Layne “Lane” David Warren, 91 of Claypool, Indiana passed away in his home surrounded by his family at 10:11 am on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
On January 21, 1925, Layne was born in Claypool to Elva and Sylvia (Jenkins) Warren. He married Janet Elaine Carr on September 24, 1950 in Claypool, who survives.
A lifelong resident of Claypool, Layne has always been a pillar of the Claypool community. He was a self-employed plasterer/drywall, co-founding Warren Brothers Plastering and Dry Walling in 1946. He served our country in the U.S. Navy as a Frogman during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was involved in underwater demolitions, cleaning harbors of mines in the Pacific Islands. Lane was honorably discharged at the rank of Baker Second Class in 1946. He was a member of American Legion Post #49, Warsaw.
Layne was inducted as a member of the Claypool Lions Club on June 1, 1946, serving for seventy years and served as District Governor of Lions International, Lions Cancer Board, Lions Leader Dogs for the Blind and he served in dozens of Lions Eye Missions worldwide to Guatemala, Mexico and Africa. Layne also delivered ambulances to Mexico and Central America and was instrumental in building the Claypool Lions Community Building and Park Playground. He taught Sunday school for many years at Claypool United Methodist Church, where he was a member since 1941. He volunteered at food pantries in Silver Lake and Warsaw, helped build several homes thru Habitat for Humanity and delivered Meals on Wheels. Layne also volunteered for the Red Cross Bloodmobile and Red Cross Disaster Missions Assessment Team member in Hammond and Gary.
He was a Claypool Volunteer Fireman for many years, beginning in 1948, where he was Fire Chief for ten years. Liaison for VFW and local churches annual Memorial Day Observance at Claypool Graceland Cemetery. Layne has always been humbly willing to serve his neighbor and those in need.
Layne is survived by his wife of sixty five years, Janet Elaine Warren, Claypool; son Jack (and spouse Kerri) Warren, Silver Lake; two daughters, Jill (and spouse Joseph) Thallemer, Warsaw, Judi Warren, Carmel; five grandchildren, Andrew (and spouse Jessica) Warren, Noblesville, Jaclyn Thallemer, Phoenix, Arizona, Michael (and spouse Leslie) Thallemer, Nashville,; Tennessee, Tracy (and spouse William) Warrender, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brian Thallemer, Chicago, Illinois; two step grandchildren, Branden Frantz and Brian Frantz, both of Claypool; two great grandchildren, Mason Warren, Noblesville and Evelyn Thallemer, Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Robert (and spouse Marge) Warren, Claypool and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, August 22, 2016 in Claypool United Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Settles officiating. Burial will take place in Graceland Cemetery, Claypool with full military honors by the American Legion Post #49 and VFW Post #1126, Warsaw.
Visitation hours will be from 2:00 -6:00 pm Sunday, August 21, 2016 in McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw and also one hour prior to the service in the Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Claypool Lions Club (Eye Glass Recycling Program), P.O. Box 32, Claypool, Indiana 46510 or Claypool United Methodist Church, 302 East Section Street, Claypool, Indiana 46510 or to Kosciusko County Homecare and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1196.