Obituaries Archives for 2020-08

Myrtle Bray, 96, of Greenfield

Myrtle Bray, 96 years, of Greenfield passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020 at Golden Living, Willow Springs, Indianapolis.

 

She was born September 9, 1923 in Hancock County, Indiana to the late Lee Roy and Clara (Hendren) Boles.


Myrtle was a graduate of Greenfield High School and married Raymond Bray on February 14, 1947 and together they made their home in Greenfield and raised their daughter, Jeanine.

 

Prior to her retirement in 1989, Myrtle enjoyed a 46-year career with P. R. Mallory & Co., Indianapolis, where she hired on with Judy Houser, they have been best of friends ever since. She was a long-time member of 1st Presbyterian Church and the Hancock County Democratic Party.

 

She is survived by her 3 nieces, Linda Harding Pope, Melva Harding Smith, Sue Harding Wells, several nieces and nephews.

 

Myrtle is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond Bray; daughter, Jeanine Bray; and sisters, Anna Boles, Mildred Bryant, Martha Harding, brothers Roy, Charles and Robert Boles.

 

Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. until 1:p.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield.

 

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. with entombment immediately following at Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis.


Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hancock County Humane Society, 214 E. Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140


Please share your memories of Myrtle and condolences with her family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Joanne Riley, 86, of Shelbyville

Joanne Riley, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Heritage House in Shelbyville.

 

She was born September 23, 1933 in New Castle, IN to Harold and Lilly Mitchell.

 

Mrs. Riley is survived by her daughters, Mary Jo (husband, Kevin) Spurgin and Marcheta (husband, Ron) Crouch; granddaughter, Amy (husband, Larry) Brandt and grandson, Brian (wife, Amanda) Crouch.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Mitchell Crowder, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.

 

Mrs. Riley was a homemaker.

 

As per Mrs. Riley’s wishes no services will be observed.

 

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

 

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

 

Ruth Ann Waller, 71, of Shelbyville

Ruth Ann Waller, 71, of Shelbyville passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Timbercreek Assisted Living Center in Shelbyville.

 

She was born January 11, 1949, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Richard Foster and Elsie (Mackey) Richeson. She married, Jerry Waller, and he preceded her in death on September 12, 2018.

 

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Tina Crafton and husband, Daniel, of Shelbyville; son, Bradley Rigdon and wife, Michaela, of North Vernon; sisters, Mary McKinney, Molly Richardson and husband, Charlie, and Jean Walton and husband, Tom, all of Shelbyville; brothers, Richard Foster Jr. and wife, Diana, of Greenwood, and Steve Richeson and wife, Jennifer, of Florida; grandchildren, Jordan Bartlett and wife, Amanda, Seth Moore, Angelina Garcia, Sierra Rigdon and Myla Rigdon; great-grandchildren, Jordan Bartlett Jr. and Mia Bartlett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Jerry, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Ruth graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1967.

 

She was a member of the Flat Rock Christian Church.

 

Ruth formerly worked at Kentucky 4-H Leadership Center.

 

She enjoyed cooking, crocheting, and growing plants and flowers.

 

Private graveside services will be Friday, August 28, 2020, 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 Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201.

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

Francis Marion "Frank" Applegate, Jr., 69, of Shelbyville

Francis Marion "Frank" Applegate, Jr., 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday,

August 12, 2020 in Morris County, Texas.

 

Born October 1, 1950 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Francis M. Applegate Sr. and

Martha J. (Sweet) Applegate.  He married Sylvia (Wolf) Applegate on July 21, 1984 and

she survives.

 

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Jennifer Cupp (husband Jason) of MIchigan, 

Elizabeth Conkright (husband Troy) of Crawfordsville, 2 sons- Matthew Wright (wife

Elizabeth) of Bunker Hill, Illinois, Todd Wright of Shelbyville; sister Sharon K. Hauk

 (husband Larry) of Texas; and one grandchild- Eoin Conkright.  He was preceded in

death by his parents, and a sister Karis Applegate.

 

Mr. Applegate was a lifetime resident of this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High

School in 1968, and Ball State University in 1971.  He had attended Evangelical United

Methodist Church, and retired from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in 2017 after 10 years 

of service.  Prior to Honda, he had been employed in sales for many years, with several 

different companies.

 

Frank loved watching sports, listening to music, reading, his family, and especially his

wife Sylvia.

 

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son

Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Tony Meads officiating.  Burial will be in Pleasant

Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call on Friday morning, August 28th from 10:00 am until the

time of the service. 

 

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

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Kenneth Eugene (Bud) Keel, 77

Kenneth Eugene (Bud) Keel, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday August 21 surrounded by his family at home.

 

He was born August 9, 1943 in Shelbyville to Richard and Eva (Randolph) Keel.

 

On October 3, 1969 he married Lois (Jean) Hall and she survives.

 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Tim (Betty) Goff of Alabaster, Alabama and his daughter, Angie (Phillip) Hendrickson of Shelbyville; granddaughters, Becky Vickinovac of Greenwood, Olivia (Josh) Moore of Newburgh IN, Jackie Goff of Alabaster Al, grandsons, Casey and Ross Hendrickson of Shelbyville; 4 great-grandchildren, (Katie, Timmy, Colby and Simon), 1 due in Sept and 1 great-great-grandchild, (Austin); several nieces and nephews,  special nephew, Charlie, and special friends, Don McNicholas and Bill Berry.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom Keel, sister, Martha Branson, and son Brett Keel, and his special fur baby, Buffy.

 

He attended Shelbyville High School.

 

Kenneth worked at Cummins Engine for 32 Years and retired in 2003. He had been known as the guy who checked buildings in Shelbyville for over 25 years when he owned Shelby Security and Investigations.

