John E. Warner

October 26, 1932 - December 13, 2019

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Tuesday, December 17, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Wednesday, December 18, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville


Wednesday, December 18, 11:00 AM
Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville


John Ernest Warner, 87, of Grove City, Florida, and formerly of Kendallville died Friday, December 13, 2019, at his residence.

He was born October 26, 1932, in Auburn to Ernest A. and Thelma S. (Klink) Warner.

On May 23, 1953, in Kendallville he married Phyllis Koon.
Mr. Warner retired in 1980 from International Harvester in Fort Wayne and was a farmer.

He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to1954 during the Korean War.

John founded Beacon Baptist Church of Kendallville in the living room of his home. He is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood, Florida, where he served as a deacon.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis Warner of Grove City, Florida; five daughters, Diana Pankop of Kendallville, Debbie (Jim) King of Wolcottville, Darlene Warner of Albion, Marsha (Tim) Matheney of New Concord, Ohio, and Marilyn (Richard) Shields of Port Charlotte, Florida; two sons, Mark Warner of Albion and John (Kathy) Warner, Jr. of LaOtto; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Glora (Robert) Hartman of Hudson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James Warner in May, 2014.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Destiny Family of Faith, 445 North Riley Street, Kendallville with the Rev. Wayne Murrow, Pastor Shawn Kondas, and Pastor Brent Wedding officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery, Corunna.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Air Force.

Honorary pallbearer is Travis Warner. Active pallbearers are Kenny Pankop, Trent Wert, Drew Warner, Mike Gamble, Daniel Matheney, and David Day.

Calling is Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials are to the family.

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Mandy (Wirick) Havert
December 21st, 2019 5:22pm

I offer my condolences for John’s passing. He and Phyllis were neighbors when I was growing up. They are responsible for my faith foundation that has grown throughout my life. Peace be with you all today, tomorrow, and always.

Danny Castle
December 21st, 2019 12:13am

I remember John from my youth. He was always an incredibly kind and generous man. He and then entire family would always be there for those who needed a helping hand. God bless you John. I will never forget you.

Dennis Girardot
December 19th, 2019 10:28pm

I bet my Dad is so glad to see your Dad so that they can talk fishing. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Scot and kathy myers
December 18th, 2019 1:41pm

Good neighbor great friend will be missed.

Barbara Stahl
December 18th, 2019 3:51am

You have my sympathy. Dads are very special people. Your parents were nice neighbors.

Janice and Dean Stoy
December 17th, 2019 2:54am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to John's family and friends. The Ashley High Class of 1950 now has 5 classmates remaining. Johnny was a shining star.

Tami (Murrow) Bucholtz
December 16th, 2019 7:19pm
Taylors, SC

Brother Johnny will certainly be missed by all of me and my family! We loved him so much, and he definitely felt like part of our family. Praying for you all as I cannot be there at this time. I'm so glad to know we all have the confidence that he will spend eternity with our Saviour! Love to you all..... Tami

Cathy Michelbrink
December 16th, 2019 1:41pm

Very sorry to read of the loss of your beloved Father. God Bless him as he lives out his eternal life with our Father.

Mike & Vikki Marti
December 15th, 2019 1:41am
Fort wayne

Mark and the rest of the Warner Family, we are so sorry for your loss, but rejoice for your loved one WHO IS IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS SAVIOR!

Susan Lash-Jones
December 14th, 2019 8:04pm
Ft Wayne, IN

John will be missed. He did so much for so many in his lifetime. I know the family will miss his presence here on earth but know that he is happy and you will see him again.