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  • LOIS J. SHEPHERD, 77, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Lois J. Shepherd, 77, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 11:36 a.m. on May 24, 2016 at her residence. Lois was born on April 3, 1939 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to Hartman and Edith (Hall) Yates. On May 27, 1958 Lois married R.D. Shepherd and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, Indiana. Lois loved to play bingo and loved going to church, but most of all she loved life. Lois is survived by her husband R.D. Shepherd; two sons Kenny (Joyce) Shepherd and Scott (Angie) Shepherd, both of North Manchester, Indiana; three daughters Tammy Walters, Becky (Tony) Niccum, and Sandy Blevins, all of North Manchester, Indiana; one brother Kenneth Yates, Illinois; sixteen grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren. Lois is preceded in death by one grandchild and two brothers. Family and friends may call Friday, May 27, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be Friday, May 27, 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 Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Lois J. Shepherd, memorial contributions can be made to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 to assist the family with final expenses. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Shepherd family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DAVID A. CHRISTIAN, 62, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    David A. Christian, 62, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 8:15 a.m. on May 20, 2016 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident at CR 1400 North 100 East, North Manchester, Indiana. David was born on February 4, 1954 in Warsaw, Indiana to James A. and Lockie A. (Enis) Christian. He married Debra A. Stump on October 26, 1992. Debra passed away on January 25, 2013. He worked for Zimmer, Warsaw, Indiana as a machinist for thirty-five years, before retiring in July 2015. He graduated from Wawasee High School in 1972. David was an avid bird hunter and outdoorsman. He loved to pheasant hunt. David also enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was always able to offer words of encouragement and always found the positive in every situation. David leaves a legacy of love, family, and commitment. David is survived by his two sons Tony (Erika) Martin, Charlotte, North Carolina and Mark (Lindsey) Christian, Zionsville, Indiana; one daughter Alexis Christian, North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers John (Jan) Christian, Syracuse, Indiana and Greg (Roxanne) Christian, Bourbon, Indiana; five sisters Betty Fanchelli, Mesquite, Texas, Billy Ann Wright, Warsaw, Indiana, Jewel (Tom) Hicks, Warsaw, Indiana, Jimma (Mike) Masterson, Warsaw, Indiana, and Ellie Susan (Henry) Prater, Warsaw, Indiana; and seven grandchildren Riley, Katie, Xander, Avery, Trevor, Leah, and Jace. David is preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters. Friends and family may call Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Service will be Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with calling a half hour prior services at Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake, Indiana. Pastor Doug Reichenbach will officiate. Burial will be in the Ulrey Cemetery, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of David A. Christian, memorial contributions may be made to German Shorthair Pointers of Indiana, 76 North 600 West, Anderson, Indiana 46011.To send a private condolence to the Christian family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • HELEN RUTH KING, 83, GREENFIELD, IN

     

    Helen Ruth King, 83, Greenfield, IN formerly of North Manchester, IN died Friday, May 20, 2016 in her residence. She was born June 16, 1932 in Salyersville, KY to Carew & Nora E. (Shepherd) Castle.  On July 1, 1986 she married Marvin Berl King.  Helen was a homemaker.  She is survived by her husband, Marvin Berl King, Greenfield, IN; sons, Ernie (Janice) Bradley, North Manchester, IN and Mike (Laura) Bradley, Liberty Mills, IN; daughters, Linda (Oliver) Marshall, Claypool, IN and Yvonne (Allen) Lantz, Bluffton, IN; step sons, Terry (Tamyra) King, Carthage, IN, Ricky King, Anderson, IN and Kevin (Tami) King, Noblesville, IN; step daughters, Rhonda Gadberrry, Knightstown, IN, Vicky (Kevin) Mars, Shirley, IN, Julie (Rick) Burcham, New Castle, IN, Rebecca (Rick) Hurst, Port Richie, FL and Andrea King, Greenfield, IN; brother, Danny (Sharlon) Castle, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Hazel Bradley, Liberty Mills, IN, Haley Shepherd, Kentucky and Mazie (Kelse) Harris, Sellers Lake, IN; thirty grandchildren, twenty-seven great grandchildren and twenty great great grandchildren. One daughter, Patsy Dale, two step sons, Kerry King and Mark King and four brothers, Carter Castle, Von Castle, Mitchel Castle, and Manus Castle are deceased.  