Obituaries

Sandra P. Doty, age 70, of Poland

Sandra P. Doty, age 70, of Poland, passed away May 20, 2024. 

She was born July 26th, 1953 in Indianapolis to the late Edward and Mildred (Hatfield)Wagner.  She married Glenn Doty April 6th, 1980, and he survives. 

She was active in the Hurst Collins Post 281 American Legion with the Legion Riders as well as serving in the past in the Ladies auxiliary.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her step-daughter Bonnie Allen, and her husband Steven.  Grandchildren, Faith Gable, Glenn Kevin Michael Doty, Kenyth Cooper, and Sajani Allen, as well as 4 great grandchildren.  Sibling, Kenny Wagner and his wife Susan.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her siblings Penny Davis, Rod Wagner, Fred Wagner, Larry Wagner, Bill Wagner, and Roy Wagner.

Memorial Services for Sandra will be held Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 1:00 pm, Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. 

Visitation will be held from 11:00am until service time. 

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.

Carole I. (True) Hedge, 81, of Brazil

Carole I. (True) Hedge, 81, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away at Providence Health Care at St. Mary of the Woods on May 17, 2024 surrounded by her family.

Carole was born on December 23, 1942, in Crawfordsville, Indiana the daughter of Donald and Edna (Wilson) True. She graduated from Rosedale High School with the class of 1960. Following high school, Carole worked for Smith Department Store, in Terre Haute and G.C. Murphy’s in Brazil. She started her grocery career at Standard Foods and later retired from Kroger following 34 years of service. She married Ronald Hedge on November 15, 1963.

Carole enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, and spending time outside. She volunteered with the Clay County Food Pantry and was a member of the Bethel Church.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents Donald True and Edna and Marion “Gene” Baker; siblings: Barbara Ford, Leal True, and Mike True and a brother-in-law Robert Campbell.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Hedge; siblings: Phyllis Murphy (Ron), Rev. Thomas True (Janice), Peggy Jo Campbell, Russell True (Leanne); brother-in-law Ralph Ford; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Friday, May 24, 2024, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Services will follow at 1:00 PM with Rev. Tom True and Russell True officiating. Burial will be held at Calcutta Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Carole’s honor.

Marion " Meme" H. Akers, 93, of Harmony

Marion “ Meme” H. Akers, 93 of Harmony, passed away peacefully at her home, May 17, 2024. She was born January 18, 1931, in Shivley, KY, the daughter of Lawrence and Agnes Horan French.

On October 8, 1946, Marion married the love of her life, Blaine Akers. As a young couple, she and Blaine started their family in the Louisville area. They moved to Brazil, IN. in 1953. At that time, Marion joined the First Presbyterian Church and has been a member since.

“Meme” worked as a saleslady for 34 years in downtown Brazil, including Lucille’s Dress Shop, Judean’s, The Fashion, Poise ‘N Ivy and Leifheit’s. She retired from the shops in 1991 and spent 18 years caring for her six youngest grandchildren. During this time, she lived with her son Blaine and wife Teresa. After the children were in college, Meme moved to her home in Harmony. She began working as a greeter at French Funeral Home in 2009 and became a valuable asset in caring for families.

In the past, she was a Brazil Marching Band Booster Officer and helped raise money for new uniforms and the very first equipment truck Brazil Band acquired. Meme took pride in helping with fundraisers for anything her kids or grandkids were involved in. She was the best “Campaign Manager” every time her son ran for office and knew the importance of every single vote. She found purpose in volunteering at Annunciation School, and at Jackson Township Elementary School. She loved being a caregiver to her grandchildren, but also to the other kids at school and to the friends of her grandchildren. Meme looked at housework as a task to take pride in doing, including organizing, gardening, and sewing. She and her daughter Barbara spent good days traveling across the US. She enjoyed a good laugh and sought out a prank and joke, all for wholesome fun. She simply lived her life to the fullest, loved fiercely, no nonsense, got the job done and was never a person who was measured by age. She officially retired at age 92 with a sharp mind and quick wit.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved Husband Blaine; Her daughter Barbara Akers Langsdon; her siblings, Carol French, James French, Catherine Campbell, Lawrence French, Joan Spellman.

