John Votaw

John Joseph Votaw passed away Dec. 5, 2016, in Estero, Fla.

He was born Nov. 30, 1928, in Connersville, to Verling and Elizabeth Votaw, who preceded him in death.

John is survived by his wife, Joann Oxender; brother Al Votaw; sister Liz Schorr (Jim); six children Philip Votaw (Pam), Roger Votaw (Ann), Valerie Trail (Jim), Daniel Oxender (Svetlana), Deanna Burgess (David), Dorin Oxender (Shelia), and nine grandchildren Wesley Trail, Anthony Votaw, Linsey Trail, Reid Votaw, Bill Oxender, Liz Oxender, Jordan Burgess, Nick Burgess, and Shea Oxender.

John earned an undergraduate degree in Agriculture from Purdue.  He was married to Eleanor (Reid) Votaw in 1957 until her passing in 1990. John married Joann (Hansing) Oxender in 1994. John spent the majority of his life in the Wabash area establishing the FISH of Wabash food pantry in cooperation with other local pastors, serving the Wabash Christian Church as a youth director and associate pastor, and caring for his farm.  In recent years John was an active member of the St. Hilary's Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Fla. 

John touched many people's lives in remarkable ways through his gentle spirit, kindness, faith and love.

Memorial services were Dec. 28, 2016, at St. Hilary's Episcopal Church in Fort Myers, Fla., and will be Jan. 15, 2017, at 3 p.m., at Wabash Christian Church in Wabash. 


Posted on 2016 Dec 20