2007-10 (October)

 

October 31, 2007

Johnson

July 19, 1938 — Oct. 29, 2007

Juanita Sue Johnson, 69, of Bedford, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the StoneBridge Health campus.

Born, July 19, 1938, she was the daughter of Ollie and Mildred (Porter) Henry.

She was a homemaker.

She married Ivory Johnson on July 21, 1955, and he survives. She loved her children and all her grandchildren. She enjoyed the outdoors and took great pride in her many flower beds. She had a passion for writing poems and telling stories to all her grandchildren. Playing bingo, scrabble, card games, making crafts and fishing were some of her favorite hobbies. She was active and resided at StoneBridge Health campus and made many friends among the staff and other residents. Her humor will be greatly missed by all.

She had four children. James Edward Johnson preceded her in death. Surviving are: Teresa Lee (Johnson) Stevens, Judith Ellen (Johnson) Guthrie and Thomas Scott Johnson; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way.

She has gone to heaven to be with her father; mother; sister, Mary Alice; son, James Edward; and one daughter-in-law, Harriet Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jim Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary.

Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Juanita at www.daycarter.com.

Ross

Dec. 25, 1927 — Oct. 30, 2007

Ruth M. Ross, 79 of 481 Fayetteville-Owensburg Road, Bedford, died at 3:32 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Dec. 25, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of William N. and Lorenia (Reynolds) Eggers. She married Warner D. Ross on Sept. 27, 1952, and he died October 27, 1999.

Survivors include two daughters: Karen S. Ross and Sheila K. Taylor and husband Jerry, all of Bedford, three grandchildren: Brent Taylor and wife Heather, Jamie Gillihan and husband Toby, and Jared Taylor and wife Shanda; and four great-grandchildren: Jaylen Gillihan, Braxton Taylor, Clayton Taylor and Addison Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Ray W. and Joseph Eggers.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Douglas Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in New Church Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Friends may call from 4–8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

Friends and family are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Ruth at www.daycarter.com.

Wolff

Dec. 4, 1961 — Oct. 30, 2007

Tracy Ellen (Goodman) Wolff, 45, of Bedford, died at 12:12 a.m. Tuesday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Dec. 4, 1961, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Myron Keith and Betty Jean (Sasser) Goodman.

She was a laborer for Local No. 741 and a member of Laborers Union Local No. 741.

Survivors include one daughter, Angel Eva Goodman of Bedford; one son, John Cecil Wolff of Bedford; her mother of Bedford; one sister, Melissa Hassler and husband Donald of Bedford; aunts and uncles: Alma and Kenneth Arthur, and Alben and Jonna Sasser; and cousins: Scott Sasser, Adam and Dana Sasser, Brooke Ritz, Sadie, Zachary, Isaiah Sasser and Emily Miller.

She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents, Cecil and Eva Sasser.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Keith Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and from 2 p.m. until the service Friday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Tracy at www.daycarter.com

McIntyre Sr.

Oct. 5, 1956 — Oct. 30, 2007

Richard D. McIntyre Sr., 51, 323 Hill Drive, Bedford, died at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at his residence.

Born Oct. 5, 1956, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Dean and Gayle (Perkins) McIntyre. He married Meredith Mettlen in Bloomington, Dec. 29, 1979, and she survives.

He was a judge, attorney, U.S. Army officer and a former state representative.

He was a State Judge Advocate and member of the Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana Judges Association; Indiana National Guard; American Legion Gillen Post No. 33; F.O.P. and St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Meredith McIntyre, Bedford; two sons: Richard D. McIntyre Jr. and wife Marisa of Vine Grove, Ky., and Robert David McIntyre of Richmond, Va.; one daughter, Emily Lynne Turner and husband William of Indianapolis; one sister, Emily Hawkins and husband Randy of Bedford; and one nephew, Heath Hawkins, Louisville, Ky.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Schafer Auditorium at Bedford Middle School, with Minister Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday in the Lawrence County Courthouse Rotunda and 5-8 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard D. McIntyre Sr. Scholarship Fund, Culver, Ind., in care of McIntyre & Smith Law Firm, 1522 I Street, Bedford.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Oliver

March 10, 1920 — Oct. 31, 2007

Olin V. Oliver, 87, of Oolitic died at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Garden Villa of Bedford.

Born March 10, 1920, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Fred and Martha (Hillenburg) Oliver. He married Mary Brafford on July 22, 1943, and she survives.

He was an Army veteran serving in World War II, a member of UAW Local No. 440 and was of the Protestant faith. He retired from General Motors after 31 years.

