Obituaries

Charles A. Terry, age 79, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, in Jasper, Indiana.

He was born on December 4, 1938, in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, to Oscar and Lacy (Harrison) Terry.

Charles was a carpenter and general contractor, a Veteran of the United States Army, and attended the French Lick Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include his companion, Sarah Terry, of Shoals; stepson, Roger Terry, of Shoals; two brothers, Monroe Terry, of Shoals, and Dexter Terry, of Danville, Indiana; and three grandchildren, Roger D. Terry, Tanna Terry, and Randy Terry.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Arthur Terry and Juan Terry; one brother, Noble Terry; and one sister, Maxine Hogrefe.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3rd, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Sho-als. Reverend John Moffatt officiated the service.

Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. on Monday, until the time of the service.


 

Martha Sue Tincher, age 82, of rural Mitchell, Indiana, passed away at her residence on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

She was born on June 26, 1936, in Odon, Indiana, the daughter of the late Reid Andrew and Alma (Queen) Armstrong. She married Roy Donald Tincher on February 20, 1959, and he also preceded her in death on August 7, 2014.

Martha retired from RCA. She graduated from Shoals High  School in 1954, and was a member and Sunday School teacher at the Bryantsville Church of Christ. She belonged to the Independent Order of Foresters.

Survivors include one brother, James Reid Armstrong and wife Olive, of Plainfield; one sister-in-law, Sue Armstrong, of Nuevo, California; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack L. Armstrong and Kenneth L. Armstrong; and one niece, Cathy Armstrong.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16th, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, in Mitchell, with Brother Allen Burris officiating the service.

Burial will be made in the Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 15th, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.


 
Brandon Lee Baker Dies Fri., Jan. 11th; Celebration Of Life Jan. 15th

Brandon Lee Baker, age 33, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, in Huron, Indiana.

He was the son of Gary Baker and wife Rachel, of Shoals, Indiana, and Kay Allbright and Steven Sheetz, of Loogootee.

Brandon was a kind soul who had a heart of gold; he loved his children and his family and always made sure they had everything they needed. Brandon was truly an outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, mushroom hunting, and simply put, anything he could be doing outside. Many times, Brandon could be found lending a helping  hand to someone in need as he enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include two sons, Axcel Baker and Avery Hinterscher; one daughter, Baylee Hinterscher; father Gary Baker and wife Rachel; mother, Kay Allbright and Steve Sheetz; sister, Brittany Westfall, of Shoals; brothers, Damon Baker and Amber Gilbertson, of Loogootee; Joel Boyd, of Shoals; and Logan Joseph Knies, of Loogootee; significant other, Misty Jones, of Huron, and her children, Brittany and James Thomas, of Huron; uncles, Daniel Allbright, Bobby Allbright, and Sam Allbright and wife Tammy, all of Loogootee; Cecil Baker and wife Linda, Ronnie Baker and Sandy, and Junior Baker and wife Carol, all of Shoals; aunts, Mary Tharp and husband Tony, and Missy Kneip, both of Loogootee; nephews, Isaac Westfall, Wyatt and Skylar Boyd, all of Shoals; Brody Gilbertson, of Loogootee; and Josiah Watson, of Oklahoma; nieces, Raegan Baker, Aubri Gilbertson, of Loogootee; and Sofia Boyd, of Shoals; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Maxine (Sims) Baker, of Shoals; grandparents, Gerald Ray Allbright and Alberta Allbright Be-aty, of Loogootee; and stepgrandfather, Charlie Beaty; uncles, Raymond Baker, Loren Baker, Kenny Baker, Ivan Baker, all of Shoals; Jamie Allbright and Mike Kniep, of Loogootee; and aunts, Georgie Dale Baker, of Shoals, and Linda Baker.

Visitation was scheduled at The River Church, 125 Water Street, Shoals, Indiana, on Monday, January 14th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15th, also at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Gill Funeral Service, in Washington, Indiana.

Funeral Held For Ronald Hughes Macy On Jan. 7th



A funeral service for Ronald Hughes Macy, age 80, was held on January 7th, at Matthews Mortuary, in Brownsburg.

He was born September 16, 1938, the son of the late John Hughes and Juanita Ragsdale Macy, in Indianapolis. He married Juanita Jeffras on January 19, 1957.

Their children are Shannon Soeurt and husband Doug, and Kellie Duke; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and Abel and Ragsdale cousins.

Mr. Macy had been an insurance agent for State Farm for several years. He was also a frequent visitor with family, the Abels and Butlers, and a lot of good times on Uncle Oscar’s Farm on Blue Creek when he was a youngster.

He was also preceded in death by his children, Brent Macy and Kim Heffner.


Bonnie Baker Chesser Dies In Texas, Rites Held.

Bonnie Bess Baker Chesser, age 87, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on December 29, 2018.

She was born in Indian Springs, Indiana, on April 19, 1931, to Drass Ray and Bessie Schmidt Baker. She spent her childhood on the farm, attending and graduating school in Shoals, Indiana.

Following graduation, Bonnie moved to Lockhart, Texas, where she met Joe Brown Chesser and on September 16, 1950, the two were married in a double wedding ceremony with Bonnie’s cousin. They made their home in Beaumont, Texas.

In Beaumont, Bonnie and Joe attended North End Baptist Church where they made lifelong friends at the church and in their neighborhood. Bonnie served as a GA Leader at the church. She worked at the telephone company until they began their family. In 1969, the family moved to Dallas, where Bonnie was a stay-at-home mom, making drapes until the kids graduated high school. Following, she began a job with Sun Oil Company and worked 11 years, until retirement. Bonnie and Joe continued to worship, first at Casa View Baptist Church, in Dallas, then at First Baptist Church, in Garland.

Bonnie loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress. She made beautiful quilts, many for her children and grandchildren. She loved working in the yard. She also enjoyed walking daily, as long as she was able. She was a    great cook. Most important, Bonnie was a good wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Joe Brown Chesser; son, David Lewis Chesser and wife Karol; son, Douglas Howard Chesser and wife Denise; and daughter, Carolyn Chesser Vandagriff and husband Mark; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Chesser Lombardi and husband Greg, Stephen Chesser and wife Ashley, Jonathan Chesser, Matthew Chesser and wife Rebecca, Phillip Chesser and wife Amber, Cooper Goldstein, Dane Goldstein and Audrey Goldstein; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her only living sibling, sister Marilyn Beemblossom, of Shoals.

She was preceded in death by Barbara Jerrell, Harold R. Baker, Virgil Lewis Baker and infant sister Lenore.

A funeral service was held on Friday, January 4th, in Dallas, with burial made in Lockhart, Texas.


David Michael Eaton Dies Wed., December 12th; Celebration Of Life Sat., January 12th

 David Michael Eaton, age 65, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, to Charles Franklin Eaton and Julia Ellen (Peck) Eaton on August 23, 1953, and was the oldest of four children.

David retired as a tool and dye maker from GM Powertrain, in Bedford, Indiana. Early in life he expressed a passion for music, after graduating from Shoals High School he attended the IU School of Music before exploring other passions. His hobbies included hunting, skiing, raising Rottweilers, and playing music for family and friends. In his later years he enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren and building HO scale model trains. David was an avid and active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and had just celebrated receiving his 9 year sobriety chip. He was very proud to share his story of sobriety with others and was very passionate about helping and guiding others on their path to sobriety.

Survivors include his mother; brothers Mark and his wife Jessica Eaton, of Shoals; Scott and his wife Callie Eaton, of Cedar Point, North Carolina; and Patrick Eaton, of Indianapolis; one son, Solomon Elijah “Eli” and his wife Sara Eaton and their children, of Trafalgar, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

His Celebration of Life pitch-in will be held on Saturday, January 12th, beginning at 2:00 p.m., at The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds. Out of respect activities will remain alcohol free. Anyone interested in an impromptu jam session are encouraged to bringing their talent and instruments.


 

Loren Ray Yarnell, age 80, of Shoals, passed away at 7:22 p.m., on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Bedford.

He was born December 6, 1938, in Martin County to Walter H. and Louetta (Smith) Yarnell. He married Judith Seals on April 18, 1965, at the Loogootee Christian Church.
Loren graduated from Shoals High School, was a Veteran of the United States Army, retired from Perfect Fit Textile, in Loogootee, and was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife Judith; one daughter, Deborah (Tom) Yarnell-Dillon, of Shoals; two sons Robin (Kathleen) Yarnell, of Danville, and Abram Yarnell, of Arizona; six grandchildren, Kyle, Chandler, Chase, Adam, Jacob and Abigail; and two brothers, Charles (Paula) Yarnell, of Swayzee, and Roger (Dee) Yarnell, of Greenwood. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Jerry Weddle.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, with Rev. Larry Downs officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Union Cemetery. Visitation is Monday beginning at 11:00 a.m., until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



Kenneth Eugene Montgomery, Sr., age 91, died Friday evening, December 21, 2018, at the home of his daughter, Twila Drummond, in Indianapolis.

Kenneth was born to Wayne and Beulah (Abel) Montgomery on July 29, 1927, in Shoals, Indiana. He graduated from Shoals High School and later attended Frankfort Pilgrim College, located in Frankfort, Indiana.

He was a member of the Weisbach Community Church.

Mr. Montgomery worked in various capacities at Old Paths Tract Society for over 70 years. During that time, he also drove a school bus for the Shoals Community Schools for 28 years, and also worked for The Shoals News for more than 30 years, as a very dedicated Linotype operator and a typesetter on Compugraphic typesetting equipment.

Kenneth married the former Betty Jane Nelms on June 3, 1949, in Shoals, Indiana. His wife preceded him in death on April 2, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma Albright; and two brothers, Danny and Donnie Montgomery.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by his four children: Kenneth Montgomery, Jr., and his wife, Debra, of Indianapolis; Twila Drummond, and her husband, Dave, of Indianapolis; Tim Montgomery, and his wife, Nancy, of Massena, New York; and Joanna Montgomery, of Independence, Kansas; as well as 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving Mr. Montgomery are three brothers; Robert Montgomery and Stanley Montgomery, both of Shoals, and Marvin Montgomery, of Jasper; and one sister, Eileen Sanders, of Salem, Ohio; along with several cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals. There will be an additional hour of visitation at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 27th, at the Weisbach Community Church, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be at the Spring Hill Cemetery, here in Shoals.

For those who would like to contribute to a memorial donation, the Fort Meyers Rescue Mission, in Fort Meyers, Florida, has been suggested by his family. The address is 6900 Mission Lane, Fort Meyers, FL 33916.



Wahneta R. Felton, age 83, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the Loogootee Nursing Center.

She was born in Martin County, Indiana, to Charles and Reina (Dorman) Bruner. She married Billy Sims and he preceded her in death on January 17, 1982. She then married Robert Felton and he, too, preceded her in death on December 18, 2000.

She graduated at Shoals High School, was a Secretary-Bookkeeper for William M. Dailey Insurance Company for 8 years; Dallas K Conalty Insurance Co-mpany for 13 years; Strawn Insurance Agency for 3 years; and served as bookkeeper for the Martin County Senior Citizens. She was a member of the Hindostan United Methodist Church, where she served many years as organist and Sunday School Teacher; was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, in Washington, and Past Noble Grand of the Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include several nieces, nephews, and many good friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, William Charles Sims; and three brothers, David Bruner, William Bruner, and Charles “Bob” Bruner.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22nd, at the Hindostan United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marty Evans officiating.

Burial will be made at a later date in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hindostan United Methodist Church.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements.



Marilyn Marie Clifton, age 58, of Martinsville, Indiana, passed away peacefully from this life on Monday, December 17, 2018, in the comfort of her own home with her family by her side.

She was born in Killeen, Texas, on April 14, 1960, to Fred Nelson Clifton and Patricia Mae (Eagan) Barnett.

Marilyn spent many years in Shoals, Indiana, where she worked as a commercial painter. After becoming ill, she moved up to Martinsville to be closer to family. In her spare time, Marilyn enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and crafts.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends including her mother, Patricia Barnett, of Martinsville; daughters, Amanda Wampler and husband Brian, Stephanie Mason and husband Andrew, and Angela Lauck and husband Paul, all of Martinsville; and grandchildren, Ronald, Brittany, and Allison Fletcher, Brent and Averie Wampler, Sean and Sophia Mason, Alexandria, Mackenzie, Jocelyn, Paul IV, and Landon Lauck, and Riley Skojac, all of Martinsville.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Clifton, and a brother, Roger Clifton.

Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, December 21st, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., in the chapel at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center, in Martinsville. A service celebrating her life will follow at 1:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

Burial will be in the Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery, in Martinsville.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked contributions to be made to the funeral home to help defray final expenses.



Andrea Rebecca Wigley, age 10, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018, following an automobile accident.

She was born June 24, 2008, in Bedford, Indiana, the daughter of William Wigley III and Crystal Rebecca (Parfitt) Schofield.

Andrea was a fourth grade student at Loogootee Elementary School. She was a very happy, strong, independent person and loved fishing and going to the park.

Survivors include her parents, Crystal Rebecca Schofield and husband David, of Loogootee; and William Wigley III and Billie Jo Gray, of Bedford; half br-other, Preston Liam Billy Wigley, of Bedford; best friend, Karma, of Loogootee; grandparents, Richard Schofield, Jr., of Mitchell; Jerrie Schofield, of Bedford; William II and Janet Wigley, of Mitchell; and Dean and Aliana Parfitt, of Loogootee; and great-grandfather, Richard Schofield, Sr., of Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Dale and Mary Wigley.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13th, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Burial will follow in the Bonds Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (today), December 12th, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday, at the funeral home.



Jack Lee Lockard, Sr., age 62, of French Lick, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

He was a “jack” of all trades who loved boating and fishing. Jack worked for 37 years as a truck driver until his retirement. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

He was born on February 24, 1956, in Pontiac, Michigan, to the late Tilmon and Ersel Maydean (Lindsey) Lockard.

Survivors include his loving wife, Nila (Sanders) Lockard; children, Deana Lockman and husband Matt; Jack Lee Lockard, Jr. and wife Keysha; Nikiea Jones, Tahnema Alvey, and Logan Alvey; siblings, Sharry Bates and husband Eddie, Debbie Gardner and husband Charlie, Linda White and husband Jimmy, Alan Lockard, and Betty Villier and husband Davey; grandchildren, Shelby, Connor, Conner, Isaiah, Eli, and Reece.

He is also preceded in death by his brothers, J.T., Danny, and Johnny Lockard.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., at Patoka Lake.

Cremation was chosen following Jack’s wishes. The Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Southern Indiana Chapel, was in charge of the arran-gements.



Mary Ann White, age 79, of Mitchell, Indiana, passed away at 3:50 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at IU Health Hospice, in Bloomington, India-na.

She was born December 11, 1938, in Martin County, Indiana, to George Edgar Harder and Helen Elizabeth (Richardson) Bledsoe. She married Robert White on April 16, 1955, in Bedford, Indiana, and he preceded her in death on September 29, 2015.

Mary Ann attended Shoals High School, was a member of Fairview Church of Christ, in Huron; and worked the past few years on Election Staff at the Martin County Courthouse.

Survivors include one son, Robert White, Jr., of Mitchell; five daughters, Rhona Earl and husband Tony, of Williams; Cheryl Sutton and husband Rick, of Clay City; Darla Holt and husband Ermin, and Gayle Berry and husband Jeff, all of Shoals; and Michelle Shipman and husband John, of French Lick; 12 grandchildren, Amber Middleton and husband Mike, April Garner, Misty Hardwick, Tori Mullinax and husband Lee, Danna Holt, Allison Corrao, Angela Berry, Kristen Berry, Bradley Berry, Krystle Phillips and husband Ben, Shawn Emmons, and Lillian White; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, husband, one daughter, Corliss Rose White; and two brothers, James Noble Bledsoe and Alan Bledsoe, have preceded her in death.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., in Shoals. Brother Kris Beasley officiated the service.

Burial was made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.

Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th, at the funeral home.



Oaklee Raiane Nicole Carlisle, age 4, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

She was born August 4, 2014, in Linton, Indiana, to David Carlisle and Alicia (Edwards) Bault.

Oaklee loved wearing princess dresses, coloring, and unicorns. You could always find her singing, dancing, and soaking up all the attention she could get! She loved to wear boots, no matter what season. Oaklee earned her namesake from her cousin who passed away and from her aunts.

Survivors include her loving parents, David Carlisle and Alicia Bault; siblings, Antonio, Preston, Aubree, Natalee, and Kaden Bault, and Creed Carlisle; grandparents, Diane Edwards, Gerald Head, Chad Carlisle and wife Amber; and Julie Scott and Greg Scott; aunts, Melissa Nicole Head, Nicole Carlisle, and Maddilee Scott; uncle, Landon Carlisle; and many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her cousin, Bryonnah Nicole Head.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held also on Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.



