Doyle R. Stern

Doyle Robert Stern, 87, of Bluffton, IN, and formerly of Huntington County, IN, died Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2020, at Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Stern graduated from Lancaster High School in 1950 and was the owner-operator of Stern’s Auto Body Repair for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He was a Scout leader for Troop 150 in Bluffton, a member and past president of the Bluffton Rotary Club and had served on the Lancaster Township Advisory Board for 12 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 74 years, and participated in several mission trips.

He was born June 12, 1932, in Huntington County to Arthur L. and Ester M. Emley Stern. He married Carol N. Barger on Sept. 7, 1952, in Bluffton, and she survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Tim R. (Libby) Stern, of Rockford, MI, and Mark N. (Suzanne) Stern, of Kewanee, IL; and four grandchildren, Glen (Alexis) Stern, of Detroit, MI; Adam (Erin) Stern, of Pittsburg; Ashley (Kyle) Morey, of Geneseo, IL; and Ali Stern, of Atkinson, IL; a brother, Ronald W. (Sandy) Stern, of Indianapolis; a sister, Diane Tayrien, of Orlando, FL; and in-laws, Barbara Barger, of Bluffton, and Cora Barger, of Decatur.

Calling is Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home, 308 W. Washington St., Bluffton. A funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 116 Church St., Bluffton.  Rev. Larry Ray and Rev. Sherrie Drake will officiate. Calling will be held for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in Bluffton.

Memorials are to the First United Methodist Church or Family LifeCare of Berne or Wells County Boys & Girls Club.

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