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The Decatur Callithumpian Committee has announced the selection of David S. Haggard as the 2013 Callithumpian grand marshal. Each year an individual is selected who has made a significant contribution to the community.
Haggard, a native of Adams County, was born Sept. 16, 1942, to the late Harvey and Barbara (Smith) Haggard. He graduated from Adams Central in 1961, then attended Manchester College for three years and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1966. He served in the United States Air Force.
Haggard joined the Winteregg-Linn Funeral Home in 1974 and became a partner with Elmer “Chalky” Winteregg and Richard Linn, renaming the funeral home Winteregg-Linn and Haggard until both retired. When Gayle Armes joined him as a partner they renamed it Haggard & Armes Funeral Home. Twelve years later, Patrick Sefton joined the firm, renamed Haggard and Sefton Funeral Home. In 2011 Haggard entered into semi-retirement and Ryan Hirschy joined the firm as a partner. The business is now known as Haggard, Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home.
Haggard served as Adams County Coroner from 1984 – 1992. He married Faye (Brock) on Oct. 31, 1970 in Montgomery, Ala. The couple has two children, Matthew of Mechanicville, N.Y. and Sarah (Ryan) Wolfe of Decatur, and three grandsons, David Haggard, Carter and Cooper Wolfe.
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