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 PUBLISHED MAY 4, 2005

Zachariah J. Edwards

Aug. 16, 1981 – Apr. 29, 2005

Zachariah J. Edwards, 23, a resident of Knightstown, died Friday, April 29, at Henry County Hospital, New Castle. He was born August 16, 1981, in Indianapolis, son of Timothy and Tracy (Wills) Edwards of Knightstown.

Zach was a 1999 graduate of Knightstown High School. He was employed as a prison security guard.

Survivors include his parents; a brother, Ezekiel Edwards of Knightstown; a sister, Katlyn Edwards of Knightstown; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Jean Edwards of Indianapolis; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Mary Wills of Indianapolis.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 3, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson, with Pastor Denny Neal officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

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

Information regarding memorial contributions is available at the funeral home.

 

Irene Vandenbark

Sept. 30, 1910 – May 1, 2005

Irene Vandenbark, 94, a resident of Wilkinson, died Sunday, May 1, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. She was born September 30, 1910, in Waldron, daughter of the late Walter and Flo Bailey.

Mrs. Vandenbark and her husband, Robert, were lifelong farmers in the Wilkinson area. She was very devoted to her family and enjoyed gardening, needlework and cooking.

Survivors include a son, Walter (wife Suzan) Vandenbark of Wilkinson; two granddaughters, Shirley (husband John) Mascoe of Wilkinson, and Stephanie (husband Kirt) Fuchs of Wilkinson; a grandson, Gary (wife Tina) Vandenbark of Wilkinson; seven great-grandchildren; and two nieces.

Mrs. Vandenbark was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Robert Vandenbark, and a sister, Dora Hatton.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 4, 10 a.m., at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with Jeff Mair officiating. Burial followed in McCray Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, May 3.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Meals on Wheels.

 

Sandra F. Brooks

Feb. 4, 1942 – Apr. 27, 2005

Sandra F. Brooks, 63, of New Castle, died Wednesday, April 27, at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, following an extended illness. She was born February 4, 1942 in New Castle, daughter of Anna (Taylor) Sipes Rickard and the late Willard Sipes.

Mrs. Brooks was a licensed beautician and owned and operated a beauty shop in New Castle until 1972. She was also a homemaker and enjoyed painting ceramics.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Brooks is survived by her husband of 33 years, James G. Brooks of New Castle; two sons, Christopher G. Brooks of New Castle, and Paul M. (wife Julie) Souder of Carthage; a grandson, Jared M. Souder of Carthage; a brother Michael Sipes of Alexandria; two sisters, Viqtoria Anna Rickard of New Castle, and Leslie (husband Marvin) McCullum of Mt. Summit; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by her father, Willard Sipes.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 30, at Main and Frame Funeral Home, New Castle, with Rev. Warren Ingle officiating. Burial followed at Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Carthage.

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

Envelopes for memorial contributions to the Henry County Animal Shelter are available at the funeral home.

 

Robert F. Bowman

Apr. 7, 149 – Apr. 25, 2005

Robert F. Bowman, 56, of Greenfield, died Monday, April 25, at Regency Place Healthcare in Greenfield. He was born April 7, 1949 in New Castle, son of James and Miriam (White) Bowman of Greenfield.

Mr. Bowman was a 1967 graduate of Eastern Hancock High School and served in the U.S. Navy Seabees in Vietnam. He worked in automotive restoration and especially loved restoring high performance cars of the 1960s.

In addition to his parents, survivors include two brothers, Daniel (wife Kathy) Bowman of Greenfield, and Thomas Bowman of Nineveh, Ind.; a niece; and three nephews.

A nephew preceded Mr. Bowman in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 29, at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson. Burial followed in McCray Cemetery with military graveside services.

Visitation was held at the funeral home, Thursday, April 28.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or WFYI, channel 20.

 

Lillian Viola Ryan

Mar. 11,1914 – Apr. 26, 2005

Lillian Viola Ryan, 91, of Freelandville, Ind., died Tuesday, April 26, at Freelandville Community Home. She was a former resident of Rush County. She was born March 11, 1914 in Ging, Ind., daughter of the late Nathan Carney Gardner and Flora Emma Woliung.