Surviving with the wife Mary are two sons: James Oliver and wife Kathy of Springville, and Dennis Oliver and wife Beverly of Pinhook; four grandchildren: Scott Oliver of Corydon, Todd Oliver of Florida, Andrea Rigsby of Illinois and Thomas Lane of Bedford; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Brian Lane; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Cresthaven Mausoleum with the Rev. Richard Tallman officiating. Burial will follow. Military rites will be accorded at the grave by the American Legion Honor Guard Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Olin at www.daycarter.com.

  

October 30, 2007

Johnson

May 2, 1913 — Oct. 28, 2007

Mary L. Johnson, 94, Mitchell, formerly of Zypher Hills, Fla., passed away at 9:10 p.m. Sunday, at the residence of her granddaughter, Tammy Yoder.

Born May 2, 1913, in Trimble County, Ky., she was the daughter of William W. and Laura (Jackson) Lawrence. She married Fay Johnson Dec. 20, 1946, and he preceded her in death Sept. 15, 1997, in Dade City, Fla., after 51 years of marriage.

She was formerly employed at W.H. Block Company and was a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Surviving are two children from a previous marriage: Jean Carolyn (Taylor) Manganello, Grand Junction, Colo., and Robert H. Taylor, Orleans; a sister, Sarah Duckworth, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Her parents; husband; three brothers who served in both wars; and a great-grandson, Michael Yoder, preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Port William Cemetery with Steve Steuer officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Gill

Nov. 24, 1920 — Oct. 29, 2007

Waldo Emerson Gill, 86, Mitchell, formerly of Metropolis, Ill., passed away at 6:37 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Nov. 24, 1920, in Sturgis, Ky., he was the son of Huron Ray and Stella Agnes (Fishback) Gill. His paternal grandparents were William R. Gill, M.D., and Alice (Richey) Gill; maternal grandparents were Joseph and Melissa (Hopkins) Fischback; and paternal great-grandparents, Adolphus and Catherine Fischback.

He was a retired auto parts salesman and a member of Seven Mile Baptist Church.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250.

Surviving are daughter, Carol Roop and husband Claude of Mitchell; a son, James Waldo Gill, Chattanooga, Tenn.; three grandsons; two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.

His parents, brothers, John R., William, Charles, Tommy and Pete Ray Gill; and sister, Agnes Myers, preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. (CDT) today at Massac Memorial Gardens in Metropolis, Ill., with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 305, Metropolis, Ill.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Hawkins

Oct. 16, 1937 — Oct. 28, 2007

Lowell Max Hawkins, 70, Springville, died Sunday at his residence.

He retired with 12 years of service at Indiana University, where he was a storeroom clerk.

Survivors include his wife, Edith (Davis) Hawkins; three sons: Lowell W., Larry D., and Loren G., all of Springville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel, with Pastor Lloyd Cheek officiating. Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greene County.

Johnson

Juanita Sue Johnson, 69, Bedford, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.  

October 29, 2007

Francis

March 13, 1916 — Oct. 27, 2007

Mildred A. Francis, 91, of 613 Guthrie Road, Bedford, died at 5:58 p.m. Saturday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Born March 13, 1916, in Nashville, Tenn. she was the daughter of Edward and Alice (Neely) Jordan. She married Paul E. Francis and he preceded her in death in April 1970.

She was a homemaker

Survivors include one son, Clarence Francis Sr. and wife Leasa of Bedford; two daughters, Alice Louise Fuller of Bloomfield and Mary Katherine Eads of Bedford; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Springville West Cemetery with Sister Becky Ryan officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mildred at www.daycarter.com.

Johnson

Mary Alice (Lawrence) Johnson, 94, Mitchell, died at 9:10 p.m. Sunday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

Hawkins

Lowell “Max” Hawkins, 70, Springville, died Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel in Bloomington.

  

October 27, 2007

White

March 9, 1930 — Oct. 26, 2007

Harold White, 77, Mitchell, passed away at 8 a.m. Friday at his residence.

Born March 9, 1930, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Opal and Leafy Agnes (Burton) White. He married Charlotte R. Mundy on March 2, 1951.

He retired from Carpenter Body Works with 42 years of service and was known as “Hog Jaw.” He graduated from Huron High School in 1949 and was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a Purple Heart recipient.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte White, Mitchell; sons Stephfan Lee White, Mitchell and Kevin Lynn White and wife, Nancy, West Baden Springs; brothers, James White, Mitchell, and Robert White, Mitchell; sister, Shirley Howard, Mitchell; grandchildren, Matthew White, Huron, Jared White, Evansville, Chad White, Huron, Brooke White, West Baden Springs, and Levi White, West Baden Springs; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Chastain Funeral Home with Brother Charlie Scott and the Rev. Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be: Matthew White, Jared White, Chad White, Levi White, Gary King and Kevin White.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Fortner

May 8, 1921 — Oct. 25, 2007

Alice M. Fortner, 86, of Bedford, died at 1:43 p.m. on Thursday. at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford.

