Obituaries

Bobbie Knopp, age 88

Bobbie Knopp, age 88, passed away at home Monday, May 10, 2021.

 

He was born in Hancock County, Indiana on October 15, 1932, to Luther Marcellus and Mary (Andis) Knopp.  He married Janice Sharlene (Taylor) Knopp on April 13, 1956, and she survives.

 

In addition to his devoted wife of 65 years, Mr. Knopp is survived by five children: Brenda Crenshaw, Shelbyville; Steve (wife Debbie) Knopp, Salem, Indiana; Roy Knopp (spouse Gretchen Morgan), Shelbyville; Carla Knopp and Lisa Knopp, both of Indianapolis.  Three of nine siblings survive: brother Volney (Smokey) Knopp, of Leavenworth, Indiana; and sisters Patsy Martin, Danville, Illinois; and Carol Sue Jackson, Indianapolis, Indiana; and sister-in-law, Marilyn Huxham.  Grandchildren include: Aaron, Ryan, Amber, and David Knopp.  Additional grandchildren through marriage: Donna Domiano and Michelle Morgan; and Dean Morgan (deceased).  At the time of his death, Bob had nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to his parents, Bobbie was preceded in death by: brothers, Billy and James Knopp; half-brothers Donald and Ray Knopp; sister Peggy Knopp Lahey; half-sister Evelyn Spencer; and son-in-law John Crenshaw.

 

Bobbie graduated in 1950 from Morristown High School, where he actively participated in sports, including basketball and track, and served as class president.  Enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1951, he participated in the USAF Security Services.  Following his honorable discharge in 1955, Mr. Knopp began working for G.E. in Shelbyville, where he met his future wife.  Following a short stint as a Jewel Tea route salesman, he was hired in advertising by The Shelbyville News, eventually retiring in 1989.

 

During his lifetime Mr. Knopp enjoyed fishing, nature, shooting clay pigeons, playing Rook and Euchre card games, working crossword puzzles (in ink), and finding cars for his family and friends. 

 

He was an accomplished archer, and the greatest cheerleader for his wife’s participation in the sport.  The Blue River Bowmen club was reactivated by Bobbie and his friend, Bill Hewitt, including establishing local indoor and outdoor ranges.  His accomplishments included several State archery men’s championships.  He held lifetime memberships in the Indiana Field Archery Association (IFAA), the National Field Archery Association, and served in archery leadership roles at the local and state levels.  In 1995, he and his wife were recognized with IFAA Lifetime Achievement awards.  In the community, Bobbie promoted archery, supported Junior Achievement, and served at the annual 4-H hotdog fest. 

 

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he had served as a Sunday school superintendent.

 

Bobbie’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.  He was loyal, disciplined, and had a sense of humor.  For several years he met medical challenges head-on and overcame what doctors considered terminal conditions.  He is pain-free and at peace now.

 

Following cremation, a graveside service with military rites will be held on Friday, May 14, at 11:00 A.M. at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens, Shelbyville.  Steve Knopp, a son, will preside over the service.  Please follow Covid precautions.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Shelbyville Girls/Boys Club or the donor’s favorite charity.

 

Funeral Directors Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Knopp family.  Online condolences may be shared at www.murphparks.com.

 

Bette Mae Moore, 100

Bette Mae Moore peacefully passed away on April 30, 2021, four weeks after her 100th birthday.

 

She was born on April 2, 1921 in Greenfield, Indiana – the daughter of Walter and Lena (Reece) Harding. Bette graduated from Greenfield High School.

 

She married Robert E. Moore on April 5, 1942 at Trinity Methodist Church in Shelbyville. They were married over 69 years and spent much of their life together traveling until Bob’s passing in 2011. Their itinerary included several trips to Europe, the Holy Land, Russia, as well as traveling with their kids and grandkids throughout the United States. By land or sea, they loved to travel.

 

In addition to her husband and her parents, Bette is predeceased by three brothers, their wives, and other friends and relatives too numerous to count.

 

Bette is survived by her three children: Rebecca Lyles of Laguna Beach, CA, Gregory Moore (wife Carol) of Newark, DE, and Jerome Moore (wife Chris) of Edmonds, WA. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews. Bette was thankful for the friendship of Bill Restall and his family.

 

Bette was employed by the Monte Glove Company as the office secretary for many years. She served as Deputy County Assessor (Shelby County) and Deputy Clerk Treasurer.

