Devon Eldon Ummel

October 16th

Devon Eldon Ummel Age 87

Date: 10-16-2014 Place: At home in Syracuse

Cause: Cancer Date of Birth: June 18, 1927 Birthplace: Nappanee, IN

Parents: Edward & Edith (Anglemyer) Ummel

Marital Status: Married Fluella Rose Kelley on August 31, 1947

Residence: Moved to the local area in 1957.

Occupation: He was a school teacher, coach, and athletic director for 33 years, retiring from Wawasee School Corporation in 1984. He was an official for Indy Car Racing and manufacturer’s representative for racing accessories, retiring in 2003. He served his country in the Army of Occupation in Rome, Italy during World War II. He was presented the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal.

Community Service: He coached Syracuse High School sports from 1959-1967. He maintained the Syracuse ball diamonds and athletic fields and summer youth leagues. His Baseball teams were a perennial powerhouse in the area with a 73% winning percentage: Summer League County Champs four times; runner up two times; Fall League County Champs four times; runner up three times. In 1967 they won the first ever Sectional Tournament.

Church & Social Affiliations: He was a member of the Syracuse Calvary United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of the NEA and ISTA. He also belonged to the Indy 500 Oldtimers Club. He was a member of the Beaver Dam High School Class of 1945, graduated from Manchester College in 1951 and earned his Masters degree from Indiana University in 1955.

Survivors: Two sons – Dallas (Helen) Ummel and Gregory (Tamra) Ummel both of Leesburg, Two daughters – Teresa (Tim) Fields of Gales Ferry, CT and Linda Ummel of Bloomington. Thirteen grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Three sisters – Joan (Wayne) Kirkham of Greencastle, Lois (Arlo) Knouff of Larwill, and Phyllis (Eldon) Swick of Columbia City.

Preceded by: Spouse Fluella, Parents, five brothers and 1 sister. Brothers – Robert Ummel of New Carlisle, Herbert (Muriel) Ummel of Goshen, Richard (Jackie) Ummel of Wakarusa, and Stanley (Nancy) Ummel of Angola, Max Ummel of Rochester.  Sister – Carol (Art) Hines of Fort Wayne.


Visitation: Eastlund Funeral Home 7458 E 1000 N. Syracuse, IN 46567

Tuesday Oct 21, 2 to 4 pm & 6 to 8 pm.


Funeral: Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S Huntington St, Syracuse, IN 46567

Wednesday Oct 22, Visitation 9 to 9:45 am, Service at 10:00 am.

Cemetery: Syracuse Cemetery


Memorials to: Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund PO Box 1810 Warsaw, IN 46581-1810

Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice 1515 Provident Dr, Warsaw, IN 46580

Calvary United Methodist Church 801 S Huntington St, Syracuse, IN 46567

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