Obituaries

Doris M. Rhodes, 88, Shelbyville

Doris M. Rhodes, 88, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at her home.

 

She was born November 12, 1930, in Rushville, the daughter of William Hershal and Helen (Wilson) Schmall. On April 4, 1953, she married Robert Earl Rhodes, and he preceded her in death on December 19, 1984.

 

Doris is survived by her daughter, Denise Rhodes of Shelbyville; son, Dennis Rhodes and wife, Connie, of Nashville; grandchildren, Erin Rhodes, Kylie Rhodes Gady and husband, Evan, and Andrew Rhodes and wife, Larissa; great-grandchildren, Carson Gady, Sydney Gady, Kinsey Gady, Ellie Rhodes and Beckham Rhodes; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Robert, Doris was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Harold Schmall, Gerald Schmall and Paul Schmall.

 

Doris graduated from Rushville High School in 1951.

 

She was a stay at home mother for most of her life. Later, she worked at Carter Lumber part time for several years, and was a greeter at Walmart for over 10 years.

 

Doris was an associate member of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority.

 

Doris enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and talking to anyone that would listen.

She also enjoyed league bowling, watching birds and traveling.

 

Doris also leaves behind her dog, Oreo.

 

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Diane Marjorie Newman, 72, Morristown

Diane Marjorie Newman, 72, of Morristown passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Morristown Manor.

 

She was born September 12, 1946, in Burton, Michigan, the daughter of Earl John and Doreen Marjorie (Beattenhead) Wright.

 

Diane is survived by her daughter, Crystal Denney and husband, Tony, of Morristown; son, Michael Newman of Morristown; brothers, John Wright and wife, Heather, of Burton, and Jim Wright and wife, Mary, of Montrose, Michigan; sister, Carol Tabb and husband, Robert, of Arizona; grandchildren, Cameron Denney, Caleb Denney and Briana Denney; great-grandchildren, Sophie, CJ, Macy, McKinley, Ariana and Carter; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Diane graduated in 1964 from Atherton High School in Burton.

 

She was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Burton.

 

Diane was a caregiver for her son.

 

She loved to read and was a “Friend of the Library”. Diane enjoyed ballroom dancing.

 

She and her parents enjoyed a coffee club with friends at the neighborhood Meijer Store in Burton.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

 

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

Stephen Michael Zahnd, 63, Shelbyville

Stephen Michael Zahnd, 63, of Shelbyville passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born December 28, 1955 in Indianapolis, the son of Ernest Ray and Esther Marie (Crandall) Zahnd.

 

Stephen is survived by his sister, Patricia A. Proctor and husband, Bill, of Mooresville; brothers, Charles E. Zahnd, Joseph D. Zahnd and wife, Patsy, and Paul L. Zahnd, all of Fairland; grandchildren, Aryah Zahnd, Dylan Zahnd and Clayton Zahnd; and nieces and nephews, Carolyn Singer of Shelbyville, Joseph P. Zahnd of Fairland, William C. Proctor of Mooresville and Margaret C. Proctor-Lyles of Mooresville.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sons, Ryan Zahnd and Eric Zahnd.

Stephen attended Triton Central High School.

 

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Stephen was formerly a farmer and carpenter.

 

He enjoyed fishing.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at El Bethel in Pilot Knob.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 DePauw Boulevard, Suite 1040, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.

 

Stephen’s family would like to thank the staff of Heritage House Convalescent Center for the care he received.

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

Jeanne (Bolen) Rowland Herd, 95

Jeanne (Bolen) Rowland Herd, 95, passed away on May 15, 2019.

 

She was born in Indianapolis on September 6, 1923 to W. Jane (Cooper) Bolen and Dr. W. Ross Bolen. She spent most of her life as Jeanne Rowland in Shelbyville.

 

She was married to Bill Rowland for over 25 years.

 

She was known as the Sales Lady at Scofield’s Furniture for many years. She founded Newcomers Club, where she greeted new residents and helped them formulate new friendships.

