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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 1, 2004
Aug. 1, 1930 – Nov. 26, 2004
Wilkinson resident, Patty Jean Ashby, 74, died Friday, Nov. 26 at the Indiana Heart Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born August 1, 1930 in Wilkinson, a daughter of the late Chester and Nola (Collier) Kemerly.
Mrs. Ashby was a lifelong homemaker and loved to cook, sew, help on the farm, garden and spend time with her family. She enjoyed traveling to the Smokey Mountains and listening to mountain music.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Ashby of Wilkinson; three daughters, Diana Barton of Cherokee, N.C., Michelle “Shelly” Ashby of Wilkinson, and Julie (husband Roy) Spencer of Pendleton; 10 grandchildren, Tony Ashby, Kevin (wife Julie) Ashby, Ryan (wife Angela) Barton, Michael and Dakota Spencer, Melinda Fields, Melissa Robinson, Gena, Missy and Annie (Ashby); and three great-grandchildren, Kayla and Jackson Barton and Breanna Ashby; several nieces and nephews.
A son Doyle Ashby and a sister, Julia Gray, preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Jeff Mair officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.
Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday, Nov. 29.
Nov. 30, 1929 – Nov. 25, 2004
Karey B. “K.B.” Meeks, 74, of Knightstown died Thursday, November 25 at Ball Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born November 30, 1929 in Bowling Green, Ky., a son of the late Eugene and Nellie Cassady Meeks.
Mr. Meeks retired from AT&T in 1983 after 30 years of service and also retired from farming in 1993. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the First Baptist Church of Knightstown and Gideons International.
Services were held Monday at the First Baptist Church of Knightstown with Rev. Tim Smith and Gary Kirchoff officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery. Knightstown American Legion Post 152 conducted military graveside rites.
Visitation was held Sunday, Nov. 28 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Monday.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society and Gideons International.
Nov. 23, 1946 – Nov. 29, 2004
Ronald W. Smarz, 58, of Knightstown died Monday, Nov. 29 at Richard Roudebush Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis following an extended illness. He was born November 23, 1946 in Louisiana, a son of the late George and Lola Jean Kierce Smarz.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served during the Vietnam Conflict on the USS Ranger aircraft carrier. He was a truck driver for several years. Mr. Smarz was a member of the Grant City Wesleyan Church and a member of American Legion Post #0777 in Indianapolis. He also served as a volunteer for the Richard Roudebush Veterans Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn L. (Deck) Smarz, whom he married December 4, 1976; one brother, Chuck Junot of Sun City, Ariz.; one sister, Vicky Hofmaster of Port Charlotte, Fla.; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, a sister preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel with the Rev. Larry Basey officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.
Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
PULISHED DECEMBER 8, 2004
Mar. 24, 1922 – Dec. 3, 2004
Virginia L. Smiley, 82, of Knightstown, died unexpectedly Friday, December 3. She was born March 24, 1922 in Bell County, Ky., a daughter of the late Finley Charles and Sarah Ethel (Hurley) Bell.
Mrs. Smiley was a 1940 graduate of Mays High School and was a former resident of Spiceland. She had served as a Women’s Leader for the Henry County Farm Bureau and was also an active member of the Center Christian Church in Mays for several years. A homemaker most of her life, she loved to cook and loved music and flowers.
Survivors include her husband of over 61 years, George R. Smiley of Knightstown; three children, Brenda (husband Randy) Maloyed of Spiceland, John Smiley of Rogers, Ark., and Mark Smiley of Anderson; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (wife Gretchen) Maloyed of Matthews, Mo., Jack Maloyed of Spiceland, Reid (wife Alison) Smiley of Chattanooga, Tenn., Jill (husband Jason) Craven of Jacksonville, Fla., Jesse Smiley of Indianapolis, Stephanie and Sarah Smiley, both of Anderson; six-great-grandchildren, John Ross Maloyed, Emma Marie Maloyed, Troy Crave, Claire Smiley, Brandon Kendall and Emma Grace Smiley; and one sister-in-law, Madalene Marie Smiley of Indianapolis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 8) at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel with the Rev. Bill Worrell officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery in Mays.
Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Center Christian Church.
Feb. 18, 1934 – Dec. 5, 2004
David L. Robbins, 70, a resident of Wilkinson, died Sunday, December 5 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was born February 18, 1934 in Clay County, a son of the late William and Ola Robbins.
Mr. Robbins was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 103 and was a heavy machine operator for 42 years.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn (Neff) Leavelle Robbins of Wilkinson; two sons, Robin (wife Sandy) Robbins of Indianapolis and Randi Robbins of Zionsville; two daughters, Lorrie (husband Doug) Rogerson of Plaquemine, La. and Tamara (husband Frank) Safranek of Peru; two stepsons, Steve (wife Cheryl) Leavelle of Decatur, Ala. and Kenneth (wife Cindy) Leavelle of Elgin, Ill.; a brother, Charles “Chick” Robbins of Rosedale; three sisters, Ruth Wiley, Shirley Lawrence and Ruby Barr, all of Brazil; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three step-grandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter.
His first wife, Charlene Robbins, four brothers, William, Robert, Tom and Marion “Skip” Robbins and two sisters, Betty Wallace and Doris Brown preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the Wilkinson Church of Christ in Wilkinson with Wayne Patton, Russ Lutes and Ron Baker officiating. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lincoln Memory Gardens Cemetery in Zionsville.
Friends may call at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilkinson Church of Christ Building Fund.
Jan. 3, 1943 –Dec. 7, 2004
New Castle resident, George L. Neel, 61, died Tuesday, December 7 at his home following an extended illness. He was born January 3, 1943 in New Castle, a son of the late Wallace Neel and Ellen (Jones) Neel Cook.
