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Obituaries — December 2023

Updated: Jan 2




December 29, 2023



Norma Jean Farrell Obit

Norma Jean Farrell

February 19, 1941 – December 28, 2023


Bedford – Norma Jean Farrell, 82, of Bedford, passed away at 11:20 pm on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born February 19, 1941, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (McDonald) Seidle. She married Paul Farrell on February 14, 1982 and he survives. She had been employed as a factory worker at Visteon.


Survivors include her husband, Paul, of Bedford; children, Tracy Holtsclaw and husband, Scott, of Bedford, Darren Godsey and wife, Peggy, of Williams, Mark Godsey and wife, Vickie, of Loogootee, Cheri Farrell and partner, Christine Atchison, of IL, and Paula Farrell, of Bloomington; grandchildren, Courtney Blackwell and husband, Evan, Kennedy LaFree and husband, Jacob, Lynnsie Greenan and husband, Pat, Terry Godsey and wife, Bethany, Danae Godsey, Cori Hall and husband, Kyle, Casi Bower, Samantha Bogard and husband, Josh, Leah Wykoff, Kyle Wykoff and wife, Kelsey; great grandchildren, Emrie and Emitt Blackwell, Adeline Riggs, Willow Godsey, Ava, Marcus and Khloee Wykoff, Violett and Malachi Bogard, Palmer LaFree; a brother, David Seidle and wife, Bonnie, of CO. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, James Godsey, a sister and four brothers.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, January 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Millard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




December 28, 2023



Vester E. Jones, Jr. Obit

Vester E. Jones, Jr.

January 28, 1959 – December 25, 2023


Vester E. Jones, 64, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023 at his residence. Born January 28, 1959 in Yellville, Arkansas, he was the son of Vester E. “Gene” Jones Sr. and Carolyn (Barnes) Jones. He married Veronica “Ronnie” Williams in 1987 and she survives.


Vester was self employed with Aqua Turf Sprinkler Systems and was a High School Graduate. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was of the Christian faith.

Surviving to cherish the memory of Vester is his wife, Ronnie; children, Billy Okeef, Jeremy Okeef, Abbey Turpen, Ray Goss, Ryan Gardner and Andy Britt; several grandchildren; one sister, Veesha Jones; and his father and stepmother, Vester E. “Gene” Jones, Sr. and Beverly

Jones.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Jones; one brother, Vincent Jones; and one son, David Barton.


Cremation was chosen with no services at this time.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been

entrusted with the arrangements and care for Mr. Jones.


Memories and condolences can be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Barry D. Powell Obit

Barry D. Powell

Barry D. Powell, 72, of Mitchell, passed away on December 26, 2023 at his home with his family. 

 

Born July 24, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of George Robert “Bob” and Imogene Ruth (Barlow) Powell. He married Judith Ann Vaught on October 3, 1970, and she survives. 

 

Barry graduated from Mitchell High School in 1969. After graduation, he attended John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Barry was employed for 25 years by Carpenter Body Works painting the lettering, specialty artwork, and school mascots on buses and supervising the paint department. If you passed a Carpenter bus on the road there was an excellent chance that it had been touched by Barry’s hand. 

 

After retirement, Barry taught independent adult art courses, workshops, and courses for the John Waldron Art Center in Bloomington. Barry was a member of the Brown County Art Association and the Lawrence County Art Association. He was the recipient of the Lawrence County Arts Leadership Award in 2008 given by the BAAC, participated and won several awards in The Hoosier Salon, the Indiana Heritage Festival, and the Persimmon Festival. Barry’s art depicted scenes from the American frontier, French and Indian War, and the Revolutionary War, but his true gift was capturing the beauty of people living and working every day, both in colored pencil and in oil. 

 

Barry had a great love of music which he shared with his family, friends, and church family. He played guitar and he built custom hammer and lap dulcimers. In his final days, music still soothed his soul and brought a smile to his face. 

 

Surviving are his wife, Judith Ann Powell of Mitchell; children, B.J. (Bobbi Jo) Powell of Bedford and Alicia Claffey of Mitchell; grandchildren, Audrey Powell, Maddie Powell, and Cody Powell; great-granddaughter, Coda Jackson; and siblings, David Powell of Mitchell, Darryl (Molly) Powell of Mitchell, and Mike (Deb) Powell of Salem. 

 

His parents preceded him in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 30, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with David Powell officiating. Burial will be at Talbott Cemetery. 

 

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

 

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Art Association 

 

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




December 27, 2023




Hugh “Paul” Mitchell Obit

Hugh “Paul” Mitchell

September 10, 1926 – December 25, 2023


Hugh “Paul” Mitchell, 97, of Bedford, passed away on December 25, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospital in Bedford.


“Paul” as his friends called him, was born September 10, 1926, in Edison, TN, he was the son of Luther M. and Lillie (Cobb-Lawson) Mitchell. He married Joan Fuller, Mathews on February 4, 1982, in Lawrenceville, IL.


He was a 1946 graduate of Hancock High School in Sneedville, TN. He was a Veteran of World War II and after his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Paul enrolled in East Tennessee University and in only two years he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and Biology. He continued his education studying at Arkansas State University, University of Louisville and the University of Wisconsin.


Teaching has been Mitchell’s life. Following education by teaching in Bristol, TN. In 1955 Paul enrolled at Indiana University and received his Master’s Degree, then came to Bedford in 1956 and began teaching sixth grade at Lincoln School. He was named principal of the school in 1967 and remained in that position for the next 14 years.


During this time, Mitchell owned and operated his own business, Mitchell Construction Company. He developed Western Hills, he also had developments in Orleans and Paoli and in a period of 35 years built some 200 homes and offices.


After five years at North Lawrence Vocational Center and a total of 34 years as a teacher and administrator, Mitchell retired from teaching in 1987. He joined his wife in a new business, Mitchell Floor Covering.


He was a longtime member of the Bedford Exchange Club and was president for two years. He served as District Director for Indiana-Kentucky and was voted “Exchangite” of the year, he was recipient of numerous awards for his outstanding work done.


He at one time or another, served in leadership capacities in the United Fund, Red Cross, Boy and Girl Scouts, Salvation Army, Boys Club, Save the Children Foundation, Senior Citizens, Heart Association, North Lawrence School Foundation, JayCee’s Kiwanis, Bedford Elk’s, Phi Delta Kappa and is a 32 Degree Mason, and a member of the Baptist Church.

Paul was an avid sports fan and enjoyed boating, fishing, and golf. His “bucket list” was completed when asked to be the commencement speaker for his alma mater High School in Sneedville, Tennessee.


Surviving are his wife, Joan D. Mitchell of Bedford; daughter, Linda S. (Scott) Turney; son, David L. (Pattie) Mitchell; two step-children, Tracy M. Tincher and Tyrus S. (Deedra) Mathews; five grandchildren Jared S. (Lindsey) Turney, Alyson N. (Randall) Trout, Ryan D. Mitchell, Megan M. (Nick) Leavitt, and Kelly M. Mitchell; four great grandsons, Ryan Trout, Porter Turney, Banks Turney, and Max Leavitt; two great granddaughters, Mia Leavitt and Oakley Turney; five step-grandchildren, Evan W. (Maurica) Folk, Levi M. Stidam, Maebree M. Tincher, Jarrid W. (Elizabeth) Mathews, and Justin (Carrie) Mathews; seven step great grandchildren, Braxten W. Folk, Bristol Folk, Brantley Folk, Aubrey Mathews, Lincoln Mathews, Magnolia Mathews, and Iris Mathews; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving is Paul’s beloved pet, Sissy.


Paul was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Jack Mitchell; two sisters, Wilma J. (Jim) Skeen and E. Pauline (Bill) Sheeks; and his other beloved pet, Gigi.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, January 6th, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Larry Dalton officiating. William (Bill) and Clarence Brown will commemorate. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery with military rites being accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33.. Visiting hours will be from 10:00am to the service time on Saturday.


In lieu of flowers and gifts, Paul’s family asks that contributions be considered to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or the White River Humane Society.


A special thank you to the Bedford IU Medical Center’s doctors and nurses.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.





Edith Jeannette Sorrells Obit

Edith Jeannette Sorrells

April 3, 1940 – December 26, 2023


Edith Jeannette Sorrells, 83, of Bedford passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 26th surrounded by her family at Stonebridge Health Campus following a lengthy illness.

In 1985, she married Dan E Sorrells and he passed away in 2017.

Jeannette was born April 3rd, 1940, in Lawrence County to Louis and Juanita (Brown) Fiddler. One of nine children, she grew up in Dutchtown and attended Lincoln School before graduating from Bedford High School in 1958.


