Obituaries

Gwendelyn S. Lipinski, 73, of Shelbyville

Gwendelyn S. Lipinski, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022

at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born October 30, 1948 in Matoon, Illinois, she was the daughter of Raymond Raymer and Betty (Hummel) Raymer.  She married Walter "Skip" Lipinski on September 21, 1974 and he preceded her October 13, 2008.  

 

Survivors include her mother Betty Raymer of Indianapolis; a son Donald Brian Lipinski of Indianapolis; and also several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, and a sister Carol Raymer.

 

Mrs. Lipinski had lived in Shelbyville for 30 years, after moving from Fairland.  She graduated from Franklin Central High School in 1966, and was a home maker.

 

Gwen was an accomplished artist, and had written gardening articles for the Shelbyville News for a time.

 

No funeral services are planned at this time.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Norma Rose Browning, 90, of Shelbyville

Norma Rose Browning, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at Ashford Place Health Campus in Shelbyville.

She was born May 4, 1931, in Shelbyville, the daughter of John J. Sr. and Bertha (Runnebohm) Beyer. On August 4, 1951, she married her husband of 70 years, Warren E. Browning, and he survives.

In addition to Warren, Norma is survived by her sons, Ronald D. (Annette Rayburn) Browning and Norman E. (Amy) Browning; brother, James E. (Rose) Beyer; grandchildren, Dayn (Brooke) Browning, Beth Browning, Beau (Mary) Browning, Baxton Browning and Casen Browning; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Browning, Kathryn Ahmad, Drew Browning, Michaela Browning and Capri Browning; and an abundance of nieces and nephews.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, John “Junior” Beyer, Jr., Walter Beyer, Robert A. “Shorty” Beyer, Charles Beyer, and Raymond “Denny” Beyer; sisters, Clara “Sis” Winkler, Charlene Beyer and Elizabeth “Liz” Hewitt; and daughter-in-law, Carol Browning.

She graduated in 1949 from Waldron High School.

Norma was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church, where she assisted in the preparation of many funeral dinners.

She was formerly a bookkeeper for Parish Lumber and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Norma was an avid bowler and golfer.

She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting, everything from doilys to afghans.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana, with the rosary led by Rosemary Grove at 9:30 am.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Tuesday 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 Carol Browning Scholarship Fund, in care of the Blue River Community Foundation, 54 W. Broadway St., Suite 1, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 S. 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201.

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

Max Reed Land II, 48, of Shelbyville

Max Reed Land II, 48, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022

in Indianapolis.

 

Born February 21, 1974 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Max R. Land I and Linda (Swank) Land of Shelbyville, and they survive.

 

Other survivors include children- Eliza -Jayne Land of Shelbyville, Tyler Land

of Bedford and Rylon Land of Shelbyville; sisters- Amy Rhoden (Travis) of 
Fairland and Angie Stormer (Matt) of Greenwood. He was preceded in death

by his grandparents, Carlos and Annabelle Land, and Bill and Frances Swank.

 

Mr. Land had lived in this area his entire lifetime and was a Union Electrician for

the Local #481 for 25 years, also had worked for several other electrical companies.

 

He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1993 and was a member of Mt.

Pisgah Baptist Church. Reed enjoyed visiting Gulf Shores beach, riding his

motorcycles, and was a work-a-holic who loved his job.

 

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Friday, February 25, 2022 at Paul Hill

Cemetery in St. Paul with Pastor Robb Barlow officiating.

 

Memorial donations can be made to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 3718 E. Blue

Ridge Road, Shelbyville, In 46176

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Timothy Dale Chambers, 72, of Greenfield

Timothy Dale Chambers, 72, of Greenfield, IN, passed away on February 18th, 2022, after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s.


Tim was born on August 14th, 1949, to Thomas Richard “Dick” and Gracie Marie (Slavens) Chambers in Terre Haute, IN. He was raised on a chicken farm near Terre Haute, IN. After high school, he attended Franklin Bible College and Rose Poly Technical Institute. In 1969 he joined the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Sergeant. During his enlistment, he was in the Red Devils air squadron and stationed in Japan. He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.


While stationed in Jacksonville, Florida he met Dorothy Taylor. They wed in 1971 and had 2 daughters – Lisa Marie and Debra Lynn – and were married for over 50 years.


After his service, he graduated in 1977 from Rose Polytechnic Institute. He worked as a mechanical engineer for numerous aeronautical companies including Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, and Belcan, and worked on many airplanes, including the Boeing 737, F-16, F-22, and the F-35.


Throughout his life, he enjoyed airplanes and racing. He spent numerous evenings on the racetrack with his brother, Joe, driving a push truck for sprint cars. He was known for saying “Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” which was fine, because he did nearly everything. He was a Girl Scout Dad, Nazarene church member, EMT, an avid roller skater (he met Dorothy after an accident on the rink floor), storyteller, shopper, golfer, fisherman, boater, omelet cook, and a tone-deaf singer.


Tim is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; siblings; daughters, Lisa (Wendell) Kirkman and Debra (Joseph) Turpin; 7 grandchildren, Wendell (Bethany), Charity (Brent), Daniel, Faith, Avery, Olivia, and Kathryn; and two great-grandchildren, Brent “Sammy” and Harmony Myers.

 

Visitation will be 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main St, Greenfield, IN. 46140.

 

Funeral service at 12:00 pm with Pastor David Barnett officiating.

 

Burial with military honors provided by the Greenfield Veteran’s Honor Guard immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to support the family in providing a final resting place for our loved one. Please share your memories of Tim and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Kathryn Ann (Kazmar) Potier, 69

Kathryn Ann (Kazmar) Potier, 69, passed February 20, 2022.

 

Kathryn "Kat" was born on April 19, 1952 in La Crosse, WI, to Kenneth Richard and Ann Schuler (Brigham) Kazmar.

