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Obituaries Archives for 2021-01

Theresa Lee (Grover) Johnson, 50, Greenfield

Theresa Lee (Grover) Johnson, 50, Greenfield, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in Indianapolis. She was born June 2, 1970 in Indianapolis to Jerry Marvin Grover and the late Joyce (Lancaster) Grover.

Theresa was a 1989 graduate of Eastern Hancock High School. She loved summer vacations with her family, antiquing, and baking. Above all else, she was a devoted wife, mother, and the matriarch that kept her family close and connected.

She is survived by her father, Jerry M. Grover; husband, Jeffrey Alan Johnson; their children: Zacheriah Johnson, Jericho Johnson, and Devin Johnson; sister, Angela Grover and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Theresa was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce, exactly 10 years ago.
Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 29, 2021, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. In keeping with state and local COVID mandates, masks and social distancing will be required.

Memorial contributions in honor of Theresa may be sent to: the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, 300 S. Riverside Plaza Ste. 1200, Chicago, IL 60606-6637 or by visiting www.heart.org. Please share your memories of Theresa and condolences with her family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Wanda Mae Collis, age 71, of North Fort Myers, Florida

Wanda Mae Collis, age 71, of North Fort Myers, Florida passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 

Wanda was born November 17, 1949 in Greenfield and attended Greenfield High School.


Wanda was a devoted mother and grandmother. Her life revolved around her family and she loved spending time with them. She enjoyed auto racing, playing card games, and crocheting.


She is survived by her significant other; Roger Collins, children; Peggy Moore, Lillie Harwood, Melvin (Tina) Collis III, and Calvin Collis, siblings; Joe (Tina) Evans, Edward Evans, Cheryl (Melvin) Collis, and Karen Montgomery, 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; Joseph and Francis Evans; sister; Anita Collis, and son-in-law; Harold Moore, Sr.


Visitation will be 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

 

Funeral service at 1:00 pm with burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.


State and local mandates all visitors wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
Please share your memories of Wanda and condolences with her family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Brenda K. Wissing, 66, of Manilla

Brenda K. Wissing, 66, of Manilla, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Morristown Manor.

 

Born May 9, 1954 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Wallace Wissing and
Marjorie (Moore) Wissing.


Survivors include 4 brothers- Mike Wissing (wife Cris), Gary Wissing, Lloyd
Wissing, and Terry Wissing, all of Manilla.  She was preceded in death by her
parents, 2 sisters- Patty Wissing, Betty Wissing; brother Larry Wissing; and 
sister-in-law Mary Wissing.


Mrs. Wissing was a lifelong resident of this area, and had been a cook at Morristown
Manor for several years.  She was also the care giver for family and friends.  She
graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School and attended Faith Community
Church of God in Manilla.


Brenda enjoyed cooking, working crossword puzzles from the Indy Star, and watching
Indiana University basketball on TV.


No funeral services will be observed.  Burial will be in Bennett Cemetery.


Memorial contributions can be made to the Faith Community Church, 9293 W.250 S.,
Manilla, Indiana 46150.

Nicole Kirnbauer, 24, of Shelbyville

Nicole Kirnbauer, 24, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at MHP Medical Center.

 

She was born in Stony Brook, NY on January 24, 1996 to Eric R. Kirnbauer and Sharon (Rosa) Kirnbauer.

 

Nicole is survived by her parents, her brothers, Thomas Kirnbauer and Nicholas Kirnbauer, her paternal grandfather, Erwin Kirnbauer, and her maternal grandmother, Florence Rosa.

 

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.  Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

For those unable to attend, Nicole's funeral service will be lived streamed starting at 8 p.m. on the Murphy-Parks Funeral Services facebook page.

 

A private family burial will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens.

 

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

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

Charles Benton "Charlie" Craft, 81, of Shelbyville

Charles Benton “Charlie” Craft, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

He was born May 16, 1939, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, to Rev. Grover C. and Laura (Bach) Craft. On February 27, 1976, he married Annette (Henderson) Craft, and she survives.

 

Other survivors include sons, Dwight Craft and wife, Teri, of Altadena, CA, Duane Craft and wife, Christina, of Lexington, KY; daughters, Veronica (Craft) Erwin and husband, Nick, of Richmond, KY, Janna Craft of Orlando, FL, Michelle (Burgess) Overhage and husband, Eric, of Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Brittany (Overhage) Smith and husband, Deryk, of Aberdeen, NC, Chelsea Overhage of Lake Charles, LA, Alexandria (Hedges) Damron and husband, Chris, of Lexington, KY, Dakota Craft of Orlando, FL, Matthew Erwin and wife, Sierra, of Lexington, KY, Nicholas Craft of San Francisco, CA, Emily Craft of Lexington, KY, and Charles Ethan Craft of Lexington, KY; great-grandchildren, Gage McCoy, Colton Smith and Brynna Smith; sister, Betty Craft of Stanton, KY; sisters-in-law, Helen Craft of Greensburg, IN and Lida Craft of Frisco, TX; several nieces and nephews; and his precious dog, Aussie Faith.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Mark Craft and Joe Craft; nephew, Steven Craft; and his beloved dog, Kayla Faith.

 

A 1956 graduate of Frenchburg (KY) High School, Charles received his Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY. He earned his Master of Science degree from Butler University and obtained his elementary principal’s license. After teaching in Kentucky and Ohio for four years, he moved to Indiana in 1968 where he taught for 31 years. He retired in 1999 after 25 years with Shelbyville Central Schools. At that time he had been a principal at Lora B. Pearson Elementary School for 14 years.

 

He served his country in the United States Army from September 15, 1959, to June 15, 1963. His rank was Specialist 5, and he was attached to the Army Security Agency serving in the United States, Korea, and Germany.

 

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed being outdoors, gardening, playing fast pitch softball, playing cards, golfing, bowling, reading, and being with his family and friends. He was an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Reds, and his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats.

 

Charles was a devout Christian man who was dedicated to his faith in God, his church and his family. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and a Deacon. He also volunteered at the church working on the newsletter, funeral dinners, Salvation Army dinners, vacation Bible school, planting flowers, and other jobs when needed.

 

He coached many elementary sports including football, track, and both boys’ and girls’ basketball. He also coached many Babe Ruth baseball teams, and was a former president and board member of the local Babe Ruth Baseball Association. He had been a member of BPO Elks, National Education Association, Indiana State Teachers Association, Shelbyville Central Teachers Association, Indiana Association of School Principals, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Shelby County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Principals’ Leadership Academy, and Bible study groups at church. The Charles Craft Impact Award to recognize teachers who were nominated by high school students, was named in his honor.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at First Presbyterian Church, 124 W. Broadway St. in Shelbyville.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at noon, with the Revs. Mark Morningstar, Alecia Gross, and Buffy Powers officiating. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed. Family and friends are invited to view the service via livestreaming on facebook at www.facebook.com/firstpcshelbyville.

 

Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the local veterans organizations.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 124 W. Broadway St.; Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library, 57 W. Broadway St.; Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road – all of Shelbyville, IN 46176 or a charity of your choice.

