ROYAL CENTER — Robert J. Alma, 89, Royal Center, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital, Lafayette.
Born on June 4, 1924, in White County, he was the son of the late William and Stella (Rutherford) Alma. On July 22, 1944, he married Dorothy M. Hoover. She preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 2000.
He was a U.S. Army — Air Corps Veteran serving in WWII.
Robert was a farmer for 60 years. He enjoyed family get-togethers, fishing, traveling, camping and quilting with his late wife Dorothy.
Robert was a member of White Oak United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his sons, Steven D. Alma (Deloris “Lorie”) and Randy D. Alma (Trena “Jeanie”), both of Royal Center; brother, Chuck Alma of Monticello; sister, Ann Horney of Beecher, Ill.; and sisters in law, Frances Hoover of Star City, Elinor Alma of Lebanon, Vicky Alma of Burnettsville and Lottie Alma of Yuma, Ariz. He is also survived by grandchildren, Karrie Barber (Tim) of Logansport, Keith Alma (Ashley) and Doreen Ehler (David), both of Royal Center and Jason Alma of Burnettsville, and great-grandchildren, Courtney Barber, Tyler Barber, Thomas Ehler, Ryand Ehler, Lincoln Alma and Jon Alma.
He was also preceded in death by an infant son; brothers, Roy Alma, John Alma and Ralph Alma; half brother, Louie Hastings; and half sisters, Hazel Ward and Mary Gus.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center chapel, with Pastor Ryan Lewellen officiating. Burial with military rites will be performed in Pro Cemetery, Headlee.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pro Cemetery and/or the American Kidney Foundation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center.
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