Mrs. Ryan graduated from Rushville High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Freelandville Christian Church.

Survivors include daughters, Charlene Ryan of New York, N.Y., Drema Huston of Anderson, Kathy Keeling of Santiago, Chile, and Pamela Kixmiller of Freelandville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ryan was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond J. Ryan in 1981, and one sister and one brother.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 29, at Center Christian Church, Mays. Burial followed in Center Cemetery, Mays. McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Bicknell, Ind., was in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation was held at the church prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Mission School, Grundy, Va.

 

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Addison

May 5, 1923 – Apr. 3, 2005

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Addison, 81, of Carthage, died Saturday, April 30, at Hancock Memorial

Hospital, Greenfield. She was born May 5, 1923, in Alexandria, daughter of the late Emil and Hatte (Heddrick) Hitchens.

Mrs. Addison retired as a nurse’s aide in Anderson. She was a member of Ovid Community Church, Anderson.

Survivors include two sons, Edmond (wife Diana) Smock of Ft. Wayne, and Boyde (wife Dawn) Duncan of Carthage; five daughters, Carmelia (husband Bill) Downs of Anderson, Sandy (husband Raymond) Fox of Pendleton, Flora Smock of Richmond, Doris (husband Larry) Whithurst of Anderson, and Anita (husband Dale) Bell of Elwood; 21 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Addison was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Addison; one son; three brothers; and three sisters.

A private service for the family was held Wednesday, May 4, at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. Keith Wooden officiating. Burial followed at Friends Church Cemetery.

 

Barbara (Frazier) Hope

Mar. 2, 1945 – May 2, 2005

Barbara Hope (Frazier), 60, of McCordsville, died Monday, May 2, at Wildwood Healthcare Center, Indianapolis, following an extended illness. She was born March 2, 1945 in Knightstown, daughter of the late Wilbur and Lois (Archey) Frazier.

Mrs. Hope retired from Delphi Delco-Remy Corp. of Anderson in 2002 after 27 years of service. During that time, she was transferred to El Paso, Texas while working for the Delphi Corp. in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. She had also been employed at Delta Tau Delta as a receptionist since 2004. She was a member of the Knightstown Christian Church and past president of the Mental Health Association of Anderson. Mrs. Hope was the first female African-American Deputy Sheriff in Madison County. She was an avid Indiana Pacer fan and Indy Car racing enthusiast and loved spending time with her grandchildren and friends.

Survivors include a son, Kyle (wife Yadira) Hope of Indianapolis; three grandchildren, Bailey, Kelsy and Bryan Hope, all of Indianapolis; a sister, Wanda Smith of Indianapolis; two nieces, Lisa (husband William) Thomas, and Natalie Shaw, both of Indianapolis; three great-nieces, Andrea and Shayla Thomas and Chanteil Bradley, all of Indianapolis; two great-nephews, Billy and Marcus Thomas of Indianapolis; one great-great nephew, Tejauhn Thomas; and many other nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m., at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with Seminarian Chris Wadelton officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 6, at the funeral home. A Rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

 PUBLISHED MAY 11, 2005

Russell Ray “Bucky” Cronk

Feb. 18, 1923 – May 4, 2005

Russell Ray “Bucky” Cronk, 82, of New Castle, died Wednesday, May 4, at Henry County Memorial Hospital. He was born February 18, 1923, in Henry County, son of the late George Thomas and Ruth M. (McLain) Cronk.