 

She formed the local chapter of Sigma Beta sorority and was a county home economics officer as well as Brownie leader, Cub Scout leader, and 4H leader. She was a past member of the Current Topics Club and member of the Shelby County Historical Society. Bette was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville where she served as a deacon and Women’s Association moderator.

 

Bette and her husband Bob were the owners and operators of Arrowhead Ceramics for many years. A talented artist, Bette loved working with ceramics and especially enjoyed sharing her hobby with others in classes taught at Arrowhead Acres.

 

For many years Bette participated in Monday Morning Coffee Group, an activity that she looked forward to and enjoyed.

 

Friends and family are welcome to attend a celebration of Bette’s life on Saturday, May 15 with visitation beginning at 10:30, followed by a service at 11:30 at the Freeman Family Funeral Homes, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with burial at Forrest Hill Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia; 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260; Ambler, PA 19002.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Bette’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Angela M. Miner, 95, of Shelbyville

Angela M. Miner, 95, of Shelbyville passed on May 11, 2021, at her home.

 

Born November 24, 1925, in Marion County, she was the daughter of Henry and Julia (Reckel) Reuter. She married Robert E. Miner on September 6, 1947.

 

Survivors include her sons, James Miner (Sue) of Indianapolis, and Alan Miner (Denise) of Muskego, Wisconsin; daughters, Janet Schmidt (Dick) of Shelbyville, and Carolyn Roberts (Mike) of Magnolia, Texas. Her love and guidance through the years cannot be measured.

 

Angela was the proud grandmother of Jennifer Seright, John Seright, Jason Miner, Aimee Hyden, Jill Miller, Christopher Schmidt, Brad Roberts, Craig Roberts, Ashley Miner, Sarah Letarte and Paul Miner; and eleven great-grandchildren. Each felt a close bond with her and will miss her dearly. Also surviving are her sister, Roseann Schonfeld of Fairland; and brother, Alfred Reuter of Shelbyville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; son, Steven; daughter, Dolores; grandchildren, Brent Schmidt and Lauren Miner; sisters, Juliann Hoeing and Eileen Blatz; and brothers, Father Charles Reuter, Robert Reuter, Francis Reuter, Father Leon Reuter and Harold Reuter.

 

Angela made a warm and loving home for her family. She enjoyed traveling, hiking and the outdoors, the Texas bluebonnets, and even taking a hot air balloon ride across the skies of Phoenix. She was a member of the Clearview Homemakers Extension Club.

 

She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of St. Ann’s Altar Society. For many years she made homemade candy for the parish festival.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, May 17, 2021, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway St. in Shelbyville, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church, with the rosary recited at 9 a.m.

 

Those not able to attend are invited to view the service via livestreaming on our facebook page www.facebook.com/freemanffh.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 17th St., Columbus, Indiana 47201.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Angela’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Jimmy Dean Wilson, 61, of Fairland

Jimmy Dean Wilson, 61, of Fairland, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center.

 

Born September 29, 1959 in Norwood Ohio, he was the son of Keith E. Wilson and Martha V. (Hughes) Wilson.

 

Survivors include his significant other Vanessa (Palmer) Wilson of Fairland; son  Brandon

Keith Wilson of Fairland; granddaughter- Charley G. Wilson of Fairland; Aunt Molene

Hughes of Kentucky; and cousins- Nikki S. Orr, James A. Waggoner, Allen Stevens,

Darrell Stevens, David Passmore, Debbie Passmore, Anthony Hughes, Nathan Hughes,

and Rayna Hughes.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Wilson was a certified welder with Continental Products and Lansing Camp.  He also

provided masonry work for new home construction for 5 years.  He graduated from Triton

Central High School and was a member of the Eagles and Moose Lodges, and a union painter

with Local #47 for 30 years.  

 

Jimmy loved George Jones music, and played guitar and bass guitar in several local bands including- Jack Brothers Band, Southern Crossfire Band, and Red Star Band of Brothers.

 

Funeral services will be 3:00 pm on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church, 4666 N.

Michigan Road, with Pastor Billy Cloud officiating.  Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery.  Friends 

may call at the church on Friday afternoon from 1:00 pm until the time of the service.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday at 4:00 pm at the Fairland Fire Department, everyone is 

welcome.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

 

Kent T. Conway, 60, of Waldron

Kent T. Conway, 60, of Waldron, passed away Friday, May 7, 2021 at his residence.

 

 He was born November 24, 1960 in Shelbyville to Jackie E. Conway and Patricia I. (Luther) Spurling.

 

Kent was a U.S. Army veteran.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 70. 

 

He enjoyed fishing and the times he was able to sit back and relax.  His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family.

