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Paula A. Hilderbrand, 69, of Shelbyville

Paula A. Hilderbrand, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at her residence.

Born April 5, 1953 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Clarence Smith & Dorothy (Weakley) Smith. She married Harold M. Hilderbrand on March 9, 1971 and he survives.

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Dawn M. Barnes (John) of Flat Rock and Mandy Young (fiance Josh Kemp) of Shelbyville; one sister; 4 grandchildren- Heather Barnes, Drew Wainscott, Tyler Ogden and Amelia Young; and 2 great-grandchildren Bentley & Xavier. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Mrs. Hilderbrand was a lifetime resident of this area and a homemaker. She attended Shelbyville High School and was a member of Shelby County Cancer Society Support Group. Paula was always on the go, shopping and sightseeing, and loved working with flowers.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd. with Tom Sosbe officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 9:00 am until the time of the service. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

Lloyd "Sonny" Taylor, 84, of Shelbyville

Lloyd “Sonny” Taylor, 84, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 at Brickyard Healthcare-Brandywine Care Center.

 

He was born March 31, 1938 in Greenfield, IN to Paul V. Taylor and Dorothy L. (Bell) Taylor.

  

Sonny was a meat cutter at Standard Grocery for 39 years.    He loved working in the yard.  One of his favorite pastimes was shooting targets using muzzle loaders.  

He was a former retired member of United Meat Cutters International Union and the Muzzle Loaders Association in Friendship, IN.

   

He is survived by his son, David Ray Taylor, and his granddaughter, Angie (husband, Tony) Porter, all of Shelbyville, and his sisters, Delores Glasdock and Betty Andis.

  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 61 years, Marlene M. Taylor, his grandson, Logan Roy Taylor, and his sister, Susanna Brock.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

 

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

 

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

Beverly Jo Woods, 86, of Shelbyville

Beverly Jo Woods, 86, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2022 at Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

She was born July 15, 1936 in Shelbyville, the daughter of Reba Daniels.  She was formerly a resident of Okeechobee, FL for 25 years. Beverly graduated from Glenville High School in 1954.

 

She loved to read and loved her cat, Tiger Woods and her dog, Bear.

 

Beverly was greatly loved by her family and will be dearly missed by her son, Christopher Woods (wife, Bev); her daughters, Judith Harris (Woods) (husband, Robert); Jerri Dake (husband, Jim), and Jennie Ross (husband, Mike), 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and her best friend, Rosemary Whitner.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billie Joe Woods, who was the love of her life, her mother, her brother, Kenneth Ensman, her daughter-in-law, Darcey Ensman, and her father, Bernard G. Ensman.

 

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

  

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

Diana G. DeBoard, 73, of Shelbyville

Diana G. DeBoard, 73, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

She was born December 4, 1948 in Shelbyville to William (Bill) Wainscott and Doris (McColley) Wainscott. 

  

Diana graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1968. 

 

She was a factory worker at Overhead Door, and also had worked at Nidec, and Walmart.

Diana enjoyed spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids and going to their games.

 

She married Roger C. DeBoard, Sr. on December 4, 1969 and he preceded her in death on October 23, 1982. 

 

Diana is survived by her daughter, Angela Ridgeway, son, Roger DeBoard Jr., daughter-in-law, Jane DeBoard, grandsons, Nathan Latimer, and Scott Ridgeway Jr. (Rubi) of Indianapolis, Michael DeBoard, Jordan DeBoard (Megan), all of Shelbyville, granddaughters, Hannah DeBoard (Clayton) of Flatrock, great-grandchildren, Delaney Latimer, Brooklyn Latimer, Stella Ridgeway, Jensen DeBoard, Oaklyn DeBoard, Haisley DeBoard, and her sister, Sandra Kay DeBoard.

 

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

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 3, 2022 at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

John William Royer, 78, of Greenfield

John William Royer, 78, of Greenfield, passed away October 25, 2022, at Morristown Manor. He was born on October 25, 1944, in Indianapolis to the late Clyde Wilbur and Mary Margaret (Krischak) Royer.

 

Throughout life, John was a devote catholic and often served as an alter boy. He is a 1962 graduate of Scecina High School. While in high school, he was in the choir and Glee Club. He later attended Ivy Tech Community College studying electronics.

 

John worked at General Motors in Indianapolis for many years. From there, he moved to Knauf where he retired in 2007. John had a love for classic cars as he owned a few and was also a long-time member of the Brandywine Cruisers Car Club. John also had a love for music; all types of music. John attended Sugar Creek Baptist Church. John married Leatrice Hogue on December 30, 1963 and was married for 56 years before she passed on July 13, 2020. John also shared the date of October 25th as special occasions to celebrate birthdays of his lovely wife and a grandson.

 

He is survived by his children, Tammy (John) Balakin and John “Chris” Royer; nine wonderful grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brother, Jack (Kathy) Royer.

 

He is preceded in death by his father, Clyde Royer and mother, Mary Leighty; wife, Leatrice Royer; and sister, Mary Margaret “Sissy” Harrison.

 

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield with Pastor Steve Blanchard officiating.

 

Friends are encouraged to drive their classic beauties and attend visitation from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home.

 

Burial will immediately follow at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

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

Lois Mae Steele, 96, of McCordsville

Lois Mae Steele, 96, of McCordsville, passed away October 26, 2022, at Westminster Village North.

She was born November 24, 1925, in Elwood, Indiana to the late Marshall L. and Mabel M. (Booth) Tyler.

Lois was a 1944 graduate of New Palestine High School and a 1949 graduate of St. Vincent’s Nursing School. She married Richard Steele on October 1, 1948. Together they established their home and raised their family in Hancock County. Prior to her retirement, Lois was a Registered Nurse from 1963 until 1978 at Hancock Memorial Hospital. She was an 80-year member of Amity United Methodist Church. She was devoted to her church and was actively involved as a member and a bible study leader. She was a founding member of the Busy Bee Homemakers and enjoyed crocheting blankets for cancer patients.

She is survived by her children, Rosalie Steele, Edith (Glenn) Van Arsdall, and Philip (Elaine) Steele; grandchildren, Jarrod Beeson, Craig Rigney, Michele Welch, and Christine Kwon; and five great grandchildren.

Lois is preceded in death by her parents, mentioned above; husband, Richard; and siblings, Anna Lee Abel, Kenneth Tyler, Mildred Rush and Lowell Brune.

Funeral service for Lois with a Nursing Salute will be held at 12:00 pm Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

Friends may call from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Memorial contributions honoring Lois may be made to the donor’s choice of organizations.

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

Genevieve Eileen (Straight) Stephenson, 94, Greenfield

Genevieve Eileen (Straight) Stephenson, 94, Greenfield, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

 

Eileen was born on January 7, 1928, Sistersville, West Virginia to Irwin Maurice and Golda Vivian (Billman) Straight.

 

She graduated from Antioch High School as well as The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

 

Early in Eileen’s career, she worked at the Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Later, she worked at J.C. Penney in Marion, Ohio. She was a long-time member of Central Christian Church in Marion. Recently, she became a member of the Greenfield Christian Church. Eileen loved watching sports, especially OSU football and basketball. She drove friends and fellow church members to their appointments. She also helped keep records for the church treasurer. Eileen enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, and playing card games with family and friends.