Hildred Harshaw, age 81, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 19, 1937, in Loogootee, Indiana, to the late Clyde and Madge (Morris) Swayze.

Hildred was a member of the American Legion Post No. 120 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always taking care of others until her health would no longer allow her to do so.

She and her husband, Waldo, owned and operated the former Alco Dime Store for many years.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Waldo Harshaw, of Loogootee; children, Kim Hopkins and husband Ray, of Loogootee; and Matt Harshaw and wife Kelli, of Washington; grandchildren, Sabrina McMillen and husband Brock; Cassie Hopkins, Heather Harshaw, and Hannah Harshaw; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jackson, and Greyson McMillen; one sister, Barbara Eichmiller and husband Paul; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Fox; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Loren, Hubert, and Richard Swayze; and three sisters, Elizabeth Trambaugh, Merledean Henry, and Dorothy Souerdike.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.



Alta Ernestine Earl, age 90, passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Westview Nursing and Rehab, in Bedford, Indiana. She was a longtime resident of Shoals, Indiana.

She was born on October 29, 1928, in Martin County, to Fielding and Minnie (Rowe) Sterling. She married James Earl in 1947, in Shoals.

Ernestine was a graduate of Shoals High School, a member of the Church of Christ, in Mitchell, and the Martin County Homemakers Club.

Survivors include one son, Tony Earl and wife Rhona, of Williams; one daughter, Wanda Denny, of Bloomfield; three grandchildren, Amber Middleton and husband Mike, April Garner, John Michael Denny and Graham Hallberg; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Frey, of Ohio; and one brother, Francis Sterling and wife Jenny, of Velpen, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one sister, Mary Jane Doane; one brother, Donald Sterling; and one son-in-law, John Denny.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2nd, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Sh-oals.

Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals. Brother Kris Beasley officiated the service.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday at the funeral home.



A funeral service was held for Joyce Evelyn Mills, age 87, of Shoals, Indiana, on Tuesday, November 20th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, in French Lick, Indiana. Brother Joe Crow officiated the service.

Burial followed in the Anderson Cemetery, in Shoals.

Visitation was held from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19th, and on Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

She was born on December 15, 1930, in Rusk, Indiana, to the late Chriss Stanfield and Zette (Powell) Stanfield. She married Frederick “Kenny” Mills on October 30, 1949, and he preceded her in death on August 2, 2009.

Joyce was a 1948 graduate of Shoals High School and long-time member of the Beechwood Christian Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crafts and painting.

Survivors include two sons, David Keith Mills and wife Elaine, of Jasper, Indiana; and Kenneth R. Mills and wife Donna, of French Lick; six grandsons, Nathan, Kevin, Michael, Jody, Matt, and Daniel Mills; four great-granddaughters; and one great-great-grandson.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Olive Wherry; five brothers, Claude, Bill, Ray, Quentin, and Gene Stanfield; and one son, John Mills.

Mrs. Mills passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care, in Jasper, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations be made to the Anderson Cemetery Fund, c/o Greg Benge, 5239 Emmons Lane, Shoals, IN 47581.



David D. Hawkins, age 78, of Valley Center, California, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 31, 2018, after a short illness.

David was born July 17, 1940, in Shoals, Indiana, to Samuel and Thelma (Cessna) Hawkins.

He attended Shoals schools and joined the Navy when he was 17 years old. He retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer. He served several tours on submarines and multiple tours in Vietnam.

After retirement, he worked in technical management and engineering in Southern California, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, and Australia.

David enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, riding horses, was an avid reader and a loyal fan of the Rams and the LA Dodgers, and euchre.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Susan (Moeny) Hawkins; brother, Gregory Hawkins, of West Baden; sisters, Beverly McCall, of Sarasota, and Dixie Bell, of French Lick; sister-in-law, Betty Lou Hawkins, of Shoals; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clifford Dewey “Jack” Hawkins, Tracy Lee Hawkins, and Dennis Patrick Hawkins; and one sister, Celeste Fern Vincent.

A Celebration of David’s Life will be held at 12 Noon at The Serenity Inn, in Shoals, on Thursday, November 29th.

Lunch will be served with a slide show and service to follow before interment in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.



Leonard Dale Bex, age 78, of Mitchell, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, in Martin County.

He was born April 18, 1940, in Lawrence County, Indiana, the son of Archie and Ida Annice (Dumond) Bex. He married Brenda Kay Simpson on June 12, 1960.

Dale retired from NSWC Crane after 43 years. He graduated in 1958 from Huron High School. He was a member of a geocaching club. He enjoyed his grandchildren, traveling, tinkering, NASCAR, and IU Basketball.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Kay Bex, of Mitchell; children, Kevin Dale Bex and wife Sheila, of Mitchell; Kimberly Dawn Shelton, of Bloomington; and Kyle David Bex and wife Holly, of Williams; grandchildren, Justin Dale Bex and wife Keira, Ryan Scott Shelton and wife Stevie, Tyler Raice Bex, Alyssa Dawn Shelton, Kaitlyn Janae Shelton, Laken Elizabeth Bex, and Aiden Keith Bex; great-grandson, Watson Kyle Dale Shelton; step great-grandchildren, Zoey and Oliver; and siblings, Bob Bex and wife Pam, of Mitchell; and Linda Bex, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Susie Meek and Donna Kay Meadows.

Friends called from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16th, at the Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. A graveside service followed at the Huron Cemetery



Mary E. Hungate, age 73, of Bedford, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 11, 2018, at her residence.

She was born in Martin County on February 15, 1945, to Edgar Sipes and Zetta (Stroud) Sipes. She married Vestal Honeycutt on June 29, 1963, and he preceded her in death in 1971. She later married Thomas H. Hungate on May 27, 1977, and he preceded her in death on August 15, 2012.

Mary worked at RCA, in Bloomington, Indiana, for 29 years.

Survivors include one daughter, Rhonda Young and husband Darrell, of Bedford; one son, Tony Honeycutt and wife Lucy, of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren, Brent Honeycutt and wife Heather, of Franklin; and Logan Treanor, of Bedford; two great-grandchildren, Max and Cecilia Honeycutt; four brothers, Elton Sipes and wife Priscilla, George Sipes, and Joseph Sipes and wife Linda, all of Martin County; and Rick Sipes and wife Becky, of Tennessee; one sister, Frances Nolting, of Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Merle Sipes and Dennis Sipes; one sister, Roma Sue Bateman; one daughter stillborn, Dana Honeycutt; and one grandson, Benjamin Honeycutt.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 17th, at 3:00 p.m., at the Cresthaven Funeral Home, in Bedford, with Pastor Robert Brown officiating the service. The family received friends and family from 1:00 p.m. until the service time.

Burial will be made at a later date at Mt. Olive Cemetery.



Lesa Stivers, age 58, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, in Evansville, Indiana.

She was born on May 3, 1960 in Marion, Indiana, to the late Robert and Wanda Mae (Holland) Colvin.

Lesa was employed by NSWC Crane as an Acquisition Management Specialist. She was a proud supporter of the Federal Employed Women.

She was a proud military wife for 21 years as her husband Jeff was serving in the United States Army. She loved camping, gardening, and taking motorcycle rides. She also enjoyed traveling and cooking for family gatherings. Lesa loved her grandchildren and cherished every moment spent with them.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Jeffry Stivers, of Loogootee; sons, Clint Stivers and wife Kristen, of Lebanon; Dustin Stivers and wife Courtney, of Louisville, Kentucky; and Tyler Stivers and wife Brittany, of Huntingburg; grandchildren, Blair and Ava Stivers, Addilyn and Warren Stivers and Delilah and Logan Stivers; siblings, Theresa Edwards and husband Scott; Jeff Colvin, and Sheila Hudson and husband Tom; aunt, Leona Mathias; mother-in-law, Theresa Andis; sisters-in-law, Laura Kelly and Tonya Stivers.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 17th, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, in Loogootee.

Burial was made in the St. Peter Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday, November 16th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee, and Saturday, November 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Norton Children’s Hospital, in Louisville, Kentucky.



Brandon Lee Baker, age 33, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019, in Huron, Indiana.

He was the son of Gary Baker and wife Rachel, of Shoals, Indiana, and Kay Allbright and Steven Sheetz, of Loogootee.

Brandon was a kind soul who had a heart of gold; he loved his children and his family and always made sure they had everything they needed. Brandon was truly an outdoorsman; he enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, mushroom hunting, and simply put, anything he could be doing outside. Many times, Brandon could be found lending a helping  hand to someone in need as he enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include two sons, Axcel Baker and Avery Hinterscher; one daughter, Baylee Hinterscher; father Gary Baker and wife Rachel; mother, Kay Allbright and Steve Sheetz; sister, Brittany Westfall, of Shoals; brothers, Damon Baker and Amber Gilbertson, of Loogootee; Joel Boyd, of Shoals; and Logan Joseph Knies, of Loogootee; significant other, Misty Jones, of Huron, and her children, Brittany and James Thomas, of Huron; uncles, Daniel Allbright, Bobby Allbright, and Sam Allbright and wife Tammy, all of Loogootee; Cecil Baker and wife Linda, Ronnie Baker and Sandy, and Junior Baker and wife Carol, all of Shoals; aunts, Mary Tharp and husband Tony, and Missy Kneip, both of Loogootee; nephews, Isaac Westfall, Wyatt and Skylar Boyd, all of Shoals; Brody Gilbertson, of Loogootee; and Josiah Watson, of Oklahoma; nieces, Raegan Baker, Aubri Gilbertson, of Loogootee; and Sofia Boyd, of Shoals; and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Maxine (Sims) Baker, of Shoals; grandparents, Gerald Ray Allbright and Alberta Allbright Be-aty, of Loogootee; and stepgrandfather, Charlie Beaty; uncles, Raymond Baker, Loren Baker, Kenny Baker, Ivan Baker, all of Shoals; Jamie Allbright and Mike Kniep, of Loogootee; and aunts, Georgie Dale Baker, of Shoals, and Linda Baker.

Visitation was scheduled at The River Church, 125 Water Street, Shoals, Indiana, on Monday, January 14th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15th, also at the church.

Arrangements were handled by the Gill Funeral Service, in Washington, Indiana.



Bonnie Bess Baker Chesser, age 87, of Dallas, Texas, passed away on December 29, 2018.

She was born in Indian Springs, Indiana, on April 19, 1931, to Drass Ray and Bessie Schmidt Baker. She spent her childhood on the farm, attending and graduating school in Shoals, Indiana.

Following graduation, Bonnie moved to Lockhart, Texas, where she met Joe Brown Chesser and on September 16, 1950, the two were married in a double wedding ceremony with Bonnie’s cousin. They made their home in Beaumont, Texas.

In Beaumont, Bonnie and Joe attended North End Baptist Church where they made lifelong friends at the church and in their neighborhood. Bonnie served as a GA Leader at the church. She worked at the telephone company until they began their family. In 1969, the family moved to Dallas, where Bonnie was a stay-at-home mom, making drapes until the kids graduated high school. Following, she began a job with Sun Oil Company and worked 11 years, until retirement. Bonnie and Joe continued to worship, first at Casa View Baptist Church, in Dallas, then at First Baptist Church, in Garland.

Bonnie loved to sew and was an excellent seamstress. She made beautiful quilts, many for her children and grandchildren. She loved working in the yard. She also enjoyed walking daily, as long as she was able. She was a    great cook. Most important, Bonnie was a good wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Joe Brown Chesser; son, David Lewis Chesser and wife Karol; son, Douglas Howard Chesser and wife Denise; and daughter, Carolyn Chesser Vandagriff and husband Mark; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Chesser Lombardi and husband Greg, Stephen Chesser and wife Ashley, Jonathan Chesser, Matthew Chesser and wife Rebecca, Phillip Chesser and wife Amber, Cooper Goldstein, Dane Goldstein and Audrey Goldstein; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her only living sibling, sister Marilyn Beemblossom, of Shoals.

She was preceded in death by Barbara Jerrell, Harold R. Baker, Virgil Lewis Baker and infant sister Lenore.

A funeral service was held on Friday, January 4th, in Dallas, with burial made in Lockhart, Texas.



Thomas R. Wagner, age 76, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 10:45 p.m., on Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Loogootee Nursing Center.

He was born on January 18, 1942, in Loogootee, to the late Reason and Rose Mary (Wagoner) Wagner. He married Linda (Porter) Wagner June 15, 1963.

Thomas was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9395 and the American Legion Post 120. He was a United States Army Veteran and had retired from Jefferson Trucking, in Shoals, Indiana, and he enjoyed anything outdoors.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Wagner, of Loogootee; his children, Debbie Zins, of Loogootee; Ryan T. Wagner, of Ventura, California; his grandchildren, Brad Zins, of Vincennes; Becca Penn and husband Rahiem, of Hampton, Virginia; and Alecia Wagner, of Loogootee; one great-grandchild, Reagan Penn; his siblings, Ed Wagner, Judy Fuesler and husband Donnie, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Mark A. Wagner, who passed away in 1985; his parent-in-laws, Phillip and Rita A. (Matthews) Porter; and his si-blings, Norma Wagner-Hickman, Sarah Chambers, and Mike Wagner.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, January 18th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Jacob Porter, a great-nephew who is fighting a battle with leukemia.



Timothy A. Nelson, age 67, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on January 2, 2019, in Martin County, Indiana.

He was born in Bedford, Indiana, on July 2, 1951, to Dennis and Violet Irene (Jones) Nelson. Tim married Rexanna Stackhouse on October 27, 1972, and she survives.

Tim was a 1969 graduate of Shoals High School, a member of Springs Valley Wesleyan Church and had attended Highland Chapel Church in his younger years. He was a former Union Bricklayer and owned and operated Twin City Lumber from 1981 to 2016. He enjoyed golfing, farming, hunting, fishing, and anything to do with the outdoors, but he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

Survivors include his wife, Rexanna Nelson, of French Lick; one son, Alan Nelson and wife Katrina, of French Lick; one daughter, Joanie Mundy and husband Mike, of Huntingburg; one brother, Gerald Nelson and wife Vicki, of French Lick; one sister, Exzelia Montgomery and husband Gerald, of Shoals; four grandchildren, Anicia Kessler and husband Randall, Leyton Lauderdale, Alanna Nelson, and Connor Nelson; two step-grandchildren, Karrah and Ethan Mundy; and his stepmother, Grace Nelson, of Avon, Indiana.

A funeral service was conducted by Pastor John Moffatt at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 5th, at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, in French Lick.

Burial was made in the Highland Chapel Cemetery, at West Baden Springs.

Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested memorial contributions be made to the Highland Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Tim Albright, 10950 W. County Road 150N, West Baden Springs, IN 47469.



Randall “Porky” Asbell, age 62, of West Baden Springs, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in the comfort of his home surro-unded by family.

He was born on July 12, 1956, in Washington, Indiana, to Ri-chard and Helen (Nicholson) Asbell.

He grew up in Shoals, Indiana, along with 13 other brothers and sisters.

“Porky” married the love of his life, Yolanda “Yodi” Slaten on May 21, 1977, and she survives.

From a young age, he worked in the woods cutting timber and driving a skidder. “Porky” was always working outside and spending time in the woods, where he loved to be. He loved to mushroom hunt, tinker on stuff, garden, play with his animals, and was just an all around great outdoorsman. For the last seven years, he continued working outside by working for the Grounds Crew at the French Lick Resort. His favorite work there was driving his Mule around the grounds while watering plants and talking to everyone he knew.

Also surviving are one son, Dan Asbell and wife Jaleigh, of Mitchell, Indiana; two daughters, LaWanda Hammond and husband Jim, of Bedford; and Amanda Emerick and husband Zeb, of Washington, Indiana; five brothers, Lee Asbell and wife Margie, of Shoals; Bill Asbell, of West Baden Springs; Tim Asbell and wife Debbie, of Paoli; Donald “Satch” Asbell and wife Nancy, of West Baden Springs; and Mike Asbell, of Indiana; three sisters, Judy Cox and husband Ray, of West Baden Springs; Do-nna Mills and husband Kenny, of French Lick; and Pam Asbell, of West Baden Springs; and eight grandchildren, Elaina, Eva, Eden, Sadie, Hazel, Waylon, Charley, and Lily.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jim, Roger, and Preacher; and two sisters, Diane and Sandy.

A funeral ceremony was conducted by Reverend Wayne Pendley and Pastor John Moffatt, on Sunday, January 6th, at 2:00 p.m., at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home, in French Lick.

Burial was made in the South Liberty Cemetery.

Visitation was held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Sunday.



Paul Edgar Quinn, age 80, of Shoals, passed away at 11:12 a.m. on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, in Bloomington.

