Billy J. Elwell, 81, of Knightsville, died Friday, June 6, 2003, at 8:53 p.m. at St. Vincent Clay Hospital.
He was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Clay County, the son of Clifford and Nelle McCullough Elwell.
He graduated from Staunton High School, class of 1940. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946, receiving two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
On June 14, 1941, he married Mary Lucille Thomas who preceded him in death in 1995.
He began his working career at American Vetrified Clay Plant. He worked at Allis Chalmers from 1951-1962. He served with the Indiana Department of Revenue Service from 1962-1966. During that time, he also served as the Posey Township Trustee. He retired from the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #157 in 1986.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW #1127 and the American Legion Post #2; Knightsville Masonic Lodge #409; Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute and a member of the Democratic Party.
He enjoyed boating, fishing, and watching his grandchildren play ball.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Donna Elwell of Brazil; grandsons, Scott Elwell and wife Jamie and Jeremy Elwell all of Brazil; great-grandchildren, Michael, Kinsey and Cassie Elwell, all of Brazil; brothers, Ted Elwell and Rex Elwell, both of Brazil; sister-in-law Verna Fortin of Brazil; brother-in-law Eldon Ward and wife Bev of Ft. Myers, Fla.; brother-in-law Jasper Thomas and sister-in-law Maxine Thomas both of DeMoine, Iowa; aunt, Ruth Brown of Brazil; friend Betty Dierdorf of Brazil and a large extended family.
Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with the Rev. William Price officiating. Music selections will be provided by Steve McCullough. Pallbearers will be Scott Elwell, Jeremy Elwell, Michael Elwell, Edward Johnston, Jerry Fortin and Gary Elwell. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post No. 2 and VFW No. 1127. Visitation will be today from 4 to 8 p.m. with military walk-in at 6:30 p.m. and Masonic Services at 7 p.m. Visitation will also be Tuesday prior to services. Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.