FORT BRANCH, Ind.
— Dr. Olen Pumphrey, 90, of FortBranch,
passed away July 18, 2009,
at River Oaks Health Campus in Princeton, Ind.
He was born July 29, 1918,
to the late Zenas and Florence
(Bayer) Pumphrey in rural FortBranch.
He enjoyed the life of a farm boy along with his sister, Eliza Rose Kruse, who
He attended primary and secondary school in FortBranch and was employed for seven
years as a teller for The Farmers and Merchants National Bank, then attended KansasStateUniversity
to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
On May 22 1948, he
married Inez Graper, and together they maintained a
veterinary practice on Highway 41 North for 40 Years. Olen was a member of the
Fort Branch First Presbyterian Church, Gideons
International, Fort Branch Masonic Lodge #696, and the Evansville Scottish
In addition to his wife and sister, he is survived by three nieces, Karen
(Irwin) Etcovitch, of Fort Branch, Tomie Sue (Don) Maxam of Dunellen,
Fla., and Lynne (Gene) Lane of New Albany; two nephews, Joel and John Graper of Evansville; sister-in-law, Mrs. OrelGraper of Evansville; three
great-nieces, Sarah (Craig) Carter of Fort Branch, Emily (Michael) Gardner of
Boonville and Cpt. Laura (Pete) Van Howe of Fort
Bragg, N.C.; one great-nephew, Chris (Christy) Lane of New Albany; and seven
great-great-nieces and nephews, Zachary and Macy Carter, Ehan
Gardener, Caleb, Ethan and Jacob Lane and Joseph Van Howe.
Dr. Pumphrey enjoyed his almost 91 years very much and would wish to give
each and every one of you who contributed a small or large amount to his joyous
journey a great big thank you.
Funeral services will be held at
Wednesday, July 22, 2009,
at the Stodghill Funeral Home, located on Hwy 168
West in FortBranch,
with Dr. James Cramer officiating. Burial will be in WalnutHillCemetery
Visitation will be on Tuesday July
21, 2009, from to and again from to service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.