 

Many couples are together because of Jeanne’s matchmaking abilities. There are bridge clubs that are still active because of Jeanne’s Newcomer program. Lifelong friendships happened because of Newcomers. She broke the Culligan mold by answering the call of ‘Hey Culligan Man’. She won the top salesperson in Indiana on numerous occasions, making John Grigsby happy he hired the first Culligan sales lady!

 

After her marriage to E. Don Herd, she moved to Seven Lakes Condos in Fort Myers, FL. While enjoying retirement she didn’t slow down. She loved taking family on cruises and to the beach. She enjoyed games and was always the last one to go to bed because she did not want to miss anything. Until her eyesight failed, she loved duplicate bridge, earning many Master’s points. Jeanne lived life to the fullest and was always willing to help anyone. She was truly a very gracious person who put others first.

 

Jeanne is survived by daughter, Jan (Mike) Asher of Shelbyville; sons, William Rowland of Nassau Bay, TX,  Rickey Herd of Carmel Valley, CA. and daughter-in-law, Diane Rowland of League City, TX. Surviving grandchildren are: Scott (Christina) Asher and Brian (Lori) Asher of Shelbyville , Becca (Mark) Withey of League City, TX and Michael (Rene)Smith of Tempe, AZ. 12 Great grandchildren also survive. Asher- Christopher, Lauren, Bryce, Luke, Aidan, Sophia; Withey- Lily, Hunter, Torin; Dagley- Kyle, Jeremiah; Smith- Jade.

 

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, brother, Bill Bolen (Beverley); son, Ross Rowland and granddaughter, Angie (Tim) Dagley. Jeanne would probably expect us to also mention past pets, Taffy, Teddy, Chessie and Baby.

 

Jeanne adored all animals and requested, in leau of flowers, to donate to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Rd. Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

A gathering of family and friends for an open house will be at the Knights of Columbus from 5-8 pm on Wednesday May 22. Come as you are and celebrate Jeanne’s special life.

 

Interment will be in Fort Myers at a later time.

Sonya White, 68, Shelbyville

Sonya White, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her residence.

 

She was born January 29, 1951 in Madison, IN to Earl J. and Geneva L. (Tucker) Green.

 

On June 4, 1971, she married Clifford A. White and he preceded her in death on July 15, 2015.

 

Sonya is survived by her son, Colen (Jennifer) White of Shelbyville; daughter, Tonya (Lloyd) Burks of Shelbyville; mother, Geneva Green of Vevay; 3 grandchildren, Zachary White, Chelsea White and Brandon White; sisters, Sharon McClure of Canaan, IN;  Karen Green of Vevay, IN; and Phyllis (Dennis) Chase of Florence, IN; Uncle Kenny Tucker, Aunt Kathy Tucker, both of Vevay; Aunt Darlene Armstrong, of Greensburg; her dog, Sisco Kid of 17 years, and her 4 miniature horses.

 

She was preceded in death by her father and husband.

 

Sonya was employed at Randall Textron in Greensburg.  She then worked at Ashford Place from 2006, until her retirement in 2012.

 

She enjoyed puzzle books.  Sonya was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. The highlight of her life was spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at noon at the funeral home.

 

She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Clifford, in the Heroes of Honor and Glory section in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Cremator.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, Shelby County Cancer Association, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the White family.

 

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

Marjorie L. (Lowen) Mohney, 90, Shelbyville

Marjorie L. (Lowen) Mohney, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away on May 14, 2019.  She was born April 13, 1929 in Deerfield, Kansas to Andrew and Irene Lowen.

 

  Marjorie married John W. Mohney on May 4, 1947 and they would have celebrated their 72nd anniversary but John preceded her in death on April 1, 2019.  They also had one son, Daniel, who passed, 1 week prior to John’s passing.

 

  Marjorie is survived by a loving family.  Her daughters, Connie (John) Phares, Kathy (William) Potter, daughter-in-law, Chris Mohney; grandchildren, Michelle (Gary) Nolley, Toby Conlon, Travis (Jennifer) Conlon, Michael (Mandi) Eaton, Benjamin (Michele) Mohney, Tasha (Neal) Danner Hevel, Tim (Amy) Mohney, Stacy Carlyle, Jennifer (Justin) Klopotek and Joseph Mohney; 17 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren, as well as, 1 brother and 2 sisters who will miss her greatly.