Family and friends may call Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor William Whitaker will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Helen King memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Carcinosarcomas Cancer, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. To send a private condolence to the King family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • MATTHEW FAHS-BROWN, 20, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Matthew Fahs-Brown, 20, North Manchester, IN died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Wyoming.  He was born November 3, 1995 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Matthew ran cross country throughout jr high and high school, reaching the state finals as a junior  at Manchester Junior-Senior High School.  He attended Manchester Church of the Brethren and was active with the youth group, traveling to Virginia, Pennsylvania, El Salvador and Colorado.  He participated in various musical productions at the North Manchester Church of the Brethren.  He graduated from Manchester Junior-Senior High School in 2015.  He was working at Yellowstone for the summer.  He is survived by his parents, Andy Brown and Jan Fahs, North Manchester, IN; one brother, David Fahs-Brown, North Manchester, IN; two sisters, Celesta Brown, Wabash, IN and Nina Brown, North Manchester, IN; paternal grandma, Mary Lou Brown, North Manchester, IN and maternal grandma, Joan Fahs, North Manchester, IN.  Family and friends may call Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann and Pastor Jim Chinworth will officiate.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Fahs-Brown family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • MICHAEL W. URSCHEL, 53, SILVER LAKE, IN

     

    Michael W. Urschel, 53, Silver Lake, IN died at 2:28 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born January 12, 1963 in Huntington, IN to Glenn & Dorcas (Paul) Urschel.  He graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in 1981 and attended University of Arizona.  He served in the Army National Guard and worked in construction in Tucson, AZ.  He loved animals and most especially his cat, Neko.  He was a history fanatic and was lovingly referred to as "Professor" He is survived by his father and step mother, Glenn & Connie Urschel, Tucson, AZ; his mother and step father, Dorcas & LeRoy Bishop, North Manchester, IN;  sister, Annette Urschel, Silver Lake, IN; aunt Norma (Lonny) Ripplinger, Tucson, AZ; three step brothers and six step sisters.  Family and friends may call Friday, May 20, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Russell Reahard will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Michael Urschel, memorial contributions may be given to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Wabash Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Ave., Wabash, IN 46992. To send a private condolence to the Urschel family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • CHARLES H. FRANCIS, 70, ROANN, IN

     

    Charles H. Francis, 70, Roann, IN died May 11, 2016 at 6:46 p.m. in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN.  He was born September 14, 1945 in Davy, WV to James & Eula (Thomas) Francis.  On June 28, 1971 he married Wincel J. Buttrum.  He served in the US Army during Vietnam.  Charles was a self employed appliance repairman.  He is survived by his wife, Wincel Francis; sons, John (Shannon) Francis, Florence, AZ, Mike (Tracy) Day, Wabash, IN, Charlie Francis, Roann, IN and Jamie Francis, Roann, IN; daughters, Stacy Francis, Crawfordsville, IN, Shelley (David) Stafford, Silver Lake, IN and Marcie (Randy) Shepherd, Wabash, IN; brothers, Roger (Tonya) Francis, Kokomo, IN and Kenny (Sherry) Francis, Merrillville, TN; sister, Rita (Tom) Jones, Merrillville, TN; thirteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  One brother, Ed Francis, and one sister, Cheryl Gullett, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren are deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Russell Reahard will officiate.  Burial will be in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles Francis, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Francis family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • BETTY J. CAMPBELL, 90, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Betty Jeanne Brooks Campbell, 90, died Monday, May 9, 2016 in Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, IN.  She was born in Bulsar, Bombay Province, India, the daughter of Harlan and Ruth Brooks who were Church of the Brethren missionaries.  Her grandparents, D.L. and Anna Forney, were also missionaries there at the time.  She grew up with Indian playmates and spoke Gujarati fluently.     At age ten she began attending Woodstock School, a boarding school for missionary children in the foothills of the Himalayas.  