Robert Austin Miller

Robert Austin Miller, 92, of Speedway, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023 at I.U. Health West Hospital in Avon.

Robert was born in Park County on March 4, 1931, the son of Willard A. and Dorotha N. (Neff) Miller, and was a 1949 graduate of Greencastle High School.

Mr. Miller proudly served as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a Tool and Die Maker for 41 years with Allison Division of General Motors, retiring from Plant 8 in 1991. After retirement Robert worked for 20 years with Marion County Fish and Game as a groundskeeper. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed traveling, and playing cards, but his favorite thing to do was eating. You dare not touch his plate if he had a fork in his hand. He loved to work with his hands. He was a wood worker and leather crafter, and enjoyed building and deconstructing things. But, most of all he loved his family.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Marilyn Miller; five children, David Miller, (Sue), Diana Burton, Donna Medearis, (Mark), Darrell Miller, and Edward Miller; 12 grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald Miller, (Marge), a sister-in-law, Louise Miller; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Barbara Geraldine Moore; a brother, Larry Miller; and a wife, Martha Miller.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Clinton Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday.

Donations may be directed to the donor’s choice.

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Mary Gladys 'Babe' Pierce

Mary Gladys “Babe” Pierce was born April 10, 1936, in Greencastle to George and Marguerite Scott. Sadly, she left us on Aug. 4, 2023.

Mary was a full-time, stay-at-home mom for more than 21 years before starting a 30-year career at DePauw University in food services.

She was a dedicated and loving Mom, Mamaw and Great-Mamaw to children Paul (Brenda) Pierce, Lea (Tim) Ginn and Linda (Clay) Douglas; grandchildren Steve (Katie) Pierce, Paul Jr. (Rachel) Pierce, Matt Pierce, Nathan (Kelly) Ginn, Chris Ginn and Matthew (Brittany) Ginn; great-grandchildren Cameron, Evangeline, Benedict, Lily, Joseph, Hailey, Ciera, Mallorie, Kassidy and Iris. She is survived by siblings Barbara Scott Bevan and Charlotte Russell.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, George “Butch” Scott, Sara Jane Wilson, Janet Secrest and Steven Scott.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Greencastle. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Putnam County Humane Society, 4700 E. State Rd. 240, Greencastle, IN 46135; American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St. Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

Her arrangements were entrusted to Simplicity Funeral and Cremation Care, Avon Chapel.

Jolene Parrish

Jolene Parrish, 81, passed away at Hickory Creek at Sunset on Aug. 17, 2023.

She was born in Harrisburg, Pa., on July 18, 1942, to Christina (Sinclair) and Alton Bracken.

Jolene worked as a nurse’s aide at Hickory Creek at Sunset.

She loved to get her hair and nails done. She enjoyed going to yard sales and thrift stores. She took pleasure in decorating her home. Jolene liked country music. She loved her family.

Jolene is survived by daughter Vickie Allen of Old Town, Fla.; sons Larry Parrish Jr. of Greencastle, Michael (Suzanne) Conzo of Belsano, Pa., Joseph Conzo of Pittsburgh, Greg Conzo of Pennsylvania and Marc Conzo of Belsano, Pa.; daughter Tersa Scott Conzo of California; grandchildren Bradley Wade (Justine) Allen of Rockville, Debra Lynn (Michael) Blakely of Brownsburg, Guy Houston Parrish of Greencastle, Aubrey Crowe of Rockville and Silas Allen of Rockville; great-grandchildren Kainen Allen of Wheeling, W. Va., Michael Blakely Jr. of Brownsburg, Annaleigh Blakely of Brownsburg and Mercy Parrish of Greencastle; great-great-grandchildren Kayleen Allen and Kainen Allen Jr.; and sister Daryl Bracken of Spring Hill, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Christina and Alton Bracken; husband Larry Parrish Sr.; and sisters Geraldine Nelson and Aileen Bracken.

Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at the Bousley Funeral Home, Coatesville. Burial was held in the Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle.

Mary M. McClure

Mary M. McClure, 81, of Ladoga, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Millpond Health Campus. She was born on October 27, 1941, in Hoby Village, Leicestershire, England to the late Thomas Reid and Agnes Murray. On May 26, 1960, in Greencastle she married Joseph Paul McClure. He preceded her in death July 22, 2013.


Mary graduated High School in England. After moving to the United States with her husband, they successfully owned and operated McClure’s in Ladoga for fifty years. Mary enjoyed sewing, crafts, wordsearch puzzles, reading and being with her family.


She is survived by her three children; Wade (Kathy) McClure, David McClure, Danny McClure, three grandchildren; David (Carlee) McClure, Samantha McClure, Seth Elliott, and great grandson; Colter McClure.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her twelve siblings.


There will be no public services scheduled at this time.

Judith Diane Benell

Judith Diane Benell, 80, of Bridgeton, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly, on August 20, 2023, while staying at Villas of Hollybrook.


She was born on August 1, 1943, the daughter of Donald V. and Arline (Wedel) Anderson. She graduated from Speedway High School with the class of 1961. She married Charles W. Benell on November 3, 1962; he preceded her in death in 2018. Together they worked on the family farm and raised their children. Judi was talented at Oil Painting. She was a member of the Bridgeton United Methodist Church, Covered Bridge Art Association, Chapter D. Goldwing Club, the Covered Bridge Square Dancing Club, and participated in the Parke County 4-H Beef Committee. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids and great-grandkids.


She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Arline Anderson, husband Charles W. Benell, and a brother Terry R. Anderson.


She is survived by her son Mark Benell (Jane); daughter Cheryl Mager (James); grandchildren: Kacie Benell, Shelby Benell, Caitlyn Mager Denny (Justin), Makenzie Mager Zumwalt (Kody), and Marle’ Mager; great-grandchildren: Willa Denny and Jaxon Zumwalt; a sister Donna Brackney (William); sisters-in-law Alberta Anderson and Barbara Searing (Ralph); as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.


Visitation will be at Lawson - Miller Chapel 1702 E. National Ave. Brazil, Indiana 47834, on Saturday, August 26, 2023, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Services will follow at 1:00 PM with burial to follow at Clear Run Cemetery.


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Adrianna Marie Knight

Adrianna Marie Knight, 36 hours old, passed away on August 17, 2023 at Union Hospital.


Adrianna was born on August 16, 2023, the daughter of Kaleigh Marie Knight and Terry Pine Jr.. She was preceded in death by her twin sister a few months earlier as well as another sibling in infancy.


Adrianna is survived by her mother Kaleigh Knight and father Terry Pine Jr., her “Lolli” Lisa Briley; grandpa’s Chuck Briley and Jeffrey Knight (Robin); aunt and uncle: Hayden Knight and Michelle Harris.


French Funeral Home has been entrusted with her care.


Opal Stantz

Opal Stantz, 85, passed away August 23, 2023 at Shakamak Good Samaritan. She was born June 13, 1938 to Coy and Edna Bailey.

Opal was a 1956 graduate of Clay City High School. On April 6, 1957 she was married to the love of her life, Fred Stantz who preceded her in death on August 9, 2009. She loved to spend time outdoors and if someone was able to help her get on a horse, she enjoyed riding them. Opal also enjoyed collecting angels.

