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PUBLISHED APRIL 6, 2005

Kenneth L. Oldham

Sept. 27, 1924 – Apr. 3, 2005

Kenneth L. Oldham, 80, died April 3 at Millers Merry Manor, Rushville. A life-long Rush County resident, he was born September 27, 1924, a son of the late Ralph and Blanche (Lamberson) Oldham.

Mr. Oldham was a farmer. He graduated from Mays High School in 1942, serving as senior class president. He was a 4-H leader and a member of the Rush County Farm Bureau Band. He was the first host of the WRCR “Farm & Field Day.” Mr. Oldham was a member of the Center Christian Church, where he sang in a quartet. He was a 50-year member of the Spiceland Masonic Lodge. He had served there as a Worshipful Master.

Survivors include his wife, Audrey (Pickering ) Oldham who he married on August 17, 1946; two sons, Edward James Oldham of McMinnville, Tenn. and Kent Oldham of Fairfield, Ohio; a daughter, Nancy (husband Jason) Sherman of Indianapolis; two brothers, Maurice (wife Maxine) Oldham of Indianapolis and Byron (wife Ruth) Oldham of Rushville; two granddaughters, Christina Oldham of Tenn. and Lauren Elizabeth Oldham of Ohio; three grandsons, Kenneth Edward Oldham, Christopher James Oldham and James Lee Oldham, all of Tenn.; one great grandson, Logan; and several cousins.

The funeral will be held at Center Christian Church on Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m., with Steve Abernathy and Bill Worrell officiating. Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Rush County, with Moster & Cox Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Visitation was Wednesday, April 9 from 4-8 p.m. at Moster & Cox Mortuary, with Masonic Services.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Rush County 4-H or the Mays Scholarship Fund.

 

Melvin E. Adams

Apr. 9, 1921 – Mar. 28, 2005

Melvin E. Adams, 83, of Rushville, died on March 28 at Morristown Manor in Morristown. He was born April 9, 1921 in Rush County, the son of the late Charles and Hazel (McBride) Adams.

Mr. Adams was a farmer. He was a member of the Center Christian Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, having served in Sicily, Naples, Rome, Rhineland, France and Central Europe. Mr. Adams was awarded six bronze stars.

Survivors include one son, Bruce E. (wife Sally) Adams of Taylorville, Ill.; one daughter, Joyce (husband Earl) Dollarhide of Rushville; one sister, Josephine Kellam of Fortville; five grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Mr. Adams married Betty Sturwold in 1946 and she preceded him in death in 1996.

The funeral service was held Friday, April 1 at Todd Funeral Home in Rushville with Matthew Lee officiating. Burial followed at Center Christian Church Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites.

Visitation was at the funeral home before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

 

Norma Katherine Rennick

Aug. 23, 1926 – Apr. 4, 2005

Norma Katherine Rennick, 78, a resident of rural Willow Branch, died Monday, April 4 at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. She was born August 23, 1926 in Center Point, a daughter of the late George and Mary (Fischer) Fatch.

Ms. Rennick retired as postmaster of the Willow Branch post office. She was a member of the Willow Branch United Methodist Church and Country Harmony Homemakers Club of Hancock County.

Survivors include her husband, Rudy Rennick of rural Willow Branch; two daughters, Janet (husband Stan) Copple of Fountaintown, and Lora (husband Tim) McGrath of Indianapolis; one brother, Karlin Fatch of Indianapolis; a sister, Joan Youngblood of Center Point; three grandsons, John, Cody and Dillon McGrath.

Ms. Rennick was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Fatch and one sister, Pauline Keiser.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson, with Pastor Owen Youngblood and Pastor Les Comer officiating. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery in Center Point.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 6 from 4-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent Hospice or the Willow Branch United Methodist Church.

 

Mary Evelyn Lee

Sept. 4, 1921 – Mar. 28, 2005

Mary Evelyn Lee, 83, of Knightstown, died March 28 in Hancock Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born September 4, 1921 in Byrdstown, Tenn., a daughter of the late Willis E. and Rebecca Ann (Mullins) Lee.

Ms. Lee retired from RCA in Indianapolis. She was a member of the Knightstown Church of God where she served as a Sunday School teacher for several years. She was a member of the Willing Workers Auxiliary.

