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Obituaries — November 2023


Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes Bedford Indiana


November 30, 2023



Carlita J. McClung Obit

Carlita J. McClung

July 3, 1945 – November 29, 2023


Carlita J. McClung, 78, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at the I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born July 3, 1945, she was the daughter of Carlos Smith and Juanita (Kimmel) Smith. She married Larry McClung on February 10, 1963 and he preceded her in death on August 11, 2018.


Carlita had worked at Washington Avenue Collections, the Dunn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and was a lecturer for Weight Watchers in several counties. She was a member of the Bedford High School class of 1963. She loved shopping (sorry Amazon), her cat, and working with her flowers. After the passing of Larry, her neighbors became especially important to her as they stepped in and provided the care and friendship she needed.


Surviving Carlita is one brother, Tom (Lana) Smith; two nieces, Amanda (Brad) Totten and Holly (Ryan) Mills; two great nephews, Garrett and Ezra; one aunt, Betty (Richard) West; brother-in-law, Brian McClung and his daughter, Shelby McClung; one cousin, Julia (Mike) Johnson; and three special neighbors who thought of her as a grandmother, Amanda McCullough, Braden Terry and Chase Terry. Carlita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Larry; and one son, Aaron Scott McClung.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, December 4, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Bud Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00am-2:00pm Monday, also at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the White River Humane Society in Carlita’s name.


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



November 29, 2023



Charles Allen Finney Obit

Charles Allen Finney

July 24, 1949 – November 28, 2023


Charles Allen Finney, 74, of Oolitic, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on July 24, 1949, he was the son of Charles H. and Maxine (Jones) Finney. He married Roxann Baker on May 8, 1976, and she survives.


Charles was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1968. He attended Vincennes University. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14. He retired in 2009 after 32 years from General Motors.


Charles worked hard for his family his entire life and instilled values in his two sons to strive for the best. He was very proud of Nathan and Brandt.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Charles is his wife, Roxann; one son, Brandt Finney and his fiancé, Roane; daughter-in-law, Audrey Finney; three grandchildren, Cameron, Bryn, and Baker; and one sister, Pamela Finney; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Charles is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Nathan Finney; and two brothers, Ernest Finney and Perry Finney.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Mary Ann Lapenta officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00am to the service time on Friday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


The family would like to give a huge thank you to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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




David M. Whalen Obit

David M. Whalen

November 27, 1939 – November 29, 2023


Bloomington- David M. Whalen, 84, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House.


Born November 27, 1939, he was the son of Fred and Virginia (Stewart) Whalen. He married Louise Short on December 10, 1993, and she survives. David served the United States Army for nine years and retired from General Electric in 2000. He loved going to all BNL High School sporting events, wood working, and visiting with his family and friends.


Survivors include his wife, Louise of Bedford; three sons, Kenneth Douglas Whalen of Japan, David Lee Whalen and wife Stacy of Bedford, and Kevin Brown and his companion Debbie Ellis of Mitchell; a daughter, Becky Taylor and husband Greg of Bedford; five sisters, Nancy (Don) Mahan of Salem, Roberta Ann Henderson of Michigan, and Audrey Jean Elrod of Springfield, Ohio, Brenda (John) Wright and Diana (Jerry) Rogers, both of Louisville; two brothers, Dennis (Patty) Whalen of Louisville and Danny (Crystal) Whalen of Jeffersonville; eight grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred Whalen and Virginia Gobin; and two daughters, Christine Marie Whalen, and Debbie Hawkins; and a brother Robert Whalen.


Per David’s wishes cremation was chosen with no services being planned. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Gary L. Hepler, Sr. Obit

Gary L. Hepler, Sr.

Gary L. Hepler, Sr. 85 of Mitchell passed away on November 24, 2023. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio on October 24, 1938, to Dean R. Hepler and Mary G. (Lawenbocker) Hepler. Gary married Julia Faye Hepler and she preceded him in death on December 27, 2018. Gary retired from Inland Steel in East Chicago as an inspector.


Survivors include his children, Gary L. (Terri) Hepler, Jr. of Crown Point, Lacye (Marshall) Poor of Bloomington, Vicki (Vernon) Caldwell of Crown Point, and Jeffrey (Susan) Hepler of Valparaiso, 35 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one sister, Joyce Goatly, three brothers, Dean Hepler, Jr., David Hepler, and Ricky Hepler, one grandson, Brent Clement.


Cremation was chosen with a memorial service on December 15, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Suncrest Christian Church, 1009 Parrish Ave. St. John, Indiana 46373. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



November 28, 2023



Patrick Richard Eller Obit

Patrick Richard Eller

Patrick Richard Eller, 81 of Mitchell passed away at his home on November 22, 2023. He was born on March 17, 1942, in Belcourt, North Dakota to Herman Eller, Sr. and Laura Eller. He married Gail Stewart on July 4, 1964, and she survives.


Patrick was a retired Die Setter at GM Powertrain in Bedford, after transferring from New York in 1988, he was a member of the UAW #440 and Mitchell Sportsman Club, he was an avid hunter and fisherman, he was known for his strong handshake, he never met a stranger, he was a proud tribal member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.


Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Gail Eller of Mitchell, three children, Patrick Robert Eller of Lawrence County, Thomas Edward Eller, Sr. of Mitchell, and Laura A. Eller-Jackson of Solsberry, five grandchildren, Mason P. Eller of Canton, New York, Mallory N. Eller-Selby of Greenwood, Thomas E. Eller, Jr. of Mitchell, Greyson L. Jackson of Solsberry, and Ariella S. Jackson of Solsberry, one great grandchild, Sierra M. Selby of Greenwood, several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Gladys, Elizabeth, and Margaret, three brothers, Leonard, Leo, and Herman.


Funeral services will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday December 1, 2023, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, visitation will be on Friday from 2:00 pm. Until service time at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



November 27, 2023



Fred N. Butler Obit

Fred N. Butler

April 17, 1945 - November 26, 2023


Bedford – Fred N. Butler, 78, of Bedford, passed on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Majestic Care.


Born April 17, 1945, in Williams, Indiana, he was the son of Albert Wayne and Bertha (Rose) Butler. He married Carol Pipher on September 26, 1984, and she survives. Fred retired from General Motors and was a member of the National Guard. He attended Fayetteville Baptist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Carol, of Bedford, children, Kelly Lawyer (Troy) of Bedford, Jason Butler of Morrisville, NC, Justin Butler of Bedford, Amy Stockman (Jim) of Bedford, Jarrod Butler (Danielle) of Bloomington, Rob Lynch of Bedford, grandchildren, Sydney Brock, Isaac Lawyer, Jackson Butler, Fox Butler, Ava Butler, Aleah Butler, Seth Stockman and Isaiah Stockman, and Kinley and Kyson Butler, three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Rosalie Foddrill.


Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 1, 2023, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Private graveside services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Phillis D. Green Obit

Phillis D. Green

September 1, 1962 – November 12, 2023


Phillis Dawn Green, 61, of Mitchell, IN and Fernandina Beach, FL passed away unexpectedly at 9:39 PM on November 12, 2023 at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Born September 1, 1962 to Bonnie M. (Long) Green and J.B. Green in Manassas, VA. She was the loving and supportive partner of Angela J. Cosentino for thirty years. They were married on September 4, 2013.

 

She graduated from Hannan Junior/Senior High School in Ashton, WV.  She enlisted in the Navy under the early enlistment program.  She had her own home repair & maintenance business in Indianapolis.  Attended Troy State University as a criminal justice major.

 

Phillis is survived by her spouse, Angela Cosentino of Mitchell, and her loving pet children:  doggies Blaze, Breeze, & Lacy, and Bonnie Belle kitty.  She also is survived by one brother, a niece, and a nephew.  Her parents and a brother preceded her in death.

 

A Gathering of Friends in celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, December 2, from 2-6 PM at Day & Carter Mortuary, Bedford.

 

Condolences  can be sent to her spouse through Day & Carter at www.daycarter.com.




Jerry D. Meadows Obit

Jerry D. Meadows

November 14, 1943 – November 2023


Springville - Jerry Meadows, 80, of Springville, passed away at his residence.


Born November 14, 1943, he was the son of Jasper Meadows and Thelma (Kirkman) Meadows Mikels. He married Nancy C. Meadows on July 1, 1964. He attended Apostolic Faith Assembly. Jerry retired from Crane and the IU Admissions Office after many years of service.


Surviving are his brother and sister-in-law Ernest (Maxine) Hilderbrand and Glen (Rosie) Hilderbrand and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, his parents, stepfather, Claude Mikels, sisters, Judith Sullivan and Virginia Arthur, brothers, Bud Meadows, Dale Eugene Meadows, and Laverne J. Meadows


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at the Byers-Rainbolt Cemetery with Pastor Kenny Allen officiating. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com



Michael David Lane

MITCHELL – Michael David Lane, 77, passed away Friday, November 24, 2023 at Mitchell Manor. 

 

Born July 26, 1946, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Dorothy (Lane) Crockett.  His loving grandparents, Ogle and Josie Lane, raised Michael as their own child.   He was a 1965 graduate of Mitchell High School.   

 

Michael worked at Roberts Brass, Van Hoy Heating and Air, Cummins Incorporated, Mitchell Motor Sales, and retired from Wal-Mart in Bloomington. He was a member of the Bedford Fraternal Order of Eagles and had enjoyed being an umpire for the Amateur Softball Association. 

 

Surviving are his children, Darrin Lane (Ruthie) of Mitchell, and Cathy Clark (Cliff) of North Manchester; grandchildren, Marisa Lane, Megan Cooper Terrell, and Carley Cooper; great-grandchildren, Winley Lane, Arlo Terrell, Ainslee Terrell, Jackson Terrell, Kyson Cooper, Marlee Cooper, Grayson Taylor, Averyl Maldonado, Gianna Maldonado, and Ayzen Maldonado; siblings, Kerry Crockett (Lolita), Connie Hoggatt, and Lenita Mills; and several step-nieces and nephews.   

 

His mother; grandparents; granddaughter, Chelsea Cooper; and step-nephew, Trevor Crockett, preceded him in death. 

 

Cremation has been chosen with graveside service at a later date.   Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. 

 

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




Gerda Ingrid Dombrowski Obit

Gerda Ingrid Dombrowski

MITCHELL – Gerda Ingrid Dombrowski, 85, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at her residence. 

 

Born August 27, 1938, in Augsdorf, Germany, she was the daughter of Fritz and Helena Therese (Ecke) Burghardt.  Gerda married Edi Erich Dombrowski on July 20, 1962 and he preceded her in death October 18, 1990. 

 

Gerda was a trained dental assistant.  She gave generously of everything she had to give.  Gerda gave her time, work, and most importantly, her love.  She was very genuine, loyal, honest, and trustworthy; a true blessing to those who knew her.  Gerda loved animals, nature, and being outdoors, especially hiking with her dogs.  She gave generously to many charities.  She was a Child of God and a Sister in Christ, and beloved mother and best friend.  Gerda was a beautiful person inside and out.   

 

Surviving are her children, Claudia Helene Advincula of Bedford and Monika Gabriele Dombrowski of Mitchell; granddaughter, Andrea Talbot of Springville; great-granddaughter, Ava Brooke Talbot; and one surviving sister. 

 

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

 

Cremation has been chosen. 

 

She will be sincerely missed. 

 

Memorial Gifts:  White River Humane Society 

 

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




November 21, 2023



John “Papa John” Hudson Obit

John “Papa John” Hudson

December 1, 1940 – November 20, 2023


Bedford – John “Papa John” Hudson, 82, of Bedford, passed away at 8:20 pm on Monday, November 20, 2023, at his residence.


Born December 1, 1940, in Bedford, he was the son of Charles William and Dorothy Ann (Faulk) Hudson. He married Violet Darlene Cobb on November 23, 1961, and she survives. He retired as a machine maintenance man at Princeton Packaging and was a member of the Apostolic Faith Assembly. He was a ham radio operator and enjoyed hosting gospel karaoke at his home. He loved and was a self-taught harmonica player. He was a proud father and grandfather who loved his family.


Surviving with his wife, Darlene, are three sons, Jeffery Hudson (Aimee), of Bedford, John Hudson, II, of Lexington, KY, and Jackie Dean Hudson (Angela), of Camby, IN; a daughter, Jill Diane Vaught (Scott), of Crane, IN; eleven grandchildren, James Derrick Hudson, Jennifer Kimmel, April Hudson, Eva Mae Hudson, K.D. Hudson, Tyler Wayne Hudson, Jerrod Edward Vaught, Tanner Vaught, Braden Vaught, Jared Prince and Brandon Prince; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kevin Scott Hudson; two sisters, Phyllis Myers and Stella Switzer; two granddaughters, Alexxandrya Hudson and Amber Rose Tracy.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 24th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



James Monroe “Butch” Blackburn Obit

James Monroe “Butch” Blackburn


PAOLI – James Monroe “Butch” Blackburn, Jr., 73, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Paoli Health & Living Community. 

 

Born January 24, 1950, in Bedford, he was the son of James Monroe Blackburn, Sr. and Della Virginia (Pridemore) Dean.  He married Marcia Lynn Jones on February 14, 1993 and she survives.  

 

Butch worked at M. Fine & Sons, Kimball International, and most recently at French Lick Casino.  He was a member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsmen’s Club and loved fishing and boating. 