Opal is preceded in death by her husband Fred, her parents Coy and Edna, and her son Alan E. Stantz, her sister Deloris, and her husband David Megenhardt.

She is survived by her three children, Debbie Mendenhall (Gary Ingram), Tim Stantz, and Brad Stantz, a grandson Alan Stantz who she raised, grandchildren, Brian Shoup, Amber Mendenhall, Joseph and James Stantz, Jay Stantz, Tara Baker, Erica Elheimer, Will Stantz (Katrina), and Andrew Stantz. She also has 12 great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, one step granddaughter, Amy Grigsby (Greg), three step great grandchildren Devin, Shantel (Michael) and D.J., two step great great grandchildren, Emma and Clyde.

A visitation will be held Saturday, September 2nd from 1-3 P.M. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 East 8th Street in Clay City. A funeral service will begin at 3 P.M.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 97251 Washington, DC 20090.

Ronald Lee Scherb

Ronald “Farmer Ron” Lee Scherb, 69, of Brazil, Indiana, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on August 25, 2023, following complications of brain cancer.


Ron was born on December 31, 1953, in Clay County, Indiana, the son of Henry V. and Hester (Chambers) Scherb. He graduated from Staunton High School with the class of 1972. Ron was an alumni from the Purdue Agriculture Short Course. He worked as a grain and dairy farmer for 50 years. He also worked for Harvestore Sales selling silos and slurrystores, Moews Seed Company selling seed corn, Stine’s selling soybeans, and for Byron Seed, selling cover crop seed. He also farmed and sold grain, hay, and straw. Ron especially enjoyed hosting farm field trips for children from local elementary and preschools.


He was an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Cardinals sports teams. He enjoyed cheering for IU and Purdue equally unless they were playing each other then he became a solid Purdue fan. He supported Clay County 4-H, F.F.A., and Soil and Water Conservation. He enjoyed his time at the Family Table and telling jokes.


Ron was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Hester Scherb and two brothers: John Scherb and Henry Alan Scherb.


He is survived by his wife Katherine whom he married November 21, 1975; two daughters and their husbands: Jennifer Swearingen (Ryan) and Caroline Koehler (Cleve); grandchildren: Zach, Luke, and Emily; a brother George Scherb and a sister Margaret Ann Silvers - Sanders as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.


Graveside services will be at Summit Lawn Cemetery on Monday, August 28, 2023, at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Head for the Cure 1607 Oak St. Kansas City, Missouri 64108 or at!/donation/checkout


French Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Visit to share a memory.


William "Bill" Eugene Searing

William “Bill” Eugene Searing, the man the myth the legend, often imitated never duplicated, found his peace on August 25, 2023. Bill was born to the late William Asbury and Edna Katherine (Ramsey) Searing on July 31, 1951.

Bill's journey began when he graduated from Brazil High School in 1969. From there, he ventured forth into the world, choosing a path that required both bravery and sacrifice. He served his country in the US Army for four years, a Vietnam Veteran who wore his service as a badge of honor. Upon his return, he continued his dedication to duty, working as a Captain/Cadre for the Department of Corrections. His courage and leadership shone brightly as he served as a hostage negotiator for the Indiana Association of Hostage Crisis Negotiators, a role that demanded the strength of a lion and the cunning of a fox.


His service did not end there. He was a K9 Handler for the Department of Corrections, a role that required both discipline and compassion. His dedication to his community was evident in his proud membership of every emergency IDOC response team. Like the noble knights of old, he was always ready to answer the call of duty, always ready to serve.


Yet, Bill was not all duty and no play. He found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He loved spending time with his grandbabies, their laughter and innocence a balm to his soul. He found solace in music, both in singing and listening, and in the rhythmic dance that accompanies it. His love for music extended to his free time, where he enjoyed being a DJ, spinning tunes that brought joy to others.


His love for games was evident in his fondness for three card poker, which he often played at various casinos with his beloved wife, Kelli. He was a master at Euchre, a game he enjoyed playing with friends and family. He was a man who knew how to celebrate, always enjoying a good Miller Lite on his birthday, the last one with his best buddy Bill and his youngest daughter Kelsey. He loved long talks on the phone with his brother, Rick. An avid sports fan, he loved watching the Women's College World Series of Softball, with his daughter Britaney, cheering on the teams with the fervor of a true supporter.


Bill was a man of many affiliations. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1127, and the American Legion Post #2. He was a proud member of the Carbon Masonic Lodge, a brotherhood that spoke to his sense of community and camaraderie. He was also a member of the Zorah Shrine and Oriental Band, organizations that reflected his love for tradition and culture.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Vicki Lovins, and a brother-in-law, John Morris.

Bill is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Kelli Searing, two children, Britaney Moore (Adam), and Kelsey Lumsdon (Cam), six grandbabies, Brinnley, Lilly, Mari, Lil Bill, Nimita, and Ray Ray, and two very special friends that turned into family, Kim and Vanessa.


In the grand tapestry of life, Bill was a vibrant thread, weaving a story of courage, love, and humor. His life was a sonnet, a beautiful composition that spoke of bravery, dedication, and joy. He was a man who lived fully, loved deeply, and laughed heartily. He poured this love and humor into his grandbabies, Brinnley, Lilly, Mari, and Lil Bill. His life was a testament to the strength of the human spirit, a testament to the power of love and the resilience of the human heart.


So, let us raise a glass of Miller Lite to William Eugene Searing, to Bill, a man who lived his life with the courage of a knight, and the humor of a jester. His tale is now part of the ages, a story that will continue to inspire, to uplift, and to remind us of the beauty of a life well-lived. Farewell, good sir, and may your journey onwards be as full of joy and love as the life you lived here on earth.


A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 30th from 3-6:30 P.M. at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 East National Avenue in Brazil, a funeral service will begin at 6:30 P.M. with full military honors presented.

Following the funeral, a meal will be held at The Lodge, 10185 N County Road 100 East, Brazil, Indiana 47834.

Sharon Kay Hoese

Sharon was born in Putnam County on June 30, 1941, the daughter of Marvin and Nellie (Dearing) Jones, and was a graduate of Fillmore High School.

Mrs. Hoese worked for many years with Wendy’s in Tennessee, and here in Greencastle. She was a member of Moose Lodge #1592, Women of the Moose Chapter #138, and First Baptist Church of Greencastle. She loved writing poetry, and going to church. She was the best at making biscuits and gravy.

Survivors include her four children, Dawn Duhon, Max Hoese, (Sherry), Janetta McCoy, and Scott Hoese; a brother, Eddie Jones; three sisters, Rosemary Woods, Debbie Alamo, (Pete), and Cathy Clodfelter, (Terry); two brothers-in-law, Danny Arnold and Bill Sibbitt; a sister-in-law, Sharon Jones; and a special friend and companion, Larry Gamble.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bill Jones; and two sisters, Jane Sibbitt, and Betty Arnold.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Fillmore Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday.

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Carolyn Sue Wilson and James Thomas Wilson

Carolyn Sue Wilson (Terry) was born on Oct. 23, 1937 and passed away on Aug. 16, 2023. She was the daughter of Ruth and Glen Terry.

