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  • DIANN G APPLEGATE, 60, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Diann G. Applegate, 60, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 2:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Diann was born on March 15, 1956 in Wabash, Indiana, to Bill and Betty (Hileman) Robison. On October 17, 2007 Diann married Robert L. Applegate. For twenty-two years, Diann worked for Paragon Medical, Pierceton, Indiana. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Moose Lodge #1518, North Manchester, Indiana and also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post 286, North Manchester, Indiana. Diann loved being outdoors in her glower garden, camping, mushroom hunting, and fishing. Diann is survived by her husband Robert Applegate; two sons Justin Miller, North Carolina and Mark Miller, North Manchester, Indiana; one step son Kenny Applegate, North Manchester, Indiana; one daughter Kara (John) Amelio, Syracuse, Indiana; one step daughter Katie Applegate, North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers Robert (Jo) Robison, North Manchester, Indiana and Rick (Kim) Robison, North Manchester, Indiana; two sisters Carolyn Brown, North Manchester, Indiana and Rita (Don) Kinsey, Warsaw, Indiana; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Diann is preceded in death by her father Bill Robison. Friends and family may call Monday, May 2, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Diann G. Applegate, memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Applegate family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • HARRIET JANE FINNEY, 75, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Harriet Jane Finney, 75, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on April 26, 2016 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Harriet was born on December 8, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, to Ammon and Blanche (Miller) Wenger. She graduated from Rossville High School, Rossville, Indiana in 1959,  then she went on to graduate from Manchester College in 1963 with a BS in Elementary education. In 1969 Harriet received her Master's degree in Education from Ball State University and in 1985, she received her Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary. On August 19, 1962 Harriet married Ron Finney. Harriet worked as an elementary teacher from 1963-1967, teaching one year at Rossville, Indiana and three years at Frankfort, Indiana. She taught for two years at Laurel School, Fort Collins, Colorado. From 1976-1978, she began her ministry at Northern Colorado Church of the Brethren. She was licensed and ordained during this time. Harriet then became the Associate Pastor at the Plymouth Church of the Brethren from 1980-1985, where she was the Senior Pastor from 1985-1993. From 1993-2004, Harriet was a co-team minister with her husband Ron, with the South Central Indiana District and in 2003 Harriet served as the Church of the Brethren annual conference Moderator. Harriet retired in 2004. She was a member of the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren. Harriet is survived by her husband, Ron Finney, North Manchester, Indiana; one son David (Kate) Finney, Plymouth, Indiana; one daughter Susan Finney, North Manchester, Indiana; one brother John (Helen) Wenger, Anderson, Indiana; one sister Phyllis (James) Davis; and three grandchildren Audrianna Fuentes, Tahnee Fuentes, and Matthew Finney. Harriet is preceded in death by her parents Ammon and Blanche Wenger; and one brother Alan Wenger, who passed away in 1969. Friends and family may call Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake, Indiana. The Eel River Community Church of the Brethren Pastoral Team (Pastor Roger Eberly, Pastor Janice Culp Long, and Pastor Douglas Reichenbach) will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Harriet Jane Finney, memorial contributions can be made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, fbo MELC Building Fund, Crazy For Our Kids, P.O. Box 296, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Finney family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • CHARLES R. FRENCH JR. 79, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Charles R. French Jr., 79, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 8:04 a.m. on April 26, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Charles was born on August 13, 1936 in Tipton County, Indiana, to Charles and Clara (Atkission) French Sr. He graduated from Laketon High School in 1954. After high school, Charles attended Manchester College for three and a half years, then went on to attended Garrett Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, for 2 years and graduated as a Deacon. On April 4, 1981 Charles married Cathy Kuhn. Charles worked for Peabody Seating, North Manchester, Indiana for seven years and Eaton Controls for twenty-eight years in various managerial positions. In 1997 he retired. Charles was a United Methodist Pastor for twenty-three years, serving at Paw Paw United Methodist in Miami County; Jalapa United Methodist, Grant County, Indiana; South Pleasant United Methodist, Wabash County, Indiana; Salem United Methodist, Huntington County, Indiana; and Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Wabash County, Indiana. Charles was a member of the North Manchester Rotary Club and engineering society. He was also a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, North Manchester, Indiana. Charles is survived by his wife Cathy French, North Manchester, Indiana; six sons John (Linda) French, North Manchester, Indiana, Tom (Janet) French, North Manchester, Indiana, Mike (Marcy) French, Angola, Indiana, Eric (Colleen) French, South Whitley, Indiana, Kurt (Rhonda) Henderson, Roann, Indiana, and Kevin (Anita) Henderson, North Manchester, Indiana; five daughters Rebecca (Eldon) Cook, North Manchester, Indiana, Susan (Jerry) Graybeal, Johnson City, Tennessee, Christine (Gary) Vanlandingham, Hartford, Michigan, Teresa (Ray) Allison, Goshen, Indiana, and JoEtta (Keith) Herrmann, North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers Kent (Judy) French, Silver Lake, Indiana and Bennie (Debra) French, Claypool, Indiana; two sisters Nancy (Bill) Bell, Wabash, Indiana and Penny (Joe) Deal, North Manchester, Indiana; thirty-five grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, and one grand-daughter, Jessica Thompson, who passed away in 2001. Friends and family may call Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana,  and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday at the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Service will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East Second Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastors Mark Eastway, Larry Ray, and David Mills will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana, following the service. For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles R. French Jr., memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, or the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 304 East Second Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.  To send a private condolence to the French Family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • LaMar A. Bennett, 43, North Manchester, Indiana

