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 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 1, 2004

Edna Maxine Blankenship

Jan. 29, 1915 – Aug. 24, 2004

Edna Maxine Blankenship, 89, of rural Carthage died at her home Tuesday, August 24. She was born January 29, 1915 in Rush County, a daughter of Ross and Pearl (Reddick) Souder.

On June 14, 1936, she married Charles Blankenship and they recently celebrated 68 years of marriage. She was born in the same farmhouse in Rush County that she died in last Tuesday.

Mrs. Blankenship was a farm wife and for many years, she and her husband were well known for raising and selling turkeys for the holidays. She was a member of the East St. Christian Church in Carthage and a member of C.W.F. East Street Christian Church.

She is survived by her husband, Charles; two sons, Larry Joe Blankenship of Mooresville and Terry Gene Blankenship of New Castle; one daughter, Mary Jane (husband Jerry) Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Besides her parents, one son and two brothers preceded her in death.

Services were held Saturday, August 28 at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel, with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday, August 27.

 

Verna E. Akers

Oct. 10, 1921 – Aug. 30, 2004

Former Knightstown resident Verna E. Akers, 82, a resident of Fortville, died Monday, August 30 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. She was born October 10, 1921 in Sandy Hook, Ky., a daughter of the late Leander and Cora Alice (Conley) Howard.

Mrs. Akers was a homemaker and had worked at Western Electric and RCA. She was a member of the Knightstown American Legion Auxiliary for 52 years and a member of Grace Temple Church in Knightstown. She loved to crochet, knit and paint.

Survivors include a son, Phillip (wife Nancy) Tanner of Fortville; a daughter, Gloria (husband Fred) Biesecker of Knightstown; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; five stepchildren, Bruce Akers of New Castle, Mary Alice Mann of New Castle, Donald Akers of New Castle, Brenda Lacy of Anderson and Kenneth Akers of Anderson.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Russell Nicholson and Donald L. Akers; a stepson, Richard Nicholson; two sisters, Ellen and Leann Howard; and one brother, Everett Howard.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 2 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Kenneth Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, September 1) at the funeral home.

 

Edgar Allen Poe

Sept. 2, 1954 – Aug. 28, 2004

Edgar “Big Ed” Allen Poe died Saturday, August 28 at his home in Comanche, Okla. He was born September 2, 1954 in Oklahoma City, a son of Steven Edward and Connie JoAnn Poe.

He and Connie Brooks were married March 30, 1974 in Knightstown. Big Ed worked as the water plant operator for the City of Comanche for 23 years. He attended Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Comanche and City Heights Baptist Church in Duncan. He was honored with a chapter in the book “Greatest Americans”. Ed enjoyed playing the guitar and most of all spending time with his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Poe of Comanche, Okla.; his father, Steven Poe of Choctaw, Okla.; his mother, Connie Palmer of Comanche, Okla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven Ray and Tina Poe of Duncan, Okla.; one daughter and son-in-law, Debra Kay and Thomas McNair of Duncan, Okla.; three grandchildren, Clayton Breeze, Dillon Breeze and Trey McNair; one brother, Jerry Ray Poe of Pawnee, Okla., one sister, Betty JoAnn Williams of Rush Springs, Okla.; three half-brothers, Greg Palmer of Comanche, Tony Poe of Choctaw and Jamie Palmer of North Carolina; one step-brother, Mike Howard of Tennessee; and one step-sister, Yvonne Howard of Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 1) at the Praise Assembly of God Church with Dow Pannell and Jimmy Green officiating. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Comanche under the direction of Dudley Funeral Home in Comanche.

Visitation was held Monday and Tuesday at the funeral home.

A few Knightstown relatives of Connie Poe’s are in Comanche to attend the services.

 

Phillis Roland

Sept. 26, 1936 – Aug. 31, 2004

Phillis Roland, 67, died Tuesday, August 31 at her home in Greenfield. She was born September 26, 1936 in Carthage, a daughter of Luther and Edith (Manlief) Hull.

Mrs. Roland worked as a school secretary and teachers aid at Carthage High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of East Street Christian Church in Carthage and member of CWF at East Street Church. Phillis graduated from Carthage High School with the class of 1954.

