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

 

 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 5, 2007

 

Gerald W. Modlin

May 16, 1928 – Aug. 30, 2007

Gerald W. “Buddy” Modlin, 79, died August 30 at Henry Memorial Hospital

He was born May 16, 1928 in New Castle, a son of the late Wayman and Nora Lee Modlin.

He was a retired employee of the Chrysler Corporation in New Castle, retiring in 1990 after many years of service. Mr. Modlin was a member of the Wiley United Methodist Church in New Castle. He enjoyed making pottery and painting. He also enjoyed music.

Survivors include his wife, Reverend Mary Jane Modlin; three daughters, Heather Modlin of Greentield, Ramona (husband, Sekronra) Vokes of Symrna, Ga., and Pamela Modlin of Boston, Mass.; one granddaughter, Lillie Drake of Greentield; a brother, Charles Stanley Modlin of New Castle; seven nieces, Charlestine Wells of Muncie, Jennifer Cotman of Indianapolis, Mitzie Bassett of Kokomo, Retta Warren of Jacksonville, Fla., Debrorah Edmunds of Houston, Texas and Pamela Modlin; three nephews, Dr. Charles (wife, Cheryl) Modlin of Cleveland, Ohio, Freddie Bassett of New Castle and Jeff Bassett of Richmond; and a special neighbor, Marilyn Bassett.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Twila Bassett; and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, at the Main & Davis Funeral Home, Broad St. Chapel, in New Castle with Pastor Daryl Gilbert, Reverend Lynn Furrow and Reverend Jim Beckers officiating. Burial will follow in the South Mound Cemetery, West Lawn Addition. Visitation was September 4 at the funeral home.

 

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Barbara J. Lane

August 11, 1926 – Aug. 23, 2007

Barbara 1. Lane, 81, of Seymour, formerly of Cadiz, died August 23 at St. Vincent Hospital.

She was born August 11, 1926, in Cadiz, a daughter of the late Herman and Mildred (White) McLain.

Mrs. Lane was a Cadiz High School graduate. She was also a retired employee of Delco-Remy Corporation in Anderson. She was known as a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker who enjoyed cooking and looking after her family. She also enjoyed gardening and needlework.

Survivors include a son, Jeff Fugett of Seymour; three daughters, Stephanie Tumminello of Seymour, Cindi Wright of Greenfield and Patti (husband, Darrell) Dale of Evansville; six grandchildren, Amy Johnson of Greenfield, Stephanie M. Tumminello of Seymour, Heather Ann Fugett of Seymour, Joshua (wife, Andrea) Fugett of Seymour, Jason (wife, Breeanna) Wright of New Castle and Donald Fugett of Florida; six great-grandchildren, Dillon Michael Gregory of Greenfield, Jeremy Thomas Hunter Fugett of Southport, Darrek Fugett of Bedford, Jeana Fugett and Anna Lee Fugett, both of New York and (infant) Wright of New Castle; a sister, Fern Lapp of Chicago, III.; and a brother, Jim (wife, Lois) McLain of Muncie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion S. Lane; a son, Donald Fugett; three brothers; and three sisters.

Funeral services were August 25 at the Main & Davis Funeral Home, Astor Main Blue River Chapel. Burial followed in the Springport Woodlawn Christian Cemetery in Springport. Visitation was August 25 at the funeral home.

 

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 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 12, 2007

 

Dorothy Lee Davis

Aug. 26, 1937 – Sept. 10, 2007

Dorothy Lee Davis, 70, of Kennard, formerly of Albany, Ky., died September 10 at her home.

She was born Aug. 26, 1937, in Albany, a daughter of the late Louis and Vena Ferguson.

Survivors include two sons, Jeff (wife, Dee) Davis and Dennis (wife, Jenny) Davis, both of Shirley.

Visitation is Wednesday, September 12, from 5-8 p.m. at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel. Funeral and burial service arrangements are being handled by Talbot Funeral Home in Albany.

