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  • (ALMA) FERNE STROHM BALDWIN, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    (Alma) Ferne Strohm Baldwin, North Manchester, IN, died at Timbercrest Health Care, in North Manchester, IN, on November 26, 2016. Ferne was born on September 29, 1919, in Bourbon County, KS, to John Alonzo and Mary Matilda (Derrick) Strohm. Her rural roots left her a country girl, at heart, her whole life. She graduated early from Uniontown High School, where she was known to beat the teachers in geography bees. Ferne was too young to start teaching, so left home at 16, and went to Chicago in 1936 to attend Bethany Bible School. She met Elmer Rufus Baldwin there, and they were married on March 11, 1938. After attending Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Wichita, and Bethany Seminary, Ferne and Elmer felt called, in 1944, to serve on the Church of the Brethren mission field in Nigeria, West Africa, arriving just weeks before their first child was born. Ferne's work included teaching in the schools, language translation, producing books in the local language, keeping the mission books, and other office and deputation work, for 18 years. All three of her daughters were born there, in a land and among people loved by her family. While on a year-long furlough in the States, Ferne graduated from Manchester College, in 1958, with a degree in philosophy. In 1962, the family returned to the States to stay. Ferne worked as manager of the Manchester College print shop until 1966; earned her Master's and PhD. in social services from Ball State University in 1973, majoring in history. She was a professor of sociology and social work (becoming Chair of the department)  at Manchester College from 1969...continuing to teach part time after becoming the Archivist...until 1999. She moved to Timbercrest Senior Living Community in 2004. Ferne was an active member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren since the mid-1960s, serving a number of years as Moderator and Church Board Chair (including when the church burned and the new one was re-built). She was on the first Lafiya committee, was a long-time member of the church Historical Committee, and taught Sunday school from time to time. Activities in the larger community included the town Historical Society, the Manchester College Community Club, the Wabash County Genealogy Society, and bird counts with the Audubon Society...having served as President for all of them. Other interests included gardening, sewing, cooking, puzzles, and card games.  She also enjoyed her travels to 32 countries and to all but two of the U.S. states (Hawaii and Connecticut). She was passionate about learning, treating the earth and its inhabitants kindly - with justice for all - living simply, and always trying to make a positive difference in this world. Ferne loved her family dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer (on March 24, 1985); her middle daughter and son-in-law, Louise (Louie) & Phil Rieman (on December 26, 2008); both brothers, Roy and Leo Strohm; her sister and brother-in-law, Lula May & Jesse Elder; a nephew, Gary Strohm; a great-granddaughter, Rebecca Joy Bryant; and others in the extended family. She is survived by daughters, Barbara (Tim) Bryant, of Jackson, TN, and Lois (David) Good, of North Manchester, IN; her eight grandchildren, Ken Rieman (Kate Miller), Tina Rieman, Cheri Rieman, Kevin (Lori) Bryant, Jonathan (Rachael) Bryant, Ted (Angela) Bryant, Christopher Good (Heidi Beck), and Michael (Yazmin) (Good) Gove; 18 great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Alice Newcomer, of North Manchester, IN, and Frances Strohm, of Port Angeles, WA. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Manchester Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Kurt Borgmann officiating, and visitation following the service.  Gifts given in memory of Ferne may be made to: the Baldwin Scholarship Fund or the Baldwin Rieman Peacemaker Fund at Manchester University, or to Timbercrest Charitable Assistance.

  • DONNA J. RENICKER, 82, WINONA LAKE, INDIANA

    Donna J. Renicker, 82, Winona Lake, Indiana formally of North Manchester, Indiana passed away at Grace Village Retirement Center, Winona Lake, Indiana on November 27, 2016 at 2:30 a.m. Donna was born on July 19, 1934 in Pendleton, Indiana to Walter A. and Mary L. (Stoner) Hopkins. On January 16, 1954, she married Wayne E. Renicker. He passed away on April 13, 2013. Donna retired from Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, Indiana after 21 years of service. She is survived by two sons Rodney D. (Phyllis) Renicker, Modesto, California and Wade A. (Jill) Renicker, Tipp City, Ohio; one daughter Terry (James) Metzger, Claypool, Indiana; one brother Dennis (Betty) Hopkins, Pendleton, Indiana; three sisters Virginia (Melvin) Fisher, Covington, Ohio, Barbara (Roy) McGee, Sacramento, California and Marilyn (Eldon) Ladd, Richland, Washington; twelve grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Donna is preceded in death by her parents Walter A. and Mary L. Hopkins and one brother Marshall Hopkins. Family and friends may call Wednesday, November 30, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor Dwight Wagoner will officiate. Burial will be at the Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. To send a private condolence to the Renicker family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

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

     

    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.  Services will be at a later date.  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. 

