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David L. Kinder

May 14, 1937 — July 20, 2015

David L. Kinder, 78 of Sellersburg and formerly of Tipton died at 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2015 at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born May 14, 1937 in Elwood to Lowell H. & Madonna (Clyde) Kinder. On September 21, 1974 he married Charlotte Rogers and she survives.

He attended St John the Baptist Catholic School and then Tipton High School. After high school he attended Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute, Indiana, graduated from Indiana Mortuary College and then served in the United States Army, 4th Armored Division, Goppingen, Germany as a cryptologist.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Sergeant and upon returning to the United States he became a member of the Indiana State Police Department and served for twenty-five years, retiring in 1990. While with the Indiana State Police he graduated from the Keeler Polygraph School, Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia. Dave was the Chief of Police for Sellersburg from 1990 to 2000. He was also the current Clerk-Treasurer for the Town of Sellersburg, serving since January of 2000. During this time he also worked for the Indiana State Fair for 24 years with their transport shuttles.

He was a member of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, Board of Directors, St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Past Exalted Ruler and Treasurer of the Jeffersonville Elks Lodge. Dave had also been a member of Moose, American Legion Post 204, and FOP. He had served as a special deputy for Clark County. Among his many awards he was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the State of Indiana and a Kentucky Colonel.

Dave loved to play golf and also enjoyed mowing the grass at Covered Bridge Golf Course. He loved talking to everyone and was truly one of those people who never met a stranger.

Survivors besides his wife Charlotte include two daughters, Beth Anne Hanner, Columbus, Indiana and Michele Brown and husband Paul, Porter, Indiana; four granddaughters, Brittane Kinder, Jordan K. Brown, Hunter Ann Brown and Kennedy C. Brown; one brother, James Kinder and wife Linda, Fishers, Indiana. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Alice Nichols.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 at St. Paul Catholic Church, Sellersburg, with Rev. Tom Clegg presiding. Honors from the American Legion and the Indiana State Police will be presented at the church. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Garr Funeral Home, 7806 Highway 311, Sellersburg. Young-Nichols Funeral home, Tipton is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Lung Association, 115 W. Washington Street, Suite 1180-S, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204, or St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 216 Schellers Avenue, Sellersburg, Indiana, 47172.

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