Lisa G. Carpenter
AUGUST 9, 1961 – MARCH 30, 2023
Lisa G. Carpenter, age 61, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023.
Lisa G. Carpenter
AUGUST 9, 1961 – MARCH 30, 2023
Lisa G. Carpenter, age 61, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2023.
Loretta Lynne Maxwell
SEPTEMBER 8, 1939 – MARCH 25, 2023
Loretta Lynne Maxwell passed away unexpectedly on March 25th, 2023. She was 83. She was born on September 8th, 1939. She was the daughter of Harlis and Thelma Duncan of Greencastle, IN. They preceded her in death.
Loretta graduated from Greencastle High School in 1958, and attended Indiana University. She worked for 33 years and retired from Duke Energy of Plainfield. She held several positions, but her favorite was in Human Resources.
She married Frank Kessler in 1960, he preceded her in death in 1995. In 1999, she married James Maxwell, who preceded her in death in 2019. She felt blessed to have two wonderful husbands who loved her dearly.
Loretta exemplified kindness, compassion, and hospitality to anyone she encountered. She was the happiest when spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed entertaining, playing cards, shopping, painting/drawing, and spending time in Florida. She also derived great pleasure from her time with her sisters of Kappa Delta Phi. She was a member of Greencastle Christian Church, and also enjoyed attending the First Christian Church of Staunton.
Loretta is survived by her children, Frank (Chip) Kessler II (wife, Rhonda) of Greencastle and Christina Bittles (husband, Richard) of Lakewood Ranch, FL. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Makenzie Modesitt (husband - Dan), Jacob Kessler (fiancé - Carly Miller), Katlin Kessler, Aaron Bittles, Melissa Dharma (husband - Sathish) and Melanie Parker (husband - Eric). She loved playing with her great grandchildren, Caleb D., Sophia D., Ella M., Ryan P., Ruth D., and Luke P. Because she was an only child, she cherished times with her in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Loretta’s family would greatly appreciate hearing from those who cared deeply about her. Her family has created a special e-mail to accept memories at MemoriesOfLoretta@gmail.com. We invite you to send photos or a fond memory of Loretta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kappa Delta Phi 1007 Indianapolis Road, Greencastle, IN 46135.
Visitation will be on Thursday, March 30th, 2023, from 1pm-3pm EST at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. (602 East Washington Street Greencastle, IN 46135). The service will immediately follow the visitation. She will be laid to rest at New Providence Cemetery in Belle Union.
Betty Maxine Carver
Aug. 28, 1935-March 23, 2023
Betty Maxine Carver, 87, of Crawfordsville passed away March 23, 2023, in her home, following a five-year battle with cancer.
She was born Aug. 28, 1935, at Crawfordsville, to Leroy and Nettie Yeley nee Fields.
Betty worked at the shirt factory and Carl’s Restaurant before meeting Lee Oren Griffin. They married in 1960. In 1966, she suffered the unexpected death of her husband Griff. She didn’t dwell on the negative, she chose to be positive despite her circumstances. Showing her true grit, she went back to work to provide for her four children.
On March 9, 1968, Betty married David Noel Carver. She was a devoted homemaker but also worked at the Snappy Sandwich Shop and cleaned homes for select clients. She developed close friendships with many of her clients and continued working for them into her seventies. Betty and David attended the First Baptist Church. She was greatly comforted by their grief support group following David’s death in 2012 after 44 years of marriage.
Betty had a sweet smile and a beautiful spirit. She considered the interests of others as greater than her own. She loved flowers and when she wasn’t busy at home, making sure everyone had something to eat or drink, she could be found adding beauty to our town as a member of the Flower Lovers Club.
Betty was preceded in death by siblings, Margaret Powell, LeRoy Yeley, Fred Yeley and Perry Yeley.
She is survived by brother Archie “Doc” (Bonnie) Yeley; sister-in-law Karen Yeley; special niece Phyllis (Joe) Boswell; four children, Clayton “Tony” Griffin, Clarance “Bing” Griffin, Oren “Opie” (Angela) Griffin and Lana “Sis” Burnau; six grandchildren, David Griffin, Melissa Tate, Mindy Robinson, Stephen Griffin, Elaine Griffin, Hannah Burnau; and seven great-grandchildren.
Join us in celebrating Betty’s life on Wednesday, March 29 at Hunt and Son Funeral Home. Visitation at 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Colleen Malone officiating.
Lyewellyn ‘Lou’ Emberton
Sept. 17, 1941- March 25, 2023
Lyewellyn “Lou” Emberton of Crawfordsville went to be with her Lord and Savior on March 25, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born Sept. 17, 1941, to the late Craig and Sarah Dowell of Crab Orchard, Kentucky. Lou married the love of her life Billy Emberton on Dec 21, 1957. He passed away July 17, 2015.
Lou was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Rockville. She worked at Acuity, then called Hi-Tek, retiring in 1998. Lou loved to spread the word of the Lord, she was a chaplain at many hospitals, facilities and nursing homes. She loved fishing, boating, gardening and canning. But most of all, she loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by seven children, Greg Emberton, William Emberton (Rachel), Andy (Wanda) Emberton, Teresa (Kevin) Everett, Belinda (Kerry) Pearson, Tina Richardson and Tim Emberton; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Minnie Watt and Shirley McKeown.
She was preceded in death by husband Billy Emberton; sons, Daryl and Albert Emberton; and three brothers, Vernon, Marvin and Melvin Dowell.
Visitation will be held at Burkhart Funeral Home on Thursday, March 30 from noon to 2 p.m. Services will begin at 2 p.m., led by Pastor Rick Fay. After the service, she will be laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery North.
Marjorie Kay Bowman
Dec. 12, 1942-March 25, 2023
Marjorie Kay Bowman passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.
She was born Dec. 12, 1942, at Crawfordsville, to Stanley and Susie (Johnson) Austin. Marge and Michael Bowman were married April 21, 1961, at Mellott.
She was a graduate of Richland Township High School, Class of 1960. Marge was a secretary at Purdue University for about two years, a proofreader for RR Donnelly for two years, and a teller and banker for Elston Bank for 18 years, retiring in 1995. After retirement, Marge and Michael owned and operated The Outpost outside of Crawfordsville for about 10 years. She loved reading, traveling to the beach and going on rides in her Miata convertible. Marge’s greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Marge is survived by her husband of 61 years, Michael; two children, Brian (Denise) Bowman and Lori Hedrick; four grandchildren, Nick Hedrick, Nathan (Charley) Hedrick, Kelsey (Dana) Whorton and Cody Bowman; two brothers, Marvin “Bub” Austin (Marianne) and Jerry (Julie) Austin; and sister-in-law Vickie Austin.
