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  • BEATRICE JESTER WAMPLER, 94, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Beatrice Jester Wampler, 94, North Manchester, IN died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born January 2, 1920 in Huntington County, IN to Walter & Flora (Rupley) Reckard.  On February 23, 1940 she married Cecil Jester.  He died April 4, 1974.  She then married Ernest Wampler Jr. on March 21, 1992. He died August 26, 2012.  She was a self employed beautician for 35 years in her home.  Bea was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by two sons, Robert (Barbara) Jester, North Manchester, IN and Kevin (Janine) Jester, Beachwood, NJ; three daughters, Gloria (Ken) Peters, Grabill, IN, Charlene (Keith) Biehl, Clearmont, NJ and Glenda (Rex) Boyer, Huntington County, IN; three step sons, Steve Wampler, Joplin, MO, David Wampler, North Manchester, IN and Jim Wampler, Fort Wayne, IN; two step daughters, Carolyn Stine, Silver Lake, IN and Gwen (William) Huddleston, North Manchester, IN; one brother, Dean Reckard, Huntington, IN; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.  One granddaughter, one son-in-law, one stepson, one brother and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec and Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Beatrice Jester Wampler, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Wampler family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • FRANCES K. JOHNSON, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Frances K. Johnson, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born November 8, 1916 in Brantford, North Dakota to  William A. & Maude M. (Miller) Deardorff.  On October 18, 1936 she married Ralph W. Johnson.  He died October 27, 1998.  She was a homemaker, pastor's wife and part time Tupperware sales.  She was involved with many musical activities throughout her life.  Frances had several musical pieces publish.  She sang in and directed many church choirs and Timbercest Choir.  She collaborated with her sister, Della Davis, on several musical pieces. She taught school for a short time in Astoria, IL.  She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN. Frances graduated from Cherry Grove High School, Rice Lake, WI in 1935. She is survived by four sons, Vernon (Mary Jane) Johnson, East Peoria, IL, Alvin (Marjorie J.) Johnson, Los Angeles, CA, Stephen (Tammie Bowers) Johnson, North Manchester, IN and Stan Johnson, Yucaipa, CA; one daughter, Alice (Lyle) Hildebrand, Sebring, FL; one sister, Della Davis, North Manchester, IN; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.  One son, Lynn Dale Johnson, died in 1954.  Three brothers are also deceased.  Service Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Shawgo Funeral Home, Astoria, IL.  The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Ocotber 19, 2014 at Shawgo Funeral Home, Astoria, IL.  Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery, Astoria, IL.  Memorial service November 1, 2014 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, IN. Family will receive friends following the service.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Johnson family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • MADELINE SHANKLIN, 65, WABASH, IN

     

    Madeline Shanklin, 66, Wabash, IN died at 9:30 a.m. October 13, 2014 in Huntington, IN.  She was born May 4, 1948 in Logan, WV to Ray & Cora Lee (Dalton) Dingess.  Madeline was a retired factory worker and enjoyed making crafts, sewing and bingo.  She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Dawn (David) Wilson, North Manchester, IN and Crystal Renee (Glessner) Bradley, North Manchester, IN; three brothers, Wallace Dingess, Servia, IN, Jackie Ray (Tana) Dingess, North Manchester, IN and Oscar Dale (Kathy) Dingess, North Manchester, IN; six sisters, Christean Calloway, North Manchester, IN, Deloris J. Horne, North Manchester, IN, Virgie M. (Jake) Shepherd, Servia, IN, Carolyn R. (Randy) France, North Manchester, IN, Mildred G. (Randy) Eckman, Wabash, IN and Pamela K. Craft, North Manchester, IN; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.  Two brothers are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, October 17, 2014 from Noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Madeline Shanklin, memorial contributions may be made to  assist the family with final expenses c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Shanklin family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • SUSAN BETH KLINGLER, 60, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Susan Beth Klingler, 60, died just before sunset on Thursday, October 9, at her home in North Manchester. She was born on September 27, 1954, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Charles and Susie Klingler, who survive her, and grew up in North Manchester from age five. A graduate of Manchester High School, she earned degrees in English at Manchester College and Indiana University and became a teacher of English, first teaching briefly in Columbia City and then for31 years in North Manchester. On August 6, 1983, she married David Hippensteel, who also survives her, as do their children, Nicholas, of New York, and Maya, of South Bend. Other survivors are a sister, Rebecca, of Los Angeles; and brothers David, of North Manchester; Robert (Jill) of Cincinnati; Thomas (Nathalie Dajko) of New Orleans; John, of Saudi Arabia; and Mark (Jennifer Dush) of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, she was a beloved aunt of 22 nieces and nephews.Susan was an active member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren. She sang in the Taize Choir, and spoke thoughtfully and with grace and conviction in various capacities, including that of worship leader. Her talents were also employed in the larger community, as when she narrated for the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Symphony Board.She was fully engaged in her profession of teaching. As early as 1985, she was recognized by District Six of the Business and Professional Women’s Club as Young Career Woman of the Year. A member of the National Education Association, the Indiana State Teachers’ Association, the Manchester Teachers’ Association, the National Council of Teachers of English,and the Indiana Council of Teachers of English, she worked untiringly to improve the condition and quality of teaching and learning. Throughout her tenure, she taught Honors and Advanced Placement courses. She published a creative writing magazine, The Icarian Plunge, for more than a decade and long served as a senior class sponsor.From her youth, Susan sought out new experiences. She spent her junior year of college at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. In after-years she continued to study and to travel. In the summer of 2009 she received a grant to take part in a Shakespeare workshop in Northampton, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2004 she led a group of students and their adult chaperones on a literary tour of Great Britain. Her husband was at her side for this and for other tours nearer home. The two of them traveled in Europe on more than one occasion, the most recent being a long walk with friends on the Way of St. James of Compostela in the summer of 2013—a life-changing experience. Upon her return, she discovered that she was in stage four of pancreatic cancer. She continued to teach, and in every way to live intensely, an inspiration to all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley Street, with visitation after the service. Contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, PO Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962 in memory of Susan Klingler and will be directed to one or more educational causes important to her. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN  To send a private condolence to the Klingler family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • 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.

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