Obituaries — March 2021

March 31, 2021

Aaron J. Brain

Aug. 24, 1957 — March 29, 2021

Aaron J. Brain, 63, of Springville, went to be with the Lord at 5:22 am on Monday, March 29, 2021 at his residence.

Born August 24, 1957 in Jasper, IN, he was the son of Joe and Mary Lou (Haase) Brain. He married Mattie (Wagers) Hopkins on December 1, 1982 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Purdue University with the class of 1978 and a member of the Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church. He was a mechanical engineer at NWSC Crane for thirty-seven years.

Survivors include his wife, Mattie, of Springville; two sons, Christopher Eric Hopkins and wife, Emily and Dustin Aaron Brain and wife, Rebekah, both of Springville; four grandchildren, Savanah Nicole Hopkins, Alan Joseph Brain, Katie Emily Brain, Sarah Michelle Brain, and three children who were loved like grandchildren, Jedd Cummings, Cylaine Cummings and Clayton Cummings; four siblings, Jeffrey Brain, of Bedford, Theresa Magnus and husband, Mike, of Oolitic, Angie Shank and husband, Bruce, of Freedom, Jerry Brain and wife, Sarah, of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews. He was loved by many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, April 2nd at Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church, 6605 S. State Road 45, Bloomfield, IN with Rev. Justin Berger, Rev. Johnny Shephard and Rev. Dallas Lakes officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 1st at Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church.

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

Michael Lee Williams

Michael Lee Williams, 66, of Salem, died Saturday, March 27. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Blue River Baptist Cemetery. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

Joyce A. (Borden) Price

Joyce A. (Borden) Price, 80, of Pekin, died Sunday, March 28. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at Weathers Funeral Home. Service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 30, 2021

Ray Butler

March 01, 1947 — March 27, 2021

Ray Butler, 74, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

Born March 1, 1947, in Heltonville, he was the son of Bruce Dunlap and Nora Edith (Crabb) Butler. He married Dixie Lee Mayden August 6, 1984, and she preceded him in death April 28, 2007.

Ray had been a mechanic all of his life and retired from Hubler Chevrolet Buick GMC. He was a member of the First Church of God and loved the Lord and his church family.

Ray graduated from Heltonville High School in 1965. He enjoyed his animals, gardening, and riding his Harley.

Ray was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are his daughter, Bambi Aliano of Bedford; siblings, Bessie George of Venice, Florida, Ethen Jensen of Austin, Minnesota, Cindy Buckles of Edmore, Michigan, Nancy Weaver of Richland.

His parents; wife; grandson, Chase Tanner Aliano; and siblings, Ralph Arnold Butler, Wilma Nevitt, and Paul Eugene Butler, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Robert C. Courson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No.250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: First Church of God

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

David H. Miller

April 30, 1943 — March 27, 2021

David H. Miller, 77, of Orleans, passed away at 1:20 PM on March 27, 2021 at Paoli Health and Living Community in Paoli, Indiana.

He was born April 30, 1943 in Noblesville, IN, the son of Herman M. and Edith Juanita (Edwards) Miller. He married Francis (Frank) Cannon and he survives.

He graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School, class of 1961. He owned and operated Orleans Antiques for over twelve years.

He is survived by his husband, Frank of Orleans; one sister, Judy Ann Ellis (Don) of Mitchell, IN; two brothers, Herman and Eddie Miller and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Cremation was chosen with a Celebration of Life service at a later date.

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

Billy McFarland

Billy McFarland, 80, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 27.  Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

March 29, 2021

Janet Hendrix Padgett

April 02, 1942 — March 26, 2021

Janet Hendrix Padgett, 78, of Paoli Indiana, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 at IU Health, Bedford.

She was born in Paoli, Indiana on April 2, 1942 to Gene and Ruth Condra Hendrix. Janet married Dean Weikert in 1971 and he preceded her in death. She later married John Padgett on January 1, 1975.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Dean Weikert, spouse, John Padgett, daughter, Pam Weikert, and son, Scott Padgett.

She was a 1960 Class graduate and Class Treasurer of Paoli High School. Janet was a member of the Paoli United Methodist Church. Janet was a member the Orange County Republican Party where she served many years as Vice Chairwoman. She was a Delegate to the Republican State Convention numerous times. Janet testified before Congress in the McClosky & McIntire 8th Congressional recount.

Janet was the first woman elected as Orange County Clerk and served from 1985-1992 and a Sales Representative for Rainbow Printing in Bedford, Indiana and was also owner of Jan’s Beauty Nook for many years. She enjoyed going to Florida and being a Snowbird. Janet enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her Son, Randy (Lori) Weikert of Paoli, Indiana; Daughters, Shawn Chastain of Paoli, Indiana, Shannon Drake of Paoli, Indiana; Sister, Wilma (Jerry) Powers of Scottsburg, Indiana; Grandchildren, Ryan Padgett, Gabrial Drake, Joshua Drake, Brady Chastain, Chris Weikert, Shannon Jane Chastain, Stephanie Drake, Jonathan Padgett, and Logan Weikert; Great-Grandchildren, Jericho Drake, Ayden and Asa Drake, Sawyer Hoffman, Deacon Padgett, and one on the way also survive Janet Hendrix Padgett.

Funeral Services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at Dillman-scott Funeral Home located at 226 W. Campbell St. Paoli, IN 47454. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM Monday, March 29, 2021 and from 9:00 AM until time of services on Tuesday. Interment will follow in the Paoli Community Cemetery.

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, such as fevers or chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle, or body aches, etc., we ask that you do not attend. Thank you for your cooperation.

Steve Stroud will officiate.

Online Condolences may be made at www.dillmanscottfuneralhome.com

March 28, 2021

Kenneth L. Ford

Oct. 11, 1929 — March 19, 2021

Kenneth L. Ford, 91, of Tampa, FL, formerly of Heltonville, IN, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 in Florida.

Born October 11, 1929 in Heltonville, he was the son of Opal and Mary (Stafford) Ford. He married Marian Myers on October 11, 1953 and she preceded him in death on July 10, 1989.

He retired as a mechanic for General Motors after 28 ½ years and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Heltonville Christian Church and Leesville Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include two sons, Ken Ford, Jr., of Bedford and Douglas Ford, of Tampa, FL; a daughter, Elizabeth Fleetwood, of Heltonville; three grandchildren, Elizabeth M. Ford, Charity Cicak and husband Toby, and Heather Bamford and husband Paul; three great grandchildren, Alina Ford, Jacob Cicak, and Makenna George; a brother, Paul Ford and wife Patty of Heltonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, William Glenn Ford; a grandson; Jeremy George; two brothers, Robert Ford, and William Ford; two sisters, Joanne Kirkman and Jane Mundy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 30th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Jon Lineback officiating. Masonic Services will be conducted prior to the funeral service by the Bedford Masonic Lodge # 14 F & AM. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery, graveside military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Heltonville Heritage Fund through the Lawrence County Community Foundation.

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

Ted Terrell

March 22, 1949 — March 26, 2021

Ted Terrell, 72, passed away Friday, March 26, 2021, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

Born March 22, 1949, in Huron, he was the son of Donald and Louise (Etchison) Terrell. He married Connie Sue Pemberton July 16, 1988.

Ted retired from the Indiana State Highway Department. Following retirement, he managed Dorsett Tree Farms. Ted was a family man and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

Surviving are his wife, Connie Terrell of Huron; children, Troy Lee (Bobbie Livingston) Bell of Mitchell, Jerry Eugene Bell of Huron, Dustin (Tabitha) Gabhart of Mitchell, Desirae Dawn (Douglas) Gabhart-Bates of Bedford; 17 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly (Eddie) Robinson of Mitchell, Jackie (Roy) Wadsworth of Shoals; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Robert Lee Pemberton of Bedford; special friend, Doug King of Springville.

His parents; son, Kevin Eugene Terrell; sister, Marlene Beavers; and two great-grandchildren, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

March 27, 2021

Judith E. (Johnson) Peavler

July 26, 1963 — March 26, 2021

Judith E. (Johnson) Peavler, age 57, of Shoals, passed March 26, 2021 in Jasper, Indiana. She was born July 26, 1963 in Daviess County, Indiana to William Paul and Gladys Mae (York) Johnson.

She graduated Shoals High School and Indiana University, was a Registration Clerk at Jasper Memorial Hospital and attended Mt. Union Church of Christ.

Judith is survived by one brother, Donald P. Johnson of Shoals; one sister, Sharon Rose Wadsworth of Petersburg; nieces, Joanie Johnson of Plainville, Norma Collins of Shoals, Donna Boyd of Shoals, Nancy Cox of French Lick and Christina Wolak of Princeton; nephews, James Roberts of Bedford, Aaron Roberts of Greenwood and William Joseph Johnson of West Baden. Several great nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by her parents, one nephew Richard Dwayne Johnson; and two great nieces, Rebecca White and Nikki Boyd.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with burial in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 10-11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.fergusonlee.com

March 26, 2021

Ina Marie Mack

Dec. 22, 1946 — March 25, 2021

Ina Marie Mack, 74, of Bedford, passed away at 7:52 am on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.

