Frank R. Bundy

On Oct. 22, 2023, Frank R. Bundy, 96, of Greencastle, passed away peacefully at home with his family at his side.

Frank was born on Jan. 18, 1927 to the late Walter and Claire (Gass-Martiz) Bundy.

Frank served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 1st Marine Division serving two tours in World War II, receiving a Purple Heart for his service, and the Korean War. Upon returning from World War II, Frank studied art including life drawing classes under Elmer Taflinger. He dedicated 27 years to IBM, retiring from his department manager position in 1987.

Golf was his passion. He enjoyed being on the course and watching golf on TV. He was an accomplished golfer, receiving numerous awards from Windy Hill Country Club (Pro-Am Champs 1967, Men’s Club Championship 1968, Club Recognition 2001, Super Senior Champion 2004) and the IBM League Watson Trophy (Winning Team – 1971 and 1972) as well as other runner-up and flight championships. For many years, Frank and his golf friends could be seen walking laps at the DePauw University track.

His love of golf extended to his talent with woodworking, with flawless club repairs and building custom clubs. For as long as he could, and in later years with the help of his son Frank, he created handmade Christmas gifts for family and friends. If his work were in a gallery, you would see Galileo thermometers, tissue boxes, shelves, built-in cabinets, picture frames, clocks, wall décor, memorial/keepsake boxes and more. His preferred wood was cherry, which he would stain as perfectly as the cuts and sanding. He was an artist with an eye for beauty and this included his penmanship. Greeting cards, notes, checkbook entries and his signature were all precisely written with a ruler.

Frank meticulously cared for his yard, enjoyed having a garden and feeding birds including hundreds of hummingbirds, squirrels and other animals. When his children were young, the family raised beagles and Frank had a fondness for the runt of the litter. He enjoyed a good joke and knew how to deliver a punchline.

Frank is survived by his partner of 40 years, Janet Hroch; daughter Carla Mackie; son Frank Bundy and his wife Cindy; son Clinton Bundy and his wife Susan; grandchildren Travis Hurst and his wife Kari, Heath Hurst and his wife Jessie Bishop, Dr. Alyson Bundy and Caroline Bundy Esq.; great-granddaughters Jayda, Jena and Parker Hurst; and great-grandson Hollis Hurst; niece Hollis Zender (husband Ray Zender); Cindy’s daughters Jamie Englert and Amanda Keafer; and his partner’s son Joe Hroch and daughter Norma Allen, grandchildren Katie, Ben and Maggie Allen; and Labrador retrievers Sam and Sadie (the runt of the litter).

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his brother George Bundy and sister Virginia Neier.

A private service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. His memory lives on in all who loved him.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations:

Indiana State Police Alliance – ISPA Foundation (

Marines Memorial Association (

Julia J. Newgent

Julia J. Newgent was born in Greencastle on the warm day of Aug. 28, 1931. Dewey and Lillie Stultz brought their baby girl, Julia Jean, home to the farm where they lived in Morton.

She grew up with four other siblings, Joe, Jim, Katherine and George. They all worked on the farm, each having chores and enjoying farm life.

She attended and graduated from Bainbridge High School. After graduating high school she went to work in Greencastle, working as a phone operator. (You don’t hear those words anymore.)

She dated Dale Newgent in high school, and he soon proposed and became her husband.

Dad enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. Soon after Mom left the farm and moved to Florida to start a family of brats — I mean children — which are Mike, Cindy, Gary, Pam, Scott and Dale Jr. (Eddie). After Dad served in the Navy they eventually made their way to Florida.

Mom worked at Nolen’s Drug Store for many years in the fountain, serving up some yummy shakes, ice cream cones and sundaes and the occasional sandwich. From there she began working at the Florida Department of Transportation as office admin and a supply clerk. She retired after 20 years of service to enjoy life with family and friends.

We went on many, many trips to the mountains, trips to Disney and concerts with Mom and Dad. We all have the best memories of the BEST mom ever. If you have ever met her you would have called her Mom. She was everyone’s Mom. She had a shipload of grands and great-grands, I have lost count. She to the day still loved classic rock music, loving to kick up her heels and sing. Her favorite color was red and loved leopard print. She was always dressed very sharply as a lady would be. We all have the best memories with her and I’m sure there are many of you who also have great memories with her.

She has completed her journey on Earth and is on her journey to Heaven to be with Dad.

We will receive friends and family from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Clinton Falls Cemetery.

Joann Gray

Joann Gray, 84, of Indianapolis, formerly of Greencastle, passed away Oct. 21, 2023.

She was born July 27, 1939, in Greencastle to the late Joseph Y. and Marjorie (Money) Todd.

Joann was a graduate of Greencastle High School in the class of 1957 and of Lincoln Junior College.

She married Tucker Gray on Aug. 13, 1960, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 7, 2022, after nearly 62 years of marriage.

Joann and Tucker were the owners/operators of Todd’s Ace Hardware in Greencastle until 1987. Joann then worked for Marsh Supermarket and DePauw University before retiring in 2012 and moving to Winter Haven, Fla. After the passing of her husband, Tucker, Joann returned to Indiana to live closer to her family.

