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Obituaries — January 2024


Ferguson Lee Funeral Home Bedford, Indiana

January 31, 2024


Samuel Clinton Felknor

July 3, 1956 – January 28, 2024


Samuel Clinton Felknor, 67, of Bedford passed away on January 28, 2024, at his residence. Born on July 3, 1956, he was the son of Noble Clinton and Phyllis May (Chapman) Felknor.


Samuel worked for Otis Elevator as an electrician and robotics technician, he was also a former co-owner of Summer Glow Tanning Salon. He was a United States Army Vietnam War Era Veteran.


Surviving Samuel are his two sisters, Minnie Sue Felknor of Bedford, IN, and Theresa Dianne Hilyard of Mitchell, IN; brother, Scott Duane Felknor of Williams, IN; and long-time friend, Virginia Knowlton of Bloomington, IN.


Samuel is preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation was chosen with no services at this time.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Felknor.


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




January 29, 2024



Hunter Cole Myers Obit

Hunter Cole Myers

August 19, 2001 – January 27, 2024


Williams – Hunter Cole Myers, 22, of Williams, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 27, 2024, from a heart condition.


Born August 19, 2001, in Bloomington, he was the son of Darrell and Heidi (Brazzell) Myers. A beloved son, brother, and friend to many. He was an avid gym enthusiast and dedicated weightlifter. He took pride in helping people discover the gym and bettering themselves. He loved baseball and had played since the age of four. Over the years, Hunter had been a part of many travel baseball teams. He also enjoyed several years of basketball and football. When he had spare time, he loved playing catch with his dad and younger brother. He was a big jokester and had the most mischievous laugh. He had a love of cars, especially his navy-blue Camaro. He was a co-owner of Buff Bros. Detailing with his friend, which he did in his free time. Hunter was a member of FCA, National Technical Honors Society, and HOSA. He was currently attending USI for pre-med. His dream was to become a physician. He has been an advocate for dementia awareness and was hoping to help dementia patients one day. Hunter loved the Lord; he attended the Seventh Day Adventist Church and recently had been searching the scriptures and said his favorite verse was Job 23:10.


Survivors include his parents, of Williams; a sister, Addison Thomas and husband, Eli, of Elwood; a brother, Camden Myers, of Williams; his maternal grandparents, Roger and Marian Brazzell, of Mitchell; an aunt, Holly Brazzell-Bex, of Williams; two cousins, Aiden Bex, of Williams and Laken Baker and husband, Aaron, of Salem; his dog, Oakley; extended family and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Myers; his paternal grandmother, Rita Hancock; his paternal grandfather, Stanley Myers; his maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Roberta Kimmel and Doyle and Etta Brazzell; his paternal great-grandparents, Wayne and Marilyn Hancock and Gladys and George Myers.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Bryantsville Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 2nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hunter Myers Scholarship Fund, c/o Darrell and Heidi Brazzell Myers. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Ellis Edward Brooking

September 10, 1948 – January 28, 2024


Ellis Edward Brooking Obit

Bedford – Ellis Edward Brooking, 75, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born September 10, 1948, in Bedford, he was the son of Lora Ellis and Josephine Elmira (Wray) Brooking. He married Linda Darlene Baldwin of September 6, 1968, and she preceded him in death on January 3, 2018. He retired from W.F. Myers after 44 years and was of the Baptist faith.


Survivors include a son, Michael Edward Brooking and wife, Christie, of Martinsville; a daughter, Lisa Parsley and husband, Jason, of Kalispell, MT; two grandchildren, Cole Brooking, and Victoria Brooking; a brother, James Brooking, of Medora; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Randy Brooking and a sister, Patty Terry.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Thursday, February 1st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Dorothy Marie Carroll Obits

Dorothy Marie Carroll

MITCHELL – Dorothy Marie Carroll, 88, passed away Monday, January 29, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

 

Born November 6, 1935, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Hubert and Georgie (White) Atchison.  She married Donald “Don” Bruce Carroll on June 11, 1960 and he survives.

 

Dorothy was a cashier at Jay-C Food Stores for 25 years and tour director for D & D Travel for 37 years. She was a 1955 graduate of Huron High School and was active with the Huron Alumni Association. Dorothy was a member of Bryantsville Church of Christ, a former chaperone for the Orleans band, and affiliated with Orange County 4-H.

 

Survivors include her husband, Don Carroll of Mitchell; grandsons, Kyle Carroll of Paoli and C. J. Carroll of Mitchell; eleven great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.


Her parents; son, Kevin Don Carroll; and brothers, John Atchison, Kenneth Eugene Atchison, Hubert Roland “Peanut” Atchison, and James Ott Atchison, preceded her in death.

 

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 1, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Don White officiating.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

 

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




Randall Merle Morrison Obit

Randall Merle Morrison

MITCHELL – Randall Merle Morrison, 73, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2024, at his residence.

 

Born August 25, 1950, in Sullivan, he was the son of Carl Morrison and Lorena (Bragden) Fultz.  He married Margie R. Embree on July 18, 2003 and she survives.

 

Randall was a graduate of Edgewood High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He retired from Stone City Products.  Randall enjoyed going to national parks, being with his family over the holidays, and he loved his hummingbirds.

 

Surviving are his wife, Margie R. Morrison of Mitchell; children, Cindy and Joe Fish of Avoca, Michael (Lore) Fish of Bedford, and Debbie (Donald) White of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jada Michelle (Clayton Seacat) Eaks, Lindsey (Michael) Langley, Alysha (Jake) Cirillo, Zach (Felisha) Fish, Kameron Fish, and Dylan (Sierra) McSoley; great-grandchildren, Brentley McSoley, Peyton McSoley, Brooklynn McSoley, Nash Fish, Grayson Dunn, James Cirillo, Avery Langley, and three more on the way; and siblings, Paul Morrison, Kim Briner, and Robin Fultz.