She retired from RCA in Bloomington, Indiana in 1999 after 34 years of service as a production operator. During her RCA days, she also worked weekends as a waitress at Hobby’s Restaurant in Bedford for nearly 15 years to make ends meet while raising her four children. Spending time with her family, going out with friends, traveling with her husband Dan, watching classic Hollywood films, and decorating her home for the holidays were all activities she enjoyed.


Surviving to cherish the memory of their beloved Mom and Granny are her four children, Julie Bailey (George), Paige Jones (David), Carol Sanders (Paul), and Reuben Murr (Leslie), all of Bedford; siblings Jack Fiddler, Brenda Yeary, Alma Lynn, Ed Fiddler, Pam Duncan, and Sharon Crane; grandchildren Padee Bailey, Annie Willis, Carrie Underwood (Eddie), Emily Neal, Mason Bailey, Aaron Jones (Hannah), Brandon Jones, Jeff Sanders, Mitchell Sanders, Taylor Sanders, Kendra Rowe (Justin), Isaac Murr (Vic), and Maddy Murr; and fifteen great-grandchildren. 



She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dan; siblings Charles Fiddler and Helen Godsey, and great-granddaughter Kyla Bailey.


Visitation will be held at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, Indiana from 3:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 28, and from 10:00 am until service time on Friday at the mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday December 29, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel with Brother Mark Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery. 



In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeannette’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter by visiting www.alz.org/indiana/donate.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Jane A. Fansler Obit

Jane A. Fansler

October 26, 1950 - December 25, 2023


Jane Angelyn (Clampitt) Fansler, 73, of Norman, Indiana, went to be with Jesus on Christmas. She passed away in the evening on December 25, 2023.


She leaves behind her husband of 52 years, John Fansler, her son J.W. (Stephanie) Fansler of Norman, her daughter Jordan (Carl) Roeder of Williams, and five grandchildren: Joanna and Wesley Fansler and Jameson, Declan and Owen Roeder.  She accepted and loved her daughter-in-law and son-in-law as if they were her own daughter and son. She also leaves behind two brothers: Jerry (Tracey) Clampitt of Bedford and Jody (Tami) Clampitt of Heltonville, her sister-in-law Cora Clampitt of Mexico, Missouri, and many nieces and nephews, of whom she was very proud. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Luella (Manzenberger) Clampitt, and two brothers, Jim Clampitt of Mexico, Missouri and John Clampitt of Heltonville, Indiana.


Originally from Buddha, Indiana, Jane graduated from Tunnelton High School in 1968 and loved attending school reunions. She was a graduate of Indiana State University where she received her bachelors’ degree in Home Economic Education. She met her husband, John, while both played for the marching band.  After graduating, she worked for her parents’ farm store, for WBIW writing radio ads (which she loved), and for congressman Joel Deckard, before raising and educating her children at home. She was a 4-H club leader and volunteer for more than 20 years.

Jane made her family her priority. She loved her husband, children, and grandchildren, with grandchildren being front and center. She was proud to tell people that she played soccer with them. She loved helping them with their 4-H projects, especially sewing and poster projects. Jane loved her grandchildren well, learning about them and trying to show them her love in a way that suited each child best.  She was generous, sharing all she had with her family without hesitation.



Jane attended Mundell Christian Church and was blessed and welcomed by the church community.  She loved reading and researching natural medicine, science, and ways of improving herself and helping others. She enjoyed music and dancing, and one of her favorite events was going to see Riverdance in person. She liked going to Kentucky with her husband John to spend time watching horses and relaxing. She loved playing cards and word games, watching tiny house makeovers, getting together with friends or family for meals, and discussing God and spiritual matters.

She was a gem and is already greatly missed.


Funeral services will be held at Mundell Christian Church on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 11:00am with burial to follow in Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville, IN. Visitation will be from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Friday, December 29, 2023, also at Mundell Christian Church.


The arrangements and care for Jane A. Fansler have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chaple of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Stanley J. “Captain” Sommer Obit

Stanley J. “Captain” Sommer

August 28, 1938 – December 25, 2023


Stanley J. “Captain” Sommer, 85, of Bedford, passed away on December 25, 2023 at his residence. Born August 28, 1938, he was the son of Joseph and Katherine (Laber) Sommer. He married Mary Ann Hieger on May 5, 1962 and she survives.


Stanley was a graduate of Parkston High School and served in the United States Marines. He was a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the VFW, the American Legion Gillen Post #33. He was a Traffic Manager for the U.S. Government and enjoyed golfing, spending time with his family and being at the Bedford Boat and Sportsman’s Club.


Surviving Stanley along with his wife, Mary Ann, is one daughter, Shelley (Dan) Meister; one son, Steven (Angie) Sommer; one grandson, Derek Sommer; one great-grandson, Kaiden Sommer; one sister, Eileen Miller; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine Sommer.


A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 5th, 2023 at the Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Terrance and Deacon Dave officiating.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with Stanley J. “Captain” Sommer’s care and arrangements.


Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



December 26, 2023



Deward Prince Obit

Deward Prince

December 20, 1937 - December 25, 2023


Bedford - Deward Prince, 86, of Springville, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2023, at 6:45 pm at Majestic Care of Bedford.


Born December 20, 1937, he was the son of Opal and Vannie Prince. Deward was a loving father and grandpa and he loved fishing, hunting, and farming.


Survivors include sons, Eugene Prince and wife Lue of Bedford, Roger Prince, of Monroe County; grandson Josh Prince of Bedford; great grandchildren, Lillie Prince, Jailynn, Joslyn, and Jazzlyn Prince; a brother, Gene Prince of Chapel Hill; Sisters Rita Prince, of Monroe County, Kay Olson (Roger), of Bloomington, Susie Jones of Bloomington, and Fay Phillips, of Bedford. He is preceded by his parents, a son, Scott Prince; grandsons, Nathan Prince and Keith Prince; a granddaughter, Amber Prince; a sister, Margie Meadows; a brother Hanford Prince.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2 pm on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Clover Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 am to 1:00 pm on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com




Rita Lea Clampitt Obit

Rita Lea Clampitt

MITCHELL – Rita Lea Clampitt, 82, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.

 

Born January 8, 1941, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Robert Sanford and Ruth Virginia (Barnett) Chastain.  She married Robert Dean Clampitt on August 20, 1983 and he preceded her in death March 5, 2013.

 

Rita worked as a bartender at Annie’s and Jack’s and drove the City of Mitchell bus. She ran the loom in the village at Spring Mill for many years. Rita was a member of American Legion Post 250 Auxiliary and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107 Auxiliary. She was the matriarch of the family and loved them dearly. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Jan (Brian Kessler) Reynolds of Mitchell and Judi (Jake) Taylor of Mitchell; step son, Jeff (Brenda) Clampitt of Bloomington; grandchildren, Jamie (Elvis) Mattingly, Donnie (Carlie) Spires, and Jennifer (Ricky Arp) Grace; great grandchildren, Shaelee, Maken, Ella, Maddy, Cooper, Knox, Conlie, and Addison; and great great grandson, Jaxson.

 

Her parents; husband; and siblings, Ronnie Chastain, Ruth Ann Kelley, and Rhea Dawn Hunt, preceded her in death.

 

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 29, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Steve Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery.

 

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

 

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




Cathy Denise Price Obit

Cathy Denise Price

MITCHELL – Cathy Denise Price, 71, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2023, at IU Health University Hospital.

 

Born December 3, 1952, in Dayton, Ohio, she was the daughter of James Wilson and Mary Jean (Fredricks) Clark.  Cathy married Roger Lance Price on July 14, 1984 and he preceded her in death August 17, 2017.

 

Cathy started her career as an LPN at Dr. Craton’s medical office.  She later became a registered nurse, working in the ICU at Bedford Regional Medical Center and retiring from St. Vincent Home Health.  Additionally, she taught classes at Indiana Laborers’ Training Center.  She was an active member of The Bride of Christ Fellowship; teaching, working with kids, and making crafts.  Cathy loved teaching kids how to knit and crochet, and she was an avid quilter.  She was secretary of the Lawrence County Rock Club and member of the Crafty Quilters.  Cathy enjoyed reading and loved her pets.

 

Surviving are her children, Marian (Stephen) Cash-Rose of Oolitic, Cory (April) Price of Orleans, and Stacey (Kyle) Edrington of Indiana; grandchildren, Porsha (Ethan) Price, Edric Cash, Garrett Price, Tessa Price, Michael (Kayli) Edrington, and Nikki (Garrett) Shover; great-grandchildren, Kaius Cash, Amaryllis Howe, Lyla Mae Griffith, Winslow Howe, Asher Howe, and Dayson Hedrick; and siblings, Deborah Rouse of Bedford and Patrick Michael Clark of Paoli.


Her parents; husband; grandson, Dorian Cash; and brother, Donald Clark, preceded her in death.

 

A Celebration of Life will be at noon, Saturday, January 6, at The Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Greg Isom officiating.

