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  • COREY MICHEAL MALIK, 30, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Corey Micheal Malik, 30, North Manchester, IN died at 10:53 p.m. Friday, February 5, 2016 in his residence.  He was born November 16, 1985 in Battle Creek, MI to Don Corey & Koweba Sue Malik.  Corey worked in shipping at Automated Egg, North Manchester, IN and was a machine operator at Maple Leaf Farms, Milford, IN.  He is survived by one son, Damian Michael Malik, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Virginia Rayne Malik, North Manchester, IN; his father, Don Corey Malik, Battle Creek, MI; his mother and step father, Koweba Sue Malik & Ted Nance, North Manchester, IN; four brothers, Zachariah Burk, Claypool, IN, Joe Stokr, Battle Creek, MI, Chris Nance, North Manchester, IN and Phoenix Goad, North Manchester, IN; four sisters, Star Malik, Claypool, IN, Lisa Hall, North Manchester, IN, Cassie Coram, Peru, IN and Trina Stokr, Battle Creek, MI.  Family & friends may call February, 23, 2016 from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services February 23, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Corey Malik, 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 Malik family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • PHILLIP M. HARDY, 42, LINDEN, IN

     

    Phillip M. Hardy, 42, Linden, IN died at 10:06 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016 in I.U. Arnett Hospital, Lafayette, IN.  He was born August 16, 1973 in Wabash, IN to Thomas E. Hardy & Shelley L. Graves.  He graduated from Manchester High School in 1991. On December 28, 2001 he married Nicole L. Allen.   He had been a driver for Coca Cola, Lafayette, IN for the last 15 years.  He was a member of Moose Lodge #1518, North Manchester, IN.  He enjoyed spending time with his boys, fishing, hunting, motocross and boating. He is survived by his wife, Nicole Hardy, Linden, IN; two sons, Brecken Cole Daniel Hardy & Gunar Vincent Hardy both of Linden, IN; his father, Thomas E. (Marie) Hardy Jr., North Manchester, IN; his mother, Shelley L. (Tim S.) Graves, North Manchester, IN; two brothers, Thomas E. (Rachel) Hardy III, North Manchester, IN & Benjamin T. (Jolene) Graves, Chesterfield, SC; one sister, Emily S. Hardy, Indianapolis, IN; paternal grandmother, Cecila Hardy, New Braunfels, TX; maternal grandmother, Grace Whitacre, North Manchester, IN; Mother & father-in-law, Roger & Joanne Allen, North Manchester, IN; sister-in-law, Ericka Bledsoe, North Manchester, IN; nieces, Keauna Allen, Boey Graves & Nyla Evans; nephews, Delano Bledsoe and one on the way, Lucas Michael Hardy.  Family & friends may call Friday, February 5, 2016 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Service Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Phillip M. Hardy, memorial contributions may be made to College Choice Advisor for the benefit of Brecken & Gunar Hardy c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Hardy family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • GLENNA E. PARKER, 73, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Glenna E. Parker, 73, Silver Lake, IN died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. in Fort Wayne, IN. Glenna was born in Kosciusko County on July 26, 1942 to Lawrence and Alice (Moore) Wray. She was the former owner of the Log Cabin Restaurant and was a hairdresser for many years. Glenna loved wintering in The Villages, FL. She was also a member of the First Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN and a member of Women of the Moose #741, Plymouth, IN. She attended Silver Lake High School, Silver Lake, IN. Glenna married Kenny Graybill on October 9, 1960, Jerry L Wright on Mach 23, 2001, who later passed away on March 12, 2005 and Terry Parker on February 16, 2008. Glenna is survived by her husband Terry Parker Silver Lake, IN; two daughters Sandi Fruitt, North Manchester, IN and Cindy R. Ringel, Wabash, IN; one step daughter Mindy Flora, North Manchester, IN; four step sons Greg Wright, Indianapolis, IN, Rocky (Lisa) Parker, Delaware, OH, Rod (Karleia) Parker, Wakarusa, IN  and Rob (Renee) Parker, Winona Lake, IN; one brother LeRoy (Shirley) Wray, Goshen, IN; two step brothers Ira (Nancy) Lewis, Claypool, IN and Bud (Ethel) Lewis, North Manchester, IN; one sister Wilma Metzger, North Manchester, IN; five step sisters Esther Wrightsman, Silver Lake, IN, Margaret (Ralph) Montel, Warsaw, IN, Dorothy (Lee) Marvel, Mesa, AZ, Pat Brunk, West Alexandria, OH, Phyllis (John) Gove, Springhill, FL; mother-in-law Geraldine Parker Warner, Winona Lake, IN; three grandsons Kristopher Fruitt, North Manchester, IN, Colton (Jill) Ringel, Wabash, IN, and Connor Ringel, Wabash, IN; twelve step grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Glenna is proceeded in death by one brother, one sister, and one husband, Jerry L. Wright. Family and friends may call Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be held Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Glenna Parker, memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Fund of Parkview Wabash Hospital, 710 N. East Street, Wabash, IN 46992.To send a private condolence to the Parker family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • SERENITY IZONA MARIE SANCHEZ, INFANT, WARSAW, IN

