Opal McKinley passed away on May 19, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette. Opal was born on November 17, 1919, in Carroll County to the late John Carl Disinger and Mary Edith (Trawin) Disinger McHardie. She was a 1938 graduate of Delphi High School.
Opal married Herbert Leo Timberman on March 25, 1939, in Rockfield, and he preceded her on April 14, 1955. Her second marriage was to Milo McKinley on July 3, 1957, in Pyrmont and he preceded her February 13, 1997.
Opal had worked at Essex Wire in Logansport for over 33 years before her retirement from there in 1979. She then was employed for 2 ½ years at Peters-Revington, retiring in 1983. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, Love Circle at the Church, a life member of the 32nd Division Veterans Auxiliary, Order of the Eastern Star in Rossville, and American Legion Auxiliary in Delphi. Opal enjoyed crocheting, playing euchre and spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Nichols (husband: David) of Delphi; grandsons: Jeffery Nichols (wife: Nancy) of Simi Valley, CA, Mark Nichols (wife: Suzi) of Noblesville, and Chad Nichols of Burlington, Kentucky; 9 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. She was preceded by her husbands and 2 sisters.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Pastor Dan Gottschalk will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial Contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association. Online condolences: wwwdavidsonfh.com
WAYNE LEE DRAPER
Wayne Lee Draper, 78, of rural Brookston, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 10:33pm. He became ill at home, and died at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital ER-Lafayette. Wayne was born November 25, 1934, in Carroll County, to the late Donald & Myrtle Mae Sibray Draper.
Wayne's marriage was to Linda Sue Lee in Delphi, on July 31, 1959, and she survives. He was a 1953 graduate of Delphi High School, and a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving aboard the USS Telfair, as a quarter master/navigator. The movie "Francis in the Navy" was partly filmed on his ship, and he was the personal escort for the female lead, Martha Hyer. He crossed the equator twice, and served in Japan, China, Turkey, and Canada.
Wayne worked for 39 ½ years for Rae Magnet Wire, Lafayette, as the receiving clerk, retiring in 1996. For 35 years he attended the Badger Grove Baptist Church, where he was past president of the New Badger Builders Sunday school class. The last 5 years he and his wife have attended the Chalmers Community Church, where he served as an usher, and attended the Keen Agers Bible study. He was an avid vegetable gardener, loved to mushroom hunt, and hunt pheasants. He enjoyed playing golf, and bowled for over 20 years on the Lafayette Industrial League, and the retirees "Oldies but Goodies Team", where he was past president. He took part in the Senior Games for 13 years, winning many metals in horseshoe's, and bowling. He is a past member of the Greater Lafayette Horseshoe League, again winning many 1st place trophies.
Surviving: wife Linda S. Draper of Brookston; daughter Holly & Ron Burke Jr of Rockwall, Texas; sons Michael & Janice Draper of Brookston; Andrew Draper, companion Amy Judy of Delphi; grandchildren: Austin Draper of Brookston, Abbie & Colin Dorton of Lafayette, Will Draper of Flora, Mikayle & Mackenzie Burke of Rockwall, Texas, Katelyn Draper of Delphi; great grandson: Zachary Draper of Brookston. Two sisters: Jean Ann & Don Sommers of Idaville, Judy & Bill Mullin of Linn; Three brothers: Billy & Pat Draper, Bob & Marge Draper, Fred & Linda Draper all of Delphi. He is also survived by his constant canine companion Daisy. Preceded in death by a son Joseph Jennings Draper; brother Don Draper Jr; sisters Donna Simmons, & Betty Jo Spitznagle.
Services: Friends may call Friday, May 17, from 4-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi, funeral Saturday 10:30am there, burial at Mount Zion Citizens Cemetery, rural Carroll County. Military Rites by Delphi & Camden American Legions, and the Delphi VFW. Memorial contributions to the American Heart and Lung Associations, envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe M. Ralston, 70, of Sun Lakes, Arizona, previously of Delphi,Indiana, passed away on May 4, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Joe was the owner/operator of the Delphi Dairy Queen Brazier from 1972 to 2001. He is survived by his wife Sallie and three sons, Curt and wife Robin of Chandler, Arizona, Brent of Oro Valley, Arizona, and Craig of Scottsdale, Arizona; and three grandchildren, McKenna, Addison, and Cooper. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Scott and his parents, Joseph and Rosealice Ralston of Terre Haute.
Joe was an avid model airplane flyer and instructor. A celebration of life will be held in the mountains he loved in June. Contributions in his name may be made to Camp Tecumseh, 12635 W. Tecumseh Bend Rd., Brookston, IN 47923 where Joe was a past President and a board member for over 28 years.
Deloris Harris, 95, formerly of Delphi, passed away at 11:30 PM, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare . She was born February 2, 1918 in Bremen, Indiana to the late Claude and Sylvia (Slusser) Mitchell.
She attended Bremen Schools, and married Harvey D. Harris in Plymouth, Indiana, on October 4, 1935. He preceded her on June 22, 1989.
Deloris retired in 1979 after 20 years from the decorating department at Globe Valve in Delphi. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church and enjoyed playing cards, knitting and crocheting.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty Shoemaker (Clyde) of Monticello; a son, Bill Harris (Elaine) of North Ridgeville, Ohio; 7 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Along with her husband, she was also preceded by her parents and a son, Jack Harris, and 3 sisters: Claudine English, Donnabelle Mitchell and Veloice Whitsel.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. services on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Sheri Rohrer officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart or American Cancer Associations. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfh.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at Monticello Assisted Living and Healthcare. They are deeply grateful for the care they gave Deloris.
Phillip Cletus Swisher, 85 of Delphi, passed away on Wedneday, May 8, 2013, at 10:22 a.m. at IU White Memorial Hospital, Monticello. He was born on February 26, 1928, in Monon to the late Elba W. and Mary (Brown) Swisher. He was a 1946 graduate of Monon High School.
