Obituaries Nettle Creek Gazette January 23, 2015    
Clara Joan Thompson
Former Nettle Creek Gazette guest columnist Clara Joan Thompson, 89, of Hagerstown, Ind., died on Friday, January 16, at Stonebrooke in New Castle, Ind. She was born July 5, 1925, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Rachel (Gourd) and John M. Williams. She was the eldest of four daughters born to the Williams family.
She graduated from Newton High School at age 16, and then went on to graduate from Boston University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, education and library science. She worked at Bowling Green University in Ohio, and also taught in Florence, Arizona and 29 Palms, California. After retiring, she lived in Camp, Ark.; Delta, Ohio; Anderson, Ind.; and finally Hagerstown, Ind.
She had five children: the late Emily Kuntz (Rod) Delta, Ohio; Chuck Thompson (Laura) of Fishers; Don Thompson (Pamela) of Pittsburg, Kansas; Martha Bowman (Bennie) of Hagerstown; and Dr. John Thompson (Debbie) of Pittsburg, Kansas. She had 16 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She also had many nieces and nephews. She had one surviving sister, Florence “Nicky” Rachel of Hobbs, New Mexico.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Ruth “Whiss” Patuto and Alice Batts, her husband, Donald Thompson, and her daughter, Emily Kuntz.
She donated her body to science, specifically at the IU School of Medicine.
A memorial service/celebration of life will be Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren, 5352 N. Brick Church Road, Hagerstown, officiated by the Rev. Harley Schultz. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., with the service at 6.
Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana.
Eugene “Blue” Shepherd
Eugene “Blue” Shepherd, age 61, passed away on Monday (January 19, 2015) at his home in Williamsburg. He was born on January 13, 1954 in Richmond to Oscar and Margaret Shepherd and had lived here all his life. He had worked as a metal fabricator for Richmond Homes, Wallace Metal, Maitlen Heating, and Southside heating supply for the last 30 years. Blue also loved to fish, and was a member of the Whitewater Valley Pool League for over 20 years. He also loved to play chess, texas hold ‘em poker, and play guitar. He will be missed by his dogs Blue & Lady.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years Martha Shepherd; Sons Mark Shepherd, Oscar Eugene Henderson Shepherd (Gene), Matthew Alan (Maggie) Shepherd; Brother Donnie (Debbie) Shepherd; grandchildren Benjamin Shepherd, Cole Matthew Shepherd, Joseph Anthony Lee Shepherd; sister in law Caroline Shepherd; brother in law David Mayse; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother Rev. Johnny Shepherd Lee Sr. and a sister Lois Jean Mayse.
Services were held on Friday January 23, 2015 in Oak Park Church (1920 Chester Blvd). Rev. John Shepherd Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Goshen Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to make a donation in Blue’s name may do so by sending donations to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (424 E. 92nd St New York, NY 10128-6804)
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Eloise (Irvin) Beeson
Eloise (Irvin) Beeson, age 82, of Hagerstown, passed away in her sleep on Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. She had been battling Dementia for 11 years and spent the final four years here on earth at Arbor Trace Nursing Home of Richmond. A special thank you goes out to the head nurses who loved her and took excellent care of her.
She was the daughter of Everett and Luva (Covalt) Irvin, born on November 4, 1932 in their Moreland farmhouse. She was a long time resident of the Nettle Creek area, from high school until her final 4 years of life. She married Walter Eugene Beeson during a military leave, on November 8, 1953, and went with him to finish up his final year of duty in Victorville, California. They recently celebrated 61 years of marriage.
Eloise was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. A gifted artist, loyal employee, a secretary of Perfect Circle between 1950 – 1963 and secretary of The Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren between 1968 – 2008, where she was a member for 68 years. She accepted Jesus into her heart as Lord and Savior at age 16, during a youth event, and served her God and church in addition to studying her Bible daily until two years before her death due to her loss of memory. She will always be remembered to her family and friends as a prayer warrior.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene Beeson of Hagerstown; 2 children, son, Brad (Lou Ann) Beeson of Brownsburg, and daughter, Valerie (Richard) Beeson Lyles of Atlanta; a brother, Lothair (Jean Anna) Irvin of New Castle; 5 grand children; 8 great grand children; numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
Visitation and celebration of her life will be from 5-7pm on Thursday, January 22, at Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown. Several of her pieces of art will be displayed. Funeral services will be held at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 23 with visitation one half hour prior to services. Pastor Brian Mackie will officiate. Burial will follow in Nettle Creek Friends Cemetery.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren and/or Alzheimer's Association.