She was a former nurse for many years. She also worked as a shipping manager for Camera Housing. Her enjoyments included cooking, canning, gardening, and the love of animals, especially dogs and horses.

Kat is survived by her brothers, Glen (Debbie) Kazmar from Green Bay, WI and Steven Kazmar from Indianapolis, IN; long-time caregiver/friend for over 30 years, Judie Pope; and dogs: Dixie and Georgia.

Per Kat's request, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Hancock County, Greenfield, to support Kat's love of animals.

Roberta "Denise" Rhodes, 66, of Shelbyville

Roberta “Denise” Rhodes, 66, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

 

She was born December 19, 1955, in Rushville, the daughter of Robert Earl and Doris M. (Schmall) Rhodes.

 

Denise is survived by her brother, Dennis G. Rhodes and spouse, Connie, of Nashville. She was the best aunt to Erin Rhodes and spouse, Carrie, Kylie Gady and spouse, Evan, and Andrew Rhodes and spouse, Larissa; and great-aunt to Carson Gady, Sydney Gady, Kinsey Gady, Ellie Rhodes, Beckham Rhodes and Quinn Rhodes.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and great-nephew, Noah Rhodes.

 

Denise graduated in 1974 from Shelbyville High School.

 

She formerly worked at JC Penney’s, Lane Bryant and Deflecto, retiring in 2015.

 

First and foremost, Denise loved her nieces and nephew like they were her own children. She was always knitting, sewing or cooking something for them that she thought they would enjoy. Denise really took pride in her involvement years ago in the SCUFFY program. That then changed to her love of her sorority, Kappa Delta Phi. She loved these kind and sharing women. Denise also took pride in helping with the Snow Princess Program.

 

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends who certainly enjoyed her warmth and kindness.

 

Denise also leaves behind her cats, Luna and Lily.

 

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at East Hill Cemetery in Rushville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, 1717 W 250 S, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

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

 

 

Alice Marie Blodgett, 86, of Hope

Alice Marie Blodgett, 86, of Hope, passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Methodist Hospital.

 

Born September 19, 1935 in Shelbyville. She was the daughter of Roscoe William and Fern Lucille (Metz) Kincade.

 

Alice was a beautician and owner of Marie's Beauty Shop for many years. She loved to cook, bake, sew, crochet, play cards, and most of all she loved to dance.

 

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Wilmer with whom she raised 5 children on their family farm - Ernest Wilmer (deceased), Becky Smith (Larry), Ken Wilmer, Barbara Meeks (Jack), and John Wilmer.

 

After being widowed, Alice married Sam Blodgett, they enjoyed traveling, dancing, and spending time with friends at the VFW, American Legion, and the Moose Lodge. Sam preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by 2 brothers: Dick Kincade and Paul Kincade; one sister, Lois Domeland; and her longtime friend, Len Turner. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Bill Kincade, Jim Kincade, and Bobby Kincade; and 3 sisters: Phyllis Bowling, Mary Ann Blair, and Patty Patrick.

 

Visitation will be Monday, February 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg, with funeral services at 1:00 p.m.

 

Burial will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels.

 

To leave online condolences please visit www.popfuneralhome.com. 

Richard "Buddy" Britt, 74, of Waldron

Richard “Buddy” Britt, 74, of Waldron, passed away Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born May 5, 1947, in Hope Mills, North Carolina, the son of Jeston and Rosa Leigh (Smith) Britt. On August 20, 1966, he married his loving wife, Camilla “Millie” Rudicil, and she survives.

In addition to Millie, Buddy is survived by his son, Jayson Britt and wife, Carrie, of Shelbyville; sisters, Faye Koonce of Fayettesville, North Carolina, Linda Long of Waldron, and Donna Hacker and husband, Billy, of Brodhead, Kentucky; grandchildren, Nicole Tillison and husband, Tyler, Christopher Britt and fiance’, Lexi Abbott, and Nathan Britt; great-grandchildren, Adalee Tillison and Zoey Tillison; numerous nieces and nephews; and many loving friends.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Amy Linette Britt; brothers, James Britt and Paul Britt; and sisters, Gerri Scudder and Sandi Stewart.

He graduated in 1965 from Shelbyville High School.

Buddy was a member of the Blue Ridge Christian Union Church.

He retired in 2009, from O’Neal Steel, with over 40 years of service.

Buddy loved to spend time creating loving memories, with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed going to the casino, traveling, fishing, going for a ride, and watching NASCAR. Buddy also enjoyed classic cars, his favorite was the 1957 Chevy.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, February 26, 2022, at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church, 446 S 775 E, Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with Pastor James Thurman officiating.

Interment will be at Mount Pisgah Baptist Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

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

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

Donald L. Creech, 72, of Waldron

Donald L. Creech, 72, of Waldron, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022

at Indiana University Hospital.

 

Born March 18, 1949 in Batesville, he was the son of Lee Creech and Ruth (Scheivley) Creech.  He married Patsy (Pike) Creech on July 18, 1998, and she survives.

 

Other survivors include 5 children- Michelle Creech of North Vernon, Patrick Creech of Westport, Deanna Hess (husband John) of Springfield, Missouri, Troy Creech (wife Tonia) of Camby, Kimberly Roberts (husband Todd) of Shelbyville;  siblings- David Creech (wife Sharon) of Greensburg, Carol Mccullough (husband Wesley) of Westport; 20 grandchildren, and  9 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by several cousins in Oklahoma and Tennessee. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Creech was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from New Point High School, and also from Med Tech College in Indianapolis.  He had been a supervisor at Kasco Mfg.for 28 years, and also  was a volunteer firefighter, EMT,  and a Medical Assistant for Waldron Volunteer Fire Dept. for 

many years.  He was a member of American Legion Post #70, a member of Waldron Volunteer  Fire Dept., where he was the first EMT on staff, and was also a CPR instructor.  He was a US Army Vietnam veteran, and was awarded the Purple Heart.

