Orville Frank Vawter, Jr.

Orville Frank Vawter, Jr., 57, of New Palestine, passed away on May 24, 2012, in Indianapolis. Born on April 30, 1955, in Beech Grove, he was the son of Orville Frank Vawter, Sr. and Elizabeth L. (Reddehase) Vawter.

Orville married Karen “Betty” Elizabeth Taylor on May 13, 1988, in Indianapolis. He owned Vawter Automotive in New Palestine and was active at the Indianapolis Speedrome with the Tunny Racing Team. He dedicated his life to the automotive industry. Additionally, he loved fishing in Canada and vacationing at Dale Hollow Lake.

 Surviving him are his beloved dog, Tubbs; children, Bettina (Jesse) Bradley, Tracey (Chad) Hamor both of Omaha, Neb., Rodney (Vonda) Vawter of New Palestine, Robert Vawter of Wanamaker, Deonna R. Vawter of Martinsville, Elizabeth (William) Alexander and Matthew McKinnis both of Indianapolis; siblings, Sharon (John) England of Kentucky, Ruth Ann (John) Dailey of Indianapolis, and John (Donna) Vawter of New Palestine; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Brandy Pedigo.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Karen “Betty” Vawter in 2011; brothers, Fred Vawter, Richard Vawter, and Frank Vawter; and his beloved dog, Shadow.

 Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012, at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the mortuary. Burial will take place at New Palestine Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Orville, c/o Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield, IN. 46140. Friends may share a memory or send a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.