She was predeceased by her parents; grandson Kyle Bowman; and brother Gary Austin.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 30 at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, from noon until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Hill South Cemetery.
Memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 911 E. 86th St., #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.
James Warner ‘Jim/Benny’ Bennett
Dec. 24, 1947-March 24, 2023
James Warner “Jim/Benny” Bennett, 75, of Lafayette passed away Friday, March 24, 2023, after a brief illness.
He was born Dec. 24, 1947, at Crawfordsville, to the late William C. (Bill) and Mary Martha (Galey) Bennett.
Jim graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1966 where he excelled in sports. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to Purdue University earning his bachelor’s degree in 1970.
On Aug. 31, 1968, he married Madonna (Donna) Feltner in New Ross Methodist Church and she survives. Jim and Donna enjoyed 54 years together.
Jim started his career teaching and coaching at Central Catholic High School and later worked in car sales. After Jim finished his career, he went to work on the grounds crew mowing grass at the Lafayette Elks Country Club (now the West Lafayette Golf and Country Club) where he was a life member.
Jim was an avid sports fan, he enjoyed playing golf and celebrated a hole in one and also an avid bowler, bowling a few 300 games. Jim was an outdoor guy and enjoyed his annual fishing trip to Canada with the guys for over 50 years, mowing grass, and always rooting for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Surviving with his wife, Donna is a brother, Sam (wife Karen) Bennett and their children, Brian and Lisa and their families and a sister-in-law, Janet Bennett and her children, Jina, Jennifer and Crystal and their families, all of Crawfordsville.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brother Dave Bennett; two half-brothers, Bob and John Bennett; and his much loved dogs.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m. Friday, March 31 at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, with Rev. Ann Williams officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Mace Cemetery, 5317 U.S. 136E, Crawfordsville.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to either, Almost Home Humane Society or Central Catholic High School Athletic Department.
May 1, 1937-March 25, 2023
Ruth Holt, 85, of Crawfordsville passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023, with her family by her side.
She was born May 1, 1937, at Kenton, Ohio, to Marvin and Thelma Maggret Long.
Ruth was a member of Whitesville Christian Church. She was married to David “Red” Largent. He preceded her in death in 1992. She then married Robert Holt. He preceded her in death in 2003.
She is survived by her children, Leslie Largent, Donald Largent, Cheryl Largent Wilson, Mary Largent and Jean Largent, all of Crawfordsville; brother Russell Long of Lakeview, Ohio; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma Mussleman, Marilyn Huseman and Wilma Long.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1 at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, with Pastor Mike Whitacre officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Indian Creek Hill Cemetery.
Richard Dale Sutherlin Jr.
FEBRUARY 13, 1952 – MARCH 21, 2023
Richard Dale Sutherlin Jr., 71, of Three Rivers, Michigan passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born February 13, 1952 in Greencastle, Ind., the son of Richard Sutherlin Sr. and Evelyn Cornelia (McBride) Sutherlin.
Rick worked as a dispatcher for P&P Transportation.
He loved his grandchildren and the Kansas City Royals, and enjoyed traveling to baseball stadiums.
Rick coached Little League and was involved with the Mt. Hermon Masonic Lodge #24 in Three Rivers, Three Rivers Band Boosters, the Three Rivers Community Players, and Phil Gamma Delta. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Three Rivers.
Remaining to cherish his memory are his wife, Mercy Balogo Sutherlin; son, Richard (Erica) Sutherlin III of Three Rivers; daughter, Katarina Sutherlin of Three Rivers; grandchildren, Mackenzia Sutherlin, Helene Elise Sutherlin, Ricky Sutherlin IV, Caleb Johnson, Ezekiel Dunifin, Julian Sutherlin, and Noah Dunifin; sister, Linda “Beth” Woodard.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Ellis.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2023, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, 4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle, Indiana with Diane Faye officiating. Burial will follow in Brick Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the funeral Home.
Donations in Rick’s memory may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be shared at www.Hopkins-Rector.com
OCTOBER 16, 1927 – MARCH 18, 2023
Halina Phillips, age 95, of Oracle, Arizona passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
Linda S. (Spears) Hendrickson
October 23, 1948 ~ March 21, 2023 (age 74)
Linda S. Hendrickson, age 74 of Indianapolis was reunited with her husband, March 21st, 2023.
She was born October 23rd, 1948 to the late Edd and Mary K. (Martin) Spears.
Linda married Michael Hendrickson August 28th, 1976, and he preceded her in death March 12th, 1998.
Linda worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 2004 and at Buellen and Caster for 20 plus years.
She is survived by her daughter Melinda Jo Cannon of Indianapolis; sisters Mary L. Hoggatt, Donna Sheline, Peggy Loyd; grandsons Brandon L. Hinkle, Jesse M. Tesmer, Nathan D. Tesmer; and great-grandson Blaze M. Tesmer due in July.
In addition to her parents and husband she is also preceded in death by brothers James R. Spears, William B. Spears, and sister Brenda K. Sutton.
Funeral services for Linda will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday April 1st, 2023 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the service time of 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net
Kirk A. Fischer
December 11, 1961 - March 19, 2023
Kirk A. Fischer, 61, passed away March 19, 2023 at his residence. Kirk was born to Joe and Patricia (Cafouras) Fischer on December 11, 1961.
Kirk graduated from Clay City High School in 1980, during high school he was very athletic and played many sports. After graduation, Kirk began working for the family farm where he continued to work for the rest of his life. In his younger years he coached youth baseball. In his free time, he enjoyed watching basketball and football games.
Kirk was very selfless and always put others first to be sure they were taken care of. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. Whenever family or friends would go on vacation, Kirk loved driving them to and from the airport for their flights. Although he didn’t have children of his own, he had a very close relationship with his nieces and nephew and always treated them like his own. He had several close friends that he enjoyed spending time with. Kirk and his brothers spent a lot of time working with Steve Seymour and Jimmy Curtis who became like brothers.
Kirk is preceded in death by his father, Joe Fischer, as well as both his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Kirk is survived by his mother, Patricia J. Fischer, two brothers, Karl Fischer (Rachel), and Kelly Fischer (Charity), nieces and nephew, Kelsie Travis (Tyler), Tayler Fischer, Jarrett Fischer, and Devon Fischer, and one great nephew, Tate Travis.
A visitation will be held Saturday, March 25th from 11 – 1 at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 East 8th Street in Clay City. A funeral service will begin at 1 P.M. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cory Volunteer Fire Department, 500 Center Street Cory, Indiana 47846.
Alice Faye Targett
August 3, 1948 - March 20, 2023
Alice Faye Targett, 74, of Knightsville, Indiana, passed away at her home, on March 20, 2023 following a battle with ALS.
