Obituaries

Obituaries — October 2018

October 21, 2018

No obituaries reported

October 20, 2018

Fern Evelyn Long

Fern Evelyn Long, 96, Bedford, died Thursday, Oct. 18. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel, Bedford.

October 19, 2018

James Alfred Jackson

Dec. 12, 1940 — Oct. 17, 2018

James Alfred Jackson 77, of Owensburg, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at Hearthstone Health campus in Bloomington.

Born Dec. 12, 1940, in Owensburg, he was the son of Alfred Ray and Lottie (Caudell) Jackson.

Jim worked at NSWC Crane and was a farmer. He was on the Board of Director’s for REMC for 34 years. He was a member of the Owensburg Baptist Church, the American Legion and VFW.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Sharon (Evans) Jackson, whom he married Aug. 20, 1959; one daughter, Julie Maze (Bill) of Owensburg; two sons, James T. Jackson (LeAnn) and Jeffrey W. Jackson (Angie), both of Bloomington; two sisters, Nancy Leveque and Rita Anderson, both of Bloomington; one brother, Jackie Jackson of Owensburg; his grandchildren, Chris, Heather and Keith; stepgrandchildren, Ryan, Taylor and Dustin; four great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield, with the Rev. Jay Collins and Keith Maze officiating. Interment will follow in Owensburg cemetery.

Public visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday and one hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to the Brain Injury Association of America, www.biausa.org.

Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.

Mary N. (Stogdill) Lewis

Jan. 5, 1934 — Oct. 17, 2018

Mary N. Stogdill Lewis, 84, of Franklin, formerly of Columbus, passed from this life at 2:08 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

Mrs. Lewis was born Jan. 5, 1934, in Bedford, the loving daughter of Cecil and Ola Tidd Stogdill.

Mrs. Lewis retired from Cummins Engine Company after several years of service. After her retirement, she worked part-time as a beautician and a real estate assistant.

Mrs. Lewis loved sewing and gardening and she had a huge passion for shopping.

Mrs. Lewis is survived by her daughters, Patricia Williamson and husband Camden of Columbus, Pamela Sample and husband Eric of Columbus and Sherri Spiker-Cowan and husband David of Edinburgh; grandchildren, Suzette Burton, Laurie Williamson, Christina Allen, Shannon Lee, Corey Cowan and Jacqueline Cowan; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Leona Wilkerson of Columbus; a half-sister, Sue Stogdill of Bedford; a sister-in-law, Irene Barnett of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Dean and David Stogdill; grandchildren, Bill Williamson and Tamara Mezo-Lopez; and nieces and nephews, Wilma Perry, Donald Barnett, Anita West, Darrell Barnett and Cathy Clem.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Garden of Faith at Garland Brook Cemetery, 501 North Gladstone Avenue, Columbus, IN 47201 with Virgil Clotfelter officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Turning Point or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at barkesweaverglick.com.

October 18, 2018

Luther M. Kern

July 18, 1934 — Oct. 17, 2018

Luther M. Kern, 84, Bedford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

Luther was born in Lawrence County, July 18, 1934, he was the son of Richard and Ruby (Horen) Kern.

He attended Shawswick school and married the love of his life, Helen M. Alexander, June 12, 1953.

He was the owner of the Big Red Auction Barn and an auctioneer. He drove for Skill Gas, Bob White LP Gas, Mitchell Bottle Gas and Blue Flame. He was a long time school bus driver for Mitchell Community Schools (Bus No. 11) and later drove for North Lawrence Community Schools (Bus No. L2).

He belonged to the Indiana Auctioneer Association. Luther never knew a stranger or missed an opportunity to tell stories and jokes to all.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen; and daughters, Sherri and husband Mark Ziebell of Mitchell and Kim and husband Darrin Chastain of Mitchell; sons, Mark and Susie Kern and Bobby and Najget Kern, all of Bedford; grandchildren, Manessa Bush, Kylene Leonard, Sean Ziebell, Amy Hendershott, Ryan Chastain, Zach Kern and Carly Powell; great-grandchildren, Max Ziebell, Adam Ziebell, Jackson Butler, Fox Butler, Ava Butler, Marley Leonard, Maggie Leonard, Asa Hendershott, Evelyn Chastain, Parker Kern, Caleb Chastain, Peyton Kern and Isaac Chastain; brother, Richard “Dick” Kern of Bedford; sister, Roberta Davis of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bill Kern; and sister, Doris Craig.

Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Englewood Baptist Church, 3118 Washington Ave. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m.

Pall Bearers will be: Sean Ziebell, Max Ziebell, Adam Ziebell, Ryan Chastain, Zach Kern, Jackson Butler, Fox Butler, Matt Leonard, Nate Hendershott and Ian Powell.

Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford.

William S. Edmonson Sr.

April 12, 1946 — Oct. 16, 2018

William Samuel Edmonson, Sr., 72, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington.

Born April 12, 1946, in Mitchell, he was the son of Nellie Jane (Williams) Tolbert and Phillip Edmonson.  He married Connie Sue Helton in 1965, and she preceded him in death in 1983.

