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William "Bill" E. VanMeter, 74, Royal Center, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born on Feb. 17, 1943, in Indianapolis, he was the son to the late Robert E. VanMeter and Virginia Dare (Hansen) VanMeter.
Bill lived in Indianapolis until he was 11; his family then moved to Winamac where he lived until he was a sophomore in high school. In 1960 Bill moved to Logansport where he would graduate from high school in 1962.
Bill entered the U.S Army Nov. 12, 1964, and served his country until Dec. 12, 1971. While earning the rank of Sgt. E-5, and serving in South Vietnam at Cu-Chi with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, he was decorated with many awards including the Presidential Unit Citation with an oak leaf cluster, the Unit Valor Award and the South Vietnam Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Battle Stars. Bill also graduated from the U.S. Army's noncommissioned officer's academy.
His first marriage was on Dec. 20, 1969, to Joan Nickelson, who preceded him in death Sept. 19, 1985. Surviving that marriage were two stepdaughters, Pat A. Myers (deceased) and Mary E. Fox of Logansport. There were eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
His second marriage was on April 1, 1995, in Logansport to Jody M. Cottrell. Surviving from that marriage are three stepchildren, Brittany (Justin) Haas, Star City; Joseph L. Cottrell II, Whitestown; and Kayla (Charles) Montgomery, Indianapolis; and seven step-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two brothers, Dale Thomas VanMeter, Delphi, and Robert E. VanMeter, Indianapolis; also several nieces and nephews.
Bill retired in 2008 from the Logansport State Hospital after 30 years of service. He enjoyed his job working with the mentally ill.
Bill was a member of the V.F.W. Post 3790 and a former member of the American Legion Post 60. He was a 30-year member of the Disabled Vets of America, and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the Gundrum Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Clark officiating. Burial with full military graveside rites will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport.
Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Post 3790 or the Wounded Warriors Foundation.
Published on August 24, 2017
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