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Obituaries — September 2023

Updated: Oct 2, 2023


Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc.

September 29, 2023

Jackson and Madelyn Shelton Obits

Jackson Ryan Shelton

Jackson Ryan Shelton, 3 of Mitchell passed away on September 26, 2023, at his home in Mitchell. He was born in Bloomington on November 16, 2019. Jackson was a preschool student at Hatfield Elementary in Mitchell.


Madelyn Lea Shelton

Madelyn Lea Shelton, 1 of Mitchell passed away on September 26, 2023, at her home in Mitchell. She was born in Bedford on July 1, 2022.


The children are survived by their father, Ryan Shelton of Mitchell, one sister, Amiyah Shelton of Mitchell, grandparents, John and Denise McCormick of Mitchell, great grandmother, Penny Parish of Mitchell, three uncles, Shane (Lyndsey) Shelton of Indianapolis, Nick Shelton of Greenwood, and Cadden McCormick of Mitchell. Cousin Ellie Shelton of Greenwood


The children were preceded in death by their grandfather, Nick Shelton, and great grandfather, Charles “Butch” Parish. Great grandparents, Paul M. McCormick and Caroline McCormick


Funeral services will be on Tuesday October 3, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mitchell Church of Christ, 1004 W. Main St. Mitchell, entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday at the Mitchell Church of Christ. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with their care. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Judith K. Crane Obit

Judith K. Crane

December 13, 1943 – September 28, 2023


Bedford – Judith K. Crane, 79, of Bedford, passed away at 1:23 pm, on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at Majestic Care in Bedford.


Born December 13, 1943, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Cecil and Olive (Reuter) Wagner. She married Edwin “Boots” Crane and he preceded her in death. She was a nurses’ aide at Dunn Hospital, Westview Nursing and the Hospitality House. She was a member of the Crossroads Community Church, babysat many children and was a nanny to all.


Survivors include children, Lawrence “Larry” Joyner and wife, Beth, of Bedford, Billie Ann Whitis and companion, Tony Jaynes, of Freetown, Gregory Joyner and wife, Lora, of Bedford, Heidi Wagner and husband Bill, of Bedford; a step-son, Larry Crane and wife, Kathy, of Bedford; a step-daughter, Linda Klinedinst and husband; eleven grandchildren, Misty Joyner, Rebecca Mader, Cassie Hildum, Nicholas Joyner, Justin Hunter, Jessica Hunter, Kyle Hamilton, LaDawn Joyner, Lynnae Birchfield, Zachary Martin, Danielle Clines; twenty-one great grandchildren and one expected in April; one great-great-grandchild; four step grandchildren; three sisters, Shirley Super, Bonnie West and Liz Anders; a step-brother and two step-sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her step-mother, Gladys Wagner; her companion, David Cox and a step-daughter, Diane Guthrie; a sister, Marilyn Gibson.


A special ‘Thank You’ to all of the nurses and aides at Majestic Care Bedford for their care and patience during Judy’s time there.


Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 1st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in the White River Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the hour of service on Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Hope Resource Center. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



September 27, 2023


Charles T. Bugh Obit

Charles T. Bugh

April 3, 1947 – September 25, 2023


Bedford – Charles T. Bugh, 76, of Bedford, passed away at 11:52 am on Monday, September 25, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born April 3, 1947, in Bedford, he was the son of Franklin Murray and Grace (Henderson) Bugh. He married Sandra Herrington and she survives. He was a tool and die maker at General Motors, retiring in 2005 and loved the outdoors, and spending time with his family and friends.


Survivors include his wife, Sandra, of Bedford; two sons, Randy Bugh, of Mitchell and Keith Bugh and wife, Christy, of Bedford; three grandchildren, Kaitlin, Isaiah, and Megan Bugh. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Errol, Rick, and Ronnie Bugh.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 29th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jimmy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 28th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



September 26, 2023


Patricia Gail Allen Obit

Patricia Gail Allen

MITCHELL – Patricia Gail Allen, 57, passed away Friday, September 22, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital Born November 17, 1965, in Louisville, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Charles Walter Sr. and Norma Jeane (Decker) Bates. Patricia married Glenn Edward Allen in 2014 and he survives. Surviving are her husband, Glenn Edward Allen of Mitchell; and siblings, Charles Bates, Jr. of Salem, James Bates of Pekin, John Bates of Floyds Knobs, Mary Carlton of Jasper, and Susan Snyder of Salem. Her parents and siblings, Gary Bates, Sr. and Debbie Bates, preceded her in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Marion Wilson

Marion Wilson, 98, passed away on Aug. 26, 2023. He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Colville, Wa. to John J. and Jane Wilson. 


He served in the US Navy from Dec. 1941 - Nov. 1942. Marion was on the USS Neches AO5 when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Jan. 23, 1924. There were 57 men lost and Marion sustained injuries during the incident. While assigned to a parachute loft where he assembled and repaired parachutes for pilots in the War, he had the opportunity to fly second seat for Lt. Commander Butch O'Hare. The O'Hare Airport in Chicago was later named for this First Ace of WWII. 


After the War he trained with European Upholsterers and became a Master Craftsman at his trade. Opening his own shops.  For fun he would go to the Warm Springs Reservation at roundup time and break Wild Horses for the Indians. For every two he would break, he would get one. Hunting and Fly Fishing were other joys in his life.


He married Sue in 1965 and they had two children. They built a log home in a small valley in the Cascade Mts. Then he was hired by a Resort Company that took them to 48 States. Besides Managing Resorts, the Company would fly him to other resorts to do motivational seminars. In 2002 they moved to Lawrence Co. to open Carousel Winery. The Winery has won an abundance of State, National and International awards for their premium wines.

When Marion was 91, he traveled to Washington DC as part of the Indy Honor Flight program. While there he got to sit and chat with US Senator Bob Dole. It was a 'great day', he said. 


He is survived by this Wife of 58 years, Sue, His Daughter Dawn Wilson, Son, Shawn Wilson, daughter-in-law Vicki, Grandson Tyler Maat and Son Jimmy Wilson. 


Friends are welcome to pay their respects to this Wonderful Man Sept. 30th, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, 3522, Dixie Hwy., Bedford at 11 am. for his Celebration of Life. Casual please.



Larry W. Thompson Obit

Larry W. Thompson

Larry W. Thompson, 59 of Bedford passed away on Friday September 22, 2023, in Bloomington. He was born in Indianapolis on November 30, 1963, to Chastain “Chet” Thompson and Eleanor (Wildrick) Thompson. Larry married Rhonda Tyring on July 5, 1986, in Francisco, Indiana and she survives. Larry was the Director of Operations with Buehler Foods, he enjoyed watching football, he loved the Colts and IU, he was an avid boater, loved fishing and camping at Lake Monroe Village.


Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Thompson of Bedford, two sons, Larry (Nicole) Thompson, Jr. of Washington, and Ronnie (Alexis) Thompson of Bedford, his mother, Eleanor Thompson of Washington, two grandchildren, Tory Thompson, and Noah Thompson, two great grandchildren, Layla Thompson, and Tory Thompson, Jr., one sister, Sherry Napier of Indianapolis, and one brother, Robert Thompson of Muncie.

