Robert "Wayne" Musselman, 97, departed this life on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at his Noblesville home after a brief illness. He was born on June 29, 1916, to O.C. and Jesse (Males) Musselman in Wayne Township, living his entire life in that area.
One of Wayne's farms is a recognized Hoosier Homestead, having been in the family over 100 years. He was a highly respected and recognized farmer, raising Landou Hogs, Shropshire Sheep, and Shorthorn and Simmental Cattle. Wayne retired in 1985, but continued to advise and share his knowledge of farming for future generations. He was a Dekalb Seed Company dealer for 56 years, receiving much recognition for his corn crops from Hamilton County.
Wayne was one of three who saw a need for fire protection in the area, and started the present Wayne Township Fire Department. He was a member of the State and County Cattle Association, the Masonic Lodge for 75 years (serving twice as Worshipful Master), and a committee member of Farm Fest. His farm was the Cattle Stop on the first Hamilton County Farm Fest.
Wayne served as Deacon for many years at Clarksville Christian Church, and sponsored 4-H and FFA. Aside from farming, he enjoyed hunting in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Brown County. Wayne also raised and trained German Shorthaired Pointers, which were his pride.
Surviving is his wife, of 77 years, Helen (Costomiris) Musselman; six children, Joyce (Harry) Wiggins, Gary (Pam) Musselman, Jean (Ron) Fleming, Pat Overdorf, David Musselman, and Diana Musselman; 24 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Wayne is also survived by his sister, Ruth Teeters; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandsons-in-law, Vic Wainscott and Chad Hittle; infant great-grandson, Riley Simmons; three sisters; and three brothers.
Viewing will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home, 1150 Logan Street, in Noblesville, with a Masonic Lodge Service to begin at 8 p.m. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, at the funeral home, with Ron Goble, nephew of the deceased, officiating. Burial will follow at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne Township Fire Department, 18116 Durbin Road, Noblesville, IN 46060.