Alan E. “Pete” Stellar Sr., 67, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away May 8, 2021 at Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash, Indiana. Born in Huntington, Indiana, on March 19, 1954 Pete was the son of the late Sharon F. and Betty R. (Burkhart) Stellar.
After graduating from Manchester High School in 1972, Pete began working at Thermafiber/Owens Corning, Wabash, Indiana. During his professional career, Pete hardly missed a day of work during his forty-seven years of service, later retiring in March of 2019. It was the only job that Pete ever knew, and he worked third shift the entire time. In the mornings, Pete came home and, in the spring and summer, tended to his vegetable garden. When it was time to pick the green beans and tomatoes, Pete canned and stored them for his family. He was never in a hurry to get the job done and instead took his time to make sure it was done right. He applied this philosophy to all aspects of his life.
On August 26, 1972 Pete married Dianne Lynne West. During their nearly thirty-four years together, no one ever met a harder working couple. They made sure their children were always taken care of and never needed anything. On July 4, 2006 Pete sadly lost the love of his life, Dianne. He loved being with his family, from having Sunday cookouts to watching the Green Bay Packers. Pete relished in his time at home with family and cooking pizza, chicken, and vegetables from his garden. He also spoiled Chico, his Chihuahua, making special trips to town to get him ice cream or Mr. Dave’s hamburgers. Additionally, he was a fan of and enjoyed watching Notre Dame football and Indiana University Basketball.
Pete very rarely ventured from home, but when he did, it was to play cards with his best friend, Ralph Bradley. The two had an uncanny ability to win at Euchre without ever cheating. Pete also had a passion for cars, especially his Dodge Dart and Chevelle.
The loving memory of Alan E. “Pete” Stellar Sr. will be forever cherished by his son, Alan E. “Pete” Stellar Jr., North Manchester, Indiana; daughter, Sharon (Corey) Graham, Warsaw, Indiana; brothers, William “Bill” (Sandy) Stellar, North Manchester, Indiana and Donald (Mary) Stellar, Wabash, Indiana; brother-in-law, Jackie North, North Manchester, Indiana; five grandchildren, who he loved dearly; and best friend, Ralph Bradley. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Sharon F. and Betty R. Stellar; wife, Dianne Lynne Stellar; and three sisters, Karen and Sharon Stellar, who passed away in 1949 and Judy Ann North, who passed away in 2015.
Family and friends may call Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 12:00 noon with calling beginning at 11:00 a.m. at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate and burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery, 4028 West 750 North, Huntington, Indiana 46750.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Alan E. “Pete” Stellar, memorial contributions may be made to the Wabash County Cancer Society, P.O. Box 144, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.
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Wabash County Cancer Society
P.O. Box 144, North Manchester IN 46962