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Obituaries — July 2024



July 19, 2024




Fred W. Link Obit

Fred W. Link

May 11, 1932 - July 18, 2024


Bedford - Fred W. Link, 92, of Bedford, passed away at 8:20 am on Thursday, July 18, 2024, at Autumn Trace in Bedford.


Born May 11, 1932, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Fred and Thelma (Harkness) Link. He married Joan Hedley on January 26, 1952, and she preceded him in death on December 16, 2013. He began working at Cummins, Inc. in Columbus in June 1955 and held many positions throughout his career. He retired as vice president in May 1987. He was a member of the Bedford First Assembly of God Church.


Survivors include a daughter, Lana LaGrange and husband, John, of Bedford; a son, Bruce Link, of Crossville, TN; four grandchildren, Michael LaGrange, Stephanie Link, Heather Motley, and Brian LaGrange; four great-grandchildren, Adelyn LaGrange and Landon Motley, Grayson Motley and Carter LaGrange; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two grandsons, Brent LaGrange and Steven Link; a brother, David (Pete) Link and a sister, Ann Tague.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Tuesday, July 23rd at the Bedford First Assembly of God Church. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, July 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




July 16, 2024



Robert Eugene Waggoner Obit

Robert Eugene Waggoner


BEDFORD – Robert Eugene Waggoner, 56, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at Brickyard Healthcare Bloomington Care Center.

 

Born July 10, 1967, in Bedford, he was the son of Roy Eugene and Carolyn Sue (Tolbert) Waggoner.

 

Robert was raised in the Bryantsville Church of Christ.  He had worked at the Jay-C store in Bedford and for Green Hill Cemetery.  Robert also mowed lawns in the area, whether for churches, cemeteries, or many people’s houses.  Robert enjoyed farming and gardening in his free time.

 

Surviving are his parents, Roy Eugene Waggoner and Carolyn Sue Waggoner of Bedford; sister, Sheila (Allen Asbury) McCormick of Bedford; and nephew, Michael McCormick of Bedford.

 

Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 19, at Bryantsville Cemetery with Brother Bud Smith officiating.

 

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




July 15, 2024


Sondra Lynn Mosier Obit

Sondra Lynn Mosier

Sondra Lynn Mosier, a beloved mother, cherished friend, and dedicated educator, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Autumn Trace in Bedford, Indiana. 


Sondra was born on February 8, 1950, to Charles and Betty (Terrel) Baker. Sondra dedicated her life to nurturing minds and fostering a love for learning.


As a devoted educator, Sondra spent 38 years inspiring and shaping the lives of countless students. Her passion for education was evident in every lesson she taught and every student she mentored. Sondra began her career at Shoals Community Schools and later worked at Indiana University. She graduated from Fayetteville High School, Indiana State University, and Indiana University.


Beyond the classroom, Sondra was a loving and caring mother whose family meant the world to her. She enjoyed collecting antiques and searching for them with her friends even more. 


She is survived by two children: Reagan (Nichole) Mosier, Bedford, and Erik (Tonya) Mosier, Williams; and five grandchildren: Addison Mosier, Gavin Norman, Gracie (Norman) Waskom, Logan Norman, and April Jette.


Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 19th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Duane Terry officiating. Burial will follow at Silverville Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the hour of the service at the mortuary. Online condolences may be made at www.daycarter.com.


Rest in peace, Sondra. Your legacy of love and learning will forever remain in our hearts.





Eric Dain Buffington Obit

Eric Dain Buffington

September 15, 1975 – July 13, 2024


Eric Dain Buffington, 48, of Mitchell, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bedford, Indiana surrounded by family. Born September 15, 1975, he was the son of Terry and Wanda Buffington.


Eric graduated from Mitchell High School and received his associate degree in Computer Science from Ivy Tech. 


Eric was a lover of many things. He loved nature and appreciated it. He took every opportunity to be outside: hiking, swimming, and bon fires (or weenie roasts). 


A very intelligent man that devoted himself to the relentless pursuit of knowledge. He loved to read. He thoroughly enjoyed being a substitute teacher for Mitchell Community Schools, where the children called him, “Mr. B.” His love language was well known as a love for music, and he was a lover of 80s rock. He was known as the grill master to his family and loved to cook. He loved all animals and was often seen with a cat on his lap.


