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John Michael Vermeulen, 57

John Michael Vermeulen, 57, died on December 15, 2021, in Shelbyville, Indiana.

John was born on June 20, 1964, in Connersville, Indiana, and was a 1982 graduate of Whiteland Community High School.  He graduated from Vincennes University in 1984 with a degree in journalism.

He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by three brothers, seven nieces and nephews, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

John was a member of Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.  He worked for the Daily Journal, Sears, and the U.S. Postal Service.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date.

 

Laura "Sharon" (Edwards) Love, 85, Greenfield

Laura “Sharon” (Edwards) Love, 85, Greenfield, went to be with her Lord and Savior, on December 27, 2021.

 

Sharon was born on June 8, 1936, in Winchester, Indiana, to Rowe Dedrick and Gladys Juanita (Pugh) Edwards.

 

She is a 1954 graduate of Winchester High School. She married the love of her life, William C. Love on September 14, 1958.

Sharon worked as a food service director for Greenfield Central School Systems for many years before retiring in 1995. She was a longtime member of Trinity Park United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling after retirement, reading, completing crossword puzzles, and playing card games such as pinochle and euchre. Sharon’s greatest joy in life was her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

Sharon is survived by her loving children: David Love, Catherine (Jeff) Bell, and Tracey (Rod) Payne; 7 amazing grandchildren: Zack Love, Sarah Shortridge, Abby Sutterfield, Lindsay Muffler, Ashley Holmes, Jordan Bell, and Josh Payne; and 13 adorable great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William of 50 years; and brothers, Noel Edwards and Larry Edwards.

Visitation will be on Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield.

 

The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2022, at 10 a.m., also at the funeral home, officiated by Reverend’s Mike Manning and Larry VanCamp.

 

Burial will be in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 and/or Trinity Park United Methodist Church, 207 W. Park Avenue, Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

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

Patricia Ellen (Lowinski) Euler, 93

Patricia Ellen (Lowinski) Euler, 93, passed away peacefully December 27, 2021. She was born March 5, 1928, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to parents, Mary Frances (Kealey) and William Lowinski.

Patricia graduated high school from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in 1946. On March 14, 1950, she married Robert L. Euler. After marriage, she and Robert welcomed a daughter, Elizabeth Ann. Patricia went to work for Lee Apparel in St. Joseph in 1960 and would give 28 years to the company prior to retiring in 1988. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She and Robert purchased a small farm in Faucett, Missouri, in 1968, where she would live for more than 50 years before moving in with her grandson and his family in Montgomery City, Missouri, November 12, 2021.

Patricia was known for her wit, quirky sense of humor, resilience, and unwavering strength. She maintained her feisty attitude and mental sharpness even in her final days on earth. More importantly, Patricia was devoted to family. She moved in with her grandchildren after the unexpected passing of her daughter in 1997 and ensured they received care. For the past six years, Patricia’s true joy were her great-grandchildren who she adored beyond measure.

Her husband preceded her in death August 22, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents; sister, Anna Mary (Lowinski) Sommerhauser; daughter, Elizabeth (Euler) Deering; and son-in-law, Lloyd Deering. Survivors include sister, Dorothy (Lowinski) Morin; granddaughter, Jodi Deering; grandson, Michael (Julie) Deering; great-grandsons, Charley and Henry Deering; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will gather with friends Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 9-10 a.m. at Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel in St. Joseph. A Rosary will immediately follow the visitation. A graveside service will occur at 11:30 a.m. at the Bellemont Cemetery in Wathena, Kansas. A Mass Intention to honor Patricia will be held Sunday, January 16, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Joseph.

 

In lieu of flowers, Patricia requested donations be made in her memory to Second Harvest Community Food Bank of Greater St. Joseph.

 

Carroll James Walter Duncan, 51, of Shelbyville

Carroll James Walter Duncan, 51, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, December 25, 2021 at Franciscan Health.

 

He was born July 28, 1970 in Tillamook, OR to Clarence O.L. Duncan and Carolyn Sue (Dyer) Duncan.  James married Connie L. (Sleeth) Duncan on November 16, 2003.

  

James is survived by his wife, Connie, his son, Andrew James Duncan, sisters; Clarissa (Mark) Mead, Alicia Kritzell, Melissa (Larry) Kritzell, his mother-in-law, Carol Sleeth, 8 nephews and 6 nieces. 

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence O.L. Duncan, his brother, Clarence Edward Duncan, and his father-in-law, Donald Sleeth.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, December 31, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Pastor Erik Frecking officiating.

 

Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

 

Pastor Billy "Bill" Gene Lambert, 67

Pastor Billy "Bill" Gene Lambert, 67, passed away from this life and through Heaven's gate at 12:08 pm on December 22, 2021 at MHP Medical Center, Shelbyville, Indiana, surrounded by his family.

 

He was born May 13, 1954, in Burkes Garden, Virginia, to Elmer & Frances "Ilene" 

(Kimberlin) Lambert. His family moved to Mohawk, Indiana when he was just a small child. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, Fortville, Indiana, in 1973. He went on to graduate from Calvary Midwest Bible College with an associates degree in Theology.

 

On March 29, 1975, he was united in holy matrimony to Wilma Kilgore.  He was smitten with his beloved Wilma since first meeting her in Jr. High School. He always said that when he first seen her, he thought she was "as cute as a newborn speckled puppy."

It took him some time to win over her heart as she couldn't stand him, this could be due in part to him chasing her around the school yard with wooly worms and teasing her endlessly. Even after their 46 years of marriage, he still teased her, but no longer with wooly worms. He was a very loving husband and always tried to give Wilma anything she ever wanted, provided he could afford it.

 

At the time of his passing Bill was employed by "Seniors Helping Seniors" and loved his job. He looked forward to taking care of his clients every day, and was very fond of his co-workers and enjoyed working with them and getting to know them.

 

In 1977, Bill felt the Lord calling him to preach the gospel to a world in need. He went on to serve, in many capacities, in his local church for the next 20 years. In the late 1990's he felt the Lord leading him to start his own church in Knightstown, Indiana.

He pastored there until 2011. In 2012 he felt the Lord calling him to Shelbyville, Indiana to a small church-Living Water Apostolic Church. After attending for 2 years, he became the assistant pastor for the next 3 years. In 2017 he became the pastor of Living  Water Apostolic Church and remained so until his death. Even though he was the  pastor, he always had a servant's heart and would help his members in any way possible. Year after year, he got right in the kitchen and helped make peanut brittle to sell, alongside everyone else.

 

One high note in his ministry was in 2009, when he was able to travel to Brazil,

South America and preach the gospel to the poor and destitute. Though he wore suits when necessary, Bill was much more comfortable in jeans, a shirt and a baseball hat.

He enjoyed working on cars/trucks, remodeling, hanging drywall, traveling, photography and good food. He loved shopping and did so every chance he could get. Most of all, he absolutely loved people and helping them! He was never too busy to listen, easy to talk to and didn't judge. A truer christian and loyal friend did not exist. 

 

Bill greatly loved his family and was especially close to his sister and brother and loved both of them beyond measure. He always looked out for them and would have fought to the death for either of them. He also treasured his beloved nieces and nephews and  always tried to give them his time and attention.

 

Though he had no biological children of his own, he claimed Brandon and Anna as hisown. He was an amazing "Dad" to both of them! Though heart broken over losing their precious dad, they will forever treasure the many memories of "The Best Dad Ever!"

They will especially miss his bear hugs, tender embraces, words of wisdom and encouragement!

 

Though a big man in stature, he was a teddy bear and had a heart as wide as the Grand Canyon.

Beloved husband, loving brother, treasured father, great uncle, loving pastor and amazing friend- these are a few of his attributes. He will be forever missed by all who knew him!

 

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there by mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4

 

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Lambert of Shelbyville, son- Brandon (wife Jennifer) Clark of Wanamaker,

daughter- Anna Konkle of Shelbyville; sister- Linda Lou Steele of Myrtle Beach, SC; brother- Timmy Ray

Lambert of Greenfield; nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded

in death by his parents and brother in law Curtis Steele.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home,  437 Amos Rd, with a friend of the family, Rev. Robert Thompson officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville, Indiana.

 

Friends may call from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at the funeral home.

 

Obituary lovingly written by: Anna Konkle (Daughter)

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Billy Lambert Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Marvin E. Bowman, 80, of Boggstown

Marvin E. Bowman, 80, of Boggstown, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at MHP Medical Center.

