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Russell Kirts, 90, Columbus

Russell Kirts, 90, Columbus, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.

Born in Brown County Oct. 3, 1923, he was son of Lewis Kirts and Lydia Wolfington Kirts. He graduated from Van Buren High School and joined the Army Air Corps in December 1942. He served during World War II as an aerial gunner on a B-17 in the 96th bombardment squadron. He flew 22 missions in the Mediterranean theater and was shot down in Poland. He was discharged Oct. 5, 1945 in Santa Ana, Calif. He married Retna Angeline Osborne March 2, 1946, and they were married 67 years. He retired from Cummins in 1983 after 27 years of service.

He is survived by his spouse; his children, Linda Elaine Pruitt of Columbus, Randall B. Kirts (wife, Becky) of Shelbyville, Ky., and Gina L. England (husband, Roger) of Nashville; six grandchildren, Tonya Shewmake (husband, Chris) of Columbus, Eric Russell Pruitt of Louisville, Ky., Jesse Moore (wife, Stacy) of Columbus, Jake Kirts (wife, Megan) of Louisville, Ky., Ashley Moore Elbert (husband, T.J.) of Cicero, and Kalee Kirts Thompson (husband, Will) of Athens, Ga.; 11 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Lydia, Elaina, Caleb, Sarah, Logan, Bryson, Thatcher, Sam, Callum and Julia; sisters, Grace Taylor of Greenwood, and Wilma Jean Harger of Colorado; and a younger brother, Henry of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Kirts and Lydia Wolfington Kirts; his brothers, Melvin, Earl, Verl, and Mosier; and his sisters, Thelma Thompson, Christine Crider and Ruth Kirts Lucas.

Visitation will be at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street from 5 to 8  p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 and from 9:30 a.m. until service time, 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, with Dan Wallace officiating at the funeral.

Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. Full military honors will be presented by the U.S. Army Ceremonial Unit and the Bartholomew County Veterans Color Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to First Christian Church Building Fund or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences can be sent to the Kirts family and a video tribute viewed at barkesweaverglick.com.

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    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
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  • December 21
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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  • January 2
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