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  • DUANE E. PIPER, 84, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Duane E. Piper, 84, North Manchester, IN died at 7:21 p.m. Monday, August 24, 2015 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born October 21, 1930 in South Whitley, IN to Walter Ray & Ethel M. (Bentz) Piper.  He graduated from Central High School in 1950. Duane served in the US Army from 1948-1968 and after retirement from his military career he was employed in various management positions with Kroger Co., from 1968-1988. On July 3, 1980 he married Joyce Drotch.  She died May 21, 2013.  He was a member of American Legion Post #286 and Moose Lodge #1518 both of North Manchester, IN.  He was a member of Sycamore Golf Club where he was an avid golfer.  He also enjoyed woodworking, fishing and old movies.  He is survived by one step son, Mark Drotch, North Manchester, IN; one step daughter, Cindy (Donald) Cook, Fort Lauderdale, FL; one daughter-in-law, Virginia Aughinbaugh, Columbia City, IN; two brothers, V. Ray (Rosemary) Piper, North Manchester, IN and Max (Sue) Piper, North Manchester, IN; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.  One son, Mike Aughinbaugh,  and one brother, Paul Piper, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, August 28, 2015 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Services will be Friday, August 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Pastor Benjamin Bolin will officiate.  Burial will be at a later date.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Duane Piper, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Piper family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • LEON E. METZGER, 82, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Leon E. Metzger, 82, North Manchester, IN died at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN.  He was born May 30, 1933 in Wabash County, IN to Orville & Mae E. (Niccum) Metzger.  On January 5, 1964 he married Agatha M. Coning.  He was a North Manchester area farmer for several years.  Leon was a member of Old German Baptist Brethren Church, North Manchester, IN.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  He is survived by his wife, Agatha M. Metzger, North Manchester, IN; three sons, Roger E. (Christine) Metzger, North Manchester, IN, Eric A. (Rachel) Metzger, North Manchester, IN and Chris L. (Roxanna) Metzger; two daughters, Susan E. (Doug) Bowman, Ferrum, VA and Nelda A. (Myron) Metzger, North Manchester, IN; two brothers, Max (Irene) Metzger, Silver Lake, IN and Wilmer (Janet) Metzger, North Manchester, IN; one sister, Esther (Billie) Blocher, North Manchester, IN; twenty-six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Two sons, Todd Metzger & Brian Metzger, three brothers, Eldon Metzger, Delmer Metzger and Mark Metzger, two sisters, Catherine Metzger and Leona Acord and one granddaughter are deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Old German Baptist Church, State Road 13 North, 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 Metzger family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • HOMER G. HOOVER, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Homer G. Hoover, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born February 24, 1924 in Pleasant Township, Wabash County, IN to Lawrence & Mary (Frantz) Hoover.  He graduated from Laketon High School in 1942.  On November 26, 1949 he married Julia M. Slaybaugh.  He was a service manager for the International Harvester dealership in North Manchester for 20 years. He then was a diesel mechanic for Pierceton Trucking in Laketon for 20 years retiring in 1987.  He enjoyed being with his family and helping his friends and others in need.  He also enjoyed golf, singing and traveling in the United States. Homer was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  He is survived by his wife, Julie Hoover, North Manchester, IN; two sons, Michael G. (Pamela) Hoover, North Manchester, IN and Dr. Rick L. (Elaine) Hoover, South Bend, IN; one daughter, Patti A. (Romeo) Benzon, Kapolei Oahu, HI; one brother, Russel S. (Joann) Hoover, North Manchester, IN; two sisters, Grace Metzger, North Manchester, IN and Verna (Roger) Shively, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Natalie Hoover, Alex (Sarah) Hoover, Elise Hoover and Jessica Benson; great grandchildren, Isis Craig and Finley Hoover.  One brother, Raymond E. Hoover, one sister, Ruby Muir, and one sister-in-law, LeeAnna Hoover, are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, August 21, 2015 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Calling also one hour prior to service on Saturday at Timbercrest Chapel.  Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate.  Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Homer G. Hoover, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Hoover family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • SANDRA SUE HARPER, 72, SOUTH WHITLEY, IN

     

