Obituaries Western Wayne News, January 29, 2015    
Judith Deanna Peckinpaugh Bryant
Cambridge City, IN - Judith Deanna Peckinpaugh Bryant, 73, of Cambridge City passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at her residence. She was born on September 20, 1941 Henry County Hospital. She was named by her cousin, the Late Howard Eugene Phillips.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years Thomas Keith Bryant; Tammie Renee Bryant (Bryan David) Jones, William Todd Bryant and Heather Nicole Bryant (Jeremy Scott) Troutwine; grandchildren Kristopher Thomas Bryant, Makayla Alexis Troutwine, Lauren Amber Jones, Kelsee Morgan Troutwine, Jeran Scott Troutwine, and Jayden Todd Troutwine; sisters Norma Jeanne (Don) Stuart and Sandra Sue (Gordon) Graham; and brothers Felix Edward (Brenda) Peckinpaugh and William Eugene (Betsy) Peckinpaugh, Jr.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents William Eugene Peckinpaugh and Lorene Joyce Chambers Peckinpaugh and her in-laws Donald Keith Bryant and Mary L. Weesner Bryant.
Friends may gather from 10:00 AM until start of services at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City. Pastor Robert Wyrick and Danny Berry will be officiating. Burial will be private in Riverside Cemetery.
Following the funeral a celebration of Judie's life will be held at Cambridge City Christian Church, 106 W. Church St. Cambridge City, IN
Memorial contributions may be made to MDA, 9100 Purdue Road #203, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
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Adena Ryerson
Lewisville - Adena Rynerson, 82, passed away while surrounded by her family on January 26, 2015 at Heritage House Nursing Home in New Castle, Indiana.
A daughter of the late Robert Elmer and Helen Martha (Dunlap) Meurer, Adena was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on September 6, 1932.
She was a graduate of Gerstmeyer Technical High School in Terre Haute and had lived in Lewisville since 1961. Adena operated her own sewing business and was known for her beautifully crafted aprons, bibs, tote bags and other items. She was a member of the Indianapolis Hiking Club for years and, with her husband Hal, made long-lasting friendships there. She was an avid reader and enjoyed, traveling, music and spending time with her grandchildren and friends. She was an accomplished musician with a beautiful singing voice.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Hal Rynerson. They were married in Terrre Haute on June 14, 1952; 4 children: Lynn (James) Smith of Indianapolis; David (Cherie) Rynerson of Rochester, New York; Robert (Karen) Rynerson of Bloomington, Illinois; and Hal Dean Rynerson of Waverly.
Adena is survived by 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and her brother David Meurer.
She was preceded in death by 6 siblings.
Adena’s family thanks the wonderful staff at Heritage House in New Castle. Through their loving care and concern, her last years were happy and content.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. until the time of the services at 1 p.m. on Friday January 30, 2015 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville. Rev. Arthur Whitaker officiated. Burial followed at the Lewisville Cemetery.
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Andrew Warren
Cambridge city, IN- Andrew Warren 80 of Cambridge City died Saturday January 24, 2015 at his home after a six month battle with cancer. He was born January 24, 1935 in McKee, Kentucky to Marion and Lucy Creech Warren and lived in the Richmond area since 1964. He formerly worked for Wallace Metal Products and Marvel Industries, and was an Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years Bonnie, two children Diana (John) Jones and Michael (Stacey) Warren, two grandchildren Kelsey and Nicholas Shearer, and one brother Ellis Warren. He is preceded in death by one grandchild Dustin Shearer, his parents, one sister Marie Harrison, and one brother Emery Warren.
Private graveside services were held Sunday January 25, 2015 at Goshen Cemetery. Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home handled arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Mark B. Wright
Mark B. Wright, age 76, of Cambridge City, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015. He was born February 7, 1938, in Richmond, IN to Emmett J. and Roberta J. Wright.
Soon after graduating from Centerville High School in 1956, Mark entered the Marines and was stationed in Okinawa and Puerto Rico. Following an honorable discharge from the service, he worked for his father in the excavating business for several years and built many of the farm ponds in and around Wayne County. He also worked for Eaton Gear Works and Farm Bureau. In 2001 he retired from the Wayne County Highway Department after 27 years as a heavy equipment operator. Plowing the roads during the blizzard of ’78 was one of his most challenging jobs.
always had a fascination and love of animals. As a boy there was often a critter or two in his pocket; as an adult he raised an assortment of exotic animals. In 1974 he realized his boyhood dream of an African safari and later enjoyed two more African hunting adventures.
He was on the boards of the Soil and Water Conservation District and the Society for Preservation and Use of Resources, a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club, and a longtime member of American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society, NRA, Safari Club, Centerville’s Hiram No. 417 Masonic Lodge (53 years) and a member of the Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren.
