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  • ESTHER M. WRIGHTSMAN, 83, SILVER LAKE, IN


    Esther M. Wrightsman, 83, Silver Lake, IN died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 in  her daughter's home, Harlan, IN.  She was born February 16, 1934 in Wabash County, IN to Elbert F. & Laura (Blocher) Lewis.  She graduated from Silver Lake High School in 1952.  On March 29, 1952 she married Harold R. Wrightsman. He died December 27, 2013.  She was a hairdresser for 20+ years. She loved birds and cats and enjoyed crocheting and knitting.  She was a very caring, loving mother and grandmother.  She attended Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by son, Michael Wrightsman, Silver Lake, IN; daughters, Joyce (Tom) Higgs, Harlan, IN and Deborah Wrightsman, Fort Wayne, IN; brothers, Ira (Nancy) Lewis, Claypool, IN and Elbert "Bud" (Ethel) Lewis, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Margaret (Ralph) Montel, Warsaw, IN, Dorothy (Lee) Marvel, Phoenix, AZ, Pat (Marvin) Brunk, West Alexander, OH and Phyllis (John) Gove, Spring Hill, FL; thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  One son, Jerry Wrightsman, died November 13, 1977 and one daughter, Judy Ulrey, died December 6, 2011, one brother and two sisters are also deceased.  Family and friends may call Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Service Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Jeff Lewis will officiate. Burial will be in Old German Baptist Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Wrightsman family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • REV. CARL R. LEMNA, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    The Rev. Mr. Carl R. Lemna of North Manchester passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Timbercrest Healthcare. He was born on August 16, 1930 in Nappanee, IN to Frank and Virdie Lemna. Carl retired in 1992 after 40 years as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church.  He served pastorates in Peru, Elkhart, Dunlap, West Lafayette, South Bend and North Manchester, Indiana. He spent 6 years on the EUB Board of Missions and 12 years on the United Methodist Board of Ordained Ministry of Northern Indiana. He graduated from Nappanee H.S. in 1948, North Central College in Naperville, IL in 1952, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1956, and took additional theology schooling from DePauw University, Georgetown College, McCormick Seminary, Princeton University, and Union Theological Seminary. Carl is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Lois, children Bruce (Ann) of Noblesville (children -Laura, Andrew, Joseph), Gary (Rebecca) of Wheaton, IL (children – Alex, Rachael, Ruth), Kathleen (Fred) Kreamelmeyer of Muncie (children – Lexi, London), and Jeffrey (Rebecca) of La Grange, IL, (children – Makenzie, Connor).  He is also survived by sister Lois Cook (Ross) and Janet Templeton (Dennis) both of Nappanee, as well as by sister-in-law Pati Lemna, Muncie. He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Mae and a brother, Owen. He was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Purdue Boilermakers. In retirement, Carl and Lois enjoyed regular travel, along with winters in Florida.  He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who spent as much time with his family as possible. Family and friends may call Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East Second Street, North Manchester, IN. Calling also one hour prior to service at the church.  Pastor Larry Ray and Pastor Mark Eastway will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  Memorials may be made to the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Lemna family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • BILLY E. KLINE, 78, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Billy E. Kline, 78, North Manchester, IN died Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:38 p.m. in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born March 18, 1938 in Wabash, IN to Everett & Grace (Maidford) Kline.  Billy retired as a foreman from the Wabash County Highway Department.  He attended Silver Creek Church of God, Silver Lake, IN.  He loved horses, motorcycles and small engine repair.  He was a woodworking hobbiest and loved his dogs, camping, fishing and the outdoors.  He was an avid coffee lover, he liked his black!  He is survived by his sons, Michael Kline, North Manchester, IN  and Billy (Julie) Kline, Warsaw, IN; daughters, Vicki Hohos, Crown Pointe, IN, Karen (Greg) Brown, Rochester, IN, Cammy Whitaker, Warsaw, IN, Becky (Brian) Laupp, Walton, KY and Tracy Trout, North Manchester, IN; brother, Don (Suzi) Kline, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Vetor, North Manchester, IN and Helen Jackson, Servia, IN; twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and 10 extended family members.  One sister, Carolyn Helton, is deceased.  Friends and family may call Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Andrew Morton will officiate.  Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Billy E. Kline, memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, c/o Riley Children's Foundation, 30 West Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or Villalobos Rescue Center, PO Box 771127, New Orleans, LA 70177. To send a private condolence to the Kline family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • JAMES L. GRATZ, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    James L. Gratz, 92, North Manchester, IN,  born in Bluffton, Ohio on July 9, 1924, son of Leonard and Pearl Moser Gratz, died February 3, 2017 in North Manchester, Indiana.  He grew up on a farm, was confirmed in the Evangelical & Reformed Church, and graduated from Bluffton High School in 1943.  Jim served in the Naval Pacific fleet during WWII.  He returned to Bluffton where he married Jane L. Howe in Dec. 1946 and graduated from Bluffton College in 1950.  He earned two master’s degrees from Indiana University, while beginning a career of teaching and coaching at Ohio high schools in Anna, Spencerville, and Pandora.  From 1954-62, Jim taught social studies, was athletic director and coached at Avon Lake in suburban Cleveland, where his football teams excelled.  During those years, he was an active officer in the Naval Reserve, worked various summer jobs to support his family, and was a hero to his children and their neighborhood friends.   Moving to Manchester College in 1962, he taught in the physical education department, served as athletic director, and coached baseball, football and wrestling. For several years, he supervised the North Manchester summer recreation programs.  He was inducted into the athletic halls of fame at Avon Lake and Pandora High Schools in Ohio, Bluffton College and Manchester College.   Following retirement from Manchester, he continued to live in North Manchester, serving the community on the boards of the Manchester Symphony Society, Shepherd’s Center and the Child Care Center. He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.  Jim enjoyed following Manchester athletics and was a passionate tennis player, swimmer and bicyclist.  He was a loving coach and mentor to his grandchildren.   His family includes wife Jane of North Manchester, sons Reed (Udit) of Pomona, CA, Randy (Chib) and Robin (Francine), both of Columbus, IN and daughter Wendy (Lew Borman) of Chapel Hill, NC, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.   A memorial service will be held at the Manchester Church of the Brethren on Monday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m.  Memorial contributions may be made to the following:  Manchester University Spartan Athletics; Manchester Church of the Brethren; Wilbur and Elfriede Howe Scholarship, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio.

