Obituaries Archives for 2020-05

Sean O'Neal Craig, 47, of Ironwood, Michigan; formerly Shelbyville

Sean O’Neal Craig, 47, of Ironwood, Michigan lost his battle with mental illness on May 24, 2020.

He was born in New Castle, Indiana on February 8, 1973, son of Robert Craig and Carolyn (McDivitt) Craig. He graduated from Tri High School In Straughn, Indiana in 1991. After this, he studied at Indiana University East where he fell in love with radio and got his first radio gig. He then worked at Valeo in Greensburg, Indiana for some time; and later Sean pursued his love of radio becoming a radio personality for local Shelbyville stations, which suited him to a T with his love of entertaining and making others laugh.

Sean married Brandy Hilt on August 2, 1998; and they have two sons, Liam and Aidan. The family lived in Indiana until 2012 when they moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Here, Sean was determined to continue his radio career and made a name for himself as program director at WIMI 99.7.

He is preceded in death by one of his Wolfpack members, Douglas Raab, and his grandparents, Cleo and Ellsworth McDivett and Luther and Leota Craig.

Sean is survived by his parents, Robert Craig of Montreal, and Carolyn Craig of New Castle, Indiana; wife, Brandy; sons, Liam Craig (Mercy Kennedy) and Aidan Craig, all of Ironwood; siblings, Dedrae Smiley of LaPorte, Indiana and Cindy Carnes (Jeff) of Greenfield, Indiana; and his dear friends, Brian Smith, Kevin Davenport, Rich Carter, Jeremy Brown, Carl Vandenburg, Johnny McCrory, and Scott Huber.

He would tell you his biggest accomplishment in life was one of two things - one, being blessed with his sons, Liam and Aidan, and two, catching the biggest muskie of his life in Flambeau.

A memorial service will be held at Range Community Bible Church in Hurley, at 10:30 am on May 30, 2020. Memorial contributions can be made to the Craig Family Go Fund Me page or to the
Range Suicide Prevention Council 308 E. Tamarack Street· Ironwood, MI

The family has chosen Range Cremation Services of Hurley to honor Sean's legacy of life. You can leave a condolence or a tribute at rangefuneralservices.com.

David A. Palmer, 33, Shelbyville

David A. Palmer, 33, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his residence.


Born June 12,1986 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Jack Palmer & Angela (Pogue)
Palmer.


Private services will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Pastor Ed Boston officiating.


Memorial contributions can be made to David A. Palmer Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home. 

Robert Lee Clark, Jr., 54, Greenfield

Robert Lee Clark, Jr., age 54 of Greenfield passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020 at his home.

 

He was born March 14, 1966 in Indianapolis to the Robert L. and Betty (Murphy) Clark.


Robert was a state champion high school wrestler, avid bowler and loved auto racing. He served as a counsellor for Todd’s Place in Seymour, Indiana. He was a machine operator for I.A.F.in Greenfield for many years.


He is survived by his father, Robert L. Clark, Sr.; children, Amber (Matthew) Callahan, Autumn Clark, April Clark and Robert Clark III; grandchildren, Nevaeh, Brianna, Katelyn and Natalee; siblings, Christopher, Tracie and Kimberly; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Betty.


All services will be private. Please share your memories of Robert and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

 

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Salvation Army at 711 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

Donna M. Turner, 65, Greenfield

Donna M. Turner, age 65 of Greenfield passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at her home.

 

She was born July 8, 1954 in Greenfield to the late Lester J. and Frances (Hiday) Jackson. Donna married Ranson Turner, Jr. on July 26, 1979. Together they raised their family in Greenfield.


Donna was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.


She is survived by her sons, David (Elisha) Turner, Isaac Turner, Ranson Turner III and Joshua (Raquel) Turner; sisters, Mary Tolson and Sandra Spears; brothers, Lester Jackson, and Jesse Jackson; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.


Donna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ranson Turner, Jr.; son, Larry Turner; siblings Deborah Jackson and Elmer Jackson.


Services for Donna will be private.

Betty J. Mattsey, 88, Greenfield

Betty J. Mattsey, age 88, of Greenfield, passed away on May 18, 2020 at Greenfield Healthcare.

 

She was born on December 4, 1931, in Clinton, IN to the late Domenic Rolle & Margaret Rolle.


Betty graduated from Clinton High School in 1949. She married the love of her life, Walter E. Mattsey, on December 6, 1952. Betty was a devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church. She spent her career with the U.S. Army Finance Center as a clerk until her retirement in 1996. Betty was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Greenfield Senior Center. Betty enjoyed traveling, reading and soap operas “stories” as she called them, but more than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her precious family who she loved dearly.


