Earl W. “Lucky” Giddings, 85, of Greenfield, passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Greenfield. Lucky was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Decatur County, Ind., to the late Thomas and Minnie (Mantooth) Giddings. He served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan and Hawaii.
He married Mildred (Hodapp) on July 17, 1955. Together they made their home in Greenfield where Lucky was the owner and operator of Lucky’s Equipment for 40 years prior to retiring in 2007.
Prior to owning Lucky's Equipment he worked for Macallister Machinery where his nickname "Lucky" evolved and stuck for 50 plus years.
Lucky was one of the several individuals that started with the Rescue/Fire Unit in Greenfield. He was very proud to be a part of this team. The guys from the station were truly a family. He loved his annual fishing trips with friends and grandsons to Canada for 30 years. He loved his horses and for many years was the” Headless Horseman” at Conner Prairie. He would ride whenever possible and enjoyed trail rides in Brown County. When he wasn't working, Lucky was usually trailed by one or more grandsons.
Known by Lucky to many, but to his children he was Dad. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He taught his children and grandchildren patience, kindness, work ethic, humor and love. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred of Greenfield; children, Steve Giddings, Sheila Roland both of Greenfield and Sharon (Tom) Fisher of Lafayette; honorary "brother", Billy Giddings of Charlottesville; brothers, Morris Thomas, Marvin, Jimmy and sister, Willa May Knarr all of Greensburg.
He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Susan Wilson; grandson, Kit Snyder and sister, Wilma K. Wright.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at Stillinger FamilyFuneral Home, Pasco Chapel, 1780 W. Main Street, Greenfield, IN. 46140. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at the funeral home with burial and military rites provided by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard immediately following.
Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Lucky Giddings 4-H Scholarship Fund, C/O Greenfield Banking Company, 1920 No. State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.
Online condolences may be shared at www.stillingerfamily.com.