Obituaries

Obituaries — December 2017

December 15, 2017

Mary L. (Stuart) Bruner-Brown

Dec. 2, 1939 — Dec. 14, 2017

Mary L. (Stuart) Bruner-Brown, 78, of Williams, died at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at her residence.

Born Dec. 2, 1939, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Ira Stuart and Mable Ann (Sexton) Capshew. She married Gerald Ray Bruner and later married John Brown and he preceded her in death.

She was a Senior Records Clerk at Indiana University in the Independent Studies Department, and a member of the Williams Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Bruner of Williams and David Bruner and wife Janette of Bloomington; grandchildren, Samantha McFarland, David McFarland Jr. and Kayla Bruner; great-grandchildren, Shelby McFarland and Maddison McFarland; and her twin sister, Martha Price.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Justin Kirby; and two brothers, William and James Stuart.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Perry East officiating. Cremation will follow.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

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

Clarence Lester Kirkman

Dec. 10, 1924 — Dec. 13, 2017

Clarence Lester Kirkman, 93, of Greencastle, formerly of Bedford, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Greencastle.

Born Dec. 10, 1924, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Clarence B. and Clara E. (Wright) Kirkman. He married Helen JoAnn Moore on Sept. 11, 1946, and she preceded him in death on July 8, 2004. He later married Winnie F. Strunk on Jan. 12, 2005, and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2012.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WW II, where he was awarded the bronze star.

He retired as a truck driver for Sims Motor Transport in 1981. He was a member of Eagles Lodge No. 654, American Legion Gillen Post No. 33, and a former member of V.F.W.

Survivors include two sons, Dwight L. Kirkman of Oolitic and Barry D. Kirkman and wife Karen of Bedford; four daughters, Diane Claycomb, Debra Vester and husband Paul, all of Oolitic, Denise Foulk and husband Tom of Florida and Dee Duncan and husband Harry of Bedford; 12 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; five sisters; and a son, Lester David Kirkman.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Lee officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday with military rites accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

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

Diana J. Martin

July 12, 1943 — Dec. 10, 2017

Diana J. Martin, 74, passed away Sunday.

Born July 12, 1943, in Bedford to Hobert and Alice Powell.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Martin; her daughter, Alice Webb and brother Eugene Powell.

Her survivors include her sons, Thomas Martin of Ventura, Calif., and Sam Martin of Bloomington; her sister, Dolores “Sissy” Collins of Springville; her five grandchildren, Becca, James, Zachary, Aaron and Amanda; and five great-grandchildren.

Informal memorial and luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Shiloh Fellowship Hall State Road 158 West.

You are invited to share a memory or leave an online condolence to the family at www.allencares.com.

James W. Baxter

James William “Jimmy” Baxter, 55, Bedford, died Wednesday. Graveside service at 1 p.m. today at Cresthaven Memory Garden. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Nancy K. Pace

Nancy K. (Pace) Pace, 72, Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

George F. Harris

George F. Harris, 86, of Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Haley Jenkins

Haley Jenkins, 24, of Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 14, 2017

Jean (Brown) Foddrill

Aug. 19, 1928 — Dec. 12, 2017

Jean Foddrill, 89, of Bedford, died at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at IU Health Hospice House.

Born Aug.19, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Fred “Jum” and Ethel (Burford) Brown. She married Charles D. Foddrill on Jan. 11, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 6, 1984.

She was a beautician for 20 and had worked in Dr. Mount’s office for 30 years retiring when Dr. Mount retired.

Jean was a member of the Leesville United Methodist Church.

