Obituaries Nettle Creek Gazette November 23, 2015    
Donald Dance
Hagerstown, IN - Donald Raymond Dance, 60, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at Reid Health.
He was born in New Castle on July 20, 1955 to Raymond and Betty (Bohlander) Dance and was a life long resident of the Hagerstown area.
Donny was a member of International Independent Showmen's Association of Florida, National Rifle Association and Post 169, Sons of the American Legion, Cambridge City.
Survivors include his wife, Penny Dance; three children, Scott Dance and his wife, of Richmond, Jessica Dance of Richmond and Ian Dance of Florida; three step-daughters, Jessica Bracken of Hillsboro, OH, Michelle Rush of Trenton, OH and Nicole Crisp of Springfield, OH; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; His father, Raymond Dance of Hagerstown; his mother, Betty Dance of Modoc; three siblings, Jody King of Florida, Dennis Dance of Louisiana and Doug Dance of Modoc; his canine companions, Dewey and Peanut; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Moore and a brother, David Dance.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 P.M. Thursday, November 19, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will follow at 4:00 P.M. Pastor Ted Chalk will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Riley Hospital for Children.
Donald E. Petro, Jr.
Fountain City, IN - Donald E. Petro, Jr., 83, of Fountain City, passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Rosebud Village in Richmond.
Don was born in Union County, Indiana on April 22, 1932 to John T. and Mary Elizabeth Creek Petro, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1950 graduate of Short High School in Liberty. He served in the US Navy from January 1952 until December 1955.
In 1956, he followed in his father's footsteps to become a second generation Trooper in the Indiana State Police, retiring in 1976 after 20 years of service. He then became Director of Transportation for Richmond Community Schools.
In 1979, Don met and married Linda L. Gibbs. He attended Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he served the Lord in many ways. He enjoyed people and never met a stranger. He also loved traveling, which he and Linda did frequently. They loved taking cruises with many friends they met while square dancing with Hoosier Corners Square Dance Club.
Don will be missed by his wife of 36 years, Linda Petro; daughters, Vonda (Stephe) Wilson, Mary Ellen (Murray) Williamson, Lisa Umbright; step-children, Brian Gibbs, Lisa (Danny) Newland, and Lori (Ken) Braden; 11 grandchildren, Kerri and Adam Staab, Allison and Natalie Tresslar, Anna (James) Knipp, Katie Wilson, Hannah and Jacob Newland, and Nicolas, Daniel and Eli Braden; and 3 great-grandchildren, and his brother, John "Ted" (Kay) Petro, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Petro, and son-in-law, Douglas Tresslar.
A celebration of Don's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 13, at the Fountain City Wesleyan Church, 5600 US 27 North, Richmond, with visitation beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or online at .
The Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, Fountain City, is in charge of arrangements.
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Judith Morgan Brianne (Davis) Plough
Liberty, IN - Judith Morgan Brianne (Davis) Plough, 23, of Liberty, died at her home on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.
She was born in Richmond on June 28, 1992 and was a life long resident of the Liberty area. She served in the National Guard and was a member of Connersville Baptist Temple.
Survivors include her husband, Ryan Plough; two children, Randall Jace Plough and Ryan Carter Plough; her father, Chad Davis (Joanna); her mother, April Pitcher (Andy); her siblings, Jaden, Alexus, Ireana, Kelsey and Lissie; grandparents, Judy Putala, Bobby Ward and Cheryl Roser.
Her grandfather, Randy Davis, preceded her in death.
Private services will be at the convenience of the family with burial in West Lawn Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Memorials may be made to the education fund for her children through First Merchants Bank.
Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, is in charge of arrangements.

Martha Anne (Reeves) Plankenhorn
Hagertown, IN - Martha Anne (Reeves) Plankenhorn, 79, passed away on Friday, November 13, 2015, at her home in Hagerstown, surrounded by the love of her family and friends.