 

  She was preceded in death by her husband, son, parents, and 4 brothers.

 

  She was employed at Shelby County Schools, Admiral and the State of Indiana BMV.

 

  Marjorie loved watching her family grow, camping, fishing, and sitting in the sun.

 

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

 

  A private graveside service will be held at a later date in conjunction with her late husband, John.

 

  Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Mohney family.

 

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

Helen Mayrene H. Griffey, 95, Shelbyville

Helen Mayrene H. Griffey, 95, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019.

 

Mayrene’s life was centered on her firm belief in God and her devotion to her family.

 

She was born on June 4, 1923, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Dean) McCracken .  During W.W. II, she traveled to Alaska to marry the love of her life Robert Griffey, while he was serving in the Coast Guard at the Sitka Naval Operation Base.  Their wedding was on January 11, 1945 and they shared their lives together until Bob’s death in 1999.

 

Mayrene was also preceded in death by her parents, her son, Scott Griffey, and her sisters, Phyllis Voegerl  and Betty Ash.

 

She will be dearly missed by her daughters, Cindy (Tom) Gruesser and Jan Itce,her son Greg (Kim) Griffey and her daughter-in-law Kathy Griffey.   Also surviving to cherish her memory are eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 

 

Mayrene was a member of St. Joseph Church and the St. Anne’s Alter Society.  Well-known in Shelbyville as an Avon lady, Mayrene loved selling Avon products for over 40 years. Mayrene would never be seen without wearing her lipstick!

 

She enjoyed her time with Bob on their motorcycle, taking cross country trips with the Blue River Motorcycle Club.  Mayrene was also an avid Chicago Cubs Baseball fan. 

 

Her passion in later life was spending time with her children and great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN  46176.  Funeral services will follow at noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Paul Landwerlin officiating. 

 

Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, 228 E. Hendricks St., Shelbyville, IN  46176.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila , and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Griffey family.  Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Dallas Lee Gibson, 66

Dallas Lee Gibson, 66, passed away, Friday, May 10, 2019 at Roudebush VA Medical Center.

 

He was born February 17, 1958, in Shelbyville to Densil E. and Nora (Holt) Gibson.

 

Mr. Gibson was a widower.   He is survived by his daughter, Christi M. Hamner; son Mike Nolley of Shelbyville; sister, Mary (Richard) Smith of Florida; sister, Emma (David) Hewitt of Indianapolis; and grandson, Jacob Gibson.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, and grandson, Kristopher Gibson.

 

Mr. Gibson was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the American Legion. 

 

He enjoyed fishing, camping and just being outdoors.

 

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Gibson family.

 

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

Walter Frederick "Shorty" Plymate, 84, Shelbyville

Walter Frederick “Shorty” Plymate, 84, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

 

He was born October 27, 1934, in Fairland, the son of Walter F. and Roberta (Marshall) Plymate. On February 17, 1959, he married his beloved wife of 60 years, Peggy “Emogene” Plymate, and she preceded him in death on March 18, 2019.

 

Shorty is survived by his son Kevin Frederick Plymate and wife, Dianne, of Bremerton, Washington; sisters, Patricia Martin, Mary DePrez and Linda Wilson, all of Shelbyville, Carolyn Randolph of Morristown and Sharon Russell of Fairland; brothers, Richard Plymate and Robert Plymate, both of Shelbyville, James Plymate of Indianapolis, Charles Plymate of Evansville; grandchildren, Jake Kittinger, Kasey Girardin and husband, Garrett, all of Bremerton, Washington; three great-grandchildren, Jared, Ethan and Ryiker; sister-in-law, Margaret Boilanger of Shelbyville; brother-in-law, Paul Dunagan of Greensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Emogene, Shorty was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Betty Plymate and Nancy Plymate.

 

Shorty graduated from Fairland High School in 1952.

 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Army Reserves for five years.

