Norman F. Heminger, 78, of Elkhart, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from radiation pneumonitis.
He was born to the late Willard and SaDessa (James) Heminger on May 3, 1935, in Shipshewana.
Norm graduated from Shipshewana High School and received an engineering degree from Tri-State University. He also served in the United States Army, stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, serving as a cryptologist. Norm spent 39 years at Miles/Haarmann and Reimer/Bayer. Beginning as a draftsman and retiring as a Human Resources manager, it was there that he met his bride of 51 years, Jean (Wargon) Heminger. They lived in Elkhart after they married in 1962. Norm was an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Christiana Creek Country Club, and a Life Member of Elks Lodge 425. His hobbies included playing golf, a great grilled steak, and friendly games of cards with some very colorful characters. He was an accomplished woodworker, building several items for his church and homes for many happy birds statewide. He was not only a political contributor to the Elkhart Truth People’s Forum, but also, as a youth, won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair for his entomology collection.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, and his three children, Steve (Theresa) Landis, of Flushing, MI; Mark (Carolyn) Landis, of Elkhart; and Kristin (Eric) Sims, of Indianapolis. He is also survived by four grandsons, Steven and Mathew Landis of Flushing and Michael and Christopher Landis of Elkhart, and three siblings, Maralynn (Jerry) Bushong and Jim (Nina) Heminger, both of Elkhart, Jack (Joy) Heminger of Crown Point; and their families. He is preceded in death by his sister Ellowee Mayes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.
A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, with visitation one hour prior.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzler gutermuthinman.com.
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