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  • LYLE A. HEATH, 93, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Lyle A. Heath, 93, North Manchester, IN died at 11:05 a.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born in Bantry, North Dakota to Charles & Edith (Healy) Heath.  Lyle served in the US Army during WWII. On January 26, 1944 he married Clara L. Seeley.  She died October 3, 2004.  He retired in 1982 from Endicott Church Furniture, Warsaw, IN.  He was a member of North Manchester United Methodist Church, a life member of American Legion Post #15, Wabash, IN, Moose Lodge #1518, North Manchester, IN and was a life member of D.A.V. He was an avid woodworker and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by three sons, Barry (Susan) Heath, Bonita Springs, FL, Greg (Karen) Heath, Litchfield, MN and Scott (Deb) Heath, New Haven, IN; one sister, Francis Kesler, Francesville, IN; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Five brothers and eight sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Lyle A. Heath, memorial contributions may be made to North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Heath family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • RUSSELL M. GAMSBY JR., 75, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Russell M. Gamsby Jr., 75, Silver Lake, IN died at 12:22 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015 in his residence.  He was born in Queens, NY May 31, 1939 to Russell M. Gamsby Sr. & Edna Mae (Harney).  On June 26, 1970 he married Marilyn S. (Quinn) West. He retired from Invensys Controls, North Manchester, IN in 2003 after 40 years.  Russell was an avid gardener and fisherman.  He also enjoyed camping at Jellystone Park, Pierceton, IN where he loved pitching horse shoes.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge #1518, North Manchester, IN for 48 years. He attended Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, IN.  He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Gamsby, Silver Lake, IN; five sons, Russell M. Gamsby III, Morehead, KY, Richard A. Gamsby, Morehead, KY, Ronnie L. Gamsby, Stanton, CA, Terry R. (Sharon) West Jr., Warsaw, IN and Richard West, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Mary Anne (Doug) Jenkins, North Manchester, IN; one brother, Robert (Sally) Gamsby, Wabash, IN; eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  One brother and three sisters are deceased.  Family & friends may call Wednesday, April 22, 2015 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 Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 12:00 noon with calling one hour prior at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Russell M. Gamsby, memorial contributions may be given to American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.  To send a private condolence to the Gamsby family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • ARVEL RAY CONLEY, 55, SERVIA, IN

     

    Arvel Ray Conley, 55, Servia, IN died Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. in his residence. He was born October 16, 1959 in Wabash, IN to Arvel & Anna May (Nelson) Conley. He graduated from Manchester High School in 1978. He liked to sketch pictures and was an avid gardener.  He was a memorabilia collector. Arvel also enjoyed carpentry and spending time with his family and close friends. He was a great father, mentor and uncle. He is survived by one son, Dustin R. Conley, Servia, IN; two step sons, Seth Adkins and Shaun Adkins, both of Ligonier, IN; three brothers, Loy (Sherri) Conley, Servia, IN, Jimmy (Lori) Conley, Liberty Mills, IN and Vincent Conley, Servia, IN, three sisters, Barbara A. Conley, Servia, IN, Peggy Keirn, Marion, IN and Brenda Conley, Servia, IN; one grandson, Gavin William Hough, Syracuse, IN.  One daughter, Erin Rae Hough, is deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, April 17, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Free United Baptist Church, 7035 South State Road 13, Sidney, IN.  Services Friday, April 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Free United Baptist Church, 7035 South State Road 13, Sidney, IN.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Arvel Ray Conley, 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 Conley family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • PAUL EDWARD BRADFORD, 62, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Paul Edward Bradford, 62, Silver Lake, IN died at 4:24 a.m. April 14, 2015 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born in Prestonsburg, KY to Minefee & Wilma Jean (Poe) Bradford.  Paul graduated from Manchester High School, North Manchester, IN in 1970.  He was co-owner with his brothers and family of Captain Nimo's in Somerset, IN for several years and was owner of B & M Auto, North Manchester since 1985. He picked up and delivered produce for Pappy’s Market. Paul also enjoyed working with his hands building and remodeling homes and woodworking. He enjoyed restoring old Corvettes, Mustangs, GTOs and riding Harley Davidson and Triumph motorcycles. Paul was an avid fisherman and loved to travel. His passion in life was sharing his faith by helping, counseling and ministering to others. Anything and everything Paul did was for the Lord. He is survived by his father and step mother, Minefee & Betty Bradford, Roann, IN; one son, Blake E. (Hailey) Bradford, Winona Lake, IN; one daughter, Jodi (Nick) Rittman, Columbus, IN; three brothers, Daryl (Nancy) Bradford, North Manchester, IN, Roger (Molly) Bradford, Silver Lake, IN & Tim (Evelyn) Bradford, Silver Lake, IN; two sisters Diana Bradford, Fort Wayne, IN and Tina Bradford, Warsaw, IN; two gradchildren, Parker Rittman and Sloane Rittman both of Columbus, IN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. One daughter, Alexis Bradford, is deceased.  