He was preceded in death by his father, and one sister, Karen Brown.


A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at Lake Monroe Village, 8107 S. Fairfax Road, Bloomington, Indiana 47401. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, Condolences can be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



September 25, 2023



Michael Patrick Parenti

December 7, 1965 – September 24, 2023


Bedford – Michael Patrick Parenti, 57, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2023, at his residence.


Born December 7, 1965, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Ralph and Ruby (Reynolds) Parenti. He married Mary Scott, and she preceded him in death. He was employed in shipping and assembly line work for Stone City Products.


Survivors include a son, Michael Robert Parenti, of Bedford; six siblings, Wayne Mitchell and wife, Bobbi, of CA, Thomas Lee Boeck, of IL, David Mitchell and wife, Laurie, of NC, Darlene Boeck, of IN, Ralph Parenti and wife, Judi, of IL, and James Parenti and wife, Diane, of IN; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 28th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Brent O’Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service Thursday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Danny Alan Pemberton Obit

Danny Alan Pemberton

MITCHELL – Danny Alan Pemberton, 74, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Born June 28, 1949, in Bedford, he was the son of Winfred J. “Wink” and Juanita M. (Tow) Pemberton. He married Jonna Dale Ely on June 8, 1968 and she survives. Danny was a 1967 graduate of Mitchell High School and retired from General Motors. He was a member of the Paoli Masonic Lodge No. 119 F.&A.M., The Sons of American Legion Post No. 250, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 Auxiliary. Danny enjoyed woodworking, riding his motorcycle, and shooting guns. His granddaughters were his world and he loved spending time with them. Surviving are his wife, Jonna Dale Pemberton of Mitchell; children, Lisa Dawn Fish of Mitchell and Alan Wayne Pemberton of Mitchell; grandchildren, Abby Danielle Fish, Alexandra “Ally” Dawn Fish, Ashlyn River Pemberton, and Marcus Donald Fish; great-granddaughter, Brynlee Michaela Fish; and his beloved dog, Annie. His parents; granddaughter, Anna Renae Fish; brother, Steven Pemberton; and in-laws, James and Mary Ely, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, September 28, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial Gifts: White River Humane Society Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Susan K. Stanley Obit

Susan K. Stanley

Susan K. Stanley age 79 of Bedford passed away on September 18, 2023, at IU Health in Bloomington. She was born in Vincennes on July 29, 1944, to Charles and Hester (Hopkins) Tewalt. Survivors include her children, Chris (Lesley) Stanley of Bedford, Jeff (Kelly) Stanley of Gilbert, Arizona, and Laura Stanley of Tucson, Arizona, Grandchildren, Jeremy Stanley, Madison Stanley, Ryan Stanley, Drew Hulbery, and Lindsay Camp, Great grandchildren, Audrianna Camp, and Vera Holt, two sisters, Alice Whaley of Vincennes, and Patricia Baer of Riverton, Utah.


Susan was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Charles “Chuck” Tewalt.


Our mom will long be remembered for her devotion to Jesus Christ, her love for her children and grandchildren and her compassion for those unwell or in need.  Mom had a great sense of humor and a hilarious cackling laugh that we will never forget.  She enjoyed catching up with friends, watching the Colts or IU basketball games and reading from her bible.  She was very proud of the fact that she was able to purchase her own home later in life.  She also took great pride in the many years she served others at the Bedford Medical Center.  


Our mom deeply understood that her worth was not measured by dollars or approval from others.  She followed an internal compass that always led her back to her relationship with God.  She was a breast cancer survivor of many years.  She considered her greatest accomplishment to be her three children.  Even many years from now, we will still be able to feel the weight of her love for us.  And when we think of her, we will still be able to hear her reassuring us that, “You did good baby.”  


Our mom passed away peacefully with us at her side in IU Bloomington Hospital in the early hours of September 18, 2023.  She was 79 years old.  Charitable donations in her name can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or to the Bedford Free Methodist Church, of which she was a member for many years.  There will be a burial of ashes and graveside ceremony at Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana in 2024.



Frank Darrell East Obit

Frank Darrell East

June 19, 1943 – September 23, 2023


Bedford – Frank Darrell East, 80, of Bedford, passed away at 1:40 am on Saturday, September 23, 2023, at I.U. Health University Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born June 19, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Frank Floyd and Mildred Lois (Coulter) East. He married Tana Wakefield on October 24, 1964, and she survives. He was an engineer at Control Data and manager of JC Penney maintenance. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Vietnam War and a member of Old Union Christian Church.


Survivors include his wife, Tana, of Bedford; three children, Frank Darrell East, Jr. and wife, Kimberly, of CA, Andrew Scot East and wife, Melody, of New Mexico, Dawn Orian (East) Rockhill and husband, Han, of CA; seven grandchildren, Grant, Katherine, John, Molly, Maxx, Madison, and Andrew; one great-grandchild, Naliyah; three sisters, Mary Anne Wargo and Karen Shafer, both of Bedford, Linda Lee, of Maryland; five brothers, Edward East, of Bedford, Ray Alan East, of OH, Timothy East, of Bedford, Steve East, of Maryland, and Patrick East, of Bedford; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Theresa East (in infancy).


Per his request, cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.


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



Henry S. Acton, III

July 25, 1960 – September 20, 2023


Henry S. Acton, III, 63, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospital, Paoli. He was born July 25, 1960, in Bedford, to Henry and Lottie (Stotts) Acton.


Henry was a 25-year employee of Walmart and a member of the National Guard.


Surviving to cherish Henry’s memory is his brother, James Acton; nephew, Chris Easterday; and two great nephews, Eli and Treyton.


Preceding Henry in death were his parents; and a sister, Suzanne Kay Von Wahlde.


Henry chose cremation and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with Henry’s care.


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




John C. Jendrek Obit

John C. Jendrek

May 24, 1937 – September 21, 2023


John C. Jendrek, 86, of Bedford, passed away Friday, September 21, 2023. He was born May

24, 1937, in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of Estelle C. (Evering) and John C. Jendrek.

He married Diane Plummer on November 1, 2008, and she survives.


John attended Catholic grade school and high school in Baltimore. John attended Drexel and

John Hopkins Universities, graduating with a BS Degree in Engineering in 1967. John was a

member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society since 1985.


John was honorably discharged from the Maryland Air National Guard and the Reserve United

States Air Force on June 2, 1963.


John had worked for Bethlehem Steel, Rinker Industries and Lehigh Cement in Florida. He

retired from his own industrial maintenance company, Quality Maintenance, Inc., in 2011.

Surviving to cherish John’s memory is his wife, Diane; daughter, Diana Elliott; step-sons,

Michael, Daniel and Chris McCory; grandchildren, Nicole Stewart, Heath Weller, Caleb,

Mikayla and Cody McCory, Lane and Kaycie Selfridge, Ava and Braxton McCory, Austin

Brewster; greatgrandchildren, Brianna Uth, Ariel Brewster, Pheonix McCory and Braelyn

Stewart.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at St.

Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Mitchell, with Fr. Jegan Peter and Deacon David Reising

officiating. Burial will follow in Weddleville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30a.m. –

10:30a.m. at the church with the Rosary being prayed at 10:30a.m., also on September the 26th.


