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Kenneth Ray Compton

April 28, 1932 ~ May 7, 2020 (age 88)


 Kenneth “Ray” Compton died peacefully in his home with his two daughters by his side on Thursday, May 7th, 2020 in Nineveh, Princes Lakes, Indiana at the age of 88. Ray is survived by his two daughters, Pam and Kathy, as well as his four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and his siblings, Faye, Gerry, Ronnie and David. He was preceded in death by his mom, Louise and his siblings Bill, Rex, Don, Larry, Velma and Octava.

Ray was born on April 28th, 1932 in Maryville, Tennessee to Louise Compton during the Great Depression. In 1951, at the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Army. Ray was eventually assigned to the 29th Infantry Regiment in Okinawa during the Korean War. After moving to Indianapolis in 1956, he began working for local stockyards and later Stark, Wetzel & Co as a meatpacker for 20 years. Ray was known as a strong family man. His two daughters remember him as a man who would put his children first and himself last. He was a kind father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and independence. Ray was a generous and witty individual who loved fishing and who was passionate about inventing and reading. He was an active and dedicated member of the NRA and adamant in teaching his children and grandchildren the importance of gun safety.

A funeral is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 11th at the Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin Chapel.

Joshua Syberg, his grandson, will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ray’s life. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Kenneth Ray Compton thru the Jessen Funeral Home website. ( there is a limit of 25 guests or less due to the Covid 19.)

Burial will follow at 3:00 Youngs Creek Cemetery outside of Franklin.

The family would like to thank his nurse, Anna and Southern Care Hospice for their support.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kenneth Ray Compton, please visit our floral store.


Funeral Service
May 11, 2020

2:00 PM
Jessen Funeral home - Franklin Chapel
197 E. Jefferson St
Franklin, IN 46131

Graveside Service
May 11, 2020

3:00 PM
Youngs Creek Cemetery
2666-2998 South Mauxferry Road.
Franklin, IN 46131