George Leo Ambler

Born: Sat., Apr. 28, 1923
Died: Thu., Jan. 3, 2013


12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

2:00 PM Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Location: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church

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George L. Ambler

April 28, 1923 – January 3, 2013



George Leo Ambler, 89, of Granger died Thursday, January 3, 2013 in his residence. Mr. Ambler was born April 28, 1923 in Brooklyn, MI to the late Marjorie (Egan) and Howard Ambler and had lived in the South Bend-Mishawaka area since 1958 coming from Portage, WI. On June 19, 1956 in Jackson, MI he married Lillian McCabe who survives. Also surviving are daughters, Mary A. Burton (Scott) of Auburn, IN and Angela Ambler of Granger; two grandchildren, Christi Burton Jackson (Loring) of Apopka, FL and Nick Burton of Decatur, GA; and one great-granddaughter, Leah Jackson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Ambler.

George was an active member of Little Flower Catholic Church for over 50 years. He was a devoted Catholic and quietly practiced his faith while respecting those of other faiths.

During WWII George served in the U.S. Army as a scout sent to observe enemy movement. He also played in the Glen Miller Army Band. After the war, George served as a Boy Scout executive in Wisconsin. He later worked at Studebaker until it closed. He then went on to become a travel agent organizing group tours and traveling the globe. He worked as a travel agent for over 30 years.

George had a great love of music and played several instruments. He was a respected musician and a member of several bands including the Michiana Alumni Band which he frequently conducted.

Wood working was George’s passion and he spent hours in his workshop crafting items for family, friends and charitable organizations.

George was a humanitarian advocating for those less fortunate. He was a loving husband, father and friend to the many who knew him. George was an active resident of The Village at Arborwood and considered the residents there his extended family. During his illness, he had several wonderful caregivers including Kelli Phillips who was very special to George and his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12th in Little Flower Catholic Church, 54191 Ironwood Rd., with Rev. Donald Guertin, C.S.C. officiating. The family will receive friends in the church on Saturday from noon until the time of mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph County Humane Society, 2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN, 46545, Hines Blind Center Alumni Inc. P.O.Box 58, Hines, Illinois 60141, or Logan Community Resources, Inc., 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN, 46615. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in George's memory to the following organization:

Hines Blind Center Alumni Inc.
P.O.Box 58, Hines, Illinois 60141

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Karen Nye
   Posted Sat January 05, 2013
Dear Ambler Family, George was one of the influential musicians in the Michiana Concert Band group. Not only was he a fabulous baritone player, a great director, smart as a whip, but also just a really nice gentleman. I so loved hearing him talk about his experiences as a musician and his life experiences in general. Everyone respected him. I will miss him and always fondly remember him, his musicianship, and his integrity.

mike pleasants
   Posted Sun January 06, 2013
George was a great man-he was so special to our family, the Pleasants.As my son,Jaden,age 12,is immersing himself in all things Boy Scouts, I realize George gave us Pleasants boys the fun of being scouts by involving us in camping,woodwork, singing,even though we weren't scouts. I didn't realize he had a Scouting background,but now it makes sense.We still sing the songs George taught us whenever we get together. George was my confirmation sponsor.He always treated me as a special person, but I have a feeling a lot of people felt that way besides me.He will be missed but will live on in the lives of those he touched.

Julie Larson
   Posted Sun January 06, 2013
Aunt Lillian, Angie, Mary, Scott, Christy and Nick,

I have been thinking and praying for you, and Uncle George daily.


Randy Zimmerly
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mary with the passing of your father. I am sure you will miss your Dad and I hope you find comfort and peace. Randy

Toni English
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Mary and family

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Spencer
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Mrs. Ambler, Mr. & Mrs. Burton, Angie, Nick and Christy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God allow you to find peace in this difficult time. Your father, husband and grandpa was a great man. He is now in a much better place.

If there's anything I can, do not hesitate to contact me.

Melinda Gatton
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Mary, Angie and family ~ I'm not able to attend on Saturday but wanted to let you know I've been thinking of you during this diffucult time. Prayers for comfort to you all.