Obituaries — December 2017

December 31, 2017

Lois Kinser

Dec. 7, 1916 — Dec. 28, 2017

Lois (Smith) Kinser, at age of 101 years old, left her loving family, taking the hand of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on December 28, 2017.

To have known Lois was to know true love. She was born on December 7, 1916, to Alonzo and Maude (Morron) Smith. Preceding her in death were her husband, Kenneth Kinser, and one infant son, Randy Wayne. Lois was the eldest of four children and preceded in death by her sisters Glodean Turpen and Roberta “Tootsie” Hayes and one brother, Rex Smith, and also half-brother Bracie Morron and several other half-siblings.

Lois has five surviving children: Mickey L. (Karen), Bedford; Karl E. (Diane), Oolitic; Larry D. (Becky), Bedford; Terry R. (Mary Jane), Donica Rd., Bedford; Brenda Snapp (David), Bloomington. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren: Debbie VanDeventer (Doug), Barry Kinser (Mary), Tammy Alesia (Steve), Karla Fortner (Brad), Mark Kinser (Cindy), Tim Kinser, Amy Wible (Dale), Mickey Smith (Tracy), Michelle Fox (Jay), Jennifer Lewis (Darin) and Jeffery Kinser; twelve great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren and two others expected soon. The grandchildren all affectionately called her “Mamaw Ke-Ke.”

Lois was a member of the New Beginnings Church, formerly known as the Old Chapel Hill Church, which also served as her childhood school house.

She retired from RCA in 1979 but never stopped working. She continued to be a bookkeeper for Kinser Hardwoods until the age of 95. She was an excellent cook and famous for her gooseberry cobblers and rice dumplings, all served with love and hospitality! Many people dined at her table from all over the United States and other countries as far away as Australia. Everyone always left with a warm heart and a full stomach.

She traveled with her family on numerous trips including a cruise to the Bahamas and World’s Fair. She was a “lifetime achiever” and an avid reader, staying up with current events, staying mentally sharp and possessing eloquent penmanship.

Lois loved her family, friends and community but above all she was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord and followed his word, always preferring others over herself!

The family wished to thank Dr. William Schmalz & Staff, Southern IN Care Hospice and Westview Nursing/CAN Staff who cared for her.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 S. Old State Rd. 37, Bloomington, IN 47401, with Pastor Mickey Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 1, 2018, and again from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

To honor Lois’s legacy of hospitality, in lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions can be made online to Bertha’s Mission, 512 Lincoln Ave., Bedford, IN 47421.

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

Ann Elizabeth Dotts

Ann Elizabeth (Blake) Dotts, 68, of Mitchell, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

John F. Riley

John F. Riley, 70, of Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

December 30, 2017

Steven Dale Johnson

Oct. 3, 1935 — Dec. 28, 2017

Steven Dale Johnson, 82, of Bedford, passed away at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at his residence.

Born Oct. 3, 1935, in Bedford, he was the son of Steve and Susan (Stigall) Johnson. He married Frances Yeary on June 5, 1955; and she survives.

Steven was a plumber and laborer for Triangle-Leahy, Bedford for 34 years retiring in 1992.

He was a member of Avoca Baptist Church and Laborer’s Local #741 Union.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Johnson of Bedford; son, Rickie Dale (Cindy) Johnson of Florida; two daughters, Connie Rebecca (Mark) Hamilton of Columbus and Barbara (Jeff) Ingle of Bedford; grandchildren, Jeremy Johnson, Anya Johnson, Zachary Paul Ingle and Christopher and Nicholas Neal; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Gracie Veach and Layla, Piper and Barrett Johnson; and a sister, Elsie Keller of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and one brother.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Pastors Lewis Stewart, Steve Wilkerson and Ron Hamrick officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

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

William David Foster

Nov. 5, 1932 — Dec. 27, 2017

William David Foster, 85, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Nov. 5, 1932, in Sterling in Crawford County, he was the son of David Hendrix and Margaret (Hall) Foster. He married Phyllis Genevieve Reynolds March 15, 1965.

William retired from Carpenter Body Works and was a member of Harvest Community Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Foster of Mitchell; daughters, Diane Davis of Springville, Pamela McCarthy of Enfield, Connecticut, and Tamara Kucera of Seattle, Washington; three grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and brother, Joe Foster of Milltown.

His parents and sister, Martha Begley, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, at Harvest Community Church with Pastor Robert Brown officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from noon until the service on Tuesday at the church.

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

Billy C. Goodpasture

Sept. 28, 1931 — Dec. 27, 2017

Billy C. Goodpasture, 86, of Morristown, died Wednesday, Dec.27, 2017, at Morristown Manor.

Born Sept. 28, 1931, in Greencastle, he was the son of Cecil and Ruby (Tinkle) Goodpasture. He was called to the ministry and pastored several churches including Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene, Paoli Church of the Nazarene, St. Bernice Church of the Nazarene, Fort Branch Church of the Nazarene, and Triton Central Church of the Nazarene.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Air Force and attended the Free Methodist Church while in Bedford.

Survivors include a son, Jonathan W. Goodpasture and wife Delmy of Indianapolis; two daughters, Karen Ann Li of Riverside, California and Regina Wessic and husband John, of Shelbyville; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Linda Moran of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Freda Blackard.

Funeral service will be conducted at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor John Lane officiating. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

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

Frank Hopkins

Frank Hopkins 70, Ogden, Utah, formerly of Orleans, passed away Dec. 16, 2017, after a short illness. A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 6 at Fairview Community Church, 417 Old US 50 East, Bedford. Friends and family are welcome.

Becky G. Pruett

Becky G. (Strunk) Pruett, 54, Huron, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 29, 2017

Francis L. Hirtz

Aug. 25, 1928 — Dec. 27, 2017

Francis L. Hirtz, 89, of Bedford, died at 5:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1928 in Campbell, Missouri, he was the son of John and Alice (Greene) Hirtz. He married Marcia May Adams on Nov. 26, 1949, and she preceded him in death on March 17, 2011.

He retired from Emperial Lumber. He was a devout Catholic and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid gardener and fisherman.