Born May 8, 1921, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Maude Dessie (Bennett) Sego. She married Ernest Walter Fortner on May 27, 1939, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1993.

She was a homemaker and a long time member of the Free Methodist Church where she was also involved in the Merry Widows group. Alice was a charter member of the Bedford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Survivors include one daughter, Donna Fortner Roberts of Bedford; one son, Ernest Michael Fortner of Oolitic; three grandsons, Michael Shannon Fortner and wife Donna and Stephen Howard Roberts all of Bedford and Timothy Scott Fortner and companion Jessica Emmons of Oolitic; two great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one sister, Shirley Gilstrap and husband George of Bedford; one brother Jerry Sego of Orlando, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Hildred Fortner Cobb of Tucson, Ariz. and Esther Fortner of Cape Cod, Mass; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; six brothers, Arlie, Donald, Arthur, William, Charles and Ray Sego and two brothers in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. David Colgan and Roger Gales officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Alice at www.daycarter.com

  

October 25, 2007

Pace

April 28, 1940 — Oct. 23, 2007

Charles D. “Chuck” Pace, 67, Bedford, died Tuesday at Bloomington Hospital following a short illness.

Born April 28, 1940, in Bedford, he was the son of Clyde and Mabel (Davis) Pace.

Chuck served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

He was a line inspector and retired from General Electric in Bloomington. He also was a skilled carpenter and had been a builder. During his retirement years, Chuck enjoyed the simple pleasures of sitting on the front porch of their home with his wife, Dagmar, and enjoying their many cats (all of whom they had “adopted” as strays).

He dearly loved his wife and family.

He is survived by his wife, Dagmar (Andersson) Pace; two sons: Eric Pace of Bedford and Major Kevin Pace and his wife Betsy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two brothers: George Pace of Bedford and Harold “Gene” Pace of Bloomington; one sister, Phyllis Gilbert of Oolitic; grandchildren: Jonathan, Alysha, and Geoffrey of Bloomington, and Kirsten, Sierra, and Heidi of Colorado Springs; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde Pace Jr.; and one sister, Alice Cronin.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, with Pastor Paul Neuman officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the humane society.

Way

Oct. 30, 1929 — Oct. 24, 2007

 Robert M. Way, 77, Bedford, died at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday, at Garden Villa in Bedford.

He was a forklift driver for General Motors for 31 years, retiring in 1978. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Army.

Survivors include four daughters: Bonnie Craig, Bedford, Sheila Reef, Mitchell, Vicki McPike, Springville, and Fran Michelle Chastain, Bedford; one son, Robert A. Way, Mitchell; two sisters: Janet Tidd, Bedford and Wanda West, Springville; four brothers: John Way, Fayetteville, Paul Way, Bedford, Jerry Way, Ocala, FL and Larry Dean Way, Ellettsville; one half-brother, Billy Way, Indianapolis; one stepbrother, Larry Kern, Bedford; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor James Keaton Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Online condolences are available at www.daycarter.com.  

October 23, 2007

Lipscomb

Donald Allen Lipscomb, 76, died Sunday at Valle Vista Hospital in Greenwood.

Don was a Christian for many years and was a member of the Heltonville Baptist Church. He lived with his family, then T.S.I in Mitchell, The Simpson House in Bedford and later at Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

Don was with Stonebelt and L.A.R.C for 21 years. He was in the Special Olympics and won several awards in bowling.

He is survived by two brothers: Adarian Lipscomb and wife Jane of Champaign, Ill., and David Lipscomb and wife Phyllis of Heltonville; three sisters: Phyllis Janes and husband Bruce, Patricia Martin and husband Wesley and Karen Fleetwood and husband Dean, all of Heltonville; also three nephews, five nieces, five great-nephews; six great-nieces; and two great-great-great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert W. and Lora Lee (McDonle) Lipscomb; two brothers: Robert and Wilard Lipscomb; four sisters: Margaret Eddington, Rozella, Wilma and Joan Lipscomb; one nephew, Steve Martin; one niece, Joan Fitzgerald; and two brothers-in-law: Herold Eddington and Paul Fitzgerald.

