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Obituaries - January 2014



January 31, 2014 Dolores A. Bales Dolores A. Bales, 83, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Thursday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Nov. 7, 1930, in Bedford, she was the daughter of William and Hattie (Williams) Briscoe. She married Charles Nelson Bales Jan. 15, 1950, and he preceded her in death May 29, 1991.

She had been director of Hoosier Uplands Head Start and also served on the Hoosier Uplands board.

Dolores had served as treasurer of Mitchell Senior Citizens, and was a member of the West Baden Springs Historical Society, Dunn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and was also a Happy Traveler.

She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1949, was a member of the First Christian Church in Mitchell and attended the Saltillo Christian Church.

Surviving are children, Charles Eric “Rick” Bales of Mitchell, Michael Wayne (Robyn) Bales of Mitchell, Trudy Ann (Mark Craft) Bales of Fortville and Tessa Lea (Joey) Schilling of Bloomington; sweetheart, Ron Cash of Salem; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her parents; husband; and siblings, Marie Baker, Raymond Briscoe, Bernard Briscoe, Alverta Todd, Mildred Meyers, and Maxine Briscoe, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Josh Brumfield officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, and from noon until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Andy Bales, Isaac Terrell, Zach Terrell, Nate Oren, Jerrod Bales, Jimmy Bales, and Steven Sabo.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Senior Citizens

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

Barbara Nail

March 21, 194 — Jan. 28, 2014

Barbara Nail, 72, Bedford, died at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Westview Nursing and Rehab. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at New Hope Community Church. No calling hours are scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

Fredric M. Firsich

Fredric Michael Firsich, 63, Williams, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. Cremation was chosen and there will be no visitation at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. January 30, 2014 Wilbur W. Kern Oct. 30, 1917 — Jan. 26, 2014

Wilbur Wayne Kern, 96, of Bedford, died at 5:27 p.m. on Sunday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Oct. 30, 1917, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Harry W. and Nancy (Gyger) Kern. He married Mae Isophene Miller on March 29, 1939, and she preceded him in death on May 2, 2007.

He had worked for Henderson Coal Co. for 21 years and retired as a custodian at Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1979.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Assembly of God Church and Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Kern and wife Sharon of Bedford, Roger Kern and wife Carol of Florida; five grandchildren, Chris Kern of Loogootee, Cathy Zimmerman and husband Bob of Evansville, Troy Kern and Damon Kern and wife, Bridget of Bedford, and Tracey Stilley and husband Greg of Greenwood; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, William and Claude Kern, both of Bedford, John Kern of Florida and Cecil Kern of Pennsylvania; and one sister, Elizabeth Wood of Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Dallas Kern; four brothers, Warren, Winford, Roland and Perry Kern; and two sisters, Anna Marie Jarvis and Trullah Reynolds.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jay Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Dishman Cemetery.

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

 Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Wilbur at www.daycarter.com.

Albert C. Craig

Feb. 16, 1945 — Jan. 28, 2014

Albert C. Craig, 68 of Williams, died peacefully at his home at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Born Feb. 16, 1945, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Merla and Wanda Craig. He married Patsy J. Moutardier on Aug. 28, 1965, and she survives.

He taught Industrial Arts and Driver’s Education in the Salem Community Schools for 45 years. From boyhood on, he farmed alongside his dad. He felt blessed to pass his legacy and passion for working the land on to his family.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy of Williams; his mother, Wanda Craig of Williams; three daughters, Valerie Umphress and husband Chad of Williams, Rhea Jackson and husband Mike of Bedford and Katie Bruhn and husband Daniel of Williams; eight grandchildren, Ellie, Cole, Gabriel and Asa Umphress, Joseph and Samuel Jackson, and James and Lauren Bruhn; three sisters, Gloria Rybolt, Darlene Hall and husband Ernie, and Raneé Kelly and husband Terry, all of Bedford; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Judy Cooper, Rick Moutardier and wife Ellen, Sherry Todd and husband Larry, Dolly Blackburn and husband Jeff, Nancy Meadows and husband Tevin and Tammie Bough and husband Trent; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merla; and a nephew, Matt Lovvorn.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the Hillcrest Christian Church, where he and Patsy attended.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church with Pastor Charlie Scott  officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Christian Church Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Albert at www.daycarter.com.

Mary Jo Southern

April 12, 1926 — Jan. 28, 2014

Mary Jo Southern, 87, of Bedford, died at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born April 12, 1926, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Curtis and Emma M. (Wilson) May. She married Richard Southern in 1986, and he preceded her in death.

She was formerly a custodian at the Presbyterian Church where she was also a member.

She is survived by a brother, William D. May of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Larry D May; two brothers, Harry and Keith May; and a sister, Wanda Rush.

Funeral service will be at 4 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Robert Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 3 p.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mary Jo at www.daycarter.com. January 29, 2014 Harold E. Beaver June 28, 1935 — Jan. 28, 2014

Harold E. Beaver, 78, of Bedford, died at 4:36 a.m. on Tuesday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born June 28, 1935, in Lawrence County, he was the son of John Elmer and Lottie M. (Crawford) Beaver. He married Barbara J. Miller on Jan. 18, 1958, and she survives.

He was a life-time member of the Elks Lodge and a member of Sons of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Harold began his career in auto sales at Leroy & Tom’s Used Cars then at Pal Deckard Ford. Later he joined the sales staff at Zollman’s Bedford Auto where he spent most of his years from 1973 to 1988. He then worked at Dan Pearcy Chevrolet and retired from Babcock Motors in 1998. During his career, Harold gained a loyal customer base who returned over and over. He had a well-known reputation for his fair dealing in new and used automobiles.

He was an avid I.U. basketball, Colts football, BNL football and basketball fan and auto racing fan. He enjoyed watching all his grandchildren’s sporting events.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara of Bedford; their children, Mark (Dana) Beaver, Deborah Beaver, Karen (Beaver) Jacobsen and Kevin Jacobsen, Jane (Clipp) Crosby, and Michael (Stephanie Odaffer) Beaver, all of Bedford; grandchildren, Kole and Kori Jacobsen, Elli and Alden Crosby, and Nikolas, Owen and Griffin Beaver; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, John Lewis Beaver, Ralph C. Beaver, Frank L. Beaver, Phillip O. Beaver, Priscilla (Beaver) Chastain, Rebecca (Beaver) Keith, and David, Dorothy and Ellen (all in infancy).

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Fred Barger officiating. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Boys and Girls Club.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Harold at www.daycarter.com.

Shirley A. Gross

Oct. 12, 1939 — Jan. 23, 2014

Shirley Ann Gross, 74, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Thursday at the Waters of Martinsville.

Born Oct. 12, 1939, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Bernard and Blanche (Batchelor) Bowden.

Shirley had been employed at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center and was a member of the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are her children, Jeff Gross of Canada, Gary Gross of Mitchell, and Cathy Kern of Martinsville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Lester Wayne (Shirley) Bowden of Loogootee; and a sister, Karen R. Miller of Phoenix, Ariz.

Her parents; daughter, Deanna Sipes; and brother, Jerry Albert Bowden, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with the Rev. Matt Moore officiating.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Barbara Nail

Barbara J. Nail, a resident of Westview Nursing and Rehab, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Mary Jo Southern

Mary Jo Southern, 87, Bedford, died at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Albert C. Craig

Albert C. Craig, 68, Williams, died Tuesday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 28, 2014 Susan I. May Oct. 15, 1948 — Jan. 26, 2014

Susan Irene May, 65, of Bedford, died at 7:35 p.m. on Sunday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Oct. 15, 1948, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of John and Hazel Ruth Smithers. She married Roger L. May Sr. on Jan. 28, 1967, and he survives.

She retired as an assembly line worker at RCA and was formerly secretary for Crossroads Community Church.

She was a member of the Bunco Club and of the Christian faith.

Survivors include her husband, Roger of Bedford; a daughter, Chrissy Jones and husband Eric of Mitchell; a son, Roger L. “Bud” May Jr. of Springville; four grandchildren, Adara Edwards and husband, Jake of Hawaii, Kayla Burgi and husband A.J. of North Carolina, Alisha Jones of Mitchell, and Haley May of Springville; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ruth Loving of Florida; one brother, John Smithers of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jerry and Jimmy Smithers; and a daughter, Hazel Ruth.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in Fayetteville Community Cemetery.

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

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Susan at www.daycarter.com.

Kenton L. Watson

Jan. 23, 1950 — Jan. 26, 2014

Kenton L. Watson, 64, of Oolitic, passed away on Sunday at his residence.

He was born in Lawrence County on Jan. 23, 1950, to Louis and Patricia (Roberts) Watson. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School Class of 1968 and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

He had worked at Stone Box Company in Columbus and US Gypsum Company in Shoals.

He loved to play golf.

Survivors include his father; Louis Watson of Oolitic; one brother; Keith Watson of Indianapolis; special Aunt, Anna Grace Watson of Oolitic; special friend, Mae Myers; and several nieces, nephew and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother and grandparents.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Military rites will be given by American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Burial will be in Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

John J. Banks

Aug. 1, 1924 — Jan. 23, 2014

John J. Banks, 89, a former Mitchell resident from 1994-2009, passed away Thursday at Countryside Manor following a brief illness.

Born Aug. 1, 1924, in Connersville, he was the son of John J. and Leila (Baker) Banks. He married Dorcas Marie Robbins Aug. 10, 1971, and she preceded him in death March 8, 2009.

He was employed at Behrens Paint Spot for 20 years and also Anderson Automotive.

John was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served in Northern France, Ardennes, and the Rhineland. He received the EAME Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.

Surviving are a daughter, Pamela Lee (Barry) Childers of Noblesville; stepdaughters, Deloris (Don) Haney of Mitchell and Patty (Larry) Hobbs of Williamsburg, Ky.; two grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.

His parents; wife; and siblings, Clarence Banks, Bernard E. Banks, Donald Banks, Beulah Marie Banks, and Beatrice Hobbs, preceded him in death.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cresthaven Mausoleum with the Rev. Matt Moore officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Memorial Gifts: Anderson New Life Nazarene Church, 3615 Raible Avenue, Anderson, 46011.

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

Betty J. Townsend

Dec. 25, 1943 — Jan. 24, 2014

Betty Jean (Moffatt) Townsend, 70, Orleans, passed away peacefully at 7:35 a.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. When the Lord called her home, she was surrounded by her companion (Ed Bailey), her children and grandchildren.

She was born Dec. 25, 1943, to Raymond S. and Gladys E. Moffatt in Peru. Betty Jean had a love for camping and spent her summers and weekends at West Boggs Park in Loogootee. Her real passion was spending time with her mother, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cats.

She is survived by her mother; her companion; four daughters, Traci Ratkovich and husband Mike of Bedford, Shelly Miller of Peru, Jodi Bailey and husband Jim of Peru, and Jeanie Huff and husband Jeff of Orleans; and one son, Larry (Jay) Gahs of Kokomo. She is also survived by four stepchildren, James Bailey of Peru, Paula Bailey of Wabash, Laura Crump and husband Steve of Wabash, and Mark Bailey and wife Angie of Plymouth; grandchildren, Michelle Mikels and husband Brady, Mellissa, Matthew Woods and fiancée Ashley, Marissa, Jalayna, Kody, Emily, Billy and wife Asia, Stephanie, Nikki, Andrew, Jeremy, Aaron, Elizabeth, Hannah and Zean; great-grandchildren, Mercedes, Aleksis, Brayden, Justice, Kaitlyn, Levi, Izzy, Braya, Raven, Zoey and Skyla; and her beloved cats, Ripper, Obama, Jose and Smoke.

She was preceded in death by her father; two brothers, Ronald and Wayne Moffatt; and two stepgrandchildren, Josh and Megan.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home in Peru with Pastor Tony Winter officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Peru.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials: To the family through the Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home.

In addition to services in Peru, there will be a celebration of life service from 1-3 p.m. on Feb. 2 at the Medco Health and Rehab with pastor John Moffatt officiating.

Helen M. Strahley

July 6, 1919 — Jan. 25, 2014

Helen Martha Strahley, 94, of Shoals, died Jan. 25 at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.

Born Jan. 6, 1919, near Bicknell, she was the daughter of Leo and Margaret Phillippe Hamke. She married Oscar K. Strahley on July 6, 1939, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2006.

Helen was a member of the Shoals United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Bud Strahley (Linda) of Shoals; one daughter, Doris Burcham (Ronald) of Mitchell; five grandchildren, Tim (Barbara) Strahley of Montgomery, Carole (Gary) Bruner of Decature, Cheryl Burcham of Mitchell, Pamela Burcham of Columbus, Ohio, and Wesley Burcham of Mitchell; three great-granddaughters; and two great-great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon on Friday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.queenlee.com.

