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  • OPAL E. NEES, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Opal E. (Pence) Nees, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 9:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  She was born December 14, 1924 in South Whitley, IN to Chester & Jessie (Bolinger) Pence.  On December 26, 1964 she married John W. Nees.  He died May 31, 1974. Opal attended Salem School and Chester High School, where she graduated in 1943.  She then attended Ft. Wayne Bible College for almost 3 years and then graduated from Manchester College in 1950. Opal was licensed to the ministry by the Middle District of Indiana, Pleasant View Church of the Brethren in 1945. She was ordained to the ministry by the Northern Indiana District, Blissville Church of the Brethren in 1956 (Annual Conference in Grand Rapids, MI) Her first two pastorates were at Auburn, IN and the Blissville Church of the Brethren near Plymouth, IN. For 2 years she was Christian Education Director at the First Church of the Brethren (Miami Street) when it became the new Crest Manor Church in South Bend.  For 12 years she was on the Student Personnel staff and Director of Conferences at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.  In 1976, Opal returned to North Manchester to begin serving a 12 ½ year pastorate at the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. In 1989, Opal began a series of 15 interim pastorates in Churches of the Brethren in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.  After her permanent return to North Manchester in 2003, she moved to the Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Opal was a member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren, Liberty Mills, IN.  She is survived by two foster nephews, Douglas Bay and David Bay both of Fort Wayne, IN.  Family and friends may call Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Services will be Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kelly Beutler, Pastor Carroll Petry and Pastor Joan Deeter will officiate.  Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Opal E. Nees, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Nees family, use the condolence link on the homepage.

  • HUBERT R. NEWCOMER, 93, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Hubert R. Newcomer, 93, North Manchester, IN passed away Thursday, March 10, 2015 at 7:10 p.m. at Timbercrest Healthcare, North Manchester, IN. He was born to Floyd Vincent and Mary Marie (Fox) Newcomer on June 27, 1922 in Monroe Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana. Hubert married Alice Nadine Andrews Baldwin on June 2, 1946 in Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, she survives. He was a member of the North Manchester Church of the Brethren. Hubert graduated from Sidney High School, Sidney, IN in 1940, he attended one year of Bethany Bible School from 1947-1948. He Graduated from McPherson College, Kansas, in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  Hubert went on to get a Master of Divinity Degree from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1953.   Growing up Hubert was responsible for helping his father on the farm while attending school.  He was licensed in 1946 and ordained in 1950 in the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren. Hubert went on to Pastor at Polo Church of the Brethren, Illinois, for five years and Manchester Church of the Brethren for seven years. Hubert then joined the Denominational staff for twelve years. Spending five years on the Department of Interpretation/Stewardship and seven years as the Annual Conference Manager. He was the Executive Director of The Palms of Sebring Retirement Community, Sebring, FL. From 1977-1988 retiring in 1988. Hubert served 65 years in Church of the Brethren Ministries. In 1993 he moved to Timbercrest Senior Living Community. Hubert is survived by his three daughters, Nancy (John) Moore, Wilmington, OH, Kathy (Alan) Uecke, West Chicago, IL, and Beverly (Fred) Schmidt, Williamston, MI; one sister, Vivian Miller, North Manchester, IN; one brother-in-law, Charles Eugene (Gene) Valentine, North Manchester, IN; and ten grandchildren, Erin (Jerry) Socha, Nathan (Michele) Moore, Ryan (Alicia) Uecke, Jeffery (Brianna) Uecke, Steven (Erin) Uecke, Laura Uecke, Jacob Uecke, Daisy (Ericka Bates) Schmidt, April Schmidt, Abigail (Drew) Ruonavaana and 13 great grandchildren.  Hubert was proceeded in death by four sisters and one brother. Services Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann will officiate. Burial will be in the Manchester Church of the Brethren Memorial Garden at a later date.   For those who wish to honor the memory of Hubert Newcomer, memorial contributions may be made to MELC operating costs, 806 W. South Street, North Manchester, IN 46962, Timbercrest Charitable Assistance, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962To send a private condolence to the Newcomer family, use the condolence link on the McKee Mortuary 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. 

