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Robert W. “Bob” Pifer, 87, of Winona Lake, IN passed away at 11:28 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Grace Village Healthcare in Winona Lake, IN. He was born on December 1, 1930 in Warsaw, IN to John W. & Lillian A. (Heisler) Pifer.
He lived most of his life in the Kosciusko County area, graduated in 1950 from Warsaw High School, and was a Korean War Army veteran. On June 14, 1958 in Michigan City, IN he married Maxine J. (Kinsey) Harris who preceded him on February 7, 2010. He retired in 1993 after 20 years in customer service at Chore Time Brock in Milford, formerly drove for Petro’s in Warsaw, and was a former reserve police officer for Kosciusko County Sherriff’s Dept. He and his wife were former owner / operators of the Jot-em-Down Grocery Store at Barbee Lake in the late 1960’s.
He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Warsaw, American Legion Post #253 in North Webster, and life member of the Korean War Veterans in Fort Wayne. He was a former little league coach in North Webster & Warsaw, formerly served on the Van Buren & Wayne Township Advisory Boards, very active in genealogy, and worked on the County Election Boards for 48 years.
He is survived by:
Daughter – Marcia (Samuel) Baumgartner of Milford
Son – John (Gretchen) Pifer of Tampa, FL
3 Step-Daughters – Teresa Hainge of Pierceton, Melanie Beltane of Oregon, and Beth (Rick) Monroe of North Webster
12 Grand & Several Gt. Grandchildren
Sister – Helen Petro of Asheville, NC
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister – Shirley Swartz.
Private family visitation and services were held at Owen Family Funeral Home, St. Rd 13 & CR 500N, North Webster, IN with Pastor Mike Mueller of the church officiating. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial bequest may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1720 E Center St, Warsaw, IN 46580 or Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581.