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Kenneth "Ken" E. Tuxhorn, 84, Nashville

Ken Edward Tuxhorn, 84, Nashville, passed away peacefully with his family members at his side Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.  Ken was born Feb. 2, 1929, to Alma and Oscar Tuxhorn in Indianapolis.

Ken was founder and director of Outdoor Educational Activities Incorporated, a nonprofit organization at Bear Wallow in Brown County for 64 years. He had a passion for nature and the outdoors, but he will be remembered mostly for helping young people become better citizens of this world.

In 1949, he created the Yellowwood Trail. It was a 20.1 mile trail that started in Morgan/Monroe State Forest and finished at Trail Headquarters at his home on Bear Wallow Hill. Soon after, Ken started constructing hiking and biking trails throughout Brown County. His other trails were the American Heritage, 10 O’Clock Line, Tulip Tree Trace, White Water Canal, the Brown County Bike Trail, and the Flags of the Nations. The Flags of the Nations was a memorable trail not only to the hikers, but to a passerby as well, because 112 flags from around the world hung on flagpoles at the beginning of the trail. The program also offered outdoor primitive camping, an indoor sleeping facility, and meals for the guests. At the conclusion of each trail, hikers could purchase awards for their hard work. Awards were beautifully crafted patches and medals that Ken designed.

Ken was married to Barbara Ramsey Nov. 24, 1956 at Beck Chapel by Dr. Beck on the campus of Indiana University. They were the third couple married at the chapel. She survives in Brown County.

Ken graduated from Warren Central High School in 1947. He went on to earn his bachelors in philosophy and social sciences from Indiana University in 1952. After World War II and during his sophomore year at I.U., Ken took a one-year trip to Europe and bicycled throughout the continent. He biked through England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, North Africa, and Tunisia. Because of this experience, Ken came back to Indiana to start Bear Wallow.

In his early years, Ken worked as a school teacher for the Kniman school system. He then moved to Brown County and worked as a school teacher and principal at Sprunica in Brown County.

One of his greater achievements and honors was receiving the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Mitch Daniels Oct. 29, 2006.

Ken and Barbara had two children, Bruce Tuxhorn and Jenny Tuxhorn Thomas. Jenny preceded him in death in 1979. Bruce (Mary) Tuxhorn survives in Brown County. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Matthew Tuxhorn, Jennifer Hiday, and Garrett Tuxhorn; two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Gavin; a sister, Laverna Hawkins; and a nephew, Brad Hawkins.

Visitation was to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, at Bond Mitchell Funeral Home. Pastor Darrell Miller will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Burial will be immediately following the service at Brown County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brown County Humane Society or American Cancer Society. Ken was a kind-hearted, loving man who cared about the well-being of his fellow man. He was a teacher, mentor, and friend. He had a zest for life like no other and believed that hard work would take a person far. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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  • August 29
    Watermelon fundraiser on Village Green
    1 to 4 p.m. Village Green, Main and Jefferson streets
  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 3
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane