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  • VERNA M. SHIVELY, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Verna M. Shively, 88, North Manchester, IN died Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born September 14, 1928 in North Manchester, IN to Lawrence J. & Mary E. (Frantz) Hoover.  She graduated from Laketon High School in 1946. On May 8, 1953 She married Roger E. Shively. He died March 16, 2016.  Verna was employed at Heckman Bindery from 1946-1953 she was then a secretary for Gragg Equipment in Warsaw, IN.  She and her husband delivered the Journal Gazette in Warsaw, IN and surrounding areas from 1970-1980. She was an avid Indiana University Basketball fan and enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren participate in school and sporting events.  She also enjoyed playing golf and shooting pool.  She was a former member of the West Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by son, Karl L. Shively, Goshen, IN; daughters, Cynthia A. (Bradley) Baumgardner, Tampa, FL; Donna (Quentin) Moudy, Warsaw, IN; Pamela S. Shively, Canterbury, CT; brother, Russell S. (Joann) Hoover, North Manchester, IN; sister, Grace Metzger, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Lori Tilsley, Andrew Baumgardner, Brett Baumgardner, Grant Shively, Devyn Shively, Preston Moudy, Daryann Moudy and Taralynn Moudy and great grandchildren, Chase Tilsley and Amileah Moudy.  Three brothers, Ray Hoover, Ernest Hoover and Homer Hoover and one sister, Ruby Muir, are deceased. Family and friends may call Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Don Fecher and Rev. Joan Deeter will officiate.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN at a later date.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Verna Shively, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Shively family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • MARIETTE E. BARKER, 78, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Mariette E. Barker, 78, North Manchester, IN died at 9:05 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born December 28, 1938 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands to Herman & Eugine (VanBerkholm) Dirker.  On December 31, 1977 she married Paul Barker.  He died May 27, 1993.  Mariette worked many years at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Pittsburgh, PA.  She was a member of Wabash Congregation of Jehovah's Witness.  She is survived by sons, Dino Cardinalli, Pittsburgh, PA; Mario Cardinalli, Pittsburgh, PA and Benjamin (Heather) Barker, North Manchester, IN; Daughter, Claudine Wonders, Freeport, PA; brother, Hiddo Dirker, Sarasota, FL and seven grandchildren. Family and friends may call January 21, 2017 from noon-1:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 3741 W 100 S, Wabash, IN.  Memorial service will be January 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 3741 W 100 S, Wabash, IN.  Dave Myers will officiate. Burial will be in  Convoy IOOF Cemetery, Convoy, OH at a later date.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Mariette Barker, memorial contributions may be made to Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witness, 3741 W 100 S, Wabash, IN 46992. To send a private condolence to the Barker family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • JOSEPH GEORGE DEAL, 74, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Joseph George Deal, 74, North Manchester, IN died at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born March 28, 1942 the son of Ray and Marietta (Bruch) Deal.   He first married Penny M. Speicher on November 4, 1969.  She passed away on March 11, 1999.   He then married Penny J. French on December 24, 1999.  She survives. Joe is survived by sons, Joseph L. (Jennifer) Deal of Evans, Georgia, R. Dane (Jill) Simcoe and daughter, Alexis (Gary) Young, North Manchester.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren Adrienne Josephine Deal, Estella May Deal, Grant Wilson Deal, Jalynn Dale Simcoe, Ava-Marie Clare Simcoe, Lincoln Dean Young, Christian Dale Young, Isabella Danielle Young and Eden Drea Young. Sisters, Ruby (Larry) Smith and Donna Ottenger and many nieces and nephews also survive.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jack White, Wayne White, Glenn White, and Kenneth White. A graduate of the class of 1961 of Clear Creek High School, Huntington, IN; Joe followed high school by working at Peabody Seating Company before enlisting in the United States Marine Corp.  From October 1966 through April 1967 he served HMM-163, Ridge Runners, in-country as a crew chief. During his tour he was awarded 14 Air Medals for Meritorious Service in Vietnam and the Winged “S” Air Rescue Emblem for his lifesaving mission with a Sikorsky helicopter rescuing five Navy personnel from the Ocean. Joe was very proud to serve his country as a Marine. In 2015, the town of Roanoke recognized Joe for his service by selecting him as the honored Veteran for the Freedom on Main Celebration. After his discharge from the service, Joe returned to North Manchester and began working for Manchester Tool and Die.  He was employed with the company for 32 years.  Joe had creative as well as technical abilities and applied those in design concepts both for work and hobby projects.  He enjoyed teaching others the mechanics of how things are made and why the process works.  His favorite past time was fishing, which was very tranquil in comparison to his earlier past time of race car driver.  His childhood years were spent in Indianapolis.  He often talked about going to the Boys Club and talking to the engineers of the large locomotives at the roundabout in Indianapolis. Joe enjoyed life with a passion.  He felt that being in nature was being in the presence of God…the perfect place to have a one to one talk.  Joe attended the First Brethren Church in North Manchester. Viewing will be Monday, January 16 from 2:00 – 8:00 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.  The funeral service will be on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 at the First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore Street, North Manchester with viewing one hour prior to the service. For those who wish to honor the memory of Joe Deal, memorial contributions may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611. McKee Mortuary, North Manchester is in charge of the services.  To send a private condolence to the Deal family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

