Source: News-Journal, August 29, 2012
Ernest L. Wampler Jr., 86, Silver Lake, IN and formerly of North Manchester, IN died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Miller's Merry Manor, Huntington, IN. He was born in Allen County, Indiana on September 21, 1925 to Ernest L. & Elizabeth (Whitaker) Wampler Sr. He graduated from Northside High School in Fort Wayne, IN and attended Elgin Watchmaker's School, Elgin, IL. Ernie was the former owner of Wampler Jewelers in North Manchester which he founded in 1952. Since 1954 he was a member of the Kiwanis Club, North Manchester, IN and served as its president. He also served the Kiwanis Club as Lt. Governor of Arrowhead Division of Indiana. He married Faith Janet Wall in March of 1945. She died in August of 2000. He married Marian R. Wampler on June 25, 1965. She died September 18, 1988. He married Beatrice Jester on March 21, 1992. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Steve (Sylvia) Wampler, Springfield, MO; David (Beth) Wampler, North Manchester, IN and Jim Wampler, Warsaw, IN. Two daughters, Carolyn (Marvin) Stine, Silver Lake, IN and Gwen (William) Huddleston, North Manchester, IN. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, three step-sons and five step-daughters. One son, Lynn Wampler, two brothers and three sisters are deceased. Services will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN. Friends and family may call on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at McKee's. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate and burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester, IN.