Robert C. Watson, 95, Summitville, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, from complications following surgery that was related to a fall at his residence.
He was born on July 26, 1921, in Monroe Township, to Lester and Gladys (Cunningham) Watson. He moved to Summitville in 1936 and graduated from Summitville High school Class of 1939. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946 taking care of wounded veterans at the Army Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He farmed on the same farm for more than 40 years retiring in 1990 then moving back to the same location that he and Velma started their life together on Mill Street in Summitville.
Bob became the unofficial "Mayor" of Summitville. He and Velma were known for their early morning walks around town including a stop at the Circle K to report on their rain gauge reading in the past 24 hours and buy their daily newspaper. He had been a member of the Summitville Baptist Church since 1948 serving in almost every position in almost 70 years of membership. He also belonged to the Alexandria American Legion Bright Post 78. Bob enjoyed working with his hands, especially around his home and yard.
Survivors include his wife, Velma (Dickerson) Watson, whom he married April 4, 1948; son, Tim Watson of Alexandria; daughter-in-law, Karen Watson of Fairmount;
grandson, Josh Watson of Elwood; two stepgranddaughters, Kerriann (Ryan) Rich of Noblesville and Kelli (Jason) Freiman of Chicago; four great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Reginald in 2014; brother, Harold Watson in 2014; and daughter-in-law, Becky Watson in 2015.
Services honoring Bob's life and legacy will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the Summitville Baptist Church, 700 E. Mill St., Summitville, with the Rev. Dennis Roberts and Pastor Alex Beane officiating. Interment with military honors will take place at Vinson Memorial Cemetery in Summitville. Friends are invited to call at the Summitville First Baptist Church on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. or after 1 p.m. on Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Summitville First Baptist Church through the funeral home.
Owens-Noffze Funeral Home in Summitville is handling arrangements on behalf of the Watson family.
Online condolences: owensmemorialservices.com.
Published on April 11, 2017