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Dan Gene Waltz, 72, from Shelbyville

Seventy two years ago Dan Gene Waltz from Shelbyville, Indiana came into this world to his amazing parents, Martha Waltz (Pope) and John Walter Waltz.

 

For the last 30 years, Dan lived in Houston, Texas, soaking in the warmth of the sun. Dan is survived by his beloved son, John Waltz II, and four grandchildren, Trey (John Walter Waltz III), Jacob, Mattie, and Jonah Waltz, of whom he was incredibly proud. Dan is also survived by his brother Bryan Waltz and preceded in death by brother Keith Waltz.

 

Dan graduated from Ball State with a BA and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was often known to talk about the fraternity brotherhood and the everlasting bond between men.

 

Dan went on to receive his masters from Xavier University, and graduated at the top of his class. His talents allowed him to travel the world, and served as a setting in many of his well-known stories.

 

With all his success, he cherished his final occupation where he was able to work alongside his son at Forward Edge. 

 

Funeral services will be held at Glenn E George & Son Funeral home at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 20, with Rev. Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday morning from 12:00 noon until the time of the service.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the Shelby County Cancer Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

John 10:27-29  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Jessica Hernandez, 44, of Shelbyville

Jessica Hernandez, 44, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at IU Health Methodist Hospital

 

She was born May 30, 1977 in Indianapolis to Lawrence W. Strosnider and Deborah A. (Harman) Strosnider. 

 

Jessica was a CNA.  As a child she was baptized into St. Vincent Catholic Church.  She loved to color and travel.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

 

She is survived by her son, Joseph Fortney, daughter, Lacona Fortney, son, Brandon Catt, daughter, Katelynn Catt, grandchildren, Natalie, Emma, Achilles, Leia, Carter, Noah, Yoselin, Ayden, and Sophia, her brother Devin Strosnider, and sisters, Jolean Hernandez, Deidra Crafton, and Amy Crafton.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, her grandparents, Barbara and Jack Lawrence, her aunt, Carolyn Bogeman, and Uncle, Thomas Bogeman.

  

A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the Briley Center with Pastor Seth Taylor officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Jessica Hernandez memorial fund in care of Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

 

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

 

Edna M. Harpring, 84, of Shelbyville

Edna M. Harpring, 84, of Shelbyville, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

She was born in Ripley County, Indiana on February 8, 1937, daughter of Elmer L. and Rosalia M. Eckstein Lambert. Her aunt Frances E. Lambert helped raise her following her mother’s passing. Edna graduated from Sunman High School. On May 12, 1956, she was married to Paul B. Harpring in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Sunman. After having moved to Shelbyville in 1960, Edna spent several years working in a business office for petroleum product distributors.

She enjoyed a number of hobbies including sewing and crafting. Husband Paul often lent his woodworking skills to her many handmade crafts. Each year at Christmas, she would gift her grandchildren with her crafts and tree ornaments. Edna was a competitive card player and relished the thrill of beating Paul, and most everyone, in Euchre. Many Thursday nights were spent playing bingo at the Knights of Columbus.

Her Catholic faith was strong and deeply rooted. She believed in the power of praying the Rosary daily.

Edna is survived by daughters, Marlene (Charles) Hague of Waldron, and Diane (Gregg) Erickson of

Shelbyville; grandsons, Brandon Hague of Carmel, Justin (Diana) Hague of Connersville, Kyle (Megan) Erickson, Moorsville; granddaughter Katie (Scott) Flynn, of Shelbyville; great-grandsons, Jacob Coffey of Westport and Seth Coffey of Connersville, and great-granddaughter, Harper Hague of Connersville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse of 59 years, and son, Ronald P. Harpring.

We know Edna has rejoined their company with a joyful heart.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church located at 125 E Broadway, Shelbyville.  A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM.  Following visitation, a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00AM with Father Mike Keucher officiating.  Burial will be at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens, Shelbyville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176; or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Mrs. Harpring.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.murphyparks.com

Frank Russell Sr., 84

Frank Russell Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family at St. Francis

Hospital in Greenwood, Indiana on October 12th, 2021 at 84 years of age.