    LaMar A. Bennett, 43, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 8:45 p.m. on April 21, 2016 in his residence. LaMar was born on October 19, 1972 in Goshen, Indiana, to Chauncey L. Bennett and Karen E. (Metzger) Frantz. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1991. LaMar did volunteer work at Black Pines Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana and also the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. He worked for Walmart since March 1, 2016. Before then he worked for McDonald's, North Manchester, Indiana, Owen's Supermarket, Warsaw, Indiana, and Kroger's, Goshen, Indiana. LaMar is survived by his mother Karen E. (Metzger) Frantz, North Manchester, Indiana; one brother LaMont A. (Tiffany) Bennett, Sidney, Indiana; one step-brother Joe Frantz, Ohio; one sister Lisa R. Bennett, Nappanee, Indiana; one step-sister Gail (Fred) Gish, Claypool, Indiana; and three nephews and one niece. LaMar was preceded in death by his father Chauncey L. Bennett. Friends and family may call Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana.  Memorial Services will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Andrew Gathany will officiate. Burial will be private. For those who wish to honor the memory of LaMar A. Bennett, memorial contributions may be made to the Black Pines Animal Sanctuary, 1426 West 300 North, Albion, Indiana 46701. To send a private condolence to the Bennett family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DEE M. ROYER, 95, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

     

    Dee M. Royer, 95, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 9:00 p.m. on April 21, 2016 at Timbercrest Senior Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Dee was born on April 26, 1920 to Howard R. and Betty L. (Fanning) Royer in Servia, Indiana. On February 19, 1944 Dee married Mildred Stackhouse, who later passed away on February 6, 2006. Dee then married A. Margaret Herring on August 11, 2007. Margaret passed away on December 27, 2014. Dee dedicated his life to helping others. He taught school for 32 years and served as administrator in several school systems for 11 years. He retired in 1980. He was a member of Masonic Blue Lodge #323, Logansport, Indiana; Scottish Rite, Indianapolis, Indiana; Mizpah Shrine Temple, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Good Sam RV Club Chapter 13; Holiday Ramblers Club Chapter 56; Retired Teachers of Wabash County; Indiana State Retired Teachers; Shepherds Center, North Manchester, Indiana; the North Manchester Historical Society; Rotary Club, North Manchester, Indiana; and a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. He also served in the US Army from 1942-1943. Dee is survived by his nephew Tom (Cathie) Royer, Adrian, Michigan; one step-daughter Ann L. (Gregory) Hermann, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. He is preceded in death by one brother Max Royer.   Friends and family may call Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Larry Ray will officiate. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, 620 West 3rd Street, Rochester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Dee M. Royer, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash-Miami County Hospice, 400 Ash Street Suite B, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or the Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, Indiana. To send a private condolence to the Royer family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • BETTY J. MCKEE, 85, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