 

His parents and brother, Donnie Morrison, preceded him in death.

 

Cremation has been chosen, with a Celebration of Life service at a later date.

 

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




Joan (Wellman) Wininger

March 17, 1941-January 27, 2024


Mitchell-Joan (Wellman)Wininger, 82, of Mitchell went to join her husband and both sons in Heaven on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at her residence.


Born March 17, 1941, in Daviess County, IN, she was the daughter of Roy Richard and Grace Irene (Hankins) Wellman. She married Morris Wininger on March 26, 1960, and he preceded her in death on July 29, 2013. Joan was a graduate of Paoli High School with the class of 1959 and had taken correspondence courses through LaSalle College and retired as a bookkeeper for Stone City Products. Joan lived in Orange County until 1963 when she and Morris moved to Lawrence County. She was of the Baptist faith.


Survivors include, a granddaughter, Jakayla Wininger (Doug Saladee); a sister, Jane Houchin; a brother-in-law, Harlan (Gail) Wininger; three sisters-in-law, Joan Ray, Marilyn Wininger, and Arletta Hughes; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Steve Wininger and Chris Wininger, a sister, Betty Lamon, and two brothers, Richard K. Wellman and Donald Lee Wellman.


Graveside services will be conducted at the Stampers Creek Cemetery at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 1st with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 until 1:00pm on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



January 26, 2024


Michael L. Vinson

Michael L. Vinson, Jr. 43 of Austin passed away on January 24, 2024, at 1:34 p.m. at University of Louisville Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Bedford on May 23, 1980, to Micheal Lee Vinson, Sr., and Melissa (Van Meter) Overstreet. Michael married Heidi Begley on November 16, 2023, in Mitchell and she survives.


Michael attended BNL High School and worked as a packer at Genpak in Scottsburg, he previously worked many years at Better way Moving Company.

Survivors include his wife, Heidi Vinson, children, LeAnn Dusler, Kaylin Duslar, Kylie Vinson-Duslar, and Mila Stidham, two sisters, Rachel Kee, and Tina Hanners, one brother, Douglas Turner.


He was preceded in death by his father, Michael Vinson, Sr., mother and stepfather, Melissa and Douglas Overstreet.


Private family funeral services will be held at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Pastor Johnnie Herald, officiating, burial will be in Dive Cemetery.


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




Phillip R. Richardson Obit

Phillip R. Richardson

April 19, 1948 - January 25, 2024


Williams – Phillip Richardson, 75, of Williams, passed away at 4:05 pm on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his residence.


Born April 19, 1948 in Bloomington, he was the son of Henry and Elva (Brown) Richardson. He married Rogenia Cain on June 2, 1966 and she survives. He retired from Whitestone after 26 years. He was very hardworking and a self-taught woodworker and auto mechanic. He enjoyed working and fishing and built his family home.


Survivors include his wife Rogenia of Williams; three children, Philisha Hobbs and husband Dennis of Bloomington, Lana Eads and husband Donald of Bloomington, Phillip Andrew Richardson and wife Tabetha of Bloomfield; twelve grandchildren, Laci Hobbs, Zach Hobbs and wife Bitsy, Paul Hobbs and wife Whitney, Rachel Hardy and husband Justin, Sam and Abby Eads, Kelsey Richardson, Austin Richardson and wife Lexus, Kurtis Richardson, Aaron Richardson, Kole Richardson, and Nora Richardson; eleven great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren; five sisters, Sheila Summit, Sheryl Frye, Shelly Richardson, Shirley Richardson, and Sandy; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, two brothers, Jimmy Lee Richardson and Tim Richardson, and a grandson, Bear Richardson.


Graveside services will be conducted on Monday, January 29, 2024 at Port Williams Cemetery at 1:30 pm. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Henry “Bud” Todd Obit

Henry “Bud” Todd

February 6, 1936 – January 24, 2024


Bedford – Henry Todd, 87, passed away at 5:15 am on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at his residence.


Born February 6, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Henry Todd Sr. and Dorothy (Malicoat) Todd. He married Betty Sue Todd and she preceded him. He was a teacher at the BNL Vocational Center and later retired from General Motors. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Grace Full Gospel Church.


Survivors include two sons, John Todd and Michael Todd, both of Colorado, a step-daughter, Tammy Bridges of Bedford, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, wife, two sisters, and two children, Gini Cole and Jeff Todd.


A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Scott Tyree Obituary

Franklin Scott Tyree, age 71 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24,2024 at Monroe Hospital surrounded by family.


Scott was born in Bedford Indiana on January 31,1952 to Kenneth Tyree and Catherine Louise (Finger) Tyree, and they preceded him in death. Scott was a lifelong resident of Lawrence and Monroe Counties graduated in 1970 from University High school where he was an outstanding athlete and excelled in basketball and baseball. He went on to attend Indiana University where he studied physical education and served on the athletic training staff during the 1972 football and basketball seasons. He later spent one season with the Boston Patriots as a staff trainer.


Scott had many careers during his life and retired in 2017 and devoted most of his time to the Elks Club where he was a member for many years. He enjoyed the fellowship and engagement of the club while serving the community in various functions. From parades, to shooting matches, to fish fry’s, to cooking in the restaurant, to decorating for the holidays, the Elks Club was a great outlet for Scott’s passion.


