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Ex-Forest River Exec Babcock Dies at 52

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Jeffrey B. Babcock, 52, of Bristol, Ind., passed away on Friday morning, July 19, at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 4, 1967, in LaGrange, Ind. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Babcock, mother Peg Recchio, and father John C. Babcock, as well as siblings, Lisa Grise, John Babcock, Michael Babcock, Michel Curth, Nick Recchio, Angie Recchio, Heather Hartman and Jaccinda Nelson. He is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews.

Babcock, a retired corporate executive of Forest River, began his tenure in 1996 and retired in 2017 after 21 years with the company. During that time, Babcock’s “larger than life” personality brought him countless friendships which he continued to nurture after retirement.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 26 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart. Visitation also will be available at the church for two hours before a Mass of Christian Burial at noon Saturday, July 27 at St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Catholic Church in Bristol, Ind. A Celebration of Life will follow the service at Center Six One Five, 2707 CR15, Elkhart. Private family burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Elkhart County or Bashor Children’s Home as these were a few of his favorites.

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