Harry Richard DeCroes, 77, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 56 years and his family.
Richard was born and raised in Lebanon, Indiana and was the son of the late Harry and Dorothy DeCroes.
At age 16, he supervised his own hay baling crew. He actively participated in FFA and was a ten year pin recipient in 4-H. Richard had a fond memory of raising a prize Heifer. Before his marriage, he was the top mineral champion as a salesman for Moorman Feed Company.
Richard graduated from Lebanon High School in 1959. He attended both Purdue and Ball State University and volunteered for the U.S. Army. After an honorable discharge, he continued to serve his country working at Fort Harrison as a civilian where he was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award. He assisted purchasing the security for the Pan Am games held in Indianapolis in 1987. After retiring from Fort Harrison, he enjoyed working as substitute teaching as well as in retail sales.
He loved God and Jesus; he often prayed for others. He enjoyed meeting people and had never met a stranger. Richard's favorite hobby was reading. He especially enjoyed reading about presidents, the civil war, and unusual facts.
Survivors include his wife, Rosa DeCroes who he was married to for 56 years; son, Rick DeCroes; daughter, Robin DeCroes; sister, Jerri DeCroes; two grandchildren, Jacob DeCroes and Holly Hemmerlein; three great grandchildren; and nephews and a niece.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Jones, and two nieces.
Private family funeral services will be held at Myers Mortuary in Lebanon. Interment with military rites will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to the Disabled Americans Veterans or a charity of donor's choice. Online condolences: www.myersmortuary.com
Published on January 30, 2018