 

Frank was born on September 11th, 1937 in Olive Hill, Kentucky to parents

Elijah and Monnie (Carpenter) Russell. Frank was the oldest of six children

growing up in Cabin Creek, West Virginia.

 

Frank was an active duty member of the United States Navy from 1956-1958 and an inactive member from 1959-1962.

 

After exiting the Navy he did construction work and various automotive work.

He married Lois (Butcher) Russell on October 22nd, 1994 in Boggstown, Indiana

and she preceded him in death. Frank was a member of the American Legion for

several years. Frank loved to enjoy life and live it to the fullest, and had many hobbies over his 84 years.

 

He loved to write and perform music. He loved playing his guitar for anyone who would listen. In his younger days Frank enjoyed riding motorcycles with his friends.

 

Over his life he so much enjoyed spending time with his loved ones.

In his later years he enjoyed watching westerns and listening to classic country music.

 

Frank is survived by his siblings: 3 sisters, Dorothy (Steven) Cockerham of Shelbyville; Wanda Woods of Cabin Creek, West Virginia; Jaennette Russell of Hamilton, Ohio; and  brother Glen (Susan) Russell of Cabin Creek, West Virginia. He is also survived by his children: daughter Tina Harmon of Boggstown; daughter Amy (Larry)McDowell of St. Paul; daughter Anna (Russell) Moore of Frankfort; son Frank Russell Jr. of Shelbyville; son Sam (Colleen) Russell of Chesterton; daughter Linda (Junior) Smith of Cloverdale and daughter Diane Garrett of Fairland. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 

 

Frank is preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Butcher) Russell; his parents Elijah and Monnie (Carpenter) Russell; his siblings; sister Carol (Larry) Gaye and brother Kenneth (Linda) Russell; sons Johnny Russell and Steven Schoolcraft; and grandsons Mikey Smith and  Timothy Wetter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, October 22, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd with Rev. David Humphrey officiating.

 

A military graveside service will follow at Boggstown Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:00-8:00pm at the funeral home. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Jacqueline L. (Adams) Prange, 68, of Greenfield

Jacqueline L. (Adams) Prange, age 68 of Greenfield passed away October 10, 2021, at IU Methodist Hospital. She was born July 23, 1953, in Tennessee to the late Casey J. and Mary A. (Stanley) Adams.
Jackie was a member of the Greenfield VFW and prior to her retirement she was a retail manager for Phar-Mor.
Jackie is survived by her children, Hope Adams and Jeremy Prange; grandchildren, Mariah, Tasha (Brad), Taylor, Jackson, Maycie, Dylan, Cam, Luke, Ashlynn; sisters, Tonya Baker, Sylvia Settles, Marsha Powell, Becky Jones, and Phyllis Tanner; and 2 great grandchildren Aliyah, and Delilah.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edgar; siblings, Debbie Skaggs, Royce McPherson, Sue Crabtree, Trina Sweezy, Pat Hendren, Perky McPherson, Ricky McPherson and Terry McPherson.
Calling will be 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Thursday, October 14, 2021, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stillinger Family Funeral Home or by pressing the donate button on Jackie’s tribute page at www.stillingerfamily.com.

James Edward Lindsey, 58

James Edward Lindsey, 58, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 9, 2021, while attending a hobby show he dearly treasured.

 

James was born on November 22, 1962, in Cincinnati, OH, to Arthur and Allie (Myrtle-Baker) Lindsey. He entered the U.S. Army in 1981 as an ultimatum for getting into a bit of trouble as a young man, protecting his sister. After serving for a few months, he met and fell in love with a young lady whom he would marry shortly thereafter, Miyong Sung. They wed on October 8, 1982.

As the U.S. Army structured James with daily discipline, respect, communication, and authority, he decided to make a career out of serving his country. While serving a total of 21 years, James was housed not only in the U.S., but Italy, South Korea, and Germany. He served in combat zones such as Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Mogadishu Somalia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He graduated from the following schools: Army Sniper, Airborne, Army Sapper, and Combat Engineer. He received Accommodations as the Bronze Star with V-Device and the Meritorious Service Medal. After retirement in September 2001, his highest rank was Master Sergeant. James considered his enlistment and career in the Army as humble and simple, always paying more respect to those who perished. He never bragged about his duties nor positions, but simply acknowledged his participation. TAPS was always sentimental to him. While in the U.S. Army, James took advantage of furthering his education by receiving his associates degree from the University of Maryland as well as his bachelor of science degree from the same University.