 

Eileen is survived by her loving sister, Claire DeVoe; nieces and nephews: Dianne DeVoe Walker, David (Cindy) Winkel, Sandra (Arlin) Koglin, Mark (Lulu) Winkel, Beverly (Mark) Swan, and Kevin (Carrie) Winkel; as well as several great-nieces and great-nephews: Brett, Dustin, Chris, Sarah, Rebecca, Matthew, Mark, Deanna, Kyle, Abby, Reese, Rachel, Steve, Charlott, and Drew.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marguerite Winkel; and nephews, Dana DeVoe and Lee Walker.

 

The family is grateful to her long-time friend and minister, Merlyn Winters, the members of the Greenfield Christian Church for their kindness, love, and support, and to caregiver, Matthew Chandler, for the countless ways he made her days better!

 

A graveside service will be held in the near future at Park Cemetery, Greenfield, officiated by good friend, Merlyn. Kindly continue to check back on the date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Christian Church, 23 North East Street, 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

Anthony J. Woodward, 54, of Greenfield

Anthony J. Woodward, 54, of Greenfield, passed away October 28, 2022, at his home. He was a graduate of Greenfield Central High School.

Tony was a professional drywall installer.

Tony was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially fishing! He loved watching sports and followed the Indianapolis Colts.

He is survived by his father, Patrick Woodward; daughter, Amanda (Matt Ogden); sister, Ginna (Wayne) Nuckols; grandchildren, Michael, and Addison Ogden; and several nieces and nephews. He is Preceded in death by his mother, Marciella Woodward.

In keeping with the wishes of Tony and his family there will be no services at this time.

You may share your memories of Tony and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Roberta R. Listenberger, 90

Roberta R. Listenberger, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior October 27, 2022. She was born December 17, 1931 in Shelby County to Clarence S. and Emma (McDaniel) Bailey. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1949 and from Indiana Business College the following year.

Roberta married Lee O. Listenberger September 15,1951 and they were married 57 years.

Lee became an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and Roberta was faithful to use her many talents by singing, playing piano and violin, as well as teaching and serving in other capacities. 

Roberta retired December 1991 from Ft. Benjamin Harrison with 30 years employment. 

She enjoyed traveling and wintering in Lakeland, FL

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Sandra K. (Thomas) Beaty and their 

children Benjamin and Elizabeth, daughter, Sharla F. (George) Silbernagel and their children, Andrew, Josiah, Christina and Faith. Grandchildren; Leah Moulton, Stephan (Kari) Moulton and two great grandsons, James and Luke Moulton.

Roberta loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant brother, Bobby, a sister Katherine (Kate) Carter, and daughter, Sheila G.Moulton.

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2315 S. Riley Highway, Shelbyville, Indiana

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

Interment will be at Center Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

Donations may be sent to Young Life, (Area CO71) or charity of choice.

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

James Donald Reynolds, 76, of Shelbyville

James Donald Reynolds, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2022, in Hancock County.

He was born November 27, 1945, in Indianapolis, the son of William and Lillian (Gosnell) Reynolds.  On September 23, 1966, he married the love of his life, Emma “Jean” Godwin, and she survives.

In addition to Jean, James is survived by his sons, James Donald Reynolds Jr. of South Dakota, and Charles Lee Reynolds of Seymour; daughter, Joy Lynn Alexander of Shelbyville; sisters, Barbara, Brenda and Rosie Reynolds; brother, Jeffery Reynolds; grandchildren, Kerra Marie Reynolds, Daniel Lee Reynolds, Casper Jordan Alexander, Sierra Rose Alexander, Emma Lynn Reynolds and Erin Ruth Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Nicole H. Reynolds and Malcolm Reynolds; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gordon Reynolds and Randall Reynolds; and sister, Lisa Baker.

James worked at Arvins, retiring with 35 years of service.

A Gathering of Friends will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Crossroads Community Church, 475 Progress Parkway, in Shelbyville.

The Celebration of James’ Life will follow at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Freeman Family Funeral Homes, to help with the funeral expenses.

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

Joyce M. McNeely, 89 of St. Paul

Joyce M. McNeely, 89 of St. Paul, passed away at her residence on October 23, 2022.

She was born November 15, 1932 the daughter of the late William W. Stewart and May Ellen (Conner) Stewart. She married her beloved husband, Wilbert L. McNeely on April 11, 1953 and he preceded her in death on June 2003.

Her survivors include children, Diane J. McNeely of St. Paul, IN; Marjorie E. McNeely-Schene of St. Paul, Indiana; Kelly J. (Daniel) McNeely Bly of Kingsville, TX and Julie M. McNeely of Indianapolis, IN; her siblings, Mary (Gene) Wicker of Morristown, IN; Joseph (Gladys) Stewart of Shelbyville, IN and Richard Stewart of Waldron, IN; her grandchildren, George Becker, Samantha, Emily and Madeline McNeely. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilbert; and sons, David and Robert McNeely and a grandson, Matthew Schene.

Joyce was a lifetime resident of this area. She worked in the Greenhouse of Cunningham Gardens for 25 to 30 years. She was a member of the St. Paul Christian Church and a lifetime member of the Womens VFW Post 2695 Auxillary. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and she loved gardening and being with her grandchildren and getting together with her family. She also loved to travel.

Services will be held on Thursday at 10:30 am, October 27, 2022 in Glenn E. George FH, 106 E. Franklin St., St. Paul, IN. Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 5 to 7 pm.Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul Christian Church.

Linda Sue (Pike) Barnard

Linda Sue (Pike) Barnard passed away peacefully at her home on October 26, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born February 22, 1942 to her parents Coy and Lois Ann Pike. She married her high school sweetheart Bill Barnard on June 14, 1964.

Survivors include daughters Lori Cummins (husband Kevin) of Westport, IN, Kristi Schwering of Seymour, IN and son Tim (wife Teresa) of Oceanside, CA. Grandchildren, Josh Cummins (wife Sara) of Fountaintown, IN, Emily Lantz, (husband Brad) of Noblesville, IN, Kyle Schwering of Seymour, IN, Dakota Barnard of Waco, TX and Drew Barnard of Oceanside, CA

Great-grandchildren Emma and Myles Cummins, and Charlie and Norah Lantz.

Other survivors include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Coy and Lois Ann Pike, sister Patricia Richards and brother Michael Pike

She graduated from Waldron High School in 1960, and was employed as a receptionist for Pacific Finance Loan Company for six years. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Tri County Soil Service, and in recent years as the office manager for Barnard & Associates.

She was a lifelong member of Mt Pisgah Baptist Church and served on the bereavement committee for several years. 

She enjoyed music, sports, traveling, and most of all her family. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be remembered by her family and friends as a very kind, loyal and supportive person.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Robb Barlow officiating. Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday evening, October 28, from 4:00-8:00pm at the funeral home.

Penny Sue Smelser, 71, of Shelbyville

Penny Sue Smelser, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

She was born May 14, 1951, in Tipton, the daughter of James and Mary Ellen (Small) Lord.  On February 18, 1977, she married her husband of 45 years, Ronald Smelser, and he survives.

