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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.

Online condolences can be sent to the family at bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.

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  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.