L. Fred Ayer
L. Fred Ayer, 86, passed away August 16, 2014 at the Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington, Ind.
He was born on December 12, 1927 (one of ten children, five boys and five girls) to Fred Ayer, Sr. and Pearl (Wiseman) Ayer of Chrisney. A 1946 graduate of Chrisney High School, Fred attended the University of Evansville where he earned his teaching degree and later attended Indiana University where he earned his Masters degree in education.
He married Judith Allen of Rockport on December 24, 1947.
Fred taught school, coached basketball, and was principal at Chrisney before moving to Newburgh, and becoming the principal at Castle High School. He also spent summers as an insurance adjuster. On January 2, 1965, Fred became the first Superintendent of the newly formed South Spencer School Corporation. He would remain the Superintendent for nearly 25 years, retiring in 1989. During that time, Fred supervised the closure and realignment of Rockport High School and Junior High, Grandview schools, Luce Township High School and Junior High, and Harris Junior High in Richland. He supervised the opening of South Spencer High School and South Spencer Middle School.
As Superintendent, Fred was always proudest of the building of the current South Spencer High School in Reo. He personally worked with the architects in the design of the school, and worked numerous hours during the year after its completion, traveling to Tennessee to bring back trees and shrubs to complete the landscaping of the school with the help of his family and friends.
Fred was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Rockport, the Rockport Masonic Lodge, and Kiwanis International. He is the former treasurer for the Indiana School Superintendents Association, and was a contributor to the South Spencer Scholarship Foundation.
Fred's happiest moments were enjoying the company, love, and achievements of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with his wife, Judy. An avid sports fan, Fred especially enjoyed watching his family compete in sports at the high school and college levels. He loved watching Indiana Hoosiers basketball, Atlanta Braves baseball, and Indianapolis Colts football. Fred and Judy traveled often, visiting all of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and many countries in Europe. After Judy's death in 1993, Fred moved to his woodland home near Tennyson, affectionately named Golden Pond, where he spent many years observing wildlife, entertaining family and friends, and generally enjoying life. He spent the last four years living at Atria Assisted Living in Newburgh.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Marie; and his son, Bruce; his parents; four sisters, Verneta Ayer, Iona Selzer, Opal Hudson, and Doris Woolems; and three brothers, Edward, Glenn, and Kenneth.
Fred is survived by a brother, Cleon (Carrie), of Chrisney; a sister, Janice, of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Randall (Bertie Jo), of Tennyson (Golden Pond) and Rick (Kim), of Brandenburg, Ky.; twin daughters, Kim (Greg) Cron, of Lamar, and Kay (Ron) Yearby, of Bloomington. He is also survived by eight grandsons, Ben Ayer, of Richland, Ronnie Yearby and Drew Ayer, of Bloomington, Dusty Ayer, of Tennyson, Cory Hayden, of Fort Wayne, Justin Ayer, Jarred Ayer, and Jesse Ayer, of Brandenburg, Ky.; five granddaughters, Amanda Fischer, of Rockport, Kristi Westervelt, of PyongTek, South Korea, Jenny Hollander, of Bloomington, Kayla Turner, of Midway Park, N.C., and Rachel Ayer, of Brandenburg, Ky.; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services are at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Boultinghouse Funeral Home in Rockport with Pastor Mike Turner officiating the ceremony. Burial follows at Oak Hill Cemetery in Chrisney.
Visitation is on Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.and Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Autism Society of America, the South Spencer Scholarship Foundation, the IU Health Hospice House, or the Spencer County Hospice.
Friends unable to attend may send a condolence to the family at www.BoultinghouseFuneralHome.com
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Published in Courier Press on Aug. 18, 2014