 

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Charles L. Blankenship

June 14, 1913 – Sept. 7, 2007

Charles L. Blankenship, 94, of Carthage, died September 7 at Glen Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born June 14, 1913, in Rush County, a son of the late Isaac and Nellie Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a farmer who lived in the Carthage area most of his life. He graduated from Mays High School. He married his wife, Edna, on June 14, 1936. He was a member of East Street Christian Church in Carthage.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Joe Blankenship of Indianapolis and Terry Gene Blankenship of New Castle; a daughter, Mary Jane (husband, Jerry) Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a sister, Louise Clayborn.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife.

Funeral services were September 11 at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was September 10 at the funeral home.

 

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Bernice F. Holthouser

April 17, 1928 – Sept. 8, 2007

Bernice F. Holthouser, 79, of New Castle, died September 8 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

She was born April 17, 1928, in Anderson, a daughter of the late Samuel and Lena (Rogers) Parlow.

Mrs. Holthouser attended Anderson High School and lived in Anderson until 1966. She moved to Shirley where she owned and operated the Dew Drop Inn Restaurant in Shirley 15 years. She was a member of Wilkinson Church of Christ.

Survivors include four children, Deborah (husband, Scott) Castle of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Sharron (husband, Rob) Cottrell of Culleoka, Tenn., Henry Holthouser of Greensboro and Pam (husband, Jeff) Quinton of New Castle; 13 grandchildren, Charla Hobbs, Traci Gabbard, Micki Collins, Angie Bunch, Kelli Riley, Amanda Hill, Samuel Cottrell, Henry Holthouser, Jr., Nelson Holthouser, Hunter Holthouser, Marissa Holthouser, Amber McFarland and Ethan Quinton; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Holthouser, Sr.; a son, Gilbert Holthouser, Jr.,; a daughter, Sue Gabbard; two brothers, Robert and Samuel Parlow; and a sister, Betty Werner.

Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home in Anderson. Burial will follow in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was September 11 at the funeral home.

 

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Lonnie E. Cleek

April 11, 1949 – Sept. 6, 2007

Lonnie E. Cleek, 58, of Greensboro, died September 6 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born April 11, 1949, in McMinnville, Tenn., a son of Carl Leon and Louise (Nunley) Carnes.

Mr. Cleek was an award-winning and avid raccoon hunter, who was a member of AKC, UKC and PKC.

He worked at Chrysler Corporation for 33 years before retiring. Mr. Cleek had numerous friends, whom he held close and he enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (House) Cleek of Greensboro; three sons, Todd Aaron (wife, Debbie) Cleek of Greensboro, Lonnie Brent Cleek of Greensboro and Brandon Shane (wife, Michelle) Cleek of Kennard; four grandchildren, Ashley Kate Muir of Kennard, Zachary Aaron Cleek of Greensboro, Cory Lane Cleek of Kennard and Nicole Cleek of Greensboro; one stepgrandchild, Haley Michelle Cruse of Kennard; three sisters, Kathern Gayle (husband, Billy) Lester of Spiceland, Phyllis Anne (husband, David) Knepley of Greensboro and Beverly Kay Cleek of Anderson; a brother, Russell Eugene Cleek of Cadiz; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; his father-in-law, Darrell House; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and a special uncle, Cleston Cleek.

Funeral services were September 11 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with Rudolph Nunley, Mort Radford and Pastor Danny Douglas officiating. Burial followed in Hicksite Cemetery in Greensboro. Visitation was September 10 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Albert R. Emery

July 7, 1922 – Sept. 6, 2007

Albert R. Emery, 85, of Henry County, died September 6 at Reid Hospital in Richmond.

He was born July 7, 1922, in Aurora, a son of the late William and Emma (Sparling) Emery.

Mr. Emery retired from Chrysler Corporation in New Castle after 33 years of service. He was a member of United Auto Workers, Henry County Historical Society, Indianapolis American Legion and the Ninetieth Division Association. Mr. Emery was also a member of Cadiz Christian Church. He was a decorated World War II veteran of the 90th Infantry Division. Mr. Emery was involved in World War II’s Battle of the Bulge, Normandy invasion and he saw action in five other battles.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Emery of New Castle; a son, Ronald (wife, Teresa) Emery of Roanoke, Va.; two grandsons, Lucas Emery and Jason Emery; a granddaughter, Rachel Emery; a special brother-in-law and friend, William “Bill” Moon of Anderson; three brothers-in-law, Thomas Moon of Markleville, Kenneth Moon of Anderson and Charles Moon of Simi Valley, Cal.; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Peters of Kennard and Betty Looper of Pendleton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Jackson Moon, Center Looper and George Peters.

