Sammy L. Kantner, 73
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Sammy L. Kantner, 73, of Alexandria, died Friday, June 15, 2012, at his residence after a three-year illness.
Born Oct. 9, 1938, he was the son of the late Robert and Helen (Foust) Kantner. He lived in Alexandria most of his life and was a 1956 graduate of Alexandria High School. He graduated from Ball State in 1989.
He married Pamela Jackson on Feb. 18, 1990.
He served in the National Guard until 1963, discharged while serving as a Sergeant. Mr. Kantner was a substitute teacher in area schools. He worked for ConRail for 28 years, retiring in 2000. He also was a custodian supervisor at Ball State and had worked as an attendant at Noffze Funeral Home. He also worked at Stevens Springs Company, Anaconda, and Commonwealth Insurance Company. He was an active member of the Jaycees, formerly of Alexandria.
Surviving are his wife Pamela (Jackson) Kantner; three daughters, Terri Brenner (husband: Michael) of Alexandria, Lori Newman (husband: John) of Lafayette, and Jenifer Abernathy (husband: Martin) of Leesburg; a step-daughter, Mary Hollingsworth of Anderson; two sisters, Saundra Runyon, of Ohio, and Vicky O'Neil (husband: Terry) of Indianapolis; two brothers, L. Jay Kantner (wife: Bunny) of Washington, Russell Thomas (wife; MaryLynn) of Oregon; the mother of his chidlren, Bonnie Ringer (husband: R. Jay) of Alexandria; grandchildren, Kary Wilson (wife: Kim), Jeff Wilson (wife: Traci), Jonathan Wilson (wife: Stephanie), Christopher Chambers (wife: Heather), Heather Draves, Corey Hollingsworth, Dylan Hollingsworth, John Newman Jr. (wife: Jessica), Ron Newman (wife: Tameca), Marcus Newman (wife: Wendy) and Crystal Newman; 18 great-grandchidren, and several nieces and nephews. Preceding in death with his parents are a step-father, Orville Thomas, and a sister, Janet Kantner.
Family and friends are invited to a gathering time to honor and celebrate Sam's life on Wednesday, June 20, at 1 p.m. in the Emery Lee building at Beaulah Park in Alexandria. The family has chosen cremation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Noffze Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses. Cremation and service arrangements have been entrusted to Noffze Funeral Home in Alexandria. Online condolences may be made at owensmemorialservices.com
Published in the Journal & Courier on June 18, 2012