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Lezlie Ann Wright

Lezlie Ann Wright

March 23, 1979-Sept. 11, 2021


Lezlie Ann Wright of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2021, at University Hospital in Indianapolis. She was 42.

Lezlie was a stay-at-home mom that was very family-oriented. She enjoyed crafting, camping and boating. She was a 1998 graduate of North Montgomery High School and attended Ivy Tech. She was born in Crawfordsville on March 23, 1979.  She married Joshua Wright on June 5, 2004. He survives.

Surviving family includes: husband Josh Wright; daughter Peyton Wright; mother and dad, Starla and Jim Walters; sister Kristen (Jerod) Bolt; grandmother Dorothy High McGinnis; grandmother Mabel Thorne; step-father Rick (Jayne) Coffing; mother-in-law Brenda Wright; father-in-law Melvin (LaShawnda) Wright; brother-in-law Matt Wright; and sister-in-law Faith Wright.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Burkhart Funeral Home, 201 W. Wabash Ave.  Services will begin at 2:30 p.m., led by Pastor Greg McDonald. Interment will follow at Indian Creek Hill Cemetery.

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David Victor Surber

David Victor Surber

May 2, 1948-Sept. 13, 2021


David Victor Surber, 73, of Spring Hill, Tennesse, passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

He was born May 2, 1948, at Indianapolis, the first of five children born to Raymond Victor Surber and Georgia Mae Wolven Surber. He was the grandson of Fred Surber and Colletta Mae Wall Surber of Science Hill, Kentucky and Montie James Wolven and Elvia Mae Freels Wolven of Indianapolis.

He graduated May 15, 1966, from Roachdale High School; served from May 25, 1966 through May 23, 1970 as a medical administrative assistant in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era: Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio; and Naha Air Base, Okinawa, The Ryukyu Islands, Japan.

He was baptized by W.A. Little on Sept. 17, 1966 at the Tenth & Broad Church of Christ in Wichita Falls, Texas, while stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base. David graduated from David Lipscomb College on Dec. 9, 1978 with a B.A. in accounting. He was an accountant level II and worked at Clover Bottom Developmental Center in Nashville. He retired on June 30, 2012 after 28 and one-half years. He was credited with an additional five years of service due to his military service with United States Air Force.

He was a member of the West End Church of Christ in Nashville for 42 years (1976-2018) and served for a number of years on the staff of West End’s Bible Encampment at Fall Creek Falls State Park. More recently, he was a member of the Spring Meadows Church of Christ in Spring Hill.

He married Melanie Jo Levengood on Aug. 25, 1973, at Helena, Montana. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Dan Ray Surber; and sister Janis Faye Fletcher.

He is survived by wife Melanie Jo Surber; two children, Richard Michael Andrew Surber and Mary Catherine Elizabeth Surber; brother Timothy Lee Surber; sister-in-law Terry Stevens Surber; brother-in-law David Fletcher; sister Julie Dickman, all of Crawfordsville; and sister-in-law Theresa Surber of Jackson, MS.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home, with Dale Jenkins officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Surber, Travis Surber, Steve Parham, Randy Cornwell, Donald Harris and Wesley Bender. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project

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Allen L. Ragsdale

Allen L. Ragsdale

Aug. 28, 1933-Sept. 11, 2021


Allen L. Ragsdale, 88, of Crawfordsville passed away peacefully, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at home. Cremation was chosen. Arrangements are pending.

Hal T. Marshall

Hal T. Marshall

Oct. 29, 1948-Sept. 13, 2021


Hal T. Marshall, 72, of Ladoga was welcomed into Eternal Life in Heaven on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. 

Hal was born Oct. 29, 1948, at Kokomo, to Ray and Maxine Marshall, growing up in Walton, Indiana, where he was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church. Hal graduated from Lewis-Cass High School in 1966 and went on to study Industrial Management at Purdue University, graduating in 1971. 

While at Purdue, Hal was a member of Theta Chi fraternity and spent time out of the classroom using his musical talents for piano and drums in different bands and accompanying the Tarkington Glee Club. Later, Hal also played piano for services at Parkersburg Christian Church.

While at Purdue, he met the love of his life, Cheryl (Rohn). They married on Jan. 23, 1971, celebrating 50 wonderful years of marriage earlier this year. 

Hal started his career with American Brands and then spent 35-plus years working for RR Donnelley as a customer service representative and a supervisor. 

In retirement, Hal spent time traveling and continuing his passions of spending time with family, cooking, canning, gardening and cheering on Purdue sports. Hal never missed a Purdue home football game for 49 years. You could always find him tailgating and cheering on the Boilermaker football and basketball teams. 