In addition to Ron, Penny is survived by her son, James Tweedy and wife, Beth, of Shelbyville; daughters, Holly Shrader and husband, Barry, of Shelbyville, and Heather Smelser of Greenwood; sister, Terri Sue St. John and husband, Terry, of Muncie; grandchildren, Shayne, Drew, Zach, Jordan, Tyler, Brayden, Tawny and Ashlyn; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Sam and Olivia.

Penny was preceded in death by her parents.

She graduated from Delta High School in Muncie.

Penny was an artist and enjoyed making teddy bears, painting with oils, sewing and crafts.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center, 2460 Intelliplex Drive, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Robert Bruce Vannoy, 87, of Fairland

Robert Bruce Vannoy, 87, of Fairland, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

He was born April 11, 1935, in Indianapolis, the son of William H. and Margaret (Ryan) Vannoy.  On July 15, 1956, he married Betty Jo Amburgey, and she preceded him in death on September 20, 2017.

Robert is survived by his son, James Tracy Vannoy and wife, Sheryl, of Fountaintown; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Dewey and husband, Eric, of Indianapolis; daughter-in-law, Kimmie Vannoy of Greenwood; grandchildren, J.R. and wife, Alisha, Krystel and husband, Jimmy, Katrina and husband, Cody, T.J. and wife, Hannah, Josh and wife, Jessica, Kristen and husband, Kory, Shawn and fiance’, Christina, Samantha, Cole, Rachel and Levi; great-grandchildren, Olivia, McKinlyn, Paislee, Kinslee, James, Axel, Madi, Aunyx, Jaylen, Laiklyn, Archer, Ellie, Gavin and Gracie; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to Betty, Robert was preceded in death by his son, Robert W. Vannoy; brother, Richard L. Vannoy; and sister, Virginia Deerwester.

Robert graduated in 1953 from Arsenal Tech High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Robert was a member of Fairland Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon. 

He retired on August 1, 1997, from Ford Motor Company, where he was an assembler for over 30 years.

Robert enjoyed woodworking, working on cars and watching westerns. 

He loved his family and enjoyed attending the events that his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were participating in.  He also enjoyed visiting friends and family in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky.

He also leaves behind his dog, Belle.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 30, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairland Baptist Church, 102 S. Meridian St., Fairland, Indiana 46126. 

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

Roberta R. Listenberger, 90

Roberta R. Listenberger, 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior October 27, 2022. She was born December 17, 1931 in Shelby County to Clarence S. and Emma (McDaniel) Bailey. She graduated from Morristown High School in 1949 and from Indiana Business College the following year.

Roberta married Lee O. Listenberger September 15,1951 and they were married 57 years.

Lee became an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and Roberta was faithful to use her many talents by singing, playing piano and violin, as well as teaching and serving in other capacities. 

Roberta retired December 1991 from Ft. Benjamin Harrison with 30 years employment. 

She enjoyed traveling and wintering in Lakeland, FL

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Sandra K. (Thomas) Beaty and their 

children Benjamin and Elizabeth, daughter, Sharla F. (George) Silbernagel and their children, Andrew, Josiah, Christina and Faith. Grandchildren; Leah Moulton, Stephan (Kari) Moulton and two great grandsons, James and Luke Moulton.

Roberta loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant brother, Bobby, a sister Katherine (Kate) Carter, and daughter, Sheila G.Moulton.

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2315 S. Riley Highway, Shelbyville, Indiana

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the church.

Interment will be at Center Cemetery in Shelby County.

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

Donations may be sent to Young Life, (Area CO71) or charity of choice.

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

Paula A. Hilderbrand, 69, of Shelbyville

Paula A. Hilderbrand, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at her residence.

 

Born April 5, 1953 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Clarence Smith & Dorothy (Weakley) Smith. She married Harold M. Hilderbrand on March 9, 1971 and he survives.

 

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Dawn M. Barnes (John) of Flat Rock and Mandy Young (fiance, Josh Kemp) of Shelbyville; one sister; 4 grandchildren- Heather Barnes, Drew Wainscott, Tyler Ogden and Amelia Young; and 2 great-grandchildren Bentley & Xavier.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Mrs. Hilderbrand was a lifetime resident of this area and a homemaker. She attended Shelbyville High School and was a member of Shelby County Cancer Society Support Group. Paula was always on the go, shopping and sight seeing, and loved working with flowers.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00am, Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd. with Tom Sosbe officiating.

 

Friends may call on Tuesday morning from 9:00 am until the time of the service.

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

 

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

Gerald L. "Gary" Burch, 66, of Manilla

Gerald L. “Gary” Burch, 66, of Manilla, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2022, at his home.

He was born April 4, 1956, in Indianapolis, the son of James L. and Julia Ann (Cox) Burch.  On June 21, 1974, he married Leslie A. Hyatt, and she preceded him in death on March 30, 2011.  He married Tammy Stransky on November 4, 2011, and she survives.

In addition to Tammy, Gary is survived by his son, Brandon L. Burch and wife, Bri, of Indianapolis; daughters, Heather D. Vaught and husband, P.J., of Martinsville, and Autumn S. Stone of Pendleton; step-children, Laura Elliott and husband, Kurtis Newby, of Alexandria, Eric Stransky and wife, Alyssa, of Franklin, and Matthew Elliott and wife, Alisha, of Lonsdale, Minnesota; grandchildren, Noah A., Molly E., Grace C., Anna E., Athan M., Ethan M., Cameron S. and Mara E.; niece, Danielle Hyatt; and nephews, Zach Baird, Donald Baird and Michael Bennett.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sandra Sue Horn; and brother, James Aaron Burch.

Gary formerly worked for Mitsubishi for six years, Schutt Blacksmith Shop for over 15 years, and KT Corporation for several years.

He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Gary enjoyed his membership to the Indiana State Park and Recreations and visited them often.  He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and carpentry.  Gary could fabricate almost anything.  He was very artistic.

He also leaves behind his dog, Nala.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, October 28, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 114 W. Rampart Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

Funeral services will follow at Noon on Friday, at the church.

Interment will be at Manilla Cemetery in Manilla.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with the funeral cost.

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

Penny Sue Smelser, 71, of Shelbyville

Penny Sue Smelser, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.

She was born May 14, 1951, in Tipton, the daughter of James and Mary Ellen (Small) Lord.  On February 18, 1977, she married her husband of 45 years, Ronald Smelser, and he survives.

In addition to Ron, Penny is survived by her son, James Tweedy and wife, Beth, of Shelbyville; daughters, Holly Shrader and husband, Barry, of Shelbyville, and Heather Smelser of Greenwood; sister, Terri Sue St. John and husband, Terry, of Muncie; grandchildren, Shayne, Drew, Zach, Jordan, Tyler, Brayden, Tawny and Ashlyn; and great-grandchildren, Noah, Sam and Olivia.

Penny was preceded in death by her parents.

She graduated from Delta High School in Muncie.

Penny was an artist and enjoyed making teddy bears, painting with oils, sewing and crafts.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center, 2460 Intelliplex Drive, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

June L. (Perry) Thurston, 76, of Shelbyville

June L. (Perry) Thurston, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2022 at her residence.

Born October 22, 1945 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Floyd William Perry and Fannie Ethel (Harrison) Perry.  She married Richard M. Thurston on May 29, 1964, and he survives.

