Carl Acton


Mr. Carl Acton, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at his home in Cortland, Indiana, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 17, 1934, to Thornton and Verna Otte Acton. He married Lila “Lee” Milliner at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Waymansville on September 2, 1955.

Carl graduated from Cortland High School and served in the US Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Tawawa in Boston and the USS Monterey in Pensicola. After serving his country, he went to work at Arvins, then at Thompson’s Dairy, where he retired. He was not one to stay idle so he went to work for Howard Wente Builders and did some self-employed work as a contractor. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and confirmed and baptized there. He played dart ball for Waymansville and Borchers churches. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing euchre and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was very close with all 200 plus family members and his absence will leave a great void in their lives. The world is a better or worse place with everyone in it and we know for sure it was a better world with Carl in it! He was a kind, loving and gentle man who loved God and the life he was given through Him.

Mr. Acton is survived by his wife of 61 years, “Lee”; three daughters, Cathy (Tony) Schafstall, Brenda (George) James and Edith (Norman) Otte; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Brandy) Schafstall, Cassie (Ben) Fox, Lacey (Josh) Lanam, Nicholas and Cassandra Walker and Jacob (Rachel), Adam and Preston Otte; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Brooke Schafstall, Eli, Cali and Emmi Fox, Luke, Oliver and Liza Lanam, Braeden, Carlee and Gracie Walker, Krystalynn Ritz, Owen Tormoehlen and Lily and Bryson Otte. Also surviving are his siblings, Don (Dottie) Acton, Irvin (Carolyn) Acton, Wendell (Gale) Acton, Donna Griffith, Alberta (Rick) Schafstall and Harrell (Judy) Acton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Theodore, Ronnie Dale and Charles Acton; and sisters, Beulah Tatlock and Elsie Spurgeon.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Waymansville with the Reverend John Beabout officiating. Burial will be at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside honors by the V.F.W. Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, DAV, Korean and Vietnam Veterans of Seymour.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Voss Chapel and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Memorial checks may be written to St. Peter Lutheran Church, the American Heart Association or the American Kidney Association.

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