Survivors include two sisters, Alma Stockton and Willie Thompson, both of Knightstown; one brother, Lewis Reed Lee of Knightstown; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ida Lee, Ella Claborn and Rebecca Hamlin; five brothers, Haskel Lee, Clayton Lee, Raymond Lee, George Lee and Tom Lee.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 1 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown Chapel, with Rev. Early Hall officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, March 31 at the Knightstown Chapel.

 

Melvin Wayne McCorkle

Feb. 23, 1934 – Apr. 2, 2005

Melvin Wayne McCorkle, 71, of Carthage, died Saturday, April 2 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born February 23, 1934 in Carthage, son of the late Wilbur and Flossie (Donoho) McCorkle.

Mr. McCorkle was a 1954 graduate of Carthage High School. He served in the U.S. Army and the Naval Reserve. He retired as a maintenance superintendent at Container Corp. America. Mr. McCorkle was a member of East Street Christian Church in Carthage. He was also a member of Masonic Rush Lodge #580, Eagles Lodge in Rushville and the Rushville American Legion.

Mr. McCorkle married Carolyn Masters December 20, 1975, and she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Lisa McCorkle and Robin (husband Bob) Stanfield, both of Phoenix, Ariz., Susan Crowe and Lisa (husband Todd) Roberts, both of Carthage; three sons, Mark (wife Gail) Koors of Westport, Michael (wife Ann) Koors, and Chris (wife Karen) Koors, both of Greensburg; one brother, Norman (wife Mary Lou) McCorkle; 12 grandchildren; two aunts and uncles; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, April 6 at Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel, with the Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial followed in Carthage Town Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday at the funeral home with a Masonic Service.

 

 PUBLISHED APRIL 13, 2005

Minnie Kathryn Lowder

July 21, 1933 – Apr. 6, 2005

Minnie Kathryn Lowder, 71, a resident of rural Shirley, died at her residence Wednesday, April 6, following an extended illness. She was born July 21, 1933 in Madison County, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Bertha Irene (Lough) McIntyre.

Ms. Lowder graduated from Markleville High School and attended Anderson University. She worked in the office of the Guide Lamp Division of General Motors Corporation in Anderson. She also helped her husband farm and raise livestock. She retired from driving a school bus in December 2000. She was an avid gardener and genealogist, and loved music, fishing and traveling.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James Robert Lowder of rural Shirley; a daughter, Vicki L (husband Barry) Gray of Kennard; a twin brother, F. Keith (wife Joan) McIntyre of Arizona; a brother, Charles A. (companion Joanna Boze) McIntyre of Florida; a sister, Ruth Ellen (husband John) Cook of Anderson; two granddaughters, Heather Ann (husband Travis) Null of Greenfield and Marlaina Rene (companion Tim Howard) Gray of Shirley; four great grandchildren, Samantha Lynn Parmley, Allison Marie Boone, Trevor Paul Null, James Thomas Free Maynard; one step great grandchild, Joseph Evan Boone; and extended family member, Joe Boone of Cicero; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Lowder was preceded in death by an infant sister, Gloria Fern McIntyre; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Helen and John Crusmire; and an extended family member, Brenda Boone.

Services were held at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Monday, April 9, with Pastor Lawrence Smith officiating. Burial followed in Harlan Cemetery in Wilkinson.

Visitation was held at the funeral home prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Chapel Faith Fellowship, 2089 N. Raider Rd, New Castle, IN 47362.

 

Betty Ruth Masters

Apr. 1, 1924 – Apr. 7, 2005

Betty Ruth Masters, 81, a resident of Greenfield and former resident of Wilkinson, died Thursday, April 7 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. She was born April 1, 1924 in Warrington, a daughter of the late R.D. and Ethel (McCorkle) Masters.

Ms. Masters worked at National Tile in Anderson and retired from East Side Screw Products in Greenfield in 1989. She had worked there for 22 years. She was a member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ.

Survivors include a brother, Jerry (wife Doris) Masters of Wilkinson; two sisters, Martha Zornes of Markleville and Catherine (husband Steve) Barkdull of Pendleton; and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Masters was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph Masters in 1930, Maurice Masters in 1989, Larry Masters in 1999 and William Masters in 2004; three sisters, Anna Masters in 1936, Mary McClarnon in 1986, and Iola Batson in 1991.

Graveside funeral services were held in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson, Monday, April 11, with Rev. Larry Barkdull officiating.

Visitation was at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson, Sunday, April 10.

 

Lowell E. Stoten

Feb. 22, 1922 – Apr. 7, 2005

Lowell E. Stoten, 83, of Knightstown, died Thursday, April 7 at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. He was born February 22, 1922 in Rush County, son of the late J. Marion and Ruby (Oldham) Stoten.

Mr. Stoten was a 1940 graduate of Mays High School. He worked for Allison Division of General Motors before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in WWII from 1944-1946 and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. Mr. Stoten was the Rush County surveyor for over 30 years. He worked with the Soil Conservation Service and the Rush County SWCD in the 1960s. Mr. Stoten also farmed for several years. He was a long time member of Center Christian Church where he served as treasurer, deacon, trustee and usher. He was a life member of American Legion Post 152, an associate member of the FOP in Rush County, and an associate member of the Rush County Sheriff’s Association.

Survivors include a son, Jack L. Stoten of Rush County; a daughter, Jean A. (husband Larry) John of Shelby County; a brother, Wendell M. (wife Evelyn) Stoten of Henry County; two granddaughters, Julie (husband Ted) McMichael of Greenfield and Leslie Stoten of Rush County; a grandson, Scott (Becky) Morgan of Indianapolis; two great grandchildren, Carie and Ross McMichael of Greenfield; two nieces and one great nephew of Henry County.

Mr. Stoten married Charlene R. Fortner on November 1, 1941 and she preceded him in death in 2003. Also preceding him in death were his parents and an infant sister.

The funeral was held at Moster & Cox Mortuary on Monday, April 11, with Bill Worrell officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery. Military graveside services were observed.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 10, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center Christian Church.

 

Reitz L. Sanders

Mar. 12, 1940 – Apr. 7, 2005

Reitz L. Sanders, 65, of Oxford, Ind., died Thursday, April 7 in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette following an extended illness. He was born March 12, 1940 in Illinois, son of the late Lewis and Gladys (Gorman) Sanders.

Mr. Sanders was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He served as a paratrooper. He loved to fish and was a general handyman.

Survivors include a daughter, Brittany Sanders of Fowler, Ind.; a granddaughter, Madison Rodriguez of Fowler; three sisters, Mary (husband Joe) Jack of Greenfield, Donna Kellar of Lafayette, Ann (husband John) Nail of Indianapolis; three brothers, Jerry (wife Geneva) Sanders of Carthage, Bud (wife Iila) Sanders of Lafayette, Chuck (wife Vicki) Rhodes of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Sanders in 1991, and a niece, Barbara Kellar.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 10, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel. Burial followed at Carthage Cemetery. Visitation was at the funeral home prior to the service.

 

Annie “Grace” Thompson

Jan. 31, 1914 – Apr. 6, 2005

Annie “Grace” Thompson, 91, of Knightstown, died Wednesday, April 6, at Hancock Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born January 31, 1914, a daughter of the late Walter Samuel and Nancy Jane (Jackson) Goodwin.

Ms. Thompson attended school in Muses Mills, Ky. A homemaker, she was a member of Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church in Knightstown.

Survivors include two daughters, Loretta (husband Don) Dudley and Beverly (husband Peter) McComiskey, both of Knightstown; four sons, Leo (wife Sandi) Thompson, Ralph (wife Clarice) Thompson, both of Knightstown, Lewis (wife Nancy) Thompson of Spiceland and Gene (wife Gaye) Thompson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three sisters, Dessa Morgan, Lena Caudill and Goldie Jackson; two brothers, George and Clarence Goodwin; 12 grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and eight step great grandchildren.

Ms. Thompson’s husband of 50 years, Kelly Thompson, predeceased her in 1986. Also preceding her in death were a brother, Oral Goodwin, a twin brother who died in infancy, and one step great great grandson.