Lisa D. Fisher
Economy – Lisa D. Fisher, 49, of Economy, Indiana passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Reid Hospital, Richmond. She was born on August 17, 1965 in New Castle, Indiana, the daughter of the late Melvin K. Fisher and Agnes (Barker) Fisher of Milton, Indiana. A loving mother to Natasha Eldridge Hamilton (husband Zach) of Dunreith and Chelsea N. Eldridge of Economy. A grandmother to Josiah (4), Trenton (6), Jacob (7). Other surviving relatives include a sister, Linda Fisher Robinson (husband Mike) of Huntersville, NC; nieces, Melanie and Meredith Robinson; nephew Mitchel Robinson; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lisa was a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School, Cambridge City, Indiana. Prior to her illness, she was an honor student at Ivy Tech College. She was an avid crafter. Lisa was very active in Henry County Relay for Life and was a great inspiration to most anyone she met. Most important to Lisa was being a mother and grandmother.
Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Melvin K. Fisher on February 28, 2004; uncle, George E. Fisher on October 23, 2009; grandmother, Ruby Fisher on July 17, 2010.
Family and friends may gather from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the funeral home. Rev. Jerry Ingalls and Rev. Ken Durham will officiate. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, Dublin with a celebration of life to follow at the Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 in Cambridge City.
Online condolences can be made at www.marshallanderleweinfuneralhome.com
John D. Morris
Williamsburg, IN – John D. Morris, age 57, of Williamsburg, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Reid Hospital.
Born January 21, 1957, in Richmond, Indiana, to John Wesley and Rosella Tandy Morris, John was a life-long resident of Richmond. He was a 1975 graduate of Richmond High School. John worked as Assistant Dairy Manager for Cox’s Supermarket for many years. He was the owner of Morris Auto Body for over 30 years. John was a football coach for Test Junior High School, Centerville High School, and Richmond High School. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Allen Yoder Morris to whom he was married on June 10, 1980; children, Tony A. (LeighAnn) Morris of New York and Nicole (Tim) Rowe of Richmond; granddaughter, Madison; mother, Rosella Morris of Richmond; siblings, Tony Dean (Renee) Morris of Kentucky and Connie Sue Morris of Richmond; niece; nephew; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation for John D. Morris will be from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Gerald G. Davis
Williamsburg, IN - Gerald G. Davis, 86, of Williamsburg, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Friends Fellowship Community.
He was born in Randolph County, Indiana on June 7, 1928 to Harry C. and Grace Kelley Davis. He was a 1946 graduate of Williamsburg High School. He married the former Evelyn Smith on June 12, 1949. They were blessed with four children and shared nearly 51 years of marriage before her death on May 1, 2000.
Gerald was a member of the Williamsburg Friends Meeting and had attended the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene. He was a dairy farmer for several years and drove a bulk truck for Wayne Dairy, from where he retired in 1993 after 30 years of service. He was an accomplished pianist who considered George Gershwin his favorite composer.
Gerald was a charter member of the Economy Lions Club and later was a member of the Williamsburg Lions Club. He was a member of Gideons International and enjoyed Bible study. He was an avid reader who also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He enjoyed traveling and was a fan of Cincinnati Reds baseball.
Gerald will be missed by his wife, Marie; daughters, Tambrey Williamson and her husband, David; Tallie Davis Lester and Tenley Horner and her husband, Verlin; son, Randy Davis and his wife, Ellie; Marie's children, Melva Kolopanis and her husband, Larry, Brenda Irvin and her husband, Randy; Cyndi Frame and her husband, Doug McKensie; Rita Frame; and Tim Frame and his wife, Julie; grandchildren, Emily (J.L) Gray, Tamra Davis, Molly Davis, Isaac (Erika) Horner, Taylor (Elizabeth) Horner, and Mary Horner; great-grandchildren, Zachary Gray, Quinn Gray, Hannah Horner and Natalie Horner; Marie's grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, first wife of 50 years, Evelyn Davis; and brothers Basil Davis and John Davis.
Rev. Pam Wooden will conduct a funeral ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 12 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Williamsburg Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Evelyn L. Davis Memorial Scholarship, c/o the IU Foundation, IU East Development Office, 2325 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374, or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Church Street Station, PO Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .
Jane L. Drake
Richmond, IN – Jane L. Drake, age 72, of Richmond, died Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Forest Park Health Campus.
Born January 2, 1943, in Richmond, to Glenn A. and Irene M. Patrick Bickel, Jane attended Richmond High School. She lived in Richmond for most of her life. Jane was a stenographer and did transcription for many offices in Richmond and Indianapolis. She attended Rock Solid Ministries. Jane loved having all six of her children together.