He leaves behind his wife Carolyn (Goar), whom he married on July 8, 1962; a daughter, Aleesa (Greg) Drennen of Cambridge City; a sister, Anne (Maurice) Baker of Lincoln, NE; a brother-in-law, Bill Taylor of Richmond; 2 nieces; 3 nephews; and many great nieces, great nephews and cousins; some special coffee-drinking buddies and a fantastic family of neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marcia Taylor; aunts and uncles; a nephew; several coffee buddies and a close friend, Mark Carpenter.
Calling will be from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, Thursday, January 29, 2015, at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel (US 40 and State Road 1) in Cambridge City, with a 7:30 PM Masonic Service. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 30, with burial following at Hagerstown’s Brick Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Clay and Opal Brooks Family Fund, c/o Wayne County Foundation, 33 South 7th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. (Clay and Opal Brooks were Mark’s grandparents and the fund benefits the Whitewater Gorge Park in Wayne County.)
Sandra K. (McCauley) Boyce
Cambridge City, IN - Sandra K. (McCauley) Boyce, 58, of rural Cambridge City, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2014 at her home. She was born in Belo, West Virginia on April 26, 1956 to Dwight and Orphia McCauley. Sandra is a 1974 graduate of Northeastern High School and worked as a dispatcher and reserve officer for Richmond Police Department for 14 years. She enjoyed making jewelry, sewing, and crocheting.
Survivors include her parents, both of Richmond; husband, Harl Boyce; children Cary (Kristen) Pipenger of Richmond, Matthew Boyce (fiancé Rachael Smallwood) of New Castle; several grandchildren; brother, Rodney (Patty) McCauley of Richmond.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Memorial contributions can be made to Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, PO Box 158, Dublin, IN 47335 to help cover funeral expenses.
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Kevin J. Lehman
Kevin J. Lehman, age 40, passed away on Monday (January 19, 2015) at Reid hospital. He was born on May 29, 1974 in Reading, England to Clifford “Tom” Lehman and Candy Killion (Riden). He had worked at Honda Manufacturing the past 3 years; the Wayne County Sherriff's department, where was a member of the color guard and a jail supervisor, for 10 years, and Cutshaw's market for 11 years. Kevin was avid Detroit Lions fan, and loved to listen to music. His favorite past time was spending time with his wife, children, and grandbabies. Survivors include his wife of 17 years Shana Lehman; children Nicholas Lehman, Lyndsey Reffitt, Devon (Shadeigh) Reffitt; parents Candy (Eddie) Killion and Clifford Tom (Debbie) Lehman of Bruceville, Indiana; twin brother Keith Lehman; brothers Jason (Karen) Lehman, Craig (Tabitha) Lehman, Rick Lehman, Levi (Katie) Ellis, Kyle (Leah) Killion, Eric (Terra) Killion; grandchildren Alexis Garrett, Addison Reffitt, Bryden Garrett; Grandmother Freda Riden; father and mother in law Les and Gladys Kibbey; step brothers and sisters, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his grandpa Jim Riden and grandparents Clifford Lehman & Thelma Wagoner. Services for Kevin will be held on Tuesday (January 27, 2015) at 11 a.m. in Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary. Pastor Roger Hendricks will officiate. Burial will follow in Jacksonburg Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday (January 26, 2015) from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Robert K. "Turtle" Murphy
Richmond,IN – Robert K. “Turtle” Murphy, age 67, of Richmond, died Friday, January 23, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family.
Born July 7, 1947, in Richmond, Indiana, to Bobby L. and Uvanondis Moore Murphy, Bob lived most of his life in this area. He was a graduate of Richmond High School. Bob entered the United States Army at the age of 17. He served in Germany and volunteered to serve in Vietnam where he did two tours of duty. Bob was later in the United States Army Reserve. He was a mechanic for many years. Bob then moved to Texas where he spent ten years in sign construction. He worked for Kemper Cabinets and later retired from Schrock Cabinetry. Bob was a lifetime member of VFW Kirk-Little Post 1108, the American Legion #315, and Greens Fork DAV. He was the first Vietnam veteran to be VFW Commander. Bob was a member of First Baptist Church. He collected turtles and enjoyed working on computers. Bob was a great American patriot and loved western shows. He dearly loved his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bob enjoyed playing the harmonica. He had a big sense of humor and loved playing jokes.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Hiatt Murphy to whom he was married on May 4, 1969; children, Chip (Wendy) Murphy of Cambridge City, Indiana and Bobby (Holly) Murphy of Richmond; grandchildren, Cory, Cinnamon (Andrew), Dustin, J.W. (Kim), Leanna (Brian), Ivy, Justin, Hannah, Haven, and Hayden; 4 great-grandchildren, Damian, Aries, Desmond, and one on the way; brother, Earl (Vicki) Murphy of Richmond; sisters, Marlena Smith of Greenwood, Indiana and Terrie (Jim) Everts of Baker City, Oregon; nieces; nephews; special aunt, Erlabell Petry; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; aunts; uncles; cousins; and special cousin, Christine Matheny.