Survivors include her children, Connie Pollom and husband Dr. Stephen Pollom of Indianapolis, J. Blaine Akers and wife Teresa of Brazil, and Annie Burdette of Westfield; grandchildren, Krista Click, Carrie Wilcher (Chris), Charlie Langsdon (Emily), Betsy Giordano (Jim), Danny Pollom (Katie), Trevor Akers (Heather), Tyler Akers (Samantha), Austin Akers, Millie Akers, Chloe Burdette, and Camron Burdette; great-grandchildren, Sean Click, Ellie Click, Jacob Wilcher (Sarah), Emma Wilcher, Anna Giordano, Tucker Pollom, Owen Pollom, Beckham Akers, Parker Akers, and Alivia Akers; one great-great-granddaughter Violet Wilcher; nieces, nephews, and other extended family and a large number of friends.

The family would like to thank IU West staff, including Nurse Peggy and Life’s Journey Hospice, Nurse Vickie for their love and care.

The service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at 2:00pm at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, with her family presiding.

Visitation will be from 11-2 on Saturday. Steve McCullough will provide musical selections.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be directed to the Shriners Hospital, St. Jude’s or to the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry at Annunciation Church.

Burial will follow at Cottage Hill Cemetery.

Post a note of condolence at www.lawson-millerchapel.com

Zachary O. Pate, 40, of Greencastle

Zachary O. Pate, 40, of Greencastle, passed away May 12th, 2024. 

He was born August 9th, 1983 in Indianapolis to Mike and Glenda (Swalley)Pate.  He married Rachael (Davis)Pate August 14th, 2010 and she survives.         

In addition to his parents and wife he is survived by his children Patrick Michael Pate, Emma Susan Pate, and Caitlin Virginia Pate.  Siblings, Nathan Pate and wife Kelly, Luke Pate and wife Austi, Austin Pate, Jessica Wilson and her husband Lawrence and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Roger and Virginia Pate and Roy and Erma Swalley.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Putnam County Foundation South Putnam Dollar for Scholars.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at 1:00pm, Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  

Visitation will be held from 11:00am until service time.

David C. Watts, 65, of Cloverdale

David C. Watts, 65, of Cloverdale, passed away May 12, 2024.

He was born December 23rd, 1958 in Greencastle to the late Max Watt’s Sr., and Betty (Trump) Watts.

He married Shawn (Williams) Watts August 19, 1989 and she survives. 

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children Savannah Watts, and Parker Watts and significant other Jenna Lawrence.  Siblings, Max Watt’s Jr., and wife Marty, Billy Watt’s, Diana Hazlett and husband Jim, Carol Ann Milsap and husband Greg. 

David worked for Cloverdale Building Supply in Cloverdale until his retirement.  David was an avid IU fan, especially during the Bob Knight era.  He had a regular routine he followed on game night which was to hang his IU banner from the ceiling, put on his favorite IU sweats and hoodie, get the beer cold, and proceed to yell at and throw his foam brick at the TV. 

After his kids were born and were old enough to play sports of their own, David always could be found participating as spectator and yelling from the sidelines, or as dugout dad with youth baseball and play runner with youth football.  One year with the youth football program David received the most valuable practice dad award. 

Graveside services will be held Tuesday May 21, 2024 at 1:00 p.m in the Union Chapel Cemetery, Morton, Indiana.  

Condolences may be made at http://www.whitakerfuneralhome.net  

Evelyn "Annie" Manning, 64, of Cloverdale

Evelyn “Annie” Manning, 64, of Cloverdale, passed away May 6, 2024.

She was born January 17, 1960 in Indianapolis to the late Charles and Helen (Green) Manning.

Annie was a determined woman and there was no challenge she could not overcome. She was a hard worker and was with the same manufacturing company for over 32 years. Annie was a wonderful Mom, Nana, sister, and aunt. She was so proud of her children and considered them her greatest accomplishment. Family and friends loved her and she will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by her children, Kevin (Leigh) Query, Stacy (Kyle) Faletic, and Kally (David) Bannister, grandchildren Adeline and Vivian Faletic and Audra and Alexander Query, sister Cindy (Wally) Kreegar, and nephew Eddy Kreegar.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 7 pm at Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale.