William worked for the railroad.  He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.  William was an Independent Motorcycle Rider, and enjoyed riding.

Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Knight of Mitchell, William Samuel Edmonson, Jr. of Mitchell, and Jenelle Brooks of Indianapolis; long time companion, Linda Kay Longest of Mitchell; siblings, Dorothy Sanders of Pennsylvania, Kenneth Tolbert of Pennsylvania, Duane Edmonson of Mitchell, and Jeff Edmonson of Mitchell; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.

His parents; daughter, Melissa Pemberton; son, James Ritchison; grandchildren, Timothy Pemberton, Sherman Knight, and Joseph Knight; great grandchildren, Sammy Edmonson and Lachlan Cook, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, at Haverly Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service Friday at the funeral chapel.

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

Emily H. Wells

Emily H. (Hitchcock) Wells, 85, South Bend, died Sept. 29. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 17, 2018

Osa W. Staggs

Osa William Staggs, 81, Bedford, died Friday, Oct. 12. A celebration of life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at East Oolitic Community Church. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 16, 2018

Wanda Gale (Ollis) Crane

Sept. 25, 1929 — Oct. 15, 2018

Wanda Gale (Ollis) Crane, 89, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at her residence.

Born Sept. 25, 1929, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Herschel and Felma (Hackney) Ollis. She married Haden Crane on Aug. 6, 1948, and he survives.

She was a graduate of Tunnelton High School, Class of 1948.

Wanda was a homemaker and worked as a Title 1 Aide at Tunnelton and Lincoln Elementary Schools.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bedford. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Surviving are her husband, Haden; children, Beth Anne and husband Tom Harrell, Sharon Crane and Alan and wife Kim Crane; grandchildren, Josh and wife Caroline Harrell, Sara and husband Brice Templeton and Aaron and wife Mandy Harrell; great-grandchildren, Aliza and Haden Templeton, Jay, Rosemary and Rhett Harrell; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Pastor Lee Brown officiating. Burial will be in White River Baptist Cemetery, Buddha.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Bedford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

October 15, 2018

William Joseph Eisele

Dec. 6, 1963 — Oct. 14, 2018

William Joseph Eisele, 54, passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at his residence.

Born Dec. 6, 1963, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Wilbur Leland and Sarah Louise (Terrell) Eisele. He married Angel Mundy April 1, 2018.

Bill was an auto mechanic and enjoyed fishing and camping. He graduated from Bedford-North Lawrence High School.

Survivors include his wife, Angel Eisele of Bedford; daughters, Samantha Rochelle Eisele of Birdseye, Jamica (Shawn) King of Mitchell and Stephanie Mundy of Bedford; granddaughters, Grace Mundy and Emma King; and siblings, Jim (Carolyn) Eisele of Bedford, Jack (Leanne) Eisele of Bedford, Frances (Danny) Leatherman of Bedford, Patricia Eisele of Bedford and Sue Eisele of Bedford.

His parents; and brothers, Wilbur Leland Eisele Jr., John Eisele and Jerry Eisele, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Lawrenceport Cemetery.

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

Edward L. Harvey

Edward Lee Harvey, 80, died Sunday at his residence. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ever-Rest Memorial Park in Logansport. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Wanda Crane

Wanda Crane, 89, Bedford, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

October 14, 2018

Bernard Dean Johnson

Sept. 28, 1935 — Oct. 13, 2018

Bernard “Bernie” Dean Johnson, 83, of Bedford, passed away at his residence Saturday morning.

Born September 28, 1935, in Martin County, he was the son of Audrey Johnson and Mary (Hamilton) Johnson. He married Geraldine “Jerri” Allen on August 20, 1955, and she preceded him in death on April 9, 2017.

He was a supervisor for Ingalls Limestone and Evans Limestone.

Bernie was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church, where he was a Sunday School president and served as an elder and deacon. He is a fifty-year member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 and the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, and a longtime associate member of the FOP. He loved IU basketball and softball, and played for the Oolitic Aces in the 1960s. He enjoyed playing golf.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynn Mullis and husband, Brian, and Lisa Mathews and husband, Bill, both of Bedford; five grandchildren, Brad Burton of Washington, D.C., Jesse Burton, Adam Mullis and wife Christie, Scott Mathews and wife Ashley, and Jake Mathews, all of Bedford; two great grandchildren, Jenna and Averie Mullis, of Bedford; two brothers, Bill Johnson and wife, Mary, of Monroe County, and Gerald Johnson, of Fayetteville; one aunt, Viola Hill, of Bedford; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded by his wife, Geradine “Jerri” Johnson; his parents; and one daughter, Kelly Ann Burton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, with Pastor Jamie Allen, Pastor Charlie Scott and Pastor Mark Fugate officiating. Burial will follow in Dixon Chapel cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 15, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A masonic service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Proctor Cemetery Fund. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

October 13, 2018

Mary Lu (Bergdoll) Hanson

Feb. 2, 1925 — Oct. 10, 2018

Mary Lu Bergdoll Hanson, 93, of Bedford passed away peacefully and surrounded by family Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at StoneBridge Health Campus following a brief illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1925, in Marengo, she was the daughter of John Emanuel and Orpha Thelma (Weser) Bergdoll. She married Albert Vernon Hanson July 17, 1948, in Terre Haute. Albert preceded her in death on May 6, 2010.