Donations in memory of John may be made to the Simon Bruté Society.


Arrangements for Mr. John Jendrek have been entrusted to Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-

George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.


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



September 22, 2023


James Byron Staggs Obit

James Byron Staggs

March 7, 1962 – September 21, 2023


Oolitic – James Byron Staggs, 61, of Oolitic, passed away on September 21, 2023, with his family and friends by his side.


Born March 7, 1962, in the state of Washington, the son of Douglas A. and Janet (Montieth) Staggs. He had worked in the maintenance department at Garden Villa for many years. His co-workers there were like his second family and he spoke highly of them. He was a former member of the National Guard and was baptized at Southland Church of Christ. He loved his family, collecting coins, tinkering with things, Chuck Norris movies, and building model cars with a special eye for old trucks.


Survivors include two daughters, Misty Staggs, and Mackenzie Staggs; two sons, Nickkiah and Shawn Staggs; a grandson, Daniel; two brothers, Douglas (Margaret) Staggs and Thomas (Michelle) Staggs; three sisters, Roseanne (Don) Suggs, Mary Ann (Doug) Carmichael, and Tammy Mundy (Tommy Terrell); several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Roger, Bill, and Bruce.


Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, September 25th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday at Hillenburg Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Rita Hancock Obit

Rita Hancock

MITCHELL - Rita Hancock died on September 21, 2023, three days shy of her birthday. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends who lovingly walked her home.

Rita is survived by her only son, Darrell Myers; her daughter-in-law, Heidi; granddaughter Addie; grandsons Hunter and Camden; and brother, Dennis Wayne Hancock and his wife Bell. Rita loved to share stories about her hardworking son and daughter-in-law and her talented, smart grandchildren.

Rita’s parents, Wayne David & Marilynn Jean Hancock, preceded her in death. Her first granddaughter, Grace Myers, also preceded her in death.

Rita loved two things -- her family and her pets. She rescued the biggest, furriest, flawed dogs and gave them life when others had given up on them. She became a board member of the White River Humane Society and volunteered many hours transporting animals that needed care and helping out as needed.

A hard worker her entire life often working two jobs just to keep the lights on, she made life-long friends at the many places she worked throughout Monroe and Lawrence County, including Carpenter Body Works, Cook Medical, Ruler IGA, P.R.D., Pets Alive and AKKA Plastics.

In honor of her life, Rita requested that anyone who wants to offer kindness in the form of a donation should consider White River Humane Society’s building fund at https://whiteriverhumanesociety.org/new-building or send donations to P.O. Box 792 Bedford, IN 47421, indicating Rita Hancock in the memo line.

To leave the world a better place than you found it is a life well-lived. And in the end, Rita did just that. She will be greatly missed by her loving family, who was by her side as she took her last breath, by those who were fortunate to have known her, and by all the cats and dogs that were given a chance at life because she was here -- and she mattered. Per her final requests, a private ceremony for the family will be held.

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


Ken Leon Grace Obit

Ken Leon Grace

PAOLI – Ken Leon Grace, 57, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Paoli Health and Living Community.

Born January 21, 1966, in Waukegan, Illinois, he was the son of Kenneth Gene and Marilyn Rose (Taylor) Grace. Ken married Cynthia Lou Walther on September 12, 1999 and she preceded him in death July 2, 2009.

Ken was a 1984 graduate of Mitchell High School. He had worked for Harrison Fence installing fencing and siding. Ken greatly enjoyed fishing, collecting coins, stamps, completing jig-saw puzzles, and Nascar. He was of the Christian Faith.

Surviving are his children, Kayla (Ryan) Flynn of Paoli, Kenneth (Meagan) Grace of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Kenna (Adam) Robertson of Orleans, Dyllan Grace of Scottsburg, and Timothy (Paula) Ely of Mitchell; grandchildren, Alexis Flynn of Paoli, Sydney Flynn of Paoli, Ryley Flynn of Paoli, Raphael Grace of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Gabriel Grace of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Lamontika Robertson of Orleans, Dashawn Robertson of Orleans, Nadilyn Robertson of Orleans, Sylis Robertson of Orleans, Xavier Atchley of Scottsburg, and Macie Grace of Scottsburg; siblings, Richard (Tammy) Grace of Orleans and Shelly (Randy) Grace-Johnson of Orleans; and mother, Marilyn “Rose” Grace.

His father; wife; and step-son, Doug Ely, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, September 25, at Tunnelton Cemetery with Pastor Teresa Reynolds officiating. Burial to follow.

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



Steven Lee Brown Obit

Steven Lee Brown

CAMPBELLSBURG – Steven Lee Brown, 67, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at U of L Health – Jewish Hospital. Born January 28, 1956, in Salem, he was the son of Lester “Bud” and Ruth Ellen (Wesner) Brown. Steven was a 1974 graduate of West Washington High School. He worked as a farmer and attended Mt. Carmel Christian Church. Surviving are his brother, Terry (Judy) Brown of Evans, Georgia; niece, Jacqueline (Rob) O’Brien of Cincinnati, Ohio; and nephew, Judson (Julia) Brown of Atlanta, Georgia. His parents preceded him in death. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 27, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, with Brother Jerry Hartledge officiating. Burial to follow. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorial gifts: The American Cancer Society Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



September 21, 2023



Renza  “Reni” Lynn French Obit

Renza “Reni” Lynn French

Renza “Reni” Lynn French, 56, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Pensacola Sacred Heart Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones.


Born March 30, 1967, to Jamie Leigh Chastain and Danny Keith Terrell. Reni grew up and raised her daughter in Mitchell, IN. She was so full of life and had never met a stranger. She played basketball for the Mitchell Blue Jackets, graduating in 1985. Reni has always loved sports, playing cards, and participating in poker tournaments. She played softball, basketball, and participated in several bowling leagues over the years. After finding the love of her life, Frenchie, in 2005; Reni relocated to Bloomington, IN and acquired four more children that she loved as her own. Her biggest passion in life was being surrounded by her family and traveling all over the world.


She loved working as an Uber, Lyft, and personal driver under the name “Reni’s Rides” for a multitude of families in the Bloomington/Indiana University area. Her riders became a part of her family. There was never silence in Reni’s car, they all felt as if they knew her all along; like her family.


Surviving is her father, Dan Terrell; husband, John “Chris/Frenchie” French; children, Kayla (Aaron) Eaker, Brandon (Maxine) French, Addison (Keith) Langley, Lucy (Austin Clement) French, and Peyton French; grandchildren, Arie and Kaden Eaker, Halle Mae Langley, and Camden French; siblings, Daniel “Dee” Terrell, Micah Terrell, Zach (Lindsey) Terrell, Isaac (Charity) Terrell, Kelsey (Joe) Schmitz.


Her mother: Jamie Leigh Chastain; grandparents: Floyd “Peck” Terrell, Rosemary Terrell, Bud Chastain, and Dottie Chastain; and nephew: Andrew Terrell preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be held Monday, September 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, followed by burial at Mitchell Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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



September 20, 2023


Clark Richard Morgan Obit

Clark Richard Morgan

February 18, 1942 – September 18, 2023


Clark Richard Morgan, 81, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, September 18, 2023 at the Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born February 18, 1942 in Henryville, he was the son of Paul and Marie Morgan.