 

He had been a member of the Shelbyville Auxiliary Police Dept. He was also a member of the Shelbyville FOP.

 

He attended Hopes Point Baptist Church.

 

His favorite pastimes were to spend time with his family and especially his grandchildren. Whenever you would see him he most likely had a word search puzzle book in his hand. He enjoyed gospel sings with his wife, watching Matlock, and wrestling and loved going out to eat with family and friends.

 

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m, Friday, August 28, 2020 at Hope’s Point Church, 1703 S. Miller Avenue, Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Pastor Edwin Mohr and Pastor David Humphries officiating.  Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

Masks are required to be worn for both visitation and funeral service.

 

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

 

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

R. Terry Dorris, 73 years, of Poland, Indiana

R. Terry Dorris, 73 years, a resident of Poland, Indiana passed away Friday, August 21, 2020 at Suburban Hospice in-patient unit, Hancock Regional Hospital, Greenfield.

 

He was born July 29, 1947 in Scottsville, KY to the late Robert and Cordell (Rippy) Dorris.

He graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Service Management and later was a truck driver that worked for Indiana Transit. Terry was known for his great sense of humor and loved his family time.

He is survived by his children, Randy Dorris of Indianapolis, Scott Dorris of Trafalgar, Keri Wright of Monrovia, Christy Levi of Greenfield, brother, Bob Dorris of Spencer, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

In honor of Terry’s wishes there will be no public services. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel, Greenfield.

Athena Hope (Teen) Barker Witham

Athena Hope (Teen) Barker Witham passed away August 20, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Heart Hospital.

 

Athena was born on July 13, 1923, to the late Richard and Georgia (Hadley) Barnard in Clay County, Indiana.


Athena is survived by her children: Beverly Brizendine, Bill (Marilyn) Barker, Marcella (David) Blair and Mary (the late David) Klene. She is also survived by her sister Mary Winklepleck, 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 4 great- great grandchildren and 6 nieces and nephews.
Athena is preceded in death by her parents listed above, her sister Mildred Honchell, brothers, Richard and Ralph Barnard.


On September 4, 1942, she married her husband, Loren C. Barker and they began building their life together. They spent 48 wonderful years with their family before Loren’s passing. On July 6, 1990, Athena married Clarence Witham and they had twenty years together before he passed away.


Athena’s first job was for Campbell Soup where she was the tomato inspector. She then moved on to work for RCA and Avon before she went back to school to get her Associates degree in Nursing. She was a nurse at Hancock Regional Hospital for 5 years before she went to work for Dr. Henn for 13 years where she retired in 1987. She was a member of Nameless Creek Christian Church for more than 50 years. Athena enjoyed painting, quilting, playing the dulcimer, making teddy bears, and making blankets for babies in the hospital in Mali, Africa. While her daughters were growing up, she was an assistant troop leader for Girl Scouts and Brownies. She will be missed by many and remembered by even more.


Services for Athena will be held on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 W. Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140, with visitation from 10am-12pm and service starting at 12.

 

Burial will follow at Park Cemetery.

Carl J. Loveless, 75, of Navarre, Florida, former Shelbyville

Carl J. Loveless, 75, of Navarre, Florida, former Shelbyville resident, passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at IU Health in Bloomington.

 

 Born February 22, 1945 in Indiana, he was the son of Delbert and Eromon (Johnson) Loveless. He married Sarah E. (Coffey) Loveless on March 3, 1963 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include 3 children- Arlene Mitchell of Navarre, Florida, Carl R. Loveless of Greenfield, Michael (Wife Staci) Loveless of MItchell, IN; 4 siblings- Moneida (Husband Glenn) George of St. Paul, Charles (Wife Marcia) Loveless of Shelby County, Jenny (Husband Conrad) Braunagle of Shelby County, and David (Wife Cecilia) Loveless of Anderson, IN; 9 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother Herb Loveless and 1 sister Ruby Buck.

 

Mr. Loveless was a resident of Shelby County for 55 years, graduating from Shelbyville High School in 1963. He worked as a sub station maintenance man for Cinergy.  After retiring he went on the road, evangelizing around  the country for the last 20+ years. Carl was a long time member of the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Shelbyville.. Carl and Sarah were happily married for 57 years. Carl dedicated his life to the work of the Lord. 

 

Funeral services will be at 6pm on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor William H. Roberts officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4:00pm until time of service.

A graveside service will be held at Miller Cemetery on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11am. 

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the 1st Calvary Apostolic Church of Martinsville, IN in care of the funeral home. 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Mary Francis Green, 91

Mary Francis Green earned her angel wings on August 18, 2020.

 

She was born on October 29, 1928. She was preceded in death by her parents; Etta and Joseph Weisenbach, husband; Homer Green, and sons; Joseph Beikman and Michael R. Beikman.

 

Mary was raised in Beech Grove, Indiana and started her family there as well. She moved to Shelbyville in 1965 with her then husband, John H. Beikman, and their children.

 

Mary worked as a Nurses’ Aid at Major Hospital in the 1960s while raising her children. She was a member of the Victorious Life Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

 

Mary lived for her family and cherished spending time with them. Mary was an avid artisan who enjoyed crocheting, sewing, and needlepoint. She loved providing handmade gifts to her family during the holidays. Mary was a quick witted and intelligent woman who had a smile that could brighten the room and a laugh that could warm everyone’s heart.

