Carl E. Monesmith, 90, of Bourbon, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Pilgrim Manor Nursing Home of Plymouth.
Monesmith was born the son of Victor and Mabel Hepler Monesmith on April 22, 1928, in Nappanee. He was a life long resident of the area and retired from Bourbon Foundry in 1994. He was a “jack of all trades.” He mowed grass, trimmed trees for more twelve years for many elderly people of Bourbon. He loved to ride bikes with his wife around town and was a huge Cubs fan. After graduating from Bourbon High School in 1946, he then served in the United States Army as a cook during the Korean War.
On Sept. 4, 1953, he married the love of his life, Ruth Reed who he has shared 65 years of marriage. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Ruth; his son Richard Susan) Susan Monesmith of Bourbon; six grandchildren: Ryan Monesmith, Cory (Amy) Monesmith, Reed (Amy) Monesmith, Erin (Adam) Cleays, Eric (Jocelyn) Erlacher and Heather Yoder. Also, he was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, and three brothers: Robert, LaMar and Dale.