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Robert William Macbeth

Monday, September 26, 2011

Robert William Macbeth, 84, lifelong resident of Brazil, passed away at St. Vincent Clay Hospital Sept. 25, 2011.

Bill was born Nov. 3, 1926, the son of Frank A. and Ada Fern (Giltz) Macbeth.

He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1945. While in high school, he played on the football team and was a member of the National Honor Society.

Following high school, he entered Purdue School of Pharmacy in July 1945 and graduated in August 1948.

While at Purdue, he earned a letter and sweater as an intramural athletic manager. He was also a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and was elected to Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity and had been elected to the Purdue Student Senate.

Bill was a life member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge 541 F&AM and the Elks Lodge 762.

Bill married Mary Jo Killion, the daughter of Frank and Tressie Killion, Aug. 29, 1948.

Bill and Mary Jo purchased the National Drug Store at 107 W. National Ave., Brazil, in May 1949, later selling to Lynn Hostetler in August 1970.

Bill worked at the Clay County Health Center from 1970-72. From 19792-77, Bill worked as a pharmacist in five different drug stores, retiring from Hooks Drugs in August 1986. During his retirement, he enjoyed gardening and fishing.

He is preceded in death by his parents, great-grandson Parker William Demaree and cousin Robert Cook.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Jo Macbeth, daughters Kathy Anne Maughmer and husband Tony, West Lafayette, and Jacquelyn Jo Demaree and husband David, Merrillville, Ind., granddaughter Angela Jo Demaree, grandsons Nicolas Robert Maughmer and Craig William (Janelle) Demaree, and great-grandchildren Grant David Demaree and Alexis Jean Demaree.

Services will be at French Funeral Home, Brazil, Sept. 29, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.

Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.