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Obituaries Archives for 2021-04

Jerry Wayne Bennett, 77, of Greenfield

Jerry Wayne Bennett, 77, of Greenfield a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at his home.

 

He was born April 16, 1944, in Beech Grove, Indiana, the son of Robert P. and Vera “Ruth” (Ropp) Bennett. On April 8, 1978, he married his wife of 43 years, Roberta Sharon “Bobbi” McDonald, and she survives.

 

In addition to Bobbi, Jerry is survived by his son, James “Jamey” Bennett and wife, Nicole, of Greenfield; daughter, Michele Bowling of Greenfield, and Shelley Alford of Fountaintown; sisters, Marilyn Lancaster, Charlotte Hensley and Carol Fowler, all of Shelbyville; Grandchildren, Kerri Alford, Max Bowling & Kinsey Carroll, Emily Alford, Alex Bowling, Rachel Alford, Riley Bennett, Madi Best and husband Jake, Chase Bennett and Kye Bennett; great- grandchildren, Waylon Bowling, Myah Gardner and Delilah Best; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Alan Bennett.

 

Jerry was a U.S. veteran serving in California.

 

Jerry was a member of Ironworkers Local 22. Of all of the positions he held over the years being a mentor was his most rewarding. He shared his knowledge of construction with all.

 

Jerry either built or remodeled all of the homes that he lived in. He was a craftsman and perfectionist in everything he did.

 

Jerry had a passion for classic cars and his favorites were 1955-1957 Chevrolets. He also enjoyed watching his favorite teams play which included Alabama “Rolltide”, Colts, Pacers with a Coke in his hand.

 

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

 

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

Terry A. VanSickle, 68, of Shelbyville

Terry A. VanSickle, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at

his residence.

 

Born April 15, 1953 in Rushville, he was the son of Robert and Ruby (Finnsey)

VanSickle.  He married Mary (Dile)  VanSickle on May 11, 1985 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include his father-in-law Perry Furgeson of Shelbyville; a brother

Milke VanSickle (wife Barbara) of Rushville; brother-in-law Scott Furgeson (wife

Susan) of Shelbyville; sister-in-law Lora Furgeson; 4 nieces and 4 great nieces. He

was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. VanSickle had lived in this area for most of his lifetime, and graduated from

Rushville Consolidated High School in 1972.  He worked in the grocery business

for 45 years, retiring from the Kroger Co.  He was a member of Sons of American

Legion, and a past member of the Moose and Eagles Lodge.

 

Terry loved watching John Wayne Westerns and traveling.  He was an avid NASCAR 

fan, and enjoyed attending  the race at Talladega.  The family would like to send a special thanks 

to the Bakker family for their love and support. 

 

Graveside services will be 10:00 am on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Miller Cemetery, 

  Friends may call on Sunday evening, May 2, 2021 from

4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Animal Shelter, in 

care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Dale Fair, 81, of Shelbyville

Dale Fair, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born May 7, 1939, in Shelbyville, the son of Leland M. and Helen (Williams) Fair. On October 26, 1985, he married Elaine K. Harrell, and she survives.

 

In addition to Elaine, Dale is survived by his daughters, Jill Arthur Griggs and husband, Aaron, of Indianapolis, Lori Arthur Scudder and husband, Scott, of Waldron, Sueann Fair Schaffer and husband, Bryan, of South Carolina, and Deloris Fair DeMott and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville; brother, Paul E. Fair and wife, Sandy, of Shelbyville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry G. Fair; and sisters, Joann Heck and Janet Treon.

 

He graduated in 1959 from Shelbyville High School.

 

Dale was a member of the Flat Rock Christian Church.

 

He was formerly a chef at Chicken and Steak Inn from 1953 to 1985, Holiday Inn 1985 to 1998, and Chicken Inn from 1998 until retiring in 2017.

 

Dale loved to work in his yard and go camping.

 

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

 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with Minister Brian Ebersold officiating.

 

Interment will be at Patterson Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

 

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

Joshua Wayne Sowder, 40, Greenfield

Joshua Wayne Sowder, 40, Greenfield, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021. He was born on June 2, 1980 in Cincinnati, OH to Robert and Mary (LeCount) Sowder. Josh is a 1998 Greenfield Central High School graduate. He would later attend Penn State earning an associate’s degree via an apprenticeship.

In Josh’s younger years, he made state champion on the East Central High School football team, 1995-1996. He played on Greenfield Central’s High School Cougar football team. He also played on an independent rugby team for a few years. Josh was employed as a sprinkler fitter for Dalmatian Fire Protection in Indianapolis for over 15 years. He was a member of Local 669. He enjoyed bowling and was on Strike Force Lanes’ leagues for many years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and carpentry. He was also an avid golfer, had a contagious smile, and was extremely dedicated to his family, especially his children.