Harold Beaver

Harold Beaver, 78, Bedford, died at 4:36 a.m. today at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 27, 2014 Ralph E. Pridemore June 28, 1924 — Jan. 22, 2014

Ralph E. Pridemore, 89 of Bedford, died at 4:29 p.m.  on Wednesday at the White River Lodge.

Born June 28, 1924, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Homer and Grace Pridemore. He married Betty Jean on May 30, 1943, and she passed away on July 19, 2009.

Ralph was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1943; a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II; retired from the Bedford Regional Medical Center; and had previously worked at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

He was a member of the Donica Church of God.

He is survived by one son, Philip (Kathaleen) Pridemore of Kent, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife.

Funeral service will be at 1p.m. on Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Brother Kendall Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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

Juanita V. Young

Oct. 28, 1932 — Jan. 25, 2014

Juanita V. Young, 81, of Bedford, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Garden Villa, Bedford.

Born Oct. 28, 1932, in Liberty, Ky, she was the daughter of Eldon Roy and Serena (Douglas) Roy. She married Argus Young on Feb. 16, 1950; he died June 5, 1989.

She had worked at M. Fine & Son, Bedford, many years, and was retired.

She was a member of the Salvation Army and had volunteered at the former Salvation Army Thrift Store; she loved to garden and loved her grandchildren.

Surviving are four sons, Argus L. Young of Bedford, Linford Young of Bedford, Colvin Young of West Virginia and Jesse Darrell (Rhonda) Young of Bedford; two daughters, Patricia Guthrie of Bedford and Debbie (Gary) Moody of Mitchell; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Polly Watson of Lawrenceburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Ben; two brothers, Edward and Jesse Roy; and three sisters, Marie, Emma and Katherine.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, with Troy Guthrie officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be considered to the Alzheimer Association.

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

Blaydan Heath Cobb

Oct. 27, 2013 — Jan. 23, 2014

Blaydan Heath Cobb, 3 months of Bedford, died at 8:21 a.m. on Thursday at his residence.

Born Oct. 27, 2013, in Bedford, he was the son of Lakeasha S. Johnson and David Cobb.

Survivors include his parents; a halfsister, Aubrey S. Staggs; a halfbrother, Cason Cobb; maternal grandparents, Sonya Johnson and Tim Lagle; paternal grandparents, Tamara Hughes and Keith Cobb; maternal great-grandparents, Dick and Janie Johnson; paternal great-grandparents, John and Nelly Magnuss, all of Bedford; four aunts, Stacia Johnson (Dustin Stinson), Kycane Boone (Josh Smith), Ashley Fleenor (Kevin) of Bloomington, and Tiffany Bledsoe (Devin) of French Lick; and several nieces, nephews, great aunts and uncles.

Graveside service will be  at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Dive cemetery with Pastor Johnny Johnson officiating.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the Dive Christian Church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Blaydan at www.daycarter.com.

Robert M. Purcell

Dec. 4, 1944 — Jan. 24, 2014

Robert M. Purcell, 69, of Bloomington, passed away unexpectedly on Friday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Rob was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Bloomington, and was the son of the late Jesse Milton Purcell Jr. and Dorothy E. Ison. He was a 1962 graduate of Bloomington High School.

He worked for 39 years as a routeman for ARA Vending, and was later co-owner of Purcell’s Crafts and Copywest.

Rob was a man of many likes and hobbies. He loved camping more than anything and loved to travel when he was able. He enjoyed going to the casino, pistols and guns, and enjoyed any Western movie that was on. He was a sports enthusiast and Bobby Knight fan, enjoying any games that involved IU, Colts, Yankees and Bears. Rob was a jokester, gave everyone a nickname and just loved being around people.

He was a member of the American Legion.

He married Diane (Gavin) Purcell on March 28, 1966, and she survives; along with their son, Tony Purcell (Jenny) of Bedford; and daughter, Robin Purcell of Bloomington. Also surviving are his sister, Jackie Clark (Jack) of Bloomington; granddaughter, Brittany Chastain (Joseph); two stepgrandchildren, Amanda Childers (Matt), and Dustin LuAllen; great-granddaughter, Bella Chastain; three step-great-grandchildren, Creed Childers, Deacon Childers, and Paislee LuAllen; brother-in-law, Tim Gavin (Judy); five nephews, Christian Clark, Brian Creech, Jim Creech, Gordon Creech and Bruce Creech; four nieces, Sue Gilliatt, Kathryn Cozzolino, Kim Weddle (Tim) and Roxanne Bland (Bill); and two of his very best friends, Larry Keller and Richard Brummett.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandmother, Jane Ison, a very special “Granny”.

Services for Rob will be 1 p.m. Friday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. Bloomington. Brad Hackett, his good friend, will officiate the service with burial to follow at Presbyterian Cemetery in Ellettsville.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and from noon until the service on Friday at The Funeral Chapel.

Memories of Rob and condolences to the family may be left at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.

Helen M. Strahley

July 6, 1919 — Jan. 25, 2014

Helen Martha Strahley, 94 of Shoals, died Jan. 25, at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.

Born Jan. 6, 1919, near Bicknell, she was the daughter of Leo and Margaret Phillippe Hamke. She married Oscar K. Strahley on July 6, 1939, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2006.

Helen was a member of the Shoals United Methodist Church and Order of the Eastern Star.

She was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Bud Strahley (Linda) of Shoals; one daughter, Doris Burcham (Ronald) of Mitchell; five grandchildren, Tim (Barbara) Strahley of Montgomery, Carole (Gary) Bruner of Decature, Cheryl Burcham of Mitchell, Pamela Burcham of Columbus, Ohio, and Wesley Burcham of Mitchell; three great-granddaughters; and two great-great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, and two brothers.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at noon at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.queenlee.com.

Wilbur Kern

Wilbur Kern, 96, Bedford, died at 5:27 p.m. on Sunday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary. January 26, 2014

Amel Charl ‘Murf’ Murray

July 7, 1918 — Dec. 16, 2013


Amel was born in Bedford, Indiana, July 7th 1918; the first son of Robert Isaac and Dollie Ellen (Craig) Murray. He passed quietly in the early morning hours on December 16, 2013 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the age of 95.


After graduating from Bedford High School in June of 1937, he attended The John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the spring of 1942, duty called and he enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving in the Headquarters Squadron 7th Air Force in the Western Pacific Theater. January of 1946, he returned to civilian life and the pursuit of his education The opportunity to study under Boardman Robinson, then teaching at the Bemis Art School, brought him to Colorado Springs. By the fall of 1946 “Murf” had married and settled in the community where he would spend the rest of his life. After several years continuing his studies and working for Hobbies Stationer and various print shops as an artist and silk screen technician, he began a twenty year career in civil service of the Department of the Air Force. Amel retired August of 1978 from his position as Chief Visual Information Officer for the Aerospace Defense command center.


He will be missed dearly by his sister, Kathlene Shaver of Noblesville, Indiana; daughter, Connie (Joseph), granddaughters Angelia (Mark) and Regina, great-granddaughters, Olympia and Fiona of Colorado Springs Colorado; nieces, Julia, Margaret, and Mary Jane and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews, all of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents and is brother, Robert.


A private family memorial was held December 24th 2013. Graveside consecration with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery will follow, date to be determined.


In lieu of flowers, any donations to the Salvation Army of the Wounded Warriors Project will honor his memory. January 25, 2014 Joann Walker July 2, 1930 — Jan. 18, 2014

Joann “Aunt Jo” Pierce Walker, 83, of Bedford went home to be with the Lord at 2:31 p.m. on Jan. 18, at her home following a brief illness.

Born in Louisville, Ky., she was the daughter of William and Fay (Wesley) Pierce. She married Arthur Eugene “Gene” Walker of Bedford Nov. 1, 1951. He preceded her in death on July 4, 1998.

Joann received her Registered Nurse designation from the Louisville General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She retired from the University of Tennessee Hospital in 1995 after 40-plus years of nursing and caring for others.

Survivors include two sons, Michael E. Walker of New Albany and Thomas A. Walker of Bedford; one daughter, Sally A. Smith of Berkeley, Calif.; two grandchildren, Adam Walker and Hallie Walker, both of Louisville, Ky.; one great-grandchild, Mindy Lynn Walker-Vittitoe; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Corky Ker of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; and two sisters, Ruby Bristow and Billye Gaddie.

She was a member of Community Baptist Fellowship in Bedford where she was affectionately known as “Aunt Jo.” She was a member of the weekly cooking team and was solely responsible for making sure each church member received a birthday and anniversary card. In addition, she served on the missions committee and was part of the mission team to Appalachia.

Being a life-long nurse, Jo began as a volunteer with the IU Health Volunteer Services in August 2003, where she accumulated 3,643 volunteer hours prior to her passing. During her tenure she held the offices of president, vice-president, parliamentarian/legislation and recording secretary.

During the summer months, Jo volunteered her services as Camp Nurse at Indian Creek Baptist Camp in Bedford. She and Tom would stay weeks at a time taking care of and ministering to the campers. Indian Creek Baptist Camp held a special place in her heart.

A celebration of life was held Jan. 19, with Pastor Eric Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the Spring of 2014 at Green Hill Cemetery.

For those wishing to pay tribute to Aunt Jo, donations may be made to Indian Creek Baptist Camp, 1770 Avoca-Eureka Road, Bedford, IN 47421, designated “Aunt Jo – Nurse’s Station.”

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Anna McCain

Nov. 24, 1926 — Jan. 24, 2014

Anna “Louise” McCain, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 2:36 a.m. on Friday at Westview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Bedford.

She was born in Williams on Nov. 24, 1926, to Dale and Mae (Cheek) Mitchell. She married Paul E. McCain in Baltimore, Md., and he preceded her in death.

Louise was a homemaker and member of Englewood Baptist Church in Bedford.

Survivors include four sons, Steve McCain and wife Mary of Bedford, Jon McCain and wife Colleen of South Carolina, Robert McCain of Mitchell, and Jim McCain and wife Susan of Paoli; one brother; James Mitchell and wife Sharon of Bedford; 8 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Gene Mitchell; sister, Helen Brewer; and an infant sister.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Brother David Ferry, officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call  from Noon until the service on Monday at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alzheimer’s research.

Dorothy H. Mathes

Sept. 21, 1927 — Jan. 24, 2014

Dorothy H. Mathes, 86, of Farmersburg, formerly of Princeton, passed away on Friday at Miller’s Merry Manor in Sullivan.

She was born Sept. 21, 1927, in French Lick, the daughter of David and Clauda (Moffitt) Taylor. She married Denver Earl Mathes on Dec. 25, 1955, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1985.

She worked as a waitress and homemaker for several years

She is survived by one son, Denver (Carrie) Mathes of Farmersburg; two daughters, Elizabeth Shinkle-Grubbs of Mitchell and Anna Belle (Jim) Pierce of Mitchell; one brother, Menlo Taylor of Paoli; five grandchildren, Jim (Camela) Pierce of Bedford, Jamie (Jay) Eubanks of Mitchell, Laura (Josh) Cleghorn of Farmersburg, Kyle Mathes of Indianapolis and Jeff Mathes of Nashville, Tenn.; and six great-grandchildren, Anna, Jameson, Jayda, Dwayne, Lukas, Mason and Dylan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers; and four sisters.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the service on Monday at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be at  7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Mike Williams officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Fort Branch.

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

Shirley A. Gross

Shirley Ann Gross, 74, Martinsville, formerly of Mitchell, died at 7:50 p.m. Thursday at The Waters of Martinsville. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Kathy Cox

Kathy Cox, 45, Bedford, died at 12:05 a.m. on Wednesday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Cremation was chosen. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. January 24, 2014 Nancy McKenzie Kaderabek Nancy McKenzie Kaderabek died at her home in Bedford on January 11, 2014, with her son Michael and her husband of 61 years, Dr. Donal J. Kaderabek (Don) at her side. She was 82.

Nancy was born in Schenectady, N.Y., but soon moved to Arlington, Mass., with her adoptive father Creelman McKenzie and her mother Dorothy Bunker McKenzie.

After graduating from the Mount Auburn nursing school, Nancy spent her early adult life working in the nursing field and supporting the family as Don pursued his medical degrees.

