Christine N. Mason, 87, North Manchester, Ind., formerly of Houston, Texas, died at 12:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester, Ind.
She was born July 7, 1927, in Esther, Mo., to Dewey and Christine (Robinson) Jennings. She married James Mason, who preceded her in death.
She was secretary and retired in 1984 from an oil company in Houston, where she read maps of oil field to determine where drilling rigs would be set. After retirement she spent several years as a nanny to the children of two families. She was a member of Lutheran Church, Houston. She had a very special relationship with her first born grandson, Jimmy Mullenix.
She is survived by her son: Donald E. Mason, Paxton, Ill.; one daughter: Marjorie A. (Bob) Mullenix, Houston; one brother: James Jennings, Park Hills, Mo; two sisters: Shirley Price, Laketon, Ind.; and Mary Lou Jennings, Bonne Terre, Mo.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Peabody Chapel, 400 W. Seventh St., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the chapel with Reverend Sue Babovec officiating. Burial will be in Laketon Cemetery, Laketon, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
She was born Nov. 8, 1917, in Nappanee, Ind., to Edward Franklin and Viola Lucena (Mitchell) Gall. She graduated from Nappanee High School. Her senior photo caption was “A woman’s crowning glory is her hair”. On Sept. 28, 1935 she married G. Joseph Bontrager. He preceded her in death. She then married Paul Russell Becker on May 16, 1999. He preceded her in death.
Kathryn worked at Lake City Bank, Warsaw, Ind., for 15 years. She was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, and a former member of West Eel River Church of the Brethren, Silver Lake, Ind.
She is survived by one son: Mark E. (Ruth) Bontrager, Fort Wayne, Ind.; three daughters: Brenda Jo Falconer, Rockford, Ill.; Deborah (James) Lotz, Warsaw; Victoria Kay Bontrager, Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by one grandchild; two brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, at the funeral chapel. Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Park Cemetery, Ligonier, Ind. Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962.
Carl Joe Rans, 82, of North Manchester, Ind., and formerly of Akron, Ind., passed away at 5:25 a.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Timbercrest Healthcare of North Manchester, after being in failing health for 8 years.
He was born Sept. 15, 1931, in Fulton County, Ind., to Delbert Roy and Ethel Faye (Rouch) Rans. He was a 1949 graduate of Kewanna High School. On Sept. 1, 1951, in LaPorte, Ind., he was married to Joan M. Brandenstein. She survives.
He was a retired dairy farmer and also work doing custom bailing, seed corn salesman, and he also worked for MoorMan’s Feed. He worked for Jim Lewis installing Surge Milking Systems. He attended the Akron Church of God. Joe was a member of the Akron Lions Club. He enjoyed bailing, milking cows, doing woodworking projects, square dancing, and spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends.
He is survived by his wife; a son: Monte (Christine) Rans, Hesston, Kan.; daughters: Connie Rudd, Valporaiso, Ind.; Carla (Roger) Wagoner, Claypool, Ind.; sister: Virginia Ruth Agnew, Kewanna, Ind.; 10 grandchildren: Craig, Kevin, Beth, Brandon, Brianne, Blaine, Bryan, Scott, Cori and Sara; 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers: Billy Richard Rans, Harold Rans, Hubert Rans, Raymond Rans, Delbert Rans, Jr., Paul Rans, Lowell Rans and
Larry R. Rans; four sisters: Helen Worl, Lois Bell, Ethel Stipp and Lorene Wood.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Feb. 24, at Akron Church of God located at 301 S. West Street Akron, Ind. Pastor Terry Canfield will officiate. Burial will take place in Akron Cemetery, Akron.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Timbercrest Healthcare or Gentiva Hospice or the Akron Church of God.
R. Lowell Yohe, 89, North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.
He was born April 2, 1924, the oldest of one brother and one sister to Herbert and Frances (Kress) Yohe. In 1942, he graduated from high school in Monroe Township, Ohio, and went to Ohio State for 1 and a half years before being drafted in WWII. He was in Civilian Public Service for 3 years. On June 8, 1947, he married Martha L. Stinebaugh.
His parents were farmers and that is what Lowell always wanted to do. He had a passion for farming and owned and operated a farm in the South Whitley, Ind., area for 34 years. Lowell established a commodities business in Warsaw, Ind., and eventually they moved to Warsaw and went into that business full-time until his retirement. He went on a People to People tour with other farmers to Europe where they were in seven different countries. Lowell was on the board of Black Lake Lodge, a farm where boys with special problems came from Fort Wayne, Ind., to learn about living together and farming. He received special recognition for 22 years in that work. He and Martha moved to Timbercrest in 1993. He enjoyed spending time at his computer and watching baseball and basketball on TV. He was a Ham Radio Operator since 1962, a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, Ind., and a member of American Radio Relay League.
He is survived by his wife; two sons: Richard Yohe, South Whitley; and Pat (Faye) Yohe, Ottawa, Ohio; one daughter: Rebecca Brock, Fort Wayne; one sister: Yula Jean Hillis, Arcanum, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother: Wendel Yohe; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 9, at the chapel. Pastor Karen Eberly will officiate. Burial will be at Manchester Church of the Brethren Memorial Garden, North Manchester. McKee Mortuary is handling all arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer Project International, PO Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.
Anneadele ‘Ann’ McFarland, 93, North Manchester, Ind., went to be with the Lord January 24, 2014 at her residence.
She was born at Wabash County, Ind., on Oct. 28, 1920, to Glen and Louise (Barnette) Rager. On Sept. 25, 1941, she married Ralph E. McFarland. He preceded her in death.
Ann graduated from Central High School in 1938 and retired from Heckman Bindery at North Manchester in 1984 after 21 years. She was an Avon representative for several years. She was a talented seamstress and a wonderful cake baker. She was known for her wonderful angel food cakes. She attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Claypool, Ind.
She is survived by two sons: Danny J. McFarland, North Manchester; and Ted J. (Terri) McFarland, Elkhart, IN.; three daughters: Cheryl A. (C.W.) Gohman, North Manchester, IN; Patti (McFarland) Prasad, Los Angeles, Calif; and Jan L. (McFarland) Chalfant, Los Angeles; grandchildren: Barry A. Drudge, Danielle N. Bishop, Dylan McFarland, Eric Prasad, Haylee McFarland, Rob Chalfant and Jensen Chalfant; great-grandchildren: Mia Drudge, Zack Drudge, Logan Bishop and Sebastian Bishop.
He was preceded in death by one brother: Fredrick Rager and one sister: Elenore Rager.
The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice for the excellent service.
There will be no services and no visitation. Arrangements are being handled at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.
Joan M. McKee, 77, North Manchester, Ind., passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born on Dec. 24, 1936, in Baldwin Park, Calif., to John and Marie O’Camb. On Oct. 5, 1957, she married Billie D. McKee. He preceded her in death.
Joan was a homemaker and member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church, North Manchester.
She is survived by four sons: John McKee, Orange Park, Fla.; David McKee, North Manchester; Thomas McKee, Alexandria, Ind.; and Daniel McKee, Logansport, Ind.; three daughters: Janet (Timothy) Kranz, Altoloma, Calif.; Mary McKee, Roanoke, Ind.; and Curt (Cheryl) Frischkorn, Santa Fe, N.M.; 11 grandchildren; and one brother: Jack O’Camb, Cameron Park, Calif.
Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 1203 SR 114 East, North Manchester. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12 p.m. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 1203 SR 114 East, North Manchester. Father Andrew Curry will officiate and burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Arrangements are being handled by McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Robert’s Catholic Church, 1203 SR 114 E., North Manchester.