  • LINDA LEE MCCOLLEY, 70, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Linda Lee McColley, 70, North Manchester, IN died at 1:49 a.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in her residence.  She was born June 4, 1946 in Wabash, IN to Edward & Velma (Lewis) Graves.  She graduated from Wabash High School, Wabash, IN.  She first married Murland Copeland.  He died in 1992.  She then married Jerry E. McColley on October 3, 1994. He died April 20, 2016.  She enjoyed playing the guitar, accordion, piano, organ and other various instruments.  She loved to crochet and coloring.  She was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN and the Moose Lodge, North Manchester, IN where she enjoyed coffee and breakfast with her friends.  Family and friends may call Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Dave Cox will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Linda McColley, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice, 400 Ash Street, Suite A, Wabash, IN 46992.  To send a private condolence to the McColley family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • LIELA (BECHTOLD) HEETER, 86, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN


    Liela (Bechtold) Heeter, 86, North Manchester, IN died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born July 27, 1930 in St. Louis, MO to Joe & Alma E. (Rudig) Bechtold.  She graduated from Chester High School class of 1948.  On November 7, 1948 she married Richard Duane "Dick" Heeter.  He died July 15, 2009.  She played clarinet in the school band and she enjoyed playing piano.  She received the Thanks Badge award from the Girl Scouts of U.S.A. for her many years of service to Tribal Trails Girl Scout Council as a troop leader and facilitator of the care of the Girl Scout horses at Camp Kokiwanee, Lagro, IN.  In her youth, she showed her pony in 4-H.  Growing up on a farm she had pets: cat, bunny, dog: and she learned to drive the John Deere tractor in the field to help her dad.  She leaves behind her companion cat “Spot”. She and her husband, Dick, managed Heeter’s Performance Center for many years.  She and her son, Dave, and friend, Don Baker, established the business in 1977.  In her work she enjoyed getting to know her customers and exchanging stories with them.  She worked six days a week for 40 years.She was a 60 year member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN where she enjoyed singing alto in the choir.  She is survived by her son, David Joe (Young Soon) Heeter, North Manchester, IN; daughters, Linda (Heeter) Dea, North Manchester, IN and Lori Heeter, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Amy K. (Heeter) Pickett, Williamsburg, VA, Justin Duane Heeter, St. Louis, MO, Skylar Lim Daniel Heeter, North Manchester, IN and Catherine E. (Dea) (Drew) Etner, Winona Lake, IN; great grandchildren, Ethan, Alana & Edmund Pickett all of Williamsburg, VA, Aiden, Tristan, Ariana, Catia, Alexa and Landyn Etner all of Winona Lake, IN.  Family and friends may call Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, 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 Liela Heeter, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Heeter family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • PATSY C. FAIRCHILD, 81, HUNTINGTON, IN


