Born January 10, 1932, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Russell and Hannah Mae (Roller) Hanawalt.
On February 12, 1961, in First U.M. Church, he was married to Sonja L. Hollingsworth Hanawalt, who survives.
Sam was a 1951 graduate of Logansport High School.
In 1994, Sam retired from RBM/Essex Wire where he had worked as chief draftsman in the engineering department for forty-four years.
A man of great faith, Sam was longtime member of First United Methodist Church where he was active in many areas and served nine years on the missions committee. Reading the Bible every day was an important part of his routine.
Sam was a member of Logansport’s Tipton Masonic Lodge #33 and the York Rite organizations: Chapter, Council and St. John’s Commandry. He had also served as secretary of the Logansport Model Airplane Club.
Surviving with his wife of 54 years are one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Karen Hanawalt, of Indianapolis; one daughter and son-in-law Susan and Jason Peters, of Westfield; two brothers, Jason Hanawalt, of Hawaii and Allen Hanawalt (wife Joan) of Logansport; two sisters, Kathleen Ritter (husband Jim) of Greencastle and Nancy Logan (husband Dan) of Royal Center; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Hanawalt, of Winamac; three grandchildren, Jake, Sara and Lauren Hanawalt; four step-grandchildren, Nathan, Luke, Elizabeth and Amelia Peters; two step-great-grandchildren, Bryson and Estelle; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Charles Hanawalt, preceded in death.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Sam Hanawalt will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Dr. Dean Fager officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the funeral chapel.
It was Sam’s wish that his earthly body be donated to the Indiana University Anatomical Board to advance the study of medicine. We rejoice in the knowledge that his new Heavenly body is free to walk and run with crutches cast aside. Inurnment, at a later date, will take place at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
You may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Sam, share condolences in his guestbook and view his video tribute online atwww.fisherfuneralchapel.com.