Barbara Ihnen

Barbara A. Ihnen went to heaven on Aug. 17, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.

She was born April 2, 1957, in West Lafayette, to Gene and Lynn Ramsbey.

Barbara graduated from Plymouth High School, Plymouth, in 1975. She married Max L. Ihnen on July 15, 1978. Barbara graduated from Manchester College in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She received her master's degree in elementary education from IPFW in Fort Wayne. She was an elementary school teacher in the Manchester Community Schools for 25 years. She then became an elementary principal at Pierceton Elementary School, Metro North Elementary School, and retired as a principal at Perry High Elementary in June 2017.

Barbara loved her family with all her heart and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She so enjoyed her time spent with her grandchildren.

Barbara had a special love for children and touched the lives of many over the years. She truly cared about her students, while in her classroom and beyond.

Barbara enjoyed nature, traveling and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.

Barbara will be remembered by her husband, Max Ihnen, Fort Wayne; one son Matt (Lauren Koegler) Ihnen, Milwaukee, Wis.; two daughters Andrea (Brock) Shultz, Avilla, and Amy Ihnen, Indianapolis; her parents, Gene & Lynn Ramsbey, North Manchester; two brothers, Mark (Mai Nguyen) Ramsbey, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Paul (Rayelene) Ramsbey, Pipestone, Minn.; two sisters Diane Quance, Warsaw, and Dawn (Scott) Helm, Elkhart; and three grandchildren Bryce, Maci, and Lane Shultz.

She was preceded in death by one son, Kyle Ihnen.

Services for Barbara will be Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at 11 a.m. at First Brethren Church, 407 N. Sycamore St., North Manchester. Friends and family may call Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Pastor Kurt Stout will officiate the service. Burial will be at South Pleasant Cemetery, Silver Lake.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Barbara Ihnen, memorial contributions can be made to the Manchester Community Schools Wellness Fund c/o M.A. Hire, 1 Squire Drive, North Manchester, IN 46962.


Posted on 2018 Aug 21