Joann is survived by her children, Todd Gray (Teresa) and Kim Dulaney (Ted); sister Mary Jane McArthur (Mike); nephew Christopher Huller; and grandchildren Nathan Dulaney, T.J. Dulaney, Elizabeth Gray and Alexandra Gray.

Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Tucker Gray; stepmother Lorraine Todd; and nephew Jason Huller.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joann’s memory to Seasons Hospice Foundation online at Select “Tribute Gift” and enter Joann’s name.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. at Crown Hill National Cemetery, 725 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.

Final arrangements and care are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel.

Charles E. Musgrave

Charles E. Musgrave, 76, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, at The Waters of Greencastle.

Charles was born in Martinsville on May 21, 1947, the son of Earl Edgar and Nettie Alice Musgrave.

He was a graduate of Eminence High School in Martinsville.

Mr. Musgrave proudly served in the United States Army. He worked for many years as a tool and die maker for IAC and was a lifelong farmer.

Charles was a former member of the American Legion, and was also a member of the UAW. He enjoyed doing sudoku and watching YouTube videos. Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife, Sylvia.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Sylvia Musgrave; three sons, Edward E. Musgrave (Angie), William Joseph Musgrave (Selina) and Charles Melvin Musgrave (Evette); a daughter, Tonya Musgrave; a stepson, Jeffrey Goodpaster; a sister, Betty Ann Musgrave; a brother, Lee Musgrave; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Scott Gregory Musgrave and Derrick Allen Musgrave; a brother, John Musgrave; and a sister, Eleanor.

Services will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 or one hour prior to time of service on Saturday.

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Phillip Archer

Phillip Archer, 67, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his family.

Phillip was born in Greencastle on June 27, 1956, the son of Joseph and Mary (Smith) Archer, and was a 1974 graduate of Greencastle High School. He also attended Indiana State University.

Mr. Archer was a member of the Elks Lodge #1077. He worked in management for Walmart for 30 years.

He enjoyed playing in adult basketball and softball leagues. He met his wife in a softball league. He was a big supporter of IU, the Pacers and the Colts. He was an avid recumbent bicycle rider and enjoyed hacking up golf courses. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Sue Archer; his daughter, Deana Lynn Hunter (Steven); his son, Phillip Joseph Archer (Cristina); seven siblings, Barbara McClain (Tim) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mark Archer (Sue) of Greencastle, Edward Archer of Indianapolis, John Archer (Margie) of Danville, Susan Parker of Sarasota, Fla., Dolores “Dee Dee” Browne (Bill) of Sarasota, Fla., and Patricia Monnett (Jen) of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren, Zachory Hunter, Tyler Long (Makay), Joshua Hunter and Maria Archer; a great-granddaughter, Sylvia Long; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Teresa Rohl; and his brother-in-law, Bill Rohl.

Services will be held 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26 and one hour prior to time of service on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Greencastle Elks or the Simon Cancer Center, 535 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

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Darin Nihle Dawson

Darin Nihle Dawson, 37, of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 19, 2023.

Darin was born April 19, 1986, in Greencastle to John W. and Robin R. (Majors) Dawson.

Darin was a 2005 graduate of North Putnam High School.

Darin worked for AutoVIN and Target distribution and most recently worked at Labcorp.

He was a member of the Roachdale Christian Church.

Darin enjoyed video games and Comic-Con. He was a big Marvel fan and was always first in line to watch the newest movie released. He was a collector of movie memorabilia and an avid reader. He also enjoyed amusement parks and riding roller coasters.

Darin is survived by his parents, John W. (Robin R.) Dawson; a brother, Matthew L. (Kiera); best friend Luke Stevenson; family friend Char Coffman (Jeff); his aunts and uncles from both sides, James Dawson (Rebecca), Orbie Dawson (Sandi), Eva Dawson, Judy Dawson, Anthony Dawson, Bonnie Majors, Bobby Majors (Sandy), Vickie Thornburg, Sandy Majors, James Majors (Brenda) Deborah Pullen, Thomas Majors (Tamara) and Carol Minter; along with many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Orbie and Lena Dawson; his maternal grandparents, James and Pauline Majors; and three uncles, Earl Dawson, William Majors and Jerry Minter.

A celebration-of-life service for Darin Nihle Dawson will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12-4 p.m. at Roachdale Christian Church in Roachdale. If you would like to bring your favorite picture and share your favorite memory of Darin, we welcome you to do so.

We request that no flowers be sent; instead we invite you to make a donation to your favorite charity in Darin’s name.

You are invited to visit where you may leave a condolence or share a memory with the family.

Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Jere David 'Poppy' Field

Jere David “Poppy” Field — father, husband, friend, professor, birdwatcher and lover of Coke Zero — died on Oct. 5, 2023, near his hometown of Monroe, Ga., where he retired after many years of teaching English at DePauw University in Greencastle.

David was born on Dec. 19, 1947, in Shreveport, La., to Jere Field and Marsie Moore Field. An only child, he was doted on by his parents as well as his beloved aunt, Alice Field, and his grandmother, Irene Walker Field.

