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Holton man dies of injuries sustained in March tornado
Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:00 AM
HOLTON (AP) - A southeastern Indiana man who was critically injured in last March's deadly tornado outbreak has died from complications of his injuries.
Alvin "Ted" Tolbert, 71, died at Mercy Hospital in Fairfield, Ohio, about 10 months after he and his wife, Brenda, were injured when a tornado wrenched them from their home in the Ripley County town of Holton and flung them into a field.
Both broke their necks, but only Brenda Tolbert recovered from her injuries. Alvin had been on life support since the March 2, 2012 storm.
Alvin Tolbert was a former police dispatcher who was "like Superman," his daughter Michelle Belanger said. She said her father defied the odds many times over the years.
"I hear his words. I can hear his voice," Belanger said. "He always told me, what you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth shall come to pass."
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation hours will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today.
Tolbert was also a U.S. Navy veteran and served on the Holton Town Board for 12 years.
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