 

Surviving are his wife, Marcia Lynn Blackburn of Paoli; children, David Ray Craft of Scottsburg, James “Jimmy” Monroe Blackburn III of Jeffersonville, and Michelle Renee Blackburn of Washington; stepson, Daniel Lee (Billie Jo) Craft of Needmore; ten grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; and siblings, Sandy Snyder of Orleans, Paul (Amy) White of Mitchell, Ruth Ann Clark of Mitchell, Donna Faye Neely of Orleans, Sheila Raye (Charles) Anderson of Bedford, and Crystal Lynn Dean of Orleans. 

 

His parents and siblings, Glenda Sue Bogor and Laverne Kay Brown, preceded him in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 27, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Mark Fugate officiating.  Cremation will follow. 

 

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

 

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



Kimberly Lynn (Schultz) Phillips Obit

Kimberly Lynn (Schultz) Phillips


Kimberly Lynn Phillips, 55, of Williams, passed away on November 17 at 12:30 pm at home surrounded by her family.


Born February 14, 1968, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Roger and Betty Sue (Box) Schultz. She married Jay Phillips on January 20, 1985, and he survives.


Kim was a wonderful soul and the most selfless person ever ~ taking care of the world in her own hands. She jointly owned Phillips Rentals with Jay and became Miss Mother Hen to her renters. She would transport them to town, help buy their groceries, thrift store and yard sale shop for everyone and always give words of encouragement or knowledge to them. She never looked upon anyone as less fortunate – just how can we make a difference in their lives. Even after her cancer diagnosis she continued picking up meals and groceries for the homeless making sure they were fed. Without judgment, she wanted to take care of everyone. Jason and Evalee’s Momma was the best. A slight mention of needing something Kim was on a mission to deliver whatever the task. Her children and grandchildren were cherished loved ones who would never go without. There was no end to Kim’s giving ~ with Kim in your life your wants and needs were fulfilled. Caring and loving! She was our saving grace!


Before the rental business Kim worked at Phillips Well Drilling and Pump Service. Junior Phillips taught her how to drill wells and complete pump installations with Jay and her brothers-in-law. After Junior passed away, Jay and Kim started J&K Water Well Service. The business boomed with Kim working alongside Jay helping neighbors, friends and family with their water knowledge.


Survivors include two children: Jason Phillips and Evalee (Phillips) Roll and three grandchildren: Ethan Robertson, Gavin Robertson and Amiah Roll. Siblings: Pennie Reynolds and husband, Bob; Teresa Schultz and Bryan Schultz and wife, Brandi. In-Laws Charles and Leora Cain, Terry Cain, Kevin & Ettamae Elliott, Bryan Phillips and Jason & Tammy Ketcham. Nephews and nieces: Jessica Bingham, Derek Schultz, Kyle Reynolds, Vernon Schultz, Travis Schultz, Ashley Schultz, Jacob Fulkerson, Joseph Fulkerson, Kyle Holmes, Adam Schultz, Brittany Schultz, Debbie Stewart, Kylee Stewart, Doug Huffman, Tieann Cain, Kylie Flinn, Ricky Cain, Jenny Stewart, Travis Cain, Ashley Anderson, Billy Elliott, Eric Phillips, Micheal Adams, Tiffany Galloway, Jerry Phillips, Catherine Phillips, Nathan Hughes, Morgan Helton, Jake Ketcham, Grayson Ketcham and Haley Holland.


She was preceded in death by her parents Roger and Sue Schultz; Her in-laws, Junior & Evalee Phillips, Grandparents: Vernon Staggs, Nina Staggs, Joseph Emerson Schultz, Winfred Box and Valorie Box; a brother, Vernon Schultz, Sister-in-law Catherine Martin and Brother-in-laws Eugene Cain and Lloyd Phillips, nephew Junior Lloyd Phillips and niece, Bonnie Jolene Phillips.


Visitation and Funeral arrangements will be held at the Grace Baptist Church in Springville Indiana on November 25 11:00am-2:00pm. Brother Doug Phillips will officiate the funeral service beginning at 2:00pm. As per Kim’s wishes – please join family and friends for dinner immediately following the funeral in the Grace Baptist Fellowship Dining Area.


Cresthaven Funeral Home in in charge of funeral arrangements, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



November 20, 2023




Stephen George Gratzer Obit

Stephen George Gratzer

October 16, 1948 – November 17, 2023


Bedford – Stephen G. Gratzer, 75, of Beford, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023, at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital.


Born October 16, 1948 in Bedford, he was the son of George and Anna Mae (Wray) Gratzer. He married Janice Brown, on March 8, 1975, and she survives. He retired as a golf course superintendent and from General Electric.


Steve’s first loves were family and the outdoors. His wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins were his pride and joy. Whether playing side by side or watching from the sidelines, he would be there for his brother, nephews, sons, or grandchildren. He had a passion for golf, fishing, mushroom hunting, and arrowhead hunting. Since a young age and throughout his life, the golf course was a focal point, working, playing, and cheering family and friends on. After graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Agronomy, he helped build the Gary Works U.S. Steel Supervisors Club (now River Pointe Country Club) in Hobart, IN. Here he met Janice and the two were soon married. He moved back home to Bedford to be the greenskeeper at Otis Park before circling back to Hobart again on the course he helped build until 1993 when he moved back to Bedford to stay. He would decide he was done working on the course and started working at GE, until he had to retire early due to health issues. Though no longer working on the course, he was still out there every weekend and more. His grandkids had become the true focal point once they arrived. He loved big and had a sense of humor and smile that were contagious. Not one to stand around, he was always willing to jump in and help with anything. One thing people might not know, he was a great artist who could draw very well and loved woodworking. He went by many names, Steve, Weevie, dad, brother, Poppie, grampa, uncle, and friend.


Surviving with his wife Janice, are his two sons, Jamie Gratzer and wife Tessa of Bedford, Scott Gratzer and wife Lupita of Mitchell; nine grandchildren, Henry, Maggie, Sammie, Jasper, Tempe, Frankie, Stephen, Christopher, and Angie; his brother Donald R Gratzer and wife Tonya; sister-in-law Elizabeth Gratzer; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his brother Charlie Gratzer, and two sisters, Donna Hawkins and Betty Rose Brooking.



Cremation was chosen and he wished for no services. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Richard Leon Brown Obit

Richard Leon Brown

May 21, 1929 – November 19, 2023


Bedford – Richard Leon Brown, 94, of Bedford, passed away at 11:22 am on Sunday, November 19, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born May 21, 1929, in Paoli, IN, he was the son of James Leon and Mary Hazel (Pluris) Brown. He married Luella Louise Jenkins on February 7, 1951, and they enjoyed seventy-two years together. He was a manager for Indianapolis Star News and an electrician for NSWC Crane Public Works. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean War and was a member of the Dive Christian Church.


