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PUBLISHED JANUARY 7, 2004

Irene Avanell Ernstes

Apr. 3, 1924 – Dec. 31, 2003

Irene Avanell Gorman Ernstes, 79, of Winchester, Va. died Wednesday, December 31 at Winchester Medical Center. She was born April 3, 1924 in Knightstown, a daughter of the late James Stanley and Margaret VanOstram Gorman, Sr.

Mrs. Ernstes was the widow of Clarence of Clarence Andrew Ernstes and had been employed as a baker by the Loudoun County Schools.

Surviving are four children, Billy Ernstes of King William County, Va., Kathy Bishop of Rocky Gap, Va., Sharon Grainger of Conyers, Ga., and Judy Ernstes of Winchester; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Edmonds of Ponsietta, Fla., Phyllis Yost of Titusville, Fla., Caroline Davis of Florida, and Geneva Dye of New Castle; three brothers, James Gorman, Jr. of Haymarket, Va., Arnold Gorman of Knightstown, and Freddy Gorman of Spiceland; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Private memorial services were held with arrangements by Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel in Winchester, Va.

 

Lillian Mildred Stohler

Apr. 17, 1910 – Dec. 29, 2003

Lillian Mildred Stohler, 93, a resident of Pendleton, died Monday, December 29 at Rawlins House in Pendleton. She was born April 17, 1910 in Shirley, a daughter of the late Ezra C. and Lillian Myrtle (Camplin) Gebhart.

Mrs. Stohler had been employed at Delco Remy in Anderson, Kroger in Pendleton, janitor of the EUB Church in Pendleton and a card and gift shop in her home. She was a member of the Pendleton United Methodist Church.

Surviving are four daughter, Marilyn (husband Paul) Dyer of Anderson, Donna (husband Frank) Bergman of Indianapolis, Pat (husband Ronnie) Plummer of Lapel and Barbara Stohler of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren, Mike Plummer of Anderson, Debbie Lamb of Zionsville, Fred Bergman of Hobart, Jeff Bergman of Indianapolis, Greg Bergman of Indianapolis, Denny Plummer of Muncie and Dan Owens of Indianapolis; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garnet Guy Stohler; a granddaughter; Joy Gillespie; a sister, Eva Rozzell; and a brother, Donald Gebhart.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 3 in the condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Emory Reece officiating. Burial was in Mendon Cemetery in Pendleton.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday, January 2.

 

Naomi E. Burns

Jan. 2, 1906 – Jan. 4, 2004

Naomi E. Burns, 98, a resident of Greenfield, died Saturday, January 3 at her residence. She was born January 2, 1906 in Bloomfield, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Phoebe Bertha (Benham) Jordan.

Mrs. Burns was a 1923 graduate of Lyons High School, a 1928 graduate of Central Business College of Indianapolis and a 1956 graduate of Dale Carnegie Course in Fort Wayne. She retired in 1969 after 30 years of service as a dental assistant in Indianapolis and was a 20-year manager of Crestwood Apartments in Indianapolis. She was an active member of the Greenfield Christian Church, a member of the church’s Women’s Circle and the Zeta Club.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Farlin Edwards in 1971 and second husband, Cleo Burns in 1991.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, January 7) in the Greenfield Christian Church with Rev. Roland Pfile officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Chapel Cemetery in Lyons.

Visitation was held at the church from 9-11 a.m. prior to service. Arrangements were handled by the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Christian Church building fund.

 

 PUBLISHED JANUARY 14, 2004

Marie Lewman

May 14, 1917 – Jan. 13, 2004

Marie Marcella Lewman, 86, of Knightstown, died Tuesday, January 13 in Lynd House in Muncie. She was born May 14, 1917 in Henry County, a daughter of the late William and Nellie (Wilkinson) Charlton.

Mrs. Lewman lived in Henry County most of her life. She was an office worker at Prestige Portraits and a cook at Ball State University. She was a member of the East Street Christian Church in Carthage.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia (husband Gary) Buntin of Muncie; two brothers, Virgil (wife Nina) Charlton of New Castle and William Charlton of Michigan; one sister, Mildred Davis of Bradenton, Fla.; one grandchild, Kevin R. (wife Cathy) Buntin of Houston, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Grady (wife Cathy) Wooten and Mandy (husband Justin) Johnson of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Justin Wooten and Erica Wooten of Jackson, Mo.; one step-great-grandchild, Shayne Murphy of Houston, Texas; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

On March 4, 1939 she married Lincoln Elwood Lewman and he preceded her in death in 1987. Also preceding her in death were six brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 17 at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Friday, January 16 from 4-8 p.m.

