North Manchester Obituaries

Millie Prater

Millie Prater, 69, of Rochester, Ind., passed away at 2:29 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 3, 1944, in Dock, Ky., the daughter of Creed and Barbara (Bradley) Flanery.

Millie had worked for many years at Controls in North Manchester, Ind.

She is survived by her children: Rita K. Sellers, Rochester; Wilbur Lee Prater Jr., Claypool, Ind.; Vicky Dixon, Thomson, Ga.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers: Curtis Flannery, Silver Lake, Ind.; Marvin Flannery, Claypool; sisters: Cassie Bradley, California; Janavee Prater, Roann, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her seven brothers and sisters: Arnold, Evelyn, Oris, Creed Calvin, Lawrence, Lloyd Flannery and Tealie Spears.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are with Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester.

David R. Roth

David RothDavid R. Roth, 95, North Manchester, Ind., died at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

He was born March 28, 1919, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Dr. Roy and Elsie (Regedanz) Roth. He graduated from Central High School, North Manchester, with the class of 1937. On June 20, 1942, he married Mildred L. Emerick. David served in the US Air Force. A bombardier on a B-24 Liberator during WWII, his plane was shot down near Innsbruck, Austria following which he was interned in a German hospital and POW camps for 11 months.

He retired from the US Postal Service in 1977 after 29 years of service. He was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester; a 73 year member and Past Master of Deming Lodge #88 F & AM, member and Past Worthy Patron of Ivy Chapter #69 Order of Eastern Star; served 10 years as a committee member of the Boys Scouts Troop No. 475 all at North Manchester, IN. He was a member of the Laketon American Legion Post #402, York Rite Bodies, Peru, Ind.; Mizpah Temple, Fort Wayne, Ind.; member Izaac Walton League; charter member of the former JayCee’s Club and charter member of the former VFW Post, North Manchester, Ind. He was also a member of D.A.V. Post, Goshen, Ind., and a member of AXPOW.

David is survived by his wife; two sons: Thomas A. (Janet) Roth, Dewart Lake, Ind.; and Steven L. (Billie) Roth, Rossville, Ind.; one brother: Benjamin Roth, Fort Pierce, Fla.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son: Jerry L. Roth; one daughter: Judith A. Roth; and two brothers: Thomas Roth and James Roth.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W, North Manchester. Masonic service will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 21, with funeral service to follow at McKee Mortuary. Reverend James Lund will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be given to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital c/o Mizpah Shrine, A.A.O.N.M.S., 407 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 or Donor’s Choice.

Josephine Moore

Moore, JosephineJosephine Moore, 85, of Columbia City, Ind., formerly of North Manchester, Ind., passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born August 17, 1928 to Belva and Crow Nelson in Blue River KY. She was the oldest daughter of 10 children. Sixty-eight years ago, on July 4, 1946, she met her loving husband, Ray Moore.

Jo and Ray were married on April 26, 1947 celebrating 67 years of marriage. Jo retired after 26 years of service from Controls Corp. in North Manchester. She loved bluegrass music and was a dedicated supporter of her family’s musical hobby. Ray and Jo camped and enjoyed bluegrass festivals for over 40 years. The last 20 years there wintered in Florida. They truly enjoyed being with all their friends and family and making new friends along the way. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Zolfo Springs, FL.

Surviving are her loving husband: Ray, of Columbia City; sons: Roger (Peggy) Moore of Indianapolis, Ed (Pat) Moore of Urbana, Ind.; daughter: Crystal (Dave) Anderson of Columbia City: daughter-in-law: Karen Moore of Pierceton, Ind. Grandsons: Travis (Brooke)  Moore of Huntington, Ind., Greg (Deena) Moore of Reedsville, Penn., Andrew Moore of Urbana, Don Beatty of Urbana, Dave Davidson of Indianapolis. Granddaughters: Brooke (Eric) Beck of Pierceton, Jessica Moore of Pierceton, Karen Davidson of Indianapolis. Great grandchildren: Haylee Moore and Breanna Moore of Huntington, Logan Moore of Wabash, Ind., Shania Davidson of Indianapolis, Seth Davidson of Indianapolis, Sidney Beatty of Urbana.

