Obituaries Western Wayne News, July 3, 2015    
Neva Arvela Myers Burns
Troy, OH - Neva Arvela Myers Burns, age 102, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2015, surrounded by loving family at her current residence in Troy, Ohio, where she lived with her son, Marvin Myers and daughter-in-law Ruth.
Born on June 25, 1913 in Cambridge City, IN to Arvel Paul and Essie Myers, she graduated from Cambridge City High School in 1931. Neva moved to Connersville in 1932 and resided there until 2009 when she moved to Troy, OH. Neva was married to Eldon C. Myers and later widowed from Glen V. Burns, both of Connersville. She was a wonderful mother to three sons, Paul deceased 2015, Ralph of Hudson, FL, and Marvin of Troy, OH, and was proud of her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
In Connersville, she was a Cub Scout Leader for many years, an employee of St. Gabriel’s School for 20 years, active at the Senior Citizens Center in Connersville, an avid reader and gardener, and loved to play bingo and cards. She enjoyed trips to Florida to visit her son Ralph Myers and daughter-in-law Lucy. In her later years, she was cared for by her daughter-in-law, Marla Brown Myers, widow of Paul Myers. Her sister, Nancy Paul Rich, passed in 2015.
Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Monday July 6, 2015 at Miller Moster Robbins Funeral Home, 1704 N. Grand Ave., Connersville, IN 47331 followed by a Memorial service where friends and family are invited to share thoughts and memories of Neva.
Family and friends may call from 11 AM until 1 PM Monday at Miller Moster Robbins Funeral Home or anytime online at
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Connersville Senior Center, 477 N. Grand Ave., Connersville, IN 47331 and Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St, Toledo, OH 43699.
George Edward Parkhurst
Coleville, CA - George Edward Parkhurst, 79, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Coleville, California. He was born on September 19, 1935 to Otto and Sarah Parkhurst in New Lisbon, Indiana. He was one of eleven children. George joined the United States Navy in 1949 and served six years during the Korean War. While in the Navy, he served on the U.S.S. Henry W. Tucker. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Indiana to meet the love of his life, Shirley Ann Parkhurst. They were married November 16, 1958 in Cambridge City, Indiana. George was the father of four sons, Thomas Dale, Stacy Bill, Duane Edward, and Anthony Wayne. George raised his family in Hagerstown, Indiana while working at the Ingersoll Rand Steel Mill until his retirement in 1974. George also farmed all of his life and enjoyed coon hunting in the wintertime and fishing in the summer. George and Shirley later moved to Harlingen, Texas due to George’s health where they stayed for twelve years. During those years, George spent most of his time on the water doing what he loved - fishing. In 1991, George and Shirley moved to Gardnerville, Nevada to be closer to family. They lived there for ten years before returning to San Antonio, Texas where they stayed for seven more years. When George and Shirley where told that their Son, Anthony, would be retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 2006 they moved to Walker, California to live and be closer to family. In George’s final years, he was a life member of the V.F.W., Cooties, D.A.V., and the American Legion. George was also a proud supporter of all active duty, retired, and former military members. George loved all things about the military and what it stands for. George was also active in his grandchildren’s sports and events. He never failed to be at sports events to cheer them on. George was a very kindhearted man and would do anything for anyone. He had a personality that all loved and enjoyed. He enjoyed being in the outdoors: from gardening, cutting wood, hunting and fishing, or just sitting in his porch swing watching the wildlife, you could always find him outside. George always appreciated the little things in life and raised his sons and grandchildren to appreciate them as well.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Shirley Ann; sons Thomas Dale, Duane Edward and wife, Anthony Wayne and wife; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by one son, Stacy Bill Parkhurst.