Left to cherish Betty’s memory are her children; Robert (Debbie) Mattsey, Allan (Janet) Mattsey and Phyllis (Todd) Long, grandchildren; Tammy (Kenny) Wheeler, Tracy (Ty) McKerlie, Brooke (Jason) Knapp, Jon (Heather) Absher, Michelle (Jason) Armstrong, Heather (Brant) Grigsby, Amber (Dennis) Phelps, Kaley (Josh) Miller, Angela(Danny) Soliday, Jason (Kristina) Maxwell and Josiah (Sarah) Long, several great-grandchildren, sister; Phyllis Lambert, nephew; Mike (Debbie) Lambert and niece; Tomi Jean(David) John.


Betty is proceeded in death by her parents listed above, and her husband Walter on January 31, 1986.


Betty’s family will have private services at a later date.


Memorial Contributions in Betty’s name can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Indiana 50 E 91st St #100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.


To share memories and online condolences with Betty’s family, please visit www.stillingerfamily.com

William D. "Bill" Evans, 76, Greenfield

William D. “Bill” Evans, age 76 of Greenfield passed away, Monday, May 18, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

 

He was born April 30, 1944 in Pall Mall, Tennessee to the late Bob and Grace (Wright) Evans.


After high school Bill joined the Marine Corp and returned home to marry Katherine (Crabtree) Evans on October 14, 1966. Together they made their home and raised their family in Greenfield. Prior to his retirement, Bill was a warehouse manager for Peerless Electric for over 30 years. He never sat idle and retired several more times over the years.


Bill was an avid bowler until 2 months prior to his death. He loved his family and enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren. Bill was also a “bonus” Dad and Pa to several throughout the years.


He is survived by his sons, David (Angie) Evans and Robert (JoDee) Evans; grandkids, Austin, Logan, Dalton and Jude Oliver; and sisters, Mary Jane Glaser and Sarah (Elon) Clark. He is preceded in death by his parents; Wife Katherine and 3 brothers.


Friends may call 12-4 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions only 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at any given time and visitors will rotate through the line as others leave.

 

You may also share your memories of Bill and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Donna Jean Carter, 75, Arlington

Donna Jean Carter, 75, of Arlington, Indiana walked into God’s arm Thursday, May 14,2020 at St Francis Hospital.  Born September 13, 1944 in Clinton County, Indiana.  She was the daughter of Thomas and Florence (Peggy)Cripe, they preceded her in death.

 

Donna married the love of her life, Roy James Carter on July 27, 1963.  This union was blessed with three loving children: sons, Brian James (Linda) Carter of Shelbyville, Indiana; Bradley Jene (Deborah) Carter of Greensburg, Indiana; daughter, Bridget Jo (Carter) Riddle of Arlington Indiana.  She was a loving, caring, and wonderful grandma to 14 grandchildren children, and 4 great grandsons.  She was one of six children.  Her siblings include: Ted (Sandy) Cripe of Hillisburg, Indiana; Earl Wayne (Donna Kay) Cripe of Kirklin, Indiana; Janet (Willie) Heidt of Kirklin, Indiana; Janice (Robert) Reed of Missouri; and Peggy Lou Bitner of Kirklin, Indiana.

 

Donna lived much of her life in this area, 17 years in Shelby County and the last 32 years on a farm in Rush County, that she loved.  She was a member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.  In her younger years, Donna enjoy painting, making clay sculptures and making snow sculptures with her children.

 

Later in life she and Roy were loving foster parents to many, many at risk children.  She had a heart of compassion as big as the world.  It did not matter who you were, she was going to feed you, talk to you and wrap you in a hug that made all your worries melt away.  Her smile and laughter were contagious, and she loved her family fiercely.  It didn’t matter who you were, you never left her presence without a heartwarming hug and a kiss on the cheek. Most people had no idea as they pulled out of the driveway, she would be at the door watching them, and praying that God would guide and protect them always.  She was such a loving, caring, joyful person and the void that is left from her passing is enormous. 

 

Services will be at 1pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, 7414 E Michigan Rd, Waldron, Indiana, with Pastor George Mitchell officiating. 

 

Friends may call on Wednesday from 11am until the time of the service.  Burial will be at Manilla Cemetery.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Jade Nicholas Ciarletta, 27, Shelbyville

Jade Nicholas Ciarletta, 27, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020.

 

He was born March 16, 1993 in Indianapolis to Nick Ciarletta and Judy (King) Ciarletta.