Survivors include her children, Kimberly (James Prince) Miller of Greens Fork, Indiana, Jack Jenkins of Richmond, Jerrold A. (fiancé, Wilma Stevens) Jenkins of Richmond, Tammi (Brett) Baker of Texas, Charles R. Garrett II of Richmond, and Cynthia K. (Jerry) Anthony of Kentucky; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jean Ann (Roland) Duning of Florida and Nancy (Clive) Anderson of Richmond; nieces; nephews; uncle, Lloyd K. Bickel of Texas; cousins; and many friends..
She was preceded in death by her infant granddaughter; great-granddaughter, Madalynn Vance; parents; and infant brother, Jackie Lee Bickel.
Visitation for Jane L. Drake will be from 12 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Chaplain Rick Alvey officiating. Private burial will be in Spring Lawn Cemetery in New Paris, Ohio, at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Help the Animals, Inc., P.O. Box 117, Richmond, IN 47375 or Rock Solid Ministries, 1024 East Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com
Sharon Newton
Richmond, IN – Sharon Newton, age 60, of Richmond, died Monday, December 29, 2014, at Reid Hospital surrounded by her family.
Born July 18, 1954, in Topeka, Kansas, to William F. and Mary K. Fitzgerald Mulanax, she had lived in this area since she was 20 years old. Sharon worked at Earlham College for over 15 years as a secretary in the Alumni Department and most recently in the Earlham post office. She was very proud of her American Indian heritage. Sharon was an avid knitter and quilter and she spun her own yarn. She enjoyed reading and taking pictures. Sharon loved her family dearly and treasured spending time with them.
Survivors include her husband, Gary A. Newton to whom she was married on May 28, 1999; sons, Ernest E. “B.J.” (Angie) Ables Jr. of Palhattan, Kansas and Travis L. (Jodie) Hissong of Valentine, Nebraska; step-daughters, Rachel M. (Bryan) Williams and Kimberly A. (Tom) Roberts, both of Connersville, Indiana; grandchildren, Matt, Jennifer, and Justin; step-grandchildren, Noah, Luke, Grace, Kaitlynn, Ethan, and Elise; mother, Mary K. Sadler of Silver Lake, Kansas; sister, Darlene (Rick) Irvin of Topeka, Kansas; brothers, Martin D. “Bud” Mulanax of Hoyt, Kansas and Ronald E. Mulanax of Grantville, Kansas; and special great-nephew, Miguel.
She was preceded in death by her father and brothers, Larry E. Mulanax and Stephen L. Mulanax.
Visitation for Sharon Newton will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, at Sugar Grove Community Church, 6404 Sugar Grove Road, Greens Fork, IN 47345. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Sugar Grove Community Church with Pastor Adam Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Reid Hospital Foundation for Cancer Care, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374 or Sugar Grove Community Church Memorial Fund, 6404 Sugar Grove Road, Greens Fork, IN 47345.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Shirley A. Beers
Richmond, IN - Shirley A. Beers, age 78, of Richmond, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Golden Living Center/Golden Rule.
Born June 8, 1936, in Richmond, Indiana, to Clifford and Thelma Argo Warmuth, she was a life-long resident of Richmond. Shirley retired from Alcoa-Silgan after 30 years as an inspector and machine operator. She had been a member of Tarum Shrine since 1976. Shirley enjoyed camping, reading, and making crafts. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Roxanne (Jimmy) Brown of Cedar Park, Texas, William East (Teresa) Resetar of Fountain City, Indiana, Robert Eugene Beers of Richmond, and Eugenia Gail Miller of Richmond; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Justin) Buchanan, Tyler Resetar, and Cory Brown; three great-grandchildren, Autumn Whalen, Landon Ozbun, and Kaydence Resetar; brother, Donald Warmuth of Laketon, Indiana; and sister, Sandra Tillery of Elwood, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Beers who died January 13, 2007; parents; and brother, David Abrams.
Visitation for Shirley A. Beers will be from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greens Fork South Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Tarum Shrine Ladies Inc., 305 N.W. I Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Pamela Jo Beckman
Richmond, IN - Pamela Jo Beckman, age 69, formerly of Richmond, died Friday, January 2, 2015, at Indiana University Health Hospital.
Born November 21, 1945, in Richmond, to John Carl and Bernice Coulter Beckman II, Pam was a 1964 graduate of Richmond High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ball State University in 1968 and her master’s degree in hospital administration from Indiana University. Pam earned her CPA and worked for many years for Hancock County Hospital.
