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Charles R. Littleton

Charles R. Littleton, 81, of Franklin, died on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at University Heights Health and Living in Indianapolis.

He was born March 29, 1932, in Indianapolis to Charles O. and Halcie Bernice (Perry) Littleton.

He married Margaret (Bingham) Littleton on June 24, 1966, in Franklin; she survives.

He was a graduate of Franklin High School.

He served as mayor of Franklin from 1980 to 1987 and from 1992 to 1995, Franklin’s only three-term mayor. He also had served on the Johnson County Council from 1989 until 1991 and from 1997 to 2000. He previously had served for 12 years as justice of the peace for Franklin Township and served one year on the Franklin Township Advisory Board.

He also previously had been an administrative assistant for the Indiana Teachers Retirement Fund, served 10 years as deputy commissioner for the bureau of motor vehicles and worked for Varynit Garment Factory in Franklin for 18 years.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 until 1954 in the 2nd Armored Division 66th Tank Battalion with the rank of staff sergeant.

He served as Republican precinct committeeman starting at the age of 18 when he entered politics. He was an Honorable Kentucky Colonel and had been awarded the Distinguished Hoosier Award by Gov. Edgar Whitcomb in 1972. He was a 50-year member of Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107 in Franklin, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, York Rite, I.O.O.F No. 196 in Morgantown, the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association, American Legion Post 205 in Franklin, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 252 in Franklin and Gracepoint Church in Whiteland.

He was an avid IU basketball and Colts football fan. He loved yard work and politics.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Bingham) of Franklin; son Rick Littleton of Franklin; daughters, Sharon Thompson of Franklin and Lyn (Pat) Sheets Purtell of Greenwood; and grandchildren Danielle Thompson of Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth Purtell of Greenwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 107 will conduct a service at 2 p.m. Monday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 U.S. 31 South (Morton Street) in Franklin with the Rev. James Devney conducting a funeral service immediately following. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the mortuary. Burial with full military honors will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202.

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