Business & Professional
The Dewey & Julia Souder Family
In 1933, Dewey C. Souder was a Methodist minister in Roanoke and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Methodist Memorial Home for the Aged — known simply as “the Home” — in Warren. The Great Depression made things tough at the Home as well as for the rest of the country. In 1937, the Board of Trustees, knowing that Dr. Souder already had abundant leadership abilities and great knowledge of the Home, asked him if he would consider serving as administrator. Dr. Souder and his wife, Julia, moved to Warren that year and managed the Home through hard times to success and prosperity. Under Dr. Souder's guidance from 1937 to 1981, a number of buildings were built and paid for with no indebtedness. Dr. Souder died in 1981 and Mrs. Souder passed away in 1992. Both are buried on the grounds of the Home.
Their youngest son, Philip E. Souder, was a school administrator and served as principal at Warren School and later as superintendent for Adams Central Schools. In 1964, Dr. Souder and the Board of Trustees decided there should be an administrative succession plan for the Home. The Board asked Philip if he had an interest in coming to work in Warren. He did, and was hired as associate administrator. In 1967, he became administrator. His wife, Barbara, a registered nurse, joined Philip serving the residents of the Home. Barbara continues to work today at the Home (now known as Heritage Pointe of Warren) as Director of Staff Development. Under Philip's leadership from 1964 to 1996, resident membership increased with several building projects completed on the main campus and the development of Woodridge Towne Homes. Philip died in 1996 and is buried on the grounds of the Home. Philip and Barbara are the parents of Deborah A. Wiley, David P. Souder and Diane L. Springer.
In 1976, David P. Souder was hired as associate administrator of UMMH and he assumed the duties of CEO/administrator in 1993. Under his leadership and guidance, there have been numerous upgrades and renovations to all the buildings on the main campus in Warren; construction of the Dogwood Glen Villas community in Warren; construction and opening of Heritage Pointe of Huntington in 2001; opening of Dogwood Glen Golf Course in Warren in 2006; development of The Villas at Heritage Lakes in Fort Wayne in 2008; and construction of Heritage Pointe of Fort Wayne in 2014. David continues to serve as CEO/administrator of the United Methodist Memorial Home and as executive director of the United Methodist Memorial Home Foundation. His wife, Ann, is a registered nurse at the Heritage Pointe of Huntington facility.
Since 1910, UMMH (now Heritage Pointe Communities) has provided quality senior living care to more than 12,000 people. Currently, the Heritage Pointe Communities are home for more than 900 residents and has 750 employees.