Survivors include two daughters, Delores Jeanne Bowen and husband, Rick of Missouri, and Janet Viner and husband Steve of Edmond, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Freddie Hirtz of Bedford and Charles Hirtz of Lynchburg, Virginia; three sisters, Veronica Camp, of St. Louis, Missouri; Monica Stratman and Delores McMunn, of Tecumsa, Oklahoma; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Hirtz of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sons, John David and Joseph Allen Hirtz; and five brothers, Donald, Jerome, Paul, Gregory, and Bill Hirtz.

Funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Dan Hirtz and Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary where a rosary service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

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

Roy V. ‘Bud’ Terrell

Dec. 28, 1941 — Dec. 27, 2017

Roy V. “Bud” Terrell, 75, of Owensburg, died at 6:59 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Dec. 28, 1941, he was the son of Lee Roy Terrell and Caroline (Huff) Trowbridge. He married Barbara J. Hamilton in 1961 and she preceded him in death in 1991. He later married Cathy Harris in 1993 and she survives.

He retired from J.L. Wilson Construction.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy of Owensburg; three daughters, Barb Pridemore of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Tessie May of Bedford and Chanity Thomas of Owensburg; two sons, Roy V. Terrell II of Bedford and Troy D. Terrell of Paoli; nine grandchildren, B. Jeanelle Wells of Mount Sterling, Kentucky, Danielle L. Pridemore of Lexington, Kentucky, Tasha Nicole Seaney of Bedford, Kayla J. Allen of Paoli, Troy D. Terrell of Paoli, Scott D. Hignite of Bedford, Aria Thomas, Julia Thomas and Chance Thomas, all of Owensburg; great-grandchildren, Rain and Coal Allen and Della Jean Wells; a brother, Mike Terrell of Bedford; two sisters, Janet C. Terrell of Greenwood and Kim Trowbridge of Bedford; a niece, Missy Roberts; three nephews, Jason Roberts, Mike Lane and William Duncan; great-nephews, Zach, Layton and Coby Bombrisk; great-nieces, Jessica Craig, Christen Goen, Ivy Goen, Josie Craig, Megan Lane and Meleah Lane; and a brother-in-law, Michael and Susan Beavers of Avoca.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Rodger Dale, Timmy Joe, Woodrow Richard and James Harold Terrell; a sister, Phyllis Terrell; and a nephew, Michael Lane.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

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

David Burton

David Burton, 51, Bedford, died Tuesday. Cremation was chosen. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements by Ferguson-­Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

Michael L. Hughett

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

Billy Goodpasture

Billy C. Goodpasture, 86, Morristown, died Wednesday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at noon Wednesday at the mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 28, 2017

Francis L. Hirtz

Francis L. Hirtz, 89, Bedford, died Wednesday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

William L. White

William L. “Bill-­Bob” White, 52, Mitchell, died Tuesday. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Bonds Chapel Church. Burial will follow in Bonds Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements by McAdams Mortuary, Paoli.

December 27, 2017

Beverly Jean Silvers

Feb. 13, 1949 — Dec. 25, 2017

Beverly Jean Silvers, 68, of Rome City and formerly of Bedford, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at 11:40 p.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital, Kendallville.

She was born Feb. 13, 1949, in Yakima, Washington, to Roy Welker and Marie Taylor. Her parents preceded her in death.

She married Donnie Silvers Sr., and he preceded her in death on July 24, 2009.

Mrs. Silvers previously worked at Dura Automotive in Brownstown, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Surviving are a daughter, Tammie Hernandez of Greenwood; three sons, Donnie (Shelley) Silvers of Bedford, Corie (Tressy) Silvers of Bedford, and Bobbie (Jeff) Silvers of Rome City; six grandchildren, Aaron Silvers, Joey Silvers, Carissa Ramirez, Amanda Ramirez, Luis Hernandez, and Natalie Hernandez; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lynn (Farrell) Norman of Rome City and Jeannie (Jim) Quick of Georgia.

There will be no visitation or services.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

Reva Jean Weir

Reva Jean (Brown) Weir, 80, of Bedford, died Sunday. Cremation was chosen with services planned at a later date. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford.

Robert Thurman Pickett

Robert Thurman Pickett, 50, Bedford, died Saturday. Cremation was chosen with services planned at a later date. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford.

Jason William Rich Hilton

Jason William Rich Hilton, 37, of Vincennes, died Dec. 17. Cremation was chosen. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Jack D. Root

Jack D. Root, 75, Grandview, Texas, formerly of Bedford, died Friday. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Crosier-Pearson Funeral Home, 512 N. Ridgeway Drive, Cleburne, Texas. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Friendship Baptist Church, Cleburne, Texas.

Francis Hirtz

Francis Hirtz, 89, Bedford, died today. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

December 26, 2017

Gary Murle Hostetter

Dec. 20, 1944 — Dec. 23, 2017

Gary Murle Hostetter, 73, of Bedford, died at 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at his residence.

Born Dec. 20, 1944, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Murle and Lucille (Hamilton) Hostetter. He married Wanda Allen on April 18, 1964, and she survives.

He retired from General Motors in 2000 after working 37 years as a sheet metal worker and in the employee assistant program. He had recently worked as a bus driver for the Bloomington Transit Company. He taught the Sheet Metal Class at Ivy Tech for one year.

He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church, the U.A.W. Local No. 440, the Bloomington Transit Union, and the Southern Indiana Airstream Club WBCCI. He was previously a private pilot owning his own airplane.

Gary enjoyed hunting, scuba diving, skydiving, caravanning and rallies with the Airstream Club, golfing, and fellowship with friends. He most enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Wanda of Bedford; one daughter, Kimberly Dawn Hostetter of Springville; one son, Christopher Murle Hostetter and wife Stephanie of Bedford; one granddaughter, Seirra Dawn Clouse-Hostetter of Springville; one grandson, Garrett David Hostetter of Bedford; daughter-in-law, Shelly Hostetter of Bedford; two sisters, Linda Chipman and her husband Frank of Indianapolis and Lucy Clensy and her husband Phil of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marilyn Hostetter; Seirra’s mother, Dawn Bartlett; a sister-in-law, Connie Parkes; and five brothers-in-law, Harold Allen, Jr., Bill Allen, Robert Allen, Larry Allen, and Johnny Allen.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church with Pastor Jeff Hudelson, and Pastor Kenny Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to: Person to Person Ministries, P.O. Box 39 Hillsboro, OH 45133.

