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Marjorie Ellen Ostermeier (nee Tongret) of Wheaton, Illinois

Marjorie Ellen Ostermeier (nee Tongret) of Wheaton, Illinois, passed away peacefully on August 6, 2022, eleven years to the day after her husband, Raymond.

 

She was 101 years and 8 months old and was surrounded by people who adore her. Born to Anne and Bland Tongret in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1921, she married the president of her high school class and love of her life, Ray, shortly after the unexpected death of her father in 1941. They have three devoted children, Robert, Janet and Maurice, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Raised on Brandywine Dairy Farm near Carrollton, Indiana with her two sisters (Betty and Virginia) and brother (Charles), she was no stranger to working with her hands, wrapping butter in waxed paper, snapping beans, harvesting cherries, and canning tomatoes with her mother and daughter. She continued gardening on Webster Avenue in Wheaton into her 90’s.

She inherited her father’s artistic abilities demonstrated by her wool hooked rugs, patchwork quilts and handmade garments. She never met a scrap of paper she did not keep, or a swatch of fabric she could not reuse. She was an avid reader, a Cubs fan (TV on, sound off and radio on), a lover of puzzles, and dominos every day at 1 PM with her friends.

She loved fiercely and is loved by everyone she met. Active members of Gary United Methodist Church, Wheaton, since 1964, Marge and Ray were committed to service as they volunteered at the Wesley Shoppe and participated in church leadership.

She is preceded in death by so many. She leaves behind children Robert Ostermeier (Linda), Maurice Ostermeier (Kathy), Janet Ostermeier; grandchildren Cindy Hooker (Fred), Jennifer Ostermeier (Samir), Kendra Singelais (Robert II), Mackenzie and David Ostermeier; great grandchildren Anna Hooker, Jonah and Aida Oufkir, Brianna and Leo Singelais; great-great grandchild Ellianna Singelais.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 27 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 19 E. Main St., New Palestine, IN, with visitation from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to The Caring Fund of Gary United Methodist Church, 224 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL, 60187 or to the Hancock County Food Pantry, 741 S. State Street, Greenfield, IN, 46140.

Joseph Allen "Jennifer" Scott, 60, of Indianapolis, formerly of Fairland

Joseph Allen “Jennifer” Scott, 60, of Indianapolis, formerly of Fairland, passed away Monday, August 8, 2022, at his home.

He was born May 27, 1962, in Indianapolis, to William Leslie “Les” and Jammie Marie (Gossett) Scott.

Jennifer was survived by a sister, Patricia McLaughlin of Shelbyville; nephew, Jordan Scott; and great-nephew, Sawyer Scott.

He was preceded in death by parents; and wife, Judy Scott.

Jennifer graduated in 1980 from Triton Central High School.

Visitation will be from 10 am to Noon, Monday, August 15, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at Noon on Monday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Online condolences may be shared with Jennifer’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Robert Harold "Bob" Singleton, Jr., 69, of Manilla

Robert Harold “Bob” Singleton, Jr., 69, of Manilla, passed away, Sunday, August 7, 2022, at his home.

He was born June 15, 1953, in Coldwater, Michigan, the son of Robert Harold Singleton and Mary Louise (Allison) Sweet.

Bob is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Sue Chay and husband, Juan, of Acworth, Georgia; granddaughters, Gabrielle Chay and Ashley MacAllister; sister-in-law, and Carol Singleton of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Steve Singleton.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.

Bob loved cars.  He enjoyed working on cars, going to car shows and street racing.  Bob also enjoyed motorcycles.

He loved and leaves behind his dog, Baby.

A gathering of friends and family will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 13, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville, with military rites conducted by the local military committee at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

Online condolences may be shared with Bob’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Brenda Kay Turner, 59, of Shelbyville

Brenda Kay Turner, 59, of Shelbyville, passed away, Sunday, August 7, 2022, at her home.

She was born December 19, 1962, in Shelbyvillle, the daughter of Bob and Emma Jean (Raleigh) Sturgill.  She married David Turner and he survives.

In addition to David, Brenda is survived by her mother of Shelbyville; children, Beth, Leslie and Rob; brother, David Sturgill and wife, Tammy, of Shelbyville; sister, Patricia Houck and husband, Thomas, of Toledo, Ohio; grandchildren, Memphis Shonk and Mazzey Starr Wolfe; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Brenda graduated in 1981 from Shelbyville High School.