Away from his military career, James was family-oriented, generous, loving, caring, funny, down to Earth, yet stubborn. He wished success upon everyone he encountered. He was loyal to all his friends. He loved watching war-time movies, reading books, collecting and watching Godzilla, listening to 80s hair band’s music, attending gun shows, and restoring classic cars as well as classic guns. He was a member of the Greenfield American Legion. His big heart, joking persona, and educational demeanor will forever be missed. James also worked as a buyer and logistics specialist with Kroger’s for 20 years in their bakery department.

James just celebrated his 39th anniversary with the love of his life, Miyong Lindsey. She survives, as does their son, James Steven Lindsey and his wife Cynthia Lippitz; 2 cats: Tom-Tom and Marie; and 4 siblings: Arthur Lindsey, Kathy (John) Taylor, Johnny (Ronna) Lindsey, and Angela (Tony) Rose.

James was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Kelly Hobbs.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 18, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service immediately following, also at the funeral home.

 

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

Terry Ann Tucker, 63, of Shelbyville

Terry Ann Tucker, 63, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday October 9, 2021 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Greenfield.

 

Born November 30, 1957 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Lewis Rexford "Rex" Avery and Norma Elaine (Nail) Avery.  She married Wayne A. Tucker on June 16, 1979 and he survives.

 

Other survivors include a son Derek A. Tucker (wife Kristi) of Indianapolis, a daughter Dana M. Ball (husband Dustin) of North Vernon; brother Gary Avery (wife Linda) of Shelbyville, sister Christine Lohrum (husband Les) of Versailles; a nephew Jared Avery (wife Natalie) of Florida; and 3 grandchildren-  Peyton Ball, Paige Ball, and Lily Tucker. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and niece Skyler Avery.

 

Mrs. Tucker was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from North Decatur High School in 1976.

 

She had been employed as pharmacy dept. manager at Walmart for 35 years, retiring in 2020.  She was a member of St. Paul Christian Church.

 

Terry enjoyed playing bingo and cards, traveling, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.  Her life revolved around her family and grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 10:30 am on Saturday October 16, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Bill Horner officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Friday evening, October 15, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home.

Doris J. Drake, 95, of Franklin, former Shelby County resident

Doris J. Drake, 95, of Franklin, former Shelby County resident, passed away Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin.

 

Born March 17, 1926 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Samuel G. McVey and Florence M. (Pereira) McVey.  She married John N. Drake on March 20, 1955 and he preceded her on July 26, 1992.

 

Survivors include 4 sons- David Drake (wife Amelia) of Hendersonville North Carolina, John Drake (wife Cathy) of Westfield, Tim Drake (wife Melissa) of Shelbyville, Terry Drake (wife Linda) of Rushville, one daughter- Lisa Burton (husband Mike) of Flat Rock; daughter-in-law Diana Drake of Arizona; brother Don McVey (wife Millie) of Shelbyville; 17 grandchildren, and several great and
great great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, a son Jim Drake,
daughter Karen Wheeler, stepson Dick Drake, and brother Howard McVey.

 

Mrs. Drake was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1944.

 

She had been a pharmacy assistant at Walmart for 13  1/2  years, retiring in 2010.  She had earlier been a Title 1 reading tutor for 22 years with Rush County Schools.  She was a member of Crossroad  Community Church, and a 50 year member of First Baptist Church.  She was also a 50 year member of Norristown Eastern Star, a member of Manilla Town & Country Home Economics Club since 1963, and volunteered at the Major Heart Center for several years.

 

Doris loved to sing in church choirs and cantatas, cooking, and spending time with her family.  Many families enjoyed her Christmas cookies she would bake and deliver every year, especially for them.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Mick Saunders officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, at a later date.

 

Friends may call on Thursday evening, October 14, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, in care of the funeral home.

