Obituaries Nettle Creek Gazette, April 17, 2014    
James C. Harris
Hagerstown, IN - James C. Harris, 85, long time Hagerstown resident passed away at The Waters in New Castle, IN on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
He was born on October 2, 1928 in Grapevine, TX to Floyd and Mae Bulman Harris.
Jim served as a medic in the U.S. Army serving in Germany during the Korean war. He was a retired machinist from Dana Corporation in Hagerstown. He enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, horseback riding, watching racing, sports and the hummingbirds at his feeders.
Survivors are a daughter Lisa (John) Longnecker of Cambridge City and a grandson Alan (Lyndsy) Storer of Yorktown, IN.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years Lois D. Harris in 2012; 2 sisters and a brother.
There will be no public visitation and services will be a the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are being handled by Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muncie Mission or American Cancer Society.
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Mark Stamper
Williamsburg, IN - Mark Stamper, 51, of Williamsburg, passed away on Sunday, April 6.
He was born on June 5, 1962 in Winchester to Ralph and Roberta Wilcox Stamper and attended Northeastern High School. Mark was an avid horse trader and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a proud family man who loved his grandkids. Mark had a warm heart and never met a stranger. He served on the board of the Williamsburg Community Center.
Mark will be missed by his wife, Lisa, who he married 29 years ago on June 8, 1985; sons, Gabriel and Thomas Stamper; mother, Roberta Vaughn; sisters, Toni & Matt Lizak and Dawn & Steve Alyea; Julie Thomas and Sandy Spencer; brother, Jimmy Winters; grandchildren, Shaylee, Julian and Gabe Jr.
Mark was preceded in death by his father, Ralph, in 2008.
Pastor David Anderson will conduct a funeral ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, at the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 Centerville Road North, Williamsburg, where visitation will be from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Williamsburg Community Center, 8441 Centerville Road North, Williamsburg, IN 47393.
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Ivan D. Paul
Cambridge City, IN - Ivan D. Paul, 70, a long time resident of the Cambridge City area, died at his home on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
He was born in New Castle on July 22, 1943, the son of Roy S. and Mary Catherine (Lannerd) Paul. He lived most of his life in Henry and Wayne counties, and, for 13 years, resided in Florida.
Ivan owned and operated a heavy equipment construction company for many years. He served with the U.S. Army. He was a member of Lewisville Lodge #72, F&AM, American Legion Post 333 of Hagerstown, Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite and Eagles Lodge of New Castle.
Survivors include his wife, Suelee (Duvall) Paul; 4 children, Darla Parrett (Don) of Rushville, Kristopher Paul of California, Nicki Walling (Rob) of Connersville and Wendi Gettinger (Brock) of Cambridge City; 2 step-sons, Billy Myers of New Castle and Bobby Myers of Indiana; 6 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren and a step-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Randall Scott Paul and a step-daughter, Annette Lucas.
Services were on Monday, March 31st, in Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Pastor Rick Alvey officiated with burial in West Lawn Cemetery, where military services were conducted.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
John H. Cheeseman
Richmond, IN - John H. Cheesman, age 97, of Richmond, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, at Arbor Trace Exceptional Senior Living Center after a brief illness. He was born October 2, 1916, in Hagerstown, Indiana, to Carl and Rebecca Madge Hadley Cheesman. John was a 1935 graduate of Economy High School. He was a self-employed mechanic and truck driver before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1940. John landed with the 4th Infantry Division on Utah Beach on D-Day and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged from the Army soon after the war was over and began working for John R. Gates Construction building bridges. John and his brothers, Fred and Richard, formed Cheesman Brothers, Inc. in 1969, building bridges in east central Indiana. He retired from construction in 1981. John was a member of the Masonic Lodge #383 in Somerset, Indiana and the Operator’s Union Local #103. He was married for over 53 years to Frances Bruno of Kokomo until her passing in 2006. They spent many happy years together after they both retired, traveling and enjoying their family. Survivors include his children, Michael (Joyce) Tate of Quitman, Texas, Marcia (Bill) Wysong of Kokomo, Indiana, and David Cheesman of Richmond; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; brothers, Fred and Bill Cheesman; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, Tommy, Percy, Richard, and David; sisters, Rose Mary and Maxine; and grandson, Richard Williams.
