Betty Jo Martin

Betty Jo Martin

JULY 28, 1927 – JULY 30, 2022


Betty Jo Martin, 95, of Terre Haute, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022. She was born on July 28, 1927 in Vermillion County, Indiana to Vernon and Meda (Shew) Wright. Betty married the love of her life, George W. Martin on December 10, 1949 and he preceded her in death.

Betty was a 1945 graduate of Clinton High School and attended Terre Haute Commercial College. She was a member of PEO Chapter AW Sisterhood and Memorial United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed travelling, working crossword puzzles, playing canasta, and her life with friends at Sycamore Manor.

Betty is survived by her son, James Martin and wife Carol of Springfield, IL; daughter, Donna Martin of Terre Haute; two grandsons, Neil (Terra) and Zachary Martin of Springfield, IL; and a special cousin, Joyce Isaacs.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home. Betty will be laid to rest next to her husband in Roselawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Terre Haute Humane Society. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at

Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

January 20, 1939  -  July 28, 2022


Barbara L. Brown, 83 of rural Parke County, died unexpectedly July 28, 2022, at 11:15 at her home. She was born January 20, 1939, in Sullivan County, the daughter of Carl Phegley and Vera Lucille Cox Phegley.
Barbara was united in marriage at the young age of 17 to George A. Brown. They were married on November 4, 1956, in her parents’ home. They have celebrated 66 years of life together side by side.
Barb enjoyed collecting Barbie Dolls and the State Quarters among other things. She found joy in flowers and crocheting. She was a homemaker and a former Avon Lady. She and George worked on genealogy together and honestly, any other project, as a team.
Barbara and George have been attending the Carbon Community Church. She has been a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and “extra” mother to many.
Survivors include husband George Brown; daughters, Pam Brown (Brian Rissler) of Clinton, and Patty Cannoy (Jess) of Kansas, IL; sisters, Rachelle Phegley, Sheila Phegley (Roger), and Chris Reid all of the Carbon area; brothers, Carl Phegley (Phyllis) of Terre Haute, and Keith Phegley (Cathy) of Clay County; sisters in Law, Anna Phegley and Vonna Phegley; a close family cousin, Martha Fischer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Lucille Phegley; sisters and brothers in law, Violet Anderson (Kenneth), Hester Raab (Wayne), and Bertha Batchelor (Reynolds); brothers, Edward Phegley and Samuel Phegley.
Services will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at 11:00am at French Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Bridgewater officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Run Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 and again Wednesday one hour prior to services.

Sylvia I. Query

Sylvia I. Query

August 17, 1935 ~ July 27, 2022 (age 86)


              Sylvia I. Query, age 86 of Greencastle, passed away July 27th, 2022.  She was born August 17th, 1935 in Reelsville to the late Ren and Faye (Giltz)McCullough.  She married Chester Query August 9th, 1953 and he survives. 

She worked for South Putnam Schools as treasurer for nearly forty years.  She was a member of the Greencastle Eastern Star and was past worthy matron, and a lifetime member of the Greencastle Ladies Auxiliary. 

                In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son Rick Query and his wife June.  Grandchildren, Melanie Myers and husband Chuck.  David Query and his wife Donicca, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  Also, several nieces and nephews.

                Funeral Services for Sylvia will be held Thursday, August 4th, 20221 at 1:00pm, Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  Visitation will be held from 11:00am until service time.  Entombment will take place following services at Cloverdale Cemetery.  Condolences may be made at

Emma Jane Sibbitt

Emma Jane Sibbitt

JANUARY 25, 1936 – JULY 26, 2022


Emma Jane Sibbitt, 86, of Greencastle, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

Jane was born in Lizton, Indiana on January 25, 1936, the daughter of Marvin and Nellie (Deering) Jones. Jane was a graduate of Fillmore High School. She was also a member of Fillmore United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her devoted husband and best friend of 66 years, William (Bill) Sibbitt. Also, two children, Cindy (Ed) Tomko, and Larry (Kathy) Sibbitt, and son-in-law Rick Devylder. Five Siblings; Rosemary Woods, Debbie (Pete) Alamo, Sharon Hoese, Cathy (Terry) Clodfelter, Eddie Jones, brother-in-law Danny Arnold, and sister-in-law Sharon Jones. Her beloved grandchildren; Ben (Laura) Tomko, Jesse (Rachel) Tomko, Josh (Summer) DeVylder, Jessica (Mike) Walters, Shannon (Colby) Ensor and Katelyn (Nate) Kelly, 14 great-grandchildren; Rell, Ophelia, Lennon, Beau, Jameson, Maverick, Greer, Cooper, Kaiden, Deacon, Aubrey, Bransyn, Gunnar and Creed. She was better known as “Gram” and they were her pride and joy.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; a daughter, Brenda DeVylder; a granddaughter, Danielle Tomko, a brother, Bill Jones; and a sister, Betty Arnold.

Jane was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She loved to read, bake, cook, and travel. She always encouraged her family; never forgot a birthday and loved hearing about their activities, whether it be in the classroom or on the field. She was their biggest cheerleader. She was an avid race fan and loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2022, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Service will take place at 1:00 with Burial following at Fillmore Cemetery.

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Robert L. Brimbury

Robert L. Brimbury

Sept. 27, 1968-July 22, 2022


Robert L. Brimbury, 53, formerly of Veedersburg, passed away at 12:47 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2022, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.

He was born Sept. 27, 1968, at Boston, Mass., the son of Robert and Bertha Brimbury.

Robert graduated from Fountain Central High School in 1986. He went on to graduate from Ball State University, with honors, earning his bachelor of science degree in marketing.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Erinn Brimbury and her fiancé Brandon Chenoweth of Lafayette; son Christopher Dunning of Franklin; grandson Lennon; and brothers, Steve (Kathy) Ginter of Veedersburg, Mike (Jackie) Ginter of Akron, Ohio, David (Jami) Massey of Carmel and Chuck (Michelle) Brimbury of Peru.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Brimbury and his mother, Bertha Jones Brimbury Massey.

A graveside service for Robert L. Brimbury will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at Rockfield Cemetery in Veedersburg, with family friend William Boone officiating.

The family has asked all flowers be ordered through Veedersburg Florist and Gift.

Please call 765-294-2044 by Thursday so they may be delivered for Saturday’s July 30 services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru, Indiana.

Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at or on Facebook at Eddy Funeral Homes Inc.

Carolyn Sue Estelle

Carolyn Sue Estelle

Nov. 22, 1948-July 22, 2022


Carolyn Sue Estelle passed away Friday, July 22, 2022.

Carolyn “Sue” was born Nov. 22, 1948, at Park City, Kentucky, to Roy and Reba Alexander. Sue was one of seven children.

Sue was a long-time employee of Penguin Random House before retiring.

Surviving family includes: daughter Kandice (Tim) Powell of Calvert City, Kentucky; two grandsons who were the loves of her life, Blake and Dane Powell; three sisters, Eva Baldwin, Edna LaBeau and Dianne (Rex) Cooksey; two brothers, Roy Alexander and Bob (Frances) Alexander; several nieces and nephews; former spouse, Ernie Estelle of New Market; and step-son James (Cynthia) Estelle of Lebanon.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Don Alexander.

Visitation will be held Saturday, July 30 at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, 107 N. Grant Ave. Family visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon. Public visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Burial and graveside service will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North, with Danny Kolota officiating.

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Samuel Davidson Evans

Samuel Davidson Evans

June 24, 1933-July 15, 2022


Samuel Davidson Evans, 89, formerly of Crawfordsville and Morris, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2022, at Westminster Village in West Lafayette.

He is survived by his daughters, Rebecca (Eric) Gottschalk and Sarah (Dan) Connolly; grandchildren, Meghan Gottschalk, Benjamin Connolly, Samuel Connolly and Nathaniel Connolly; and many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Grove Evans and Max Evans.

Sam was born June 24, 1933, at Lafayette, to Samuel and Mina Evans. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm outside of Smartsburg. During his childhood, Sam and his brothers helped on the family farm, which spurred his future interest in agriculture. He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1951 and was awarded a Naval Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship to the University of Illinois. During the summers of 1952-1954 he served as a communications specialist on several different naval battleships including the USS Missouri, visiting Norway, England, Scotland and France.

He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955 with a BS in General Agriculture and received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. For the following 3 years he served on the destroyer USS Hickoks and the aircraft carrier USS Tarawa as an officer in the Operations Department, traveling to the western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Persian Gulf. 

Upon his return to the U.S., he was awarded a research assistantship at Purdue University. He received his MS in 1960 and his PhD in soil fertility in 1963. During his time at Purdue he met Ruth Coats, and the two were married Dec. 30, 1960, at Lafayette.

In 1963 Sam and Ruth moved to Morris, Minnesota where they would reside for the next 35 years and raise their daughters, Rebecca (1963) and Sarah (1965). Sam worked as a soil scientist at the West Central Experiment Station and, in 1967, took over as the station’s official weather observer. He presented his research at various conferences throughout the United States and at West Central’s annual Field Days. He was an active member of the Federated Church and the Morris Kiwanis Club, serving a term as the club’s president in 1969.

He was an avid fisherman and spent many peaceful hours on Minnesota’s lakes. He also enjoyed woodworking and taking care of the large family garden. He was a true connoisseur of popcorn and spent many seasons searching for the perfect kernels for popping! Sam enjoyed traveling the United States and planned many family trips across the country, often in conjunction with the annual soils research meetings.

After his retirement in 1995, he and Ruth spent time traveling the United States and the world, enjoying Elderhostels, cruises to Alaska, Mexico and through the Panama Canal, as well as trips to England, Australia and New Zealand. He achieved his goal of visiting all 50 states with a trip to Alaska in 2000, and he and Ruth had a running list of who had visited more countries.

In 1998 Sam and Ruth moved back to Indiana and settled in Crawfordsville. They reconnected with friends and family and quickly became involved in the local community. He and Ruth were founding members of the Genealogy Club of Montgomery County, where they shared their love of history and research. Sam volunteered for many years as a van driver for the Indianapolis Hospitalized Veterans and indexed vital statistics and current events for the Crawfordsville District Public Library.

Sam was a wonderful grandfather to his four grandchildren, and he and Ruth enjoyed traveling to see them at least once a year. He was extremely proud of their accomplishments and lived to see all three grandsons graduate from high school and his granddaughter graduate from college.

He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man who was the perfect counterpoint to his wife Ruth’s vivacious, outgoing personality. Sam and Ruth celebrated their 60th anniversary in 2020, the day before Ruth’s passing. They leave behind a treasure trove of memories for all who were lucky enough to know them.

Sam will be buried alongside Ruth at Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville. Family and friends are encouraged to post memories of Sam on the Hunt & Son Funeral Home’s website.

Donations in Sam’s name may be made to the Genealogy Club of Montgomery County in Crawfordsville or the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Fund in Morris, Minnesota.

Harold Foster

Harold Foster

August 23, 1942 - July 23, 2022


Harold Foster, 79, of Jamestown, Indiana passed away on July 23, 2022, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Indiana. He was born in Monticello, Kentucky on August 23, 1942; a son of the late Raymond and Chloe Marie (Phillips) Foster.      

Harold was married to Judith Fay (Plasters) Foster on July 20, 1963, in North Salem and she survives.

He loved the land and was a farmhand and professional timber/logger for 25 years and later was a home builder. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and hunting with his brothers and grandson, Ricky.  Harold was a good friend to many, a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Foster of Jamestown; daughter, Julie (Mike) Myers of New Ross; grandson, Ricky Lee Myers; brothers, Hayden (Tammie) Foster of Pleasant View, TN, Carl Foster and Boyd (Helen) Foster both of Monticello, KY; sisters, Edna (Carlie) Tucker of Monticello, KY, Ethel Modglin of Greencastle, IN and Carolyn (Eddie) Branscum of Monticello, KY; brother-in-law, Spencer Tate of Henderson, KY; sister-in-law, Donna (Glen) Basham of Brownsburg; and thirteen nieces and six nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Frances Foster; brother, Elmer Foster; brother-in-law, Edward Modglin; and sisters-in-law, Sandy (Bob) McCaughey and Nancy Tate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, at Porter and Hunt Funeral Home & Crematory, 315 West Main Street, Jamestown, Indiana 46147.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 with additional visitation one hour prior at the funeral home in Jamestown. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F Cemetery in Jamestown, Indiana.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the Gideon’s Bible or Boone County Cancer Society.

Tracy Lynn Jarrett

Tracy Lynn Jarrett

December 24, 1969  -  July 18, 2022


Tracy Lynn Jarrett, 52, of Brazil, Indiana passed away, unexpectedly, on July 18, 2022, at her home.

Tracy was born on December 24, 1969, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of Howard D. and Linda (Hogue) Cutright. She graduated from South Vigo High School with the class of 1988. She married Ray Jarrett on October 18, 1994. Over the years she had worked in various retail management positions and in the cafeteria at Northview High School. Her favorite job, however, was as Mimi, wife, and mother. Tracy loved spending time with her family, going to concerts, swimming, and cuddling with her dog J.P..

Tracy is survived by her husband Ray Jarrett; son: Dennis Meng (Alyssa); two daughters: Cassandra Jarrett and Courtney Morris (Brendan); grandchildren: Olivia Meng, Dexter Meng, Jayzen Davis, Tripp Young, Chase Rutledge, Lincoln Morris, Lena Morris, and Benson Morris who is expected in December; her parents: Howard D. and Linda Cutright; a brother Jeremy Cutright (Leann); niece: Lindsay Cutright; nephew: Jason Cutright as well as a host of friends and extended family members.

Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Monday, July 25, 2022, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM. Services will follow at 6:00 PM.