Scott is survived by his four siblings. Anne Tyree Pierce of Scottsdale Arizona, Joe Tyree (Mary) of Chicago Illinois, Jim Tyree (Susan) of Chicago Illinois, and Bill Tyree (Kelly) of Scottsdale Arizona.


After a private remembrance, Scott will be buried in Cresthaven Cemetery in Lawrence County next to his parents.




January 24, 2024



Aaron Edward Wagner Obit

Aaron Edward Wagner

December 12, 1974 – January 23, 2024


Aaron Edward Wagner, 49, of Bedford passed away on January 23, 2024, at Bloomington Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Born on December 12, 1974, he was the son of Charles Robert “Bob” and Ramona Eileen (Bruce) Wagner.


Aaron was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the class of 1993. He worked at Print Pack, Indiana Limestone, Elliot Stone, and Times Mail. Aaron was of Christian Faith. He loved movies and all music genres, and enjoyed playing guitar, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his friends and family.


Surviving Aaron is his father, Bob Wagner, brother, Dan (Misty) Wagner; five uncles, Ron Wagner, Bill Wagner, Larry Wagner, Mike Wagner, and Rick Wagner; three aunts, Judy Rorie, Susan Britt, and Jill Philips; as well as several cousins.


Aaron is preceded in death by his mother, Ramona; maternal and paternal grandparents; three uncles, James Edward Bruce, Russell Wagner, and James Wagner; five aunts, Elizabeth J. Bruce, Evelyn Stutsman, Donna Baskette, Patty Bowers, and Sharon Meyer.


Graveside funeral services will be at 1:00pm on January 31, 2024, at Williams Cemetery with Pastor David Ferry officiating.


Contributions in memory of Aaron may be made to the White River Humane Society.

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




Helen Louise Barnett

BEDFORD – Helen Louise Barnett, 90, passed away Monday, January 22, 2024, at IU Health Bedford Hospital. She had been a resident at Cedar Creek Assisted Living. 

 

Born December 23, 1933, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Norman J. and Lola E. (Webb) Lindley.  She married Danny Barnett on September 1, 1951 and he preceded her in death November 20, 2006.  

 

Helen was a teacher at Mitchell High School and Burris Elementary and also was a licensed real estate broker. She was a 1951 graduate of Orleans High School and 1969 graduate of Indiana University.  Helen was member of Bedford First Baptist Church and past interim director at Women’s Ministry in Bedford. She loved music and played the piano and organ for several local churches and Chastain Funeral Home. 

 

Survivors include her son, Barry Barnett of Bedford; brother, Gene Lindley of Orleans; and several nieces and nephews. 


Her parents; husband; siblings, Paul Lindley, Damon Lindley, Merrill Lindley, Marvin Lindley, Mary Ruth Riggle, Alvin Lindley, Robert Lindley, Marjorie Ann Sears, and Norman J. Lindley preceded her in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor William “Skip” Mathews officiating.  Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery.   

 

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

 

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




January 22, 2024



Marilyn J. Baker Obit

Marilyn J. Baker

Marilyn J. Baker, 89, of Springville, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2024, at Westview Rehabilitation Center.


Born December 3, 1934, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Opal and Lucille (Parker) Lake. She married Gerald Baker on November 23, 1956, and he preceded her in death on November 25, 2003. Marilyn was a 4-H leader for over twenty-five years and was a member of the Hoosier Hills Doll Club and the Early Birds Homemakers Club. She loved to make cakes and cookies for her family, especially her grandchildren.


Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Lynn Baker-McNeely and husband Tony of Mitchell; two sons, Mark Kevin Baker and wife Kim, and Jon Stevin Baker and wife Pam all of Springville; nine grandchildren; Crystal Rayhill-Carmen and husband Michael, Cory Rayhill and wife Bethany, Craig Rayhill and wife Anna, Christanna Rayhill-McNeely, Brett Baker and wife Britney, Jamie Phillips and husband Chad, Stacey Brown and husband Kyle, Stephanie Baker; 22 great grandchildren; Cydnee, Chloe, Cevanna, Carsyn, Leighton, Kinsington, Eleanor, Charlie, Chance, Cheyenne, Brentlea, Jaxsen, Fynley, Grant, Sophie, Lauren, Braxton, Averie, Madison, Gabby, Macy and Ruger; six sisters, Evelyn Morgan, Pam Lake, Kathy Terry, Karen Speer, Theresa McGuire, Paula Briner; and one brother, Jerry Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a granddaughter, Cristen Rayhill, and siblings, Ruby Swartz, Bob Lake, Gene Lake, Kay Lake (in infancy) and Debbie Lake (in infancy).


Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 26th at 12 noon in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Roger Allen officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow at Hilltop Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Springville Gym Restoration Fund or the Lawrence County 4-H Endowment.




Terry Gean Sorrells Obit

Terry Gean Sorrells

BEDFORD – Terry Gean Sorrells, 74, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2024, at his residence. 

 

Born August 26, 1949, in Huron, he was the son of Laverne and Helen Louise (Stroud) Sorrells.  Terry married Karen Blackwell on May 6, 1967 and she survives. 

 

Terry was a 1967 graduate of Mitchell High School and obtained his Bachelors of Science degree from Adam Smith University.  He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the Vietnam War, and was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post 33.  Terry was also a member of the Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Organization, serving as their first commander. He had worked in several positions in safety and law enforcement over 44 years, and retired after 25 years in explosive safety at NSWC Crane.  Terry was of the Christian Faith.   

 

Surviving are his wife, Karen Sorrells of Bedford; children, Dayna Sorrells of Bedford, Dustin (Melissa) Sorrells of Mitchell, and Danny (Talesha) Sorrells of Bedford; and grandchildren, Dayson Sorrells, Dannah Sorrells, Delaney Sorrells, Lillie Barnett, Donovan Terry Sorrells, and Amaryss Munyanyi.    

