Michael S. Veach, 52
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Michael S. Veach, 52, of Lafayette, died Saturday morning, September 29, 2012, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Born December 20, 1959, in Logansport, he was the son of Glen and Karen (Calloway) Veach, of Ft. Myers, Fla. Michael was a 1980 graduate of Harrison High School. He was married for 20 years to Sandra Oteham before they were divorced, and she lives in Lafayette.
Michael worked for 30 years for the Norfolk and Southern Railroad as a welder and with the Maintenance of Way Dept., which takes care of the roadbeds, rails, and crossings. He retired from the railroad due to health.
He was a member of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church, the Lafayette Cruiser's Car Club, and the Lafayette Model Club. Michael enjoyed showing his car at area car shows, a Chrysler Newport Convertible he called "Big Red". In addition, Michael enjoyed watching and attending NASCAR races and supporting driver Casey Kahne, car No. 5. He also collected antiques, going to auctions and flea markets, supporting Purdue sports, especially men's and women's basketball. But most important, Michael loved spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving with his parents, Glen and Karen Veach, are his special companion with whom he made his home, Jackie Hicks; a son, Mark A. Veach (wife: Amanda), of Lafayette; a daughter, Rachel D. DeSonie (husband: Chad), of Richmond; and a brother, James J. Veach (wife: Kathy), of Moberly, Mo.
Michael is also survived by his two grandsons, Klayton C. Veach and Ethan A. DeSonie, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his companion, Jackie's three sons, John Broady, of Mulberry, Zachery and Christopher Hicks, both of Lafayette.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
Published in the Journal & Courier on Oct. 2, 2012