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County loses 5 public servants, educators

Five Harrison County residents who gave of their time either in education, public safety or politics have died since Dec. 26.
They are Margaret Dukes, Rita F. Gettelfinger, Jimmie G. King, Charlie L. Phillips and Maurice A. Roby.
Phillips, a longtime Corydon resident, died Sunday at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in Corydon. The 77-year-old, who had served in the Army, was a retired school teacher for the South Harrison Community School Corp. and had coached football for many years at Corydon Central High School, both as head coach and as an assistant. He will be remembered during a memorial visitation Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 8 p.m. at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
Dukes was a lifelong resident of Corydon who died Jan. 2 at Autumn Woods Health Campus in New Albany at the age of 83. She served two four-year terms on the South Harrison Community School Corp. Board of Education and was formerly employed as an executive secretary at General Electric in Louisville. Her funeral was Saturday at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home with burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery, both in Corydon.
Roby was 73 when he passed away Dec. 26 at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon. Born near Laconia, where he spent most of his life, he was a veteran of the Kentucky Air National Guard/Air Force and a former millwright through Teamsters Local 2209 in Louisville and was the owner of the Laconia Salvage Yard. He was a longtime volunteer firefighter for the Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept. and served on the South Harrison Water Co. board of directors. His funeral was Dec. 29 at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey before a procession of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles accompanied his body to Union Chapel Cemetery near Laconia.
King died Thursday at Harrison County Hospital. The 77-year-old was a native of Harrison County and had been employed 28 years as a ward clerk at HCH and was a 17-year employee of the Louisville Chair Co. She had served as the Boone Township trustee for 16 years. Her funeral was Monday at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home with burial in Old Goshen Cemetery near Laconia.
Gettelfinger was 80 when she passed away Friday at her home near Depauw. The New Middletown native was a retired office manager/bookkeeper for the Harrison County Highway Dept., worked with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and served on the LifeSpan advisory board, in addition to serving as a vice precinct chairperson for the Harrison County Democrats. Her funeral was yesterday (Tuesday) at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church in New Middletown with burial in the church cemetery. Harrison County High Dept. employees parked trucks along the funeral procession route in honor of her time at the department. Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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