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  • JERRY L. PURDY, 81, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

     

    Jerry L. Purdy, 81, North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 3:55 p.m. on August 26, 2016 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. Jerry was born to Paul G. and Mary E. (Baker) Purdy on April 3, 1935 in North Manchester, Indiana. He graduated from Chester High School in 1954. On April 28, 1962 Jerry married Marcea S. Brandenburg. Jerry served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Deming Lodge #88 F & AM, North Manchester, Indiana, the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, Indiana, Mizpah Shrine, and Scottish Rite, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana. After retirement from Sun Oil Company, Huntington, Indiana in 1997, where he was a transport driver, he made 370 trips transporting children to Shriner's Hospital in Chicago. Jerry is survived by his wife Marcea S. Purdy, North Manchester, Indiana; one brother Richard (Phyllis) Purdy, North Manchester, Indiana; one sister Julia A. Badskey, North Webster, Indiana; six nephews and two nieces. Jerry was preceded in death by one sister Janet King. Family and friends may call Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. A Masonic service will be Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana with the funeral service immediately following. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be held at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Jerry L. Purdy, memorial contributions may be made to the Mizpah Shrine Transportation Fund, 1015 Memorial Way, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805. To send a private condolence to the Purdy family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • EVALEE SIGNS, 79, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Evalee Signs, 79, North Manchester, IN died at 12:50 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016 in her residence.  She was born October 11, 1936 to Charles & Goldie (Allen) Shepherd.  On April 26, 1960 she married Frank Signs Jr.  He died September 24, 1998. She is survived by daughters, Mr. & Mrs. Ed (Deborah) Castile, North Manchester, IN and Desra Bradford, New Braunfels, TX; step son, Mr. & Mrs. Mick Sagester, Brookville, OH; grandchildren, Mrs. & Mrs. Troy (Asiah) Erbe, Ross Castile, Chandler Bradford, Westin Bradford, Mr. & Mrs. Josh Sagester and Mr. & Mrs. Kyle (Brooke) Clevenger; great grandchildren, Lily, Eden, Sutton and Evie Mae Erbe. Family and friends may call Monday, August 29, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Monday, August 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Signs family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • OSCAR ROBINSON, 85, NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA

    Oscar Robinson, 85, North Manchester, Indiana passed away August 19, 2016 at 11:50 a.m. at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Oscar was born on May 7, 1931 to Lonnie P. and Fannie B. (Wallen) Robinson in Blue River, Kentucky. On April 29, 1951 Oscar married Eunice M. Marshall. Oscar was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. In 1992 he retired after 35 years with the Eric-Lackawana Railroad and also worked at Sunnyside Egg Farm in North Manchester, Indiana. Oscar is survived by his wife Eunice Robinson, North Manchester, Indiana; one son Oscar Lee (Theresa) Robinson, Huntington, Indiana; two daughters Mrs. John (Lois Lynn) Fairchild, Sandy Valley, Nevada and Mrs. Stanley (Karen K.) Baldridge, Claypool, Indiana; one brother Robert L. (Cheryl) Robinson, North Manchester, Indiana; nine sisters Mrs. Charles (Frankie) Vanderpool, Wabash, Indiana, Ethel Prater, Silver Lake, Indiana, Mrs. Kelly (Lillie) Jackson, Wabash Indiana, Mrs. Lynn (Janie) Wheeler, Warsaw, Indiana, Mrs. Max (Lucy) Gyer, Huntington, Indiana, Mrs. Craig (Eva Jean) Black, Valparaiso, Indiana, Mrs. Jack (Jessie) Sellers, Pierceton, Indiana, Evelyn (Bill) Elliott, Laketon, Indiana, and Mrs. Charles (Barbara) Stackhouse, Laketon, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren. Oscar was preceded in death by his parents Lonnie P. and Fannie B. Robinson, one son Jimmy D. Robinson and one sister. Family and friends may call Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Services will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with calling 1 hour prior to service time at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, Indiana. For those who wish to honor the memory of Oscar Robinson, memorial contributions can be made to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46814. To send a private condolence to the Robinson family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • MARY E. MICHEL BURTON, 96, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Mary E. Michel Burton, 96, North Manchester, IN died Monday, August 1, 2016 in Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born June 27, 1920 in Wabash, IN to William & Flora Edith (Boyer) Gahl.  On February 11, 1938 she married Fremont Michel. He died April 3, 1976.  She then married James Burton on October 20, 1981. He died March 19, 2005. Mary was a homemaker and farmer's wife.  She enjoyed playing Bunco, raising African Violets and gardening. She attended Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN.  She also belonged to her local Home-Ec Club for years.  She is survived by her son, Gene (Sharon) Michel, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Lois (Dick) Norwood, Huntington, IN; sister, Leoda Sands, Huntington, IN; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  One brother, William Gahl Jr. and one sister, Ruth Bechtold, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, August 5, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will by Friday, August 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Mary E. Michel Burton, memorial contributions may be made to Great Lakes Hospice, 334 Enterprise Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580.  For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Burton family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • DEBRA LANETTE FRENCH, 61, CLAYPOOL, INDIANA

