IU mourns loss of Harry Cherry

Harry Cherry, the oldest living former Indiana football player, died Saturday at the age of 99.

Indiana football’s oldest living former player, Harry Cherry, has died at the age of 99.

Cherry, who played on Bo McMillin’s first IU team in 1934, died at the age of 99 Saturday in his home of Seymour, Ind.

IU coach Kevin Wilson had this to say about Cherry, who had regularly attended IU football games and alumni reunions since 1937.

“The IU Football family is saddened by the passing of Harry Cherry,” Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said in a release by the school. "Harry was a great Hoosier who lived an extraordinary life. Our deepest condolences to the entire Cherry family."

A multi-sport athlete out of George Washington High School in Indianapolis, Cherry collected all-state honors twice, was a member of the all-city basketball team three times and won the state pole vault championship. He also earned tennis all-city accolades.

After graduating from IU, Cherry enrolled in the Air Force. He served five years as a special service and physical training officer and made the last trip over Japan at the end of World War II.

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