After attending early school years in Monroe, David graduated from Westminster High School in Atlanta and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. (1970). Following an ill-fated two weeks at law school at the behest of his family, he pursued his true joy and received a doctorate in English from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. (1982). Charlottesville was a much-loved home for many years, where David and his first wife, Mary, made and nurtured many lifelong friendships.

In 1982, David and Mary moved to Greencastle, where their daughter Marion was born in 1985 and their daughter Jane in 1988. His daughters — and many of their friends — called him Poppy. He cared for his family with an unparalleled devotion through many challenges, including the death of his wife Mary in 2005 and the death of his daughter Marion in 2014.

In Greencastle, David taught literature and creative writing at DePauw University until 2009. He loved teaching and his students and received several awards, including the Exemplary Teaching Award, given jointly by DePauw and the General Board of Higher Education of the Methodist Church, and the Mr. & Mrs. Fred C. Tucker Jr. Distinguished Career Award. He remained dedicated to his students long after they graduated, staying in touch with many and encouraging their personal and professional writing over decades.

In 2011, he married the love of his later life, Dianne Hardin, and they spent years traveling, bird watching and making a home together in Monroe, Ga. Together they treasured classical music and attended the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., every year without fail.

David is survived by his wife, Dianne; his daughter, Jane; his stepchildren, Sarah Hardin-White and Andrew Hardin-White; and numerous cherished cousins.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marion; his first wife, Mary; his parents, Marsie and Jere; and his aunt, Alice.

A celebration-of-life memorial will be held at the family’s home, 110 Davis St., Monroe, Ga., on Nov. 12 from 1-4 p.m., with memories shared at 2 p.m.

A second memorial will be held at a later date in Greencastle in the spring of 2024.

Floyd Freeman

Floyd Freeman, 88, of Cloverdale, passed away on Oct. 7, 2023.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1935, in Frankfort.

Floyd, also known as “High-Pockets,” was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Floyd is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Shirley; their daughter, Sheila (John); and brother Gerald (Carolyn). He will also be deeply missed by his granddaughters, Bailee (Mike) and Taylor (Zack); as well as his great-grandchildren, Marlee, Mikey and Maddex.

Floyd was preceded in death by his father, Frank; his mother, Myrle; his brother, Gene; his sister, Marie; and his daughter, Brenda.

Floyd attended Quincy High School before proudly serving in the Army National Guard. After his military service, Floyd dedicated himself to his career. He owned Freeman Excavating and Clover Homes, where he showcased his strong work ethic.

Floyd will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Cards and letters to the family may be mailed to West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, 105 N. Montgomery St., Spencer.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Fred Jacob Cooper Jr.

Fred Jacob Cooper Jr., a beacon of strength and determination, departed from this life at his home in Greencastle on Sept. 20, 2023.

Born on Nov. 9, 1949, in Lebanon, Fred’s 73 years were a canvas of adventure and perseverance.

Fred lived an adventurous and full life marked by an enduring passion for mechanics and adventure. Throughout his remarkable journey, he wore many hats: a dedicated mechanic, a car racer, a valiant boxer and a fearless pilot. Fred’s professional journey of 45 years at the Amtrak Beech Grove Shops stands as a testament to his unwavering hard work and dedication. Fred’s hands and heart were never idle; he had a love for dogs and an unwavering commitment to his family, especially his cherished sons.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Louviena Holstein; his devoted sons, Kyle and Keith Cooper; a caring daughter-in-law, Karin Cooper; his cherished grandchildren, Audrey and Andrew Cooper; and loyal dog Lilly.

A memorial service to honor Fred’s memory will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Gobin Church, Greencastle, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The doors will open for visitation from 3-4 p.m. Friends and loved ones are invited to spend time with the family, share stories and reminisce through a collection of photos and memorabilia. The memorial service will commence at 4 p.m.

Flowers and condolences may be sent to 110 W. Berry St., Greencastle, IN 46135, on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. Flowers are also welcomed at Gobin Church on Oct. 21.

In the hearts and memories of those who knew him, Fred’s legacy is immortalized, woven into the fabric of the lives he touched with his wisdom, love and spirit of adventure. He will be deeply missed.

Cathy Clodfelter

Cathy Clodfelter, 67, of Mooresville, formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Oct. 16, 2023, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Mooresville.

She was born in Greencastle on Feb. 3, 1956, to the late Marvin and Nellie (Dearing) Jones.

Cathy graduated from South Putnam High School in 1974.

She married Terry Clodfelter on July 29, 1995, and he survives.

Cathy worked in human resources at Lear Corporation in Greencastle for more than 15 years. She worked various other jobs before her retirement in 2018. Cathy was a lifetime member of Greencastle Moose Lodge 1592 in accordance with the Women’s Chapter 138.

Cathy loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She always enjoyed attending their school and sporting events. Cathy enjoyed cooking for family gatherings. They will especially miss her country-style homemade noodles.

