Obituaries Western Wayne News,
April 28, 2016    
Martha L. Taylor
Dublin - Martha Louise Taylor, 90, passed away Friday April 22, 2016 at the home of her son Kevin in Maysville, N. Carolina. A daughter of the late John H. and Hazel Venora (Wheatley) Thom, Martha was born in Dublin, Indiana on March 24, 1926. A lifelong Dublin resident, Martha attended Dublin School and had worked at Perfect Circle in Hagerstown during World War II. She was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother and member of the Dublin Gospel Mission Church.
Survivors include 3 children, Cathy Coryell of Salisbury, N.C., Karen Sherwood of Archdale, N.C. and Kevin of Maysville, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; 1 sister, Dorothy “Dottie” Moistner of Cambridge City; nieces and nephews.
Martha was preceded in death by her 1st husband, John Haynes on June 22, 1953; 2nd husband, Henry Taylor on January 26, 2004; son, David Haynes on November 3, 2006; grandson, John Henry Haynes; great grandson, Brandon Shook; 2 sisters, Rachel Schockley and Ellen Salmons; an 2 infant sisters, Alta and Donna Thom; 5 brothers, Edwin, John, Paul, Charles and Merrill Thom.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday April 29, 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Scott Moistner will officiate. Burial will follow at the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday April 28th and prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.
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Martha L. Taylor
Dublin, IN - Martha L. Taylor, 90, passed away Friday April 22, 2016 at the home of her son Kevin in Maysville, North Carolina. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home.
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Kathryn Marie (Pearson) Haler
Cambridge City, IN – Kathryn Marie (Pearson) Haler, 65, of Cambridge City passed away Saturday morning, April 23, 2016 at AMG Specialty Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. A daughter of the late Levi and Esther (Glass) Pearson, Kathryn was born in Connersville on November 23, 1950. A homemaker, Kathryn took pride in caring for her family. In her leisure, she enjoyed playing BINGO and Farmville.
Survivors include her husband, Clifford Raymond Haler whom she married in Connersville on April 29, 1974. Children, Chad Raymond Lawrence “Haler” (companion Tammy Ferguson) of Cambridge City, Billie Jo (Patrick) Earlywine of Greensburg, Lori M. (Miguel) Duran, John Sr. (Jennifer) Haler, Paul (Mandy) Haler all of Cambridge City; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; brothers, Glen (Cindy) Pearson of Glenwood, Mark Pearson of Laurel.
Kathryn was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Pearson; daughter in-law, Susan Lawrence on February 14, 2015.
Family and friends may gather from 4:00 p.m. until the time of prayer service and sharing at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Kathryn’s aunt Ella Richardson will lead the prayer service.
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Bernice Maxine Duker (Wickes)
Cambridge City, IN - Bernice Maxine Duker (Wickes), 93 of Cambridge City, Indiana and Hood Canal, WA died 17 April 2016 in Muncie, Indiana with her daughter, Ann Wieseke, at her side. Mac (as she was called by many) was also surrounded by the thoughts and prayers of her extended family and friends across the U.S.
The eldest child of Edwin and Ruby Wickes, she was born 6 July, 1922 in Pennville, IN. Her family soon moved to a big house overlooking her beloved Lake Wehi in East Germantown, IN. There as she and three younger brothers (David, Robert, Lloyd) grew up playing and working at the Lake Wehi Resort. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Cambridge City in 1939 and later attended Indiana Business College in Muncie, Indiana and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. During World War II she worked for the Wayne County Ration Board-in the first of several jobs that involved accounting and numbers-one of her passions. The other was writing detailed lists of daily activities. She moved from Indiana after she married James W. Duker (another 1939 Lincoln HS grad) in 1945 and they moved to Southern California where her children (Gary, a first wedding anniversary present) and Ann were were born. As the family grew their motorcycle was replaced by a brand new post-war 1939 Chevy. There would be many moves for them as the Marine Corps transferred Jim from the Territory of Hawaii, North and South Carolina, Florida, and finally back to Southern California. In retirement they built homes in Florida and Hood Canal, Washington State. Retirement also meant traveling for her and Jim. Together they wore-out two campers crisscrossing the U.S. visiting all the states except for Vermont-which she was quick to point out. Always adventurous, Mac and Jim hiked the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim multiple times and made several big road trips to Alaska. They even found time to explore Australia. In later years, Mac and Jim would return to Cambridge City for the annual Lincoln HS reunions.
Mac returned to Cambridge City to be close to her extended Wickes family following the death of Jim in 2011 after 64 years of marriage.
Her last year was one of many ups and downs. But a highlight for her was a family picnic at Lake Wehi and one last chance to get into the lake with the help of family.
She is survied by her son Gary (Joyce) Duker of Seattle, Washington and daughter Ann (Mike) Wieseke of Muncie, Indiana, four grandchildren; Ian Wieseke (Shannon), Trevor Wieseke (Eleanor), Gretchen Carriero (Joseph) and Joel Duker (Nicole); plus six great-grandchildren Alaina, Marshal, Emma, Henry, Holden, and Dallas; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her three brothers.
On Friday, April 29, 2016, friends may call from 10:00 am until the start of the funeral service at 11:00 am at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City with Rev. Jerry Mielke officating. Burial will follow in Zion's Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing with a reception afterwards at the church.
In lieu of flowers, in honor of care given for Ian, Joel, Emma and Dallas, contributions may be made to Riley Children's Hospital, 30 South Meridian St., Ste. 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509; or Peyton Manning Children's Hopital at St. Vincents, 8402 Harcourt Rd., Ste. 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260; or Seattle Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 4800 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98105.
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Jonathan Elisha Russell
Connersville, IN - Jonathan Elisha Russell, 28, of Connersville, passed away Sunday morning April 17, 2016 at his home. Jonathan was born in Richmond, Indiana on February 9, 1988. He grew up in Milton and the Western Wayne community and moved to Connersville three years ago. He was a member of the Lincoln High School graduating class of 2006. Jonathan played basketball and baseball while in school and still enjoyed a good game of softball.
Survivors include his dad, Ronnie Russell of Milton; his mom, Brenda Russell of Cambridge City, 1 sister, Kendra Russell of Milton; 2 children, Rori Marie Stewart and Brenden Elisha Russell; paternal grandmother, Zella Russell of Milton; maternal step grandfather, Roger Myers of Shipshewana; aunts and uncles, Roy and Debbie Tipton of Connersville, Brian and Ronda Smith of Charlottesville, Vicky and Tony Alexander of Connersville, Jeannie and Joe Lightfield of Cambridge City, Christina Myers of New Castle and Renee Elliott of Richmond; several cousins; his girlfriend and her son, Ashley and Ryder Tipton
Jonathan was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold J. Russell; maternal grandparents, Patricia A. Myers and Johnny Smith; 1 uncle, Kevin Smith.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastors Shawn Tipton, Jeramie Horn and Steve Cox will officiate. A luncheon will follow at the Dublin Gospel Mission Church.
Robert “Bob” Sams
Connersville, IN - Robert “Bob” Sams, 81, passed away Saturday evening April 16, 2016 at the home of his companion in Connersville, Indiana. A son of the late Hardin and Kate (Reed) Sams, Bob was born in Manchester, Kentucky on May 9, 1934. He worked as a pattern maker, retiring from D & M in Connersville after 33 years of service followed by 7 years with Carpenter Manufacturing in Richmond. Bob was a member of the Warren Masonic #15 and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Connersville. In his leisure, Bob enjoyed house boating on Brookville Lake. He was a member of the Quakertown Boating Association and also worked as a shuttle boat operator for Quakertown Marina. He loved the water. A favorite past time for Bob was spending time on the farm of his daughter and son in-law west of Milton where he enjoyed working in the yard.
Survivors include his 2 daughters, Vicki (Don) Lamb of Noblesville and Cathy Traylor of Bowling Green, KY; his companion of 9 years, Gertrude “Trudy” Caldwell of Connersville and her son, Jeffrey Sizemore; 6 grandchildren, Matthew Lamb of Quantico, VA, Sara Lamb of Noblesville, Erica Grace of Cincinnati, Jennifer Wagner and Adam Traylor both of Bowling Green, KY and Abigail Marie Sizemore of Connersville; 9 great grandchildren, Jacob, Hayden, Gabrielle, Alexander, Caroline, Caleb, Kinley, Sierra and Addison; 5 siblings, Charlie and Paul Sams and Nancy Burkhart all of Winter Haven, FL, Jimmy Sams and Linda Hufferd both of Connersville; nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his son in-law, Terry Traylor on February 26, 2015 and a brother, Larry Sams.
A private family service will be held on the farm west of Milton where Bob enjoyed spending time. Cremation will follow. Memorial Contributions can be given to Southern Care Hospice- 3414 West Fox Lane, Muncie, IN 47304
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Robert Lee McKibben
New Lisbon – Robert Lee McKibben, age 91, formerly of New Castle, IN, passed away on April 10, 2016 at the Cumberland Trace Community in Plainfield, IN. The only son of the late Omar and Alice Mae (Gardner) McKibben, Robert was born on December 23, 1924 in Rush County, Indiana near Rushville. Bob graduated from Rushville High School and Ray School of Photography. Bob served his country as a sergeant in the United States Army Air Force during WWII and was honorably discharged on March 10, 1946. He married his wife of 68 years, the former Garnet Maddix, at the First Methodist Church on August 28, 1948 in New Castle, where they made their home for thirty years before moving to Anderson and later Indianapolis. Bob worked as a photographer (freelance as well as for Perfect Circle in Hagerstown, IN) and at Delco Remy (GM) in Anderson for 30 years before retiring.
