Obituaries Western Wayne News, April 13, 2015    

Rex Sigler
Cambridge City, IN - Rex Sigler, a long time resident of Cambridge City, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 13, 2015. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and great papaw. Rex was born in Elwood, IN to Roliff and Katy Sigler on February 4, 1929. He graduated from Frankton High School in 1946 and then his family relocated to the Shirley, IN vicinity. That is where he met his wife, Lavon (Patton) and was happily married for 62 years.
Rex graduated from Reppert's School of Auctioneering in 1948. He worked as an auctioneer for the Knightstown Sale Barn and also the Henry County Livestock Auction for many years. He also conducted auctions in Wayne Co. and surrounding counties for 65 years. He retired from MoorMan's Mfg. Co. where he worked as a contract trucker for 46 years. After retiring, he then worked part timefor Balanced Line Casket Co.
Rex was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cambridge City and was also a member and past president of the Cambridge City Evening Kiwanis Club. He enjoyed vacationing in Gatlinburg, TN several times a year, visiting the area where he made several friends that were like family. He was very interested in what his family was doing and enjoyed their company.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Lavon; a daughter, Jane (Bob) Myers of Milton, IN; a son, John (Diana) Sigler of Carmel, IN; 5 grandchildren, Tiffany (Preston) Kibbey, Brian (Julie) Myers, Michael, Katie and Steven Sigler; 5 great-grandchildren, Kyla, Alyssa and Chloe Kibbey, Jimmy and Luke Myers; several nieces and nephews, including Suzanne (Joe) Farrell of Layfayette, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Ruth Sigler and a niece, Carol Sigler.
Friends may call on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM and the funeral services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to First United Methodist Church of Cambridge City, IN or the Cambridge City Library.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Kalra and the caregivers from Reid Hospital, Arbor Trace, Asera Care and the Connersville dialysis center. The family also wishes to thank their friends for all of the cards, visits and support over the past two years.
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Stephen G. Abernathy
Centerville IN – Stephen G. Abernathy, age 65, of Centerville, became absent from his body on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, and is now at home with the Lord.
Born July 29, 1949, in Rushville, Indiana, to Gail and Dorothy Clifton Abernathy, Steve was a graduate of Ball State University and graduated magna cum laude from Johnson Bible College.
He joined Centerville Christian Church as the associate pastor in 1986 and became senior pastor in 1989. In 2012, he returned to the role of associate pastor. Steve also was a long-time chaplain to the Centerville and Richmond Police Departments, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, and the Indiana State Police. In 2013, he received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Gov. Mike Pence, who referred to Steve as "a man of devout faith and generous spirit." The town council of Centerville declared July 14, 2013, to be Pastor Steve Abernathy Day in recognition of his years of service to the community. Steve had a heart for God's people that was evident to all who met him. He enjoyed spending time with friends and leading special projects that reached out to help others. Steve loved his Lord, his family, his friends, his congregation, his community, and his country.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Barbara Williamson Abernathy to whom he was married on August 2, 1975; son, David (Emilee) Abernathy of Centerville; grandchildren, Kaytlyn Abernathy of Cambridge City and Bennett Abernathy of Centerville; aunt, Francis Clifton; nephew, Matthew (Tric) Kirkpatrick; niece, Jennifer Trobe; cousins; mother-in-law, Josephine Williamson of Schererville, Indiana; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Terri (Ed) Martin, Jimmy (Jan) Williamson, Linda (Marty) Sidor, Diane (Mark) Allen, and Jamie (Kellie) Williamson; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Stephen "Scott" Abernathy; father-in-law, James Williamson; and sister, Susan Kirkpatrick.
Visitation for Stephen G. Abernathy will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at the Centerville Christian Church, 111 North Morton Street, Centerville. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Centerville Christian Church with Pastor Wes Sewell officiating. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Indiana. Arrangements are being handled by Mills Funeral Home, 405 East Main Street, Centerville.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Centerville Christian Church, 111 North Morton Street, Centerville, Indiana 47330.
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Helen R. Terzini
Richmond, IN - Helen R. Terzini 90 of Richmond died Saturday April 4, 2015 at Rosebud Village after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born November 17, 1924 in Richmond to Antonio and Rosina Smarelli Terzini and lived here all her life.
