Elston shares his passion as head of state robotics group

Chris Elston (right) of Huntington, talks with participants of a Girl Scout convention held in Indianapolis in November. Elston is serving as state president of Indiana FIRST.
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Chris Elston fondly recalls experimenting with a computer-controlled desktop robot while a student in an electronics program at Huntington North High School.

The class was taught by Jack Oberholtzer, a teacher who earned Elston's admiration.

"He was my inspiration for getting into what I do," says Elston, who now works in automation and industrial robotics.

Oberholtzer is now retired and, Elston says, the school's electronics program has fallen by the wayside.

Thyra K. Norwood

Thyra K. Norwood, 90, of Bippus, IN, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at 9:58 a.m. at Norwood Health and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Norwood had been employed as a sales clerk at Wolf & Dessauer for five years and at the Dan-Dee Shoppe for eight years. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Bippus, where she served as church organist or more than 50 years, and a member of the Warren Township Demonstration Club.

Hiple leads HNHS wrestlers to third at invite

Led by 140-pound champion Brant Hiple, the Huntington North High School wrestling team placed third at the Concordia Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Hiple led HNHS to 168 team points by collecting two pins and a decision on the way to winning his weight class.

Carroll won the nine-team meet with 233 points, Homestead was second with 218 and Marion finished fourth with 166.

HNHS boys fourth, girls seventh at NCC meet

The Huntington North High School boys' swim team placed fourth and the HNHS girls' swim team placed seventh in their respective competitions at the North Central Conference Swim Championships on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Fishers High School.

The boys' team scored 242 points behind second place finishes by Skyler Ruschhaupt and Daniel Scher, while the girls' team scored 193 points, led by the third place finish of the 200-yeard medley relay team of Mariah Patrick, Cassie Hacker, Kailtyn Batt and Sara Karst.

Oak Lanes Bowling Results

Oak Lanes Bowling Scores Jan. 12-18

Women's High Game: Billie Smith, 162; Sharon Wymer, 157; Rosalyn Hughes, 123.
Women's High Series: Sharon Wymer, 383; Billie Smith, 353; Rosalyn Hughes, 294.
Men's High Game: Bill Kusler, 227; Bill Reed, 194; Thurman Glassburn, 180.
Men's High Series: Bill Kusler, 551; Bill Reed, 537; Monty Miller, 484.
Most Over: Monty Miller, +127; Sharon Wymer, +50; Bill Kusler, +41.
Top Teams: Team #3, 10-2; Team #9, 7-5; three teams tied at 6-6.

Harry W. Krummen

Harry W. Krummen, 91, a lifelong resident of Wells County, Indiana, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at Markle Health and Rehabilitation.

Mr. Krummen was a lifelong Wells County farmer and worked for General Electric for 20 years. He was a wildlife conservationist and completed forest management on his property with the development of walnut tree groves.

He was born Aug. 20, 1917, in Wells County to Ferdinand and Mary Aschliman Krummen.

Eugene F. Miller

Eugene F. Miller, 84, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Roanoke, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009, at his home.

Mr. Miller was a carpenter for Dana Corp. for 43 years, retiring in 1989. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, and American Legion Post 82.

He was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Colleen, in 2002.

Anthony W. Taylor

Anthony W. Taylor, 37, of Bluffton, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at 7:38 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Taylor was a 1991 graduate of Southern Wells High School and had been employed by Sprunger Insulation. He was a member of Christian New Light Church, Bluffton.

He was born Aug. 12, 1971, in Huntington to Randolph C. and Carol Garrison Taylor. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carol and Jim Turner, of Bluffton.


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