Mr. Cronk was a graduate of Cadiz High School. While in high school, he loved playing baseball and basketball. He was a longtime farmer and cattle breeder in Henry County. Mr. Cronk was a member of Eagles Lodge F.O.E. #933 and Kennard Lions Club. He was owner of Liquid Fertilizers, Inc. He was a supporter of the Henry County 4-H Clubs.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Anna May (Houk) Cronk whom he married September 27, 1942; daughter, Tina (husband Larry) Fowler of New Castle; granddaughter, Kim (husband David) Walls; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Nicole and Joshua of Monticello, Ind.; great-great-grandson, Brysen Saunders; grandson, Paul Fowler; great-grandchildren, Haley and Mackenzie Fowler; daughter, Debra (husband Billy) Ratliff; granddaughter, Amy Thompson; great-granddaughter, Alexis Thompson; grandson, Brian (wife Wendi) Ratliff; great-grandson, Clayton Ratliff; grandson, Bradley (wife Angela) Ratliff; grandson, Brett (wife Annie) Ratliff; great-grandson, Eli Ratliff; son, Mark T. (wife Nancy) Cronk of Knightstown, formerly of Hagerstown; grandson, Russell D. (wife Rhonda) Cronk; great-grandchildren, Cody and Shawna Cronk; grandson Ryan Cronk; great-granddaughter, Avery; granddaughters, Kylene (husband Chuck) Cheeseman and Natalie Cronk; grandson, Dustin Cronk; sister, Mary Losh of Muncie; niece Vickie; nephew, Steve Losh; brother, Jack (wife Barbara) Cronk; nephews, Kim (wife Nyla) Cronk and Jay (wife Kim) Cronk; nephews, Max, Leland and Thad Loudenback; niece Sue Ann (husband Alan) Davis of New Castle; sister-in-law, Lillian Bailey.

Mr. Cronk was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maxine Loudenback.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 9, at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home, Sunday, May 3.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

 

P. Helena Dempsey

Nov. 8, 1911 – Apr. 21, 2005

Mrs. P. Helena (Larmore) Dempsey, 93, died Thursday, April 21, at her home in Vemilion, Ohio. She was born in New Castle, on Nov. 8, 1911.

Mrs. Dempsey was a 1929 graduate of Knightstown High School and attended Toledo University. While there, she was a member of the Drama Club and worked with the makeup department. She was very active and held office in the Toledo Federation of Art. Several of her watercolors have been displayed in the Toledo Museum of Art. From 1944 to 1956, Mrs. Dempsey was active with the Lakeside School, helping to design costumes for plays, backdrops for proms. She used her artistic talents for many in the community. She and her late husband, Stanley, sold their property to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and it is now known as the Dempsey Fishing Access.

Mrs. Dempsey enjoyed reading, painting, sewing, music, gardening and traveling. A highlight for her was attending the Knightstown High School reunions every year.

Survivors include her daughter, A. Suzanne Novotny-Hartenfeld; three granddaughters, Laura A. Cammarn of Ocala, Fla., Debra L. Adkins of Vermilion, Ohio, and Margaret Christensen of Virginia Beach, Va.; two grandsons, Morgan Dempsey of Phoenix, Ariz., and Peter Dempsey of Convent Station, N.J.; and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Dempsey was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley J. Dempsey in 1998; a son James Birch Dempsey of Westford, Mass. in 2004; a brother, Richard Larmore of Toledo, Ohio in 2001; a sister, Evelyn See of Fortville, Ind. in 2000; and her parents, Myrtle (Kuhn) Larmore in 1985 and Stephen Larmore in 1931, of Knightstown.

Contributions may be made to New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, 3700 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, Ohio 44053, or Ritter Public Library Endowment Fund, 5680 Liberty Ave., Vermilion, Ohio 44089, or Serving Our Seniors – Medication Program, 620 E. Water St., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

There will be no services. A celebration of Helena Dempsey’s life will be held at a later date for family and friends.

 

James H. Hammond, Jr.

Feb. 12, 1931 – Apr. 26, 2005

James H. Hammond, Jr., 74, of Carthage, died Tuesday, April 26. He was born February 12,1931, in Sumner County, Tenn., son of the late James H. Hammond, Sr. and Ethel (Eckels) Hammond.

Mr. Hammond worked for Bill Kuhn, Dan Young and Blossom Chevrolet dealerships for 36 years as an automotive body technician. After retiring in 1993, James and his wife Roberta worked for the Indianapolis Star for four years and the Greenfield Daily Reporter for over seven years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors with his family.

Mr. Hammond is survived by his wife of 54 years, Roberta Hammond; daughter Pamela (husband Tony) Brake; son James H. (wife Dee Dee) Hammond, III; grandchildren Brian Brake, Lindsey Brake, Braden Hammond, Sydney Hammond; brother Bobby Hammond; sister Addie Pearl West, both of Portland, Tenn.

