Obituaries, March 31, 2024

Written on 03/31/2024

James David Manier

James David Manier, 71, of Tipton, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2024. He was born on October 15, 1952, to his parents, William E. Manier and Phyllis J. (Reddick) Manier. James graduated from Sheridan High School in the class of 1970. He then went on to proudly serve in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, James earned a degree in Electronics. Through the years, James worked for Hewlett-Packard as a customer engineer, COBE Labs as a medical equipment engineer, and FCA Chrysler as a team leader and electrical technician. James retired in 2022.

James lived a simple life; that’s what he preferred. Everything James committed his time to was done to the best of his ability. He was a true perfectionist! He loved his family and was very dependable for them; but nature was definitely his first love. In his younger years he really enjoyed hunting; as the years went by his relationship with nature changed. He began to study animals and learned to care for them. James was a unique man and was gifted in ways few people are. Raccoons became an important part of James’ life. Watching him work with his critters, as he called them, was nothing short of remarkable. Anyone who knew James appreciated him for his kind heart and vast wisdom that spanned many different topics. He will be greatly missed!

Those left to carry on James’ legacy of love are his siblings, William R. (Pat) Manier, Garry L. Manier, Mark D. (Penny) Manier, LaDonna M. (Randy) Davis; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, William & Phyllis Manier; infant twin sons, James Leroy and James Orville; sister, Barbara E. Combs; and brother-in-law, Jerry G. Combs.

A funeral service, with full military honors, celebrating James’ life will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main St. In Tipton with Pastor Tim Cooper officiating. Visitation for family and friends will take place prior to the service from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be held directly after the service at Tetersburg Cemetery.

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Manier family in their time of need. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in James' honor to the charity of your choice.

Dawn Renee Comer

Dawn Renee Comer, a beacon of love and laughter, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2024, in Kokomo, Indiana, at the age of 55. Born on December 13, 1968, in Flora, Indiana, Dawn's early years were spent in the heart of the Hoosier State, where she cultivated a life marked by warmth, wisdom, and wit.

A proud graduate of Carroll Jr-Sr High School, Dawn's youthful energy and entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as she delivered news and smiles as a paper girl for the Kokomo Tribune. Her work ethic and engaging personality were evident to all who knew her, and these traits would become a hallmark of her character throughout her life.

Dawn's creative flair was most vividly displayed in her passion for cake decorating, an art that brought joy to many and sweetness to every occasion. Her cakes were not just desserts; they were expressions of her love and care for those around her. Summers found Dawn in her happiest of places, lounging in the pool, where she relished the sun's embrace and the tranquility of the water.

Above all, Dawn's world revolved around her cherished family. She is survived by her loving daughters, Stephanie Crabtree and Emily Crabtree, and her adored granddaughter, Leah Kline, who brought immeasurable joy and purpose to her life. Dawn's role as a mother and grandmother was imbued with devotion, as she imparted lessons of love and life with a gentle hand and a ready laugh.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Ruth Ellen Stahl, whose memory Dawn held close to her heart, honoring her legacy through her own life's journey.

Those who knew Dawn will remember her as the embodiment of love, humor, and wisdom. Her presence was a comfort, her laughter contagious, and her advice sought after by many. Dawn's ability to light up a room with her funny anecdotes and sage insights will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of crossing her path.

As we bid farewell to Dawn Renee Comer, we celebrate a life lived with an open heart and a generous spirit. Her memory will continue to inspire and guide us, just as the dawn promises a new day filled with hope and possibility.

City of Firsts Cremation and Funeral Services by Rose and Geiger was entrusted with handling the arrangements.