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Date Posted: 15:43:09 05/02/11 Mon
Author: Warren Byerly '56
Subject: Joe Sexton Died

Just heard that Joe Sexton died. Any of you Indy people have the obit?

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[> Re: Joe Sexton Died -- Fred, 19:01:20 05/02/11 Mon

Joe Sexson Zionsville, died April 30, 2011. Visitation: 3-8 pm, Thurs., May 5, 2011 at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Rd, Zionsville. Funeral service: 1 pm, Fri., May 6. 2011 at Zionsville United Methodist Church. Burial: Salem Cemetery, Zionsville. Arrangements: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Zionsville.

This was in the Star O/L today. Really short for such a big life

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[> [> Re: Joe Sexton Died -- bethany (sad), 17:16:51 03/12/16 Sat

I know this was posted a long while ago , this was my grandpa and there was much much more on him as you can see thank you for saying nice things about him!!! there was a much better obit than that little thing though!

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[> Re: Joe Sexson Obit Class of 1952 -- Randall K. Wilson (1970), 21:52:48 05/02/11 Mon

Sexson, Joe W.
May 3, 2011
Joe Ward Sexson 77, of Indianapolis, died April 30, 2011. Joe was born March 29, 1934 in Indianapolis, to Ward and Ruth Aiken Sexson; they preceded him in death as did his brother Don. Joe was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School where he was a star athlete. Joe was named Mr. Basketball in 1952 after leading Tech to a runner up finish in the Indiana High School Basketball State Finals and winning the Arthur L. Trester Award for Mental Attitude. He went onto Purdue University where he continued to excel at basketball having been team captain and team MVP averaging 19.1 points a game his senior season; he finished his career at Purdue with 1095 points. Mr. Sexson served as head baseball coach at Purdue from 1960-1977 and as an assistant basketball coach there before leaving to become head basketball coach at Butler University; a position held from 1978 to 1989 during which he was twice named MCC Coach of the Year. Joe is a member of the Zionsville United Methodist Church, the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, the Purdue University Hall of Fame, and was widely known as an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife, Donna Parrish Sexson; his sons, Rick (Ellen), Dan, and Mark (Judy); his brothers, Jon and David; his grandchildren, Ryan, Travis, Ali, Bethany, Charlsie, Thad, Casey, Bo, and Emily; his great-grandchildren, Kayden, Ely, and Alex. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road, Zionsville. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 also at Zionsville United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery, Zionsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indiana Chapter, 8440 Woodfield Crossing, Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46240-4300. Arrangements entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center- Zionsville. Online condolences may be made at: www.flannerbuchanan.com

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[> [> Re: Joe Sexson Obit Class of 1952 -- John Payton, Class of '53 (Just read, 10/21/2013), 14:01:04 10/21/13 Mon

Joe was my hero in every sport at Tech and known to be a clean/wholesome/likeable guy. Knew he had gone to coaching, lost track of him. Sorry to hear of his passing.

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[> Re: Joe Sexton Died -- Robert Stevens (Very sad), 12:55:21 05/08/12 Tue

Joe Sexson was truly a monumental figure and a great example for all of us who loved/played basketball in Indiana in the Golden Age of the late 40s and 50s. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.
All the state, and beyond, loves you, Joe.
- Robert Stevens, Orleans High School, Class of 1954

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[> Re: Joe Sexton Died -- Cheryl Sallwasser (Sorry so late in the game here), 07:41:16 06/01/16 Wed

My mom, Audrey Pauline Sallwasser (nee Wessel) and Joe are related. As youngster on Sat nights the extended families would have dances at the Sexton cabin. The adults would dance and play cards. Mom would baby-sit Joe and the rest of the kids by telling them ghost stories. My Grandfather Paul Wessel often pitched at the annual Sexton Reunion softball game. Later in life he would be the ump calling the balls and strikes. I attended some of the reunions with my Aunt Anna Wessel and my grandparents. They are no doubt having a grand reunion in Heaven. Pauline died April 18, 2016. Cheryl

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