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Ernest W. Avery
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Birth: Sep. 7, 1920
Clinton County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 2010

Ernest W. Avery

Sept. 7, 1920 - Jan. 9, 2010

Ernest W. Avery, 89, Michigantown, died at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at Wesley Manor. He was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Michigantown, to Fay and Lucy (Paris) Avery. He married Rosemary Mundy on Dec. 26, 1942, and she died on Nov. 17, 2003. He married Dorothy "Dot" Grundlock on March 18, 2006, and she died on June 23, 2008.

Mr. Avery graduated from Michigantown High School in 1938, Purdue University Business Short Course in 1939, Machine Tool Vocational Training in 1941 and Aircraft Engine Mechanic School in 1942. He worked at Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis before entering the U.S. Marines. A veteran of the U.S. Air Marine Corps, he served from Sept. 9, 1942, to Nov. 27, 1945, in the South Pacific during World War II, supporting V.M.F. 214th and 215th, Corsair & P-51 Fighter Squadrons. He attained the rank of sergeant and provided primary ground crew support the 215th, P-51 Corsair Fighting Squadron. In addition, he helped support the famous 214th Corsair Fighting Squadron (Maj. Greg "Pappy" Boyington's Black Sheep Squadron). In total, Sgt. Avery's ground crew supported Corsair pilots that shot down 356 Japanese Zero aircraft. He farmed his family farm for 50 years while also working at Chrysler Corp. in Kokomo, retiring in 1982 after 17 years. He raised Poland China swine, Aberdeen Angus cattle and blue ribbon Oxford quality sheep.

He was a charter member of the Clinton Central High School Music Patrons, Michigantown and Frankfort Library communities and was a life member of the Clinton County Historical Society, where Ernest and Rosemary were very active and instrumental in seeing it come to fruition and also in helping it attain its wares and displays. He was also a member of United Auto Workers of America Local 685, Royal Order of the Scottish Rite, Marine Corps League and Future Farmers Association. A member of the Michigantown Christian Church, the Avery family helped provide a proper parking lot for the church. The Avery family also provided the property where the new Michigantown Library stands.

Ernest and Rosemary met on an ice rink in Indianapolis while she was employed at L. S. Ayres there. She had been named first runner up to Miss Indianapolis. They continued their love of ice skating and travel throughout their lives while their children and grandchildren were stationed in various posts throughout Europe and the U.S. He and Rosemary enjoyed dressing up and playing the parts of George and Martha Washington, visiting local schools and riding in parades. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren on the farm.

He is survived by a son, Stephen L. (Mary Ann) Avery, Indianapolis; a daughter, Patricia A. (Pete) Flynn, Gallatin, Tenn.; a brother, Samuel "Barney" (Betty) Avery, Frankfort; a sister, Esta Avery Cox, Frankfort; six grandchildren, Peter James Flynn III, Aaron S. Avery, Andrea Flynn (Geoff) Jensen, Lindsey Avery (Chris) Nelson, Andrew "Drew" Avery and Wm. Skyler Avery; four great-grandchildren, Austin Avery, Jack Greyson Jensen, Wyatt Flynn Jensen and Clifford Nelson

He was preceded in death by one sister, Julia Avery Farley.

Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Wesley Manor Chapel. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery, Michigantown. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Goodwin Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Wesley Manor Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Michigantown Christian Church, Michigantown Library, Wesley Manor or Paw Pals of Clinton County; envelopes will be available. Online condolences may be made at www.goodwinfuneralhome
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  Rosemary Mundy Avery (1917 - 2003)*
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Whiteman Cemetery
Clinton County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: Jan 11, 2010
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