She loved her grandkids and great-grandkids, attending every sporting event or activity she could. She loved working in the garden, cooking (her pancakes were famous), and she was an expert at canning anything from corn to green beans. She was always quick with a funny saying, and she loved to laugh. Anyone who knew her, knew her as “Gram” because she was everyone’s Gram.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherri Bulleit-Miller and husband Roger of Corydon, Denise Bair and husband John of Leesville; seven grandchildren, Tiffani Kurtz and husband Chris of Bedford, Kaloni Groudle and husband Ryan of Corydon, Tabatha Anderson of Bedford, Jarrod Bulleit and wife Amanda of Corydon, Natasha Hall and husband Josh of Bedford, Tara Conner of Bedford, Tyler Norman and wife Sasha of Valonia; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Logan Murphy, Liana Groudle, Haley Chambers, William, Sophia and Benjamin Bulleit, Camryn and Cash Kurtz, Eden and Davin Anderson, Kailee Schneider, Nala and Indie Hall and Reace and Ruger Norman; a sister, JoAnne Wesner and husband Jimmy of Leesville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Alana Norman; two great-grandchildren, Carson and Campbell Kurtz; two sisters, Oleta Jean and Marie Wever; a brother, Roscoe Brown; and son-in-law, Tom Bulleit.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor George Browning officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to IU Health Hospice House or Becky’s Place.

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

Eugene Charles Baer III

July 29, 1987 — Dec. 12, 2017

Eugene Charles Baer III, 30, of Bedford, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born July 29, 1987, in Lapeer County, Mich., he was the son of Eugene Baer Jr. and Colleen Aldridge.

Eugene was of Christian faith.

He is survived by his parents; daughter, Devonee Baer; sister, Christina Super; brother, Jamie Aldridge; niece, Ellie Marie Super; aunts, Michelle (Donald) Woodworth and Pam Aldridge; paternal grandfather, Eugene Baer; maternal grandparents, Wilbert (Judy Kegler) Aldridge and Orvella Aldridge; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Wilma Baer.

Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Pastor Steve Jones officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel, P.O. Box 63, Bedford, IN 47421, to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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

Dwayne Koontz

Oct. 10, 1962 — Dec. 11, 2017

Dwayne Koontz, 55, of Bedford, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at his residence.

Born Oct. 10, 1962, in Bloomington, he was the son of Richard Higgins and Betty Irene Koontz. He married Tammy Gayle Barrett, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 4, 2011.

He was a maintenance worker for Cook Inc.

Survivors include his father, Mike Koontz and wife Kay; a brother, Kevin Koontz and wife Tammie; a daughter, Isabella Renee Richardson; a granddaughter, Lindsey Joann Richardson; and a stepson, Josh Richardson.

He was preceded in death by his biological father, Richard Higgins; his mother, Betty Irene Koontz and his wife, Tammy.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Overby officiating. Burial will follow in the Garrison Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Dorothy Ruth (Mundy) Workman

May 31, 1929 — Dec. 12, 2017

Dorothy Ruth Workman, 88, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at her residence.

Born May 31, 1929, in Huron, she was the daughter of Fred and Osie Pearl (Hopper) Mundy. She married James Hubert Workman on Nov. 16, 1946.

Dorothy was a homemaker, a member of the Mitchell Church of Christ and enjoyed puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, James Workman of Mitchell; children, Marilyn (James Harkness) Workman of Mitchell, Mike Workman of Mitchell, Mark Workman of Mitchell, and Myra (Darren) Smith of Bedford; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Maxine Pridemore of Mitchell.

Her parents and siblings, Virginia Bundy, Frances Bosell, Thelma Mason, Herschel Mundy, and two in infancy, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Brian Bolton officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

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

December 13, 2017

Donald L. Briscoe

Jan. 17, 1937 — Dec. 11, 2017

Donald L. “Leroy” Briscoe, 80, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Jan. 17, 1937, in Mitchell, he was the son of Ora Virgil and Hopal Vera (Matthews) Briscoe. He was married to Varda Jacqueline “Jackie” Kern on Feb. 16, 1957, and she preceded him in death Dec. 14, 1962. His second marriage was to Shirley (Walts) Hamilton on Nov. 20, 1964.