In addition to her parents, Cathy was preceded in death by her brother, Bill Jones, and sisters Jane Sibbit, Betty Arnold and Sharon Hoese.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Terry Clodfelter; son Matthew (Abby) Butts; grandchildren Daulton, Cole and Lucas Butts; brother Eddie Jones; sisters Rosemary Woods and Debbie (Pete) Alamo; sister-in-law Sharon Jones; brothers-in-law Bill Sibbit and Danny Arnold; as well as several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends.

Final arrangements and cremation are entrusted to Carlisle Branson Funeral Service & Crematory, Mooresville.

A celebration of Cathy’s life will be held at a later date.

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Marilyn J. Clahan

Marilyn J. Clahan 65, of Roachdale, passed away Friday evening, Oct. 13, 2023, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 1, 1958, in Culver to Russell J. and Edna M. (Rady) Osburn.

Marilyn was a 1976 graduate of North Putnam High School.

She worked for many years at the Sur La Table Distribution Center as a supervisor.

Marilyn was very creative in many ways. She enjoyed listening to country music bands. But more than anything she loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She had many pets throughout the years that had a special place in her heart, too.

Marilyn is survived by her daughter, Brandy J. Spears (Scott); and grandchildren Isaac W. Phillips, Alli M. Jugg, Haylli G. Jugg and Cooper W. Phillips. She is also survived by her siblings, Martha J. Smith (Larry), Marcella J. Lister, Marsha J. Osburn and Michael J. Osburn (Frances), along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Candy M. Phillips.

A celebration-of-life gathering will be held on Friday, Oct. 20 from 3-7 p.m. at Off The Rails, located at 5 N. Railroad St., Roachdale.

You are invited to visit where you may leave a condolence or share a memory with the family.

Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Michael A. Tzouanakis II

Michael A. Tzouanakis II passed away at his home on Oct. 15, 2023.

He was born in Greencastle and was a graduate of Greencastle High School, where he was an accomplished athlete.

He graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute and began a lifelong career in motorsports. He worked for Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing, Fletcher Racing, Team Penske, Simpson Racing and Santello Racing. He then worked with Bruce Penhall, world-champion speedway motorcycle racer and twice world champion. As he continued his racing career, he worked with Dan Drinan, Miniature Motorsports, Howard Racing, Rush Truck Centers and Marlatt Trailer Services.

Mike is survived by his sister, Stephanie (Scott) Gardner, and brother John (Melissa) Tzouanakis; nieces Lindsay (Zac) Reece and Bailey (Brian) Szubinski; nephews Will (fiancé Michelle) Gardner and Taylor Tzouanakis; and great-niece and -nephew Berkeley and Brody Szubinski.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Suzanne Tzouanakis.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mike to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or Tzouanakis Intermediate School.

Marian L. McClaine Giddings

Marian was born on Oct. 18, 1926, to Fred M. and Mary E. (Taylor) Bittle in rural Putnam County. She was the youngest of six children -- three brothers, Robert, George and Keith, and two sisters, Edith and Freda Jean.

In 1944, Marian graduated from Greencastle High School and attended secretarial classes at DePauw University in 1947.

From 1944 to 1947, Marian worked as a budget clerk at Wright Field Air Service Command in Fairborn and Dayton, Ohio. In 1947, Marian moved back to Greencastle and worked at DePauw University in the business office as secretary/receptionist to the chief accountant and later as secretary to the comptroller. Marian retired from DPU in 1988 after a career that spanned 33 years.

Marian was married to Harry D. McClaine on June 14, 1947. He preceded her in death on June 25, 1996, after 49 years of marriage. On June 28, 1997, Marian married long-time family friend Paul E. Giddings. Paul preceded Marian in death on Oct. 3, 2016, after 19 years of marriage.

In addition, Marian was pre-deceased by her parents, brothers and sisters, and several nieces and nephews – all of which knew her as “Aunt Mimi,” “Midge” or “Slim.”

Marian was a member of the First Christian Church and was baptized in July 1955. She served as treasurer for four years and as president and secretary of the CWF group, enjoying the fellowship of church service groups. Her favorite verse is from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This comforted her and gave her strength many times in her life.

During her 96 years, Marian was passionate about her family and loved the annual reunions held in either Greencastle or Fairborn/Dayton, Ohio. She loved cooking and baking and enjoyed hosting family dinners and setting a beautiful table.

Marian was very active in Kappa Delta Phi sorority, joining in June 1955, receiving a 50-year service pin, and was honored as a “patroness” of the organization for her many years of service.

Marian was a member of the Putnam County Hospital Guild, assisting with the gift shop operations, and was active in a DePauw Retiree Club and Mothers’ Study Club. After retirement, she enjoyed selling SASCO Aloe Vera products with her husband Harry. But she received the most joy from her family, home and kitchen.

Marian is survived by two sons, Michael L McClaine (Brenda) and Frederick W. McClaine (Jamie); three stepdaughters, Deirdre Jordling (Ed), Pam Higgins (Bob) and Teresa Acosta (Robert); four grandchildren, Matthew McClaine (Sarah), Meghan Armitage (Craig), Maci McClaine and Graysen McClaine; six step-grandchildren, Brian Jordling, Kevin Jordling (Cynthia), Ryan Higgins (Jonie), Lauren Higgins, Derek Acosta (Angela) and Kelly Bauman (Josh); seven great-grandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren and three step great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home in Greencastle on Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Putnam County Museum, 1105 N. Jackson St., Greencastle, IN 46135, or the Putnam County Playhouse, P.O. Box 309, Greencastle, IN 46135.

