Latham L. Lawson

November 12, 2016

Latham Lane Lawson 85, of Frankfort, Ind., died at 11:55 p.m. November 12, 2016 at Wesley Manor Health and Retirement Community.  Born October 9, 1931 in Boone County, Ind. to the late Lynzo & Catherine (Lane) Lawson.  He married Rita Jane Foster on September 7, 1958 in Jasonville, Ind. and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2010. Latham was a graduate of Mulberry High School and Indiana State Teachers College.  He received BS in History and MA in Social Studies and completed graduate courses in 6 different schools. He taught U.S. History, Government & Economics in Culver Community High School for his entire teaching career.  He was a licensed starter for the school track events. Latham served as Dept. Chairman and President of the Local Teachers Assoc. and served as chairman of the North Central Division of the Indiana State Teachers Assoc., twice.  A proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from April 16, 1951 to April 1, 1955 during the Korean War.  He received the Air Medal for 36 combat flights, and was stationed for 13 months in Japan. Latham was a lifetime member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Culver, Ind., a member of the choir for over fifty years, lay leader for over 35 years and taught Sunday school for over 20 years.  Latham served as Den Master of the Culver Cub Scouts. He served on the local election board for over twenty years, served on the Culver-Union Township Park Board, the Culver Town Board and the Culver-Union Township Public Library. He also served as President of the Culver Jaycees, Culver Kiwanis and member for Board of Directors of Marshall County Community Foundation and the Marshall County Teachers Credit Union.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 School Street, Culver, Ind. Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church or the Culver Union Township Public Library, 107 N. Main Street, Culver, Ind.

Survived by:

2 Daughters: Kelly (Dan) Berger of Lafayette, Abby (James Freeman) Lawson of Austin, Texas, 3 Sisters: Lucile Carney of Lebanon, Doris (Sam) Pedigo of Arizona and Ida (Curt) Ray of Frankfort, Brother: Ivan (Evelyn) Lawson of Arkansas, Sister-in-Law: Margie Lawson of Frankfort, 4 Grandchildren, Rebecca Freeman, Kirstyn Freeman, Brandon Berger and Jessica Berger and 6 Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

a brother, Larry L. Lawson.


Leave your Condolences

12 Condolences for “Latham L. Lawson”

  1. Tim & Jeanine Garrison November 14, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Ida, sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. We met him last summer on the porch at Wesley Manor & had a pleasant chat. He certainly had a full life.

  2. James Need November 15, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Ida, very sorry on the passing of your brother. Praying for your family. Jim and Janilyn Need

  3. Troy and Crystal Dillingham November 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Ida, Margie, and family, We’re so sorry to read about your brother/brother-in-law passing. It is never easy to lose someone you love. Thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

  4. Kim Wiles November 15, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Ida, Curt and Margie so sorry for you loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kim Wiles

  5. Karen Tokarz November 15, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Mr. Lawson was one of my teachers in high school. Prayers for his family in this time of grief. Rest in peace Mr. Lawson.

  6. Shelli Overmyer November 16, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Abby and Kelly my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Hugs to you and happy memories to fill the void.
    Shelli (Overmyer)

  7. Lynne Langlois November 16, 2016 at 10:40 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Mr. Lawson touched all of us who were his students in Culver. He is one of those teachers one never forgets. His high ideals for himself and others have carried through with all of us, all of these years. He will be sorely missed. What a great example on how to lead ones’ life.

  8. Rachel Mitchell November 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Sad to hear this. He is remembered well in my heart. He was the best whistler I ever knew and I will never forget the delightful smell of piped tobacco when I hugged him as a child. He was a wonderful man and will be a blessed addition in heaven for Uncle Larry. Sending so much love and prayers during this time.

  9. Janet Lyon November 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    May God give you comfort in your time of sorrow. We just had our 50th class reunion last summer, and I still think of Mr. Lawson once in awhile when I see how much students today and even our own children needed civics class in school to understand government. I thought very highly of Mr. Lawson as a teacher and remember him fondly. Janet Lyon formerly Janet Manchester.

  10. Rosalie and Mark Day November 16, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Dear Kelly and Dan, Abby and James, and family
    We were so saddened to hear of Latham’s passing. We were privileged to call him “friend”. Although short in stature, he was a giant in integrity, wisdom and compassion. I shall always remember the Sunday when I had to inform Latham at the last minute that Mark was too ill to preach, and the Worship service would have to go on without him. Latham calmly announced that we would have a Singspiration, and he presided over the service as worship leader. And he did a fine job, too. It was at that service that Marie Newman volunteered to do her first children’s sermon about the virtues of Abraham Lincoln…after 22 minutes of her discourse the children (and the adults) were nervously wiggling in their seats, and no one knew what to do. Latham politely escorted her off the altar, all the time thanking her for her “fine” story. I was so relieved, as was the entire congregation. And who could forget the Administrative Board meetings, when Latham waxed eloquently on one subject or another, often while lying on the Parlor carpet! He was a “character” to say the least, but a dear beloved character who shall not be forgotten. You have our deepest sympathy in his passing. May God hold you close and give you comfort.

  11. Nina Rice November 17, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Ida, so sorry for your loss.. Know that you and all your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.. Nina Su..

  12. Dave Taiclet November 29, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I was saddened to hear the news of Mr. Lawson’s passing. As a former student, I appreciate all that he did to make me and my other siblings better people. He positively impacted many lives! Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Dave Taiclet

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