Obituaries

Obituaries — August 2017

August 22, 2017

Jamey Brent Richardson

Dec. 4, 1963 — Aug. 20, 2017

Jamey Brent Richardson, 53, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born Dec. 4, 1963, in Bloomington, he was the son of William and Marie (Polley) Richardson.

He attended Highview Baptist Church. He worked in the drywall industry.

Surviving are his daughter, Brittany (Brad) Atwood; son, Justin Richardson; five grandchildren, Sydney, Jaden, Jace, Jansen and Jagger; father, William “Bill” Richardson; three brothers, Jade, Joby and Jeff Richardson, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Richardson.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral chapel.

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

Norma J. (Allen) Lawhead

Feb. 26, 1929 — Aug. 21, 2017

Norma J. Lawhead, 88, of Bedford, died at 2:55 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Feb. 26, 1929, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Floyd Homer and Sylvia Floean (Bartlett) Allen. She married Noble Norman on May 25, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1990. She later married Charles Lawhead on Feb. 12, 1996, and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2010.

She was a homemaker and attended Bartlettsville Christian Church. She had volunteered at Dunn Hospital, published a book about old barns and enjoyed oil painting.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula Martin and husband Robert and Judith Ann Stipp and husband Bill, all of Heltonville; two sons, Ronald Norman and wife Pamela of Mitchell and Donald Norman and wife Julie of Heltonville/Bedford; nine grandchildren, Greg (Jeanette) Martin, Holly Martin, Andrew (Bobbi) Stipp, Matthew (Heather) Norman, Adam Norman, Jamie Russell, Ashley (Danyal) Norman, Travis (Samantha) Norman, Chanelle Norman; 16 great-grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Tomey, Brooke Martin, Amy Martin, John Stipp, Matt Evans, Michael Evans, Madison Norman, Avery Norman, Laura Norman, Jeremiah, Joshua, Abby Russell, Emorie Russell, Ana Nateghi, Juliet Nateghi and Cyrus Nateghi.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; three brothers, Floyd Allen, Jr., Charles Wendell Allen, and Warren Dale Allen (stillborn); and a sister, Barbara Fitzgerald.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Bartlettsville Christian Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

August 21, 2017

Mary E. (Melvin) Albertson

Dec. 3, 1943 — Aug. 18, 2017

Mary E. Albertson, 74, of Orleans, passed away on Aug. 18, 2017 at 9:11 a.m. at her residence.

She was born on Dec. 3, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., the daughter of Hank T. and June (White) Melvin. She married Ernest Albertson on Feb. 18, 1967, and he survives.

She was a lifetime member of the ladies auxiliary of the VFW Post 9107, serving as president for District 9 and conductress in the state. She worked 18 years at the Kocolene Gas Station, a hostess at Spring Mill Inn and as a clerk at K & E Market. She graduated from Mitchell High School, Class of 1961.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest of Orleans; two sons, Greg (Michelle) Albertson of Arizona and Troy (Nicole) Albertson of Orleans; six grandchildren, Baili (Anthony) Campbell, Taylor Albertson, Brady Albertson, Chelsie (Justin) Albertson, Darby Albertson and Tori Albertson; one sister, Sharon (Bob) Hobson; and one brother-in-law, Al “Tude” (Nancy) Albertson.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with the Rev. Michael Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Freedom Cemetery.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. on Monday.

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

Arthur W. Sykes

Arthur Warner Sykes, 92, Bedford, died Aug. 16. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service at noon on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Gordon Brewer

Gordon Brewer, 88, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Norma Lawhead

Norma (Allen) Lawhead, 88, Bedford, died today. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

August 20, 2017

Virginia Mae Porter

May 16, 1937 — Aug. 15, 2017

Virginia Mae “Ginny” Porter, 80, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Garden Villa in Bedford. Ginny was born May 16, 1937, in Bloomington and was the daughter of the late Stacy Milford and Sylvia M. (Connor) East.

Ginny had worked at RCA and was also a Demonstrator at Sam’s Club for several years.

Survivors include her two sons, Charles Eugene “Butch” Porter (Linda) and Roger Dale “Dutch” Porter (Susan); three sisters, Rhea Dawn Flynn, Mary Louise Craft and Patricia Wright; three brothers, Bill East, Ernest East and Joe East; along with many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Porter; her parents; and four brothers, Don East, Bob East, John East and Roger East.

There will be no services for Ginny at this time.

Memories of Ginny and condolences to her family may be given at www.thefuneralchapel.net.

Arrangements are being handled by The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard in Bloomington.

August 19, 2017

Thomas Howard Bertolino

March 14, 1963 — Aug. 17, 2017

Thomas Howard Bertolino, 54, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at 11:32 a.m.. after being involved in a motorcycle accident.

He was born March 14, 1963, in Bedford, to Bart and Millie (Nardini) Bertolino.

Tom married Kim Neeley on Feb. 6, 2003; and she survives.

Tom was a member of First United Methodist Church. He graduated from BNL with the Class of 1981. He attended Purdue and Ball State Universities. Tom and Kim owned George’s Gateway True Value, in Bedford, where they made so many cherished friendships.

You never ran into Tom without seeing his smile and getting a big hug.

