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  • SALLY JANE GAMSBY, 68, WABASH, INDIANA


    Sally Jane Gamsby, 68, Wabash, IN died 4:56 a.m., March 24, 2017 at the Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born on August 25, 1948 in Wabash, Indiana to George and Virginia (Fleck) Airgood.  Sally was a homemaker.  On March 3, 1967 Sally married Robert F. Gamsby.  He survives.  She is also survived by two daughters:  Tammy Cartwright, Wabash, IN and Deborah (Tim) Calloway, North Manchester, IN.,  seven grandchildren and  8 great grandchildren. One brother Dick R. (Dee) Airgood of Greenfork, IN.  She was preceded in death by one son Robert "Robbie" Gamsby, he died June 18, 1988, and one brother, John Airgood in December, 1995.  She graduated Manchester High School in 1966.  Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Oaklawn Cemetery with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating.  Friends may call at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester from 11-1 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • ALTON WIREMAN, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Alton Wireman, 88, North Manchester, IN died at 3:55 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2017 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born September 13, 1928 in Waldo, KY to Russell & Martha (Shepherd) Wireman.  On February 27, 1954 he married Katie Whitaker.  He served in the US Army.  Alton retired from Invesys Controls North Manchester, IN in 1993 after 35 years of service.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed farming.  He was a great husband, father and grandpa.  He loved his family dearly and would help them in any way he could.  His family is comforted knowing he is with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He attended Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN.  He is survived by his wife, Katie Wireman, North Manchester, IN; sons, Gregory (Sandy) Wireman, Warsaw, IN and Brian A. (Ann) Wireman, Anchorage, AK; daughters, Juanita McCune, North Manchester, IN, Wanda L. (Bob) King, Wabash, IN, Lynda K. Wireman, Michigan and Christine (Stuart) Hamblen, Angola, IN; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Four brothers and two sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, March 24, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Wireman family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • RALPH 'SONNY' JAMES, 77, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Ralph "Sonny" James, 77,  North Manchester, IN died at 12:43p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born August 26, 1939 in Hornersville, MO to Jesse and Mittie (Williams) James, both deceased.  Sonny was employed from 1970-1985 with Sunoco Paper Products, Akron, IN.  He retired from Land Air Trucking, Akron, IN after 20 years.  Sonny served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1964.  He was a member of the Isaac Walton League, North Manchester.  On July 19, 1969 Sonny married Sally Conrad.  She survives.  He is also also survived by two daughters:  Sonja James, Fort Wayne, IN and Heather (Denny) Schannep, North Manchester.  Two grandchildren: Jake Schannep and Hadley Schannep.  One brother: Mike (Penny) James, Hornersville, MO.  Five sisters:  Geneva (Howard) Perry, Grand Rapids, MI / Berniece Johnson, Walls, MS / Diane Whitney, St. Louis, MO / Sue (Jack) Renyolds, Foristeel, MO / Alice Renyolds, St. Louis, MO.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN  46962.  Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 west, North Manchester, IN. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Chad McAtee officiating.  For those wishing to honor Sonny's memory, contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association.  To send a private condolence to the James family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • MARK C. SHARPLESS, 54, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA


    Mark C. Sharpless, 54, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 4:30 p.m. on March 8, 2017 at his residence. Mark was born in Willard, Ohio on May 17, 1962 to Dr. Larry D. and Joyce C. (Coppler) Sharpless. He graduated in 1980 from Baptist Academy in Roseville, Michigan. After graduating from high school, Mark served in the Navy. For 30 years, Mark worked for the city of Detroit, Michigan as a Paramedic. He was a former member of the Calvin East Presbyterian Church, Detroit, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his father Dr. Larry D. Sharpless. Mark is survived by his mother Joyce C. Sharpless; two sisters Faith (Mike) Lunsford, Southport, North Carolina and Hope (Jim) Sobetski, Brownstown, Michigan; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Peabody Chapel, 400 West 7th Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate. To send a private condolence to the Sharpless family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • PHYLLIS H. LUTZ, 94, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Phyllis H. Lutz, 94 died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 9:30 PM at Peabody Retirement Community’s Health Care unit, North Manchester, IN.  After only one month battling physical infirmities, her strength diminished, yet her unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends and many supporters carried her through.  Our heartfelt thanks is given to the medical staff, hospice care, special care givers, meal personal providers, and spiritual encouragers.   Phyllis was born November 15, 1922, in Michigan City, IN, to Charles L. Henry and Phyllis (DeVoe) Henry.  