Survived by his wife, Luella, and children, Debra Louise (Brown) Morse and husband, Thomas, of Thailand, Jim Brown and wife, Kathy, of Danville, David Brown and wife, Patricia, of Williams, Bobby Brown and wife, Faye, of Bedford, Donny Brown and wife, Wendy, of Danville; eighteen grandchildren: Angela Morse, Amber Mooney, Autumn Morse, Richard Morse, Matthew Morse, Charles Morse, Joshua Morse, Austin Brown, Aubrey Harbeson, Allison Doub, Jami Fortin, Jason Brown, Kyle Brown, Kurt Brown, Sheldon Brown, Landon Brown, Ashdon Brown, and Trisdon Brown; twenty-six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Brown.


A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 25th at the Dive Christian Church with Pastors Joe McAdams and Robert Brown officiating. Military rites will be accorded immediately after the service. Burial will follow in the Paoli Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, at the Dive Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Dive Christian Church Children’s Christmas. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Joan L. Adams Obit

Joan L. Adams

July 18, 1932 – November 17, 2023


Bedford – Joan L. Adams, 91, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023, at White River Lodge.


Born July 18, 1932, in Trinity Springs, IN, she was the daughter of Gladys and Hazel Doll (Roberts) Lewis. She married Vernie Adams on July 22, 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 5, 2023. She retired as a school secretary and was a member of the First Church of God in Bedford.


Survivors include three sons, Vern (Susan) Adams, of Elizabeth, CO, Steve (Cathy) Adams, of Edmond, OK, and Mike (Giselle) Adams, of Pleasanton, CA; six grandchildren, Vernon (Katherine) Adams, of Wesminster, CO,Becka Adams, of Los Angeles, CA, Ryan Adams and Emily Adams, of Edmond, OK, Gavin Adams and Morgan Adams, of Pleasanton, CA; one brother, Jim (Helen) Lewis, of Mitchell; one sister, Carolyn (Jim) Buttz, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Linda Sue Adams; three brothers, Bob, Bill, and Paul Gene Lewis.


A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Ronald G. Orman obit

Ronald G. Orman

January 31, 1944 – November 17, 2023


Ronald G. Orman, 79, of Bedford passed away on November 17, 2023, at Majestic Care of Bedford. Born on January 31, 1944, he was the son of Ernest R. and Vera M. Orman. He married Cecelia “Cedar” Williams Thorne in 1995 and she survives.


Ron retired from Williams Realty. He graduated from General Motors Institute in 1967 where he acquired a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Ron is his wife, Cedar; daughters, Christine Carlisle, Cami Sheets, Cari Pritz, and Cheryl Laws; several grandchildren great grandchildren; and stepchildren, Steve Haverly and Stephanie Koontz.


Ron was preceded in death by his parents.


Ron’s final resting place will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. At his request, there will be no services.


The care for Ron has been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.



November 17, 2023


Jon Sullivan Obit

Jon Sullivan

October 23, 1960 – November 16, 2023


Bedford – Jon Sullivan, 63, of Bedford, passed away at 2:34 pm on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at his residence.


Born October 23, 1960, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Clavorn H. and Grace (Maxwell) Sullivan. He married Renae Ingle on May 25, 1985, and she survives. He was an electronics technician at NSWC Crane, retiring on January 1, 2017.


Jon was an avid runner, loved being with his family, friends and being Korbin’s Paps. He spent many years playing softball and Sunday morning basketball at the Boy’s Club. He was a graduate of BNL High School and I.T.T. Electrical Institute in Indianapolis.


Survivors include his wife, Renae, of Bedford; a daughter, Kate Hutton and husband, Darren; a son, Jason( J.D.) Sullivan; two grandchildren, Korbin and Keaton Hutton; his mother-in-law, Marsha Ingle; a sister, Lynda (Mike) Slate; two brothers, Doug (Tonya) Sullivan and Gary (Lynette) Sullivan; a brother-in-law, Kristopher (Audrey) Ingle; nieces and nephews, Darren Slate, David Hicks, Jodie Hicks Eiler (Rob), Matt Ingle, Christy Hicks Chastain (Terry), Dionne Hicks Dorsey (Daniel), Justin Sullivan, Sara Comer, Lauren Sullivan, Mitchell Sullivan (Amanda); many cousins and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Janice Margiotta, Beverly Kirkman, Marsha Sullivan-Devol, and Dennis “Ameba” Sullivan and Tina Sullivan; his father-in-law, Kenneth Ingle and a nephew, Kory E. Ingle.


Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, November 20th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Per Jon’s wishes, a private service and cremation will follow. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, the Ronald McDonald House, or White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



November 16, 2023


Ray M. Rio

Ray M. Rio, 69 of Bedford passed away on November 14, 2023, at 8:43 a.m. at IU Health in Bedford. He was born in Bedford on November 26, 1953, to Mike and Marjorie Rio. Ray worked as an HVAC technician; he was a veteran of the US Navy.


Ray is survived by his children, Jon Rio, Reneal Hammer, Lindsey Faubion, and Richie Rio, his companion, Sandy Ragan, six grandchildren, Jarren Hammer, Jayla Hammer, Olivia Faubion, Alexis Faubion, Jordan Rio, and Jasmine Rio.


Ray was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jerry Rio.


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


Nancy Lynn Arena Obit

Nancy Lynn Arena

Bedford – Nancy Lynn Arena, 75, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2023.


Born May 27, 1948, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of John and Phyllis (Stillions) Jeskewich. She was a 1966 graduate of Bedford High School, and on October 23, 1966, she married Michael Dale Arena, with whom she shared 56 wonderful years until his passing earlier this year. Nancy was a beautiful soul in every sense of the word, and was one of the kindest, sweetest people you could ever meet. She was a devout Christian and a member of Southland Church of Christ. Nancy also loved to fish and play pinochle with her family and friends. In fact, on August 5, 2022, in what will go down as one of the most epic games in the history of three-handed pinochle, Nancy accomplished a one-in-a-million feat by pulling every trick (called a pinochle), much to the dismay of her husband and son.


Even though Nancy had several health issues throughout the years, and most recently had been grieving the deaths of her daughter and husband, she was grateful, resilient, sweet (well, most of the time), and to those who knew her best, she was the essence of strength. She will certainly leave an indelible mark on the hearts of her friends and family, all of whom loved her very much and will miss her every day forward.