Tom is survived by his wife, Kim of Bedford; parents, Bart and Millie Bertolino of Bedford; daughters, Shelby Bertolino (Steve) Tillette, Emily Bertolino and Mallory Bennett (Tyler) Collier, all of Bedford; son, Nicky Bennett of Birmingham, Ala.,; one grandson, Gannon Wayne Tillette of Bedford; Tom’s four-legged girl, Zoey (Meathead) Bertolino; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Bennie and Jane Neeley, Dale and Rita Neeley, Merle Neeley, Carolyn and Danny Fortner and Diana and Jon Hall; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his sister, Alicia Bertolino Coolman; his grandparents, Jessie Nardini, Howard and Vara Bertolino; and father- and mother-in-law Ben and Mable Neeley.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Michelle White officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, from 4-8 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, and Tuesday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society or to a charity of choice.

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

Roger Lance Price

Dec. 13, 1949 — Aug. 17, 2017

Roger Lance Price, 67, passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Dec. 13, 1949, in Parsons, W.Va., he was the son of David Samuel and Lorena Virginia (Fike) Price. He married Cathy Denise Clark July 14, 1984.

Roger retired as an electrical engineer from NSWC Crane. He graduated from Union City High School and Purdue University.

Roger was a member of Bride of Christ Fellowship, and the Crane retirees “Old Farts Club.” He was a past board member of the Mitchell Community Youth League. He enjoyed playing tennis with the Bedford Tennis League. He restored a 1967 Blue GTO, which is the name he used to sponsor youth activities.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Price of Mitchell; children, Marian Cash of Mitchell, Cory (April) Price of Orleans and Stacey (Kyle) Edrington of Mitchell; grandchildren, Michael Edrington, Nikki Edrington, Porsha Price, Edric Cash, Garrett Price and Tessa Price; great-grandson, Kaius Cash; siblings, Carol (Darwin) St. Myers of St. Joseph, Missouri, Ronald (Charlene) Price of Ossian and Keith Price of New Palenstine.

His parents; grandson, Dorian Cash; and brother, Allen Price, preceded him in death.

Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Jerry Allen officiating.

The family will receive friends, at the church, from 11 a.m. Monday until the service.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Community Youth League

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

Barbara Ann (Sharr) Bartlett

July 24, 1930 — Aug. 17, 2017

Barbara Ann (Sharr) Bartlett, 87, of Smithville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug.17, 2017.

Born July 24, 1930, in Lawrence County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Shirley and Pearl Ann (Kirk) Sharr.

Barb was a member of Smithville Christian Church, and a member of the Smithville Area Association. She loved to help the Smithville community in any way she could, volunteering her time and cooking many wonderful desserts and dishes to help with the Smithville Labor Day Celebration. She loved to work in her garden, which was always immaculate and full of vegetables. She enjoyed canning, sewing, picking berries, making jellies, and being outdoors.

Barb was an amazing cook, and anyone who happened to stop by the farm to say hello usually didn’t leave without eating something and having a cup of coffee. There was always food available to eat in her kitchen, and she made her famous homemade biscuits every morning.

She was a farmer and was no stranger to hard work, laboring tirelessly with the rest of her family on the farm, milking cows, fixing fence, helping deliver calves, and doing the many other tasks of everyday farm life. She was a very kind and humble lady who had a heart of gold.

Barb is survived by her daughter, Trudy Ann Bartlett; her daughter-in-law, Barbara J. Bartlett; grandson, Jake Bartlett and his wife Christine, grandson, Matthew Bartlett; and great-granddaughter, Jolene Ann Bartlett, all of Smithville; her sisters, Norma Bartlett and Ruby Cracraft (husband Willard); her brother, Bob Sharr; brother-in-law Joe Bartlett (wife Marion), her sister-in-law, Kathryn Bartlett, all of Lawrence County, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceeded in death by her husband, Richard Bartlett, her son, Tommy Bartlett, her brother, Jim Sharr, and her sister, Bernice Ritter.

Visitation for Barb will be held from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, at The Funeral Chapel of Powell & Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at The Funeral Chapel with an hour of calling prior to the service. Buck Smith and Larry Ritter will officiate, and burial will follow at Bartlettsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Barb’s family requests that memorial contributions in her memory be made to the Tommy Bartlett Walking Trail c/o the Clear Creek Township, the Smithville Food Pantry, or the Bartlettsville Cemetery.

Memories of Barb and condolences to her family may be made online at www.thefuneralchapel.net

August 18, 2017

Allan Dale Clines

May 31, 1925 — Aug. 17, 2017

Allan Dale Clines, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at his residence.

Born May 31, 1925, in Missouri, he was the son of Otis and Martha (Tuttle) Clines. He married Helen M. Downham; she preceded him in death on June 17, 2017.

Allan worked at Deitzen’s Baking Co. for 25 years, Extruded Alloy for 15 years, Penn Railroad, East Texas Oil Fields, farmed in Arkansas, wood cutter, cut stave bolts, and State Park caretaker, Ironton, Ohio.

He was of the Baptist faith. Allan loved to fish and hunt.