Other survivors include a daughter- Michelle Klepper (husband Michael) of Morristown; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews; 2 grandchildren- Kirsten Klepper-Byrnes (husband Brice) of Morristown, Erica Klepper of Indianapolis; and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers- Bill, Jimmie, John & Gene Perry, a sister  Ula Perry Greene, and a great granddaughter Jazzilyn Jenkins.

Mrs. Thurston had lived in the St. Paul and Shelbyville areas her entire lifetime and graduated from Waldron High School. She also had 2 years of accounting studies at  vocational school. She had been employed with GE/Wellman's for 5 years, was a self employed daycare provider for 30 years, and was a cafeteria worker with Shelby Central  Schools for 8 years.  She was a past
member of Flat Rock Christian Church, and a current member of West St. United Methodist Church, a member of American Legion Women's Auxiliary, a member of the Moose Lodge, where she
held multiple offices, a member of Dad's Nite Inn Home Ec  group, a coach/manager of Knauf Fiber Glass girl's slow pitch softball teams in multiple brackets as well as Charlie's Angels T Ball
team, a Girl Scout and Brownie leader, and was Treasurer of Boot Scooters Dance Club. June enjoyed arts and crafts, ceramics, and watching sports.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd. with Pastor Robert Keck and Faye Stickford officiating.  Burial will be in Boggstown Cemetery.  Friends may call on Tuesday evening, October 25, 2022, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the West Street United Methodist Church choir or organ fund, or OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana, in care of the funeral home.
 

Sharon Rose McFatridge, 72, of Greensburg

Sharon Rose McFatridge, 72, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at her residence.

 

She was born November 14, 1949 in Indianapolis to Marion “Abie” Hamilton and Rose Mary (Cutter) Hamilton.

 

Sharon was a customer service manager at Reebok and also worked at American Family Insurance.  She received many customer service awards.  She was also a member of different card clubs.

 

She married Harry W. McFatridge on April 15, 1967 and he preceded her in death on July 27, 2018.

 

Sharon is survived by her daughters, Dawn (husband, Brian) Smith of Fountaintown; and Heather (husband, Mike) Cubert of Greensburg; her brother, Thomas (wife, Kathy) Hamilton of Flat Rock, AL; her grandchildren, Nicolas (wife, Jordan) Smith, Jacob (wife, Rochelle) Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Kyndall (husband, Wyatt) Ferguson; and Sierra Cubert, her great-grandchildren, McKenna Smith, Saylor Smith, Wyatt Ferguson, Jr, and Sterling Smith, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

 

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

 

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

 

 

Phyllis M. (McPherson) Tanner, age 79, of Greenfield

Phyllis M. (McPherson) Tanner, age 79, of Greenfield, passed away October 18, 2022, at Hancock Health. She was born August 26, 1943, in Greenfield to the late John A. and Mary (Stanley) McPherson Adams.

Phyllis was a life-long Hancock County resident. She was raised in a large loving family and enjoyed the time they spent together. Phyllis and her husband Larry Tanner enjoyed 54 years of marriage. They made their home in Greenfield and raised their son.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Larry Tanner; son, John Tanner; sisters, Tonya Baker, Sylvia Settles, and Marsha Powell; sister-in-law, Tami McPherson.

She is preceded in death by her parents mentioned above; stepfather, Casey Adams; brothers, Edgar, Royce, Richard, Terry, and Ricky; sisters, Patricia, Janet, Debra, Sue, Jackie, Debbie, and Trina.

Funeral service with Pastor Roger Kinion officiating will be 6:00 pm, Wednesday, 26, 2022 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Friends may call from 3:00 until the time of service.

Kent D. Cherry, 61, of Waldron

Kent D. Cherry, 61, of Waldron, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

He was born August 29, 1961, in Shelbyville, the son of Harold and Marian J. “June” (Anderson) Cherry.  On September 24, 1994, he married his wife of 28 years, Sharon Cox, and she survives.

In addition to Sharon, Kent is survived by his daughter, Amber (Cox) Myers of St. Paul; brother, Greg Cherry and wife, Tina, of Shelbyville; grandsons, Luke Myers and Wyatt Myers; and his fire department family.

Kent was preceded in death by his parents.

He graduated in 1979 from Shelbyville High School.  Kent attended many courses in fire training, he also attended ITT Trade studying electronics.

Kent was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

He worked at ARCO Electric, a division of Kirby Risk, for over 30 years.

Kent was a very dedicated volunteer fireman.  He volunteered in many capacities for the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, since joining in 1983.  Kent served as treasurer for over 20 years, Lieutenant for 10 years, investigator for 25 years and instructor for many years.  Thru his efforts in obtaining grants for the fire department, he secured $500,000 in funds to assist with the operations of the department.

He enjoyed boating, working on radios, being outdoors and all things related to the fire department.  Kent loved Indiana University sports, as well as, the Washington Redskins.

Kent especially loved to spend time with his grandsons.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the funeral home, with Nick Coulston officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E. 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-1848 or the Morristown Volunteer Fire Department, 418 W. Main St., Morristown, Indiana 46161.

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

Suesta Araneta Wiksten, 88, of Shelbyville

Suesta Araneta Wiksten, 88, of Shelbyville, IN passed away at her residence. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, 2022 at 7:00pm in Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, where friends may call from 3 to 7 pm on Friday.

Thomas "Tom" K. Dodge, age 63, of Indianapolis, formerly of Greenfield

Thomas “Tom” K. Dodge, age 63, of Indianapolis, formerly of Greenfield, passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2022, at Franciscan Health.

 

He was born February 22, 1959, in Akron, Ohio to the late Ralph Dodge and Ruth (Holcek) Dodge Parham.

 

Tom was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School. He was a long-time District Manager for Speedway Gas Stations and after his retirement he worked for Ulta Distributing. He was a long-time member of the Hancock FOP #140 and the NRA. He enjoyed working with his hands and tinkering with all types of things.

 

Tom will be remembered as a great Dad and a friend that will be missed by many.

 

He is survived by his mother Ruth Parham; son; Brandon Dodge, siblings; Jimmy Dodge, Ed Dodge, and Ken Dodge, dear friends; Rachel (Kent) Holliday, Lynn Graffuis, and T.J. Bradbury.

 

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

Frances A. "Fran" Schowengerdt, 75, of Greenfield

Frances A. “Fran” Schowengerdt, age 7,5 of Greenfield, passed away October 18, 2022, at Hancock Health.

 

She was born July 9, 1947, in Indianapolis to the late Miles W. and Mary E. (Vandivier) Payne. Fran was a 1965 graduate of Howe High School. She then married her loving husband John Schowengerdt on June 18, 1966.

 

Fran was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to spend time at the beach, but above all she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Prior to retiring, Fran worked at Bradley UMC Preschool and Hallmark.

 

She is survived by her husband, John; daughters, Nichole (David) Lyon, and Ashley (Jonathan) Brown; grandchildren, Victoria (Wesley) Addleman, Nicholas Lyon, and Mia Brown; and siblings, Charles (Ann) Payne, John (Mary) Payne, Cindy Raia, and Linda (Tom) Miller.

 

Fran is preceded in death by her parents, mentioned above, and sister, Helen Jean Mullins.

 

Funeral Service will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140 with Pastor David Woods officiating.

 

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

 

Burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Ethel Louise Shelton, 90, of Shelbyville

Ethel Louise Shelton, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2022 at her residence.

