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Donald Joe Bledsoe

July 26, 1934 ~ September 24, 2020 (age 86)

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Donald Joe Bledsoe, 86, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at his residence.

He was born in French Lick, Indiana on July 26th, 1934 to Otto Bledsoe and Alma (Quinn) Bledsoe.

Joe married Ina Jean Elrod on September 24th, 1955 and she preceded him in death on July 29th, 2019.

He was also preceded in death by his Parents; (2) Sons – Dickie and Doug Bledsoe; (4) Brothers – Sandford, Garrett, Ernest and Dean Bledsoe; and (1) Sister – Charlene Wininger.

Joe was a 1953 graduate of West Baden Springs High School and a member of Sulphur Creek Church. 

He retired from Kimball Piano after working for 25 years where he made piano hammers.  He also farmed and raised hogs and cattle.

Joe enjoyed pitching horseshoes and was State Horseshoe Champion Division II.

He is survived by:

(1) Son David J. Bledsoe (Leah) French Lick, Indiana

(3) Daughters Debra J. Gerkin (Kevin) Dorr, Michigan
Diana J. Dillard Paoli, Indiana
Donna J. Bledsoe West Baden Springs, Indiana

(9) Grandchildren (10) Great-Grandchildren and one on the way

A Graveside Ceremony will be conducted by Pastor John Moffatt on Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sulphur Creek Cemetery, French Lick, Indiana.

Friends may call on Monday, September 28th, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, French Lick, Indiana.

We ask that all who attend please comply to social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering while paying your respects to the family.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Sulphur Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Elvin Freeman, 6196 W. County Rd 275S, French Lick, IN 47432.

Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home in French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made on our Facebook page at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home or at our website –

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September 28, 2020

5:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Brosmer - Kemple Funeral Home
9640 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432

Graveside Ceremony
September 29, 2020

11:00 AM
Sulphur Creek Cemetery, West Baden Springs, Indiana

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