Surviving are children, Priscella Kay (Dennis) Sproles and William Allan “Bill” (Pamela) Clines; grandchildren, Bryan A. (Karen) Clines, Tony (Christy) Sproles, William Adam (Julie) Clines and Ashtan (Jason) Bean; and great-grandchildren, Danielle Clines, Jaylyn Sproles, Gracie Sproles, Josie Young-Clines, Kaylee Bean and Kristian Bean.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 72 years, Helen Clines; two brothers, Clifton Clines and Raymond Clines; and one sister, Zova (Clines) Harrison.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Mike Eads officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in Silverville.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral chapel.

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

Arthur Warner Sykes

May 22, 1925 — Aug. 16, 2017

Arthur Warner Sykes, 92, of Bedford, died at 12:45 p.m. on Aug, 16, 2017, at his residence.

Born May 22, 1925, in Danville, Ky., he was the son of Warner and Carrie (Ray) Sykes. He married Annabelle Long and she survives.

He was a retired stone planerman and veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Annabelle of Bedford; a son, Toby Sykes of Bedford; a daughter, Candace Sykes of Bedford; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; special niece, Sonja Blanton of Bedford; and a great-niece, Tammy Strunk of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Gregory and Danny Sykes; four sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Harold Godsey officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

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

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

Pearl G. Jenkins

Sept. 13, 1927 — Aug. 16, 2017

Pearl G. Jenkins, 89, of Purvis, Miss., formerly of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017.

Born Sept. 13, 1927, in Lawrence County; she was the daughter of James Thomas and Eula L. (Williams) Carson. She married Leo Jenkins on July 14, 1944, in Lawrence County; he preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2009.

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

Surviving are one son, James Leo (Joyce) Jenkins of Lake Texoma, Texas; one daughter, Julie Anna (Gill) McAdory of Purvis, Miss.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ethel Mae (Carson) Fortner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Kelley Anne Jenkins; three brothers, and three sisters.

Graveside services will be held at Beech Grove Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Roger Price

Roger Price, 67, Mitchell, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

August 17, 2017

Mary Wease

Jan. 3, 1968 — Aug. 14, 2017

Mary Wease, 49, of Bloomfield, formerly of Burns City, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Jan. 3, 1968 in Bedford, to Wendell and Twila (Grissom) Wease.

Mary graduated from Loogootee High School in 1986. She was employed for 28 years at NWSC Crane. She recently received The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her praiseworthy service.

She was preceded in death by her stepbrother-in-law, Roger Fuhrman; stepsister-in-law, Judy (Strawn) Wease and stepnephew, Matt Fuhrman.

Mary is survived by her husband, John Feathers of Bloomfield; parents, Wendell and Twila (Grissom) Wease of Mitchell; stepdaughter, Chelsi Feathers of Loogootee; stepgrandson, Camden James Gibson; stepsiblings, Tony Wease of Loogootee, Terry (Jane) of Corydon, Theresa Fuhrman of Shoals and Marsha (L.D.) Kirkland of Newport, Va.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Burns City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Condolences may be made online at www.blakefuneralhomes.com.

Mary Lou Roy

Mary Lou (Weaver) Roy, 65, Bedford, died Aug. 1. Memorial service will be Sunday at Williams Community Center from 2-3 p.m. Donations may be made to Ferguson-Lee Chapel to assist family with funeral expenses. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

August 16, 2017

Lowell W. Taylor

Lowell W. “Dink” Taylor, 86, Williams, died Monday. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary, Bedford.

August 15, 2017

Lowell W. Taylor

Lowell W. “Dink” Taylor, 86, Williams, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Tom E. Patterson

Tom Edward Patterson, 59, Mitchell, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

August 14, 2017

Marlen Jones

July 29, 1946 — Aug. 12, 2017

Marlen Jones, 71, of Bedford, died at 5:44 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, surrounded by loved ones and friends.

Born July 29, 1946, in Cape Sandy, he was the son of Max K. and Florence May (Lynch) Jones. Marlen married Della Bolton on Jan. 22, 1966, and she survives.

He was a retired electronic technician and building maintenance from the Times-Mail and Lawrence County. He attended Tabernacle of Praise Church.

Marlen enjoyed the outdoors, watching the sun set every evening, gardening and visiting with his neighbors. He was a devoted husband and a loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Della of Bedford; two daughters, Kathy Haile and husband Gerald of Winchester, Ky., and Karen Hobson and husband John Ed of Heltonville; five grandchildren, Elisha Haile and fiancé Cole Wills, Joshua Johnson and wife Sara, Kayla Johnson, Sophia Hobson and Conner Hobson; one brother, Lester Jones and wife Kathleen of Leavenworth; one sister, Marjorie Linton of Corydon; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved pets, Sheba, Tommy and Pepper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Jesse F., Kenneth, and George William Jones.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Gary Thomas and Tom Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Vaughn David Delong

Feb. 24, 1948 — Aug. 12, 2017

Vaughn David Delong, 69, passed peacefully from ALS in his home in Springville on Aug. 12, 2017.

Born Feb. 24, 1948, in Indianapolis to James A. Delong and E. Marie (Walters) Delong, he graduated from North Central High School. He had an early love of cars and tractors and bought his first car at age 14 with money saved from his paper route and mowing lawns.

Vaughn served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968-1969 and was awarded a Purple Heart for his service. Vaughn was a farmer and drove a school bus for Eastern Greene Schools for 42 years.