She retired from Alcoa Corporation after working over 30 years and formerly worked for Hills Roses. Helen was a 1943 graduate of Richmond High School. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Kirk Little VFW Post 1108 Auxiliary.
Survivors include one son Vincent Terzini of Pershing, two granddaughters Lindsi Terzini of Columbus, Ohio and Angela Harrod of Cambridge City, one sister Mary MacPherson of Richmond, one nephew Steven Terzini of Richmond, and one niece Linda Myers of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
She is preceded in death by her parents, one brother August Terzini died in 1994, one sister Agnes Terzini died in 1999.
Liturgy of Christian Burial will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday April 9, 2015 at St. Mary’s Church with Rev. Kevin Morris officiating. Burial will be in St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Friends may call 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be given to Seton Catholic High School c/o Richmond Catholic Office 240 South 6th Street Richmond, Indiana 47374. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Frank E. Blevins
Cambridge City, IN - Frank E. Blevins, 89, of Cambridge City passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Henry County Hospital in New Castle. A son of the late Gwyn and Lola (Hamm) Blevins, Frank was born on August 21, 1925 in New Castle. He graduated from Hagerstown High School with the class of 1943. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Frank was a television and machine repairman and retired from DANA Corporation in 1987 after 30 years of service. He was Past Post Commander of the Hagerstown American Legion Post #333, member of the American Legion Post #338 in Dublin, VFW, 40 & 8, and the Hagerstown RC Club. In his leisure, Frank enjoyed fishing, golf, and flying RC planes.
Survivors include his children, Timothy Wayne (Deborah) Blevins of Auburn, Indiana, Tony Lee (Tina) Blevins of Hagerstown, Paula Ann VanHook of Connersville; 7 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; long time companion, Charlene Smith; siblings, Ted Blevins of Hagerstown, Mary Louise (Kenny) Cowen of New Castle, Madge Thompson of Noblesville.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Blevins.
Family and friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Rev. Ron Coleman and Rev. Robert Fannin will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Brick Cemetery in Hagerstown.
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Rhonda T. Lawrence
Richmond, IN - Rhonda I. Lawrence went to be home with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. She was born on January 30, 1935 to O.G. And Rosie (Tucker) Gillentine in Somerset, Kentucky.
Rhonda grew up in Cambridge City, Indiana and graduated from Lincoln High School. She lived her adult life in Richmond, Indiana. She was a homemaker and loving mother. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and spending time with family.
She is survived by two sisters, Freda (Harold) Smith of Richmond, Indiana and Minnie (James) Doll of Winter Haven, Florida, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, step-father, George Morton, a daughter, Tina Lawrence, a sister, Pat Crouch and a brother, Colman Morton.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel and interment was made at Riverside Cemetery.
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Leo I. Lemmons
Florida - Leo I. Lemmons was born on November 30, 1928 to Eva and Irvin Lemmons, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Indiana.
Leo was a Wayne County resident, living in Milton, until 1996 when he and his wife Patti relocated to Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Leo enjoyed boating with family and friends at the Brookville Lake and worked part time for the Waskom-Fisher Funeral Home.
Leo was a graduate of Milton High School where he enjoyed playing sports, especially basketball. After High School he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served his country in war zones aboard the USS Rochester during the Korean War. He received the Navy Good Conduct medal, United Nations Medal, Occupational Medal, Korean War Medal with 3 Bronze company stars.
After an honorable discharge he worked for the Golay Company in Cambridge City. He retired after 24 years with Alcoa, Richmond Works.
He was a member of the Milton and Cambridge City Christian Church, a Captain on the Milton/Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department and a V.F.W. Member of the Richmond Post.
Leo is survived by His wife Patti, son Doug, granddaughter, Ashley (Michael), great granddaughters, Callie & Ryllie, daughter-in-law Leigh and grandson, Tyler.
Private graveside services and a celebration of life in Cambridge City, IN will be announced at a later date by the family.
Helen Irene Thayer
Portland, IN - Helen Irene Thayer, age 96, a resident of Portland, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015 at her home in Portland. She was a former resident of Richmond, Indiana.
