Earl Raymond Etter, 78, West Lafayette, passed away Wednesday evening, Jan. 30, 2013, in the Country Lawn Nursing Home, Navarre.
Earl was born in Newcomerstown on April 17, 1934, a son of the late Charles W. Etter, who died in 1991, and the late Helen M. Shryock Etter, who died in 2002.
He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1953. Earl then enlisted in the National Guard in 1953 and was then transferred to the Army, serving with the 30th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash. He returned to civilian life in 1958 and began working with the railroad, where he served as a railroad conductor with the N&S Railroad for 36 years before his retirement in 1990. Earl then began working as a security officer with the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital for several years.
He was a member of the Thomas Montgomery Post 431, Newcomerstown American Legion and also was a member of the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard for many years. Earl was a member of the Isleta Church of Christ, the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau, and was a life member of the BPOE 1555, Newcomerstown Elks Lodge, where he served as past exalted ruler, district deputy, and as a member of the past district director advisory board.
Earl was also a member of the Newcomerstown Lone Star Masonic Lodge 175, F&AM. He began his Masonic career with the Cyprus Lodge, Strasburg, where he was a past master, and also belonged to the Scottish Rite Valley of Canton. Earl was active with the CC&S Railway Club and belonged to the
National Association of Retired Veteran Railway Employees (N.A.R.V.R.E.). He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, collecting and hunting arrowheads, and spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his brother, Reuben M. Etter of Newcomerstown, who died earlier this year; and two brothers-in-law,
Dan E. Kurtz of New Philadelphia and L. Thomas Hart of Newcomerstown.
Earl is survived by his wife, Sandra J. "Sandy" Treasure Etter, West Lafayette, whom he married on Sept. 14, 1956. Also surviving are a daughter and two sons,
Lisa K. (David M.) Booth of Newcomerstown, Brian K. (Jody L.) Etter of Pataskala, and Scott A. (Lori A.) Etter of Chambersburg, Pa.; four grandchildren, Lindsay K. (Dr. Richard) Limperos of Medina, Derek M. Booth, a student at the Ohio State University, Adam C. (Sheea) Etter of Chambersburg, Pa., and
Tyler R. Etter, a student at Kent State University; two sisters, Dodie F. Kurtz of Dover and Evelyn I. Hart of Newcomerstown; a sister-in-law, Dorretta Etter of
Newcomerstown; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services to celebrate Earl's life will be held on Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Evangelist Charles E. Grubbs Jr. will conduct the services.
Burial will follow at the Waggoner Cemetery, Oxford Township, Coshocton County, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard will conduct grave side services. Masonic services also took place at the funeral home.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Earl's name to an individual's favorite charity.