Obituaries

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

Vicki Sue Matillo, 79, of Terre Haute

Vicki Sue Matillo, 79, of Terre Haute, passed away January 10th, 2024.

She was born July 3rd, 1944 in Joplin, MO to the late Thomas and Betty (Cochran) Curren.

Vicki married Martin Matillo November 2nd, 1996 and he preceded her in death April 6th, 2001.

She is survived by her sons Chuck (Suzanne) Hughey, Robert Hughey; brother Rockne (Claudia) Curren; stepchildren Geneire Mundell, Martin Matillo III; 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Graveside services for Vicki will be held at 11:30 am Tuesday, January 16th, 2024 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood, IN. Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net

Judge Diana Jane (nee Ziegler) LaViolette

Judge Diana Jane (nee Ziegler) LaViolette born in Sullivan, Indiana on August 29, 1945, passed away peacefully on December 17th, 2023 from a stroke; she was 78 years old.

She is survived by her husband John of Greencastle, IN, her son Alan of McLean, VA, daughter Jean (LaViolette) Athey of Elmhurst, IL, sister Sue Waddell of Cincinnati, OH and five grandchildren: Archer, Kinsey, Bowen, Gus, and Violet.

Diana lived a life of adventure, devotion to her family and service to her community. As a minister’s daughter, Diana was raised with a strong moral compass that guided her through life and shaped the communities she served. She graduated high school in North Salem, IN and then went to college at Texas Christian University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in English and Social Studies. She taught at a high school in Kansas City after graduation. A year later she joined the Peace Corps and served in Istanbul, Turkey, where she taught English to high school students for two years. When she returned home she obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Studies from Duquesne University. Returning home to Indiana, she began teaching at North Putnam High School and, subsequently, at the Indiana Women's Prison where she discovered an interest in law. She pursued a law degree and graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University Law School in 1980. She joined the Prosecutor’s Office in Greencastle under Del Brewer. She was promoted to Chief Deputy Prosecutor by Bob Lowe, winning over 99% of the cases she prosecuted. In 1992, she ran and was elected Judge of the Putnam County Circuit Court where she served two six-year terms. After retiring, she became a special Judge and traveled to many counties of Indiana for another nine years. During her long life she was a member of Kiwanis, PEO, Daughters of the American Revolution, President of the Putnam County Museum for two terms, a member of the Putnam County Library Board, and her church. Her many contributions to her community were highly recognized and she was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, the Kinsey Award in recognition of outstanding judicial service to the youth of Indiana and Citizen of the Year, to name a few of her many accolades. However, she never let the recognition change her humble and generous character.

Diana enjoyed life’s simple pleasures, such as swimming at her beloved lake, book clubs and playing bridge. She also loved traveling the world; to include Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia and hosting foreign exchange students. In her last years she enjoyed sunset boat rides with John, putting together countless Jigsaw Puzzles, reading, and spending time with friends and family. Her quick wit and self-effacing sense of humor will be sorely missed. She is predeceased by her father Lozier Ziegler, her mother Betty and her sister Linda Ratcliff.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Putnam County Foundation in her memory.

Judith Kay Stockton

Judith Kay Stockton, 81, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023, at Hendricks Regional Health.

Judith was born in Tangier on June 21, 1942, the daughter of William Ray and Lilly Waunita (Little) Griffin.

Mrs. Stockton was a member of the Eastern Star. She worked as a cook for North Putnam Schools for 30 years, starting at the elementary level and moving to North Putnam High School as a cook and cashier until she retired. She love to sew, crochet and cook.

Survivors include her two sons, Dan Stockton (Jodi) and Scotty Stockton (Jamie); five brothers, Dennis Griffin (Juanita), Terry Griffin, Rogger Griffin (Ruth), Danny Griffin (Rada) and Randy Griffin (Leigh Ann); three sisters, Connie Doan (John), Rebecca Kinderman (Curt) and Connie Griffin; two grandchildren, Ashley McMickle

(Adam) and Cameron Stockton (Chelsey); four great-grandchildren, Maverick and Viviann Stockton and Landon and Harmon McMickle; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 47 years, Arthur Daniel Stockton; an infant son, Christopher Allen Stockton; three brothers, Virgil, Henry and Tim Griffin; two sisters, Patty Hinkle and Peggy Fortner; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane and Cathy Griffin.

