Billy N. Scifres, 84, passed away on Monday October 12, 2009
in Westfield, Indiana. He was born February 16, 1925 to the late Jacob and Laura
Scifres in Crothersville, Indiana. He married Nancy C. Wellington on September
4, 1954. He is survived by his wife and their three daughters: Donna Riedel
(Fred) of Cape May, New Jersey; Joan Kendall (Adam) of Greenwood, Indiana; Patty
Rosini (Mauro) of Bahia, Mexico; and 5 grandchildren. He was active in
conservation issues and loved the outdoors. Fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting
and photography were some of his favorite activities, to be done simultaneously
if possible. He loved to cook, make wine, and plant vegetable gardens. He
enjoyed staying fit by playing tennis and lifting weights.
Bill was active in the Navy during World War II right out of
high school. He attended Hanover College and Indiana University. He worked at
the Indianapolis Star for 37 years as Outdoor Editor and writing the
column ďLines and Shots.Ē He freelanced for outdoor magazines and published
two books: Indiana Outdoors and Bayou Billís Best Stories. After
retiring, he continued his column for several of Indianaís local papers.
He received many awards for his writing and conservation work:
Hanoverís Lifetime Achievement Award, Sagamore of the Wabash from Purdue,
Conservation Communications Award from the National Wildlife Federation, Conservationist of the Year from
the Indiana Wildlife Federation, and was elected to
the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
Billís story-telling, knowledge, and love of the outdoors
will be missed. A celebration of his life will be held at Shirley Brothers
Fishers-Castleton Chapel at 9900 Allisonville Road. Visitation will be
held Friday, October 16, 2009 from 4 pm to 7 pm. Funeral service will be
Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 12 pm at the Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton
Chapel. Memorial contributions in Billís honor may be made to the Indiana
Wildlife Federation in lieu of flowers.
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