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Obituary: Stephen Oathout, Seymour

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Mr. Stephen Tony Oathout, 67, of Seymour passed away, Monday, September 2, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born November 10, 1945 in Seymour, he was the son of Jack H. and Clara Mae (Mather) Oathout.

On April 19, 1964 in Cortland Christian Church he married Darlene U. Tolbert who survives.

Stephen was a member of Cortland Christian Church. He had been employed with Helwig Grain Elevator in Cortland and was retired from Cummins Engine Company after 30 years of service. He was very active in the Masons belonging to Jackson Lodge #146 where he served two terms as Worshipful Master in 1978 and 1991. He was ambassador to the Indiana Masonic Home. His other Masonic affiliations include Seymour York Rite, Columbus Commandry, Knight of the York Cross of Honor, Robert O. Woods Priory #62 Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Marvin L. Isley York Rite College #129, Order of Eastern Star, Grand Cross of Color, International Order of Rainbow of Girls, Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest, St. Andrew Tabernacle #35. He also served as Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Mason of the State of Indiana from 2009 to 2010. Besides being active in the Masons, Stephen also enjoyed antique gas and steam engines. He loved operating a grist mill and a steam engine at the Seymour Oktoberfest and at other local events.

Besides his wife, Darlene, he is survived by his children, Tony (Linda) Oathout, and Rebecca Oathout; grandchildren, Ashley (Brandon) Cole, Blake Oathout, Steven Oathout, and Amber Chance; great-grandchildren, Brayton Cranfill, Jayden and Westin Chance, Ashlyn and Jacklyn Cole; a brother, Dennis (Sue) Oathout; and a sister, Virginia (Fred) Allman.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at Voss Chapel on Thursday, September 5, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Bill Weaver officiating.

Burial will follow at Acme Cemetery.

Friends may call at Voss Chapel on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday from noon until time of service. There will be a Masonic service Wednesday at Voss Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service and memorials may be written to Hospice of Schneck Medical Center, the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation, or donor’s choice, all through Voss Funeral Service.

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