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Carmen Black

Oct 18, 1940 - Nov 17, 2023

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Goshen, IN

Carmen J. Black, 83, of Goshen, passed away early Friday morning, November 17, 2023, at Greencroft Healthcare. She was born October 18, 1940, in Shelby, Michigan, to Ernest Wayne and Dorothy (Burmeister) Simonson. She met Colon Black at a high school dance, and it was love at first sight. They were married on August 23, 1958, in Whitehall, Michigan. Colon survives along with four children, Kenneth (Joan) black, Bella Vista, California, Jerry Black and Amy Black, both of Elkhart and Michael (Ange...Read More

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James Edward Otis

Oct 20, 1953 - Feb 26, 2024

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Goshen, IN

James Edward Otis, age 70 of Goshen, IN, passed away unexpectedly at 3:12 pm on Monday afternoon, February 26, 2024 at his residence. He was born on October 20, 1953 in Lansing, MI to Roger Elias and Josephine (Faultenowski) Otis. He was a 1971 graduate of Grand Ledge High School and went on to receive his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biblical Studies. James rose to the rank of officer in the Michigan Army National Guard and worked in ministry throughout his life in many different capacities. On November 4, 1972 James married Patricia McDiarmid in Grand Ledge. Together they worked in ministry and raised a family together in their 51 years of marriage. Jim was employed at Weiland Design in Goshen and was their master scheduler. Throughout his life Jim loved reading and writing. His family will remember his wit and comedic talent, always making them laugh. He also enjoyed woodworking and tinkering in the shop. He loved music and enjoyed singing. Jim and Patricia loved to travel and shared a great life together. Jim deeply loved his family and doted on his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a true family man and will be greatly missed. James is survived by his loving wife, Patricia of Goshen; 4 children: Nichole (Mark) Hess of Goshen, Patrick James (Amanda) Otis of Harlan, IN; Victoria Maldonado of South Bend, IN, and James Ross (Emily) Otis of Livonia, NY; 16 grandchildren: Nicholas (Rachelle) Hess, Hailey (Matt) Martin, Alex, Maggie, Jackson, Jacob, and Lincoln Otis, Mason Ballard, Lily, Josie, and Austin Coates, Elijah and Aliyah Maldonado, and Hunter, Sophia, and Asher Otis; 4 great grandchildren: Elizabren and Allard Martin, Poppy and Emery Hess; and 3 siblings: Donna (Gerry) Overmyer of Lansing, MI, Carole Ellis of Butler, MO, and David (Georgi) Otis of Maricopa, AZ. James was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Cremation will then take place and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date at Union Center Cemetery, Nappanee. Memorial contributions in James’ name can be given to the Salvation Army.

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Carolyn Frances Yoder

Mar 23, 1939 - Feb 26, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Carolyn Frances Yoder, age 84 of Goshen, IN, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 4:38 am on Monday morning, February 26, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. Carolyn was born on March 23, 1939 in Elkhart, IN to Dale and Gladys (Buzzard) Yoder. She was baptized on May 2, 1947 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and she was a 1957 graduate of Wakarusa High School. She served 2 years of voluntary service at Froh Brothers Homestead in Sturgis, MI, where she met Glenn Yoder on a blind date. On September 20, 1959 the two were married at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church in a service officiated by Rev. Peter B. Wiebe and Rev. D.A. Yoder. Glenn preceded her in death on November 29, 2019 after 60 years of marriage. Carolyn lived her entire life in the Wakarusa area before moving to Goshen in 2007. She worked at Raymonds Restaurant in Wakarusa, Wakarusa Medical Clinic for Drs. Abel, Guttman and Miller, and then for Dr. Burden’s Dentistry in Goshen, from which she retired. She was a lifelong member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church where she taught Sunday School and volunteered in many capacities. She helped establish the church’s memorial garden and was a member of the Rook Club. Carolyn enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel Music, especially the Legacy 5 quartet. She loved Christmas and her decorations were legendary. She was active for many years in the Wakarusa Christmas Walk. Carolyn loved to entertain and cook. Her home was host to many meals and her hospitality will be remembered by many. She also enjoyed gardening. Most of all, Carolyn loved her family. She cherished her time with them and especially cherished her grandchildren, traveling near and far to attend all their sporting events and other activities. Carolyn is survived by her two children: daughter, Diane (Mike) Glick of Goshen and son, Rick (Shelley) Yoder of Wakarusa; 3 grandsons: Derek (Karley) Yoder of Mishawaka, IN, Reid (fiancé, Madi Asbell) Yoder of Indianapolis, IN, and Connor Glick of Goshen; brother, Don (Bea) Yoder of Elkhart sister-in-law, Birdena Bollenbacher of Wakarusa; and many nieces and nephews. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandson Cody Glick; and brother Lester “Dutch” Yoder. Visitation will be held from 3-8 pm on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and from 10-11 am on Monday, March 4, 2024 also at the church. Burial will take place at 11 am at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery and a funeral service will follow at 11:30 pm in the church sanctuary. Rev. Wes Bontreger of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church will officiate. Memorial contributions in Carolyn’s name can be given to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church or The Center, Nappanee.

