John Edward McLaughlin, 92, Wabash, died at 1:35 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester. He was born Sept. 9, 1920 in Wabash County, to Leo and Lona (Cripe) McLaughlin.
John was a 1938 graduate of Urbana High School. He was a staff sergeant in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his services in the Philippine Islands. John married Geraldine Bush at the Grace Church in Urbana on July 19, 1941; she died May 7, 2002. He then married Harriet Peebles at the First United Methodist Church in Wabash on Sept. 20, 2003. He worked for General Tire in Wabash 44 years, retiring in 1983. John was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Hanna Masonic Lodge, the Fort Wayne Mizpah Shrine, the Wabash American Legion Post 15 and the senior bowling league. He enjoyed golfing, doing yard work, playing bridge, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
He is survived by wife, Harriet McLaughlin, Wabash; two daughters, Kathryn Sue Hipskind, Mishawaka, and Judith Lynn Lehman, Denver; four step children, Margie (Tim) Burgess, Chicago, Ill., Mary (Tom) Petersen, Omaha, Neb., Dan (Carol) Early and Bill (Kathy) Early, both of Wabash; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, six step grandchildren, three step great grandchildren; and his sister, Ruth Evelyn Dickason, Titusville, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lowell McLaughlin, brother Paul McLaughlin, his granddaughter Melinda Oveido.
Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jonathan Cornell and Pastor John Cook officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.
Preferred memorial is Wabash-Miami Home Healthcare and Hospice.
The memorial guest book for John may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.