Once children arrived, Nancy turned her full attention to raising their four children. Later in life, she became an example of selfless community service around her home of Bedford, Indiana, serving as President of the Tulip Trace Girl Scout Council, President of the Bedford Library Board, and Director of Home Health for the non-profit Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corp. Along the way, she found time to earn her college degree at Marian College in Indianapolis and her Master’s in nursing from Indiana University.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Don; two brothers, Alan McKenzie (spouse: Ann) of Indianapolis, and Bruce McKenzie (Nancy) of Danbury, Conn.; four children, Anne Swope (Carl) of Elizabethtown, Ky., Dr. Douglas Kaderabek (Marty) of Indianapolis, Charles Kaderabek (Lynn) of San Diego, Calif., and Michael Kaderabek (Becky) of Vincennes; 11 grandchildren, Susan Schmidt (Blake), Jennifer Scarbrough (Adam), David Swope, Allison Marie Kaderabek, Stephen Kaderabek, April Silfies (Brian), Nicholas Kaderabek, Kate Kaderabek, Michael Sera Kaderabek, Haley Kaderabek, and Hanna Kaderabek; one great-grandchild, Griffin Silfies; five nieces, Amy McKenzie (Ellen), Alice McKenzie Morical (Greg), Elizabeth McKenzie Bryant (Brandon), Catherine McKenzie, and Caroline McKenzie; a grandniece, Lea Morical; and two grandnephews, Kyle and Scott Morical.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to your local Girl Scout Council or Alzheimer’s Association chapter.

Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nadah Jacobs

Aug. 16, 1930 — Jan. 18, 2014

Nadah Marie Jeffries Maddox Jacobs, 83, Noblesville, died Jan. 18 at Harbour Manor Care Center in Noblesville. She was originally from Oolitic. No services will be held. Randall & Roberts Funeral Homes are assisting with the arrangements.

Memorials: Harbour Manor Care Center, Noblesville or the donor’s favorite charity. January 23, 2014 Stanley J.Fulkerson July 1, 1948 — Jan. 21, 2014

Stanley Joe Fulkerson, 65 of Bedford, passed away at 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday. at Indiana University Health Hospice House.

Born July 1, 1948, in Kansas, Ill., he was the son of John Oren and Vona Marie (Richey) Fulkerson. He graduated from Fountain Central High School with the class of 1966.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1967 to 1971 on the USS Chilton and USS Rockbridge, mostly in the Mediterranean Sea. He also took part in shore support during the Vietnam War.

He married the love of his life, Kathy D. Krout, on Jan. 22, 1970, and she survives.

Stan retired in 2010 after 38 years of dedicated service with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Fish and Wildlife, serving as property manager at Williams Dam Public Fishing Area. Along with his assignment of overseeing and maintaining the property, Stan also had many other assignments statewide with the Fish and Wildlife Division and also worked directly with other divisions within the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

One division he was very fond of and through which many friendships developed was working with the Law Enforcement Division. In 1998, during a River Rescue Team exercise at Williams Dam, he assisted in executing the rescue of four Indiana Conservation Officers, one of whom was fatally wounded, F. Sgt. Karl Kelley, a fellow River Rescue Team member and friend. Stan received the IDNR Law Enforcement Division’s “Award for Heroism” for his actions taken that dreadful day.

Stan loved his family and loved life. He really enjoyed his four grandchildren. He loved people and learning and sharing what he knew.

He had a deep passion for the woods, water and outdoors. He educated many people in all areas of hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation. He loved to hunt and fish with family and friends. He truly enjoyed showing and teaching people how to hunt and fish for their first time and seeing their success.

Stan enjoyed collecting, and was an educator, locally, in Indian artifacts and woodworking.

He attended Crossroads Community Church.

Surviving with his wife of 44 years, Kathy D. Krout-Fulkerson of Bedford; are a son, B.J. Fulkerson and wife Christa (Herr) and their children, Grace and Gabe Fulkerson; and a daughter, April (Fulkerson) Lane and husband Tom and their children, Cameron and Clairann Lane.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family asks that you join them to honor Stan with a celebration of his life at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Crossroads Community Church with Pastor Ken Ransom officiating. Burial will follow. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Friday and from  noon until the service on Saturday at Crossroads Community Church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Karl E. Kelley Memorial Conservation Officers Youth Camp, 10300 E 350 S., Lafayette, IN, 47905.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Stan at www.daycarter.com.

Joann Walker

Joann Walker, 83, Bedford, died on Saturday at her residence in Bedford. Cremation was chosen, with services at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christina Jamison

Christina M. Jamison, 78, Bedford, died at 1:35 a.m. on Wednesday  at Indiana University Health in Bedford. Cremation was chosen with no services. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Pridemore

Ralph E. Pridemore, 89, Bedford, died Wednesday at White River Lodge. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. January 22, 2014 Theresa D. Roberts Oct. 9, 1958 — Jan. 13, 2014

Theresa Dawn Roberts, 55, of Bedford, died at 7:23 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2014, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Oct. 9, 1958, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Wayne and Ellen (Sons) Roberts.

She was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the Class of 1976 and had worked for Cook Medical Group, Bloomington; she had previously worked as the Deli Manager at Mills Market, Bedford.

She loved her jewelry and lighthouses and was an avid card player, puzzle worker and softball player.

Surviving are her cousin, Rick Sons of Bedford; second cousin, Shelby Sons of Mitchell; friends, Bobbi Rout, Donna Trowbridge and Lisa Haynes, all of Bedford, Cindy Rout and Jeff Mills, of Mitchell, and Jane Perry of Brownstown; and her beloved dogs Piggy, Melissa and B.B.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, David Roberts; and her dog Bubba.

A Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Johnson officiating.

Friends may call from noon until the service.

Memorial contributions may be considered to the American Red Cross, White River Humane Society and Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County.

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

Alice F. Todd

June 30, 1934 — Jan. 20, 2014

Alice Fern Todd, 79, of Norman, passed away on Monday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Alice was born June 30, 1934, in Monroe County and was the daughter of the late Marvin E. and Delpha (Howe) May. Alice was a stay at home mom for over 40 years. She was a member of Blackwell Pentecostal Church.

Alice is survived by her husband of 62 years, Olin Marion Todd of Norman; three sons, Danny Todd (Cathy) of Bloomington, Philip Todd of Norman and Mike Todd (Angie) of Norman; one sister, Martha Colson (Bob) of Monroe County; five grandchildren, Lindsey Martin (Todd), Angel Raney, Tara McCory (Nathan), Kaylee McMillan (Caleb) and Emily Todd; and three great-grandchildren, Reid Jackson Martin, Marie McCory, and Tatelynn McCory.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Dwight May, Zaon May, and Raymond May; sister, Martha May; and great-granddaughter, Livia Faye Martin.

Service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third Street, Bloomington. Pastor Darin Bowlen from Blackwell Pentecostal Church will officiate the service. Burial will follow at Gilgal Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. until the service on Friday at The Funeral Chapel.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Blackwell Pentecostal Church Building Fund.

Memories of Alice and condolences for the family may be made at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com.

Lisa D. Hiles

Lisa Diann Hiles, 61, lost her 7 year battle with breast cancer Jan. 17, 2014.

Lisa graduated from the IU School of Nursing in 1974. Following graduation, she reported for duty to the Navy Nurse Corp as an Ensign. Her 28 year career included duty stations in Long Beach, San Diego, 29 Palms, Jacksonville, Kings Bay, Hospital ship USNS Comfort, Italy, the Philippines, and Guam.

Lisa always said, “I was just doing my job as a Navy nurse.” That job included: …while transporting by plane a pregnant dependent wife, Lisa became the first Navy nurse to deliver twins while airborne; …while serving on the Hospital ship Comfort as Director of Critical Care supporting our troops during the Gulf War, she responded in the middle of the night to the call of “fire, fire, fire” to help locate and put out a fire in a service elevator; …dealing with a bomb-threat in the hospital at Long Beach, she moved all patients outside into the parking lot, beds and all, held sick call there, and helped security and the bomb-sniffing dogs hunt for the bomb; …responding to the crash of a civilian Korean airliner on the Island of Guam, she helped dig the survivors out of the wreckage, and then spent 3 weeks supervising their medical care saving many lives.

Captain Garsha, Director of Health Care at the Hospital in Guam, called Lisa, “The best nurse I ever saw!”

Lisa had a sense of humor. She was compassionate and professional in her work, and attentive to the needs of the nurses and corpsmen that worked for her. God help you if you were on her staff and failed to do your job. She retired with the rank of Captain in 2000.

Lisa is survived by a large extended family and friends which include: sisters, Tracy Chugani (Bobby) of Buda, Texas, and Tabitha Lacy (Alex) of Birmingham, Ala.; brothers, Kent Hiles of Hartford City, and Scott Hiles (Jennifer) of Bedford; nieces, Alexis Hiles, Melanie Hiles, Evie Hiles of St. Petersburg, Fla., Tabby Davis (Jeff) of Hodges, S.C.; nephews, William Lacy of Birmingham, Ala., Shanon Hiles (Tia) of Bedford, and Lance Hiles (Julie) of Martinsville; great-nieces, Danielle, Kynlee, Rylee, Sadie, Gabriella Joy, Erika, and Kendall; and great-nephews, Landon and Jude.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edgar Vernon Hiles; mother, Barbara Ann Huey; sisters, Marla Hiles and Kelly Sparkes; and brother, Lance Hiles.

Lisa requested no viewing and no funeral. She will be laid to rest in Anderson, this summer with full military honors.

Family and friends should consider donating to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and to the Audubon Society.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.southcarolinacremation.com.

Stanley Fulkerson

Stanley J. Fulkerson, 65, Bedford, died at 7:20 p.m. on Tuesday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospice House. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 21, 2014 Shirley E. Haymaker April 2, 1930 — Jan. 20, 2014

Shirley E. (Beaver) Haymaker, 83, of Bedford, died at 10:17 a.m. on Monday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born April 2, 1930, in Marion County, she was the daughter of Lester L. Beaver and Edna F. Phillips Beaver. She married G. Ray Haymaker on Aug. 2, 1963; and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1999.

She was a graduate of Warren Central High School and a graduate of Indianapolis Business School — Northwood Institute. She was self-employed as a seamstress.

Surviving are three daughters, Joyce Green of Olympia, Wash., Patricia Graves of Mitchell, and Susan Harmon of Mitchell; two sons, Daniel Livingston of Haysville and Robert Haymaker of Mitchell; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; two brothers, Lester Lee Beaver and Phil Beaver; and one sister Joan Sanders.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three stepsons; and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Sister Becky Ryan officiating. There will be a private burial at Green Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Ralph A. Blaize

June 30, 1922 — Jan. 18, 2014

Ralph A. Blaize, 91, of Bedford, died at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born June 30, 1922, in Hazelton, he was the son of Norman and Florence (Phillips) Blaize. He married Ruth Newton on Jan. 25, 1946, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 1989.

He retired from Philco-Ford in 1986 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. He was a member of Faith Mission in Bedford.

Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Blaize of Bedford; two brothers, Earl and Carl Blaize, both of Princeton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; two brothers, Cornelius and Arthur Blaize; and two sisters, Fern Lynch and Mary Ethel Pleiss.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Leonard Sankey officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post  No. 33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Faith Mission or Stone City Christian Academy.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ralph at www.daycarter.com.

Jo Ellen Lee

April 5, 1959 — Jan. 15, 2014

Jo Ellen (Alhorn) Lee, 54, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Bedford, beloved wife of Robert E. Lee, passed away on Jan. 15 in Mesa after a terrible five-year battle with Glioblastoma multiforme (Brain Cancer) and dementia.

She retired from Cook Medical, after 13 years of service, due to her illness. Her accomplishments were many.

Jo Ellen’s knowledge of all things related to dogs was amazing, her photography skills were tremendous, her ability to draw with pencil on canvas was magnificent, and her determination to always do her best in all of her applied vocations was inspirational.

Survivors include her husband, Robert of Mesa; mother, Bernice Alhorn of Bedford; sisters, Bernadette (Larry) Dippel of Anderson, Rebecca (Charles) Bliss of Bedford, and Rosemary (William) Clampitt of Bedford; and one brother, Richard Alhorn of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marion Alhorn.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staffs of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Phoenix.

Special thanks to Eden Adult Care Facility in Mesa.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford, with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be considered to Lawrence County Patient Services.

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

Grovetta C. Tosti

Jan. 24, 1920 — Jan. 18, 2014

Grovetta C. Tosti, 93, of Bedford, died at 7:20 p.m. Saturday at Garden Villa, Bedford.

Born Jan. 24, 1920, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of Grover C. Anderson and Mabel (Thomas) Anderson. She married Joe Tosti, who preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Oolitic High School with the class of 1937 and was a homemaker. She was an avid bowler and outdoors person and an excellent seamstress, cook and mother. She also loved her pets Dozer and Bear.