 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

 

Memorial Contributions:  Fair Haven Foundation




Marcy A. Garland Obits

Marcy A. Garland

November 2, 1972 – December 25, 2023


Bedford -Marcy A. Garland, 51, of Bedford, passed away at 4:44 am on Monday, December 25, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born November 2, 1972, in Massena, NY, she was the daughter of Michael Allen and Judith (Hillsgrove) Niemi. She was a cashier at Hardee’s Restaurant and a former member of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion.


Survivors include three children, Taylor Watson, Dustin Watson and Jordan Watson, all of Bedford; grandchildren, Shadow Watson, Braeliin Pierce, Ayla Lake, Hunter Watson, and Dominic Watson; a brother, Kevin Niemi, of Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her father.


Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 28th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




December 21, 2023



Robert (Bob) D. Tirey Obit

Robert (Bob) D. Tirey

Robert (Bob) D. Tirey 82 of Ooltic passed away Thursday December 21, 2023, at home with his loving family by his side. Born in Mitchell on May 22, 1941, he was one of eleven children to George and Ada (Smith) Tirey. He married Pamela K. Stannard on April 14, 1984, and she survives.


Bob retired from Duke Energy after 32 years as a lineman. In retirement, he started Tirey’s Hardwood Shop with his brother Don. Together, and with the help of his kids and wife, they created handcrafted products from raw lumber for over 30 years. Bob was a key member and organizer of the Oolitic Baseball League for many years while coaching his kids in multiple sports. Bob enjoyed staying busy in retirement with the woodshop, helping with their projects, fixing things with his hands, and mushroom hunting.


Surviving to cherish Bob’s memory are his wife, Pam Tirey, two sons, Ritchie (Paula) Tirey of Bedford, Gary (Samantha) Tirey of Springville, one daughter, Terri (Randy) of East Oolitic, sister, Rhea Dawn (Monte) Anderson of Bedford, brother, Don (Marilyn) Tirey of Oolitic, grandchildren, Max Tirey, Alex Tirey, Bennett Tirey, Jenice (Casey) Brown, Ky (Jessica) Turner, Chad (Marcie) Turner, John (Kelly) Storms, and Mark (Heather Stannard) Storms.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Ella Pearl Albright, Mary Jane Tirey, Phyllis Tucker, Delores Grubb, John Henry Tirey, Alvy Tirey, Wayne Tirey, and Larry Tirey, two sons, Garry L. Tirey in infancy and Dras B. Tirey.


Visitation will be held on Wednesday December 27, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Pastor Swafford officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




James Kirkman Obit

James Kirkman

August 22, 1943 – December 20, 2023


Bedford – James Kirkman, 80, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at his residence.


Born August 22, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Vernie and June (Thompson) Kirkman. He retired from General Motors where he was a fork-lift operator moving hot metal. He was a member of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion Honor Guard where he played Taps at funeral services. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Praise Band, Bedford Nostalgia Band, the Bloomington Community Band, The Dynamics, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He loved his dogs, Charlie Three Legs and Wilbur.


Survivors include a daughter, Kellie Phillips-Ortiz and husband, Timothy, of Bedford; a sister, Bonnie Mullinax; two brothers, Vernie Daniel and Orvis Kirkman; two grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Kenney; five great-grandchildren, Bentley and Braylee Combs, Makynlee, Jayden and Clayton Kenney. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Alma Ruth Kirkman and a brother, Jonathan Kirkman.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 28th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jason Filler officiating and where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 27th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Irita “Rita” Kay Frost Obit

Irita “Rita” Kay Frost

BEDFORD – Irita “Rita” Kay Frost, 72, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at her residence. 

 

Born October 1, 1951, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Willard Tillette and Juanita (Tincher) Enochs.  Rita married David Wayne Frost and he preceded her in death April 24, 2016. 

 

Rita worked as a prep cook at Golden Gables for over 30 years.  She enjoyed camping and working in her yard.  Rita’s family and grandbabies were her everything. 

 

Surviving are her children, Jason (Mary Beth) Bundy of Bedford, Lisa McPherson of Bedford, and Rachel Bundy of Bedford; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Elnora Hassler of Bedford, Barbara Duncan of Mitchell, and Tony Tillette of Mitchell. 

 

Her parents; husband; and siblings, James Tillette and Susan Dalton, preceded her in death. 

 

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 22, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Ronnie Frost officiating. 

 

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




Bobby L. Hillenburg Obit

Bobby L. Hillenburg

May 14, 1940 – December 20, 2023


Heltonville – Bobby L. Hillenburg, 83, of Heltonville, passed away at 12:32 pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born May 14, 1940, in Monroe Co., he was the son of Joe and Dorval (Kelley) Hillenburg. He married Brenda Smith and she survives. He retired from General Motors and was a farmer. He was a member of the Bartlettsville Christian Church.


Survivors include his wife, Brenda, of Heltonville; their children, Dedra Hawkins, of Heltonville, Leann Daniels, of Mitchell, and Robin (Lisa) Hillenburg, of Heltonville; grandchildren, Adam (LeAnn) Hawkins, Jerred Hawkins, Chad (Karen) Hillenburg, Dawn Hillenburg, and Hope (Chris) Newton; ten great-grandchildren; siblings, Garris Hillenburg, of Bedford, Frank Hillenburg and Loretta King, both of Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, Peggy, Charles, and Patty.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd at the Bartlettsville Christian Church with Pastor Tim Day officiating. Burial will follow in Bartlettsville Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




December 20, 2023


Betty C. Ray

Betty C. Ray 98 of Sullivan passed away on Tuesday December 19, 2023, at 6:55 p.m. at the Waters of Sullivan. She was born in Vincennes on June 14, 1925, to Mary Jo (Bey) Lydle. Betty married Charles Ray and he preceded her in death. Betty was a homemaker and member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Bedford.


Survivors include three children, Della Riley of Hymera, Darrell (Sharon) Burnett of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Bill (Vickie) Chamberlain of Venice, Florida, six grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.


Betty was preceded in death by her mother, husband, one sister, Patty Robbins.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday December 23, 2023, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Father Jegan Peter officiating, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time on Saturday. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




Ora Leland Wagner Obit

Ora Leland Wagner

September 17, 1942 – December 20, 2023


Ora Leland Wagner, born September 17, 1942, to Harry and Novella Wagner, went home to be with the Lord December 20, 2023. He was born and raised in Lawrence County and married the love of his life Monta Sue Wagner on June 28, 1960. Together they had four beautiful children.


He traveled the country working construction where he gained many friends and family along the way. His home place eventually became Ocklawaha, FL which he came to love so much. He retired there and was known to love and help so many in the community. He was a beloved member of Little Dove Baptist Church and was very active in his church until returning to Bedford to be closer to his family.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Leland are his sons, Robert “Bill” Wagner (Heidi) of Bedford, IN, David Wagner (Ann) of Leakesville, MS, Harold Wagner (Martina) of Dunn, NC, and son-in-law, Don Pate of Bedford, IN. Grandchildren are Anthony Wagner (Ashley), Zachary Wagner (Kayla), Danielle Clines (Cameron), Christopher Pate, Brandy Colgan, Kayla Wagner, Megan Wade (Noah), Justin Wagner (Hattie), and Gracie Wagner. He also leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren; his sister, Joan Condra (Jim); along with several nieces and nephews.


Leland was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cheryl Wagner Pate; sisters, Margaret August and Jane Love; and brother Harry Wagner Jr.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, December 22, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Brother Kerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Pinhook Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 11:00am until the service time on Friday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Peggie (Peggy) Jean Rice Obit

Peggie (Peggy) Jean Rice

Peggie (Peggy) Jean Rice was born on December 11, 1936, in Pike County, Missouri to Donald and Edna (Hopp) Rice. Peggy’s siblings were Donald (Sonny) Rice (Velma) of Texas, Carol Shertzer (Bruce) of West Lafayette, Sharon Pate of Bloomington, and Diane Rice of Solsberry, Indiana. All, but Sharon, preceded her in death.


Peggy was a sweet, kind, and generous woman who worked hard to support her family and self. Peggy grew up in Solsberry, Indiana, where she graduated from high school. She lived her life in southern Indiana. She married and raised her boys, cared for family, and made friends while working at RCA, but she spent most of her career as a UAW member working at, and retiring from, General Motors in Bedford.


Judy Chandler was a dear friend she met during her years at GM. Peggy and then-husband, Bill Henry, became friends with Judy and her husband, and that friendship endured many years and many games of cards.


Peggy was a gifted quilter, and the quilts she shared with family and friends are treasures, often made from scraps of fabric repurposed from childhood and special occasion clothes. Her creations have become keepsakes, passed along now for several generations.


All through the years, her true best friend, Judy, was there with Peggy for the good times and lots of fun, and she was also there for the challenges, assisting and helping to care for Peggy for the last 15 years, as Peggy’s health slowly declined.


