Howard James Froelich, age 92, of Kendallville, passed away in his home on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Mr. Froelich was born July 16, 1926 to the late Edwin and Gertrude (Hammel) Froelich. He attended Avilla School and was inducted into the United States Army on October 10, 1944 and stationed in Europe during WWII. He was wounded in battle on Palm Sunday, April 17, 1945 and was discharged on July 24, 1946. He served his country with honor. Upon his return from the war, he married Evelyn B. Walter on October 12, 1947 and Evelyn preceded him in death on August 23, 2005. They were married for 58 years. Howard was a longtime semi truck driver. He drove local delivery routes as well as he managed O.I.M. Transit in Kendallville. Later he drove truck for Indianhead and A.B.F. which completed a 40 year truck driving career. He was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2749 and American Legion Post 86 both in Kendallville.
Daughter, Diane K. Griffith of Kendallville.
Son, Edwin J. and Brenda A. Froelich of Kendallville.
Daughter-in-law, Deb Baughman of Trafalgar, Indiana.
Four grandchildren: Natalie M. Whan of Brownstown, Indiana; Todd and Jennifer Froelich of Kendallville; Amy and Neal Sloffer of Fort Wayne; and Amanda Hale of Manhattan, New York.
Great grandchildren: Olivia, Ian, Aaron Whan; Abigail Raypole, Zachary Sloffer, MacKensie Sloffer, and Calliope Froelich.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Evelyn; daughter, Connie M. Baughman; son-in-law, John L. Baughman; and three sisters.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. John Lutheran Church with one hour of visitation prior to the funeral service. Rev. Phillip Rigdon will officiate the service. Military honors will take place at the church following the funeral service.
A private burial will take place at Lake View Cemetery.
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