  • DAVID STANLEY WOLFE, 86, ROCHESTER, INDIANA

    David Stanley Wolfe, 86, Rochester, Indiana passed away at 3:08 p.m. at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana on November 19, 2016. David was born on November 10, 1930 in Kosciusko County, Indiana to Galen B. and Flossie Faye (Ulrey) Wolfe. On May 22, 1954 David married Laura Belle Aughinbaugh. In 1992 David retired from the State Highway Department after 15 years of service. Prior to working for the State Highway Department, he worked at both grain elevators in North Manchester, Indiana. David was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He attended South Pleasant United Methodist Church, Silver Lake, Indiana. David was an avid mushroom hunter and hard worker. He is survived by four sons James S. Wolfe, Akron, Indiana, Jack M. Wolfe, North Manchester, Indiana, Joe D. (Tari) Wolfe, Wabash, Indiana and Jay L. (Lori) Wolfe, Andrews, Indiana; one sister Patsy Lou Kester, Vevay, Indiana; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. David is preceded in death by his parents Galen and Flossie Faye Wolfe, two brothers and one sister. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. For those who wish to honor the memory of David Stanley Wolfe, memorial contributions can be made to the Wabash County Red Cross, 88 West Hill Street, Wabash, Indiana 46992. To send a private condolence to the Wolfe family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DOROTHY J. BISHOP, 80, TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA

     

    Dorothy J. Bishop, 80, Terre Haute, Indiana passed away at 7:38 p.m. on November 18, 2016 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, Indiana. Dorothy was born on December 2, 1935 in Floyd County, Kentucky to Bennie and Pauline (Flannery) Helton. On December 25, 1959 Dorothy married Loren J. Bishop. She worked as a homemaker but enjoyed the outdoors. She and her husband Loren loved camping. They had their property in Cicero, Indiana declared a wildlife sanctuary where they fed hundreds of birds daily. Dorothy was also a Girl Scouts leader for many years. She was a people person and would talk to anybody, because she was a very generous and loving person. Dorothy also was an avid Walmart shopper. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. Dorothy is survived by one son Benjamin Bishop, Terre Haute, Indiana; three daughters Sandra (Thomas) Henry, Indianapolis, Indiana, Jacquelyn Bishop, Terre Haute, Indiana and Paula Bishop, Terre Haute, Indiana; two brothers Troy Helton, Walkerton, Indiana and Roger Helton, North Manchester, Indiana; three sisters Sue Smith, Warsaw, Indiana, Ethel Woodling, Warsaw, Indiana and Alice Reichert, Kirksey, Kentucky; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by her parents Bennie and Pauline Helton, one daughter, four brothers, and two sisters. Family and friends my call Wednesday, November 23, 2016 from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary. Lynn Reichert will officiate. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Claypool, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Dorothy J. Bishop, memorial contributions can be made to the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, 7201 Girl Scout Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana 46214. To send a private condolence to the Bishop family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • KATHY GOOD JOHNSON, 67, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Kathy Good Johnson, 67, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 1:26 a.m. on November 19, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Kathy was born on May 21, 1949 in Wabash, Indiana to Allen E. and Lois (Steele) Clark. She attended Manchester High School. On November 6, 1967 she married Dean Good. He passed away on December 19, 1990. Kathy then married Ernest Johnson Sr. on August 8, 1992. He passed away on December 10, 1999. She retired from Dexter Axle, North Manchester, Indiana after many years. Kathy loved babysitting her nieces and nephews. She had a big heart and loved helping people.  Kathy was a member on the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, Indiana. She is survived by two sisters Charma Burton, Wabash, Indiana and Jean (Leonard) Good, North Manchester, Indiana; several nieces and nephews. Kathy is preceded in death by one son and one sister Sheila Burton. Family and friends may call Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be held Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Kathy Good Johnson, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary to assist the family with final expenses. To send a private condolence to the Johnson family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • Della P. Davis, 107, North Manchester, Indiana