Surviving are two daughters, Peggy (Joe) True of Bedford and Dottie Tosti of Cheyenne, Wyo.; her special grandson, Ben (Toni) Fortner of Mitchell; her special daughter-in-law, Becky True of Indianapolis; grandchildren Joe T. (Alisa) True of Alabama, Dionne (Tim) Peterson of Missoula, Mont., Desiree’ (Ben) Saunders of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Damon Sallee; and great-grandchildren Seth T. True, Shea Brenna True, Natalie Saunders and Avery Saunders.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters, Velma, Carol, Catherine and Helen; and one brother, Dale.

Services are private and under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

Memorial contributions for Grovetta may be considered to the White River Humane Society, Bedford.

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

Wendell E. Denney

 Oct. 10, 1930 — Jan. 18, 2014

Wendell E. Denney, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 10:22 a.m. on Saturday at White River Lodge in Bedford.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1930, in Wayne County, Ky., to Douglas E. and Jannie (Rigney) Denney. He married Wanda Lee (Howell) Denney in 1951 in Kentucky and she preceded him in death.

Wendell was a truck driver for Sims Motor Transport, he loved NASCAR, and Sprint Car racing, was an avid fan of Steve Kinser.

Surviving relatives include two brothers, Earl (Pat) Denney and Ernest Lee (Geraldine) Denney, both of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Wendell was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son; Gary Denney; a sister, Eileen Denney; and brothers, Phillip James “Jimmy” Denney, Kermit Denney and Hobart Denney.

Cremation was chosen.

Graveside rites will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Green Hill Cemetery.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara S. Nicholson

Aug. 23, 1949 — Jan. 18, 2014

Barbara S. Nicholson, 64, of Mitchell, died at 1 a.m. on Saturday at her residence.

Born Aug. 23, 1949, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Noble A. and Cora Marie (Wagner) Russell. She married Nelson Nicholson on April 7, 1973, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2008.

She had worked at Garden Villa for 12 years and attended Grace Full Gospel Church.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mitchell, Eagles Auxiliary and enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include four brothers, Mike Russell and wife Rita of Bedford, David Russell and wife Luella and Jim Russell and wife Lydia, all of Mitchell, and Kenny Russell and wife Wanda of Orleans; and a sister, Shirley Russell Roberts and husband Keith of Owensburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Peggy Russell and Alice Collins; and four brothers, LeRoy, Jeffrey, Donald Joseph and Steve Russell.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Brent O’Neal officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Grace Full Gospel Church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Barbara at www.daycarter.com.

Bruce Cole

July 7, 1944 — Jan. 20, 2014

Bruce Cole, 69, Hardinsburg, passed away Monday at Paoli Health & Living Community.

 He was born in Washington County to Charlie and Ruth Irene Buckhister Cole on July 7, 1944. He married Edna Mink on Feb. 13, 1965, and she survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard Berk, John Gilbert Burk, Robert Cole, Luther Cole and Charlie Cole Jr.; and two sisters, Milla Jane Gourley and Julia Ash.

He had been a wood worker at several area plants including Cornwell Company and Indiana Handle Factory.

He was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Cole of Hardinsburg; sons, Leonard Mink of Paoli, Duane Dunn of Paoli, Robert Dunn of Falls Church, Va., and Bruce Cole Jr. of Hardinsburg; daughters, Jean Hughes of English, Ann Shoults of Paoli, and Nora Doane of Mitchell; brother, Butch Cole of Iowa; a sister, Charlene Claig of Arizona; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Cremation was chosen. A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m., Friday at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Vinson officiating.

 The family will accept friends from 3 p.m. until the  service.

Private burial will be held at a later date.

Online condolences can be made at Dillman-Scott Funeral Home.com. January 20, 2014 Wilmer L.  Stalcup June 29, 1932 — Jan. 18, 2014

Wilmer L. “Willie” Stalcup, 81, of Bedford, died at 7:14 p.m. on Saturday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born June 29, 1932, in Greene County, he was the son of Charles and Zelda (Blaker) Stalcup. He married Treasa Baker on May 10, 1959, and she survives.

He retired from NWSC Crane in 1987 and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Spice Valley Church of Christ and enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball.

Survivors include his wife, Treasa, of Bedford; a son, Greg Stalcup and wife Ann of Columbia City; a daughter, Michelle Ikerd of Bedford; three grandchildren, Joel Stalcup of Memphis, Tenn., Samara Perkins and husband Blake of Greenfield and Brianne Ikerd of Bedford; and two brothers, Robert Stalcup and wife Grace of Fort Wayne and Eldon Stalcup and wife Elzenia of Bloomfield.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  and two brothers, Chuck and Herbert Stalcup.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Barry Day and Mike Martin officiating. A committal service will follow at 1 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery in Bloomfield.

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

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Willie at www.daycarter.com.

Charline Phillips

Oct. 17, 1929 — Jan. 18, 2014

Charline Phillips, 84, of Bedford, died at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Oct.17, 1929 in Carriere, Miss., she was the daughter of John and Lorena (Stewart) Watkins. She married Elmer Phillips on Feb. 9, 1946, and he preceded her in death on March 31, 2004.

She retired as an assembly line worker at RCA and was a member of Valley Mission Church. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry East and husband Charles of Paoli and Cherri Linthicum and husband Walter of Lebanon, Tenn..; a grandson, Charles Phillips East; and two brothers, Mondel and Norman Watkins, both of Mandaville, La.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Marvin Watkins; and a sister, Christine Peterson.

Funeral service will be  at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Max Abel officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Charline at www.daycarter.com.

Jo Ellen Lee

Jo Ellen Alhorn Lee, 54, Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Bedford, died Jan. 15. Funeral services are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

Barbara Nicholson

Barbara Nicholson, 64, Bedford, died Saturday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary. January 19, 2014 Gayle Moore Finney

Gayle Moore Finney, 63, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Doug Finney, two sons; Doug (Gena) Finney Jr. and Christopher (Susan) Finney, four grandchildren; Austin Finney, Kyle Finney, Cole Finney and Claire Finney, all of Columbus, and her sister, Jacquelyn (Bob) Freeman of Bedford. Gayle was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde Moore Jr. and Maxine Anderson Moore of Bedford, Indiana, and son, Timothy Finney.

Gayle was born and raised in Bedford, Indiana, where her family owned and operated Anderson Roller Rink for 55 years. Gayle was raised on roller skates and later carried this tradition on to her children. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1968.

Gayle was a member of the Columbus Free Methodist Church. She was a Hospice volunteer in the early years of the organizations formation in Columbus. Gayle was a retired Real Estate Broker and member of the Indiana Board of Realtors since 1984. She was a past member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority in Bedford and Columbus. In addition, she was a member of both the Columbus Quilters and Columbus Rug Hookers club.

Gayle will always be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and loving nature. She had a true passion for Antiquing. She also loved playing cards, reading books and spending time with family and friends. Her loss weighs heavily on the hearts of the many she touched.

Viewing will be held on Monday, January 20th, from 4-8pm at Meyers & Reed Chapel on 3729 25th St., Columbus. Funeral service will be conducted by Jane Noblitt, Chet Martin and Larry Dalton at 10:30am on Tuesday, January 21st at Columbus Free Methodist Church on 1511 22nd St., Columbus. Graveside service will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, Indiana.

Memorials may be directed to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-reed.com.

Michael L. Lamb

March 9, 1961 — Jan. 17, 2014

Michael L. Lamb, 52, of Orleans, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana.

He was born on March 9, 1961 in Salem, Indiana, the son of Jasper and Sue Ann (Kaiser) Lamb

He married Diana (Meehan) Lamb on March 25, 2000 and she survives.

He worked at Visteon and Child Craft for several years and was a member of Mt. Horeb Baptist Church

He is survived by his wife, of Orleans; mother, Sue Ann Lamb of Orleans; one daughter, Noel (Jonathan) Lantis of Atlanta, Georgia; three sons, Stephen Lamb of Paoli, Nick (Kim) Webb of Bedford and Jon (Rachel) Webb of Evansville; two sisters, Sallie (Al) Gilbertson of Houston, Texas and Amy (Joe) Reynolds of West Baden Springs, Indiana; four grandchildren . Pallbearers will be Alan Williams, Brian Basinger, Richard Keller, Jonathan Lamb, Thomas Lamb, and Mick Chestham.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The funeral will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM at Mt. Horeb Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans, IN.

Friends are invited to visitation at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home from 3-8 on Monday, January 20, 2014

Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 383 Main Ave 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net. January 18, 2014 Donald J. Hardin July 28, 1923 — Jan. 16, 2014

Donald J. Hardin, 90, passed away at 5:17 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 28, 1923, in Lima, Ohio, he was the son of Don Erman and Velma (Severns) Hardin. He married Mary Ann Morris on June 20, 1980.

Donald retired as vice president of marketing and sales from Carpenter Body Works in 1990. He worked previously for Superior Coach Corp. in Lima, Ohio, for 32 years.

Donald was a 1st Lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WWII.

He graduated from Shawnee High School and Dickinson College.

Donald was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church and American Legion Post No. 250. He was also a Kentucky Colonel.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Hardin of Mitchell; sons, Dr. James Robert Hardin (Phyllis) of Carrollton, Miss., and William David Hardin of Madison, Miss.; brothers, Russell Eugene Hardin (Dolores) of Lima, Ohio, and Harold Lee Hardin (Joyce) of Columbus, Ohio; grandsons, Jeffrey, Brent and Mark Hardin; and five great-grandchildren.

His parents; and sisters, Ruth Irene Trout and Helen Pauline Copeland, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Cemetery with Lee Hupp officiating. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 1-2:45 p.m. Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Memorial Contributions: White River Humane Society or charity of your choice

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

Robert D. Hobbs

Nov. 26, 1941 — Jan. 9, 1914

Robert D. Hobbs, 72, Joseph, Ore., formerly of Bedford, died Jan. 9 in Joseph. There will be no service at his request. January 17, 2014 Albert W. Younger Jan. 7, 1920 — Jan. 15, 2014

Albert W. “Bert” Younger, 94, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at his residence at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Born Jan. 7, 1920, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Carl and Sylvia (Wever) Younger. He married Emma Jewell (Perkins) Younger on July 18, 1947; and she preceded him in death on April 5, 2006.

He had previously worked at Farm Bureau Feed Store. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

He was a member of the U.S. Army 757th Battalion during World War II. He was a 68-year member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 and the Heltonville Area Veterans.

He was also a member of New Hope Community Church. He was an avid gardener.

Surviving are one daughter, Julie (Michael) Hetteberg, of Dublin, Ohio; one son, Joe David Younger, of Newark, Ohio; three grandchildren, David Stebnicki, Christopher (Amber) Hetteberg, and Mallory Younger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one brother Thomas; and three sisters Mary Alice, Juanita, and Dorothy.

Cremation was chosen and there will be a memorial service held at a later date.

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

Penny Sue Johnson

Jan. 25, 1945 — Jan. 16, 2014

Penny Sue Johnson, 68, of Bedford, died at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Jan. 25, 1945, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Richard and Della E. (Strunk) Hughes. She married Bill Johnson on Dec. 19, 1981, and he preceded her in death.

She was a retired property manager in Indianapolis.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Wade of Bedford; two sons, Dennis and David Gregory, both of Bedford; a stepson, Jimmie Johnson and wife Kathy of Iowa; a brother, Pastor Bennie Sutherland and wife Jane of Ohio; a granddaughter, Dana M. Wade of Bedford; three stepgrandchildren, Erica Scott, Renae Hackmann and Roberta Perkins; and three step-great-grandchildren, Brittany and D.J. Scott, Trevor Perkins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son, Darrell (Tony) Gregory.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Patton Hill Cemetery with Pastor Bennie Sutherland officiating. Burial will follow.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Penny at www.daycarter.com.

Donald J. Hardin

Donald J. Hardin, 90, died at 5:17 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Thomas L. Sprinkle

Thomas L. Sprinkle, 55, died at 8:45 p.m. Sunday at Indiana University Health Bedford. Cremation has been chosen. Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. January 16, 2014 Betty Beaver Turner Jan. 8, 1931 — Jan. 14, 2014 Betty Beaver Turner, 83, Bedford,  went home to her Lord on Tuesday.

