Frank L. Retter, 67, Lynn, passed away Tuesday, July 8, at St. Vincent Hospice and Palliative Care in Indianapolis.
Born July 31, 1940 in Randolph County, Indiana, he was the son of Edgar and Helen Simmons Retter, both of whom preceded him in death. Frank graduated from Lynn High School in 1958. He was a lifelong farmer and took his first job off the farm with the Centerville Stockyards. He later worked for Maul Brothers, Campbell Soup Company and Chester Roark before taking a position with Astral Casket, where he retired April 1, 2008 after 38 years and countless miles of service.
Outside of his family, his greatest love was the family farm and the machinery that was used to work the land. He lovingly restored John Deere and Allis Chalmers tractors, which he would often exhibit and use at area plow days as a member of the Wayne County Antique Truck and Tractor Club and the Randolph County Antique Club, of which he was a Charter Member.
Another activity Frank enjoyed was barbershop quartet singing. He was a member of the SPEBSQSA which is the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
Frank also attended the First Church of Christ in Lynn and was a board member of the New Liberty Cemetery Association.
Frank will be missed by his wife, the former Janet Martin, who he married June 5, 1960; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Kevin Martin, Niles, Michigan; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Emily Retter, Richmond and John and Shelly Retter, Saratoga; 8 grandchildren, Mady, Dane, Gaby, Megan, Austin, Sarah, Avery and Grace(Sam); 1 sister, Judy Sloniker, Parker City; 1 brother and sister-in-law, Farrell and Sandra Retter, Lynn, and nieces and nephews.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Paul Nichols at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 11, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in New Liberty Cemetery near Lynn.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to St. Vincent Foundation for Hospice, 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210, Indianapolis, Indiana 46260 or First Church of Christ, 206 West Church Street, Lynn, Indiana 47355.