 

Don enjoyed fishing and hunting, his cats, mushroom and asparagus hunting, and loved the great outdoors.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road with Pastor Kim Jarrett officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday evening, February 25, 2022 at the funeral home.  

 

A military graveside service will be conducted by the American Legion.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to: Waldron or St. Paul Volunteer Fire Dept., in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.    

Mary Rose Harms, 68, of Shelbyville

Mary Rose Harms, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 20, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital.

 

She was born December 24, 1953 in Greenfield, IN. to Robert E. and Rosemary (Grass) Golob. 

 

Mary was a member of First Christian Church in Shelbyville.  She was a former member of Centenary Christian Church in Indianapolis before it dissolved.

 

Mary loved crocheting, and reading.  She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and loved ones and is said to have made the best strawberry pie.  Spending time with her family was her favorite pastime, especially with her grandbabies.

 

She married Robert Michael ‘Mike’ Harms on November 1, 1974, and he survives.

 

Mary is also survived by her daughters, Jolinda (Pat) Smiar; Tanjanna (Abe) Skinner; and Amber (Adam) Stafford; her grandchildren, Tantania Skinner, Cordell Skinner, Karen Smiar, Anthony Stafford, and Arianna Stafford, her sisters, Sondra Poe, Betty (Jack) Belschwender, and Connie Purcell; her brother, James (Libby) Golob, her sisters-in-law, Sandy (Ed) Roehling, and Ginny (Doug) Powers.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, 2 brothers, and 4 brothers-in-law.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m, Thursday, February 24, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, February 25, 2022 at the funeral home with Reverend Beth Crouch officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens & Crematory

 

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

 

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

 

Darrell Vaughn Ford, 74, Greenfield

Darrell Vaughn Ford, 74, Greenfield, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Hancock Regional Hospital.

 

Darrell was born on July 16, 1947, in Portland, Indiana, to Darrell M. and Sarah (Shawver) Ford.

 

Darrell is a 1965 graduate of Portland High School. After high school, he also attended and graduated from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

He married his love Linda Kelly on November 4, 1967.

Darrell worked as both a banker and as a farmer. He put his blood, sweat, and tears into all he did. He loved music as well as watching TV and movies with his wife Linda. He was very family oriented and was attentive to all of his children’s and grandchildren’s needs and would additionally keep tabs on them via Facebook. Darrell will forever be remembered for his great sense of humor. He attended Bluff Point Friends Church in Portland, for many years.

He is survived by his loving wife Linda of 54 years; their children: Gary (Christine) Ford, Andy (Colette) Ford, and Julia (Sean) Sample; awesome grandchildren: Jakob Ford, Jackson Sample, Marcus Ford, Madison Sample, Alyssa Ford, Wesley Ford, and Franklin Ford; and siblings: Linda Sipe, Don Ford, and Dennis Ford.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Susan Schneider.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Greenfield, has been entrusted with arrangements. There will be a Celebration of Life Service held at a later date and time.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

 

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

Jeffrey Alan Harris, age 69, of Greenfield

Jeffrey Alan Harris, age 69, of Greenfield, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2022.

 

Jeff was born March 20, 1952, in Gary, Indiana to the late Dwaun and Joan (Beck) Harris. He was a graduate of Greenfield Central High School and graduated barbering school shortly thereafter.


Jeff married ConnieJo (Hurst) on October 20, 1974. Together they made their home and raised their family in Greenfield. Jeff was committed to his community and quietly served on many boards and committees for years. He was a longtime member of Greenfield Christian Church serving on the property committee, as a trustee and deacon and the pastor search committee. Jeff was an avid Greenfield Central High School Athletic Booster and served on the Class of 1970 graduation committee. He was inducted into the GCHS Alumni Hall of Fame in 2018. He was also a member of F&AM 101 Masonic Lodge.


Jeff enjoyed serving on the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County. He actively coached baseball and softball and started GFSA. He was a long-time member of Rotary Club of Greenfield and always volunteered to be the “Grill Master” for the clubs annual Steak & Bake & Raffle. He had a passion for dogs and raised AKC German Shepherds and taught dog obedience classes for many years.


Most will remember Jeff as the longtime owner operator of Ye Olde Head Shoppe Salon and Spa. He was named the “Businessman of the Year” by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce in 2006.

 

Jeff knew everyone and will long be remembered for his “Jeffism’s” like, “Hey, I know a guy” or “I’m not an expert, but.” He was one to avoid modern technology but did love his oldies and rock and roll music!


Jeff is survived by his wife ConnieJo Harris; children, Cameron (Kayce) Harris and Mallory (Brandon) Tormoehlen; grandchildren, Axl and Ava Harris and Carolina Tormoehlen; stepmother, Marilyn (John) Hutchinson; half-sister, Stacey (Kenny) McNeeley; and his beloved dogs, Roxie, and Rudy.


He is preceded in death by his parents mentioned above.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Greenfield Christian Church, 23 N. East Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140 with Rev. Merlyn Winters officiating.

 

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held until 7:00 pm immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.


Jeff’s family would like to invite everyone to wear your favorite Colts, I.U., or Greenfield Central High School gear if they so choose.


Memorial contributions in honor of Jeff may be sent to Greenfield Central School Foundation, 110 W. North Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Please note the Jeff Harris Barber and Beauty School Scholarship.

Barbara Ann Livingston, 92, of Shelbyville

Barbara Ann Livingston, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Ashford Place Health Campus.

 

She was born January 28, 1930 in Shelbyville to Loren and Myrtle (Wood) Thurston. 

  

Barbara was a 1949 graduate of Shelbyville High School.

 

She married Ernest Livingston, Jr. on November 25, 1949 and he preceded her in death on January 11, 2011.

