Obituaries from April 2008
Richard Wayne Austin, 76, Greencastle, died Monday. Born in Greencastle, he was the son of Fisher and Maggie (Turner) Austin. He married Juanita Morgan Greenlee Austin on Dec. 10, 1963, and she survives. He retired in 1976 after working as a pipefitter and welder. He was a 55-year member of the Local 157 Union, Terre Haute. He was a member of Moose Lodge No. 1592 and the National Amateur Trapshooting Association...
Letha Louise (Irwin) Cofer, 81, Indianapolis, died Friday morning at her residence. Born in Greencastle, she was the daughter of the late Elbert and Francis (Thornton) Irwin. She married Glen E. Cofer on June 8, 1946, and he survives. She was an Avon representative for 27 years...
Hilton W. Nettles
Hilton W. Nettles, 91, Reelsville, died Tuesday at his residence. Born in McCall, Miss., he was the son of the late Zack and Molly (Corbin) Nettles. He married Mildred L. (Matthews) Nettles, and she survives. He was a gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marines and served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He received six bronze stars...
Dr. Mark A. Thomas
Dr. Mark A. Thomas, 45, Brazil, died April 26, 2008, at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was born March 15, 1963, in Clay County, the son of Amos and Mary Griswold Thomas. As a young boy, Mark had a love of learning and he never gave up his search for knowledge. He graduated from Brazil High School, and was valedictorian of the Class of 1981...
Mary Josephine Johnson, 91, Crawfordsville died Friday at Williamsburg Healthcare. Born Oct. 6, 1917 at Bainbridge, she was the daughter of the late Alga and Bertha Goff Handy. She married Cyril Johnson on March 13, 1956 at Spencer. He preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1984...
George L. Templeman
George L. Templeman, 84, Roachdale died Friday at the Waters of Greencastle. Born in 1923 in Greencastle, he was the son of Flem Dud and Elizabeth Lee (Payne) Templeman. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School class of 1942. He married Gladys M. (Stevens) Templeman in 1945 and she survives...
James "Curley" Hamilton
James "Curley" Hamilton, 79, died Wednesday. He was born in Clayton in 1928 and was the son of Milton and Eva Boyer Hamilton. He worked in maintenance at Bridgeport Brass for 33 years retiring in 1985. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruby and daughter, Karen Hamilton...
Mary Jo Johnson
Mary Jo Johnson, 91, Crawfordsville, former resident of Russellville, died Friday at Williamsburg Healthcare.
Services are pending at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home at Waveland.
Nellie Prather, 89, Crawfordsville, and formerly of Fincastle, died Thursday morning at Hickory Creek at Sunset in Greencastle. Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of Homer and Ophra Price. She married Arthur Prather, and he preceded her in death in November of 1972...
Joseph Franklin "Bud" Stapert of Freedom passed away Monday April 21 at Bloomington Hospital. He was born on Oct. 25, 1936 in Morgan County to the late Joseph Stapert Sr. and Bessie Louise Townsend. He was retired from the John Wooley Sawmill in Mooresville...
Robert E. Minnerup
Robert E. Minnerup, 79, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, April 23. He was born Dec. 12, 1929, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Edward L. and Janice Herman Minnerup. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War. He married Nancy Nutt in 1954, and she preceded him in death in 1994...
Raymond E. Epperly
Raymond E. Epperly, 83, died April 21, 2008 in Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, S.C. Born in Radford, Va., he was the son of the late Raymond E. Epperly Sr. and Faye Christie Epperly. He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. ...
Ival Lloyd Lane passed away at Hendricks Regional Health on Tuesday April 22, 2008. He was born on Aug. 30, 1925 in Decker, Ind. to Frank and Jessie Decker Lane. Ival served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II along with his brothers, Hershel, Ellis and Herb...
Garan Tchon Bradley Ashkeveron, 37, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Garan was a former resident of Cloverdale. Garan was born David Bradley Elmore on July 28, 1970 at the Putnam County Hospital to the late Pamela Sue Haltom Bauer and David Elmore. He was later adopted by Pamela's second husband, Ronald McKamey...
Tyrone H. Richey
Tyrone H. Richey, 45, Fillmore, died Thursday, April 17. Born in Indianapolis, he was a journeyman plumber with Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 440. Survivors include his wife, Sheryl Richey; daughters, Crystal Brown and Shelbey Richey; and sisters, Bonnie Winter and Stacy Richey...