He is survived by his loving children: Ethan Sowder and Isabella Sowder; loving mother, Mary Tomlin; loving father, Robert (Kay) Sowder; awesome brother and coworker, Jess (Trina) Sowder; step-sister, Shanna Joseph; nephews: Owen Carter, Tyler Hook, and Bryce Sowder; niece, Maci Sowder; and many aunts and uncles.

Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents and sister, Rebecca Hook.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield. 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

Maerose Headlee, 93, former Shelbyville resident

Maerose Headlee, 93, former Shelbyville resident, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Park Valley Inn Health Care in Round Rock, Texas.

 

She was born October 10, 1927 in Shelbyville, Indiana to Clarence Oren Farthing and Thelma Louise (Poore) Farthing.  Maerose was six years old when her mother passed away.  Her father later married Marie Tennessee Sneed who raised her as her own.

 

Maerose was a long-time member of Grace Wesleyan Church, formerly First Pilgrim Holiness Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang, served as an officer in the Wesleyan Women’s International, and demonstrated her love for others through her card ministry.  Maerose had a servant’s heart, always doing things around the church that no one saw.

  

She married Cyril B. Headlee on August 9, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2014.  Maerose is survived by her daughters, Dora Hudgins, of Texas, Catherine Headlee, and Linda (Greg) Martin, both of Shelbyville; her grandchildren, Rodney (Heather) Williams, Sandy (James) Hughes, Scarlett Herzog, Will (Ashley) Munsel, Jette (Ryan) McCormick, and Ross (Kasia) Martin; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Patricia Waggoner Shipp and Tee Yeager Brecto; and foster son, Adrian Gearhart.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers, Harold Conway, Albert Conway, and George Stanley Farthing, her sister, Margaret Conway Duckett, her daughter, Ella Williams Canfield, her son-in-law, Edgar Hudgins Sr., her granddaughter, Heather Munsel, and her grandsons, Walter Munsel II, and Edgar Hudgins Jr.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Grace Wesleyan Church, 56 E. Franklin St., Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Harvey Weaver and Rev. Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Wesleyan Church.

 

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

Jennifer A. Miller, 40

Jennifer A. Miller, 40, fell asleep in death in Franklin, Indiana, on Monday, April 19, 2021.

 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Harold and Sarah (Walters) Miller, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Carolyn (Spencer) Taylor, Florida; brother, Mark Miller, Waldron, IN, and daughter’s father, Michael Stephen Kees II, Shelbyville, IN.

 

She is survived by her father, Tim Miller, Ohio; mother, Ginger J. Taylor, Colorado; sister, Melissa Glass, Zionsville, IN; daughters, Markiah Miller-Kees, Franklin, IN; Ava Sims, Shelbyville, IN; and Kallie Rattray, Franklin, IN; nieces and nephew, Jasmine, Aiden and Emersyn Glass, Zionsville, IN.

 

Jennifer was born in Greenville, Ohio, on February 11, 1981. She was loved by friends where she grew up in both Bristol, NH, and Waldron, IN. She graduated from Waldron High School in 1999.

 

A private memorial service for family members and invited guests will be held this weekend.

 

Keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest in Bristol, NH, later this year.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared with Jennifer’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.co

Harold Emerson Simmonds "Bud", 80, of Shelbyville

Harold Emerson Simmonds “Bud”, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital South.

 

He was born September 12, 1940 in Greensburg, IN, the son of Howard Simmonds and Lydia (Troutman) Simmonds.

 

Bud retired from the Shelbyville Parks Department after 22 years of service in maintenance.

 

He was a former member of the Eagles, Moose, and FOP lodges here in town.

 

Bud enjoyed fishing and had a love for trains.  He also enjoyed the times he was able to be in his garden.  Often times, he could be found watching old western movies.

 

Bud is survived by his son Jeff Simmonds; his daughter, Sherri (Billy) Morning; his grandson, Dakota Simmonds; his sisters, Diane (Mike) Yates, Linda Vire, and Sandra Yates, and close friend, John Gillen.

  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Larry, Billy, George, Donald, Richard, Earl, John, and Jr., and his sisters, Gene and Gail.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be follow at Noon with John Smith “Smitty” officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

  

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

 

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

 

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

Jody Lynn Hopper, 65, of Fairland

Jody Lynn Hopper, 65, of Fairland, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021

at Franciscan Health.

 

Born May 28, 1955 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Shirley Hensley.

She married Bud Hopper on April 6, 1974 and he survives.

 

She was a cafeteria worker at Triton Central High School for over 15 years.

 

Friends may call  on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm

at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.  No funeral service will

be observed.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Minh Loc Nguyen, 63, of Shelbyville, formerly from Vietnam

Minh Loc Nguyen, 63, of Shelbyville, formerly from Vietnam, passed away, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at his residence.  Mr. Nguyen has been a resident of Shelbyville for two years.

 

 He was born April 20, 1958 in Vietnam, the son of Nghiem Nguyen and Sang Thi Hoang.

 

Mr. Nguyen retired from janitorial work after 20 years of service.