 

Kent is survived by his sister, Jackie Piercy (Terry) of Shelbyville, his brothers, Mark Conway (Diana) of GA; Jeff Conway and Jim Conway, both of Shelbyville, his sister, Angela Winkler (Tony) of Shelbyville, his brother, Gary Conway (Penny) of Flat Rock, and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Terri Tague.

 

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Travis Conway officiating.

 

Military rites will be conducted by local veteran organizations.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Kent's  family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Jerry Cain, a familiar face in about every gym in Indiana, has passed away at age 79

Jerry Cain passed away on May 3, 2021, just six days shy of his 80th birthday. 

 

He was born in Mt. Comfort, IN on May 9, 1941, the son of Lawrence and Mary (Atherton) Cain.  Jerry married Janice Sue Duvall on June 22, 1963.

 

He is survived by his wife, three children, Steve (Diana) of Carthage, Mary Ann (fiancé Mike Owens) of Mays and Jason (Jennifer) of Knightstown. He is also survived by nine grandkids and two great-granddaughters.  Jerry is also survived by three brothers, Frank (Earlene) Cain of McCordsville, John (Ellen) Cain of Henderson, Jim (Vicki) Cain of Ottawa, KS, two sisters, Eleanor Davidson of Indianapolis and Nancy (Les) Miller of Lafayette.

 

He was preceded by two brothers, Bill (Jean) Cain, Lou (Colleen) Cain and one grandson, Jakob McDaniel. 

 

Raised on a farm near Mt Comfort, he was a 1959 graduate of Mt. Comfort High School, home of the Buccaneers, in a class of ten students.  One of Jerry’s favorite jokes was how he graduated in the top 10 of his class…and also the bottom 10!

 

Jerry taught math and coached track and cross country.  He taught and coached for nine years at New Palestine High School, 24 years for Warren Township, Indianapolis and because he could never sit down, he also coached girls track at Eastern Hancock High School for five years and Knightstown High School for two years while in his 70’s.  Somewhere in there, he also coached girls basketball at Creston Junior High for a few years.  In case you were adding, that was about 40 plus years of coaching!

 

Jerry was Center Township Trustee for Rush County for 31 years.  A member of Center Christian Church for 47 years where he served as a member of the Church Board for 40, was a long time deacon and the church’s assistant treasurer for 36 years.

 

Besides his many years as a coach and teacher, Jerry was also an avid high school girls basketball fan.  He recently was awarded the “Hoosier Hysteria” award of achievement for attending over 10,000. Games in 525 different gymnasiums.  Remember, he was a math teacher…he counted EVERYTHING.  Jerry could name the mascot of nearly every school in the state and oddly enough, how many steps you had to climb to get into many of those old gyms!  

 

Jerry knew just abut everyone and if he didn’t know you directly, he darn sure knew someone you knew, personally.  He asked everyone where they went to school and then proceeded to tell them what their mascot was and where they were located, especially in Indiana.  He had a photographic memory and to the chagrin of his kids, he was hardly ever wrong.  Jerry kept in contact with many, many of his past students and athletes.  In the past month, he has received over 175 cards and letter from both near and far, from students he taught and coached;  some more than 60 years ago.

 

A celebration of life will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Center Christian Church with Rev. Jim Cain officiating. 

 

Visitation will be from 4pm-8pm, Friday May 7, 2021 at Center Christian Church. 

 

Burial to follow at Center Cemetery.

Jeff A. Holt, 61, of St. Paul

Jeff A. Holt, 61 of St. Paul, IN passed away May 2, 2021 in Shelbyville, IN

 

He was born March 13, 1960 in Shelbyville the son of the late Herschul and Martha (Paul)

Holt.

 

Jeff was a self employed carpenter and he attended Waldron High School. He was a lifetime

resident of this area.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Bonnie Shafer and a brother, Bill Holt.

 

Jeff is survived by his children, Eric (Ashley) Holt of Waldron; Brandi Holt of Shelbyville; Trace (Destiny) Holt of Flat Rock; his siblings, Barbara Huff of Brownsburg; Glenn (Sarah) Holt of St. Paul; Paula (Steve) Coy of Edinburgh; Debbie (Ed) Kluemper of Milroy; Jack (Cheryl) Holt of Andersonville; Kathy (Mooch) Douglas of Shelbyville; Sister-in-law Karen (Harter) Holt of St. Paul; Extended family-Teresa Hudson, January,  Ciara and Kelsey. 3-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Maddox and Dylan. He also is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, spending time in the outdoors, and he had a great love for horses.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 1:00 PM in Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St., St. Paul, IN

 

Visitation will be Saturday, from 10am until time of services at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations may be to the Jeff Holt Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

Leanna R. Bullock / Caruthers, 61, of Fairland

Leanna R. Bullock / Caruthers, 61, of Fairland, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at her residence.

