Leonard T. Lanahan
Leonard T. Lanahan, 72, of Franklin, passed away at his residence Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
He was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Shelbyville, to William T. and Cordelia (Dritt) Lanahan. He married Carol A. (Fisher) Lanahan on Oct. 12, 1963, at First Christian Church in Fort Knox, Ky. She survives.
He was a 1958 graduate of Franklin High School and a 1961 graduate of Indianapolis Electronics School. He started his career with the Indiana State Police in 1962 as a dispatcher.
In 1963, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a military policeman at Fitzsimmons Military Base in Aurora, Colo., and France for two years. He returned to the Indiana State Police at the Indianapolis headquarters, where he served as dispatcher and eventually involved in the IDACS (Indiana Data and Communication Systems), which he assisted in creating and developing. He served as communications specialist and was involved in training various law enforcement agencies in Indiana, retiring in 2000.
Mr. Lanahan received the Dick Van Valer Award in 1979 and served as president of the Indiana Chapter of APCO in 1978.
He was a member of the Needham Township Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years. He served as fire chief for 12 years and as an EMT for several years, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of the Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery Board for 12 years, where he had served as president and was active in the operations of the cemetery, and had been a greeter for the Vandivier Parsley Funeral Home in Franklin.
He attended Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church near Franklin, where he enjoyed playing the pipe organ. He was a member of the Johnson County Antique Machinery Association and enjoyed restoring antique John Deere hit-and-miss engines. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and training his own bird dogs.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and family man.
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. (Fisher) Lanahan of Franklin; a daughter, Sharon L. Fenimore (Joseph) of Fishers; a son, Douglas T. Lanahan (Donna) of Franklin; grandchildren, Sarah Fenimore and Jonathan Fenimore, both of Fishers, and Tyler Lanahan, Trace Crafton and Corey Newkirk, all of Franklin; a brother, Kim Lanahan of Greenwood; a cousin, John D. White (Linda) of Hanover; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Wood (Claude) of Franklin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Rev. Dan McCollough will conduct a service at 11 a.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the mortuary. Burial will be at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery east of Franklin with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200 Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.