Kevin Dale Thompkins, 55, Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018.
He was born March 20, 1963, in Lebanon, the son of Charles Edward and Judy Rae Thompkins.
Kevin was a 1981 graduate of Lebanon High School. He participated in several sports including football, track and wrestling, earning letters in all three sports and his first letter as a freshman in wrestling. He was a 1986 graduate of Indiana State University.
His passion for journalism began in high school with the student-run publication, The Pennant, and continued through his adult life, working for a number of Indiana publications, including the Lebanon Reporter and the Hendricks County Flyer. He served as public information spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Health for 10 years. He was managing editor for The Times from spring 2016 to March 2018.
His father, Charles E Thompkins, preceded him in death in 1997. 
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Judy and Floyd Coon of Lebanon; brothers, Mark (Donna) Thompkins of New Palestine, Dan (Jeanette) Coon of Wabash, and Floyd (Masami) Coon III of Indianapolis; sister, Tonya (Chard) Padgett of Lebanon; uncle, James (Maggie) Kennedy of Lebanon; numerous cousins, and his Parrot Head family.
Services were scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, with Pastor David Wright officiating, and visitation beginning at 3 p.m. 
Sign an online register and leave a personal message at www.strawmyerdrury.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in care of Ruth’s Closet, 207 E. Washington St., Lebanon, IN 46052.