Alice was born on August 3, 1948, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of Lem “Jack” and Jennie Viola Dunn. She worked for CBS in Terre Haute for 11 years before beginning her career at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, in Brazil. Alice retired as the Human Resources manager after 26 years of service to the company.
Alice loved reading, playing games on her phone, going to casino’s, and traveling. Most of all she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
She was preceded in death by her parents Lem “Jack” and Jennie (Cook) Dunn; a son Robert Rutledge Jr.; brothers: Jack Dunn, Joe Dunn, and John Dunn; a sister Mary Tomei.
Alice is survived by her husband Richard Targett; son: Steve Rutledge, Sr. (Marcy); daughters: Anna Whitlow, Joy (Kirk) Frederick, and Kate Targett (Beth Clark); grandchildren: Brandie (Mike) Anthony, Dennis Whitlow, Amber Whitlow, Kayla Rutledge, Steven Rutledge, Jr. (Carrie), Cameron Rutledge, Collier Frederick, Porter Frederick, and Cora Frederick; great-grandchildren: Aiden Rutledge, Caydence Anthony, and Raelynn Anthony; sisters: Norma Perkins (Jerry Perkins Sr.) and Shirley Anthony; brothers: Charles Dunn, Sr., and Donald Dunn; as well as a host of extended family members and friends.
Private graveside services will be at Summit Lawn Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The ALS Association 1300 Wilson Blvd Suite 600 Arlington, VA 22209 or Hospice of the Wabash Valley 400 8th Ave, Terre Haute, IN 47804.
Doris B Scobee
OCTOBER 16, 1927 – MARCH 17, 2023
Doris B. Scobee, 95, of Greencastle, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2023.
Born October 16, 1927 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Clifford and Muriel (Alspaugh) Thomas and a graduate of Greencastle High School.
Doris was homemaker, devoted to her husband, sons, and family. She had also worked as a salesperson at Moore’s Shoes, The Bootery and Nora Jane’s. She had previously worked at the Angwell Curtain Factory.
She was a member of the Putnamville United Methodist Church and attended Sherwood Christian Church.
Doris is survived by her son, Devon Scobee and fiancée’ Lori Query and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Estal Ray Scobee; son, John T. Scobee; sister, Rosemary Carrington; and brother, Clifford “Sonny” Thomas.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 27, 2023 at the Forest Hill Cemetery with interment to follow. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
A special thank you goes out to the staff of The Waters of Greencastle, who attended to her with love, tenderness, and dignity, during her stay there and her final hours, you are loved.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Doris to The American Diabetes Assn. Indiana Office 7363 East 21st St. Indianapolis, IN. 46219.
Ronald Lynn Vermillion
AUGUST 19, 1941 – MARCH 20, 2023
Ronald Lynn Vermillion, 81 of Cloverdale, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2023, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Ronald was born in Greencastle on August 19, 1941, the son of Wendell Shaw Vermillion and Nettie Oval (Duncan) Pettit.
Mr. Vermillion was a member of Moose Lodge Post #1592 and American Legion Post #58. He worked as a Cement Mason for 30 years, He also worked as a Custodian with Indiana State Police Post #53 in Putnamville for 24 years until his retirement in 2021.
Survivors include his three children, Tammy Plummer, Mark Vermillion, and Kelsey Vermillion; a brother, Danny Vermillion, a sister, Debbie Burke, (husband-Steve); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Indiana State Police Chaplin Dick Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Wednesday.
Memorial Contributions may be directed to Moose Heart, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, Illinois 60539.
Douglas Lee Ash
SEPTEMBER 9, 1959 – MARCH 20, 2023
Douglas Lee Ash, 63, of Greencastle passed away on Monday, March 20, 2023 at his residence.
Doug was born in Greencastle on September 9, 1959, the son of Joseph Harold and Loretta (Chiles) Ash.
Mr. Ash was a master of all trades, and could accomplish anything he put his mind to. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Survivors include his mother; a sister Deanna Smiley; a brother, Darrell Ash; two nephews; a niece; two great-nieces; a great-nephew; and a special friend Susan Ash.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his great-niece, Abryanna Jewell.
A private family service will take place at a later date.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.
Janice Eileen Jester
MAY 11, 1937 – MARCH 19, 2023
Janice Jester of Belle Union went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 19, 2023, surrounded by her family.
Born on May 11, 1937 to Verlin Scott and Dorothy (Call) Scott in Brilliant, OH. Her family moved to the Belle Union area in 1942 and she graduated from Belle Union High School in 1955.
Janice married James Jester on May 25, 1956 and he survives. Janice was a long time homemaker and after her children were grown, she became a floral designer.
During retirement, Janice and James enjoyed many fall stays camping in Branson, MO. At Silver Dollar City Campground, where they met many dear, life-long friends. This is where Janice enjoyed learning new artistic hobbies and crafts.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Marianna Taylor, Sheila Hubble, Matt (Karin) Jester and sister, Betty Wheeler.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, son Mark and sister Dorothy Keller.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at Grace Baptist Church, Coatesville, with Pastor Lew Hunter officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday. Burial will follow at Walnut Chapter Cemetery.
Julie J. (Fisher) Hoffa
March 1, 1951 ~ March 20, 2023 (age 72)
Julie J. Hoffa, age 72 of Cloverdale passed away March 20th, 2023.
She was born March 1st, 1951 to the late John and Rose (Boudreaux) Fisher.
Julie married Gerry Hoffa September 6th, 1969 and he survives.
In addition to her husband Gerry she is also survived by her daughter Lori (Ed) Halloran; sons Travis (Amber) Hoffa, Patrick Hoffa, grandchildren Michael Halloran, Matthew Halloran, Meghan Halloran; brothers John Fisher, Robert Fisher, Charles Fisher; sister Dorothy Fielding.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Putnam County Humane Society. Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net
Larry L Bonesteel
DECEMBER 27, 1937 – MARCH 16, 2023
Larry Lee Bonesteel, 85, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Born December 27, 1937 in Robinson, IL, he was the son of Virgil and Alice (Ralston) Bonesteel. Larry was a graduate of Robinson High School and attended Memphis State University.
Larry retired from United Airlines, where he worked in customer service for 43 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lola Rich and a brother, Mervin Bonesteel.
Larry is survived by his wife, Kathleen “Kate” (Deschaine) Bonesteel; sons, Russell (wife, Rhonda) Bonesteel and Kenneth Bonesteel; stepdaughters, Anna (husband, Corey) Lardnois and Diana Nelson; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
A Memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until time of services at the funeral home.
Johnnie Arlene Hudgins
MAY 5, 1934 – MARCH 16, 2023
Johnnie Arlene Hudgins, age 88, of Martinsville, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
John William Bragg
FEBRUARY 28, 1948 – MARCH 17, 2023
John William Bragg, age 75, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Friday, March 17, 2023. He was born on February 28, 1948 in Terre Haute to Roy Bragg and Charlotte Kelly Bragg.
