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Dr. David B Settles, Col. USA, Ret
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Dr. David B. Settles, Col. USA, Ret of Versailles formerly of Lexington.

Dr. Settles was born near Campbellsville, KY on December 31, 1923.

He graduated Valedictorian of his class from Middleburg High School in Casey County in 1941. He attended Campbellsville College where he was student Poet Laureate in 1942.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor and served in the American, European and Pacific Theaters of Operations. He was highly decorated, earning 35 awards and decorations over a period of 32 years and 4 months of active and reserve duty, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medals. Stories about his incredible experiences in WW II when he lost two jeeps and was wounded eight times on Friday the 13th 1945 have been published in both civilian and military magazines.

After WW II he came home and finished his Pre-Med studies at Western University in Bowling Green, KY and then entered Illinois College of Optometry where he completed a four year course in two years by taking no breaks. He graduated in 1948.

The most colorful part of his career was when he was in practice in Berea, KY when he was a member of the Berea Lions Club. He was president of the club in ’51-’52. He originated the Berea Homecoming Festival in 1951 which was an annual event that brought back local Country Music stars that originated in Berea or had performed for years in nearby Renfro Valley.

Among the stars that performed over the years were Red Foley, Jimmy Skinner, Pat Boone, Grandpa Jones, The Coon Creek Girls, Skeeter Davis, Old Joe Clark, Ernie Lee, Billy Keith Williams, all of the Renfro Valley stars and many of Nashville’s Grand Old Opry Stars including June Carter, Johnny Cash, Ernie Lee,…

He was also the Publicity Chairman for the festival and created the local Talent Hunt Committee that discovered new talent in Berea and the surrounding area. From this group he created the Renfro Ramblers, a group of country musicians that performed at the Renfro Valley Barn Dance and on WRVK, the Renfro Valley Radio Station. Dr. Settles wrote, directed and performed as a musician and group vocalist. Many of his discoveries went on to become noted Nashville song writers and musicians.

During this period of time he went on to become District Governor of Lions International with a 100% District award at the end of his term. He organized a group to raise funds for the first public Berea swimming pool. He was Chef de Medicine of the American Legion’s 40 ET 8 Society.

His years in the military were also colorful. After his experience of being wounded eight times in WW II, he was hospitalized for many months and then sent back to the United States for a recuperation furlough. He later re-joined his former unit in Oklahoma prior to shipping out the Pacific as a member of the 86th Division destined to be the first Infantry division to invade Japan. Fortunately, the Atomic Bomb was dropped on their way and they were diverted to the Philippines for the remainder of the war. He spent his time there helping to capture Japanese soldiers from their hideouts in the caves in southern Luzon.

His military awards provided points that permitted him to return home before the rest of his Division. Ten years later, he joined the U.S. Army Reserve program as a First Lieutenant. After a total of active and reserve service of 32 years and four months, he retired as a full Colonel.

He is survived by his children, David Lawrence (Nanette) Settles, CO, James Larry (Brenda) Anderkin, White Plains, KY, Kay (Stefan) Settles Wagener, Canada, Jim Settles, TX and Pamela (Melvin) Weber, KY; grandchildren, Victoria Jacobs, Jerry Slone, Adrienne Clark, Maylee Abney, Ayla Settles, Jeff Weber, Rebecca Bowman, Genet Stanley, Luke Wagener, and Jamie Leek; 17 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great, great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Mae Watkins Settles.

Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 PM, Thursday, June 7, 2018 with a service to follow at 6:30 PM at Clark Legacy Center, Brannon Crossing. Burial will be 10:00 AM, Friday, June 8, 2018 at Camp Nelson National Cemetery.

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