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Please refer to the 2007 Obituary Index for other months or the Obituary Archives for other years.

 

 PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 7, 2007

 

Jeri R. Ezell

Sept. 2, 2005 – Oct. 31, 2007

Jeri R. Ezell, 19, of Shirley, died October 31 at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Indianapolis, a daughter of Johnthain R. and Blanch E. (Chrisman) Bush.

A homemaker who loved animals, she married Christopher M. Ezell on Sept. 2, 2007.

Survivors include her husband, Chris of Shirley; a daughter, Jazmynn Ezell of Shirley; her parents, Johnthain and Blanche Bush of Kennard; a sister, Jamie Bush of Kennard; maternal grandfather, Walker Chrisman of Kennard; paternal grandfather, James R. Bush of Bougalusa, La.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two grandmothers, Mary Chrisman and Carrie May Bush.

Funeral services were November 5 at Todd Funeral Home in Rushville. Burial followed at Rushville’s East Hill Cemetery. Visitation was November 4 at the funeral home.

 

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Manley J. Yoke

Aug. 19, 1948 – Oct. 30, 2007

Manley J. Yoke, 59, formerly of Richmond, died October 30 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born Aug. 19, 1948, in Richmond, a son of the late Leland G. and Theresa M. Yoke-Setser. Mr. Yoke lived in the Richmond and Centerville areas for 56 years before moving to Shirley two years ago. He attended Centerville schools, but graduated from Cambridge City’s Lincoln High School in 1966. In earlier times he worked at Farm Bureau Co-op and Kirkman’s Union 76 service station. Later, he worked at Remsco as an electric motor repairman for 23 years and then spent a year at Fowler Vending. He retired in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Belinda Yoke; two sons, Jason Yoke of Knightstown and Nathan Yoke of Shirley; a brother, Neal (wife, Pam) Yoke of Springfield, Ohio; his father-in-law, Warren Story of Richmond; a brother-in-law, Douglas (wife, Josephine) Story of Connersville; three sisters-in-law, Diane (husband, Gary) Story; Terry Strelow of South Carolina and Pam Thompson of Centerville; a special family member, Anita Redcloud of Bloomington; nieces and nephews, Jeremy Yoke of Kettering, Ohio, Renae Yoke Seeley of Gilby, N.D., William, Mathew and Daniel Story, all of Centerville, Noel Terry of Bluffton, S.C., Brian Calkins of Indianapolis, Eric Calkins of Tennessee; and two great-nieces, Autumn and Megan Seeley of Gilby, N.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were November 3 at Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary in Richmond. Entombment followed at Earlham Mausoleum. Visitation was November 2 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, 706 Haddonfield Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

 

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 PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 14, 2007

 

James Thomas Perry

Sept. 27, 1927 – Nov. 13, 2007

James Thomas Perry, 80, of Knightstown, died November 13 at his home.

He was born Sept. 27, 1927, in Franklin, Va., a son of the late Mack Raymond and Lilly (Keeter) Perry.

Mr. Perry, who lived most of his life in Knightstown, married Pansy Jordon on Sept. 3, 1949. Long retired, he had worked for GTE as an electrician and engineer. He attended Greensboro United Methodist Church and was a member of American Legion Post 152 and Royal Hylands Golf Club. Mr. Perry served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Survivors include two sons, James (wife, Glenda) Perry of Muncie and Remmy Perry of New Castle; three daughters, Pam Haase of Knightstown, Sandy “Doie” (husband, Richard) Crawford of Knightstown and Tammy (husband, Steve) Thompson of Cumberland; a sister, AnnieLaurie Jackson of Portsmith, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey Haase, Shannan (Haase) Chandler, Emily (Haase) Leakey, Josh Perry, Katie Perry, Drew Crawford, Lane Crawford, Pam Crawford and Ethan Perry; eight great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Louise Smith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation is Saturday, November 17, from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knightstown Public Library or the Knightstown Optimist Club Little League program.

 

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Wilma Jean Tague

June 19, 1928 – Nov. 11, 2007

Wilma Jean (Bird) Tague, 79, of Knightstown, died November 11 at her home.

She was born June 19, 1928, in Raysville, a daughter of the late Harry Deem and Minta (Riley) Bird.

Mrs. Tague spent much of her youth in Rush County. She graduated from Mays High School in 1946 and attended Earlham College. After college, she worked at Citizens National Bank in Knightstown and later spent several years working at the Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis There, she worked on the first computers that used punch cards.

