Our facility, established in 1963, was a vision of a local minister, Leonard Custer. His goal was to offer North Manchester a premier funeral home that featured chapel style parlors and adequate off street parking. Through the years the building has been modified to accommodate growth and the special needs of our handicapped friends. In 1968, Darwin & Valeria DeLaughter purchased the business and in 1992 Mike & Kelly McKee became partners. The McKee's became sole owners in 2007.
Located on State Road 114 at the west end of historic North Manchester, our facility is easily accessible from State Road 13, State Road 15, US 24, and US 30. Situated in the northern tip of Wabash County, we serve families from Kosciusko, Whitley, Fulton, and Huntington counties as well.
With over 80 years combined funeral service experience, our staff stands ready to serve with dignity, integrity, and expertise. Attention to all the details surrounding the care and service to our families is our utmost concern.
Kelly L. McKee Co-owner and pre-arrangement counselor.
Kelly is a 1986 Graduate of Manchester High School. The daughter of Ira & Nancy Lewis of Rural Silver Lake, she is married to Mike and they have two daughters, Abby and Mattie. Kelly is a member of the First Brethren Church, member and past President of the Manchester Symphony Society Board, member of the North Manchester Historical Society Board of Directors, and an active member and participate of the Junior Achievement program in the Manchester Community Schools.
Candace J. Petrie Pre-arrangement counselor and receptionist.
Candie is a 1986 graduate of Warsaw High School. She is the daughter of Chuck & Marty Burbank of rural Silver Lake. she is married to Carl and they have two children; Jessica and Clayton. She and her family are members of the First Brethren Church.
Michael J. McKee Co-owner and funeral director.
Mike is a 1975 graduate of Manchester High School, and Vincennes University in 1978. The son of Betty McKee of North Manchester and the late Bobbie McKee. He is married to Kelly. He is a member of the First Brethren Church and the North Manchester Historical Society and the North Manchester Lions Club. Mike served as deputy to the Wabash County Coroner's Office from 1992 through 1996. He is a member of the Oaklawn Cemetery Board of Directors and is responsible for the daily operations.
R. Scott Robinson Funeral director.
Scott is a 1989 graduate of Whitko High School, and of Mid-America College of Mortuary Science in 2001. The son of Robert Robinson and Wanda Morford of rural South Whitley. He is married to Shelly and they have three children; Dakota, Kimberly, and Brandon. He is a member of Pi Sigma Eta fraternity and the South Whitley Lions Club.
David W. Nordmann Funeral director.
David is a 1975 graduate of Manchester High School and a 1988 graduate of Mid-American College of Funeral Service. A funeral director and embalmer, David has provided funeral service to the North Manchester area for 25 years. The son of Wayne & Earleen Nordmann of rural Roann, he is married to Lousie and along with their children Christopher and Amanda operate Nordmann's Nook. David is a member of the North Manchester Lions Club.