     

    Serenity Izona Marie Sanchez, infant, Warsaw, IN died Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Dupont Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  She was born January 21, 2016 to Kenneth Lee Sanchez and Zoella Mae Melton, both of Warsaw, IN.  She is also survived by maternal grandmother, Christina (Doni) Guthrie, North Manchester, IN; paternal grandparents, Lena (Joe) Sanchez, Warsaw, IN; maternal great grandmother, Conni (Greg) Ratcliff, Silver Lake, IN and Paternal great Grandparents, Barbara (Kenneth) Hall, Mt. Vernon, KY. She was preceeded in death by maternal grandpa, Scott Melton, maternal great grandparents, Norma & Robert Melton and James Loftis and paternal great grandparents Mary Krieder and Bobbie Inkrom.  Family and friends may call February 6, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service February 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Serenity, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962 to assist the family with final expenses.  To send a private condolence to the Sanchez family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DONALD E. EGNER, 80, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Donald E. Egner, 80, lifetime resident of rural North Manchester, Indiana passed away peacefully on January 26, 2016 at Grace Village of Winona Lake, Indiana. Don was a tiny miracle born to Joe and Katherine (Barnes) Egner on January 18, 1936. He was delivered at home in Stringtown, Indiana, by Mildred Brubaker. He weighed under 2 pounds and Mildred placed him in a shoebox for a bed. Neighbors and friends skated down the river to visit the tiny baby boy in his homemade incubator. Both parents preceded him in death, along with a baby brother, Thomas Egner, who died a few hours after birth. Don leaves behind three sons, Edward Egner, Dennis (Jodi) Egner, and Scott (Kim) Egner, all of North Manchester. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren that he loved dearly. Don attended Laketon School. He held several jobs over his lifetime but he took great pride in his work in the gunsmithing and leather shop at Schutz Brothers of North Manchester. Yet nothing compared to his love for the family farm and business, Egner Enterprise. The family's business was started in the summer of 1962 with a family road trip to Michigan for the purchase of their first 3 concrete molds. From there Joe, Kate, Don, and his then wife, Carolyn Wolf Harting, began a business that thrived for many years creating hand poured cement products ranging from bird baths, to statuary and other assorted lawn and novelty items. The once home-based endeavor grew and required a retail storefront leading the family to move from their original homestead on 950 N to the current location south of N. Manchester on the corner of St. Rd 13 and 900N. As times and mass manufacturing evolved, Don continued to grow the family business, evolving as necessary to add a variety of services and goods to meet the community's needs. Over the years you could find almost anything there from dog food  to red worms to  bottled propane gas. Don loved chatting with his customers, neighbors, and friends who stopped regularly for fresh eggs, a can of pop, or just for a visit as he sat on the porch in his favorite chair. And he never turned down a request from a grandchild for a ride in his golf cart. Don was an inactive member of the Ijamsville United Methodist Church. He served as the sexton of the Laketon Cemetery for many years until his health prevented him from carrying out his duties. Along with those duties he also sold monuments for the Caldwell Monument Company. Don enjoyed traveling with his camper to the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor show near Portland, IN, every year where he would set up a display and sell his cement items. He loved the old steam engines and antique tractors and equipment. Don's health began to fail and with great reluctance he temporarily relocated to Grace Village where he lived for the remaining two years of his life. Leaving his home, his dog Toby, and all that he loved so dearly was difficult for him, but necessary. The family would like to express their gratitude to Grace Village Healthcare for the exemplary care and love that they bestowed upon Don during his time in their care. Visitation and services will be on February 6, 2016. Friends may call at McKee Mortuary, North Manchester from 9:00am-11:00am with funeral service at 11:00 am, officiated by Don's niece, Rev. Elizabeth Wolf. Burial will follow at the Laketon Cemetery. Preferred memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to The Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave, Wabash, IN 46992.   