John attended St. Margaret Mary School. He had owned a lawn care business for many years, and was a member of Men's Senior Baseball League of Terre Haute.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Robert Bragg; and an infant daughter, Michelle Bragg; and a half-sister Kathy Bragg.
Surviving are his daughter, Karen Fell and husband Michael; a son, John Bragg; two sisters, Shari Waller and husband Forest, Donna Howard; a brother, Larry Bragg; a half-brother Roy Bragg, Jr.; four grandchildren, Brian Hiatt, Eric Hiatt, Heidi Fell, Jason Fell; two great-grandsons, Nic Hiatt and Liam Hiatt; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 1 PM at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home, interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until time of services at the funeral home.
Patricia Ann Jones
JULY 5, 1940 – MARCH 16, 2023
Patricia Ann Jones, 82, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Born July 5, 1940 in Greencastle, the daughter of Willard and Hazel (Buis) Fitzsimmons. She was a graduate of Greencastle High School.
Patricia had worked with her husband as the secretary and bookkeeper at Jones Garage. She had previously worked in housekeeping at Asbury Towers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willard & Wayburn Fitzsimmons, and Hazel Scott; her husband, Gary Henry Jones; daughter, Sherrie Fenwick; brother, Les Fitzsimmons; and sister, Rita Ash.
Patricia is survived by her son, Daniel (wife, Becky) Jones; brothers, Russ Fitzsimmons and Ted (wife, Tracy) Scott; grandchildren, Brandi (husband, Jason) Ridgway, Jessica Jones, Anthony (wife, Lindsey) Fenwick, Andrew Fenwick, Acacia Reed, and Shelby (wife, Courtney) Reed; and great grandchildren, Justice, Taylor, Arianna, June, Raegan, Molly, Eve, Bentley, and Tyson.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 AM until time of service.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Jones family.
Charles Thomas Schenk
JUNE 5, 1941 – MARCH 16, 2023
Charles T. “Charlie” Schenk, 81, of Cloverdale, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Born June 5, 1941 in Indianapolis, the son of Charles J. and Honor Audrey (Watkins) Schenk. He was a graduate of Washington High School, Indianapolis.
He was a veteran, having served in the United States Navy and was a member of the Cloverdale Masonic Lodge and Shriners.
Charlie was a manager at Soapy Joes Carwash in Greencastle, retiring in 2014. He had previously worked as a car salesman for dealerships in Greencastle, Terre Haute, and Brazil and ten years with Indianapolis Gas and Power Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 41 years, Janice (Giddings) Schenk; a sister, Susan Muncie; sisters-in-law, Jenni (Ernie) Artis) and Joan (Bob) Corns; and nieces and nephews, Michelle, Shawn, Robin, Karen, and Aaron.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow at the Fillmore Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
George Thomas Wassill
AUGUST 3, 1952 – MARCH 16, 2023
George Thomas Wassill, age 70, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
Clyde Walton Halfhill
February 25, 1937 - March 15, 2023
Clyde Walton Halfhill, 86, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away at the Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, on March 15, 2023, following a brief illness.
Clyde was born on February 25, 1937, in Bowling Green, Indiana, the son of Carl and Florence (Greenwood) Halfhill. He graduated from Bowling Green High School with the class of 1956. Clyde served his country with the Indiana State National Guard for 6 years. Clyde married Effie Louise Wilson on October 5, 1963. Clyde worked for General Motors Truck and Bus Division where he cut the framing for the trucks. Clyde retired after 32 years of service to the company.
Clyde and Effie were members of Ebenezer Church. They loved going for long drives and was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed watching high school basketball games and NFL football games. Effie and Clyde often traveled to the Brown County Opry House on Friday and Saturday evenings to watch a variety of country singers.
Clyde was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Florence Halfhill, his son-in-law Ken Allen Vanatti, his siblings: Donald M. Halfhill, Wilma Lucille Morlan, Gene Halfhill, Ovid M. Halfhill, Beryl R. Morand, and Byron M. Halfhill.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 59 years Effie Louise Halfhill; his daughter Holly Vanatti; grandchildren: Leia Renee Vanatti, Dillenger Steel Wilkinson, Cody Vanatti (Ciara), and Brady Vanatti (Heather); sisters: Linda K. Schiele and Carlene M. Dickison (Eddie); a sister-in-law Florence Halfhill; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller Chapel 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834 on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Services will be held at the funeral home, on Monday, at 2:00 PM with Pastor Danny Webster officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to share a memory.
Billy 'Bill" D. Caldwell
December 4, 1930 - March 10, 2023
Billy “Bill” Dean Caldwell, 92, of Avon, Indiana, passed away Friday, March 10, 2023. He was born in Lebanon, Indiana, on December 4, 1930, a son of the late Richard Dean and Genevieve Verdi (Clifton) Caldwell.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Martin on October 31, 1952, in Maryland after meeting at a St. Patrick’s Day church dance the same year.
After graduating from Lebanon High School, Bill served his country in the Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Hale and USS Peterson. Upon honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill graduated from Indiana Business College. He worked as an accountant for several companies throughout the years and retired in 1995 as partner and accountant of Jesse’s Family Market. Bill became a member of Hazelrigg Masonic Lodge #200 in 1952 and the Scottish Rite in 1954. He was also a member of the American Legion IN Post 0201 Advance, and the Brownsburg Lions Club. His interest extended to the Murat Shrine, Gatling Gun Club and El ‘Ameen Nabeel.
Upon retirement, Bill and his wife moved to Heritage Lake where he became lovingly known as the “whistling man” due to his constant whistling of tunes while working around the yard.
Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Ann Caldwell; daughter, Debbie (Vince) Caldwell-Meunier of Beech Grove; two grandchildren, Mickayla Caldwell Meunier and Robert (Lisa) Caldwell Meunier; and great grandson, Ezra Meunier.
In addition to his parents, a sister, Mary Barbara Amend preceded Bill in death.
It is the wishes of the family that no services will be held. Porter and Hunt Funeral Home and Crematory, 315 West Main Street in Jamestown, Indiana has been entrusted with his funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be directed in Bill’s name to Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1525, Ranson, West Virginia 25438.
James A. Anderson
December 8, 1928 - March 13, 2023
James Arthur Anderson, 94 of Brazil, passed away at home surrounded by family on March 13, 2023.
James was born on December 8, 1928 in Brazil to Cleveland and Anna (Hendricks) Anderson.
James served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954. He enjoyed playing horseshoes in several leagues, crossword puzzles, watching Jeopardy, and was an avid fan of Northview Sports.
James and his wife Helen (Brown) were married for 67 years.