George will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and people that knew him. A memorial service with military honors provided by the William O. Frazier American Legion Post 333 will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana. Speaker John Lawson will officiate. Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Jennie J. Mahoney
Dubin, IN - Jennie J. Mahoney, 87, of Dublin, passed away early Friday morning, June 26th , 2015 at Ambassador Healthcare in Centerville, Indiana. A daughter of the late Ernest and Thelma (Crull) Paul, Jennie was born in Dublin, Indiana on March 24, 1928. She was a graduate of Hagerstown High School with the class of 1946 and has lived most of her life in the Dublin community. A homemaker, she had worked at Doll’s Market and K & J Drive- In. In her leisure, Jennie enjoyed visiting with friends, crocheting, puzzle work and flower gardening. She was a member of the Dublin Friends Meeting.
Survivors include 2 children, Michael W. (Nancy) Mahoney of Cambridge City and Nancy L. (Paul) Herr of Florida; 3 grandchildren, Stacey (Daryl) Bertsch of Cambridge City, Sonia Brown of New Castle and Jeremy Brown of Cambridge City; 10 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mary O. (James) Shepherd of Winchester and Katherine Sue Thornton of Utah; several nieces and nephews.
Jennie was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Warren G. Mahoney on January 31, 1998. They were married in Hagerstown on January 17, 1947; grandson, Rob Mahoney on May 22, 1998; great granddaughter, Chloe Bertsch on August 31, 1996; 2 brothers, Ernest and Harold Paul; 2 sisters, Ethel Smith and Veda Moschel and an infant sister.
Funeral services for Jennie Mahoney will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday June 30, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Burial will follow at the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday June 29th from 4-8 p.m.
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Dublin Public Library- P.O. Box 188/ Dublin, IN 47335
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Thelma M. Ellington
Richmond, IN - Thelma M. Ellington, age 94, of Richmond, died Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Rosebud Village.
Born May 31, 1921, in Jeffersonville, Ohio, to Lee and Bertha Spangler Huffman, Thelma lived most of her life in Richmond. She was a graduate of Raleigh High School and worked for Belden Wire & Cable. Thelma had been a member of First Church of God in Richmond.
Survivors include her son, Darl (Cheryl) Ellington; three grandchildren, Cory and Jeff Ellington and Kimberly Blanton; three great-grandchildren, Shea and Hunter Ellington and Wyatt Blanton; sisters, Rosie Rybolt of Cambridge City, Indiana, and Norma Randall of Lebanon, Indiana; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Malcolm Ellington, who died on July 9, 1993; son, Robert Ellington; parents; brothers, Robert, John, Wayne, Ronald, and Albert Huffman; and sister, Louise Thompson.
Visitation for Thelma M. Ellington will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Register officiating. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
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James C. Rogers
Connersville, IN - James C. Rogers, 65, a native of Connersville passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 in Berea, Kentucky.
He was born July 11, 1949 in Connersville, the son of John "Jaybird" and Effie Keen Rogers and he was a 1968 graduate of Connersville High School.
On May 22, 1998, he was married in the Milroy Baptist Church, Milroy, Indiana to Joyce Ann Grant. Mrs. Rogers passed away May 15, 2013. Following her death, Jim moved to Berea, Ky recently to be near his family.
For over 20 years, he was employed at D & M, following its closing for several years, he was employed at Brown’s Heating & Cooling until his retirement due to ill health.
He enjoyed fishing, raising chickens and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include three children, Jimmy Rogers of Berea, KY, Darla Rogers of Connersville and Dawn (Donald) Haley of Greensburg, IN; four grandchildren, James R. (Raymey) Hickman, Jessica (William) Kinnett, Nick Rogers and Jordan Rogers; three great-grandchildren, Raelyn, Landon and Jacob; five sisters, Patricia Day of Cambridge City, Joyce (Kenny) Kirk of Plainfield, IN, Wanda Spurgin, of Connersville, Pamela Wright of Rushville and Anna McWhorter of Cincinnati, OH;
many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his wife, Joyce, he is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Jaden, his parents and five sisters, Mildred, Mary, Betty, Johnetta and Barbara.
Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Friday, June 19, 2015 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home where friends may call from 1 PM until 3 PM on Friday. Family and friends may also visit at
Donna Jean Protsman
Straugn, IN – Donna Jean Protsman, 76, of Straughn passed away Sunday afternoon June 21, 2015 at I.U.- Ball Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. A daughter of the late Elmer and Freda (Summan) Walters, Donna was born in Straughn, Indiana on August 20, 1938. She was raised in the Bentonville community and attended school there until they no longer provided a high school program, she then transferred to Straughn High School and graduated with the class of 1956. After high school Donna worked at Insurance of North America in Richmond until 1964. She was a devoted and loving wife and mother, after her children were born she was a stay at home mom. She attended the Straughn Community Chapel and was a member of the Women’s Fellowship there. In her leisure she enjoyed reading.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Larry Protsman, whom she married at the Bentonville Christian Church on September 9, 1962; 2 children, Chris (Angela) Protsman of Spiceland and Lori Protsman of Indianapolis; 2 granddaughters, Kayla and Paige Protsman; 1 great grandson, Kian; 1 brother, LaVerne Walters; nieces and nephews.
Donna was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Martha Ewing and infant Darlene Walters; 1 nephew, Greg Ewing.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday June 25, 2015 at the Straughn Community Chapel. Pastor Dave Branham will officiate. Burial will follow at the Ebenezer Cemetery, southwest of Straughn. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday June 24 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin, where online condolences can be made anytime at
Memorial Contributions can be made to the Straughn Community Chapel- P.O. Box 162/ Straughn, IN 47387 or the Cancer Society of Henry County Fund/ P.O. Box 6006- New Castle, IN 47362.
Francis Marion Rogers
Straughn, IN- Francis Marion Rogers, 85, passed away on Monday June 8, 2015 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
A son of the late George D. and Lilly (Keith) Rogers, Marion was born in Raleigh, Indiana on October 30, 1929.
He attended school in Lewisville and graduated from Straughn High School with the class of 1948. Marion was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed basketball and football. During his high school years he was well known for his lightening speed on the basketball court and played on the All Conference Team. He also enjoyed golfing at the American Legion Golf Course in New Castle and Hartley Hills Country Club where he was a former member. He had also coached a Babe Ruth Baseball Team in Cambridge City and was voted Manager of the Year. Marion enlisted into the United States Army and served his country in the 1st Calvary Division during the Korean War. For his honorable service from 1948-1952, Marion was awarded the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge and Korean Service Medal w/ 5 Bronze Battle Stars and discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class. He had worked at PHILCO in Connersville prior to becoming Postmaster at the Straughn Post Office and retired from there in 1989 after 28 years of service. To receive his appointment as Postmaster in 1961, Marion’s name was read on the floor of the United States Congress, unopposed, he received his proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy. His memberships include the Straughn Community Chapel and a 38 year member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152. In his leisure, Marion enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former Marilyn J. Murphy whom he married in Lewisville on March 23, 1952; 2 children, Michael Rogers of Sellersburg and Melinda Williams of Jacksonville, FL; 2 grandchidren, Michael (Sarah) Rogers II and Tabitha Ann Rogers; 1 great granddaughter, Lyda Rogers; 1 brother, Roscoe Rogers of New Castle; nieces and nephews.
Marion was preceded in death by 4 siblings, Nila Fairchild, Avis Baumgartner, Bess Duckworth and George Lee Rogers.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday June 12, 2015 at the Lewisville Cemetery. Rev. Marion Hickman officiated. Military Honors were provided by the Unted States Army Honor Guard and the Knightstown American Legion.
Online condolences can be made at
Carolyn F. Vickers
Dublin, IN - Carolyn F. Vickers, 73 passed away on Saturday June 13, 2015 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. A daughter of the late James Samuel and Minerva (Dixon) Lynch, Carolyn was born in McKee, Kentucky on April 22, 1942. She moved to Indiana and the Cambridge City area from Kentucky and has made her home in Dublin since 1977. A homemaker, Carolyn had worked at PRC (Cinram) in Richmond for 13 years in the shipping department. Carolyn volunteered much of her time to the community. She visited area nursing homes and participated in activities with the residents. As a member of the Dublin Community Club and the Do-Gooders, she prepared food and assisted at funeral dinners and was also a member of the Straughn Community Chapel. Carolyn was an avid vegetable and flower gardener and in her leisure, enjoyed quilt making, reading and spending time outdoors cutting wood.