 

He is survived by his wife, Thuy Thanh Thi Nguyen of Indiana; his son, Vuong Minh Nguyen of Vietnam; his daughter, Ai Nhi Nu Nguyen of Vietnam; and daughter, Ana Nguyen of Indiana.

 

Mr. Nguyen loved to fish and watch volleyball and soccer.  He enjoyed going to daily Mass, then to morning coffee with his friends after services.

 

His favorite times were spent with his grandchildren and family.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway, Shelbyville, with Father Minh Duong officiating.

  

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

 

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

 

Ronald M. "Ron" Drake, 74, of Shelbyville

Ronald M. "Ron" Drake, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021

at Homeview Health & Rehab in Franklin. 

 

Born March 27, 1947 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Ira Lester Drake and Pauline

(Clayton) Drake.  

 

Survivors include a daughter- Jill Nolley (husband Rob) of Shelbyville; a sister- Cheryl

Hamilton of Shelbyville; granddaughter- Makenzie Nolley of Los Angeles; grandson Quinn

Nolley of Shelbyville; niece Stephanie Erwin of Shelbyville; and 2 special friends- Alisha

Miller McVey and Ashley Miller Morgan, both of Shelbyville.  He  was preceded in death

by his parents.

 

Mr. Drake was a lifelong resident of this area.  He had previously worked as a purchasing

agent for Brand Insulation for 7 years, and prior to that Western Electric for 6 years.  He

graduated from Triton Central High School in 1965 and was a former member of the 

Eagles Lodge.

 

Ronald was an outstanding athlete, and a member of the 1964-65 Triton basketball team

that went undefeated during the regular season.  He enjoyed playing all sports and was

an avid Butler University fan.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Glenn E. George

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Rev. Beth Crouch officiating.  Friends may call

on Friday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in care

of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Derek Earl Weaver, 33, of Greenwood, formerly of Shelbyville

Derek Earl Weaver, 33, of Greenwood, formerly of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, April 17, 2021, at his home.

 

He was born November 24, 1987, in Oxford, Ohio, the son of Daniel and Dena (Zornes) Weaver.

Derek is survived by his parents of Shelbyville; daughter, Rachel Weaver of Westfield; son, Logan Weaver of Westfield; sisters, Danielle Weaver of Shelbyville, and Drew Bowman and husband, Jared, of Shelbyville; niece, Blakely Bowman of Shelbyville; grandmother, Edna Weaver of Connersville; step-grandfather, David Overbeck of Liberty; and numerous loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jerry Weaver and Ray Zornes; and grandmother, Simona Overbeck.

 

Derek graduated in 2006 from Shelbyville High School, and obtained his associates degree from Ivy Tech College.

 

He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, where he was a Geospatial Engineering Technician at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Two. He honorably served overseas in Iraq, during 2009 and 2010.

 

Derek enjoyed gaming, fishing, IT work and especially spending time with his children. He also leaves behind his dog, Buddy.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 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, April 23, 2021 at the funeral home, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Interment will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville, with military graveside rites.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Give An Hour, https://giveanhour.org/about-give-an-hour/mission/

 

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

James D. "Jim" Drake, 72, of Shelbyville

James D. “Jim” Drake, 72, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, April 16, 2021, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

He was born March 14, 1949, in Shelbyville, the son of Floyd Jr. and Cleota Ann (Coy) Drake. On August 11, 1972, he married his wife of 48 years, Mildred Loggan, and she survives.

 

In addition to Mildred, Jim is survived by his sons, James D. Drake Jr. and John F. Drake, both of Shelbyville; sisters, Karen Hammond of Ohio, Janie Burns of Flat Rock, Terri Runnebohm and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville, Mary Cangany and husband, Kevin, of Flat Rock, and Jennie Chrisman and husband, Jeff, of Edinburgh; brothers, Jerry Drake and wife, Rita, of Edinburgh, Tom Drake of Shelbyville and Larry Drake and wife, Cindy, of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Loggan, Drew, Jenna and Landon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Marvin Drake.

 

Jim graduated in 1967 from Southwestern High School.

 

He was a lifelong farmer. Jim was a member of the Norristown Masonic Lodge No. 147 F&AM.

 

He enjoyed going on many rides on his Harley-Davidson motorcycles, including trips all over the United States and Canada.

 

Jim also enjoyed spending the winters in Florida.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 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. Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Patterson Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Patterson Cemetery, 2916 W 850S, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Virginia Mae "Jinnie" Cord, 83, of Shelbyville

Virginia Mae “Jinnie” Cord, 83, of Shelbyville peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at her home.

 

She was born September 1, 1937, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Robert William Clark and Florence (Parish) Clark Curson. On December 15, 1956, she married Nicholas Joseph Cord, and he preceded her in death on March 5, 2005.

