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  • REBECCA WHITAKER, 83, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Rebecca Whitaker, 83, North Manchester, IN died at 1:10 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 in her residence.  She was born October 25, 1930 in Prestonsburg, KY to Andrew & Sally (Allen) Baldridge.  On June 25, 1957 she married Eugene Howard.  He died May 27, 1995. She then married Rev. Robie Whitaker on October 23, 1999.  Rebecca retired from United Technologies, North Manchester, IN in 1992 and was a dairy farmer's wife. She was a member of Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, Silver Lake, IN and was very active in her church and with her family.  She loved to cook, bake cakes and visit people who were sick. She was a generous, giving and loving person.  She is survived by her husband, Rev. Robie Whitaker, North Manchester, IN; four sons, Monroe (Sharon) Howard, Sarasota, FL; Marvin (Terry) Howard, Loveland, CO; Donnie (Tammy) Howard, Columbia City, IN and Kenny Howard, Claypool, IN; one daughter, Jeanette K. (Charles) Allen, North Manchester, IN; one step son, Ronnie (Randi) Whitaker, St. Louis, MO; one step daughter, Bonnie (Rev. Larry) Caudill, Hazard, KY; one brother, Arthur Baldridge, Pierceton, IN; one sister, Dorothy (Carl) Slone, Warsaw, IN; twelve grandchildren, three step grandchildren, several great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.  One daughter, Kathy Howard, one grandchild, three brothers and two sisters are deceased. Family and friends may call Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, State Road 15 South, Silver Lake, IN and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church.  Services will be Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, State Road 15 South, Silver Lake, IN.  Pastor Frank Whitaker will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Rebecca Whitaker, memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, PO Box 432, Silver Lake, IN 46982.   To send a private condolence to the Whitaker family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • NEIL E. TRIPP, 69, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Neil E. Tripp, 69, North Manchester, IN died at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in his residence.  He was born April 4, 1945 in Jackson, MI to Lawrence E. & Lorna M. (Rusch) Tripp.  He graduated from Mason High School, Mason, MI in 1963 and attended Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI for 3 years. He served in the US Navy in Vietnam. On January 4, 1986 he married Kathy L. O'Brien.  She died July 18, 2000. Neil was employed with Wyeth Corporation, Mason, MI and transferred to American Home Products, Richmond, VA retiring in 2007 after 36 years where he was a supervisor.  After retirement Neil pursued his passion for fishing when he moved to his dream home on a lake in North Manchester, IN. He was a member of  VFW Post 7309, Mason, MI.  He is survived by his mother, Lorna M. Tripp, Mason, MI; one daughter, Kelly K. (Keith) Barker, North Manchester, IN; two sisters, Kathleen M. (Jordan) Odell, Eaton Rapids, MI and Rosanna L. (Christopher) Mouton, Mason, MI; three grandchildren, Austin, Saebre' and Katie Barker all of North Manchester, IN and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his best friend, Roger Pritzel of Ann Arbor, MI. Family and friends may call Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114  West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Chaplain Forrest Tabor will officiate. For those who wish to honor the memory of Neil E. Tripp, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Suite 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808-1284.  To send a private condolence to the Tripp family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DARLENE B. KLEMMEDSON, 82, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

    Darlene B. Klemmedson, 82, North Manchester, IN formerly of Aurora, IL died at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born December 16, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Alvin F. & Mae E. (Good) Brightbill.  In 1990 she retired from AT&T, Montgomery, IL after several years of service.  She loved spending time with her family, classical music, ice cream, crafting and stamp collecting. She also enjoyed photography and beading. She is survived by two daughters, Karin E. (Michael) Grosso, Charlotte, MI and Jenny K. (Douglas) Graham, Rockford, IL; one brother, David L. Brightbill, Bridgewater, VA; two sisters, Rebecca "Becky" (David) Waas, North Manchester, IN and Faith Brightbill, Washington, DC; three grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) Grosso Jr., Anthony Grosso and Maria Grosso; and several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends may call Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Kolleen Klemmedson will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Darlene B. Klemmedson, memorial contributions may be given to Timbercrest Retirement Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Klemmedson family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • VERNA L. TORPY, 66, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Verna L. Torpy, 66, Silver Lake, IN went to be with her Lord Friday, August 29, 2014 at 6:10 a.m. in her residence.  She was born September 30, 1947 in Waco, TX to Joseph C. and Minnie Leona (Markle) Nawara.  She graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School, Rosenburg, TX in 1965.  On January 28, 1977 she married Max E. Torpy.  Verna worked in many financial institutions and retired from the loan operation department at Lake City Bank, Warsaw, IN in 2010.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, quilting, reading and collecting notebooks. She was a fabulous wife, mother and grandma.  Verna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash, IN. She was member of the Lady's Guild at her church that made quilts for babies and veterans and a member of a ladies home-ec club.  She was an amazing lady that will be sorely missed.  She is survived by her husband, Max E. Torpy, Silver Lake, IN; one son, Bret (Ann) Torpy, Burket, IN; one daughter, Shannon M. (Greg) Brazo, Burket, IN; one brother, James (Janie) Nawara, New Ulm, TX; and five grandchildren, ShaNell, Alexis and Morgan Brazo and Raechel and Jaxon Torpy. Two sisters, Nila Miller and Bettye Meyer, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, IN. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, IN. Rev. Jeremy Yeadon will officiate.  Burial will be in Funk Cemetery, Bippus, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Verna Torpy, memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 173 Hale Drive, Wabash, IN 46992 or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96thg Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005. To send a private condolence to the Torpy family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.