On December 23, 1955, she married George Roland and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Douglas W. (wife Nancy) Roland of Greenfield; two daughters, Danette (husband Paul) Steel of West Lafayette and Debra (husband Jey) Stremel of Beaufort, S.C.; five grandchildren; and her mother, Edith Hull of rural Charlottesville.

Her father and one brother preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 3 at Todd Funeral Home Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, September 2 from 4-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hancock Memorial Hospital Hospice.

 

 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 8, 2004

Earl W. Kiger Jr.

May 26, 1911 – Sept. 4, 2004

Dunreith resident, Earl W. “Bill” Kiger Jr., 93, died Saturday, September 4 in Henry Co. Memorial Hospital in New Castle following an extended illness. He was born May 26, 1911 in Indianapolis, a son of the late Earl E. and Sadie (McLaughlin) Kiger Sr.

In 1940, he and his wife, Louise Geraldine Niven Kiger, moved from Indianapolis to Dunreith where Bill founded Kiger Service Co., selling school supplies to dozens of central Indiana schools and then moved into typewriter and television sales and service.

About 1952, he devoted fulltime to his home printing business, turning out many orders each year for local businesses, churches, unions and individuals. He loved the printing business and kept at it for 35 years. He pioneered printing on many surfaces such as silk-screening on T-shirts, political and yard signs, baseball caps, mugs and even cookies.

Bill also loved singing. For 50 years, he sang in the Knightstown United Methodist Choir and sang in his deep bass voice for hundreds of local weddings and funerals.

He was past president of the Knightstown Kiwanis Club, president of the Great Books Club and Scoutmaster of the Spiceland Boy Scouts for a number of years. He helped a number of young people get a start by having them work in his print shop. The graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis earned a bachelors degree at DePauw University.

Survivors include one daughter, Gretchen Cryer of New York, N.Y.; one son, Pete Kiger of Dunreith; seven grandchildren: Brian Kiger of Baltimore, Md.; Brent Kiger of Chicago; Bridget Lee of Austin, Texas; Brandon Kiger of Lafayette; Robin Hyland, Jon Cryer and Shelly Collins, all of Los Angeles; seven great-grandchildren, Hallie, Grace Louise, Charlie, Harrison, Natalie, Julia and Hunter; three sisters, Mary Kathryn Hadley of Franklin, Barbara Hough of Darien, Conn., and Carolyn Kiger of Indianapolis; and former daughter-in-law, Judy Sadler of Falmouth.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Louise Geraldine Kiger; a son, Christopher McKern Kiger; a brother, Richard Kiger; and a sister, Elizabeth Miller.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 11 at the Knightstown United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Brackney officiating. Burial will be in Circle Grove Cemetery. Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knightstown United Methodist Church.

 

Vester Jackson

Dec. 24, 1925 – Sept. 4, 2004

Vester “Vet” Jackson, 78, a resident of Knightstown, died Saturday, September 4 in Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. He was born December 24, 1925 in Fleming County, Ky., the son of the late William and Allie (Craft) Jackson.

Mr. Jackson retired in 1988 from the Chrysler Plant in Indianapolis. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Teton and was a member of the AGC Flagship Alliance. He was also a member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152, the VFW and a past member of the Charles A. Beard School Board in Knightstown.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley (Coffin) Jackson of Knightstown; two daughters, Jill Wales of Wilkinson and Julie Jackson of Knightstown; daughter-in-law, Chris Jackson of New Castle; two grandsons, Matt Wales of Washington, D.C. and Brad Wales of Bloomington; two granddaughters, Courtney Wales of Lafayette and Jody Smith of Louisville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Harold Jackson in 1995, his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 8) in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Jeff Mair officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown with military graveside rites.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, September 7.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Memorial Hospital Better Breathers.

 

Julie Logan

March 15, 1932 – Sept. 1, 2004

Julie Logan, 72, of Knightstown died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 1 in Rush Memorial Hospital at Rushville. She was born March 15, 1932 in Fleming County, Ky., a daughter of the late Mack and Myrtle (Howard) Butler.

Mrs. Logan retired from Brandywine Nursing Home in Greenfield in 2000 after 20 years of service. She loved spending time in Kentucky at the family cabin.