Roxie R. Rohn
Roxie R. Rohn, 82, Crawfordsville, died Sunday at Brownsburg Meadows Healthcare. She was born in Montgomery County, the daughter of Damon and Marie (Pickering) Caldwell. She married Robert Rohn on May 4, 1946, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1975...
Olga E. Stwalley
Olga E. Stwalley, 97, Putnamville, died Sunday at Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle. Born in Chesterton, she was the daughter of Charles J. and Mathilda (Johnson) Pearson. She married Reuben S. Stwalley on Aug. 18, 1932, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1952...
Jenny L. Miller
Jenny L. (Ogles) Miller, 58, Plainfield died April 16. She was a sixth grade math teacher for New Augusta North Middle School for ten years. Prior to that she taught in the Pike Township schools for a number of years. She was a graduate of Indiana State University and received her master's degree from DePauw University...
Charles Homer (Chuck) Boller
Charles Homer (Chuck) Boller, 78, of Russellville died at his home Thursday at 4 p.m. He was born February 27, 1930 to Elijah and Afton Holcomb Boller at Royal Center, Ind. He married Doris Annette Radford March 23, 1957 at Greencastle and she survives...
Charles "Chuck" Boller
Charles "Chuck" Boller, Russellville, died at his residence at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Services are pending at Machledt and Servies Funeral Home, Waveland.
James M. Mitchell
James M. Mitchell, 80, Cloverdale, died Wednesday at The Waters of Greencastle. Born in Indianapolis, he was the son of William Andrew Mitchell and Bertha Alice (McGuire) Mitchell. He was a motor vehicle service driver for the U.S. Postal Service, Indiana-polis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II...
Lema Wilson, age 86, of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at her daughter's home in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Born Jan. 30, 1922 in Science Hill, Ky., she was a daughter of the late William Green Waddle and Bertha E. (Bishop) Waddle. In 1941, Lema moved from Science Hill, Ky. to Greencastle where she met and married Richard F. "Doc" Wilson on Nov. 17, 1943. Together they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this fall...
Melva Jean Caldwell, 77, of Bainbridge and formerly of Rockville, died at 3:05 pm Monday, April 14, 2008 at Westside Healthcare in Indianapolis. She was a retired home healthcare nurse's aide. She was born Sept. 30, 1930 in Sullivan County, Ind. to the late James P. Boone and Gladys Norris Boone...
Tricia Kerr, 35, Rockville, died Tuesday at Hendricks Regional Health, Danville. Born in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of Charles "Duck" Lewis and Patte Porter Lewis. She married Jeff Kerr on June 30, 2001, and he survives. A 1991 graduate of Rockville High School and 1993 graduate of Indiana State University, she was a registered nurse for Hendricks Regional Health, with 13 years of service...
Larry K. Priebe
Larry K. Priebe, 69, Rockville died on Tuesday April 15. He was born on Sept. 15, 1938 in Crawfordsville to Ernest William and Elsie May Priebe. He served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a printer by trade. His father; a brother, Ernie R. Priebe and a grandson, Michael K. Priebe preceded him in death...
James Warren "Dubby" Dunn, 82, died Sunday at the Waters Nursing Home in Greencastle. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia Leroy Roberts Dunn; children James Michael and his wife Tammy, Greencastle; David Lee and his wife Janiece, Elwood; Judy Diane Bayberry, Moorseville; Susan Elaine Perkins and her husband Dan, Nicholasville, Ky.; Tracy Marie Rhine and her husband Rick, Greencastle and Timothy Andrew and his wife Stephanie, Greencastle. ...
Timothy Lee Gilbrech, 43, Quincy, died Sunday at his residence. Born in Danville, he was the son of Jimmie Gilbrech, Indianapolis, and Judith Marie Hurin, Quincy. He married Lucricia (Hook) Gilbrech on Aug. 23, 1999, and she survives. He was a truck driver for IMI and attended Hoosier Harvest Church at Martinsville...
Gladys Marie Crabtree Hayden, 84, Greencastle, died Monday morning at the Waters of Greencastle. Born in Louisville, Ky., she was the daughter of Jessie and Elizabeth (Logsdon) Short. She was a machine operator at Mallorys in Greencastle and a former member of the V.F.W. and the Moose Lodge, Greencastle...