 

Geneva Alleane Adams

Nov. 29, 1910 – Jan. 11, 2004

Geneva Alleane Adams, 93, of Greenwood, died January 11 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove.

Mrs. Adams was born November 29, 1910 in Shirley, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Iva (VanDynn) Ratliff.

Mrs. Adams served as head of nursing at Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle. Mrs. Adams was also a member of the Shirley Eastern Star #492, Kennard Friends Church and the Kennard Historical Society.

She was married to Harry Adams and he preceded her in death in 1974. Other survivors include a daughter, Delores (husband, Donald) Delon of Greenwood; one grandson, Jeffrey Delon of Wanamaker; one granddaughter, Valerie Paul of Mooresville; five great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Howard Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown with no graveside services.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday with an Eastern Star service conducted at 7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennard Friends Church.

 

Bart K. Whittaker

July 29, 1960 – Jan. 10, 2004

Bart K. Whittaker, 43, of Falmouth, died at his residence Saturday, January 10. He was born July 29, 1960 at Rushville, a son of Paul and Mary (Hankins) Whittaker.

Mr. Whittaker lived in Falmouth for over 13 years and was the owner/operator of The Stumble Inn in Carthage. Mr. Whittaker was a member of the Rushville Eagles, Connersville AMVets and the Moose Lodge.

He married Roxanna Bolser on June 24, 1983 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother, Mary Whittaker of Rushville; two brothers, Steve Whittaker of Greensburg and Mark Whittaker of Sunman; three sisters, Shirley Strain of Rushville, Judy Blake of Hamilton, Ohio, and Carolyn Sue (husband, Robert) Puckett of Connersville.

He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Kenneth Paul Whittaker; a brother, Ronnie; and a sister, Theresa.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery with Tony Augsburger officiating.

Visitation was Tuesday, Jan. 13 from 4-8 p.m. at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville.

 

Jerald Griffin

Nov. 13, 1947 – Jan. 8, 2004

Jerald Griffin, 56, of Carthage died Thursday, Jan. 8 in Hancock Memorial Hospital at Greenfield following a 2-year illness. He was born November 13, 1947, a son of Charles and Martha (Horn) Griffin in New Castle.

Mr. Griffin lived most of his life in Carthage and was a truck driver.

On November 14, 1954, he married Marsha Brown and she survives. Other survivors are: one son, Mike Griffin of Carthage; one daughter, Lori (husband Ron) Logan, Carthage; two brothers, James (wife Betty) Griffin of Carthage, and Charles Griffin of New Castle; three sisters, Judy (husband David) Leisure, New Castle, Tina (husband Maurice) Temples, New Castle, and Susan (husband Chris) Haywood of New Castle; and five grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 11 at the Todd Funeral Home in Carthage with Rev. David Bonne officiating.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday from 1-4 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Mary Imogene Jones

Mar. 2, 1916 – Jan. 9, 2004

Mary Imogene Jones, 87, a resident of Eden, died Friday, January 9 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. She was born March 2, 1916 in Wilkinson, a daughter of the late John R. and Margaret Pearl (Slaughter) Walker.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker who loved her family and enjoyed traveling with them. She was a member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ, the Zeta Club of Hancock County and attended Shiloh Christian Church.

Survivors include three sons, Paul (wife Lillian) Jones, Jr. of Pendleton, Dr. Jay (wife Brenda) Jones of Greenfield, and Jerry Jones of Pendleton; two daughters, Marjorie (husband Joe) Beyers of Charlottesville and Susan (husband Stephen) Hine of Howell, Mich.; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Jones, March 1, 1993; two brothers, Earnest and Erman Walker in 1914; and a sister, Frances Lucas in 2000.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 13 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Russell Jarvis officiating. Burial was in Mendon Cemetery, Pendleton. Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday, January 12.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

 

 PUBLISHED JANUARY 21, 2004

Wanda Irene Medlin

Nov. 25, 1926 – Jan. 14, 2004

Wanda Irene (Collins) Medlin, 77, a resident of Knightstown, died January 14 at University Heights Nursing Home in Indianapolis. She was born November 25, 1926 in Pardee, Va., a daughter of the late John and Linda (Smith) Collins.

Mrs. Medlin was an employee for Guide Lamp for 32 years, a member of Knightstown Friends Church, Eastern Star, Cadiz Lions Club and the Knightstown American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn (husband Larry) Mayes of Greenwood; one granddaughter, Tabitha M. Hitt of Indianapolis; one grandson, Larry James Mayes II of Greenwood; one great-granddaughter, Kahlei Ann Hitt; five sisters, Juanita Collins of Indianapolis, Shirley Elkins of Virginia, Louise Collins of Maryland, Pauline Robertson and Peggy Duncan, both of Tennessee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe K. Medlin in 1986 and by a brother, T.J. Collins.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 19 at Condo & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Chris Sitler officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, January 18 with Eastern Star services at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knightstown Friends Church.