Larry Gene Theobald, 74, of Shelbyville

Larry Gene Theobald, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born August 9, 1947, in Indianapolis, the son of R. Eugene “Gene” and Louise M. (Arnold) Theobald. On April 3, 1981, he married his wife of 40 years, Sue Ann Cowen, and she survives.

In addition to Sue, Larry is survived by his daughter, Victoria Theobald of Shelbyville; sister, Barbara Walton of Shelbyville; grandson, Sidney Edward; and nephews, Chuck Walton and wife, Anita and Bobby Walton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Hubert Lawrence Theobald; and brother-in-law, Stanley Walton.

Larry graduated in 1965 from Manilla High School.

He was a member of the former Homer Christian Church.

Larry and his father formerly owned and operated Kelley Wiring, retiring in 1998.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Era.

Larry enjoyed going camping and fishing, and mowing his yard.

He loved his family and cherished the time he spent creating memories with them.

Larry also leaves behind his dog, Captain.

A Celebration of Larry’s 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, 1481 W. 10th St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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

Bernice Marie Nigh, 65, of Manilla

Bernice Marie Nigh, 65, of Manilla, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at her home.

She was born April 8, 1956, in Reader, West Virginia, the daughter of Robert and Violet (Bland) Starkey. On February 27, 2002, she married Harlan Lowell Nigh, and he survives.

In addition to Harlan, Bernice is survived by her daughters, Pauline Hayes and husband, Gary, of Reader, Cindy Howell of Pine Grove, West Virginia, and Shannon Nigh of Greensburg; son, Brian “Keith” Haught of Reader; grandchildren, D.J. Hayes and wife, Alex, Madison Howell, Jaydon Howell and Spencer Nigh; and great-grandchildren, Jayce Hayes and Gage Hayes.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Bernice was a member of the Lighthouse of Mercy Church in Indianapolis.

She formerly worked in the bakery and deli at Kroger, and for various cleaning companies, including Busy B’s.

Bernice enjoyed making quilts, going camping and working in her yard and gardens.

She also leaves behind her dogs, Dora, Minnie, Clyde and Axel.

A Celebration of Bernice’s 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Major Hospital Partners to help with Bernice’s medical expenses.

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

 

 

Donna J. Dietz, 87, of Jacksonville, Florida

Donna J. Dietz, 87, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, from pneumonia and COVID-19.

 

Donna was born on April 3, 1934, to Freeman and Mildred (Sanders) Krebs in Shelbyville, Indiana. Growing up, she lived above the Krebs Grocery owned and ran by her parents and grandfather.

 

Her love of all things sports began in high school, where she graduated valedictorian of the Shelbyville High School class of 1952. It was only fitting that Donna fell for a football quarterback, and she married her high school sweetheart William (Bill) Dietz on December 26, 1954. She was the proud mother of three children, Millie Bennett, Brad Dietz, and Ted Dietz, and the Momma Donna to her grandson, Chad.

 

Over the years, Donna and her family lived in Shelbyville, Indianapolis, and Columbus, Indiana and Jacksonville, Florida. She spent countless hours at her children's sporting events, and was considered the cool mom of her children' s friends. Donna's love of sports continued beyond her children's endeavors, and for years she followed, loudly and voraciously, Indiana University Basketball, the Jacksonville Jaguars, as well numerous other teams.

 

An avid traveler, Donna had been to almost every state, several European countries, and was baptized in the River Jordan in Israel. She also made the sojourn to Indiana often to visit family and friends in Indianapolis and Shelbyville, often searching for the best pork tenderloin sandwich during her visits.

 

Donna loved her frequent and sometime cut-throat card and Bridge games with her friends. She was also a master crafter, from cross-stitch to crochet, Donna could make almost anything, and owned a crafting store in Columbus. Donna was also dedicated to her various church ministries, hosting and leading Bible studies for several area churches. Her deep love of her Christian faith made her a friend to many, and she was always willing to listen to anyone's troubles and successes.

 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, and son Ted.

 

She is survived by her children, Millie and Brad (Jann), and her grandson Chad (Courtney) of Jacksonville, her brother Jack (Betty) Krebs, niece Courtney (Ian) Henderson of Indianapolis, and her many friends, extended family, and loved ones.

 

A memorial graveside service will be held on Friday, October 15th at 11:00am at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida.  