He was born May 22, 1938, in Danville, Illinois, to Charles Cleo and Lillian (Jones) Quinn. He married Miriam Metz in Tell City, Indiana in July of 1962.
Mr. Quinn was a retired Line Foreman at National Gypsum, a Veteran of the United States Army, and was of the non-denominational Christian faith.
He is survived by one daughter, Pamela (Tony) Ivey, of West Baden; three sons, Scott (Pearl) Quinn, of Shoals, James (Carlene) Quinn, of Bloomington, and Dan (Dora) Quinn, of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Tristan Bennnington, Lydia Quinn, Audrey Quinn, Josh Ivey, Tyler (Whitney) Ivey, Brandon Cundiff (Pam Hart), Danielle “Toni” (Josh) Wilson; four great grandchildren Lucas, Finley, Piper and Ashton; one sister, Irene Kyger, of Shoals; four brothers, Jack (Louise) Quinn, of New Haven, Gerald (Gay) Quinn, of Harlan, Carl (Janet) Quinn, of Mitchell, and Terry (Michelle) Quinn of Shoals.
Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, three brothers, Melvin Eugene Quinn, Cecil Quinn, Phillip Quinn; and one sister, Jeanette Berry.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 30, 2018, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, with burial in the Emmons Ridge Cemetery. Ministers Delmar Stockwell and Greg Willert will officiate.
The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.



Loren Ray Yarnell, age 80, of Shoals, passed away at 7:22 p.m., on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at the Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Bedford.

He was born December 6, 1938, in Martin County to Walter H. and Louetta (Smith) Yarnell. He married Judith Seals on April 18, 1965, at the Loogootee Christian Church.
Loren graduated from Shoals High School, was a Veteran of the United States Army, retired from Perfect Fit Textile, in Loogootee, and was of the Protestant faith.
He is survived by his wife Judith; one daughter, Deborah (Tom) Yarnell-Dillon, of Shoals; two sons Robin (Kathleen) Yarnell, of Danville, and Abram Yarnell, of Arizona; six grandchildren, Kyle, Chandler, Chase, Adam, Jacob and Abigail; and two brothers, Charles (Paula) Yarnell, of Swayzee, and Roger (Dee) Yarnell, of Greenwood. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Jerry Weddle.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals, with Rev. Larry Downs officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Union Cemetery. Visitation is Monday beginning at 11:00 a.m., until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.



Kenneth Eugene Montgomery, Sr., age 91, died Friday evening, December 21, 2018, at the home of his daughter, Twila Drummond, in Indianapolis.

Kenneth was born to Wayne and Beulah (Abel) Montgomery on July 29, 1927, in Shoals, Indiana. He graduated from Shoals High School and later attended Frankfort Pilgrim College, located in Frankfort, Indiana.

He was a member of the Weisbach Community Church.

Mr. Montgomery worked in various capacities at Old Paths Tract Society for over 70 years. During that time, he also drove a school bus for the Shoals Community Schools for 28 years, and also worked for The Shoals News for more than 30 years, as a very dedicated Linotype operator and a typesetter on Compugraphic typesetting equipment.

Kenneth married the former Betty Jane Nelms on June 3, 1949, in Shoals, Indiana. His wife preceded him in death on April 2, 2010. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Wilma Albright; and two brothers, Danny and Donnie Montgomery.

Mr. Montgomery is survived by his four children: Kenneth Montgomery, Jr., and his wife, Debra, of Indianapolis; Twila Drummond, and her husband, Dave, of Indianapolis; Tim Montgomery, and his wife, Nancy, of Massena, New York; and Joanna Montgomery, of Independence, Kansas; as well as 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Also surviving Mr. Montgomery are three brothers; Robert Montgomery and Stanley Montgomery, both of Shoals, and Marvin Montgomery, of Jasper; and one sister, Eileen Sanders, of Salem, Ohio; along with several cousins and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel, in Shoals. There will be an additional hour of visitation at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 27th, at the Weisbach Community Church, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be at the Spring Hill Cemetery, here in Shoals.

For those who would like to contribute to a memorial donation, the Fort Meyers Rescue Mission, in Fort Meyers, Florida, has been suggested by his family. The address is 6900 Mission Lane, Fort Meyers, FL 33916.



Hildred Harshaw, age 81, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 6:25 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on February 19, 1937, in Loogootee, Indiana, to the late Clyde and Madge (Morris) Swayze.

Hildred was a member of the American Legion Post No. 120 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always taking care of others until her health would no longer allow her to do so.

She and her husband, Waldo, owned and operated the former Alco Dime Store for many years.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Waldo Harshaw, of Loogootee; children, Kim Hopkins and husband Ray, of Loogootee; and Matt Harshaw and wife Kelli, of Washington; grandchildren, Sabrina McMillen and husband Brock; Cassie Hopkins, Heather Harshaw, and Hannah Harshaw; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jackson, and Greyson McMillen; one sister, Barbara Eichmiller and husband Paul; one sister-in-law, Phyllis Fox; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Loren, Hubert, and Richard Swayze; and three sisters, Elizabeth Trambaugh, Merledean Henry, and Dorothy Souerdike.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 7th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 6th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.



Sandra Kay (Walters) Hough, age 63, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on October 28, 2018, in Bloomington, Indiana.

She was born August 13, 1955, to Dennis and Betty L. (Schrum) Walters, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sandra was a 2005 graduate of the Vincennes University Nursing School and was a Registered Nurse at IU Health-Bloomington.

Survivors include her mother, Betty L. Walters, of Shoals; one son, Capt. Gregory Allen Hough and wife Erin, of Ft. Hood, Texas; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Jade Young, Zoe Samone Hough, Xanalee Rayne Hough, and Bobby Lee Skaggs.

Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery, in Shoals.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., in Shoals, was in charge of the arrangements.



Hazel L. Pielemeier, age 91, of Loogootee, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:10 p.m., on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 25, 1927, in Daviess County, near Loogootee, Indiana, to the late Herman and Emilie (Albaugh) Pielemeier.

Hazel received her education at Loogootee Schools, Vincennes University, and Indiana University. She taught Home Economics at Bruceville High School, Shoals High School, and finally Loogootee High School where she retired. She was a lifelong member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir for many years. She also enjoyed being a part of the Marco Singers. She was active in the Martin County 4-H for many years.

Survivors include her brothers, Roy Pielemeier and Bill Pielemeier and wife Jeanette; nie-es and nephews, Terry Pielemeier and wife Janet, Alan Pielemeier and wife Cindy, Jay Pielemeier and wife Kari, Dean Pielemeier and wife Vicki, Robert Pielemeier and wife Brenda, Annette Bohnert and husband Mark, Janice Pielemeier, Shannon Pielemeier and Marlene Pielemeier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Carl Pielemeier, Bob Pielemeier, and Helen Pielemeier.

A joint memorial service for Hazel and Helen Pielemeier will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8th, at the Loogootee United Methodist Church.

Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

No visitation will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Loogootee United Methodist Church or the Hindostan United Methodist Church in memory of Herman and Emilie Pielemeier.

The Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee, is in charge of the arrangements.



William David “Bill” Dickey, former Shoals resident, passed away on the morning of November 10th, 2018, at Gentry Park Senior Living, in Bloomington, Indiana, after a very difficult year of illness.

Bill was born on January 28, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Charles A. and Inez P. (Neighbors) Dickey.

He attended Arsenal Technical High School, in Indianapolis, graduating in 1958, and remained in Indianapolis until moving to Shoals in 1980. He married Judy Dickey on January 24, 1981, and she preceded him in death in 2017.

Bill was employed by Citizens Gas and Coke Utility for over 45 years, first as a service man, and later in a technical capacity after returning to school and graduating in 1990 from Ivy Tech with Phi Theta Kappa Honors, earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics Technology.

He was a 38-year member of Shoals Eagles Aerie #2442, serving as Past Worthy President and 10-year Secretary and Trustee. He also served the State of Indiana F.O.E. in various offices, becoming Indiana State President in 2013-2014 Fraternal Year. He served the Grand Aerie as Central Regional President and as Election Chairman at the Grand Convention. He was nominated to the Indiana Eagles Hall of Fame in 2016. Bill’s passion was fundraising for Eagle Charities throughout the State. He co-founded the Blues Brother Revue and Showtime Security to help raise significant funds. He was most proud of the fundraising work of his and Debbie Staley’s State Project for Camp Riley. This project raised $250,000 and the endowment created from this will sponsor five campers every year at Camp Riley, in perpetuity.

Bill was the ultimate entertainer, a talented singer, and a guitar and keyboard player. He played in numerous bands beginning in his early 20s, in the Indianapolis night club circuit, until his early 60s, in and around Southern Indiana, and during that time played everything from Rock and Roll to Funk to Country. He enjoyed karaoke as well, and blew everyone away with his antics on stage. Hand Bill a microphone and he could really get a crowd going! At family gatherings, it was a given that Bill would play guitar and sing, and his mother, her seven beautiful sisters, and many cousins would get in on the act. Oh, the harmonies that would come from those sing-a-longs!

Survivors include his children, Diana Matthews-Summerton and husband Larry, of Bedford; Linda Machura and husband Frank, of Portage; Teresa Dickey, of Indianapolis; Paula Wainwright, of Plainfield; and William D. Dickey II, of Indianapolis; as well as Judy’s beloved children, Pamela Baker and husband Brent, of Washington; Bradley Howell and wife Lana, of Montgomery; and Mary (Pfettscher) Reese and husband Mike, of Evansville. All of these children combined provided Bill and Judy with a legacy of 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

In addition to the love of his life, Judy, he was also preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Carolyn Greenan and husband Bill, as well as many other great friends and members of his extended family. There should be a rowdy game of Euchre or 500 Rummy going on in Heaven right now, along with a lot of laughter, singing, and dancing that were common-place when everyone got together in this life.

A funeral service will be held at the Queen-Lee Chapel, of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., at Shoals, on Wednesday, November 14th, at 11:00 a.m.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 13th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday. There is an F.O.E. Memorial Service scheduled at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.



Donald E. Swango, age 77, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Daviess Community Hospital, in Washington, Indiana.

He was born March 19, 1941, in Oolitic, Indiana, to Cecil and Flossie (Roach) Swango.

The Queen-Lee Chapel handled the arrangements.

No service is planned.



Ralph Wayne Christmas, age 52, of Evansville, Indiana, went to be with his Lord at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at his residence. Death was of natural causes.

He was born on December 26, 1965, in Washington, Indiana, the son of Lucky Hayes Christmas and Peggy Alvinia (Ware) Christmas, who both preceded him in death.

Survivors include his sisters, Carole Wittmer and Cindy Henderson; brother-in-law, John Henderson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Christmas; and one brother-in-law, Dan Wittmer.

Per Ralph’s wishes, cremation was chosen, and a graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Goodwill Cemetery, in Loogootee, on Wednesday, November 21st.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 63, Bedford, IN 47421, to help cover final expenses.



A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9th, at St. Martin Catholic Church, in Whitfield, for George Everett Abel, age 87, of Washington, Indiana. Father Kenneth Walker was the celebrant.

Burial was made in the St. Martin Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Hanson McFee American Legion Post No. 61, of Shoals.

Mr. Abel, age 87, passed away at 12:43 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018, at his residence.

He was born March 14, 1931, in Knox County, to the late James and Mabel (Senning) Abel.

He was retired from CSX Railroad and was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He was a member of the Shoals American Legion and St. John Catholic Church. He loved working on cars, woodworking, and working Sudoku puzzles.

Survivors include his wife, Bernadette (Craney) Abel whom he married on April 28, 1956; four sons, John Abel and wife Sandy, of Shoals; Stephen Abel, of Carlisle; Andrew Abel and wife Becky, and Alan Abel, all of Washington; 10 grandchildren, Cody Abel and wife Sarah, Beth Way and husband John, Josh Lemon, Derek Wininger, Jessy Asher, Eric Abel and wife Sarah, Andrea Frieden and husband Jeremy, Emily Wichman and husband Craig, Adam Abel and wife Nichole, and Bailey Huckelby and husband Tyler; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Jane Veale and Judy Stafford, both of Petersburg; and one brother, James Abel, of California.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Waylon Abel.

The Ed Lee Mortuary North Chapel, in Washington, was in charge of the arrangements.



Dennis James Jones, age 79, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 12:23 a.m., at the Daviess Community Hospital, in Washington, Indiana.

He was born on September 25, 1939, in Loogootee, Indiana, to the late Carl and Lucille H. (Himsel) Jones. He married Linda G. Steele on December 5, 1991, and she survives.

Dennis graduated from Loogootee High School in 1957. He was a professional engineer having earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. After graduating, he worked for The Boeing Company, in Huntsville, Alabama, and in Dayton, Ohio, where he helped test and develop the fuel tank for the Saturn V Rocket and the Lunar Rover for NASA’s moon missions. Returning to Indiana, he went to work for the Naval Weapons Support Center, Crane, from which he retired in 2009. Dennis held two patents. In his retirement years, he enjoyed developing inventions, working in the garden, and planting trees. He was an avid reader and car enthusiast, having owned in his younger years both a Corvette and a Porsche. He followed Purdue football and basketball with great enthusiasm. He and Linda have welcomed numerous dogs and cats into their home and have hosted unnumbered birds, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and other wild creatures in their back yard. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, and her family, Gaye and Steve Sorrells, of Montgomery, Indiana, and their children, as well as by numerous beloved cousins from the Himsel and Jones families. He will be so greatly missed.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 13th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., at Shoals. Bishop Tracy Bailey will officiate the service.

Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.

Visitation is on Monday, November 12th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.



Carl Wayne Dillon, age 75, of Loogootee, passed away at 9:21 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

He was born May 12, 1943, in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Carl and Bertha (Fields) Dillon.

Wayne was a United States Army Veteran. He served overseas during the Vietnam War and was a helicopter mechanic.

He was a hard worker and had been employed at various factories throughout his life. He loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom Dillon, and sister, Shirley Dillon.

He is survived by his children, Carl Wayne Dillon, Jr., and Karen Dillon; siblings, Mary Johnson, and husband Jim, and Terri Williams and husband Bob, both of Loogootee; sister-in-law, Diane Dillon; stepchildren, Mary Beth Simmons, Terri Wade, Carla Kline, Debbie Graber, David Ross, Carl Ross, and John Ross.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Martin County Humane Society.



Ina Claire Sheetz, age 86, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at 12:40 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 19, 1932, in Douglas, Wyoming, to Cecil and Effie (Puckett) Howrey. She married Michael J. Sheetz on August 20, 1949, and he preceded her in death on July 24, 2009.

Mrs. Sheetz was formerly employed at Shoals High School as a custodian, and most recently at the Shoals Public Library. She enjoyed crocheting, collecting various owl items, spending time with grandchildren, bird watching, reading, and playing bingo.

Survivors include four daughters, Yevonne Plocher, of Bedford, Indiana; Bobbi Salmon, of West Baden Springs, Indiana; Martha Hasler, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and Laura Harker, of Shoals; three sons, David Sheetz, of Douglas, Wyoming; and Neal Sheetz and Chris Sheetz, both of Shoals; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Nida and Shirley Rhodes, both of Glenrock, Wyoming; and one brother, Phillip Howrey, of Kalispell, Montana.

Her parents, one daughter Carolyn Truelove, and one brother, Max Howery, have also preceded her in death.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st, at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, at Shoals. Cindy Lagle officiated the service.

Pallbearers were Neal Sheetz, David Sheetz, Chris Sheetz, Mark Jones, Darrin Jones, Eric Cooper, Tristan Knight, and Kathy Salmon.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., of Shoals, was in charge of the arrangements.



Robert L. “Bobby” Smith, age 75, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 12:05 p.m., on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, in Jasper.

He was born on March 28, 1943, in Washington, Indiana, to the late Charles L. and Regina (Clements) Smith. Bobby married Carolyn (Rayhill) Smith on April 13, 1963.

He retired from North American Products after 42 years of employment. Bobby’s favorite pastime was fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Carolyn, of Loogootee; one son, Troy Smith and wife Terri, of Loogootee; grandson, Trey Smith; and nieces, Amie Jo Kunellis and Alisha Smith.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles “Mick” Smith.

A funeral service was conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 5th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Burial was made in the Goodwill Cemetery, in Loogootee.

Visitation was held on Sunday, November 4th, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Martin County Humane Society.



Danny McKibben, age 63, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at 4:33 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at his residence following a short battle with cancer.

He was born on December 21, 1954, in Washington, Indiana, to George and Mary Lou (Gibbs) McKibben.

Danny was the owner and operator of McKibben Refrigeration for many years.

Survivors include his loving companion of thirteen years, Angie Diamond; son, Lance McKibben and wife Courtney; gra-ndchildren, Lukas, Lincoln, Clayton, Mason, Mazey, Ariel, Da-mien, Madison, Naomi, and Ivory; stepchildren, Jackie Holt, Tiffany Mesarosh, Dustin Holt, and Cole Diamond; brothers, Ronnie McKibben and wife Sally, Shelby McKibben and wife Beth, and Brian McKibben, all of Shoals; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother, Dennis Lee McKibben.

