In Memory

Jack Lentner - Class Of 1939

Jack R. Lentner, 92, of Delphi, passed away at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette on Sunday, Aug. 19. He was born in Delphi on May 22, 1920 to the late Clarence and Lona (Woods) Lentner. He was raised by his grandparents, John and Mary Gerard, of Delphi, from 4th grade through high school. He attended Delphi High School, where he met the love of his life, Mary E. Miller of Pyrmont. They both graduated in 1939 from Delphi High School.

He volunteered to serve in the Army infantry during WWII and proudly served his country from July 15, 1943 through Dec. 26, 1945. He saw combat in North Africa, Italy, and France, and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.

He returned home to marry Mary Miller on Jan. 13, 1946. They were married over 63 years until her death on Dec. 31, 2009.

He owned and operated Lentner Radiator Shop in Delphi for over 34 years before his retirement.

He was a member of Living Faith Church of the Brethren, the VFW, and was a 67 year member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his daughters: Susan Morris (Ron), of Westfield, Linda Landes (Gerald), of Camden; granddaughters Andrea Bognar (Michael), of Westfield, Katherine Svec (Justin), of Noblesville, and stepgranddaughter, Tammy Scruggs (Rick), of Royal Center; one great-grandson, two stepgreat-grandsons, and eight great-granddaughters. Other survivors include four sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife and his brother, Robert Lentner, of Lafayette.

Viewing will be on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11:30 a.m. at the Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Flora with Pastor Jeff Tomson officiating. Burial will be at Morning Heights Cemetery in Delphi with military graveside rites by the Delphi-Camden American Legion and the Ft. Knox Honor Guard.

He was a successful, honorable man who lived a life of integrity. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Living Faith Church or to St. Elizabeth Healthcare Activity Fund.

Services by Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi. Online condolences:


Published in the Journal & Courier from August 21 to August 22, 2012