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Charles R. 'Chuck' Gleason

Charles R. ‘Chuck’ Gleason

June 7, 1962-July 20, 2022


Charles R. “Chuck” Gleason of Darlington passed away Wednesday night, July 20, 2022, at home. He was 60.

Chuck was an avid Cubs fan. He liked to draw, play drums and do photography. His article, “Out n About” appeared every Thursday in the Journal Review for many years. He worked at Prairie Industries for 10 years, before going to work at Subaru in Lafayette, where he worked 33 years, retiring Feb. 26 of this year.

Born June 7, 1962, at Crawfordsville, he was the son of Charles Gleason and Beverly Witt Gleason. He attended school at Darlington and graduated from North Montgomery. He married the former Annie Spurlock on Nov. 12, 2000. She survives.

Chuck loved his family very much and he will be missed by his surviving family which includes: wife Annie Gleason; mother Beverly Gleason; sister Marsha Gleason; two brothers, Carl and Mike Gleason; seven children, Chris (Nikki) Gleason, Jessica (Eddie) Alton, Rosie (Jared) Hodges, Paige Palmer, Melisa Blackburn, Randi Gleason and Isaiah Gleason; and 15 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Charles Gleason; uncle Gene Gleason; grandson Grayson Hodges; niece Melissa Shillings; and grandparents, Carl and Opal Witt and James and Maudie Gleason.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at East Side Baptist Church, 2000 Traction Road, Crawfordsville, with services at the church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, led by Pastor Brian Holt. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North. Attendees are encouraged to wear a Cubs shirt.

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In the words of Chuck Gleason “I love you all and Jesus loves you, too.”

Ruth Webb Lester

Ruth Webb Lester

Feb. 13, 1931-July 20, 2022


Ruth Webb Lester, 91, passed from this life on Wednesday afternoon, July 20, 2022, at Westminster Village North in Indianapolis.

She was born Feb. 16, 1931, at Mace, Indiana, and was the daughter of Howard Webb and Helen French Webb. She graduated from New Market High School in 1949. She married James “Jim” Lester on Nov. 10, 1950. Following retirement, they wintered in Venice, Florida for many years.

Ruth enjoyed many home enrichment activities such as sewing, gardening, canning and freezing vegetables, and made awesome homemade noodles, pies and jelly. She worked many years for Elston Bank, taking time off to raise her family. Ruth loved playing saxophone in the Montgomery County Civic Band. Attending activities of her children and grandchildren was her delight, as was bowling and playing euchre with her friends.  She was a long-time active member of Woodland Heights Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Jim; brother Tom Webb; and infant daughter Paula Lynn.

Surviving family includes: daughter Carol Lester Andersen (John) of Indianapolis; sons, Chris and Aren; daughter Janet Lester Kean (Michael) of Cincinnati; daughter Lauren; son John Lester (Rebecca) of Clarksville, Arkansas; granddaughters, Samantha (Arun) Kumar, Madison (Will) Twenter and Dana and grandson Adam; four great-grandchildren, Maya, Cameron, Grace and Myles; and Rebecca’s children, Vada and Shane. She also has two sisters, Nancy Pierson (Bob) of New York and Martha Boone (Tom) of Crawfordsville.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 at Burkhart Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Steve Wilke officiating. Masks optional. The service will be live streamed at Burial will follow at Indian Creek Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the staff at Westminster Village North for the exceptional care given to Ruth in her final years.

Donations in memory of Ruth Lester may be made to the Montgomery County Civic Band, attn Gary Ketchum, P.O. Box 719, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.

Rev. Philip R. Crubaugh

Rev. Philip R. Crubaugh

April 13, 1928-July 18, 2022


Rev. Philip Ray Crubaugh, 94, formerly of Newtown and had been residing in Mulberry, passed away in the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community, at 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2022, following a brief illness.

Philip was born April 13, 1928, at Bloomington, Indiana. He was the son of the late Raymond and Leona (Flory) Crubaugh. Philip was raised in Bloomington and graduated from Bloomington High School. Philip later attended Anderson College and received his Divinity Degree in 1962.

Philip served as pastor in the Church of God, first in Stringtown and later planted a church in Crawfordsville. He then finished his degree in Anderson College and went on to pastor churches in Sturgis, Michigan; LaPorte, Indiana; Wabash, Indiana, and retired following his pastorate at South Whitley, Indiana. He retired after 50 years of service and moved to Newtown, and lived there until moving to Mulberry in 2006. While living in Mulberry he was active in leading Bible studies and ministry at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community.

For the past seven years he had been attending the Dayton United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School to the Senior Class. He was also active in the Promise Keepers Mens Group of the Dayton Church. While pastoring in Sturgis and LaPorte, Philip was active in the Kiwanis Club and served as president. He was an avid reader and a devoted grandfather, following the activities of his grandchildren.

On Aug. 27, 1948, Philip married Thelma Eileen Knowles in Newtown. Thelma preceded him in death Aug, 2, 2012.

Philip leaves behind his two daughters, Gelene (Jack) Walter, Lafayette, and Cheryl (Rex) Cook, Lebanon; two grandchildren, Jade (Crysta) Kas and Tyler Ray (Shelby) Street; and five great-grandchildren, Brady Kas, Sydnie Kas, twins Charlie and Jacoby Kas and Rae Street.

He also was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Rae Crubaugh, and sister Jeanette Wagner.

Friends may call at Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Monday, July 25 from 11 a.m. until the celebration of life Sservice at 1 p.m., with Pastor Craig Overman officiating. Philip will be laid to rest next to his wife, Thelma, in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Covington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mulberry Alzheimer’s Wing or the Gideon’s Bible.

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Dylan Tavis May

Dylan Tavis May

Sept. 21, 1983-July 16, 2022


Dylan Tavis May was born Sept. 21, 1983, on Moon Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Sonoma, California. He died peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2022, in Crawfordsville, after a one-year battle with bone cancer.

He was strong and courageous … a real superhero. He had already survived a brain stem tumor in 1993.

He loved music and doing karaoke. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan. Dylan had a great sense of humor. He also lived in Mt. Kisco, New York, Cortez, Colorado, Chino Valley, Arizona and Prescott Valley, Arizona. Recently, he attended and was supported by the congregation at Christ Lutheran Church in Crawfordsville.

He is survived by father Douglas May and Linda Talley-Branch of Dolores, Colorado; mother Karen Westbrook and step-father Shannon Westbrook of Crawfordsville; his brother and sister, Alec and Alyssa May of Prescott Valley, Arizona; step-sister Elsie Hinote and her husband, Aden Hinote, of Tilton, Illinois; niece Jaylyn May and nephew, Skylar Ross; aunts and uncles, Griff and Yoongsoon Hughes, Greg and Noreen Hughes, Robert and Mildred Westbrook; and cousins, David, Steven, Geoffrey and Christina Hughes, Anthony and Kasandra Poshepny, Logan and J. D. Westbrook.

Cremation arrangements were made through Burkhart Funeral Home, Crawfordsville.

Richard 'Dick' Lee Denhart

Richard ‘Dick’ Lee Denhart

Jan. 19, 1939-July 3, 2022


Richard “Dick” Lee Denhart, 83, of Lake Placid, Florida, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 3, 2022, at the Orchid Cove at Lake Placid.

He was born Jan. 19, 1939, at Bridgeport, Indiana, and was the son of Marcella and Burrill Denhart. He attended Purdue University. He retired after 34 years as an agri-business manager for Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op and moved from Fowler, Indiana to Lake Placid 19 years ago.

Richard was active in community organizations both in Florida and Indiana. He served as president with the Fowler and Flora Rotary Clubs in Indiana, served as treasurer with the Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661, a member of the New Richmond Masonic Lodge and a member of the Methodist Church.

During his life, he enjoyed playing golf, making candy, cheering for Purdue University sports and turning strangers into friends everywhere he went. He loved to spend time with his family and friends, especially traveling to be with his grand and great-grandchildren to celebrate their achievements.

Richard is preceded in death by his first wife, Bonita, in 1992 and second wife, Norma Jean, in 2019.

Surviving family includes his sons, Richard (Carol) and Tony (Rhonda); three step-sons, Mike, Mark and Matt (Amy); 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; amd five brothers, Dean (Marsha), Ron (Kathy), Steve (Sandi), Gary (Kris) and Randy (Jackie).

In addition to his wives, he was preceded in death by his parents and brother Daryl.

To honor his memory, we are holding a celebration of life service at noon Saturday, July 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1700 W. State St., West Lafayette, with the Rev. Denise Frank officiating. A service was also held July 11 at the Scott Funeral Home in Lake Placid with the Rev. David Mullins and the Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 officiating.

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David Alan Wilson

David Alan Wilson

April 3, 1956-July 19, 2022


David Alan Wilson, 66, of Crawfordsville fell asleep in the Lord on July 19, 2022, at Bickford Memory Care. He courageously battled early-onset Alzheimer’s dementia for many years, finally giving way to the illness peacefully Tuesday while surrounded by family.

David was born April 3, 1956, at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville, to the late Thomas and Doris (Barclay) Wilson. He married his sweetheart, Linda (Haines) Wilson, of Darlington on June 28, 1975, at Garfield Christian Church. They met at the tender age of 17 through their mutual love of music, going on to create beautiful music together for 47 years.

A 1974 graduate of Crawfordsville High School, David subsequently embarked on a 36-year career with the Indiana Department of Transportation. Humble beginnings as a worker on survey and bridge crews led to a startling climb in his field. He spent many years serving Indiana’s residents as a draftsman at what he and his co-workers referred to as INDOT’s “crystal palace.” He retired as an engineer assistant in 2011 at the age of 55.

A son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, David was a pillar in what became known locally as the Wilson Clan, or simply “The Wilsons.” Together with his parents, siblings and wife, the family became responsible for and partook in several of Crawfordsville’s most celebrated institutions, including the local music and athletic scenes. An avid bass player, David was a founding member of the bands Blue Shadow and Aissa, gaining much acclaim in the region throughout the 1970s. He was also a co-founder of Aire Born Studios, which hosts globally-renowned musicians to this day.

Though David had many interests, such as music ministry at First Baptist Church, trap shooting, biking and anything Western — spending his elementary years in Chandler, Prescott and Casa Grande, Arizona — none were more important to him than family. The elder child, David was quickly surrounded by four siblings and gained sight of the Lord through his devoutly Christian parents. A near-lifelong member of FBC, he taught junior high Sunday School classes for 13 years and continued leading the congregation in worship until his physical abilities were compromised.

He also enjoyed walking, always giving a friendly wave or kind words to his neighbors near his home on Country Club Road, and through the woods at the Family Farm. He loved walking sticks, woodworking, home improvement projects, bluegrass, softball and, most of all, spending time with his loved ones.

David is survived by his wife; siblings, Mike (Tina) Wilson, Sandy (David) Booker, Susi (Jim) Williams and Dan (Dora) Wilson; children, Leah (Pete) Kopetski and Nick Wilson; seven grandchildren, Evie, Elly, Will, Whitley, Drew, Hannah and Ada; and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing for all those who would like to attend may join the family in a celebration of life from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at First Baptist Church, 1905 Lebanon Road. A service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 25 at the church, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s research efforts may be made in David’s name through the Alzheimer’s Association at or the Alzheimer’s Foundation at

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Robert Alan Nichols

Robert Alan Nichols

MAY 17, 1938 – JULY 18, 2022


Robert A. Nichols, 84, of Cloverdale, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022.

Born May 17, 1938 in Greencastle, he was the son of Hansel and Merl (Parker) Nichols. He was a graduate of Belle Union High School.

He was a veteran having served in the United States Army National Guard.

Bob had retired from IBM and was a lifelong farmer, serving as past President of the Farmers Union.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Carol A. Nichols.

Bob is survived by his son Rodney (Jennifer) Nichols and grandson Ross (Jordan) Nichols.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. Interment will follow.

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

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Sherry Ann Robinson

Sherry Ann Robinson

FEBRUARY 28, 1961 – JULY 20, 2022


Sherry Ann Robinson, wife of William D. “Henry” Robinson, passed away on July 20, 2022 at their home in Greencastle, Indiana after a courageous four year battle with cancer. Her strong will kept her with her family and remembering the good times until her last breath. Sherry was born on February 28, 1961 in Houston, Texas to Winston A. Sells and Freda C. (Turner) Sells. She grew up in Channelview, Texas and attended Channelview High School where she met the love of her life, Henry. Sherry and Henry celebrated 43 years of marriage on July 13, 2022.

Sherry’s husband, children and grandchildren were the focus of her life. You could seldom call Sherry without interrupting a telephone conversation between her and one of her children. She talked to each of them daily! She made sure family get-togethers and holidays were full of fun activities for everyone. Sherry loved games; trivia, board, card, domino, video or playing along on the Game Show Network. Her preparations for the Christmas holidays began in January; and continued ALL year long. She loved to cook whether it was a full blown holiday dinner or a quick, thrown together gourmet meal for Henry’s lunch break.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Walker Winston Hamilton. She is survived by her husband Henry Robinson, daughter Patricia Hamilton and husband Tom also of Greencastle, son Casey Robinson and wife Katie of Pendleton, Indiana, son Blake Robinson and wife Alicia of Pittsboro, Indiana. She is also survived by grandchildren, Wyatt W. Hamilton, Wade W. Hamilton, Warren W. Hamilton, Lucy A. Robinson, Riggins L. Robinson and Paisley R. Robinson. Additional surviving family members include brother Larrie Sells and wife Martha, and sisters Carlene Lee and husband Robert, Deborah Ward and husband Jim, Greta Dean and husband John, and Sandra Muldrow and husband Kevin, all of Texas. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Monday, July 25th at the funeral home.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Robinson family.

James Mishler

James Mishler

July 21, 1950  -  July 19, 2022


James (“Jim”) Mishler, 71, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at IU Medical Center on July 19, 2022.

