March 8, 1935 - Sept. 7, 2013
SYRACUSE - Glen Richard Slabach, of Syracuse, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the age of 78. He was at an implement auction doing what he loved.
Glen was born March 8, 1935, the son of Ervin and Naomah (Miller) Slabach in LaGrange County. On Dec. 18, 1965, he married Suzanne Yoder at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Goshen; she survives.
He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Slabach of Syracuse; children Dean Slabach of Goshen and Tammy (Tom) Janes of Ligonier; stepson Lanny Lee Scott of North Webster; grandsons Clay (Chelsea) Preston and Drew Preston, both of Ligonier; stepgrandson Andy (Kelly) Janes of Ligonier; stepgreat-grandson Aidan Janes; siblings Martha (Joe) Raber of Shipshewana, Mary (Le Roy) Miller of Topeka, Katie (Crist) Miller of Topeka, Lena (Howard) Stutzman of Middlebury and Freeman (Edna) Slabach of Shipshewana; sister-in-law Edna Slabach of Shipshewana; and a brother-in-law, Orva (La Verda) Miller of Topeka.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ervin Slabach Jr. and Ella Miller.
Glen worked at agriculture-related jobs all his life. He worked for Pine Manor and Burger Dairy, was co-owner of Ford Tractor Sales of New Paris and owned and operated Slabach Equipment of Howe. He was then a salesman for Sherman Farm Equipment, Howe.
He was passionate about helping people and was involved in many community organizations and clubs throughout his lifetime. He began his life of community service in 1W service when he served at the maximum security prison in Westville during the 1950s. He continued to serve the community in many different ways and without ceasing. He was the trade show chairman of Indiana Association of Fairs, Festivals and Events. He served as president of the organization in 1994 and was inducted to its Hall of Fame in 1995. He was a member of the Northern Indiana Johnny Popper Two Cylinder Club and the Northern Indiana Garden Tractors Club. He was a member of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Syracuse, Florida Fly Wheelers Club and had served on the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Board. He also served as president of the LaGrange County 4-H Fair Board for 10 years. He was a 40-year member of the Lions Club and was involved in the New Paris, Howe and Syracuse clubs. He was also a member of LaGrange Moose. Above all, he was a dedicated and loving family man.
A funeral service in Glen's honor will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, at Harvest Community Church, Goshen. Pastor Ed Beetle of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Violet Cemetery in Goshen. Friends and family will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Yeager Funeral Home, 1589 Lincolnway S., Ligonier. There will also be an hour of visitation prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Syracuse Lion's Club or Seed To Feed.
Yeager Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.yeagerfuneralhome.com.