Lorabel Wildman of Warsaw passed away at her residence at 11:05 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at the age of 95.

She was born on June 10, 1923, in Milford, to Grace Driver Ferverda and Ray Ferverda. On Nov. 26, 1946. she was married to Harold Rex Wildman, who survives.

Lorabel was a 1941 graduate of Milford High School. She was an English teacher for the Warsaw school district, having taught at Leesburg School and Warsaw High School. Lorabel also helped her husband, Rex, run Wildman Business Group, which he started in 1952. In 1963, they moved the company to Warsaw, and at that time it was known as “Warsaw Dry Cleaners and Shirt Laundry.”

She enjoyed volunteering her time in the library of Edgewood Middle School in Warsaw and was also an ESL volunteer. Most of all, Lorabel was an exemplary advocate for her children, grandchildren and all who came near her. She lived a long and full life and will be dearly missed.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 72 years, Harold “Rex” Wildman, Warsaw; four sons: Steve (Susan) Wildman, Boulder, Colo.; Kent (Roxanne) Wildman, Warsaw; Brent (Karen) Wildman, Winona Lake; and Rod (Nancy) Wildman, Winona Lake; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Wendy Long; grandson, Jason Wildman; and her sister, Lucille Stafford.

Lorabel’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service that will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 210 S. High St., Warsaw, and officiated by Pastor Jonathan Childers.

Burial will take place at a later date at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.

Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw.


Memorials to 2nd Mile Missions, P.O. Box 733, Winona Lake, IN 46590.

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