William J. “Sam” Schlachter, 82, Ferdinand

William SchlachterWilliam J. “Sam” Schlachter, 82, of Ferdinand, died Sunday (March 1) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ferdinand February 7, 1933, to William and Philomena (Sternberg) Schlachter. He married Frances Otto June 18, 1955, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Siberia.

Sam was a retired self-employed farmer. He was a member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, and St. Meinrad American Legion Post No 366. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Schlachter; two daughters, Susanne “Susy” Cooper, Ferdinand, and Jane Ubelhor and husband Don, Birdseye; one sister, Lucille Lemmer, Jasper; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.’

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Arehart Henke.

Services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Martin of Tours Church followed by burial in the church cemetery. American Legion Post No. 366 will conduct military graveside rites. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. (CST) Tuesday and -9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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