Services were held Monday, April 11, at Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church with Brother Randy Gross officiating. Burial followed at Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 10, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Independent Baptist Church with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

Daisy B. Richmond Pendlum

Aug. 19, 1921 – Apr. 7, 2005

Daisy B. Richmond Pendlum, 83, of Greenfield, died Thursday, April 7, at her home. She was born August 19, 1921 in Lewis County, Ky., a daughter of the late Stanton and Beulah (Howard) Richmond.

Ms. Pendlum worked for Indiana Knitwear and retired from RCA in Indianapolis in 1980. She was a member of Greenfield Church of God and attended Greenfield First Assembly of God.

She married Orville Pendlum February 1, 1937, and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Jerry (wife Nina) Pendlum of Athens, Ala., Mitchell (wife Carol) Pendlum of Greenfield, and Roger Ray (wife Cindy) Pendlum; two daughters, Nadine (husband Carl) Spence of Knightstown, and Marlene (husband Jim) Woodcock of Greenfield; two brothers, Kermit Richmond of Olive Hill, Ky. and Dale Richmond of Emerson, Ky.; three sisters, Lorene Bryant of Knightstown, Kathryn Skidmore of Emerson, Ky., and Doni Pierce of Maysville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gilbert Pendlum, sisters, Faye Back and Audrey LaVallee, and a brother, Carlos Richmond.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 11, at Greenfield Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Jim Morris officiating. Burial followed at Park Cemetery in Greenfield.

Visitation was held at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield, Sunday, April 10.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Hospice, 801 N. State St., Greenfield, Ind. 46140.

 

Ruth J. Williams

Mar. 6, 1922 – Mar. 2, 2005

Ruth J. Williams, 82, a resident of Franklin and a former resident of Knightstown, died Wednesday, March 2 at Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. She was born March 6, 1922 in Wayne County, a daughter of the late Laurence and Harriet (Paulus) Goodwin.

Ms. Williams attended high school in Webster. She was employed as a dental assistant and later was a co-owner in the industrial tools industry with her husband. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Major Hugh Dinwiddie Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by three sons, Ronald L. Williams of Fishers, Thomas D. Williams of Indianapolis and Richard E. Williams of Williamston, Mich.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Ms. Williams married Frank Whitter Williams December 11, 1943 and he preceded her in death March 24, 2004. A sister also preceded her in death.

A memorial service was conducted at Ransford Chapel at Indiana Masonic Home with Rev. Cleon Wright officiating. A service by the DAR was also conducted. Burial followed in West Point Cemetery in Liberty. Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana Masonic Home, 690 S. State St., Franklin, Ind. 46131.

 

Marilyn Stoten Stanley

Oct. 24, 1931 – Apr. 8, 2005

Marilyn Stoten Stanley, 73, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Friday, April 8, following an extended illness. She was born October 24, 1931 in Knightstown, daughter of the late Wallace and Lavona (Ruby) Stoten.

Ms. Stanley was a 34-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was an active member of her church and enjoyed writing poetry.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, John Head Stanley; two sons, Mike (wife Nancy) Stanley of St. Louis, Mo., and Pat (wife Tina) Stanley of Williamsburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Ryan and Andrew Stanley, both of St. Louis, Mo., Tabitha and Brandon Stanley, both of Williamsburg, Va.; and one brother, Glenn (wife Carolyn) Stoten of Knightstown.

In addition to her parents, two brothers, Merrill Stoten and Howard Stoten preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be held Friday, April 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel. Rev. Carolyn Stoten will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

 

 PUBLISHED APRIL 20, 2005

Joseph H. Paul

July 21, 1960 – Apr. 16, 2005

Joseph H. Paul, 44, of Knightstown, died Saturday, April 16 at Hancock County Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 21, 1960 in New Castle, a son of William T. and Joan (Thompson) Paul.

Mr. Paul was a 1978 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School. He attended Ball State University and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of First Christian Church in New Castle where he served as a deacon. Mr. Paul enjoyed the outdoors, automobile restoration and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Patty Paul of Knightstown; a son, Ethan Paul of Carthage; two stepsons, Matthew May of Knightstown, and Joseph May of Edinburg; a sister, Beth Widner (fiancé Mark Curtis) of New Castle; a brother, Byron T. Paul of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents, H. Ivan and Bernice H. Paul and Virgil M. and Sarah E. Thompson, and his father-in-law, Arnold Gorman.

