Obituary: Willard Wampler Jr



Willard Wampler Jr., 89, Noblesville, died Aug. 2 at home. He was born on May 18, 1926 in Indianapolis, the only son of Muriel and Willard Wampler Sr.

He grew up in Indianapolis, where he graduated with honors from Arsenal Technical High School and Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose Hulman Institute of Technology) in Terre Haute. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

A retired civil engineer, he spent some 35 years of his career at Detroit Diesel Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis. An accomplished saxophone and clarinet player, he served in World War II as a corporal in the Army Air Forces Band, where he entertained troops in Europe.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Wilma Jean (Myers) Wampler, in April 2009. They spent many happy years together in retirement, splitting their time between Fishers, Indiana, and Melbourne, Fla. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville.

He is survived by his children Leta Ann Engels (Russ Engels) of Greencastle, Ind., Susan L. Wampler (Stan Wedeking) of Los Angeles, Calif., and William R. Wampler (Lisa Brown) of Cicero; and grandchildren Andrew C. Engels, Courtney Anne Engels, Rachael M. Wampler and William Maxwell Wampler.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Riley Children’s Hospital.