Charles W. Hankee


April 11, 1916 - August 25, 2013

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Charles W. Hankee, 97, of North Manchester, Indiana died at 4:28 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was born April 11, 1916 in Logansport, Indiana to William S. and Goldie M. (Best) Hankee.

Charles married Margaret Webb on August 29, 1939 in Logansport. He then married Hazel Schlie in Fort Wayne on June 16, 1973. In June of 1978 they moved to Bradenton, Florida and Hazel died December 16, 2000. After her death Charles returned to North Manchester and married Arlene (Bergin) Chapman on December 11, 2004. He 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 Mancehster, and a former member of the Good Shepherd Church in Bradenton, Florida. 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 of North Manchester; son, Dr. William (Nancy) Hankee of Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Michele (Darin) Barnett of North Manchester; grandson, Chad (Keli) Hankee of Roanoke; step children, Beth (Gene) Rhoades, Joseph (Janice) Chapman, and Chris (Marvin Gheen) Stuart, all of North Manchester, Marg (Rev. Lloyd) Baugues of Indianapolis, Michael (Lynn) Chapman of Garrett, Pat Weis Rynearson and Kay (Larry) Stevens, both of Utah, Sue (Russ) Roesner of North Manchester, Perry (Ginny) Schlie of New Mexico, Alan (Angel) Schlie of St. Roberts, Missouri, Tim (Darilyn) Schlie of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sally (Terry) Myers of Chattanooga, Tennessee; 25 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother Herbert.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2013, at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester. Family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester.

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