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  • RAY FENIX, 84, WARSAW, IN

     

    Ray Fenix, 84, Warsaw, IN died at 5:28 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Mason Health and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, IN.  He was born October 15, 1930 in Floyd County, KY. He was raised by his grandparents Walker and Martha Horn. He was an Air Force Veteran. Ray retired from Creighton Brothers, Warsaw, IN.  He enjoyed working number circle finds and was a great cook and enjoyed dogs and loved children.  He also enjoyed camping and was a great storyteller.  His companion of 33 years, Nancy Konkle, died October 12, 2008.  He is survived by two nieces, Tina Fenix, Warsaw, IN and Barbara Brown, Macy, IN; three nephews, Charles "Ray" Fenix, Warsaw, IN, Gene Fenix, Atwood, IN and Danny Fenix, Michigan; and his special friend, Kenton Slone, Warsaw, IN.  Two brothers and five sisters are deceased.  There will be no calling or services.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Ray Fenix, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45260-0301. To send a private condolence to the Fenix family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • CONRAD SNAVELY, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Conrad Snavely, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born May 19, 1918 in Seneca, OH to Glenn & Lucile (Byerly) Snavely. A 1943 Graduate of Manchester College.  Licensed in the Christian Ministry in 1939 at Fostoria, OH Church of the Brethren. Bethany Biblical Seminary 1946 graduate. On June 6, 1943 he married Irma Grace Fisher.  She died September 18, 1998.  He then married Bertha Custer on April 15, 2000.  She died July 11, 2015.  He was a church of the Brethren Pastor in Manassas, VA for 6 years, Salamonie, IN for 8 years, Hope, MI for 6 years and a Missionary to Nigeria from 1968-1973. Director of Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, MI for 6 years where he also served the Rodney Church.  Manchester College Maintenance Dept. for 7 years.  Member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren since 1979 where he served on the Board for 6 years, and chair of the Memorial Garden Committee for a number of years and sang in the choir for many years.  Served on Annual Conference Standing Committee for 3 years. Moderator of Michigan District, Wabash County Habitat Board for 8 years. President of Wabash County Council on Aging Board for 8 years.  He is survived by two sons, James Snavely, San Benito, TX and Brent Snavely, Royal Oaks, MI; Two brothers, Errol Snavely, Lewisville, IN and Welton Snavely, Nonington, England; one sister, Frances Gilbert, Jeffersonville, IN.  Four brothers and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens at Manchester Church of the Brethren.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Conrad Snavely, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Habitat for Humanity, 375 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or Memorial Garden Fund at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Snavely family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 





  • Helen J. Metzger, 81, North Manchester, IN

     

