2008-01 (January)

January 31, 2008

Russell L. McBride

Oct. 25, 1918 — Jan. 30, 2008

Russell L. McBride, 89, Bedford, died at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Oct. 25, 1918, in Orange County, he was the son of Arthur and Lois (Rogers) McBride. He married Helen Babcock on Dec. 24, 1948, and she survives.

He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He was a member of North Bedford Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Lee and Banks McBride; and one grandson-in-law, Anthony Brockett.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Helen (Babcock) McBride of Bedford; one son, Larry McBride and wife Brenda of Columbia, Mo.; three daughters: Linda Wininger and husband Ralph of Orleans, Marilyn Hunter and husband Don of Bedford, and Melba Edwards and husband John Paul of Ellettsville; one brother, Harold McBride and wife Charlotte of New Port Richey, Fla., two sisters: Evelyn Gray of Paoli and Helen Pavey of Brazil; three sisters-in-law: Charlotte McBride of Florida, Kathryn Bostock of Paoli and Lois Babcock of Paoli; seven grandchildren: Tina Brockett, Reggie McBride, Amy Pantone, Trenton Reynolds, Adria Edwards, John I. Edwards, and Rebekah Edwards; 11 great-grandchildren: Taylor and Peyton McBride, Ashley, Rylan, Hayden, Calley and Shaley Brockett, Tristan Pantone, and John Mark, Nicholas and Jared Edwards.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, 83, Bedford, died at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Lottie E. Pierce

Lottie E. Pierce, 100, 2520 Washington Ave., Bedford, died at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.  

January 29, 2008

Mary A. Collins

Dec. 3, 1941 — Jan. 28, 2008

Mary A. Collins, 66, Mitchell, died at 10:18 a.m. Monday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 3, 1941, in Perry County, she was the daughter of Zenor and Minnie (Carr) Underhill. She married Donald Collins in 1990, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 1997.

She was a waitress at Hobby’s Inn for many years and a homemaker.

She was a graduate of Oil Township High School in Tell City.

Survivors include four stepdaughters: Nancy Mack of Panama City, Panama, Sharon Goodpasture, French Lick, Brenda Lamar, Huron and Susan Deckard of Mitchell; one stepson, Joe Collins of French Lick; one sister, Priscilla Cunningham of Mitchell; two nephews: Patrick Cunningham of Mitchell and Wes Cunningham of San Francisco; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one stepdaughter, Rita Bell, and one stepson, Greg Collins.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with Brother Bob Courson and Brother Max Abel officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

Special thanks to Dr. Becky Allmon for her special care of Mary.

Brianna Rose Rhoda

Our sweet baby girl, Brianna Rose, infant daughter of Brady and Brandi Rhoda went to Heaven to be with Jesus on January 26, 2008.

She is sadly missed by her paternal grandparents, Joe Rhoda and Nina Rhoda both of Bedford; maternal grandparent, Rose Browning of Bloomington; and paternal great-grandparents, William Fred and Sarah Harrell of Williams and Lucille Rhoda of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James Browning of Mitchell.

There will be no visitation or service.

Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

“Gone, yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within us, forever in our heart.”

Willa A. Faris

June 8, 1933 — Jan. 28, 2008

Willa A. (Mathis) Faris, 74, of 5501 U.S. 50 East, Bedford, died at 9 p.m. Monday at her residence.

Born June 8, 1933, in Pinhook, she was the daughter of Victor and Alberta (Myers) Mathis. She married Don Faris on Dec. 31, 1955, and he survives.

She retired as a bookkeeper from the Bedford National Bank. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford and a long-time volunteer with the Auxiliary at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include her husband, Don of Bedford; two sons: Mike Faris and wife Jennifer of Bedford and Tommy Faris and wife Crystal of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren: Naphtali, Thomas, Jeremy and Timothy; two brothers: Max Mathis and wife Dorothy of Bargersville, and Carrol Mathis and wife Joan of Buddha; one sister, Nancy Bramer and husband Kenneth of Clarksville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Marie Borden and June Hudson, and one brother, Howard Mathis.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church in Bedford with the Rev. Dr. Tommy Faris and the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Day & Carter Mortuary and from 9 a.m. until the service on Friday at the church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Leiomyosarcoma Foundation or the First Baptist Church of Bedford.

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

  

January 28, 2008

Derek D. Harrison

Sept. 19, 1960 — Jan. 25, 2008

Derek D. Harrison, 47, 10 Harrison Road, Mitchell, passed away at 6:30 a.m. Friday at his residence.

Born Sept. 19, 1960, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert and Margaret (McAfee) Harrison. He married Jyl Ann Ziegler on Oct. 15, 1983.

He was a registered respiratory therapist and was employed at Bloomington Hospital. He graduated from Loogootee High School in 1978.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250.

Survivors include his wife, Jyl A. Harrison, Mitchell; a daughter, Andrea Michelle Harrison, Mitchell; sons, Nathan Robert Harrison, Mitchell, and Eric Scott Harrison, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; his father, Robert Harrison, Loogootee; a brother, Darren Goins, Indianapolis; a sister, Lori Moore, Bloomington, and four grandchildren.

His mother, Margaret Harrison, and stepson, Ronald Allen Jr., preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and the Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be from the 4th Infantry Division, Easy Company and the 44th Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Legion Post No. 250.

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

January 27, 2008

Ronald W. Fender

Dec. 16, 1946 — Jan. 23, 2008

Ronald W. Fender, 61, 718 H St., Bedford, died at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born Dec. 16, 1946, in Charlestown, he was the son of Wayne and Catherine (Weir) Fender. He married Paulette K. Kester on July 1, 1989, in Ocala, Fla., and she survives.

He was a Wal-Mart employee and a member of the Southland Church of Christ.

Survivors include his father, Wayne Fender of Bedford; his wife, Paulette Fender of Bedford; one son, Ernest Fender, Spring Hill, Fla.; four sisters, Marilyn Miller, Virginia Cunningham, Mary Wessel, and Brenda Brummett, all of Bedford; two stepbrothers, Winford Headdy of Grand Junction, Colo., and Jerry Headdy of Greenwood; his mother-in-law, Jean Kester of Fairmont W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother; one stepsister, Doris Anderson; and stepmother, Daphene Fender.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Southland Church of Christ in Bedford, with Brother Bud Smith officiating.

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

January 26, 2008

Violet M. Nodine

Oct. 25, 1929 — Jan. 24, 2008

Violet M. Nodine, 78, Mitchell, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday at Mitchell Manor.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two brothers, Forrest James Nodine, Mitchell, and Dale Lee Nodine, Mitchell.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with Bishop Paul Hansen officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

  

January 25, 2008

Icey M. Crane

June 13, 1930 — Jan. 24, 2008

Icey M. Crane, 77, of East Oolitic, went to be with the Lord on Thursday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

She was born on June 13, 1930, in Liberty, Ky., to William and Mary (Wall) Gilpin. She married Charles J. Crane on March 5, 1949, in Paoli, and he preceded her in death on August 20, 1992.

She was a devoted mother, homemaker, and a member of the East Oolitic Community Church. She was a friend to all and loved by everyone who knew her. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed life and visiting relatives in Kentucky, Iowa and Ohio, especially Anna Mae, Virgie, Jewel and Iva D.

Survivors include one sister, Iva D. Mundy of Cincinnati, Ohio; four children, Carolyn M. Banks of Bloomington, Betty L. Baker of Springville, Charles L. Crane of Bedford and Dave R. Crane of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Troy A. Baker, Angela Hofman, Trisha Parker, Melissa Crane, Matthew Crane, Jared Crane, Shelby Crane and Amanda Crane; and 10 great-grandchildren, Drew, Evan and Cole Baker, Abigail and Audrey Parker, Kinsley Shumacher, Bryant, Haylie, Emma and Ethan Crane.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday 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 to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the mortuary.

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

  

January 24, 2008

Melvin E. Buchanan

Oct. 11, 1920 — Jan. 22, 2008

Melvin E. Buchanan, 87, Mitchell, formerly of Crawford County, passed away at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 11, 1920, in Orange County, he was the son of John and Alice (Bennett) Buchanan. He married Alice Bernice Mosson May 7, 1948, and she preceded him in death in April of 2000. He married Pearl (Thompson) Deckard on Oct. 11, 2003.

He was a farmer and construction worker and was retired from Mulzer Crushed Stone.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl Buchanan of Mitchell; sons: Larry Melvin Buchanan and wife Patricia of Paoli and David Eugene Buchanan and wife Zola of English; daughters: Patty Jean Landreth and husband Monty of Salem and Sheila Yvonne Buchanan of Taswell; stepdaughters: Regina Sorrells, of Mitchell, Dianna Kay Webb and husband Lee of Mitchell, Nedra Hardwick and husband Jerry of Bedford, Geni Clouse and husband Steve of Palm Coast, Fla., Marlena Swartz and husband Randay of Mitchell, and Kim Dorsett of Bedford; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

His parents; wife, Alice, brother, Loren Buchanan; and sister, Maymie Giammanco, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewis Williams and the Rev. Carl Brown officiating. Burial will be in Paoli Community Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Reba M. Raines

March 24, 1910 — Jan. 23, 2008

Reba Mae Raines, 97, of 1079 Fayetteville-Owensburg Road, Bedford, went to be with the Lord at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

Born March 24, 1910, in Martin County, she was the daughter of Noah and Martha Elizabeth (Roberts) Baker. She married Henry Raines on March 24, 1924, and he preceded her in death on August 5, 1961.