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

Gay A. Conner

Nov. 5, 1954 — Dec. 23, 2017

Gay A. (Tumey) Conner, 63, of Springville, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at the home of her daughter.

Born Nov. 5, 1954, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Willard and Martha (Owens) Tumey.

She was a member of the Fairview Community Church and IU Health Auxiliary, where she worked with Oncology Patients. She worked as an X-ray technician for Southern Indiana Pediatrics.

Survivors include, one daughter, Hope Elliott and husband Billy of Springville; two sons, Denton Conner and wife Susan of Bloomington and Brice Conner and wife Shawna of Heltonville; four grandsons, Blake and Sawyer Conner and Race and Jace Elliott; three step-grandchildren, Jordan, Andrew, and Krista Ward; one great-granddaughter, Linnleigh Ward; one brother, Rick Yaney and wife Inez of Fayetteville; and two sisters, Sherry McIntosh and her husband Doug of Bedford and Lela O’Bannon and her husband John of Owensburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Fairview Community Church with Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the IU Health Bedford Auxiliary.

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

Wanita M. Hopkins

June 16, 1937 — Dec. 22, 2017

Wanita M. Hopkins, 80, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at 9:26 a.m. at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

She was born in Mitchell on June 16, 1937, to Lee Arnold Shoopman and Mary Louise (Roberts) Shoopman. She attended Mitchell schools and worked with special needs people at the LARC Center in Bedford.

Survivors include two sisters, Wilma Fox of Mitchell and Ruth Hawk of Orange County; one brother, Tom Akin of Lawrence County; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Janet Terry; and two daughters, Cindy and Debbie.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Bonnie Meadows, officiating; burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from noon until the service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1925 South Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403

Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford.

Harrison D. Collins

Dec. 12, 1940 — Dec. 24, 2017

Harrison D. Collins, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at his residence.

Born Dec. 12, 1940, in Bedford, he was the son of Clyde B. and Eva (Bush) Collins. He married Pam Connell Dec. 22, 1962.

Harrison was a retired school teacher, and taught sixth grade at Campbellsburg in 1962 and 1963. He then moved to Tunnelton for 11 years and then to Shawswick. While at Tunnelton, he coached junior high and varsity sports. During the 1973-1974 season, he was the varsity cross country, baseball, track, and basketball coach, and led his team to the final game of the 1974 Bedford Basketball Sectional. After coaching at Shawswick, he became the first computer coordinator for NLCS, and served in that position until he retired in 1997 after 35 years of teaching. From 1985, he restored antique jukeboxes and soda machines. He became one of the leaders in that profession, and had customers all over the United States, including celebrities, and 12 foreign dealers in six different countries.

He was a member of the First Church of God and a past member of the NEA, ISTA, and NLEA. He was also an IHSAA basketball, baseball, and track official for 25 years. Harrison graduated from Mitchell High School in 1958, received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1962, and his master’s degree from Indiana University in 1966.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Collins of Mitchell; children, Tim (Teresa) Collins of Saint Cloud, Florida, and Rebecca Osborne of Mitchell; granddaughter, Mackenzie Osborne of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; sisters, Ann White and Betty Kirkman; and granddaughter, Samantha, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the First Church of God with Dr. R.C. Courson and Brother Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the church.

Honorary Casketbearers: Max Wright and Bob Dalton

Casketbearers: John Goen, Ray Snapp. Greg Tow, Dave Cupps, Jack Goen and Steve Kimbley.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Dean Hawkins

Nov. 6, 1935 — Dec. 22, 2017

Dean Hawkins, 82, of Greenwood, formerly of Salem, passed away on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 6, 1935, in Bedford, he was the son of Goeffrey and Edna (Dodds) Hawkins. He married Wilma Simpson on Feb.13, 1982; and she survives.

Dean was a graduate of Purdue University, with a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Economics. He worked for the Federal Land Bank, and the State Bank of Salem, serving as Vice-President and President. After retiring, he served as President of State Bank of Morgantown. After retirement from the banking industry, he worked as a commercial appraiser.

He was a long-term member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and a member of the Farm House Fraternity at Purdue University.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Hawkins of Franklin; one son, John (Sue) Hawkins of Fredericksburg; one daughter, Susan (Michael) Keane, of Cartersville, Georgia; his first wife, Lena Hawkins; three step-daughters, Pam (Ed) Rosado, of Antioch, Tennessee, Paula Perkins, of Whiteland, and Penny (Kevin) Shreve, of McLeansboro, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Katie (Tom) Harmon, Drew Keane, Whitney (Tim) Mullins, Jordan Keane, Abigail Keane, Meghann (Gregory) Byerline, Krista Dean, and Jevin Shreve; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Pauline Hayes and Margaret Whitted.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Hawkins; son-in-law, Rick Perkins; and one grandchild, Lindsay Keane.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service hour on Thursday.

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

December 24, 2017

LoRetta Jeanne Lane

April 1, 1949 — Dec. 22, 2017

LoRetta Jeanne Lane, 68, of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. LoRetta was born April 1, 1949, in Bloomington and was the daughter of the late Dale and Ina (Duke) Terrell.

She worked for 40 years at Fairview Elementary School as a cook and a teacher’s aide. She was a babysitter to many children over the years and loved to do crafts and ceramics in the room adjacent to her house. She loved cooking and baking and made many meals and treats for the teachers at Fairview. She also sold Avon for several years.

LoRetta is survived by her three children, Rhea Dawn Lane-Rains (Daniel) of Solsberry, Ronald Lane (Debby Wesner) of Odon, and Randall Lane (Heather) of Bloomfield. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, Danielle Pate (Josh), April James (Seth), Clayton Rains (Kayla), Ashton Lane, Randall Joseph Lane II, Emily Lane, Braydon Wesner and Addyson Wesner; nine great-grandchildren; and her brother Tony Terrell (Glenda) of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Eugene Lane; sister, Rickey Lovell; brother, Terry Terrell; and granddaughter, Alba Pate.

Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and on Wednesday from noon until service time.

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

Gay A. Conner

Gay A. Conner, 63, of Springville, died Saturday. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Community Church in Bedford.

Gary Murle Hostetter

Gary Murle Hostetter, 73, of Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

December 23, 2017

Hubert Blane Blanton

Nov. 29, 1948 — Dec. 21, 2017

Herbert Blane Blanton, 69, of Paducah, Kentucky, formerly of Cloverdale and Mitchell, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Ray & Kay Eckstein Hospice Care Center.

Blane was born in Bedford on Nov. 329, 1948, to Reginald and Eula Roberts Blanton.

He was a member of IBEW Local No. 1360 and worked as a construction electrician, installing power stations throughout Indiana. After retirement he drove a city transit bus in Greencastle.

He enjoyed golf, bingo, watching wrestling and especially being with his family. An animal lover, he leaves behind his dogs, Daisy, Jasmine, Koda, Sarge and Bella; and his cat, Tiger.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Celeste Allen Blanton; children, Demetrius Layne Patton and fiancee Jennifer of Paducah, Crystal Evonne Blanton of Paducah and Derek Alexander Patton and wife Cherie of Bedford; grandchildren, Chaise Patton, Dominic Patton, Elijah Patton, Jalin Burnette, and Madeline Patton and Molly Patton; and siblings, Sheila Knight of Mitchell, Marilyn Johnson of Bedford, Richard Gregory of Virginia, Michael Blanton of Missouri, Charles Blanton of Huron and Lloyd Blanton of Mitchell.

H was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Knight; and his parents.

Funeral servicer will be at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah. Burial will follow in Mount Kenton Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the funeral at the funeral home.

You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle at www.milnerandorr.com

Betty Jo (Bailey) Todd

Nov. 2, 1930 — Dec. 10, 2017

Betty Jo Todd passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Pasadena, Texas.

Betty was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Jackson County. She grew up in Heltonville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John Earl Todd; by her parents, James and Thelma (Adams) Bailey; son, Michael Todd; and sister Wilma Hillenburg.

Survivors include two sons, James (Rebecca) Todd of Pasadena, Texas and John Wayne Todd of West Monroe, Louisiana; three grandchildren, Angela (Bryan) Andrick of Bedford, Amber (Jim) Littlejohn of Mitchell and Shawn (Sarah) of Seymour; five great-grandchildren, Derek O’Neal and Brittany O’Neal of Bedford, Kayla (Aaron) Reed of Erlanger, Kentucky, Tanner Hawkins of Mitchell and Jacob Todd of El Paso, Texas; a brother, James (Gladys) Bailey of Bedford; a sister Linda Baker of Phoenix, Arizona; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Betty ended her banking career as a loan officer at Bank One in Bedford, where she worked for 32 years.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at a later date.

December 21, 2017

Pauline Hembree

Pauline (Ayers) Hembree, 93, Bedford, died Tuesday. Private family burial will be in Tennessee. Arrangements by Ferguson­-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

December 20, 2017

Robert L. ‘R.L.’ Napier

Aug. 17, 1925 — Dec. 18, 2017

Robert L. “R.L.” Napier, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at White River Lodge, Bedford.

Born Aug. 17, 1925, in East Lynn, West Virginia, he was the son of Robert Lee and Norma Carolina (Mills) Napier.

Robert retired as a Vocational Education Teacher in 1977 from Wayne High School, West Virginia.

He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Army, having been stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church. Robert was a member of the West Virginia Coal Miners.

Surviving are three daughters, Rosemary (Greg) Stanley, Nicole (Gary) Napier-Kurdelski and Robin (Adam) Bougher; two sons, Nick (Donna) Napier and Robert Nicholas Napier; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lonnie Napier; three sisters, Elsie Dean, Julia Adkins and Ruby Watts; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Oakey, Benton, Jay, Tim and Shirley Napier, and five brothers in infancy; and sisters, Ella Napier, Floye Mills, Laura Staley, Pearl Marshall, Goldie Napier, Mary Lou Adkins and Delsie Adkins.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. A brief meditation and prayer will begin at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Mills Cemetery in Wayne, West Virginia.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Morris Funeral Home in Wayne, West Virginia.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at Morris Funeral Home.

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

James W. Stevens

May 8, 1941 — Dec. 19, 2017

James W. Stevens, 76, of Bedford, died at 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born May 8, 1941, in Paoli, he was the son of Walter “Woody” and Ruth (Compton) Stevens. He married Sharon Stultz on Aug. 30, 1963, and she survives.

He retired from General Motors as a tool and die maker and was a member of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Bedford; a son, Greg Stevens and wife Heather of Bedford; grandchildren, Hannah Collins, Dylan Stevens, Jessica Graham and Reese Hamblin; great-grandchildren, Abigail Douglas, Emily Douglas, Chase Collins, Nicholas Graham, Hailey Graham and Evan Rogers; a brother, Jerry Stevens of Mitchell; and a sister, Debbie George of Aurora.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Matthew James Stevens; and a brother, Ronnie Stevens.

Graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, at Mount Pleasant Christian Cemetery with Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow.

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

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

Annabelle Brinegar

Sept. 20, 1924 — Dec. 14, 2017

Annabelle Brinegar, age 93, Indianapolis, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 14, 2017.

She was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Lawrence County in Fayetteville to Beryl (Wagner) and John Atkinson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Ivan H. Brinegar, former Mayor of Bedford and Executive Director of Indiana Association of Cities & Towns, and her son Philip Brinegar of Indianapolis.

Those who knew Annabelle would say she was a gracious lady who was kind, generous, humble and the consummate hostess for her many friends. She gave her love unconditionally and made an effort to seek and find beauty in everything and everyone.

She served as First Lady of Bedford for 12 years where she was actively involved in the community and Tri Kappa Service Club. She loved to play golf, bowl, and was a proficient bridge player. When she and Ivan moved to Indianapolis in 1963, she became a licensed realtor for Town and Country Realty where she found success identifying just the right home for each client she served. After retiring, Ivan and Annabelle spent 16 years living on the ocean at Hillsboro Beach, Florida, where she was a member of the Deerfield Beach Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her son Stephen (Patricia) Brinegar of Westfield; two grandchildren, Allison Brinegar of Westfield and Alec (Meena) Brinegar and great-grandson, Ames Brinegar, of Seattle, Washington.

