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 Donald E. Abel

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Donald E. Abel

  • Birth 28 Dec 1946
  • Death 27 Aug 2013
  • Burial Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 116220985

Donald E. Abel, age 66, of Nappanee, died at 4:45 am, Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Elkhart General Hospital, where he had been admitted Sunday. He was born December 28, 1946 in Elkhart to Paul and Evelyn (Roose) Abel. He was a 1964 graduate of Wakarusa High School and lived his lifetime in this area.

Don was owner of Franklin Coach in Nappanee. He was very active in the community serving on the Nappanee Smokey Stovers Fire Dept. for 36 years, 7 of those years as Chief. Don helped to start the Butch Nine Scholarship committee. He also served on the 4th of July committee, Nappanee Redevelopment Commission from 1994 - 2007, and NorthWood Dollars for Scholars committee. He was a former Elkhart County Councilman. Don was named Nappanee Citizen of the year in 2000.

Surviving are his sons and grandchildren, Jim (Heidi) Abel and their daughters, Sydney and Payton , Fishers, Chris (Mindy) Abel and their children, Bryce and Katie, Nappanee; sister, Becky (Johnnie) Moody, Granger; brothers, Steve Abel, Nappanee, Rick (Gail) Abel, Wakarusa; and his former wife, Rita Tucker, Wakarusa.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 5-8 Friday at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee and for 1 hour prior to the Funeral Service which will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday at the funeral home. Rev. Ruben Chupp, Pastor of North Main Street Mennonite Church will officiate. Burial will take place with full Fireman Honors including a final call at Nappanee Fire Dept. and final salute at Olive West Cemetery.


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  • Created by: Shirley Cates Teal
  • Added: 28 Aug 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 116220985
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Donald E. Abel (28 Dec 1946–27 Aug 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 116220985, citing Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Shirley Cates Teal (contributor 47848596) .