Harold Deplodicus, 88NUVO staff
Harold Deplodicus died recently, and in his passing, exhibited the courage and steadfastness that marked his entire life. Born in Fishers to a farming family, Deplodicus toiled throughout his childhood, balancing farm chores with an almost insatiable zest for learning.
That zest buoyed him as he went on to matriculate at Purdue University, being one of the first graduates in their agricultural engineering degree program. He moved back to the family farm and carried on the fine tradition of his forefathers. He married Harriet Studevant, his longtime neighbor, and she bore him seven children, all of whom, except for one, went to Purdue to gain degrees pertaining to agriculture. The one exception, my eldest son Harold Jr., never made much of himself, deciding against agriculture to pursue his questionable interests in the visual arts. Harold Jr. was always an obstinate son of a gun, and never did listen to his father. He went his own way, which is the one stick in Deplodicus" craw. Otherwise, Deplodicus" children were obedient and God-fearing, and have comported themselves admirably, producing, between them, a total of 14 grandchildren, three of which have produced an indeterminate number of great-grandchildren. Harriet passed away in 1996 after a prolonged fight with cancer. She remained a faithful, if sometimes easily annoyed, partner in this life. May she rest in peace and have made a place for me beside her.
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