James Thomas Wilson “Jim” was born on Oct. 5, 1936 and passed away on Aug. 19, 2023. He was the son of Peggy and Woody Wilson.

With a union that lasted 68 years, both passed just 2-1/2 days apart, one not knowing of the other.

They were preceded in death by granddaughter Anna Wilson and son Tracy Wilson.

They are survived by son, Brian and Debbie Wilson, grandson Steven Wilson, son Scott Wilson, James West and daughter-n-law Jill Wilson.

A celebration of life is planned at their home on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Beverly A. Fisher

Beverly A. Fisher, 82, Clermont, Fla., and formerly of Cloverdale, died Aug. 20, 2023 at Apopka Health and Rehabilitation Center, Apopka, Fla.

Born Feb. 17, 1941, in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Jewell K. and Eugenia “Sue”(Goebel) Branneman.

A graduate of Cloverdale High School, she had been a member of Amity Baptist Church, Cloverdale, and South Lake Presbyterian Church, Clermont, Fla.

She retired from IBM after 30 years of service.

She had a passion for reading and in retirement was a volunteer at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont, and also the Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde, Fla.

She married Thomas H. Fisher on Nov. 4, 1967. He died on April 11, 1993.

Surviving are her nieces, Ginny (Mann) Darden and husband Eric of Clermont, Fla., and Anna (Mann) Terry and husband Lance of Greencastle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister Barbara L. Mann and brother-in-law Gordon J. Mann.

The family will have private graveside services at Cloverdale Cemetery.

Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Barbara J. (Sims) Cox

Barbara J. Cox, age 89 of Greencastle passed away August 23, 2023. She was born July 16th, 1934 to the late Verlin and Erma (Dawson) Sims.

Barbara is survived by her children Jim (Katrinka) Bassett, Nancy (Jeff) Capps, Cindy Stapert, Kenny Bassett; brother Leon Sims; Step children Darren (Kathy) Cox, Donna Cox, Linda (Larry) Cowin, Larry (Judy) Cox, and Juanita Albin; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Bassett and husband Gene Cox; daughter Shirley Sims brothers Norman Sims, Kenneth Sims, Larry Sims; sister Betty Sample.

Funeral services for Barbara will be held at 1:00 pm Monday August 28th, 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

Betty Joan (McFarland)

Betty Joan (McFarland) Thomas of Greencastle, passed away peacefully on Aug. 21, 2023, at the age of 95.

Born on June 9, 1928, she was the daughter of John C. and Nina Atlanta (Smith) Westfall, and sister of James “Jim,” George and Robert “RJ” Westfall and Mary Lou (Westfall) Schnurpel. She is survived by brother RJ.

She graduated from Greencastle High School in 1945 and attended DePauw University.

Betty married Forrest Eugene “Gene” McFarland on Dec. 20, 1946. Together they had five children, Richard (Carol), Rebecca (Keith) Chapin, Beverly (Dick-deceased) Miller, Barbara (Mike) Cox and Rhonda (Frank “Chip”) Kessler. They were lovingly married for 56 years. He preceded her in death in 2002. From this union, they were blessed with 15 grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 24 stepgreat-grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

On Dec. 27, 2008, Betty married Amos P. Thomas. They were joyfully blessed with 14 years of marriage before her death. She is survived by Amos’s five children, Amy, Andy, David, Nancy and Ben; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Son Mark passed prior to their marriage.

Betty was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy and light of her life was spending time with family. She will always be remembered for her unfailing patience, kindness and generous spirit. She never hesitated to volunteer her time as a member and leader to serve her community and church.

She was an accomplished seamstress and consummate homemaker, raising her family and working tirelessly alongside her husband, Gene, on the family farm. After raising her children, she worked for Head Start as an instructor teaching life skills within the home and at Anne’s Fashion Boutique, where she was known for her remarkable skills as a seamstress.

Initiated into Bainbridge #440 Order of Eastern Star in 1950, Betty held an office every year from 1974 through 2022. She received her 50-year pin in 2000, presented by her current chapter of Greencastle #255. In 1981, she was appointed District 9 Deputy of the Indiana Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star; 1982 appointed Grand Ruth of the Indiana Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star, and in 2002 was appointed as Grand Representative to British Columbia in Indiana.

She was proudly a long-standing member, leader and public servant of her local Republican Party and Republican Women’s Club. Betty served two terms as county recorder and one term as county assessor. She was a member and past president of Putnam County Extension Homemakers, a member of Greencastle First Baptist Church and Kappa Delta Phi Sorority.

Services will be held Monday, August 28 at 1 p.m. at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, 4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Greencastle.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in Betty’s honor to Wears Valley Ranch, 100 One Fine Place, Sevierville, TN 37862; online WVR provides Christian homes, education and counseling to children in crisis situations.

Larry Dion Bowman

Larry Dion Bowman, 85, of Greencastle and formerly of Hanover, Pa., passed away peacefully on Aug. 17, 2023.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1938, in Hanover, Pa., the son of the late George and Esther Wintrode Bowman.

After graduating from Eichelberger High School in the class of 1955, he earned an undergraduate degree in education and later a master’s degree in administration from Western Maryland College. He began teaching elementary school in Hanover, Pa., and spent most of his teaching career in the South Western School District, with the last 10 years as regional principal of Baresville, Brookside and Park Hills elementary schools.

He was actively involved as a volunteer in his community and church, serving as the regional Make-A-Wish chairman, a Youth for Christ volunteer and participating in mission trips to Africa and Haiti. Upon moving to Indiana, he became a member of First Baptist Church of Greencastle.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna Manahan Bowman; his daughters, Valoree Bowman and Stacie Langdon (husband Rick); and his brother, Kennard Bowman. Also surviving are four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration-of-life service will be held Sept. 1 at First Baptist Church, 404 Judson Dr., Greencastle, with visitation at 12 p.m. and the service at 1 p.m.

Floyd Stanley Decker

Floyd Stanley Decker, a longtime Putnam County resident, crossed the bridge to his eternal life on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023, with his family by his side.

He was born July 5, 1932, to Mervin Henry and Lettie Nora Guise Decker in Greencastle.

He was baptized in the Presbyterian Church at an early age.

He graduated from Greencastle High School in 1950 and enlisted in the United States Air Force.

Floyd spent most of his life working for IBM and building his family home until retirement in 1987.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an older brother, Harold; a stepdaughter, Jaimi Kelly; stepdaughter-in-law Donna Kay Cox; and step-grandson Cody Lee Cox.

Surviving him to cherish great memories are his wife of 31 years, Donna F. Decker; son Steve (Tara) Decker; daughter Susan (Greg) Schlensker; three granddaughters, Jordan, Brooke and Stevie Decker; stepson Bradley Cox; two step-grandsons, Damon B. (Jannllie) Cox and Kyle (Kayla) Cox; nine step-great-grandchildren, Julian, Damon T., Elliana, Zaine, Patience, Emric, Kaid, Kinzer and Quincy Cox; and special sister- and brother-in-law, Marie and Bill Sweetwood.

Floyd was a kind and generous man who was proud of his family and loved “The Man Upstairs,” family and freedom and will be sorely missed.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date due to out-of-state family members.

Interment will be in conjunction with his wife’s burial in the veteran’s section at Forest Hill Cemetery when the time comes.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Floyd.