He was born January 26, 1941 in Bartholomew County to Ivan Bowman and Clara (Bryan) Bowman.

He married Ruth Heppner on Aug. 6, 1966, and she preceded him in death on November 18, 2014.

He is survived by his sons, Michael Bowman and wife, Trisha, of Boggstown, and James Bowman, of Houston, Texas; daughter, Stephanie Bowman of Greenwood; grandsons, Tyler, Dylan, Bryan, Austin, and Aaron, and granddaughter, Dakota, 4 great-grandchildren, and sister, Patsy (Bill) Davenport.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two sons.

Mr. Bowman attended Boggstown High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was employed most of his life as a truck driver.

Private graveside services will be held at Boggstown Cemetery with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by local veterans organizations.

Funeral Directors Greg A. Parks, Sheila J. Parks and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Mr. Bowman.

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

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

Catherine (Cass) Hewitt, 74, of Greenfield

Catherine (Cass) Hewitt, 74, of Greenfield left to go see the Lord December 22, 2021.

 

She was born May 25, 1947, the daughter of James and Katherine (Murphy) Richey.

She is survived by her husband Philip (Steve) Hewitt, whom she married October 6, 1967; three daughters: Jill (David) Machala, Amanda Hewitt (Mark Crandley), and Emily Hewitt; six grandchildren: Caroline and Nicholas Machala, Clare and Nolan Crandley, and Clementine and James (Kelly) Cassell; brother, Jess Richey; and sister, Jeanette Richey.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, James L. Richey; sister, Joellen Smith; and Keegan Cassell.

Services and burial will be held at Park Cemetery in Greenfield on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 2:15 p.m. There will be no calling.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth "Betty" Meltzer Boilek, of Carmel

Elizabeth “Betty” Meltzer Boilek, of Carmel, a devoted wife and mother passed away on December 22, 2021 at the age of 98. She is mourned by eight children; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was born to Brady and Louise Meltzer in April of 1923 and raised on the Meltzer family homestead in Shelby County along with her siblings, Philip Meltzer and Martha Spalding, who preceded her in death.

A Waldron graduate, class of 1942, Betty attended Indiana University where she met her first husband, Vincent Rogers.

During World War II, she worked in a war production factory like many “Rosie the Riveters”. While primarily a homemaker due to her large family, “Mrs. Rogers” also worked as an elementary school teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Shelbyville.

She married Wallace Boilek in 1971 and they made their home in Hammond.

Proud of her ancestry, she was a long-time member of the Timothy Ball Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. The Boileks retired in Carmel and Betty was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and an avid bridge player.

Betty is survived by her children, Carol (Mike) Fridlin, Barb (Marc) Landry, and Susan (Paul) Smith, all of Carmel, Tom (Inge) Rogers of Shelbyville, John (Don) Rushong of Portland, Oregon, Wally (Janice) Boilek Jr. of Cedar Lake, and Pamela Boilek of Schererville.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jim Rogers in 2005.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 4218 E. Michigan Road, in Shelbyville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

Interment will be at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meltzer Woods, in care of Central Indiana Land Trust, 1500 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46202.

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

Wallace F. Harrell, 96, of Franklin, formerly of Shelbyville

Wallace F. Harrell, 96, of Franklin, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis. He finally realized his long-held desire of joining Lorene, his beloved wife of 75 years, in eternity. He was born at home on a snowy October 18, 1925, in Fairland, the son of Earl and Dorothy (Tucker) Harrell. He married Lorene Kingery on December 9, 1945, and she preceded him in death on March 22, 2020.

Wallace is survived by his daughters, Barbara (BJ) Fairchild-Newman, Indianapolis, and Joyce Shaffer and husband Tom, Walterboro, South Carolina. Grandchildren include Andrew Shaffer, New York; Lauren Shaffer McKinney and fiance Chris Reinhardt, Asheville, North Carolina; Pamela Fairchild-Clark and husband Cody, Indianapolis; and Joseph Fairchild, Indianapolis. His great-grandchildren are Heidi and Harrison Clark and Bryce and Ford McKinney. In addition to Lorene and his parents, Wallace was preceded in death by his son, Larry Harrell of California and his brother, Herman Harrell, of Mississippi.

Wallace graduated from Waldron High School in 1943 and started a machinist apprenticeship at Bridgeport Brass Company in Indianapolis. He joined the Army in 1944 and served in Germany during World War II. After returning from the war, he worked as a skilled machinist while raising his family, retiring from the Ransburg Corporation in Indianapolis in 1986. Wallace was a Past Master of the Sugar Creek Lodge #279 F&AM in Fairland, and he and Lorene lived in Fairland for 40 years before moving to Shelbyville in 1994. They moved to Otterbein Franklin Senior Life Community in 2014, where he lived until his death.

Wallace and his wife were members of the Bears of Blue River Camping Club for many years, and they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States in their motorhome.

Wallace was a member of Fairland United Methodist Church for 35 years and proudly considered himself a born-again Christian. He was also a member of Town and Country Christian Church in Shelbyville and Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin.

Visitation is from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville. Funeral services will follow at 1 pm at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Kinsey of Grace United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Dr., Franklin, Indiana 46131.

Rita Marie Addis, 63, of Shelbyville

Rita Marie Addis, 63, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, December 24, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born August 27, 1958, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Ben and Marie (Wenning) Kesterman. On September 3, 1977, she married Donald Keith Addis, and he preceded her in death on January 2, 2015.

Rita is survived by her three sons, Tony Addis of Lynnville, Brandon Addis and wife, Beth, and Jared Addis and wife, Lisa, both of Shelbyville; sisters, Donna Cronin and husband, Jim, of Ohio, and Theresa Basey of Shelbyville; brother, Dennis Kesterman and wife, Carla, of Fairland; grandchildren, Patrick, Justin, Jonah, Jonathon, Eden, Elijah, Logan and Austin; sisters-in-law, Barbara Kesterman of Shelbyville, Cheryl Tignor of Zanesville, Ohio, and Kathy Taisey of Springfield, Ohio; brothers-in-law, Tom Toll of Shelbyville; Rick Addis and wife, Karen, of Zanesville, Ohio, and Scott Addis and wife, Brandi, of Springfield, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Donald, Rita was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Dale Kesterman; and sister, RoseMary Toll.

Rita graduated in 1976 from Shelbyville High School.

She worked as a service associate for Village Pantry in Shelbyville.

Rita was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She also leaves behind her cat, Bo.

A Celebration of Rita’s Life will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 2022, at American Legion Post No. 70, 1125 Miller Avenue, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

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

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

Connie Marie Bright, 79, of Shelbyville

Connie Marie Bright, 79, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, December 23, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital.

 

Born August 7, 1942 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Arthur Russell Comstock & Geneva Mae (Mays) Comstock.

 

She married Donald G. Bright on March 26, 1977 and he preceded her in 2013.

 

Survivors include daughter- Katrina Hall of Shelbyville; grandchildren-

Wendell Stewart, Nathan Stewart; 6 great grand children- Brayden, Mason,

Leila, Kaydon, Joel, Kaylynn Stewart; she is also survived by many 

nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband,

son Gary Bright, 4 sisters- Carolyn Walton, Barbara Rhoades, Darlene Geary,

Lisa Tucker and brother Jonathan Comstock.

 

Connie had lived in this area her entire lifetime and graduated from Shelbyville

High School.

 

She was employed at Cinch Manufacturing as a parts manufacturer and also in the cafeteria for Shelbyville Central Schools. Connie also worked as a 

seamstress for many years. Connie loved get togethers with her family and friends,  playing cards, and crocheting. She loved to go on trips, shopping flea markets, sight seeing  and stopping by historical sights along the way. Most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Wednesday from 11:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations can be made to the Salvation Army in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Michael Gene Caruthers, 67, of Fairland

Michael Gene Caruthers, 67, of Fairland, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at his residence.

 

Born July 5, 1954 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Donald T. and Norma (Stephens) Caruthers.

 

He married Debra (Boles) Carutherson February 23, 1973 and she survives.

 

Survivors include children- Crystal (Jeremy) Cord of Fairland, Brandi

(Derek) Stover of Shelbyville, son in law Ben Shepperd; brother- Ronnie

Caruthers of Fairland, brother in law Ron (Susan) Boles of Fairland, sister

in law Connie Humphreys of Shelbyville; grandchildren- Paige Davis, Ema

Cord, Chad Morton, Gage (Grace) Caruthers, Cole Shepperd, Jackson Stover;

he is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death

by his parents and daughter Kelly Caruthers.