 

She was born November 1, 1931 in Richmond, IN to Edwin Pugh and Marie (Gorbet) Pugh.

  

Mrs. Shelton attended Harristown High School.  She always enjoyed reading and doing word search puzzles.  She loved to volunteer at Major Hospital, especially the times she spent in the Oncology Department helping patients affected by breast cancer. 

 

Her favorite job was being a mother.  She was a caretaker at heart and always took great care of her family.

 

She married Russell A. Shelton on December 24, 1948 and he preceded her in death on November 25, 1997. 

 

Mrs. Shelton is survived by her son Michael Shelton, her daughter, Claudia Wagner (husband, John); her son, Jeffrey Shelton (wife, Vicky); her grandchildren, Susan, Matthew, Mark, Brandon, Bradley, and Kim, and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter, Gail Shelton, her son, Keith Shelton, her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Billy Johnson, her granddaughter, Jennifer Grote, and her sister, Mary Alice Davidson.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Friday, October 21, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Pastor Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

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

    

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

Zoe Michelle Mescall, 15, of Morristown

Zoe Michelle Mescall, 15, of Morristown, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2022, in Morristown.

She was born September 11, 2007, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Matthew Scott and Stacy Michelle (Stapelkemper) Mescall.

Zoe is survived by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Faye Stapelkemper, of Morristown; maternal great-grandfather, Robert Stapelkemper of St. Petersburg, Florida; father, Matthew Scott Mescall of Morristown; and brother, Zackery Scott Mescall of Morristown.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

Zoe was a freshman at Morristown High School.

She enjoyed hanging out with her friends and using her cell phone.

Zoe also enjoyed playing Gin Rummy and Shanghi, with her grandparents.

She was an exceptional artist.

Visitation will be from 11 am to 1 pm, Friday, October 21, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

Funeral services will be at 1 pm Friday at the funeral home.

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

Doris (Howard) Mayhew, 97, of Greenfield

Doris (Howard) Mayhew, 97, of Greenfield, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2022, at Springhurst Health Campus while surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born April 30, 1925, in Lakeland, Florida to the late William and Naoma (Clay) Howard and lived much of her childhood in Olive Hill, Kentucky.

 

Doris was a longtime resident of Greenfield and was beloved by her church family at Hancock Reformed Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by her children; Teresa (Stephen) Holler, Donna (Thomas) Scott, Delores (David) Johnson, James (Luann) Mayhew, and Ralph (Trina) Mayhew; fifteen grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

 

Doris is preceded in death by her parents, husband Donald Mayhew, brothers William and Frank Howard, and children William, Esther, Edward, and Dale Mayhew and son-in-law Stephen Holler.

 

The family will be receiving guests for calling hours at Stillinger Family Funeral home on Tuesday, October 18, from 6-8pm and Wednesday, October 19, from 11am-1pm.

 

The funeral service will be held at 1pm on October 19.

 

Burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Loretta Lee Wells, 51, of Shirley

Loretta Lee Wells, 51, of Shirley, passed away October 13, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 1, 1970, in Celina, Tennessee to the late Paul and Lillian (Johnson) Smith.

Loretta was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed shopping, visiting the Casino and looking for lucky four-leaf clovers. More than anything else she enjoyed spending time with her grandbabies.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Danny Wells of Shirley; sons, Danny (Crystal) Wells, Jr., and Dylan Wells; grandchildren, Alexis, and Danny Wells, III; and siblings, Toni Johnson, Margaret McKeeman, and Tonya Caupp.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Please share your memories of Loretta and condolences with her family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Willie "Doyle" Kennedy, 77, of Shelbyville

Willie “Doyle” Kennedy, 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2022 at his residence.


He was born May 17, 1945 in Itawamba, MS. to Cecil Kennedy and Dora (Wilemon) Kennedy.


Doyle was a former member of the Moose Lodge 2118. He was employed as a woodworker with Old Hickory Furniture before spending 13 years with Flat Rock Furniture until they closed.

 

Fishing was his favorite pastime. In his down time, he enjoyed watching his old westerns.


His family was very important to him. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Doyle will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Joyce Ann (Watson) Kennedy, his daughters, Elizabeth Kennedy of Greensburg, Patricia Phelps (husband, Jameson) and Sharon Johnson (husband, Bobby) all of Shelbyville; his grandchildren, Joshua, Josiah, Derek, Matthew, Adam, and Cierra; his
great-granddaughter, Violet, his sisters, Mary and Ann, and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and granddaughter, Heather.


Friends may gather from 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, October 22, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.


A Celebration of Life will follow at Noon at the funeral home with Reverend David Humphrey officiating.


Memorial contributions may be given to Willie Kennedy memorial fund in care of Murphy-Parks Funeral Services also on murphyparks.com


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


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

James Douglas Padrick, 95, of Moral Township

James Douglas Padrick, 95, of Moral Township, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2022, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

He was born March 7, 1927, in Acton, the son of James Douglas Padrick and Elsie G. (Woods) Padrick-Winton.

James is survived by his brother, Charles Daniel Padrick of Peru; sister, Janice Annette Wildman of Indianapolis; son, Timothy Lee Padrick of Indianapolis; daughter, Lea Ann Padrick and her partner, Andrew Roche, of Greenwood; step-children, Brian Keith Barrett of New Palestine and Pamela Webb and husband, Ralph, of Lawrence; sister-in-law, Carol Weaver and husband, David, of Carmel; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Josephine (Bush) Padrick; and wives, Jean (Maze) Padrick and Wilma (McCalip) Barrett Padrick.

James graduated from Arsenal Tech High School.

He retired in 1988, from Eli Lilly, where he worked in the printing department for 42 years.  While working at Eli Lilly, he participated in Junior Achievement at the Indiana School for the deaf.

James learned carpentry from his father.  He was a very skilled woodworker, and he also created beautiful stain glass pieces.

Visitation will be from 10 to Noon, Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at Noon on Tuesday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Horner officiating.

Interment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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

Deborah Reaellen "Debbie" House, 67, of St. Paul

Deborah Reaellen “Debbie” House, 67, of St. Paul, passed away Friday, October 14, 2022, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born September 16, 1955, in St. Paul, the daughter of Emery and Marilyn (McNeely) Dunagan.

Debbie is survived by her daughter, Deborah Bonilla and husband Juan, of Shelbyville; adopted daughter, Carol Taylor and husband, Jon, of Waldron; step-sons, Samuel J. House and wife, Shannon, and Benjamin House and wife, Jamie, both of Greenwood; sister, LaDonna Stewart and husband, Larry, of Shelbyville; brother, Edward Dunagan of St. Paul; ex-husband, Jesse “Leon” House of Needham; grandchildren, Lacey and husband, Shawn, Taylor and husband, Art, Bailey and husband, Ruben, Gage and wife, Breonna, Payton, Juanito, Seth, Sean, Sammy, Benjamin, Josh and wife, Emily, Cheyenne, Colton and Jayden; great-grandchildren, Braylynn, Brynleigh, Beckham, Rome, Mila, Ezra, Ambrose, K’yah, Kashlynn and one on the way; aunts, Margaret Boilanger of Shelbyville, and Dorothy and Gerald Lawrence of Greensburg; special family friend, Randy McGraw and wife, Kelley, of St. Paul; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, E. Duane “Biggen” Dunagan, C.R. “Bob” Dunagan and Roger Dunagan.