 

Shorty retired from Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis, with 31 years of service in 1996.

 

He was formerly a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodge No. 17 in Indianapolis.

 

Shorty was very active at the Shelby County Fairgrounds; he and Emogene participated in the Indiana Association of Fairs and Festivals annual convention.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Horner officiating.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, with military rites conducted by the local military committee.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Fair Association, PO Box 977, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

John R. Eiler, 69, Shelbyville

John R. Eiler, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

 

He was born June 8, 1949, in Shelbyville, the son of Jack and Allene (Bass) Eiler. On April 30, 1976, he married his wife of 43 years, Barbara Scott Eiler, and she survives.

 

In addition to Barbara, John is survived by his daughters, Jill Nolley and husband, Rob, of Shelbyville, Megan Brewer and husband, Matt, of Indianapolis, and Stacey Eiler of Moline, Illinois; son, Jason Eiler of Moline; sisters, Sherrie Haehl and husband, Nathan, of Jupiter, Florida, Chris Wissing and husband, Michael, of Manilla, and Cindy Eiler of Shelbyville; brothers, Mark Eiler of Shelbyville, and Bill Eiler and wife, Donna, of San Angelo, Texas; grandchildren, Makenzie Nolley, Quinn Nolley, Dylan Brewer, Simon Brewer, Devon Eiler, Ashley Eirhart and Madison Eiler; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents.

 

He graduated in 1967 from Waldron High School. Prior to being in the military he attended Hanover College and Purdue University, after his military service he received his associate’s degree in business from IUPUI.

 

John was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, from 1968 to 1972. He was a member of First Christian Church and a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

 

John formerly worked as a salesman for Knauf Insulation from 1979 to 1986. In 1986, he and Barbara purchased Diversified Insulation Distributors, until retiring in 2011.

 

Golfing was John’s passion. He won several tournaments, and got numerous “holes-in-one” including two in the same year. He also enjoyed watching and discussing politics.

 

One of his greatest joys in life was spending time with his grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the First Christian Church, 118 W. Washington St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with Rev. Bill Horner officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the local military committee.

 

Private interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or Indiana Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 8111 S. Emerson Avenue, Suite 105, Indianapolis, Indiana 46237.

 

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

Dianna Kay Mullen, 81, Shelbyville

Dianna Kay Mullen, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at MHP Medical Center.

 

She was born in Shelbyville, January 15, 1938 to Walter Halton and Mary Frances (Davis) Mark.

 

Mrs. Mullen is survived by her sons, Gary Anderson of Shelbyville; and Jimmie Anderson of Rushville; daughter, Dee Coulter of Florida; 9 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, sister, Linda Thomas of Shelbyville; brother, Danny Huesman; half-sisters, Bonnie Steffy, Tammie Trisler, Barbara Crawford, Linda Sue Worland, Sandra Brandt, Christy Coomer and Donna Knight.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mullen; daughter, Corinna; granddaughter, Farica; 2 brothers, Joe and Jim; and sister, Susie.

 

Mrs. Mullen attended Homer Christian Church.  She was employed at Freudenberg-NOK for 32 years.  She enjoyed reading, painting, and sewing.  She was a friendly home for all cats.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the funeral home with Pastor Roger Abraham officiating.

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Mullen family.

 

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

Pamela Jean Willis, 63, Shelbyville

Pamela Jean Willis, 63, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital.

 

She was born in Shelbyville on November 21, 1955 to Buster and Alice (Willey) Abbott.

 

She married Craig Willis, and he preceded her in death.

 

 Pam is survived by her sons, Troy  (Julie) Merrick; Jeremy (Jennifer) Merrick; daughter, Amanda Fitz Kifer; son, Gabriel Fitz; grandchildren, Evan, Jevan, Jace and Jack; brother, Tony (Chris) Abbott; sister, Lora (Brent) Vincent; and brother, Luke (Jennifer) Abbott.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Roy and Blanch Willey; her husband; and her brother, Timmy Abbott.

 

Pam was a homemaker.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.  She cherished the time she spent with her grandkids.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene, 2315 S. Riley Highway, Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Willis family.

