Chad H. Dilling

Chad Hugh Dilling, 76, of rural North Manchester, IN, and having familly in Huntington, IN, died Friday, May 4, 2018, at 6:26 p.m., at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Dilling was a 1959 graduate of Urbana High School, attended the Purdue University Short Course, received his realtor's license and was a member of the Ijamsville-Laketon Cemetery Board. He was a retired farmer, operated Gamma Chicken House, made feed for Strauss Feed Mill and in 2005 he retired as the Wabash Planning Commission Director, after 19 years. He was instrumental in the making of the Wabash County 911 system.

He was born Dec. 30, 1941, in Wabash to David M. and Gladys M. Alger Dilling. His mother survives in North Manchester. He married Peggy Sue Eads on Jan. 2, 1960, at the Ijamsville United Methodist Church, and she survives.

Additional survivors include a son, Chad Kent (Natalie) Dilling, of Kendallville; two daughters, Katrina (Tim) Shoemaker and Pam (Chris) Hann, both of North Manchester; nine grandchildren, Erica (Kurt) Snyder, of Roann; Katie Dilling and Tye (Tyler) Borsa, both of Fort Wayne; Travis (Mandi) Dilling, of Chicago, IL; Sarah (Austin) Carrothers, of North Wilkesboro, NC; Marx (Christina Baucco) Shoemaker, of Indianapolis; Sam (Amanda) Hann, of Wabash; Kody Shoemaker, of Huntington; and Baylee Shoemaker, of North Manchester; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Micah James Carrothers.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials are the Wabash County Cancer Society, Laketon Cemetery Association or the family.

Arrangements were handled by Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, North Manchester.

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