Kathryn "Katy" Kirkpatrick Huehl
97, died November 30. Born in Indianapolis, Ind., on February 14, 1916, she graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where she earned a bachelor's degree in social studies and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Katy's life was defined by her passion for education and community service.
A strong believer in the power of knowledge, she taught social studies at Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for five years after graduating from college.
At age 25, in the midst of World War II, she left work to serve in the American Red Cross in Europe for two years. She remained involved with the organization throughout her life in various roles. She received the organization's Outstanding Volunteer award in 1972 and in 2013 was recognized for 70 years of service.
She was also heavily involved with the Girl Scouts of America, beginning when she served as a counselor at Camp Dellwood as a college student. She led a Girl Scout troop in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and later served as leader for her daughters' scout troop. Katy was active with the Hoosier Capital Girl Scout Council and served as President from 1962 to 1965.
She served as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Methodist Hospital of Indianapolis, the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA Foundation, the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. She was named a Distinguished Hoosier in November 2012 by Gov. Mitch Daniels.
She was preceded in death by parents Louis and Mary Pearl Kirkpatrick, brother Louis Gene Kirkpatrick, husband Walter H. Huehl, daughter Judith Anne Scholtz and son-in-law Ronald Ravneberg.
She is survived by daughter Janet Ravneberg of Columbus, Ohio; son-in-law Robert Scholtz Jr. of Columbus, Ind.; grandson Robert (Jenny) Scholtz III of Richmond, Va.; granddaughter Kathryn (Chad) Tolen of West Lafayette, Ind.; granddaughter Christina Ravneberg of Los Angeles; grandson David Ravneberg (Mary Butler) of Madison, Wis.; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating Katy's life will be held on Saturday, December 7 at 10 a.m. at Marquette, Foundation Hall, 8140 Township Line Road, Indianapolis. Friends may greet the family after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to two organizations close to Katy's heart: American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46202 or Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Suite 100, 2611 Waterfront Parkway East Drive, Indianapolis, Ind., 46214.
Flanner and Buchanan - Broad Ripple has been entrusted with arrangements.
Friends and family wishing to leave condolences may do so at: http://www.flannerbuchanan.com