Obituaries from December 2010
William Edward Chandler
William Edward Chandler, 48, formerly of Pittsboro, passed away quietly and without pain Dec. 24, 2010 after a prolonged battle with leukemia. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and musician. He positively touched so many lives throughout his own. ...
Eva Anna Buchanan
Eva Anna Buchanan, 85, of Roachdale passed away at Mill Pond Health Campus on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. She was born on Jan. 11, 1925 to Ervin and Lina Jane Burdine Hurt. She was a homemaker and worked as a nurse at Greencastle Nursing Home. She married William Keith Buchanan in October of 1939 and he passed away on March 28, 1996. ...
Lester A. Hendrickson
Lester A. Hendrickson, 77, of Greencastle died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. He was born on Jan. 17, 1933 in Fairmount to Charles G. Hendrickson and Irene C. Woods Hendrickson. Mr. Hendrickson was a graduate of Paragon High School, and retired from General Motors, Plant 5 with 31-and-a-half years of service. Lester and his brother had owned Hendrickson Brothers Termite Control...
Gary M. Roper
Gary M. Roper, 58, Fillmore, passed away on Dec. 28, 2010 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 4, 1952 in Centralia, Ill. and was the son of Lee Roy and Peggy Ann (Morris) Roper. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Abney) Roper; his mother, Peggy Ann Roper Backs; his sisters, Loretta Nielsen and husband Rick, Pamela Strouse and husband Ken and Sue Wunderlich and husband Ron and his brother, LeeRoy Roper, Jr. ...
Robert George Oeding
Robert George Oeding, age 91 of Brazil died at 2:27 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at Meadows Manor East in Terre Haute. He was born March 13, 1919 in Vigo County as the son of Albert and Margaret Bosler Oeding. Following graduation from high school he served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Joseph "Tug" R. Warrick
Joseph "Tug" R. Warrick, 87, of Greencastle and formerly of Brazil died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 in Greencastle. He was born Feb. 26, 1923 in Brazil as the son of Thomas and Ruth Waggoner Warrick. He graduated from Brazil High School. He served in the U.S. ...
Marion B. Huddleston
Marion B. Huddleston, 83, of Greencastle passed away surrounded by loved ones Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010. He was born Dec. 6, 1927. He was married to Glee Oleta Huddleston for 60 years and she survives. He is also survived by his daughter Carol Drotziger and her husband Robert; a granddaughter Catharine Celli; great grandchildren Torin Hasse and Olivia Mae Celli; sister Betty Randol and her husband Dareld of Wabash and brother William Huddleston and his wife Peggy of Wabash...
Mary L. Skinner
Mary L. Skinner, 68, New Port Richey, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010.
She is survived by her son William (Mary), daughter Susan and grandsons Jacob and Luke.
Virginia E. Merrett
Virginia E. Merrett, 89, Indianapolis, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. Virginia was a humble and prayerful servant as well as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was born in Logan County, W.Va., on Dec. 11, 1921 to Mike and Verna DeWeese Radovich...
Carleen Carrington, 94, of Roachdale passed away at her residence on Monday evening. She was born on June 22, 1916 to Lee and Edna May James at Champaign, Ill. She attended the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and the Roachdale Baptist Church. She worked as a nurse's aid at Culver Union Hospital in Crawfordsville for several years...
Robert E. "Bob" White
Robert E. "Bob" White, 65, of Bartow, Fla. and formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Dec. 25, 2010. Arrangements pending at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home.
LaDonna Ellison, 91, of Greencastle passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010. She was born on Feb. 23, 1919 in Finly to Samuel A. Swain and Jesse Boring Swain. Mrs. Ellison married Allen M. Ellison on July 12, 1952 and he preceded her in death on April 5, 2005...
Rowena M. Whitaker
Rowena M. Whitaker, 62, Greencastle, passed away on Dec. 27, 2010 at the Putnam County Hospital. She was born on June 4, 1948 in Greencastle and was the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Maxine [O'Connor] Highsmith. She was a member of the Cloverdale Church of the Nazarene and had been employed as a nurse's aide. ...