    Helen J. Metzger, 81, of North Manchester, IN died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015 at her residence.  She was born March 6, 1934 in Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, IN to Emery G. and Grace M. (Moe) Pyle.  She married Gene C. Metzger on March 20, 1954.  He died December 9, 2010.    She graduated from Sidney High School in 1952.  She was a homemaker and assistant to the late Dr. George W. Seward.  Later she was an assistant at the Manchester Community School nurse's office and retired as a teller from Frances Slocum Bank, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by one son: Dan L. (Regina) Metzger, North Manchester, IN, one daughter-in-law, Barbara Metzger, North Manchester, IN, one brother, Loren (Sue) Pyle, Bloomingdale, Michigan.  She is also survived by 3 grandchildren; Adam (Angie) Metzger, Andrew Metzger, and Megan Metzger, all of North Manchester, and one great-grandson Brock Metzger, North Manchester.  One son, Douglas G. Metzger, died in 1996.  Helen was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.  She was a member of the Ivy Chapter #69 Order of the Eastern Star.  Over the years she made many wedding and birthday cakes.  Services will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN, with Pastor JP Freeman officiating.  Friends may call on Monday, July 20, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, and also one hour prior to services at the church.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN at a later date.    For those who wish to honor the memory of Helen J. Metzger, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, In 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Metzger family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • ROBERT J. NELSON JR., 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Robert J. Nelson Jr., 97, North Manchester, IN died at 8:15 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born September 14, 1917 in Bridgeport, CT to Robert J. & Myra L. (Ackerman) Nelson.  He graduated from New Cumberland High School, New Cumberland, PA in 1934.  During WWII Bob served with the Civilian Public Service (CPS) in Lagro, IN and Camp Belden in Northern California.  He graduated from LaVerne College, LaVerne, CA in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts. He received MA from University of SD in 1951. On October 21, 1944 he married Mary Flook.  She died April 4, 1974.  He then married Esther Deardorff on December 29, 1974.  She died May 1998. He then married M. June Lowder on May 8, 1999. She died December 7, 2006. He served as pastor at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, PA and Grand Rapids Church of the Brethren, Grand Rapids, MI 1951-1957. He was the Director of Publicity and Director of Audio Visual Services at Manchester College for 30 years and retired in 1986.  He was a member of Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1955-1957 representing the Michigan district of the Church of the Brethren.  Member of Lancaster, PA Ministerial Association. Chairman of Family Life Committee of the Grand Rapids Ministerial Association.  Past President of Kiwanis Club, North Manchester, IN.  Past President North Manchester Historical Society.  Member of the Board of Trustees of Manchester Main Street, Inc. Past President of Resident Council at Timbercrest Senior Living Community.  Member of Historic Preservation Committee in North Manchester, IN.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  He is survived by one daughter, Laura L. Stults, Osceola, IN; one grandchild, three great grandchildren, twenty-four step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.  One sister, Virginia L. Hoch, died in 1961.  Family and friends may call Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services Sunday, July 19, 2015at 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Karen Eberly and Chaplain Don Fecher will officiate.  Burial will be at a later date in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Robert J. Nelson Jr. memorial contributions may be made to Bird Friendly Landscaping at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Nelson family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • HERBERT E. MOYER, 84, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Herbert E. Moyer, 84, North Manchester, IN died at 7:45 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN. He was born September 30, 1930 in Peru, IN to J. Lee & Bertha (Easterday) Moyer.  On October 31, 1952 he married Dora E. Betten.  He worked at Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, IN for 10 years in sales. He retired in 1993 after 18 years as a sales representative for Associated Libraries.  He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  Herbert was a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, IN. He attended Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN.   He was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling.  He and his wife, Dora, spent many winters in Ocala, FL.  He is survived by his wife, Dora Moyer, North Manchester, IN; one son, Robert (Tanya) Moyer, North Manchester, IN; two daughters, Diana (Brad) Lankford, Warsaw, IN and Judy (John) Moyer-Schmitt, Ocala, FL; two grandsons, Craig Lankford, Noblesville, IN and Matthew Lankford, Fishers, IN and one brother, Meredith (Bev) Moyer, Warsaw, IN. One brother and two sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, July 10, 2015 from Noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Service Friday, July 10, 2015 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 Herbert Moyer, 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 Moyer family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • BRYON T. UTTER, 67, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Bryon T. Utter, 67, North Manchester, IN died at 2:17 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Pierceton, IN. He was born April 20, 1948 in Wabash, IN to Ernest and Betty (Woodward) Utter. He married Linda K. (Bucher) on October 2, 1970. She survives.  He was parts manager at Shepherd's Chevrolet, North Manchester, IN for several years before retiring in 2012. A Viet Nam Army Veteran, he served as a paratrooper with the 82nd. Airborne Division for four tours of duty. After returning home from Viet Nam he served in the Army National Guard for three years. He served as a reserve police officer with the North Manchester Police Department for several years. He was an avid hunter , fisherman, and he and his wife Linda enjoyed the last two years of retirement camping at Jellystone Park, Pierceton, IN. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Other survivors include his step-father, Robert Sears Sr., Peru, IN . Two daughters, Dawn M. (Matthew) Harding, Ft. Wayne, IN., Kristie R. Utter, North Manchester, IN. Five brothers, Bob (Rhonda) Utter, Talma, IN., Bill Utter, Syracuse, IN., Shawn Utter, Talma, IN., Robert (Debra) Sears Jr., Warsaw, IN., and Willie (Susie) Sears, Peru, IN. Four sister, Pam Sherwood, Talma, IN., Sandy (Dave) Adams, Salem, OH., Pam (Mike) Myers, Newton, KS., and Violet Hunt, Kokomo, IN. Five grandchildren, Shayla Reed, Dwight France, Bryon Moore, Sadie Harding, and Curtiss "CJ" Harding. One brother, Wayne Sears is deceased.Family and Friends may call  Sunday,  July 5, 2015 from 4 - 8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Funeral services will be Monday, July 6, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN. For those wishing to honor the memory of Bryon, memorials may be made to DAV-Disabled American Veterans, P. O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or to Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka , KS 66675  To send a private condolence to the Utter family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • VERL E. HOAGLAND, 93, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Verl E. Hoagland, 93, North Manchester, IN died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN .  He was born October 19, 1921 in Wabash County, IN to Roy & Marie (Baker) Hoagland.  He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Sarasota in WWII 1944-1945. He was a member of South Pleasant United Methodist Church, Silver Lake, IN and a life member of the VFW Post 2215.  On January 11, 1942 he married Virginia Fretz.  He was retired machinist from General Dynamics, San Diego, CA.  Verl is survived by his wife, Virginia Hoagland, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Mrs. John (Lois) Rodgers, Anaheim, CA; one brother, J. R. Hoagland, Warsaw, IN; two sisters, Mrs. Marvin (Evon) Czpansky, Rolling Prairie, IN and Mrs. Richard (Adelaid) Swanson, Atwood, IN; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  one son, Roy Hoagland, died in 2009. Four brothers are deceased. Family and friends may call Monday, July 6, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Monday, July 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate. Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Verl Hoagland, memorial contributions may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.  To send a private condolence to the Hoagland family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • SHIRLEY HOLMES, 76, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Shirley Holmes, 76, North Manchester, IN died at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 29, 2015 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  She was born December 3, 1938 in Columbus, OH to James Woodrow & Marguerite Elizabeth (Beach) Lyons.  On May 23, 1988 she married Larry Holmes. He died March 30, 2010. She was a press operator at General Tire, Wabash, IN for 10 years and then a scheduler in the production office at Cooper Tire, Auburn, IN for 14 years.  She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Wabash, IN.  She loved her dogs and enjoyed her friends at Peabody.  She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey (Tricia) Miller, North Manchester, IN, Gregory Miller, Arlington, VA and John (Janice) Miley, Wabash, IN; one daughter, Elizabeth Stodgell, Wabash, IN; one sister, Cindy Freed, North Manchester, IN; nine grandchildren, Sarah Miller, Ethan Miller, Brady Miller, T.J. Miley, Tabbatha Miley, MaryBeth Lorenz, Zachary Stodgell, Jonathan Stodgell and Emily Stodgell; five great grandchildren, Blake Tipton, Ashtrid Burns, Averie Turner, Adalynn Turner and Anna Walters; one cousin, Ron Phillipi, Elma, WA; and one niece, Judybeth Greer, North Manchester, IN. One daughter, Susan Miller, is deceased, one step son, DeWayne Holmes and one niece, Jennifer Lyons, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to services on Friday at Peabody Chapel.  Services Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate. Burial in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Shirley Holmes, memorial contributions may be made to Andrea Bates Schnauzer Rescue in memory of Shirley Holmes for Megan & Baron, 2150 E 800 S, Columbia City, IN 46725.  To send a private condolence to the Holmes family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • LESTER WILLIAMS, 82, GEORGETOWN, TX

