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  • BETTY E. PITTS BOARDMAN, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Betty E. Pitts Boardman, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014 in her residence. She was born December 26, 1922 in Wabash County, IN to Rusell & Maude (Auker) Abbott.  She graduated in 1940 from Chester High School, North Manchester, IN.  Betty was a hairdresser from nearly 75 years. She was co-owner of the Vivi-Deane Shoppe, Liberty Mills, IN for many years and was a hairdresser at Timbercrest Senior Living Community from 1980 until her retirement in 2013. She was a member of the Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN. She loved her church and enjoyed her ladies group that met at McDonald's every day.  On October 5, 1944 she married James Pitts.  He died August 9, 1966.  She then married James Boardman on July 23, 1968. He died April 2, 2000.  She is survived by one son, Kendall (Becky) Pitts, North Manchester, IN; two step sons, Bill Boardman, Rochester, IN and Jack Boardman, Bourbon, IN; one step daughter, Norma (Howard) O'Dell, Wabash, IN; grandchildren, JP (Dana) Pitts, North Manchester, IN, Tim (Shelly Nice) Pitts, Fort Wayne, IN, Chris (Lora) Cartwright, Andrews, IN, A.J. (Angie) Cartwright, Andrews, IN and Seth (Tiffany) Cartwright, Anderson, IN; 9 step grandchildren, twenty-three step great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.  Two sisters, Dean Keaffaber and Vivian Reiff, are deceased.   Family and friends may call Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Matthew Staton and Rev. Paul B. Cochrane will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty E. Boardman, memorial contributions may be given to Manchester Bible Church, 11721 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Heartland Hospice, 1315 Directors Row, Ste. 210, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.   To send a private condolences to the Boardman family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • COLLEEN A. HIGH, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Colleen A. High, 86, North Manchester, IN died at 6:57 a.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born in Wabash County, IN to Richard & Eva (Eby) Reiken on May 18, 1928.  She first married Jack Ben Foust, he died in 1959. She then married Raymond B. High Jr. on October 14, 1976. He died September 26, 2002.  She was a homemaker and worked at Peabody Seating Co., North Manchester, IN and Controls, North Manchester, IN.  Colleen is survived by her companion, William Beeney, North Manchester, IN; two sons, Rock (Belinda) Foust, North Manchester, IN and Jack Foust, Mooresville, NC; one daughter, Janet (Paul) Daniel, Servia, IN; two step sons, Wade High, San Diego, CA and Dan (Kathleen) Barger, Baltimore, MD; two step daughters, Jody Long, Martinsville, IN and Lori (Joel) Johannsen, Lafayette, IN; grandchildren, Brian (Meghan) Foust, North Manchester, IN, Dane Foust, North Manchester, IN, Colleena (David) Jimenez, North Manchester, IN, Sabrina (Ron) France, Bremen, IN, Tony Daniel, North Manchester, IN, Tonya (Jeff) Arrington, North Carolina, Jack Ben (Heather) Foust III, North Carolina, Heather (Rex) Addair, North Manchester, IN and Amanda Conley, North Manchester, IN; great grandchildren, Karrissa & Morgyn Jimenez, Zoey France, Mason & Tristan Hattabaugh, Ryder, Anthony and Easton Foust, Cody & Caleb Arrington, Brianna & Kaley Foust, Kaidyn & Koltyn Alexander, Isabella Miller, Trey, Brianna & Peyton Addair, Ryle Huffman, Shyanne & Angelica Conley and Kain Wenger.  Two grandchildren, Stacy Foust and Shane Hoffman, one great grandchild, Chase Foust, three brothers and two sisters are deceased.  Her family and her animals were her life.  She enjoyed going to Wal-Mart and KFC. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing and watching old westerns.  Family and friends may call November 21, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service will be November 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian  Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Colleen A. High, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the High family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DR. RALPH BOOK MCBRIDE, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dr. Ralph Book McBride, 86, North Manchester, IN died at 3:00 a.m. November 9, 2014 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born February 1, 1928 in Slippery Rock, PA to Ralph A. & Margaret Eleanor (Book) McBride.  On December 27, 1954 he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Keagle.  She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Margie Miller, Warsaw, IN; sons, R. Craig (Melanie) McBride, Fort Wayne, IN and Timothy W. McBride, Dana Pointe, CA; ten grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, two sisters, Evy Knox, Slippery Rock, PA and Jean Quinn, Elderton, PA and a brother, Harold McBride, Butler, PA. Ralph was a Navy veteran.     Dr. McBride was a professor of mathematics at Manchester College from 1965 until 1993 and was head of the department for 15 years.  