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Byron E. Newhouse

December 15, 1923 ~ November 21, 2021 (age 97)

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Byron E. Newhouse, 97, of Fortville, passed away at home on Sunday, November 21, 2021.  He was born December 15, 1923, in Hoopeston, Illinois to Chalmer and Bessie (Jarrett) Newhouse. 

Byron graduated from John Greer High School in 1941 and immediately began his career.  He started his first full time job at Sprauge Sells Co for $15 per week, he moved to his next job at American Can Co. where he earned $18 per week.  Following these jobs Byron moved to Cleveland, Ohio to work for Thompson Products Co. where he was promoted to Group Leader then Supervisor. He worked there until World War II ended and he lost his job. He began working in Civil Service in Lansing, MI at Michigan State University helping to convert Army barracks into living quarters for returning veterans going to college. He worked there until 1947 when he returned to Oaklandon to work for the Hoosier Pet Food Distributors as a bookkeeper. This job only lasted a year and Byron returned to Civil Service work where he was sent to Guam and worked as an inspector checking items in warehouses to be shipped back to the United States. He was there for 2 years and again returned home to work for Hardy Manufacturing Co. in Pendleton as a toolmaker. He later moved on to work for a tool and die shop in Anderson, then moved to Chicago to become a foreman of the toolmaking department. Byron again returned to the Indianapolis area and married his wife Thelma on June 1, 1958.  He then got a job at Dependable Tool & Die Co. in Indianapolis where he worked for 29 years, retiring in 1982 as Plant Supervisor.  Byron then began working at Space Age Engineering as a tool engineer, retiring from the company in 2007 after 26 years’ service. He continued working part-time for a couple of different toolmakers until he finally retired in 2010.  Byron’s final retirement was at the age of 87!

Byron is survived by daughter-in-law Shelley Hayse of McCordsville; grandchildren: Reggie (Sandy) Hayse of Fortville; Jason (Andrea) Hayse of Greenfield and Bradley (Kristen) Hayse of Whiteland; 11 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and a nephew.  He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma (Bohall) Newhouse in 2015, stepsons: Russell and Jimmie Hayse, parents and brothers Robert and Donald Newhouse

A private family graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Gravel Lawn Cemetery, Fortville.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Humane Society 214 E. Main Street Greenfield, IN 46140.  Online condolences may be shared at



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Gravel Lawn Cemetery
9088 West 1025 South
Fortville, IN 46040

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