July 14th, 2011
A recently-returned couple whose presence here has enhanced Marshall Countyâ€™s medical offerings spent some time last Thursday discussing their journey with Culverâ€™s Kiwanis Club at the Yacht Club restaurant on Jefferson Street.
ARGOS â€” It all began when a group of casual acquaintances in the Marshall County area decided to take a needlepoint class together in Delphi in the early 1980s.
After taking the class, they decided to meet once a month to complete their project, a needlework Christmas tree. The group still meets today, but without one important member: Margaret Sherwood, who passed away last August from complications of a stroke.
PLYMOUTH â€” Linda Espich went through high school with everyone expecting her to become a nurse. To her parentâ€™s shock, Espich announced after graduation that she wanted to teach. Espich attended Indiana University, majored in general studies, switching later to elementary education, and started teaching at Washington Elementary School right after she graduated when a teacher there left to have a baby.
â€śIâ€™ve never made a resume â€” Iâ€™ve never had to,â€ť said Espich. â€śThe principal asked me if I wanted her job, and I said yes. Iâ€™ve had the same job for 40 years!â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” Sharon Cudney, assistant activity director at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Plymouth, fears that the World War II experiences of her patients will be lost forever.
Two residents share their stories: George Born and William â€śBillâ€ť Whitsell.
George Born, 86, was born in Plymouth. He quit school in his junior year and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad for six months before being drafted in the Army.
George took his basic training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., and was immediately shipped out to Germany with the First Infantry Division of the 26th Infantry Regiment.
PLYMOUTH â€” Since they opened March 18, the sky over the northern edge of Plymouth has blossomed from time to time with dozens of skydivers who, according to Jenny Verner, a 17-year jumper herself, â€śwant to experience the exhilaration at least once.â€ť
Jenny, her husband, Steve, David Elliott and Troy Church, all sky-divers for years with experience totaling 30,000 jumps, love the sport so much that they have brought Plymouth Sky Sports to hangar B at the Plymouth Municipal Airport in order to teach others how to freefall out of the sky 10,000 feet up, from a Cessna 182, at 120 miles an hour.
ARGOS â€” As it has done since 2002, the Marshall County 4-H Drill Team presented a program to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces, opening the Marshall County 4-H Fair Sunday night.
The team, lead by Harry Eskridge, has been using the opportunity to show their patriotism. One of the speakers for the event was State Representative Nancy Dembowski, who has also been invited to the event for the last several years.
PLYMOUTH â€” A Plymouth Police Department officer was treated for minor injuries and released following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Oak Tuesday morning.
Harley D. Miller
July 10, 2011
NAPPANEE â€”Â Harley D. Miller, 85, of 501 W. Randolph St.,Â Nappanee died at 2:05 a.m., Sunday July 10, 2011, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor after a short illness.
Austin John McCleary
Sept. 30, 1999-July 12, 2011
WARSAW â€”Â Austin John McCleary of 2102 Highlander Drive, Warsaw was released to the Lord surrounded by his parents, brothers, sister and other family members at his residence at 2 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the age of 11.
He was born Sept. 30, 1999 to Andy D. McCleary and Angie L. (Wagoner) McCleary. Austin made an impact on his family, friends and others in the local community and beyond. He completed the fifth grade at Eisenhower Elementary School.
Helen Ruff Pettigoue
July 11, 2011
NAPPANEE â€”Â Helen Ruff Pettigoue, 82, of 705 W. Centennial St., Nappanee, died at 12:35 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2011 at Bremen Healthcare.Â
Surviving are daughters, Rita (Conrad) Tucker of Nappanee, Pamela Metzler of Elkhart; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Canen of Lansing, Mich., Shirley Landin of Jensen Beach, Fla., and Elsie (Ralph) Snyder of Middlebury.