The service will commence at 7 pm.

Burial will be at the Cloverdale Cemetery following the service.

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.

 

Barbara "Barb" Dee Costin, 87, of Greencastle

Barbara “Barb” Dee Costin, 87, of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2024 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Born June 6, 1936 in Colfax, she was the daughter of Golden and Margaret (Carpenter) Miller. She was a 1954 graduate of Greencastle High School.

Barbara was a homemaker and drove Mom’s Taxi for her children and grandchildren. She was an avid bowler, being inducted into the Greencastle Bowling Hall of Fame and the Women’s International Bowling Hall of Fame on March 27, 2001. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and Women of the Moose.

Barbara loved being with family, cooking and playing the piano. She was an avid bingo player and also loved her “girls’ trips” to the casinos.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Charlotte Burnham.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert L Costin; daughter Tonya (Darin) Jester; son Nolan (Kim) Costin; brother, Phillip “Rocky” Miller; grandchildren Megan (Andy) Bardot, Derek (Rebecca) Holman, Nick Costin, and Alex Costin and fiancée Ivy Wright; and great-grandchildren Isaac and Julianna Holman and Cordelia Bardot.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 13 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Brian Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Deer Creek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home on Monday.

Friends and family are invited to gather at Bob and Barb’s residence after services on Monday.

Pamela "Pam" J. Gilman, age 62, of Cloverdale

Pamela ”Pam” J. Gilman, age 62, of Cloverdale, passed away May 7th, 2024.  She was born January 22, 1962 in Greencastle to the late Eugene and Barb Nickerson.  She was also preceded in death by her late husband Tim Roeckel, sisters Jeanne Anderson and Diane “Fran” Rowe. She married Dan Gilman, August 3, 1996 and he survives. Owners of Gilman Electric, and she was a member of the Cloverdale Mainstreet Board.  

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son David Roeckel, daughter Kayly Roeckel and fiancé Jessica Miller.  Grandchildren, Hadley Roeckel, and Presley Roeckel.  Siblings, Hobe Nickerson, and John/Janie Nickerson.

Pam’s wishes were to be cremated with no funeral, no fuss, no muss.  A celebration of Pam’s life will be held on June 8th, at her home for all wanting to attend please reach out for more details.  Cremation was entrusted to Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.  Donations may be made at any First National Bank office to help with medical costs, or mailed to First National Bank, c/o Pam Gilman, PO Box 248, Cloverdale, IN, 46120.

Damon D. Rubeck, 45, of Spencer

Damon D. Rubeck, 45, of Spencer, passed away Monday, April 22nd, 2024.

He was born November 20th, 1978, to Pamela Branneman and Dale W. Rubeck.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his son Ezra (Hanna) Baker; sisters Nicole (Evan) Davis, Amber (Brad) Bex.

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

Don E. Crouse, 85, of Columbus

Don E. Crouse, 85, of Columbus, Indiana passed away on April 13, 2024 at The Restoracy of Whitestown.

Don was born on February 28, 1939, in Clay City, Indiana, the son of Alva Marion and Gladys L. (Light) Crouse. He graduated from Clay City High School with the class of 1958 and then from Indiana State University with a double major in mathematics and chemistry in 1962. He married Geraldine Delaine (Pell) on July 4, 1965. Don worked at Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors as a chemist and metallurgist for 29 years. He also spent some time with Cummins Engine. Following retirement, Don worked as an instructor for Atterbury Job Corps in Edinburg. He enjoyed mentoring, giving frequent hugs, and being “Granddad” to all students.

Don served in the Indiana Air National Guard and was a member of the Clay City Masonic Lodge. He loved being outdoors and was an avid gardener.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alva and Gladys Crouse and his siblings: Austin Crouse, Hubert Crouse, Ray Crouse, Carl Crouse, Martha Elizabeth Crouse, Mary Lou Light, and Dorothy Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Geraldine Crouse; children: Joni Butenhoff, Donn Crouse II (Heather), and Lana Frey (Scott); grandchildren: Zackary Butenhoff, Emily Frey, and Anna Frey, as well as many extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 E. Eighth St. Clay City, Indiana 47841, on Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM.