He was always active in the Baptist church and was part of Crooked Creek Baptist Church, Owensburg Baptist Church and most recently Avoca Baptist Church. From 1985-2001, he served in various capacities at the Indian Creek Baptist Camp.

A lover of music, he enjoyed singing and playing hymns on the organ and accordion. He also sang tenor in the BASIC Quartet for many years.

Vaughn is survived by his wife Kelsie; three children, Nicholas, Nathan (Caitlin) and Julia Delong; three stepchildren, April Turpin, Coy (Kimberly) Hurley and Kathryn (Jordan) Lewis; grandchildren, Jacob Hurley and Enon and Roman Lewis; niece, Tessa (DeLong) Abney; nephew, Damian DeLong; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James K. DeLong.

Visitation will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary and from 12:30-2 p.m. on Wednesday at Avoca Baptist Church.

Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be conducted at Owensburg Cemetery in Owensburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vaughn Delong Memorial Fund for Indian Creek Baptist Camp at campindiancreek.com/give.

Visit daycarter.com to leave a note of condolence.

August 13, 2017

Norma M. Laux

April 26, 1926 — Aug. 10, 2017

Norma M. Laux, 91, of Bloomington, passed away at IU Health Hospice House Thursday, August 10, 2017, after a long and brave battle with breast cancer and dementia.

Born April 26, 1926, in Williams, she was the daughter of the late Wayne and Winnie (Thomas) Wagoner of Bedford.

Norma was an amazingly talented seamstress and enjoyed entertaining and serving her friends and family many of her special recipes.

Surviving relatives include her son, John M. Laux; daughter, Marsha J. Egan (William); grandson, W. Shane Egan; great-granddaughters, Lexi Egan, Alyvia Egan and Cora Ramsay, all of Bloomington; sisters Mary V. Webb of Bedford and Ann Nikirk of Bloomington; brother Kenny Wagoner of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

Norma was also preceded in death by her husband, John “Jack” Laux (2014).

Visitation will be 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Crossroads Community Church, 5000 N. Hwy 37 Trogden Lane, Bedford, IN 47421.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, with Pastor Ken Ransom officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery in Bloomington.

The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Memories of Norma and condolences to the family may be shared at www.thefuneralchapel.net.

Vaughn Delong

Vaughn Delong, 69, of Springville, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

August 12, 2017

Ralph William‘Butch’ Fish

Dec. 31, 1948 — Aug. 5, 2017

Ralph William “Butch” Fish, 68, of Bedford, was born on Dec. 31, 1948, and has passed away on Aug. 5, 201,7 at Bloomington hospital surrounded by loving family and friends.

Preceding Butch in death were his parents Bill Fish, Helen Fish Clark and his stepfather Clarence “Sandy” Clark; as well as his grandparents Ralph and Francis Fish and Harry and Mildred George.

Butch is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Kristin Fish. He is also survived by their two children, Lindsey Siewert (Fish), husband Ed of Jeffersonville, and Matthew, wife Jennifer of Lake St. Louis, Mo; and his four grandchildren, Ethan, Logan, Stella, and Lance.

Additional family include his brother, Robyn Fish (Mary), Sandra Sherrill (Curt), Mike Clark (Arnetta), Keith Clark (Bonny), Beth McIntyre (Larry); along with five nephews and two nieces.

A celebration of life service will be held at the Shelter House at Otis Park on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Memorials may be made in honor of Butch to the Lawrence County Community Foundation with notation to be placed in the Bedford Lions Club We Serve fund.

Butch was a graduate of Bloomington High School in 1966. He went on to join General Motors Powertrain where he graduated from the General Motors Apprentice program for skilled trades. He later graduated from Vickers Hydraulic School and Oakland City University. Butch retired from General Motors after 40 years of working as a machine repairman.

Butch lived his life wanting to serve the community he loved so much and to reach out and influence someone’s life in a positive way every day. Butch was a member and past-president of the Bedford Jaycees Club, an organization dedicated to community service. Butch was also member of the Bedford Lions Club for 28 years where he served as a member and president. He was a chairman of the Limestone Heritage Festival and Christmas Parades; chairman and volunteer of the Bedford Pancake Festival, recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 2017, and was the Bedford Lion of the Year in 2010-2011. As a Lion, Butch helped build numerous wheelchair ramps around Bedford for those in need and assisted with elementary age children’s eye exams throughout Lawrence County.

Butch loved local sports, especially softball, golf, and following any sports his children played. He was the first president of the Bedford Softball Association, an umpire, and a player. Butch went on to help design and build Murray Forest Park in Bedford. The park was built with the assistance of his friends and dozens of community volunteers. Butch was an avid golfer who loved Otis Park, and his friends there. He looked forward each year to volunteering at the Claude Akins Tournament where he spent many happy hours behind the grill. He volunteered his time in support of Otis Park wherever he was needed.

Butch was a master gardener through the Purdue extension program and completed projects at Stalker Elementary School as well as a 9/11 memorial at the Bedford Fire Department.

Butch was a believer in being a lifelong learner. After completing his associates degree from Oakland City University, Butch was invited to develop and teach two courses in Bedford through Ivy Tech. He developed the course work and taught fluid power systems and another on machine maintenance and installation. Butch volunteered for the Success and Opportunity at Reading (SOAR!) program focusing improving the basic reading skills of adults and families. Butch was a volunteer working with children at Stalker Elementary. He also spent time at the Lawrence County Jail teaching reading and math.