     

    Debra Lanette French, 61, Claypool, Indiana passed away on August 1, 2016 at 11:44 a.m. at her residence. Debra was born on October 20, 1954 to Joseph and Kathy (Veracruz) Brewer in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Skyline Academy, Dallas, Texas in 1972. Debra was a veteran of the U.S Air Force. On May 21, 2011 Debra married Bennie French and worked as a homemaker. She loved attending church, reading her Bible, and also enjoyed camping. Debra is survived by her husband, Bennie French, Claypool, IN;  daughter Mariah (Mark) Chupp, Elkhart, Indiana; mother, Kathy Brewer, Mesquite, Texas; two brothers Lonnie J. Brewer, Dallas, Texas and Joseph Brewer, Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren Jessica (Nick) Haynes, Collin (Meghan) Chupp, Jadon Chupp, and Jocelyn Chupp. Friends and family may call Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon at the South Pleasant United Methodist Church, 5064 West 1400 North, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. Services will be held Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the South Pleasant United Methodist Church, 5064 West 1400 North, North Manchester, Indiana 46962. Pastor Dwight Wagoner will officiate. Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Debra Lanette French, memorial contributions can be made to the Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, 1515 Provident Drive, Suite 250, Warsaw, Indiana 46580. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the French family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • MAKEILA MARIE DINGESS, 7 WEEKS, WABASH, IN

     

    Makeila Marie Dingess, 7 weeks, Wabash, IN died at 2:39 a.m. Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash, IN.  She was born June 3, 2016 in Warsaw, IN to Skyler D. Dingess and Amy M. (Swick) Burchett. Her parents survive in Wabash, IN.  She is also survived by brothers, Logan Burchett, Damien Burchett and Jesse Burchett all of Wabash, IN and Deklin Dingess, Valparaiso, IN; sisters, Selene Burchett, Wabash, IN and Kenna Dingess, Valparaiso, IN; paternal grandparents, Oscar (Kathy) Dingess North Manchester, IN; maternal grandparents, Mildred Burchett, Peru, IN and David Swick, Mentone, IN; paternal great grandparents, Ben & Mary Music, North Manchester, IN; maternal great grandparent, Sherman Coy Jr., Clunette, IN.  Family and friends may call Monday, August 1, 2016 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Makeila Marie Dingess memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, to assist the family with final expenses, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962.  For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Dingess family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • REGINA M. MARKS, 39, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Regina M. Marks, 39, North Manchester, IN died Sunday, July 24, 2016 as a result of an auto accident on State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. She was born December 18, 1976 to Darrell M. Bradley and Laura M. (Heeter) Bradley.  On July 16, 2016 she married Caleb N. Marks. He also died as a result of the accident. She attended Manchester High School.  Regina was a homemaker and enjoyed woodworking, crafts, painting, remodeling and interior design.  She also liked hiking, canoeing and socializing.  She loved her children and spending time with friends.  She had a big heart.  She is survived by her son, Trae D. Bruce, Oak Island, NC; daughters, Teyannah (Skyler) Honeycutt, Elgin, IL and Tresa  Bruce, Indianapolis, IN; brothers, Jarret Bradley, Laketon, IN and Joseph (Amelia) Bradley, North Manchester, IN.  Family and friends may call Friday, July 29, 2016 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Friday, July 29, 2016 at 6:00 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 Regina M. Marks memorial contributions may be made to McKee Mortuary, to assist the family with final expenses, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN 46962.  For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Marks family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.


