Harold Richard Megenhardt I, 85 of Clinton, formerly of Center Point passed away November 22, 2005, at Meadows Manor East. He was born February 11, 1920, in Staunton the son of Renos Megenhardt and Erma Ethel Wells Megenhardt. As a young child the family moved to the Center Point area. He graduated from Ashboro High School, Class of 1938. In 1940 he married Frieda Lucille Rollings Megenhardt. He served his country in the U.S. Marines Corp. After military service he worked on the family farm and in local coal mines. He and Frieda moved to Muncie where he began working in a dairy. They moved back to the Center Point farm in the early 1950s and he worked for Model Dairy. He moved to Terre Haute in 1959 and he was a milk delivery man for 25 years. In 1970 he started the Megenhardt Sale Barn located on S.R. 46 in Terre Haute. He owned and operated the business until 1995 after his wife, Frieda, passed away. He enjoyed his years as auctioneer and he was known to many in the Wabash Valley as "Colonel Dick" the auctioneer. His other important role in his life-time was that of "Grandpa."
He is survived by his wife Shirley Megenhardt, whom he married December 28, 1999; his daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl "Sherry" Lucille and Larry Martin I of Columbus, IN; one son and daughter-in-law, Harold Richard Megenhardt II "Rick" and Tammy of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Larry "Tig" Martin II and wife Gina, Harold Richard Megenhardt III "Rich" and wife Nikki of Terre Haute; four great-grandchildren, Larry K. Martin III, Suzannah Danille Martin, Ciara Michelle Miller and Harold Richard Megenhardt IV "Richie"; stepchildren, Brenda Jacks and husband, Keith, and Chuck Procarione and wife, Catherine; step-grandchildren, A.J. and Beth Procarione, Adam and Brandy Wood, and Courtney and Austin Jacks all of Clinton; two sisters, Peggy Latham and Dortha "Dot" Urbain, and one brother Bill Megenhardt and wife, Nancy, one brother-in-law, Wilbur Killion all of Clay County; many nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Frieda Megenhardt, one granddaughter, Dawn Eschelle "Shelly" Martin, three sisters, Elizabeth Jenkins, Libby Megenhardt and Mary Jane Killion; two brothers, Rex Megenhardt, and Ray Megenhardt.
Services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at French Funeral Home with Rev. Myron James officiating. Burial will follow at Center Point Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and again Sunday from 12-2. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.