He was a kind man, with a big heart for his family. Surviving to cherish his memory are his children; Lindsie (Andrew) Tillett of Bedford, Indiana and Kaleb (LaShona) Buffington of Springville, Indiana; Parents, Terry and Wanda Buffington of Mitchell, Indiana; significant other, Lou Ann Kristan; Brother, Darrin (Mayya) Buffington of Fishers, Indiana; sister, Dara (Donald) Buffington of Carmel, Indiana; five grandchildren, Peyten, Samara, Braysen, Alex and Kameron; and one niece, Mirabella Buffington.


Eric was preceded in death by his sister, Tracy Dawn Buffington and his nephew Braden Wilson.  


Funeral services for Eric Dain Buffington will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Kevin Naillieux and Kenion Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell City Cemetery in Mitchell, Indiana. Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 17, 2024, from 9:30 am until the time of service at 11:00 am, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford, Indiana.


Memorials can be made to the White River Humane Society.


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





Marian Laverne (Browning) Beaver Obit

Marian Laverne (Browning) Beaver

February 11, 1932 - July 11, 2024


Oolitic - Marian Laverne (Browning) Beaver, 92, of Oolitic, went home to be with her heavenly father, at 7:25 pm on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at the I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


She was born February 11, 1932, in Bedford, Indiana. The daughter of Ray and Amy (Hegwood) Browning. Marian married Phillip Owen Beaver and he preceded her in death in 2001.


Marian was a homemaker and in later life worked out of the house with one of her favorite jobs working as an exercise instructor in the late 1970's at the Figure Salon located on south Mitchell Road in Bedford. Marian kept up her exercise routine the remainder of her life which most likely contributed to her longevity. Marian worked at Ford Electronics which later became Visteon, retiring in 1993. Marian was active in the Bedford Elks Club as a lady auxiliary member for many years and was also a member of the Omega Nu Tau lady's sorority for many years.


Two children survive Marian; Elaine Summers and husband, Lonnie Summers of Bedford; James Ray Beaver and wife, Martha Elena Morgan Beaver of Bloomington; two grandchildren, Amy Hriso of Bloomington, Jason Summers of Mitchell; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Carson Summers; two step-grandchildren, Tyler Morgan of Indianapolis and Michael Morgan and wife, Mckenna of Bargersville, Indiana; two step-great-grandchildren, Macie and Myla Morgan.


Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary on Thursday, July 18th from 1 to 3 pm, followed by a graveside service at the Beech Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Lisa L. Eads Obit

Lisa L. Eads

December 10, 1972 - July 11, 2024


Orleans- Lisa L. Eads, 51, of Orleans passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at her residence.


Born December 10, 1972, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of David Tegarden and Linda (Kalb) Leatherman. She married Tracey Eads in August of 2017, and he survives.


Survivors include her husband, Tracey of Orleans; two daughters, Cierra Uebelhoer and husband Max of Bedford, Ashley Terrell of Mitchell, and a son, Tommy Terrell of Mitchell; her mother, Linda Leatherman; three stepchildren: Ashely Nicole Daughtery, Taylor Lee Eads, and Tyler Lee Eads and his wife Lindsey; eight grandchildren: Andon Eads, Jasmine Ganues, Justin Hahn, Connor Terrell, Hazel Terrell, Isla Uebelhoer, Spencer Eads, Degan Terrell; five siblings: Anita Rector and husband Darrin, Darren Tegarden, Jeremy Tegarden, Harold Leatherman, and Tony Leatherman, Jr., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, and a sister Melissa in infancy.


A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, July 21, 2024, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm ,at the Milwaukee Depot located at the corner of 15th and J Streets in Bedford. In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Funeral Home to offset expenses. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Gary Lee Blackwell Obit

Gary Lee Blackwell

August 2, 1952 - July 10, 2024


Gilbertsville, KY - On July 10th Gary Lee Blackwell, 71, of Gilbertsville, KY left this world to be with his heavenly Lord and Savior.