Although Butch once fought and lost to the Park Board for his son’s right to fish at Leatherwood Creek at Otis Park, he ironically became a member of the Bedford Park Board in 2007 until his death. During his tenure at the Park Board, Butch served as Santa Claus at Otis Park to innumerable children of Bedford and the surrounding area.

In the summer of 2015, Butch was asked to be involved in the Rails to Trails program designed to transform old railroad tracks into walking and biking trails throughout Lawrence County. Butch spent countless hours working on this project and also worked closely with two Boy Scouts to complete their Eagle Scout project. Near the end of the Lawrence County trail project, the need for a bridge over State Road 450 was identified. Butch donated the funds required for this project and worked tirelessly with others to build the bridge.

Along with the other activities Butch spent his time doing, he enjoyed attending the breakfast club at Hardees restaurant where he could meet with and debate philosophy and the topics of the day with his friends. Butch was also a member of the Moose Lodge and greatly enjoyed their Friday night poker tournaments.

Butch became a lifelong blood donor in 1964 and has since donated many gallons of blood to help those in need. He also became a basic EMT after the birth of his first child. Butch was an organ and tissue donor as his final act of service.

Butch was an amazing man, husband, father, and Pop. He is irreplaceable and will be sorely missed by his family and community.

August 11, 2017

Jenell (Lynch) Rains

April 5, 1946 — Aug. 9, 2017

Jenell (Lynch) Rains, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 10:47 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born April 5, 1946, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Charles and Norma Jean (Davis) Lynch. She married Boyce Rains; he preceded her in death in September of 2000.

Jenell was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She worked at Westview and the Hospitality House.

Surviving are her daughter, Jeanne (Danny) New; grandchildren, Devin, Robyn and Kristyn New; sister, Leah Lynch; brother Chuck Lynch; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jenell had a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Boyce; and brothers, Bud Lynch and William Lynch, in infancy.

Cremation was chosen with a Funeral Mass and burial at a later date.

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

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

Terry D. Hash

March 8, 1947 — Aug. 9, 2017

Terry D. Hash, 70, of Bedford passed away at 11:12 P.M. on Aug. 9, 2017, at IU Health in Bedford.

He was born on March 8, 1947, in Lawrence County to Bernard Hash and Hazel Marie (White) Hash. Terry married Virginia Gail Turner on Dec. 3, 1972, in Muncie, and she survives.

He retired from NWSC Crane after 41 years of service, and was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Gail Hash of Bedford; daughter, Jama Cox and husband Sean of Mitchell; two granddaughters, Chloe Cox and Delaney Cox of Mitchell; and brother, Steven Hash of Bedford.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation was chosen with a memorial service at a later date.

Contributions in memory of Terry can be made to the White River Humane Society, P.O. Box 792, Bedford, IN 47421 or Alzheimer’s Awareness, 9135 N. Meridian St., STE. B-4, Indianapolis, IN 46209.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

August 10, 2017

Helen Louise (Jones) Hoopingarner

March 15, 1942 — Aug. 8, 2017

Helen Louise (Jones) Hoopingarner, 75, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her residence.

Born March 15, 1942, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Raymond and Lois Jean (Pemberton) Jones.

She married Charles Hoopingarner; and he survives.

Helen was a graduate of Oolitic High School. She was a retired caregiver. She attended Dive Christian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Charles Hoopingarner; sons, Tim (Maggie) Hoopingarner and Gary (Debbie) Hoopingarner; daughter, Rhonda (Jim) Kern; 12 grandchildren; brother, Roy Dale Jones; sister, Janie Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Katherine Jean; and brother, David Jones.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Jody East officiating. Burial will be in Dive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.

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

Nina F. (Garsnett) Kelly

Oct. 5, 1923 — Aug. 8, 2017

Nina F. Kelly, 93, of Huntingburg, formerly of Bedford, died at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at her residence.

Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Henry and Alta (Dobson) Garsnett. She married Robert O. Kelly on May 18, 1942, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1992.

She retired from Westinghouse after 22 years. She had also worked at Central Foundry and RCA.

She was a long-time member of the Guthrie Christian Church, Ladies Aide of Guthrie, Huntingburg Central Christian Church, U.A.W. Local No. 440 and the I.B.E.W of Bloomington.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Kelly Gilbert and husband Phil of Huntingburg and Debra Kelly Combs and husband Michael of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Trisha Hillenburg and husband Dennis of Bedford, Katie Combs and fiance Chris Soptich, of Elkhart, Chad Allen and wife Rachel of Mukilteo, Wash., Tad Allen and wife Debbie and Kelly Allen and wife Michelle, all of Huntingburg, Trent Owens and wife Nancy of Holland, Stephanie Gerstad and husband Michael of Newburg and Leigh Gilbert and fiancé Paul of Huntingburg; 21 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Morris Garsnett and wife Fidella of Indianapolis.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a daughter, Connie Kelly Owens Richard; a sister, Marilyn DeWitt; and three brothers, Kenneth Norman, Alvin Garsnett and Frank Norman.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor George Sites officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery.

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.

