Basil Calvin Deck

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Basil Calvin Deck, 104, New Market, was called home by his Angel and the Lord at 12:27 a.m. Tuesday, June 24 in the Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle, where he resided.

He was born March 16, 1910, near Alvin, Ill., to John and Anna Jeanetter (Logan) Deck. The youngest of nine children, they migrated to Montgomery County in 1913.

He first married Beatryce Evelyn Keller in 1930. She preceded him in death. In 2001, Basil remarried at the age of 91 to Lois Leatherman. She also preceded him in death.

Basil was employed by Indiana Bell for 30 years as a cable splicer and supervisor, retiring at 60. After retiring, he spent the next 10 years traveling with his wife, Beatryce, until her health began to fail.

He was a 1929 graduate of Crawfordsville High School; was a 75-year member of the Montgomery Masonic Lodge 50; a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis; a 50-year member of the Waveland and Alamo Order of the Eastern Star, having been the Worthy Patron numerous times at Waveland; was a member of the New Market Christian Church where he taught the High Hopes Adult Sunday School Class.

His hobbies were farming; making rag rugs; visiting with family and friends; and just sitting and enjoying the view from his home.

He is survived by his sons, Roger (Cristine) Deck, Coatesville, and Allen Deck, Indianapolis. Also surviving are grandchildren Jeff (Lisa) Deck, Greensburg; Christian (Claire) Deck, Indianapolis; Daryl Deck, Phoenix, Ariz.; Anita Miller, Avon; step-grandson Joshua Copper, Peoria, Ill.; great-grandchildren Baron Deck and Kari Deck, both of Greensburg; J D Miller and Kaleigh Miller, both of Avon; stepson Gary (Janet) Leatherman, Bellmore; three step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents; a set of boys that were stillborn; sisters Bertha Bollman, Verna Wier, Leona Caldwell and Lenora Sims, and brothers Marion and Elmer Deck.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 in the New Market Christian Church, 300 S. Third St., with Rev. Dorman Winger officiating.

Friends may call on Friday, June 27 from 4-8 p.m. at the church, where Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill South Cemetery, Crawfordsville.

Memorials may be made to the New Market Christian Church, P.O. Box 356, New Market, IN 47965.

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