Wayne A. Stephan, 65, North Manchester, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. One of five children, Wayne was born in Huntington, Indiana on April 5, 1954 to J. Eldon and Jessie L. (Brodrick) Stephan.
Wayne graduated from Manchester High School in 1972. A year later on Nov. 9, 1973, he married his best friend and love of his life, Diana K. Biehl. The two were wed 45 years. During their marriage, Wayne worked for the town of North Manchester on the street department. He retired on Sept. 1, 2017 after 19 years of service. One of Wayne’s greatest passions was restoring vintage tractors, especially John Deere. Wayne loved the time spent with his family and enjoyed helping people in need.
Wayne’s loving memory will be forever cherished and carried on by his wife, Diana K. Stephan, North Manchester; son, Michael John (Susan) Stephan, North Manchester; two daughters, Christina Lynn (Kyle) Barlow, Wabash and Angela Dawn (Shannon) Wilson, Auburn; one brother, Curtis (Susan) Stephan, Goshen; one sister, Carolyn (John) Renz, North Manchester; four grandchildren and numerous family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wilma Renz, passed away in 1984 and Dianna Bechtold, passed away in 2016.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 SR 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at McKee Mortuary with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, CR 300E and CR 1000N, Servia.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Wayne A. Stephan, memorial contributions may be made to Daniel’s Place, 113 W.t Main St., North Manchester, IN 46962.