Funeral services were Monday, March 31st in the Earlham Memorial Mausoleum with Chaplain Edward R. McFarland officiating. Military honors were provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Shirley Anne Saunders
Centerville, IN - Shirley Anne Saunders, 49, passed away on Saturday morning March 29, 2014 at the home of a friend in Centerville, Indiana after a short illness.
Shirley was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 19, 1964. She attended Hagerstown High School and had lived in Economy before moving to Dublin 12 years ago. A homemaker, Shirley had worked at Stop One Truck Plaza in Cambridge City. She was a member of Peaceful Valley Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Ashley Nicole Ramey of Dublin; father, Edd Saunders of Goshen; brother, William Saunders of Syracuse; 2 sisters, Patty Saunders of Economy and Michelle Cole of Syracuse; 2 nephews; 5 nieces; 2 great nephews and a special friend, Bob Gaddis.
Shirley was preceded in death by her mother, Mary (Allen) Saunders; sister, Kelly Jo Saunders and nephew Jayden Griffith.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, 1993 Cumberland Street, Dublin, IN 47335. Burial will follow at the Spartanburg Cemetery in Spartanburg.
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Jacquita P. Holcomb
Losantville, IN - Jacquita P. (Jackie) Holcomb, 81, of Losantville, died Monday, March 31, 2014, in Heritage House of New Castle.
She was born in Albany, KY on December 4, 1932, the daughter of Peary and Dora (Honeycutt) Burchett and lived most of her life in he Losantville area.
Jackie was a member of Antioch Christian Church and the Ladies Aid Society of the Antioch church. Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, quilting and gardening.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Jessica Stiening of Farmland and Andrea Lykens (Kevin) of Mooreland; 2 grandchildren, David Stiening (Stephanie) of Parker and Dylan Lykens of Mooreland; 2 great-grandsons, Donovan and Declan Stiening; 2 sisters, Ada Patsy Mikesell (Stu) of Greenfield and Sally Ann Blose (Max) of Robinson, TX and a brother, Icel Burchett (Shelby) of Dublin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Holcomb, on February 21, 2014, a daughter, Josalyn Holcomb in 1979, 2 sisters, Euldean Covey and Olene Brown, and a brother, Knox Burchett.
Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 5, in Antioch Christian Church. Rev. David Craw and Rev. Albert Oren will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 P.M. Friday in Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown.
Memorials may be made to Blountsville Volunteer Fire Department, 8896 N. Wilbur Wright Rd., Losantville, IN 47354 or to Henry County Hospital Hospice.
Donna Jean Rihm
Cambridge City, IN - Donna Jean Rihm, 89, passed away early Sunday morning March 30, 2014 at her home in Cambridge City. A daughter of the late Carl Robert and Hazel Maude (Clifton) Butler, Donna was born in Henry County, Indiana on February 28, 1925. Donna has lived most of her life in the Cambridge City community and was a 1944 graduate of Lincoln High School. She worked as a welder at International Harvester during World War II. A homemaker, Donna enjoyed baking cookies, making raspberry jelly, homemade noodles and dumplings. She was especially famous for her yeast rolls. Donna was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church and Alter Society, Daughters of Isabella- Connersville, Liberty American Legion Auxillary Unit 122. Donna enjoyed playing euchre and was a member of several card clubs in Cambridge City, Hagerstown and Connersville.