Leroy retired from Dana Corporation and was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church.

He enjoyed racing, woodworking, fishing and yard work.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Briscoe of Mitchell; children, Diana (Larry) Caudell of Mitchell, Kevin (Cathy) Hamilton of Sardinia, Ohio, Denise (Mark) Riker of Bedford and Debbie Terrell of Bedford; grandchildren, Stephanie Oliver, Christie Bunch, Gearry Caudell, Bradley Hamilton, Michael Riker, Laura Hamilton and Samantha Terrell; nine great-grandchildren; and siblings, Robert (June) Briscoe of Bloomington, Bonnie Duncan of Bedford, Richard (Charlotte) Briscoe of Mitchell and Basil (Karen) Briscoe of Mitchell.

His parents; first wife; son, Kim Alan Hamilton; son-in-law, Chris Terrell; and siblings, Louis “Doodle” Briscoe, Wilbur Briscoe, James Briscoe, Walter “Bus” Briscoe, Frances Briscoe, Fern Watson and Ruby Smith, preceded him in death

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Max Timbrook officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

Casketbearers: Gearry Caudell, Michael Riker, Larry Caudell, Kevin Hamilton, Chad Bunch, Brian Oliver and David Watson.

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

Della Sue (Byers) Wildman

March 3, 1933 — Dec. 11, 2017

Della Sue (Beyers) Wildman, 84, of Louisville, formerly of Washington and Bedford, died Dec.11, 2017.

She was born March 3, 1933, in Lawrence County, to Lee and Ruth (Schreiber) Beyers, both deceased.

Siblings include Daniel Beyers and Joseph (Brenda) Beyers, all of Bedford, Blossom (Danny) Weddle of Evansville and Leah Beyers, deceased.

She married Aden W. Wildman (died Jan. 23, 1990) on Nov. 25, 1953, and they had five children, Gene (Diane) of Nashville, Tenn., Mark (Bonnie) of Valparaiso, Jerry (Jennifer) of Mount Pleasant, Texas, Jay (Rachel) of Washington and Lisa (Joe) Cooley of Louisville, Ky.

A homemaker, Sue was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and having committed her life to Christ at a young age, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

Grandchildren are Tiffany, Josh, Tyler, Ethan, Joelle, Baylee and Madison Wildman, and Alex, Jessica and Jennifer Cooley. There are three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews as well as her nephew and niece Paul and Phyllis (Wildman) Spencer, who provided extensive assistance over the last couple of years.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals. Brother Ed Owens of Oolitic will lead the funeral service at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15.

Pallbearers are grandsons Tyler, Ethan and Josh Wildman, Alex Cooley, and nephews Ralph and Wayne Wildman

Burial at Mount Union Cemetery in Martin County.

In lieu of flowers, etc., memorials can be made to the North Elementary Library fund or your local Humane Society.

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

Dwayne Koontz

Dwayne Koontz, Bedford, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Jean Foddrill

Jean Foddrill, 89, Bedford, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 12, 2017

Earl James Helton

Earl James Helton, 87, Mitchell, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Donald ‘Leroy’ Briscoe

Donald “Leroy” Briscoe, 80, Mitchell, died Monday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to ­2 p.m. Friday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Beverly Sue Sipes

Beverly Sue (Runyon) Sipes, 74, Shoals, died Sunday. Cremation was chosen with burial at a later date in Trinity Springs Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 11, 2017

Shirley Y. Flynn

Aug. 10, 1935 — Dec. 10, 2017

Shirley Y. Flynn, 82, of Bedford, passed away at 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born on Aug. 10, 1935, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of W. Glenn Butler and Lahoma F. (Hildum) Butler. She married Bennie Leroy Flynn on Jan. 19, 1952, and he preceded her in death on March 31, 1999.