David M. "Dave" Brown, 68, of Shelbyville

David M. “Dave” Brown, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at Southpointe Health Care.

 

He was born May 25, 1953 in Shelby County, IN to Curtis E. and Ester M. (Anderson) Brown.  

 

He was employed as a plumber his whole adult life, before retiring in 1998

 

He was involved in a Radio Club for Ham Radios and danced for 14 years at Crestwood Village where he began Country Dancing.  He was a fun, loving guy who always knew how to make you laugh by telling his jokes. In his younger years, Dave loved to go boating and participate in water sports.

 

Dave is survived by his sister, Brenda Brown; brother, Thomas Brown; sister-in-law, Janet Brown; nephews, Travis Brown and Jordan Brown; great-nieces, Hayley Brown and Hannah Brown; and great-nephew, Carter Brown.  He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Timothy Brown.

 

Visitation will be October 12, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 PM at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 12 PM at Murphy- Parks Funeral Service with Pastor Jerry Ridge officiating.

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

John A. Westerfield, 79, of Shelbyville

John A. Westerfield, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

He was born March 25, 1942, in Los Angeles, California, the son of William Reid and Bertha (Kussman) Westerfield.

John is survived by his sister, Gretchen Turner and husband Donald R., of Shelbyville; nieces, Lori Anne Turner of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Erin R. Noel and husband, Justin, of Carmel; and a grand-niece whom he adored, Harper T. Noel.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John graduated from Shelbyville High School.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving four years active duty and two years in the reserves.

John was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

He formerly worked as a printer at Williams Industries, retiring in February of 2006, with 29 years of service.

John loved photography and reading. He enjoyed socializing with his family and friends.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2021, at Forest Hill Cemetery, 704 Morris Avenue in Shelbyville, with John Begley officiating.

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 Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or donor’s choice of charity.

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

 

 

Charles R. "Chuck" Williams, 94, of Waldron

Charles R. "Chuck" Williams, 94, of Waldron, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Heritage House of Greensburg.

 

Born May 11, 1927 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Alonzo Williams and Prudence (Mackey) Williams.  He married Betty L. (Perry) Williams on December 31, 1946 and she preceded him on  Jan. 13, 2013.

 

Survivors include 2 sons- Kevin D. Williams (wife Debbie) of Waldron, Bret A. Williams (wife Elaine) of St. Paul, daughter Kandy L. Luther of Terre Haute;  6 grandchildren- Ryan Adams (wife Stephanie), Chad Williams (wife Kim), Kip Adams (wife Joy), Eric Williams (wife Sarah), Kyle Williams (wife Brittany),  Kara Williams (Craig Wiggam); 13 grandchildren- Derek Adams, Bailey Adams, Larken Adams, Makenzie Adams, Dalen Williams, Ian Copeland, Nathan Copeland, Braylon Williams, Maleah Williams, Sydney Adams, Anna Williams, Brody Williams, Brock Nelson; and one great great grandchild Autumn Adams.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, one sister and 5 brothers.

 

Mr. Williams was a lifelong resident of this area, and attended Shelbyville High School.  He was a school bus driver with Shelby Eastern Schools for 20 years, retiring in 1991, and had been a self employed barber for 33 years. 

 

He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Waldron Lodge #217 F&AM, American Legion  Post #70, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2695, Blue River Lion's Club, and a 35 year member of the American Legion Memorial Team.  He was a US Marine Corp WWII veteran, and was very proud that all six  brothers served during WWII, and all made it home safely.

 

Chuck loved playing euchre and slot machines at the casino, watching sports on tv, dining out, and he enjoyed the time spent with his family and grandchildren.  

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437Amos Road, with Rev. Beth Crouch officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Sunday evening, October 10, 2021 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home.

 

Masonic rites will be held on Sunday evening at 7:30 pm, and a military graveside service will be conducted by a local veterans organization.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Memorial Team, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

IRS extension deadline to file 2020 taxes is October 15

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding an estimated 188,400 Indiana residents who asked for an extension to file their 2020 tax return, that they have until October 15, 2021 to file and avoid the penalty for filing late.

 

The IRS urges everyone to file electronically in order to avoid delays and speed the processing of their return.