  

He is survived by his parents, his sister, Nisha Ciarletta; paternal grandma, “Dottie” Ciarletta, Aunt and Uncle, Vickie and Bill Manning, Aunt and Uncle, Michelle and Matt Cole, all of Shelbyville; aunt, Diane King, of Louisville, Aunt, Joan (Ben) Wheatley, Aunt, Carol King, both of Fountaintown, Godparents, Dr. Chris and Rhoda Loman of Shelbyville; best friend, Taylor Eads, and his precious poodles, Armani and Prada.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dale and Ella Mae King; paternal grandpa, Armond Nicholas Ciarletta, Sr.; cousin, Jane Ann Wheatley, and uncles, Donald King, and Ron King,

 

Jade graduated in 2011 from Shelbyville High School.

 

Jade loved to skateboard and enjoyed riding his bike.  He had an amazing talent for cutting hair.  You could always count on Jade to lighten the mood with his sense of humor and loving personality.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

 

A celebration of life will be observed at a later date.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176 or to the Scholarship for Student Barbers/Cosmetology c/o Blue River Foundation, 54 W. Broadway Street, #1, Shelbyville, IN 46176, Attn: Amy Hacker.

 

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

Leigh Ann Hobbs, 53. Cloverdale

Leigh Ann Hobbs, 53. of Cloverdale, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Greencastle Sunset Skilled Nursing, Greencastle, IN.

 

She was born August 24, 1966 in Shelbyville to Clyde Hobbs and Ruth (Stevens) Hobbs.

  

Leigh Ann is survived by her sister, Brenda Brewer of Cloverdale, her brothers, Mike Hobbs of Florida and Scott Hobbs of Waldron, and her uncle Robert (wife, Pansy) Stevens.

  

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Peggy Carrier.

  

Leigh Ann worked at Shares, Inc. in Shelbyville before moving to Cloverdale.  There she worked for the Putnam County Comprehensive Services retiring from there in 2014.

 

She attended Cataract Baptist Church in Cataract.  Leigh Ann was an artist.  She also enjoyed camping and fishing. She loved movies and collected thousands over the years.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.   Current Covid-19 guidelines will be followed.

  

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

 

Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

 

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

Beverly Ann Bier, 70

Beverly Ann Bier, age 70, passed peacefully from this life to eternal life on May 16, 2020 at Aperion Care Center in Waldron, IN.

 

A 1967 graduate of Ben Davis H.S. in Indianapolis, Beverly loved singing, acting, laughing, and taking life in stride.

 

She is survived by her brother, C. Robert Bier, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, nephews John, David, and William Bier and their families in Texas, Illinois, and Michigan respectively, her partner and sister in Christ, Rev. Linda Smallwood, in Shelbyville, Indiana, and numerous friends and extended family in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, and Texas.

 

A Celebration of Life memorial will be held at a later date.

Ovia Beulah Preston, 94, Shelbyville

Ovia Beulah Preston, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2020

at her residence.

 

Born December 2, 1925 in Clementsville Kentucky, she was the daughter of William

Cox and Ada (Clements) Cox.   She married Amos W. "Woodie" Preston on March 25,

1946 and he preceded her on September 19, 2018.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Linda Gail Clark of Columbus, Dennis Dale Preston (wife

Nancy) of Fountaintown, Kenneth William Preston of Shelbyville; a sister Cenda Evans 

of Ft. Myers, Florida; 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in

death by her parents, her spouse, 2 brothers and 3 sisters.

 

Mrs. Preston had lived in this area for most of her lifetime after moving up from Kentucky.

She was a home maker, but had worked as a cafeteria worker at Shelbyville High School

for several years, and also babysat for several neighborhood children for a while.

 

Beulah enjoyed flowers, gardening, outdoor activities, riding her bicycle, raising Terrier

pups, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Monday, May 18, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son

Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Rev. Harvey Weaver  officiating.  Burial will be in

Miller Cemetery.  Friends may call on Sunday evening, May 17, 2020 from 4:00 pm until

7:00 pm at the funeral home.

 

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

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Julie Reed, 60, Flat Rock

Julie Reed, 60, of Flat Rock, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at her residence.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at Milford Free Will Baptist Church, Milford, IN.

 

Funeral Service will follow at Noon at the church.  Burial will be in Milford Cemetery.

 

Murphy-Parks Funeral Services have been entrusted with the arrangement.

Kari Lynn Farr, 58, Indianapolis

Beloved wife, mother, nana, daughter, and sister, Kari Lynn Farr, 58, of Indianapolis, Indiana, entered into eternal rest the morning of May 11th, 2020.