Survivors include her husband, whom she married November 28, 1951, Clayton Logan of Knightstown; three daughters, Brenda Hager, Tina Logan and Jodie (husband Joey) Crosby, all of Greenfield; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Christine (husband Orville) Dyer and Helen (husband Ray) Richmond, both of Vanceburg, Ky., and Edith (husband Rodney) Rittenhour of Osceola, Ohio; two brothers, Raymond (wife Rosemary) Butler of Vanceburg, Ky. and Charles (wife Angie) Butler of Cambridge City; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, a daughter, Rita Back and two sisters, Lottie Dyer and Kathleen Faulkner preceded her in death.

Services were held Saturday, September 4 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel with Rev. Gene Bennett officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday, September 3.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Raleigh EMS.

 

Beulah Mae Whitfield

Jan. 27, 1907 – Aug. 24, 2004

Beulah Mae Whitfield, 97, of Flemingsburg, Ky., died Tuesday, August 24 at her residence. She was born in Hancock County, Ind. on January 27, 1907, a daughter of the late Perry F. and Lorena Sosbe Brooks.

Mrs. Whitfield was a former resident of the Carthage area.

Surviving are four daughters, Rose (husband Gilbert) McCoy of Wallingford, Ky., Yvonne (husband Rudy) Mach of Bartow, Fla., Charlene Jones of Cicero, Ill. and Wanda (husband Raymond) Gulley of Charlottesville; two sons, Duwayne (wife Delight) Whitfield of Abbeville, S.C. and Richard (wife Eileen) Whitfield of Lakeland, Fla.; 34 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 21 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Louise Carter of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and one brother, Ted (wife Norma) Brooks of Ft. Myers, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Whitfield who died August 13, 1957; two sons; two daughters; four sisters; one brother; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, August 27 in Boone-Nickell Funeral Home at Flemingsburg with the Rev. Cecil Ison and the Rev. Willis Adkins officiating. Burial took place Monday, August 30 in Lee Memorial Park, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers, Fla.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Thursday, August 26.

 

Joan Bailey

May 30, 1934 – Sept. 4, 2004

Knightstown resident, Joan Bailey, 70, died Saturday, September 4 in Hancock Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. She was born May 30, 1934 in Tompkinsville, Ky., a daughter of the late Billy and Vassie (Sprowls) Anderson.

Joan attended Indiana University and was a hairdresser in Indianapolis for many years. She was employed at Eli Lilly for several years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Indianapolis and president of the art classes at Eli Lilly. She was an avid artist, seamstress and golfer.

Survivors include a daughter, Lenee (husband Daniel) Salmon of Virginia; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Martha Bow and Jessie Appollus, both of Indianapolis and Betty (husband Lauren) Arnold of Knightstown; a brother, David (wife Tena) Anderson of Cocoa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, a son, Donovon “Bobby” Bailey, preceded her in death.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 9 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel with the Rev. Hugh W. Severance officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, September 8) at the funeral home.

 

 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 15, 2004

Richard E. Boswell

Sept. 19, 1935 – Sept. 13, 2004

Charlottesville resident Richard E. Boswell, 68, died September 13 at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born September 19, 1935 in Seymour in Jackson County, a son of the late Charles and Nellie (Ray) Boswell.

Mr. Boswell worked as a security officer for General Motors. He was a member of the Nameless Creek Christian Church and was an avid sports fan, family man and gardener.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara (Peay) Boswell of Charlottesville; one stepdaughter, Amanda (husband Joseph) Sitler of New Palestine; two stepsons, Jeffrey (wife Theresa) Vickers of Wilkinson and Steven (wife Jill) Vickers of Noblesville; eight step-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Boswell of Boling Brook, Ill.; one sister, Kathryn Albaugh of Shoals; a sister-in-law, Lois Boswell of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Kenneth Boswell and a sister, Nina Boswell, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 17 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Jim Carcia officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, September 16.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 22, 2004

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 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 29, 2004

Tarri Ann Fleming

Feb. 4, 1980 – Sept. 24, 2004

Greenfield resident, Tarri Ann Fleming, 44, died Friday, September 24. She was born February 4, 1960 in Indianapolis, a daughter of Eldon and Susie Lightle of Charlottesville.

