Obituaries

Obituaries — December 2021

Dec. 05, 2021

Janice Diane Reynolds

June 29, 1959 — Dec. 02, 2021

Janice Diane Reynolds, 62, passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021, at her home.

Born June 29, 1959, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Carl Eugene “Gene” and Eleda (Watterson) Reynolds.

Diane graduated from Mitchell High School in 1977, received a bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University School of Nursing in 1982, and was a registered nurse. She attended the Restoration Church of the Nazarene. Diane enjoyed her cats and gardening.

Survivors include her brother, Danny Eugene (Ada) Reynolds of Mitchell; her faithful companion, Sam Miller of Mitchell; and his grandchildren Jakob, Bayleigh, Samuel Adam, and Sarah Miller.

Her parents and infant sister, Martha Jean Reynolds, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Gary Pate officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Community Schools Scholarship Foundation

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Dec. 04, 2021

Gary Orville Grant

June 16, 1938 — Nov. 25, 2021

Gary Orville Grant, 83 of Bedford Indiana passed away on the 25th of November at the Bedford Hospital. He was born on June 16, 1938 in Norfolk NY .

Gary attended school in Jersey City then answered the call to join the United States Army where he served from 1955 to 1958 and was involved in the Korean conflict. Gary was employed for 36 years at General Motors. From 1961- 1987 he was in upstate NY. He then transferred to Bedford Indiana and retired from GM in 1996. When so many of the transferees from New York made their way back, Gary stayed and called Bedford his home.

Gary kept busy during his 25 years of retirement with many hobbies. He enjoyed designing, building, and flying model airplanes. He even built a flying field on his land. This also served as a 9 hole backyard golf course for anyone that wanted to whack some balls and weren’t to obsessed with a score. Gary also had passion for restoring cars of the 50’s along with metal detection, he got a thrill when the beep turned out to be a coin he could put into his collection.

In 2003 Gary built the Little Grantville Bluegrass building. Which was open weekly for Jam sessions along with 2 big annual Jamborees, free to all to come and enjoy. The past few years he could be found driving abound taking photos of old barns. He then put pencil to paper and created amazing works of art with his drawings.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife Patricia, his parents, Orville Gerald Grant and Jessie Irene (Colby) Grant of Norfolk NY, and his brother John Grant.

Gary is survived by his sisters, Jacqueline (Grant) O’Keefe and Janice (Grant) Norton of Massena; Sons, Lester William Grant and Louis Richard Grant of Bedford, David Alex Grant of Massena, NY, and Jason Edward and his wife Aimee Grant of Bedford; Grandchildren, Dustin Grant, Craig Grant, Raegan Grant, Breanna Grant, Ellie Grant and Taigan Edwards; Great Grandchild, Teresa Edwards; many nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Life on Saturday December 11th 2021 at 1pm at the Little Granville Bluegrass building at Gary’s home at 362 Shawswick School Rd in Bedford. Bring your instruments and have a jam session in his honor. In lieu of flower or gifts you are welcome to bring a dish to share with Gary’s family and friends.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Benjamin DuBray Hall

May 10, 1989 — Dec. 01, 2021

Benjamin DuBray Hall, 32, originally of Bedford, Ind., passed away on December 1, 2021.

Born May 10, 1989 to Damon Scott Hall and Kimberly Diane (Fish) Hall, he married Sanaz Faryadras on July 3, 2019 and she survives along with their daughter Statira Rose Hall, born April 19, 2021.

He worked as an optical engineer and was known as a loving, intelligent man with a gentle soul and a sense of humor. An honors graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School, he earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Master’s of Science in Optical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the latter was a dual degree from Seoul National Institute of Science and Technology in Korea. Through his studies, he co-published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including The Minor Planet Bulletin and Optics Express around the topics of asteroids and engineering. As a collegiate athlete, he was a competitive swimmer and avid runner who loved the outdoors.

He was a great father who was so excited to welcome daughter Statira into this world. Loved by many, he is survived by his wife Sanaz Faryadras of Orlando, Fla., father and mother Damon and Kimberly (Fish) Hall of Bedford, and sister Alafair Hall of Los Angeles, Calif, aunts and uncles Mark and Starr Fish of Bedford, Jack and Brenda Sanders of Johnson City, Tenn., and Sam and Melissa Hall of Mount Vernon, Ind.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Ray Samuel and Betty Jane Hall, and maternal grandparents Edward Dale “Bud” and Betty Fish.

