Fred W. Struben Jr., 85

Fred W. Struben Jr., 85, of Westport, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Nebraska, Ind., to Fredrick William and Flora (Lienhoop) Struben, and they preceded him in death.

On Oct. 7, 1949, in Cincinnati, he married Dorothy Marie Fish, and she preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 1978. On June 8, 1984, in Elizabethtown, he married Joyce Ann Crawhorn, and she survives him.

He is also survived by his daughters, Devonna (John) Simpson of LaRiberia, Mexico, Anna Kay (Bill) Nuesmeyer of St. Marys and Belinda (Joseph) Poe of Brookville; a stepdaughter, Suzie (John) Hofelich of Westport; a sister, Kathleen Kaiser of North Vernon; a cousin, Bill Rees of Franklin; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeff Struben; a sister, Phyllis Utter; two brothers, Robert Struben and Charles Struben.  

He was born and raised in Jennings County. He moved to Connersville in 1947 and then moved back to Jennings County in 1982. He had worked at Philco Ford at Connersville. He attended the Bear Creek Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2021 at North Vernon and American Legion Post No. 129 at Greensburg. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II.

He enjoyed being a horseman, building homes and working with his backhoe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Bass and Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, with the Rev. Bob Estes and the Rev. Connie Barr officiating. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. at the Dale Cemetery at Connersville with military graveside rites.

A time of visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, the Amyloid Research Fund and the Hospice of South Central Indiana through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at