Richard Eltzroth, 79

Richard Dean "The Old Man" Eltzroth, 79, of Lagro, died at 7:45 am, Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at his home. He was born Dec. 16, 1935, in Grant County, to Alan and Edith (Hall) Eltzroth.

Dick was a Warren High School graduate. He married Sharon Ann Baker in Ossian, on Aug. 3, 1956; she died Sept. 13, 2005. He worked for Celotex in Lagro for 38 ½  years, retiring in 1999. He was also a member of the Lagro Volunteer Fire Department 46 years, retiring in 2009.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lagro. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He especially enjoyed going places with his family. He enjoyed spending his free time camping, riding his moped, farming with Bob Swan, and pulling garden tractors.

He is survived by his five children, Pam Eltzroth of Wabash, Nancy (Jerry) McColley of Lagro, Brian Eltzroth of Tipton, Bruce Eltzroth and Roger Eltzroth, both of Lagro; four grandchildren, Alicia Lynn Eltzroth of Kokomo, Joshua Alan (Kate) McColley of Wabash, Robert Jay Eltzroth and Joel Andrew McColley, both of Lagro; two great-grandchildren, Jake Charles McColley and Justin Alan McColley, both of Wabash; and his sister, Thelma (John) Brubaker of Bluffton.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Pastor Melissa Rice and the Rev. Rick Borgman officiating. Burial will follow in Lagro Cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, 2-8:00 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorial is the Lagro Volunteer Fire Department.

The memorial guest book for Dick may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Sep 04