My Story | Kathleen Katie Dunkerly



Katie was born July 8, 1914 and raised in Harrison County, Indiana.  Her family moved to Knox county, Indiana in 1931.  She graduated with the class of 1932 from Oaktown High School.  Her family lived in the country about one mile from Emison, Indiana, where they attended Emison Methodist Church.  That’s where she met and married her husband, Cecil Dunkerly. Katie served as treasurer of the Emison Church and when she and Cecil  moved to Oaktown, Indiana, she became the treasurer of the Oaktown Methodist Church and held this office for over twenty years. She also held the office of the treasurer of the Oaktown Cemetery Board and the Oaktown Busseron Township High School Alumni Association.  Katie was the first woman to ever work at Oaktown’s Security Bank.  In 1979 she retired from the bank as Assistant Branch Manager, having worked for 36 years. Katie became active in Eastern Star in 1944.  She received the Award of Gold for fifty years of service.

Everyone knows Katie has always been a very staunch Republican.  She has served as Vice Chairman for the Knox County Republican Party and the Vice Precinct Committeeman for the Republican Party of Busseron Township.  She was seen working the polls at every election. She was a member of the founding Oak Village Board. Katie served as a council member for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program at Vincennes University and volunteered clerical work twice a month.  She also was the female representative for Busseron Township on the Knox County board.