Debbie was formerly a custodian at First Federal Bank in Shelbyville and Waldron Junior and Senior High School.

She enjoyed sewing, reading, quilting and facebook.

Debbie loved to laugh and could always make others laugh.

A Gathering of Friends will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St. in Shelbyville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with the funeral.

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

Elizabeth Ann (Mann) Geoia, 70, of Shelbyville

Elizabeth Ann (Mann) Geoia, 70, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2022, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

She was born January 18, 1952, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Frank Jesse and Lizzie Mae (Lindsey) Mann.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Michelle Raney and husband, Richard Jr., and Katherine Islas and husband, Alexander, both of Shelbyville; sisters, Janet Krise and husband, Larry, of Shelbyville, and Joyce Sipes and husband, Jerry, of St. Paul; brother, Roy Mann of Waldron; grandchildren, Regina Raney, Chloe Raney, Kennedy Raney, Selena Islas and Landon Islas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and several brothers and sisters.

Elizabeth graduated in 1970 from Shelbyville High School.

She was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Elizabeth retired in 2017, from Securitas, as a security guard at Pilkington NSG, with over 15 years of service.

She enjoyed country music.

Elizabeth loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be observed.

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

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

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

Wilma J. Hunt, 83, of New Castle

Wilma J. Hunt, 83, of New Castle, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Waldron Health Care.

 

Born March 13, 1939, in Connersville, she was the daughter of Raymond Dance and Pauline (Rowlett) Dance. She married Paul Hunt in 1956 and he preceded her. 

 

Survivors include children- Sherry Tucker of New Castle, Tim Hunt of Phoenix, AZ, Paula Hill of Geneva, Tony Hunt (Tok) of Missouri, Kenny Hunt (Patty) of Shelbyville, Ted Hunt of Shelbyville; 2 sisters- Edna Cox of Centerville, Rose Dance Lee of New Castle; brother- Joe Dance (Coty) of Cincinnati; 8 grandchildren, and  18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, daughter Barbara Hunt, brother Raymond Floyd Dance and grandson Jason Hill. 

 

Mrs. Hunt lived most of her lifetime in  this area and attended Milton High School. She had been  a professional cook for several restaurants including Holiday Inn, Lucky 7 Cafe, and the Chapparel Cafe. Wilma was  a member of Southside Church of Christ and after moving from New Castle she was a foster grandparent for several years.  Wilma enjoyed being a foster grandparent, attending garage sales, and playing Bingo.

 

Graveside services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, October 22, 2022 at South Mound Cemetery West Lawn in New Castle with Pastor Pat McDaniel officiating.

 

Sproles Family Funeral Home of New Castle is handling the burial arrangements. 

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Jerry Lee Stainbrook, 78, of Shelbyville

Jerry Lee Stainbrook, 78, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, October 10, 2022 at

his residence.

 

He was born on February 12, 1944 in Decatur County, the son of Lloyd and Helen

(Pike) Stainbrook.  Jerry graduated salutatorian from Southwestern High School in 1962.

 

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters- Mary May, Reba Fern, Debbie Louise, a brother Jay C.; and son-in-law James Vernon Gaskins.  Jerry is 

survived by his wife Marlinda Cesinger, that he married on February 18, 2007; his children- Jacinda Jill Stainbrook, James Paul Stainbrook (wife Kim), Julianna Gaskins, Theresa Penick (husband John) and many other loving family members.

 

As a young man he enjoyed racing with his brother Jay, and raised many animals on his farm in Marietta.  He retired from Cummins Engine Company in Columbus in 1995, where he was a metallurgical engineer for 30 years.  In later years, he was a champion pie and cake maker, winning many first-place prizes.  Jerry enjoyed running the karaoke show as a member of the American Legion in Shelbyville.  In his spare time, he enjoyed carpentry and gardening, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be 12:00 noon on Friday, October 14, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral  Home, 437 Amos Road. 

 

Burial will be in Miller Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Friday morning from10:00 am until the time of the service, at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to: Home of Hope, PO Box 224, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Joan (Parson) Stoops, 77, of Cumberland

Joan (Parson) Stoops, 77, of Cumberland, passed away October 9, 2022, at her residence surrounded by her loving family.

 

She was born December 20, 1944, in Waynesburg, Kentucky, to Frank and Molly (Rose) Parson, and was 1 of 14 children. Joan was a graduate of Triton Central High School in Fairland, Indiana.

 

Joan married her husband Kenneth Dale Stoops on December 16, 1961, and has been blissfully married to him for 61 years. Joan was the matriarch that held her family together. She loved spending time with the grandchildren. She was an animal lover, enjoyed reaping the rewards of her husband’s yearly vegetable garden, loved cooking, and enjoyed going to the beach where she would discover all of the seashells. She liked to vacation on Sanibel Island. She loved to crochet and enjoyed camping and fishing. Chocolate-covered cherries were a favorite treat and Christmas was her favorite holiday with too many presents and jovial family surrounding her. She also enjoyed accompanying her husband to the casino. Joan retired after more than 25 years as a packer for Crossroads Dairy Processing Plant. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church where her husband was one of the founders.

 

Joan is survived by her loving husband, Kenny Stoops; three children: Tammy (Tony) Blackman, Tim Dale Stoops, and Kimmer (Don) Burchfield; eight grandchildren: Samantha Blackman, Jacob Blackman, Matt Dale Stoops, Debbie Stoops, Brittany Pennington, Rachal Gibson, Alex Strawder, and Wyatt Burchfield; and six great-grandchildren: Allistar Pennington, Willow Marie Pennington, Mikey Pennington, Teagan Clift, Addie Gibson, and Oliver Gibson.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 12 siblings.

 

Visitation for family and friends will be Friday, October 14, 2022, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home – Hendryx Chapel, 11636 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46229.

 

The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. at the same location, followed by interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis.

 

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

Roberta Sue Tresslar, 70, of Needham

Roberta Sue Tresslar, 70, of Needham, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

She was born June 17, 1952, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Raymond and Marjorie (Dillman) Crum.  On May 6, 1972, she married her husband of 50 years, Marcus Wayne Tresslar, and he survives.

In addition to Marcus, Roberta is survived by her son, Eric Ryan Tresslar and wife, Britney, of Fairland; daughter, Michelle Lynn Robey and husband, Brian, of Needham; brother, Bruce Crum and wife, Diana, of Fairland; sister, Beverly Havely and husband, Dennis, of Shelbyville; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Katherine Tresslar of Fairland; brother-in-law, Kim Tresslar of Boggstown; grandchildren, Wyatt Robey, Emma Robey, Taytem Robey, Hannah Tresslar and Kiersten Tresslar; and several  nieces and nephews.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Georgeanna Wheatley; and sister-in-law, Susan Tresslar.

She graduated in 1970 from Triton Central High School.

Roberta attended Boggstown Presbyterian Church.

She retired in 2010, as a customer service representative in the printing industry, with over 30 years of service.

Roberta enjoyed being a member of the Johnson County WOW Group. 

She also enjoyed going to the casino and making barn quilts.

Roberta loved her family and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren.

