Bruce David Banta

April 18, 1937 ~ March 6, 2021 (age 83)

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Bruce David Banta, 83, of Indianapolis, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Community Heart and Vascular Hospital.  He was born on April 18, 1937, in Indianapolis to the late David and Constance (Lanning) Banta.  He married the love of his life on November 8, 1963, Joanne Lippert Banta; she survives. 

Bruce graduated from Straughn High School in 1955 and served honorably in the United States Army in the Military Police.  He was an officer for the Indianapolis Police Department for 22 years, owned Banta Builders and worked for Robert’s Glass.  Bruce was a member of the American Legion Post 355 and the F.O.P. Lodge 86.  He enjoyed taking his Corvette to car shows but above all he loved spending time with his family. 

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joanne Lippert Banta; daughters, Rochelle Banta Tedder (Rob Tedder) and Jill Banta Smith (Kenneth Smith); grandchildren, Brandon Banta (Alyssa), Austin Smith (Kylee), Cameron Smith, Brett Richardson, Nolan Smith, Katelyn Tedder and Emily Tedder; and great-granddaughter, Brecklyn Banta.    

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 10 to 12 noon in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St., where prayers will be said at 12:15 before going in procession to Mass.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. in St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 8300 Rahke Rd.  Inurnment:  SS. Francis & Clare Catholic Church Columbarium.   The link provided by St. Barnabas to watch the service live can be accessed here:

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions to St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 8300 Rahke Road, Indianapolis, IN 46217 or the Community Hospitals Foundation, Heart & Vascular Hospital, 1500 N. Ritter Ave., #230, Indianapolis, IN 46219. 

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March 11, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home
1458 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Prayer Service
March 11, 2021

12:15 PM
Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services
1458 S Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Mass of Christian Burial
March 11, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Barnabas Catholic Church
8300 Rahke Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217


St. Barnabas Catholic Church
8300 Rahke Road, Indianapolis IN 46217
Tel: 1-317-882-0724

Community Hospitals Foundation
1500 N. Ritter Ave., #230, Indianapolis IN 46219
Tel: 1-317-355-4483

Please designate for Community Heart & Vascular

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