August 09, 2017

Leonard Tripp

Oct. 4, 1924 — Aug. 4, 2017

Leonard Tripp, 92, of Bedford, formerly of Shoals, passed away on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Oct. 4, 1924, in Dunn, N.C., he was the son of Moses and Florence (Messer) Tripp. He married Georgiana Stratil, on Aug. 6, 1944; and she preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2016.

Leonard was a retiree of the United States Navy, and NWSC Crane. He was a farmer for 35 years. He was a member of Dive Christian Church, the V.F.W, and the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Surviving are his son, Gary (Rowena) Tripp of Shoals; daughter, Judy Tripp of New Jersey; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 72 years, Georgiana; five brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Dive Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the grave by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral chapel.

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

Helen Hoopingarner

Helen Louise (Jones) Hoopingarner, 75, Bedford, died Tuesday. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service is at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. Arrangements by the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

Wilma J. (Diamond) Gerkin

March 28, 1939 — Aug. 5, 2017

Wilma J. Gerkin, 78, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 28, 1939, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Hendley and Rachel (Hampton) Diamond.

She was of the Christian faith. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are six children, Jackie Reynolds, Brenda Sutton, Theresa Caswell, Debbie Sexton, David Sexton and Dean Gerkin; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, John Diamond; several half-brothers and half-sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three children, Roger Sexton, Henrietta Pruett and Wilma Jean Gerkin; one grandchild, Sarah Pruett; and several brothers and sisters.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Springville West Cemetery.

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

Judy Ellen (Flora) Chappell

July 27, 1946 — Aug. 8, 2017

Judy Ellen Chappell, 71, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Kindred Hospital Indianapolis South in Greenwood.

Born July 27, 1946, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Herman Cleo and Avis Ellen (Edwards) Flora. She married Maury Paul Chappell Jr., Dec. 23, 1984, and he preceded her in death Jan. 23, 2011.

Judy was a homemaker and owner of Switzerland County Auction Center and the Huron Store. She was a member of Switzerland County Community Church, and she loved to cook and read cookbooks.

Survivors include her children, Sam Wilson of Mitchell, Kimberly (John) Tuddy of Huron, Robin Wilson of Huron, April (Greg) Marquart of Dayton, Ohio, James P. (Jill) Chappell of Dallas, Texas, Lisa Anderson of Dallas, Texas, and Margaretta Gavlin of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Angel Graham, Melissa Wilson, Tyler (Tressa) Terrell, Avery Wilson, John Morgan Tuddy, Joshua Tuddy, Nick Marquart and Maggie Dobson; great-grandchildren, Peyton Maury Terrell, Kamren Terrell, Reagan Graham and Rachel Marquart; and siblings, Trilbia Middleton of Mitchell and Joe Flora of Scipio.

Her parents; husband; and brother, James Flora, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Charles Dayadharum officiating. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Huron Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Sam Wilson, John Tuddy, Greg Marquart, Marty Naeger, Avery Wilson, Tyler Terrell, John Morgan Tuddy, and Joshua Tuddy.

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

Nina F. Kelly

Nina F. Kelly, 93, Huntingburg, died Tuesday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

August 07, 2017

Katherine I. (Waters) Glover

Katherine I. (Waters) Glover, 55, Heltonville, died Thursday. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville. Service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home.

Ralph ‘Butch’ Fish

Ralph “Butch” Fish, 68, Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Leonard Tripp

Leonard Tripp, 92, Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson- Lee Chapel in Bedford.

Wilma J. Gerkin

Wilma J. (Diamond) Gerkin, 78, Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

August 06, 2017

Rathmial ‘Ralph’ Lee Phillips

May 8, 1926 — Aug. 4, 2017

Rathmial “Ralph” Lee Phillips, 91, of Bloomington, died Friday, August 4, 2017, in IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

He was born May 8, 1926, in Wayne County, Kentucky, to Logan W. Phillips and Bessie Thompson Phillips. He had worked in many stone mills for over 40 years and retired from Bybee Stone Mill.

Survivors include two sons, Cecil (Edna) Phillips and Keith (Pam) Phillips, both of Springville; three daughters, Debbie Taylor of Martinsville, Janie (Bill Goveia) Powell and Dee Dee (Donnie) Mullis both of Bloomington; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Ruth Anna Russell and Judy Phillips; a daughter, Wilma Mynatt; a grandson, Greg Phillips; two brothers, Coy and Cordis; and two sisters, Elvena and Ludy Jane.

Ralph was a great man who was funny and always put a smile on those around him. He had worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression; was a former Golden Gloves Boxing Champion; and enjoyed hunting for ginseng and mushrooms, fishing, camping and square dancing.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date. Interment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Arrangements have been entrusted to Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel.

August 05, 2017

Paul Wayne Girdley Jr.

March 18, 1956 — Aug. 2, 2017

Paul Wayne Girdley, 61, of Bedford, passed away at 9:04 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born March 18, 1956, in Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the son of Paul and Pauline (Brown) Girdley.

He was a graduate of Shawswick High School. Paul worked as the Plant Operator for the City of Bloomington Water Filtration Plant. He was a former member of the Bedford Boat Club and the Eagles.

Surviving are one daughter, Alecia Perry, of Bedford; one son, Andrew (Heaven) Girdley, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Brayden Perry, Levi Perry, Riley Girdley, and Zander Strunk; two sisters, Helen England and Deanna Dyer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Clarence Brown officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Monroe County Water Filtration Plant and to the Methodist Hospital, to the doctors and nurses for their outstanding care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Middle School Sports Programs.