He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Bedford. The family will hold a private service to honor Ben’s passing and he will be cremated and buried at Cresthaven Memorial Gardens in Bedford.

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

Ilah Mae Kern

June 12, 1924 — Dec. 01, 2021

Ilah Mae Kern, 97, of Bedford, went home at 8:15 pm on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

Born June 12, 1924, in Washington Co., KY, she was the daughter of Arthur and Viola (Byrd) Richardson. She married Glen Wilson Kern on February 7, 1944, and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1997. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Englewood Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Lynch and husband, Tony, of Williams; a son, Ronald Kern, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Kim (Lynch) Rainey and husband, Wesley, Cam Lynch and wife, Shechonia, David Kern and wife, Melanie, Michelle Wykoff and husband, Richard, Angela Johnson and husband, Eugene; nine great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; a brother, Donald Richardson, of Orleans.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Jean Medley; three brothers, Earl, Cletus, and Ralph Richardson; a grandson, Brian Kern.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 7th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Run Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, December 6th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Hoosier Uplands Hospice.

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

Dorthea Mae Hilgeman Chase

May 12, 1925 — Nov. 11, 2021

Dorthea Mae Hilgeman Chase, died November 11, 2021 in Indianapolis at the age of 96.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Lloyd Chase; by their son, Dale John Chase; by her parents, Albert and Lillian Mae Brockriede Hilgeman; by her two brothers, Allen Eugene and Ellis Albert Hilgeman; and by her sister, Violet Jeanette Collins.  She is survived by her children, Daniel Owen Chase and Sarah Hannah Cesnik; grandson, Darian Chase; great-grandson, Oliver Morris Chase; and her sister, Connie Sue Frick.

Dorthea was born in Huntingburg, IN, May 12, 1925. She graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1943, and later worked in the photography studio of Irving Chase. She had an affinity for art and was soon in high demand as a photography colorist. (Color film was not commonly used for another 20 years.)  Dorthea married Homer in 1945. After their sons were born, they moved to Bedford, Indiana, where they began a photography business. However, the business didn’t grow fast enough to support their new family. Homer became a sawyer in Bedford’s famous limestone industry. Dorthea continued work as a photo colorist, and also became the bookkeeper for the East Lawrence Water Co.

They had a good life in Bedford. Homer was active in Scouting and the American Legion. Dorthea was an officer in the Auxiliary. They were charter members of the Lawrence County Rock Club, enjoying many rockhounding expeditions throughout the Midwest. Dorthea had extensive fossil and mineral collections. She was a charter member of the Lawrence County Art Association and also belonged to the Brown County Art Guild, the Brown County Art Gallery and Indiana Heritage Arts. Dorthea studied with Indiana artists: Al Todd of Bedford, Virginia Anders of Paoli, Fred Rigley of Nashville, Charles Crawford of Bedford, and Maryrose Wampler of Bloomington. Dorthea wrote that she “was also privileged to observe several very good Indiana artists at work.” These included Dwight D. Stienegher and Kay Pool of Nashville, Omar Seamon of Vincennes and Frank Hopper of Indianapolis.

In 1985, a few years after her husband Homer died, Dorthea moved to the Indianapolis neighborhood of Irvington to be closer to her daughter Sarah and her son Daniel. She joined the Arts League of Irvington and regularly attended the Indianapolis Opera. Dorthea was a member of Downey Avenue Christian Church, where she enjoyed Sunday School, worship service and volunteering at the church pantry.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at Downey Avenue Christian Church, Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. You are invited to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the church food pantry in Dorthea’s loving memory.

Please go to Dorthea’s obituary at www.shirleybrothers.com to see photos of Dorthea’s life and art.

James D. “Jim” Ray

Oct. 16, 1932 — Dec. 03, 2021

James D. “Jim” Ray age 89 of Bedford passed away on Friday December 3, 2021 at 1:38 Am at IU Health in Bedford.

He was born in Bloomington on October 16, 1932 to Clifford and Ruby (Hendricks) Ray. He married Shirley Sowders in 1987 and she survives.

