04/11/2013 3:38PM

Indiana trainer Abner dies of heart attack


Trainer Walter Abner died Wednesday at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital in Anderson, Ind., of a heart attack.

The 68-year-old Abner, a native of Anderson, began training horses in 1967. Abner began his training career with Quarter Horses and then later turned to Thoroughbreds, training at River Downs, Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland. In recent years he has been at Hoosier Park and Indiana Downs as well as Tampa Bay Downs. Abner was a member of the Indiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.

Survivors include his lifelong partner, Barbra McBride of Anderson, a daughter, Shannon D. Wyatt of Connersville, ind.; two sons, Donnie R. Abner of Connersville and Randy Klopp of Rushville; and a stepson, Jason McBride of Anderson. Abner had five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was also survived by two sisters, Vivian Haynes of Muncie, Ind., and Lettie Burch of Union, Ky.; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Abner was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, D.F. Abner.

Funeral Services will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday.

Burial will be at Laurel North Cemetery. Family and friends can also visit online at millermosterrobbins.com

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thoroughbred Horse Retirement Fund.