Eldon S. Templin, 87, of rural Wabash, went to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his family, at 11 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at Wellbrooke of Wabash. He was born Nov. 29, 1925 in Peru, to Paul and Mattie (Sturgis) Templin.
Eldon was a Somerset High School graduate and attended Manchester College. He married Ruth Ann Draper in Somerset, on April 25, 1950. He was a US Army veteran. He worked for Leath Furniture in Wabash and Marion, reetiring in 1987, and also worked for the Wabash Community Service/YMCA 20 years. He was a member and Deacon of Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church in Wabash. Eldon served as the Chairman of the Indiana State Youth Camp and devoted 30 years of his life to this ministry mentoring young people. He enjoyed woodworking, buying antiques, and especially being with his family. Spending time with people and sharing the Gospel of Christ to others was an important part of Eldon's life.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Templin, Wabash; four children, Alan E. Templin and Merrill (Lisa) Templin, both of Wabash, Dean Templin, Marion, and Heather (Benj) Daniel, Wabash; 10 grandchildren, Chad (Melanie) Templin, Marion, Jennifer Shrout, Converse, Bridie (Jeremy) Monroe, Brigid Templin, and Brogan Templin, all of Wabash, Shevonne (Jeremy) Peterson and Dustin Templin, both of Marion, Emily Daniel, Ellie Daniel, and Erin Daniel, all of Wabash, nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert "Bob" Templin, his sister, Wilma Wilson, and his grandsons, Brady Merrill Templin and Barry Micah Templin.
Funeral services will be held at Emmanuel Free Will Baptist Church, 129 Southwood Drive, Wabash, on Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. with his son, Merrill Templin officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct.ober 31, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, and one hour prior to the service Friday at the church.
Preferred memorial is Indiana State Free Will Baptist Youth Camp.
The memorial guest book for Eldon may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.