Isaac B. Tharp, 96, Kokomo, the Oldest Howard County World War II veteran died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Waterford Place Health Campus. He was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Mexico, Ind., the son of Walter and Carrie (Jones) Tharp. Ike was the husband of Georgene (Montz) Tharp, who preceded him in death in 2002.
Ike served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1940 to 1945, earning the rank of staff sergeant. He went on to work in the press room at Delco Electronics, retiring after 30 years of service. He was a member of Bible Baptist Church for 67 years and had been active in the Council on Aging, past president of the local AARP and served on Mayor Dailey’s Senior Council. He was also a member of the UAW local 292.
Ike and Gene often performed musically for various groups. More recently, he enjoyed playing his harmonica at favorite local restaurants and for Waterford Place residents.
Ike is survived by his daughter, Karen Pruett, Indianapolis; nephews, Jonathan (Nancy) Tharp, Tipton, and Bill Durham, Kokomo; nieces, Miriam (Don) Nunnally and Jeanette (Ron) Workman, all of Kokomo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and siblings, George, Harry, Bill and Ethel Mae.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Keith Treadway officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. A private burial will be in Crown Point Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from noon until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Great Banquet, 2000 W. Jefferson St., Kokomo, IN 46901. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.