Also surviving are her brother, Crow (Sue) Nelson Jr. of Huntington, sisters, Ethel (Jeff) Hill of Muncie, In., Dorsey (Elmer) Shepherd of Prestonsburg, Ky. and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Ray Moore, her mother, father, one brother and five sisters.

Family and friends may call Monday, July 14, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Services will be Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, Pastor J. P. Freeman officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, IN.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Josephine Moore, memorial contributions may be made to Whitley County Home Health and Hospice, 1260 E State Rd 205, Columbia City, IN 46725 or Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 E State Rd 205, Columbia City, IN 46725. To send a private condolence to the Moore family, visit

Ercell V. Lynn

Ercell V. Lynn, 99, North Manchester, Ind., died at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014 in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Memorial service Monday, July 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 North Beckley Street, North Manchester, IN. The family will receive friends following the service.

Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. To send a private condolence to the Lynn family, visit

Joanna L. Smith

Joanna SmithJoanna L. Smith, 82, of North Manchester, Ind., died at 11:11 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born Sept. 28, 1931, in Flora, Ind., to Leo and Sarah (Angle) Spitler. She graduated from Flora (Ind.) High School in 1949 and Manchester College in 1953 and took classes at Butler University.

During high school she spent 5 years in 4-H and earned a leadership award in 4-H. She played the marimba in high school and was church organist and pianist for many years. She majored in music at Manchester College and was very involved in the A cappella choir. She was involved in many music classes, piano & band at Manchester College. 

On Aug. 26, 1951, she married Dr. Lloyd H. Smith. He died Dec. 2, 1983. Joanna was a homemaker and had worked at Allison General Motors for 6 summers and was an elementary school teacher at Westlake Elementary (near Indianapolis) for 4 years and Traverse City, Mich., for 1 year. She was a substitute teacher for 10 years in Ludington, Mich.

She was a member of First Brethren Church, North Manchester, and loved her family deeply and enjoyed spending time with them. 

She is survived by two sons: Brenton (Kelli) Smith, Denver, Colo.; and Curtis (Ruth) Smith, Lansing, Mich.; two daughters: Lorinda (Edward) Visser, Webster, NY; and Janelle (Chris) Walters, North Manchester, Ind.; two brothers: Robert (Pat) Spitler, Flora, Ind.; and Don (Elaine) Spitler, Warsaw, Ind.; seven grandchildren; four step grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester. The service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church. Pastor Kurt Stout and Pastor Edward Visser will officiate. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora, Ind.

Memorials may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962; or First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester, IN 46962.

Edith Disler Ferguson

Ferguson, EdithEdith Disler Ferguson, 102, North Manchester, Ind., formerly of North Carolina, passed away at 7:23 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

She was born May 3, 1912, in Memphis, Tenn., to Enos and Caroline (Simons) Disler. She graduated from Tiffin High School, Tiffin, Ohio, in 1930.

On Nov. 15, 1941, she married Elmer Speck. He died May 23, 1970. She then married Lowery Ferguson on March 28, 1981. He died April 29, 1993.

Edith was a secretary for World Methodist Council, Lake Junaluska, N.C., and retired in 1979. She was a member of North Manchester United Methodist Church, North Manchester, Ind., and former member of Timbercrest Choir, United Methodist Choir and United Methodist Saints Alive Choir.

She is survived by one step son: David Speck, Pennsylvania; two step daughters: Dorothy (Keith) Stahl, Bonnieville, Ky.; and Jane (Alna) Ferguson-Hyatt, Waynesville, S.C.; one sister: Beatrice Welker, North Manchester; one nephew: Keith Disler, Huntington, Ind.; and two nieces: Janice Disler, Huntington, Ind.; and Deb (Ron) Schenkel, Urbana, Ind.; and many great nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by two step sons: Donald Speck and Lowery Ferguson Jr.; and three brothers: Elliott Disler, Harold Disler and Melville Disler. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East St., North Manchester. A memorial service will immediately follow at 10 a.m. with Pastor Larry Ray to officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Lancaster Cemetery, Huntington, Ind. 

Memorials may be made to Timbercrest Crestwood Project, P.O. Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962, or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.   

Arrangements were entrusted to McKee Mortuary, North Manchester.