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Wangyo Mun, 82, of Shelbyville

Wangyo Mun, 82, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, September 16, 2022 at his home.

 

He was born  January 2, 1940 in Seoul, South Korea.  He later married Poongduck (Chung) and she preceded him in death.

 

Survivors include 3 children- daughter SukHee Leach of Greenwood, 2 sons- Daniel Mun (wife Kyung Hee) of Indianapolis, Roy Mun (wife HeeJung) of Shelbyville; 6 grandchildren- Ashley Leach of Indianapolis, Dane Leach of Avon, Lydia Mun of

Indianapolis, Heidi Mun, Rudy Mun, & Kailey Mun, all of Shelbyville; 5 great grandchildren- Bianca Leach, Lucian Bridgers, Emma Leach, Ori Ballenger, Cylen O. Mun; and 6 brothers and 1 sister living in South Korea. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister.

 

Mr. Mun was  self employed in the knitting business in Korea, and graduated high school in Korea. He attended the First Korean United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.  He had lived in the United States for 33 years.

 

Private funeral services will be held at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Gi-Chae Lee officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Dennis Keith Redmon, 55, of Fairland

Dennis Keith Redmon, 55, of Fairland, passed away at his home September 11, 2022.

 

He was born December 18, 1966, in Indianapolis to Sidney and Gloria "Bonnie" Redmon. Dennis was a graduate of Triton Central High School. Dennis was a kind man who never met a stranger or passed by anyone in need.

 

He is survived by his mother; Gloria "Bonnie" Redmon, sister; Angie (Andrew) Alexander, sister- in-law; Kim Redmon, nieces and nephews; Ashley (Jeff) Pass, Shelby (Brian) Redmon, Nick (Mackenzie) Redmon; grand-nephew; Leon, aunts; Maria Fay, and Marion Kay.

 

Dennis is preceded in death by his father; Sidney Redmon and brother; Danny Redmon.

 

Friends may call from Noon until 2:00 pm, Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, Hendryx Chapel, 19 East Main Street, New Palestine, Indiana 46163.

 

A Graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm at Acton Cemetery, 7900 Acton Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46259.

 

Memorial contributions honoring Dennis may be sent to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Please share your memories of Dennis and condolences with his family at wwwstillingerfamily.com .

Elizabeth Angelica Gonzalez Tapia, of Shelbyville

Elizabeth Angelica Gonzalez Tapia, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, September 8, 2022 at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital.

 

She was born to Pedro Gonzalez-Guzman and Maria Guadalupe Tapia-Valadez and they survive.

 

Elizabeth is also survived by her brother and sister: Genesis, Ruben, Nancy Paola, paternal grandmother, Angelica Guzman, several uncles and aunts.

 

She is preceded in death by a little sibling, paternal grandfather, Pedro Gonzalez and maternal grandparent, Maria del Socorro Valadez and Jose Tapia.

 

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Bible Holiness Church, 2911 E. Michigan Rd., Shelbyville, IN. 46176 with Pastor Joseph Smith, Pastors Santiago and Stephanie Martinez officiating.

 

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

 

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

Betty Jane Knight, 89, of Shelbyville

Betty Jane Knight, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022.

 

She was born January 4, 1933 in Batesville, Indiana to Clarence Deller and Anna (Simon) Deller. 

 

Betty was a graduate of Osgood High School. She was employed with Farm Bureau Insurance as an Administrator and Ross Snyder Insurance as secretary.  

 

She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

 

Betty enjoyed helping with many Veterans organizations; she was an American Legion Auxiliary Member since 1980, lifetime member of the Omega Au Tail Sorority, Eagles Auxiliary, Women of the Moose since 1976, where she was a post Deputy Grand Regent, a long time Vestavia member and also St. Ann’s Alter Society member. 

 

Betty married William Knight on October 18, 1977, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2022. 

 

She is survived by nephews; C. Michael Ogden, John D. Ogden, Terry L. Ogden, and niece, Carol Fowler and many nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sister, Helen Havens, and also her nephew, David C. Ogden. 

 

Visitation will be Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 10a.m. until 11a.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Rosary will be at the funeral home at 9a.m.

 

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial Contributions may be given to the donor’s choice.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com

Caroline S. "Susie" Willard, 87, of Shelbyvill

Caroline S. “Susie” Willard, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Heritage House in Shelbyville.

She was born October 12, 1934, in Shelby County, the daughter of Stanley and Vertus (Miller) Laird.  On October 18, 1952, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Willard, and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2019.

