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Rites held for Willard ‘Jerry’ Wampler



Willard Gerald ‘Jerry’ Wampler, 81, of Marion, Ind., died February 6.

Born in Cram Creek to the late Emmitt Bascom and Sally Adams Wampler, he had lived in Indiana for the past 37 years.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Unity Christian Church, Van Buren American Legion, Hoosier Pontiac-Oakland Club, Dunkirk Elks Club and the Marion Masonic Lodge.

The former owner and operator of Wampler Brothers Coal Mine in Whitesburg, he was the father of the late Kent E. Rarey and Melanie J. Rarey. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Faye, Naomi and Nana Lou.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Lou Wampler; two sons, Keyle E. Rarey and wife Donna of Gainesville, Fla., and Kevin M. Rarey and wife Susan of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Allison Hunt and husband Scott, Nathaniel Rarey, Elizabeth Rarey, Jason Rarey, Adam Rarey, Kristopher Rarey, Megan Gothrup and husband Jason, Zachary Rarey and wife Stephanie, Nicholas Rarey, and Melony Rarey; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Wampler and wife Peggy of North Carolina; two sisters, Linda Medlin and husband Avery, and Cathy Supplee, all of North Carolina; and friends Barry and Cathy Lobdell.

Funeral services were held February 11 in Marion, Ind. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Greentown, Ind.

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