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Donald George Bussard

Jul 14, 1935 - Feb 23, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Donald George Bussard, 88, of Elkhart, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024, at The Laurels of Goshen. He was born on July 14, 1935, in Elkhart to the late Howard and Hazel (Memmott) Bussard. Donald is also preceded in death by his brothers, Howard, Bill, Chuck, Richard, and Bob Bussard; sisters, Joan Petgen, Jean Stahl, Susie Stevenson, Marie Mandabach, Virginia Antisdel, Carol Lou Bussard, and Patty Williams; and grandson, SSG Jesse Lee Williams. He is survived by his children, Ken (Cindy) Bussard, Cathy Bennett (Todd Genth), David (Vicki) Bussard, Debbie (Sam) Passerallo; brother, Bill (Sandy) Bussard; grandchildren, Matt (Karina) Bussard, Megan (Aaron) Barnes, Kara Jo Freyenberger, Ryan (Libby) Bennett, Rosy (Bill) Golupski, Sandy Williams, Cara Ashley Watt; and great grandchildren, Ben, Ada, Brett, Everett, Daphne, Alexis, Landon, Ember, Adleigh, Easton, Kyler, Madison, Corbyn. Donald kept to himself most of the time and enjoyed working around the house, especially when he could mow his lawn and tidy up his garden. He was known for his immaculate, green lawns and Big Boy tomatoes. Prior to retiring, he worked as a machinist for many years. In his spare time, he loved cheering on his favorite teams, the Chicago Bears and the Cubs, watching NASCAR, taking long drives through Elkhart County, and enjoying a good steak on the grill while cracking open a cold beer. Donald was also excellent at predicting the weather to a “T”. About three weeks ago, he told his daughter, Cathy, that she would be seeing more snow…and sure enough it happened unexpectedly on Saturday, February 24th. Donald will be missed greatly by his loving family. In accordance with Donald’s wishes, cremation was chosen and will take place at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. in Elkhart. To to the family or in memory of Donald G. Bussard, please

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Stephen W. Robinson

May 28, 1949 - Feb 20, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Stephen “Steve” W. Robinson, 74, of Goshen, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, February 20, 2024.He was born May 28, 1949, in Plymouth.On March 24, 2001 he married Cindy (Lung) Bontrager.She survives along with his mother, Helen (Morgan) Robinson of Tippecanoe; a sister, Janet Longenecker of Bremen and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Mahlon Robinson and a brother, Alan Robinson.Steve graduated from Triton High School and Arizona State University. He had traveled extensively including Ireland, Italy and Croatia. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid sports fan – especially IU and Notre Dame.Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. until the 4 p.m. funeral service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.A private family burial will take place in Tippecanoe Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Association.