Visitation for Robert K. “Turtle” Murphy will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 1601 South A Street, Richmond, with Rev. James Spon officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, 230 West Monroe, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606.
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Billie R.Boatman
Billie R. Boatman 61 of Richmond died Saturday January 17, 2015 at his home. He was born June 19, 1953 in Richmond to Robert M. and Donna J. Owens Boatman Sr. and lived here all his life.
Billie was the husband of the late Janet Sparks Boatman, his soul mate, who passed away March 2, 2000. He was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War and retired from Matthews International in August of 2011.
Billie leaves behind two sisters Emma Jeannie Cross-Ragan of Carmel and Wanda Murphy of Dublin, two brothers Robert (Marilyn) Boatman Jr. of Centerville and Mike (Charlotte) Boatman of Tyler, Texas nieces and nephews and many friends.
In addition to his wife he is preceded in death by his parents, one brother Clay Russell Boatman, two sisters Betty Byers and infant sister Patty Ann Boatman, and his nephew and best friend Karey M. Boatman.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday January 22, 2015 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Rev. John Maples officiating. Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery with military rites. Friends may call 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society 4567 Progress Dr. Columbus, Indiana 47201. Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Linda Mae Wommack
Linda Mae Wommack, age 78 of Connersville, passed away on Sunday January 18, 2015 at her residence.
Born on May 20, 1936 in the Everton Community, Connersville, IN. She was the daughter of the late Klein and Thelma Stewart Bogue.
On June 21, 1968 in Richmond, IN she became the bride of Ralph Nelson Wommack. Mr. Wommack died on December 28, 2005.
She had worked at Philco and D & M for several years and also had worked at Fayette Memorial Hospital from 1994-2006.
During the 1960's she was active in tournament bowling leagues for the deaf and won many individual and team trophies. She also was active in local bowling leagues. In later years she enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels and playing internet games. As a child she loved to roller skate. Linda was also very active in the deaf community.
She is survived by her children, Victoria (Armando) Ayala of Richmond, Anita Wommack and her fiancé Heather Hartung of Charleston, SC, and Ron Bradley of Indianapolis; brothers, Robert Bogue of Carson City, NV, Glen (Penny) Bogue of Persing, IN, Donnie Lee (Vickie) Bogue of Cambridge City, IN and Keith Bogue of Connersville; three grandchildren, Jennifer Lewis, Angela Boughner and Lexus Hartung; two great grandchildren, Nicolas Lewis and Ciera Evans as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by brothers, James, David and Charles Bogue.
Funeral services will be conducted at Urban Winkler Funeral Home on Friday January 23, 2015 at 6:00 pm where friends and family may visit from 4:00 pm until the hour of the service.
Mary Martha Miller
Mary Martha Miller, age 90 of Jasper passed away at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, (January 15, 2015), in Brookside Village in Jasper.
She was born at Cambridge City, Indiana on April 8, 1924 to Clinton and Mary (Simpkins) Bertsch. She married Dale J. Miller on October 25, 1947 in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Cambridge City, Indiana. He preceded her in death on November 1, 1999.
Mary was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in education. She was a Home Economics Teacher at S.E. Dubois High School for many years. She also taught at Cambridge City Indiana, Precious Blood School and Tenth Street School in Jasper.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper where she was a Greeter, Writer for the Towers and a catechist in SPRED (Special Religious Education). St. Ann’s Society and the Daughters of Isabella. She served as recording secretary for the Daughters of Isabella.
Also a member of Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). A 4-H leader for several years.
She enjoyed doing volunteer work, tutoring, sewing and cross word puzzles.
Surviving, Four Daughters; Carol Miller and husband Bill Apao, Waterbury Center, VT Sue Ann Miller, Waterbury Center, VT Teresa Miller and husband Dan Allen, Bloomington, IN
Karen Miller and Husband John Lahr, Waterbury Center, VT Five Sons; Mark Miller and wife Jan, Iron Mt, MI Mack Miller and wife Margaret, Mariette, GA Carl Miller and wife Jacqueline, Dublin, OH Dean Miller and wife Denise, Jasper, IN
Craig Miller and wife Kimberli, Raligh, NC Eight grandchildren; Sara Miller, Morgan & Michael Miller, Nicholas and Leah Miller, Harrison and Justin Miller, Isaac Miller. Brother, Amos Bertsch, Cambridge City, IN
Preceding her in death besides her husband is a daughter Susann Elizabeth Miller. Sister, Margaret Day.
