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James Aaron Ison, 88, of Brownstown, passed away on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 7:18 a.m. at his residence. Mr. Ison, known as Jim to his Indiana friends and Aaron to his family and Kentucky friends, was born in Isom, Kentucky on April 22, 1926 to Tinsley and Cindy (Smith) Ison. In addition to his parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Ison married his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Edith (Hampton) Ison who survives in Brownstown, in Letcher County, Kentucky on March 29, 1947. He was a wonderful father to his four children, Dr. Aaron (Faye) Ison, Richard (Ronna) Ison, and Nadine (Denny) Burcham, all of Brownstownm and Colleen (Phil) Risk of Greenwood. He had 11 grandchildren, Justin Krietenstein, Russell (Cheryl) Ison, Linnea (Paul) Wellings, and Mitchell Ison, all of Seymour, Melanie (Paul) Pottschmidt, Kelly (Jason) Cunningham, Kim (Cliff) Ault, and Kent Burcham, all of Brownstown, Bradley (Abbie) Ison of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jared Risk of Greenwood, and Emily Risk of Orlando, Florida. Mr. Ison had 11 great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one sister, Polly Hutchinson of Brownstown; and one brother, Rodney (Geraldine) Ison of Jeremiah, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins.
Mr. Ison was a World War II veteran. He retired from Cummins Engine in 1983 after 27 years of service. He attended the Old Regular Baptist Church in Freetown for over 50 years. His greatest loves were God, his family and farming. Mr. Ison was happiest hosting a large family gathering, tending the cattle or working the land. His legacy will be his hospitality and his love of people that will live on through the many people he touched during his life.
Visitation will be Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Winklepleck-Weesner Funeral Home in Brownstown and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Old Regular Baptist Church in Freetown. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted.
Memorial donations may be made to Old Regular Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
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