Survivors include her brother, Mike Jeskewich and wife, Carla, of Bedford; her sister, Sally Meridith and husband, Roger, of Bloomington; her son, Sam Arena and wife, Azure, of Carmel; and her granddaughter, Alyson Arena, whom she loved dearly and spoiled every time she saw her. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Phyllis Jeskewich, her husband, Michael Arena, and her daughter, Mandy Arena.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Bud Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ​L.I.F.E. pantry. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Betty Jane Buck Obit

Betty Jane Buck

January 13, 1939 – November 15, 2023


Betty Jane Buck, 84, of Springville passed on November 15, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on January 13, 1939, in Midway, KY, she was the daughter of William Coy and Ollie Lee (McFarland) Gibson. She married Paul Reynolds on April 11, 1959, who preceded her in death, and then married Herman Buck on June 25, 1984, who also preceded her in death.

Betty was a housewife and a member of the Bedford Baptist Temple.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Betty are her children, Paula (Steve) Wilkerson of Goshen, OH, Steve Reynolds of Milford, OH, Kathy (Jeff) Stevens of Springville, Debbie (Scott) Johnson of Springville, Amy (Dewayne) Austin of Madisonville, KY; grandchildren, Christopher, Tiffany, Jordyn, Jacob, Maddison, Amanda, Jeffrey, Morgan, Eric, Daniel, Cora, and Emma; ten great grandchildren; and brothers, William, Onie, Danny, Gary, and David.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Paul Reynolds and Herman Buck; grandson, Daniel Wilkerson; sisters, Rachel, Norma, Josephine, Barbara, and Sylvia; and brother, Lonnie.


Funeral Services will be held at 12:00pm noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at the Bedford Baptist Temple with Pastor Lyman Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00am to the service time on Tuesday, also at the Bedford Baptist Temple. There will be a graveside service at 1:00pm noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Crown Hill Cemetery located at 11825 Pippin Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45231.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with the care of Betty.


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



Kelli Jo Henderson Obit

Kelli Jo Henderson

WILLIAMS – Kelli Jo Henderson, 57, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at her residence. 

 

Born November 6, 1966, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Harold Eugene Cox and Janet Marie (Terrell) Mathews. She married Keith Dewayne Henderson on July 17, 2005, and he survives. 

 

Kelli loved helping people. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Mitchell Manor and did home health care. Later in life, she was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandkids, friends, and family. Kelli enjoyed mushroom hunting, playing euchre, taking vacations, listening to music, and country cruising. She had a great sense of humor and was loved by many. 

 

Survivors include her husband, Keith Henderson of Williams; daughters, Chaylin Marie (Eugene) Henderson of Paoli and Kelsey Jane (Landyn) Henderson of Williams; grandchildren, Calliope and Sophia; and siblings, Cherri Young of New Pekin, Terri (Tom) Boyer of Orleans, Rick (Toni) Cox of Orleans, and Maria (Ryan) Roop of Mitchell. 

 

Her parents; stepmother, Kay (Mann) Cox; stillborn son, Joshua Robert Lacy; and brother-in-law, Ralph Young, preceded her in death. 

 

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Bro. Kris Beasley officiating.  Burial will follow in Port Williams Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 19 and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home. 

 

Memorial Gifts:  American Heart Association 

 

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



November 15, 2023


Byron D. Mack Obit

Byron D. Mack

April 4, 1972 – November 14, 2023


Bedford – Byron D. Mack, 51, of Bedford, passed away at 11:20 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.


Born April 4, 1972, in Bedford, he was the son of Larry D. and Gloria (Todd) Mack. He was a machine operator at General Motors and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard serving on the USCG Storis. He had been a member of the Boy Scouts and attained his Eagle Scout status.


Survivors include his parents, Larry and Gloria Mack, of Bedford; a sister, Leslie Dunkelbarger, of Bedford; two nephews, Kaden Dunkelbarger and fiancé, Bailey Wolfe, of Bedford and Jacob Dunkelbarger; a niece, Lilly Dunkelbarger; a great-niece, Ellie Dunkelbarger and a great-nephew, Ollie Dunkelbarger. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Marjorie Todd and Ernest and Frances Mack.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Meadows Church of God Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, November 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Toni Lee Young Obit

Toni Lee Young

December 5, 1943 – November 14, 2023


Bedford – Toni Lee Young, 79, of Bedford, passed away at 10:00 pm on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.


Born December 5, 1943, in Seattle, WA, she was the daughter of John D. and Maxine E. (Pitcher) Agnesani. She married Richard Scott Young and he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include three daughters, Stacey Callahan and husband, Scott, Tobey Werner and husband, James, and Brianna Young; step-children, Russell and Sharon Young; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Jon Agnesani, of Bremerton, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a daughter, Tracey Young.

No services are scheduled. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



November 14, 2023


Michael Argyle Abbott Obit

Michael Argyle Abbott

BEDFORD– Michael Argyle Abbott, 77, passed away Monday, November 13, 2023, at his residence.

 

Born October 7, 1946, in Furth, Germany, he was the son of Lt. Col. Argyle Campbell Abbott and Olga (Beymas) May.

 

Since Michael was the son of a military family he grew up in many places. He spent most of his time in  Albuquerque and Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. Michael graduated high school in Bloomington, IN. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Services from Indiana University. Michael earned his LUCTF and sold life insurance with his step-dad, Robert May, in Bloomington.  His love for the ocean sent him to Texas, Florida, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where he was one of the producers for time-share. Michael loved to travel, eat the cuisine of the area, and was blessed to be able to do so with his family.

 

Survivors include his sister, Lydia Ann (James “Jim”) Russell of Mitchell; step-sister, Deborah Jean May of Los Lunas, New Mexico; step-brother, Randy David (Shelley) May of Austin, Texas; nephew, Robert “Woody” Berentes of Crawfordsville, Indiana; niece, Lauren Michelle (Levi) Eads of Portland, Oregon; aunt, Ludmilla Brown of Eaton, Ohio; and cousin, Gera Kouznetsov of Wilmington, Delaware.

 

Michael’s parents; step-dad, Robert D. May; and cousin Elena V. Kusnetsova, preceded him in death.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Gideon International.

 

Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting www.chastainfuneralhome.com.



John L. Allen Obit

John L. Allen

John L. Allen, 75 of Bedford passed away on Sunday November 12, 2023, at 10:30 p.m. at IU Hospice House in Bloomington. He was born in Bedford on September 6, 1948, to Chester Allen and Elizabeth (Phelps) Allen. John married Carol Martin on October 24, 1978, and she survives.


John retired from IMCO Recycling in Bedford, he was the union president at IMCO, he enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and fishing.


Survivors include his wife, Carol Allen, one daughter, Melissa Allen, and Daniel Sipes, one stepdaughter, Brandi Clark (Felipe) Velazquez, granddaughters, Marissa (Brandon) Bishop, and Presley Neal, grandsons, Matthew Neal, and Joshua Neal, two great grandsons, Noah Bishop, and Parker Neal, one sister, Monia Rosselle, and one nephew, Brett Rosselle.