Shortly after Mary Lu’s birth, her father John, a teacher in the Marengo school system, returned to their Jackson County family homestead of Inter Creek Farm located near the Jackson-Lawrence County line on Guthrie Creek. From a young age Mary Lu helped on the farm collecting hundreds of eggs a day and assisting with farming operations. Together the Bergdoll family survived The Depression, and those hard years instilled a work ethic Mary Lu continued through her life.

She attended the Medora Elementary School beginning at age 4. In 1942, she graduated from Medora High School as valedictorian of her class. She was a member of the Leesville Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a 4-H member for eight years and later an adult leader. She continued her education at Franklin College attending one semester before returning to her family home in Jackson County where she operated the Bergdoll Grocery in nearby Leesville. After the war, she returned to Franklin College and graduated with honors in 1948. She was a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha National Women’s Fraternity and served as Chapter President. Franklin remained an important part of Mary Lu’s life through the years. She served several years on the Alumni Council and was a member of the Old Main Society.

After graduation, she began her married life with Al residing in Johnson County. It was there she worked for Purdue University as a home demonstration agent. While she enjoyed her job, she returned to Lawrence County in 1952 to operate Hatfield Tractor Sales in partnership with her father John. She had a deep love of the land and abundant respect for the farmers entrusted with its care. Mary Lu become sole owner-operator of the dealership in 1965 renaming it Lawrence County Ford Tractor. She retired in 1990.

Mary Lu cherished her community. Throughout the years she served on numerous committees and boards. To name a few, she was a charter board member and the first Vice President of the Bedford Medical Center Eugene B. Crowe Community Hospital. Her 43 years on the board held many responsibilities including President of the Board and Finance Committee Chair. She was awarded a Board of Emeritus status on the Board of Directors of IU Health Bedford Hospital. In 1977 she was the first woman president in the history of the Bedford Chamber of Commerce. She was a past member of the Bedford Medical Center Auxiliary, past director and member of the Bedford Business and Professional Women’s Club, and served many years on the Shawnee Trace Private Industrial Council, later the Shawnee Trace Workforce Investment Board. She was a past member of the national and state home economics associations and judged at many county fairs and the Indiana State Fair.

She is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Leesville.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Ann (Marvin) Huffman of Medora; one son, Martin Kent (Linda) Hanson of Carmel; three granddaughters, Allison (Robert) Kruse of Bedford, Jessica Lu Reel of Greenville, South Carolina, and Jill Lynn Hanson of New York, New York; three great-grandchildren, John Frederick Kruse of Bedford and twins Palinia Leslea Reel and Veronica Lissette Reel of Greenville, South Carolina; one brother, James Richard Bergdoll of Leesville; one niece, Mary Kay Bergdoll Fergason of Indianapolis; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Franklin Bergdoll; two nieces, and two nephews.

A service of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday Oct. 15, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with the Rev. Paul Neuman officiating. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens Mausoleum with a private family committal.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday and prior to the service at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers, friends and family may consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society, The Franklin Fund (providing scholarship assistance to students) of Franklin College, or Emmanuel Lutheran Church Leesville.

John D. Brewer

John Daniel Brewer, 65, Bedford, died Thursday, Oct. 4. A memorial gathering will be at Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 20. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Osa W. Staggs

Osa William Staggs, 81, Bedford, died Friday. No visitation. Memorial service at a later date. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 12, 2018

Maria Ducker

Maria Del Socorro (Salas) Ducker, 85, Mitchell, died Wednesday. Cremation was chosen with no service. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Mary Lu Hanson

Mary Lu (Bergdoll) Hanson, 93, Bedford, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

October 11, 2018

Nathan Mark Sharpe Jr.

June 27, 1978 — Oct. 4, 2018

Nathan Mark Sharpe Jr., 40, of Bedford, died on Oct. 4, 2018, at his residence.

Born June 27, 1978, in Bedford, he was the son of Nathan Sharpe Sr. and Jennifer McGill.

Nathan attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and worked at IN-FAB, Inc. in Bedford.

He attended East Oolitic Community Church.

He is survived by his parents, Nathan (Regina) Sharpe Sr. and Jennifer K. McGill; children, Makayla, Gabrielle and Ellie; siblings, Dawn Marie Hilderbrand, Tanya Sharpe, Lakeisha Lake, Donnie Weed and Shiloh and Zedekiah Conner; maternal grandmother, Barbara Hudson; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert Hudson; paternal grandparents, Ralph O. (Mary) Sharpe; and great-grandmother, Mildred Weddle.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at East Oolitic Community Church, with Pastor Millard Jones and the Rev. Nathan Sharpe Sr. officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Harold E. Weaver

Harold E. Weaver, 82 of Florida, formerly of Bedford, died Monday Oct. 8, 2018.