Funeral services were September 8 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial followed at Green Hills Memory Gardens in New Castle with military graveside rites. Visitation was September 8 at the funeral home.

 

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 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

 

Donald P. Moore

Oct. 10, 1923 – Sept. 15, 2007

Donald P. Moore, 83, of Knightstown, died September 15 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Shelbyville, a daughter of the late Fred and Margarite (Goetz) Moore.

Mr. Moore lived in Knightstown most of his life. He married Wilma W. (Watts) Moore in 1960 and she preceded him in death in 1978. He retired from the Indiana Department of Transportation, where he worked in office administration. Mr. Moore also managed Moore Tool Company and served as town judge in Knightstown for several years. He was a member of Knightstown United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Eric D. (wife, Alicia) Moore of Lewisville; a daughter, Anna L. Blankenship of Indianapolis; a brother, Harold F. Moore of Knightstown; five grandchildren, David G. Moore, Sambra (husband, Jason) Jarvis, Branne Blankenship, Cameron Blankenship and Caden Blankenship; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 20, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. Janice Heseman officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 19, at the funeral home.

 

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Pamela Sue Grizzell

Aug. 19, 1948 – Sept. 13, 2007

Pamela Sue Grizzell, 59, of Shirley, died September 13 at her home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1948, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Willard McDonald and Lora (Plank) McDonald.

Mrs. Grizzell married Donald Wayne Grizzell on Sept. 23, 1965. She was a supervisor at Indiana Knitware.

Survivors include her mother, Lora Ileta McDonald of Knightstown; her husband, Donald Grizzell of Shirley; a son, Jeffery Wayne (wife, Anna) Grizzell of Carthage; a daughter, Kathy (husband, Curtis) Furlow of Houston, Tex.; a brother, Keven (wife, Tracy) McDonald of New Castle; a sister, Sheryl (husband, Randy) Rummel of Knightstown; and three grandchildren.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister.

There were no public funeral services and no public visitation. Cremation was arranged by Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown.

 

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Allen “Satch” Sanders

Aug. 22, 1957 – Sept. 12, 2007

Allen “Satch” Sanders, 50, of Carthage, died September 12 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born Aug. 22, 1957, in Rushville, a son of James B. Sanders and the late Patty Sanders.

Mr. Sanders was Print Communications employee in Indianapolis. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include a son, Ryan Sanders of Greenfield; his father, James B. Sanders of Carthage; three brothers, Bob Stevens of New Castle, Mike Williams of Palm Harbor, Fla., and James E. Sanders of Greenfield; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Felix and Chlora Sanders.

Funeral services were September 14 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown. Burial followed in Carthage Cemetery. Visitation was September 14 at the funeral home.

 

Lund Infant

The infant son of J. Matthew and Amanda J. Lund of Dayton, Ohio, will be interred at Riverside Cemetery in Carthage on Saturday, September 22.

Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Lund of Muncie. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Philip McMullen of Carthage.

 

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 PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 26, 2007

 

James A. Chew

Sept. 1972 – Sept. 23, 2007

James A. Chew, 35, of Kennard, formerly of Knightstown, died September 23 at his home.

He was born Sept. 19, 1972, in Rushville, a son of the late Ralph E. Chew and Judith A. Chew of Knightstown.

Mr. Chew was a lifelong mechanic and a Knightstown High School graduate. He earned an Associates of Science degree from Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis. Mr. Chew managed American Eagle diesel repair business in Mt. for several years. He married Lori A. Lukens on April 1, 1994. An avid reader, he also enjoyed fishing, hunting and debating. Always known as a helpful and giving person, he enjoyed spending time with his family and helping others with their automobiles.

