CHARLES F. BOWMAN, 89, of Holland, Mich., formerly of Valparaiso, Ind., died April 8, 2009 in Holland. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso. Bowman formed a partnership with O.C. Redenbacher and purchased George E. Chester and Son Hybrid Seed Corn Company of Boone Grove, which later became Chester, Inc. Together Bowman and Redenbacher developed the Redbow and Orville Redenbacher brands of popcorn. Survivors include: wife Mary E. Mohler; daughters: Judy Anthrop of Douglas, Mich., June Bowman of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Connie Bowman of Valparaiso; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons, Charlie and Garrison. A memorial service was held April 14 at First United Methodist Church in Valparaiso. Entombment followed in the mausoleum at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials can be made to First UMC, United Way of Porter County or Hospice of Holland, www. hollandhospice.org.

ESTHER COMPTON, mother of the Rev. Wade Compton, pastor of the Nashville (Ind.) UMC (former SIC), died May 2, 2009. A memorial service will be held later this month. Survivors include; a sister, Martha Etter of Fort Wayne; two sons, Bradley A. Compton of Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Rev. Wade S. Compton of Nashville, Ind.; and two grandchildren, Christina and Joshua Compton. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Wade Compton, Nashville United Methodist Church, PO Box 518, Nashville, IN 47448.

SUE COPELAND, spouse of the Rev. Glenn Copeland, retired Elder (former NIC), died May 9, 2009. A memorial service was held May 14 in Angola, Ind. A memorial service at Cameron Woods will be held at a later date. Survivors include: husband, the Rev. Glenn Copeland; two sons, Paul Copeland of Angola and Mark Copeland of Houston, Texas; Ron Little of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Lebzelter of Angola; one daughter-in-law, Carole Copeland of Ft. Wayne; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Angola UMC. Condolences may be sent to Rev. Glenn Copeland, 701 W. Harcourt Rd., Apt. 133B, Angola, IN 46703-8809.

LURA LORRAINE GRAY, 93, of Madison, Ind., wife of the late Rev. Harold E. Gray, a UM minister in the Wisconsin Conference, died on March 4, 2009. She was a native Jefferson County, Ind. and A memorial service was held on March 7, at the North UMC in Madison with interment following in the Brooksburg Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Gray; and son, Harvey D. Gray.

ELMA L. HEADY, widow of the late Rev. James T. Heady, Elder (former SIC), who last served at Evansville Trinity UMC, and daughter of the late Rev. Harold and Frances Claycamp, died April 22, 2009. A memorial was held on April 25 with burial at Alexander Memorial Park in Evansville. Survivors include: sons, Michael Alan Heady and James David Heady, 1001 Southfield Drive, Evansville, IN 47715; daughter, Julie Ann Diekmann; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Perry of Mt. Vernon, Ind. and Roberta Kaetzel of Santa Claus, Ind. Memorial contributions can be made to Dr. James T. and Elma Heady Tribute Scholarship Fund at Trinity UMC, 216 S.E. Third St., Evansville, IN 47713 or the UM Children's Home, 515 W. Camp St., Lebanon, IN 46052.

JANET SOLDNER NUSSBAUM, widow of the late Rev. Tillman Nussbaum (former NIC), died April 9, 2009 A memorial service was held on Monday, April 13 at Heritage Pointe with the Rev. John Pattison and the Rev. Glendon Klassen officiating, with burial in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Warren. Survivors include: sister, Treva Schaffter of Geneva, Ind.

LYDIA SANDS, spouse of the Rev. Kendall E. Sands, retired Elder (former SIC) died April 19, 2009. A memorial service was held on April 25 in Ojai, Calif. Survivors include: Husband, the Rev. Kendall E. Sands; and daughter, Lorie Colborn. Memorial contributions can be made to Taylor University, 236 W. Reade Avenue, Upland, IN 46989 or the Ojai UMC. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Kendall E. Sands, c/o The Palms, 1111 N. Wells Road, Ventura, CA 93004.

ELIZABETH (BETTY) S. STEWART, an active member on the Disabilities Committee (former NIC) died April 13, 2009 in Fort Wayne, Ind. A memorial service was held on April 17 at First UMC in Plymouth, Ind. Memorial gifts can be given to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, Inc., 515 W. Camp Street, Lebanon, IN 46052.

RICHARD WHITTINGTON, step-father of the Rev. Ken Puent, pastor of Dyer UMC (former NIC), died April 26, 2009. A memorial service was held May 2 in Muncie, Ind. Condolences may be sent to the Rev. Kenneth J. Puent, 441 Northgate Dr., Dyer, IN 46311-1144.