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Robert Jerome Gettelfinger

October 23, 1921 December 23, 2017
Robert Jerome Gettelfinger
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Robert Jerome Gettelfinger


Robert Jerome Gettelfinger, decorated WWII veteran and beloved father of Dennis, Nancy, Teri and Geoff, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2017 after a recent period of declining health. Robert was born October 23, 1921 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Raymond P. and Margaret S. Gettelfinger. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Doris M. Gettelfinger, sister, Jane F. Block and brothers, John B., Daniel J. and Raymond P. Gettelfinger. Surviving family members include his children, Dennis, Nancy, Teri and Geoff, brother, Ralph, sister, Mary and five grandchildren.

During WWII Robert served honorably with the Army Air Corps in the Burma/China theater, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Legion of Merit. He went on as a career officer to serve in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel in the Strategic Air Command. Robert then began a 2nd career with Educational Testing Service, Princeton NJ in Computer Operations. He retired in 1988 and moved with Doris to Charlotte, NC to live closer to his family.

As an active, lifetime member of the Catholic Church, Robert served as a Deacon for over 30 years, first at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, NJ and then St. Gabriel’s Church in Charlotte, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. CST on December 30 2017, at St. Bernard Catholic Church 7600 Hwy 337 NW, Depauw, IN with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 2:00-8:00 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Swarens Funeral Home, 1405 Hwy 64 NW, Ramsey, IN.

Robert was a devoted father and husband; he was dearly loved and admired by his family.
Dad, you are gone but never forgotten; your spirit lives within us now & forever in the way that you taught us, through example.

“A father’s love is like an island in life’s ocean vast and wide”












Robert Jerome Gettelfinger


Robert Jerome Gettelfinger, decorated WWII veteran and beloved father of Dennis, Nancy, Teri and Geoff, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2017 after a recent period of declining health. Robert was born October 23, 1921 in New Albany, Indiana to the late Raymond P. and Margaret S. Gettelfinger. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Doris M. Gettelfinger, sister, Jane F. Block and brothers, John B., Daniel J. and Raymond P. Gettelfinger. Surviving family members include his children, Dennis, Nancy, Teri and Geoff, brother, Ralph, sister, Mary and five grandchildren.

During WWII Robert served honorably with the Army Air Corps in the Burma/China theater, and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Legion of Merit. He went on as a career officer to serve in the U.S. Air Force for 27 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel in the Strategic Air Command. Robert then began a 2nd career with Educational Testing Service, Princeton NJ in Computer Operations. He retired in 1988 and moved with Doris to Charlotte, NC to live closer to his family.

As an active, lifetime member of the Catholic Church, Robert served as a Deacon for over 30 years, first at St. Paul’s Church in Princeton, NJ and then St. Gabriel’s Church in Charlotte, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. CST on January 30 2017, at St. Bernard Catholic Church 7600 Hwy 337 NW, Depauw, IN with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is 2:00-8:00 p.m. Friday and after 9 a.m. Saturday at Swarens Funeral Home, 1405 Hwy 64 NW, Ramsey, IN.

Robert was a devoted father and husband; he was dearly loved and admired by his family.
Dad, you are gone but never forgotten; your spirit lives within us now & forever in the way that you taught us, through example.

“A father’s love is like an island in life’s ocean vast and wide”

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Visitation

Friday

29

Dec

2:00 PM 12/29/2017 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/29/2017 8:00:00 PM
Swarens Funeral Home

1405 Highway 64 NW
Ramsey, IN 47166

Swarens Funeral Home
1405 Highway 64 NW Ramsey 47166 IN
United States

Visitation

Saturday

30

Dec

10:00 AM 12/30/2017 10:00:00 AM - 12:30 PM 12/30/2017 12:30:00 PM
Swarens Funeral Home

1405 Highway 64 NW
Ramsey, IN 47166

Swarens Funeral Home
1405 Highway 64 NW Ramsey 47166 IN
United States

Service

Saturday

30

Dec

1:00 PM 12/30/2017 1:00:00 PM
Saint Bernard Catholic Church

7600 Hwy 337 NW
Depauw, IN 47115

Saint Bernard Catholic Church
7600 Hwy 337 NW Depauw 47115 IN
United States
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