Melvin Eugene Ford

Melvin Eugene Ford passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, early on Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, 2023.

Born June 16, 1933, to Jesse Clifford Ford and Della Beatrice (Betty) Hathaway Ford, Melvin graduated from Roachdale High School in 1951.

He married his high school sweetheart, Arlene (Shuee) Ford, on Oct. 10, 1952 (71 years), in the Roachdale Christian Church, where they have worshiped the Lord their entire life.

Melvin served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957, beginning basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he received an expert rifleman medal. He was then stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, before deploying to Fussen, Germany, where he was chosen by the chief warrant officer to drive him daily in a Jeep because of his mechanical abilities. He was honorably discharged upon his return to the United States in 1957 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

Melvin was a lifelong member of the Roachdale Christian Church, serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for over 50 years as an elder and Sunday School teacher for high school age, special Bible studies, the RCC food pantry and alternating with others teaching the Adult Truth Seekers class from its beginning.

Melvin was an accomplished woodworker and, through the years, he made numerous pieces of furniture and cabinetry for all his family and the church.

It is very hard to clearly put into words all the wonderful aspects of an individual’s life. However, Melvin was humble, hardworking and committed to a life of service to his Heavenly Father, to his family and in countless other ways to those he touched within the church and the community. His joy was seeing people succeed in their walk with Christ by becoming mature disciples and sharing that joy and love with others. His greatest joy was sharing all his experiences with his loving wife, Arlene, by his side and also being with his family.

Melvin was a lifetime farmer with his father, Jesse, and his brother, Franklin. Together they operated a dairy farm, raised cattle and planted and harvested crops for 50 years. He was recognized for 46 years of service by the U.S. Department of Agriculture while serving on the Putnam/Hendricks County FSA Committee.

Though the hours of the day were often long, Melvin always made time for his family and the church. While growing up, the family faced hardships known to this greatest generation, including the Great Depression, World War II and tough years on the farm. But, as their children all learned growing up and watching, we lived with what we had and were grateful to have it and to share together in a loving family.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene; daughter Janet Lynn (Rick) Ward; son Keith Evan (Stephanie) Ford; a brother, Franklin Ford; as well as a granddaughter, Erin (Jared) Kritenbrink; two beloved great-grandchildren, Brecken and Daxton Kritenbrink; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by both parents; a wonderful grandson, Reid Hudson, who passed away April 6, 2014; sister-in-law Josephine (Newgent) Ford; and sister-in-law Dorothy (Lawler) Ford.

Visitation will be held at the Roachdale Christian Church, Roachdale, on Friday, Oct. 13 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service. Ministers Dr. John Nolan and Nate Bryan will be officiating. Burial will be at the Roachdale Cemetery immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Roachdale Christian Church, to be directed to the missions ministry.

You are invited to visit where you may leave a condolence or share a memory with the family.

Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with Melvin Ford’s funeral arrangements.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” ­— John 3:16

Jennifer Kay Goss

Jennifer Kay Goss, 50, of Russellville, passed away on the morning of Oct. 13, 2023 at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus in Lafayette.

She was born in Paragon on June 20, 1973 to the late Norman and Janet (Montgomery) Goss.

Jennifer was a 1991 graduate of Southmont High School. She worked for the St. Clair Group Metal Forming Industries in Russellville for nearly 30 years. She also owned and operated the Harrison Street Tavern in Russellville.

Jennifer was a true country girl who enjoyed fishing, riding her Ranger and being outdoors. She was very close with her family and loved spending time with her many friends.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Norman E. Goss.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Cheyenne Tate, brother Larry (Sandra) Goss, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 E. Green Street, Waveland, with Pastor Kelly Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in Russellville Cemetery. Friends are invited for a time of visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

You may visit where you may share a memory with the family. Machledt & Servies Funeral Home has been entrusted with Jennifer’s funeral arrangements.

Kathryn A. Sanders

Kathryn Arlene (Sanvik) Sanders was born June 16, 1939 to Margaret and Norman Sanvik in Albert Lea, Minn. Her family was descended from among the earliest of Norwegian settlers in the area. Kathy grew up in Albert Lea, graduating from high school in 1957.

Kathy moved to Indiana ,where she devoted herself to growing her family while advancing her career in education. Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Indiana University in 1975 followed by a Master of Arts degree in teaching from DePauw University in 1978.

Kathy joined the Greencastle Community School Corporation, teaching at Miller and Ridpath elementary schools until her retirement. She was an active volunteer in local organizations, clubs and her church. Kathy was an advocate of educational development and autism policy awareness. Over the course of her life in Greencastle, Kathy nurtured many deep and long-lasting friendships she greatly valued until her passing on Oct. 12, 2023 at age 84.

