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Larry Dean Chowning

February 4, 1939 — April 19, 2018

Larry Dean Chowning, 79, of Veedersburg, died 10:22 PM Thursday April 19, 2018 at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. I was born February 4, 1939 at Jarman Hospital in Tuscola, Illinois; the son of John Waverly and Daisy (Hurt) Chowning. My first marriage was to Ruby Thomas mother of my children, with three marriages thereafter including Kathy Vail. I loved every one of them, sometimes two at the same time which led to three divorces. I married Susan Jane Wodetzki November 15, 1991, and she preceded me in death Jan. 9, 2013. I graduated from the University of Illinois with both a BS and BA degree in Archaeology and History.  John Henry of West Lebanon, IN and myself assisted in finding the original location of Fort Ouiatenon near Lafayette, IN, better known today as “The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon.” I was privileged to be Chief Archaeologist on the site in 1971 and again in 1973. A self taught jeweler, I opened my first store in Danville IL in 1979. In 1986 I moved the store to Veedersburg, IN where it remains open today at 115 East Second Street. Surviving family include my son, business partner, and best friend, Jeffrey (Tammy) Chowning, Veedersburg; my daughter, Lori Chowning (Dan Kerr), Danville IL; my sister, Jane (Tom) Lyon, Pleasant Prairie WI; step-daughter, Kimberly Anderson, Lafayette IN; nine grandchildren, twenty one great grandchildren; and my close friend Wayne Ford. I was preceded in death by my wife of 23 years, Susan Jane, my parents, my brother John, and too many old friends to count. I was a member of the Veedersburg Masonic Lodge #491, and Scottish Rite of Terre Haute; also a 38 year member of the reenactment group 42nd Scottish Highland Regiment 1776. Jeff and I participated in a number of reenactments portraying life in the eastern United States before 1840; competing in Flintlock Rifle Matches and selling Trade Silver. This activity took us from south Florida to Lake Superior, and Jeff is still participating. Through the years I also enjoyed playing music with my family and friends. May Circle Be Unbroken – Larry D. Chowning L.C. Per Larry’s wishes there will be no public services, but memorial contributions may be given to F. & A.M. Lodge #491 in Veedersburg, and online condolences may be left at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com
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