Survivors include 2 children, Karen Diane Sorrell of McKee, KY and Lowell Vincent Vickers of Dublin; 4 grandchildren, Lucas and Jacob Lowery and Dakota and Victoria Vickers; 3 sisters, Kathryn Vickers of Kentucky, Jean Stienbeck of Texas and Mary Lambert of Dublin; 4 brothers, Randall Lynch of Connersville, Melvin, Clayton and Dale Lynch all of McKee, KY; nieces and nephews.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell L. Vickers on February 13, 2011. They were married in McKee, Kentucky on August 14, 1959; 1 sister, Margaret Angel on September 13, 2010; 2 nephews, Gary and Bart Angel.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Burial will follow at the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday June 16th at the funeral home.
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Keith Cox
Milton, IN - Keith Cox, 72, of Milton, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. He was born on September 1, 1942 in Abington Twp. to Charles R. and Gertrude Mae (Cain) Cox.
Keith was a graduate of Straughn Hish School. He was a farmer and a retired truck driver having worked for Rollins Trucking. His hobbies included playing bridge and eucher.
Keith is survived by his wife of 22 years, Pam (Transier) Cox; 3 daughters, Barb Cox, Angela (Bart) Pyle and Lisa (Jim) Becker; 4 sons, Bryan Cox, Kevin Cox, John Allen and Scott (Courtney) Allen; siblings, Bob (Jeanne) Cox, Ward (Nancy) Cox, Betty Darrah, Alma McClurg and Helen Smith; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 12:00 noon until start of service at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City, IN. Pastor Ralph Morris will be officiating. Burial will follow in Westside Cemetery in Milton.
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Joseph M. "Joe" Bell
Cambridge City, IN - Joseph M. "Joe" Bell, 41 of Cambridge City and a native of Connersville passed away Friday evening, June 12, 2015 in the Emergency Room of Fayette Regional Health System.
He was born July 22, 1973 in Connersville, the son of Paul J. and Yolanda Burge Bell and had attended Connersville schools.
For a period of time, he was employed in residential construction.
Along with his family, he had attended the First Baptist Church of Connersville.
Survivors include his father, Paul J. Bell and wife, JoAnn of Connersville; a sister, Jennifer Lynn Milton of Richmond; a brother, Paul W. Bell and wife, Polly of Cambridge City, IN; a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Yolanda K. Bevins and his grandparents.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at a later date. Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and family and friends may also visit at
Gertrude E. West
Richmond, IN – Gertrude E. West, 85, of Richmond passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at Reid Hospital. She was born on December 2, 1929 in Independence, Missouri to John and Blanche Hoy. Gertrude married Charles E. West on December 31, 1947 in Richmond. In her early years, Gertrude worked at Decca Records and later at Graham Cleaners. She enjoyed bowling, sewing, and was an active member of Bethesda Worship Center.
Survivors include her children, David E. West of Spokane, Washington, Kristy M. Lakes of Ridge Manor, Florida, Valerie L. Taylor and Mike (Joy) West all of Richmond; grandchildren, Charles E West II, Andrew D. West, David E. West, Jr., Douglass Lakes, Melissa Lakes, Lori McCracken, Beth Elmore; step grandchildren, Michael, Brandy, Chasity Clark, Nicholas and Laila Cole; nine great-grandchildren; 15 step great-grandchildren.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles, on July 2, 2005; great-grandson, Joseph Wyatt Elmore; brothers, John and Charles Hoy.
Family and friends may gather from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Kendall Harris will officiate. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, Dublin.
Online condolences can be made at
Marcella Carter
Richmond, IN - Marcella Carter, 95, of Richmond, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Friend's Fellowship in Richmond. She was born on April 17, 1920 in Hiser's Station, IN to Anton and Ruth (Hiser) Arnheiter.