Survivors include her brothers, Michael R. (Linda) Beckman of Richmond and John Carl Beckman III of Richmond; three nieces, Sarah Kelley of Indianapolis, Indiana, Julie (Dr. Darren) Meyer of Michigan, and Lisa (Tony) Kaiser of Vincennes, Indiana; five nephews, Michael S. (Rose) Beckman of New Castle, Indiana, Curtis A. Beckman of Fishers, Indiana, Matthew W. (Katelyn) Beckman of Greenfield, Indiana, Dennis Beckman of Richmond, and Brian (Betsy) Beckman of Greens Fork, Indiana; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; uncles, Bob Beckman of Richmond, Joe Beckman of Hollywood, Florida, and Russell Coulter of Richmond; cousins; and many friends, including Judi Beeson of Richmond and Sandy Ward of Atlanta, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Steven W. Beckman and his wife, Carolyn.
Visitation for Pamela Jo Beckman will be from 5 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 8, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Freda Naylor
Hagerstown, IN - Freda A. (Beeson) Naylor, 77, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Golden Living Center.
She was born at Greens Fork on December 2, 1937 to Gerald and Elizabeth (Stonecipher) Beeson and lived most of her life in the Hagerstown area.
Freda was a graduate of Hagerstown High School, was a retired employee of Perfect Circle / Dana Corp., and had been active with Interaction of Richmond and PWP.
Survivors include 3 children, Terry Black (Jack), Robert Naylor and W. David Naylor; 6 grandchildren, Jay Black, Christy Black Hutchens, Julie Black Baker, Jonathan Black, Tiffany Naylor and Lindsey Naylor; 3 great grandchildren; a brother, Jim Beeson and 2 sisters, Mary Jean Culy (Ed) and Peggy Gunn (Dwayne).
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Nora (Bruner) Beeson and 2 brothers, Jerome and Jerry Beeson.
A celebration of Freda's life will be held on Saturday, January 10, at The Meeting Place, 11 East Main St., Hagerstown from 2 to 6 P.M.
Culberson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
George W. Hamilton
George W. Hamilton 90 of Richmond died Friday January 2, 2015 at Forest Park Health Campus after a short illness. He was born August 7, 1924 in Richmond to James and Daisy Stewart Hamilton and lived here all of his life.
He retired from Dana/Perfect Circle Corporation after working 33 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving with the Corps of Engineers in the Pacific Theater. He attended Central United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Dana/Perfect Circle 25 Year Club, U.A.W. Labor Union, Kirk Little VFW Post #1108, and the Richmond Senior Community Center.
Survivors include two sons Mark W. (Grace) Hamilton of Seattle, Washington and Bruce Alan (Fran McClelland) Hamilton of Liberty, three step children Penni (John) Wagner of Harvard, Massachusetts, Pat (John) Myers of Arlington Massachusetts, and Mike Hensley of Hawaii, one brother Roy Hamilton of Dayton, Ohio, nieces and nephews. His wife Emogene died June 22, 2010, his parents and three brothers Edward, James Paul, and Robert Hamilton are also deceased.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday January 9, 2015 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Banker officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens with military honors. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Richmond Senior Center 1600 South 2nd Street Richmond, Indiana 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.stegallberheideorr.com.
Dorothy J. Dale
Hagerstown, IN - Dorothy (Joan) Dale, 76 of Hagerstown, passed away on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Golden Living Center of Richmond.
Born in Rickman, Tennessee on July 16, 1938, she was the daughter of Carson and Margie Wilson, and lived most of her life in the Hagerstown area.
Mrs. Dale was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a homemaker and mother to 5 children, and wife of 57 years to Voyle Dale of Hagerstown. She was a graduate of the Class of 1956. Mrs. Dale was a member of Bethesda Worship Center of Richmond.
She is survived by 5 children, Krista Moore (Terry), Tami McNeely (Robert), Gregory Dale (Robin), Deanna Jervis, Patrick Dale (Jeana), and sister Sharon Smith (David); 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren
Mrs. Dale was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Doug Wilson, Donald Wilson, Maurice Lee Wilson, Butch Wilson, Darrell Wilson and Reba McConnell and grandchild Dylan Dale.
Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Tuesday, Jan 6, at Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Jan 7 at 11:00am officiated by Patrick Dale.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's
Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011, or at www.alz.org.
A special thank you to Leann, and the staff at the Golden Living Center.
James Howard Beard
Williamsburg, IN - James Howard Beard, 90, of Williamsburg, passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at Reid Hospital.
He was born January 8, 1924 near Carlos, Indiana to Harry McClelland "Clell" and Myra Hunnicutt Beard. He was a 1942 graduate of Huntsville High School and was a US Army Air Corps veteran of World War Two. He married the former Betty Mosier on September 19, 1947 to begin a union that was blessed with a son.
