Deborah Lee “Deb” Herendeen, 65, of Winamac, IN went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 26, 2021. She passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family and friends. Deb was born on December 27, 1955 in South Whitley, IN to Larry and Nancy [Lamle] Herendeen. She graduated from Churubusco High School in 1974.
Deb was a Master of the Martial Arts. In 1997, she won the World Championship Title in Women’s Fighting competing against 103 women. At the wish of her Grand Master, she competed in the World Master Forms Competition against men from 63 countries and placed 3rd in the World. She taught the art of Tang Soo Do and horseback riding to many. Deb was an avid equestrian and a talented rider.
Deb was an extraordinary woman and a true work of art. She was a kind and sensitive woman who loved her family and friends deeply.
Survivors include, Teresa Marie Cory, Winamac, IN Lifelong Friend; Nancy [Lamle] Hile, Churubusco, IN Mother; Corrie (Shaun) Hauptli, Medaryville, IN Honorary Daughter; Kirstie (Matt) Pieczko, Mattawan, MI Honorary Granddaughter; Marissa (Logan) Wuethrich, Valparaiso, IN Honorary Granddaughter; Jillian Hauptli, West Lafayette, IN Honorary Granddaughter; Connor Pieczko, Honorary Great Grandson; Leah Wuethrich, Honorary Great Granddaughter; Selah Wuethrich, Honorary Great Granddaughter; Rick (Tina) Herendeen, Homosassa, FL Brother; Haley Herendeen, Niece; Hanna Herendeen, Niece; Jaime (Chase) Clevenger, Niece; Dustin (Eric Eisenmenger) Pence, Nephew; and 2 Great Nieces: Kaelyn and Ellie
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Herendeen, and sister, Pam Pence.
Visitation will be from 4-7 PM EDT Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, Indiana.
Local visitation also will be held from 11 AM EDT – 2 PM EDT Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Harper Funeral Home, Albion Chapel, 771 Trail Ridge Road in Albion, with a funeral service immediately following at 2PM. Burial will take place at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery rural Kendallville.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Noble County Saddle Club.
Online Tributes may be made at www.frainmortuary.com or www.harperfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, Indiana, with local arrangements assisted by Harper Funeral Homes, Albion, Indiana.
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