Born August 2, 1952, in Bedford, IN, to Leonard and Elizabeth (Norris) Blackwell. He married Carol Gage on December 4, 1971, in Bedford. He retired after 30 years of service at General Motors in Bedford as a millwright welder. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Sons of the American Legion and the First Christian Church of Bedford. He attended the Grand Rivers Baptist Church in Grand Rivers, KY.


Gary adored his family and friends and delighted in being a papa to his three grandchildren. As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and boating, riding his motorcycle and traveling. He loved being a host to family and friends, making homemade ice cream on birthdays and napping with his Boston Terrier, Moe.


Gary leaves behind a loving wife, of 52 years, Carol, of Gilbertsville, KY; their son, Brent (Tara) Blackwell of Greenwood, IN and three amazing grandchildren, Elisabette "Bette", Haley and Asa "Jet" Blackwell.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Monday, July 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Mark Gill officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, July 14th and from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be at 6:00 pm on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Riley Hospital for Children, the Alzheimer's Assoc. or your local humane society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




July 10, 2024



Richard Lee Doan Obit

Richard Lee Doan

January 28, 1953 - July 6, 2024


Richard Lee Doan 71, of Bedford, Indiana passed away on July 6, 2024. Born January 28, 1953, in Salem, Indiana to Carl Golson and Mavis Imogene Hammond Doan. He married Nina Harrell on June 20, 2015.


Richard was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford and was a graduate of West Washington High School in 1971. Richard worked for over 30 years and retired as a supervisor at the Indiana Department of Transportation, Paoli Subdistrict. He was a member of the American Patriot Lodge No. 750 F&AM in Oolitic.


Surviving to cherish memory of Richard is his wife, Nina Doan; sister Susan (Jan Gresham) Doan; nieces, Sarah (John) Kitchens and Diane Hammond; great nieces and nephews, Ella Kitchens, Zach Kitchens, Wynston Kitchens, and Andrew Hammond; and numerous friends and associates.


Richard was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law William Fred Harrell.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 13, 2024, at 11:00 am at Hillcrest Christian Church, 1130 Hillcrest Rd, Bedford, IN 47421, with Pastor Charlie Scott and Pastor Jimmy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Port Williams Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Hillcrest Christian Church on Friday July 12, 2024, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11:00 am. Masonic Rites will be held at the church on Friday at 6:00pm.


Arrangements for Richard Lee Doan have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford, Indiana.


In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations be made to Hillcrest Christian Church or the Hardinsburg Volunteer Fire Department.


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





July 9, 2024



Shirley Ann Flynn Obit

Shirley Ann Flynn

Shirley Ann Flynn, 68 of Washington passed away on Sunday July 7, 2024, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes. She was born in Bedford on June 21, 1956, to R.C. Phillips and Norma (Neeley) Phillips.


Shirley married Anthony Flynn on January 31, 1972, and he survives. Shirley worked as a CNA for over 30 years, she was a compassionate caregiver, she never met a stranger, she loved fishing, cooking, mostly she loved her family, and grandkids.


Survivors include her husband, Anthony Flynn of Washington, two daughters, Aleah Ann York and husband Bruce of Washington, and Rachel Eads and husband Joe of Bedford, 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild, one brother, Donnie Phillips, two sisters, Lou Phillips, and Faye Phillips, special niece, Misty Browning.


She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Roger Phillips.


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




Ann Mary Ryan Obit

Ann Mary Ryan

December 19, 1938 - July 8, 2024


Oolitic - Ann Mary Ryan, 85, of Oolitic, went home to her heavenly father at 11:12 pm on Monday, July 8, 2024, at I.U. Health Hospice House.


Born December 19, 1938, in Corydon, Indiana, she was the daughter of Travis and Marie (Smith) Price. She married Jim Ryan on February 26, 1955, and he preceded her in death.