Jim was born on July 21, 1950, in Brazil, Indiana, the son of Madison (“Red”) Mishler and Eloise (Willen) Mishler. He graduated from Clay City High School and Purdue University. He married the love of his life, Ruthann “Anne” (Yegerlehner) Mishler on January 31, 1970. Jim taught vocational agriculture for two years at South Newton High School and was a farmer for several years before working in Agribusiness for more than 25 years.

Jim was a member of World Gospel Church where he was an avid choir member. He was a gifted vocalist and was a soloist for many community events throughout the years. He served on church councils, 4-H councils, was a 4-H leader, and a member of the Owen County Extension Board. He was affiliated with El Shaddai Emaus Community and Kids Hope Internatinonal. Jim enjoyed working with kids of all ages and attending many of his children’s and grandchildren’s events.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Red and Eloise Mishler; brother Bill Mishler; in-laws Earl and Imogene Yegerlehner; brothers-in-law Wayne Kincaid and Larry Sharp; sister-in-law Darla Mishler; granddaughter Gillian Webb.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Anne; children Krista (Eric) Lavonas, Bret (Lorre) Mishler, and Rachelle (Angela) Stefanski; grandchildren Derrick Mishler, Madalaine (Schuyler) Horky, Geoff (Elena Mnayarji) Webb, Megan (Graham) Hughes, Anna Mishler, Calvin Lavonas, Nolan Mishler, and Lucy Lavonas; sister Jane Mishler Kincaid; as well as many extended family and friends.

Kenneth Edwin Ferrand

Kenneth Edwin Ferrand

Nov. 12, 1935-July 17, 2022


Kenneth Edwin Ferrand, at the age of 86, has laid down his burden and picked up his robe and crown. The lord welcomed this faithful, loving man home on Sunday, July 17, 2022. His loving wife of 27 years held his hand until God took his hand and led him home.

Kenny was born Nov. 12, 1935, at Greencastle, Indiana.

He joined the United States Army in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1962.

Mr. Ferrand was self-employed his entire life and created a beautiful life with his faithful and adoring wife of 27 years Peggy Ferrand. (She survives and will treasure her memories with her soul mate until the Lord calls her home.)

Kenny is survived by his five amazing children, and five bonus children, Kenneth L. Ferrand (Kathy), Janice Ferrand (Frank), Reta Ferrand-Cortrecht (Rick), Bill Ferrand (Susie), Charlie Ferrand, Thomas Coffenberry (Danita), Tina Dayhuff (Don), Anthony Coffenberry (Marie), Tonya Salah and Terry Broadstreet (Heather); 29 grandkids; 36 great-grandkids; and seven great-great-grandkids.

He was preceded in death by dad Marion Ferrand and sister Kay.

Kenneth was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ on Feb. 28, 1988, at the First Pentecostal Church of Greencastle.

James Richard 'Dick' Crosby

James Richard ‘Dick’ Crosby

July 30, 1934-July 18, 2022


James Richard “Dick” Crosby, 87, of Roachdale went to his heavenly home on the morning of Monday, July 18, 2022.

He was born July 30, 1934, at Crawfordsville, to the late Robert and Jean (Heighway) Crosby. He married Cora Elizabeth “Liz” Wilson on Aug. 30, 1959, at Crawfordsville.

Dick graduated from Roachdale High School with the class of 1952. After graduation he began his lifelong career working in telecommunications. He first worked at Thomas Telephone in Roachdale, then General Telephone in Greencastle, and lastly Verizon until retirement in 1991.

Dick enjoyed trapshooting, he was an avid fan of Purdue basketball and football and loved spending time with his family. He was a member of the Roachdale Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years and the Masonic Lodge for 60 years. 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Liz; daughter Julie Ann Heron, Crawfordsville; grandson Reece Thomas Heron, Chicago; granddaughter Jenny Elizabeth Heron, Crawfordsville; sisters-in-law, Lola Crosby, Roachdale, Gloria (Dick) German, Crawfordsville, Beverly (Larry) Hartle, Crawfordsville, Deborah (Tom) DeFreitas, Fort Payne, Alabama, Phyllis Neff, Festus, Missouri; and brother-in-law Winston (Gini) Wilson, Crawfordsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Tom Heron; brother John Crosby;and brothers-in-law, Joe Wilson and John Neff.

A. Dale Hester

A. Dale Hester

Jan. 9, 1939-July 19, 2022


A. Dale Hester, 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 19, 2022, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville. Dale was born Jan. 9, 1939, to the late Albert and Irene (Crowe) Hester. He married Nelda (Bentley) Hester on Nov. 21, 1959, at Parkersburg, Indiana.

Dale was a graduate of New Market High School, Class of ‘57. He was a farmer and a school bus driver for South Montgomery School Corporation for over 30 years. After retirement, he drove shuttles at the Indy 500 for eight years and the Indiana State Fair at Purdue Hospitality for 10 years. Dale was a member of Whitesville Christian Church and former member of the New Hope and Parkersburg Christian churches.

Dale is survived by his children, Gaye VanValkenburg of Eagle Creek and Timothy (Melissa) Hester of Roachdale; grandchildren, Amber, Ethan and Trevor; great-grandchildren, Laine, Raylan, Elijah and Delilah; and sister-in-law Sallie Hester.

He is predeceased by his parents; wife Nelda; and brother Russel “Rusty” Hester.

Francine Gantz Rickett

Francine Gantz Rickett

Feb. 17, 1923-June 8, 2022


Francine Gantz Rickett, a longtime wife, mother, grandmother and entrepreneur whose richly rewarding life took her from Iowa to Indiana to California, died June 8, 2022, in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 99.

An abiding religious faith, musical passion, talent for floral and culinary arts and a commitment to family indelibly marked Francine’s many personal and professional endeavors and those of the people she loved.

Francine Madge Gantz was born Feb. 17, 1923, the youngest of four children born to Edwin and Madge Gantz, both of whom preceded her in death, as did her siblings, Edwin, Henry and Marjorie.

Following high school graduation and a stint of nurse training, she met Ned Rickett, an Army officer. The couple wed in 1943.

Their first child, Henry, was born in Greenville, Miss. Their remaining five children, Daniel, Roberta, Roger, Kerry and Ned were born in the town the family would long call home, Crawfordsville.

It was there that Francine helped shape and fortify the interests of her six children. She brought enthusiasm to her eldest three sons’ pursuit of football for the Crawfordsville High School Athenians, rarely missing a home game. Similarly, her lifelong love of music was reflected in her fervent support of Roberta and Roger as they engaged in singing, dancing and acting. Francine was a Cub Scout den mother for Kerry and the other boys and encouraged Daniel’s and Ned’s artistic pursuits.

Faith and family coalesced most Sundays, when, following services at First United Methodist, she helped prepare dinners that regularly included her mother-in-law, Mary K. Rickett, and often the family of her sister-in-law Jean Rich, whose daughter Patty maintained a lifelong bond with Francine.

As her children left home, Francine delved more deeply into her passions for gardening and cooking. She greatly enjoyed crafting floral arrangements, working for a time at Milligan’s Flower Shoppe, tending her own flower gardens and preparing floral arrangements for her home and church. Francine turned her joy of cooking into a catering business in which she renovated her Crawfordsville kitchen and hired help. The business continued in Santa Maria, where Francine and Ned moved in 1999.

Francine also made time to help those less fortunate, exemplified by her spearheading a 1967 campaign to solicit items from residents in Crawfordsville and nearby communities as Christmas gifts for people experiencing mental illness.

Raising a family, tending to a business and volunteering provided challenges, but deeper struggles emerged that affirmed Francine’s resolve and character.

Among them was a cancer diagnosis a few years after the youngest of her children had graduated high school, prompting Francine to undergo a double mastectomy. She channeled the experience through volunteering in which, one-to-one, she counseled other women who were navigating the same, difficult waters.

Cancer also would claim the lives of two of her children in her lifetime, Roger in 1973 and Kerry in 1998.

The following year, Francine and Ned move to Santa Maria, bringing them closer to their son Henry and his wife, Linda. Ned, her husband of 67 years, died in 2010.

Francine is survived by her children Henry, Daniel, Roberta and Ned. Her grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Evan, Tarin and William were cherished and also survive her.

Patricia Ann (Theus) Cunningham

Patricia Ann (Theus) Cunningham

Aug. 6, 1940-July 17, 2022


Patricia Ann (Theus) Cunningham, 81, of Crawfordsville and formerly of Rockville, was welcomed home by the angels on Sunday, July 17, 2022, after a short battle with leukemia.

She was born Aug. 6, 1940, at Charleston, South Carolina, to the late Russell A. and Ora Mae Louise (Chase) Theus. She married Samuel Cunningham in March of 2014.

Patricia enjoyed crocheting, doing puzzles and reading. She attended Smartsburg Christian Church and had a strong faith. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was always helping and caring for other people. Patricia crocheted comfort shawls for the Indiana Donor Network.

She is survived by four children, Vicky Reynolds of Crawfordsville, Cindy (Jerry) Goss of Indianapolis, Bill (Angela) Shrieves of Indianapolis and Sherry (Dave) Sanders of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Jessica (Jay Hoffman) Bence, Courtney (Ryan) Boggs, Liam O’Hara, TJ Morford, Annabelle Shrieves, and Will Shrieves; great-grandchildren, Paxton Reynolds-Jones, Quentin Bence, Ian Bence, Austin Boggs, Kyra Morford, Anthony Morford and Lillyann Morford; sisters, Beverly Thacher and Connie Nickless; and brother Russell Theus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Samuel Cunningham; son David Shrieves; grandchildren, Jason Reynolds and Mallory Shrieves; and sisters, Vera Miller and Colleen Yarborough.

Patricia will be greatly missed by all.

Dustin Nees

Dustin Nees

October 26, 1995  -  July 14, 2022


Dustin Wayne Nees, 26, of Poland, Indiana, passed away at his home, on July 14, 2022.
Dustin was born on October 26, 1995, in Putnam County, Indiana. He graduated from Northview High School with the class of 2015. Dustin married Becky Lynn Gregory on August 8, 2020. Dustin was currently working for PDF, in Brazil, however had worked for Heartland Automotive, Hearthside, Walmart Distribution, Chiyoda, IAC, Advics, and ADS.
Dustin enjoyed working on old cars and working with his father Terry. He was a Pokémon fanatic, loved his dog Scooby, and riding his Honda Shadow motorcycle.
Dustin is survived by his wife Becky Gregory, his father Terry Nees, and sister Amanda McCammack and husband Adam as well as various aunts, uncles, cousins, and many extended family members and friends.

Michael Games

Michael Games

May 3, 1959-July 15, 2022


Michael Games, 63, of Bainbridge passed away Friday morning, July 15, 2022, at Countryside Meadows, in Avon.

He was born May 3, 1959, to the late Kenneth and Shirley (Rapp) Games. On Jan. 5, 1996, he married Sandra (Droddy) Games. She passed away Nov. 23, 2021.

Michael graduated from North Putnam High School with the Class of 1978. He worked for Crawford Industry, and then AIC Automotive Industry for 25 years. Michael enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, working on anything and being with his family and friends. He served on the Bainbridge Volunteer Fire Department for nearly 30 years where he earned the rank as captain. Mike was one of the hardest working, strongest fighting and caring individual you would meet.

He is survived by his siblings, Terry Games, Mary Games, Bruce Games, Jeff Games, Susan (Barry) Tharp and Kathy (Brian) Curry; step-children, Christopher and Lonnie Jones; several nieces and  nephews; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; nieces, Megan Games and Nickie Moore; and nephew Richard Curry

Larry Mark Brewer

Larry Mark Brewer


Larry Mark Brewer, 66, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

He was born Sept. 28, 1955, at New Orleans, Louisiana, to Lawrence E. and Daphne J. (Keller) Brewer.

Larry graduated from high school in 1973. He attended Oakland City College, and then graduated from University of Evansville, with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. Over the years he taught music in Henderson, Kentucky, Tell City, Indiana, Clarksville, Indiana, South Montgomery County, Indiana, and other schools in Kentucky and Florida until retirement. He played the trombone in several symphonies and jazz bands and was often a judge for music events.

Larry is survived by his parents, Lawrence and Daphne Brewer; brothers, Greg Brewer of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Eric (Judith) Brewer of Ladoga; sister Melinda Brewer (Joan), Milledgeville, Georgia; two nieces, Bailey Cummings and Ella Brewer; and nephew E.J. Brewer.

There will be a celebration of life service held at a later date. Servies & Morgan Funeral H

Gwendolyn 'Joann' (Carter) Caldwell-Morgan-Schlosser

Gwendolyn ‘Joann’ (Carter) Caldwell-Morgan-Schlosser

Aug. 3, 1926-July 16, 2022


Gwendolyn “Joann” (Carter) Caldwell-Morgan-Schlosser, 95, of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Whitlock Place.

She was born Aug. 3, 1926, at Crawfordsville, to the late Charles Alanzo and  Iva Alma (Evans) Carter.

Joann attended Crawfordsville High School. She married Frank Caldwell in 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1948. She then married William Brooks Morgan on Feb. 16, 1951 and he preceded her in death in May of 1997. She then married Dr. James Schlosser in December of 2003 and he preceded her in death March 29, 2019.

She worked in retail at several locations and had many jobs. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary and the Eagles. She was an avid line dancer; loved dancing and swimming, and Mammy loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte (Richard) Caldwell-Cox, Kriste (Gary) Morgan Denhart and Lorie (William) Morgan Servies; five grandchildren, Mark Christopher (Andrea) Cox, Lesli Denhart Stasiek, Shannon (Derik) Denhart Edwards, Morgan (Jared) Servies Smith and Lindsy (Jon) Green; seven great-grandchildren, Adeline and Gwendolyn Stasiek, Kingsley and Nolan Edwards, Ava Smith, and Olivia and Lincoln Green; three sisters, Charlene Snelling, Ramona Cummings and June McIntire; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Frank Caldwell, William Morgan and Dr. James Schlosser; and sister, Euleta Dowell.

