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Darrell "Skip" Traster

June 20, 1929 ~ April 29, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Darrell "Skip" Traster Obituary

Darrell Wayne “Skip” Traster, age 93, of Kendallville, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Mr. Traster was born in Kendallville, Indiana on June 20, 1929 to the late Charles Frederick Traster and Katherine Frances (Kreigbaum) Traster. He graduated from Kendallville High School in 1948 and South Bend College of Commerce in 1950. He honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1951 – 1953 during the Korean War.  On August 17, 1952, he married Shirley Mae Zinn in Kendallville.  Shirley preceded him in death May 22, 2016. Skip was controller for Ball-Brass and Aluminum Foundry in Auburn for 8 years. He spent 32 years with Kendallville Foundry, working his way up as controller to retiring in 1992 as general manager of Kendallville Foundry. Skip was a very civic minded man and involved in his community. He served on the Kendallville Parks and Recreation board, Cole Center YMCA board, East Noble School Caucus president, East Noble Band Boosters, and Kendallville Youth Foundation. He was instrumental in developing and building the baseball and softball diamonds in Kendallville. Skip was a very good fast pitch softball player himself back in the day!  He even tried out to play professionally but thought he should get a real job instead.  He played with various softball leagues around Kendallville as well as coaching and umpiring Kendallville Youth Baseball for many years.

Survivors include:
Daughter, Sharrel and Richard Wells of Kendallville. 
Daughter, Jennifer and Jeffrey Luttman of Kendallville.
Daughter, Janet and Walter Domer, Jr. of Kendallville.
Six grandchildren: Angela and Ryan Cassidy of Argos, Indiana; Elizabeth and Chris Way of Madison, Indiana; Emily and Chad McKinley of Kendallville; Hillary and Matthew Risk of Noblesville, Indiana; Erin and Taylor Domer of Warren, Pennsylvania; and Melissa Domer and her fiancé, Cody Grider of Brown County, Indiana. 
Eight great grandchildren: Anna Cassidy, Will Cassidy, Max Way, Libbey Way, Carter McKinley, Owen McKinley, Charlie Domer and Elec Domer. 
Many nieces and nephews. 
Skip was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Katherine Traster; his wife, Shirley Traster; two sisters, Velma Keister and Martha Carunchia; and one brother, Harry Traster. 

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 6th from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.

Funeral services followed by military honors will be held Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville. There will also be visitation at 1:00 PM prior to the funeral service. 

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Funeral Service
May 7, 2023

2:00 PM
Trinity Church United Methodist
Corner of State & Rush Street
Kendallville, IN 46755


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