 

Mary is survived by her Sons; John (Crystal) Beikman, and David (Harriet “Fritzie”) Beikman, Daughters; Rosie Kronz, Francie Smith, Kathy (David) Matney, and Daughter in Law Beverly Beikman. She leaves behind a legacy of 12 Grandchildren; Missy (Ronald “Chip”) Delach, Shane (Nicole) Pike, Amber (Andy) Franke, Josh Beikman, Michael Beikman, Seth Beikman, Michelle Bogue, Marcia (Jeff) Boone, Amanda (Dan) Hudnall, Cassie Lux, Angie Lenk, Erin (Jeff) Pipkin, 25 Great Grand Children; Zack and Anna Stagge, Gabbie, Garrett, Kayla, and Hunter Knoll, Makinsi and Kendryk Pike, Tristan, Trinity, Treycia, Trenton, and Tarynn Van Natta, Gwen Beikman, Kylie Beikman ,Zach(Ashley) and Jarod Bogue, Ian Smith, Madalyn and Sophie Hudnall, Lauren Lenk, Haleigh (Adam) Gamberg, Sam, Max, and Alex Pipkin and 5 Great Great Grand Children; Mailee, Carson, Haygon, Mya and Kashton.

 

Viewing for the family will be at 10:00am, friends 11:00am-2:00pm, Friday, August 21, at Murphy Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will follow at 2:00p.m., at the funeral home with Reverend Maxwell Muska officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

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

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

Philip H. Sprowl, age 91 of Greenfield

Philip H. Sprowl, age 91 of Greenfield passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and family.

 

He was born October 25, 1928 in Muncie, Indiana to the late Ottis E. and Ruby (Johnston) Sprowl.


Philip married Sarah (Meek) on July 28, 1950. Together they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.

 

He joined Indiana Bell in 1948 and enjoyed a 43-year tenure until his retirement in 1991. Philip loved to learn and returned to school after his retirement and received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ball State University. He began his own tax preparation service and was an avid woodworker. In his younger years he enjoyed camping, hiking and was a beekeeper.


He is survived by his wife Sarah; children, Philip (Cindy) Sprowl, John (Susan) Parrish-Sprowl, Jacqueline Sprowl and David (Deborah) Sprowl; 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above, siblings, Robert L. Sprowl, Thomas H. Sprowl and Naomi S. Bryant.


Calling will be 11-12pm on Friday August 21,2020 at Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, 3519 S 600 W. New Palestine, Indiana with funeral service at 12 pm at the church. Burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

The family will observe strict COVID guidelines including social distancing.


At the families request donors may choose their favorite charity to give to in honor of Philip.


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

Ronald (Ron) W. Combs, age 87 of Greenfield

Ronald (Ron) W. Combs, age 87 of Greenfield, Indiana, formerly of Orlando, Florida, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2020 at his home surrounded by his wife and family.

 

He was born July 9, 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio to William M. and Alberta B. (Brunswick) Combs. He married his sweetheart, Marjorie Martin, on August 28, 1954 in Cincinnati, OH.


Ron received his bachelor’s degree in business from Miami of Ohio University and went on to achieve his CPA. He retired from General Tire & Rubber Company after 20 years as the corporate controller. After retiring and moving to Florida he began his own tax accounting firm, the Ronald W. Combs Tax and Accounting Service.


Ron was a member of First Christian Church of Winter Park and attended Park Chapel Christian Church in Greenfield. He used the gift God gave him with numbers by serving as the treasurer of the Orlando church. Ronald also served as treasurer for the Alexander Christian Foundation in Florida for many years.


He enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing cards, cribbage and working puzzles with his family. He loved going to amusement parks with his children and grandchildren and especially enjoyed the roller coasters. He was also a Cincinnati Reds fan and enjoyed going to the games.


Ron’s gift of love, sacrifice, giving, and humor will be missed by many.


He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie (Martin) Combs; children, Bob (Karen) Combs, Dave (Susanna) Combs and Saundra (Bobby) Sheets; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 27th from 4:00-5:00pm at Park Chapel Christian Church, 1176 East McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN, with Celebration of Life immediately following the visitation at 5:00pm.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Ronald may be sent to Hancock Suburban Hospice, 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140, or Park Chapel Christian Church, 1176 East McKenzie, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

Betty Lou Clark, 83, of Waldron

Betty Lou Clark, 83, of Waldron passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at her home.

 

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

 

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

Harold Kenneth "Butch" Lawson, 79, of Shelbyville

Harold Kenneth “Butch” Lawson, 79, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born June 30, 1941, in Greensburg, the son of Herman Leo Lawson and Margaret J. (Cline) Jester. On June 15, 1963, he married his wife of 57 years, Ann Staats, and she survives.

 

In addition to Ann, Harold is survived by his sons, Aaron Lawson of Shelbyville, and Brian Lawson and wife, Valeri, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; brother, Jerry Lawson and wife, Cynthia, of South Carolina; grandchildren, Bennett Lawson and Anna Lawson; best friend, Stephen Slaton of Lufkin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; son, Craig Lawson; brother, Dennis Lawson; and granddaughter, Victoria Lawson.

 

He graduated in 1959 from Shelbyville High School, and continued his education at Franklin College. He received a Masters degrees from Indiana University in Educational Psychology.

 

Harold taught English and Literature at Greenwood High School for over 20 years. He was also a professor at Franklin College, where he coached football and wrestling. Harold was inducted into the Franklin College Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

He owned and operated Yager Bowling Service for over 15 years.

 

Harold was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

 

He enjoyed books often reading pieces by Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway.

 

A Celebration of Harold’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 Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Springtime Marie Hubbard, age 63 of Indianapolis

Springtime Marie Hubbard, age 63 of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly on August 10, 2020 at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, TN.

 

She was born August 11, 1956 in Indianapolis to the late James and Ruby Fields.


