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ANDERSON [mdash] Richard Ad Abel, 93, of Anderson passed into his next life on Dec. 15, 2017.
Dick, as he was known to most people, owned several businesses around Anderson, including: Abel's Sportman's Bar and Melcher's in North Anderson; the Corner Tavern that used to sit on the point at Ohio Avenue and Columbus Avenue; the Number 1 beverage company that was on Pearl Street and other establishments.
Dick loved to play golf and had many friends with whom he traveled to play in other states.
When he was young he would go hunting and fishing with his family, mother, brothers and nephews.
He was a veteran of World War II serving as a torpedoman in the Navy Submarine Division.
Before he left for the war, he had been recruited for a professional baseball team, but instead enlisted for the Navy.
As a young father he coached baseball at Shadyside Park with Bob Rees, his best friend. He coached minor and major league baseball for Naval Reserve and Local 663.
Playing cards was one of Dick's favorite pastimes. He loved to play pinochle, canasta, hearts and poker. Many hours were spent playing with Virg and Bob Rees and Sue and Steve Skinner.
Dick was a quiet but strong man who loved his family and friends and for whom family always came first.
Dick was preceded to his next life by his wife, Phyllis Marie Frazier Abel; his mother and father; brothers, Henry and Lawrence "Red" Abel; and sister, Irene Wilson.
He is survived by his children, Suzanne (Stephen) Skinner, Patrick (Dee) Abel and Tony (Julie) Abel; his grandchildren, Kristy Newcomer, Laura Farmer, Sarah Abel, Ben Abel and Matthew Abel; a special great-granddaughter who helped care for him, Brigette Farmer, Danielle Farmer, Levi Bragg, Kelsey and Meghan Newcomer; and a special nephew, Joe (Dee) Abel. He is also survived by his great-great-grandchildren, Sophie, Camden, Emily and Kristin.
Dick donated his body to IU medical center so a funeral is not planned.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published on January 29, 2018
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