She was born to parents Thomas and Sandra Myles on July 10th, 1961 in Toledo, Ohio.


She graduated from Rossford High School in 1979 and continued her education at Ohio State Barber College where she earned her license.

 

Kari met her husband David in 1977 while they were teenagers. They were married on October 18th, 1980 in Toledo, Ohio. Together they built a beautiful life and raised two daughters who absolutely adored their mother.

 

Kari is survived by her family who will miss her immensely including her husband David of Indianapolis, IN, her daughter Randi Tolbert and son-in law Tony of Indianapolis,IN; her daughter Nicole Rohrbaugh and son-in law Aaron of Wapakoneta,OH; her grandson Carson Tolbert; her mother Sandra Myles of Rossford,OH; her brother Kent Myles and sister-in-law Ann of Sylvania,OH.
She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Myles.

 

Throughout her life she often focused on ways she could be a blessing to others. She coached softball, led various youth groups, was a member of the Optimist Club, worked as an instructional assistant at Hendricks Elementary, and most recently volunteered weekly at her grandson's school. Kari and her husband also poured themselves into running Sanctuary of Shelbyville for 10 years.

 

She enjoyed spending time with her family, serving others, and making good use of her green thumb. Her grandson was the light of her life and she was happiest when watching him play ball, playing board games against him, or having fun experiences alongside him.

 

The family has entrusted Wilson St. Pierre in Greenwood, Indiana with the arrangements. A memorial service for friends and family will be held at a later date.

 

Should friends desire, contributions may be made in Kari's honor to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Walter Clyde Trapp, 86, Shelbyville

Walter Clyde Trapp, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

 

He was born October 6, 1933, in Des Moines Iowa, to Arvid Trapp and Fern (Axtel) Trapp.

  

He married Nancy B. (Bowser) Trapp on August 26, 1989, and she survives.

 

Mr. Trapp is also survived by his daughter, Charlene Boggs; his son, Eric Trapp; his step-daughter, Lydia Williams; 8 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Pat Sindlinger.

 

He was a former biology teacher in Gibbon, MN, a long-haul trucker, and most recently was a security officer at Penske.

 

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

 

His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2020 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.  Due to COVID-19 guidelines, only 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a given time.  Funeral home staff will monitor social distancing and the number of people in the building.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Otter Creek Cemetery in Jennings County, IN.

 

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

  

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

Scott A. Alexander, 82, Flat Rock

Scott A. Alexander, 82, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Hope Health Care in Cape Coral, Florida.

 

Born August 18,1937 in Shelby County, he was the son of Toila B. Alexander.

 

He married Joan (Swinford) Alexander on November 27,1960 and she survives.

 

Survivors include son Mark Alexander (wife Michelle) of Brazil, Indiana; sister- Jeanine Clanton (husband Richard) of Crawfordsville; grandchildren-Katy Ferro Bytnar (husband Pat) of Chesterton, Gatlin Ferro (wife Heather) of Carlisle, IN, Emily Alexander of Shelbyville, Bekah Alexander of Waldron, Jacob Ketcham,  Bradley Alexander, Elias Alexander, Abigail Alexander, Salina Alexander, all of Brazil; and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his  mother, daughter Lesley Ferro Burton (husband Jim) and brother Stephen Meek.

 

Mr. Alexander had lived in this area his entire lifetime and graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1956. He had been owner/president of Blue River Telecommunications for several years and had been employed with Bell Telephone/AT&T for many years.

 

Scott was a member of Flat Rock Christian Church and Masonic Lodge of Norristown. He served in the  US Army from 1959-1997 attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class.

 

Scott enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his family.

 

Private graveside service will be Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Flat Rock Cemetery with Pastor Brian Ebersold officiating.

 

Friends  may call on Saturday morning, May 16, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral

Home, 437 Amos Rd, from 10:00-11:00am, although not over 25 people will be allowed in the home at any given time, due to COVID mandates. 

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Flat Rock Christian Church General Fund, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Mark Allen Hatfield, 60, of Shelbyville

Mark Allen Hatfield, 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born March 29,1960 in Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of Clarence Hatfield & Jenny Sue (McCandless) Wills. He married Diana (Barnes) Hatfield on October 19, 2009 and she survives. 

 

Other survivors include stepson Justin Ratliff (wife Natalie) of St. Paul; grandchildren Melia & Madasyn Ratliff and is also survived by his fur babies Bailee, Sadie, Tank

& Gracie. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Mr. Hatfield had lived in this area since 2012 after previously moving from Trenton, Ohio.