Betty was born in Williams on Jan. 8, 1931, to Steve and Madge (Watterson) Gray. Upon her father’s death, she was adopted by her aunt and uncle Ruth (Gray) and James Dwight Allen. She married Frank L. Beaver on June 27, 1949, and he passed away on Dec. 10, 1968. Betty married Harold G. Turner on June 14, 1977, and he survives. She also is survived by three sons, Steven (Robin) Beaver, G.L. “Dude” (Jill) Beaver, and John Beaver all of Bedford; two daughters, Cathy (Bradley) Ray of Fishers and Carol McCombs of Marlborough, Mass. She has had to leave behind her beloved grandchildren, Kyle (Becky) Beaver of Forest Hills, N.Y.; Haley Beaver of Indianapolis, Carly Ray and Sam Ray of Fishers, and Kevin McCombs and Katherine McCombs of Marlborough, Mass. Betty also had five stepchildren, Linda (Perry) Buff of Greenwood, Brian (Pam) Turner of Franklin, Loren (Hanelore) Turner of Greenwood,  Valerie (Dennis) Daniels of Indianapolis, and Cassel (Michelle) Turner of Waldron. Also, she had 14 stepgrandchildren and 11 step-great-grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joe and Donald Gray; and sister, Ruth Ann Murray.

Betty was educated in the Bedford School System and was a 1949 graduate of Bedford High School. She was a dedicated and longtime member of Hillcrest Christian Church. She enjoyed Bible studies and serving the church in any way she could.

She enjoyed spending time with and helping her many friends and loved meeting with the 49 Club.

Betty was totally devoted to her family and friends and was truly “Mother to the World.” Blessed with a green thumb, she loved gardening and working with plants. She was an avid reader and loved working crossword puzzles. She will be sorely missed by family, friends and anybody that was fortunate enough to meet her.

Visitation for Betty will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Her service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Pastor Charlie Scott, Hillcrest Christian Church, will conduct the services and Senior Pastor Mark Fugate, Hillcrest Christian Church, will perform some special music in Betty’s honor.

 Private burial services at Pinhook to take place at a later date.

 In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Hillcrest Christian Church or the Bedford Boys and Girls Club.

Walter F. Manning

Dec. 2, 1926 — Jan. 14, 2014

Walter Frederick Manning, 87, of B,edford, died at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Dec. 2, 1926, in Norfolk, Va., he was the son of Robert and Marguerite (Nixon) Manning. He married Dorotha (Dottie) Hinkle on Sept. 3, 1950, and she died June 24, 2010.

He retired as a sales representative for Prudential Insurance and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, Merchant Marines and National Guard. He was a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Bedford.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Pierce and husband Mark of Lexington, Ky.; two grandsons, Michael Pierce and wife Merrytt of Lexington, Ky., and Daniel Pierce of Elizabethtown, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Diana Lucille “Luc” Pierce and Frederic “Freddie” Michael Pierce; two brothers, Robert Manning and wife Floretta of Odon and Gene Manning and wife Terry of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Bessie Manning, Mildred (Kay) Marshall and Lois Flynn.

Funeral service will be  at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the First Christian Church in Bedford with Pastor Alan Cloar officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 2 p.m. until the service on Saturday at the First Christian Church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Walter at www.daycarter.com.

Michael H. Allen  

May 14, 1971 — Jan. 10, 2014

Michael H. Allen, 42, of Bedford, passed away on Jan. 10 at his residence.

He was born in Lawrence County on May 14, 1971, to Michael D. Allen and Pamela Sue (Peavler) Anderson.

He was a graduate of BNL High School in 1990 and attended ITT Technical College in Indianapolis. He was employed in lawn care with CCC.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Pam and  Darrell Anderson of Springville; his children, Chloe Anderson of Lawrence County, Cory Allen of Gas City, Colton Allen of Lawrence County and Cullen Allen of Lawrence County, one sister, Keri Troutman and husband Scott of Carmel; one granddaughter, Cailyn Allen of Muncie; several nieces and nephews; his former wife, Renee Blevins Allen; and former wife, Aubrey R. Pruett

Michael was preceded in death by his daughter, Chesney Allen; his father, Michael D. Allen, his grandparents, Holly Peavler, Corinne Peavler, Walter Allen, and Alma Allen Wever.

Michael adored his children and mourned the loss of his daughter.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Judy Hughes

July 31, 1942 — Jan. 13, 2014

Judy (Sink) Reynolds-Hughes, Tamara, Fla., died peacefully on Monday following a battle with cancer.

She was born in Martinsville, but lived in Bedford and was a Bedford High School graduate.

She is survived by her brother, Donald Sink  of Greenwood; sister, Janet Turner of Ellettsville; and three children, Kimberly Reynolds Burgess of Plantation, Fla, Jerry Ray Reynolds of Bedford and Paula Reynolds Johnson of Magnolia, Texas.

There will be a service/celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Saturday at Saul to Paul Ministry, 4800 W State Road 46, Ellettsville.

There is also a “pitch-in” meal immediately following, please feel free to come celebrate her wonderful life with the family.

Theresa Roberts

Theresa Dawn Roberts, 55, Bedford, died at 7:23 p.m. Monday, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Albert Younger

Albert Younger, 94, Bedford, died on Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. January 15, 2014 Donald ‘Bud’ Keane Nov. 4, 1926 — Jan. 14, 2014

Donald “Bud” Keane, 87, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1926, in Gallatin, Mo., to Cleo “Bud” Keane and Macie (Musselman) Keane.

Following his graduation from Jefferson City High School in 1944, Buddy enlisted in the United States Army. After serving in Japan, he returned to school, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree from Indiana University.

He taught school and coached football and track at Bluffton, Seymour and Rolling Prairie High Schools before moving to Bedford in 1966.

He spent 22 years teaching and coaching in the North Lawrence Community School system before retiring in 1989.

He enjoyed bowling, football and cruising around town with the top down on his convertible.

He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Wagner (Tim) of Bloomington; a son, Bill Keane of Bedford; two grandsons Nick Ackerman and Zack Wagner, both of Bloomington; two nieces; a nephew; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jack Keane, of Wichita, Kan.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Day & Carter Mortuary, with interment to follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Brother Clarence Brown will officiate.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service Friday.

Timothy Stapp

Aug. 11, 1949 — Jan. 14, 2014

Timothy J. Stapp, 64, of Bloomfield, died at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday at his residence.

Born Aug. 11, 1949, in Bedford, he was the son of James W and Jean (Mundy) Stapp. He married Janett Haley on June 1, 1968 and she survives.

He was a finance analyst at NWSC Crane and attended Owensburg Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Janett of Bloomfield; a brother, Scott H. Stapp of Tucson, Ariz.; an uncle, Frank Stapp of Savannah, Ga.; several nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be at 6 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Jay Collins and Kenny Adams officiating.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Owensburg Baptist Church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Tim at www.daycarter.com.

Clyde W. Phillips

Sept. 13, 1941 — Jan. 13, 2014

Clyde W. Phillips, 72, of Bloomington, passed away at his residence in Bloomington on Monday.

He was born in Monticello, Ky., on Sept. 13, 1941, to Elisha Phillips and Angie Lee (New) Phillips. He attended Springville School.

Clyde was a retired truck driver and also was a driver for Yellow Cab Company.

Clyde will be sadly missed and was loved by many.

Survivors include two sisters, Carolyn Allen of Bedford and Dorothy Phillips of Oolitic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Phillips, Ernie Phillips, Herman Phillips, Cecil Phillips and Robert Phillips; and one sister; Mary Jane Kidd.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Burial will be in Springville West Cemetery.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Walter F. Manning

Walter F. Manning, 86, Bedford, died at 4:45 a.m. Tuesday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 14, 2014 Norma Jo Boshears Paxton

July 23, 1934 — Jan. 11, 2014

Norma Jo Boshears Paxton, 79, of Bedford, died at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born July 23, 1934, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of Homer Lewis and Loretta (Sylvester) Williams. She married Lloyd William “Bill” Paxton on Nov. 19, 1988, and he survives.

She had worked as a nurse’s aide at Dunn Memorial Hospital, Bedford and as a technician at Mitchell Optical, Mitchell, and was retired.

She was of the Southern Baptist Faith. She liked sewing and was an avid reader, but most liked family get-togethers.

Surviving are her husband, Lloyd “Bill” Paxton of Bedford; three daughters, Amber Serabian of Springville, Teresa Boshears of Baltimore, Md., and Laura Oolie of Mooresville; three sons, David Dyer of Bloomington, Homer E. (Donnett) Boshears of Bedford, and John (ReJetta) Boshears of Oolitic; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; two cousins, Teddy Gene Anderson and Dale Williams; nieces and nephews; her Dachshund, Love Bug; and her Bichon, Casper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer L. Boshears; one son, Larry Dyer; and one granddaughter, Brittany Boshears.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, with Pastor Jay Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from noon until the service on Wednesday.

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

George W. Ping

Sept. 1, 1920 — Jan. 7, 2014

George Washington Ping, 92, of Greensburg, passed away Jan. 7 at Heritage House in Greensburg.

Born Sept. 1, 1920, in Muskogee, Okla., he was a son of the late William L. and Iva Bell (Holtz) Ping. He married Ova Mae Walkup in 1942. She preceded him in death in 2008.

George farmed with his brother, Wilbur, many years. He also owned and operated Ping Welding in Milroy over 20 years.

He was a US Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his daughter, Oneta (Dan) Beaver of Bedford; two grandchildren, Kimberly (Bruce) Deckard of Bedford and Scott (Tammy) Beaver of Great Falls, Mont.; one great-grandchild, Marshall Gage Deckard of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Marvin, Orville, Wilbur and Amos; one sister, Edith Ping.

Burial with Military Honors will take place at the Oktaha Cemetery in Muskogee County, Okla. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Online condolences at www.toddfuneralhome.com.

Judith A. Clark

March 2, 1938 — Jan. 12, 2014

Judith Ann (McGath) Clark, 75, of Greenwood, passed away Sunday at her residence.

She was born March 2, 1938, in Bedford, to Edward and Lois (McDonald) McGath. She married William E. Clark on March 29, 1959 in Bedford, who survives.

She had been a certified nursing assistant for Todd Aikens in Franklin and several health care centers. She also had been a real estate broker for Century 21.

She was a graduate of Tunnelton High School in Lawrence County, Indiana.

Survivors include her husband William E. Clark of Greenwood; children, Kent Clark (Tammy) and Kevin Clark (Stacey) both of Whiteland, Kyle Clark (Amy) of Martinsville and Kim Mahler (Dennis) of Needham; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; three brothers, John McGath of Indiana, Jerry McGath (Diane) of Indianapolis and Norman McGath (Pat) of Pendleton; and a sister, Janet Miller (John) of St. Louis, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Tom McGath; a step-brother, Bud Aufenburg; and a stepsister Sherry Craven.

The Rev. Charles Howard will conduct a service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, Franklin. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions: Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

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

Donald B. Keane

Donald B. Keane, 87, Bedford, died at 7 a.m. today at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 13, 2014 William H. Folmer Jr. Oct. 8, 1925 — Jan. 10, 2014

William H. Folmer Jr., 88, of Bedford, died Friday evening in Bedford.

Born Oct. 8, 1925, in Erlanger, Ky., he was the son of William H. and Nellie Mae (Williams) Folmer Sr. He married Lois R. Schwartz on July 27, 1946, and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2006.

Bill was an Army Air Corps Staff Sergeant in the 601st Bombardment Squadron and the 398th Bombardment Group. He was a B-17 Gunner in World War II. His bomb group was Hell’s Angels. He flew 31 missions and was shot down three times. His military career is highly decorated, receiving two Presidential Citations, six Bronze Stars, and several other medals.

He worked at Stewart Ironworks, Cincinnati DieCast, and retired as a Tool Engineer for General Motors.

Bill was a Charter member of the VFW in Erlanger and a member of many other groups, including, the American Legion Gillen Post 33, the Sons of American Revolution, the Bedford Optimist Club, and was formerly active in the Boys Club as a coach and taught weight lifting.

He was a member of Central Church of Christ.

Survivors include his three daughters, Linda Edwards and Shari Mundy and her husband Sam, all of Bedford, and Jo Ann McPherson and her husband Jim of Paoli; one son, William H. Folmer III and his wife Rhonda of Bedford; four grandchildren, Ashea Wiliams and her husband Doug, William H. Folmer IV and his wife Sarah, Kessiah McPherson and Nakia McPherson; three great-grandchildren, Robert Williams, Owen Williams and Jamey Lynn Folmer.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rick Leach and Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be performed by American Legion Gillen Post 33 and DAV chapter 2.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Bill at www.daycarter.com.

