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Sohn Lee Bowling

Sohn Lee Bowling

July 30, 1961-April 29, 2022

 

Sohn Lee Bowling, 60, of Kingman passed away unexpectedly on his way home from work on Friday morning, April 29, 2022.

He was born July 30, 1961, at Clinton, to the late Jesse Lee & Iola Ann (Harwood) Bowling.

Sohn graduated from Fountain Central High School in 1980 and married his high school sweet heart, Cyndi Hinote, on April 12, 1980. Sohn worked at Raybestos in Crawfordsville for the last 34 years in the paper mill. He loved the outdoors and loved doing anything outdoors; gardening, yard work, hunting, fishing, trapping, ginsenging, mushrooming, had a love for animals, taking buggy rides with his favorite son, Malachi, and Jeep rides with his wife. He didn’t know a stranger, was always the life of the party, and he had that personality where everyone loved him instantly. He was so proud of the life he built with his wife, loved his family and grandkids dearly, and was the rock of his family. He will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cyndi Bowling of Kingman; his two children, which he was so proud of, Sohnna (Justin) Williams of Veedersburg and Chadlee (Yasa) Bowling of Sylvania, and his beloved fur son, Malachi; seven grandchildren, Mitchell (Samantha) Jennings, Kierstin (Ethan) Oppy, Jaysa Bretney, Uriah (Hannah) Kyger, Hunter Dillon, Kaitie Dillon, and Alexis Williams; five great-grandchildren, Haven, Olive, Aliza, Beau, Jedediah; and two brothers, John (Amy) Bowling of Marshall, and Sam Bowling of Veedersburg.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S. First St., Kingman. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6 at the funeral home, with Pastor Jason Davis officiating. The service will be recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at www.sandersfuneralcare.com. Burial will follow at Kingman Fraternal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to K-Love Radio Network at https://donor.klove.com.

Share memories and condolences online at www.sandersfuneralcare.com.

Marion Luther Kiger

Marion Luther Kiger

April 30, 2022

 

Marion Luther Kiger, 89, of Darlington passed away at 4:36 p.m. Saturday April 30, 2022, Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville.

Marion was born in Rainsville, Warren County, Indiana, the son of the late John and Oral (Tribbet) Kiger, and was a graduate of Linden High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving during the Korean War from 1952 until 1956. Marion married Rosemary Newlin on Feb. 5, 1981, at Crawfordsville, and she survives.

He farmed for many years near Darlington until retiring in 2008. Marion also worked as a veterinary assistant for Dr. Lidakey, and sold seed to farmers. He attended Stonewater Church in Linden and was on the Greater Lafayette Honor Flight on Oct. 14, 2015.

Surviving with his wife is a daughter, Belinda May Kiger of Linden; a son, John Alan Kiger of Crawfordsville; and two brothers, Dean Kiger and Gerald Kiger (Janice), both of Linden. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Amy Shirar Malelo, Cary Brock and Kyle Kiger; and five great-grandchildren, Kiera, Angela, Kaydence, Charlie and Xander.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Lynn Griffin; and two sisters, Mereadus Craig and Wilma Runyon.

Friends may call at Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, Linden, from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5. Pastor Mary Hollis will officiate. Interment will follow in Linden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Stonewater Church in Linden.

Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home of Linden is honored to serve the Kiger family.

lease leave memories and condolences at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com.

Mary Elizabeth 'Beth' (Smith) Barton

Mary Elizabeth ‘Beth' (Smith) Barton

Aug. 25, 1972-April 30, 2022

 

Mary Elizabeth “Beth” (Smith) Barton, 49, of Frankfort and formerly of Crawfordsville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2022, at IU Arnett in Lafayette.

She was born Aug. 25, 1972, at Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

Beth graduated from North Montgomery High School in 1990 and graduated from Ivy Tech with a nursing degree.  Throughout the years she was a LPN at various nursing homes, medical offices and worked in home health care. After the birth of her son, she became a stay-at-home mom. She loved doing crafts, art and riding the Harley with her husband; but most of all she loved being a mom. 

On May 24, 2010, she married the love of her life, David Barton of Frankfort, who survives. She is also survived by son Robert Nile Barton; mother Becky (Dorsey) Schetzsle of Summitville; father- and mother-in-law Joe and Sharon Barton of Crawfordsville; sister-in-law Jennifer (Damon) Claycomb of Brownsburg; and three nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her father, Carlos “Corky” Schetzsle, and grandparents, Robert and Betty Dillman.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville. The celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 5 at the funeral home, with Aaron Bridgham officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at www.sandersfuneralcare.com. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana, 435 Limestone St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 or donate online at https://donate.rmhccin.org. 

