MARIETTA BLYTHE, surviving spouse of the late Rev. Andrew Blythe (SIC), died Feb. 5, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 8. Survivors include: Daughters, Ruth Cobb, 12245 Winter Falls Lane, Evansville, IN 47711 and Suzanne Toy; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
PHYLLIS COY, mother-in-law of the Rev. Bob Denney, pastor of Fairview and Bellefountain United Methodist churches in the Muncie District (NIC), died Jan. 27, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 1. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Bob and Donna Denney, 1126 S. Como Road, Portland, IN 47371-8535.
HENRY L. GERNER, retired Elder (SIC) and former Head of the Department of Chaplaincy, Counseling & C.P.E. at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis from 1982 to his retirement in 1994, died Feb. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held March 4 at North UMC in Indianapolis. Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy "Dotti" Gerner, 4436 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, IN 46205; one son, Mark Gerner.
MAURICE KESSLER, retired pastor (NIC), died Feb. 27, 2008. A memorial service was held March 1. The Revs. Harold L. Leininger and Karen Ottjes officiated. Survivors include: two daughters, Alona Leininger, Akron; and Miriam Sumner of Anderson; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; sister, Mabel Cretcher; and two brothers, Lewis and Arthur Kessler.
DOROTHY MAISH, mother of retired minister and former district superintendent the Rev. David Maish (NIC), died Jan. 30, 2008. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. David Maish, 344 DaVinci Pass, Kissimmee, FL 34759-3129, or by e-mail to email@example.com.
ROBERT RUSSELL ROWLAND, retired Elder of West Chester, Ohio, who held several positions in higher education (SIC), died Jan. 30, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Naomi. A memorial service was held Feb. 4. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Naomi Roland, 8364 Waterbury Court, # 102, West Chester, OH 45069. He retired in 1982.
SMITH E. RUNYAN, the husband of retired clergywoman, Saundra Runyan (NIC), died Jan. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 1. Survivors include: his wife, Sandra; three children; five stepchildren and 13 grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Saundra Runyan, 15958 Barnes Dr., Belle Center, OH 43310.
THELMA SHEPHERD, widow of the late Rev. Garth Shepherd who died in 1996 (NIC), died Jan. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held Jan. 30. Condolences can be sent to Paul Moser, 3692 Juillerat Dr., Portland, IN 47371. Memorials can be made to the donor's choice.
RONALD G. THOMAS, Associate Member (SIC), died Feb. 3, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 8 at the Hope UMC, Hope, Ind. A second memorial service was held Feb. 9 at the Carbon UMC in Carbon, Ind. Survivors include: wife, Sandra Thomas, 429 Washington St., Hope, IN 47246; daughters, Karen Barker, Kim Finnerty and Kelly Jones and 8 grandchildren.
HOWARD EARL WRIGHT retired minister and former district superintendent (SIC) died Jan. 25, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Thomas Wright. A memorial service was held at Roberts Park UMC, Indianapolis, Feb. 9. Memorial may be made to Roberts Park UMC, 401 North Delaware, Indianapolis, IN 46204; Speedway UMC, 5065 W. 16th Street; Indianapolis, IN 46224; or Sumption Prairie UMC, 24535 Roosevelt Rd., South Bend, IN 46614.
ROSS E. WALLACE, retired local pastor (SIC), died Feb. 2, 2008. A memorial service was held Feb. 5, at the Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home in Columbus, Ind. Survivors include: his wife, Eva Wallace, 1901 Taylor Road, Columbus, IN 47203; sons, Doug Wallace, Mike Wallace, Tim Wallace and Mark Wallace; daughter Becky Hobbs and 10 grandchildren.