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Clarence E. Fike

Clarence E. Fike, 89, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Franklin United Methodist Community in Franklin. He was a former resident of Bargersville.

He was born in Indianapolis on April 2, 1925, to Clarence and Mattie Fike.

He married Betty Jean Edwards on June 29, 1946. She preceded him in death March 19, 2012.

He also was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Gary; and his sister, Agatha.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Cripe (Dennis) of Franklin and Pam Clark (Bill) of Plainfield; grandchildren, Ryan Cripe (Erin) of Greenwood, Mark Lambirth (Jennifer) of Indianapolis, Aaron Cripe (Lacy) of Fort Wayne and Danielle Clark of Plainfield; and eight great-grandchildren.

Clarence graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS Monterey aircraft carrier.

After the war, he and his father owned and operated an auto body shop for 25 years.

Clarence was justice of the peace for two terms in Brownsburg.

He worked as an auctioneer for two years and joined Farm Bureau Insurance in 1973. He was with Farm Bureau for 15 years, retiring in 1988.

Clarence and his wife, Betty, were both pilots and loved to travel.

He was a woodworker and spent many hours with his son making furniture.

He was a Mason and past master of the Ancient Landmark Lodge.

Clarence was a member of First Christian Church, 2717 S. Morgantown Road, Morgantown, where the Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. A private service for the family will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

Arrangements were entrusted to Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory.

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