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Dean Warstler

Dean Warstler, 90, Middlebury, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at IU Health Goshen Hospital.

    He was born, July 23, 1923, in Elkhart, Ind., to Jay and Irene (Norwood) Warstler.

    He started working at Varns and Hoover Hardware in Middlebury in 1948, becoming owner of the business in 1971 and also owning Varns and Hoover Hardware in Shipshewana. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Middlebury, serving on the church council and teaching Sunday School. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, and a member of American Legion Post 210 in Middlebury. He was a former member of the Crystal Valley Exchange Club and served as president of the school board. He volunteered on the Middlebury Fire Department for over 20 years and served as the fire chief. He and his wife were the 1998 Summer Festival Parade Grand Marshals and the 2002 Book of Golden Deeds recipients. They also volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels in Goshen. While wintering in Venice, Fla., for 29 years they attended Christ Methodist Church.   

    He was married November 25, 1948, in Middlebury, to Geraldine Varns. She survives.

    Also surviving are three daughters, Wanda (Ron) Miller, Goshen, Ind., Diane (Carl) Eash, Middlebury, and Bonnie Warstler, Elkhart, Ind.; five grandchildren, Joey Eash, Jaynie (Mike) Kirby, Nicholas Miller, Nathan Miller and Natalie Miller; and two great-grandchildren, Layne and Nolan Kirby.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters, Leora King and Leola Hughes, and one brother, Jim Warstler.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 30, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 31, at First United Methodist Church in Middlebury with Pastor Ron Russell officiating.

    Burial with full military honors by American Legion Post 210 will be in Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.

    Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church or Faith Mission.

    Online condolences may be sent at millerstewartfuneral home.com.

    Miller-Stewart Funeral Home in Middlebury is in charge of arrangements.