John Wayne Land, 79

John Wayne Land, 79 of Greensburg, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ingrid (Schaum) Land, along with two children – daughter Andrea Sampson (John) of Cincinnati and son Mark Land (Karen) of South Carolina. He also is survived by a brother, Charles, of Greensburg, and granddaughter Sara Land, who lives in New York City. He was the son of Charles and Emma Mae (Lawrence) Land and was preceded in death by two other brothers, William and Jerry. John was a 1959 graduate of Greensburg High School, who served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1962. It was during his service in Germany that he met and married Ingrid. Following his discharge from the Army, John returned to Greensburg where he lived the rest of his life. A self-taught computer systems analyst, John spent most of his professional life working at Hillenbrand Industries in Batesville and Cincom Systems in Cincinnati. John was a proud military veteran who was very active in the Greensburg American Legion Post 129 in the last few decades of his life. He was past commander of the post and served as manager of the Legion’s social club for several years until this fall. He was awarded the Legion’s Silver Medal of Merit in October 2019. John was a widely known for his decency, kindness and willingness to help friends in any way possible. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, John enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He loved to fish and take day trips throughout the region with Ingrid while their health allowed. He also enjoyed horse racing, the occasional casino trip and rooting for Indiana University’s football and basketball teams with his children, both IU alumni. He was especially proud of his granddaughter, Sara, an art researcher and writer. He will be deeply missed by all those whose lives he touched. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Porter-Oliver-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A graveside ceremony, featuring a salute from the American Legion Honor Guard, will be held at Sand Creek Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. A reception for family and friends will follow at the American Legion, 326 E. Main St. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be made to the American Legion or to the charity of their choice.  Online condolences can be made to the family at