 

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

Saul Watkins, 74, Shelbyville

Saul Watkins, 74, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

 

He was born August 23, 1944, in Sewell, Breathitt County, Kentucky, the son of Saul Sr. and Maggie (Mullins) Watkins.

 

Saul is survived by his wife, Diane Watkins of Shelbyville; daughters, Kay Aca-Ahuatl, April Peralta-Campos, and Connie Wright and husband, Scott, all of Shelbyville; son, William Watkins and wife, Alicia, of Valparaiso; sister, Diane Hart and husband, John, of LaPorte, Barbara Cudney and husband, Rodney, of Anderson; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, William Watkins.

 

Saul was a member of United Baptist Church.

 

He formerly worked as a Mill and Fork lift operator at ABC & MBCI in Shelbyville.

 

Private family services will be observed.

 

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

 

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

Steve Skillman, 69, formerly of Shelbyville

Steve Skillman, 69, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at his residence in Dawsonville, GA.

 

He was born August 17, 1949, in Shelbyville, to John William Skillman and Lucille (Benefiel) Skillman.

 

He married Vicki D. (Conover) Skillman April 1970 and she survives.  He is also survived by his son, Steve (Tiffanie) Skillman, Jr. of Trafalgar, IN; daughter Stacy Easley of Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Megan Hoffman of Indianapolis, IN; Andrew Lamar of Franklin, IN; Claire Skillman of Trafalgar, IN; Madison Easley of Cumming, GA; and Lexi Easley of Cumming, GA; great-grandchild, Jonas Lamar Hoffman of Indianapolis, IN; sisters Jo Ann Skillman of Jacksonville, FL; and Mary Roy of Greenfield, IN; and brother, Jim Skillman of Shelbyville, IN.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Robert William Skillman of Jacksonville, FL, and Thomas Dale Skillman of Shelbyville, IN; sisters, Patricia Ann Hutchinson and Marilyn Sue Imel, both of Shelbyville, IN.

 

Steve attended Brown’s Bridge Church of Cumming, GA.  He was a manufacturing supervisor for over 20 years at Reliance Electric before retiring January 4, 2013.

 

He served in the U.S. Army Reserve.  Steve enjoyed golfing, fishing, watching basketball, working in the yard.  His favorite times were spent playing with the grandkids and being with his family.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Clark officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Skillman family.

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

 

Joseph D. "Joe" Talbert, age 77, Morristown

Joseph D. “Joe” Talbert, age 77, of Morristown, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

 

He was born in Shelbyville on May 21, 1941 to Loren and Dorcas (Reed) Talbert. He graduated from Morristown High School in 1959.

Joe worked for Detroit Diesel Engine which became Allison Transmission for 30 years until retiring in 1992. He enjoyed pre-civil war primitive camping and participating in rendezvous with members of Blue River Long Rifles, Widowmakers, and Red Hats Society. Joe enjoyed social gatherings where he could spend time with friends and family while enjoying food and drink. 

Joe is survived by his children, Brad (Benita) Talbert of Greenfield, Shelley Short of Morristown, and Deena Williamson of Shelbyville; four grandchildren, T. Nathan Talbert, Grant Williamson, Kelly Williamson, and Stephanie White; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Alexis, and Braxton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Dorcas Talbert; and siblings, Elma Mae (Goss) Six, Bonnie Adams, and Dennis “Buddy” Talbert.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A memorial service will take place immediately following the visitation at 6:00 p.m. Burial will take place on a later date at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made by mail to Boys Town 14100 Crawford Street Boys Town, NE 68010 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 35105-9959. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or a condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.

Harold Edward "Ed" Shipp, 82, Fountaintown

Harold Edward "Ed" Shipp, 82, of Fountaintown, IN, passed away April, 28, 2019.

 

He was born October 8, 1936, in Shelby County, IN to Harold Paul Shipp and Virsel (Weaver) Shipp. He graduated from Moral Township High School and shortly after, he married his wife, Barbara Grace (Guy) Shipp on October 2, 1955. They spent many happy years together raising their family, prior to her passing on March 7, 2015.