 

She was born March 3, 1960 in Indianapolis to Robert T. Bullock and Olive L. (Barnes) Bullock. 

  

She was a lifelong homemaker.  Leanna is survived by Ronald Caruthers, her life partner of 44 years, her daughter, Shauna Whiteside (Scott); her sons, Ronald Dale Caruthers II, and Michael T. Caruthers; her brother, Robert Bullock, Jr; several grandchildren, and many close friends that she considered family.

 

Leanna was preceded in death by her parents.

 

She enjoyed crafting, sewing, and outdoor activities.  Leanna loved being a grandma and spending time with her family.  She was a very nurturing person and loved taking care of others.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m, Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN., with Pastor Alan Blakeburn officiating.

 

Inurnment will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Leanna’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Clinton H. Walker, 91, of Shelbyville

Clinton H. Walker, 91, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021

at Heritage House.

 

Born March 9, 1930 in Pattysville Kentucky, he was the son of Bonnie Walker and

Lilly E. (Muffet) Walker. He married Minnie (Paxton) Walker on March 27, 

1959 and she preceded him on February 10, 2013.

 

Survivors include daughters- Rebecca Richardson and Anna Chaney (husband Ronnie)

both of Shelbyville; 4 grandchildren- Linda Brook, David Richardson, Brian Goble,

and Tony Goble. He was preceded in death by his parents, 5 sisters- Betty Zeigler,

Maye Amick, Edith Combest, Eula Phelps and Kathryn Walker.

 

Mr. Walker had lived in this area since 1950 after moving from Kentucky. He was 

employed with Excel Corp for 6 years, retiring in 1992, as a finish sander. Clinton

attended Grace Wesleyan Church. Clinton loved attending church and church

activities, which was his life.

 

Funeral services will be Monday, May 10, 2021 at 12:00 noon at Glenn E. George

and Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Rev. Harvey Weaver officiating. Burial 

will be in Miller Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, from 10:00 am until the time

of the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to OUR Hospice of South Central Indiana in

care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Billy Wayne Welch, 25, of Shelbyville

Billy Wayne Welch, 25, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Indianapolis.

 

He was born October 3, 1995 in Indianapolis to Billy J. Welch and Angel (Pranger) Arnold.

 

Billy attended Southport High School.  He was a construction worker. 

 

His greatest joy was being a father and spending time with his loved ones. He enjoyed go-carting and working on cars with his father and his son. He loved to listen to music.

 

Billy is survived by his son, Jaxson McNeill, his father, Billy Welch (Misty), his mother, Angel Arnold (Charles Saunders), his sisters, Brandi Stephens, Ella Welch, and Evelyn Welch, his brothers, Terry Welch and Jonathan Welch, his step-brother, Dylan Matkins, his nephews, Braylen Cook, and Liam Welch, and several aunts and uncles.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandma, Debbie Johnson, his brother, Dalton Welch, and his grandfathers, Billy Morris and Alan Johnson.

 

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m., Friday, May 14, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Kevin Klassen officiating.

  

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Billy’s family.

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the Billy Wayne Welch funeral fund in care of Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

 

Carolyn Ann Settles, age 87, of Greenfield

Carolyn Ann Settles, age 87, of Greenfield passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 in Greenfield.

 

She was born June 10, 1933 in Anderson, Indiana to the late Alfred K. and Martha (Ladd) Mills. She married Joseph Settles in September of 1955 and settled in Greenfield to raise their family.


Carol was a long-time teller at Henry County Bank and prior to her retirement worked in the Hancock County Treasurers office.


Carol is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joe Settles; son, Tim (Julie) Settles; daughter, Amy Settles Garrison; grandchildren, Eric (Kassie) Garrison, Amanda (Jason) Maynard, Kandice (Kyle) Conner; great grandchildren; Gavin, Lilli, Aden, Brenna, Lucy, Kash and Kinley.


She is preceded in death by her parents mentioned above, son-in-law, Dannie Garrison and sister Barbara Pierce.


Calling will be 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday, May 10, 2021 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Funeral service at 1:00 pm with burial immediately following at Asbury Cemetery, Morristown.