She worked at Dollens Elementary School as a Title 1 Aide for 34 years, retiring in May of 2004, and later taught at Oolitic Christian School from 2004-2008. Shirley was a lifelong member of the Oolitic Trinity Pentecostal Church.

Surviving is her daughter, Susan Swango and husband David of Bedford; son, Greg Flynn and his wife Jeanna of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Amy Vaught, Kristy Spinks, Stephanie Leonard, Ashley Cook, Sarah Swango, Matthew Flynn, Michael Flynn; six great-grandchildren, Makenzie Spinks, Garrett Spinks, Averi Leonard, Seth Leonard, Meredith Cook, Grayson Cook; three sisters, Glenda Young of Norman, Bonnie Parkes and husband Larry of Bedford and Rita Anderson and husband Jim of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Linda Lou Aronson; one son, Danny Leroy, in infancy.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Oolitic Trinity Pentecostal Church with Brother Marty Speer and Brother Keith Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the church.

Effie Lorene Clark

Nov. 30, 1922 — Dec. 9, 2017

Effie Lorene Clark, 95, of Norman, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at her residence.

Born Nov. 30, 1922, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Claude Matthew and Sarah Lou Effie (Baker) Henderson. She married Harold Lloyd Clark on March 7, 1959, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 20, 1999.

She was a production worker for Dura in Brownstown for 16 years, retiring in 1985. She attended the Freetown Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula Henderson of Freetown and Beth Conrad and her husband Paul of Leesville; two grandchildren, Brandon Conrad of Bloomington and Sarah Perry and her husband Stephen of Bedford.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Donovan Newport officiating. Burial will follow in the Leesville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Jeremy Clevenger

Aug. 10, 1971 — Dec. 4, 2017

Jeremy Scott Clevenger, 46, passed away Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Aug. 10, 1971, in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Jack Clevenger and Connie (Welles) Clevenger Kuhbander.

Jeremy was a welder and a member of Victory Church in Washington. He enjoyed nature, especially hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his son, Jeremy D. Clevenger of Bloomington; mother, Connie Kuhbander of Mitchell; brothers, Joshua (Annie) Clevenger of Mitchell, Jacob Clevenger of Mitchell and Jack Clevenger of Arizona; nephews, Joshua T. Clevenger and Coby Clevenger; and niece, Jane E. Clevenger.

His father preceded him in death.

A service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church, 139 N. Ninth Street, Mitchell, with Pastor Brenda L. Ludwig officiating. A luncheon and time for sharing memories will be at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Donald Abraham

Memorial service for Donald Abraham, 89, of Bedford, who died Dec. 8, will be from 5­-7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas Joe Strait

Thomas Joe Strait, 71, Mitchell, died Friday. Cremation was chosen with no visitation or service. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 09, 2017

Robert G. Reynolds

May 22, 1932 — Dec. 7, 2017

Robert G. Reynolds, 85, of West Lafayette, formerly of Bedford, passed away at 1:16 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at University Place in West Lafayette.

He was born May 22, 1932, in Lawrence County to Clarence and Helen (Pittman) Reynolds. Robert married Sue Anne Hewitt on Dec. 6, 1957, in Lawrence County and she survives.

Robert was an U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo, he also previously worked at WTTV Channel 4 and WLFI Channel 13 both in Indianapolis, and he was baptized in November in the Christian faith.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Anne Reynolds of West Lafayette; two sons, Charles (Janet) Reynolds of West Point and John Reynolds of Bunker Hill; grandson, Bob Reynolds of West Point; great-granddaughter, Kennedy Reynolds of West Point; and one brother, Larry Reynolds of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Clarence Reynolds Jr., Dale Reynolds and Jerry Reynolds; and one granddaughter, Susan Reynolds.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, with Brenda Burnworth, officiating; burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from noon until service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

December 08, 2017

Michael Gregory Triano

Michael Gregory Triano, 51, Orleans, died Wednesday. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 07, 2017

Glen A Crose

Jan. 31, 1955 — Dec. 5, 2017

Glen A. Crose, 62, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Indiana University Health and Hospice in Bloomington at 12:30 a.m.