Springtime proudly served her country in the U.S. Army. She returned and pursued her education and was a legal secretary for many years. She was the “Queen” of fishing and spent countless hours with her son-in-law and fishing partner Daniel J. Lynch.


She is survived by her husband of 44 years, David Hubbard; children, Kimmy Lynch, Judith Grubbs, Sharrissa Bosse, Terry Vanover and James Crumpton; 2 sisters, 1 brother; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Springtime is preceded in death by her parents mentioned above and son-in-law, Daniel J. Lynch.


Visitation will be 11 am – 1 pm, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

Funeral Service at 1 pm with burial immediately following at Philadelphia Church Cemetery.

Amber Dawn Griffith, 38, of Shelbyville

Amber Dawn Griffith, 38, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at her home.

 

She was born January 21, 1982, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Duane Griffith and Diana (Jacobs) Crouch.

 

Amber is survived by her father of Shelbyville; mother and step-father, Greg Crouch, of Shelbyville; sons, Aiden Boyd and Jaylen Griffith, both of Shelbyville; brother, Anthony Griffith of Terre Haute; step-brothers, Matthew Crouch and wife, Alyssa, and Brandon Crouch, both of Shelbyville; maternal grandmother, Margaret Jacobs of Shelbyville; uncle, Roger Griffith of Shelbyville; and numerous friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her sister, Christina Griffith.

 

Amber enjoyed styling hair, reading and listening to music.

 

She loved to spend time with her family.

 

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020, 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, August 17, 2020 at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

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

Donald Gene Meyer, 90, of Fairland

Donald Gene Meyer, 90, of Fairland, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Heritage House Nursing Facility.

 

Born June 6, 1930 in Oldenburg, Indiana, he was the son of Louis & Ethel (Gunter) Meyer. He married Shari Mae Vernon on October 25, 1952 and she survives.

 

Survivors include children- Robert (wife Pam) Meyer, Christie (husband Mark) Miller-Leaser, James (wife Jan) Meyer, Kimberlie Gann-Mobley, and Cathie (husband Charlie) Faust; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren with one on the way and 1 great great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Betty Lou (John) Rohlfing, brother Glenn Ray Meyer and granddaughter Jina Lea Meyer.

 

Donald had lived in Fairland area his entire lifetime and had been a dairy farmer in Fairland until he began driving a semi-truck for May & Company in 1960. He drove a semi-truck for nearly 50 years. Donald graduated from Waldron

High School in 1947 and served in the United States Army from 1952-1953

including being overseas during the Korean War. He was a member of New

Life United Methodist Church and the Masonic Lodge.

 

Donald enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, social dancing, Big

Band music, and driving his semi-truck.

 

Funeral services will be Monday, August 17, 2020 at 11:00am at New Life United Methodist church, 6145 N. 400 W. Fairland, with Pastor Jolita Erbele officiating.  Visitation 

will be held on Sunday evening, August 16, 2020 from 4-8:00 pm at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, and also from 10:00 am until the time of the service on

Monday, at the church. Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery, with a graveside military service conducted by local military veterans.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be 

made to New Life United Methodist Shelter House Fund in memory of Donald G. Meyer.

 

The family wishes to thank Heritage House personnel for their kindness and 

compassion during Donald's two- year stay.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Michael A. Smith 'Mikey', 38, of Cloverdale

Michael A. Smith ‘Mikey’, 38, of Cloverdale, passed away Monday, August 10, 2020 in Shelbyville.

 

He was born March 29, 1982 in Shelbyville, to Garnet Smith, Jr. and Linda (Schoolcraft) Smith.

 

Mikey is survived by his daughter, Annison Smith, his son, Daton Smith, his sister, Marianne Smith, his step-grandpa, Frank Russell, his nephews and nieces, Devon Smith, Destiny Walker, Kristian Wetter, Taylor Wetter, Justin Wetter (wife, Lenzie), Timothy Wetter, Jr., Maci Wetter, and several cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Timothy Wetter, Sr., his uncles, Steven Schoolcraft and Ernest Smith, his grandma, Lois Russell, and his grandparents, Garnet and Delcie Smith.

 

Mikey attended Shelbyville High School and received his GED.  He was employed as a mechanic.

 

Mikey was a member of the Freemason Lodge 132 in Cloverdale.  He enjoyed working on his cars, playing guitar, listening to music, and riding his motorcycle.  His greatest joy was spending time with his kids and his family.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

  

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Smith Memorial Fund in care of Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

 

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

 

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

Robert D. "Bobby" Tucker, 75, of Shelbyville

Robert D. “Bobby” Tucker, 75, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

 

He was born December 25, 1944, in Shelby County, the son of Ralph and Loretta Faye (DeWitt) Tucker. On October 7, 1967, he married Shirley Ann Wertz, and she survives.

 

In addition to Shirley, Bobby is survived by his son, Scott Tucker and wife, Melissa, of Canton, Michigan; sisters, Mary Bennett and husband, Jerry, of Shelbyville, and Rita Tucker of Bedford; granddaughter, Mariah Tucker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bonnie Kendall, JoAnne Frederick, Susie Bowers, Linda Hill and Beverly Berry; and brothers, Bill Tucker, Richard Tucker and Jack Tucker.

He graduated in 1964 from Waldron High School, and continued his education at Lincoln Tech.

Bobby was a U.S. Army veteran,, stationed in Germany, serving from 1965 to 1967.

 

He was a member of Shelbyville Community Church.

 

Bobby retired in 2009, as a tool and die machinist for Firestone, with 29 years of service. After retirement, he worked at Indiana Grand Casino.