Hal was a strong, kind and supportive husband and father. He loved his family and one of his greatest accomplishments was becoming a father to his children, Ashley and Alex. His favorite role, however, was becoming a grandfather. He fiercely loved Raylan and was lovingly known as “Pop” or “Poppa Hal.”

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Phillip Marshall; sister-in-law Phyllis Marshall; and multiple aunts and uncles.

He is survived by wife Cheryl; daughter Ashley Marshall (and grand-dog, Mackey) of Whitestown; son Alex Marshall (daughter-in-law Brenay and grandson Raylan) of Zionsville; cousin Judy Fitzer of Flora; and other cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Saturday, Oct. 9 from noon until the time of celebration of life service at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations can be made to the John Purdue Club, of which Hal was a member. Please send checks, placing Hal’s name in the memo, to:  The John Purdue Club, Mackey Arena, 900 John R Wooden Drive, West Lafayette, IN  47907.  Online donations may be made by using this link: connect.purdue/edu/inmemoryofhalmarshall, listing Hal’s name in honor/memory of. Please also feel free to make a donation to a charity of your choice. 

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Bill Gust Platipodis

Bill Gust Platipodis

Nov. 17, 1950-Sept. 6, 2021


Bill Gust Platipodis, 70, of Crawfordville passed away Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at home, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 17, 1950, at Chicago, to the late Gust Platipodis and Carol (Karamesines) Byas.

Bill graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1969 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He began his career working with his family at Greek’s Pizzeria, and then ran his own construction business, co-owned and operated Magic Light Neon along with his wife, Kathy and later worked in sales for Young & Company Rock Art and Design. He was a life-long Chicago Bears fan and loved watching his uncle, Chris Karamesines, “The Golden Greek,” race Top Fuel dragsters. He showed his creativity and love for people in finding, making and restoring beautiful and unique gifts for them. Bill’s generous heart, fun-loving spirit and larger-than-life smile and laughter will truly be missed.

On Feb. 10, 1989, he married the love of his life, Kathy Vice, who survives.

He is also survived by daughter Jill; sons, Christopher (Heather), Jason and Jeffrey (Katie) and daughter Jessica (Josh) Ruge; step-children, Reid (Rebecca) Snellenbarger, Tona (Brian) Gardner and Katie (Derek) DeKerlegand; 20 grandchildren; brothers, Russell (Kelly) Byas and Jimmy (Eva) Byas; sister Diane (John) Yavor; sister-in-law Janet (Steve) Hallett; nieces, Amy Yavor, Jenny Jones, Jamie (Phillip) Porter and Jill (Greg) Dervenis; nephews, Gavin (Jennee) Hallett, Matt Karamesines and Alex Karamesines; and uncle Mike (Kim) Karamesines. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and son Robbie (Clara) Platipodis.

Bill will be inurned at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso with a private family service.

Memorial donations in his honor can be made to the Salvation Army or the ASPCA.

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Thomas Burton Strader

Thomas Burton Strader

Oct. 2, 1937-Sept. 10, 2021


Thomas Burton Strader, 83, of Roachdale passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born Oct. 2, 1937, at Indianapolis, to the late William Burton and Bertha Jewell (Kelly) Strader. He married Joyce (Stevens) on April 7, 1956, and she survives.

Tom graduated from George Washington High School and proudly served in the United States Army. Tom joined the Indiana State Police on Aug. 1, 1957 and served the citizens of Indiana as a State Trooper until his retirement Oct. 31, 1992. Not one to sit still, Tom enjoyed a retirement job driving for Thrifty Car Rental. Tom was a longtime member of Harvest Fellowship, the Indiana State Police Alliance and the Greensburg Masonic Lodge #36. He loved caring for his yard, cheering on the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, and keeping his family on their toes with his practical jokes. Tom will be fondly remembered for his kindness and generosity.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter Julie Baer; brother William Strader; and sister Alta Mae Mahaney.

Survivors include: his wife of 65 years, Joyce (Stevens) Strader; sons, Tom, Todd and Troy Strader and their spouses; son-in-law Joe Baer; sisters, Mary Lou Pearson and Kate Day; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family is grateful to the PMH Squad 1, the Roachdale Volunteer Fire Department and the Roachdale Police Department for their care.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at Harvest Fellowship, 1618 W. C.R. 500S, Crawfordsville, with a celebration of life beginning at 4 p.m. Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Julie Baer Memorial Scholarship, c/o South Madison Community Foundation, 233 S. Main St., Pendleton, IN 46064.

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Carl Wayne Dismore

Carl Wayne Dismore

April 25, 1932-Sept. 17, 2021


Carl Wayne Dismore, 89, of Veedersburg passed away peacefully at his residence Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, with his family at his side.