Memorial contributions in honor of Carol may be sent to the Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, 202 E. Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140, Hancock County 4-H, C/O Purdue Extension, 802 Apple Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140 or Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Ste, 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Wayne Brooks, 91

Wayne Brooks, 91, went to be with his Lord on May 2, 2021. He was born in Hancock County, Indiana on August 7, 1929 to the late William C. and Mary Brooks Hook. His Loving wife of 72 years, Helen (Roberts) Brooks still survives.

Wayne was employed by Greenfield Milk and Ice Cream for 37 years. He is remembered by many as the ice cream man. He had a summer ice cream route throughout Greenfield for many years. Following the closing of Greenfield Milk and Ice Cream he was employed by Greenfield Power and Light until his retirement.

Wayne was a firefighter for over 40 years. He served as acting chief and assistant fire chief with the Greenfield Fire Department. He loved the camaraderie of the firefighters and was affectionately known as Dutch. Wayne also worked part-time for the Greenfield Boys and Girls Club. It was there he learned to box as a boy. In 1949 he won the Golden Gloves Middleweight Division Championship in Indianapolis.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and served in the Indiana National Guard. Wayne loved the Cincinnati Reds and spent many hours watching Reds games. They were also his favorite topic of conversation. He enjoyed playing Euchre and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (Roberts) Brooks; daughters: Connie (Tim) Wilson, Paula Bell, Trudy Labrecque, and Cindy (Sherwood) Haydock; son, Wayne (Cathy) Brooks; sister, Harriet (Larry) O’Connor; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Alma Hook, Marie Perguson, and Doris Phares; and brother, Paul Brooks.

Friends may call 10:30am until 1:00 pm, Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Funeral Service at 1:00 pm with burial immediately following at Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Memorial contributions in honor of Wayne may be sent to Greenfield Fire Department, 17 West South Street and/or The Boys and Girls Club, 715 East Lincoln Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

Dora Ann Scott, 82, of Morristown

Dora Ann Scott, 82, of Morristown passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at the Franciscan Hospice House in Indianapolis.

 

She was born February 16, 1939, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Harry K. and Anna M. (Dunn) Carter. On June 20, 1964, she married Max Lyman Scott, and he preceded her in death, after 48 years of marriage on May 3, 2013.

 

Dora is survived by her daughter, Roberta Temple of Mesa, Arizona; son, David Scott and wife, Tara, of Morristown; brothers, James R. Carter, Ralph Lynn Carter, and Harry K. Carter, Jr., all of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Gregory Swerdan, Stephanie Kierstead and husband, John, Savannah Scott, Jonathan Scott, Kaitlyn Scott, Lindsay Farmer and Timothy Newby; great-granddaughters, Mila Kierstead, Madison Newby and Nora Newby; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Max, Dora was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sarah M. Maynard; and brothers, Harvey E. Carter, Walter D. Carter and John W. Carter.

 

Dora retired in 1994, as the supervisory claims examiner at Fort Benjamin Harrison, where she worked 28 years as a civilian and two years in the WACS.

 

She was a member of the Morristown Christian Church, and a 30 plus year member of the Morristown Order of the Eastern Star Lodge No. 316.

 

Dora enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown, with the Eastern Star rites at 6:45 p.m.

 

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at the funeral home, with Ted Hagel officiating.

 

Interment will be at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown, with military graveside rites conducted by the local military committee.

 

Memorial contribution may be made to the Morristown Christian Church, 209 S. Washington St., Morristown, Indiana 46161.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Dora’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Kathie J. "Jody" Miller, 69, of Shelbyville

Kathie J. "Jody" Miller, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021 at her residence.
Born March 26, 1952 in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of Eugene L. Bryer and Lois K. "Barney"
(Barnet) Bryer.  She married Jack G. Miller on June 9, 1973 and he survives.


Other survivors include a son- Bradley M. Miller (wife Rebecca) of Flat Rock; daughter- Kelli M. Miller of Shelbyville; sister- Leann B. Tekorius (husband Tony) of Greenwood; and a grandson Brady L. Miller of Flat Rock.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Eugene W. Bryer, grandmother- Opal Bryer, and grandparents Chester and Fannetta Barnet.

 

Mrs. Miller was a lifelong resident of this area, graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1970, and
attended Thornton Haymond Lab School in Indianapolis. She had been employed as a lab tech with Inlow Clinic, Major Hospital, and Madison Avenue Lab for 36 years, retiring in 2008.  She was a member of West Street Methodist Church, and  a member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

 

Jody enjoyed camping and vacations at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.  She had a heart of gold and was always there for anyone who needed her.  Her faith was strong, her laugh contagious, and her love was unconditional.  