Survivors include her husband, Walter F. Rihm whom she married at the St. Elizabeth Church on November 27, 1947 by Fr. Jerome Bennett; 7 children, James F. (Patricia) Rihm, Donald A. (Linda K.) Rihm, Gerald L. (Angela) Rihm, Joanna Schrader, Linda (Marvin) Vance, Brian K. (Youngran) Rihm and Elaine K. Rihm; 20 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Barbara (Gene) Huddleston and Janet Monger; nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Phyllis Jean; brothers, Donald C., Claude R., Horace, Carl Jr. and Jack Butler; sisters, Margarette Henry and Doris Loomis; 2 infant great granddaughters, Madison Rihm and Madalynn Paige Vance.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday April 2, 2014 at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church. Fr. Joseph Rautenberg will officiate. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. Visitation will begin with a Rosary service at noon on Tuesday April 1st and continue until 8 p.m. at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Daughters of Isabella- 822 West 23rd /Connersville, IN 47331 or the Cambridge City Public Library- 600 W. Main St./ Cambridge City, IN 47327
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Craig Davis Clevenger
Medford, OR - Craig Davis Clevenger, age 67, of Medford, Oregon, passed away March 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Marion "Bill" and Josephine (Davis) Clevenger, his brother Roger Clevenger and sister-in-law Toye Clevenger.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sally (Davenport) Clevenger, son Bryan Clevenger, brother Robin Clevenger and wife Pamela, step-sister Nancy DeHaven Wickham and husband Rusty, and step-brother Don Litton and wife Jennifer, brother-in-law Mark Davenport and wife Linda, step-mother Alice Litton Clevenger, mother-in-law Joan Davenport, by many cousins, and by nieces Kathy Schaekel, Dorie Clevenger, and Lindsay Davenport, and nephews Zachariah Clevenger, Tony Clevenger, and Clark Davenport.
Craig grew up on a farm in Greens Fork, Indiana and graduated from Hagerstown High School, where he looked forward to celebrating his 50th reunion this summer. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force as an aircraft electrician, with time in Okinawa and in Korea during the USS Pueblo incident. A part time job on base paid him in flying lessons, where he discovered his love of flying, which eventually led him to flight instructing and then a 33 year career as a commercial air freight pilot for Airborne Express. He loved golf, camping, hiking, traveling by 5th wheel, vegetable gardening, woodworking, playing cards, telling stories, and political discussions.
Family and friends are planning to have a private celebration of Craig's life this summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his two favorite charities, The Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries. Arrangements entrusted to Desert Sunset Funeral Home, Tucson, AZ.
Shelby Robbins
Webster, IN - Shelby Robbins, 76, formerly of the Webster community, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning, March 26, 2014.
She was born on September 4, 1937 in Middlesboro, Kentucky to Eldon and Maxine Sizemore Longworth, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a 1955 graduate of Whitewater High School. Shelby married Dale Robbins on October 6, 1957. They were blessed with three children and 56 years of happiness.
Shelby was a homemaker and also worked at US Bank, from where she retired after 26 years of service. She was a faithful member of the Fountain City Wesleyan Church who lived her faith as a selfless woman devoted to helping others and loving her family.
Shelby will be missed by her husband, Dale; daughters, Jennifer Hughes and her husband, Jim; and Julie Harvey; son, Mark Robbins and his wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Alex Hughes, Ashton Harvey, Tyler Stanley and Thomas Stanley; sisters, Marlene Jackson, Cheryl Scott and Sandra Moreland; brother, Stan Longworth; and several nieces & nephews.
A funeral ceremony was conducted on Monday, March 31, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment was in Willow Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, Colorado 80112.
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Joe White
Winchester, IN - Joe White, Jr., 83, of Winchester and formerly of Lynn, passed into eternal rest at Reid Hospital in Richmond on Monday, March 17, 2014.
