IVAN N. MINICH, 82, of Monroeville, passed away 4:25 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center. He was born March 27, 1932 in Allen County, Ind., a son of the late Edward and Ida (Grotrian) Minich. He married Barbara A. Sautter on Aug. 10, 1952 in Decatur and she preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2007. Ivan was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church-Flatrock and the Heritage Lions Club. He was a previous member of the Heritage Snowmobile Club and the Hoagland Area Advancement Association. He was also a former member of the American Legion Post #420 of Monroeville. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and the Indiana Air Guard retiring after 25 years with the rank of Master Sergeant. In addition to farming, he retired from Navistar with over 35 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, boating and spending time with friends and family. He spent many hours tinkering on various mechanical projects. Surviving are his daughters, Rita A. (Joe) Cerda of Lebanon, Ohio, Karen L. Gerbers of Fort Wayne, Denise I. (Jeff) Ehle of New Haven, and Tammy (Dan) Scheele of Lithia, Fla.; son, Neal (Mary) Minich of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren, Chad Bruick, Jason Bruick, Taylor Hougland, Beth Baumert, Brandon Bultemeier, Ben Maggert, Brian Maggert, Courtney Macy, Nicole Bolinger, Kyle Ehle, Audrey Ehle, Luke Minich, Jake Minich, Anna Minich, Tyler Scheele, Gavin Scheele and Camille Scheele; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra K. Beucler; a brother, Richard Minich; and a sister, Irene Hughes. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at St. John Lutheran Church – Flatrock, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Douglas Christian officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, Ind. Burial at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery – Flatrock, with Military Graveside services conducted by the American Legion Post #420 of Monroeville. Memorials to St. John Lutheran Church – Flatrock or Beth Anne Hoffman Scholarship Fund. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com

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