Masonic service will follow with burial to be held at Maple Grove Cemetery.

Max R. Standley, Jr., 77, of Brazil

Max R. Standley, Jr., 77, of Brazil, passed away April 11, 2024, at 10:05 pm at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born October 8, 1946, in Brazil, the son of Max Standley and Ethel A. Phillips Standley. As a young man, he enjoyed playing softball and later he became a spectator of college basketball and football as well as the NFL. He also enjoyed watching Nascar. His favorite pastime was spending time with the family including grandchildren. He like to camp, play corn hole, and take road trips to find new eating spots. He also enjoyed traveling to Florida, both the beach and the Everglades, to French Lick for casino time and their trip of a lifetime to Alaska were some of his special vacations.

Max and Terri were married on April 30, 1982. They have done life together these almost 42 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max Sr., and Ethel Standley; and one sister Charlene “Deena” Burton.

Survivors include Terri Schurick Standley; children, Erick Michael Standley (Rhiannon), Amee Embry – Standley (Aaron Hartman) and Scott Standley and family, and Nikki Lalen and family, Robinne Smith and family; grandchildren, Devin Gullett (Rachel), Alexus Hartman (Draven), Lauren Hartman, Matthew Moorhead (Cheynne), Mark Brown and Erick Michael Standley, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jaxsyn Gullett and Brylie Gullett; one brother and his wife, Ron Standley (Patty); brother in law, sister in law, Tim and Chris Schurick; a large extended family and his special dog, “Maxie”.

Cremation has been chosen with a Celebration of Life to be held at a later date. Post a note of condolence at www. Frenchfuneralhome.com

Michael S. McAllister, 52, of Greencastle

Michael S. McAllister, 52, of Greencastle, passed away Monday, April 8, 2024 at his home.

Michael was born November 12, 1971 in Greencastle to the late W. Thomas McAllister and Georgia M. (Nichols) McAllister.

Michael was a 1990 graduate of South Putnam High School and attended ISU. He worked at IAC in quality control and most recently worked at Banjo Inc in Crawfordsville. Michael enjoyed reading comic books, was a big fan of Star Trek and D.C. Comic movies. He also enjoyed working on his own vehicles. He loved spending time with his family. His grandchildren were everything to him. He was an avid animal lover too. They had a dog and three cats. On October 12, 2019 Michael married Michelle M. Sharp.

Michael is survived by his loving wife Michelle M. McAllister, a daughter Ashley N. Holt (Max), grandchildren Hailey and Emmy Holt, his brother Grant McAllister (Kristina) and a sister Kimberly McAllister, along with several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Michael was preceded in death by both of his parents.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00pm Saturday, April 13, 2024 at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home 102 E. Washington Street, Roachdale, IN 46172.

Mr. Bob Vice will be officiating.

Burial will follow in Ladoga Cemetery, Ladoga.

Visitation will be from Noon until service time also at the funeral home.

 

Linda Sue Frost, 75, of Danville

Linda Sue Frost, 75, of Danville, passed away on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2024.

Born August 7th, 1948 in Bloomington, IN the daughter of Burton Abrell and Elsie Faye (White) Gentry. She was a graduate of Bainbridge High School “Class of 1966”.

During high school Linda was a long time participant of 4-H as well as the president of Future Homemakers of America her senior year. Linda was a long time employee for Mallorys and then went on to retire from FB Distro in Greencastle.

Linda loved making cakes for special occasions such as weddings, graduations, and birthdays. She also loved working on ceramics, bowling, and playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, father in-law Norman Frost, mother in-law Thyra Frost; Brothers in-law Norman Scott Frost, Greg Frost, and James Frost; and Sister in-law Linda Frost

Linda is survived by her husband of 52 years John A. Frost; her two children Jennifer Collins (Mandy) and John R. Frost (Kayla); her sister Loretta Fowler; five grandchildren Travis Collins, Kellie Collins, Bailee Frost, Marlee Frost, Macee Frost; and her great-grandchild Matthew Washington.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 11th from 11:00am until time of service.

Gary Leon Thompson, 83, of Greencastle

Gary Leon Thompson, 83, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024.

