Donald E. Targett, 81, of Clay City, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, in his home.
Born Aug. 11, 1923, in Vigo County, he was the son of Oscar and Elsie Wilson Targett.
He graduated from Brazil High School in 1941 where he participated in football and band. He attended Indiana State University before joining the Army during World War II.
He was a member of the former First Presbyterian Church of Clay City and then attended First Brethren Church in Clay City and was a member of VFW Post 6066 and the American Legion Post 225. He retired from the maintenance department at Hercules in 1988.
Don was inducted into the Army in 1943 and served in the European theater during World War II. he served in four major campaigns and was honorably discharged in December 1945.
He enjoyed woodworking, outdoor activities and being with family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister, Thomas and James Targett and Julia Targett Wells; and a grandson-in-law, Tony D. Hayden.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ellen Schmidt Targett, four children and their spouses, Sue Targett Nowak and husband, Ray, of Des Plaines, Ill., Donna Targett Ream and husband, James, of Coal City, Nancy Targett Apple and husband, Steve, of West Terre Haute and Mike Targett and wife, Darlene, of Clay City; nine grandchildren and their spouses, Debbie Hayden, Doug and Annette Ream, Brian and Shelly Ream, Tim Ream, Jamie and Kirk Smith, Jason Apple and friend, Stephanie De-Schmidt, Chad and Teri Apple, Christopher Targett and Shelby Targett; eight great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Michaela Hayden, Jenna and Callie Ream, Lauren and Kirsten Ream, Kole and Trevor Smith and extended family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, with visitation 5-9 p.m. today. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Envelopes will be available in the funeral home.
Light a candle in his memory at www.schoppenhorst.com.