WAKARUSA — Charles “Chuck” Wenger, 83, of Wakarusa, died at 6:50 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Wakarusa.
He was born Feb. 14, 1931, in Elkhart County to the late Charles O. and Goldie (Weldy) Wenger.
He married Wilma (Holderbaum) Wenger on Oct. 28, 1950.
Surviving are his wife, Wilma of Goshen; children Julie (Michael) Troyer of Bowling Green, Ky., and Jeffrey Wenger of Wakarusa; siblings Helen Alexander of Banning, Calif., Vada Blosser of Wakarusa, Doris (John) Nunemaker of Goshen, David (Marlene) Wenger of Elkhart, Kenneth (Pat) Wenger of Osceola, Phyllis (Larry) Stauffer of Wakarusa and Larry (Terry) Wenger of Surprise, Ariz.; siblings-in-law Merrill Yoder of Wakarusa and Carolyn Reum of Granger; grandchildren Christopher (Andrea) Troyer of Goldsboro, N.C., and Brian (Claire) Troyer of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; and great-grandchildren Alexander and Anna Troyer and Charles and Henry Troyer.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Fay Yoder, Myrtle (Orville) Kehr, Leota (Alvin) Yoder and Lester Wenger and brothers-in-law Joe Alexander and Raymond Blosser.
Chuck worked as a farmer at Eby’s Dairy and at Portage Realty. He retired from the RV Industry in 1994 and was an auctioneer since 1985. He worked as a Wa-Nee school bus aide and as a taxi driver — transporting people and hauling produce.
Chuck was a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church and was a wonderful husband and always a gentleman. He served for two years in 1-W service in Gary at the Methodist Hospital and enjoyed hunting, fishing and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 13, at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, 117 W. Waterford St., Wakarusa, and for an hour prior to the 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, service at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, 64901 C.R. 11, Goshen. Pastors Wes Bontreger and Harold Yoder will officiate. Burial will be in Olive (East) Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Yellow Creek Mennonite Church or Hope Ministries in South Bend. Online condolences may be sent at www.rrefh.com.