Ricky C. Gray

Ricky Clinton Gray, 44, of Fort Wayne, and a Huntington native, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Gray was a graduate of Northfield High School in Wabash County, and was the manager of the Steak & Shake Restaurant on Illinois Road in Fort Wayne.

He was born Nov. 26, 1965, in Huntington to Richard "Dick" Gray and Glenna (Ames) King and was raised by his father and adoptive mother, Annabelle (Bitzel) Gray.

James H. Green

James H. Green, 69, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at 12:53 p.m. at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Green worked as a union construction laborer with Local 213 in Fort Wayne and Lehman Construction for more than 30 years.

He was born Aug. 20, 1940, in Tennessee. He married Carrie Sue Jackson in August 1958, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 1977. His second marriage was to Fern Hadley. She survives.

Leona J. White

Leona Jane White, of Van Buren, IN, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at 4 p.m. at her residence.

Mrs. White was a 1951 graduate of Van Buren High School. She had been employed at Essexs of Van Buren, Weaver Popcorn of Van Buren and Franklin Electric of Gas City. She attended Grace Community Church in Marion and was a member of the Van Buren American Legion Post 368 Auxiliary.

She was born Nov. 24, 1933, to Mitchell "Mike" and Leona "Madge" Miller Swetman, in Farrville. She married Eugene F. White on Nov. 17, 1954 in Marion. He preceded her in death on April 1, 1983.

Lavie F. Giddens

Lavie F. Giddens, 83, of Huntington, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 4:45 p.m. at the Coventry Meadows, Auguste's Cottage, in Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Giddens was a 1945 graduate of Huntington High School. She was a homemaker and worked 30 years at Model Engineering, later known as Memcor, until retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Huntington for 59 years.

Kenneth L. Hunnicutt

Kenneth L. Hunnicutt, 78, of Bluffton, IN, and having family in Huntington, IN, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. at Heritage Pointe in Warren, IN.

Mr. Hunnicutt was a long-time resident of the Warren and Bluffton areas. He was a 1950 graduate of Liberty Center High School. He had been an engineer for Corning Glass in Bluffton for many years, and had served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Hunnicutt attended the Boehmer Church in Wells County.

Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee, 78, of Deland, FL, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Monday, July 26, 2010, in Orange City, FL.

Mr. Lee was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a mechanical engineer.

He was born Dec. 4, 1931, in Huntington to Melvin Francis and Berniece Emily Bolinger Lee.

Surviving are a son, Craig T. (Judy) Lee, of Huntington; two daughters, Brenda A. (John) Proegler, of Ossian, and Anne C. (Bill) Scott, of Parker, CO; a brother, Richard (Mary) Lee, of Leo; a sister, Helen Waechter, of New Haven; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Nicholas P. Lapetina

Nicholas P. Lapetina, 69, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at 8 a.m. at his home.

Mr. Lapetina joined the United States Marine Corps and rose to the rank of lieutenant corporal. He worked as an insurance salesman, and was a member of the Union Church, the V.F.W. Post 2689 and the American Legion Roanoke Post 160.

He was born July 11, 1941,to Joseph Lapetina, in Philadelphia, PA. On July 27, 1999, Nicholas married Mary J. Eubank in Fort Wayne, and she survives in Huntington.

Additional survivors include a sister, Leona Lapetina, of New Jersey.

Shane M. Cowin

Shane Michael Cowin, 36, of Marietta, GA, and having relatives in Huntington, died Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Mr. Cowin was a graduate of Pope High School and attended the University of Georgia. He spent his career in information technology with Impact Consulting Services of Atlanta.

He was born Dec. 30, 1973. His parents, Roy Cowin, formerly of Huntington, and currently residing in Kennsaw, GA, and Jeanne Cowin Rickenbaker, of Marietta, GA, survive. He married his wife, Elisa, on May 17, 1997, in Marietta, GA. She also survives.

Gertrude M. Kohr service

A celebration of life for Gertrude M. Kohr, who died July 15, 2010, will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at VFW Post 2689, 220 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Kiddie tractor pull


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Colsen Brubaker pushes though to the end in the Kiddie Tractor Pull at the Huntington County 4-H Fair on Tuesday, July 27.

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