Rush County, Indiana
Genealogy and History
a small part of the INGENWEB and USGENWEB Projects
Charles William "Bill" Compton, 79, of Connersville, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Born Dec. 5, 1922, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Charles William and Clara Ruth (Meid) Compton. Mr. Compton was a 1940 graduate of Shortridge High School. He was a veteran of World War II. He graduated from Indiana University in 1947, joining the Beta Theta Pi fraternity while there. He worked as a salesman for Infant Items, Inc. He was also involved in production agriculture until retiring in 1986. He operated a feed and grain business in Wilkinson, moving to Rushville in 1959 and to Connersville in 1969. He built and operated several grain elevators over the years, including businesses in Falmouth, Glenwood and Mauzy. He was a member of the Indiana Grain Dealers Association board of directors. He was also a licensed realtor. He was also part-owner of the Fayette Beverage Corporation. In addition, he was a member of the Genealogy Society of Indiana, the Historical Society, and the Blue and Gray Civil War Roundtable. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Connersville, and the Fayette County Republican party. He was a member and past president of the Connersville Chamber of Commerce. He was a founder and member of the Greater Connersville Progress Committee. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Hoosiers for Higher Education, the Connersville Community Arts and Sciences Center Planning Committee, and the American Legion. He also served on the board of the Federal Savings Bank. He was also a member of the Connersville Country Club and the Connersville Elks Club. In 1948, he married Kathryn Cookson; she survives. Other survivors include four sons, Tom (wife Josalyn) Compton of Connersville, Bill (wife Christina) Compton of Bloomington, John (wife Jean) Compton of Concord, Mich., and Bob (wife Connee) Compton of Carmel; one brother, Meid Compton of Carmel; one sister, Mary Ann (Mrs. Thomas) Teetor of Ft. Wayne; and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Connersville, with the Rev. Bill Helms officiating. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home, Thompson Brown Chapel in Connersville.