Joanna Rowe Mills

Joanna Mills died at peace in the presence of family in Greencastle on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023, of natural causes. She was 89.She was born in Peterborough, N.H., to John Richard Rohrbough of West Virginia and Jessie Rowe (Rohrbough), an Englishwoman. The family moved to New Jersey and to Cambridge, Mass., before relocating to Coronado, Calif., in 1945, John having been drafted into the Navy.

She graduated from Coronado High School in 1951 having served as editor of the school newspaper, which led to further work as a reporter. She worked her way through San Diego State College with a degree in liberal arts. She loved philosophy. She sold short stories to various magazines, became city editor of the Coronado Journal — taking news photos for that paper as well — and said the hardest work she ever did was a semester teaching English at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla.

She was a committed political activist who loved America. She campaigned for Adlai Stevenson both times, and took part in picketing the Woolworth’s in downtown San Diego, protesting the nationwide segregation policy of that store. She never crossed a picket line. She met her future husband at a meeting for progressive Democrats, encouraged him in his initial decision to run for office, and collaborated in his campaigns and his legislative career. They married in 1959 and made their home in San Diego.

Her three children were all born in Coronado. After establishing them in school, Joanna earned her J.D. degree in 1982 from California Western School of Law and joined the California Bar. She established a law practice with a focus on contracts, wills and amicable divorces. She excelled at crafting documents to establish people’s intentions and wishes on a firm legal basis, but multiple sclerosis unexpectedly cut short her law career. In 2016 she moved to Indiana to live near her daughter Eleanor and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, beloved stepmother Maxine Martin Rohrbough, brother Jon Rohrbough, stepbrother Bruce Martin, nephews Peter Steyers and Alan Moore, and ex-husband James Mills.

In this world she leaves brother Peter Rohrbough of Texas, sister Caroline McCullough of California, stepsisters Kay Swiger of South Carolina and Terri Buffet of France, cousins in England and America, cherished nieces and nephews, three children with their partners and nine grandchildren: Beatrice and Paul Germain of Oregon (Thomas, Helen and Michael), Bill and Tracy Mills of California (Jaina, James and Julia) and Eleanor and Brian Howard of Indiana (George, Susanna and Alice).

She liked people. She had a passion for language and for helping others, and was an insatiable reader. She practiced forgiveness. She tried to be a peacemaker. She thought life was good, and various tribulations never changed her view on that point.

A memorial service will be held at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle on Saturday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m., when we will make a joyful noise to the Lord. Attendees are encouraged to wear bright, cheerful colors. A second service is planned at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, with scattering of ashes in the Pacific.

In place of flowers, Joanna’s family encourage all to honor her memory by being sweet to each other.

Peggy Lynn Crockford

Peggy Lynne Crockford, 71, of Greencastle, passed away on Aug. 22, 2023 at her residence.

Peggy was born in Dryden, N.Y., on May 9, 1952, the daughter of William and Joyce Kingsbury. She attended Harrold Beauty Academy in Terre Haute, and earned her associates degree in accounting from Ivy Tech of Terre Haute.

Mrs. Crockford was a life-long Baptist at heart. She worked for Heartland Automotive for 26 years until her retirement in May of 2023. Peggy was an avid gardener and enjoyed sewing and cooking.

Survivors include her son, Chris Brotherton (Rhonda) of Greencastle; her three daughters, Charity Schultz of Indianapolis, Candace Brotherton of Brazil and Summer White (Brandon) of Greencastle; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her beloved Chihuahua, Tiff; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, who passed away on the same day as her, Storm Schulz; a sister, Vee Bell; and a brother, David Nowalk.

The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

David Lee Hodge, 70, of Cloverdale

David Lee Hodge, 70, of Cloverdale, passed away August 17, 2023.  He was born in Greencastle, Indiana June 22, 1953 to the late Estil and Freda (Haines) Hodge. 

A lifelong resident of the Belle Union area, he graduated from Eminence High School in 1971.  He married Jennifer (French) Hodge October 19, 1974 and she survives.   

While logging millions of miles as a truck driver, his true happiness was being with friends and family. After his retirement from FedEx Freight in November of 2020 after 26 years of service, he enjoyed returning to his love of farming and nature. A devoted Mopar fan, David, also known as “Superbee”, was proud to show off his Dodge truck at car shows and just cruising around. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Michael (Natalie) Hodge of Greencastle, Wayne (Jannifer) Hodge, of Cloverdale, and Mechele Hodge of Plainfield.  Four grandchildren, Jaxon Hodge, Catherine Hodge, Kaley Hodge, and Caroline Hodge.  A granddaughter, Kylee Hodge, also preceded him in death. 

Friends are invited to join his family for a life remembered graveside service August 26, 2023 at 12:00pm Noon, Walnut Chapel Cemetery, 6521 S. Cnty. Rd. 1000 E., Cloverdale, IN 46120. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Walnut Chapel Cemetery Street Plan Project and can be sent to the cemetery caretaker at 6756 E. CR 700 S, Greencastle, IN 46135. 

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James Richard Williams

James Richard Williams

APRIL 23, 1940 – AUGUST 13, 2023


James Richard Williams, 83, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023 at his residence.

Born April 23, 1940 in Terre Haute, the son of Earl and Lois (Hill) Williams. He was a graduate of Reelsville High School “Class of 1958”.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and a fifty year breeder of Angus Cattle. He worked as a meat cutter for Kroger for 22 years and had previously worked at Marsh Supermarket and Gardner’s Market. He also owned the Butcher’s Block.

He was a member of the American Angus Association and a past President and member of the Jaycees, helping to build the Jaycee Park.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, William, and Larry Williams.

Jim is survived by his wife, Maxine (Herriott) Williams, sons, Gerald “Gary” L. (Stacy) Williams and Brian P. (Kristine) Williams; a brother, Joseph (Linda) Williams; four grandchildren Alexis, Elijah, Parker, and Rachel.

A Memorial friends and family gathering will be held at the Greencastle Presbyterian Church 653 S. Co Rd 100 E. Greencastle on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

The family will have private graveside services at the Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery with Rev Wes Kendall presiding. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jim to the Putnam County Fairgrounds Endowment Fund c/o the Putnam County Community Foundation 2 S. Jackson St. Greencastle, IN. 46135.

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Sandra Jayne Lankford

Sandra Jayne Lankford

JANUARY 13, 1937 – AUGUST 13, 2023


Sandy Lankford, born Sandra Jayne Marvin on January 13, 1937, in Robinson, IL, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, at 2:24 pm on Sunday, August 13, 2023.

Raised in West Union, IL, Sandy's journey led her from Hutsonville High School in Hutsonville, IL, to Peoria, IL, where she worked for Caterpillar Equipment Company. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Hansel H. Lankford.

Sandy's life was a tapestry woven with love, faith, and creativity. A dedicated mother to Brent and Erick Lankford, her nurturing guidance, and the cherished memories of her large gardens and craft rooms remain in their hearts.

Her roots on her parents' farm shaped her into a strong and independent soul. She held a deep love for God, finding solace in His presence. Gardening, the ocean's majesty, and crafting were her sources of inspiration, reflecting the complexity she carried within.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents, William (Bill) and Louise Marvin, her sister Janice Ann Owens, and brother-in-law, Willard (Bill) Owens.

