January 9th, 2011
NASHVILLE â€” You could really call 1981 Plymouth High School graduate Joe McKesson a renaissance man.
A self admitted â€ścomputer nerd,â€ť he is also an extremely talented singer and performer with a love and skill for opera, singing for opera companies all over the United States. With his background in music and technology, it was kind of a natural fit for him to be involved when iTunes was just an idea on a drawing board.
PLYMOUTH â€” Grocers Jack Greenlee, Bob Gibbons, Bryan Emond, and Jim Strycker have a lot in common.
All but one (Gibbons) graduated from Plymouth High School. Gibbons is from Richland Center, in northern Fulton County.
All have been married to their wives for decades, have multiple children and grandchildren and are members of a Methodist Church.
All worked at the former G&G supermarket for years. Most started at 50 cents an hour.
â€śThat was pretty good pay then,â€ť Gibbons said.
â€śWalt and Chuck (Glaub) were good people to work for,â€ť Greenlee said.
Kenneth A. Loper
Jan. 3, 2011
NORTH LIBERTY â€”Â Kenneth A. Loper, 70, died Monday, Jan. 3 at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Judith L. Loper of North Liberty; two sons, Scott (Karen) Loper of Sierra Vista, Ariz. and Kevin W. Loper of North Liberty; grandchildren; father Kenneth Loper of Michigan; three brothers; two sisters; and two surrogate brothers (in-law).
PLYMOUTH â€” The Swan Lake Golf Resort and United States Golf Academy have been named a Golf Digest-Americaâ€™s 100 Best Clubfitter. The complete list is in the February issue of Golf Digest that hit the news stands on Dec. 29.
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth was facing an uphill battle against Northern Lakes Conference-undefeated Elkhart Memorial Thursday, and while they werenâ€™t able to claim the team win, several Rockies wrestlers outworked opponents for comeback victories at The Rock.
â€śMemorial is extremely tough,â€ť said Plymouth head wrestling coach Bob Read. â€śWe knew we were outgunned. Weâ€™ve got some kids still out of the lineup... so we knew that it was going to be tough, but I thought we battled as hard as Iâ€™ve seen for quite awhile, in the midst of knowing it was going to be a dogfight.â€ť
PLYMOUTH â€” One local manufacturer was in a hurry to expand its business â€” literally.
Whitley Products in Plymouth took just a few days to get up and running in its new expanded warehouse facility on Flora Street in Plymouth. It was possible with the help of some other local businesses, according to Rick Green of Whitley.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â As the new year begins, Plymouth High School Band students, staff and parents look back and reflect on a landmark year of student success stories from the passing year.Â
Director Bryan Ames said, â€ś2010 brought many highlights and record achievements for the band program,â€ť including Solo and Ensemble state finals, a winter guard state championship, winter drumline state finals, marching band state finals, and a state and national recognition were some of the highlights of the bandâ€™s record-setting year.
Jan. 5, 2011
ELKHART â€” Dale Dinkledine, 85, of Elkhart, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at Hubbard Hill Estates in Elkhart.
He is survived by his son, Tom (Susan) Dinkledine of Russiaville; daughters, Nancy (Doug) Weber of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Jill (Dennis) Hendrix of Elkhart; and seven grandchildren.
Arrangements are pending at the Bethel United Methodist Church, Elkhart.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church, Elkhart.
Mishler Funeral Home in Bremen is assisting the family with local arrangements.
Doris DowneyÂ Â Â
Feb. 22, 1923 â€” Dec. 27, 2010
PLYMOUTH â€” Doris Downey, 87, a former Plymouth resident, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010,Â at Westford House in Westford, Mass.
Doris was born Feb. 22, 1923 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Roy and Ruby Dann Martin.Â She graduated from high school in Indianola, Iowa.
March 21, 1942, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Doris became the bride of Doyle Downey.Â Doyle preceded her in death in 1984.
Doris Eileen Cooper
Aug. 23, 1930 â€”Â Jan. 4, 2010
MENTONE â€”Â Doris Eileen Cooper, 80, of Mentone, died at 8:23 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at the Bremen Health Care Center of Bremen.
She was born Aug. 23, 1930 in Etna Green, to Glen Snider and Ethel M. Easterday.
She was married Oct. 15, 1950 in Mentone, to David L. Cooper who passed away Jan. 31, 2000.