 

His parents and brothers, Richard L. Sorrells, Ronald “Ronnie” L. Sorrells, Steven “Mike” Sorrells, and Jerry D. Sorrells, preceded him in death. 

    

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Bro. Ted Johnson officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.  Cremation to follow. 


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home. 


Memorial contributions can be made to the Lawrence County Vietnam Veterans Organization.   


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



January 18, 2024



Kenneth Ray Banks, Sr. Obit

Kenneth Ray Banks, Sr.

November 22, 1943 – January 17, 2024


Springville - Kenny Banks was born November 22, 1943, in Bedford, Indiana to Harry McClelland and Mary Elsie (Godsey) Banks. He passed away peacefully at 6:05 am on January 17, 2024 at Westview Rehabilitation Center after a recent bout with an ongoing illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruth Ann, and a brother, Larry Wayne.


Kenny is survived by his wife Janice Darlene (Flynn) Banks of Springville; two daughters, Kathryn (Jim) Gaddis of Mitchell, and Mary (Joe) Bunch of Martinsville; two sons, Lanny (Joan) Banks of Bedford and Kenneth Ray, Jr. of Mitchell. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


Viewing will be from 10:00 am until the funeral hour of 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 21, 2024 at Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church in Owensburg, Indiana. Burial will follow at Lowder Cemetery in Springville, Indiana. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Youth Fund. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



David A. Andis Obit

David A. Andis

David A. Andis, 67 of Springville passed away at 12:28 AM on Monday, January 15, 2024, at City of Hope Cancer Center after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born September 29, 1956, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Curtis and Bertha (Blake) Andis. He was a retired steel worker and was a graduate of Oolitic High School, he loved spending time with his grandsons and being outdoors.


Survivors include his wife, Susan (Roll) Andis of Springville, two daughters, Mindy Jones of Springville, and Misty O’Toole of Bedford, one son, Cheyene Starr of Springville, five grandsons, Triston Sheets, Cameron Sheets, Murvan Starr, Gavin Jones, and Jaxson Jones, three sisters, Janet Morrow, Teresa Turner, and Barbara Perry.


He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, James Andis, and Michael Andis, two sisters, Donna Meadows, and Janice Kern, one grandson, Hunter Starr.


Funeral services will be on Monday, January 22, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in the New Union Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday January 22nd, from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



January 17, 2024


Larry D. Lindsey

Larry D. Lindsey, 64 of Bedford passed away on Sunday January 14, 2023, at his residence. He was born in Bedford on September 16, 1959, to James Lindsey and Nada (Melton) Lindley. Larry worked as a Horse trainer.


Survivors include one son, Chris Lindsey of Orleans, his mother, Nada Lindley of Shoals, two sisters, Debbie Prince of Huron, and Sheila Craig of Bedford, one brother, Greg Lindsey of Wyoming, three grandchildren, Emma Higgs, Gracie Higgs, and Andrew Lindsey.


Larry was preceded in death by his father, James Lindsey, and one sister, Vicky Tedrow.

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



January 16, 2024


Thomas Joe Tincher Obit

Thomas Joe Tincher

November 29, 1952 – January 14, 2024


Bedford – Thomas Joe Tincher, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 11:48 pm on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born November 29, 1952, in Bedford, he was the son of Joe and Clara Joan (Super) Tincher. He married Karen Dorsett on May 6, 1983, and she survives. He had been a factory worker for Manchester Tank for 45 years and attended the First Assembly of God in Bedford.


Survivors include his wife, Karen, of Bedford; a son, Toby Tincher and wife, Marcy, of Williams; three grandchildren, Gavin Tincher and wife, Shyah, Aaliyah Tincher, and Zephyr Tincher, all of Williams; a great-grandson, Westin Tincher; two brothers, Jeff Tincher, of Fayetteville, Kevin Tincher and wife, Juli, of Bedford; one nephew, Brady Tincher, of Bedford; one niece, Shelby Chastain and husband, Tanner, of Bedford; a great-niece, Grayli Chastain.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Following Tom’s wishes, cremation was chosen. Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Chris Stubbs officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Assembly of God. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Martha Ann West Obit

Martha Ann West

March 24, 1940 – January 14, 2024


Springville – Martha Ann West, 83, of Springville, passed away at 9:39 am on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at her residence.


Born March 24, 1940, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Wayne and Ruby (Martin) Payton. She married Kenneth Ramsey and he preceded her in death. She later married Elmer Strunk and he also preceded her in death. She married Wendell West and he survives. She retired as an assembly worker at RCA in Bloomington and attended the Cincinnati Pentecostal Church.


Survivors include her husband, Wendell, of Springville; two children, David Wayne Ramsey and wife, Debby, of Bedford and Joy Easton and husband, Kevin, of Oolitic; step-children, Dennis West and wife, Christie, and Bradley Gene West and wife, Jen, all of Springville; granddaughter, Amy Ramsey; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; step-grandchildren, Steven West, Levi West, Cheyenne West, and Bailey West; seven step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Roger Payton and wife, Kay, of Brownstown; a sister, Priscilla Smoot and husband, Dennis, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two grandsons, Joshua and Matt, and 10 siblings.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, January 17th at Hilltop Pentecostal Church with Rev. Bill Johnson and Rev. Kevin Maberry officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



January 13, 2024



Edward Leland "Eddy" Cook Obit

Edward Leland "Eddy" Cook

Edward Leland Cook, also known as Eddy, passed away on January 12, 2024, at the age of 85 in Bedford, Indiana. He was born on March 29, 1938, in Chico, California. Eddy was a beloved individual who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.


