Dawn Star, Elbert and Marilyn Ewing Environmental Fund

The family of Elbert and Dawn Star Ewing wanted a lasting reminder of their loved ones in a way that Elbert and Dawn could appreciate. Father and daughter shared a love of the outdoors. Though Elbert, who was forced into retirement many years ago because of a heart condition, couldn’t do everything he loved in the later years of his life, he was able to fish and ride on occasion. Some of the best times he and Dawn shared were on horseback in the Hoosier National Forest of fishing in Oil Creek.

The Ewing family lost Dawn in 1998 in an industrial accident, and Elbert died of a heart attack in 2001.

After his death, the family sought a way to honor both of them. “They loved the natural beauty of Perry County,” said Marilyn Ewing, wife and mother. “Elbert’s love of nature was a legacy that he passed to all four of his children, Kevin, Kim, Dawn, and John.” For the family, it seemed a fitting tribute to create an environmental fund in their names, and they chose the Perry County Community Foundation to carry out their wishes.

The Dawn Star, Elbert and Marilyn Ewing Environmental Fund was created in to serve the memory of Elbert and Dawn.  The fund is to provide funding for environmental projects as well as projects that improve the conditions of animals. Both are great fits for Elbert and Dawn, who loved both the environment and animals.