Thompson Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home
Nappanee, IN 46550-1002
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Vance D. Frederick

May 18, 1924 - October 23, 2012

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Vance D. “The Wheel” Frederick, age 88, of Nappanee, died at 4:50 pm, Tuesday at Bremen Healthcare Center. He was born May 18, 1924 in Wakarusa to Lowell and Inah (Miller) Frederick. He lived his lifetime in this area. He was a graduate of Bremen High School and served in the United States Army.

On April 3, 1949 he married Mary Helen Walters. She survives along with a daughter, Cheryl (Joe) White, Middlebury; a son, Charles Frederick, Nappanee; grandchildren, Justin, Jeremy, Jordan Frederick, Allison Risser; and a step granddaughter Aisha White. He was preceded in death by a sister June Davis.

He was a Life Insurance Agent in Nappanee for 55 years and was well known in the community. Vance was a member of the Nappanee United Methodist Church, Nappanee American Legion, and a member and past president of Nappanee Noon Kiwanis. He was also a former member of the Nappanee City Council, and he was one of the founders and served on the board at the Nappanee Airport. He was very instrumental in starting the golf course in Nappanee, and was an avid golfer. He also was a licensed pilot, and enjoyed bowling and fishing.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m. at Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Funeral services will take place on Sat, also at the funeral home, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Union Center Cemetery with Military Rites performed by the Nappanee American Legion. Memorial contributions may be given to the Nappanee United Methodist Church or to the Nappanee American Legion.