S. Warren Supplee, 98, of West Brandywine,, a Chester County farmer for more than 70 years, died Friday at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville.
Mr. Supplee was born on his grandparents' farm in Westtown and, at 13, helped his parents move to their own farm in Lionville. Later in life, he loved to tell how he and his father moved machinery and some crops by horse and wagon and herded the cattle down the road to their new home. Mr. Supplee eventually took over operation of the farm, where he lived until moving to Upper Uwchlan in 1994.
He started milking cows at age 5 and was still milking at 80, his son R. Walter said.
Mr. Supplee, a graduate of Uwchlan Township High School, served on the Uwchlan Township and Downingtown Area School Boards. He was a member of the Lionville Fire Company; the West Chester Home Clusters, a literary society; the Uwchlan Grange; and several other farm organizations. He participated in local fox hunts with his own hounds, and hunted rabbits with his beagles.
Last month, he and his wife, Mildred McBride Supplee, celebrated their 75th anniversary.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Supplee is survived by another son, Samuel W.; daughters Carolyn Miller and M. Esther Popjoy; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1239 Clover Mill Rd., Chester Springs, where friends may call after 1. Burial will be at Windsor Baptist Church, Uwchlan.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1239 Clover Mill Rd., Chester Springs, Pa. 19425.