Howard M. Luginbill

Dr. Howard M. Luginbill, 95, followed his beloved wife, Gyneth, into the peace and blessings of Paradise on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Swiss Village in Berne. He was born on April 20, 1922 to Wilbur and Lovina (Nussbaum) Luginbill. He was married to his high school sweetheart on a 10-day pass from the Army in 1945. They were happily married for 71 years. Together, they leave a legacy of laughter, service, faith, and music that will be cherished by friends and by all surviving members of their family.

He graduated from Berne High School (class of 1940), Manchester College (class of 1944), Alpha Omega Alpha from IU Medical School (class of 1950), and IU School of Psychiatry (class of 1967). He served as an army medic during and after WWII in the Philippines and Germany.

He was a member of First Missionary Church of Berne, Faith Missionary Church of Indianapolis, and Grace Church in Noblesville. It is hard to express the impression left by his faithfulness and generosity. Through many generations and in missions throughout the world, his testimony will extend beyond his days.

In life, he gave thanks for “every blessing” because he knew that all good things – like vanilla ice cream, angel food cake, and a vacation home in northern Michigan – come from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. Now in Heaven with his Savior, he sings an everlasting song of praise and thanksgiving. His mind is restored, his body is repaired, and he is reunited with “Gynie” – their voices joined once more, forever.

He is survived by four sons, David (Judy) Luginbill of Des Moines, Iowa; Bob (Meg) Luginbill; and John (Kim) Luginbill, both of Indianapolis; and Tom (Karen) Luginbill of Lake Forest, Illinois; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 2016; sister, Helen Liechty; and brother, Jim Luginbill.

There will be a memorial reception from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 6 in the Fireplace Room at Swiss Village in Berne.

Memorials may be made to Iowa Christian Academy in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at