Marcella attended Cambridge City Central School. She married Paul M. Carter, on December 17, 1938. She was a homemaker and with Paul farmed in Brownsville and Liberty until 1977. Marcella was a member of the Union County Historical Society, a Liberty Library board member, a volunteer and served on the volunteer board at Reid Hospital, a member of the Whitewater Valley Artist Association and was a well known painter. She also was a musician, who along with her husband played square dances and at East Haven State Hospital to entertain the patients.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol (Bruce) Burch of Rushville; 7 grandchildren, Tina Carter, Dawn Carter, Michael Burch, Mark Burch, Rebekah Keasling, Rachel Miller and Sarah Burch; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 59 years, Paul M. Carter, on May 9, 1998; a son Phillip M. Carter and a brother Malcom Hiser.
Friends may call from 11 am until the start of the service at 12 noon on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City with Derek Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Zion's Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union County Historical Society.
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Thomas E. Woodward
Lewisville, IN - Thomas E. Woodward, 63, passed away on Sunday evening June 7, 2015 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. A son of Max Thomas and Phyllis (Wallace) Woodward, Tom was born in New Castle, Indiana on September 7, 1951. He was raised and lived most of his life in the Straughn community before moving to Greenfield in 2010. A graduate of Straughn High School with the class of 1969 he received his Bachelors Degree in English Education from Indiana University- Bloomington in 1973 and a Masters Degree in Administration from Ball State University. He began his teaching career at Carthage Middle School and retired in 2009 from Tri High School in Henry County after a total of 36 years as an educator. Tom was an English Teacher and nurtured his passion of words and reading by working as a Sports Writer for the Courier Times newspaper for over 20 years. Tom was a “people person” and enjoyed spending time with his students and friends outside of the classroom by coaching girl’s basketball and track, boy’s football, announcing at sporting events and being the academic sponsor for the Senior class and the National Honor Society.
Tom is survived by his mother; wife of 40 years, the former Cathy Wright. They were married in Carthage on May 31, 1975; daughter, Christine M. (Brian) Moline of Milan; 2 granddaughters, Ava and Morgan; sister, Sandy (Jack) Myers of Filmore; 2 nephews, Matthew Tibbs and Joe Myers.
Tom was preceded in death by his father on September 19, 1992 and his sister, Jeri Lou Tibbs on April 16, 2013.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the start of the funeral service at 7 p.m. on Friday June 12, 2015 at the Erlewein Mortuary- 1484 West U.S. Hwy. 40 in Greenfield, Indiana 46140.
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions can be made to the South Henry Scholarship Fund- 6972 S. State Road 103- Straughn, IN 47387.
The Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel has been entrusted with the arrangements where online condolences can be made any time at
Haskell E. Blackburn
Cambridge City, IN - Haskell E. Blackburn, 89, passed away on Tuesday June 2, 2015 at the Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Indiana. A son of the late Samuel O. and Eulis (York) Blackburn, Haskell was born in Clinton County, Kentucky on April 5, 1926. Haskel was raised on a farm in Straughn, Indiana and graduated from high school there. He served his country with honor in the United States Army during World War II. Haskel enjoyed farming and was also owner/operator of Blue Sunoco Service Station on the corner of 16th and Broad Streets in New Castle for several years. He also worked as a manager for area Shell Service Stations. In his leisure, Haskell enjoyed horse racing and all sports. He was a member of the Free & Accepted Masons Lodge #72 in Lewisville.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 65 years, the former Joan M. Fagan. They were married at the Jacksonburg Christian Church on December 17, 1950. Nieces and nephews; sister in-law, Rosemary Blackburn of Cambridge City; good friends, John and Mary L. Adamson.
Haskel was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Glen, Paul, Delmar and Earl Blackburn; sisters, Pauline Wools, Judy Donofrio.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at Jacksonburg Cemetery. Stan Eastman will officiate. Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at
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