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Joseph L. Elmore, 63

Monday, March 14, 2005 12:20 AM EST

Joseph L. Elmore, 63, Peru, passed away at 12:25 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2005 at Dukes Memorial Hospital.

Elmore was born on December 25, 1941 in Holy Cross, Ky. to Frank and Crozier (Cecil) Elmore. He married Mary Arlene (Hicks) Elmore in Holy Cross on September 19, 1964.

He served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 until retirement in 1980. Following his retirement, Elmore served as the Peru-Miami County zoning administrator from 1981 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 2003. Elmore also served as the manager of the Peru License Branch from 1990 to 1995.

Elmore was president-elect of the Phi Delta Kappa fraternity, and was a member of the American Legion Glen Owens Post #14, Miami County VFW Post 2067, the Peru Maennerchor and St. Charles Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Ball State University, where he earned a B.S. in political science. While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Elmore was awarded three Air Medals, the Air Force Commen-dation Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Cheryl Giannuzzi and husband John, Noblesville; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Teague and husband Randy, Jessica Giannuzzi and Jennifer Giannuzzi; three great-grandchildren, Brianna Brabham, Lizzey Light and Justin Teague; two brothers, Donnie Elmore and wife Michelle, New Haven, Ky.; Estil Elmore and wife Marilyn, Fern Creek, Ky.; four sisters, Louise Hicks, Holy Cross, Geraldine Fogle and husband Avon, Holy Cross, Gondola Miles and husband Werner, Bardstown, Ky., and Theresa Raley and husband Sam, Lebanon Junction, Ky.

Elmore was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at noon today at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, Peru, with the Reverend Francis I. Kilcline III officiating.

Burial will be at the Ever Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.

Military graveside services will be conducted by members of the Miami County Military Rites Unit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society or the St. Charles Catholic Church.

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