She was a homemaker, of the Pentecostal faith and a member of the House of Prayer Church in Fayetteville where she played the piano for over 60 years. She was featured on the WHAS-TV 11 Louisville Tonight Show where she appeared along with her brother on an oldest twins segment. At age 97, she played the harmonica with the Second Shift Bluegrass Band for the residents of Mitchell Manor Nursing Home.

Survivors include four sons: Wendell Raines and wife Adeline of Dunkirk, Harold Raines and wife Joni, Charles David Raines and wife Sue, Bill Raines and wife Melody, all of Fayetteville; six daughters: Martha Bolton, Geraldine Dunn and husband Jack and Elizabeth Lea Craig, all of Fayetteville, Sue Murphy and Betty McGill, both of Bedford, and Lorena New and husband Daniel of Avoca; 34 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one grandson, Douglas Bolton; three brothers: Dolphus, Millard and Willie (her twin) Baker; two sisters: Nellie Polk and Nannie Elizabeth Baker; one son, Donald Raines and one daughter, Margaret Raines.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Wisley officiating. Burial will follow in the House of Prayer Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

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

  

January 21, 2008

Kaitlynn R. Burgess

Jan. 17, 2008 — Jan. 17, 2008

Kaitlynn Renae Burgess, daughter of Maria Burgess, died at 11:05 a.m. on Thursday at Bloomington Hospital.

Survivors include her mother, Maria Burgess; three uncles, Brad Burgess Jr. and wife Kalli, Zachary Burgess, and Creighton Burgess; two aunts, Jessica and Kimberly Burgess; grandparents, Brad and Tammy Burgess all of Bedford; great-grandparents, Asa Burgess, Elizabeth Burgess, William and Sally Cramer. all of Bedford, and James Wilson of Bloomington; and three cousins.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Dive Cemetery with Pastors Reno Bates and Ken Ransom officiating.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Dale F. ‘Red’ Miller

Oct. 1, 1912 — Jan. 19, 2008

Dale F. “Red” Miller, 95, of 127 Edgewood Drive, Bedford, passed away at 3:40 p.m. Saturday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born on Oct. 1, 1912, in Bedford, he was the son of Elmer Miller and Pearl (Gyger) Miller.

He retired from Tool & Die at NWSC Crane and also from farming. Mr. Miller was of Baptist Faith, a Veteran of World War II serving in the Navy and a member of the Bedford American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. He was an avid high school basketball fan.

He first married Frances Baugh and she passed away May 3, 1936; he then married Betty L. Girdley on Feb. 16, 1952, and she survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Betty; is one daughter, Marilyn A. Hayes and husband Frank of Bedford; three grandchildren, Cathy A. Goodin and husband Pat of Bedford, Kimberly J. Hall and husband Danny of Bedford and J.D. Hayes of Bedford; nine great-grandchildren, Natalie Buente and husband Brian, Justin Goodin and wife Jennifer, Shannon Spires and husband Joey, Nathan Hall and wife Holly, Lauren Simpson and husband Brian, Baron Hall and wife Erica, Alex Crane, and Wil Hayes and Anna Hayes; one sister, Marjorie Artis and husband Glenn of Kokomo; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Frances; one sister, Thelma Evans; and two brothers, Bill and Don Miller.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Clarence Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the grave by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family asks that memorial contributions be considered to the Limestone Girls Club or the Thornton Memorial Boys Club.

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

Gail Robinson

Gail Robinson, 60, Bedford, died at 9:06 p.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

January 20, 2008

Evelyn M. Snowden, 80

Aug. 20, 1927 — Jan. 18, 2008

Evelyn Marie Snowden, 80, a lifelong resident of Bedford, died Friday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Aug. 20, 1927, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Archie and Dellia (Goldsby) Melvin. She married Eugene F. Snowden on Jan. 5, 1946. He preceded her in death Nov. 9, 1989.

She was a homemaker.