Share memories and condolences online at www.sandersfuneralcare.com.

Dorothy J. Danzebrink

Dorothy J. Danzebrink

Nov. 27, 1937-April 30, 2022

 

Dorothy J. Danzebrink died April 30, 2022, at home, in the presence of her children.

Dorothy was born Nov. 27, 1937, at Cincinnati, Ohio, to LeRoy and Genevieve Kohl. Both are deceased. She was raised and educated in Cincinnati and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mount St. Joseph’s University. She then moved to Crawfordsville and enjoyed her work as a nurse for over 30 years. Dorothy was married to Hubert for 60 years before his passing seven months ago in 2021. 

She is survived by three children, Norbert (Rhonda), Rita (Mark) and Eric; five precious grandchildren, Jonathan, Ellen, Jonathan, Brady and Brenna; and sister Beverly Maxwell.

She was a faithful member of St. Bernard’s Church, Tri Kappa Sorority and Crawfordsville Art League. She volunteered in many community and parish activities. Next to her family, she enjoyed her faith, being with friends, gardening, crafts, cooking and traveling. Her one next highlight was travel to the Holy Land.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, 1306 E. Main St., by Father David Bower, on May 11 at 10 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Burkhart Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Catholic Relief Service at St. Bernard’s Church or MaryKnoll Missions.

Richard 'Dick' Downing Conway

Richard ‘Dick’ Downing Conway

May 1, 1933-April 26, 2022

 

Richard “Dick” Downing Conway, 88, of Indianapolis passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

He was born Monday, May 1, 1933, at Terre Haute, the son of Frank J. and Mary K. Conway.

He is survived by his wife, Eva Ann (Dietrich) Conway and his children, Richard “Rick” Conway (Lisa) of Indianapolis, John Conway of Indianapolis, Michael “Mike” Conway (Gigi) of Fishers, Kathryn “Kathy” Crone (Garry) of Zionsville, Jay Conway (Carla) of Speedway, Joseph “Joe” Conway (Kathy) of Indianapolis, Mark Conway (Deena) of Brownsburg; sister Mary Margaret “Peggy” Conway; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Dick graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1951 and from Purdue University in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree. While at Purdue he met his wife and they began their family. He served two years in the United States Army, where he made lifelong friends. He began his teaching career in 1957. He taught and coached in Randolph, Wayne, and Union Counties. In 1964, he earned his master’s degree at Ball State University.

His last 22 teaching years were at Warren Central High School in Marion County, where he taught various math courses and also coached cross country and track. Dick was instrumental in building the Warren Central girls’ sports program as the girls’ athletic director before retiring from teaching and coaching in 1988. In 1993, he and his son Jay started AUS Embroidery, now operated by Jay.

Coach Conway’s dedication to teaching and to sports impacted the lives of many students, athletes and families throughout the community. He volunteered as a Little League baseball coach and was a high school basketball coach in Liberty. He also established a multi-generational Fun Run in Warren Township.

As a devoted, loving husband and dedicated father and grandfather, Dick found great joy in spending time with his family. His greatest achievement was helping and supporting many young people on their life journey. The motto he lived by and leaves as his legacy is “PMA,” which stands for “Positive Mental Attitude.”

Family and friends gathered 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1 for a viewing with a memorial service immediately following at Flanner Buchanan - Memorial Park, 9350 E. Washington St., Indianapolis.

Sharon K. Williams

Sharon K. Williams

June 22, 1944-April 15, 2022

 

Sharon K. Williams, 77, of Ladoga passed away April 15, 2022, at IU Methodist in Indianapolis.

She was born on June 22, 1944, to John K. and Geraldine (Schumacker) Willhite. She married Alan Williams on April 3, 1966, at the First Christian Church in Crawfordsville. He survives.

Sharon graduated from Crawfordsville High School and went on to earn her associate’s degree. She worked at RR Donnelley’s in Crawfordsville until retiring. Sharon loved to travel and read. She spent as much time and energy possible with those who meant the most to her, her children and grandchildren.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her husband; son Alan Williams; daughter Crystal Cope; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Loren Willhite and Terry Willhite; and two nieces and two nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Marla.

There will be a visitation held 5-6 p.m. May 4 at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home, 203 N. Washington St., Ladoga.

You are invited to visit www.serviesmorgan.com where you may leave an online condolence for the family.

Earl Thomas Pennington

Earl Thomas Pennington

APRIL 5, 1929 – MAY 1, 2022

 

Earl Thomas Pennington, age 93, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022.

He was born April 5, 1929 in Vigo County, to Carl Pennington and Ethel (Haymaker) Pennington.

