PRINCETON — The Princeton community lost one of its beloved members when “Jody” Kyle Wethington, 76, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.
He was born Feb. 16, 1945 in Noblesville to Kyle Wethington and Emma Jane (Cox) Perry. Jody worked 23 years as a coal miner and then as a supervisor for the State of Indiana for eight years. He was a music lover to his core; was in charge of several bands: Impalas, Flaming Coals, Apple Jacks, and Styll Country; and played guitar, bass, keyboard, mandolin, and ukulele. Gospel and country music were his favorite genres but his favorite activity was being in front of the mic singing and songwriting. He was a guest singer/co-host with Gary Dawson on “The Roots of Country” for WRAY radio. In 2004 he won the State Male Old Time Singing Champion. He was proud of his country and always ended his musical gigs in a patriotic song. Jody was a member of the NRA, the USBC, UMWA, and the Princeton Bowling Association, winning a spot in the Princeton Bowling Hall of Fame. He served as the Vice President of the Princeton Men’s Bowling Association for 12 years. He was also a proud member of the “Wild Hogs” motorcycle club along with David, Gary, Greg, and Joe. He enjoyed playing a round of golf with his grandsons and camping with his musician friends. He also enjoyed watching Hallmark Movies and Jack Daniels. He was dearly loved and will be missed beyond measure.
Jody is survived by his fiancée, Rose Backes of Princeton; children, Mona McConnell of Carmel and Kevin Wethington of Princeton; grandchildren, Kalen “KJ” McConnell (Courtney), Maegan McConnell Roberts (Chris), Marissa McConnell (Jawad), Kyle McConnell (Ali), Kohyn Wethington, Aiden Wethington, and Jessa Wethington; great-grandchildren, Arielle, Laila, James, Ainsley, Thomas and Rowan; former wife, Martha Mayer Wethington; siblings, Lawrence Wethington (Phyllis), Lovina Drennan, Wilma Nave, Larry Wethington (Rita Williams), Ramona Lechtner (Brian), Jack Perry (Janet), Emma Lou Wilson (Joe), and Danny Perry (Amy); uncle, Buck (Eanest) Wethington; and best friend, Harlan Turpin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Mitchell Wethington (Ruth), Reda Vay Fair (Herl), Eugene Wethington (Sandy), “Chuck” Charles Wethington, “Doc” Harold Wethington (Debbie), Jane Anne Wethington, Martha Morris (Danny), and Billie Irene Perry.
Funeral service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton with Father Gary Kaiser officiating. Visitation is from 2 p.m. until service time, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at the funeral home. After Jody’s wishes for cremation, a Catholic Mass will be held at 10 a.m. July 31, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Princeton.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill Cemetery located at P.O. Box 394, Princeton, IN 47670.
Online condolences may be given at www.colvinfuneral
home.com where you can also light a candle in loving memory of Jody. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wethington family.