Carlos Craven

Carlos Craven

Carlos Eugene Craven, 95, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 at his home.

Born Aug. 3, 1924, in Rushville, he was the son of Leslie Craven and Eva Faye (Stout) Wolters. He married Margaret (Bird) Craven and she preceded him in 1986. He then married Christene (Stephens) Lux on Aug. 5, 1988, and she survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Pamela Craven Luckfelt of Ft. Myers, Florida; stepchildren, Lesa Lux Johnson (husband, Peter) of Indianapolis, Larry Lux (wife, Susan) of Shelbyville, and G. Bradley Lux of Shelbyville; sister, Donna Wagoner (husband, Gene) of Rushville, brother, Wayne Craven (wife, Shirley) of Rushville; numerous nieces and nephews; two grandchildren, Andrew Lux (wife, Heather) of Jacksonville, Florida, and Emily Christine Lux of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; spouse, Margaret; brother, Curtis Craven; sisters, Betty Westfall and Viola Newman.

Carlos joined the U.S. Army immediately out of high school and was assigned to Company G, 264th Infantry, 66th Army Division. He served in France, Germany, and Austria for four years, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. After combat duty, he was assigned to General Mark Clark's Honor Guard and also to the troops guarding the Lipizzan Horses in Vienna, Austria. Among his medals were two bronze stars. General George Patton was his hero, and he read the books and visited all the museums concerning Patton.

After his discharge, he began work at Farmer's National Bank. He was called back to service and spent 18 months in Korea. While in Korea, he was awarded the Purple Heart. After discharge, he returned to work at Farmer's Bank, and was promoted from teller to President and CEO. He was proud of his accomplishments in Shelbyville's development and his personal service to his many friends and clients in his 44 years in the banking business. He was a well-known and respected businessman and very active in Shelbyville and Shelby County.

Some of his many service and civic organizations included Drive Chairman and President of Shelby County United Fund; President of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce; and President of Indiana Bankers Association. He was also an original founder of and board member of the Shelbyville Boys Club. He served as President of Shelby County Industrial Development, Chairman of the Board for Circle 7 Training Council, and served as President of Region 5 Indiana Bankers Association.

Carlos was voted "Man of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Masons for 50 years achieving the 32nd Degree.

Carlos was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Banking and was one of the original founders of Shelbyville's first cable company. He enjoyed fishing and pheasant hunting in South Dakota and quail hunting in Georgia. He enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, and Indiana University basketball.

Carlos and Christene enjoyed their winters in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was a wonderful husband, father, loving grandfather and loved all his family. He was blessed with many true friends and will be missed by many forever.

The family would like to thank Dr. Gregory Esslinger and the angels at hospice for their loving care.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Steve Bohall officiating. Friends may call on Thursday evening, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside military rites will be conducted by a local veterans organization.

A Masonic service will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2:45 p.m., prior to public viewing.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelbyville Boys Club or First Church of the Nazarene, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.