Jim was a retired clerk with Kroger Grocery Company in Bedford and Bloomington, he was an US Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ray of Bedford, two daughters, Joanie (Chuck) Bowers of Michigan and Judy Ray of Michigan, four step-children, Sherri (Rick) Hoggatt of Bedford, Tina Dixon of Bedford, Suzanne Purdy of Bedford and Robert Purdy, Jr. of Bedford, three brothers, Bill Ray of Texas, Ronnie (Lorraine) Ray of Florida and David (Gayle) Ray of Bloomington, nine grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Gary Ray, one daughter, Linda Worm, one sister, Phyllis Bradley, and four brothers, Clifford Ray, Jr., Tommy Ray, Malvin Ray and Larry Ray.

Cremation was chosen, Cresthaven Funeral home is entrusted with his care.

Dec. 03, 2021

Jackie “Jack” Wayne Conner

May 16, 1940 — Nov. 30, 2021

Jackie “Jack” Wayne Conner, 81, 0f Bedford, passed away on November 30, 2021.

Born on May 16, 1940, he was the son of Vada and Dorthy (Marsh) Conner. He married Nina Kennedy on May 23, 1959 and she survives.

Jack graduated from Bedford High School and was retired from General Motors having worked in maintenance. Jack was of the Christian faith and was known as a jokester and for his ability to tell tall tales.

Surviving are his wife, Nina; two daughters, Kim (Matt) Golden, Rhonda (Brian) Martin;
Two sons, Greg (Lisa) Conner, Gerry Conner; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; siblings, Darrell (Fran) Conner, Jerry (Kay) Conner, Deloris Dugger and Mona Dobkins.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Margie Henderson.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the service hour on Saturday at Ferguson-Lee.

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

Dec. 02, 2021

Alice Ann Blocksom

July 20, 1950 — Nov. 30, 2021

Alice Ann Blocksom, 71, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Bedford.

Born July 20, 1950, in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of Paul Edward and Alice Marie (Smedler) Byrley. She married Rickie Allen Blocksom August 17, 1968.

Alice retired from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. She loved making jewelry and crafting. Alice was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Blocksom of Mitchell and daughter, Nikki (Joseph) Stinson of Mitchell.

Her parents and sister, Carolyn Robertson, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 3, at Mitchell Cemetery with Jeremy Robertson officiating.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Donald L. Stroud

Nov. 20, 1944 — Dec. 01, 2021

Donald L. Stroud, 77, of Tornado, WV, passed away on Wednesday, December 1st at Hubbard House in Charleston, WV.

Born November 20, 1944, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Curtis and Hazel (Hislip) Stroud. He married Margaret McFadden in 1991 and she preceded him in death in September 2020.

He was an electrician with Arch Coal. He was a graduate of Williams High School with the class of 1962 and was a member of the Indiana National Guard.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Hubbard and husband, Rusty, of Lexington, IN; a son, Gary McFadden and wife, Heather, of Tornado, WV; six grandchildren, James Williams, of Charleston, WV, Matthew Williams and wife, Paige, of Lexington, IN, Dylan Adams and wife, Natalie, of Bloomington, IN, Cody McFadden, Chastin McFadden, and Lacie McFadden, all of Charleston, WV; several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three siblings, Mary Weeks, Robert Stroud, and Garrett Stroud.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 10th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Terry Dale Baker

March 31, 1958 — Dec. 01, 2021

Terry Dale Baker, 63, entered into eternal peace Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at his sister’s residence in Mitchell.

Born March 31, 1958, in Bedford, he was the son of William Gurney and Ruth Evelyn (Cahill) Baker.

Terry attended Needmore High School and participated in basketball and track. He loved fishing, astronomy, watching the weather, and playing cards. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles No. 654.

Terry was a member of the Indiana National Guard.

Surviving are his sisters, Rhoda Smith of Bedford, Doris Prewitt of Mitchell; nieces, Kaci Prewitt of Mitchell, Tessa Horton of Mitchell, Lois McGill of Chandler, Courtney Caudell of Columbus, and Tara Asbury of Mitchell; great niece and nephews, Clayton, Zoie, and Kaiden McKinney.

His parents and sister, Sana McGill, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Brenda Louise Blair

March 02, 1941 — Dec. 01, 2021

Brenda Louise Blair, 80, passed away Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 2, 1941, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Homer and Audrey Evalou (Williams) Root. She married James Lyle Blair, Jr. May 26, 1972.

Brenda was a homemaker, a graduate of Bedford High School, and a member of Tulip Street Christian Church. She was an avid reader, and cared for her grandchildren while they were growing up.