L. Lynn Fellows

L. Lynn Fellows

Dec. 7, 1941-July 16, 2022


L. Lynn Fellows, 80, of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Franciscan Health Lafayette.

He was born Dec. 7, 1941, at Crawfordsville, to the late Louis and Mildred (Sy) Fellows.

Lynn graduated from New Market High School. He grew up working on the family farm and continued through his adult life. He also sold insurance for Alexander Hamilton Life Insurance Company for many years.

He reconnected with Jean Spencer in 1991 and they spent time together traveling with Marilyn and Jim Keller and enjoying each other’s company. He enjoyed the stock market, and he gave tips to many people.

He is survived by the woman he loved, Jean Spencer; daughter Makay (Michael) Adams; son Pat Fellows; three step-sons, Matt (Susan) Osborn, Tim (Doina) Osborn and Sean (Amie) Osborn; five grandchildren, Brandi, William, Natalie, Ian and Graham; sister Mary ( Dennis) Henry; and a cousin, Peggy Lambert.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Gertrude 'Trudy' Richards

Gertrude ‘Trudy’ Richards

Sept. 28, 1939-July 16, 2022


Gertrude “Trudy” Richards, formerly of Crawfordsville, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 16, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, at Meadow Brook Senior Living in Fishers. She was 82.

Trudy was a long-time member of East Side Baptist Church. She also had been a member of the local home ec club. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with her family, seeing her grandkids and visiting her family in the U.P. of Michigan. She was a 1957 graduate of Houghton High School in Houghton, Michigan. After graduation, she worked at the Houghton National Bank until she married, after which she concentrated on taking care of her family.

Sherry Lynn Taylor

Sherry Lynn Taylor

Dec. 14,1951-July 16, 2022


Sherry Lynn Taylor of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday morning, July 16, 2022, at Lane House. She was 70 years old.

Born Dec. 14, 1951, at Crawfordsville, she was the daughter of Fred A. Taylor and Mary Maxine Meese. She attended Crawfordsville schools. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving family includes: nephew Robert Crain of Indianapolis; two aunts, Doyne Marks of Noblesville and Mildred Geyer of Iowa; along with several cousins, friends and people who cared about her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister Sheila Crain; aunt Nellie Craft; and two uncles, Robert Webster and Herman Webster.

Stella May Boots-Steele

Stella May Boots-Steele

Jan. 7, 1930-July 16, 2022


Stella May Boots-Steele passed away quietly Saturday, July 16, 2022, at the home of her son, Robert in Springfield, Illinois.

She was born Jan. 7, 1930, at Linville, Montgomery County, Indiana, to Alonzo Earl and Martha Elizabeth (Hatt) Bell. She graduated as class valedictorian from Alamo High School in 1948, and was active in the Alamo Christian Church and 4-H.

Stella then went on to work in the clerical field at RR Donnelly, where she met her future husband Lawrence Boots. They were married in Jan. 25, 1951, living first in Crawfordsville, later moving to the New Market area in 1952, where she lived until the early 1990s. During this time she supported her husband with his many activities, one which included the Businessmen’s Fish Fry (she made a wicked coney sauce for several years), and raising their two sons. She was active in the New Market Christian Church, where she enjoyed studying, teaching, music and helped with clerical support. She was active in supporting school activities at New Market. She sang in the Montgomery County Woman’s Choir in the 1960s; painted several baptistry murals in local churches; worked at the Montgomery County License Branch, County Clerk, and J.C. Penny. She was a Past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star at Alamo. Lawrence passed in 1981, after which she married Ronald Steele of Indianapolis in 1992. She moved to the Indianapolis westside until he passed in 2017. There she worked as an historic interpreter at Conner Prairie and sales at L.S. Ayres. She returned to live for a few years at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville until the COVID pandemic, when she moved into the home of her family in Springfield, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Warren, Archie, and William “Red” Bell; husbands Lawrence Chayce Boots and Ronald Samuel Steele; and son, Michael.

She is survived by son Robert (Kathryn); daughter-in-law Gina Boots of Sioux City, Iowa; granddaughters, Kristin (Chris) Banks of Crawfordsville, Anastasia (Chuck) Davidson of Raeford, North Carolina, and Aubrie (Dan) Linder of Omaha, Nebraska; and great-grandchildren, Madison Banks, Breya and Everly Davidson and Logan, Clara and Nolan Linder.

Special thank needs to be given to her caregiver these past three years, Kathryn. Who saw to her daily needs with a loving grace and patience as her health declined.

Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones

February 2, 1937  -  July 17, 2022


Barbara Ann Jones, 85, passed away July 17, 2022. Barbara was born to the late Elmer Estel and Clara Elizabeth (Miller) Griffith on February 2, 1937 in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Barbara attended Brazil High School. She was a member of Staunton Christian Church. On April 18, 1954, Barbara married the love of her life, Wilburn Jones. Barbara was a teacher’s aide with the Clay Community School Corporation working in special education and later kindergarten. Together, she and Wilburn owned and operated The Pool Shop for over 30 years. Barbara was known around town as “The Pool Lady”. Barbara enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her flowers. She had the gift of hospitality, always welcoming family and friends into her home and hosting many family events. Barbara was a fabulous cook and baker. She enjoyed listening to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass. Barbara loved traveling with Wilburn going on cruises and other adventures.
Barbara loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed watching her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids grow up playing in the pool.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, as well as one brother, Robert R. Griffith and sister-in-law Janet Griffith.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Wilburn Jones of over 68 years, three children, Jeannie A. Price (Fred), Jerry E. Jones (Lucy), and Becky L. Fouts (Randy), grandchildren, Amy E. Stagg (Ryan), Joshua Price (Michelle), M. Brandon Jones (Julianna), Kyle W. Jones (Lorraine), Andrew Fouts (Mica), and Brenna Bennett (Caleb), great grandchildren, Jarrid, Jessica, Megan and Tessa Stagg, Jackson & Ruthie Price, Mikayla, Oliver, Micah, Hattie, Elle, Benjamin, and Teddy Jones, Essie, Karsyn and Thad Fouts, Carla, Izaac and Ava Bennett, as well as several other extended family members.

Bobbie Monce-Cook

Bobbie Monce-Cook

December 10, 1947  -  July 17, 2022


Bobbie Irene Monce-Cook, 74, passed away peacefully on July 17, 2022 after a short battle with cancer. Bobbie was born to the late Milton M. Monce Sr. and Evelyn LaVere (Jordan) Monce on December 10, 1947 in Vermillion County, Indiana.
Bobbie was a 1966 graduate of Brazil High School. A couple years after graduation, Bobbie began working as a custodian for Clay Community School Corporation at VanBuren Elementary School. She worked there for 43 years before retiring. Bobbie enjoyed playing bingo, watching hummingbirds, and reading.
Bobbie is survived by her husband of 25 years, Jack Cook, daughter, Dora Phelps, son, Roy Cook (Shelly), granddaughter, Sarah Phelps, her identical twin whom she shared a very strong bond with, Betty Winningham (Dowell), one brother, Milton Monce Jr. (Paula), and sister, Norma Monce, brother in law, Roy Cook, 25 nieces and nephews, as well as numerous great, and great great nieces and nephews.
Bobbie is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Harold “Bill” Monce and Max Monce Sr., two sisters, RuthAnn Kidwell and Marjorie “Joey” Rounds.

Martha N. Casida

Martha N. Casida

August 22, 1952 ~ July 10, 2022 (age 69)

f Cloverdale, Indiana passed away Sunday July 10th, 2022 at home with her family by her side. She was born August 22nd, 1952 in Greencastle, Indiana, and grew up on the family farm with her parents and 5 siblings outside of Cloverdale. She graduated from Cloverdale High School in the class of 1970.

Marty held many jobs over the years, but was most proud of her time in the military. She served in the US Navy on the USS Emory S. Land stationed in Norfolk, Virginia as a Hull Technician 2, before transferring to the US Naval Reserves. When the reserve base in Terre Haute, Indiana closed, she transferred to the Indiana National Guard. She served in B Company 38th MSB in Brazil, and retired from the 252nd Ordnance Company at Stout Field, Indianapolis as Sgt Martha Casida.

Her biggest joy in life was raising her daughter. She also enjoyed her cats, Abby and Frankie, as well as many strays over the years. When in good health, you could often find her outside taking care of her flowers and trees. Anyone that knew her, knows about her loud, infectious laugh and no-nonsense attitude. She was stubborn until the very end, never one to be told what she could or couldn’t do.

She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Arbelle Ogles Casida, her father Glen Rader Casida, her eldest sister Mary Elizabeth Casida McKamey, and brother Michael “Mike” D. Casida.

She is survived by her best friend and daughter, Thelma Shouse, and son-in-law who she referred to as her son, Christopher Russo; brother Ralph (Faye) Casida of Cloverdale; sister Alicia (Harvey) Shaw of Columbus; sister Sheila (Jim) Reeves of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Carolyn Jean Jackson

Carolyn Jean Jackson

MARCH 12, 1951 – JULY 16, 2022


Carolyn Jean “Butch” Jackson, 71, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Mill Pond Health Campus.

Carolyn was born in Bainbridge on March 12, 1951, the daughter of Wilbur T. and Elsie (Cofer) Inman, and was a 1969 graduate of Bainbridge High School.

Mrs. Inman married the love of her life Ray Thomas Jackson on May 25, 1969. Carolyn was a member of the Russellville Community Church. She worked for Walmart for over 25 years.

Survivors include her son, Scott Jackson, a brother-in-law, Rex Jackson, (wife-Jennifer), four sisters-in-law, Carol Darlene McGaughey, and Sue, Janice, and Patty Inman; as well as, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers, Woodson “Woody,” Richard, Victor, John and Charles Inman; and a sister, Carol McQuire.

Patricia Church

Patricia Church

JANUARY 18, 1934 – JULY 16, 2022


Patricia Church, age 88, of Conroe, Texas passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Patricia was born January 18, 1934.

Robert Earl Fatzinger Sr.

Robert Earl Fatzinger Sr.

MARCH 31, 1930 – JULY 16, 2022


Robert Earl Fatzinger Sr., age 92, of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Robert was born March 31, 1930.

Rodney Francis Edison

Rodney Francis Edison

May 16, 1971-July 12, 2022

Rodney Francis Edison, 51, of Crawfordsville passed away at 2:43 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at home, following a battle with cancer.

He was born May 16, 1971, at Brook, Indiana, to Robert Edison and Carolyn Purdy Mathew. He was engaged to Peggy Smith. She survives in Crawfordsville.

Rodney attended North Newton High School and had been employed as a semi truck driver for 23 years. The past five years he drove for Smith Family Trucking in Crawfordsville. He previously drove for Shaffer Trucking in Lafayette, R&L Carter Trucking in Boswell. He enjoyed carpentry work.

Surviving, along with fiance’ Peggy Smith, are mother Carolyn Mathew of Morocco; father Robert;  three sons, Ronnie Edison of Morocco, Jacob (Destinee) Edison of Crawfordsville and Derek Edison of Roselawn; three daughters, Casey (John) Molden of Roselawn, Kelly (Cody) Lock of Rossville and Chloe Edison of Danville, Illinois; brother James (Cheryle) Mathew of Morocco; step-children, Olivia Haderle, Brody Rohler and Hunter Carpenter, all of Crawfordsville; 13 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by this grandparents and step-dad Steve Roberts.

Rodney chose cremation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Morocco. Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate is assisting his family.

Rita Ann Smith

Rita Ann Smith

Nov. 6, 1936-July 14, 2022


Rita Ann Smith, 85, of Crawfordsville passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022, at home.

She was born Nov. 6, 1936, at Crawfordsville, to Howard Lee and Wanda Clark Fyffe.

She was a member of the Smartsburg Christian Church and the Pioneer Association. She liked going to festivals, playing cards with friends and, spending time with her family. She loved going to auctions and looking for jewelry.

Rita married James Robert Smith on Aug. 2, 1959. He preceded her in death June of 1993.

She is survived by her children, Tia (David) Joyce, Chad (Karen) Smith and Tek (Sherri) Smith; two brothers, Donald (Carol) Fyffe and Rick (Janet) Fyffe; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by brother Freddie. 

Michael F. Wilkinson

Michael F. Wilkinson

Nov. 23, 1945-July 14, 2022


Michael F. Wilkinson of Crawfordsville passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022, at St. Vincent’s. He was called Mick by his family and known as “Daddy-o” around town. He was 76 years old.

Mr. Wilkinson served in the Army from 1968-1970, stationed in Germany. He then enlisted in the reserves, serving until 1974. He became a truck driver and served as an extra in the movie Convoy. He also participated in the first ever tractor-trailer race in Atlanta in 1979. He was an avid CB user, under the handle “Blockbuster.” He later worked at Pool’s in Crawfordsville, which became Ace Hardware.

Born Nov. 23, 1945, at Lafayette, he was the son of Ernest Wilkinson and Mildred Seiters Wilkinson.

Surviving family includes: brothers, John (Doris) Wilkinson of Otterbein, Larry Wilkinson of Lafayette, Jim (Tammy) Wilkinson of LaPorte, Jerry Wilkinson of Kentland and Dave Wilkinson of Montmorenci; sisters, Donna (Joe) Bryant of Otterbein and Rose of Lafayette; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his neighbor, friend and P.O. A. whom he looked upon as a son, Kevin Knee (Kerri Johnson) of Crawfordsville, along with their children, who he regarded as grandchildren, Kevin Knee, Jr., Joanna Johnson, Yazmen Doerr, Reece Johnson, Dakota Walls and Grace Knee.