Eddy was an incredibly kind and humorous man. He had a knack for lifting people's spirits and brightening their day with his jokes and pranks. It was rare to see him without a smile on his face. His presence brought joy to those around him, and the world is a lesser place without his kind and gentle soul.


In his career, Eddy served as a groundskeeper and gardener at East Lawn Cemetery. He also owned the Rock Hound Café in Starbuck, Washington, and had a passion for art. Eddy was a modern artist, creating custom jewelry and belt buckles. He had a unique talent for transforming everyday objects into works of art. Additionally, Eddy was an avid bowler and enjoyed participating in a bowling league. He was a life member of the Clampers, a fraternal organization with roots tracing back to the California Gold Rush.


Eddy proudly served in the US Army, and his military associations were an integral part of his life.


Eddy is survived by his brothers Marvin, James, and Curtis, his daughter Peggy Pourner, and Bobby Graham. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Alicia Pourner, John Pourner III, Edward Pourner, Sky Costen, and Summer Cleveland, as well as his great-grandchildren John IV, Jaquline, Gloria, Gwendolyn, Brandon, Edward Jr, Connor, and Henry. He was preceded in death by his parents Franklin Cook and Winona Kietsock (Smith), his sisters Sherie, Ethel, and Shella, his son Michel, his daughter Becky Costen, and his grandson Samuel Costen.


Eddy was a member of the White River Baptist Church, where his funeral service will be held. The funeral will take place at 7705 Tunnelton Road, Bedford, IN 47421. Visitation will be held on Monday, January 15, from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a short visitation on Tuesday, January 16, starting at 1:00 PM. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 PM. After the service, Eddy will be interred in the White River Baptist Church Cemetery. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, Indiana, is assisting the family with the arrangements.


Eddy's memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. He will be remembered for his kindness, humor, and artistic talents. May he rest in peace.




Connie Sue Gaddis-Keen

Connie Sue Gaddis-Keen

SOLSBERRY – On January 12, 2024, Connie Sue Gaddis-Keen left her body Earthside. 

 

Born May 31, 1952, Connie Sue was the oldest of six children.  The daughter of Mary and James Gaddis, Connie Sue was raised in Mitchell, Indiana. 

 

In a time not accustomed to fierce, opinionated women, Connie Sue proved herself ahead of her time and learned to question everyone and everything.  She found no qualms pushing boundaries, pushing limits, and telling people around her just what was on her mind.  She had a love for literature and even more so for music.  Some of Connie’s favorite artists were Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Liberace, Annie Lennox, B.B. King, Tracy Chapman, Patsy Cline, and Queen.  Connie loved nature and no matter where she found herself in life, you could count on her to find ways to plant flowers and feed the local wildlife. 

 

In her mission to put as much strong-willed female energy into the universe as she could, Connie gave birth to three daughters – Michelle, Mary, and Katrina, or as she would tell you – Bug, Charlie, and Tater.  Connie also went on to have nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  Connie will be profoundly missed by those who knew her.  “I know it’s hard to believe, but I promise it’s the truth.  I promise one day you will say it too – ‘I can’t believe I ever thought I could lose you.’” 

 

Cremation has been chosen. 

 

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




Kevin Frederick Weisman

Kevin Frederick Weisman passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Majestic Care of Bedford, Indiana.


Kevin was born October 15, 1959, to Luther Edward and Elinor “Dotty” Weisman of Otwell.

Kevin is survived by his mother and two siblings, Tom (Tina) Weisman of Otwell and Ann DeCarlo of Westfield; nieces and nephews.  


He is preceded in death by his father and sister, Lydia.


Family wishes were fulfilled for body donation through the IU School of Medicine.


A graveside service for Kevin F. Weisman will be held later in Saint John’s Boone Township Cemetery.



January 11, 2024


Geri Lynn Embree

February 14, 1952 – January 11, 2024


Springville – Geri Lynn Embree, 71, of Springville, passed away at 5:40 am on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born February 14, 1952, in Bedford, she was the daughter of H. Martin and L. Jean (Graves) Barnett. She married Pat Embree on October 18, 1969, and he survives. She was a beautician at Jeanie’s Beauty Shop and a hostess at Hobby’s Inn.


Survivors include her husband, Pat, of Springville; three children, Patrick D. Embree, II and wife, Regina, of Springville, Cristopher M. Embree and wife, Sara, of Omaha, NE, and Brandi J. Wright, of Bedford; twelve grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathy J. Oliver and husband, Jim, of Mt. Dora, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters (in infancy).


Following Geri’s wishes, cremation was chosen and private memorial services will be conducted with Rev. Bill Johnson officiating at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Craig Worrell

September 16, 1946 – January 8, 2024


Bloomington – Craig Worrell, 77, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:01 am on Monday, January 8, 2024.


Born September 16, 1946, in Niles, MI, he was the son of Donald and Margaret Spencer Worrell. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Navy where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star. He was a drummer and craftsman who enjoyed arts, making jewelry, and traveling with his close friend, Mark Apple.

Survivors include a daughter, Amber Worrell, of Indianapolis; a brother, Kurt Worrell, and a sister, Chris Collins, both of California.


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




January 10, 2024


Mary E. (Roberts) DeVore Obit

Mary E. DeVore

Mary E. DeVore was born August 4th, 1960, to Glenn and Gertie Roberts, in Bedford. Mary was the youngest of three siblings. Mary was a 1953 graduate of Mitchell High School. After school. Mary began working at Traveler’s in Orleans. Shortly afterwards, Mary met Robert DeVore. They became married on January 14, 1956. On August 4th, Mary gave birth to their only child, Pamela (Pam), after raising their daughter, Mary worked for Appleacres. On December 29, 1985, Mary became a grandmother, to her only grandchild, Robert (Rob) German. Mary was a devoted mother and grandmother, always putting their needs before her own. Mary was a devout Christian and attended Springville United Methodist Church and River’s Edge Christian Church.


