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Bill Obituary

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Trafalgar, IN

April 7, 1926 - March 24, 2024

Bill Obituary

William "Bill" Joseph Suding, age 97, of Edinburgh, Indiana passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, March 24, 2024
at Life's Journey Hospice home in Indianapolis.

Born April 7, 1926 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Nicholas and Anna (Kohlman) Suding. Bill attended Little Flower Elementary School and graduated from Cathedral High School, both in Indianapolis. In the summer of 1944, shortly after completing high school, Bill was drafted into the US Army and served as an infantryman and in the 3160th Signal Services Battalion as a "Lineman Telephone & Telegraph 238" in the Second World War. He was wounded twice in March of 1945 during the Rhineland Campaign, toward the end of the war, and was honorably discharged in 1946. His military awards and decorations include a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster and a Good Conduct Medal. In 1950 he was drafted again to serve in the US Army during the Korean War and served as a lineman assigned to the 590th Signal Construction Company and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars.

After being honorably discharged in 1951, Bill attended Purdue University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. Over the years Bill worked in a variety of agriculture inspection disciplines including at a hatchery, and as a freight inspector for the railroad, but he preferred to spend his time gardening, pruning fruit trees, fishing, bird watching, spending time with family, and experimenting with recipes, especially baking cookies and berry pies. It was not uncommon for him to bring a pie with a piece or two missing because he had to "make sure it was good." His flaky pie crust, made from scratch, was indisputably a family favorite. Bill often scoured newspapers and magazines for unique recipes and copied them by hand into letters to family, explaining what adjustments and changes he had made to improve the flavor or texture. Bill also enjoyed antique hunting and would attend auctions as a hobby. He loved many of the classic musicals, and enjoyed listening to old music.

Bill is survived by his many nieces and nephews and two sisters-in-laws, Dee Suding of Nashville, Ind., and Jacque Suding of Crystal Lake, Ill. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers, Robert Suding and Eugene (Gene) Suding, and his nephew Robert Suding, Jr.

Private services will be held. In lieu of sending flowers or gifts to the family, please consider a donation in his honor to the nature conservation organization of your choice.

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