    Della P. Davis, 107, North Manchester, Indiana passed away on November 17, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Della was born on July 17, 1909 to William and Maude (Miller) Deardorff, in Towner County, North Dakota. On September 7, 1930 Della married Rev. Walter F. Davis. Walter passed away on February 19, 1999. Della worked as a bookkeeper for Litchfield Auto Company in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for many years. She was devoted to her faith and was a member of the First Brethren Church, North Manchester, Indiana. She was a resident of Timbercrest Senior Living Community since 1988. Della is survived by seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents William and Maude Deardorff; husband Walter F. Davis; one son Gordon Davis; one daughter Polly Baker; three brothers and one sister. Family and friends may call Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel. Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Della P. Davis, memorial contributions can be made to the First Brethren Church, 407 North Sycamore Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Davis family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • JOANN CRYSTAL FLEENOR

     

    JoAnn Crystal Fleenor was born November 1, 1924 in Three Rivers, Michigan. She received her undergraduate degree at Michigan State and her graduate degree at Columbia University. She met her future husband, J. Fredrick Fleenor, while aiding in the reconstruction efforts in France following World War II. After having their first child, Fredricka, they moved in 1960 to the Valley, where their second child, Christopher, was born. JoAnn spent the last 30 years of her life as a Spanish Instructor, which reflects one the issues about which she was most passionate: intercultural relations. She was a life-long learner and had a love for travel. She was preceded in death by her son Christopher. She is survived by her daughter, Fredricka, her daughter-in-law, Sharyn, her grandsons, Maxwell, Joseph, Edward, Issac, and her great-granddaughter, Eloise. Graveside service will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, Michigan.  To send a private condolence to the Fleenor family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage

  • CHARLES F. RAMSEIER, 87, WARSAW, IN

     

    Charles F. Ramseier, 87, Warsaw, IN died at 6:04 p.m. Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Miller's Merry Manor, Warsaw, IN.  He was born July 16, 1929 in Allen County, IN to Frederick & Faye (Shimp) Ramseier.  On November 24, 1955 he married Graceanna Royer.  He was a purchasing agent with Wabash County Hospital for 12 years. He retired from C.S. Printing, Wabash, IN after 15 years. Charles was a veteran of the Army and served in the Korean War. He was member of Manchester Bible Church, North Manchester, IN and enjoyed woodworking and music and played the harmonica.  He is survived by his wife Graceanna Ramseier, Warsaw, IN; sons, James (Brenda) Garber, Berne, IN and Jeffrey (Brenda) Ramseier, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Annette (Tom) Stensel, Warsaw, IN; sisters, Esther Oser, Fort Wayne, IN and Lois Wigner, Fort Wayne, IN; ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. One brother, Robert Ramseier, is deceased.  Family and friends may call Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Chaplain John Shrock will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles Ramseier, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Bible Church - Mission Fund, 11721 N 300 E, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Ramseier family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • CLAYTON HOWARD, 89, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Clayton Howard, 89, Silver Lake, IN died at 1:28 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Mason Healthcare, Warsaw, IN. He was born July 28, 1927 in Gunlock, KY to Silas & Mona (Prater) Howard.  On July 1, 1946 he married Elsie Neeley.  Clayton retired from Woodcraft, Inc., North Manchester, IN in 2001 after 15 years.  He formerly was employed at Norfolk & Western Rail Road for 12 years and White Metal, Warsaw, IN for 16 years. He was a member of Free United Baptist Church, Pierceton, IN.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family.  He is survived by his wife, Elsie Howard, Silver Lake, IN; son, Dr. Michael D. (Sharon) Howard, LaPorte, IN; brother, Forrest (Mary) Howard, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Mabel Miller, Milford, IN, Effie (Glen) Allen, Silver Lake, IN, Geraldine Howard, Silver Lake, IN and Ilant (Chandler) Shepherd, Silver Lake, IN; grandchildren, Jonathon Howard and David Howard; great grandchildren, Kei Howard and Riko Howard.  One daughter, Velma Howard, died in 1996 and one daughter, Wilma Howard, died in 2013; one brother, Silas Howard, is also deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, November 11, 2016 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Ward Etsie Allen and Evangelist David Weller will officiate.  Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Clayton Howard, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46240. To send a private condolence to the Howard family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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