Obituaries from November 2008
Wilma M. Rockhill
Wilma M. Rockhill, 92, of Miller passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Mrs. Rockhill was an employee of Portage Holiday Inn for nine years. She was a member of Chapel of the Dunes, serving as a deaconess and working in the church resale shop and bazaar since 1990...
William "Kaylen" Barcus
William "Kaylen" Barcus, 51, of Plainfield passed away on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008 in his residence. He was born Aug. 12, 1957 in Greencastle to William F. "Bill" and Wilma Faye Cash Barcus. He married Donna Mosier in Danville in 1986. Mr. Barcus was a courtesy driver for Avis Car Rental in Indianapolis...
Wilma J. Whetsel
Wilma J. Whetsel 63, of Roachdale passed away at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008 at Hickory Creek at Sunset in Greencastle. She was born Sept. 17, 1945 in Greencastle to Vitus M. Clemens and Susie Mae Clements Clemens. She was a homemaker. She married Charles Whetsel who preceded her in death...
Burl Edward White
Burl Edward White, 76, of Brazil died at 3 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2008 at his residence. He was born in Putnam County April 18, 1932 to Charles and Roxie Brewer White. He married Beverly Jenkins Feb. 8, 1994. Mr. White served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve from June 1953 to June 1961. He had been employed as a carpenter. He was a member of VFW and American Legion Post #2 and Carpenters Union #859...
Chester "Gene" Allen
Chester "Gene" Allen, 79, of Cloverdale passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer. He was born Jan. 8, 1929 in Parke County. He was married to Rita Sullivan Allen Mr. Allen was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the United Methodist Church. He was retired from Lone Star Industries...
Kathryn E. Stephenson
Kathryn E. Stephenson, 84, of Greencastle passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008 at Hickory Creek at Sunset Nursing Home. She was born in Sunset, Texas on July 14, 1924 to Homer Houston and Zula Hina Anderson Gann. She married Arlice Stephenson and he preceded her in death in Nov. 1990...
Harry Timmons Sutherlin
Harry Timmons Sutherlin, 88, of Carlisle, Pa. died Monday, Oct. 27, 2008. Born, Feb. 10, 1920 in Coatesville, he was a son of the late James Earl and Viola Jo Timmons Sutherlin. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School and Purdue University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked for 20 years at Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, Pa. and 21 years at Exxon Research and Engineering Company in New Jersey...
Donald E. Kenworthy Sr.
Donald E. Kenworthy Sr., 79, of Clayton passed away Nov. 23, 2008. Mr. Kenworthy was born April 23, 1929 to the late Merle E. and Gladys Mae Rushton Kenworthy in Plainfield. He was in the entertainment business, having worked in the rodeo, carnival and circus business for most of his life until retiring in 1986...
Phyllis Trout Padgett
Phyllis Trout Padgett, 89, of Greencastle died on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Mrs. Padgett was born Jan. 26, 1919 in Putnam County to Oral Ernest and Dovie Jones Collins. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Steve Trout and wife Marcia of Greencastle, Rodney Trout and wife Deborah of Carlisle, Pa. ...
Mona M. Vontress
Mona M. Vontress, 76, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 in the home of her sister after a prolonged illness. Mrs. Vontress was born Aug. 3, 1932 to Otis D. Wharff and Geneva E (Bir) Wharff. She attended St. Bernard Elementary and Crawfordsville High School. She married Clarence "Bud" Vontress on February 10, 1951 in Crawfordsville. They were married 54 years...
Geneva Ruth Elkins also well-known as Ja-Neen Welch, 81, of Bainbridge died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at her residence surrounded by her loved ones. Ja-Neen was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Blackberry City, W.V, the daughter of Alvin and Myrtle Elkins. On Sept. 16, 1946, she married Charles E. Welch (Gene)...
Aug. 1, 1927-Nov. 19, 2008
Nov. 21, 2008 Phyllis Trout Padgett, 89, of Greencastle died on Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Troy Trout officiating. Calling will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service...
Albert A. Traver
Albert A. Traver, 71, of St. Petersburg, Fla. passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008 at his residence. Mr. Traver was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and moved to Florida in 1988 from Greencastle, where he retired from IBM. He attended First United Methodist Church of Pinellas Park, Fla. and enjoyed fishing, golf, music and sports...