Louise Mager, 77, Greencastle, passed away on Dec. 23, 2010 at the Putnam County Hospital. She was born on June 30, 1933 in Putnam County and was the daughter of the late Roy Albert and Mary Elizabeth (Dunn) Clark. She was a member of the Bainbridge Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary, Post #58, Greencastle and Women of the Moose #138, Greencastle. She was a Corrections Officer for the Indiana Department of Corrections at the Indiana Youth Center...
Dale DeWayne Shillings
Dale DeWayne Shillings left this world surrounded by his loved ones on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, after a long battle with lung cancer. Dale was 55. He was born Feb. 23, 1955 to Alva and Edna (Radar) Shillings. Dale was a 1974 graduate of Greencastle High School. On Aug. 25, 1978 he married Vicky (Scaggs) Shillings...
Marvin F. Richardson
Marvin F. Richardson, 74, of Fillmore, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010 at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville. Born June 19,1936, in Laurel Counry, Ky., he was the son of Thomas Marshall and Della Mae (Patterson) Richardson. He married Barbara S. (Franklin) Richardson on March 16, 1998...
Charles "Chuck" F. May
Mr. Charles "Chuck" F. May, 64, Bainbridge, passed away Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Hickory Creek at Sunset healthcare. Born May 26, 1946 in Greencastle, he was the son of Charles F. and Audrey M. (York) May. He was a 1966 graduate of Greencastle High School. He married Anne I. (Hunter) May on Aug. 2, 1986 and she survives...
Kenneth W. "Bear" Stevenson, 55, of Indianapolis and formerly of Springfield, Ill., passed away at his residence following an apparent heart attack on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. He was born in Clay County on Aug. 20, 1955, the son of Earl Wayne and Shirley (Stitzle) Stevenson...
Norma J. Denny
Norma J. Denny, 81, Reelsville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 at Exceptional Living Center in Brazil. She was born Sept. 2, 1929 in Reelsville, Indiana. She was married to Willard Denny, and he preceded her in death. She worked at RCA for 16 years and retired from food service supervision at DePauw University's Longdon, Rector and Hogate Halls after 34 years...
Patricia "Patty" Diane Clampitt
Patricia "Patty" Diane Clampitt, 57, of Roachdale, passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Patty was born May 31, 1953 in Greencastle and was the daughter of the late Maurice Sims and Norma (Keyt) Russell. She was a 1971 graduate of North Putnam High School. She was also employed at TDS Telecom in Roachdale for 30 years. She was a member of the Bainbridge Christian Church and the Groveland Order of the Eastern Star #330...
Betty L. Albright
Betty L. Albright, 90, of Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010. She was born on May 25, 1920 in Vale, Kentucky to William J. Kendall and Martha J. Brooks Kendall. Mrs. Albright was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and had been employed by DePauw University in the Main Kitchen...
Patricia A. Marvel
Patricia A. Marvel, 73, Eminence, passed away on Dec. 15, 2010 at Clarian Health/Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born on July 10, 1937 in Dugger, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Gordon Edward and Gladys Juanita (Meeks) Gray...
Cornelius van Zwoll
On Dec. 11, 2010, Cornelius van Zwoll slipped the surly bonds of Earth. He was born in Rochester, New York on Nov. 12, 1916, to John and Adrianna (Vander Pyjl) van Zwoll. Neil earned his Bachelor's degree from Calvin College, his Master's from the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. ...
Robert S. Preston
Robert S. Preston, 67 years old of North Salem, went to be with the Lord peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, Dec. 14. He was born May 20, 1943 in Danville, Ky., son of the late Allen and Dellen Summers Preston. He was a member of Roachdale Masonic Lodge...
Terry Bittles, 58, of Greencastle passed away Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Hendricks Regional Health after a brief illness. Terry was born in Greencastle, the son of Keith and Doris (Williams) Bittles. He attended Indiana State University and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science with a degree in Mortuary Science...
Lee "Curtis" Smith
Lee "Curtis" Smith, 82 of Greencastle passed away Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 at the Putnam County Hospital. Born May 10, 1928 in Fillmore, he was the son of Robert Lee and Lily (High) Smith. He was a graduate of Fillmore High School's class of 1936. He had served in the United States Air Force...
David G. Starr
David G. Starr, of Greencastle and formerly of Crawfordsville, passed away Saturday morning at Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was 65. Mr. Starr was a member of the Moose Lodge, where he served as Past President, Past Governor, Past District Officer and Past District President. ...
