Willard E. Bingham
Willard E. Bingham, 85, lifelong resident of Franklin, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011, at Franciscan/St. Francis hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born Feb. 27, 1926, in Elkhorn, Ky., to the late James W. Bingham and Lora (Edwards) Bingham. He married Wilma (Fritch) Bingham on Nov. 28, 1947, at Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin; she survives.
He was a 1944 graduate of Whiteland High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving his country from April 1944 to March 1946 aboard LCS 89 in the South Pacific. Upon returning home, he joined Franklin American Legion Post 205, where he was a member until his death.
He retired as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Franklin after many years of service. He and his wife enjoyed and loved genealogy research of their families and enjoyed much traveling in the research they did. He was a basketball and football fan and enjoyed Indiana University, Butler University and the Indianapolis Colts. He was a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin and a 60-year-plus member of American Legion Post 205 in Franklin.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma (Fritch) Bingham of Franklin; a son, Gary (Jane) Bingham of Franklin; three stepgrandchildren, Craig Buckler and Kyle Buckler, both of Franklin, and Mary Ann (Troy) Johnson of Greensboro, N.C.; four great-stepgrandchildren, James (the late Alice) Bingham of Franklin and Jack (Ann) Bingham of Whiteland; three sisters, Aline Wallentine of Minneapolis, Margaret (Charles) Littleton and Frances (the late Sid) Cross, both of Franklin; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Lora (Edwards) Bingham; five brothers, Vernon, Robert, Tommy, Donny and Lee Roy “Pete” Bingham; an infant sister, Arlene Bingham; and a niece, Melody.
The Rev. Robert Coleman will conduct a service at 2 p.m. today at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South), Franklin. Friends may call from noon until service time today at the mortuary. Burial with military honors will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.