 

Jinnie is survived by her children, David Joseph Cord and wife, Sandra Kay, of Palm Bay, Florida, Barbara Cord Groves, and Michael Robert Cord and wife, Beth Ann, all of Shelbyville; brothers, Alan Curson and wife, Terri, of Southport, North Carolina, Darryl Curson and wife, Lynda, of Ellettsville, and Greg Curson and wife, Roberta, of Anderson; sister, Deborah Chambers of Everett, Washington; grandchildren, Zachary Tyler Casper Cord, James Nicholas “Nick” Groves and girlfriend, Alexandrea Sumuel, Robert Casner “Robbie” Groves, Luke Michael Cord and wife, Emily Simpson, William Robert “Clark” Cord; and great-grandson, Casper West Cord.

 

In addition to Nicholas, Jinnie was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Farrell Curson Jr.

Jinnie graduated in 1955 from Shelbyville High School.

 

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, and St. Joe Social Club.

 

Jinnie retired as the office secretary for Cord Bros., Inc. in 1999, with 34 years of service. She was also a 20-year member of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority. Jinnie was an avid flower gardener and had grown hundreds of varieties of daylilies, she was a member of the Indiana Daylily-Iris Society in Indianapolis.

 

Jinnie enjoyed attending events at The Strand Theatre.

 

A Celebration of Jinnie’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; Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201 or Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, 1717 W 250S, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

James B. Skillman, Sr., 84, of Shelbyville

James B. Skillman, Sr., 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at his residence.

 

Born September 7, 1936, in Shelby County, he was the son of Bill Skillman and Lucille (Benefiel) Skillman.

 

On August 2, 1969, he married the love of his life, Shirley Anne (Griffith) Skillman and she preceded him in death on November 30, 2009.

 

James is survived by his daughters, Linda Richards, Lisa (Terry) Kitchin, and Mary (Mickey) Phares, his son James B. "Jimmy" (Mandy) Skillman, Jr., all of Shelbyville; his sisters, Mary Roy, of Greenfield, and JoAnn Skillman of Jacksonville, FL., his grandchildren, Misty, Christy, Sabrina Anne, Dicky, Tony, Kelly, Andy, Cory and Hunter; his great-grandchildren, Luke, Macy, Deacon, Abbilynn, Jenna, Rylee, Damion, Chase, Hannah, Eadin, Asher, Kody, Wyatt, and Aden; his great-great-grandchildren, Maddox, Jayden, and Dakota, and his daughter-in-law, Brenda Covington.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, his son, Hal Covington, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and great-granddaughter, Kayla McColley

 

James attended Southwestern High School.  He was a member of the Indiana National Guard.

 

He attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Shelbyville.  James was a member of the Eagles Lodge 766.  He began working in maintenance at Admiral at the age of 18 and stayed in maintenance until retiring from Great States in 1999.

 

He was an avid bowler.  In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing.  His family was most important to him.  His greatest joy was spending time with his loved ones.
 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St.
 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Stephen Bohall officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Military rites will be conducted by local veterans’ organizations.

 

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

 

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

Franklin L. Chambers, 92, of Shelbyville

Franklin L. Chambers, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 in Punta Gorda, Florida.

 

Born April 6, 1928  in St. Paul, he was the son of John Ambrose Chambers and Freida Faye (Friday)

Chambers.  He married Marilyn Sue (Perry) Chambers on November 27, 1954 and she preceded him on November 9, 2016.

 

Survivors include 4 children- Debra Mathies (husband Steve) of Shelbyville, Linda Garrett (husband Steven) of Greensburg, Darlene Clark of Shelbyville, Larry Chambers of  Shelbyville ; 2 siblings- Doris Rasche of DuBois, Carl Chambers of Shelbyville, 9 grandchildren- Jamin Clark (wife Kristy), Amy Erwin (husband Brian), Nikki Adams (Andy Eads), Chanda Dick (husband Dana), Nathan Adams (wife Erica), Tate Linville (wife Meagan), Natasha Wagner, Myka Worth (husband Stone), Samatha Chambers; 11 great grandchildren- Rylee, Emily, Sara, McKenna,

Ian, Abigail, Clare, Kody, Eryn, Emmaline, Quinton; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, brother John Jr., and sisters Margaret and Helen.

 

Mr. Chambers had lived in St. Paul for 65 years, and Pleasure Valley for 24 years.  He graduated from Manilla High School.  He was a 39 + year employee of Penn Central, New York Central, and Conrail railroads, earning the Outstanding employee Award from Conrail in 1988.  After retiring from the railroads, he then went to work for Major Hospital in the engineering dept. for 27 years, retiring in 2017. 

 

Frank loved sports and enjoyed playing and coaching.  He was a multiple softball/baseball coach for Mathies Landscaping, a Babe Ruth coach, played for multiple fast and slow pitch teams, including The Shelby Sting, Kerasun, Silver Foxes, and was named to the All Star railroad team in 2010.  He supervised the softball league and diamond in St. Paul, supervised St. Paul gym

volleyball and basketball programs,  raced cart ponies,  provided maintenance at Flat Rock YMCA, and was a Boy Scout leader.

