William Peter Crumpacker, age 87, passed away peacefully Friday, October 18,
2013, at home, surrounded by loved ones.
The youngest child of Edgar Dean and Gladys Crumpacker, he is survived by
the following: Louise, his wife of 65 years; children Janeen Overman
(Adrian), Peter Crumpacker (Tina), Barbara Crumpacker Niedner (Frederick),
and Patricia “Tish” Sisamis (Jim); sister Patricia “Tata” Johnson (Emil);
sister-in-law, Gray Anderson (Bob); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was
“G.P.” to grandchildren Will Overman (Darcy), Margaret Overman (Lance
Smith), Kathryn Hamilton (Randy), Ryan Dillingham, Maegan McManus (Brian),
Devon Crumpacker, Josh Niedner (Jenny Bergquist), Rebekah Niedner, Micah
Niedner, and great grandchildren Joshua and Loraine Overman, Keats Overman-Smith,
Alexander Hamilton, Brigid and Henry McManus, Ryen and Griffin Niedner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Murel Kayes and June Kirk,
brother Barton, daughter Donna Dillingham, and son James.
He lived a long, full and rich life with his wife Louise and extended
Born in Gary, Ind., he spent his childhood years in Hammond and Shady Side,
graduated from Chesterton High School, served in the Navy during World War
II, attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and earned both
bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University. As Fort Myers, Fla.
snowbirds, he and his wife provided many volunteer hours for the local
He served on the Duneland School Board and was instrumental in the decision
to build Jackson Elementary School.
He was a man of many words, opinions and ideas, and had scores of friends
who exchanged in lively debate and conversation. He was “Pete,” “Uncle
Pete,” or “W.P.” to some and “Bill,” or “Uncle Bill,” to others. Among his
most noteworthy treasures were his large supportive family; his good, kind
and caring friends; great debating, delicious food, beautiful music and
honest, meaningful relating.
Over the years he and his wife Louise volunteered, reading poetry to
thousands of elementary aged children. He knew the value of a sincere
apology and owning up to one’s limitations. He believed that almost any
problem could be made more manageable by “breaking bread” together. He had a
passion for the underdog and worked to advocate for others.
He was proud of his family and the people they had come to be. He will be
missed greatly, remembered fondly, and his spirit will be carried forth in
the numerous recipes and dishes his brood has come to know and love.
He requested that he not have a funeral, so in his memory, please go out and
do what he would do: “pay-it-forward” with good deeds done for seemingly
random strangers and know that we really are all one.
The family will hold a memorial service in his honor sometime in the summer
of 2014 when those near and far can gather. Please share any memories with
his wife Louise, c/o 1402 Cross Creek Road, Valparaiso, IN, 46383. She and
the family will enjoy the snail mail stories and share them, as all remember
and give thanks for a life so earnestly and well-lived.