 

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

Richard McClelland Simpson III, 53, of Indianapolis

Richard McClelland Simpson III, 53, of Indianapolis died Friday, January 22, 2021, at his home.

 

He was born on October 19, 1967, in Beech Grove, the son of Richard McClelland Simpson II and Laura (Kuhns) Williamson.

 

Richard attended Southport High School and after graduation he proudly served in the US Navy, seeing active duty aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

 

He loved computers and the internet. It was in Yahoo chat that he met his wife Paula Trefun Simpson. They married on October 10, 2009 and they most recently celebrated 11 years of marriage.

 

Richard had a passion for genealogy, Indiana transportation history and the Pennsylvania Railroad. He loved to collect Westmoreland Glass, vintage record albums, old video games, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) Memorabilia, musical instruments, and license plates. He loved Star Trek, especially Deep Space 9, and some of his favorite stuff to watch was on YouTube.

 

He was the self-appointed “Admiral O.F. Doom” online and enjoyed researching and writing for his Indiana Transportation History blog as well as being the host of his “Short Attention Span Theatre” and “History with R&R” on YouTube. He will always be remembered for his tagline “Just an Observation.”

 

He worked at the Home Depot in Carmel, and Greenfield and loved his job.

 

In addition to his wife Paula, Richard is survived by his parents; brother, Aaron Simpson; son, Rorik Simpson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Pat and Patricia Trefun; and his cats, Milo, Peyton aka Meatball and Manning aka Locutus.

 

He was preceded in death by his cats, Oreo, Dusty, Max, Monday and his beloved Velvet.

 

A gathering of friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

A Celebration of Richard’s life will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Beth Crouch officiating. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed. There will be a limit of 25 people allowed inside the funeral home at a time. Family and friends are invited to view the service via livestreaming on our facebook page www.facebook.com/freemanffh.

 

Inurnment will be at Norristown Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, 642 Baltzer Meyer Pike, Greensburg, PA 15601-7562 or Norristown Cemetery, in care of, Jimmy VanGorden, 965 E. 1100 S., Flat Rock, IN 47234.

 

Admiral Oliver Franklin Doom’s Undeniable Rules of Life Rule No. 129 “Live Life as if awesome and incredible are downgrades. Just an Observation”

Karen S. Hoyt, 59, of Shelbyville

Karen S. Hoyt, 59, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at IU Health Methodist in Indianapolis.

 

She was born September 4, 1961, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Harry and Erma (Rutherford) DeVault.

 

Karen is survived by her daughter, Ellen Hoyt of Shelbyville; son, Matthew Hoyt of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Gavin Hoyt, Kaymri Hoyt and Levi Hoyt.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Karen graduated in 1979 from North Decatur High School.

 

She formerly worked in customer service.

 

Karen enjoyed creating craft projects, cooking and spending time with her grandchildre

 

She also leaves behind her dog, Sadie.

 

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

 

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

Robert Allen "Bob" Piercy, 85, of Shelbyville

Robert Allen “Bob” Piercy, 85, of Shelbyville passed away Monday, January 25, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

 

He was born March 28, 1935, in Wayne County, Kentucky, the son of Reuben “Cuba” and Ethel (Morgan) Piercy.

 

Robert married Imogene Pyles and she preceded him in death after a battle with Leukemia in 1958. He later married Nona Doris Hill on November 11, 1962, and she survives.

 

In addition to Nona, Bob is survived by his two sons with Imogene, Robert Piercy and wife, Peggy, of Somerset, Kentucky, and Steve Piercy and wife, Nancy, of Shelbyville. Bob and Nona have three daughters, Brenda Rice and husband, Kenny, Nancy Turner and husband, Patrick, and Barbara Piercy and wife, Stephanie, all of Shelbyville; and a son, Paul Piercy and wife, Julia, of Arlington. Bob was the grandfather of Jaime Piercy, Jessica Wiles and husband, Marty, Jim Wisker and wife, Amy, Scott Wisker and wife, Tori, Tammy Etter and husband, Rob, Dusty Rice, Jody West, Josh Chappelow, Crystal Thomas, Amy Turner and Casey Turner; and great-grandfather of Lexus Boston, Jerimya Boston, Evan Witte, Megan Wisker, Anthony Wisker, Leah Wisker, Abbigail Turner, Aliyah Dunbar, Blake Chappelow, Toby West and a set of twin babies due in August. He also had numerous nieces and nephews. He also thought a lot of Jeff Grubb and wife, Kim, of Shelbyville, often referring to him as the adopted son.

 

Bob was also preceded in death by his parents. He was the youngest of ten children, all preceding him in death, Larry, Lyle, Andy, Otto, Hamia, Lizzie, Maude, Nina, and Beulah.

 

He attended a one room schoolhouse in Cooper, Kentucky.

 

Bob formerly worked for Public Service trimming trees all over the state of Indiana. He also worked for Robert D. Marshall, as a carpenter for 43 years, retiring in 2013. He was currently working alongside his son-in-law at P.E.T. Construction.

 

He enjoyed deer hunting, mushroom hunting, fishing, gardening, cutting wood, listening to Bluegrass music, riding the Ranger with Pat and taking country cruises. Bob loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Bob also leaves behind his cats, Roscoe, Ellie Mae, Little Girl and Pumpkin.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville and from 10 to 11 a.m.

 

Saturday, January 30, 2021, at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church, 466 SCR 775 E, in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastor James Thurman officiating.

 

Interment will be at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240.

 

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

Mareta Mae (Wood) Wiley

Mareta Mae (Wood) Wiley passed away on to the Lord on January 19, 2021 at her residence in St. Paul, IN.


She was born November 23, 1931 in Decatur County the daughter of the late Gerald Wood and Thelma (Wiley) Wood.


Mareta was preceded in death by her husband, John Wiley, her parents, a sister Versie Kersey and a granddaughter Brittany Klene.


She was a graduate of St. Paul (IN) High School and was a member of the Star Baptist Church (Decatur County). She worked over 23 years as a Mail Clerk for the US Postal Service.

 

She loved spending time with her family and friends especially when it included playing euchre.


Mareta is survived by her children, Diana (Denny) Menefee of Waldron, IN; Norman (Theresa) Wiley of Greensburg, IN; Jerry (Deborah) Wiley of Waldron, IN; grandchildren, Shana Hall, Sabrina Goolsby, Dayla Brooke Thurston, Tanya Wiley, Tennile Kroger, Beau Wiley, Kelsey Amberger,
Shane Menefee, Scott Baker, Josh Campos, Jason Campos and several great grandchildren.
Her siblings include Lewis (Barb) Wood of St. Petersburg, FL; Bill (Susie) Wood of Greensburg, IN; nieces and nephews, Rita Hellmich, Marlene (Mark) Price, Lynn (Robin) Klene, Denise (Andy) Glaub, Helena Mongan, Ron (Angie) Wood, Tim Wood, Jeff Wood, Todd Wood and Daniel Kersey.

