Betty R. Mann

Betty R. Mann, 66, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, April 5, 2010, at 4:38 a.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mrs. Mann had worked at Crossroads in Markle and at Walmart in the bakery and deli, retiring in 2007.

She was born Jan. 5, 1944, in Decatur to Carl E. and Hazel Overmier Neuenschwander.

Survivors include a brother, Donald L. (Judi) Neuenschwander, of Ossian; and five grandchildren, Ashley Gardner, Jacob Gardner, Megan Armiston, James Armiston and Emily Mann.

There will be no calling hours or service.

Marlin R. Goff

Marlin Richard Goff, 85, of LaFontaine, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren.

Mr. Goff graduated from Sweetser High School in 1942 and served with the United States Marines during World War II. He was retired from RCA, where he had worked for 33 years, and was a former dairy farmer.

He was born May 3, 1924, in Marion to Ora and Marie Carey Goff. He married Rose Mary Sachse on May 15, 1952. His wife survives.

Orlin P. Doege

Orlin Paul Doege, 69, of Cromwell, IN, and a native of Roanoke, IN, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at 1:57 p.m. at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Doege graduated from Roanoke High School in 1958 and moved to Cromwell from the Fort Wayne area in 1967. He retired from General Electric in 1997 after 37 years of service. He was active in the Enchanted Hills Association and was a Boy Scout leader for more than 20 years.

He was born Jan. 10, 1941, in Roanoke to Herbert and Florence Mayberry Doege. He married Sharon J. Gibson on Feb. 23, 1963, and she survives.

Richard L. Johnson

Richard Lee Johnson, 67, of Marion, IN, and a former resident of the Van Buren, IN, area, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Johnson attended Van Buren schools and lived most of his life in the Van Buren area. He retired from GM CPC, Marion, after 28 years of service. He attended the Upland United Methodist Church.

He was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Marion to Herbert M. and Mary M. Ramsey Johnson. He married Lura Lake on May 5, 1962, in Marion. His wife survives.

Mary Bayless

Mary Bayless, 97, of Berne, IN, and a native of Huntington, IN, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Swiss Village in Berne.

She had been employed as a hostess at the Dutch Mill Restaurant for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years and was a member of Daughters of the Nile and the First Reformed Church of Bluffton. She was also a volunteer at Wells Community Hospital.

Junior M. 'Scrappy' Forbes

Junior Maxwell "Scrappy" Forbes, 85, of rural Wabash, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 3:10 p.m. at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center, LaFontaine.

Mr. Forbes had worked as a maintenance foreman for Wagner Industries until his retirement in 1986. He had also been a contractor with the family business, Macey, Forbes and Sons. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 286 in Wabash and a former member of the Izaak Walton League.

J. Devon Mathias

J. Devon Mathias, 81, of Warren, IN, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

Mr. Mathias was a teacher and administrator in the LaGrange, Pleasant Township and Fort Wayne Community public school systems for 39 years. He was a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church; past president of the Southside Optimist Club, Sertoma, Retired Teachers Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon; and was a member of the Summit City Barbershop Chorus. He was a master gardener and a docent at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory.

Trisha D. Frank

Trisha Dee Frank, 33, of Roann, IN, and having ties to Huntington County, IN, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 7:57 a.m. at Wabash County Hospital, Wabash.

Mrs. Frank was a 1995 graduate of Northfield High School and earned a licensed practical nurse (LPN) certificate from Ivy Tech. She was a member of the Calvary Chapel Assembly of God, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) and the Huntington County Home School Group.

HU names speakers for graduation, baccalaureate; Duff to get honors

From left are Herma Williams, Marth Smith and Donald Duff.
Photos provided.

Huntington University will hold its 112th commencement exercise on May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Field House of the Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation.

The university will award master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees to 281 graduates and two honorary degree recipients.

Dr. Herma B. Williams, provost and academic vice president for Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, CA, will give the annual commencement address. Her address is titled, "Shaping the Future: Leading a Life that Matters."

Youth’s passion for Batman turns into collection for family

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller sits in front of the main part of his Batman collection. He has been a serious collector since 2002, and his family is also involved.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published March 1, 2010.

Huntington North High School senior Tyler Miller, 18, has spent the last six years of his life collecting Batman items.

But what was once a youth's passion is now a family affair.

He has everything from action figures to comic books, blankets to curtains, all stored in what he calls his "bat cave."

Miller also has a hand-drawn Batman pillowcase that a nurse made for him down at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, where he has been a patient for most of his life.


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