Family & friends may call Friday, April 17, 2015 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 Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman and Pastor Terry Bradford will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Paul Bradford memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Bradford family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • BONNIE CHRISTINE GENOVESE, 48, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Bonnie Christine (Kieffaber) Genovese, 48, North Manchester, Indiana, died Wednesday, April 8, at the Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.  She was born November 9, 1966 in Dixon, Illinois to Alan and Nancy (Royer) Kieffaber.     Bonnie graduated from Willowbrook High School, Villa Park, Illinois, in 1984.  She received a BA degree in elementary and special education from Manchester College in 1989. While at Manchester, she enjoyed singing in the A Cappella choir and working in hospitality, helping host and serve banquets and special events.    Bonnie spent her career working with disabled people.  She was a Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (QMRP) and worked at Vernon Manor Children's Home in Wabash, Indiana, for many years.  She served as a case manager for several agencies, most recently IPMG (Indiana Professional Management Group).    Bonnie is survived by her daughter, Mikayla Jo Genovese; father and stepmother, Alan and Marilyn Kieffaber; sister, Laurie Kieffaber Cornett (Willie Cornett), all of North Manchester; stepsister and stepbrother, Elizabeth Nelson of Brooklyn, New York, and Alan Nelson of Duvall, Washington; nieces, Molly and Violet Palmer, both of Brooklyn, New York; former husband Brian Genovese, of Indianapolis; many beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends.     Bonnie was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Kieffaber Eichelberger, and stepfather, John Eichelberger.    Bonnie was an active member of the Wabash Church of the Brethren, Wabash, Indiana.  Her many interests included music and drama, reading, traveling, and anything to do with Laura Ingalls Wilder.  She participated in Wabash Community Theater, both as a performer and behind the scenes.   Bonnie faced the diagnosis of ovarian cancer with courage and dignity, determined to live life fully.  She devoted herself during the past several years to parenting her daughter, traveling when she could, and making counted cross stitch gifts for family and friends.  She planned and enjoyed a trip to Disney World with daughter Mikayla and sister Laurie a few weeks before her death.   A celebration of Bonnie's life is planned at Wabash Church of the Brethren, 645 Bond Street, Wabash, Indiana, Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor Kay Gaier will officiate.  Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service.  Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial contributions may be made to Wabash Church of the Brethren Youth Fund, 645 Bond Street, Wabash, IN, 46992, or to Mikayla Genovese Education Fund, c/o Alan Kieffaber, 605 Front Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Genovese family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • BOB S. LYNN, 90, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Bob S. Lynn, 90, North Manchester, IN died at 10:29 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born January 4, 1925 in Herrin, IL to  Fred & Lillian (Scott) Lynn. He graduated from Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, IL in 1942.  He served during WWII with the Army Air Corp.  On June 5, 1953 he married Patricia Crader.  She died May 31, 2001. He attended Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  He and his wife, Patricia, loved to travel and he enjoyed spending time with his family.  He is survived by one son, Robert (Debra) Lynn, North Manchester, IN; three daughters, Carol (Robert) Partlow, Estero, FL, Kathy Plott, Kansas City, MO and Jean Lynn, Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  No visitation or services are planned at this time.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Bob Lynn, memorial contributions may be made 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. To send a private condolence to the Lynn family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • CHARLES R. "CHUCK" KOLLER, 94, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Charles R. "Chuck" Koller, 94, North Manchester, IN died at 8:10 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 in Select Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born November 16, 1920 in North Manchester, IN to William Henry & Violet (Naber) Koller.  He graduated from Manchester High School, 1938, Manchester College 1943 AB Chemistry Major, University Chicago 1944 Certificate Meteorology (MS Equivalent), Purdue University 1948 MS Organic Chemistry, Purdue University 1950 PhD Organic Chemistry. After graduating from Manchester U., Charles served in the U.S. Army Air Corp 1944-1946 as a First Lieutenant, and was stationed as a weather officer in Sarasota, Fla. It was there that he married the former Joan Lautzenhiser. In 1946 they returned to Purdue University where Charles graduated with a PhD degree in chemistry in 1950.  He worked as a research scientist in the Pioneering Research Laboratory of the E.I. DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del. After receiving over thirty patents, he retired and returned to North Manchester where he and Joan lived on Riverside until moving to Peabody Retirement Community in 2000. He most enjoyed summer reunions at the lake with his many children and grandchildren and any Purdue sports. He was a member of Society of Sigma XI-1950, Phi Lambda Upsilon-1949, The Scientific Research Society of America-1952, American Chemical Society-1950-present- Emeritus Status, American Institute of Chemists-Fellow 1960, The Fiber Society-1960-present, International Executive Service Corp – Century Rayon-Bombay, India – 3 months-1988, Manchester Rotary Club-1984-present, Rotary Volunteer-India-1988, Scientific Society of Southwest Florida-Ft. Myers, FL programs and field trips & judging science fair projects. He was a member of United Methodist Church, North Manchester, IN.  