Kathy is survived by her sons, Christopher of Greencastle and James Patrick (Sarah) of Lexington, Ky.; brother Ronald (Donna) Sanvik of Eagan, Minn.; her grandchildren, Jacob (Jennifer) Livingston, Jennifer (Blake) Dunn and Martha “Katie” (Matt) Lucas; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her daughter, Clarinda Kersey, her bother, James “Jim” Sanvik, parents and nephew David Sanvik.

A memorial service will be held at Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church in Greencastle at a date to be announced. If desired, donations may be made to Putnam County Comprehensive Services (

John David McGuire

John David McGuire, 94, of New Maysville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, Oct. 10, 2023.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1929, in Hendricks County to the late John H. and Mary D. (Mitchell) McGuire.

In 1951, he married Melba (Downs) McGuire. She preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 2015.

John was a farmer all his working career, working as a dairy farmer for more than 50 years. After retiring, he worked for Edwards Equipment helping deliver and pick up equipment.

John enjoyed his farm, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of New Maysville Community Church.

He is survived by his children, Kathy Owens, Marion McGuire, John David (Linda) McGuire and Jolane Baker; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jayne Henderson; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and son Michael McGuire.

Funeral service will be 12 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at New Maysville Community Church, 6817 E. CR 900 North, Roachdale, with Pastor Larry Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in New Maysville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

You are invited to visit where you may leave a condolence or share a memory with the family.

Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Sally Jean Sunkel

The family of Sally Jean Sunkel announces her peaceful passing on the evening of Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.

She was born to Helen and Frank Elrod on Dec. 31, 1934, and was raised on her family’s farm in eastern Putnam County.

Sally graduated from Stilesville High School and went on to obtain a degree in teaching from Purdue University.

She met Richard “Dick” Sunkel at the Windy Hill Country Club and they were happily married on July 11, 1959, at her family’s home.

Sally taught home economics prior to raising her two sons, Dan and Doug. Sally was actively involved in the community of Greencastle. She remained a proud lifelong Boilermaker and enjoyed attending Purdue football games with a mandatory stop at The (“original”) Pub beforehand.

Sally could often be found playing bridge or golfing with her friends. She was an avid cross-stitcher and baker, spoiling her loved ones with baked goods (particularly Christmas tree cinnamon rolls). Sally will be remembered for her sarcastic wit, her generous gifts and her delicious meals.

Saddened by their loss and cherishing fond memories are her youngest son, Doug; her daughters-in-law, Marsha and Helen; her sister and nephew, Mary Jane and Norman Simmons; her grandchildren, Gwen, Maggie, Ben, Claire, Rich and Scotlyn; and her great-grandchildren, Hunter, Parker, Ellie, Elliott and Scarlett.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Helen; her husband, Richard; and her eldest son, Dan.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service to honor the life of Sally at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13 near the mausoleum in Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Putnam County Community Foundation.

Esther Louise White

Esther Louise White, 84, of Greencastle, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023.

She was born Jan. 29, 1939, in Plymouth, the daughter of Ernest and Mabel (Kepler) Samuels, and was a graduate of Plymouth High School.

Esther retired from Jim Dandy Restaurant, where she worked as a cook in Elwood and Tipton for several years.

She was a member of the Main Street Wesleyan Church, Elwood, and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge.

Esther loved to play bingo and was an avid Colts and NASCAR fan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos “Whitey” White; her parents; and sons Bruce and Paul White.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Tony) Ryan; granddaughters Amber (Allen) Wheeler, A.J. (Ryan) Goldsby and Alyssa (Bobby) Horrall; and great-grandchildren Corbin, Julien, Finn and Amelia.

Esther requested cremation with no services at this time.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Esther to Mooseheart, 155 N. International Dr., Mooseheart, IL 60539, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

A special thanks to the Autumn Glen staff for taking great care of her over the past year.

Kari Leigh Vanatti

Kari Leigh Vanatti, 34, of Greenwood, passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at her residence.

Kari was born in Brazil on March 20, 1989, the daughter of Randall and Penny (Brown) Vanatti, and was a graduate of South Putnam High School.

Kari worked as a commercial service manager at AutoZone in Greenwood for five years. She was also a former manager for Pizza Hut.

She loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her parents; her soulmate and love of her life, Ken Burdine; a brother, Aaron Vanatti (Nicole); two nephews, Easton and Alex Vanatti; her maternal grandparents, Jack and Darlene Brown; and several aunts, uncles and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Holly Bills, and her paternal grandparents, Aaron and Katherine Vanatti.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Champion officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. The family would like to invite everyone to dinner after the burial.

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Scott David St. John

Scott David St. John, 56, of Greencastle, passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at his residence.

Scott was born in Greenup, Ill., on Aug. 6, 1967, the son of Kenneth Leroy and Virginia Kay (Henry) St. John, and was a graduate of Mt. Zion High School in Mt. Zion, Ill.

Mr. St. John proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1987 until 1995.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved them dearly. He enjoyed making people laugh.

Survivors include his mother; a brother, Michael St. John (Lisa); a sister, Heather Poynter (Ray Jr.); and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Per his wishes, no visitation or formal services will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made directed to the Peace Lutheran Church, 1421 S. Bloomington St., Greencastle, IN 46135.

