C. Leonard Schlamp
C. Leonard Schlamp, 89, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at his home of pulmonary fibrosis.
Leonard was born in Evansville, Indiana, on April 23, 1926, to Arthur G. and Alma Louise (Meyer) Schlamp. He was a member of the Central High School class of 1944 and a retired captain and pilot for American Commercial Barge Line. Leonard worked on the Ohio, Mississippi, Green, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Illinois rivers. Starting in 1951 as a deckhand, he received his first-class pilot's license in 1955. He retired in 1987, and served as a consultant for another year assisting in the implementation of computers on towboats. Leonard was a U.S. Navy veteran and saw combat action in both World War II on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Essex and during the Korean War on the staff of Commander, Landing Ship (Rocket) Division 32. From 1946 to 1950, he was a shipkeeper on the U.S.S. LCI 962 which was homeported in Evansville. Leonard was a member of Bethany Christian Church since March of 1937, and was a continuous member of the YMCA since May of 1936. He was the first person to register to attend camp that is now known as Camp Carson and was on the staff there from 1943 to 1961, except while he was away in the Navy. Later he was a member of the camp board of managers. Leonard was a lifelong member of the VFW, American Legion, U.S. Naval Institute, and Navy League of the United States. He was also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen.
Leonard is survived by his sister, Marylee Barnard; granddaughters, Michelle Kreinbrook and Melissa DeHerrera; great-grandsons, Kameron and Konnor Kreinbrook; great-granddaughter, Kyrissa Kreinbrook; son-in-law, Paul Harding; four nieces; a great-niece; and three great-nephews.
Leonard is preceded in death by his wife, Anna Belle (Van Winkle) Schlamp in 2011; a daughter, Barbara Powell Harding; his parents; and sisters, Margery Shaw and Billie Payne.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015, at Browning Funeral Home, 738 E. Diamond Ave., Evansville, IN, 47711, with Dr. Daniel Lovell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Retired Veterans Memorial Club.
Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Christian Church, 601 E Mill Rd, Evansville, IN 47711, or to YMCA Camp Carson, 2034 Outer Lake Rd, Princeton, IN 47670.
Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com