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Edward F. Marbach, 81, Berne, passed away at 10:54 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in the Swiss Village Nursing Center.
He was born Sunday, June 19, 1932, in Adams County, the son of the late Adolph F. and Viola C. (Grote) Marbach.
He married Joyce Colleen Lobsiger Dec. 19, 1954; she passed away March 1, 2009.
Edward was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur, Union Township Lion's Club and the American Legion Post 43 of Decatur. He served his country in the United States Army from 1954-56.
Edward graduated from Decatur High School in 1951. He retired in 1997 from Dolco Packaging with 15 years of service and was a lifelong dairy farmer. He owned and operated E & M Gun Shop from 1973-85.
Surviving are four sons, Michael E. (Billie) Marbach and John F. (LeAnn) Marbach, both of Decatur, David W. (Jerry Stinnett) Marbach of Fort Wayne and James R. (Tina) Marbach of Berne; two daughters, Janet S. Boeckmann of Fort Wayne and Susan J. (Joe) Callow of Decatur; two brothers, Herbert (Lorna) Marbach and Richard (Helen Witte) Marbach, both of Decatur; and two sisters, Edith Niermann of Van Wert, Ohio and Edna Mesing of Decatur.
Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, Dani (Ty) Siebenaler; Eric Hartsough; Sara, Will and Seth Boeckmann; Meghan, Amanda and Luke Marbach; Taylor and Ben Callow; and Jim, Boaz and Sylvia Marbach; and six great-grandchildren, Gail and Travis Siebenaler; Elizabeth and Lilly Hartsough; and Angelise and Michael Siebenaler.
Preceding Edward in death were three sisters, Florence Bulmahn, Norma Mueller and Linda Brenneke.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Zion Lutheran Church with Rev. Phil Phifer and Rev. Robert Becker officiating.
Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with Military Graveside Services conducted by American Legion Post 43 Color Guard of Adams County.
Friends will be received from 12-5 p.m. Sunday in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service at the church Monday.
Preferred memorials are to New Tribes Missions or the Edward and Colleen Marbach Scholarship Fund through the Adams County Community Foundation.
Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.