Richard L. Branstetter, 92, formerly of Crawfordsville passed away Thursday morning, Oct. 24, 2019 at the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care in Terre Haute.
Born Jan. 28, 1927, he was the son of Richard Zoy Branstetter and Edith L. Peterson Branstetter.
He graduated from Darlington High School and entered the U. S. Army, working as a surgical technician at several hospitals. He was married to Carolyn May Schultz on Dec. 29, 1951 by Rev. A. L. Vermillion in Jamestown. She passed away June 10, 2013.
Mr. Branstetter worked at R. R. Donnelley for over 40 years, starting as a journeyman bookbinder and retiring as a foreman. He had a passionate creative outlet through woodworking where his self-taught style created incredible furniture and allowed him to show his artistic side. He was also an avid golfer and member of the Crawfordsville Country Club. His memberships also included the First United Methodist Church of Crawfordsville and the Darlington American Legion.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia (Douglas) West of Terre Haute, and Linda Branstetter of Albuquerque, N.M.; granddaughter, Michelle (Matthew) Steele of Lafayette; grandson, Christopher (Melanie Mosher) Teets of Indianapolis; and two step-grandchildren, Kyle West and Alison West, both of Terre Haute.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Max, Marvin and Jack Branstetter, and four sisters, Martha Peebles, Mary Hayes, Joan Vermillion and Joyce Lidikay.
Funeral services with military honors are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Darlington. Family and friends may pay their respects two hours prior to service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, 400 8th Avenue, Terre Haute, IN 47804 or Greenlawn Cemetery, P.O. Box 474, Darlington, IN 47940.