Steven E. Tester

Steven E. Tester, 62, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at 10:14 p.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Tester was a former employee of Markle Home Products and Guardian Industries. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and was a veteran of the United States Army.

He was born Nov. 15, 1947, to Robert Eugene and Juanita Richardson Tester. His mother survives in Huntington. He married Crystal Marie Lahr on June 2, 1973, at St. Mary Church in Huntington. His wife survives.

Frances E. Smith

Frances E. Smith, 98, of Orange Beach, AL, and formerly of Roanoke, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at her home.

Mrs. Smith graduated from East Union High School in 1930 and from Manchester College in 1934. She also attended Ball State University. She was a teacher in the Northern Wells Community Schools for 25 years, retiring in 1968. She last taught seventh and eighth grade English and science at East Rock Creek School. She was a member of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church.

Mary L. Rich

Mary Louise Rich, 83, of Huntington, IN, died on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at 10:35 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Rich was a 1944 graduate of Lancaster High School and worked as a voice coil supervisor at Utah-Pyle Industries for 31 years, from 1958 to 1989. She was a member of Mt. Etna United Methodist Church.

She was born on July 20, 1926, in Huntington County to Raymond and Lilly Burnworth Landrum. On May 10, 1944, she married Harold P. Rich in Huntington County. He survives.

Michelle M. Eckert

Michelle M. Eckert, 38, of Huntington, IN, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at 12:30 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Eckert graduated in 1989 from Huntington North High School. She received her Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.) degree from Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne.

She worked as an L.P.N. at Heritage Pointe in Warren for 14 years and most recently at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation in Huntington. She was a member of The Awakening Community Church in Huntington.

She was born on May 25, 1971, in Huntington to Roger and Shelley Arquette. They survive.

Paul E. Grandstaff

Paul E. Grandstaff, 92, of North Manchester, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at 6:48 p.m. at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

Mr. Grandstaff was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kiwanis Club, Deming Masonic Lodge 88 and the Eel River Shrine Club, all of North Manchester. He was also a member of the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine.

James L. Riggars

James Lee Riggars, 67, of Ellijay, GA, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.

He was a retired farmer and realtor.

He was born on June 26, 1942, in Huntington to Arthur and Wilma Jeanne Currnutt Riggars.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne, of Ellijay; a son, Troy Lee Riggars, of Cumming, GA; a daughter, Tami Sue Seaman, of Orlando, FL; and six grandchildren, Shauna, Nathan, Josuah, Jessica, Hannah and Ari Riggars.

Graveside services were held on Jan. 31, 2010 at the Yukon Cemetery with Rev. Euel Reece officiating.

Violet M. Banter

Violet M. Banter, 99, of Marion, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at 7:05 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren, IN.

Mrs. Banter lived most of her life in Jackson Township, Wells County. She was a member of the Dillman Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Dillman Ladies Aid, Church Missionary Society and the Jackson Township Home Economics Club.

She was born Dec. 29, 1910, in Dillman to William A. and Sarah Pearlie Williamson Ritchey. She married Jason A. Banter on Aug. 30, 1930, in Bluffton. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1985.

Elizabeth A. 'Betty' Richardson

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Richardson, 72, of La Mesa, CA, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, in LaMesa.

Mrs. Richardson had lived in the LaMesa area for more than 60 years and attended Helix High School and San Diego State University. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 30 years, serving in every chapter office. She also served on the Mission California Council, holding the office of president in 1995-96. She was a member of the San Diego Madres, serving as president in 1990-91.

Casey A. Kochensparger

Casey Anne Kochensparger, 31, of Greentown, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at 8:45 a.m. at her parents' home in Greentown.

Mrs. Kochensparger graduated from Eastern High School in 1998, attended Indiana University Kokomo and received her certified nursing assistant certificate from Ivy Tech. She later studied early childhood development at Ivy Tech. She had been employed at the Kokomo Sports Center and at Victory Noll in Huntington. She was a member of Crossroads Community Church, Kokomo.

Indiana Soybean Alliance elects Osterholt chairman

The Indiana Soybean Alliance elected officers and executive committee members for 2010 at their January board of directors meeting. Pictured are (left to right, front row): Terry Vissing, Marysville, secretary; Lynn Teel, Chalmers, president; and Kevin Wi
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Jerry Osterholt, of Roanoke, has been named Biodiesel/Grain Marketing Committee chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

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