Roy Eugene “Rick” VanMeter

May 8, 1953- July 26, 2021

Roy Eugene “Rick” VanMeter, 68, of Bedford, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, at his home.

Born May 8, 1953, in Mitchell, he was the son of Margaret VanMeter.  He married Renata Lynn Hoggatt on December 16, 1983, and she preceded him in death on July 18, 2020.

Rick retired from the military with 27 ½ years of service.  He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of the Indiana National Guard.  He drove the tank that sits in front of the Bedford Armory from Camp Atterbury, or so that’s what the family was told.  Rick was inducted into Hoosier Heroes and Heroines.  After retirement, he worked auctions for Kinser and Robinson.

He spent a lot of time with Toys for Tots and was very active in community service.  He liked fishing and took a lot of pride in his lawn.

Survivors include his children, Jamie Chastain of Paoli, Terri Keith of Bedford, Christy Falco of Bedford, Chad (Britni) Falco of Mitchell; grandchildren, Justin (Danielle) Chastain, Aaron (Kayleigh) Chastain, Jessa (Brian) Sorrells, Jackie (Carol) Keith, Trisha Keith, Jeremy Vaught, Breanna (Mason) Zepeda, John William Cooper III, Reilly “Pumpkin” Cooper, Shane VanMeter, Lea (Bobby), Philpott, Nathaniel Busch, Eli Glasgow, and Brendon Glasgow; great-grandchildren, Joslynn Chastain, Johanna Chastain, Madison Chastain, Makenna Chastain, Camden Davis, A’leila Chastain, Addaleigh Chastain, Arraleigh Chastain, Jaylynn Allender, Brileigh Sorrells, Emily Sorrells, William Sorrells, Blake Philpott, Zoey Philpott, Savannah Philpott, Ryden Francis, Cody, Keith, Marislynn Keith, Maverick Keith, Jensley Keith, and Jackson Pemberton; siblings, Ralph “Butch” VanMeter of Bedford, Donna Hill of Michigan, Beth Parks of Scottsburg, Marla Salazar of Mitchell

His mother; wife; daughter, Kelly VanMeter; grandsons, Christopher Chastain and Cody Keith; great-granddaughter, McKayla Chastain; and siblings, Charles “Mike” VanMeter and Melissa Overstreet and best friend, Dobie, his dog,  preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Military honors will be accorded by the Indiana National Guard and American Legion Post No. 250. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

The family requests that masks be worn.

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