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Frank Retter

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.

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We are very sorry to hear about Frank's passing. We won't tell you anything about Frank that you don't already know, but would like to say what a great person he was! When we would see the big Astral truck pull into our drive we would always look to see if Frank was driving! We enjoyed our short time with Frank and will remember him always.

Chris, Howard, Troy and Derek

Hughes Funeral Supplies Jul 17 2008 12:00 AM

Our prayers are with you.
John H Lamb and family

John H Lamb Jul 11 2008 12:00 AM

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort each of you!

Darrell & Tracie Ridgeway Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

We will be thinking of you guys and we are so sorry for your loss. We loved Frank and he will be sadly missed. If you need anything, don't be afraid to call!

Greg, Brenda, Courtney, and Casey

Greg and Brenda Retter Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

We are sorry for your loss. Frank was a good man and will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sean & Jacqueline Peed Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

My deepest condolence for your loss. Frank was as good as they come & will be missed.

We always looked forward to his visits when he delivered for Astral.

Edward Baivier Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

I would like to extend my condolences to the Retter Family. Over the years, Frank became a dear friend and told some great stories. We always looked forward to his trips up to Milwaukee. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Mark Baivier Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

Hi Janet and family.
So sorry to hear of Frank's passing. Missed both of you at the 50th class reunion.
You may e-mail me at howmor@crtelco.com.

Esther (Grimes) Morstatter Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

Janet, I am sorry I am unable to be there to support you through your loss and grief. I will always remember fondly Bud's big smile and rosy cheeks. As a child, I spent many summers on the farm which provide endless humorous memories.

I can picture him now....up there giving Mother (Aunt Imy), Aunt Ethyl, and Aunt Betty rides on the tractor which they so enjoyed out at the fairgrounds. You know the laughter is riotous with the other brothers and sisters looking on.
You & your family are on our prayer list at church. I will be doing flowers for our sanctuary on Sunday, July 20 in Bud's memory.

Cheri (Shively) Lawson Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM

Frank was my cousin & a good man.
Gave me my first motorcycle ride.
Enjoyed chasing Frank & Farrell around their folks' round barn when we were young.

Jim Bob & Nancy Beck Jul 10 2008 12:00 AM