 

Ed was known for being a hard worker. He served in the United States Army National Guard, and later was employed for Eli Lilly for 37 years before retiring and working on his farm.

 

In his younger years, he loved playing basketball and even earned the nickname "Backboard Hog" while playing in high school and for a traveling league as a rebounder. He also enjoyed many years as a Boy Scout Troop leader, and was a member of the Fairland Mason Lodge as well as the Fairland Lions Club.

 

However, he found that his greatest joy in life was the time he spent with his family as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

 

Ed is survived by his sons, Kevin (Deborah) Shipp and Dennis (Patricia) Shipp; five grandchildren, Samantha (Chris) Graham, Joshua (Sara) Shipp, Tierra Shipp, Cheyenne (Brandon) Shipp, and Jared Shipp; his sister, Phyllis Crooks; sister-in-law, Barbara Shipp; as well as many nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Grace Shipp; brother, Dale Shipp; and his sisters, Frieda Kehrt, Margaret Sandefur, and Beulah Brown.

 
Visitation will be held Thursday, May, 2, 2019, from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hendryx Mortuary, New Palestine Chapel, 19 East Main St., New Palestine, IN, 46163, with funeral services on Friday at 10:00 AM, at the mortuary. Burial to follow at Boggstown Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairland (Triton Community) Lion's Club, 4774 W. 600 N., Fairland, IN 46126. 

Annetta Kay Hoops, 76, Indianapolis

Annetta Kay Hoops, 76, of Indianapolis, passed away, Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Altenheim Nursing Home in Indianapolis.

 

Visitation will be from noon to 2pm, Friday, May 3, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.

 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

Ronnie L. Linville, 76, of Morristown

Ronnie L. Linville, 76, of Morristown passed away Monday, April 29, 2019 at Morristown Manor.

 

He was born May 27, 1942 in Rush County, the son of Sharon “S.E.” and Caroline Priscilla (Macy) Linville. On June 18, 1966, he married Sandra M. “Sandy” King, and she preceded him in death on February 3, 2018.

 

Ronnie is survived by his daughters, Beth Marie Linville and Carol Diane Linville, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Keith E. Linville and wife, Diane, and David E. Linville, both of Morristown, Paul E. Linville and wife, Karen, and William F. Linville, both of Arlington; sister, Violet L. Ramsey of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Sandy, Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Ronnie was a 1960 graduate of Arlington High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Purdue University.

 

He was a very active life-time member of the Little Blue River Friends Church. Ronnie served his church in many capacities such as being a door greeter, an usher and one very important job “the candy man” passing peppermints to everyone. He was also a Sunday school teacher, and Christian education and junior youth group leader. Ronnie and Sandy made learning the Bible both fun and interesting for the youth at Little Blue River Friends Church, by rewarding their efforts of memorizing the books of the Bible, with a wiener roast.

 

Ronnie also served on the Little Blue River Friends Cemetery board.

 

He was a true outdoorsman. Ronnie enjoyed raising rabbits, exploring the woods and fishing.

 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019 and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with Pastors Mike Linville and Markus Dennis officiating.

 

Interment will be at the Little Blue River Friends Cemetery in Rush County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideon’s International, PO Box 452, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Juanita Delores Cassidy, 95, Indianapolis

Juanita Delores Cassidy, 95, of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

She was born January 29, 1924, in Maple Grove, Wisconsin, the daughter of Otto and Edith (Dick) Anderson. On August 13, 1947, she married William Cassidy, and he preceded her in death on July 14, 2006.

 

Juanita is survived by her daughters, Deborah Meadows and husband, Ron, of Birdseye, Linda Lewis and husband, Allen, of Fresno, California, and Sandra Cassidy of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to William, Juanita was preceded in death by her parents. She was from a large family and was also preceded in death by 12 brothers and two sisters.

 

Juanita was a member of the Villa Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

 

She attended school in Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

 

Juanita retired from Herff Jones, with 25 years of service. She enjoyed her job as a machinist and never missed a single day of work.

 

She enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, and was known as the “Puzzle Lady” at Heritage House.

