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Kenneth C. Nettles

Obituary for Kenneth C. Nettles

June 6, 1931 - April 25, 2021
Trafalgar, Indiana | Age 89


Kenneth Nettles, 89, passed away Sunday morning April 25, 2021. He was a resident of Trafalgar.

He was born June 6, 1931 in Gary, Indiana to Lloyd and Margaret (Getty) Nettles, and raised in Whiting, Indiana (North Hammond). He graduated in 1949 from George Rogers High School and grew up a block away from Wolf Lake where he learned to hunt, fish and trap. He was always an outdoor person that spent all available time out of doors.

His first regular employment was a summer job on a railroad section gang for the Pennsylvania Railroad while still in high school. His next job was at Inland Steel Company after graduation from high school.

After spending two years in the Army (Korean War) he worked as a carpenter building homes and began taking classes at Purdue University. He graduated from Purdue with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Conservation in 1962 and began working for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife. Ken retired from the Division of Fish & Wildlife after 34 years as a Wildlife Biologist.

The Nettles family are travelers: they have visited every state, camping in all except Hawaii - because you can't drive there. Ken & Marilyn have continued to travel after retirement, visiting seven continents and 16 different countries.

Ken operated the Nettles Tree Farm, raising and selling Christmas trees. He also judged Christmas trees at the State Fair for several years and was a member of the Johnson County 4-H Conference. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and also a charter member of the Indiana chapter of the Wildlife Society.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn of 60 years, son Nelson (Amy) Nettles, daughter Cynthia Nettles (Craig) Healey and five grandchildren (Andrew, Samantha, Alexander, Claire and Mia).

Calling hours will take place from 2-4PM, Friday, May 7, at Wilson St.Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main Street.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the National Wildlife Federation

Online condolences may be sent to the Nettles family at

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