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Earl Romine passed away peacefully Oct. 19, 2017, at Southwood Rehabilitation Center 10 days after his 98th birthday surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Oct. 9, 1919, in Fairbanks, to Carl and Audra Wilson Romine, and was the brother of Elva Bedwell, Laree Talcott, Lara Borders and Emmitt Romine.
He grew up in Sullivan County and met his future wife, Virginia Huff, at a square dance. They married on Nov. 23, 1941, and together they raised seven daughters: twins, Janet and Janice, Karen, Joyce, Sandy and twins, Leanna and Deanna. They celebrated 69 wonderful years of marriage before Virginia passed away on April 7, 2011.
Earl was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather who loved his family dearly. He enjoyed camping, mowing his yard, coon hunting, horse pulling, farming, gardening and restoring tractors.
Earl was a hard-working man who worked for 22 1/2 years at the Indiana Gas and Chemical Company and retired from J. I. Case in Terre Haute. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was the second oldest living veteran of WW II in Sullivan County. Earl was a past member of the Farmersburg Masonic Lodge.
Earl is survived by five daughters, Janice Malone, Brazil; Karen Sampson, Farmersburg; Sandy Drake (Gregg), Kansas City, Mo.; Leanna Turner (Steve), Terre Haute; and Deanna Romine, DeLand, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Stephanie Henry (TRay), Michael Malone (Kristal), Marc Malone, Chris Sampson, Jeffrey Strain (Diana), Gini Sampson, Chad Turner (Kristen), Alicia Gatz (Mike), Ryan Turner (Angela), Shawn Strain (Shannon), and Kristi Higham (Andy); 21 great-grandchildren, Ashlyn and Kalyn Henry, Tristen and Devon Malone, Tyler and Connor Strain, Ethan Hamblen (Amber), Haley Akers (Colby), Chase and Garrett Nichols, Brayden and Peyton Turner, Mallory and Parker Higham, Carson Turner, Ethan, Lannah, and Kylie Klaasen, Yancy Oakley, and Sierra, Alaina, and Royce Gatz, with another great-great-grandchild due in April 2018; six great-great-grandsons, Wyatt, Warren and Weston Hamblen, Bentley and Brody Akers and Hoyt Hixon; with another great-great-granddaughter due in November 2017. Earl is survived by twin sisters, Laree Talcott and Lara (Norman) Borders of Port Orange, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Huff, Norma Bartlett, Patty (Jay) Taylor and Sharon (Ben) Hamilton; and many nieces and nephews.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife; two daughters, Janet Chatfield and Joyce Strain; four sons-in-law, Don Chatfield, Max Strain, Steve Sampson and Dennis Malone; brother, Emmitt Romine; and his infant twin sister, Earleen Romine.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at DeBaun Springhill Chapel from noon until 3 p.m. with services scheduled at 3 p.m., with Pastor Jeff Blansett officiating. Earl will be laid to rest in Farmersburg Westlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, with his granddaughters serving as honorary pallbearers. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
www.debaunfuneralhomes.com.
Published on October 20, 2017
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