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Nathan Zeno Bridwell, 98, of Jasonville, died at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, in Hoosier Village Health Center, Indianapolis. He was born May 9, 1919, to Roy and Rebecca Pearl (Clark) Bridwell.
He graduated from Midland High School, Indiana State Teachers College, and Indiana University. He taught music and art in various Indiana school districts as well as serving as audio-visual director for the Southwest School Corporation in Sullivan County.
He belonged to Lebanon Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He also attended Shakamak Community Church and Bible Study there.
Nathan was actively involved in the Jasonville Community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce, Shakamak School Board, and various groups working for the Shakamak Medical Center, State Park improvements, Good Samaritan Home, etc. He recently received the Ed Shepherd Award for his community work.
He was an avid reader, having read the Bible more than 120 times; he enjoyed music, art and his dogs. Always an encourager, educator and networker, he was interested in the people around him.
Survived by daughters, Marsha (Jim) McDaniel and Lucia (Louis) Ross, all of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Lisa (Jeff) McDaniel Stang, Ashley Nathan Ross; great-grandchildren, Eleanor and Evelyn Stang; stepchildren, Gary (Barbara) Howlett, Nora Howlett; stepgrandchildren, Mike (Jen) Howlett; stepgreat-grandchildren, Evelyn and Sabastan Howlett.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elsie Ross; first wife, Eleanor (Peavey) Bridwell on Aug. 1, 1980; second wife, Helen Mae (Cooprider) Howlett-Bridwell on Sept. 24, 2014; and stepson, Joe Howlett.
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home, 218 South Meridian St., Jasonville. Visitation is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Shakamak Community Church; 5730 West State Road 48; Jasonville. Funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, with Pastors Ron Riggs, Mike Rotman and Chris McKinney officiating. Interment will be at Lebanon Cemetery in Midland.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Nathan to Shakamak Community Church, Lebanon Baptist Church or Greene County Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the church.
Published on October 26, 2017
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