Harold R. Fitch, 90, Tipton, died at 2:22 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at IU Health Tipton Hospital. He was born June 11, 1922, in Cheneyville, Ill., to Clarence Everett and Myrtle (Baity) Fitch. On Jan. 19, 1943, he married Miriam “Peg” Magnett, and she preceded him in death Oct. 3, 1988. On July 16, 1989, he married Martha Webster, and she survives.
Harold retired in 1978 from Continental Steel in Kokomo. He attended Rock Prairie Baptist Church in Tipton. Harold enjoyed visiting flea markets and playing the guitar. He played at nursing homes and churches and just loved “pickin’ and grinnin.’” From 1942 to 1945, Harold served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Sperry in the South Pacific.
Survivors include his wife, Martha, Goldsmith; four children, Ann Hiner and husband Tom, Sheridan, Carolyn Wertz and husband Steve, Goldsmith, Rick Webster, Goldsmith, and Ron Webster and wife Lisa, Russiaville; nine grandchildren, Christina Beck, Lynnette Von Werder and husband Bill, Ronnie Brewer and wife Robin, Rodney Brewer and wife Patti, Natalie West and husband Josh, Jonathon Wertz and wife Maggie, Ryan Webster and wife Rachel, Elijah Webster and Kathryn Webster; 11 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Albert Cooper, Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Letha Rader and Virginia Fulk; one brother, Dorsey Fitch; and one great-granddaughter, Lilly West.
Harold’s funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Rock Prairie Baptist Church, with pastor Kevin Carr presiding. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Prairie Baptist Church, 421 Ash St., Tipton, IN 46072. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.