Born December 22, 1946 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Jim and Mary (Pannell) Way. She married Dale Mack on February 28, 1969 and he survives. She was a tax preparer for H & R Block Co. and attended Hillcrest Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Dale, of Bedford; three children, Deanna Mack of Indianapolis, Tracy Mack and fiancé, Stephanie Clark, and Karyn Key and husband, Caleb, all of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Mason, Jarrett and Cooper Mack, Evan, Avery, Addison, and Kelsie Key.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Jimmy and Steve Way; three sisters, Rose Pruett, Betty Davis, and Marcia Blanton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, March 29th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Ken Bushey officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 28th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

R. Jill Orender

Aug. 14, 1947 — March 24, 2021

R. Jill Orender, 73, of Bedford, passed away at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at her residence.

Born August 14, 1947 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Alonzo Francis “Bill” and Neva June (May) Luse. She married Robert Orender on September 28, 1968 and he survives.

She was a hairstylist for forty years at several salons, her last being at the Hair Company. She was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church and former member of Altrusa International. She was an avid bowler, sitting on the board of directors for the Indiana State Bowling Association for twenty-one years and held office with the BWBA for over twenty years.

Survivors include her husband, Robert, of Bedford; two sons, Geoff and wife, Missy Orender, and Timothy and wife, Jonetta Orender, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Joby Turner, Jesse Turner, Jalen Turner and wife, Lori, Clayton Orender and wife, Anissa, Megan Orender, and Victoria Orender; three great grandchildren, Jack, Nash, and Sophie Turner; a brother, Jon Luse and wife, Merrilou, of Scottsburg; a sister, Jaynee Simmerman and husband, George, of Oolitic; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Jolene (in infancy).

Following Jill’s wishes, cremation was chosen with private family services to follow at a later date. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Bedford Boys and Girls Club.

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

Michael David Kender

April 13, 1981 — March 23, 2021

Michael David “Muscles” Kender, 39, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at his residence.

Born April 13, 1981, in Hammond, he was the son of George Albert and Judith Lynn (Boyd) Kender.

Michael was an operating engineer and a member of IUOE Local No. 181. He was also a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post No. 250 and an auxiliary member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Michael graduated from Mitchell High School in 2000.

Michael was a loving dad, always jovial, and had the biggest smile in the room. He enjoyed four-wheeling and boating.

Surviving are his children, Jackson Bradley Kender of Bedford, Logan Mackay Kender of Bedford, Kannon Michael Kender of Bedford; mothers of his children, Joy E. McGlothlin of Mitchell, Amanda McCarty of Bedford; mother, Judy Kender of Mitchell; siblings, Taylor Kender of Mitchell, Jamie Brinkman of El Paso, Texas; maternal grandparents, Jim and Barbara Boyd of Lake Station, Bill and Vicki Marlowe of Portage; paternal grandparents, Dick and Phyllis Scott of Valparaiso; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

His father, George Albert Kender and paternal grandfather, Richard Kender, preceded him in death.

Celebration of Life will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Deanna Elaine Bedwell

Deanna Elaine Bedwell, 63, of Salem, died Monday, March 22. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until the service on Saturday at Weathers Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

Violet Sue (Marshall) Moore

Violet Sue (Marshall) Moore, 70, of Paoli, died Tuesday, March 23. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday and until the service on Saturday at the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home. Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.

March 25, 2021

Darrell R. Hall

March 03, 1955 — March 21, 2021

Darrell R. Hall, 66, of Orleans, passed away at 6:31 PM on March 21, 2021 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

He was born March 3, 1955 in Bedford, IN, the son of Troy and Ethel (Cox) Hall. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Bloomington. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Mitchell American Legion and Paoli VFW. Darrell enjoyed playing cards, golfing and going to the casino. He enjoyed basketball, football and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by two daughters, Tabitha Hall (Don Cox) of French Lick and Sabrina (Ryan) Pinnick of French Lick; one son, Darren Hall of U.K.; three grandchildren, Damian Hall, Whitney Choate and Adam Hall all of French Lick; companion, Velma Hall of Mitchell; four great grandchildren; one brother, David Hall of Mitchell; two sisters, Diana Hanson of Bloomington and Donita Skeen of Mitchell; three step children, Shane Butler of Oregon, Nikki Bundy (Joey Bennett) of Mitchell and R.J. Butler of Mitchell; six step grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Duane Hall

The funeral will be Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Pastor Thomas Bostic officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans with military rites being conducted by the Orleans American Legion Post 69.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Orleans American Legion Post 69.

Condolences may be expressed at www.ochstetrick.net

Harley Lee Smith

Harley Lee Smith, 25, of Salem, died Sunday, March 21. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Weathers Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 24, 2021

Sandra Sue Cottengaim

Sept. 26, 1938 — March 23, 2021

Sandra Sue Cottengaim, 82, passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at her residence.

Born September 26, 1938, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of David Murray and Bertha Edith (Knight) Barker. She married Donald Harold Cottengaim March 21, 1970, and he preceded her in death February 14, 2019.

Sandra was a certified nursing assistant and a 1957 graduate of Mitchell High School. She was a former member and Sunday school teacher at the First Christian Church.

Surviving are her niece, Jacqueline Cottengain of Orleans; great-great nephew, Garett Miller of Orleans; several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband; and siblings, Walter Lee Barker, William Herschell Barker, Roy Edward Barker, Merle Maurice Barker, Ramona Joan Wayner, and infant twin sisters, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Russell officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Sue Elliott

Aug. 30, 1941 — March 22, 2021

Sue Elliott, 79, of Orleans, passed away March 22 at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

She was born August 30, 1941 in Orleans to parents, Winford & Julia (Lee) Crawford. She married Bobby Elliott July 5, 1960. Sue retired from the cafeteria at IU Health Paoli Hospital.

Survivors include her Daughter, Anita Kerstiens of Santa Clause; Son, Kenny Elliott of Orleans; Grandchildren, Kris Bergbower of St. Meinrad, and Alexx Elliott of Bloomington.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers; Rex and Donald Crawford; and grandson, Josh McMahel.

Visitation will be from 4-7pm, Wednesday, March 24 at McAdams Mortuary. Funeral will be 11am Thursday, March 25 at the funeral home. Brother Harvey McAdams will officiate. Burial will be in Stampers Creek Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.mcadamsmortuary.com

Martha Ann Helms

March 14, 1932 — March 20, 2021

Martha Ann Helms, 89, of Bloomfield went to be with the Lord on Saturday March 20, 2021 at Glenburn Home in Linton.

Born March 14, 1932 in Greene County the daughter of William and Lillian Autrey, she married George Helms December 16, 1953 and he preceded her in death. She was a member of the Tulip Church of God and was a homemaker.

Martha is survived by her three sons, Dennis (Donna) of Springville, Russell and Larry of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Phyllis Autrey of Anderson.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, daughter Jane Ann (Helms) Jackson, her parents and step-mother, Irene Autrey, sisters, Emma Mundy, Laverne Resler, Margaret Crick, brothers, Max, Ray, Elmer Van and Billy.

Friends may call from 12 P.M. on Wednesday until the hour of service at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield.

Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Jeff Rockey and Brother Eugene Helms officiating. Burial will follow at Tulip Cemetery.

The family wishes any memorial donations be made to the Tulip Church of God in Martha’s name.

Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com

Tanya E. Sovern

Tanya E. Sovern, 65, of Norman, died Saturday, March 20. A Celebration of Life will be from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home.

March 23, 2021

Kreigh Jordan Clark

Sept. 23, 1987 — March 18, 2021

Kreigh Jordan Clark, 33, of Bedford, passed away at 6:29 pm on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born September 23, 1987 in Bedford, he was the son of Jeff and Tammy (Lawrence) Clark. He was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance in the Brent Maudlin Agency. He was a hardworking, funny and loving dad. He enjoyed his family and made an impression on everyone he met.

Survivors include his fiancé, Shaleen E. Hammack; two sons, Elysian Clark and Noble Clark; his father; two sisters, Jaclyn Clark and fiancé, Shawn Sunbury, of Seymour and Kenzie Clark and companion, Ethan Pemberton, of Bloomington; a brother, Cagney Clark and wife, Brittany, of Springville; his maternal grandparents, Jack and Jenny Lawrence, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his mother, his paternal grandparents, Don and Ruby Clark.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 27th at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington and burial will follow. Visitation will be private.

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

Jolynne Faith & Joeseph Eugene New

Jolynne Faith and Joeseph Eugene New, infant twins of Owan and Ellisa L. (Burton) New, passed away at 5:19 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Survivors include their parents, of Bedford; grandparents, Darren and Sherrie Burton, of Paoli and Danny and Stacy New, of Bedford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Darren Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday, March 25th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Linda June Gilliatt

Nov. 02, 1947 — March 20, 2021

Linda June Gilliatt, 73, of Bedford, passed away at 3:15 pm on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born November 2, 1947, she was the daughter of Sherman Baker, Jr. and Kathryn J. (Ramsey) Baker. She married Cyrus “Ed” Gilliatt and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Patty (Troy) Ikerd, of Heltonville; three granddaughters, Alyssa Spears, Jaclyn Hughes, and Kaylee (Trevor) Montomery; a son, Don Smith; a step-daughter, Lisa Gilliatt; a step-son, Greg Gilliatt; a sister, Diana Lutes (Dan Metzger).

