Emerson L. Liechty, 97, of Indianapolis, formerly of Clay City, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at West Side Retirement Village in Indianapolis.
He was born May 6, 1907, in Clay County, the son of Jesse Liechty and Ida Schiele Liechty. He attended school in Clay City, then graduated in 1925 from Staunton High School.
He was a life-long member of the Clay City Free Methodist Church. He served as the Sunday School superintendent for many years and was very active in the church. On March 21, 1930, he married Bernice Collins Liechty; she survives.
They celebrated 74 years of marriage this past March. He was a life-long farmer in Clay County. He served on many Clay County agriculture organizations.
He is also survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria Liechty Penwell and husband Dr. Marvin Penwell of both Michigan and Florida, and Anita Liechty Ficklin and husband Dr. Fred Ficklin of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Todd Penwell and wife Allyson, Polly Penwell, Amy Ficklin DeBrota and husband Steven and Jonathan Ficklin and wife Kimberly; six great-grandchildren, Krystyana Penwell, Domanic Ficklin, Riley Emerson Ficklin, Grace DeBrota and Elise DeBrota; two sisters, Leora Liechty and Florence Burns, both of Brazil; and many nieces and nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul Liechty; and one sister, Etelka Muncie.
Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Clay City Free Methodist Church, with Pastor David Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Schoppenhorst Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.