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Bobby R. Killen Sr., 76, of Decatur, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
He was born on Monday, March 16, 1936, in Pound, Va., the son of the late Wesley and Bertha (Vanover) Killen.
He married Betsy Smith on March 18, 1972, in Jenkins, Ky.
Bobby formerly attended the Common Ground Church in Decatur. He enjoyed classic and antique cars. He was employed by the Penn Central Railroad as a conductor prior to starting Killen Well Drilling in Adams County, which operated for 50 years.
Among survivors are his wife, Betsy Killen of Decatur; daughter Patricia (Barry) Peterson of Fort Wayne; son Bobby (Diana) Killen Jr, of Texas; daughter Elana (Gary) Serres of Columbia City; daughter Patsy (Walter) Hobbs of Fort Wayne; son Tony (Monika) Killen of Schweinfurt, Germany; son Bill (Angie) Killen of Fort Wayne; daughter Beth (Wayne) Wolf of Monroe; sister Shirley (Earle) Futrell, of Clarksville, Tenn.; sister Barb (Don) Randall of Arizona; sister Donna Sue (Marvin) Mead of Avon, Indiana; 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received from 1-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, in Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Bridge Community Church, with Pastor Mo Hodge and Brother Gene Branscomb officiating.
Burial will follow in the Stahl Cemetery in rural Petroleum, Indiana.
Preferred memorials are to American Kidney Foundation or Family LifeCare.