John was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William Allen.


Funeral services will be on Thursday November 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



November 13, 2023


Suella G. Stevens Obits

Suella G. Stevens

February 1, 1932 – November 13, 2023


Bedford – Suella G. Stevens, 91, of Bedford, passed away at 5:05 am on Monday, November 13, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born February 1, 1932, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Oren and Jewell (Foster) Root. She married Paul L. Stevens on January 30, 1953, and he preceded her in death on May 14, 2019. She was a homemaker and member of the Englewood Baptist Church.


Survivors include three daughters, Linnea Skeen and husband, Jack, Dana Osborn and husband, Scott, and Karen Deckard and husband, Kenny, all of Bedford; four grandsons, Keith and Kevin Deckard, Justin and Jacob Osborn; great-grandchildren, Londyn, Harper and Ellis; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Irene McMahan and Virginia Ruth Fultz; a brother, Wilbur (Bill) Root.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, November 16th with Pastor Stephen Carter and Pastor Dave Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Frances Delora Hash Obit

Frances Delora Hash

MARICOPA, ARIZONA – Frances Delora Hash, 98, formerly of Oolitic, passed away November 6, 2023 at Anne’s Assisted Living in Maricopa, Arizona.


Born March 20, 1925, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Olman “Ollie” and Stella (Dowling) Cooper. She married Leland Elrod on October 28, 1942, and he preceded her in death February 24, 1969. She then married Norman Dale Hash on August 19, 1972, and he preceded her in death January 3, 2009.


Frances retired from Roberts Brass and had also worked at Reliance. She was a member of Oolitic Baptist Church. Frances loved sewing, quilting and doing crafts. She also loved flowers, plants, and spending time outdoors. Everyone was amazed that she could sew and put something together without a pattern. She was fun, witty, and a joy to spend time with.

Survivors include her daughter, Janice Kay Elrod Pipher of Bloomington; four grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Norma Jean Cooper of Bedford.


Her parents; husbands; daughter, Carolyn Elrod Mann; a great-grandchild; and siblings, Carl Cooper, Helen Cooper, Lois York, Mildred Henley, Dale Cooper, Sue Lewis, Betty Lou Cooper, Jerry Cooper, Jack Cooper, and Norman Dean Cooper, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, November 17, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor  Taylor Quinley officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.


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


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




November 7, 2023


John W. Watson Obit

John W. Watson

Bedford – John W. Watson, 75, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his wife and son, on November 6, 2023.


Born March 15, 1948, in Harrodsburg, IN, the son of Harold and Lois (McGlothlin) Watson. He married the love of his life, Debra Cain on January 23, 1971, and she survives.


He retired from Otis Elevator, where he was a welder. John loved to farm and did so for many years. He worked for Feldun Purdue Agricultural Center for several years. John served two years in the U.S. Army. One of his greatest joys was spending winters in Florida with his wife. He spent many days in his boat, fishing, while there.


John was a great man of faith and loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.


Survivors include his wife, Debra, of Bedford; a son, Wes Watson; two brothers, Rick (Kate) Watson and Mark (Gail) Watson; a sister, Kim (John) Crider; his mother-in-law, Carol Cain; two sisters-in-law, Gloria (Darwin) Parsley and Shirley (Gary) Arnett; a brother-in-law, Jim (Cindy) Cain; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Robert Cain.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with David Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family wishes to thank all of his wonderful caregivers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clover Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Mervin Leon Payton Obit

Mervin Leon Payton

Mervin Leon Payton, 91, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2023, with family lovingly by his side.


Born November 25, 1931 to Thomas Bennett and Della Mae (Atwood) Payton, Mervin lived his rambunctious young life in Mitchell Indiana. Growing up during the depression he often spoke fondly about working in the apple and peach orchards in Mitchell. Later in life he made his living as a carpenter and mason.


After marrying Evelyn Ruth McNeely he was drafted into the U.S. Army where He served with the 33rd Field Artillery Regime in Bamberg Germany as a corporal. He was proud of his country and respected those who gave of themselves to fight for our freedoms.


Mervin had a quick wit to him. He chose to see the positive side of people and situations. He was an honest hard working man. He believed in being a good neighbor and citizen. Throughout Mitchell and all surrounding communities you can see his skillset as a bricklayer, mason and carpenter. Along with building many private homes in the area as well as many public and municipal buildings, he helped construct The Virgil I. Grissom memorial and monument along with the refurbishment of the Mitchell Opera House. He issued land to the VFW and constructed post 9107 off of highway 60. Mervin and his wife opened the Dairy Bell on highway 60 where they proudly served the community with burgers and ice cream. He believed in giving his community his business before he would take it elsewhere and was a regular customer of Homes Hardware and Crawford Morris Lumber Company. He not only banked at 1st National Bank but he also bricked it to look like it does today. His talents did not end at a trowel but also with pencil in hand he loved creating amazing pictures of scenery.


In his younger years he enjoyed fishing as he would make his own sinkers and lure. He also enjoyed bee keeping and was happy to share the honey with his neighbors. He owned several steel guitars and played his tunes by ear with no formal training. Mervin believed staying active was crucial and slowing down was never an option. In later years Mervin loved all of his grandchildren and enjoyed keeping up with their antics. He spent time reminiscing about the past and handing out advice. He was loved and had many memorable outings with his wonderful companion Janice Chastain.


Surviving are his children; Myra Gail (Brad) King of Wisconsin, Debra Jo (Jim) Neideffer of Loogootee, and Sheryl Ann (Kevin) Grow of Columbus along with 9 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. A loving sister, Rosetta Arnold also survives along with companion Janice Chastain.


Preceding him in death was his loving wife, Evelyn Ruth (McNeely) Payton, and siblings; Marie Richason, Clyde Payton, Hollace Payton, Margie Massengill, and Floyd Payton.


Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12th, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Greg Isom officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the American legion Post 250 and VFW Post 9107. A celebration of life reunion is planned at a later date with details to be determined.


Memorial gifts: Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.


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




November 6, 2023



Wayne William Sullivan Obit

Wayne William Sullivan

June 9, 1940 – November 4, 2023


Avoca – Wayne William Sullivan, 83, of Avoca, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at his residence.


Born June 9, 1940, in Avoca, he was the son of Charlie and Dora (Reynolds) Sullivan. He married Linda Lintz on December 4, 1963, and she survives. He was a self-employed carpenter.


