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Dennis Preble

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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Dennis Preble
Dennis Preble came into this world in the summer of 1919 and passed peacefully almost 93 years later on May 8, 2012. He grew up on a farm in southeastern Indiana and came of age in the middle of the Great Depression, graduating from Versailles High School in 1937. Shortly before his mother Alma passed in 1939, she encouraged him to live a Christian life, a talk he never forgot. Leaving the farm, he joined the Navy in Oct 1939 and saw action in almost all theaters of World War II, spending his last year in a destroyer escort off the beaches of Okinawa. Also during that time, he married Evelyn Duncan from Clay City in 1942 at Charleston, SC, and buried his father Roy in 1944. His first daughter Denise was born in late 1944 while he was transiting the Panama Canal heading for the war in the Pacific. Separating from the Navy in Dec 1945, he returned to Indiana and his wife and daughter and living in Coal City for a short period before buying a home in Linton in 1947, the same home where he passed away.

He worked for several years for the local Maumee Coal Company that was eventually bought out by Peabody Coal Company in the early 1960s. It was then that he utilized his construction skills and worked as a carpenter completing many projects over several years in the Linton and Sullivan areas. He was also a sales representative for Lubrication Engineers during this same period. He enjoyed working in his garage building porch swings and became known for his innovative ways in fixing almost any problem.

He was married to Evelyn for almost 64 years at the time of her passing in June 2006. He was preceded in death by the passing of his parents Alma and Roy, and two older brothers, Carol from Milan, Ind., and Marvin, from Leesburg, Fla. and infant sister Pearl. He leaves behind his loving family, daughters Denise Gabbard (Linton), Linda (Garry) Russell, Cadiz, Ky. and son John (Sue Ann), Linton. In addition, five grandchildren Annette Agin, Keith Gabbard, Dusty Russell, Emilee Preble and Julie Preble, four great grandsons and two great-great grandchildren.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Otterbein United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #22, VFW Post #7118, DAV Chapter #99 and was a life member of the Indiana/Kentucky Carpenters Union.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton, IN. Interment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Linton with full Military Graveside rites.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2012 and from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday.

Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonpoindexter.com