Martha was born on October 9, 1936, in Richmond, to William and Sylvia Reeves. She was the second of nine children and was affectionately known to her younger siblings as Nanum. Except for a brief stint in Arizona, her family lived in Richmond for most of her childhood. Martha was an avid reader and frequented Morrison-Reeves Library. In 1951 Martha's family moved to Greens Fork, where she met Clarence Plankenhorn. Martha and Clarence married on December 18, 1955. Together they enjoyed 60 years of marriage and had three children: Jeffrey Earl Plankenhorn (Kathy) of Hagerstown, Jill Anne Banning (Ken) of Economy and Jayne Lynn Gray (Ricky) of Cambridge City.
In addition to her husband and children, Martha leaves behind nine grandchildren: Michelle Plankenhorn, Clay Bavender (Abby), Katie Guntle (Drew), Kaci Plankenhorn, Karli Plankenhorn, Michael Banning, Jennifer Banning, Joshua Hinners and Jason Gray. Other survivors include five great-grandchildren and three siblings, Mary Miller of Eldorado, OH, Phyllis Johnson of Richmond and Robert Reeves of Michigan.
Martha is preceded in death by her parents and five siblings; William Reeves, Sylvia Elaine Scammahorn, Carol Frankhouse, David Reeves and Michael Reeves.
Martha was a reader, storyteller, artist and seamstress, as well as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to sew clothes and toys for her children and grandchildren, painting with watercolors and telling stories about growing up in a large family. She was a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 P.M. Monday, November 16, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pastor Rodney Frieden will officiate. Burial will be in Economy Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Henry County Hospice or the library of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be left at

Ronald B. Blair
Ronald B. Blair, 65, a long time Wayne County resident, died Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Reid Health in Richmond.
He was born at Ft. Benning, GA on December 31, 1949 to Bernie Blair and Maxine Heffelfinger. He lived most of his life in Wayne County. He was a former employee of CSD in Richmond.
Ronald was a very caring person who was always willing to help others. He was an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan. He enjoyed fishing and baseball. He was a long time youth league baseball coach in Cambridge City.
Survivors include two sons, Bryan Blair (Paula) of Greens Fork and Shawn Blair (Lisa) of Crossville, TN; a grandson, Brett Blair; 2 stepchildren, Tara Swim of Hagerstown and Scott Jackson (Stacey) of Waynesboro, PA; 6 step-grandchildren, Josh Williams, Morgan Gunder, Miranda Zigler, Ein Swim, Ethan Jackson and Kevin Paul; 5 step-greatgrandchildren, Josslin Gunder, Drake Gunder, Sydney Gunder, Aiden Zigler and Hannah Zigler; a brother, Larry Heffelfinger of Oloia, MI; a sister, Dianne Cottingham (Mike of Springfield, OH; his ex-wife, Pamela Blair of Hagerstown and his beloved dog Fred.
Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Pastor Rick Alvey officiated.
Memorials may be made to Reid Hospital Foundation for Hospice.
Charles V. Meyer
Charles V. Meyer, 85, of Cambridge City passed away on Monday, November 2, 2015 at his son's residence in Ligonier, IN.
He was born on April 23, 1930 in Cambridge City to Joseph E. and Mary M. Pelzel Meyer and had lived most of his life in the area.
After school in Cambridge City he served in the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He had worked at Penn Railroad for 11 years and retired as a machine operator from Dana Corp. in Hagerstown. He was a member of the Dana 25 year club.
Survivors include a son Steven (his wife Melody) Meyer, Judith (her husband Jeff) Stuart and Peggy Lee Meyer; grandchildren Julie and Rebecca Meyer, Brandon and Derek Riggs, Courtney and Chandler Stuart, Shane Couch, Dava (her husband Brandon) Dale and Wesley Couch; great grandchildren Cedderek and Kaylee Riggs; sister Marlene Brown; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Wilma J. Meyer; daughter Nancy Lynn Meyer; siblings Mary Gethers, Kathryn Pass, Irene Davis, Arthur, Joseph and Robert Meyer.
Friends gathered from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City, IN. A funeral mass followed at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 6, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Catholc Church in Cambridge City with Father Joe Rautenberg officiating.
Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery.
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Myra M. Geise
Hagerstown, IN - Myra M. (Hutchens) Geise, 92, of Hagerstown, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Rosebud Village, Richmond.
She was born in Wayne County on February 23, 1923 to Ralph and Florence (Hayes) Hutchens and grew up in Milton.
