Edward McColley, 91

Edward Earl McColley, 91, formerly of Roann, Indiana, died at 3:08 pm, Friday, May 19, 2017 at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester, where he had lived the past four years. 

He was born Sept. 13, 1925, in Gilead, to Cecil W. and Maude (Walker) McColley.

Ed was a World War II US Army Air Corps veteran. He married Opal J. Bechtold in Roann on Nov. 9, 1945; she died Nov. 25, 2011. He retired from General Tire in Wabash in 1980 after 34 years. He was a member of the Wabash American Legion Post 15. Ed loved his family, and enjoyed woodworking, gardening, collecting toy tractors and knives, and attending toy tractor shows.  He lived in the Roann area since 1960, coming from Ijamsville and rural Lagro.

He is survived by four children, Ronald (Jennifer) McColley and Carol (Tim) Kersey, both of Roann, Connie (Bud) Winters of Wabash, and Nancy (Tim) Dillman of Gallatin, Tenn.; seven granddaughters, Julie (Steve) Coffman of Warsaw,  Jodie (Mike) Coffman of Roann, Carie (Jay) Snyder of Wabash, Stacey (Brad Miller) Denton of Roann, Chrissy (Monte) Chamberlain and  Kim (Ty) Baer, both of Urbana, and Emily Dillman of Bowling Green, Ky.; 16 great-grandchildren, Caleb Coffman, Evan Coffman, Jason Coffman, Justin Coffman, Maddie Snyder, Jett Snyder, Layne Denton, Noah Denton, Autumn Custer, Cody Chamberlain, Clayton Chamberlain, Courtney Chamberlain, Carston Chamberlain, Toby Baer, Tyson Baer, and Karmyn Baer. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Charles McColley.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Randy Myers officiating.  Burial was in Roann Community Cemetery, Roann.  Visitation was Monday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Stockdale Mill Association or Roann Volunteer Fire Department.

The memorial guest book for Ed may be signed at


Posted on 2017 May 23