Ronnie Collins

Nov. 16, 1947 — Jan. 11, 2014

Ronnie Collins, 66, of Springville, died Saturday morning at Indiana University Health Hospital in Bedford.

Born Nov. 16, 1947, in London, Ky., he was the son of Estel and Lucy (Gross) Collins.

Among his many talents, Ronnie was a skilled contractor/carpenter in Bedford, as well as a lifelong car enthusiast who both collected and restored classic street rods. Ronnie was an active member of the local car show club.

He will be missed by the many people whose lives he has touched.

Survivors include his mother, Lucy Collins; one daughter, Christina Collins; mother of daughter, Connie Baker; one brother, Doug Collins and his wife Delores; one sister, Cheryl Bundy and husband George E.; two nephews, Will Bundy and Jan Mills; one niece, Elizabeth Poe; devoted friends, Kay Weldon, Becky Weldon, Agnus Boone and many others.

 The family would like to acknowledge David Flynn, Rick Kelley, Maxine Cosby and all others who loved, provided care and supported him throughout his courageous battle.

He was preceded in death by his father, Estel.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Springville West Cemetery.

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

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ronnie at www.daycarter.com.

Ann H. Ray

Oct. 16, 1941 — Jan. 11, 2014

Ann H. Ray, 72, Bedford, passed away at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.

Born Oct. 16, 1941, in Johnstown, Pa., she was the daughter of Frank G. and Ruth (Henderson) Kruchten. She married Ed Ray June 11, 1961.

She was a homemaker and a graduate of Bedford High School in 1959. Ann graduated from Indiana Business College, and was a member of the Bryantsville Extension Homemakers Club. She served as a Lawrence County Tourism Guide.

Surviving are her husband, Ed Ray of Bedford; son, Kyle (Kim) Ray of Bedford; and grandsons, Caleb and Eli.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Richard Holt officiating. Burial will be in Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Kyle Ray, Caleb Ray, Eli Ray, Andy Sehr, Connie Edwards, and Gerry Tincher.

Memorial Gifts: Alzheimer’s Association

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

Nancy Kaderabek

Nancy Kaderabek, 82, Bedford, died at 4:55 p.m. on Saturday at her residence. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Norma J. Paxton

Norma J. Paxton, 79, Bedford, died at 11:55 a.m. on Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. January 12, 2014 Kevin Don Carroll

Dec. 4, 1960 — Jan. 11, 2014

Kevin Don Carroll, 53, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2014, at his residence after a 13-year battle with cancer.

Born December 4, 1960, in Mitchell, he was the son of Donald Bruce and Dorothy Marie (Atchison) Carroll.

Kevin was a self-employed lawn and garden tractor mechanic.

Surviving: fiancee and caregiver, Donna Lee, Oolitic; sons, Kyle Carroll, Paoli, and C. J. Carroll, Bedford; parents, Don and Dorothy Carroll, Mitchell; adopted in-laws, Don and Eldena Lee, Fayetteville; assistant caregiver, Charity Turner, Bedford; 6 grandchildren.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, January 13, at Mitchell Cemetery with Bro. Dallas Lakes officiating.

Friends may call from 11-1:30 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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

William H. Folmer Jr.

Oct. 8, 1925 — Jan. 10, 2014

William H. Folmer Jr., 88, of Bedford, died Friday. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 11, 2014 Ralph V. Bridges May 30, 1947 — Jan. 10, 2014

Ralph V. Bridges, 66, of Bedford, passed away at 2:15 a.m. on Friday at Indiana University Hospice House in Bloomington.

He was born in Lawrence County on May 30, 1947, to Winfred Wayne Bridges and Vida Mary Jane (Cornwell) Bridges Erdman. He married Kathryn Hutchinson Bridges on Aug. 26, 1963, and she survives.

Ralph worked at the Ford plant in Bedford, Evans Stone Co. and Extruded Alloys.

He was an avid dog trainer and coon hunter, loved to fish and play his guitar.

He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Bedford.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Bridges of Bedford; three sons, Delbert (Kim) Bridges of Bedford, Vernon “Nick” Wayne Bridges and wife Cathie of Norman, and Brian Lee Bridges of Norman; a brother, Don Bridges of Bedford; two sisters, Elizabeth “Liz” Burgess of Bedford and Sherry (Ronnie) Peck of Bedford; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marie Flynn; and brothers, Albert Ray Bridges and Winfred “Bud” Bridges

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday  at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in the Dive Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday and on from 10 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Ronald L. Tuddy Sr.

Aug. 5, 1951 — Jan. 9, 2014

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Tuddy Sr., 62, passed away at 12:03 a.m. Thursday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born Aug. 5, 1951, in Scottsburg, he was the son of John and Mildred (Robinson) Tuddy. He married Offie Mae Lewis Nov. 22, 1969.

He worked in the roofing industry since he was 16 years old. He was employed with Doss Roofing until he went out on his own, retiring in 2010. He was most known for his mechanical skills around southern Indiana.

He was an excellent driver, driving cars that he had built or repaired himself, in the drag racing field at the E.T. Track in Bloomfield.

He was a collector of knives and kept everything anyone ever gave him.

Surviving are his wife, Offie Mae Tuddy of Bedford; children, Ronald Lee (Sheila) Tuddy Jr. of Fayetteville, Rita (Tracy) Mack of Bedford and Ryan Tuddy of Bedford; seven grandchildren; brothers, Johnny M. Tuddy of Spencer and Steve Tuddy of Indianapolis; and sisters, Linda Robinson of Bedford, Rita Lewis of Mitchell, Rhea Lewis of Bedford and Janet Robinson of Mitchell.

His parents; and sister, Karen J. Turner, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com. January 10, 2014 Ronnie Tuddy Sr. Aug. 5, 1951 — Jan. 9, 2014

Ronald Lee “Ronnie” Tuddy Sr., 62, Bedford, died at 12:03 a.m. Thursday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Ralph Bridges

Ralph Bridges, 66, Norman, died at 2:15 a.m. today at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospice House. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 09, 2014 Ruby M. Webster March 4, 1920 — Jan. 6, 2014

Ruby M. Webster, 93, of Bedford died at 1:38 p.m. on Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born March 4, 1920, in Owensburg, she was the daughter of Aesop and Minnie Lynn George. She married Raymond “Bus” Webster in 1940 and he preceded her in death in 1988.

She had worked in the accounting department of J.C. Penney Co. and as a payroll clerk at ConvaCare.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, Larry Webster and wife Sharon of Kennesaw, Ga.; a daughter, Carole White of Bedford; two grandchildren, Tod Zellers and wife Kimberley of Oviedo, Fla., and Julie Cassidy of Mitchell; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one brother-in-law, Charles Conner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, and three sisters.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church.

Family and friend are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ruby at www.daycarter.com.

Helen V. Deckard

Feb. 25, 1932 — Jan. 8, 2014

Helen V. Deckard, 81, of Bedford died at 2:42 a.m. Wednesday at her residence.

Born Feb. 25, 1932, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Erie Terrell and Knoxie (Hughes) Terrell. She married Charles Deckard, who died in January of 2009.

She attended Bedford High School and had worked as a home health aide. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy where she had been the secretary for many years. She was a prayer warrior.

Surviving are three sons, William (Shantel) Luallen of Springville, Gregory Deckard of Bedford and Charles (Rita) Robinson of Bloomington; two daughters, Regina Deckard and Renee (Steve) Fish, both of Bedford; one brother, Gary (Nancy) Terrell of Bedford; five sisters, Jeri (Ray) Gaines of Harlinger, Texas, and Sharon (Kenny) Ratliff, Marcia Canada, Connie Murphy, and Rita Henderson, all of Bedford; eight grandchildren, Nicole Luallen, Whitney Luallen, Jacob Robinson, Cara Robinson, Renee Deckard, Traci Deckard, Brittany Deckard and Bethany Smith; four great-grandchildren, Keiton Hampton, Caleb Hillenburg, Keylie Hillenburg and Karson Luallen and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Larry Edward Deckard; one sister, Catherine Hopkins; two brothers, Wilbert and Vernie Terrell; and one granddaughter, Amanda Luallen.

Funeral service will be  at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Sister Becky Ryan and Lewis Rice officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery, Bedford.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with expenses.

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

Jan E. Skeen

July 29, 1956 — Jan. 6, 2014

Jan E. Skeen, 57, of Williams went to be with the Lord at 8:27 p.m. on Monday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 29, 1956, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Fred and Nellie (Williams) Cornett. She married Harry “Tom” Skeen, and he survives.

She was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Tom of Williams; two daughters, Heather Benbow and husband Dan of Williams and Holly Chaney and husband Dwight of Oolitic; a son, Brett Skeen and wife Lisa of Bedford; six grandchildren, Nathaniel, Briannah and Elijah Benbow, Eugene Chaney and Baiden and Calvin Skeen; a sister, Gaye Chapman of Bedford; two brothers, Marc Cornett of Bloomington and Randy Cornett of Williams; an aunt, Sue Whiteman of Bedford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings (in infancy).

Funeral service will be  at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Tom East officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Susan B. Komen for the cure.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Jan at www.daycarter.com.

Michael S. Burkett

March 8, 1948 — Jan. 7, 2014

Michael Shaw Burkett, 65, of Springville died at 2:12 p.m. on Tuesday at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born March 8, 1948, in Peru,  he was the son of Orlin R. and Imogene (Johnson) Burkett.

He was a carpenter.

Survivors include three sons, David, Matthew and Jonathon Burkett; two sisters, Ingrid Fitch and Karen Wright; and three nieces, Nici Vestal, Alicia Wright and Sarah Deckard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two nephews, Brent and Aaron Boruff.

No services are planned. Cremation was chosen.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary. January 08, 2014 Jan E. Skeen Jan E. Skeen, 57, Bedford, died at 8:27 p.m. on Monday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Ruby M. Webster

March 4, 1920 — Jan. 6, 2014

Ruby M. Webster, 93, of Bedford, died at 1:38 p.m. on Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Memorials: First Baptist Church. January 07, 2014 M. Elmo Chastain Jan. 18, 1931 — Jan. 3, 2014

M. Elmo Chastain, 82, passed away at 5:15 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Elmo was born to Grant and Opal (Stephenson) Chastain in Washington County on Jan. 18, 1931. He married Mildred Anne Wade on Dec. 25, 1950, with his grandfather officiating.

He is survived by Mildred and four children, Michael (Anne) Chastain, Connie (Larry) Smith, Teresa Chastain and Darrin (Kim) Chastain; along with five grandchildren, Ashley Chastain, Jordan Chastain, Amy (Nate) Hendershott, Ryan (Paloma) Chastain and Jacob (Katie) Smith, and two great-grandchildren. Elmo is survived by sisters, Peggy Knapp and Judy Lanman along with brothers, Leonard, Jim and Melvin.

A sister, Lois Denton, and brother, Dewayne Chastain, preceded him in death.

He was educated in Washington County schools and graduated from Campbellsburg High School in 1949.

Elmo served in the Marine Corps in 1952 and was trained at Camp Pendleton, Fort Knox, Fort Benning, and Camp LeJeune before being deployed to Japan in 1953. Elmo returned to farming after the Marines, living on his father-in-law’s farm, helping farm as well as doing carpentry work for his uncle. Elmo and Mildred purchased a farm in southeastern Lawrence County in 1957 and remained there for 56 years. The farming operation mainly involved raising corn, soybeans, hogs, and cattle.

Elmo’s faith in Jesus Christ was evident throughout his adult years. He was a faithful member of the Fishing Creek Chapel congregation, attending over 50 years while serving most of that time as a deacon and then as an elder. His church family was truly his extended family as evidenced through the care, concern and visitations of Fishing Creek members in his final months. He worked as a Soil Conservation official and also served as a Federal Land Bank board member for many years. Elmo was a member of the Cecil C. Martin Post 250 of the American Legion. During his middle years, he was a weekly bowling team member on a local team that provided a nice outlet from farming and other life work.

Besides love of family, farming was his life’s work and passion. He was always reading and learning the new ideas for best current practices to incorporate into his farming plan. He had significant ability to manufacture items needed for machinery repair and update. Serious health concerns around age 55 changed his interest in farming, his purpose in pursuing that lifestyle and the physical strength needed to farm the way he desired. He continued farming at a reduced level with son Darrin assisting the operation for many years before stopping completely a decade ago. After sickness and weakness prevented Elmo from staying at home, care was provided at Mitchell Manor since February, 2013.

The service of worship celebrating Elmo’s life will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Yancy Unger officiating. Burial will be in Freedom Cemetery off State Road 60 East near Carter’s Creek Christian Church with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.9107.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Fishing Creek Chapel

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

Melody F. Mosier

March 8, 1964 — Jan. 4, 2014

Melody Faye Mosier, 49, of Shoals, died Saturday at her residence.

