John E. Hammersley, 86 of Ocala, Florida, formally of Warsaw passed away on Monday December 30, 2013 at Legacy Hospice House, Ocala, Florida. He was born to Vernon and Gertrude (Hetler) Hammersley on August 7, 1927 in Lawrence County, Indiana.
He was united in marriage 60 years to Marilyn Schwierking on June 13, 1953 in Warsaw, Indiana. He was retired from the Indiana State Police and was formerly, Sheriff of Kosciusko County. He also owned Hammersley Security Service, Inc. John served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was involved in Operation High Jump, U.S. Navy Antarctic Expedition in 1946 & 1947.
John was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala, Florida and formerly of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw. He was also a member of American Legion Post #49, Warsaw, Elks Lodge #802, Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Noll Council, No. 4511, USS Mt. Olympus Association and Pioneer of Indiana State Police Association.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn L. Hammersley, Ocala, Florida; two daughters, Anne M. Hammersley of Ocala, Florida and Janis A. Sexton, Pierceton; his half-brother, Larry Hammersley, Springville, Indiana; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; five great grandchildren and seven step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents one sister, one brother and one granddaughter.
There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Warsaw with Father Phil DeVolder officiating.
Visitation will be on Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw.
Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Memorial contribution may be made to Charity of choice.