At her request there will be no services, and cremation will take place at a later date.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.

Marian Campbell Ford Nelson

Marian Campbell Ford Nelson passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, residing at Hickory Creek at Sunset in Greencastle.

She was born March 15, 1925, in Dayton, Ohio, the only child of Walter Wood Campbell of Cherryfield, Maine, and Ruth Osborn Campbell (Keel), born in Hendricks County.

She lived with her maternal grandparents, Charles O. Osborn and Martha E. Fisher Osborn, in Hazelwood from the age of one year to seven-and-a-half years old, attending the first and second grades at the Hazelwood schoolhouse.

At the death of her grandmother in 1932, she lived with her parents in Flint, Mich., returning each summer to Indiana to be with her grandfather and relatives.

In a class of 1,000, in 1942 she graduated with honors as a pre-med student and earnws three letters in major sports from Flint Central High School. She returned to Greencastle in November 1942.

In addition to being a homemaker, she worked as a waitress and a bookkeeper, served as an at-large Putnam County councilor and was a property manager and a licensed medical laboratory assistant.

She is survived by Samuel Jack Butt of Linton, Camille Lynn Dills Bayless of Crawfordsville, John William (Bill) Nelson of Greencastle, Susan F. Bonney of Hollester, Mo., Cindy Pulliam of Lafayette, Kenneth Scott Nelson of Linden and Lisa Jane Nelson of Effingham, Ill. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Blaydes officiating. Burial will follow in Little Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.

Betty Grace Sims Foxx

Betty Grace Sims Foxx, 92, of Greencastle, passed away on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, at Asbury Towers.

Betty was born in Greencastle on April 3, 1931, the daughter of George F. and Effie Inis (Reed) Sims, and was a 1949 graduate of Greencastle High School.

Mrs. Foxx worked for 15 years as a receptionist at several residence halls for DePauw University. She also worked for General Telephone Corporation for eight-and-a-half years.

Betty was a 50-year member of the Merry J’s Extension Homemakers Club, serving four of those years as a state district representative, and was a founding member of Sherwood Christian Church, the Putnam County Hospital Guild and the Progress History Club.

Survivors include her four children, Marcia Boswell (David), Timothy Foxx (Patti), Karen Wallace and Melissa Ellison (John); four grandchildren, Kenny Foxx, Heather Foxx (Alex Riddle), Heidi Dotson (Hezekiah) and Hannah Ellison; three great-grandchildren, Stella Rose Dotson, Emmett Reid Dotson and Ezra James Dotson; three step-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle “Peanut” Foxx; her infant daughter, Teresa Foxx; a son-in-law, Bruce Wallace; and eight brothers and sisters, Floyd, Marvin, Paul, Frank and Maurice Sims and Geneva Dimitroff, Frieda Finney and Norma Albin.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Staggers officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 p.m. until time of service on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Greencastle High School Alumni Association c/o the Putnam County Community Foundation, 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.

Charles L. Cox Sr.

Charles L. Cox Sr., 90, of Greencastle, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023.

He was born at his family home near Eminence on Dec. 24, 1932 to the late Maurice and Ruth (Maxwell) Cox.

Charles “Sonny” was the oldest child and was raised on a farm in rural Morgan County. He was a graduate of Eminence High School in the class of 1950. Upon leaving the farm, Charles and Vera Jean (Sullivan) Cox wedded on Feb. 9, 1952.

Charles and Vera relocated to Mooresville and welcomed sons Charles Jr. and Douglas.

Charles’ vocation was that of an electrician at Indiana University Health, serving 33 years and retiring in 1994. In retirement he served 15 years in security at the Peeler Art Center at DePauw University, finally retiring at age 87.

His hobbies included home renovations and restoration of antique vehicles. He will also be remembered for his sharp memory and recollection of his long life. He enjoyed making people laugh with his ability to put a humorous twist on his many stories.

Along with his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Vera, oldest son Charles Jr. and his sisters, Darlene Burrell and Jacqueline Hall.

