July 23, 1923 -- August 27, 2013
Dean Warstler, 90, of Middlebury, died peacefully at 2:10 am on Tuesday,
August 27, at IU Health Goshen Hospital. He was born on July 23, 1923 in
Elkhart, to Jay and Irene (Norwood) Warstler. On November 25, 1948 in
Middlebury he married Geraldine Varns, she survives. He was the love of her
life for 65 years. Survivors in addition to his wife are three daughters, Wanda
(Ron) Miller of Goshen, Diane (Carl) Eash of Middlebury, Bonnie Warstler of
Elkhart; five grandchildren; Joey Eash, Jaynie (Mike) Kirby, Nicholas Miller,
Nathan Miller and Natalie Miller; two great-grandchildren, Layne and Nolan
Kirby. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sisters, Leora King and
Leola Hughes and a brother, Jim Warstler. Dean started working at Varns &
Hoover Hardware, Middlebury in 1948, became owner of the business in 1971
and also owned Varns & Hoover Hardware in Shipshewana. He was a
member of First United Methodist Church in Middlebury where he was very
active and served on the church council and taught Sunday School. He was
a WWII Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion Post 210 and former
member of the Crystal Valley Exchange Club. He served as president on the
school board, volunteered on the Middlebury Fire Dept. for over 20 years and
served as the Fire Chief. Dean and Geraldine were the 1998 Summer Festival
Parade Marshals and the Book of Golden Deeds Recipients in 2002 and had
volunteered for many years with Meals on Wheels in Goshen. While wintering
in Venice, Florida for 29 years they attended Christ Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 -8:00 pm Friday, August 30, at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 South Main Street Middlebury. Funeral
services will be at 10:00 am on Saturday August 31, at First United Methodist
Church, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell.
Burial with full military honors by the American Legion Post 210 will follow in
Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury. Memorials may be given to First United
Methodist Church or Faith Mission. Online condolences may be sent at
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May the love of your family and friends carry you thru this sad time. It sounds
like he lived a wonderful life. Many blessings.
From: Karen Profitt, friend of Wanda
We are so sorry for the loss of Dean. He was loved by everyone for his great
sense of humor, caring ways, and loving personality. We will surely miss him
but know he is with God. Love to all the family
From: Bob and Carol Whitlock
We send our condolences in the loss of Dean. We have been blessed in
having known him these past 20+ years. Dean was a wonderful man and will
be missed by many. God be with the family in this time of sorrow. We know
he is with the Heavenly Father. God Bless.
From: Elmer & Rosa Troyer
Geraldine...Our most sincere and deepest heartfelt sympathy and
condolences to you and all of your family at the passing of Dean.
God Bless you All!
From: Bill and Romaine Beall, and all of our family.
Diane, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and that our loving God will
surround you and your family with His
Love and Peace.
From: Jerry and Jana Workman
The Milo and Muriel Yoder girls have such wonderful memories of playing at
their house (we lived 3 doors away in Middlebury), being a part of their family,
and counting them as extended family and friends. Sorry for your loss but
thankful to have had all of the Warstler family in our lives.
From: Roger and Pat (Yoder) Naftzger
Dear Jerry and family,
Its been many years since I have seen you all but My Prayers and support are
with you all.
Sincerely, Susan Conrad
Our condolences to Gerry and the family. Dean will be missed by all who
From: Jerry and Jean Triezenberg & Family