She graduated from high school in 1942 and took her first year of college in India because of World War II when travel by boat to America was unsafe. The family then took a naval transport to San Diego and lived in California for one year where Betty attended LaVerne College. The next year Betty entered Manchester College, her parents’ Alma Mater, where she met Glen. That year she was chosen May Queen.  After graduation she taught grade school in Sturgis, MI, while Glen finished his schooling.  They were married June 8th, 1948 at the Walnut Street Church of the Brethren.  His father performed the ceremony; her parents were in India.   In preparation for mission work, Glen received a Master’s in Agriculture at Cornell University and Betty taught school for two years.  Glen continued his studies at Bethany Biblical Seminary, during which time two of their three children were born: Phil and Margaret Ann.     In 1952 they sailed on a freighter to Bombay, India, where her parents were waiting to greet them. After a year of language school they served in several mission points.  During this time their third child, John, was born.     After 18 years on the mission field they returned to settle down in Indiana.  Glen and Betty served the Liberty Mills Church from 1970-1976 and the Guernsey/Pike Creek congregations from 1976-1991, all in the South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren. Betty loved to read. She played the piano for church hymns, was active in women’s work, helped with her grandchildren’s home schooling, worked with Glen in the gardens and did canning and freezing.   Betty lived at Timbercrest for ten and half years. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Margaret Ann (1999) and her husband Glen (2010), and son Phil (2016).  She is survived by her sister, Margaret Huston, her son John, seven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.     Family and friends may call Friday, May 13, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester.  Services, Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann and Chaplain Don Fecher will officiate.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or to Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Campbell family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DIANN G APPLEGATE, 60, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Diann G. Applegate, 60, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 2:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Diann was born on March 15, 1956 in Wabash, Indiana, to Bill and Betty (Hileman) Robison. On October 17, 2007 Diann married Robert L. Applegate. For twenty-two years, Diann worked for Paragon Medical, Pierceton, Indiana. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Moose Lodge #1518, North Manchester, Indiana and also a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post 286, North Manchester, Indiana. Diann loved being outdoors in her glower garden, camping, mushroom hunting, and fishing. Diann is survived by her husband Robert Applegate; two sons Justin Miller, North Carolina and Mark Miller, North Manchester, Indiana; one step son Kenny Applegate, North Manchester, Indiana; one daughter Kara (John) Amelio, Syracuse, Indiana; one step daughter Katie Applegate, North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers Robert (Jo) Robison, North Manchester, Indiana and Rick (Kim) Robison, North Manchester, Indiana; two sisters Carolyn Brown, North Manchester, Indiana and Rita (Don) Kinsey, Warsaw, Indiana; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Diann is preceded in death by her father Bill Robison. Friends and family may call Monday, May 2, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Diann G. Applegate, memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life c/o McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Applegate family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • HARRIET JANE FINNEY, 75, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Harriet Jane Finney, 75, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 8:30 p.m. on April 26, 2016 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Harriet was born on December 8, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, to Ammon and Blanche (Miller) Wenger. She graduated from Rossville High School, Rossville, Indiana in 1959,  then she went on to graduate from Manchester College in 1963 with a BS in Elementary education. In 1969 Harriet received her Master's degree in Education from Ball State University and in 1985, she received her Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary. On August 19, 1962 Harriet married Ron Finney. Harriet worked as an elementary teacher from 1963-1967, teaching one year at Rossville, Indiana and three years at Frankfort, Indiana. She taught for two years at Laurel School, Fort Collins, Colorado. From 1976-1978, she began her ministry at Northern Colorado Church of the Brethren. She