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William Harry DeShone

October 28, 1943 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 78)


William Harry DeShone, 78, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully while in hospice care and surrounded by his family and friend (Stacy, Maxi, Troy and Mary Jo Rabb) on Saturday, May 20, 2022 at the Raclin House at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka.

 Harry was born on October 28, 1943 in Elkhart to the late William “Heinnie” and Cleo M. (Shively) DeShone.  He was also preceded in death by a son, William “Bill” DeShone, a sister, Nancy DeShone Rockwell and two brothers, T. J. and Jack DeShone.

In March of 1963, Harry married the former Janet Johnson.  Janet died on September 15, 2013.  Surviving Harry are two daughters: Maxi (Steve) Adams and Stacy (Kevin) Fisher and one son, Troy (Janine) DeShone, a daughter-in-law, Tracey DeShone; thirteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.

Harry’s professional career began at the Elkhart Police Department as a police officer before following in his father’s footsteps in operating the family restaurant, Heinnie’s.  It wasn’t long before he opened up two additional restaurants: Maxi’s and Stacy’s.

Harry enjoyed boating and fishing, gambling and family cookouts.  He also held his pilot’s license for many years.  A musician at heart, Harry played in many local bands, including The Tempest Band along with his son, Bill.  He always had a smile on his face and a cigarette in his hand.  One thing is for sure, no matter what life dealt Harry, he always maintained a positive outlook.

There will be no public visitation.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church 1331 N. Main St. in Elkhart.  The Rev. Jason Freiburger will officiate.  Harry will be laid to rest next to Janet at Rice Cemetery in the Hope Mausoleum.  Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends after graveside services on Thursday from 1:00 until 5:00 at Lex 530 at 530 E. Lexington Ave. Elkhart, IN 46516.  Please stop in and share your memories of Harry with them.

Memorial donations in memory of Harry may be made to The Raclin House c/o The Center for Hospice Care 501 Comfort Place Mishawaka, IN 46545.

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Mass of Christian Burial
May 26, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Open House Reception
May 26, 2022

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Lex 530
530 E. Lexington Ave.
Elkhart, IN 46516


Center for Hospice
501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka IN 46545

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