To send a private condolence to the Egner family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • MARY RUTH ORPURT, 93, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Mary Ruth (Hayden) Orpurt, age 93, gently passed away on January 14th, 2016 in the loving arms of her husband and with her children by her side. She was born on July 13, 1922 to Francis Gross Hayden and Julia Agnes (nee McDonough) Hayden. As a child growing up in South Lee, Massachusetts, Mary enjoyed swimming, skiing, skating, bike riding and hiking in the Berkshire Mountains. She graduated from Lee High School, Lee, Massachusetts in 1940 and took her nurse’s training at Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing in Boston. In 1944, as a Registered Nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in New Jersey, she met Philip Orpurt, who was working there on assignment for Civilian Public Service. They were married on December 3, 1945, and in 2015 they celebrated 70 years of marriage. A homemaker for much of her adult life, Mary also worked as a nurse at several hospitals, as a substitute campus nurse and in the library at Manchester University. She also was a volunteer at Shepherd’s Center in North Manchester, their home town for more than 60 years. Mary is survived by her husband, Philip A. Orpurt and five children: Karen (Gary) Crim, Dayton, Ohio; Marcia (William) Young, Medina, Ohio; Steven (Laura Smith), Phoenix, Arizona; Phyllis (Timothy) Peter, Prairie City, Iowa; Barbara (Paul) Dayton, Newburgh, Indiana. Grandchildren are: Marjorie Young (Adam) Kennedy, Matthew (Courtney) Young, Peter Crim, Benjamin Crim, David Peter (fiancee Magen Strunk), Bonnie Orpurt, Aaron Peter, Jeffrey Dayton, Julia Dayton, Rachel Peter, Scott Dayton, Caleb Peter and three great-grandchildren: Ivy Young, Kingston Kennedy and Noah Young. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Indiana. The family requests memorials be given to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962,  Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Orpurt family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • GORDON L. IRELAND, 62, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Gordon L Ireland, 62, North Manchester, Indiana died January 13, 2016 at 12:05 a.m. at his residence. He was born January 30, 1953 in Wabash, Indiana to Marion Ireland Jr. and Esther (Shewman) Ireland. Gordon graduated from Manchester High School in 1971. He was a United States Army Veteran. After the Army,  Gordon was employed at Controls in North Manchester, Indiana, Hartzler Trucking, Akron, Indiana, and Pierceton Trucking, Laketon, Indiana. He was also a bartender at the East End in North Manchester, Indiana for several years and a member of the American Legion Post # 402, Laketon, Indiana. Gordon is survived by his son Chris (Angie) Hubartt, North Manchester, Indiana; his daughter Tina (Josh) McCoin, Huntington, Indiana; one brother Marion Ireland III , Wabash, Indiana; four sisters Ruth De Turk, North Manchester, Indiana, Mary Dryden, Servia, Indiana, Melinda Johnson, Fort Myers, Florida, and Maria Ireland, New Haven, Indiana; and four grandchildren Anthony Hubartt, Taylor Cook, Emmah McCoin, and Journey McCoin. Gordon was proceeded in death by his parents, one brother David Ireland; and one sister Margaret Cartwright. Friends and family may call Friday, January 22, 2016 from noon - 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, Indiana at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Gordon Ireland, memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana to assist the family with final expenses. To send a private condolence to the Ireland family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • VIRGINIA M. STOCKTON, 87, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Virginia M. Stockton, 87, North Manchester, IN died at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  She was born February 14, 1928 in Logansport, IN to Howard & Alice (Moss) Johnson.  She graduated from Logansport High School in 1946.  She then attended Manchester College for two years.  She married Roger L. Ingold on June 22, 1947.  She then married Richard Stockton on April 18, 1997.  He died April 3, 2003.  She and her husband moved to Akron, OH where she taught English in the Akron Community Schools for 5 years. In 1960 the family moved to the mission field in Nigeria where she taught English and was secretary at the mission office.  In 1975 they moved to Elgin, IL and continued work at the Church of the Brethren headquarters. She retired and moved to Fort Myers, FL in 1990.  She was an avid reader and walker. She is survived by two sons, John (Gay) Ingold, North Manchester, IN and David (Rose) Ingold, Graff, MO; two granddaughters, Allison (Lawrence) Wise, Milwaukee, WI and Courtney (Joseph) Belt, Granite Falls, NC and two great grandchildren.  One brother and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Monday, January 18, 2016 from noon-2:00 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services Monday, January 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at  Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Sue Babovec & Pastor Susan Beamer will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Virginia Stockton, memorial contributions may be made to Peabody Caring Circle or Peabody Chapel Endowment Fund, 400 West 7th Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send private condolence to the Stockton family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 