For the past 6 years, Peggy was a resident of Westfield Nursing Home, where she died on December 14, 2023, from the diminishing effects of dementia. Peggy’s sister Carol and brother-in-law Bruce managed her care for many years from West Lafayette, and then Judy and the staff of Westview were Peggy’s wonderful caregivers and medical support thereafter.


The family would like to thank Judy and the Westview staff for their kindness and friendship.

Peggy is survived by her sons Danny and Doug Saladee, grandson Douglas Saladee, sister Sharon, sister-in-law Velma, and many nieces and nephews who remember her fondly and hold our memories of her in our hearts.


Peggy Rice was loved, and she is missed. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



December 19, 2023




Patricia Ann (Anderson) House Obit

Patricia Ann (Anderson) House

June 30, 1961 – December 16, 2023


Bedford – Patricia Ann (Anderson) House, 62, of Bedford, passed away at 8:30 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2023, at I.U. Health University Hospital after a brief illness.

Born June 30, 1961, in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Rev. Robert Anderson and Beatrice J. (Swan) Anderson. She married Steven House and he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and owned Sitters for Critters.


Survivors include her son, Michael House; two sisters, Rev. Kathleen Dorr, of VA and Shirley Hawks, of Las Vegas; a step-son, Robert House; nephews, Aaron and Amanda, Robert and Leslee.


Celebration of Life has been scheduled for January 20th at 10 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Bedford. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Twila Faye White Obit

Twila Faye White

Born to Ruth (Davis) and Dan Naylor on September 14th, 1935 in Effingham, IL, Twila Faye White lived a beautiful, rich life, most of which was spent in Bedford, Indiana. She passed peacefully at home on December 18, 2023, with her husband at her side. Twila was married to her childhood best friend, Harold Dean White, and together they shared five children. She is preceded in death by her sons Charlie Bill Baker, Eddie Mosier, and Tony Mosier, and her granddaughter, Crystal Dawn. She is survived by her beloved husband Harold, their son Edward White and daughter Debbra Prince. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren. 


Twila made her career at RCA in Bedford before taking early retirement to help care for her growing family, which she loved more than life itself. She was rarely seen without a smile. As one of her “babies”, you could always count on seeing her warm, smiley face in an audience, in the bleachers, or on the sidelines as she cheered us on. She was always there. 


She was our angel here on this earth and we find comfort knowing she’s been called home to gain her wings, rejoice with her loved ones, and watch over us all. Twila will be missed dearly by her loved ones, near and far, but we have been so graciously blessed by our time with her here.


As a great-granddaughter who has the honor and privilege of writing this in remembrance of her, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about our incredible relationship. I know just how fortunate I am to have had these 29 years with her. This beautiful woman took early retirement to help raise my brother and I as our mother endured a season of single motherhood. As we grew and entered grade school, and even high school, we still chose to spend nearly every weekend with our beloved Mamaw Twila and Papaw Dean because, even then, we knew how truly special this time was. And now, as married adults starting our own families, we rely on our frequent phone calls throughout the week and our weekend visits to sustain our sweet bond. There are many, many more accounts of her grand gestures of love for her family, but there simply aren’t enough words to describe how remarkable Twila Faye White was. She truly was my very best friend. 


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




Kathryn E. Bridges Obitt

Kathryn E. Bridges

Kathryn E. Bridges, 76 of Norman passed away on Monday December 18, 2023, at 9:53 p.m. at IU Health in Bedford. She was born in Leesville on January 12, 1947, to Herbert Hutchinson and Mary (Glover) Hutchinson. Kathryn married Ralph Bridges on August 26, 1963, and he preceded her in death on January 10, 2014. Kathryn received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Oakland City College. She retired from Regal-Beloit in Mitchell after 20 years of service, she attended the Kingdom Hall in Bedford.


Survivors include her sons, Delbert (Kim) Bridges of Bedford, Nick (Cathie) Bridges of Norman, and Brian Bridges of Norman, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one sister, Hazel Lane of Mitchell.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, Helen Barnett, and Martha Cox, four brothers, Herbert Hutchinson, Jr., Doc Hutchinson, Delbert Hutchinson, and David Pruett.


Funeral services will be held on Friday December 22, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Blake Maciel, burial will follow in Dive Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will be held on Thursday December 21st, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Friday from 12:00 p.m. Noon until service time at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




Rick D. Hatfield Obit

Rick D. Hatfield

July 27, 1959 – December 17, 2023


Mitchell – Rick D. Hatfield, 64, of Mitchell, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023, at I.U. Health in Bloomington.


Born July 27, 1959, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of James Clark and Dorothy Fern (Cummings) Hatfield. He married Gala Conley and she survives.


Rick was a simplistic man, who had old school values. He was an avid outdoorsman, teaching his daughter and grandchildren many things throughout his years, such as fishing, hunting, baiting, and tracking. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family. He took his wife on many adventures in their 44 years together, (42 years of marriage). He devoted himself to building a life for his family. Throughout his years, Rick worked for the railroad, traveling the world. He had a sense of adventure. Later in life, he was a painting and construction laborer and in his spare time he worked clearing land and building the permanent Hatfield home on Kingsridge. Many that got to know him over the years would tell you that while he was a simplistic man, who did not favor modern change, he had a way of bringing a smile to your face with his many sayings… God knows that’s right!!! He was always up to date with the latest news and perceived it as a challenge with calling the weather. He would often tell me he was #hashtag# sick and damn tired of it. At the end of the day, he enjoyed his country life, sitting at the picnic table, with his dog, Rusty, enjoying a cold beer and being one with nature. Until we see you again, wiggle, wiggle fat boy.


Survivors include his wife, Gala, of Mitchell; a daughter, Kristle Tipton and husband, Kenneth, of Bedford; two grandchildren, Synia Kopp, of Tyler, TX and J.D. Kopp, of Bloomington; two sisters, Darnelle Holsapple, of Williams and Jill Hatfield, of Bedford; a brother, Gregory Scott Hatfield, of Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Darlene May and Jo Ellen Stevens.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd at Crawford Cemetery with Pastor Reno Bates officiating. A dinner will be served immediately following the service at Momentum Community Church in Bedford. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Emma Ellen Adams Obit

Emma Ellen Adams

August 10, 1933 – December 18, 2023


Bedford – Emma Ellen Adams, 90, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2023, at her residence.


Born August 10, 1933, she was the daughter of George and Beerock (Walters) Goldsby. She married James Edward Adams on December 31, 1951, and he survives. She had worked in the personnel office at Belk Lindsey Department Store. She was a member of the Grace Methodist Church.


Survivors include her husband, James, of Bedford; five daughters, Penny Ellen Duvall and husband, Greg, of Palmetto, FL, Candy Sue McCaskill and husband, Randy, of Bredenton, FL, Melody Ann Dewitt and husband, Steve, of Titusville, FL, Sherry Lynn Millbourn, of Sarasota, FL, and Emmy Jo Williams and husband, Ricky, of Bedford; one son, Jim Adams, of Terra Ceia, FL; nine grandchildren, Tammy Duvall, Dwight Smith, Emily Roman and husband, Kevin, Samantha Wesner and husband, Travis, Shawn Williams and wife, Heidi, Dr. Leigh Mast and husband, Andy, Andrew Dewitt and wife, Jamie, Steven Dewitt, Robert Dewitt; many great-grandchildren; one sister, Georgia Key and husband, Don, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, James Dean Adams; three sisters, Mary Lou Brown, Peggy Rose Taylor, and Jean Kathleen Goldsby


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Phil Stroud officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Thelma B. Blackburn Cahill

September 19, 1921 – December 14, 2023


Bedford – Thelma B. Blackburn Cahill, 102, of Bedford, passed away at 12:46 am on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at White River Lodge in Bedford.


Born September 19, 1921, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Homer and Isabelle (Greer) Blackburn. She married James Flynn and he preceded her in death. She married Emery P. Cahill on September 4, 1978, and he preceded her in death on December 6, 1997. She retired from RCA after 27 years of employment and was a member of the Free Methodist Church.


Survivors include two grandchildren, Vickie (Aaron) Cook and David Flynn; three great-grandchildren, Emma Cook, Aaron White and Eddie Flynn. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a brother, Verna “Bud” Blackburn, and a son, Eddie Flynn.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 21st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.


Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




December 18, 2023



Payot “Pete” Oneal Scheibe II Obit

Payot “Pete” Oneal

Scheibe II

MITCHELL – Payot “Pete” Oneal Scheibe II, 87, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2023, at his residence. 

 

Born March 7, 1936, in Mitchell, he was the son of Payot Oneal Sr. and Thelma H. (Cooper) Scheibe. 