    Sandra Sue Harper, 72, South Whitley, IN died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 2:40 a.m. in her residence.  She was born January 27, 1942 in Fort Wayne, IN to Richard and Dorothy (Brecht) Freeman.  On April 15, 1961 she married Charles Douglas Harper.  She retired in 2012 from North Webster Medical Clinic after 15 years of service.  She also worked at Mason Healthcare for 6 years and had been employed with Peabody Retirement Community and Timbercrest Senior Living Community.  She was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN and OES.  She volunteered at North Manchester Thrift Store and loved her family pet Whitley and her special koi.  She is survived by her husband, Charles Harper, South Whitley, IN; three sons, Mitchell (Tracy) Harper, Columbia City, IN, Christopher Harper, Plymouth, IN and Aaron (Shannan Krull) Harper, South Whitley, IN; one daughter, Sarah (Kim) Carpenter, Wabash, IN; one sister Richardine "Ritchie" (Dennis) Frieden, North Manchester, IN; grandchildren, Blake Harper, Colton Harper, Kailen Carpenter, Kamden Carpenter, Kenner Carpenter, Jaxon Harper and Emerson Harper.  Family and friends may call Monday, August 17, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN.  Memorial service Monday, August 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate.  Burial will take place at a later date.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Sandra Harper, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1315 Director's Row, Suite 206, Fort Wayne, IN 46808. To send a private condolence to the Harper family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • DOROTHY MAE TURLEY, 77, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dorothy Mae Turley, 77, North Manchester, IN  died Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. at her residence.  She was born Norvember 25, 1937 in Terre Haute, IN to Raymond & Goldie (Brust) Myers.  On March 2, 1956 she married Clarence Turley.  She was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN and worked in assembly at Controls, North Manchester, IN for 22 years.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandma. She is survived by her husband, Clarence Turley, North Manchester, IN; two sons, David Turley, Indianapolis, IN and Stephen (Lisa) Turley, North Manchester, IN; one daughter, Rhonda Turley, North Manchester, IN; one brother, Larry Myers, Terre Haute, IN; four sisters, Patricia Hopkins, Terre Haute, IN, Molly Pugh, Indianapolis, IN, Julie McDowell, Atlanta, GA and Debbie Followell, Indianapolis, IN; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Two brothers and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, August 14, 2015 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, August 15, 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 Dorothy Turley, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Turley family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • DORA F. GASTON, 87, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dora F. Gaston, 87, Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, IN died at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw, IN.  She was born June 11, 1928 in Wabash County, IN to John & Anna (Kampen) Deckena.  She graduated from Chester High School in 1946.  On February 22, 1948 she married Arthur A. Gaston.  She was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester, IN and a former member of the Jolly Janes Home Extension Club for 35 years.  She and her husband, Arthur, farmed together for 41 years.  She is survived by her husband, Arthur Gaston, North Manchester, IN; one son Roger D. (Carol) Gaston, Warsaw, IN; one daughter, Mary L. (David) Moore, Warsaw, IN; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren, five great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.  One brother, Heinz Deckena, is deceased.  Family and friends may call Friday, August 14, 2015 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Friday, August 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Peabody Chapel, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J. P. Freeman and Rev. Sue Babovec will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Dora F. Gaston, memorial contributions may be made to Peabody Retirement Community, 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Dora Gaston family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • RAY FENIX, 84, WARSAW, IN

     

    Ray Fenix, 84, Warsaw, IN died at 5:28 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 in Mason Health and Rehabilitation, Warsaw, IN.  He was born October 15, 1930 in Floyd County, KY. He was raised by his grandparents Walker and Martha Horn. He was an Air Force Veteran. Ray retired from Creighton Brothers, Warsaw, IN.  He enjoyed working number circle finds and was a great cook and enjoyed dogs and loved children.  He also enjoyed camping and was a great storyteller.  His companion of 33 years, Nancy Konkle, died October 12, 2008.  He is survived by two nieces, Tina Fenix, Warsaw, IN and Barbara Brown, Macy, IN; three nephews, Charles "Ray" Fenix, Warsaw, IN, Gene Fenix, Atwood, IN and Danny Fenix, Michigan; and his special friend, Kenton Slone, Warsaw, IN.  Two brothers and five sisters are deceased.  There will be no calling or services.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Ray Fenix, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45260-0301. To send a private condolence to the Fenix family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • CONRAD SNAVELY, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Conrad Snavely, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 11:35 a.m. Sunday, July 19, 2015 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born May 19, 1918 in Seneca, OH to Glenn & Lucile (Byerly) Snavely. A 1943 Graduate of Manchester College.  Licensed in the Christian Ministry in 1939 at Fostoria, OH Church of the Brethren. Bethany Biblical Seminary 1946 graduate. On June 6, 1943 he married Irma Grace Fisher.  She died September 18, 1998.  He then married Bertha Custer on April 15, 2000.  She died July 11, 2015.  He was a church of the Brethren Pastor in Manassas, VA for 6 years, Salamonie, IN for 8 years, Hope, MI for 6 years and a Missionary to Nigeria from 1968-1973. Director of Camp Brethren Heights, Rodney, MI for 6 years where he also served the Rodney Church.  Manchester College Maintenance Dept. for 7 years.  Member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren since 1979 where he served on the Board for 6 years, and chair of the Memorial Garden Committee for a number of years and sang in the choir for many years.  Served on Annual Conference Standing Committee for 3 years. Moderator of Michigan District, Wabash County Habitat Board for 8 years. President of Wabash County Council on Aging Board for 8 years.  He is survived by two sons, James Snavely, San Benito, TX and Brent Snavely, Royal Oaks, MI; Two brothers, Errol Snavely, Lewisville, IN and Welton Snavely, Nonington, England; one sister, Frances Gilbert, Jeffersonville, IN.  Four brothers and one sister are deceased.  Family and friends may call Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate.  Burial will be in the Memorial Gardens at Manchester Church of the Brethren.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Conrad Snavely, memorial contributions may be made to Wabash County Habitat for Humanity, 375 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 or Memorial Garden Fund at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Snavely family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 