She had formerly worked at Subway for 14 years.

Brenda enjoyed making crafts and going to flea markets.

She also leaves behind her dog, Nala.

Private services will be observed.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

Online condolences may be shared with Brenda’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Arthur Stanley "Mike" Roberts Jr., 76, of Shelbyville

Arthur Stanley “Mike” Roberts Jr., 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, August 7, 2022, at his home.

He was born January 21, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son of Arthur Stanley and Rosemary (Morris) Roberts.  On July 2, 1994, he married Delva Jean Heavilon, and she survives.

In addition to Delva, Mike is survived by his daughter, Holly Roberts of Nashua, New Hampshire; son, Trae Roberts and wife, Jennifer, of Indianapolis; step-daughter, Brooke Ballagh of Indianapolis; brothers, Dr. Jon Roberts of Columbus, and Joseph Roberts and wife, Mary Kay, of Oldenburg; sisters, Dr. Leslie Rubin and husband, Dr. Mike Rubin, of Indianapolis, and Shelley Lukemeyer and husband, George II, of Syracuse; grandchildren, Lucia Templeton, Bridget Templeton, Madison Ballagh and Ryder Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-son, Dean Templeton.

Mike graduated in 1963 from Shelbyville High School.  He continued his education at Earlham College and graduated in 1970 from Indiana University School of Dentistry.  Mike obtained masters in pain management from both, the University of Oxford in Oxford, England and Edinburgh University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and from the University of Antiqua he received his MD.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a Captain in Vietnam and rose to the rank of Major.  Later he served in the U.S. Navy as Lt. Commander.

Mike was a member of the Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

He was a dentist and a pain management doctor.  Mike operated Indiana Craniofacial Center.

Mike was a member of the New Palestine Masonic Lodge No. 404 F&AM, the American Academy of Oral Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Management.

He enjoyed being a pilot, riding motorcycles and going skiing, scuba diving and sailing.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home, with Pastor Gerald Holmes officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the local military committee.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1540 N 800 E, Franklin, Indiana 46131 or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Online condolences may be shared with Mike’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Dorothy Darlene Parsley, 74, of Shelbyville

Dorothy Darlene Parsley, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022

at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born January 28, 1948 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Leonard Griffith 

and Edna E. (Ratekin) Griffith.  She married Peedie A. Parsley and he preceded 

her on May 17, 1992.

 

Survivors include a son Kyle Parsley (wife Kelly) of Waldron; 2 sisters- Sandra Hobbs (husband George) of Shelbyville, Elizabeth Callaway of Shelbyville; 3 grandchildren- Kalib Parsley, Konner Parsley, and Kiley Parsley.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, brothers- David Griffith, Thomas Griffith, Harold Griffith, Edward Griffith, Jay Griffith; and a sister Barbara Barrett.

 

Mrs. Parsley was a lifelong resident of this area, and attended Shelbyville High School.

 

She had been a factory worker at Admiral Corp. for 10 years, and KCL Corp. for 24 years.

 

She had also worked in the grocery dept at Wal Mart for 10 years.

 

Dorothy enjoyed attending her grandchildren's functions and ball games, and the time she could spend with them.

 

A Celebration of Life will be from 1:00 until 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at

Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to American Lung Assn., or the Alzheimer's  Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Aaron Michael Dingman, 40, of Hope

Aaron Michael Dingman, 40, of Hope, passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022

at his residence.

 

Born August 9, 1981 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Timothy Dingman and

Ruthann (Crosby) Dingman.

 

Survivors include his father Timothy Dingman of Shelbyville, his mother Ruthann

Dingman of Hope; grandparents Richard & Mary Dingman of Shelbyville; daughter

Makayla Dingman of Connersville; brother Weston Dingman of Shelbyville; sister

Hannah Groves (husband Kyle) of Edinburgh; nephew Keaton Groves; and he was 

looking forward to the soon arrival of his first grandchild Atlas Evans.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents Noelgene & Ethel Crosby.

 

Mr. Dingman had lived in this area his entire lifetime and graduated from Hauser

High School in 1999.

 

Aaron enjoyed attending tractor pulls and stock car races, working on cars, helping his grandfather farm, mowing grass, and tinkering in his garage.  He loved his two dogs, Buster and Harley. 

 

Aaron had a heart of gold, and would do anything for anyone.  He  would drop whatever he was doing to go help someone in need.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.   