Myra was married for 58 years to John G. Geise, who preceded her in death in 2000. They were the proud parents of John L. Geise, who passed away in 1995, Robert M. Geise (Tamera) and James C. Geise (Sarah), both of Hagerstown. Survivors also include a daughter-in-law, Marcia Geise of Brighton, MI; a brother, Robert M. Hutchens, 95, of Mentor, OH; 7 grandchildren, Brian Geise and Kimberly Somers, both of Brighton, MI, Heather Searcy, Meghan Neal and Scott Geise, all of Hagerstown, Adam Geise of Los Angeles, CA and Jonathan Geise of Hagerstown; 10 great-grandchildren.
A granddaughter, Erin Marie Geise preceded her in death.
She was a life long resident of Wayne County. She had been employed as a registrar at Earlham College and as office manager at Lee Cylinder in Cambridge City. She was a 50 year member of Psi Iota Xi sorority and a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church. She had a passion for golf, which she played with her husband and family, at Hartley Hills Golf Course, where she was a member of the Ladies Association.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, November 7, at Hartley Hills Golf Course from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nettle Creek Senior Center, 327 E. Main St., Hagerstown, IN 47346.
Online condolences may be left at
Joseph Kent Hartman
Fort Pierce, FL - Joseph Kent “Joe” Hartman, of Fort Pierce, Florida, formerly of Fountain City, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2015, at the age of 76.
He was born on May 13, 1939, in Richmond, Indiana, to Leonard and Alma Hartman. He graduated from Union High School in Modoc, Indiana. Joe served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1959. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Elaine Turley, on December 6, 1959. Joe was employed in the auto industry in Indiana, where he and Elaine raised their three children, Jeff, Mark and David. He returned to school and earned a degree in Culinary Management in 1992.
Joe and Elaine moved to Florida in 1997, where Joe worked as a Security Guard for Ocean Village until his retirement. He enjoyed time spent outdoors and was an avid gardener and fisherman.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Hartman and Alma Hartman, and his son, Mark Hartman.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elaine Hartman, sons Jeff Hartman (Becky) and David Hartman, four grandchildren, Natalie Carter (Nick), Austin Hartman, Tyler Hartman and Ashley Hartman, one great-grandchild, Ezra Carter, sisters Janet Denman (Bob) and Betty Cook (Harold), and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial visitation was Tuesday, November 3, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Centerville Church of the Nazarene, 7181 US 40 West, Centerville, IN 47330 or the Mark Hartman Memorial Citizen Athlete Award, c/o Northeastern High School, 7295 US 27 North, Fountain City, IN 47341.
Online condolences may be expressed at
James R. Wilson
Modoc, IN - James Richard Wilson, 64, of Modoc, died at his home on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
He was born in Richmond on April 4, 1951 to Richard and Ella (King) Wilson, was a long time resident of Modoc and graduated from Union High School in 1969. After high school and a variety of sports, he continued his studies and basketball at Lincoln College in Kentucky and went on to major in mathematics at Indiana University. He adventured the western United States and returned to the family farm in Modoc where he worked the land with his parents and raised his daughters. In the 1990’s he co-founded Wilson Wines with his brother John. He retired from D&S Tires in Richmond.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa “Terry” (Young) Wilson; 5 children, Carol Wilson Cummins (Caleb) of Fort Branch, IN, Wendy Wilson Keys (Everett) of Muncie, Dani Lake of Clear Water, FL, Vangilene Shore (Braden) of Modoc and Billy Samples (Denise) of Salt Lake City, UT; grandchildren Hailey Cummins, Dalton Cummins, Peyton Cummins, Kallista Keys, Kyrie Keys, Betty Samples, Lily Samples, Andy Samples, Tanner Shore, Mianna Casto, Kristin Casto, Lexus Shore, Lane Shore, Monica Casto, Luke Shore; his siblings, John Wilson (Debbie) of Cadiz, Judy Cole (Jerry) Farmland, Joe Wilson (Tracy) Temperance, MI; Terry's siblings, Cindy Swim (Dennis) of Modoc, and Danny Young (Teresa) of Denver CO; Nieces and nephews to cherish his memory include Stacey Wilson Goyette (David) of Middletown, Darin Wilson (Leslie) of Modoc, Curtis Lee Wilson of Indianapolis, Hiliary Vogt Mechoirs (Andy) of Newburgh, IN, Justin Vogt (Nicole) of Noblesville, William Malone, Brandywine, MD, Mary Ella Mohyla (Mike) Centreville, VA. Joe Wilson of Winchester. Samantha Wilson of Toledo OH, and Paige Swayne (Allen) of Findley OH and newly arrived great grandson, Maverick Patterson
His loving menagerie of dogs, cats, birds and especially the horses will miss his gentle spirit.