She attended Madden School. She attended Salvation Army Church and was a member of the Salvation Army Home League. She also enjoyed being with her grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Fred Snowden, and wife Peggy of Bedford; one daughter, Linda Romine of Bedford; six grandchildren, Teresa Turner and husband Terry of Heltonville, Andrea King of Homosassa, Fla., Billy King of Bedford, Eric King of Bedford, Charla Westerfeld and husband Patrick of Batesville, and Shannon Nicholson and husband Danny of Bedford; two great-grandchildren, Whitney King of Indianapolis and Brady Westerfeld of Batesville; and one brother, William Melvin and wife Margie of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter Sue Mikels; brothers Charlie, Lloyd, Jesse and Andrew Melvin; sisters Josie Miller, Katherine Mullinax and four sisters who died in infancy.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be at Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

 

January 19, 2008

Wilma Hackler

March 20, 1939 — Jan. 17, 2008

Wilma Hackler, 68, 43 Williams Lane, Mitchell, died at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was disabled and had formerly worked at PRD, Inc., Bedford.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Elliott, DeBary, Fla., and Janis Tincher, Mitchell; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Roger Groomer, Greene County; and three sisters, Betty Workman and Brenda Manion, both of Bloomfield, and Barbara Epeards, Solsberry.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent Hospital  

January 18, 2008

Woneda Sullivan

March 7, 1922 — Jan. 17, 2008

Woneda Sullivan, 85, 427 Foote St., Bedford, died at 5:40 a.m. Thursday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Born March 7, 1922, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of George and Janie (Butler) Hughes. She married James P. Sullivan in 1940 in Bedford, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 1998.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Friendly Bible Church.

Survivors include two sons, James P. Sullivan of Tunnelton, and Michael L. Sullivan and wife Linda of Bloomington; two daughters, Linda Sue Phillips and husband John of Bedford, and Beverly Higgs and husband Ronnie of Mitchell; 41 grandchildren; many, many great-grandchildren; two sisters, Genevieve Flinn of Heltonville, and Charlotte Miller of Bedford; three brothers, Sam Hughes of Arizona, Robert Ray Hughes and Ollie Hughes, both of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Ronald in 1997; three grandchildren; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will follow at Dixon Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Shane Phillips, Johnny Phillips, Bobby Bunch, Danny Phillips, Billy Sullivan and Josh Phillips.

Lisa J. Blake

Nov. 25, 1964 — Jan. 17, 2008

Lisa J. Blake, 43, Bedford, died at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, John E. and Ethel Blake, Bedford; her mother, Mary McCoy, Indianapolis; two brothers, John E. Blake Jr., Indianapolis and Joseph Anthony Blake, Bedford; her grandmother, Nora Wade, Bedford; and one aunt.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Gary Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery in Lawrence County.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Online condolences are available at www.daycarter.com.

Adam H. Brosmer

Sept. 16, 1925 — Jan. 17, 2008

Adam H. Brosmer, 82, 1321 16th St., Bedford, died at 6:58 a.m. Thursday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 16, 1925, in Dubois County, the son of Frank and Louise (Feirbach) Brosmer. He married Lucille Rice in 1945 in Virginia, and she preceded him in death in 1974.

He was a roofer.

He was a member of the Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper, a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 of Bedford, the Bedford FOP and the Jasper VFW. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

Survivors include one son, Ralph H. Brosmer of Bedford; one daughter, Carolyn S. Good of Bedford; four grandchildren, Shelly Sturgeon of Bloomington, Robert Brosmer of Bloomington, Dan Good of Truckee, Calif., and Rick Good of Bedford; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Brosmer of Dubois; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, six brothers; and one granddaughter, Cynthia Ann Good.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Friends may call from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

  

January 17, 2008

Tony L. Baker

Feb. 19, 1966 — Jan. 16, 2008

Tony L. Baker, 41, 511 Montana Lane, Springville, died at 4:23 a.m. Wednesday, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 19, 1966, in Torrance, Calif., he was the son of Kenneth E. and Wanda Lee (Farris) Baker.

He was a laborer with Local No. 741 for 23 years. He was a member of the NRA and ABATE, and enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors.

Survivors include his companion, Della Henson; two daughters: Timber Landstrum and husband Josh of Bedford; and Tonya Feathers, Bedford; two stepdaughters: Danesah and Samantha Henson, both of Springville; one grandson: Tyson Feathers of Bedford; two granddaughters: Emma and Bella Landstrum, both of Bedford; one brother, Joe Baker of Bedford; one sister, Suzann Holt of Bedford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Wanda Marie Baker and one brother, Kenny Baker Jr.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will follow in the House of Prayer Cemetery in Fayetteville.

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

Lois S. Fields

June 19, 1942 — Jan. 15, 2008

Lois S. Fields, 65, of 160 S. Leatherwood Road, Bedford, died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

Born June 19, 1942, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Gladwin “Barney” and Kathlene (Butler) Kubu. She married Larry Fields May 29, 1965, and he survives.