After attending Western College, Oxford, OH for two years, she graduated from Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1945.  Warren Clinic, Michigan City, IN, employed Phyllis as a bacteriologist, then Walter H. “Bud” Lutz and Phyllis were united in marriage on October 16, 1946. Walter died May 2, 2000.  Over the next many years six children filled their home.  These surviving children are Thomas R. Lutz (Wendy) Lutz, Peru, IN; Barbara (Don) Kolish Teal, Las Vegas, NV; David (Mary) Lutz, Phoenix, AZ; Daniel (Andrea) Lutz, Muncie, IN; Katherine Lutz Helpling, Las Vegas, NV; Patricia (James) Day, Corpus Christi, TX.  From these children Phyllis delighted in 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.  Phyllis had one brother Thomas Henry who preceded her in death.   Phyllis experienced a full life being a member of Alpha Chi Omega and was a charter member of the Peru Chapter CQ of P.E.O. sisterhood.  She was a charter member of the Miami County Symphony Unit, was involved as a tutor with the Miami County Adult Literacy Program and served as a deacon of her church.  Since 1996 Phyllis was a resident of Peabody’s Retirement Community.  In 2014, Phyllis was humbled by being honored to be the first recipient ever of the ‘Resident Volunteer of the Year Award’, receiving a uniquely designed stained glass art piece picturing the beautiful Peabody Tower.   Phyllis became a member of the local Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on the 9th of September in 2001.   A ‘Celebration of Life’ service is planned for Sunday, March 19th, 2017, at 10:00 AM, at the Strauss Center Chapel, on the Peabody Retirement Campus, officiated by Chaplain Sue Babovec.  Memorials can be made out to the Caring Circle at Peabody’s Retirement Community.   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.      II Corinthians 5:17 To send a private condolence to the Lutz family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • GERRI L. LONGANECKER, 70, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Gerri L. Longanecker, 70, North Manchester, IN died at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born July 31, 1946 in Huntington, IN to Carl Sr. & Mary (Reeves) Herndon.  She graduated from Indianapolis North Central High School in 1965 and later from Manchester College in 1992, earning an Associates Degree in Office Administration. She was a fashion model in high school. Gerri was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN and active in Brethren Way of Christ for many years. Music was an important part of Gerri's life. She shared her beautiful voice while a part of church choirs, local women's chorus', and leading hymns during worship services. She was a receptionist/secretary at North Central Co-op.  On September 10, 1966 she married David F. Longanecker. He died May 9, 2014.  She is survived by two sons, J.D. (Jo Music) Longanecker, North Manchester, IN and Jacob A. (Sarah) Longanecker, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Krishna D. (Jeff Ferranti) Longanecker, Springfield, MA; brother, Carl Herndon Jr., Louisiana; sisters, Carolyn (Gene) Green, Indianapolis, IN and Sylvia Jackson, Louisiana; grandchildren, Andrew J. Longanecker, Ashlyn L.Longanecker, Carter A. Ferranti, Alexander D. Ferranti, Landon D. Longanecker and Ethan M. Longanecker.  One brother, Mike Herndon, and four grandchildren are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior to service at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Gerri Longanecker, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.   To send a private condolence to the Longanecker family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • ESTHER M. WRIGHTSMAN, 83, SILVER LAKE, IN


    Esther M. Wrightsman, 83, Silver Lake, IN died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 in  her daughter's home, Harlan, IN.  She was born February 16, 1934 in Wabash County, IN to Elbert F. & Laura (Blocher) Lewis.  She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1952.  On March 29, 1952 she married Harold R. Wrightsman. He died December 27, 2013.  She was a hairdresser for 20+ years. She loved birds and cats and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.  She was a very caring, loving mother and grandmother.  She attended Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by son, Michael Wrightsman, Silver Lake, IN; daughters, Joyce (Tom) Higgs, Harlan, IN and Deborah Wrightsman, Fort Wayne, IN; brothers, Ira (Nancy) Lewis, Claypool, IN and Elbert "Bud" (Ethel) Lewis, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Margaret (Ralph) Montel, Warsaw, IN, Dorothy (Lee) Marvel, Phoenix, AZ, Pat (Marvin) Brunk, West Alexander, OH and Phyllis (John) Gove, Spring Hill, FL; thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  One son, Jerry Wrightsman, died November 13, 1977 and one daughter, Judy Ulrey, died December 6, 2011, one brother and two sisters are also deceased.  Family and friends may call Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Service Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Jeff Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Wrightsman family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • REV. CARL R. LEMNA, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    The Rev. Mr. Carl R. Lemna of North Manchester passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Timbercrest Healthcare. He was born on August 16, 1930 in Nappanee, IN to Frank and Virdie Lemna. Carl retired in 1992 after 40 years as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church.  