Delbert Crocker


Nashville -- Delbert Murray Crocker, age 81, of Nashville, Indiana, passed away Thursday (09/03/2020).  Born May 4, 1939, in Freeport, Nova Scotia, he was the son of Egbert and Evelyn (Finigan) Crocker.  He received his Bachelors of Business Degree at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS.  He studied Real Estate and Law at St. Mary's University in Halifax, NS, and studied Non-Profit Organizational Management at the University of Wisconsin.  After college, Delbert worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia and Eastern Canada Savings and Loan.

In 1967, he moved to the United States and accepted a position with Church Extension in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In his early years with Church Extension, he led the staff in converting to a computer system to handle loans and investments.  This work launched Discipeldata, Inc., where he became the Chief Executive Officer and was eventually named President in 1974.  He retired on January 31, 2005.

After moving to Indianapolis, he joined a few church congregations.  He was a lead member of the chancel choirs in all the churches he attended, attesting to the fact that music played an important role in his life.  In 2002, he became a member of the historic downtown Central Christian Church in Indianapolis and remained a member until his death.  He worked in the free clothing ministry there as well as on building maintenance and gladly accepted various leadership positions in the church.  In addition, he was active in the Indianapolis community.  Delbert served as president of the Indianapolis YMCA (Eastside Branch) and as a board member of Robin Run village.

After retiring, he and his wife, Phyllis, built a home in Nashville, Indiana, in 2006.  While living in Nashville, Delbert continued to be active in his community, serving as treasurer of the Brown County Habitat for Humanity.  He was also active with the Brown County Lions Club and the Brown County Woodworkers Club.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Inman Crocker of Nashville, Indiana, his stepdaughter, Jennifer Labesky and son-in-law, Michael Labesky of Snow Hill, Maryland, his stepdaughter, Kimberly Spencer of Nashville, Indiana, and grandchildren, Sage and Eli Labesky and Lilian Spencer.

A Celebratoin of Life is currently being planned for friends in Nashville, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Brown County Humane Society, Brown County Habitat for Humanity, or to the Brown County Lions Club.

Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville is in charge of arrangements.