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January 23, 2013

Phillip Hayse Thrasher

83; of New Albany

— Funeral services for Phillip Hayse Thrasher, 83, of New Albany, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at Depauw United Methodist Church, New Albany, with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park. He died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, with his family by his side.

 He was a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and a U.S. Army veteran. He touched the lives of many young people through his numerous years of teaching in the classroom and coaching various sports. He taught physical education as well as driver’s education, and coached both wrestling and boys’ golf at NAHS. He was involved in several organizations including the VFW Post 1693 Hobart Beach, American Legion Post 28 Bonnie Sloan, Valley View Golf Course, New Albany Country Club, the Indiana I Men’s Association, and was a charter member of the New Albany Kiwanis Club. In October of 2012, he was inducted into the NAHS Hall of Fame. He was also a member of the Bloomington Legend Hall of Fame and was a recipient of the Billy Thom award.  He was very proud of his accomplishments and more importantly proud of the many young lives he was able to touch. 

He  was born Jan. 14, 1930 in Bloomington to the late Chauncy W. and Ila Turner Thrasher.

 He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara J. Andrews Thrasher; children, Debra Thomas and her husband, David, David Thrasher and his wife, Bonnie, Douglas Thrasher and his wife, Sharon, and DeAnn Thrasher; sister, Jan Miles and her husband, Bob; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Newcomer Funeral Home, New Albany, and after 10 a.m. Thursday, at the church.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Mercy-Providence Nursing Home for their love and care for Phil over the last four years.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NAHS Athletic Fund.  To leave a special message for the family, please visit

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