RALPH W. BLODGETT, 104, retired pastor (NIC), died Dec.5, 2007. He is the father of the Rev. Judith B. Purvis, Vincennes District Superintendent. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Survivors include: three daughters, Vivian Sue Shields, Rebecca June Downing and Judith B. Purvis. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Judith B. Purvis, 1601 Old Orchard Rd, Vincennes, IN 47591 (vinumcds@sbcglobal. net).
MARY JANE COHEE, widow of the late Rev. Kenneth Cohee (NIC), died Dec. 9, 2007. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
RUSSELL J. COMPTON, retired pastor (SIC), died Dec. 8, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec.15 at Gobin Memorial UMC. Survivors include: one son, Clyde Compton, 5 Linden Lane, Ogden, Dunes, IN 46368; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
WILBUR CROPPER, retired pastor (SIC), died Dec. 20, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec. 27 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan, Ind. Survivors include: his wife Irene Cropper, 7007 S Bearwallow Rd, Maysville, KY 41056; one daughter, Jeannine Applegate; two sons, James Cropper and Dennis Cropper; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
ELEANOR DAVAULT, 83, mother of the Rev. Denise Davault Gilbert, pastor of North Liberty UMC (NIC), died Nov. 27, 2007. A memorial service was held Nov. 30 at Grace UMC in South Bend. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Denise Davault Gilbert, P.O. Box 904 North Liberty, IN 46554.
JANET YVONNE DEAL, 73, wife of the Rev. David Deal, retired supply pastor to Breden UMC in Terre Haute, Ind. (SIC), died Dec. 10, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec. 14 in Marshall, Ill., with graveside services at the Plainville (Ind.) Cemetery.
Memorials can be given to a scholarship fund for her grandchildren. Survivors include: husband, the Rev. David Deal; two sons, Larry Deal of Springfield, Ill., and Deacon Deal of Sullivan, Ill.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Deal. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. David Deal, 302 Holly Street; Marshall, IL 62441.
WARREN DEXTER, 96, father of the Rev. Robert Dexter, Michiana District Superintendent (NIC), died Dec. 4, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec. 9 at Trinity UMC in Fort Wayne. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Robert Dexter, 56816 Meadowood Dr., Elkhart, IN 46516.
JEANNIE DUNTEN, 44, of Lafayette, daughter-in-law of David and Pastor Marilyn Dunten, associate minister at New Haven UMC in the Fort Wayne District (NIC), died Nov. 30, 2007. She is survived by her husband David, two daughters Stephanie and Jessica Dunten, both of Lafayette; her parents Don and Shirley Heck of Carmel, Ind.; A sister Donna Mai of Westfield, Ind. A funeral mass was held Dec. 5 at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in West Lafayette, Ind. Condolences may be sent to Mr. David and the Rev. Marilyn Dunten, New Haven UMC, 630 Lincoln Highway, New Haven, IN 46774.
THELMA F. GENTRY, 93, mother of retired pastor and former district superintendent the Rev. James E. Gentry of Indianapolis (SIC), died Dec. 16, 2007. Survivors include three sons, the Rev. James E. Gentry of Indianapolis, Ralph E. Gentry of Meidian, Idaho, and Chuck L. Gentry of Ormond Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Dec. 23 with burial in Zoar UMC Cemetery near Corydon, Ind. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. & Mrs. James E. Gentry, 6431 Shamel Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
WILLIS GOODWIN, a minister in John's Island, S.C. active in mission projects with pastors and laity in the Bloomington and Evansville districts, who went to John's Island. Goodwin, 72, died Dec. 10, 2007 in South Carolina. A memorial service was held Dec. 14. For information on memorial contributions, please contact the Bloomington District UMC Office. Condolences can be sent to Ms. Eartha Goodwin, 2751 Bohickett Rd., John's Island, SC 29455.
FLORISE M. JACKSON, 65, chair of the finance committee of the General Board of Global Ministries and a long-time national figure in United Methodist Women, died on Nov.12, 2007 in New Jersey. Condolences can be sent to the Newton Family, 410 Oxford Street, Piscataway, NJ 08854.
ALICE KIRKPATRICK, widow of the late Rev. John Kirkpatrick (SIC), mother of Kathie Clemenz, mother-in-law to the Rev. Lorin L. Clemenz, died Dec. 7, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec. 12 at Wesley Manor Chapel in Frankfort, Ind., with interment in the Ball Hill Cemetery at Cutler, Ind. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. and Mrs. Lorin Clemenz, 6337 Creekview Lane, Fishers, IN 46038.
ELVINA RAY, mother of retired minister Larry Ray (NIC), died Friday, Nov. 30, 2007 at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette, Ind. Survivors include: sons, Larry Ray of Lagro, Ind. and Rod Ray of Lafayette; one grandson and three granddaughters, and three great granddaughters. A memorial service was held Dec. 5 at the Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale, Ind. Memorials can be sent to the Cloverdale UMC. Condolences may be sent to the Rev & Mrs. Larry Ray, 2277 N 600 E, Lagro, IN 46941 and Mr. & Mrs. Rod Ray, 71 Brookberry Dr., Lafayette, IN 47909.
GERALDINE SHEPARD, surviving spouse of the late Rev. Paul Shepard (SIC), died Nov. 10, 2007. A memorial service was held Nov. 21, 2007. Survivors include: two daughters, Marla Shepard, 515 E 44th St Indianapolis, IN 46205, Ellen Shepard, and four grandchildren.
GERALDINE SINER, former (NIC, SIC) Diaconal Minister and widow of the late Rev. John Siner (NIC), died Dec. 28, 2007. A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at First UMC, Bloomington, Ind., with burial at Clearcreek Cemetery. Survivors include: two daughters, Darla Siner, 4660 Happy Hollow Rd, Bloomington, IN 47408, and Kathy Siner; one son, John Timothy Siner; and one grandchild
KENNETH C. SWAN, retired pastor (NIC), died Nov. 26, 2007. A memorial service was held Nov. 30 at First Church of the Nazarene with burial at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Berne, Ind. Survivors include: his wife, Lena; two daughters, Dixie L. Craig of Portland, Diana Kay Dutton of Wabash; two sons, Kenneth D. Swan of Marion, and Thomas D. Swan of Portland, Ore.; stepchildren Edward Sipes, Jr. of Marion; Maxine Hiatt of Andrews; Lynda Cunningham of Plugerville, Texas; Leslie Sipes of Ft. Wayne; Letha Stanton of Muncie; Penny Hilton of Marion; 28 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, and six great great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the First Church of the Nazarene, 700 Kem Rd., Marion, IN 46952. Condolences can be sent to Lena Swan, 9 Valley Ct., Marion, IN 46953.
DAVID TRIPP, pastor of Rolling Prairie UMC in the Michiana District (NIC), died Dec. 16, 2007. A memorial service to share in the celebration of David Tripp's life was held Dec.21 at First UMC, in LaPorte. Condolences can be sent to David's widow, Diane Karay, at 3376 E. US Highway 20, Rolling Prairie, IN 46371.
LILLIAN A. WORKMAN, widow of the late Rev. Wilbur Workman (NIC), died Dec. 30, 2007. A memorial service was held Jan. 4 at Columbia City UMC with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Albion, Ind. Survivors include: sons, Ted Daniel and Thomas Workman; daughter, Janice Conrad; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Memorials can be given to the Columbia City UMC building fund.
ROBERT L. ZIRKLE, 79, father of the Rev. Jeffrie Zirkle, pastor of Greensburg UMC (SIC-Rushville District), died Dec.7, 2007. A memorial service was held Dec. 12.