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John & Louise Brackney Fund

John and Louise "Nellie" Brackney

Year Founded


Steve, Darrell, Keith, and Sheila Brackney

Purpose of Fund
The John and Louise Brackney Fund will provide financial support for medical research in the areas of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

History of Fund

Steve Brackney, Darrell Brackney, Keith Brackney, and Sheila (Brackney) McCullough established this fund in memory of their parents, John and Louise “Nellie” Brackney.    

John Brackney, a graduate of Clinton Central High School, served as a US Marine in the Pacific during WWII. He later became the founder and co-owner of Brackney’s Western Store. John was always very active in his community. He served as a Central National Bank Director, a board member of Mary Allison Children’s Home, and a charter member of the Western Indiana Private Industry Council. He was also a member of the Central High School Alumni Association, the VFW, and the American Legion. He and Louise (Nellie) met in high school at Clinton Central. Louise, a lifelong resident of Putnam County, attended Indiana Business College. While John went to the Pacific as a Marine, she ran the Ration Office here in Greencastle. When he returned, they married and raised four remarkable children. Louise was an active member of Brick Chapel United Methodist Church since childhood, and served as their treasurer as well. John and Louise worked side by side from 1955 to their retirement in 1989.

After John’s passing, Louise served as memorial's chairperson and a dedicated volunteer of the Putnam County American Cancer Society. She further supported the organization with the creation of a cookbook in John's memory benefiting cancer research. 

Grants Awarded

First Grant Awarded

2015  $634.74

Most Recent Grant Awarded

2017  $1,098.89

Total Grants Awarded



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