Don had a circle of loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Heltonville Baptist Church with James Stevens and Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

  

October 20, 2007

Brock

Nov. 15, 1921 — Oct. 18, 2007

Elsie Lorene Brock, 85, of Bedford, went on to be in the waiting arms of her Lord, Jesus Christ at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2007, at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born November 15, 1921 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Volney and Grace (Hall) Kern. She married James Harold Brock on July 10, 1944, and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1978. She was a homemaker and a member of Old Union Christian Church. She was a volunteer at the Hoosier Christian Village and a member of NARFE.

Survivors include two daughters, Myra Nicholson and Mona Cobb both of Bedford; two sons, Jimmie and Kenny Brock both of Bedford; a sister, Mabel Henderson of Bedford; a brother, Olin Kern of Bedford; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, Waldo and Alan Kern; and two grandchildren, Toni and Chris.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday at the Old Union Christian Church. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Monday at the Old Union Church. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Elsie at www.daycarter.com  

October 18, 2007

Chapman

Apr. 11, 1925 – Oct. 17, 2007

Hubert R. "Chappie" Chapman, 82, Bedford, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at Bloomington Hospital.

Born April 11, 1925, in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, he was the son of Noel and Lucy (Rymer) Chapman.  He was first married to Virginia Lawrence and then married Emily C. (Hicks) Miller and she preceded him in death December 23, 1994.

He was a farmer and a retired security guard.

He was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Surviving:  Sons: Wayford Chapman, Williams Wayman Chapman, Morningview, Kentucky. Stepson: Steven D. Miller of Bedford, and his wife Debbie,  Sister: Margaret Hensley, Columbus, Ohio. Granddaughters: Regina and Chris Chapman. Stepgrandchildren: Derek Miller, Francie Miller, and Brandon and Heather Brown. Stepgreat-grandchildren: Ethan Wayne Brown and Emily Miller

His parents and wife preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, at Schultz Cemetery in Martinsville with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com
 

October 17, 2007

Russel

Oct. 5, 1950 – Oct. 16, 2007

Rita F. Russell, 57, Orleans, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at Medco Health and Rehabilitation Center, French Lick.

Born October 5, 1950, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of William and Leona (Edmonson) Russell.

She was a certified nursing assistant and had been employed at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Surviving: Son, Johnny Leroy Nickless and wife, Bobbi, Orleans. Father, William Russell, Loogootee. Sister, Cindy Bridges, Bedford. Brothers, Bill Russell, Mitchell Thomas Russell, Washington. 4 grandchildren.

Her mother preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, at Mitchell Cemetery with Bro. Duane Edmonson officiating.

Friends may call from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com
 

Cronin

Oct. 4, 1946 — Oct. 16, 2007

Patricia Elaine Cronin, 61, 202 Candlelight Lane, Oolitic, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at her residence.

She was born Oct. 4, 1946 in Lawrence County to Lloyd and Etta Faye (Hall) Meadows. She married Stephen Cronin Aug. 14, 1968 in Bedford, and he survives.

She was librarian at Dollens Elementary School at Oolitic. She was a graduate of Bedford High School and attended Indiana University at Bloomington. She was a member of Oolitic United Methodist Church.

Surviving with the husband, are a son, Derek Cronin of Starkville, Miss.; two daughters; Mrs. Jill Cronin Silvers and husband, John and Mrs. Angie Blanton and husband Travis, both of Bloomington; a grandson, Reid Silvers; four granddaughters: Madison and Bailey Silvers, Taylor and Katie Blanton; and a sister, Mrs. Brenda McGregor and her husband Don of Clarksville.

Services will be at 2 p.m Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
 

Obtober 16, 2007

Dodds

Sept. 13, 1913—Oct. 13, 2007

William Edgar Dodds, 94. Private graveside services were held Saturday afternoon at Cresthaven Memory Gardens for William Edgar Dodds, of Bedford, who passed away at 7:25 p.m. Friday at Garden Villa. Burial was at Cresthaven,

He was born Sept. 13, 1913, in Lawrence County to Will and Ethel (Blackburn) Dodds. He married Mary Kathleen Hawkins Oct. 26, 1935 and she survives.

From 1940-56, he worked at Crane Division Naval Surface Warfare Center Black Powder Ordnance. From 1956-76 he was a machinist at Ford Motor Company at Indianapolis. He was a 1933 graduate of Heltonville High School and a member of Masonic Lodge, Bedford. and Gem & Mineral Society at Indianapolis.

Surviving with the wife, are a daughter, Jolene Roberts; grandsons; Bryan E. Roberts and Dayne D. Roberts; half sister-in-law, Mary Lou Craig: nieces and nephews: Leora Hanners Rice and Marcia Hanners MacElfresh, both of Brownstown, Carol Kopp Allen, Carmel, Tim Todd, Martinsville, Janet Hawkins, Warren Kopp and Jon Scott Dodds, all of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Ethel (Blackburn) Dodds, a brother, Paul Dodds, a sister-in-law, Velma Dodds and nephew, Jon Dodds.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to White River Humane Society.

