Charles Hankee, 97

Charles W. Hankee, 97, North Manchester, died at 4:28 p.m. Aug. 25 at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 11, 1916 in Logansport to William S. and Goldie M. (Best) Hankee.

Charles married Margaret Webb on Aug. 29, 1939 in Logansport. He then married Hazel Schlie in Fort Wayne on June 16, 1973. In June of 1978 they moved to Bradenton, Fla., and Hazel died Dec. 16, 2000. After her death Charles returned to North Manchester and married Arlene (Bergin) Chapman on Dec. 11, 2004.

Charles was a WWII veteran, serving in the US Air Force as head of a Radio Repair Communications Unit, and was in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He retired in 1978 from Fort Wayne Newspapers after 27 years, ending a 47-year newspaper career. Charles was a member of the International Typographical Union, the Fort Wayne Typographical Union #78, and the Manatee Historical Society in Florida. He was a member of the Congregational Christian Church, in North Manchester, and a former member of the Good Shepherd Church in Bradenton, Fla. Charles was very loved by his church family, and enjoyed getting together with his church friends and peeling potatoes for the church breakfasts. He was an avid woodworker, making toys, repairs and many wren houses, which are still occupied today.

Charles is survived by his wife, Arlene B. Chapman Hankee, North Manchester; son, Dr. William (Nancy) Hankee, Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Michele (Darin) Barnett, North Manchester; grandson, Chad (Keli) Hankee, Roanoke; step children, Beth (Gene) Rhoades, Joseph (Janice) Chapman and Chris (Marvin Gheen) Stuart, all North Manchester, Marg (Rev. Lloyd) Baugues, Indianapolis, Michael (Lynn) Chapman, Garrett, Pat Weis Rynearson and Kay (Larry) Stevens, both Utah, Sue (Russ) Roesner, North Manchester, Perry (Ginny) Schlie, N.M., Alan (Angel) Schlie, St. Roberts, Mo., Tim (Darilyn) Schlie, Fort Worth, Texas and Sally (Terry) Myers of Chattanooga, Tenn.;  25  grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. His brother Herbert preceded him in death.

Memorial services were Aug. 30 at Congregational Christian Church, North Manchester.

Preferred memorials are the Congregational Christian Church, Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice, or Hospice Express, Inc.

The memorial guestbook for Charles may be signed online at

Posted on 2013 Aug 28