Betty J. Crosson

Betty Jean Crosson, 84, of Columbia City, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Jan. 3, 2009, at 11:35 a.m. at the Byron Health Center, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Crosson was a 1942 graduate of Martinsville High School and attended the Indiana University Medical Center School of Nursing, completing her studies as a licensed practical nurse in 1962. She was employed by the IU Medical Center from 1958 to 1965. She had also worked for the Economic Development Corporation in Columbia City for five years and at Plaza Laundry in Columbia City for four years.

Health Board sets Jan. 12 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Health will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Board members will hear reports from the Department of Health staff for the fourth quarter of 2008 and a report from the public health nurse on her goals for the first quarter of 2009.

Nature's Fuel to explain proposed facility

Nature's Fuel, a Fort Wayne-based company that has proposed building a waste-handling facility at the Huntington landfill, will hold two meetings on Thursday, Jan. 8, to explain its plans.

Identical sessions will be held at noon and at 6 p.m. in the Huntington City Council Chambers in the Huntington City Building.

Norma H. Tinker

Norma Helen Tinker, 86, of Berne, IN, and having family members in Huntington, died Jan. 5, 2009, at the Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne, where she had resided since July 2004.

Mrs. Tinker was a 1940 graduate of El Dorado County High School in California. She was a homemaker and did extensive volunteer work.

First baby of 2009 born at PHH

Photo provided.

Emily Reid (second from left) holds newborn daughter Addison Ann Reid, the first baby of 2009 born at Parkview Huntington Hospital. With them are Emily's husband Jerry Reid (back right) and older children Dyson (left) and Aaron.

Trio leads Viking wrestlers to Close Classic title

Huntington North's Thomas Abbott at 145 pounds wrestles Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Weston Close Memorial Wrestling Classic at HNHS.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Led by champions Zach Abbott, Logan Randle and Brant Hiple, the Huntington North High School wrestling team captured its own Weston Close Memorial Wrestling Classic on Saturday, Jan. 3, at HNHS.

Abbott, winner of the tourney's most outstanding wrestler honor, was champion at 189 pounds, Randle took home top honors at 112 pounds and Hiple was top gun at 140 as the Vikings rolled up 234 team points to beat runner-up Southern Wells by 19.

Rob Newsome at 119, Colin Downey at 125 and Kenny Morton at 215 earned second place finishes for HNHS. Jamie Kuehl at 171 placed fourth.

Eldon E. Shoemaker

Eldon Earl Shoemaker Jr., 84, of rural Huntington, died Dec. 14, 2008, at 11 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Shoemaker had been employed by Brooks Construction, Reith & Riley Asphalt Company and Hipskind Asphalt Company, all in Fort Wayne. He also farmed with local farmers.

He was a graduate of Clear Creek High School and a veteran of the United States Army.

He was born July 10, 1924, in Fort Wayne to Eldon Earl Sr. and Lesta Layman Shoemaker.

There was no calling or funeral service.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at

George H. Dunwiddie

George Henry Dunwiddie, 76, of Bluffton, and having family members in Huntington, died Jan. 3, 2009, at 2:32 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Dunwiddie, a lifelong resident of Wells County, worked at International Harvester for 33 years and as a production supervisor at General Manufacturing in Bluffton for 13 years, retiring in 2000. He attended Bluffton High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 111 and the First Presbyterian Church in Bluffton.

Dorothy R. Baker

Dorothy R. Baker, 84, of Huntington and formerly of Louisiana, died Dec. 29, 2008.

Mrs. Baker grew up in Jonesboro, LA, and was a longtime resident of New Orleans, Mandeville and Covington, LA.

She was born Dec. 22, 1924. She married J. Dixon Baker in New Orleans, LA, in 1948. Her husband preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Carmen and Mona (Paul); a sister, Sandra (Ron); a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Covington, LA.

Houston F. 'Frank' Hallmark

Houston Franklin "Frank" Hallmark, 60, of Marion, and having family members in LaFontaine, died Dec. 31, 2008, at 12:25 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Hallmark was a veteran of the United States Army. He was employed by General Motors in Marion for 30 years, retiring in 2000, and was a member of the Grave Diggers Pool Team.

He was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Newport, AR, to Marion and Rosetta London Hallmark. His mother, Rosetta Woodrow Taylor, survives in Kalamazoo, MI. He married Patsy Green in 1985. His wife survives.


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