Helen was born on August 10, 1918, in New Castle, Indiana, the daughter of Victor and Stella (Maddy) Gilbert. She retired from Belden in Richmond as an Inspector after 41 years. Helen was a member of the Pershing United Methodist Church and Belden 25 year club. She married David Norman Thayer and he passed away on August 2, 1993.
Survivors include two nephews, Michael Eads (wife Brenda) and Jon Eads (wife Kelli) of Portland, Indiana; three nieces, Vickie Lewis and Marna Smith of Portland, Indiana and Lisa DeWitt (husband Don) of Syracuse, Indiana; great nieces and nephews Brooke Kriegbaum, Jeff Lewis, Angie Franks, April Smith, Missy Elliott, Jonathan Eads, Joshua DeWitt, Jennifer DeWitt and Jessica Lawburgh; great-great nieces and nephews Collin Kriegbaum, Dylan Lewis, Gretchen Elliott, Griffin Elliott and Zoey Smith.
Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Cemetery in Pershing, Indiana.
Memorials may be directed towards the Jay County Cancer Society. Online condolences may be sent to
Danny Joseph Block
New Castle, IN - - Danny Joseph Block, 45, passed away Saturday afternoon March 28, 2015 at the Emergency Room of Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle, Indiana. A son of the late Lawrence Barry and Corrine (Workman) Block, Danny was born in Livingston, New Jersey on March 28, 1970. Formerly of Florence, Kentucky, Danny received a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Northern Kentucky University and worked as a police officer for the Walton Kentucky Police Department and the Boone County Kentucky Sheriff Department. He has made his home in New Castle for the past 1 ½ years.
Survivors include his wife of 6 years, the former Amber Marie Chew. They were married in Erlanger, Kentucky on December 20, 2008; 4 children, Joey and Christopher Block, Collin and Corbin King; 2 siblings, Connie and Paul Block.
Following cremation a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at White Branch Church of the Brethren. The Marshall and Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin has been entrusted with the arrangements where online condolences can be made anytime at
Dennis Wiley Lynch
Dublin, IN - Dennis Wiley Lynch, 68, passed away on Thursday morning March 26, 2015 at Lincoln Center in Connersville, Indiana. Dennis was born in Connersville, Indiana on November 3, 1946. Dennis served his country in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1964. His memberships included the American Legion, Eagles and Masonic Lodge all in Connersville. Dennis retired from General Telephone after 30 years of service as an installer and repairman. In his leisure he enjoyed riding his motorcycle and visiting with friends and family.
Survivors include his mother, Virginia (Wheeler) Lynch of Dublin; daughter, Angela (Brian) Barrett of Centerville; 3 grandchildren, Alexis (Kelly) Boswell, Harley Barrett and Mariah (Gritty) Brattain; 3 great grandchildren, Rae-Lynn Lynch, Owen Lee Catron and Breeze Austin Boswell; aunts and uncles.
Dennis was preceded in death by his father, Glen L. Lynch on January 2, 2005 and his son, Christopher Todd Lynch on March 14, 2014.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m until the time of funeral services at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pator Steve Cox will officiate. Burial with military honors provided by the Fayette County Veterans Council Honor Guard will follow at the Dale Cemetery in Connersville.
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Margie N. Dickinson
New Lisbon, IN – Margie N. Dickinson, of New Lisbon passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at The Waters of New Castle. A daughter of the late James McKinley and Laura McDowell, Margie was born on June 4, 1931 in Glase, West Virginia. She and her late husband, Richard Dickinson, owned and operated Flagman Restaruant in Cambridge City. She was a member of the Dublin Gospel Mission Church, Henry County Senior Center, Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 Auxiliary in Cambridge City, Henry County Historical Society. In her leisure, she enjoyed playing bingo, sewing, crochet, crafts, watercolor painting, puzzles, shopping, watching Food Network and cooking.
Margie leaves behind her daughters, Drema and Sharon; five grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Lois June.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ernie McKinley White in 2005; husband, Richard in 2008.
Funeral Service for Margie will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Steve Cox will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Pershing. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the funeral home.
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Kenneth A Cate
Cambridge City, IN - Kenneth A Cate, 76, of Cambridge City passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Reid Hospital & Healthcare Services.
