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William D. "Bill" Stouder, 78, of Nappanee, died at 12:59 p.m. of natural causes, Thursday, Nov. 23, at Elkhart General Hospital.
He was born Aug. 18, 1939, in San Diego, California, to Leonard and Jessie (Small) Stouder. William moved to Nappanee when he was 9 years old. He was a graduate of Nappanee High School.
William was married to Barbara Stouder. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked as a truck driver. He was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous and sober for 34 years. As part of the AA program, he mentored prisoners at Westville state prison.
He was a member of the NRA, the Nappanee Conservation Club and the Whiskerville Truckers (CB Club). William enjoyed drinking coffee with friends, driving in the country, going to game preserves (especially Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area) with his grandkids and was an avid hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Barb Stouder; daughters, Dale (Bryan) Barr and Angela Stouder (Scott Eash), both of Nappanee, and Deb Mast (Jeff Lambert), Sarasota, Florida; stepdaughter, Suzy Bontrager, New Paris; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Linda) Stouder, New Carlisle.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Laura Stouder; sister, Bethel "Becky" Reaker; and a brother Joe Stouder.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, also at the funeral home. The Rev. Terry Tyler will officiate. Memorial contributions may be given to Elkhart County 4-H Shooting Sports Club or to Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses.
Published on November 27, 2017
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