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Obituary: Denny Tilley, Columbus

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Denny Jack Tilley, 91, of Columbus, died at 3:32 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

He was born in Beckley, West Virginia, June 28, 1921, the son of the late Matthew and Casandra Mullens Tilley. He married Buenelle Fox on February 17, 1947. She preceded him in death on May 20, 1991.

He had served as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years when he retired in 1985. He was of the Episcopal faith, was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed working around the yard and taking care of the properties.

Denny had served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was present at the Pearl Harbor attack and had served in the Hawaiian islands and the New Gunnies with G Company of the 24th Infantry Division. He received a Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Asiatic Theatre Ribbon with two Battle Stars. Upon separation at Camp Atterbury, he ran the base Post Office.

He is survived by a stepdaughter, Patricia L. Smith of Columbus; nieces, Patricia G. Smith and Linda Cullop, both of Macon, Ga.; a nephew, Dick Collins of N.C.; and a good friend, Tom Lane of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Buenelle; a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Yvonne Smith in 2001; and several brothers and sisters.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl Street. Military rites will be conducted by the Bartholomew County Color Guard after the service. David Burnett will officiate. Calling will be from 10:15 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

In keeping with Denny's wishes, cremation is planned with inurnment at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Bartholomew County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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