 

Barbara is survived by her son, Randy (Joan) Livingston, her daughter, Robin Livingston, all of Shelbyville; her grandchildren, Lori (Dale) Miller of Bloomington; and Michael (Jennifer) Livingston of Greenwood, her great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, Luke Miller, Alex Miller, Jacob Livingston, and Clara Livingston, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and great-grandson, Andrew Livingston.

 

Barbara did clerical work for the Government while her husband was enlisted.  She retired from KCL after many years working as a secretary.

 

Barbara was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  She enjoyed knitting, watching game shows, working crossword puzzles, and reading.  She was very competitive when playing scrabble.  Her passion was knitting and she would always be knitting clothes and sweaters for different people in the community.

 

After retiring, she and her late husband enjoyed sightseeing and traveling across the country, being the host at many campgrounds while traveling. 

 

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 23, 2002 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens & Crematory

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to Dinner Before Bedtime, Inc. 157 E. Rampart Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176, or St. Joseph Catholic School, 127 E. Broadway Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

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

 

Bradley Wayne Fuller, Sr., 54, Greenfield

Bradley Wayne Fuller, Sr., 54, Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, February 13, 2022. He was born on October 26, 1967, in Kendallville, IN, to Leander and Lois (Godsey) Fuller.

Bradley worked in construction for many years. He was a huge NASCAR fan as well as a Washington Redskins football fan. He enjoyed tinkering on cars, watching his nephew, Tracey Runion, race, collecting Christmas villages, and collecting miniature trains. He also enjoyed on-line auctions.

Bradley is survived by his loving mother, Lois Fugate; loving, life-long companion, Catharina (Emous) Fuller; children: Amber Long, Alexis Nicole Fuller, Bradley Wayne Fuller, Jr., John Paul Fuller, Rochelle Ann Fuller, and Dale Earnhardt Fuller; 1 grandson; 3 step-grandchildren; and siblings, Barbara Runion and Doyle Fuller.

He was preceded in death by his step-dad, Paul Fugate and brothers, Alan Fugate and James Fuller.

Visitation will be on Friday, February 18, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service immediately following at 12:00 noon, officiated by Reverend Charlie Mosley.

 

Burial will take place in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Bradley’s mother, Lois Fugate, to offset funeral expenses.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book, send condolences to the family, or make a memorial contribution, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Marlis Jean Krug Kottlowski Ortel, 90

Marlis Jean Krug Kottlowski Ortel, age 90, died after a short bout with cancer surrounded by her family in her home.

 

She was born in Waymansville, Indiana on August 11, 1931. She was born the 3rd child of Rev. Werner and Elfrieda (Lueck) Krug. Marlis was baptized by her father at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Waymansville, IN; was confirmed in her faith in June 1945 at St. John Lutheran Church in Austin, MN.

 

Her parents and two sisters all have preceded her in death: Joan Krug Venderly, and Margery Krug Lembke.

 

She is survived by her brother Phillip Krug. She was married on April 18, 1954 to Erwin C. Kottlowski who preceded her in death; and married to Donald Ortel on June 8, 2002, who survives. She has five surviving children and spouses from her first marriage: Nathan (Tina) Kottlowski, Sarah (Denny) Rippy, Brian (Sally) Kottlowski, Martin (Toni) Kottlowski, and Amy (Dave) Herring. She has 17 grandchildren: Nicholas (Rachael) Kottlowski, Brittany Kottlowski, Adam (Jhori) Rippy, Jacob (Tabatha) Rippy, Mariah Rippy, Rachael Kottlowski, Maxwell Kottlowski, Abigail (Dave) Beauchene, Michele (Tyler) McClish, Samuel (Samantha) Kottlowski, Immanuel (Andi) Kottlowski, Gabriel “Wolfgang” Kottlowski. She also has 11 great grandchildren: Lillian Hines, Avarie Hines, Emmalyn Oline, Natalie Oline, Joanna Kottlowski, Cooper Rippy, Henry Kottlowski, Eli Kottlowski, Juniper Rippy, Leif Kottlowski, and Ava Kottlowski. Marlis also cherished Don’s children: Tom (Karen) Ortel, Terry Ortel and Tonia Ortel Chisham, and grandchildren: Matthew (Meghan) Ortel, Michael (Meredith) Ortel and Alyssa (Russell) Matthews and great-grandchildren: Julia and Steven Cherny, Ava Ortel, Otis and Winston Ortel, and Jack Matthews. She was a fond aunt to many nieces and nephews.


Marlis attended Elkhart Medical Secretarial School and earned her training for medical assisting and transcription. She worked for Dr. Pierson in New Palestine before becoming a wife and mother. She continued to be actively involved in her church, Zion Lutheran of New Palestine. She volunteered as a Sunday School and VBS teacher, sang in the church choir, played in the bell choir, served on Parish Services, Evangelism Board, held leadership roles in the Ladies’ Aid, Zion Circle, LWML, and PTL.

 

In addition, she served as President of the Lutheran Institutional Ministry Council, District Board member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League; she has sung in the Metropolitan Lutheran Choir, the Liederkranz and Damenchor Lutheran Choir of Indianapolis. She and her husband Donald also served on Visitation Ministry to shut-ins and nursing homes.


Marlis was also employed as a bus driver for the Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County. She worked at Hancock Memorial Hospital and St. Francis Hospitals as medical transcription and administrative assistants. After retirement and taking care of her husband, Erwin, she worked at the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library.


She was a voracious baker, gardener, world traveler, excellent hostess for family, friends, and church events and most importantly she loved her Lord and everyone around her knew it and saw it. Her faith and example of Christian living impacted every life she touched to the Glory of her Heavenly Father, Savior and Lord.


Visitation will be 4:00 – 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Hendryx Chapel, 11636 East Washington Street, Cumberland, Indiana.

 

Funeral service 11:00 am, Friday, February 25, at Zion Lutheran Church, 6513 West 300 South, New Palestine, Indiana 46163 with Pastor Jason Taylor officiating.

 

Burial immediately following at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be sent directly to Zion Lutheran Church General Fund at the address listed above.