  • 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. 

  • ELVA LOUISE NOLT, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Elva Louise Nolt, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, IN. She was born July 9, 1922 in New Philadelphia, OH to Enos Dale & Edna Lucille (Thompson) Nolt. Louise was a teacher and a member of the Church of the Brethren.  One brother is deceased.  There will be no calling or services.  Burial will be at a later date at Black River Church of the Brethren, Spencer, OH.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Louise Nolt, memorial contributions may be made to Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements entrusted to  McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  To send a private condolence to the Nolt family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • CLARK R. NICCUM, 69, FORT WAYNE, IN

     

    Clark Ross Niccum, 69, Fort Wayne, IN died Sunday, August 4, 2013 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, IN.  He was born January 24, 1944 in Wabash, IN to Edward R. & Esther (Merrick) Niccum.  He graduated from Manchester High School, North Manchester, IN class of 1963. Clark was a machinist in Ft. Wayne, IN and most recently he was a student at Ivy Tech, Fort Wayne, IN studying CAD design until his illness.  He was a member of Harvester Missionary Church, Fort Wayne, IN. He was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and working with his hands. He is survived by two brothers, Rexford (Mary Ethel) Niccum, Combes, TX and Ronald (Barbara) Niccum, Stafford Springs, CT and one sister, Patsy (William) Wimmer, Columbia City, IN. One brother, Donald Niccum, is deceased. A graveside service will be Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the North Manchester Old German Baptist Brethren Cemetery, State Road 13 N, North Manchester, IN.  A memorial service will be Monday, August 26, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Harvester Avenue Missionary Church, 3331 Harvester Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN. Pastor Dave Binkley will officiate.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester, IN. For those who wish to honor the memory of Clark R. Niccum, memorial contributions may be made to Harvester Avenue Missionary Church, 3331 Harvester Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46803 To send a private condolence to the Niccum family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DONALD L. NICCUM, 62, BREMEN, AL

     

