ATTICA - Richard "Dick" Wheeler Estes, 84, Attica, passed away at the Woodland Manor Nursing Center, Attica, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at 12:00 a.m.
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Dick was born in Fowler, on Aug. 25, 1929. He was the son of the late Arch Wheeler and Maude Belle (Gregory) Estes. He was raised and educated in Benton County, graduating from Freeland Park High School in 1947. Dick worked at Harrison Steel Castings Company in Attica for 37 years, retiring in April of 1998. While working at Harrison Steel he was in quality control working as a radiographer.
Dick served in the Indiana National Guard. He was a member of the Attica Free Methodist Church. He was an avid Indiana University sports fan and enjoyed reading.
Dick first married Anna Jean (Oakley) Haynes on July 9, 1960 in Attica. She preceded him in death on Sept. 16, 1982. On March 13, 1989, Dick married Cleata Isabelle (Hancock) Holtkamp in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Isabelle preceded him in death on December 23, 2008.
Dick leaves behind six children: Jerry (Margie) Cripe, Indianapolis; Greg (Tess) Estes, San Diego, Calif.; Steve (Kris) Estes, Attica; Troy (Maria) Estes, Colfax; Vickie (Mike) Switzer, Rockville, and Keith (Sissy) Haynes, West Lafayette; four step children, Larry Halverson, Tampa, Fla.; Rick (Jackie) Holtkamp and Ron Holtkamp, both of Attica; Debbie (Corey) Rooks, Calif.; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a brother-in-law, Edgar Minier, Boswell. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathie Haynes and two sisters, Athene Giulie and Hazel Minier.
Services were held at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Sept. 28 with Pastor Jerry Badgley officiating. Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery, Attica.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Attica Free Methodist Church.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Oct. 3 to Nov. 1, 2013