 

Nellie Opal McKinley

Oct. 25, 1916 – Jan. 14, 2004

Nellie Opal (Rice) McKinley, 87, a resident of Greenfield, died Wednesday, January 14 at her residence. She was born October 25, 1916 in Maysville, Ky., a daughter of the late Mary Jane Rice.

Mrs. McKinley was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, Fred (wife Marsha) McKinley of Greenfield; eight grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Carl Rice of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur McKinley in 2003; one son, Gene McKinley; two brothers, Curtis Rice and Alvin Rice; and two sisters, Nora Delawter and Birchy Cronk.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 20 at Condo & Son Funeral Home with Melvin Mozingo and Ralph Kirkland officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday, January 19.

 

Lovel Stacey Howard

Feb. 10, 1919 – Jan. 19, 2004

Lovel Stacey Howard, 85 of Dunreith, died Monday, January 19 at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. She was born February 10, 1919 in Musees Millies, Ky., a daughter of the late Issac and Ethel (Stacey) Stacey.

Mrs. Stacey lived most of her life in the Dunreith area. The homemaker was a member of Faith Chapel in Knightstown. On October 28, 1978, she married Earl B. Howard who preceded her in death December 29, 2000.

Survivors include one son, Lloyd Stalcup of Maryland; two daughters, Darlene (husband Marvin) Mullenix of Indianapolis, and Sharon K. Cox of New Castle; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, one daughter, one brother and one grandchild preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 22 at Faith Chapel with Rev. Randy Gross and Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, January 21) at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown.

 

Josephine Gray

Nov. 5, 1907 – Jan. 17, 2004

Josephine Gray, 96, of Rushville died Saturday, January 17 in Rush Memorial Hospital. She was born November 5, 1907 in Kentucky, a daughter of Samuel Traylor and Emma Alice McCarty.

Mrs. Gray married Cecil Albert Gray December 11, 1933 and he preceded her in death August 10, 1982. She was a member of the Fletcher United Methodist Church of Carthage and United Methodist Women.

Survivors include one son, Sam (wife Mary Lou) Gray of Carthage; one daughter, Millie Alice (husband Donald) Cooper of Scottsburg; 12 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, four brothers, six sisters and one grandchild.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 21 at the Fletcher United Methodist Church of Carthage with Pastor Roger Campbell officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Carthage.

Visitation was held Tuesday, January 20 at Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel.

 

Frances G. Pyles

Aug. 19, 1914 – Jan. 16, 2004

Frances G. Pyles, 89 of Greenfield, died Friday, January 16 in Greenfield. She was born August 19, 1914 in Carthage, a daughter of the late Galen and Eva B. (Young) Boring.

Mrs. Pyles, a graduate of Greenfield High School, was a housewife.

Survivors include one son, Robert Pyles of Greenfield; two daughters, Ruth Ann Pierson of Greenfield, and Betty Jean Montgomery of Vian, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. James Samuels of Greenfield; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wendell W. Pyles in 1976 and one brother, Carrell P. Boring.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 20 at Pasco-Stillinger Funeral Home in Greenfield. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

 PUBLISHED JANUARY 28, 2004

Max S. Foster

Feb. 20, 1925 – Jan. 24, 2004

Max Stuart Foster, 78, a resident of Charlottesville died Saturday, January 24 in Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born February 20, 1925 in Knightstown, a son of the late Herschel and Helen (Risk) Foster.

Mr. Foster retired from Eli Lilly after 30 years of service and previously operated the B-29 Taxi Cab Service in Knightstown. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Europe with the U.S. Army, He was a member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152, Knightstown VFW and the Nameless Creek Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife Betty Foster of Charlottesville; one son, Greg (wife Jeannie) Rhoades of Knightstown; five daughters, Deborah Rhoades of Bartlesville, Okla., Denise (husband Don) Akers of New Castle, Charlene (husband Steve) Swails of Greenfield, Amy (husband Ernesto) Castanares of Indianapolis, and Suzanne Karabinus of Worms-Heppenheim, Germany; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, George R. Roster, Robert Foster, Gene Foster and Ed Foster; one sister, Doris Carpenter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Ellen (Sunny) Foster; one sister Norma James; and a son-in-law, Bernd Karabinus.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, January 28) in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Jim Carcia officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown with military graveside rites.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, January 27.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Cancer Society.