Phillip served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He had served on the USS Roanoke. He retired in 1966 from the Monon Railroad. Mr. Swisher was an avid IU basketball fan.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews and his friend, Jerry Lowry, whom he had been living with. He was preceded by his parents, 2 brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. funeral mass at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Father Peter Vanderkolk officiating. Burial will be in St. Boniface Cemetery, Lafayette. Military Graveside Rites by the Delphi & Camden American Legions and Delphi VFW. Online Condolences: www.davidsonfh.com
Merrill D. Hughes, 83, of rural Monticello, died unexpectedly Friday-April 26, 2013 at 1:50pm at St. Elizabeth East Hospital-Lafayette. He was born Dec 31, 1929 in Owasco, to the late Arlie & Lucile Wolf Hughes. His marriage was to Mary Jo Rockhill, at the Hickory Grove Parsonage, on Oct 22, 1949, and she survives. He was a 1947 graduate of Delphi High School. He farmed in Carroll County, worked at the former Todd's Oliver Implement Dealership, the former Ranger Corp, now Delphi Products Corp in Delphi, and lastly Tri-State Cob near Delphi, for 20 years driving a semi. He was a member of the Yeoman United Methodist Church, on the building committee when they moved to their current location, longtime 4-H leader, Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation Board. He was an avid reader, enjoyed card games, especially euchre, and he and his wife were in two card clubs, water skiing and lake activities, he took flying lessons, and finished his solo flight, and loved to hunt mushrooms.
Surviving: wife-Mary Jo Hughes of Monticello; daughters: Kay & Dave Martin of Burrows; Joyce & Dale Ehlerding of Fort Wayne; sons: Allen Hughes & fiancé Brenda Thompson of Bringhurst; Kenneth & Rita Hughes on Monon; sisters: Wanda Duff of Delphi; Shirley Brummett of Brookston; brother: Ralph & Connie Hughes of Delphi; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by an infant son; a brother Max.
Services: Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Donors charity of choice . Online condolences:email@example.com
MICHAEL M. PACKARD
Michael M. Packard of Indianapolis, passed away on April 25, 2013, following a battle with cancer. Michael was born January 16, 1944, to Marvin and Alta Packard in Delphi, IN. He married Lorrie (McMinn) Packard in June of 1990. They have two children; Kameron and Keenan.
Michael graduated from Delphi High School in 1962 and graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. degree in Psychology in 1966.
He worked for PSI Electric and then was Comptroller at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. There he was appointed Commissioner of the BMV by Governor Otis Bowen. He received the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Bowen. He was also appointed as acting State Auditor, acting Secretary of State, and acting State Treasurer during his political career. Michael also was Deputy Constable for Decatur Township for 18 years.
Michael loved horseback riding and was a member of the "Wild Bunch." He was also active in Boy Scouts of America for several years. Michael was also Assistant Golf Coach at Decatur Middle School for five years.
Michael is survived by his wife and children. He also leaves behind three brothers, Dave (Pennie), Rick (Ellen) and Bob.
Family and friends may attend calling from 2-6 P.M., Sunday, April 28, 2013, and 9-10 A.M., Monday, April 29, 2013, at Jones Family Mortuary in Mooresville, Indiana. Charles Paxton will officiate the 10 A.M. Celebration of Life Funeral on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Jones Family Mortuary. Michael will be laid to rest in West Newton Cemetery.
LaDora Hamilton, 67, of Carroll County passed away on April 25, 2013 at 6:23 a.m. at Milner Community Health Care in Rossville. LaDora was born on April 9, 1946 in Lafayette to the late William J. and Barbara E. (Rodenbarger) Dickinson.
She was a 1964 graduate of Delphi High School and a graduate of Wright Beauty College in Kokomo. LaDora retired as a gear lab technician for Fairfield Manufacturing in Lafayette after 17 years. She had also been owner and operator of Styles by LaDora.
LaDora enjoyed crafts, singing, reading, watching movies, mushroom hunting, and riding her golf cart along the Wildcat Creek.
She is survived by her daughter, AunDrea (Bieghler) Schock (husband Rod) of Delphi; her sister, Belinda Weatherwax (husband Deet) of Delphi; grandchildren: Jake Bieghler (companion: Stefanie Dobson) of Cutler and Ali Bieghler (companion: Mikie Dubes) of Camden and Caleb Biegler of Delphi; and great grandchildren: Kaylyn and Ty Michael; niece: Elizabeth Hofmann and nephew: William Weatherwax. She was preceded by her parents and one brother: Ronald I. Dickinson.
Viewing will be at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi, from 10:00 a.m. to the 11:00 a.m. service on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Rev. Bill Glenn will officiate. Burial in Ball Hill Cemetery, Cutler. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Milner Activity Fund. Online Condolences:www.davidsonfh.com
Dr. William Thurman Dill passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in his home in Ferris, Texas, surrounded by his loving family. Dr. Dill was born on February 25, 1937, in White County, Indiana, to William Granville Dill and Daphne Eloise Thurman Dill. He married Manuela 'Lita' Emilia Ruiz-Zorrilla on December 21, 1958.
Dr. Dill was a graduate of Delphi High School in Delphi, Indiana, and went on to attend college at Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor's in BioChemistry and Masters of Science degree in Parasitology. His education continued later at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he received his PhD in Oceanography. While working on his PhD, he sailed to Antarctica on a US Coast Guard icebreaker, and on an Argentine vessel the Alaminos, to study Antarctic sea life.
Dr. Dill served as a proud member of U.S. Marine Corps from May 1957 until May 1963 as a Corporal. Dr. Dill joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1978, serving aboard the USNS Mercy on her maiden voyage to the Philippines. He retired from U.S. Public Health Service as a Captain in 1998. During his career, Dr. Dill traveled the globe, including South America, Mexico, Virgin Islands, New Guinea, St. Croix, and Fiji. He received the honorable designation of Shellback, having sailed across the equator at the International Date Line. Dr. Dill was an avid HAM Radio operator, bee keeper, fisherman and erudite.
