Earl “Sonny” Lemoine Grindle, 83, North Manchester, passed away March 12, at 9:50 p.m. at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
Born June 23, 1929 in Arcadia, Mich., he was the son of Leo Dale and Gladys (Driscoll) Grindle. He married Carol (Wrightsman) Grindle on Nov. 10, 1978, and she survives.
At age 9, he moved with his parents and sister, Patricia, to North Manchester where he has lived all of his life. He attended First Brethren Church of North Manchester.
He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 as a Communications Officer at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was a farmer east of Manchester most of his life. In 1983 he opened, with his wife, “Earl’s Place” in Laketon, retiring in 1999. Earl thoroughly enjoyed his church and especially singing of the gospel hymns. He enjoyed visiting with people and telling of his life experiences and he truly loved his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his five children, Debbie (Terry) Hudson, Silver Lake; Rick (Nanette) Grindle, Wabash; Jeff Grindle, Pierceton; Jim (Kelly) Grindle, Pierceton; Jill (Kris) Slater, Claypool; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and one adopted step daughter, Tracy Gillespie, Kendallville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and stepson, Larry Hart.
Funeral services will be held March 16, at 11 a.m., at the First Brethren Church, North Manchester, with Pastor Ron Burns and Pastor Kurt Stout officiating. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Burial will be in Thrailkill Cemetery near Swayzee.
Arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, Denver, Ind. The online guestbook can be signed at www.mcclainfh.com