He was born on October 12, 1930 in Union City, Indiana, the son of Joe and Ruby (Ralston) White. He was a graduate of Winchester High School and Indiana Business College and was a bookkeeper for the Winchester Stockyard. He then was a CPA with Overmyer Mould Corp. and Nettle Creek Industries. He also was the Treasurer of the Randolph County Hospital. Joe enjoyed fishing, being with family and friends, computers and going out to eat. He was a member of the Spartanburg United Methodist Church and a former member of the Lynn Helping Hands CB Radio Club. Joe was a “winter texan”, enjoying 23 winters in McAllen, TX.
He leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Anne (Lininger) White of Winchester; two sons, Terry White of Winchester and Jeff (wife Lisa) White of Lynn; a daughter, Melody (husband Jeff) Haist of Richmond; four grandchildren, Nichole Acton of Richmond, Corey (Claire Boxell) White of Fishers, Zachery (wife Chelsey) White of Hagerstown, Tyler White of Portland; three step-grandchildren, Jon (wife Chantelle) Haist of Henrico, VA, Josh Haist and Jacob Haist, both of Richmond; four great grandchildren, Crystal Breen and Hayden Smith, both of Richmond and Gavin and Hayden White, both of Hagerstown. Also, five sisters, Marge Cochran of Winchester, Evelyn (husband Joe) Greene of Farmland, Patricia Odle of Muncie, Rosadeane Kelley of Winchester and Barbara (husband Jack) Gillum of Corpus Christi, TX; a brother, Mike (wife Sylvia) White of Corpus Christi; several nieces and nephews and a special Boston Terrier, Baxter.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 23rd at the Spartanburg United Methodist Church with Pastor David Cassity officiating. Burial followed in Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Spartanburg United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 6798 S. Arba Pike, Lynn, IN 47355.
Gladys M. Ervin
Cambridge City, IN - Gladys M. Ervin, 82, of Cambridge City passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Reid Hospial in Richmond.
She was born on October 30, 1931 in Hagerstown to Lawrence E. and Mary Elizabeth Gray Cox and graduated from Hagerstown High School in 1949. She had lived most of her life in the Cambridge City area. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cambridge City and had worked at several local businesses as a cashier.
Survivors include four sons Billy Ray Jr. , Bruce, Robin, and Jason Ervin: 12 grandchildlren, 22 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Billy Ray Ervin Sr.; a daughter Penny Sue Ervin; one sister and one brother.
Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Friday, March 21, 2014 from 12:30 PM until start of services at 2:30 PM. Pastor Martin Holman will be officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery in Milton.
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Randy Lewis Lakes
(April 3, 1951 - March 16, 2014)
Randy Lewis Lakes 62 of Richmond died March 16, 2014 at Reid Hospital. He was born April 3, 1951 in Richmond to Lewis J. “L.J.” and Theresa Ellen Caldwell Lakes and lived in Richmond all his life.
He formerly worked for GTE (Frontier) and Newton’s Auto Service. He enjoyed playing guitar and painting.
Survivors include his mother Theresa, three children Dawn (Heath) Stinson of Williams burg and Lori Taylor and Jason Lakes of Richmond, six grandchildren Cole and Dacota Taylor, Ashlynn and Anden Stinson, and Cody and Cayla Lakes, aunts, uncles, and cousins. His father Lewis “L.J.” died June 10, 2013.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday March 20, 2014 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Mingus officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery. Friends may call 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Norma Stohler
Norma Stohler died peacefully and at home on March 12th, 2014 with her loving family at her side. She was 85.
Norma was born July 30th, 1928 in New Castle, Indiana to the late Doris (Marlatt) and Eugene Brown of Hagerstown, IN. Upon graduation from Butler University, she married her high school sweetheart and Butler graduate L. Gene Stohler on June 18th, 1950.
Norma and Gene were married for over 63 years and lived in Bloomfield Hills, MI for the last 45. They have resided winter months in Bonita Springs for 20 years and are blessed to have made many dear and cherished friends across the country.
