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Obituary: Maurice Dwayne Tennell, Flat Rock

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Maurice Dwayne Tennell, 83, of Flat Rock, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis.

Before retirement, he was owner and operator of Tennell's Small Engine Repair in Flat Rock and was previously employed at Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Shelbyville.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, served 30 years as a first responder for the Flat Rock Fire Department and served on the Citizen's Committee in Flat Rock. He loved driving garden tractors in tractor pulls and was a member of Southern Indiana Tractor Pullers Association.

Visitation for Maurice will be Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope.

No service is planned and cremation will follow the visitation. Burial of his cremains will be at Flat Rock Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to the American Lung Association through the funeral home.

Born January 30, 1931, in Boggstown, Maurice was the son of Cecil and Dorothy Goff Tennell. He married Sharon Lambert August 16, 1991.

Survivors include his wife, of Flat Rock; daughters, Sherri (Jerry) Erwin of Flat Rock and Tammy Boling of North Vernon; stepchildren, Dana Lambert of Fortville and Darin Lambert of Flat Rock; grandchildren, Shawn Erwin of Indianapolis, Jeremy Erwin of Flat Rock, Aaron Fry of North Vernon, Megan Fry of Bedford and Heather Boling of North Vernon; seve stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Harold (Martha) Tennell of Franklin, Ronnie (Jean) Tennell of Flat Rock and Rose Hellmich of Greensburg.

Maurice was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Doris Kendall, Betty Runshe and Norma Meal; and brothers, Cecil Tennell Jr. and Bill Tennell.

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