 

October 15 is the deadline for just about everyone.  Only members of the military and others serving in a combat zone, have more time. They normally have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file and pay any taxes due.

 

There is usually no penalty for failure to file if the taxpayer is due a refund. However, people who wait too long to file and claim a refund, risk losing it altogether. The safest and fastest way for people to get a refund is to file electronically and have their refund electronically deposited into their bank or other financial account. Taxpayers can use direct deposit to deposit their refund into one, two or even three accounts.

 

IRS Free File is still available in English and Spanish giving taxpayers who earned $72,000 or less in 2020 a way to file and claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit, Advanced Child Tax Credit. The Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, is also available for people comfortable preparing their own taxes. 

 

 

Larry K. Phares, 83, of Shelbyville

Larry K. Phares, 83, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1938, in Shelbyville, the son of Lloyd and Mary (Mosier) Phares. On November 25, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Marla D. Cole, and she survives. They were married for 61 years.

In addition to Marla, Larry is survived by his daughter, Lorrie L. Pierce of Shelbyville; son, Brian K. Phares and wife, Robin, of Sarasota, Florida; grandchildren, Ashlee Marie Thomas and husband, Matt, and Anna F. Ingle and husband, Ben; great-grandson, Henry Thomas Ingle; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kelly Renee Pierce; brothers, Robert “Bob” Phares and John Phares; and sisters, Janice Mollenkopf and Doris Klingenberger.

He graduated in 1956 from Shelbyville High School, attended Atlantic Christian College in South Carolina, and received his Master’s degree in education administration from Butler University. Larry was the guidance director at Southwestern High School, retiring with 52 years of service. Through his career as a guidance counselor, he helped many students further their education, by helping them apply for scholarships.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and Eagles Aerie Lodge No. 766.

Larry enjoyed golfing, with his son and brothers-in-law. He also enjoyed working in his yard.

He loved to create memories with his family, especially his grandchildren.

A Celebration of Larry’s 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.

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

Barbara Baumgartner, 80, of Shelbyville

Barbara Baumgartner, 80, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

 

She was born May 3, 1941 in New York City to Rocco Padulo and Ann (Cassidy) Padulo. She was raised in Chicago, IL, and was a graduate of St. Scholastica Academy and Michigan State University.
 

Barbara married Donald I. “Boomer” Baumgartner on Nov. 15, 1974, and he preceded her in death on May 4, 2011.
 

She is survived by her daughter, Joanne Krause (husband, Dan) Mages; her son, John (wife, Sally) Krause; and her grandchildren, Jacob Mages, Caroline Mages, Charlie Krause, and Max Krause.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her brother, James “Rocky” Padulo.

For the last twenty years Barbara has worked as office manager for Shelby County United Fund (SCUFFY) and was proud to serve in the mission of advancing the common good in Shelby County.

 

Barbara was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Anne Alter Society, and Shelby County Players.  Her grandchildren, who call her Amah, were the pride of her life.
 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St.  A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Father Mike Keucher officiating.
 

Memorial contributions may be made to SCUFFY, 126 N. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th Street, Columbus, IN 47201.

 

Funeral directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Barbara’s family.

 

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

Betty Catherine "B.C." Williams, 96, of Shelbyville

Betty Catherine “B.C.” Williams, 96, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

Funeral services in November will be announced by Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or the First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Gary "Shane" Wright, 43, of Shelbyville

Gary “Shane” Wright, 43, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born August 26, 1978, in Rexburg, Idaho, the son of Gary Ordell and Janette (Abbott) Wright.

In addition to his parents of Shelbyville, Shane is survived by his sisters, Lisa Canale and husband, Vincent, of Lake Ronkonoma, New York, Yvonne Wright and Terra Wright, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Jared Wright of Cumming, Georgia, and Ryan Wright of Danville; maternal grandparents, Clifford and Cherol Abbott of Flowermound, Texas; 13 nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Shane was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ordell Zeldon and Darleen (Lybbert) Wright.

He graduated in 1996 from Provo High School in Provo, Utah.

Shane was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar. Shane also enjoyed sketching.