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

Geneva Ren’ee ‘Gini’ (Todd) Cole

Nov. 11, 1956 — July 21, 2017

Geneva Ren’ee “Gini” Todd Cole, 60, of Mitchell, passed away Friday July 21, 2017. Gini went to be with her God while at Kindred Hospital in Greenwood, following a four-month illness.

Gini was born Nov. 11, 1956, in Bedford, to Paula Day Player and Henry (Bud) Todd. She graduated from Bedford High School.

After graduation she moved to Florida. She resided there until 2006, when she and her husband decided to move back to her hometown.

Gini was happiest surrounded by friends and family, where she could talk their ear off, or on the deck at home with her husband Ron, who survives.

She is also survived by three sons, Shawn (Tiffany), Justin (Allison), and Joshua; six grandchildren, Riley, Mason, Cy, Shawn, Will and Sarah. Gini was the oldest of seven children, five who survive; brothers, Jeffrey, Michael, John, Jay; and sister, Carisma (Len). Gini is also survived by her parents, Paula Day Player and Henry (Bud) Todd (Suzi); paternal aunts, Susie Gilmore and Ann Bright; along with numerous loving cousins.

Preceding her in death was her youngest brother, Joel Lloyd Player lll, on Nov. 12, 2011.

Gini was loved very much by all those who knew her. A family celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Patricia Ann (Edmonson) Porter

April 25, 1941 — Aug. 4, 2017

Patricia Ann Porter, 76, passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born April 25, 1941, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Sam and Rosie (Reynolds) Edmonson.

Patricia had been employed at Mitchell Manor and Dunn Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed puzzle books.

Survivors include her children, Donna (Lonnie) Mitchell of Salem, Randy Porter of Mitchell, and Diane Jarvis of Springfield, Texas; father of her children, Harry Porter of Mitchell; grandsons, Eric Mitchell and Devon Milligan; great grandson, Paxtin Mitchell; and sister, Penny Grubb of Mitchell.

Her parents and brother, Rodney Edmonson, preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen with burial at a later date in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

August 04, 2017

Joe L. Koenig

Joe L. Koenig, 87, Bedford, died July 23. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Paul W. Girdley

Paul Wayne Girdley, 61, of Bedford, died Wednesday. Visitation will be from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

August 03, 2017

Janet S. Fleetwood

Dec. 14, 1936 — Aug. 2, 2017

Janet S. Fleetwood, age 80, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

Mrs. Fleetwood was a homemaker.

Born on Dec. 14, 1936, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Durward and Helen Lantz Allen, both of whom preceded her in death. In March, 1955, in Jackson County, she married Donald L. Fleetwood and he survives.

Survivors also include three sons, Randall (Lynn) Fleetwood of Heltonville, Tim (Kristie) Fleetwood of Bedford and Tony (Dora) Fleetwood of Bedford; one daughter, Lisa Fleetwood of Bedford; one sister-in-law, Elaine Allen of Heltonville; eight grandchildren, Brandi (Toby) Webb, Heather Fleetwood and fiancé Paul Bamford, Jordan (Whitney) Fleetwood, Jonathon Fleetwood, Dara (Aaron) Little, Meagan Robbins, Lacey Robbins and Courtney Gratzer; and ten great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents; she was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold Allen; and several aunts and uncles.

A private family graveside service will be held at Gilgal Cemetery, Heltonville.

Arrangements are being handled by Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc. Brownstown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice House, Bloomington.

Online memorials and condolences may be given at www.spurgeonfh@comcast.net.

Michaylan Laine Mullinax

May 28, 1960 — July 24, 2017

Michaylan Laine Mullinax, 57, of Bedford, passed away on July 24, 2017 at IU Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

Born May 28, 1960, in Tacoma, Wash.; she was the daughter of Donald L. and Bonnie L. Mullinax.

She was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and Cosmetology School. Michaylan worked as a beautician.

She was a member of the First United Church, Bloomington. She was a member of the Eagles Lodge.

Surviving are her parents; sisters, Cyndi and Steve Dalton, Jennifer Ellis, Dawn and Ken Patton and Debbie Harris Pettyjohn; brothers, Donny and Vivian Mullinax, Jon and Roberta Mullinax, Joe and Hope Mullinax, and Leland and Tori Mullinax; three uncles; and 26 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Vernie and June Kirkman; and uncle, Jonathan A. Kirkman.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 5, at the Patton Hill Cemetery.

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

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

Sharon (McPike) Reynolds

July 13, 1939 — July 26, 2017

Sharon Reynolds, 78, of Oolitic, died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at her residence.

Born July 13, 1939, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of George W. and Earline (Moore) McPike.

She retired from the housekeeping department of Dunn Memorial Hospital in 1998 and was a member of the Oolitic Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Norris Reynolds and wife Catherine of Bloomington, Loretta Kay Denny and husband Perry of Fayetteville and Jenny Reynolds of Orleans; grandchildren, Bill Denny, Wes Denny, Brian Denny, Eric England, Shari Denny, Matthew Reynolds, Amanda White, Caitlin Martin and Robert Martin; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Sondra Childress and Sue Ellen McPike.

Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with the Rev. Richard Tallman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oolitic Baptist Church.

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

Betty A. (Roycroft) Marusak

Feb. 13, 1929 — Aug. 1, 2017

Betty Arlene (Roycroft) Marusak, 88, of Williams, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at StoneBridge Health Center in Bedford.

She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on Feb. 13, 1929, to Tadeusz Slomczewski (name later changed to Alfred Roycroft) and Sophie (Rydzewski) Roycroft.

Betty married Henry Paul Marusak on July 26, 1947, and was the loving mother of eight children.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Society.

She was an avid reader and member of the Red Hat Society and Book Club. Betty lived a faith filled life and gladly shared her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Betty is survived by her children, James (Maria) Marusek of Bloomfield, Kathy (John) McCoy of Camarillo, Calif., David Marusek of Fairbanks, Alaska; Rose Ann (Bill) Brenner of Bedford; Mark (Kathleen) Marusak, Lakewood, Calif.; Daniel (Bertha) Marusek, Newport News, Va.; and Marie (John) Pearson of Lexington, Ky.; 18 grandchildren, Heather Brown, Carrie Polin, Tim McCoy, Tom McCoy, Kristin McCoy-Ward, Kalina Grabinski-Marusek, Andrew Brenner, Steven Brenner, Jennifer Brenner, Suzi Brenner, Julie Finger, Matthew Marusak, Martin Marusek, Monica Rey, Ashley Wynn, Amy Scalf, Troy Marusek and Christina Marusek; 12 great-grandchildren; and her youngest sister, Shirley Jankowski of Hendersonville, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Arnott Roycroft; two of her sisters, Doris Terpin and Grace Harszlak; and her youngest son, Damian Marusek.

There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made to Hope Resource Center in Bedford.

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

Paul Girdley

Paul Girdley, 61, Bedford, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

Mary L. Roy

Mary Lou (Weaver) Roy, 65, Bedford, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

August 01, 2017

Emily Jean (McIntyre) Hawkins

July 29, 1959 — July 29, 2017

Emily Jean Hawkins, 58, of Bedford died at 8:03 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 29, 1959, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Norris Dean and Gayle (Perkins) McIntyre. She married Randy Joe Hawkins on Dec. 27, 1978, and he survives.

She was an immensely talented interior decorator and an event planner for charitable organizations. She was a member of the Dive Christian Church and Ideal Club of Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Randy of Bedford; a son, Heath Randy Hawkins and wife Angel Eva of Bedford; a granddaughter, Lilly Jean Hawkins; nieces and nephews, Rick McIntyre and wife Marisa of Lake Mary, Fla., Emily Turner and husband Will of Carmel, David McIntyre and fiancé Annie Blackwell of Indianapolis; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Richard D. “Rick” McIntyre.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Dive Christian Church with Johnny Johnson, Joe McAdams and Matt Courtney officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Dive Christian Church.

Pallbearers are Heath Hawkins, Jerry Hawkins, Jon Maze, Rick McIntyre, David McIntyre, Justin Pogue, Will Turner and Joey Elliott.

Honorary Pallbearer: Randy Hawkins.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Dive Christian Church Building Fund or the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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

Dorothy E. (Box) Farris

Nov. 29, 1921 — July 29, 2017

Dorothy Eileen Farris, 95, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Garden Villa, Bedford.

Born Nov. 29, 1921, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Verlie (Flinn) Box. She married Desco Farris on March 23, 1957. He preceded her in death in May of 1998.

Dorothy was a graduate of the Tunnelton High School Class of 1940. She worked as a waitress at the Elks and American Legion in Bloomington and the Bedford Moose Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol Martz (Roger) Kern of Bonita Springs, Fla., formerly of Bedford; two grandchildren, Troy Kern of Bedford and Tracey Kern (Greg) Stilley of Greenwood; great-grandchildren, Tasha (Michael) Parsley, Kayla (Zack) Jones, Hannah Smoot, Emily Smoot and Olivia, Alyssa and Harrison Stilley; several great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jane Hamilton of Bedford; sister-in- law, Jewel Box; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roland “Bud” Box and Kenneth Box; and one daughter, Connie Martz in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick.

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

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

Ronnie K. Patton

March 26, 1943 — July 30, 2017

Ronnie K. Patton, 74, of Oolitic, died at 8:49 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at Garden Villa.

Born March 26, 1943, in Sullivan, he was the son of Chester and Dorothy Elizabeth (Holtsclaw) Patton. He married Auda Diane Thomas on July 17, 1966, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 1993.

He retired as an electronics technician at NWSC Crane and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Barrett and husband Jim of Bedford and Auda Marie Wooten and husband Jerry of Austin; four grandchildren, Stephanie Lake and husband Stephen, Shane Hackler and wife Courtney, Matthew Lintz and Stevie Lintz, all of Bedford; and four sisters, Pauline Lenhart of Terre Haute, Linda Wilson of Plainfield, Dorothy Ollivier of Toledo, Ohio, and Sharon Payne Harper of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Vernon Patton and Chet Patton; and a stepson, Mark Tolbert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Mike Eads officiating.

Visitation will be from noon until the service Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

There will be a private burial at a later date in Beech Grove Cemetery.

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

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