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Born April 20, 1929, in Oldenburg, he was the son of George and Alma Berens Hirt. He graduated from Batesville High School in 1947. He attended Purdue University and then served in the Army during the Korean War. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and a doctorate in veterinary medicine.
In the 1960's, he joined Dr. Irvin Lanning in his veterinary practice at the Greensburg Veterinary Clinic. They later built a second location in Batesville called the Tri County Veterinary Clinic. He was a longtime member of the American Bovine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He served for 26 years on the Decatur County Animal Control Board and received the Friend of the Beef Industry Award in 1994. He proudly received the distinction of Historic Indiana Angus Herd in 2017. This award is given to members who own a herd that has been in continuous production of registered angus cattle for 50 or more years.
He was an avid supporter of 4-H and diligently worked on the Tom Swain Showmanship committee for many years at the Decatur County Fair. He was a bold, passionate man who was a devoted Catholic and loyal friend and family member. Ever curious, he was always seeking new information to expand his knowledge or to help someone else. Rarely still, he always had an idea of how he could do something better or an idea of a gadget that would make life more interesting.
On April 11, 1953, he married Marlene Metzler and started their grand adventure of travel, sacrifice, laughter, tears, births, deaths, education, graduations, people moving in, marriages, stitches and accidents galore, health and grave sickness, dream building and retirement while always together even when discussing "gravy."
He will be greatly missed by his surviving family, which includes two sons and daughter-in-law, David Hirt, Greensburg, and Mark and Carol Hirt, Greensburg; four daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy and Larry McCamment, Greensburg, Mary Jo and Jeff Lee, Greensburg, Susan Lecher, Greensburg, and Lisa and Mike Sigmon, Berryville, Arkansas; sister Barbara Hirt, Brookville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Ruth Metzler, Chicago, Illinois, Richard and Peg Metzler, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Barbara Metzler, Conroe, Texas; grandchildren, Keegan(Katie) McCamment, Kieran(Becky) McCamment, Heather(Scott) Koors, Devin(Katie) Hirt, Sarah Hirt, Dumplin Lecher, Cheyenne Lee, Trevor Lee, Takisha Lee, Kylee Sigmon and Logan Sigmon; great-grandchildren, Nolan McCamment, Nora McCamment, Payton Koors, Victoria Koors, Baby Boy Koors, Presston Saylor and Madyson Saylor; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene; his sisters, Georgene Gillman, Mitzi Seiter and Joan Gillman; and son-in-law, Jerry (Pete) Lecher.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday, March 10, at Porter- Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg, with a rosary being prayed at 2:30 p.m. Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. with Father John Meyer officiating. Burial will be immediately following at St. Mary's Cemetery, Greensburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Decatur County Animal Control, 1635 W. Park Road, Greensburg, IN 47240.
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