Shane was loved by all and loved people, he was genuinely happy to see his family and friends. In life, you wanted to be the recipient of a “Shane hug.”

Visitation will be from 11 to noon, Saturday, October 2, 2021, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 114 W. Rampart Road in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday at the church, with Bishop John Craig officiating. Interment will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

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

Pamela Sue Bylsma, 71, of Shelbyville

Pamela Sue Bylsma, 71, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at her home.

She was born August 5, 1950, in Franklin, the daughter of Myron and Mary (Broaddus) Richardson. She married Bartell “Bart” Bylsma, in July of 1992, and he preceded her in death in May of 2019.

Pamela is survived by her sons, Jason Coffey and wife, Emily, and James Coffey Jr. and wife, Crystal, both of Shelbyville; daughters, Angelique Randall and husband, Terry, of Clermont, Jessica Springer and husband, Joel, of Shelbyville, Kelly Levander and husband, Darin, of Hudsonville, Michigan, and Karrie Bylsma-Irvin of Grand Rapids, Michigan; sister, Kay Harrington Jones of Raleigh, North Carolina; sister-in-law, Nelene Bylsma of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to Bart, Pamela was preceded in death by her parents; and two sons, Sean Coffey and Joseph Emory.

Pamela graduated in 1968 from Speedway High School, and ITT Tech in 1969. She also attended cosmetology school in 1992.

She was a nurse for 51 years, with 26 years of service at Major Hospital.

Pamela loved the Lord and was a member of the Christian Life Centre, she enjoyed watching television ministries.

She was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

Pam enjoyed making quilts, painting, and shopping.

She also leaves behind beloved her dog, Pierre.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 1, 2021, at the Christian Life Centre, 1115 St. Joseph St., in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021, at the church, with Rev. Joel Springer officiating. The service will be livestreamed on the Christian Life Centre facebook page.

Interment will be at Forest Hill 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 the Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

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

Opal M. Hamilton, 101, of Fairland

Opal M. Hamilton, 101, of Fairland passed away Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

She was born October 17, 1919, in Morgan County, the daughter of John Charles and Bettie Mae (Bada) Routier. On September 25, 1937, she married Henry W. W. Hamilton, and he preceded her in death on February 14, 1982.

Opal is survived by her sons, John Hamilton of Indianapolis, Robert Hamilton of Greenfield, and David Hamilton of Brownsburg; daughter-in-law, Jean Hamilton of Fairland; several grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to Henry, Opal was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Janet Hodge; and son, Ralph Hamilton.

Opal was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church, where she attended the “Come Join Us Class”.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, tending her flower gardens and caring for her home.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 3, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

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

Interment will be at London Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692.

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

Wesley Riegle, Jr., 73 of Indianapolis

Wesley Riegle, Jr., age 73 of Indianapolis, passed away September 30, 2021, at Golden Living Center, Brookview.

He was born April 2, 1948, in Indianapolis to the late Wesley and Helen (Silcox) Riegle, Sr.
Wesley served in the United States Army and was a long-time member of Faith Apostolic Church in Greenfield. Prior to his retirement Wesley was a press operator for A.M. General in Indianapolis for 27 years.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Riegle; children, Jason Riegle and Hannah Riegle; sister, Tonya Jones; brother, Rick Riegle; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and step sons James, Bobby and Jerry. He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above and daughter Melanie Riegle.
Funeral service 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140 with calling 1 hour prior to service.

 

Betty Mae "Bette" Lux, 94, of Waldron

Betty Mae “Bette” Lux, 94, of Waldron passed away on September 30, 2021 at St. Paul Hermitage in Beech Grove, IN. 

  

She was born June 5, 1927 in Shelbyville, IN to Edward and Henrietta (Lieland) Lux. 

 

Bette graduated from St. Vincent’s Elementary School and then proceeded to graduate from Waldron High School. 

  

She was a free-lance writer and photographer for 12 years, editor of Hoosier Business Woman, quarterly of the Indiana Federation of Business & Professional Women’s Clubs from 1975-1990. Bette wrote history of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church (Shelby County) in 1982.  She created monthly publication, in “Pathways”, at St. Vincent for over 20 years. 

