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Henry J. Whitmer

February 18, 1933 ~ April 23, 2021 (age 88)

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Henry J. "Hank" Whitmer, 88, of Wabash, passed away at 11:56 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021 at his residence.   He was born on February 18, 1933, in LaPorte, Indiana to the late Charles E. and Henrietta (Martensen) Whitmer.  Hank married Betty Rayburn on June 3, 1956; she survives.

Hank graduated from North Liberty High School.  He then graduated from Purdue University and was a proud alumnus.  Hank entered the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant and ended his service with the rank of Captain.  Hank taught at Lewis Cass High School and was the principal at Northwestern High School in Kokomo.  He then retired from Upper Wabash Vocational School, after 25 years, as the Supervisor of Student Services.

Hank was a member of Treaty Church of Christ.  He loved woodworking and refinishing antiques.  He also loved to fish, mow, and work on his hobby farm.  Most of all, Hank loved his family and his dog, Shiloh.  

Along with his loving wife, Hank is survived by one son, Jeffrey Whitmer, of Wabash; one daughter, Jacalyn "Susie" (James) Yentes, of Miami County; four grandchildren, Natalie (Ryan) Gertiser, of Noblesville, Adam (Keri) Whitmer, of North Manchester, Jennifer (Benjamin) Godwin, of Wabash and Isaac (Ashley) Yentes, of Westfield; seven great-grandchildren and one sister, Donna K. (Carl) Garwood, of LaPorte.  

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2021 at McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 with Pastor Brad Wright officiating.  Burial will follow at Memorial Lawns Cemetery in Wabash.

Visitation for family and friends will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the funeral home.  

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April 29, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McDonald Funeral Home
231 Falls Ave
Wabash, IN 46992

Funeral Service
April 30, 2021

10:00 AM
McDonald Funeral Home
231 Falls Ave
Wabash, IN 46992

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