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Dennis P. Waninger, 82, Fulda

Dennis Pius Waninger, 82, of Fulda, passed away Sunday, November 21, 2021, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. 

Dennis was born in Fulda on January 19, 1939, to Max and Frances (Kleiser) Waninger. He was united in marriage with Carol Vonderheide on June 25, 1960, in St. Ferdinand Church.

Dennis retired from Masterbrand after 34 years. He enjoyed being part of the family farm that has been in the Waninger family for 169 years. He loved spending time with the family and sitting on the porch with Sheba and Oreo while watching the birds. Upon retirement, his hobbies were building furniture in his workshop, where he created many beautiful items for family and friends. He also enjoyed reading National Geographic magazines, watching PBS TV, and driving his 4-wheeler. A favorite pastime of his was playing his German accordion with his brother Clarence at family gatherings. Dennis was a member of The Sons of the Legion, Fulda Sportsman Club, and Spencer County Memorial Forest. He was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Parish and its Men’s Sodality. 

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Carol J. Waninger; children, Connie (Larry) Kluemper of Jasper, Mark Waninger and fiance Tracey Meunier of Fulda, Cheryl Kluemper of Jasper, Debra (Hassan) Al-Hajeri of United Arab Emirates and Nancy (Mark) Barker of Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren, April (Bobby) Welp, Ryan (Andrea) Kluemper, Kyle (Hannah) Kluemper, Sarah Jacob, Jeri (Cody) Braun, Khalid, Saeed, Buthayna, Sarah Al-Hajeri and Layla (Eisa) Mousa Amiri; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Anna Mae Peters and Pauline Gogel of Fulda and Agnes Witte of Huntingburg; brothers, Clarence (Betty) Waninger of Ferdinand, Norman Waninger of Huntingburg, and Robert (Diane) Waninger of Lamar; and sister-in-law, Hilda Waninger of Ferdinand. 

He was preceded in death by brothers, Frank Waninger, and Edgar and Alvin in childhood; brothers-in-law, Ray Peters, Zeno Gogel and Dennis Witte; and a sister-in-law, Betty Waninger. 

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 27, at Saint Boniface Church in Fulda, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. 

Visitation will be held at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand on Friday, November 26 from 3 until 7 p.m. CT, and from 9 a.m. CT until the services on Saturday at St. Boniface church in Fulda. 

Online condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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