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  • 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.

  • ERCELL V. LYNN, 99, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Ercell V. Lynn, 99, North Manchester, IN died at 8:00 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. Memorial service Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends following the service.  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.

  • JOSEPHINE MOORE, 85, COLUMBIA CITY, IN

     

    Josephine Moore, 85, of Columbia City, IN (formerly of North Manchester, IN) went home to be with her Lord Friday, July 11, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.   She was born August 17, 1928 to Belva and Crow Nelson in Blue River KY. She was the oldest daughter of 10 children.    68 years ago on July 4, 1946 she met her loving husband, Ray Moore.  Jo and Ray were married on April 26, 1947 celebrating 67 years of marriage.   Jo retired after 26 years of service from Controls Corp. in North Manchester, IN. She loved bluegrass music and was a dedicated supporter of her family‚Äôs musical hobby. Ray and Jo camped and enjoyed bluegrass festivals for over 40 years. The last 20 years there wintered in Florida. They truly enjoyed being with all their friends and family and making new friends along the way. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Zolfo Springs, FL.   Surviving are her loving husband, Ray, of Columbia City, IN; sons, Roger (Peggy) Moore of Indianapolis, IN, Ed (Pat) Moore of Urbana, IN; daughter, Crystal (Dave) Anderson of Columbia City, IN, daughter-in-law, Karen Moore of Pierceton, IN. Grandsons, Travis (Brooke)  Moore of Huntington, IN, Greg (Deena) Moore of Reedsville, PA, Andrew Moore of Urbana, IN, Don Beatty of Urbana, IN, Dave Davidson of Indianapolis, IN. Granddaughters, Brooke (Eric) Beck of Pierceton, IN, Jessica Moore of Pierceton, IN, Karen Davidson of Indianapolis, IN. Great grandchildren, Haylee Moore and Breanna Moore of Huntington, IN, Logan Moore of Wabash, IN, Shania Davidson of Indianapolis, IN, Seth Davidson of Indianapolis, IN, Sidney Beatty of Urbana, IN.  Also surviving are her brother, Crow (Sue) Nelson Jr. of Huntington, IN, sisters, Ethel (Jeff) Hill of Muncie, IN, Dorsey (Elmer) Shepherd of Prestonsburg, KY and numerous nieces and nephews.   She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Ray Moore, her mother, father, one brother and five sisters.    Family and friends may call Monday, July 14, 2014 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 Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, 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 Josephine Moore, memorial contributions may be made to Whitley County Home Health and Hospice, 1260 E State Rd 205, Columbia City, IN 46725 or Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E State Rd 205, Columbia City, IN 46725. To send a private condolence to the Moore family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

     

  • JOANNA L. SMITH, 82, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Joanna L. Smith, 82, North Manchester, IN died at 11:11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014 in Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born September 28, 1931 in Flora, IN to Leo & Sarah (Angle) Spitler.  She graduated from Flora (IN) High School in 1949 and Manchester College in 1953 and took classes at Butler University.  During high school she spent 5 years in 4-H and earned a leadership award in 4-H. She played the marimba in high school and was church organist and pianist for many years. She majored in music at Manchester College and was very involved in the A cappella choir.  She was involved in many music classes, piano & band at Manchester College.  On August 26, 1951 she married Dr. Lloyd H. Smith.  He died December 2, 1983. Joanna was a homemaker and had worked at Allison General Motors for 6 summers and was an elementary school teacher at Westlake Elementary (near Indianapolis) for 4 years and Traverse City, MI for 1 year. She was a substitute teacher for 10 years in Ludington, MI.  She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN and loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them.  She is survived by two sons, Brenton (Kelli) Smith, Denver, CO and Curtis (Ruth) Smith, Lansing, MI; two daughters, Lorinda (Edward) Visser, Webster, NY and Janelle (Chris) Walters, North Manchester, IN; two brothers Robert (Pat) Spitler, Flora, IN and Don (Elaine) Spitler, Warsaw, IN; Seven grandchildren, four step grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Family and friends may call Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Kurt Stout and Pastor Edward Visser will officiate.  Graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Joanna L. Smith, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Smith family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

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