Donald Howard Etienne, 63, of Leopold, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Don was born in Tell City Nov. 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.
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 Corp. 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; his children, Jody (Jediah) French, Joshua (Kristi) Etienne and Jared Etienne (Cherie Zellers); five grandchildren, Jace, Camiren, Jada, Justin, Jaylie and a sixth grandchild to arrive March 24; four sisters, Barbara (Randy) Beckman of Lanesville, Sheila (Luther) Giltner of Sullivan, Marlene (Larry) James of Leopold and Joanne (Tony) Flamion of Leopold; Howard's second wife, Rosemary Etienne and her children, Etta (Ronnie) Clark of Newburgh, Marilyn (Kenny) Beckman of English, Larry Hubert of Bandon and Greg (Brenda) Hubert of St. Croix.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Leopold, with burial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Brian Esarey and Dennis Duvelius will officiate. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post2939 will conduct military graveside rites.
Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, (today) and 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at Huber Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Perry Central Athletic Department.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.huberfuneralhome.net