He was born on April 3, 1936, in Sullivan, to Cecil and Edna (Johnson) Weaver.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria (Wall) Weaver; sister Doris Knowles; a great-granddaughter; and his parents.

He was retired from the Army Ammunition Activity division at Crane.

He is survived by wife, Louise Sult Weaver; brother, Cecil Weaver; children, Jeffrey Scott (Karen) Weaver of Bedford, Debra (Paul) Arnold of Corydon, Dennis (Alana) Sult of Ridgeway, South Carolina, Renee (Chris) Fiscus of Greencastle and Cheryl (Billy Joe) Clark of Scotland; grandchildren, Kristen (Freddie) Held, Joseph Weaver, John (Janelle) Arnold, Jessica (Charlie) Russell, Chris Porter, Cindy Fiscus, Jeremy (Becky) Clark and Jennifer (Randy) Raiter; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Harold’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Jeffrey Dwayne Sykes

Jeffrey Dwayne Sykes, 57, Bedford, died Tuesday. No visitation or service is planned. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 10, 2018

Beatrice ‘Bea’ (Young) Hunter

Nov. 20, 1926 — Oct. 9, 2018

Beatrice “Bea” Hunter, 91, of Bedford, passed away at 7:18 a.m. Oct. 9, 2018, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born Nov. 20, 1926, in Jamestown, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Cella and Odessa (Miller) Young. She married Harold Hunter on May 2, 1943; he preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1996.

Beatrice attended Clear Springs High School and was retired from General Motors. One of Beatrice’s loves was oil painting.

She is survived by four sons, James “Jim” (Allene) Hunter of Heltonville, Harold (Carol) Hunter Jr. of Seymour, Jerry (Teresa) Hunter of Heltonville and Joe (Cindy) Hunter of Bedford; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Young of Norman; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Elnora Barnes; and brother, Joe Young.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Mundell Christian Cemetery, with Brother Walter Hunter officiating.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Susan Merritt

Susan (Ford) Merritt, 74, Bedford, died Friday. No visitation is planned. There will be a 1 p.m. graveside service Thursday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford.

October 09, 2018

Eva Jean (Smith) Bowersox

March 28, 1934 — Sept. 28, 2018

Eva Jean Bowersox, 84, of Bedford, passed peacefully from this earth of natural causes, on Sept. 28, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

She began this life the daughter of Woodrow and Sada Smith in the hills of Virginia. After graduating from Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Virginia, Jean moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she met the love of her life, US Navy Seaman Ronald Gene Bowersox. Together they moved around the United States on various assignments until 1968 when they moved to Bedford.

Jean loved family and was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her belief in Jesus Christ and time with her friends at church shaped her throughout life. At the time of her death she was a member of the congregation at the Bedford Baptist Temple. She loved spending time with friends and family, travel and motor sports — especially NASCAR.

Her husband, Ronald, and three brothers preceded her in death, Roy, John and Robert.

She is survived by her brother, Jim Smith, her children, Kenneth, Keith, Michael and Rhonda Kimball; their spouses, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her family will miss her greatly.

Memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until her service at 5 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Alan Douglas Armstrong

Aug. 13, 1950 — Oct. 5, 2018

Alan Douglas Armstrong, 68, of Springville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1950, in Bedford, to Don B. and Rose Bridwell Armstrong. Alan was a seventh generation cattleman, farmer, and educator. Alan was a 1968 graduate of Smithville High School. He received his bachelor and masters degrees in Education and Administration from Indiana University. Alan married Sharon Turner Armstrong on June 5, 1976, and she survives.

He started his teaching career at Kirksville Elementary School and was an original teacher at Lakeview Elementary School. He taught third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. He was an educator for 43 years and he retired from Lakeview Elementary School in 2015.

Alan had a passion for farming starting at a very young age. At twelve, he purchased his very own cattle. He continued the growth of the family farm over the last 56 years to a productive 3,060-acre beef cattle, hay, and crop farm. Alan had a strong stance in preserving farm ground and being a steward of the land through soil and water conservation. Alan continued to grow the family farm to 1500 beef cattle with 500 brood momma cows.

After retirement, Alan and family purchased Standish Farm Supply in 2015 to continue the feed mill staple that serves Lawrence and surrounding counties. Along with his wife, Sharon, as well as his daughter, Ashley and her husband, Heath, they purchased a farm and developed a rustic wedding venue, The Loft At Walnut Hill Farm, LLC. The entire Armstrong family has purchased Bar P Ranch, LLC to continue the tradition of original owners, Charlie and Esther Parton. Throughout his life, he was involved with 4-H from a 10-year member to a qualified Indiana 4-H horse and pony judge. Alan even ventured into a new avenue of hosting cross country racing events including the Popcorn IXCR and the Crossroads Race at Bar P Ranch.