 

Violet T. Butler

Aug. 15, 1937 – Jan. 20, 2004

Violet T. Butler, 66, a resident of Knightstown, died Tuesday, January 20 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born August 15, 1937 in Lewis County, Ky., a daughter of Lee and Ada (Nolen) Jones.

Mrs. Butler was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, John Butler of Knightstown; two daughters, Sue (husband Duane) Benbow of New Castle, and Carol Cash of Knightstown; one son, Paul (wife Debbie) Butler of Knightstown; her mother, Ada Jones of Knightstown; three grandchildren, Ryan Griffey, Brittany Butler and Jody Cash; two sisters, Ruth Butler and Kathy Lines, both of Knightstown; three brothers, Raymond Jones of Knightstown, Lee Roy Jones of Indianapolis, and Roger Jones of Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lee Jones; a daughter, Ramona Butler; three brothers, Arnold, Jerry and Ray Jones; and a sister, Barbara Jones.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 24 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Richard Thayer officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral Friday, January 23.

 

Phillip E. Lukens

Sept. 30, 1936 – Jan. 24, 2004

Phillip E. Lukens, 67, died Saturday, January 24 at Ball Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born September 30, 1936 in Indianapolis.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Lukens had been a dealer of antiques and furniture. He was formerly employed at Chrysler Corp. and Indiana Gas Co. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church. Phil enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters. He was a collector of canes and marbles and enjoyed fishing and yard work.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte (Guffey) Lukens whom he married September 28, 1958; one daughter, Michelle (husband Jeff) Pierce of New Castle; two granddaughters, Marci and Mallory Pierce; his mother, Iva Lukens Chew of Knightstown; seven brothers and sisters, Barbara A. (husband Virgil) McKee of Columbus, Ohio, Maurice “Jim” (wife Rita) Lukens Jr. of Knightstown, Gloria J. Thorpe of Eaton, Ohio, Mary Lou (husband Sam) Gray of Carthage, Donna K. (husband John) Gaither of New Castle, Linda L. (husband Ron) Gatewood of Arlington, Va., and Lori (husband James) Chew of Kennard; his mother-in-law, Christine (husband Robert) Garner of Spiceland; several nieces, nephews, cousins and an aunt.

He was preceded in death by his father, Maurice R. Lukens, Sr.; a daughter, Marci Ann Lukens; a sister, Candi Sue Lukens; and his father-in-law, Martin A. Guffey.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, January 28) at the Knightstown United Methodist Church with Rev. Steve Brackney officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Summit Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, January 27 and one hour prior to the service at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Castle/Henry County First Aid Unit or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Russell G. Cramer

Sept. 2, 1923 – Jan. 22, 2004

Russell G. Cramer, 80, a resident of Warrington, died Thursday, January 22 in Hancock Memorial Hospital. He was born September 2, 1923 in Fortville, a son of the late George and Myrtle (Kendell) Cramer.

Mr. Cramer retired from Freightliner Manufacturing Co. in Indianapolis and had also worked at M & M in Fortville. He was a member of the Eden Masonic Lodge #477, the Eden Eastern Star #101, Past Noble Grand and Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Greenfield Odd Fellows #135, Past Noble Grand of Hope Rebekah Lodge #114 and Wilkinson and Fortville Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

Survivors include his wife, Camilla Cramer of Warrington; one son, John (wife Peggy) Hendrix of Pendleton; two daughters, Martha Ann Fech of Lilburn, Ga., and Patty (husband Steve) Carr of Upland; one stepson, Will (wife Kim) Anderson of Greenfield; six grandsons, four step-granddaughters, and 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Mary Cramer of Fortville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years, Martha J. Cramer in 1990; one brother, Leonard “Tink” Cramer; and grandmother, Mellie May Cramer.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Sunday, January 25 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Gerald Burnett officiating. Burial will be at Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville. Visitation was held prior to the service on Sunday with Eden Masonic Lodge Service at 5 p.m.

 

William E. Rinard

July 20, 1930 – Jan. 25, 2004

William E. Rinard, 73, of Knightstown died Sunday, January 25 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis. He was born July 20, 1930 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of the late Frank and Hilda (Larson) Rinard.

Mr. Rinard moved to Knightstown from Indianapolis 10 years ago. He was a carpenter and a member of the Knightstown Christian Church and Knightstown American Legion Post #152.

On April 17, 1953, he married Ines Rinard who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Dennis Rinard of Indianapolis and Damon Rinard, member of the U.S. Air Force; one daughter, Karen (husband Jerry) Zeilinga of Knightstown; one brother, Cecil Rinard of Fortville; and three grandchildren.

One son and three sisters preceded him in death.

Services will be held at the Todd Funeral Home at the family’s convenience. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Carthage. There will be no calling hours.