Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon for Kelly DeFur, 80, Mt. Vernon, former Wadesville and Mt. Vernon
merchant, an ex-public official with successful administrations of Posey county
offices of circuit clerk and commissioner to his credit and a powerful figure
in Posey county Democrat politics for years.
Mr. Defur died late Saturday (19 Nov 1955) afternoon in an Evansville hospital. Death resulted from
complications that followed a fall and fracture of his hip in recent weeks
Elder Leo Dodd, Eldorado, Ill. of PrimitiveBaptistChurch, will conduct the funeral service at Tuesday in Weisinger
Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Laurel Hill cemetery at
Wadesville. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home after today.
Surviving are the wife, nee Emma Schlosser, Mt. Vernon, whose
marriage to Mr. DeFur took place in 1898; a son,
Clyde DeFur, Evansville formerly associated with his
father in De Fur & Sons, a Mt. Vernon paint and wallpaper firm; a
grandson Ronald DeFur, Indianapolis; two
great-grandchildren, and a brother, Omar DeFur,
manager of Rhoades Hardware & Implement Co., Wadesville.
The deceased was a member of Beulah lodge, No. 578, Free &
Accepted Masons, and Mt.Vernon lodge, No. 277, Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks.
The ex-business leader and former public official, who during the
prime of his life possessed one of the widest acquaintanceships of any Posey
county resident, was a native of Center township, a son of TheophilusDeFur and Eliza Wade DeFur,
member of pioneer Posey county families.
Following his graduation from Center township schools, he was
employed by Thomas D. Shelton, Wadesville grain buyer, and then was a clerk in
the general store of James Cross at Wadesville.
His first business venture was as a partner of Walter Williams in
the DeFur & Williams hardware store at
Wadesville. Later he was associated with his brother-in-law, Louis
Schlosser, in the general mercantile firm of DeFur
& Schlosser at Wadesville.
He became Posey Circuit Court clerk Jan 1, 1913 and established residence in Mt.Vernon. He served two terms of four years
each as circuit clerk and for several years during his tenure was clerk of the
Posey county Draft Board of World War I.
periods as manager of Graham Valve Co., and manager of Farmers Commission Co.,
livestock buying firm in Evansville, he joined L. L. Hurley in the
organization of a Mt.Vernon paint and wallpaper firm. The two
remained partners through several years of expansion that included
establishment of a paint and wallpaper store in Henderson, Ky. The partnership was dissolved
by Mr. Hurley becoming owner of the Henderson store and Mr. DeFur
becoming owner of the Mt.Vernon business at which time the firm of DeFur & Son was organized. The tragic death of a
son of the late deceased, Dale DeFur in 1948 from a
gas explosion in his home in Mt.Vernon, was a blow from which the father never
recovered. The father and a younger son, Clyde DeFur,
continued to operate the local paint and wallpaper firm.