July 10, 1922 - Oct. 31, 2013
GOSHEN — Verden E. “Bud” Ganger, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
He was born July 10, 1922, in Elkhart County to Homer and Rosa (Graybill) Ganger.
He married Berniece Sommers, July 1, 1949, in Goshen. She died in 1990.
He is survived by two children, Bruce (Peg) Ganger and Sandy (Mark) McCahill, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dallas and Max Ganger; and a sister, Elizabeth Davenport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and four siblings.
He was a lifelong resident of Goshen. He fought for his country in World War II and joined the VFW two weeks after his return from Europe in September 1945. He remained a VFW member until his death. Bud was a member of Bristol United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, having served as a trustee and a faithful supporter.
Bud loved to hunt and fish and was a rabid Indiana University basketball fan. He came alive during college football and basketball seasons. His vegetable garden output was a thing of legends, and he supplied everyone that knew him with tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes and more every year. He cared about living a good life, being a good friend and doing the right thing. He was very proud of his six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, memorial service will be at Bristol United Methodist Church, 201 S. Division St., Bristol.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send a memorial gift in Bud’s name to the Bristol United Methodist Church or VFW Post 985, 1201 West Pike St., Goshen, IN 46526.
Yoder-Culp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.