He was preceded in death by his long-time companion, Marilyn Tibbett; parents; brother Ronnie; and two sisters, Helen and Carolyn.

Amelia Orelie Stedman

Amelia Orelie Stedman

AUGUST 5, 1928 – JULY 15, 2022


Amelia Orelie Stedman, 93, of Greencastle passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 15, 2022, at Mill Pond Health Campus.

Amelia was born in Terre Haute on August 5, 1928, the daughter of Joseph and Amelia (LaLoux) Lemont, and was a graduate of Rankin School in Terre Haute. She married Virgil Stedman on February 24, 1944.

Mrs. Stedman was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #291 in Terre Haute, Marion Extension Homemakers Club, and National Railroaders Camping Association. Amelia was an avid crafter, but crocheting was her favorite, winning many blue ribbons at the fair. Her greatest love was her family.

Survivors include, two sons, Ronald A Stedman, (wife-Lola), Moweaqua, Illinois, and John R. Stedman, (wife-Diana), Decatur, Illinois; two daughters, Teresa Bunning, Latham, Illinois, and Sally Hendricks, (husband-Jim) Greencastle; nine grandchildren, Carrie Stedman, Sarah Major, (husband-Seth), Seth Stedman, Lindsey Stedman, Collin Stedman, (wife-Amanda), Jessica Stearley, (husband-Troy), Zachery Wood, (wife-Melissa), Ryan Stedman, and Mark Stedman; thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and Love of her life, Virgil Stedman Sr., a son Virgil Stedman Jr.; three brothers Joseph Henry Lemont, Paul E. Lemont, and Robert C. Lemont Sr.; a grandson Cody Bunning; a great grandson, Jordon Bunning; and a son-in-law, Mike Bunning.

The family will plan a memorial service at a later date.

Betty J. Archer

Betty J. Archer

March 5, 1930  -  July 13, 2022

Betty was born on March 5, 1930, in Brazil, Indiana the daughter of Alfred and Beulah (Cox) Craig. She graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1947. Betty married James Archer on October 31, 1947; he preceded her in death in 2014. She worked for Dr. Pell as a dental assistant for several years. Betty and Jim moved to Indianapolis in 1965 and worked for Western Electric (now AT and T) for many years. After retiring Betty and Jim moved back to Brazil. Together, they enjoyed traveling, square dancing, playing cards, and going to the casino. Betty also enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents Alfred and Beulah Craig; husband James Archer; a grandson Chad McPheeters; and 3 brothers: Leverett Craig, Wendell Craig, and Wayne Craig.

She is survived by two daughters: Brenda Williams and husband Dale of Indianapolis and Susie McPheeters of Brazil; grandchildren: Jeremy Williams and Lori Williams; two great-granddaughters Kelsea Williams and Kayla Williams; two beloved pets Lexi and Baby Doll; as well as several extended family members.

Cathy Sue Swearingen

Cathy Sue Swearingen

September 20, 1957  -  July 11, 2022


Cathy Swearingen, 64, of Clay City, Indiana, passed away at her home, on July 11, 2022, while surrounded by her family.

Cathy was born on September 20, 1957, in Terre Haute, Indiana the daughter of Walter Phillip and Carolyn Sue (Corey) Ley. Cathy graduated from Clay City High School with the class of 1975. She then graduated from Harrold Beauty Academy with a degree in cosmetology. Cathy also graduated from Ivy Tech with a certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and later Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. Later in life, Cathy attended Indiana State University’s School of Nursing. Cathy’s passion in life was helping others. She dedicated her life to serving Clay County as an EMT with Athen’s Ambulance and as a dispatcher with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. In her free time Cathy enjoyed crafting, her pets, and spending time with her family.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents Walter Phillip Ley and Carolyn Sue (Corey) Ley Tickner and her husband Richard “Rick” Swearingen.

Cathy is survived by her daughter Amy Swearingen of Clay City; son Phillip Swearingen of Clay City; grandchildren: Chloee DeHart, Landon Swearingen, Shaylee Swearingen, Lynlee Swearingen, and Berklee Swearingen; a sister Deborah Ley and husband Richard Spanton of Indianapolis as well as several step-family and extended family members.

Diane Marie Allee

Diane Marie Allee

MAY 27, 1954 – JULY 13, 2022


Diane Marie Allee, 68, of Greencastle passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Diane was born in Greencastle on May 27, 1954, the daughter of William and Doris (Cox) Knauer, and was a graduate of Greencastle High School.

Mrs. Allee worked for over 30 years with Greencastle Manufacturing, and was with Heartland for 5 years until her retirement.

Survivors include her four children, Stacie Campbell, (Troy), Jeanie Stevens, (Bill), Jackie Price, and Lydia O’Connor (Chris); her mother; a brother, Mike Knauer; a sister, June Query, (Rick); fourteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; her husband of 12 years, James “Jack” Jackson Allee.

Betty Jean Crumrin

Betty Jean Crumrin

FEBRUARY 6, 1944 – JULY 14, 2022


Betty "Jean" Crumrin, age 78, of Stilesville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2022 with her family by her side.

Jean was born on February 6, 1944 in Terre Haute, IN and was the oldest of 10 children.

After many years of hard work and dedication, Jean retired as a Registered Nurse. She had a passion for helping others.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Richard Edward Crumrin; her four daughters: Susan, Diana, Melissa Crumrin, and Julie Barton (John); 6 grandchildren: Jay Christopher Creech (Kara), Breanna Voils, Kayla Barta (Daniel), Jacob (Jill) and Ryan (Lindsey) Barton, Jennifer Candiano (Matthew) and honorary granddaughter, Kimmie Bielawski; and her 2 great-grandchildren, Emilee and Evan Voils. She is also survived by her siblings: Shirley Hedden, Mary Scank (Gus Sr.), Chuck (Judy) and Jim (Lisa) King, and Fred Archer Jr. (Jane); along with several nieces and nephews.

Jean was a member of Whitestone Christian Church in Coatesville, IN.

She enjoyed her family, friends, patients, and co-workers.

Janice Lorraine Nash

Janice Lorraine Nash

MARCH 12, 1937 – JULY 13, 2022


Janice Lorraine Nash, age 85, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

She was born March 12, 1937, in Ayden, North Carolina, to Levi G. and Eva (Pittman) Worthington.

Janice studied at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. She married the love of her life, Jerry Nash on August 23, 1958. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Janice is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Jerry Nash; two children: Lorraine (Bradley) Jones, Jerry (Sandy) Nash Jr.; and her loving grandchildren: Emily Jones, Amanda Jones, Nicole Jones, Lydia Nash, Stephen Nash, and Victoria (John) Holtgrewe. She is also survived by a sister, Linda Futch.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Deborah Nash.

Janice was a proud member of the Terre Haute Bible Center. She enjoyed listening to music, being a homemaker, loved to laugh and spend time with her family, as well as her cats.

Visitation will be held at Roselawn Funeral Home from 5 p.m to 8 p.m on Sunday, July 17, 2022. A Service of Praise will be held at the Terre Haute Bible Center on Monday, July 18, 2022 at 10 am.

Mary Lou Engle

Mary Lou Engle

SEPTEMBER 17, 1934 – JULY 5, 2022


Mary Lou Engle (87) was born in Terre Haute on September 17, 1934. She passed away peacefully on July 5, 2022, at Seagrass Village in Port Orange, Florida. She was a former Placement Manager of Sony Music (formerly CBS Records) in Terre Haute, Indiana and Carrollton, Georgia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Charles. Survivors include her son Jay (Janice) and grandchildren Sarah Engle, Laura Danubio (Dave) and Michael Engle. She graduated from Wiley High School in 1951 and attended Roger Williams College. She held many offices in Phi Beta Psi sorority and was a member of the Port Orange Elkhearts # 2723. She enjoyed playing cards, going to the beach and reading. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park with a private family ceremony.

Gretchen R. Knecht

Gretchen R. Knecht

Oct. 13, 1934-July 11, 2022


Gretchen R. Knecht passed away peacefully with family at her side on Monday, July 11, 2022, at Ben Hur Nursing Home.

She was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to the late Paul and Marcella (Tenbrunsel) Bohman. Gretchen married Glenn J. Knecht on June 25, 1955, and they spent over 63 years together until his passing in 2019 — always his biggest cheerleader.

Gretchen was a graduate of Mercy High School where she excelled in art, mathematics and sports. She was a longtime member of St. Bernard’s Church where she served on committees. A champion of the disabled, she worked with special needs adults and children. Gretchen’s administrative skills were employed by state and local government agencies and businesses.

Gretchen raised her five children in Ivy Hills, and she was often sought-after for advice by new mothers. She is survived by her children, Gwen (Dan) Hillestad, Jerry (Sharon) Knecht, Jim (Angela) Knecht, Kurt Knecht and Connie (Jerry) James; eight grandchildren, Sheena (Kyle) Lutes, Kelly (Hope) Knecht, Blaine (Sarah) Jordan, Taylor James, Timmy James, Kennedy (Robby) Barton and Collin Knecht; two brothers, Thomas and Mark Bohman; and her close friend Sandy Reichard.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Glenn; grandson Cory Knecht; and brother Gregory Bohman.

Jean Ann Richardson

Jean Ann Richardson

July 28, 1942-July 5, 2022


Jean Ann Richardson 79, of Taylorsville, MS, and formerly of Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

She was born July 28, 1942, at Crawfordsville.

She was a Past Worthy Matron and a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star, Golden Rule Chapter #413; member of OES, Iris Chapter #307; lifetime member of American Quarter Horse Association; and past member of Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Police, Indianapolis.

She is survived by daughters, Theresa (Terry) Mathews and Virginia (Beau) Dixon; four grandchildren, Amber Mathews, Brittany Moore, Sean (Brianna) Mathews and Chad (Jocelyn) Moore; nine great-grand grandchildren, Jayden, Alexandria, Kenzley, D.J., Landyn, Brayson, Paisley, Xander and Nova Rayne; and cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by Ray H. (Georgia M.) Thompson II; Ray H. (Shirley R.) Thompson III; and husband David T. Richardson.

Vernon Lee 'Junior' Dowell

Vernon Lee ‘Junior’ Dowell

May 17, 1967-July 10, 2022


Vernon Lee “Junior” Dowell, 55, of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Lincoln County, Kentucky, died Sunday, July 10, 2022, at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas.

Vernon was born May 17, 1967, at Stanford, Kentucky, the son of Diane Mae Siler Rice and Vernon Dowell.

He was a member of the Christian faith. He previously worked in home remodeling and construction. He enjoyed RC cars and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Survivors include his mother, Diane Mae Siler Rice of Stanford; his father, Bro. Vernon and wife, Rebecca Dowell of Crawfordsville; his companion, Wendy Williams of Wichita, Kansas; seven children, Tessa Jo and husband Tyler Ray, Brett Carl and wife Taylor Dowell, Carly Brooke Dowell, Derek Lee Dowell, Jesse Lee Dylan Griffin, Jaycey Jolee Dowell and Colin Mathew Dowell; 12 grandchildren; four sisters, Kristen Michelle Bridgham, Crissy Dawn Dowell Miller, Tasha Lynn Dowell Jardinez and Tiesha Jo Dowell; and four brothers, Kenny Dowell, Brian Keith Dowell, Shawn Eric Dowell and Dustin Ray Dowell.

Pallbearers include: Brett, Derek, Colin, Chase and Brandon Dowell and Jesse Lee Griffin

Wesley 'Kevin' Maxwell

Wesley ‘Kevin’ Maxwell

Sept. 3, 1957-July 10, 2022


Wesley “Kevin” Maxwell of Crawfordsville died Sunday, July 10, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

W. Kevin was born Sept. 3, 1957, at Crawfordsville, to Gloria (Cooper) Maxwell of Brownsburg and Wesley Maxwell (Neva) of Lexington, Oklahoma. They survive.

Other survivors include: sister Pamela A. Gash and her daughter, Ashley A. Covault, and her daughter, Tara A. Covault, all of Minnesota; and two brothers, Brad Maxwell (Angela) of Boston, Massachusetts, and his sons, Braden (Anna) and Andrew (Katherine), and brother Brent Maxwell (Anita) and their daughter Melissa of Avon.

Kevin graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1975. He was a truck driver and logger and retired to Crawfordsville.

Charles William Booe

Charles William Booe

Aug. 27, 1934-July 10, 2022


Charles William Booe, 87, of Crawfordsville and formerly of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2022, at Community Hospital North with his family by his side.

Charlie was born at home in Hillsboro on Aug. 27, 1934, the only child of the late Sim and Elsie Barnhart Booe. He married Esther Northquist in Terre Haute on Feb. 14, 1971.

Charlie was a 1952 graduate of Hillsboro High School. He worked at RR Donnelley & Son and helped care for his mother until he was drafted into the US Army, serving from 1957-1959. After his discharge, he moved back to the family farm and returned to RR Donnelley. He spent his career as a Hand Book Binder, retiring in 1996. He was very proud of some of the special books he made for dignitaries and his quality was impeccable.

Charlie loved his family and could always be found in the stands supporting his daughter, and later his grandsons, in their athletic, academic and musical pursuits. He and Esther were big fans of Purdue Women’s basketball, and were season ticket holders for several years.

He and Esther could frequently be found at Cracker Barrel in Crawfordsville, where they were beloved by the staff. They enjoyed seeing and visiting with friends and strangers alike as they dined. He was a farm boy at heart, loved tractors, cars and trains, and could fix or build anything that needed fixing or building. He was a dedicated care giver for Esther as her health failed. He had an ever present smile, and never met a stranger.

