Kenneth F. Tharp, 77, of Loogootee, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at Cypress Grove Rehabilitation Center in Newburgh after battling exposure to agent orange during his time in the Vietnam era.
Ken was born in Vincennes, Indiana on August 25, 1944, to Fredrick G. and Sylvia I. (Jones) Tharp. He married Carolyn Cannon on August 30, 1964, in Knox County.
Ken served during the Vietnam War.
He was a member of Shoals Christian Church, the American Legion Post #147, and the Loogootee American Legion Post #120.
Ken enjoyed gardening, fishing, taking care of his chickens, spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandson, Tyler.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Tharp of Loogootee; one daughter, Eva Marie Simpson of Loogootee; one grandson, Tyler Simmons of Loogootee; one niece, Staretta (Jeff) Vories of Vincennes; one nephew, Doug (Barbara) Marvel of Wheatland, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Alice (Chester) Partenheimer of Jasper; one brother-in-law, Jim (June) Cannon of Loogootee.
Preceding him in death are his parents and one son, Kent Alan Tharp; and one sister, Marvelene Marvel.
A funeral service for Kenneth F. Tharp will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper with burial to follow in Truelove Cemetery in Loogootee, Indiana. Mike Frances will officiate. The Loogootee American Legion Post #120 will perform military graveside rites. The pallbearers for the service will be; Jeff, Jason and Jared Vories, Doug Marvel, Tyler Simmons and Tyler Devine.
A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. service time on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors or a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.