Obituaries Western Wayne News, October 25, 2014    
Lee Roy McCracken
Hagerstown, IN - Lee Roy McCracken, 68, of Hagerstown, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Reid Hospital.
He was born in Rockcastle County, KY on April 3, 1946, the son of John and Zadie (Higgin) McCracken, and lived most of his life in Wayne County. Lee was a retired employee of Indiana State Highway Department.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie (Tucker) McCracken; five children, Rodney McCracken of Abington, Scott and Jeremy McCracken, both of Cambridge City, Kristie Dean of Somerset, KY and Cinnimin Durham of Douglas, GA; a step-daughter, Elisha Oberhelmenn; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; an adopted son, Mike Sartain; three siblings, Cecil McCracken of KY, Irene Ross of Connersville and Donald McCracken of Hagerstown; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy McCracken and a brother, Larry McCracken.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 28, at Culberson Funeral Home. Rev. Donnie McCracken will officiate. Burial will follow in West Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 P.M. Monday.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the funeral home to help defray expenses.
Arnold Bryant
Cambridge City, IN - Arnold “Tubby” Bryant, 78, passed away on Monday October 20, 2014 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.
A son of the late Donald Keith and Mary Lucille (Weesner) Bryant, Tubby was born at home in Dublin, Indiana on August 25, 1936. Tubby lived his whole life in the Cambridge City area and graduated from Cambridge City High School with the class of 1955.
Following high school Tubby graduated from the Indiana Barbers College in Indianapolis and worked at Esquire Barber Shop in Cambridge City for several years. Tubby entered the United States Army in 1959 and was honorably discharged in 1961. He worked in supervision for the Ford Motor Company and retired from the Indianapolis plant in 1998 after 27 years of service.
He was a member of the Cambridge City Christian Church and the Hagerstown American Legion Post #333. In his leisure, Tubby enjoyed playing cards, fishing, antique tractors and model railroading.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Patricia A. Derrickson whom he married on July 19, 1959 at the Straughn Christian Church. Two children, Felicia Sue Bryant of Pershing and Terry Allen Bryant of Indianapolis; two brothers, Thomas (Judy) Bryant of Milton and Lester (Vona) Bryant of Cambridge City; two sisters, Nancy (Ronald) DeWeese of Pershing and Patty Ann (Michael) Gray of Hagerstown; several nieces and nephews.
Tubby was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Dyer of Granite City, IL.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday October 24, 2014 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Rev. Danny Berry will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will follow the the South Lawn Cemetery in Dublin. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday October 23 at the funeral home.
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Mary Clark obit
Mary Olive Clark, 79, passed away October 5, 2014. She was born in Jacksonburg, Indiana on October 3, 1935 to William A Clark and Mary Elizabeth (Reed) Clark.
Mary attended elementary school at the two room schoolhouse in Jacksonburg and was fond of sharing memories of those days. She graduated from Manual High School in 1953 and was awarded a full tuition nurses' training scholarship by Alpha Omicron Alpha. She attended Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and earned her R.N in 1956.
Mary worked as a dedicated and caring nurse her entire career. She retired from Hancock Memorial Hospital after 31 years but later returned to work for a few years as an office nurse at Cumberland Convenient Care Clinic. After retirement Mary developed a keen interest in computers and geneology and enjoyed sharing her passion for both with her family and friends.
Mary is survived by her husband Richard J Clark; children, Jennifer (James) Nixon, Sonya Clark, Cynthia Drane, Jeffrey Clark, and Eric Clark; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sandra Waterman and Billie Sue Day; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
An informal gathering in her honor will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1-5 PM at the Holiday Inn Express in Greenfield. All family and friends are welcome to spend a few minutes or a few hours sharing their memories of Mary.