Charles is survived by his son, Douglas Cox and wife Carol of Greencastle; granddaughters Amanda Lucas (Jason) of Danville and Rachel Trbovic (Phil) of Indianapolis; step-grandsons Aaron Jones (Sara Miller) of Plainfield and Pete Jones (Rachel); five step-grandchildren; and a dear companion, Juanetta Fidler of Cloverdale.

Funeral services for Charles will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service time of 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Mannan Cemetery.

Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.

Henry Oliver Thomas

Henry Oliver Thomas, 98, of Greencastle passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Mill Pond Health Campus.

Henry was born in Rockville on December 23, 1924, the son of Joseph J. and Madge Hazel Thomas (Gross) Thomas, and was a graduate of Rockville High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology from Indiana University.

Mr. Thomas served proudly in United States Navy during WWII. He was a former member of Gobin United Methodist Church. Henry was an FBI Agent for 25 years in Philadelphia, New York City, and New Albany, New York.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Sledd Thomas; a son Henry Uel Thomas, (Nancy); a daughter, Susan Elizabeth Frame, (Dave); a brother, Amos Thomas; three grandchildren, Kendi, Tiffany, and Dawniece; five great-grandchildren, Lexton, Mitchell, Zaid, Ayanna and Landon; two step-grandchildren, Summer and Jeremy; a step-great granddaughter, Arysson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Noel F. Thomas, and John Thomas and a sister, Mary Jane Landis.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to WWII Memorial, AM Battle Monuments Commission, 2300 Clarendon Blvd. #501, Arlington, Virginia 22201.

Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.

Roy Thomas Knowling

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Roy Thomas Knowling (Roachdale, Indiana), born in Detroit, Michigan, who passed away on November 28, 2023, at the age of 80, leaving to mourn family and friends. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family.

He was predeceased by : his parents, Theodore Knowling and Vera Knowling (Hancock); his daughter Debbie Knowling; his siblings, Carolyn "Susie" Hedrick, Maryann McClure, Cindy Lou Knowling, Teddy Knowling and Hobie Knowling; his nephews, Shawn Storm and Derek Knowling; and his son-in-law David A. VanSickle.

He is survived by : his children, Saralea Gibson (Dave), Rick Knowling (Lisa) and Nanetta Jo VanSickle; his grandchildren, Dustan Lyons (Amee), Darrin Lyons, Blake Knowling (Hanna) and Logan Zeller (Gage); his great grandchildren, Rhett, Ruthlynn Knowling, Easton and Hazel Zeller; and his siblings, Bonnie Storm (John) and Toby Knowling (Catherine). He is also survived by several nieces and, nephews.

Malinda L. Sawyer

Malinda L. Sawyer 42, of Indianapolis passed away Sunday, November 5, 2023 at her home. Malinda was born October 26th, 1981 in Danville Indiana to James J. Sawyer and Lilly M. Barger. 

 

Malinda attended North Putnam High School and was a 1999 graduate of American Midwest Academy. Malinda was very outgoing and loved having a good time with family and friends. Malinda was a one of a kind, as some might remember she was a very confident person to be around. She was very generous and always there for you even if she was mad. She was very protective of her family, and loved her kids dearly. She was the type of person that would give you the shirt off her back. Malinda always had a smile on her face no matter how she was feeling. She was the type of person if you were around her you were going to be having a good time and she was going to make you laugh the night away. There was definitely never a dull moment with her. Her sister would describe her as a little sweet and salty and like a pit bull. Malinda and her brother always had a saying they would say to each other and that was “Nobody can mess with you, only I can” and boy was that true. 

 

Survivors include a daughter Alexis R. Sawyer, son Kalyl J. Smith, Mother Lilly M. Barger (Donald G Johnston, jr) a brother James J. Sawyer (Teona) a sister Laronda T. Basham (Kevin) Maternal grandmother Beverly S. Goins along with nephews and nieces Tyler Basham, Dalton Sawyer, Kori Sawyer, Autumn Shrum, Skyler Byrd, Gavin Byrd, and Blake Basham. 

 

She was preceded in death by her father James J. Sawyer, maternal grandfather Thomas G. Goins, Paternal grandparents James William and Irene Sawyer. 

 

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday December 2nd at the North Salem Community Building, 6 S Main St, North Salem from 2-6 P.M.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Malinda L. Sawyer, please visit our floral store.

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