Debra K. Conner
Debra "Debbie" K. (Baker) Conner, 50, of Cloverdale died at Summerville Healthcare Center on Monday, Nov. 17, 2008. She was born June 27, 1958 in Bloomington to Joe and Diana Baker. She lived most of her life in Putnam County. She graduated from South Putnam High School in 1967. She drove a school bus for Cloverdale Community Schools for several years. She was a cook at the Greencastle schools and also cooked at the Cloverdale Nursing Home...
Ronald C. Horner
Ronald C. Horner, 81, of Poland passed away Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil. Born April 16, 1927 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Sam and Margaret Ethel (Chamberlain) Horner. He married Ethel (Howell) Horner on April 12, 1980 and she survives...
John David Stinson
John David Stinson, 75, of Reelsville passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 in St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Born Jan. 23, 1933, he was the son of John K. Stinson and Lera M. (Whitt) Stinson Cook. Survivors include sister Betty Jean Allee of Reelsville and four brothers, Harry Glen Stinson of Cloverdale, James Stinson and wife Wanda of Stilesville, Hansford "Hank" Stinson and wife Rhonda of Fillmore and Robert Stinson of Brazil...
Robert Warren Barnes
Robert Warren "Pennsylvania Bob" Barnes of North Cataract Road passed away at home Monday morning, Nov. 17, 2008 of congestive heart failure. He was born Dec. 7, 1942 at Ellwood City, Pa., the son of Dave Barnes and Helen Jayne Graham Barnes. He was employed at Townsend Steel and Halstead Copper Industries in Zelienople after high school graduation and worked in maintenance at Cook Forest State Park. ...
George "Les" Whitaker, 67, of Indianapolis passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2008 at his residence. Born Feb. 12, 1941 in Indianapolis, he was the son of George F. and Eusie Mae (Mink) Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker had been a mechanic with the U.S. Post Office in Indianapolis for 35 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge, Plainfield and the Moose Lodge #1592, Greencastle...
Larry W. King Sr.
Larry W. King Sr., 71, of Brazil died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008 at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Mr. King was born March 2, 1937 in Kingsport, Tenn. to Earl M. and Cornie Combs King Martin. On Dec. 31, 1957 he was married to Geneva Samples King in Tennessee...
Ted W. Miller
Ted W. Miller, 65, of Waveland, died Thursday, Oct. 30. 2008 at St. Vincent's Hospice. He was born Nov. 3, 1942 to Ray T. and Margaret L. Sharp Miller. He married Patricia M. Nye on Aug. 13, 1966 and she survives. Mr. Miller was a 1960 graduate of Russellville High school and graduated from Indiana State University...
Patricia Mason Beer
Patricia "Pat" (Mason) Beer was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Oct. 26, 1933 to Thomas E. and Margaret M. (Pautot) Mason and completed her earthly journey on Nov. 12, 2008. After marrying Jerry Beer in 1955, they were a military family until they moved to Greencastle in 1972. Pat worked for DePauw University for nine years before moving to Indianapolis in 1986...
George E. York
George E. York, 80, of Vincennes and formerly of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at his residence. Born July 20, 1928 in Putnam County, he was the son of Earon Sylvester & Laura Mae (McDonald) York. He married Rubyanne Parker on June 25, 1949 and she preceded him in death on March 12, 1991. He married Peggy Archbold Beard on Nov. 23, 1991 and she survives...
Bonnie Jo Clark
Bonnie Jo Clark, 81, of Indianapolis died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. She was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 18, 1927 to Earl and Ethel (Hughes) Milender, the sixth of ten children. Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and a member of the V.F.W. Women's Auxiliary...
George E. York
George E. York, 80, of Vincennes, formerly of Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008 at his residence.
Arrangements are pending at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home.
Mary Louise Strauch Hauser
Mary Louise Strauch Hauser, 98, of Poland died Nov. 11, 2008 at 10:02 p.m. at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility. Ms. Strauch was born June 13, 1910 in Poland to Edward Franklin Strauch and Clara Margaret Kattman Strauch. She graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1928. She married Robert Lester Hauser on Feb. 26, 1936. He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1978...