Born March 11, 1941 in Terre Haute the son of Esten Cleveland and Nettie Pauline (Lacy) Thompson. He was a graduate of Gersmeyer High School in Terre Haute.

Gary retired from IBM in 1987. He had also owned and operated G & M Small Engine Repair for several years.

He was a member of the Putnam County Coin Club and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Gary played the accordion, square danced, loved to hunt mushroom, pheasant and quail and loved his cats.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of almost 50 years Kay A. (Sutherlin) Thompson; son Michael R. Thompson; sister and brother-in-law Carolyn (Allen) Chadwick and great grandson Aiden Payne.

Gary is survived by his daughter Sherry (Ralph) Rogers; grandchildren Angie (Jason) Brewer, Brandy (Brady) Biddle, Autumn (Austin) Payne, and Michael R. Thompson Jr; great-grandchildren Jasmine, Crosby, Elliott, Elijah, Levi, Macy, Eli, and Ellie, and great great-grandchildren Everett and Dylan.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 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 Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gary to the Humane Society of Putnam County P.O. Box 444 Greencastle, IN. 46135.

Genevieve L. Short, 75, of Poland

Genevieve L. Short, 75, of Poland, went to be with the Lord April 8, 2024.

She was born August 8, 1948 in Terre Haute, to the late Robert and Mary Evelyn (Leimgruber) Carter.

She married John Short in 1971 and he preceded her in death January 12, 2020.

She was an avid fisherman, and a member of the Cataract Yacht Club. She was a retired nurse and taught nursing at Area 30, Greencastle. Genevieve is survived by her brothers Joe (Judy) Carter, Bob (Marlene) Carter; sisters Nancy (Bill) Glawatz, Mary (Bob) Sitzman.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. 

Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 12, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with internment to follow at Cloverdale Cemetery. 

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.

Whitney Fearer Morrill

Whitney Fearer Morrill was born on May 6, 1937, in Rockford Illinois, to parents Gerald Wilson and Dorothy Burke Fearer.

She graduated from Oregon (Illinois) High School and earned two degrees from Depauw University, a B.A. in 1959 and a B.S.N. in 1979. Upon obtaining a nursing degree, she became an R.N. and began a twenty-year practice at Putnam County Hospital. After this, she practiced at the Johnson-Nichols Clinic in Greencastle for some years.

Whitney was an avid birder–an active member of the Big Walnut Bird Club–and a lover of all animals, especially the many dogs and horses she had over her lifetime. Her favorite place in Greencastle was the Nature Park, where she spent mornings birding and walking with friends for many years. She was also a runner, a cyclist, a mountain-climber and a cross-country skier, spending many vacations in Northern Minnesota and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Whitney was a long-time member of the League of Women Voters and a volunteer worker at several places, including the Humane Society of Putnam County and the Putnam County Library.

Whitney is preceded in death by her parents Gerald and Dorothy, her stepmother Rogene Franklin Fearer, and her brother, William P. Fearer. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, John Morrill, sister Martha Fearer Highsmith (Robert), “sister” Susan VanDuyne (Timothy Rainey), and children Michael Morrill (Annette), Karen Morrill (David Carlson), and Ann Morrill (Milton Ospina). She is also survived by grandchildren Miles Bryan (Nina Feldman), Forrest Bryan, Hazel Bryan, Lucas Ospina, Marlena Ospina, Elliott Morrill (Kelly) and Hannah Ayres (Nolan), and two great-grandchildren, Charles Elliott Morrill and Antonia Opal Bryan. In addition, she is survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family greatly appreciates the contributions that Whitney's wonderful caregiver, Suzie McCormick, made to Whitney's quality of life.

There will be a celebration of life this summer in Greencastle.

Lois Mae Cantwell

On March 28, 2024, a beautiful sunny day

A wonderful lady whom we all found dear passed away.

Lois Mae Cantwell lived a long and full life of 96 years.

Even when we knew it was coming it didn’t stop any of the tears.

Lois was born in Hoopeston Illinois on May 3, 1927

The way she lived her life she is sure to go to heaven.

She was born into a farming family with the last name of LEE.

She was a unique lady to all, that was clear to see.