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother, Sherman Baker; a half-brother, Jimmy Dean Goodman; a son, Willard Lee Smith, Jr. (in infancy); grandparents, Sherman Baker, Sr. and Corda Baker, and Melvin and Zella (Craig) Ramsey.

Linda loved her daughter, Patty and grandkids, Alyssa, Jaclyn and Kaylee. She was thankful for her work at S & L Creative Corner and RCA where she made everlasting friendships and memories.

Cremation was chosen. No services are planned at this time.

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

March 22, 2021

Frankie L. Hamilton

Oct. 29, 1949 — March 18, 2021

Mr. Frankie L. Hamilton, age 71, of Salem, passed away Thursday, March 18 at his home.

Mr. Hamilton was born October 29, 1949 in Bedford, Indiana the son of Elmer F. and Shirley Ann Gould Hamilton. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church. He was a graduate of West Washington High School, Class of 1967 and went on to earn an Associate’s degree from IUPUI. He was a project engineer for Hannium, Wagel, and Cline Engineering.

Frankie was an Army Ranger in the Vietnam War and served with the Ranger 25th Infantry L.R.R.P. He is the most decorated Vietnam veteran of Washington County.

Frankie is survived by his wife: Sherry Lessig Hamilton. They were married December 31, 1971. He is also survived by his son: Bryce Hamilton (Jennifer) of Sellersburg, two brothers: Brett Hamilton (Carmie) of Heltonville and Pat Hamilton (Kathy) of Campbellsburg, a sister: Jan Shelton (David) of Borden, and three grandchildren: Hailey Hamilton, Lydia Hamilton, and Evan Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2PM at Weathers Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday from 10AM-time of service. Burial will be private in Claysville Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donation may be made to: Mt. Carmel Christian Church Cemetery, c/o John Hughes 915 N. College Ave. Salem, IN 47167.

Condolences may be expressed at www.weathersfuneralhome.com

Pamela Jayne Oakley

Nov. 18, 1958 — March 19, 2021

Pamela Jayne Oakley, 62, of Paoli Indiana, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2021 at her residence.

She was born on November 18, 1958 in Bedford, Indiana to Claude Eugene and Renolda Morrow King. Pamela married Bryan Oakley on June 23, 1984 and he survives.

Pamela was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a member of the West Baden Springs Baptist Church. Pamela was a 1976 graduate of Springs Valley High School. She was employed for 20 years in the Accounting department at Hoosier Uplands and previously employed at Kimball’s. Pamela enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her Husband, Bryan Oakley, Paoli, Indiana; Daughter, Sarah (Andrew) Rusch, Bedford, Indiana; Sisters, Cathy Huzvar, Carmel, Indiana, Melissa (Bill) Burton, French Lick, Indiana; Brother, Danny (Orpha) King, French Lick, Indiana; Grandchildren, Matthew and Charlotte Rusch.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM till 1:00 PM Tuesday, March 23, 2021 with a funeral service to follow at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home located at 226 W. Campbell St., Paoli, IN 47454. Interment will follow in the Stampers Creek Cemetery.

Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic, guests are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, such as fevers or chills, cough, shortness of breath, muscle, or body aches, etc., we ask that you do not attend. Thank you for your cooperation.

Paul Crecelius will officiate.

Online Condolences may be made at www.dillmanscottfuneralhome.com

March 21, 2021

Tanya E. Sovern

Jan. 11, 1956 — March 20, 2021

Tanya E. Sovern age 65 of Norman passed away on Saturday March 20, 2021 at 7:28 AM at IU Health in Bedford.

She was born in Seymour on January 11, 1956 to Robert Earl Sovern and Mary Ruth (Lawson) Sovern. She was an Artist and also previously worked at Ford and Stone City Products in Bedford.

Survivors include her brother, Randall Sovern of Norman, two nephews, Ty Sovern and Matt Sovern, two nieces, Dottie Ruth Sovern and Randi Sue Eckstein.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert Sovern and Roger Sovern, and two nieces Regina Sovern and Robin Sovern.

A celebration of her life will be on Saturday March 27, 2021 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home, 3522 Dixie Highway, Bedford, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Animal Rescue.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

James “Eric” Southern

June 30, 1967 — March 19, 2021

James “Eric” Southern age 53 of Salem passed away on Friday March 19, 2021 at 12:30 PM at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany.

He was born in Bedford on June 30, 1967 to Robert Southern and Mary (Leahy) Southern, he was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his daughter, Josie Southern Sanders of Bedford, two sisters, Linda Flanders of California and Susan Rinne of Bloomington, two brothers, Tony Southern of Bloomington and Thomas Southern of Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Timothy Southern and one sister, Teri Hamilton.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 25, 2021 at 4:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be on Thursday March 25, 2021 from 2:00 PM until service at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

March 20, 2021

Doris Carole (Wagner) Warren

Feb. 11, 1933 — March 15, 2021

Doris Carole (Wagner) Warren; mother of twins, Kristie Hillenburg and Kathie Whitesel, beloved wife, sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, lover of blue birds and Iris’, gently passed into the arms of her Savior in the early morning hours of March 15, 2021. She was 88 years old.

Born Feb. 11, 1933, in Silverville, she spent most of her life in Bedford, before retiring to Naples, Florida, with her husband and love of her life, Harvey E. Warren. She spent her final years with her daughters in Little River, South Carolina, and Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Doris was a dedicated worker who took pride in her accomplishments throughout the years, retiring in 1988 from Crane Naval Weapons Support Center in Indiana as a talented electronic technician receiving several commendations for her work.

Doris was active in Eastern Star attaining the level of Worthy Matron of her Chapter in Bedford, and District Deputy of her area.

Although Doris was small in stature she was unsurpassed in energy and heart. She had a love of life and people that will never be forgotten by those who knew her and those she touched. Her faith carried her through many difficulties and blessed her with things she treasured. We will never forget her childlike heart and infectious smile.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey E. Warren; her mother and father, Clyde Wagner and Elsie (Goad) Wagner; her siblings, Agnes Fish, Helen Reynolds, Janet Lou Wagner (who died in infancy), Clyde “Sonny” Wagner, Kenneth Wagner; and former husband, Arthur Dale “Dedo” Hillenburg.

Doris leaves her brother, Glessner “Jack” Wagner and his wife Linda of Indianapolis; daughters, Kristie Hillenburg and her wife Mary Zaik of Flat Rock, North Carolina, and Kathie Whitesel and her husband Don of Marlborough, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Aaron Whitesel and his wife Bekah of Auburn, Massachusetts, Chad Whitesel and his wife Stephanie of Grafton, Massachusetts, Sarah Loutsenhiser and her husband Chris of Cape Coral, Florida, and Owen Whitesel of Hudson, Massachusetts; and seven well-loved great-grandchildren.

Her family will forever be grateful to the wonderful care and understanding she received in her declining years, first from the Better Day Adult Daycare Program in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and finally at Coleman House in Northboro, Massachsetts.

A graveside memorial service will be planned for later this year at Cresthaven Funeral Home and Memory Gardens in Bedford.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.

Jasper P. “Jay” Calloway

Jasper P. “Jay” Calloway, 83, of Salem , died Thursday, March 18. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Bunker Hill Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 19, 2021

Penny L. (Edwards) Karnes

Aug. 13, 1959 — March 16, 2021

Penny L. (Edwards) Karnes, 61, of Orleans passed away March 16 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

She was born August 13, 1959 in Lancaster, CA to parents, Johnny Freeland and Maribelle (Stafford) Edwards. She married Alvy Wayne Karnes May 12, 1991. Penny was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints.

Survivors include her Husband, Alvy Wayne Karnes of Orleans; Sons, William Robert Enochs (Sarah) of Bedford, Joshuwa Karnes (Sara Coy) of Salem, Quintin Cial Karnes (Abby Jones) of Bedford, and Jordan Thomas Karnes (Miranda) of Orleans; Sisters, Sonia J. Pruett, Elvadean Bickers, and Lena Carmichael all of Bedford; Brothers, Johnny Freeland Edwards Jr., William Michael “ Mike” Kast, and Adam Thomas Kast all of Bedford; Grandchildren, Olivia, Taylor, Emily, Corbin, Kayden, Connor, Jaelyn, Kyla, Liliana, Hailey, Libby, Hunter, Myles, Bella and Paisley.

Penny is preceded in death by parents, brother, Jéan Claude Kast and sister, Carmen Marie Edwards.

Visitation will be from 4-7pm Monday, March 22 at McAdams Mortuary. Funeral will be 1pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Bro. Keith Haley will officiate. Cremation will follow.

Condolences may be expressed at www.mcadamsmortuary.com

March 18, 2021

Brenda Phillips

June 27, 1950 — March 15, 2021

Brenda Phillips age 70 of Mitchell passed away on March 15, 2021 at12:06 AM at IU Bloomington Hospital.

She was born in Bedford on June 27, 1950 to Roy Craig and Katherine (Shelton) Craig, she was a homemaker. Brenda married Ray Phillips on December 22, 1998 and he survives.

She was a member of Mathers Chapel Church and Wildwood Christian Church in Mitchell and was of the Pentecost Faith.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Phillips of Mitchell, two sons, Jason Reed of Lafayette and Christian Simmons of Bloomington, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, four step-daughters, Linda Simpson of Birdseye, Carolyn Ice of Marysville, Kansas, Abby Eggers of Bedford, and Melissa Phillips of Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Anita Thompson, Karen DeGrasse, and Donna Hackett, two brothers, Eddie Craig and Charles Craig.

