After a battle with cancer that went on for more than nine years, Michael A. Neuenschwander, 66, of Bluffton, passed away Aug. 30, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Mike was born to John T. Neuenschwander and Irene E. Isch Neuenschwander in Wells County on Dec. 15, 1951. His parents preceded him in death.

Mike is survived by his wife of 37 years, Candace (Schroeder); children Ben (Lauren) Neuenschwander, Jessica Neuenschwander, and Emily (Stephen DeLucia) Neuenschwander; grandchildren Olivia and Sutton Neuenschwander; siblings Randy (Judy) Neuenschwander, Linda (Jeff) McAfee, and Joe (Amy) Neuenschwander; and his furry family Sassafras, Scrappy, Duke, and Timmy.

Mike worked for Michael Kinder & Sons for 30-plus years as a foreman laborer. After his retirement in 2008, Mike was free to pursue his true passion: tending to all things green.

An avid gardener, he cared for acres of garden and orchard, growing abundance of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and more. With a generous spirit, Mike consistently provided an abundance of his harvest to family and friends.

When not in the garden, Mike could be found exploring nature. He enjoyed hiking in state parks, walking the countryside with his dogs, foraging for wild mushrooms, and taking lengthy bike rides. Mike was a man who felt most at peace outdoors.

The family would like to make a special thanks to Fort Wayne Oncology and Hematology.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel, 3220 E. Ind. 124 in Bluffton. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home following the visitation. Pastor Kent Koteskey will officiate.

Memorial donations can be given to PBS Channel 39 in Fort Wayne.

The Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with funeral arrangements.

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