He is survived by his wife Helen, son James Anderson Jr. and his wife Tammy, daughter Lisa Orr and her husband Mark, granddaughters, Kelsie (Kenley), Kara (Jessica), Kylee (Nathan), and great granddaughter, Madeline.
James is preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Mildred, Dora, Ray, Rex, Joe, Ruth.
A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.
JUNE 14, 1934 – MARCH 13, 2023
Suzanne “Susie” Allen, 88, of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023.
Born June 14, 1934 in Greencastle, the daughter of George F. and Mary Frances (Harris) Glore. She was a graduate of Greencastle High School “Class of 1953” and St. Vincent’s School of Nursing.
Susie had worked as a RN at Putnam County Hospital and for downtown clothing retailers for a number of years. She was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority. Susie loved decorating, traveling, and spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five siblings, Mary Jane Glore Black, Betty Glore Bloomer, Nancy Glore Brown, Jack Glore, and George Glore.
Susie is survived by her husband, John D. Allen, daughter, Lisa (husband, Mark) Hupfer; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bittlesandhurt.com for the Allen family.
Gale Jean Gidcumb
MARCH 22, 1959 – MARCH 14, 2023
Gale Jean Gidcumb, 63, of Greencastle, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.
Born March 22, 1959 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Royal Dale and Betty Jean (Crawley) Sillery. Gale was a graduate of Greencastle High School “Class of 1977”.
Gale had worked at Ascena for over 20 years, retiring in May of 2022. She was a member of Storehouse Church, formerly the First Assembly of God Church, Greencastle.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Gale is survived by her husband, Alan Gidcumb; daughter, Tashia Gidcumb; son, Joshua Gidcumb; her beloved companion, Sophie; and several cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 20, 2023 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, March 19th at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gale to The Storehouse Church 605 Westlane Rd Greencastle, IN. 46135 or the American Cancer Society 5635 W. 96th St. Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN. 46278.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Gidcumb family.
Freddie Lee Fields
NOVEMBER 30, 1952 – MARCH 14, 2023
Freddie Lee Fields, age 70, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Freddie was born in Terre Haute on November 30, 1952 to Fred D. Fields and Mary V. Hines Fields.
He was a graduate of North Vigo High School. Freddie served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam Era.
He retired from Sony DADC in 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are his two daughters, Jennifer Fields and companion Brent Schoffstall, and Miranda Bose; two granddaughters, Morgan Bose and Abbigail Bose; his twin brother Eddie James Fields and wife Terri; a sister Tonia Lynch; and a brother, Teddie Fields and wife Jennifer; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Freddie served the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department for 9 years, and had been a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member and deacon of Staunton First Christian Church.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 1 PM at Roselawn Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Lee officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 AM until time of services at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net for the Fields family.
Melvin Ray Lawson
DECEMBER 11, 1933 – MARCH 12, 2023
Melvin Ray Lawson, age 89, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Melvin was born in Riley, IN on December 11, 1933 to Ward Lawson and Nellie Fisher Lawson.
Ray was a graduate of Gerstmeyer High School, and Terre Haute Business College.
He served his country in the US Navy during the Korean War as a Radio Man.
Ray was a longtime employee of Terre Haute Malleable, where he was a timekeeper, and retired from the South Vermillion School System where he was a custodian.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Neal Lawson and Dale Lawson; and a daughter Crystal Sontag.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Anita; a daughter, Malinda Zurcher; two grandsons, Ash Zurcher and Michael Sontag.
Ray will be remembered for his quick mathematical computations and his memory of dates. He enjoyed bowling and fishing.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 7, 2023 at 1 PM at Roselawn Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with Pastor Larry Branham officiating.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net for the Lawson family.
Jerry Lee Cooksey
December 13, 1949 - March 11, 2023
Jerry Lee Cooksey, Clay County. Jerry Cooksey died March 11, 2023, at the age of 73.
Jerry was born December 13, 1949, to the late Harry Everett and June (Bayer) Cooksey.
He graduated from Van Buren, Class of 1967. In his younger days, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and attended Harmony Community Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sherry Lawson.
Jerry was a man of faith and attended Berea Christian Church. He was a church treasurer and organized the weekly food pantry for many years. In his later years, he most enjoyed volunteering at the church, playing cards with friends, gardening and working outside.
Jerry’s family tree has many branches, and he always enjoyed the visits from the kids and grandkids, and the holiday family get-togethers. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Toni Cooksey (Maurer); his children, Tammy (Brent) Rollings, Castle Rock, CO; Christy (Chris) Mayfield, Brentwood, TN; Jana (Eric) Yeley, Fortville, IN; Nathan (Charrisse) Atkinson, Westfield, IN; Matt (Jen) Atkinson, Churchville, NY; Joe (Cairn) Atkinson, El Monte, CA; Sarah (George) Lawrence, Brazil, IN; Grandchildren – Heather, Kiri, Will, Wes, Lakoln, Clayton, Olivia, Ethan, Kylan, Jordan, Isabella, Rylee, Noah, Gracyn, Elijah, Maria, Shayla, Daniel, Aleah, Dennym, Carson and Kaelyn; Great-Grandchildren – Kinsley, Maddie, Alice, Zane and Saint Hendrix; a nephew and niece and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Berea Christian Church Food Pantry at 1995 W County Road 800 N, Brazil, IN 47834 or Camp Illiana at 723 E 450 S, Washington, IN 47501
Visitation will be at Lawson – Miller 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Saturday, March 18, 2023 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 1:30 PM. Burial will follow at Croy’s Creek Cemetery.
Rebecca Louise Bell
March 25, 1953 - March 10, 2023
Rebecca Louise Bell, 69, of Brazil, Indiana and formerly of Concord, North Carolina, passed away on March 10, 2023 following a lengthy illness.
Becky was born on March 25, 1953 the daughter of Felix and Christina (Copeland) Fullerton. Becky worked for Hardie’s Nursing Home (now Cloverleaf) for several years. She was a member of Good Tidings Tabernacle where she had attended church since moving back to Brazil. She loved singing, reading her Bible, and sharing her faith. Becky also enjoyed working puzzles, collecting lighthouses and angels, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Becky was preceded in death by her parents Felix and Christina Fullerton; husband James Bell; two children: Kristy Bell and Jamie Lowe; siblings: Freda Burrell and Michael Fullerton.
She is survived by her son Aaron Bell (Amy) and Charity Bell; grandchildren: Olivia Bell, Gibson Bell, Branden Nichols, Whitney Wisley, Andrew Cook, Opal Alkano, and Cameron Lowe; great-grandchildren Leelynn Merriman – Nichols and Liam Vogelgesang; siblings: William Fullerton (Claudia), Felicia Briski (Michael), Rene Wise (John), Ramona “Moe” Holland (Mike), James Fullerton (Shawn), and Tina Hill; as well as several extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be at Good Tidings Tabernacle 403 N Hoosier St, Brazil, IN 47834 on Friday, March 17, 2023, from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM with services following at 12:00 PM. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery at a later date.
