Wayne L. Harnish, 76, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at 2:45 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren, IN.
Mr. Harnish graduated from Rockcreek Township High School in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, spending the majority of that time at Fort Meade, MD. He was retired from Farm Bureau Insurance, where he had worked for 32 years as a property claims specialist.
He was a former member of American Legion Post 368 in Van Buren and was a member of Central Christian Church, Van Buren. He was a member of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, Arbor Trace Senior Golf League and Fort Wayne Adjusters Association. He volunteered to care for flowers at the Van Buren Park and elsewhere in Van Buren for 10 years.
He was born May 12, 1936, in Bluffton to Gerald and Alice Riddile Harnish. He married Shirley Jean Lockwood on July 21, 1954, and she survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, Brent (Julie) Harnish, of South Bend, and Brian (Cindy) Harnish, of Walkerton; four daughters, Jennifer (Denny) Southers, of Swayzee; Jean (Victor) Brady, of Beaver Creek, OH; Jill (Dennis) Huston, of Marion; and Judi (Kirk) Kitts, of Elwood; a sister-in-law, Karen Harnish, of Sun Lake, AZ; 13 grandchildren, Heather Springer, Troy Harnish, Jaclyn Wheeler, Dustin Harnish, Jeff Brady, Jonathan Brady, Tyler Brady, Megan Kilner, Amiee Huston, Katie Huston, Olivia Kitts, Faith Kitts and Hope Kitts; and nine great-grandchildren.
Calling is Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Central Christian Church, 102 S. 1st St., Van Buren. A service will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the church. Mr. Harnish's brother-in-law, Rev. Don Lockwood, will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. Victor Brady, Rev. Jeffrey Brady and Rev. Heath Jones. Burial will be at St. Paul Cemetery, Wells County.
Memorial gifts may be made to the building fund of Central Christian Church in Van Buren or to Family Life Care Hospice, 705 S. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN 46953.
Ferguson & Glancy Funeral Home, Van Buren, is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.glancyfuneralhomes.com.