Ralph E. Banter

Ralph Edward Banter, 78, of LaFontaine, IN, and having ties to Huntington County, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Mr. Banter graduated from Jefferson Township High School in Huntington County in 1961 and then continued his studies as a machinist under the direction of Walter Elliott in Ossian. He was employed at Ossian Paper Co., Byrd Lumber and Eagle Lumber in Marion before owning his own businesses, Banter Machine and Banter Bros. Tractor Pulling. He was a member of NTPA WPI, having served as vice president for many years and having won many titles and championships. He also served as director and treasurer of Indiana Pullers Inc. After retirement he was a member of the Differentials Car Club. He was also a member of Banquo Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee.

He was born March 29, 1941, in Milo, Huntington County to Ora and Hilda Chenoweth Banter. He married Margaret Moorman on Sept. 10, 1961, in Banquo, and she survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Sherry (Terry) Knight, of Van Buren; three brothers, Ira Banter, of Van Buren; David (Jorita) Banter, of Huntington; and Michael (Judy) Banter, of Marion; five grandchildren, Kristen (Brent) Freiburger, of Fairbanks, AK; Shannon (Brian) Eddie, of Montclair, VA; Megan (Ben) Whitaker, of Wabash; Erin (Arjun) Bhalla, of Fishers; and Matthew Knight, of Van Buren; and nine great- grandchildren.

Calling is Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the mortuary, with Rev. Harold Smith officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.

Memorials are to Banquo Christian Church or Cancer Services for Huntington County, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Drive, Huntington, IN 46750.

The online guest book may be signed at www.baileylove.com.