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  • RONALD D. MALOTT, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Ronald D. Malott, 92, North Manchester, IN died at 6:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born March 15, 1922 near Somerset, Grant County, IN to  Gail & Mildred (Phillips) Malott.  He graduated from Somerset High School in 1940 and from Manchester College in 1947. He earned his Master's Degree from Indiana University in 1950. On May 15, 1948 he married Loa Eleanor Leininger. She died February 11, 1987. He then married Esther J. (Snider) Clark on February 14, 1988. He served in the United State Army Signal Corp from 1942-1946. He was a classroom teacher, high school coach, high school principal, junior high school principal and elementary school principal having held positions at Talma (IN) High School, Walnut Township School, Marshall County, IN, Beaver Dam (IN) High School and retired after 22 years at Manchester Community Schools. In 1983 he founded Cardinal Trophy Shop which he operated for several years. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Wabash, IN. In 1987 he was elected to the Oaklawn Cemetery Board of Directors and in 2011 became an honorary member. He was a member of Gideons International, North Manchester Optimist Club, served as board member and board president of Big Brothers of Wabash County and in 1975 received the Big Brother of the Year Award. He coached the Indiana Lawrence Bank Little League team for 20 years, was a 4-H leader for the Beaver Dam 4-H Club, member and past president of the Wabash County TB Board. He was a life member of the National Education Association, Phi Delta Kappa and the Indiana Association of Elementary School Principals, He was Fifth District Principal of the Year in 1978. He was a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team.  He is survived by his wife, Esther J. Malott, North Manchester, IN; one son, Timothy (Emelyn) Malott, San Diego, CA; one daughter, Mary (Dan) Bertke, Fulda, IN; one step son, Kim (Margie) Clark, Indianapolis, IN; two sisters, Joan Keefer, Elwood, IN & Betty Brinegar, Fithian, IL; one step sister, Sharon Miltenberger; four grandchildren, two step grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Stanley K. Malott, who died in 1978, one brother and one half brother.  Friends and family may call Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Phil Lake, Pastor J. P. Freeman and Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Ronald Malott, memorial contributions may be made to Peabody Caring Circle, c/o Peabody Retirement Community, 400 W. 7th Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Christ United Methodist Church, 477 N. Wabash Street, Wabash, IN 46992. To send a private condolence to the Malott family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • S. NADINE BOWMAN, 90, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    S. Nadine Bowman, 90, North Manchester, IN died at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born November 10, 1923 in Mountain Grove, MO to LeRoy & Phoebe Kathleen (Davis) Brown.  She graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1942. On June 21, 1944 she married Paul S. Bowman. He died July 10, 2002.  Nadine was employed by Manchester College as manager of The Oakes from 1944-1946 and with food service from 1949-1962. She was then employed with Manchester Community Schools as a cook at the Manchester Junior High School from 1962 until her retirement in 1981.  She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN and BPW (Business and Professional Women). She was active in Manchester Church of the Brethren, teaching children's Sunday School for many years and was active helping with church dinners. She is survived by two sons, Dale Bowman, Erwin, TN & Ned Bowman, North Manchester, IN; two brothers, Jerry (Joy) Brown, Lees Summit, MO & Jim (Verle) Brown, Columbia, MO; two sisters, Mary Earlyne Lovelady, Pittsburg, MO & Carol Ackerman, Sarasota, FL; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.   A memorial service will be May 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends two hours prior to services. Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate. For those who wish to honor the memory of Nadine Bowman, memorial contributions may be made to Paul S. & S. Nadine Bowman Scholarship Fund at Manchester University, 604 East College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962 or Timbercrest Charitable Assistance Fund, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Bowman family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • WEDD MILLER, 68, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Wedd Miller, 68, Silver Lake, IN died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN.  He was born May 9, 1945 in Salyersville, KY to Carl & Lola (Bailey) Miller.  He retired from Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, IN after 35 years of service.  Wedd was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Warsaw, IN.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping and liked watching old westerns and Chuck Norris movies. He was an avid gardener and loved to play cards.  He is survived by his long time companion, Lenora F. Penn, Silver Lake, IN; three sons, Robert P. (Tammie) Miller, Warsaw, IN, Michael R. Miller, Warsaw, IN & Kameron Miller, Silver Lake, IN; four daughters, Cindy M. (Richard) Martin, Warsaw, IN, Angela Miller, Warsaw, IN, Thelma (Rick) Ehrick, Silver Lake, IN & Tammy Prater, Liberty Mills, IN; four brothers, John Miller, Peru, IN, Cecil Miller, Leslie, MI, James Miller, Leslie, MI and Joe Miller, Leslie, MI; three sisters, Emogene Storey, Huntington, IN, Martha Ann Burnsworth, Moncks Corner, SC & Mary Sue Nichols, Fernadina, FL; sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.  