Norma was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved her family and the happiness and smiles they brought her. She is survived by her husband Gene, and her two daughters - Catherine and her husband Rick Beer, and Shelley and her husband Bill Risma. Norma was preceded in death by her son Mark, who passed in 2009. She is also survived by her brother Dick Brown and his wife, Gerri, and her brother Max Brown and his wife, Lennie. Norma was blessed with four adoring grandchildren - Mia, Justin and his wife Kayla, Tyler and his wife Katie Jo, and Cameron and his wife Alythea, as well as five beloved great grandchildren - Nolan, Mark, Kate, Parker and Penelope.
Norma was loved for her quick wit, crazy antics and contagious sense of humor. She never failed to make you smile whether on the fairway, tennis court, or among pals. Norma was a dear friend to many, and will be missed by all those that knew her. Her loss will be especially felt by her golden retriever, Clover.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Michigan, 25200 Telegraph Road, Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48033 or online at
A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held in Bloomfield Hills, MI at a date to be announced in the near future.
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Harry R. Schweizer
Richmond, IN – Harry R. Schweizer, age 84, of Richmond, died Monday, March 17, 2014, at Reid Hospital.
Born February 15, 1930, in Boston, Indiana, to Albert and Miltrida Forrester Schweizer, Harry was a life-long resident of Wayne County. He was a 1949 graduate of Fountain City High School where he was a proud member of the basketball team. Harry attended IVY Tech. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Harry was a maintenance specialist at Johnson Sheet Metal and retired in 1996 from Alumax Door Division after 41 years. He was a member of the Hoosier Corners Square Dance Club for over 31 years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mabel Irene Chambers Schweizer; children, Ronald (Anna) Schweizer of Richmond, Robin (Mark) Moran of Williamsburg, and Rodney (Marie) Schweizer of Richmond; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and a sister.
Visitation for Harry R. Schweizer will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Terry Cochran officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Willow Grove Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate, Memorials & Tributes, Lockbox 3816, Paysphere Circle Chicago, IL 60674.
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Morgan W. Cash
Cambridge City, IN - Morgan W. Cash, 70, of Cambridge City, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 17, 2014.
He was born in Somerset, KY on September 25, 1943, the son of Charlie and Della Cash. He was the youngest of 12 children. His family moved to Cadiz, IN when he was a baby. He attended Cadiz High School and graduated in 1961.
Morgan enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961 and served on the USS Midway and the USS Galveston. He served as an electrician aboard the ships and as a Underwater Demolition Team Navy Seal. He was a veteran of Vietnam and his awards include the Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge / M-14, Pistol Expert Badge / Cal .45 and Underwater Demolition Badge. He received an honorable discharge in 1964.
Upon completion of his military service, he met and married Joyce Swaim in 1966. He worked for Chrysler from 1964 - 1966. From 1966 to 1978 he worked for Addressograph-Multigraph Corporation in Muncie and then in Dayton OH as a Sales Representative / Service Technician. He sold, serviced and maintained printing and copying equipment. From 1978 to 1981 he was Maintenance Technician at Crown Equipment in New Bremen, OH. From 1982 to 1998 he owned and operated Morgan's Copier Sales and Service. From 1999 to 2005 he worked for Preferred Sourcing, Inc. In 2006, he retired and moved back to Indiana.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, target shooting and was a farmer at heart.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Cash; his son, Darrin Cash (Kim Rollinger); a granddaughter, Aubree and her mother, Jessica Graham; brother and sisters in law, Claris Cash, Lotta Cash, William Craig, Fred and Emily Swaim and Barbara Cook; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Helen Denny, Andy Orvan Cash, Bennett Cash, Margaret Wise, Kenn Cash, Willard Cash, Velma Craig, Yvonne Cash, Roger Cash, Geneva Cash and Jard Cash; as well as his beloved poodle, Inka.
Visitation will be 11 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Friday, March 21, in Culberson Funeral Home. Services will follow at 1:00 P.M. Pastor Allan Henderson will officiate. Burial will be in Buena Vista Cemetery, near Unionport.