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

Beverly Kay (Muir) Phillips, 84, of Morristown

Beverly Kay (Muir) Phillips, 84, of Morristown, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 11, 2022. She was a local retired beautician, as well as, a long-time resident of Morristown.

Beverly was born on August 8, 1937, in Morristown. She was the daughter of Clark Muir and Margaret (Rouse) Cott. She married John O. Phillips on June 16, 1962. John preceded her in death on October 15, 2019. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gwen Lane.

Beverly is survived by her daughters, Pam Hitch and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville, and Sherry Wood and husband, Kevin, of Morristown; grandchildren, K.C. Wood, Jeremy Brown and wife, Rachel, Tasha Wood McNeil, and Trista Wood; great-grandchildren, Patience Wood, Sidney and Emma Brown, Kingston Lewis-Morgan, and Karter, Kameron and Koleman McNeil.

She is also survived by brothers, Mike Muir, Duane Cott and wife, Becki; sister, Belinda Kinder; along with several nieces and nephews.

Beverly attended Morristown High School. At an early age, she worked for Mom and Pops’ restaurant, Scherer’s Grocery and RCA, where she met her husband. After leaving RCA, she pursued her dream of becoming a beautician and graduated from The House of James Beauty College in 1981. In November of 1985, she opened her own shop, Bev’s Midway Kut & Kurl.

Beverly was an avid sports fan and could often be found watching her favorite teams. She was a huge Indiana University Hoosiers and Bobby Knight fan. Along with loving to watch her favorite college and professional sports, she would attend her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events. Beverly was known by many, especially her grandchildren, as “Nanny.” Nanny was a caregiver, a gardener, an amazing cook and baker. She enjoyed bowling, spending time with her family, and traveling. She loved her travels to Las Vegas and Hawaii.

Beverly was a member of the Morristown United Methodist Church and supported the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 102, for several years.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

Graveside services will be at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Suburban Hospital of Hancock Regional Hospital, 801 N. State St., Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

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

Isabelle Huber

Isabelle Huber passed peacefully at Hickory Creek at Franklin on the morning of February 12.

She was born June 11, 1939, in Fairland, as the first of seven children to Virgil and Florene (Kehrt) Kroening.

She is survived by her only child, Clinton Huber, and her daughter-in-law, Jana Huber, of Greenwood.

Isabelle was preceded in death by her husband, William Huber.

She worked on the farm by his side, and together they ran a dependable and successful operation that sustained the family for decades. Her staple was hauling grain to the elevator. When she worked at the elevator in Fairland, she met William, and they later married. Prior to their marriage, she worked with her father on their family farm by performing such tasks as milking cows.

In addition to being a hard-worker, she was a wonderful mother and friend who would do anything for anyone, and without fail, put the needs of others ahead of her own. She connected with many people in Shelby County in a variety of places, but the one constant was everyone had glowing remarks about her.

She enjoyed participating in activities with both her church, New Life United Methodist Church in Fairland, and her senior club in Fairland. She was the treasurer for years at her TOPS weight loss group, and she enjoyed watching horse races at both the casino and the Shelby County Fairgrounds. She was instrumental in helping raise funds to rebuild the grandstand. She also enjoyed working at the dairy bar at the fair, where she achieved almost legendary status of serving chocolate milkshakes and grilled cheese.

If anything would override that lofty reputation, it was her homemade noodles. She was also a master at baking pies. They were so tasty that one time the owners of a small business asked her if she would make them to sell at their fruit store!

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Jolita Erbele officiating. Inurnment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland at a later date.

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

We respectfully ask that you do not send flowers, but rather make a donation to either New Life United Methodist Church, 6145 N 400 W, Fairland, Indiana 46126 or the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Kathleen V. "Kathy" Davis, 69, of Shelbyville

Kathleen V. “Kathy” Davis, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at her home.

She was born on May 14, 1952, in Shelbyville. Kathy was one of eight children born to Calvin E. and Ima Jean (Ogden) Roberts. She was raised on a small farm close to St. Paul, until moving to Waldron in 1966. On September 3, 1972, she married Michael James Davis and they remained close raising their two daughters until his death in 2011.

Kathy is survived by her daughters, Brandy (Robert) Jenkins and Brooke (Andrew) Witkemper; three brothers, Dean (Tammy) Roberts, Calvin (Cindy) Roberts and Greg (Kimberly) Roberts; three sisters, Debbie Crowe, Sherrie (Robert) Wagner and Brenda Robertson; ten grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Austin (Brianna), Clayton, Brandon, Grace, Ashton, Jayce, Jennifer, Julie, Jessica and Emma; two great-granddaughters, Anabel and Ariella; and six step-great-grandchildren. She also has 21 nieces and nephews and 33 great-nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her King Charles Spaniels, Chloe and Josie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her infant brother, Jerry Roberts.

Kathy attended St. Paul Elementary School for two years, until it closed. She graduated in 1970 from Waldron High School.

She formerly worked at Farm Bureau Insurance at the Indianapolis location from 1970 to 1973. After 18 years of working in Administration at Freudenberg NOK, from February of 1973 to January of 1991, she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse to work in the healthcare field.

After receiving her nursing degree in February of 2005, she worked in home health care from 1995 to 2016. Kathy retired from Major Hospital Obstetrics Department in 2017, after 17 years of employment.

Kathy truly had a passion for enriching the lives of women and their families. In 1987, she began her 35 years mission, by becoming a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant. She continued that mission even in her final days.

She was always known to be a hard worker, also working various other part time jobs in the community including the start up (new home sales) of Eaglebrook housing addition, “Compton’s” Cow Palace and retail sales.

Kathy enjoyed making friends in all she did. She also enjoyed traveling to Madison, Chicago, Brown County, Tennessee and Florida.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Jeannetta Faye Stickford officiating.

Interment will be at Van Pelt Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Premier Hospice, 11550 N. Meridian St. # 375, Carmel, Indiana 46032.

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

Charles M. Priddy, 79, of Laurel

Charles M. Priddy, 79, of Laurel, passed away Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Heritage House Convalescent Center in Shelbyville.

He was born June 20, 1942, in Franklin County, the son of Wiley H. and Jannie G. (Carey) Priddy.

Charles is survived by his sister, Dovie Carpenter of Shelbyville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William Haze Priddy; and sisters, Mary F. McFarland and Della G. McPherson.

Charles loved the Lord and was a member of Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Laurel.

He also loved America and the American flag, it was his desire to serve his country.

Charles also enjoyed going fishing, growing a garden and singing.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022, at Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 25165 US Highway 52, in Laurel.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Interment will be at Stipps Cemetery in Laurel.

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

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

 

 

William 'Bill' Moss, 81

William ‘Bill’ Moss, 81, passed away January 17, 2022.  Bill lived in North Port, Florida, a former resident of Shelbyville.

 

He was born October 24, 1940 in Linton, IN. to Clifford and Lorena Moss.

 

He is survived by his wife, Truus, sons, Bryan, Joyce, Travis (Erica), grandchildren, Brittany Rooks, Tanner Moss, Mahra Moss, Reef Moss, Kai Moss, Zenn Moss, his sister, Sharrell Adkins, (Larry), his brothers, David Moss (Shannon), Alan Moss (Cindy), Bryan Moss (Tammie), 6 great-grandchildren, and sister-in-law, Bonnie Moss Oswald, (Chuck).

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Steven Moss.

 

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Prum, Germany.  He was fortunate enough to meet the love of his life in Maastricht The Netherlands, where they were married and began their journey in life having a great life together, having many happy times.

 

Bill worked at General Electric Wellman in Shelbyville for 43 years.  He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #822.  He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Vincent Bacquelin ASM 2693 of Shelbyville and a member of the America Legion Post 254 of North Port, Florida.

 

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway, Shelbyville. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m., at the church with Father Paul Landwerlen officiating.

 

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

 

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

 

Memorial contributions in Bill’s honor may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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

Burton M. Lyvers, Jr. 87, of Fishers,  formerly Shelbyville

Burton M. Lyvers, Jr. 87, of Fishers,  former Shelbyville resident, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Community North Hospital.

 

Born February 15, 1934 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Burton M. Lyvers, Sr and Hester (Long) Lyvers. He married Gloria (Bonds) Lyvers of South Bend, and she survives.

 

Other survivors include children- Gail Marie Lyvers of Fishers, Gregory Lee Lyvers (Phyllis Smith) of Indianapolis and Ray Lyvers (Jennifer) of Shelbyville; 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, several step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter

Marsha Scruggs, brother Bernard Brown and grandson Courtney Sarver.

 

Mr. Lyvers had lived in Indianapolis for 53 years and Hamilton County for one year, and graduated from Shelbyville High School. Burton had been employed with Indianapolis Post Office doing vehicle maintenance for 36 years and had been a bus driver with Lawrence Township for several years, and had served in the 

Marine Corp. Burton was a hard worker who loved his job. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacer's fan, he enjoyed traveling, going to the casino, and loved his grandchildren and spending time with them.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Friday, February 18, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Friday from 11:00 am until the time of the  service. A military graveside service will be conducted by the American Legion.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Edward W. Miller, 85, of Shelbyville

Edward W. Miller, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, February 6, 2022 at MHP Medical Center.

 

He was born August 7, 1936 in Indianapolis to Howard L. and Edith L. (Claffey) Miller.

  

He graduated in 1955 from Howe High School in Indianapolis.

 

Ed was a firefighter for over 44 years in Indianapolis.  Ed was a member of the Fire Fighters Retiree Club of Indianapolis. 

 

He loved to go fishing and always enjoyed being outdoors, especially when he was younger.  Ed was very witty and enjoyed poking fun at the people around him.

 

 He married Gloria J. Baker on December 5, 1958, and she survives.

 

Ed is also survived by his son, Bill Miller, his grandson, Christian Miller, his nieces, Jan Shoultz (Steve), Robin Brown, Jackie Miller (Jim), Joyce Miller, and Judy Mullin (Mike).

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

 

A Celebration of Life will take place in the spring.

 

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

 

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

 

Flora Louise "Flo" Comstock, 76, of Shelbyville

Flora Louise "Flo" Comstock, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, February 7, 2022 at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born June 19, 1945 in Charleston, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Leonard Ersel Gibson and Beulah Louise (Hunt) Gibson.  She married Michael Eugene  Comstock in June of 1977 and he preceded her in 2016.

 

Survivors include 2 sons- Jeff Chaney (fiance Lisa Johnson) of Shelbyville, Shawn Comstock of North Vernon; a brother- Ron Gibson (wife Vanessa) of Shelbyville; 5 grandchildren- Jeffrey Chaney, Jeremy Chaney, Jennifer Chaney, Codey Comstock, and Carissa Comstock.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, 2 brothers- Dorsel and Wayne Gibson, a sister Virginia Robbins, stepson Craig Comstock, and daughter-in-law Stacey Chaney.

 

Mrs. Comstock had lived most of her lifetime in this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1963.  She had been the office manager at Crouch Industries for many years.

 

Flor enjoyed working around the house, planting flowers, and never failed to decorate her families' headstones in the cemetery.  She was all about her family, and was the glue that held it together.

 

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Monday, February 14, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Minister Ron Comstock officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

 

Christopher Allen Hedges-Fanton, 35, of Fairland

Christopher Allen Hedges-Fanton, 35, of Fairland, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022 at his residence.

 

He was born July 9, 1986 in Marion County to Lawrence Hedges-Fanton and Rose (Decker) Hedges-Fanton.

 

Christopher was an avid sports participant.  He especially enjoyed running and swimming.  He also participated in all areas of Battleground fighting.