     

    Betty J. McKee, 85, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in her home. Betty was born in North Manchester, Indiana on January 4, 1931 to Heber Carson and Mamie Valetta (Clark) Hare. She worked as a homemaker, Tracy's Market, the former R.B.M. Manufacturing, Tri-Wic, Warner Corp, and retired from Marshall Electric in 1995. On January 7, 1949 Betty married Bobbie James McKee. She was a lifelong North Manchester resident and member of the Congregational Christian Church. Betty lived on Silver Lake from 1984-1995 and returned to North Manchester in 1995. She graduated from Central High School class of 1948. Betty is survived by one son Michael J. McKee, Akron, Indiana; one daughter Christine A. Miller, Warsaw, Indiana; five grandchildren Angela E. (Brian) Ball, Nashville, Tennessee, Jason L. Finch, Warsaw, Indiana, Kelli A. Schneider, Huntington, Indiana, Abby L. (Troy) Martin, North Manchester, Indiana, and Mattie R. McKee, North Manchester, Indiana; five great grandchildren Shanice Ball, Rory Nolin, Regann Finch, Ashley Schneider, Malery McKee; one step grand-daughter Shelby Ball Flohr, Markle, Indiana; and one step great grand-daughter Kaidyn Flohr. Betty is preceded in death by her husband Bobbie James McKee; her parents Heber and Mamie Hare; four brothers Orda O. Hare, Joseph L. Hare, James R. Hare, and John W. Hare; and five sisters Ethel Marvin, Josephine Middleton, Helen Anderson, Marjorie Hare, and Mary Quinn. Family and friends may call Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Committal service will be Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty J. McKee, memorial contributions may be make to the Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the McKee family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.  

  • Jerry E. McColley, 75, North Manchester, Indiana

    Jerry E. McColley, 75, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away April 20, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at his residence. Jerry was born on July 19, 1940 in Elkhart County, Indiana, to Edgar and Violet (Brown) McColley. He graduated from Goshen High School. On October 3, 1994 Jerry married Linda Lee Copeland. Jerry was a retired union painter, and a veteran in the US Army and US Air Force. He also was part of the National Guard for many years. Jerry enjoyed  spend time fishing, cooking, and most of all, spend time with his family. Jerry is survived by his wife Linda McColley, North Manchester, Indiana; two sons Edward (Lori) McColley, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Skip (Shelly) Smeltzer, New Paris, Indiana; one step-son Greg (Becky) Dome, Pierceton, Indiana; two daughters Michelle Frye, Miami, Florida, and Kristen Price, Wabash, Indiana; two step-daughters Lavada (Woody) Jarrett, Loganville, Georgia and Cathy (Mark) Davenport, Roann, Indiana; two sisters Doris Warren, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Beatrice Mast, Howe, Indiana; twenty-nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Violet McColley, one brother, and three sisters. Family and friends may call Monday, April 25, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Memorial service will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Dave Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Indiana, at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Jerry E. McColley, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice, 400 Ash Street, Suite B, Wabash, Indiana 46992. To send a private condolence to the McColley family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.  

