Harold L. Jeter, 94, of Decatur IL, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Hickory Point Christian Village.
Harold was born in 1918 in Vermillion County, Illinois, the son of Miles L. and Lorena Grace (Lafferty) Jeter. Harold graduated from Decatur High School in 1936 and from Millikin University in 1940. He received a masters degree from Ohio University. Harold served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, as a bacteriologist in Cambridge, England during World War II. After leaving the service, he taught bacteriology courses at the University of Cincinnati. He then worked at the U.S. Public Health service and retired as Director, National Training Center, Water Pollution Control, for the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1956, Harold married Theresa Franco, a co-worker of his in the service. She preceded him in death in 1984. He married Lelah Galligar Scrimpsher, his high school and college classmate, in 1986. She preceded him in death in 2011 after 25 years of marriage. Harold loved photography, reading, bird watching, and woodworking.
Surviving are his sister: Marian Newell of Wheaton, IL; nephew: David (Mary) Newell of Cedarburg, WI; niece: Janet (Bill) Burlison of Winfield, IL; nephew: Scott (Marian) Jeter of Edmond, OK; stepson: Ray (Judy) Scrimpsher of Decatur; and stepdaughter: Laura (Bob) Rogers of Ellison Bay, WI; grandchildren: Eric Scrimpsher (Lori Williams) of Decatur and Jennifer (David) Woodward of Bloomington, IL; great grandchildren: Madeline and Andrew Woodward of Bloomington, IL. Also surviving are many more members of the Jeter, Newell and Franco families.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Paul Jeter and wife Vietta, brother-in-law Frank Newell, and nephew, Steven Newell.