 

He graduated from Middletown High School in 1978 and was a member of the Old Timers

Club at the IMS. He had been employed with the Ohio Dept. of Transportation &

Indiana Dept. of Transportation as a Communication Tech for 38  years and a wrecker

driver for Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 20 plus years. He was a US Army & Air

Force Reserve veteran.

 

Mark loved racing, shooting guns, camping & raising Golden Retrievers.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Maxie R. Lee, age 87, Fortville

Maxie R. Lee, age 87, of Fortville, passed away, Tuesday, May 13, 2020 at Hancock Health, Suburban Hospice.

 

He was born February 17, 1933 in Monroe County, KY to the late Stanley and Alma (Kidwell) Lee.

 

Max was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved gardening and spending time with his family. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander from 1954-1956. Prior to his retirement he enjoyed a 35-year tenure with Western Electric as a line supervisor.

 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Juanita (Ford) Lee; children, Janice Richards, and Karen (Gene) Deno; grandchildren, Jason Richards, Jacob (Rachel) Richards, Drake Deno, Morgan (Kenny) Verrill and great grandchild Livia Verrill; 2 brothers, 3 sisters and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Garry Richards, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

 

In keeping with the family’s wishes, all services will be private.

 

You may share your condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made in Max’s honor to the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter 9302 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Maxie R. Lee, age 87, Fortville

Maxie R. Lee, age 87, of Fortville, passed away, Tuesday, May 13, 2020 at Hancock Health, Suburban Hospice.

 

He was born February 17, 1933 in Monroe County, KY to the late Stanley and Alma (Kidwell) Lee.

 

Max was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved gardening and spending time with his family. He served in the U.S. Army as a tank commander from 1954-1956. Prior to his retirement he enjoyed a 35-year tenure with Western Electric as a line supervisor.

 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Juanita (Ford) Lee; children, Janice Richards, and Karen (Gene) Deno; grandchildren, Jason Richards, Jacob (Rachel) Richards, Drake Deno, Morgan (Kenny) Verrill and great grandchild Livia Verrill; 2 brothers, 3 sisters and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Garry Richards, 2 brothers and 1 sister.

 

In keeping with the family’s wishes, all services will be private.

 

You may share your condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

 

Memorial Contributions can be made in Max’s honor to the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter 9302 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Earl C. Stephens, 69, Greenfield

Earl C Stephens, age 69, of Greenfield, passed away on May 11, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis surrounded by his loving family.

 

He was born on August 30, 1950, in Russell Springs, Ky to the late Cecil E. & Elena (Gossage) Stephens.

 

Earl graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1969. He married the love of his life, Jackie Stephens, on August 28, 1971. He spent his career with Miller Pipeline until his retirement in 2008.

 

Earl enjoyed fishing, flea markets, woodworking & riding his Gator. His world revolved around his grandkids. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his precious family who he loved dearly.

 

Left to cherish Earl’s memory are his wife; Jackie (Anderson) Stephens, children; Tony (Sarah McKee)Stephens & Terry (Heidi) Stephens; grandchildren, Brooke, Brady, Bailey, Madison & Zachary Stephens; siblings, Jeanette (Archie) Archibald, Rosemary Anderson, Kenny (Roberta Reeder) Stephens, Becky Green & Bruce (Amy) Stephens, brother-in-law’s who were more like brothers, Clarence Smith, Eddie Davis & Archie Archibald, also several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Earl is proceeded in death by his parents listed above and his brother Dennis Stephens.

 

Visitation for Earl will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Thursday May 14, 2020 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 W. Main St, Greenfield, IN 46140. Due to the Governor’s executive order and social distancing, we will only allow 25 to be inside the building at any given time.

 

The funeral service will be private to the family. Burial will immediately follow the Funeral Service at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

 

To share memories and online condolences with Earl’s family, please visit www.stillingerfamily.com

Maxine Mae Hicks, 91, Shelbyville

Maxine Mae Hicks, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at 

Aperion Health Care.

 

Born April 19, 1929 in Harrison County Indiana, she was the daughter of Shirley 

Francis "Bud" Fox and Helen Louise (Reising) Fox.  She married Marvin Franklin

Hicks on December 31, 1949 and he passed in 2013.

 

Survivors include 4 sons- Robert Hicks (wife Vicki) of Shelbyville, Donald Hicks of

Shelbyville, Mark Hicks of Shelbyville, Dennis Hicks (wife Cassandra) of Westfield;

11 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her

parents, her spouse, and an infant daughter Carol Ruth Hicks.