The family would like to acknowledge Crystal Soots and her church family for their care and love while she has been sick.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Tidings Tabernacle 403 N. Hoosier St. Brazil, Indiana 47834.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.
Evelyn Mae Parkins
March 23, 1932 - March 9, 2023
Evelyn Mae Parkins, 90, of Brazil, Indiana, passed into glory on March 9, 2023, at her daughter’s home in Joplin, Missouri, surrounded by her husband and several members of four generations of her family,
Evelyn was born on March 23, 1932, in Brazil, Indiana, the daughter of Charley Douglas and Ethel Marie (Knott) McDonald. She graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1950. She was married to Mark Wayne Parkins on September 10,
1950, in the former EUB church on Forest Avenue. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her family, as well as loving her nieces and nephews and friends of her children like her own.
Evelyn was currently a member of Grace Chapel. She enjoyed crocheting and had crocheted 100 plus afghans, one for every member of her family and many friends. She especially enjoyed making afghans for all the new babies in the family. She was happiest when she was spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great great grandchildren. She was a 72 year member of the Order of Eastern Star, Brazil Chapter #80 and a life member of the VFW Post 1127 Auxiliary, and the American Legion Post 2 Auxiliary. There will be a walk-thru before the service, and Eastern Star rites following. Evelyn especially enjoyed visiting “shut-ins’ and loved spreading the Good News about Jesus Christ.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents Charley and Ethel McDonald and her siblings: Roy “Ducky” McDonald, Charles “Chuck” McDonald, Jack A. McDonald, Dorothy Dressler, and Mary Ann Matherly.
Evelyn leaves behind her husband of 72 years, Mark Wayne Parkins; 5 children: Darla Scherb,
Jerry (Carol) Parkins, Julia Miller (Jim), Mark (Charlene) Parkins, and Ruth Ebersohl (Kevin); 14
grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren..
Visitation will be at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on March 13, 2023 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Service at 1:00 PM with Pastor Tim Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Chapel of Brazil, Indiana, or Maryland Community Church in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.
Jared Anthony Pentz
NOVEMBER 21, 1989 – MARCH 8, 2023
Jared Anthony Pentz, 33, of Greencastle passed away at his residence on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.
Jared was born in Indianapolis on November 21, 1989, the son of Thomas and Kristie (Zeiner) Pentz, and was a graduate of Hillsboro High School in Missouri. He attended college where he studied Computer Science in Missouri.
Mr. Pentz worked for Liberty. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. He had an interest in working with metal.
Survivors include his wife of 7 years, Rebecca Pentz; his step-son, Ryan Plessinger; a brother, Eric Pentz; a sister Kayde Dunn; his grandfather, LeRoy Zeiner, his grandmother, Barbara Pentz; and two uncles, Tony Zeiner and Troy Zeiner.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and his grandfather, Bob Pentz.
The family will plan a memorial service at a later date.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.
Robert "Bob" E. Parent
September 15, 1937 ~ March 8, 2023 (age 85)
Robert E. “Bob” Parent, of Eminence, IN passed away March 8th, 2023. Bob was born September 15th, 1937 in Lafayette, IN to Harry Parent and Anna Gerrity Parent Craig, both deceased. He was raised by his grandparents, Eugene and Susie Gerrity, in Pine Village, IN from the age of 2.
At the age of 18 Bob enlisted and proudly served in the US Army, traveling throughout Europe as a member of the US Army Pistol and Rifle Team, where he won numerous awards and medals.
He married his wife, Donna Sebanc Parent, on August 22, 1964 and she survives. Also surviving are daughter, Wendy Cuiksa (Mike) of Terre Haute; granddaughter, Bethany Cuiksa of Kansas City, KS; sister-in-law, Sally Humphrey; niece, Darcy Humphrey (Fiance Eric Faulkner) all of New Smyrna Beach, FL and extended family. He is predeceased by mother-in-law, Muriel “Babe” Sebanc; father-in-law, John Sebanc Jr and brother-in-law, John Sebanc III.
Bob was a member of the Eminence Baptist Church and was a past president of the Eminence Lions Club. He was a NASCAR fan before NASCAR became popular and a lifelong Purdue Boilermaker fan. He owned and drove semis over 30 years. Bob loved all cats and was never without one on his lap. They will miss him, especially Cookie who chose Bob to be her person.
Visitation will be 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on March 14th, 2023 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale, IN. Graveside Services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday March 15th, 2023 at Shumaker Cemetery, Eminence, IN with Jeff Brewer officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Morgan County Humane Society. Condolences may be made at www.whitakerfuneralhome.net.
June Nmn Simpson
JUNE 26, 1936 – MARCH 7, 2023
June Simpson, 86, of Greencastle, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
Born June 26, 1936 in Cash, Arkansas the daughter of Pete Robertson and Mary Alta (Hewitt) Hunter. She was a graduate of Ben Davis High School.
June retired from Putnam County Comprehensive Services where she had worked in home healthcare for several years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Phyllis (Jack) Norman; brother, Robert Reynolds; a sister Bonnie Daring and great grandson, Zachery Linden.
June is survived by her children, Donnise (Steve) Kayler, Clifford (Toni) Simpson Jr, Michael (Karen) Simpson, Roberta Keil, Nick (Virginia) Simpson, Chris (Sue) Simpson, and Kevin (Betsy) Simpson, 18 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Cremation services to follow.
The family will receive friends at the funeral on Saturday from 2:00 PM until time of service.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of June to the American Cancer Society or the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Simpson family.
Ruth Ann Jones
JANUARY 17, 1945 – MARCH 7, 2023
Ruth Ann Jones, age 78, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at The Gibson Center for Hospice Care.
Ruth was born on January 17, 1945 in Terre Haute, IN to Herschel R. Jones and Virginia M. (Shaffer) Jones. She was a graduate of Garfield High School, class of 1965.
She is survived by her sister, Janet Hagedorn; brother, Jerry Jones (Shirley); 8 nieces and nephews; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and 25 great-great-nieces and nephews.
Ruth was a member of Calvary Temple, The Softball Hall of Fame of Terre Haute, and a life-long member of the VFW 972. She enjoyed her puzzles, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Eugene Jones (Anna Della); and her brother-in-law, Ralph Hagedorn Sr.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Roselawn Funeral Home from 11 -1pm. A Funeral Ceremony will begin at 1pm, with a graveside to follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net for the Jones family.
John F. Moore
September 18, 1946 - March 6, 2023
John F. Moore, 76, passed away March 6, 2023 in Terre Haute, Indiana. John was born to the late Roy and Vicie Moore on September 18, 1946.
