Obituaries from February 2012
Robert R. Huff
Robert "Bob" R. Huff, 79, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. He was born in Linton, the son of Paul and Lela (Hale) Huff. Bob was a very talented carpenter and a loving father. Survivors include his wife Loretta Brown Tharp Huff, whom he married in 1990; children Diana, Mary Rita, Cathy, Rhonda and husband Glen, Michelle and Ryan; stepchildren Nadine Street, Rodney Eubanks, Connie Clodfelter, Don Tharp and Jane York; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Larry and wife Dianna and Gary; and sister Phyliss Harris.. ...
Elizabeth R. 'Betty' Clevenger
Elizabeth R. "Betty" Clevenger, 90, of Greencastle, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indianapolis. She was born Oct. 17, 1921 in Kennard, Ind., to the late Russell and Laura (Sullivan) Hedrick. Elizabeth retired from Gas America in 1986 after 25 years of service. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star of Shirley and past worthy Matron and grand representative to South Dakota and Shirley Christian Church...
Eugene Te Grotenhuis
Eugene Te Grotenhuis, age 89, of Orange City, Iowa, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at the Orange City Area Health System Hospital. There will be a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. Revs. Mark Haverdink and Timothy Breen will officiate...
Richard J. 'Dick' Sutherlin
Mr. Richard J. "Dick" Sutherlin, 53, Pittsboro, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville. He was born on Sept. 12, 1958, in LaPorte County, the son of the late Richard John and Phillis Mae Bartos. He spent his early childhood in LaPorte. As a young boy, he was adopted by Gene and Marjorie Sutherlin and at that time moved to Greencastle. Dick was a 1977 graduate of Greencastle High School...
Virginia 'Gail' Steele
Virginia "Gail" Steele, age 84, of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at Putnam County Hospital. Born Feb. 24, 1928 in Putnam County, she was the daughter of Claude and Frances (Goddard) Crodian. Gail was a 1945 graduate of Clinton Center High and had attended the Blanche Wein Business College...
Gerald Douglas 'Jerry' Fellows
Gerald Douglas "Jerry" Fellows, 76, of Greencastle, passed away Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Survivors include his daughters, Judith Frizzell and Brenda Juckel; sister Shirley Brattain; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. His parents, John Fellows and Cela Fellows Farley; sister Betty Petrey and a granddaughter, preceded him in death...
Ava Marie Chadd
Ava Marie Chadd, infant daughter of Chris Chadd and Anna Walker, passed away on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle.
John W. Braun
John W. Braun, 80, Celina, Ohio, died at 8:28 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at Joint Township Memorial Hospital in Celina. Born May 11, 1931 in Mercer County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Sylvester and Mildred Braun. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War...
Winston Bryant Henderson
Winston Bryant Henderson, 94, of Terre Haute, passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 25, 2012. He was born Sept. 24, 1917 in Evansville to Ralph Nichols Henderson and Inez Bryant Henderson. He is survived by his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Henderson; two sons, Kim Henderson and wife Helen of Trafalgar, and Eric Henderson; a daughter, Marla Farris and husband Todd of Greencastle; two stepchildren, Dick Pate and wife Kathy of Charleston, S.C., and Becky Harvey and husband Ron of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren, Hillery Ann Harvey-Hays, Julia Harvey Old, Amy Hyatt, Ashley Brosey, Ryan Farris and Katie Farris; six great-grandchildren, Sawyer Harvey-Hays, Ivy Harvey-Hays, William Hyatt, Grayer Hyatt, Henry Brosey and Mimi Brosey.. ...
Burneard York, age 79, Greencastle, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2012. He was born in Greencastle, the son of Everett and Violet Miller York. He married Joyce Sturgeon and she preceded him in death. He has been a self-employed paint contractor, had once owned the Monon Restaurant, and had run a vegetable stand in the summer...
Robert 'Rocky' Givans
Robert "Rocky" Givans, 67, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
He was born May 19, 1944 in Indianapolis, son of the late Robert Givans and Louise Garrett.
