Larry R. Spurgeon, 71, of Brownstown, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.
Larry was a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church, where he had served as elder and on a variety of church committees. He retired after 30 years as Jackson County chief probation officer in 2001. He was owner and funeral director at Spurgeon Funeral Home for more than 50 years.
Larry was active in the community, having belonged to a variety of organizations and committees over the years. He was a member of Washington Lodge 13 F&AM in Brownstown, Community Foundation of Jackson County, Brownstown Lions Club and Indiana Funeral Directors Association. He served as president of the Fairview Cemetery Association and Fairview Cemetery Foundation. As president of the Brownstown Jaycees, he was instrumental in working with the town board to establish the Brownstown Parks and Recreation Department. Larry was a volunteer in helping to restore the Royal Theatre for Jackson County Community Theatre.
While serving as probation officer, he helped establish probation programs, including Jackson County Juvenile Home, Volunteers in Probation, the Community Corrections program and the juvenile court referee position. He was appointed by Gov. Ed Whitcomb to the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Indiana Youth Council. He was presented the Sagamore of the Wabash honor by Jackson Circuit Court Judge Robert R. Brown on behalf of Gov. Evan Bayh.
Larry also enjoyed woodworking and working in his yard. He enjoyed spending time in the Florida Keys, visiting relatives throughout the country and spending time with his grandsons. He served in the U.S. Air Force on both active and reserve status.
Born Aug. 13, 1945, in Seymour, he was the son of H. Jack and Margaret Terkhorn Spurgeon. On Aug. 20, 1967, in Brownstown, he married Mary Sue Robertson.
Besides his wife, he is survived by sons, R. Douglas (Suzan) Spurgeon of Memphis, Tennessee, and J. Todd (Joyce) Spurgeon of Sellersburg. Other survivors include a brother, Jack D. (Doris) Spurgeon of Brownstown, and a sister, Sally Jo Bogard of Gahanna, Ohio. His grandchildren are Chandler Spurgeon of Memphis, Tennessee, and Justin Spurgeon and Will Spurgeon of Sellersburg. Several nieces and nephews and their families also survive.
Family members preceding Larry in death were his parents and brother-in-law, Lanny Bogard.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Brownstown Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John VanderZee, the Rev. Duane Aelick and Pastor Jack Belk officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown and from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Brownstown Presbyterian Church or the Omer and Jean Terkhorn Scholarship Fund through the Community Foundation of Jackson County.
Online memorials and condolences may be made at spurgeonfh.com.