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Cloyd 'Sonny' Arthur Simpson Fowler

Cloyd “Sonny” Arthur Simpson Fowler, 70, of Brazil, passed away on Oct. 1, 2023.

Sonny, as he was commonly known, was born on Dec. 6, 1952, in Greencastle, the son of William Arthur and Leona (Trisler) Fowler.

He graduated from Greencastle High School with the class of 1970. Sonny went on to work as a tool and die maker in Greencastle for many years.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents William and Leona Fowler.

He is survived by his children, Amy Roof, Jarrod Fowler and Justin Fowler (Megan); grandchildren Kelsey Szabo, Megan Roof, David Roof, Kane Fowler, Gage Fowler, Logan Fowler, Jalen Fowler, Addison Fowler, Luke Connell and Zoey Connell; and siblings Doug Fowler (Sally), Cheryl Johnson (Allen), Alisha Fowler and Collista Fowler, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Services will be at French Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave., Brazil, on Monday, Oct. 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Burial will follow at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Parke County.

Visit to light a candle in his memory.

Larry Battson

It’s with a heavy heart we announce the passing of Larry Battson on Sept. 1,2023.

He was born May 16, 1952.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Battson; his sister, Melanie Battson; his two brothers, Kevin and Keith Battson; his son, Mark Dunn; and his loving wife, Cheryl Battson.

Larry was a wildlife expert, educator and entertainer, as well as a Bigfoot authority. He spent 45 years doing school programs with his wife, Cheryl, throughout the Midwest, bringing animals to the classroom and providing an educational forum.

He appeared on many national television shows with his animals, including “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with Jim Fowler, “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, NBC’s “The Today Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Mike Douglas Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show,” “CNN Headline News” and “The Dick Clark Show.”

He was a regular guest throughout the 1980s on Channel 8 news, “Cowboy Bob’s Corral,” and “The Jim Gerrard show” and most recently appeared on Patty Spitler’s “Pet Pals” TV program. He co-starred in the movie “The Escapist” as Bubba the Animal Guy. He assisted Bill Shirk in his escape career with rattlesnakes, pythons, scorpions, tarantulas and other creepy critters.

Larry was a disc jockey on WIRE (Radio Mom) in Lebanon for 10 years. He had three national podcasts, “Blog Talk Radio,” “Animal Stories” and “Talking Bigfoot.” For 30 years he did sports shows throughout the U.S. with his famous show “Rattlesnake Roundup.” He also did numerous shows to benefit various charities such as muscular dystrophy, the Indiana School for the Deaf, Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Shriners, the Marion and Monroe county public libraries, Gleaners Food Bank and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Battson compound. For information, call 765-739-6719.

Donations can be made through PayPal or Venmo to Wildlife Educational Services Inc., 4140 N. CR 600 West, Greencastle IN, 46135.

Linda Ann York

Linda Ann York, 83, of Greencastle, peacefully passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Born June 20, 1940 in Indianapolis, the daughter of Mark and Muriel (Gosney) Carter. She was a graduate of Greencastle High School “Class of 1958” and attended DePauw University.

Linda began her career at IBM in Greencastle. Later she worked and retired from the State of Indiana Correctional Facility in Rockville, IN. where she had worked in administration and served as a correctional officer.

Linda loved being outside working in her yard. She was a proud member of the Putnam County Master Gardener’s Association.

Linda’s most cherished possessions were her family. Everything she did revolved around them. There were countless adventures with her dear sister Karen, who survives her. Karen’s children, Michael and Jennifer were like another son and daughter to Linda.

Linda’s true joys revolved around time spent with her grandchildren. She saw their countless sporting events, arranged trips and many overnight stays in her home.

Linda is survived by her sons Rob (Tammy) York and Nick (Kaye) York; sister Karen Selman; grandchildren, Trey (Jess) York, Brady (Emily) York, Colin York, Meilani York , and Kara York; a great grandchild Avery York; nephew Michael (Janice) Selman and niece Jennifer (Michael) Drecoll.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Linda to Recovery Raw 5512 E. Co. Rd. 50 S. Fillmore, IN. 46128 or the Putnam County Master Gardener’s Assn c/o Purdue Extension 12 Central Square Greencastle, IN. 46135.

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

Keith Leonard Clodfelter

Keith Leonard Clodfelter, 89, of Bellevue, TN passed away Sunday September 24th, 2023, at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, TN.  Born July 1st, 1934, in Putnam County, Indiana, he was the son of Hubert Keith and Elizabeth Eggers Clodfelter.

Keith has often been remembered as being the best, kindest man that would give you the shirt off his back.  He was a loyal and an active member of both Charlotte Road and Bellevue Baptist Churches. He loved working with and serving others: efforts ranging from helping his local neighborhood community, to collecting school supplies and building homes in Honduras. Besides his family and friends, other interests included playing Santa Claus with Christmas lights/displays, Tennessee Titans football, maintaining his flower garden/pond, fishing and boating at Rock Harbor Marina.  

