Ralph Edward Banter, 78

Ralph Edward Banter, 78, of LaFontaine, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Ralph was born on March 29, 1941 in Milo, the son of Ora and Hilda (Chenoweth) Banter.

He graduated from Jefferson Township High School in Huntington County in 1961 and then continued his studies as a machinist under the direction of Walter Elliott in Ossian. He married Margaret Moorman on Sept. 10, 1961 in Banquo. Ralph was employed at Ossian Paper Co., Byrd Lumber, and Eagle Lumber in Marion before owning his own businesses Banter Machine and Banter Bros. Tractor Pulling.

He was a member of NTPA WPI, having served as Vice President for many years and having won many titles and championships. He also served as Director and Treasurer of Indiana Pullers Inc.

After retirement he rebuilt antique vehicles and was a member of the Differentials Car Club. His most important membership was with Banquo Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and trustee.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Banter of LaFontaine; a daughter, Sherry (Terry) Knight of Van Buren; and brothers Ira Banter of Van Buren, David (Jorita) Banter of Huntington, and Michael (Judy) Banter of Marion. Also surviving are grandchildren Kristen (Brent) Freiburger of Fairbanks, Alaska, Shannon (Brian) Eddie of Montclair, Va., Megan (Ben) Whitaker of Wabash, Erin (Arjun) Bhalla of Fishers, and Matthew Knight of Van Buren; great grandchildren Aydan LaFond, Kyen Freiburger, Theodore Eddie, Elijah Eddie, Thomas Eddie, Lela Eddie, Maci Whitaker, Natalie Whitaker, and Benjamin Whitaker; and nieces Kim Banter of Huntington, Heather (Rich) Holmes of Indianapolis, and Heidi (Aaron) Bleich of Carmel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; a nephew, Steve Banter; and a sister-in-law, Martha Banter.

Visitation is from 2 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at Bailey-Love Mortuary, Huntington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Bailey-Love Mortuary with Pastor Harold Smith officiating. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory in Huntington County.

Preferred memorials are to Banquo Christian Church or Cancer Services for Huntington County, in care of Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 West Park Drive, Huntington, Indiana, 46750.

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Posted on 2020 Feb 17