He graduated from Slippery Rock High School in 1945 and from Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College in 1951.  He received the Master’s Degree from Indiana University of PA in 1965 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1971.   He also studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Montclair State University, NJ and the University of Maryland Ralph’s passion was teaching and he dedicated his life in helping to prepare teachers of mathematics at both the elementary school and high school levels. In addition to teaching, Ralph served as Faculty Athletics Representative for the college to the athletic conferences. Following his retirement, Ralph was asked to serve as secretary-treasurer for the Heartland Conference.  He was on the board of directors of ARC of Wabash County, serving one term as president. In 1998 ARC honored him with their Benefactor’s Award.      Shortly following his retirement, Dr. McBride was asked to fill a vacated position as Town Judge and following that term he ran for and was elected for a second term.   Dr. McBride was very much involved in service to his Lord Jesus Christ and the church.  Prior to coming to North Manchester, he had been a deacon in the Vandergrift, PA First Baptist Church. In his years here he was a member of the First Brethren Church where he served as Deacon, Moderator, Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Leader and choir member.  He was a tenor and provided music for weddings, funerals, services at Timbercrest and Peabody Retirement Communities, etc.   In 1997 Ralph and Joyce began to spend their winter months in a retirement community in Winter Haven, FL where he continued his love for music as a choir member and soloist. The first year there Ralph organized and led a men’s Bible Study in their home, with an average attendance of 16 members which has continued ‘til his death.   Service for Dr. Ralph B. McBride will be Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN.  Calling will be Friday, November 14, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 & 5:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to services at the church Saturday.  Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Ralph McBride, Memorial contributions may be made to Mission of Hope, Haiti, PO Box 60004, Fort Myers, FL 33906 or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the McBride family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • THURMAN L. BITZELL, 83, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Thurman L. Bitzell, 83, North Manchester, IN died at 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born September 5, 1931 in Wabash, IN to Raymond L. & Ruth L. (Gill) Bitzell.  As a child, he and his father attended many horse shows and raced horses.  He graduated in 1950 from Chester High School, North Manchester, IN.  He served in the US Air Force from 1951-1955.  He then was a salesman for Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, IN.  He operated a service station in Huntington, IN for several years.  He then was employed at Wayne Metal, Huntington, IN as a welder and retired after several years of service.  Thurman was a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW, American Legion and Elks Lodge.  He was an avid bowler and enjoyed racing motorcycles.  He was preceded in death by his companion, Edna Bitzell, on September 30, 2011.  He is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.   Family and friends may call Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2014 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Mary Lu Mikesell will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Thurman Bitzell, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.  To send a private condolence to the Bitzell family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • EMOGENE H. "JEAN" LEASURE, 95, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Emogene H. "Jean" Leasure, 95, North Manchester, IN died at 2:20 a.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 in Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, IN.  She was born June 1, 1919 in Kosciusko County, IN to Emory and Mary (Warner) Hossler.  She graduated from Pierceton High School (Pierceton, IN) in 1937 and from Manchester College where she received a BS degree in Education.  She received her Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Purdue University in 1964. On May 7, 1943 she married Fred G. Leasure.  He died October 17, 2001.  Jean was a high school teacher for 29 years, teaching business and girl's physical education.  She spent the last 14 years in guidance at South Whitley and Columbia City, IN.  Jean received recognition as an Outstanding Teacher. She was a very active member of Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, IN, and a member of the Indiana State Teacher's Association and the National Education Association. Jean and her husband, Fred, traveled to all 50 states, New Zealand, Australia and several trips to Europe. The had also attended 16 Elderhostles.  She enjoyed reading, playing games, flower gardening, and keeping up with her children and their families.  