 

Juanita made many friends at Heritage House and enjoyed their company.

 

Juanita also enjoyed playing bingo, dancing, and watching “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune”.

 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Washington Park East in Indianapolis.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.

 

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

Nikolai Robert Fairweather

Nikolai Robert Fairweather passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at MHP Medical Center.

 

He was born October 12, 2018 in Shelbyville, to Robert B. Fairweather and Stephanie F. Gabbard.

 

Nikolai is survived by his parents, brothers, Sebastian Fairweather, and Tristian Euell; sister, Kailee Bergan; maternal grandmother, Alberta Gabbard, and paternal grandmother, Geri Kolk; aunts, Christy Hardy, Amber Raisor, April Rickleman, Stacy Gabbard, Catherine Schmidt, Desirae Kolk, and Michelle Mueller.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Steven Gabbard, and paternal grandfather, Bruce Fairweather.

  

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Brandon Sutton officiating. 

 

The family extends their sincere thanks for the prayers and support during this time.

 

“Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back, Niko!”

 

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

 

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

 

Amanda Elaine Jones, 32, Shelbyville

Amanda Elaine Jones, 32, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2019 at MHP Medical Center.

 

She was born September 22, 1986 in Indianapolis.

 

Amanda is survived by her mother, Deborah Ann (Casmire) Jones, her siblings, Ronnie Jones, Christeine Jones, Donald Jones, Jennifer Davis, Donald Davis, and Joshua Jones, all of Shelbyville; her Aunt Paulette Tinth of Indianapolis, 2 uncles and several nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

The family sends their sincere thanks for all the prayers and support.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Amanda and her family.

 

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

Randy D. (Rango) Tungate, 69, Shelbyville

Randy D. (Rango) Tungate, 69, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday April 20, 2019, at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana.

 

He was born November 18, 1949, in Shelbyville, Indiana, the eldest son of Hurchel and Carol (Wiley) Tungate.

 

Randy married Teresa Havens on September 18, 1972 at the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville and she survives. Other survivors include his son Jason D. Tungate and wife Amy of Shelbyville; his daughters Juliana M. McQueen and husband Corbin of Franklin County IN; and Jessica R. Tungate of Shelbyville; sisters Lisa E.Tillision, husband Michael of Santee, SC; Anna L. Tungate of Shelbyville. He was preceded in death by both parents and his brother Dennis W. Tungate.

 

Mr. Tungate was a lifelong Shelbyville resident. He was a member of the B.S.A. achieving rank of Cub Scout to Explorer Scout. Upon graduation from Shelbyville High School he then entered the United States Air Force and was an Air Cargo Specialist serving in Viet Nam.

 

Upon separation from the military he attended Ivy Tech where he studied photography.

 

Mr. Tungate was employed by the Shelbyville Police Department as a dispatch operator and reserve patrolman. He also worked for the local radio station WSVL as a disc jockey on FM 97.1 as “Randy Tune”.

 

He was employed with the Federal Government at Naval Avionics Center in Indianapolis.

 

For a short period he, his wife and family owned and operated the Grapevine Café, a local Shelbyville eatery and boutique.

 

Mr. Tungate was a member of the Indiana Rifle Association, N.R.A., The Viet Nam Veterans, The American Legion and First Baptist Church of Shelbyville.

 

Randy had much joy with his life and with the world.  He loved his children, was proud of their lives and accomplishments. He was a gun enthusiast, enjoyed guitar, writing songs and poetry.

He shared appreciation for the arts with his wife, Teresa; herself an artist.

 

There will be no visitation.

 

Private family services will be observed. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

 

He has a niche in the columbarium located at Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to the Shelby County Historical Society.

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

Robert John "Bob" Schreiner, 94, Shelbyville

Robert John “Bob” Schreiner, 94, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, April 21, 2019 at his home.

 

He was born February 15, 1925, in Indianapolis, the son of Ralph and Esther (Mabee) Schreiner. In 1945, he married Virginia Connors, and she preceded him in death in 1976. He married Norma J. (Brancamp) Kreinhop on October 8, 1977, and she survives.