Alan has always been a very active member of the Springville Feeder Auction, following in the footsteps of his father, whom was one of the developers of the auction barn. Alan served as the Area II District Director and member of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association starting in 2017 to bring more awareness of the beef cattle industry to our consumers. He has also been an active member of the Lawrence County Cattleman’s Association. Alan has earned several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lawrence County Beef Cattle Association as well as the Lawrence County Cattleman’s Association Outstanding Cattleman of the year in 2008. He has also been an active member of the Lowder Cemetery Board since 2009. He was a long-time member of the MCCSC Literacy Foundation.

Alan was not only a beloved teacher, a dedicated cattleman and farmer, but also a family man. He had quite a sense of humor and could captivate any audience with his story telling and speeches. Alan was very involved in his three daughters’ lives, never missing a sports game, a 4-H project, or a horse show. He continued his love for his five grandchildren, showing them the passion of life and the farming ways of our past generations. He always reminded us to live life to the fullest each and every day and quoting him “what legacy will you leave this earth with?” You, sir, left this earth as the greatest dad, papaw, husband, cattleman, and teacher!

Alan was preceded in death by his dad, Don Armstrong; mother, Rose B. Armstrong; sister, Leslie Armstrong Wilson Hassfurder; and a brother, Mark Edward Armstrong (in infancy). Survivors include his wife, Sharon Turner Armstrong of Springville; brother, Joe H. Armstrong (Trudy) of Springville; three daughters, Amy Spires (Cam) of Springville, Dr. Ashley Armstrong (Robert Heath Prince) of Springville, and Allison Deckard (Levi) of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Caden Spires, Casen Spires, Olivia Prince, Garrett Prince and Ayla Deckard.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Doug Kelley officiating. Burial will follow in the Lowder Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service Thursday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Lowder Cemetery, Springville Feeder Auction, Lawrence County Horse & Pony Club or Lawrence County Beef Club.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

October 08, 2018

Marian A. (Keller) Deckard

Feb. 11, 1929 — Oct. 7, 2018

Marian A. Deckard, 89, of Bedford, passed away on Oct. 7, 2018, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born Feb. 11, 1929, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Arthur and Gladys (Crockett) Keller.

Marian attended Bloomington High School and was a member of Burgoon Baptist Church. She retired from Kroger after 24 years, and later worked for Jackson County Bank in Bedford.

She is survived by two daughters, Kim Knapp and Marla (Hal) Crittenden; son, John Deckard; 12 grandchildren, Josh, Toby, Matt, Brady, Brandy, Derek, Greg, Cody, Zach, Lacey, P.J. and Robbie; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and great nieces; and special friend, Wilma.

She was preceded in death by her parents; children, Marcia Kay in infancy and two sons, Doug and Randy; brother, David Keller; two sisters, Virginia Clark and Margie Boshears; close family friends, Eddie and Wanda.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ferguson-lee.com.

Travis Caswell

June 23, 1985 — Oct. 3, 2018

Travis Caswell, 33, of Owensburg died at 11 p.m. on Oct. 3, 2018.

Born June 23, 1985, in Monroe County, he was the son of Dale and Tammi (Girdley) Caswell. He married the love of his life, Jennifer Smith on July 15, 2006, and she survives.

Travis was an extraordinary man with extraordinary dreams! He had a heart of gold and a mind of his own. He learned at a young age that if you were given a job you did it right. It was that logic that made him join the Laborers Union in 2003. His ambition, hard work and eye for detail moved him from being a laborer to field superintendent in a short amount of time. He was a Field Superintendent for Milestone. In the time that he worked for Milestone he gained not only friends but like a second family that he was honored to be a part of. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local No. 841, and the Laborers Union No. 741.

Besides being dedicated to his work he was also dedicated to his family. His wife, their three kids and his entire extended family was his world. When he wasn’t working you could find him tinkering on a project, hunting, fishing, or farming.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer of Owensburg; his children, Reece, Morgan, and Josephine Caswell all at home; his father and stepmother, Dale and Penny Caswell of Owensburg; four siblings, Amy Kines and her husband Brian of Owensburg, Brian Caswell and his wife Deanna of Springville, Caitlyn Bohall and her husband Nathan of Bloomington, and Justin Caswell of Springville; four stepbrothers, Eric Manion of Bloomington, Michael Manion and his wife Chelsea of Chesterton, Seth Manion and his wife Alyssa of Stanford, and Logan Manion of Bedford; his grandfather, Sam Caswell of Springville; mother-in-law, Cindy Robertson and her husband Steve of Springville; father-in-law, Gary Smith and his wife Harvetta of Williams; a brother-in-law, Josh Smith of Bedford; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tammi Caswell; his maternal grandparents, Mary and Frank Girdley; paternal grandmother, Catherine Caswell; a cousin, Johnny Caswell; grandfathers-in-law, Maurice Smith and Ray Tarver; and a brother-in-law, Joe Smith.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Clovis Parsley officiating. Burial will follow in the Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to his children.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Alan D. Armstrong

Alan D. Armstrong, 68, Springville, died Friday. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 07, 2018

Roy J. Lamb

Roy J. Lamb, 83, of Bedford, died Sept. 25. A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Bedford. Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford is handling arrangements.

