Robert B. Pence and Dorothy B. Pence Endowment Fund

Fund Purpose:
The purpose of this fund is to provide support to charitable organizations.

Fund Story:
Robert Pence and Dorothy Ballard grew up as classmates in Amboy, Indiana. Robert’s father was a farmer and Dorothy’s father owned a lumber yard in Amboy.

After graduating from Amboy High School, they were married, and Robert went to work as a truck driver for his father-in-law. In 1934, they moved to Highland, Indiana, where Robert had been hired to manage the Highland Lumber Company. They moved to Marion in 1937 when they purchased the existing Custer Lumber Company at 10th and Washington Street.

Dorothy worked with Robert as the full-time bookkeeper for the next 35 years. Robert and Dorothy raised three children, Barbara, James, and Raymond (Pete). They were both active members of the First Friends Church and many civic organizations.

In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, Robert was instrumental in the development of Jeffras Avenue, Euclid Heights, and Berkley Drive between the hospital and Western Avenue. Later, he developed the Wildwood sub-division of Marion on State Road 9.

The lumber yard moved to 35th and the Bypass in 1956 where it soon became known as Custer’s Cashway Lumber. They retired in 1972 and moved to Orange Harbor in Fort Meyers, Florida. Robert died in 1995 and Dorothy created this fund in his memory in 1996. In a letter to the Community Foundation, Dorothy wrote, “I think Bob would have been very pleased with the gift as he felt Marion and Grant County’s citizens had been good to us in so many ways for so many years.”

Additionally, this fund is a part of the Give To Grant Collaborative. These funds serve the Community Foundation mission which is to connect people, resources, and causes to promote a sustainable impact for the betterment of Grant County. The Collaborative, allows our Board to combine generous donations with others’ and pool our resources to do something strong and impactful for our community. This is philanthropy in its broadest sense!

Click here to learn more about these funds and how they are impacting Grant County through the Give To Grant Collaboration.

Because of the support of generous donors, this fund is making a difference for worthwhile causes and people, at the local, Grant County level. Thank you!

Fund Impact:

Affordable Housing Corp Grant County Garfield Fund
Boys & Girls Club of Grant County Grant County Special Olympics
Cancer Services of Grant County Hostess House, Inc.
Cardinal Greenway/Rails to Trails Mad Anthony’s Children’s Hope House
Crippled Children and Adults Main Street Marion
Daland Corporation Marion Housing Authority
Euclid Neighborhood Association Midwest Case Management, Inc.
Feed the Children National Inventors Hall of Fame
Gas City Area Chamber of Commerce Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, Inc.
Gas City Concerts in the Park Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indi
Gas City Rescue Squad St. Martin dePorres Community Center
Girl Scouts of Wapehani Council, Inc. Upstream Grant Fund
Give to Grant Collaborative
Grant County Defibrillator Committee

Fund Page Details:
Donating to this fund will increase the charitable impact of its fund purpose and grantmaking abilities. Clicking “Give Online” above will allow you to make a charitable gift to this fund held at the Community Foundation of Grant County. Want to give using cash or check? Download this Printable Giving Form and mail it with your gift (please hand deliver cash donations to the office during normal business hours). Don’t forget…gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, insurance, estate plans, etc. are also encouraged. You’re gift, combined with many other generous donations, significantly increases local grantmaking!

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Shelly Jones

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