LaVern O. Utterback, 89

LaVern O. Utterback, 89, passed away at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

LaVern was born on Dec. 24, 1927, to Lewis S. and Sylvia (Thompson) Utterback at Darrough Chapel in Kokomo.  He was a 1945 graduate of Union Township High School in rural Greentown.  During his life he was a farmer, was employed at Stellite Corporation in Kokomo, was the owner of Utterback’s Sundries in Greentown and Lou’s Cash and Carry in Marion, and retired from Container Corporation in Wabash.  He worked during post-retirement for L&J Wastepaper in Peru.

LaVern married Wanda (Hook) Badgley in Kokomo on Oct. 23, 1968, and she survives along with their daughter, Tamara Lou (Anthony) Spohn of Peru.  Also surviving are his first wife, Jeannice Ann (Brown) Jones, whom he married on Feb. 25, 1950, and their children, Cynthia Jane (Alan) Moss of Shelbyville, Daniel Kent Utterback of Kokomo, David Allen (Vicky) Utterback of Columbia City, and Nancy Jo (Mark) Shaw of Anderson, step-children Keith (Patricia) Badgley of Kokomo, Marty (Bonnie) Badgley of Kokomo, Vicky Clark of Lagro, and Babette Afentakis of Treasure Island, Fla.

Surviving grandchildren are Jeremy (Rachel) Smith, Lindsay (Neil) Smith Hackel, Brad Utterback, Eric (Jerra) Utterback, Stephen Shaw, and Abigail Shaw.  Step-grandchildren are Brek, Keith Dean (Kj), and Shawn (Samantha) Badgley, Tonya Bushfield, Keisha Pulverenti, Lana (Tom) Rubow, Keith (Debbie) Clark, Lana Fairchild, Kevin (Kristy) Clark, Kristopher (Adrienne) Clark, Amber (Adam) Weaver, and Peter Austin Afentakis.  Also surviving are 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

LaVern is also survived by his sister, Mary Catherine Phillips of Indianapolis, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

LaVern is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Ryan David Utterback and Lisa Ann Utterback.

There will be no formal services.

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Posted on 2017 Jun 13