    Patsy C. Fairchild, 81, Huntington, IN died at 8:40 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017 in her residence.  She was born February 21, 1935 in Wabash County, IN to Bennett & Thelma (Kline) Ihnen.  She graduated from Manchester High School in 1954.  On December 22, 1978 she married Ronald G. Fairchild.  She worked at Invensys Controls, North Manchester, IN for 30 years. She retired in 1998.  She enjoyed gardening, pulling weeds and mowing her yard by hand.  She was an avid Elvis Presley fan and enjoyed collecting his memorabilia.  She loved garage sales, auctions, fish fries and watching hummingbirds. She also liked watching Lawrence Welk.  She was a member of North Manchester Church of the Nazarene.  She is survived by her husband, Ronald G. Fairchild, Huntington, IN; son, Tony W. (Amanda) Fairchild, Andrews, IN; daughters, Judy K. (Kenny) Purvis, Citra, FL, Chris A. (Martin) Garza, Warsaw, IN, Sherry Lee (Craig) Walters, North Manchester, IN, Julie L. Wakefield, Wabash, IN, Connie J. Hensley, Andrews, IN and Donna J. (Kenny) Oliver, Columbia City, IN; step sons, Steve (Karen) Fairchild, Columbia City, IN and Greg Fairchild, Fort Wayne, IN; step daughters, Rhonda L. Harris, Columbia City, IN and Anita (Dale) Bolinger, Roanoke, IN; brother, Richard Ihnen, North Manchester, IN; several grandchildren, several great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  Three brothers and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, February 10, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Patsy C. Fairchild, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.  To send a private condolence to the Fairchild family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • NORMA JEAN MONCE, 88, CINCINNATI, OH


    Norma Jean Monce, 88, Cincinnati, OH died at 4:15 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Indian Springs Healthcare Facility, Cincinnati, OH. She was born in North Manchester, IN December 4, 1928 to Harley A. & Ethel F. (Cover) Sincroft.  She graduated from Central High School, North Manchester, IN class of 1945. She first married Earl R. Flohr on April 23, 1947. He died April 15, 1974. She then married Daniel "DeWayne" Monce on November 29, 1997. He died February 12, 2015.  She retired from Wabash Alloys in 1996. She was a life long season ticket holder for Purdue University football and basketball and was a member of the John Purdue Society.  She is survived by sons, Bradley (Cheryl) Flohr, Catonsville, MD and Steven P. Flohr, Cape Coral, FL; daughters, Michelle D. Freiburger, Ft. Myers, FL and Susan McBride, Cincinnati, OH; four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  One son, two brothers, one sister and two great grandchildren are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. 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 Norma Jean Monce, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240. To send a private condolence to the Monce family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • ARTHUR LIVINGSTON ROBERTS, 65, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Arthur Livingston Roberts, 65, North Manchester, IN died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born September 19, 1951 in Erwin, TN to Roy Lee and Jane (Carter) Roberts Sr. He retired from R.R. Donnelley, Warsaw, IN after 18 years. He was a US Army veteran and member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, Liberty Mills, IN.  He is survived by his companion, Rosalie Middleton; son, Scotty Roberts; brothers, Clifton (Cindy) Roberts and Roy L. (Kris) Roberts Jr. ; sisters, Becky (Bill) Compton and Darleen Roberts; extended family, Janette (Buddy) Farmer, Lora (Rodney) Dollarhide, Lisa (Carl) Floor and Marty (Tammy) Middleton; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  One brother, Jack Roberts, and two sisters, Montie Mashburn and Margret Collins, are deceased. Family and friends may call Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kelly Beutler will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Arthur Roberts, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse & Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.  To send a private condolence to the Roberts family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DONNA K. BASTON, 56, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Donna K. Baston, 56, North Manchester, IN died at 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN. She was born January 10, 1961 in Anderson, IN to Raymond E. & Katie E. (Stewart) Neff.  She had worked at Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, IN.  She is survived by sons, Nathaniel "Lee" Baston, North Manchester, IN and Daniel Ray Baston, Columbia City, IN; one brother, Gary Ray (Sue) Neff, Anderson, IN and one grandchild, Chevy Baston.  One son, Michael Baston, died December 6, 2007.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Donna K. Baston, 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 Baston family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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