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Frank A. Whitacre, 74, of Decatur, passed away at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born on October 21, 1938, in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Frank E. and Rosella H. (Elder) Whitacre.
Frank married Marie L. Tricker on August 4, 1962; she survives in Decatur.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its St. Vincent De Paul Society. He provided counseling services to students at St. Joseph Catholic School and St. Mary’s Social Services. He was a member of the Lions Club. He was the district spokesperson for the Leader Dogs for The Blind. He was the Grand Marshal of the Calathumpian Parade.
Frank served as a city councilman for Decatur from 1983 – 2006. He was an Industrial Arts Teacher for Bellmont High School.
In 1996, he was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. He received the Top Hat Award from St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was also a recipient of the Stephen Decatur Award and the Key to The City.
Among survivors are two sons, Jeffrey J. Whitacre of Seminole, Fla., and Matthew S. (Beth) Whitacre of Zionsville, Ind.; daughter, Kathleen S. (Kent) Koselke of Granger, Ind.; five grandchildren, Justin and Kelton Koselke, Caitlin Whitacre, and Paul and Grace Whitacre; five brothers, Raymond L. Whitacre of Fla., Jim (Debbie) Whitacre of Waldron, Ind., Kenny Craig and Ronnie (Tourchy) Craig, both of Indianapolis, and Don (Gini) Elder of Decatur and Plymouth; and two sisters, Dorene Whitacre and Marlene (Stephen) King, both of Indianapolis.
Visitation will be from 4–8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, with a reciting of the Holy Rosary at 3:15 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church on Thursday, March 7. A private family prayer service will be held prior to the Mass at the funeral home. Officiating will be Fr. David Voors, Fr. Stephen Colchin, and Fr. Glenn Kohrman.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to St. Vincent De Paul Society or Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Online condolences may be made at www.haggardandsefton.com.