Carl was born April 25, 1932, at Pine Village, the son of Francis Elmo and Minnie Lucille (Hopkins) Dismore. He married the love of his life, Catherine Perry, on July 31, 1959. Together they built a beautiful life raising their daughters, traveling and making many memories. Later in life, they earned the title of The World’s Best Grandparents, as they attended every event, had numerous sleepovers, traveled the country, and became an extra set of parents for their grandchildren. Carl and Catherine were married for 54 years.

Catherine preceded him in death Aug. 4, 2013. He also is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Ida Mae (Bud) Hershberger; daughter Cathy (Walton) Sanders; and son-in-law Jay Dark.

Surviving family include: daughter Carla Newnum, Veedersburg; brother Lee Roy (Shirley) Dismore, Veedersburg; five grandchildren, Brittany (Michael) Burns, St. Augustine, Florida, Doug (Lana) Walton, Veedersburg, Candace Dark, Columbus, Ohio, Clarissa Allen, Avon and Reuben (Hali) Dark, Kingman; 12 great-grandchildren, Noah, Paige and Addison Burns; Kenli Walton; Marshall and Brooks Allen; Ruby, Rosy, Rory, Rooksten, Ridge and Ralsten Dark.

Carl graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1951. He served his country in the US Navy 1952-1956 during the Korean War, on board the USS Hector and the USS Ajax; he was also stationed in Kodiak Alaska. He served in the US Navy reserves 1956-1960. He was a HAMM radio operator from his years in the Navy. He was employed by Wabash Valley Telephone Service in 1956; he worked for the telephone company for a total of 34 years, being plant manager in Frankfort 1971-1973; retiring from AT&T in 1990.

Carl was a member of the Sterling Christian Church, American Legion Post #288, Moose Lodge of Frankfort, NRA Organization and many hunting groups. Carl raised and hunted coondogs and beagles for 75 years. August 15 was always a special day for him as squirrel hunting season opened. He also enjoyed deer hunting in Montana, pheasant and quail hunting in South Dakota and fishing trips to Canada. He was also a regular at his favorite restaurant, The Beef House, for 57 years. Bob and Bonnie Wright, Mary Deck, Phyllis Bowling, Allison Acorn and Alice Stonebraker held a special place in his heart and his life. His other hobbies included traveling, reloading ammunition, being outdoors, watching Westerns, eating ice cream and spending precious time with family and friends.

Carl will be missed by many but it’s comforting to look back on his life and know it was one filled with success, great friendships, so much love, and enough beautiful memories to treasure until we can see him again.

Private family funeral service will be held at Dickerson Funeral Home, Veedersburg, with burial at Kingman Fraternal Cemetery, with military honors provided by the US Navy and American Legion Post #288.

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Susan Mary Franz

Susan Mary Franz

JANUARY 25, 1948 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2021


Susan Mary Franz, age 73, of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Susan was born January 25, 1948.

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Robert Schlegel

Robert Schlegel

May 11, 1931 - September 14, 2021


Robert “Bob” Schlegel, 90, of Carbon, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Gibson Family Center For Hospice Care, in Terre Haute with his loving family by his side.

He was born on May 11, 1931, in Clay City, Indiana, the son of Orville and Mary Schlegel. He married Beryl Phillips on June 25, 1955 and together they shared 54 years of marriage until her passing on April 23, 2010.

Bob served his country honorably, during the Korean War, in the United States Army Infantry. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127. As a civilian he worked for IBM until the company closed and he retired in 1987. During his many years of retirement Bob loved to keep busy, by planning, planting, and attending to his produce gardens. He loved to have people visit and enjoy his garden with him. Bob especially enjoyed growing corn, pumpkins, and strawberries.

Bob treasured his family, but you did not have to be a blood relative to be family to him. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.

Bob was proud to be a Brazil Elk’s member for 51 years. He enjoyed visiting and playing cards with his Elk’s brothers and sisters who won’t have to worry about being “Schlegeled” anymore.

He loved his family and his grandchildren brought him great joy. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orville and Mary Schlegel, his wife Beryl, a brother Jerry Schlegel, in-laws: Richard McDonald, Pam and Pete Keller, and Carol Phillips.

Survivors include his son Tony Schlegel and wife Sabrina of Carbon; his daughter Gail Schlegel of Mt. Carmel, Illinois; grandchildren: Brittany Schlegel and Cody Schlegel; great-grandchild Zoey Percival; siblings: Arthur (Hope) Schlegel of Florida, Phyllis Kincaid (Doyle) of Florida; in-laws Jean Lambermont (Bill) of Brazil, Terry Phillips (Shirley) of Virginia, Garth Phillips of Nevada, Kay McDonald of Brazil, and Janey Schlegel of Indianapolis; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Graveside services will be at Clearview Cemetery on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 2:00pm with military services provided by the VFW, American Legion, as well as members of the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society in his memory.

