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Governor Mike Pence is directing flags at state facilities in Dubois County to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Jasper Mayor Jerome “Chick” Alles, who passed away on Saturday.

Flags should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on the day of his funeral, which will take place at 11am tomorrow, July 7th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper.

In a release Pence called Alles a leader in the Jasper community and was saddened to learn of his passing.

Pence noted Alles was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II, served three terms as mayor of Jasper and held other positions of public service in Dubois County.

 Jerome Alles former Mayor of the City of Jasper
Jerome Alles former Mayor of the City of Jasper

Former Jasper Mayor Alles served the community for over a decade as Mayor of Jasper from January 1, 1980 thru December 31, 1991.

He was the 11th Mayor of Jasper from the total 13 mayors including current Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz.

He was honored with being a two time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, once each by Governors Bayh and O’Bannon.

The term “Sagamore” was used by the American Indian Tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice.

Governor Pence is also asking businesses and residents in Dubois County to lower their flags to half-staff to honor the life and service of former Mayor Jerome “Chick” Alles.

NOTES:

For more information about Former Mayor Alles funeral arrangements and family legacy visit thehttp://www.becherkluesner.com/ website.

Sagamore reference: http://www.in.gov/portal/files/Sagamore.pdf

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