Harlan E. Boxman, 81, Seymour, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at Lutheran Community Home, Seymour.
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Harlan was a 1950 graduate of Shields High School and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was employed at Cummins Inc. as an industrial engineer. He retired in 1985 from Cummins after 35 years of service.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served on various boards and committees, including the evangelism committee. Harlan was a lifetime member of the Seymour veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and a former member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. He served several years on the Redding Township Antique Display at Jackson County Fair and helped build the "Welcome Sign" to the Jackson County Fair. He was also a Lutheran Braille volunteer.
Born Nov. 29, 1931, in Bartholomew County, he was the son of Elmer and Marie (Weber) Boxman. On April 27, 1958, he married Ora Erna Goecker in Emanuel Lutheran Church in Dudleytown by the Rev. Herman Kespohl.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ora; daughter, Beth (Tony) Gerth of Bloomington; son, Mark (Lynn) Boxman of Arkansas City, Kan.; six grandchildren, Aaron Gerth, Marc Gerth, Laura (Cody) Hayes, Emily (Matt) Soule, David Boxman and Kristen Boxman; brother, Paul (Ruth) Boxman of Columbus; and three sisters, Frances Anderson of Seymour, and Marge (Albert) Lazzell and Ruth (Larry) Thomas, both of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Neal Boxman; and two sisters, Dorothy Otte and Carolyn Hehman.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Seymour, with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg, the Rev. Philip Bloch, the Rev. James Rodriguez and Vicar Joseph Barlau officiating. Graveside services will follow at Lutheran Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion 89, Veterans of Foreign Wars 1925, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam 7, all of Seymour.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Burkholder Funeral Chapel, Seymour, and from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Immanuel Lutheran School, Lutheran Community Home or Trinity Lutheran High School.
Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.
Published in Tribune from Mar. 4 to Mar. 8, 2013