He was born in Anderson on Jan. 31, 1955, to Glennis Crose and Rheabelle Mary (Ashby) Crose.

Glen married Betty (Keesling) Crose on June 10, 2005, in Bedford, and she survives.

He was a Medical Technologist and had worked at IU Health in Bedford and St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, along with traveling medical companies.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Crose of Bedford; his mother, Rheabelle Mary Crose of Anderson; two step-children, Tiffany and Chris Price, both of California; one sister, Debbie Stout of Pendleton; and a niece and nephew, Erin and Nathaniel Stout, both of Pendleton. He was preceded in death by his father, and son Collin Crose in 2012.

Cremation with no services was chosen. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wilbur Lee Fields

March 8, 1942 — Dec. 5, 2017

Wilbur Lee Fields, 75, of Oolitic, died at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born March 8, 1942, in Trinity Springs, he was the son of Paul J. and Annabel (Taylor) Fields. He married Judith Ann Vaughn on Oct.15, 1966, and she survives.

He retired as General Supervisor of Production Control and Logistics from GM Powertrain in 2002. He was a major in the U.S. Army and Indiana National Guard and a graduate of Indiana University. He served as an Elder at Central Church of Christ. He was a member of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion, the Lawrence County Dulcimer Society and Quality Council at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. He was an avid bicyclist who completed the Hilly Hundred many times. He served youth in many volunteer roles over the years, including scout master, coach, youth deacon and camp director at Spring Mill Bible Camp. He was one of the founders of the girls’ Oolitic Biddy Ball League.

His passions included photography, camping, canoeing, hiking, folklore, Civil War ­history and music. After Hurricane Katrina struck, he used his experience and training in management and logistics as a Red Cross volunteer in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Survivors include his wife, Judith, of Oolitic; his mother, Annabel, of Bedford; a daughter, Kristin Wintin and husband, Frank, of Bedford; a son, Garrick Fields and wife, Marsha, of New Albany; a grandson, Paul Fields, also of New Albany; a brother, William “Willie” Fields and wife, Wilma, of Bedford; a niece, Lisa Tran and husband, Quang, all of Bedford and a nephew, Scott Fields and wife, Dana, of Whiteland. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Central Church of Christ with Rick Leach and Jack Owen officiating. Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the American Cancer Society or the White River Humane Society.

Hollis Reed ‘Buddy’ Embree

Hollis (Buddy) Reed Embree, 91, of Lansdowne, Virginia, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017.

Hollis was born in Williams to John and Cora. He was a graduate of Indiana University. Upon graduation, he moved to Vincennes where he was the personnel manager of the Reynolds Spring Company. He moved to the Chicago area in 1961 and became vice president of manufacturing for the Cracker Jack Company. In charge of not only manufacturing, but also personnel, he wrote and negotiated labor contracts.

Always striving to advance his career, he changed employers 10 years later and became vice­ president of the Unarco-­Leavitt Tube Company, overseeing production and personnel at multiple sites.

Buddy retired at age 55 and enjoyed travel, property investment and tennis, spending most of his retirement years in Florida where he also took up golf. A firm believer in sharing the wealth of his successes, he was a benevolent donor to those in need. In 2017, due to health-related issues, he moved to assisted living near relatives in Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Chloe, and by his brother, Sam. He is survived by his wife, Edna; his son, Dana (Janet); his brother, Michael (Christine); his grandchildren, Mark, Allison and Jeremy; his stepdaughter, Beth (Tim); and their children, Bennett and Lauren, and many nieces and nephews. Interment will be at the Cresthaven Cemetery, Bedford.

