Ralph "Ken"'s Story
Ralph Kenneth "Ken" Schnarr, 86, of Washington, went to his heavenly home Jan. 22, 2018. He was born May 18, 1931, in Dubois County, to Ralph John and Thelma Gertrude (Armes) Schnarr. He was a 1949 graduate from Barr Township High School. On July 8, 1956, he married the love of his life, Lois Elaine (Hunter) Schnarr. Ken and Lois were married 56 years until her death in 2013. Ken was employed at N.S.W.C. Crane for 31 years and was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and led Bible studies at local nursing homes. Ken loved the outdoors and gardening, taking photographs of family members and nature, and was a consummate tinkerer. Ken served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955 in New Jersey, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas, and received the National Defense Service Medal.
Ken is survived by his son, David Schnarr of Evansville; daughters Susan Will (Dale) of Fort Wayne, Diana Fleenor (Mark) of Dallas, Texas, and Lisa Hoskin (Glenn) of Indianapolis; grandchildren Megan Will (Santina Crolla), Kathryn Will, Rachel (Fleenor) Sego (Preston), Emily (Schnarr) Kendrick (Jordan), Eli Schnarr, Maddie Hoskin and Alexandra Hoskin; sisters-in-law Marcella (Hunter) Myers (Ralph) of Loveland, Colorado, and Maxine (Hunter) Quilliam of Okeechobee, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Lois Elaine Schnarr; sister Juanita Shirley; and an infant brother.
The funeral service for Ken will take place Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Gill Funeral Home, 308 E. Walnut St., Washington, IN 47501. Friends may call prior to the service at the funeral home from noon to 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow the service at Sugarland Memory Gardens with Military Burial Rites. Online condolences may be made at www.gillsince1872.com.
Published on January 25, 2018