Robert Veit

Robert “Bob” Lee Veit, 91, of Madison, Indiana and formerly of Deputy, Indiana, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Hickory Creek Healthcare in Madison.

He was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Monroeville, Indiana, to Ernst C. and Hazel Leslie Hodle Veit. He graduated high school and helped his dad farm and had a trucking business. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 20, 1951, in Indianapolis and rose to the rate of corporal serving in 5th Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Grant Heights, Japan; Camp Breckenridge, Kentucky; Fort Carson, Colorado; Camp Atterbury, Indiana; and Fort Lewis and Fort Lawton, Washington. He was honorably discharged Jan. 7, 1954, from Fort Sheridan, Illinois, receiving the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He got married and bought a farm near Deputy in 1954 and lived there until moving to Madison in 2004. During that 50 years, he farmed, had a drive-in restaurant in Deputy, and worked in the natural gas business for 35 years for Indiana Gas that later became Indiana Energy and Vectren. He was a meter reader, foreman of the Distribution Department and district superintendent until his retirement on May 31, 1990, completing several education courses related to the industry. He was a member of the North United Methodist Church in Madison after having earlier been a member of the Deputy United Methodist Church where he had served on various committees. He was a member of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion, the NRA, Case Knife Collector’s Club, the Boy Scout Troop No. 80 in Deputy, was an honorary Kentucky Colonel, and a member of several square dance clubs in Madison, North Vernon, Indiana, and Louisville. He enjoyed hunting, trap and target shooting with his sons and friends, and did some gold panning in the creeks around the Deputy area. He was a “Master Craftsman” at his hobby of tooling leather and tooled many pieces for family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Betty L. Rediger Veit of Madison; a son, Gary Lee Veit of Owensville, Indiana; three grandchildren, Travis Veit, Tamela Veit, and Amanda Veit Cooper; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and and nephews, including a special nephew, Stan Veit, and several great nieces, great nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald R. “Ron” Veit, in January 1993, a grandson, William Robert Veit, in December 1981, and his brother, Paul C. Veit, in November 1993.

Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery near Deputy. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with full military honors to follow at the Pisgah Cemetery conducted by the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pisgah Cemetery Association, Deputy United Metodist Church or North United Methodist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences,