Obituaries Western Wayne News, September 30, 2014    
Mark Randall Ervin
Cambridge City, IN - Mark Randall Ervin, 62, of Cambridge City, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, September 27, 2014, at his residence.
One of four children, he was born October 25, 1951 in Connersville, the son of Jerald K. and Jacqueline Jewel Ervin. He was a 1969 graduate of Connersville High School and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from Ball State University in 1973 and 1981, respectively.
On November 9, 2003, he was married to Amy Beard of Milton, Indiana.
He began his teaching career at Lincoln High School in Cambridge City and was most committed to his craft from more than thirty-eight years; during his tenure, he has been honored with many exemplary honors: I Star Teaching Awards (1997, 2002 & 2007). For more than twenty-five years, he also taught at Ivy Tech of Richmond. For more than twenty-five years, he worked part-time at Wells Lumber in Connersville, was elected to a three-year term on the Connersville City Council (1979-1981) and was appointed to the Connersville Utilities Board (1982-1988); additionally, he was also involved as a high school baseball, wrestling and assistant football coach, was a Boy Scout Leader and CCYL volunteer baseball coach for more than twelve years. A dedicated member of the local chapter of the Indiana State Teachers Association, he was also past local president of the said entity on three separate occasions. He was 1st Vice President of the Cambridge City Kiwanis Club and a previous member of the Connersville Elks Lodge.
In his leisure, he enjoyed taking care of his home, playing his guitar, listening to music and spending time with his loving family.
Survivors, besides his beloved wife of ten years, Amy, include seven children, Jennifer Ervin and Ashlee Sturgill and her husband Trent, both of Indianapolis, Spencer Ervin and his wife Liz of Winnebago, Illinois, Kaitlyn Ervin of Indianapolis, Olivia Herron and her husband Michael of Fort Stewart, Georgia, Desmond and Ressie Ervin, both at home, four grandchildren, Spencer Jr, Brady and Grace Ervin, all of Winnebago, and Kellen Dych of Indianapolis, two brothers, Jerald Ervin and his wife Debbie of Connersville and Jeffrey Ervin and his wife Bethan of Richmond, Indiana, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerald and Jacqueline Ervin, a daughter, Minnie Randall Ervin, who died February 22, 2007, and a sister, Jacqueline Kay Pflum.
Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to attend Graveside Services will be held 11 AM Thursday at Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. They may also call at Lincoln High School Gymnasium from 4 until 8 PM on Wednesday or anytime online at
Memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes.
Mary Jane Morrison Stapleton
Richmond, IN - Mary Jane Morrison Stapleton, age 94, died Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014 at Forest Park Health Campus where she had resided for three years.
She was born August 16, 1920 in Richmond, Indiana to Charles and Muriel Chesnut Morrison. Mary Jane married John H. Stapleton on August 9, 1947 in Richmond and celebrated their 63rd anniversary before his passing on March 19, 2011.
As a young woman she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and enlisted in the Marines, but was not called to active duty before World War II ended. Mary Jane retired from Belden in 1978 after 28­ years. She was a switchboard operator, timekeeper and spent most of her years as secretary in the Wire Mill office. She was an active member of the 25 Year Club and an officer of the Belden Live Wires. Mary Jane enjoyed many years of part time employment at Hoppe Jewelers beginning when Mary and Bob Hoppe had their first store on South 8th Street. After her retirement she enjoyed working part time at Teacher’s Helpers, coowned by her dear friend Geneva Menze. She volunteered at Reid Hospital, Oak Ridge Convalescent Center, Community Food Pantry, the Chamber of Commerce, in her daughter’s classroom at Rose Hamilton Elementary School and served on the board of Interfaith Apartments. She enjoyed bowling, reading, crossword puzzles, playing solitaire and singing in the I.U. East Community Chorus. She and John spent part of their retirement years in the 1980’s and 90’s traveling the U.S., particularly the southwestern states. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church where she sang in the Senior Choir, served on the Evangelism Board and volunteered in the church office.
Survivors include daughter Debbie Stapleton, special daughter Suzie Oaks, son Jim Stapleton, daughter-in-law Lannie Stapleton; Granddaughter Julie (Cory) Dawson of Greenwood, Grandson Brian (Jamie) Stapleton of Pendleton, Great Granddaughters Rachel & Amanda Dawson, Kinley & Kyla Stapleton; sister Carol (Billie) Cox, sistersin-law Helen Morrison, Thelma Wray, Betty Jane Stapleton, Olevia Fowler, Janette Stapleton, many nieces and nephews and special friend Marcella Strikeleather.
She also leaves behind many special friends who reside at Forest Park, especially those in the 100 hall. The family would like to thank all the staff who were like extended family and lovingly cared for her.
Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Helen MacEldowney, JoAnn Brown, Jeanne Allen and brothers Walter, Robert and Don Morrison.
Visitation for Mary Jane Stapleton was from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary, 32 South 11th Street, Richmond, IN. Funeral service followed at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor James Culver officiating. Burial was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1710, Richmond, IN 47375, or Forest Park Activity Fund, 2401 South L Street, Richmond, IN 47374.
Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary is in charge arrangements. www.rigglewaltermann .com
Alice Belle Jennings
La Grange, IL - Alice Belle Jennings, age 83, of La Grange, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 26, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on August 27, 1931, in Richmond to Walter and Colleene Bertram Stikeleather, she lived in Richmond until retiring 16 years ago. Alice then lived in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by Evansville, Indiana, before moving to the Chicago area six years ago.
Alice lived most of her life in Richmond. She retired from ALCOA and then worked at Veach’s Toy Store and County Market before fully retiring in 1999. Alice was a strong, loving mother and grandmother who inspired her children through her tireless work ethic and belief that we should help those less fortunate. She loved spending time at the ocean, was an avid reader of biographies, gardened and nurtured her houseplants, passionately followed current news events, and cared for her family. Alice will be greatly missed.
She is survived by five of her six children, Victoria (William) Winters of Milton, Indiana, Marlene Ross of Richmond, Carol Gray of Richmond, Jon (Amy) Jennings of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Elizabeth White of La Grange, Illinois; 13 grandchildren, Marcia Winters, Susan Rodriguez, Lisa Huntington, Barbara (Kevin) Johnson, Stacy White, Stephen (Kelley) White, Bobby Gray II, Amy Gray, Stuart (Kelly) Fisher, Jason (Samantha) Siders, Kira (Eric) Young, Megan White, and Abigail Jennings; 23 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by both of her parents; son, Dennis Siders; son-in-law, Bobby Gray; two brothers, Donald and Robert Stikeleather; and two sisters, Betty Gardner and Norma Orbaugh.
Lena Ellen Smith
Connersvile, IN - Lena Ellen Smith of Connersville, Indiana passed away at Fair Oaks Rehabilitation Center in South Beloit, IL on Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was 87 years of age.
Lena was employed at Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio for 30 years before retirement in 1993. While living in Connersville she attended the Connersville Church of God.
She was born June 17, 1927 near Richmond, Kentucky to Ora and Josie (Mcintosh) Hisle. Lena attended College Corner High School and God’s Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married Thomas Smith Jr. on June 30th 1945 in College Corner, Ohio.
Lena was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Smith Jr. and their oldest son Michael Douglas Smith.
Lena is survived by her children, Rev. Duane Smith of FL, Katheryn Ellen Laurice (Smith) Letcher of WI, Sharon Annette Smith of WI and Gregory Scott Smith of WI.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m until the time of funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin, IN with Rev. Duane Smith officiating. Graveside service will follow at South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin, IN.
Online condolences can be made at
Kurtis L. Darling
Toledo, OH - Kurtis L. Darling age 61 passed away early morning Tuesday September 16, 2014. In Toledo, Ohio.
Born in New Castle, IN November 4, 1952, raised in Cambridge city, Indiana. Graduate of Lincoln high school 1972.
Worked in the restaurant field, was well known for his cooking. He was the chef of the family and was well known for his cheese balls. Great Nascar fan especially for the #2 car. Was also a Mud hens, walleye hockey and a Reds fan.
Loved being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded by his mother Bonnie Darling and his father Donald Darling, one brother two sisters, grandparents, an aunt and uncle.
Survivorsinclude his Ex wife, Charlene Morrison of Toledo Ohio, Step children Britney Doerphlein (Rayn) of Chester, Indiana; Dianna Depew (Larry) Lowell D. Morrison Jr. of Richmond, Indiana; April Bonds (Bill) of Toledo, Ohio; 12 step Grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 1128 East Chester Rd., Chester, Indiana, on Saturday September 27, 2014, from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. Rev. Harold Young will give a service at 3:30 p.m.
Hazel Alice Pugh
Milton, IN - Hazel Alice Pugh, 79, of Milton went to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, September 24, 2014 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. She was born in Henry County on February 13, 1935 to Harold and Edna (Moschel) Roosa. Hazel grew up in the Western Wayne community and was a 1953 graduate of Lincoln High School.
She married Mitchell H. Pugh on April 30, 1955 in Richmond where they lived until 1961 then moved to Milton. Hazel worked at the Dunreith Canning Factory, as a cook at Miller Cafeteria and Perfect Circle Cafeteria, and also delivered school buses.
She was an active member of the Milton United Methodist Church and a member of the women’s group. She enjoyed baking and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Mitchell Pugh; children, Marilynn (Jack) Collins of Hagerstown, Michael (Becky) Pugh of Ocala, Florida, Terrie Kennedy of Milton, Martin Pugh of Milton; grandchildren, Misty Adams, Christopher Colins, Jocasta (Rich) Weber, Anthony (RaeAnn) Kennedy; great-grandchildren, Laney and Abigail Adams, Zachary and Wezlee Brown, Devon and Dominic Weber; brother, Harold Roosa, Jr. of Kansas; sister, Charolette Hoffman of Richmond.
Hazel was preceded in death by her parents and her younger brother, Arnol Roosa.
Visitation will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Burial will follow at Westside Cemetery, Milton.
Online condolences can be made at
Paul A. Pflum, Jr.
Everton, IN - Paul A. Pflum, Jr., 81, of Everton, passed away Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, following an extended courageous battle.