     

    Lester (Les) Williams passed away at the age of 82 on June 22, 2015, at his home in Georgetown (Sun City), Texas surrounded by his family. He was born in Wabash County, Indiana on January 29, 1933. He graduated from Chester High School in North Manchester, Indiana. Later he attended Evansville College and IU Technical School. Les served in US Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He retired in 1995 from GenCorp where he formed lasting friendships in his 44 year career. He was a member of the Worship Place in Sun City. Les was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears and Dayton Flyers (basketball) team. He enjoyed golfing, traveling the world, movies, playing cards, dining out and spending time with his family and friends. Les is survived by his wife of 63 years, Anita (Schroll) Williams; daughters, Lori (Tom) Vacchiano, Susan (Denny) Hill, Cheri Williams; grandchildren, Erin (Cullen) Breithaupt, Evan Vacchiano, Rachel Williams, Ross Hill, Amy Hill, Kristi (Brad) Meyer; great-grandchilden, Elsa and Gavin Meyer. Les is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rozella (Doug) Shenefield and Betty (Jack) Baker. A memorial service will be held at McKee Mortuary on July 11, 2015 @ 11:30 am, in North Manchester, Indiana. Interment will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Servia, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the COPD Foundation or a Foundation of your choice. To send a private condolence to the Williams family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • LOUIS PHILIP SANDOZ, 82, VENICE, FL

     

    Louis Philip Sandoz, husband, father, and dear friend passed away on January 13, 2015. He was born on Oct 13, 1932 in South Bend Indiana to Dr. and Mrs. Louis Sandoz. Phil graduated from Culver Military Academy and Ohio Wesleyan University and completed pilot training in the USAF. Phil flew for SAC based in Kansas and the arctic regions. He married his college sweetheart, Myrna Prestien the week after graduation from college and they enjoyed a beautiful and loving relationship until Myrna's death from cancer on April 14, 1992. Phil and Myrna had two children, Elizabeth Sandoz and Robert Sandoz. Louis is blessed with two grandchildren, Leona and Griffin Sandoz. Phil married a longtime friend Barbara Grey on August 14, 1994 in Ho-Ho-Kus N.J. Phil and Barbara retired to Venice Florida. Interment service to be held July 02, 2015 at 11:30 AM at Oak Lawn Cemetery in North Manchester Indiana. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Sandoz family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

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