 

Michael lived in this area his entire lifetime ,graduated from Triton Central

High School class of 1973 and was a lifetime member of the AMA.

 

He was a press operator with Freudenburg NOK for 38 years, retiring in 2020.

 

Michael enjoyed spending time with his family, tinkering in his garage, riding his

Harley Davidson, and chasing down the checkered flag at the race track on his

dirt bike.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2022 at Glenn E. George 

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd.

 

Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 at the funeral home. 

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Eugene (Gene) Bruce Polk, age 74, of Greenfield

Eugene (Gene) Bruce Polk, age 74, of Greenfield passed away December 18, 2021, at his home.

 

He was born November 12, 1947, in Shirley, Indiana to the late Charles and Velma (Pritz) Polk.

Gene to some, Pokey to others, was a godly man who loved God and his family. During his life, he enjoyed many things, from playing bass guitar in a band with his best friends to working in his garage doing body work on cars and building his one-of-a-kind things for his family. He loved his church and church family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jean (Babydoll) Hendren Polk of Greenfield, Indiana; Son, Eddy (Wendy) Polk of Greenfield, Indiana; Daughters: Susy (Ryan) Nickel of New Palestine, Indiana, Penny Polk of Greenfield, Indiana, and Samantha (Blake) Beauchat of Greenfield, Indiana; Grandchildren: Brandon (Samantha) Radford of New Castle, Indiana, Cody (Andi) Polk of Wilmington, North Carolina, Whitney Jefford of Greenfield, Indiana, Matthew Polk of Greenfield, Indiana, Zeke Jefford of New Palestine, Indiana, Layni, Addison, and Paisley Beauchat of Greenfield, Indiana; Great-grandchildren: Eva and Hudson Radford of New Castle, Indiana, and Kade Jefford of Greenfield, Indiana; and Brothers: Charles (Eddi) Calhoun of Arkansas and Robert (Roxane) Polk of Knightstown, Indiana.

Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Velma Polk; granddaughter, Kelsey Jane Polk; mother and father in-law, Buck and Pat Hendren; and brother in-law, Jr. Tanner.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 1450 West Main Street, Greenfield, on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., with one hour of visitation, prior to the service.

 

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gene’s late granddaughter, Kelsey Jane Polk, by sending them to “Justice for Kelsey”, c/o Citizens State Bank, 475 N. McCullum Street, Knightstown, Indiana 46148.

 

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield, Indiana, has been honored to assist Gene’s family during their loss.

 

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

Lois F. Byrnes, 93, of Shelbyville

Lois F. Byrnes, 93, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

 

Born January 21, 1928 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Russell and Mary (Gosch) Boger. She was preceded in death by 3 husbands- Kenneth Coy, James Woolard and Donald Byrnes.

 

Survivors include children- Sharon Hatfield of Shelbyville, Larry (Patty) Schofner of 

Greensburg,  grand daughters- Angie McCarter of Martinsville and April Chancy, whom she raised; grandchildren- Lance Schofner and Dustin Hatfield; 6 step grandchildren and 3 adopted grand daughters; 9 great grand children , 4 great great grandchildren and 8 step children.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 sisters- Martha Zinser, Evelyn Jackson, Ces Boring; 2 brothers- Gene Boger, Lawrence Boger; 3 step children- Janice Singer, Donald Woolard and Rick Woolard.

 

Mrs. Byrnes was a lifetime resident of this area and was a self employed seamstress. She graduated from Waldron High School class of 1946, was a member of Lewis Creek Baptist Church, a 4-H leader for 19 years, a member of Eastern Star for over 50 years, a member of the Mystery Pals extension club for 50 years, and a seamstress for the Shelbyville Community Theatre. Lois enjoyed working puzzles, playing cards, traveling, but most of all loved spending

time with her family.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Lewis Creek Baptist Church, 1400 E 600 S. Waldron, with Pastor Harvey Taylor officiating.

 

Burial will be held in Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 4:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations can be made to Lewis Creek Baptist Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences can be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Terry L. Smith, 65, of Shelbyville

Terry L. Smith, 65, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at his home.

He was born March 26, 1956, in Indianapolis, the son of Thomas “Tom” and Ruby (Costelow) Smith. On December 24, 1975, he married Patricia “Pat” Andis, and she survives.

In addition to Pat, Terry is survived by his mother of Shelbyville; daughter, Christina Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother, Brian Scott Smith, of Greenfield; granddaughter, Morgan Lilak of Flat Rock; father-in-law, Jacob Andis of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; son, Scott Rouse; and brother, Larry Lee Smith.

Terry currently owned and operated Terry’s Tire Recovery and Diamond Shine Detail. He formerly owned and operated Terry’s Truck and Trailer Repair. Terry and Pat were formerly food vendors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for over 20 years, while at the Speedway he also fueled generators for the race teams.

He was formerly a member of the Morristown Lions Club and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Murat Shrine.

He enjoyed watching NASCAR and Indy car races.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, December 27, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, Texas 75284-0692.

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

Shirley Ann Polston, 80, of Waldron

Shirley Ann Polston, 80, of Waldron passed away Monday, December 20, 2021 at her residence.

  

She was born May 31, 1941 in Greensburg to Harold Pursley and Freida (Hermish) Pursley.

 

Shirley married Theodore ‘Ted’ Polston on June 21, 1959 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 2007.

 

Shirley worked at Freudenburg for 50 years.  Shopping was her enjoyment.

 

Shirley is survived by her son, Brian (Lisa) Polston of Muncie; her sister, Sharon Dick, her granddaughter, Kendra Polston, her grandson, Jayson Polston, 5 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her son, Kenneth Allen Polston, and 2 brothers.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will follow at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Greg Albert officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com

Nancy Ann (Wilhite) Haldrup, 91

Nancy Ann (Wilhite) Haldrup, 91, born August 14, 1930, in Muncie, Indiana, peacefully passed in her sleep, surrounded by her five children, on December 16, 2021. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Anderson, Indiana, where she thrived and learned to love to dance. A passion she followed for decades to come. She graduated from Anderson High School and matriculated to Northwestern University where she met, fell madly in love, and married Jack Sigurd Haldrup. They lived in Chicago, Indianapolis, and Anderson before settling in Greenfield, Indiana, where she lived until she moved to Indianapolis in 1987 and starting in the late 1990’s, spent a couple of months each year at her place in Florida.

She travelled the world with Jack, but spent most of her time devoted to her family. She rarely, if ever, missed a recital, performance, or sporting event where one her kids appeared, even if they sang out of tune or were the 13th player on a 12-person team. She tirelessly and humbly volunteered to support any cause. Over the years, she served the Anderson and Hancock County school systems as room mother, seamstress for band, chorus, drama clubs, and sports teams, and led and served on countless fundraisers. She worked in the kitchen, taught Sunday School, and worked at Bradley United Methodist Church. She led the 4-H chapter of Busy Bees where she influenced the lives of girls and young women. As an active member of many organizations, she held many roles with Tri-Kappa, Meals-on-wheels, Planned Parenthood, the Hancock County Hospital and its gift shop, the Hancock County Mental Health Association, the American Heart Association, the United Way, the Boys and Girls club of Greenfield, the Propyleaum, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Republican Party, and the Indianapolis Symphony, to name a few. She served her community without ever seeking recognition and did more behind the scenes to make her community a better place for those less fortunate than will ever be known.

In the early 1990’s she founded Nana Camp, where each year she took her grandchildren for a week and showered them with her love and life lessons, all while taking them on trips to the Zoo, the Children’s Museum, the Dinner Theater, movies, go-carting, and daily swims on her lake. They are all better people today because of their Nana and her guidance.

She relentlessly followed the Colts, Pacers, Hoosiers, Boilers, and more recently, the Clemson Tigers. She knew the players and often watched multiple games at a time. Her teams lost a big fan.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Davis Wilhite and Marcella Marie (Gossett) Wilhite; her husband, Jack Haldrup of 32 years; and her beloved sister, Patti Stoops.

