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  • ROBERT "BOB" R. BECHTOLD, 73, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Robert "Bob" R. Bechtold, 73, North Manchester, IN died Thursday, July 21, 2016 in his residence.  He was born December 22, 1942 in Huntington County, IN to Duane & Ginevra (Auker) Bechtold.  He was a lifelong self-employed farmer.  Bob was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN, a 51 year member of Deming Lodge #88 and member of Loyal Order of the Moose.  He was a former volunteer fireman with Chester Township Fire Dept. for 18 years.  He is survived by his special friend, Linda Martin, Fairmount, IN; son, Bret (Michelle) Bechtold, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Beth (Dave) Wampler, North Manchester, IN; sister, Kay Eads, Wabash, IN; grandchildren, Austin Bechtold, North Manchester, IN, Trent Bechtold, North Manchester, IN and Craig (Deanna) Wampler, North Manchester, IN; great grandchildren, Halie & Abbie Wampler, North Manchester, IN.  Family and friends may call Sunday, July 24, 2016 from noon-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Masonic Service will be Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Calling also one hour prior to service on Monday.  Service Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Bob Bechtold, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Bechtold family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • CHARLES W. BETTEN, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Charles W. Betten, 88, North Manchester, IN died at 12:25 a.m. Friday, July 15, 2016  in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born March 24, 1928 in Gridley, IL to Charlie & Nora (Finck) Betten. He graduated from Washington Center High School, Whitley County, IN.  He served in the U. S. Army in WWII. On August 27, 1950 he married Janice Shaffer.  She died August 1, 2006. Charles was a retired farmer and a life member of the American Legion #286, North Manchester, IN, a member of the Eel River Masonic Lodge #510, a member of Knights Templar, Huntington, IN, life member of the Knights of the York Cross of Honor and a life member of the WWII Memorial Society.  He loved singing and playing the piano.  He is survived by his companion, Norma Weeda, Fort Wayne, IN; daughters, Becky (Jason) Krampton, Valparaiso, IN and Kathy (Jeffrey) Smith, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Angela Fellars, Melissa McKillip & Michael Rodriguez and five great grandchildren.   One son, Jeffrey L. Betten, died March 19, 1977.  Family & friends may call Monday, July 18, 2016 from noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Graveside services Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles W. Betten, memorial contributions may be made to D.A.V. Wabash County, 1 West Hill Street, Wabash, IN 46992. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Betten family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • PAMELA F. LIGHTLE, 77, NORTH FORT MYERS, FL

     

    Pamela F. Lightle, 77, North Fort Myers, FL and formerly of North Manchester, IN  passed away on July 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN. Pamela was born in Indianapolis, IN on December 8, 1938 to Frank W. Edmunds and Mary Naomi (Applegate) Edmunds. On April 12, 1957 she married Norman R. Lightle. Pamela worked as an office clerk at Modern Tile and Carpet Company, Fort Myers, FL for 10 years before retiring in 2006. Pamela is survived by her husband Norman R. Lightle, North Fort Myers, FL; two sons Chris Lightle, Sidney, IN and Scott Lightle, North Manchester, IN; one daughter Shawn (Robert) Oberg, South Whitley, IN; two brothers Denny Edmunds, Fort Worth, TX and Don Edmunds, Azle, TX; one sister Riccinna Stafflinger, Grant, FL; eight grandchildren Chad Rhoades, Eric Hendress, Travis Lightle, Dylan Zinsmeister, Jessica Zinsmeister, Amanda Zinsmeister, Sarah Leverton, and Brandon Oberg; seven great-grandchildren Knox, Jaxon, Gabby, Kennedy, Remington, Brandsn, and Laikn. Pamela was preceded in death by one daughter Lynn Rhoades. Family and friends may call Sunday, July 17, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN. Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Pamela F. Lightle, memorials contributions can be made to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN to assist the family with final expenses. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Lightle family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • ROGER L. BOOCHER, 73, PAOLI, IN

     

    Roger L. Boocher, 73, Paoli, IN formerly of Sidney, IN and Columbia City, IN died at 9:45 p.m. Monday, July 4, 2016 in Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.  He was born March 19, 1943 in Whitley County, IN to Oscar & Eileen (Miller) Boocher. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1961. On September 30, 2005 he married Judy Hill Oliver.  Roger retired from Essex Corporation, Fort Wayne, IN in 2003 after 34 years of service. He was employed with White Metal Rolling and Stamping, Warsaw, IN from 1961-1968.  He enjoyed tinkering with small engines and was an avid fisherman and mushroom hunter.  Roger was a counsel member of the Wildwood Association, Paoli, IN.  He is survived by his wife, Judy Boocher, Paoli, IN; son, Brian (Rita) Boocher, Claypool, IN; daughter, Robin Boocher Garrard, Claypool, IN; step sons, Neil (Ann) Gordon, Hudson, IN, Larry (Michele) Gordon, Columbia City, IN and Tracy (Wendy) Biehl, Andrews, IN; brothers, Dick Boocher, South Whitley, IN and Robert (Tammy) Boocher, Pierceton, IN; sister, Marylin (James) Perryman, Portage, IN; 6 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  One step son, Matthew Hill, is deceased.  Family and friends may call Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. 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.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Roger L. Boocher, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter, 941 East 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1842. To send a private condolence to the Boocher family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • CONNIE SUE BRADLEY, 60, WARSAW, IN

