Ernest W. Avery, 89, of Michigantown, IN, died at 7:05 a.m. January 9, 2010 at Wesley Manor. Born September 7, 1920 in Michigantown, IN to Fay & Lucy (Paris) Avery. He married Rosemary Mundy on December 26, 1942 and she died on November 17, 2003. He then married Dorothy ‘Dot’ Grundlock on March 18, 2006 and she died on June 23, 2008.
Mr. Avery graduated from Michigantown High School in 1938, Purdue University Business Short Course in 1939, Machine Tool Vocational Training in 1941 and Aircraft Engine Mechanic School in 1942. He worked at Allison Division of General Motors in Indianapolis before entering the Marines. A veteran of the United States Air Marine Corps, he served from 9-9-1942 to 11-27-1945 in the South Pacific during WWII supporting V.M.F. 214th and 215th, Corsair & P-51 Fighter Squadrons. He attained the rank of Sergeant and provided primary ground crew support the 215th, P-51 Corsair Fighting Squadron. In addition, he helped support the famous 214th Corsair Fighting Squadron (Major Greg “Pappy” Boyington’s Black Sheep Squadron). In total, Sergeant Avery’s ground crew supported Corsair pilots that shot down 356 Japanese “Zero” aircraft. He farmed his family farm for 50 years while also working at Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo, IN, retiring in 1982 after 17 years. He raised Poland China swine, Aberdeen Angus cattle and blue ribbon Oxford quality sheep.
He was a charter member of the Clinton Central High School Music Patrons, Michigantown and Frankfort Library communities and was a life member of the Clinton County Historical Society, where Ernest and Rosemary were very active and instrumental in seeing it come to fruition and also in helping it attain its wares and displays. He was also a member of United Auto Workers of America Local 685, Royal Order of the Scottish Rite, Marine Corps League, Future Farmers Association. A member of the Michigantown Christian Church, the Avery family helped provide a proper parking lot for the church. The Avery family also provided the property where the new Michigantown Library stands.
Ernest and Rosemary met on an ice rink in Indianapolis while she was employed at L. S. Ayres there. She had been named 1st runner up to Miss Indianapolis. They continued their love of ice skating and travel throughout their lives---while their children and grandchildren were stationed in various posts throughout Europe and the US. He and Rosemary enjoyed dressing up and playing the parts of George and Martha Washington, visiting local schools and riding in parades. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his grandchildren on the farm.
Visitation and Services
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Wesley Manor Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. at Goodwin Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at Wesley Manor Chapel. Burial will be in Whiteman Cemetery, Michigantown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Michigantown Christian Church, Michigantown Library, Wesley Manor or Paw Pals of Clinton County, envelopes will be available.
Son: Stephen L. (Mary Ann) Avery of Indianapolis, IN
Daughter: Patricia A. (Pete) Flynn of Gallatin, TN
Brother: Samuel “Barney” (Betty) Avery of Frankfort
Sister: Esta Avery Cox of Frankfort
6 Grandchildren: Peter James Flynn III, Aaron S. Avery, Andrea Flynn (Geoff) Jensen, Lindsey Avery (Chris) Nelson, Andrew “Drew” Avery and Wm. Skyler Avery
4 Great Grandchildren: Austin Avery, Jack Greyson Jensen, Wyatt Flynn Jensen and Clifford Nelson
He was preceded in death by one sister, Julia Avery Farley.