  • DOROTHY MAE CRAIN, 85, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dorothy Mae Crain, 85, North Manchester, IN died Monday, August 25, 2014 at 4:57 a.m. in Parkview Huntington Hospital, Huntington, IN.  She was born August 2, 1929 in Omaha, NE to Clarence and Lillian (Kavan) Pearson. Dorothy graduated from San Diego High School in 1947 after attending Monterey High School.  She began her civil service career when she was a US Navy wife in the 1950's and returned to that service after raising her children.  She retired in 1994 at the Naval Postgraduate School in Montery, CA.  She was an impressive athlete in high school.  Dorothy was a member of Pacific Grove Church of Christ, Pacific Grove, CA and a member of California Scholarship Federation.  She enjoyed a life-long passion for classic Hollywood cinema and took great pride in raising her two children and maintaining house and home.  She is survived by her son, Steven D. (Lori) Crain, McPherson, KS; her daughter, Kathleen M. Jacobus, Ellicott City, MD and four grandchildren, Erin, Jennifer, Dave and Nate.  Services will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN. The family will receive friends half hour prior to services.  Pastor Carol Pfeiffer will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in El Carmelo Cemetery, Pacific Grove, CA.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Dorothy Mae Crain, memorial contributions may be given to Timbercrest Charitable Assistance Fund, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Crain family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • JAMES K. ELDER, 52, WARSAW, IN

     

    James K. "Jim" Elder,  52, Warsaw, IN died at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 in his residence. He was born February 1, 1962 in Columbia City, IN to  James O. and Grace (Ousley) Elder.  On December 28, 1990 he married Dianna "DeeDee" Prater.  Jim was a self employed construction worker. He loved the outdoors, deer hunting, fishing and trapping.  He had made several trips to Canada and Lake Erie to go fishing. He is survived by his wife, Dianna "DeeDee" Elder, Warsaw, IN; two sons, Steven (Sondra) Elder, Pierceton, IN and Lucas Elder, Warsaw, IN; his father, James O. Elder, Warsaw, IN; one brother, Kenneth (Rita) Elder, Pierceton, IN and one sister, Lora (Mark) Anglin, Warsaw, IN. Family and friends may call August 30, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Highway 13 Free United Baptist Church, Sidney, IN.  Services August 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Highway 13 Free United Baptist Church, Sidney, IN.  Carl Adams will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Jim Elder, memorial contributions may be given to the family c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962 to assist with final expenses. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Elder family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • GERALDINE M. GIDLEY THOMAS, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Geraldine M. "Gerri" Gidley Thomas, 88, North Manchester, IN died Monday, August 18, 2014 at 4:45 a.m. in Oakbrook Village, Huntington, IN.  She was born January 10, 1926 in Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, IN to Charles & Marie (Antrim) Hartsough.  On December 23, 1969 she married Rev. Robert Gidley. He died February 25, 1992.  On October 28, 1995 she married Charles Richard Thomas.  Gerri was a secretary at Manchester College for 24 years. She was a member of Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN and a member of Ivy Chapter #69 O.E.S., North Manchester, IN. Gerri and her current husband, C. Richard Thomas, married when they were 70 years old and have enjoyed the best years of their lives together as Dick would write her poems, brought her flowers and made her laugh. She played the piano and organ for more than 50 years in her home churches and she accompanied and sang with her husbands and children in many churches in the area. Gerri and Rev. Gidley started the Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by her husband, C. Richard Thomas, North Manchester, IN; two daughters, Janice (John) Campbell, West Lafayette, IN and Barbara (David) Patterson, Atlanta, GA; four step sons, Jon A. Gidley, South Whitley, IN; Robert D. "Bobby" Gidley, North Manchester, IN; Tim Thomas, Peru, IN and Rodney Thomas, Albuquerque, NM; two step daughters, Sherry Hawks, Kokomo, IN and Linda M. Andersson, Mesa, AZ; two grandchildren, four step grandchildren, two great grandchildren and six step great grandchildren. Family and friends may call Thursday, August 21, 2014 from noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Matthew Staton and Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Geraldine Gidley Thomas, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Thomas family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • SUSAN M. SHOOK, 57, WABASH, IN