He was born on March 13, 1939 in Fayette County to Allen J. and Annie Louise Harvey Cate and was a 1957 graduate of Straughn High School. Kenny retired after 34 years from the National Guard and as a tool and die maker from MEG Corporation in Cambridge City. He loved his white faced cows, sports and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years Judith Matney Cate; a son Michael D. (Jamie) Cate of Dublin; two grandchildren Hannah and Zane Cate; a brother Jack (Pat) Cate; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Todd Allen Cate; and two sisters Mary Ellen Baker and Rita Smith.
Friends may gather at Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 10:30 am for graveside services conducted by Rev. Gordon Mehaffey. There will be no public visitation.
Arrangements are being handled by Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis or a favorite charity.
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Clifford Sherwood
Rushvuille, IN - Clifford Sherwood, 100, a lifelong Rush County resident passed away at his home in Rush County on March 22, 2015. Clifford was born in Rush County on January 14, 1915 to the late Henry D. and Hazel (McMichel) Sherwood. He married Crystal Lucille Morgan on January 4, 1941 and she preceded him in death on September 16, 1994. In July of 1995 he married Wanda.
Clifford Sherwood served in the US Army during WWII. He was a Rush County farmer and drove a school bus for 22 years and worked at Harcourt Outlines. Clifford was a member of Milroy United Methodist Church, the Milroy F&AM Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite. He also worked with the Anderson Township Volunteer Fire Dept. Clifford was a past member of the Milroy Community Club, the Rush County Muskrats and the Milroy Coyote Club and Rushville Elks Lodge #1307.
Survivors include wife Wanda Sherwood, 3 daughters, Connie Cooley and husband Garry, DeBorah Springmire and husband James and Pam Sherwood all of Milroy, 4 brothers, Charles “PeeWee” Sherwood and wife Carolyn of Dublin, Franklin Sherwood and wife Nancy, Delbert Sherwood and Kenneth Sherwood and wife Viola all of Cambridge City, 3 grandchildren, David Springmire, Michael Cooley and wife Michele, Susan Slaughter and husband Zack, step granddaughter, Stephanie Thomas and husband Jeff and 3 great grandchildren, Brandon and Kayla Springmire and Evan Cooley and 1 step grandchild Royce Cooley.
In addition to his parents and wife Crystal, Clifford was preceded in death by 4 sisters, Maggie Richardson, Juanita Daugherty, Eulala Halterman and Evelyn Brandon, 3 brothers George, Lowell and Henry “Jr.” and granddaughter, Diana Springmire.
Services will be held at 10 AM Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Moster Mortuary, Rushville. Pastor Phil Mitchell will preside. Friends are welcome to visit from 4-8 PM Friday, March 27 at the mortuary. Burial will be in East Brook Cemetery, Milroy. Military Honors will be observed at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or Milroy United Methodist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Moster Mortuary.
J. Renee Lawson
J. Renee Lawson 38, of Connersville, Indiana passed away unexpectedly Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Fayette Regional Hospital.
She was born December 29, 1976 and was raised in Milton, Indiana by her grandparents, Chet and Claudia Lawson . She was a 1995 graduated of Lincoln High School.
She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader for Troop 2002 and enjoyed Reading, Cooking, Sewing and Crafts in general.
Survivors include her daughter, Claudia Lawson; "parents by choice" Molly and John Fairchild, a brother Jim Fairchild , all of Connersville; extended family members and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her father and step-mother, Michael and Angie Lawson and her grandparents, Chet and Claudia Lawson.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Saturday March 28 at First Presbyterian Church in Connersville, Indiana.
Family and friends may call from 4-7 PM on Friday March 27 at Moster Robbins Funeral Home or anytime online at
Burial will be in Westside Cemetery in Milton, Indiana.
Mary Kay (Evans) Dudas
Richmond, IN - Mary Kay (Evans) Dudas, age 72, passed away early Friday morning (March 20, 2015) at Reid Hospital. She was born in Richmond, Indiana on November 16, 1942 to Robert and Ruby Evans. She Graduated from Richmond High School in 1961 and had lived here all of her life. She married Michael S. Dudas on November 4, 1961 and were married until he passed in 2014. Mary Kay worked at Starr School, The Palladium-Item, Ayr Way and Wal-Mart. She loved decorating, being outdoors, Indiana State fair band day and spending time with family and grandkids.