Mr. Hammond was preceded in death by his brother, Vergil G. Hammond.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 20, at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center-Washington Park East. Burial followed at Washington Park East Cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday, April 29, at the funeral center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock County Hospital Hospice.

 

Mary Lou Zapf

Sept. 14, 1926 – May 8, 2005

Mary Lou Zapf, 78, of Greensburg, died Sunday, May 8, at the Indiana University Medical Center, Indinapolis. She was born September 14, 1926, in Greenfield, daughter of the late Charles and Flora Bell (Jones) Hawks.

Ms. Zapf retired in 1986 from Western Electric Company in Indianapolis after 16 years of service. She had also worked at Danner Brother’s, B-NEA Jewelry, Western Auto and Owens TV and Appliance, all in Greenfield. She was a member of Clarksburg Christian Church and a former member of Knightstown Eastern Star.

Survivors include four daughters, Teresa Lynn Carlson of Greensburg, Janice Annette Niece of Bullhead City, Ariz., Jacqueline Louise Moran of Morgantown, Ind., and Cheryl Denise Gallagher of Greensburg; one son, Charles Michael Zapf of Knightstown; one sister, Marjorie Zapf of Frostproof, Fla.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Friday, May 13, 10 a.m., with Rev. Jerran Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson.

Visitation will be at the funeral home, Thursday, May 12, 4 - 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Zapf Scholarship Foundation.

 

Sally Elizabeth Land Smith

July 31, 1931 – May 9, 2005

Sally Elizabeth Land Smith, 73, of Indianapolis, died Monday, May 9, following an extended ilness. She was born July 31, 1931 in Ashland, Ky., the only child of Leonard R. and Florris (Seitz) Land.

Mrs. Land graduated from Knightstown High School in 1948 and lived in Knightstown until 1961. She was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, the Hoosier Hundred, the Woodburn Guild, the 12th Man Club, the Well House Society and Alpha Chi Omega. She was also a member of the Children’s Bureau Auxiliary and St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild. She served as chairman of the 1970 Decorators’ Show House and was president of the John Strange Elementary PTO.

Mrs. Land is survived by her husband, Merritt W. “Red” Smith, whom she married in 1952; two sons, Carson (wife Patty) Smith and Rob Smith; and three grandchildren, Sara, Alexander and Elizabeth.

A Memorial service will be conducted in the Veterans Room and Solarium at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center of Broad Ripple, Indianapolis, Friday, May 13, at 2:30 p.m.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 12, 4 - 8 p.m., at the funeral center, 1305 E. Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of the Knightstown High School Alumni Association, P.O.B. 121, Knightstown, and/or to the Knightstown United Methodist Church, 27 S. Jefferson St., Knightstown, and/or to the charity of choice.

Condolences may be sent to Mr. Merritt W. “Red” Smith, 7265 Sylvan Ridge Rd., Indianapolis, Ind., 46240-3542.

 

Roy Raymond Reddick

Dec. 23, 1914 – May 4, 2005

Roy Raymond Reddick, 90, lifelong resident of Carthage, died Wednesday, May 4, at his residence. He wasborn December 23, 1914, son of the late Floyd and Bessie (Dalrymple) Reddick.

Mr. Reddick was a farmer and member of East St. Christian Church in Carthage. He served in the U.S. Army and was in the North African Theatre and the Sicilian Campaign.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy F. (husband Bill) Morgan of San Antonio, Texas, and Ann R. Reddick of Connersville; a grandson, Dr. Kabel (wife Jennifer) Morgan of Birmingham, Ala.; and a sister, Gladys Geise of Rushville.

Mr. Reddick’s wife, Crystal Heim, who he married June 12, 1941, preceded him in death. Two sisters also predeceased him.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 9, at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial followed at Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 8, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

William E. Rucker

Feb. 15, 1931 – May 9, 2005

William E. Rucker, 74, formerly of Dunreith, died Monday, May 9, at his residence in Brownsburg. He was born February 15, 191 in Jonesboro, Ark., son of the late Cecil and Lela (Sims) Rucker.

Mr. Rucker was an equipment operator for the Indiana State Highway Department. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Rushville and the Moose Lodge of New Castle.

