Dean Eakright Sr., 84

Dean Franklin Eakright Sr. 84, formerly of rural LaFontaine, died at 12:25 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at Peabody Healthcare Center in North Manchester.

He was born June 29, 1933, in Wabash to Paul A. and Nora (Milam) Eakright.

Dean married Evelyn Steele in Wabash on Dec. 28, 1963; she died March 26, 1984. He retired from General Tire in Wabash after 35 years. He enjoyed cross shooting, playing cards, going to garage sales, dancing, and farming where he raised cattle. He has been a resident of Peabody Retirement Community since 2016. 

He is survived by four children, Tom (Sue) Eakright of LaFontaine, Cathy Janiszyn of Wabash, Rebecca (Greg) Dome of Pierceton, and Dean (Julie) Eakright Jr. of Wabash, 13 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Esther Eakright, his son, John Eakright, and two brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Paul Eakright officiating. Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, rural Silver Lake. Friends may call 4 – 8 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home.

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Posted on 2018 Feb 26