  • DENNIS RAY DINGESS, 43, LAKETON, INDIANA

    Dennis Ray Dingess, 43, Laketon, Indiana, passed away Saturday, April 16, 2016, at his residence. Dennis was born on June 8, 1972, to Bobbie and Evelyn (Robinson) Dingess in Wabash, Indiana. For 18 eighteen years, Dennis drove truck for Cripe Transport. On November 20, 1992 he married Amy Jelly.  Dennis loved his dog Lilly and enjoyed spending time outside hunting and fishing. He also founded the Sunrise Garden Tractor Pulling Association. Dennis is survived by his wife, Amy Dingess, Laketon, IN;  daughters, Brittany (Matthew) Boggs, Warsaw, Indiana, and Caitlin Dingess, Plymouth, Indiana; his mother, Evelyn Dingess, North Manchester, IN; one brother Patrick Dingess, North Manchester, Indiana; and one sister Penny Ogan, GA. Dennis was preceded in death by his son, Kristian Dingess; father, Bobbie Dingess; and one brother, Bobby Dingess. Family and friends may call Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held Friday, April 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Jackie Weaver will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Dennis Ray Dingess, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana, to assist with the final funeral expenses. To send a private condolence to the Dingess family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • IDA M. LOGAN, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Ida M. Logan, 91, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2:17 p.m.  at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Ida was born on September 6, 1924 in Marshall County, Indiana to Charles E. and Hannah (Hill) Kanarr. She was a homemaker and also employed with Parkview Hospital, Plymouth, Indiana, in the Dietary Department for 10 years, before retiring in 1979. On January 23, 1945 Ida married Noble E. Holderead. He passed away on September 3, 1983. Ida then marred Harold Logan on October 26, 1985. He passed away on February 14, 1997. She was a member of the Eel River Community CHurch of the Brethren, Silver Lake, Indiana. Ida is survived by one son, Jerry (Jeanine) Holderead, Marion, Indiana; two step-sons, Lee (Opal) Logan and Elwood Logan, both of Harod, Ohio; one daughter, Susan (Garen) Bushong, North Manchester, Indiana; four grandchild, Lisa (James) Proctor, Marc (Ashley) Holderead, Rachel (Chris) Pyle, and Andy Bushong; and one great grandchild, Lena Holderead. Family and friends may call Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2:30-7:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor Ron Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, 124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Ida Logan, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, Indiana 46962, or American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250. To send a private condolence to the Logan family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DONALD E. WILLOUGHBY, 81, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Donald E. Willoughby, 81, North Manchester, IN died at 7:20 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2016 in  Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born April 6, 1935 in Harrisburg, PA to William A. & Lilian (Falkenstein) Willoughby.  He graduated from Bridgewater (VA) High School in 1953; Elizabethtown College in 1960 & Bethany Theological Seminary, Oak Brook, IL in 1964. He was licensed to the ministry in spring of 1953 and ordained in April 1964. On August 22, 1958 he married Marie A. Hoover in Vienna, Austria.  Don served in pastoral ministry at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, Lowpoint, IL Crab Run and Damascus Churches of the Brethren, the Antioch Church of the Brethren in Virginia and the Marilla and Lakeview Churches of the Brethren in Michigan.  He held positions in the local church and for the district and national Church of the Brethren.  He was interested in wildflowers and rocks, keeping in touch with family, traveling and reading.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN where he attended Koinonia Sunday School class.  He is survived by his wife, Marie Willoughby, North Manchester, IN; sons, Michael (Beth) Willoughby, Elk River, MN and John (Joanna) Willoughby, Grand Rapids, MI; daughters, Anne (Don) Petry, Glen Carbon, IL, Sallie Willoughby, San Leandro, CA, Carolyn (Barron) Willoughby Deffenbaugh, Johnstown, PA and Brenda Willoughby, Castro Valley, CA; brother, David (Barbara Maris) Willoughby, Lancaster, PA; grandchildren, Jason Petry, Jordan (Maggie) Petry, Melia Willoughby, Rohan Willoughby, Emilie Deffenbaugh, Drew Deffenbaugh, Aaron Deffenbaugh, Zander Willoughby, Zoe Willoughby, Vienna Willoughby and Shiloh Willoughby and great grandchild, Sam Petry.  Family and friends may call Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate.  Memorial service and burial of ashes at Worship Walkway of the Marilla Church of the Brethren, rural Copemish, MI at a later date.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Donald Willioughby, memorial contributions may be made to Marilla Church of the Brethren General Fund, 7555 Lenz Road, Kaleva, MI 49645 or Manchester Church of the Brethren General Fund, PO Box 349, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Mission and Ministry Board General Fund, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. To send a private condolence to the Willoughby family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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