(Frank) Alan Watson, 95, passed away on January 31, 2020, at Cobblestone Crossing in Terre Haute. He was born at home in Prairie Creek, Indiana, on June 21, 1924, to Wallace and Azeline (Ring) Watson.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a bomber pilot, flying 34 combat missions over occupied Italy and Austria. After the war he married Amy Fick of West Terre Haute on May 10, 1947, and opened a commercial flight business in St. Louis, Missouri.
After his father’s heart attack in 1950, Alan had to set aside his beloved aviation business to work on the family farm. He continued to farm for 61 years, retiring in 2011 at the age of 87.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of almost 73 years, Amy; a son, Dan (and Lonna) of Terre Haute; a daughter, Paula McHenry (and Walter), also of Terre Haute; and grandchildren Nathan Watson of Indianapolis, Indiana; Matthew (and Kara) Watson of Virginia, Illinois; Rachel (and Eric) Brynsvold of Austin, Texas; and Daniel McHenry of Battle Creek, Michigan.
Alan loved farming, his family, and the Lord above all else. He was a kind and hard-working man who was respected by all who knew him and was loved dearly by his family. He embodied the essence of members of the Greatest Generation, who rendered service uncomplainingly to their families and their country.
The funeral service will take place on Friday, February 7, at 1:30 at First Baptist Church in Prairie Creek, Indiana, followed by military honors. He will be buried in West Lawn Cemetery west of Prairie Creek. Visitation will be at the church from 12:00 until the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Prairie Creek. Online condolences may be made to www.debaunfuneralhomes.com.
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