Lola Florence Murphy, 90, Greencastle, died Sunday. Born in North Salem, she was the daughter of Russell William and Mary Jane Alexander Beams. She was a member of First Assembly of God. Survivors include her children, Richard Murphy and wife Karen, Greencastle, Shirley Mendenhall, Greencastle, Delores Ann and Dr. ...
James W. Dunn
James W. Dunn, 82, Greencastle, died Sunday morning at The Waters of Greencastle.
Arrangements are pending at the Chandler-Hays Funeral Home in Greencastle.
Judy (Buis) McManama
Judy (Buis) McManama, 66, Greencastle, passed away Friday afternoon, April 11, 2008 at her home after battling breast cancer for eight years. Born Sept. 11, 1941, she was the daughter of Robert and Maxine (Smith) Buis of Greencastle, both of whom and a brother, Bobby Buis, preceded her in death...
John W. Boswell
John W. Boswell, 86, Greenwood, died Thursday at the Greenwood Convalescent Center. He was born in Greencastle to Alva and Pearl (Ellis) Boswell in 1922. He married Jeanette C. (Mercer) Boswell. She survives. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was retired after working as Chief of Security for Chevrolet in Indianapolis...
Hester Freeman Hess, 99, Evansville formerly of Greencastle passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008. She was born August 27, 1908 in Owen County, Ind. near Cataract Falls. She was a former member of Cataract Methodist Church and attended Crossroads Christian Church in Newburgh. Hester and her husband, Charles, owned Hess Sales and Service of Greencastle, Indiana from 1932-1961. In 1956 they began building the Hess Mobile Home Park and operated it until 1968...
Esther J. Klein
Esther J. Klein, 74, died March 30 at the Putnam County Hospital. She was born in DeMotte, Ind. and was the daughter of Cornelius W. and Catherine Dykema Klein. She was a homemaker and also worked in product assembly at the Jack Rabbit Studios in Bainbridge...
Gary Lee Massingale, 60, Cloverdale, died Monday in Highlands Medical Center, Sebring, Fla. He was the son of Ernest and Mary Martha (Marshall) Massingale. He was a machine and forklift operator at General Motors and Chevrolet in Indianapolis for 30 years, retiring in 2003...
Calita Job, Mitchell, formerly of Quincy, died Saturday, April 5 at her residence. Born in Owen County, she was the daughter of Victor Cleveland Black and Vlora Mae (Smith) Black who preceded her in death. She was a retired elementary teacher from Cloverdale Elementary and Ridpath Elementary schools and was the postmaster at Quincy...
Charles Eugene "Gene" Keller, 88, Indianapolis, died Sunday, April 5. He was the son of Charles R. and Mayme Masten Keller and was employed by Allison division of General Motors as a machinist for 31 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Robert D. Ritchie
Robert D. Ritchie, 66, Lebanon formerly of Eminence died Sunday, April 6 at his residence. Born in Craigsville, W.V., he was the son of Daniel and Helen (Lantz) Ritchie. He was a truck driver for consolidated Freightways & Yellow Freight, Indianapolis...
Forrest Lester "Skip" Wildman, 81, Martinsville died Sunday April 6 at Community South Hospital, Indianapolis. He was the son of Maurice R. Wildman and Madge B. (Smith) Wildman. He was employed with the MSD of Martinsville from 1964-88, retiring as Assistant Superintendent. ...
Calita Job, 93, Mitchell, formerly of Quincy and Cloverdale, died Saturday at her residence.
Arrangements are pending at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.
Beverly A. Jones
Beverly A. Jones, 70, Cloverdale, died Friday at Putnam County Hospital. Born in Cloverdale, she was the daughter of William Haltom and Nina Maude (Kelly) Halton. She married Kenneth D. Jones on May 30, 1957, and he survives. A homemaker, she attended Millgrove United Methodist Church...
Robert D. Ritchie
Robert D. Ritchie, 65, Lebanon, formerly of Eminence, died Sunday at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.