Dr. Dill is survived by his beloved wife Manuela and three sons: William Dill Jr. and wife Sheila of North Carolina, David Dill of Dallas, Texas and Paul Dill and wife Elaine of Ferris, Texas; five brothers and two sisters: Rodney Dill and wife Gay of Atwood, Kansas, Karen Phillips and husband Gary of Lafayette, Indiana, Larry Dill and wife Sue of Wolcott,Indiana, Terry Dill and wife Jo of Delphi,Indiana, Debra Haworth and husband James of Monticello,Indiana, Thomas Dill of Delphi,Indiana, Michael Dill and wife Betsy of Delphi, Indiana; Five Grandchildren: Tyler, Trevor, Kristin, Paul Jr., and Cody. Six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 6-8 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Green Funeral Home, 207 S. Wood St. in Ferris, Texas. Graveside services will be held 12:30 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas.
Don Eugene Draper, 85, of Delphi passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at IU Health White Memorial Hospital at Monticello at 3:00 a.m. Don was born on January 14, 1928, to the late Leo and Felicia (Coppock) Draper.
He attended Battle Ground Schools and served in the United State Air Force during WW II, re-enlisting in the Army and serving from 1951-1952. After basic training he was shipped to Germany and served with the engineers at the Russian Zone. He served in the motor pool for 20 Months and served as an MP on the troop ship home, after which he served in the Reserves for 5 years. Don married Dorothy M. Lybrook on August 7, 1948 in Delphi and she survives.
Don owned and operated the Draper Garage for 40 years and worked on all makes and models of cars, trucks, tractors, police cars and school buses. Prior to owning his garage he had worked at various factories and also with the Monon Railroad. He always was willing to help with advice and never turned down a phone call. He enjoyed tractor pulls and motorcycles and traveling the country.
Along with his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by 2 daughters: Larine Jeanine Draper Scowden (husband Larry) and Lisa Gail Draper Shay (husband Les) both of Delphi; Granddaughter, Bethany Nichole Pearson and Great Grandson, Kenneth Zane Lovvorn of Delphi. Also surviving is his brother, Wayne Draper (wife: Betty) of Rochester and Sister, Jolinda Kerr (husband Kerly) of Akron; 2 Sisters-in law: Arzella Draper of Delphi and Ruth Draper of Lafayette and a Brother-in-law, Gene Ordiway of Monticello and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents and 2 brothers: Kenneth and Dean Draper, his sister, Beth Ordiway and nephew, Bill Kirby.
Private family visitation will be from 10:30 until the private services at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Burial will be in Morning Heights Cemetery, Delphi. He will be missed by all especially by his granddaughter, Bethany. Condolences at www.davidsonfh.com.
MERLE H. GRAY
Merle H. Gray, 83, of Camden died at 10 pm Monday April 8th, 2013, at his home. He was born in White County, near Idaville, Indiana, on July 2, 1929 the son of Harry H. and Mamie G. (maiden- Edgerly) Gray. He was raised by his stepfather, Harry Hartman, and his mother following his father's death when Merle was 10.
Merle started school in a one room school house at Caley near Royal Center, Indiana. He was a 1947 graduate of Camden High School and attended Purdue University. He worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad prior to serving as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 serving in Germany. On January 29, 1955 at Winona Lake, Indiana, he married Lorraine E. Ness. He worked as a rural mail carrier in the Camden and Delphi areas, retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in 1990. He then worked for Wal-Mart and helped open the first Wal-Mart store in Lafayette. He retired from there due to failing health in 2011 after 20 years of service. He was a founding member of the Lighthouse of Hope United Pentecostal Church of Logansport.
Merle enjoyed coin collecting, stamp collecting, and gardening. He enjoyed watching Purdue basketball and the New York Mets, along with spending time with his beloved family.
Surviving along with his wife are four daughters, Rachael (Eric) DeRudder of Lafayette, Beth (Randy) Stephens of Cutler, Melinda (Troy) Rossetter of Delphi, and Jennifer (Bryan) Clingenpeel of Camden; three sons, Tim (Rhonda) Gray of Raleigh, North Carolina, Tom Gray of Delphi, and Ted Gray of Camden; one brother, Leo (Renee) Gray of San Diego, California; two sisters, Eva Elaine Vandenberg of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Carol (Tom) Majewski of Westville, Indiana; ten grandchildren, Skye (Bryan) Dispennett, Shelby Stephens, Kayla Stephens, Joshua Gray, Benjamin Gray, Lydia Gray, Dale R. Seward II, Charles Ryan Seward, Megan Rossetter, and Miranda Clingenpeel; three great-grandchildren, Tyler, Connor, and Cassie Dispennett.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Earl Gray; one sister and brother-in-law, Alice and John Clear; and Hartman step-siblings Chester, Ed, Grover, Harold, Harriet, Hope, and Margaret.
Funeral services will be at 1 pm Friday, April 12, at Cree Funeral Home, Camden with Pastor Joshua Bault officiating. Burial will follow in the Camden Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 pm Thursday and one hour prior to services on Friday at the funeral home.
MARY ELLEN OAKS SHAFFER
Mary Ellen Oaks Shaffer, 86, of Delphi, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at 5:02pm, at IU Health Arnett Hospital-Lafayette. She had been in failing health, and a patient there since Friday. She was born June 11, 1926 in Carroll County, to the late Horace & Elnora Ward Oaks. Her marriage was to James E. "Jimmy" Shaffer in Delphi, on June 16, 1946, and he survives.
She was a 1944 graduate of Delphi High School, and received her certificate in gold and silver smithing. Prior to her marriage, she worked for the phone company in Delphi, as a telephone operator. Then she and her husband owned and operated with their sons, Shaffer's Marathon in Delphi for 53 years. Mary Ellen was the vice president of the corporation, and bookkeeper for their business. She and her husband also had J&M Gem's, their jewelry making business. She was a longtime and devoted member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, where she played in the bell choir. She was involved with Home Ec, and helped young girls in 4-H with their sewing and baking projects. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, and was an auxiliary member of the Gideon's. She and her husband and children, enjoyed traveling and camping.
