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Hazel R. Vanlaningham, 88, of Milford passed away at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 1, 1929, in Marengo, Indiana, to Charles Norman and Lillian Mae (Vance) Vanlaningham.
He attended Hardinsburg Schools and served in the Indiana National Guard.
He was married Jan. 3, 1949, in Delphi, to Florence H. "Helen" Starbuck who survives, and moved to Milford 66 years ago from southern Indiana.
He was a carpenter and owner-operator of Van's Cabinet Shop in Milford for more than 35 years.
He was a member of the Syracuse Church of God and former member of Bethel Brethren Church of Milford.
He is survived by wife Helen Vanlaningham of Milford; a daughter, Cheryl (Dan) Robinson of Warsaw; three sons, Rick (Sandy) Vanlaningham of Columbia City, Michael Vanlaningham of Warsaw, and Steve (Susan) Vanlaningham of Milford; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Amy Vanlaningham and Karen Sue Vanlaningham; four sisters, Mary Magill, Ruby Richardson, Delsie Stroud and Dorothy Bundy; five brothers, Bruce, Charles, Howard, Robert and Glen Vanlaningham; and half brother, Kenneth Elliott.
Visitation will be noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse.
Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home, with Rick Vanlaningham officiating. Burial will take place at the Milford Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Amy Vanlaningham Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Goshen College, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.
Published on November 23, 2017
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