Tarri had worked for Indianapolis Power and Light Co. for seven years. She graduated from Knightstown High School in 1978.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband Jay B. Fleming of Greenfield; one daughter, Traci Miller of Knightstown; one grandson, Lucas Jason Miller; three sisters, Tammi (husband Kevin) Roland of Knightstown, Tina (husband Tom) Smith of Indianapolis, and T.J. Lightle of Charlottesville.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jason Miller.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 28 at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel in Indianapolis.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Monday, September 27.

 

Denver E. Tipton

April 9, 1921 – Sept. 24, 2004

Denver E. Tipton, 83, of Knightstown died Friday, September 24 at his home following a brief illness. He was born April 9, 1921 in Morehead, Ky., a son of the late Henry and Anna (Johnson) Tipton.

Mr. Tipton farmed in the Carthage and Knightstown area most of his life. He enjoyed watching I.U. and Pacer basketball games. He was a crossing guard at Knightstown School for several years and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include two children, Phyllis A. (husband Ralph) Newkirk of Knightstown and Jack (wife Pat) Tipton of Greenfield; seven grandchildren, Shari (husband Mark) Campbell of Newburgh, Lori (husband Mark) Gregory of Knightstown, Wendy (husband Steve) Fox of Carthage, Chris Chapple of Indianapolis, Brian Chapple of Knightstown, Melissa (husband Bruce) Brown of Knightstown and Kelly (husband John) Jones of Knightstown; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Vena Roland of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Tipton, in 1993; a daughter, Pat Chapple; and three sisters, Ethel Hill, Telitha Kirk and Imogene Jackson.

Services were held Tuesday, September 28 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel with the Rev. Bill Smith officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Hancock Memorial Hospital Hospice.

 

John E. Moss

Dec. 12, 1936 – Sept. 24, 2004

Knightstown resident, John E. Moss, 67, died Friday, September 24 at Methodist Hospital. He was born December 12, 1936 in Loogootee, a son of the late Walter and Inez (McAtee) Moss.

Mr. Moss retired from Switzer in Indianapolis after 23 years of service. He was a lung transplant survivor of 14 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Indianapolis, member of St. Rose Catholic in Knightstown and a previous member of Little Flower Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He coached basketball, football and baseball at Little Flower Catholic School and also loved to hunt, camp and farm.

Survivors include six children, Ron (wife Maggie) Moss and Tim (wife Holly) Moss, both of Indianapolis, Gary Moss of New Palestine, Arlene (husband Dan) Foust of Indianapolis, Mike (wife Jaymie) Moss and Mark (wife Angela) Moss, both of Knightstown; 14 grandchildren, Kyle, Katelyn, Alison, Jessica, Jon, Mary, Hailey, Danielle, Ashley, Emilie, Adam, Jordan, Dalton and Logan; six brothers and sisters, Jim (wife Bev) Moss of Elizabethtown, Ky., Norma Wagner of Indianapolis, Darlene (husband Marvin) Napier of Phoenix, Ariz., Bob (wife Fran) Moss of Greenfield, Carol (husband Dale) Erickson of Hartford, S.D., and Lynn Doyle of Indianapolis.

In addition to his parents, a brother, Danny Doyle, preceded him in death.

Services were held Monday, September 27 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown with burial in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel on Sunday, September 26.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Health Foundation.

 

Kenneth A. Chew

Aug. 5, 1956 – Sept. 22, 2004

Former Knightstown resident, Kenneth A. “Kenny” Chew, 48, of McCordsville, died Wednesday, September 22 in Indianapolis. He was born August 5, 1956 in Rushville, a son of the late Ralph E. and Ruby May (Purdle) Chew.

The 1974 graduate of Knightstown High School worked as a sortation merge operator for Hooks/CVS Warehouse in Indianapolis for 29 years. He was a member of the K-9 Connection Dog Club and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed WWF wrestling. Chew was a softball coach and player and a fan of IU basketball, Nascar racing and a Viking’s football fan. He also collected trading cards.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki L. (Bowles) Chew of McCordsville; two daughters, Kortney and Chyane Chew of McCordsville; four brothers, Max Chew, Tim Chew and Kevin Chew, all of Knightstown and James Chew of Kennard; two sisters, Laura Tapp of Knightstown and Ruth Dudley of Dunreith.

