Goshen News, Goshen, IN


October 18, 2013

John W. Mansfield

June 7, 1943-Oct. 16, 2013

GOSHEN — John W. Mansfield, 70, passed away at 5:29 p.m. on Wednesday at his home.

He was born on June 7, 1943 in Michigan City, to Fred W. and Elsie M. (Phillips) Mansfield.

He graduated in 1961 from Isaac C. Elston High School in Michigan City and was a United States Vietnam Army veteran. He moved to the Syracuse area in 1977 from LaPorte and to Goshen in 1998 from Syracuse.

On July 23, 1994 in Syracuse, he married Vicki K. (Rice) Heath who survives. He retired in 2005 from Odessy Group in Bristol and was formerly employed at NIBCO in Goshen for nine years, Goshen Cushion for five years, Joy Manufacturing in Michigan City for nine years and Dave Carter & Associates in Elkhart for seven years.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans Post 15 in Goshen and member and past commander of American Legion Post 223 in Syracuse.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Mansfield of Goshen; daughter, Michelle (Steven) Hoover of Syracuse; two stepdaughters, Cathy Heath and Amie (Walter) Dutton, both of Warsaw; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Kloss and Vella Pointon, both of LaPorte; and brother, Earl Mansfield, Rolling Prairie.

There will be a time of visitation from noon until the 3 p.m. funeral service Saturday at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. Sarah Tuttle of Rock Church in Syracuse will officiate.

Private family graveside services will take place at the Syracuse Cemetery.

Memorial bequest may be given to Center for Hospice, 22579 Old U.S. 20 Elkhart, IN 46516 or IU Health Cancer Care Center, 200 E. High St., Goshen, IN 46526. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

To send condolences to the family in Mr. Mansfield’s memory, visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com.



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