She retired from the NWSC Crane as an ordinance worker in 1994. Lois was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved animals, flowers antiques and was an avid collector of many things. She enjoyed drawing and was quite artistic.

Surviving with her husband, Larry; are three sons: Keith and Stacy Fields, both of Bedford and John Fields of Seymour; three grandchildren: Joshua, Samual and Makala; and one sister, Carol Prathatakus of South Bend.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery.

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

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

Adam Brosmer

Adam Brosmer, 82, Bedford, died this morning at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

January 16, 2008

Bernice M. Norman

Oct. 9, 1909 — Jan. 15, 2008

Bernice M. Norman, 98, of Bedford, passed away in her sleep at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday at the White River Lodge in Bedford.

Born October 9, 1909, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Alvin and Ida May (Kindred) Cummings. She married Clifford Norman on June 11, 1927, and he preceded her in death on December 6, 1978.

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

Survivors include one son, Morris Norman and his wife, Jeanette of Bedford; one daughter, Oweetah Blackburn of Greenwood; five grandchildren: Brett Norman, Rhonda Whitehead, Diedra Wykoff, Ty Blackburn and Terri Hoover; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; her parents; a son-in-law, Howard Blackburn; a great-grandson, Parker Whitehead; seven brothers: Roy Cummings, Rollie Cummings, Alfred Cummings, Jim Clampitt, Orville Cummings, Harry Cummings and Charles Cummings; and one sister, Mae Johnson.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

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

Karen Rae Lee

Jan. 1, 1952 — Jan. 9, 2008

Karen Rae Lee, 56, of Bedford, died at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at her residence.

Born January 1, 1952, she was the daughter of Morris and Mary (Brazzell) Lee. She married Reese Hightshue and he preceded her in death in March of 2003.

She was retired from the Indiana Department of Corrections and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a Sergeant.

Survivors include her mother, Mary Lee of Bedford; one daughter, Shannon Johnson; three grandchildren; two sisters: Lori Lee and Susan Massette both of Bedford; two brothers: Kurt and Alan Lee both of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

Funeral services were Tuesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Sister Joan Luerman officiating. Cremation will follow.

No calling hours were scheduled.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society.

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

  

January 13, 2008

Ira D. ‘Chig’ Chenault, 92

May 24, 1915 — Jan. 10, 2008

Ira D. “Chig” Chenault, 92, of Bedford, died Thursday at his residence.

Born May 24, 1915, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Felix and Josie (Vaughn) Chenault. He married Alberta Collier on March 10, 1947, in Bedford, and she survives.

He was a retired mechanic from Indiana Limestone Co. in Bedford. He was also a carpenter.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he was a mine sweeper.

He attended Calvary Chapel Church in Bedford and loved the woods, dogs, fishing and little children.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 60 years, Alberta Chenault; two sons, Phillip Chenault and wife Eva of Morgantown, and Ronald Chenault and wife Virginia of Rock Valley, Iowa; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Larry Chenault of Bedford; and four sisters, Patty Cain of South Dakota, Margie Pillow of Booneville, and Norma Jean Ryan and Evelyn Eads, both of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth (‘Coke’) Chenault, Felix (‘Bucky’) Chenault and Ray Chenault; and three sisters, Mary Harris, Helen Hollars and Juanita Bennett.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Pastor Jim McDowell will officiate, and Don Bridges will sing “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be.” Burial will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with graveside rites conducted by by American Legion Post #33 of Bedford.

Friends may call 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bloomington Hospital Hospice.  

Ruby Mae Wilson, 83

April 14, 1924 — Jan. 12, 2008

Ruby Mae Wilson, 83, of Mitchell, died Saturday at Mitchell Manor Nursing Home.

Born April 14, 1924, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Clyde Beatty and Nettie Hankins Beatty. She married Charles L. Wilson on Sept. 14, 1946, and he survives.

She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Mitchell.

Survivors also include two sons, Barry Wilson of Indianapolis and Harry Wilson of Mitchell; one daughter, Terrie Mae Moffatt and her husband, Tim, of Paoli; three grandchildren, Melissa Adams of Bedford, Derrick Wilson of Indianapolis and Jennifer Daly of Dallas, Texas, and one great-grandson, Braden E. Wilson of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Garrett Moffatt.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Haverly Chapel of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Mitchell. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call noon until services Monday at the funeral home.

January 11, 2008

Kenneth R. Howard

Dec. 16, 1966 — Jan. 10, 2008

 Kenneth Ray Howard, 41, French Lick, passed way Thursday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford.

He was born Dec. 16, 1966, in French Lick to Keith B. Howard and Carolyn S. Cooper Howard.

