Francis “Red” Lee Taflinger

Francis “Red” Lee Taflinger

Francis “Red” Lee Taflinger, 91, formerly of Newburgh, Ind., passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Springhurst Health Campus. Red was born July 28, 1921, in Lexington, Ind. to the late John and Dorothy (Geisendorf) Taflinger.

Red graduated from Lexington High School in 1940, and served in the Navy in WWII. He worked for Dravo Corporation and retired in 1986 from the Operating Engineers. Red married Margaret E. Jaco on August 30, 1951. Red loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and gardener. He was a true craftsman and made a variety of beautiful furniture. He was never idle, and was always ready to play a game of euchre. He enjoyed each and every day, and prided himself in never having a bad one. He never met a stranger and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He never left without handing out a piece of “driving” candy. Red was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Taflinger of Vero Beach, Fla.; sons, Robert (Kelly) Taflinger of Greenfield, James (Sue) Fowler of Moores Hill, Ind.; sister, Wilma Morris of Louisville, Ky.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Donna Stewart of Scottsburg, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret in 2000; sister, Helen Axt; brother, William Taflinger; and a daughter, Barbara Ann Knox.

Visitation will be 12 – 3 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel of Greenfield, with a remembrance of his life  immediately following at 3 p.m., with military rites provided by the Greenfield Veteran Honor Guard.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, Ind. at 12 p.m., Monday, April 15, 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock Regional Hospital Hospice, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, IN, 46140.

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