October 06, 2018

Jerry Lee Arnold

Dec. 4, 1938 — Oct. 4, 2018

Jerry Lee Arnold, 79, passed away Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at his residence.

Born Dec. 4, 1938, in Mitchell, he was the son of Frank and Ruth (Alexander) Arnold. He married Patricia Ann Ratliff March 27, 1986.

He retired from General Motors with 30 years of service and was a member of UAW Local No. 440. Jerry loved sports and played football and baseball at Mitchell High School. He graduated in the Class of 1956. He enjoyed softball, golf, and bowling.

Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Arnold of Mitchell; children, Eddie (Candy) Arnold of Mitchell, Scott (Missy) Arnold of Mitchell, David Arnold of Clearwater, Florida, Brian Arnold of Springville, Timothy Arnold of Dallas, Texas, and Julie (Brock) Smith of Russiaville; stepchildren, Polly (Darrell) Bledsoe of Loogootee, Starla Pannell of Mitchell and Timothy (Mary) Cornwell of Bloomfield; 10 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren; siblings, Connie (Dean) Terry of Mitchell, Becky (Danny) Mounce of Mitchell and Tony (Pam) Arnold of Bedford; aunts, Dorothy Nave of Lexington, Kentucky and Doris Pierce of Bedford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His parents and great-grandson, Braeden Shea Modglin, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Roger Allen and Pastor Jim Valentine officiating. Burial will be in Burton Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

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

Memorial Gifts: Autism Speaks.org

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

Nathan M. Sharpe Jr.

Nathan Mark Sharpe Jr., 40, Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

October 05, 2018

Alice G. (Mize) Fish

Feb. 6, 1920 — Oct. 3, 2018

Alice G. Fish, 98, of Bedford, died at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Feb. 6, 1920, in Medora, she was the daughter of William and Mary (Wineinger) Mize. She married Robert Fish and he preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2002.

She had worked at Trav-Ler Radio and Television in Orleans and later at Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington. She was a homemaker and member of the Apostolic Faith Assembly Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Kay Denniston and husband Bob, Jan Adams and husband Rick and Vicki Chastain and husband Chris, all of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Renee Cox and husband Jeff and their children, Brianna, Hannah and Tanna, Darren Denniston and wife Kathy and their children, Darion and Dane, Darci Curtis and husband Mike and their children, Chase and Austin, Bill Adams and wife Jamie and their children, Garrett, Jared and Will, Toby Adams and wife Jessica and their children, Zoe and Cooper, Mike Hunsaker and wife Cassandra and their children, Matt and Nick, and Aaron Chastain and wife Kristine and their children, Fitz and Ollie; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Stanley and Raymond Mize; a sister, Alberta “Bert” Leahy; and a grandson, Toby Dale Adams in infancy.

A private graveside service will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 8 at Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery with Kenneth Allen officiating. No public visitation will be scheduled.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Darlene Harbison

Darlene Harbison, 66, Bedford, died Tuesday. No visitation is scheduled. No service is scheduled. She donated her body to the IU School of Medicine Anatomical Education Program.

David J. Dilks

David John Dilks, 65, Mitchell, died Thursday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Travis W. Caswell

Travis W. Caswell, 33, of Owensburg, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 04, 2018

Amanda Elizabeth Grafton

March 12, 1997 — Oct. 2, 2018

Amanda Elizabeth Grafton, 21, is resting in the arms of Jesus. She left this world peacefully at home on the morning of Oct. 2, 2018, snuggling with her mommy, daddy, and puppy Sophie.

Amanda was born March 12, 1997, in Bloomington, and was a resident of Loogootee.

Amanda fought a courageous battle with Mitochondrial Disease and Chiari Malformation. She attended the Church of the Cross in Shoals. She was a 2016 graduate of Indiana Connections Academy and attended Shoals Community Schools, where she participated in cheerleading. She enjoyed pageants and singing. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Amanda was a mentor to other children who faced similar circumstances. She touched the lives of many throughout her journey.

Amanda is survived by her parents, Andrew and Amy Grafton; sister, Abigail Moody, and faithful “puppers,” Princess Sophia Adora-Bella, all of Loogootee; Granny and Gramps, Roy Dale and Beth Ann Grafton of Loogootee; Great-Grandma, Clara Grafton of Loogootee; Papaw and Mamaw, Danny and Wanda Moody of Loogootee; Uncle Adam and Aunt Stephanie Grafton of Deer Creek, Illinois; Uncle Danny and Aunt Pam Moody of Bedford; Aunt Susan Moody of Greeneville, Tennessee; Aunt Pamela Moody of Tennessee; Uncle Tim Jones of Loogootee; and cousins Eli, Allie and Annabelle Grafton, David Burton, Timothy, Kyle and Kody Moody, Micah Murphy, Alyssa Martin, Brittany Barnard and Jean Claude Kast.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Dale Grafton and Garnet and Elva Moody, Aunt Kimberly Gearlds, cousin Sheldon Gearlds, and special beagle, Shiloh.

The family will receive guests at the farm on Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m. Arrangements will be held on Saturday at the Church of the Cross, in Shoals, with visitation from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with service at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Amanda’s honor to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, or the Sunshine Foundation.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.