A celebration of Brenda’s life will be held on Friday March 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, with Brother Lonnie Jones, officiating, friends and family may gather at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 PM on Friday.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

Derenda M. Todd

Derenda M. Todd age 78 of Bedford, passed away on Sunday March 14, 2021 at 5:38 AM at IU Bloomington Hospital with her daughter Deann Todd and granddaughter, Deidra Perry by her side.

She was the daughter of Tuffy and Treva (Cobb) Thomas, she was mother of Deann Todd, Mike Todd and Greg Todd, Grandmother of Deidra Perry, Dylan Todd, Melissa Todd, Michelle Todd and Matthew Todd, Great Grandmother of Hailee Hall (Roo), Haley Hall (Nicole) and Weston (Wessy) and sister to Myran Thomas.

Her daughter Deann Todd and granddaughter Deidra Perry will be following Derenda’s wishes to be cremated at Cresthaven funeral Home in Bedford on March 17, 2021.

A Mother, grandmother and great grandmother taken away to soon. We promise to stick together because we know that’s what you would want us to do. I hope you know we love you and will miss you every day. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true and when we needed to talk, we could always count on you. Now when we are all together, we see a different part of you.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

Rev. Richard W. Eldred

Aug. 24, 1949 — March 18, 2020

The Very Rev. Richard W. “Father Rick” Eldred was born on Aug. 24, 1949, to John W. Eldred and Vera Beatrice Bledsoe in Terre Haute. He passed away on March 18, 2020.

As a child, he attended St. Patrick’s Grade School, then as a teen attended and graduated from Schutte High School. While living in Terre Haute, he attended Indiana State University and for more than 20 years, worked in the Eldred Family Moving and Storage Business.

He entered the Seminary in Hale’s Corner, Wisconsin, earned a B.S. at Cardinal Stritch University and a M. Div. at the Sacred Heart School of Theology. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest for the Indianapolis Archdiocese on June 5, 1999. Before coming to St. Vincent and St. Mary in 2005, he served in Richmond, Indianapolis and Mooresville.

He was instrumental in the opening of Becky’s Place, a homeless shelter for women and children in Bedford, and served on the Board of Catholic Charities. He had been a driving force in creating the Warming Shelter for Homeless Men in our area and he served on the Board of Bertha’s Mission, a local soup kitchen. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Hope Resource Center.

A man of God, he strived to be available to all he met. He was a wonderful human being and we were so fortunate to have him as our shepherd. God took him to Heaven a year ago today and our lives have never been the same. Rest in Peace, Father Rick. You have earned your reward!

Life has changed, not ended…

A Memorial Mass for Very Reverend Richard W. Eldred will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford.

March 17, 2021

Nila E. Perry

March 13, 1938 — March 13, 2021

Nila E. Perry, 83, of Bedford, IN, received her Heavenly call on her birthday, March 13, 2021. Born in 1938 in Knightstown, IN, she was the daughter of Albert Monroe Maynard and Susan (Napier) Maynard Pierce.

Nila married Chester Lee Troxell on November 25, 1954. Two infants preceded them in death, Chester Lee Troxell II and Jess Monroe Troxell. Chester proceeded her in death July 18,1991. She married Bishop Elliott Perry on September 19, 2000 and he preceded her in death on December 20, 2020.

She was a minister’s wife, a homemaker, and volunteered many hours playing and singing music at Stonebridge Health Campus. She loved to sew, play games, practice her organ skills and sing to glory of the Lord. She was a member Guide Pointe Church in Bedford, IN.

Left to mourn her passing are her sons Jeff (Wilma) Troxell, Robert (Rebecca) Troxell, Pastor Bruce (Joanna) Perry and Pastor Chris (Julie) Perry. Grandchildren Heather Couch, Justin Troxell, Rachel Troxell, Nathan Goodrich, Kendra Waterman, E.J. Waterman, Terrence Troxell, Jonathan Troxell, Alexus Perry, Christopher Perry II, Kristin Perry, Zara Perry, and Augustus Perry. 18 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a sister, Yvonne Owens.

Funeral services will be at Guide Pointe Church on March 18 at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will be at the church from 4:00-7:00 on Thursday. Burial will be at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle, IN, on Friday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the JC’s Christian Academy Playground Fund.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

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

Denise Jane Bair

Nov. 01, 1951 — March 15, 2021

Denise Jane Bair, 69, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at her residence.

Born November 1, 1951 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Charles D. and Jean (Brown) Foddrill. She married John Bair on July 3, 1971 and he survives.

She was a retired medical records clerk at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. She was a member of the Leesville United Methodist Church, where she was active in the church choir and women’s group. She enjoyed her kids and grandkids and missed very few of their activities.

Survivors include her husband, John, of Bedford; three daughters, Tiffani Kurtz and husband, Chris, Tabatha Anderson and Tara Bair, all of Bedford; five grandchildren, Eden and Davin Anderson, Camryn and Cash Kurtz, and Kailee Schneider; a sister, Sherri Miller and husband, Roger, of Corydon; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Alana Norman; twin grandbabies, Campbell and Carson Kurtz.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, March 19th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Rob Kirts and Pastor Deborah Cronin officiating. Burial will follow in the Leesville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, March 18th and from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Martha (Hackney) Rutherford

Martha (Hackney) Rutherford, 77, of Paoli, died Sunday, March 14. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home. Burial will be at Syria Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.

March 16, 2021

Lawrence “Dale” Casada

Nov. 06, 1949 — March 13, 2021

Lawrence “Dale” Casada, 71, of Bicknell, Indiana, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021 at his residence.

He was born in Gary, Indiana on November 6, 1949 to Lawrence E. and Dorothy M. (Anderson) Casada. He married Bertha Marie Clendenon on May 12, 1980 and she survives.

Dale worked at Indiana Limestone and loved spending time with his family and the outdoors.

Surviving Dale are his wife, Bertha; one son, Anthony Dale Casada (Louisa E.); one daughter, Esther; two stepdaughters; two stepsons, John Ray Turner (Valerie); eleven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley; and his adopted family, Molly, Chris, Daisy, Noah and C.J.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce and Marylyn; two brothers, Billy Joe and Bob.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Services for Lawrence “Dale” Casada have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences to the family may be made to www.FergusonLee.com

Steven “Steve” J. Mills

Dec. 03, 1948 — March 14, 2021

Steven “Steve” J. Mills, 72, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, March 14, 2021 at his residence. He was born December 3, 1948 in Lawrence County to Cecil and Harriet (Reynolds) Mills.

Steve graduated from Bedford High School, class of 1966, Vincennes University and received a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. Steve was owner/operator of Mills Markets and was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club, Moose Lodge and American Legion Gillen Post #33.

Surviving Steve are his sons, Joel Mills, Chad Mills and Cory (Chrissy) Mills; four grandchildren, Mariah Mills, Cailey (Kyle) Strait, Katie Mills and Haley Mills; one great-grandson, Tate; one brother, Richard Mills; one nephew, Brad Mills; and one niece, Stephanie (Monte) Meier.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

Services for Steven Mills will be held at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. with Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

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

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

Nila Perry

Nila Perry, 83, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 13. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Lottie J. (Ketcherside) Ahrens

Lottie J. (Ketcherside) Ahrens, 79, of Bedford, died Tuesday, March 9. Cremation was chosen. No visitation or services are planned. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary.

Ruth (Fite) Nickels

Ruth (Fite) Nickels, 104, of Salem, died Friday, March 12. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the Weathers Funeral Home. Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 15, 2021

Ronnie Lee Higgs

April 17, 1955 — March 13, 2021

Ronnie Lee Higgs, 65, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born April 17, 1955, in Mitchell, he was the son of Ernest and Orpha (Burton) Higgs. He married Beverly Ann Sullivan November 16, 1985.

Ronnie retired from Lawrence County Farm Supply. He was a 20 year member of the Living Water Church of God. Ronnie loved his family and enjoyed fishing, farming, and working.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Higgs of Mitchell; children, Robert Eugene (Grace) Bunch, Jr. of Mitchell, Kaylee Jo (Lamont) Whaley of Hillham; grandchild, Nazaryha Turner of Mitchell;
son-in-law, Gary (Kelly) Stroud of Williams; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; Brother, Robert (Ida) Higgs of Mitchell.

His parents; children, Tobey Trinnette Stroud and Edgar Paul Bunch; and sisters, Betty Brim, Virginia Morris, and Shirley Rayhill, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Living Water Church of God with Pastor Johnny Herald officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Frances Luella Russell

Dec. 21, 1943 — March 12, 2021

Frances Luella Russell, 77, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021, at the home of her daughter.

Born December 21, 1943, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Curtis and Dessie (Owen) Ray. She married William David Russell February 29, 1960, and he preceded her in death January 26, 2019.

She was a homemaker and had been a cook and teacher at Head Start. Luella was an active member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship where she played piano and assisted with funeral dinners. She was a member of the Bread of Life Ministries and American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary.

Luella enjoyed gardening and flowers, especially her roses. She loved picking persimmons and selling the pulp. Luella was a great catfish cook.