October 15, 2007

Franklin

Nov. 20, 1919—Oct. 13, 2007

Gail Franklin, 87, of Avoca, went to be with the Lord at 8:08 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Born November 20, 1919 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Elijah Tumey and Ethel (Mitchell). She was a secretary from 1959 to 1989 at Needmore School and was a member of the Gulletts Creek Baptist Church. She married Roy Franklin in September 1941 and he preceded her in death in April 1992.

Surviving are three sons; Mike Franklin and his wife, Sue of Bloomington, IN; Benny Franklin and his wife, Rita of Springville, IN and Ed Franklin and his wife, Connie of Springville, IN; six grandchildren: Karen Jackson, Valerie Imler, Brian and Brad Frankin, Doug Franklin and Jodi Davis; six great-grandchildren: Luke, Logan and Noah Jackson, Alexis Imler, Nick Franklin and Samanatha Franklin; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; five brothers: Dariel Mitchell, Coval Tumey, Morris Tumey, Willard Tumey, Carroll Tumey and one step broher, Vstal Tumey.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 16 from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with burial following at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Monday, October 15 at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book for Gail at www.daycarter.com

Jones

Nov. 27, 1917—Oct. 13, 2007

Mary Elizabeth Jones, 89, of Bedford and formerly of Springville passed away at 6:55 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2007 at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born on November 27, 1917 in Bedford, IN she was the daughter of Albert A. Medaugh and Minnie (King) Medaugh. She was a housewife, member of the Free Methodist Church, American Association of Retired Persons, Women’s Missionary Society and the Bedford Medical Center Auxiliary and a graduate from Bedford High School in 1935. She married Walden C. Jones on November 27, 1935 and he died on July 2, 1977.

Surviving are two daughters: Karen May and her husband, Denny of Bedford and Barbara Brand of Tampa, FL; two grandchildren: Maria Ikerd and her husband, Dale of Bedford and Melissa Eads and her husband, Bobby of Springille; six great grandchildren: Lee Ikerd and his wife, Jessica of Bedford, Heather Bates and her husband, Reno of Bedford, Nick Eads and his wife, Amber of Springville, Ashley Ratkovich and her husband, Scott of Mitchell and Corey Ikerd and his wife, Kayla of Bedford and nine great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two grandchildren; David Alan May and Danny Lee May.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 16 from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Motuary with Pastor David Colgan officiating. Friends may call at Day & Carter Mortuary on Tuesday, October 16 from noon until the service hour. Private entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Mary at www.daycarter.com

Jacobs

Sept. 4, 1932—Oct. 13, 2007

Phyllis C. Jacobs, 75, Mitchell, died at 11:05 a.m. Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was a legal secretary.

Surviving are a son, Matthew S. Jacobs, Bedford; a daughter, Elizabeth Frigierio of Mitchell; three brothers; John Bohnenkamp, Iowa City, Iowa, Steve Bohnenkamp, Mitchell and Mike Bohnenkamp of Montrose, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

There will be no service. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Chastain Funeral Home at Mitchell. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

October 13, 2007

Hawkins

Feb. 3, 1918 — Oct. 12, 2007

Dessie E. Hawkins, 89, of Bedford, went to her Heavenly Home at 12:10 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2007, at Stronebridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Born February 3, 1918, in Martin Co., she was the daughter of Isaac and Eva (Stroud) Wade. She first married Irvin Hicks. She later married Gilbert Hawkins, and they both preceded her in death. Dessie was a homemaker and a member of the First Church of God.

Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Wilcox of Bloomington, Evelyn Pruett and her husband, Roy, of Bedford, Carolyn Pruett and her husband, Danny, and Anita Hamilton, all of Bedford; two sisters, Ola Morrow and Victorine Rollman, both of Bedford; one brother, Harley Wade of Bedford; ninteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, three daughters, Eva Sowder, Hazel Young and Phyllis Lewis; one son, Russell Hicks; three brothers, William, George, and Harold Wade; four sisters, Gertie Owens, Dovie Douglass, Myrtle Moore and Grace Allen; two grandchildren, Billy McCluskey and Jimmy Pruett, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 15th from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Dessie at www.daycarter.com.