Services were held Wednesday, April 20, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with Rev. Richard Thayer officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Knightstown American Legion.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 19 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Ethan Paul Education Trust. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

Lena Cavaletto

Feb. 28, 1920 – Apr. 13, 2005

Lena Cavaletto, 85, died Wednesday, April 13, at Brandywine Nursing Home in Greenfield. She was born in Clinton, Ind. on February 28, 1920, and had lived in this area since 1972. She was a daughter of the late John and Maddlena Bugni.

Mrs. Cavaletto retired as a clerk at Ernie’s Market. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Knightstown.

She is survived by five sons, Ernest Cavaletto of Greenfield, Frank (wife Mary) Cavaletto of Indianapolis, John Cavaletto of Greenfield, Virgil (wife Janice) Cavaletto of Carthage, and David Cavaletto of Greenfield; one sister, Mrs. Anna Biszantz of Indianapolis; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Cavaletto married Ernest Cavaletto November 25, 1939, and he preceded her in death. Five brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, April 16 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Knightstown, with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery. Todd Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation and praying of the rosary were held Friday, April 15, at the funeral home.

 

Homer Van Duyn, Jr.

July 19, 1924 – Apr. 16, 2005

Homer Van Duyn, Jr., 80, a resident of Shirley, died Saturday, April 16, in Knightstown. He was born July 19, 1924, the son of the late Homer and Gladys (Judge) Van Duyn.

Mr. Van Duyn had worked at Brooks Foods Company in Shirley. He had also worked for the Hancock County Highway Department.

Survivors include a foster son, Randy Ebbert of Knightstown; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, foster grandchildren, and foster great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 19, in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Burial followed in McCray Cemetery.

Visitation was at the funeral home prior to the service.

 

 PUBLISHED APRIL 27, 2005

Olive Minerva Jarvis

Apr. 15, 1910 – Apr. 21, 2005

Olive Minerva Jarvis, 95, died Thursday, April 21 at her home in Shirley. She had been a Shirley resident since 1938. She was born April 15, 1910 in Pineville, Mo., daughter of the late Joseph Washington and Estelle Minerva Hopkins Taffner.

Ms. Jarvis had worked at Delco-Remy in Anderson for 13 years. She was a former member of the Countryside Christian Church and a present member of Shirley Christian Church. She was a member of the Kennard Brotherhood/Sisterhood.

Survivors include two sisters, Velma Jones of Grove, Okla., and Lois Armstrong of Fairland, Okla.; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Carrie Torres of Charlottesville, and Darrell and June Deck of Shirley.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Jarvis was preceded in death by two husbands, Otto Stoughton, former Shirley town Marshall, who died April 26, 1953, and Bill Jarvis, who died October 13, 1972; one daughter, Velma Adeline Kalani, who died January 1, 1987; three brothers, Joe Taffner, Leslie Taffner and Everett Taffner; and two sisters, Irene and Marjorie.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Estell Chapel in Shirley. Rev. Darrell Deck and Rev. Jams Hill will officiate. Burial will follow in McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson.

Visitation will be from 1 – 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Robert Lee Roland

Sept. 23, 1921 – Apr. 21, 2005

Robert Lee Roland, 83, died Thursday, April 21 at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. Mr. Roland was a lifelong resident of Knightstown. He was born September 23, 1921, son of the late Russell Roland and Goldie (Zaph) Roland.

Mr. Roland was a graduate of Mt. Comfort High School. He was an Army WWII veteran, having served with the 10th Mountain Division in Italy. He was awarded several ribbons and medals, including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. Mr. Roland retired in 1980 as an assembly worker for Chrysler in Indianapolis. He also was a farmer. He was a member of the Knightstown Christian Church and the Knightstown American Legion. Mr. Roland loved to play golf and help people.

Survivors include a son, Gary (wife Judith Ann) Roland of Mesa, Ariz.; a daughter, Judi Sloan of Knightstown; three brothers, Earl Roland, Charles Roland, and George Roland, all of Greenfield; one sister, Marjorie Hale of Westfield, Ind.; two grandsons, Robert Brandon Roland of Mesa, Ariz., and Clinton Russell (wife Brandi) Roland of Mesa, Ariz.; four granddaughters, Amy (husband Rodney) Wisehart, Angela (husband Bobby) Kilgore, both of Knightstown, Amanda (companion Mike Stone) Sloan of Greenfield, and Emily (husband Andy) Rollins, of Falmouth, Ind.; 14 great-grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.