 

He also served for a time as the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Dept. Fire Chief.  He was a US Air Force veteran.

 

Funeral services will be 6:00 pm on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with   Pastor Bill Horner officiating. 

 

Friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 pm until the time of the service, at the funeral

home. 

 

Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery in St. Paul on Monday morning, April 26, 2021 at 9:00 am.  Military rites will be conducted by a local veterans organization.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Major Hospital Foundation, or the Indy Honor Flight, PO Box 10, Plainfield, Indiana 46168.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Former Rochester resident, Margaret E. Zumbaugh 82, of New Albany

Former Rochester resident, Margaret E. Zumbaugh 82, of New Albany passed away at 3:15 PM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 in the Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

 

On December 5, 1938, Margaret Ellen Jarred was born in Swannington, Norfolk England.  She was a treasured daughter of Arthur and Louisa Eastoe Jarred.  Growing up she shared her childhood with two sisters Hazel and Dorcas and a brother Keith.

 

Margaret met the love of her life, Mr. Wayne S. Zumbaugh while he was stationed in England with the United States Air Force. Their romance flourished and they married on December 30, 1961 in England.  The young couple returned to the US following his stint in the service.  Margaret later received her United States citizenship.  She and Wayne shared 24 years together.  Sadly, he passed on November 10, 1985.  From their union came two daughters Julie and Celena.  The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.

 

With a lifelong passion for ALL animals, Margaret had a reverence for ALL things in nature, including trees, the air, & the land.
She would say that her Church was outside in a pasture and that her favorite hymns were the birdsong (the choir) and gentle breezes through the leaves on the trees (the woodwinds).


As a young girl, Margaret loved & cared for Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, cats and anything else she could smuggle home. As a teenager, she would ride her bicycle to a nearby horse stable, working for the owner,  in return to learn about horse care, and later horseback riding and show jumping. 

 

Margaret meticulously wrote in her journal's everything she learned. Many years later, she bought her very own horse, when she and Wayne bought a small farm in Fulton County, where they raised Arabian horses, cows, pigs, geese, ducks, chickens & rabbits.  Margaret even bottle fed, raised by hand, around the clock, an orphaned, newborn colt. Injured, ill or unwanted animals, fur or feathered, received her love, comfort & gentle care, 365/24/7.  Margaret also loved deer, squirrels, raccoons, possums, birds...especially hummingbirds that came annually to the kitchen window sugar-water feeder.  Margaret felt her calling in life was to be one of God’s animal caretakers and we know she was one of the very best.

 

Left to cherish Margaret's memory are her daughters:  Julie Lewis and husband Christopher of New Albany, Celena Watson and husband Tom of Argos; three granddaughters: Lisa Malloy and husband AT, Shelby Foster and husband Andrew, Meghan Watson; three great-grandchildren with another blessing due to arrive in September; a sister Hazel Massingham and husband Herbert of England; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Preceding Margaret in death are her parents, beloved husband Wayne a sister Dorcas Downs and a brother Keith Jarred.

 

A graveside service celebrating the life of Margaret Ellen Zumbaugh will be at 3:30 PM, April 16, 2021 at the Richland Center Cemetery.  Chaplain Jason See will officiate.  Memorials may be made to your local animal shelter.  Please spay and neuter your pets.

Richard Allen "Rick" Comstock, 65, of Shelbyville

Richard Allen "Rick" Comstock, 65, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at

MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

Born November 13, 1955 in Shelby County, he was the son of George Comstock and Mary

(Shelton) Comstock. He married Angela (Toll) Comstock on July 28, 2004 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include 3 daughters - Jennifer Kummer (husband Shawn) of Franklin, Jodi Rawley

(husband Mark) of Shelbyville, Lindsey Toll Burk (husband Ryan) of Union City, IN; brother-

Ronny Comstock (wife Linda) of Haughton, Louisiana, sister- Cora Briggs of Elkhart; 2 sisters-

in-law Flo Comstock of Shelbyville and Janet Comstock of Carrollton; 8 grandchildren- Michael

Kummer, Elizabeth Kummer, Skyann Wainscott York (husband Tommy), Josh Wainscott, Mack

Wainscott (companion Gabby), Hadley Burk, Harper Burk, Reid Burk; and 9 great-grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers- Mike & Danny and sister Mary.

 

Rick lived in this area most of his lifetime and was employed with Eli Lilly, retiring after 20 years of service. He graduated

from Southwestern High School in 1974 and was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. Rick was

an avid Coca Cola collector, and was a friend to all. He enjoyed bird watching, and listening to Gaither

music. He dearly loved his family and grandchildren and enjoyed the time he was able to spend with them.

 

Funeral services will be 5:00pm. Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos

Rd. with Pastor Steve Bohall and Rev. Bruce Banister officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends

may call on Sunday from 3:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Pamela Sue Fishbaugh, 67, of Fairland

Pamela Sue Fishbaugh, 67, of Fairland, went home to be with her Lord and

Savior on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

 

Pam was born in Fairland on August 28, 1953.  She graduated from Triton

Central High School in 1971.  Early in her career Pam was employed at

Indianapolis Power & Light, and later ran a day care out of her home.  She

treasured the children that she cared for and embraced every moment she

spent with them.

