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Phyllis Funk

On Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, Phyllis K. Funk of Indianapolis passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. She was 92.

Phyllis was born in Corydon on Oct. 30, 1921, to the late Russell (“Tus”) and Mary Rowe. She married Alva Ray Funk, also of Corydon, on Dec. 18, 1943, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Shortly thereafter, Phyllis, who was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, was sent to Europe with the 35th Evacuation Hospital. She spent two years during World War II caring for hundreds of wounded soldiers.

Phyllis earned five battle stars during her service in the war, including one for her participation in the Battle of the Bulge. After she returned home from the war, she made nursing her lifelong career and retired from it 53 years later.

Phyllis and Alva were parents to four daughters, two of whom passed away as infants. Phyllis is survived by her two daughters, Sara Jewel (Funk) Brammann (Jerry) of Indianapolis and Gwen Elizabeth (Funk) Freeman of Indianapolis. She is also survived by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her sisters, Annajane Lavengood and Jeanette Parker.

Visitation will be at 4 to 8 p.m. today at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 7602 Madison Ave, Indianapolis. A funeral service will also be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary with burial following at Greenwood Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Information: www.singletonmortuary.com

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