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1930 Ellis 2024

Ellis D. Wildman

January 16, 1930 — February 13, 2024


Ellis Dean Wildman, 94 years of age, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Cedar Creek of Warsaw where he has been a resident since December 2022.

Ellis was born on January 16, 1930, in Miami County, Indiana to Ellis Francis Wildman and Frances Noami (Balsbaugh) Wildman. His family moved to the rural area of Oswego, Indiana, and he graduated from Leesburg High School in 1949. During a couple of years of high school and one year after, Ellis worked for the Arnolt Corporation in Warsaw, Indiana.

Ellis proudly served his country by enlisting in the Armed Forces of the United States from October 1950 to September 1953 and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

On November 7, 1958, Ellis was united in marriage to Betty Lou Heckaman in Warsaw, Indiana. Their marriage lasted almost 58 years prior to her passing in 2017.

Ellis, along with Arden Cook, created Cook and Wildman Drywall which lasted a lifetime.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter, Rick (Cindy) Heckaman of Winona Lake, Mark Wildman of Warsaw, and Renee (Lee) McAfee of Plymouth, Indiana. Grandchildren, Jodi Gast (fiancé Heath Gaerte), Joshua (Andrea) Heckaman, Jason (Sara) Heckaman, Cherish Heckaman all of Warsaw, Jeremiah Heckaman of Nashville, TN, Jennifer McAfee of Plymouth, and Mallory McAfee of Nappanee, IN, along with many great grandchildren.

Also surviving Ellis are four sisters, Clarice Kilmer of Milford, Indiana, Geraldine (Lynn) Stookey Shipley of Leesburg, Indiana, Mary (Jim) Redman of Leesburg, Indiana, Carol Lee Thomas of Saint Mary, Florida, and one brother, Bill (Nellie) Wildman of DeLand, Florida.

Ellis was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Betty, son, Steve (Susan) Heckaman, and four brothers, Rex Wildman, Walter Wildman, Doyne Wildman, and Joe Wildman.

Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services is entrusted with Ellis’s care. Friends and family may gather at the funeral home, 2000 Sheridan St. Warsaw, IN 46580, on Monday, February 19, 2024, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm with military honors at 5:45pm.

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