John O. Dryden

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By The Staff

MADISON, Ind. – John O. Dryden, 86, of Madison died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

Funeral services were  July 11 at graveside at the Dupont Cemetery near Dupont, Ind., with the Rev. Gerry Sandusky officiating. Full military honors were conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Mr. Dryden was born July 2, 1922, in Jefferson County, Ind., to the late George and Della Corya Dryden. He married Vivan L. Whann in 1946.

He was a 1939 graduate of North Madison High School and attended Hanover College. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in June 1944 and was a private first class in Co. H, 8th Infantry Regiment during World War II. He earned the Europe-Asia-Middle East Campaign ribbon with three Bronze Stars.

He was employed early in life with Pennsylvania Railroad and later at Cummins Engine Company. He retired after working 25  years with Envirex as a foreman in Bay 2.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, woodworking and caring for his lawn.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Roi J. (Betty) of Lexington, Ind.; two daughters, Della I. (Brad) Brooks of Muncie, Ind., and Connie S. (Glenn) Hensley of Carrollton; seven grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Baird Stagemile, and two brothers, George, William and David Dryden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or American Lung Association; contribution cards are available at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, which was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the funeral home’s Web site, www.morgan-nay.com.