French Funeral Home, in Brazil, has been entrusted with his care.

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JUNE 26, 1935 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2021


Harvey E. Shockley, age 86, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Harvey was born June 26, 1935 in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Per Harvey's wishes, cremation has been chosen. Private family services will be held at a later date.

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Warner 'Dean' Little

Warner ‘Dean’ Little

Feb. 9, 1932-Sept. 10, 2021


Warner “Dean” Little, 89, of Bloomingdale passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, at home, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Feb. 9, 1932, at Howard, Indiana, to the late Kelly Earl and Opal Norene (Marshall) Little.

Dean graduated from Tangier High School in 1950 and proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. On Oct. 21, 1961, he married the love of his life, Beverly Sue Hutson, who survives. He worked at Olin/Flexel in Covington for 40 years as an inspector and in the lab. He had a great love for baseball, was a pitcher and played on several baseball leagues and pitched several no hitters. He enjoyed golfing, gardening and loved attending the grandkids sports games.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bev; four children, Douglas Dean Little, Ramona Sue (Dan) Woods, Lisa (Gene) Daugherty and Kathy Little-Phillips; sister Lila (Rich) Crum-Ritz; nine grandchildren, Phil (Ally) Woods, Ben (Michaela) Woods, Jeff (Elizabeth) Woods, Cortney (Ken) Riley, Miranda (David) Waltrip, Carmen (Josh) Stevens, Ian Daugherty, Travis (Ashley) Little and Ashley Little; 13 great-grandchildren, Eliza, Gemma, Casen, Jaxson, Griffin, Nash, Isabella, Jossi, Javier, Alexander, Zoey, Aleyah, and RyAnna; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Joe Little and Kelly Lee Little; and three sisters, Norma Cruse, LaVeta Millikan and Linda Collings.

Visitation  is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S. First St., Kingman. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the funeral home, with Pastors Loren Stephens and Doug Newnum officiating. The service will be recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at Burial will follow at Rush Creek Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial donations may be given to Prairie Creek Baptist Church, c/o Irene Norman, 3304 S. Meridian Road, Kingman, IN 47952.

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Helen Louise Herron Rutledge

Helen Louise Herron Rutledge

Oct. 22, 1931-Sept. 12, 2021


Helen Louise Herron Rutledge, 89, formerly of Mellott, passed away at 2:28 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Carle Hospital, Urbana, Illinos, following a lengthy illness. Helen had been residing with her daughter in Savoy, Illinois, the past several years. 

Helen was born Oct. 22, 1931, at Crawfordsville, daughter of the late Earl Franklin and Cora Cleo Coon Herron. She married Robert Wayne Rutledge on April 2, 1950, in Liberty Chapel Church. He preceded her in death Sept. 4, 2002.

Helen was a graduate of Waynetown High School and assisted her husband on the farm near Mellott for 52 years. She was a 50-year member of the Mellott Community Church where she was active in the Ladies Guild and sewing group. She had served as janitor and church treasurer for many years. She enjoyed serving as “crafts supervisor” for VBS. Helen’s family was very important to her. She enjoyed floral arranging, baking, sewing and crafts. 

Surviving are: two daughters, Yvonne (Dale) Reed of Savoy, Illinois and Nadine (Lamar) Miller of Arthur, Illinois;  grandchildren, Carmen Reed (Dan) Eldridge of Homer, Illinois, Mindy Reed of Savoy, Illinois, Ryan Miller of Decatur, Illinois and Natalie Miller (Jory) Borntreger of Arthur, Illinois; great-grandchildren, Kailee, Jordan, Nathan, Chelesea and Emma Eldridge and Kollin Borntreger; and brothers, William Herron of Indianapolis and Jack Herron of Crawfordsville. 

She was preceded in death by her parents;, husband; two sons, John A. and David E. Rutledge; sisters, Ruby Ralston, Mary Abston and Jane Whipple; and brother Charles A. Herron.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, with funeral services following at 1 p.m. at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate. Lamar Miller and Lori Kerr will officiate. Burial will follow at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be be directed to Mellott Community Church, P.O. Box 202, Mellott, IN 47958 or American Cancer Society.

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Rick Hodges

Rick Hodges

Sept. 5, 1958-Sept. 12, 2021


Rick Hodges of Crawfordsville passed away suddenly on Sunday night, Sept. 12, 2021, at home. He was 63.