 

In addition to Norma, Bob is survived by his son, Michael J. Schreiner and wife, Brenda, of Shelbyville; daughter, Diane Seitz and husband, Larry, of Switz City; grandchildren, Christopher Schreiner and wife, Melissa, Heather Bounds and husband, Dan, Marcus Seitz, and Tammy Sturgeon and husband, Doug; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Barbara Bowers.

Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean War.

 

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Bob was a plumber with Union Local No. 440 in Indianapolis, from 1950 to 1987.

 

He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in St. James City, Florida, and Eagles Aerie Lodge No. 766 and Moose Lodge No. 2118.

 

Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed dancing with Norma.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with the rosary recited at 3:30 p.m.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St. in Shelbyville, with Fathers Bill Ernstes and Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nashville, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176, the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 or the American Diabetes Association, 8604 Alisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

 

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

Charles 'Michael' Phillips, 60, Shelbyville,

Charles ‘Michael’ Phillips, 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

 

 He was born June 15, 1958, in Shelbyville, to Charles R. Phillips and Barbara (Ramsey) Macklin.

 

He married Shirley Sinclair on December 12, 2012, and she survives.

 

Michael is survived by his sons, Jason Phillips of Rushville; Thomas (Alana) Phillips of St. Paul; Josh (Melissa) Lockridge; and Wayne (Linda) Sinclair; daughter, Kristy (Aaron) Sinclair, all of Shelbyville; sisters, Lori Golden of Shelbyville; Linda (Robert) Smith of Rushville; and Michelle Sams of Indianapolis; brothers, Larry Phillips; Chris (Carrie) Macklin; and Ronnie Lee McDuffy, all of Shelbyville; 12 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

  

He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Bobby Macklin; Grandma Jannie Macklin; and sisters, Kathy Phillips and Lisa Phillips.

 

He graduated from Rushville High School.  Michael was employed at Mathies Landscaping for 18 years. His most precious times were spent with his family.

      

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the funeral home with Reverend Zack Korff officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Manilla Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Phillips family.

 

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

Eva L. Spurling Butler, 88, Shelbyville

Eva L. Spurling Butler, 88, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

 

She was born August 15, 1930, in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the daughter of Onie Hunt and Sylvia (Newton) Hunt Smith. On December 21, 1946, she married Aften “Burr” Spurling, and he preceded her in death on August 5, 1989. Later she married Owen Kenneth Butler on August 17, 2002, and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2012.

 

Eva is survived by her children, Larry Spurling and wife, Sylvia, of Shelbyville, Linda Harmon and husband, Dennis, of Greensburg, Mary Kay Hallman and husband, Michael, of Redmond, Washington, and Stephen Butler and wife, Tamara, of St. Charles, Missouri; brother, William D. Smith and wife, Janet, of Cumberland; grandchildren, Kristin Parker, Alison Sabino and husband, Keith, Amanda Harmon and fiancé, Daniel Hobbs, Nathan Harmon and wife, Krista, Jordan Carmony and wife, LaTasha, Jennifer Hallman-Luhn and husband, Derek, Rebecca Hallman, and Timothy Butler; brother-in-law, Earl Spurling of Morristown; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her step-father who raised her, Dewey Smith; children, Lisa Marie Carmony and Charles Butler; and sisters, Ravenna Davis and Norma Cull.

Eva attended Arlington and Morristown High Schools.

 

She was a 65-year member of Lewis Creek Baptist Church, where she had formerly taught children’s Sunday school.

 

Eva retired from Cunningham Gardens, with 32 years of service.

 

She enjoyed playing euchre, country music and watching Indiana University basketball games.

Eva loved her family and enjoyed attending events in which they participated. She would always say “Now You Be Careful” to her children and grandchildren. Eva was very famous for her noodle making, and passed it on to her daughter-in-law and great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Lewis Creek Baptist Church, 1400 E 600 S, Waldron, Indiana.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

 

Interment will be at Lewis Creek Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3500 DePauw Boulevard, Suite 1040, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268 or Lewis Creek Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

 

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

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