Robert was an Army veteran, serving with the 101st Airborne Division.
Florence 'Shug' Paris Cook
Florence 'Shug' Paris Cook, 78, Brazil, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Exception Living Center, Brazil. She was born on Jan. 21, 1934 in Owen County and was the daughter of the late Ross Myrl and Mary Caroline (Pullen) Paris. She was a retired school bus drive for Clay Community Schools and was a member of the Wesley Chapel Church at Brazil...
"Nellie" Louise Brackney, a lifelong resident of Putnam County, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 at Putnam County Hospital with her family by her side. Louise was born on July 11, 1924, to Glenn and Nellie (Bock) Flint. Louise graduated from Clinton Center High School, where she met her husband John Joe, and continued her studies at Indiana Business College. She went on to support the war effort from Greencastle in the local Rations Office while John served as a Marine in the Pacific...
Rosalie Virginia Hauser Frank
Rosalie Virginia Hauser Frank, 83, of Patricksburg, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Rose, the youngest child of William Henry Harrison Hauser and Selma Dayhuff Hauser, was born March 30, 1928 in Owen County. Rose worked at the Spencer Evening World, the US Geological Survey at Indiana University and retired from Hoosier Energy. She enjoyed singing, gardening, family, church and was an avid IU Basketball fan. Rose traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, Europe, Israel and many shorter trips...
James "Bubba" Yack
James "Bubba" Yack, 52, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at his residence in Roachdale. He was born May 18, 1959 in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Stuart and Virginia Hahn Yack. He graduated from Beaverton High School near Grand Rapids in 1977. He married Kristy Wendling on July 10, 1999 in Roachdale...
Gertrude L. Hoffa
Gertrude L. Hoffa, 96, Cloverdale, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 at The Waters of Greencastle. She was born on May 12, 1915 in Marion County, and was the daughter of the late Theophilus "Theo" and Lula Katherine (O'Banion) Murray. She married Dorsey Williamson Hoffa on March 25, 1932, and he preceded her in death on Oct.18, 1983...
Robert Lee Creech
Robert Lee Creech, 51, of Clayton, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Robert was born to Robert F. and Mildred Faye (Ridener) Creech on March 29, 1960 in Richmond, Ky. He married Dee (Hughes) Creech on Oct. 16, 1999. He lived in Indianapolis for most of his life...
Jean W. Maynard
Jean W. Maynard, 88, Rockville, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 21, 2012 at Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle. She was born in West Brattleboro, Vt., on Oct. 26, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Emma Hall Woodworth. She married Lyman E. "Shorty" Maynard on Feb. 24, 1951, and he preceded her in death on June 16, 2001...
Dr. William Pat Buckner Jr.
Dr. William Pat Buckner Jr., a former Greencastle resident, died Sunday, Feb. 19 in Cypress, Texas. His parents, Rev. William Pat Buckner Sr. and Mary Buckner, sister Mary (BiIlie) Wilson and brother Obama (George Henri) preceded him in death. Pat attended Greencastle High School and graduated from DePauw University in 1950...
William G. Cook
William G. Cook, 72, of Fillmore, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol S. (Ellison) Cook, stepson Michael (Megan) Lakin, daughters Sherry (Holly) Hollingsworth and Deborah (Brett) Stow, stepdaughters Cynthia (Anthony) Boswell and Amanda (Kurt) Lyons, sister Heidi Caine, brother Mike Cook, and grandchildren Cameron, Riley, Collin, Keaton, Caden, Brooke, Cody, Payton, Mikie, Jackie, Skyler, Jamison, Wyatt, Chelsie, Cassidy, Casey, Heather and Johnny...
Melba Luella Brown
Melba Luella Brown passed away quietly Feb. 15, 2012 at her home for over the last 10 years, The Waters of Greencastle. Melba was 104 years old. She was born on Dec. 30, 1907 in Lone Elm, Kan. Her parents were Charles and Margaret Lamb. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Paul Brown, and her younger sister, Thelma Lamb Walters...