Services were held Monday, September 27 at Pasco-Stillinger Funeral Home in Greenfield with Ron Kraus officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, September 26.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kortney and Chyane Chew Trust Fund, c/o Union Savings and Loan Assoc., 1986 W. Main St., Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

Lonnie Ray Young

May 4, 1938 – Sept. 18, 2004

Former Knightstown resident, Lonnie Ray Young, 66, of Sacramento, Calif., died Saturday, September 18 in a Sacramento hospital. He was born May 4, 1938 in Indianapolis, a son of Robert M. and Emily Young.

Mr. Young graduated from Knightstown High School in 1957. He also enlisted in the Air Force in 1957 and served his country for 30 years with the United States Air Force as a flight engineer. He worked for Sacramento County for 18 years. He was a member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152 and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars in North Highlands, Calif.

In Lonnie’s spare time, he enjoyed outdoor events with all of his family members including camping, horseback riding and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years , Elaine Pannett Young; six children, Kathy Ferguson of Sacramento, Lonnie Young, Jr. of South Carolina, Robert Young of Sacramento, Mike Young of Nevada, Anna Young of Sacramento and Richard Young of Sacramento; his mother, Emily Young of Knightstown; a brother, Bill Young of Leesburg; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Young and a brother, Donald E. Young.

Services were held Thursday, September 23 at East Lawn Mortuary Chapel in Sacramento. Burial services with military honors followed.

 

Louise Pike

Dec. 27, 1908 – Sept. 21, 2004

Former Carthage resident, Louise Pike, 95, of Leesburg, Fla. died Tuesday, September 21 in Florida. He was born December 27, 1908 in Hancock County, a daughter of the late John and Gertrude (Souder) Jessup.

Mrs. Pike lived in the Carthage area most of her life, moving to Florida in the year 2000. She was a retired schoolteacher and had taught school for 31 years including the Charlottesville Elementary. She was a member of East St. Christian Church in Carthage and had been attending Northside Christian Church in Leesburg. She married Cecil Pike on February 22, 1930 and he preceded her in death on May 15, 1980.

Survivors include two daughters, Martha Swarthout of Leesburg, Fla. and Mary Lu (husband Allen) Wood of Palo Alto, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, a son, Marvin Pike and a granddaughter, Rita Bennett preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 29) at East St. Christian Church with Rev. Barry Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington East Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel Tuesday, September 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the East St. Christian Church in Carthage.

 

George W. Jones

July 24, 1925 – Sept. 25, 2004

George W. Jones, 79, of Carthage died Saturday, September 25 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born July 24, 1925 in Indianapolis, a son of the late George T. and Blanche I. (Baker) Jones.

Mr. Jones graduated from Mt. Comfort High School in 1943. He was a bookkeeper for the Indianapolis Stock Yards for 25 years, a manager for Phillips 66 and Checker Stations in Greenfield for 10 years and a security guard for Roll Coater Corp. in Greenfield for 25 years. George was also a lifetime farmer in Hancock County. He attended the Church of Christ in Wilkinson.

Surviving is his wife, Mildred J. (Pressly) Jones whom he married October 23, 1949; four sons, Gary W. Jones of New Palestine, Tim T.F. Jones of Pompano Beach, Fla., George K. Jones of Carthage, and John F. Jones of Knightstown; two daughters, Bonnie J. Heim of Knightstown and Darla L. White of Greenfield; one sister, Blanche Nickels of Connersville; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Jones and a sister, Mary F. Herminghausen.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, September 29) at Erlewein Mortuaries in Greenfield with Pastor Ron Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, September 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Parkinson’s Foundation or Wilkinson Church of Christ.

 

Roy M. Duke

Dec. 9, 1908 – Sept. 28, 2004

Rush County resident, Roy M. Duke, 95 of rural Rushville, died Tuesday, September 28 in Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. He was born December 9, 1908 in Jennings County, a son of the late Merritt and Elizabeth (Steele) Duke.

Mr. Duke lived most of his life in Rush County. He was a mechanic for over 50 years, working for Hunsinger’s, Reddick and retiring from J.E. Dean. He married Mildred McMichael Duke on March 31, 1934. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last March and she survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Charles Marvin Duke of Grant City and Glen (wife Jackie) Duke of Homer; one daughter, Doris Duke of Overland Park, Kan.; six grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer Duke.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 1 at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with Rev. Kenneth S. Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Arlington East Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, September 30 at the mortuary.