Dayton Wayne Wenger


Dayton Wayne Wenger, 95, Elkhart, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Hubbard Hill Estates. Dayton was born April 14, 1922, at home in Jimtown (in the house that is now the Jimtown Historical Museum) to the late Herman and Bessie (Frederick) Wenger. Also preceding him in death are three brothers, Warren, Larry and Ron Wenger; one sister, Phyllis Smith; and one grandson, Jeff Kling. On May 5, 1943, he married Thelma Kauffman in Elkhart. Thelma survives along with two daughters, Pamela (Gary) Kling, Elkhart, and Candace (Ron) Minichillo, Bristol; three grandsons, Tim (Jennifer) Weaver, Todd (Michele) Weaver and David (Donna) Kling; granddaughter-in-law, Traci Kling; 10 great-grandchildren, Dustin (Sara) Kling, Courtney (Joel) Chrobak, Jordan (Rebecca) Kling, Kyle Kling and his fiance Ann, Dr. Kendall Kling, Natalie Weaver, Alec Weaver, Mackenzie Weaver and Madison Weaver; one great-great grandson, Jeffrey A. Kling, due in October; and one sister, Lorna (Dale) Schwalm. Dayton was employed for many years at Uniroyal in Mishawaka as manager of the Pilot Plant. He also worked at IOSHA as a compliance inspector and BUSET consultant. Dayton graduated from Jimtown High School in 1940 and was a member of Central Christian Church in Elkhart, where he served as Elder Emeritus, a deacon, an usher, a board member, a trustee and Sunday school teacher. He also served in the U. S. Army with the 141st Field Artillery in France, Luxembourg and Germany during World War II. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golf and ballroom dancing. His greatest joy was maintaining the home and yard he and his wife built in 1957. Visitation for Dayton will be Sunday, Sept. 17, from 3 until 7 p.m. at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Central Christian Church in Elkhart with the Rev. Dr. Douglas Cripe officiating. Burial with full military honors will be at Olive Cemetery. Memorial contributions in memory of Dayton may be made to Central Christian Church, 418 W. Franklin St., Elkhart, IN 46516 or to Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN 46545. To leave the family an online condolence, visit
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