Survivors include her children, William David (Deborah) Russell of Mitchell, Tena Louise (James “Jim”) Gaines of Mitchell, and Amialia Diane (Tony) Nugent of Mitchell; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; sister, Edna Flo George of Orleans; and special friends, Mareta Moore and her dog, Buster, Teresa Buechler and her dog, Micah, and April Bex.

Her parents; husband; siblings, Bill Burton, Lois White, and Marlene Early; and great-grandson, Silas Gaines, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will be in Sheeks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Casketbearers: Robin Russell, Greg Cooper, Logan Russell, Matthew Moore, J. D. Gaines, and Amanda Scudder.

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

March 14, 2021

Geraldine Maddox True

April 27, 1930 — Feb. 25, 2021

Geraldine Maddox True, 90, of Bloomington, passed on Thursday, February 25, 2021

Geraldine Maddox was born April 27, 1930 in Bedford, Indiana to Louise Katherine Watson (Maddox) and Robert Maddox. Gerry was an accomplished student receiving a full scholarship to Indiana University as an undergraduate. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority continuing her affiliation as an alumna. She took a European tour after graduation in 1952, returning to the Bedford area to teach French and History at Marshall Township School.

Gerry and Jay Wood Collins met while they were students at IU. In 1953, they married and started a family moving from Georgia, to Florida, and finally to Indiana for Jay’s work. On December 29, 1958, Jay perished in a plane crash near Frankfort, Indiana on a business trip. During the six years that followed, with the support and guidance of family, friends, and Jay’s fraternity brothers, Gerry got her Master’s in Education, built the home that would be her residence until her death, and raised three children as a single parent.

In June of 1964, she married architect Joseph D. True, Jr., her high school sweetheart. The True family became official with the addition of brother Jim a year later. Joe and Gerry were together 56 years. They traveled the US and abroad, often with Gerry’s sister, Jean, and her husband, Joe Atkins, researching genealogy in libraries or going to Broadway plays. Joe took Gerry to Frank Sinatra and Brian Stokes Mitchell concerts again and again without complaint or jealousy, secretly wishing he was golfing.

Gerry’s focus was always her family. She supervised, supported, and facilitated her four children throughout their lives. She had a wonderful group of close friends who surrounded her socially for many years. She was a talented bridge player, a voracious reader, and crossword enthusiast. A possessed IU basketball fan (attending home games regularly for 45 years), she coached the Hoosiers from her seat in the old IU Fieldhouse, Assembly Hall, and in front of the television until recently. She was also a proud BHSS fan, but as her grandchildren came along, her pride in their activities extended her allegiance to other Bloomington area schools.

Gerry will be remembered by her family for her intellect, kindness, self-sacrifice, and strength. She was the one who brought us all together in a place we call home and taught us what real love means. She loved us all to crumbs.

Gerry was predeceased by her parents, both husbands, and her twin brother, Don Maddox. She is survived by her sister, Jean Atkins (Columbus, IN); her four children (all of Bloomington) Jennifer Collins, Patrick Jay True, (Sarah Eherenman) Jay Wood True (Jennifer Grossman), and James Scott True (Rebecca Keith); her grandchildren (all of Bloomington unless noted): Parker Collins (Hilton Head, SC), Hayley Schilling (Chicago, IL), Kate True (Los Angeles, CA), Kyle True, Caleb True; Madison True, Taylor True Kinser, Jessica True (Mission, KS), Connor True, Rebecca and Enrique Garcia (St. Louis, MO), Donovan Keith-Reeves; and four great-grandchildren

The family is planning a gathering on Hilton Head Island later this year in memoriam of Gerry and Joe and the times spent in their favorite vacation spot over the last forty years.

Allen Funeral Home and Crematory have been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at
www.allencares.com

Valerie Anne Dilg

Feb. 11, 1952 — March 06, 2021

Valerie Anne Dilg, 69, of Heltonville, IN passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

She was born on February 11, 1952 in Joliet, Illinois; one of five children and the only daughter of Donald and Ruby (Osborne) Spiek. She was also the only girl among 12 first cousins and was as tough as they come and the matriarch of the family.

Valerie was a well-respected and beloved barber in Bloomington, Indiana for over 35 years. Val loved people, animals, especially her dogs, socializing, being outdoors and having fun; she loved hosting family and friends, cooking, playing games, listening to music, going to concerts, dancing, singing, bonfires, and spending time at Bass Lake in Knox, Indiana and Lake Monroe. She was a phenomenal teacher of life lessons and an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, aunt, cousin, and person.

Val is survived by her grandchildren: Makayla Kathryn Dilg, Jaclyn Simone “Simmi” Dilg, Shaye Monroe Dilg, and Dylan Jackson Dilg, all of Bloomington, IN, brothers Donald Spiek of Eugene, Oregon, and Chris Spiek of Heltonville, IN. She also leaves behind “her people” as she loved to call them: her daughter-in-law and best friend Ellen Clancy, best friend Brian Houston, her many beloved clients, nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless honorary family members and lifelong friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Michael and Stephen Spiek, and her dear children, John Daniel “JD” Dilg and Kathryn Nan Dilg.

There will be no public services at this time. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington, have been entrusted with arrangements. Interment of Val’s and JD’s ashes will take place this summer at Bass Lake. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com

Rodney R. Bingham

July 17, 1972 — March 11, 2021

Rodney R. Bingham, age 48 of Bloomington passed away Thursday March 11, 2021. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana to William R. Bingham and Deanna Lynn Meese Bingham.

He was a 1990 graduate of Chesterton High School.

Rodney leaves behind his wife Maritza Sanchez Bingham of Bloomington, parents William and Deanna Bingham of Greensboro, Georgia, brother Edward Bingham of Bloomington, nieces Ashlee and Lela Bingham of Prairie Creek, Indiana, mother-in-law Luz M. Sanchez and brother in law Adam Sanchez and his wife Sara of Bedford, Indiana.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 3:00PM at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory 4155 South Old State Road 37. Visitation will follow at the funeral home from 4:00PM to 7:00PM.

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

Frances Luella Russell

Frances Luella (Ray) Russell, 77, of Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bride of Christ Fellowship.

Betty Pearl Letot

Betty Pearl (Bennett) Letot, 91, of Dugger, died Tuesday. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Worthington. Arrangements by Welch & Cornett Funeral Home in Linton.

March 13, 2021

Frances Luella Russell

Dec. 21, 1943 — March 12, 2021

Frances Luella Russell, 77, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021, at the home of her daughter.

Born December 21, 1943, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Curtis and Dessie (Owen) Ray. She married William David Russell February 29, 1960, and he preceded her in death January 26, 2019.

She was a homemaker and had been a cook and teacher at Head Start. Luella was an active member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship where she played piano and assisted with funeral dinners. She was a member of the Bread of Life Ministries and American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary.

Luella enjoyed gardening and flowers, especially her roses. She loved picking persimmons and selling pulp. Luella was a great catfish cook.

Surviving are her children, William David (Deborah) Russell of Mitchell, Tena Louise (James “Jim”) Gaines of Mitchell, Amialia Diane (Tony) Nugent of Mitchell; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister, Edna Flo George of Orleans; special friends, Mareta Moore and her dog, Buster, Teresa Buechler and her dog, Micah, April Bex.

Her parents; husband; siblings, Bill Burton, Lois White, and Marlene Early; and great-grandson, Silas Gaines, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, at the Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will be in Sheeks Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Linda Lou King

Jan. 16, 1942 — March 10, 2021

Linda Lou King, 79, passed away Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born January 16, 1942, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of William Flinn and Beatrice (Mullis) Wilson. She married Fredric W. King July 1, 1961, and he preceded her in death September 6, 2008.

Linda retired from Walmart. She graduated from Huron High School in 1960 and was a member of the Huron Baptist Church. Linda assisted her husband with the Huron and Shoals Boy Scouts. She was a caring woman and loved to cook.

Surviving are her daughters, Kimberly (Richard) Crowder of Shoals, Melissa (Brian) Jones of Mitchell, Jennifer (Kenneth Pferrer) King of Mitchell; 9 grandchildren; 9 step grandchildren;
30 great grandchildren; sisters, Ella (Dennis) Inman of Williams, Janie (Randy) Jones of Williams.

Her parents; husband; and sons, Vernon King and Michael King, preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen. Skip Mathews will officiate at the graveside service at Port William Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Community Foundation—Huron Heritage Fund

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

David R. Smith

David R. Smith, 78, of Loogootee, died Thursday, March 11. No services are planned. Burial will be at a later date. Arrangements by The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

James P. Moore

James P. Moore, 74, of Salem, died Tuesday, March 9. Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at the Weathers Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 12, 2021

Betty Jo Guthrie

June 22, 1946 — March 10, 2021

Betty Jo Guthrie age 74 of Orleans, passed away March 10, 2021 at Baptist Health in New Albany, Indiana.

She was born June 22, 1946 in Martin County, Indiana to William Earl and Florence (Wagoner) Melvin.

Betty was a 1964 Graduate of Shoals High School, was retired from National Gypsum, and was a member of the Bryantsville Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, S. Butch Shaw of Louisville, Kentucky and A.J. (Danielle) Guthrie of Franklin, Indiana; and grandsons, Trey Guthrie and Camren Guthrie; siblings, Edie Davis and Joyce Jones both of Shoals; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and several siblings.