Survivors include her children Eric (Angela) Dudas of Newburgh, Indiana, Chris Dudas of Dublin, Indiana, Julie (Rocky) Vecera of Richmond, Indiana, Andy Dudas of Richmond, Indiana, Nick (Deseria) Dudas of Richmond, Indiana and Michael Dudas of Richmond, Indiana; Siblings Helen Meier, Jack Evans, John Evans, Bob Evans, Tom Evans, Bill Evans, Ron Evans and Sam Evans; 14 grandchildren including granddog Frank and many friends. In addition to her parents and her husband Michael S. Dudas she is also preceded in death by siblings Dorothy Cline, Donald 'Bud' Evans and Jim Evans.
A Prayer service for Mary Kay will be held on Wednesday (March 25, 2015) at 9:20 A.M. in Riggle – Waltermann Mortuary with a Mass to follow in St. Andrew Church at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery. Father Kevin Morris will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday (March 24, 2015) from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in Riggle – Waltermann Mortuary.
Isabelle Ann Gaddis
Cambridge City, IN - Isabelle Ann Gaddis, 9 months old, of Cambridge City, went to Heaven on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Reid Hospital in Richmond. She was born on June 20, 2014 at Reid Hospital to Kanasta Johnson and Jason L. Gaddis. During her short life Isabelle was loved very much by her family and many friends.
She is survived by her parents; maternal grandparents, Lori Johnson and Jeff (Dawn Schrimpf) Sourbeer and paternal grandparents, Nancy (Tim) Neal and Robert (Melissa) Gaddis, Jr.; maternal great-gandparents, Carl & Lena Sourbeer and Carla Palmer; paternal great-grandma & grandpa Hayes;
maternal great-great-grandma, Joyce Hunt; special grandma, Sam (Jeremey) Elliott; Godmother, Destiny Morrel; 4 aunts, Allason Keihn, Krystal, Megan and McKinna; 4 uncles, Anthony, Andrew, John and Scotty and a large loving extended family.
Seervices were Saturday at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City and a graveside service will be at 1:15 p.m. At Westside Cemetery in Milton.
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Jenna Leigh Hayden
Milton, IN - Jenna Leigh Hayden, 19. Passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2015. Born January 23, 1996 to Amy Good and John Hayden in Richmond IN. Jenna graduated from Lincoln High School in 2014.
Jenna enjoyed playing basketball, dancing, singing, and spending time with family and friends. Jenna was enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College. Jenna's zest for life and laughter was felt by everyone who knew her.
Jenna is survived by her mother, Amy (Steve) Smith, Father John (Cheryl) Hayden, Sister Suzanne Dobbs, Brothers Sgt. James (Angela) Dobbs and Johnny Hayden. Grandparents Suzanne (Gilbert) Puckett, Jerry (Rosemary) Good, Marjana Hayden, Jim (Marsha) Hayden, Aunts Emily Good-Lee (Steve), Candi (Mike) Whitehead, Veronica Hayden, Debbie Puckett-Gill, Cindy Lou (Bill) Jack, Debbie Feaster (Michael Cook) and Uncles Gil Puckett, Jerry Hayden, David Smith, Daniel Smith, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Great Aunts and Uncles. Special Friends Doug Bauer, Caleb Smith, Alisha Crutchfield and Leann Allen
Preceeded by Jeffrey Puckett and Duane Feaster.
A private burial will be held on Tuesday March 24 2015.
Calling will be held Monday, March 23,2015 at Community Family Funeral Home in Richmond, IN from 4pm-8pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation,3901 W 86th St #380 Indianapolis, Indiana 46268-1799, care of the funeral home or address of foundation.
Connie J. Smith
Cambridge City, IN - Connie J. Smith, 73, of Cambridge City passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 at home surrounded by her family.
She was born on June 10, 1941 in New Castle, IN to Wayne and Thelma Parker Matney and had lived all her life in the Cambridge City area.
Connie was a 1959 graduate of Lincoln High School. She had worked for the town of Cambridge City for 47 years, the last 31 years serving as Clerk Treasurer before retiring in 2011.