Family & friends may call Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Dean Ealey will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Wedd Miller, memorial contributions may be made to Goshen Center for Cancer, 200 High Park Ave., Goshen, IN 46526.  To send a private condolence to the Miller family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • JANET FISHER, 67, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Janet Fisher, 67, North Manchester, IN died at 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  She was born September 1, 1946 in Liberty Mills, IN to Jim & Leota (Shepherd) Howard.  She was employed at General Tire for several years and then at United Technologies, Andrews, IN.  Janet was a member of Victory Rock, Pierceton, IN and she enjoyed listening to music sang by her family gospel group, "The Shepherd Sisters". She is survived by one son, Terry A. (Kathleen) Fisher, Van Buren, IN; two daughters, Dawn M. (Anthony) Nero, Warsaw, IN and Lori A. (Robert) Pratt, Denver, IN; two brothers, Dallas (Carol) Howard, Liberty Mills, IN and Dale (Gloria Sue) Howard, Jacksonville, FL; four sisters, Carolyn (Ron) Isbell, North Manchester, IN, Shirley (Sam) Simcoe, North Manchester, IN, Goldie (Larry) Lewallen, South Whitley, IN and Savannah Ryan, Warsaw, IN; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  One great grandchild is deceased.  Family & friends may call Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN.  Services Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Charles Trout will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Janet Fisher, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Rock Ministries, 6134 S 500 E, Warsaw, IN 46580 or Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Fisher family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DORENE C. SMITH, 77, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dorene C. Smith, 77, North Manchester, IN died at 8:01 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born November 21, 1936 in North Manchester, IN to Roy & Pauline (Eby) Stucker. She graduated from Central High School, North Manchester, IN. On December 22, 1976 she married Brian R. Smith. He survives.  In 1999 Dorene retired from Invensys Controls, North Manchester, IN after 20 years of service.  She was also employed with Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, IN from 2000-2011. She attended Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed attending fall festivals, crocheting, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and her dogs, Bo-Jo & Sissy.  In addition to her husband, Brian, she is survived by two sons, Marvin (Chris Stuart) Gheen, North Manchester, IN & Mike (Vanessa Johnson) Gheen, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Peggy (Ralph) Bradley, North Manchester, IN; one step son, Derek Smith, Lake Charles, LA; one step daughter, Darcey (Dean) Yoder, Goshen, IN; three sisters, Nadean (Tim) Sherer, South Whitley, IN, Charlene Walters, North Manchester, IN and Lova (Art Griffiths) Ward, North Manchester, IN; six grandchildren, Christy (Chad) McKinney, Michael Bradley, Matthew Bradley, Brandt Gheen, Katelyn Stuart and Cody Stuart; four step grandchildren, Shelby Yoder, Addison Smith, Ashlynn Yoder and Nikayla Smith; and five great great grandchildren.  One brother and four sisters are deceased. Graveside services will be Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  No calling is planned.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Dorene C. Smith, memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. To send a private condolence to the Smith family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • HAROLD E. REED, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Harold E. Reed, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born May 15, 1916 in Wabash County, IN to John C. & Elizabeth D. (Floor) Reed.  On April 3, 1937 he married Vera Lucille(Overholser).  She died June 30, 2012.  Harold retired in 1985 from the North Manchester Foundry.  he was a member of Church of the Nazarene, North Manchester and enjoyed gardening.  He is survived by one son, Richard Eugene (Sheila) Reed, North Manchester, IN and three daughters, Patricia (David) Brace, North Manchester, IN, Sherry (Robert) Curtis, Greencastle, IN and Cindy (Steven) Royer, Fort Wayne, IN; one brother, Glen Reed, Wabash, IN; two sisters, Rose Campbell, Wabash, IN and Carol (John) Fike, Fort Pierce, FL; fifteen grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.  One grandchild, four brothers and two sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, 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 Harold E. Reed, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Nazarene, 504 W. Main Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Reed family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • LEONARD L. HILEMAN, 62, WABASH, IN

     

    Leonard L. Hileman, 62, Wabash, IN died at 9:05 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014 in his residence.  He was born June 2, 1951 in Wabash, IN to Leonard L. & Evelyn B. (Schultz) Hileman.  He graduated from Wabash High School in 1969 and served in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1971-1977.  He worked at the Laketon Refinery for 20 years and was then employed at Warsaw Plating Works and retired from AM General, Mishwaka, IN in 2011.   Lenny was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and also enjoyed watching IU Hoosier basketball games. He loved to travel and camp and spent many summer days on his Harley Davidson.  Lenny was quick witted with a sharp sense of humor and always had a good joke to share.  He spent many nights relaxing with his family and friends around a campfire sharing stories and laughing, often with Jimmy Buffet in the background.  On September 10, 2012 he married Trysh J. Von Stetina. She survives. He is also survived by one son, Ryne E. (Sandra) Hileman, Akron, IN; four daughters, Melissa L. (Shannon) Carter, North Manchester, IN, Stephanie A. (Harry) Bekel, Wabash, IN, Rebecca N. (Billy) Tolson, Wabash, IN and Meghann L. (Brian) Foust, North Manchester, IN; two brothers, Ronnie (Aleda) Hileman, Summersville, WV and Donnie Hileman, Summersville, WV and nineteen grandchildren.  