Hawkins, MD

July 13, 1923—Oct. 12, 2007

Richard Dale Hawkins, MD, 84, died on Friday, October, 12, 2007, at the Stone Bridge Health Campus in Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Hobart and Sally (Harrell) Hawkins, and by three sisters: Norma Wagner, Phyllis Lewis and Mary Marrow.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years: Jean (Hall) Hawkins, two sisters: Georgia Israel and Betty Kirkman; four children: Karen Weaver (Bill) of Birmingham, AL; Drew Hawkins (Peggy) of Greenwood, IN; Penny Hawkins Taylor of Carmel, IN, and Bret Hawkins (Barbara) of Bedford; eight grandchildren: Emily Weaver Johnson, Derek Weaver, Bret David Hawkins, Lawrence Taylor, Jr., Rachel Stiffler, Erin Taylor, Kate Hawkins, and Mary Hawkins, and five great-grandchildren: Aidan and Asher Weaver, Owen Johnson, Grant Hawkins and Brakston Taylor.

Dr. Hawkins began his education at Edwards one-room schoolhouse in Marshall Township. He attended Needmore High School, graduated in 1940 from Bedford High School, and in 1943 from DePauw University, which he attended on a Rector Scholarship. In 1946, he graduated magna cum laude from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, and was inducted into AOA medical student honor society. Following an internship and residency at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, he served in the military as base pediatrician at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Following that, he practiced pediatrics at Wharton, TX, while he also taught in the Department of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine (1949-51), and practiced in Biloxi, MS (1951-54). He returned to Bedford in 1954, where he practiced for over 25 years. In 1958, he and four other Bedford physicians founded the Edgewood Clinic, and he was instrumental in the creation in 1970 of Bedford Medical Center (BMC), becoming president of its board of directors. He also served as a consultant with Gilligan and Associates of Peoria, IL, where he was involved in the planning and construction of health care facilities in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey. In 1977, he became the Executive Director of the Edgewood Clinic and in 1991, took on the additional position of CEO of BMC. In 1994, he became the CEO when BMC became Bedford Regional Medical Center and remained in that position until his retirement in 1995.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford, where he taught the Mary and Lazarus Sunday School class for many years and served over the years as a deacon and a member of various committees, including Pulpit, Pledge, and Building Committees. In addition to his family and church, his other interests included fishing, community, flying (private pilot), vacationing with family, and Bedford, BNL and IU basketball.

Visitation will be from 2:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday, October 15th, and from 11:00 until 1:00 on Tuesday, October 16th, at the First Baptist Church (Washington Avenue and 20th Street). The funeral will be at the church at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16th, with Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church of Bedford. Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Dr. Hawkins at www.daycarter.com

The family wishes to express its great appreciation for the extraordinary care provided by Jeannie Judah, and also for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Kamal Girgis, Bedford Regional Medical Center, the staff of Stonebridge Health Campus and Hoosier Uplands Hospice.

October 12, 2007

Deckard

May 17, 1925—Oct. 10, 2007

Dorothy M. Deckard, 82, Bedford, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born May 17, 1925 in Bedford where she was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, going to dirt track races and auctions.

She is survived by four children: Terry Deckard and wife Marie, Margaret Deckard, Melissa Deckard-Knarian and husband Ronnie, and Kathy Woods; a sister, Carol Hutchinson; three brothers; Michael David Henderson, Patrick Henderson and wife Peggy and Gary Henderson and wife, Louise; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Deckard; parents: Patrick and Olive Evelyn (Edington) Henderson and three brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Cliff Hester officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memorial Park.

Condolences may be sent to www.cresthavenfuneralhome.com.

Murphy

July 12, 1940 — Oct. 10, 2007

Richard C. Murphy, 67, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at his residence in Bedford, following an extended illness.

He was born July 12, 1940, in Jackson County, Indiana. He was the retired owner/operator of City Auto Repo Sales in Plantation, Fla. He was a member of the Stone Crest Country Club, and was an avid golfer and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Rita (Vincins) Murphy; six children, Clayton Murphy and wife, Ronna, Christine Springer and husband, Derek, Star Pearce and husband, Davie, and Joane Symcox, Micheal O’Neill and Christine O’Neill; three brothers, Jack Murphy and wife Joyce, and Mike Murphy and Pat Murphy; eight grandchildren, Alexandra Murphy, Haley Springer, Reece Springer, Ty Pearce, Michael Symcox, Adam Symcox, Stephen Symcox and Thomas Symcox. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Evelyn (Elkins) Murphy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 14, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memorial Park. Leave online condolences or view a memorial video at www.cresthavenfuneralhome.com.

October 11, 2007

Watterson

Dec. 28, 1915—Oct. 9, 2007

Georgie Alonzo Watterson, 91, Mitchell, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Garden Villa in Bedford.