The family would like to thank Bettye, Elizabeth, and nurse Kayla for their loving care.


A graveside service at Forest Hill Cemetery will be held at a later date.  Pastor Tony Meads will officiate.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Research, Hospice of South Central Indiana, or the Donor's Choice of Charity, in care of the funeral home.

Billie Joe Balvin, 36, of Shelbyville, formerly of Noblesville

Billie Joe Balvin, 36, of Shelbyville, formerly of Noblesville passed away Friday, April 30, 2021, at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis.

 

She was born December 26, 1984, in South Bend, the daughter of Darren Lee and Peggy (Gilliam) Balvin.

 

Billie is survived by her parents of Shelbyville; sons, Alex Palacios, Tyler Meadows and Skyler Balvin, all of Shelbyville; companion, Brittaney Fields of Elkhart; paternal grandfather, Virgil Balvin and wife, Wanda, of Indianapolis; and paternal grandmother, Marsha Allen of Bloomington.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Billie and Edna Gilliam.

 

Billie was formerly a housekeeper.

 

She loved her children and cherished her time with them.

 

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery in Westfield.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Drugfree Coalition, 54 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Billie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Donna S. Hazelbaker , 77, of Shelbyville

Donna S. Hazelbaker , 77, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at

MHP Medical Center.  

 

Born July 24, 1943 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of John W. Hite and Helen

Louise (Benefiel) Hite.

 

Survivors include her long time companion Bob Kemple of Shelbyville; 5 children-

Jeff Hazelbaker (wife Janice) of Danville, Indiana, Todd Hazelbaker (wife Jeannie) of Indianapolis,

Troy Hazelbaker (wife Crystal) of Bumpass, Virginia, Ronda Hazelbaker of Danville, Judd 

Hazelbaker (wife Shylo) of Shelbyville;  4 stepchildren- Alisa Fisher of Shelbyville, Brian

Kemple (wife Danilla) of Indianapolis, Katrina Vierling of Shelbyville, Bobbi McLane (husband

Todd) of Shelbyville; 2 sisters- Charlene Stiers of Shelbyville, Jonna Powers (husband Danny) 

of Shelbyville; 19 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, 9 step grandchildren, and 9 step great 

grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Mrs. Hazelbaker had lived in this area since 1967.  She had been employed with Wal Mart in

Home  and Garden  department for 10 years, and prior to that had been a factory worker at

KT Corp. for 37 years, retiring in 2008.   She was a member of Luv Bugs Square Dance Club,

 and a former member of the Moose Lodge  Auxiliary.

 

Donna enjoyed playing slots at the casino and going on cruises.  She loved her grand dogs and

her grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home,

437 Amos Road, with Pastor Seth Taylor officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends

may call from 11:00 am until the time of the service on Friday morning.  

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Jerry Wayne Bennett, 77, of Greenfield

Jerry Wayne Bennett, 77, of Greenfield a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at his home.

 

He was born April 16, 1944, in Beech Grove, Indiana, the son of Robert P. and Vera “Ruth” (Ropp) Bennett. On April 8, 1978, he married his wife of 43 years, Roberta Sharon “Bobbi” McDonald, and she survives.

 

In addition to Bobbi, Jerry is survived by his son, James “Jamey” Bennett and wife, Nicole, of Greenfield; daughter, Michele Bowling of Greenfield, and Shelley Alford of Fountaintown; sisters, Marilyn Lancaster, Charlotte Hensley and Carol Fowler, all of Shelbyville; Grandchildren, Kerri Alford, Max Bowling & Kinsey Carroll, Emily Alford, Alex Bowling, Rachel Alford, Riley Bennett, Madi Best and husband Jake, Chase Bennett and Kye Bennett; great- grandchildren, Waylon Bowling, Myah Gardner and Delilah Best; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Alan Bennett.

 

Jerry was a U.S. veteran serving in California.

 

Jerry was a member of Ironworkers Local 22. Of all of the positions he held over the years being a mentor was his most rewarding. He shared his knowledge of construction with all.

 

Jerry either built or remodeled all of the homes that he lived in. He was a craftsman and perfectionist in everything he did.

 

Jerry had a passion for classic cars and his favorites were 1955-1957 Chevrolets. He also enjoyed watching his favorite teams play which included Alabama “Rolltide”, Colts, Pacers with a Coke in his hand.

 

A Celebration of Jerry’s Life will be held at a later date.

 

Services entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Terry A. VanSickle, 68, of Shelbyville

Terry A. VanSickle, 68, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at

his residence.