Richard S. Freeman
Richard S. Freeman, 62, of Cloverdale passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2008 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
His services are pending at Donald L. Pearson Mortuary, Cloverdale.
Jill LeAnn Wells
Jill LeAnn Wells, 39, of Plainfield passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2008 at her residence. Ms. Wells was born Oct. 24, 1969 in Greencastle to Penny and Ron Wells. She was a 1988 graduate of South Putnam High School and also attended Indiana University in Bloomington. She was store manager for Kroger in Terre Haute...
Cynthia Snyder Nall
Cynthia Snyder Nall, 62, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008 at Jewish Hospital. Cyndie was one of only 87 people who had survived cystic fibrosis to the age of 60, and one of the few who had survived this disease as a double-lung transplant patient. Her positive attitude and fighting spirit defined her. Cyndie was a vibrant woman, a designer, a seamstress, an artist and a successful business woman...
David K. Jones
David K. Jones, 66, of Reelsville died on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. Mr. Jones was born on Oct. 28, 1942 in Indianapolis to Verlie and Marjorie Martin Jones. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a graduate of Avon High School Class of 1960, I.U.PU.I. and was an active member of Big Walnut Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation after 38 years of service where he was an electrician...
Terry L. Fuller
Terry L. Fuller, 55, of Greencastle died on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. He was born on July 22, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan to Lee and Lillian Taylor Fuller. Terry was a graduate of Greencastle High School Class of 1972 and was employed at the Greencastle Wastewater Treatment Plant for over 23 years...
Helen Jean Shepherd
Helen Jean Shepherd, 73, of Cloverdale, passed away Thursday, Nov. 7 at Putnam County Hospital. Mrs. Shepherd was born Aug. 8, 1935 in Summerville, Kentucky to John and Mary Skaggs. She married Morgan Shepherd on June 10, 1955, and he preceded her in death...
Thomas Grant Lee
Thomas Grant Lee, 67, of Kendallville died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Mr. Lee was born in Terre Haute on March 11, 1941 to Archie E. and Lucy Ellen (Vaught) Lee. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1959 and Indiana State University in 1964 with a Bachelor's degree in Education. He continued his education and obtained a Master's of Art and Teaching from DePauw University in 1970...
Edward G. Ypma
Edward G. Ypma, 68, of Greencastle died at home on Nov. 5, 2008 after a lengthy illness. Mr. Ypma was born Sept. 12, 1940 in Libertyville, Ill. He earned three degrees from Purdue University and was a professor at DePauw University for 38 years from 1966-2004. He served as Residence Director for DePauw-related international programs in Tokyo, Japan; Athens, Greece; and Frieberg, Germany...
Mabel L. Kiger
Mabel L. Kiger, 80, of Greencastle died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. Mrs. Kiger was born on Dec. 27, 1927 in Morgan County to Frank and Osie King Curtis. She was a member of First Christian Church in Greencastle, where she was active in the Christian Women's Fellowship...
Leona Sutherlin, 88, of Greencastle died Sunday at Hickory Creek at Sunset. Mrs. Sutherlin was born June 16, 1920 in Waynesburg, Ky. to Minton "Bud" and Myrtle (Padgett) Littrell. She attended Clinton Center schools. She married Thomas "Wayne" Sutherlin on Dec. 22, 1936, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2000...
Paula Marie Caldwell Davis
Paula Marie Caldwell Davis, 64, of Cataract died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Ms. Caldwell was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Indianapolis to Arthur Paul and Frances Gail (Stevenson) Schober. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Millgrove. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the Holiday Inn and the Walden Inn...
Clark J. Shoemaker
Clark J. "Pete" Shoemaker, 83 of Crawfordsville and formerly of Russellville and Greencastle, died Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Ben Hur Healthcare facility in Crawfordsville. Mr. Shoemaker was born Dec. 24, 1924 in Whitestown to Clark M. and Virgie L. (Pipes) Shoemaker...
Richard D. Riggle
Richard D. "Buck" Riggle, 82, of Roachdale died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008 at Hendricks Regional Health Hospital at Danville. Mr. Riggle was born June 11, 1926 at Roachdale to Charles V. and Ethel Marie Dickerson Riggle. He graduated from Roachdale High School in 1944. He later graduated from Worsham Mortuary School in Chicago...