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Friday evening, August 12, 2022 from 4:00 until  8:00 pm

at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Animal Shelter, or Bartholomew County Animal Shelter, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson,com.

Dustin Lee Jackson, 36, of Edinburgh

Dustin Lee Jackson, 36, of Edinburgh, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

 

He was born September 25, 1985 in Franklin, Indiana to Tony Jackson and Kimberly (Curry) Jackson. 

 

Dustin attended Southwestern High School.

 

He worked in construction and was a certified welder.

 

Dustin loved playing video games and listening to music. He also had a love for art which could be seen with his many tattoos. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family.

 

Dustin is survived by his daughters, Kennedy Jackson, and Delaney Jackson, son, Drake Jackson, brother, Brandon Jackson (Elizabeth), sister, Brooke Kramer (Adam), several nieces and nephews, and his paternal grandparents, Lester and Reva Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Allen and Rita Curry, aunt, Tammy Shelton, and his beloved brother dog, Silas.

 

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 10am until noon at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at noon, at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Davis officiating.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Dustin’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Nancy Jean Esters, 76, of Fairland

Nancy Jean Esters, 76, of Fairland, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 at her residence. 

 

Born June 23, 1946 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of John F. Durbin and Virginia (Turner) Durbin. 

 

She married Richard "Dick" Esters on October 28, 1967, and he preceded her on March 26, 2007.

 

Survivors include 2 children- Coreena "Corey" Esters (husband Ross P. Hughes) of Charlestown Indiana, Richard "Rich" Esters Jr. (wife Leanna) of Frankton; 5 siblings- John R. Durbin (wife Sharon) of Indianapolis, James L. Durbin (wife Carol) of Nevada, Missouri, Les W. Durbin of Indianapolis, Alice Meyer (fiance Terrance Elvania) of Shelbyville, Deanna Thurston (husband Charles) of Shelbyville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members; 2 grandchildren- Mathew Esters of Frankton, and David Esters of Frankton.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her spouse.

 

Mrs. Esters was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Waldron High School in 1964.  She was co-owner and bookkeeper of Esters, Inc. from 1967 until the present time. 

 

She was a member of Waldron United Methodist Church and Fairland United Methodist Church, chair person for Nurture Committee at Fairland United Methodist Church, Treasurer of the Evening Circle Ladies Group, along with several other offices she held. 

 

Nancy loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed traveling, and traveled extensively over the last several years.  Her favorite trip was to Ireland, and in recent trips she really enjoyed walking the shores of Lake Michigan, rock hounding and beach glass hunting.  She enjoyed helping others and was involved in church and Senior Center activities, and delivering Meals On Wheels.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am on  Friday, August 5, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastors James Moore and Jolita Erbele officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Thursday evening, August 4, 2022 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home. 

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Grace Community Church, Fairland Senior Services, or any Hospice program of the donor's choice.

Cliff "Buddy" Land, 89, of Shelbyville

Cliff "Buddy" Land, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 29, 2022 at his residence.

 

Born February 23, 1933 in Flat Rock, Indiana, he was the son of Clifford and Julia (Warner) Land Treon.

 

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, niece Cathy (Hendershot) Fish, nephew Den Hendershot, and brother-in-law Mac McDaniel. Cliff graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1952. He married Sharon (Calhoun) Basey in 1959 and she survives, they were married for 27 years. Cliff is also survived by their four beloved children; David Land, Amy (Land) Wilson; James Land (fiance Cathy Adkins Harmon); and Melissa (Land) Bostic. Cliff also leaves behind 9 grandchildren,11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Cliff is also survived by 3 sisters: Barbara McDaniel  of Greenwood, Gail Hendershot of Nashville, Teri Treon of Columbus, and one brother, Charlie Land of Flat Rock, IN.

 

Following high school, Cliff joined the U.S. Navy and Indiana National Guard. He was aboard the USS BRIAREUS-AR-12. then moved to the USS ROSSDD563 Destroyer until 1956. The USS ROSS went on an around-the-world-cruise in 1954. He said he loved it and got to see the world. Prior to this, the USS Ross DD563 Destroyer had earned 5 battle stars in WW II. 

 

Following the Navy, Cliff worked at the Ford Motor Company. After retirement he obtained his real estate license.

