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R. Lee Chard

April 3, 1939 ~ February 17, 2022 (age 82)


R. Lee Chard, 82, of Angola, passed peacefully surrounded by his family Thursday, February 17, 2022 at his daughter’s home.  Lee was born April 3, 1939 in Angola, to the late Robert G. Chard and A. Irene (Eatinger) Chard.

Lee graduated from Hamilton High School in 1957 and was in the Indiana National Guard for 6 years. 

Lee married the love of his life, his laker girl, Mary Lou Folk on October 3, 1965 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Defiance, Ohio.  They met during one of her visits to the lake and then he spent three years speeding to Ohio to visit Mary Lou in his 63 Chevy Convertible. Mary Lou passed on June 28, 2018.  They raised their family here in the Angola area.

Lee was a lifetime farmer and had worked at Maxton’s Motors as a mechanic.

Lee was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont.  He enjoyed his Sunday Breakfasts. He was an active member of the Heritage Club.  Lee enjoyed his monthly card club, puzzles in the winter and mowing in the summer.   

He is survived by daughters, Annette Chard of Ft. Wayne, Michelle (Brad) Fincher of Angola and Jennifer Hagerty of Angola; four grandchildren, Emilee Bonifay, Xavier Yankey, Hannah Hagerty and Layla Hagerty; brother, Dale (Ginny) Chard of Angola; and sisters, Jane (Jim) Hunter of Nevada and Janice (Dave) Kirchenbauer of Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 25, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church, 355 IN-120, Fremont with Rev. Jeffrey Teeple officiating. Memorial visitation is 4-7 p.m., Thursday, February 24, 2022 at H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 108 S. West St., Angola. Private family burial will take place in Circle Hill Cemetery. 

Preferred memorials to Peace Lutheran Church, Fremont or the Heritage Club.

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February 24, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home
108 S. West St.
Angola, IN 46703

Funeral Service
February 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Peace Lutheran Church
355 E. State Road 120
Fremont, IN 46737

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