 

Mrs. Hicks had lived most of her lifetime in this area, and graduated from Morristown

High School in 1947. She had been a factory worker with Overhead Door Corp. in

Shelbyville for 15 years, and served as the local UAW president.  She had also tended 

bar at Kettler's Tavern for several years.  She attended Bible Holiness Church and was

a member of VFW Auxiliary Post# 2695, where she served as past commander.

 

Maxine enjoyed playing piano, playing euchre, volunteering for various charitable

organizations, and was an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son 

Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Merry Popplewell officiating.  Burial will be

 in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 11:00 am until the

time of the service.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the

funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Kyle Andrew Fuller, 32, Shelbyville

Kyle Andrew Fuller, 32, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

 

He was born July 14, 1987, in Shelbyville, the son of Jeff and Debbie (Best) Fuller. Kyle is survived by his parents of Waldron; brother, Jerrade Fuller and wife, Dena, of Boynton Beach, Florida; sister, Stacie Fuller of Fairland; maternal grandparents, Judy and Bill Hittle of Indianapolis, and Sharon Best of Indianapolis; paternal grandfather, Donald Fuller of Mooresville; and nieces, Jessica and Ashley.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Carol Fuller; and maternal grandfather, William Best. He also leaves behind his dog, Clover.

 

Kyle attended Waldron High School.

 

A gathering of friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 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 Kyle’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Carol K. Young, 76, Shelbyville

Carol K. Young, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Aperion Health Care, Waldron.

 

She was born Sept. 6, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Bryon Klingler and Alberta (Stamm) Klingler.

She was married to Robert D. Erwin and he preceded her in death in 1993. She then married Sam Young and he survives.

 

Carol is also survived by her sons, Rob Erwin and John Erwin; brother, Bob Klingler; sister, Elaine Thomure; and two grandchildren, Heidi Erwin and Katie Erwin.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert; and her sister, Melba Kotoucek.

 

Carol owned and operated the Positive Identification graphic arts company and was a graphic artist for IU working at the IUPUI campus.

 

She was a member of Crossroads Community Church. She enjoyed singing, dancing, playing piano, photography, and art. In her younger days, she enjoyed riding horses along the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

 

Visitation will be Sunday, May 10, 2020, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, only 25 people will be allowed in the funeral home at a given time. Funeral home staff will monitor social distancing and the number of people in the building.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020, at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Lee officiating. The public is invited to attend and are advised to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

 

The funeral service will also be live streamed through the Murphy-Parks Funeral Service website.

The link will appear on the website soon.

 

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

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

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

Britni Oeffinger, 33, Shelbyville

Britni Oeffinger, 33, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at her residence.

 

She was born July 1, 1986 in Indianapolis to David Oeffinger and Teresa (Martin) Oeffinger.

 

Public visitation will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyvlle, IN.

 

Private family services will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Brinti's family.

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

John S. "Steve" Fowler, 69, Shelbyville

John S. “Steve” Fowler, 69, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, May 8, 2020, at his residence, peacefully with his loving family at his side.

 

He was born March 21, 1951, in Indianapolis, the son of John D. and Edna L. (Butts) Fowler. On August 21, 1982, he married Carol Bennett, and she survives.

 

In addition to Carol, Steve is survived by his children, Andrew Ogden (Wendi), and Amy Ogden Knight (Greg), both of Shelbyville, and Joshua Fowler (Andy) of Knightstown; sisters, Jane Harley (Michael) of St. Paul, Patricia Davis, Shelbyville, Marie Trogdan (Jamie) of Randlman, North Carolina, and Judy Berry (Eddie) of Farmer, North Carolina; brother, James Fowler (Carol) of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Madison Ogden, William Ogden, Matthew Bowers, Nathan Bowers, Ross Knight, Kayla Maynard, Zyon Maynard, Jacob Koedyker and Lucas Koedyker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Steve graduated in 1969 from Shelbyville High School.

 

He worked at Amtrak for 41 years, where he was affectionately known as “The Rock”, retiring in 2011, as assistant superintendent.

 

Steve loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

 

He enjoyed watching NASCAR, riding in his golf cart and driving his Corvette.

 

Steve also enjoyed tinkering in his garage, working on old cars and mowing his grass.

 

Visitation will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Please follow current COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing.

 

Private family services will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. Wednesday at https://www.facebook.com/freemanfamilyfuneralhomes

 

Inurnment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center, in care of the Major Hospital Foundation, 2451 Intelliplex Drive, Shelbyville, Indianan 46176.

