Wayne County couple gives millions to area charities

Several charities have been surprised by sharing in more than $6 million in donations from the estate of an eastern Indiana couple.

Marlowe and Patricia Kluter of Richmond designated 13 churches, schools and charities to split 90 percent of their estate.

Marlowe Kluter was a loan officer at the former First Federal Savings and Loan and Patricia Kluter was a teacher. They were married for 51 years, with Marlowe dying in 2007 and his wife last month.

Attorney Bob Bever tells the Palladium-Item they had no immediate family and saw their wealth grow through stock market investments.

The biggest donations of $700,000 each went to Albany United Methodist Church in Albany; First English Lutheran Church in Richmond; Richmond Symphony Orchestra; United Way of Whitewater Valley; and Wayne County Foundation.

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