Survivors include his wife, Lori, of Kennard; two sons: Adam C. Chew and R. Gage King of Kennard; his mother: Judy Chew of Knightstown; three brothers: Max, Tim and Kevin Chew all of Knightstown; a sister: Ruth Dudley of Knightstown; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father: Ralph E. Chew; a brother: Kenneth; a sister: Laura; his grandparents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation is Thursday, September 27, from 2-6 p.m. at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Home in Knightstown. Funeral services will follow at with Pastor Roger Campbell officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Lori Chew, Adam Chew and Gage King in care of Ameriana Bank.

 

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Tempa Elizabeth Gorman

Dec. 12, 1921 – Sept. 22, 2007

Tempa Elizabeth Gorman, 85, of Rushville, died September 22 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Rushville.

She was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Harris, Ky., a daughter of the late John Howard and Ella (Mawk) Howard.

Mrs. Gorman married Thomas Gorman on March 31, 1941. She and her husband owned The Northend Grocery in Carthage and operated Gorman’s Rest Home in Milroy for many years. She was employed at RCA in Indianapolis. Mrs. Gorman served as a welder in Baltimore Md., during World War II. Her favorite hobbies were crossword puzzles, cake decorating, crocheting, sewing and growing flowers.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas M. Gorman, Sr., of Carthage; three sons, Thomas M. (wife, Betty) Gorman, Jr., of Adah, Penn., James D. (wife, Sondra) Gorman and Michael J. (wife, Marsha) Gorman, both of Carthage; three daughters, Brenda J. (husband, Bill) Merrel of Rushville, Ramona D. (husband, Sam) Cooper of Spring Hill, Fla., and Deanna L. (husband, Steve) Morgan of Milroy; a brother, Jess Howard of Vanceburg, Ky.; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Stella Hamilton, Bessie Gorman, Omadee Plank and Flora Magee; five brothers, Lee Howard, Less Howard, John Howard, Connor Howard and Gilbert Howard; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Gregory Howard officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. Visitation was September 25 at the funeral home.

 

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Billy A. Watkins

April 22, 1915 – Sept. 21, 2007

Billy A. Watkins, 92, of Muncie, formerly of New Castle, died September 21 in Muncie.

He was born April 22, 1915, in Burnside, Ky., a son of the late Albert and Norma (Carter) Watkins.

Mr. Watkins spent most of his life in the New Castle area and attended New Castle schools. In his younger years, he worked at Ingersoll Steel in New Castle, his farm in Carthage and his job as weigh-master at the Indianapolis Stockyards. A residence hall was named after him at Camp Atterbury, where he was a hall director with the Job Corps. Mr. Watkins retired in 1977 as head of security and special deputy at Dogpatch in Jasper, Ark. He served as director of REMC for six years while living in Brown County and he was a lifelong member of Disabled American Veterans. He was also a member of the New Castle American Legion. Mr. Watkins was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite. He married his wife, Kitty, on Dec. 21, 1935, in Indianapolis.

Mr. Watkins served as a paratrooper in the 511th P.I.R., attached to the 11th Airborne during World War II. He was known as the youngest professional boxer to hold a license in Indiana. A well-known boxer in this state, he boxed all over the Midwest. He enjoyed talking about one of his fights, which the late Jack Dempsey officiated in Richmond in 1932. He also enjoyed tell stories about his days of “riding the rails” during the depression. He visited every state west of the Mississippi River before he was 16. He was known as a fun loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, son, brother and pal.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine M. “Kitty” (Huffman) Watkins; two sons, Patrick (wife, Glenda) Watkins of Sheridan, Ill., and Michael Watkins of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Patrick (wife, Mona) Watkins of Basel, Suisse, Jerry (wife, Christine) Watkins of Cincinnati, Ohio, Terri Conklin of Hanover, Ill., Kelli (husband, Greg) Kosobud of Coatesville, and Lana (husband, Bruce) Tuftie of Newport News, Va.; 11 great-grandchildren, Sean and Dean Watkins, Daniel, Nicholas and Annemarie Watkins, Tiffany and Eric Conklin, Shane and Jayde Kosobud and Jack and Claire Tuftie; a brother, Paul Watkins of Seymour; and two nephews, Steve and Richard Watkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Watkins.

Funeral services were September 25 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Pastor Charlie Shield officiating. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle. Visitation was September 25 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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