Willard Chain, 79

Willard Henry Chain, 79, of Wabash, died at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Parkview Wabash Hospital.

He was born July 20, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio to William and Esther (Freehill) Chain.

Sonny received an associate degree from Central Texas College. He married Lois Sue Schmid in Richvalley, on Feb. 8, 1986.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam War. He retired after 29 years. He also retired from Dalton Foundry in Warsaw,  in 2005.  He also coached baseball several years, and was a member of the Christian Heritage Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Sue Chain of Wabash; seven children, Michael (Bambi) Chain of Osprey, Fla., Ronald (Lori) Chain of Lafayette, La., Scott (Michelle) Chain of Sedona, Ariz.,  Julie-Giuliana (Lance) Dettmann of Palm Harbor, Fla., Sheila (Bill) Sluss of Wabash, Vicki (Scott) Pennington of Urbana, and James (Melissa) Chain of Wabash; 19 grandchildren, 28 great- grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and his brother, Roger Chain of Warsaw, Indiana.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Hedwig Barbara Chain, three brothers, Glenn "Bud" Chain, Robert "Bobby" Chain, and David Chain, one sister Mary Lou Chain, and his grandson Franklin Pennington.

Friends may call 2-8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash.  There will be a graveside service at 1:00 pm Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Marion National Cemetery, Marion. 

Preferred memorials are Parkview Wabash Hospice and Wabash V.F.W. Post 286. 

The memorial guest book for Sonny may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Sep 19