She married Gilbert C. “Jack” Tague, Jr., in 1949, and the couple resided in Raysville. Together, the couple owned and operated Jack’s Standard Service in Knightstown for nearly 30 years. In addition, Mrs. Tague operated a bookkeeping and tax service for several years.

Mrs. Tague was a member of Raysville Friends Church and the Indiana Society of Friends. Her grandfather, George W. Bird, was a Quaker minister, which greatly influenced her interest, studies of and long-time support of the Indiana Yearly Meeting.

An avid baseball fan, she grew up listening to Chicago Cubs games on the family radio. She later became a big Cincinnati Reds fan. An accomplished pianist who once performed at a Hinkle Fieldhouse recital, Mrs. Tague enjoyed playing holiday music with her family gathered around. She also enjoyed playing caroms, dominos and could also play pitch and catch. She was known as someone who stressed the importance of education.

Survivors include three children, Teresa J. “Teddi” (husband, John) Jamison of Elkhart, Beth A. Gallien of Greenwood and Gilbert C. “Jack” (friend, Terri Manning) Tague III of Knightstown; four grandchildren, Brian (friend, Amanda Bailey) of Elkhart, Jill (fiance, Pat Walsh) Jamison of Dallas, Tx., Chad (fiance, Eleanor Booher) Gallien of Knightstown and Courtney Tague of Bloomington; a great-grandson, Leeland Gallien of Knightstown; a brother, George (wife, Pat) Bird of Rushville; and three sisters, Merilyn Elliott of Phoenix, Ariz.; Evelyn (husband, Gary) Thompson of Lafayette and Julia (husband, Larry) Lee of Oakville.

Funeral services are Friday, November 16, at 1:05 p.m. at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown. Visitation is Thursday, November 15, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

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James P. Dalton

June 25, 1955 – Nov. 11, 2007

James P. Dalton, 52, of Greenfield, died November 11 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born June 25, 1955, in New Castle, a son of Jesse and Mary (Bach) Dalton.

Mr. Dalton worked at Roll Coater in Greenfield for 24 years and was recently employed by the Indiana Department of Transportation in Greenfield. He enjoyed restoring antique gas pumps and tractors. He was an avid gardener and a member of Greensboro United Methodist Church. Mr. Dalton had many friends and was known as someone who would always lend a helping hand.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Dalton of Greenfield; a daughter, Jennifer Dalton of Indianapolis; a son, Ross (fiance, Brittney Duell) Dalton of Danville; a stepson, Jacob Schmalz of Greenfield; a sister, Susi Bradford of Greensboro; five brothers-in-law, Denny McPherson of Indianapolis, Tim McPherson of Minnesota, Brent McPherson of Fountaintown, Steve McPherson of Indianapolis and Randy McPherson of Greenfield; a sister-in-law, Vickie Mattney of Greenfield; three nieces, Lindsay Couch of Knightstown, Wendee Pickett of Rushville and Jessica Downs of New Castle; and several stepnieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Elizabeth Dalton and John and Grace Bach.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, at the funeral home.

 

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Leon Melton

March 8, 1939 – Nov. 10, 2007

Leon Melton, 68, of Kennard, died November 10 at his home.

He was born March 8, 1939, in Albany, Ky., a son of the Alec and Maxine (Dailey) Melton.

Mr. Melton worked at Brooks Foods in Mt. Summit for over 29 years. He enjoyed working on cars, watching auto racing, working in the yard and visiting Kentucky.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Melton of Kennard; six children, Yvonne Mead of Fortville, Edward Ray Harwood of Shirley, Kenny (wife, Karen) Harwood of Kennard, Tim (wife, Polly) Harwood of Shirley, Stephen Leon Melton of Kennard and Robert Frazier of Kennard; 18 grandchildren, Misty Mattsey, Michael Mead, Megan Mead, Adrian Compton, William Harwood, David Smith, Jeremy Harwood, Ray Ray Harwood, Sebastian Harwood, Johnny Harwood, Austin Harwood, Jennifer Vaughn, Steve Sanders, Jesse Sanders, Nicole Harwood, Brittany Harwood, Alyssa Melton and Stephanie Noel Melton; three brothers, George Melton of Springfield, Ill., Johnny Boykin of Albany, Ky., and Leo Boykin of Burkesville; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Obe Boykin; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Albany Ky. Visitation was November 13 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leon Melton Memorial Fund with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Clara Bell Masters

April 23, 1907 – Nov. 8, 2007

Clara Bell Masters, a former Knightstown resident, died November 8 at Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield.

She was born April 23, 1907, in Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Thomas James and Sara Ann (Jeffries) Irwin.

