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Obituaries

October 19, 2013

Walter Roy ‘Wally’ Funk

Feb. 28, 1939-Oct. 16, 2013

Walter Roy

‘Wally’ Funk

Feb. 28, 1939-Oct. 16, 2013

ELKHART — Walter Roy “Wally” Funk, 74, passed away Wednesday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Walter was born on Feb. 28, 1939 in Elkhart, to Marvin and Ellen (Grieb) Funk.

He married Terri (Simcox) Sage Dec. 28, 1988 in Elkhart, Terri survives, as well as their children, Scott M. Funk of Jones, Mich., Darci Funk of Duneden, Fla., Billie Jan (Kevin) Owens of Middlebury, Nicole (Mike) Jones of Anderson and James Sage of Elkhart.

Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren and his siblings, Roberta (Dave) Honeywell of Pittsburg, Bill Funk of Elkhart, Julie (Bill Reader) Crow; and his mother, Ellen Funk of Elkhart.

Walter was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Funk; and daughter, Ginger Kozelka.

“Wally,” as he was known by friends and co-workers, was a lifelong resident of Elkhart. He was a 1957 graduate of Elkhart High School and worked for the Selmer Company for 46 years. In his youth, he was a bag boy at the former Wilts at Easy Shopping Center. He was a member of the Goshen Moose Lodge where he loved to play euchre. He enjoyed working in his yard and feeding the birds. Walter was a loving husband, father, loyal friend and a doting “Papa Walt” to his grandchildren. Many will miss him.

Please join with his family Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St. Elkhart.

Services celebrating Walter’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Northside Baptist Church, 53198 C.R. 9, Elkhart., where friends may call one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Nathan Breneman will officiate.

Burial will follow at Carleton Cemetery.

The family request memorials gifts to Faith Mission, 801 Benham Ave., Elkhart, IN 46516, a charity Walter supported for many years.

To share a memory or send a condolence to the family, visit www.billingsfuneralhome.com.

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