 

Graveside services will be held at Star Baptist Church Cemetery (Decatur County) on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:30 AM with Pastor Scott Sharp officiating.


Arrangements entrusted to Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul, IN

Jo Anna Patterson, 91, of Shelbyville

Jo Anna Patterson, 91, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

 

She was born January 30, 1929, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Dillard and Freda (Walton) Magee. On July 3, 1948, she married her husband of 72 years, Harold W. Patterson, and he survives.

In addition to Harold, Jo Anna is survived by her daughters, Pam Burgette and husband, Jere, of Bradenton, Florida, and Teresa Waltz and husband, Phil, of Shelbyville; sister, Cheryl Thompson and husband, Jim, of Brazil; grandchildren, Andrea Orofino and husband, Kevin, Derek Burgette and wife, Angie, Blake Burgette and wife, Heather, Staci Carmony and husband, Todd, and Craig Waltz and wife, Desiree; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Jo Anna was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Rita Hewitt, Mary Harrell Townes and Virginia McNeely.

 

She was a 1947 graduate of Shelbyville High School.

 

Jo Anna was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, with Pastor Colin Cress officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Floyd David Robbins, infant son of Andrew Jonathon Robbins and Tabitha Faye Chambers

Floyd David Robbins, infant son of Andrew Jonathon Robbins and Tabitha Faye Chambers passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at MHP Medical Center.r

 

He is survived by his parents, his grandparents, Chestine and William D. Russell, and his uncle, Brysen Caplinger.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Isaiah Lewis.

 

Floyd has now entered Heaven and is in the arms of an angel.

  

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

 

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

 

Jacob Keith Fletcher, 21, of Indianapolis

Jacob Keith Fletcher, 21, of Indianapolis, passed away December 24, 2020 at his residence.

 

Born July 18, 1999 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Ira James Fletcher and Donna Ann (Edwards) Fletcher. 

 

Survivors include his father Ira James Fletcher of Shelbyville, mother Donna Fletcher of 

Indianapolis, stepmother Brittney Fletcher of Shelbyville; grandparents Gaye Bowling &

Mike Schlake of Indianapolis, David & June Neeley of Shelbyville; 3 brothers and 2 sisters;

and several aunts and uncles.

 

Mr. Fletcher attended Decatur Central High School.

 

Jacob enjoyed fishing, camping, and the outdoors.

 

Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Mason Ray Fletcher, aged 2 hours, passed away Sunday

Mason Ray Fletcher, aged 2 hours, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Methodist Hospital.  

 

Born January 17, 2021 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Ira James Fletcher and Brittney (Maxwell) Fletcher.

 

Survivors include his parents of Shelbyville;  2 brothers and 2 sisters; grandparents- Jack & Mary Maxwell of Indianapolis, David & June Neeley of Shelbyville; and several aunts and uncles.  He was preceded in death by a brother Jacob Fletcher.

 

A private graveside service will be held at Van Pelt Cemetery.

 

Mason was the very first infant donor at Methodist Hospital.. His organs were donated to help save the lives of six other babies. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

 

Lori Critchlow-LaGrange, 52, of Shelbyville

Lori Critchlow-LaGrange, 52, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at AMG Speciality Hospital, in Greenfield.

 

She was born February 29, 1968.  Lori married Edward LaGrange on September 12, 2020, and he survives.

 

She is also survived by her father, Jack (wife, Betty) Critchlow, her mother, Rose (Honing) Newman, her son, Ricky Ballard, her daughter, Hannah Ballard, her son, Justice Ballard, and her step-daughter, Monquie LaGrange.

 

Lori retired from the postal service in Lebanon, IN.  She and her husband loved being outdoors, gardening, and working in the yard together.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

 

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

 

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

 

Stephen E. Wright, 69, of Shelbyville

Stephen E. Wright, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away peacefully on  Sunday, January 17, 2021

at St. Vincent Hospital.

 

Born February 14, 1951, he was the son of Earl C. Wright and Norma (Blanford) Wright.  He 

married Linda (Hardebeck) Wright on August 1, 1969 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include his daughters- Tammy Wright, April Wright, and Angie Piercy (husband

Robert), all of Shelbyville; 3 brothers- Mike Wright, Don Wright (wife Debbie), Jeff Wright (wife

Kim), 3 sisters- Joyce Gann (husband Herman), Penny Carter (husband Mark), and Jerri Hills;

5 grandchildren- Douglas Scudder (wife Alli), Latasha Carmony (husband Jordan), Brianna

Wright, Ashley Wright, Christopher Piercy; and 7 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death

by his parents, and a son Stephen Dale Wright.

 

Mr. Wright graduated in 1969 from North Decatur High School.  He retired from GE after 18 years

of service.  He was married to his high school sweetheart for 50 years.  He loved his family and his

 dog Rocky. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing golf, woodworking, and spending time with his

family.  He was very proud of his fishing and bowling trophys.  His name is also in the bowling

museum in Missouri for his perfect 300 game.

 

Funeral services will be 6:00 pm on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral

Home, 437 Amos Road.  Visitation will be observed on Friday evening from 4:00 pm until the time 

of the service.  

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Nancy A. Ratekin, 78, a lifelong Rush County resident

Nancy A. Ratekin, 78, a lifelong Rush County resident passed away Friday, January 15, 2021 at her home in Rushville. Nancy was born in Rushville on January 26, 1942 to the late William A. and Virginia Mae (Gallimore) Shanahan.
Nancy was a 1960 graduate of Rushville High School. She married Rex Ratekin on August 29, 1964 and he survives. Nancy was Deputy Clerk-Treasurer under Max Fancher and worked at Copeland for 25 years and several years at Winkerby’s. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Nancy enjoyed working with and arranging flowers, and was an avid reader.
In addition to her husband, Nancy is survived by 3 sons, Mark A. (Kathy) Ratekin of Carmel, IN, Denis M. (Patricia) Ratekin of Shelbyville, Pete R. (Chante’) of Rushville, a daughter, Allana Marie (Brian) Edwards of Palm Bay, FL, a brother, Philip E (Linda) Shanahan of Sexton, a sister, Rose Marie (Robert) Houze of Rushville and 10 grandchildren.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Rushville. Father James Brockmeier will preside. Friends are welcome to visit from 4-7 PM Wednesday January 20 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church.

Gordon L. Hood, 66, of Shelbyville

Gordon L. Hood, 66, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born March 6, 1954, in Fairmount, the son of Gordon L. Hood and Donna Kinder. On December 30, 2017, he married Judith L. (Hill) Hood, and she survives.