Funeral services are 12:00 PM Monday at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with Stan Day officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 2-5 PM Sunday at the Queen-Lee Chapel.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.FergusonLee.com

Allen Eugene Dixon

Dec. 16, 1957 — March 08, 2021

Allen Eugene Dixon, 63, of Solsberry, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2021.

Allen was born Dec. 16, 1957, to Carol A. (Henderson) Hutchinson and Mack Dixon.

Allen worked as a factory worker and a painter for most of his life, but in the most recent years, he was enjoying retirement. Allen had many hobbies including hunting, watching westerns, watching his grandchildren play baseball, and spending time with family and friends.

Allen is survived by his stepmother, Patricia Dixon; his companion, Debbie Lalonde; his son, Allen (Brooke) Dixon Jr.; his daughter, LaSchonda (Brian) Thompson; his brothers, Harley (Sherry) Hutchinson, Russell Hutchinson and Tim Dixon; his sister, Tammy (Phillip) Goode; his grandchildren, Anthony Thompson, Angela Thompson, Keith Thompson, Donovan White, Alex Dixon, Baylee Dixon, Lillian Wilcoxen and Ashton Wilcoxen; a great-grandchild, Elijah Thompson; his nephews, Phillip Goode, Randell Jamison and James Dixon; one niece, Tiffany Goode; and one sister-in-law, Tammy Closson.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Doc Hutchinson; two sisters, Diana C. Jamison and Nancy Ann Hutchinson; and one brother, Tony Dixon.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the service at 1 p.m. on Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

Cecil Clay Thurman

Feb. 23, 1920 — March 08, 2021

After a fulfilling and productive life, Cecil Clay Thurman, 101, of Sellersburg, died peacefully on Monday, March 8, in the company of his children.

Cecil was born in Highland Park, Michigan, on Feb. 23, 1920, the son of Nora Emerson Thurman and William Rufus Thurman, and lived his early childhood in Chapeze, Kentucky, and near Georgetown, and Greenville, Indiana. The family later relocated to Johnson County, where he graduated as one of six from Clark High School.

Cecil was emblematic of the greatest generation, having lived both during the Depression, and then serving his country in WWII. His military service began with induction into the U.S. Army in October 1941, followed by basic training at Army camps in Indiana and Georgia. Then as part of the 34th. Infantry Division, 168th Infantry Regiment, he shipped out to Northern Ireland and Scotland for combat training. In November 1942, Operation Torch, the first major amphibious landing of WWII was launched in North Africa. As part of the Eastern landing force in Algeria, Cecil was seriously injured near the Kasserine Pass.

He holds numerous awards including the Purple Heart, two bronze stars, and most important to him the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. After a lengthy recovery in North African and North Carolina, he was discharged in December 1944.

Cecil was a devoted husband to his wife of 74 years, Bertha “Lucky” Luckett Thurman, who predeceased him in December 2018. Characteristically of this loving father and husband, he drove each day to the nursing home to visit her for over five years.

His life was characterized by hard work, including as a young adult, working on the family farm and in tobacco fields, and helping pick tomatoes on a 100-acre plot. Later Cecil enjoyed a successful career in the wholesale hardware business working for Belknap Hardware as a sales representative and buyer for over 25 years. Never content to be idle, he continued to work in the “hardware” business he knew and loved, most recently with Sellersburg Hardware and Lumber, finally retiring at age 85. Cecil also enjoyed gardening, home projects, Indiana University basketball, watching NASCAR, and all things Hoosier.

Revered by his family, Cecil was the patriarch of five generations including his four children: daughter, Catharine Thurman Gillespie, and sons, Donald Wayne, Cecil Daniel and David Martin. He was also loving “Papa” to four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

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

His memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Garr Funeral Home in Sellersburg. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Hosparus Health Louisville, 3532 Ephraim Drive Louisville, Kentucky 40205.

David R. Smith

David R. Smith, 78, of Loogootee, died Thursday, March 11. Arrangements are pending at The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Sharon Faye (Brough) Newsome

Sharon Faye (Brough) Newsome, 75, of Vallonia, died Tuesday, March 9. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at Rivers of Living Waters Ministries. Service is at noon Monday at Rivers of Living Waters Ministries. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 11, 2021

Daryl J. Bogus

Aug. 07, 1953 — Dec. 06, 2020

Daryl J. Bogus, 67, of Palmares, Costa Rica, formerly of Bedford, died of lung cancer on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, at his home in Costa Rica, with his wife of 32 years, Joy, at his side, after being diagnosed six months prior.

Daryl was born Aug. 7, 1953, in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Lucian and Salvina (Lewandowski) Bogus and grew up on his family farm in St. Paul. After graduating from St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Nebraska, in 1971, Daryl enlisted in the United States Army, serving three years at Fort Carson in Colorado.

Over the years, Daryl’s work at Con Agra and GroMaster carried him across the Midwest with his four children, Ben, Anna, Matt and Tim. He lived in Alma, Nebraska, Groton, South Dakota, Great Falls, Montana, and Marshalltown, Iowa, where he married his current wife, Joy Beth Reed, on Dec. 17, 1988.

In 1991, Daryl and his family moved to Bedford, where they made their home together. It was there in 1997 while raising their family that Daryl and Joy opened the successful retail gift shop, Backyards & Gardens, located on Old U.S. 50 in Bedford. Daryl and Joy co-owned and operated the popular store for 17 years before retiring in 2013.

In 2014, Daryl and Joy retired to beautiful Costa Rica, adopting the “Pura Vida” way of life. Daryl especially appreciated the “Pura Vida” sentiment — the art of living a pure, simple life with an appreciation for the little things.

Daryl’s intelligence, wit, and sense of humor warmed all aspects of his life and relationships. Known for always having a good joke ready to tell and spinning a believable tale; his stories were often lovingly met with dubiously raised eyebrows, earning him the family title of “Head Story Teller.” He enjoyed reading, especially epic Westerns, writing, and tending his tropical garden. He loved to travel to different areas of Costa Rica with his wife and saw beauty in all things of nature. Daryl enjoyed walking with his wife whether through the foothills of Costa Rica on a daily basis or on the beach, especially at sunrise and sunset. He was a playful grandparent, beloved by his two young grandchildren, and delighted in creating special moments and lasting memories with them.

He is survived by his wife, best friend, and lover, Joy Reed Bogus of Palmares, Costa Rica (formerly of Bedford); children and spouse, Ben Bogus, Anna Bogus (Erik Miller), Matt Bogus of Indianapolis and Tim Bogus of New York City; two grandchildren, Charlie and Evie Miller; sister, Elaine Panowicz of Grand Island, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Pat Bogus of St. Paul, Nebraska; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bryan and Traudi Reed of Canfield, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, and close friends, including, Minor Araya of Palmares, Costa Rica.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, David and Dorothy Bogus; brother, Arnold “Arnie” Bogus; and brother-in-law, Daniel Panowicz.

The family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of donations to the American Lung Association.

Rita Ann Henderson

April 27, 1952 — March 05, 2021

Rita Ann Henderson, 68, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021 at her residence.

She was born April 27, 1952 in Lawrence County to Erie and Knoxie (Hughes) Terrell. She was a widow.

Rita Ann was a homemaker, of the Christian faith and a prayer warrior. She loved dancing, singing, and spending time with her family.

Surviving to cherish her memory are one daughter, Angela (J.R.) Morris; one son, Curtis Nicholson; six grandchildren, Lynette Roach, Phillip Adcock, Paul Adcock, Bret Adcock, Ashley Bell and Wyatt Nicholson; one great-grandchild, Kelan Roach; four sisters, Geraldine Gaines, Connie Murphy, Sharon Ratliff and Marcia Canada; one brother, Gary Terrell; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Rita Ann in death were her parents; two sisters, Catherine Walls and Helen Deckard; and two brothers, Vernie Terrell and Wilbert Terrell.

Services for Rita Ann will be held Friday, March 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford with Brother Randy McVey officiating. Visitation will be Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour at the chapel. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

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

Margie Helen Hillenburg

Sept. 23, 1939 — March 09, 2021

Margie Helen Hillenburg, 81, of Heltonville, passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Born, Sept. 23, 1939, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Marshall and Esta May (Kinser) Smith.

Margie was a member of Burgoon Baptist Church and a former member of the Old Chapel Hill Church, where she loved her music ministry.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, crocheting and singing.

Survivors include three sons, David Hillenburg (Karen) of Norman, Dwayne Hillenburg (Lisa) and Dennis Hillenburg (Tricia), all of Bedford; four grandchildren, Andrew Hillenburg (Jackie), Becca Reynolds (Adam) and Jacobi and Jareb Hillenburg; and great-grandchildren, Dean Hillenburg, Lilly Hillenburg, Athalia Reynolds, Warren Reynolds and Brianna Reynolds.

Margie was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Phillip Hillenburg (2013); and siblings, Russell Smith, Paul Smith, Frieda Smith and Maxine Eads.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Burgoon Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Godsey officiating. Burial will follow at Knightridge Cemetery.

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

Marion Ann Gilstrap

March 11, 1929 — March 08, 2021

Marion Ann Gilstrap, 91, of Orleans, passed away at 2:45 p.m. on March 8, 2021, at her home.