Mr. Rucker married Lillian Swain March 15, 1968 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, William E. Rucker, Jr. of Jonesboro, Ark., David C. Rucker of Brownsburg; three daughters, Rebecca (husband Bill) Nickels, Ernistine (husband Dustin) Lee, both of Jonesboro, Ark., and Evyonne Jones of Brownsburg; three brothers, George (wife Shirley) Rucker of Manard, Mo., Bill Rucker of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Albert Rucker of Hardy, Mo.; two sisters, Joyce (husband Norman Dean) Cooper of Corning, Ark., and Gilda Jean of Bloomfield, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

His parents, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 12, 2 p.m., at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. George Maloyed officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 12, 12 – 2 p.m., at the funeral home.

 

 PUBLISHED MAY 18, 2005

Evelyn M. Siler

Nov. 5, 1919 – May 13, 2005

Mrs. Evelyn M. Siler, 85, lifelong resident of Carthage, died Friday, May 13, at Rush Memorial Hospital. She ws born November 5, 1919, in Rush County, daughter of the late Carl Carson, Sr. and Mary (Harvey) Carson.

Mrs. Siler was a homemaker and a member of Fletcher United Methodist Church of Carthage.

Survivors include a son, Gary (wife Sue) Siler of Rushville; two daughters, Sue Siemems of Rushville and Karen (husband Kenneth) Morrison of Great Falls, Mont.; a brother, Carl (wife Maxine) Carson of Carthage; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Siler married John Russell Siler on May 12, 1941, and he preceded her in death on June 12, 1988. One sister also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 17, at Fletcher United Methodist Church of Carthage, with Pastor Roger Campbell officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the church Monday, May 16. Todd Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Dr. Leonard H. Wiatt

Apr. 17, 1922 – Apr. 12, 2005

Dr. Leonard H. Wiatt, 82, of New Castle, died Tuesday, April 12, at Americare Living Center following an extended illness. He was brn April 17, 1922, in Crawfordsville, son of the late Walter Huelet and Georgia Leonard Wiatt.

Dr. Wiatt was a 1939 graduate of New Palestine High School, a graduate of Purdue University, and a 1951 graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Gary Methodist Hospital and established a general practice in Knightstown. He served as a physician at the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home and was an anesthesiologist at Henry County Memorial Hospital from 1966-1983. He also worked as an emergency room physician as well as a physician for the New Castle State Developmental Center and the Henry County Jail until retiring in 1994.

Dr. Wiatt was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a longtime member of the Foursquare Gospel Church in New Castle. He was past president of Henry County Memorial Hospital’s physician staff and of the Hospital’s Medical Society. He also served as president of the Indiana State American Medical Agency. Dr. Wiatt was a member of the Knightstown Masonic Lodge, the Knights of Columbus and the Kiwanis Club.

Dr. Wiatt married Mary Lou in 1969, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Barbara (husband Mike) Garland of Greenfield and Christine A. Wiatt of Knightstown; a stepson, Paul Harris of Mount Summit; a stepdaughter, Nancy (husband Clark) Sennett of Waynetown; five grandchildren, Adam L. Garland, Joseph Garland, Lance A. Sennett, Jill Duncan, and Elizabeth B. Harris; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia A. Plummer of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, John Leonard, and a brother, Wally, preceded Dr. Wiatt in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 15, at Foursquare Gospel Church, with the Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Burial followed in Green Hills Memory Gardens. Military graveside rites were provided by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Visitation was held Thursday, April 14, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

George W. Hall

Sept. 15, 1916 – May 15, 2005

George W. Hall, 88, of Wilkinson, died Sunday, May 15, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. He was born September 15, 1916, in Ermine, Ky., son of the late Geoge and Lorena (Horn) Hall.

Mr. Hall retired as a blacksmith and owner and operator of Hall’s Garage in Wilkinson. He was a 50-year member of the Shirley Masonic Lodge #531. He was the first Fire Chief of Wilkinson, served as a Town Marshall, and helped organize the Wilkinson Fire Department. Mr. Hall was a devoted family man.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Florence (Hewson) Hall of Wilkinson; two sons, George R. “Bob” (wife Patsy) Hall of Wilkinson and Jerry L. (wife Linda) Hall of Wilkinson; a daughter, Betty (husband Vern) Denney of Nashville, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Hall of Greenfield and Alex Hall of Sturgis, Ky.; three sisters, Mae Austin of Sturgis, Ky., Mabel Hughes of Pound, Va., and June Wicker of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hall was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Hall, in 1959; four brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 19, at the Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with Ron Baker and Russ Lutes officiating. Burial will follow in McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson.