In addition to Judy, Gordon is survived by his sons, Gordon L. Hood and wife, Melissa, and Brandon Hood, both of Bloomington, Ryan Hull and Jonathon Hood, both of Shelbyville; daughters, Casandra Hood of Avon, and Kirsten Hood of Brunswick, Georgia; step-son, Chad Herndon and wife, Macaylee, of Flat Rock; step-daughter, Emily Kate Swigert and husband, Zak, of Shelbyville; brothers, William Kinder and wife, LeahRae, of Virginia, Jay Kinder of Florida, Larry Kinder of California, Chris Kinder and wife, Shelly, Les Kinder and wife, Tammy, and Jim Kinder and wife, Susan, all of Florida; sisters, Peggy Kirby and husband, Steve, and Linda Eccles, both of Indiana; grandchildren, Jazmin, Cassidy, Taj, Emmett, Alex, Autumn, Sebastian, Jaeden, Adley, Jaxxon and Maverick; one great-granddaughter, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wilbur and Pat Hill of Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Amy Hill of Shelbyville, and Lisa Millard and husband, Mark, of Pennsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Don Kinder; daughter, Sonya Hood; and sister, Mary Ann Vetor.

He graduated in 1972 from Madison Grant High School. Gordon was employed at Cornerstone Solutions for the last 16 years.

Gordon was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Gulf War. He also served in the Army National Guard, as a helicopter mechanic, for 26 years. Gordon was a member of American Legion Post No. 70.

He volunteered his service on the Blue River Festival Board for two years. Gordon also volunteered at The Strand where he helped with the remodeling and operated the sound board for various events. He also served on many boards at the Dry Dock.

Gordon enjoyed gardening.

Private family services will be conducted at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Strand Theatre, 215 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or The Dry Dock, 62 3rd St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Stephen Edward Lutes, 67, of Shelbyville

Stephen Edward Lutes, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021
at MHP Medical Center.
Born December 17, 1953 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Don and Phyllis (Bright) Lutes.
He married Diana (Bridgford) Lutes in September of 2000 and she survives.
Other survivors include a sister Christy Denk (husband David) of Shelbyville, brother Doug
Lutes (wife Monica) of Shelbyville; Nieces Emma, Cassie & Maggie Lutes, and Rae Ann Artson; 
Aunts- Donna Stutz (husband Larry), Uncles Mike Holbrook (wife Carol), and Jon Holbrook
(wife Trudy); and 2 step grandchildren- Valerie McCormick and Kendyll Bullock.  He was
preceded in death by a sister Toni Graham, grandparents Frank & Dorothy Lutes, Pete &
Sally Holbrook; stepson Tyler McCormick; 2 uncles Bruce & Ed Holbrook, and aunt Sandra
Lutes Weber.
Mr. Lutes was a lifetime resident of this area and graduated from Shelbyville High School in
1972, where he participated in basketball, track, and cross country.  
Steve was an avid sports fan- especially Indiana University sports.  He has a room dedicated to
sports at his home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son
Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Bill Horner officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill
Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 9:00 amuntil the time of the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelbyville/Shelby County Animal Shelter, in care
of the funeral home.

Katherine M. "Kathy" Ebert, 59, of New Palestine

Katherine M. “Kathy” Ebert, 59, of New Palestine passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, at her home.

She was born January 22, 1961, in Peru, the daughter of Glen and Norma Hight.

Kathy is survived by her children, Linda Gaither and husband, Wesley, of Morristown, Matthew Gaiski of Fairland, and Michelle Gaiski of New Palestine; sister, Betty Terman of North Manchester; four granddaughters, Abigail, Sadie, Lacey and Willow; and close family friends, Mary Lee Jackson of Arlington, Donna Tracy of Morristown, and Chery Brenton of Fountaintown.

She was preceded in death by her parents; biological parents, Charles R. and Linda (Sutton) Kett; and a sister, Carol Swango.

Kathy graduated in 1979 from Morristown High School.

She was a cook at the Bluebird Restaurant for over 25 years.

Kathy enjoyed crocheting, bird watching and collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia.

She loved cats.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greenfield Animal Control, 809 S. State St., Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

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

Anna Rosezetta "Rosie" Schlechtweg, 96, Fountaintown

Anna Rosezetta “Rosie” Schlechtweg, 96, Fountaintown, and long-time resident of Hancock County passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, in Greenfield. Rosie was born on July 30, 1924 in Westport, IN to the late Ernest and Lula (Owens) Black. She married Lewis Schlechtweg on June 11, 1947.

Rosie took great pride in being a female welder during WWII. She also worked alongside her husband where they jointly owned a hardware store in Indianapolis for over 10 years. For several years, she was an amateur artist and enjoyed painting, as she would freely share her pictures with relatives and friends. Rosie was also very active in her church, Fountaintown Christian Church, late into her 90s. She also sold Watkins products.

Rosie is survived by her loving children: Ronald (Jane) Schlechtweg, Karen (Thomas) Simpson, and Harold Schlechtweg; grandchildren: Michael Schlechtweg, Jill Schlechtweg, Rachel Baker, Stephanie Simpson, Nathaniel Simpson, and Christopher Simpson; 3 great-grandchildren; and siblings: Margaret Schlechtweg, Ethel Dougherty, and Marilyn Jean Oldham.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, IN. A graveside service will be held at Park Cemetery, the same day, at 1:30 p.m. As a reminder, all attendees will need to adhere to mask-wearing protocol and that of social distancing. If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com .

Ralph E. Armstrong, age 68, of Greenfield passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Indiana University Hospital.

 

He was born July 13, 1952 in Shelbyville, Indiana to the late Ezra and Ruth (Medsker) Armstrong.

 

He was the long-time owner of Tele-Fixit TV Repair in Greenfield, former employee of Papa Johns and highly valued member of Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel staff.

 

Ralph was a lifelong railroad fan and a lifetime member of the Whitewater Valley Railroad in Connersville. He loved to travel, play one of his many Banjo’s and spent time watching trains. He served as a reserve deputy for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for over ten years and was a day care provider at Rainbow Day Care until the time of his death. Ralph never knew a stranger and was loved by all.


He is survived by his long-time companion, Shannon (Cain) Jones; daughter, Lori Whittaker-Armstrong; grandchildren, Dayton Cooksey (Alexis Hughes), Majesty Whittaker; great grandchild, Mia Cooksey; siblings, Kenny Armstrong and Margaret Jacobs. He is preceded in death by his parents, listed above and brother, Charles Armstrong.


Friends may call 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Pasco Chapel, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Funeral Service will be private, and entombment will follow at a later date at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.


In keeping with state and local COVID mandates we ask that all visitors wear a mask and practice social distancing.


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

Harry Wilton Conrad, 95, of Shelbyville

Harry Wilton Conrad, 95, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

 

He was born January 3, 1926, in Shelbyville, the son of Ernest and Lillian (Cummings) Conrad. On February 14, 1964, he married Glenda V. (Smith) Conrad, and she survives.

 

In addition to Glenda, Harry is survived by his daughters, Vicki Lynn Martin of Brazil, and Kathy Hebert and husband, Kevin, of Bouronnais, Illinois; grandchildren, Pierce Martin and wife, Miranda, Gregg Martin and wife, Emma, Landon Hebert and Lawson Hebert: and great-grandchildren, Ozzie, Eleanor and Ava.

 

Harry was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Ernest “Bud” Conrad Jr. and Bill Conrad.

 

He graduated in 1942 from Shelbyville High School, he continued his education in Louisville, Kentucky in television repair.

 

Harry was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during World War II.

