Robert W. Poe
Robert Walts Poe, 88, Marengo, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, at Silvercrest in New Albany.
Born April 27, 1930, in Marengo, he was the son of the late Claude and Kathleen Walts Poe.
He graduated from Marengo High School, where he was a member of the 1947 Sectional Championship basketball team; graduated from Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., where he played football and basketball; was a sergeant in the Army, serving in the Korean War; and played basketball on the U.S. Army AAU National Team.
Following his return from the war, Robert took over the family business, Poe Lumber, and expanded it to Paoli, Ramsey and New Albany. He co-owned the local Meridian Insurance Agency with his wife and started a bowling alley in Marengo with a group of local friends.
He served as president of the Indiana Lumberman’s Association, was a Kentucky Colonel, was awarded the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash, was on the advisory board of S & T Industries, was a director of the Marengo State Bank and Central Builders Supply and was a member of the American Legion Post 84 and the Crawford County Republican party, serving numerous times as a state party delegate and party chairperson. In 2013, he was presented the Crawford County Republican Party Lincoln Award.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Rose Maxine White, and two brothers, Ralph and William Poe.
Survivors include three children, Stephen Edward Poe (Merry-Kay) of Louisville, David Bryant Poe (Pamela) of Floyds Knobs and Joanne Poe of New Albany; six grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Poe Archibong (Tony) of Los Angeles, Marek, McKenna and Seth Poe, all of Louisville, Emily Poe Stumler (Eli) of Lanesville and Trevor Robert Poe (Tang Qi) of Dallas; two great-grandchildren, Effie Maxine and Edith Margaret Stumler; two nephews, Gary Satterfield (Robin) of Metarie, La., and Ted Poe (Terri) of Clermont, Fla.; and a niece, Bethany Poe of Fort Worth, Texas.
Visitation: Friday, May 25, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Marengo United Methodist Church.
Funeral: Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. at the church with burial in Marengo Cemetery.
Arrangements: Dillman-Green Funeral Home in Marengo.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the Marengo American Legion Post 84, P.O. Box 202, Marengo, IN 47140.