Obituary: Phillip Max Tincher

December 23, 1938 – May 29, 2020

Phillip Max Tincher, 81, of Mitchell, passed away Friday, May 29, 2020, at his residence.

Born December 23, 1938, in Bryantsville, he was the son of Curtis and Iva (Chapman) Tincher.  He married Marlene A. Smith May 5, 1961.

Phillip served as Chief of the Mitchell Police Department and retired July 1, 1985, with 20 years and three days of service.  He then was employed by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and retired on April 1, 2011, as a driver examiner.  Phillip was a charter member of Spring Mill Lodge Fraternal Order of Police No. 172 and was a charter member and past president of the Mitchell Police Merit Board.

Phillip was an IHSAA basketball official for 25 years.  He graduated from Huron High School in 1957 and was a charter member and first president of the Lawrence County Humane Society.  Phillip was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1961-1963 and was a member of American Legion Post No. 250 and a member of the American Legion Post No. 250 Honor Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene Tincher of Mitchell; sons,  Timothy L. (Lisa) Tincher of Lebanon, Phillip C. (Christie) Tincher of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Rachel E. Glass, Timothy P. Tincher, and Kinley M. Tincher; siblings, Doris Sheeks of Mitchell, Mae Lou Howard of Mitchell, Daniel C. Tincher of Mitchell, Gerry L. Tincher of Mitchell; brother-in-law, Roy L. “Bud” (Linda) Smith of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.

His parents and brother and sister-in-law, Roy D. and Martha Tincher preceded him in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Adam Ahern, Deacon Dave Reising, and Bro. Roy “Bud” Smith officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  The Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial gifts can be made in Phil’s memory to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or American Legion Post No. 250 Honor Guard

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