 

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

Lucy Smith, age 81, Greenfield

Lucy Smith, age 81, of Greenfield, Indiana, passed away on May 1, 2020 at Greenfield Healthcare.

 

She was born on July 17, 1938, in Spring Creek, Ky to the late John Hobbs & Cleo Hobbs.


Lucy married the love of her life, Manual Smith, in 1968. Lucy was a devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church. She spent her career as a small business owner of Smith’s Marathon until her retirement. Lucy enjoyed painting and cooking as the owner of several restaurants. But more than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her precious family who she loved dearly.


Left to cherish Lucy’s memory are her children; Cleo (Michael) Walker & David (Darlene) Hobbs, 5 grandchildren; Samantha (Steven) Huston, Jason Walker, Zachary Walker, John David (Deanna) Hobbs & Heather (Josh) Lipe, great-grandchildren; Astrid, Grace, Ethan, Nixon & Kenzi, 2 sisters; Rosetta Swafford & Bessie Coulter, 2 brothers; Don & Hughie Hobbs, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.


Lucy is proceeded in death by her parents listed above, her husband Manual and several brothers and sisters.


To share memories and online condolences with Lucy’s family, please visit www.stillingerfamily.com

Eileen Marie Sheehan, 55, Shelbyville

Eileen Marie Sheehan, 55, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020, at her home.

 

She was born September 29, 1964, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of George Louis and Doris M. (Liebert) Sheehan.

 

Eileen is survived by her sisters, Maureen Sheehan of Shelbyville, Terri Strouse and husband, Rich, of Indianapolis, and Carol Pogoni and husband, Sam, of Harrison, Ohio; brother, Michael George Sheehan of LaPorte; uncles, Louis Liebert Jr. of Louisville, Kentucky and Charles Sheehan of Winter Springs, Florida; aunts, JoAnn Nevins and husband, Richard, of Libertyville, Illinois, and Barbara Sheehan of Louisville, Kentucky; and numerous cousins.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and niece, Molly Nicole Sheehan.

 

Eileen was a devoted member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

 

She graduated in 1983 from Immaculate Conception Academy. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Joseph College in 1987.

 

Eileen worked at Walmart for over 28 years, primarily as a pharmacy technician and also a cashier.

She had a kind, gentle soul. Eileen was a loyal friend, devoted sister and had a compassionate heart. She was proudly devoted to the health and well-being of pharmacy clientele. She had a quiet strength and was a good person.

 

Eileen was an avid reader and enjoyed authors Agatha Christie and Jane Austen. Eileen also enjoyed watching British dramas, romances and mysteries on television.

 

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville. Please follow the current COVID-19 guideline on social distancing.

 

Private family services will be observed.

 

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 228 E. Hendricks St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Samuel J. Merrick, 73, Greenfield

Samuel J. Merrick, 73, of Greenfield passed away May 5, 2020, at his residence.

 

He was born July 15, 1946, in Shelby County, the son of Harold and Ruth (Richardson) Merrick. On August 4, 1966, he married his wife of 53 years, Mary Neeb, and she survives.

 

In addition to Mary, Samuel is survived by son, Samuel J. Merrick Jr. of Morristown; daughter, Jennifer Merrick-White and husband, K.C., of Morristown; grandsons, Braiton and Waylon; brothers, Richard Merrick of Morristown, and Paul Merrick of Shelbyville; sisters, Dorothy Mentzer, Bonita Dixon and Linda McDaniel, all of Shelbyville, and Susie Bolden of Indianapolis; numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Samuel was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Clifford Merrick, Dale Merrick and Larry Merrick.

 

He was a member of the Eagles Aerie Lodge No. 766 in Shelbyville.

 

Samuel was a fourth generation musician, his family is currently in their sixth generation of music talent. He loved to entertain by playing the guitar and singing.

 

Music was not his only talent. Samuel could repair just about anything, researching until he found a solution.

 

He also leaves behind his beloved dog, Teddy.

 

Private family services will be observed.

 

Inurnment will be at Concord Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Blake Matthew Wire, 26, New Palestine

Blake Matthew Wire, age 26, of New Palestine, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020. He was born in Indianapolis on Monday, May 3, 1993 to Matt and Amy (Fulkerson) Wire.

Blake graduated from New Palestine in 2011, where he participated in football and track. He was employed and enjoyed working within the family business (Wire Construction, LLC.). Blake was a stranger to nobody. He had the biggest loving heart, and always put others before himself. He was passionate about living life to the fullest, always wanting to seek out adventure and take risks. Blake enjoyed traveling, fishing, cooking for his family, eating what he cooked, watching movies, playing Xbox, and reading numerous mystery novels in his spare time. Above all else, he enjoyed and loved spending time with his family. Blake was an incredibly special person to many and will be missed greatly.

