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Wayne L. Phifer

February 19, 1940 ~ September 18, 2020 (age 80)

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Wayne Lee Phifer, age 80, of Arcadia went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 18, 2020. He was surrounded by his family as he left his earthly body.  Wayne was born in Tipton on February 19, 1940 to his parents Paul & Violet (Plake) Phifer.  Wayne married the love of his life, Wuanitta Garst at East Union Christian Church; they shared 59 ½ years together. 

Wayne was a graduate of Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He worked for several years as a preacher in his younger years.  After he settled in Indiana, he started working at Firestone, from which he later retired. 

Wayne was a man strong in his faith. He was very active in his church, East Union Christian Church.  He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, golfing, and mushroom hunting.  He loved to pass the time watching movies and was an avid reader, reading at all hours of the day and night.  Among his favorites were books about seminary and theology. 

Wayne was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; he appreciated their zest for life! 

Those left to carry on Wayne’s legacy of love are his Wife Wuanitta Phifer; Children Lynetta (Pete Sharkey) Cole, Lynda (Marc Deckard) Plumlee; Grandchildren Christopher (Shelby) DeWeese, Daniel (Laine) DeWeese, Natasha (Chris) Knox, William Caleb Sharkey, Samuel Plumlee; Great-Grandchildren Corbin DeWeese and Camden DeWeese. 

Wayne was welcomed into Heaven by his Parents Paul & Violet Phifer; Son Larry Wayne Phifer; Sister Elpha Mae Tomlinson; and Brother Sherman Phifer.

A private service will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, Tipton, IN. Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Wayne with his family on his tribute wall.

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