Ann graduated from Bedford High School, at a later time in her life, and was self-employed with her husband, Jim, managing Oolitic Manor View Apartments and the farm. She was a full-time wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and soon to be great-great-grandmother. Everyone that met Ann knew she was a Saint and an angel walking among us. Her words were honored wherever and with whomever she talked. Folks knew she kept her word and often they grew to love her and seek her advice, humor, and company. During her lifetime, she managed the business and maintained the books while her husband, Jim, constructed many homes in the Oolitic Manor that are still used to this day. Together they built and managed Manor View Apartments with 96 units. In her early years and up until some members passed to their heavenly rewards, Ann was an avid member of the "Tally Ho" card club that, monthly, set the bar for the ladies to gather, work out the problems of the world, and entertain as well as any big city tea party. She was a member of the Oolitic United Methodist Church and was the treasurer for many years. Ann loved life and her kids, grandkids, and great-grandchildren and they lovingly referred to her as "Mimmie", "Mammaw", or "Grandma".


Ann is survived by four children, Terri Brown and husband, David, of Oolitic, Kenny Ryan and wife, Debbie, of Oolitic, Deitra "Dee" Beyrer and husband, Andy, of Fishers, Matt Ryan and wife, Joni Sue, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Nicholas Wininger and wife, LeeAnn, Mandy Baker and husband, Christopher, Ali Beyrer, Ky Groover, and Evan Beyrer; seven great-grandchildren, Mya Meier and husband, Sam, Gabe, Garrett, Isaac, Chloe, Hadley, and Holden. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Sharon Harrison, one brother, Carl Price, and a daughter, Jamie (in infancy).


Funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Taylor Quinley officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Philip Terry Neves Obit

Philip Terry Neves


MITCHELL – Philip Terry Neves, 70, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

 

Born July 3, 1954, in Massena, New York, he was the son of Rene and Elvera (Stoyka) Neves.  He married Linda Marie Burkett on August 13, 1977 and she survives.

 

Phil was a 1973 graduate of Holy Family Catholic High School and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He was a member of the UAW Local 440 and retired March 31, 2016 from General Motors as a die cast operator.  Phil loved deer hunting, especially opening day at the tower. He also enjoyed fishing, music, working in his yard, and was a professional vacuumer.  He loved cooking and was a grilling expert.  Phil loved helping others. He was a great Papi, as his grandchildren called him, and he loved taking care of his family.

 

Surviving are his wife, Linda Marie Neves of Mitchell; children, Michael Rene (Michelle) Neves of Key Largo, Florida, Matthew Steven (Cheryl) Neves of Mitchell, and Nicole Lynn (Matt) Neves of Key Largo, Florida; grandchildren, Luke Michael Neves, Miles Rene Neves, and Nico Angelo Matteliano; and siblings, David Neves of New York, Rene (Denise) Neves of New York, Mary Ellen (Just Don) Costello of Virginia, Julie (Mike) Gaskins of South Carolina, and Mark (Barb) Neves of Pennsylvania.

 

His parents preceded him in death.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 12, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father John Hall and Deacon Dave Rising officiating.  Cremation will follow.

 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.  The Rosary will be prayed at 6:30 p.m.

 

Memorial Gifts:  Clothe-A-Child, c/o American Legion Post No. 250, or Becky’s Place

 

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




July 8, 2024



Patricia J. McVicker

November 1, 1937 - July 5, 2024


Bedford - Patricia J. McVicker, 86, of Bedford, passed away at 7:50 pm on Friday, July 5, 2024, at her residence.


Born November 1, 1937, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of James E. and Margaret L. (Beyers) Knapp. She married Ernest Roy McVicker on June 10, 1955, and he preceded her in death on June 20, 2001. She retired from Ford/Visteon in January 2000. She attended Heltonville Baptist Church for many years.