Mrs. Masters was a lifelong Henry and Rush County resident. She attended school in Lewisville. Mrs. Masters was a homemaker who helped her husband, George, farm. She was a member of Knightstown Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth (wife, Sharlene Sue) Masters of Carthage; two grandchildren, Karen (husband, Phil) Brashaber of Rushville and Deborah (husband, Jeff) Turner of McCordsville; six great-grandchildren, Keith Brashaber, Julie Brashaber, James Brashaber, Elizabeth Turner, Daniel Turner and Stephen Turner; a nephew, George Robert Dillon of Hendersonville, Tenn.; a niece, Jane Ann Irwin of Delphos, Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Deloris Irwin of New Castle.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Masters; two sisters, Ruth Dillon and Mary Matthew; and a brother, James Irwin.

Funeral services were November 12 at Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Bill Worrell officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was November 11 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Knightstown Christian Church or the Center Christian Church Building Fund.

 

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 PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 21, 2007

 

Billy D. Hinton

July 26, 1925 – Nov. 16, 2007

Billy D. Hinton, 82, of Carthage, died November 16 at his home.

He was born July 26, 1925, in Haldeman, Ky., a son of the late Lewis O. and Dovie (Bowen) Hinton.

Mr. Hinton lived in Carthage most of his life. He was an electrician for C.C.A. He married Betty Whitfield on July 31, 1950. Mr. Hinton was a member of Fletcher United Methodist Church in Carthage and Knightstown American Legion Post 152. Mr. Hinton served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and he received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (Whitfield) Hinton of Carthage; three daughters, Denise (husband, Gary) Spence of Carthage, Roxann (husband, Allen) Egilmez of Indianapolis and Jana (husband, Marc) Armstrong of Goodyear, Ariz.; three sisters, Lillie Rankin of Knightstown, Ruby Gorman of Lewisville and Mable Shelley of Rushville; and six grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Hinton and Robert Hinton. Funeral services were November 20 at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Pastor Roger Campbell and Janet Shutt officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Carthage. Full military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 152 and Knightstown VFW. Visitation was November 19 at the funeral home.

 

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John L. McDonald

July 14, 1923 – Nov. 13, 2007

John L. McDonald, 84, of Knightstown, died November 13 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born July 14, 1923, in French Lick, a son of the late John L. and Delma A. (Burton) McDonald.

A 1942 graduate of Green Township High School in Commodore, Penn.,, Mr. McDonald was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in New Guinea, the Phillipines and Japan. He then worked for General Electric in Erie, Penn., before working as a police officer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Cal. He retired from there in 1986, after 27 years of service. While working at the laboratory, he guarded President John F. Kennedy when he visited the University of California at Berkley. An avid supporter of the National Rifle Association and a member of Southside Church of the Nazarene in New Castle.

Survivors include his wife, Lyla McDonald of Knightstown; a daughter, Barbara Hepfner of New Jersey; two granddaughters, Amy Sisler of Pennsylvania and Rebecca Hepfner of New Jersey; a sister, Delene Isenberg of Knightstown; four nieces, Patricia Fries of Sparks, Nev., Nancy Isenberg of Knightstown, Gail Chew of New Lisbon and Beth Jones of Wilkinson; a nephew, Mark Isenberg of Valley Falls, Kan.; two great-nephews, Edward and Matthew Fries of Nevada; two great-nieces, Ardis Cummings of Indianapolis and Breanna Jones of Wilkinson; and two great-great-nieces, Lauren Cummings of New Castle and Kayleena Fries of Sparks, Nev.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Farwell McDonald; and a great-nephew, William J. Cummings.

Funeral services were November 17 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown with Revs. David Perry, Gene Bennett and Michael Dees officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Military graveside rites were conducted by Knightstown American Legion Post 152. Visitation was November 16 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Knightstown American Legion Post 152 with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Emma Ruth Cox

March 15, 1921 – Nov. 13, 2007

Emma Ruth Cox, 86, of rural Shirley, died November 13 at her home. She was born March 15, 1921, in Grant City, a daughter of the late Rev. Charles Conard and Mary Opal (Edwards) Fields.

Mrs. Cox was a member of Grant City Wesleyan Church, where she taught Sunday school for over 60 years. She also directed the church’s WKFM (Wesleyan Kids For Missions) program for over 30 years. Mrs. Cox was a 30-year employee of Mayhill Publications in Knightstown. She was also a member of Waynette Home Demonstration Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynann (husband, James) Isham of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Leanna (husband, Lenville) Gross of Shirley; two granddaughters, Rachel (husband, Jason) Helms of Mozambique, Africa, and Abriel Isham of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; one great-grandson, Tristan Lenville Tsakani Helm of Africa; a brother, Wesley Fields of Shirley; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Warren Cox; and a brother, Clovis Fields.