The eldest of eleven children, he was born February 9, 1933 in Connersville, the son of Paul Anthony and Anna E. McQuinley Pflum. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was a US Army veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1955; following his departure from the Armed Forces, he returned to Fayette County and worked on the family farm. On August 24, 1957, he was married in Connersville to Ruth E. Wheeler; together they labored on the farm since that time. Mrs. Pflum survives.
He was a member of St. Gabriel Church, a member and Past Grand Knight of Council #861 Knights of Columbus, AMVETS, had served on the Everton Water Board and the Fayette County Free Fair Board.
Survivors, besides his wife of fifty-seven years, Ruth, include four children, Kathy Paugh and her husband Rusty, Paula Steele and her special friend Chuck Gurley, Jay Pflum and Sandy, and Amy Bottomley and her husband Mike, all of Connersville, eight grandchildren, Tony Paugh, Gail Grubbs and her husband Ryan, Courtney and Scott Steele, Alex and Katherine Pflum, Zach and Katlyn Bottomley, eleven great-grandchildren, Luke, Brent, Alexis, Wyatt, Jaxson, Alivia, Liam, Madison, Anna Belle, Chloee and Ryker, a great-great-granddaughter, Ava, five brothers, Dick Pflum and his wife Joanne of Fayette County, Bob Pflum and his wife Lona of Connersville, Lowell Pflum and Nancy Roberts of Wayne County, Indiana, David Pflum and Judy of Connersville, and Phillip Pflum and his wife Diane of Milton, Indiana, three sisters, Diane Jones and her husband Jim of Cincinnati, Ohio, Marilyn Miles and her husband Malcolm and Carolyn Nutty and her husband Dennis, both of Liberty, Indiana, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Delories Bates and Frances Caudle, two brothers-in-law, Bob Bates and Walt Caudle, and a sister-in-law, Kay Pflum.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Monday, September 29, 2014, in St. Gabriel Church with Rev. Dustin Boehm officiating; burial, with military rites conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council, will be in Dale Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home from 4 until 8 PM Sunday where the Rosary will be recited at 4 PM the same day; they may also visit anytime online at
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gabriel School.
Alfreda Singlton
Richmond, IN – Alfreda Singleton, age 91, of Richmond, died Monday, September 22, 2014, at Sterling House.
Born March 16, 1923, in Dublin, Indiana, to Lorenzo and Ida Griffith Sweeney, Alfreda lived in Richmond most of her life. She was a graduate of Richmond High School. Alfreda managed Harriet’s Dress Shop where she worked for more than 40 years. She enjoyed cooking, watching game shows, and playing cards.
Survivors include her son, Timm (Laura Blakely) Singleton of Florida; granddaughters, Paula Parent of Florida and Traci Singleton of Florida; great-grandson, Jared Parent of Florida; great-granddaughter, Emerald Moore of Florida; several nieces; nephews; cousins; sister-in-law, Phyllis Alsop of Richmond; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter; siblings, Floyd Alsop, Florence Gethers, Edith Bryant, and Elizabeth Alsop; and nieces, which include Vesta Gethers and Barbara Robbins.
A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Kathleen Ellen Ketcham
Kathleen Ellen Ketcham, 58, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Reid Hospital, where she had been a patient since Tuesday; she had been in failing health for the past three years.
One of eight children, she was born October 9, 1955 in Rushville, the daughter of William Francis and Regina Rose Freese Moran. She attended St. Mary’s School and graduated in 1974 from Rushville Consolidated High School. She moved to Connersville for residence in 1976.
On July 4, 1980, she was married in St. Gabriel Church to Carl W. Ketcham of Connersville and they lovingly reared two daughters, Christina and Jamie; Mr. Ketcham survives.
As a teenager, she had worked at Durbin Hotel and later at Jackson Nursing Home in Rushville; then, Kathleen was employed at Lincoln Manor for a number of years – finally, in 1998, she was hired on at J & J Packaging, retiring due to spend time with her family.
She was a member of St. Gabriel Church. In her leisure, she loved to work in her yard and flower beds; she enjoyed doing craft projects with her grandchildren and spending time reading, especially history.
Survivors include her husband of thirty-four years, Carl W. Ketcham, two daughters, Christina Rena Ketcham and Jamie Lynn Messer, both of Connersville, four grandchildren, Erin Ketcham, Makayla Moody, Matrisha and Maranda Messer, seven brothers and sisters, Bill Moran, Jr and his wife Lois, Barbara Moran, both of Rushville, Mary Jo Farlow and her husband Kim of Milroy, Indiana, Patrick Moran of Rushville, Peggy Rich and her husband Bob of Mays, Indiana, Timothy Moran and his wife Ellen of Rushville and Susan Hubbell and her husband David of Lewisville, Indiana; she was also blessed with a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a godfather, David Moran of Rushville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Jean Moran, and her godmother, Helen Moran.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 AM Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at St. Gabriel Church with Rev. Dustin Boehm officiating; burial will be in Lick Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home from 4 until 8 PM on Monday where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 PM that afternoon; they may also visit anytime online at
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.
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