JANE E. BILL, wife of the Rev. Lester H. Bill (former NIC), died March 13. A memorial service was held March 28 in Frankfort. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Lester Bill, 1555 North Main Street, Suite 140, Frankfort IN 46041-1167.
BISHOP OLE E. BORGEN, 83, former United Methodist bishop of the Northern Europe Central Conference and former president of the Council of Bishops, died March 24, 2009 at Lillestrom, Norway. A memorial service was held April 2 near Lillestrom. In 1970 he was appointed as secretary and leader of the World Methodist Council's office in Geneva, Switzerland. In September the same year he was elected bishop of the Northern Europe Central Conference. After having served during 19 years as an active bishop he retired in 1989. Between 1989 and 1992 he gave lectures as professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.
ERIC WADE BUTTERY, 21, son of Wendy Buttery-Canon part-time local pastor of Economy and Greens Fork UMCs in the Rushville District (former SIC), died March 21, 2009 as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident. A memorial service was held March 24 with burial in College Corner, Ohio. Survivors include: mother, Wendy A. Canon and stepfather Tom of Economy; his father, Dani Buttery and his girlfriend Amy; a sister, Shawny McKee of Indianapolis; a brother, Robert Buttery of Indianapolis; grandfather, John Grover of Punta Gorda, Fla.; grandmother and step-grandfather, Winette Ellis and Jerry of Salem, Va.; great-grandparents, Ruth Farthing of West College Corner and Macel Hawkins of Winchester, Ky. Memorials can be made to the Junction of College Corner Community Center. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Wendy Buttery-Canon, 316 Forth Street, Economy, IN 47339.
MARTHA LOUISE CARLTON of Bloomington, widow of the late Rev. Samuel E. Carlton, Elder (former NIC) and mother-in-law to the Rev. Dr. Douglas Anderson, Michiana District Superintendent (former NIC), died on April 3, 2009. A memorial service was held April 7 in Brazil, Ind.,with burial at Clearview Cemetery. Survivors include: children, James Carlton of Brazil, Janet Anderson of Muncie, Joan Zimmerman of Bloomington; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Cameron Miller of Benton, Ill. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Douglas and Janet Anderson, 5500 North Sollars Drive, Muncie, IN 47304.
RICHARD D. DOLBY, retired pastor (former NIC), died March 25, 2009. A funeral service was held March 31 in Warsaw. Survivors include: wife, Carolyn Dolby; daughters Carol Nusz of Silver Lake, Cheryl Roth of Warsaw; son Steve Dolby ofGoshen; daughter-in-law Laura Dolby of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Smith of Huntington and Evelyn Wehr of Marion; and sister-in-law, Joann Dolby of Roanoke. Condolences can be sent to Carolyn Dolby, 649 Heritage Lane, Warsaw, IN 46582.
WALTER WAYMON DRANE, father of Rev. Kevin Drane (former NIC), pastor at Royal Center UMC, died March 28, 2009. A memorial service was held April 1 in West Lafayette. Condolences may be sent to Rev. Walter Kevin Drane, P.O. Box 181, Royal Center, IN 46978-0181.
MARTHA ENGLAND, mother of Marsha Coyner and mother-in-law of Bishop Michael J. Coyner died April 2, 2009. A memorial service was held April 6 at First Presbyterian Church in Crown Point with burial in Mt. Royal (Pa.) Cemetery. Other survivors include: husband Howard England of Crown Point; children, Robert of Pa.., Nancy Kleine of Cedar Lake, Ind. and Scott of Denver, Colo. Condolences can be sent to Bishop and Mrs. Michael J. Coyner, 1100 West 42nd, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Well Lived Pastoral Life fund for emergency help to pastors and their families, Indiana United Methodist Church, 1100 W. 42nd nd St., Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208 or to the memorial fund at First Presbyterian Church, 218 S Court St., Crown Point, IN 46307.
RICHARD FOX, who served as pastor of Emmanuel and Paw Paw UM churches (former NIC), died March 6, 2009. A memorial service was held March 11 in Logansport, Ind. with burial March 12 in Elwood, Ind. Survivors include: wife, Lillian. Condolences can be sent to Lillian Fox, 6215 S. Strawtown Pike, Peru, IN 46970. Memorial contributions can be given to the River Life Christian Church, 130 Mall Road, Logansport, IN 46947 or to the Outdoor Ministries of the Christian Church in Indiana.
BARBARA C. GEARHEART, mother of the Rev. Robert Dygert- Gearheart, retired Elder (former NIC), died March 25, 2009. A funeral service was held March 28 in Montpelier. Memorials can be given to the Asbury UMC, c/o 7193 W. 1100 S., Montpelier, IN 47359. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. M. Robert Dygert-Gearheart, P.O. Box 3124, Ashland, OR 97520.
FRANCES B. HAMMOND, mother of Janice Grindle, wife of the Rev. Maurice Grindle, pastor at Grace UMC in Rochester (former NIC), died March 26, 2009. A memorial service was held March 31 in Decatur. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. and Mrs. Maurice Grindle, 1058 W. 100 N., Rochester, IN 46975.
DONALD E. HARRIS, father of Donna Harris-Wilfong and father-in-law of the Rev. Charles Wilfong, New Albany District Superintendent, died March 31, 2009. A memorial service was held in Marissa, Ill. with burial at the Marissa Cemetery. Survivors include: wife, Faith Harris; daughters, Donna F. Harris-Wilfong, 3 Orchard Lane, Floyds Knobs, IN 47119, Connie Hodges; and sons, Neil Harris and Allen Harris all of Southern Illinois.
STELLA NORDBY, widow of the Rev. Frank E. Nordby, Elder (former SIC), died March 27, 2009. A funeral service was held April 4 in Franklin with burial in Indianapolis. Survivors include: son, Paul Nordby; two grandsons and three granddaughters. Memorial contribution may be made to The Franklin UM Community, 1070 W. Jefferson, Franklin, IN 46131.
BRUCE E. PALMER, died March 14, 2009, following a sudden illness. He was a member of Monroeville UMC and served as the Fort Wayne District Coordinator of Lay Ministries for the past 30 years. A memorial service was held on March 19 in Monroeville, Ind. with burial at the Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. Survivors include: wife, Angela Presler-Palmer; daughter, Doris Palmer of Auburn, Rachelle O'Connor of Montpelier, Ohio and Elisabeth Palmer of Minneapolis, Minn.; son, Alan Palmer of Wabash; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Monroeville UMC, P.O. Box 511, Monroeville, IN 46773. Condolences can be sent to his wife, Angela R. Presler-Palmer, P.O. Box 510, Monroeville, IN 46773.
JESSIE A. SKINNER, widow of the Rev. W. Lavern Skinner, Elder (former SIC), died March 26, 2009. A memorial service was held March 28 in Warren with burial in Richmond. Survivors include sons; Loran, 510 Buckingham Court, Anderson, IN 46013, Glenn of Montville, Conn., and Merrill of Dassel, Minn. Memorial contributions can be made to Family Hospice of N.E. Indiana, 265 W. Water Street, Berne, IN 46711.
ALICE C. SPRAGUE, widow of the Rev. Kenneth Sprague, Elder (former SIC) died March 27, 2009. A funeral service was held on March 31 with burial at Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Ky. Survivors include daughter, Rebecca Sprague, 10467 Highway 421 N, Milton, KY 40045.
LAWRENCE TEDROW, retired Elder (former SIC), died March 24, 2009. A memorial service was held March 28 in Loogootee with burial at Truelove Cemetery. Survivors include: wife, Dovie, 2219 S. 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802; sons, Larry of Terre Haute and Ron of Edinburgh, IN; daughters Debbie Siekman of Aurora and Marilyn Windler of Lafayette; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Condolences and memorial contributions can be mailed to Dovie Tedrow, 2219 S. 8th Street, Terre Haute, IN.
PAUL TROKE, father of the Rev. G. Paul (Butch) Troke, part-time local pastor serving as Associate Pastor at Beaver Dam UMC (former NIC), died April 4, 2009. A memorial service was held April 8. Survivors include: wife, Thelma; son Butch (wife Wanda). Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Troke, 10150 S 750 W, Akron, IN 46910-9397.
RUTH CATHERINE IMLER VAYHINGER, sister of the Rev. William (Bill) Imler, retired Elder (former NIC), died March 18, 2009 in Colorado. A memorial service was held March 22 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Survivors include: son Jack Vayhinger; and daughter Karen Vayhinger Childs all of Colorado Springs, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. and Mrs. Bill and Dona Lou Imler, 6640 West South Lake Gage Drive, Angola, IN 46703. Memorial contributions can be made to Vayhinger Scholarship Fund, Taylor University, 236 W. Read Avenue., Upland, IN 46989; or to the John and Ruth Vayhinger Trust, Anderson School of Theology, 1100 E. 5th Street, Anderson, IN 46012.