 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shelbyville.

 

Harry retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a rural route carrier, with 33 ½ years of service.

 

He was a member of the Eagles Aeries Lodge No. 766 and American Legion Post No. 70. Private family services will be conducted.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, 2315 S. Riley Highway, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Margaret Hughes, 82, of Shelbyville

Margaret Hughes, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021

at Ashford Place Health Campus.

 

Born March 24, 1938 in Monticello Indiana, she was the daughter of William

Rumple and Etta Mae (Loveall) Rumple.  She married Donald Hughes on

February 9, 1957 and he survives.

 

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Diana Powell of Shelbyville, Sherri Buchli 

(husband Bernie) of Whitewater, Wisconsin; 3 grandchildren- Alanna Dolinski 

(husband Kyle), Zachery Powell (wife Kaylla), Nicole Pavlatos; and 7 great

grandchildren- Cora, Kelby, Clara, & Kennedy Altic, Everett & Oliver Dolinski,

and Daxton Powell.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Barbara 

Byer, a daughter Susan Hughes, and grandson Anthony Pavlatos.

 

Mrs. Hughes had lived in this area for 25 years, after moving from Illinois.  She 

graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1956,   was a member of Flat Rock

Christian Church, and a 50 year member of Flat Rock Order of Eastern Star. She

had been employed as a secretary, bank teller, and office manager for many years.

 

Margaret cherished the time spent with her family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Glenn E. George

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Dale Whitis officiating.  Burial will be in

Flat Rock Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday morning from 11:00 am until the 

time of the service.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana, in

care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Leona Faye Savage of North Vernon

Leona Faye Savage of North Vernon, IN passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020.

 

Leona wore many hats in her 66 years, wife, friend, daughter, sister, and aunt, to name a few.

She also had many work hats.  She worked at Taylors’ hot dog stand early on.  She worked at Kaweah Manor Convalescent Hospital as a CNA in California.  In Indiana she volunteered at the Food Pantry to help others.

 

Leona was preceded in passing by her husband, Troy Gene Savage, her mother, Rosa Wiles, her father, Leroy Wiles, her sisters, Margaret Hogan, Norma Jean Clark, Rose Marie Mordon, and Clara Bell Adams, all of California, and JoAnn Clark of Missouri, and her brother, Cecil Lee Wiles, also of California.

 

She is survived by her sister, Frances Mayfield of Hollis, OK and her brother, Frank Clark of Tennessee.

 

Leona was a longtime member of the River of Life Church in North Vernon.

 

Interment will be next to her husband in OK.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at River of Life Church in North Vernon.

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

 

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

Donna L. Dobbins, 77, of Shirley, Indiana, former Decatur County resident

Donna L. Dobbins, 77, of Shirley, Indiana, former Decatur County resident,  passed away

Wednesday, December 13, 2021 at Hancock Regional Hospital.

 

Born March 20, 1943 in Joliet, Illinois to Otis Thorson and Francis (Hillsman) Thorson.

She married Eugene Dobbins in  March 1975 and he preceded her in May of 2003.

 

Survivors include children- Mary Gerrian (husband Dale) of St. Paul, Charlene Turpin

(husband David) of Wilkinson, Kevin Dobbins (wife Anna) of Milford; 4 stepchildren-

Janet Adkins (husband Walker) of Fairland, Judy Fuller (husband Tim) of Shelbyville,

Thomas Dobbins (fiance Serena Baker) of Fountaintown, Robin Griffin (husband Phil)

of St. Paul; brother- James Thorson(wife Litha) of Morris, IL;  many grandchildren and

 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, step

daughter Joyce Case and grandson Lucas Dobbins.

 

Mrs. Dobbins had lived in this area most of her lifetime and was a homemaker. Donna

delivered meals for seniors for CICOA for 20 plus years and was a member of Shelby

Senior Center. Donna enjoyed playing cards and Bingo at the senior center, reading,

giving others a helping hand, and loved her cat Bubba.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Glenn E. George

and Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Rev. Harvey Weaver officiating. Friends

may call on Wednesday from 9:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Shelby Senior Center Food Pantry in

care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Joseph A. "Joe" Harris, 39, of Fountaintown

Joseph A. “Joe” Harris, 39, of Fountaintown passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at his residence.

 

He was born October 5, 1981 in Anderson, to Bruce A. Harris and Christina A. (Matthews) Epperson.

 

Joe attended Morristown Jr/Sr High School.  He enjoyed listening to music, especially Rock N Roll. 

Two of his favorite pastimes were racing and playing video games.  He loved playing sports in his younger years and watching games as he got older.

 

Joe will be greatly missed by his mother, his sister, Nikki Collins (Darrell Baker) of Greenfield; his step-brother Danny Epperson (wife, Brandi) of Gwynneville; his niece, Mackenzie Collins; his nephews, Dreyton Epperson, Wesley Collins, and Darrell Baker III.  Joe is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Pam Matthews, his uncles, Jeff Matthews, Jason Matthews, and Jamie Matthews (wife, Jennifer), his aunt, Pam Matthews, his former brother-in-law, Ryan Collins, and several cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce, his paternal grandparents, and his maternal grandparents.

 

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

  

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 Eighth Avenue, Ste. 902, New York, NY 10018 or hdsa.org/how-you-can-help/donations.

 

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

Alice "Peach" (Douglas) Wheeler, 98, of Shelbyville

Alice “Peach” (Douglas) Wheeler, 98, of Shelbyville passed away Monday, January 11, 2021, at Walker Place in Shelbyville.

 

She was born January 8, 1923, in Geneva, the daughter of Maurice and Vera (Hobart) Douglas. On March 19, 1944, she married Thomas J. Wheeler, and he preceded her in death on January 16, 2005.

 

Alice is survived by her sons, Jim Wheeler and wife, Linda, of Noblesville; Mike Wheeler and wife, Lynn, of Shelbyville; Ed Wheeler and wife, Susan, of Morgantown; Tom Wheeler and wife, Janet, of Shelbyville; David Wheeler and wife, Liz, of Shelbyville; daughter, Terri Nigh and husband, Kevin, of Shelbyville; brothers: Edwin, John, Robert (Bob); and Jim; sisters: Catherine Ferguson, and Margaret Haehl, all of who were waiting to greet her in heaven when she arrived. Her grandchildren: Christy Mooney, Doug Wheeler, Scott Wheeler, Celia Stephens, Emily Lefebvre, Byron Wheeler, Curt Wheeler, Kelly Chesebrough, Erin MacDonald, Amy Haehl, Lori Meyer, Jennifer Muldoon, and Sarah Dean; and 25 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Also waiting to greet her in heaven were her grand-daughter Kelly Chesebrough and her great-grandson Brody Stephens.

 

Alice graduated in 1940 from Waldron High School, and attended Indiana University, where she wanted to study nursing, but was only 17 years old and you couldn’t enroll in Nursing until you were 18. Then the United States became involved in WWII, and Mom along with everyone else, changed their plans. She quit school and went to work in the war effort in Indianapolis.