No service is planned.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., of Shoals, was in charge of the arrangements.



Hazel Qualkenbush Moore-Cornett, age 98, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, in Loogootee, Indiana.

She was born June 20, 1920, in Martin County, Indiana, to James and Vina (Putnam) Qualkenbush. She married Earl Moore on June 2, 1978, in French Li-ck, and he preceded her in death in 1998.

She attended Orange County Schools, was a member of the Shoals Christian Church where she was Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. She also attended Elon Christian Church, in French Lick, and Moores Ridge Methodist Church, in French Lick. Hazel sang for many years in a ladies quartet.

She worked for Friesenhengst Dry Goods Store and managed a dry-cleaning business in Shoals, was an employee of the Alco Dime Store, in French Lick, and retired in 1993 from the Midwest Inn, in Paoli, which she managed.

Survivors include three daughters, Sara Jane Marshall and husband Jim, and Elizabeth Chattin and husband John, all of Shoals; and Charlene Tarr, of French Lick; one grandson, Aaron Tarr and wife Crystal, of Shoals; and two granddaughters, Olivia Grace and Peyton Elizabeth Tarr.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, two sisters, Helen Payne and Ruth Stout; and two brothers, James Qualkenbush and Gene Qualkenbush.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., in Shoals, with Reverend Matthew Sullivan officiating.

Burial will be follow at 2:00 p.m., at the Moores Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery, in Orange County.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Queen-Lee Chapel, on Wednesday (today), November 7th.



Nancy M. Owens, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in Nashville, Indiana.

She was born January 5, 1931, in Washington, Indiana, to James R. and Laura Y. Marshall.

Nancy graduated in the Class of 1949 at Shoals High School, and also a graduate of Stevens College, in Columbia, Missouri. She worked several years as a Paralegal Secretary in Indianapolis. She was also a talented artist in water colors, especially in portraits.

Survivors include one daughter, Pamela Newton, and special friend Richard Allegree; two grandchildren, William Newton and Allison Rodgers; one brother, James Marshall, of Shoals; two sisters, Becky Atkinson, of Brownstown, and Patricia Ewing, of Indianapolis; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bennett Owens; and one daughter, Cheryl Owens.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 13th, at 1:00 p.m., at the Matthews Mortuary, in Brownsburg. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour.

Burial will be in the Old Union Cemetery, in Jamestown.



Heather Benge-Kindy, age 29, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018.

She was born April 20, 1989, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Kathleen (Arvin) Siclari and David Benge.

Heather enjoyed her art, writing, poetry, and philosophy. Other hobbies included cooking, cosmetology, photography, nature, music, movies, and fishing. She also adored spending time with family, friends, and her da-ughters.

She was a member of Home of Hope as a counselor.

Survivors include her daughters, Elle Rose and Sophia Elizabeth; her parents, Kathleen Siclari and husband Brian, and David Benge; her sisters, Maria Kindy, Courtney Benge, and Olivia Benge.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Beryl and Dorothy Arvin.

A funeral service was conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 3rd, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Burial followed in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.



Gerrylyn Michelle “Shelly” Shoultz, age 56, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 4:30 p.m., on Friday, November 2, 2018, at her home.

She was born July 23, 1962, in Jasper, Indiana, to the late Maurice and Mary Margaret (Street) Shoultz.

Shelly enjoyed working as a Pharmacy Technician while her health allowed. She loved animals, watching Jeopardy, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her siblings, Jacqueline Foster and Lisa Doyle, both of Bedford, Indiana; Thressa Shoultz, of Nashville, Indiana; Denise Johnson and husband Morgan, of Otwell, Indiana; and Anthony Gerard Shoultz and wife Stephanie, of Loogootee; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews; sister-in-law, Paulette Shoultz; and special friend, Kelly Wininger.

She was also preceded in death by siblings, Duane Michael Shoultz, Daniel Shoultz, and Lorri Bateman.

Shelly’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held. The Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee, provided the arrangements.



Randy Lee “Doc” Stone, age 55, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at his residence early on Sunday morning, October 28, 2018.

He was born March 5, 1963, in Daviess County, Indiana, to Donald J. and Yvonne (Tinkle) Stone.

He attended Shoals Schools.

Survivors include his mother, Yvonne Stone, of Shoals; one daughter, Katie Stone Payne, of Shoals; stepdaughter, Myrissa Stone Payne, of Bedford; three sisters, Evelyn Padgett, of Loogootee; Mary Jo Mullins, of Odon; and Sonya Davis, of Shoals; and one brother, Bruce Stone, of Shoals.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A funeral service will be held next Monday, November 5th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc., at Sho-als.

Visitation will be Monday, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery, at Shoals.



Marion Lee Peregrine, age 96, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at the Good Samaritan Home, in Oakland City, Indiana.

He was born on September 17, 1922, in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, to Chase and Bertha Mae (Morris) Peregrine.

Marion had lived in Shoals for the past 20 years moving here from Florida. He retired from the maintenance department at the Charlotte County School sy-stem, in Florida, where he had worked for 10 years. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. During his enlistment he received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.

Mr. Peregrine was a talented carpenter, cabinet maker, and locksmith. He met his wife Margaret while installing cabinets in her home. They enjoyed traveling. He loved just spending time with her, taking walks enjoying the outdoors and nature, and watching birds and butterflies.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Peregrine, of Shoals, whom he married May 31, 1980; one daughter, Linda Pearl Peregrine, of San Antonio, Texas; one son, Larry Earl Peregrine, of Lillie, Louisiana; stepchildren, Melody Vaal, of Santa Claus; and Daniel Showalter and Joy Adams, both of Shoals; two gr-andchildren, Lesa Wilson and Carolyn Fauver; four great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Ann (Higgs) Peregrine in 1975; grandson, Myron Peregrine; and siblings, Mildred, Oral, James, Maryl, and Mary Lou.

There will be no visitation or service held. The Colvin Funeral Home, in Princeton, is in charge of the arrangements.



Rita M. Weaver, age 91, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, in Jasper, Indiana.

She was born May 12, 1927, in Whitfield, Indiana, to Samuel P. and Dolah M. (Haag) Lannan.

Rita graduated from St. John High School, and was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a former member of the Circle of Peace Prayer Group, and the D of I, Daughters of Isabella. Rita loved flowers and gardening, and in her later years she enjoyed playing bingo.

Survivors include her children, Steve Strange and wife Carla, of Peru, Indiana; Sam Strange and Andrea Nordoff, of Loogootee; Cathy Todd and husband Phil, of Loogootee; John Strange and wife Victoria, of Jasper; and Nancy Consley and husband Bob, of Loogootee; stepchildren, Sandy Boger, of Washington; and Dan Weaver and wife Laurie, of Jasper; 10 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild due in November; siblings, Kay Hughes, Norbert R. Lannan, and Mike Lannan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John G. Strange; and then her husband Dewey Weaver; one grandchild, Philip Todd; and her siblings, Hubert, Murl, Bernard, Ruth Ann, Lois, and Millie.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker, with Con-celebrant Father Leo Kiesel, and Deacon Bob Consley assisting.

Burial will be made in the St. Martin Cemetery, in Whitfield.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 29th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

Memorial contributions can be made to Senior and Family Services, 211 E. Main Street, Washington, Indiana 47501, or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.



Wilma J. Brown, age 88, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Deaconess Midtown Hospital, in Evansville, Indiana.

She was born September 12, 1930, to the late Cletus and Laura Colvin, in Washington, Indiana.

Wilma was a member of St. John Catholic Church, in Loogootee, Indiana. She enjoyed reading, being with her family, playing cards, and attending yard sales.

Survivors include her children, Mike Brown, of Rockville, Maryland; and Barbara Boyd and husband Bill, of Loogootee; grandchildren, Laura Ann Brown, of Washington, Indiana; Emily Brown and husband Arben, of Rockville, Maryland; Angie Risacher and husband Steve, of Loogootee; and Mandy Bartley and husband Scott, of Bedford, Indiana; and great-grandchildren, Kristin Norris, Cole Bartley, Rylee Gibson, Reese Gibson, Cauis Klobucista, and Trajan Klobucista. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Linda (Stringer) Brown, of Shoals.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. “Curt” Brown; son, Curt Brown; her brother, Jack Colvin; and sister, Louise Osmon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker, at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in her memory.



Michael S. McDonald, age 75, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away at his residence at 1:25 a.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018.

He moved from Bloomington to Shoals in 2008, and was retired from Stone Belt Freight Lines, where he worked from 1973 to 2003. He was the Director of Personnel and Safety for Stone Belt. He formerly worked for the Hoosier National Forest at Hardin Ridge.

He was born to the late G. Ermal and Edythe (Schaefer) McDonald in Bedford, Indiana, on April 8, 1943. He was never married.

Mike graduated from Bedford High School in 1959, and attended Indiana University.

He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1966, and was in the Military Police. Mike was stationed in Germany, and received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

While in high school, he was a member of and the Indiana State President of the DeMolay.

Mike was a member of the Shoals American Legion, Post No. 61, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 2442.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church, in Bedford.

Visitation will be at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Shoals, on Friday, November 2nd, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., also at the Queen-Lee Chapel. A graveside service will follow, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Cresthaven Cemetery, located on Dixie Highway, between Bedford and  Mitchell.

Bro. Matthew Sulivan will officiate at the graveside service, however, Military Rites will be accorded at the funeral home.



Roger D. Allbright, age 87, of Shoals, passed away at 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was a former valued employee of the Town of Shoals for over a quarter of a century.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Shoals, with Pastor Mark Hamaker officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Music will be provided by August Bauer. Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Cornwell, Jim Jeffers, Dale Gallian, Brett Faust, Bill Bauer, and Stephen A. Deckard.

Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Roger, the last of his immediate family, was born on December 10, 1930, to the late Harlan and Sophia (Boyd) Allbright. He married Mildred (Walton) Allbright on December 30, 1950, and she preceded him in death on March 15, 2007.

Among the survivors are two sons, Dale Allbright, and wife Ruth Ann, of Shoals; Ronald Allbright and wife Shelley, of French Lick; and one daughter, Angela Sanders, and husband Rick, of Shoals; two grandchildren, Barrett Allbright and Amanda Laiq, three great-grandchildren, David Allbright, Eli Laiq, and Abram Laiq. One great-grandson, Daniel Allbright, is deceased.

He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and caregiver Joyanne Deckard.

Roger was also preceded in death by two sisters, Claribel Boyd, and Violet Bauer, and four brothers, Francis, Henry, Eugene, and Raymond, who died in childhood.

He was of the Christian faith.

He graduated from Shoals High School in 1949, where he was an avid Jug Rox fan, and recently attended his class reunion. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, watching basketball, and eating vanilla ice cream.

Roger was honored by the community in 2002 when he and co-worker Roger Abel were named the Grand Marshals of the 17th annual Shoals Catfish Festival Parade.

Prior to his Senior year at S.H.S. he worked in the Summer for the State Highway Department, and after graduation, went back to the State Highway job mowing the right-of-way, over the embankments, with a scythe. At the time, the State Highway used a team of horses to mow the flat areas until tractors started to be utilized by the state in about 1950. During the Winter of 1950, he worked at the Sherfick Factory, in Shoals, and then went back to the state job until politics changed and he was out of a job. He then worked at the Loogootee Brickyards, running a crusher, until 1955, when he began employment also running a crusher at United States Gypsum here. He didn’t like the swing shift, so he returned to the Brickyards until they closed in December of 1966.

The following week, he was offered a job with the Town digging a grave by hand. The Spring Hill Cemetery grave digging was all done by hand until 1968 when Shoals acquired their first backhoe when natural gas arrived in Shoals.

The “two Rogers” as they were known, Roger Abel and Roger Allbright, were a hard working pair who always served the citizens of the community. They took excellent care of the water system, the sewer system, street work, and mowed many locations of town property, including both the Ball Park and the Spring Hill Cemetery, and were also firemen. Upon their retirement, the “two Rogers” had dug the graves for well over 1,000 area burials.

Roger Allbright retired from the Town of Shoals in May of 1992, a few months earlier than planned, due to hip problems, but for many months and years after retirement, drove the “route” to see if there were any water leaks and if all the town's equipment pumps were working properly.



Albert Edward Bauer Dies October 12th; Rites November 1st

Albert Edward Bauer, age 81, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 8:44 p.m., at the Daviess Community Hospital, in Washington, Indiana.

He was born March 7, 1937, to John C. and Sophia M. (Braun) Bauer, in Lost River Township.

Albert was a graduate of Shoals High School in the Class of 1955, retired in 1994 from NWSC Crane, and was a member of the White River Masonic Lodge #332, F. & A.M. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, and a member of the Hanson McFee American Legion Post No. 61, in Shoals.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Elfridea Bauer; three brothers, Henry, Charles and Norman Bauer; and special friend, Alice Bateman.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 1st, at 1:00 p.m. at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Shoals. Greg Litherland will give the eulogy.

Burial will be made in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.



Bradley J. Harder, Jr., age 40, of Shoals, passed away October 22, 2018 near his residence in Martin County. He was born October 10, 1978 in Bedford to Bradley and Connie (Wininger) Harder, Sr. He married Amber May on April 8, 2000 at the Shoals Holiness Church. 

He was a graduate of Immanuel Missionary School, attended the Shoals Holiness Church, and was employed by Foster Home Improvements, in Washington. He was a dedicated husband, father and friend. Bradley was always willing to help anyone in need and shared his love of hunting and fishing with his children. 

He is survived by his wife Amber, father and mother, Bradley and Connie Harder of Shoals; two daughters, Jocelyn and Ruby; two sons, Travin and Garrett; one sister, Charmaine Harder, of Mitchell, South Dakota; mother-in-law, Leah (William) Edwards, of West Baden Springs; father-in-law, Tim (Gale) May, of Loogootee, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with Reverend Mark Hamaker officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 26th, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home and 8:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home. 

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements



Nellie (York) Shartzer, age 78, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Loogootee Nursing Center.

She was born on February 12, 1940, in Huron, Indiana, to Ovie and Ida Frances (Johnson) York.

Nellie attended the Huron Schools, was employed by the French Lick Sheraton Hotel in the 1960s, and baby sit with several local children. She enjoyed working with her flowers and garden.

Survivors include her companion of twenty-seven years, Tennis Tinkle; one son, Jerry L. Terry, of Orleans; one sister, Mary Tinkle, of West Baden; one brother, Paul “Smokey” York, of Loogootee; and two aunts, Barbara Thomas and Ruth Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Shartzer; two children, Delores Terry and Danny Ray Brown; and one sister, Annebell York.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, in Shoals. Reverend John Simmons will officiate the service.

Burial will be made in the Clarks-Ferry Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.



Georgia Wininger, age 84, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 1:18 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on June 7, 1934, in Montgomery, Indiana, to the late Michael Newton and Hazel (Thompson) Hasler.

Georgia loved bingo and going to casinos. She was a member of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and the Shoals Senior Center.

She retired from NSWC Crane after 15 years of employment. She was previously employed by Loogootee Textile, IGA, Nolan’s Liquor Store, and H&R Block.

Survivors include her children, Larry Wininger and wife Nancy, of Loogootee; Greg Wininger, of Indianapolis; Kim Hedrick and Kelly Wininger, both of Loogootee; grandchildren, Rob Wininger and wife Natalie, Sean Wininger and wife Megan, Chris Kelley, Brent Kelley and wife Jamie, Abby Wininger, Parker Boffing, Josh Hedrick, Kallie Fuhrman and husband Kendrick, and Cassie Dixon-Wininger; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Margie Mattingly, of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Mike Newton and wife Bonnie, of Loogootee; and Carla Jo Frye, of Noblesville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Wininger; sister, Mary Ann Matteson; daughter-in-law, Molly Wininger; son-in-law, Randy Hedrick; brothers-in-law, Thomas Mattingly and Ralph Matteson; and special aunt, Wilma “Billie” Bledsoe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Reverend J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 26th, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 25th, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Evansville.



James Krenceski, age 85, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away at 11:19 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, at his home.

He was born on May 12, 1933, in Lowville, New York, to the late William and Cecelia (Veglarski) Krenceski, Jim married Ida Fay Sutton on September 13, 1958.

He was a 1950 graduate of Lowville Academy and Free-school. Jim worked on the farm owned by his father. He joined the Air Force on May 23, 1953. After completing the training, he received a commission to Lieutenant as a Line Navigator for the Military Air Transport Command, a position he occupied for three years. He then accepted a position at U.S.N.A.P. Crane in Martin County. He completed his career as an Electronic Technician and retired in 1993.

Jim enjoyed woodworking and made many things for their home. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Fay (Sutton) Krenceski, of Loogootee; and one sister, Regina Powell.