She met Bob Wilson who was from the very same state.

Wouldn’t you know 30 years of marriage was their fate.

They lived on a farm and raised cows, chickens, geese and pigs.

Installed a pool and went to Millgrove church each Sunday with their 2 wonderful kids.

Larry & Sandy grew up knowing life at its best.

It wasn’t that they were rich, their learning never took a rest.

Lois was a girl scout leader and worked at Lieber State Park.

Where if you wanted a job, she was certainly the spark.

She was extremely creative and was happy to bake.

For lots of occasions, especially for that very special wedding cake.

For whatever reason her life made a change.

To Dick Cantwell her vows did she exchange.

Not long after, they moved down south not very far.

And got very involved with the masonic/eastern star.

She was an organizer, provider and a matchmaker of some.

With 22 nieces and nephews her success was that of none.

So, on that bright beautiful March Day.

Mom went to heaven and goodbye we had to say.

Momma Lois was preceded in death by her mom Ruth, father Roy and 5 siblings.

Also preceding her in death was Larry & Sandy’s father Bob Wilson, husband Dick Cantwell, son Larry,

daughter-in-law Chrissy, friends Ruth, Dalene, Ruthie, Rosie, Leota, Pat, Wilma & Marvin and many more

 friends.

Survivors include daughter Sandy & Geoff Gale, 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and Kaylie,

whom she loved and cared for Lois through her most difficult times.

Sandy’s mom’s graveside service will be Thursday at 1:00 pm at Mannan Cemetery with light meal afterwards at Millgrove Church. 

Address: Mannan is 12432-12446 West Lewisville Rd., Cloverdale, IN 46120

The church is Millgrove Methodist, 11151 Millgrove Rd., Quincy, IN 47456

Judith Ann Brown, 80, of Cloverdale

Judith Ann Brown, 80, of Cloverdale, passed away Saturday, March 23rd, 2024.

She was born July 6th, 1943, in Richlands, Virginia to the late Harry and Maggie (Cline) Proffitt.

Judith married Dean Brown and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughters Barbara Brown, Dana Adams; granddaughter Tasha Layne; grandsons Jacob Thompson, Wade Thompson; 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Judith will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the service time of 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

James Dale Haltom, 88, of Cloverdale

James Dale Haltom, 88, of Cloverdale, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

Dale was born in Cloverdale February 24, 1936 to the late James and Dorothy (Carrington) Haltom.

Dale married Karen (Prince) Haltom in 1996 and she survives.

He was retired from Allisons and was the owner of Jim’s Place in Cloverdale.

In addition to his wife he is also survived by his daughter Michelle Meade “Haltom” Jameson and her husband Jeff; brother Larry (Ruth Anne) Haltom; grandchildren Brittany Haltom, Chase Meade, Waylon Higgins, Travis Rambo; numerous great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife Barbara Haltom; son Jerry Haltom; daughter Pam Bauer; grandchildren David Bradley Elmore McKamey and Cody Meade; sister Betty June Haltom; brother Dora “Sonny” Haltom; nephew Brian Haltom; sister-in-law Dixie Haltom.

Funeral services for Dale will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday March 21, 2024 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the service time.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Saturday March 23, 2024 at the Cloverdale American Legion.  

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

Keith Alan Smith, 65, of Cloverdale

Keith Alan Smith, 65, of Cloverdale, passed Sunday, February 4, 2024 at his residence. 

He was born November 6, 1958 in Greencastle, the son of Delmas Joe Smith and Rita Abrell Smith. 

His mother survives. 

Keith was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

Keith graduated from Cloverdale High School in 1977. He married Mona Denise (Pearson) of Cloverdale on December 4, 1982. To this union, one child was born: Jenna Marie (Smith) Nees, husband Ryan. 

Keith was the loving grandfather to Kensi Rae Nees. 

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mildred Elaine Person, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, sister, Darlene Gaye Parker, and father-in-law, David Pearson.  

Services will be held at Whitaker Funeral Home, 201 N. Lafayette Street, Cloverdale. 

Visitation will be Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 4:00-8:00 pm. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 11:00 am. 

Interment will be in the Cloverdale Cemetery. 