 

He enjoyed many things over the years. He loved playing basketball and baseball, coaching youth baseball, trail riding on his horses and mules, motorcycle riding, traveling in his motorhome, working on cars and trucks, watching the Pacers and Colts and watching the series Survivor and old westerns. Cliff loved to mow his lawn as well as his neighbors.

 

Spending time with his friends, children and grandchildren was something he could never get enough of. He cared about loved ones more than himself. He was always there when anyone needed anything at all, and even if they didn't. He leaves behind his loving cat "Kitty" and many loved ones and dear friends. 

 

Cliff requested no funeral upon his passing.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Flat Rock Christian Church, 2700 W. Pope St, Flat Rock, IN, on Saturday, August 13, 2022  from 1:00 pm until  4:00 pm.

 

Military rites will be observed at 3:00pm at the church. Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery.

Zula Faye Wilkerson, 72, of Shelbyville

Zula Faye Wilkerson, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday,  July 29, 2022 in her home.

 

She was born April 9, 1950, to Claude Smothers and Mary (Elliott) Smothers in Shelbyville.

 

Faye married James D. Wilkerson on March 1, 1969, and he survives. They spent 53 wonderful years together.

 

She is also survived by her children, James Wilkerson II, Jeff Wilkerson (Angel), Brian Wilkerson (Erica), Robert Wilkerson, grandchildren, Brittany Wilkerson, Austin Wilkerson, Dillon Wilkerson, Jimmy Wilkerson, Amithyst Wilkerson, Mekayla Hammonds, Morgan Wilkerson, Logan Wilkerson, Austin Hammonds, Keegan Wilkerson, 11 great-grandchildren, her siblings, Judy (Bob) Smith, May (Odie) Comstock, Peggy (Gary) Milner, Chrissy (Todd) Leffler, Ronnie (Mary) Smothers, Scotty (Kim) Smothers, Ricky Smothers, several nieces and nephews, and a special nephew, Larry Smothers.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Mike Smothers, and Bobby Smothers, and also her sisters, Linda Dyer and Dolly Smothers. 

 

Faye attended Shelbyville High School. She lived in Shelbyville her whole life and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #766, and was a part of the Auxiliary for the Fraternal Order of Police #74.  Faye loved playing bingo and singing karaoke, but most of all, loved her family and friends, especially her four boys. 

 

Visitation will be Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at the funeral home with the Rev. Greg Albert officiating.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Faye’s family.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home, at 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Pearl Irene (Elliott) Roberts, 72, Greenfield

Pearl Irene (Elliott) Roberts, 72, Greenfield, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022. She was born on August 18, 1949, in Shelbyville, IN, to Harry P. and Dorothy (Jeffries) Elliott.

 

She married James C. Roberts, Jr. on December 4, 1967.

Pearl was a tremendously loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Pearl worked as a housecleaner for many years before becoming the librarian for Mount Vernon Township from 1979-1987. After the library, Pearl worked as a dietician for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office from 1987-1990. She retired a happy housewife. Pearl attended Fortville United Methodist Church, McCordsville United Methodist Church, and Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church.

 

Pearl and her husband were both members of Good Sam’s Camping Club #72. She loved to sew and craft and have get-togethers with her lady friends’ self-proclaimed neighborhood association, the Cooper’s Corner’s Crowd. She also loved cats and dogs. But above all, Pearl enjoyed time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Pearl is survived by her children, James (Christi) Roberts III and Janice Roberts (Dave Scheidt); 5 grandchildren: Ellie (Noah) Clark, Trenton Roberts, Emmalyn Roberts, Camden Yost, and Kinley Yost; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (George) Lockett; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, James Roberts, Jr.; and sister, Marilyn Elliott.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield.

 

The funeral service will be held the following morning at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m.

 

Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Calvin Coolidge Gray, 94, of Shirley

Calvin Coolidge Gray, 94, of Shirley, passed away peacefully July 31, 2022, at Greenfield Healthcare.

 

He was born September 1, 1927, in Tiff City, Missouri to the late Ora and Florence (Darnell) Gray. He married Claudine Hanna on December 1, 1949.


He spent his working career at Allison’s Transmissions for 30 years and Gas America Corporation after his retirement for 25 years.

Calvin had impeccable Christian values and instilled those values in his children and grandchildren. Together, Calvin and Claudine took many other children to church and Sunday School to ensure they too had the opportunity to learn about Jesus.

