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Harold Leslie (Les) Fenimore, 81, a long time Rushville resident, passed away June 9, 2017 in Rushville.
He was born May 4, 1936 in Muncie to Harold E. and Kreszentia (Siegwart) Fenimore. Les was a 1954 graduate of Muncie Burris High School. He obtained his BS in Chemistry from Indiana University in 1958, his teaching certificate from Ball State University and his MA in teaching from Purdue University in 1965. Continuing education at Ball State University, Earlham College, Ohio Wesleyan, DePauw University, Miami of Ohio University and Indiana University rounded out his educational experiences. He married Ann Gilkey on July 31, 1959 in Crawfordsville. She survives.
Les taught science and math for 51 years, 1 year in Winchester and 50 years in Rushville. He was a dedicated teacher who expected excellence from his students. His greatest joy was having former students return from college and tell him how well prepared they were for their chemistry and physics classes. In addition to teaching, he served as sponsor of National Honor Society, Junior Class, and Yearbook.
He was selected by students as an ISTAR award winner numerous times. Rose Hulman and Trine University recognized him as an outstanding high school teacher. Students also recognized him twice by nominating him for the "Realizing the Dream" award from the Independent Colleges and Universities of Indiana. Professional memberships included: NEA, ISTA, RUTA, and Phi Delta Kappa.
Les was a music lover. He played trombone in high school and at Indiana University in the Marching Hundred. He was a member of the Community Band. Old movie musicals were his favorites.
Photography was a hobby which became a second job. Hundreds of weddings, sporting events, team pictures, Christmas cards, and high school dances were taken and then processed in his dark room in the basement (known as "The Mole Hole"). When digital photography arrived, he used his computer in the "Eagles Nest" to do his processing. He loved to photograph wildlife, snow scenes, fall color and of course his family. He doesn't appear in many pictures because he was always behind the camera!
Baseball was a favorite sport. He seldom missed a game when his boys were participating. He coached and was president and treasurer of Little League and president of Babe Ruth. He announced and kept score at games at all levels.
Woodworking, building boxes, and fixing things were hobbies. He restored a 1946 Willy's Jeep and used it to deliver the Sunday Star Newspaper for awhile. Number 1 son learned how to drive using the Jeep.
Archery, trap and skeet shooting, and shooting muzzle loading rifles added to his hobbies. He was a member of the Rush County Conservation Club serving as president for several years and also taught several hunter safety courses.
Les was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he was a deacon and sound technician; and a former member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and sound technician.
In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by his sons, Dr. Craig Fenimore (Carol) of Rushville and Bruce (Joni) of Rushville and 6 grandchildren: Chelsea, Kera, Caleb, Mariah, Hallie and Alexis. Les was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Arnold Fenimore in 1952.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church of Rushville. Friends are welcome to visit from 4-8 p.m. Friday evening, June 16 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Inurnment will take place in the Columbarium at Rushville's East Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 226 N. Morgan St., Rushville, IN 46173; The Rush County Community Foundation "Thank A Teacher Fund", 117 N. Main St. Rushville, IN 46173; Our Hospice of Decatur/Shelby, 1201 N. Lincoln St. Suite A, Greensburg, IN 47240; or the donor's favorite charity.
Moster Mortuary, Rushville, entrusted with arrangements.
Published on June 12, 2017
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