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Jeffrey L. Dine

Jeffrey L. Dine, 58, of Indianapolis, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

His loving son and family were by his side at the time of his passing. He continued to be the strong-willed person he always was until the end.

Jeffrey was born at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin on Aug. 28, 1955, to Robert L. and Nancy A. Dine.

Upon graduating from Greenwood Community High School in 1973, he attended Indiana University, majoring in forensic science.

While attending college, he met the love of his life and wife of 36 years, Lynn Suzette. They were married in South Bend on Aug. 6, 1977. After a short time of marriage, they decided to start a family and had their only son, Robert Jeffrey.

Jeffrey was born to be a police officer and grew up knowing that would be his passion. Jeffrey emulated his father, who donned a badge and uniform for the Greenwood Police Department, throughout his childhood. Jeffrey attended the Indiana University Police Academy in 1975 and was sworn in as a police officer at the age of 19.

Jeffrey naturally excelled at his chosen profession at an early age and became the cadet supervisor for the IU Police Department. Jeffrey graduated college and spent a short time at the Danville Police Department before coming to the Speedway Police Department, where he spent the majority of his career. He spent 32 years with Speedway, the last 20 as chief of police.

During his tenure, he brought about numerous changes and programs to the department. After retiring from Speedway, he couldn’t leave his passion and began a second career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel overseeing the communications division and special events.

Throughout his life and career, Jeffrey became active in several areas in and around the Indianapolis area and the law enforcement community. Jeffrey was a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Shrine Club and the Speedway Lions Club.

He was a graduate of the FBI National Academy 136th Session and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Fraternal Order of Police and American Polygraph Association. Jeffrey was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor with the Speedway Police Department in 1991, a member of the Pan Am Games Bomb Squad and an instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.

The family would like to thank Jeff’s many friends for their prayers, support and encouragement over the years. In addition, a special thank-you to the James L. Zore family, the Michael J. Hart family, the Jereme M. Howery family, Marion County Sheriff John Layton, Chief Eva Talley-Sanders, Lt. Col. Reggie Grande, Maj. Mike Hubbs, Maj. Henry Bosworth, Sgt. Michael Shelton, and the entire MCSO family.

Jeffrey is survived by his loving son, Robert (Amanda); mother, Nancy; brother, Robert; sister, Melinda (Tim) McCarthy; brother-in-law, Keith (Susan) Fahler; sister-in-law, Nanette Fahler; and three nieces and seven nephews.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lynn Suzette; father, Robert L. Dine; father-

in-law, Merl C. Fahler; mother-in-law, Bethya K. Fahler; and brother-in-law, Krege H. (Phyllis) Fahler.

Services for Jeffrey will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at cathedral.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jeff and Suzette’s names to the American Cancer Society or the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Services have been entrusted to Indiana Memorial.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.indianamemorial.com.

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