She is survived by two sons, Max J. (Cindy) Leasure, Kernersville, NC and Kim L. (Jane) Leasure, Warsaw, IN; one daughter Jacalyn Kay (William) Bucher, North Manchester, IN one sister in law, Rosie Hossler, Fort Wayne, IN; twelve grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.  One brother, Richard Hossler and one sister Maxine Hossler, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, October 31, 2014 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren 2507 E. State Road 14, Silver Lake, IN.  Rev. Ron Finney will officiate. Burial will be in Ulrey Memorial Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Emogene Leasure, memorial contributions may be given to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 E. State Road 14, Silver Lake,IN  46982 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Leasure family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • REV FLOYD L WYNN,90,NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Rev. Floyd L. Wynn, 90, North Manchester, IN died October 22, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. at the Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester.  He was born June 10, 1924 in Lamar, Missouri to Bert Thomas and Viola (Brown) Wynn, both deceased.  He married Edna M. Billingsley on December 24, 1948.  She died April 1, 2006.  Surviving are two sons Gaylen B (Penny) Wynn, Granger, IN and Grant O. Wynn, Johannesburg, South Africa.  Three brothers Clyde E. Wynn, Fort Collins, CO, James M. Wynn, and Clarence J. Wynn, both of San Francisco, CA.  Three sisters, Flossie M. Pound, Oklahoma City, OK, Elva J. Frisby, Texas and Mary Williams, Eagle Point, TX.  2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  6 brothers preceded him in death   He was a Presbyterian minister for 48 years serving in Iowa, Minnesota, and Indiana.  He was a WWII combat veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater.  He attended the Peabody Chapel, North Manchester.  Preferred memorials are to the Peabody Caring Circle, 400 West 7th Street, North Manchester, IN  46962.  There will be no calling hours.  Memorial services will be at a later date in Missouri. To send a private condolence to the Wynn family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • BEATRICE JESTER WAMPLER, 94, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Beatrice Jester Wampler, 94, North Manchester, IN died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born January 2, 1920 in Huntington County, IN to Walter & Flora (Rupley) Reckard.  On February 23, 1940 she married Cecil Jester.  He died April 4, 1974.  She then married Ernest Wampler Jr. on March 21, 1992. He died August 26, 2012.  She was a self employed beautician for 35 years in her home.  Bea was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by two sons, Robert (Barbara) Jester, North Manchester, IN and Kevin (Janine) Jester, Beachwood, NJ; three daughters, Gloria (Ken) Peters, Grabill, IN, Charlene (Keith) Biehl, Clearmont, NJ and Glenda (Rex) Boyer, Huntington County, IN; three step sons, Steve Wampler, Joplin, MO, David Wampler, North Manchester, IN and Jim Wampler, Fort Wayne, IN; two step daughters, Carolyn Stine, Silver Lake, IN and Gwen (William) Huddleston, North Manchester, IN; one brother, Dean Reckard, Huntington, IN; thirteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren.  One granddaughter, one son-in-law, one stepson, one brother and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec and Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Beatrice Jester Wampler, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Wampler family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • FRANCES K. JOHNSON, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Frances K. Johnson, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. She was born November 8, 1916 in Brantford, North Dakota to  William A. & Maude M. (Miller) Deardorff.  On October 18, 1936 she married Ralph W. Johnson.  He died October 27, 1998.  She was a homemaker, pastor's wife and part time Tupperware sales.  She was involved with many musical activities throughout her life.  Frances had several musical pieces publish.  She sang in and directed many church choirs and Timbercest Choir.  She collaborated with her sister, Della Davis, on several musical pieces. She taught school for a short time in Astoria, IL.  She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN. Frances graduated from Cherry Grove High School, Rice Lake, WI in 1935. She is survived by four sons, Vernon (Mary Jane) Johnson, East Peoria, IL, Alvin (Marjorie J.) Johnson, Los Angeles, CA, Stephen (Tammie Bowers) Johnson, North Manchester, IN and Stan Johnson, Yucaipa, CA; one daughter, Alice (Lyle) Hildebrand, Sebring, FL; one sister, Della Davis, North Manchester, IN; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.  One son, Lynn Dale Johnson, died in 1954.  Three brothers are also deceased.  Service Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Shawgo Funeral Home, Astoria, IL.  The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Ocotber 19, 2014 at Shawgo Funeral Home, Astoria, IL.  Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery, Astoria, IL.  Memorial service November 1, 2014 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, North Manchester, IN. Family will receive friends following the service.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Johnson family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • MADELINE SHANKLIN, 65, WABASH, IN

     

