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James Glen Whelchel, 74, of Lafayette, formerly of Lebanon, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1942, in Lebanon, to the now late James W. and Mary Glennrose (Gayer) Whelchel.
James graduated from Lebanon High School and went on to attend Purdue University. In June 1962, he enlisted in the United States Army and served until May 1965.
In 1982, he married Bonnie (Millington) Clark in Lafayette; she survives.
James worked for Don Stine Service and Supply as the office manager for 32 years before retiring.
He was a member of Federated Church in West Lafayette and had been a youth worker years ago. James enjoyed spending time with his church family, volunteering with the Civic Theatre and Chancel Players, and playing on the computer.
Surviving with his wife, Bonnie S. Whelchel, are his children, Everett Clark, Margaret (Kevin) Dyer, John (Penny) Clark, Melissa (Javier) Mantha, Rebecca (Keith) Hanthorn and Nancy (Donald) Suter. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his grandchildren, Michael, Elenor and Richard.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, at Federated Church, 2400 Sycamore Lane, West Lafayette, with a memorial service following at 11 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Federated Church Memorial Fund in loving memory of James. Envelopes will be available at the visitation.
Online condolences may be made at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.
Published on March 20, 2017
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