 

Pam enjoyed spending time outdoors, painting, listening to music, and loving

on her animals.  She will be most remembered for her faith in the Lord, her talent 

as an artist, and her humor and wit.  She will be forever loved and never forgotten

by her family, her friends, and most of all her dog Jesse.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on April 24, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm at

New Life United Methodist Church, 6145 N. 400 W. Fairland, Indiana 46126.

Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Betty Jean Stohry, 93, of Shelbyville

Betty Jean Stohry, 93, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at Ashford Place

in Shelbyville.

 

She was born June 15, 1927 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Tennant and Ruth (Eubank)

Hungerford.  She married Willard Bearl Stohry on November 16, 1953 and he preceded her

on April 22, 2012.

 

Betty is survived by her son Kimble Stohry and wife YongCha of Incheon, South Korea, 

daughter Kara Lueck and husband Doug of Mesa Arizona; grandsons Evan Lueck, Enoch

Stohry and wife EunJoo; granddaughters Hannah Stohry, Hosanna Gobert and husband Dayton; 

great-granddaughter Evelyn Stohry, and great-grandson Eian Stohry.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a son  Steven Stohry.

 

Betty graduated in 1945 from Waldron High School.  She was a homemaker, a great cook, and

worked for several shops and businesses in Shelbyville over the years.

 

Betty was quite an accomplished crafter- embroidering, cross-stitching, and knitting afghans.  In

her lifetime she knitted over 100 afghans for family, friends, and neighbors. She fearlessly loved

her family, the farm, and her dogs and cats.  She was a member of Zion Evangelical Church.

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home,

437 Amos Road, with Pastor Brad Schultz officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends

may call on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 noon until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations  to: Zion Evangelical Church, in care of the funeral home.

 

The funeral service will be streamed live on our Facebook page, Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Katrina Lou "Tina" Hammersley, 74, of Shelbyville

Katrina Lou "Tina" Hammersley, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at

Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

Born December 26, 1946 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Theodore Charles Clements

and Janet (Mitchell) Clements.  She married Mickey Hammersley on February 7, 1987 and he

survives.

 

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Julie Benefiel (husband Joseph) of Shelbyville, Teola

Hornaday of Shelbyville; a sister Teola Carmony of Shelbyville; sister in law Sue Clements of Shelbyville; one granddaughter- Jessica

Benefiel; 2 great grandsons- Jacob Eldridge, and Joshua Boucher.  She was preceded in death

by her parents, an infant daughter Idalynn Hornaday, and a brother Buddy Clements.

 

Mrs. Hammersley was a lifelong resident of this area, and had been employed as a attendant

at Colonial Laundry for several years.  She graduated from Manilla High School in 1964, and was

a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

 

Tina enjoyed crafting, sewing, cross stitching, diamond art, butterflies, planting flowers, attending Bible Study,

traveling to Florida, witnessing to others about her faith, and spending time with her family and 

grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church,

3718 E. Blue Ridge Road, with Pastor Robb Barlow officiating.  Burial will be in Manilla Cemetery.

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

 

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

funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Harold Wayne Patterson, 93, of Shelbyville

Harold Wayne Patterson, 93, of Shelbyville passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born July 2, 1927, in Shelby County, the son of Raymond and Birdie (Baker) Patterson. On July 3, 1948, he married his wife of 72 years, Jo Anna Magee, and she preceded him in death on January 20, 2021.

 

Harold is survived by his daughters, Pam Burgette and husband, Jere, of Bradenton, Florida, and Teresa Waltz and husband, Phil, of Shelbyville; 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; and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to Jo Anna, Harold was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Kenneth Patterson.

 

Harold graduated in 1945 from Flat Rock High School.

 

He served in the US Army Air Corp and was stationed in the Philippines.

 

Harold was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

 

He had worked at Arvin in Columbus, General Electric and Wellman, as a tool and die maker, retiring in 1989.

 

After retirement, Harold and Jo Anna enjoyed spending a few winters in Florida.

 

He loved his family.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, with Rev. 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 the First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Roger Edward Kuhn, 64, of Shelbyville

Roger Edward Kuhn, 64, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021at St. Francis Hospital.

 

He was born August 3, 1956 in Rushville, IN to Robert E. Kuhn and Edna (Elliott) Kuhn.

 

Roger graduated from Morristown High School in 1974.

 

He was a U.S. Army veteran. Roger worked at the VA Hospital and retired in 2018, after 31 years of service.

 

He was a member of Morristown Christian Church.  He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans.  Roger loved to travel and has been to all 50 states.  He also enjoyed spending his time fishing.

 

Roger worked with the American Diabetes Association and was very active with raising awareness for others with diabetes.

