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Obituary: Page E. Gifford, Columbus

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Page Ellison Gifford, 68, of Columbus, died Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Page was born Feb 12, 1946 in Indianapolis, the son of Melvin R. and Katherine Lucille Ellison Gifford.

He graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1964, from Indiana University in 1968 and from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1975. While serving in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he received two Bronze Stars and his Combat Infantryman Badge.

He later was employed by Arvin Industries and Duke Energy as corporate council. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, had served on the Columbus Parks and Recreation Board for 15 years, was appointed by Governor Evan Bayh and Governor Joseph Kernan to the Indiana Corporate Law Survey Commission and had received the Sagamore of the Wabash award. He enjoyed playing Bridge and reading.

He married Sara Beth Crays Aug. 9, 1978 in Bloomington.  She survives. Other survivors include his sons, Justin (Caroline) Gifford of Indianapolis and Zach (Joshua Cobb) Gifford, Columbus; daughter, Lorraine (Tedd) Gilbert, Clinton, Miss.; grandchildren, Thomas Gifford, Indianapolis and Toby and Thad Gilbert, Clinton, Miss.; father-in-law, Thomas Delph; sisters-in-law, Carol Williams, Debbi Cox, Kim Freeman, Stephanie Haroldson and Angie Remaklus; brother-in-law Dane Danner.

He was preceded in death by his father Feb. 13, 1975; his mother on Jan. 16, 2005; and a brother–in-law, Bill Delph.

A celebration of life for Page will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Wounded Warrior program. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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