Earl served in the United States Navy in WWII. He was a proud veteran and loved his country.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Beverly Pennington; his sister, Virginia Clouse and brother Leon Pennington (Mary Ann). Earl is also survived by his grandchildren, who he loved so dearly, Dawn, Jeff, Angie, Bryon, and Matthew; and his great-grandchildren, Skyler Kylee and Fenris.

Earl enjoyed the outdoors and always kept busy gardening, canning, woodworking, and water skiing. Most of all, he cherished the moments he had with his family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Katherine (Hicks) Pennington; his children, Sharon and Gary Pennington; along with his brother, Richard Pennington.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 11-2pm at Roselawn Funeral Home. Service will begin at 2pm with a graveside to follow. Earl will be laid to rest by his loving wife at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net for the Pennington family.

 

Stephen V. Thompson Sr.

Stephen V. Thompson Sr.

AUGUST 5, 1946 – APRIL 28, 2022

 

Stephen V. Thompson, Sr., age 75, of Terre Haute, slipped away in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 28, 2022, to join his late brother, Paul, for coffee in Heaven.

Steve was a retired fleet technician for Verizon. For many years, he was a GM Master Technician for Sycamore Chevrolet. He represented them as a National Finalist in the 1988 Master Technician Performance Challenge Competition, winning him a 1989 Corvette. He was also chosen as "Mr. Goodwrench" for a national ad campaign featured in many major publications.

Steve loved music, especially country and bluegrass - preferably on vinyl. His wonderful sense of humor kept those around him laughing. He was an intuitive thinker who could "fix anything." He was always available to answer questions and help with whatever was needed. In fact, he was generous to a fault. Most of all, Steve was a pillar of personal integrity, self-discipline, and strength, making him a role model for all - young and old.

Steve is survived by Donna Brewer Thompson, his wife of 57 years; son, Stephen V. Thompson, Jr. and wife, Laura; daughter, Tracy Byerly and husband, John; granddaughter, Miranda Briley and husband, Kyle; and granddaughter, Carly Thompson.

He is also survived by sisters, Sylvia Jurgonski (Jerry Burns), Delight Walters (Tom); Mary Thompson, Heather Kuckewich; and brothers, Ronald Thompson, Sr. (Donna), Rosalyn Thompson (widow of Paul), Roy Thompson (Yoko), George Thompson (Billie), and Donald Thompson (Leesa); half-siblings, Dawn Thompson, Allison Essenkova (Oleg), and Ryan Thompson (Jody). Uncle Steve will be missed by a multitude of nieces and nephews, great and great-great as well as dozens of brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.

Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Marian Stiegelbauer Thompson; father, Roy H. Thompson; brothers, Ivan Thompson and Paul Thompson; and sister, Carole Parker.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 on "The Hill" at the Thompson's home. Refreshments will be provided. Please join Steve's family as they share some fond memories and make some new ones. To RSVP or get directions to "The Hill" please email Tracy at tbyerly2@gmail.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Terre Haute Humane Society at https://thhs.networkforgood.com/projects/82479-terre-haute-humane-s

Gene Auther Joles

Gene Auther Joles

MAY 18, 1960 – MAY 1, 2022

 

Gene Auther Joles, age 61, of Marshall, Illinois passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Gene was born May 18, 1960.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net for the Joles family.

Thomas Henry James

Thomas Henry James

June 24, 1940 - April 29, 2022

 

Thomas Henry James, 81, lifelong resident of Clay County, passed away on April 29, 2022 following a lengthy illness.

Tom was born on June 24, 1940, in Knightsville, Indiana, the son of Ross and Emma (Stevenson) James. He graduated from Van Buren High School with the class of 1958. He served his country in the Army National Guard for several years. Tom worked for Arketex Clay Plant for a few years before working in the Aluminum manufacturing industry until his retirement.

When he wasn’t working, Tom enjoyed playing golf and poker and his dogs. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Zorah Shrine, the American Legion, and is a former member of the Brazil Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ross and Emma James, his wife Phyllis James; his siblings: Robert James, Doris Johnson, Mary Francis Rutherford, Jean Ensley, Janet Bledsoe, Tish Autison, Pat James, John James, Web James, and a sister in infancy; two nephews Jeff James and Rob Autison and a niece Joyce Lawrence

Survivors include two daughters Kimberly Montague and husband Mike and Jayme James; a son Parry James; grandchildren: Taylor Montague (Katie) and Samantha Frankville (Austin); sister Sandy Ames (Tom); brother Tub James (Donna); sister-in-law Carolyn Garrigus (Lowell), a beloved dog Teddy; as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Services will follow, with masonic services and military rites, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Doug Parkey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriner's Hospital One Children’s Plaza - 2 West Dayton, Ohio 45404, United States.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.