 

He is survived by his parents, his son, Tyler, his daughter, Rosie, his sisters, Pam (Adam) Neal and Chrisc (Ron) Farrar; several cousins, uncles, and aunts, 3 nephews, and 1 niece.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Holly (Ison) Fanton.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, February 11, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in London Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

John F. Collins, 58, of Edinburgh

John F. Collins, 58, of Edinburgh, passed away Friday, February 4, 2022 at his residence.

 

He was born November 24, 1963 in Jenkins, KY to Troy Collins and Gloria (Powers) Collins.

 

John graduated in 1982 from Triton Central High School. He was employed at Knauf.

 

He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed the times he was able to be out on his Harley.  John loved getting together with friends, but his favorite times were spent with his family and loved ones.

 

John is survived by his parents, his daughters, Stacia Winkler, Britta Pierce (husband, Nick); Tiffany Collins; Olivia Collins; his grandchildren, Brooklyn Winkler, Elly Winkler, Lillyan Winkler, Raydon Wells, Bryson Pierce, Arizona King, Gabriel James, and Sakaya James, his sister, Marlene Mohr; his nephew, Colt Mullins, and his niece, Chrissi Ronan.  Also his daughter, Kaylea James, (husband, BJ).

 

He was preceded in death by his niece, Candice Gilles.

 

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m, Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 5 p.m., at the funeral home with Reverend Jim Stephens, officiating.

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery at a later date.

 

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

 

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

 

Kathy Diane Knight, 62, of St. Paul

Kathy Diane Knight, 62, of St. Paul, passed away February 3, 2022  at her residence.

 

Born October 4, 1958 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of William Robert Knight

and Hazel Mae (Purtlebaugh) Knight.

 

Survivors include 6 siblings- Charles Robert Knight of Connecticut, Terry J. Knight 

(wife Brenda) of Shelbyville, Gary Dennis Knight of Shelbyville, Brenda Day of Shelbyville, Linda S. Conover of Shelbyville, Debra Tracy (husband Neil) of Morristown; several nieces and nephews; and 4 of her dog "kids"- Bernadette, Jasper, Ike, & Chip, and her cat Hazelnut.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Ms. Knight was a lifelong resident of this area, and worked as an LPN at several area nursing homes, for 38 years.  She attended Shelbyville High School and Ivy Tech Nursing School in Columbus.

 

Kathy loved her dogs and cat, and was always willing to help a family member, friend, or neighbor.

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Brian Justice officiating.  Burial will be in Miller Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, or Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Animal Shelter, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

James Obed Sartin, 88, of Shelbyville

James Obed Sartin, 88, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. 

 

He was born April 1, 1933 in Jayess, Mississippi, the son of Floyd E. and Vela G. (Boyd) Sartin.  On November 16, 1962 he married Barbara A. (Coers) Sartin and she survives.

 

Other survivors include a daughter Sheri L. Sharp, her husband Scott Sharp, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Karl “Scott” Sartin, a brother Rev. Myron Douglas Sartin, and his beloved English Bulldog Omar.

 

Mr. Sartin grew up in Sartinville, Mississippi graduating from Walthall County High School in 1951 in nearby Jayess.  After high school, he worked in the oil drilling industry in New Mexico and Midland,Texas.   Soon after, family friend Bill Ayers told him there was “work to be found up north” in Shelby County, Indiana, so in 1952, James moved to Shelbyville. He served with the U.S. Army from 1954-56 and was stationed in Giessen, Germany in 1955 where he was part of the 282nd Field Artillery Battalion. 

 

 James also began a career in fiberglass manufacturing starting at Pittsburgh Plate Glass (PPG) in 1952.  He stayed with it through two other owners: CertainTeed (1974-78) and Knauf Fiberglass (1978-87 at the Shelbyville plant and from 1987-1994 at the Lanett, Alabama plant).  In his career, James started at entry level- working his way from swing shift to supervisor, eventually becoming Plant Manager at the Shelbyville facility from 1981-82.   Before his retirement in 1994, he had also been named Purchasing Manager at the Lanett plant.  Having experienced such success yet having so little in his early life in Mississippi, he was certainly thought of as a “self-made man”.

 

In the early 1970’s James (known as “Jim” or “Tater” to his friends) started singing bass with gospel quartets including the “Happy Five” and the “Pilgrims Quartet”- later known as the “Bethel Ambassadors”.  The group taped several albums together and he was featured on several songs.  

 

He also liked to write poetry, tend a vegetable garden with his wife Barbara, and he enjoyed watching IU basketball during the Bobby Knight era.  His fondness for cars (particularly corvettes) led him to tinker with automobile engines- to include re-building and racing go-karts and attending ¾ midget races.  He also loved the Indy 500 (favorite driver was A.J. Foyt of course!)

 

Mr. Sartin was a member of the Shelbyville First Church of the Nazarene.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd., with Pastor Steve Bohall officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Mt Pisgah Cemetery, Shelbyville. 

 

Friends may call on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. 
 

Memorial contributions may be made to OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences can be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Dolly E. Smothers, 58, of Shelbyville

Dolly E. Smothers, 58, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at MHP Medical Center.

 

She was born July 28, 1963 in Shelbyville to Claude Smothers and Mary (Elliott) Smothers.

 

Dolly attended Shelbyville High School.  She was a former member of the American Legion Post 70 and the Eagles Lodge 766. She enjoyed playing bingo when she was younger.  Her favorite times were spent with her family.

 

For many years, Dolly was an active member of the kitchen team at Doc’s BP.  She was loved by her co-workers and customers.  She was known for always having a smile on her face.

 

Dolly is survived by her sisters, Judy Smith, of Springdale, AR.; Faye Wilkerson (Jim) of Shelbyville; Mae Comstock (Odie) of Greenwood; Peggy Milner (Gary) of FL.; her brothers, Ronnie Smothers (Mary); Scott Smothers (Kim); and Rickey Smothers, all of Shelbyville; and her sister, Christina Leffler (Todd) of Shelbyville, and several nieces and nephews.