  • CALEB N. MARKS, 28, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Caleb N. Marks, 28, North Manchester, IN died Sunday, July 24, 2016 as a result of an auto accident on State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  He was born December 15, 1987 in Wabash, IN to James S. & Lavona L. (Gamsby) Marks.  On July 16, 2016 he married Regina Bradley.  She also died as a result of the accident.  Caleb was a floor supervisor at Higrade, North Manchester, IN. He was an outdoors enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing and canoeing.  He had a big heart and would help anybody he could.  He never met a stranger.  He loved his children and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.  He is survived by his son, Brysen N. Marks, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Rylin M. Marks, North Manchester, IN; his parents, James & Lavona Marks, North Manchester, IN; sisters, Brandy E. Marks, North Manchester, IN and Kobie Tanner Marks, Decatur, IN.  No calling or services are planned. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Marks family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • WILBUR J. SNYDER, 98, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Wilbur was born on September 13, 1917, and passed early Monday morning, July 25th. His parents were James William Snyder and Emma Mae Rinehart Snyder who lived in Camden, Ohio. He had two older sisters, Elma and Lois, and one twin brother, Wilmer.Wilbur graduated from Dixon Township High School in 1935. After five years of farming, he was employed with Crosley Radio Corporation in Richmond, Indiana for nine months helping to build refrigerators, cars and cook stoves. In 1941 he enrolled at Manchester College. Near the end of his freshmen year, he was drafted into the United States Army. Wilbur requested noncombatant service in the Medical Corps. He served 45 months, including 28 months in Africa and France. Wilbur returned to Manchester in 1946, graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Hired by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Wilbur served as Vice President and Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for 35 years.Wilbur and Eileen met at the Church of the Brethren in Richmond, Indiana, and they were married in April 1943. They had four daughters who are now married to four great men: Karen and Jim Troxel in Chicago, Illinois; Margo and Eldon Krider in Fairview, Michigan; Jody and Dale Warner in Huntertown, Indiana; and Connie and Herman Kauffman in Nappanee, Indiana. Wilbur now has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Wilbur and Eileen were charter members of Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and served on many church committees. They spent nine winters in Arizona, one year volunteering at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland, and three summers at the Greenville Brethren Home in Ohio. Wilbur and Eileen enjoyed vacation trips to California, Hawaii,China, and Europe. Throughout his life Wilbur has enjoyed playing tennis, golf,bowling, shuffleboard, pool, croquet, euchre and marbles.Wilbur and Eileen moved to Timbercrest in 1994. Eileen died in April 2000. While at Timbercrest, Wilbur volunteered in many activities, including ushering,delivering mail and working in the archives at Manchester University. His favorite activity was planting and maintaining many flowerbeds.Visitation will be at 10:00 AM Friday, July 29, followed by the memorial service at11:00 AM in the Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Wilbur Snyder, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or heifer International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203 or Manchester University, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962. For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Snyder family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

  • ROBERT "BOB" R. BECHTOLD, 73, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Robert "Bob" R. Bechtold, 73, North Manchester, IN died Thursday, July 21, 2016 in his residence.  He was born December 22, 1942 in Huntington County, IN to Duane & Ginevra (Auker) Bechtold.  He was a lifelong self-employed farmer.  Bob was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN, a 51 year member of Deming Lodge #88 and member of Loyal Order of the Moose.  He was a former volunteer fireman with Chester Township Fire Dept. for 18 years.  He is survived by his special friend, Linda Martin, Fairmount, IN; son, Bret (Michelle) Bechtold, North Manchester, IN; daughter, Beth (Dave) Wampler, North Manchester, IN; sister, Kay Eads, Wabash, IN; grandchildren, Austin Bechtold, North Manchester, IN, Trent Bechtold, North Manchester, IN and Craig (Deanna) Wampler, North Manchester, IN; great grandchildren, Halie & Abbie Wampler, North Manchester, IN.  Family and friends may call Sunday, July 24, 2016 from noon-7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Masonic Service will be Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Calling also one hour prior to service on Monday.  Service Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Bob Bechtold, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  For those who wish to send a private condolence to the Bechtold family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary homepage.

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