Kenneth Ray Pearson

Kenneth Ray Pearson

June 15, 1973-April 23, 2022

 

Kenneth Ray Pearson, 48, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lafayette, on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

He was born in June 15, 1973, at Clinton, and grew up in Rockville with his parents, Jack and Jonnie Lou Overpeck.

At Rockville High School, Kenny enjoyed baseball and all things Star Wars but during those years, football was his life. He built friendships and life skills on the field that helped shape his future. He graduated in 1991 and went to work at Heritage Products. He was a self-taught control engineer and moved to Ohio to help during the start-up years at OTC Daihen, then moved back home to Indiana in 2006 and worked for Masterguard. True to his Parke County roots, Kenny enjoyed hunting (and eating) morel mushrooms and shared that with his kids. He had a gift when it came to playing with his grandchildren and we will forever hold those memories close to our hearts.

Kenny is survived by ex-wife and friend, Suzi Pearson; children, Trent Brock, Tayler (Colton) Evans, Karlie (Cory) Teeter, Payton Pearson and Maitlin Pearson; honorary son, Garrett Blankenbeckler; grandchildren, Micah, Ellie, Paige, Case and Gavin; his black Labrador best friend, Abbey; and his favorite dad joke, “Hi, Hungry. I’m Dad!”

He is preceded in death by his parents; grandmother Marjorie Day; and great-grandparents, Kenneth and Bertie Hickman.

An open house style wake will be held for family and friends 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, Crawfordsville.

Share memories and condolences online at www.sandersfuneralcare.com.

Ruth M. (Perry) Kelp

Ruth M. (Perry) Kelp

Feb. 11, 1941-April 27, 2022

 

Ruth M. (Perry) Kelp, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022, in her New Richmond home.

She was born Feb. 11, 1941. She was married to Keith Kelp on Dec. 24, 1963. He is deceased. Together they had three children, Richard (Janeice) Kelp, Kristine (Joe) Emerson and Karen (Kevin) Milburn.

She was blessed with 10 wonderful grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was a member of the Women’s Army Corp, a branch of the Army.

She loved volunteering  for the Sheltie Rescue of Greater Lafayette and rescued and fostered many shelties in her home. Ruth was a loving and caring person and would help any one who needed it.

She is survived by sister Sue (Dave) Short of New Richmond

Per her request, she has chosen to not have visitation and services.

She will be loved and missed by many.

Betty L. Royer McBee

Betty L. Royer McBee

Aug. 14, 1928-April 27, 2022

 

Betty (French) Royer McBee, 93, died Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug. 14, 1928, in rural Crawfordsville, the daughter of the late Earl French Sr. and Mary Gooding French. She was a cheerleader at Linden High School, graduating in 1946. She married John Royer and raised a family of five children. Their love was shortened with his death in 1965. She later enjoyed 25 years of marriage with Walter “Sonny” McBee before his death in 2018. She worked 27 years for Tipmont REMC, retiring in 1993.

Betty enjoyed her activities with American Legion Axillary and Darlington Methodist Church. She played bridge, euchre and bingo, traveled and watched horse racing for horses raised on the farm. She rooted for basketball and football games at Darlington High School, Purdue, IU and the Colts. Their best times were enjoying children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include: children, Patti (Roger) Johnson, Dick (Candy) Royer, Pam Thomas, Penny (Steve) Pitcock and David Royer; step-children, Dean (Beth Goodlet) McBee, Lori (John) Greavu and John Keffer; sisters, Linda Thompson and Rosemary Lyons; grandchildren, Janee (Mark) Money, Julie (Barry) Scales, Joshua (Cyndi) Bell, Aaron (Jill) Royer, Brian (Jenn) Royer, JJ (Vanessa) Bell, Breanna (Tyler Cline) Royer, Shawn Pitcock, Paige Pitcock, Bodie Royer, KC (Chisolm) Kinder, Chandler Fields, Mackenzi Mitchell, Christian Greavu, Colt (Katy)Keffer; great-grandchildren, Jarron, Kaiden, Calin, Charli, Benjamin, Alexander, Bay, Cassius, Colton, Sydney and Aspyn; and several nieces and nephews.

Her death was preceded by son-in-law Gene Thomas; sister Dorothy Stockdale; brother Earl French Jr.; and step-daughter Terri Keffer.