Susie is survived by her son, Ed Willard and wife, Cynthia, of Shelbyville; daughters, Connie Beyers and husband, Bob, and Cindy Kuhn and husband, David, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Jessica Griggs and husband, Shane, Luke Willard, Whitney Wampner and husband, Dustin, Ashley Aldridge and husband, Brady, Melissa Buckler, Leslie Brown and husband, Jake, and Matthew Kuhn and wife, Jenna; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Chuck, Susie was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Eddie Bennett; sister, Roberta Young; and brothers, Carl Laird and Jackie Laird.

Susie graduated in 1952 from Shelbyville High School.

She attended Shelbyville Community Church and Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

Susie retired in 1998, from Shelbyville Central School Cafeteria, with 24 years of service.

She enjoyed gardening and reading.

Susie loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 18, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, September 19, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

Pamela M. "Pam" Bergen, 70, of Rushville

Pamela M. “Pam” Bergen, 70, of Rushville, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

She was born October 1, 1951, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Carl E. and Helen (Curry) Walton.  On February 14, 1994, she married Charles “Pat” Bergen, and he survives.

In addition to Charles, Pam is survived by her sons, Micheal R. Wise Jr. and wife, Stephanie, and Randall W. Bray, both of Shelbyville; daughter, Amanda Jay and husband, Nate, of Eaton, Ohio; sisters, Linda Kay McDaniel and Terry Pursley, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Carl Walton and wife, Amy, Roger J. Walton and wife, Trisha, Darrell Walton and Kim Walton, all of Shelbyville, and Brad Walton and wife, Vickie, of Twin Lake, Kentucky; grandchildren, Crystal Ward, Brittany Ward, Brianna Ward, Braily Richey and husband, Cade, Justin (baby Chase) Wise and wife, Shelby, Jordan Wise, Jared Wise, Taylor McCulloch and husband, Collin, Keaton Bray, Nick Bray, Kylie Bray and Tanner Bray; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Misty Dawn Bray; sisters, Carla Phelps and Kristina Richards; and brother, Douglas Walton.

She received an associates degree from Ivy Tech College.

Pam enjoyed tending to her flower gardens and raising vegetables.  She also enjoyed going fishing and riding in the quad and jeep.

She loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Pam leaves behind her bird, Rocky and was preceded by her dog, Willa.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pamela Bergen Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

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

Michael D. "Mike" Weaver, 59, of Waldron

Michael D. "Mike" Weaver, 59, of Waldron, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022 at Waldron Health Care.

 

Born May 4, 1963 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Gene Weaver and Phylliss (Swinford) Weaver. He married Sandra (Ash) Weaver on October 23, 1993 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include daughter-Lacey Weaver of Waldron, future son in law

Austin Plank of Waldron, father in law Jim Ash of Waldron, brother & sister in law

Steve & Geri Ash of Shelbyville, brother & sister in law Rick & Pam Schonfeld of Shelbyville, Aunt Kay Pashley of Florida, bonus daughter Adrienne Steenbarger of Germany and his dog Mac.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Nicholas Weaver and mother in law Helen Ash.

 

Mr. Weaver was a lifetime resident of this area and graduated from Waldron High School in 1982.

Mike was a factory worker for KT Corp for many years and Azalia Elevator for 6 years. He attended Waldron Baptist Church. Michael enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a huge Indianapolis Colts , Indiana Pacers, and NASCAR fan. He loved spending time with family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Pastor Kim DeKoker officiating.

 

Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions  can be made to Michael Weaver Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Wanda Elaine Wheeler, 75, of Indianapolis

Wanda Elaine Wheeler, 75, of Indianapolis, passed away, Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

She was born May 26, 1947, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Lee and Thelma (Crecelius) Adkins.  On November 5, 1983, she married Roger Wheeler, and he survives.

In addition to Roger, Wanda is survived by her children, Carol Liane Jones and husband, John, of Scottsville, Kentucky, Michelle Grenier and husband, John, of Lewisville, Carl William McNew of Des Moines, Iowa, Brian McNew of Kokomo, and Alan Wheeler and wife, Suann, and Stefanie Holcomb and husband, James, both of Monrovia; sisters, Sandra Murphy and Jane Ann York and husband, Richard, both of Shelbyville, and Roxy Eldridge of London; brothers, Wayne Adkins and wife, Anita, of Carmel, James Adkins and wife, Julie, and Dale Adkins and wife, Runea, both of Boggstown; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Cinda Renee Canchola.

She retired in 1997, after working in the cafeteria for seven or eight years, at Maple Crest Middle School in Kokomo.