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

Neil Eugene Green, 88 of Bainbridge

Neil Eugene Green, 88 of Bainbridge, patriarch of the Green family, passed away on January 31st, 2024, at home surrounded by his loved ones.

 

He was born on August 4, 1935, at his home which sat at the bottom of Raccoon Lake. He was one of fifteen children of the late Lola Taylor Green and William Herman Green.

 

He met the late Leora "Odie" May Symmonds Green, the love of his life, at "The Pole" in Indianapolis in 1958 and they married at Mt. Olive Methodist Church in Indianapolis on August 22nd, 1959. They moved to Phoenix, AZ, for their honeymoon home after their marriage, where they lived for a few months before returning home to Indiana in 1960.

 

Neil graduated with the class of 1954 from Bainbridge High School. He began working as a bricklayer for his father after returning from the Army where he was a Private from 1956-1958. He was a second generation bricklayer for 40 plus years. He eventually owned and operated his own business, Du-Wall Construction, beginning in 1977, to which he eventually retired from. Du-Wall proudly provided masonry services to The Indianapolis Zoo, the United Airline Hub, Eli Lilly and the Marion county jail. He passed down his artful skill of brick laying to his two sons and grandsons.

 

He was a well loved member of Gospel Assembly Church on Bluff Road in Indianapolis for nearly 50 years. His hobbies included mushroom hunting, political debate, watching nature (especially trees and birds), keeping up on high school and college basketball and football, leading and participating in family bible studies, but most passionately, studying the Word of the Lord and quenching his thirst for biblical knowledge. He was a wonderful example of a God fearing, hardworking and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

 

Those left to cherish his memory are his three remaining sisters: Norma Martin, Cathy Blau and Barbara Ross, his children; Heidi Green-Lynn of Danville, Keith (Vanessa) Green of Bainbridge, Angela (Vladimir) Green of Indianapolis, Kevin (Darcie) Green of Bainbridge, Mechele (Ken) Adam of Ladoga and Morgan (Micah) Harshaw of Indianapolis; grandchildren Rachel Lynn, Anna Lynn, Lauren (Chris) Springstun, Zach (Megan) Green, Madison Drew Rogers, Beau (Megan) Green and Aaron Green.

He was preceded in death by his wife Leora Green, his parents, siblings; Carl Green, Lois Brown, Ruth Pond, Leon Green, Wilma Cooper, Russell Green, Lesly Green, Herbert "Sock" Green, Richard Green, Colleen Fly, Sue Detro, and granddaughter Hannah Green.

 

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Monday, February 5th, 2024, at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home, 102 East Washington Street, Roachdale, Indiana 46172 with family officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Roachdale Cemetery.

 

Friends are invited to visit with the family, on Sunday February 4th, from 2:00 PM -6:00 PM at the Funeral Home.

 

We invite those in attendance on Monday, February 5th, 2024, to eat with us at Off The Rails Event Center located at 5 E. Railroad St., Roachdale, following the cemetery committal.

Rebecca Leah Brothers Null

Rebecca Leah Brothers Null was born on a hot summer day on July 20, 1943, at the original Putnam County Hospital, where her uncle, Dr. Thomas A. Sigler was the first hospital board president.

Rebecca passed away at University Hospital in Indianapolis after a brief battle with gallbladder cancer on January 22, 2024, at the age of 80.

Rebecca is the only child of James & Mabel (Monnett) Brothers. James was a farmer and a feed buyer for Indiana Farm Bureau Co-Op. Rebecca is the 5th generation to live in Putnam County and she is the progeny of Andrew Sigler who is among 12 different families that were granted land in Putnam County in 1816. Rebecca’s family background is deeply rooted in farming, raising mules and circus performers. By the age of 4 Rebecca had ridden mules, horses and elephants while also having a chimpanzee as a friend. Rebecca was also a member of the Washburn Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution connected by her 5th great-grandfather, Private Jacob Clearwater of North Carolina.

Rebecca attended Attica High School and later transferred to Greencastle High School where she was a member of the modern dance team. She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1963. Rebecca then attended Herron School of Art and graduated with a Bachelor of Art History in 1983.