Survivors include two daughters, Christina (Tim) Bohlander and Pamela (Jay) Jessop; two grandchildren Lindsay and Spencer (fiancee' Jennifer Hardyiec) Bohlander; 3 sisters Shirley Weesner, Judy (Kenny) Cate, Linda Alexander and her twin brother, Ronnie (Teddy) Matney; nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver and dear friend, Lynn Adams.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Ronald D. “Frog” Smith.
Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 2:00 pm until start of services at 6:00pm. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Gordon Mehaffey and Dr. Richard Amick will be officiating.
The family would welcome contributions, in memory of Connie J. Smith to “The I.U. Foundation” 545 Barnhill Dr., Room EH215, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
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Curtis Gordon “Curt” Mustin
Cambridge City, IN - Curtis Gordon “Curt” Mustin, 47, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday evening March 14, 2015 at Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana. Curt was born in Greenfield, Indiana on January 2, 1968. He has lived most of his life in the Cambridge City community and graduated from Lincoln High School with the class of 1986. Curt has worked for the past 17 years for Mosey Manufacturing as a machinist supervisor currently at their Dunkirk facility. In his leisure Curt loved to watch his two sons participate in their sporting events. He was an avid COLTS fan and enjoyed NASCAR racing and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, the former Vanessa Joy Haler. They were married on December 18, 1998 at the Cambridge City Presbyterian Church; 2 sons, Caleb Lee and Devin Christopher Mustin both at home; 2 nephews, Darrell Christopher Mustin of Dublin and Clayton Haler; 3 nieces, Kaitlyn and Addyson Johnson and Evie Haler; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members.
Curt was preceded in death by his father, Frank G. Mustin on March 28, 2000; mother, Judith Ann “Judy” (Frost) Mustin on October 3, 2009 and brother, Christopher Lee Mustin on November 9, 1996.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday March 20, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Pastor Danny Berry will officiate. Burial will follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday March 19th at the funeral home.
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Jack Banta
Cambridge City, IN - Jack “Jackie” Banta, age 82, of Cambridge City, Indiana passed away March 10, 2015. He was born on May 10, 1932 in Wayne County to Vaughn Lee and Jeanette Bailey Banta. He was a long-time member of the Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 and retired from the Richmond State Hospital after over 20 years of service. He married the former Betty Lester in 1979 and they were happily married for over 35 years.
Survivors include his wife Betty Banta; son Robert “Bob” Banta; step sons Lawrence Lingar and Tim Lingar; daughters, Sharon Martinez, Laura Jenkins, Linda Brown, Vicky Gray, Sue Garrison; sisters, Joanne and Carolyn; daughters-in-law, Deloris Banta, Melissa Lingar, Stella Lingar; sons-in-law, Mark Martinez and Ken Garrison; many close friends including all of his girls from Village Pantry and Country Mark in Cambridge City.
Honoring Jack’s request there will be cremation only with no services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, PO Box 158, Dublin, IN 47335. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
He will be missed by all.
Ricky Smith
Cambridge City, IN - Ricky Smith, 55, passed away Sunday morning March 8, 2015 at his home in Cambridge City, Indiana. A son of the late Ralph Smith and Hazel (Keith) Smith-Helton, Ricky was born in Richmond, Indiana on August 1, 1959. A lifelong Wayne County resident, Ricky served his country in the United States Navy for 2 ½ years. He had attended Ivy Tech and worked as a restaurant manager and cook for area restaurants which include Mancino’s and Stop One Truck Plaza. In his leisure, Ricky enjoyed reading and watching movies.
Survivors include his wife Betty C. Smith of Richmond; significant other of 15 years, Della (Nash) Riggs of Cambridge City; children, Jeramey (Belinda) Ragan of Plainfield, Catherine M. Bricker of Richmond, Jeremy and Jessica Smith of Florida, John and Emily Huddleston and Katie Rust; 8 grandchildren, Kaytlynn Gerken, Kollinn Bricker, Emma and Finnegan Ragan, Andrea Lowery, Travis Poore, Brainna and Gage Huddleston; 2 nieces, Jodi Swafford of Ohio, Shannon Martin of Florida; 2 nephews, Jimmie Johnson and Brian Griffin both of Florida; several other nieces and nephews.
