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October 23, 2019

3/17/2014 1:52:00 PM
Maurice Dwayne Tennell, 83

Maurice Dwayne Tennell a volunteer first responder

Maurice Dwayne Tennell, 83, of Flat Rock died Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis.

No services are planned. Burial of his cremains will be at Flat Rock Cemetery at a later date. Norman Funeral Home in Hope was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Tennell was owner and operator of Tennell's Small Engine Repair in Flat Rock and was previously employed at Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Shelbyville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, served 30 years as a first responder for the Flat Rock Fire Department and served on the Citizen's Committee in Flat Rock. Mr. Tennell enjoyed driving garden tractors in tractor pulls and was a member of Southern Indiana Tractor Pullers Association.

Born January 30, 1931, in Boggstown, Mr. Tennell was the son of Cecil and Dorothy Goff Tennell. He married Sharon Lambert August 16, 1991. She survives.

Other survivors include daughters, Sherri (Jerry) Erwin of Flat Rock and Tammy Boling of North Vernon; stepchildren, Dana Lambert of Fortville and Darin Lambert of Flat Rock; grandchildren, Shawn Erwin of Indianapolis, Jeremy Erwin of Flat Rock, Aaron Fry of North Vernon, Megan Fry of Bedford and Heather Boling of North Vernon; seven step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and siblings, Harold (Martha) Tennell of Franklin, Ronnie (Jean) Tennell of Flat Rock and Rose Hellmich of Greensburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Doris Kendall, Betty Runshe and Norma Meal; and brothers, Cecil Jr. and Bill Tennell.

Memorial contributions may be donated to the American Lung Association through the funeral home.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Article comment by: Taylor Lambert (Tennell) Wilson

My papaw was my hero, my best friend, my secret keeper, my basketball game watching partner. I was his NASCAR buddy. We both loved tractor pulls. I did cadet fire training in honor of him and I work as an armed officer now. I hope you're proud and still volunteer fire.

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