Verlin L. Coomler, 88 of Heritage Pointe, passed away on August 4, 2015. He was born on January 22, 1927 in the small town of Landessville, Indiana, now known as Landess. He came into this world weighing 13 pounds. His parents were Francis and Blanche Coomler. Verlin’s only other sibling, Vaughn Dale, passed away at birth in 1926. At the age of 4, Verlin’s mother passed away from lockjaw, today called tetanus. As was common in the day after the death of one’s mother, his grandmother, Eva Korporal, raised him.
In 1945, Verlin graduated from Van Buren High School where he played on the Van Buren Aces basketball team. Verlin joined the Army in 1946 and became an infantryman. He finished basic training at Camp Polk in Louisiana. He completed his military service in 1948 as a Corporal stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.
During a snow blizzard, Verlin married Betty Jean Westfall, his high school sweetheart, on March 25, 1947 at the home of Betty’s parents, Walter and Blanche Westfall. Verlin and Betty were married for 48 years. Betty passed away on October 31, 1995. To this union were born three children James (Renee’) Coomler, Tom (Mary) Coomler and Cathy (Dave) Stidham. There are six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. All Survive.
After completion of the military, Verlin and Betty moved to Fort Wayne where Verlin worked as Parts Manager for his father at Coomler Sales. In 1951, the call of the farm grew and they moved back to the Van Buren area living in the same farmhouse until retirement in 1985
He is a member of the Central Christian Church, Van Buren, which he has attended since he was a little boy. He joined the church in 1954 and has served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee.
While farming several hundred acres Verlin also worked at Marion General Tire for eighteen years from 1961 to 1979. He drove a school bus from 1985 to 2000 and was known as Mr. “C”. Many of his former students to this day still call him Mr. C.
He has been a member of the Van Buren Lions Club since 1978 and was awarded the Melvin Jones award, their highest honor, in 2005.
There were twenty-five charter members of the founding of the Washington Township Fire Department and Verlin, as a charter member, served 50 years with the department, eighteen as Fire Chief. This group, predominately farmers, saw the need to form a fire department and in 1960 the Washington Township Fire Department was activated. To buy equipment, they sold interest free bonds and held Fish Fry’s at the school. They bought used fire coats, hats, and boots from another fire department. They paid $500 for a 1945 Ford Truck and were given an old rusted oil truck from the Pure Oil Company to use as a water tanker. There wasn’t any official training for the group; they gained experience as they went. Verlin was recognized in 2010 by the State of Indiana for his 50 years of service to the Grant County community.
Family and friends may gather to share and remember at Ferguson & Glancy Funeral Home 201 N Main Street Van Buren on Sunday, August 09, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A service to celebrate Verlin’s life will be at Central Christian Church 201 S. 1st St. Van Buren at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 10, 2015; viewing will be held one hour before the service. Pastor Heath Jones will be officiating and burial will follow in the Grant Memorial Park in Marion. The US Army, along with the Elwood VFW Post #5782 will be conducting military graveside rites.
Preferred memorials: Central Christian Church 201 S. 1st St. Van Buren, IN 46991 or Washington Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. 1513 N Bethlehem Rd, Marion, IN 46952
Arrangements are being handled by Ferguson & Glancy Funeral Home in Van Buren.