Maurice E. Teeple

    Maurice E. “Maury” Teeple, 88, Decatur, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    He was born June 25, 1925, in Decatur to the late Fred E. and Iva A. (Barrone) Teeple. He married Mary L. Whitaker Jan. 26, 1946; she died Aug. 24, 1994.
    He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where he served on most of the various boards. He faithfully served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post 43. Maury worked for G.E. in Decatur and the Decatur Police Department. He was the owner and operator of Decatur Blue Flame, and retired from First State Bank in 1984.
    Maury was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge 571 F. and A.M. for more than 50 years. He was also a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne and the Mizpah Shrine. He was the last living charter member of the Decatur Optimist Club, where he served as the president, secretary, treasurer and lieutenant governor for the district. He was a retired volunteer firefighter in Decatur for 52 years.
    He is survived by a son, Gary E. (Joyce) Teeple of Decatur; three daughters, Cheryl (William) Bowers of Monroeville, Sonya (Joe) Myers of Hamilton and Julie (Chris) Blauvelt of Monroeville; a brother, James (Clara Lou) Teeple of Monroe; 14 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by three step-brothers, Jack, Jim and Bill Hunter; and a great-grandson, Ethan Teeple.
    Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church Monday, with calling oner hour prior the service. Reverend Phil Emerson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Decatur Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the America Legion Post 43 Color Guard.
    Visitation will be from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday at Haggard-Sefton and Hirschy Funeral Home, with a Masonic Service at 5 p.m., followed by an Optimist Memorial Service and a walk through by the Decatur Fire Department.
    In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials are to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church or Riley Children’s Hospital.
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