Mary Ellen was a devoted wife and mother, who loved her husband and 3 children dearly. She enjoyed being at family gatherings, being with her grand- and great-grandchildren. Her family was everything to her.
Surviving are her husband: James E. "Jimmy" Shaffer of Delphi; son Garry D. Shaffer of Delphi; son Greg J. Shaffer, his girlfriend Claire Miller of Lafayette; daughter Diana L. Pownell of Rossville; brothers: Larry & Carol Oaks of Edna Mills, and Floyd & Joan Oaks of Lafayette; sisters: Ruth Ann & Leroy Pearson of Delphi, and Freda & Walter Wilson of Oregon. 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother Roy; daughter-in-law Thelma "Tim" Shaffer.
Friends may call Wednesday, April 10, from 5-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi. Funeral service Thursday 11am, at the Delphi United Methodist Church, where she will lie in state 1 hour prior to her service, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery-Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Gideon's, envelopes available at the funeral home & church. Online condolences: firstname.lastname@example.org
DAVID D. BENNETT, SR.
David D. Bennett, Sr., 76 of Delphi passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Delphi. David was born in Woodland, IL on Feb 1, 1937 to the late Stahl and Irene (Rogers) Bennett.
Mr. Bennett served in the Army. He retired as a truck driver for EA Ferry Trucking in Watseka, Illinois. He enjoyed tinkering and motorcycles.
He is survived by sons: Paul Giroux of Benton, Illinois, David Bennett Jr. (Kim Happ) of Delphi, Bill Bennett (Cathy) of Rockfield; and daughter, Angie Hunt (David Ramsey) of Pittsburg; sister, Berniece Haile of Manning, South Carolina; ex-wife and good friend, Joy Bennett Gibson of Delphi; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and 2 brothers.
Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. services on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Brent Oliver officiating. Burial will be in Zion Citizens Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites by the Delphi and Camden American Legions and Delphi VFW.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Online Condolences: www.davidsonfh.com
ROBERT "BOB" CONNER
Robert H. "Bob" Conner, 75, of Delphi, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at 12:45 a.m. at his residence. He was born October 2, 1937, in Fairmount, Indiana, to the late Charles E. & Dorothy Everhart Conner. His marriage was to Judith Ann "Judy" Talbott, in Marion, on August 3, 1958, and she survives.
Bob graduated from Marion High School in 1955, and earned his Bachelor & Masters degrees from Ball State University in 1962, 1965 & 1967. During his 35 years in the education field, Mr. Conner taught at Geneva, South Adams & Bluffton schools, and was the Director of Guidance at Delphi Community High School, from 1971 until his retirement in 1997. He was the "voice of the Oracles" during basketball & football games at DCHS for over 20 years. In 1992, he was hired as the first girls varsity softball coach at Delphi. In all, he coached for eight seasons. On January 14, Mr. Conner was honored by the Delphi Community School Corp. board of trustees, naming the Delphi Girls Softball complex; Bob Conner Field.
Mr. Conner was active in many organizations, events and boards in the Delphi Community. He served the Delphi Lions Club for 45 years, including serving as a director, secretary/treasurer, tail twister, vice president and president. He supervised the volunteer clean-up effort for Delphi's flood of 2003, and was awarded both the W.P. Woods Fellow, Indiana Lion's highest honor, and the Melvin Jones Fellow, the highest honor given by Lions International for his efforts. He was the co-chairman of the Lions Independence Day parade for several years. He served one term as a Carroll County Councilman, and served as president of Delphi's Park Board and the Carroll County Emergency Management advisory board. He also served on committees of Carroll County at the Crossroads, at its inception, and was past president of the Carroll County Family Health Clinic advisory board. He also belonged to the Carroll County Retired Teachers, and JUNTO, a social club. He served on the City of Delphi Board of Works for several years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Delphi, where he served as Deacon, Session member and Sexton, and sang in the church choir for many years.
In 2001, Mr. Conner and Lois Powlen, of Burrows, began singing at the church and were well received. Other churches, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities, as well as special events, were added to their singing schedule. They were familiar performers at Old Settlers, Fourth of July, and Christmas parades. They sang under the name of "Senior Class", until Lois passed away in 2008. Bob continued to visit the facilities until the fall of 2010, when he decided it was time to "retire" from the stage.
Surviving: wife Judith Ann "Judy" Conner of Delphi; son Kevin Conner, (girlfriend Ray Ellen Johnson) of Fishers; daughter Kim (husband Keith) Rishel of Delphi; grandchildren: Ashlee Flora, Abbee & Ryan Finn, Andrew Flora, Allee & Anthony Ropp, Allbanee Flora, Kolin Conner, Keaton Conner, Jamison Conner, & Madison Rishel; great grandchildren: Havyn, Tylee, Silas, & Cooper; sister Judy & Jim Carey of Marion; uncle Jim "Bud" & Marty Everhart of Jamestown, New York.
Friends may call Wednesday, April 3, from 4-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi. Funeral service Thursday 10:30am at the First Presbyterian Church-Delphi, where he will lie in state 1 hour prior to his funeral, Rev. Bill McLean officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens-Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to the First Presbyterian Church, envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences: email@example.com
GLENN A. BROWN
Glenn A. Brown, 85, of Delphi died at 6:07 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Delphi where he had been a resident for almost 2 years. He was born February 25, 1928 in Walton, Indiana, to Orville and Edith Gushwa Brown. He was a graduate of Delphi High School.
His first marriage was to Sue Starkey. On February 22, 1985, he then married Mary Shaffer Clawson, who survives. He was a lifetime farmer, on the family farm that was originally acquired in 1852. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Carroll County Pork Producers, a past director of Farm Bureau, and was inducted into the Carroll County "Agriculture" Hall of Fame in 2001.
