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Obituary: W. Leon Goodmiller, Huntington

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W. Leon Goodmiller, 79, of Huntington, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.

Leon graduated in 1951 from Lancaster High School, in 1955 with his bachelor’s degree from Manchester College and in 1960 with his master’s degree from Ball State University. He was a member of Faith Chapel United Methodist Church, the HCCSC Retired Teachers Association, Indiana State Retired Teachers Association and Huntington North Athletic Hall of Fame and a supporting member of Historic Forks of the Wabash Park.

He enjoyed farming in Lancaster and Rock Creek townships before his retirement. He had coached Little League and pony league for Huntington County Baseball for several years. For 38 years, he taught math at Lancaster Township High School, Huntington High School and Huntington North High School, retiring in 1993. He was well known for his service as a longtime basketball and baseball coach. He served as Huntington North High School’s athletic director from 1969 to 1976.

He was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Lancaster Township, Huntington County, the son of Warren U. and Opal J. (Funderburg) Goodmiller.

He was united in marriage to Marvel E. McClurg on June 6, 1954, at Markle Church of the Brethren. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Joan (Roger) Warner of Huntington, Mrs. Jane (Patrick) Botts of Muncie and Mrs. Sara (Brian) Weidman of Greenwood; a son, David (Cheryl) Goodmiller of Bluffton; nine grandchildren, Lori Alwine, Kari Peters, Erica Bucholtz, Krista Verba, Benjamin Botts, Rhett Goodmiller, Nolan Weidman, Adam Botts and Lauren Weidman; and five great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington. Diana Siegel and Mike Smith will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Lancaster Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Faith Chapel United Methodist Church building fund or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.

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