He is survived by daughter Nancy (Steve) Meyer of Fishers and two grandsons, Christopher and Sean Meyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Esther.

Rodney Francis Edison

Rodney Francis Edison

July 12, 2022


Rodney Francis Edison, 51, of Crawfordsville passed away at 2:43 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at home, following a battle with cancer. Arrangements are incomplete with Family and Friends Funeral Home of Wingate.

Mickey J BURK

Mickey J BURK

JULY 22, 1944 – JULY 9, 2022


Mickey J BURK, age 77, of Quincy, Indiana passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022. Mickey was born July 22, 1944.

Ward Harold Hackleman

Ward Harold Hackleman

November 1, 1928 - June 26, 2022


Mr. Ward Harold Hackleman, 93, of Roachdale, Indiana, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Independence Village of Avon.  He was born on November 1, 1928, in Indianapolis, Indiana, a son of the late Wayne H. and Nina A. (Reed) Hackleman.

On November 3, 1950, he was united in marriage to Diana (Mandara) Hackleman; she survives.  

Ward was a graduate of Speedway High School. Following high school, he served his country honorably in the United States Airforce.  He had a strong passion for working on and rebuilding cars. In 1962 he left his factory job to make his dream a reality and Hackleman Auto Collision Repair began in Whitestown, Indiana. Ward was proud that Hackleman Auto was continued by a third generation. He retired in 1994. 

He was a member of the American Legions in Zionsville and Danville. He was also a member of the Indiana Home Built Aircraftsman Association. Ward was a devoted husband, father, and PaPa. In addition to being a skilled craftsman, he enjoyed vegetable and flowering gardening, target shooting, auto racing, and reading.

Survivors include his wife: Diana Hackleman of Avon; three sons, John (Suzie) Hackleman of Crawfordsville, Ron Hackleman of Danville, Brad (Deborah) Hackleman of New Ross; nine grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; sister, Norma Wolff of Ames, Iowa; cousin, Marthena J. Smith.              

In addition to his parents, Ward was preceded in death by a brother, John H. Hackleman.

Maggie Johnson

Maggie Johnson

November 21, 1949  -  July 10, 2022


Margaret “Maggie” Louise Johnson, 72, passed away July 10, 2022 in Lafayette, Indiana. Maggie was born to the late Silas Johnson and Grace (Sparks) McGuire in Reelsville, Indiana on November 21, 1949.
Maggie graduated with honors from Ivy Tech with an Associate’s Degree in Bookkeeping. She maintained a 4.0 grade point average while being a single mom raising her three children. Maggie worked at First Financial Bank as a Customer Service Representative for nearly 20 years, retiring in 2012. She was a devoted mother, a dedicated member of the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church in Spencer, and an avid reader who loved gospel music and word puzzles.
Maggie is preceded in death by her parents, her son Gary Lee Gaskins, and one sister Bernice Laws.
Maggie is survived by her three children, Penny Karn (Benjamin), Sheila Gaskins, and Barbara Gaskins. Three siblings, Carolyn Parrott, Jim “Jimbo” Johnson, and Dolly Burroff (Richard “Lee”), as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 14th from 4-8 P.M. at French Funeral Home, 421 East National Avenue in Brazil. A funeral service will be held Friday July 15th at 12 P.M. at Little Flock Church, 7415 Little Flock Road, Spencer, Indiana 47460. Friends and family may visit at the church from 11 A.M. until the time of service. Burial will be at Gross Cemetery, followed by a dinner hosted by the church for friends and family.

Jay Newman Rice

Jay Newman Rice

Mar. 12 1964 - July 8, 2022


Maj. Jay Newman Rice, USMC Retired, 58 of rural Hillsboro, passed away in his home 8:16 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2022 following a lengthy battle with glioblastoma.  Jay was born in Lafayette March 12, 1964 to Jane Marlatt Rice and the late Lowell Rice.  He married Anita Adams in Lawton, OK June 1, 1996 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Fountain Central High School were he was a standout swimmer.  He advanced to the state finals placing sixth in IM and ninth in Butterfly.  He graduated from Wabash College with a BA in Psychology.  He was a four time All-American in swimming at the collegiate level. 

Jay enlisted in the US Marine Corps, April 25, 1989, served 20 years and discharged January 31, 2010 with the rank of Major.  Jay served several tours overseas.  His first tour was evacuating the Subic Navy Base in the Philippines during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.  Jay served in Operation Desert Storm and in Afghanistan.  Jay’s proudest military accomplishment, was being embedded with 15 Marines in the mountains on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border for 14 months and bringing ‘all his Marines’ home.  Jay was awarded the ‘Bronze Star’, Navy, Army and Marine Commendation Medal and Merritorious Service Medal

Following his discharge he and his family relocated back to Fountain County, where he worked in construction with Jeff Schleter.  He designed his new home and built it with along with Jeff. They also built a few other houses but Jay had to slow down when his health failed. 

Jay was a member of Sterling Christian Church and served as Swim Coach at Fountain Central High School until his health wouldn’t allow it.  He was named 2018 ‘coach of the year’ at the Crawfordsville IHSAA Sectional.  Jay enjoyed coaching his own children but held them to the same high standards he had for his other swimmers.  He enjoyed fishing and was a fan of the Bears, Cubs, Pacers and Boilermakers. 

Surviving along with his wife Anita are: two sons: Samuel Rice and Jacob Rice, a daughter Mary Rice all at home.  His mother Jane Marlatt Rice of Newtown, brother, Phil (Carla) Rice of Wingate, two sisters LeeAnn (Jeff) Fruits of Newtown, his twin sister Jennifer Rice of Newtown, brother-in-law Steve Talbert of Covington. Nephews/nieces:  Chris, Jason, Aaron & Ashley Fruits, AJ, Daina, Andy, Daniel, & Timothy Rice, Megan, Stephanie & Benjamin Talbert.  He was preceded in death by his father Lowell Rice and sister Melanie Rice Talbert.

Robert "Buck" Allen Shirar

Robert “Buck” Allen Shirar

July 22, 1945 - July 7, 2022


Robert “Buck” Allen Shirar, 76, of Darlington passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Franciscan Hospital in Crawfordsville with his family by his side.

He was born on July 22, 1945 in Crawfordsville to Edgar and Margaret (McDaniel) Shirar.  He married Donna Lee Stewart on Feb. 14, 1965.  They had three children.

Buck retired from Raybestos after 42 years.  He also owned a roofing business for many years.  He was a member of the Darlington Legion.  He loved spending time with his family and friends.  During his life, he enjoyed coon hunting, turtle hunting, mushroom hunting, fishing and taking care of his yard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, a daughter, Jodi K. Franklin, a son, Robert Shirar, Jr., a grandson, Brandon Haley and siblings, James and Phil.

Surviving family includes: daughter, Angela (Toby) Lucas of New Ross; brother, Richard (Tana) Shirar of Crawfordsville.  He left behind several grandchildren; Brittney (Lucas) Elliott, Zachary (Alicia) Haley, Brooke (John) Harnishfeger, Garrett Shirar and Makade Fischer.  He also leaves behind five great-grandchildren, Brady, Landon, Brylee, Faith and Aria.

Charles R. Jones

Charles R. Jones

May 6, 1936 - July 7, 2022


Charles R. Jones passed away peacefully with family by his side on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.  He was born on May 6, 1936 in Silverwood, IN to the late Oscar and Vivian (Reed) Jones.  Charles married Arline (Wilson) Jones on April 14, 1957 and they spent over 50 years together until her passing in 2008.

He was a graduate of Crawfordsville High School, Class of ’54.  Charles was a United State Air Force Veteran, retiring after 20 years of service. After retirement, he was a truck driver for over 25 years. He was a member and former Assistant Director of the Good Sam’s Club, District 6.

Charles and Arline loved to travel across the country in their motor home.  He was also known in the community for his ability to fix the neighbors’ lawn mowers.  Charles always enjoyed the companionship of his dogs, most recently, Bailey. 

Charles is survived by his sons, Charles Jones Jr. (Hazel) of West Lafayette, William Jones (Linda-Marie) of Portsmouth, NH and Richard Jones (Diane) of Honolulu, HI; 14 grandchildren, Charles Jones III, Janine Jones, Catherine McCrossan, Stephanie Toothaker, Eric Elliott, Robert Elliott, Michael Miller-Rice, Rebecca Miller, Richard Jones II, Alexander Jones, Christian Jones, Caroline Jones, Sharon Gendreau and Julie Nichols; 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 

He is predeceased by his parents; wife, Arline; children, Glen Jones and Jennifer Jones; and 5 siblings Claudine, Roberta, Patricia, Leon and John. 

Clara "Sadie" Dulin

Clara “Sadie” Dulin

Mar. 8, 1930 - July 11, 2022


Clara Leona “Sadie” (Turner) Dulin, age 92, of Crawfordsville, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022 at Whitlock Place. She was born in New Ross on Mar. 8, 1930 to the late Jewell Turner and Ruth (Stewart) Turner-Brady. 

Sadie attended New Ross and Crawfordsville schools. On Aug. 27, 1949, she married Basil L. Dulin, he preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 2019. She was a homemaker and worked for her husband’s business, Quality Machine Tool & Die in Indianapolis. She was a member of the Waynetown United Methodist Church. She was an avid quilter, gardener, shuffle board and Euchre player.

She is survived by a son, Gary (Jackie) Dulin of Crawfordsville; a daughter, Linda Dulin of Indianapolis; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a step-brother, Clyde “Bud” Brady Jr.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Basil; son, Wayne Dulin; daughter, Teresa Boardman; brother, Connie Turner; and step- brother, Donald Brady.

Mike Green

Mike Green

Sept. 6, 1946-July 10, 2022


Michael David “Mike” Green of Crawfordsville passed away Sunday morning at home.  He was 75.

Mike was a brick mason that did excellent work.  He also served as a pastor at various churches over the years, he liked to read and study the Bible.  He was drafted and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.  He liked taking care of his yard and helping people.  He also liked going to McDonald’s for coffee and would visit with people there.

Born Sept. 6, 1946 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Carl Ray Green and Jean Ann Jenkins Green.  He attended Arlington High School.  He married Vicki Bray on July 6, 1968.  She survives.

Surviving family includes: wife, Vicki Green; son, Dave (Cindy) Green; daughter, Cindy Roche; daughter, Emilee (Matt) Scott; daughter, Karen Green; son, Thomas (Alex) Green; sister, Carliss (Sam) Osborne; two brothers, Greg Green and Wade Green; Twelve grandchildren, Tanner Green, Ashley Beke, Mark Green, Logan Duncan, Hannah Duncan, Morgan Green, Brooke French, Eric Green, Jeffrey Green, Patrick Alexander, Maggie Alexander, Katie Alexander; along with nine great-grandchildren.

Peggy Jackman

Peggy Jackman

July 6, 1945-July 9, 2022


Peggy Joyce Jackman of Darlington passed away Saturday morning at home.  She was 77.

Peggy was a past matron of the Eastern Star.  She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church of Darlington.  She worked in the North Montgomery School System as an aide and later as a school secretary.

Born July 6, 1945 in Crawfordsville, she was the daughter of Clint Runyon and Joyce Nickloy Runyan.  She graduated from Crawfordsville High School, class of 1963.  In June of 1963 she married Jim Jackman.  He survives.

Surviving family includes: husband, Jim Jackman of Darlington; two sons, Chris (Lisa) Jackman of Darlington and Greg Jackman of Arizona; two brothers, Bill Runyan of rural Crawfordsville and Jim Runyan of Lafayette.  She was blessed with six grandchildren, Matt and Mary are in Darlington, Sam is in Heaven, Megan, Joe and Nick are in Arizona.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13th at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Darlington, led by Walt Grant, a very dear friend to her and Jim.

Gerald Wayne Sharp

Gerald Wayne Sharp

JANUARY 15, 1947 – JULY 10, 2022


Bud was born on January 15, 1947 in rural Clay County near Coal City, the son of Harold Wayne and Opal Naoma (Nicoson) Sharp. He was a 1965 graduate of Reelsville High School and attended Vincennes University and Ind-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

He had been employed at DePauw University, IBM, G.C. Murphy Co in Greencastle, Madison, IN and Effingham, IL for over 6 years. He retired from Cinergy in 2001 after over 30 years, working mostly in Plainfield, IN. He owned a small hauling company and was a part time farmer raising calves and various poultry.

Bud was a very active community leader in Sycamore Trails Resource Conservation & Development Council, Putnam County Democrats, and Reelsville Water Authority. He was a former member of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Merit Board and a former member of the Moose Lodge in Greencastle.

On October 10, 1987 he married his late wife Carolyne E. (Nelson) Sharp. He was also preceded in death by his parents; two sons and a great grandchild.

Bud is survived by his brother Roger (Ursula) Sharp; nephew Robert (Brandi) Sharp; nieces Jessie (Joey) Wilson and Amy (Michael) Burkes; granddaughter Erica (Tim) Waddell and five great grandchildren.

Ruth Gillespie

Ruth Gillespie

February 18, 1930  -  July 9, 2022


Ruth Gillespie, 92, passed away July 9, 2022 at Signature Healthcare in Terre Haute. Ruth was born to the late Richard and Banie (Blevins) Perry on February 18, 1930 in West Virginia.
Ruth worked as a seamstress for many years. She loved spending time with her family, working in her flower garden, and painting. Ruth was a long-time member of Eastside Christian Church.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents Richard and Banie Perry, her husband, Curt Gillespie, her siblings, Della Rotramel, Marvin Perry, Howard Perry, Zella Hayworth, Kenneth Perry, and Walter Perry, as well as one great grandson, Colton Shilling.
Ruth is survived by her four children, Kay Luthe, Rick Johnson (Deb), Kathy Beadles, and Carla Jo Johnson, four grandchildren, Lisa Shilling (Patrick), David Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, and Toby Beadles (Carol), five great grandchildren, Joslynn Shilling, Rudy Beadles, Jacob Beadles, Gus Beadles, and Jace Rector.

