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William H. Journay

November 14, 2011

    William H. Journay, 92, of Decatur, died at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    He was born June 9, 1919, in Jay County, the son of Orla J. and Cora A. (Bibler) Journay. On August 31, 1947, he married the former Eva Marie Bischoff.
    He was a farmer and a science teacher. He first taught at Madison Township Schools and later taught at Bellmont High School for 31 years before retiring in May of 1981.
    He was first lieutenant in the U.S. Army  with the 178th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Army, during World War II (Italian Mark Clark's campaign).
    He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, of which he served as Sunday School superintendent and teacher. He was a trustee and served on the woods committee at St. Mark's.  He also served as superintendent at Bethany United Brethren Church.
    He was also a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Three Rivers Gem and Mineral Society, the American Legion Post No. 43 in Decatur, and was a former Root Township advisory board member and was active in judging forestry in 4-H.
    Survivors include his wife, three sons; Ronald W. (Rita) Journay of Decatur, Rex L. (Carolyn) Journay of Bryant; and Rick L. (Judy) Journay, D.D.S., Bellevue, Ohio; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by three sisters; Doris L. Campbell, Olive J. Lose, and Wanda L. Stewart; and one brother, Darwin Garth Journay.
    Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, with Pastor Michael Heinbaugh officiating. Burial will be in the Salamonie Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the American Legion Post No. 43 color guard.
    Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy Funeral Home in Decatur and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
    Preferred memorials are to St. Mark's United Methodist Church or Fairview United Methodist Church, Portland, or Family Life Care.
    Condolences may be given online at www.haggardandsefton.com.

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