Harry C. Cherry, 99, of Seymour, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at his residence with his family by his side.
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Born May 21, 1915, in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Edward and Minnie Cherry. On Dec. 21, 1946, in Indianapolis, he married Georgie Enyert. She passed away May 29, 2013.
Harry was a graduate of George Washington High School in Indianapolis, where he excelled as a student athlete in football, basketball and track, in which he was a state pole vault champion. In September of 2013, he was inducted by George Washington High School into their "Wall of Distinction." After graduating from high school, he attended Indiana University, where he played football as a starting halfback for three years from 1934 to 1936. IU honored Harry with the 50 year I-Man and the 75 year I-Man awards. In 2010, he served as the IU football homecoming parade grand marshall. Harry held the distinction of being the oldest living IU football player.
During World War II, he served his country as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1941 to 1945; being stationed on Tinian Island. He stayed well connected to his old IU sports days by being an enthusiastic fan and supporter of IU football and basketball. He was also an avid golfer.
In 1980, he received the Citizen of the Year award from the Seymour Chamber of Commerce. In May of 1982, he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel. He started his career working with the youth in Indianapolis at the Boys Club field. During his career, he worked in several Boys Clubs and with the Boys Club camp. With the Boys Club, he was honored to receive the Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Several generations of young men in Seymour awarded him with the endearing title of "Mr. C." After a full career, he retired as executive director of the Boys Club in Seymour.
Harry was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Seymour, the IU Alumni Association, the Masonic Lodge, the Elks Lodge, the Lions Club, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his children, Steve Cherry and Mindy (Steve) Stanfield; grandchildren, Kyle (Amy) Stanfield and Kelly Stanfield; and great-grandchildren, Izzy and Callen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; eight brothers; and four sisters.
A funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Voss Chapel, Seymour, with the Rev. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery with a Voss dove release. Full military honors will be presented by the VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, DAV, Korean and Vietnam veterans, all of Seymour.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be written to Boys and Girls Club of Seymour.
Condolences may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
Voss and Sons Funeral Service
316 N. Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Aug. 10 to Aug. 18, 2014