Surviving besides his wife are 4 sons - Rick Brown, (Connie) of Delphi; Doug Brown (Rita) of Zionsville; Greg Brown (Regina) of Zionsville; Ron Brown (Tammy) of Springport; 1 stepdaughter - Anita Force (Mike) of Delphi; 3 stepsons - Eric Clawson (Debra) of Chalmers; Pat Clawson (Connie) of Delphi; Jay Clawson (Sharon) of Monticello; 2 sisters - Pauline Carbaugh, Logansport and Evelyn Calvert (Bill) Forest. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren; 9 stepgrandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 stepgreat-grandchildren. Preceding in death were 1 twin brother Lynn and brother-in-law, Howard Carbaugh.
Visitation will be Thursday March 28, 2013, from 11 am till the funeral at 1 pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Delphi, with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial will be at Zion Citizen's Cemetery, rural Bringhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphi United Methodist Church Building Fund. Online condolences: firstname.lastname@example.org
GERRY L. UNDERHILL
Gerry L. Underhill, 77, of Delphi, passed away in his home on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Born December 2, 1935, in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Gilbert "Gib" and Lela (Beale) Underhill. Gerry was a 1954 graduate of Delphi High School. He honorably served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958.
Gerry was the founder of Delphi Products, Underhill Industries, and National Building Systems. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, member and past president of Delphi Rotary, a member of American Legion Post 75 and Delphi VFW 9383. He was a world traveler and enjoyed buying and selling properties.
On May 15, 1955, he married Frances Faye Hitchcock in the Delphi Presbyterian Church and she survives. Also surviving are his three children, Julie Buckingham (husband, Michael) of Columbus, Ohio, Blair G Underhill (wife, Rhonda) of Monticello, and Jill Mugg (husband, Brad) of Mission Viejo, California; and two sisters, Carol Ward (husband, Jerry) of Naperville, Illinois, and Janie Smith (husband, Dave) of Delphi. Seven grandchildren also survive, Makenzie, Kylie, Quincy, Rachel, Leah, Cooper, and Joslyn. He was preceded in death by a son, D. Blake Underhill; and a grandson, Blake Lane Underhill.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Delphi United Methodist Church. Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at the Delphi Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Delphi United Methodist Church, Buddy Bag Program. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
MAURICE "MORRIE" HERRON
Maurice “Morrie” Herron passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Wedneday, March 20, 2013, at his residence. Morrie was born on July 27, 1929 in Delphi to the late Robert B. and Myrtle (Welker) Herron. He attended Delphi schools. Mr. Herron served in the Army from June 14, 1948 to July 23, 1948.
His 1st marriage was to Vonnie Walters and she preceded him in 1982. His 2nd marriage was to Joan Swift Crowell and she preceded him in 1998.
He retired after 20 years of service as a supervisor and trouble shooter for W.H. Long in 2004. He previously had worked at National Homes for over 39 years.
Morrie was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and looking up his genealogy.
He is survived by sisters: Bonnie Roberts (husband Robert), Sharon Wolf (husband Frank) and Jeanne Fife all of Delphi; 5 stepdaughters, nephew, Joey Dunfee and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents and wives, he was preceded by his son, Robert L. Herron in 2000 and sisters: Pat Hoagland, Norma Kimble, Mary Zwiers, and brothers: Paul and Bill.
Viewing will be on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 5-8:00 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi with services there on Saturday, March 23rd at11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Morning Heights Cemetery, Delphi with Military Graveside Rites by the Delphi and Camden American Legions and Delphi VFW. Condolences at http://www.davidsonfh.com.
Helen Kurtz, 92, of Lafayette and formerly of Delphi, passed away at 11:22 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at St. Elizabeth Central in Lafayette. Helen was born on January 12, 1921, to the late Earl E. and Vernice (Misner) Berry in Delphi. She attended Pittsburg Schools.
She married Clifford B. Kurtz in Lafayette on June 27, 1936. He preceded her on August 25, 1999.
Helen retired in 1982 from Globe Valve Corporation after 25 years of service. She enjoyed cooking for her family, family dinners and crotcheting.
Helen is survived by her son, Clifford A. Kurtz and daughter, Madonna Ruth Kurtz, both of Lafayette; 2 Grandchildren: Angela Douglas (Bill) of Lafayette and Kenny Henize of West Carrollton, Ohio; 3 Great Grandchildren: John James of Delphi, Rachel Gast (Kristopher) of Lafayette, and Joshua Henize of West Carrollton, Ohio; 2 Great Great Grandchildren: Jacob Burger and Mathew Gast of Lafayette.
She was preceded by a daughter, Frances Louise Henize; a brother, Paul Berry and 5 sisters: Esther Stone, Fern Phillips, Bonnabelle Foster, Donnabelle Glass and Delores Harner and a grandson, Eddie Henize.
Viewing will be at Davidson Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until the 7:00 p.m. service on Wednesday, March 20. Father Peter Ambrose Ziegler will officiate. Burial will be inMasonic Cemetery, Delphi at a later date. Memorial Contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation. Online condolences: www.davidsonfh.com.
DONALD HICKMAN SR.
Donald Eugene "Papa" Hickman Sr., 82, of Delphi, Indiana, went to his eternal reward Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 4 p.m. in Camden, Indiana. He was born October 15, 1930, in Lafayette, Indiana, to the late Dilver Douglas and Georgiana M. (Bushman) Hickman.
He married his beloved wife, Dorothy Nadine "Dot" Denham in 1953, in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Don was a member of Local 157 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union for over 60 years as a Journeyman Plumber. He was a faithful member of the Delphi Pentecostal Church. He owned and operated Indianhead Lake & Campground in Warren County, Indiana, for 15 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and proud of his lineage dating back to pre-Revolutionary War in the United States.