 

Pete was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post No. 250, and active in the Honor Guard.  He was a 1954 graduate of Mitchell High School and member of Mitchell First Christian Church.  Pete retired from the United States Postal Service in 1991 after 30 years; having been Postmaster for 25 years.  He enjoyed hiking around the lake at Spring Mill State Park and country cruising on his motorcycle – and later his Jeep.  He was a fan of both basketball and football.  He loved his dog Gabby and his cat Lucky.  

 

Surviving are his children, Victoria Kathleen Scheibe of Mitchell, Melinda Elizabeth (Bill) Pastors of Florida, and Payot Oneal (Clair Von Handorf) Scheibe III of Colorado; grandchildren, Alex Speer, Adryanna Wedgewood, and Treyton Phillips; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Sharron Gaye (John) Lindsey of Geneva, IN. 

 

His parents; daughter, Julie Dawn Kidd; and mother of the children, Freda Ann Scheibe, preceded him in death. 

 

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 20, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Max Timbrook officiating.  Military rites 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. Wednesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. 

 

Memorial Contributions:  White River Humane Society 

 

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




Ray Leon Johnson Obit

Ray Leon Johnson

April 18, 1940 – December 16, 2023


Bedford – Ray Leon Johnson, 83, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Born April 18, 1940, in Monroe Co., he was the son of Lloyd and Dorothy W. (Starbuck) Johnson. He married Crystal Johnson and she survives. He worked for Glen Holt Volkswagen in Bloomington, Wanroy Motors in Greenwood, Gigante Volkswagen Indianapolis, and College Mall Volkswagen in Bloomington before opening his shop, Johnson Service in Bloomington. He later worked for Indiana University in the electrical department. Ray enjoyed working on VW’s, taking care of the lawn and woods, playing with his dogs, Ceely, Bernie and Dora.


Survivors include his wife, Crystal, of Bedford; children, Joseph Ray Johnson (Triana), of Bloomfield, Ruth Ann Inabnitt, Boulder City, NV, Ronda G. Ramsak (Robert), of Marrero, LA, and Jane S. Lyons (James), of Unionville, IN; nine grandchildren, Tiffany and Eric Ray Johnson, Matthew Freeman, Jamie Stephens, Nicholas, Chandler and Grace Ramsak, Josh Lyons and Charlee Polley; eight great-grandchildren, Devon Cecil, Ava Rae Johnson, Otis Freeman, Caroline Freeman, Rosetta Polley, Ada Polley, Otto Lyons, and Sophie Wells; three sisters, Wilma Houshour (Howard), of Columbus, IN, Peggy McKnight (Homer), and Joyce Shields (Danny), all of Bloomington; a brother, William R. Johnson (Mary), of Largo, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents.


No visitation or services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made each day by telling your loved ones how much you care about them. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Berndette J. Smith Obit

Berndette J. Smith

MITCHELL – Berndette J. Smith, 92, passed away Friday, December 15, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus. 

 

Born July 18, 1931, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Lester and Minda (Johnson) Mundy.  She married Donald E. Smith in 1966 and he preceded her in death June 10, 1999. 

 

Berndette was a member of Mitchell First Church of God and was a homemaker. She enjoyed collecting Byrd crystal and being outside. 

 

Survivors include her son, Kenny (Beth) Thralls of Bedford; grandchildren, Kyle (Todd) Fugate, Jeremy (Angie) White, Matthew (Angela) White, Laci (Andrew) Carlson; many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She also had three step children, Donald D. Smith, Charlena Smith, and Christina Harris. 

 

Her parents; husband; son, Tony White; and siblings Edmund Mundy, Imogene Palmer, and Geneva Montgomery, preceded her in death. 

 

Cremation has been chosen with a graveside service at a later date at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Pastor Rick Leach officiating. 

 

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




Justin Lee Dillon Obit

Justin Lee Dillon

April 14, 1980 – December 16, 2023


Justin Lee Dillon, 43, of Bloomington, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Born in Salem on April 14, 1980, he was the son of Ernie and Wilma Coffman. He had worked in the food service industry.


Surviving Justin are his three children, Kayla Dillon-Terrell, Mollee Dillon and Owen Kormelink; three grandchildren, Kinlee, Jayden and Alayna; parents, Wilma and Ernie Coffman; one brother, Brad (Manjil) Dillon-Coffman; one sister, Ashley Coffman; his maternal grandparents, Donald and Maxine Sales; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.


Funeral services for Justin Lee Dillon will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Phil Thorne officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 11:00am until the time of the service at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Memories and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com.



December 15, 2023




Ronald “Ron” D. Beyers Obit

Ronald “Ron” D. Beyers

May 21, 1956 – December 14, 2023


Ronald “Ron" D. Beyers, 67, of Bedford, passed away on December 14, 2023 at his residence. Born on May 21, 1956 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Lloyd and Helen (Hunter) Beyers.


Ron was a graduate of Heltonville High School with the class of 1974. He was the frozen food manager for Marsh and previously worked many years at Mills Market Grocery. He attended Heltonville Christian Church and was a member of Bedford Moose Lodge. Ron enjoyed karaoke.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Ron is two brothers, Jack (Liz) Beyers and Robert Beyers; two sisters, Mary Beth (Jerry) Williams and Wilma (Kenny) Mitchell; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Joyce Beyers.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, December 18, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow at the Mundell Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Sunday, December 17, 2023 also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Frances C. Flynn Obit

Frances C. Flynn

August 21, 1937 – December 14, 2023


Bedford – Frances C. Flynn, 86, of Bedford, passed away at 2:58 pm on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Majestic Care in Bedford.


Born August 21, 1937, in Ft. William McKinley, Manila Philippines, she was the daughter of Mariano Ugalde Mendoza and Filomena Orencia Cumagun. Frances worked at RCA for thirty-one years until it closed in 1998 and later worked at NSWC Crane for 10 years. She worked various part time jobs until 2017, before fully retiring at age 78. She loved cooking, shopping and get-togethers that had a good Volleyball game involved. She loved gardening and flowers.


Survivors include her children, Christopher Flynn, of Bedford, Carolyn Flynn, of Indianapolis, and Kevin Flynn and wife, Leslie Flynn, of Springville; grandchildren, Devon and Jessica Flynn; four sisters, Purificacion Mendoza, Tita Mendoza and Benilda Mendoza and Dionisia Mendoza; former daughter-in-law, Debbie Flynn. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Consuelo Mendoza and two brothers, Wenceslao Mendoza and Mariano Mendoza, Jr.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 19th in Valhalla Memory Gardens with Seth Wisley officiating. No calling hours are scheduled. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Clydean Nugent

July 24, 1938 – December 13, 2023


Bedford – Clydean Nugent, 85, of Bedford, passed away at 9:20 am on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at Cedar Creek of Bedford. Born July 24, 1938, in Malvern Arkansas, she was the daughter of Clyde F. and Janivee (Greene) Bowman. She married Herbert Nugent on December 2, 1957, and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2012. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church and Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority.


Survivors include a daughter, Kelly Davis and husband, Daniel, of Bedford; a son, Ron Nugent of Oolitic, his ex-wife, Tina Nugent; three granddaughters, Brooke Blendowski and husband Joe, Ariana England and husband, Colin, and Lauren Davis, all of Bedford; two grandsons, Eric Davis, of Bedford and John Nugent, of Oolitic;two great-grandchildren, Isaac and Amelia England; a sister, Ann Keeton, of Bismark, Arkansas; three brothers, Gerald and Roy Bowman, both of Malvern, Arkansas and John Bowman of Donaldson, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Virginia McClenhan and Norma Stone and a brother, Dale Bowman.


Private services are scheduled. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




December 13, 2023



Ruth J. Barrett Obit

Ruth J. Barrett

August 16, 1937 – December 12, 2023


Bedford – Ruth J. Barrett, 86, of Bedford, passed away at 8:56 am on Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born August 16, 1937, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Leo Edmond and Ruth Waneta (Hunter) Holland. She married Byron O. Barrett on November 27, 1955, and he preceded her in death on December 15, 2009. She was a homemaker and member of the Guthrie Christian Church where she served in the Ladies Aid Society and was a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed genealogy and sewing.


Survivors include two sons, Edmond H. (Rebecca) Barrett and Shannon Barrett, both of Bedford; a daughter, Deeanna L. (Barry) Ray, of Bedford; two grandsons, Derek Barrett of Tennyson, IN, Brantley (Kayla) Ray, of Bedford; two granddaughters, Gina M. (John) Bennett and Breeanna (Chase) Neeley, all of Bedford; seven great-grandchildren, Breyton Ray, Kiersten Ray, Forrest Neeley, Eliza Neeley, Alex Bennett, Colton Bennett and Grace Bennett; a sister, Judith Johnson of Springville. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Friday, December 15th at the Guthrie Christian Church with Brandt Kimmell officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 14th and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Friday all at the Guthrie Christian Church. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to the Guthrie Christian Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



December 12, 2023



Judith (Judy) D. Flinn McCracken

June 24, 1940 – December 11, 2023


Bedford – Judith (Judy) D. Flinn McCracken, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 4:46 am on Monday, December 11, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford.