Born March 8, 1964, in Washington, she was the daughter of Marvin and Joyce (Bobbitt) Montgomery. She married Stan Mosier on June 19, 1983, and he survives.

She taught at Bedford North Lawrence High School for one year. She worked in bookkeeping, sales and technical support at Marvin’s Shop which is her family’s business and in computer layout design for Country Pines Printing.

She was a member of the Dover Hill Church.

Survivors include her husband, Stan of Shoals; her parents, Marvin and Joyce Montgomery; a son, Zach Mosier of Jasper; two stepchildren, Erik Mosier and wife Tonya of Springville, Reagan Norman of Bedford; four grandchildren, Addison Mosier and Logan, Gracie and Gavin Norman; a sister, Melba Richardson of Loogootee; a brother, Ansel Montgomery of Haysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be  at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Mike Schlaegel officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made, in lieu of flowers, to the Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Mission c/o Rebecca Muir, 1211 Churchill Road, Manion Center, PA 15759.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Melody at www.daycarter.com.

Mark E. Ray

Feb. 17, 1949 — Jan. 2, 2014

Mark Edward Ray, 64, of Richmond, died at 6:26 p.m. on Thursday at Reid Hospital in Richmond.

Born Feb. 17, 1949, he was the son of Carroll and Margie O. (Henderson) Ray.

He was a project coordinator and production controller at NWSC Crane.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed hunting, volleyball, softball and golf.

Survivors include a son, Brant Ray of Bedford; a stepdaughter, Trisha Holmes of Maryland; a sister, Beverly Kasprzak and husband Ken of Grafton, Wis.; and two nieces, Beth Froelich of Port Washington, Wis., and Melanie Gram of Coral Springs, Fla.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mount Pleasant Christian Cemetery with Pastor Alan Cloar officiating. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be from noon until 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Shalom Center, 620 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN 47401.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mark at www.daycarter.com.

Ruby Webster

Ruby Webster, 93, Bedford, died at 1:38 p.m. on Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 06, 2014

Estell R. Brown

Aug. 5, 1951 — Jan 3, 2014

Estell Ray Brown, 62 of Fort Ritner, passed away on Friday.

He was born to Lula Mary (Fulps) Brown and Ralph Oscar Brown, in Lawrence County. He married Nancy Louise Stapleton on Aug. 9, 1985, in Mitchell, and she survives, of Fort Ritner.

He is also survived by two sons, Casey Cheyenne Brown and Toby Lee Cox and his special friend, Alisha M. Hardin, all of Fort Ritner; three sisters, Mary Alice (Donnie) Coffee of Vallonia, Evelyn Owens and Irene (Robert) Sexton, both of Florida; three brothers, Earl Ralph (Janice) Brown of Bedford, Eugene Russell Brown of Kenray Lake and Ernest Robert (Bonnie) Brown of Medora; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He will be missed immensely by his two beautiful granddaughters and one handsome grandson.

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

Ray was a welder by trade, traveling many states for Advance Tank of Plainfield, Ill..

Ray wil be missed by many. He was a jack-of-all trades and a master of many. He was a most wonderful friend, lover, husband and father. His passing has left a hole in the hearts of many.

He was always giving of himself. He would go out of his way to help someone who needed it. He had people come to his door all hours of the day into the wee morning hours, rain, cold or shine, looking for the man with the big silver Dodge truck.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and mushroom hunter. But, his favorite thing to do was to spend one more day with his wife Nancy, who he loved with all his heart.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home Bedford.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service.

Memorial contrbutions may be made to the funeral home to help defray expenses.

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

Debra L. Thompson

Jan. 8, 1952 — Jan. 5, 2014

Debra L. Thompson, 61, Bedford, died Sunday at her residence. Private services are scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

Melody Mosier

Melody Mosier, 49, Shoals, died Saturday residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Eva Elizabeth Stultz

Jan. 5, 1924 — Jan. 2, 2014

Eva Elizabeth Stultz, 89,  Bedford, died at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at StoneBridge. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the  service on Friday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions: First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Association. January 05, 2014 Tammy Lynn Clark

Dec. 21, 1966 — Jan. 2, 2014

Tammy Lynn Clark, 47, of Bedford, died at 10:40 pm on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at I.U. Health Hospice House following a four year battle with cancer.

Born December 21, 1966, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Jack and Jenny (Zachary) Lawrence who are surviving. She married Jeff Clark on April 4, 1986, and he survives. She was a Title 1 teacher with the North Lawrence Community School system. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. She was a loving mom and mamaw who had the kind hearted ability to leave a lasting impression on everyone she met. Her loving heart was only eclipsed by her ability to fight and hang on for those she loved.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff, of Bedford; four children, Cagney Clark and wife, Brittany, of Orleans, Kreigh Clark and fiancee, Shaleen Hammack, of Greenwood, Jaclyn Clark of Seymour, MacKenzie Clark of Bedford; two grandchildren, Cash and Elysian Clark; and her parents. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lloyd and Artia Belle Zachary, Archie and Viola Lawrence.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Tillett and Donnie McGlothlin officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 6, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday, January 7, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Tammy at www.daycarter.com.

Gene Deckard

May 19, 1945 — Jan. 3, 2014

Eugene “Gene” Deckard, 68, of Bedford, was called home at 9:58 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2014, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born May 19, 1945, in Monroe County, he was the son of Glenn (Pap) and Bernice (Kinser) Deckard. He married Linda Hilderbrand and she survives. He was a stone mason.

Survivors include his mother, Bernice; his wife, Linda, of Bedford; a son, Michael Joe Deckard and wife, Nancy, of Norman; a daughter, Becky Deckard Tumey and husband, Scott, of Bedford; two grandchildren, Tiffany Deckard and Jeremy Tumey; two great grandchildren, Tyson McLaughlin and Alicia McCart; a brother, Larry Deckard and wife, Sandra, of Bedford; a sister, Brenda England and husband, Roger, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews; his grand-dogs, Buddy Joe, Sissy and Izzy and his cat, Hoppy. He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn “Pap” Deckard.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jan Spaulding officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, and from noon until the hour of service on Wednesday, January 8, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Gene at www.daycarter.com.

James Richard ‘Rick’ Kerr

Dec. 18, 1946 — Dec. 26, 2013

James Richard “Rick” Kerr, 67, of Ellettsville, passed away unexpectedly after a long illness on December 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born December 18, 1946, in Bloomington and was the son of the late James Robert and Margie (Eaton) Kerr.

Rick was a 1964 graduate of Bloomington High School, and attended West Valley College in San Francisco where he studied Interior Design. He worked in visual merchandising and interior design.

Rick is survived by his sister, Beckie Grounds, of Bloomington, niece Michele Williams of Mitchell and great niece Madison Williams of Mitchell.

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

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.pdcfuneralchapel.com

The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard is handling arrangements.

Stephen Ralston

Sept. 3, 1946 — Jan. 3, 2014

Stephen Ralston, 67, passed away at 11:37 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born September 3, 1946, in Denver, Colorado, he was the son of Robert and Della (Metzler) Ralston. He married Vicki Beckman May 21, 1977.

He was a banker and an investment representative. Steve graduated from Bedford High School and Indiana State University.

Surviving: wife, Vicki Ralston, Orleans; children, Theresa (Brock) Robbins, Orleans, Curtis (Julie) Ralston, Paoli, Katherine Ralston, Orleans; grandchildren, Nolan and Cordelia Robbins, Harper Ralston; brothers, Robert Ralston, Bloomington, Greg (Marsha) Ralston, Bedford. His parents preceded him in death.

Cremation was chosen. There will be no visitation at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Memorial Gifts: Liberty Christian Cemetery or Orange County Fire Department

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

Eva Elizabeth Stultz

Jan. 5, 1924 — Jan. 2, 2014

Eva Elizabeth Stultz, 89, of Bedford, died peacefully with her pastor, niece, Patty and the loving staff at Stonebridge and Hospice at her side at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born January 5, 1924, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of John P. and Nettie (Hardwick) Morrow. She married Denton Celee Stultz on November 12, 1941, and he preceded her in death on February 13, 1997. She held a degree in Theology from the Jerry Falwell School and a degree in accounting from Indiana University. She graduated from the Columbus Beauty College. She owned and operated Eva’s Beauty Shop for 40 years and was an avid I.U. basketball fan. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she served in the choir.

Survivors include a sister, Emily Flynn Fields of Sun City, AZ; nieces and nephews, Patricia (Patty) Heffner and husband, Ray, of Brazil, IN, Jay Morrow and wife, Ann, of Grove City, OH, Kirby Morrow and wife, Melissa, of NC, Kathy Stemm of Brazil, IN, Edwinna Glick and husband, Dan, of Sun City, AZ, Denny Morrow and wife, Muggs, of Xenia, OH and Dr. John Morrow and wife, Mary Jo, of FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Gregory Celee Stultz; two sister, Clora and Violet; four brothers, Jay, Harrison, Starling and Carl; two nephews, Mark and Carl Von Morrow, one niece Sharon McConnaha.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday, January 7, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Assoc. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Eva at www.daycarter.com. Elmo Chastain Elmo Chastain, 82, of Mitchell, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Mitchell. January 04, 2014 William C. McDowell May 10, 1935 — Jan. 1, 2012

William C. McDowell, 78 of Fishers, passed away Wednesday.

Bill was born in Springville on May 10, 1935, the eldest of three children of Claude and Helen McDowell. He graduated from Oolitic High school where he played basketball; he then went into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan after the Korean War. His sisters, Wanda Corey and Sue McDowell live in Indianapolis.

Bill married Marthanne Grafton on Dec. 21, 1954; together they had 3 children, Kathy, Sherri, and Debbie and resided on the north side of Indianapolis all of their married lives. Bill retired from Inland Container in 1997 where he worked as an Industrial Engineer, often traveling to Chile and Mexico for his work. He was a big IU basketball fan and attended many Indy and NASCAR races with his daughters who were also enthusiast of racing.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Marthanne Grafton McDowell, who passed away last March. He is survived by his daughters and grandchildren: Kathy Johnson and husband, John and grandchildren Amy and Cleo Parker and husband, Erik and great-grandchildren, Francesca and Vivian, and Andrea Link and husband, Mike and great-grandchildren, Seth, Graysen, Estella, and Levi; Sherri Kolarich and her husband, Bob and granddaughter, Teddi Jo; Debbie McDowell and husband, Kelsey Tipton, and granddaughter, Erin McDowell.

Bill will be cremated with a private family service and buried later in the spring in Lowder Cemetery in Popcorn, Indiana.

Arrangements: Indiana Funeral Care and Crematory.

Tammy Lynn Clark

Dec. 21, 1966 — Jan. 2, 2014

Tammy Lynn Clark, 47, Bedford, died at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday at Indiana University Health Hospice House. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Tillett and Donnie McGlothlin officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Tom Riley

April 30, 1941 — Dec. 31, 2013

Thomas W. Riley, 72 of Williams, died Tuesday at his residence.

Born April 30, 1941, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Bill and Virginia (Zerwick) Riley. He married Janice Owens on Aug. 31, 1968, and she survives. He was a graduate of Garfield High School in Terre Haute with the class of 1958. A 1967 graduate of Indiana State University, he was the librarian for Shoals Community Schools for 38 years. He earned three master’s degrees in Education, Geography and Counseling.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1960, serving on the USS Howard Gilmore and USS Bushnell. He later affiliated with the Navy Reserves and retired after 30 total years of service.

An accomplished guitarist, he played professionally throughout Indiana for over 50 years, culminating in his 2010 induction into the Wabash Valley Musicians Association Hall of Fame. His legacy in music has been passed on to his children and grandchildren. He was a life-long Indiana Basketball and Cleveland Browns football fan, attending many games with his family.

He was a member of the Williams Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Janice of Williams; two sons, William Riley (Ginger) of Williams and Matthew Riley (Deanna) of Terre Haute; a daughter, Melissa, of Bloomfield; five grandsons, Mack, Colton, William, John Edward and James; a granddaughter, Karissa; and a sister, Peg Kennedy (John) of Robinson, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be  at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Paul Guthrie officiating. Burial will follow in the Williams Church of Christ Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the graveside.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Tom at www.daycarter.com.

Eva E. Stultz

Jan. 5, 1924 — Jan. 2, 2014

Eva Elizabeth Stultz, 89, Bedford, died at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Funeral service will be  at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Memorials: First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Association.