He was also preceded in death by sisters, Anna Phayer, Sophie Thiffe, Marie Mlacknic and Wanda Berry; and two brothers, Edward Krenceski and William Krenceski.

A graveside “farewell” service was conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd, at the South Martin Cemetery.

The Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee, was in charge of the arrangements.



William “Bill” Staats, age 64, of Loogootee, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at his residence.

He was born on December 27, 1953, in Gentryville, Indiana, to Charles and Irene (Ermert) Staats.

Bill enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He worked at Midwest Shuttle for nearly 20 years. He was a member of the National Guard, in Jasper, for eight years.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Staats, of Loogootee; sons, William Charles Staats and wife Angela, of Dubois; and John Staats, of Loogootee; grandchildren, Emily Bratton, Chase Bratton, Nick Henry, Brittany Staats, Katie Staats, Matthew Staats, Kendall Staats, and Zackary Staats; great-grandchildren, Noahh Gallas and Grayden Staats; siblings, Doris Brown and husband Charles, of Dale, Indiana; Edna Hubert and husband Charles, of Tell City, Indiana; Charles Staats, Jr., of Jasper, Indiana; Sharon Staats, of Cannelton, Indiana; and Brenda Meserve, of Tell City, Indiana; and his stepmother, Clara Staats, of Tell City, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Irene Staats, and one daughter, Ann Bratton.

A funeral service was conducted at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 20th, at the Blake Funeral Home, in Loogootee, with Brother Matt Merold officiating.

Burial was made in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation was held on Friday, October 19th, at the Blake Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.



Mary Lou Blessinger, age 86, of Huntingburg, Indiana, passed away at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at St. Charles Health Campus, in Jasper, Indiana.

She was born in Huntingburg, Indiana, on January 24, 1932, to Anselm and Emma (Reckelhoff) Heitz. She married Conrad “Coonie” Blessinger April 24, 1954, in St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntingburg, Indiana. He preceded her in death on March 13, 1995.

Mary Lou was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntingburg. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and          great-grandchildren, enjoyed attending church picnics and doing scratch off tickets, and was an animal lover. She was an avid Dubois County Bombers, Forest Park Rangers, and Los Angeles Dodgers fan.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Blessinger, of Huntingburg; Tammy Wahl and husband Thomas, of Seymour, Indiana; and Gina Jochem and husband Robert, of St. Henry, Indiana; six sons, Stephen Blessinger, of Huntingburg; Randy Blessinger and wife Yvonne, of Evansville; Dana Blessinger, of Huntingburg; Dean Blessinger and wife Lydia, of Ferdinand; Eric Blessinger and wife Victoria, of St. Anthony; Conrad Blessinger, Jr., of Huntingburg; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Blessinger, who died in infancy; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Earl and Chase Blessinger; two sisters, Norma Truelove and Anselma Heitz; one brother, Robert Heitz; and one half brother, Clarence Reckelhoff.

A Mass of Christian Burial scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23rd, at St. Mary Catholic Church, in Huntingburg.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation was set from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel, in Jasper, Indiana. St. Mary Parish is scheduled to pray a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic  Church, Riley’s Children’s Hospital, or to a favorite charity.



Kent B. Smith, 60, of Loogootee passed away on Sunday January 13, 2019 at his residence.

He was born on June 25, 1958 in Daviess County to Bert and Lela (Divine) Smith.

Kent was an Independent, Self – employed, lifetime truck driver. He was a member of the Catholic Faith, and a graduate of Loogootee High School.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Bert and Lela (Divine) Smith, and brother- in – laws; Tom Hill, and Elmer Spears.

Kent is survived by his children; Tyler (Shelby) Smith of Pensacola, FL, Kyle Smith of Washington, IN, Justin Smith of Loogootee, one grandchild Jaxon Smith, his siblings; Donna Hill, Marlene (Dan Brown) Spears, Karen (Mike) Hopkins, Sheila (Danny) Denson, Tammy (Luke Carrico) Mattingly, Bruce (Kim) Smith, Trudy (Ron) Riley, several nieces, nephews, cousins, many special friends, and “Man’s Best Friend” – his dog Sarge.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:00 A.M at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Family and friends may visit from 9:00 A.M until the time of service at Blake Funeral Home. Burial will follow at South Martin Cemetery.



Carl Nelson, 64, of Washington, Indiana passed away at 8:00 P.M on Wednesday January 9, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 22, 1954 in Chicago, IL to the late Harvey and Betty (Gorman) Nelson.

Carl was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Donna Jean Nelson who passed away on April 10, 2017, his parents; Harvey and Betty Nelson, his daughter Andrea Nelson, and his grandchild Carl Harvey Nelson.

Carl is survived by his children; Carl Nelson of Washington, Carla Mott (Joseph) of Washington, Betty Schultz (Jonathan) of Washington, his grandchildren; Billy Denham (Cathy), Travis Denham, Donna Murray (James), Jonathan Schultz Jr., James Schultz, Carl Schultz, Brianna Schultz, his great grandchildren, Addison, Tyrel, and Peyton Murray, and two brothers; Russ (Debbie) Nelson of Hammond, IN, and Randy (Vicki) Nelson of Washington, IN, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Per his wishes, no services will be held.

Arrangements provided by Blake and Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



Thomas R. Wagner, 76, of Loogootee passed away on January 4, 2019 at 10:45 P.M at Loogootee Nursing Center.

He was born on January 18 ,1942 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Reason and Rosemary (Wagoner) Wagner.

Thomas was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was a United States Army Veteran. He married Linda (Porter) Wagner on June 15, 1963. Thomas was a member of the V.F.W Post 9395, and American Legion Post 120. He retired from Jefferson Trucking in Shoals, Indiana and he enjoyed anything outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his son, Mark A. Wagner who passed away in 1985, his parents; Reason and Rosemary Wagner, his Parent – in – laws; Phillip and Rita A. (Matthews) Porter, and his siblings; Norma Wagner- Hickman, Sarah Chambers, and Mike Wagner.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Linda Wagner of Loogootee, his children; Deborah K. Zins of Loogootee, Ryan T. Wagner of Ventura, California, his grandchildren; Brad Zins of Vincennes, Becca (Rahiem) Penn of Hampton, Virginia, Alecia Wagner of Loogootee, his great- grandchild- Reagan Penn, his siblings; Ed Wagner, Judy (Donnie) Fuesler, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 10:00 am at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Jacob Porter, a great- nephew who is fighting a battle with leukemia.



Allen Reed, 65, of Montgomery, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home.

He was born October 6, 1953 in Washington, Indiana to the late Floyd and Hazel (Burton) Reed.

Allen enjoyed watching basketball, football and NASCAR. He was a past member of the Montgomery Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Hazel (Burton) Reed; sister, Janice Grove; and nephew, Jackson Spaulding.

Allen is survived by his daughters, Christina Reed of Washington and Amy Reed of Evansville; sister, Brenda Spaulding of Washington; and brother-in-law, Terry Grove of Montgomery.

Allen’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held.



Mervin Dale Knepp, 40, of Montgomery, passed away at 3:43 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Daviess Community Hospital due to injuries sustained in a hunting accident.

He was born July 26, 1978 in Washington, Indiana to Elmer and Alvena (Graber) Knepp.

Mervin married Alta (Stoll) Knepp March 26, 2006 and she survives.

He was a member of Canaan Fellowship Church.

Mervin was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Wilmer Stoll.

He is survived by his wife, Alta (Stoll) Knepp of Montgomery; sons, Darvin Lee, Logan Drew, Kaden Dale, Justin Devon and Tristan Blake Knepp; parents, Elmer and Alvena (Graber) Knepp of Montgomery; brothers, Darin (Mary Sue) Knepp of Plainville, Delmar (Emma Jean) Knepp of Cannelburg, Ernest (Malinda) Knepp of Montgomery, Paul (Leanna) Knepp of Montgomery; sisters, Darla (Fred) Wittmer of Loogootee and Mary Lynn (John) Knepp of Montgomery; mother-in-law, Rosalie (Wagler) Stoll.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 17, 2018 at Canaan Fellowship Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Canaan Fellowship Church.



Norma J. Lengacher, 77, of Loogootee, passed away at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

She was born February 10, 1941 in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Jacob and Mary (Swartzentruber) Stoll.

Norma married Fred Lengacher August 12, 1961 and he survives.

She was a member of Berea Mennonite Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her son, Michael Lengacher and her parents, Jacob and Mary (Swartzentruber) Stoll.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Fred Lengacher; sons, Wendell (Juanita) Lengacher of Loogootee, Bruce (Diane) Lengacher and Brett (Loretta) Lengacher, both of Montgomery; grandchildren, Danielle (Jeff) Wagler, Nicole Lengacher, Sabrina Lengacher, Kirk Lengacher, Landon (Allyson) Lengacher, BaLeigh Lengacher, Kylan Lengacher and Kierson Lengacher; 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Ada (Gary) Graber of Montgomery.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at Berea Mennonite Church in Cannelburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 8th, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Berea Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Berea Mennonite Church-Aim Ministries.  This donation will help support Sabrina Lengacher, a granddaughter of Norma’s, who is currently serving on a mission in Guatemala.


Hildred Harshaw, 81, of Loogootee, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born February 19, 1937 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Clyde and Madge (Morris) Swayze.

Hildred was a member of the American Legion Post 120 Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always taking care of others until her health would no longer allow her to do so.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Madge (Morris) Swayze; brothers, Loren, Hubert and Richard Swayze; sisters, Elizabeth Trambaugh, Merledean Henry and Dorothy Souerdike.

Hildred is survived by her husband of 60 years, Waldo Harshaw of Loogootee; children, Kim (Ray) Hopkins of Loogootee and Matt (Kelli) of Washington; grandchildren, Sabrina (Brock) McMillen, Cassie Hopkins, Heather Harshaw and Hannah Harshaw; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Jackson and Greyson McMillen; sister, Barbara (Paul) Eichmiller; sister-in-law, Phyllis Fox; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 7, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.



Oaklee Raiane Nicole Carlisle, 4, of Loogootee, passed away Saturday, December 1st, 2018.

She was born August 4, 2014 in Linton, Indiana to David Carlisle and Alicia (Edwards) Bault.

Oaklee loved wearing princess dresses, coloring, and unicorns. You could always find her singing, dancing and soaking up all the attention she could get! Oaklee loved to wear boots, no matter what season. Oaklee earned her namesake from her cousin who passed away and from her aunts.

She was preceded in death by her cousin, Bryonnah Nicole Head.

Oaklee is survived by her loving parents, David Carlisle and Alicia Bault; siblings, Antonio, Preston, Aubree, Natalee and Kaden Bault and Creed Carlisle; grandparents, Diane Edwards, Gerald Head, Chad (Amber) Carlisle, Julie Scott and Greg Scott; aunts, Melissa Nicole Head, Nicole Carlisle and Maddilee Scott; uncle, Landon Carlisle and many cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, 5, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.



Abraham Knepp, 95, of Montgomery, passed away on Wednesday November 28, 2018 at 11:04 P.M at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis surrounded by his family.

He was born on January 24, 1923 in Montgomery, Indiana to John and Rachel (Stoll) Knepp.

Abraham was a member of Zion Amish Mennonite Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Rachel Knepp, his wife of 62 years, Sylvia (Graber) Knepp, his brothers; Ezra, Homer, Ervin, his sisters, Viola Graber, his daughter Carolyn Kay Wagler, his grandson Bradley Wagler, and his great- grandson Brandon Wagler.

Abraham is survived by his children; Owen (Harriet) Knepp of Montgomery, Virgil (Barbara) Knepp of Montgomery, Clarence “Shorty” (Patsy) Knepp of Montgomery, Dorothy (Kevin) Delaney of Sarasota, FL, Jack (Candy) Knepp of Sarasota, FL, his brother Lester Knepp and his sisters; Verda Knepp, Rachel Yoder, all of Montgomery, son – in – law Elmer Wagler of Loogootee, 15 Grandchildren, 28 Great- Grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Zion Amish Mennonite Church in Montgomery. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday December 1, 2018 from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M and then resume from 3:00 P.M until 8:00 P.M. at Zion Amish Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Zion Youth Mission Fund.



Prentiss Wayne “Butch” Kelly, 74, of Montgomery, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 at his home.

He was born February 27, 1944 in Masonville, Kentucky to the late Prentiss and Loraine (Clark) Kelly.

Butch was a United States Army veteran and was stationed in South Korea during the Vietnam War. He retired from Peabody Energy as a heavy equipment operator. He worked for various coal mines in his 35 year career.

He had many hobbies including fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed radios, especially, CB radios.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Phil and Steve Kelly.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Linda Kelly; daughter, Krystal (Rick) Davis; grandchildren, Heaven and Krissy Sanders; step-children, Shawn (Jennifer) Coffey, Steve (Sarah) Coffey, Lucas Coffey, Vadney Coffey and Heather Brewer; step-grandchildren, Sabastian Coffey, Caitlin Spears, Cierra Spears, Gage Coffey, Joy Coffey, Moriah Coffey, Briella Coffey, Thomas Callahan, Landen Brewer and Austin Brewer.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



Thomas E. Holt, 72, of Loogootee, Indiana formerly of Terre Haute, passed away at 3:00 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2018 at his home.

He was born September 16, 1946 in Washington, Indiana to the late Dwight and Lola (Townsend) Holt.

Tom graduated from Wiley High School in 1964. While he was in high school, he participated in baseball, football, basketball and track. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served his country for three years. He then was employed by Eli Lilly for 30 years as a lab assistant and worked in fermentation.

He enjoyed playing Texas Holdem and playing men’s senior league baseball. He loved outdoor actives such as mushroom hunting, fishing, boating and golfing. He adored spending time with his family, friends and grandsons. He loved eating breakfast at the local diners with the guys.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Dwight and Lola (Townsend) Holt; niece, Morgan Holt.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mary (Kern) Holt; children, Jason (Amanda) Holt and Kristi (David) Pruitt; grandsons, Evan W. Holt and Thomas M. Holt; siblings, Patty (Dennis) Kane and David Holt.

Visitation will be held Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home in Terre Haute.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made Helping Hearts Hospice or the IU Simon Cancer Center Research Program.



Margaret “Peggy” Louise Arvin, 73, of Loogootee, passed away surrounded by her family at 5:32 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018.

She was born September 4, 1945 in Washington, Indiana to the late William and Margaret (Duncheon) Feagans.

Peggy graduated from Montgomery High School in 1963. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a former member of St. Martin Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar Society.

She retired from NSWC Crane as a freight rate specialist. She was an amazing seamstress and loved her family and grandchildren. She blessed everyone who crossed her path and will be dearly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Feagans; grandson, Derek Arvin; brother, Bill Feagans.

Peggy is survived by the love of her life, Paul “Cutter” Strange; her children, Ray (Dana) Arvin of Washington, Tom (Chris) Arvin of Mooresville and Jacque (Scott) Fehd of Evansville; grandchildren, Patrick Arvin, Benjamin Lambert, Shayna Arvin, Allison Lambert, Robyn Arvin, Kaitlyn Arvin, Jessica Fehd, Evan Fehd, Jordan Drake, Cameron Drake (her godchild),  Allison Drake, Daniel Strange, Michael Strange, Nicholas Strange, Joseph Strange, Tessa Strange, Alexis Strange, Mallory Strange, Tyler Grady and Austin Grady; siblings, Ed (Connie) Feagans of Martinsville and Mary Teresa (Wilmer Dale) Miller of Montgomery; sister-in-law, Janice Feagans of Loogootee; Paul’s children, Paula (Marty) Drake, Denny (Lisa) Strange, Carl (Helen) Strange and Kevin (Sherry) Strange; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at St. Martin Catholic Church. Per Peggy’s wishes following the funeral mass, a meal will be served. Burial will follow in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at St. Martin Catholic Church.

The family would like to thank Memorial Hospital ICU, IU Health PCU/ICU and Heart to Heart Hospice for the loving care that Peggy received during her illness.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Daviess Community Foundation - Derek Ray Arvin Scholarship.



Hazel L. Pielemeier, 91, of Loogootee, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born June 25, 1927 in Daviess County, near Loogootee, Indiana to the late Herman and Emilie (Albaugh) Pielemeier.

Hazel received her education at Loogootee Schools, Vincennes University and Indiana University. She taught Home Economics at Bruceville High School, Shoals High School and finally Loogootee High School where she retired.

She was a lifelong member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church and sang in the church choir for many years. She also enjoyed being a part of the Marco Singers. She was active in the Martin County 4-H for many years.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Emilie (Albaugh) Pielemeier; siblings, Carl Pielemeier, Bob Pielemeier and Helen Pielemeier.