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In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Indiana Organ Procurement Organization Foundation at
Darrel L. Briar
Cambridge City, IN - Darrel L. Briar, 74, of Cambridge City, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at home. He was born in Wayne County, IN on December 11, 1939 to Albert and Margaret (Wissler) Briar and lived his entire life in this area. He was a 1959 graduate of Straughn High School. Darrel was a member and deacon at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren in Hagerstown. He retired after working several years in toy production for TEDCO, Inc. Darrel's favorite hobbies were woodworking, camping & fishing, but he most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
Darrel is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie E. (Petty) Briar, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1960; three children, Kent (Jane) Briar of Warsaw, IN, Patricia (Rex) Arn of Van Wert, OH and Brett (Marilyn) Briar of Loogootee, IN; eight grandchildren, Patrick, Kaleena, Joshua, & Jacob Briar, Erin Herbst, Nathaniel, Katelynn & Meredith Arn; three great granddaughters, Jada, Grace & Sophie Briar; four sisters, Donna (Leslie) Ramey, Delma (John) Brown, Diana (Francis) Robinson, Deola (David) Robinson; three brothers, Duane (Linda) Briar, Douglas (Deborah) Briar and Darvin Briar; several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4 until 7 PM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Waskom Capitol Hill chapel in Cambridge City, IN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren with calling from 10:30 AM until the start of the service at 11 AM. Burial will follow at Brick Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 225, Hagerstown, IN 47346 or the Dublin Fire Dept./EMS.
William “JB” Jennings
William “JB” Jennings, 65, of Union City, TN, passed away on October 16, 2014, after a brief illness. He was born to Evan and Stella (Workman) Jennings on October 20, 1948 in New Castle, IN. He was a 1967 graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, IN and lived in the area until moving to Tennessee in 2000.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kathy Peden Jennings; ten children, Eric (Shawn) Jennings, Amy (Tim) Parks, Jeremy, Nathan, Jeb & Hannah Jennings, Kim (Robert) Robertson, Krista (Daryl) Burke, Karin (Don) Wilson and Travis Reynolds; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; his dad, Evan M. Jennings; a sister, Sarah Jane (Jim) Robinson; a brother, Skip (Evey) Jennings; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mom, Stella M. Jennings and a granddaughter, Kaitlynne Jennings.
JB was a Navy veteran, whose rank was Petty Officer 3rd Class and served two tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union and recently retired, after 14 years with Goodyear Tire in Union City TN. JB was a member of Cambridge City American Legion Post #169 and VFW Post #4862 in Union City. He enjoyed NASCAR, football and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2 until 5pm on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City. Funeral services will be at 10 am on Monday at the funeral home with calling 1 hr. prior to the the service. American Legion Post #169 will perform military honors at Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville, IN.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to American Legion Post #169 or the veterans organization of your choice.
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Wade Robin Lakes
Greenfield, IN - Wade Robin Lakes, 56, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening October 11, 2014 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. A son of the late Dennis Lakes and Mary M. (McQueen) Lakes-Pryor, Robin was born on August 11, 1958 in New Castle, Indiana. Robin grew up in the Cambridge City community and moved to Greenfield when he was 11 years old. He attended Greenfield Central High School and in his leisure enjoyed riding his motorcycle, spending time with his family, hunting and fishing. Robin worked in construction and was employed by Baumgartner Construction Company of Noblesville.
Robin is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Debbie Farquer. They were married in Maxwell, Indiana on July 17, 1977. 2 daughters, Heather ( husband Casey) Short of Greenfield, Crystal ( companion C.J. Stallworth) Lakes of Greenfield; 6 grandchildren, Jacob Miller Jr., Caleb and Hannah Short, Andrew and Dreyden Lakes and Chandler Stallworth; 1 brother, Dennis (Linda) Lakes of Cape Coral, FL; 2 sisters, Linda Hall of Cambridge City and Sue (Don) Niece of Knightstown; brother in-law, Jim Hall of Dublin; several nieces and nephews.
Robin was preceded in death by his father in 1986; mother in 1992; 2 brothers, David Lakes in 1987and Ralph Lakes in 2014.
Honoring Robin’s wish, a graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday October 15, 2014 at Asbury Cemetery, 10751 N. Asbury Rd., Morristown, Indiana 46161. The Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Billy F. Jobe
Milton, IN - Billy F. Jobe, passed away on October 7, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He's now at peace and without pain in the arms of The Lord and reunited with loved ones that have gone before him.
Bill was the son of Morris and Margaret (Hern) Jobe of Milton, IN. He was born on October 17, 1932 in Connersville, IN and had lived most of his life in Milton. He graduated from Milton High School in 1950, and was a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams. There he met his bride of 63 years, Sarah Ann (Hudson) Jobe. They married on December 31, 1950.
Bill worked at Converto/Golay Manufacturing holding various positions for over 43 years before retiring in 1997. Since his retirement, Bill has enjoyed working at Stegall Berheide Orr Funeral Chapel in Richmond and Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City.
He was a member of the Milton Christian Church and Milton Lodge #108 F & AM for over 50 years. He was Past President of the Cambridge City Evening Kiwanis and current member of New Day Kiwanis. He served as Washington Township Trustee for more than 20 years, was a member of the Wayne County Senior Housing Board, Treasurer of Western Wayne Senior Center, a member of the Wayne County Zoning Board and Wayne County Revolving Loan Board. Bill was also a former Captain of the Milton Volunteer Fire Department.
Since his retirement, Bill enjoyed traveling. He and Ann took numerous trips to all parts of the country with various travel groups. They also traveled abroad to Europe and took cruises to the Panama Canal, Bahamas, Mexico, and Alaska. He was looking forward to another trip in November with his high school classmates to Lancaster, PA, we know he'll be there in spirit.
Bill is survived by the love of his life, Sarah Ann Jobe; three sons, David (Sue) of Connersville, Ronald (Elizabeth) of Carmel and Steven (Kariann) of Muncie; a brother, Donald ( Billie Jean) Jobe of Brookville; a sister, Nancy (Pete) Darter of Cambridge City; six grandchildren, Jama Jobe (Cory) McCartney of Atlanta, GA, Ashleigh Colley of San Diego, CA, Chris Colley of Indianapolis, Andrea Jobe and Lauren Jobe of Bloomington and Tyler Jobe of Muncie; a granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Jobe of Peru, IN; four great grandchildren, Alexander and Jamason Jobe of Peru and Jack and Cooper McCartney of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Gregory and grandson Brian.
Friends may call at the Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 4 until 7 pm and a Masonic service will be held at 7 pm. Funeral services will be at 10 am on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior. Burial will follow at Valley Grove Cemetery in Milton, IN.
Zovada Mae “Sadie” Coy-Wagner
Cambridge City, IN - Zovada Mae “Sadie” Coy-Wagner, 87, passed away on Monday October 6, 2014 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. A daughter of the late John Earl Henderson and Rosa V. (Larrison) Henderson-Hart, Sadie was born in Estill County, Kentucky on November 30, 1926. Sadie grew up on a farm and had lived in Union City, Ohio before moving to Lakeland Florida. She moved to Cambridge City in 2007 and most recently resided in Richmond. Sadie graduated from Dixon High School near Eaton, Ohio and also Middletown Business College of Middletown, Ohio. She was a member of the Poplar Grove Church of the Brethren of Union City, Ohio. In her leisure Sadie enjoyed crocheting, knitting, playing cards, watching football and baseball and nascar.
Survivors include 2 sons, Lowell (Carol) Coy of Straughn and Larry Coy of Lynn; step daughter, Donna (James) Aebi of Elwood and step son inlaw, Ken Weiler of Ohio; 2 grandchidren, Eric (Carrie) and Erin Coy; 7 step grandchildren, Eric (Diana) Weiler, Kevin (Pam) Weiler, Scott (Lara) Weiler, Jeff Aebi, Tina (Perry) Price, Traci (Charles) Bertsch, Tonya (Robert) Hall; 2 siblings, Earthel C. Henderson and Joyce (Steve) Matisko.
Sadie was preceded in death by her stepfather, Ralph Harh; 1st husband Ira Coy, 2nd husband, Don Wagner; stepdaughter, Carole (Wagner) Weiler and grandson, Joe Aebi.
No public services are planned at the time. Burial will be at Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester. Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Martha Jean Hutchinson Ervin
Martha Jean Hutchinson Ervin,80, was born February 10, 1934, to Dorothy Marie Wright Hutchinson and
Ross Miller Hutchinson in Cambridge City, Indiana. She graduated from Lincoln High School, Cambridge City, in 1952.
Martha then attended Indiana University and graduated in 1956. It was there she met her
future husband, John Retherford Ervin of Bartholomew County, Indiana.
Martha taught third grade in Cambridge City for three years, and then taught fifth grade in Hagerstown for four years. In 1964, she moved to Indianapolis and taught at I.P.S. School #88 until 1971 when she left teaching to stay home with daughter Mattie Marie. Martha did substitute teaching for several years in the Indianapolis Schools, Warren Township Schools and Triton School System in Shelby County. Martha was a famous cook and for several years wrote a weekly recipe column, Cooking With M.E., for various papers. She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta, Psi Iota Xi and the Columbus Herb Society.
Martha was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; a sister;
and three nephews. She is survived by husband, John; daughter, Mattie Marie Krautheim; son-in-law, M. Stephen Krautheim; grandsons, Nathaniel Ervin Krautheim and Isaac Stephen Krautheim; sister, Anne Hutchinson Hinds; and nine nieces and nephews. Also, Butch and Barbara King, best friends and surrogate children.
Visitation will be Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E.
Washington St. with funeral services Monday at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 8440 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Ste. 201,
Indianapolis, IN 46240, because grandson, Isaac, suffers from Type 1 Diabetes.
Ruth M. Johnson
Cambridge City, IN - Ruth M. Johnson, age 92, of Richmond, died Saturday, October 4, 2014, at her home.
Born October 3, 1922, in Richmond, Indiana, to Jesse A. and Eva Storie Boggs, Ruth lived in the Wayne County area all of her life.
Survivors include her sisters, Cletis Gethers of Richmond and Ruby German of Fresno, California; brother, Jesse A. Boggs Jr. of Centerville; step-daughters, Jean Powell of Corsicana, Texas, and Betty Bufford of Heber Springs, Arkansas; step-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Dorman Boggs; and one sister, Juanita Henry.
There will be no public services at the request of the family.
Arrangements are being handled by Mills Funeral Home, 405 East Main Street, Centerville.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Pamela Kae Wiggins
Connersville, IN - Pamela Kae (Palmer) Wiggins 65, of Connersville, Indiana passed away Friday October 3, 2014 at her residence.
She was born November 7, 1948 in Connersville, one of six children of Carl and Leatrice (Diesner) Palmer.
She attended Milton Elementary and Lincoln High School.
On July 24, 1980 she married Fred Wiggins in Gatlinburg, TN and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2008.
She had worked at Hubler Auto Center in Rushville and Argosy Casino as a housekeeper before her retirement in 2008.
She enjoyed collecting antiques and shopping at flea markets. Pam had a big heart and was willing to help others in need. She enjoyed spending time with her son and grandchildren.
Survivors include: her mother Leatrice Palmer of Milton; her son, Brian Stewart of Connersville; her daughter, Tracy Wiggins-Singleton of Danville, IN.; her granddaughter, Kayla Singleton of Danville, IN., her grandson, Cody Singleton of Michigan; her four sisters: Nancy Trent and her husband Chuck of Cambridge City, IN., Carla Neal of Indianapolis, IN., Lona Newton and her husband David of Indianapolis, IN; Lisa Carpenter of Connersville, IN; her brother, Jeff Palmer and his wife, Lillie of Milton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Palmer; her husband, Fred Wiggins, and her son, Tony Wiggins.
Funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday October 10, 2014 at Miller Moster Robbins Funeral Home with Pastor John Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Laurel North Cemetery.
Family and friends may call from 10 Am until Noon on Friday October 10, 2014 at Miller Moster Robbins or anytime online at
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or the American Heart Association .
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.
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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.
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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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