Thurman E. Easterday, 83

Thurman E. Easterday, 83, North Manchester, passed away at 6:39 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2017, at Parkview Hospice, Wabash.

He was born in Wabash, Indiana on May 25, 1934 to Fred and Opal (Adams) Easterday.

Thurman was a man who worked hard to provide for his family. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. For 26 years he worked for Datavue/Swingline. After 12 years of working for BKB Manufacturing, Thurman retired. On September 27, 1958 Thurman married Sharon Heeter. The two spent 59 years together growing their family and spoiling their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout his life Thurman maintained a strong faith. A member of Ijamsville United Methodist Church, Ijamsville, Thurman strived to follow Jesus, and he taught the importance of faith to his family. He loved his friends and church family, but he was a family man first and foremost. Thurman was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. For fun, he liked to fish and watch his two favorite NASCAR drivers, Dale Jr. and Kyle Larson. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was the last living child of 10.

Thurman is survived by his wife, Sharon Easterday, North Manchester; three sons, Tim Easterday, Wabash,  Mike (Kristie) Easterday, Wabash and John (Betty Jo) Easterday, Vero Beach, Florida; one daughter Sally (Terry) Bitzel, Wabash; five grandchildren David Perry, Erika (Mitch) Dazey, Chase Moore, Tanner Easterday and Ivory Easterday; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Fred and Opal Easterday; four brothers and five sisters.

Family and friends may call Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at McKee Mortuary with calling begining at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Laketon Cemetery, County Road 200 West, Laketon.

Pastor Kent Harting will officiate.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Thurman Easterday, memorial contributions may be made to the family in c/o McKee Mortuary.

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Posted on 2017 Nov 07