Wilbur D. Lemler, 87, formerly of Nappanee, went to be with the Lord and his wife Joyce at 10:20 am, Monday, April 20, 2020.
Wilbur was born April 10, 1933, in Bourbon, to Walter and Gladys (Swartzlander) Lemler. Mr. Lemler was a lifelong area resident and was a graduate of Bourbon High School.
Wilbur served his country as a member of the Army 101st Airborne in the Korean Conflict. While in the Army Wilbur married Joyce Teeter on July 12, 1953 in Kentucky. She preceded her husband in death on March 24, 2019. Wilbur and Joyce had attended First Church of God. As a young man, Wilbur worked at Mutschler Kitchens and then went on to open his own cabinet business, Lemler Cabinets. Later in life, he started Lemler Lawns with his wife and son. Wilbur enjoyed working on the lawn and being outside and was a problem solver and innovator when working in the shop.
He liked to share his favorite statement “I’m Terrible Good” when talking with family and friends.
Wilbur is survived by a daughter, Cindy (Mark) Lingofelter of Nappanee; a son, Wilber DeWayne (Sharon) Lemler Jr. of Nappanee; five grandchildren Mathew Lingofelter of Nappanee, Mark (Carrie) Lingofelter Jr. of Nappanee, Lorie (Greg) Warnken of Wakarusa, Isaac (Crystal) Lemler of Silver Lake, and Kyle Lemler of Nappanee; ten great grandchildren, Logan Lingofelter, Caitlyn Lingofelter, Dakota Warnken, Jerrecho Warnken, Shekinah Warnken, Zane Warnken, Rosalynn Warnken, Zane Reed, Zeek Reed, and Amber Rundberg; and a great great grandson Colton Warnken.
Wilbur was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a grandson Deric Lemler, a great great granddaughter Jazmyn Warnken, and a sister Virginia Waters.
Private family services will be held with burial at Bremen Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Wilbur’s memory to Elkhart Center for Hospice.