Mr. Roland married Virginia Roberts August 3, 1945 and she preceded him in death in 2004. In addition to his parents, two brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 26 at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown, with Rev. Richard Thayer officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery, with American Legion and VFW graveside services.

Visitation was held Monday, April 25 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knightstown American Legion.

 

Leone P. Mosier

July 14, 1917 – Apr. 21, 2005

Leone P. Mosier, 87, of Morristown, died Thursday, April 21 at Major Hospital, Shelbyville. She was born July 14, 1917 in Jonesboro, Ark., daughter of the late John and Nettie (Holmes) Power.

Mrs. Mosier had lived most of her life in Carthage. She retired as a clerk with the U.S. Post Office. She was a member of the Fletcher United Methodist Church and a former member of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a son, James W. (wife Kathryn) Mosier of Nineveh, Ind.; a daughter, Sheryl (husband Richard) Redfern of Villa Hills, Ky.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mosier married Ralph H. Mosier April 24, 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1978. Her parents and one sister also preceded her in death.

Services were held Saturday, April 23 at Fletcher United Methodist Church, Carthage, with Rev. Roger Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Carthage. Todd Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fletcher United Methodist Church or to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Vera May Castle

May 29, 1915 – Apr. 20, 2005

Vera May Castle, 89, of Greenfield, died Wednesday, April 20 at Regency Place Nursing Home, Greenfield. She was born in Scottsburg, Ind., May 29, 1915, daughter of the late Tilden and Dona (Corn) King.

Mrs. Castle was a homemaker and had lived in Greenfield for many years.

She is survived by a son, Gary (wife Chris) Castle of McCordsville; three daughters, Judy (husband Lloyd) LaMere of Indianapolis, Joyce (husband Paul) Scholl of Knightstown, and Jerri (husband Winston) Wilson of Greenfield; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She married Eugene Castle February 5, 1938 and he preceded her in death in 1993. In addition to her parents, six brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Services were held Saturday, April 23 at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown, with Don Quass officiating. Burial followed in Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Visitation was held at the funeral home prior to the service.

 

Irma Jean Porter

July 26, 1926 – Apr. 20, 2005

Irma Jean Porter, 78, died Wednesday, April 20 at Regency Place Nursing Home, Greenfield. She was born July 26, 1926 in Sciotoville, Ohio, daughter of the late Vonnie Church and Doris Starks.

Mrs. Porter had lived for many years in the Knightstown area. She had been a member of the New Life Wesleyan Church in Carthage for over 50 years.

She married Donald Porter of Carthage August 28, 1993 and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Judy (husband Stanley) Back of Shirley, and Pam (husband Marion) Buchanan of Knightstown; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Porter was preceded in death by her first husband, Norman Fuchs in 1975. One sister and two brothers also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at Moster & Cox Mortuary, Rushville, Monday, April 25, with Charlie Stanley officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday, April 24 at Moster & Cox.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Vista Care. Information is available at the funeral home.

 

Rema F. Maxwell

Jan. 8, 1936 – Apr. 24, 2005

Rema F. Maxwell, 69, of Wilkinson, died Sunday, April 24 at Kindred Health Care, Greenwood. She was born January 8, 1936, in Shirley, daughter of the late Chester and Madge (Muncy) Maxwell.

Ms. Maxwell was a graduate of Wilkinson High School and St. Mary’s College. She retired as a registered nurse from Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield, and had also worked at St. John’s in Anderson. She was a member of the Shirley-Wilkinson Untied Methodist Church.

Several nieces and nephews survive.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Maxwell was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Harrison, Gene Maxwell, and Delbert Maxwell, and one sister, Bessie Bronnenberg.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 27 at the Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with Rev. Jeff Mair officiating. Burial followed at Harlan Cemetery.

Visitation was at the funeral home, Tuesday, April 26.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or the Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church.

 

L. Viola Keller

July 20, 1922 – Apr. 23, 2005

L. Viola Keller, 82, died Saturday, April 23 in Riverside, Calif., of natural causes. She was born July 20, 1922, in Knightstown, the youngest daughter of the late Jesse C. and Lena B. Runyan.