Surviving is her daughter, Pam (Larry) Reed of Bedford, Rob (Tiffany) German of Bedford, brother, Bill Roberts of Indianapolis, and two great grandchildren, who she deeply adored, Waylon German, and Reagan German. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Glann and Gertie Roberts, sister, Betty Davis, and husband, Robert DeVore.


The family would like to thank the staff of Mitchell Manor, and the staff of her hospice care team for her care. Per Mary’s request, there will be no funeral services, she will be laid to rest in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




January 9, 2024



Judith D. Reef Obit

Judith D. Reef

August 6, 1960 – January 9, 2024


Norman – Judith D. Reef, 63, of Norman, passed away at 1:10 am on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born August 6, 1960, in Bedford, she was the daughter of James and Geneva (Grogan) Byrd. She married Brian Reef and he survives. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include her husband, Brian, of Norman; two sons, James Byrd, of Vincennes and A.J. Barnett, of Bedford; a sisters, Glenda Wellman Nickless and husband, Bruce, of Norman, Suzie Byrd Martinez and husband, David, of Frost Proof, FL, and AnnaLee Henderson and husband, Raymond, of Mitchell; two brothers, James Connerly and wife, Joy, of Houston and Donnie Byrd, of Lawrence Co.; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Mark Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 11th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Vester Eugene Jones Jr. Obit

Vester Eugene Jones Jr.

January 28, 1959 - December 25, 2023


Vester E. Jones, Jr., age 64, of Bedford, peacefully graduated to heaven on Christmas day, December 25, 2023, at his residence. Born January 28, 1959, in Yellville, Arkansas, he was the son of Vester E. “Gene” Jones Sr. and Carolyn (Barnes) Jones. He married Veronica “Ronnie” Williams in 1987 and she survives.


Vester was a High School graduate and had been self-employed. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was of the Christian faith.


His loving memory will be cherished by his wife “Ronnie;” children: Billy O’Keefe, Jeremy O’Keefe, Abbey Turpen, Rhea Thielbar, and Ryan Gardner; several grandchildren; one sister: Veesha (Bryon) Murray, and his father and stepmother: Vester E. “Gene” Jones, Sr., and Beverly Jones.


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


“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1). Vester has now transitioned from this earth to his eternal home.


Cremation was chosen with a celebration of Vester’s life to be held at a later date.


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


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




January 8, 2024


Johnny Joe Hayes

January 22, 1951 – January 6, 2024


Johnny Joe Hayes, 72, of Bedford, IN passed away on January 6, 2024, in Monroe County, IN. Born on January 22, 1951, in Jackson County, IN, he was the son of Clyde and Mary Mikels. He married Edith Rhea Dawn (Sullivan) Hayes on December 6, 1968, in Brownstown and she preceded him in death on May 18, 2011.


Johnny was a stone cutter for Indiana Limestone. He worked there for 12 years before retiring in 1986. He loved the outdoors.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Johnny are his children, Rhonda (Michael) Greene, Johnny (Shawna) Hayes, and Adam Hayes; grandchildren, Aydan Hayes, Logan Hayes, Shelby (Joe) Laque, Brad (Darian) Collier, and Ben Collier; great grandchildren, Adelyn, Trey, Jackson, and Hadley Laque; and his granddog, Memphis.


Johnny is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and daughter, Darla Hayes.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, January 12, 2024, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Randy McCollum officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Visiting hours are from 11:00am to the service time on Friday also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Thomas Joseph Burton Obit

Thomas Joseph Burton

February 3, 1958 – January 7, 2023


Thomas Joseph Burton, 65, of Bedford, passed away on January 7, 2024. Born on February 3, 1958, he was the son of Alfred Thomas and Erma Jo (Hendricks) Burton.


Thomas worked as a roofer for many years. He was a graduate of Bloomington High School. He was a die hard Dale Earnhardt fan and enjoyed race cars and dirt track racing.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Thomas are his three sons, Scott Burton (Jill) of TN, Andrew Bailey (Danielle) of Mitchell, IN, and Thomas Burton of TN; two daughters, Stephanie Burton of TN and Stacy Hillenburg of Ellettsville, IN; grandchildren; Kadence, Brayden, Mattilyn, Jackson, Farrah, Cole, Amelia, and four more grandchildren that are Stacy’s children; sister, Debra Burton of Bedford, Alice Herrington of FL, and Brenda Hoshaw of FL.


Thomas is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, William Burton.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow at the Burton Cemetery in Mitchell. Visiting hours are from 9:30 to the service time on Thursday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Sandra Elaine Carnell Obit

Sandra Elaine Carnell

MITCHELL – Sandra Elaine Carnell, 84, passed away Monday, January 8, 2024, at IU Health Bedford Hospital. 

 

Born March 19, 1939, in Bradford, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Elmer T. and Alyne (Taylor) Garwood.  Sandy married Samuel S. Carnell on December 24, 1958, and he survives. 

 

Sandy and her husband were owners of Ben Franklin/ACE Hardware in Mitchell from 1976 -2020.  She was an active member of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa.  Sandy enjoyed studying the Bible and journaling.  Sandy was a member of the Bedford Free Methodist Church.  She also enjoyed being outside; swimming, recumbent trike riding, skiing, working in flowers, gardening, and traveling.  Sandy loved her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.   