He loved his family and had a special and unique relationship with each member of his family. His generosity was unsurpassed. By example, he taught his children that the two greatest joys in life are giving to others without the expectancy of receiving, and appreciating what you have been given.
Surviving along with his wife are son; Donald Eugene Hickman, Jr. (Marsha); daughter, Holly Ann Stewart (Timothy) both of Delphi, Indiana; daughter, Karen Kay Breen (Robert) of Greenwood, Indiana; and daughter, Pamela Jean "PJ" Hickman of Lafayette, Indiana. Donald Eugene Hickman, Jr. has four children and five grandchildren. Holly Ann Stewart has three children and four grandchildren. She and Tim also have had the blessing of rearing many other children and being grandparents to their children. Karen Kay Breen has one child. Pamela Jean Hickman has three children and five grandchildren.
Don is also survived by his sisters; Helen F. Snapp and Mary Etta Wilkerson, both of Lafayette; and brother, Dennis L. Hickman, Sr. of Lafayette. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers; Robert D., Dilver Junior, and Richard L.; and sister; Betty J. Coffman.
Visitation will be 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel. Funeral Service there at 1 p.m. Friday, Pastor Timothy Stewart officiating. Entombment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette.
Don loved children and would regularly sponsor their participation in Church Camp. In honoring this tradition, the family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be given to the Donald Eugene Hickman, Sr. Children's Camp Fund at the Delphi Pentecostal Church, PO Box 600, Delphi, Indiana 46923.
Dan Noonkester, 64, of Delphi was called home on March 9, 2013, at 6:51 p.m. at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Dan was born on December 28, 1948, in Pearisburg, Virginia, to the late Roy L. and Mary F. (Stump) Noonkester. He was a 1967 graduate of Francesville High School.
Dan was in the US Air Force serving in Vietnam, Guam, Thailand and Taiwan. He married Caryn Craig on July 27, 1985, at the Delphi United Methodist Church and she survives.
Dan was owner and operator of Dan’s Body Shop in Delphi since January 1, 1987. He had been employed as manager at Todd Crawford GM & Lahr Ford and was a Body Tech for Mann Chevrolet. Dan was past president and member of the Delphi Lions Club; and was also a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, Delphi American Legion, and the Delphi and Carroll County Chambers of Commerce.
Dan enjoyed fishing, traveling, camping, and especially spending time with his grandchildren, family, and friends.
Along with his wife, Caryn, he is survived by sons: Darrel Noonkester (Tammy) of Delphi; Dustin Noonkester (Jennifer) of Bringhurst, and Brad Allen (Brooke) of Monticello; grandchildren: Zac, Courtney, Carson, Dagan, and Alena; great grandchildren: Addyson & Brayden; and a brother. He was preceded by his sister, and grandson, Brady.
Viewing will be at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi on Tuesday, March 12 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the services at the Delphi United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites by the Delphi & Camden American Legions and Delphi VFW. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Delphi United Methodist Church. Online condolences at: www.davidsonfh.com
Blake Lane Underhill, 21, of Monticello died Friday, March 1, 2013, at 6:40 a.m. in rural Carroll County, Indiana. Born March 27, 1991, at Home Hospital in Lafayette, he was the son of Blair G. Underhill and Rhonda L. (Mayes) Underhill.
Blake had resided in the Monticello community most of his life, and graduated from Twin Lakes High School in 2010, where he enjoyed history class, and was in the play The Christmas Carol. He attended Ball State University for two years, and was currently enrolled in Ivy Tech and working full time at Delphi Products Company. Blake was a member of the United Methodist Church in Monticello. Aside from Blake's undoubtedly charismatic demeanor, he was a great athlete and was very passionate about football. Blake excelled in track and holds a record in the long jump, receiving numerous trophies and awards. He also played Rugby at Ball State.
Blake enjoyed fishing, boating and playing beach volleyball. Blake was, and will always be, an amazing and truly loved man.
Surviving with his parents, Blair and Rhonda Underhill, of Monticello, are two sisters: Makenzie Hinds and Joslyn Underhill, both of Monticello; maternal grandparents: Rudy and Jeanette Mayes of Indianapolis; paternal grandparents: Gerry and Faye Underhill of Delphi; and several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was preceded by an Uncle, David "Blake" Underhill.
Services were Tuesday, March 5, at the United Methodist Church in Monticello, Rev Brian Beeks officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Miller-Roscka Funeral Home, Monticello, was in charge of arrangements.
ALICE JOY BROWN
Alice Joy Brown, 74, was called home on February 28, 2013, at her home in Flora, Indiana. Alice Joy was born to the late Russell and Jane (Latta) Sigman on January 2, 1939, in Yeoman. She was a 1957 graduate of Monticello High School.
Alice Joy married Richard L. Brown on May 10, 1975, at the Yeoman United Methodist Church and he survives. She retired in June 2001 from Peters-Revington after 43 years. She was in the invoice and labeling dept. She was a member of the Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Flora and a member of the choir and served on several church committees. She enjoyed doing needlepoint and making samplers.
Surviving along with her husband, Richard, are her brothers-in-law: Larry Marshall of Brownsville, Texas, and Victor Brown (wife: Susan) of Delphi; sister-in-law: Betty Beale (husband: John) of Delphi; and several nieces and nephews. Alice Joy was preceded by her brother, Dale Sigman and sister, Doris Marshall.
Viewing will be on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi, with services there on Monday at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Tomsen officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Living Faith Church of the Brethren, Flora. Online condolences at www.davidsonfh.com
Judge John Reed Smock, age 104, of Lafayette, was born on July 14, 1908, in Rossville. He grew up in Delphi, and graduated from Delphi High School in 1926. He received a BS degree in business and a JD in law from Indiana University. While attending Indiana University, John lettered for three years in track and won many first place medals in Big Ten meets. He was a member of Acacia Fraternity and the Indiana University marching band. John practiced law for ten years in Delphi, during which time he served as City Attorney and spent two terms as Prosecuting Attorney for Carroll County.