Keith was drafted into the US Army in 1957.  Upon completion of his service, he worked as an employee of Allison’s and Ransburg Corporations, both based in Indianapolis, IN.  He moved to Bellevue, Tennessee in 1974 entrepreneuring businesses as owner and president of Electrostatic On-Site Services and C&C Industrial Sales, Inc. based out of Nashville, TN.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Martin Clodfelter, four daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Mark Hagedorn, Dyan and Mike Matthews, Kelly and Bill Cade, and Holly Smith. Keith had seven grandchildren Joshua Hagedorn, Kevin Schrader, Stephanie Tafflinger, Nicolle Meadows, Emily Schrader, Benjerman Smith, Page Rader and five great-grandchildren. Siblings include sisters Sandra Elliott, Judy Rainey and brother John Clodfelter. 

He was preceded in death by his son Ryan Lee Clodfelter, both parents, two sisters Charlotte Smith, Carolee Smithers and three brothers Jim, Joe and Bill Clodfelter.

Funeral services will be conducted at the West Harpeth Funeral Home located at 6962 Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville. Visitation is open to friends and family 4-7pm on Thursday, Sept 28th. Final visitation and service will be Friday morning starting at 11-1pm. Burial to follow at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens located at 1150 Dickerson Road Cemetery. Goodlettsville. TN 37072.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Road or Bellevue Baptist Church in Keith’s honor.

Greg Stephan

Gregory Mark Stephan was born Oct. 28, 1951 in Atlanta, Ga. He died Sept. 27, 2023, in Greencastle at age 71.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth R. Stephan and Jacqueline M. Stephan, and his sister, Katie Homrighausen.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy E. Stephan; brother Robert J. Stephan; children Eric T. Stephan (Skye), Erika L. Haynes (Thax), Alex D. Stephan and Holly A. McLauchlin (Mac); and grandchildren Sadie, Solomon, and Emeleia.

Greg grew up in Houston, Texas, and served in the U.S. Air Force. He matriculated and worked at the University of Texas at Austin.

He married the love of his life, Kathy, on Oct. 8, 1985 and welcomed her children, Erika, Alex, Holly and her foster son, Richard, with unconditional affection. Greg formally adopted Alex in 1986.

Greg led the family on adventures in his 1967 A100 Dodge Van Watson. Greg’s favorite trips were to Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, Texas, and a 30th wedding anniversary visit to Scotland with Kathy.

Greg worked at DePauw’s Center for Contemporary Media as Chief Engineer for more than 30 years. He mentored nephews, students and the A/V Club for decades.

Greg was involved in community theater and Greencastle’s public TV station. He took care of stray cats, even adopting a few over the years, like his favorite, Mouser, and his dog friend, Xena. Other interests included science fiction (especially Star Trek), classic films, detective and fantasy novels and classic rock music.

An informal celebration will be held in his honor on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at DePauw’s PCCM, 609 S. Locust St., Greencastle,.

We will love him forever, and we will miss him terribly.

Stephan to Enterprise: One to beam up.

Linda Louise Spivey

Linda Louise Spivey (nee Tuttle), of Cloverdale, passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, after a brief illness.

Linda was born on April 26, 1950, to Frances Tuttle Phillips in Deadwood, S.D.

On July 3, 1969, she married John Spivey Sr. and they had three children, Frances Spivey Lewis (David) of Cloverdale, John Spivey Jr. (Diana) and Amanda Spivey (Wayne).

She also had many nieces and nephews. She had nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Linda loved to spend her time crocheting and doing needlework crafts. She also loved to spend time outdoors, fishing and camping.

She worked at Lear Corporation for a number of years before retiring from there.

She is survived by her husband, John of Cloverdale, daughters Frances and Amanda and her brother, Larry Tuttle.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and Tom Phillips; her son, John Spivey Jr.; sister Sharon Piper; brother Jim Tuttle; and little sister Verna Tuttle.

Legacy Cremations is handling the arrangements.

A celebration of life will follow at a later date.

Carroll Lee Maish

Carroll Lee Maish, 89, of Roachdale, passed away Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Franciscan Health in Lafayette.

He was born May 1, 1934, in Frankfort to the late James T Maish and Doris Pauline (Sharp) Maish.

Carroll was a 1952 graduate of Frankfort High School, and received his master’s degree in teaching from Indiana State University.

Carroll served his country in the U.S. Army.

He was an elementary school teacher for 34 years, of which 27 years were at Roachdale Elementary. He was also a member of the Roachdale Christian Church.

On June 19, 1966, Carroll married Carolyn B. Redmon in Frankfort. They shared 57 years of marriage.

Carroll is survived by his wife, Carolyn B. Maish; two sons, David L. (Melissa) Maish and Danny J. (Kelly) Maish; six grandchildren, Mason Maish, Brianna Coffing, Lilie Maish, Ashley Coffing, Audrey Maish and Avan Maish; and a brother, Dr. James I. (Sharon) Maish.

Carroll was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Servies & Morgan Funeral Home, 102 E. Washington St., Roachdale, IN 46172, with Bob Vice officiating. Burial will follow in Roachdale Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until service time also at the funeral home.

You are invited to visit where you may share a memory or condolence with the family.

Servies & Morgan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.





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