Eugene Deckard

Eugene Deckard, 68, Bedford, died at 9:58 a.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Estell R. Brown

Estell Ray Brown, 62, Fort Ritner, died Friday at Indiana University Health, Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford. January 03, 2014 Jeanette G. Weber Sept. 14, 1932 — Dec. 31, 2013

Jeanette G. Weber, 81, of Bedford, died at 10:45 p.m. on Tuesday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born Sept. 14, 1932, in Detroit, Mich., she was the daughter of Laurier and Olive (Burns) DeChene. She married Lincoln Anthony “Tony” Weber on Jan. 5, 1950; and he preceded her in death on June 13, 1990.

She was a graduate of Cooley High School in Michigan. She was a homemaker.

She was an avid golfer and a league bowler.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Surviving are five children, Michael A. Weber of Huntington Woods, Mich., Paul E. Weber of Bedford, David L. Weber of French Lick, Carl R. Weber of Bedford, and Laura A. Doran of Kokomo; one sister, Annette Gidner of Michigan; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Susan M. Weber; and one sister, Charlotte DeChene.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from  4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Tom Riley

April 30, 1941 — Dec. 31, 2013

Thomas W. Riley, 72, Williams, died Tuesday at his residence. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Williams Church of Christ Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the mortuary.

Nova B. Parish

April 14, 1924 — Jan. 1, 2014

Nova Belle (Lawhead) Parish, 89, Clarksville, formerly of Bedford, died Wednesday. Private services are planned with burial in Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford.

Tammy Clark

Tammy Clark, 47, Bedford, died at 10:40 p.m. on Thursday at Indiana University Health Hospice in Bloomington. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Eva E. Stultz

Eva Elizabeth Stultz, Bedford, died Thursday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary. January 02, 2014 Mary Jane Reuter August 23, 1940 — January 1, 2014

Mary Jane Reuter, 73, of Springville, died Wednesday at her home following a short illness, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born Aug. 23, 1940, in Springville, the daughter of Clarence (Bud) and Alta Strunk. She was a graduate of Oolitic High School.

After her children left the home for school, she entered the workforce, retiring as a North Lawrence Community Schools Title 1 Aide for 20 plus years. She was honored by NLCS for creating a learning techniques guide in which the Title 1 program uses with the children.

Her hobbies were tending her flowers, decorating, crafts and taking long country drives. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for friends and family. Mary was a member of Order of Eastern Star. Mary was known for her sweet demeanor and compassion for others and touched the lives of many with her gift of joy shown through her constant and kind smile, her interests in others and her unconditional love and support. She was a true role model and a person who possessed the qualities we should all strive to imitate.

Mary married the love of her life, Ronnie Reuter, on May 29, 1969, and he survives. Other survivors include five children, Susan Wykoff and husband Bob of Bedford, Steve Reuter and wife Cindy of Blomberg, Germany, Kim Blackwell and husband Scott of Bedford, Kerry Reuter of Florida, and Donna Alexander and husband Dan of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren, Robin Siebe, Brandi Wykoff, Shalin Owen, Shelby Owen, Evan Blackwell, Stephanie Reuter, Tyler Blackwell, Miles Alexander, Coleman Alexander, Sebastian Reuter and Pascal Kern; and four great-grandchildren, Hayden Puckett, Carson Puckett, Eden Siebe and Ezra Siebe. She was the middle child of nine and her brothers and sisters are Pam Caudill, Wanda Kirkman, Sandi Colliflower, Lori Abel, Roy Strunk and Tom Strunk.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Alta Strunk; a sister, Lydia Spoonmore; and a brother, Clovis Strunk.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Alan Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Lowder Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from  noon until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mary at www.daycarter.com.

In closing we leave you with this wonderful quote from Denis Waitly to live by — “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” Mary Reuter certainly lived her life with love, grace and gratitude and blessed those around her with joy and happiness each and every day. She will be greatly missed by all.

Winford Doyle Dixon

April 13, 1919 — Dec. 28, 2013

Winford Doyle Dixon, 94 of Fort Ritner, passed away at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born April 13, 1919, he was the son of Anderson Clay and Mabel (Byrd) Dixon. He married Maggie Ellen (Wesner) Dixon in July of 1945 and she preceded him in death in 2005.

Winford retired from General Motors in 1980 and was a veteran of World War II serving with the Army Air Corps in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Survivors include a son, Marty Dixon (Mary) of Connecticut; a daughter, Crystal Dixon (Mike Fidler) of Bedford; grandchildren, April Bechard (Zach), Danon Dixon, Lensey Dixon (Brent Ackerman), Anna Gates (Nick), Heidi Thiery (Scott), Shawn Greenlaw (Allison), Carie Stidle (Matt) and Ryan Greenlaw; great-grandchildren, Calen Gates, Camden Gates, Colin Bechard, Makenzi Thiery, Maveric Thiery and Marlee Kubinas; a brother-in-law, James Wesner (Joanne); three nephews; two nieces; several great-nieces and nephews; one great-great niece; and his friend and companion, Mrs. Oguerita McKinney of Brownstown and her family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Harvey; a sister, Mildred; three nieces; and two nephews.

Funeral service will be  at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Dixon Chapel Cemetery in Fort Ritner.

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

 Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Winford at www.daycarter.com.

Lewis Patton Jr.

Oct. 18, 1932 — Dec. 31, 2013

Lewis C. Patton Jr., 81, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Oct. 18, 1932, in Paoli, he was the son of Lewis C. and Gracie Faye (Thacker) Patton Sr. He married Dorothy Jane Bex March 16, 1963, and she preceded him in death June 8, 2006.

Lewis retired in 1994 from Carpenter Body Works with 30 years of service.

He was a member of the Fairview Church of Christ and attended the Mitchell Church of Christ.

Surviving are his children, Marvin (Suzanne) Patton of Mitchell and Teresa J. (Tim) Collins of St. Cloud, Fla.; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Heather Patton; sister, Shirley (Jerry) Wagner of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife; and brothers, Leroy Patton and Robert Wayne Patton, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Allen Burris officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Terry Wagner, Christian Wagner, David Kendall, Doug Kendall, Elizabeth Patton and Heather Patton.

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

Jeanette Weber

Jeanette Weber, 81,  Bedford, died Tuesday at 10:45 p.m. at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. January 01, 2014 Marguerite Cain Oct. 18, 1927 — Dec. 30, 2013

Marguerite Cain, 86, of Bedford, died at 5:22 a.m. on Monday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Oct. 18, 1927, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Narvel and Dora (Clark) Flinn. She married Raymond (Pete) Cain on Oct. 18, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2011.

She retired from Extruded Alloy after 20- plus years of service.

She was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church and the ladies missionary circle.

She enjoyed quilting and spending time with family.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Gilbert and Tammy Wronowicz and husband John, all of Bloomington; a daughter-in-law, Jeri Cain of Bedford; five grandchildren, Phillip Cain-Eads of Bedford, Chris Gilbert and wife Shannon of Maryland, Shad Gilbert of Bloomington, Mandy Allen of Bedford and Brittany Phillips of Bloomington; and 10 great-grandchildren, Kelsi Allen, Kensi Allen, Christopher Gilbert, Alex Gilbert, Laney Gilbert, Alexis Nelson, Bowen Phillips, Shayla Sandoval, Brylee Holguin and Avriana Holguin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Ike and Herman Flinn; five sisters, Ruby George, Louise Sovern, Iva Sanders, Mary Brown and Chris Hardwick; one son, Phil Cain.

Funeral service will be  at 11 a.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dave Ferry officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Marguerite at www.daycarter.com.

Wilma Soards

May 28, 1927 — Dec. 29, 2013

Wilma (York) Soards, 86, of Bedford, passed away at 8:12 a.m. on Sunday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

She was born on May 28, 1927, in Paducah, Ky., to Ray & Reba (Henson) York. She first married Jack Young of Bedford and then married Arthur Soards and he preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 1993.

She was a CNA at Bedford Medical Center.

She attended Park Place Church of God and Grace Full Gospel Church both in Bedford.

Wilma always had a smile for everyone and she was a loving mother and grandmother, and loved her Lord dearly. Wilma and her late husband Art had a food pantry in Oolitic for many years on Lafayette Avenue and ministered to many throughout the years.

Survivors include her children, Jackie (Robert) Carra of Florida, JoAnn (Cliff) Hall of Greenwood, Donna (Roger) Deckard of Bedford, David (Kym) Young of Salem and Kevin (Lucy) Young of Judah, 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and one sister; Thelma Martindill of Rogers, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, Edna Martin and Eva Pershing.

Funeral service will be at 1 a.m. on Friday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

John A. Wills Jr.

Oct. 27, 1946 — Dec. 29, 2013

John Alton Wills Jr., 67, of Brownstown, passed away Sunday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Lebanon,  he was the son of John Alton and Myrtle (Lane) Wills Sr. He married Sharon Kay (Bane) Smith on May 16, 2012, in Brownstown and she survives.

Mr. Wills was a member of Seymour Christian Church and attended Brownstown Christian Church.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a member of VFW Post  No. 1925, American Legion Post No. 89, and served on the Military Honor Guard. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Edinburg,  ABATE, and the Bedford Stone City AA Group.

He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 30 years of service.

John was an avid motorcycle rider who was a member of the Christian Motorcyclist’s Association and the Fall of the Son Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed being in the outdoors; whether it was riding his motorcycle, playing softball, hunting or fishing. He was also a knife and gun collector.

Although John enjoyed his many activities, his grandchildren were his pride and joy and he loved to be with them. He was a greatly loved uncle to his nieces and nephews and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Besides his wife; he is survived by his daughter, Brandy (Michael) Burke; stepchildren Matt (Jennifer) Smith and Jerri Kay (Doug) Hall; grandchildren, Michael Alexander Burke, Sarah Elizabeth Burke and Emileigh Bayonne Burke; brother Mark Wills; and sisters Marcia (Tom) Collins, Cindy Branaman, Debbie (James) Reynolds and Johnetta Wills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, David Wills; brothers, Larry Fleenor and William Dee Wills; and sister-in-law, Alice Fleenor.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at Voss Chapel in Seymour with the Rev. Michael Hogg officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at White River Cemetery in Medora, with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour.

Family and friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at Voss Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be written to the Seymour Christian Church or the Brownstown Christian Church through Voss Funeral Service, Seymour.

A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.

Jane L. Royer

Aug. 16, 1926 — Dec. 30, 2013

Jane Lucille Royer, 87, of French Lick, passed away Monday at Indiana University Health Bedford, surrounded by many members of her devoted family in her final eight hours.

Jane was born Aug. 16, 1926, in Orange County, to James and Hazel (Stalcup) Leonard. She married Elmer “Doke” Royer on Aug. 18, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 2008.

Jane was a 1944 graduate of French Lick High School.

She worked for Bell Telephone, Kimball Piano and worked in reservations at the French Lick Springs Hotel. Her 40 plus years in the work force ended after serving eight years as the Orange County Treasurer and she was the first woman elected to the Orange County Council.

She was a member of Eastern Star and Republican Women’s Club. She also was a member of the Beechwood Christian Church in French Lick where she served faithfully in many different capacities.

She is survived by her son, Richard “Dick” (Lawanda) Royer of Houston, Texas; daughters, Susan (Mick) Farris of West Baden and Nancy (Doug) Conrad of Springville; brother, James Leonard of Indianapolis; and sisters, Dorothy Clements of French Lick and Mary Ann Bledsoe of Bloomington. Her favorite grandchildren were Darin Farris, Krista Harrell, Kirbie Ann Moore, Logan Conrad, Christopher Royer and McKenna Conrad. Her favorite great-grandchildren were Kirsten Harrell, Kyra Harrell, Kenzie Harrell, Brant Farris, Brenna Farris, and Asa Conrad. She is also survived by many favorite nieces and nephews who loved and admired her also.

Jane’s favorite and very best role in life was as a devoted Mother. She was equally as good in the role of wife, Mamaw, Granny, sister, daughter, and friend. She was famous for her iced sugar cookies, cream puffs, and Sunday dinners. Her sense of humor, encouraging words and beautiful smile will be forever remembered by anyone who was blessed to know her.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Beechwood Christian Church in French Lick, with the Rev. Joan Daniels officiating. Burial will be at Mount Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at T.L. Pinnick Mortuary and from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to Beechwood Christian Church, Avoca Baptist Church, Johnson’s Christian Village, or any children’s program of the donor’s choice.

Special online condolences can be made online at www.tlpinnickmortuary.com.

Lewis Patton Jr.

Lewis C. Patton Jr., 81, Mitchell, died at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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