Philip Hegel, 93

Philip Herman Hegel, 93, Wabash, died at 1:25 a.m., Monday, March 3, at Health Park Medical Center in Fort Myers, Fla. He was born April 10, 1920 in Wabash County, to Harry and Ina (Poe) Hegel.

Mr. Hegel was a 1938 graduate of Lagro High School. He first married Mary Evelyn Knox on June 15, 1945. After a three and a half year battle with leukemia, she died April 22, 1989. He then married Maxine (Green) Hippensteel in Wabash, on June 29, 1991. A retired farmer, Mr. Hegel was a lifetime resident of Wabash County.  He spent the last several winters in Fort Myers, Fla. He served as the Wabash County Treasurer during the 1970's and as the Wabash County Auditor during the 1980's. Mr. Hegel was a member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ since 1941.  He also was a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, the Hanna Masonic Lodge, the Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, and the Wabash County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Hegel Wabash; two children, Diana (Rodger) Rapp and Rodney (Brenda) Hegel, both of Wabash; two step-daughters, Pricilla Ann (Thomas) Washer, Fort Myers, and Pamela Lynn (Richard) Doyle, Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Megan (Dan) Henderson, Somerset, Erica (Aaron) Mabery and Christy Hegel, both of Wabash, Melissa (John) Schossler of Farmington Hills, Mich., Michelle Lynn (Scott) Kernea, Chattanooga, Tenn., Thomas A. (Jeannine) Washer, Columbus, Ohio, and Karen E. (Matthew) Everly, Lewis Center, Ohio; nine great-grandchildren, Avery and Blake Henderson, Somerset, Kalib and Hunter Mabery, Wabash, Annika, Kailey, and Alexander Washer, Granville, Abigail and Adam Schossler, Farmington Hills; and brother, Robert Hegel, Tempe, Ariz. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brother Kenneth Hegel, and his sister Margaret Sullivan.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am. on Saturday, March 8, at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, 2147 N. St. Rd. 15, Wabash.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash, and one hour prior to service Saturday at the church.

The preferred memorial is Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

The memorial guest book for Phil may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Mar 06