October 03, 2018

Raymond Aubrey ‘Ray’ Tarver

May 21, 1933 — Sept. 30, 2018

Raymond Aubrey Tarver, 85, of Bedford, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born May 21, 1933 in Oxford, Mississippi, he was the son of Joe Aubrey and Minnie (Spruill) Tarver. He married the love of his life, U V “Ginny” Watts March 30, 1956, and she survives.

He had worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. In 1976, he opened and was owner and operator of Tarver’s Indiana Flower Shop. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church since 1976, Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion, and was a Red Coat Volunteer at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

For several years he had a daily routine. Hardee’s for breakfast, lunch with his buddies at McDonald’s, and Burger King, Arby’s or Captain D’s for dinner. After dinner, the group would do crossword puzzles from the newspaper.

Survivors include his wife “Ginny” of Bedford; a daughter, Cindy Robertson and husband Steve of Springville; grandchildren, Jonathan Smith of Bedford, Jennifer Caswell and husband Travis of Owensburg and Joshua Smith (Kyiana Boone) of Bedford; and great-grandchildren, Lyric Smith, Reece Caswell, Ahyonna Smith, Morgan Caswell, Ayden Smith, Mason Smith, Josephine Caswell and Arayah Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lillian Knight and Nell Reeder; and a grandson, Joseph Smith.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Free Methodist Church with Pastor Scott Salm officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Free Methodist Church.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

October 02, 2018

Ronald Dale Junior Hughes

Jan. 11, 1994 — Sept. 29, 2018

Ronald Dale Junior Hughes, 24, of Owensburg died at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the IU Health Hospice House.

Born Jan. 11, 1994, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ronnie and Lisa (Frazier) Hughes.

Survivors include his parents, Ronnie and Lisa Hughes of Owensburg; one sister, Kayla Leone and husband James of Bloomfield; one brother, Andrew Frazier of Owensburg; a nephew, Ryker Leone, who he loved dearly; his companion, Lee Riley of Owensburg; and maternal grandmother, Mary Hughes of Owensburg.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ralph and Phyllis Frazier; and his paternal grandfather, Ronald Hughes.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Craig Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Ashcraft Cemetery in Owensburg.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the family to help with his expenses.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Emily H. (Dodds) Wells

May 28, 1933 — Sept. 29, 2018

Emily H. Wells, 85, South Bend, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Trailpoint Village Nursing Center in South Bend, after an extended illness with her loving family by her side.

Emily was born May 28, 1933, in Bedford, to the late Samuel and Audree (Dodds) Hitchcock. She has resided in the Michiana area for the last nine years coming from Bedford.

She is survived by her sons, Jeffry H. (Danette) Wells of South Bend and Phillip L. Wells of Momence, Illinois, and her loving grandchildren Audree L. Wells of Houston, Texas and Joseph H. Wells of South Bend.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia J. Greiner.

Emily was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Speech and Hearing and was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.

She was a homemaker and lovingly cared for her son, Phillip, for many years taking care of his special needs. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, playing cards, shopping and being with her loving family and grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made in Emily’s honor to the Good Shepard Manor, P.O. Box 260, Momence, Illinois 60954.

Visitation will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Hanley and Sons Funeral Home “Southwest Chapel” located at State Road 23/West Ireland Road, South Bend. Additional visitation, is pending in Bedford with burial to take place at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

The Hanley and Sons Funeral Home handled local arrangement and extends its deepest sympathy to the Wells family.

Condolences may be expressed online through our website: www.hanleyandsonsfuneralhomes.com.

Ray Aubrey Tarver

Ray Aubrey Tarver, 85, Bedford, died Sunday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Free Methodist Church. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

October 01, 2018

Vicki S. Trueblood

Feb. 28, 1955 — Sept. 29, 2018

Vicki S. Trueblood, 63, of Bedford, died at 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at the IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Feb. 28, 1955, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Vestal and Ada Deckard. She was a Hilltopper who graduated from Needmore High School in 1973. She grew up attending the Donica Church of God.

After 37 years of service, she retired from IU Health Bloomington Hospital as an EEG Technologist. She was a member of the ASET Neurodiagnostic Society. Vicki loved the Little Theatre of Bedford.

Her children and grandchildren were her life purpose, and she supported them in all their endeavors. Her passion for giving knew no bounds, and blessed friends and family alike.

Survivors include her mother, Ada Deckard of Bedford; one daughter, Wendy Miller and husband Tim of Bedford; one son, Wes Trueblood of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Amelia Unger and Rowan Miller; two step-grandchildren, Max Miller and Briana Miller; one sister, Cherie Stone and husband Bill of Bedford; one niece, Ashley Burton; one nephew, Justin Stone; one great-niece, Lillian Burton; one great-nephew, Zachary Howe; and her beloved grand dog, Brooklynn.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vestal (Andy) Deckard.

Cremation was chosen. She will be laid to rest in the Clover Hill Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held in October.