Visitation will be at the funeral home, Wednesday, May 18, 5-9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Mildred Lois Gaddis

Mar. 2, 1919 – May 16, 2005

Mildred Lois Gaddis, 86, of rural Straughn, died Monday, May 16, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born March 2, 1919, in Straughn, daughter f the late Arthur C. Johnson and Mabel Stewart Johnson.

Mrs. Gaddis was a 1936 graduate of Lewisville High School. She was a member of the Richsquare Friends Church and a member of the Sesame Circle. She worked at the Heller Brothers Greenhouses in New Castle, but for most of her life she was a homemaker, mother and loving grandmother. Mildred enjoyed watching her daughter play tennis and faithfully watched her grandchildren’s ball games.

She married Neil Gaddis on March 25, 1939, and he survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Joyce Gaddis of Straughn; two sons, Terry Gaddis of Pensacola, Fla. and Douglas (wife Barbara) Gaddis of Centerville; five grandchildren, Julie Gaddis, Rachel Mullen, Justin Gaddis, Brandon Gaddis and Trenton Gaddis; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Gaddis was preceded in death by her parents; two infant brothers; a sister, Marjorie Johnson, who died in 1996; and a daughter-in-law, Jean Gaddis, who died on September 21, 1997.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 4-8 p.m., at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel, Lewisville, followed by cremation.

 

David E. Newkirk

July 26, 1944 – May 17, 2005

David E. Newkirk, 60, of Wilkinson, died Tuesday, May 17, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. He was born July 26, 1944, in Henry County, son of Betty (McDonald) Newkirk ad the late Robert A. Newkirk.

Mr. Newkirk was a 1962 graduate of Spiceland High School and attended Spiceland Friends Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1967 and was stationed in Germany with the Signal Corp. Mr. Newkirk was employed by Condo & Son, Inc. as an Emergency Medical Technician and Funeral Home Assistant for the past 25 years. He was a life member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152 and served as Post Adjutant. In addition, he served on the Veterans Memorial Committee, Legion Scholarship Committee and Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home Committee. He was also a member of the Knightstown Masonic Lodge F & AM # 16 as a 33rd degree mason.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Virginia (Reece) Newkirk of Wilkinson; his mother, Betty Newkirk of Dunreith; a daughter, Kelley (husband Jason) Sitton of Shirley; a son, Andrew (wife Kelly) Newkirk of Pendleton; two stepsons, Rob (wife Trish) Frost of Columbus, Ind. and Brad Frost of Chicago, Ill.; five grandchildren; a brother, Jim (wife Linda) Newkirk of Knightstown; a nephew, Jimmy Newkirk of Knightstown; and a niece, Andrea Newkirk of Carthage.

Mr. Newkirk was preceded in death by his father, Robert A. Newkirk in 1999, several aunts, uncles, and a niece.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, May 20, at the Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with Rev. Jeff Hinshaw and Rev. Kenton Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. The Knightstown American Legion Post 152 will provide military Graveside Rites.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, May 19, 3 – 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spiceland Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Knightstown American Legion Post 152.

 

Gary Virl Black

Aug. 22, 1945 – May 17, 2005

Gary Virl Black, 59, of New Castle, died Tuesday, May 17, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born August 22, 1945, in Bull Fork, rural Morehead, Ky., son of Virl Blackof Dunreith and the late Pruda (Pence) Black.

Mr. Black was a 1963 graduate of Knightstown High School. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. National Guard. He retired in 1995 from Westinghouse in Muncie after 31 years of service. He owned and operated a welding business for many years. He was co-owner of Mid-States Auto Sales in New Castle. Mr. Black was an active member and Sunday School Superintendent of Ninth Street Church of God. He was an Ordained Elder of Lewisville Church of God where he served as an adult Sunday school teacher. Mr. Black proclaimed that he was a servant of the one and only true God and his son Jesus Christ. He served his fellow man and showed great love for his family.

