Joseph E. Fidger
91, of Indianapolis, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013. Joe was born on August 16, 1921 in Indianapolis to the late Joseph F., Sr. and Mary A. Fidger. Surviving are his children, William Ted Fidger and his wife Regina "Reggie" of Denver, CO and Jolynne Wilhoit and her husband David of Carmel, IN. He will be greatly missed by all, including his grandsons Nicholas and Weston whom he dearly loved. Also surviving are Mary Sanders, his first wife, and close nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, John F., Jr., William T. and Robert D. Fidger.
Joe graduated from George Washington High School in 1939. He enlisted in the Navy on September 12, 1941 and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters. He completed training at Pensacola, FL and was certified as an Ensign in the USNR and appointed a Naval Aviator on May 26, 1944. While in the Pacific he flew the SBD, a dive bomber, and the F6F Fighter Plane. He was assigned to the USS Kula Gulf, an aircraft carrier.
Joe received orders to return to active duty on March 17, 1946. He was promoted to Lt. (JG) and reported to Naval Air Training Base, Corpus Christi, TX as a flight instructor. He completed this duty on June 21, 1947. Joe resigned his commission in the USNR and received an honorable discharge on May 16, 1956.
He was a member of the Cloverdale (IN) Christian Church, the American Legion Post 500, Speedway, IN and a life member of the VFW Post 1550 of Greencastle, IN.
Joe was Secretary/Treasurer of the Speedway Machine and Tool Company for many years.
Joe was fortunate that he enjoyed good health up until the last week of his life. He loved to spend Saturdays with his daughter and holidays with his family. He especially liked to read anything related to the Hubble telescope discoveries, the Wild West and the Bible. The family would like to thank the St. Vincent Trauma Team and ICU personnel for the care he received. They also want to acknowledge all of Joe's friends and loved ones at Crawford Manor and The Friendly Tavern. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Joe and our family.
There will be no calling or service at this time. Private graveside services with military honors will be held in August at Floral Park Cemetery.
Contributions in Joe's memory may be made to Crawford Manor Resident's Fund, 9940 Hoosier Village Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Arrangements entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Car mel . Expressions of condolences and sympathy may be shared with Joe's family at: http://www.flannerbuchanan.com