Mr. Beard worked as a machinist, giving 30 years of service to Avco before moving over to Dana, from where he retired. He played on the Avco company softball teams of the 50's and 60's. He joined the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department in 1948 and continued to help out in any way he could until just a few years ago.
Mr. Beard will be missed by his wife of 67 years, Betty Beard; son, Ronald Beard; sisters, Charlotte Vanover and Esther Ankrom; brother, Chester Beard and several nieces & nephews.
Mr. Beard was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Frances Wise and Bessie Shook; and brothers Johnny Beard, Raymond Beard, Walter Beard and Harry Beard.
A graveside service will take place at a later date in Williamsburg Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be sent to the Williamsburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 74, Williamsburg, IN 47393 or the Williamsburg Community Center, PO Box 145, Williamsburg, IN 47393.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .
Eula K. Slaven
Richmond, IN – Eula K. Slaven, age 86, of Richmond, died Monday, December 29, 2014, at Reid Hospital.
Born March 17, 1928, in Wayne County, Indiana, to Thomas and Drucilla Moore Ramsey, she had lived in this area all of her life. Eula was a member of First Southern Missionary Baptist church. She enjoyed reading and sewing, particularly Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. Eula was a great cook and she liked giving things away. She loved spending time with her family. Her greatest joys were her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Donald G. (Carolyn) Slaven of Lynn, Indiana, Nancy Janet (Bill) Masters, of Richmond, Mary L. (Billy) Griffin of Richmond, and Rev. James E. “Jim” (Diana) Slaven of Hagerstown; grandchildren, Ellen K. Moistner, James R. Slaven, Nikki R. Patterson, Catherine M. Harris, and Kyle J. Slaven; several step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sons-in-law, Frank Fox of Richmond and David Brock of Centerville; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Grady B. Slaven who died on September 7, 2010; daughters, Rose Anna Fox and Jane “Janie” Brock; granddaughter, Debbie A. Slaven; parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Visitation for Eula K. Slaven will be from 5 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. James E. Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: First Southern Missionary Baptist Church, 1400 Holsapple Road, Richmond, IN 47374.
Eugene Retherford
Hagerstown, IN - A. Eugene "Doc" Retherford, 78, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Reid Hospital.
He was born in Richmond on August 11, 1936, the son of Glenn L. and Corinna M. (Beard) Retherford and was a life long resident of Wayne County. He lived most of his life in the Economy area.
He was a 1954 graduate of Hagerstown High School, a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church and of Hagerstown Lodge #49, F&AM. He was a farmer and a retired employee of Perfect Circle / Dana Corp. and a member of the 25 year club. Through most of his life, he was active with horse pulling.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley (Elwood) Retherford; two sons, Rick Retherford and Mike Retherford; two granddaughters, Linsey and Lauren and many cousins.
Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 30, at Culberson Funeral Home. Pastor Rodney Frieden will officiate. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 7 P.M. Monday.
Memorials may be made to Hagerstown First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Lori L. Rasmussen
Greenwood, IN - Dr. Lori L. (Lumpkin) Rasmussen, 51, of Greenwood, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Indiana University West Hospital.
She was born in Richmond on February 3, 1963, the daughter of James and Carol (Brown) Lumpkin. She lived in Hagerstown until moving to Greenwood in 1985.
Lori was a 1981 graduate of Hagerstown High School. She had been employed as a nurse practitioner at Indiana University Hospital, as a psychiatric nurse at Valley Vista, Methodist and St. Vincent hospitals, had taught nursing at IUPUI and Marian College, and was currently Assistant Professor at University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.
She attended Village Bible Church in Greenwood.
Survivors include her husband, Russ Rasmussen; her son, Will Rasmussen; her parents, Jim and Carol Lumpkin; an uncle, Andy Lumpkin (Leona) and three aunts, Chris Brown, Patty Oldaker and Janet Heaston. She was loved by all.
Private graveside services will be at the convenience of the family in West Lawn Cemetery, Hagerstown.
Memorials may be made to White River Library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, IN 46142, or to American Cancer Society or University of Indianapolis, School of Nursing, 1400 E. Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227.
Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown, is handling arrangements.
Michael Joseph Maddy, Sr.
Evansville, IN - Michael Joseph Maddy, Sr., 76, of Evansville, IN, where he had lived since August 2014, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014. He was born July 10, 1938, in New Castle, IN. He was the son of the late Richard and Florene (Rynearson) Maddy.