     

  • LOIS C. KNECHT, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Lois C. Knecht, 86, North Manchester, IN died Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 8:05 a.m. in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born March 8, 1930 in Wabash, IN to Ira & Estelle (Yentes) Crist.  She was Valedictorian of the Bippus High School class of 1948. On September 17, 1949 she married Galen E. Knecht. He died May 10, 2008. She was a beautician in Bippus, IN for 15 years and a homemaker.   Lois was a member of New Hope United Church of Christ, Bippus, IN.  She was known for her pies and chocolate chip cookies and she loved fishing in Wisconsin.  She is survived by sons, Ty (Sonja) Knecht, North Manchester, IN, Terry (Joanna) Knecht, North Manchester, IN and Todd (Judy) Knecht, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Lynn (Gary) Huddleston, Wabash, IN; thirteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.  One brother, one sister and one grandson are deceased.  Family and friends may call Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to service on Wednesday at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Service will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Susan Beamer will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Lois Knecht, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope United Church of Christ, PO Box 125, Bippus, IN 46713.  To send a private condolence to the Knecht family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • BARBARA G. MCFADDEN, 81, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN ~ UPDATED

     

    Barbara G. McFadden, 81, North Manchester, IN died at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born January 25, 1935 in Chicago, IL to Raymond & Kathryn (Eller) Peters.  She married Ralph McFadden on June 11, 1955.  She then married Ralph Royer on April 26, 2006.  He died October 14, 2012.  She was a teacher of home economics and English, counseled youth in several capacities and enjoyed working in both the SERRV shop in Elgin and at Show of Hands in Denver.  It was in these capacities she was able to show her talent and love for art and design.  Barbara was also an accomplished organist and pianist. She was member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by her son, Joel (Laura) McFadden, Thornton, CO; her daughter, Jill (Anne Tapp) McFadden, Boulder, CO; brother, Bentley (Helen Gudeman) Peters, Glenwood, MN and one grandchild. Memorial Service will be January 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann, Pastor Karen Eberly and Pastor Rosanna McFadden will officiate.  Burial will be January 14, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in Manchester Church of the Brethren Memorial Garden.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Barbara McFadden, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the McFadden family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • CHARLES W. MOSES, 83, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Charles W. Moses, 83, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at Lutheran Hospital on December 31, 2016 at 1:39 p.m. Charles was born on July 22, 1933 in Kendallville, Indiana to Robert C. and Ruth C. (Mahnesmith) Moses. In 1951 he graduated form Kendallville High School. On January 17, 1954 Charles married Carol A. Butterbaugh. Charles served in the Army from 1953-1955 during the Korean War. After serving in the Army, he was an executive with the Boys Scouts of America for 10 years. Charles also worked as an insurance claims investigator and recovery supervisor for 20 years.  He was an avid fisherman and storyteller. Charles was a loving husband, dad, and grandpa. He never knew a stranger. He and his wife sang in the church choir for 62 years. He was a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Charles is survived by his wife Carol A. Moses, North Manchester; one son Andrew Charles (Darcy) Moses, Fort Wayne; two daughters Wendy Caye Moses, Durham, North Carolina and Paula Ruth (David) Merriman, Wabash; and six grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Ruth Moses and two brothers Robert and John Moses. Family and friends may call January 12, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held on January 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the North Manchester Untied Methodist Church. For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles W. Moses, memorial contributions may be made to the North Manchester United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Moses family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • BETTY J. FLOYD, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Betty J. Floyd, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 2:30 a.m. on December 31, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Betty was born in Warren, Indiana to Retta Souers. She graduated from Warren High School.  On November 8, 1937 Betty married Robert W. Floyd. He passed away on August 13, 1973. Betty was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a former employee of Priser's Dry Cleaners, North Manchester and owner of Floyd's Sunoco since 1977, which they started in 1955. Betty was a daily fixture at Floyd's Sunoco and enjoyed interaction with all customers. Betty is survived by two sons Robert G. (Linda) Floyd, Dunedin, Florida and William R. "Bill" Floyd, North Manchester. Calling and funeral services will be private. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty J. Floyd, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave, Wabash, Indiana 46992. To send a private condolence to the Floyd family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