She was born March 11, 1929, in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Charlie and Leona (Mitchell) Rocek. She married Leo Gilstrap, and he preceded her in death.

Marion was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

She is survived by three children, Rachel Wildman (Ralph), Steve Gilstrap and Dave Gilstrap, all of Orleans; five grandchildren, Alana (Matt) Judah, Crystal (Dave) Poole, Corey (Josie) Gilstrap, Nicole Gilstrap and Cain Gilstrap; several great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Theresia Gilstrap and Mickey Doub; one daughter-in-law, Susie Gilstrap; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Curt Gilstrap; one sister, Doris James; one brother, Art Hanson; and one granddaughter, Dana Gilstrap.

The memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Ralph Wildman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Curt Gilstrap Memorial Scholarship.

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

March 10, 2021

Jack R. Boger

April 10, 1931 — March 07, 2021

Jack R. Boger, 89 of Charlestown, formerly of the Huron area, passed away on Sunday, March 7, 2021, at the home of his daughter.

Jack was born on April 10, 1931, in Petersburg, the son of Claude and Audra O’Hara Boger. He worked for the Monon Railroad and retired from International Harvester in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jack loved to buy and sell antiques and was known as a picker before pickers were considered cool. He played fast pitch softball in an Industrial league in his younger years, and enjoyed watching good college basketball and watching horse racing.

Jack is survived by his daughters, Jacquie Samples of Charlestown, Shawna R. Helton (Emmett) of Charlestown and Jocelyn “Debbie” McKinnon of California; sons, Terry M. Boger (Lynn) of Woodstock, Georgia, and Jeff Boger of Memphis; sisters, Linda, Sue and Esther; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 67 years, Mable Leona Boger; son, Connie Mark Boger; granddaughter, Amber Rae Boger; and grandson, Jacob Boger.

A Life Celebration gathering will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Grayson Funeral Home in Charlestown.

Expressions of sympathy in lieu of flowers in memory of Mr. Boger may take the form of donations to “Boger Boys” Blessings in a backpack C/O Boger Ministries, 4222 Highland Oakes drive, New Albany, IN 47150 or Cancer Research Institute.

Rita Ann (Terrell) Henderson

Rita Ann (Terrell) Henderson, 69, of Bedford, died Friday, March 5. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Arrangements by the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Annabell “Ann” (Kerns) Toliver

Annabell “Ann” (Kerns) Toliver, 91, of French Lick, died Monday, March 8. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

Deborah A. Baldwin

Deborah A. Baldwin, 65, of Salem, died Friday, March 5. A graveside service will be held at noon Wednesday at Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

March 09, 2021

Samuel W. Strunk

July 12, 1943 — March 06, 2021

Samuel W. Strunk, 77, of Bedford, passed away at 7:00 am on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at his residence.

Born July 12, 1943 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Elmer and Zina (Hughes) Strunk. He married Virginia Sue Canada on April 15, 1967 and she survives.

He retired as a diesel mechanic after thirty years at General Motors. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of U.A.W. Local #440. He attended Highview Baptist Church and loved gardening and spending time with his grandkids and family.

Survivors include his wife, Sue, of Bedford; a son, Stacy Strunk, of Springville; four grandchildren, Sami and Daxx Strunk, Coy and Chloe McKnight; a sister, Donna Faye Stigall, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Elmer, Jr. and Rick Strunk; a sister, Teresa Webb.

Per Sam’s request, cremation was chosen. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 10th in the Patton Hill Cemetery with Pastors Danny Goens and Harold Godsey officiating. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Highview Baptist Church, Burgoon Baptist Church or the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, 219 Sycamore Dr., Bedford, IN 47421.

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

March 08, 2021

Amy Carol Cowden

Dec. 17, 1966 — March 05, 2021

Amy Carol Cowden, 54, of Heltonville, passed away at 4:23 p.m. on March 5, 2021, at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

She was born Dec. 17, 1966, in Bedford, the daughter of James and Lenora (Hearth) Sipes. She married James Cowden on June 3, 2004, and he survives.

She was a member of the Bedford Boat Club and Indiana Donor Network.

She is survived by her husband, James Cowden of Heltonville; mother, Lenora Owens of Bedford; one daughter, Nicole Johnson (Kyle) of Orleans; one son, Josh Sollman of Orleans; one stepson, Skylar Cowden of Bloomington; eight grandchildren, Gracie, Carter, Caine, Brileigh, Bentley, Aubree, Ellie and Emma; one brother, Andy Sipes (Kelly) of Heltonville; one sister, Christy Axsom of Bedford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father; and one nephew, Kagan Axsom-Szymborski.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on March 13, at the Mixing Bowl Gathering Place on X Street in Bedford.

The burial will be at a later date in Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford.

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

Blanche Lavon Hall

Jan. 20, 1931 — March 04, 2021

Blanche Lavon Hall, 90 of Paoli, passed away March 4 at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

She was born January 20, 1931 in Riddle, IN to parents, Riley & Gladys (Reasor) Linton. She married Exum Hall December 22, 1963.

Blanche was a retired elementary school teacher for Crawford County & Mitchell Community Schools. She was a member of Beech Grove Friends Church and attended Paoli Wesleyan & Paoli Christian Church. She was a 4H Live Wires Leader, member of Beech Grove Homemakers Club, Republican Women, Gideon’s International & Orange County Historical Society.

Survivors include Daughters, Holly Dieterlen (Marvin) of Otisco & Cindy Lewis of Paoli; Son, John Hall (Amanda) of Paoli; Sisters, Lillie Hammond of Georgetown & Marlene Cook of Cookville, TN; Brother, Ted Linton of Greenwood; Grandchildren, Dakota Dieterlen, Emery Dieterlen, Charlie Dieterlen, Riley Dieterlen, Destany Lewis, Avery Rogers, Tucker Lewis, Michael Hall, Ellie Hall, Peyton Hall, Ava Hall, Audrey Hall, Macguire Hall, Moise Hall, Aniaya Hall & Elias Hall.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Betty Forbes & brother, Edgar Linton.

Funeral will be 1pm Tuesday, March 9 at McAdams Mortuary. Bro. Bill Willis & Bro Gary Swick will officiate. Burial will be in Paoli Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8pm Monday, March 8 at the funeral home and Tuesday after 11am until the service time.

For condolences visit mcadamsmortuary.com

Leon “Doc” Toliver

Leon “Doc” Toliver, 94, of French Lick, died Saturday, March 6. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

George Nelson LaHue

George Nelson LaHue, 75, of Salem, died Thursday, March 4. Cremation was chosen with a celebration of life held at a later date. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

Debora (Smith) Bradley

Debora (Smith) Bradley, 65, of Orleans, died Friday, March 5. Cremation was chosen. Arrangements by Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.

March 04, 2021

Warren Hudson

Feb. 27, 1943 — March 02, 2021

Warren Hudson, 78, of Bedford passed away on March 2, 2021 after a brief illness.

He was born on February 27, 1943 in Bedford to Theodore ‘Ted’ and Rachael (Short) Hudson. He married Sandra (Sandi) Rytkonen on May 9, 1964, and she survives.

Warren was a 1961 graduate of Shawswick High School and attended Porter Business College in Indianapolis. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1964 to 1970 and was stationed at Ft. Knox, KY and Ft. Mead, MD.

A member of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Warren retired in 2007 from the Post Office in Bedford after 30 years of service.

Some of Warren’s favorite pastimes through the years included sitting around a campfire telling tall tales, mowing the lawn, watching baseball games, completing crossword puzzles, bird watching, and growing tomatoes.

He will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor.

Survivors besides his wife, Sandi, of 56 years, include two daughters: Kelly (David) Matthews of Loogootee and Stephanie Etheridge of Bedford and grandchildren: Bryce (Julie) Hudson, Tasha (BJ) Baker, Kayla (Gunnery Sergeant Zachary) Jones, Rachelle (Matt) Branham, Alexandra Etheridge, and step-grandchildren: Michael, Sean, and Tyler Matthews.
Great-grandchildren are Cameron Burns, Brayden Hudson, Braxton Hearn, Whitney Jo Williams, Zackery Jones, Loralye Jones, and step-great-grandchildren Ray, Peyton, and Kaya Baker.
Other survivors include siblings: Judy Hudson-Mavon (John) of Bedford and Tom (Linda) Hudson of Mitchell and sisters-in-law: Geri Espy of Florida and Linda (Rick) Flynn of Bedford and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his canine companion, Piper.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents, father- and mother-in-law, Wilfred and Marian Rytkonen, a son, Timothy Scott at birth and a daughter, Whitney in 1999.

Cremation was chosen and no public services are planned. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Friends and family may express condolences at www.daycarter.com

Brenda L. Gross

July 14, 1950 — March 03, 2021

Brenda L. Gross, 70, of Mitchell, formerly of Bedford, passed away at 3:51 am on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Mitchell Manor Nursing Home.

Born July 14, 1950 in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Gordon and Alice Blackburn. She was a homemaker, a loving mother and always had a smile on her face.

Survivors include three sons, Brad Magnus and wife, Trisha, of Springville, Larry Magnus and Dwayne Gross, of Bedford; a brother, Larry Blackburn and wife, Donna, both of Bedford; three grandchildren, Austin, Abigail and Audrey Magnus; three sisters, Sue Goens (Barney) of Mitchell, Stella Trowbridge and Marilyn Peters, both of Oolitic; sister-in-law, Margaret Blackburn, of Heltonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Ronnie Blackburn.