He was a 1956 graduate of Hagerstown Jr. Sr. High School, Hagerstown, IN, and attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Michael served in the U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Air Force for a total of 6 years, 9 months. He retired from Chrysler Corporation in New Castle, IN, July 31, 1991 as a Manufacturing Supervisor. He was a member of Eddyville Baptist Church in Eddyville, KY, and was a member of Gideons International. Michael and his wife had made their home in Homestead, FL, Gwinn, MI, Hagerstown, IN, Summerfield, FL, and Eddyville, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia (Nicholson) Maddy; daughter, Cynthia Louise Skinner of Newburgh, IN; son, Michael Joseph Maddy, Jr. of Richmond, IN; four grandchildren, Andrew Skinner, Jeffrey Skinner and Christin Skinner of Newburgh, IN, and Dustin Maddy of Richmond, IN; three great-grandchildren, Ella Skinner and Clara Skinner of Newburgh, IN and Evan Maddy of Richmond, IN. Also surviving is his sister, Shirley Hinshaw of New Castle, IN and his brother, Jerry Maddy of Atlantic Beach, FL.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Alexander Newburgh Chapel, Newburgh, IN, officiated by Brother Rodney Wallace with burial in Brick Cemetery, Hagerstown, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International for the purchase of Bibles.
Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderNewburghChapel.com.
Dorothy J. Harrison
Richmond, IN - Dorothy J. Harrison, age 82, of Richmond, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at her home.
Born December 17, 1931, in Maryville, Tennessee, to Chester and Mary Russell Potter, she had lived in this area since 1948. Dorothy worked for F.W. Woolworth Company for 17 years and retired from DANA Corporation in 1992 after 25 years of service. She had attended the Greens Fork Church of Nazarene.
Survivors include her husband, James Herschel Harrison to whom she was married on March 20, 1954; son, Larry Harrison of Pendleton, Indiana; grandsons, Jason Harrison and Steve Holscher; granddaughter, Helena Saunders; sisters, Rosalee Gibson of Alcoa, Tennessee, Reva Thompson of Greenback, Tennessee, and Jonell Gilbert of Sevierville, Tennessee; brother, Johnny Potter of Maryville, Tennessee; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one foster brother; and one foster sister.
A private funeral service for Dorothy J. Harrison will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Paul A. Mingus officiating. Entombment will be in Earlham Memorial Mausoleum. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1485, Richmond, IN 47375.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Thelma Lakes
Economy,IN - Thelma Lakes, 90, of Economy, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Golden Rule in Richmond.
She was born in Bond, KY on March 25, 1924, the daughter of Lee and Mary (King) Moore. She lived most of her life in Wayne County. During her early years, Thelma was a school teacher in Kentucky and she was a retired employee of Belden in Richmond. She attended Greens Fork Christian Church.
Survivors include four children, Charles Hubert Lakes, Sheila Bell (Jerry), Clifford Lakes, Jr. (Becky) and Phyllis Burton (Mark); eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Zola Hawkins and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Lakes, in 2006 and by two brothers, Fred Moore and Carl Moore.
Graveside services were Friday, December 19, in Economy Cemetery. There was no public calling.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or Achieva Resources.
Culberson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lisa (Dishner) Holliday
Richmond, IN - Lisa (Dishner) Holliday, age 56, of Richmond, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Wednesday, December 17, 2014.
She was born in Richmond on April 19, 1958 to Curtis and Jenny Hoch Dishner. She was a 1976 graduate of Northeastern High School and worked at Belden for 25 plus years. She enjoyed crocheting and crocheted hundreds of hats for patients at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. She loved photography, enjoyed working in her flower garden and creating memories with her grandkids.
Survivors include her daughter Tracy (Lefty) Hurd; special aunt Lil Dishner, step children Noah (Meaghen) Holliday, Shay (Artie) Re`, Marci (Cody) Grimes; sisters Gena (Clarence) Hyre, Linda Werner; brother James (Sue) Dishner; grandchildren Taylor Hartman, Alaina Hurd, Isaiah Hurd and 7 step grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Riggle Waltermann Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Animal Care Alliance of Richmond, 4101 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374.
Patricia Rexrode
Eaton, OH - Patricia A. Rexrode, 68, of Eaton, formerly of Fountain City, passed away on Sunday, December 14. She was born in Wayne County, Indiana on July 22, 1946 to Forrest and Eacel Harris Million. She was a 1966 graduate of Fountain City High School. Pat had formerly worked at Sears in Richmond and All Seasons Resort in New Paris. She later owned & operated The Mulch Guy. She was a former member of the Order of Eastern Star and White Shrine of Jerusalem, and attended New Garden Friends Church.
Pat loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed painting. She also enjoyed being outdoors, walking in the woods, fishing and camping.
