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Willis L. "Bill" Wardlow

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March 10, 1919 - May 30, 2013
LOGANSPORT - Willis L. "Bill" Wardlow, 94, formerly of Mishawaka and Madison, Indiana, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 5:20 PM at his residence in Logansport. Born March 10, 1919, in Mishawaka, he was the son of the late Amos and Grace E. (Hively) Wardlow. On December 12, 1942, in Mishawaka, he married Miriam Stevens, who survives. Bill retired from Conn Organ after 30 years of service. He was a high school athlete and a 1937 graduate of Mishawaka High School. Bill served in the United States Army in World War II, first as a Sergeant and instructor at the Armored Force School at Fort Knox, then as a Signal Corps officer in India, Burma and China, rising to the rank of Captain. Following the war, he returned to Mishawaka and attended Valparaiso Technical Institute. In 1961, he and his family moved to Madison, Indiana. There, he was a longtime member of Madison Presbyterian Church, serving as Elder, Treasurer and choir member. He was a current member of Calvary Presbyterian Church in Logansport. Bill was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Surviving along with his wife are two daughters, Carol Kelley of Logansport and Susan (Norman) Criss of Louisville, KY; one son, Jon (Dianna) Wardlow of Columbus, IN; two grandsons, Patrick Kelley of Lafayette and Scott (Kandice) Criss of Shepherdsville, KY; four granddaughters, Julie (Benjamin) Flanagan of Independence, KY, Beth (Richard) Stumpf of Springfield, OH, Amy Wardlow and Sarah Wardlow, both of Bloomington, IN; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers. A memorial service with full military rights will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013, at 2:00 PM in the Gundrum Funeral Home, with Rev. Doug Mankell officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Memorial Gardens in Mishawaka at a later date. Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until the time of service on Monday. Memorials may be made to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 701 Spencer Street, Logansport, IN 46947; or the American . You may sign the guestbook and leave online condolences at www.gundrumfuneralhome.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 2, 2013
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