Born June 24, 1940, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Clifford R. and Frances M. (Roberts) Flinn. She was a 1958 graduate of Mitchell High School. She had been an accounting assistant for Stone City Products for 30 years and a member of the Mitchell Church of Christ.


Survivors include a daughter, Julie A. Beaty and husband, Bob, of Bedford; a son, Richard “Rick” McCracken and wife, Laura, of Bloomington; a granddaughter, Sabrina Beaty (Tre Gilbert), of Bedford; three step-grandchildren, Ben Carroll and wife, Jenna, Andrew Carroll and wife, Meg, and Cameron Carroll and wife, Elli; seven step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Tom Flinn and wife, Nancy, of Newark, OH; five nieces and nephews; twelve great nieces and nephews; two great-great nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, December 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 14th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



December 11, 2023



Harold Edward Deckard Obit

Harold Edward Deckard

September 17, 1930 – December 8, 2023


Heltonville – Harold Edward Deckard, 93, of Heltonville, went home to be with his Lord on December 8, 2023, surrounded by his family.


He was born on September 17, 1930, in Heltonville, the son of Ora and Goldie (Eads) Deckard. He married Edna (Dolly) Sowders on December 10, 1949, and she preceded him in death.


Harold’s first job was at Showers Furniture Factory in Bloomington as a model maker. Following this, he was a fire lookout for the Hoosier National Forestry Division, and grounds keeper for Cresthaven Memory Gardens. He retired from Sexton-Wilbert Burial Vault Company, then worked at Spring Mill State Park as head gristmill operator. Harold and Dolly were Lawrence County’s Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1990 to 2011. They also operated Rusty’s Toy Chest and distributed toys, coats, gloves, and hats to needy children at Christmas. They were recognized for their work and received the Jefferson Award sponsored by WRTV-6 news in 2011. The award is to recognize people who make a difference in their community. Harold and Dolly worked to bring education for children with disabilities to Lawrence County after discovering, in 1968, that their son, Rusty would not have an opportunity to attend school. This led to the establishment of the LARC Center in Bedford. Harold was a very loving father, grandfather, and uncle to many. He was once asked how many children he had and he replied “at least a hundred or more”. Harold was an avid horseman in his younger years and enjoyed riding. He was a member of the Ramsey Ridge Church.


Survivors include two sons, Robert Deckard and wife, Nancy, of Bloomington and Bill Deckard and wife, Janet, of Heltonville; a daughter, Melanie Brooks and husband, Ronald, of Heltonville; sister, Mary Bailey; a son-in-law, Danny Irwin, of Bedford; grandchildren, Quentin (Julie) Deckard, of Seffner, FL, Jeremy (Stephanie) Deckard, of Spencer, Nathaniel (Jessica) Deckard, Danny (Stephanie) Irwin, all of Bedford, Lisa (Jim) Slone, of Bloomington, Chris (Courtney) Brooks, of Leesville, Josh (Eliza) Brooks, of Bloomington, Daniel Brooks, of Seymour, Rachel (Richard) Johnson, of Bedford, Holly Chastain and Meghan Cirillo, both of Heltonville; thirty-four great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, Rusty Deckard, daughter, Rita Irwin, two brothers, Ancil and Russel, sisters, Inez and Ruby.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, December 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Elder James W. Clemmer and grandson, Quentin Deckard officiating. Burial will follow in the Gilgal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, December 13th and from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Dearl Scott Eisele Obit

Dearl Scott Eisele

MITCHELL – Dearl Scott Eisele, 59, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. 

 

Born December 10, 1963, in Bedford, he was the son of Avon and Stella (Dotts) Eisele.  He married Sharon Strunk on June 10, 2000 and she survives.  

 

Scott had been a member of the Indiana Army National Guard.  He worked as a machinist at Regal Beloit and then Bedford Machine and Tool.  He loved to be with family and had a great sense of humor.  Scott enjoyed the outdoors and fixing the grandkids broken toys and bicycles.  He put other people first and had a heart of gold. 

 

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Eisele of Mitchell; children, Diana (Jeff) Guthrie of Mitchell, Michael (Terra) McLaughlin of Heltonville, and Holly McLaughlin of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jordan McLaughlin of Bedford, Megan (Tony) Eads of Bedford, and Mackenzie McLaughlin of Paoli; great-grandson, Jason McLaughlin; and siblings, Avon Eisele, Jr. of Mitchell, Steve Eisele of Mitchell, Avonelle (Jerry) Lake of Mitchell, Louise (Stanley) Fullen of Fayetteville, and Max Eisele of Mitchell. 

 

His parents; grandson, Anthony Wade; and sister, Bobbi Jo Strunk, preceded him in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 14, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.  Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. 

 

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

 

Memorial Gifts:  Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital 

 

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



Daniel William Dyke

Daniel William Dyke, 69, a longtime resident of Bedford, IN, passed away peacefully on December 6, 2023 at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, CA following a lengthy illness.

He is preceded in death by his father Richard Warren Dyke, mother Virginia (Van Meter) Dyke, and brother Stephen Dyke.


Dan is survived by his wife, Sally (Byers) Dyke and their two children: Jessica (Craig) Mackey of Ladera Ranch CA and Jason (Mary Santos) Dyke of Cleveland, OH. He was a grandfather to 3: Garren, Gavin, and Reagan Mackey. He is survived by sisters Pamela (Dave) Blickhahn and Amy Dyke, and brothers Richard (Christine) Van Dyke and Timothy (Darlene) Dyke. He is also the proud uncle to many nieces and nephews.


Dan was born in Indianapolis, IN on June 30, 1954. He attended Indiana University where he earned a B.S. in Biology, an M.A. in education, and an EDS degree. After college, he married Sally (Byers) Dyke. Dan was a firefighter, then transitioned into a 35-year career in education, serving as a science teacher and school administrator before retiring in 2017. While he loved all his students, the special education classrooms and children who were socially challenged held a special place in his heart. He also coached track, football, and baseball. Of all the jobs he held in his lifetime, his favorite role began in 2012 when he became a grandparent. He treasured his time with his grandkids and loved being their papaw, and tried his best to never miss a softball, baseball, soccer, or basketball game.


Dan was an active member of First Baptist Church in Bedford, IN until relocating to California in 2018, where he became a member of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA.

Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday, January 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1515 20th Street, Bedford, IN 47421. A celebration of life will be held immediately after at 11:00 a.m. A second service will take place on Saturday, January 13 at 11 a.m. at Saddleback Church at 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, CA 92630 with interment held afterwards at El Toro Memorial Park at 25751 Trabuco Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BatCole Foundation https://batcole.foundation/ or the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County bgclawco.org.



Mary A. Aliano Obit

Mary A. Aliano

June 22, 1935 – December 8, 2023


Odon – Mary A. Aliano, 88, of Odon, passed away at 8:58 pm on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, IN.


Born June 22, 1935, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Zack and Fern (Clark) Elliott. She married James Aliano, Jr. on April 6, 1953, and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2003. She was a homemaker and attended the Bethel Christian Church.


Survivors include a daughter, Jamie Hill (David), of Mt. Juliet, TN; four sons, James Douglas Aliano, of Springville, Kevin Dale Aliano, of Evansville, Gregory Scott Aliano, of Owensburg, and Vincent Keith Aliano (Michelle), of Bloomington; four grandchildren, Justin Hill, Hayley Shaddix, Luke Aliano, and Lyssa Aliano; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Joe Elliott, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six brothers, Benny, Jim, Herb, Larry, Doo-dad and John.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Jason Miller, Rev. Dave Self and Rev. David Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Dennis Daulton Obit

Dennis Daulton

January 30, 1962 – December 7, 2023


Bedford – Dennis Daulton, 61, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born January 30, 1962, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert and Betty (Ollis) Daulton. He married Karen Borders, and she survives. He had been a set-up technician and line worker at Visteon.


Surviving with his wife, Karen, of Bedford is a step-son, Brad Holmes; four grandchildren, Austin and Jalynn Holmes, Katlyn and Kirk Stewart, Autumn Holmes and Gatlin Holmes; three great-grandchildren, Vierrah and Ella Holmes and Kinley Stewart; two sisters, Sandy Bennett, Diane Harrison and husband, Bill; a sister-in-law, Vickie Daulton; his mother-in-law Marilyn Borders several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mona Harrison and a brother, Bobby Daulton.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, December 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Sue Ann Wilkerson Obit

Sue Ann Wilkerson

MITCHELL – Sue Ann Wilkerson, 78, passed away Friday, December 8, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

 

Born May 8, 1945, in Lawrenceport, she was the daughter of Cecil Benjamin and Elsie Veryl (Robertson) Allen.

