Eric Huntington

Eric Randall Huntington, 71, of Versailles, Indiana, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.

He was born Oct. 12, 1948, in Milan, Indiana, to Russell George “Ping” Sr. and Emma Elizabeth Whisman Huntington. He was raised in Friendship, Indiana, and was a 1967 graduate of South Ripley High School. After graduation, he worked at Anchor Glass and later joined the U.S. Navy on April 12, 1968, completing basic training in Great Lakes Illinois, rising to the rate of Fireman Apprentice and spending two years in San Diego. He was honorably discharged Jan. 5, 1970, at the Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, receiving the National Defense Service Medal. He transferred to the Reserves and was discharged on April 11, 1974, at Great Lakes, Illinois.

He worked 30 years for Cummins engine company in Columbus, Indiana, and their sister company, Holset in Madison, Indiana, until he retired in 2002. After retirement he enjoyed painting with Beth and Barney Adams Construction in Versailles. He loved cars, notably his 1970 LS6 454 Chevelle which he restored alongside his friends and family. He finished it in 1982 and loved driving it to car shows and cruises around the area and even won Sensational 70 at the 2004 Goodguys Event in Charlotte, North Carolina. He enjoyed restoring classic cars, attending and racing at the drag strip, attending car shows and cruise-ins and classic rock but most of all he loved spending time picking on and harassing his family and friends. He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and Brown Township American Legion Post No 247 in Friendship. His last act of kindness was helping nearly 150 people by being an organ donor.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Belinda Sue Hunt Huntington of Versailles; his daughters, Angela “Angie” Stowasser of Sunman, Indiana and Erin Williams of Vevay, Indiana; his brother, Russell George “Bud” Huntington Jr. of Versailles; and three grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jeanette Huntington Thayer, on Jan.11, 2020.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Interment will be private at a later date in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.

A final salute with military honors will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church by Brown Township American Legion Post No. 247.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship or Dillsboro volunteer fire departments or the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover or at the church. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com