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Carroll Milton DeCamp, 90
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Carroll Milton DeCamp

Carroll Milton DeCamp was well known for talent in musical composition

Carroll Milton DeCamp, 90, of Hanover and formerly of North Vernon, died Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:34 a.m. at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

Funeral services were Monday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with Rev. Ted L. Richmond officiating. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery. Mr. DeCamp was a 1940 graduate of Vernon High School and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served in the South Pacific.

A musician from an early age, Mr. DeCamp taught himself to play piano and guitar as well as to arrange music. He wrote his first arrangement at the age of 16. He earned a degree in Music Composition from Jordan College of Music at Butler University.

Mr DeCamp went on to write over 100 arrangements and/or compositions published for stage, concert and marching bands, combos and choirs. He wrote an Overture for the opening of Clowes Hall in 1963 and in 1997 wrote a special piece of music for the dedication of the new Jennings County Public Library.

Mr. DeCamp also performed as the lead member of the Carroll DeCamp Trio, which played at nearly 200 venues in Indianapolis over 30 years. In the 1970s, he left Indianapolis to return home to North Vernon and his home. When asked to describe himself, he said, "A writer am I," and added "there is no orchestra in the world as good as the one in my head," a testimony to the thought process of a gifted composer, arranger and musician.

In addition to arranging music he painted water colors, sketches and wrote. Mr. DeCamp was a member of the former Madison Country Club, the Meridian Hills and Indianapolis Country Club, Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, the American Federation of Musicians Local 3 and the Christian Science Church in North Vernon.

Born November 25, 1922 in Indianapolis, Mr. DeCamp was the son of Russell B. and Doris Mildred Carver DeCamp.

Survivors include his companion of 39 years, Druzilla "Ziddy" Matthews of Hanover; brothers, Richard and Malcom Ray DeCamp, both of North Vernon and Curtis (Kaye) DeCamp of Australia; sisters, Diane (Charles) Smith and Joyce (Charlie) Campbell, both of North Vernon; aunt, Helen Redmond of Columbus; stepdaughter, Jenny; his companion's grandchildren, Christy (Bryan) Bailey, Tracy (Jon) Aszkler and Amanda (Darnell) Archey and her great-grandchildren, Breydan, Logan, Kelsey, Jonathan, Abby, Allie and Ava.

In addition to his parents, Mr. DeCamp was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Ann DeCamp and his companion's son, Robert Joseph Matthews.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society through the funeral home.

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