Survivors include two sons, James Brenton McVicker (LaDana Stidam) and Stanley Keith McVicker both of Bedford; grandchildren, Michael, Joseph (Catherine), Chelsey, Christian McVicker, Amy Cornwell, Joshua McVicker (Victoria), Shaylin King and Treyton (Carrie) King; great-grandchildren, Keilan, Kestin, Justice, Emmalyn, Brayden, Kai, Taylor, Carter, and Taylor Reese; 2 sisters, Brenda Carol McVicker and husband, Bob Sowers, and Anne McVicker, all of Arizona; a sister-in-law, Frances McVicker; a brother-in-law, Joe McVicker, of Atlanta, GA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son, Vernon Roy (Smiley) McVicker, a grandson, T.J. McVicker, and a brother, James E. Knapp, Jr.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation is from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Jesselyn D. Pfleider


Jesselyn D. Pfleider, 81 of Bedford passed away on Friday July 5, 2024, at 5:55 PM at IU Health in Bloomington. She was born in Oolitic on February 11, 1943, to Jesse Jewell and Esther (Holtsclaw) Jewell. Jesselyn married Robert E. Pfleider on February 11, 1978, and he preceded her in death on March 10, 2008.


Survivors include two sons, Bryan Conley, and Danny Conley, three stepdaughters, Barbara Wooten, Marsha Stringer, and Christina Lee, 12 grandchildren, she was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Stephanie Ford, three brothers, Marion Jewell, Gordon Jewell, and Marlin Jewell, one sister, Nelva Salmon


Funeral services will be on Thursday July 11, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Brother Reno Bates, officiating, entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, Visitation will be on Wednesday July 10th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.





Olivia Mitchell Obit

Olivia Mitchell


Olivia Mitchell, 65, of Bedford, passed away at 1:00 pm, July 5, 2024, at Westview Manor Nursing and Rehab. Born August 20, 1958, in Aguascalientes, Ags Mexico, she was the daughter of the late Pascual Ortiz and Juana Gallegos. Olivia married Jack Mitchell on August 5, 1987, in Louisville, Kentucky and he preceded her in death in June 2024.


Olivia was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was a schoolteacher. She also loved spending time with her friends and family.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Olivia are her children Jackie (Rebecca) Mitchell, Maria Sanders, and Sue Mitchell; one brother Jorge Ortiz Gallegos and his wife Maria de Jesus Munoz Gallegos; grandchildren Jordan Allen, Carmen Stipp, Devon Sanders, Elizabeth Mitchell; several great grandchildren; nephews Jorge Ortiz Munoz, Carlos Ortiz Munoz, and niece Paulina Ortiz Munoz; and many close cousins.


Olivia was preceded in death by her husband and parents.


Cremation was chosen and she and Jack will be laid to rest at Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Bospues in Calle Montes Himalay, Aguascalientes, Ags. There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with Olivia’s care.


Memories and condolences may be shared, and flowers ordered at www.FergusonLee.com




July 5, 2024



Nadine Carol Thomas Obit

Nadine Carol Thomas


Nadine Carol Thomas, 89 of Mitchell passed away peacefully at 3:00 AM on Thursday July 4, 2024, at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born July 8, 1934, in Alliance, Ohio, she was the daughter of Paul and Lois (McConnel) Haessly. She attended Orleans Christian Church; she enjoyed going out with her best friend Shirley Terry to eat and go for rides to Spring Mill to look at the ducks.


Survivors include daughters, Mary (Tim) Williams of Arizona, and Vicki (Tom) Akin of Orleans, son, Arnold (Nancy) Wendt of Bedford, one brother, Kenny Haessly, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.


She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Mack Haessly, sisters, Shirley Borland, Paulette Pennington, and infant sister Mary, three daughters, Linda Murphy, Ruby Wendt, and Marilyn Wendt, one son, Paul Wendt.


The family would like to thank Stonebridge Health Campus staff along with Southern Care Hospice for their care.


Funeral services will be on Tuesday July 9, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Bro. Tom Bostic, officiating, entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until service time at the funeral home.


Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




July 3, 2024




Jimmie Lovell Obit

Jimmie Lovell


Jimmie Lovell, 91 of Bedford passed away on Saturday June 29, 2024, at 5:20 PM at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He was born in Kentucky on October 4, 1932, to Earl and Cassie (Sexton) Lovell. Jimmie married Ruby (Sipes) Lovell on June 20, 1969, and she survives. Jimmie worked for 27 years at Sarkes Tarzan in Bloomington, then he worked as a self-employed mechanic and farmer.


Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lovell of Bedford, six children, Linda Lovell and her companion Terry Graves of Bedford, Carolyn Stigall and husband Kim of Bedford, Bill Hawkins and wife Kathy of Brownstown, Allen Hawkins and companion, Leigh Ann of Seymour, Lisa Hillenburg and husband Dwayne of Bedford, and James Earl Lovell of Bedford, ten grandchildren, Whitney Woerner, Chad Stigall, Darren Stigall, Jacobi Hillenburg, Jareb Hillenburg, Kayla Reed, Tanner Hawkins, Kelly Jo Hawkins, Adam Hawkins, and Dustin Hawkins, 15 Great grandchildren, three sisters, Barbara Woods, Audrey Sutton, Janie Waldon, one brother, Jerry Lovell, one sister-in-law; Carol Ann Lovell.


Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents, and seven siblings.


Private graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday July 3, 2024, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Rev. Harold Godsey, officiating.


Memorial contributions can be made to IU Health Hospice House, in Jimmie’s memory. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




Sharon Kay McHargue Obit

Sharon Kay McHargue


Sharon Kay McHargue, 78, of Mitchell passed peacefully at 10:10 p.m. on July 2, 2024 at Stonebridge Health Campus, with her family.

 

Born October 23, 1945, she was the daughter of Emery and Wilma (Cooper) Sheeks Graham. She was a lifelong resident of Mitchell and a 1963 graduate of the class of Mitchell High School. Sharon worked at Brass Manufacturing in Mitchell before marrying the love of her life, Michael D. McHargue, on September 4, 1964 and he preceded her in death on September 20, 2016.

 

Sharon was a homemaker, volunteer at her daughters’ schools, and caretaker of her parents and step-father William Graham. She was on the board for many years of the Sheeks Cemetery in Mitchell, after succeeding her mother. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking, playing cards, traveling to casinos, eating out with family and friends, and attending the Huron Baptist Church with her dear friends Brenda and Skip Mathews. She loved spending time with her friends, neighbors, especially Charla and Nelson Terrell and John and Marilyn Lantis, family, and most of all her four grandchildren whom she took care of above and beyond. She and Mike always happily attended every activity of every grandchild.

 

Survivors include daughters, Kathy (Tom) Scarlett of Bedford and Amy McHargue of Alabama; grandchildren, Kaylin Norris, Nic McHargue, Tyler Scarlett, and Kyla Scarlett; sister-in-law, Susan Wolter and brother-in-law, William McHargue; and several nieces, and nephews. Even though she was an only child, her parents came from large families which gave her many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sharon used to say half-jokingly that she was related to at least half of Mitchell. 

 

Her parents and husband proceeded her in death.

 

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Sheeks Cemetery with Pastor William “Skip” Mathews officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial Gifts: Sheeks Cemetery

 

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




Troy Joseph Simpson, Jr. Obit

Troy Joseph Simpson, Jr.

October 22, 1997 - July 1, 2024


Bedford - Troy Joseph Simpson, Jr., 26, of Bedford, passed away in his home on July 1, 2024.


Troy loved his family, especially his two daughters. He enjoyed watching anime, taking photos, and had recently taken up painting. Troy loved animals, especially cats, and was always trying to adopt strays. He loved music and spending time at home with his family. Troy was known for cracking jokes and trying to make others laugh. He will be missed immensely.


Troy was preceded in death by his father, Troy Simpson, Sr. and his maternal grandmother, Connie Henson.


He is survived by his mother and step-father, Lisa and Tod Norman; siblings, Nick (Johanna) De Palma, Mason De Palma, Tori (Alex) Adams, and Julian Norman; grandparents, Terry and Connie Simpson, and Tony Henson; daughters, Elena and Raelynn; his niece and nephew, Zariyya and Gabriel De Palma, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Monday, July 8th at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford from 12-2 pm with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Moose Family Lodge from 2:30-5:30 pm.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Indiana Recovery Alliance of Bloomington or the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




July 2, 2024



James Anthony “Jimmy” Gratzer Obit

James Anthony “Jimmy” Gratzer

March 27, 1964 – July 1, 2024


Jimmy Gratzer, 60, of Bedford, passed away at 11:55pm, July 1, 2024, at his residence, after an eight-and-a-half-year battle with stage 4 cancer. Born March 27, 1964, in Bedford, he was the son of William “Bill” Gratzer and Freida Faye (Fox) Gratzer. Jimmy married Melody Gould on December 4, 1992, and she survives.


