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Stanley "Stan" W. Watts

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Stanley "Stan" W. Watts, 90, Columbus, Ind., retired Purdue University Cooperation Extension Educator, died at 6:05 a.m., Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Four Seasons Health Care Center, Columbus.

He was born Oct. 29, 1918, in Waddy, Ky., to Walter B. and Maude W. Watts.

Just two years later, the family moved to Clark County, Ind. There, Stanley was active in 4-H and rural youth and graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1936.

He received a B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Science) from Purdue University in 1942 and began active duty in the U.S. Navy upon graduation.

He attained the rank of Lieutenant, serving in the Pacific on two mine sweepers. In 1943, Stan married Laura Frances Ray of Greenwood and they began their 66 years of married life.

Following World War II, Stan began his Cooperative Extensive Service career in Rush County and then in Union County.

He taught VeteransVocational Agriculture, worked for Swift and Company and was owner/manager of Crescent Mills in Crothersville.

He returned to Clark County in 1963. He continued his extension career in Spencer, Bartholomew and Clay counties in community development and agriculture, retiring in 1984.

Stan and Laura returned to Columbus after his retirement and enjoyed travels throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Stan also served as coordinator and trainer for the AARP 55 Alive adult driving program.

Before moving to Four Seasons Retirement Center in 2006, Stan was active in community and professional organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, AARP, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Leadership of Bartholomew County, American Legion, Columbus Antique Club and Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association. Stan was a member of First United Methodist Church, Columbus.

He was a lifelong Purdue Boilermaker fan.

He is survived by his wife Lauraa, children Kitty (Ken) Watts Morris, Lafayette, Annie (Dick) Watts Clones, Roachdale, Dave (Sandy) Watts, Columbus, Jean (Dale) Watts Morris, Noblesville, and Deborah Watts Ross, West Chester, Ohio, brother Robert (Virginia) Watts, Crothersville, grandchildren Emalee (Bill) Havel, Maple Grove, Minn., Katie (Aaron) Bradshaw, Indianapolis, Jennifer (Sean) Barrie, Washington, D.C., Michael Watts, Indianapolis, Jaymie Morris, Pasadena, Calif., and Josh (Angie) Morris, Indianapolis, and great-grandchildren Will, Sam and Zach Havel, Maple Grove, Minn.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law Roger Ross.

Services will take place at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, at Four Seasons Chapel, 1901 Taylor Rd., Columbus, with Revs. John Erickson and Brian Campbell officiating. Burial will take place at Garland Brook Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until time of services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Hathaway-Myers Chapel, 1022 Pearl St., Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be directed through the funeral home to the Watts Family Scholarship: Consumer and Family Sciences of Purdue University, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.mem.com.