 

Sue worked as a certified nursing assistant at Mitchell Manor and CORE Nursing & Rehabilitation.  She was a member of First Christian Church in Mitchell.  Sue was a hard worker; she enjoyed mowing yards and spent many years mowing with her dad.

 

Surviving are her, children, Ronnetta Sue (Freddie) Hopper of Mitchell and Tresa Hamilton of Mitchell; grandchildren, Audrey (Jeff), Brandon, Matthew (Temple), Miranda (Matt), Stewart (Kelsey), Isabella (Eduardo), and Spencer (Sydney); great-grandchildren,    Alexis, Carol, Violet, Lenora, Claire, and Narissa; sister, Rosemary Brewer of Mitchell; and her significant other, Paul David Basinger of Mitchell.

 

Her parents; daughter, Yolanda Spicer; brother, Bob Allen; and son-in-law, Warren Spicer, preceded her in death.

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Haverly Chapel with Bro. Brian Bolton officiating.  Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

 

 


Judith Ann Williams Obit

Judith Ann Williams

MITCHELL – Judith Ann Williams, 87, Mitchell, passed away Friday, December 8, 2023 at her residence.   

 

Born October 26, 1936, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Menlo Austin and Wilma Mae (McNeely) Chastain. She married Jack E. Williams February 4, 1956 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on November 3, 2008. 

 

As a girl, Judith lived in Tennessee, Alabama, and Indiana.  Judith and her parents returned to Mitchell in 1943. Judith was active in Girl Scouts and was a Mitchell High School Twirler, and she graduated in 1954. Judith married Jack E. Williams on February 4, 1956 in Chicago, IL, where she was employed, before moving to Terre Haute, IN where Jack attended Indiana State Teacher’s College and Judith worked for Rich Brothers Drills. Judith would never lose her love of the city of Chicago. 

 

Employed by Hancock Construction in Mitchell, IN, Judith gave birth to Jackson Jay Williams on September 14, 1961 while her husband was in the service. She moved with her family to Geneva, IL in 1966 where she was a homemaker, den mother, hockey mom, friend, wife and partner of Jack E. Williams. She enjoyed bicycling, skiing, canoeing, and outings with the Burgess-Norton family but most of all she enjoyed her holidays and small gatherings with her family and friends. Judith was employed as a bookkeeper by Marsh Products, Inc of Batavia, IL from 1973 – 1986.  Judith and Jack returned to their hometown of Mitchell, IN in 1991. 

 

Judith became an active member of the First Baptist Church in Mitchell, IN. She was also a member of Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa Sorority and active in Mitchell on the Move. Judith loved and enjoyed her immediate and extended family and friends. She treasured her life in Mitchell and never tired of telling stories of the town and the people who lived there. 

 

Surviving is her son, Jackson J. Williams of Mitchell. 

 

Her husband; parents; and two brothers, Christopher and Peter Stephen, preceded her in death. 

 

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Rev. Reggie Clark officiating.  Burial will follow at Lawrenceport Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday, December 11 and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.   

 

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

            


December 8, 2023



David Shane Couch Obit

David Shane Couch

David Shane Couch (54), of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 at his home. He was born on January 13th, 1970, in Bedford.


David was employed at NSWC Crane for 20 years, serving as a Quality Assurance Specialist.


David was preceded in death by: his father, David Couch Sr.. He is survived by his: mother, Helen Couch; his wife, Angi Couch; his children, Logan, Nolan and Adisyn Couch; sister Lee Ann Anderson; brother Greg (Lisa) Couch; Father and Mother-in-law, Tim and Teri Gates; brother-in-law Nick (Anna) Gates; numerous nieces and nephews; and many other extended family and friends.


David was the life of any room he entered. He was a fierce friend with an infectious personality. He was always the first to call when someone needed anything; and he would instantly drop what he was doing to help. David was an avid fan of all sports, but especially IU basketball. He loved traveling to watch local sports teams and his family compete. David was passionate about coaching youth sports and teaching not only the fundamentals of the game, but the fun and enjoyment by playing.


David held many titles in his life, from coach to DIY carpenter, but his favorite role was being a father. He loved nothing more than spending time with Angi, Logan, Nolan and Adisyn, family and friends.


Our loving husband and father touched many lives throughout the Bedford community and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.


There will be a Celebration of Life held in honor of David later in January (details to be determined).


Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




Denise Ann Marshall-Denny Obit

Denise Ann Marshall-Denny

June 27, 1962 – December 5, 2023


Denise Ann Marshall-Denny, 61, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at the I.U. Hospice House in Bloomington. Born June 27, 1962, she was the daughter of Palmer and Betty (Manship) Strange. She married Jeff Denny in 1994 and he survives.


Denise was a member of Fairview Community Church and loved to cook and spend time with her family. She was a cook for Sigma Chi Fraternity at Indiana University and at the Bliss Place in Bedford.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Denise is her husband, Jeff; two daughters, Karen (Shawn) Deaton and Heather (Jeremy) Robertson; five grandchildren, Shawn Jr., Makaylee, Austin, Mia and Maycie; one brother, Danny (Dockey) Strange; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Palmer and Betty Strange; and one brother, Alan Strange.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Bro. Lindy Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, December 11, 2023 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, also at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Memories and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com.



December 6, 2023


Robert Wayne Lindsey

MITCHELL – Robert Wayne Lindsey, Sr., 56, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House. 

 

Born April 15, 1967, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Ivan Amil Lindsey and Patricia Ann (Maloney) Nedrow. 

 

Robert enjoyed walking around with his imaginary dog, Spot.  He was a jokester and always silly. 

 

Surviving are his children, Jessica (Wesley) Lindsey of Newark, Texas, Jamie Lindsey of Morrilton, Arkansas, Katherine Lindsey of Mitchell, Samantha Lindsey of Mitchell, Robert Wayne Lindsey, Jr. of Sweetwater, Tennessee, and Brianna Lindsey of Sweetwater, Tennessee; grandchildren, Sophia, Zane, Keara, Emmarie, Janyia, Talius, Avreyanna, Karyson, Traytan, Mattie, Zaylan, Dillon, Jr., and Vivian; and siblings, Tina Sonberger of Ecorse, Michigan, Sheila Lindsey of Lincoln Park, Michigan, William Lindsey of Lincoln Park, Michigan, Lisa Lindsey of Texas, and Betty Jean Lindsey of Houghton Lake, Michigan.                

 

His parents and sister, Venus Kay Lindsey, preceded him in death. 

 

Cremation has been chosen. 

 

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



Joyce E. Ross Obit

Joyce E. Ross

March 20, 1947 – December 5, 2023


Joyce E. Ross, 76, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at her residence.


Born March 20, 1947, she was the daughter of Edwin W. Randal and Janice L. Brazleton. She married Hollis Ashcraft and he passed away on April 20, 1988. She then married Marvin Ross, and he preceded her in death on October 3, 2012.


Joyce was a high school graduate and retired as an Explosives Handler at NWSC Crane/CAAA. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the former Eagles Lodge.


Surviving Joyce is one son, Wallace Ashcraft and one grandson, Elijah James Hollis Ashcraft. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands, Hollis Ashcraft and Marvin Ross.


Cremation has been chosen and no services are planned.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with the arrangements and care for Mrs. Ross.


Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Mary Margaret Stipp Obit

Mary Margaret Stipp

November 20, 1930 – December 5, 2023


Bedford – Mary Margaret Stipp, 93, of Bedford, passed away at 9:15 pm, on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at Majestic Care in Bedford.


Born November 20, 1930, in Bedford, she was the daughter of John H. and Elizabeth J. (Bueter) Fox. She married Robert G. Stipp on September 29, 1951, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1998. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1948 and had been the society editor for the Bedford Times-Mail. She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a consultant for the Lawrence County Historical Society for the Bedford square and Zahn Historic District, a member of Indiana Landmarks, Lawrence County Historic Preservation, and a historical consultant for the Green Hill Cemetery.


Survivors include her children, Robert G. Stipp, II, and wife, Diane S., and Claudia A. Bennett, all of Bedford and John K. Stipp and wife, Donyel Byrd, of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Eric Bennett and companion, Natalie Whan, Thomas Bennett and companion, Miranda Gerth, all of Bedford, Bridget Davis and husband, Nathan, of Brownsburg, Ian Byrd, of Syracuse, IN, Taylor Byrd, of Tucson, AZ, Kevin Stipp and wife, Carmen, of Indianapolis; five great-grandchildren, Madelyne and Carter Bennett, Baker and Goldie Davis, and Audrey Stipp. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her son-in-law, Jim Bennett.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, December 11th at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 10th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to be made to the St. Vincent School or the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



December 5, 2023



Cody Ryan Baker Obit

Cody Ryan Baker

October 29, 1984 – December 3, 2023


Cody Ryan Baker, 39, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023, with his wife by his side. Born October 29, 1984, in Bedford, he was the son of Joseph Baker and Lisa Duncan.


