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Depauw man dies in ATV spill on farm

Depauw man dies in ATV spill on farm
Depauw man dies in ATV spill on farm
C.J. Loudon

A Depauw man died Saturday morning from injuries sustained when he was partially thrown from the utility ATV he was driving on his farm.
Carman J (C.J.) Loudon, 80, was using a Honda Chuckwagon ATV to help move cattle on his farm off Loudon’s Chapel Road when the right-front tire got off into a ‘washout depression’ that had recently opened up on the property about 8:15 a.m., according to Indiana Conservation Officer Jim Hash.
‘He was found within minutes,’ said Hash, who responded to the scene along with Conservation Officer Jim Schreck and responders from Ramsey Volunteer Fire Dept. and Harrison County EMS.
Those who were helping Loudon heard him yell, Hash said.
The depression was approximately two feet in diameter and 2-1/2 feet deep, the Conservation Officer said.
‘Experience wasn’t an issue’ with Loudon’s driving the ATV, said Hash, who had previously ridden with Loudon in the same Chuckwagon he was using Saturday.
Harrison County Coroner Steve Hamm said Loudon broke his neck when he was partially ejected from the all-terrain vehicle.
Loudon was the fifth generation living on the 200-acre family farm near Depauw. He and his wife of 58 years, the former Margherita Liva, whom Loudon met when they sat next to each other in a psychology class at Purdue University, moved there in 1980 after residing in nearby Washington in Daviess County for 21 years. He was a past recipient of the Harrison County Conservation Farmer of the Year.
According to an article printed in The Indianapolis Star in 1994, Loudon dreamed of returning to the farm from the time he left for college and during his nearly 40-year career as a government dairy inspector with the Indiana Dept. of Health, from which he retired in 1993. The story referred to the property as ‘thin-soiled, sinkhole-riddled, cussedly uneven fields spreading out on both sides of the (Loudon) drive … ‘
That same year, the National Cattlemen’s Association honored Loudon Farms as the third-oldest in the nation.
Loudon was a former president of the Harrison County Cattlemen’s Association and former director of the Indiana Beef Cattlemen’s Association. He also served on the Indiana Forage Council.
Locally, Loudon recently was involved in the farmland preservation effort, serving on the Harrison County Farm, Forest and Open Space Preservation Task Force then the newly formed Harrison County Conservation Board.
‘Having worked with C.J. for four years on the land conservation project, it can be said that he was very civic minded and a tireless volunteer,’ said Eric Wise, the county planner who serves as an ex-officio member of the task force and conservation board. ‘He was one of those individuals who you were always glad to see.’
Wise said it’s ‘been a terrible year’ for Harrison County’s land preservation group. Roscoe Emily, another member of the group, died earlier this year.
Born Jan. 23, 1927, at Depauw, Loudon was the son of the late Charles Julius and Lelah Borden Loudon.
He was a 1944 graduate of Corydon High School and a 1950 graduate of Purdue University School of Agriculture, and served in the occupational army in Japan during World War II. He was a member of Unity Chapel United Methodist Church near Ramsey and Milltown American Legion Post 332, and was active as a leader in the Boy and Girl Scouts in the 1960s and ’70s.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Gilda Diane Gregg, in 1992.
Survivors in addition to his wife include a son, Dr. Michael Loudon of Charleston, Ill.; two daughters, Jean Loudon of River Falls, Wis., and the Rev. Laura McDonald of Palmyra; a sister, Betty Jean Robbins of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
The funeral was yesterday (Tuesday) at Unity Chapel United Methodist Church near Ramsey with burial in Loudon Chapel Cemetery near Depauw. The Revs. Jeff Reed and Joe Kamman officiated. Pallbearers were Richard, Robert and Roy Harmon, Dale Rothrock, Bill Saltsgaver and Mike Engleman. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Harton, Ron Dersch, Rex Bridges, Don Hill and Don Kimball. Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey handled arrangements.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Loudon Chapel Cemetery Association in care of Nancy Leffler or Unity Chapel United Methodist Church.