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Howard Wampler

Published: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 4:45 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 10:41 p.m. CST

WYANET — Judge C. Howard Wampler, 79, of Wyanet died on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1933, in Bloomington, 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 U.S. 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 Dec. 31, 1993. Howard married Diane Pierson on Dec. 30, 1966, in Joliet. His various memberships include chairman of Region 8 of the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission, Illinois Judges Association, representing the Wyanet Fire Protection District, life member of the Elks Club, dual member of Masonic Lodge #722 A.F. and A.M. in Walnut, and #249 in Sebring, Fla. 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, Fla., Chris (Joellen) Balensiefen and Cindy (Jerry) Strader, both of Wyanet; grandchildren, Calvin Wampler, Leah Krenlich, Sarah Krenlich, Janelle Balensiefen, Stephanie (Brad) Shwermin, Tina (Les) Karns, Nicole (Mike) Murphy, Josh Nickelsen; and great-grandchildren Terry, 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.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Norberg Memorial Home, Pastor Norman Femrite officiating. Cremation rites will follow. Burial will be private and at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church or Wyanet Rescue Unit.

Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.

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