He was preceded in death by his father Keith B. Howard and grandparents Irene and Paul Stackhouse, Kenneth Howard, Levi Deich and Omel Cooper.

Kenneth was youth minister at Woodville Baptist Church in Mitchell and a radio personality at Spirit 95 in Bloomington. He had formerly been a radio personality at Q-100 in French Lick, WBDC in Huntingburg, and WRBT in Mt. Carmel, Ill.

He was a 1985 graduate of Springs Valley High School in French Lick.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Marie Howard, Mitchell; his mother, Carolyn S. Howard, French Lick; two brothers, Joseph Lynn Howard, Bloomfield and James Lawrence Howard, Columbus; one sister, Irene Mae Millington, Greenwood; his grandmother, Cora M. Deich, West Baden Springs; and four nieces, Makayla Millington, and Shelby, Madison and Olivia Howard.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home in French Lick. Burial will be at Ames Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Glenn Hamer officiating.

Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Elizabeth Marie Howard Trust, c/o Hoosier Hills Credit Union, French Lick, IN 47432.

Ruby M. Pritchard

Oct. 20, 1913 — Jan. 10, 2008

Ruby M. Pritchard, 94, of Bedford, died at 2:27 a.m. on Thursday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born October 20, 1913, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of General Harrison and Mary Elizabeth (Mason) Black. She married W. Raymond Pritchard and he died in November 1996.

She worked and retired from Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington and a member of the Friendly Bible Church in Bedford.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald L. Pritchard and wife Michelle of Bloomington and Donald Ray Pritchard and wife Martha of Needmore; three daughters, Florence M. Walls, Joan Allen and husband Duane of Bedford, Sharon Kay Staley and husband Raymond L. of Oolitic; 12 grandchildren, Jim Pritchard, Monty Pritchard, Kelsey Pritchard, R.J. Pritchard, Tracy Pritchard, Kent Pritchard, Dennis Walls, Denise Young, Kelley Hicks, Karol Wheeler, Kristi Topoais, Tina Sparks, Brian Staley, Kurt Staley; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Beulah Baurke of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, W. Raymond; one son, William Harrison Quillen; one granddaughter, Dana Marie Staley; two great-grandchildren, Travis Young and Thomas Walls; one brother, Charles Lindsey Black; and three sisters, Clara Linthicumb, Lula Epperson and Gladys Blazek.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Joe Stevens and Pastor Jerry Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday and from noon until the service on Monday at the mortuary.

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

January 10, 2008

Norman F. Ikerd

Aug. 21, 1936 — Jan. 8, 2008

Norman F. Ikerd, 71, Heltonville, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008.

He was the son of Earl and Violet Duncan Ikerd. He was married to Judy Kay Kinser for 48 loving years. He retired from RCA and was a member of Heltonville Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters: Tammy Prince and husband Gerald of Bedford and Terri Hackler and husband John of Oolitic; two sons: Tim Ikerd and fianceé Kami Taylor of Heltonville and Troy Ikerd and wife Tess of Heltonville; grandchildren: Brittany Prince and fiancé Dustin Kern, Craig Prince and wife Erin, Mallory and Brooke Hackler, Morgan Grace and husband Tyler, Jordan, Landon Trey and Tatom Ikerd, and Dustin and Shanda Taylor; great-grandchildren: Gavyn and Isabella Grace, Brayden Baker, and Jenna Kern; and brothers: Kenny Ikerd and wife Beverly and Jerry Ikerd and wife Penny.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Eugene, James Carroll and Frank Ikerd.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. Friday at the Heltonville Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Gilgal Cemetery. Brother George Greathouse, Brother Richard Chase and Brother Reno Bates will officiate.

Karen L. King

Sept. 30, 1957 — Jan. 8, 2008

Karen Lou Brown King, 50, Bedford, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday at her residence.

Born Sept. 30, 1957, in Gary, she was the daughter of Lowinston Clarence Brown and Doris Feeler Brown. She married John Edward King on July 19, 1996, in Paoli, and he survives.

She was a factory worker at Valeo-Sylvania in Seymour. She was a graduate of Portage High School with the Class of 1975. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, John King of Bedford; her parents, Lowinston and Doris Brown of Hebron; a stepson, Josh King of Bedford; a stepdaughter, Kiley Harkness and husband Billy of Bedford; step grandchildren, Taylor King and Elizabeth Harkness of Bedford; two sisters: Deborah Brown of Hebron and Martina Norton and husband Sean of Hebron; one niece; one nephew and one great-niece.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  

Cassie J. Moore

June 2, 1954 — Jan. 9, 2008

Cassie Jean Moore, 53, of 2412 35th Street, Bedford, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday from her residence.

