DeWayne Snell, 92

E. DeWayne Snell, 92, North Manchester, passed away at 7:55 p.m. on April 13 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

He was born July 3, 1920 in North Manchester to Melvin and Trevah (Farley) Snell. He married Doris Bowers on July 14, 1945. He graduated from Laketon High School and attended Indiana Business College.  He served in General Patton’s 3rd  Army 95th Infantry Division “The Iron Men Of Metz”. He was awarded The Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and the Presidential Unit Citation from President Roosevelt. He was a member of the American Legion Post #286 at North Manchester and a former member of the North Manchester Lions Club, North Manchester Jaycees and Elks Lodge at Wabash. DeWayne was employed for 23 years with Heckman Bindery, North Manchester, and later retired in 1983 after 23 years as district circulation manager for Fort Wayne Newspapers. He was a member of the Manchester Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Marsha (Michael) Flora, Fort Wayne; a son-in-law, Robert Gonzalez, Naperville, Ill.; a brother, Robert (Shelia) Snell, Indianapolis; a sister, Joann (Russell) Hoover, North Manchester, and four granddaughters, Dr. Darcy Flora, Denver, Colo., Megan (James) Chappo, Dallas, Texas, Christine Gonzalez and Rachel Gonzalez, both of Naperville, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Tamara Gonzalez, and two sisters, Lucille Walters and Louise Sroufe.

Services will be held Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. at the Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 N. Beckley St., North Manchester, with Pastor Kurt Borgmann and Pastor Karen Eberly officiating.  Calling will be at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, on Friday, April 19, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., also one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow the service at Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

Memorials may be made to Timbercrest Senior Living Community, PO Box 501, North Manchester or Manchester Church of the Brethren, 1306 Beckley Street, North Manchester.

Posted on 2013 Apr 15