Landrum selected to serve on school board

Tracey Shafer (left), superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, provides new school board member Ben Landrum with materials for the meeting after he was seated Monday night, July 19.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Ben Landrum was appointed to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees for District 3 on Monday evening, July 19.

His selection followed a special session so the board could interview the remaining two candidates and an executive session to discuss the five men up for the seat to replace Rick Brubaker.

The board was forced to make the appointment because no one ran in the spring election as a candidate for that seat.

Mary A. Lee

Mary Alice Lee, 79, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Roanoke, IN, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at The Towne House Retirement Center, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Lee was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. She was a waitress, retiring from the Acme Bar.

She was born March 14, 1931, in Fort Wayne. She married Lenny T. Lee, who preceded her in death.

Ernest E. 'Ernie' Swafford

Ernest E. "Ernie" Swafford, 77, of Silver Lake, IN, and having family members in Andrews, IN, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 12:35 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor in Wabash.

Mr. Swafford was retired and operated produce stands around Wabash County.

He was born Aug. 21, 1932, in Wabash. His father, William Harry Swafford, died before his birth and he was raised by his stepfather and mother, Edward Ralph and Bertha Lucille Hall Easterday. He married Nancy Moser, who survives.

Leota M. Mook

Leota M. Mook, 81, of Marion, and having family members in Huntington County, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at 7:15 p.m.

Mrs. Mook had worked in the payroll department of Malleable Iron Works from 1947 to 1960. She retired from Bell Fibre Corp., where she worked as an accounting clerk for 18 years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Marion, where she taught preschool, Bible school and Sunday school classes. She was a 1947 graduate of Marion High School.

17U softball champs


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Coaches Connection team was crowned champion in the Huntington County Baseball 17-and-under softball division on Monday, July 19, at Homier Park. Team members are (first row, from left) MacKenzie Hacker, Jordan Sanders, Holly Stoedars, Abby Branscomb and Kayla Jojola; (second row, from left) Cheyanne Geidman, Sierra Bowers, Lacey Smith, Allison Bucher, Jordan Dolby, Katlyn Stebing and Brittany Sork; and (back row, from left) coaches Drew Welch and Tony Carroll. Not pictured is Blake Randall, coach.

Clemente League champs


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Frederick's Photography team was crowned Clemente League (7 and 8 year-olds) champions, on Monday, July 19, at Homier Park. Team members are (front row from left) Cole Collins, Nathan Mygrant, Bailey Williams, Wilson Wicker, Barrett Barscz and Jayce Lawrence; (second row from left) Ben Matthews, Nathan Sizemore, Jayce Beeks, Aiden Raab, Mason Anderson, Javin Beeks and Cody Williams; and (back row from left) coaches Seth Whicker, Nolan Williams and Randy Sizemore.

Rozlyn A. Kelsey

Rozlyn Alexandria Kelsey, infant daughter of Matthew and Dusty L. Gowin Kelsey, of Huntington, was stillborn on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 5:45 p.m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She is survived by her parents and her grandparents, Marty and Angie Kelsey, of Huntington; Gordon and Martina Cocklin, of Warren; Jim and Rita Gowin, of Upland; and Debby Holmes and Roddy Rodmaker, both of Marion.

A graveside service was held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Huntington. Rev. Kathy Newton officiated.

Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington, was in charge of arrangements.

Elmer F. Benzinger

Elmer F. Benzinger, 85, of Hoagland, IN, and having family members in Roanoke, IN, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Benzinger served in the United States Army during World War II. He was retired from Essex Wire, where he had been employed for more than 36 years. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 420, both in Monroeville.

Virgil 'Bud' Pyle

Virgil "Bud" Pyle, 78, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Roanoke, IN, died Thursday, July 15, 2010, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Pyle had been employed as a machinist by Zollner Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He served in the Army National Guard for 10 years and was a member of American Legion Post 499.

He was born in Fort Wayne to Joseph and Edna Pyle. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary E. Pyle.

Kathryn A. Craig

Kathryn Ann Craig, 89, of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, July 18, 2010, at 12:25 a.m. at Miller's Merry Manor in Huntington.

Mrs. Craig graduated from Huntington High School in 1937. She farmed with her husband in Clear Creek Township. She was a 4-H leader, a charter member of the Happy Homemakers Extension Club and a past president of the Huntington County Extension Homemakers. She was a lifelong member of the Church of the Brethren.

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