He is survived by his children, C.K. “Bud” (Jeannine) Gray, Cheryl (Tom) King, Carla (Mick) Ireton; sister-in-law; Mary Helen Ritan; daughter in law, Crystal Gray; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Calvin is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Claudine; infant son, Jeff; son, Stephen Gray.

Friends may call 11 am -1 pm, Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

 

Funeral service at 1 pm with Mick Ireton officiating.

 

Burial immediately following at McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson, IN.

Please share your memories of Calvin and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Clarence "Wayne" Leach, 86, of Flat Rock

Clarence “Wayne” Leach, 86, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at The Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

He was born May 21, 1936, to Samuel Leach and Myrtle (Clemens) Leach.

 

He married Nora Ann (Bush) Leach, on May 22, 1965, and she survives. They shared 57 wonderful years of marriage.

 

Wayne is also survived by his daughter, Ann Leach, son, Brian Leach (Terri), grand children, Cleston, Tabitha, Isaiah, Mekeilia, Javin, Issac, 10 great-grand children, and sister, Ruth Foltz.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.

 

Wayne attended New Palestine High School.

 

He was a member of Flat Rock Christian Church. He was a hard working man and worked his whole life between Tennel’s Auto and Shelby County Highway Department.

 

Graveside service will be at 11am, Thursday, August  25, 2022 in Flat Rock Cemetery, 2507 W. Bartholomew St, Flat Rock, IN, 47234.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Clarence’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

John D. Williams Jr., 57, of Shelbyville

John D. Williams Jr., 57, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022 at his home.

 

He was born April 17, 1965, to John D. Williams Sr. and Norma Jean (Baker) Williams.

 

He married Belinda G. (Nevitt) Williams on June 11, 1988 and she survives.

 

John is also survived by his sister, Judy Mica, several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceeded in death by his parents, sister, Kay Merchant, brother, Joe Williams, sister, Ruthie Payne and a niece.

 

John attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

 

He was a member of Crossroad Community Church and the Eagles Lodge No. 766.

 

John loved to go fishing and being outdoors. He enjoyed eating seafood and watching the Colts play football. He also enjoyed watching westerns; his favorites were the ones with John Wayne.

 

Visitation will be held from 10am until noon Friday, August 5, 2022 at Crossroad Community Church, 475 E. Progress Pkwy. Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at noon at Crossroad Community Church with the Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

 

Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery; Edinburgh, Indiana.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve John’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Kathleen Viola "Kathy" Beckham, 72, of Shelbyville

Kathleen Viola “Kathy” Beckham, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away, Friday, July 29, 2022, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.

She was born December 25, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of William “Billy” and Eileen (Bradford) Newland.  On April 4, 1986, she married Todd Warren Beckham, and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2006.

Kathy is survived by her children, Amy Cooper and Chrissy Swart, both of Ohio, Anthony “Tony” Beckham and wife, Stephanie, Cathy Martin, both of Shelbyville and Zachary Martin, of Dayton, Ohio; step-daughter, Julie Beckham-Fleming and husband, Geno, of Crittenden, Kentucky; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to Todd, Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; step-son, Todd Beckham; and brother, William “Billy” Newland.

Kathy was formerly of Ohio and had worked as a waitress at O’Charleys at Eastgate, for over 15 years.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Online condolences may be shared with Kathy’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Debra Diane (Graham) Bryant, 66, Greenfield

Debra Diane (Graham) Bryant, 66, Greenfield, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022. She was born on September 19, 1955, in Greenfield to John James and Doris Irene (Morris) Graham.

Debra was a tremendously loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Debra was employed as a lab technician for Colors Incorporated in Indianapolis for 15+ years. Debra enjoyed listening to classic rock music, dancing, collecting angels and penguins, watching older TV shows, and tending to her plants. She was the best cook. The pride and joy of her life was her family and grandson.

Debra is survived by her loving son, Nathan Bryant and loving daughter, Danielle (Terry) Hamilton and awesome grandson, Dakota Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gary Graham.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service starting at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Roger Kinion.

 

Burial will take place in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Judith Ann Robinson, 80, of Shelbyville

Judith Ann Robinson, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at her residence.

 

She was born on March 28, 1942 to the late Rosco Rafferty and Emma (Teltoe) Rafferty.

 

Judy married Otis Robinson on October 30, 1992 and he preceded her in death on November 6, 2002.

