Paul E. Fergason, 84, a lifelong Franklin resident, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016.
He was born July 16, 1931, in Franklin, to Hallard Fergason and Mary Opal (Clark) Fergason.
He married Connie La-Dee (Neese) Fergason on Jan. 1, 1957, at First Baptist Church in Franklin; she preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 2012.
Paul was a graduate of Alva Neal High School in Franklin.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church and American Legion Post 205 in Franklin.
He and his father were house movers. He also worked at R.O. Barber trucking and Arnold Thompson in Franklin as a heavy equipment operator. He also had later worked for Robertson Construction as a mechanic, and shop foreman for the Johnson County Highway Department.
He enjoyed racing dirt-track cars in his youth and later with his son, Andy. He also enjoyed working on International Harvester and Ford tractors.
Survivors include his children, Jodi L. Fergason, Soni R. Mitchell (John) and David Andrew “Andy” Fergason (Mary Facemire), all of Franklin; grandsons, Andrew White (Karina Huezo) of Franklin and Joseph Mitchell (Austin Randolph) of Franklin; five great-grandchildren, Ayden White, Zak White, Samantha White, Ghianna White and Emily Ruiz; nieces Patty Mitchell and Holly Pease, both of Franklin, Kelly Ferry of Trafalgar; two nephews, Alan Miller of Franklin and Tim Miller of Lavonia, Michigan; and he also had received into his family Candy Rockemann of Franklin and Caroline Fisher of Greenwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Richard Fergason and sister, Betty Louise Miller.
The Rev. Linda McCrea will conduct a private service. A private burial will conclude at Greenlawn Cemetery with military honors.The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at Paul’s Garage at his residence to gather for a time of sharing of his life.
Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. U.S. 31 (Morton Street) in Franklin, is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131; or the Eskenazi Health Foundation, Attn: Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Unit, 720 Eskenazi Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.