Survivors include his wife, Garnet; son, Curtis Lee McKibben of Byrdstown, TN; daughter, Teresa (Paul) Walters of Indianapolis; 8 grandchildren, Erin (Alan) Vonderheide, Eric (Brandis) McKibben, Amy (Travis) Banta, Lee (Danielle) Werking, Cory Werking, Jamie (Natalie) Werking, Caleb Werking, Jeremy (Alicia) Werking; two step-grandsons, Zac Walters and Nic (Jess) Walters; three step-granddaughters, Michelle Cole, April Plank, and Heather Cole; 11 great-grandchildren and 8 step great-grandchildren.
Following cremation, visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of a memorial service at noon on Saturday April 16th 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, 1993 Cumberland St. (U.S. Hwy. 40) Dublin, IN 47335. Rev. Marion Hickman will officiate. Military honors will be provided by the United States Army Honor Guard and Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Zion’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warriors in Action ( 6516 Dolphin Cove Drive, Apollo Beach, FL 33572.
Joe Alan Hunt
Pershing, IN– Joe Alan Hunt, 61, of Pershing, Indiana passed away at his home on Monday, April 11, 2016. He was born on December 15, 1954 in New Castle, Indiana. A lifelong resident of the Western Wayne area, Joe attended Milton Elementary School and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1972 where he played basketball and baseball. He worked as a carpenter and in his leisure enjoyed playing pool, hotrod cars, watching the Chicago Bears and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Joe was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Survivors include his mother, Grace (Lockwood) Phillips of Centerville; daughter, Sybil (Jason) Norberg of Washington state; sons, Tucker Joe (Amber Parker) Hunt of Cambridge City, Matthew Dennis (Danielle Drew) Hunt of Hagerstown, Wyatt Coy Hunt of Florida; 5 grandchildren; siblings, Julia Ann (David) Holloway of Louisville, Kentucky, Victor Jr. (Patty) Hunt of Milton, Dennis Hunt of Centerville; aunt JoAnn Fellman of Richmond; several nieces and nephews.
Joe was preceded in death by his father, Victor James Hunt on December 21, 2011; aunt, Mary DeAnne on December 29, 2015.
Graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Westside Cemetery, Milton. Larry McDaniel will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin.
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Malcom L. Sweetwood
Newburgh, IN - Malcom L. Sweetwood 69 of Newburgh, passed away on March 9, 2016. He was born October 20, 1946 in Richmond,In. He was a comercial printer with the Palladium-Item Newspaper before moving to Evansville,In. He retired from Service Tool and Plastics as a purchasing agent . He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1964. He attended Indiana University and was an avid IU basketball fan. Malcom belonged to Southport Masonic Lodge, Indianapolis Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine. He also belonged to Tri-State Corvette Club and loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He was also a member of St Luke Lutheran Church.
Malcom was preceded in death by his parents Lyell and Hattie Sweetwood and his brother Don W. Sweetwood.
He is survived by his wife Sara (Dunbar) Sweetwood, daughters Stacey(Tony) Mitchell and Andrea (Darren Smith); sons Michael (Tonya) and Ryan(Jessica) Sweetwood. Also 7 grandsons , 4 Grandaughters and 2 Great-Grandchildren, brother Ronald(Dorothy) Sweetwood , sister Mary Anna Roemke, Sister-in-law Ruth Sweetwod and his beloved dogs Kelli and Harley
Funeral service was March 14,2016 at St Luke Lutheran Church, Newburgh Indiana with entombment in Alexander Memorial Park Evansville, Indiana.
Robert Bradley Pitcher
Pershing, IN - Robert Bradley Pitcher, 43, passed away on Saturday April 2, 2016 in Richmond, Indiana. A son of the late Robert E. and Barbara Kay (Davis) Pitcher, Brad was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 8, 1973. He was raised in the Pershing community and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1992 where he was on the wrestling team. In his leisure, Brad enjoyed watching television, movies, Star Wars and listening to music. He loved all animals. Brad moved to Richmond following graduation and was employed by County Market, Master Brand Cabinets and Meijer Foods.
Survivors include his sister, Tami (Brian) McKinney of New Castle; nephew, Brock Owens; niece, Kamryn Owens; best friends which he considered family, Shawn and Toni Wampler of Richmond; and his feline companion, ‘Poe”.
Brad was preceded in death by his dad on September 26, 2010; his mom on May 18, 2010;
paternal grandparents, Andy “Pete and Lois (Grim) Pitcher; maternal grandparents, Paul E. and Dolores A. (Oliver) Davis.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Tobby Smith of the Memorial Baptist Church in New Castle will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday April 5th at the funeral home.
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Nola A. Hatfield
Hagerstown, IN - Nola A. Hatfield, age 95, of Hagerstown, died peacefully at home Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Born September 7, 1920, Nola was a loving mother and friend. She was one of the founding members of the New Testament Church of Christ and an active member of the church. A very artistic and creative person, she ran a cake decoration and catering business for many years.
She will be missed by her children, Penny (Dave) Wallace, Teddi McCune of Clearwater, Florida, Noni (Ken) Kreutz of San Marcos, California, and Tucker (Lisa) Hatfield of Kirkland, Washington, 11 grandchildren, and many great and great-great grandchildren, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, their infant daughter, Germaine, her sister Alta Hilbert, and mother and father, Martin and Ethel Hoover.
A celebration of Nola's life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the New Testament Church of Christ, PO Box 46, Hagerstown, IN 47346
Culberson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
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James C. “Jim” Lockwood
Dublin, IN - James C. “Jim” Lockwood, 78, formerly of Dublin, passed away on Monday March 28, 2016 in the emergency room at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. A son of the late Cauley A. and Goldie M. (Jamison) Lockwood, Jim was born at home in Dublin, Indiana on July 15, 1937. He was raised in Dublin and made his home here until he moved to Richmond in 1968. He was inducted into the United States Air Force on August 4, 1954 and proudly served his country until he received an honorable discharge on February 3, 1958. Jim worked as a painter at Wayne Works in Richmond until his retirement. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner.
Survivors include 5 children, Curtis (Mary) Lockwood of Virginia Beach, VA, Becky (Rick) Sapp of Richmond, Janelle (Ahmet) Altin of Richmond, Robert (Vicky) Olinger of New Castle and Roberta Olinger-Johnson of Richmond; grandchildren, Suzy, Kelli and Cauley Lockwood, Adam (Caroline) Young; great grandchildren, Ella and Jace Lockwood, Joan Young.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife Joan S. (Olinger) Lockwood on January 15, 2006. They were married in Whitewater, Indiana on July 7, 1968.; 1 son, Kevin Boyce on July 14, 2006.
Following cremation, Jim will be honored with a private military service. Interment will be at the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin.
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Emily Potter Robertson
Hudson, OH - Emily Potter Robertson age 42 of Hudson, Ohio died Monday March 28, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.
She was a co-founder of the Hudson Moms Club and a member of First Congregational Church of Hudson. She was also an avid reader and loved to travel.
Emily is survived by her husband Gregory, children Nicholas, Katherine and John, parents James and Elaine (nee Hensley) Potter of Cambridge City, IN, sister Ann (Dr. Todd) Francis of Toledo, Ohio, brother Mark (Stephanie) Potter of New Franklin, Ohio, grandfather Harold Hensley, father-in-law and mother-in-law Gary and Carol Robertson of Stow, Ohio, sister-in-laws Michele (Forrest) Lawton of Pulaski, VA and Renee (Vincent) Menees of Chicago, IL. She was loving aunt, niece and friend to many.
A memorial service will be held Saturday April 9, 2016 at 2 PM at First Congregational Church of Hudson 47 Aurora Street Hudson, Ohio 44236. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Hudson Library 96 Library St. Hudson, Ohio 44236. or The Cambridge City Public Library 600 W. Main St. Cambridge City, IN 47327 . Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home Hudson, Ohio 330-650-4181.
Bradley Robert Stokesbury
Dayton, OH - Bradley Robert Stokesbury, age 20, of Dayton passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 25, 2016, at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was born in Dayton on April 20, 1995. Brad was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, David Dodge and his paternal grandparents, Donna and Robert Stokesbury.
He is survived by his father, Bruce and wife, Lisa Stokesbury; his mother, Amy and husband, Steve Smith; four sisters, Emily Stokesbury, Hailee Rouch, Courtney Smith and Tiffeni Smith; threer brothers, Shawn Hamilton, Damien Smith and Troi Smith; his maternal grandmother, Mary Gillott, and his stepgrandparnts, Jim and Diana
Buhl. Brad is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He attended St. Helen Elementary, Carroll High School and was a graduate of Northmont High School. Brad was a member of St. Helen Parish, was employed by Ratliff Mill Spinning and was an avid fisherman.
Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-BEAVERCREEK CHAPEL, 3970 Dayton-Xenia Road at Grange Hall Road. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. from St. Helen Catholic Church, 5100 Burkhardt Road with Father David Brinkmoeller, celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. If desired, contributions in memory of Brad may be made to the St. Helen School Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Nancy Jo Nicoletta
Pendleton, IN - Nancy Jo Nicoletta, age 76, formerly of Richmond, died Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Community Hospital in Anderson, Indiana.