Services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, October 31, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Pastor Danny Farmer will officiate. Burial will follow in Economy Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M. Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Services for Randolph County, 133 N. Meridian St., Winchester, IN 47394.
Online condolences may be left at www.culbersonfh.
Shirley Ann Thomas
Richmond, IN – Shirley Ann Thomas, age 76, of Richmond, died Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at her home.
Born September 17, 1939, in Kingston, Tennessee, to Charles and Bertha Schubert Forrester, Shirley was a 1957 graduate of Roane County High School. She lived most of her life in Richmond. Shirley loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a very loving, selfless, genuine, and compassionate woman with a great sense of humor, who always had a smile and a kind word for those she met. Shirley enjoyed gardening with her husband, Leon, and taking trips to the casino with her two brothers and sister-in-law.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Leon Thomas, to whom she was married on May 17, 1957; children, Ronald Thomas of Richmond, Rick (Lori) Thomas of Centerville, Indiana, and Sonya Ogiego of Fishers, Indiana; grandchildren, Michelle (James) Miller of Richmond, Jessica Thomas of Fishers, Indiana, Brittany (Brad) Kelley of Richmond, Brandon (Blanca) Thomas of Richmond, and Briana Ogiego and Chase Ogiego, both of Fishers, Indiana; five great-grandchildren, all of Richmond; and nine brothers and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers and sisters.
Visitation for Shirley Ann Thomas will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Griffis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Open Arms Ministries, P.O. Box 1012, Richmond, IN 47375 or Circle U Help Center, Inc., P.O. Box 491, Richmond, IN 47375.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Paul E. Hall
Fountain City, IN – Paul E. Hall, 70, passed away at his home in Fountain City early Thursday morning, October 22, 2015. He was born in New Castle, Indiana to William H. and Helen (Runion) Hall on November 5, 1944. Paul was raised in Lewisville and New Castle and attended school in Ashland and New Lisbon. On August 10, 1974, Paul married the former Sharon Lyn Ogle in New Castle and they have made their home in Fountain City for the last 3 years. Paul was a machinist at DANA/Perfect Circle in Hagerstown and Richmond before his retirement after 30 years of service. He was a member of the First Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond and the DANA 25 year club. In his leisure, Paul enjoyed hunting and watching Indiana Pacers Basketball.
Survivors include his spouse; daughter, Cheryl Paulette (Darren) Elgin of Connersville; 4 grandchildren, Steve Reece & Shane Hall both of Fountain City, Sammantha Elgin of Connersville, William (Rachel) Elgin of New Castle; great-grandson, Elija Elgin; brothers, Robert (Beverly) Hall of Knightstown, Elmer (Violet) Hall of Modoc, James Hall of New Castle; sister, Roberta Disbro of Markle; sister-in-law, Hilda Hall of Cambridge City; several nieces and nephews.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Esther Bade, infant Catherine Hall; brother, Ray Hall; sister-in-law, Delia Hall; brothers-in-law, Robert Disbro, Lester Bade.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Brother Ryan Goodson will officiate. Burial will follow at New Lisbon Cemetery.
Online condolences can be made at
Lena Beth Lumpkin
Hagerstown, IN - Lena Beth Lumpkin, 92, a long time Hagerstown resident, died Thursday, October 22, 2015, at Forest Glen Health Campus, Springfield, OH, where she had resided for the past several years.