Surviving are her husband, Jim Blair of Bedford; children, Brian Edward (Rachel) Terry of Shoals, Barry (Patty) Terry of Livonia, Beth Terry of Mitchell, Jaime (Steve) Grissom of Mitchell; seven grandchildren; four step grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nine step great-grandchildren; two step great-great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Jones of Columbus.

Her parents; granddaughter, Leena Grissom; and siblings, Billy Root, Vernon Root, and Danny Root, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 4, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Darrin Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: White River Humane Society

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Dec. 01, 2021

Alois B. Ely

June 23, 1931 — Nov. 29, 2021

Alois B. Ely, 90, of Oolitic, passed away at 11:00 pm on Monday, November 29, 2021, at her residence.

Born June 23, 1931, in Lee Co., VA, she was the daughter of Carter Lee and Hazel (Alsup) Yeary. She married Charles Ely and he preceded her in death.

She retired as an assembler at RCA in Bloomington. She was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church and Avoca Quilters.

Survivors include four brothers, Grover D.C. Yeary, Condy Wayne Yeary and wife, Jane, all of Bedford, Donald Ray Yeary and wife, Gloria, of Florida, and Charles Milburn Yeary and wife, Trish, of Oklahoma City, OK; two sisters, Frances Johnson, and Wilma Sue Turner, and husband, Ted, all of Bedford; a son-in-law, James See, of Martinsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Rob and Jack Yeary and a daughter, Charlene Bernice See.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 4th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Lewis Stewart officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 3rd and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

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

Tracy Osborne

April 05, 1960 — Nov. 26, 2021

Tracy Osborne, 61, passed away Friday, November 26, 2021, at Mitchell Manor.

Born April 5, 1960, in Bedford, he was the son of Henry and Bettie (Daughrity) Osborne.

Tracy had been an electrician. He loved to tinker and could fix anything. Tracy was very funny and loved his dog, Duke.

Surviving are his children, Michael Osborne of Mitchell, Stephanie Osborne of Mitchell, Savannah Potter of Mitchell; mother, Bettie Osborne of Mitchell; 11 grandchildren; siblings, Terry Osborne of Mitchell, Valena Whitner of Bedford, Tim Osborne of Bedford, Vanessa Irwin of Mitchell, Joe Osborne of Mitchell.

His father preceded him in death.

Cremation has been chosen with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Amber Elaine George

Dec. 22, 1952 — Nov. 27, 2021

Amber Elaine George, 68, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at her residence.

Born December 22, 1952, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of John David and Sharon Laverne (Elkins) Livingston. She had worked at M. Fine & Sons.

Survivors include her father, John Livingston; cousins, William Hicks, Timmy Hicks, Carla Siedl, Sammy Hicks, and Kyle Hicks.

She was preceded in death by her mother and a son, Varian Slade George.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 2nd at Clover Hill Cemetery. No visitation is scheduled.

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

Carmon A. Butcher

Jan. 27, 1959 — Nov. 27, 2021

Carmon A. Butcher, 62 of Bedford passed away November 27, 2021 at the Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. She was born January 27, 1959 in Monroe County to Perry Lee Axsom and Martha Louise Cazee Axsom.

Carmon was a 1977 graduate of Bloomington High School South and worked with Cook Medical Devices. While she and husband didn’t belong to a particular church she was very proud to call herself a Christian.

She leaves behind her husband Danny L. Butcher of Bedford. Son Danny Lee Butcher and wife Amanda; grandchildren Cody Lee, Colton Waine and Josie Danielle Butcher; brother William Axsom and his wife Kathleen, sisters Sarah Siscoe and husband Dennis, Donna Smith and husband Bill, and Beth Ingram and partner Ben Ingram; niece Jennifer Hawkins and husband Jason, nephews Greg Carter, Ethan Smith and Nick Butcher, and nieces Ashley Blackwell, and Kim Carter.

She was predeceased by her parents and a nephew Ryan Carter.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday December 1, 2021 at 1:30PM at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory 4155 South Old State Road 37. Burial will follow in the Valhalla Memorial Gardens. Visitation will also be held at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory on Wednesday from 11:00AM to the time of the service at 1:30PM.

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com

Alice Ann Blocksom

Alice Ann Blocksom, of Mitchell, 71, passed away November 30, 2021. Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center are in charge of arrangements.

Cecil L. Weaver

Cecil L. Weaver, of Bedford, 92, passed away November 30, 2021. Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.

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