H. Joe “Butch” Maschino


H. Joe “Butch” Maschino, 65, of North Vernon passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenwood.

Born May 20, 1950, in Jennings County, he was the son of Chester and Grace More Maschino, both of whom preceded him in death. On Sept. 5, 1970, he married Patricia McKain, who survives.

Joe graduated from Jennings County High School in 1968 and served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Rich (DD820) during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Maschino Small Engines in North Vernon for 25 years.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and American Legion. For many years, he dressed as Santa Claus for various organizations, community and family events. He also participated in parades, events and trail riding activities, riding his mule Lynn and pulling his buggy.

Other survivors include sons, Craig (Carrie) Maschino of Terre Haute and Keith Maschino of Pineville, Kentucky; sisters, Doris Tormoehlen and Laverne Taskey, both of Seymour, Helen Elkins of Commiskey and Christine Fordice of Hayden; brothers, Alvin “Bud” Maschino and Ernie Maschino, both of Hayden, and Alan Maschino of Commiskey; and grandchildren, Spencer, Caroline, Meredith, Savannah, Cheyenne, Samantha, Austin, Kara, Nakia and Jacob Maschino.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Carolyn Ann Spicer and Marilyn Braley.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hayden with the Rev. Jerry Byrd officiating. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors.

A rosary service will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral and Cremation Services in North Vernon.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Online condolences may be made at sawyerfuneralservice.com.