 

He is survived by his father, Robert, his siblings, Loretta Gomez, David (wife, Cindy) Kuhn, Janet (husband, Johnny) Gray, Daryl Kuhn, and Tammy (husband, Steve) Gabbard, two nieces, two nephews, and six great-nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna.

 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Thursday, April 15, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Fred Hickman officiating.

 

Burial will be in the Heroes of Honor and Glory section at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.  Military rites will be conducted by local veteran organizations.

  

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

 

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

Roger W. O'Banyon, 72, of Shelbyville

Roger W. O'Banyon, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at his residence.

 

Born April 22, 1948 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Rogers O'Banyon and Cora (Smith) O'Banyon.  

 

Survivors include 4 siblings- Barb O'Banyon of New York, Teresa Floyd (husband Larry) of North Carolina, Mary Ruth Crowe of Shelbvyille, Tim O'Banyon of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. O'Banyon had lived in this area for 25 years, after moving from Chicago.  He was employed as a driver for Shelby Go for many  years.  He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1967, and was a member of the local Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly. 

 

Roger enjoyed traveling and eating out.  He was a dedicated witness, and enjoyed talking tp people about the Bible and the Kingdom.

 

A Celebration of life will be held at a later date, via Zoom.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Phyllis J. Borders, age 89, of Greenfield

Phyllis J. Borders, age 89 of Greenfield passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 at her home. She was born March 27, 1932 in Indianapolis to the late Arthur and Bertha (Reeves) Johnson.


Phyllis was a homemaker and long-time Sunday school teacher. She was a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol Duncan and Debra Kiser. Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents and husband Navy "Bud" Borders.

All services will be private.

LaRonda D. Shaw, 54, of Indianapolis

LaRonda D. Shaw, 54, of Indianapolis, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born July 16, 1966 in Indianapolis to Ronald E. Newkirk and Ella (Johnson) Newkirk.

 

She was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her family and friends.

 

LaRonda is survived by her husband, Isaac “Ray” Shaw, Jr., her sons, James Marshall and Isaac Shaw III; her daughter, Sarah Shaw, her brothers, Keith Newkirk, and Lonnie, and her sisters, Lora Johnson and Amanda Johnson.

 

She was preceded in death by one brother.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

 

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

 

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

Lory Brett Hankins, 57, of Shelbyville

Lory Brett Hankins, 57, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born January 10, 1964, in Rushville, the son of Richard and Marlene (Manning) Hankins. On June 17, 1984, he married his wife of 36 years, Deana Moore, and she survives.

 

In addition to Deana, Lory is survived by his sons, Stephen Hankins of Shelbyville, Jonathan Hankins of Manilla, and Eric Hankins of Shelbyville; daughters, Ashley Hankins of Shelbyville, and Ada Hankins of Indianapolis; brother, Rusty Hankins and wife, Doris, of Shelbyville; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and a sister.

 

Lory graduated in 1982 from Rushville High School.

 

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Lory formerly worked for Meridian.

 

He enjoyed working puzzles, and playing cards and horseshoes. He also enjoyed family cook-outs.

 

Lory also leaves behind his dog, Jack.

 

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

 

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

Marylin Joan "Joany" Walker, 80, of Shelbyville

Marylin Joan “Joany” Walker, 80, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.

 

She was born August 7, 1940, in Alpena, Michigan, the daughter of John and Margaret Elizabeth “Bessie” (Imeson) Plowman. On June 27, 1959, she married her husband of 61 years, Lewis Thomas “Tom” Walker, and he survives.

 

In addition to Tom, Joany is survived by her daughter, Kristy Holzhausen and husband, Steve, of Shelbyville; sister, Susan Wagner of Clarkston, Michigan; brother, John Plowman and wife, Bonnie, of Alpena; grandson, Andrew Holzhausen and fiance’, Kenya Wheeler; great-grandchildren, Kenneth Holzhausen, Addison Wheeler and Parker Holzhausen; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Joany was preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter, Lisa Sue Walker in 1983.

 

She graduated in 1958 from Alpena High School.

 

Joany was formerly a florist at B & R Flower Shop for 25 years.

 

She served as pianist, choir director and on several women’s groups, while she served as a pastor’s wife for 50 years. Together, she and Tom, pastored for 12 years at Fenns Community Church in Shelbyville; 13 years at Crossroad Community Church in Beech Grove; and 15 years at First Church of God in Iverness, Florida. Joany also ministered to the residents at Especially Kidz.

 

Joany was a former member of the Rainbow Girls.

 

She enjoyed music and was very creative in decorating for the holidays.

 

Joany loved people. She also loved her family, especially her grandson and great-grandchildren.

 

A Gathering of Friends will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Faith Trinity Church, 505 W. Pennsylvania St. in Shelbyville.

 

A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastors Perry Fouts, Gerald Holmes and Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Inurnment will be at Miller Cemetery 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 Salvation Army, 136 E. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or American Heart Association, 6100 W 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278.

