Wilma E. Smock

Wilma E. Smock, 93, of LaFontaine, IN, and formerly of North Manchester, IN, died Monday, Feb.16, 2009, at 4 p.m. at Rolling Meadows Healthcare, LaFontaine.

She was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Harrisburg, IL, to Oscar and Delma Lillian Church Thomas. She married Walter H. Smock on Feb. 25, 1944. Her husband preceded her in death on March 13, 2005.

A service was held Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, with Rev. Melissa Rice officiating. Burial was at South Whitley Cemetery.

Vikings drop fifth straight, lose to Anderson 61-46

The Huntington North High School boys' basketball team dug itself an early hole from which it couldn't escape and wound up losing its fifth straight game in a 61-46 loss to host Anderson on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The Vikings, 5-11 overall and 1-4 in the North Central Conference, fell behind 14-7 after the first quarter. They went into halftime trailing 31-25 and were on the downside of a 47-38 third quarter score.

Guard Rob Sands again led the Vikings in scoring with 15 points, and he also led in rebounds with five. Jordan Beaver added 12 points and Tannan Peters scored 10.

Ralph E. Wilson

Ralph E. Wilson, 90, of Ossian, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at the Markle Health and Rehabilitation Center, Markle, IN.

Mr. Wilson retired in 1980 from International Harvester. He was a member of the Living Faith Missionary Church in Ossian.

He was born April 30, 1918, in Wells County to Victor and Fanny Higley Wilson.

He is survived by his wife, Joyle Wilson, of Decatur; a son, Larry (Jean) Wilson, of Decatur; 17 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Sarah G. Chipman

Sarah G. Chipman, 65, of Jonesboro, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at 6:55 p.m.

Ms. Chipman had been a member of the Water Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro since 1969 and had served the church as a Sunday school teacher and church clerk.

She was born Oct. 9, 1943, in Holcomb, MO, to Aaron Ray and Geneva Irene Darnell Johns. She married Thomas E. Chipman on Feb. 22, 1964. Her husband survives.

Sylvia K. Engelman

Sylvia Kay Engelman, 67, of rural Wabash, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 2:30 a.m. at her home.

Mrs. Engelman graduated from Wabash High School in 1959. She worked for 18 years at General Tire and 21 years at True Value, both in Wabash.

She was born Aug. 4, 1941, in Wabash to Jesse R. and Helen M. Armstrong Mayfield. She married Dick O. Engelman on April 9, 1987, in Wabash. He preceded her in death on May 20, 2003.

Lamarr Pinney

Lamarr Pinney, 56, of Huntington, IN, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 5:27 a.m. at the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Pinney was a 1970 graduate of Huntington North High School and a member of the College Park United Brethren Church. He worked as an automotive service advisor with various area car dealerships, and had worked with Kelley Pontiac-Buick-GMC, Fort Wayne, for the last 12 years. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion Post 160, Roanoke, where he served as treasurer.

Vera E. Johnson

Vera E. Johnson, 92, a resident of Rome City, IN and formerly of Huntington, IN, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at 5:50 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of Kokomo High School. She was employed for many years at Yarger Cleaners in Huntington and later retired from E-Systems, Memcor Division, Huntington. She attended Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Rome City.

She was born Feb. 14, 1917 in Kokomo. She married Darrell R. Johnson on Dec. 4, 1937 in Kokomo. He preceded her in death on March 15, 2003.

Jean L. 'Grandma' Flynn

Jean L. "Grandma Jean" Flynn, 76, of Huntington, IN and formerly of LaFontaine Street in Huntington, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at her home following an extended illness.

Mrs. Flynn was a 1950 graduate of Bradford High School, in Bradford, PA. She had worked for several years as a bank teller at Citizens National Bank in Bradford. She was a homemaker and primary caregiver for her husband. Following her husband's death, she worked as an in-home daycare provider with her daughter, Nat Padfield, in St. Charles, MO, for 11 years.

Edna M. Bleeke

Edna Mae Bleeke, 74, or Decatur, IN, and having family members in Uniondale, IN, died Friday, Feb.13, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Bleeke was a homemaker and a member of the Home Economics Club.

She was born May 20, 1934, in Decatur to Frank and Gladys Rhynard Bailey. She married Vernand F. "Dutch" Bleeke on April 22, 1952, in Adams County. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 2005.

Dick Hemrick

Dick Hemrick, 89, of Fort Wayne, IN, and having family members in Markle, IN, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Hemrick was a 53-year member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, New Haven. He retired in 1980 after 40 years of employment with the General Electric Company. He served with the United States Navy during World War II.

He was born in Fort Wayne to Lee and Irma Hemrick. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Luella.

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