 

He was also a member of American Legion Post No. 70, where he served four times as Commander. Bobby also served as 10th District Commander. Other memberships include the Forty and Eight Club, where he served as Chef De Gare and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

 

Bobby also leaves behind his granddog, Woody.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, with Pastor Merry Popplewell officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the local military committee.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201 or American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.

 

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

Judith A. Bowers, 76, former Shelbyville resident

Judith A. Bowers, 76, former Shelbyville resident, passed away Friday,

August 7, 2020 at Mulberry Health in Mulberry, Indiana.

 

Born January 13, 1944 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Everrett

Victor Wiley & Goldie Irene (Durbin) Wiley. She married Steve Bowers and

they were married for 26 years.

 

Survivors include 4 children- Steve Bowers (wife Chris) of Norfolk, NY, Jeffrey

Bowers of Shelbyville, Wes Bowers (wife Tammie) of Mulberry, Greg Bowers

of Cookeville, TN; sister Lois Helfer of Shelbyville; 7 grandchildren & 17 great

grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, brother

Donald Wiley & sister Janet Griffith.

 

Judith had lived in this area her entire lifetime and had been a homemaker.

She was also a self employed Home Interior representative  for many years. She  attended

St Paul High School, Ivy Tech College in Columbus and also attended Beacon

Baptist Church.

 

Judy enjoyed attending church, working with Home Interior parties, and 

spending time with family & grandchildren.

 

A graveside service will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, August 12, 2020

at Union Chapel Cemetery in St. Paul.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Theresa Jean (Cherry) Snow, 79, of New Palestine

Theresa Jean (Cherry) Snow, 79, of New Palestine passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

She was born November 23, 1940, in Fairland, the daughter of Claude and Mary (Crane) Cherry. On March 18, 1967, she married Elmer “Junior” Snow, and he preceded her in death on November 29, 1989.

 

Theresa is survived by her son, Jeffrey Alan Snow and wife, Michelle, of Shelbyville; daughter, Rebecca Lynn Stoneking and husband, Jason, of New Palestine; sister, Athalia Cherry of Pace, Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren including Brittany Dessify and husband, Adam, Lora Stoneking and Jayden Snow. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Junior, Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; two infant children; brother, Phillip Cherry; grandson, Jacob Stoneking; great-granddaughter, Penelope Layne Dessify; and niece, Marla Lopez.

 

Theresa graduated in 1959 from Fairland High School. She was formerly employed at Admiral Corporation, Triton Middle School and The Bluebird Restaurant. Theresa enjoyed reading and doing genealogy research.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the funeral home, with Pastor Jolita Erbele officiating.

 

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

 

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

Philip E. Meltzer, 94

Philip E. Meltzer, 94, died last Saturday, August 8, 2020. He died in the same room in the same house where he was born on June 13, 1926.

 

He was the son of Brady and Louise (Worland) Meltzer. On January 5, 1952, he eloped with Charlene Jordan of New Palestine, Indiana, and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2006 after 54 years of marriage.

 

Philip was born on the family farm east of Shelbyville. It has been in the Meltzer family for over 150 years. As a boy he enjoyed playing in the woods with his sisters.

 

His oldest sister Betty first read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” to Philip when he was a little boy. It was his favorite poem. Every Christmas Eve, Philip enjoyed reciting the poem from memory to all of the children in the family.

 

As an adult, he was interested in preserving nature for future generations. This life’s work was completed four years ago when Meltzer Woods was dedicated to the public.

 

Philip had many interests beyond nature preservation including physics, astronomy, politics, and poetry. He had a peaceful and loving spirit and a great sense of humor.

 

Philip was a philanthropist giving to so many causes that his mailman, Rock Robertson, once quipped, “Phil, you receive so much mail from charities that you must have enough free personalized address labels to go around the earth 3 times.”

 

Philip is survived by his older sister, Betty Boilek, of Carmel IN; one son, Kris (wife, Sandy) Meltzer, and one daughter, Karen Meltzer, and son-in-law, Tony Armstrong both of Shelbyville. He is also survived by two grandsons, Trent Meltzer (wife Jenny) and Derek Armstrong; one granddaughter, Vanessa Armstrong; and 6 great grandchildren, all of Shelbyville.

 

Philip was preceded in death by one grandson, Zane Meltzer, and his sister Martha Spalding of Shelbyville.

 

Philip graduated from Waldron High School in 1944. He was a WWII veteran serving in the 390th Military Police in Belgium and Germany. He farmed in Shelby County for 50 years. He was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and a former member of the Veterans Honor Guard.

 

A funeral mass will be held at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 4218 E. Michigan Road in Shelbyville on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 11 a.m. visitation will be for one hour prior to the mass.

 

Philip often quoted poet Langston Hughes who famously said, “Life is for the living.” In these days of the coronavirus, the Meltzer family very much wants all of you to remain among the living. If you cannot attend, in the alternative, take a walk in Meltzer Woods, commune with nature, and think of Philip.

 

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Philip’s memory to assist in the management of Meltzer Woods. Send donations to: Central Indiana Land Trust 1500 N. Delaware St. Indianapolis, IN 46202

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

John R. Falls, Jr., age 82 of Greenfield

John R. Falls, Jr., age 82 of Greenfield, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

He was born October 26, 1937 in Rosedale, Indiana to the late John R. Falls, Sr., and Hazel (Brown) Falls.


John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He married Donna Jean (Atkinson) Falls on August 10, 1963. Together they made their home in Greenfield and raised their family. Prior to his retirement in 2000, John was a machine operator for Ford Motor Company.

 

John enjoyed golf, fishing, camping and was a long-time member of Greenfield Wesleyan Church. Above all else, John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.