Mr. Neel graduated in 1961 from Chrysler High School and was a member of the National Guard. He retired from the Chrysler Corp. in 1979 due to a disability. He lived several years in Columbus, Ohio where he had many friends. He loved fishing, golfing, Nascar Racing and I.U. basketball. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles and the American Legion, all in New Castle.
Survivors include his wife, Christina (South) Neel; one son, Greg Neel of New Castle; one sister, Dorothy (husband Everett) Brown; a half-brother, Arthur (wife Peggy) Neel of Clay City, Ky.; one uncle, Verlie (wife Martha) Jones of Anderson; one aunt, Judy Jones of Hamilton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and special great-niece and caregiver, Ashley Brown.
In addition to his parents, a sister, a grandson and an uncle preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with Rex Madison officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery West Lawn Addition.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct military rites.
PUBLISED DECEMBER 15, 2004
Mar. 6, 1920 – Dec. 11, 2004
Knightstown resident, Paul J. Walker, 84, of Knightstown died Saturday, December 11 at Kindred Hospital South in Greenwood after a brief illness. He was born March 6, 1920 in Newberry, a son of the late Eber and Effie (Boyd) Walker.
Mr. Walker retired from Dana Corporation in 1977 after 39 years of service. He had also worked for Butcher Funeral Home and was a driver for Butcher Ambulance Service. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Nassau and was a member of VFW Post #8257 and American Legion Post #152. He was a 1938 graduate of Knightstown High School and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Marjorie (Trimble) Walker of Knightstown; a daughter, Barbara (husband Gene) Smith of Rushville; a son, Ronald (wife Debra) Walker of Anderson; five grandchildren, Tim (wife Jennifer) Walker of Indianapolis, Tina Howard of Fishers, Ronald Walker Jr. of Knightstown, Steve (wife Alicia) Walker of Speedway and Amber (husband Derrick) Nuffer of Fishers; three step-grandchildren, Mary Ann Boone of Anderson, Jill Liter of Indianapolis and Jason O’Connor of Navarro, Fla; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Walker and Jesse Walker.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel with Rev. Richard Thayer officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery. Knightstown American Legion Post #152 will conduct military graveside services.
Visitation was held Tuesday, December 14 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.
Nov. 4, 1917 – Dec. 10, 2004
Velma E. Leisure, 87, of Carthage died Friday, December 10 at Hancock Co. Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born November 4, 1917 in Mohawk, a daughter of the late Fletcher W. and May (Kimberly) Edwards.
A former resident of Charlottesville, she enjoyed quilting and loved flowers.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Gene Leisure; two sons, Kenneth L. (wife Anna) Leisure of Carthage and Donald W. (wife Helen) Leisure of Daleville; two daughters, Donna M. (husband David) Oakes of Greenfield and Judy K. Browning of Knightstown; eight grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Norman Edwards and Jerry (wife Joyce) Edwards, both of Carthage, and Rex (wife Linda) Edwards of Greenfield; two sisters, Maxine (husband Carl) Carson of Carthage and Dorothy (husband Bill) Robertson of Cincinnati, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl and Paul Edwards.
Services were held Monday, December 13 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service-Knightstown Chapel with Rev. Roger Campbell officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.
Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, December 12.
Jan. 31, 1913 – Dec. 9, 2004
Homer L. “Doc” Hensler, 91, of Carthage died Thursday, December 9 in Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born January 31, 1913 in Amboy, a son of the late Homer and Frances (Simmonds) Hensler Jr.
Mr. Hensler, a veterinarian, attended Ohio State University and received his veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He had lived in Carthage for 54 years. He was a 50-year member of the Carthage Lions Club, 50-year member of B.P.O.E #1307 at Rushville and a member of Rushville F.O.P. He was a former director of State Bank of Carthage and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Assoc. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.
On June 22, 1944, he married Agnes Kolbasinski and recently celebrated their 60 wedding anniversary. She survives.
Other survivors include one sister, Dorothy Rush of Bellevue, Wash. and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 15) at Todd Funeral Home in Carthage with Pastor Roger Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation was held Tuesday, December 14 at the funeral home.
Dec. 18, 1928 – Dec. 10, 2004
Former Rushville resident, Barbara C. Cook, 75, of Peoria, Ill., died Friday, December 10 in Manor Care in Peoria. She was born December 18, 1928 in Shelbyville, a daughter of Walter and Lily (Abercrombie) Addison.
Mrs. Cook was a homemaker and a member of Entre Nous, the Peoria Women’s Club, and a member of Psi Iota Psi Sorority. She was also a member and volunteer at University United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Trina (husband Bill) Hunt of Peoria; one son, Chris (wife Mary) Cook of Boulder, Colo.; and two grandchildren.
She married William O. Cook on August 7, 1949 in Carthage and he preceded her in death on April 25, 1986 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother and one sister.
Private family services will be held with the Rev. Gene Mace officiating. Interment will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
July 11, 1916 – Dec. 13, 2004
Dana F. Spegal, 88, a resident of Wilkinson, died Monday, December 13 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. She was born July 11, 1916 in Greenfield, a daughter of the late Austin and Cora (Devers) Boots.
Mrs. Spegal was a lifelong homemaker and housewife. She was also a Girls 4-H leader in Brown Township.
She is survived two sons, Larry (wife Eleanor) Spegal of Shirley and Joe (wife Marsha) Spegal of Pendleton; two daughters, Patsy (husband Bob) Hall of Wilkinson and Sandra (husband Buck) Jones of Wilkinson; 13 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Preceding her in death were: her husband Carl Spegal in 1991; four brothers, Dale, Charles, Delmer and Joe Boots; and one sister, Lenor Cottrell.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 17 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Jack Holliday officiating. Burial will follow at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, December 16.