Rick worked at Lakeside (formerly RR Donnelley) for the past 12 years and retired last Thursday. He was a graduate of Crawfordsville High School. He enjoyed golf, softball and collecting things, particularly if they involved Elvis since he was a huge Elvis fan.

Born Sept. 5, 1958 in Crawfordsville, he was the son of Donald Hodges and Ruth Webb Hodges. He married Susan Lemon Hodges in 2006. She survives.

Surviving family includes: wife Susan Hodges; four step-children, Heather (Kevin) Strickland of Lake Holiday, Nicole (Mason) Morrison, Robert (Tara) McKinney and J.B. McKinney Jr., all of Crawfordsville; four children he adopted, Logan McKinney, Courtney McKinney, Ollie McKinney and Ethan McKinney, all at home; three brothers, Randy Hodges, David (Chris) Hodges and Larry Hodges; five sisters, Brenda Taylor, Nola (Tim) Lee, Trixie (Steve) Conkright, Reva (Tony) Spohr and Shelley Hodges; father-in-law Ray Lemon; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents, Donald and Ruth Hodges; three brothers, Kenneth Mason, Richard Hodges and Herman Hodges; three sisters, Jackie Mason, Trudy Hodges and Sheron Mefford; three brothers-in-law, Mark Mefford, John Nearon and Donnie Taylor; and mother-in-law, Betty Newkirk.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16 at Burkhart Funeral Home. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, led by Pastor David Finch, after which he will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery North.

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Wayne Edward Kessler

Wayne Edward Kessler

Oct. 19, 1930-Sept. 11, 2021


Wayne Edward Kessler, 90, of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

He was born Oct. 19, 1930, at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville, to Clayton and Louise (Gohl) Kessler.

He was a lifetime farmer raising grain and livestock with the assistance of his wife and family members in the Whitesville Neighborhood of Montgomery County. He was educated at the Whitesville Grade School and Crawfordsville High School where he graduated in 1948. After attending Purdue University and pledging Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity he started his farming career with his father who had suffered a severe injury and failing health.

He married MariAnn Houston in 1950 and celebrated 65 years of marriage until her death Jan. 28, 2016.

Being drafted, he served two years in the Army and after training at the Fort Benjamin Harrison Adjutant General School, he was stationed in Germany as a personnel specialist. He then resumed his farming career in 1956.

He served his community with memberships and holding offices in the Whitesville Church, South Montgomery School Corporation, Montgomery County Council (12 years), Lincoln Savings Bank (24 years), Farm Bureau Co-op, Soil and Water Conservation District and Sugar Creek Kiwanis. In his retirement years, he served as a volunteer in the FISH organization and as a hospital Red Coat, and with Meals on Wheels. He especially enjoyed the fellowship and the spirited competition that he experienced as a member of the Wabash College Tennis Club and for the last 20 years he looked forward to the annual family gathering at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island for a week in July.

He is survived by his children, Toni Michele (David) Newgent, Jini Charisse Kessler and Mark Wayne Kessler; grandchildren, Jill (Oppy) Kessler, Kylene (Dwayne) Simpson, Kyle (Mallory) Kessler and Elizabeth Norris; and great-grandchildren, Clayton, Claire, Carter and Colby Kessler, Ryder Kessler and Malcom Simpson.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; grandson Steven Scott Kessler; and his two younger brothers, Evan and Milton.

Cremation was chosen with a celebration of life at a later date. Sanders Priebe Funeral Care entrusted with care.

Memorial donations may be given to the Whitesville Christian Church,
3603 S. Ladoga Road, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

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Kenneth Ray Crowe Sr.

Kenneth Ray Crowe Sr.

MARCH 22, 1939 – SEPTEMBER 14, 2021


Kenneth Ray Crowe Sr., 82, of Greencastle, passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.

Born March 22, 1939 in Bardstown, KY, the son of Lucius and Alice (Hutchins) Crowe and a graduate of Campbellsburg High School.

Kenneth retired from Prudential Insurance, where he had worked in marketing and sales. He was a member of the Hannah St. Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Crowe; his son, Kenneth R. Crowe Jr; and a sister, Martha Morgan.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Brenda Query Crowe; children, Mark (Julie) Morgan, Dawn Scamihorn, Denise Honaker, Cynthia (David) Puterbaugh, Rachel (Brian) Hopkins, Clayton (Amy) Crowe, & Sarah Crowe; grandchildren, Ashley, McKenna, Donald Jr, Matthew, Nathan, Brittney, Owen, Santana, Chance, Abigail, Wade, Kent, Jacob, Caleb, Brandon, Kenneth R. III, Aubrey, Stockton, Iris, Conner, Tristan, Grant, Gracelin, Brenley, & Noah; step children, Tina (Steve) Pitts & Rob (Sandy) Frazier Jr; two step grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Sharonda Lewis Crowe.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

James E. Royer

James E. Royer

June 4, 1949 - September 12, 2021


James E. Royer, 72, of Sullivan, Indiana, passed away at 5:04 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born June 4, 1949, to Richard and Imogene Royer, who preceded him in death.