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 Roberta’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Richard L. Hicks II, 60, of Shelbyville

Richard L. Hicks II, 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at his home.

He was born February 17, 1962, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the son of Richard L. Hicks and Linda (Powell) Hicks Beal.  On February 17, 2006, he married Carolyn Peabody, and she survives.

In addition to Carolyn, Richard is survived by his sister, Carla Burtron of Strawtown; step-children, Stuart Rogers and wife, Megan, of San Antonio, Texas, and Stacey Cisse and husband, Mohammadou, of Indianapolis; and five step-grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father, Ben Beal.

He graduated in 1980 from Noblesville High School, and attended trade school.

Richard had been a truck driver.

He enjoyed playing Texas Holdem’.

Richard was also preceded in death by his beloved dog, Bubba.

Private family services will be observed.

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

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

Gaylon Ray McDonald, 62, of Shelbyville

Gaylon Ray McDonald, 62, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, October 10, 2022 at his residence.

 

He was born March 12, 1960 in Shelby County to Norman McDonald and Wilma (Meltzer) McDonald .

  

Gaylon was a factory worker for many years.  His favorite hobby was wood working.  He had a talent for crafting a variety of items from cabinets to plaques.

 

He was a loving husband and devoted father.  He will be greatly missed by his wife of 25 years, Patricia Lynn (Cameron) McDonald, his son, Joshua McDonald, his daughter, Bridgett McDonald, his 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and step-son, Christopher Forman.

 

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

 

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

   

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

 

Harold D. Eck, 92, of Shelbyville

Harold D. Eck, 92, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022 at

Ashford Place.

 

Born May 10, 1930 in Shelbyville, he was the son of John Eck and Celia Mae

(Heifner) Eck.  He married Margarett Joan (Crafton) Eck on May 26, 1948 and

she preceded him on April 4, 2016.

 

Other survivors include 2 daughters- Ronnett Lyons Price (husband Thomas) of

Arizona, Donna Beaver of St. Paul; 2 grandchildren- Kelly Fletcher (husband Bruce II) of Arizona, Michael Young of Greensburg; 3 great grandchildren- Myra Fletcher, Bruce Fletcher III, and Brody Fletcher.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, and a grandson Ronald Lyons.

 

Mr. Eck was a lifelong resident of this area, and attended Fairland Schools.  He was a self employed farmer for many years, a truck driver & mechanic with Indiana Redi-Mix for 30 years,  drove a truck for Richard Marshall Trucking for 5 years, and retired as a mechanic with Beatty Construction after 10 years of service.  He was a US Army veteran.

 

Harold was extensively involved in the farming community.  He was a gentle giant, always quick and willing to help others.

 

Funeral services will be 11:31 am on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road , with Rev. David Humphrey officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery at a later date. 

 

Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Harold's name to Fairland Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 225, Fairland, Indiana  46126.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Charles Creekmore, 71, of Shelbyville

Charles Creekmore, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, October 2, 2022 at his residence.

 

He was born February 7, 1951 in Appalachia, VA to John Creekmore and Donna (Reed) Creekmore.

 

He married Aleana Marie (Baylor) Creekmore.  She preceded him in death on October 31, 2020.

  

Charles graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1969.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 70.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

 

Charles worked in maintenance for many years.  He also was very involved with the upkeep and painting of the flag poles for post offices and National Guard Armories across the United States.

 

He also enjoyed playing pool, and listening to music.  He loved to read books and tell stories.

 

Charles is survived by his sons, Marcus Creekmore, David Creekmore, and Brian (Danielle) Creekmore; his grandchildren, Braxton Creekmore and Brevan Creekmore; his brothers, Allen Creekmore, and Johnny Creekmore; his sister, Donna (Steve) Mourning; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Sammy Creekmore.

 

A Celebration of Life for Charles and his late wife, Aleana will be announced soon. Military rites will be conducted by local veteran organizations.

 

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

    

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

 

Lela M. Lapp, 65, of Greenfield, formerly of Miami, Florida

Lela M. Lapp, 65, of Greenfield, formerly of Miami, Florida, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Brickyard Healthcare Brandywine in Greenfield.

She was born December 3, 1956, in Miami, the daughter of Donald R. and Betty R. (Bruce) Lapp.

Lela is survived by her sister, Kathryn “Katie” Lapp of Rancho Cordova, California; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lela graduated from Miami Coral Park Senior High School.

Private family services will be observed.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

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

Paulette McDonald, 75, of St. Paul

Paulette McDonald, 75, of St. Paul, passed away Monday, October 3, 2022 at

Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

 

Born July 29, 1947 in Decatur County, she was the daughter of George V. Scudder

and Lena Fay (Harcourt) Scudder.  She married Wilson S. "Beanie" McDonald Jr.

on July 27, 1991 and he survives.

 

Other survivors include children- Jolie V. Brown (wife Brandy) of Flat Rock, Paula

(Brown) Kehl of Shelbyville, Stan McDonald (wife Pam) of Bargersville, Robert

McDonald of Indianapolis, Amy McDonald of Franklin, Chris McDonald (wife Kristen) of Shelbyville; a sister Helen Hudson of Ferdinand Indiana: 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and 6 brothers & sisters.

 

Mrs. McDonald was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from St. Paul High School.  She had been apartment manager at Village Square Apartments for several years, and had been a custodian for Shelbyville Central Schools for 9 years, and had  also been a clerk at Ace Hardware for 10 years.  She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.  

 

Paulette enjoyed baking and cooking, gardening and canning, playing Bingo and 

bowling.  She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

 

A Celebration of Life will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Mt. Pisgah

Baptist Church, 3718 E. Blue Ridge Road, with Pastor Robb Barlow officiating.

 

Friends may call on Saturday morning from 12:00 Noon until the time of the service, at the church.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Association, in care of  the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at  glennegeorgeandson.com.

Sudi Conda Weaver, 67, of Shelbyville

Sudi Conda Weaver, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

She was born February 17, 1955 in New Castle, IN to Charles and LaConda (Cox) Weaver.

 

Sudi had a big heart and loved animals.  She also enjoyed puzzles, painting, watching cartoons, movies, football and basketball. She loved Bobby Knight. She loved burgers, fries, milkshakes and root beer. She had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh that we will always remember. Sudi was a gold metal winner with the Special Olympics and she loved competing.

  

Sudi is survived by her sisters, Nikki Weaver and Kenni Coulter (husband Paul); her brothers, Randy Weaver and Scott Weaver; her nieces and nephews, Gia, Rene, Shannon, Cody, Alicia, Shauna, Lacey, Aaron, Amirah, Summer, and Zane; along with several great-nieces and great-nephews and a few great great.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

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

 

Donations may be made in her honor to your local humane society.

    

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

Wanda K. Blocher, 74, of Shelbyville

Wanda K. Blocher, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital, Indianapolis.

 

She was born January 6, 1948 in Indianapolis to Lee Vernon Ginn and Mammie Ruth (Ramsey) Ginn.

 

Wanda graduated from Triton Central High School in 1967.

 

She was a CNA at Heritage House before retiring in 2014.

 

Wanda wasn’t just a mother to her children, she was also their best friend and confidant.  The love she had for her family is forever lasting and true.  She was a true inspiration.

 

She married Russell Allan Blocher on June 5, 1969 and he preceded her in death on May 22, 2016.

