Esther M. (Thompson) Vanlaningham

October 21, 1939 ~ December 17, 2018 (age 79)

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Esther M. Vanlaningham, 79, of Milford, passed away at 10:08 p.m. on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester IN. She was born on October 21, 1939 in Hardinsburg, IN to Chester I. & Florence Belle (Bunch) Thompson.

She graduated in 1957 from Hardinsburg High School and was married on November 14, 1958 in Marengo, IN to Robert L. “Bob” Vanlaningham who preceded her on June 13, 2008. She was a homemaker and moved to the Milford area in 1963 from southern Indiana. She was formerly employed at Chore Time in Milford, CFS in Milford, Mail Journal in Milford, Polk Farm Equipment in New Paris, Stiver Insurance in Syracuse, and Maple Leaf Farms in Milford in the accounting department.

She was a member of the New Salem Church of the Brethren in Milford.

She is survived by:

3 Sons – Norman (Cindy) Vanlaningham of Kendallville, Ed (Kim) Vanlaningham of Milford, and Rodney (Denise) Vanlaningham of Columbia City

7 Grand & 12 Gt. Grandchildren

1 Brother – Raymond Thompson of Salem, IN

She was preceded by her parents, husband, 3 sisters – Flossie Thompson, Lucille Magill, and Dorothy Babcock, and brother – Sonny Thompson.

Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, IN. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2018 in the funeral home with Pastor Terry Vanlaningham officiating. Burial will follow in the Milford Cemetery.

Preferred memorials may be given to the Caring Circle c/o Peabody Home Foundation, Inc., 400 W. 7th St., North Manchester, IN 46962. 

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December 26, 2018

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Owen Family Funeral Homes
1001 S. Huntington St.
Syracuse, IN 46567

Funeral Service
December 27, 2018

10:30 AM
Owen Family Funeral Homes
1001 S. Huntington St.
Syracuse, IN 46567

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