Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

November 20, 2012

Fonzie Humphress


— Fonzie Humphress died Sunday.

Born Oct. 24, 1930, in Taylor County, Ky., he was a son of the late Walter and Mary (Chappell) Humphress. He married Joyce Stevens on Jan. 11, 1953, and she survives.

Mr. Humphress graduated in 1950 from New Winchester High School, where he was a star athlete, competing in track, baseball, and basketball.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, leaving the service with the rank of sergeant. He was a master carpenter and had a national reputation as a bridge builder. Among the projects on which he worked were the Eagle Creek Dam in Indianapolis and the Gil Hodges Bridge over the east fork of the White River near Petersburg.

Mr. Humphress was a 61-year member of the Groveland Masonic Lodge and belonged to Danville Christian Church where he served in the sanctuary choir and as a deacon.

Additional survivors include children Jean (Zan) Eskelson and Janet (Ed) Moore; grandchildren Andrea (Frank) Essig, Shaya Firkins, and Dustin Firkins; and great-grandchildren Timothy Firkins, Frank Essig, and Alexandria Essig.

Services are 1 p.m. Friday at Weaver & Randolph Funeral Home in Danville. Interment will be at New Winchester Cemetery.

Calling at the funeral home is for two hours prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Danville Christian Church, 180 W. Main St., Danville, IN 46122.

Online condolences may be made at www.weaverandrandolphfuneralhomes.com.