was licensed and ordained during this time. Harriet then became the Associate Pastor at the Plymouth Church of the Brethren from 1980-1985, where she was the Senior Pastor from 1985-1993. From 1993-2004, Harriet was a co-team minister with her husband Ron, with the South Central Indiana District and in 2003 Harriet served as the Church of the Brethren annual conference Moderator. Harriet retired in 2004. She was a member of the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren. Harriet is survived by her husband, Ron Finney, North Manchester, Indiana; one son David (Kate) Finney, Plymouth, Indiana; one daughter Susan Finney, North Manchester, Indiana; one brother John (Helen) Wenger, Anderson, Indiana; one sister Phyllis (James) Davis; and three grandchildren Audrianna Fuentes, Tahnee Fuentes, and Matthew Finney. Harriet is preceded in death by her parents Ammon and Blanche Wenger; and one brother Alan Wenger, who passed away in 1969. Friends and family may call Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, 2507 East State Road 14, Silver Lake, Indiana. The Eel River Community Church of the Brethren Pastoral Team (Pastor Roger Eberly, Pastor Janice Culp Long, and Pastor Douglas Reichenbach) will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. For those who wish to honor the memory of Harriet Jane Finney, memorial contributions can be made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County, fbo MELC Building Fund, Crazy For Our Kids, P.O. Box 296, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. To send a private condolence to the Finney family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • CHARLES R. FRENCH JR. 79, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Charles R. French Jr., 79, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at 8:04 a.m. on April 26, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Charles was born on August 13, 1936 in Tipton County, Indiana, to Charles and Clara (Atkission) French Sr. He graduated from Laketon High School in 1954. After high school, Charles attended Manchester College for three and a half years, then went on to attended Garrett Seminary, Evanston, Illinois, for 2 years and graduated as a Deacon. On April 4, 1981 Charles married Cathy Kuhn. Charles worked for Peabody Seating, North Manchester, Indiana for seven years and Eaton Controls for twenty-eight years in various managerial positions. In 1997 he retired. Charles was a United Methodist Pastor for twenty-three years, serving at Paw Paw United Methodist in Miami County; Jalapa United Methodist, Grant County, Indiana; South Pleasant United Methodist, Wabash County, Indiana; Salem United Methodist, Huntington County, Indiana; and Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Wabash County, Indiana. Charles was a member of the North Manchester Rotary Club and engineering society. He was also a member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church, North Manchester, Indiana. Charles is survived by his wife Cathy French, North Manchester, Indiana; six sons John (Linda) French, North Manchester, Indiana, Tom (Janet) French, North Manchester, Indiana, Mike (Marcy) French, Angola, Indiana, Eric (Colleen) French, South Whitley, Indiana, Kurt (Rhonda) Henderson, Roann, Indiana, and Kevin (Anita) Henderson, North Manchester, Indiana; five daughters Rebecca (Eldon) Cook, North Manchester, Indiana, Susan (Jerry) Graybeal, Johnson City, Tennessee, Christine (Gary) Vanlandingham, Hartford, Michigan, Teresa (Ray) Allison, Goshen, Indiana, and JoEtta (Keith) Herrmann, North Manchester, Indiana; two brothers Kent (Judy) French, Silver Lake, Indiana and Bennie (Debra) French, Claypool, Indiana; two sisters Nancy (Bill) Bell, Wabash, Indiana and Penny (Joe) Deal, North Manchester, Indiana; thirty-five grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren. Charles is preceded in death by his parents, and one grand-daughter, Jessica Thompson, who passed away in 2001. Friends and family may call Thursday, April 28, 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, Indiana,  and one hour prior to the service at the church on Friday at the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Service will be Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East Second Street, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastors Mark Eastway, Larry Ray, and David Mills will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana, following the service. For those who wish to honor the memory of Charles R. French Jr., memorial contributions can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 S.E. 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, or the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 304 East Second Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.  To send a private condolence to the French Family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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