Earl “Sonny” Lemoine Grindle, 83, North Manchester, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ, Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 9:50 pm at Peabody Retirement Community, North Manchester.
Born June 23, 1929 in Arcadia, Michigan, he was the son of Leo Dale and Gladys (Driscoll) Grindle. He married Carol (Wrightsman) Grindle on Nov 10, 1978, and she survives.
At age 9, he moved with his parents and sister, Patricia, to North Manchester where he has lived all of his life. He attended First Brethern Church of North Manchester.
He served in the US Army from 1951 to 1953 as a Communications Officer at Fort Wainwright, Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was a farmer east of Manchester most of his life. In 1983 he opened, with his wife, “Earl’s Place” in Laketon, IN, retiring in 1999. Earl thoroughly enjoyed his church and especially singing of the gospel hymns. He enjoyed visiting with people and telling of his life experiences and he truly loved his children and grand children.
He is survived my his wife, Carol. his five children: Debbie (Terry) Hudson, Silver Lake, IN; Rick (Nanette) Grindle, Wabash, IN; Jeff Grindle, Pierceton, IN; Jim (Kelly) Grindle, Pierceton, IN; Jill (Kris) Slater, Claypool, IN. 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. One adopted step daughter: Tracy Gillespie, Kendallville, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and step son, Larry Hart.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the First Brethern Church of North Manchester with Pastor Ron Burns and Pastor Kurt Stout officiating. Visiting will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of servive. Burial will be in Thrailkill Cemetery near Swayzee, IN
Arrangements are being handled by McClain Funeral Home, Denver, IN.