Former county councilman, deputy sheriff dies

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Joe Bill Whipker, a former three-term Bartholomew County Council member and longtime sheriff’s deputy, died Friday. He was 68.

Whipker died from complications related to a heart attack he suffered in April, his daughter Jenny Davis said.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home.

Please read Sunday’s edition of The Republic for a story¬†and a complete obituary.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at or (812) 379-5639.