Technical publications: Scientific Articles and patents – 30 United States and foreign.  In retirement: Chemical & Textile Consulting, C.R. Koller Associates, Hanno-Werk, Laatzen, Germany and Abresist, Urbana, IN. He married Joan Lautzenhiser on October 22, 1944. She died March 14, 2013.  He is survived by five sons, James (Sue) Koller, Geneva, IL, John (Gloria) Koller, Fort Myers, FL, William (Nancy) Koller, Ellicott City, MD, Robert (Beverly) Koller, Baltimore, MD and David (Cathy) Koller, Saline, MI; fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.  One sister is deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Larry Ray and Pastor Mark Eastway will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Chuck Koller, memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Koller family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • DAUNITA MARCEAL JONES ELLIOTT, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Daunita Marceal Jones Elliott, 91, North Manchester, IN formerly of Gas City, IN died Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:11 p.m. in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born June 25, 1923 in Van Buren, IN to John David & Nellie Pearl (Mathias) Jones.  She graduated from Van Buren (IN) High School in 1941.  She married Richard C. Elliott Sr. on November 19, 1941. He died May 30, 2006. She was an executive secretary and radiographic transcriber at Marion General Hospital, Marion, IN. She retired March 30, 1972.  She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church, Eufaula, AL.  She loved art, painting of all types, knitting and crafts. She also loved music: piano, organ and had a beautiful singing voice.  She is survived by one son, Richard C. (Carol Burbank) Elliott, Jr., Silver Lake, IN; one daughter, Mary Jo (Ronald) Cavett, Cleveland, TN; seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. One son, David B. Elliott, died in 2010. One brother and two sisters are deceased.  Graveside services will be Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, AL.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Daunita Elliott, memorial contributions may be made to Grant County Humane Society, 1021 E. State Road 18, Marion, IN 46952. To send a private condolence to the Elliott family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • EDNA M. FLINN, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Edna M. Flinn, 92, North Manchester, IN died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:30 p.m. in Peabody Healthcare, North Manchester, IN.  She was born January 22, 1923 in Wabash County, IN to Carl & Marjorie (Winebrenner) Ohmart. Edna graduated from Chester High School in 1941.  She first married Robert Krom.  He died in 1944.  She then married Robert E. Flinn on July 3, 1946.  He died February 26, 1989. She was a homemaker.  She is survived by one son, Jerry D. (Leanne) Flinn, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Jan A. (Mark) Enyeart, North Manchester, IN; Eight grandchildren, Kevin Flinn, Fort Wayne, IN, Matt Flinn, Silver Lake, IN, Andrew Flinn, Silver Lake, IN, Brian Enyeart, North Manchester, IN, Jason Enyeart, Indianapolis, IN, Chris Enyeart, Morocco, IN, Craig Enyeart, Terre Haute, IN and Amy Enyeart, North Manchester, IN; Fifteen great grandchildren, Brittany Huffman, Braiden Flinn, Tanna Flinn, Carly Flinn, Clair Flinn, Quentin Enyeart, Grace Enyeart, Olivia Enyeart, Noah Enyeart, Brilee Enyeart, Bryson Enyeart, Braxton Enyeart, Colton Enyeart, Connor Enyeart and Corbin Enyeart; One great great grandchild, Harper Huffman.  One grandson and three brothers are deceased.  Family and friends may call Monday, March 30, 2015 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN and Monday, March 30, 2015 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Monday, March 30, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  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 Edna Flinn, memorial contributions may be given to Visiting Nurse Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.  To send a private condolence to the Flinn family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • VIRGINIA R. AIRGOOD, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Virginia R. Airgood, 92, North Manchester, IN died at 4:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN.  She was born October 18, 1922 in Huntington County, IN to Elmer & Dessie (Kline) Fleck.  She graduated from Lagro High School in 1940.  On February 7, 1942 she married George A. Airgood.  He died October 21, 2010. She retired from Heckman Bindery in 1982 after 19 1/2 years service.  She was a 53 year member of Chester Charmers Home Ec Club, North Manchester, IN and a member of Servia - New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus, IN. She is survived by one son, Dick R. (Deanna) Airgood, Greenfork, IN; one daughter, Sally (Robert) Gamsby, Wabash, IN; one half brother, Charles (Sylvia) Fleck, Fort Wayne, IN; one half sister, Mary Lois Chamberlain, North Manchester, IN; seven grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren.  One son, John Airgood, and one grandson, Robert F. Gamsby II, are deceased.  One brother and two step brothers are also deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Virginia R. Airgood, memorial contributions may be given to New Hope United Church of Christ, PO Box 125, Bippus, IN 46713.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Airgood family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

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