Clark was a Millwright at General Motors for 30 years retiring in 1998. He served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. Clark was an artist and loved to paint and wood carve.


Surviving are two sisters, Lana Morgan and Judy Kellams, both of Bedford; His children, Charles (Theresa) Morgan of Bedford, Marnie (Chris) McKnight of Bedford; Six grandchildren, Sarah (Jesse) Flynn, Connor Morgan, Josie (Heath) Snider, Coy McKnight, Luke LaFevor, and Chloe McKnight; Four great grandchildren, Carson Powell, Maggie Flynn, Chandler Morgan, and Remi Jo Snider; along with several nieces and nephews. Clark was preceded in death by his wife, Angela Morgan; Parents, Paul and Marie Morgan; Brothers, Paul “Eugene” Morgan, and Dave Morgan.


Public Graveside services will be held on Monday, Sept 25 at 11am at Beech Grove Cemetery in Bedford with his nephew, John Hughes officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by the Honor Guard of the American Legion Gillen Post 33.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Morgan.


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




Raymond E. Deckard Obit

Raymond E. Deckard

September 11, 1929 – September 19, 2023


Bedford – Raymond E. Deckard, 94, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at 1:45 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington surrounded by family.


Born September 11, 1929, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Raymond and Oral Nadine (Sears) Deckard. He married Marilea Britt on June 27, 1964, and she preceded him in death. He was a stock clerk for Public Service, Cinergy, and Duke Energy. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Marine Corps and a handyman who could fix almost anything. He loved old TV Westerns, NASCAR, and classic country music .


Survivors include a daughter, Valerie Deckard, of Bloomington; a son, Jim Deckard and wife, Marquita, of Bedford; a granddaughter, Nokomis Deckard, of Bedford; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Deckard, of Bedford; numerous nieces and nephews; his caregivers, Rebecca, Linda, and Alyssa. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, four brothers, Charles Albert “Bill”, Rance, Mansel, and Kenneth; four sisters, Esther, Helen, and 2 in infancy.


Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 23rd at Day & Carter Mortuary. A graveside service will be conducted at a later date in Green Hill Cemetery.


To paraphrase the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett: “Through 94 years of perpetual motion, if he likes you then he’ll smile, then he’ll say, Jimmy, some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.”

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



September 19, 2023


Harry Eugene “Gene” Atchison Obit

Harry Eugene “Gene” Atchison

MITCHELL – Harry Eugene “Gene” Atchison, 93, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House. Born October 7, 1929, in Bryantsville, he was the son of Jack Alvin Atchison and Dolly Jane (Blevins) Ingram. Gene was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 250, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, and was active in the Honor Guard. Gene worked as a truck driver for Architectural Stone Sales and Hall Bros Transport. He loved driving around, socializing, and working in his garden. Surviving are his children, Darlene (Kenneth) Irwin of Mitchell, Roland Eugene (Linda) Atchison of Orleans, and Glenda Lea (Larry) Duncan of Mitchell; eleven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. His parents; children, Robert Eugene Atchison and David Bryant Atchison; grandson, Brian Scott Johnson; siblings, Leon Atchison, Leland Atchison, Loretta Rush, Bertha Young, Erma Pemberton, Earl “Buck” Atchison, and an infant brother; and the mother of the children, Alma Owens, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 21, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the funeral home.


Tamara Lou Coulter Obits

Tamara Lou Coulter

January 17, 1966 – September 18, 2023


Bedford – Tamara Lou Coulter, 57, of Bedford, passed away at 9:39 am on Monday, September 18, 2023, with her dog, Ebony, by her side.


Born January 17, 1966, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Orville “Buck” and Hallie (Conley) Coulter. She was employed at Caravan Contracting Agency for General Motors Sanitation. She was previously the owner of the Country Barn Café for three years. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, going camping, live music, vacations, racing, and spending time at home with her animals.


Survivors include her significant other, Travis Kern, of Bedford; her mother, Hallie Coulter, of Bedford; two sisters, Kimberly Coulter and Melissa Coulter-Sampson; a niece, Cortney Colson; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins; her life-long best friends, Teresa “Sissy” Dalton. She was preceded in death by her father, Orville; a brother, Carl Coulter; a nephew, Seth David Jones; her grandparents; several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Waylon James Crabtree Obit

Waylon James Crabtree

May 25, 2018 – September 9, 2023


Paoli – Waylon James Crabtree, 5, was born on May 25, 2018, in Paoli, IN, to father, Adam Crabtree and mother, Kaci Crabtree.


In his 5 years of life, Waylon touched many lives across the country, bringing joy anywhere he went. He had a contagious smile that no one could resist. Even through day-to-day struggles, he kept that smile on his face and enjoyed each day to it’s fullest, never taking anything for granted. He loved his Elmo, Mickey Mouse, cows, and of course, music.


He was preceded in Heaven by his mother, Kaci Crabtree and his Papaw Jimmy Prince. He is survived by his father, Adam Crabtree; his step-mother, Lauren Crabtree, step-sister, Kara Rippetoe and soon to arrive little brother, Matthew Crabtree; grandparents, Mark Crabtree, Cindy Crabtree, Gregg Taylor and Aleta Taylor; his great-grandmother, Diana Prince; aunts, Emily Taylor, Beth Covey and Chelsea Crabtree; uncles, Jason Covey and Jacob Crabtree; cousins, Caleb and Maddie Covey, Bentley, Brielle and Brylynn Crabtree.


Private services for family will be conducted. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



September 18, 2023


Gloria May (Emery) Morehouse Obit

Gloria May (Emery) Morehouse

BLOOMINGTON – Gloria May (Emery)


Morehouse, 82, passed away Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Bell Trace Senior Living. Born September 6, 1941, in Clinton County, she was the daughter of Harry C. and Edith Emery. Gloria worked in the registrar’s office at Indiana University. She enjoyed attending church. Surviving are her children, Jerry (Twila) Laird of Bloomington and Sheri Laird of Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Andrew, Daniel, Vanessa, and Priscilla; and great-granddaughter, Emilia. Her parents and brother, Jerry Emery, preceded her in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



September 15, 2023



Jackie Blane Chastain Obit

Jackie Blane Chastain

November 28, 1961 – September 14, 2023


Jackie Blane Chastain, 61, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023, in Bedford. He was born November 28, 1961, in Bedford, to Jackie Blane Chastain and Carolyn Sue (Thomas) Chastain.


Blane worked for many years as a stone cutter and carpenter, most recently for Adam Chastain General Contractors.


Surviving to cherish Blane’s memory is his mother, Carolyn Sue Chastain of Bedford; wife, Kim Reid of Bedford; two daughters, Destiny (Jason Lomax) Chastain of Paoli and Jade (Clay) Lumpe of Bedford; three sons, Josh (Sarah) Chastain of Brownsburg, Joseph (Brittany) Chastain of Bedford and Trenton Chastain of Bedford; grandchildren, Bella, Charlee, Will, Ben, Eve, Henry, Bexley, Bo, Jack and Hank; and two brothers, Shane (Michelle) Chastain of Bedford and Vane (Susan) Chastain of Bedford.