Born June 2, 1954, in Salem, she was the daughter of Scott Newton and Jean Ruth (Gould) Tolbert. She married Tyree Moore on December 15, 1973, and he survives.

She was retired from the Bedford North Lawrence School System where she had worked as a teacher’s aide in special education at the Englewood School. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Tyree of Bedford; one son, Jeremy Scott Moore and wife Heather of Bedford; one daughter, Kylee Brooke Moore-Harding and husband Jason of Bedford; four grandchildren: Kennedy Brooke Moore, Kadence Elizabeth Moore, Chloe Elise Harding, Isabelle Faith Harding; two sisters: Sue Baker and husband Ron of Orleans, Brenda Hall and husband Tim of Bedford; one brother, Scotty Tolbert and wife Jane of Saltillo, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in the Saltillo Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to the Englewood School P.T.A.

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

January 9, 2008

Carl E. Massey

March 14, 1935 — Jan. 7, 2008

Carl E. Massey, 72, Mitchell, passed away at 7:27 a.m. Monday at Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 14, 1935, in Huron, he was the son of Ira and Grace (King) Massey. He married Kathleen Holt on Nov. 24, 1962.

He retired from Carpenter Body Works.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Massey of Mitchell; son, Anthony Massey and wife Julie of Bedford; a daughter, Anita Munichiello of Mitchell; sisters: Erma Thompson and Lois Clarkson, both of North Vernon, and Verga Lee Slaughter and husband Bob of East St. Louis, Ill.; aunt, Nola Miller, Mitchell; grandchildren: Kyra Sargent, Kaci Short, Kristin Massey, Kelsey and Jacob Wampler, Craig Ogden and Monique Ogden; great-grandson, Brayson Short; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents, one son, Gregory Dean Massey, and brother, Gordon Massey, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell with Brother Ken Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be: Ronnie Frost, Aaron Frost, Vince Tanksley, Steve Passmore, Mark Potteroff, Robert Holt and Denny Holt.

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

Karen L. King

Karen L. King, 50, Bedford, died at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Anna Luttrell

Anna Luttrell, 75, Bedford, died at 11:32 p.m. Tuesday at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Cassie Moore

Cassie Moore, 53, Bedford, died at 1:20 a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.   

January 8, 2008

Donald L. Roberts

Dec. 8, 1932 — Jan. 7, 2008

Donald L. Roberts, 75, Bedford, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Monday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

Born Dec. 8, 1932, in Bedford, he was the son of Lee and Clara (Adamson) Roberts. He married Wilma Hayes July 4, 1954.

Don was considered the oldest new and used car salesman in Lawrence County. He sold Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Pontiac, Buick and Jeep as well as late model used cars at Don Roberts Enterprises. He drove stock cars and announced at local racetracks. He was an avid NASCAR fan as well as a Pacers, Colts and IU fan.

He served in the Army National Guard A50-60 and was a graduate of Shawswick High School.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Roberts of Bedford; daughter, Sue Compton and husband Danny of Mitchell; grandchildren: Julia Halligan, Ryan Gerkin, and Angela Kirtley; several step grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

His parents; brothers, Skip and Jerry Roberts; and sister, Barbara Jean Roberts, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Burial will be in Crawford 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 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Jack Kress

Oct. 25, 1911 — Jan. 5, 2008

Jack Kress, 96, of Bedford, Indiana, formerly of Linton, passed away Saturday at his residence.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1911, to Burlington and Sue (Melton) Kress. He married Anna G. Baker on Aug. 5, 1938.

Jack was a coal miner for 43 years and a dragline operator at Peabody Coal Company. He was a member of Saron United Methodist Church in Linton where he served on the board, Masonic Lodge No. 560 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine, Greene County Shrine Club where he served as club president twice, member of the Tin Lizzies and Elks BPO No. 866.

Survivors include his wife, Anna G. Kress; two sons: Jack Alan (Donna Jean) Kress of Bedford and Tom Kress of Montecito, Calif.; and one grandson, Curtis Wade Kress of Bedford. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, David Alan Kress; one brother and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton, with the Rev. Michael Roth officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Linton.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the memory chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonpoindexter.com.  

January 7, 2008

Paul D. Armstrong

Dec. 4, 1968 — Jan. 5, 2008

Paul David Armstrong, 39, Lafayette, formerly of Bedford, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

Born Dec. 4, 1968, in Bedford, he was the son of David Armstrong and June (Noel) Armstrong.

He was a 1987 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and had attended DePauw University.

He was employed at Greenbush Industries Contract Manufacturing in Lafayette, and was a member of the National Rifle Association and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.