 

She is survived by daughter, Aleshia Bledsoe, son, Timothy Higdon, son, Kevin McDonald (Mary), son, Joseph Higdon (Roni), son, Troy Fuquay (Sheila), 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, brother, Rick Rafferty, sister, Linda Gibbs, sister, Darlene Wainscott (Phil), sister, Carol Meyers (Steve), along with several nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Bryan McDonald, 2 brothers, 1 sister and a nephew.

 

Judy enjoyed watching golf and playing bingo. She loved playing poker and going to the casino, but her favorite times were spent with her family. She wasn’t a member at any church but she loved Jesus.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 10am to noon at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at noon, at the funeral home with Pastor Bobby Jewell officiating.

 

Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery in St. Paul, Indiana.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Judy’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Charlotte C. Price, of Greenwood

Charlotte C. Price, of Greenwood, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Aurora, the daughter of Jess and Marie (Blair) Snow.  On August 4, 1956 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, she married John Price, and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2013.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Ann Price of Indianapolis; sons, Thomas Price and wife, Ronnett, of San Manuel, Arizona, and Anthony “Tony” Price and wife, Jennifer, of Easton, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Ashley (Brian), Sam, Alex, Adam (Micah) and Chloe; great-grandchildren, Lyla, Aspen and Clementine; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to John, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Norma Garrett; and brother, Earl Snow.

Charlotte graduated from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing and attended Indiana University for two years.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Beech Grove.

Charlotte retired in 2004, from Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington, with a combined 45 years in nursing.  During her career, she was also the Director of Nursing for Marion County Health Care Center for 14 years.

She enjoyed decorating, interior design and gardening.

Charlotte loved animals and leaves behind her dog, Mikey.

She loved to spend time with family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2022, at Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th St., Beech Grove, Indiana 46107, friends and family may gather one-half hour prior to the Mass.

Inurnment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospital South Oncology Unit or Dr. Pablo Bedona.

Online condolences may be shared with Charlotte’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Wallace Randall "Wally" Goode, 67, of Flat Rock

Wallace Randall "Wally" Goode, 67, of Flat Rock, passed away peacefully at MHP Medical Center on July 24, 2022.

 

He was born in Liberty, Kentucky on February 24, 1955 to William Jasper "Babe" Goode and Hester Mae Byrd. He married Vicki Brown (Goode) on May 4, 1981 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include children: John (Tara) Goode of Flat Rock, Jesse (Yanelly) Goode of Shelbyville; and Amy Goode of Flat Rock. He is also survived by a granddaughter that he helped raise, Maliah Goode of Flat Rock. His surviving siblings include Jerry Goode of Shelbyville; William Goode of Shelbyville, Dolly Clements of Kentucky, Lester Goode of Kentucky, and Dee Salyers of Kentucky and nine grandchildren. Wally was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Donnie, John, and Curtis Goode. 

 

He was a lifetime resident of this area, attending Southwestern High School. He retired from Knauf Fiberglass, retiring in 2018 after 41 years of dedicated service. Wally loved the great outdoors, fishing, trapping, hunting, and gardening but most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Services will be held at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St, St. Paul, on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM with visitation from 2:00 pm until the time of the service. 

 

Burial will be held at Van Pelt Cemetery at a later date.

Karen Kay Tharp, 78, of Morgantown, formerly of Shelbyville

Karen Kay Tharp, 78, of Morgantown, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.

 

She was born July 31, 1943, in Marion County, the daughter of Clayton and Edith Louise Moon.  On June 28, 1961, she married her husband of 61 years, Larry E. Tharp, and he survives.

 

In addition to Larry, Karen is survived by her daughter, Angela Wessler and husband, Mike, of Fishers; grandson, Garrick Wessler; and nieces, Bethany, Darcy and Alea.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kaye Flanagan; son-in-law, David Flanagan; step-mother, Stella “Marcie” Allen; and brothers, Christopher Moon, Kevin Moon and Randy Moon.

 

She graduated in 1961 from Greenfield High School.

 

Karen was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

She was formerly a Girl Scout leader.

 

Karen enjoyed reading, cooking and visiting flea markets.

 

Visitation will be from Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 8646 Guion Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Karen’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

LeAnn Kay Higdon, 44, of Shelbyville

LeAnn Kay Higdon, 44, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Major Hospital.

 

She was born May 24, 1978 in Shelbyville to James Higdon and Darlene Scroggham Higdon.

 

LeAnn was employed at Shares Inc., for 24 years. 

