris M. 'Great' James

Doris M. “Great” James, 92, of Butler, IN, died Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. James graduated from Huntington High School in 1944. She worked in customer service for Indiana Gas Company, for 35 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Huntington.

 She was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Huntington to Monroe and Addie M. Wood Little. She married Donald L. James on March 28, 1945, in Huntington, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2000.

Ronald B. Hite

Ronald Braxton Hite, 76 of Huntington, IN, died Friday, May 10, 2019, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne after a brief battle with glioblastoma brain cancer.

Mr. Hite was a lifelong farmer. He also worked as a purchasing agent for United Technologies in Huntington, Mobile Aerial Towers in Fort Wayne and Indiana Metals in Rochester. He was the current lay leader for and a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church and president of the Rock Creek High School alumni banquet.

Jean E. Messler

Jean E. Messler, 94, of Fort Wayne, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN,died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Coventry Meadows in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Messler was a 1943 graduate of Huntington Township School.  She worked in personnel and sales at Essex in Fort Wayne for more than 15 years.   She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Huntington.

She was born Dec. 12, 1924, in Huntington to Henry and Minnie Mauger.  She married Loyal Edward “Buss” Messler in February 1943, and he preceded her in death on Oct.18, 2004.   

Anthony H. Nelson

Anthony Hubert Nelson, 69, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at 4 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Nelson worked for Container Corporation several years. He was a 1967 graduate of Wabash High School.
 
He was born June 27, 1949 in Richlands, VA, to Joshua T. and Gladys Goss Nelson. His mother survives in Wabash. He first married Linda (Farner) Nall, and she survives. He later married Wanda Faye (Taylor) Slater, and she preceded him in death.

Richard J. 'Dick' MacDonald

Richard J. “Dick” MacDonald, 67, of North Manchester, IN, and having family in Huntington County, IN, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 12:57 at his home.

Mr. McDonald graduated from Manchester High School in 1969. He was a lifelong farmer and worked as an inspector at Peabody Seating Co. from 1969 until its close.

He was born Oct. 12, 1951, to Major H. and Jarie L. Marsillette MacDonald.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Janice MacDonald.

Justin W. Adkins

Justin Wayne Adkins, 37, of Somerset, IN, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at 10:19 p.m. in Huntington County, IN, from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Mr. Adkins attended Southwood High School. He was a self-employed truck driver and a volunteer fireman with Converse Fire Department.

He was born Aug. 7, 1981, in Wabash to Gary W. and Myra Jo Kirkpatrick Adkins. His father, Gary W. (Andrea Coker) Adkins, and his mother, Myra Jo Adkins, both survive in Somerset.

David M. Owen

David Milburn Owen, 83, of Upland, IN, and formerly of LaFontaine, IN, died Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 8:25 p.m. at University Nursing Center in Upland.

Mr. Owen worked most of his life in manufacturing management and real estate. His first job was as a farmer.

He was born March 30, 1936, in LaFontaine to Milburn and Ethel Sutton Owen. He married Carol Sue Richwine on June 16, 1957, and she survives.

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