Donald E. Carlile, 83, of Princeton passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton.
He was born Sept. 5, 1930 in Evansville, to Emery and Mary (Elliott) Carlile, both of which preceded him in death.
He was a lifelong area resident and on March 21, 1951, in Princeton, he married Jeanette Smith.
Don served his apprenticeship at Hurst Manufacturing and worked as a toolmaker and model maker for many years, retiring from Hurst Manufacturing in 1992. He was also a member of Bethel Memorial Church in Princeton. He was the door greeter at Bethel Memorial Church for over 40 years. When you arrived, he opened your door and made sure you had a bulletin in your hand and a smile on your face. He also made an impact on many of the area youth through the AWANA program that he was a part of.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jeanette and sons; Mike (Marsha) Carlile of Princeton, and Todd (Karen) Carlile of Trussville, Alabama. He is also survived by grandchildren; Anne (Jim) Vaughan of Fairfield, Illinois, Emily (Beau) Fulk of Newburgh, Ellen Carlile of Princeton, Kayla (Chad) Bates of Springville, Alabama, Lindsey (Chad) Rich of Fort Campbell, Kentucky and great grandchildren; Amelia Vaughan and Graham Bates.
Don is preceded in death by parents, brothers; Lilburn, Wayne, and Emery as well as sister, Dorothy.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at Bethel Memorial Church located at 1520 S. Main St., Princeton, IN 47670, with Pastor Kevin Wilson officiating. Internment will take place in Columbia White Church Cemetery in Princeton.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Bethel Memorial Church.