He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Donna Falls; children, Bryan (Jessica) Falls and Tamela Cooper; special granddaughter, Amber Copeland, whom John and Donna raised; grandchildren, Jacob Clark, Devin Falls, Peyton Falls; 7 great grandchildren; and siblings, Suetta Hadsly and Richard Falls.


John is preceded in death by his parents, mentioned above; brother, Glenn Falls and sister, Sandra Copeland.


Friends may call 4-8 pm, Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield.

 

Funeral Service with Pastor Michael Frausto officiating, 10 am Wednesday, August 12th at Greenfield Wesleyan Church, 400 So. Noble St., Greenfield. Burial with Military Honor’s provided by the Greenfield Veterans Honor Guard immediately following at Park Cemetery.


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

John "Jack" Harmon Varner, 77, of Greenfield

John “Jack” Harmon Varner, 77, of Greenfield, Indiana died on August 4, 2020 at Hancock Regional Hospice.

He was born on September 1, 1942 in Plainfield, New Jersey to Chester and Edith Whatley Varner.

He is preceded in death by his mother Edith Whatley Varner, father Chester B. Varner of Warren, New Jersey, his sister Beverly A. Varner of Piscataway, New Jersey and his wife Jaqueline “Jackie” Williams Varner the love of his life for forty-eight years.

John lived in Warren Township, New Jersey for many years. He was a 1962 graduate of Watchung Hills Regional High School and a former member of the Warren Township Rescue Squad. He attended Rutgers University, New Jersey, Palm Beach State College and Barry University, Florida.

His family includes daughter Jennifer S. Ross and her husband Brian of Huntersville, North Carolina, son John H. Varner, Jr. and his wife Carrie of Delaware, Ohio, brother Robert W. Varner, Sr and his wife Mary Melton Varner of Greenfield, Indiana, sister Doris J. Smith of Bedminster, New Jersey, brother Chester B. Varner of Hawley, Pennsylvania, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews of Indiana, Florida, New Jersey and North Carolina. John was an Air Force veteran of the Cuban Missile Crisis
and the Vietnam War. He served a one-year tour of duty in the Southeast Asia Conflict.

John Worked in various engineering disciplines; taught technical classes at Indian River Community College, Fort Pierce, Florida and worked for the Indiana Department of Transportation Aerial Engineering Division.

John was a talented and avid guitar player and had the opportunity to study with renowned guitar teachers from NJ & NY. He enjoyed sharing his musical talents with bis family, friends and fellow band members. He also enjoyed astronomy, fishing, and pheasant hunting.

Services will take place at The Mundy Funeral Home on Monday, August 10, 2020. A military honor guard will present the American flag to his son John and daughter Jennifer on behalf of a grateful nation. TAPS was played for John and the other veterans interned at the Mount Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Warren Township, New Jersey.

Internment is beside his beloved wife Jackie. Funeral arrangements were by the Mundy Funeral Home of Dunellen, New Jersey and Stillinger Family Funeral Home of Greenfield, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, John has requested that donations be made to organizations that help and support foster children and wounded veterans, the most vulnerable and forgotten in our society.

Music and arrangements were by John’s nephew Robert W. Varner, Jr. Music Minister from Clayton, North Carolina.

Kelley Fay Griffith, 54, of Boggstown

Kelley Fay Griffith, 54, of Boggstown passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

 

She was born August 9, 1965, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Thomas and Sharon (Crafton) Griffith.

Kelley is survived by her sisters, her twin, Shelly Sparks and husband, Dallas, and Tammy Griffith, both of Boggstown; nephews, Jared Sparks and Nikolas Sparks, both of Boggstown; niece Abigail Sparks of Boggstown; and aunts, Sandy, Dorothy and Libby.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Craig Griffith.

 

Kelley graduated in 1983 from Triton Central High School; received her degree in Biology from Marian University in 1988; obtained her Masters degree in Library Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 1989; and then returned to Marian University for a bachelors degree in Nursing.

She formerly worked as a librarian at Marian University for over 15 years. After becoming a registered nurse, she had worked at The Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis, for the past four years.

 

Kelley enjoyed going to auctions, where she collected and sold antiques. She also enjoyed reading and gardening.

 

Private family services will be observed.

 

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franciscan Hospice House, 8414 Franciscan Lane, Indianapolis, Indiana 46237.

Fredrick "Dale" Holzhausen, 88, of Shelbyville

On Saturday, August 1, 2020, God took Fredrick “Dale” Holzhausen, 88, of Shelbyville, into His everlasting arms, while surrounded by his family at MHP.

 

He was born February 1, 1932 in Decatur County, the son of Fred and Lena (Kruse) Holzhausen. He married Ruby Williamson on February 16, 1951 and she survives. Other survivors include his son, Stephen (Kristy) Holzhausen, and daughter, Regina Holzhausen, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Michael (Dana) Holzhausen of Greenfield, Bambi (Jason) Garrison of Shelbyville, Christopher (Ashley) Holzhausen of Columbus and Andrew Holzhausen; great grandchildren, Tristian, Ryleigh, Chloe, Macy, Jake, Colton, Julie, Elle, Parker and Kenny.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mark Holzhausen; brother, Leslie Holzhausen and sister, Estel Mae Williamson.

 

Dale was a lifetime resident of the area. He graduated from Sandusky High School in 1950.

 

A master craftsman, he owned Holzhausen Construction, Inc. for 30 years, retired from Naval Air Warfare Center and installation for Bishopp’s Appliances.

 

Dale was a veteran, having served in the US Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was proud to be chosen for a 2016 Honor Flight to Washington, DC in recognition of his service to his country.