Visitation will be at Burkhart Funeral Home, 201 W. Wabash Ave., Crawfordsville, at noon Monday, May 2 until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial afterward at Greenlawn Cemetery, Darlington.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to Dr. Mathison and his staff, Susan Hampton RN, Paramedic Medicine Program and Brian McCoy and Southern Care Hospice, especially Nurse Paige for providing such loving care to Betty and to the Burkhart family for their support and guidance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Darlington American Legion Auxiliary Post 302, P.O. Box 314 Darlington, IN, or Linden Methodist Church, P.O. Box 38, Linden, IN.

Mariah Evelyn Julio

Mariah Evelyn Julio

July 26, 1949-April 23, 2022

 

Mariah Evelyn Julio, 76, of Crawfordsville passed away unexpectedly from a coronary in her home on April 23, 2022. Mariah was born July 26, 1949, at Brazil, Indiana, to Albert and Elsie Mae Zentko. Mariah graduated from Schulty High School in Terre Haute and received her nursing degree from St. Anthony School of Nursing, Terre Haute.

Mariah was a long time nurse at Community Hospital in Anderson before beginning work as a patient advocate at Anthem Insurance Company.

Survivors include: sisters, Linda (Lee) Burnside, Debbie Clapp and Kim (Dyke) Largent, all from Crawfordsville; step-children, Vince (Melissa) Roddy, Illinois and Jeff (Qinugan) Roddy, Alaska; six beloved grandchildren; and two nephews, Aaron (Sara) Clapp, Darlington and Brandon Largent, Navajo, California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother George Zentko; and brother-in-law Mark Clapp.

Mariah was an adventurer and was never happier than when she was traveling. As winter eased, she had recently been recharged by a few day trips. Mariah’s dream and plan was to travel the world once she no longer needed to care for her beloved cat, Gidget. While she did not recognize that goal, family and friends take joy in knowing that the vistas she is experiencing now with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in heaven, are much more wonderful than any of this earth’s.

In retirement, Mariah pursued many interests. She began to paint using acrylic paints and watercolor and became involved as an artist at the Athens Art Gallery in Crawfordsville. She participated in several art shows and enjoyed learning new techniques.

An avid reader, Mariah often spoke of her happy childhood memories of taking a book and an apple and finding a shady spot under a tree to spend the afternoon. Mariah continued her love of the written word by writing and publishing materials for both adults and children. Her work was published in Writer’s Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul; Inspiration for Nurses, and various magazines such as Woman’s World, Good Old Days, Reminiscence, and Country. She was also involved with several writers groups that helped her hone and use her skills that all may improve. Mariah loved opportunities to promote reading. For those who wish to honor Mariah’s memory, you are invited to make a memorial donation to the Ladoga-Clark Twp. Public Library, P.O. Box 248, Ladoga, IN, 47954, where her sister, Debbie is library director.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3 at Burkhart Funeral Home, led by Father Michael Bower. Visitation will begin an hour prior to the service.

Online condolences may be made at www.BurkhartFH.com.

Lester Paul Conkright

Lester Paul Conkright

May 4, 1959-April 26, 2022

 

Lester Paul Conkright, 62, of Crawfordsville went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

He was born May 4, 1959, to the late Clayton and Cynthia (Fulford) Conkright. He was a life-long member of the Fremont Street Baptist Church. He was a 1977 graduate of North Montgomery High School. He married Brenda McCart on Dec. 19, 2015.

He was self-employed and worked construction. He enjoyed fishing, the beach and his family, especially his grandchildren. His grandchildren were the highlight of his life.

He is survived by: his wife, Brenda of Crawfordsville; children, Ashley (Carl) Thompson of Burlington, Kentucky, and Jared Conkright, Ryan (Heather) Bixler, Tyler (Erin) Bixler and Zach (Alexis) Fruits, all of Crawfordsville; seven grandchildren, Briley, Brinkley, Braydan, Hannah, Madison, Ethan and Brooklynn; brothers, Randy (Gina) Conkright of Henderson, Nevada and Dale (Jane) Conkright of Crawfordsville; and sister Carletta Woodruff of Buffalo, South Carolina.

In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Conkright.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 29 at Fremont Street Baptist Church. Services will begin at 1 p.m., led by Pastor Dan Aldrich. After the service, he will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery North. Arrangements were entrusted to Burkhart Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at www.BurkhartFH.com.

Robert Clay 'Bob' Miles

Robert Clay ‘Bob’ Miles

Sept. 16, 1931-April 24, 2022

 

Robert Clay “Bob” Miles, 90, known by his bricklayer friends as “mousey,” went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 24, 2022, while at Mill Pond Rehab in Greencastle. A resident of Heritage Lake, Coatesville, Bob loved to fish, bird hunt, garden and play pool.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Donna Mae (Blois) Miles and four children, Carla Beth Huestis Wilson (Greg), Loretta Jane Pingleton Bales, William Neal Miles (Lori), Robert Kell Miles (Tammy).