Blane was preceded in death by his father; and one daughter, Alexandria Mary Sue Chastain.


Funeral services for Blane will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford, with Pastor Brent O’Neal officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, September 20th, from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour.


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



Leonard Thomas Denniston

July 11, 1944 – September 14, 2023


Bedford – Leonard Denniston, 79, of Bedford, passed at 5:46 pm on Friday, September 14, 2023 at the Indiana University Hospital in Bloomington.


Born July 11, 1944 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Berle and Sarah (Todd) Denniston. He married Sandra “Sandy” (Robertson) Ault on April 18, 2006 and she survives. He was retired from Shelby Trucking and attended Seventh Day Adventist Church.


Survivors include his wife Sandra, of Norman, four children, Todd Denniston of Norman, Reid Denniston and wife Jody of Bedford, Robert Ault and wife Kelly of Norman, Bill Ault and wife Sandy of Norman; granddaughter Allison Denniston, step grandchildren, Nathan Rodman, Chelsea Matthews, and J.P., three great-grandchildren, Macy, Ainsley, and Parker; two sisters, Diane Moore and Betty Combs; mother of his children, Cynthia Denniston of Norman. He is preceded by his parents, and great-granddaughter, Briley, and two brothers, Gerald and Bill Denniston.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 21, 2023 at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dwight Kruger officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery in Monroe county. Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to the time of service on Thursday, September 21, 2023. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Margaret Jean Day Obit

Margaret Jean Day

June 27, 1936 - September 15, 2023


Bedford – Margaret Day, 87, of Bedford, passed at 12:00 am on Friday, September 15, 2023, at the Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


Born June 27, 1936, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Davis) George. She married Kenneth Day on September 19, 1953, and he survives. She attended Faith Baptist Church in Springville and was a homemaker.


Survivors include a son, Kenny Day Jr. and significant other, Rachael, of Hollywood, FL; children, Vanessa Moule and son Rylan, and Patricia Osburn; son Kevin Day and wife Jenny of Bedford, and their son Derek Day and wife Lacey, and children Landyn and Cameron Day; brother-in-law Robert Aliano. She is preceded by siblings Helen Clark and husband Sandy, Robert George and wife Marilyn, and Barbara Aliano.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bob Phillips and Rusty Burnette officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Mausoleum. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 11:00 am to the time of service. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



September 13, 2023


Lorri S. Brewer Obit

Lorri S. Brewer

Lorri S. Brewer, 52 of Mitchell passed away on Tuesday September 12, 2023, at 3:59 p.m. at Baptist Floyd Hospital in New Albany. She was born in Bloomington on August 11, 1971, to Ronald and Mary (Godsey) Brewer.


She is survived by her mother, Mary Brewer of Mitchell, two children, Brittany Garland of Mitchell, and Elijah Ritchison of Bedford, two grandchildren, Amara Garland, and Carter Garland of Mitchell, two sisters, Renae (Lowell) Flynn of Springville, and Trina Burks of Bedford, several nieces, and nephews.


Lorri was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Brewer, brother, Ronald “Butch” Brewer and sister, Debbie Brewer


A celebration of Lorri’s life will be held on Saturday September 16, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church in Springville, memories and friends will gather from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 3:00 p.m. at the church on Saturday, dinner will follow the services.


Donations may be made to Cresthaven Funeral Home to help the family with Lorri’s expenses. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.




Mary E. Ray Obit

Mary E. Ray

July 14, 1943 - September 12, 2023


Bedford – Mary Ray, 80, of Bedford, passed at 2:36 pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Indiana University Hospital in Bloomington.


Born on July 14, 1943, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Clyde and Eva (Breedlove) Burgess. She married Roger Dale Ray, and he precedes her in death. She was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and retired in 2005 from Disney World as a custodian.


Survivors include two daughters, Claudelle Livingston of Bedford, and Pamela (Bill) Squire of Groveland, FL; one son, Shaun (Karen) Ray, of Louisville; two granddaughters, Brandi Peach of Ohio, and Shandelle Peach of Florida; one grandson, Zachary Peach of Florida; five great-grandchildren, Clayton, Jace, Payton, Kion, and Jax; one sister, Malinda Delphia of Bedford; she is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law, Jim Livingston.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the Day & Carter Mortuary with cremation to follow. Visitation will be held from 11:00 to the time of service on Saturday. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Mary Ellen (Anderson) Caswell Obit

Mary Ellen (Anderson) Caswell

Mary Ellen (Anderson) Caswell, 71, of Bloomington, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023, at her residence. She was born March 4, 1952, in Evanston, IL, to Jesse C. Anderson and Carol J. (Ferguson) Anderson. She married Barbara Antle on December 1, 2014, and she preceded her in death in 2018.

Mary Ellen retired as a Corrections Officer and had previously worked at Otis Elevator and RCA. She was a graduate of Bedford High School, class of 1970. She was of the Episcopalian faith and a member of the Cutter Girls. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren and playing on her computer.

Surviving to cherish Mary’s memory are her two children, Crystal Ray and Richard Caswell; grandchildren, Tyler Guthrie, Chelsea Caswell, Mason Caswell and wife Tonya, Jacob Ray and fiancé Paige, Katelyn Ray, Erik Haase and wife Hailey, Evan Reed and Quentin Reed; ten great grandchildren; brother, Louis Anderson and wife Darlene; one sister, Sally Findley; along with several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; partner, Barbara; three sisters, Sherry Brock, Sandra Berthene and Judith Anderson in infancy; and three brothers, Mike Anderson, Stephen Anderson and Jesse Anderson.

A private service will be held with Pastor Billy Brim officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. Services for Mary have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford, IN.



September 12, 2023


Ardela Jean Greer Obit

Ardela Jean Greer

Ardela Jean Greer, 66 of Bedford passed away on September 7, 2023, at 7:25 pm at her home with family by her side. She was born in Bedford on June 17, 1957. She was a 3-time Cancer survivor as she would say, but this 4th time, she was so determined to beat as well. She always told the doctor she would out bat their date on anything. (That was her goal.) She was a strong fighter but was always honest, kind, and was a gentle soul who will be dearly missed. She was the daughter of Richard Lee Moser and Karen Sylvia (Thompson) Moser. She was a graduate of Bloomington High School North. Ardela was a Cook at Bedford Junior High School for many years then switched to working at Buy Low in Bedford which was renamed IGA Grocery in Bedford and lastly in Ellettsville. She loved the outdoors, going for walks, fishing, mushroom hunting, gardening, loved planting flowers every year. She had a green thumb from her father. Loved to just get out and go for car rides to be able to talk and see the scenery and changes. Fall was her favorite season with all the beautiful colors, she loved to spend time with her kids and family.


Survivors include two children, Tanna Covey of Bedford and Jason Greer of Bedford, her parents, Richard and Karen Moser of Williams, grandchildren, Lexi Greer, Nathanael Covey, Jacob Covey, Cassy Greer, and Ardel Karain Grace Lynn, great granddaughter, Ryland Covey (Lil Bit), sister, Rachel Wilson, that she was close to and spoke with often one brother and one sister.


The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice and her team for their loving, supportive care for her, and everything they have provided.