 

Dale loved his family, his farm, and his God. He was a quiet man who modeled patience, strength, character and integrity through good times, sickness and disappointments. He had a big heart, always willing to lend a hand to someone in need, and if possible, anonymously.

 

He was a 70 year member of Apostolic Tabernacle.

 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Apostolic Tabernacle Church, 1500 Miller Avenue, Shelbyville, with Pastor Daniel McDonald and Rev. Tim Streeval officiating.

 

Visitation will be at the church Saturday morning from 11 a.m. until service time. Masks will be required and social distancing will be observed in compliance with government guidelines.

 

Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, with a graveside military service conducted by a local veterans organization.

 

Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Amos Road, is serving the family.

Helen Pauline Davis Wasson, 100, of Greensburg

Helen Pauline Davis Wasson, 100, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020
at Aspen Place Health Campus.


Born December 16, 1919 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Ligonal Davis Sr, and
Ethan (Parks) Davis. She married Harry Ray Wasson in 1941 and he preceded her in 1997.
Survivors include 3 children- James Wasson of Indianapolis, Mike Wasson (wife Donna) of
Florida, Cindy Scales (husband William) of Whiteland; brother John Davis of Decatur County,
sister Ethel May Soroko of Ohio; grandchildren Allan, Anita & Todd Wasson & Grace Marley;
6 great grand children; and  2 great-great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse & 5 brothers & sisters and daughter in law Carmen Wasson.


Helen had lived in Decatur County her entire lifetime and had been a homemaker. She 
graduated from Burney High School, was a member of Burney Baptist Church and 
Candle lighters Home Ec Club & Eastern Star.


Helen enjoyed sewing, crafts, playing cards, and spending time with family & friends.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral 
Home, 437 Amos Rd, with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

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

Avonelle Sue Banker, 90, of Shelbyville

Avonelle Sue Banker, 90, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born February 15, 1930, in Shelbyville, the daughter of George Ray and Bertha Lucille (Wicker) Brown. On June 1, 1947, she married Dale E. Banker, and he preceded her in death on April 21, 1999.

 

Avonelle is survived by her sons, Stephen Banker and wife, Ruth, of Marion, and Kim Banker of Shelbyville; daughters, Debbie Kanouse and husband, Ed, and Lou Ann Thurston and husband, Roger, both of Shelbyville; ten grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and great-nieces; and a great-nephew.

 

In addition to Dale, Avonelle was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Elizabeth Lucile Brown; and brother, Paul Duane Brown.

 

Avonelle graduated in 1948 from Shelbyville High School.

 

She was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Franklin.

 

Avonelle formerly worked in the cafeteria at Loper Elementary School. After retiring, she enjoyed getting together monthly with her friends and co-workers.

 

She was an awesome cook and loved family gatherings.

 

Avonelle enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and had made an afghan for nearly every member of her family.

 

She was a devoted Indianapolis Colts fan.

 

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6, 2020, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Bennett Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

 

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

Marita C. Beaty, 81, of Greenfield

Marita C. Beaty, age 81 of Greenfield, joined her husband Max in Heaven, Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Morristown Manor.

 

She was born April 7, 1939 in Rush County, Indiana to the late Ivan C. and Kathryn (Macy) Schaekel.

 

Marita was a graduate of Greenfield High School and married Max E. Beaty in July of 1957. She was a long-time member of Greenfield Christian Church where she was a vacation bible school teacher and a member of Women’s Christian Fellowship. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family and bird watching. Above all, Marita was a devoted mother and caregiver to her husband. Prior to her retirement Marita was a cashier for 33 years at Kroger in Greenfield.

 

She is survived by her children, Trudy Gluys, Denise (Floyd) Bonnell, Douglas Beaty; brother, Randall Schaekel; sister, Verla Doughty; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Marita is preceded in death by her parents listed above, husband, Max Beaty; brother Darl Schaekel and sister Judy Stuck.

 

In keeping with the wishes of Marita and her family, all services will be private.

 

You may send memorial contributions in honor of Marita to Greenfield Christian Church, 23 N. East Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140

Randall K. Branscum, 55, of Middletown, formerly of Greenfield

Randall K. Branscum, age 55 of Middletown, formerly of Greenfield passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at his home.

 

He was born October 4, 1964 in Monticello, Kentucky to the late Frank Branscum and Rhoda (Nevels) Branscum.

 

Randall attended Greenfield High School and was a heavy equipment operator. He was a long-time member of Local 103 Operators Union.

 

He is survived by his mother, Rhoda; daughter, Sasha (Devin) Garrett; former wife of 40 years, Shirley Branscum; brother, Robert (Kim) Branscum; grandchildren, Morgan, Aubryn, Nevaeh, Autumn and Callie; great grandchildren, Amelya and Octavia; a nd several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Randall is preceded in death by his father mentioned above; son, Randall “Scotty” Branscum; and brother, Ronnie Branscum.

 

A Celebration of Randall’s life will be held later and will be published on family members Facebook pages.

 

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

Verna Mae Owens, 91, of Shelbyville

Verna Mae Owens, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, August 3, 2020 at her residence.

 

She was born August 24, 1928 in Mason, IL to James Higgs and Bessie (Hawk) Higgs.

 

Verna married Mason Everett on January 1, 1949 and he preceded her in death in 1988.  She married Ray Owens on December 15, 1990 and he preceded her in death in 2010.

 

She is survived by her daughter, June Neeley (husband, David); her son, James Everett (wife, Kay) and 4 children; her step-daughter, Mary Maxwell; her grandchildren, James Fletcher (wife, Brittney); Jennifer Campbell (husband, Bill); and Joy Voland (husband, Michael); her step-grandchildren, Brittney Fletcher, and Gary Maxwell; several great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Mrs. Owens was formerly employed in nursing.  She enjoyed reading and it was her favorite pastime.

