THE REV. JOHN D. ABBOTT, SR., 87, father of the Rev. John D. Abbott, Jr., an Elder of the Indiana Conference now on incapacity leave, died Saturday, March 6, 2010. The older Abbott served as a clergyman for more than 50 years, and was a member of the Wesleyan Church, Easton, Md., in the Chesapeake District. A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 11 at the Middlebury Church of the Brethren near Elkhart with burial at Grace Lawn Cemetery in Middlebury. Survivors include: his wife, Gladys Kirkendall Abbott; sons John D. Abbott, Jr. of Indianapolis and Kenneth W. Abbott of Bristol; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. John D. Abbott, Jr., 153 Woodsong Place, Indianapolis, IN 46229-3150.