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Ralph R. Mankey

August 9, 2012

    Ralph R. Mankey, 93, of rural Decatur, died at his residence on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.
    He was born in Wells County on April 12, 1919, to the late Forrest and Nettie (Frauhiger) Mankey.
    On April 26, 1941, he married Juanita R. (Cable) Mankey; she survives in Decatur.
    Ralph was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ, where he served as a trustee and elder. He was a member of the Wheels of Yesteryear and the Moose Lodge 1311. He was a retired farmer and bus driver from North Adams Schools, where he had 29 years of service.
    Among survivors are a son, Clinton L. Mankey of Decatur; two daughters, Winnie Miller of Decatur and Gwen J. Mankey of Wabash; a brother, Carl Mankey of Craigville; and five sisters, Mable Denis of Bluffton, Dorothy Hoffman of Preble, Mary Gould of Willshire, Ohio, Patsy (Larry) Dafforn of Yoder and Laura (Doyle) Werling of Toscin; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by three brothers, Glen, Lester and Walter Mankey; three sisters, Freda McBride, Violet Hoffman, Bonnie Lou Mankey; and a great-grandson.
    Visitation will be on Saturday, August 11, from 5-8 p. m. at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, and one hour prior to services on Sunday.
    Funeral services will be Sunday, August 12, at 1 p.m. at Salem United Church of Christ, with Rev. David Butz officiating.
    Burial will be in Salem Church Cemetery.
    Preferred memorials are to Salem UCC or Family Life Care-Hospice.
    Online condolences may be made at

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