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Obituary: John Washler Sr., Columbus

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John M. Washler Sr., 90, of Columbus, died at 12:10 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born in Union  City, December 10, 1923, the son of the late John E. and Ruby Alexander Washler. He married Mary Lou Phipps in Muncie on August 5, 1949, and she survives.

John had served as a pastor for over 50 years in churches in Minnesota, later in Wheatfield, Lebanon, Valparaiso, and Columbus starting in 1970 at the Evangel Chapel at Bakalar. He later received his LPN training and retired from Columbus Regional Hospital in 1988 after 11 years of service. He was the first male nurse at the hospital. He was a longtime member of First Assembly of God.

John had served on the USS Arkansas during WWII in the American Theatre, European Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, and the Philippine Liberation and received the Victory Bar and Good Conduct medal.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Phipps Washler; children, Judy (Don) Washler Pleasant of Lebanon, John (Jean Ann) Washler of Edinburgh and Janett (Dan) Washler Lancaster of Columbus; grandchildren, Michelle Johnson, Melissa (Steve) Todd, Erika (Josh) Meyer, Amber (David) Parks, April Lancaster, Rebecca Smock, Amanda (Andrew) Bean, Angela Murphy, Brittany (Jeremy) Eldridge and Kevin Pleasant; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Garnet Sell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God, 2100 10th St., with the Revs. Scott Glowacki and Johnny Garrison officiating. Burial will be at the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison.

Calling will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Myers-Reed Chapel on 25th Street and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Online condolences may be made to the Washler family at

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