  • Helen J. Metzger, 81, North Manchester, IN

     

    Helen J. Metzger, 81, of North Manchester, IN died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2015 at her residence.  She was born March 6, 1934 in Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, IN to Emery G. and Grace M. (Moe) Pyle.  She married Gene C. Metzger on March 20, 1954.  He died December 9, 2010.    She graduated from Sidney High School in 1952.  She was a homemaker and assistant to the late Dr. George W. Seward.  Later she was an assistant at the Manchester Community School nurse's office and retired as a teller from Frances Slocum Bank, North Manchester, IN.  She is survived by one son: Dan L. (Regina) Metzger, North Manchester, IN, one daughter-in-law, Barbara Metzger, North Manchester, IN, one brother, Loren (Sue) Pyle, Bloomingdale, Michigan.  She is also survived by 3 grandchildren; Adam (Angie) Metzger, Andrew Metzger, and Megan Metzger, all of North Manchester, and one great-grandson Brock Metzger, North Manchester.  One son, Douglas G. Metzger, died in 1996.  Helen was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.  She was a member of the Ivy Chapter #69 Order of the Eastern Star.  Over the years she made many wedding and birthday cakes.  Services will be on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN, with Pastor JP Freeman officiating.  Friends may call on Monday, July 20, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, and also one hour prior to services at the church.  Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN at a later date.    For those who wish to honor the memory of Helen J. Metzger, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, In 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Metzger family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

  • ROBERT J. NELSON JR., 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Robert J. Nelson Jr., 97, North Manchester, IN died at 8:15 a.m. Friday, July 10, 2015 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born September 14, 1917 in Bridgeport, CT to Robert J. & Myra L. (Ackerman) Nelson.  He graduated from New Cumberland High School, New Cumberland, PA in 1934.  During WWII Bob served with the Civilian Public Service (CPS) in Lagro, IN and Camp Belden in Northern California.  He graduated from LaVerne College, LaVerne, CA in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts. He received MA from University of SD in 1951. On October 21, 1944 he married Mary Flook.  She died April 4, 1974.  He then married Esther Deardorff on December 29, 1974.  She died May 1998. He then married M. June Lowder on May 8, 1999. She died December 7, 2006. He served as pastor at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, PA and Grand Rapids Church of the Brethren, Grand Rapids, MI 1951-1957. He was the Director of Publicity and Director of Audio Visual Services at Manchester College for 30 years and retired in 1986.  He was a member of Manchester College Board of Trustees from 1955-1957 representing the Michigan district of the Church of the Brethren.  Member of Lancaster, PA Ministerial Association. Chairman of Family Life Committee of the Grand Rapids Ministerial Association.  Past President of Kiwanis Club, North Manchester, IN.  Past President North Manchester Historical Society.  Member of the Board of Trustees of Manchester Main Street, Inc. Past President of Resident Council at Timbercrest Senior Living Community.  Member of Historic Preservation Committee in North Manchester, IN.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, IN.  He is survived by one daughter, Laura L. Stults, Osceola, IN; one grandchild, three great grandchildren, twenty-four step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren.  One sister, Virginia L. Hoch, died in 1961.  Family and friends may call Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services Sunday, July 19, 2015at 2:00 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Karen Eberly and Chaplain Don Fecher 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 Robert J. Nelson Jr. memorial contributions may be made to Bird Friendly Landscaping at Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Nelson family, use the condolence link on the homepage. 

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