    Donald L. Niccum, 62, Bremen, AL and formerly of North Manchester, IN died 8:22 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013 in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Ft. Wayne, IN.  He was born at Wabash, IN on August 19, 1950 to Edward R. & Esther (Merrick) Niccum.  He graduated from Manchester High School in 1969, served his country in the United States Navy, and was a heavy equipment operator.  He married Judy D. Hall and she preceded him in death on June 17, 2011.  Surviving are four sons, Nico (Karen) Figueroa, Aurora, CO; Jonathon E. Niccum, Bremen, AL; Frank Anthony (Anna) Niccum, Santa Cruz, CA; James (Shanna) Hays, Bremen, AL.  Two daughters, Kimberly M. Niccum, Las Vegas, NV and Christina Hays, Hanceville, AL.  Eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Three brothers, Rexford (Mary Ethel) Niccum, Combes, TX; Clark Niccum, Ft. Wayne, IN; Ronald (Barbara) Niccum, Stafford Springs, CT.  A sister, Patsy (William) Wimmer, Columbia City, IN.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Donald attended Bethany Baptist Church (Church on the Lake) at Bremen, AL and enjoyed his grandchildren and fishing.   Friends and family may call on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  A graveside service with military honors will be held at Gold Cemetery, Scottsboro, AL on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.  To send a private condolence to the Niccum family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • MAJOR H. NITZSCHKE, 92, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Major H. Nitzschke, 92, North Manchester, IN died Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 7:50 p.m. in Brookside Haven Healthcare, Muncie, IN.  He was born June 29, 1920 in Pulaski County, IN to Clyde & Jane (Stitz) Nitzschke.  On September 27, 1942 he married Mary C. Hurley.  She died July 1, 1980.  He then married Barbara J. Day on April 15, 1983.  She died August 23, 2002.  Major served in the US Army during WWII.  He retired from the Manchester Foundry in 1983 and was a life member of the VFW Post #286, Wabash, IN and a life member of the American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, IN. He is survived by two step-sons, Rick Day, Mexico, IN and Rodney Day, North Manchester, IN.  Three brothers and four sisters are deceased.  Services and burial are at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2012 in Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating.  Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 W, North Manchester, IN 46962. To send a private condolence to the Nitzxchke family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • DR. R. EMERSON NISWANDER, 97, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Dr. R. Emerson Niswander, 97, North Manchester, IN died at 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester, IN.  He was born April 2, 1914 at Bluffton, Ohio to Noah & Kate (Stetler) Niswander.  On June 8, 1941 he married Evelyn Mullett.  She survives.  Also surviving are two sons; Ray Niswander Jr., Worthington, OH and Mark Niswander, Mahomet, IL.  Two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Sue) Myers, Hershey, PA and Mrs. Phillip (Jan) Will, Romeoville, IL.  Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  His parents and two brothers are decaesed.  From 1941-1945 he served his country in the United States Army.  He was a professor of biology at Manchester College from 1950-1982.  Prior to teaching at Manchester College, he taught at Eden Central High School, Upper Sandusky, OH.  Dr. Niswander graduated from Bluffton (OH) High School in 1932 and from Bluffton (OH) University in 1938.  He received his Master's Degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  Recognized with a citation from Indiana Family Pratice Physicians for the education of medical students and he received a citation for Responsible Philanthropy from Manchester College.  He was a member of the North Manchester Historical Society and was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for History, North Manchester, IN.  He was a member of the Indiana Academy of Science and the Ohio Academy of Science.  He served on the Wabash County Hospital Board and was a member of the Wabash County Economic Development Committee.  He was a member of Entomology Society of America and the Sigma Zi fraternity at Ohio State University.  He was the co-owner, with his wife, of Old Orchard Antiques at North Manchester.  With a recent endowment received, Manchester College dedicated the Dr. R. Emerson & Evelyn Niswander Biology Department.  He was highly regarded as a scholar and teacher and was deeply committed to his students, many of whom became teachers, scientists, lab technicinas, physicians and dentists.  He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren.  Services for Dr. R. Emerson Niswander will be held August 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN.  Pastor Kurt Borgmann and Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate.  His family will receive friends following the service.  Arrangements have been entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Dr. R. Emerson Niswander, memorial contributions may been made to Manchester College, 604 E. College Ave., North Manchester, IN 46962 or Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.  To send a private condolence to the Niswander family, use the Condolence link on the Homepage.

  • NORMA E. KING NOVAKOWSKI, 91, NORTH MANCHESTER, IN

     

    Norma E. King Novakowski, 91, North Manchester, IN died at 9:25 a.m. Sunday, September 26, 2010 in Peabody Healthcare Center.  She was born at Beecher, Illinois on July 19, 1919 to Frank & Emma (Schutte) Ziems.  On July 14, 1940 she married Thomas George King.  He died July 15, 1973.  On September 9, 1979 she married Edward Novakowski.  He died January 2, 1989.  A son, Thomas E. King died January 17, 2006.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Albert (Barbara) Williams, North Manchester, IN and Mrs. Kenneth (Judy) Yambor, Plainfield, IL.  Four grandchildren, Gary (Julie) Yambor, Homer Glen, IL; Mrs. Jeff (Lynne) Schwartz, West Chicago, IL; David (Janette) Williams, Ft. Wayne, IN; Mrs. Vernon (Jennifer) Martin, North Manchester, IN.  Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren.  One brother, one sister and one great-granddaughter are deceased.  Norma was an avid bingo player, devoted to family and friends and a "mother" to many.  Services will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 E. 2nd Street, North Manchester, IN.  Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 3 - 5 p.m. at the church.  Rev. Kevin DeKoninck will officiate and burial will be in Crete Cemetery, Crete, Illinois.  For those who wish to honor the memory of Norma Novakowski, memorials may be made to Sycamore Pre-School, 306 E. 2nd Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.  Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN.