William Peter Crumpacker

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WILLIAM P. CRUMPACKER William Peter Crumpacker, age 87, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2013 at home, surrounded by loved ones. He lived a long, full and rich life with his supportive wife Louise and loving extended family. 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. Preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Murel Kayes and June Kirk; brother, Barton; daughter, Donna Dillingham; and son, James. At this time, Team Crumpacker would like to offer special thanks to the loving, tender, servant-minded individuals who cared so deeply for him and his family, along the way. 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, loving and supportive family; his good, kind and caring friends; great debating, delicious food, beautiful music and deep, honest, meaningful relating. He loved a good, crunchy, tart apple; crisp chocolate-chip cookies; seedless raspberry jelly spread to the very edge of his darn-near burned toast; pickled beets; a soft egg yolk; his world famous Aioli and Caesar salad made the “right way.” He loved passionately and delighted in lively interchange, melodic whistling, and the harmony line of any song he sang. He rivaled his sister Pat with the best-ever butter & brown sugar pineapple upside down cake. He could repair almost anything if he had enough duct tape and super glue. Over the years he and his wife Louise volunteered by reading poetry to thousands of elementary aged children. He knew the value of a sincere apology and owning up to one’s limitations, and engaged in both. He believed that almost any problem could be made more manageable by “breaking bread” together. He had a passion for the underdog and worked in his own way to advocate for others, be it through individual efforts or the many organizations of which he was a part over the years. Born in Gary, IN, 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, OH, and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. As Fort Myers, FL, snowbirds, he and his wife provided many volunteer hours for the local parks. He was so proud of his family and the beautiful, interesting people they had come to be. He will be missed greatly, remembered fondly, and his passionate 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.

Published in The Times on Nov. 20, 2013
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