 

We want you to know a little bit about our Mother. She was the sweetest…most positive person who never complained…ever…even when she had a right to. In the Geneva area she is known as “Peach” to this day. It was fun to see her neighbors move into her retirement home and greet her with “There’s Peach”! When she was a little girl, we have been told that little “Peach” would recite poetry from the counter top in the grocery store in Geneva for a nickel from her audience, and then buy a pop or a piece of candy with it. She so loved Geneva and remembered that her family was the first in the area to get an automobile and said the neighbor’s horses didn’t like it one bit. Her father Maurice, needed it for the many speaking engagements he had in the area as a State Senator and Representative and founding member of the Indiana Farm Bureau. Mom was his driver once his health started to fail and took him where he needed to go. He practiced his speeches to her on the way and she said she knew his speeches by heart because she had heard them so… many… times. She was also an accomplished seamstress winning both the Shelby County and State Dress Revues when she was 16. As an adult, she and dad worked hard and didn’t have much themselves, instead sacrificing to support us six kids and provide us with the best childhood anyone could ever want. Their neighborhood pool was where many kids learned to swim over the years and they always welcomed them, no matter how many came or how tired they were. Their garden supplied strawberries to neighbors for miles around each summer as well. She also loved her own siblings, especially her sister Margaret whom she was especially close to. If you never had the opportunity to hear the two of them carry on a conversation, then you really missed it. They could talk for hours and 100 miles a minute about anything, but most often their combined 10 boy’s shenanigans!

 

Most importantly, we want her Walker Place family of care-givers to know how much they meant to her and her family. You were the last ones she saw when she went to bed each night and the first to smile at her every morning for the last three years. We are forever grateful for the loving care you showed her.

 

Finally, in looking through her Bible, where she and dad carefully stowed many things near and dear to their hearts over the years, we found the following newspaper clipping. Brown with age, they must have found it very meaningful, to continue to hold onto it in their increasingly overstuffed Bible…. We hope you see the meaningfulness too, especially today. It reads: Tolerance “The most lovable quality anyone can possess is tolerance. It is the vision that enables one to see things from another’s viewpoint. It is the generosity that concedes to others the right to their opinions and their own peculiarities. It is the bigness that enables us to let people be happy in their own way….instead of ours.” Author unknown

 

Private graveside services will be conducted at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville, where Alice was a member, with Father Paul Landwerlen officiating.

 

A Celebration of Alice’s life will be held at a later date. Stay well until then.

 

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

 

In honor of her granddaughter, Kelly and great-grandson, Brody, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Susan L. Rhoades, 71, of Shelbyville

Susan L. Rhoades, 71, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

She was born February 22, 1949, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Leonard and Thelma (Gahimer) Fox. On May 16, 1970, she married her husband of 50 years, Ronald “Ron” Rhoades, and he survives.

 

In addition to Ron, Susan is survived by her daughter, Sandra “Sandy” Hampton, of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Chad Hampton, Kadie Hampton and Macie Hampton.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Ann Fox; and brother, Gary Lee Fox. Susan graduated in 1967 from Waldron High School.

 

She was formerly the secretary at Terra Fertilizer and Chemical for 18 years, retiring in 2001. Susan also owned and operated a lawn care service.

 

Susan was a member of the National Appaloosa Horse Club, Hoosier Appaloosa Horse Club and a former member of the Shelby County Western Riders.

 

She loved anything to do with horses, including riding on trails and showing horses.

Susan was a 4-H leader for over 20 years.

 

She also enjoyed playing euchre and reading.

 

Susan also rescued dogs, she leaves behind, Reggie and was preceded by Bailey.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 15, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Shelby County, with Buffy Powers officiating.

 

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

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed. There will be a limit of 25 people allowed inside the funeral home at a time.

 

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

Mary B. E. Myers, 95, of Shelbyville

Mary B. E. Myers, 95, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 in Shelbyville Indiana, her hometown for over half a century. 

 

Born December 22, 1925 in Cook County(Chicago) Illinois, she was the daughter of Martin

Gilich and Antonia (Soukup) Gilich. 

 

She married Robert A. Myers on April 14, 1952 at Sacred Heart Church in Bangor, Michigan. They were married 67 years until he passed in July 2019.

 

Survivors include children Tony Myers (wife Sheila) of Shelbyville, Mary Ann Meyers (husband Phil) of Avon, Mike Myers (wife Sharon) of Shelbyville, Teresa Cepican  (husband Tom) of Westfield, Bobby Myers (wife Jean Ann) of Plainfield, Gloria Myers of Indianapolis; a sister Lillian Ryba of Michigan; 14 grandchildren, and 17 great  grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, and her Aunt and Uncle Rose and Mike Gusich.

 

Mrs. Myers was a resident of this area since 1952, after moving from Michigan.  She  graduated from Bangor High School in Michigan; she was also a graduate of the Medical Technology Registry

at Indiana University where she was a member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority. 

  

She was a Registered Medical Technician at Inlow Clinic for many  years; also at Dayton Veterans Hospital, Major Hospital and Corning Research and Pharmaceuticals. 

 

She was  a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church  and a lifetime member of the Antique Airplane Association.

 

Mrs. Myers loved her family and friends. She liked to garden, read, and cook - leaving her loved ones with many cherished memories and recipes in the process -   her children and grandchildren especially enjoyed  her beautiful wedding cakes and the rosettes she made every holiday season. 

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., with Rev. Mike Keucher officiating.  Burial will be in St. Joseph  Cemetery.  Friends may call Wednesday morning at the church from 9:00 am until the time of the service. 

 

Due to Covid19, the service can be viewed online on Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home

Facebook page. 

 

Memorial contributions can be made to http://shelbycounty.rsbaffiliate.com. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

 

Robert Fleener, 68, of Shelbyville

Robert Fleener, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his residence.

 

 He was born October 14, 1952 in Shelbyville to Donald Fleener, Sr and Evelyn (Hudson) Fleener.

He formerly worked at KCL and then for Klosterman Baking Company.  He was a member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church where he was an Elder.  He enjoyed his service as a Volunteer Fireman at St. Paul.  Robert also enjoyed doing mechanic work on the side, and going fishing.  His most precious times were spent with his family.

 

 He is survived by his son, James Fleener, his step-daughter, Angie (Kenny) McClain; his step-sons, Brian (Erica) Wood, and Paul (Jody) Wood; his step-grandchildren, Tyler McClain, Morgan Wood and Taylor Wood; several nieces and nephews; his sisters-in-law, Madeline Lasgenberger, Judy Fleener, and Crystal Hazelwood; and his brothers-in-law, Jim Spurlock and James Spurlock.

 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Emma Spurlock, his second wife, Nancy Wood, and his brothers, Lester, Donald, Jr. and Frank Lasgenberger.

 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church.

 

Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the church with Pastor George Mitchell officiating Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

 

Charles Michael (Mike) Thomas, 79 of Shelbyville, formerly of Connersville

Charles Michael (Mike) Thomas, 79 of Shelbyville, formerly of Connersville passed away early Saturday morning, January 9, 2021 at MHP.  He was surrounded by his loved ones, Lynda, Cassie, Hailie and James. 