Private services are being held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gleaners Food Bank and the Indianapolis Humane Society.

Services entrusted to Flanner Buchanan — Washington Park North. To leave a memory visit flannerbuchanan.com.

Ada Carol (Faris) Phipps Wagner

Oct. 25, 1928 — Dec. 18, 2017

Ada Carol (Faris) Phipps Wagner, 89, of Bedford, died at 8:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Oct. 25, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ernest L. (Tommy) and Nola A. (Root) Faris. She married Harold L. “Bud” Phipps and he preceded her in death on Aug. 9, 1997. She later married Vic Wagner on Sept. 23, 2000.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the Class of 1947. She had been employed at Monroe Shine & Co. and was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Vic of Bedford; a son, Alan Phipps (Karen) of Bedford; a daughter, Lisa C. Phipps Campbell (Robert) of Bedford; a brother, Oran L. Faris of Frankfort, Kentucky; a sister, Vicky Faris Judah of Bedford; three grandchildren, Adam Phipps (Jill) of Zionsville, Audra Patrick (Marcus) of Lexington, Kentucky and Amanda Phipps of Bloomington; four great-grandchildren, Emma, Micah, Amaya and Hope; stepchildren, Vic Wagner (Carla) of Arkansas, Brenda Hetzler (Darrel) of Ohio, and Christi Dietrick (Jim) of Fishers; seven stepgrandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and three step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Harold “Bud” Phipps; three children, Mark, Jill and Sally Phipps all in infancy; and two brothers, Donald J. Faris and Dean Faris.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 22, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hillcrest Christian Church or Bedford First Baptist Church.

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

Dena J. Sons

Dena Jane (Elrod) Sons, 50, Bedford, died Friday. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 19, 2017

Arnold Dean Patton

Feb. 21, 1938 — Dec. 17, 2017

Arnold Dean Patton, 79, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, at Garden Villa, Bedford.

Born Feb. 21, 1938, in Bedford, he was the son of William S. and Lillie Grace (Wilson) Patton.

He attended the Patton Hill Pentecostal Church and the Peerless Pentecostal Church.

Surviving are his brother-in-law, Larry McKeaigg; loving caregiver nieces, Nedra (Scott) Fleetwood and Robbin Ricketts and nephew Shannon (Kyla) Brock; along with several other nieces and nephews, Teresa (Gary) Swenson, Denise Patton Turner, Leasa Francis, Dwight Patton, Kevin Patton, Sharon (Scott) Saunders, Kenny (Dawn) Patton, Norma (Raymond) Sullivan, Edward Parker, Janice (Tony) Earl, Reneal (Roger) Hammer, Brenda (Chop) Wilson, Kelly (Art) Nicholson, Sherry Terrell, Homer Terrell, Ricky (Sherry) Terrell and Betty Jo Terrell; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillie Patton; brothers, William Eugene Patton and Roger Patton; and sisters, Barbara Parker, Peggy Terrell, Gloria Mae Brock McKeaigg and Diana Patton.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Denise Patton Turner and Sister Becky Ryan officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery.

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

Dean’s favorite thing to do was eat Hardee’s biscuits and gravy every morning and take summer trips to Kentucky to visit his lifelong cousins.

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

Josephine Elizabeth (Hunter) Lasley

Dec. 10, 1930 — Dec. 17, 2017

Josephine Elizabeth Lasley, 87, died on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017.

She was born in Corydon, to Albert and Ruby (Kiger) Hunter on Dec. 10, 1930, the youngest of seven children, all of whom preceded her in death. For 60 years she was the loving wife of Harold L. Lasley, who also preceded her in death, Sept. 11, 2010. They were married June 4, 1950, in Corydon.

Together they had three children, Harold Joseph (Joe) Lasley of Heltonville, Elizabeth (Pete) Borodach of Bedford and Donald (Don) Lasley of Williams. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Amber (Jeff) Muendel, Shelby (Sara) Lasley, Andrew Borodach, Sarah (Josh) Mullis and Craig (Maggie) Borodach; and great-grandsons, Brandon Borodach, Nick Borodach, Ashton Mullis and Tristan Hatfield; as well as, three sisters-in-law, Wanda Lasley of Bedford, Clarabelle Lasley of Corydon and Margie Lasley of Bradford; and many nieces and nephews.

Josephine lived in many places while Harold served in the Army, including Missouri, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arkansas, Germany and Tennessee, before retiring to Indiana in 1969, settling in Bedford. While living in Bedford, Josephine worked at many local businesses including, Grants, Penney’s, Delores Fabric Shop and H&R Block.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and active in the United Methodist Women (UMW) group.

Funeral service will be at noon on Thursday, Dec. 21, at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home at 318 E. Chestnut St., Corydon. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery following the service.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday at the funeral home in Corydon.

Lena L. ‘Billie’ (Hollars) Covey

Oct. 1, 1924 — Dec. 16, 2017

Lena L. (Billie) Covey, 93, of Kokomo, formerly of Bedford, died at 3:12 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at her residence.

Born Oct. 1, 1924, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lee and Beulah (Bennet) Hollars. She married Morris D. Covey Sr. on June 15, 1957, and he preceded her in death on July 2, 1999.

Billie was a full-time mother and grandmother.

She attended Calvary Temple Church in Kokomo, and Oolitic Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include one son, Bud Covey and wife Dee of Kokomo; two daughters, Connie Burgess of Kokomo and Lana Smith and husband Dave of Bedford; five grandchildren, Andy Covey, Kenny Fish, Kelly Baxter, Larry Baxter and Tonia Wolf; and several great- and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Rosetta Baxter; one grandson, Brent Fish; four brothers, Ed, Andy, Otis and Orville Hollars; two sisters, Margaret Flynn and Elizabeth New; and a son-in-law, Dan Burgess.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dave Cornelius and Pastor Marty Speer officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, American Diabetes Association, or the American Heart Association.

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

George W. ‘Butch’ Thompson

June 27, 1947 — Dec. 18, 2017

George W. “Butch” Thompson, 70, of Bloomfield, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017, at his residence.

