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Clyde Dean Hyden, 62, of North Vernon, died at 1:28 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon with Pastor Brad Hyden officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service Saturday. Burial will be at Vernon Cemetery with members of Matt Hester V.F.W. Post No.2021 providing military graveside rites.
Mr. Hyden was a lifelong resident of Jennings County. His childhood was spent in Butlerville. He often said it was like “growing up in Mayberry.” When he was a young teen, his family moved to North Vernon where he attended North Vernon Junior High. Mr. Hyden was a member of the last graduating class of North Vernon High School in May of 1968.
He joined the U.S. Navy upon graduation and underwent basic training at the newly opened naval training station in Orlando, Florida. From there he headed to the Great Lakes and Maryland for additional communications training prior to an 18-month stay on Guam. He was reassigned to the USS Carpenter docked in Pearl Harbor for a time. For his final tour of duty, he volunteered for duty in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in December 1971.
During high school he was employed at the local radio station, WOCH, where he worked alongside the legendary Charlie Plummer. He was retired from managerial supervision, a career that started at Triad Inc. in North Vernon and more recently at Impact Forge, Columbus. After retirement, he drove cars of all makes and models to the auction for local wholesaler, Tracy Thompson.
Mr. Hyden enjoyed a variety of hobbies over the years including riding and racing motorcycles, canoeing, in 1974 winning the initial Orlo Bloomquist Memorial Race, 4-wheeling in his Jeep, archery, for which he was awarded a Robin Hood of the Sherwood Certification in 1979 for splitting his own arrow, golfing, taking the 1987 MCC Twilight League Team Champion trophy with teammates John Helm and the late Jeff Helm, NASCAR racing, having attended the coveted Bristol night race and several other races. He was an avid reader and enjoyed working challenging crossword puzzles. He was a very private person and enjoyed being at home with family. He loved his grandchildren dearly and was deeply moved when he discovered they called him their ‘Hero."
Born September 22, 1950, in Seymour, Mr. Hyden was the son of Janetta (Brougher) Bush and the late Edward Hyden. He married Rita D. Miles January 9, 1971. They celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Surviving with his wife and mother are two sons, Zachary T. (Connie) Hyden and Christopher M. Hyden; two granddaughters, Abigail Nicole and Emma Rose Hyden; two stepgrandsons, Eric Curry and Aaron Smiley, all of North Vernon; and a brother, Wesley (LaDonna) Hyden of Frankfort, Indiana.
Mr. Hyden was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Lewis and Jennie Brougher; a brother, Phillip Hyde; an uncle, Lloyd Brougher; an aunt, Clara Mae Haines; and a cousin, Lee Haines.
Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County or Mercy Rescue.