Jessica Nicole Carter (Frye), 37, of Greencastle

Jessica Nicole Carter (Frye), 37, of Greencastle, died Thursday, July 7, 2022, after a courageous 19-day battle in the ICU after suffering a massive pulmonary embolism and subsequent infection.


Jessica was born in Greencastle on July 17, 1984, to Andy Frye and Lauri Miller Neeley. Jessica graduated from North Putnam High School and earned degrees from Vincennes University, Ivy Tech Community College, and Boise State University.


Jessica was an EMT and Respiratory Care Practitioner who dedicated her life to the care of others. Jessica throughout her career as a Respiratory Care Practitioner worked at Riley Children's Hospital, St. Vincent's 86th Street, Hendricks Regional Health, and the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessica sewed over 600 masks for individuals in our community and delivered care packages to local first responders. Jessica then deployed on crisis contracts to communities in Illinois and Missouri to help support healthcare organizations in need.


Jessica was also known to many as the local Tupperware lady. Jessica's infectious smile, charm, and charisma convinced many people to buy more plastic bowls than they would reasonably ever need. Those same traits often turned her "customers" into lifelong friends.


Jessica lived life with steadfast purpose fully dedicating herself to whatever she was doing. Jessica was a proud wife and mother who demonstrated a relentless love for her family. Jessica enjoyed crafting, DIY projects, and raising beautiful flowers.


Jessica is survived by her husband of 14 years, Matt; two young sons Miles (8) and Winston (3), her parents, sister Shelby Fordice (Jared), nephew Jensen Fordice, brother Bailey Frye, grandmother Louise Miller, and her aunt and uncle Wayne and Linda Bright in which she had a special bond. Jessica is additionally survived by countless other loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and friends.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hopkins Rector Funeral Home in Greencastle.


The visitation will be Friday, July 15, 2022, from 11 am to 1 pm. Services will begin at 1 pm.


Burial will follow at Brick Chapel Cemetery.


The family would like to extend a special thanks to the ICU care team at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital which valiantly fought to attempt to save Jessica’s life.

Marcella Waldon

Marcella Waldon

Nov. 5, 1922 - July 4, 2022


Marcella Waldon, 99, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2022 at University Place in West Lafayette.  She was the beloved wife of the late Loyd Waldon.  Marcella was born in Roachdale on November 5, 1922 to the late Joseph and Forest Rose (Arnold) Layne. 

As a young adult, Marcella worked at the former Crawfordsville shirt factory.  She and Loyd married on June 9, 1950.  Marcella was an excellent seamstress and cook and was devoted to her husband and 5 children. 

Marcella is survived by her children, Roz (Stephen) Cote of West Lafayette, David Waldon of Crawfordsville and April (Ted) Ellis of Sandstone, MN, and 6 grandchildren Jessica, Justin, Emily, Ryan, Amber and Josh; 9 great grandchildren.

She is pre-deceased by her parents; husband, Loyd; daughter, Emily Waldon and son, Desmond Waldon; and siblings, Juanita Todd, Ruth Nichols and Cletus Layne.



Nov. 19, 1931 - July 6, 2022


Mr. Byron E Loveless, 90, of Thorntown, son of the late Willis D. and Mary E. Loveless, passed away on July 6, 2022.

Byron was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Tipton County and moved to Boone County at the age of six.  There he resided working the family farm. He attended Dover School through 12th grade and participated in basketball and baseball, graduating in 1949. Byron studied an agriculture program at Purdue University and continued farming and raising pure breed Black Angus cattle his entire life.  He married Willett Anne Boze in April 1952; she preceded him in death in 2011.

They raised two girls, Mary Anne (David) Carmony and Cynthia K. (Eric) Goodnight.  He loved his grandchildren, Amanda (Scott) Bergfield, Nicholas Byron (Angie) Vores, Michael (Alisa) Vores, Grant (Kerri) Goodnight, Austin Carmony, and Joe Carmony.  All his great-grandchildren were his pride and joy; Olivia Williams, Alexandra Bergfield, Leah Bergfield, Alayna Bergfield, Austin Bergfield, Byron Vores, Andrew Vores, Lena Vores, Ace Goodnight, and Annderson Goodnight, whom all survive.

Byron was a public servant to Boone County serving on the Western Boone School Board for 8 years, serving 14 years on the Boone County Council; four years as the District 2 Boone County Commissioner of which they dedicated the Witham Memorial Hospital as he served as president in 2002. Serving also on the Boone County Health Board and 16 years on the Witham Hospital Citizen Advisory Committee.  Byron dedicated 10 years on the Big Cicero Drainage Board and 18 years on the Boone County Drainage Board.  He felt it was very important that people get involved and give something back to the community.

His other memberships included the Lebanon First Presbyterian Church, Farm Bureau and Purdue Ag Alumni.

Byron was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He will be dearly missed by all the family.  He was recognized as a leader in Boone County but also had distinguished himself as a true steward to this great agricultural land of Boone County.

Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm. on Monday, July 11, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home in Lebanon. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lebanon, Indiana.

Patricia C. (Miller) Knight

Patricia C. (Miller) Knight

January 18, 1947 ~ July 6, 2022 (age 75)


Patricia C. Knight, age 75 of Quincy, passed away July 6th, 2022. She was born January 18th, 1947 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Robert and Charlene P. (Young) Miller.

Patricia married Harold Knight July 8, 1991 and he preceded her in death September 22nd, 2021.

She enjoyed gardening, Crocheting, and going to Goodwill to find treasures. She was a homemaker and the family farmer.

She is survived by her children Charli (Rich) Gregory, Julie (Mike) Smith, Kelly (Dawn) Whipple, Kim (Eric) Gotwals, Jesse Whipple, Wayne (Jonee) Whipple, Cassie Green, David (Jennifer) Knight, Tamra (John) Wamsley, Allison Greenlee, Dorothy Knight, Sharon (Jason) Opsal; brothers Robert Miller, Harold Miller; special friends Max, Kelly, Kraig Cassida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband she is preceded in death by her dog Reggie, and her grandson Levi.

Charles Wilson Lewis

Charles Wilson Lewis

NOVEMBER 8, 1950 – JULY 6, 2022


Charles Wilson Lewis, age 71, of Newburgh, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. Charles was born November 8, 1950.


Barbara Sue Kelp

Barbara Sue Kelp

April 22, 1935-July 3, 2022


Barbara Sue Kelp, 87, of New Richmond passed away Sunday evening, July 3, 2022, at the home of her son, Mark, in Wingate.

She was born April 22, 1935, in Fountain County, to Russell “Bill” Lane and Lucille Dazey Lane.

She was a member of Wingate New Hope Church. She had been a house cook for Phi Delta Theta as well as managing restaurants in New Richmond and Wingate.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Durell.

Survivors include: Mark and (Linda) Kelp of Wingate, along with their children, Nicholas and Matthew (Sarah) and their children, Lauren and Nolan; Dennis (Susie) Kelp of Unionville; Bob (Jane) Kelp and their children, Amanda (Ryan) and their children, Jesse, Mackenzie and Mason; David (deceased), his son, Adam and his wife Velina and their children, Kordell, Wyatt, Alyza and Lyncon; Joshua; Heather (Chad) Leamon and their children, Shaelyne, Gabe, Marshall and Caroline; Todd (Jessica) and their children, Easton and Adalynn; Donald (deceased) and his son Jacob (deceased), Thomas (deceased) and his wife Kimberly Kelp and their children, Kristen (Joe) Anderson and their son, Case, and daughter, Katie (Randy) Compton and their sons, Jensen and Mason.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Hunt & Son Funeral Home with Steve Wilson officiating. Friends may call noon to 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow at New Richmond Cemetery.

Marcella Waldon

Marcella Waldon

July 4, 2022


Marcella Waldon, 99, died Monday, July 4, 2022, at University Place in West Lafayette. Funeral services are pending arrangements.

Theron Lee Priest

Theron Lee Priest

May 16, 1930-June 30, 2022


Theron Lee Priest, 92, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Bickford Memory Care of Crawfordsville.

He was born May 16, 1930, at Crawfordsville, to the late Cecil and Lucinda (Warren) Priest. After graduating from Crawfordsville High School in 1948, he served in the United States Marine Corp and Indiana National Guards. After serving his country he worked at RR Donnelly where he met his wife, the late Shirley (Runyon) Priest. On March 21, 1952, they married and began their life together in Crawfordsville. He retired from RR Donnelly after 46 years.

After retirement he volunteered his time with the Sunshine Van. He was an active member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and started the lay ministry. He also enjoyed watching all sports, traveling with his wife visiting Rome, Ireland, The Vatican and all over the United States. He enjoyed refereeing high school and college football as well as coaching girls fast pitch softball.

Richard 'Dick' Haslam

Richard ‘Dick’ Haslam

June 17, 2022


ssed away Friday, June 17, 2022.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Linda, and their three children, Jim (Tracy) Haslam, Jane Bennett and Daniel Haslam. Dick found joy in his seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eula Haslam; sisters, Janice Cook and Caroline Hendrix; brother Sam Haslam; and daughter Julie.

He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1958. He attended Butler University, where he received his master’s degree in education. Richard started teaching in 1962 and he officially retired in 1996. He returned to Crawfordsville thereafter where he was a substitute teacher for the next 22 years. 

He was a part of the Crawfordsville 1958 state runner-up basketball team. He received the Arthur L. Trester award for mental attitude. He played basketball at Butler for four years. As a senior he led that team to the NCAA basketball tournament. He became a member of 1958 Indiana All Star team. He was also inducted into the Montgomery County Hall of fame, the Butler University Hall of fame and the Indiana Basketball Hall of fame.

Dick was an avid golfer in high school, in college and in retirement. He coached the first girls golf team at Crawfordsville High School after retirement. Throughout his golfing career he had 17 hole in ones. 

There will be a celebration of life 3-7 p.m. Aug. 13 in the old Crawfordsville gymnasium, 200 E. College St.

He will always be remembered and by those he touched as a great husband, father, son, brother, coach, friend and papaw.

Jerry D. Mills

Jerry D. Mills

Jan. 6, 1939-July 1, 2022


Jerry D. Mills, 83, a lifelong Crawfordsville resident, passed away Friday, July 1, 2022.

Born Jan. 6, 1939, he was the son of Albert (Gayle) Mills and Elva (Mandy) Shelley. He was a 1957 Crawfordsville High School graduate.

He worked for Western Electric, Bell Telephone and Fishero and Fishero Inc. before taking the job as a lineman for Crawfordsville Electric Light & Power. He retired in 1999 as assistant line superintendent after 36 years of service. He also was a member of the Eagles Aerie 1005.

In his free time, he enjoyed camping in both Florida and the Charla Rose campground, watching his sons and grandsons play sports, playing euchre and loved drinking a tall CC and 7.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jennie (Fishero) Mills; daughter Julie (Mike) Zachary; son Jay (Sue) Mills; daughter-in-law Pam Mills; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings; son Jon Mills; grandson Trenton Zachary; and granddaughter Kelsey Zachary.

A celebration of life for both Jerry and Jon will be held 4-7 p.m. July 30 at the Charla Rose Campground.

Archie Krout

Archie Krout

May 13, 1922-May 13, 1922


After 100 well-lived years, Archie Krout passed away June 15, 2022, at Crawfordsville.

He was born May 13, 1922, at Alamo, to the late Clarence Krout (Julie) and Fay Keller (Elmer Mitchell). Archie resided in Crawfordsville his entire adult life.

Archie loved to share memories of his beloved maternal grandparents, Benjamin and May Keller, and of his childhood on the farm.

Archie was a World War II Navy veteran, a member of Mt. Zion UM church, and a long-standing member of the Crawfordsville Masonic Lodge. He was retired from Indiana Bell Telephone Company. Archie had a life long passion for music. He sang in barbershop chorus and quartets and played several instruments, but his primary love was the fiddle. He won many Old Fiddlers competitions and was inducted into the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Late in life, Archie learned to make violins. While he proudly never sold one, many persons were blessed to be gifted one of his hand made violins. Many in the community enjoyed his fiddle music with the Back Porch Pickers and the Smartsburg Pickers

Archie was preceded in death by two wives, Mary Louise Kendall Krout and Alberta Rhoads Nichols Krout and three siblings, Wilmer (Pat) Keller, Max Richard (Dick) Mitchell and Helen Lorraine Newman.

He is survived by daughter Linda Krout Mckinnon (Michael) of Southport, North Carolina; siblings, Clyde Krout (Ruth) of Montezuma and Berta Ruth Mitchell Ocheltree (Jim) of Hillsboro; as well as several loved nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral and celebration of his life will be held Thursday, July 7 at Hunt and Son Funeral Home, Crawfordsville. Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. with service immediately following at 2 p.m.

Robert Max Brady

Robert Max Brady

Jan. 1, 1974-July 5, 2022


Robert Max Brady, also called “Skippy” passed away of natural causes on Tuesday evening at St. Vincent Heart Hospital in Carmel.  He was 48.

Born Jan. 1, 1974 in Crawfordsville, he was the son of Robert Max Douglas and Beverly Irene Centner Brady.  He graduated from Crawfordsville High School.  He was married to Wendy Cummins, who survives.