Jim Lanphier, 65, Cloverdale, died Friday. Born in Indianapolis, he was the son of Robert and Dorothy Lanphier. He retired from Consolidated Freightways and was formerly employed at Stokely Van Camp and Acme Machine and Tool. Survivors include his wife, Frances; four daughters, Lisa Lanphier, Kim Fulkerson and husband Chris, Bonita Murphy and husband Pat, Holly Glaze and husband Chad; a son, Jamie Lanphier and wife Stacy; a brother, Bob Lanphier; a sister, Judy Lanphier; eight grandchildren; a sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews.. ...
Lula M. Campbell
Mrs. Lula M. Campbell age 91 of Greencastle, passed away Thursday at the Putnam County Hospital. Born Feb. 21, 1917 in Henderson, Ky. she was the daughter of Clara Mae Chandler. She married Clarence Campbell on Feb. 4, 1939 and he preceded her in death in 1987...
Betty Jane Cooksey
Betty Jane Cooksey, age 79 of Greencastle and formerly of Brazil, died at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Ind. She was born Oct. 17, 1928 in Bellefontaine, Ohio as the daughter of Benton and Mary Winkler Grantham. She graduated from Van Buren High School with the Class of 1946. In addition to raising her family, she had been employed at Hills Department Store in Terre Haute and as a nurses aid...
Leland "Lee" Kimble Shirely, PhD. died on Wednesday April 2, 2008 at his home in Cloverdale, Ind. where he has lived since 1986. He was born on Feb. 16, 1937 to Fenton Mark Shirely and Dorothy Dean Shirely of Marshall, Ill., both of whom preceded him in death...
Hubert D. Spencer
Hubert D. Spencer, 74, Lafayette, died Wednesday at Rosewalk Village. He was born in Parke County and graduated from Russellville High School. He married Louise Wood on June 25, 1955, in Russellville. She survives. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a custodian for the Lafayette School Corporation for 34 years, retiring in 1997...
Ray E. Quinnette
Ray E. "Gene" Quinnette, 88, Greencastle, died Wednesday at Mill Pond Health Campus in Greencastle. Born in Cloverdale, he was the son of Wilson A. and Ethel Ella (Aikns) Quinnette. He married Mary K. (Blaydes) Quinnette on March 15, 1946, and she survives...
Janice Long, 68, Greencastle, died Monday morning at Autumn Glen in Greencastle. Born in Fillmore, she was the daughter of Ralph and Helen (Kersey) Beaman. She was a graduate of Fillmore High School and retired from IBM. Survivors include brothers, Donald Beaman and wife Sharon, Greencastle and Robert Beaman and wife Carol, Arizona; and 11 nieces and nephews...
Cecil R. York
Cecil R. York, 57, Greencastle, died Monday evening at Putnam County Hospital. Born in Louisville, Ky., he was the son of Irving R. and Bonnie Gass York. He married Cathy Thurston York and she survives. He was a self-employed excavator with Cecil York Excavating for 35 years and was co-owner with his wife of York Oak Leaf Park and York Walnut Ridge Park...
Robert Eugene Layne, 39, Brazil, Ind., passed away at 12:50 p.m., March 29, 2008 at his residence. He was born Dec. 12, 1968, in Brazil, Ind. to Virgil and Norma (Graves) Layne. He enjoyed working on cars and was talented at auto body work. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and his favorite cat Maggie...
Mary C. McGaughey
Mary C. McGaughey 101, of Avon (Hearth of Prestwick Assisted Living) formerly of Russellville, Ind. for 95 years went home to be with the Lord on March 28, 2008 after a brief illness at the St.Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Mary was born on June 30, 1906 to the late Frank and Nettie Scott McGill at Portland Mills, Ind. In 1924 Mary graduated Valedictorian with honors from Russellville High School, Russellville, Ind...
Thelma Maxine Thomas, 75, Avon Park, Fla., died Sunday in Sebring, Fla. Born in Gosport, she was the daughter of David and Pearl Susan (Connley) Jent. She had been a resident of Avon Park since 1993, coming from Greenwood, Ind. She was a real estate broker and a past member of the National Association of Realtors and the State of Indiana Association of Realtors. She was a member of Highlands Ridge Golf and Country Club and attended Union Congregational Church in Avon Park...
Bill R. White
Bill R. White, 70, Danville, died Sunday at his residence. Born in Barbourville, Ky., he was the son of Clarence and Effie (Trent) White. He married Janice Windmiller on Aug. 28, 1960, and she preceded him in death on May 10, 2006. They owned and operated Danville Paddle Sales, Inc., from 1974-2002...