James J. Ball
James J. Ball, 61, of Rockville, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 in Union Hospital at Terre Haute. He was a teacher in the mathematics and computer science departments at Indiana State University. He was born Feb. 13, 1951 in Greencastle to the late James Clarence Ball and Maxine Watson Ball...
Alfred S. Losin
Alfred S. Losin, age 90, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Mr. Losin was a staff sergeant in the United States Army, serving his country for 37 months in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He had retired from IBM Corp. in 1987, having more than 25 years of service...
Donald G. Beaman
Donald G. Beaman, age 74, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the Putnam County Hospital. Born Sept. 7, 1937 in Coatesville, he was the son of Ralph E. and Helen M. (Kersey) Beaman. He was a 1955 graduate of Fillmore High School...
John R. Amers
John R. Amers, 70, Marietta, Ga., formerly of Greencastle, passed away on Monday Feb. 13, 2012 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was born Dec. 14, 1941, in Terre Haute, the son of George and Etta Head Amers. He married Diana Zalokar on Aug. 11, 1984 in Danville...
Virginia L. Sligh
Virginia L. Sligh, 81, of Greencastle, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at the Putnam County Hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1930 in Greencastle, she was the daughter of Willie Edward and Lucy Lenora (Cartwright) Sligh. Virginia had been a cook at the Walmart Distribution Center, several years for the Putnam County Correctional Center, IBM Corp. and the Beta house at DePauw University...
Mary F. Mattingly
Mary F. Mattingly, 90, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012. She was born Dec. 1, 1921 in Greencastle to the late Charles and Zella (Crabbe) Bergen. She married Garland J. Mattingly on Nov. 27, 1947, and he preceded her in death April 29, 1993...
Joyce A. Custis
Mrs. Joyce A. Custis, 78, of Greencastle, passed from this life to life eternal on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 at the Putnam County Hospital. Born Feb. 28, 1933 in Putnam County, she was the daughter of John C. and Alpha Mae (Hammond) Boatright. A 1951 graduate of Fillmore High School, she married Norman W. Custis on Sept. 23, 1951, and he preceded her in death Dec. 8, 2003...
Herschel 'Buck' Jones Jr.
Herschel "Buck" Jones Jr., 81, Sargent, Texas, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 with his family at his side. Buck was born in Indiana on June 24, 1930 to Herschel and Lima Jones. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Buck then went on to work in the construction industry...
Mary Helen Martin
Mary Helen Martin, 99, of Brazil, formerly of Parke County, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at Exceptional Living Center of Brazil. She was born June 21, 1912 in Bridgeton, the daughter of C.L. Reeves and Maud Mitchell Reeves. She married Raymond "Bud" Martin in 1959, and he passed away in 1995...
Irene W. Spencer
Irene W. Spencer, 86, of Greencastle, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. She was born on May 31, 1925 in Lebanon, Ind., to Clarence Hood and Sophia Howard Hood. Irene married Ralph Spencer Sr. on Dec. 6, 1941, and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1994...
Ethel V. Fraizer
Ethel V. Fraizer, 92, Greencastle, formerly of Cloverdale, passed away on Feb. 10, 2012 at Putnam County Hospital. She was born on May 17, 1919 in Putnam County, and was the daughter of the late Albert Albanus and Mary Elsie (Martin) Smith. She married S. Garwood Fraizer on June 22, 1947, and he preceded her in death on March 23, 1996...
Michael A. Mills
Michael A. Mills, 53, of Canton, Ga., passed away on Jan. 19, 2012. Mike was born on Jan. 10, 1959 in Lafayette, Ind., to Eugene A. Mills and Donna M. Shemash Mills. He was a very talented carpenter. Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, a niece, an aunt and an uncle...
Judith Ann Fisher Rogers
Judith Ann Fisher Rogers, 68, Thorntown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11 at her home. Judy was born on Oct. 16, 1943 in Lafayette, Ind., a daughter of the late Harold Edwin Clement and Rosemary (Sheets) Clement Schroeder. She was reared and educated in Lafayette, where she graduated from Jefferson High School in 1961. She attended Indiana University, Purdue University and Ivy Tech...