  • MADENE M. SIMPSON, 85, WABASH, INDIANA

    Madene M. Simpson, 85, Wabash, formerly of North Manchester, passed away at 7:45 a.m. on December 28, 2016 at Miller's Merry Manor East, Wabash. Madene was born August 2, 1931 in Greensburg, Kentucky to Burble H. and Della M. (Wright) Simpson. She graduated from Laketon High School in 1950. She then worked as a bookkeeper for Laketon Elevator from 1950-1970. Madene also worked for many years as a secretary at Hively Manufacturing, Roann, Indiana, and then as a manager of the Plaza Laundry. She later retired from Peabody Retirement Community in 1999 after 10 years of service. Madene was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, Red Hat Society, attended Laketon Wesleyan Church and also North Manchester United Methodist Church, and volunteered at Peabody Retirement Community, taking residents to appointments after her retirement. She loved her dogs and her cat "Sophy." Her humor carried over from her southern heritage from Kentucky. Madene will be missed by all her family and her many friends. She is survived by one brother Welby Simpson, Glen Rose, Texas; three sisters Geneva Hively, Wabash, Georgia (Dave) Ervin, Wabash, and Phyllis (Richard) Vanderpool, Columbus, Ohio; one stepsister Lois (James) Phillips, Phoenix Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. A private service will be held at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Madene Simpson, memorial contributions can be made to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave, Wabash, IN 46992. To send a private condolence to the Simpson family, use the link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • KENNETH R. PRATT, 77, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Kenneth R. Pratt, 77, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 3:47 a.m. on December 28, 2016 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Kenneth was born on January 7, 1939 in Wabash, Indiana to Walter and Mary (Lewis) Pratt. On April 18, 1959 he married Ann Keaffaber. She passed away on December 28, 2006. Kenneth worked as a floor covering installer for 54 years. He also raised chickens for Strauss for 45 years and received the Grower of the Year award in 1991. Not only was Kenneth a hard worker, but he also made time for his kids and grandchildren by actively being involved in their 4-H projects for 36 years. Kenneth was a former member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren, Winona Lake, Indiana. Kenneth is survived by two sons Kim (Marcy) Pratt, North Manchester and Kevin (Katie) Pratt, Denver, Indiana; one daughter Krista Pratt, Indianapolis; two brothers Vernon (Maxine) Pratt, Wabash and Herbert Pratt, Bluefield, West Virginia; two sisters Marilyn (Max) Benson, Princeton, West Virginia and Janice (Gerritt) Brakkee, Henderson, Nevada; and six grandchildren. Family and friends my call Monday, January 2, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the start of the service at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.at McKee Mortuary. Pastor Ron Burns and Pastor Max Benson will officiate. Burial will be at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Kenneth R. Pratt, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814 or American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, P.O. Box 5088 Fort Wayne, Indiana 46895.

  • REBECCA A. COOK, 57, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Rebecca A. Cook, 57, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 5:00 a.m. on December 27, 2016 in her residence. Rebecca was born on August 19, 1959 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to Charles R. French Jr., and Beverly (Petry) French-Kidd. On June 21, 1980 Rebecca married Eldon R. Cook. In 1977 she graduated from Manchester High School, then graduated from Manchester College in 1994.  Later, Rebecca went on to graduate from Ball State with a Master's degree in Education Technology. She worked as an elementary teacher at Manchester Elementary School for 10 years, Coessee Elementary for a year, Wabash City Schools for 2 years and St. Bernard Elementary for a year. When Rebecca wasn't teaching, she enjoyed reading and spending time with family and friends. Rebecca is survived by her mother Beverly French-Kidd, North Manchester, Indiana; stepmother Cathy French, North Manchester; husband Eldon R. Cook, North Manchester; three daughters Nicole (Mark) McKee, North Manchester, Cynthia (Elmer) Querubin, Dayton, Ohio and Heather (Tony) Gullotti, Fort Wayne, Indiana; six brothers John (Linda) French, North Manchester, Tom (Janet) French, North Manchester, Mike (Marcy) French, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Eric (Colleen) French, South Whitley, Indiana, Kurt (Rhonda) Henderson, Roann, Indiana, Kevin (Anita) Henderson, North Manchester; four sisters Susan (Jerry) Graybeal, Johnson City, Tennessee, Christine (Gary) Vanlandingham, Hartford, Michigan, Teresa (Ray) Allison, Goshen, Indiana, JoEtta (Keith) Hermann, North Manchester; six grandchildren Jessilyn and Analeigh McKee, Elijah and Levi Querubin, Malachi and Evelyn Gullotti. Family and friends may call Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held Friday, December 30, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Rev. Kurt Stout will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Rebecca A. Cook, memorial contributions may be made to the family for an educational scholarship fund for her grandchildren C/O McKee Mortuary. To send a private condolence to the Cook family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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