Timothy D. Turpen

Memorial service for Timothy D. Turpen, 61, of Bedford who died Nov. 11, will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Bedford Boat Club. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

Lynn Kay Baker

Lynn Kay (Spurlock) Baker, 65, of Shoals, died Monday. Cremation was chosen and a memorial service will take place at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

December 06, 2017

William Douglas ‘Bill’ Lambert

March 23, 1954 — Nov. 17, 2017

William “Bill” Lambert, 63, of Bedford, died on Nov. 17, 2017, at his residence.

Born March 23, 1954, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Marion Douglas and Roberta Jean (Hutchinson) Lambert.

Bill was a graduate of Bedford High School, class of 1972. Bill was retired from Bedford City Utilities and was known by his friends as “City Bill.” He was a longtime member of the Bedford Moose.

He is survived by his son, William Christopher (Heather) Lambert of Indianapolis; sister, Carol Blair of Bloomington; niece, Lindsay Blair; nephew, Nathan Blair; uncle, Lee Hutchinson of Bedford and several cousins and beloved friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kirby Lambert.

A memorial service will be on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

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

Sharon E. (Melvin) Pate

July 26, 1933 — Dec. 3, 2017

Sharon E. (Melvin) Pate, 84, of Bloomington, died at 6:01 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 26, 1933, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Charles and Goldie Marie (Miller) Melvin. Sharon graduated from Shawswick High School and was a member of the Paynetown Pentecostal Church. She married Harry Barger, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 2006. She later married Harold Wayne Pate on Dec. 13, 2008, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2017. She retired as a line worker at RCA and was a farmer.

Survivors include three sons, Allan Barger, Harry Thomas Barger, Jr. and wife, Barbara, and Paul Kevin Barger, all of Bloomington; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Melvin and wife, Ruth, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a son, Michael R. Barger, and a brother, Phillip Melvin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, with Sister Cheryl Crum officiating. Burial will follow in Dishman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Rose Marie Berry Wildman

May 9, 1941 — Dec. 4, 2017

Rose Marie Berry Wildman, 76, of Vallonia, died at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at her home. She had been ill for six months. She attended the Church of Christ in Brownstown. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, camping, country western music, country cruises with her dog Roscoe and most of all, she loved spending time with her family and making iced Christmas sugar cookies with her grandchildren.

Rose was born on May 9, 1941 in Lebanon, Pa., to the late Joe & Cora Nicholas Lerch. She married George Berry, Sr. on Dec. 24, 1960 in Uniontown, and he preceded her in death on March 9, 2011. She married Warren Wildman on May 18, 2012, in Bedford and he survives. Other survivors include her children, Richard and Holly Berry, Vallonia, George and Kalli Berry of Medora, and Melissa and Dave Stevenson of Greenwood; grandchildren, Sarah and Donnie Strack, Nathan and Allison Berry, Caitlin and Jimmy Baker, Seth and Reagan Berry, Michael and Trey Berry, Steven and Page Berry, Holly and Anthony Carroll, Jon Berry, Mark and Tori Reynolds, Jaelyn Reynolds, Josh and Sam Stevenson; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Philip and Andrea Lerch and Joe and Mary Lerch, both of Lebanon, Penn.; two sisters, Aggie Buckmoyer and Beth and Paul Sweinhart, both of Lebanon, Penn.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, a brother, John Lerch, a daughter, Dawn Berry and a granddaughter, Laura Jean Berry.

Funeral Services will be conducted at Johnson Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. with Michael Hogg officiating. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4-8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will take place at the Vallonia Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to Medora Goes Pink and Schneck Medical Center Hospice.

Wilbur Fields

Wilbur Fields, 75, of Oolitic, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Jeremy Scott Clevenger

Jeremy Scott Clevenger, 46, of Mitchell, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 05, 2017

Alta Mae Fields

Oct. 12, 1931 — Dec. 3, 2017

Alta Mae Fields, 86, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at her residence.

Born Oct. 12, 1931, in Lawrence County, she was the oldest daughter of Audrey Crane and Hazel (Hughes) Crane.

