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Elmer Harlan Brattain

January 3, 1929 — February 11, 2024


Elmer Harlan Brattain

After 95 wonderful years, Elmer Harlan Brattain passed away Sunday, February 11, 2024, at Cypress Run, Morristown Manor in Morristown.

A lifelong resident, Elmer was born in Shelbyville on January 3, 1929, the son of Floyd Brattain and Geraldine (Jones) Crosby.  On November 14, 1953, he married Elsie “Mickey” Kreiger, and she preceded him in death on March 17, 1996.  He married Sharon Coers Hebbe on May 12, 1999, and she survives.

Elmer is survived by his son, William “Scott” Brattain and favorite daughter-in-law, Mary Brattain, of Shelbyville; daughter, Pamela Brattain of Greensburg; his beloved grandson, Jake Brattain, of Shelbyville; and several nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to Mickey, Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Kay McBroom, Carolyn Schnieder, and Beverly Sue Mitchko; and brother, Floyd Dale Brattain.


Post-graduation from Shelbyville High School in 1947, Elmer worked in construction before entering the U.S. Army and serving during the Korean Conflict. He spoke proudly of his service, being discharged on September 10, 1953, as a Master Sergeant.


Elmer spent many years in the construction industry, working for Geupel DeMars, Inc., managing projects such as the restoration of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and construction of the Indiana School for the Deaf, and with his own company Brattain Company, Inc.


After his retirement, Elmer continued to serve his community and live life to the fullest – he held a private pilot’s license and was President of the Shelbyville Aviation Board for many years, he volunteered at Major Hospital, he was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, he deep sea fished with his son in Florida, and he frequently helped on his grandson’s construction projects. He loved spending time with his family and friends, sharing stories and offering encouragement with a smile.


The family would like to thank the staff at Cypress Run for their care and compassion over Elmer’s last few months.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm, Friday, February 16, 2024, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11 am, Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Robb Barlow officiating.

Interment will be a private family ceremony at Forest Hill Cemetery.

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