Survivors include his wife, Linda, of Avoca; three children, Diana Patton, Carol Webb, and Wayne Sullivan, II; a brother, Raymond; two sisters, Janice Roll and Cathy Henderson; 2 grandchildren, Layken Patton and Aavena Willis and husband, Kevin; five great-grandchildren, Edysen, Aurora, Emerson, Ronan, and Gracelyn. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cathey Smith; four brothers, Johnny, Bobby, Jimmy, and Charles; a grandson, Jeremiah Webb; a great-grandchild, Payton Skylar Willis.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 8th at Springville Christian Cemetery with Pastor John Dodd officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Donald Matthew Burnette Obit

Donald Matthew Burnette

September 12, 1947-November 4, 2023


Bloomington- Donald Matthew Burnette, 76, of Springville passed away at 5:50pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at the I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born September 12, 1947, in Bedford, IN he was the son of James Matthew and Irla Onita (Strauser) Burnette. He married Yvonne Lou English on May 25, 1968, and she survives. He retired from Roger’s Building Supply where he worked for 36 years as an architectural draftsman.


Survivors include his wife, Lou of Springville; three children: DeLinda Lynn Alexander, Randall Wayne Burnette, and Theresa Gayle Allen and her husband Darren; five grandchildren: Laura, Amanda, Ben, Katelynn, and Kayla; eight great grandchildren, Koda, Jazmine, Jasper, Eli, Gwendilyn, Rosie, Benjamin and Elijah; one brother, Raymond Doyle Burnette. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, on Thursday, November 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rusty Burnette officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 8th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Patricia N.

Patricia N. “Pat” May, 77 of Oolitic passed away on Saturday November 4, 2023, at 8:55 a.m. at IU Health in Bedford. She was born on November 6, 1945, in Bedford to Ralph E. Barnett and Agnes J. (McMahan) Barnett. Pat married Larry May on May 18, 1985, in Bedford and he survives. Pat retired from Rainbow Printing in Bedford as a bookkeeper, she was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church in Bedford, she was a member of the Bedford American Legion Post #33 Ladies Auxiliary, was a member of the Oolitic V.F.W Post 1686 Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Larry May of Oolitic, one brother, Gary W. Barnett of Bedford, two sisters, Arletha Wooten of Edinburgh, and Rita Raleigh of Sneedville, Tennessee, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Odis “Buddy” Clark and one sister, Rhonda Davis.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday November 8, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the Englewood Baptist Church, 3118 Washington Ave. Bedford, Indiana.


Visitation will be on Wednesday November 8th from 12:00 Noon until service time at 3:00 p.m. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Reginald “Reggie” Evan Ray Obit

Reginald “Reggie” Evan Ray

Reginald “Reggie” Evan Ray, 15, went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 4th, 2023, in Bedford, IN. Reggie was born on April 25th, 2008, in Bedford IN, to Heath Ray and Rebecca Morrow. He was a member of the freshman class at Bedford North Lawrence High School. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding dirtbikes, playing video games with his cousin Elijah, working on and admiring trucks, hanging out with his cousins Jaxson, Isaac, Baylee, and Tanner. Reggie loved traveling to Florida with his Dad to see his Grandpa, Grandma and his Aunt Lea. Reggie was an extremely giving person and he always took the time to mentor young kids. Reggie was a character, making people laugh was his favorite, especially while doing an impression of his dad to push his buttons. He enjoyed singing in the car with his mom and “schooling” her in basketball. Reggie never liked to see anyone go without, he would make sure they wouldn't by giving away his own possessions, money, or even leading others to do the same. He loved Christmas and was always eager to help put up the Christmas trees. He had a smile a mile wide and he loved to make other people laugh. Reggie was an avid sports enthusiast, especially of basketball and football. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was one of his biggest heroes.


Surviving to cherish his memory are his father, Heath of Mathews, IN; mother, Rebecca, Mollie Kaserman, and sister Victoria Jacobs, all of Bloomington, IN; paternal grandfather, Reginald “Reggie” Ray and wife, Anne Ray, of Venice, FL; maternal grandmother, Donna Morrow of Oolitic, IN; aunts and uncles; Terry Ray, John Ray, Seth (Sandy) Ray, Lea Niglio (Rhett Smith), Vincent Niglio, Victor Niglio, Julianna Niglio(Charlie Githler), Anatole (Fanette) Garcenot, Carrie(Josh) Tolliver, Brandon(Michelle) Morrow, Amber(Matt) Taylor, Cody(Whitney) Morrow, Fawna(Andrew) Myers, Ben(Tara) Morrow, Brian Lake, Karly(Timmy) Terrell, Katrina (Daniel) Craig, Jeremy Mullis and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Patricia Hyland, maternal grandfather, Eugene Morrow, cousin, Brady Morrow and aunt, Tonya Frye.


Visitation will be on Thursday, 11/09, from 3:30PM to 8:00PM at Day and Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be held Friday, 11/10, at 11AM, at Day and Carter Mortuary with burial to follow at Springville West Cemetery. Family friend, Eric Moor, will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Reggie Ray Memorial Fund at Bedford Federal Savings Bank. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Kenneth J. “Kenn” Workman Obit

Kenneth J. “Kenn” Workman

July 9, 1953 – November 3, 2023


Kenneth J. “Kenn” Workman, 70, of Plymouth, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2023 at the Westview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. Born July 9, 1953 in Warsaw, Indiana, he was the son of James Workman and Alma Gruhlke.


Kenn was a graduate of LaVille High School and earned an Associates Degree from Vincennes University. He was a business owner, coached AAU Girls Basketball for Marshall County, and was a huge supporter of Triton Athletics. He loved classic cars, classic rock, animals and watching his nephews play sports.


Kenn is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth (Andy) Huber and Lindsay Workman; one stepdaughter, Aimee (Chad) Blue; four grandchildren, Ava and Vince Huber and Dante‘ and Maliki Workman; one step grandchild, SaydeeMae Blue; one brother, Rex Workman; and two nephews, Tyler and Jacob Workman. Kenn was preceded in death by his parents, James Workman and Alma Gruhlke.


In accordance with Kenn’s wishes, cremation has been chosen with no services at this time.

Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with his care.


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



Sandra K. Hatfield Obit

Sandra K. Hatfield

August 21, 1942-November 3, 2023


Bloomington-Sandra K. Hatfield, 81, of Bloomington passed away at 5:10pm on Friday, November 3, 2023, at Bell Trace Health and Rehabilitation.


Born August 21, 1942, in Richmond, Virginia, she was the daughter of James Stuart and Josephine (Swango) Newton. She married Donald Hatfield on October 22, 1960, and he survives. Sandra retired in 2000 as a teacher in the English Department at Bedford North Lawrence High School. She was a member of the Oolitic Baptist Church.


Survivors include: her husband Donald of Bloomington; two daughters: Lark Hatfield and Kim Williams and her husband James all of Bloomington; a granddaughter, Eliza Ruth Williams of Bloomington; a grandson, Griffin James Williams and his wife Lizzie of Bedford; a great granddaughter, Ava Ruth Williams of Bedford; two brothers, Donald Stuart Newton and his wife Dot of Richmond, VA, and David Lee Newton of Charleston, SC; a sister, Jo Anne Newton of Colonial Heights, VA; along with other extended family, and her beloved dog, Maggie.