Mr. Black is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda (Gray) Black of New Castle; four children, Gary Black, Jackie Black, Jenny Brown and Josh Brown; seven grandchildren, Brison and Taylor Brown, Gary II, Elijah, Levi, A.J. and Skylar Black, all of New Castle; his father, Virl (wife Betty) Black of Dunreith; two brothers, Tom (wife Millie) Owsley of New Castle and Randy (wife Debbie) Black of Knightstown; two sisters, Kathy (husband Alan) Miller of Shirley and Bonita (husband Bill) Flannery of Brookville; two brothers-in-law, Phil (wife Jane) Gray of Muncie and Carlos (wife Teresa) Gray of New Castle; several aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Black was preceded in death by two nephews, Tommy “Bo” Owsley and Randy Black; paternal grandparents David and Anna Black; maternal grandparents Ollie and Dona Pence; father and mother-in-law John and Mildred Gray.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, 1 p.m. at the Main and Frame Funeral Home, New Castle, with Rev. Elwood Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the South Mound Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 19, 4 – 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

 PUBLISHED MAY 25, 2005

Verlin D. Cox

Feb. 18, 1919 – May 18, 2005

Verlin D. Cox, 86, of Van Buren, Ind., died Wednesday, May 18, at Marion General Hospital, Marion. He was born February 18, 1919, in Hanfield, Ind., son the late Wade Cox and dna L. Dawson.

Mr. Cox lived all of his life in the Hanfield and Van Buren areas. He was a 1937 graduate of Van Buren High School. He worked for 30 years as a sprinkler fitter for Liniger & Son Co. of Marion and was a member of the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669. In the last two years before his retirement, he worked for Shambaugh & Sons Co. of Ft. Wayne. Mr. Cox was a former member of the Old Hanfield United Methodist Church and the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a current member of the Grace Community Church and the Manatee United Methodist Church in Bradenton, Fla., where he spent the winters.

Mr. Cox was noted for his ministry as God’s messenger. It is said that one would know he had been in a certain place because he always left his calling card.

Mr. Cox is survived by four sons, Roger (wife Rita) Cox of Colorado Springs, Colo., Wayne (wife Maureen) Cox of Trafalgar, Kevin (wife Renee) Cox of Marion, and Charles (wife Gail) Cox of Inverness, Fla.; five grandsons, Chris Cox of Greenwood, Eric (wife Stacy) Cox of Shirley, Jeff Peck of Lubbock, Texas, Derek (wife Courtney) Kibble of Fishers, and Danny Kibble of Indianapolis; four granddaughters, Marcy (husband Mike) Hamilton of Pasadena, Md., Andrea Cox of Pasadena, Md., Morgan (husband Brad) McCarty of Warren, Ind., and Simone Neil of Colorado Springs, Colo.; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Esther (husband Charles) L. Melton of Arcadia, Fla.

Mr. Cox married Shirley Golding on December 1, 1940. She preceded him in death in 1995. In addition to his parents, a brother, Harold Cox, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 23, at Grace Community Church, Marion, with Rev. Tom Mansbarger and Rev. Lloyd Hall officiating. Burial followed in Van Buren Cemetery, Van Buren.

Visitation was held Sunday, May 22, at Ferguson Funeral Home, Van Buren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Community Church, Marion, in care of the funeral home.

 

Josephine F. Sisson

May 11, 1929 – May 22, 2005

Josephine F. Sisson, 76, of Greenfield, died Sunday, May 22, in Indianapolis. She was born May 11, 1929, in Indianapolis, daughter of the late Anthony Annarino and Rose (Straffa) Annarino.

Mrs. Sisson, a hoemaker, was a graduate of Greenfield High School and a member of Kappa Delta Phi.

She is survived by a son, Craig Sisson of Charlottesville; a daughter, Diane Fiega of Knightstown; a brother, Michael Annarino of Greenfield; a sister, Rosemary Logan of Indianapolis; and five grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Sisson was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Sisson, in 1992; a brother, John Annarino; and a son, William E. “Bill” Sisson, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m., at Pasco-Stillinger Funeral Home, Greenfield, with Rev. Randall Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Visitation was held Tuesday, May 24 at the funeral home.