Born June 27, 1947, in Bedford, Indiana, the son of George and Frances (Sipes) Thompson.

Butch worked construction and was a member of the Laborers #741.

Surviving relatives include his wife, Kelly Anne Thompson; his siblings, Don (Mary) Thompson, Ron (Sandy) Thompson, Anneta Dawson, Linda Mills; his spoiled rotten dog, Buddy; and several nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death by a son, Larry Wayne Thompson, and his parents.

There will be no public visitation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family wishes any donations be made to the American Lung Cancer Society.

Online condolences to the family can be made at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.

Lanny Ray Moutardier

Nov. 21, 1943 — Dec. 16, 2017

Lanny Moutardier, age 74, of Okolona returned to his Heavenly Father Dec. 16, 2017.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1943, to the late Carlos and Marie Moutardier in Anneta, Kentucky. Lanny was a Class of 1965 graduate of Western Kentucky University.

He was a Chemist and a Senior Purchasing Agent for Rhône-Poulenc. He also was a member of the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Romeo’s Club.

Lanny was a family man; he was a dedicated father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Doug Moutardier, David (Melissa) Moutardier and Marla Crutcher; grandchildren, Camryn and Devin Moutardier, Logan, Adam and Kelsey Moutardier and Taylor and Chase Crutcher; great-grandchild, Keagan; fiancé, Janet Skillman; five sisters, Francile (Joe) Rogers, Rosalie (Ron) Howard, Anne Moutardier, Marcelle (Donnie) Myers and Madolyn (Steven) Heller; four brothers, Ronald (Sally) Moutardier, Jerry (Judy) Moutardier, Marty (Barbara) Moutardier and Mark Moutardier; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with cremation to follow.

Friends may pay their respects from noon until 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Haley A. Jenkins

Haley Alexandria Parkes Jenkins, 24, Bedford, died Thursday. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Janette Honeycutt

Janette Marlene Honeycutt, 68, Bedford, died Saturday. Family burial will be at the Huron Cemetery. Arrangements by Ferguson-­Lee Chapel, Bedford.

Ada Carol Wagner

Ada Carol Wagner, 89, Bedford, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

December 18, 2017

Arvilla Josephine (Wininger) Hensley

Oct. 15, 1939 — Dec. 17, 2017

Arvilla Josephine (Wininger) Hensley, 78, of Mitchell, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born Oct. 15, 1939, in Dubois County, she was the daughter of Stanley and Margaret (Burt) Wininger. She married Willard Hensley on Nov. 26, 1956; and he survives.

Jo was a homemaker.

She was a member of Fairview Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, Willard Hensley; children, Debbie (Randy) King and Randy (Diana) Hensley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Mike (Gayle) Wininger, Verenda Terrell, Benny Wininger, Bobby (Rhonda) Wininger, Jim (Jackie) Wininger and Mary (John) Edwards; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant sister; and one brother, Gene Wininger.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Rick Gammon officiating. Burial will be in Bryantsville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.

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

Wilma Rose (Murphy) Fordyce

1932 — Dec. 12, 2017

Wilma Rose (Murphy), Fordyce, 85, of Boothwyn, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2017.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl McGrady (Tom) and Lynn Reppert (Brent); her granddaughter, Heather Koivisto (Edward Lunny); great-grandson, Damian Lunny; her stepgrandchildren, Megan Stine (Bob), Thom McGrady, Tammie McGrady, Robin Engelman (Tom), Erin Flyer (John) and Lauren Smith (Sean).

Born in 1932 in Bedford, she was predeceased by her parents, Anna Marie (nee Cummings) and Paterson Murphy; her sisters, Margie Hamilton and Barbara Little; and her brothers, Harold, Merlin, Charles, Larry and Fred Murphy.

Wilma retired from the United States Department of Agriculture in 1993 where she had been employed as a head secretary.

Wilma enjoyed her faith and was very involved with church activities. She loved reading, enjoyed music, ballroom dancing, helping people, taking care of animals, and participating in the Lutheran Knolls Community including taking care of the community cat, “Snowball,” that she loved dearly.

She and the family would like to express a special “Thank you” to Madlyn Santivasi of Lutheran Knolls for all of her help and friendship throughout the years.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation on Saturday, Dec. 23, 1-2 p.m. and her funeral service at 2 p.m. at the Kaniefski, Kendus and Danjolell Memorial Home, 3900 W. Ninth St., Trainer, PA 19062. Interment will be private.

To send condolences, visit www.kkdmemorialhomepa.com.

Samuel Idrogo

Feb. 15, 1935 — Dec. 13, 2017

Retired Colonel, United States Air Force Reserves, Samuel Idrogo, was born in Laredo, Texas on February 15, 1935. He was born to a family from humble beginnings with three sisters and one brother. As a young child, Colonel Idrogo was always known to spend a lot of time with model airplanes. He attended Laredo Martin High school and had a strong interest in mathematics and science courses. He was a distant runner on the track team and was selected as ROTC Cadet of the Year and voted “Best All-Around Male.” In his senior year, Colonel Idrogo served as Class President. He was selected as the Executive Officer of the Junior ROTC as well as President of the Pan American Student Forum. He was one of two seniors selected to attend Texas Boys State for outstanding students. He also became President and co-founder of the Laredo Junior LULAC (The League of United Latin American Citizenship) from 1953-1954. Colonel Idrogo graduated high school in 1953 in the top 5% of his class. In his high school yearbook, he was selected to be, “One Most Likely to Succeed.”

Colonel Idrogo attended The University of Texas in Austin and earned academic scholarships. He carried a class schedule of 18 to 21 hours a semester and worked 6 days a week between the hours of 5:00pm to midnight as a waiter, cook and manager for a hamburger chain during his junior and senior college years. In 1958, Colonel Idrogo graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Poor eyesight kept Colonel Idrogo from flying so he became an aircraft maintenance officer. He separated from active duty and began a prestigious civilian career at Kelly Air Force Base in 1957 as a Material Management Directorate GS5 Aerospace Engineer.

While building and raising a family, in 1964, Colonel Idrogo was promoted Aerospace Engineer Supervisor at Kelly Air Force Base and enrolled at St. Mary’s University at night to work on his Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which he received in 1969.