Graveside service will be conducted at 2:15 pm on Monday, March 8th at Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm on Monday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Marilou Root

Dec. 18, 1942 — March 03, 2021

Marilou Root, 78, of Mitchell, passed away at 12:45 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at her residence.

Born December 18, 1942, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Paul and Leona (Skeen) Porter. She married James Root on November 23, 1963 and he survives. She had been a maid for Best Western Hotels in Salina, KS then worked for Bell Cleaners in Bedford for twenty years. She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and a member of the Pinhook Church of Christ. She was a dedicated Army wife, traveling to many posts in the U.S. and three tours in Germany.

Survivors include her husband, James, of Mitchell; children, David Root and wife, Joni, of Salina, KS, Kathy Kidwell and husband, Charles, of Mitchell, Michael Root and wife, Susan, of Bloomington, and Brian Root and wife, Laura, of Bedford; six grandchildren, Joshua Kidwell and wife, Cheyenne, Jerri Root, Lauryn Root, Bryson Root, Madelyn Root, and Abigale Root; three great grandchildren, James Kidwell, Alexandria Kidwell, and Viktor Kidwell; a brother, Paul Eugene Porter, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Minnie Terrell and Clarice Craig; two brothers, Clifford and Wayne Porter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 6th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Mike Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, March 6th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family wishes to thank Hoosier Uplands, Southern Care Hospice and Schneck Medical for their service.

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

Sarah A. Bryant

July 18, 1945 — March 03, 2021

Sarah A. Bryant, 75, of Oolitic, passed away at 4:53 am on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at I.U. Health Hospice House.

Born July 18, 1945 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of Anthony and Mary Catherine (Ross) Zuttarelli.

Sarah retired from Thomson Consumer Electronics after thirty­ five years and most recently worked at Spring Mill Inn and Taco Bell. She attended Oolitic High School.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and enjoyed coin collecting and playing cards with friends.

Survivors include a son, Aaron Kenneth Bryant and wife, Trace y, of Cicero, IN; a sist er, Louise M organ, of Oolitic; a brother, James Zuttarelli, of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Ricky (Robin) Holmes, Eric (Cheri) Holmes, Sarita Holt, Kayla (Derek) Kern, and Elijah Bryant; five great­ grandchildren, Tyler Holmes, Cruz Holmes, C’Aira Holmes, Celin a Holmes, and Bronx Evan Scott Boone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Robert Scott Holt and his wife, Rita Suzann Holt and a brother, Ralph Zuttarelli.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, March 6th at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Condolences may be expressed at www.FergusonLee.com

Gloria C. (Fisher) Robertson

Dec. 28, 1936 — Feb. 25, 2021

Gloria C. (Fisher) Robertson, 84, of Avon, formerly of Lawrence County, died at IU Health West in Avon on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021.

Born Dec. 28, 1936, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Oval Fisher and Virginia (Mosier) Fisher Catt. She married Roscoe Robertson on June 16, 1956, in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 2016.

She was a Contract Specialist at NSWC Crane, where she was very proud to work. She was a member of the John Wallace Chapter of the D.A.R and the 1st Indiana Company of the Jamestown Society.

Gloria was an avid sports fan, specifically basketball and the Indiana Pacers, and frequently played golf for many years. She was a lifelong genealogist and said the ancestors she would like to meet the most were Jeremiah Boone and Joyce Neville.

She was a lifelong Democrat, and her favorite political figure was President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Survivors include her daughter, Juliana Robertson of Avon; and special friends, Mary Lou Thompson, Leslie Thompson, Brad Thompson, Alex Gaddis and Lauren Gaddis.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Wynola Fisher Mathis; nephew, Bruce Cobb; and her beloved cat, Pitty Pat.

Services and burial to be held at a later date at Silverville Missionary Baptist Cemetery.

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

March 03, 2021

Larry C Bragg

Sept. 09, 1941 — March 02, 2021

Larry C Bragg, 79, passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at his daughter’s residence in Morgantown surrounded by his family.

Born September 9, 1941, in Sheridan, he was the son of Howard Chester and Pearl (Irick) Bragg. He married Lola West December 14, 1995, and she preceded him in death February 25, 2010.

He retired from RCA and later enjoyed being a greeter at Walmart. Larry served his community as a coach when his children were young. He enjoyed classic cars, car shows, and riding motorcycles. Larry loved spending time with his grandchildren and eating cookies with his great grandchildren. He attended Ellettsville House of Prayer.

Larry was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Surviving are his companion, Terri Barnes of Bloomington; daughters, Marcy Bragg-Wright (Carlos) of Morgantown, Crystal Bragg of Orleans, Alicia Bragg-Knowles (David) of Mitchell,
Renee Bragg-Meier (Chris Evans) of Evansville; grandchildren, Lindsay Umphress, Haley Umphress, Brian Umphress, Jr., Hannah Wright, Olivia Wright, Luke Wright, Caitlyn (Shadoe) Bundy, Wynn (Amanda Kimble) Knowles, and Garrett Meier; great-grandchildren, Weston, Alek, and Milly; siblings, Bob Bragg of Garden Grove, California, Lonnie Campbell of Linton
several nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife; and siblings, Donna McDade, Linda Levine, Bud Bragg, and Sonny Bragg preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Chaplain Rick Clayton officiating. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Special thanks is extended to Southern Care Hospice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

March 02, 2021

Larry Foddrill

Jan. 30, 1945 — Feb. 27, 2021

Larry Foddrill, 76, of Heltonville, passed away at 10:19 pm on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born January 30, 1945 in Martinsville, he was the son of Clifford Ermal and Betty (Wilson) Foddrill. He married Rita Fox on August 13, 1962 and she survives. He was a billboard installer for Negley Outdoor Signs.

Survivors include his wife, Rita, of Heltonville; children, Shannon Foddrill and wife, Maria, of Heltonville, Shane Foddrill and wife, Thomisa, of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Levi Foddrill, Jacob Foddrill, Lynnsie Hughes and husband, Austin; two great grandchildren, Luna Foddrill and Hadley Hughes; a sister, Becky Ryan, of Bedford; a brother, Jack Foddrill and wife, Catherine, of Leesville; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Sam Foddrill.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, March 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Sister Becky Ryan and Pastor Michael Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the hour of service on Wednesday, March 3rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Donald Lee Neal

Oct. 28, 1933 — Feb. 27, 2021

Donald Lee Neal, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 7:15 pm, on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at his residence.

Born October 28, 1933 in Mitchell, he was the son of Paul and Dorothy (Rayhill) Neal. He married Betty Asbury on May 2, 1959 and she survives. He was a mail carrier for thirty years with the U.S. Postal Service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War and was a member of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Bedford; five children, Tracy Neal, Donna Harris, and Jeff Neal (Cara), all of Bedford, Kelley Robertson (Robbie), of Paoli, and Paul Neal, of Michigan; fourteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Randall, a brother, Jerry Neal, and a sister, Lora Sue Neal.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 5th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Linda May Brumfield

Feb. 27, 1944 — Feb. 28, 2021

Linda May Brumfield, 77, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born February 27, 1944, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Ernest and Lucille (Green) McPike.  She married Joshua Bullitt Brumfield August 30, 1963, and he preceded her in death January 31, 2015.

Linda was a homemaker and had worked security at General Motors.  She attended the First Church of God and was a 1962 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Linda was a loving mother and nana to her family.  She enjoyed taking care of her beloved pets.

Surviving are her daughters, Julie Lynn (Dale) Steinke of Louisville, Kentucky, Laura Rogers of Yulee, Florida, Brooke Blackwell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Andrew Kanach, Conner Blackwell, and Kylee Blackwell.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Robert C. Courson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: White River Humane Society

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

March 01, 2021

Mary Lou Isom Hoagland

Sept. 19, 1944 — Feb. 25, 2021

Mary Lou Isom Hoagland, 76, passed away Thursday, February 25, 2021, at her home.

Born September 19, 1944, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Stephen Escoe and Gladys Margaret (Stevens) Isom. She married Thomas G. Hoagland September 16, 1967.

Mary was a pharmacist and had been employed at Walgreens and CVS. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1962 and received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.

Mary was a member of the Zionsville United Methodist Church and Psi Iota Xi sorority. She enjoyed reading, quilting, playing the piano, and loved being with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas G. Hoagland of Zionsville; sons, Martin Stephen (Megan) Hoagland of Gallatin, Tennessee, Jonathan Isom (Melinda Rivera) Hoagland of Santa Rosa, California, William Thomas Hoagland of San Diego, California, Nathan Galloway Hoagland of Clearwater, Florida; grandchildren, Josephine Rivera-Hoagland, Charline Rivera-Hoagland, Ansley Marie Hoagland, Riley Hoagland, and Elliott Hoagland; siblings, Stephen Escoe “Steve” (Candy) Isom II of Mitchell, Linda Jane Isom (Alan) Terrell of Rochester.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 4, at Liberty Baptist Cemetery. Jack Taylor will officiate.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Gloria (Fisher) Robertson

Gloria (Fisher) Robertson, 84, of Avon, died Thursday, Feb. 25.  Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

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