Anna B. Dean
Anna B. Dean, 90, Cloverdale, passed away on February 8, 2012 at the Putnam County Hospital. She was born on February 10, 1921 in Marion County and was the daughter of the late John and Martha (Mudd) Englert. She was married to Paul Ervin Dean on May 10, 1940 and he preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 1980...
Kenneth L McCorkhill
Kenneth L McCorkhill, 84, Greencastle, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. He was born on Aug. 23, 1927 in Spiceland, Ind., to Frank and Donna (Cooney) McCorkhill. He married Betty L. (Bledsoe) McCorkhill on May 5, 2007. Kenneth had been a laborer, working construction and for the railroad...
W. Mitchell Price
W. Mitchell Price, 18, of Knightsville, formerly of Cloverdale, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at his residence. He was born March 18, 1993 in Clay County, the son of William Darin Price and Laura L. Waugh. As a little boy he played CYL football, YMCA basketball and baseball...
Veto Eldon Ray
Veto Eldon Ray, 87, Mooresville, formerly of Bainbridge, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Mr. Ray was born July 14, 1924, in Morgan County, the seventh child of Everett Albert and Revicca Artrella (Parrish) Ray.
Veto was the owner and operator of Ray & Sons Hardwood Lumber...
Jerry V. Acrea
Jerry V. Acrea, 67, Cloverdale, died Feb. 3, 2012, in Hendricks Regional Health. Jerry was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Hillsboro, Ill., to the late Virgil and Nelda (Riggs) Acrea.
He graduated from Garfield High School in Terre Haute and attended Indiana State University and Rose Hulman Institute...
Charles Lopossa, 69, Eminence, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at the St. Francis Hospital at Mooresville. He was born on January 13, 1943 in Eminence and was the son of the late Clifton and Gretchen G. (Haltom) Lopossa. He was a farmer and gravedigger. He was a member of the Eminence Christian Church, 1961 graduate of Eminence High School and was the Superintendent of the Morgan County Fair Horse Pull...
Cora Lee Smith
Cora Lee Smith, 78, Greencastle, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 with her family by her side. She was born in Whitesburg, Ky. on Sept. 24, 1933. She is preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Cynthia and her husband Rev. Grant Smith. Cora is survived by her children Glenna (Ed) Fite of Indianapolis, Patricia (Kevin) Burdette of Greencastle, Terry (Cheri) Smith of Greencastle and Douglas (Jana) Smith of Anchorage, Alaska. ...
Samuel H. Kessler
Samuel H. Kessler, 94, Ladoga, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at his home, victim of a violent crime. He was born Nov. 5, 1917 in New Ross to Benjamin Kessler and Cora (Harshbargar) Kessler. On Sept. 22 1945 he married Norma Jane Otterman, who preceded him in death...
William L. Fink
William L. Fink, 74, Greencastle, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Born April 15, 1937, he was a heat and frost insulator for Local Union 18 and was a member of the Greencastle Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Norma Spencer Fink; a daughter, Jackie (Steve) Cheh; two sons, Brian and William (Caryn) Fink; a stepdaughter, Melissa (John) Gallagher; a stepson, Rob (Tricia) Costin; a sister, Bobbie Ellen Young; cousins Ronnie and Denny Fink; and grandchildren Michael and Amanda Cheh, Josh, Jeremiah and Emily Fink, Nick and Maggie Gallagher and Courtney and Cassidy Costin.. ...
Stanley R. Smith
Stanley R. Smith passed away Jan. 29, 2012 in Sacramento, Calif., at the age of 78. Born Dec. 15, 1933 in Fillmore, Ind., he was the beloved husband of 54 years to Ruby Smith. Greatly missed by children Suzzanne Katzakian and husband Tim of Lodi, Calif., and Stephanie Gonzales and husband Jamie of Reno, Nev. Forever remembered by grandsons A.J. Gonzales and Trevor Katzakian...