 

Mike was born to Robert and Mary Jan Thomas of Connersville in 1941.

 

He met and later married Lynda, (Buzzard) D. (Haltom) Thomas of Shelbyville in July of 1969 and she survives.

 

He is also survived by his daughter Cassandra (Cassie) Thomas of Rushville, Special-Best Friend James Laker of Rushville and his “Heathen”, “Sugar Burger” grand-daughter, Hailie Laker of Rushville, his sister Roberta-(Rat) Clark of Connersville, Jim (Cheryl) Thomas of Connersville, Stacie (Rich) Stamper of Georgia and Jill (Scott) Jorgensen of Wisconsin along with several nieces and nephews.

 

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved fur baby, Kennedy.

 

He graduated from Connersville High School in 1959.  Mike attended Ball State University and Barber College.  Mike served in the Army National Guard with multiple deployments in a 6-year span.  Mike had many business ventures and experiences in life.  Mike owned and operated the Spartan Barbershop in Connersville as it was the scene of many after game parties.  He also owned and operated the Blue River Inn from 1966 to 2006, along with Jackson Street Fish Fry, Jackson Street Pizza, Mother Buzzards, Dirty Harry’s Car Wash, small Construction business, and a limousine service in Shelbyville.  He also drove the transport bus for the Indiana Downs a short time.  Mike’s absolute passion was his horses.  Mike in earlier years barrel raced and then later was an owner, breeder and trainer of thoroughbred horses and raced all over with his star, Little Drummer Boy and his other fleet of horses.

 

Mike was very well liked and respected in his business ventures and the horse community. Mike also had a great sense of humor and loved to tease and humor anyone around him. He also had his “Bad Boy/Iron Fist” moments at the BRI.   Mike also enjoyed driving around in his big white Ford truck and “cruising” around town to purposely harass and tease anyone he seen out.

 

Private burial will take place at Miller’s cemetery in Shelby Co.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at (“Lucas Oil Stadium”), actually it will take place at Occasions Banquet Hall, 415 E Hendricks Street, Shelbyville February 5th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Please bring your greatest stories of Mike, as there are many.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, 625 Harrison Street, West Lafayette, IN. 47906.

 

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

 

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

Larry W. Martin, 79, of Shelbyville

Larry W. Martin, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2021 at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.

 

He was born July 27, 1941 in Shelbyville to George W. Martin and Martha (Pettit) Martin.

 

He worked at Especially Kidz in the maintenance department.

 

Larry married Mary (Bartlett) Martin on June 25, 1960, and she survives. He is also survived by his sons, Tennyson Martin, and Terry Martin, his daughter, Tammy Burris, 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Beverly Price.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Bill Martin, and George Martin.

 

Larry enjoyed working on cars and loved animals.

  

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

 

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

Janet Joy Wesseler, 69, of Greenfield

Janet Joy Wesseler, 69, of Greenfield, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 16, 1951 in Shelbyville, Indiana to the late Robert W. and Doris V. (Edwards) Jones.

Joy loved to crochet, travel across the country with her son while he was working, loved cats, and loved to spend time with her family.

Joy is survived by her son, Greg Wesseler; sister, Carol (George) Bewley; brothers, Ron (Gloria) Jones and David Jones; 4 nieces; 3 nephews; and many great nieces and great nephews.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Vincent Scott Jones.

In keeping with Joy’s wishes, services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield. You may share your memories of Joy and condolences with her family at www.stillingerfamily.com. Because of Joy’s love for cats, memorial contributions may be made to PAWS, 3141 W. US Highway 40, Greenfield, IN 46140.

George C. Wampler, 84, of Fairland

George C. Wampler, 84, of Fairland, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Ashford Place Health Campus.

 

Born July 6, 1936 in Norton Virginia, he was the son of George M. Wampler and Bertha (Robinette) Wampler. 

 

He married Geneva L. (Ward) Wampler on June 9, 1956 and she preceded him on June 5, 2020.

 

Survivors include 2 sons- Mike Wampler (wife Kathy) of Shelbyville, Randy Wampler
(wife Sylvia) of Franklin; 3 grandchildren- Amy Beaver (husband Chad), Kyle Wampler
(wife Sabrina), Kristin Mohr (husband Joe); and 9 great grandchildren.  He was preceded
in death by his parents, his spouse, 3 brothers- Sidney, Frank, and Carlos, and a sister
Phyllis.


Mr. Wampler had lived in this area for over 60 years, after moving from Kentucky.  He 
graduated from Benham High School in Benham Kentucky, and had been employed with
Ford Motor Company, retiring after over 40 years of service.


George enjoyed bowling, gardening, the outdoors, and loved helping his family and grandchildren,
attending their sporting events, and spending time with them.


Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Glenn E. George & Son
Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Tuesday evening, January 12, 2021 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, or on Wednesday morning from 12:00 noon until the time of the service.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Who So Ever Will Community Church, 623 S. Eisenhower Dr., Edinburgh, Indiana 46124.

Sarah Christine Warren, 26, of Shelbyville

Sarah Christine Warren, 26, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 4, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born November 10, 1994 in Indianapolis to Christopher E. Warren and Michele Y. (DeWitt) Warren. 

  

Sarah graduated from Shelbyville High School in 2013.  She was very active at the Boy’s Club of Shelbyville, where she was employed for many years.

 

Sarah was an independent, strong girl who loved the outdoors and going on road trips.  She had a love for music and enjoyed singing.  She was a social butterfly and cherished the time spent with her family and loved ones.

 

Sarah is survived by her parents, her sisters, Stacia Warren and Denise Warren, 5 nieces and nephews, her paternal grandma, Barbara Warren, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, her paternal grandpa, and several other loving family members.

 

Services will be held within the coming weeks.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Sarah’s memorial fund by clicking the donation link in her obituary or by calling the funeral home at 317-398-6697.

 

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

Yazmin Hernandez, 19, of Indianapolis

Yazmin Hernandez, 19, of Indianapolis, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Riley Hospital for Children.

 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, January 11, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyvlle.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway, Shelbyville.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens & Crematory.

 

Donations may be made to Yazmin's funeral fund by calling the office at 317-398-6697.

 

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

Steven Harold Stohry, 56, of Shelbyville

Steven Harold Stohry, 56, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born January 22, 1964, in Shelbyville, the son of Willard B. and Betty Jean (Hungerford) Stohry.

 

Steven is survived by his mother of Shelbyville; brother, Kimble Stohry and wife, YongCha, of Incheon, South Korea; sister, Kara Lueck and husband, Doug, of Mesa, Arizona; nephews, Evan Lueck, and Enoch Stohry and wife, EunJoo; nieces, Hannah Stohry, and Hosanna Gobert and husband, Dayton; great-niece, Evelyn Stohry; and great-nephew, Eian Stohry.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Steven graduated in 1982 from Waldron High School, and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from Purdue University in 1986.

