Richard Tolen


Mr. Richard Tolen, 78, of Seymour, Indiana, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016, in Seymour, Indiana.

He was born April 16, 1938, in Columbus, Indiana, the son of the late Clarence Edward and Ruby Lucille (Ross) Tolen.

He married his wife of 56 years, Carole Ann Bridgewater, on September 23, 1960, at First United Methodist Church in Seymour, and she survives.

Richard was a member of East Columbus United Methodist Church. He graduated from Columbus High School then went on to obtain his Associate’s degree in engineering from Purdue. He was an U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Cummins Engine Company after more than 40 years of service where his position was plant lay-out technician. He was a member of the American Legion Post 89.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; their children, Lisa Tolen (Roman) Munguia, Ross Tolen, Paul Tolen and Raini Tolen; grandchildren, Brett Khune, Carl McKinney, Charity McKinney and Ariadna Munguia; great-grandchildren, Bliss Tolen, Connor Garza and Santiago Avila; brothers, Robert Tolen, David Tolen and Jerry Tolen; sisters, Deloris “Peach” Baker, Bonnie Tolen and Joyce Mathis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael Tolen; and sisters, Mary Noblitt and Linda Garris.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2016, at Voss Chapel, with Pastor Robin Everhart officiating. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Friends and family may gather from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at Voss Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Research through Voss & Sons Funeral and Crematory Service, Seymour, Indiana.

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