MIDDLETOWN — John Thomas Putnam Sr., 67, resident of Middletown, passed away Jan. 5, 2006, at his residence after an extended illness.

He was born June 6, 1938, in Indianapolis, the son of Norbert Joseph and Dorothy Catherine Sapp Putnam.

He moved to Middletown in 1977 and was past president of the Middletown Lions Club. He loved youth football and began the Northside Indy Football League, the Shenandoah Youth Football and CYO.

He was a member of St. Judes Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

He had been constable of Washington Township and worked for Western Electric as a pipefitter. He had owned and operated Precision Transmission in Anderson and Muncie since 1975 retiring in 2000.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 30th Infantry 3rd Division in Germany.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Gardner) Putnam of Middletown; two sons, Steven Putnam of Chesterfield and Michel (Kim) Putnam of Indianapolis; three daughters, Shareen (John) Klasing of Chicago, Theresa Pritchard of Indianapolis, and Michelle (Jeffrey) Huff of Middletown; three additional children whom he raised, Kathy (Bill) Miller of Indianapolis, John (Mary) Harbor of Lebanon and Danny (Brenda) Harbor of Minnesota; 16 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Thomas Putnam Jr.; and a brother, Norbert Joseph Putnam Jr.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Judes Catholic Church in Indianapolis with prayer services at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ballard and Sons Funeral Home, 118 S. Fifth St., Middletown and from 3 to 8 p.m. at G. H. Herrmann Funeral Home Madison Chapel, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8465 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis, IN 46420.

Online guestbook:

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