Sandy's memory endures through the lives she touched, her family, the dogs, and the foster animals she cared for.

A private family graveside memorial service will be held on Wednesday 16 August at Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute, IN.

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

Elizabeth Rose Petrarca

Elizabeth Rose Petrarca

MARCH 20, 1953 – AUGUST 13, 2023


Elizabeth Rose Petrarca, age 70, of Clinton, Indiana passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023. She was born on March 20, 1953 in Huntingburg, Indiana to Marion Alfred Sprinkle and Rebecca Erlene Garland Sprinkle.

Beth had been employed at DePauw University since 1980, and retired in 2009. She had also worked at IAC in Greencastle.

She attend Fillmore Christian Church.

Her parents; her husband of 34 years, Anthony E. Petrarca and a brother, Wayne Keith Sprinkle preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, Jody McCullough of Clinton, Tina Smith and husband Don of Roachdale, and Anthony N. Petrarca and wife Kristine of Dana; one brother Jim Sprinkle and wife Patty of Greencastle and one sister, Linda Vermillion of Rockville; eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces nephews, and extended family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

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Janet Carole O'Hair

Janet Carole O'Hair

APRIL 9, 1941 – AUGUST 12, 2023


Janet Carole O'Hair, 82, of Greencastle, passed away on August 12, 2023, at Hickory Creek at Sunset.

She was born in Greencastle on April 9, 1941.

Janet had a fulfilling life surrounded by her family and friends. She worked at Hickory Creek at Sunset for 24 years, retiring in 2008.

Janet was a talented musician and had a beautiful voice. She was a member of the Morton Trio and played the piano for several years. Her love for music extended beyond her performances as she enjoyed listening to various genres, with a special fondness for Toby Keith's music. Janet also found solace in working on crosswords, coloring, and reading.

Janet’s greatest joy came from spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She cherished every moment she had with them. Janet’s warm and loving nature created a strong bond with her family, who will forever hold her memory close to their hearts.

Janet is survived by her beloved children: Michael O'Hair with wife Lorie of Crawfordsville, Felicia Weist with husband Larry of Russellville. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Michael Ruiz of Crawfordsville, Porschia Turner with husband Austin of Greencastle, Kyndall Williams of Greencastle, Daymian Weist of Russellville, and Katera Weist of Terre Haute. Great grandchildren Brantley Cromwell, Donavan Weist, Dallas Turner, Carsan Weist, and Harper Wright. Janet was a loving sister to Marcia Miller with husband Tom of Clinton Falls and brother, Donald Albin of Auburn. Her former husband and good friend, Michael O’Hair of Russellville. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Claire T. Albin and Lucille (Clark) Albin, as well as her grandparents, Glen and Lina Clark, and Paul and Mary Lou Albin. She was also preceded in death by her son, Mark O'Hair, grandson Shelby Williams, and her life companion of many years, Jerry Young.

Janet had chosen to be cremated at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in her memory.

Janet’s gentle spirit, kind heart, and love for her family will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Sara L. Hartman

Sara L. Hartman

July 13, 1941 ~ August 12, 2023 (age 82)


Sara L. Hartman, age 82 of Putnamville, passed away August 12th, 2023. She was born July 13th, 1941, to the late Ralph and Edna (Ford) Milligan. Sara married Allan F. “Stub” Hartman May 1st, 1960 and he preceded her in death December 16th, 2001.

She was a member of the “Historic” Putnamville United Methodist Church now known as Putnamville Church of Faith, the UMW, Church choir, DAR, a lifetime member AQHA, and involved in 4-H a significant portion of her life.

Sara is survived by her daughters Catherine Ann (Darrell) Minor of Greencastle, Lisa Jo (Mike) Klotz of Cloverdale; son Christopher Allan (Julie) Hartman of Reelsville; sister Thelma Andrew of Terre Haute; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; several extended family members and her church family.

In addition to her husband and parents she is also preceded in death by her brother-in-law Melvin Andrew.

Funeral services for Sara will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday August 18th, 2023, at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until the service time of 1:00 pm. Burial will follow in Putnamville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Sara’s name to the Putnamville Church of Faith. Condolences may be made at

Ronald Lee Readinger

Ronald Lee Readinger

JUNE 26, 1941 – AUGUST 12, 2023


Ronald Lee Readinger, age 82, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2023.

He was born on June 26, 1941 in Terre Haute to Clifford Readinger and Elizabeth Sigler Readinger.

Ron was graduate of Garfield High School, and attended ISU. He retired from Eli Lilly with 28 years of service.

Ron was a Charter Member of Cross Lane Community Church, where he served as a devoted elder for many years led by his deep Faith and Love for Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 42 years, Joyce; a daughter, Holly Readinger Lewis.

Surviving are his children, Lori Nicoson and husband, Barry, John Readinger and wife, Danelle, James Readinger, John Zimmerman and wife, Lynn, and Christopher Readinger; a sister, Sandra Frew and husband, Tom; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was an avid ISU and Cardinals sports fan, he enjoyed fishing and golfing and spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at 1 PM at Roselawn Funeral Home, with Pastor Brett Wilson officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 am until time of services at the funeral home.

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

Donald R. Bassett

Donald R. Bassett

February 20, 1942 ~ August 11, 2023 (age 81)


Donald R. Bassett, age 81 of Greencastle, passed away Friday, August 11th, 2023.  He was born in Greencastle, Indiana February 20th, 1942 to the late Albert and Eva Merel Butler.  He married Waneta A. (Bright)Bassett July 21st, 1967 and she survives.  He served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the American Legion Hurst-Collins Post of Cloverdale. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Donald A. Bassett and his wife Robin of Cloverdale.  Grandchildren Devin Bassett, and Danielle Hubbard.  Also, one great-grandchild Annabelle Bassett.  Siblings, John Butler, and Pat Bright.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services for Don will be held Thursday, August 17th, 2023 at 7:00pm, Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until service time.  Condolences may be at

Wayne E. Rosen

Wayne E. Rosen

October 14, 1923 - August 9, 2023


My dad was really a musician who happened to become an engineer. Engineering paid better and suited him well in his logical approach to life, but his heart was in music. As a youth, Dad picked up the trumpet and played it well into adulthood. Mom fell in love with his embouchure or “trumpet lips”.  By the time Dad was 10 years old (1933) the jazz age had matured and the big band era was beginning. At a young age, Dad formed his own band – Boo Rosen and The Royal Mikado’s.  They played at his father’s Hollyhock (roadhouse on S.R. 34, now 136) in Jamestown and other towns in the area. Too young to drive, his brother, Atwood, took him to some of his gigs. He also formed a band while in the Army at Camp Concordia, a German POW camp, in Concordia, Kansas during WWII. This is where he met our Mom, Lila Lee Cole (Concordia H.S., Class of ’44). His band sometimes played a double bill with the Germans since we had captured an entire German orchestra that had entertained officers in the Afrika Corps and also played in the camp officers club.