  

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Linda Dyer, and her brothers, Mike Smothers, and Bobby Smothers.

 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Greg Albert officiating.

 

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

 

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

 

Joseph Dwain Thurston, 78, of Shelbyville

Joseph Dwain Thurston, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 31, 2022.

He was born July 21, 1943, in Shelbyville, the son of Walter and Mabel (McDaniel) Thurston. On September 28, 1963, he married his wife of 58 years, Linda Carroll, and she survives.

In addition to Linda, Joseph is survived by his sons, Gregory Scott Thurston of Shelbyville, Jonathan Dwain Thurston and wife, Janna, of Rushville, and Bradley Aaron Thurston and wife, Mindy, of Greensburg; brother, Wesley Thurston; sisters, Marilyn Bansbach of Shelbyville, Nelda Cheseborough and husband, Mike, of Fishers, and Linda Garlitch of Portland; seven grandchildren, Morgan Hirschauer and husband, Keith, McKenzie Thurston, Marie Thurston, Hyatt Thurston, Riley Thurston, Jordan Thurston and JoLeigh Thurston; four great-grandchildren, Lilli Dusenbury, Layla Hirschauer, Sawyer Thurston and Grayson Martin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Franklin Pierce Thurston, Maurice Thurston, Walter Thurston and Kenny Thurston; and a sister, Joann Coffey.

He graduated in 1960 from Shelbyville High School.

Joseph was a member of Blue Ridge Christian Union Church for 15 years, he enjoyed serving the church.

He was formerly employed at Shelbyville Kennedy Carliner from 1963 to 1970. Joseph retired from Indianapolis International Harvester (Navistar) in 2009, with 39 years of service, where he was a member of the United Auto Workers. He was a millwright.

Most of all, Joseph enjoyed his family. He supported his grandchildren by attending their award banquets, plays and other events. He also enjoyed having family dinners.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, February 6, 2022, at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church, 446 S 775 E, Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, with Pastor James Thurman officiating.

Interment will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Christian Union Church.

Online condolences may be shared with Joseph’s

Genaro Maldonado Sanchez, 16, of Shelbyville

Genaro Maldonado Sanchez, 16, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022 at his residence.

 

He was born September 30, 2005 in Richmond, IN.

 

Genaro is survived by his mother, Esther Sanchez (husband, Galdino Zarate, Jr.); brother, Luiz Rojas, sister, Cristina Sanchez; brother, Moises Sanchez; brother, Lionheart Sanchez; sister, Yuridia Zarate; sister, Yuriana Zarate, sister, America Zarate, aunt, Maripaz Sanchez; uncle, Oligario Tepox, cousin, Allison Tepox; grandparents, Cecilia Cinto, Joseluiz Sanchez, Galdino Zarate, Sr., Epifania Carbajal; Kim Russell (Friend); and Santiago Herrera (Friend).

 

He was preceded in death by his second cousin, Albaro Sanchez.

 

Genaro was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  He was an active member of Beyond the Label.  Genaro loved to play the drums and have the music loud.  A couple of his favorite characters were Diego Go and Mario.  His favorite food was Ravioli.  He loved to grab the remote and mess with the channels.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, February 7, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway Street, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

 

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

  

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

 

Rita Marie Veerkamp, 88, of Shelbyville

Rita Marie Veerkamp, 88, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, February 1, 2022

at Ashford Place Health Campus.  

 

Born on May 24, 1933 in New Castle, she was the daughter of Casper & Marie

(Kuntz) Wilmer. She married John E. Veerkamp on February 20, 1954 and he

preceded her on February 26, 2010.

 

Survivors include daughters- Susan Veerkamp (Steve Keen)  of Shelbyville and

Mary Ann (Mark) Wentzel of Greenwood; half sister- Martha Sneed of Hartsville,

2 half brothers- Bert Wilmer and Casper Wilmer both of Decatur County; 3 grandchildren- John Crowe (Courtney), Annie Wentzel and Gracie Wentzel; and great grandchildren- Colton, Corbin and Canaan Crowe. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, daughter Karen Crowe, son in law Dennis Crowe, 2 brothers Lowell & Charles Wilmer,  sister Margaret Kroger and 2 half sisters Katie Ledford & Marianna Beckett.

 

Rita had lived in this area most of her lifetime after moving from Decatur County. She was a homemaker and a self employed farmer for many years. Rita graduated from Greensburg High School in 1951 and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rita's greatest joy was her family, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and spending time with them.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Mike Keucher officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 4:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home with rosary recited at 4:00 pm.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Vocations in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Virginia Mohler Ensminger, 98, of Shelbyville

Virginia Mohler Ensminger, 98, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022 after a short stay at Ashford Place.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Ensminger;  her parents, Fred and Edgardean (McMath) Mohler; a son Maurice "Budd" Ensminger, daughter Janice Daffron; and 3 siblings.  She is survived by her daughter Mary Margaret Garnett; sister Iris Ashby; 3 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Virginia lived in the Rush/Shelby County area her entire life, graduating from New Salem High School. She worked at Jester's on the square until the Belaire Shopping Center opened and then worked at J.C.Penney until her retirement.

She and Wade raised and raced standardbred horses for many years. Virginia attended the Rays Crossing CU Church

and was a 50+year member of the Milroy Order of the Eastern Star and an honorary member of the Fairland Chapter.

Virginia enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, playing cards, and raising and racing horses.

 

Funeral services will be, 2:00 pm, Monday, February 7, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Pastor Keith Dover officiating. 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service. Eastern Star rites will be observed at 1:30 pm, before the funeral service.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations  be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation, for Parkinson's Disease, or the charity of your choice, in care of the funeral home.

 

The family also asks that you follow Covid protocol by wearing a mask.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

 

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