 

She was a 1998 graduate of Shelbyville High School.  

 

She was an attendee of The First Christian Church in Monticello, Kentucky.

 

LeAnn loved everyone. She also loved country music, going to restaurants, shopping and collecting memorabilia such as Disney VCR and DVD’s and dolphins. She received gold medals in the Special Olympics for swimming.

 We loved our journey with her. She was our ray of sunshine.

 

She is survived by her sister, Desiree Higdon, brother, James T. Higdon, uncle, Bobby Scroggham, aunt Sherry (Jim) Redd, uncle, Terry Redd, aunt, Rita Hutcherson, two nephews, Isiah Higdon, and Andrew Wells.

 

She is preceded in death by Curtis and Leona Drake, George and Sis Higdon, Chris and Jacqueline Scroggham, her grandparents, uncle, Roger Higdon, her aunts, Jacqueline Redd and Christina Kay Scroggham.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Garden.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve LeAnn’s family.

 

  Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Ronald Glen Williams, 58, of Shelbyville

Ronald Glen Williams, 58, of Shelbyville, passed away July 20, 2022 in Anderson.

 

Born January 19, 1964 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Thomas Lesley Williams and Juanita Blanche (Ayres) Williams.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Howard W. Mitchell, 88, of Edinburgh

Howard W. Mitchell, 88, of Edinburgh, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022

at his residence.

 

Born March 18, 1934 in Boggstown, he was the son of Ben W, Mitchell and Ethel

(Inman) Mitchell.  He married Peggy L. (Gaunce) Mitchell on February 13, 1954, and

she preceded him on November 16, 2001.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Pam Kelly of Shelbyville, Eldon Mitchell (wife Libby) of

Edinburgh, Mona Parker of Edinburgh; 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, an  infant daughter Lucinda Mitchell,

and several brothers and sisters.

 

Mr, Mitchell was a lifelong resident of this area, and had been a self employed farmer

his entire lifetime.

 

Howard loved John Deere tractors and working with draft horses.

 

Graveside services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2022 at First Mount Pleasant

Cemetery, 1001-1067 S. 100 W., Franklin, IN  46131,   with Ronnie Mays officiating.  

No visiting hours will be observed.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association, in care of the 

funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Robert Dale Branson, 91, of Shelbyville

Robert Dale Branson, 91, of Shelbyville, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 16, 2022. 

 

He was born on August 4, 1930 to Orville and Ruth (Phares) Branson who preceded him in death.

 

Bob had 8 siblings, 5 brothers and 3 sisters: Milly May Branson, Dorothy (Charley) McNeely, Francis (Jack) Hasecuster all from Shelbyville , preceded him in death. Also preceding him were Johnny (Barb) Branson of Rays Crossing, IN; Gerald (Nell) Branson of Waldron, IN; Bud (Velma) Branson of Anderson, IN; Surviving siblings are Harold (Rose) Branson of Shelbyville and Tom (Judy) Branson of Morristown, IN. 

 

Bob married Chris Self on December 14, 1984, and she brings one son, Skip (Tracy) Self of Shelbyville; 3 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild into Bob's family.  Bob's first wife, Beverly Ann (Minton) preceded him in death in May 2021.  They were blessed with 3 children: Keith (Sherry) Branson; Kathy (Daryl) Kuntz and Kevin (Michelle) Branson, all living in Shelbyville. They added 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren to Bob's family.

 

Bob was a charter member of the Blue River Lions Club, was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Newmar Camping Club and the Blue River Camping Club. Bob was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Lodge in Shelbyville. Bob served on the Shelby County Fair Board for several years. He joined the Morristown Masonic Lodge in 1956 and continued on to the Scotish Rite and the Indianapolis Murat Shrine. 

 

Bob retired from Indiana Bell Telephone in 1985; he also worked for CG Theobald Realty for several years before opening Branson Realty in the mid 70's.  Bob enjoyed going to casinos, camping, playing cards, traveling, spending winters in Arizona, and most of all spending time with his family.

 

Funeral services will be held at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville, IN at noon on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, with Pastor Dennis Hirschauer officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call Wednesday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service. 

 

A Masonic service will be held at 11:45 am prior to the start of the funeral service.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Blue River Lions Club. 

 

Immediately following the burial, all are invited to the Knights of Columbus, 413 E. South Street in Shelbyville for food, fellowship and camaraderie. 

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