Jim spent most of his life working on the family farm and later in life as an over-the-road truck driver for Morris Trucking Corp. He was a kind and caring husband, father and grandfather who took care of his family. He enjoyed watching the grandkids play sports, NASCAR, trips to Disney World and the beach. We will remember him for his sense of humor and twinkling blue eyes.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Beverly (Musgrave) Royer, whom he married Aug. 30, 1969. Survivors also include daughter Jennifer Royer of Indianapolis; son Michael A. Royer and Mary Jo of Sullivan; grandchildren Emma Royer and Evan Royer of Sullivan, and Emery Whitehead of Indianapolis; brother Michael D. Royer and Amy of Birmingham, Alabama; nephews Jack Royer and Will Royer; and extended family.

Beverly would like to express special gratitude to dear friends from high school, who have been a tremendous support system during this difficult time, and the staff of Elara Caring Hospice for their wonderful care and support. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Clay City, Indiana, with Pastor David Tyra officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at or the Esophageal Cancer Action Network at

William "Cody" Pennington

William “Cody” Pennington

July 14, 1990 – Sept. 12, 2021


William Cody Pennington, age 31, of Quincy, passed away Sept. 12, 2021 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Cody was born July 14,1990 and was introduced to all as William Cody Pennington, the son of Dale Pennington and Pamela Metzger of Gosport, IN.  Cody attended Cloverdale schools and graduated in 2009.  While in high school, he met his wife Kate Chambers.  They were high school sweethearts and married in April of 2018.  Soon after, they added to their family with their daughter Amberlynn and their son William “Carson”.

 His family and friends knew him as kind and full of life, an adventurous young man that was always willing to lend a helping hand at anytime.  Cody formed many strong friendships over the years, and they considered each other brothers, more than just friends.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and 4-wheeling, socializing and working on projects with his “brothers”. His friends nicknamed him “Lunchbox” or “Box” for short, in grade school, and it has stuck till this day.   

 Cody is preceded in death by his mother, Pamela Metzger.  He is survived by his wife Kate Chambers Pennington; son William “Carson” Pennington; daughter Amberlynn Arand; father Dale Pennington; brother Jeremy (Sarah) Bellmore; sister Michelle (Justin) Sorter; brother-in-law Kyle Chambers; nieces and nephews Keano Bellmore, Kiarra Bellmore, Kaydon Bellmore, Elijah Bellmore, Ean Bellmore, Isaiah Bellmore, Jesse Hilbert, Chyanne Hilbert, Yasmin Sorter; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

 Funeral services for Cody will be at 7:00 pm Friday, September 17, 2021 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the service time of 7:00 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Academy, c/o Cody Pennington, 11612 Hwy. 243, Cloverdale, IN 46120, where his children attend school. Condolences may be made at


“It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away.

Everyone told me it would happen one day,

but that’s simply not something I wanted to hear, much less experience.

Once again I didn’t get things my way!

That’s been the story of my life all my life.

No buildings named after me; no monuments erected in my honor.

But I DID have the chance to know and love each and every friend,

as well as all my family members.

How much more blessed can a person be?

I’ll leave you with this… please don’t cry because I’m gone;

Instead, be happy that I was here.

(Or maybe you can cry a little bit.  After all, I have passed away).


Today I am happy and I am 4 wheeling in the clouds.

Probably a little too fast for comfort, but having a blast!

Love you forever,"


Barbara Jean Payne

Barbara Jean Payne

October 13, 1937 - September 12, 2021


Barbara Jean Payne, 83 of Brazil, passed away at her home September 12, 2021. She was born October 13, 1937, in Brazil, IN. the daughter of James W. Lawrence and Margaret (Oberholzer) Lawrence. She graduated from Brazil High School and was the class Valedictorian. On June 9, 1956, she was united in marriage to John ‘Jack’ Payne. Together they raised their three children. They were members of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. In their later years, they attended the Traveres Methodist Church in Florida. During her work career, Barbara was the secretary at Brazil Senior High School for several years, and then later was a legal secretary for Thomas and Thomas Law Firm and Wallace Grosbach Law Firm. Her favorite and most rewarding job was being a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to those she loved. Her most treasured moments were those spent with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Shirley Ann (Lawrence) Bell. Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, John ‘Jack’ Payne; children, John Payne and wife Kimberly Coleman Payne, Mike Payne and wife Veronica Diaz Romero, Kathy Hagy, and husband John; grandchildren, Tyler Payne, Chelsea Payne, John Hagy, Johanna Takara, Kimberly Colarusso, James Payne; great-grandchildren, Savannah, Adelynn, Cooper, Carter, Oliver, and Cora. Barbara also leaves 10 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held Friday, September 17, 2021, at 1:00pm at Union Cemetery with Rev. Ken Coffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Post a note of condolence at

