DeWayne L. Fitch, 78, North Manchester, died at 8:31 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was born April, 26, 1934 in Polk Township, Huntington County, to Carl L. and Berneice M. (Garber) Fitch. They are deceased.
He was a 1952 graduate of Andrews High School and was a past member of the I.O.O.F. at Andrews. DeWayne was employed for 27 years at Con-Agri Fertilizer in Huntington, two of those years as manager. Later, he was a salesman with Wible's Shoe Store at North Manchester for four years. He had been a crossing guard for Manchester Community Schools from 1997-2007 and custodian for Congregational Christian Church from 1999-2006.
On June 15, 1979 he married Bette L. (Rosen) Bechtold. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Timothy L. (Cindy) Fitch, Warren; Edwin J. (Lori) Fitch, Urbana, and Bret J. (Michelle) Bechtold, North Manchester; three daughters, Pamela S. Taylor, Indianapolis; Jane E. (Michael) Clark, North Manchester, and Beth R. (David) Wampler, North Manchester; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. One brother and one sister are deceased.
DeWayne and Bette enjoyed attending their grandchildren's activities, camping and golfing. He enjoyed collecting antique tractors and was a member of Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.
Services will be held April 27, at 11 a.m., at the Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut St., North Manchester. Pastor J.P. Freeman and Pastor Sebrena Cline will officiate and burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Servia.
Friends and family may call from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at McKee Mortuary 1401 State Road 114, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of DeWayne L. Fitch, memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Christian Church, 310 N. Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN 46962 or the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278-6005.