Survivors include her daughter & son-in-law, Dawn & Jerry Jones; sons, Robert Larkin & his companion, Anita, and Shawn Patrick Larkin & his wife, Lyse; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Laboyteaux; brothers, Richard Million and Daniel Million.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Cleo Rexrode; and 2 brothers.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to Achieva Resources, PO Box 1252, 800 Mendleson Drive, Richmond, IN 47375 Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com.
Paul Rathke
Greens Fork, IN - Paul James Rathke, a longtime resident of Greens Fork, Indiana died in his sleep on December 20, 2014.
He was born October 15, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio to Rose (nee Dria) Rathke and Paul A. Rathke. His early youth foretold the remarkable technical interest and skills that were to chart the balance of his adult life; these included cheerfully dismantling the family car, lawn mower, and well pump, as well as building a homemade bug zapper that blew numerous fuses in the garage. Paul attended West Tech High School in Cleveland, where he ran track and cross country, and worked after school as a toolmaker’s apprentice in a local machine shop. During this time he met his wife of 57 years, Genevieve (nee) Nader Rathke whom he married on October 26, 1957 at St. Maron’s Catholic Church in Cleveland.
Prior to his marriage to Genevieve (Genie), Paul served an 18-month stint in the US Army near Stuttgart, Germany, a welcome assignment for the proud son of a German father and Austrian mother. He had learned basic German from his parents, who - given the spirit of the times - insisted he speak polished English (which he did) at home almost exclusively. His time in Stuttgart allowed him to enlarge his practical spoken German, a skill that was to prove invaluable in subsequent employment with Ford Motor Company, where he spent the majority of his professional career and carried out numerous overseas assignments.
Paul began his formal study of engineering and industrial management at Kent State University, which was interrupted for a time by the births of Michael and Kathleen. He completed his university coursework in 1967 at JFK College in Omaha, Nebraska. Having been previously hired as a Process Engineer at Ford’s Cleveland engine plant, he continued in this post until moving with his family to Wayne County, Indiana in 1977. Once in Indiana, he secured a position with Ford/Visteon in Connersville, where he worked in numerous engineering capacities until his retirement in 2001. Being fully retired seems not to agree with many engineers, and Paul was no exception. In 2005 he became an integral part of his son Michael’s pipe organ building workshop where he wore a truly amazing number of hats, including tool design and manufacture, plant engineering, purchasing, machine setup & calibration, and general manufacturing supervision. He died while still actively involved in the company’s day-today operations, where he will
be sorely missed for his technical skills, encyclopedic knowledge of metal machining and metallurgy, patient and insightful teaching, and overall humorous and charitable nature.
Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Genevieve Rathke, as well as children Michael (Leesa) Rathke of Spiceland and Kathleen (her husband, Donald Rogers) Rathke of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Jesse Crownover, Lee Crownover, and Kerri Kircher; one greatgranddaughter Tillie Jo Crownover; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. On Monday, 22 December 2014 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City, Indiana.,where there will be a Rosary Service at 4 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. On Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Cambridge City, where Paul was a longtime parishioner and served in numerous capacities of parish leadership and church building preservation.
Online condolences to www.waskoms.com
Ruth Ann Lahmann
Richmond, IN – Ruth Ann Lahmann, age 76, of Richmond, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Golden Living Center – Golden Rule.
Born June 6, 1938, in Richmond, to Roy and Amelia Bundy Davis, Ruth was a life-long resident of Richmond. She was a 1956 graduate of Richmond High School and attended Manchester University. Ruth was a substitute teacher for Richmond Community Schools. She was a member of the Church of the Open Door.
Survivors include her husband, Alan C. Lahmann, to whom she was married on April 2, 1960; daughters, Donna Backmeyer of Richmond, Mariann (Bob) Albers of Connersville, Indiana, Deborah (Glenn) Remsen of Charleston, South Carolina, and Susan K. (Ryan) Van Middlesworth of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; sons, Alan C. (Linda) Lahmann Jr. of Richmond and Michael G Lahmann of Richmond; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sharon Starr of Florida; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold Davis; and grandson, Johnathan Alan Lahmann.
Visitation for Ruth Ann Lahmann will be from 1 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor Keith Vincent officiating. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, Memorial & Honors Program, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or American Heart Association/Stroke Association, Midwest Affiliate, Memorials & Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at www.doanmillsfuneralhome.com.
Robin Eric Foust
HagerstowN, IN - Robin Eric "Rob" Foust, 48, of Hagerstown, died Sunday, December 14, 2014.
He was born in Richmond on October 24, 1966 and was a life long resident of the Hagerstown area.