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Phyllis Elaine Leininger

Sep 20, 1943 - Feb 19, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Phyllis Elaine (Mahan) Leininger, pianist, teacher, Pastor’s spouse, author, and long-time Camp Mack Office Manager, passed away at Greencroft Retirement Center on Monday, February 19, 2024. She was 80 years old. Born at the hospital at Warren, Ohio, she grew up in the country, drinking milk from the family goats until the goat flock grew enough to provide funds to purchase cows. She never remembered a time that she was not afraid of chickens. Her brother loved to chase her with chickens. A chicken under his arm, he even chased her into the house. Phyllis would run to her mother for protection. If her mother were sewing, Phyllis would try to hide in front of her mother’s feet under the sewing machine. Phyllis attended all 12 grades (there was no kindergarten) at Bristol School. She played for choirs and accompanied many soloists for contests. As a 7th grader, at age 12, she became the Sunday morning worship pianist for the Bristolville Church of the Brethren. She first played for a wedding at age 14 when an old pump organ was moved into the church for the occasion. By her senior year of high school she was teaching private piano students at her home. While a music major at the Defiance College, Phyllis taught piano to non-music majors whom faculty referred to her when their schedules were full.During the fall of her freshman year at the Defiance College, she was playing the organ at the Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren near Defiance, Ohio on a Sunday morning when Verne Henry Leininger, home for the weekend from Bethany Theological Seminary, saw her at his home church. That was the beginning of a long relationship and over fifty years together in ministry. After their wedding on June 22, 1963, and their graduations from Seminary and College, they served eight different congregations in Ohio, Maryland and Indiana. Phyllis taught music for grades one through four at Ada Ohio Exempted Village School during their first pastorate. She taught music in grades five through eight during their time in the Southern Ohio District, and then in Garrett County Maryland she taught kindergarten and first grades at Broadford Elementary. Wherever she lived, Phyllis always had a number of piano students after school and/or on Saturdays.All three of their children were born to Phyllis and Verne during their first two pastorates. Sons, Verne Edward Leininger and John Henry Leininger were born at Bluffton, Ohio during the County Line Pastorate. Barbara Jean Leininger) was born at Greenville, Ohio during the Prices Creek Pastorate. These first two pastorates provided parsonages next to the church. With no indoor church restrooms when we arrived at County Line, being close to the parsonage with a bathroom helped in “baby emergencies.” With full church schedules, there was a good amount of going back and forth. Time consuming trips winding through the mountains on the way to church and school was later common during the family’s time in western Maryland.When Phyllis and Verne moved to Indiana, Phyllis soon discovered she had too much teaching experience to compete with recent graduates on the public school pay scale. During its last year of being open, Leininger taught grades one through four at the Milford Christian Church School. Besides doing their regular lessons, she and her twelve students put on a science fair, performed a musical, and created a small yearbook with original poetry and writings by the students. When she accepted a position in the office at the Church of the Brethren Camp Alexander Mack, she had no idea that she would be there a little over 25 years. She continued to hope for a public school position. Then one rainy, muddy morning on the way to work at Camp, Leininger passed two children waiting at a bus stop. They were tussling, wallowing in the ground’s mud. “Well,” Phyllis thought, “at least they won’t be bringing their muddy selves into my classroom.” Leininger’s appreciation for her current position grew that morning.For Camp’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in 2000, Leininger wrote her first book, the children’s picture book, The Cornfield that Grows People. At this anniversary celebration she shared a table at the back of Camp Mack’s Quinter-Miller Auditorium with Ambassador Andrew Young, the guest speaker of the day. Lines formed in front of the table as persons waited for their turn to have the Ambassador and Leininger to sign their books.The Leininger’s retired from Camp Mack on December 31, 2013.They then moved to Greencroft Retirement Center in December 2018. Pastor Verne died the following October. With many Greencroft activities shut down because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Phyllis used the year 2020 when she was basically shut in to write her book of over 500 pages called, TOGETHER: Memoirs of a Pastor’s Wife, that was published on Amazon in January 2021. When the book was completed, she applied and was a 2021 winner in Greencroft’s Dream Contest. Her dream of making a CD of herself playing the piano was fulfilled in August, 2021 when she was recorded at Rieth Recital Hall at Goshen College playing a number of religious and classical numbers.Survivors include three children, Verne (Kathleen Martin) Leininger, Timberville, Virginia, John (Alice Peters) Leininger, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Barbara (Robert) Leininger Dickason, Addison, Texas; seven grandchildren Sarah (Matt) Katz, Caleb (Amanda Basham) Leininger, Micah, Leah, and Dylan Leininger, Sean (Joselyn Haldeman) Dickason, and Morgan (David Besel) Dickason; and four great grandchildren, Amelia, Everett, and Rhys Dickason, and Violet Aria Besel.Also surviving are five siblings, Carol (Dennis) Shirey, Sharon Tolla, Fred (Nancy) Mahan, Karen (Joe) Beran and Betty (Jim) Koehler, all of Ohio.Visitation is scheduled at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8pm on Friday, February 23, 2024. A memorial service is planned for the Goshen City Church of the Brethren at 11am on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Burial will be on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Poplar Ridge Cemetery near Defiance Ohio. Memorials may be designated for Camp Alexander Mack or the Goshen City Church of the Brethren.