He served pastorates in Peru, Elkhart, Dunlap, West Lafayette, South Bend and North Manchester, Indiana. He spent 6 years on the EUB Board of Missions and 12 years on the United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry of Northern Indiana. He graduated from Nappanee H.S. in 1948, North Central College in Naperville, IL in 1952, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1956, and took additional theology schooling from DePauw University, Georgetown College, McCormick Seminary, Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary. Carl is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lois, children Bruce (Ann) of Noblesville (children -Laura, Andrew, Joseph), Gary (Rebecca) of Wheaton, IL (children – Alex, Rachael, Ruth), Kathleen (Fred) Kreamelmeyer of Muncie (children – Lexi, London), and Jeffrey (Rebecca) of La Grange, IL, (children – Makenzie, Connor).  He is also survived by sister Lois Cook (Ross) and Janet Templeton (Dennis) both of Nappanee, as well as by sister-in-law Pati Lemna, Muncie. He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Mae and a brother, Owen. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Purdue Boilermakers. In retirement, Carl and Lois enjoyed regular travel, along with winters in Florida.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who spent as much time with his family as possible. Family and friends may call Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East Second Street, North Manchester, IN. Calling also one hour prior to service at the church.  Pastor Larry Ray and Pastor Mark Eastway will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  Memorials may be made to the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Lemna family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • BILLY E. KLINE, 78, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Billy E. Kline, 78, North Manchester, IN died Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born March 18, 1938 in Wabash, IN to Everett & Grace (Maidford) Kline.  Billy retired as a foreman from the Wabash County Highway Department.  He attended Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, IN.  He loved horses, motorcycles and small engine repair.  He was a woodworking hobbiest and loved his dogs, camping, fishing and the outdoors.  He was an avid coffee lover, he liked his black!  He is survived by his sons, Michael Kline, North Manchester, IN  and Billy (Julie) Kline, Warsaw, IN; daughters, Vicki Hohos, Crown Pointe, IN, Karen (Greg) Brown, Rochester, IN, Cammy Whitaker, Warsaw, IN, Becky (Brian) Laupp, Walton, KY and Tracy Trout, North Manchester, IN; brother, Don (Suzi) Kline, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Vetor, North Manchester, IN and Helen Jackson, Servia, IN; twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and 10 extended family members.  One sister, Carolyn Helton, is deceased.  Friends and family may call Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Andrew Morton will officiate.  Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Billy E. Kline, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, c/o Riley Children's Foundation, 30 West Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or Villalobos Rescue Center, PO Box 771127, New Orleans, LA 70177. To send a private condolence to the Kline family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • JAMES L. GRATZ, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    James L. Gratz, 92, North Manchester, IN,  born in Bluffton, Ohio on July 9, 1924, son of Leonard and Pearl Moser Gratz, died February 3, 2017 in North Manchester, Indiana.  He grew up on a farm, was confirmed in the Evangelical & Reformed Church, and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1943.  Jim served in the Naval Pacific fleet during WWII.  He returned to Bluffton where he married Jane L. Howe in Dec. 1946 and graduated from Bluffton College in 1950.  He earned two master’s degrees from Indiana University, while beginning a career of teaching and coaching at Ohio high schools in Anna, Spencerville, and Pandora.  From 1954-62, Jim taught social studies, was athletic director and coached at Avon Lake in suburban Cleveland, where his football teams excelled.  During those years, he was an active officer in the Naval Reserve, worked various summer jobs to support his family, and was a hero to his children and their neighborhood friends.   Moving to Manchester College in 1962, he taught in the physical education department, served as athletic director, and coached baseball, football and wrestling. For several years, he supervised the North Manchester summer recreation programs.  He was inducted into the athletic halls of fame at Avon Lake and Pandora High Schools in Ohio, Bluffton College and Manchester College.   Following retirement from Manchester, he continued to live in North Manchester, serving the community on the boards of the Manchester Symphony Society, Shepherd’s Center and the Child Care Center. He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.  Jim enjoyed following Manchester athletics and was a passionate tennis player, swimmer and bicyclist.  He was a loving coach and mentor to his grandchildren.   His family includes wife Jane of North Manchester, sons Reed (Udit) of Pomona, CA, Randy (Chib) and Robin (Francine), both of Columbus, IN and daughter Wendy (Lew Borman) of Chapel Hill, NC, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.   A memorial service will be held at the Manchester Church of the Brethren on Monday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the following:  Manchester University Spartan Athletics; Manchester Church of the Brethren; Wilbur and Elfriede Howe Scholarship, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio.

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