 

Surviving are her husband, Samuel S. Carnell of Mitchell; children, Samuel Stewart (Sherry) Carnell of Commerce Township, Michigan and Suzanne Elizabeth (Marvin) Patton of Mitchell; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Zach) Sons, Heather (Travis) Dearman, Emily Carnell, Amelia Carnell, and Samuel Scott Carnell; great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Colton; and siblings, Nancy Stover of Battlement Mesa, Colorado and Mary Lea Edel of Emporium, Pennsylvania. 

 

Her parents preceded her in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 12, at the Bedford Free Methodist Church with Pastor Adam Strauser and Pastor Scott Salm officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 11, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. 

 

Memorial Gifts: Celebrate Recovery, c/o Free Methodist Church 

 

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




Phillip Eugene Fletcher Obit

Phillip Eugene Fletcher

MITCHELL – Phillip Eugene Fletcher, 78, passed away Friday, January 5, 2024, at his residence. 

 

Born February 17, 1945, in Mitchell, he was the son of James G. and Helen Mae (Coleman) Fletcher. 

 

Phillip was a 1963 graduate of Mitchell High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250.  Phillip was a past master of the Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.&A.M. 

 

Surviving are his children, Jon Fletcher of Garner, Iowa and Melissa Ann Fletcher of Kansas City, Missouri; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; companion, Vicki Saunders of Mitchell; and mother of the children, Barbara Jill Sanders of Kansas City, Missouri. 

 

His parents and brother, James W. Fletcher, preceded him in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.  Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. 

 

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

 

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




Roy Wayne Wood Obit

Roy Wayne Wood

ORLEANS – Roy Wayne Wood, 81, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2024, at his residence.

 

Born June 30, 1942, in Mitchell, he was the son of Chester and Rosa Nell (Chastain) Wood. He married Nancy Goodpaster on July 19, 1977 and she survives.

 

Roy graduated from Mitchell High School in 1960.  He was a truck driver for most of his career and had been a driver for various trucking companies.  Roy greatly enjoyed attending toy tractor shows and collecting Hot Wheels in his spare time.   He was a member of the Orleans First Baptist Church. 

 

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Wood of Orleans; children, Mike Wood of French Lick, Clyde Kellams of Orleans, and Amy (Darren) Norrington of Mitchell; grandchildren, Tiffany Wood of French Lick, Andrew Norrington of Mitchell, and Ian Norrington of Mitchell;  three great grandchildren; and siblings, Charlene Stromatt of Norman, and Carey (Debbie) Wood of Mitchell.

 

His parents; daughter, Julie Marie Wood; and grandson, Matthew Kellams,  preceded him in death.

 

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, at Talbott Cemetery, with Bro. Larry Chastain officiating. 

 

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/ and to the Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org

 

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




January 5, 2024


William E. Gordon

William E. Gordon 88 of Mitchell passed away on January 2, 2024, at 10:45 a.m. at IU Health in Bedford. William was born in Lawrence County on August 6, 1935, to Jim Gordon and Betty (Carter) Gordon, they both preceded him in death. William was a painter.


Burial services will be held on Friday January 5, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



January 4, 2024



Joan Ramey Fletcher Obit

Joan Ramey Fletcher

Joan Ramey Fletcher, 88, of Carmel, passed away December 31, 2023.  

 

She was born April 24, 1935 in Mitchell, Indiana to the late Clayton and Evangeline (Lewis) Ramey.  

 

Joan was a graduate of Mitchell High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree and Master’s Degree from Indiana University where she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority. She married David A. Fletcher, and was an elementary school teacher in Mitchell, Indiana and Tacoma, Washington. Joan left teaching to fulfill her most treasured role of wife, mother, and grandmother. She also enjoyed memberships in the Tri Kappa Philanthropic Sorority and the Stansfield Circle Group.


Joan is survived by her sons, Mark Allen Fletcher and John David (Kristine) Fletcher; grandchildren, Clayton Allen (Ellie) Fletcher, Kyle David (Bridget) Fletcher, Broc Harrison Fletcher, and Haylie Evangeline Fletcher; and great-grandson, Murphy David Fletcher. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, David A. Fletcher; brother, Larry (Jan) Ramey; brother-in-law, Dr. Robert (Maralyn) Burton. 

 

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6, at Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.  Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the NIL for Indiana University Football and/or the Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

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





Ronald Lee Owen Obit

Ronald Lee Owen

MITCHELL – Ronald Lee Owen, 81, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.


Born October 3, 1942, in Washington, Indiana, he was the son of William Prentiss and Frieda Mae (Cannon) Owen. He married Beverly Lish on January 13, 1979 and she survives.


Ronald was a 1960 graduate of Paoli High School. He retired from Paoli, Inc. as a foreman. Ronald loved attending sporting events, and was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a member of the Paoli Bowling League and the Old Men’s Golf Scramble Club. Ronald was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford. He liked to travel, enjoyed going to the Orleans Farmer’s Market, and singing in the church choir. Everyone knew him for his love of funny hats.


Surviving are his:

  • wife, Beverly Owen of Mitchell;

  • children, Lisa (Doug) Kirby of Paoli, Jennifer (José Jacquez) Pinnick of Highland, Seth Pinnick of Evansville, and Allison Pinnick of New Harmony;

  • grandchildren, Liz (Todd) Combs of Salem, Ryan Owen of Paoli, and Austin Owen of Paoli;

  • great-grandchildren, Ryder, Cruz, and Briggs, all of Salem;

  • siblings, Robert (Diana) Owen of Huntingburg, Judy Chandler of Riley, and Ellen (Lonnie) Chapman of Birdseye; and

  • several cousins, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.