Cremation was chosen, burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery at a later date. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.


Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, Condolences can be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Maxwell Steven Butler

October 15, 1950 – September 10, 2023


Oolitic – Maxwell Steven Butler, 72, of Oolitic, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023 at his residence.


Born October 15, 1950 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Maxwell Eugene and Matricia Ann (Keithley) Butler. Steve worked at Divine Automotive in Mitchell Indiana for several years.


He is survived by a sister, Melodee Ann Charlesworth, an aunt, Mary Ellen Sowders, cousins Jim Sowders, Mary Beth Browning, and Susan Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, and grandparents, Bert and Winnie Butler, and Bill and Estus Bush.


Private family services will be held. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Oolitic Pentecostal Church.



Yvonne Combs Obit

Yvonne Combs

BEDFORD- Yvonne Combs, 86, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 21, 1937, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Barney Terrell and Frances E. (Moore) Terrell.

Yvonne was a nursing assistant who worked in home health care. She worked at Older Americans Services Corporation for many years. Yvonne also loved being outside where she would work in her flower beds and garden. She enjoyed going to her church, First Assembly of God, her cats, and cooking.

Surviving are her children; Steve Nash of Bedford, Barbara (Jeff) Edmonson of Bedford, and Tamara Hughs of Bedford; father of children, James Jr. Nash; grandchildren, Heather Richardt, Amanda Lee, Darren Tumey, Tiffany Fanning, Brittany Moore, and Tyler Nash; siblings, Eugene Terrell of Mitchell, Marilyn Durham of Willisburg, Kentucky, Peggy Bishop of Mitchell, Ella Terrell of Birmingham, Alabama, William Terrell of Mitchell, Larry Terrell, Carol Clem of Mitchell, and Ronnie Terrell of Mitchell; and several great-grandchildren.

Her parents; siblings, Aldine Terrell and Barney Terrell Jr.; daughter-in-law, Tina Nash; and a husband, Herb Combs, preceded her in death.

Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 15, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Jim Russell officiating. Burial to follow.

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



September 11, 2023


Linford “Linny” Young Obit

Linford “Linny” Young

Linford “Linny” Young, 70 of Bedford passed away on Friday September 8,2023, at 1:05 pm at White River Lodge in Bedford. He was born on June 25, 1953, in Hazard, Kentucky to Argus and Juanita (Roy) Young. Linny was a graduate of Tunnelton High School, he was of the Christian faith. Linny worked as a Custodian at BNL High School and was a truck driver at Steel Tech in Mitchell. He loved fishing, hunting mushrooms, hunting, and watching IU Basketball.


Survivors include one sister, Debbie (Gary) Moody of Mitchell, three brothers, Argus Young of Bedford, Darrell (Rhonda) Young of Bedford, and Colvin Young of West Virginia, several nieces and nephews, several great and great great nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Pat Guthrie and brother, Ben Young in infancy.


Funeral services will be held on Friday September 15, 2023, at 11:00 Am, with Brother Reno Bates, officiating, burial will follow in White River Baptist Cemetery in Buddha. Visitation will be on Thursday September 14, 2023, from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Stanley Curtis Moffatt Obit

Stanley Curtis Moffatt

BEDFORD – Stanley Curtis Moffatt, 60, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2023, at his residence.

Born April 15, 1963, in Orange County, he was the son of Ernest C. Moffatt and Shirley M. (Clay) Hatton. Stan married Carla M. Krebbs on March 15, 1992 and she survives.

Stan worked as a truck driver for many different companies and even owned his own trucking company at one point. He loved being outside tinkering, working on cars, and riding his Harley.

Surviving is his wife, Carla Marie Moffatt of Bedford; children, Tessa Hostetler of Bedford and Jasmine Purtlebaugh of Mitchell; step-son, Kevin (Sarah) Fulford of Bloomington; grandchildren, Dylan Deckard, Caden Deckard, Eli Deckard, Bentley Moffatt, Brooke Fulford, Brianna Pickett, Colton Pickett, Sabastian Pickett, and Jaylynn Purtlebaugh; and siblings, Ron (Ruth) Moffatt of Columbus, Tim Moffatt of Bloomington, and Kelly (Glenn) Weaver of Bedford.

His parents and step-son, Brian Fulford, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 16, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Bob Radcliff officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery.

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

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



Judy Flick

Owensburg – Judy Flick, 77, of Owensburg, passed away at 4:31 am on Saturday, September 9th, 2023, at her residence.


Born September 7, 1946, in Huntingburg, Indiana, she was the daughter of Richard and Marjorie (Blume) Whipking. She married James F. Flick, and he precedes her in death. Judy was retired from Fountain Blue as a housekeeper, she was of the Jehovah’s Witness faith, and a loving mother and grandmother.


Survivors include four sons, James E. Flick, Michael C. Flick, and Shawn T. Flick (Misty), all of Owensburg, and Mathew F. Flick of Mitchell; four grandchildren, Aaron Flick, Brittany Flick, Izabella Flick, and Mathew Flick, and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Karen (Mark) Huff of Jasper, Donald (Debbie) Whipking of Huntingburg, Janice (Leroy) Seitz of Jasper, Vicky (Tony) Harting of Jasper, Colleen (Dana) Frick of Celestine, Kerry (Missy) Whipking of Birdseye, Angie Freeman of Huntingburg, and Margie Volz of French Lick; thirty one nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.


Judy is preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters, and four brothers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Owensburg Cemetery with David Self officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday prior to the service at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com



September 8, 2023


Patricia May Walls Obit

Patricia May Walls

February 4, 1952 – September 6, 2023


Bedford – Patricia May Walls, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 9:04 pm on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at her residence.


Born February 4, 1952, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Everett and Iris (Walters) Terry. She married Ronald A. Walls on June 16, 1966, and he preceded her in death on June 26, 2002. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include a son, Adam T. Walls, of Bedford; two daughters, Amy Cornwell and husband, Nick, of FL and Brittney Hatfield and husband, Michael, of Bloomington; twelve grandchildren, Caitie, Taylor, Ronnie, Lizzie, Scottie, Isaac, Carter, Cooper, Dax, Molly, Ally and Mason; two great-grandchildren, Brantley and Collin; a brother, Michael Terry, of Springville; She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Angela Survance.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Rick Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 11th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



September 7, 2023



Margaret Louise Burton Obit

Margaret Louise Burton

June 5, 1925 – September 7, 2023


Margaret Louise Burton, 98, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at the White River Lodge in Bedford. Born June 5, 1925, she was the daughter of Clyde Cummings and Emily May (Soverns) Cummings. She married Edwin “Bill” Speer on February 9, 1942 and he preceded her in death in 1993. She them married Kenneth Burton on June 5, 2007 and he preceded her in death on September 9, 2021.


Mrs. Burton was a homemaker and attended Faith Mission Church in Bedford since 1997. She enjoyed spending time with her family.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Margaret are her children, Janet Sue Matlock and her husband Carl, Randall Dwight Speer and his wife Carolyn, Charlotte E. Matlock and her husband Joe; nine grandchildren, Missy (Randy) Dunn, Randy Speer, Amy (Jeremy) Holsapple, Cindy (Russell) Rundell, Diane (Daniel) Survance, David (Jilayne) Matlock, Steve Matlock, Michael (Kim) Matlock, and Susanne Mincer; 16 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and one on the way; two half-sisters, LaDonna Franklin of Gallatin, TN and Wanda Hess of Seymour; sister-in-law, Gail Connerly; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one brother, James Cummings; a half-brother, Wayne Cummings; and two brothers in infancy.


Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 10:00am at the Faith Mission Church in Bedford with Rev. Steven Manley officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will also be held at the church on Monday, September 11, 2023 from 4:00pm – 8:00pm and on Tuesday from 9:00am until the service hour.

Arrangements for Mrs. Burton have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.


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




Rebekah Ella (Foddrill) Ryan Obit

Rebekah Ella (Foddrill) Ryan

September 12, 1930 – September 5, 2023


Rebekah Ella (Foddrill) Ryan, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at Westview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 12, 1930, she was the daughter of Clifford Ermal Foddrill and Elizabeth (Betty) Katherine Wilson. She married Dr. John (Jack) Edward Patrick Ryan on February 15, 1958 and he preceded her in death on September 24, 1991.


Sister Becky was a graduate of Martinsville High School and attended Resurrection Life Ministries in Mitchell. She and Jack were known all over the United States for their ministry across the country. Becky’s Place Women’s Shelter was named in honor of her. Sister Becky’s legacy will carry on through many generations.


Sister Becky is survived by her son, John Ryan and his wife Ella; her two daughters, Shaunna Deckard and husband Richard, and Elizabeth Hatfield and husband David; seven grandchildren: Jacob Deckard and wife Heidi, Joseph Deckard and wife Dawn, Kathryan Deckard, Tabatha Tillett and husband Michael, Alicia Ryan, Beth Thorne and husband Martin, and Leah Hatfield; 10 great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Foddrill and Rita Foddrill; and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her true love, Dr. Jack Ryan; son, Michael T. “Golden Nugget” Ryan; three brothers: Jack “Gentleman” Foddrill and wife Catherine, Sam “Hero” Foddrill and Larry “Baby” Foddrill.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 10:00am at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastors Johnny Herald and Teddy Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00-7:00pm on Friday at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Flowers at a funeral meant a lot to Sister Becky. She was old school and and we will honor that.


The family requests memorial contributions be made to Becky’s Place to honor the life of Ministry of Sister Becky.


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



September 6, 2023



Michael G. Nikirk Obit

Michael G. Nikirk

Michael G. Nikirk,71, of Kodak, Tennessee passed away on Tuesday September 5, 2023, at UT Medical Center in Knoxville.


He was born in Bedford on January 1, 1952, to Isaac M. Nikirk and Ida Ethel (New) Nikirk. Mike graduated from Oolitic High School in 1969. Mike married Kimberly S. (Hagan) Nikirk and she survives.


Mike loved his family. His wife of 35 years, his 7 children, and his 21 grandchildren, he loved fiercely. Mike’s career was in the trucking industry for thirty plus years; besides the trucking industry, Mike had a love and passion for others. He loved the Lord and had a passion for serving through food ministry. His heart was to feed others as Jesus often fed the people. Many will speak volumes of his love, his generosity, and his food as he was a man who was loved by many. Mike truly had a servant’s heart as his Lord and Savior.


Survivors include his wife, Kimberly S. Nikirk, his children, M. Shane Nikirk, his children, Jaevyn and Landyn, M. Shawn (Jamie) Nikirk, their children, Dalton, Dylan, and Tori, Heather (Travis) Proffitt, their children, Jaiden, Maddison, and Carver, Mark (Marie) Kinser, their children, John Mark, Wyatt, and Morgan, M. Seth (Amy) Nikirk, their children, Annabelle, Savannah, and Asher, Brandon (Erica) Nikirk, their children, Corbin, Gracie, and Cayden, Marci (Matt) Miller, their children, Shane, Ty, Emogene, and Bryleigh, two sisters, Elsie Webb and Betty (Kenny) Speer. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Sheila Nikirk, brothers, Warren Nikirk, Walter Nikirk, Wendell Nikirk, and Jerry Nikirk, one sister, Marilyn Kay Rathsman.


Cremation was chosen with a celebration of his life on Sunday September 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Preachers Smokehouse, at 2929 Pittman Center Road, Sevierville, Tennessee, 37876


Contributions may be made to Cresthaven Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Larry E. Will Obit

Larry E. Will

Larry E. Will, age 80, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on September 4, 2023, at Cedar Creek of Bedford. Born October 15, 1942, in Evansville, Indiana, he was the son of Edwin and Frances (Patry) Will. As a loving father he provided a strong example and foundation for his boys to follow. His love of golf was a corner-stone of outside interests creating many long-lasting friendships.

Larry graduated from Memorial High School in 1961, and the University of Evansvile with a B.A in Industrial Engineering in 1965. He completed his MBA at Indiana University in 1968. He started his career at NSWC Crane in 1965 and retired in 2002 as a Program Manager. After retirement he was a volunteer CASA for Lawrence County for several years. In 2015 he established the non-profit group Lawrence County Grass Roots to assist in local property rejuvenation.


Larry enjoyed traveling with his family, especially winter ski trips with his sons. His interest in golf rubbed off on his sons and the tradition continuted with annual family golf championships. He enjoyed being outdoors and kept his yard well manicured. He was a lover of dogs and always had at least one dog by his side, sometimes 3 or 4. He was known to slip a few bites of dinner to those standing in wait.

He was an avid IU sports fan in both good and bad times. We now have an IU fan in heaven who can hopefully provide some good influence on IU sports teams.


Larry is survived by the love of his life, Connie Johnson Will, and they celebrated their 30th anniversary on July 31, 2023. They enjoyed travel, golf, and especially time spent with family.


He is also survived by two sons: Keith (wife Jena) Will of Greensboro, GA, and their children Alex (wife Sarah) Will, Atlanta, GA, and Carson Will of Atlanta;

Kevin (wife Susan) Will of Cumming, GA, and their children Christian Will, Chicago, IL, and Garrett Will, Cumming, GA. Two sisters, Sr. Jane Will, OSB of Ferdinand, IN, and Judy Ritter of Indianapolis; three brothers: Tom (wife Barbara) Will of Copley, OH, Randy Will of Evansville, and Ted (wife Elaine) Will of Madisonville, KY.; nine nephews and one niece.


Also surviving are two step-children: Debbie Kerr of Bedford, and Steve (wife Erin) Johnson of Greenwood, IN; five step-grandchildren include Kristina Rowe of Boston, MA, Megan (husband Tanner) Tow of Bedford, Lea Kerr, Bedford, Kearstyn and Travis Carpenter of Greenwood; also step-great grandchildren Lennon and Blake Tow.


He was preceded in death by both parents, his sister Mary Sue Farthing and brother-in-law Jack Farthing.


Special thanks to Cedar Creek of Bedford (Bliss Place) for their compassionate care the past seven months. Memorial gifts can be made to White River Humane Society or Fayetteville Lions Club.


Larry will be cremated and laid to rest at Old Union Christian Church Cemetary, Bedford,. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.