 

He had formerly worked at Knauf and Shelby County Soil Service. He owned and operated Steven Stohry Farm Drainage, Inc., where he was a self-employed tile drainage contractor. Steven was also a lifelong farmer.

 

Steven was a licensed sport pilot and enjoyed flying kites on the farm.

 

He loved to connect with his family and friends, one of his favorite ways was by making and sharing homemade ice cream with them.

 

A gathering of friends will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

A Celebration of Steven’s Life will be at 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Doris J. Jackson 81, of Shelbyville

 Doris J. Jackson 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Hancock Regional Hospital.

 

She was born January 19, 1939 in Kentucky to James Russell Garland and Ruby (Bunch) Garland.

  

Doris is survived by her husband, Curtis Jackson, her daughter, Sonya Foster of Shelbyville, her son, Michael McCammon of Salina, CA.

 

She enjoyed doing crafts and paint by number activities.  She also had a flair for interior decorating. 

 

She had a love for cooking, but her favorite times were spent with her family.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring.

 

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

 

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

 

Frances I. Fisher of Greenfield

Frances I. Fisher of Greenfield passed away December 31, 2020.


She is survived by 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters and 1 great granddaughter.


A private graveside service will be held at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.
 

Stillinger Family FH in charge of arrangements.

Geneva G. Cooper, 95, of Fairland

Geneva G. Cooper, 95, of Fairland passed away Monday, January 4, 2021, at her home.

 

She was born December 18, 1925, in Garrison, Kentucky, the daughter of Andrew and Phoebe (Tackett) Collins. On December 22, 1945, she married her husband of 61 ½ years, Charles N. Cooper, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2007.

 

Geneva is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Sue Cooper of Fairland; son, Brian N. Cooper and wife, Patty, of Greenfield; granddaughter, Danielle Cooper Lenglade and husband, Chad, of Greenfield; grandson, Patrick N. Cooper and wife, Ericka, of Greenfield; great-granddaughters, Jo Ann Cooper and Paige Nicole Cooper, both of Greenfield; son-in-law, David Allen of Greenwood; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Charles, Geneva was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Edith Faye Allen; and brothers, Everett Vanhoose, Elmer Collins and Ishmael Collins.

 

Geneva was an active member of the Fairland Christian Church for 59 ½ years, where she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for over 30 years. She was also active in the Ladies Fellowship.

 

She retired from the Triton Central High School cafeteria with 18 years of service, working from 1967 to 1986.

 

Geneva enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, gardening and playing double bid euchre.

 

She loved her family and her church family and enjoyed the time she spent with them.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2021, at the funeral home, with Rev. Les Beardon officiating.

 

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to CTN Ministries, PO Box 1092, Joplin, MO 64801.

 

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

Ruth M. Gaines, 80, of Shelbyville

Ruth M. Gaines, 80, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

She was born August 20, 1940, in Flat Rock, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Rowlett) Purtlebaugh. On January 12, 1959, she married her husband of 61 years, Clifford F. Gaines, and he survives.

 

In addition to Clifford, Ruth is survived by her daughters, Lisa Gaines and fiance’, Roger Matney, and Sabrena Gaines, both of Shelbyville; son, Bret Gaines of Shelbyville; brothers, Ed Purtlebaugh and wife, Jan, of Indianapolis, Glenn Purtlebaugh and wife, Judy, of Shelbyville; sisters, Mary Come and husband, Joe, of Shelbyville, Betty Skidmore and husband, Larry, of Archdale, North Carolina, and Becky Heltsley and husband, Tony, of Texas; grandchildren, Halee Mathies and husband, Mitchell, Clifford Floyd and Courtney Floyd; great-grandchildren, Callen Floyd and Alice Floyd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Hazel Knight, Mildred Sosbe, Donna Kelsey, Janet Loughman and Norma Sosbe; and brothers, John Purtlebaugh, Aaron Avery Purtlebaugh and Alvin Purtlebaugh.

 

She enjoyed sewing and making crafts.  Ruth loved to travel.

 

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and loved to take care of her family.

 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Flat Rock Cemetery in Flat Rock. Rev. Dr. Steve Bohall will officiate.

 

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 Boys and Girls Club, 710 South Miller Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Patricia Ann "Pat" Carlton, 89, of Morristown

Patricia Ann “Pat” Carlton, 89, of Morristown passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

She was born August 17, 1931, in Shelby County, the daughter of James and Helen (Tracy) Nugent.

 

On July 1, 1950, she married Richard Allen “Dick” Carlton, and he preceded her in death on April 1, 2011.

 

Pat is survived by her son, Roger A. Carlton and wife, Donna, of Fountaintown; daughter, Diana L. Terry of Morristown; brothers, Charles Nugent and wife, Gayle, of Morristown, and Kenneth Nugent and wife, Michael, of Greenfield; grandsons, Royce, Ryan and Reece Carlton; granddaughter, Megan Engleking and husband, Kyle; great-grandchildren, Madison and Wesley Engleking; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Dick, Pat was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughters, Carol Sue Carlton and Melinda Irene Carlton; brother, John Nugent; and grandson, Kevin Terry.

 

Pat graduated in 1949 from Morristown High School.

 

She was a member of the Morristown United Methodist Church and the Methodist Women’s group.

 

Pat formerly owned a ceramic shop for several years.

 

She enjoyed playing cards, especially hand and foot. Pat also enjoyed watching sports, especially Indiana University basketball.

 

Visitation will be at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, January 7, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morristown United Methodist Church, 221 S. Washington St., Morristown, Indiana 46161.

 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines requiring a mask and social distancing will be observed.

 

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

Thomas M. Wainscott, 70, of Wilkinson, formerly of Shelbyville

Thomas M. Wainscott, 70, of Wilkinson, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital.

 

He was born June 7, 1950, in Shelbyville, the son of Melvin "Catfish" Wainscott and Mary (Worland) Wainscott.

 

He married Debra (Lockridge) Wainscott on September 17, 1988, and she survives.

 

He is also survived by his son, George T. Wainscott, of Wilkinson, his sisters, Sue Barnes, and Pam (Ron) DeBaun, all of Shelbyville, his nephew, Michael (Robbie) Daniels, his great-nephew, Robert Schwier, his great-niece, Hayley (Jacob) Cooper, his great-great-nephew, Jace Cooper, his special friends, Gary and Kathy Collard, and several other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, George and Norma Lockridge, his nephew, Robert Clinton Schwier, and his brother-in-law, Jimmy Barnes.

   

Tom graduated from Morristown High School in 1968.  He was a proud U.S. Army veteran and served two tours in Germany.

   

Tom was a dedicated husband and father.  Tom and Debbie enjoyed riding their motorcycles, going to auctions and garage sales, and spending time with family and friends.

 

He was a member of the Markleville Masonic Lodge #629.  Tom served in various law enforcement positions after graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.  He enjoyed target shooting and listening to country music.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Pastor Ed Mohr officiating.

 

Burial will be in Harlan Cemetery in Wilkinson, IN.

  

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Murphy-Parks Funeral Service to assist the family with expenses.

 

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

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