Ray Eberly, 93

Ray J. Eberly, 93, North Manchester, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2019 at Timbercrest Healthcare Center, North Manchester.

Ray was born April 25, 1926 to Levi and Mary (Mishler) Eberly in Kosciusko County.

He attended Larwill High School and in 1946 joined the U.S. Army.

Ray married Joyce Joan Shaffer in 1946. The two were wed for twenty-five years before she passed away. On August 19, 1973 he married Ruth G. “Gerry” Geiger.

Ray worked as a farmer and school bus driver for Manchester Community Schools for 30 years before retiring in 1993.

Ray was a man who believed and loved the Lord. Every Sunday he took his family to church and was involved in various church activities, including serving as a trustee. He volunteered his time to the community by serving on Chester Township Fire Department for ten years and the Chester Township Advisory Board for six years.

Ray also volunteered his time with various 4-H activities his children were a part of and later activities involving his grandchildren.

Ray attended any and all events that his grandchildren participated in, and many times that included driving their teams to away games. Ray was a long-time supporter of Manchester High School athletics as well. He was a season ticket holder for fifty years.

Ray was an avid basketball fan, relished his time fishing, and loved to travel around the world.

Most of all, though, Ray enjoyed the company of his family and friends.

Ray is survived by his wife, Ruth G. “Gerry” Eberly, North Manchester; sons, Ronald (Joyce) Eberly, Gary (Karen) Eberly, Scott (Darla) Eberly, all of North Manchester and Nick (Jon Morgan) Eberly, Elkhart; step-son, Gregg Geiger, Churubusco; step-daughter, Janet (Norm) Clarke, West Springfield, Mass.; brother, Lee Eberly, South Whitley; sister Glea Rule, Columbia City; fourteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Joan Eberly; one son, Kurt Eberly; two brothers George and Dean Eberly; and one sister Phyllis Birtwhistle.

Funeral services were on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at McKee Mortuary.

Burial was at South Whitley Cemetery, South Whitley. Pastor Kurt Stout officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Brethren Church, 407 North Sycamore Street, North Manchester, or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne.

Posted on 2019 Nov 06