Judge C. Howard Wampler1933-2013
Funeral service for Judge C. Howard Wampler, age 79 of Wyanet, will be Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the Norberg Memorial Home. Pastor Norman Femrite will officiate. Cremation Rites will follow. Burial will be private and at a later date. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Norberg Memorial Home.
Judge Wampler passed away on Wednesday, Sep 04, 2013 at Perry Memorial Hospital. He was born on Dec 13, 1933 in Bloomington, Illinois to Calvin and Dorothy (Williams) Wampler. He moved with his family to Wyanet when he was in the second grade. Howard graduated from Wyanet High School in 1951 and went on to college at Illinois Wesleyan University, graduating in 1955. He then received his law degree from the University of Illinois. He served in the US Army from 1959 to 1961. Following his service he practiced law in Bureau County becoming State's Attorney from 1964 to 1968 and acting as a public defender in 1970 . In 1971 he became a magistrate and an assistant circuit judge. Then in 1974 he was appointed circuit judge until his retirement on December 31, 1993. Howard married Diane Pierson on December 30, 1966 in Joliet, Illinois.
His various memberships include:Chairman of Region 8 of the Illinois Law Enforcment CommisionIllinois Judges AssociationRepresenting the Wyanet Fire Protection DistrictLife member of the Elks ClubDual member of Masonic Lodge #722 A.F. and A.M. in Walnut, Illinois and # 249 in Sebring, Florida and he was involved with the Shriners organization.Howard was of the Christian faith and associated with the First Lutheran Church in Princeton.
Howard is survived by his wife of nearly 47 years, Diane Wampler of Wyanet. Also surviving are three children: Calvin "Cal" (Tina) Wampler of Sebring, Florida, Chris (Joellen) Balensiefen and Cindy (Jerry) Strader both of Wyanet.Also surviving are grandchildren:Calvin WamplerLeah KrenlichSarah KrenlichJanelle BalensiefenStephanie (Brad) ShwerminTina (Les) KarnsNicole (Mike) MurphyJosh NickelsenAnd great-grandchildrenTerry, Destiny, Sam, Jailyn, Levi, Mackenzie, Deprise, Zabrina, Season, Madalyn, and Mikayla
He was preceded in death by his parents and his great-grandson Kode Johnson.
Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Wyanet Rescue Unit.