Mrs. Keller graduated from Knightstown High School in 1940. She was valedictorian of her class. Before moving to Riverside, Calif. in 1956, she was a resident of Knightstown and New Castle. She was a homemaker and had worked at Harris’ Department Store for 12 years.

Mrs. Keller is survived by her children, S. Kay Pratt, Jay Keller, and Katrina Terkelsen, all of Riverside, Calif.; Karen Hebeler of Sun City, Calif.; son-in-law, Dennis Pratt; daughter-in-law, Debbie Keller; sister, Thelma Johnson of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Roy A. Keller. Also preceding her in death were grandson Mark D. Pratt; two sisters, Pearl Van Buskirk and Marguerite Jones Greding; and a brother, Walter Runyan.

Services will be held Thursday, April 28, 1:30 p.m. at Olivewood Cemetery. Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary, Riverside, Calif., are in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Riverside, 4845 Brockton Ave., Riverside, Calif., 92506-0134, the American Lung Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Anna Laura (Ellis) Yearout

Oct. 9, 1920 – Apr. 19, 2005

Anna Laura (Ellis) Yearout, 84, died Tuesday, April 19 in Dallas, Texas. She was born October 9, 1920.

Survivors include two children, Terry Yearout and Yvonne Chenault; two brothers, Bernard Ellis and Norm Ellis; a sister, Jo Brackett; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 23 in Lancaster, Texas. Burial was Tuesday, April 26 in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Todd Funeral Home was in charge of the local arrangements.

 

William “Bill” C. Elliott

July 7, 1929 – Apr. 25, 2005

William “Bill” C. Elliott, 75, a resident of Knightstown for 28 years, died Monday, April 25, at Community Hospital East, Indianapolis. He was born July 7, 1929 in Indianapolis, son of the late Edwin S. Elliott Sr. and Jessie (Hamilton) Elliott.

Mr. Elliott was a graduate of Arsenal Tech High School, Indianapolis, and attended Indiana Central College. He was a Marine veteran of the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. He retired from Eli Lilly in Greenfield after working in office administration for 43 years. Mr. Elliott was an avid fisherman and loved nature and the outdoors.

Mr. Elliott married Shirley Stevens February 14, 1976, and she survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Denise (husband Phil) Sellers of Deland, Fla., Cynthia Elliott of Indianapolis, and Andrea (fiancé Andrew Dutchess) Elliott of Noblesville; a sister, Betty Jean Kelliher of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Sean (wife Sarah) Sellers of Orlando, Fla., Matthew Sellers of Deland, Fla., Angela Sellers of Albuquerque, N.M., Jonathon Elliott and Casey Elliott, both of Indianapolis; and a special aunt, Nellie Wright.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Elliott was preceded in death by Edwin S. Elliott, Jr. on November 8, 2004.

Funeral service will be held Friday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. Mervin Kilmer officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown, Thursday, April 28, 4-8 p.m.

 

LeRoy Craig

Aug. 2, 1937 – Apr. 23, 2005

LeRoy Craig, 67, of rural Shirley, died Saturday, April 23, in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, following a brief illness. He was born August 2, 1937 in Knightstown, a son of the late Paul and Frances (Watson) Craig.

Mr. Craig was a 1955 graduate of Knightstown High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas, where he served with the military police. He retired from Ameritech in 1995 after 35 years of service. Mr. Craig was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of Kennard Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and treasurer.

He married Irene Ryckman June 22, 1958 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, David Craig of Kennard, and Gary (wife Becky) Craig of Anderson; a granddaughter, Amber Craig of Anderson; two grandsons, Alex Craig of Anderson, and Brandon Craig of New Castle; four brothers, Bill Craig of New Castle, Bob (wife Tracy) Craig of Martinsville, Frank Craig of Kennard, and Jim (wife Delita) Craig of Knightstown; aunt and uncle, Ruth and Don Jackson of Lewisville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Craig was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Louise Craig, and a brother, Paul Eugene Craig.

Services were held Wednesday, April 27 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with the Reverends Marion McFarland and Jake Brown officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 26 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennard Christian Church or the Leukemia Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.