Funeral services were November 17 at Grant City Wesleyan Church with Rev. James Ricker officiating. Visitation was November 16 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant City Wesleyan Church Missions Fund.

 

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Barbara Jane Willis

April 28, 1934 – Nov. 13, 2007

Barbara Jane (Pasko) Willis of Wilkinson died November 13.

She was born April 28, 1934, in Huntington, a daughter of Edwin and the late Helen (Scott) Pasko.

Mrs. Willis retired from Eastern Hancock Elementary School in 1996. She taught there for over 37 years. After her retirement, in 2006, Mrs. Willis returned to Eastern Hancock Elementary School as a substitute teacher. She married Kenneth Willis on June 6, 1959. She served as a pianist at Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church, where she was a member for over 40 years. She served as president of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Willis was also a member of the Lilac Literary Club, Shirley Order of the Eastern Star #492 and the Wilkinson Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Edwin and Ethel Pasko of Shirley; two daughters, Deborah (husband, Brian) Froman and Pamela (husband, Todd) Carlton, both of Wilkinson; four grandchildren, Jon Froman, Rachel Froman, Elizabeth Carlton and Samuel Carlton, all of Wilkinson; a sister, Ruth (husband, Frank) Almeida of New Palestine; a brother, Rex (wife, Cathy) Pasko of Pendleton; in-laws, Annabelle Pasko Wilson of Greenfield, Don Willis, Howard and Kathleen Willis, all of Shirley, and Viola and Jack Irwin of Indianapolis; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Willis; her husband, Kenneth Willis; and a brother, Raymond Pasko.

Funeral services were November 19 at Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church in Shirley with Pastor Jeff Mair officiating. Visitation was November 18 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shirley-Wilkinson United Methodist Church or Hancock Regional Hospital’s hospice unit.

 

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 PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 28, 2007

 

Elsie “Glenna” Miller

Dec. 3, 1931 – Nov. 24, 2007

Elsie “Glenna” Miller, 75, of Wilkinson, died November 24 at Regency Place Nursing Home in Greenfield.

She was born Dec. 3, 1931, in Morehead, Ky., a daughter of the late Grant and Angie (Ross) Riley.

Mrs. Miller retired from the Greenfield Reporter where she was a route carrier. She also worked at Indiana Knitwear in Greenfield. An avid quilter, she also enjoyed gardening and flowers. Mrs. Miller attended Bethel Holiness Church in Knightstown and was known as a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Willard “Todge” Miller of Wilkinson; a son, Darrell (wife, Tonda) Miller of Shirley; two daughters, Gae (husband, Mark) Becraft of Greenfield and Dinah (husband, Ron) Jackman of Sumner, Ill.; two brothers, Norman Riley of Morehead, Ky., and Jiles Riley of Greenfield; three sisters, Freda Russell and Betty Pollett of Alabama and Joan Riley of Marion; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Randy Miller; four brothers, Homer Riley, Donald Riley, Ora Riley and Arnold Riley; and three sisters, Bea Clark, Eloise Riley and Darlene Logan.

Funeral services were November 28 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastors Darrell Miller and George Maloyed, Jr., officiating. Burial followed at Harlan Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation was November 27 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hancock Regional Hospital Hospice Unit.

 

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Oliver C. “Ollie” Keen

Nov. 12, 1930 – Nov. 23, 2007

Oliver C. “Ollie” Keen, 77, of Knightstown, died November 23 at his home.

He was born Nov. 12, 1930, in Marion, a son of the late Charles L. Keen and Beulah Faye (Keesling) Pommel.

Mr. Keen worked for Anaconda Wire and Cable in Marion for almost 20 years. He then worked for Marsh Foods as a truck driver for 25 years before retiring in 1992. Mr. Keen enjoyed volunteering at CKS Railroad in Knightstown. He also enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He graduated from Marion High School and attended Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church in Knightstown.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara L. (Hacker) Keen of Knightstown; two daughters, Marilyn (husband, Terry) Ellis of Daleville and Kim A. Baker of Carroll, Iowa; three sons, Bob O. Keen of La Otto, Brian J. (wife, Chris) Keen of Avilla and Thomas C. Baker of Franklin; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert E. (wife, Vickie) Keen of Marion; and an aunt, Nina Ellis of Greentown.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown with Pastor Randy Gross officiating. Burial will follow in Center Christian Cemetery. Visitation was November 27 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Central indiana Cancer Center or Hospice of Hancock County with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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