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Obituary: John Franklin York, Madison

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John Franklin York, 86, of Madison, formerly of Hanover, died a 12:45 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital, Madison.

He is survived his wife, Imogene "Jean" Caudill York of Madison, Indiana; his son, Michael York and his wife, JoAnn, of Bloomington, Indiana; his daughter, Janet Singer and her husband, Brian, of Columbus, Indiana; five stepdaughters, Diana Justice and her husband, James, of New Washington, Indiana, Robbie Auxier and her husband, Pat, of Hanover, Indiana, Sharon Shepherd of Charlestown, Indiana, Karen Whitehead and her husband, Larry, of Charlestown, Indiana, and Tammy Moore of Charlestown, Indiana; his grandchildren, Katrina, Kris, John, Alex, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Jessie, Jacob, Andy, Shelby, Cadie, and David; great-grandchildren, Lilly, Sara, Mikayla, Lilly, Aiden, Dylan, Jaxon, and Bentley; two sisters, Eva Johnson of Winter Springs, Florida, and Barbara Cole of Casselberry, Florida; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William McKinley and Daisy D. Franklin York; brothers, Clyde York, Elmer York and Philip York; and a sister, Marie Mauck.

John entered this life on August 31, 1927, in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, the son of the late, William McKinley and Daisy D. Franklin York. He resided his early life in Kentucky, moving to Jefferson County at the age of 14. John was inducted into the United States Navy on June 9, 1945, during World War II. He rose to the rank of Seaman Second Class, serving aboard the USS Huntington. He was honorably discharged on July 20, 1946, at Great Lakes, Illinois, receiving the American Area Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was a 1947 graduate of Saluda High School and attended Purdue University.

John was united in marriage in 1948 to Norma J. Madden. This union was blessed with one son and one daughter. John was united in marriage on October 18, 1996, to Imogene "Jean" Caudill in Hanover, Indiana.

John will be most remembered for his handcrafted and designed fine furniture. He had owned and operated York Construction, designer of custom built homes, as well as York Building Supply on North Michigan Road and York Hardware in Hanover, Indiana. He last owned and operated York Country Furniture in Hanover and an outlet store in Brown County, Indiana. He was a member of Hanover Baptist Church and attended First Baptist Church in downtown Madison. He was an avid woodworker and furniture maker and enjoyed pitching ball with his kids, horse shoes, gardening, and raising flowers. He was an avid UK fan.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Brian Teater officiating and eulogies by Maurice Auxier, Michael York and Janet Singer. Calling will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Madison.

Flag presentation at the graveside will be by Jefferson American Legion Post No. 9.

The family requests memorials in memory of John be made to the First Baptist Church. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's Web site at

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