Barbara L. Stickles

Barbara L. Stickles

March 8, 1931 - September 10, 2021


Barbara L. (McBride) Stickles, 90, of Clay City, Indiana passed away on September 10, 2021 while staying at Harrison Crossing Rehabilitation Center in Terre Haute, Indiana. Prior to her recent stay there she resided at Villas of Hollybrook in Brazil, Indiana. Barbara married the late Bob (John Robert) Stickles on October 14, 1950. After Bob’s service in the US Airforce which included many moves and living in a 21 foot Airstream trailer, they established their home on their farm near Clay City. Barbara graduated from Freedom High School and attended (now) Indiana State University studying home economics prior to their marriage. Together they farmed in Southern Clay County their entire lives. In addition to her farm responsibilities of bookkeeping, marketing, field work, and farmer’s wife, Barbara was a substitute teacher and mother. Barbara was involved in the community and served in many leadership roles. Barbara was president of CCHS Band Boosters, Sunday School teacher for both youth and adults, church camp counselor, Farm Bureau Women’s board member at the county and state levels, and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She also served in many leadership roles in the United Methodist Church at the local, district, and conference levels. A consummate cook and hostess she prepared, or organized, countless meals through the years. It might have been Easter Sunrise breakfast, Thanksgiving dinner for 60, 4-H and Band Booster stand food at the fairs and festivals, funeral dinners, field workers’ meals, or after Clay City basketball game celebrations. Barbara continued sharing her love of cooking with her friends in Tara Woods where she and Bob enjoyed winters in N. Fort Myers. Their “dirty dozen” group played golf, had dinners, and many of their holidays at her table. Barbara and Bob enjoyed their work together and supporting their daughters’ and grandsons’ activities. They traveled extensively with friends. In recent years they participated in the Grasshopper’s Club, a golf group that met at various Indiana locations. This and National Telephone Cooperative meetings and National Farm Bureau, Pork Producers and farm supplier trips were often shared with good friends Cliff and Louise Phillips of Greencastle. The biggest and most long-lived trip was the annual family trip to the Ozarks after the Clay County fair with the Liechty’s, Cooprider’s, and Gerber’s. Barbara was born to Clarence and Vada (Noel) McBride on March 8,1931. They preceded her in death as did brothers Fred McBride (Marilyn), Gary McBride and David McBride. Also preceding her was bonus-grandson John (“Sam”) McDaniel. Barbara is survived by her daughters Debra Van (Mike) of Leesburg, Indiana and Beth Stickles-McDaniel (Dave) of Carmel, Indiana. She is also survived by grandsons Robert “Nome” McBride and John Finch (Haley) great-grandson Tulasi, several bonus grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Pauline McBride and Elaine McBride. Barbara is survived by many nieces and nephews along with their families, including Jim Haas (Linda) of Clay City. Visitation will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 East Eighth Street, Clay City, Indiana 47481 on Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 11am – 1:00pm. Services will be at the funeral home at 1:00pm with Pastor Brad Hindsley officiating. Burial will follow at Beech Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231. Visit to leave a message for the family or light a candle in Barbara’s memory.

Troy Oliver Cope

Troy Oliver Cope

June 12, 1964-Sept. 6, 2021


Troy Oliver Cope, 57, went to be with the Lord at 10:45 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at home after a short battle with cancer.

Troy was born June 12, 1964, at Lafayette, to Robert L. and Connie Kay (Freeman) Cope. He graduated in 1982 from North Montgomery High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served five years.

After leaving the military, Troy spent 21 years working at Temple Inland. He went on to work for Flutes Incorporated where he was employed from 2011 to the present.

Troy is survived by his parents; his wife of 29 years, Crystal (Williams) Cope; four children, Trisha Cope, Tiffany (Matt) Clark, Shelby (Kyle) Burger and Lucas Cope; five grandchildren, Raelyn, Caden, LJ, Olivia and Emersyn; brother Bobby (Kertrena) Cope; and sister Lisa (Terry) Cooksey.

He is preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Rauch.

Troy was a devoted husband, a rock star dad and a fun-loving Papa. He knew how to light up a room and never knew a stranger. When he wasn’t spending time with his family, he enjoyed watching racing and other sporting events. He also loved making memories with his family at the beach. Family was everything to him.