Alta retired from Whitney Tool Company in Bedford, was a graduate of Williams High School, a member of Hilltop Pentecostal Church in Avoca and attended Grace United Methodist Church in Bedford.

Survivors include one son, Andy Fields of Pierre, S.D.; one daughter, Joanne (James) Spaulding of Bedford; nine grandchildren, Cheryl (Jeff) Hauck, Jeremy (Faye) Fields, Susan Bridges, Karen (Matt) Lebrun, Jennifer Fields, Thomas Spaulding, Teresa (Tyler) Ritchison, Elizabeth Neal and C.J. Fields; also, nine great-grandchildren, Marissa, Danielle, Dom, Kaytelynn, Isaac, Kelby, Nolan, Molly and Benlee; two brothers, Bill (Delores) Crane and Bob (Lynn) Crane; and two sisters, Euretta Griggs and Cathy (Phil) Jenner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jerry Fields; brother, John Crane; and sister, Becky Pate.

Funeral service for Alta Mae Fields will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with burial following at Talbott Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

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

Edna Louise ‘Dolly’ Deckard

April 17, 1934 — Dec. 3, 2017

Edna Louise “Dolly” Deckard, 83, of Heltonville, died at 6 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at her residence.

Born April 17, 1934 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Everett and Truly (Fender) Sowders. She married Harold Deckard on Dec. 10, 1949, and he survives. She was a director of admissions at Oakland City College and office assistant at NWSC Crane.

She was a founder of the LARC Center and Sweet Owen County Association of Retarded Citizens. She was a volunteer at Spring Mill State Park and portrayed Mrs. Claus in Lawrence County for 21 years. She started Rusty’s Toy Chest, in memory of her son, providing toys to children in Lawrence and surrounding counties. She carried out missionary work in the Appalachians, was the director of the annual Heltonville Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and president of the Pleasant Run Senior Citizens.

Survivors include her husband, Harold of Heltonville; children, Robert E. Deckard and wife Nancy of Bloomington, Melanie Brooks and husband Ronald and William J. Deckard and wife Janet, all of Heltonville; 11 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and was expecting her first great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Mattie Nicholson and husband Herschel of Heltonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Rusty; a daughter, Rita Irwin; and six siblings, Laveda, Leonard, Thomas, Linville, Ada, and Luanna.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Elm-wood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with God’s servants, Ronald Brooks and Tom Turpin officiating. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Geneva M. Brown

July 24, 1918 — Dec. 4, 2017

Geneva M. Brown, 99, of Bedford passed away at 4:50 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Mitchell on July 24, 1918, to Cecil and Mary (Keller) Miller.

Geneva retired from GM Powertrain in Bedford in 1973 after 30 years of service, she was a member of the U.A.W. Local No. 440 in Bedford and the American Legion Post No. 33 Auxiliary.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie Ingle of Bedford; son, Richard (Sheila) Brown of Bedford; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Raymond “Chink” Miller and Morris “Buster” Miller; and one grandson, Michael Brown.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Brown Scholarship fund.

Sharon E. Pate

Sharon E. (Melvin) Pate, 84, Bloomington, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 04, 2017

Katherine Louise (Flinn) Williams

April 5, 1923 — Dec. 2, 2017

Katherine Louise (Flinn) Williams, 94, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Johnson Christian Village.

Born April 5, 1923, in Fort Ritner, she was the daughter of Samuel and Mattie (Ollis) Flinn. She married Melvin E. Williams on Feb. 24, 1940; he preceded her in death on June 23, 2000.

She was a member of the Apostolic Faith Assembly.

Katherine was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Ronald (Sue) Williams of Bedford; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Flinn; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; son, Kenneth Williams; three sisters, Juanita Eglen, Verna Bobb, and Irene Shepard; and two brothers, Hubert Flinn and Irvin Flinn, in infancy.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at Dixon Chapel (Procter) Cemetery, with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dixon Chapel (Procter) Cemetery.

