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Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86th St, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

David Putman

July 29, 1938February 23, 2020
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David K. Putman, 81, of Indianapolis, departed this life Sunday, February 23, 2020. David was born July 29, 1938 in Cando, North Dakota to the late Ralph Henry and Alice Matilda (Tennison) Putman. He grew up on the family homestead in North Dakota. As a farm boy, David had a deep appreciation for a hard day’s work. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and would later earn his MBA from Cornell University. Initially he was part of a mixed animal vet practice in Iowa but spent most of his professional life with Elanco Animal Health, then a division of Eli Lilly. His career with Eli Lilly provided the opportunity for David to take his family to the Philippines and to Singapore for seven years while he grew and developed Lilly’s international presence in Southeast Asia. While living abroad, David’s faith in Jesus flourished and Billy Graham’s ministry had a profound impact in transforming a casual Christian faith into a dynamic and vibrant part of his everyday life. He lived his life in ways that encouraged others to answer for themselves “who is Jesus?” and to see the church grow around the world. David was an active member of Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana. In retirement he was committed to Christian ministry with an emphasis on encouraging men to grow in their personal faith. He was on staff with the national Promise Keepers movement, founded Indiana Men of Integrity and facilitated local Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences. He was an excellent resource and mentor to others who were interested in men’s discipleship programs. David was preceded in death by his siblings, Lorraine Boldt, Geneva Cain and Gordon Putman. David is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Virgene Putman; children, Rhonda Putman, Melinda Putman, and Eric (Cara) Putman and grandchildren, Abigail, Jonathan, Rebecca and Daniel.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm on March 9, 2020 at Leppert Mortuary-Nora. Funeral services will begin at 11 am at Northview Church in Carmel on March 10 with visitation beginning at 10 am. A private committal service will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Open Doors ministry www.opendoorsusa.org or Far East Broadcasting Company www.febc.org Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

Services

  • Visitation Monday, March 9, 2020
  • Visitation Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 10, 2020

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Gay Talbert

March 10, 2020

What a wonderful man! I wish all men could have been mentored by this man. Have lived in neighborhood 22 years and watched him tending that garden. Never knew him personally but from the beautiful video, he certainly lived out his life for Christ!

Leo Scholl

March 6, 2020

I had a professional relationship with Dave.
He visited Hope UMC, Dayton, OH, years ago, when PK was growing FAST, at a PK Ambassador "blessing service" or whatever it was called. And I was one of two who received that or whatever. I knew he was from Indy. What made it worthwhile for him to drive all that distance and his time? I knew and was impressed to say it mildly.

Later, met him at ISI and PK Conferences in and around Indy, and infrequent Email traffic.

Much later, he helped me during the time I was president of Ohio Men if Integrity with his proven good ideas.

Shocked and sorry to read about his passing, but happy for him at the same time.

It was an honor to have known him!

Former and currently reapplied to be a Promise Keeper Ambassador
Past President of the Ohio Men of Integrity
lschol@pkambassador.org
www.promisekeepers.org
5513 Royalwood Drive, Dayton, OH 45429
937.901.0165

p.s. Thanks to Brian Doyle, President and Founder of Iron Sharpens Iron for letting me(us) know about David "going home".




Helen Stanley

March 2, 2020

How the years have gone by. Many memories with the fellowship at Northview and our Bible Study. My Bob enjoyed talking with David and desserts! My Love from me and the family

Dan Toll

March 1, 2020

I want to thank God for connecting David and me. David discipled me for over 5yrs and brought a bigger understanding of God and God's word to my soul. I can only hope that I can make as much a difference in someone else's life like David did for me. I greatly miss our time together.......

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Biography

David K. Putman, 81, of Indianapolis, departed this life Sunday, February 23, 2020. David was born July 29, 1938 in Cando, North Dakota to the late Ralph Henry and Alice Matilda (Tennison) Putman. He grew up on the family homestead in North Dakota. As a farm boy, David had a deep appreciation for a hard day’s work. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and would later earn his MBA from Cornell University. Initially he was part of a mixed animal vet practice in Iowa but spent most of his professional life with Elanco Animal Health, then a division of Eli Lilly.

His career with Eli Lilly provided the opportunity for David to take his family to the Philippines and to Singapore for seven years while he grew and developed Lilly’s international presence in Southeast Asia. While living abroad, David’s faith in Jesus flourished and Billy Graham’s ministry had a profound impact in transforming a casual Christian faith into a dynamic and vibrant part of his everyday life. He lived his life in ways that encouraged others to answer for themselves “who is Jesus?” and to see the church grow around the world. David was an active member of Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana.

In retirement he was committed to Christian ministry with an emphasis on encouraging men to grow in their personal faith. He was on staff with the national Promise Keepers movement, founded Indiana Men of Integrity and facilitated local Iron Sharpens Iron Conferences. He was an excellent resource and mentor to others who were interested in men’s discipleship programs.

David was preceded in death by his siblings, Lorraine Boldt, Geneva Cain and Gordon Putman. David is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Virgene Putman; children, Rhonda Putman, Melinda Putman, and Eric (Cara) Putman and grandchildren, Abigail, Jonathan, Rebecca and Daniel.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 pm on March 9, 2020 at Leppert Mortuary-Nora. Funeral services will begin at 11 am at Northview Church in Carmel on March 10 with visitation beginning at 10 am. A private committal service will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Open Doors ministry www.opendoorsusa.org or Far East Broadcasting Company www.febc.org

Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com