Rebecca was a both passionate and a gifted dancer. She began ballet lessons when she was four years old and continued her love of ballet throughout her 20s. She had the honor to take dance classes at Jacob’s Pillow Dance School in Becket, Massachusetts. She also had the opportunity to dance with the New York Ballet.

Rebecca met her future husband Ira Franklin Null at Attica High School. Frank was crazy about Rebecca from the moment he laid eyes on her. They got married in 1959 and together they had one son together: John Edward Null. Frank and Rebecca were married for 64 years.

Rebecca was an avid animal lover; she would love to sit on her porch and watch the birds, squirrels, and the neighborhood cats. She rescued many cats throughout her life, and she dedicated her life to giving all her cats the best life possible. She loved to travel around the country and see the different type of animals that the United States had to offer.

As a member of the Heritage Preservation Society, Frank, Rebecca, and their son John Null, purchased the Charles Leuteke Home (built in 1893); known as the Lindenhurst. Frank and Rebecca have been restoring the home along with the Playhouse, which was built in 1876, roughly 20 years prior to the completion of the Lindenhurst home on Locust Street. Rebecca was a proud member of the Society of Indiana Pioneers.

Rebecca is preceded in death by Ira Franklin Null (husband), James Brothers (father), Mabel Monnett Brothers (mother) and Marvel Sutherlin Brothers (stepmother).

Rebecca is survived by her son John Edward Null & his wife Julie Anne McAllen Null, two granddaughters Kathleen Anne Null Bernauer & her husband Nicholas Alan Bernauer and Alana Marie Null of Indianapolis, and her three beloved Great Grand-dogs Rory, Finnley & Meeko. As well as her cousins Sara Smith of Greencastle and Sue Anne Stoner Moreland of Avon and her childhood friend Sondra Sines Dubbs of Lafayette.

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3rd at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home.

Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers and to honor Rebecca’s love for animals, the family ask that you donate to the Humane Society of Putnam County.

Clifford Wayne Modlin, 94, of Greencastle

Clifford Wayne Modlin, 94, of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2024 at Mill Pond Health Campus.

Clifford was born in Indianapolis on November 18, 1929, the son of Kenneth and Leola Modlin.

Clifford was a 1947 graduate of Fillmore High School. He was married to the love of his life, Joyce Wood for 71 years. He spent his life farming until he retired. He also worked for three years with Brackneys Feed Service.

Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Reed (husband-Terry), a son Darrel Modlin, three grandchildren, Jennifer Kistler, (husband-Jeff), Rob Bundy, and Jeff Modlin, (wife Michelle), and seven great grandchildren.

To honor Clifford’s wishes, there will be no funeral or graveside services.

Eileen Toale Harrison, 74, of Greencastle

Eileen Toale Harrison, 74, of Greencastle, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024.

Born August 13, 1949 in Buffalo, New York, the daughter of Howard Toale and Eleanor (Ralston) Cobb. She graduated summa cum laude from both Quincy University and University of Pittsburgh. She received her M.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Eileen had been a registrar for several universities and colleges throughout her career. She was an avid part of Steeler Nation.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Terry Toale; and a sister Leslie Toale.

Eileen is survived by her daughter Whitney (Mark) Fajt; sons Joshua (Stephanie) Harrison, Ben Harrison & fiancé Vanessa Sogan, and Nathan Harrison; brother Patrick (Shelley) Toale; sisters Stacey (Greg) Colvard and Kelley (Mitch) Mouchabeck; sister-in-law Linda Toale; grandchildren Jed, Allison, Kaia, Gabriel, Ari, and Blake and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring Eileen’s wishes, private services have been selected.

Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Roy L. Lotz, age 80 of Cloverdale

Roy L. Lotz, age 80 of Cloverdale, passed away January 11, 2024.

He was born March 17th, 1943 to the late Francies V. Willison.

Roy married Retta A. Lotz September 14th, 1985 and she survives.

In addition to his wife he is also survived by his son James Theadore Lotz of Pell City, AL; daughter Kimberly Cho of Ohio; brother Chris K. Willison of Greenwood; and 7 grandchildren.

Roy is preceded in death by his daughter Traci D. Lotz.

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

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