Wanda enjoyed researching genealogy, gardening, exploring the web on her computer, and she loved cats. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, at the funeral home, with John Grenier officiating.

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

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

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

Joan (Kocher) Hogan, 90, of Shelbyville

Joan (Kocher) Hogan, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, September 12, 2022, at Heritage House in Shelbyville.

She was born January 17, 1932, in Morristown, the daughter of Dennis and Agnes (Presley) Kocher. On December 31, 1951, she married her husband, Marion J. Hogan, and he preceded her in death on September 13, 1989.

Joan is survived by her son, David L. Hogan and wife, Trudy (Sigman), of Shelbyville; sisters, Dorothy Hewitt of Waldron, Janice Linville and husband, Larry, of Greenfield, and Rita Zimmerman of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Jackie Hogan and husband, Randy Zell, Marie Diane Persinger and husband, Caynan, Kyle Hogan and wife, Kate, and Brian Hogan and wife, Olivia; great-grandchildren, Paul Moscrip, Noah Persinger, Timothy Persinger, Chloe Zell, Austin Zell and Alyssa Zell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Marion, Joan was preceded in death by her son, Michael L. Hogan; daughters, Donna L. Hogan and Faye A. Haggard; sisters, Helen Morton, Ruth Ordonez, Francis Wilson and Mary Kocher; and brothers, John Kocher and Irvin Kocher.

Joan graduated in 1950 from Greenfield High School.

She was a member of Town and Country Christian Church.

Joan formerly worked for the Shelbyville News, as a paper carrier, for over 20 years.

She was formerly a member of Naamah Chapter of Eastern Star.

Joan enjoyed working word search puzzles, reading and later listening to Western Novels.

She loved her family and cherished the memories they created.

Joan liked to go for walks and visit with her neighbors.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby Senior Services, 2120 Intelliplex Drive, Suite 101, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Joellen 'Jody' (Ritter) Smith

“And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms…”

 

Joellen ‘Jody’ (Ritter) Smith left this life on the morning of September 5, 2022.

 

She was born on May 3, 1946, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Richard and Jorita (Kernal) Ritter. The eldest of seven children, she will remain a cherished daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend.

 

She was a lifetime member of St. Michael Catholic Church and the Rosary Guild. After a dedicated 30-year career with Eli Lilly and Company, she retired and enjoyed playing cards every Tuesday at St. Michael’s, serving her community, and participating in Red Hat Society gatherings.

 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Jon R. Smith; her two sons, Jon J. Smith and Joseph R. Tondro-Smith; son-in-law, Christian Sidwell; daughter-in-law, Dondi Tondro-Smith; and six siblings: Linda Huber (Stan), Tony Ritter (Barb), Jerry Ritter (Carol), Mary Roesinger (Jim), Danny Ritter (Pam) and Therese Inglert (John, deceased). She will also be missed by her only grandchild, Kaia Tondro-Smith; many cousins; nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; and all who knew her.

 

Visitation will be on Monday, September 12, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield.

 

A Mass of Christian burial will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd, Greenfield.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6500 Technology Drive, Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278 and/or the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 91st Street, Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

 

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

James B. Pendergraft Jr., 60, of Shelbyville

James B. Pendergraft Jr., 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Major Hospital Medical Center.

 

He was born May 24, 1962 in Pennington Gap, Virginia, to James B. Pendergraft and Ann Pendergraft (Daugherty). 

  

James loved to golf and to be on the golf course. His daughter was the center of his world and he cherished all of the time spent together.

 

James is survived by his mother, his daughter, Brandy Pendergraft, brothers; Tim Pendergraft (wife, April), Mike Pendergraft, Rob Pendergraft, Greg Pendergraft, sister, Tammy Webb along with several nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, and sister, Amanda Pendergraft. 

 

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

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

Jay Lee Griffith Jr., 37, of Shelbyville

Jay Lee Griffith Jr., 37, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2022.

 

He was born October 18, 1984 in Fort Wayne, Indiana to Jay Griffith Sr. and DiAnn Griffith (Trueblood) and they survive. 

 

Jay married Tara Griffith (Laird) on May 19, 2012. They spent 10 wonderful years together and she survives.

 

Jay graduated from Morristown High School in 2003. He began his law enforcement career in 2004. In 2013, he started with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff.

 

He loved to ride his motorcycle and to travel all over with his wife. He enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. He also enjoyed building things even if they weren’t always square. His favorite times were spent making memories with his family and friends.

