Ken Edward Tuxhorn passed away peacefully with his family members at his side on September 17, 2013. He was 84 years old. Ken was born on February 2, 1929 to Alma and Oscar Tuxhorn in Indianapolis.
Ken was founder and director of Outdoor Educational Activities Incorporated, a non-profit organization at Bear Wallow in Brown County for 64 years. He had a passion for nature and the outdoors, but he will be remembered mostly for helping young people become better citizens of this world.
In 1949, he created the Yellowwood Trail. It was a 20.1 mile trail that started in Morgan/Monroe State Forest and finished at Trail Headquarters at his home on Bear Wallow Hill. Soon after, Ken started constructing hiking and biking trails throughout Brown County. His other trails were the American Heritage, 10 O'Clock Line, Tulip Tree Trace, White Water Canal, the Brown County Bike Trail, and the Flags of the Nations. The Flags of the Nations was a memorable trail not only to the hikers, but to a passerby as well, because 112 flags from around the world hung on flagpoles at the beginning of the trail. The program also offered outdoor primitive camping, an indoor sleeping facility , and meals for the guests.. At the conclusion of each trail, hikers could purchase awards at a more than reasonable price for their hard work. Awards were beautifully crafted patches and medals that Ken designed.
Ken was married to Barbara Ramsey on November 24, 1956 at Beck Chapel by Dr. Beck on the campus of Indiana University. They were the third couple married at the chapel. She survives in Brown County.
Ken graduated from Warren Central High School in 1947. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree In Philosophy and Social Sciences from Indiana University in 1952. After World War II and during his sophomore year at I.U., Ken took a one year trip to Europe and bicycled throughout the continent. He biked through England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, North Africa, and Tunisia. It was because of this experience that Ken came back to Indiana to start Bear Wallow.
In his early years, Ken worked as a school teacher for the Kniman school system. He then moved to Brown County and worked as a school teacher and principal at Sprunica in Brown County.
One of his greater achievements and honors happened on October 29, 2006 when he received the Distinguished Hoosier Award from Governor Mitch Daniels.
Ken and Barbara had two children, Bruce Tuxhorn and Jenny Tuxhorn Thomas. Jenny preceded him in death in 1979. Bruce (Mary) Tuxhorn survive in Brown County. Other survivors include 3 grandchildren Matthew Tuxhorn, Jennifer Hiday, and Garrett Tuxhorn, 2 great grandchildren Andrew and Gavin, a sister, Laverna Hawkins, and a nephew, Brad Hawkins.
Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Bond Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville, Indiana. Pastor Darrell Miller will officiate the funeral service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be immediately following the service at Brown County Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Brown County Humane Society or
. Ken was a kind-hearted, loving man who cared about the well being of his fellow man. He was a teacher, mentor, and friend. He had a zest for life like no other and believed that hard work would take a person far. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.