She is survived by her loving children: Bob (Kathy) Haldrup, Linda (Randy) Shields, Andy (Kim) Haldrup, Jane (Robert) Vowell, and Neil Haldrup; wonderful grandchildren: Erin Perrazzelli, Adam Shields, Brittany Hewitt, Jack Haldrup, Betsy Forrer, Ellen Turner, Abby Myers, Kate Haldrup, Ben Vowell, Luke Vowell, Riley Haldrup, Emma Vowell, Jenson Haldrup, and Garrett Haldrup; 11 awesome great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Eva Clauson and Jean Stap; 3 nieces: Chris Lacaria, Sandy Cliffton, and Sue Kust; and many friends.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 23, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or the Boys and Girls Club of Greenfield. If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by www.stillingerfamily.com

Robert 'Bob' E. Toon, 91, a lifetime member of Shelby Co

Robert ‘Bob’ E. Toon, 91, a lifetime member of Shelby Co., passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021 at his residence.

  He was born December 19, 1929 to Clifford and Lula (Schilling) Toon.  On May 18, 1957, he married Norma Jean Moore and she preceded him in death on February 15, 2010

  Bob worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk for 24 years, until retiring in 1989.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 70, and lifetime member of the VFW.  He loved to play cards and tennis, in which he played well into his 80’s.  Bob was an avid bowler, and was inducted into the Shelby County Bowling Association Hall of Fame; he also received a 35 year plague from the American Bowling Congress (ABC). Bob was a Korean War Veteran, serving for the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of Corporal.

  Bob is survived by his sons, Steven (Carol) Bullard, James ‘Punk’ R. Bullard (Vicki Danek), Bobby G. (Sandy) Toon, and Danny R. (Brenda) Toon, daughters, Sandi L. White (John Spurling), 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren. 

  He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers, Elbert and Donald Toon, daughter, Linda Bullard Gerstner, and daughter-in-law, Kathy Bullard.

 Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, December 19, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.

  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, December 20, 2021 at the funeral home.

  Burial will be to follow in Forest Hill Cemetery with full Military Honor’s conducted by the local American Legion Post 70 Memorial Team.

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

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

Donna Jean Taylor, 82, of Shelbyville

Donna Jean Taylor, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021, at her home.

She was born May 19, 1939, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Fred and Gaylena (Wood) Hodson.

Donna is survived by her son, Charles Merritt of Shelbyville; daughters, Lorretta Stevens of Greenfield, and Beth Beauchamp of Shelbyville; sisters, Maxine Williams of Newport News, Virginia, and Suzan Kelly of Greenfield; granddaughter, Gaylena Head and husband, Kevin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Fred A. Hodson, Robert E. Hodson, Richard S. Hodson and Thomas L. Hodson; and a sister, Joyce I. Hornback.

Donna was a homemaker and had formerly worked in various factories.

She enjoyed doing crafts, sewing, reading and working crossword puzzles.

Donna also leaves behind her dog, Buttons.

Private family services were conducted.

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

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

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

Ann D. Finkel, 59, of Greenfield, formerly of Indianapolis

Ann D. Finkel, 59, of Greenfield, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2021, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born June 11, 1962, in Burbank, California, the daughter of David Paul and Dione (Polakoff) Tisius. On June 23, 1984, she married her husband of 37 years, Kenneth D. Finkel, and he survives.

In addition to Ken, Ann is survived by her daughters, Jessica A. Minor and husband, Donald, of Noblesville, and Sally E. Finkel and fiance’, Adam Reddigari, of Lafayette; granddaughter, Caroline Minor; and several nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Daniel Tisius and Jon Tisius.

She graduated in 1980 from West High School in Torrance, California, and continued her education receiving her bachelors degree from Indiana University in 1984.

Ann was a member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and IHC Sisterhood, where she volunteered in the gift shop and visiting the sick. She also volunteered in many capacities at Lawrence Township Schools.

She was the owner of Blue River Supply LLC. Ann had previously worked at Crestview Elementary, SMC Pneumatics and Woods Wire Products.

Ann enjoyed reading books, watching movies and traveling. She also enjoyed going to the Indianapolis Colts, and Indiana Pacers and Fever games.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, December 20, 2021, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, 1300 E. 161st St., Westfield, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) Foundation, 656 Quince Orchard Road, #650, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878.

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

John William Tannehill, 84, of Fairland

John William Tannehill, 84, of Fairland, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born May 3, 1937, in Hillsboro, Ohio, the son of Norman and Mary Jean (Walker) Tannehill. On August 5, 1972, he married Laura Eloise Woodard, and she preceded him in death on September 11, 2012.

 

John is survived by his adopted family, Mike and Ruth Woitas and their children, of Mankato, Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Laura, John was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Adra Lee Heise. John graduated in 1955 from Hillsboro High School, and received associate and bachelors degrees from various colleges.

 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Cold War, as a radio teletype operator. John was a very active member of the Fairland Grace Community Church.

 

He formerly worked for Mead, the railroad in shipping, and retiring from Inland Container, as the senior shipping logistics officer.

 

John enjoyed being a member of the Blue River Community Choir, Gideons International and the Fairland division of Shelby Senior Services.

 

He enjoyed traveling, hiking, and collecting stones and fossils.

 

John loved to continue his education and also enjoyed collecting train memorabilia.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Fairland Grace Community Church, 205 W. Washington St. in Fairland.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastor James Moore officiating.

 

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairland Grace Community Church. Online condolences may be shared with John’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Steven R. Musgrave, 71, of Shelbyville

Steven R. Musgrave, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.

 

He was born October 8, 1950, in Kenton, Ohio, the son of Francis “Jr” and Patricia Anne (Keckler) Musgrave. On August 22, 1975, he married his high school sweetheart, Denise Grace Lusk, and she survives.

 

In addition to Denise, Steve is survived by his daughters, Sarah Lewis and husband, Wade, and Jessica Musgrave and John Renbarger, both of Shelbyville; sisters, Gloria Nash and husband, Alan, and Lori Dickmann, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Colin Mohr, Connor Mohr, Hannah Mohr, Maxwell Musgrave and Cooper Leffler; step-grandchildren, Erika Renbarger, Sara Lewis, Max Lewis, Cooper Lewis, Sam Lewis, Izzy Lewis; and step-great-granddaughter, Amara Lewis. He also leaves behind his dog, Mike.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Randall S. “Randy” Musgrave.

Steve graduated in 1969 from Shelbyville High School.

 

He retired as the plant manager at Johnson Controls in 1999. After retiring, he ran the family business, Musgrave Utility.

 

Steve was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine and the NRA. He loved his farm, with its lake and river, which he referred to as “a little piece of heaven.”

 

Steve enjoyed playing cards, going fishing, gardening, reading and tinkering around the farm. He loved his family and cherished the memories he created with them.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

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

 

Interment will be at Snyder Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

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

Vyda Limpus, 92, of Shelbyville

Vyda M. Limpus, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Greensburg, IN.

 

She was born June 5, 1929 in Goshen, IN, to Gordon Goodman and Ethel (Gagnon) Goodman.   She married Ora Limpus on November 9, 1946.

 

Vyda attended Beauty College in Columbus, IN. After college, she became a self-employed hairdresser and worked at Marsh Supermarket until retiring in 2009.

 

Vyda was a member of the Home Economics Club and attended Lewis Creek Baptist Church. She will be forever missed for her great sense of humor and her laid back attitude and loving patience.

 

Vyda is survived by her daughter, Debra (Pete) Cunningham and daughter-in-law, Cindy Limpus, grandchildren, Michelle (John) Holt, Anita (Nathan) Sipes, and Angela Cunningham, great-grandchildren, Luke Sipes, Elise Sipes, Claire Sipes and Hyatt Thurston, brother, Jack (Bobbie) Goodman, and sisters, Beverly(Charles) Boxell, Lois Cripe, Linda Solomon, Sharon (Sam) Barnard and many nieces and nephews.

 

Vyda was preceded in death by her husband, Ora Limpus, son, Edwin Limpus and sisters, Eileen Rush and Shirley (Robert) Trittipo.

 

Visitation will be from 10am to 11:30am., Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Lewis Creek Baptist Church, 1400 E 600 S, Waldron, IN.

 

Funeral service to follow with Pastor Harvey Taylor officiating. Burial will be at the Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given Our HOSPICE of Decatur County, 946 E. Main St., Greensburg, IN 47240 and Lewis Creek Baptist Church, 1400 E 600 S, Waldron, IN 46182.

