Bill Tingle

Bill Tingle, 82, of Madison, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

He was born June 29, 1930, in Switzerland County, to Richard DeWitt and Helen Rose Goebel Tingle. He resided most of his life in Madison. He was a graduate of Central High School on Ryker's Ridge, where he was a basketball star. He was raised in the Catholic faith at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Jackson. He began his career with Williamson Heater in Madison and later moved to the Cincinnati office, selling heating and air products. He was united in marriage to Janet Brunner for several years. He was a city police officer for the Madison Police Department, rising through the ranks to serve as Chief of Police for eight years. He retired as a police officer after 31 years of service to the City of Madison. He was united in marriage to Karen Dale Griffin for several years. He worked as a service coordinator for the Vail-Holt Funeral Home in downtown Madison for 12 years. He worked for the past 10 years as head of security for Arvin Sango. He enjoyed storytelling, socializing, and being with his friends and family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball. He also liked to dance and watch John Wayne movies. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1997 by Gov. Paul E. Patton. He was a member of the Madison Moose Lodge 765 and Fraternal Order of Police Stacks of Power Lodge 128.

He is survived by one son, William DeWitt Tingle of Madison; his fiancee, Lola Bird-Williams of Madison; one sister, Marjorie Mae Adams of Madison; one brother, John Tingle of Madison; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his companion, Betty Stout.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the service. The Fraternal Order of Police will conduct a special service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion will conduct a final salute at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Heart Association. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

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