     

    Connie Sue Bradley, 60, Warsaw, IN died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Parkview Randalia, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born August 7, 1955 in Warsaw, IN to Glessner "Toad" & Mae (Moore) Bradley.  She retired from Biomet, Warsaw, IN after 13 years of service.  Connie was an avid bingo player.  Her grandsons were her world.  She loved spending time with her family at family gatherings.  She is survived by her companion, Vicki S. Music, Warsaw, IN; son, Brian Bradley, Fort Wayne, IN; daughter, Megan (Fiancee, Ricardo Scarlett) Xique, Warsaw, IN; grandchildren, Hayden Xique, Xavier Xique & Carter Scarlett; brothers, Rick (Linda) Bradley, Warsaw, IN, Ronnie Bradley, North Manchester, IN, Walter (Mary) Bradley, North Manchester, IN, Bub (Crystal) Bradley, North Manchester, IN and Lee (Kim) Bradley, Claypool, IN; sisters, Bonnie (Randy) Grossman, North Manchester, IN, Diana (Curtis) Reimer, North Manchester, IN and Janet (Joe) Nelson, Warsaw, IN.  Family and friends may call Friday, July 1, 2016 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. 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.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Connie Bradley, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, to assist  the family with final expenses, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Bradley family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • OPAL E. NEES, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Opal E. (Pence) Nees, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born December 14, 1924 in South Whitley, IN to Chester & Jessie (Bolinger) Pence.  On December 26, 1964 she married John W. Nees.  He died May 31, 1974. Opal attended Salem School and Chester High School, where she graduated in 1943.  She then attended Ft. Wayne Bible College for almost 3 years and then graduated from Manchester College in 1950. Opal was licensed to the ministry by the Middle District of Indiana, Pleasant View Church of the Brethren in 1945. She was ordained to the ministry by the Northern Indiana District, Blissville Church of the Brethren in 1956 (Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI) Her first two pastorates were at Auburn, IN and the Blissville Church of the Brethren near Plymouth, IN. For 2 years she was Christian Education Director at the First Church of the Brethren (Miami Street) when it became the new Crest Manor Church in South Bend.  For 12 years she was on the Student Personnel staff and Director of Conferences at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.  In 1976, Opal returned to North Manchester to begin serving a 12 ½ year pastorate at the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. In 1989, Opal began a series of 15 interim pastorates in Churches of the Brethren in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.  After her permanent return to North Manchester in 2003, she moved to the Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Opal was a member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, Liberty Mills, IN.  She is survived by two foster nephews, Douglas Bay and David Bay both of Fort Wayne, IN.  Family and friends may call Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kelly Beutler, Pastor Carroll Petry and Pastor Joan Deeter will officiate.  Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Opal E. Nees, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Nees family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • DORIS T. BOOCHER, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Doris T. Boocher, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 7:16 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016 in Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash, IN.  She was born January 20, 1925 in Wabash County, IN to Albert L. & Mary K. (Karn) Niccum.  She was a homemaker and retired from Singer Controls, North Manchester, IN in 1990 after 30 years of service. She was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother and enjoyed fishing with her family.  She is survived by sons, Jerry Boocher, North Manchester, IN, Allan (Rosalyn) Boocher, South Whitley, IN and Arden (Carol) Boocher, Fort Wayne, IN; daughters, Judy (Dennis) Cripe, North Manchester, IN and Beverly (Mike) Rice, Warsaw, IN; brother, Walter (Marie) Niccum, North Manchester, IN; her twin sister, Dorothy Byers, North Manchester, IN; sisters-in-laws, Anna Lee Boocher, North Manchester, IN and Jane Kinzie, North Manchester, IN; twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. One brother, Edward Niccum, two sisters, Mae Metzger and Fern Long, one grandchild and two great grandchildren are deceased.  Family and friends may call Sunday, June 19, 2016 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, June 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Old German Baptist Brethren Church, State Road 13 North, North Manchester, IN.  Home Brethren will officiate.  Burial will be in Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Doris T. Boocher, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, 30 W. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204. To send a private condolence to the Boocher family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • G. WILLIAM SAYERS, 96, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    G. William Sayers, 96, North Manchester, IN died at 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  He was born September 4, 1919 in Lawrenceville, OH to Charles S & Virlie K. (Dresher) Sayers. Bill was a living example of the power of gratitude, gratitude for everyone and everything.  He served our country in WWII and was grateful for the benefits paid to veterans.  He valued his service at Manchester College where he taught economics for five years and coached the tennis team for 15 years.  Then he entered the life insurance business and became a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table.  During this time he provided the first office space for Heifer Project International on Ruse Street in North Manchester, Indiana.  He also served as the chairman of the Columbus Life Underwriters.  To assist others with his expertise he served in the Retired Executive Service Corps for two years in Indonesia to create a thriving insurance company in Bandung. Throughout his life the game of tennis was a passion.  He played, coached, and officiated at the U.S. Open for three years and at Wimbledon for two years.  At the age of 90 he competed in the National Senior Olympic in tennis earning a silver medal in doubles. Bill was married to Evelyn Studebaker Jan. 1, 1942 until her death May 9, 2008. He fathered five daughters, three of whom survive him: Beverly (Joel) Eikenberry of North Manchester, IN; Judy (George) Soller of Bexley, OH; and Victoria (Craig) Smith of Elizabethtown, PA.  Daughters Evonne (Ron) Studebaker and Sandra (Jim) Comerford preceded him in death.  He was grandfather to 17:  Ranya (Rich Tylka) Studebaker, Tarik (Michelle) Studebaker, Kendra (Brent) Sherman, Chad (Tracy) Studebaker, Jill (Dan) Schreiber, Brad (Tami) Comerford, Julie (Marcus) Johnston, Brendan (Christy) Comerford, Torin (Carrie) Eikler, Joshua (Saro Buettner) Eikenberry, Austin (Brooke) Eikenberry, Derek Soller, Brent (Kerry) Soller, Kimberly (Mark) Eller, Steffanie Marion, Nicole (Brian) Schmidt, Tanya (Kenneth) Stewart; and great-grandfather to 46. Bill was a member of the Columbus Athletic Club, a trustee of the Cathedral of Prayer Association, and a member of Bexley United Methodist Church where he was trained as a Steven Minister at the age of 94. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. August 6, 2016 at Bexley United Methodist Church, Bexley, OH.  Those attending are invited to lunch following the service.  Rev. Becky Piatt and Rev. Craig H. Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in Lawrenceville Cemetery, Lawrenceville, OH at a later date.  Being a man of strong Christian faith, Bill would be honored to have family and friends contribute out of gratitude to the Cathedral of Prayer, Rt. #4 Box 270, Elkins, WV 26241;  Bexley United Methodist Church, 2657 E. Broad Street, Bexley, OH 43209;  or Peabody Home Foundation, 400 West Seventh St, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  Condolences may be sent to mckeemortuary.com