Back to youth. The Depression was on and so was Prohibition, but the 20’s & 30’s were an exciting time of gangsters, bank robberies and Dillinger. It is rumored, but not confirmed, that Dillinger stopped by The Hollyhock for lunch while driving back to Mooresville. This was the era of radio, early flight, and scientific tinkering for young boys. There were many projects that involved kids in Jamestown like building their own telephone network using junk magnetos and wire. Dad and his brother built a full scale airplane with one very huge rubber band that they planned to fly off the hill westward.  Kids in his time made crystal set radios, took stuff apart and put it back together, built balsa wood model airplanes and listened to “Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy” on the radio.

All during this period the storm clo0uds of war were forming.  It would be the most awful time but it also the most exciting time. As Dad would say, “everything moved in double time”.  Things happened immediately without thought or consequence - personally, nationally, socially - all for the war effort.

My dad’s generation was one that truly arrived. They had put “the war” behind and in their brilliance, can-do attitude, and perseverance they created our modern world that you see every day when you drive an example of their work - the interstate. Their world was divided by “before the war” and “after the war” and are just as significant as B.C. and A.D.

These GIs came home and created an economic engine and population explosion that is unsurpassed. It was something that was seen as infinite. We were going to have 2.5 kids, drive 2 cars, make money, and have cocktail parties on the weekends in perpetuity.

In the post war years two brothers lived side by side when their Dad had converted The Hollyhock into a duplex for their return from the war. This was an era of transition for returning soldiers and re-setting the country to peace time. Dad and Atwood found opportunities to create businesses following their business-savvy father who’d walked out to Indiana from Virginia to follow Dad’s mother Grace. They created “the canning factory” where customers could bring their produce and have them processed and sealed in a steel can rather than Ball jars. You need power, heat, and steam to run this operation and the brothers bought a steam tractor and Paul Redman (best friend) helped Dad transport it from Crawfordsville to Jamestown. This was a particularly precarious journey, particularly when navigating the hills just west of Mace on S.R. 136. Around the same time, TV was replacing radio and those who bought sets needed antennas and the brothers went into the television business.

In 1955 Dad applied to work for Raybestos-Manhattan in Crawfordsville, IN that had just broken ground. My mother had encouraged him to apply, and it was a 35-year commitment that grew our family and created wealth. The Raybestos plant was a huge part of my Dad. He wanted to see that Crawfordsville division succeed and it did. Ultimately, it was one of the last plants left in the corporation as everything downsized and the top-down corporate managers “ran all the goody out of it”.  Much of my Dad’s work lies in wide “L” size print file drawers at Crawfordville. They are magnificent, detailed drawings of machine designs and electrical/hydraulic schematics done in pencil at a drafting board. They are works of art, worthy of a museum.

I felt that my father was the heart of Raybestos.  Although it was stressful, he loved “the plant”, he invested a third of his life in it and was proud of it and enjoyed the people he worked with. The 70s were the start of the corporation shrinking and he was responsible for closing plants and moving equipment from the east coast to Crawfordsville. This was no simple project. This was a logistical study and coordination of riggers, electricians, and pipefitters to move three-story presses and massive dies, 1,000 miles west and provide the building layout, foundation, and power to it put all in place and produce brake shoes and clutches.

There were many nights he had blueprints laid out on our kitchen table and you didn’t bother him. I know now how stressful this was. When I had the honor to work with my father at Raybestos, one of the maintenance foremen recalled how Dad snapped during a large-scale project and said “Dammit, I’m working on a $10 million dollar project and you’re working on a $5,000 project – take care of it!”

While at Raybestos, Dad would form an ad hoc group of managers and supervisors just by asking the guys if they wanted to go to a show or nightclub to see a dance band in Indianapolis. Dad said, “I formed my own club” which was influential and political in the best sense. A favorite was the Black Curtain Dinner Theatre on Talbott Street. This was a wonderful place where, before the show, you watched house artist, John Hager, paint a scene upside down and you guessed what he was painting as you ate dinner. At the end, Hager inverted the canvas, and his work was auctioned off before raising the curtain. That theater performed Dad’s favorites by Neil Simon and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”.  I don’t think my father was ever so pleased as when he’d heard that, in an exit interview, one of the guys was asked what was one of one of his favorite things about working at Raybestos and he said, “well, …we used to go to the Black Curtain”.

GWR 8.11.2023

No public services will be held.

Brenda Joyce Wagner

Brenda Joyce Wagner

AUGUST 20, 1944 – AUGUST 10, 2023


Brenda Joyce Wagner, age 78, of Rosedale, Indiana passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2023.

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Nolan Rhys Purdy

Nolan Rhys Purdy

JUNE 27, 2018 – AUGUST 3, 2023


Nolan Rhys Purdy, 5, of W. Lafayette, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

Born June 27, 2018 in Lafayette, the son of James E. and Kara (Phillips) Purdy Jr.

He attended Adventure Station Pre –school in Lafayette, IN.

Nolan is survived by his parents; brother, Elliot Purdy; grandparents, Karen Phillips (companion, George Reger), Eric Phillips and James (Kathy) Purdy Sr.; uncles, Jeremy Phillips and Scout Phillips and aunt, Finley Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Jim and Darlene Webb.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, August 14, 2023 at the River City Church 108 Beck Lane Lafayette, IN.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Nolan to Indiana Donor Network Foundation or Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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

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

Alexander "Alex" Murray Maxwell

Alexander "Alex" Murray Maxwell

OCTOBER 6, 1927 – APRIL 24, 2023


Alexander (Alex) Murray Maxwell, 95, of Lafayette, Indiana passed away in his sleep on April 24, 2023.

Alex was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to Archie and Anne Murray Maxwell on May 6, 1927.

He attended Gerstmeyer High School and was drafted in May 1945 by the Army after his junior year. After completing his service in 1946, he returned to Terre Haute and completed his GED. While in the Army, he served in post WWII Paris and London as a member of the military police.

Alex retired from Bemis in Terre Haute in 1989, after dedicating 13 years there. Prior to that he worked many years at Sealtest and then Prairie Farms as a truck driver.

He is survived by his daughter, Jane Maxwell Weyrich of Cincinnati, Ohio; his son, Murray Maxwell of Lafayette; son-in-law Blake; daughter-in-law Donna Dye; and many nieces and nephews.

Alex’s hobbies included golf, bocce ball, watchmaking, car mechanics and home projects, and genealogy research. He enjoyed sports. His favorite teams included the Colts for football and the Pacers and Celtics for basketball. He was a longtime ISU Sycamore basketball season ticket holder.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Cooke; also his sisters, Mary Raikes and Laura Goodrich, his brother James Maxwell.

A graveside service, with Military Honors, will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023 at 11:30am at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy can be made at

In lieu of flowers, a donation could be made to the Veteran's Golf Association.

Debra Lou McGowan

Debra Lou McGowan

October 13, 1953  -  August 7, 2023


Debra McGowan aka “Short Stuff” and “Mimi”, 69, went home to be with the Lord on August 7, 2023.


She was born on October 13, 1953, to Edward and Davella Rauscher. She was reunited with her parents and three sisters, Rita, Florella, and Nancy, and one of her greatest friends Betty, along with her kitties. She will be sadly missed by her son, Jeffrey, daughter in law, April, and her 8 grandchildren, Austin, Joseph, Emilea, Megan, Michael, Makayla, George and Jeffrey Jr, as well as her favorite cousin Bobby, several friends and her caregivers from Hutsonwood of Brazil.


