Stanley M. “Stan” Custer, 92, Milford, passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at his home. He was born on Aug. 30, 1926, in Rankin, Ill. to John and Lillian (Baumgartner) Custer.
He attended Millersburg High School and lived most of his life in the Milford area. He was married to his wife of 72 years, Phyllis Maxine Evans, on Nov. 17, 1946, in Milford, and she survives. He left school early to start his own business and worked hard to save enough money to purchase his own milk route. He was a self-employed drainage contractor and later in life he engineered, constructed, and operated Big Boulder Golf Course in Milford and Little Bighorn Golf Course in Warsaw.
He was member of the Christian Church in Milford, where he served as deacon, elder, and trustee. He unselfishly assisted in a major building project for the church and was a former member of the Kiwanis Club in Milford. He enjoyed fishing, golf, euchre, family, friends, and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Custer, Milford; three sons: Darrell Ray (Mabel) Custer of Milford, Dale Gene (Peg) Custer of Milford, and Dwight “Ike” Custer of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; six grandchildren: Kelly (Mark) McCormack, Derek (Brenda) Custer, Leslie (Nate) Conley, Adam (Marissa) Custer, Clint Custer, and Andrew (Alyssa) Custer; ten great grandchildren: Austin, Cohen, Brooks, Casen, Dominoe, Zideon, and Xzariya Custer, Ella and Jacob Conley, and Beckam McCormack
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters: Dorthea Elder, Snowden “Joan” Dierks, and Charlotte “Schotzie” Cooper, and two brothers: Raymond & Myrtus Custer.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Owen Family Funeral Home, 1001 S. Huntington St., Syracuse, and one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, at the Christian Church, 201 N. Henry St., Milford, IN with Pastor Rick Brouillette officiating. Private family burial will take place in the Leesburg Cemetery at a later date.
Preferred memorials may be given to the Christian Church, 201 N. Henry St., Milford, IN 46542. To send condolences to the family in memory of Stanly Custer, please visit www.owenfamilyfuneralhome.com