He was born Dec. 28, 1915 in Lawrence County to James O. and Julie Ann (Curry) Watterson. He married Vivian Fields in February, 1936 in Paoli, and she survives.

He was a self-employed truck driver. He was a graduate of Mitchell High School Class of 1939, a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church and a US Army/Air Force veteran of World War II.

Surviving with his wife, Vivian, are: a son, James P. Watterson and wife, Sharon of Mitchell; a daughter, Marilyn S. Brown and husband, Lawrence of Pekin; a grandson, Mark Watterson of Dallas, Texas; seven granddaughters: Susan King and husband Steve of English, Lisa Morrow and husband David of Salem, Tracy Brewer and husband Barry of Palmyra, Tina Wyatt and husband Marty of Mitchell, Teresa Clements and husband Brady of Greenwood, Becky Niemann and husband Mark of New Albany, and Cathy Williams and husband, Tim of Louisville, Ky.; 14 great-grandchildren: Amanda Rutan, Ben, Joshua and Seth Morrow, Sarah and Ryan Brewer, Steffen and Michael Wyatt, Tyler, Courtney, Yura and Tetyana Clements, Emma and Elly Nieman; five great-great-grandchildren: Dakota King, Dylan and Felicity Rutan, Ella and Bailey Morrow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bob Watterson; a daughter, Mary Ann Watterson in infancy, and one great-granddaughter, Summer Abel.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell with Pastor Lewis Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call at the chapel in Mitchell from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Oct 12. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion, Mitchell Post 250.

  

October 10, 2007

Davidson

Nov. 30. 1931—Oct. 9, 2007

Beatrice Marie Davidson, 75, of 514 W Street, Bedford, died at 6:05 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2007 at the Bloomington Hospital.

Born Nov. 30, 1931, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Sam and Emily Sproles. She married Finley Davidson and he preceded her in death. She retired from quality control at Visteon.

Survivors include three daughters: Anna Mary Leonard of Paoli, Floretta Davidson of Bedford and Sherrie Balazs of Bloomington; one sister, Ersie Holmes of Avoca; six grandchildren; Angie Hatton, Andrew Leonard, Christie Leonard, Amy Biaso, Joseph Biaso and Sarah Fitzgerald and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson, Rodney and granddaughter, Lakin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Jay Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 and from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday, Oct. 12 at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Beatrice at www.daycarter.com.

Peyton

Jan. 6, 1916—Oct. 9, 2007

Della Rose Peyton, 91, Bedford, died at 11:26 a.m. Tuesday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

She was a homemaker and member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the Altar Society. Surviving is one sister, Dorothy Sluder of Mitchell.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Day & Carter Mortuary. There will be a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Della at www.daycarter.com.

Gregory

March 29, 1914—Oct. 10, 2007

Dorothy A. Gregory, 93, StoneBridge Health Center and former resident of 1215 Ninth St., Bedford, died at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

She was born March 29, 1914 in Salem to Emery and Grace (Jean) Rosenbaum. She married Everett Gregory Aug. 16, 1932 and he died March 24, 1999.

She was a homemaker and member of First Christian Church in Bedford.

Surviving are three daughters; Betty Wagoner and husband, Gene, of Bedford, Sue May and husband, Ron, of Avon, and Kim Parkes and husband, Kerry of Mitchell; a son, Bill Gregory and wife, Peggy of Leesville; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sons: David, Bob and James Gregory, and two sisters: Martha Hoober and Helen Ruth Rosenbaum.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, with the Rev. Robert Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

Watterson

George A. Watterson, 91, Mitchell, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday at Garden Villa in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell.

  

October 8, 2007

Davidson Sr.

March 6, 1922—Oct. 6, 2007

John Davidson Sr., 85, of 520 W Street, Bedford, died at 10:54 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born March 6, 1922, he was the son of Woodrow and Sudie (Smith) Davidson. He married Ellen Cobb March 23, 1943 and she survives.

He was retired from General Motors where he was a production worker in the Piston Department. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #330 and the Park Place Church of God in Bedford.

Surviving with his wife, Ellen is one daughter, Flossie Patton of Bloomington; two sons: William Dallas Davidson of Needmore and John Marty Davidson of Bedford; five grandchildreen: Ginger Ratcliff, Jill Rogers, Shelly Conard, Brandon Davidson and Bridget Deckard; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Edward (Bud) Davidson of Scotland, Ky. and one sister, Clonie Baxter of Baltimore, Md.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Delmar and Finley Davidson; sisters: Sylvia, Edna and four in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Millard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 and from noon until the hour of service on Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of John at www.daycarter.com.

