Mr. Harry Wayne Althoff, age 81, of Bear Branch, Indiana, entered this life on November 23, 1932, in Fairview, Indiana, the loving son of the late, Dallas Ward & Rachel Minnie (Rimstidt) Althoff. He was raised in Fairview, Indiana & was a 1950 graduate of Vevay High School. Harry was united in marriage on December 13, 1952, in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Wilma M. Oatman & to this union arrived a son, Alan Wayne to bless their home. Harry & Wilma shared nearly 34 years of marriage together until her death on September 23, 1986. Harry was later united in marriage on March 20, 1987, at the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch, Indiana, to Ethel M. (Lewis) Curry. Harry & Ethel shared 27 loving years of marriage together until his death. In 1954, Harry began a partnership with his father-in-law, Everett Oatman in the Althoff & Oatman Feed Mill in Bear Branch, Indiana. Later, he co-owned & co-operated A & W Milling Inc. in Bear Branch, Indiana, with Howard G. Wiesmann, for 44 years. He co-owned & co-operated the Bear Branch General Store with Everett Oatman & later with Howard G. Wiesmann, from 1952-1964. On August 3, 1968, Harry began serving on the Board of Directors for Southeastern REMC in Osgood, Indiana, where he became Secretary on August 13, 1977 through April 1, 1995 & became President on April 1, 1995 until present. On February 19, 1990 until present, he served on the Board of Directors Hoosier Energy in Bloomington, Indiana. He was formerly a Republican Precinct Committeemen for Pike Township in Ohio County, Indiana, for several years. He was a current Deacon for the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch, Indiana, where he served faithfully for many years. He was a Charter Member of the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department, from 1969 to present, where he was the current Fire Chief. He was a former Reserve Deputy for Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, from 1970-1982. Harry served on the Building Committee for Ohio County Elementary Middle School in Rising Sun, Indiana. He was a member of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association & the Farmers Mutual Aid Society, for 20 years. Harry resided in the Bear Branch Community, since 1952. Harry will be remembered for his love of keeping a meticulous garden & for his love of being a beekeeper. Harry enjoyed farming all of his life in his spare time & raising cattle. Harry will be deeply missed by his family, friends & all who knew him in the communities that he served. Harry passed away at 3:57 pm, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the Baptist East Health Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.
Harry will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 27 years: Ethel M. (Lewis) Althoff of Bear Branch, IN; his son: Alan Wayne Althoff & his wife: Connie of Bear Branch, IN; his step-sons: Rick Curry & his wife: Kim of Moorefield, IN & Bobby Dale Curry of Roseburg, OR; his step-daughter: Mary Jane “Janie” Konkle & her husband: Steven of Vevay, IN; his grandchildren: Tiffany Taylor & her husband: Mitch of Rising Sun, IN, Evan Althoff of Bear Branch, IN, Torrey Curry & his wife: Carrie of Fort Wayne, IN, Tiffany Young & her husband: Brad of Pleasant, IN, Tessia Andrews & her husband: Chris of Moorefield, IN, Alisha Konkle of Lebanon, IN, Jayde Curry of Roseburg, OR, Kayla Konkle of Scottsburg, IN, Morgan Curry of Portland, OR & Kyle Konkle of Vevay, IN; his great-grandchildren: Jaymason, Aliya, Jade, Michael, Matthew, Avery, Owen, Aaron & Kyla; sister: Barbara Dowdy of Vevay, IN; his brother: Carl Althoff & his wife: Sandy of Fairview, IN; his several nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents: Dallas Ward Althoff, died October 28, 1995 & Rachel Minnie (Rimstidt) Althoff, died March 18, 2010; his first wife: Wilma M. (Oatman) Althoff, died September 23, 1986; his brother: Charles Laddie Althoff, died May 26, 2006; his brother-in-laws: William “Bill” Dowdy, died December 6, 2006, Howard G. Wiesmann, died January 17, 2010 & Bob Brown; his sister-in-laws: Donna Althoff, died April 5, 2007, Velma L. Wiesmann, died August 6, 2010 & Pearl Brown.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 1:00 pm, by Pastor Patrick Lanman, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow in the Olive Branch Cemetery, Bear Branch, Indiana.
Friends may call 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043 & 11:00 am – until time of service on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the funeral home.
A Firemen Service will be conducted by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association & the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department on Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department Endowment Fund % Community Foundation of Ohio County. Cards are available at the funeral home.