He was preceded in death by son Steven Edward Miles and grandson Robert Tyler Miles. The Miles family includes 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Bob’s sisters are Beverly Ann Miles Smyth (John) and Linda Carol Miles Wineman (Larry). Deceased brothers were Donald Lee Miles and Freddie Wayne Miles (Lavonna).

Bob was born Sept. 16, 1931, to Robert Leroy Miles and Julia Jean O’Hair Miles Bachert. Bob graduated from Bainbridge High School in 1949. He served in Korea in the Army as a staff sergeant. May 10 would have been Bob and Donna Miles’ 70th wedding anniversary.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Baptist Church (Hwy. 75 just north of Hwy. 40) at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burial will be in Bainbridge Cemetery following services. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home was in charge of cremation.

Ruth (Bade) Genter Oct. 28, 1931-April 25, 2022

Ruth (Bade) Genter

Oct. 28, 1931-April 25, 2022

 

Ruth (Bade) Genter, 90, of Crawfordsville went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 25, 2022.

She was born in East Berlin, Germany on Oct. 28, 1931, to the late George Ernst and Erna Margaret (Brotke) Bade.

Ruth graduated from Mahzdorf High School in East Berlin, Germany during World War II. She came to the United States in 1947 and lived in New Jersey. In 1971 she moved to California and on May 30, 1972 she married the love of her life, Bennie Genter. He preceded her in death Jan. 20, 2016. Throughout the years she worked at RCA for 20 years, five years at Newcomb Electronic and retired from Moore Industries International after 20 years where she worked as a quality control inspector for the computer motherboard for the Space Shuttle. She lived in California for 38 years and after her and Bennie retired, they relocated to Crawfordsville in 2009. She was a member of the Open Bible Church in Tunjunga, California and Woodland Heights Christian Church in Crawfordsville.

Ruth enjoyed crocheting, gardening, watching her birds on all her bird feeders and spending time with her family. She was a prayer warrior, helping hand and a strong Christian woman.

She is survived by daughter Rachael (Martin) Smith of Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; son Randolph (Susan Weber) Colon of Crawfordsville; sister Karin Morales of Utah; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Martha Bell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bennie; son Raul Colon Jr.; sister Helga Colon; and brother George Bade.

A visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Wednesday, May 4 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steve Wilke officiating. The service will be live-steamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at www.sandersfuneralcare.com. Entombment with follow at Oak Hill Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Crawfordsville Fire Department, Franciscan Hospice or Woodland Heights Christian Church.

Share memories and condolences online at www.sandersfuneralcare.com.

Howard Harry McAnulty

Howard Harry McAnulty

Nov. 6, 1928-April 26, 2022

 

Howard Harry McAnulty, 93, of Ladoga passed away peacefully on the morning of April 26, 2022, at Majestic Care in Avon.

He was born Nov. 6, 1928, to Harry E. and Sadie E. (Hayes) McAnulty. He married Eleanor Louise Hicks on March 22, 1952, at the Ladoga Christian Church. She preceded him in death.

Howard graduated from New Ross High School with the class of 1948. He proudly served our country in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division. Upon returning home he worked for RR Donnelley and Sons in Crawfordsville for 41 years until retiring. Howard was a member of the Whitesville Christian Church and a volunteer firefighter for the town of Ladoga. He enjoyed farming, collecting Model T cars, antique tractors, horse back riding, racing motorcycles and canoe racing.

He is survived by his children, Rhonda (John) Maynor, Ryan Howard (Kim) McAnulty and Roxie Annette (Tim) Terry; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at noon Saturday, April 30 at Whitesville Christian Church, 3603 S. Ladoga Road, Crawfordsville. He will be laid to rest next to his wife in Ladoga Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Visit www.serviesmorgan.com to share a memory or leave an online condolence for the family.

Patricia Ruth Shewey

Patricia Ruth Shewey

FEBRUARY 22, 1932 – APRIL 26, 2022

 

Patricia R. Shewey, 90, of Brazil, IN died Tuesday, April 26 at Mill Pond Health Campus. She was born in St. Louis, MO. on February 2, 1922 to Armin and Lorene Mueller. She married James L. on September 9, 1950 in St. Louis, MO. She retired as an administrative assistant at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, IL. She is preceded in death by her husband, James L., her daughter Nancy R. Wilson, and her parents. She is survived by her grandson, Shane Johnson (Emily), great-granddaughter Shelby Aguirre (Vincent), and great-great-grandson, Xavier James Aguirre. During her time in Brazil, she was active in the Silver Sneakers at the YMCA and volunteered at Ascension St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She attended St. John’s United Church of Christ. Patricia was a loving, kind person and will be deeply missed.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM (10:00 AM CST) at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Mattoon, IL on Monday, May 2, 2022. Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bittlesandhurt.com for the Shewey family.