Memorial Contributions can be made in memory of Vicki to the Little Theatre of Bedford or Fat Heads Rescue.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

P. Louise (Chambers) Bailey

Feb. 18, 1920 — Sept. 30, 2018

P. Louise Chambers Bailey passed away at White River Lodge on September 30, 2018. She was born in Lawrence County to Jason and Sulvanna Pink Hawkins Chambers. She and Jesse P. Bailey eloped and married in Nashville, Indiana in 1941.

Through the years Louise worked at RCA, Sarkes-Tarzian, and S.S. Kresge’s. She retired as postmaster of the Heltonville Post Office in 1985.

She was a lady who enjoyed sewing and playing all kinds of games, following sports and having fun with family and friends. And she made the best pies ever!

Surviving are four sons, Phillip J. (Becky) of Bedford, Wendell D. (Beverly) of Heltonville, Gary W. ‘Jake’ (Jan) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Gregory P. of Bloomington; in addition there are eight grandchildren, Damon (Stacey) Bailey, Amber Bailey Hawkins, Cody Matthew Bailey, Courtney (Shane) Nolan, Aaron J. Bailey, Adam J. Bailey, Adrian J. Bailey and Maranda K. Bailey; step-grandchildren, Shane Shepherd, Nick Shepherd and Sarah Burns; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Bartlett; a brother-in-law, Web Bundy; a special sister-in-law, Velma Chambers; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Jesse in 2013; their only daughter, Nancy in 2003, four Chambers brothers, William (in infancy), Ray, Leonard and Herman; and three sisters, Helen Todd-Smith-Davis; Betty Malott and Sarah Ann Bundy.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the charity of your choice and please spend special time with your family.

Visitation at Jones Funeral Home will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 2. Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Louise will be laid to rest between her husband, Jesse, and her daughter, Nancy, at Gilgal Cemetery.

Richard G. Harris

Jan. 21, 1922 — Sept. 28, 2018

Richard G. Harris, 96, of Bedford, passed away on Sept. 28, 2018, at 12:24 a.m. at Hearth Stone Health Campus in Bloomington.

He was born in Bedford on Jan. 21, 1922, to Hervey and Elizabeth (Davis) Harris. Richard married Evelyn M. Connell on Dec. 26, 1946, in Mitchell and she preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2017.

Richard was a graduate of Bedford High School, a charter member of the Woodville Baptist Church; was the owner operator of Bear Chassis Alignment in Bedford and was an US Navy veteran of World War II.

Survivors include two daughters, Penny (Keith) Edmondson and Kathy (Ron) Fole; one son, Tom (Beth) Harris; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife and two brothers, Kenneth Harris and Arthur Harris.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 2, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Pastor Glen Hamer, officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with military rites by the Bedford American Legion Post No. 33.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service at 3 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Rev. Dennis Edward Tolle, Sr.

Oct. 15, 1947 — Sept. 29, 2018

Rev. Dennis Edward Tolle, Sr., 70, of Oolitic, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He has gone on to his Heavenly reward.

Born Oct. 15, 1947, in Kokomo, he was the son of Roscoe Tolle and Estella (Brady) Tolle-Huyter. He married Jeannette Goss on Feb. 4, 1967, and she survives.

He was a tool and die maker for 30 years, working at Quality Machine and Tool and Bedford Machine. He was a minister for 47 years, pioneering a church in Cloverdale. He pastored Belmont Chapel, and he also pastored in Seymour and Columbus. He evangelized for five years.

He was a member of the Oolitic Pentecostal Church. Married to his loving wife for 51 years, was a great husband and loving father, who touched the lives of many. He will be sadly missed but he is no longer suffering. He is with Jesus.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Tolle of Oolitic; children, Lisa Tolle-Roberts and husband Robbie of Springville, Tammy Tolle Bruce and husband Roger of Springville and Dennis Tolle Jr. and wife Melinda of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Amanda Spear and husband Steve of Manhattan, Illinois, Joshua Roberts and wife Emily of Bedford, Matthew Bruce and Nathanael Bruce, both of Springville, Caden, Conner and Carson Tolle, all of Bedford; two great-granddaughters, Olivia Speer of Manhattan, Illinois, and Brielle Roberts of Bedford; siblings, Arvin and Marvin Tolle of Greenwood, Faye Swift of Wisconsin, Bonnie Morrow of Oklahoma, Jerry Tolle of Texas, Helen Hardin of Greenwood, Roscoe Tolle of Florida, Donna Mueller of Florida, Terry Stevens of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Richard “Dick” Tolle and David Tolle.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 at the Oolitic Pentecostal Church with Brother Marty Speer, the Rev. David Beliles, and the Rev. Steve Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Hilltop Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until the service Wednesday, all at the Oolitic Pentecostal Church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the family to help with expenses.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Roland Dale Hughes

Roland Dale Hughes, 24, Owensburg, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Charles E. Strunk

Charles Eugene “Chuck” Strunk, 55, Bedford, died May 25. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Highview Baptist Church, Avoca. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel, Bedford.

Raymond A. Tarver

Raymond A. Tarver, 85, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

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