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Elmer J. Wingard, 82, Topeka, died at 12:47 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at his residence.
He was born April 4, 1935, in LaGrange County, to Joseph and Fannie (Miller) Wingard.
On May 12, 1955, in LaGrange County, he married Ella H. Frye. She died May 26.
Surviving are four daughters, Erma (Leonard) Frey, Topeka, Ruby (Danny) Troyer, Shipshewana, Ruth (Harlan) Miller, Nappanee, and Lora (John) Beachey, Topeka; eight sons, Sam Wingard, LaGrange, Dave (Velda) Wingard, Elmer (Eva) Wingard Jr. and Danny (Loretta) Wingard, all of Shipshewana, Cletus (Jenean) Wingard, Ray (Erma) Wingard, Steven (Velda) Wingard and Kenny (Carol) Wingard, all of Topeka; daughter-in-law, Velda Wingard, Topeka; 62 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; seven brothers, Clarence (Edna) Wingard, Joe (Betty) Wingard Jr., Ray (Dora) Wingard, Freman (Leora) Wingard, Ferman (Barb) Wingard and Jay (Ruth) Wingard, all of Shipshewana, John (Sara) Wingard of Topeka; two sisters, Mary (Orley) Miller, Shipshewana, and Ruby (Ervin) Mast. Middlebury; two sisters-in-law, Esther Wingard and Mary Kathryn Lambright, both of Shipshewana.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Jerry Wingard; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepmother, Nora Wingard; five sisters, Ida Schrock, Elizabeth Schlabach, Mary Mast, Irma Wingard and Esther Lambright; and two brothers, Perry and Mahlon Wingard.
He was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Visitation will be after 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, and all day Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Ray Wingard residence, 2285 S. 600 West, Topeka.
Funeral services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday Sept. 25, at the Duane Wingard residence, 5930 W. 200 South, Topeka. Services will be conducted by Bishop Chris Lambright and the home ministers.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery, LaGrange.
Arrangements are with Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.
Published on September 22, 2017
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