Following Sandra’s wishes cremation was chosen. A private celebration of life is planned. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Oolitic Baptist Church or to the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



November 3, 2023


William “Bill” Dean Beavers Obit

William “Bill” Dean Beavers

April 17, 1928 – November 3, 2023


Bill Beavers, 95, passed away Friday, November 3, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. He was born April 17, 1928, in Lawrence County, to Emery W. and Ila S. (Deckard) Beavers. He married June Burgess at the Avoca Baptist Church in Avoca, IN on June 24, 1953. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2018.


Bill retired in 1990 as a serviceman for PSI Energy of Bedford. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and past assistant-leader of Boy Scout Troop #35.


Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved his woodworking projects, watching Purdue, IU, and Colts games, and keeping his lawn well groomed.


Surviving to cherish Bill’s memory is his son, Greg Beavers of Bloomington; two daughters, Tami (Jody) Clampitt of Heltonville and Tracy Blyeth of Bedford; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) McLeod of Phoenixville, PA, Joseph (Serena) Clampitt of Bedford, Josten (Casey) Fish of Bloomington, IN, Addison Blyeth of Denver, CO and Joshua Clampitt of Heltonville, IN.
Six great-grandchildren: Paige, Finn and Zoey McLeod and Rowan, Avie, and Lachlan Fish; and several cousins.


Bill was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and one brother, Larry D. Beavers.


Funeral services for Bill will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, November 6, 2023, at the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford with Pastor Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery with military rites accorded graveside by American Legion Gillen Post #33. Visitation will be from 10:00am to the service time on Monday, also at the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.


In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to the Matthew 11:28 Project in care of Mount Pleasant Christian Church. This is a ministry that builds beds for children in need.


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



Jerry Dean Younger Obit

Jerry Dean Younger

June 9, 1939 – November 2, 2023


Jerry Dean Younger, 84, of Bedford, passed away on November 2, 2023, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis. Born in Bedford he was the son of Ray and Millison “Millie” (Speer) Younger. He married Donna “Jo” Hill in 1960 and she preceded him in death in 2009.


Jerry had worked at Cummins Engine in Columbus and was a United States Air Force Veteran. He graduated from Shawswick High School with the class of 1957. He was a former Elks Lodge member and was a pilot. He loved woodworking, fishing, and dancing.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jerry are two daughters, Melanie (Edwin) Barron and Jackie (David) Luppi; 11 grandchildren, Eddie, Bernadette, Regina, Monica, Patrick, Millie, Virginia, Toni, and Dominic Barron, as well as Jeremy and Keanna Mackay; one sister, Libby Younger; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dear companion of many years, Fran Scanlon of Orlando, Florida.


Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one brother, Robert “Bob” Younger.


There will be a Mass of Christian Burial followed by visitation. The Mass will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 10:00am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Visitation will follow from 11:15am until 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow at Pinhook Cemetery.


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



November 2, 2023


Charlotte Carol Grissom Obit

Charlotte Carol Grissom

MITCHELL – Charlotte Carol Grissom, 77, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born January 3, 1946, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Maurice and Goldie (Mulvaney) LaDuke. Charlotte married Carl Wayne Grissom on February 20, 1965 and he preceded her in death January 23, 1996.

Charlotte was a 1964 graduate of Orleans High School. She retired from RCA working in assembly. Her grandson was her pride and joy.

Surviving are her children, Cynthia (Scott) Kleindorfer of Oolitic and Melissa (Michael) Conley of Mitchell; grandson, Shane Conley; and sisters, Sharon Sands of Salem, Bonnie Burton of Mitchell, and Shirley Kendall of Mitchell.

Her parents; husband; and siblings, Leon LaDuke, Merle LaDuke, Gary LaDuke, Dale LaDuke, and Darlene Miller, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Shane Conley, Scott Kleindorfer, Andrew Kacher, and Jay Terrell

Honorary Casketbearer: Michael Conley

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



November 1, 2023

Patsy S. Estell Obit


Patsy S. Estell

May 26, 1949 – October 31, 2023


Bedford - Patsy S. Estell, 74, of Bedford, passed away at 10:55 pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.


Born May 26, 1949, in Pineville, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Joseph Nelson and Ethel (Cupp) Long. She was a Certified Dietary Manager and worked at Hospitality House for 20 years.


Survivors include five children, Wayne Estell of Loogootee, Carolee Davis and husband James of Jasper, Melissa Ford and husband Frank of Springville, Chris Estell and wife Danielle of Ellettsville, and Collin Estell of Bedford, five grandchildren, Nicki Stone of Jasper, Hannah and Alex Estell of Ellettsville, and Jade and Rebekah Ford of Springville; great-grandchildren, Lorelai and Emelyn Stone of Jasper; siblings, Mary McKinney, Bobbie Hagland, Kenneth Long, and Linda Madden all of Ohio, Douglas Long of Texas; a sister-in-law Nancy Long of Georgia, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents, and a brother, Ray Long.


The family would like to thank the staff of Westview Nursing & Rehab for their outstanding care during Patsy’s recent illness.


Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow at Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until the time of service on Saturday. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Carroll Dee Terry Obit

Carroll Dee Terry

HURON – Carroll Dee Terry, 80, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.

Born January 22, 1943, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Virgil Finas and Daisy Olive (Cooke) Terry. Carroll and Helen Ruth Sermersheim were married on January 25, 1964 by preachers Frank Sallee and Hayden Abels.

Carroll was a 1961 graduate of Mitchell High School. He worked as a carpenter for most of his life, starting in 1961 with his dad and was a member of the Carpenter’s Union. He then worked for Anvil Engineering as an inspector on roofs at Crane NSWC and received a Master Carpenter award. After retirement, he worked at Rural King. Carroll attended Huron Baptist Church for 55 years and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Ruth Terry of Huron; children, Adam Kyle Terry of Martin County, William Finas Terry of Orleans, and Deanna Carol (Jerry Wayne) Ford of Bedford; grandchildren, Thomas Kyle Terry, Autumn Leann (Jamie) Terry Cronin, and Jerrod Elijah Ford; great-granddaughter, Braelynn Leann Terry Melvin; and siblings, Mareta Moore of Mitchell and Joseph Terry of Mitchell.

His parents and siblings, Robert Dean Terry and infant brother Larry Finas Terry, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 4, at the Huron Baptist Church with Pastor William “Skip” Matthews and Brother Harvey McAdams officiating. Burial will be at Clark Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 3, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the Huron Baptist Church.

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

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