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Dean Clark McMurray

Jun 18, 1939 - Feb 20, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Dean Clark McMurray, 84, of Goshen and formerly of Naples, FL, peacefully went home to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Majestic Care of Goshen. An obituary for Dean will be posted soon. To to the family or in memory of Dean Clark McMurray, please

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Lola Mildred Kauffmann

Dec 23, 1924 - Feb 15, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Lola Mildred Kauffmann, 99, of Goshen, died Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Greencroft Healthcare.She was born December 23, 1924 in Stanford, Illinois to Alvin and Bessie (Kaufman) Good. Lola grew up on farms in central Illinois with her parents and seven siblings. Family, farm, friends and church filled her life. From age 12, Lola felt a call to serve Christ and the church.On May 23, 1946 she married Ivan J. Kauffmann who became a pastor, so she worked out her call as the wife of a pastor. Lola used her skills to teach Bible classes and children’s Sunday school classes. She participated in the Women’s Missionary and Service Commission, serving as Illinois state WMSC President for two years. Lola and Ivan moved multiple times: rural Hopedale Illinois, suburban Lombard Illinois, Chicago Illinois, Tinley Park Illinois, and finally Goshen. Lola shared that moving to new locations was not always easy but “they were growing experiences in understanding myself, the world around me, and the church. I was often reminded of the verse in Isaiah 43.19 ‘Behold, I will do a new thing.’” Through the moves, she was active in Mennonite Churches: Hopedale MC, Lombard MC, Oak Park MC and most recently College Mennonite Church in Goshen. In 1989, Lola wrote “Simple living, responsibility and faith in God are my heritage and I am deeply grateful to God, my family and the Church.”Lola always had some sewing or quilting project going. She sewed clothes, stuffed animals and quilts as gifts for grandchildren. Quilts were her passion, and she pieced and quilted those as well as wall hangings and comforters for family and for Mennonite Central Committee. Gardening was both a passion and a necessity, raising vegetables and fruit for her family of six children, as well as flowers for enjoyment and beauty.Volunteering was a way of life for Lola. While living at Greencroft Goshen, she volunteered more than 3000 hours, including quilting, Library Committee, and serving evening meals in Manor IV. She is survived by five children, Paul (Patti Borom) Kauffmann, Columbus, Georgia, John (Suzi Wilgus) Kauffmann, Knoxville, Tennessee, Mary (Jon) Kauffmann-Kennel, Elkhart, Ruth (Brian Roots) Kauffmann, Goshen, and James ( Deb Sawatsky) Kauffmann, Oak Grove, Minnesota; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Geiser Kauffmann, Goshen; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen Nafziger, Illinois and Marilyn Kauffmann, South Carolina, and a brother, Walter (Lorene) Good, Illinois.Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joel Kauffmann; a granddaughter, Angela Kauffmann; three sisters, Helen Mumaw, Marcella Kossen, and Oleta Bachman, and a brother John Good. A service to celebrate Lola’s 99 years of life will take place on April 6, 2024, at 2 p.m. at College Mennonite Church, Goshen. The service will be live streamed.Memorials may be given to Goshen College and designated for The Joel Kauffmann Scholarship Fund in memory of Lola Kauffmann. Lola’s cremated remains will be scattered at Greencroft Goshen Memorial Garden.

