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Jerald J. "Joe" Longenecker, 88, of North Webster, IN passed away at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 24, 1930 in Leesburg, IN to Chester Marion & Hallie Ellen (Hartman) Longenecker.
He graduated in 1948 from Leesburg High School, was a United States Army & Air Force veteran, and lived most of his life in the Leesburg / North Webster area. He was married on September 21, 1952 in Hagerstown, IN to Norma E. Bales who survives. He retired as a Senior Marketing Representative for Hartford Insurance Company and formerly was an insurance adjuster.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in North Webster, American Legion in Warsaw, Masonic Lodge in Cromwell, and Mizpah Shriners in Fort Wayne. He was a former founding member and past president of the Lakeland Kiwanis in North Webster.
He is survived by:
Wife – Norma Longenecker of North Webster
Daughter – Jennifer (Ken) Miller of Anderson
Son – Jay (Patti) Longenecker of Noblesville
10 Grand & 18 Gt. Grandchildren
Daughter in law – Melissa Longenecker
He was preceded in death by his parents, son J. Chris Longenecker, 2 sisters – Phyllis Shively & Jan Romig, and 2 brothers – Jack & John Longenecker.
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Owen Family Funeral Home, St. Rd 13 & CR 500N, North Webster, IN. A masonic service will take place at 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the funeral home with Pastor Byron Kaiser officiating. Burial will follow in the Mock Addition of the North Webster Cemetery with military graveside rites.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60635 or United Methodist Church, 7822 E Epworth Forest Rd, North Webster, IN 46555.