Six brothers, Maynard, Ralph, Arthur, Ray, Arville and Donald Bertsch.
Funeral services for Mary Miller will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, (January 20, 2015), in St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow in Lutheran Cemetery at Pershing, Indiana at 4:00 p.m.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Rosary at 2:45 p.m. by the St. Ann’s Society and the D of I’s at the funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dubois County 4-H Endowment or to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Virgil F. “Slats” Jordan
Cambridge City – Virgil F. “Slats” Jordan, 94, passed away Monday afternoon, January 19, 2015 at Ambassador Healthcare, Centerville. He was born in Cambridge City, Indiana on August 28, 1920 to Charles and Anna Jordan. On December 24, 1945 Virgil married the former Gloria M. Maines in Connersville, Indiana. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2013. Virgil was the plant superintendent at C.R. Golay in Cambridge City, nightwatchman at D & M in Connersville, and custodian at the Dublin Elementary School. In his leisure, Virgil enjoyed working in his woodshop, golfing, and fishing.
Survivors include his children, Monte (Verna) Jordan, Paulette (Jerry) Jarvis, Mona (Bill) Lambert; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Agnes McGuire; several nieces and nephews.
Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a great-grandchild; brothers Briz, Elmer, Francis and Raymond Jordan.
Family and friends may gather from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Rev. Danny Berry will officiate. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Pershing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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Lisa D. Fisher
Economy – Lisa D. Fisher, 49, of Economy, Indiana passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Reid Hospital, Richmond. She was born on August 17, 1965 in New Castle, Indiana, the daughter of the late Melvin K. Fisher and Agnes (Barker) Fisher of Milton, Indiana. A loving mother to Natasha Eldridge Hamilton (husband Zach) of Dunreith and Chelsea N. Eldridge of Economy. A grandmother to Josiah (4), Trenton (6), Jacob (7). Other surviving relatives include a sister, Linda Fisher Robinson (husband Mike) of Huntersville, NC; nieces, Melanie and Meredith Robinson; nephew Mitchel Robinson; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lisa was a 1983 graduate of Lincoln High School, Cambridge City, Indiana. Prior to her illness, she was an honor student at Ivy Tech College. She was an avid crafter. Lisa was very active in Henry County Relay for Life and was a great inspiration to most anyone she met. Most important to Lisa was being a mother and grandmother.
Lisa was preceded in death by her father, Melvin K. Fisher on February 28, 2004; uncle, George E. Fisher on October 23, 2009; grandmother, Ruby Fisher on July 17, 2010.
Family and friends may gather from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the funeral home. Rev. Jerry Ingalls and Rev. Ken Durham will officiate. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery, Dublin with a celebration of life to follow at the Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169 in Cambridge City.
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John D. Morris
Williamsburg, IN – John D. Morris, age 57, of Williamsburg, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Reid Hospital.
Born January 21, 1957, in Richmond, Indiana, to John Wesley and Rosella Tandy Morris, John was a life-long resident of Richmond. He was a 1975 graduate of Richmond High School. John worked as Assistant Dairy Manager for Cox’s Supermarket for many years. He was the owner of Morris Auto Body for over 30 years. John was a football coach for Test Junior High School, Centerville High School, and Richmond High School. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie Allen Yoder Morris to whom he was married on June 10, 1980; children, Tony A. (LeighAnn) Morris of New York and Nicole (Tim) Rowe of Richmond; granddaughter, Madison; mother, Rosella Morris of Richmond; siblings, Tony Dean (Renee) Morris of Kentucky and Connie Sue Morris of Richmond; niece; nephew; aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation for John D. Morris will be from 2 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery.
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Joseph E. Gray
Cambridge City, IN - Joseph E. “Joe” Gray, 68, passed away at his home in rural Cambridge City on Tuesday morning January 13, 2015. A son of the late Elmer and Marcella (Hart) Gray, Joe was born in New Castle, Indiana on January 15, 1946. He was a graduate of Mooreland High School with the class of 1964 and retired from DANA Corp., Hagerstown Distribution Center, in 1994 after 30 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years the former Fran Burns. They were married at the Bentonville Christian Church on June 30, 1990. 4 sons, Brent Gray of Chandler, Bryon Pierce of Yulee, FL, Rob Pierce of Bentonville and Jim Cox of Richfield, OH; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; 4 siblings, Elmer “Junior” Gray of Hagerstown, Ruby Sexton of New Castle, Hank Gray of Mt. Summit and Lanie Lamb of Clearwater, FL.; several nieces and nephews.
Joe was also preceded in death by 3 siblings, Bobbie Allen, Carolyn Myers and Bud Gray.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday January 17, 2015 at the Bentonville Cemetery. The Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made anytime at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to: American Lung Assoc.- 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150- Chicago, IL 60601 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718- Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
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