 

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

Kevin Wilson, 43, of Shelbyville

Kevin Wilson, 43, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, April 2, 2021 at I.U. Methodist Hospital.

 

He was born July 29, 1977 in Shelbyville to Donnie Wilson and Sharon (Rowe) Wilson.

 

He was a production specialist at Freudenberg-NOK.  Kevin enjoyed the times he was able to travel.  He also enjoyed attending concerts.  His favorite times were spent with his family and friends.

 

Kevin is survived by his mother, Sharon, his daughter, Haley Wilson, his significant other, April Bailey, his step-son, Tanner Bailey, his grandson, Charlie Bailey, his sister, Kelly Johnson, his maternal grandmother, Mildred Rowe, and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Donnie Wilson.

 

 A Celebration of Life will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at the 40 & 8 Club at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

 

  

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

 

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

Bertha Mae Coy, 90, of Flat Rock

Bertha Mae Coy, 90, of Flat Rock passed away Friday, April 2, 2021, at her home.

 

She was born September 15, 1930, in Jennings County, the daughter of Gilbert V. and Tressa M. (Tribbett) Abel. On March 24, 1950, she married Ival G. Coy, and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2018.

 

Bertha is survived by her grandchildren, Cari Lei Coy of Columbus, Leisa Marie Roberts and husband, Dustin, of Shelbyville and Brent Alan Coy of Flat Rock; great-grandchildren, Erik, Mackenzie, Mariah, Tyson, Emma and Adyson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Ival, Bertha was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie Ival Coy on July 14, 2010; brothers, Harry Abel and Warren Gilbert Abel; and a sister, Lena Lee.

 

Bertha graduated in 1948 from Boggstown High School.

 

She was a farm wife. Bertha was the secretary and an Emergency Medical Technician for Trans-Med from 1977 to 2003.

 

Bertha was 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge No. 473, where she had previously served as Worthy Matron. She had also served on the Flat Rock Citizens Committee.

 

She also leaves behind her cat, Bob.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, 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. Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Jerry Lynn Lawrence, 70, of Shelbyville

Jerry Lynn Lawrence, 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Ashford Place.

 

He was born May 19, 1950 in Shelbyville to Kenneth Lawrence and Rosella (Winkler) Lawrence.

 

Jerry graduated from Shelbyville High School.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.

 

Jerry was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He was also a member of the American Legion Post 70, and Knights of Columbus Council 822.

 

Jerry was a lifetime photographer.  One of his favorite places to take photos was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  He retired from Indianapolis International Airport as an air traffic controller.  He loved the times he was able to vacation, especially going on cruises and trips to Branson, MO.

 

Jerry is survived by his brother, David Lawrence of Greenwood, his nephew, Kirk Lawrence, his niece, Gia (Brett) Bowers, one great-nephew, and three great-nieces.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister-in-law, Jackie Lawrence.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Vincent Catholic Cemetery with military rites conducted by local veteran’s organizations.

  

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

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

Jerry W. "Gator" Martin, 84, of Shelbyville

Jerry W. “Gator” Martin, 84, of Shelbyville passed away Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

 

He was born June 13, 1936, in Edgewood, the son of Ralph and Delpha (Ellis) Martin. On March 8, 1986, he married his wife of 35 years, Fredonna K. Lesh, and she survives.

 

In addition to Fredonna, Jerry is survived by his children, Susan Martin-Gibbons of Carmel, Bruce Martin of Shelbyville, Stephanie Sanders and husband, Jim, of Greenwood, and Greg Totten and wife, Donna, of Indianapolis; sister, Berndene Lane and husband, Mark, of Pearland, Texas; grandchildren, Tessa Gibbons, Kylie Beaty and husband, Zane, Kari Daffron and husband, Alex, Cisma Ferguson and husband, David, Courtney Winslow, Jacob Sanders, Mitchel Sanders, Joshua Totten and Michael Totten; great-grandchildren, Christian Ferguson, Landon Ferguson, Oliver Ledden and Jensen Locke; numerous nieces and nephews; and many truly wonderful friends.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Mary Martin; sisters, Helen Renner, Emmalee Weaver, Betty Thompson, Ruth Scarbrough and Letha Martin; and brothers, Don Martin and Bill Martin.

 

He graduated in 1954 from Fairland High School.

 

Jerry worked at and then later owned and operated Bonded Oil from 1952 to 2014. Throughout his business career he sponsored many bowling and youth leagues. His mentor, lifelong friends and business partners, Bruce and Charlotte Wright, were very influential in his life.

 

Jerry’s motto was “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

 

He was formerly a member of the Fairland United Methodist Church, where he was a youth group leader.

 

Jerry loved to play golf and cards, with his friends and family, and enjoyed the thrill of victory.

He also served one term as a school board member for Triton Central Schools.

 

Private family services will be observed and a Celebration of Jerry’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 Dinner Before Bedtime, 157 E. Rampart Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Meals on Wheels, 1728 E. State Road 44, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

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