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  • 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.

  • EDITH DISLER FERGUSON, 102, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Edith Disler Ferguson, 102, North Manchester, IN formerly North Carolina, died at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born May 3, 1912 in Memphis, TN to Enos & Caroline (Simons) Disler.  She graduated from Tiffin High School, Tiffin, OH in 1930.  On November 15, 1941 she married Elmer Speck. He died May 23, 1970.  She then married Lowery Ferguson on March 28, 1981.  He died April 29, 1993. Edith was a secretary for World Methodist Council, Lake Junaluska, NC and retired in 1979.  She was a member of North Manchester United Methodist Church, North Manchester, IN and former member of Timbercrest Choir, United Methodist Choir and United Methodist Saints Alive Choir. She is survived by one step son, David Speck, Pennsylvania; two step daughters, Dorothy (Keith) Stahl, Bonnieville, KY and Jane (Alna) Ferguson-Hyatt, Waynesville, SC; one sister, Beatrice Welker, North Manchester, IN; one nephew, Keith Disler, Huntington, IN and two nieces, Janice Disler, Huntington, IN and Deb (Ron) Schenkel, Urbana, IN and many great nieces and nephews.  Step son, Donald Speck, died in 2006 and step son, Lowery Ferguson Jr. died in 2000. Three brothers, Elliott Disler, Harold Disler and Melville Disler are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, July 11, 2014 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Larry Ray will officiateBurial will be at a later date in Lancaster Cemetery, Huntington, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Edith Disler Ferguson, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Crestwood Project, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.   Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Ferguson family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • ELDRED M. METZGER, 97, CLAYPOOL, IN

     

    Eldred M. Metzger, 97, Claypool, IN died at 6:48 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN. He was born May 31, 1917 in Lake Township, Kosciusko County, IN to Homer & Iva (Beigh) Metzger. He graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1935. On January 14, 1939 he married M. Louise Penrod. Eldred was a farmer and built and operated the former Junction 13 & 14 Service Station. He was also a DeKalb Seed Corn salesman for 25 years.  He was a former member of the Sidney Lions Club and drove school bus for Sidney Schools for 21 years. Eldred served as a republican precinct committeeman for Jackson 2 for 25 years. He served four years on the Whitko Community School board during the planning and construction of Whitko High School. Prior to serving on the school board, he was Jackson Township Trustee.  For eight years he served as a Kosciusko County Councilman, three of those years as president. He retired from farming 10 years ago and continued with his passion for gardening and could often be found enjoying his family, friends and fellowship.  He and his wife, Louise, were married 75 years.  Eldred was blessed with a long and productive life, having farmed in Kosciusko County for over 75 years with the last 70 years in Jackson Township. he was an avid gardener and cared for his home and lawn up until going home to meet our Heavenly Father. He was a member of the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, IN.  He is survived by his wife,  Louise Metzger, Claypool, IN; one daughter, Carolyn Metzger Smith, Fort Wayne, IN; three grandchildren, Mark (Tammi) Smith, Huntertown, IN, Brian (Patricia) Smith, Garrett, IN and Dawn (Kevin) Nofzinger, Garrett, IN; one brother, Everett Metzger, Silver Lake, IN; nine great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Andrew Sampson will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.   To send a private condolence to the Metzger family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • SHAUNA RAE COLLINS, 33, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Shauna Rae Collins, 33, North Manchester, IN died at 7:33 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born in Blue Field, WV to Rocky & Barbara (Roberts) Addair Sr.  She graduated from Manchester High School in 1999 and attended Indiana Tech, Warsaw, IN for one year.  On October 15, 2010 she married Steven Collins Sr.  Shauna was employed at Biomet, Warsaw, IN for the past 7 years. She and her family enjoyed camping. She is survived by her husband, Steven Collins Sr., North Manchester, IN; one son Steven Ray Collins Jr., North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Shelby Rae Collins, North Manchester, IN; her parents, Rocky Addair Sr., Liberty Mills, IN and Barbara Roberts, North Vernon, IN; one brother, Rocky (Lyndsy) Addair Jr., Liberty Mills, IN; four sisters, Dawn Addair, North Manchester, IN, Cera Gail Addair, Liberty Mills, IN, Samantha Addair, North Manchester, IN and Mandy Mullins, Fort Wayne, IN.  Family and friends may call Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  Services Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Donald Chadwick will officiate.  Burial will be at a later date in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Shauna Rae Collins, 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 Collins family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • LEE BEAU HOWARD, INFANT, FORT WAYNE, IN

     

    Lee Beau Howard, infant, Fort Wayne, IN died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. He was born June 24, 2014 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN to Michael & Brianna (Foster) Howard.  Born at only 22 weeks, our little angel's life was short lived, however, his beauty and magic will linger forever. In his short time on earth he touched so many lives as an angel from God would. A little angel sent to us from heaven. Now you are back in God's arms, our son, though your memory will eternally and forever live in our hearts. Till we meet again, our baby, we love you.  Lee is survived by his parents, Michael & Brianna Howard, Fort Wayne, IN; one brother, Cooper Howard, Fort Wayne, IN; paternal grandparents, Jeffrey & Machele Howard, Liberty Mills, IN; paternal great grandparents, Ralph & Dorothy Howard, Pierceton, IN; maternal grandparents, Lorin & Wendy Dotson, Silver Lake, IN and Brian & Jackie Foster, Warsaw, IN; maternal great grandparents, Philip Hill, Silver Lake, IN, John & Phyllis Gove, Spring Hill, FL and Arlene Foster, Warsaw, IN and maternal great great grandmother, Mildred Hill, Silver Lake, IN.    Services will be Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Joe Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Lee Beau Howard, memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with final expenses c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Howard family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • LUCY B. RANCK, 83, LAFAYETTE, IN

     

    Lucy B. Ranck, 83, Lafayette, IN formerly of Peru, IN died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Ste Elizabeth East, Lafayette, IN.  She was born July 4, 1930 in Leander, Johnson County, KY to James W. & Bessie (Carpenter) Caudill.  She graduated from Claypool (IN) High School in 1947. On April 27, 1957 she married Robert L. Ranck. He died February 7, 2008. Lucy had worked at the former Keifer's and Electronite, both in Peru, IN.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Start, Converse IN, Rebekah Lodge and Pythian Sisters both in Peru, IN and was a volunteer at Helping Hands, Peru, IN.  She is survived by her sister, Mayme Chapman, Huntington, WV. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, Manis L. Caudill, brothers, John Willis Caudill and William "Jack" Caudill, and sisters, Edna Mae Witten, Veva Mae Bell, Josephine Caudill and Elsie Spradlin.  Family and friends may call Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Eastern Star Services at 1:40 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Rev. R. Duane Cragun will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Lucy B. Ranck, memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands, 176 N. Broadway, Peru, IN 46970 or Donor's Choice.  To send a private condolence to the Ranck family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

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