Cremation was chosen along with a celebration of life. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 at Whitesville Christian Church, with a service to follow at 7 p.m. Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with Troy’s arrangements.

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Joan Kay Hutcheson

Joan Kay Hutcheson

Nov. 8, 1933-Sept. 10, 2021


Joan Kay Hutcheson of Crawfordsville passed away Friday morning, Sept. 10, 2021, at Life’s Journey of Avon. She was 87.

Mrs. Hutcheson was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1957. She worked at Elston Bank for many years. She was a 1951 graduate of Reelsville High School.

Born Nov. 8, 1933, at Cloverdale, she was the daughter of Glen Franklin Williams and Mary Hazel Thomas Williams. She married James E. Hutcheson on Feb. 9, 1951, at Brazil. He passed away Jan. 30, 2016.

Surviving family includes: son Mark Hutcheson (Rosemarie) of Crawfordsville; brother, Michael Williams (Linda); sister-in-law Virginia Williams; five grandchildren, Mason (Kimberly), Hilarie (Vadim), Seth, Connor and Clay; and seven great-grandchildren, Daelan, Alina, Daria, Samara, Adalynn, Keegan, and Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother Franklin Williams; and daughter Glenna McBee.

There will not be any public visitation or service. A private service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Oak Hill Mausoleum. The family asks those in attendance to please wear a mask. Burkhart Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Helen Louise Herron Rutledge

Helen Louise Herron Rutledge

Sept. 12, 2021


Helen Louise Herron Rutledge, 89, formerly of Mellott, passed away at 2:28 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Carle Hospital, Urbana, Illinois, following a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete at Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate.

Stephen E. Schoffstall Jr.

Stephen E. Schoffstall Jr.

Feb. 7, 1973-Sept. 7, 2021


Stephen E. Schoffstall Jr., 48, of Linden passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette.

He was born Feb. 7, 1973, at Paris, Illinois, to Stephen Schoffstall and Candice Elkins Schoffstall.

Stephen attended Crosspoint Fellowship Church in Crawfordsville.  He liked to fish and loved to read and watch the History Channel.  He was a gentle soul who was wise beyond his years.

Stephen is survived by his parents, Stephen and Candice Schoffstall, as well as his fiancé’ and love of his life Debbie Wright.  He is also survived by his children, Stephen Schoffstall (Keli), Gunnar Schoffstall, Arianna Wright, Brooklynn Schoffstall and Jack Dunn, and by his grandchildren; Maelea Schoffstall, Emma Schoffstall, Nadalee Pegg and Mazakeen Kai Skinner. 

He also leaves behind sister Diana Murphy and three nephews, Logan Murphy, Nathan Murphy and Blake Bass. 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jim and Beverly Elkins; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Buchanan; two aunts, Laura Shattuck and Betty Sollars; and his infant twins.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. Third St., West Terre Haute, with Pastor Chris Cregger officiating. Burial will follow in New Vermillion Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday until the time of service in the funeral home.

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Barbara Wanda Allen

Barbara Wanda Allen

Feb. 2, 1931-Sept. 12, 2021


Barbara Wanda Allen of Crawfordsville passed away Sunday morning at Whitlock Place. She was 90.

Mrs. Allen liked helping others and leading Bible study at Whitlock.  She was a member of First Baptist Church and had recently been attending Prairie Creek Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Waynetown High School.

Born Feb. 2, 1931, at Opdyke, Illinois, she was the daughter of Harry Dale and Irene Williams. She married George C. Allen Jr. on Oct. 9, 1949, at Waynetown. He passed away Oct. 31, 2018.

Surviving family includes: daughter Vickie Minkler of Las Vegas, Nevada; son Mike Allen (Kristy) of Bakersfield, California; six grandchildren, Jennifer Glather (Denny), Philip Allen (Valerie), Gretchen Knaggs (Jason), Sally Meeks (Scott), Kristin Standage (Steve) and Kendra Harris (Jacob); 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Joan Eads and Carolyn Wright.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister Patricia Stephens.

There will not be a public visitation. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, led by Pastor Loren Stephens. Burkhart Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her memory be directed to Prairie Creek Baptist Church, 3304 S. Meridian Road, Kingman, IN 47952. 

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James Osler 'Jim' Curtis

James Osler ‘Jim’ Curtis

June 28, 1937-Sept. 11, 2021


James Osler “Jim” Curtis, 84, of rural Veedersburg passed away at 2:27 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at his residence.

Jim was born June 28, 1937, at Middlebrook, Arkansas, the son of Grady Seefus and Cassie Jane (Roberts) Curtis. He married Frances L. Sanders on Oct. 13, 1963.


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