Herschel 'Hersch' Stader, 84, of Washington, passed away at 12:30 p.m. at his home with his loving wife Sandy by his side.
He was born in Vincennes on Aug. 12, 1926 to Herschel Leroy and Jeannette E. (Evans) Stader.
He was a graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High School. He served in the U.S. Navy in both the World War II and the Korean War.
Hersch was a lifetime member of the Harmony Society of Vincennes. He was also a past member of the Elks Lodge and was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion, VFW and Order of the Eagles all of Washington.
Hersch was a former Director of the Washington Chamber of Commerce. He was a five-term Senator of Wetterau Foods, Inc, an IGA supplier.
A retired grocer, Hersch, started his grocery career in 1946 as a meat cutter for his uncle at Stoop's IGA in Vincennes. In September 1960, Hersch purchased Shake's IGA in Washington. In 1969, Hersch built and opened Hersch's IGA Foodliner on the eastside of Washington. In 1974, he opened an IGA Store in Bloomfield. In 1976, Hersch built and opened the new Bloomfield IGA in its present location. In July, of 1990 Hersch along with his partner, John McKim of Lawrenceville, Ill., became co-owners of Washington Save-A-Lot. Hersch was also one of the original owners of Prairie Village Nursing Home.
Hersch married Sandy Rae Reed in October 1989. Into this marriage Hersch brought his four children, Janice, Sara, Jim, and David, and three step-children, Roger, Becky and Steve Blubaum. Sandy brought her two children into this marriage, Traci and Kelli.
Hersch is survived by his loving wife Sandy Stader; two daughters, Janice (Tom) Hull of Tempe, Arizona and Sara Stader of Washington; two sons, James (Terri) Stader and David (Robin) Stader of Bloomfield; step daughters Becky Guthrie, Traci (Rusty) Fowler both of Washington; Kelli Hoke of Mishawaka; one stepson, Steve Blubaum of Washington, grandchildren; Brandy Lund, Marianne (Stader) Covert, Dale Lucas, Shelly (Blubaum) McCrary, Scott Olsen, Nikki (Olsen) Gardner, Casey (Olsen) Bowsher, Zachary Guthrie, Bryan Blubaum, Seth Fowler, and Layne Fowler; great grandchildren, Sophie Lund, Cameron Covert, Raven McCrary, Walker McCrary, Caleb Olsen, Olivia Olsen, Makenna Olsen, Lauchlan Gardner, and Claire Bowsher; a sister in-law, Joan Stader of Washington; nephew John Stader; niece Susan (Stader) Myers; and special little friend, Murphy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel L. Stader and Jeanette 'Mamaw' Stader; one brother, Billie Stader; one sister, Helen Stader; and one stepson, Roger Blubaum.
Funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Ed Lee Mortuary with the Rev. James Downs and the Rev. S. Paul Myers. Entombment will follow in Sugarland Memory Gardens Mausoleum.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Ed Lee Mortuary.
Memorial Donations may be made to Helping Hearts Hospice P.O. Box 760- Washington, Ind., 47501 or to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be sent online at www.edleemortuary.com .