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  • 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. 

  • LUCILE M. BLOCHER, 87, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Lucile M. Blocher, 87, Silver Lake, IN died Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born October 18, 1927 in Minot, ND to Lawrence & Alice (Moore) Wray.  On June 4, 1944 she married Ray M. Blocher.  He died January 11, 2010.  She was baptized into the Old German Baptist Brethren Church in April 1944 to which she remained faithful.  She is survived by two sons, Alan Blocher, Laketon, IN and Donovan (Penny) Blocher, Urbana, IN; one daughter, Vivian (Dale) Stambaugh, Silver Lake, IN; two brothers, Eldon Wray, Las Vegas, NV and Leroy (Shirley) Wray, Goshen, IN; two sisters, Wilma Metzger, North Manchester, IN and Glenna (Terry) Parker, Silver Lake, IN; one sister-in-law, Marie Baker, Rossville, IN; ten grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren.  One great grandchild is deceased.  Family and friends may call Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Friday, June 26, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Old German Baptist Brethren Church, State Road 13, North Manchester, IN. Home Brethren will officiate.  Burial will be in Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Blocher family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • REV. NOEL REED JR., 81, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    The Rev. Noel Reed, Jr., 81, passed away June 16, 2015 at 7:36 a.m. in his residence.   He and his spouse, Maurine, retired in 2002, making their home in North Manchester, IN. He was born in Roanoke, Indiana February 20, 1934 to Noel, Sr. and Lilly Mendenhall Reed.  His siblings include Nola “Dolly” Osmon, Fort Wayne, IN, Lawrence “Corky” (Bonnie) Reed, Columbia City, IN and Charles “Butch” (Sally) Reed, Fort Wayne.   Children include: Larry (Felicity) Reed, Larnica, Cyprus, Gary Reed, St. Louis, MO, Linda (Timothy) Wallace, Hartford City, IN, Gregg (Colleen) Reed, Wabash, IN and Kevin Reed, Logansport, IN.  8 Grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Noel retired from an active life as a Jr/Sr high school educator, school administrator and church pastor.  His testimony might well be, "Life has been full with God present in all things wherein I have been involved in service to others in the name of Jesus Christ." Family and friends may call Monday, June 22, 2015 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service will be Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Graveside service will be Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Gardens of Memory, Marion, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Noel Reed, memorial contributions may be made to Strauss Peabody Aquatics and Fitness Center c/o Community Foundation, PO Box 7, North Manchester, IN 46962 or North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. Second Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Reed family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • TED J. LAMBERT, 79, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Ted J. Lambert, 79, North Manchester, IN died at 1:38 p.m. Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.   He was born September 4, 1935 in North Manchester, IN to William B. & Hazel (Glaze) Lambert.  He graduated from Central High School in 1953.  Ted served in the US Army from 1954-1956 in Germany. On April 6, 1957 he married M. Louise Monce.  She died January 4, 2001.  He then married Rebecca K. Wright on June 14, 2003.  He retired from GTE, Wabash, IN in 1998. He was a bus driver for Manchester Community School System for 10 years retiring in 2012.  He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God, Roann, IN.  He liked to tell stories, was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed being with his family and friends.  He was a good Christian man.  He is survived by his wife, Rebecca K. Lambert, North Manchester, IN; three sons, Steven M. Lambert, Plainfield, IN, Jay (Robyn) Lambert, Claypool, IN and Greg A. Wright, Indianapolis, IN; two daughters, Robin S. Lambert, Warsaw, IN and Mindy S. Benton Flora, North Manchester, IN; two brothers, Wayne (Phyllis) Lambert, Fort Wayne, IN and Raymond (Margaret) Lambert, Syracuse, IN; one sister, Lenora Norris, Larwill, IN; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  One son, one daughter, ten brothers and seven sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.  Services Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Olive Branch Church of God, 4581 E 1200 N, Roann, IN.  Pastor Jeff Sumner will officiate.  Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery, Roann, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Ted Lambert, memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Church of God, 4581 E 1200 N, Roann, IN 46974.  To send a private condolence to the Lambert family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • JUDITH A. NORTH, 70, SERVIA, IN

     

    Judith A. North, 70, Servia, IN died at 1:15 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2015 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born February 3, 1945 in Wabash County, IN to Sharon & Betty Rose (Burkhart) Stellar. On May 15, 1967 she married Jackie E. North.  She retired from United Technologies in 2005 after 11 years.  She was a member of VFW Auxiliary, Huntington, IN and American Legion Post 286.  She is survived by her husband, Jackie E. North, Servia, IN; one son, Jackie North Jr., Williston, ND; two daughters, Betty Clevinger, Hicksville, OH and Kay Schaff, North Manchester, IN; three brothers, Bill (Sandy) Stellar, North Manchester, IN, Donny (Mary) Stellar, Wabash, IN and Allan "Pete" Stellar, North Manchester, IN; Seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and one hour prior to service on Thursday.  Service Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery, Huntington, IN.  To send a private condolence to the North family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • AGNES MAE LITTLE, 96, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Agnes Mae Little, 96, North Manchester, IN died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, June 7, 2015 in her residence.  She was born August 25, 1918 in North Manchester, IN to Wayne & Roxy (Davis) Little.  She graduated from Rochester High School at age 16 with honors in 1934.  Agnes was a secretary at Wetzel Insurance Agency for several years before moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1970.  She was then a secretary at an insurance agency in Sarasota until her retirement.  She was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN. She was an avid reader and loved to read novels and travel books.  She is survived by cousins, Patricia Smith, North Manchester, IN and Greg (Glenda) Smith, North Manchester, IN.  A private graveside service will be held a later date. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Agnes Little, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash-Miami County Home Healthcare and Hospice, 400 Ash St., Suite B, Wabash, IN 46992.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Little family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

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