 

He is also survived by sister, Roseann Biddle (husband, Nathan), brother, Jason Griffith (wife, Heather), sister, Robyn Abrams (husband, Drew), paternal grandparents, Karen and William Griffith, nieces and nephews; Christopher Connor, Tony Connor, Hunter Biddle, Karmen McIlrath, Ethan McIlrath, Alexander McIlrath, Emily Griffith, Micah Price (husband, Adam), Abby Gobel, Alexandra Gobel , Kyra Springman, Parker Springman, Logan Vogler, brother-in-law, Aaron Gobel (wife, Teresa), brother-in-law, Jay Springman Jr., mother-in-law and father-in-law, Tony and Kerri Laird, along with their beloved dogs, Greta and Gus.

 

He is preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Briana Springman, and maternal grandparents, George and Gloria Trueblood.

 

A memorial service will be held at the F.O.P. Lodge 84, 1237 Knightstown Rd. Shelbyville, IN. 46176 on Monday, September, 12, 2022 at 5 p.m., with Ross Stackhouse officiating.

 

There will be a gathering of friends and family to follow directly after.

 

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

 

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

James "Jim" Russell Leclercq, 87, of Shelbyville

James “Jim” Russell Leclercq, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022 at his residence.

  He was born February 5, 1935 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Russell Leclercq and Pauline (Davis) Leclercq.

He married Martha “Elaine” (Hoffman) Leclercq on August 20, 1960 and she preceded him in death on October 3, 2014. They spent 54 wonderful years together. 

  He served in the US Army in the Korean War. Jim was a hardworking man who loved his family. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and just being outdoors. He attended Bengal Christian Church and West Street United Methodist Church.

 Together, he and his wife, Elaine started their own businesses. They owned and operated Jim and Elaine’s Market, DX Service Station, and then Dependable Tree Service. In 1974 they started Jim’s Roofing and Sons and it is still a family business today.

Along with Jim’s wife, he is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.

 Jim is survived by his sons; Mark Leclercq, Jamie Leclercq (wife, Zoann), Jerrie Leclercq (wife, Dawn), Kevin Leclercq, daughter, Kathy Cooper (husband, Rusty), grandchildren; Nicole Frisbie, Cody Craig, Sara Craig, Josh Leclercq, Jessica Leclercq, Justin Leclercq, Jenna Leclercq, Justin Baltch, Starlene Hoff, Fawntay Cooper, Travis Cooper, Kyle Cooper, Sheena Cooper, along with 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild.

  Visitation will be Friday, September 9, 2022 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, 2022 at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

  Burial will be in Miller Cemetery.

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

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

Lewis Donald "Don" Burwell, 94

Lewis Donald “Don” Burwell, 94, died peacefully on September 1, 2022, at Ashford Place in Shelbyville, Indiana.

He was born November 1, 1927, in Altona, Illinois to Queenie Belle Ogden and Arlie Edwin Burwell.

In 1938 his family moved from Illinois to Shelbyville, Indiana. In Shelbyville, he would spend the rest of his childhood and later life.

Don graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1946, earning his coveted SHS letter “S” in football and the Shop Award. After graduation, he and several of his 1946 SHS classmates enlisted in the US Army. He served with the post-WWII occupational forces in the Pacific, specifically in Japan. His military service was from September 1946 to his Honorable Discharge in January 1948.

He married his lifelong love and best friend, Betty Lou Comstock, on January 22 1948. His first 15 years of work were in Shelbyville with Chambers Range and Chambers Aircraft Companies. In 1966 his continued education led him to Allison Gas and Turbine Division of General Motors as a tool designer. He retired from Allisons after 25 years in 1991.

He was a devoted husband, father, avid sportsman, fisherman, and athlete. He was proud of his Shelbyville “Home Town” heritage and resided there for over 80 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and supported the local VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Queenie and Arlie, his wife Betty, and brother, Everett Burwell.

He is survived by his sons, Rich Burwell (Joan) and Ron Burwell (Linda). His grandchildren are Sean Connors, Michael Burwell, Benjamin Burwell, Sara Burwell/Hamilton (Eddie), and David Lennen. His sisters-in-law are Joan Burwell (Seattle) and Barbara Gruver (Illinios). His nieces are JoMichelle Tange (Seattle), Joni Kay Burwell (Seattle) Jackie Lynn Jensen (Oklahoma City), and Janet Woolever (Seattle).

No visitation is scheduled.

 A graveside service will be held in Miller Cemetery on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jose Rivera officiating.

Military honors will be conducted by local veteran organizations.

