Dean Franklin Eakright, Sr., 84, formerly of rural La Fontaine, Indiana, 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.
He 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, La Fontaine, Cathy Janiszyn, Wabash, Rebecca (Greg) Dome, Pierceton, and Dean (Julie) Eakright, Jr., Wabash; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Esther Eakright; his son, John Eakright; two brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rev. Paul Eakright officiating. Burial will be in South Pleasant Cemetery, rural Silver Lake.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.