Memorials may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation for Hospice.
Betty Lou Shinn
Williamsburg, IN - Betty Lou Shinn, 75, of Williamsburg, IN passed away peacefully at her residence, with family by her side, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
She was born February 6, 1939 in College Corner, OH the daughter of Donald L. and Cuba R. (Hensley) Duckett. She was a 1955 graduate of Richmond High School.
Betty retired in 2004 as a Transportation Coordinator, after 17 years with Wayne County Head Start of Richmond, IN. She was known for her love of horses and her exceptional talent as a barrel racer. She was a member of OGBRA Barrel Racing.
She leaves to cherish her memory a husband of 38 years, Bob Shinn; two sons, John Sell of Ventura, CA and David Sparks (wife, Malissa) of Richmond, KY; two daughters, Debbie Rastbichler of Richmond, IN and Shawn Rhoades (husband, Brad) of Lynn, IN; a step-daughter, Patricia Coulter (husband, Harry) of Indianapolis, IN; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a special friend who was like a sister, Darlene Bradburn of Richmond.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers.
A gathering to celebrate Betty's life will be from 4-7 pm Monday, March 17, 2014 at The Journey Life Center Church, 2301 Pleasant View Road, Richmond, IN 47374. There will be no services. Cremation will follow.
Margaret Elizabeth Parks
Richmond, Indiana - Margaret Parks, 91, of Richmond, Indiana, passed away on March 14, 2014, after a long, happy and successful life.
She was born in Hagerstown, Indiana on May 10, 1922, to the late Leroy and Ora Bond Thornburg. She married Chester R. Parks on March 7, 1939. She was a mother and homemaker, but later worked at Knollenberg's Department Store and Rogers Jewelers. Margaret was a very dedicated Jehovah's Witness. She was an avid motorcycle rider. She and Chet were charter members of the Kings and Queens Motorcycle club. They enjoyed bike trips together to many places, including several trips to Daytona Beach Bike Week. She took her last motorcycle ride with her son at age 87.
She is survived by her son Larry (and Debbie) Parks of Richmond, IN, her son Michael (and Kelly) Parks of Centerville, IN, her daughter Vicki (and John) Gillespie of Charlotte, NC, and by her sister Bette Lipham of Pensacola, FL . She also is survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Jessica Hall.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester R. Parks, her son Richard D. Parks, her sister Mary E. Baxter, and her brother Robert L. Thornburg.
Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00AM at Community Family Funeral Home, where friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10:00AM-11:00AM, with Robert Stephens officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis National Research Foundation 200 Oceangate, Suite 830 Long Beach, California 90802 or Reid Hospice 1100 Reid Parkway Richmond, Indiana 47374. Send online condolences at
Oris Avon "Bonnie" See
Fountain City, IN - Oris Avon "Bonnie" See, 75, of Fountain City, passed away on Monday, March 10, at Reid Hospital.
She was born on September 11, 1938 in Milton to Sam and Ruby Benford Harry. She had lived in the Fountain City community since 1971 and worked 21 years at Joseph H. Hill Co. before retiring in 1994. She enjoyed doing crafts and baking but was best known as the "Candy Lady" for making candy to share with her neighbors.
Bonnie will be missed by her husband, Bert See, whom she married on February 14, 1986; daughters, Sherma Pierson and Billie (Jon) Patterson; step-daughters, Debbie (Jerry) Culifer, Charlene (Jerry) James and Tracie (Emanuel) Wagoneka; sons, Don (Deb) Pierson and Brian (Kim) Pierson; step-sons, Donnie (Shari) Young and Troy (Loretta) See; 32 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Iona Howell and Carolyn Hunter; brothers, Bob, Wayne, Mike and John Harry; and several nieces and nephews.
Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary Leach and Jeannette Bonwell; brothers, Bill Benford and Bud Harry.
A visitation was held on Thursday, March 13, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
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