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Melvin Lewis Hoover

May 28, 1937 - Feb 16, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Melvin “Mel” Lewis Hoover, 86, of Goshen, went to his heavenly home on Friday, February 16, 2024, at Elkhart General Hospital, after suffering a massive heart attack. He was born at home on May 28, 1937, in Harrison Township, IN, to the late George E. and Kathryn (Schmucker) Hoover. On March 23, 1957, Mel married the love of his life, Georgia May Mattern. Mel is survived by his children, Melodie (Richard) England of West Des Moines, IA, Kathleen (Sergio) Scataglini of Mesa, AZ, Lynette (Earl) DeYoung of Geneva, IL, Timothy (Kimberly) Hoover of Marshall, WI, and Philip (Joy) Hoover of Covington, LA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; siblings, Thelma Martin, Ruth Richards, Eva (Basil) Borntreger, Marie (Ronald) Troyer, Lois Martin, Floyd Hoover, and William (Nancy) Hoover; close friends, Stephen Spite and John Mullet; his beloved “Breakfast Buddies”; and a host of extended family, friends, and church family. Mel was preceded in death by his loving wife, Georgia Hoover, of 62 years; parents; brother, John Hoover; foster sisters, Shirley Reichelt, and Gladys Hoover; and siblings-in-law, Rufus Martin, Frank Richards, Marty Martin, Arthur Hoover, and Esther Hoover. Services for Mel will be held at Ironwood United Pentecostal Church, 4609 S Ironwood Rd, South Bend, IN 46614, with visitation on Thursday, February 22, 2024, from 5 to 8 PM. On Friday, February 23, 2024, visitation will be from 10 to 11 AM and the funeral service following at 11 AM. Burial and graveside services will follow at Olive West Cemetery. Pastor Clint Walker will officiate. Billings Funeral Home of Elkhart is handling arrangements for the family. Mel, along with his wife, owned Hoover’s Cabinet Place for over 30 years, working to remodel many kitchens, baths, and homes throughout the area. The pair were also members of Elkhart Life Church, where Mel served as head usher and board member, and Ironwood United Pentecostal Church for many years. Mel and Georgia were thrilled to have been able to build their own home from the ground up, and to have visited the Holy Land. In recent years, Mel spent a lot of time with his “Breakfast Buddies”, appreciating the company and laughs that they shared each morning. Mel will best be remembered as a man who was passionate about his faith and the Bible; he loved a good joke, and enjoyed telling stories and reading his poems to anyone who would listen. He will be missed. Memorial donations can be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, 1801 E Main St, Tupelo, MS, 38804. To to the family or in memory of Melvin Lewis "Mel" Hoover, please

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Allen G. Myers

Jun 20, 1948 - Feb 17, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Allen G. Myers, 75 of Goshen, died Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Elkhart General Hospital.He was born June 20, 1948 in Charleston, West Virginia to Gordon and Omie “Pauley” Myers.On March 14, 1970 he married Laura Yoder in Warsaw.She survives along with two sons, Gordon (Karen) Myers, of Texas, and David (Shelly) Myers of North Webster; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny, Raymond and Daniel Myers, and an infant brother, Albert Myers.Mr. Myers retired as a repairman for Starcraft Industries. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.Allen was a car enthusiast, whether he was working on vehicles or going to car shows.Visitation will be Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10 a.m. until the 12-noon memorial service at Yoder-Culp Funeral Home.Burial of cremated remains will be at New Paris Cemetery, at a later date.Memorial gifts may be directed to the American Heart Association; https://www.heart.org.

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Dennis Edward Debelak

Nov 12, 1949 - Feb 17, 2024

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Goshen, IN

Dennis Edward Debelak, age 74 of Nappanee, IN, passed away at 1:10 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Goshen Hospital. He was born on November 12, 1949 in Berwyn, IL to Henry and Paula (Heynen) Debelak. Dennis was a 1967 Argo High School (Argo, IL) graduate and he received his Bachelors in Physical Therapy in 1972 from the Chicago Medical School. On April 9, 1972 Dennis married Dianne Bonomo in Summit, IL. Dennis practiced physical therapy for 40+ years and was a member of the American Physical Therapists Association. He practiced for many years in the Burbank, IL area, and then in Kendallville, IN as a part of the Parkview Medical Group, after moving to the Nappanee area in 1994. Dennis and Dianne owned and operated the Homespun Country Inn in Nappanee from 1994-2017. He was very proud of their B&B and he was a member and past board member of the Indiana B&B Association. Dennis was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church and was an active volunteer in the church. He served on the trustee board and volunteered at the Thrift Shop; he was only the second man to volunteer in the church thrift shop and was very proud of his work there. Most of all, Dennis loved his family and was a devoted, husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Dianne Debelak of Nappanee; 2 children: Dana (Tom) Parciak of Nappanee and David Debelak of Worth, IL; 2 grandchildren: Hannah (James) Benson of Corunna, IN and Max Parciak of Nappanee. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers: Ken and Henry Debelak; and 1 sister, Paula Loomis. Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee, and from 11 am – Noon on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at the Nappanee United Methodist Church. A funeral service will then begin at Noon on Saturday at the Nappanee United Methodist Church with Pastors Candy and Byron Kaiser officiating. At Dennis’ request, cremation will follow services. As his last gift of life, Dennis was a donor for the Indiana Donor Network. Memorial contributions in his name can be given to the Nappanee United Methodist Church Thrift Shop or the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

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