Donald Earl McCarty, 86, after a long struggle with cancer, went to be with his Lord on Oct. 22, 2018, at Riverview Hospital in Noblesville.

He was born Feb. 27, 1932 to Walter and Nellie (Caraway) McCarty in Adams Township, Hamilton County, Indiana.

In 1950, he graduated from Sheridan High School and married Phyllis Poer in December, 1951. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956.

Mr. McCarty was manager of the Records’ Department at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Company for 35 years. During harvest time, you could find him helping at Waitt Elevator in Westfield, moving grain and cooking for customers and the employees.

He was an active member and preacher for more than 60 years at Gadsden Church of Christ in Lebanon. He was also an avid fisherman and farmer. His claim to fame was playing Santa Claus every year for the Poer family. However, the love of his life was his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his large extended family.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Phyllis; two daughters, Jetta (Steve) Hall and Jodie (Bob) Freeland; five grandchildren, Katie (Anthony) Scott, Amy (Jason) Sanford, Scott Hall, Andrew (Sarah) Freeland and Holly Freeland; seven great-grandchildren, Blake Sanford, Briley Sanford, Maddie Scott, Chase Scott, Nadia Hall, Heidi Freeland and Nigel Freeland.

In addition to his parents, Walter (1949) and Nellie (1972), he was preceded in death by his sisters, Devota (McCarty) Pickett (1990) and Lillian (McCarty) Hiatt (1997).

Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, 2018 at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E 10th St. in Sheridan with Brother Richard Hendricks officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Riverview Health Foundation - Infusion Center, 395 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060.