In 1972, Colonel Idrogo was promoted to Supervisor Mechanical Engineer and in 1973 his title changed to Supervisor of Quality Assurance Specialist. He held other various management positions; he was the chief of the Quality and Reliability Assurance Division and the chief of the Technical Services Branch. In 1976, Colonel Idrogo was promoted to GS-15 as Chief of Aeronautical Design and Performance Analysis Section, the first Mexican – American to hold that position. He managed over 100 engineers, equipment specialists, and administrative personnel. He was named as the Executive Assistant for external affairs to the Commander, San Antonio Air Logistics Center in January 1984 and he served in this positon with the distinction until he retired in June 2000.

Colonel Idrogo enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin and completed his doctorial coursework and dissertation requirements towards his PhD in Public Management and Operations Research. He graduated from numerous federal executive courses, to name a few, such as Legislative Operations Roundtable for Executives, The Executive Developmental Seminar and The Senior Executive Seminar. He was also a graduate of the Air War College (Seminar) and of the first-ever USAF Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program which culminated with an Office of Personnel Management SES certificate.

Colonel Idrogo served over 30 years combined active and reserve time in the United States Air Force. He served with the rank of Colonel in a General Officer position, as the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander of the Logistics Operations Center, Headquarters, Air Force Logistics Command, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He received numerous awards including the Civil Service Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Legion of Merit.

An article by Ross Day, Lackland AFB Public Affairs officer, quoted Major General Bielowicz, the Air Logistics Center commander, “As one of the finest individuals you’ll ever know, he is a quiet, unassuming professional, our Kelly version of E. F Hutton. When Sam speaks, people listen because he is one of the wisest and most caring leaders you’re ever encountered. Having been a part of Kelly over half its existence, Samuel Idrogo himself has become a kind of Kelly Institution; a wonderful professional who represented the finest Kelly has to offer. Samuel Idrogo’s life time ambition was to pilot the aircraft.”

Along with his professional career, Colonel Idrogo was actively involved in community affairs as board member of the United Fund, Guadalupe Community Center and the Board of Trustees of the San Antonio library. He was also Chairman of the Board of San Antonino Credit Union now known as Credit Human. Other service includes: member Target ‘90/Goals for the San Antonio Development Committee, the San Antonio Private Industry Council, the Mechanical Engineering Visiting Committee at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a charter member of the Advisory Committee of the College of Sciences and Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Colonel Idrogo also served as President of the Kelly Management Association for the year 1981-82, as Vice President of the Board of San Antonio Neighborhood Youth Organization, Vice President of the San Antonio New Schools Development Foundation, and as Board member of the San Antonio Education Foundation, chaired by his long-term friend Major General (Ret) Richard Smith. He was active at St. Matthew Catholic Church along with many more organizations.

Over the years, Colonel Idrogo received numerous outstanding performance awards and letters of appreciation.

In addition, Colonel Idrogo was an avid runner of marathons and participated in the New York and Boston Marathons on several occasions. He placed in the Boston Marathon in his age group. He later became the race director of the San Antonio Marathon. He served as a military liaison to the San Antonio Marathon Organizing Committee from 1988 to 2000. He served on the Board of the South Area Council of the S.A. Greater Chamber of Commerce and the Senior Games Organizing Committee.

He was married on January 25, 1959 to Sylvia Garza Idrogo (surviving spouse), and had 6 children; Inez (Rick) Yaney of Bedford Indiana, Sammy (Peggy) Idrogo of San Antonio Texas, Yvette (Tim) Manning of San Antonio Texas, Michael Idrogo of San Antonio Texas, Sandra (Brian) Winters of San Antonio Texas, and Richard Idrogo of San Antonio Texas. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Samuel Idrogo’s Visitation/Rosary and Celebration Services:

Visitation on: Tuesday December 19, 2017. Public Visitation: 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Rosary Service: 7:00 to 8:00 PM Mission Park Funeral Chapels North 3401 Cherry Ridge Dr. San Antonio, TX 78230Celebration Mass Services on: Wednesday December 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM St. Matthew Catholic Church 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230Interment at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:15 AM followed by a reception at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church.

Note: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Samuel Idrogo Scholarship Fund to:

Martin High School Attention: Mrs. Delia Saenz, 2002 San Bernado Ave., Laredo, TX 78040

Lena L. Covey

Lena L. “Billie” Covey, 93, Kokomo, formerly of Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to ­2 p.m. on Thursday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary, Bedford.

Dena J. Sons

Dena Jane (Elrod) Sons, 50, Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

December 16, 2017

Haley Alexandria Jenkins

Apr. 8, 1993 — Dec. 14, 2017

Haley Alexandria Parkes Jenkins, 24, of Bedford, died at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.14, 2017, at her residence.

Born April 8, 1993, she was the daughter of Mark and Valerie (Parkes) Jenkins. Haley was a graduate of BNL High School and had completed one year of college. She had worked at Burger King, Judah Junction and Mr. C’s.

She attended Mount Pleasant Christian Church and Owensburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Valerie Byers and husband John “Mike” of Bedford; her father, Mark Jenkins of Rome, Georgia; three brothers, Jaydon Jenkins, Devin Byers and wife Tiffani and Kyle Byers, all of Bedford; three sisters, Autumn Query and husband Zac of Bloomfield, Majerle Davis of Chandler, Arizona, and Brittney Jenkins, of Terre Haute; maternal grandparents, William and Debra Parkes of Bedford; paternal grandmother, Donna Lundberg and husband Larry of Orleans; step-grandparents, John and Patty Byers and Doug and Maxine Hutcherson, all of Bloomington; great-grandparents, Joe and Naomi Parkes of Oolitic; a niece, Harper Byers of Bedford; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charlie Jenkins; and maternal great grandparents, Robert and Ada Haley.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary. Visitors are encouraged to wear their Hope for Haley T-shirts.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Maeci and Gracie Give Back Foundation.

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

George Frederick ‘Fred’ Harris

May 17, 1931 — Dec. 15, 2017

George Frederick “Fred” Harris, 86, of Bedford, died at 4:25 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.

