John Banister, 78

John Weirs Banister, 78, of rural LaFontaine, died at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home. 

He was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Wabash, to Walter and Adeline (Weirs) Banister.

John was a graduate of Chippewa High School and also attended Manchester College two years.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam.  He married Kassandra Kay Frantz; she died June 22, 2016. John worked at Thompson Consumer Electronics in Marion, retiring after 30 years.  He enjoyed cooking, hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors.

He is survived by four children, Chris (Dawn) Banister of Andrews, Raymond (Debbie) Banister of Conyers, Ga., Rick Banister of Gas City, and Sylvia Banister of Wabash; three step-children, Beth (Randell) Wilcox of Wabash, Chris Gates and Todd (Vicky) Gates, both of LaFontaine; several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; a brother, Bryan Banister, and a sister, Anita Vrem, both of Wabash. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents, sister, Katherine Donaldson, step-daughter, Laura Elizabeth Gates, and granddaughter, Allisandra  Gates.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor John Cook officiating.  Burial will be in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville, Indiana.  Friends may call 9:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is to the family of John Banister, for expenses.

The memorial guest book for John may be signed at

Posted on 2018 Jun 20