John graduated from Van Buren High School. On September 23, 1968 John married Patricia Moore who preceded him in death in 1984. John worked for Romas Trucking for over 26 years until retirement in 1996. In his free time, he enjoyed mushroom hunting and scrapping aluminum cans.
John is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three children, John Moore, Brian Moore, and Angela Moore, as well as several siblings.
John is survived by his son, Roy Moore (Shannon), one grandchild, Addison Moore, as well as several nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Thursday, March 9th from 1-3 P.M. at French Funeral Home, 421 East National Avenue in Brazil. A funeral service will begin at 3 P.M. Burial will follow at Bee Ridge Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 4624 South Springhill Jct St, Terre Haute, Indiana 47802.
To post a note of condolence, please visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com
Helen Louise Hummer
October 17, 1938 - March 6, 2023
Helen Louise Hummer, 84, of Greencastle and formerly of Clay City, Indiana passed away, peacefully, while surrounded by family, at St. Francis Hospital, in Indianapolis.
Nana, as she was best known by those who knew and loved her, wasn’t only a devoted mother and grandmother to her own, but to so many who needed one. Anyone who needed a plate to eat had a place at her table, any hour of the day. She treated every kid like they were her own. Her profession was taking care of people, in which she did beautifully. She had a deep love for Elvis, The Golden Girls, and her grandchildren. Her favorite thing in her later days was teaching her grandson Christian prayers at bedtime. It was her proudest accomplishment. She loved everyone completely and fiercely without judgement.
Helen was born in Lewis, Indiana the daughter of Hank and Edith (Metcalf) Miller on October 17, 1938. She grew up in Clay City, with her four brothers and sisters and attended Clay City High School. She spent the next years caring for her family in Indianapolis where she worked for the Budweiser Company.
She was preceded in death by her parents Hank and Edith Miller, her husband Theodore Hummer, her daughter Angela Hummer, her sister bonnie, and her brothers Kenneth and Donald.
She was survived by her son Ken Hummer, her grandchildren she raised as her own: Angie (David) Hinton, Stephanie (Andrew) King, Steven (Abriel) Hummer; her most beloved and cherished great grandchildren: Danielle, Kurtis, Rachael, Eden, Lily, Lee, Nova, Christian, and Kash. She was also survived by her brother Ray Miller, nephew Tom Miller, The King brothers Chane, Bryan, and Derrick whom she considered her adopted grandsons.
Visitation will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 East Eighth St. Clay City, Indiana 47841 on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Services will be at the funeral home at 5:00 PM.
Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in her memory.
Donald Eugene Ruark
AUGUST 25, 1933 – MARCH 3, 2023
Donald Eugene Ruark, 89, of Fillmore, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville.
Donald was born in Fillmore on August 25, 1933, the son of Herschel and Elsie (Cowgill) Ruark, and was a 1951 graduate of Fillmore High School. He was a graduate of Purdue University, and earned his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University.
A life-long resident of Putnam and Hendricks County, Mr. Ruark also lived internationally for a period of time. He proudly served as a Captain in the United States Air Force. He worked as an Electrical Engineer and was an International Executive with Eli Lilly for 36 years. Donald was a member of Gobin United Methodist Church, and 100 Plus Men Who Care of Putnam County. He was also a supporter and past Treasurer of Putnam County Community Foundation.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Linda Ruark; three sons, Steven Ruark, (Pam), Sacramento, California, Greg Ruark, (Jody), Greencastle, and Dave Ruark, Indianapolis; four grandchildren; Kathryn Ruark, Buffalo, New York, Wesley Ruark, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Jillian Ruark, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Quinlan Ruark, Oshkosh, Wisconsin; a sister, Rose Ellen (Pody) Gherardi; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Ruark and his Infant brother; five sisters, Mary Scotten, Margaret Martin, Virginia Clark, Geraldine Farmer and Patricia Bittles.
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2023 at Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home with Pastor Bryan Langdoc officiating. Burial will follow in Fillmore Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Friday.
Memories may be shared with the family at www.BittlesandHurt.com.
Gary Michael Barcus
DECEMBER 15, 1947 – MARCH 4, 2023
Gary Michael Barcus, 75, of Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at St. Vincent Ascension Heart Hospital in Indianapolis, surrounded by loved ones. Born December 15, 1947 in Charleston, Illinois to Donald and Gladys (Ewbank) Barcus, he was a 1966 graduate of Charleston High School and a 1971 graduate of Eastern Illinois University.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna (Barcus) Conner. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Regina (Minear) Barcus, his brother Gregg Barcus, his son Rick and daughter-in-law, Lottie, and his grandchildren, Connor, Dylan, Fischer, and Hollis Barcus. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Gary moved to Greencastle with his family in 1988, establishing the Sherwin Williams distribution center, but soon began working in the Development office at DePauw University, where he served for decades before his retirement.
Gary was a dedicated community servant for Greencastle, serving as a past president of the Greencastle Kiwanis Club and Main Street Greencastle. A devoted lover of animals, he could often be found volunteering alongside his wife at Rescued Treasures, raising money for the Putnam County Humane Society.
Gary was known for his social ease, resulting in an expansive circle of friends extending throughout Greencastle and beyond. His warm demeanor and deep empathy made him immediately likeable for almost everyone he encountered.
Among Gary’s greatest passions were the men’s and women’s basketball programs at DePauw. He attended every home game he could for over 30 seasons, where he could be found in his usual spot along the east baseline of Neal Fieldhouse, cheering on his beloved Tigers. He formed several close relationships with players and coaches over the years, and some of his most special personal experiences occurred when he and his wife traveled with the men’s basketball team on multiple trips throughout Europe and the Bahamas.
In his later years, Gary enjoyed his time with his grandchildren most of all. A devoted grandfather, he formed lasting, supportive bonds with each one. He rarely missed an event, attending almost of all of their athletic events, concerts, and recitals.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations in Gary’s memory can be made to the Putnam County Humane Society.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Barcus family.
William Riley Kidwell
September 26, 1939 - March 2, 2023
William Riley Kidwell, 83, of Brazil, Indiana passed away at home on March 2nd, 2023.
He was born on September 26, 1939, in Brazil, Indiana, the only son of Herbert Riley Kidwell and Frances Louise (Turner) Kidwell.
Bill graduated from Brazil High School in 1958 and Indiana State University in 1962 with a degree in business administration. While in high school he lettered in football and track. Upon completion of college he began his career at Riddell National Bank starting as teller and being promoted to assistant cashier in 1966, cashier in 1970, vice president in 1976 and President in 1981 until retirement in 1999.
Bill found the love of his life, Mary Ann Leavitt, while in high school and they were married August 21st, 1960. They were blessed with two children and remained married until his wife’s passing in November of 2021. Bill and Mary Ann were members of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil.