Memorial service will be April 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  at American Legion Post #402, Troyer Road, Laketon, IN. Family & friends may call April 14, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  and immediately following the service at American Legion Post #402, Troyer Road, Laketon, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.   For those who wish to honor the memory of Leonard L. Hileman, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To send a private condolence to the Hileman family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • REV. CARL E. MYERS, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Rev. Carl E. Myers, 88, North Manchester, IN died at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN. He was born November 16, 1925 in Montgomery County, PA to Frank A. & Dorothy Gail (Brubaker) Myers.  He graduated from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA in 1946 receiving a BA Degree in History and English. He then graduated from Bethany Seminary, Chicago, IL receiving a Masters of Divinity in 1949.  he served pastorates in Hagerstown, MD,  Roaring Springs, PA and Mt. Morris, IL. He served as a Denominational Staff member and then as District Executive for Illinois and Wisconsin until his retirement in 1990.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN and a former member of the Highland Ave. Church of the Brethren, Elgin, IL.  On June 7, 1947 he married Doreen Mae Crist. She died April 17, 2012. He is survived by one son, Stephen Merryweather, Elgin, IL; three daughters, Judith A. (Richard) Myers-Walls, Lafayette, IN, Linda M. (Lee) Swanson, Elgin, IL and Karen (Clay) Myers-Bowman, Manhattan, KS; two brothers, J. Richard (Barbara) Myers, Lombard, IL and Paul E. (Phyllis) Myers, Terra Haute, IN; one brother-in-law, Jay (Margaret) Crist, York, PA; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Three brothers are deceased.  Memorial service will be Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  Burial will be in the Manchester Church of the Brethren Memorial Garden, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory Rev. Carl E. Myers, memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202 or Church World Service, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 or Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601. To send a private condolence to the Myers family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • BETTY J. BUMGARDNER, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Betty J. Bumgardner, 88, North Manchester, IN died Friday, March 21, 2014 at her son's residence in Kokomo, IN.  She was born August 21, 1925 in Huntington County, IN to Arthur Royal & Clara Belle (McNalley) Elsasser.  She graudtaed from Huntington High School in 1943 and on August 30, 1946 she married Bennie F. Bumgardner.  He died October 7, 1992.  Betty had worked at Bryan Manufacturing for 5 years and in 1965 went to work at Peabody Seating Co., where she worked until it's closing.  She then worked at several fast food restaurants in the North Manchester area.  She was a member of the Red Hat Society, enjoyed quilting, and attended Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.  Surviving are three sons, William R. (Judy K.) Bumgardner, Kokomo, IN; Jack W. (Henrietta) Bumgardner, Sidney, IN; James L. (Donna) Bumgardner, Angola, IN.  One son, Bennie Bumgardner Jr. died in 1972.  Eleven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.  Three sisters, Katherine DeLaughter, Huntington, IN; Maxine Ungerer, Cleveland, OH; Mildred Binder, Huntington, IN.  One sister, Mae Lynn and one brother, Arthur Elsasser are deceased.  Services will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Friends and family may call on Tuesday, March 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Wednesday at McKee Mortuary.  Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Betty J. Bumgardner, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Early Learning Center or Animal Shelter of Wabash County, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992.  To send a private condolence to the Bumgardner family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • ELLIS HELTON, 70, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Ellis Helton, 70, Silver Lake, IN died at 4:06 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at his residence.  He was born March 23, 1943 in Prestonsburg, KY to John and Myrtle (Hale) Helton. He married Mary J. Gillespie on March 4, 1988. She survives. He was an a Vietnam Army Veteran. He was formerly employed at Kralis Brothers, Mentone, IN., Parker Feeders, Silver Lake, IN and Dalton Foundry, Warsaw, IN. He enjoyed spending time with his family and fishing.He also spent a lot of time doing odd jobs for family and friends.  Other survivors included two sons, John L. Helton, Mentone, IN and David E. Helton, Silver Lake, IN . Two daughters, Sheila R. Helton, Argos, IN and Crystal R. Helton, Silver Lake, IN. Two brothers, Fred (Lourena) Helton, Warsaw, IN and Don (Janet) Helton, Silver Lake, IN. Two sisters, Elsie Dotson, Prestonsburg, KY and Emma Slone, Silver Lake, IN. Five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased. Calling will be Tuesday March 18, 2014  from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m.at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Terry Bradford will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN. To assist the family with final expenses, memorials may be directed to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962.To send a private condolence to the Helton family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

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