She was born in Hagerstown to Charles and Effie (Ditsler) Rinehart and was a life long resident of the community. She was a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church, a retired employee of Perfect Circle / Dana Corp and a member of Perfect Circle 25 Year Club.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Andrea LaMar; 2 grandsons, Jason LaMar (Hollie) and Nathan LaMar (Heather); 5 great-grandchildren, Savannah and Tug Buchanan, Grant and Drake LaMar and Anna Sorg; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Lumpkin; a son, Gregg LaMar;
8 siblings, Clidus Rinehart, Mary Rinehart, Oma Groves, Loren Rinehart, Donald Rinehart, Dean Rinehart, Willard Rinehart and Harry Rinehart..
Graveside services will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday, October 26, at Brick Cemetery. Pastor Rodney Frieden will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Memorials may be made to Hagerstown First United Methodist Church, 199 S. Perry St., Hagerstown, IN 47346.
Online condolences may be left at
Dorothy A. Hildebrand
Centerville, IN - Dorothy A. Hildebrand, age 86, of Centerville, died Monday, October 12, 2015, at Friends Fellowship Community.
Born March 20, 1929, in Abington, Indiana, to Elmer and Velma Helms Schwab, Dorothy was a life-long resident of Centerville.
She was a 1947 graduate of Centerville High School where she was a cheerleader for three years. Dorothy worked at Belden from 1947 to 1950 before devoting her full time to being a loving wife and mother. She formerly served on the Centerville-Abington School Board. Dorothy enjoyed gardening and cooking, but her favorite thing was taking care of her kids.
Survivors include her children, Jeff Hildebrand of New Albany, Indiana, Kevin Hildebrand of Key Largo, Florida, Kent (Loretta) Hildebrand of Williamsburg, Indiana, and Doneen (Tom) Clover of Noblesville, Indiana; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, George (Verna) Schwab of Florida; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hildebrand, who died May 29, 2014; parents; sister, Roberta McClain; and brothers, Dewey and Donald Schwab.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Bode, the Reid Cancer Center, and the staffs of Friends Fellowship Community and AseraCare Hospice for their excellent care of Dorothy.
Visitation and graveside services for Dorothy A. Hildebrand will be private. Burial will be at Abington Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Mills Funeral Home, 405 East Main, Centerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Asercare Hospice, 4427 Garwood Road, Richmond, IN 47374; Friends Fellowship Community, 2030 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374; or Reid Foundation for Cancer Care, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuner
Marlene (Seaney) Beard Metzger
Haines City FL - Marlene Metzger died September 18, 2015. Marlene is the oldest child of Earl and Ethel (Lamb) Seaney born in Richmond November 4, 1931.
She was reared in northern Ohio and moved back to the Richmond area and graduated from Economy School in 1949 where she married Cecil Beard. They had two daughters Kathryn (David) Boyce, now of Rochester, Illinois and Michelle (John) Fox of Richmond.
Marlene was secretary for many places, including Hayes and Hayes Arboretum, moving to Chicago area with Western, Cullen, Hayes. She pursued higher education her whole life and earned a degree from Governors College in Illinois.
While in Richmond she was active in Junior Players, Civic Theatre, and SPUR. She retired to Haines City, Florida and married Robert Metzger ten years ago.
Surviving in addition to her husband are her sisters, Rowena (Robert) Warner of Centerville and Earla (Michael) Pope of Wilmington, N.C., grandchildren Stephanie and Ben Fox of Richmond and Sarah Boyce from St. Louis and several great grandchildren, stepchildren, nieces nephews and cousins.
Cremation was in Florida and any services held will be later at the convenience of the family.
Meryl L. Moyer
Connersville – Meryl L. Moyer, age 77, of Connersville, died Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Reid Health.
Born April 10, 1938, in Preble County, Ohio, to William D. and Laverna F. Shelley Moyer, Meryl was a life-long resident of this area. He was a 1956 graduate of Greens Fork High School. Meryl was a United States Air Force veteran. He worked at Visteon Corporation as a data systems manager, retiring in 2000. He also worked for Independent Living Center as the bookkeeper and for Union County Soil and Water as the treasurer. Meryl was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in various positions including president, vice-president, treasurer, and deacon for 40 years. He was also a long time member of the No Name Bowling League. Meryl enjoyed traveling and golfing and was an I.U. Basketball fan.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Janice C. Bane Moyer, to whom he was married in 1956; son, Rodney L. Moyer of Cambridge City, Indiana; daughter, Melody L. Moyer of Centerville, Indiana; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Todd Moyer; sisters, Juanita J. Ullery and Marjorie M. McCashland; and brother, William Moyer. Visitation for Meryl L. Moyer will be from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 2015, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2300 West Main Street. Richmond, Indiana, with Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Nugent officiating. Burial will be in Greens Fork South Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2300 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Joseph "Joe" Allen Wise
Lake Wales, FL - Joseph "Joe" Allen Wise, age 86, of Lake Wales, Florida and formerly of Mooreland passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Wales, FL, Monday, October 12, 2015 with his family present, following an extended illness of several years. He was born June 12, 1929 in Mooreland, Indiana to the late Orval Benton and Eva Louise (Flinn) Wise.