 

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

 

Larilla Jean (Brown) Scofield, 88, Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, former Shelbyville resident

Larilla Jean (Brown) Scofield, 88, resident of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, former Shelbyville resident, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Johnson Memorial Hospital. 

 

Born May 19, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of Elwood and Hazel (Wesner) Brown. She married Gerald Wayne Scofield on January 4, 1953 at Edgewood United Methodist Church, Indianapolis. He preceded her in death on November 26. 3012.

 

Jean was a very kind, loving woman who cherished the times she spent with family and friends. She enjoyed playing the piano, painting and attending church.

 

She is survived by her son Steven R. Scofield (wife, Lai Kei Wong) of Shelbyville, Daughter in-law Denise Pockevich Scofield of Frankfort, Indiana, two grandchildren Brian Scofield of Franklin, Indiana and Michael Scofield of Gainesville, Florida. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Stacy Alan Nash of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Amber Nash Neff of Cincinnati, Ohio and her two children Marion and Jack Neff.  

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 68 years Gerald Wayne Scofield, and her son Gregory A. Scofield of Frankfort, Indiana.

 

 She graduated in 1951 from Southport High School, Indianapolis and attended Franklin College where she was an affiliate of Zeta Tau Alpha.

 

She worked as a library assistant in the Shelbyville Central Schools in the early 70s and in the mid 80s she operated the Fifty Fitness & Fun exercise aerobics class. She also worked at the Shelby County Public Library from 1995 until she fell and broke her hip in 2017.

 

Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church and a community and church volunteer. She worked in the Shelbyville Community Theater, was a past member of Kappa Kappa Sigma, Nu Chapter Sorority and was an active member of Chapter BL, P.E.O.

 

Private family services will be at 1:30 P.M. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176. 

 

Jean will be buried at her husband’s side at the Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow from 4:00 to 7:00 for friends and family at the First United Church, 34 W Washington St, Shelbyville, Indiana.

 

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

 

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

Dorothy F. Knapp, 83, of Shelbyville

Dorothy F. Knapp, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2021

at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born June 16, 1938 in Sandborn Indiana (Sullivan County) she was the daughter of Francis Mathew Padgett and Dorothy Lee (Martin) Padgett.  She married Richard C. Danford on March 1, 1957 and he passed away on April 16, 2000.  She then married George C. Knapp in March of 1991 and he preceded her in 2006.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Richard M. Danford (wife Vicki L.) of Shelbyville, Carla S. Babbs of Fishers, Sherri L. Cook (husband Daniel B.) of Millstone, Kentucky; sister Joann Frost of Dalton, Georgia; 6 grandchildren- Tamara L. Hull (husband Darrell), Virginia E. Cook (s/o Chris Joseph), Kevin M. Danford (wife Kasie), Deanna M. Danford (s/o Alex Jackson), Toni Benner, James Benner; and her fur baby Missy.  She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 spouses, 2 sisters- Norma

Rose Smith and Lola Tacy Murrell.

 

Mrs. Knapp was a resident of this area since 1957, after moving from Coal City. 

She graduated from Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, Indiana.  She had been a computer data programmer with Ford Motor Company,  retiring after 28 years of service.

 

Dorothy enjoyed playing music (she could play the piano, organ, also sax, clarinet, and dulcimer), square dancing, playing cards and board games, and buying and fixing up old homes.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, December 17, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Rev. David Humphrey officiating.  Burial will be in London Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Friday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Hamilton County Humane Society, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Vickie L. Cox, 75, of Indianapolis

Vickie L. Cox, 75, of Indianapolis passed away, Friday, December 10, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born July 8, 1946 in Marion County to S.W. Skidmore and Jeanne (Addison) Skidmore.

 

She graduated from Waldron High School, class of 1965.

 

Vickie was a CNA and Surgical Tech.  She also served for many years in various general health care positions. She was very talented in crocheting and knitting.  She was a member of the Eastern Star.  Vickie will be forever loved by her family and friends.

 

Vickie is survived her husband, Oakley Cox, her daughters, Julia Meyer, and Chanda Roethler, her grandchildren, William Cox, Alexander Meyer, Brendan Meyer, Jacob Roethler, and Shelby Heid, 4 great-grandchildren, her sister, Melinda Skidmore, and her brothers, Skiddy, Mark, John, Larry, Rusty, and Lindsay Skidmore.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Dana Sean Cox, and her brother, Chris Skidmore.

 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, December 16, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.

 

Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Vickie Cox funeral fund in care of the funeral home.

 

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

 

 

Nellie M. Jones, 95, of Boggstown

Nellie M. Jones, 95, of Boggstown, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2021

at Ashford Place Health Campus.

 

Born August 6, 1926 in Macon County Tennessee, she was the daughter of John

Ode Hopkins and Willie (Pruitt) Hopkins.  She married John W. Jones on October 29, 1943 and he preceded her on September 17, 1994.  

 

Survivors include a son Gary W. Jones (wife Sandra) of Boggstown; 2 half sisters- Jeanette and Darlene; 2 grandchildren- Monica Renee Higdon, Jason Wayne Jones; 5 great grandchildren- Joshua, Victoria, Dustin, Megan, Tara; 2 great great grandchildren- Rowan & Kian; 6 step grandchildren- Gina, Anjanette, Suzannah, Andy, Whitney, Lacy; several step great grandchildren, and several step  great great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, infant son Paul Jones, and 11 brothers and sisters.

 

Mrs. Jones had lived in this area since 1953, after moving from Tennessee.  She was a home maker.

 

She attended school in Tennessee, and was a member of Beacon Baptist Church here, and a member of Rocky Mound Baptist Church in Tennessee.

 

Nellie enjoyed gardening.  She loved her family and the time she was able to spend with them.

 

Graveside services will be held at Rocky Mound Cemetery in Westmoreland Tennessee. 

 

Friends may call here on Friday evening, December 17, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Betty A. Denton, 76, of Morristown

Betty A. Denton, 76, of Morristown, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021 at MHP Medical Center.

 

She was born June 24, 1945 in Paoli, IN to Thomas Lucas and Geneva (Moffett) Lucas.

 

Betty was a lifelong homemaker.  She was a former member of the American Legion, VFW and the local Eagles Lodge.  She enjoyed watching her soap operas.  She also enjoyed singing, dancing and coloring.  Betty was always cutting up with her family and loved all the times that they were able to be together.   She was loved by her family very much and will be greatly missed.

 

Betty is survived by her daughter, Betsy Keel, her grandsons, Justin Denton (Kenzie); William Spooner (Brookelyn), and Bailey Spooner, her granddaughter, Ariel Smith, her great-grandchildren, Bentley Denton, Ayden Denton, Knox Denton, Westyn Spooner, Oaklynn Spooner, Brayleigh Olinger, Andrew Smith, and Genesis Smith, her son-in-law, Charles Keel, her sister, Charlene Bills, her brother, James Lucas, her niece, Stacey Carrier (Ryan) and great-niece, Liberty Carrier.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father, Bill Cowan, her infant son, her sister, Frances Love, and her daughter-in-law, Neina Marie Keel.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Donna Joanne (Blanton) Mundy, 79

Donna Joanne (Blanton) Mundy, 79, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Hancock Regional Hospital, with family by her side.

 

She was born on September 23, 1942, in Indianapolis, IN, to Donald Benjamin and Hildreth (MacIntyre) Blanton.

 

She attended Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis. On December 24, 1959, she married her love, David Frederick Mundy, as he was on leave from the Army.

Donna was a stay-at-home wife and mother as well as a beautician. She loved to work with flowers creating wreathes, indoor table arrangements, as well as cemetery arrangements. She also sewed clothing, mainly her husband’s work shirts. While attending church, Donna was on the Praise and Worship Dance Team. She enjoyed playing the dulcimer. She loved animals. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Daily, she and Fred went to Star Bucks and became quite the staple with the staff. Donna and Fred attended Brandywine Community Church.

Donna is survived by her loving husband Fred of 62 years; their children: LaDonna (Steven) Hicks and Elizabeth (Wade) Kennedy; their awesome grandchildren: Hailee (James) Herin, Taylor (Evan) Matlock, Savanah Giddings, and Caleb Giddings (Lynne Crouse); two adorable great-grandchildren: Evelynn Biehl and Brooks Matlock; and sister, Jane (Mike) Elson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Gina Burnett; and siblings: Bobby Jane Johnson, Darrell Deck, Ruth Smith, Marlene Brinkman, and Fred Blanton.

