MADISON—Mr. Robert D. “Bob” Brittingham, age 95, of Madison, entered this life on Jan. 16, 1918 in Gibson County near Princeton.
He was the loving son of the late Harrison and Zelia Schoultz Brittingham.
He was raised in Princeton and was a 1936 graduate of Princeton High School. In high school Bob, played basketball, football, track and baseball. Bob was united in marriage on June 30, 1940 to Vera F. Polk in Fort Branch, Indiana. This happy union of seventy three years was blessed with one son, Alan.
He was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps on Feb. 8, 1943 in Indianapolis, during World War II. Bob was raised to the rank of sergeant serving in the 1050th Army Air Force Base Unit. Bob was honorably discharged on Jan. 31, 1946 from Fort Douglas, Utah receiving the American Theater of Operations Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Bob began a long career in retail management in 1938. beginning with his employment with Morris Five and Dime in Princeton. As his career advanced he moved several times to other stores in Indiana moving to Madison from the New Castle Store in 1947. Bob served as manager of the Midwestern division with G.C. Murphy Company (the company that purchased, Morris Five and Dime Stores) until he retired in 1972. Bob then began working with the Madison Bank and Trust Company in maintenance and as project manager of new construction for approximately ten years. Bob and his wife, Vera had resided at the top of Michigan Road Hill since 1948. Bob had been a member of the Madison Country Club, Past Master and 63 years member of Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Retail Merchants Association, Madison Chamber of Commerce, the Frontliners, Trinity United Methodist Church and the Kiwanis Club of Madison. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, woodworking, boating, water skiing, traveling to Canada and Florida and gardening. Bob was proud of his woodworking shop behind his home called, Bob’s Piddle Whittle Shop. Bob had also helped to build and construct four log cabins near Dupont on Big Creek and was proud to have constructed a 145 foot cable swinging foot bridge across Big Creek. Bob was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Robert died on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 6:33 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour.
Robert will be missed by his loving wife of seventy three years, Vera F. Polk Brittingham of Madison; his loving son, Alan Brittingham and his wife, Carol of Seymour; his loving grandchildren, Michelle Hicks, Robert A. Brittingham and his wife, Karen; his great grandchildren, Caleb Hicks, Anna and Grant Brittingham; several nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison and Zelia Schoultz Brittingham; his sisters, Irma Reed, Nadine Hedge and Nellie McCormick; and his grandson in law, Scott Hicks.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at 1 p.m. by the Reverend Dennis Ingle at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana
Friends may call Friday from 4 - 7 p.m. and Saturday from Noon until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.
Masonic services will be conducted on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, by Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M.
A final salute will be conducted on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre by Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion. Military honors will be conducted on Saturday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Chapel by Jefferson Post 9, of the American Legion.