Rob was a member of Hagerstown First United Methodist Church. He attended Vincennes University and was a graduate of Repperts School of Auctioneering. He was Recreation Leader at CIF in Pendleton, where he had been employed for the past 18 years. He was a member of Hagerstown Lodge #49, F&AM and was co-owner of G & F Auctioneering. He was active with coaching the Hagerstown High School swim and dive teams, and enjoyed dancing.
Survivors include his mother, Nicole (Brault) Foust; two children, Righley Foust and Sophie Foust; their mother, Aimee Foust; a brother, Marc Foust; a sister, Brenda Stinson; a niece, Casey McNamara; a nephew, Larry McNamara and a special friend, Bill Graham.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Foust and a son, Davis Foust.
Services were Monday, December 22, in Culberson Funeral Home. Pastor Rodney Frieden officiated with burial in West Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
Thelma Lakes
Economy, IN - Thelma Lakes, 90, of Economy, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Golden Rule in Richmond.
She was born in Bond, KY on March 25, 1924, the daughter of Lee and Mary (King) Moore. She lived most of her life in Wayne County. During her early years, Thelma was a school teacher in Kentucky and she was a retired employee of Belden in Richmond. She attended Greens Fork Christian Church.
Survivors include four children, Charles Hubert Lakes, Sheila Bell (Jerry), Clifford Lakes, Jr. (Becky) and Phyllis Burton (Mark); eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Zola Hawkins and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Lakes, in 2006 and by two brothers, Fred Moore and Carl Moore.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 A.M. Friday, December 19, in Economy Cemetery. There will be no public calling.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or Achieva Resources.
Culberson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dorothy Atkinson
Dorothy F. Atkinson, age 77, of Richmond, died Saturday morning (December 6, 2014) at Arbor Trace. She was born in Paint Lick, Kentucky on January 7, 1937 to Oscar and Ellen Bowling Beasley and had lived in Richmond most of her life.
She worked several years at Golden Rule Nursing Home where she provided compassionate care for the elderly and disabled. She also worked at MCL Cafeteria where many will remember her as the lady with the brightest smile. In her later years, she helped several members of the elderly community gracefully and peacefully find their way home. Dorothy was known as the neighborhood mom who cared for and gave sanctuary to many neighborhood children. She greatly enjoyed being a homemaker, was a proud mother and loved the Lord. She attended Fountain City Wesleyan Church.
Survivors include her sons Earl (Karen Johnson) Thompson of Richmond, Daryl (Beverly Henderer) Thompson of Albany, Indiana and Butch (Becky) Thompson of Richmond; brother Earl Beasley of Kentucky; sisters Elizabeth DeShon of Kentucky, Mary Callico of Williamsburg, Indiana and Neva McGinnis of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Thomas Atkinson, her daugher, Holly Venese Thompson and her brother, Gilbert Beasley are also deceased.
Services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday (December 9, 2014) in Riggle - Waltermann Mortuary. Pastor Greg Boyce will officiate. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday (December 9, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:000 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children;s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
www.riggle-waltermann.com
William M. Brown
New Castle, IN - William "Bill" M. Brown, 81, of New Castle passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Center. He was born January 2, 1933 in Hagerstown the son of Harlan and Lena Brown.
Bill was a graduate of Hagerstown High School and later served with the U.S. Army. He retired from Dana Corporation in 1992 and had been active with Henry County 4-H most of his life where he raised and showed pigs. Bill was an avid gardener and loved sharing his crop with everyone.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ivorine "Starr" Brown of New Castle; children, Kevin Brown of Avon, Dawn (Al) Mihic of Middletown; son in law, Jeff Riesden of Middletown; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter; siblings, Janet Pope of Hagerstown, Richard Brown of New Castle; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Venus Riesden; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Memorial services were Friday, December 19, 2014 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Condolences and memories of Bill may be shared at www.hinsey-brown.com.
John Scott Minner
Richmond, IN - John “Scott” Minner, age 52, passed away on Sunday (December 7 2014) at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Richmond on April 13 1962 to John and Glenda Minner and had lived here all his life.
Scott loved being around people, and will be deeply missed by his family and close friends.
Survivors include his mother Glenda Minner; Sisters Kathy Cole & Michele Tieman; Nephews Bradley Shaffer & Bryan (Valerie) Shaffer; and a great nephew Ross Cate.
He is preceded in death by his father John C. Minner.
Private services will be conducted on Friday (December 12, 2014) in Riggle - Waltermann Mortuary. Pastor Paul Mingus will officiate. Burial will follow in Greens Fork South Cemetery. There will be no public calling www.riggle-waltermann.com
 
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