The Mundy family would like to deeply thank the staff and doctors at Suburban Hospice for their exceptional care, support, and love extended to Donna as well as themselves and to the staff at the local Star Bucks for knowing, accepting, and loving Donna and Fred on their daily journeys.

Visitation will be on Thursday, December 16, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the funeral immediately following, officiated by Pastor Doug Hardy.

 

Burial will follow in GlenCove Cemetery, Knightstown, IN.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Brandywine Community Church’s Food Panty, 1551 New Road, Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

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 Carrol Leisure III, 76, Greenfield

Ralph Carrol Leisure III, 76, Greenfield, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021, at Morristown Manor with his family by his side.

 

Ralph was born on March 9, 1945, in Indianapolis to the late Betty Jean (Parmley) and Carrol Leisure, Jr. He is a 1963 graduate of Greenfield Central High School.

Ralph proudly served in the U.S. National Guard. He worked as a laborer in the automotive industry for many years before retiring. While his boys were growing up, he supported them in their sporting events. That support overflowed into years and years of rooting on Greenfield Central’s wrestling and basketball teams. Ralph is a very proud attendee of the Indy 500, with 55 years of attendance. He collected and drove his beloved street rods. He cherished his time with his boys, his grandchildren, and his friends, and will be missed by all.

Ralph is survived by his two loving sons, Alva Leisure and Grant (Jenny) Leisure as well as his two wonderful grandchildren, Ashlynn Leisure and Ezra Leisure.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, from 12noon until 2:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service immediately following.

 

Burial will follow in Park Cemetery, Greenfield, where Ralph will be laid to rest next to his father.

 

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

Donald Earl Goodwin, 67, of Shelbyville

Donald Earl Goodwin, 67, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, December 12, 2021 at his residence.

 

He was born July 4, 1954 in Shelbyville to Erbie L. Goodwin and Delores (Marks) Goodwin.

 

Don worked for the Shelby County Highway Department for 7 years.  He enjoyed watching NASCAR.  He loved going to antique car shows.  His own Studebaker was his pride and joy.  Don enjoyed listening to music.  He was a great neighbor and friend.  He was very generous with his many talents.

 

Don is survived by his wife of 48 years, Deborah (Cooper) Goodwin, his sons, Donald (Annette) Goodwin II; and Jason (Jill) Goodwin, his brother, E. Dwain (Teresa) Goodwin, his sisters, Kimberly (Randy) Hartle, and Kathaleen (Mike) Schenker; 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Rhonda Walton, his grandson, Jeffrey Walton, and brother, Darrell Goodwin.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the funeral home with Frank Smith officiating.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Paxton Vaughn Frerichs, 3, of Shelbyville

Paxton Vaughn Frerichs, 3, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at MHP Medical Center.

 

He was born June 22, 2018 in Knoxville, TN. 

 

He loved crayons and art work.  He enjoyed climbing and running away from people.  He was definitely a strong and tough guy.  Paxton had a big heart and loved his family, especially his sisters.

 

Paxton is survived by his father, Drew Frerichs, and his moms, Effy Frerichs and Shawn Murray, his sisters, Lyric Hamby, Paisley Patterson, and grandpa, Cheynn Hamby.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Noah Hamby, and grandma, Bernadette Hamby.

 

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

 

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

Joseph Dennis Zahnd, 62, of Fairland

Joseph Dennis Zahnd, 62, of Fairland, passed away Friday, December 10, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born July 14, 1959, in Indianapolis, the son of Ernest R. Jr. and Esther (Crandall) Zahnd. He married his wife of 31 years, Patsy Marie St. Pierre, on October 5, 1990, and she survives.

In addition to Patsy, Joseph is survived by his son, Joseph Patrick Zahnd of Fairland; brother, Charles E. Zahnd of Fairland; sister, Patricia Proctor of Mooresville; mother-in-law, Loretta Lindow of Webster, Florida; several nieces and nephews including, Brian Albert Gervais and wife, Candace of Indianapolis; and several great-nieces and great-nephews including Adrian Gervais, Ashlynn Gervais, Alden Gervais and Jazmynn Gervais.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Paul L. Zahnd and Stephen M. Zahnd.

Joseph graduated in 1977 from Triton Central High School.

He formerly worked at National Starch and Chemical for 25 years, in industrial cleaning.

Joseph was a history buff and enjoyed watching the history channel. He also enjoyed listening to music and going fishing and hunting.

He had a photographic memory.

Private family services were observed.

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

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

 

 

Mary F. Michaels, 89, of Shelbyville

Mary F. Michaels, 89, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Ashford Place Health Campus. Born August 14, 1932 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Noah Mohr & Florence J. (Sims) Mohr.

 

She married Robert Michaels and he preceded her in 1977.

 

Survivors include siblings- Dorothy Fields, Shirley Verbeck, Rosie

Monroe (husband Joe) and Nancy Hutchinson all of Shelbyville; several nieces

and nephews, including her care givers Connie L. (Davis) Moore, and Theresa

(Davis) Tennell (husband Andy) of Edinburgh. She was preceded in death by

her parents, spouse, brother Louis Mohr, and sister Joann Bottorff.

 

Mary had lived in this area her entire lifetime and graduated from Shelbyville

High School in 1950. She was a bank officer at First Federal Savings & Loan

for many years and also worked at Shelby Co. Savings bank for several years, where she retired.

 

Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a member of Moose Lodge Auxiliary and St. Joe Social Club. Mary enjoyed bowling, was an avid Indiana Pacers fan, and loved her trips to Branson, Missouri, photo albums, scrap booking and her cat Scamp.

 

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, December 13, 2021 at Glenn E. George

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd with Rev. Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

Memorials can be made to OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

William Ronnie Walls, 60

William Ronnie Walls, 60, passed away unexpectedly on December 6, 2021, in Indianapolis. He was born on November 30, 1961, in Greenfield, to William J. and Jane (McPherson) Walls.

Billy was affectionately known as Wild Bill or Crazy Bill, depending upon how well you knew him. Billy had a hard exterior, but extremely soft interior with a big heart. He was the hidden gem with a raspy voice and a bit of stubbornness. He was the type who would give the shirt off of his back for you. He was fun, caring, and talented with his hands. Billy was a Jack of All Trades and loved to build things from scratch. He loved to sing to his wife and pull her into dance, race trucks, host HUGE yard parties, watch NASCAR, work on old cars, loved Elvis, and collect others’ junk. He also had a very soft spot for his grandchildren and that of dogs and other animals. Billy worked for Operator’s Union #103 as a concrete finisher. Billy’s own nickname for himself after many years of challenges was, “Can’t Kill Bill.”

Billy is survived by his loving wife Cheryl (Lovell) Walls of 26 years; children: Melissa Lovell, Laura (Chris) Mooneyhan; papaw’s grandchildren: Stacie (Matthew) Bowman, William Lovell, Mariah Lovell, Dylan Lovell, Liam Mooneyhan, Caitlin Mooneyhan, and many other loved grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; long-time friend, Don Hubbard; 5 siblings; his mother; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William J. Walls and best friend, Casey.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield, has been honored to serve Billy’s family during their sudden and unexpected loss. In keeping with Billy’s wishes, there will not be any visitation or funeral service. 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

Steven Wayne Densmore, 65, of Fairland

Steven Wayne Densmore, 65, of Fairland, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at his residence.

 

He was born July 30, 1956 in Indianapolis to Floyd William Densmore and Mary Anice (Blair) Densmore.

 

Steve was a tree trimmer until his disability in 2010.  He enjoyed riding four wheelers and other off road vehicles.  He also enjoyed repairing lawn mowers and cars.  Steve was very giving and always willing to share his belongings.

 

Steve is survived by his mother, his life partner, Linda Gumm, his sisters, Debbie Densmore Gilles, and Teresa Densmore Carpenter, several nieces and nephews, and his furry companions, Red, Butchy, and Buck.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, his niece, Chrissy Gilles, and great-nephew, Mason Gilles.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, December 13, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Andy Lee officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Blue Ridge cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, 31 Public Square, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

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

 

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

 

Richard Russell Leclercq, 58, of Edinburgh

Richard Russell Leclercq, 58, of Edinburgh, passed away on 

December 3, 2021 at his residence.

