Donald H. Etienne
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Donald Howard Etienne, 63, of Leopold, passed away on March 16, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Don was born in Tell City on November 22, 1949, son of the late Howard Etienne and Ida Mae (Cunningham) Etienne. Don was a 1967 graduate of Perry Central High School. On June 2, 1972, at Neu Chapel on the University of Evansville campus he married the former Rebecca Miller, who survives.
Dedicated to a life of service, Don served in the United States Army in Vietnam, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2939. He worked at Southern Indiana Power for 40 years, served as a Perry County Commissioner for 12 years, served as president of both the Perry and Spencer County Chambers of Commerce, served as vice-president of the Perry County Development Corporation and was a member of the Perry County Hospital Board, the Tell City Kiwanis and St. Augustine Catholic Church. He coached little league at Perry Central for 10 years, coached Perry Central sixth grade basketball and Future Stars, and, along with his wife, coached the first girls varsity basketball team. Don enjoyed golf and farming, especially caring for his cattle and mending the fences. His love of children brought joy to all those around him.
Don is survived by his spouse of 40 years, Rebecca (Miller) Etienne; a daughter, Jody (Jediah) French; sons, Joshua (Kristi) Etienne and Jared Etienne (Cherie Zellers); five grandchildren, Jace, Camiren, Jada, Justin, Jaylie and a sixth grandchild to arrive on March 24. He has four sisters, Barbara (Randy) Beckman, Lanesville, Sheila (Luther) Giltner, Sullivan, Marlene (Larry) James, Leopold and Joanne (Tony) Flamion, Leopold; Howard's second wife, Rosemary Etienne and her children, Etta (Ronnie) Clark, Newburgh, Marilyn (Kenny) Beckman, English, Larry Hubert, Bandon and Greg (Brenda) Hubert, of St. Croix.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Leopold, with burial in the church cemetery with Rev. Brian Esarey and Rev. Dennis Duvelius officiating. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2939 will conduct military graveside rites. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Huber Funeral Home, 1139 12th Street, Tell City, Ind.
Memorial contributions may be made to Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Perry Central Athletic Department.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family online at www.huberfuneralhome.net.
Huber Funeral Home
1139 Twelfth Street
Tell City, IN 47586
Published in Courier Press on Mar. 18, 2013