She is survived by her brothers, Roy Pielemeier and Bill (Jeanette) Pielemeier; nieces and nephews, Terry (Janet) Pielemeier, Alan (Cindy) Pielemeier, Jay (Kari) Pielemeier, Dean (Vicki) Pielemeier, Robert (Brenda) Pielemeier, Annette (Mark) Bohnert, Janice Pielemeier, Shannon Pielemeier and Marlene Pielemeier.

A joint memorial service for Hazel and Helen Pielemeier will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

No visitation will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Loogootee United Methodist Church or the Hindostan United Methodist in memory of Herman and Emilie Pielemeier.



Carl Wayne Dillon, 75, of Loogootee, passed away at 9:21 p.m. Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

He was born May 12, 1943 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Carl and Bertha (Fields) Dillon.

Wayne was a United States Army veteran. He served overseas during the Vietnam War and was a helicopter mechanic.

He was a harder worker and worked at various factories throughout his life. He loved animals, especially cats and dogs.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Bertha (Fields) Dillon; brother, Tom Dillon and sister, Shirley Dillon.

Hr is survived by his children, Carl Wayne Dillon Jr. and Karen Dillon; siblings, Mary (Jim) Johnson and Terri (Bob) Williams of, both of Loogootee; sister-in-law, Diane Dillon; step-children, Mary Beth Simmons, Terri Wade, Carla Kline, Debbie Graber, David Ross, Carl Ross and John Ross.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Martin County Humane Society.



Gerrylyn Michelle “Shelly” Shoultz, 56, of Loogootee, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 23, 1962 in Jasper, Indiana to the late Maurice and Mary Margaret (Street) Shoultz.

Shelly enjoyed working as a Pharmacy Technician while her health allowed. She loved animals, watching Jeopardy and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Mary Margaret Shoultz; siblings, Duane Michael Shoultz, Daniel Shoultz and Lorri Bateman.

Shelly is survived by her siblings, Jacqueline Foster of Bedford, Thressa Shoultz of Nashville, IN, Denise (Morgan) Johnson of Otwell, Lisa Doyle of Bedford and Anthony Gerard (Stephanie) Shoultz of Loogootee; many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; sister-in-law, Paulette Shoultz; special friend, Kelly Wininger.

Shelly’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held.



Robert L. “Bobby” Smith, 75, of Loogootee, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

He was born March 28, 1943 in Washington, Indiana to the late Charles L. and Regina (Clements) Smith.

Bobby married Carolyn (Rayhill) Smith April 13, 1963 and she survives.

He retired from North American Products after 42 years of employment. Bobby’s favorite past time was fishing.

Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Charles L. and Regina (Clements) Smith and brother, Charles “Mick” Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn (Rayhill) Smith of Loogootee; son, Troy (Terri) Smith of Loogootee; grandson, Trey Smith; nieces, Amie Jo Kunellis and Alisha Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or the Martin County Humane Society.



Wilma J. Brown, 88, of Loogootee, passed away Friday, October 26th, 2018 at Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville.

She was born September 12th, 1930, to the late Cletus and Laura Colvin in Washington, Indiana.

Wilma was a member of St. John Catholic church in Loogootee, Indiana. She enjoyed reading, being with her family, playing cards and attending yard sales.

Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert J “Curt” Brown, Loogootee; her son Curt (Linda) Brown, Washington; her brother Jack Colvin, Washington; and her sister Louise Osmon, Plainville.

She is survived by her children, Mike Brown, Rockville, MD; Barbara (Bill) Boyd, Loogootee; her grandchildren, Laura Ann Brown, Washington, IN; Emily (Arben) Brown, Rockville, MD, Angie (Steve) Risacher, Loogootee, IN; Mandy (Scott) Bartley, Bedford, IN and her great-grandchildren, Kristin Norris, Cole Bartley, Rylee Gibson, Reese Gibson, Cauis Klobucista, Trajan Klobucista.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in her memory



Rita M. (Lannan) Weaver, 91, of Loogootee passed away on Friday October 26, 2018 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper surrounded by her family.

She was born on May 12, 1927 in Whitfield, Indiana to Samuel P. and Dolah M. (Haag) Lannan.

Rita graduated from St. John High School. She was a member of the St John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Rita was a member of the V.F.W Ladies Auxillary and American Legion. She was a former member of the Circle of Peace Prayer Group, and the D of I, Daughters of Isabella. Rita loved flowers and gardening, and in her later years she enjoyed playing Bingo.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Samuel P. and Dolah M, her first husband, John G. Strange, and then her husband Dewey Weaver, one grandchild, Philip Todd and her siblings; Hubert, Murl, Bernard, Ruth Ann, Lois, and Millie.

Rita is survived by her children; Steve (Carla) Strange in Peru, In, Sam Strange (Andrea Nordoff) of Loogootee, Cathy (Phil) Todd of Loogootee, John (Victoria) Strange of Jasper, Nancy (Bob) Consley of Loogootee, her step-children; Sandy Boger of Washington, Dan (Laurie) Weaver of Jasper, In, 10 Grandchildren, 8 Step- Grandchildren, 19 Great- Grandchildren, 14 Step- Great- Grandchildren, one Great- Great Grandchild due in November, siblings; Kay Hughes, Norbert R. Lannan, Mike Lannan, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.    

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker, with Con-celebrant Father Leo Kiesel, and Deacon Bob Consley assisting at 10:00 Tuesday October 30, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at St. Martin Cemetery in Whitfield.

 Visitation will be held Monday October 29, 201w from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Senior and Family Services 211 E. Main Street, Washington, Indiana 47501, or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home.



Charles Thomas Wilkinson, 67, of Washington passed away on Friday October 26, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on May 29, 1951 in Herrin, Illinois to Charles Norman and Ann (Pritchett) Wilkinson.

Charles was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post #0121. Charles was a member of Faith way Baptist Church in Washington. He loved to help people and volunteer for various organizations such as Feed My Sheep.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; Charles and Ann, and one daughter Ann Marie.

He is survived by his children; David James Wilkinson of Clinton, Iowa, and Monika Wilkinson of Milan, Illinois, his siblings; Cheryl (John) Robertson of Silvis, Illinois, Jim Wilkinson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bob (Susan) Wilkinson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Wayne (Kym) Wilkinson of Corydon, Indiana, Patrick Wilkinson of Washington, Indiana, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation was chosen according to his wishes.



Charles Thomas Wilkinson, 67, of Washington passed away on Friday October 26, 2018 at his residence.

He was born on May 29, 1951 in Herrin, Illinois to Charles Norman and Ann (Pritchett) Wilkinson.

Charles was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post #0121. Charles was a member of Faith way Baptist Church in Washington. He loved to help people and volunteer for various organizations such as Feed My Sheep.

Charles is preceded in death by his parents; Charles and Ann, and one daughter Ann Marie.

He is survived by his children; David James Wilkinson of Clinton, Iowa, and Monika Wilkinson of Milan, Illinois, his siblings; Cheryl (John) Robertson of Silvis, Illinois, Jim Wilkinson of Cincinnati, Ohio, Bob (Susan) Wilkinson, of Indianapolis, Indiana, Wayne (Kym) Wilkinson of Corydon, Indiana, Patrick Wilkinson of Washington, Indiana, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Cremation was chosen according to his wishes.



Rosalie Riggins, 86, of Loogootee passed away at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018 at The Villages of Oak Ridge in Washington.

She was born February 11, 1932 in Bramble, Indiana to the late Ray and Coy (Fields) Beasley. The 

Rosalie loved to quilt, crochet, and took pride in taking care of their home, garden and farm. She also enjoyed playing euchre and bingo.

She was an avid sports fan and followed her children and grandchildren’s sporting events throughout the Midwest.

Rosalie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the St. Joseph’s Alter Society, where she was active in the St. Joseph Catholic Church community. She also was a past member of the Martin County Homemaker Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Coy Beasley; granddaughter, Mallory Riggins; brother, Tony Beasley.

Rosalie is survived by her husband Kelly Riggins of Loogootee, her children, Mark (Tammie) of Murray, KY, Diane (John) Vaupel of Loogootee and Jim (Lisa) Riggins of Bloomington; grandchildren, Chelsea Riggins, Andrea and Ryan Vaupel, Ben (Hanna) Riggins and Clay Riggins; sister, Liz (Terry) Bordenet of Lafayette.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bramble. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home and Friday, October 12, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association, Development Dept., 1275 K Street, NW Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005 or donations can made by phone 888-949-2577.



James E. Hurt, 81, of Loogootee, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born October 26, 1936 in Cloverdale, Indiana to the late Clyde and Weonia (Berry) Hurt.

Jim married Irene (Bough) Hurt on April 15, 1961 and she survives.

He was a United States Army veteran and served his country for 2 years. While in the service he was assigned to The Pentagon. After he was honorably discharged from the service he was employed at the state house.

Jim then went on to own and operate a mechanic shop in Hall, Indiana. In 1972 Jim and Irene moved their family to Loogootee, Indiana. Jim accepted a position at USG and retired after 27 years of employment.

He was a member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church. He loved sports, especially the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Fred Hurt; parents, Clyde and Weonia (Berry) Hurt.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Irene (Bough) Hurt of Loogootee; sons, Mike Hurt and Rick Hurt, both of Loogootee; grandson, Dakota Hurt; siblings, Hershel (Marjorie) Hurt of Plainfield, Norma Cramer of Martinsville, Shirley (Doug) Todd of Fishers, Linda Tincher and Arleen (Clinton) Poynter, both of Monrovia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Loogootee United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.



Anthony “Tony” Ray, 47, of Loogootee, Indiana passed away on September 26, 2018 in Loogootee, Indiana.

He was born on May 29, 1971 in Vincennes, Indiana to William F. Jr. and Barbara (Fox) Ray.

He is survived by his son Robert Ray of Loogootee, his sister Sharon “Shelly” Ray of Loogootee, and his aunt Norma Hart of Washington.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents; William Jr. and Barbara (Fox) Ray.

Cremation was chosen according to his wishes



Michael A. Shaw, 51, of Loogootee, passed away at 4:31 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center.

He was born February 13, 1967 in Peoria, Illinois to the Ed Thunehorst and Linda (Washburn) Pennington.

Michael was a United States Army veteran. While active in the service he was an Army Ranger and part of the 82nd Airborne.

He loved going on cruises and was looking forward to his trip next month. He also enjoyed watching sports on television.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Linda Pennington; grandparents, Herb and Betty Washburn.

He is survived by his daughters, Lindsay (Shane) Foster and Ashlie Shaw; grandchildren, Gage Foster, Mia Watts, Gracelynn Foster and Addleigh Shaw; father and step-mom, Ed and Kathy Thunehorst; sister, Michelle (Bruce) Jones.

Michael’s wishes were to be cremated and no services will be held.

Condolences may be made online at blakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Kendyl Elizabeth Kalb, 22, Denison, Texas, passed away at 6:30 pm on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas, surrounded by her loving family. Kendyl suffered from complications following heart surgery.

She was born on March 15, 1996 in Jasper, Indiana to Gerard Kalb and Joni Walton Kalb. She graduated from Frisco High School with honors in 2015 and had worked at Embassy Suites and Dollar General. Kendyl was loved by everyone who knew her, a sweet, caring, and giving young lady.

Kendyl is survived by her parents, Gerard Kalb, Plano, Texas, and Joni (Walton) Kalb Warnasch, Frisco, Texas, her stepfather, Ron Warnasch, Frisco, Texas, brother, Kaleb Kalb, The Colony, Texas, stepbrothers, Mark (Emily) Warnasch, Forney, Texas, Matt (Kacie) Warnasch, Argyle, Texas, nieces, Reese, Evie and Blair Warnasch, nephews, Kaden and Wyatt Warnasch, grandfather, Wayne Walton, of Loogootee, Indiana, Alfred and Paula Warnasch, Rosenberg,

Texas, her boyfriend of two years, Brandon James, Denison, Texas, and her fur babies, Lucy and Einstein. She is also survived by aunts and uncles, David (Linda) Walton, Darrel (Edwina) Walton, Jill Boruff, Marla (Lee) Williams-VanHoy, Joel Warnasch and Mike (Kim) Warnasch. Kendyl has several cousins on both sides of the family who loved her dearly.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Hazel Walton, paternal grandparents, Wilfred and Patricia Kalb, uncle, Neal Williams, and cousin, Breanah Kay Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2018 at Loogootee United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Project Search or Special Olympics, Texas, Area 10.



Vonda L. Wininger, 69, of Loogootee, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2018 Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born January 3, 1949 in Washington, Indiana to the late Roy and Bertha (Collins) Wininger.

Vonda was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Shoals American Legion and the Shoals Eagles.

She was a hairdresser for 50 plus years at various salons in Indiana and Florida. She loved watching NASCAR and cooking. Her favorite pastime was making floral arrangements and wreaths. She was the past owner of the Decorating Den.

Vonda was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Bertha (Collins) Wininger; brothers, Kenneth and Norman Wininger.

She is survived by her brother, Wilson (Louise) Wininger of Shoals and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 27, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 26, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be made online at blakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Anthony R. Bullock, 70 of Indianapolis, formerly of Loogootee and Vincennes, passed away at 12:43 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Community Hospital South.

He was born September 14, 1948 in Washington, Indiana to the late James Robert and Dorothy Bernice (Miles) Bullock.

Tony was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Indianapolis, Knights of Columbus and a past member of the Jaycee’s. He loved the Indianapolis Indians baseball and thought that being an usher at the ball games was the best job ever! In addition to the Indians he loved watching his grandchildren play baseball and participate in other sporting events and activities.

Tony worked in sales for many years including Niehaus Lumber and WBM. He then went on to open the Home Outfitters store in Vincennes and that store was later bought by Heilig-Meyers. Tony also opened a Heilig-Meyers store in Bloomington.

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Bernice Bullock; sister, Patrice Bullock; nephew, Jeff Nigg; sister-in-law, Rebecca Bullock.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marlene (Seal) Bullock of Indianapolis; children, Kristie (Ron) Leech of Fishers, Angie (Mike) Tragesser of Indianapolis and Brian (Elizabeth) Bullock of Bloomington; grandchildren, Tyler, Evan and Alexa Leech, Sam Richey, Grant and Betsy Tragesser, and Jillian, Nathan, Brecken and Emersyn Bullock; siblings, Edward Bullock of Loogootee, Ron Bullock of Indianapolis, Connie (Don) Nigg of Jasper, Patrick Bullock of Indianapolis and Mary Julia (Marty) Bradley of Loogootee; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrate Tony’s life along with his mother’s, Dorothy Bernice Bullock, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee, officiated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 23, 2018 along with his mother’s, Dorothy Bernice Bullock, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. A Knights of Columbus service will be held at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.



Dorothy Bernice Bullock, 94, of Loogootee, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Northwood Good Samaritan in Jasper.

She was born June 13, 1924 in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Thomas Emanuel and Mary Susan (Clements) Miles.

Bernice was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She was a past member of the Legion of Mary and the Daughters of Isabella. She volunteered on the funeral meal committee and enjoyed saying the rosary at local nursing homes. She graduated from St. John Catholic High School in 1942.

She loved to make quilts for her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing cards, taking walks and sewing. She adored family gatherings and cooking and baking for her family. Bernice retired from Buehler’s IGA after 20 years of employment.

Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Bullock; daughter, Patrice Bullock; grandson, Jeff Nigg; siblings, Walter Miles, Sister Margaret Irene Miles, Victor, Murl, Joe, Bernie, Charles Miles, Marie Woodruff and infant sister, Theresa Miles; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Bullock.

She is survived by children, Tony (Marlene) Bullock of Indianapolis, Edward Bullock of Loogootee, Ron Bullock of Indianapolis, Connie (Don) Nigg of Jasper, Patrick Bullock of Indianapolis and Mary Julia (Marty) Bradley of Loogootee; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will celebrate Bernice’s life along with her son’s, Tony Bullock, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee, officiated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 23, 2018 along with her son’s, Tony Bullock, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church for masses.



William “Bill” Lannan, 85, of Loogootee, passed away at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at his home.

He was born January 5, 1933 in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Joseph J. and Mary L. (Melton) Lannan. He was raised on the family farm in Daviess County into a family of fourteen children.

Bill married Barbara S. (Nicholson) Lannan on December 27, 1956 and she survives.

He was previously engaged in farming and was involved in many other business ventures. He was secretary-treasurer of Lannan Farms, Inc.