 

Born December 3, 1963, in Chicago, IL., he was the son of Richard A. Leclercq

and Shirley A. (Kurnat) Leclercq. He married Cynthia (Sopher)

Leclercq in 2011 and as of December 20th will have been together for 30 years.

 

Survivors include spouse Cynthia Leclercq of Edinburgh; children-

Samantha, Peanut, Michael, Richard, Kyle, Natalie; siblings-

Ronald A. Leclercq of Chicago, Kim Rusnak (husband William) of Chicago, 

Danielle Leclercq; mother in law Anita Sopher of Edinburgh, and

was a loving uncle to many nieces & nephews and many great nieces and

great nephews; and 1 grandcat "Slick".

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Leclercq had lived in this area for 20 years after previously living

in Chicago, Illinois. He was a self employed roofer for 20 plus years

and a member of St. Andrews Church in Illinois. Richard enjoyed

watching football, spending time with his family, taking Chi-town

trips, and good food.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00pm, Thursday, December 9, 2021

at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with 

Rev. David Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in Whispering

Hope Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 11:00 am

until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Sandra K. Sheppard, 66, of Shelbyville

Sandra K. Sheppard, 66, of Shelbyville, passed away December 6, 2021 at

MHP Medical Center.

 

Born July 29, 1955 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Edward Morning

and Mildred (Poe) Morning.  She married Jack N. Sheppard on September 16, 1977

and he preceded her on September 17, 2007.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Jason Sheppard (wife Anny) of Shelbyville, Terry Owens (wife Regina) of Morristown, Jessica Sheppard (fiance Michael Annee) of Shelbyville;  brother Billy Morning (wife Shari) of Shelbyville, sister Brenda Morning of Lafayette;  her fiance- John Randall of Shelbyville; 3 grandchildren- Natalie, Nicole, and Nick; and her dogs TJ and Shiloh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, and a brother Edward Morning.

Mrs. Sheppard was a lifelong  resident of this area, and attended Shelbyville High School.

She had been a factory worker at PK USA, retiring after 21 years of service.

 

Sandra enjoyed cooking, crafting, animals, and was a very family oriented person who never met a stranger.

 

Private graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery at a later date.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Danny Phillip Stanton, 76, of Edinburgh

Danny Phillip Stanton, 76, of Edinburgh, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021

at his residence.

 

Born May 11, 1945 in Franklin, he was the son of Mark Stanton and Mildred (Stubbs) Stanton.  He married Janet (Hatfield) Stanton on May 1, 1965 and she preceded him on November 1, 2006.

 

Survivors include 3 daughters- Devonay Potter of Columbus, Tamara Mudd (husband Joe) of Edinburgh, Desiree Coulston of Shelbyville; 2 sisters- Rebecca Parks of Michigan, Jane Ann Roberts of Columbus; friend Beverly Stanton of St. Paul; 6 grandchildren- Justin Goode,  Katie Mayer (husband Logan), Lindsay Potter, Chet Mudd, Cameron Coulston, and David Coulston. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, a grandson Kyle Mudd,

6 brothers- Robert Stanton, Joseph Stanton, Jerry Stanton, James Stanton, twin David Stanton, Donald Stanton, and 3 sisters- Norma Myers, Mary Brown, and Elinor Thopy.

 

Mr. Stanton was a lifetime  resident of this area, and graduated from Southwestern High School in 1963.  In addition to being a lifelong self employed farmer, he was owner/operator of Key Paving, retiring after 27 years of operating the business. 

 

He attended Calvary Christian Church in  Edinburgh.

 

Danny enjoyed camping, boating, snowmobiling, golfing, mushroom hunting, and working with his cattle.  He loved his family and grandchildren, and cherished the time he spent with them.

 

Funeral services will be 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road with Rev. David Humphrey officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.  

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Donate Life Indiana, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

 

Kristen Lynne Moss, 31, of Shelbyville

Kristen Lynne Moss, 31, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021.

Visitation will be from Noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Boggstown Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

 

 

Regina Ann "Gina" Addison, 69, of Nineveh

Regina Ann “Gina” Addison, 69, of Nineveh, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021, at her home.

She was born July 23, 1952, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Gary and Millie (Percifield) Cummins. On January 22, 1972, she married her husband of 49 years, James Michael Addison, and he survives.

In addition to Mike, Gina is survived by her son, Michael A. “Tony” Addison and wife, Jennifer, of Fairland; daughter, Lesley Denison and husband, Dan, of Nineveh; sisters, Rebecca Loggan and husband, Emerson, of Shelbyville, and Christina Kimple and husband, Richard, of Zephyr Hills, Florida; grandchildren, Summer, Joe, Kaiman and Tripp; mother-in-law, Mary Joan Addison of Gwynneville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gina graduated in 1970 from Morristown High School.

She was a member of the Freeport Methodist Church.

Gina was a motor carrier inspector for the Indiana State Police for 25 years, retiring in 2012. She loved to spend time creating memories with her grandchildren.

Gina also leaves behind her dogs, Dolce and Cole.

Private graveside services will be at Hanover Cemetery in Shelby County.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 East North Street in Morristown.

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

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

 

 

Charles W "Bill" Ford of Columbus, formerly of Mount Auburn

Charles W “Bill” Ford of Columbus, formerly of Mount Auburn, died Wednesday December 2, 2021, at Columbus Regional Hospital. Born July 4, 1931, in Mount Auburn, he was the son of James Holman and Frances (Treon) Ford.

 

He married Ruth David on March 10, 1951 and she preceded him in death on November 26, 1986.  He married Judy (Stillinger) Ford on October 4, 1987 and she survives.

 

Bill graduated from Mt Auburn High School in 1949. He spent his career at Cummins Engine, Inc., retiring after 40 years of service.

 

Earlier in life, he served as a volunteer firefighter for the town of Mount Auburn. He was also a member of the Indiana National Guard. An avid Nascar fan, Bill followed Tony Stewart's races with enthusiasm. He also was a devoted Indiana University basketball fan. Bill was a member of the Diesel Workers Union and a life-long member of Mt. Auburn Christian Church.

 

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his children, David (Tetiana) Ford of Bedford, Melody Heck of Columbus, Jan Bruning of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Michael Robin (Kristine) Ford of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Kristian Crosby, Alecia (Russ) Gross, Andrea Jones, David (Lea) Ford II, Christopher (Denelle) Heck, Stephen (Lindsay) Heck, Carie (Aaron) Swafford, Matt (Kendra) Bruning, Dustin (Jenny) Ford, Leigha Bruning, Victor Viveros, and Nick Ford.

 

He is also survived by his step-children, Bobby Stillinger and Malina Stillinger; great grandchildren, Ethan, Allison, Logan, Courtney, Jacob, Colin, Joshua,Connor, Peyton, Clayton, Brinsley, JT, Caleb, Holly, Megan, Nolan, Justin, Carson, Kalynn, Kyra, Bristol, Noah, Coby, Sawyer, Elin, and Annie; great great grandchildren, Sophie, William, Isaac, Nolan, and Norah. He had two additional great great grandchildren on the way.

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Catherine Demaree, his brother Robert Ford, and his grandson Zachary Allan Bruning. 

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 10, 2021, at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the funeral home with Rev.Andy Wade officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Mount Auburn cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt Auburn Christian Church.     

 

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

 

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

Katherine R. Comstock, 96, of Shelbyville

Katherine R. Comstock, 96, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Heritage House.

 

Born February 24, 1925 in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Durbin and Bertha (Stickford) Durbin.  She married Edward Comstock on December 24, 1942 and he preceded her on April 27, 1991.

 

Survivors include a son Thomas Comstock (wife Dawn) of Shelbyville, a daughter Susan Stainbrook (Robert Burke) of Martinsville; 4 siblings- Dale Durbin of Homer, Harold Durbin of Blue Ridge, Janice Speheger of Noblesville, Joann Ragsdale of Shelbyville; 7 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 

 

She was preceded in death by  her parents, her spouse, a son Jerry Wayne Comstock, a daughter Edna Kay Fouts, and brothers Willard and Fred Durbin.

 

Mrs. Comstock was a lifelong resident of this area, and attended Waldron High School.  She had been a sales clerk at the G.C. Murphy Co., retiring in 1983 after 20 years of service.  She was a member of First Christian Church.

 

Katherine enjoyed flowers, gardening, and sewing.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Bill Horner officiating. 

 

Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service. 

 

Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to First Christian Church, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Todd Clayton, 61, of Shelbyville

Todd Clayton, 61, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Columbus Regional Health.

