Delmar Charles Hasler, age 96, of Linton, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, September 10, 2022, at Garden Villa in Bloomington, following a short stay. He was born in Linton on January 30, 1926, the son of Eli Rex and Ruby Pearl (Wright) Hasler.
Delmar grew up in Fairplay Township in Greene County, and was a 1944 graduate of Switz City High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp during his senior year on January 26, 1944. He served with the 99th Bomb Squadrons 9th Bomb Group during World War II. During his time of service, while on a 7 day leave, he married his sweet heart Nelda June Newsom on July 25, 1945, before leaving for the South Pacific, Tinian-Saipan. He was honorably discharged from the service at Camp Atterbury with the rank of Corporal on April 22, 1946.
Delmar and June lived in Worthington a short time and moved to Indianapolis where he attended the Indiana College of Mortuary Science on the GI Bill. Following his graduation in 1948, they moved to Linton and he began his career as a funeral director/embalmer for Welch & Cornett Funeral Home and Ambulance Service. Delmar worked for Welch & Cornett and was a stockholder in the company from 1955 until 1965, when he and his business partner, Marvin Taylor, purchased the business in full. They operated the business together until Taylor’s retirement in 1976 when Delmar became president and sole owner. His son Rodney joined the firm at that time and they operated the businesses together in Linton and Worthington for many years until his semi-retirement in 1988. Rodney served as president and Delmar remained part of the business until their long time employees purchased it in 2004. Delmar remained helping throughout the rest of his life, and would be a friendly face at the door. He had great pride in that he held his funeral director license for 74 years, the longest and oldest in the state of Indiana. One of his greatest joys in life was serving others during his many years at the funeral home.
Delmar served two terms as Greene County Coroner, having more votes during the election than any other elected official. He served on the Greene County General Hospital Board of Trustees for 26 years, serving as president during a portion of that time. He served on numerous boards during his life, including Peoples Trust Bank and Glenburn Home. On August 2, 2015, he received a Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Mike Pence. He was inducted in the Freedom Festival Hall of Fame on July 4, 2017, and attended the Honor Flight for World War II veterans September 2017.
He enjoyed working in the yard, playing cards with friends, collecting antiques, spending time in Florida fishing during the winters, IU sports, watching ballgames, and was an avid antique car collector, always having special memories of courting his wife June in a 1936 Ford.
He was a member of Saron United Church of Christ in Linton. He was a life-member of the American Legion Post #22, VFW Post #7118, and the B.P.O. Elks #866, and received his 50 year pin and life-membership from F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge #560, all of Linton. Other memberships include Terre Haute Scottish Rite and Shrine, the Greene County Shrine Club, Linton Moose #1410, Knights of Pythias Lodge in Freedom, the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, and was a long-time member of the former Linton Rotary Club.
He is survived by his two sons, Randy (Sharon) Hasler of Bowling Green, Kentucky and Rodney (Beth) Hasler of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Jamie (Brad) Henico, Jennifer (Tony) Miles, Matthew (Holly) Hasler, Elizabeth (Ben) Fogle, Erin (Will) Farley, Ruana Cronin, Caleb (Abbie) Hasler, and Nathan (Kerry) Hasler-Brooks; great-grandchildren, Jake Henico, Maurah Basham, Traton Basham, Tanner Basham, Lily Fogle, Emmaline Farley, Owen Farley, Jonah Farley, Ruth Farley, Clara Farley, Ben Morrison, Baxter Cronin, Millie Cronin, Carter Hasler, Cole Hasler, Cohen Hasler, Cade Hasler, Delmar Hasler-Brooks, and Eve Hasler Brooks; a brother, Vic (Karen) Hasler of Franklin; a sister, Janice Hawks of Tamassee, South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Nelda June Hasler; two brothers, Willard Hasler and Lowell Hasler, and an infant great-grandson, Carson Hasler.
Visitation will be held at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton on Friday, September 16, 2022 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., and Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 10:30 A.M. with service at Fairview Cemetery in Linton at 11:00 A.M., Pastor Jeff Fulk officiating.
Online condolences may be shared with Delmar’s family at www.welchcornett.com.