Phyllis J. Warner

April 01, 1935 - May 29, 2021

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Friday, June 04, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel

Saturday, June 05, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Saturday, June 05, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Our beloved mother, Phyllis Jean Warner, 86, of Englewood, Florida, and formerly of Kendallville entered the arms of Jesus on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at her residence.

She was born April 1, 1935, in Fort Wayne to Frank and Vivian E. (Opdyke) Koon who preceded her in death.

On May 23, 1953, in Kendallville she married the love of her life, John E. Warner. They had been married 66 years, before he preceded her in death on December 13, 2019.

Phyllis loved her family and was a homemaker providing delicious meals for them, especially her well-known potato salad. She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and making home-made gifts for her family.

She was a substitute teacher for DeKalb and East Noble School Districts during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Phyllis accepted Jesus as her personal Savior as a young child. Mrs. Warner, along with her husband and several families, founded Beacon Baptist Church of Kendallville, in the living room of their home. She loved playing the piano for her 7 kids and Johnny when they sang at church. She wanted nothing more than to see her family follow the Lord. Phyllis also taught Sunday school, and her legacy of faith and love will forever be in the hearts of those that knew her. Following their move to Florida, she became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood.
There, she remained a faithful servant, running the kitchen for the adult super senior’s group and was director of the mother daughter banquets.

Surviving are five daughters, Diana Pankop of Kendallville, Debbie (Jim) King of LaGrange, 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; 43 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Harriet Rose of Scottsville, Kentucky.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard Koon; a sister, Dorothy Clark; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Rose Warner.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Shawn Kondas officiating.

Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery, Corunna.

Pallbearers are: Jenny Kuchar, Daven King, Trent Wert, Drew Warner, Ben Matheney, and Mike Gamble.

Visitation is Friday, June 4, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Memorials can be made to the family of Phyllis Warner.

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Guest Book

Wanda Fannin
June 5th, 2021 10:56pm
Kendallville IN

Sorry for your loss. Harriet and I were friends in her Kendallville days. My sympathies to the family. Wanda

Wayne Maurer and Bonnie
June 1st, 2021 5:48pm

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family. Wayne and Bonnie

Kofie Shultz Silos
June 1st, 2021 10:35am
Atlanta, Georgia

So sorry for your loss. I am sure my mom and Cerelle were also there to greet her as she walked through Heaven’s gates. Your mom was such a spiritual example of motherhood and leadership to me when I was growing up. She was also very generous having all seven of us over for meals and fellowship. I have the fondest of memories of your parents as Godly individuals and a dynamic couple for Christ! You all are in our prayers.

Barkley&Sarah Moore
June 1st, 2021 1:14am

SHE WAS A Great Lady

Mary Jane an Larry Moore
June 1st, 2021 1:04am

We are so sorry for your loss. Your family means so much to us. We will be unable to attend. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Greg Rice
May 31st, 2021 10:14pm
Fort Wayne

She was a wonderful Human being!!

Shelia Bowman Laymon
May 31st, 2021 10:00pm
Kendallville , IN

So sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful woman. She raised a wonderful family. Prayers for all of you . May your mother rest in the loving arms of Jesus.

DIANE BOOTS ( wolff )
May 31st, 2021 7:27pm

So sorry for the loss of your mother .sending prayers to the family