September 5, 2023


Carl E. Adams

June 12, 1936 – September 3, 2023


Carl E. Adams, 87, of Bedford passed away on September 3, 2023, at White River Lodge. Born on June 12, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Conner and Stella (Sherrill) Adams. He was raised in the home of his grandparents, George and Mable (Ramsey) Sherrill. He married Janet (Henderson) Adams on September 28, 1957, and she survives.


Carl retired from NWSC Crane where he was a machinist. He was a United States Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Carl enjoyed working in the garden and would do anything for anybody.


Surviving Carl is his wife, Janet; two sons, Brent (Tammy) Adams and Allen Adams; two granddaughters, Amber Adams and April Adams; and one brother-in-law, George Brinegar.


He is preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Marcia Brinegar.


A graveside funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford with Pastor Jarrod Jacobs officiating.


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




Jay D. May Obit

Jay D. May

July 26, 1955 – September 4, 2023


Jay David May, 68, passed away Monday, September 4, 2023, at the IU Health Hospice House. Born July 26, 1955, in Bedford, he was the son of Dave and Pauline (Knight) May. He married Kelly Simpson on October 18, 2013.

 

Jay retired from General Motors after 45 years of service. He was a member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club, Son of the American Legion Gillen Post 33, & Oolitic American Patriot Lodge #750 F & AM. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs & Indiana Hoosiers.

 

Survivors include his wife, Kelly May of Bedford; children, Chris (Amanda) May of Bedford, Scotty (Julie) & Tyler (Ashlee) Trueblood of Bedford; brother, Larry (Pat) May of Oolitic; sister, Vicki Cooper; grandchildren, Carter & Sydney May and Treyten & Garrison Trueblood; In-Laws, Gary & Jo Simpson.

 

Friends may visit from 2pm to 8pm Thursday, September 7th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7pm.

 

Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30pm Sunday, September 10th, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Oolitic.

 

Memorial Gifts:  Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




William Keith Hackney Obit

William Keith Hackney

MITCHELL - William Keith Hackney, 72, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Franciscan Health in Greenwood, IN.

Born September 16, 1950, in Paoli, he was the son of Clay and Imelda (Cooney) Hackney. He married Carol D. Hackney on October 6, 1979 and she survives.

Keith was a 1969 graduate of Orleans High School and a member of First Christian Church in Mitchell. Over the years, he and Carol owned and operated two businesses: KC’s Motors to Go in Mount Pleasant, TX, and then Hackney Trucking in Mitchell, IN. In later years, he divided his time between Indiana and Texas. In winters he was employed by Select Stone and Sod Supply in Princeton, TX, and during the summer he was employed by Flynn and Sons Excavating and Paving in Bedford.

Keith was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a medic.

Anyone who knew Keith, knew with absolute certainty he was a dedicated family man. He cherished his wife and attended to her every need. In July 1984, he discovered a new meaning to life. From that time forward, he would forever be known as a doting, if not sometimes overly-indulgent, Pawpaw. He adored all of his grandchildren tremendously. His yellow lab, JR, was his constant companion, seldom leaving his side.

On countless occasions, he would drop everything to help a friend or family member in need. If there was something to be fixed, repaired, installed, or otherwise overhauled, he was there to lend a hand, or, at the very least, to explain the best way (aka his way) to get the job done.

Surviving are his wife, Carol D. Hackney of Mitchell; children, Andrea (Bill) Davis of Plano, TX, Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, W.K. Hackney-Goen of Salem, and Todd (Lea) Gaines of Mitchell; sisters, Wilma Jarvis of Salem and Barbara Noel of Salem; sixteen grandchildren and eight (plus one on the way) great-grandchildren, who will remember always how their Pawpaw, the gentle giant, had a way of making each of them feel so very special; and many nieces and nephews, who believed without a doubt, that their Uncle Keith hung the moon.

His parents and brothers, Clifton Hackney, James Hackney, and Ronald Hackney, preceded him in death.

Memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 7, at the First Christian Church in Mitchell with Brother Mike Collins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Memorial Gifts: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital


September 1, 2023



Edward Gerald Potts Obit

Edward Gerald Potts

BEDFORD – Edward Gerald Potts, 83, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Born February 23, 1940, in Martin County, he was the son of Cecil Edward and Mary Louise (Dillon) Potts. He married Marilyn Arlene Clifton on June 10, 1961 and she survives. Edward was a 1960 graduate of Bedford High School. He retired in 2008 from Crane NSWC as an electronic technician. Edward was a member of the American Legion Post No. 250 and the International Order of Odd Fellows Shawswick Lodge No. 177. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard and was a licensed pilot. Surviving are his wife, Arlene Potts of Bedford; children, Kenneth Edward Potts of Rogers, Arkansas and Kathy Ann (Rob) Qualkenbush of Orleans; grandchildren, Amber (John) Peterson, Matthew Robbins, Brittnee Robbins, Jade Tuper, Jet Melvin, Richie (Chelsey) Potts, Kailey (Jacob) Morris, Natalie (John) Kluska, Grant Qualkenbush, and Emily Qualkenbush; great-grandchilren, Abby, Farrah, Taylor, Brady, Jacob, Alexander, and Ella; sisters-in-law, Mary Lou (Jerry) Melton and Karen Phipps; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; daughters, Liana Sue Robbins and Linda Denise Tuper Melvin; and siblings, Pauline Bicknell, Arthur Potts, Daniel Potts, Ronald Potts, and Marie Garren, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



onathon Michael Nikirk Obit

Jonathon Michael Nikirk

November 26, 1993 – August 29, 2023


Jonathon Michael Nikirk, 29, of Bedford went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Born on November 26, 1993, he was the son of Paula (Flinn) Ochs and John Mark Nikirk.


Jonathon attended Children’s Church at the Cornerstone Worship Center in Judah, Indiana. He loved the singing and dancing. He was very active and loved attending Special Olympics Sports. One of his favorite things to do was going out to eat at his favorite restaurant, Wendys, and of course he also loved McDonalds. He also loved to watch Godzilla, Sailor Moon, and The Price is Right. He enjoyed dressing up in costumes as many different superheroes and was our own personal superhero. He loved animals and going to the zoo. Most recently he had become very fond of his caregiver’s doggy. He was a collector of movies of all kinds and action figures such as dinosaurs, Godzilla, and so many more. He was well known at the Bedford Public Library. He enjoyed swimming, bowling, and going to the movies.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jonathon is his mother, Paula (Rodney) Ochs of Bedford, IN; father, John Mark (Dawn) Nikirk of Bedford, IN; former step father, Perry Lagenour of Williams, IN; siblings, Matthew Craig Nikirk, Coty Lagenour, Drew Lagenour, and Alex Ochs; maternal grandmother, Mary Flinn of Mitchell, IN; paternal grandfather, Delvin Nikirk of Oolitic, IN; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Jonathon is preceded in death by his grandmother, L. Jeanette Nikirk; and grandfather, Paul Flinn.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at Cornerstone Worship Center with Pastors Aaron and Carrie Poole officiating. Burial will follow at Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Visitation will also be from 9:30am to the service time on Wednesday at the Cornerstone Worship Center.


Memorial contributions may be made to “Donations for Jonathon ‘Jonny’ Nikirk” at Crane Credit Union.


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


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



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