Debra and her family moved to California when she was 13 years old. She graduated from Orange High School with the class of 1972 and attended college at Orange Coast College. She enjoyed gardening, reading, spending time out-doors and being a part of nature. Debra was a die-hard Rams fan all her life but was an even bigger fan of her son. Cheering him on at football games was one of her most favorite and memorable pastimes. He was the light of her life. She also loved her grandchildren very much and spoiled them every chance she could. Debra had such a big heart, that she gave so much love to everyone who knew her. She even had more than enough love to give to her kitties, and even raccoons at one point.

The family has chosen to have Debra cremated, and there will be a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations wishing to be made, be at the donors choice or a local humane society as Debra loved animals.

John Dee Allen

John Dee Allen

FEBRUARY 19, 1935 – AUGUST 4, 2023


John Dee Allen, 88, of Greencastle, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023.

Born in Greencastle February 19, 1935, the son of Bayard Scobee and Frances (Browning) Allen. He was a basketball player and graduate of Greencastle High School “Class of 1953”. He married Suzanne Glore on October 13, 1957.

John enjoyed a successful 38 year career with IBM starting in February 1954 and retiring in August 1992. In his spare time, he worked for years in the family business at Allenhill Golf Course.

He enjoyed traveling, golf and spending time with his family. John helped his son-in-law, Mark for years with his car racing endeavors, traveling with him to be his pit crew helping change tires, work on the car as well as providing transport of Mark’s car to long distance events and be his “ears” on the in-car radio during races. John had a love of cars and motorcycles throughout his lifetime, even purchasing a Honda Gold Wing trike at the age of 72. John and Susie went on many trips on the trike and enjoyed the open road for several years.

John was a devoted caretaker to his wife for years when her health began to decline. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and his beloved granddog, Hannah.

Survived by his daughter, Lisa (Mark) Hupfer; brother Bayard Lee Allen; niece Beth (John) and great nieces Nicole (Steven) and Megan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until time of service on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Putnam County Community Foundation-Greencastle Dollars for Scholars/GHS Alumni Scholarship.

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

John Coleman

John Coleman

January 23, 1942  -  August 6, 2023


God saw you getting tired

And a cure was not to be

So he put His arms around you

And whispered "Come to me."


With tearful eyes we watched you

As you slowly slipped away

And though we loved you dearly

We couldn't make you stay.


Your golden heart stopped beating

Your tired hands put to rest

God broke our hearts to prove to us

He only takes the best.

John B. Coleman, passed away August 6, 2023. John was born on January 23, 1942, the son of Bernie and Helen Coleman, and grandson of Stella and John Price of Brazil.

John served in the United States Marine Corps. John was married to Mary Myers Coleman for 63 years. They were Riley High School sweethearts.

John is preceded in death by his son, Bryan John Coleman.

John is survived by his wife Mary, his children, Shelly West (Rick) and Amy Jo Marshall (Derek) bonus son, Steve Harbaugh, and daughter in law, Jill Coleman, grandchildren, Alexis, Elizabeth, Alyssa, Ben, Laura, Tanner, Julie, bonus grandchildren, Matthew and Skye, great grandchildren, Abbey Jo, Jacob, Conner, Abigail, Maci, B.J., Corbin, Caelum, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews.

He will be cremated and ashes given to family for a later celebration of his life.

Eagle has landed.

Semper Fi.

Steven A. Ream

Steven A. Ream

February 5, 1955 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 68)


Steven A. Ream, age 68 of Quincy, went to be with the Lord August 5th, 2023. He was born February 5th, 1955, in Indianapolis to the late Chester L. and D. Maxine (Tiefel) Ream.  Steve married Norma November 11th, 2011, and she survives.

In addition to his wife Norma, he is also survived by his daughter Shelly (Clint) Burnett; stepsons Jesse (Casey) Pieper, Ryan (Rachael) Pieper, Andrew (Melisa) Pieper; sister Linda Larkin; 17 grandchildren and a great-grandson on the way. In addition to his parents Steve is preceded in death by his first wife Deby Kay Ream, son Jeremy Steven Ream and brother-in-law Arless Larkin.

Visitation for Steve will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Saturday August 12th, 2023, at Faith Baptist Church, 11612 IN- 243, Cloverdale, IN 46120, with a Celebration of Life and a meal immediately following the visitation. Condolences may be made at

Doris Faye Hires

Doris Faye Hires

MAY 5, 1939 – AUGUST 7, 2023


Doris Faye Hires, age 84, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Monday, August 7, 2023.

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Michael Bruce Goldner

Michael Bruce Goldner

APRIL 9, 1943 – AUGUST 6, 2023


Michael Bruce Goldner, age 80, of Terre Haute, Indiana passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Mike was born on April 9, 1943 in Clinton to John Woodrow Goldner and Della Ilene Davis Goldner.

He was a graduate of Clinton High School class of 1961 and Indiana State University.

Mike served his community and the State of Indiana as a Sergeant with the Indiana State Police, and retired after 34 years of service. After retirement from the Indiana State Police, he served the Clay County, Florida community as a Deputy Sheriff for 8 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joyce Stevenson and a brother, Stephen Duff Goldner.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Mary Jo Goldner; two brothers, John L. Goldner and wife Beverly, and Randy Goldner and wife Debbie; six sons, Michael B. Goldner and wife Cindy, John D. Goldner and wife Shannon, Doug Goldner and wife Rita, Scott Goldner and wife Kimberly, Tim Goldner and wife Jody, and Todd Goldner; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Mike will be remembered for his love of golf and spending time with his family and friends.

Private arrangements have been entrusted to Roselawn Funeral Home.

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James M. "Mike" Cooper

James M. "Mike" Cooper

April 6, 1946 ~ August 6, 2023 (age 77)


               James Michael Cooper Sr., age 77 of Cloverdale, went to be with the Lord August 6th, 2023.  He was born April 6th, 1946 in Indianapolis to the late James and Helen (Brady)Cooper.  He married Laura (Faletic)Cooper June 11th, 1966 and she survives.  He was a member of the Clayton Christian Church, and honorably served his country in the United States Airforce. 

                In addition to his wife he is survived by his children James Michael Cooper Jr. and companion Tamara Petty, Robert D. Cooper, Tammy M. Branham and her husband Ron, and Jesse R. Cooper and his wife Beth Bladen.  Siblings, Kenny(Katie) Cooper, Ronnie(Lynne) Cooper, Linda(DeWayne) Sigler, and Kathy Couch.  Also, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Johnny Cooper, and brother in-law Gary Couch.

                Services for Mike will be held Thursday, August 10th, 2023 at 3:00pm, Clayton Christian Church, Clayton, Indiana.  Visitation will be held from 1:00pm until service time.  Following services, a celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Post 64, 601 S. Holt Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46241.  Condolences may be made at

Betty J. Dye

Betty J. Dye

August 8, 1941 ~ August 5, 2023 (age 81)


Betty J. Dye, age 81 of Coatesville, went to be with the Lord August 5th, 2023.  She was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky August 8th, 1941 to the late Phillip and Veda (Vickrey)Conner.  She married Jasper Dye September 3rd, 1957 and he preceded her in death June 4th, 2007. 