Survivors include his parents, David and June Armstrong of Oolitic; his companion, Gina Mundell of Lafayette, and their twin children, Sean Robert David Armstrong and Savanna Rose Armstrong; two sisters, April Armstrong and Rachel Zollman, both of Bedford; maternal grandfather, Edward Boshears of Bedford; uncle, Rick Armstrong and wife Brenda of Bedford; aunt, Shelly Neeley and husband Wayne of Bowling Green, Ky.; niece, Zoe Zollman of Bedford; nephew, Zane Zollman of Bedford; several great aunts; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Otis and Agatha Armstrong; maternal grandmother, Margie Boshears; and one cousin, Wynette Neeley Hosteter.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeeral Home in Bedford, with Dr. Wayne E. Neeley and Pastor Kendall Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery near Heltonville.

Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be considered to the Sean and Savanna Armstrong Trust Fund at Hoosier Hills Credit Union in Bedford.

Peter John Bloecher

Sept. 4, 1920 — Jan. 5. 2008

Peter John Bloecher, 87, Orleans, died early Saturday at his residence.

He was born Sept. 4, 1920, in Chicago, to Peter J. and Anna Veronica Lowry Bloecher. He married the former Norma Gail Andrews in 1943, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 1978.

He was retired from Essex International as a tool and die maker, a machinist and foreman. He worked for a total of 38 years at the same location, which was the former Trav-Ler Radio, Admiral, United Technologies, and finally Essex in Orleans.

He is survived by three sons, Michael Thomas Bloecher of Los Angeles, Calif., Mark Owen Bloecher and Peter David Bloecher and wife Debby, all of Orleans; one daughter, Barbara G. Bloecher of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one sister, Geraldine Bloecher Friedman.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans. Burial will follow in Mount Horeb Baptist Cemetery near Orleans.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the funeral on Wednesday at the funeral home.

V. William ‘Bill’ Bailey

Dec. 22, 1912 — Jan. 5, 2008

V. William “Bill” Bailey, 95, Heltonville, died at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

He was self-employed as a farmer, carpenter and timberer, retiring in 1974.

Survivors include six daughters, Verla Norman, Brownstown, Marilyn Grissom, Fort Myers, Fla., Marian Bartlett, Bedford, Ingrid Ratcliff-Hornback, Greenwood, Rita Gray, Vallonia, and Shana Hobson, Bedford; one son, Duane Bailey, Bedford; one brother, Jesse Bailey, Heltonville; 25 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Mundell Church with Tracy Bailey, John Wisley and Walter Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery.

Friends may call from to 8 p.m. on at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the church.

Online condolences are available at www.daycarter.com.

  

January 6, 2008

William V. Bailey, 95

William V. Bailey, 95, Heltonville, died Saturday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford.   

January 5, 2008

Carl Houtchings

Jan. 16, 1958 — Jan. 3, 2008

Carl Houtchings, 49, 1098 Wesley Chapel Road, Mitchell, died Wednesday at Jewish Southwest Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Born Jan. 16, 1958, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert and Barbara (Rogers) Houtchings. He married Yolanda “Loni” Wheeler on July 7, 1999, in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and she survives.

He was a truck driver with Shelby Trucking in Mitchell. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard for 16 years.

Surviving with his wife, Yolanda “Loni” Houtchings of Mitchell; are his parents, Robert and Barbara Houtchings of Mitchell; one daughter, Tessa Zehr and husband Matt of Dubois; one stepdaugher, Nikita Massey and husband Keith of Wisconsin; one stepson, Dustin Brown of Virginia; one sister, Cathy Shields of Mitchell; and four grandchildren, Chase and Zhyla Zehr, and Dayson and Keyson Massery.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, M.G. “Buck” and Charlotte Houtchings, Ernest Rogers, Janie Smith and husband John Smith.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites by American Post No. 33 in Bedford.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  

January 4, 2008

Odell ‘Sharkey’ Fleetwood

May 21, 1915 — Jan. 3, 2008

Odell “Sharkey” Fleetwood, 92, of Bedford, died at 12:15 a.m. on Thursday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born May 21, 1915, in Jackson County, he was the son of James and Isis Fleetwood. He married Mary A. Day on Dec. 24, 1942. She preceded him in death on Aug. 11, 1998.

He retired as a supervisor at NSWC CRANE and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was a graduate of Bedford High School Class of 1936, a member of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford, the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion in Bedford and the Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 14 F&AM where he had received his 50-year pin. He was an avid golfer.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law and his special friend, Irene Piper of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Alice; one sister, Norma Koehler; three brothers, John O. Fleetwood, James (in infancy) and Otis Fleetwood (as a toddler).

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dave Colgan and Pastor Reed Beard officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

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

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