Menke, member of 1940 Indiana title team, dies at 88

HUNTINGBURG, Ind. -- Bob Menke, who played on Indiana's 1940 NCAA championship basketball team and later was elected to the state Legislature, has died. He was 88.

Menke died Sunday after suffering from dementia, according to Nass & Son Funeral Home.

He was a center on Huntingburg High School's 1937 state runner-up basketball team and was the winner of the IHSAA's mental attitude Gimble Award (now called the Trester Award). He then played at Indiana, where he and older brother Bill Menke were members of the Hoosiers' 1940 NCAA championship team.

After serving in World War II as an Army Air Corps officer, he returned to Dubois County and founded Styline Corp. furniture company, which now has more than 2,000 employees and is known as OFS Brands Inc.

Menke was elected to a term in the Indiana House in 1952 and served on the IU Board of Trustees.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis, two sons and two daughters.

A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at Salem United Church of Christ in Huntingburg.