    Madeline Shanklin, 66, Wabash, IN died at 9:30 a.m. October 13, 2014 in Huntington, IN.  She was born May 4, 1948 in Logan, WV to Ray & Cora Lee (Dalton) Dingess.  Madeline was a retired factory worker and enjoyed making crafts, sewing and bingo.  She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Dawn (David) Wilson, North Manchester, IN and Crystal Renee (Glessner) Bradley, North Manchester, IN; three brothers, Wallace Dingess, Servia, IN, Jackie Ray (Tana) Dingess, North Manchester, IN and Oscar Dale (Kathy) Dingess, North Manchester, IN; six sisters, Christean Calloway, North Manchester, IN, Deloris J. Horne, North Manchester, IN, Virgie M. (Jake) Shepherd, Servia, IN, Carolyn R. (Randy) France, North Manchester, IN, Mildred G. (Randy) Eckman, Wabash, IN and Pamela K. Craft, North Manchester, IN; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.  Two brothers are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, October 17, 2014 from Noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, October 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Madeline Shanklin, 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 Shanklin family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • SUSAN BETH KLINGLER, 60, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Susan Beth Klingler, 60, died just before sunset on Thursday, October 9, at her home in North Manchester. She was born on September 27, 1954, in Kokomo, Indiana, to Charles and Susie Klingler, who survive her, and grew up in North Manchester from age five. A graduate of Manchester High School, she earned degrees in English at Manchester College and Indiana University and became a teacher of English, first teaching briefly in Columbia City and then for31 years in North Manchester. On August 6, 1983, she married David Hippensteel, who also survives her, as do their children, Nicholas, of New York, and Maya, of South Bend. Other survivors are a sister, Rebecca, of Los Angeles; and brothers David, of North Manchester; Robert (Jill) of Cincinnati; Thomas (Nathalie Dajko) of New Orleans; John, of Saudi Arabia; and Mark (Jennifer Dush) of Columbus, Ohio. In addition, she was a beloved aunt of 22 nieces and nephews.Susan was an active member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren. She sang in the Taize Choir, and spoke thoughtfully and with grace and conviction in various capacities, including that of worship leader. Her talents were also employed in the larger community, as when she narrated for the Manchester Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the Symphony Board.She was fully engaged in her profession of teaching. As early as 1985, she was recognized by District Six of the Business and Professional Women’s Club as Young Career Woman of the Year. A member of the National Education Association, the Indiana State Teachers’ Association, the Manchester Teachers’ Association, the National Council of Teachers of English,and the Indiana Council of Teachers of English, she worked untiringly to improve the condition and quality of teaching and learning. Throughout her tenure, she taught Honors and Advanced Placement courses. She published a creative writing magazine, The Icarian Plunge, for more than a decade and long served as a senior class sponsor.From her youth, Susan sought out new experiences. She spent her junior year of college at the Philipps University in Marburg, Germany. In after-years she continued to study and to travel. In the summer of 2009 she received a grant to take part in a Shakespeare workshop in Northampton, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2004 she led a group of students and their adult chaperones on a literary tour of Great Britain. Her husband was at her side for this and for other tours nearer home. The two of them traveled in Europe on more than one occasion, the most recent being a long walk with friends on the Way of St. James of Compostela in the summer of 2013—a life-changing experience. Upon her return, she discovered that she was in stage four of pancreatic cancer. She continued to teach, and in every way to live intensely, an inspiration to all who knew her. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley Street, with visitation after the service. Contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, PO Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962 in memory of Susan Klingler and will be directed to one or more educational causes important to her. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN  To send a private condolence to the Klingler family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

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