Betty M. (Kinder) Connerley

Nov. 4, 1927 — Nov. 8, 2017

It is with deep sadness that the family of Betty M. Connerley, announces her passing on Nov. 8, 2017, after a long illness. Betty was a former resident of Lawrence County.

She was born on Nov. 4, 1927, in Williams, to William Ollie Kinder and Iva May Hall and was the youngest of seven children. She married Emil Dee Connerley on Nov. 9, 1943, he preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded in death by five of her siblings, Cecil Kinder, Carl Kinder, Beulah Holsapple, Wallace “Pud” Kinder, Beryl Beeman; and daughter-in-law, Suzanne Wicks.

She is survived by a daughter, Penny Wicks (Michael); a son, Rickey D. Connerley; six grandchildren, Beth Anne Parsley (Curt), DeeAnna Smith (Mark), Teresa Dollins (Brent), Amber Offutt (Delbert), Claudia Roberts (Troy), Joshua (JD) Connerley (Adriane); 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Robert Kinder of Williams; one sister-in-law, Mary Ann Connerley and her son, Zane Connerley (Sally) of Williams.

She will be lovingly remembered by her numerous friends, family and her extended family.

A memorial was held on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Commerce Church of Christ in Commerce, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Heart Association or Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Trust.

Edna Deckard

Edna Deckard, 83, Heltonville, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 03, 2017

Herman Leon Fish Sr.

July 30, 1938 — Dec. 1, 2017

Herman Leon Fish Sr., 79, of Norman, died Friday, December 1, 2017, at 3:30 p.m. at IU Hospice House.

Born July 30, 1938, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Everett and Mary Marie (Blackwell) Fish. He married Sallie Tanksley on June 29, 1957, and she preceded him in death on April 5, 2001.

He was a retired stoneworker from Elliot Stone Mill. Survivors include one son, Herman Jr. and wife Sherry Fish of Norman; one daughter, Shellie and husband Pat Hume of Norman; one brother, Roger Fish of Bloomington; and one sister, Phyllis and husband Larry Kinser of Bedford; five grandchildren, J.P. and wife Elizabeth Hume of Bloomington, Amber and husband Jason Burch of Mooresville, Tevin and wife Wendy Fish of Bedford, Tyson and wife Kyla Fish of Springville, and Brandi and husband Toby Webb of Bedford; thirteen great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation and service will both be held at Mundell Christian Church in Heltonville. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Service will be from 11 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be at Gilgal Cemetery near Heltonville. Arrangements were made with Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

December 01, 2017

Susan Whelan

Jan. 31, 1965 — Nov. 27, 2017

Susan Elizabeth Himebaugh Whelan, 52, died at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 27 at her residence in Indianapolis.

Born Jan. 31, 1965, in Livonia, Mich., she was the daughter of William R. and Eleanor Schmedel Himebaugh. She married Lonnie Whelan Sept. 10, 1988, in Princeton.

She was a 1983 graduate of Orleans High School where she was a member and soloist in the marching band. She also marched with the Imperial Guard Drum and Bugle Corps of Evansville.

She earned her associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology from Vincennes University in 1985. She worked in the laboratory at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton and later at Covance research laboratory in Indianapolis.

She was a member of Tri Kappa in Orleans and Princeton and was a member of the Princeton Community Band. She enjoyed music, genealogy, reading and travel.

Survivors include her husband Lonnie Whelan of Indianapolis; mother, Eleanor Himebaugh of Bedford; brother, Andrew Himebaugh of Indianapolis; stepdaughter, Holly Whelan Woodruff (Mrs. Justin) and stepgrandchildren, Caitlyn and Jacob Williams and Cameron Woodruff of Chandler; and nephew and niece, Benjamin and Elizabeth Himebaugh of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her father.

A celebration of life will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Orleans Public Library.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net.

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