He is survived by his parents, Matt and Amy (Fulkerson) Wire of New Palestine; siblings, Riley and Brynn Wire of New Palestine; maternal grandparents, Joyce (Roger) Poer of New Palestine and Dennis Fulkerson of Greenwood; paternal grandparents, Rod and Linda Wire of New Palestine; several aunts and uncles; and his dog, Barkley. He was preceded in death by his aunt, Michelle Mason; and cousin, Sophia Mason.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 6, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140, but please be prepared to wait, due to the Governor’s COVID-19 Restrictions, we are limited to only 25 guests in the mortuary at a time. Guests please use the far east side of the parking lot and enter through the east set of doors. A funeral service will be held privately for the family on Thursday.

Friends may share a memory or condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory in Greenfield.

Betty M. Williams, 96, Shelbyville

Betty M. Williams, 96, of Shelbyville passed away of natural causes on Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Greenwood Village South in Greenwood.

 

She was born November 20, 1923, in Shelby County, the daughter of William Floyd and Marion (Orem) Mallory. On March 8, 1946, she married William B. Williams, and he preceded her in death on July 28, 2005.

 

Betty is survived by her sons, Bruce A. Williams and wife, Sheila, of Fort Myers, Florida, Clay R. Williams and wife, Deborah, of Greenwood, and Daniel M. Williams; grandchildren, Greg, Jennifer, Tara, Rebecca, Sarah and Caleb; and several great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to William, Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son, Patrick J. Williams; and sister, Janice Bell.

 

Betty graduated in 1941 from Fairland High School and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1945.

 

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelbyville.

 

Betty was a registered nurse, working in public health nursing and school nursing, most of her career.

 

She was an avid reader.

 

Betty enjoyed her weekly “Friday Night Get Together” with her sister-in-law, BC Williams.

 

The family would like to thank Greenwood Village South for the excellent care she received, the past four years.

 

Private family 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 Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Mary Jane Reed, 93, Indianapolis

Mary Jane Reed, 93, of Indianapolis, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Heritage House in Greensburg.

 

Born November 22, 1926 in Miami, Florida, she was the daughter of John Wesley Benson

and Mary Esther (Frost) Benson.  She married Robert W. Reed on September 6, 1945 and

he preceded her in death on June 9, 2005.

 

Survivors include 4 children- Pamela J. DePrez (husband Peter) of New Castle, R. Jeffrey

Reed (wife Victoria) of Carmel, Garry L. Reed (wife Anita) of Shelbyville, Bobbi L. Conner (husband

Thomas) of Indianapolis; 4 siblings- Richard Benson (wife Evelyn) of Shelbyville, Katherine Tressler

(husband John) of Fairland, sister-in-law (Linda Benson), Ruby June Spaulding of Indianapolis, John Benson (wife Mary) of Tecumseh, Michigan; 11 grandchildren- Peter DePrez, David DePrez (Amy Sutton), Gillian DePrez Keiffner (husband John), Eric Reed (wife Julie), Sarah Brown (husband Nathan),

Abby McGuire (husband Andrew), Lori Asher (husband Brian), Dustan Reed, Rachel Hoffman 

(husband Dave), Maggie Miller (husband Eric), Zachary Conner (wife Lacey); and 23 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother William Benson, and brother-in-law

Jim Spaulding.

 

Mary Jane lived in this area for most of her lifetime and graduated from Waldron High School in

1944, where she was Valedictorian of her senior class.  She was a member of Evangelical

United Church of Christ and a member of Long Acres Extension Homemakers.  She was secretary to the Jacksonville Naval Base Commander for 2 years, and also worked at the Indiana State House. She was a homemaker, a business partner in Reed Construction and co-founder of Heritage House Senior Living & Rehabilitation Centers, established in 1966.  She also owned the local Holiday Inn.

 

Mary Jane loved babies, her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her dogs and her Lord Jesus Christ. She cherished her family and friends and would always say to them when leaving- "God bless you and keep you safe and well, always." She loved to travel around the United States, to Florida and to Europe, often with family and friends. She enjoyed photography, Broadway musicals and was an avid movie fan.

 

A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday at Forest Hill Cemetery with Pastor Beth Crouch

officiating.  No visitation will be observed.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, after the 

COVID-19 pandemic has abated.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Blue River Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.