  • PHILLIP G. CAMPBELL, 65, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Phillip G. Campbell, 65, North Manchester, IN died at 4:08 a.m. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash, IN.  He was born October 30, 1950 in Chicago, IL to Glen A. & Betty (Brooks) Campbell.  He graduated from Woodstock High School in India.  He graduated from Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne, IN where he received an Associate Degree in Robotics. He worked in Robotics at Weaver Popcorn, Van Buren, IN for several years. He was worship leader at Victory Christian Fellowship Church, North Manchester, IN for many years.  He played his guitar to worship the Lord. On February 11, 1984 he married his wife, Deborah.  He owned and operated Campbell's Carpet Cleaning, North Manchester, IN for 20 years.  He attended Sweetwater Assembly of God Church, North Manchester, IN.  He is survived by his wife Deborah Campbell; his mother, Betty Campbell; one son, Christopher (Patty) Campbell; four daughters, Colleen (Eric) Harless, Tekoa (Chris) Garrett, Carissa (Leo) Guerrero and Natina (Tom) Snow; one brother, John (Janice) Campbell; fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  His father, Glen A. Campbell and one sister, Margaret Foster, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, January 16, 2016 from noon-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2016 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Chad McAtee & Pastor Tim Morbitzer 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 Phillip Campbell, memorial contributions may be made to assist the family with final expenses c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  To send private condolence to the Campbell family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 


  • ONITA D. JOHNSON, 88, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Onita D. Johnson, 88, North Manchester, IN died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born August 9, 1927 in North Manchester, IN to Clure & Linnie (Hallgarth) Jerew. On August 21, 1949 she married Lewis "Louie" E. Johnson.  He died October 29, 2001. Graduated Central High School, North Manchester, IN 1945 Onita had an infectious zest for life, described by most as spunky and energetic.  As a young girl, she developed a love for music and athletics that she carried her entire life.  She graduated from Manchester University in 1949 with degrees in Music, Physical Education and English, later receiving a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Saint Francis University in Fort Wayne.  Onita had a passion for teaching.  After beginning her career at Sidney and Akron High Schools, she spent 30 years as a professor and later Chair of the Physical Education Department at Manchester University.    She was dedicated to professionalizing physical education, health and recreation in the classroom, gymnasium and playing field.  Her students learned by example through Onita’s integrity, genuineness and servanthood. Onita’s first commitment was to her family where they enjoyed camping and other outdoor activities.  She was an outstanding seamstress and loved sewing for her daughters and later for her grandchildren. She loved to give to others and in her later years, enjoyed making treats for Timbercrest staff on a routine basis.  Known for her hugs, Onita brought smiles to the faces of those around her. She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Moore, Fort Wayne, IN and Judy (Mark) Dudeck, Wilmington, NC and four grandchildren.  One brother and two sisters are deceased.  Family and friends may call January 23, 2016 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be January 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Onita Johnson, memorial contributions may be made to  Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962 (please put a note on check “In Memory of Onita Johnson”).  To send private condolence to the Johnson family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage. 

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