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Obituary: Donald Leroy Nowling, Brownstown

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Donald Leroy Nowling, 82, of Brownstown, passed away at 1:20 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013, at the VA hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Born February 21, 1930, in Crothersville, Indiana, he was the son of James Thomas and Viola Nowling. On September 16, 1950, in San Antonio, Texas, he married Norma Jean, who passed away December 31, 1986.

Donald was a 1947 graduate of Crothersville High School and retired from the United States Air Force in May of 1969. He then was employed at Arvin Industries and shortly after that owned and operated an HVAC company. He was of the Baptist faith, was a lifetime member of American Legion Post No. 89 in Seymour, Indiana, was a longtime avid IU basketball fan, liked to hunt and enjoyed traveling to Alaska to spend his summers.

Survivors include three sons, Stephen Leroy (Joyce) Nowling of Columbus, Indiana, Michael David (Kathleen) Nowling of Clayton, Indiana, and Gregory Thomas (Marita) Nowling of Borden, Indiana; one daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Nowling of Indiana; a companion, Carol Ferguson of Brownstown, with whom he shared the last 10 years; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) Nowling of Columbus, Indiana, Heather (Danny) Deshong of Crothersville, Sarah and Timothy Nowling of Clayton, Indiana, Nacasta (Thomas) Burns of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Cameron Breedlove, and Ericha Breedlove, both of Indiana; three great-grandchildren, David and Curtis Nowling of Columbus, Indiana, and Emma Deshong of Crothersville, Indiana; and one stepgreat-grandson, Raymond Burns of Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Two brothers, James Nowling and William Clifford Nowling, preceded him in death.

Reverend Ralph Hillenburg will conduct funeral services at 3 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, at Adams Funeral Homes & Crematory in Crothersville, with burial to follow at Crothersville Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be given to a hospice of the donor’s choice, c/o Adams Funeral Home, 110, East Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229.

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