Bill was an avid outdoors man. He loved to spend hours hunting and fishing and was rewarded with his prize catches and kills. The family enjoyed eating whatever was brought home and prepared by his wife. At the same time, he was developing his passion for the game of golf. Bill was quite the adventurer, to say the least. He obtained his pilot license and co purchased an airplane. He became a member of the Central Indiana Anglers club which he and his partner won numerous fishing contests. He served in the Elks and enjoyed playing cards and socializing with all his numerous friends while being a member.
Bill loved to travel, whether it was to the beach with the family or golf trips with friends and his wife. His most memorable trip was to London, Wales and Scotland. A visit to Kidwelly Castle in Wales and a round of golf at St Andrews in Scotland were some of the highlights.
Retirement was not wasted and the game of golf became his favorite past time. He and his buddies always had a round of golf to play daily, upwards of 20 players on some days. Bill and Mary Ann enjoyed golfing together as well. One of the factors in why they chose a second home in Venice, Florida so they could play year long and escape the cold winters. He also loved the sun and ocean, so relaxing on the beach in Venice between days of golf was the perfect way to spend the golden years.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Ann (Leavitt) Kidwell; a grandson, Matthew Steven Myers; daughter in law, Sherry (Warner) Kidwell.
Survivors include his daughter, Jill Lynne (Kidwell)Myers and husband Steve of Terre Haute; his son William Steven ”Steve” Kidwell of Brazil; Grandchildren Erika Lynne(Myers)Heath and husband Chad, Ashley Nicole Kidwell, Katelyn Marie Kidwell and a great grandson Grayson Matthew Heath; one sister Barbara Anderson and husband Jim of MN; extended family and a host of friends.
Services to honor both Bill and Mary Ann will be held, Tuesday at 7:00pm at French Funeral Home, with Gary Scroggins officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests, donations be directed to the Indiana State University Foundation, 30 N. 5th St. Terre Haute, IN. 47807 or the Forest Park Golf Course, 1018 S. John Steele Dr. Brazil, IN. 47834.
Frostie Casto Hall
June 25, 1948 - February 28, 2023
Frostie Casto Hall (formerly known as Karen Frost), 74 is delighted to now be with Jesus. She died peacefully at home on February 28, 2023 of cancer. She was born in Brazil, Indiana on June 25, 1948, the daughter Merel Leonard and Ethel Marie Frost. She graduated from Brazil High School in 1966, and then began her adventurous adult life by moving out West. Besides Indiana, she lived in Alaska, Utah, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Missouri and served two years as a missionary in Peru, South America.
Frostie loved people and made many friends wherever she went. She enjoyed many different jobs throughout her life, including being a nanny to a family with six children, managing a telephone answering service/security agency, working at several newspapers selling advertising ads and layout. She worked for many years at Edward Jones in Brazil with Toni Carter. But her passion was doing whatever Jesus wanted her to do. Anyone who met her soon knew her love for God. Indeed someone once described her as “addicted to Jesus.”
Frostie organized and led a large adult singles ministry for several years. At Victory Christian Center she met and married Herbert F. Hall and together they began street ministry to the young people who “cruised the Bash” on Saturday nights. It was called “Joshua’s Army” and they were out on Wabash Avenue in Terre Haute from 9:00 PM until midnight every Saturday night from spring until winter. Through the years Frostie taught evangelism classes to many church groups of many denominations. She wrote lessons for children’s church and taught for several years. The kids she taught inspired her to write a three-book series entitled, “Dread Champions of the King,” which was published and was required for reading for the Knights of the King Ministry of MorningStar Ministries in South Carolina. Then she and Herb traveled with their ministry team putting on Children’s and Teacher’s Training Conferences at churches. Finally at age 72 God gave Frostie the vision of Grandmas Ministries and she and Herb bought an old building in downtown Clay City, restored it to look like a grandma’s house and began a breakfast place totally run by volunteers where folks could come to experience the unconditional love and acceptance of Jesus Christ for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
Frostie was preceded in death by her father and mother and step-son Cameron Hall. She is survived by her husband, Herbert F. Hall, her sister, Marlene (Richard) Ruble of Grapeland, Texas, step-sons, Curtis L. Hall of Lewis, and Carter (Amy) Hall of Shelburn, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, Uncle Dan (Joyce) Swartz of Brazil, Uncle Richard Hugh (Joan) Swartz of Longboat Key, Florida, nephews, nieces and cousins and many good friends.
Instead of a funeral, there will be a celebration of Frostie’s life at a later date. She requested there be praise and worship and funny stories told about her.
Garry Lee Coffman
DECEMBER 1, 1948 – MARCH 2, 2023
Garry Lee Coffman, 74, of Poland, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2023 surrounded by his family.
Born December 1, 1948 in Greencastle, he was the son of Rollie and Hazel (Freeman) Coffman.
Garry retired after 27 ½ years from Navistar in Indianapolis. He later worked at Ascena in Greencastle. He was a member of the Moose Lodge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, and six sisters.
Garry is survived by his children, Robert L. (wife, Michele) Coffman and Kristy (husband, Michael) Murrell; brothers, Larry Coffman and Donnie Coffman; sisters, Mary Truesdel and Shirley Williams; grandchildren, Tyler (wife, Kaylee) Coffman, Kaylee (husband, Dillon) Shoemaker, Austen Murrell, and Chelsey Murrell; and great grandchild, Cooper Shoemaker.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.hopkins-rector.com for the Coffman family.
Allen Irvin Crockett
DECEMBER 16, 1952 – FEBRUARY 25, 2023
Allen I. Crockett, 70, of Avon and formerly of Terre Haute and Chandler, AZ, passed away quietly at home with no pain or struggle on February 25, 2023. He was born on December 16, 1952 in Terre Haute to Allen and Ruth (Rikard) Crockett. He married the love of his life, Ann Chubb on March 2, 1974.
Allen is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann Crockett of Avon; son, Jonathan Crockett of Monrovia; brother, Jim Crockett of Terre Haute; and sister, Bonnie Dougherty and husband, Tom of Weslaco, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Ellen Jones, brother, Robert Crockett, and brother-in-law, Larry Jones.
Allen was a 1970 graduate of Garfield High School. He proudly served in the Indiana Army National Guard for 8 years. Allen worked in dispatching and logistics at Bashas Grocery Warehouse in Chandler, AZ for 19 years. He drove trucks for various companies for nearly 40 years. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, and playing Euchre in his spare time. Most of all, Allen loved the Lord Jesus and was ready to meet him. His family rejoices in the fact that he is at home in Heaven with his Lord and Savior.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at Roselawn Funeral Home. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home with Pastor Richard Warren officiating and military honors provided by the Vigo County Honor Guard. Allen will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net
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