After Pearl Harbor, John joined the FBI after being told he was "too old" for the military. That began a twenty-seven year odyssey as an FBI agent. His assignments took him from Buffalo, New York to Kansas City, Missouri with many cities in between. Most memorable was a running gunfight at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis that led to the capture of one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted. After his retirement from the FBI, Indiana Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb appointed him chairman of the Alcohol Beverage Commission for the state of Indiana. After completion of his duties, he was awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash. Later, Governor Otis Bowen appointed him Judge of the Carroll County Circuit Court. After retiring to Lafayette, John served ten years on the Merit Board of the Tippecanoe County sheriff's office. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Delphi, the John Purdue Club and the Indiana University Varsity Club.
John married Margaret Ann O'Hair on October 11, 1930, while both were students at Indiana University. She died on 2/7/2003. Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Grady of St Louis, and Karen Frey of Palo Alto, California. His daughter, Jane Chambers is deceased. John was the proud grandfather of 11 grandchildren and a gaggle of great-grandchildren. While many may note his remarkable accomplishments, what John's family and friends will remember best is his unwavering kindness, generosity and simply what a humble and decent man he was.
Graveside services were at Masonic Cemetery in Delphi on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi entrusted with his care. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfh.com.
JOSEPH C. FOWLER, JR.
Joseph Campbell FowlerJr., also known as Fenix Fowler, 65, of West Lafayette, formerly of Delphi and Logansport, passed away at 2:58 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2013, at his home while surrounded by his family.
Joseph was born on November 5, 1947, to JosephC. Fowler and Joyce Lanier (Jordan) Fowler, in Lafayette. His father precedes him in death. Joseph was the great-great-great-grandson of famed Hoosier industrialist, Moses Fowler. Moses was a larger-then-life figure involved with farming, banking, river trade and local and regional politics. He was a pivotal figure in the growth and histories of Lafayette, Purdue, Fowler and central Indiana. Joseph shared Moses' business acumen and distinctive Fowler features.
Joseph grew up in Delphi, where he attended the St. Joseph's Catholic Church and was an Altar Boy; he attended St. Joseph's Catholic School and Culver Military Academy and graduated from Delphi High School in 1966. Joseph also was a local little leaguer and starred in a high school production of Agamemnon. It was during this time; Joseph met the love of his life, Malinda Ayres. They would be part of each other's lives for 46 years.
After briefly attending Indiana University, Joseph joined the United States Army and served 1967-1970 with a tour in Vietnam, 1969-1970. After serving, Joseph moved around and discovered many things within him before returning to Delphi in 1973; where he went to work for the William Bradshaw Insurance Agency. On September 7, 1974, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Delphi, he was married by Father Ambrose Ziegler to Malinda Grace Ayres, of Flora.
In 1982 he struck out on his own and formed Fowler Insurance, Inc. and FowlerEnterprise. As a businessman, Joseph was a committed advocate and builder of his community; he was the president of the board of directors at the Logansport Family YMCA. Where he raised many funds and spearheaded the construction of the racquetball courts. Joseph owned many rental properties in Logansport through Fowler Enterprise Properties. His business interests spread throughout the Midwest and he became known as a fair and hardworking man; he was also known as an innovative leader, being one of the first in Logansport to modernize his company with computers, a redesigned modern office and sales teams. In 1987 Joseph formed Consolidated Union; then in 1989, he combined Consolidated Union with three other insurance agencies in the area. In March of 1991, due to health concerns, Joseph retired and the company seamlessly transferred ownership to Tim E. Herd and Timothy J. Konich.
Joseph was a life-long athlete; he excelled at racquetball and in 1983, was the Indiana State YMCA Champion. He routinely defeated men 10-15 years younger than him. He had a strict exercise routine he followed most of life. He delighted his daughters by lifting them over his head, one in each arm. Joseph had many other hobbies and pursuits; he collected unique cars and loved Mercedes-Benz, Jaguars and MGs. He was a movie aficionado; with a special interest in noir and crime films, he saw thousands of movies and shared this hobby with his son.Joseph was also a fine art collector, finding pieces all over the country to fit his unique style. Joseph loved electronics and always knew how technology would change the world. He was a skilled card player who excelled at all variations of poker and games like gin rummy and few could challenge him at the pool table, a skill that he indulged in halls throughout the country.
Joseph was moved to be a mentor by his experiences with his father-in-law, Tom S. Ayres and Grandfather, J. Lanier Jordan; their influences on his life cannot be measured. Which led Joseph to mentor young men and women in the business community; he loved sharing knowledge and experience with those who sought it. He was also a devoted father to his two daughters and son. He was always there to assist them in whatever task was ahead of them.
Joseph loved only one woman, Malinda Ayres and he had loved her since he was a boy.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Malinda, of West Lafayette; two daughters, Amelia AyresFowler, of West Lafayette, Adrienne Bienvenu Fowler, of Marblehead, Mass., and a son,Joseph Campbell Fowler III, of Lafayette. He is also survived by three grandchildren; Ethan James Fowler and Grace Adrienne Fultz, both of West Lafayette, and Delilah Rose Michalowski, of Marblehead, Mass. Also surviving him is his beloved dog, Anais and his mother; two sisters, Louise and Cecilia Fowler; and three nieces and two nephews in Texas. Joseph was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Campbell Fowler and his beloved dogs, Wags, Cosmo, Valentine and Colette.
The Fowler family would like to extend special thanks to individuals who had an impact on Joseph's life and when they spoke, he was silent. Tom S. Ayres, J. Lanier Jordan, Father Ambrose Ziegler, James Jones, Brian Messer of Lafayette's Sound Advice, Mark and John Layton, Dr. Naga Chalasani of IU and Dr. Carolyn Kochert.
There will be a Funeral Mass held at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1207 Columbia St., Lafayette, Ind.; at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013, with Father Ziegler officiating. Afterwards, there will be a Wake, immediately following, Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the HistoricFowler House, corner of 10th and South Streets, Lafayette, Ind., for family and all who knew him. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, the Indiana Veteran's Home in West Lafayette and the Purdue University School of Veterinary Science. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
FATHER LOUIS HEITZ
Father Louis S. Heitz, 81 of Cridersville, Ohio, died at 9:32 a.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, Ohio surrounded by loving family. Born November 5, 1931, in Fort Jennings, he was the son of Otto and Rose (Stauterman) Heitz, who preceded him in death.
Father Heitz attended Minor Seminary at St. Meinrads in Meinrad, Indiana, and Major Seminary at Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri. Father was ordained on April 6, 1957 in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Conception, Missouri.
He is survived by three sisters Mary (Virgil) German, Joan (George) Ross and Betty Grace; one sister in-law, Dorothy Heitz; and 21 nieces and nephews, 47 great nieces and nephews and 28 great, great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister Catherine Heitz, three brothers, Robert, Frank and Ralph Heitz. One brother in-law Oris Grace.
Father Heitz had been a resident of Otterbein Independent Living in Cridersville, Ohio, for the past 10 years where he continued his priestly ministry saying Mass for residents who were fondly known as his parishioners. Father also continued to administer the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. During this time, niece Jean (Steve) Hull and nephew David (Debbie) Heitz became an integral part of his daily life allowing Father to continue his service to the Church.
The following were Father Heitz’s Church appointments: April 24, 1957, Assistant Pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas in Lafayette, IN - June 12, 1957, Assistant Pastor at Saint Ann, in Lafayette, IN - May 28, 1963, Director of Catholic Charities - July 15, 1966, Administrator at St. Joseph in Delphi, IN - September 4, 1974, Pastor at St Joseph in Elwood, IN - August 1, 1981, Pastor at St. Lawrence in Muncie, IN - July 1, 1996, Pastor at St. Joseph in Winchester, IN.
On Wednesday, February 20 his body will lie in state at his home parish, St. John’s Evangelist Church, 331 E. 2nd St., Delphos, Ohio, beginning at 9 a.m. Immediately following is a Mass of Christian Burial scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. with the Most Reverend Bishop William Higi, of Lafayette, Indiana, officiating and Father Michael McKinley of St. Joseph, Winchester, Indiana as homilist. Burial will follow at The Ressurection Cemetery in Delphos.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 19 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home located in Delphos, Ohio at 209 W. 3rd St. Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Contributions will be used to say mass for Father Louis.
Boyden Cull, 79, of Delphi, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Boyden was born on January 5, 1934, in Rushville, Indiana, to the late Noland and Clara Mae (Nighbert) Cull.
Mr. Cull was a 1952 graduate of Rushville High School. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korea Conflict, serving as a tank mechanic. He married Janet S. Hazelrigg on June 2, 1957 in Milroy, Indiana, and she preceded him on February 14, 2002. Mr. Cull was an iron worker with Local #22 in Indianapolis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap skeet shooting and gardening.
He is survived by his son: Grant Cull (wife: Teresa) of Monticello; daughters: Kareen Cull of Camden, Janella Wilson (husband: Doug) of Delphi, Laurissa Howard (husband: Dwight D.) of Greenwood; brother, Loren Cull (wife: Sally) of Rushville; 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Along with his parents and wife, he was preceded by a brother, Darvin.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Lupus Foundation of America. Online condolences at: www.davidsonfh.com
Jesse Wilson, 82, of Noblesville, raised in Carroll County, passed away at 12 p.m. on January 27, 2013, at Maple Park Village in Westfield. Mr. Wilson was born on March 22, 1930, in Carroll County, Indiana, to the late Homer and Mildred (Wise) Wilson. He was a 1949 graduate of Delphi High School, and married Carol Temple on May 14, 1950, in Jefferson Township.
Mr. Wilson served with the Navy Seabees from 1951-1955, during the Korean conflict. He worked for over 50 years with Fauber Construction as a construction supervisor. He was a member of the operating engineers local 123 in Terre Haute.
Along with his wife Carol of Noblesville, he is survived by daughters: Kristi Cody (husband: Michael), of Noblesville, Jana Calhoun (husband: David), of Murphysboro, Ill.; son: Michael J. Wilson (wife: Melanie), of Boston; brother: Walter Wilson (wife: Freda), of Colorado Springs, Colorado; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 12:30 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi; Pastor Nord Zootman officiating. Burial will be in Seceder Cemetery in Adams Township, Carroll County.
Michelle D. Sullivan Walker, 51, of Brookston, died unexpectedly Monday, January 28, 2013, at 10:50 pm, at IU Health Arnett ER-Lafayette. She was born October 27, 1961, in Logansport, to Max & Norma Marlene Stites Sullivan, and they survive and reside in Delphi. She was married to William E. “Bill” Walker on Tecumseh Bend at his river cottage, on July 4, 1984, and he preceded her in death on Mar 24, 1995.
Michelle was a 1979 graduate of Delphi Community High School, and received her B.S. in hotel & restaurant management from Purdue University in 1983. She worked in the restaurant industry for several years. She was a member of the Mexico Baptist Church, a 10 year 4-H member; belonged to the Purdue University Alumni Association, and the Purdue Women’s basketball network. She was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, Purdue University sports, cooking, and always enjoyed trying to prepare a new recipe.
Surviving are her parents: Max & Norma Sullivan; Brothers: Stuart (Christy) Sullivan, Kevin (Lisa) Sullivan of Greenwood; 2 nieces: Kara & Melanie; and 3 nephews: Sean, Patrick, and Zachary. She was preceded in death by an infant niece Erin, and her grandparents.
The family will receive friends Saturday, February 2, from 10am until her memorial service at 11:30am, at Abbott Funeral Home-Delphi. Private family interment will take place. Memorial contributions may be made to the Purdue Cancer Research Center, envelopes available at the funeral home. Online condolences: email@example.com
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