Obituary for James R "Bob" Childs Sr

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James R "Bob" Childs Sr

June 12, 1926 - August 18, 2013

James R. "Bob" Childs, Sr., age 87 passed away peacefully Sunday morning, August 18, 2013 at his home in Brown County.

He was born in Brown County on June 12, 1926 to his parents, the late Theodore & Lola Childs. Bob was a 1944 graduate of Helmsburg High School and went on to serve as a Private First Class with the United States Army during World War II. After serving his country, he came home and married Dora E. Hollan on August 9, 1947 in Nashville. She preceded him in death on May 13, 2002 after 54 devoted years of marriage.

Bob was retired from the Hugh J. Baker Company in Indianapolis where he was the Maintenance Supervisor and was a member of the Brown County Community Christian Church. He was very mechanically inclined and was always working on old clocks, Victrola record players or automobiles. Bob also enjoyed traveling with his family on camping trips and working puzzles.

Bob is survived by his children: Robert Joe Childs, Sr., Ronald Lee Childs, Donald Lee Childs, James R. Childs, Jr. & Robin E. Childs all of Indianapolis, Roger A. Childs of Brown County, Gregory L. Childs of Yuma, AZ & Jerry C. Childs of Florida. He will be remembered by his sister: Blanche Daughtery of Florida; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren & great-great grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by one daughter: Noretta Diane Spurlock-Wilkerson; three siblings: Mary Voland, Clinton & Ted Childs; and one great-great grandson: Bryson Norris.

The Rev. Ken Smith will conduct a funeral service on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Brown County Community Christian Church, 2370 Main Street in Helmsburg. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until service time on Wednesday at the church. A graveside service will be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery in Martinsville with Military Rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Bob to the Brown County Community Christian Church "Building Fund" 2370 Main Street, Helmsburg, IN 47435.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Childs family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: June 12, 1926
Died: August 18, 2013

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Laura Young, for TRIAD posted on 1/1/00

Dear family, All of us with TRIAD send you our sympathy and share in your sorrow. We knew Bob a long time and appreciated his interests and his gentleness. We will miss him. Pete Schrougham, Carol Morgan, Ken Morgan, Ralph Pierce, Becky Pierce, Lois Followell, Violet Miller, Margo Hash, Dick Young, and Laura Young