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John Futch (07-18-2013)
Photo of John FutchFuneral services were held for John Miller Futch, 88, at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, July 12, 2013, at First Baptist Church in Arcadia.  The interment followed at the Arcadia Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Hoffman officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home for visitation on Thursday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. John Miller Futch was born on September 24th, 1924, in Lillie, Louisiana, to Robert Kilgore Futch and Olivia Farrar Futch.  He died July 9th, 2013, in Shreveport, Louisiana, at the age of 88.  John was preceded in death by his mother, his father, and his three brothers.  He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Ruth Patterson Futch: his three daughters, Jan Johnson, of Shreveport; Patsy Futch of Flower Mound, Texas; Keelie Ferguson and husband Michael, of Argyle, Texas; his three sons, Steven Futch and fiancee Linda Stamper, of Shreveport; Douglas Futch and wife Dianne, of Arcadia; and Lee Futch and wife Diane, of Arcadia, as well as numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, nephews, and nieces. John grew up during the Great Depression, and learned the value of hard work early on.  He served his country in World War II in the European theater of battle in the U.S. Army.  After the war, he utilized the GI bill to earn a degree in Forestry from Louisiana Tech.  He worked in the timber industry in North Louisiana for over 40 years, owning and operating his own successful business for many of those years.  He loved being and working outdoors, grooming his property, and caring for the land and timber of others.  He was fortunate to be able to continue to enjoy the outdoors until last week.  John was a devoted Christian, husband, and father.  In addition to providing for his family amply, he was a generous man who believed that sharing and giving were both an enormous part of his Christian Faith.  He was an avid bird hunter, as well as a dog lover and trainer.  Until recently, he made many trips annually to North Texas to hunt.  He was also an avid field trialer, and spent many Saturdays at trials with his friends who shared the same passion.