Bill was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 732.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J. and Mary L. Lannan; son, William Scott Lannan; sisters, Catherine Gilley, Mary Arney, Rose Butler-Arney and Carolyn Clements; brothers, Donald, Thomas, Daniel and James Lannan.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara S. Lannan; daughters, Brenda (Norbert) Burch and Alice Adye; son, James (Jackie) Lannan; grandchildren, Tiffany (Brady) Lingenfelter, Ryan (Ellen) Burch, Tara (Brooks) Ranard, Gabrielle, Sophia and Vivienne Lannan; great-grandchildren, Grace, Emma and Holden Lingenfelter, Austin, Olivia and Henry Burch and Beckett Ranard; sister, Wilma (Bill) Sinnott; brothers, Paul, Clifford, John (Mary Jo) and Robert (Feonia) Lannan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker and concelebrant Rev. Joseph Erbacher at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 24, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers and memorial items, if you wish to express sympathy, donations may be made to: Phillip R. Dawkins Heart and Vascular Center, c/o Memorial Hospital Foundation, 800 West 9th Street, Jasper, IN 47546.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.   



Donald E. “Donnie” Beard, 84, of Shoals, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1934, to the late Jim and Verna Beard.

Donnie was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2442, in Shoals.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Beard; and his parents.

Donnie is survived by one daughter, Theresa Beard, of Abbeville, South Carolina; one sister, April (Beard) Hart; one stepdaughter, Sharon Stone and husband Tony; one stepson, Donnie Johnson; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation was chosen, and graveside services will be held at a later date



William D. Bowlin, of Loogootee, passed away on Sunday September 9, 2018 at Martin County Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on May 1, 1936 in Scott County, Indiana to Addis Glenmore and Georgia Marie (Ely) Bowlin. He was one of fifteen children. His family worked together to grow tobacco and tomatoes to help supplement the family income. Bill plowed the fields by moonlight with mules and horses, and later with tractors, and during the day attended school. During harvest time, he would work nights at the local canning factory and then wake up and attend school during the day.

Bill took pride in being self-sufficient and took care of his own needs. He graduated High School in 1954 and shortly after, he joined the United States Air Force. Bill was stationed all over the world, Greece, Italy, Germany, Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, New York, Biloxi, Mississippi, and San Angelo, Texas. He retired after close to 24 years of service.

Bill married Janet Ruth (Allen) Bowlin on November 1, 1985. He was a very generous character, with his time and money. Bill kept a notebook with records of all the charities he gave to. He was known for his laugh and his great sense of humor.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents; Addis and Georgia Bowlin, his siblings; Anna Belle Neff, Charles Bowlin, Sue Morrison, Judy Ellis, and Jean Dillinghman.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Janet Ruth (Allen) Guy Bowlin of Loogootee, his children; Shiela Bowlin, Bill Bowlin, Theresa McNew, Mike Goodsen, Christina Barone, 8 Grandchildren, 18 Great - Grandchildren, his first wife Rita (Trubac) Bowlin, his siblings; Virginia Garvey, Donald Bowlin, Norman Bowlin, Lola Silva, Robert Bowlin, Ronald Bowlin, Nadine Kelso, Sandra Moon, Kenneth Bowlin, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday September 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M at Blake Funeral Home with Ed Frost officiating. Military Rites will follow at the burial in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Thursday September 13, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M and again on Friday from 9:00 A.M until the time of service at Blake Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to The American Diabetes Donation, P.O Box 15829 Arlington, VA 22215, or any Military Organization of your choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee, Indiana.



Arthur Stoll, 88, of Montgomery, passed away at 11:34 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at home with his family by his side.

He was born December 19, 1929 in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Abraham and Lizzie (Stoll) Stoll.

Art married Lydia (Wagler) Stoll on August 9, 1956 and she survives.

He was a charter member of Providence Mennonite Church which was started as a mission church in the west end of Washington. He loved teaching Sunday school and enjoyed a good debate. He was active with the Mennonite Disaster Service and Mennonite Canner (MCC) for many years. He also was active in the Habitat for Humanity.

Art worked as an orderly at Daviess County Hospital for 11 years, before he became a carpenter with his brother, Bud. He also loved farming.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Abraham and Lizzie Stoll; siblings, Anna Barbara Wagler, Sylvia Graber, Abraham (Bud) Stoll and Ivan Stoll.

Art is survived by his wife, Lydia Stoll of Montgomery; daughters, Pamela (Bobby) Brooks, Rhonda Horns, both of Washington and Angela (Marty) Graber of Montgomery; special daughter, Teresa Lundergan of Washington; grandchildren, Elijah (Dana) Stoll, Lizzie Mae (Jace) Sparks, Tess (Amos) Stephens, Cornell (Monica) Brooks, Tammy Stoll, Olivia (Jimmy) Snepp, Aaron Graber and friend, Abby Walls, Austin Graber; great-grandchildren, Tasha Terell, Kyra Stoll, Shamya Stoll, Cohen Sparks, Kaysen Arthur Sparks, Laurie Hargrove, Teoria Brooks, Tyler Lashley, Jayce Perkins and Dravin Whaley; great-great-grandchildren, Amaya, Zayden and Zander; siblings, Lester (Maryann) Stoll of Auburn, AL and Pauline Stoll of Washington; sisters-in-law, Shirley Stoll of Washington and Linda Stoll of Washington; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Providence Mennonite Church in Montgomery. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 10, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Providence Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Disaster Service in memory of Art.

Arrangements were provided by Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



Shannon Jewel Wagler, 6, of Loogootee, peacefully passed away in her parent’s arms at Peyton Manning Hospital on Friday, September 7, 2018.

She was born November 23, 2011in Washington, Indiana to Darrell and Becky (Graber) Wagler.

Shannon was a 1st grade student at Mt. Nebo Mennonite School. Shannon’s family is so grateful she was able to enjoy 8 days of the 1st grade. She loved going to school. Her biggest joy in life was meeting new people and she never met a stranger.

She was preceded in death by three cousins, Michael Stoll, Jennifer Graber and Nathan Knepp.

Shannon is survived by her parents, Darrell and Becky Wagler; sisters, Janet Leann, age 17, Bethany Faith, age 15, Sharilyn Grace, age 12 and Stephanie Mast, age 21. Stephanie lived with the Wagler family as she taught at Mt. Nebo Mennonite School. Shannon was very proud of her (big sister) and loved to introduce her to everyone.

She is also survived by her grandparents, David and Rosanna Graber and Henry and Viola Wagler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at First Mennonite Church in Montgomery. Burial will follow in Mt. Nebo Mennonite Cemetery in Newberry, Indiana.

Visitation will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday, September 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Mennonite Church in Montgomery.

Arrangements were provided by Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



Hazel Robbins, 75, of Alfordsville passed away at 1:40 P.M on Friday August 31, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 31, 1943 in Odon, Indiana to Eura Lewis and Maggie Bell (Ryckman) Matthew. Hazel married Charles Robbins on May 25, 1962. She was an adventurous spirit, she loved to travel to Tennessee and see the mountains, have fun at the casino, and go boating on the Ohio River. Hazel loved her family most of all and spending time with them. She was a member of the Christian Faith. She worked at Yo-Yo’s Daycare in Washington helping with the children for over 10 years.

Hazel is preceded by her parents Eura and Maggie, her siblings; George Matthew, Paul Matthew, Betty Kaye Matthew, and several half siblings.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Charles Junior Robbins of Alfordsville, Anita Clauss (Bill Norman) of Shoals, Lisa Humbert (Robbie Roberts) of Cannelton, Indiana, Patty (Gary) Dorsey of Washington, her grandchildren; Chris and Zachary Clauss, Trenton Humbert, Cameron Hawes, T.J Hill, her great- grandchildren, Zaos Clauss, Alton Clauss, several step- grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, one brother Keith Matthew of Washington, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 10:00 A.M officiated by Pastor Marty Evans at Blake Funeral Home is Loogootee. Burial will follow at Alfordsville Community Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday September 3, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M on Monday September 3, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Memorial Contributions can be made The American Cancer Society, 5635 West 96th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis IN 46278, or Kindred Hospice 3745 N Newton St #150, Jasper, Indiana 47546.

Arrangements entrusted to Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee



Phyllis A. Norris, 78, of Loogootee, passed away at 3:55 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

She was born October 28, 1939 in Washington, Indiana to the late George R. and Mary Beatrice (Williams) Taylor.

Phyllis was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a past member of St. Michael Catholic Church. She was a past catechism teacher for St. Michael Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. She was the family historian, enjoyed traveling, swimming and water aerobics.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Geo. Verlyn Norris; parents, George and Bea Taylor; brothers, Richard Taylor and Donald Taylor.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Mary Ann Norris of Loogootee, Stephanie Norris of Loogootee and James (Jonna) Norris of Ellettsville; grandchildren, Amelia Norris and Emmett Norris; step-grandchildren, Robbie, Taylor, Betty and Ella; siblings, Brenda Dillion, Ruth Scott, Caroline Taulbee, Sylvia Wheeler, Sherry Killion and Douglas Taylor; niece, Lisa (Jeff Boger) Dillon; great-niece, Jessa Boger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the IU Foundation-Attn Hospice House, 714 S. Rogers Street, Room 402, Bloomington, IN 47403.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.   



James Nelson, 71, of Loogootee, formerly of Blaine, Minnesota, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

He was born July 3, 1947 in Austin, Minnesota to the late Paul and Solvieg (Bjerkey) Nelson.

James was an avid model railroader and a car enthusiast. He was a member of the Loogootee Veteran of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Solvieg Nelson and brother, Tom Nelson.

James is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Wentworth) Nelson of Loogootee; sons, Brian (Samantha) Nelson of Loogootee and Jeffrey (Ann) Nelson of Cebu City, Philippines; grandchildren, Colin Nelson, Erin (Myron) Stoll, Shelby Nelson and Sophia Nelson; siblings, Stephen (Mary) Nelson, Kenneth (Rose) Nelson and Karen Nelson.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Loogootee Christian Church.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Alba Gertrude Tedrow, 98, of Shoals, passed away at 2:17 a.m. Friday, August 24, 2018 at her home.

She was born February 14, 1920 in Orange County, Indiana to the late Fred and Ennis Connell.

Alba was a member of Poplar Grove Wesleyan Church. She enjoyed gardening, was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Tedrow; sons, Donald Tedrow and Daniel Tedrow; siblings, Fred Connell, Gladys Shardigger and Margarite Magner; sons-in-law, Larry Gibson and Marvin Tedrow.

Alba is survived by her children, Delema “Dee” Tedrow of Shoals, David (Debbie) Tedrow of Springville, Dennis (Susan) Tedrow of Bedford, and Debbie Gibson of Shoals; 8 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Ames Chapel Cemetery in Orangeville.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contribution may be made to Poplar Grove Wesleyan Church.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Michael J. Bledsoe, 71, of Loogootee, passed away at 3:00 AM on Thursday August 23, 2018, at his home.

He was born on June 28, 1947 in Springfield, Ohio to Vernon and Wilma (Thompson) Bledsoe.

Mike was baptized Catholic and attended church at St. Martin in Whitfield. He was a life long truck driver and part business owner/president of Bonnie Leasing. Mike married Patricia Kay (Tolbert) Wilcoxen Bledsoe on March 23, 1978. He had a love for animals and had several dogs throughout his life; Ozzy boy, Doc, Harley, Turbo, and FeFe.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Wilma, and his aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his wife Pat (Tolbert) Wilcoxen Bledsoe, his children; Scott (Christie Burris) Wilcoxen and Tom Bledsoe, his grandchildren; Chase, Cade, Conner, and Cacia, his siblings; David (Debbie) Bledsoe, Brenda (George) Bledsoe, and Richard (Nancy) Bledsoe, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 12 noon on Monday August 27, 2018 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Whitfield. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home.

Contributions can be made to your charity of choice.


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Shirley Ann Wilson, 82, of Loogootee, passed away at 5:00 A.M on Wednesday August 22, 2018 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 24, 1936 in Loogootee, Indiana to Harry and Sarah Cissell (Kidwell).

Shirley graduated St. John high school in 1954. She was a member of the Catholic Faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Sarah Cissell, her daughter Kimberly Wilson Trowbridge, her siblings; Lester Cissell, Milma Cissell, Jean (Cissell) and her husband George Padgett, Harry (Joan) Cissell, Mary Cissell, and niece and nephew, Steve Padgett and Debbie Padgett - Holt.

Shirley is survived by her children William Kevin (Connie) Wilson of Shoals, Timothy M. Wilson of Loogootee, Randall J. (Roberta) Wilson of Mooresville, Michael L. Wilson of Loogootee, and Michelle Wilson of Loogootee, grandchildren; Kristen (Bryce) Crane, Kyle Wilson, Tim (Vanessa) Zink, April (Jason) Conley, Jeremy Trowbridge, Joe, Chris, and Anna Wilson, Ashley (Nick) Respecki, Austin (Kristin) Wilson, Abby Wilson, Ben, Ayden and Cade Wilson, and two Great- Grandchildren and a sister – in- law Rosetta Cissell, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 Am until the time of service. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.

Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home.


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Rodney O. Stahl, 89, of Loogootee, passed away at 10:51 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018 at Loogootee Nursing Center.

He was born September 6, 1928 in Newton, Kansas to the late Henry and Anna (Graddert) Stahl.

Rodney enjoyed life and working on various farms.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Monet Shepard; parents, Henry and Anna (Farber) Stahl; one sister and one sister-in-law.

Rodney is survived by his wife, Betty Stahl of Loogootee; children, Terri (Richard) Metzler of Fredericksburg, Virginia, Diane Sheetz of Washington and Carey (Erla) Stahl of Yuma, Arizona; step- children; Dennis Crays, and Eddie Crays, 7 grandchildren, 3 step- grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Stahl of Strong City, Kansas, sister- in- laws Patricia Sutton, and Cathryn Sutton and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home.


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Joe Mattox, 80, of Loogootee, passed away at 3:50 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 27, 1938 in Clay County, Indiana to the late Earl and Evelyn (Edmonson) Mattox.

Joe was a member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church, White River Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post 120. He was a past member of the Hadi Shriners and the Lions Club.

He graduated from Coalmont High School in 1955. He retired as a Captain after 20 years of dedicated service with the Army National Guard. He was active in the American Legion Post 120 and was honored to be a part of the funeral honor guard for fellow veterans.

Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Kay (Tincher) Mattox; siblings, Betty Lou Mattox, David (Linda) Mattox and Bill (Bonnie) Mattox.

He is survived by his sons, Jim (Sandra) Mattox and Doug (Denise) Mattox, both of Brownsburg; grandchildren, Holly (Ryan) Mathias, Lindsey (Levi) Brown and Zach Dove; great-grandchildren, Tenlee and Taylor Mathias, Hunter, Aryanna, Delaney Brown and Baby Girl Brown arriving August 14; nieces and nephews, Debbie Yeryar, Debbie Whitehead, Kathy Collins, Steve Mattox, and Bill Mattox Jr; sister-in-law, Carol Brewer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee with a Masonic service to begin at 10:50 a.m.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at Blake Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Loogootee United Methodist Church.

.Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Mary Knepp, 90, of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of Montgomery, passed away August 10, 2018 in Sarasota.

She was born March 23, 1928 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late John and Lavina (Graber) Wagler.

Mary moved to Sarasota in 1978 with her husband and they loved spending the winters there. She enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was a member of the Pinecraft Amish Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Knepp; grandson, Jason (Eileen) Knepp; great-grandchildren, Heidi, Andrew, Ivanna, Dalton, Andon and Mason Joseph; parents, John and Lavina (Graber) Wagler; siblings, John Henry, Joseph, Francis, Levi, Benjamin, Harry J., Arthur, Alva Enos Wagler, Martha Miller and Susie Knepp; son-in-law, William "Bill" Knepp.

Mary is survived by her children, Lovina Knepp of Myakka, Florida, David (Wanda) Knepp of Washington, Miriam (David) Graber of Sarasota, Florida, Steve (Darlene) Knepp of Sarasota, Florida and Philip (Marilyn) Knepp of Montgomery; 17 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; sister-in-law, Fannie Mae Wagler of Milroy, Indiana.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Zion Amish Mennonite Church in Montgomery. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 17, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Zion Amish Mennonite Church.

Arrangements were provided by Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



M. Theresa Mattingly, 76, of Loogootee passed away at 12:30pm on August 6, 2018, at Deaconess Midtown Campus. 

She was born January 6, 1942, at Daviess Community Hospital to the late John and Margaret (McGuire) Wagoner. 

Theresa attended St. John's School in Loogootee. She was an LPN, worked as a Case Manager for Generations, and served as a CASA volunteer. She retired from Generations after a fulfilling career of doing what she enjoyed most: helping others. 

Theresa loved her family and friends unconditionally. She dedicated her life to helping others, especially those less fortunate. Where she saw a need, she would find a resource to provide it. She volunteered for various programs in the community and provided hope and support to anyone needing it. Theresa lived a selfless life without want or receipt of the recognition she truly deserved. 

She is preceded in death by siblings, Catherine Wagoner, Helen Leffler, Mildred Zigler, RoseMary Wagner, Ruth Mathias, Melvin Wagoner, Johnny Wagoner, and Louis Wagoner.  

