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LaVern O. Utterback, 89, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Parkview Randallia Hospital in Fort Wayne. LaVern was born Dec. 24, 1927, to Lewis S. and Sylvia (Thompson) Utterback at Darrough Chapel in Kokomo.
He was a 1945 graduate of Union Township High School in rural Greentown. During his life he was a farmer, was employed at Stellite Corp. in Kokomo, was the owner of Utterback's Sundries in Greentown and Lou's Cash and Carry in Marion, and retired from Container Corp. in Wabash. He worked during post-retirement for L&J Wastepaper in Peru.
LaVern married Wanda (Hook) Badgley in Kokomo on Oct. 23, 1968, and she survives along with their daughter, Tamara Lou (Anthony) Spohn, Peru; his first wife, Jeannice Ann (Brown) Jones, whom he married on Feb. 25, 1950, and their children, Cynthia Jane (Alan) Moss, Shelbyville, Daniel Kent Utterback, Kokomo, David Allen (Vicky) Utterback, Columbia City, and Nancy Jo (Mark) Shaw, Anderson; stepchildren, Keith (Patricia) Badgley, Kokomo, Marty (Bonnie) Badgley, Kokomo, Vicky Clark, Lagro, and Babette Afentakis, Treasure Island, Florida; grandchildren, Jeremy (Rachel) Smith, Lindsay (Neil) Smith Hackel, Brad Utterback, Eric (Jerra) Utterback, Stephen Shaw, and Abigail Shaw; stepgrandchildren, Brek, Keith Dean (Kj) and Shawn (Samantha) Badgley, Tonya Bushfield, Keisha Pulverenti, Lana (Tom) Rubow, Keith (Debbie) Clark, Lana Fairchild, Kevin (Kristy) Clark, Kristopher (Adrienne) Clark, Amber (Adam) Weaver, and Peter Austin Afentakis; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his sister, Mary Catherine Phillips, Indianapolis; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
LaVern was preceded in death by his parents; and two grandchildren, Ryan David Utterback and Lisa Ann Utterback.
There will be no formal services.
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Published on June 15, 2017
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