Kathleen Daywalt, 88

Kathleen D. "Kate" Daywalt, 88, of Wabash, died at 9:40 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. 

She was born July 8, 1928, in Waltz Township, Wabash County, to Orval C. and Winifred (Straughn) Pressler.

Kate was a 1946 graduate of LaFontaine High School and was the Gladolia Queen of Wabash in 1947. She married John W. Daywalt in Kokomo, on Jan. 1, 1948; he died Jan. 22, 2010. She worked in the Gift Department at Daywalt Pharmacy in Wabash 30 years.  She was a member of the Wabash Church of Christ, and a former member of the Wabash Christian Church.  Kate was a Wabash County Hospital Auxiliary volunteer. 

She is survived by two children, Diana (John) Odum of Loudon, Tenn., and Steven Todd (Susan) Daywalt of Wabash; seven grandchildren, Shelly (Scott) Powell of Asheville, N.C., Michael Odum of Los Angeles, Calif., Kristi (Jeremy) Davis of Harrison, Tenn., Sarah (Chris) Grindle of Avon, Brian Daywalt of Mishawaka, Laura (Cory) Chapman of Bloomington, and Nathan Daywalt of Interlochen, Mich.; three great-grandchildren, Grace Powell of Asheville, Lucy Grindle of Avon, and John Alan Chapman of Bloomington; her sister-in-law, Virginia Pressler of Wabash, several nieces and nephews, and her dog, Tillie. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Marvin, Robert, and Eugene Pressler, and her sister, Sarah Evelyn Gray.

Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Josh Fennell officiating.  Burial will be in LaFontaine I.O.O.F. Cemetery.  Friends may call 4-7 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Animal Shelter of Wabash County or the Wabash Church of Christ.

The memorial guest book for Kate may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Oct 19