Richard Clarence Wools Jr., 78, resident of Middletown, passed away Feb. 23, 2012, at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis.

He was born July 27, 1933, in Brazil, Ind., the son of Richard C. Wools Sr. and Clarabelle Ballenger Wools.

He retired from Guide Lamp of General Motors in 1993 after 30 years of service.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a 50-year member of the Sulphur Springs Masonic Lodge.

He had been an EMT for many years with the Middletown EMS and was involved with a carving club in New Castle.

He was a member of the Upper Fall Creek Church of the Brethren and worked for several years at Best Ever Dairy in Anderson.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sarellen (Stum) Wools; two daughters, Lisa (Hugh) McVicker of Indianapolis and Lorri (Ryan) Jacobs of Anderson; three grandchildren, Brittney McVicker of Indianapolis and Abigail and Zachary Jacobs, both of Anderson; five sisters, Beverly Newcomb (Dan) of Claremore, Okla., Thelma Moreland of Rockledge, Fla., Dian Paaske of Springfield, Ohio, Betty Vass of Anderson and Delores Wools of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, 118 S. Fifth St., Middletown, with the Rev. Marty Ballard of the Yorktown Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery in Middletown.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will include an 8 p.m. Masonic service.

Memorials may be made to Middletown EMS, Community Hospitals Cancer Centers or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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