 

He was born August 16, 1960 in Franklin, IN to Robert Clayton and Patricia (Minor) Skaggs.

 

Todd was a former member of Town and Country Christian Church and current member of Shelbyville Community Church. He was very active in the God Squad at Town and Country Christian Church teaching the little ones.

 

He was learning how to fly and maintain RC Airplanes as a fun hobby.  He was an Indianapolis Colts fan, and enjoyed watching NASCAR.  His most precious times were spent with his family and making memories with his grandkids.

 

Todd is survived by his wife of 32 years, Andrea “Lynn” Clayton, his sons, Matthew Clayton (Ashley) and Brandon Clayton, his daughter, Melissa Self (Jon); his grandchildren, Eli Self and Wyatt Clayton.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, Jim Skaggs, his brother, Robert “Bob” Clayton, and his sister, Sherry.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN.

 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, December 10, 2021 at the funeral home with Reverend Brad Davis, and Merry Poppelwell officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery at a later date.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Todd Clayton Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

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

 

W. Jeannene Payne Martin

W. Jeannene Payne Martin went to her eternal rest on Monday, November 29, 2021.

 She was a resident of Morristown Manor.  She was born January 27, 1930 in Moral township to William C. and Lela M. Rouse.

Mrs. Martin was a life long Shelbyville resident.  She had worked for Tokheim Corp. (formerly-Gen Pro) and retired from Indiana Cash Drawer.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, and tending her flower gardens.  She was a 50 plus member of the Eastern Star.  She enjoyed her many friendships.

She is survived by her daughter J. Ann (Joe) Stieneker, and son, Doug (Lori) Payne, grandchildren, Amy (Kevin) Gibson, Traci (Jason) Foltz, Kimberly (Mark) Rains, Shawn Payne and Aaron Payne, her great-grandchildren, Shelby Gibson Jennah Foltz, Luke Foltz, Jacob Rains, and Julianna Rains.

She was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter, Pamela J. Payne and great-grandson, Nathan Gibson.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m., at the funeral home.   

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

Charitable contributions may be made to Nathan Gibson Scholarship Fund in care of St. Joseph School, or to Riley Hospital for Children.

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com

 

 

Stephen W. Soller, 82, of Plainfield, formerly of Shelbyville

Stephen W. Soller, 82, of Plainfield, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, November 29, 2021, at Sugar Grove Senior Living in Plainfield.

 

Born April 18, 1939, in Shelbyville, Indiana the son of Urban A. and Martha (Ford) Soller, of Shelbyville. He married Judy K. Grant of Shelbyville on September 1, 1962, and she preceded him in death on May 17, 2016.

 

Stephen is survived by his sons, Anthony Mark Soller and wife, Suzanne Staab, of Plainfield, and Timothy Scott Soller and wife, Miyako Pastor, of Arlington, Virginia; sisters, Mary Josephine (Soller) Bay and husband, Charles, of Colorado, and Margaret Ann (Soller) Earp and husband, Robert, of Ohio; grandchildren, Nathaniel Soller, Megan Soller, Sophie Soller and Hugo Soller; sisters-in-law, Dottie Soller and Joy Anspaugh, both of Shelbyville, and Nancy Soller of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews; and a large group of friends.

 

In addition to Judy, Stephen was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John Peter Soller and David Urban Soller.

 

Mr. Soller graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1957 and the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio in 1962 and attained an officer commission upon graduation and was assigned to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds as an Ordnance Officer. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado graduate school.

 

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1962 to 1967 stationed in Germany at the Seventh Army Training Center, Grafenwoehr in the Vilseck Ordnance Section. He was reassigned to the Indianapolis Army Reserve Center as a Signal Officer in 1964. Following the deactivation of the Signal Company in 1965 he was attached to the Camp Atterbury National Guard Officer Candidate School. This involved the reopening of buildings after being “mothballed” since World War II.

 

Mr. Soller was employed by the Indiana Bell Telephone Company in the 1960s as a General Engineering Cost Analysis Project Engineer and was the time-share computer coordinator for Indiana Bell. He developed a computer program to calculate the economics of Central Office wire-centering and placement. The first Electronic Switching System (ESS) was built at Avon, Indiana due, partly, to the program.

 

Prior to his second overseas duty he was part owner of the Hoosier Plumbing and Heating Company of Shelbyville with his brother, John. He was also a partner in the Pace Engineering firm with his brother, David. Mr. Soller served as the Shelbyville City Engineer during the downtown improvement in the 1980s and produced the construction plan for the reinstallation of the Joseph Fountain on the circle. He was also a principle in the planning for the one-million-gallon Water Tower-Fire Station on McKay Road.

 

Mr. Soller retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune 2005, where he was the Director of Utilities. He was reassigned to Camp Lejeune after serving in Germany for 14 years at the Mainz Army Depot as a facility engineer, Utilities Director in Giessen and Operations and Maintenance Director in Hanau.

 

He was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 822, Shelbyville Moose Lodge No. 2118, American Legion Post, Raleigh, NC, VFW of Cape Carteret, NC, and a past member of the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and JayCees. He was a former member of the Blue River Motorcycle Club.

 

Mr. Soller was a Professional Engineer in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky for many years. He was a licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor and organized a Scout Aviation Explorer Post that later began the Shelbyville Civil Air Patrol Squadron. Mr. Soller was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for over 50 years. He enjoyed the hobby of Amateur Radio for many years after learning Morse Code in a class taught in 1954 by Mel Davies, who was the Shelbyville High School shop teacher. He was an Extra Class licensee and served as an FCC Volunteer Examiner for several years giving FCC radio license exams. Mr. Soller played the Great Highland Bagpipes for a short time with the Atlantic Beach Fire Department Pipes and Drums in North Carolina.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 6, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., in Shelbyville, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Interment will be in Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, 413 E. South St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or American Legion Post No. 70, 1125 Miller Avenue, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

Harold Davis, 79, of St. Paul

Harold Davis, 79, of St. Paul, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at his residence.

 

Born April 14,1942 in Maryville, Tennessee he was the son of William Davis

and Nola (Orr) Davis. He married Karen (Skaggs) Davis on January 1, 1983 

and she preceded him on July 16, 2017.

 

Survivors include children- Kevin Davis (Lisa) of St. Paul, Bill Davis (Becky)

of Franklin, Pam Adams (Jason) of Winter Springs, FL, Jennifer Petitt

(Steven) of Franklin; 17 grandchildren, 18 great- grandchildren and his dog

Snickers. He was preceded in death by his parents, spouse, daughter

Cynthia Davis, and 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

 

Harold lived in this area most of his lifetime and was a meat cutter at Mickeys

T-Mart for 25 years, and also at Brown's Supermarket in Franklin for 15 years.

 

Harold enjoyed fishing, camping, auto racing-NASCAR and Indy Car, and was an Indianapolis Colts fan. He especially loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and being involved in their activities. 

 

A family gathering will be held at a later date.

 

Online condolences can be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Robert E. Kuhn, 92, of Shelbyville

Robert E. Kuhn, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021

at his residence.

 

Born June 24, 1929 in Shelby County, he was the son of Riley L. Kuhn and

May C. (Collins) Kuhn.  He married Edna M. (Elliott) Kuhn on August 6, 1949,

and she preceded him on May 23, 2019.

 

Survivors include 5 children- Loretta Gomez of Woodstock Georgia, Janet Gray

(husband Johnny) of Fairfield, David Kuhn (wife Cindy) of Shelbyville, Daryl Kuhn

of Shelbyville, Tammy Gabbard (husband Steve) of Shelbyville; 4 grandchildren

and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, 

a son Roger Kuhn, brother Donald Kuhn, and 2 sisters- Louise Meyer, and Helen Veach.

 

Mr. Kuhn was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High

School in 1947.  He had been a self employed general construction/handyman for many

years.  During that time he had also been a shop teacher at the Indiana School for the Blind

for 5 years.  He was a member of Morristown Christian Church, a 4H leader in Hanover

Township, and a volunteer for St. Margaret's Guild for 29 years.

 

Robert enjoyed traveling, while visiting all 48 lower states- Canada and Mexico, and

woodworking.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, December 6, 2021 at Glenn E. George 

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Fred Hickman officiating.  Burial

will be in Asbury Cemetery.  Friends may call on Monday morning from 11:00 am

until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

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