A funeral procession will leave Murphy-Parks Funeral Service 703 S Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN at 10:30 a.m. for the 11 a.m. graveside service in Miller Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 2695 at 1622 E St. Rd. 44, Shelbyville, IN. 46176, or The American Legion Post 70 at 1125 Miller Ave, Shelbyville, IN. 46176, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Carrie Mae Johnson, 98, of Shelbyville

Carrie Mae Johnson, 98, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Homeview Health and Rehab in Franklin.

She was born on April 5, 1924, in Dahl, Kentucky. Carrie was one of ten children and the last surviving child of Elmer and Nannie E. (Inabnett) Radford. 

Carrie is survived by her sons, Bobby Joe Hansford and wife, Saundra, and Joseph Lee Hansford, both of Edinburgh, and Harold Lee Hansford and wife, Jackie, of Shelbyville; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Eural “Jodie” Hansford and Arnold Johnson; and daughter-in-law, Loretta Edna Hansford.

Carrie formerly attended Lickspring Baptist Church in Ninevah.

She was a waitress and cook in numerous restaurants.  Carrie was also a very talented seamstress and enjoyed using her talent to make items she sold at flea markets.  She had formerly worked at Varinet Mills as a seamstress. 

Carrie loved tending to her flowers, gardening and going fishing. 

She also enjoyed watching birds, especially cardinals.

Carrie had many pets throughout the years, including her dogs, Ginger and Crissie.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Thursday, September 8, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at Noon, Thursday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

Charles Eldon "Charlie" Bowlby, 86, of Waldron, formerly of Shelbyville

Charles Eldon “Charlie” Bowlby, 86, of Waldron, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2022, at his home.

He was born December 13, 1935, in Shelby County, the first child of A. Carl and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Hodson) Bowlby.  On September 29, 1957, he married his wife of nearly 65 years, Dorothy J. Gravely, and she survives.

In addition to Dorothy, Charlie is survived by his children, Michael Bowlby and wife, Krista,  Melinda Bunch and husband, Cliff, Steven Bowlby and wife, Teresa, and Todd Bowlby and wife, Michelle; grandchildren, Amanda Ferguson, Amy Cerri, Michael Bowlby, Cassandra Jo Larson, Nick Bowlby, Derrick Bowlby and Tyler Bowlby; step-grandchildren, Gabe and Sara; great-grandchildren, Henry Ferguson, John Ferguson, Noah Bowlby and Ella Cerri; sister, Mary Helen Buckley; and several nieces and nephews.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Eula Irene “E.I.” Smith; brothers-in-law, Harry Smith and Danny Buckley; and niece, Deborah Irene Rosen.

He graduated in 1953 from Shelbyville High School.

Charlie was a member of Crossroads Community Church, where he served as a deacon.

He formerly worked in construction, owned and operated gas stations and Bowlby Wrecker Service, and was a master mechanic.  Charlie was also a school bus driver for 20 years and worked at the middle school as a custodian.

Charlie was a member of the Optimist Club and Rural Youth.

He loved helping people and enjoyed working on anything with an engine, whether it worked or didn’t work.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, September 9, 2022, at Crossroads Community Church, 475 E. Progress Parkway in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at Noon, Friday, at the church, with Pastors Andy Lee and Cliff Bunch officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Community Church; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-9959; or the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Kathy J. Kessler, 73, of Manilla

Kathy J. Kessler, 73, of Manilla, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at

Ashford Place.

 

Born August 7, 1949 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Max Conover and

Marion (Avery) Conover.  She married Larry J. Kessler on October 19, 1979 and

he survives.

 

Other survivors include 3 children- Shawn Comstock of North Vernon, Jeramie

Kessler of Columbus, Melanie Walters (husband Tawan) of Bowling Green, Kentucky; a brother Kim Conover (wife Karen) of Geneva, a sister Vicki Skillman of Cummings, Georgia; 7 grandchildren- Codey Comstock, Carrisa Foster (husband Ethan), Bethany Stephens, Kami Stephens, Matthew Stephens, Scottie Kessler, Chelsie Kessler; and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Craig Comstock, and a brother Michael Conover.

 

Mrs. Kessler was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Southwestern High School in 1969.  She was an executive assistant with NAWC/Raytheon in  Indianapolis for 30 years, retiring in 2015.

 

Kathy enjoyed raising and showing miniature horses.  She loved animals, and also

enjoyed decorating for Halloween and Christmas.

 

Memorial services will be 6:00 pm on Monday, September 12, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Rev. David Humphrey officiating. 

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association or the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

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