Surviving family includes: four sons, Michael (Shiann Morris) Cummins, Dylan (Sierra) Cummins, Caleb (Teaya Webb) Cummins, Tyler (Maleighah) Cummins; daughter, Haley (Elijah) Cummins-Cannon; companion, Anneliese Coleman and her daughter, Anissah, or “Nugget” who was his best friend; brother, Charlie Brady, along with his kids, Maycee, Lexi, Katelynn; brother, Scott Brady; three sisters, Paula, Tina, Sherry; six grandchildren, Finlee Cummins, Michael Cummins, Jr., Ryan Cummins, Kensley Cummins, Addison Cummins and Dean Cummins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 12 - 2 p.m. Friday at Burkhart Funeral Home, 201 W. Wabash Avenue.  Services will begin at 2 p.m. with family and friends sharing memories.  Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in the green burial section.

Barbara Caroline Lee

Barbara Caroline Lee

Oct. 31 1931 - June 22, 2022


Barbara Caroline Lee, 90, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at home on June 22, 2022.  Formerly from Rensselaer, she was the daughter of Leslie and Gertrude (Dunn) Wood.  She graduated from Rensselaer High School in 1949.  She later married her high school sweetheart Donald E. Lee (deceased) on Aug. 27, 1949.  They were married for 69 years.

Barbara held many jobs over her lifetime.  She entered the workforce as a waitress in high school, continued at the Jasper County Hospital, later moved to Per Pak, and retired from Milner Healthcare in Rossville, IN.   She was best known as a homemaker and cook, with her noodles being the most requested menu item.

Surviving family members include her children Richard (Sherry) Lee of Roanoke, IN; Julie (Pete) Castillo of Marion, IN; and Kenton (Connie) Lee of Darlington, IN; sisters: Lois (Don) Johns of Star City, IN and Linda (Mike) Murphy of Rensselaer, IN; brothers:  Melvin Wood of Rensselaer, IN, Jim (Patricia) Wood of Monticello, IN, and Roger Wood of Rensselaer, IN.  She leaves behind nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one great- great grandchild and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Iva Lucero and three brothers:  Harry (Sonny) Wood, Leslie Wood, and Byron Wood.

Joe Neil Sexton

Joe Neil Sexton

Dec. 22, 1952-June 23, 2022


Joe Neil Sexton of Crawfordsville passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, June 23, 2022.

He was born Dec. 22, 1952, to the late Eugene and Zelma (Newberry) Sexton.

He is survived by children, Brandy Jo Sexton, Debra K. Sexton, Joe N. Sexton Jr. of Terre Haute, Paige (O’Connor) (Mike) Howell of Wingate, Joshua K. (Holly) Sexton of Crawfordsville; step-daughters, Brandy Johnson of Lafayette and Tara Barr, Crawfordsville; grandchildren, David Thompson, Cortez Thompson, Harmony Towels, Courtney Diel, Susanna Sexton, Ava Marshall, Aria Marshall and Ezra Howell; step-grandchildren, Raeven, Jaidyn, Aylee, Cloie, Alyssa, Gabby and XXavier; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, Katherine (Everett) (Steven) Arnold, Kristen (Sexton) (Marc) Ridge, Rachel (Everett) (Zack) Cleary; great-nephews, Reece Anglin, Harlan Ridge and Emery Ridge; and sisters, Norma Sexton , Columbus, Ohio, and Mary Etta (Rex) Everett of Crawfordsville.

Joe was a hard worker, who was proud of his roofing and welding skills. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle in all its glory, car mechanics and woodworking as well as being quite the chef over his open fire pit. He would give you the shirt off his back and “lived life like there was no tomorrow.” Always with a big heart he was up for the next Benefit Bike Run. In his last years his companion dog Cheeka was an important part of his life. Besides being proud of his family, loved by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, he was an awesome uncle.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don Sexton and Harold Sexton; three infant siblings; and an infant, son Kenneth Eugene Sexton.   

Joe will be laid to rest in New Richmond Cemetery and celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Beatrice "Bea" I. Wilson

Beatrice “Bea” I. Wilson

Nov. 1 1926 - July 5, 2022


Beatrice “Bea” I. (Shoaf) Wilson, 96, Hillsboro, passed away in the Whitlock Place  on Tuesday, July 5, at 2:00 a.m.

Bea, as she was known to family and friends, was born in Veedersburg, Indiana on November 1, 1926.  She was the daughter of the late Burl and Velma (Florey) Shoaf.  Bea was raised in Veedersburg and graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1944. She later moved to Hillsboro in 1946.

Bea worked as a cashier for the Hillsboro State Bank for 25 years.

Paul LeRoy Turner Jr.

Paul LeRoy Turner Jr.

May 30, 1947-July 3, 2022


Paul LeRoy Turner Jr., 75, of New Ross passed away at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2022, at Franciscan Health Lafayette.

He was a resident of New Ross since 1973. He served in the Army from 1969 to 1972. He worked at Wavtech and Rainbow Kits until he went into business on his own in 2016. He was a member of Grace Church in Lebanon.

Paul LeRoy Turner Jr. was born May 30, 1947, at Frankfort, to Betty (Gorham) and Paul LeRoy Turner Sr. He married Deborah Spangle on Feb. 28, 1987, and together they raised three children.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Turner; daughters, Bobby Jo Price (Stephen Price, Austin Smiley 22, Lydia Price 18 and Summer Smiley 15) and Julie Maldonado (Eddie); son Paul L Turner III (Erin, Allison 11, and Gabriel 7); and brother David Turner (Melinda) and Matt Mount (Laurel).

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and a daughter.

Barbara V. Graves

Barbara V. Graves

April 23, 1943 ~ July 1, 2022


Barbara V. Graves, age 79 of Martinsville, went to be with the Lord July 1st, 2022.  She was born April 23rd, 1943 in Brownsville, Texas to the late Austin and Margaret (Hofer)Delp.  She married Donald I. Graves Jr. May 27th, 1961 and he survives.  She was a member of the Eminence Baptist Church and the Eminence Order of the Eastern Star. 

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children Michelle Graves, Donnielle Fowler and husband Bill, and Erin Graves.  Nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.  Also, her brother Joseph Delp.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Sharon Sanders, and her grandson Kyle Marcum.


Leroy Blankenbeckler

Leroy Blankenbeckler

Oct. 9, 1944-July 2, 2022


Leroy Blankenbeckler, 77, of Veedersburg was called home to heaven on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Leroy spent the last seven years battling cancer, but he spent his last days on earth at home wrapped in the love of his family.

Leroy was full of love and appreciation for Teresa “Terry,” his wife of 39 years. They were married May 21, 1983. He was a wonderful dad, grandpa and great-grandpa.

Leroy was a hard worker. He began working full-time when he was only 14 years old. He spent many years working at a sawmill, a steel mill, Olin (Flexel), The Waters and T-Pack. Even though he worked swing shift and lots of overtime, he always had a “second job.” For decades, he planted, sprayed, shaped and maintained 25 acres of Christmas trees at Janeway’s Tree Farm.

He masterfully shaped and trimmed shrubs for private homes and business. He remodeled houses decades before the term “flipping” houses even existed. He made custom cabinets and unique woodworking projects for many. He even spent his “spare time” building our family home from the ground-up. He later customized our family home with a one-of-a kind gazebo and custom kitchen. He retired in 2013 but remained active. He loved woodworking, fishing, gardening, feeding the birds, and riding in “Big Red.” He was an amazing man with a kind heart. We will miss him and honor him in our memory every day.

Linda Sue Myers

Linda Sue Myers

Feb. 16, 1950-June 30, 2022


Linda Sue Myers, 72, of Crawfordsville died on the evening of Thursday, June 30, 2022, during a beautiful sunset after a hard battle with cancer where she found peace while surrounded by her loved ones.

Linda was born Feb. 16, 1950, at Crawfordsville, to the late James and Mary Mahoy Horn. She graduated Darlington High School in 1968. She married Ralph Myers on Dec. 4, 1988. He preceded her in death March 16, 2016. Linda had three daughters, Lisa Coudret, Tammy Acosta and Kelli Koebcke.

Linda worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department as a jail officer for 20 years and several years after retirement, she began work as a hostess at Creekside Lodge in Crawfordsville.

Linda was a lifetime member of Moose Lodge #6 and the WOTM Chapter #696 where she earned her Academy of Friendship Degree and served as a past Senior Regent. She would have received her College of Regents Degree in Florida this year. Linda was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #72, as well as the 8 and 40. She was a member of Alamo Christian Church.

May Fern McManigal

May Fern McManigal

Nov. 11, 1939-June 30, 2022


May Fern McManigal, 82, of Roachdale passed away June 30, 2022 at her residence.

She was born Nov. 11, 1939, to the late Charles and Laura (Collins) Stranger. She was first married to Fred Kimerling, and then married Art McManigal. They both preceded her in death.

May worked as a CNA at Ladoga Golden Manor, Heartland and Danville Regional Healthcare. She enjoyed fishing, playing cards, word search games and her family. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her children, Kathy (Joe) Benge, Laura Bixler, Debbie Hoskins and Jay (Nikki) Kimerling; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Linda Sue Price and Waunita Dishman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three brothers, Robert Stranger, Rex Stranger and Ellis Stranger; and two sisters, Janice Sprague and Sarah Hunt.

JR Layne

JR Layne

September 8, 1956  -  July 2, 2022


Russell Allen Layne “JR”, 65 of Brazil passed away July 2, 2022. He was born September 8, 1956 to Virgil and Norma Layne. JR was married to the love of his life, Beverly Layne for 44 years.
JR loved to go fishing and work on cars. He loved watching his soaps and Judge Judy. He loved spending time with family.
JR is survived by his wife Beverly, five kids, Brian (Terra) Layne, Ann Layne, Angel (Ron) Mallory, John Dixon, and Jason (Charles) Foster, eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren, siblings, Barbara Keasling, Bill (Diane) Layne, Evelyn (Dean) Targett, Karen Evenson, and Lisa Layne.
JR is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, four brothers, Larry, Andy, Robert “Bobby”, and Terry Layne, as well as one grandson, Charles Layne.
Cremation services have been entrusted to French Funeral Home.

Theron Priest

Theron Priest

June 30, 2022


Theron Priest, 92, of Crawfordsville passed away Thursday, June, 30, 2022, at Bickford of Crawfordsville. Arrangements are pending at Hunt & Son Funeral Home.

Heather Brooke Stewart

Heather Brooke Stewart

Nov. 14, 1978-June 25, 2022


Heather Brooke Stewart passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born Nov. 14, 1978, to James Stewart and Linda Brooks (Griggs).

Heather grew up in Crawfordsville and graduated from Southmont High School. She went on to graduate from PJ’s College of Cosmetology. She loved doing her hair and make up. Heather loved her friends and most importantly her family. Her favorite thing in life was to spend time with her granddaughters. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Linda (Brooks) and Harry Griggs; her daughter, Jacelyn Stewart; and granddaughters, Odessa and Olivia; and her son, Ian Lane and many, many friends.

She is preceded in death by her father, James Stewart.

Her memorial service will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Hunt and Son Funeral Home.

Joan Cooper

Joan Cooper

April 16, 1950 - June 30, 2022


Joan Cooper, 72, of Jamestown, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Witham Memorial Hospital in Lebanon.  She was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, on April 16, 1950, the daughter of the late Porter and Martha Lee (Fugate) Cooper.

She was a 1968 graduate of Howe High School and received a bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Joan retired as a civil servant worker.  She attended Jamestown Church of God of Prophecy and enjoyed playing the piano and working on crafts.

Joan leaves behind her brother, Billy Joe Cooper of Jamestown.                          

Funeral Services are planned for 12:00 p.m. noon on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the Porter and Hunt Funeral Home & Crematory, 315 West Main Street, in Jamestown, Indiana.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home in Jamestown.

Interment will follow at Lincoln Memory Gardens in Whitestown.          

Paunda White

Paunda White

September 11, 1938  -  June 29, 2022


Paunda L. White, 83 of Clay City, passed away peacefully at her home on June 29, 2022, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born September 11, 1938, the daughter of Paul and Edith (Miller) Riggs in the community known as Middlebury.
Paunda attended Clay City High School then married the love of her life Jim White, on June 3, 1955. She and Jim were married for 64 years before his passing in 2019. Together they raised three children while farming and raising livestock. Paunda worked at Roots Department store for a short time in the 70’s before taking a position as a teaching assistant with Clay Community Schools in Clay City. She worked there for about 25 years before retiring in 2001. She loved working with children and had many fond memories she would talk about over the years.
Paunda was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. During her lifetime she served the Lord by teaching bible school, Sunday school and playing the piano. Paunda enjoyed traveling and she and Jim took many trips together after their retirement. She also enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Shopping was a favorite hobby and when she physically couldn’t go out she learned she could buy almost anything online or on QVC but that didn’t replace the fun times she had shopping with her best friend Sylvia.
During the last year of her life, Paunda was blessed to be able to stay at home with the help of Southern Care Hospice and her personal caregivers. They spent many hours together with her and she developed a love for them as they did for her. She was also able to keep her favorite companion “Bentley” by her side until the very end.
Survivors include one son, Steve White, and one daughter, Shauna Ames (Chuck), all of Clay City, IN. Grandchildren Paul White (Ashley Kidwell); Canyon Poe, Chandler Ames and Chase Ames (Cydni). Great grandchildren, Mila White; McKenzie Williams, Aria Ames and soon to be Carter Ames.
Paunda has one surviving brother, Jack Riggs (Jackie) and special friend who is considered family, Ethan Reece, wife Whitney and children Khloe and Kambri. She has many special nieces and nephews that she adored.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, husband Jim and son Danny, as well as her brothers, Wayne, Rex, and Bob Riggs and one sister Pauliena West.
A visitation will be held Sunday, July 3rd at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 East 8th Street in Clay City from 12-3 P.M. A funeral service officiated by Pastor Bob Dickey will begin at 3 P.M. Burial will follow at Sink Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sink Cemetery c/o Steve White.





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