Sammy Raybould

Sammy Raybould

April 10, 1941 - April 25, 2022

 

Sammy Kent Raybould, 81, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022. Sammy was born to the late Samuel and Fern (Belk) Raybould on April 10, 1941.
Sammy served his country in the United States Air Force, and worked as a firefighter for Brazil for 37 years.
Sammy is preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Pamela Ann.
Sammy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Wanda, one daughter, Sheryl Kiernicki (Ron), grandchildren, Tristen Raybould (Sarah), Jack Raybould, and Jasper Raybould, one sister, Peggy Parr (Ernie), one nephew, Brad Parr (Nicki), and several extended family members. He is also survived by his special four legged friends, Barney the dog, and Callie and Chloe the cats.
Sammy will be cremated, with his cremated remains buried at Croys Creek Cemetery with his daughter.

D. Loretta Hale

D. Loretta Hale

JUNE 7, 1934 – APRIL 22, 2022

 

D.Loretta Hale, 87, of North Ft. Myers, Florida and formerly of Terre Haute, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her family. Loretta was born on June 7, 1934 in Hitchins, Kentucky to George W. and Leona (Bledsoe) Jessie. She married Thomas L. Hale on July 11, 1953.

Loretta is survived by her husband of 68 years, Thomas Hale of North Ft. Myers; Daughter, Robin Peters (Stan) of North Ft. Myers; Son, Michael Hale (Sandy) of New Haven, IN; 6 grandchildren: Jimmy Hale (Angie) New Haven, IN; Andria Bolinger (Todd) of Palmetto, GA; Jason Hale (Whitney) of New Boston, TX; Bradley Peters of Cape Coral, FL; Joshua Hale (Amber) of New Haven, IN; Julia Peters Lassen of Ft Wayne. Her biggest joy was her entire family, but she especially loved to brag on her 15 great-grandchildren. She is very proud of all her nieces and nephews, as well.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Brent Hale; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and James Hale; brother, Larry Jessie; and brother-in-law, Lloyd Kruzan.

Loretta was a 1952 graduate of Gerstmeyer High School, where she was a member of the Honor Society. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for a heating and air conditioning company and then at a marina. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Past President New Haven IN; and a proud member and Past High Priestess of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Ft Myers. She was a very active participant and supporter in all of the Araba Shrine activities with her husband Tom; she was also a member of the Daughters of the Nile Tab’itha Temple No.135, Ft Myers, where she served many years as an Attendant to the Queens. She was a member of the Lutheran faith.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Loretta will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net

Jerry R. Walker

Jerry R. Walker

October 25, 1934 ~ April 13, 2022 (age 87)

 

Jerry Richard Walker, age 87 left this life peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 13th.  Jerry was a lifelong resident of Cloverdale Indiana.  He was born on October 25th, 1935, to the late Roll Marion and Ella Mae Walker. He was also preceded in death by his stepson Robert Phillips III.

Jerry was a truck driver and mechanic for Roadway Trucking for 45 years. He was a member of Cloverdale Masonic Lodge #132, attaining the 32nd Degree free masonry Scottish Rite.  He loved to fish, work on cars and never met a dog he didn’t like.

He is survived by his loving wife Donna of 44 years.  Also surviving, two sons Kevin Walker, (Tina Creech) and Mark Walker, wife Bonnie, stepson John Phillips, wife Cathy, stepdaughter Katie Phillips Weston, and stepson Mike Phillips.  Jerry is also survived by several grandchildren.  Kalah Walker, Courtney Walker, Megan Walker, Stephanie Phillips, Josh Phillips, Riley Weston, Isaiah Weston, Michelle Phillips, and great granddaughter Lila Garren and great grandsons Tyler Phillips, Andrew Phillips and Cameron Phillips.  Cremation was entrusted to Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

Barbara Parker 'Dene' Roberts

Barbara Parker ‘Dene’ Roberts

April 13, 2022

 

Barbara Parker “Dene” Roberts, died peacefully on April 13, 2022, in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Known to all as Dene, she was born in 1926 in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, to Paul Hepworth Parker, M.D. and Della Simmons Parker. She graduated from Vassar College in 1947 and studied art and French at the Sorbonne.

She married John R. “Jack” Roberts, also from Jenkintown, with whom she made an extraordinary team until his death in 2012. They spent most of their married life in Crawfordsville, where they raised their children and contributed to the community in many ways.

