North Manchester Obituaries

Roy Leslie Kinsey

1289182_profile_picRoy Leslie Kinsey, 97, of North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 12:33 a.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

He was born May 25, 1916, in Claypool, Ind., to Harry and Mabel (Bowen) Kinsey. Roy was a 1934 graduate of Claypool High School. He married Ethel I. Slack in Claypool on March 12, 1938 –she preceded him in death.

He was a farmer, a carpenter, owned a hatchery in Claypool 19 years and worked at Frantz Lumber Company in North manchester 16 years. Roy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wabash. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and IU Basketball.

He is survived by three children: David (Carolyn) Kinsey, Harned, Ky.; Anne (Dr. Robert) Steele, Sebring, Fla.; Mary (Stan) Willmert, Wabash, Ind.; seven grandchildren: Andrew (Lacey) Montgomery, Chicago, Ill.; Scott Montgomery, Kokomo, Ind.; Stephanie Kinsey, Bloomington, Ind.; Marienne Kinsey, Indianapolis, Ind; Konrad (Julie) Willmert, Jonesboro, Ind.; Kristopher (Stephanie) Willmert and Anne (Angel Jordán) Willmert, both of Wabash; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and two brothers: Russell and Keith Kinsey.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Monday, April 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Zion Lutheran Church located at 173 Hale Dr., Wabash. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the church and will be officiated by Pastor Jeremy Yeadon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church.

Janet Fisher

Janet Fisher, 67, North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 9:45 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, in Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.

She was born Sept. 1, 1946, in Liberty Mills, Ind., to Jim and Leota (Shepherd) Howard. She was employed at General Tire for several years and then at United Technologies, Andrews, Ind. Janet was a member of Victory Rock, Pierceton, Ind., and she enjoyed listening to music sang by her family gospel group, “The Shepherd Sisters”.

She is survived by one son: Terry A. (Kathleen) Fisher, Van Buren, Ind.; two daughters: Dawn M. (Anthony) Nero, Warsaw, Ind.; Lori A. (Robert) Pratt, Denver, Ind.; two brothers: Dallas (Carol) Howard, Liberty Mills, Ind.; and Dale (Gloria Sue) Howard, Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters: Carolyn (Ron) Isbell, North Manchester; Shirley (Sam) Simcoe, North Manchester; Goldie (Larry) Lewallen, South Whitley, Ind.; Savannah Ryan, Warsaw; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Pastor Charles Trout will officiate. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia, Ind.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Janet Fisher, memorial contributions may be made to Victory Rock Ministries, 6134 S 500 E, Warsaw, IN 46580 or Wabash County Cancer Society, PO Box 144, North Manchester, IN 46962.

Dorene C. Smith

Dorene C. Smith, 77, North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 8:01 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne, Ind.

She was born Nov. 21, 1936, in North Manchester, to Roy and Pauline (Eby) Stucker. She graduated from Central High School, North Manchester. On Dec. 22, 1976, she married Brian R. Smith. He survives.

In 1999 Dorene retired from Invensys Controls, North Manchester, after 20 years of service. She was also employed with Timbercrest Senior Living Community, North Manchester, from 2000-2011. She attended Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed attending fall festivals, crocheting, cooking, gardening, spending time with her family and her dogs, Bo-Jo and Sissy.

She is survived by her husband; two sons: Marvin (Chris Stuart) Gheen, North Manchester; Mike (Vanessa Johnson) Gheen, North Manchester; one daughter: Peggy (Ralph) Bradley, North Manchester; one step-son: Derek Smith, Lake Charles, La.; one step-daughter: Darcey (Dean) Yoder, Goshen, Ind.; three sisters: Nadean (Tim) Sherer, South Whitley, Ind.; Charlene Walters, North Manchester; and Lova (Art Griffiths) Ward, North Manchester; six grandchildren: Christy (Chad) McKinney, Michael Bradley, Matthew Bradley, Brandt Gheen, Katelyn Stuart and Cody Stuart; four step-grandchildren: Shelby Yoder, Addison Smith, Ashlynn Yoder and Nikayla Smith; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

One brother and four sisters are deceased.

Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 N. Beckley St., North Manchester. Pastor J. P. Freeman will officiate. No calling is planned. Arrangements entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Harold E. Reed

Reed, HaroldHarold E. Reed, 97, North Manchester, Ind., died at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was born May 15, 1916, in Wabash County, Ind., to John C. and Elizabeth D. (Floor) Reed. On April 3, 1937, he married Vera Lucille (Overholser). She preceded him in death.

Harold retired in 1985 from the North Manchester Foundry. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene, North Manchester, and enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by one son: Richard Eugene (Sheila) Reed, North Manchester; three daughters: Patricia (David) Brace, North Manchester; Sherry (Robert) Curtis, Greencastle, Ind.; Cindy (Steven) Royer, Fort Wayne, Ind.; one brother: Glen Reed, Wabash, Ind.; two sisters: Rose Campbell, Wabash; Carol (John) Fike, Fort Pierce, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one grandchild; four brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 10, at the funeral home. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Nazarene, 504 W. Main Street, North Manchester, IN 46962.

Carl E. Myers

Carl MyersReverend Carl E. Myers, 88, North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 1:01 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

He was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Montgomery County, Penn., to Frank A. and Dorothy Gail (Brubaker) Myers. He graduated from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Penn., in 1946 receiving a bachelors degree in history and english. He then graduated from Bethany Seminary, Chicago, Ill., receiving a masters of divinity in 1949. On June 7, 1947, he married Doreen Mae Crist. She preceded him in death.

He served pastorates in Hagerstown, Md.; Roaring Springs, Penn.; and Mount Morris, Ill. He served as a denominational staff member and then as district executive for Illinois and Wisconsin until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of Manchester Church of the Brethren, North Manchester, and a former member of the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, Elgin, Ill.

He is survived by one son: Stephen Merryweather, Elgin; three daughters: Judith A. (Richard) Myers-Walls, Lafayette, Ind.; Linda M. (Lee) Swanson, Elgin; Karen (Clay) Myers-Bowman, Manhattan, Kan.; two brothers: J. Richard (Barbara) Myers, Lombard, Ill; Paul E. (Phyllis) Myers, Terra Haute, Ind.; one brother-in-law: Jay (Margaret) Crist, York, Penn.; seven grandchildren: and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Timbercrest Chapel, 2201 East Street, North Manchester. 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, North Manchester. McKee Mortuary has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202 or Church World Service, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 or Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Velma Mae Hofmann

Velma Mae Hofmann, 88, of North Manchester, Ind., passed away at 4:10 a.m. Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

She was born April 9, 1925, in Washington Township, Whitley County, Ind., to Ervin and Margarethe (Kunberger) Pook. On July 29, 1951, she married Erich Hofmann. He died preceded her in death. Velma was a homemaker.

She is survived by two daughters: Elizabeth (Paul) Contegiacomo, Corrales, N.M.; Carole (Ken) Barlow, Hollywood, Md.; two granddaughters: Nicole Contegiacomo, Corrales, N.M.; Natasha Barlow, Hollywood.

She was proceeded in death by two brothers.

No calling or services are planned at this time.  

For those who wish to honor the memory of Velma Hofmann, memorial contributions may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester, IN 46962 or Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 W., North Manchester.