 

Bette was a member of several organizations including being a Lifetime member of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church; Secular Oblate of Saint Benedict of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, in St. Meinrad, IN; St. Ann’s Altar Society of St. Vincent’s; former member of the Shelbyville Business and Professional Women’s Club; and Member of the First Archdiocesan Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

 

She had a passion to serve in various ministries at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church; she was Eucharistic Minister for over 25 years.  Bette was a Die- Hard Chicago Cubs fan since 1938 and a fan of I.U. basketball. She enjoyed writing, reading, and kept high school basketball scrapbooks, specifically of Waldron High School games. The scrapbook kept records and personal write-ups of hers from the early ‘40s to 1970. 

  

Bette is survived by several nephews, nieces, cousins, and many friends.    

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, and 8 brothers. 

 

Visitation will be Monday, October 4, 2021 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be follow at 11a.m. at the church with Father Paul Landwerlen officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Vincent’s Catholic Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Hermitage, 501 N. 17th Ave Beech Grove, IN 46107.   Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Darla Ellen Riehle, 66, of Indianapolis

Darla Ellen Riehle, 66, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021

at her residence.

 

Born December 25, 1954 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Milton Emerson

Hauk and Norah (Moore) Hauk.  She married Tom Riehle in May of 1980 and he 

survives.

 

Other survivors include a son Michael Riehle (wife Aida) of Arlington Texas, daughter Felicia Clemons (husband Harlan) of Indianapolis; 3 siblings- Jean Chandler (husband Joseph) of Milroy, Milton Charles Hauk (wife Connie) of North Vernon, Jeffery Hauk of Manilla, Philippines; and 3 grandchildren- Molly, Sienna, and August.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Mrs. Riehle was a lifelong  resident of this area, and graduated from Waldron High School.

 

She was a home maker and a member of Shelbyville Seventh Day Adventist Church.

 

In earlier years, Darla enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband.  She loved her dogs and animals, making crafts and jewelry, and dearly loved her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.

 

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Monday, October 4, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with burial in Bennett Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to:  Shelbyville Seventh Day Adventist Church, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Theresa Ann Moorman, 79, of Fountaintown

Theresa Ann Moorman, age 79, of Fountaintown, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her daughters, Debbie, Julie, and Angie.

 

She was born April 26, 1942 in Indianapolis to Raymond and Anna (Norris) Fuller.


Theresa graduated in 1960 from Sacred Heart High School. She would then marry the love of her life, Joseph on April 28th just two days following her 20th birthday.

 

She would spend most of her life in the selfless vocation of motherhood, raising her four beautiful daughters. She worked at the school in the cafeteria for lunch, so she could see her girls in the middle of the day.

 

After raising her family, she cleaned houses to help contribute to the household income. She worked at Dave Mason Lincoln Mercury in the 90’s as the Customer Satisfaction Coordinator. From there she went to work for Cumberland Medical Center as a front/back-office assistant. When Theresa retired from work, she turned to what she knew best, her faith. She began volunteering her time at church. She would clean the communion chalices and iron the purificators (clothes used to wipe the lips of the chalice). She was a part of the Rosary Guild saying rosaries before viewings and making rosaries during their gatherings.

 

Theresa also enjoyed being in nature, planting flowers, feeding hummingbirds, and watching the Indianapolis Colts games.


Surviving Theresa are her daughters: Deborah Arbogast, Julie Napier, Angela (Christopher) Burns; brother, Raymond Fuller; 11 grandchildren: Jared (Amanda), Sarah (Matt), Anna, Doug, Patty, Brad, William, Kourtney, Abby, Christian, Kalen, Brianna; and 11 great grandchildren and one on the way.


Preceding Theresa in death are her parents listed above; husband, Joseph; daughter Carla Partin; brothers: Robert (Bob), James (Jim), William (Bill), and John (Jack); sister, Rosemary (Rosie); and son-in-law, Jeff Napier.


A memorial visitation for Theresa will be held from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel of Greenfield, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd, Greenfield, IN 46140 with inurnment to immediately follow at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

 

A meal will be held immediately following the procession back to the church in the Parish Life Center to continue the celebration of Theresa’s life.

 

Memorial donations can be sent to the Theresa Moorman Foundation at Stillinger Funeral Home.

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