James Rodney Windlan

Oct. 29, 1953 – Dec. 19, 2021

James Rodney Windlan, 68, Anderson, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, at Community Hospital of Anderson following a brief illness.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1953, in Anderson, Ind. to Robert Windlan and Luana “Lou” Mae (Anderson) Windlan.

Mr. Windlan graduated from Highland High School in 1972. He also graduated from Ball State University in 1976. Then he received his Masters Degree in Education from Ball State University in 1978. He retired in 2009 from Anderson Community Schools, teaching 30 years at Southside Middle School and 3 years at Eastside Middle School.

He coached girls and boys basketball at Southside Middle School for 30 years, and also coached the girls and boys varsity golf teams at Madison Heights High School for 9 years. He then coached the girls varsity golf team, with his niece Lindsay, at Anderson High School for 12 years. He was then varsity assistant girls basketball coach, with his brother Bobby, at Highland High School for 4 years and varsity assistant coach, with his brother Tod, at several central Indiana High Schools for 18 years. He was currently the assistant boys basketball coach, with his brother Tod and nephew Karsten, at Lapel High School.

He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Grandview G.C., Yule G.C. Men’s Club and Elwood G.G. He had 8 hole in ones and was a club champion at Grandview G.C. and Yule G. C. He was an avid sports fan of Alabama football, Philadelphia Phillies baseball, Minnesota Vikings football and North Carolina Tar Heels basketball.

Survivors include his mother Lou Windlan of Anderson; his siblings, Bobby (Janet) Windlan of Anderson, Laura Crenshaw of Anderson and Tod (Stacey) Windlan of Anderson; nieces and nephews, Lindsay (John) Norris, Keely (Matt) Spangle, Sarah Windlan, Katie (Tyler) Copeland, Hogan (McKenzie Burns) Crenshaw, Kennedy (Cody Briones) Windlan, Sydney Windlan and Karsten Windlan; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Windlan, brother-in-law, Larry Crenshaw; and a great-niece.

A funeral service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at Hersberger-Bozell Funeral Home, 1010 North Main Street, Lapel, Ind., with Larry Kineman officiating. Burial will follow in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson, Ind.

Visitation is scheduled at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lapel Boys Basketball program.

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