Services set for John Dion Longworth, Jennifer Longworth killed in Indianapolis explosion

Funeral, calling will be Monday

INDIANAPOLIS - A memorial fund established in the names of the couple killed in this weekend's neighborhood explosion will benefit education and city beautification.

Indy Audio Labs co-founder and CEO Rick Santiago said John Dion Longworth and his wife, Jennifer Longworth, a second-grade teacher in Greenwood, both placed a high value on education and were known for their gardening.

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The donations will be used to fund student scholarships and community beautification projects.

"They both shared a love of gardening and so we could envision basically trying to help restore the community by planting gardens and beautify the neighborhood," Santiago said.

Plants and flowers have been arriving steadily at Indy Audio Labs, where Dion Longworth worked.

"He was just a warm heart," Santiago said. "He was such a deep thinker and a really great contributor to the company."

Santiago said Dion's contributions helped earn a Showcase Award from the Consumer Electronics Association last year.

"He was very proud of that," Santiago said.

Santiago said he'll most miss his friend's attitude.

"His off-the-wall sense of humor, his ability to take a tense situation or tough problem and break it up with a little joke or a little sarcasm, that we'll certainly miss," he said.

A funeral for the couple will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Barnabas Catholic Church at 8300 Rahke Road. Calling will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wilson-St Pierre Funeral Home in Greenwood.

Greenwood Schools have canceled classes Monday at Southwest Elementary School so staff members and students can attend the funeral.

The Longworths were killed Saturday when their neighbor's home in the Richmond Hill subdivision exploded, injuring eight others and damaging dozens of homes.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the blast.

Donations to the Dion and Jennifer Longworth Memorial Fund can be made online at www.cicf.org or by mailing checks to CICF at 615 N. Alabama St. Suite 119, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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