Richard Tolen



Richard Tolen, 78, of Seymour passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Seymour.

Born April 16, 1938, in Columbus, he was the son of Clarence Edward and Ruby Lucille Ross Tolen, both of whom preceded him in death. He married his wife of 56 years, Carole Ann Bridgewater, on Sept. 23, 1960, at First United Methodist Church in Seymour. She survives.

Richard was a member of East Columbus United Methodist Church. He graduated from Columbus High School then went on to obtain his associate degree in engineering from Purdue. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Cummins Engine Co., where his position was plant lay-out technician, after more than 40 years of service. He was a member of American Legion Post 89 in Seymour.

Other survivors include his children, Lisa Tolen (Roman) Munguia, Ross Tolen, Paul Tolen and Raini Tolen; grandchildren, Brett Khune, Carl McKinney, Charity McKinney and Ariadna Munguia; great-grandchildren, Bliss Tolen, Connor Garza and Santiago Avila; brothers, Robert Tolen, David Tolen and Jerry Tolen; sisters, Deloris “Peach” Baker, Bonnie Tolen and Joyce Mathis; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Tolen, and sisters, Mary Noblitt and Linda Garris.

The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Voss Chapel with Pastor Robin Everhart officiating. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s research.

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