Ruth M. Smith

Ruth M. Smith, 91, of Markle, IN, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at 3:15 a.m. at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith was a 1935 graduate of East Union High School. She was a homemaker and she also worked as a cook at the Dutch Mill in Bluffton. She attended Turnpointe Community Church (formerly Markle Church of the Brethren) throughout her life.

She was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Wells County to Edward and Pearl Rarick Brumbaugh. She married Jay H. Smith on Dec. 25, 1940. He preceded her in death on July 30, 2002.

Harold E. Parker

Harold E. Parker, 78, of Warren, IN, died on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at 4:25 a.m. at Heritage Pointe in Warren, IN.

Mr. Parker was a graduate of Warren High School and retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne. He served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the United Church of Christ in Warren.

He was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Marion, OH, to Francis Leon and Lydia Jane MacMillan Parker. He married Betty Richardson, and she preceded him in death in 1971. He married Betty Houtz on Sept. 10, 1987 in Warren, and she survives.

Ida M. Dawson

Ida M. Dawson, 84, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 3:24 p.m. at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mrs. Dawson was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Community Church of God and the Grandmothers Club.

She was born April 16, 1925, in Brookston to Walter R. and Elsie B. Cresse Klepinger. She married David F. Dawson on Feb. 2, 1949, in Lafayette. Her husband preceded her in death on June 19, 1984.

Christmas elf

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Tim Bischoff of the Huntington Street Department straightens a wooden candy cane on Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, as he and several other street department employees put up the town's Christmas decorations -- on their own time -- so the act wouldn't cost the city overtime pay during the current poor financial situation.

Jacob S. Haneline

Jacob S. Haneline, 18, of Leesburg, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at 11:57 a.m. at Kosciusko Community Hospital.

He was a 2009 graduate of Wawasee High School, where he had been a member of the school swim team, and was a freshman at Purdue University. He formerly attended North Webster Church of God.

Mr. Haneline was born on April 15, 1991 in Huntington.

Richard A. Hull

Richard A. Hull, 49, of Langley, KY, and having family in Huntington County, IN, died on Nov. 16, 2009, at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY.

Mr. Hull joined the United States Army in 1977, served in Germany and Korea and received an honorable discharge in 1989. He was a member of the American Legion.

He was born on March 22, 1960, in Osceola Kissimmee, FL., to Charles Leroy and Sandy Hull. His mother survives in Huntington.

June R. Coburn

June R. Coburn, 87, of Wabash, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 12:24 p.m. at The Heritage of Huntington, IN.

Mrs. Coburn was a graduate of West Bend (WI) High School and had been employed by Honeywell and Swingline. She was a member of the First Church of God and the Home Extension Club, both in Wabash.

She was born March 23, 1922, in West Bend, WI, to Walter and Lilly Knipple Boerger. She married Edward Krueger in 1939 in West Bend, WI; he preceded her in death in 1940. She then married Edward Coburn, who preceded her in death in 1983.

Steven A. Palmer

Steven A. Palmer, 60, of Angola, IN, and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at 10:12 .m. at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Funeral arrangements are pending at McElhaney-Hart Funeral Home, Huntington.



Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington North High School junior Rob Newsome (right) plans his next move against Miles Hearn of Wabash during the team's wrestling match Thursday night, Nov. 19, at HNHS. The Vikings won 69-9.

'By the Book' religious education program to resume in December

Instructors for the “By the Book” program, shown in one of the program’s mobile classrooms, are (from left) Katie Mower, Mary Clark, Debbie Hersey and Director Teri Shiflett.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Moving forward on faith - faith that the necessary volunteers and cash will be forthcoming - the board of the Associated Churches of Huntington County plans to resume its "By the Book" weekday religious education program in December.

The program, which offers weekly Bible-based instruction to third and fourth grade students in the county's public schools, was halted in March as the result of an injunction issued from a lawsuit filed by an unidentified parent objecting to the presence of the mobile classroom on school property.


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