Obituaries – August 2015

August 01, 2015

Larry N. Ikerd

Jan. 16, 1933 — July 30, 2015

 Larry N. Ikerd, 82, of Bedford, died at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born Jan. 16, 1933, he was the son of Lawrence C. “Beanie” and Alva Lou (Smith) Ikerd. He married Nancy A. Banks on Dec. 7, 1951, and she survives.

Larry was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford. He was a 25-year Indiana State Policeman, retiring in 1981. He went on to work for the Utility Department for the City of Bedford, worked in security for 3D and Big Lots Department stores, worked for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Lawrence County Circuit Court until his retirement in 2010.

Larry was a Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club of Bedford, served on the Board of Directors for the Stone City Bank, and served on the Board and was Past President of the Thornton Memorial Boy’s Club, where he volunteered countless hours coaching and refereeing during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy A. Ikerd, sons, Jeff Ikerd (Pam Henderson), David (Paula) Ikerd, Larry (Malissa) Ikerd; daughters, Julie (Fred) Stout and Lisa (Tim) Ramsay, all of Bedford; grandchildren Stacey (Damon) Bailey of Bedford, Cari (Matt) Brinegar of Bedford, Mandie Jones of Bedford, Jessica Bailey of Bedford, Jared (Jessica) Staggs of Oolitic, Bryan (Emily) Staggs of Bedford, Amy Ikerd of Indianapolis, Leah Ikerd (Freddy Martinez) of Miami Fla., Tatum (Landon) Baker of Greenwood, Cameron Ikerd of Bloomington, Kayleigh (Matt) Hendrix of Bedford, Daniel Stout of Louisville, Ky., Alicia Ramsay of Evansville, Austin Ramsay of Indianapolis, Morgan Ikerd of Chicago, Ill., and Maddie Ikerd of New Albany; and 21 great-grandchildren with the 22nd due in November.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Harold Ikerd of Clermont Fla., in May 2015; a sister, Sara Kaufmann of Killeen, Texas, in April 2006; and a daughter, Susie Ikerd Staggs on Nov. 22, 2004.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at First Baptist Church, Bedford, with Pastor Travis Inman officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service on Monday at First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider contributions to the American Cancer Society, the First Baptist Church, the White River Humane Society and the Susie Ikerd Memorial Scholarship through the NLCS Foundation.

Online condolences are available at

Billie L. Hoffsetz

June 20, 1929 — July 13, 2015

Billie Louise Hoffsetz, age 86, of McDonough, Ga., formerly of Warwick, Ga., died July 14.

She was born in Bedford, the daughter of the late Ruby Miller Secrest and Quilla W. Secrest. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the Class of 1947.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy Joe Hoffsetz.

Mrs. Hoffsetz enjoyed spending time with family and friends, sewing, needle work, reading, square dancing, playing the piano and was known for baking pies.

Survivors are her daughters and sons-in-law; Valerie and Roy Robinson of McDonough, Ga., and Vicki and Harry Ver Planck of Monroe, Ga.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Sons of Bedford; and two nieces.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson or Alzheimer’s Foundations.

Haisten Funeral Home – McDonough, (770) 914-8833,

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