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William Peter Crumpacker dies at age 87

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William Peter Crumpacker, age 87, passed away peacefully Friday, October 18, 2013, at home, surrounded by loved ones.

The youngest child of Edgar Dean and Gladys Crumpacker, he is survived by the following: Louise, his wife of 65 years; children Janeen Overman (Adrian), Peter Crumpacker (Tina), Barbara Crumpacker Niedner (Frederick), and Patricia “Tish” Sisamis (Jim); sister Patricia “Tata” Johnson (Emil); sister-in-law, Gray Anderson (Bob); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was “G.P.” to grandchildren Will Overman (Darcy), Margaret Overman (Lance Smith), Kathryn Hamilton (Randy), Ryan Dillingham, Maegan McManus (Brian), Devon Crumpacker, Josh Niedner (Jenny Bergquist), Rebekah Niedner, Micah Niedner, and great grandchildren Joshua and Loraine Overman, Keats Overman-Smith, Alexander Hamilton, Brigid and Henry McManus, Ryen and Griffin Niedner.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Murel Kayes and June Kirk, brother Barton, daughter Donna Dillingham, and son James.

He lived a long, full and rich life with his wife Louise and extended family.

Born in Gary, Ind., he spent his childhood years in Hammond and Shady Side, graduated from Chesterton High School, served in the Navy during World War II, attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. As Fort Myers, Fla. snowbirds, he and his wife provided many volunteer hours for the local parks.

He served on the Duneland School Board and was instrumental in the decision to build Jackson Elementary School.

He was a man of many words, opinions and ideas, and had scores of friends who exchanged in lively debate and conversation. He was “Pete,” “Uncle Pete,” or “W.P.” to some and “Bill,” or “Uncle Bill,” to others. Among his most noteworthy treasures were his large supportive family; his good, kind and caring friends; great debating, delicious food, beautiful music and honest, meaningful relating.

Over the years he and his wife Louise volunteered, reading poetry to thousands of elementary aged children. He knew the value of a sincere apology and owning up to one’s limitations. He believed that almost any problem could be made more manageable by “breaking bread” together. He had a passion for the underdog and worked to advocate for others.

He was proud of his family and the people they had come to be. He will be missed greatly, remembered fondly, and his spirit will be carried forth in the numerous recipes and dishes his brood has come to know and love.

He requested that he not have a funeral, so in his memory, please go out and do what he would do: “pay-it-forward” with good deeds done for seemingly random strangers and know that we really are all one.

The family will hold a memorial service in his honor sometime in the summer of 2014 when those near and far can gather. Please share any memories with his wife Louise, c/o 1402 Cross Creek Road, Valparaiso, IN, 46383. She and the family will enjoy the snail mail stories and share them, as all remember and give thanks for a life so earnestly and well-lived.


Posted 10/21/2013