Jimmy worked at Visteon for 20 years. He was Athletic Director at the Thornton Memorial Boys Club and later was medically retired from PRD. Jimmy graduated from Bedford-North Lawrence High School with the class of 1982. He loved music and spending time with his family and friends.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jimmy is his wife Melody; two sons, Korey (Mykel) Flick, and Jase (Erin) Gratzer; Seven grandchildren, Clayton, Madelynn, Briar, Gunnar, Avynn, Maecy, and Emmett; one brother, Billy (Kiva) Gratzer; one sister, Paula Gratzer; brother and sister in law, Travis and Marry Anne Gould; mother in law, Carolyn Gould; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and great nephews and nieces.


Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Cathy and her husband Terry Clark, Carolyn Lindley, and Patricia in infancy; brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Carolyn Gould.

Funeral Services for Jimmy will be held at 11:00am Saturday, July 6, 2024, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, with Pastor Jason Filler officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will be from 3:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, July 5, 2024, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Jimmy may be made to the IU Health Bedford Cancer Infusion Center.


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




David G. Grace

David G. Grace, 70 of Williams passed away on Saturday June 29, 2024, at his residence. David was born in Bedford on May 19, 1954, to Glenn W. and Helen (Howell) Grace. David married Michelle (Fisher) Grace and she survives. David served 12 years in the US Army, he then served in the Indiana National Guard, he has also faithfully served the Lord as a minister.


Survivors include his wife, Michelle Grace, children, Tabaitha Perry, David Wayne Grace, and Cheynne Kidwel, grandchildren, Aleigh Perry, Jake Perry, James Kidwel, Alexandria Kidwel, and Victor Kidwel.


Cremation was chosen with a celebration of David’s life at a later, burial will be in Port Williams Cemetery, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.





Benjamin "Benny" Chambers Obit

Benjamin "Benny" Chambers

August 20, 1939 - June 30, 2024


Bloomington - Benjamin "Benny" Chambers, 84, of Bloomington, passed away at 4:15 am on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at Cedar Hurst of Bloomington.


Born August 20, 1939, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Morris and Marie (Mitchell) Chambers. Ben grew up on the family farm in Needmore, Indiana and graduated from Needmore High School. One of his claims to fame was making the last second game-winning basketball shot for the Hilltoppers! Ben went to Indiana University where he got his undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. He worked for 30 years at I.U., retiring as the Assistant Director of Contract and Grant Administration. Ben's favorite pastimes include watching college football and basketball, playing euchre, reading mysteries and working on the farm.


Ben and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1963. They have enjoyed spending time with life-long friends, traveling around the country, and attending Sherwood Oaks Christian Church.


Ben and Brenda are the proud parents to their two children; daughter, Alayna Gray lives in Bloomington with her husband, Walt. They have two children, Bryce, who lives in Denver, and Macy, who is attending Ball State. Ben and Brenda's son, Eric Chambers, lives on the family farm in Needmore with his wife, Missy, and their children, Breanna and Logan. Their son Matthew Allen lives nearby with his children, Rain and Coal. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, July 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Lyndon Hopkins 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. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


Memorial contributions to go to the Wheeler Mission, Salvation Army, or Samaritan’s Purse.




Donna S. Nelson

Donna S. Nelson, 81 of Bedford passed away on Friday June 28, 2024, at 10:10 AM at IU Health in Bedford. She was born on February 9, 1943, in Bedford to Albert and Pauline (Dorsett) Edwards. Donna worked as a Commodity Broker, survivors include two sons, Tom Nelson, and Joe Nelson, her caregiver and friend, Catina Lawyer, grandchildren, Darian Nelson, Angelina Walker, David Walker, and Jennifer Walker, great grandchild, Cash Aubrey, one brother, Wally Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter, Veronica Bon Bon.


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

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