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Wendell L. Abbott

August 25, 2011

    Wendell Lloyd Abbott, 85, of Decatur, died at 2 p.m. Tuesday at home of Parkinson's Disease, following an extended illness.
    He was born on August 22, 1926, in Adams County to Clark C. and Lola L. Gerber Abbott.
    He married Imogene M. McFarland on November 7, 1953, in Decatur; she survives.
    He was a lifelong farmer and a school bus driver for North Adams Community Schools for approximately 15 years. Before becoming a school bus driver, he worked 17 years for the Adams County Highway Department.
    He attended Decatur Missionary Church for many years and was a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Decatur.
    He served his country during the Korean War in the United States Air Force, on active duty from February of 1951 until September of 1952, then continued his service with the Indiana Air National Guard until May of 1953.
    Other survivors are one son, Kevin K. Abbott (and wife Angie) of Roanoke; three daughters, Mrs. Dan (Eileen K.) Funk of Decatur, Mrs. Brian (Debra S.) Diehl of Bluffton; and Mrs. Rex (Rena F.) Reynolds of Decatur; one sister, Patsy J. Bittner of Decatur; one brother, Vernon A. Abbott (and wife Betty) of Carthage, Indiana; one sister-in-law, Sharon Abbott of Decatur; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchilden.
    He was preceded in death by one brother, Don Abbott, and one brother-in-law, Fred Bittner Jr.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Cornerstone Community Church, with Rev. Kevin Abbott officiating.
    Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery, with military graveside honors by the color guard from American Legion Post 43 in Decatur.
    Visiting hours are 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and 1-2 p.m. Saturday in the church.
    Preferred memorials are to Cornerstone Community Church or to Family Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Indiana.

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