     

    Susan M. Shook, 57, Wabash, IN died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Center, Wabash, IN.  She was born on December 16, 1956 in Tucson, AZ to Allen and Wilma (Cooper) Shook, both deceased.  She is survived by one son Michael L. Green, North Manchester, IN two daughters Samantha A Oneal, Rochester, IN and Heather M (Jason) Kendall, Denver, IN, two brothers Roy Shook, Taccoa, GA, William Shook, Greenville, SC, two sisters Rebecca (Don) Warmuth, and Elizabeth Patton, both of North Manchester, IN.  She is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  She was employed with United Technologies for several years.  She then was employed with Custom Magnetics for 5 years.  She lived life to the fullest with a positive attitude.  She enjoyed spending time with family.  Memorial services will be held on Monday, August 4, at 11:00 a.m. at the North Manchester Missionary Church 806 East State Road 114, North Manchester, IN with the Reverend Dan Binkley officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Shook family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DAVID R. ROTH, 95, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    David R. Roth, 95, North Manchester, IN died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  He was born March 28, 1919 in Fort Wayne, IN to Dr. Roy & Elsie (Regedanz) Roth. He graduated from Central High School, North Manchester, IN class of 1937.  On June 20, 1942 he married Mildred L. Emerick.  David served in the US Air Force. A bombardier on a B-24 Liberator during WWII, his plane was shot down near Innsbruck, Austria following  which he was interned in a German hospital and POW camps for eleven months.  He retired from the US Postal Service in 1977 after 29 years of service.  He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester, IN;  a seventy-three year member and Past Master of Deming Lodge #88 F & AM, member and Past Worthy Patron of Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star; served 10 years as a committee member of the Boys Scouts Troop No. 475 all at North Manchester, IN.  He was a member of the Laketon American Legion Post #402, York Rite Bodies, Peru, IN; Mizpah Temple, Fort Wayne, IN; member Izaac Walton League; charter member of the former JayCee's Club and charter member of the former VFW Post, North Manchester, IN. Member of D.A.V. Post, Goshen, IN and a member of AXPOW.  David is survived by his wife, Mildred Roth, North Manchester, IN; two sons, Thomas A. (Janet) Roth, Dewart Lake, IN and Steven L. (Billie) Roth, Rossville, IN; one brother, Benjamin Roth, Ft. Pierce, FL; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  One son, Jerry L. Roth, one daughter, Judith A. Roth and two brothers, Thomas Roth and James Roth, are deceased.   Family and friends may call Monday, July 21, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Masonic service will be at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 with funeral service to follow at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.   Rev. James Lund will officiate.  Burial will be at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of David R. Roth, memorial contributions may be given to Shriner's Children's Hospital c/o Mizpah Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S., 407 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or Donor's Choice. To send a private condolence to the Roth family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • RONALD WRIGHTSMAN, 81, WARSAW, IN

     

    Ronald Wrightsman, 81, Warsaw, IN formerly of Sidney, IN died at 9:10 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 in Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw, IN. He was born April 24, 1933 in Flint, MI to Raymond & Nellie (Flora) Wrightsman.  On April 24, 1954 he married Louella Blocher.  He worked at several area foundries.  Ronald was a resident of Warsaw Meadows Care Center for the past 4 years, the staff commenting on his kindness and politeness.  He is survived by his wife, Louella Wrightsman, Sidney, IN; one son, Dean (Joann) Wrightsman, Wonewoc, WI; one daughter, Lucinda (Michael) Curtin, Rocky Mount, VA; one brother, Paul Wrightsman, North Manchester, IN; two sisters, Eileen (Herman) Beachler, North Manchester, IN and Carol Grindle, North Manchester, IN; four grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.  One daughter, three brothers and one sister are deceased.   Family & friends may call Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Eel River Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Packerton Road & 1200 South, Silver Lake, IN.  Home brethren will officiate. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Wrightsman family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

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