Paul Gunderman, 83

Paul David Gunderman, 83, of Wabash, died at 8:13 a.m., Sunday March 17, 2019, at Miller’s Merry Manor West in Wabash. 

He was born May 22, 1935, in Escanaba, Mich., to Kenneth and Olinda (Palozzo) Gunderman.

Paul was a 1952 graduate of Escanaba High School, received his bachelor degree from Western Michigan, his master degree from St. Francis in Fort Wayne, and his administration certificate from Ball State. He married Nancy L. Ostman in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Oct. 13, 1956; she died March 26, 2016. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Paul was a teacher and a coach at Marcellus, Mich., High School and Nappanee High School, and taught, coached, and was the athletic director at Wabash High School. He served as the assistant principal and athletic director at Manchester High School, and was the assistant principal at Mitchell High School, retiring in 1999.  Paul was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association.

He enjoyed reading, music, history books, collecting antiques, and sports, especially football.

He is survived by three children, Chris (Tim) Rose and Dean (Lauri) Gunderman, both of Wabash, and Shari (Jim) Kassebaum of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, Adrianne (Doug) Pelphrey, Carmela Zapata, and Tim (Amanda) Rose Jr., all of Wabash, Dylan Gunderman of Kokomo, Nici Gunderman of Wabash, Nathan (Emily) Kassebaum of Virginia Beach, Va., Clair Kassebaum of Wheaton, Ill., and Jared Kassebaum of Los Angeles, Calfi.; 12 great-grandchildren, and his brother, Keith (Judy) Gunderman of Midland, Mich. 

He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth "Sonny" Gunderman.

Friends may call 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash. There will be no service.

Preferred memorial is Wabash High School Athletic Department.

The memorial guest book for Paul may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Mar 19