R. Choleene Leinker

OI1103233187_IMGR. Choleene Leinker, 86, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 6:10 a.m. Sunday May 25, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City.  

Born on Oct. 26, 1927, in South Whitley, Ind., she was the daughter of Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner. 

She lived in South Whitley until 1941 then moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., for 10 years, where she attended North Side High School, before moving to St. Petersburg, Fla. She then moved to North Webster, Ind., where she lived until 2000, finally settling at her present home in Columbia City.  

Choleene married Elmer G. Leinker on May 24, 1945, in Fort Wayne. She worked many places when living in South Whitley, Fort Wayne and Florida. Her last employment was at Owens-Illinois until retirement in 1988.

She attended New Hope Wesleyan Church. Choleene’s memberships include Old Bats in Red Hats, Whitley County Homemakers Extension Club, Theo Club, Silver Striders and AARP. 

Survivors include her son: Jim (Martha) Leinker, Charlotte, N.C.; daughter: Candy (Dennis) Shively, Leesburg, Ind.; grandchildren: Tammy (Warren) Hawkins, Jackson, Mich.; Greg Teghtmeyer and Jennifer (Joshua) Boren, both of Winona Lake, Ind.; Aaron (Allison) Leinker, Charlotte, N.C.; and Julie Norris, San Francisco, Calif.; great-grandchildren: Joseph and Jeff Hawkins, Heather (Cody) Adams, Whitney, Noah, Riley and Silas Boren and Alexander and Andrew Leinker; great-great-granddaughter: Elizabeth Adams; brother: Bob (Marion) Warner, Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews.  

She was preceded in death by her husband: Elmer G. Leinker; and her parents: Harold and Marjory M. (Ramsey) Warner.

In following with Choleene’s wishes there will be no visitation or services.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Leinker’s memory may be given to Whitley County Senior Center.

Arrangements were entrusted to DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.

Betty Greider

Betty Greider, 87, formerly of North Webster, passed away on May 17, 2014, at HP Hospice in Springhill, Fla.

She was born on April 18, 1927, in St. Joseph County, Ind., to Allen and Norma (Miller) Seifert. On Jan. 14, 1951, she married Ronald Greider who preceded her.

She retired as a Home Health Care worker. She was a member of the North Webster Church of God as well as the Bradenton Church of God.

She is survived by her son: Keith Greider.

Services are private.


Carl Allen ‘Al’ Heck

OI308339862_HeadshotCarl Allen ‘Al’ Heck, 77, of North Webster, Ind., passed away at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home. He was born on March 23, 1937, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Joseph Franklin and Sarah Jane (McKeever) Heck. He grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated in 1955 from Northside High School in Fort Wayne. He was married on July 5, 1960, in North Webster, to Sandra S. ‘Sandy’ Shock who survives. He was the owner of Heck Trucking in North Webster since 1987 and formerly drove truck for Pepsi Cola & Old Crown Brewery in Fort Wayne. He also lived in Huntertown and Columbia City, Ind., before moving to North Webster in 1988. 

He was a former coach for Northcrest Little League Baseball for 11 years. 

He is survived by his wife; daughter: Kimberly (Shane) Kennedy, Churubusco, Ind.; three sons: Ryan Heck, North Webster; Steve Heck, Columbia City; V. Joseph (Karna) Heck, Columbia City;
seven grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; three sisters: Connie (Duane) Likes, Fort Wayne; Frieda Keyser, Plainwell, Mich.; and Cheryl (Earl) McDonald of Green Valley, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant grandson and brothers: Donald, Robert and Victor Heck. 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at Owen Family Funeral Home, SR 13 and CR 500 N., North Webster. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, in the funeral home with Pastor Matt Bock of the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery. 

Memorial bequest may be given to North Webster E.M.S. or North Webster Fire Dept., P.O. Box 144, North Webster, IN 46555. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. 

Donald L. Meyer

Donald L. Meyer, 75, of North Webster, Ind., passed away on April 10, 2014, at Millers Merry Manor in Syracuse, Ind.

He was born Dec. 17, 1938, in Hamler, Ohio, to Arnold and  Amelia (Schwiebert) Meyer. On Jan. 29, 1960, he married Dawn Beer, who survives. He worked as a superintendent at BF Goodrich for several years before joining Syracuse Rubber where he retired in 1999.

He is survived by his wife: Dawn Meyer, North Webster; his daughter: Reva (Jim) Hatfield, Auburn, Ind.; three brothers: Larry (Janet) Meyer, Glendale, Ky.; Ken (Shirley) Meyer, Deshler, Ohio; and Gary (Sandi) Meyer, Cocoa, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

No services are planned.

Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse is handling arrangements.


Daryl Thomas

Daryl-Thomas001-219x240Daryl Thomas, 62, of North Webster, Ind., passed away on March 27, 2014, at his home.

He was born Jan. 14, 1952, in North Webster to Max and Jeanette (Lamprecht) Thomas. He was a faithful and loving husband to Bonnie King-Thomas.

He will be remembered as the original founder and lead guitarist for the band, Shilo. He was awarded “Music Master” by Wawasee school where he taught music. He also drove bus for 26 years.

He is survived by his wife: Bonnie; two daughters: Amanda (Josh) Vetor and Schaya (Daniel) Hernandez; three stepchildren: Robbie King, Beverly Swick and Eric Kee; a sister: Mary Moorman; a niece: Missy (Gary) Tom; a nephew: Robert (Michelle) Murphy; several other nieces and nephews; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, March 31,  at Eastlund Funeral Home, Syracuse. A private family memorial will be held at a later date.


Eleanor Jackson

Eleanore-Jackson001-196x240Eleanor Jackson, 92, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away on March 29, 2014.

She was born on March 30, 1931, in Elwood, Ind., to Oscar and Ethel Smith.

Living in Kosciusko County most of her life, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid swimmer, with a knack for the back float, and a storyteller that always included “it was the funniest thing”.

She is survived by her sons: Dale Jackson, Leesburg; David Jackson, Arizona; a daughter: Diana Morris, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her husband John Jackson; and a son: Daniel Jackson.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Eastlund Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the North Webster Cemetery/Mock addition.