  

October 6, 2007

Allen

Dec. 28, 1913 — Oct. 4, 2007

Evelyn Marie Allen, 93, StoneBridge Health Campus, formerly of 1310 Third Street, Bedford, died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Dec. 28, 1913, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Otto and Maude (Fleetwood) Arthur. She married Bert Allen on April 6, 1947, in Indianapolis, and he preceded her in death on July 14, 2005.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Grace Methodist Church and the WASCA in the church.

Survivors include one niece, Betty Fish of Bedford; one nephew Earlen Wilkerson of Columbus; and her caregiver, Pam Mosqueda of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in the Leesville Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Rush

Dec. 5, 1918 — Oct. 4, 2007

Zebedee Rush, 88, Springville, died at 2:05 p.m. Thursday at his residence.

He was a farmer and had also worked at Bedford Limestone and NSWC Crane.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Rush, Springville; three daughters, Carol Russell, Springville, Mary Fields, Bloomfield; and Sherry Anno, Fishers; three sons, Douglas Rush, Bedford, Zebedee L. “Shorty” Rush, Huron, and Michael Rush, Bloomfield; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Glenn Stidd officiating. Burial will follow in Owensburg Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and from noon until the service on Sunday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Greene County.   

October 4, 2007

Oliver

March 19, 1933 — Oct. 3, 2007

Norman Eugene Oliver, 74, 196 Mason Street, East Oolitic, died Wednesday at his residence.

Born March 19, 1933, in East Oolitic, the oldest of fourteen children, he was the son of Orval Oliver and Goldie (Swartz) Blackwell.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman’s Club. Norman enjoyed hunting and fishing. He hosted a catfish fry for family and friends each Labor Day. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include five sisters: Bonnie Watson and husband Charles of East Oolitic, Carol Holtsclaw and husband Jerry of Oolitic, Brenda Rhorer and husband Fred of Indianapolis, Wilma Wikle and husband Terry and Rita VanDeventer and husband Willard all of Bloomington; seven brothers: Clovis Oliver of Bloomington, John Oliver of Cypress, Texas, Gary Oliver of Humble, Texas, James Oliver of Houston, Texas, Dallas and Steve Oliver both of Bedford and Kevin Blackwell of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald Oliver; one brother, Melvin Oliver.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Millard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillenburg Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Norman at www.daycarter.com

  

October 2, 2007

Marsh

Sept. 7, 1955 — Oct. 1, 2007

Terry Lee “Chopper” Marsh, 52, 1513 Sixth Street, Bedford, died at 8:27 a.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 7, 1955, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert “Bob” and Phyllis (Luttrell) Marsh. He married Debbie Sons on Sept. 16, 1977, in Bedford, and she survives.

He was owner/operator of Chopper’s Auto Cleaning. He was a member of the American Legion in Mitchell.

Surviving with his wife, Debbie Marsh, of Bedford, are two sons: Jeremy Lee Marsh and Curtis Alan Marsh, both of Bedford; three grandchildren: Kadden and Gaven Marsh, and Kori Arthur, all of Mitchell; one brother, Kenny Hutchinson of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; two daughters: Michelle Ann and Laura Christine Marsh, both in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights at the funeral home.

Neill

Nov. 3, 1947 — Sept. 30, 2007

Thomas P. “Big Buddy” Neill, 59, of Bedford, died at 3:58 a.m. Sunday.at the Bloomington Hospital after a short illness.

Born November 3, 1947, in Greene County, he was the son of Marvin and Jacqueline (MacIntosh) Neill. He married Sandi (Johnson) Collins (to whom he gave the pet name of “Angel”) on May 2, 1977, and she survives.

He was self-employed. For 18 years, Tom was a faithful volunteer at the Parkview Primary Preschool Class of Marsha Mathews. He loved all children and was a very special friend to them and their families and all kids loved him. He was a volunteer for the Special Olympics. Tom appreciated and loved his multitude of good friends and family.

Surviving with Sandi, his wonderful wife of 30 years, are three stepsons: Robert Jr. Collins and Dusty Collins both of Bedford and James “Jay” Collins of Bloomington; six grandchildren; three brothers: Jim, Kenny and Joe Neill all of Bloomington; one sister, Edna Wildman of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Lou Brewer.

A celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Parkview Primary School, 1701 Brian Lane Way, Bedford, with Pastor Joe Nelson, Brother Charles Deckard, Sari Wood and Larry Summerton speaking. The family would especially like to invite all of “Big Buddy’s” children and their families to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to Parkview Primary Preschool Playground Fund, c/o Marsha Mathews, 1701 Brian Lane Way, Bedford, IN 47421.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Tom at www.daycarter.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

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