Herb Gettelfinger, 77, dies
Herbert B. Gettelfinger, 77, died yesterday, July 15, 2003, at his home in Bradford following an illness.
A native of Bradford, Gettelfinger was born Nov. 23, 1925, to the late Henry and Matilda Timperman Gettelfinger.
He was a former owner of Gettelfinger Popcorn Co. along with his brother and their father, and was responsible for overall operations. A nephew, Dale Gettelfinger, worked in the family business until he completed college.
‘He was a great guy to work for,’ said Dale Gettelfinger, who now lives in Floyds Knobs and is president of Monroe Shine & Co. Inc., a certified public accounting firm based in New Albany.
‘He was an honest, honorable man,’ his nephew said. ‘He was very active in Corydon and Harrison County financial circles.
‘He was a great strength for his family.’
Gettelfinger was president of the Popcorn Processors Association of Chicago for two years and was inducted into the Popcorn Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was a member of the Harrison County Community Foundation Board of Directors since its inception in 1996, and was vice president of the original board. He was a member of the Foundation’s finance committee and was chairman of a search committee in 1998, which was instrumental in the selection and appointment of the Foundation’s executive director, Steve Gilliland.
Gettelfinger was head of a committee responsible for getting FHA water lines through the Bradford and Greenville areas, which have served the community for many years.
He was a former director of Corydon State Bank, Liberty National Bank and Bank One until his retirement.
He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bradford. He served on the church council finance committee and cemetery committee, and was a lector and Eucharistic minister of the church. He was chairman of the Church Building Committee when a new building was completed in 1985.
Gettelfinger was a life member of The Jefferson Club in Louisville, the New Albany Country Club and Knights of Columbus Council 1808 in Corydon.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Felix G. and Irvin C. Gettelfinger, and two sisters, Lucille Kochert and Clara Marie Eve.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Marilyn F. Baker; three brothers, H. Carl and Howard Gettelfinger, both of New Albany, and Kenneth J. Gettelfinger of Portland, Ore., and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation is tomorrow (Thursday) from 1 to 8 p.m. at Kraft Funeral Service in New Albany, with a prayer service at 7, and after 10 a.m. Friday.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Bradford with burial in the church cemetery.
The family suggests memorial gifts to St. Michael’s Church Building Fund Memorial.