 

Wanda is survived by her daughter, Kathy Blocher (Joseph) Lytle, of Flat Rock, her sons, Brent (Cheryl) Blocher of Shelbyville, and Thomas (Anna) Blocher of Waldron, her brother, Marvin L. Ginn, of Anderson; her sister, Carolyn S. Hudgins Ginn, of Shelbyville; her step-brothers, James F. Cheek and Robert W. Cheek, Sr.; 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her step-mother, Florence (Cox) Ginn.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2022 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, 2022 at the funeral home with Reverend Marcy Patrick officiating.

 

Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online at lls.org.

 

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

Martha Irene "Martie" Edmonds, 68, of Shelbyville

Martha Irene “Martie” Edmonds, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in Morristown Manor in Morristown.

She was born May 28, 1954, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Carl Probus and Nancy (Frame) Klinglesmith. 

Martha is survived by her husband, Carl Edmonds of Shelbyville; son, Michael Bradshaw and fiance’, Amy Harris, of Indianapolis; granddaughters, Alex, Andi and Alexia; sister, Judith Brown of New Orleans, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother; son, Billy Bradshaw; sisters, Debbie Probus and Rebecca Probus; and brother, Bo Probus.

Martha was formerly a truck driver.

She also leaves behind her beloved dog, Izzy.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

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

Private inurnment will be at Washington Park North in Indianapolis.

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

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

Kenneth Ray "Big Kenny" Meal Sr., 59, of Shelbyville

Kenneth Ray “Big Kenny” Meal Sr., 59, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Homeview Health and Rehabilitation in Franklin.

He was born November 21, 1962, in Shelbyville, the son of Jack and Norma (Tennell) Meal.

Kenny is survived by his sons, Kenneth Meal II and fiance’, Teresa Newell, of Flat Rock, and Kristopher Meal of Shelbyville; and grandchildren, Tyler Brickley, Kennedy Eldridge, Justice Meal, Khayden Meal, Rayden Ramsey, Drayden Meal and Jhayden Meal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and an infant sister.

Kenneth enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing.

A gathering of friends will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

The Celebration of Kenny’s Life will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Johnson County.

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

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

Donna J. Semenick, 75, of Fairland

Donna J. Semenick, 75, of Fairland, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at her residence.

  She was born January 6, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ray Holtsclaw and Ruth (Duncan) Holtsclaw

  Donna was a member of Bethel Family Worship Center.

Through the years she fostered over 30 children to help better their lives. She enjoyed puzzles of all kinds ranging from crossword puzzles to jigsaw puzzles. Donna was a homemaker and her family was the center of her world. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and making memories.

  Donna married John R. Semenick on April 17, 1977 they spent 45 wonderful years together and he will miss her dearly, as she was the love of his life.

  She is also survived by son, Jerry Semenick (wife, Kelly), daughter, Shawntell Collins (husband, George), son, Samuel Semenick, daughter, Rachel Capps (Husband, William), daughter, Julie Turnbull (husband, Shane), grandchildren; Heather Fields, Emily Semenick, David Semenick, Jeremiah Semenick, John-Michael Butcher, Morgan Woolf, Benjamin Butcher, Jacob Butcher, Leah Collins, Alyssa Collins, Nicholas Middleton, Jr., Rebekah-Lynn Middleton,  Kaitlynn Mosiman, Kristen Mosiman, Thomas Hoaglan, Taylor Turnbull, Tylor Turnbull, Alex Turnbull, great-grandchildren; Vincent, Abigail, Justin, Isabella, Ivy, Oliver, Asher, Uriah, Lainey, Meiah, and her two sisters; Brenda Croley and Betty Foster.

  She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Lisa Hoaglan, son, David Semenick, granddaughter, Ashley Semenick, two brothers; Ray Holtsclaw and David Holtsclaw, and her two sisters; Charlotte Foreman and Martha Holtsclaw.

  Visitation will be Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10am until noon 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 New Palestine Cemetery.

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

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

Laura Elizabeth Brewer, 83, of Shelbyville

Laura Elizabeth Brewer, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2022 at the Ashford Place Health Campus.

 She was born July 8, 1939 in Shelbyville, Indiana to Cassius M. Bennett and Maude Ellen (Jenkins) Bennett.

Laura served in the U.S. Navy from 1959 until 1961. She then served in the National Guard from 1974 to 1999 and specialized in Civil Services. She took care of flight operations which included taking care of the pilots and flight hours. She also assisted with the flight plans.

 She earned the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. Ms. Brewer was the first black woman to join the Shelbyville National Guard.

 She was an active member of the Second Baptist Church. At the church she was an usher and a missionary of education.

 As a child Laura enjoyed going to the Indy 500.  As she grew older she enjoyed seeing the world by visiting parks and museums. She had a love for gaining knowledge through history and education. Her greatest joy came from the times and love she shared with her family.

  Laura is survived by son, Thad Brewer (wife, Trudy), son, Kinsey R. Brewer (wife, Misty), daughter, Yvonne B. Saunders (husband, David), grandchildren; Michael Brewer, Bridgett Brewer, Domnik Saunders and Rebecca Hurley, great-grandchildren; Imari Brewer, Riley Williams, Rachel Williams, Braxton Brewer and Benjamin Wilder, sisters; Doris Henry and Marlene Terrell along with several nieces and nephews.

 She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Sherman Jenkins and Cassius George Bennett.

 Visitation will be Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 10a.m. until 1p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 A Celebration of Life will start at 1p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Tony Lambert officiating.

  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

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

  Memorial contributions may be given to Second Baptist Church at 34 W. Hendricks St. Shelbyville, IN. 46176 or the Shelbyville Animal Shelter at 705 Hale Rd. Shelbyville, IN. 46176

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

Thomas Dale Kuhn, 80, of Shelbyville

Thomas Dale Kuhn, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, September 30, 2022.

 

Born August 21, 1942 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Glenn A. Kuhn and Doris K.

Kuhn.  He married Marcia K. (Montgomery) Kuhn on June 8, 1963, and she survives.

 

Other survivors include 3 children- Kim Owens (Jeff) of Shelbyville, Terry Kuhn

( Roberta) of Morristown, Jennifer Hancock ( Michael) of Indianapolis; a

sister Karen Stepp ( John) of Shelbyville; 5 grandchildren- Josh Owens 

(Andy) of California, Daniel Kuhn ( Jenna) of Shelbyville, Mark Kuhn of Shelbyville, 

Katie Hancock of Indianapolis, and Emily Hancock of Indianapolis.  He is also survived by 7 grand dogs. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Kuhn was a lifelong Shelby County resident, and graduated from Waldron High School in 1960, and  from Purdue University with a Doctorate of Veterinarian Medicine.

Dr. Kuhn was a self employed veterinarian for 56 years.  He started his veterinarian practice in Waldron in 1966, and later built a small and large animal clinic in 1972 in Shelbyville. In  1984 he started specializing in Bovine Embryo Transfer, and later IVF until the present time.  

 

Thomas  was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville, a member of the American Bovine Association, and a honorary lifetime member of the Indiana Holstein Association.  

 

Rev. Colin Cress will officiate private graveside services at a later date. Friends may call on Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelby County Cancer Association, in care of the funeral home, or mail to PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

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