Bud Holton, 76 of Greencastle passed away Friday, Dec.10, 2010 at the St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Bud was born in Vermillion County, the son of Roy and Florence (Noggle) Holton. He was a graduate of Roachdale High School, class of 1953. Bud married Audra Lou Dorsett Holton on March 19, 1966 and she survives...
Juanita L. Cottongim
Juanita L. Cottongim, 83, Greencastle, formerly of Belle Union, passed away on Dec. 9, 2010 in Greencastle. She was born on Feb. 5, 1927 in Johnson County, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Clayton D. and Annie [Scudder] Smith. She married Clarence Edward Cottongim on April 17, 1948 and he preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 1993. She was a homemaker and a long-time member of the New Providence Baptist Church...
Jeffery Allen Lee
Jeffery Allen Lee, 46, of Greencastle died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at the IU Hospital in Indianapolis of natural causes. He was born in Indianapolis to Danny W. Lee and Elizabeth J. (Allen) Lee on Nov. 29, 1964. He is survived by his parents; three sisters: Carla Lee of Indianapolis, Tonya Elliott of Monrovia and Julie Stigall of Morgantown; one brother Danny W. Lee Jr. of Greencastle and one daughter, Kayla Lee of Greencastle...
William E. Kumpf
William E. Kumpf, 86, of Brazil, passed away at his home on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 following a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 9, 1924 in Posey Township, Clay County, the son of Leslie and Irene (O'Hair) Kumpf. Bill attended Staunton High School. He married Rosemary (Latham) Sanders Nov. 27, 1968.Along with his brother Max, Bill owned and operated Kumpf Brothers Incorporated, a grain and dairy farm in Posey Township until retiring in 2001...
Bud Holton, 76, passed away Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Bittles and Hurt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roachdale Alumni Association. A complete obituary will be run in Monday's edition...
Cletis Zoe Wiatt
Cletis Zoe Wiatt, 94, of Russellville died at her residence on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. She was born on March 11, 1916 in Morton to Lafe V. and Ivyl Sutherlin McGaughey.
Donald L. Custis
Donald L. Custis died on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 at the age of 72. A former Greencastle resident, Custis resided in Avon at the time of his death. He is survived by his sons, Troy (Gina) and Larry (Theresa) Custis, and three grandchildren: Cody, Wade and Jesse Custis...
Richard E. Coffey
Richard E. Coffey age 87, passed away peacefully at home Monday, Dec. 6 in South Bend. Dick was born July 1, 1923 in Terre Haute to the late Belle (McCrary) and William Joshua Coffey, who had lived in South Bend since 1961, coming from Chicago, Ill. ...
Marjorie DeRaimo, 89, Quincy, passed away on Dec. 6, 2010 at her residence. She was born on March 3, 1921 in Boone County, West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Hubert and Mary Josephine [Petry] Ferrell. She was married to Charles DeRaimo on Feb. 17, 1940 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1980. She was a homemaker...
Lois Allee passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Asbury Towers from Alzheimer's disease with her sons by her side. Lois was born in Tennessee and moved to Indianapolis early in her life. She became a professional model in her late teens and modeled regularly at L.S. Ayers, Wasson's and Block's Department Stores...
John Albert Grimes
John Albert Grimes, 92, Crawfordsville, formerly of Russellville, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at St. Vincent Hospital. He was born April 1, 1918 to Eugene and Lula Hester Grimes in Russellville. He married Lillous Ellen McGaughey on Oct. 25, 1939 in Russellville, and she survives...
Russell H. Pruitt
Russell H. Pruitt, 78, Danville, passed away Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010. He was born April 14, 1932 in Vernon, Ky., the son of Bedford and Martha Abney Pruitt. Mr. Pruitt was a truck driver for Roadway Express for many years. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received two Purple Hearts and a Korean War Service Medal with a Bronze Star...
William L. Raney III
William L. Raney III, 85, Quincy, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2010 in Indianapolis. He was the son of the late Melvin L. Raney and Ida Jane Hawk Raney Bova. He was married to Betty June Sanders Raney on April 11, 1955, and she preceded him in death on April 20, 2001...