One of the pillars of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Crawfordsville, she is known to have extinguished two fires during church services. Additionally she put out fires of various sorts while caring for her family, their friends, pets and many strangers. She was an accomplished artist in several media, had a private decoupage studio and taught art and French in the public schools.

She was admired by many for her grace, her wit, her keen intelligence and her sourdough bread. She and Jack moved to Brookhaven at Lexington in 2005.

She is survived by her five children, John Roberts of Tucson, Arizon, Paul Roberts of Seattle, Washington, Chuck Roberts of Yorkville, Illinois, Libby Roberts of Brookline, Massachusetts and George Roberts of Wellington, Colorado; her brother, George Parker of Houston, Texas; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A family burial will be held at Abington Friends Meeting in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to The Brookhaven Employee Scholarship Fund. Checks can be made out to: “Brookhaven at Lexington” with “Employee Scholarship Fund” in memo.

Edward Lee Runyan

Edward Lee Runyan

Feb. 14, 1938-April 21, 2022

 

Edward Lee Runyan, 84, of Zionsville went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 21, 2022, surrounded by love in his home. He was born Feb. 14, 1938, at Crawfordsville, to the late Mary DeEtta (Wilkinson) Runyan and Elihu Runyan.

Born in a rural community, Ed enjoyed farming from the time he cultivated his own “fields” at age 2 and most recently from his sunroom as he checked weather reports and grain alerts throughout each day. After farming with his father, grandfathers and brother during his formative years, Ed graduated in 1956 from Waynetown High School and attended Franklin College before transferring to Elkhart University School of Medical and Dental Technique.

Following graduation, Eddie Lee married his childhood sweetheart, Joyce Ann Hayes, on June 25, 1960. Upon completion of his service with the National Guard, Ed accepted a position as a private technician in Indianapolis and then opened his own dental laboratory in 1963. Over the course of the next 45 years, Ed enjoyed providing form, function and aesthetics to his dentists as well as leadership positions with the Indiana Dental Laboratory Association. Meanwhile, Ed challenged himself by obtaining his real estate broker’s license, turning properties, purchasing land, farming up to several hundred acres and building a storage business. While he retired from actively operating a laboratory in 2008, his mind never retired from any of the vocations the Lord placed in his life.

Faith led the Runyans to buy a home and, with the help of his brother, Malcolm, retrofit the basement to provide housing for missionaries who were either preparing for the mission field or back in the States on furlough. This endeavor provided lifelong relationships for Ed and Joyce Ann and fueled their desire to support all kinds of ministry platforms in order to share the hope of the gospel. Ed would be the first to say he was a sinner saved by grace, and he remained ever-thankful for his relationship with a merciful God.

Ed lived out his faith by serving with many churches over the years. He was a deacon at Whitestown Baptist Church for twenty years before becoming a founding member and elder of Zionsville Fellowship Church. During summers in Maine, he membered with Birch Harbor Baptist Church where he and Joyce Ann built into that community of believers; most recently, Ed and Joyce Ann worshipped with Northside Christian Fellowship.

Ed held the strong conviction that the Lord had given him the privilege of providing for and protecting his family and each member is grateful for his dedication to that conviction. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Joyce Ann; daughters, LeeAnn (Scott) Biggs and Laura (Brice) Dunshee; grandchildren, Blake (Ariane) Dunshee, Parker Dunshee (fiancé Katherine Ratz), Hannah (Dustin) Attema and Carter Dunshee; and great-granddaughter Tesia Joy Attema. Also surviving are brother, Malcolm (Sue) Runyan; sister Nancy (Ben) Austin; and nephews, Eric (Angie) Runyan, Scott (Shannon) Johnson, Michael (Angie) Johnson, Craig (Carrie) Runyan and Daniel (Mary Kate) Johnson. Ed cherished memories of time spent with his extended family, including cousins (special bond with his “Cuzzie” Karen) and great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Zionsville Fellowship Church, with visitation 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 25 and the funeral at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26. A private graveside service in Montgomery County will follow the celebration of life. Arrangements have been entrusted to Simplicity Funeral Home in Zionsville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Neighborhood Fellowship Compassion Clinic, P.O. Box 156, Zionsville, IN 46077. For more information or for online giving, visit www.compassionclinics.org.

You are invited to read Edward’s obituary at simplicityfuneralandcremationcare.com, where you may sign the guest book and leave a personal message for the family.

Robert Clay Miles

Robert Clay Miles

SEPTEMBER 16, 1931 – APRIL 24, 2022

 

Robert Clay Miles, age 90, of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Robert was born September 16, 1931.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Miles family.

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