John R. McWherter, 78, Royal Center, passed away at 2:32 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
Born on Aug. 27, 1935, in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Lester and Irene (Sloderbeck) McWherter. On Sept. 8, 1957, he married Della Perry, and she survives.
John was a 1954 Winamac High School graduate and a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a retired farmer and had also been employed for 39 years at the Farmer’s Grain Elevator, in Thornhope.
John was a member of Royal Center United Methodist Church, Royal Center Lions Club and the Royal Center Horseshoe Club. He was a former member of the Pioneer Pathfinders Camping Club and the Bridge City Squares. John enjoyed sports, bowling, pitching horseshoes, playing cards at the senior center and most of all spending time with his family especially his grandchildren. John was also a 10-year Pulaski County 4-H member and the 1954 Pulaski County 4-H King.
Survivors include his wife, Della McWherter of Royal Center; sons, Jeffrey McWherter (Debra) of Star City, Steve McWherter of Royal Center, and J. David McWherter (Lora) of Royal Center; daughter, Deb McLeland (Rob) of Parrish, Fla.; brother, Ralph McWherter (Ola) of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Beth Edwards (Chris) of New Palestine, Crystal Homburg (Josh) of Royal Center, Chad McLeland (Heather) of Plainfield, Ill., Cody McLeland of Parrish, Fla., Eric McLeland of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kayla McWherter of Logansport, Tara McWherter of Lake Cicott, Austin McWherter, Tyler McWherter, Haley McWherter and Kian McWherter all of Royal Center and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Sparky.
He was also preceded in death by brother, Neil McWherter.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial with military rites will be in Kistler Cemetery, Royal Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Royal Center United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the McWherter family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.