Ricky was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Brenda Griffin and Judy Swafford; step siblings, Diane, Steve, Dan and Lori Helton.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday March 12, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Cremation will follow.
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Jerry L. Crutcher, Sr.
Cambridge City, IN - Jerry L. Crutcher, Sr., 69, of Cambridge City passed away on Thursday, March 5, 2015 in a vehicle accident in Tennessee.
Jerry was born on September 2, 1945 in New Castle, IN to Lee Austin and Elva M. Harmon Crutcher and had lived most of his life in the Cambridge City area. He had attended Lincoln High School. He was owner and operater of Jerry's Car Sales and Service in Cambridge City since 1982. He loved his pets, fishing and classic cars.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years Ann L. (Harrod) Crutcher; 2 sons Jerry L. (Katrina) Crutcher, Jr. and David (Katy) Crutcher; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother Rick (Cindy) Crutcher; 3 sisters Bonnie (Roy) Winchester, Patricia (Lewis) Glover and Sherry Crutcher; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a infant brother Larry.
Friends may gather at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 11:00 am until the start of services at 12:00 noon. Rev's. Stanley Jeter and Bud Parrish will be officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemtery in Cambridge City.
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Arthur Blake Huddleston
Seymour, IN - Arthur Blake Huddleston went home to be with Jesus on March 8, 2015. He was born June 28, 1921 in Milton, Indiana to William and Ruth (Leverton) Huddleston. He married Betty (Roegge) Huddleston on December 23, 1944.
He retired from Beneficial Finance, where he worked in Seymour, Muncie, and Evansville, then from Home Federal, and finally from Knight’s Inn (at the age of 89). He was a member of Gideons International, a former president of the local Kiwanis Club, and a past member of the Toastmasters Club. He was an elder emeritus and Sunday school teacher at Central Christian Church (Seymour). He had also served as an elder and Sunday school teacher at Seymour Christian Church and University Christian Church (Muncie). He was a loving husband and father and an example of Christian living and service, as evidenced by having four of his five sons become preachers.
He participated in seven successful invasions during World War II. He served on a top secret naval vessel that would mimic the sound of airplanes and battleships to distract the enemy, while the actual invasion would occur elsewhere.
He is survived by his sons: David (Mary Ellen) Huddleston (Cincinnati, OH) and his sons Danny, Chris, and Tim; Mark (Martha) Huddleston (Omaha, Neb.) and his sons Nathan, Matthew, Jonathan, and Jeremy; Wayne (Pam) Huddleston (Seymour) and his sons Ryan and Brad; Paul (Claudia) Huddleston (Seymour) and his son Lester; and Steve (Pam) Huddleston (Muncie) and his children Heather and Aaron. He had 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 69 years, his brother Laverne, and his sister Margaret (Scherer).
Visitation will take place at Voss Chapel on Wednesday, March 11 from 4-8pm and Thursday after 10:00am until the time of service at Central Christian Church. The funeral service will be Thursday at 11:00am at Central Christian Church with Rev. Lewis Wright officiating. Memorials may be given to the Gideons International or Central Christian Church.
Diana Jo Briar
Cambridge City, IN - Diana Jo Briar, 60, passed away early Tuesday morning March 10, 2015 at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. A daughter of the late Elmer Foster and Marietta Ellen (Scott) Marshall, Diana was born in Wayne County, Indiana on September 27, 1954. A graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City with the class of 1972 she had worked in the office at PROKO Industries from 1979-1993. She then began working as office clerk for Luellen Bros. Grain Elevator in New Lisbon with 22 years of service there. In her leisure she enjoyed spending as much time as she could with her family, especially her grandkids.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Dean Briar, whom she married at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church on June 17, 1972; 2 sons, Kevin (Gina) Briar of Straughn and Adam (Missy) Briar of Greens Fork; 4 grandchildren, Jimmy, Amanda, Joe and Courtney; 1 sister, Tami (Jeff) Becker of Dublin.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Reverends Don Miller and Arthur Whitaker will officiate. Burial will follow at the Brick Cemetery south of Hagerstown. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday March 13 at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at
John W. Hart
Milton, IN - John W. (Jack) Hart, 94, of Milton, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Reid Hospital. The son of Murray and Alcy (Hamm) Hart, he was born on July 4, 1920. Jack grew up in Randolph County and was a graduate of Winchester High School. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. Jack received his Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and received his EdD from Ball State University in 1980. Jack worked for many years as a conservationist for the Soil and Water Conservation Service here in Wayne County. He enjoyed spending time at his country home, enviromental education and also worked at the Hayes Arboretum and Indiana University East.
