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Donald R. Tharp was born October 17, 1937 in Greencastle, Indiana to Harry and Gladys (Keller) Tharp. He graduated from Fillmore High School in 1956. He received a bachelor's degree from Butler University before attending IU School of Dentistry. Don served as a dental officer during the Vietnam War. He had a private dental practice in Greencastle, Indiana for six years before accepting a position at the IU School of Dentistry, ultimately serving as Associate Dean before retiring in 2001. Don served on the Danville Town Council (Park Commissioner), church elder, and the Little League Baseball Board. He was a lifetime Chicago Cubs fan and finally saw a World Series Championship! Don is survived by his wife, Gail (O'Brien) Tharp, daughter Maureen (Steve) Elliott of Danville grandchildren Seth of Niles, Michigan and Sarah Elliott of Danville, and his sister Marleen (Kenny) Ames of Fillmore, Indiana. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Gladys (Keller) Tharp. In support of a nephew who recently lost his life to ALS, the family is asking that donations be made to BlackRock College Advantage 529, PO BOX 9783 Providence, RI 02940, Acct #0005364104. Calling hours will be on Monday May 8, 2017 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the West Bridge Church 1521 South County Road 75 West Danville, Indiana 46122. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in the church. Baker Funeral Home, Danville is handling arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.bakerfuneralservice.com.
Published on May 5, 2017
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