Cody was a lover of life and was always up for new experiences. Prior to getting sick he enjoyed being outdoors, hiking, kayaking, bird watching, and taking drives through the country. He had an enormous heart and was the type of person that would do anything for anyone. He will always be remembered for his big heart, his unique personality, and his love for making people laugh. Cody always made his presence known and could truly brighten any room.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Cody is his wife, Nicki; daughter, Jasmine Baker; mother, Lisa Duncan; sisters, LaCosta (Ryan) Eads, Kortney (Travis) Schultz, and Heather Baker; grandparents, Doris Duncan and Wanda Baker; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Baker; and his grandparents, Charles Duncan and Kenneth Baker.


Visitation will be on Friday, December 8, 2023 at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes from 10:00am to 1:00pm with funeral services immediately following at 1:00pm. Burial will follow at Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Larry “Butch” R. Houston Obit

Larry “Butch” R. Houston

July 28, 1942 – December 3, 2023


Larry “Butch” R. Houston, 81, of Bedford, passed away at 11:07 p.m. on December 3, 2023. Born July 28, 1942, he was the son of Oran “Sam” R. and Helen Marie (Lewis) Houston. He married Barbara Matuga on November 12, 1966 in Indianapolis, and she survives.


Butch was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1960 and graduated from Oakland City University, Bedford Campus, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management in 2005. He also attended Scottsdale Community College and Indiana University. He was a member of the Bedford First United Methodist Church, Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion Gillen Post 33, and was a charter member of the Fayetteville Community Lions Club.


Butch was a patrolman for the Bedford Police Department from 1977-2004. Prior to this, he was a Police Officer in Phoenix, AZ and graduated from the Phoenix Law Enforcement Academy. During the years of 1965 to 1976, he had worked for Indiana Bell Telephone in Bedford and Mountain Bell Telephone Company in Phoenix. Butch was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Butch are his loving wife, Barbara Ann (Matuga) Houston of Bedford; daughter, Krista (Tom) Parnin of Hendersonville, TN; grandsons, Noah and Joshua Parnin of Hendersonville, TN; sister, Sammie Kay (Jim) Polley of Bedford; cousin, Nancy Goodman of Toledo, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Pam Matuga of Knoxville, TN and Joan Kondratick of Rockville, MD; along with countless nieces and nephews and his pet “Henry”.

Preceding Butch in death are his daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Suzanne Houston; parents; sister, Janice Ford; and brothers-in-law, Bill Ford, Richard Matuga, Joe Matuga, and Metro Kondratick.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Kenneth Walden and Pastor Judi Early officiating. Interment will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2023 and from 10:00 a.m. Monday until the service hour, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Rebecca “Becky” Suzanne Houston Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Fayetteville Community Lions Club.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Myles BradLee Taft Obit Bloomington

Myles BradLee Taft

BLOOMINGTON – Myles BradLee Taft, 28, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2023, at his residence. 

 

Born February 8, 1995, in Tarzana, California, he was the son of BradLee and Rebecka Jean (Jacobson) Taft.  

 

Myles loved designing games and created computer graphics for game developers.  Myles also worked at Applebees.  Myles loved to camp.  He enjoyed playing the violin and viola, doing glasswork, and creating art.  Myles especially loved his family. 

 

Surviving are his parents, BradLee Taft and Rebecka Jean (Jacobson) Taft and siblings, LaSheena Taft of Montenegro in Europe and Luke Taft of Scottland. 

 

Cremation was chosen. 

 

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



Gary Alvin Mitchell Obit

Gary Alvin Mitchell

August 18, 1937 – December 1, 2023


Gary Alvin Mitchell, 86, of Owensburg, Indiana, passed away December 1, 2023. Born August 18, 1937. he was the son of Paul and Bertha Pearl (Meadows) Mitchell. He married Alice Kay Smelser on September 24, 1960, and she survives.


Gary graduated from Heltonville High School with the class of 1955 and was an IBEW electrician for 65 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Surviving Gary is his wife of 63 years, Alice K. Smelser Mitchell; one daughter, Debra Kay (Michael) Crull of Owensburg; one son, Douglas Scott (Gina) Mitchell of Owensburg; four grandchildren, Caleb Crull, Makenzie Crull, Lauren Crull Bell and Sam Mitchell; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Dallas and Bronson Bell; one brother, Evan Mitchell of Greenwood, Indiana; along with several nieces and nephews.


He was proceeded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray, Loris and Wayne Mitchell; two sisters, Vivian Kern and Virginia Richards.


Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow in Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be private and there will be no public calling.

Pallbearers will be Rick Fleetwood, Mark Springman, Doug Mitchell, Sam Mitchell, Michael Crull and Caleb Crull.


Contributions in memory of Gary Alvin Mitchell may be made to cancer research or your local Hospice.



Natalie Ann Lake Obit

Natalie Ann Lake

Natalie Ann Lake, 23, of Bedford, IN, completed her earthly journey and ran into the arms of Jesus at 5:45pm on Friday, December 1, 2023.


Natalie was born on September 27, 2000, in Bedford, IN to Brian Lake and Amber Taylor. She attended Bedford North Lawrence High School. Natalie has always been larger than life. Anyone who was lucky enough to know her, loves her. Her generosity was unparalleled; even when she had nothing to give, she would be sure to fill the room with joy and laughter. She had empathy for everyone, and she was incredibly loyal to those she loved. Natalie saw the best parts of people that sometime even they couldn’t see, and she made sure they knew it.


Natalie came from a large family, and she shared a special connection with each member. She loved her three siblings with everything she had. Being close to them and making sure they were ok was one of the most important things in her life. Her niece and nephew had her wrapped around their fingers, and being their Aunt Nat Nat was one of her greatest joys. Natalie delighted in spending time with her mamaw, going to church, and having long conversations into the night.


Recently, Natalie had devoted her life to Jesus. Her biggest mission was to lead others, especially her family, to Jesus. She had a servant’s heart.


Natalie had a profound musical talent; she could sing, write music, and play any instrument. She often used her talents to serenade her loved ones, perform in talent shows, and glorify the Lord.


It only makes sense that Natalie spent her last moment giving the gift of life to others. Her final heart beat was on Sunday, December 3rd, at 7:53pm.


Surviving to cherish her memory are her father, Brian (Brandi Kern); her mother, Amber (Matt Taylor), of Bedford; siblings, Brad Lake, of Oolitic, Caitie Tincher (Zack), and Jaxson Lake; nephew, Thomas Lake, niece, Lucy Tincher, all of Bedford; step-sisters, Kennedy Taylor, of Newburg, and Felicity Taylor, of Bedford; maternal grandmother, Donna Morrow, of Oolitic; aunts and uncles, Carrie Ann Chastain, Carrie (Josh) Tolliver, Brandon (Michelle) Morrow, Rebecca Ray (Mollie Kaserman), Cody (Whitney) Morrow, Fawna (Andrew) Myers, Ben (Tara) Morrow, Heath Ray, Karly (Timmy) Terrell, Katrina (Daniel) Craig, Jeremy Mullis, and numerous cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Eugene Morrow; cousins, Brady Morrow and Reggie Ray; and aunt, Tonya Frye.


Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 11am to 2pm at Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN with funeral services starting at 2pm. Graveside services will be at Springville West Cemetery immediately following services. Bro. Rusty Burnette will be officiating. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Mikeal W. Brock Obit

Mikeal W. Brock

June 21, 1958 – December 1, 2023


Williams – Mikeal W. Brock, 65, of Williams, passed away at 6:31 pm on Friday, December 1, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born June 21, 1958, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Fred W. and Phyllis (Sipes) Brock. He married Sheila (Stephens) Hoff on February 17, 2003, and she survives. He began working in High School as a carpenter, being taught by his father. He was a member of I.B.E.W. and worked at Hoosier Energy, retiring after 40 years. He was a long-time member of the American Quarter Horse Assoc. (A.Q.H.A.). He bred and raised Quarter Horses and was the owner of Grey Horse Ridge.


Survivors include his wife, Sheila, of Williams; four children, Holly Marie Brock, of Bedford, Freddie Brock and wife, Brittany, of Rock Springs, WY, Nathen Hoff and wife, Amanda, of Plainfield, IN, and Matthew Brock and wife, Whitney, of Mitchell; three grandchildren, Keegan Brock, Wren Hoff, and Wylie Brock; siblings, Karen Spreen and husband, Mike, of Williams, Scott Brock and wife, Denise, of Springville, Pam Clines and husband, William, of Silverville, Darla Wyttenback and husband, Ernie, of Mitchell, Lana Robertson and husband, Kevin, of Williams; special cousin, James R. George and wife, Cordilla, of Williams; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Emily Brock (in infancy).