Born May 17, 1931, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Pete and Alice (Compton) Harris. He was a graduate of Tunnelton High School with the Class of 1949 and a veteran of the Korean War. He married Edith M. Jewell on March 25, 1955, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 21, 2015.

He was a postal carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and delivered newspapers for the Times-Mail. He was a member of the White River Baptist Church and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two daughters, Georgeanna Harris and Angela Myers and husband Brian, all of Bedford; brother-in-law, Leon Harris; a grandson, Dakota Myers of Bedford; a granddaughter, Kristy Myers of Seymour; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife; brother and sister-in-law, Harland and Carol Harris.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at White River Baptist Church with Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in the White River Baptist Cemetery with military rites accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., and from noon until the service on Monday at the church.

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

Nancy K. (Pace) Pace

Sep. 1, 1945 — Dec. 14, 2017

Nancy K. Pace, 72, of Bedford, died at 12:10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born Sept. 1, 1945, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Morrell and Ruby (Terrell) Pace. She graduated from Shawswick High School and Anderson University. She was formerly a teacher in the Mitchell Community School System and volunteered at the Church of God Youth Camp and Bedford Little Theatre. She retired in 2007 from the Division of Family & Children Services, State of Indiana, but continued to substitute teach. She had also been an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech.

She was a member of the Huron Church of God and attended Fairview Community Church.

Nancy was an avid lover of dogs. She was a member of the White River Humane Society, the Sierra Club and the National Education Association. Nancy loved traveling and attending sporting events of her many nieces and nephews.

Survivors include a brother, Morrell Pace Jr., of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews, Cindy Martin (Duane), Jane Vorndran, Patti Dorsett (Terry), David Bunch, Morrell Pace Jr., Theresa Craft, Nelson Pace (Crystal), Pam Korvela, Sandy Young (Marty), Dennis Pace, Jeff Pace (Bonnie), Karl Pace, Kevin Pace (Wanda), Tammy Hamilton (Bobby), Greg Pace (Andrea) and Aaron Pace; many great- and great-great nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Susie Roberts Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Everett Mack, Jack and Roy Pace; a sister, Doris Bunch; and two nephews, Philip and Randy Pace.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Randy Corbin and Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 18 at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, Nancy asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, the Defenders of Wildlife or any environmental nonprofit agency. Humane Society Legislative Fund, 2100 “L” Street, NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC, 20037, Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St., NW, Washington, DC, 20036-4604. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Donald E. Abraham

Nov. 25, 1928 — Dec. 8, 2017

Donald E. Abraham of Bedford passed away at his home on Dec. 8, 2017, at 89 years of age.

He was born on the 25th of November 1928, to parents Albert and Sophie Abraham, where they farmed in Douglas, North Dakota, and raised their six children. He was a graduate of Douglas High School and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War era.

In 1954, he married Audrey Ann Flowers of Lakeland, Fla., making their home in Valparaiso, where they raised two children and remained until retirement.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; five older brothers, one older sister, and his wife in 2009. Two sons survive, Jeffrey of Lexington, Ky., and Kent of Bedford.

Donald worked in the steel industry of northwest Indiana. He always remained proud of his North Dakota heritage. He and his wife enjoyed local friends in the Bedford community and sharing good cheer with the Saturday evening gang at Hobby’s Inn. He was thankful to remain in his home, mostly independent and free of illness.

Memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred (Rainey) Callahan

Jan. 10, 1930 — Dec. 15, 2017

Mildred Callahan, 87, of Bedford passed away on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Lawrence County on Jan. 10, 1930, to Walter and Erma (Kern) Rainey. Mildred married Everett L. Callahan on April 1, 1950, in Lawrence County, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 1996.

Mildred was a retired cook with the North Lawrence Community Schools; she was a graduate of Williams High School and a member of the Central Church of Christ in Bedford.

Survivors include two children, Jamie (Larry) Ritter of Bedford and Jim Callahan of Bedford; three grandchildren, John (Stacy) Ritter of Bedford, Chad (Sharon) Ritter of Bedford and Magen (Neil) Craig of Indianapolis, four great-grandchildren, Chase Ritter, Austin Ritter, Reese Ritter and Reid Ritter; her special friend, Bob Wagner; and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Brother Rick Leach and Brother Larry Ritter, officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. on Sunday at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

John A. Goldsby

July 4, 1958 — Dec. 13, 2017

John Allen Goldsby, 59, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, at his residence.

Born July 4, 1958, in Bedford, he was the son of Carl Donald Goldsby and Wanda L. (Ridenour) Murphy.

He had worked as a stone cutter for Indiana Limestone.

Surviving are his mother, Wanda Murphy; sister, Terry Goldsby; nieces, Skyler M. Goldsby, Jamie Kung and Andrea Ferguson; nephews, Chad Underwood and Joe Fiely; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl D. Goldsby; stepfather, James Murphy; brother, Joseph Goldsby; nephew, Jeremiah Goldsby; maternal grandmother, Mable Deavers; maternal grandfather, G. Arnold Ridenour; paternal grandparents, Clyde and Nora Ritter; and several aunts and uncles.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, December 18, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

James William ‘Jimmy’ Baxter

Jan. 29, 1962 — Dec. 13, 2017

James William “Jimmy” Baxter, 55, of Bedford, passed away on Dec. 13, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Lawrence County on Jan. 29, 1962, to William Earl and Phyllis A. (Nickless) Baxter. Jimmy attended North Lawrence Community Schools and was of the Pentecost faith.

Jimmy was disabled. He also worked Kern Concessions and K & K Concessions. Jimmy loved working with the Kerns who also took him in at a young age. They traveled to different fairs and festivals; they served cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones for over 30 years. He loved atmosphere and laughter of the children. He also did other jobs for the Kerns and Darlene McSoley, and Jimmy is yelling “get your popcorn here” up in heaven now.

Survivors include two daughters, Karan L. (Bradley) Burton of Mitchell and Jennifer L. (Scott) Mills of Mitchell; and grandson, Bradley William Ray Burton of Mitchell

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Beth Ann Owen; longtime friend, Darlene McSoley, and Jim Kern, who was like a father to him.

Private burial services were held on Friday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Cresthaven Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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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