She is survived by her children Anita Rominger, of Coatesville, and her son Bruce Dye of Coatesville.  Six grandchildren, and multiple great-grandchildren.  Siblings, Mary Conner, and Ada(Robert) Hafley. 


Funeral Services for Betty will be held Friday, August, 11th, 2023 at 1:00pm, Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.  Visitation will be held from 11:00pm until service time.  Burial will follow at the Walnut Chapel Cemetery.  Condolences may be made at


Michael Edward Meyer

Michael Edward Meyer

NOVEMBER 12, 1962 – AUGUST 4, 2023


Michael Edward Meyer, age 60, of Greencastle, Indiana passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023.

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Stephanie Jeffers

Stephanie Jeffers

June 23, 1988  -  August 3, 2023


Stephanie M Jeffers, 35, of Coal City, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2023 surrounded by her family.

Stephanie was born June 23, 1988 in Terre Haute to Richard Schroer and Dawn Lundy.

Stephanie was a life long member of Cory Zion Church and also was active in Maryland Community Church. Her faith was very strong and she was a member of the Emmaus Community. Stephanie was a graduate of Indiana State University earning a BS in Consumer Sciences and a MS in Graduate and Professional Studies. She worked her whole career in higher education and was passionate about helping students achieve their goals. She loved her cats and dogs, gardening, cooking, and sharing her life and faith with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephew.

Stephanie is survived by her husband, Wayne Jeffers, whom she married August 6, 2011. She is survived by her father, Richard Schroer (Danielle) of Clay City, mother Dawn Lundy (Joe) of Carbon, brother Ryan Schroer (Amanda) of Tontitown, AR, sister Paige Lane (Clay) of Fort Branch, sister Gracie Schroer of Clay City, step sister, Rachael Cottrell, grandfather Dee Schroer of Greencastle, grandmother Linda Diehl of Cory, and grandmother June Beatty of Terre Haute. Additional survivors include five nieces and nephews, Addison, Eli, Everly, Briley, and Marley and several uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 9th from 4-8 P.M. at Maryland Community Church, 4700 IN-46 Terre Haute, Indiana 47802. A funeral service will be held at 12 P.M. on Thursday, August 10th at the church. Friends and family may visit from 11 A.M. until the time of service on Thursday. Graveside services will be private following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to El Shaddai Emmaus Treasurer, P.O. Box 6162 Terre Haute, Indiana 47802.

Stephen Arthur Wright

Stephen Arthur Wright

NOVEMBER 24, 1943 – AUGUST 3, 2023


Stephen (Steve) Arthur Wright, 79, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at Allisonville Meadows Assisted Living in Fishers, Indiana.

He was born on November 24, 1943, to Arthur and Madelyn Wright in Greencastle, Indiana. He graduated from Greencastle High School in 1962 and then Indiana State University in 1966 with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Steve served as a Medic in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After a distinguished career with ServiceMaster, Steve returned to Greencastle for retirement where he enjoyed golfing and spending time with friends and family.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Kaye Hunteman of Richmond, Indiana. He is survived by his niece Susan Dormans and her children Grace, Lily, and Theo of Valencia, California as well as his nephew David Hunteman, niece Melissa (Chris) Jordan, and his brother-in-law Dr. Roy Hunteman all of Richmond, Indiana.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, August 11, 2023 at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home followed by burial at New Providence Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the Funeral Home at 12pm until the start of service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Assn. 50 91 St. Suite#100 Indianapolis, IN. 46240 or through their website

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Charlotte Kay Burnham

Charlotte Kay Burnham

MAY 5, 1938 – AUGUST 2, 2023


Charlotte Kay Burnham, 85, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

Born May 5, 1938 in Colfax, IN, the daughter of Golden and Margaret R. (Carpenter) Miller. She was a graduate of Fillmore High School “Class of 1956” and Ivy Tech. in 1970. She married DeWayne Burnham on March 5, 1957

Charlotte was an administrative secretary with the South Putnam School Corporation for 32 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and son, Joseph W. Burnham.

Charlotte is survived by her sons, Gary (Sally) Burnham and Michael (Terri) Burnham; a sister, Barbara Costin; brother, Rocky Miller; grandchildren, Heather (Jeremiah) Wagoner, Christopher Burnham, Sarah (Matt) Haltom, Erika Burttschell and Samantha Moeckel and 8 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Monday, August 7, 2023.

Burial will follow at the Putnamville Cemetery.

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

Rose E. Ramey

Rose E. Ramey

May 7, 1927  -  August 1, 2023


Rose Ellen Ramey, 96, passed away August 1, 2023. Rose was born to the late William and Nora (Scott) Smith on May 7, 1927.

In the 1960’s Rose married Charles L. Ramey who preceded her in death in 1996. Rose enjoyed caring for animals, if she could feed it, or it had feathers, she enjoyed it. At one point she had over 100 chickens, 52 pigeons, 24 parakeets, 12 ducks, and 5 geese. In her later years she enjoyed caring for her cats and raccoons. She loved to spend time outside and watch the sunrise, sunset, and the sun glimmer on the lake.

Rose is preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Donald E. Ames, a daughter, Diane Ramey, a daughter in law, Mildred Ames, as well as all of her siblings.

Rose is survived by one son, Bill Ames, niece, Beverly Winters and her son Steven, grandchildren, Michelle Dulaney, Robert Ames (Brenda), Curtis Ames (Amy), Tammy Porter (Kevin), and Donald Ames (Linda), great grandchildren, Shawn, Donald, Amanda, Jessica, Elizabeth, Bobbi Jo, Jordan, Avery, Larisa, Logan, Landen, Lacie, Donnie, Jake, Ashley, as well as many great great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Monday, August 7th at 1 P.M. at Roselawn Memorial Park.

Suzanne Tabor

Suzanne Tabor

February 7, 1940  -  August 1, 2023


Suzanne “Suzie” Tabor, 83, of Centerpoint, Indiana, passed away at home, unexpectedly, on August 1, 2023.


Suzie was born on February 7, 1940, in Terre Haute, Indiana, the daughter of John and Irene (Yeley) Wilson. She graduated from Wiley High School with the class of 1957. Suzie married Jim Tabor on August 9, 1958; they were soon to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. Suzie worked with Jim at Sherwin Williams for many years. She was a talented interior designer and enjoyed planning decorations for many area homes.


Suzie enjoyed attending church at First Christian Church where she had been very active over the years, reading, flower gardening, and spending time with family.


She was preceded in death by her parents John and Irene Wilson; brothers: Edward Wilson and Richard Wilson; and a son-in-law James K. Bucklin.


Survivors include her husband Jimmie Tabor; a daughter Rebecca S. Bucklin; a son Stephen V. Tabor; granddaughter Victoria Turpin, great-grandson Alexander James Turpin; and a sister Rosemary Stringfellow as well as many extended family members.


Visitation will be at the First Christian Church, in Brazil, on Monday, August 7, 2023 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Services will follow at 7:00 PM.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Christian Church PO Box 185 Brazil, Indiana 47834.


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