|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1994|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2013|
HEATH D. BUMGARNER, 18, of Uniondale, died on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 5:15 p.m., at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Born Dec. 17, 1994, in Wells County, he was a son of Bruce D. Bumgarner and Kimberly S. (Brown) Bumgarner; they survived in Uniondale. He was a senior at Norwell High School; attended Anthis Career Center, Fort Wayne; and also worked at Novae Manufacturing Co., Markle since November of 2012. He was active in football in seventh thru ninth grades; track in ninth and tenth grades; and was involved in 4-H for eight years. He was accepted to attend Ohio Technical College, Cleveland, Ohio; was a certified welder in eleventh grade; and received first place for welding at Skills Indiana Competition. He loved farming, hunting, racing go-carts, four wheeling, and snowmobiling. Also surviving are maternal grandmother, Sue Brown of Bluffton; paternal grandmother, Deanna Bumgarner of Uniondale; two sisters, Amber (Foster) Reed of Yoder and Lacey (Nathan) Meyer of Ossian; nephews and niece, Connor Reed, Kenley Reed and Garrett Reed; and several aunts and uncles. he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Richard Brown and Leo Bumgarner. Funeral service is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Lancaster Elementary School, 3275 E. 300 N., Bluffton. Pastor Mike Gilbert officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, 3220 East SR 124, Bluffton. Burial in Horeb Cemetery, Uniondale, Ind. Memorials to Anthis Career Center "Welding Program" or Wells County 4-H "Cattle and Beef Program".
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on March 6, 2013
A Norwell High School student who was shot while cleaning weapons and later died has been identified.
Heath Bumgarner, 18, of Uniondale died from his injuries Sunday evening at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, according to the Allen County Coroner's Office.
Bumgarner was cleaning guns with an 19-year-old friend Saturday afternoon at a home just outside Markle in Wells County.
Bumgarner was taken to the hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery, state police said.
The coroner's office ruled the death a homicide because it was the result of another person's actions. State police have said the shooting appears to have been accidental and no arrests have been made.
The Wells County Sheriff's Department, the Allen County Coroner's Office and the Indiana State Police are investigating.
Bumgarner, a senior, had won a $5,000 scholarship to attend Ohio Technical College in Cleveland, according to the school's Facebook site.
He is survived by his parents, Bruce and Kim Bumgarner, and his sisters, Amber Reed and Lacey Meyer, according to an obituary.
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Created by: Steve
Record added: Mar 04, 2013
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