His parents; son, Larry Owen; and brother-in-law, Terry Chandler, preceded him in death.

Memorial service will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Judi Early officiating.


The family will receive friends from noon until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions can be made to WildCare, Inc., 198 N. Hartstrait Road, Bloomington, IN 47404 or Fountain Park Chautauqua, PO Box 385, Remington, IN 47977.


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



January 2, 2024



Loretta Houtchings Obit

Loretta Houtchings

October 24, 1948 – December 30, 2023


Bedford – Loretta Houtchings, 75, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at her residence.


Born October 24, 1948, she was the daughter of Ethel Gross and Reece (Lynne) Frazier. She married James Houtchings on July 5, 1981, and he survives. She had been employed at the Hospitality House in Bedford and was a top sales associate for Tupperware. She was a member of the Peerless Trinity Pentecostal Church.


Loretta was always hosting family dinners and making favorite meals. She loved canning and visiting her old home town of London, KY. She loved everyone she met and was the family glue who held all the pieces together.


Survivors include her husband, James, of Bedford; children, Kevin (Kim) Banks, Lana (Jefferey) Banks, Carol (Shannon) Johnson, James (Amanda) Houtchings; grandchildren, Jennifer Stephans, Ethan Banks, Emily Banks, Michael Todd, Faith McMahan, Kaylynn Cavins, Dakota Johnson, Gage Johnson, Alexus Johnson, Jackie Houtchings, and Charlotte Houtchings; several great grand-children. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Marthy Allen; a brother, Clinton Frazier, and a granddaughter, Kylie Houtchings.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 4th at the Peerless Trinity Pentecostal Church with Pastor Aaron Swafford officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Peerless Trinity Pentecostal Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




John Allen Thompson Obit

John Allen Thompson

October 14, 1949 - December 29, 2023


John Allen Thompson, 74, of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023 at I.U. Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born October 14, 1949, he was the son of Fred and Sarah (Gates) Thompson. He married Rita Sowder on September 17, 1988 in Bloomington, and she survives.


John attended High School and College in Troy, Ohio. He was previously employed at G.E., Carlysle Company, and retired from Indiana University, Bloomington. He was raised in the Catholic faith.


Surviving John is his wife, Rita Thompson of Bloomington; children, Kevin (Mary) Prince of Solsberry, Kelly (Jeff) Parsley of Solsberry, and Kyle (Stacy) Prince; ten grandchildren: Courtney, Tanner, Hannah, Adam, Lindsay, Haley, Steven, Kyra, Havana, and Shelby; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim Thompson of Ohio; a nephew, Jon David Thompson; and a niece, Shelly Thompson of Ohio.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at the Bartlettsville Christian Church with Bro. Larry Ritter officiating. Burial will follow in the Bartlettsville Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening from 3:30pm – 7:00pm, also at the Bartlettsville Christian Church.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care and arrangements for Mr. John Allen Thompson.


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




Janet S. Endris Obit

Janet S. Endris

March 6, 1942 – December 29, 2023


Janet S. Endris, 81, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023 at the I.U. Hospice House in Bloomington. Born March 6, 1942, she was the daughter of Estel and Mildred (Wever) Hawkins. She married James E. Endris on September 19, 1990 and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2005.


Janet was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1960. She then attended St. Mary of the Woods and Marian University studying Nursing. She had been a Pharmacy Tech at Crowders Drugs, Taylors Drugs, and for hospitals. She was a member of Erie Methodist Church, a contributor to several books about local cemeteries and was co-founder of the Bishop Roberts Memorial at Lawrenceport.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Janet are her two daughters, Cyndi (Mike) Terrell of Bedford and Marci (Dave) Volz of Bloomington; two sons, Kin (Jenny) Hubbard of Terre Haute and Marty Endris of Bedford; Grandchildren, Jamie Deeter, Laura Gentry, Bryan Osborne, Kiersten DeWees, Kory Whaley, Kourtney Spurgeon, Audie Manning, Eliza Jahnke, Van Endris, Dain Endris, Drake Volz, Drew Volz and Deakin Volz; and 13 great-grandkids. She was preceded in death by her husband; her sister, Barbara Milligan; her brother, David Hawkins; and her dogs, Boots and Ben.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Visitation will be held from 11:00am-1:00pm on Wednesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Burial will be at a later date at Fairview Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Janet to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals.


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




Ryan Matthew Chase Obit

Ryan Matthew Chase

May 3, 1978 - December 29, 2023


Bedford- Ryan Matthew Chase, 45, of Bedford passed away at 11:15 am on Friday, December 29, 2023.


Born May 3, 1978, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Gary and Sheila (Barnett) Chase. He married Brandi Prince on October 19, 2013, and she survives. Ryan worked as an electrician for U.S. Gypsum. Ryan was a man of many talents, he loved to cook, metal forging, tinkering, and creating things on his 3D printer. He loved his family and would do anything he could to help friends and even strangers.


Survivors include his wife Brandi of Bedford, four children, Owen Chase, Evie Chase, Nicolai Marion, and Luke Marion; his mother, Sheila Chase of Bedford, a brother, Brandon Chase, and his wife Ronay of Chicago; a sister, Lindsay Bilskie, and her husband Heath of Bedford; his nieces and nephews, Gwennyth Fetscher, and her husband Damian, Aidan Thompson, Brooks Bilskie, and Amira Bilskie; a great niece, Emmalynn Fetscher. He was preceded in death by his father, Gary, maternal grandparents, Walter and Mildred Barnett, and his paternal grandparents, Joe and Delila Chase.


Following Ryan’s wishes cremation was chosen. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2024, from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

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