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Louis Berkeley Wamsher Jr

Louis Berkeley Wamsher Jr of Allenton, Michigan formerly of Havana, Illinois passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 29th, 2016 at the WhIspering Pines Adult Foster Care Home in Lapeer, MI.
Louis was born on December 18, 1928 to Louis Berkeley Wamsher Sr. and Mary Ogle Wamsher in Kansas City, Kansas.  Upon graduation from High School in 1946, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp.
On August 19th, 1946 Louis road the train with 3 High School friends to Maine Corp Recruiting Depot in San Diego, CA.  Boot Camp was at Camp Pendleton, then after a 10 day leave to home in Kansas City he was off to Rifle Range Training at Camp Matthews. His first assignments would take him to Seattle, Washington, then to Nebraska where he stayed long enough to get his orders to Alaska (Kodiak, ADAK Island, Dutch Harbor).  Then he would be sent to Korea where he was shot and earned his Purple Heart at the Inchon Landing. He was on the 3rd wave 5th boat. In the winter of 1950 he was at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.  In September 1951 he would return stateside to Camp Millington at Memphis, TN to work in the Brig. In May of 1952 he would be assigned to Paris Island, SC for Recruiting School then to Sioux Falls, SD as a Recruiter. In May 1954 he would be assigned to Camp LaJune, NC as a Platoon Sargent.  Over the next 8 years he would return to Korea and Japan. In 1961 Louis was assigned to Stormy Sexton’s 3/3 Infantry Training. He was also called back and boarded ship for the Cuban Missile crisis. Back to Recruiter School in July of 1964 then assigned to Lincoln Park, MI as a Recruiter.  This is where he met is wife and new family.  Then he put in for his retirement and was sent to Viet Nam. Upon returning he retired.
Upon retiring from the USMC in 1968; Louis worked for Crawford Door Co in Ecorse, Michigan and then Ford Motor Company in Brownstown, Michigan until moving to Havana, Illinois in 1981. Louis worked for Burwell Oil Service Station, Harrison White’s Farm and the United State Post Office in Havana, IL until he retired in 1992. 
Louis was a volunteer and member at the Purple Heart Club of Wyandotte. He was also a member of the Chosin Few. 
He always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
Louis was of the Pentecostal faith and enjoyed working for GOD which included attending Church, Bible Study and Evangelist Meetings. He studied the Bible daily, even after he became legally blind. 
Louis married Diana Jane Kennedy DeWitt on October 17, 1964; she survives. Also surviving are four daughters; Marilyn Steel, Susan Oldham (Mark), Linda DeWitt Malvesto (James), and Lisa Sims-Biskner (Justin), and one son; Scott David Wamsher. 
Three grand-children; Sarah Kulinski (Mike), Rochelle Hall (Kevin), and Alyssa Wamsher (Dan Majewski) and three great-grandchildren; Ava Kulinski, Greyson Kulinski, and Hayden Majewski will miss their grandpa. 
Also surviving are three sisters; JoAnne Bogart-Perry, Mary Cline (Kenneth), Martha Bartlett, and one brother; William Wamsher (Terry).
Louis was preceded in death by his son; Louis B Wamsher III (Julie; survives) and one sister Naomi Askew.
Visitation will be at the Hurley Funeral Home, 215 N Plum St., Havana, IL on Tuesday May 3rd 2016 at 5 to 7 pm with Graveside service on Wednesday May 4 at Noon at West Side Cemetery, Versailles IL. Funeral procession will depart at 10:00am from Hurley Funeral Home.

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