William H. Rairdon, 76, whose genial
personality and long years of industry and integrity had endeared him to his
native Mt.Vernon, died very suddenly at this morning in WelbornMemorialBaptistHospital in Evansville.
For 40 years Mr. Rairdon was a miller
employed by the former Home Mill & Grain Co. Since the first of 1956
he had been assistant parking meter patrolman in Mt.Vernon.
the deceased was on duty Monday and Tuesday as meter patrolman
and picked up his pay check at the city building yesterday afternoon. He
had complained of shortness of breath but was not believed to be seriously ill.
When his conditioned worsened rapidly last night at his home at 206 W. Tenth street, he was removed by ambulance to the Evansville hospital where he died 15 minutes after
Mr. Rairdon had been very active in Mt.Vernon lodge, No. 49, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and Washington encampment, No. 19, I.O.O.F. He
was a past grand of Mt.Vernon lodge, a past chief patriarch and junior
warden-elect of the encampment and a past district deputy chief of patriarch of
the encampment. He was also a member of the Police League of Indiana.
The body is at Weisinger Funeral Home.
Rev. August E. Binder, pastor of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church,
which Mr. Rairdon attended but was not a member of,
will conduct the funeral service at Saturday at Weisinger
chapel. Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery and Odd Fellows will
conduct graveside rites.
the wife, nee Cora Holmes, whose marriage to Mr. Rairdon
occurred 54 years ago the coming month; a son, Clarence, Evansville, and an
aunt, Miss Violet Doyle, Mt. Vernon. Parents of the deceased were John Rairdon and Minnie Doyle Rairdon.