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A Marion County attorney who later served as judge of the Circuit Court and as a United States Magistrate Judge died Sept. 1.

J. Patrick Endsley, a graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, was a lifetime resident of Marion County who began practicing in 1956 and worked as a deputy city and county prosecutor, public defender, and as chief deputy attorney general. He was elected judge of Marion Circuit Court in 1974. Four years later, he was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. He retired from that position in 1994.

After retirement, Magistrate Endsley served as chairman of the organizing committee and on the board of directors of the Southern District’s Public Defender Program. In 2006, he received the 50-year award as a member of the Indianapolis Inn of Court. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1968 and 1989. He was a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State, 7th Circuit, Federal, and American bar associations, and served as president of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Magistrate Endsley was an Army veteran and served during the occupation of Japan. He later served as counsel for the Sugamo Prison veterans associations. He was an active Democrat who served in a number of precincts and as ward chairman. Magistrate Endsley also was an active gardener, maintaining 25 garden plots.

He is survived by his children Nancy G. (Vincent) Wagner, Deirdre E., Kevin C. (Kerry), Kathleen A. (George) Miroslavich, and Rosemary C. (Jeffery) Kemp; brother Thomas (Barbara); and sister Mary Ellen Kelly.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N. Michigan Road. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United Christmas Fund or to the donor’s favorite charity.
 

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