Myers Funeral Home

415 N Lee Street, Markle, IN


Lilbern Lynn Abner

January 22, 1936March 11, 2020

SERVICE UPDATE - Visitation for Lilbern L. Abner has been CANCELLED due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. If you wish to contact the family please email shayabner@gmail.com.

Lilbern Lynn Abner, 84 passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Lutheran Hospital. Lynn attended Rock Creek High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army. Lynn was a self-taught musician who spent his entire life playing music and had performed as a bass guitarist with various bands. He worked as a telephone lineman for 30 years for Alltel and had also worked for Audiences Unlimited.

Lynn was born on January 22, 1936 in Grape, Kentucky, the son of Luther and Nettie (Morrow) Abner.

He was united in marriage to Martha Burnau in 1958 in Huntington. Martha preceded him in death on August 14, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters: Janie Abner of Markle; Beth (Paul) Dimond of Markle; a son: Jamie Abner of Tocsin; a sister: Bonnie Henrich of Armona, CA; a companion: Laura Homan of Angola; two grandsons: Shay Abner and Spencer Abner both of Markle.

He was preceded in death by three sisters: Mossie Crispin, Margie Monhollen, Bessie Henthorn and three brothers: Gene Abner, Ray Abner and Joe Abner.

Visitation is now closed to the public due to the Corona Virus Pandemic.

To contact the family please email shayabner@gmail.com.

A private family graveside service will be at the Horeb Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to The Abner Family to help defray the cost of funeral services, in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770


  • Janie Abner, Daughter
  • Beth Dimond, Daughter
  • Jamie Abner, Son
  • Bonnie Henrich, Sister
  • Laura Homan, Companion
  • Paul Dimond, Son in Law
  • Shay Abner, Grandson
  • Spencer Abner, Grandson
  • Martha (Burnau) Abner, Wife (deceased)
  • Luther Abner, Father (deceased)
  • Nettie (Morrow) Abner, Mother (deceased)
  • Mossie Crispin, Sister (deceased)
  • Margie Monhollen, Sister (deceased)
  • Bessie Henthorn, Sister (deceased)
  • Gene Abner, Brother (deceased)
  • Ray Abner, Brother (deceased)
  • Joe Abner, Brother (deceased)

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  • No Public Visitation

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020


  • Private Family Graveside Service


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Shay Abner

April 16, 2020

Judy Brown

March 16, 2020

Lilbern, my sweet cousin. Quiet and soft spoken. A kind and gentle soul with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh. You will be missed.

Larry Highlen

March 16, 2020

Lilbern and I taught ourselves to play guitar starting in grade school. We spent many hours hunting and fishing around the Wabash river. When he was 18 and I was 17, we joined the Army. We formed a band after I was discharged in 1960 and played a few gigs. He was a dear friend and will be greatly missed. Goodbye old friend!

Pam Guernsey

March 15, 2020

My husband and I had the honor of meeting Abner while he played bass with The Austin City Band. My husband was fortunate to be able to set in with Austin City a few times. He loved the friendship and knowledge Abner shared with him. Such a modest man, he never boosted of his talent or many accomplishments. If anyone had a right to boost it would have been Abner! A true gentleman who treated others with respect and kindness. Just a couple weeks ago, I asked Abner to please sing a song. I was so thrilled that he granted my wish. Things will certainly be different without Abner.
RIP Abner. We are so greatful we had the opportunity to know you, even for the short time. Pam and Gordy

Anita (Willett) Pattison

March 15, 2020

So many memories of Abner from my growing years! My Dad, Slim Willett and Abner played in bands together for years. They used to ride together to their gigs on the weekends, so Abner was like a part of our family. Such a soft-spoken, tender hearted man. He used to call me, “peanut butter kid.” Many nights I fell asleep to the sound of them practicing in our garage and I would takes Cokes out to them during their breaks and Abner always took the time to tease and talk to me. He was a dear, dear man and his tender spirit was a bright spot in our corner of the world. Rest In Peace Abner- I love the thought of you playing bass in worship to the King of Kings!

Regan Ford

March 15, 2020

What a kind and special personality. I met him while he was playing bass with Justus III and the G Men. The best epitaph you can give any musician or entertainer is the many thousands that they've entertained and the lives they've touched along the way. There's no question that Lilbern did this on a very large and grand scale. I'm praying for the family he leaves behind but will remember his musical legacy.

Julie Rennaker

March 14, 2020

Janie, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers are being sent your way. I know how hard it is to lose your parents. Take care.

Rose Moser

March 14, 2020

My Uncle Lilbern was a very soft spoken man, almost shy. He enjoyed making others laugh and I loved to hear him laugh. He didn't have a lot to say, but he loved to witness to everyone through his music. He loved to praise the Lord through singing.

Patricia Smith

March 14, 2020

I had the Pleasure of meeting Abner about 2 yrs ago thru my work at Ossian Health and Rehabilitation. He was one half of the G Men that came to sing to our residents. He was the straight man for Gary, an Amazing musician, a kind, funny wonderful man. I'm/WE were honored to have known him! God Bless the family and we are sending our prayers🙏


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