 

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

 

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

David G. "Dave" Abel, 73, of Shelbyville

David G. “Dave” Abel, 73, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born September 19, 1946, in Indianapolis, the son of the late Henry E. and Betty J. (Applegate) Abel.

 

Dave is survived by his son, David R. Abel of Warwick, New York; sisters, Sheila Rutherford and Sheryl Moore and husband, William A., of Greenwood, Mississippi; brothers, Alan Abel of Lafayette, and Paul Abel of Salt Lake City, Utah; companion, Pauline Buchanan of Shelbyville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Neil Abel and Maynard Abel.

 

Dave graduated in 1964 from Shelbyville High School, after attending Morristown schools for 11 years.

 

He had attended Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

 

Dave was formerly employed at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Suffern, New York.

 

He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and Demolay.

 

Dave loved to hunt and fish.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Robb Barlow officiating.

 

Interment will be at London Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of Shelby County, in care of the Blue River Community Foundation, 54 W. Broadway St., Suite 1, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Gretchen Delay, 45 of Rush County

Gretchen Delay, 45 of Rush County, passed away on August 2, 2020 in Rush County. S

 

he was born on December 3, 1974 in Shelby County to Gary and Millie (Baker) Hamner. Gretchen was a 1993 graduate of Waldron High School and she then went onto to Franklin College receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

 

She married Roy Delay on June 28, 1997 and he survives.

 

Gretchen enjoyed teaching in Rushville Elementary School and Mays Community Academy. She taught 5th grade, Science, and then moved onto the STEM activities. Gretchen truly enjoyed teaching. She was known for her love of country music, dancing, and the farm life with her family.


Gretchen is survived by her parents, husband and sons, Shawn Delay and Nathan Delay both of Rush County; fur-baby, Max; brother, Grant (Laura) Hamner; nieces and nephews, Brittany (Anthony) Muir, Samantha Hittson, Seth Eads, Hannah Eads, Alexis Eads, Ryan Eads and Owen Eads.


Gretchen is preceded in death by her grandparents, aunt, and uncle.


Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 10 AM in Glen Cove Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers the family would like donations may be made towards IU School of Medicine Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research, 535 Barnhill Drive IU -Simon Cancer Center Indianapolis, IN 46202, Hancock Health Foundation via Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center, 801 N. State St., Greenfield, IN 46140-1270, or Raleigh Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Moster Mortuary is entrusted to the arrangements of Gretchen.

Jackie Macy, 53, of Morristown

Jackie Macy, 53, of Morristown passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

She was born July 1, 1967, in Marion County, the daughter of Richard Kesar and Vera (Kumburis) White. On April 20, 1990, she married Jay Macy, and he survives.

 

In addition to Jay, Jackie is survived by her mother, Vera White and husband, Bill, of Morristown; sons, Wesley Macy and wife, Amanda, of Midland, Canada, and Tyler Macy, of Morristown; brothers, Richard Kesar of West Palm Beach, Florida, and David White and wife, Stephanie, of Morristown; sisters, Kim Koehl and husband, David, and Angie Redd and husband, Jason, both of Morristown, Cynthia Richmond and husband, Jason, of Indianapolis, and Chris Felton Davis and fiance’, Eugene Neal, of Carthage; grandson, Varian Macy; father-in-law, Raymond Macy and wife, Andrea, of Fortville; mother-in-law, Doris Arkell of Roanoke; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Jackie was preceded in death by her father.

 

She graduated in 1986 from Morristown High School.

 

Jackie was a title researcher for The Abstract Shack for 25 years.

 

She enjoyed camping.

 

Jackie also enjoyed spending time with her two best friends, Julie Clark and Kim Short.

 

She also leaves behind her dogs, Lilly and Brody.

 

A gathering of family and close friends will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Room 4510, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

 

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

Jason Paul Wischmeyer, 43, of Indianapolis, formerly of Shelbyville

Jason Paul Wischmeyer, 43, of Indianapolis, formerly of Shelbyville passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at his home.

 

He was born April 23, 1977, in Shelbyville, the son of Mark Paul and Apryl Rose (Crisp) Wischmeyer.

 

Jason is survived by his parents of Shelbyville; son, Brock Russell Wischmeyer of Shelbyville; brother, Ryan Dale Wischmeyer and wife, Qingqing, of Westfield; fiance’, Tammy Young of Indianapolis, and her daughters, Brittany Cook, Erin Lux and husband, Brad, and Taylor Young, and grandson, Luke; a special friend, Jessica Larrison of Shelbyville; and his best friend, Joseph Kerschbaum of Bloomington.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John and Patsy Wischmeyer; and maternal grandmother, Gilda Mount.

 

Jason graduated in 1995 from Shelbyville High School, received his BA in business from Indiana University Bloomington in 1999 and his law degree from Indiana University Law School in 2002.

 

He has been a dedicated attorney for over 15 years, serving clients through his firm, Wischmeyer Law. Jason is a veteran attorney recognized for inclusion in the Indiana Rising Star list by Indiana Super Lawyers. He is included in Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide Edition as a lifetime member for his outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of law. Princeton Global Network has recognized Jason as a top 100 attorney in the United States. He has also been recognized with a Small Business Excellence Award for 2016 and 2017 for personal injury representations.

Jason cherished the time he spent with his son.

 

He was an avid fan of Indiana Hoosiers basketball, Indianapolis Colts football and Star Wars. Jason also enjoyed driving his corvette, golfing, boating and traveling.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2020 at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Robb Barlow officiating.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mental Health American of Indiana, 1431 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

 

The family requested the use of face masks and COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing.

 

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