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Paul R. Kiger

Former New Middletown Town Board President Paul R. Kiger, 60, was laid to rest Monday afternoon, Jan. 21, following a brief ceremony before an overflow crowd at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
Mourners were reminded of Kiger’s strong love for family and friends, and his long, hard-working career in roofing. His bright orange box-truck with white letters, Paul R. Kiger Roofing, led the funeral procession to Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon, where he was buried.
He was a strong man who worked hard, since age 12, when he became the breadwinner for his mother and two sisters, said the Rev. Neal Kentch, who stressed, Do not let your heart be troubled …
Kiger died Thursday, Jan. 17, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, following a lengthy battle with cancer.
A native of Harrison County, born June 24, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Edna Louise Rupp Kiger.
He served as president of the New Middletown Town Board since 1985, before resigning Sept. 1 due to illness.
Kiger’s small town, population 85, like others in Harrison County, only started getting revenue sharing from Caesars riverboat a few years ago. Prior to that, Kiger had said the town did well to pay its street light bill. Now, the extra funds have been used to improve New Middletown’s streets, sidewalks and drainage. Kiger’s wishes for the future included a sewage treatment system and cleaning up the yards of two residences on Main Street, the family and others said.
Larry Mattingly, town board president since Kiger resigned, said Monday those goals remain and are being pursued.
Kiger was a member of Salem United Church of Christ, the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Survivors include his wife, the former Linda L. Cannon; a son, Paul R. Kiger II of New Middletown; three daughters, Paula Kiger-Hess of Corydon and Lesley McPhillips and Misty Sadler of New Middletown; two sisters, Mary Lou McDonald of Daytona, Fla., and Jeanlee Fetters of Naples, Fla.; and five grandchildren.
The funeral was Monday, Jan. 21, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Kentch officiated.
Pallbearers were Keith and Carl Cannon, Larry Loew, Donnie Conrad, Jim Saulman, Bob Lee, Roy Hall and Don Burnett.
The family suggests memorial gifts to his church.

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