 

Born April 15, 1953 in Rushville, he was the son of Robert and Ruby (Finnsey)

VanSickle.  He married Mary (Dile)  VanSickle on May 11, 1985 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include his father-in-law Perry Furgeson of Shelbyville; a brother

Milke VanSickle (wife Barbara) of Rushville; brother-in-law Scott Furgeson (wife

Susan) of Shelbyville; sister-in-law Lora Furgeson; 4 nieces and 4 great nieces. He

was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. VanSickle had lived in this area for most of his lifetime, and graduated from

Rushville Consolidated High School in 1972.  He worked in the grocery business

for 45 years, retiring from the Kroger Co.  He was a member of Sons of American

Legion, and a past member of the Moose and Eagles Lodge.

 

Terry loved watching John Wayne Westerns and traveling.  He was an avid NASCAR 

fan, and enjoyed attending  the race at Talladega.  The family would like to send a special thanks 

to the Bakker family for their love and support. 

 

Graveside services will be 10:00 am on Monday, May 3, 2021 at Miller Cemetery, 

  Friends may call on Sunday evening, May 2, 2021 from

4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelbyville/Shelby Co. Animal Shelter, in 

care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Dale Fair, 81, of Shelbyville

Dale Fair, 81, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born May 7, 1939, in Shelbyville, the son of Leland M. and Helen (Williams) Fair. On October 26, 1985, he married Elaine K. Harrell, and she survives.

 

In addition to Elaine, Dale is survived by his daughters, Jill Arthur Griggs and husband, Aaron, of Indianapolis, Lori Arthur Scudder and husband, Scott, of Waldron, Sueann Fair Schaffer and husband, Bryan, of South Carolina, and Deloris Fair DeMott and husband, Mike, of Shelbyville; brother, Paul E. Fair and wife, Sandy, of Shelbyville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Dale was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Larry G. Fair; and sisters, Joann Heck and Janet Treon.

 

He graduated in 1959 from Shelbyville High School.

 

Dale was a member of the Flat Rock Christian Church.

 

He was formerly a chef at Chicken and Steak Inn from 1953 to 1985, Holiday Inn 1985 to 1998, and Chicken Inn from 1998 until retiring in 2017.

 

Dale loved to work in his yard and go camping.

 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. at the funeral home, with Minister Brian Ebersold officiating.

 

Interment will be at Patterson Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Dale’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Joshua Wayne Sowder, 40, Greenfield

Joshua Wayne Sowder, 40, Greenfield, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021. He was born on June 2, 1980 in Cincinnati, OH to Robert and Mary (LeCount) Sowder. Josh is a 1998 Greenfield Central High School graduate. He would later attend Penn State earning an associate’s degree via an apprenticeship.

In Josh’s younger years, he made state champion on the East Central High School football team, 1995-1996. He played on Greenfield Central’s High School Cougar football team. He also played on an independent rugby team for a few years. Josh was employed as a sprinkler fitter for Dalmatian Fire Protection in Indianapolis for over 15 years. He was a member of Local 669. He enjoyed bowling and was on Strike Force Lanes’ leagues for many years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and carpentry. He was also an avid golfer, had a contagious smile, and was extremely dedicated to his family, especially his children.

He is survived by his loving children: Ethan Sowder and Isabella Sowder; loving mother, Mary Tomlin; loving father, Robert (Kay) Sowder; awesome brother and coworker, Jess (Trina) Sowder; step-sister, Shanna Joseph; nephews: Owen Carter, Tyler Hook, and Bryce Sowder; niece, Maci Sowder; and many aunts and uncles.

Josh was preceded in death by his grandparents and sister, Rebecca Hook.

Memorial Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield. If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Maerose Headlee, 93, former Shelbyville resident

Maerose Headlee, 93, former Shelbyville resident, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Park Valley Inn Health Care in Round Rock, Texas.

 

She was born October 10, 1927 in Shelbyville, Indiana to Clarence Oren Farthing and Thelma Louise (Poore) Farthing.  Maerose was six years old when her mother passed away.  Her father later married Marie Tennessee Sneed who raised her as her own.

 

Maerose was a long-time member of Grace Wesleyan Church, formerly First Pilgrim Holiness Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang, served as an officer in the Wesleyan Women’s International, and demonstrated her love for others through her card ministry.  Maerose had a servant’s heart, always doing things around the church that no one saw.

  

She married Cyril B. Headlee on August 9, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 26, 2014.  Maerose is survived by her daughters, Dora Hudgins, of Texas, Catherine Headlee, and Linda (Greg) Martin, both of Shelbyville; her grandchildren, Rodney (Heather) Williams, Sandy (James) Hughes, Scarlett Herzog, Will (Ashley) Munsel, Jette (Ryan) McCormick, and Ross (Kasia) Martin; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Patricia Waggoner Shipp and Tee Yeager Brecto; and foster son, Adrian Gearhart.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers, Harold Conway, Albert Conway, and George Stanley Farthing, her sister, Margaret Conway Duckett, her daughter, Ella Williams Canfield, her son-in-law, Edgar Hudgins Sr., her granddaughter, Heather Munsel, and her grandsons, Walter Munsel II, and Edgar Hudgins Jr.

 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Grace Wesleyan Church, 56 E. Franklin St., Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Harvey Weaver and Rev. Jose Rivera officiating.

 

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Mrs. Headlee’s family.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Wesleyan Church.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Jennifer A. Miller, 40

Jennifer A. Miller, 40, fell asleep in death in Franklin, Indiana, on Monday, April 19, 2021.

 

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Harold and Sarah (Walters) Miller, Ohio; maternal grandmother, Carolyn (Spencer) Taylor, Florida; brother, Mark Miller, Waldron, IN, and daughter’s father, Michael Stephen Kees II, Shelbyville, IN.

 

She is survived by her father, Tim Miller, Ohio; mother, Ginger J. Taylor, Colorado; sister, Melissa Glass, Zionsville, IN; daughters, Markiah Miller-Kees, Franklin, IN; Ava Sims, Shelbyville, IN; and Kallie Rattray, Franklin, IN; nieces and nephew, Jasmine, Aiden and Emersyn Glass, Zionsville, IN.

 

Jennifer was born in Greenville, Ohio, on February 11, 1981. She was loved by friends where she grew up in both Bristol, NH, and Waldron, IN. She graduated from Waldron High School in 1999.

 

A private memorial service for family members and invited guests will be held this weekend.

 

Keeping with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes will be laid to rest in Bristol, NH, later this year.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Jennifer’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.co

Harold Emerson Simmonds "Bud", 80, of Shelbyville

Harold Emerson Simmonds “Bud”, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at St. Francis Hospital South.

 

He was born September 12, 1940 in Greensburg, IN, the son of Howard Simmonds and Lydia (Troutman) Simmonds.

 

Bud retired from the Shelbyville Parks Department after 22 years of service in maintenance.

 

He was a former member of the Eagles, Moose, and FOP lodges here in town.

 

Bud enjoyed fishing and had a love for trains.  He also enjoyed the times he was able to be in his garden.  Often times, he could be found watching old western movies.

 

Bud is survived by his son Jeff Simmonds; his daughter, Sherri (Billy) Morning; his grandson, Dakota Simmonds; his sisters, Diane (Mike) Yates, Linda Vire, and Sandra Yates, and close friend, John Gillen.

  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Larry, Billy, George, Donald, Richard, Earl, John, and Jr., and his sisters, Gene and Gail.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to Noon, Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will be follow at Noon with John Smith “Smitty” officiating.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory.

  

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Bud’s family.

 

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

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Jody Lynn Hopper, 65, of Fairland

Jody Lynn Hopper, 65, of Fairland, passed away Thursday, April 22, 2021

at Franciscan Health.

 

Born May 28, 1955 in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Shirley Hensley.

She married Bud Hopper on April 6, 1974 and he survives.

 

She was a cafeteria worker at Triton Central High School for over 15 years.

 

Friends may call  on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm

at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.  No funeral service will

be observed.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Minh Loc Nguyen, 63, of Shelbyville, formerly from Vietnam

Minh Loc Nguyen, 63, of Shelbyville, formerly from Vietnam, passed away, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at his residence.  Mr. Nguyen has been a resident of Shelbyville for two years.

 

 He was born April 20, 1958 in Vietnam, the son of Nghiem Nguyen and Sang Thi Hoang.

 

Mr. Nguyen retired from janitorial work after 20 years of service.

 

He is survived by his wife, Thuy Thanh Thi Nguyen of Indiana; his son, Vuong Minh Nguyen of Vietnam; his daughter, Ai Nhi Nu Nguyen of Vietnam; and daughter, Ana Nguyen of Indiana.

 

Mr. Nguyen loved to fish and watch volleyball and soccer.  He enjoyed going to daily Mass, then to morning coffee with his friends after services.

 

His favorite times were spent with his grandchildren and family.

 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway, Shelbyville, with Father Minh Duong officiating.

  

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Mr. Nguyen’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

 

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