Jack is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Morse of Milton; a son Robert of Arlington, MA and two grandsons, Michael and Christopher. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary M. (Sims) Hart on January 29, 2013.
A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to S.P.U.R. (Society for the Preservation and use of Resources), 4910 Shoemaker Rd., Centerville, IN 47330.
Online condolences may be made at
Linda Cones
Milton, IN - Linda Cones, age 55, of Milton, Indiana passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, March 2, 2015 at her residence in Milton.
She was born April 2, 1959 in Jacksonville, Texas a daughter of John C. Murley and Mary Ruth Murley. She was a former employee of Philco Ford in Connersville and a member of Faith United Lutheran Church in Centerville, IN.
She was a loving mother, daughter, wife, aunt and sister. Linda was an avid fisher, bowler and a wonderful artist. Her paintings were some wonderful works of art that she shared with us all. She loved her children more than life itself and adored her grandchildren. She devoted herself to her loving husband and she will always be missed.
Left to cherish her memory include her husband George Cones of Milton, IN, her mother Mary Murley of Milton, IN, a daughter Shavon (Matthew) Fulton of Richmond, IN, a son J.R. (Holly) Todish of Milton, IN, a step-daughter Heather (Josh) Board of Richmond, IN, nine grandchildren, three sisters: Kay, Leigh Ann and Debbie, a brother Mike, a niece Shana and a nephew Jeffrey.
She was preceded in death by her father John C. Murley, a brother Billy Joe in infancy and her grandparents.
Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday, March 6, 2016 at Faith United Lutheran Church in Centerville, Indiana. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the church with Rev. Bob Murley officiating; burial will follow at Westside Cemetery in Milton, Indiana.
Macer-Hall Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling the arrangements.
Macer-Hall funeral directors and staff are honored to conduct the services for Mrs. Cones.
Harry E. Runyon
Richmond, IN – Harry E. Runyon, age 94, of Richmond, died Sunday, March 1, 2015, surrounded by his family.
Harry was born on January 21, 1921, in Preble County, Ohio, to Walter and Lena Runyon. He was a 1939 graduate of Cambridge City High School. Harry lived in Wayne County for most of his life. He retired in 1980 from Fred First Ford, where he was the general sales manager for over 20 years. Harry was a member of the Richmond Lion’s Club. He was a member of the Richmond Lodge #196, F. & A.M. and the Indianapolis Valley of Scottish Rite. He enjoyed auto racing, I.U. basketball, woodworking (especially making things for his family), and spending time in the company of his family and friends.
Survivors include his daughters, Judy (Bob) Evans of Richmond, Kathy (Terry) Lee of Columbus, Ohio, and Melody (Dawn Haberland) Truitt of Columbus, Ohio; son, Mark (Diana) Runyon of Englewood, Ohio; three granddaughters, Kelly June (Janice Passmore) Evans of Richmond, Jennifer Bailey of Milford, Ohio, and Jama Evans of San Diego, California; five grandsons, Ryan (Lashawnda) Runyon of Englewood, Ohio, Chad (Misty) Lee of Cleveland, Ohio, Jason (Ronni) Lee of Columbus, Ohio, Adam Runyon of Englewood, Ohio, and Jerrad (Nathan Leasure) Lee of Marion, Ohio; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many friends, including his beloved dog, Joey.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Glendora June Branson Runyon who died October 30, 2003; parents; granddaughter, Kristyn Evans; and four brothers, Clarence, Bernard, Morris, and Harold Runyon.
A gathering for Harry E. Runyon will be from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Earlham Memorial Mausoleum, 1101 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Earlham Memorial Mausoleum with Dr. Martin Holman and Dr. Frank Holman officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Care Alliance, 4101 National Road West, Richmond, IN 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
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