Born March 7, 1940, in New Paris, Ohio, to Robert J. and Beatrice 'Bea' Holly Turner, she was a life-long resident of this area. Nancy was a graduate of Richmond High School and received her Certified Healthcare Administrator license. She was the Healthcare Administrator at the Lewisville Nursing Home in Lewisville, Indiana, for many years. Nancy had formerly worked as a Marketing Director at Westminster Village in Muncie, Indiana, and was a counselor for Dunn Mental Health Center in Richmond. She was co-founder and co-director of Jason's House in Richmond. Nancy was very friendly and never knew a stranger. She was a very loving and giving person.
Survivors include her daughter, Nicki J. (Terry) Young of Anderson, Indiana; son, Anthony C. Nicoletta of Grove City, Ohio; grandsons, Cameron A. and Dawson K. Nicoletta; sister, Carol J. (Bill) Vanderpool of Indianapolis, Indiana; niece, Valerie Vanderpool of Indianapolis, Indiana; nephew, James (Jenny) Vanderpool of Richmond; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation for Nancy Jo Nicoletta will be from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Pastor John H. Hollis officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, Memorial & Honors Program, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
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Larry Callahan
Cambridge City, IN - Larry Callahan, 66, of Cambridge City went to be with his Lord on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Reid Health in Richmond.
He was born on June 5, 1949 in Richmond, IN to Estel and Ellen Drew Callahan and had lived most of his life in the Cambridge City area. He was a 1968 graduate of Lincoln High School and a member of Kings Highway Holiness Church in Richmond.
After graduation he worked at Lee Cylinder for 12 years, Stop One Truck Stop as a grill cook for 12 years and then MEG for 14 years in the shipping department.
He enjoyed reading his King James version bible, gardening, mushroom hunting, and fishing. He also enjoyed baking cream pies and home made pie crust from scratch plus he liked to make home made cakes, cookies, fudge and peanut brittle.
He enjoyed going to sunday school and church, plus church homecomings and fellowship with friends and church members.
Survivors include two sisters Shirley Baker and Emily Castle both of Richmond; two brothers Fletcher Callahan and Eric J. Callahan both of Cambridge City; a special aunt Ethel Mailcott of Cincinnati, OH; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Mildred Virginia Perkins and a niece Amy Renee Bishop.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Friday, March 25, 2019 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City. Friends may call on Thursday, March 27, 2016 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Dale Cemetery in Connersville.
Larry wanted to thank all of his caregivers, technicians, nurses and doctors at the Fresenius Centers in Richmond & Connersville, Lincoln Center East, Golden Living Center, Forest Park Health Campus and Reid Health. Also Dublin Ambulance and Red Line Ambulance for transporting him when necessary.
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Arthur Leo Snyder
Cambridge City, IN – Arthur Leo Snyder, 79, of Cambridge City passed away Tuesday morning, March 22, 2016 at Henry County Hospital in New Castle. A son of the late Paul and Frances (Linville) Snyder, Leo was born on October 26, 1936 in Rush County, Indiana. Leo worked at Visteon in Connersville, Indiana for 38 years before his retirement in 1994. In his leisure, he enjoyed watching westerns, collecting knives and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of over 59 years, the former Carol Hartwell whom he married on September 4, 1956 in Connersville. Sons, Larry (Debbie) Snyder of Everton, Indiana, Terry Snyder of Cambridge City; grandchildren, Justin (Stephanie) Snyder, Terry Jr. (Amber) Snyder, Amy (Dave) Hanson, Chelsie (Mike) Campbell, Alysha Snyder, Dakota (Kelsey) Cummins, Britney (Austin) North, Jessica (Josh) Sidell; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Patricia McGillem of Pershing; brother, LeRoy (Vickie) Snyder of Connersville.
Family and friends may gather from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. In honor of Leo’s wishes, cremation will follow. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City at the convenience of the family.
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Dickie Dwayne Skaggs
Cambridge City, IN - Dickie Dwayne Skaggs, 69, of Cambridge City passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at IU Health – University Hospital, Indianapolis from complications due to pneumonia. A son of the late Bennett and Mabel (Bickett) Skaggs, Dickie was born on July 7, 1946 in Richmond, Indiana. A lifelong Cambridge City resident, Dickie spent time in Germany while serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. On July 5, 1971 Dickie married the former Vicki Pence at the Nazarene Church in Cambridge City. He worked as a millwright at Dana/Perfect Circle in Hagerstown before his retirement. A gifted craftsman, Dickie was well known for always lending a hand to anyone needing help with construction projects. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing, coaching softball, playing BINGO and Poker, and spending time with his grandchildren. Dickie was proud to be an 11-year cancer survivor, overcoming the challenge and beating the odds with the help of a stem cell transplant.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki; daughters, Lynnette (Eric) Larmore of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Larissa Skaggs of Cambridge City, Lindsay (Ethan) Carr of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Nathaniel & Olivia Larmore, Karleigh Hall, Nataleigh Moore, Madalynn Carr; brothers, Don (Marcia) Skaggs of Fort Meyers, Florida, Darrell (Marcella) Skaggs of Centerville; sisters, Anita (Lee) Oliver of Florida, Vanda (Randy) Wilson of Martinsville, Indiana; brother and sister-in-law, Brent & Darlene Fortman and their children, DeAnn & Brandon; many nieces and nephews; special canine companions, Peanut & Charlie.
Family and friends may visit from 4:00 until the time of memorial service at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Jim Tilton will officiate. Military honors provided by the Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 will follow the service. Memorial contributions can be made to The Good House, 527 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 and online condolences can be made anytime at
Thelma Mae Sturgis
Cambridge city, IN - (Thelma) Mae Sturgis, 90 years old, died on Friday evening March 11, 2016.
Mae was born on August 15, 1925 in Maysville, Kentucky to the late Earl and Irene Gibson, she was the oldest of nine children.
Mae graduated from Lewisburg High School in 1944 and then from Richmond Business College. She worked at NATCO and Belden Corp. Mae married Robert Sturgis in 1946 and together they started an accounting and real estate business in Cambridge City. They were also short time owners of Milton Food Market.
Mae was an active member of First Baptist Church in Cambridge City where she was the treasurer for 30 years. She also was treasurer for the Dublin Public Library. She ran her own tax service for 30 years after the death of her husband.
With her non-stop energy, she was affectionately known for helping neighbors, friends, and family in times of need.
She is survived by two brothers and a sister; three sons, Larry (Betty) Sturgis and Jerry Sturgis both of Cambridge City and Barry (Kathy) Sturgis of Cedarville, Ohio; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband on November 27, 1984; two brothers; three sisters; one daughter-in-law, Frankie Jo Sturgis on December 27, 2011.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 with funeral services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Rev. Mal Gibson will officiate. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Dublin Public Library- P.O. Box 188 Dublin, IN 47335.
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Linda D. Hisel
Connersville, IN - Linda D. Hisel, 63, of Connersville passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 at Fayette Regional Health System.
She was born December 10, 1952 in New Castle, Indiana, one of seven children of Herschel L. and Helena G. Powers Miers and was raised in the Milton, IN area and moved to Connersville in 1970.
On April 8, 1972, she was married in Connersville to Elmer Lee Hisel, who passed away February 2, 1995.
For a number of years, she was employed as a housekeeper for Heritage House Nursing Home, Carrelton Manor and Fayette Regional Hospital.
Survivors include two children, Elmer L. (Jessica) Hisel Jr. and Angela McIntyre (Troy), both of Connersville; four grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her companion of eighteen years, Norman Lone of Connersville; one sisters, Connie (Tim) Cooper, of Connersville; three brothers, Larry (Loretta) Miers, of New Castle, Gale (Brenda) Miers, of Connersville and Herschel (Rose) Miers, of Cambridge City, IN; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Besides her husband of 22 years, Elmer Lee Hisel, she is preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Annabell Noah and a brother, Loren Miers.
Funeral services will be held at 1PM Tuesday March 15,2016 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home with Reverend Chris Cain, officiating. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery in East Germantown, IN. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 AM until 1 PM Tuesday March 15, 2016 and anytime at
Richard Lee Brown
New Lisbon, IN - Richard Lee Brown, 81, passed away at I.U. Ball Hospital on January 14, 2016. Interment with military honors will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday March 19, 2016 at the New Lisbon Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the New Lisbon Community Building. The Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements where
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Melba Lucille Wickes
Cambridge City,IN - Melba Lucille Wickes, 83, a lifelong resident of Cambridge City, passed away on March 7, 2016 at Arbor Trace in Richmond surrounded by her family. She was born on November 9, 1932 in White County, Tennessee to John and Sarah (Randolph) Meadows.
Melba is survived by her husband of 65 years, Keith R. Wickes; three daughters Cheri (Steve) Ramey, Lynn (Steve) Mahoney and Missy (Al) Williams. Melba is also survived by her 97 year old sister, Lala Pauline Snyder. She is survived by 5 grandchildren Shawn (Tonya) Ramey, Shannon Ramey, Brianna (Andy) Miller, Michael (Mollee) Mahoney and Patrick Williams and 7 great grandchildren. Also surviving are special nieces and nephews Mike (Penny) Wickes, Vickie (Joe) Russell and Mike (Susie) Meadows. Other nieces and nephews also survive.
Melba was a member of the Jacksonburg Christian Church. She found joy spending time with her family in many family gathering each year. She also enjoyed wintering in Naples, Florida with her husband Keith for over 20 years. Melba retired from Ford after 30 years of service.
Melba was preceded in death by 7 siblings, John Jr., Sylvan, Verlin, Freeman, Robert, Betty Christine and Harold and 2 stillborn siblings.
At her request, a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Day Kiwanis for the Christmas Love Basket Project, 1010 E. Main St., Cambridge City, IN 47327.
Online condolences may be made at
Mary Sue Houser
Richmond, IN – Mary Sue Houser, age 81, of Richmond, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born June 3, 1934, in Montezuma, Indiana, to Wayne and Fern Marie Newton Pawley, Mary lived most of her life in Richmond. She was a 1953 graduate of Richmond High School. Mary had been a babysitter for more than 200 children through the years, and her life revolved around children. She was a volunteer for Richmond Community Schools for over 22 years at Baxter Elementary and Westview Elementary. Mary was nominated for and received the Friend in Education Award for her many years of selfless volunteering, by teacher and dear friend, Susan Tinkle. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church in Centerville, Indiana.
Survivors include her sons, Larry (Connie) Houser of Arizona, Michael (Patricia) Houser of Richmond, Kenneth (Wendy) Houser of California, and Jeffrey (Karen) Houser of Carmel, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Brian Houser of Richmond, Kristin (Dennis) Smith of Richmond, Kyle Houser of Richmond, Sarah Houser of California, Kate Houser of California, Jaclyn Houser of Franklin, Indiana, Kylie Houser of Carmel, Indiana, and Evan Houser of Carmel, Indiana; eight great-grandchildren; other extended family; many friends; and the many children she had cared for over the years that remained in her life.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Virginia Marie Doelz; and brothers, Bill Pawley and Wayne Pawley.
There will be no services for Mary Sue Houser. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
In keeping with Mary’s love for children, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Janice C. Wooldridge
Knightstown- Janice Carolyn Wooldridge, 81, of Knightstown passed away at her home on Friday, March 4, 2016 following an extended illness. She was born on July 15, 1934 to the late William and Edith (Davis) Brumfield. Janice worked as a press operator and auditor at Freudenberg NOK in Morristown before her retirement in 2003 after many years of service. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Norman (Terri) Wooldridge, Steven Wooldridge all of Knightstown, Jeff Wooldridge of New Castle; daughters, Sondra (Richard) Query of Dunreith, Pamela Wooldridge of Knightstown; seven grandchildren, Rob Wooldridge of Rushville, Chrissy Wooldridge of Knightstown, Ronald (Nicole) Wooldridge of Rushville, Tara (Johnathan) Baker of Knightstown, Kyle Query (Companion Erica and her daughter, Maleah) of Knightstown, Kaleb Query of Dunreith, Alexis Wooldridge of New Castle; great-grandchildren, Taylor & Kadence Baker, Natalie & Levi Wooldridge, Colton Wooldridge; siblings, Betty Waltz of Hagerstown, Patty (Richard) Coffman of Lewisville; several nieces and nephews.
Janice is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Robert C. Wooldridge on August 10, 2015. They were married on April 25, 1953. Sisters, Thelma Proctor, Ruth Ann Brumfield; brothers, Harold & Wayne Brumfield.
Family and friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. until the Celebration of Life at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville. Chaplain Katherine Murray will officiate. Memorial contributions can be made to Hancock Hospice Care, 801 N State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140 and send online condolences at
Ronald C. Weist
Plymouth - Ronald C. Weist, 83, and Plymouth resident since 1981, passed away with his family by his side at 2:50 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in the Signature Healthcare in Bremen.
Ronald was born in Huntington, Indiana on September 15, 1932 to Wilbur W. and Wilda W. (Little) Weist. After high school, he attended Midwestern and Purdue Universities in Ft. Wayne and attained his Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Ronald took Ruth E. Connolly to be his wife on August 8, 1954 in Elkhart, Indiana
He served out country in the U.S. Air Force until his Honorable Discharge in 1952. Ronald worked for Indiana Heat Transfer for 18 years until his retirement in 1998. Before he had worked for Magnavox and Guide Engineering in Ft. Wayne, Barler Manufacturing in Goshen, for the Ford Motor Company in Connersville and Hoover Universal in Charlotte, MI.
Ruth and he were members of the North Liberty Church of Christ. He was a member of the Menno Men’s Singers in Goshen, IN, as well as, in the choirs of all the churches he was with. Ronald was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Ft. Wayne. Ronald was Cub master for Milton Pack in Milton, IN and Scout master for the Boy Scouts Troop #6 in Cambridge City, IN. He served as deacon and financial secretary for the Christian Church in Ft, Wayne.
He enjoyed camping and traveling with his family and friends. He treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren, attending as many of their activities as he could. Ronald also enjoyed woodworking and re-finishing furniture.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth of Plymouth, and their two sons: Ray C. Weist of Plymouth and Randall (Lisa) Weist of Bulan, KY; 4 grandchildren: Ruthann, Kelli, Lindsey and Michael; and brother, of Bryan Weist of Columbia City, IN.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Janelle Wolf, and brother, James Weist
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016 in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016 in the funeral home.
Burial will be in the New Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Marshall Co, PO Box 22, Plymouth, IN 46563 or Marshall County Hospice 112 S. Center Street Suite C Plymouth, IN 46563. Notes of condolence may be sent to the family through the web-site:
Jennie B. Lewis Lewellen
Richmond, IN – William Edward Doan Sr., age 68, of Richmond, died Friday, March 4, 2016, at his home.
Born October 5, 1947, in Richmond, Indiana, to William Russell and Marie Garrett Doan, Ed was a life-long resident of this area. He attended Richmond High School and served in the United States Army. Ed was the former owner of Everlasting Woods Fencing Company. He was a member of the NRA. Ed enjoyed fishing and boating. His grandchildren were very special to him. Ed was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Linda L. Hofer Doan, to whom he was married on October 6, 1970; children, Tammy (Bruce) Dargie of Richmond, William Edward (Bridgett) Doan II of Richmond, and Theresa (Bill) Farmer of Centerville; 15 grandchildren; sisters, Elayne (Nestor) Arididon of Indianapolis and Charmaine Satterfield of Richmond; mother, Marie Garrett Johnson of Richmond; brothers, Ron Doan of Richmond and Phil Garrett of St. Petersburg, Florida; nieces; nephews; special friends, Curt Himelick and Jay Martin; mother-in-law, Anna Hofer; and his special companion, Lily. He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation for William Edward Doan Sr. will be from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Baker and Pastor Chris Monaghan officiating. Burial will be in Veterans Field of Honor with military honors provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Richmond, IN – Jennie Belle Lewis Lewellen, age 81, of Richmond, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at Reid Health.
Born June 15, 1934, in Creston, Kentucky, to Alton and Clyde Jeston Lewis, Jennie lived most of her life in the Richmond and Centerville area. She was a homemaker. Jennie was a member of the Temple of God and the Ladies Auxiliary. She was an ordained minister of the Gospel and an avid reader. Jennie loved flowers, gardening, canning, shopping, church ministries, and family gatherings.
Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, William H. Lewellen; their children, William C. (Cecelia) Lewellen of Centerville, Indiana, Bea (Norman) Brockman of Hagerstown, Indiana, Gina (Burnis) Loman of Connersville, Indiana, Brad (Lisa) Lewellen of Cambridge City, Indiana, and Lorri Maples of Wakarusa, Indiana; grandchildren, Alicia Pierce, Andrea Uhl, Sarah Lewellen, Casey Brockman, Shelby Lewellen, Kayla Lewellen, and Lauren Lewellen; three great-grandchildren, Lex Pierce, Lilly Pierce, and Keaton Gray; sisters, Peggy Burton of Columbia, Kentucky, and Dorothy Swafford of Georgetown, Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Bradley Lewellen; sisters, Maxine Bailey, Gloria Curry, Margie Burton, Margeret Lewis, and Joyce Lewis; brothers, Charles Lewis and Gene Lewis.
Visitation for Jennie Belle Lewis Lewellen will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 7, 2016, at Temple of God, 1005 Hunt Street, Richmond with Rev. John Ward officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Temple of God Food Pantry, 1005 Hunt Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Paul E. Collins
Cambridge City, IN - Paul E. Collins, 88, of Cambridge City passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Middletown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown, IN.
He was born on July 25, 1927 in Preble County, OH to James R. and Frilla Mae Wirts Collins and had lived most of his life in Cambridge City.
After graduation from New Paris High School in 1945 Paul served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of Leroy Tout American Legion Post in Dublin. He then worked for Cambridge City Corporation as a superintendent of the sewage treatment plant retiring in 1990. He enjoyed golfing.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Elnora Collins; children Curt (Donna) Collins and Pam (Mike) Fowler; grandchildren Megan Fowler and Sean and Courtney Collins; greatgrandson Liam Collins; sister in-law Cosetta Collins; nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by several sisters and brothers.
Friends may call at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 10:00 am until start of services at 11:00 am. Danny Barry will be officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City.
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