He retired from Chrysler Corporation in New Castle after 30 plus years of service. He loved to fish in Canada, Michigan, and at Crooked Lake, which was right out his back door in Florida. Joe served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren as they were growing up and went to any activities of theirs that he could. He continued this with the great grandchildren also, and was the "family photographer" of all important family events. He was known for his "award-winning smile," as he called it. Joe told us he was "just a handsome guy."
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lavena (Fields) Wise; two daughters, Janet Conwell of Mooreland, and Cathy (Talbott) (husband, Joe) Atkins of Mays, IN; a son, Bruce Wise of Lake Wales, FL; grandchildren, Jenny Conwell of Mooreland, John Conwell of New Castle, April (Rick) Dugger of Savannah, GA, Kristi Talbott of Bryant, IN, Lori (Greg) Stansbury of New Castle, Brandon Wise (Brad O'sha) of Indianapolis, Allen Wise of Straughn and Caitlyn (Anthony) May of New Castle; great grandchildren, Spencer (Kenzie) Conwell, Jacob Hopkins, Aubrey Conwell, Elizah Conwell, Rebekah Conwell, Shelby May Dugger, Jeremiah Canterbury, Aleia Canterbury, Xander Stansbury, Mallory Stansbury, Jonus Stansbury; sister, Barbara (Bud) Cross of Economy, IN; and close friends, Bill and Joyce Shockley of Lake Wales, FL.
The family would like to thank Good Shepherd Hospice of Sebring, Florida for their care of Joe during his final days.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Burial will follow in Mooreland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2015 at the funeral home. Condolences and memories of Joe may be expressed at
Arthur J. “Shorty” Johnson
Hagerstown, IN- Arthur J. “Shorty” Johnson, 90, of Hagerstown, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Reid Health in Richmond, with his loving family by his side.
He was born on March 19, 1925 in Junction City, KY to Arthur Johnson, Sr. and Julia M. (Benedict) Johnson. He lived most of his life in Wayne County. He was a decorated Army veteran of WW II and a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church.
Shorty had a long career as a car salesman. First, with Ford for Meyers & Dodd, and then with Chevrolet for 3 different owners. He was a member of the Chevrolet Hall of Fame.
He was a member of William O. Frazier Post 333, American Legion, where he served as Commander in 1955 and 1956. On October 23, 1949 he married Jo Clair Rhodes and she survives. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Patti Johnson King (Rick) of Richmond, 4 grandchildren, Matt Ramey (Kim) of PA, Joshua Boyd (Elizabeth), Kristina King (Chango Noaks) and Kody King, all of Richmond; 10 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Heather and Jessica Ramey of PA, Caleb, Chylee, Christian and Kristen Boyd of Richmond, Jazmyn Noaks, Gunnar and Joscelyn Napier, all of Richmond; a sister, Jan Strong (Bob), of Longview, WA; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by siblings Eva Abel, Charles Johnson, Ruby Dale and Albert Allen Johnson. Services will be at 3:30 P.M. Saturday, October 17, at Culberson Funeral Home. Pastor Rodney Frieden will officiate. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, with military services by American Legion Post 333. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Friday and after 3 PM Saturday.
Shorty’s family wishes to express their gratitude to all of the staff at Rosebud Village, the nursing staff of the 5th floor at Reid, Culberson Ambulance Service, and Dr. Shaker and staff for their assistance during his illness.
Memorials may be made to Reid Foundation for Hospice or Hagerstown First United Methodist Church.
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