  • EDNA MAE BAILEY, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Edna Mae Bailey, 86, North Manchester, IN died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born March 22, 1930 in Prestonsburg, KY to Clay & Anna Mae (Whitaker) Shepherd.  On December 15, 1951 she married Amos Bailey.  He died January 13, 1986.  Edna was employed with Warsaw Furniture and later retired in 1978 from Korth Furniture, Warsaw, IN.  She was a member of Victory Rock, Sidney, IN. She loved God and reading God's word, baking and cooking.  She is survived by one son, Walter (Sharon) Shepherd Jr., Columbia City, IN; one daughter, Elise Nonnemacher, Goshen, IN; sisters, Rose Elliott, Warsaw, IN, Marie Shepherd, Phoenix, AZ and Ruth Ann (Tim) Sharp, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Yvonne King, Tina Rena LaVerne, Stuart Scott, Dan Tiehl, Jayne Anne Moles and Terry Nonnemacher; twenty-six great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.  Three brothers, Alonzo Shepherd, Steve Shepherd and Lonnie Shepherd, and two sisters, Leota Howard and Fannie Minnix, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, June 10, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Victory Rock, 6170 S 500 E, Sidney, IN. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2016 at Victory Rock, 6170 S 500 E, Sidney, IN.  The family will also receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday at the church.  Pastor Charles Trout and Pastor Rick Johnson will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Edna Bailey, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46250.  To send a private condolence to the Bailey family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DONNA JEAN FOX, 79, HUNTINGTON, IN

     

    Donna Jean Fox, 79, Huntington, IN died on May 22, 2016 in Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born September 5, 1936 in Huntington County, IN to Foster & Dessie (Crago) Lassiter.  On September 5, 1958 she married Richard E. Fox in Andrews, IN. She graduated Andrews High School in 1954 as Salutatorian of her class.   She was employed with Kitchen Maid, Andrews, IN until it's closing.  She then was employed with Memcor for 17 years and Pulley-Kellam for 13 years. After retirement she worked as a desk clerk at a motel in Markle, IN.  Donna & Richard loved Western Square Dancing and danced for 43 years. She liked to travel, fish, sew crochet, knit and read.  She was a loving caretaker of her Aunt Bernice, her husband, Richard, and her mother Dessie Paxton, until their deaths. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church, North Manchester, IN. She is survived by her step sons, Richard E. (Dianne) Fox Jr., Urbana, IN and Daniel (Linda) Fox, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Brandi (Troy) Dahlstrom, North Manchester, IN, Cory (Tonya) Fox, North Manchester, IN and Michael (Ashley) Fox, Huntington, IN; brother-in-law, Keith Fox; sisters-in-law, Rosie Fox, Joan Drayer, Linda Hunnicutt and Judy Lassiter; six great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.  Family and friends may call Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 700 N and 650 E, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 700 N and 650 E, North Manchester, IN. Randall Webb will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Donna Jean Fox, memorial contributions may be made to  McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 to assist the family with final expenses. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Fox family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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