She is survived by husband, Don Mattingly, Loogootee, and children, Donna (Randy) Bateman, Loogootee; Gene Toy, Henderson, KY; Mike (Kelly) Mattingly, Jasper, IN; Diana (Marty) Beckman, Haysville, IN; and Kim (Jim) Perry, Charlotte, NC. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  

A celebration of life and graveside service will take place at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions be made to Daviess County CASA. To make a contribution, checks may be made out to Daviess County CASA and mailed with a note indicating "In memory of M. Theresa Wagoner" to:    Daviess County CASA  c/o Daviess County Circuit Court 200 E. Walnut St. Washington, IN  47501

 Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Josephine Jones, 90, of Loogootee, formerly of Shoals, passed away at 3:50 p.m. Friday, August 3rd, 2018 at Loogootee Nursing Center.

She was born June 26, 1928 in Martin County, Indiana to the late Homer H. and Naomi (Qualkenbush) Jones.

Josephine attended Quinn School – Lost River Township through the 8th grade. She retired from Perfect Fit in Loogootee at the age of 83 after working there for 37 years. She was an avid seamstress, made her own clothes and did many sewing and mending projects for others. She also did washing and ironing for many families when her children were young. She made blankets for Ronald McDonald House and Riley Children’s Hospital and sold blankets and donated the proceeds to charities. She also made blankets one year for the Loogootee Post Prom.

She was a member of the Shoals Christian Church. She taught Sunday School for 50 plus years and had 57 years of perfect Sunday School attendance. She was a member of the Martin County Saddle Club for many years.

 Josephine’s life was dedicated to taking care of her family. She loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and she especially loved her dogs. She enjoyed planting and caring for her flowers and riding ATV’s. She liked attending the auctions held once a year at the Bateman School House.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer H. and Naomi (Qualkenbush) Jones; siblings, Freida McDowell, Gledia "Jean" Newell, Hayden Jones and Virginia "Jenny" Harper; former husband, Benton M. Jones; step-mother, Bertha Jones.

Josephine is survived by her children, Rudy Jones (Teresa Johnson) of Shoals, Trudy (Mike) Sutton of Loogootee, Brent (Joan) Jones of Troy, TX and Rod Jones of Loogootee; grandchildren, Cassidy (Tyler) Dages of Loogootee, Eric Jones of Rogers, TX, Joshua M. Jones of Shoals and Shaun (Viktoria) Sutton of Wichita, KS; great-grandchildren, Jase and Braeden Dages, Kelsey and Avian Jones and Anna Elizabeth Sutton, due August 26; brother, Lester Jones of Columbus, OH and special dogs, Porky, Sadie and Marley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Shoals Christian Church. Burial will follow in Waggoner’s Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee and Friday, August 10, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made Waggoner’s Chapel Cemetery, c/o Betty Butler, 226 Miller Street, Shoals, IN 47581.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.


Betty L. Gray, 81, of Loogootee, passed away at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 11, 1936 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Orville “Pete” James and Gletis Irene (Patterson) Strawn.

Betty was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was an avid Loogootee Lions sports fan and active in the Relay for Life of Martin County. She retired from NSWC Crane after many years of employment.

She was preceded in death by her children, Daniel J. Daily and Deborah L. Hedrick; granddaughter, Delaney Semple; parents, Orville “Pete” and Gletis Strawn; siblings, Eileen (Harold) Green, Orvilla (James) Bowling, Lucille (Fred) Brown, James (Donna) Strawn and Charlotte (Dale) Meyer.

Betty is survived by her husband, Joe Gray; grandchildren, Kristi Howard and James Honeycutt; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Sue Page; step-children, Brian Gray, Diane Semple, Lori (James) Ray and Jennifer (Tim) Lowe; step-grandchildren, Logan and Jaylon Gray, Danielle Hammer, Dacie Broshears, Madison and Emma Semple, Chase Helms, Taylor, Olivia, Grace and Natacha Carroll, Mitchell and Morgan Cox and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery in Washington.

Visitation will be held Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home and Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be made online at blakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Frances M. (Fannie) Trout, 95, of Loogootee, passed away at 10:10 a.m. Monday, July 30, 2018 at Loogootee Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born May 25, 1923 in Bramble, Indiana to the late Roscoe J. and Ella (Williams) Strange.

Fannie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She liked watching sports and especially enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Jack Trout; grandson, Ben Trout; parents, Roscoe J. and Ella (Williams) Strange; siblings, Gordon Strange, Andy Strange and Doris Smith.

Fannie is survived by her children, Mark (Karla) Trout of Loogootee, Jack (Nancy) Trout of Sellersburg, Indiana, Jim (Sandy) Trout of Franklin, Kentucky, Jeff Trout of Scotland, Indiana, Sharon (Dick) Mentzer of Tucson, Arizona; grandson, Will Trout; granddaughters, Jessica Bruner, Jodi Trout and Tori Trout; great-granddaughter, Amelia Bruner; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Camilla Summers and brother, Phil Strange, both of Loogootee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bramble. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery Association.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Fannie Mae Knepp, 83, of Montgomery, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018 at her home.

She was born November 28, 1934 in Daviess County, Indiana to the late Jonas and Hannah (Wagler) Yoder.

Fannie Mae was a member of Berea Mennonite Church. She loved watching her kids and grandkids play sports at Barr-Reeve schools throughout the years. She enjoyed gardening, canning and cooking for her family and friends. She loved making “church cookies” for the kids and no one left grandma’s house hungry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonas and Hannah (Wagler) Yoder; siblings, Abner (1st wife, Clara and 2nd wife, Anna-Belle) Yoder, Raymond Yoder and Melvin (Mattie) Yoder.

Fannie Mae is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lester Knepp of Montgomery, children, Gary Knepp, Mervin Knepp, Donna (Mike) James, Wanda (Steve) Bullock, all of Montgomery, Perry (Pam) Knepp of Cannelburg, Devon (Lori) Knepp of Montgomery and Lonnie Knepp and friend, Lisa Cresci, of Evansville; grandchildren, Adara (Ryan) Batchelor, Kacie (Adam) Trueblood, Ethan Knepp, Hunter (fiancÚ, Paige Hawthorne) Knepp, Micah Bullock, Jenna Knepp, Hannah Bullock, Logan James, Leah Bullock, Ross Knepp, Moriah Bullock, Hagen Knepp and Shaynee-Mae Knepp; great-grandchildren, Ayrah and Ryder Batchelor; sister, Sarah Catherine Yoder of Montgomery and sister-in-law, Leotta Yoder.

Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Berea Mennonite Church in Cannelburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday, July 30, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. at Berea Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Barr-Reeve Scholarship Foundation.

Condolences may be made online at blakefuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were provided by Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery.



Mary Elizabeth Fowler, 92, of Loogootee, passed away at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at her home.

She was born August 6, 1925 in Kentland, Indiana to the late Martin and Vera (Littlejohn) Tuberty.

Mary married William Fowler June 9, 1949 and he preceded her in death in 2001.

She was a registered nurse for 40 plus years and enjoyed taking care of others. She was a member of the Nursing Corp. during World War II.

Mary loved playing cards and bingo, volunteering on the election board and singing at local nursing homes. She was member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church for 50 years and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. While an active member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church she participated in the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Fowler and her brother, Charles Tuberty.

Mary is survived by her children, Julie (Larry) Sutton of Loogootee, Janice Jestes of Cookeville, TN, Jane (Gib) Fugate of West Lafayette, Chuck (Sandy) Fowler of Noblesville, Joyce (Wendell) Haywood of Sebring, FL and Jennifer (Darin) Butler of Shoals; grandchildren, Angie (Jeff) Brookshire, Mark (Andi) Sutton, Brian (Amanda) Sutton, Stephanie (Chris) Vise, Rachel (Willie) Smith, Ronnie (April) Jestes, Andy (Leanna) Jestes, Mellisa (Greg) Dobson, Michael (Lesley) Conn, Tyler Conn, Brant (Miale) Fowler, Sara (Joel) Pacheco, Seth (Missy) Haywood, Kayla Butler and Kaden Butler; 27 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa Logan of Francisville, IN and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker and concelebrant, Rev. Joseph Erbacher at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee, Indiana. Burial will follow in St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Goodland, Indiana.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hearts Hospice.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Phyllis Yvonne Goodpaster, 89, of Loogootee passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Loogootee Nursing Center.

She was born on June 21, 1929 in Gatliff, Kentucky to Phillip Kinder and Nancy (Peace) Cline.

Phyllis was a member of the Methodist Church in Burns City. She enjoyed playing golf, bowling, and archery, and was an avid sports fan throughout her life.

Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband, Russell E. Goodpaster, her parents; Phillip Kinder, and Nancy Cline, and her son John “Buck” Goodpaster.

She is survived by her children; Phil (Chrystal) Goodpaster of Loogootee, Nick (Lorelie) Goodpaster of Waldorf, Maryland, and Debbie (Dean) Miller of Montgomery, 13 Grandchildren, 32 Great- Grandchildren, 1 Great- Great Grandchild, and one brother Kevie (Rovena) Kinder of Ohio.

A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Loogootee United Methodist Church at 10:00 A.M with Pastor Gary Elsten officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Orangeville, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home.



Floyd E. Goodman Jr., 68, of Loogootee, Indiana passed away on July 7, 2018 in his home after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Floyd E Goodman Sr. and Lorraine Carter on January 25, 1950.  Floyd graduated from Effingham High School in 1968.  He relocated to Martin County, IN upon his military retirement in 1989.     

Floyd strived to epitomize the phrase “For God, My Country, and My Family” during his daily life.  He placed his faith in Jesus Christ at age 15 and remained faithful throughout the remainder of his life.  As a part of this commitment, he served the Lord as a Treasurer and Deacon for his church for many years.  To honor his country, Floyd served in the United States Air Force, earning two commendation medals before retiring after twenty years of dedication as a ground radar and airfield specialist.  Lastly, he remained true to his love and the vows of marriage to his high school sweetheart, Brenda K. (Cummings) Goodman, for forty-eight years until his death. 

 In addition to fulfilling each of these commitments, Floyd spent a great deal of time making those around him laugh with his playful sense of humor and slightly sarcastic nature.  He also loved sharing the Word of God with others at every opportunity.  With the remainder of his free time, he could be found “junking”, debating politics, watching Fox News, hiding money from his wife, and spending time with his friends and family. 

 Floyd is survived by his wife, Brenda, of Loogootee.  He is also survived by his daughter, Kathy (Rich) Baker of Effingham, IL, and sons, Charles (Tasha) and Steve (Cristina) Goodman, of McKinney, TX.  Surviving grandchildren are Ashley White (Brandon Balcer), Kolbee Baker, Sierra Blankenship, Emma Goodman, and Brendan Goodman.  Surviving great-grandchildren are Aubriana White and Kylan Balcer.  Other surviving family members include sisters Tana (Terry) Hazlett, Betty Johnson and brothers, Michael (Tina) Goodman, Terry Goodman, and Cliff (Kari) Goodman, as well as many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd E. Goodman Sr. and Lorraine Wilkerson.

 A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 7:00 P.M at Blake Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Williams officiating.

 Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 from 5:00 P.M until the time of service.

 Memorial Contributions can be made to Assembly of Christ, 240 S John Street, Bloomfield, Indiana 47424.

 Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee, Indiana.



Jerry E. Bussinger, 75, of Loogootee, passed away at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at his home.

He was born October 25, 1942 in Loogootee, Indiana to the late Eugene “Gene” and Lola (Melvin) Bussinger.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Lola Bussinger; siblings, Bill Bussinger, Betty Bussinger and Lucy Lagle.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Crays) Bussinger of Loogootee; sons, Daniel Bussinger and Jerry (Starrla) Bussinger, both of Loogootee; grandchildren, Moriah and Sarah Bussinger; siblings, Barb Wilkins of Martinsville and Mary Jean Chestnut of Greenwood.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contribution may be made to Blake Funeral Home.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Richard Kluesner, 71, of Loogootee, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at the Linda E. White Hospice House.

He was born August 13, 1946 in Jasper, Indiana to the late Anthony and Bernadine (Schroering) Kluesner.

Richard retired from NSWC Crane after 31 years of employment. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and various organizations.

He received the Simon Brute Award from the Diocese of Evansville and was the Martin County Community Foundation 2015 Philanthropist of the Year.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Bernadine Kluesner and his siblings, Margaret Ann (Tom) Lents and Victor B. “Sonny” Kluesner.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Kluesner of Loogootee; children, Jennifer Kluesner of Clarksville, Indiana and Andrew (Emily) Kluesner of Loogootee; grandchildren, Grayson, Liam and Hattie Kluesner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 29, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church or the Martin County Community Foundation – Rich and Judy Kluesner Fund.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Beverly Roberts, 55, of Loogootee, passed away at 8:54 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born June 6, 1963 in Jasper, Indiana to Richard and Marjorie (Street) Divine.

Bev was a member of the Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church. She loved her grandchildren and cherished every moment she spent with them.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chasity Clark; sister, Sherri Holt.

Bev is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tony Roberts, of Loogootee; children, Becky (Jeremy) Clark, Nick (Lacey) Roberts and Tiffani (Anthony) Sergent, all of Loogootee; grandchildren, Jordan and Candice Clark, Connor, Remington, and Paisley Roberts, Chase and Noah Sergent; parents, Richard and Marjorie (Street) Divine; siblings, Peggy (Craig) Bullock, Rick (Mary) Divine of Freedom and Rod (Angie) Divine of Washington.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Travis Burkhart Foundation.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.



Carolyn Sue Hoffman, 72, of Loogootee passed away on Thursday June 14, 2018 at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born on December 21, 1945 in Loogootee, Indiana to Melvin “Jack” and Wilma (Clifton) Arvin.

Carolyn was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Haysville. She married Daniel Hoffman on June 27, 1964. Carolyn worked as a member service representative for Crane Credit Union for 28 years. She was a NASCAR, IU, and Cardinal fan. Carolyn loved to spend time with her family and traveling to Branson.

She was preceded in death by her parents Melvin and Wilma Arvin, her siblings; David Arvin, Nancy Elliott, Alan Arvin, and an infant brother.

Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Daniel Hoffman, her children; Richard (Pam) Hoffman of Loogootee, Paula (David) Mitchell of Martinsville, Christina Bollier (Billy) of North Carolina, Nathon (Loretta) Hoffman of Jasper, 11 Grandchildren, 6 Great- Grandchildren, her sister Darlene (Gayle) Huebner of Jasper, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Monday June 18, 2018 at 10:00 A.M at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Community Cemetery in Haysville.

Visitation will be held on Sunday June 17, 2018 from 2:00 P.M until 6:00 P.M at Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee, and again on Monday from 9:00 A.M until time of service at Christ Lutheran Church.

Memorial Contributions can be made to Christ Lutheran Church, St. Jude, or Riley Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements provided by Blake Funeral Home

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home. Online condolences can be made at www.blakefuneralhomes.com.



Dennis “Moe” Ash, 67, of Loogootee, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at his home.

He was born November 19, 1950 in Washington, Indiana to Rita L. (Holland) Ash and the late John M. Ash.

Denny married Barbara (Ellis) Ash on January 1st, 1972 and she survives.

He started his career at the White River Co-Op in May of 1970. He faithfully worked at the White River Co-Op and held various positions until his retirement in 2011.

Denny was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and previously a member of St. Mary Barr Township Catholic Church. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, coyote hunting, mushroom hunting and gardening. He enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John M. Ash and his sister, Linda Hays.

Denny is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara (Ellis) Ash of Loogootee; daughter, Becky (Tom) Gates of Fishers; grandchildren, Addy and Landon Gates; mother, Rita Ash of Loogootee; siblings, Tom (Anita) Ash, Tim (Becky) Ash, Marijo (Charlie) Kane, all of Washington, Pat (Sue) Ash of Montgomery, and Bill (Nancy) Ash of Cannelburg; brother-in-law, Warren Hays of Loogootee; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and one great-great nephew.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. Mary Barr Township Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday, June 15, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Loogootee.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Barr Township Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.   



Infant Savannah Lillian Boyer, of Hampton, VA, passed away at 10:12 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper.

How very softly you tiptoed into the world. Almost silent and only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint you have left on our hearts.

Savannah will join her siblings, Ciara Moore and Braxton Boyer and paternal great-grandfather, William Boyer.

She is survived by her parents, Zachary and Trisha (Moore) Boyer of Hampton, VA, brother, Blake West; maternal grandparents, Cody and Lisa Moore of Loogootee; paternal grandparents, Kevin Boyer of Dubois and Theresa Egler of Ferdinand; maternal great-grandparents, Lila and Harold Street of Loogootee, Nina Woody of Huron and Ronnie Jones of French Lick; paternal great-grandparents, Ruth Boyer of Dubois and Francis and Jane Egler of Ferdinand.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Mt. Zion Church in Loogootee. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were provided by Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee.