Richard W. Stalter, 87, of Covington, passed away 9:30 am Thursday February 14, 2013 concluding a brief stay at the Waters of Covington.
He was born October 13, 1925 in Ludlow, IL the son of Edson L. and Grace (Grider) Stalter. His first marriage was to Lenora Hampton, she preceded him in death in 1957; his second marriage was to Marilyn R. Martin July 2, 1961, she preceded him in death in Nov. 1978.
He is also preceded in death by a sister Eva Jean Downey.
Surviving family include three daughters, Deborah Stalter, St. Petersburg, FL; Nancy Jo Stalter, Springfield, IL; Valli (husband, Kenneth) Shumaker, Covington, IN; a son Craig (wife, Donna) Stalter, Veedersburg, IN; a sister Myra Lynn (husband, Leon) Long, Ft Worth, TX; two brothers, Bernard G. (friend, Darlene) Stalter, Chandler, AZ; Cyrus George (wife, Janis) Stalter, Gifford, IL; four grandchildren, Alexis (husband, Clinton) Froedge, Cole Stalter, Peyt Shumaker, and Kendall Shumaker.
Richard attended Rantoul High School and Illinois Commercial College. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific American Theater aboard the USS Makin Island Aircraft Carrier. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. After the war and into the 1960’s, along with his brothers he owned and operated Stalter Standard service stations in Champaign, IL & Oakwood, IL.
In 1971 he moved his family to the Indiana farm he had purchased in 1962, land both at his residence and in the Cades Hollow area that he collectively referred to as “Coal Creek Ranch” He loved his time spent on this farm, where he raised beef cattle and several parade teams of draft horses and draft ponies. Richard was a man that was continuously engaged in thought to the very end, contemplating both aspects of life and business decisions to be made.
Memorial service will be held at a later date, with burial at Coal Creek Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg.