Obituaries

Conger, Fred

FRED CONGER, of Batavia, IL, 88, father of Rev. Steve Conger, died on June 11, 2021. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Downers Grove. Visitation with the family will follow the service. For those...

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Warren, Bart (David)

BART (DAVID) WARREN, of Poseyville, IN, 46, pastor of Poseyville UMC, died on June 21, 2021. A Celebration of Life service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. (CT) on Monday, June 28, 2021, at St. Paul's UMC, located at 46 S. Cale Street, Poseyville, IN 47633. The...

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Stueve, Janice

JANICE STUEVE, of Indianapolis, IN, 82, mother of Local Pastor Jeff Stueve, died on June 3, 2021. A visitation was held on June 8, 2021, at Flanner Buchnanan- Broad Ripple. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on June 9, 2021, at Christ the King Catholic Church. Janice...

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Wilson, Barbara

BARBARA WILSON, of Columbus, IN, 84, spouse of retired Elder Allan Wilson, died on June 11, 2021. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Sarah Campbell officiating. Visitation will begin...

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Glassburn, Catherine “Sally”

Catherine J. "Sally" Glassburn, of North Webster, IN, 84, spouse of retired Elder Norman Glassburn, passed away on June 5, 2021. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service. A service to...

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Leinbach, Dennis

Dennis D. Leinbach, of Uniondale, IN, 75, retired Elder, died on June 1, 2021, at his home. Private family services will be held at Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home. Dennis is survived by his wife, Joyce Leinbach of Uniondale, IN; children, Daric (Melodie) Leinbach of...

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Yates, J. Wilbur

REV. J. WILBUR YATES, of Fort Wayne, IN, 89, retired Elder, went home to be with the Lord on May 20, 2021. Services will be 11:00 a.m. (ET) Friday, May 28, 2021, at the Auburn First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Fenstermacher, the Rev. Shalimar Holderly and...

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Williams, Eva

EVA WILLIAMS, of Evansville, IN, 94, surviving spouse to Rev. Bob Williams, died on May 21, 2021. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. (ET), Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Boone Funeral Home East Chapel with Pastor David Niednagel officiating. A live stream will be...

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Woodke, Rose

ROSE WOODKE, of Plymouth, IN, 83, retired Elder, died on May 11, 2021. Friends are invited to gather with the family at the Tyner United Methodist Church, 4501 French Street, Tyner, on June 19, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) for a memorial service in her honor. She leaves behind...

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Klinger, Geoffrey

GEOFFREY KLINGER, of Avon, IN, 54, son of retired Elder J. Philip Klinger, died on May 9, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Plainfield United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life will also be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday,...

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Tipton, Robert (Bob)

ROBERT “BOB” TIPTON, of Vincennes, IN, 59, ordained minister in The Church of God serving as pastor at Oaktown Morris Chapel UMC, died on April 22, 2021. Friends may visit with Bob’s family from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, at Goodwin-Sievers Funeral...

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Smith, Donald

DONALD SMITH, of Franklin, IN, 87, former North Indiana Conference Senior Assoc. General Secretary, died on March 27, 2021. Services were held on April 10. Burial and a graveside service including military honors will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 in Brookville,...

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Trees, Diana

DIANA TREES, of Indianapolis, IN, 70, spouse of retired Elder Jeffery Trees, died on April 13, 2021. A memorial service will be held at Avon United Methodist Church, 6850 E US Highway 36, Avon, IN 46123. Diana is survived by her husband, Jeffery Trees; daughters,...

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Flight, Joyce

JOYCE FLIGHT, of Indianapolis, Ind., 87, retired diaconal minister and surviving spouse of retired Elder Tom Flight, died on March 23, 2021. A memorial (advanced registration required) and live stream service will be held at North United Methodist Church on April 10,...

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Wessel, Janice

JANICE WESSEL, of North Port, Fla., 81, mother-in-law of retired Elder David Powell, died on March 5, 2021. A private funeral will take place for the family in Evansville with a reception at Centenary Family Life Center, 14340 Old State Road, Evansville on March 27...

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Owen, David G.

DAVID G. OWEN, of Indianapolis, Ind., 84, retired Elder, died on March 16, 2021, surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life will be held at North United Methodist Church (38th & Meridian St, Indianapolis) on October 10, 2021, at 1:30 pm. The service will also...

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Madison, Carole

CAROLE MADISON, of East Enterprise, Ind., 72, spouse of Bill Madison, who serves Bennington UMC, died on January 25, 2021. A celebration of Carole's life will be held at a later date. Carole is survived by her devoted husband, Bill Madison, of East Enterprise, Ind.;...

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Maxwell, Kent

KENT MAXWELL, of Fort Wayne, Ind., 82, retired Elder, died on March 1, 2021, surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life service will be at Noon on Saturday, March 20, at Emmanuel Community Church, 12222 W. US-24, Fort Wayne, Ind., with memorial visitation from...

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Babbitt, Joan “Jo”

JOAN “JO” BABBITT, of Evanston, Ill., 92, surviving spouse of retired Elder James Babbitt, Sr., died on February 26, 2021. There will be no public visitation. A private internment service will be led by the Rev. John Huff and will be live-streamed on the Feeny-Hornak...

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Hamilton, Richard

RICHARD E. HAMILTON, of Indianapolis, Ind., 93, retired Elder, died on February 22, 2021, at his home. The family plans a private ceremony before ashes are scattered at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at 2:00 pm at North...

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Newman, John Richard

JOHN RICHARD NEWMAN, of West Lafayette, Ind., 88, father of Elder Paul Newman-Jacobs, died on February 14, 2021. A family memorial service will be held March 27 at the St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 4703 N. 50 W. West Lafayette, IN 47906 with Rev. Chris Danielson...

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Bardsley, Sibyl

SIBYL (JOHNSON) BARDSLEY, of Decatur, Ind., 100, surviving spouse of retired Elder Dale Bardsley, died on February 21, 2021. Graveside service will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, Ohio. Pastor Chris Gadlage will be...

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Mayberry, Laddie

LADDIE MAYBERRY, of Danville, Ind., 95, spouse of retired Elder Paula Mayberry, died on February 17, 2021. Friends may call at the Plainville United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 23, from Noon until 2:00 p.m. A brief service will follow at the church with...

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Berkebile, Alice

ALICE BERKEBILE, of Brookville, Penn., 93, surviving spouse of retired Elder Robert Berkebile, died on January 21, 2021. Services were held privately by the family and were officiated by her son, Pastor Larry Reitz. Alice is survived by four children: Ron (Gladine)...

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Davidson, Russell

RUSSELL DAVIDSON, of South Bend, Ind., 88, retired Elder, died on February 2, 2021.  No services have been scheduled at this time. Russell is survived by his sons, Thomas (Lorri), Peter (Katherine), James (Deb) and Steven (Wendy) Davidson; 12 grandchildren; and 10...

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Sweigart, Donna

DONNA SWEIGART of Mitchell, Ind., 95, surviving spouse to retired Elder William Sweigart, died on January 18, 2021. A funeral service was held at the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation on January 21, 2021. Tributes and sympathy messages can be...

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Angerer, Marjorie (Marge)

MARJORIE (MARGE) ANGERER of Franklin, Ind., 98, surviving spouse of retired Elder George Angerer, went home to be with the Lord on October 30, 2020. A funeral was held on November 5, 2020, at Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Elizabeth, Indiana. Survivors include...

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Chaney, Norman

NORMAN CHANEY of Mount Vernon, Ohio, 85, retired Elder, went home to be with the Lord on May 6, 2020. A funeral service was held on Saturday, May 23, 2020, with Chaplain Judy Utsler officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans...

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Edwards, Herbert

HERBERT EDWARDS of Warren, Ind., 98, retired Elder, died on Tuesday, February 2, 2021. A private family Celebration of Life will be held with burial at the Springhill Cemetery at Heritage Pointe, on Monday, February 8, 2021. Friends wishing to watch Herb’s funeral...

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Starr, Ruth E.

RUTH E. STARR of Columbus, Ind., 94, retired Elder, died on Saturday, December 17, 2020. Private services will be held. Survivors include her nephews, Bill (Vania) Starr of Columbus, Ind., and Richard (Liz) Starr of Arlington, Va.; her niece, Mary (Mark) Ellison of...

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Hall, Wilbur Lloyd

WILBUR LLOYD HALL of Hartford City, Ind., 91, retired Elder, died on Saturday, January 16, 2021. A visitation will be Thursday, January 21, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 312 West Washington Street, Hartford City, IN 47348. The funeral will be...

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Ludwig, Lois

LOIS LUDWIG, of Bloomington, Ind., 97, former President of the South Indiana Conference UMW, former Member of the Board of Directors of the General Board of Global Ministries, and former lay delegate to Jurisdictional Conference, died on January 16, 2021. Visitation...

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Vale, Daniel Lee

DANIEL LEE VALE of Mishawaka, 29, son to Rev. Bob Vale, Senior Pastor at LaPorte First UMC, died December 24, 2020. A funeral service was held December 30, 2020, with burial at New Paris Cemetery. Palmer Funeral Homes was entrusted with the details. Daniel is survived...

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Sharp, Veral Mae

VERAL MAE SHARP of Warren, 96, surviving spouse to the late Rev. Earl W. Sharp, died December 6, 2020. Funeral details have not been made public. Glancy H. Brown & Son Funeral Home in Warren, Indiana, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Veral was preceded in...

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Rough, Thomas C.

THOMAS C. ROUGH of Warren, 83, retired Elder, died December 30, 2020. A private family service will be held. Burial will take place at Oakhill Cemetery in Plymouth, Ind. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Glancy H. Brown & Son Funeral Home...

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Daeschner, J. Ross

J. ROSS DAESCHNER of Greenwood, 82, retired Elder and father-in-law to Rev. Jeff Buck of Mt. Auburn UMC, died January 1, 2021. Due to health concerns, the memorial service will be for family only on Sunday, February 14. There will be no visitation. The service will be...

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Mayflower, Chester “Chet” A.

CHESTER “CHET” A. MAYFLOWER of Fort Wayne, 81, retired Elder, died December 20, 2020. A memorial service will be held April 24, 2021, at St. Luke’s UMC, 100 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis. Service time has not been confirmed. Midwest Funeral and Cremation Society in...

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Storey, Bernice L.

BERNICE L. STOREY of Shelburn, 90, surviving spouse to Rev. Martin Storey, died Saturday, December 26, 2020. A private graveside service will be held at a future date. Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan, Indiana has been entrusted with the service details. Bernice is...

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Gebert, Jimmy M.

JIMMY M. GEBERT of Columbia City, 92, spouse to retired Elder Rev. Marilyn Bales Gebert, died Thursday, December 24, 2020. A private family visitation and a graveside service was held Saturday, December 26 at Washington-Union Township Cemetery. Smith & Sons...

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Calvert, Cole Allen

COLE ALLEN CALVERT of Indianapolis, 15, step-son to Heidi Harding, Associate Director of Financial Services, died Saturday, December 19, 2020. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. (ET), Monday, December 28, at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141...

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Seaney, Katherine A.

KATHERINE A. SEANEY of Richmond, 88, mother to Rev. Michael J. Seaney, retired Elder, died December 17, 2020. A private funeral service will be held. Doan & Mills Funeral Home in Richmond has been entrusted with the arrangements. A recording of the service will be...

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Ricks, Carl Arthur

CARL ARTHUR RICKS of Fishers, 88, retired Elder, died October 27, 2020. A funeral service was held November 7, 2020, at Bethel UMC in Washington, Indiana. Interment followed at Bethel Cemetery. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements. Carl is...

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Beeson, R. Mark

R. MARK BEESON of Niles, Michigan, 67, retired Elder, died December 17, 2020, after a courageous 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Mark was the founding pastor of Granger Community Church. Due to complications cause by COVID-19, the family will host a private...

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Carmer, Margaret

MARGARET CARMER of Fort Wayne, 96, mother to retired Elder Rev. Scott Carmer, died December 2, 2020. A private visitation and graveside service was held December 11. D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne was entrusted with the arrangements. Margaret is...

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Kern, Mary B.

MARY B. KERN of Indianapolis, 85, spouse to Rev. Paul Kern, retired Elder, died December 1, 2020. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Crownland Cemetery in Noblesville. Randall & Roberts Funeral Home has been entrusted...

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Simpson, Douglas

DOUGLAS SIMPSON of Bloomington, 76, retired Elder, died December 1, 2020. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 10, at Fairview UMC. Visitation will precede from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Rev. George Hartzog and Randy McFarland will...

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Lawson, William “Will” Harris

WILLIAM “WILL” HARRIS LAWSON of Rochester, retired Elder, died November 20, after a battle with COVID-19. A family graveside service was held November 24 in the Masonic Garden of The Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life service will be held...

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Purlee, Barbara Jean Gillum

BARBARA JEAN GILLUM PURLEE of Clarksville, 97, surviving spouse to retired Elder Rev. Richard Gillum, died August 20, 2020. A private graveside service was held August 25 at Friendship Cemetery in New Albany. Barbara is survived by her daughter, Judith Gillum (Yvonne...

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Chamness-Morin, Margret Eileen

MARGRET EILEEN CHAMNESS-MORIN of Lafayette, 89, surviving spouse to Rev. James Morin, retired Elder, died December 3, 2020. A private family service will be held at a later date. Soller-Baker Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with the details. Margret is...

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Carlile, Joyce Evelyn Gottschall

JOYCE EVELYN GOTTSCHALL CARLILE of Bloomington, 92, surviving spouse to Rev. Keith Carlile, retired Elder, died Thursday, November 5, 2020. Joyce was a longtime member of Bloomington First UMC. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Funeral Chapel of...

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Hodapp, Polly Anne

POLLY ANNE HODAPP of Franklin, 95, surviving spouse to retired Bishop Leroy C. Hodapp, died Saturday, November 7, 2020. Bishop Hodapp served the Indiana Area from 1984 to 1992. A private graveside service with a memorial service will be held at a later date. Polly is...

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Payton, Dorothy “Dot”

DOROTHY “DOT” PAYTON of Mooresville, Indiana, 83, spouse to Rev. L.D. Payton, retired Elder, mother to Rev. Dennis Payton, Senior Pastor at Mooresville First UMC, died October 31, 2020. Dorothy is also grandmother to Rev. Andrew Payton, Senior Pastor at Methodist...

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Burcham, Kenneth Ray

KENNETH RAY BURCHAM of Greenwood, 73, retired Elder, died October 30, 2020. Kenneth’s family does not plan to host any public ceremonies in light of the ongoing pandemic. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Nancy Louise Garman; children, Lee Ann (Scott) Uecker, Aaron R....

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Singleton, Marvin Samuel

MARVIN SAMUEL SINGLETON of Indianapolis, 75, retired Elder, died October 15, 2020. Marvin served churches in Bedford, Huntington, Centerville, and Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life and Ministry of Rev. Marvin S. Singleton will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at...

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Kaetzel, Carl D.

CARL D. KAETZEL of Ferdinand, Indiana, 99, father to Rev. Jill Kaetzel, Senior Pastor at Rockport Trinity UMC, died September 10, 2020. Services were held September 14 at Santa Claus UMC. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Carl is survived by his son, Timothy...

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Allred, William R.

WILLIAM R. ALLRED of Corydon, Indiana, 93, retired Elder, died October 21, 2020. In addition to his years in service, William was a Chaplain and Administrator at the Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community. A public visitation was held Saturday, October 24, 2020, at...

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Barr, John

JOHN BARR of Russellville, Indiana, 88, father to Danny Barr, Senior Pastor at Epworth UMC in Newburgh, died October 8, 2020. Service information has not been made available. Russellville Family Funeral Home will oversee the funeral arrangements. John is survived by...

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Michel, Anne E.K. (Kay)

ANNE E.K. (KAY) MICHEL of Fort Wayne, 67, spouse to Rev. David Michel, a retired Elder, died October 7, 2020. Private services will be held for family members. Anne is survived by her husband of 43 years, Rev. David Michel; two daughters: Corrine Michel and Allison...

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Lutz, Phillip William

PHILIP WILLIAM LUTZ of Gibson City, Illinois, 79, retired Elder, died October 11, 2020. Philip was serving as Pastor Emeritus at Gibson City UMC at the time of his death. Philip served 14 churches during almost 60 years of active ministry. A Celebration of Life...

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Clemenz, Lorin L.

LORIN L. CLEMENZ of Indianapolis, 79, retired Elder, died Thursday, September 3, 2020. Lorin’s wife, Kathie, is president of the United Methodist Women of Indiana. They both worship at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis. A Celebration of Life service will be held...

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Lynn, Jr., Leslie Ray

LESLIE RAY LYNN, JR. of Indianapolis, 90, a retired Elder, died Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at The Altenheim, Long Term Care Facility. Visitation will be held September 25, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST, at Little and Sons Stop Eleven Chapel. Funeral services will be...

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Brown, Raymond Proctor

RAYMOND PROCTOR BROWN of New Port Richey, Florida, 93, retired Elder, died Friday, July 31, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Raymond is survived by his wife, Lourdes (Kitty) Brown; children, Natalie (Kenneth) Shepard of Lincoln, Nebr., Kathryn...

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Davidson, Nancy A.

NANCY A. DAVIDSON of South Bend, 87, spouse to retired Elder Russell Davidson and mother to retired Elder Jim Davidson, died August 14, 2020. A private memorial service will be held at a later day. Cremation has already taken place. Nancy is survived by her husband,...

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Melton, Shirley Stanley

SHIRLEY STANLEY MELTON of West Lafayette, 89, mother to Rev. John Randall, retired Elder, died August 25, 2020. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Shirley is survived by her children, Lydia (Jim) Strong of West Lafayette and Rev. John (Marsha) A....

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Shanks, Donald L.

DONALD L. SHANKS, of Muncie, Ind., 86, retired Elder, died on Monday, July 27, 2020 at The Waters of Muncie. A memorial service will be held at Fountain Square United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Steve Graves officiating....

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Padgett, Ruth Evelyn

RUTH EVELYN PADGETT, of Mitchell, Ind., 93, wife of the late Rev. William A. Padgett, died on August 15, 2020. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday or at 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary, 1133 Lincoln...

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Bowman, Thomas Michael

THOMAS MICHAEL BOWMAN of Kingman, Indiana, 82, retired Elder, died Thursday, July 30, 2020. A private family service will be held. Sanders Funeral Home has been entrusted with the details. Thomas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathleen (Barnes) Bowman; sons:...

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Hill, Charles McClure

CHARLES McCLURE HILL of Nashville, Indiana, 86, retired Elder, died Monday, July 20, 2020. A private service will be held for family in light of Coronavirus safety guidelines. A memorial service may be held later, when it is safe for groups to gather together. Charles...

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Osgood, Phillip

PHILLIP OSGOOD of Farmland, Indiana, 90, father to Rev. Cindy Osgood, Senior Pastor at Edwardsville UMC, died Wednesday, July 22, 2020. A private funeral service for family and friends will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 25 at Farmland UMC, 400 North Morris...

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Hannah, James Morris

JAMES MORRIS HANNAH of Crossville, Tenn., 69, retired Elder, died Friday, July 17, 2020 at Fairfield Glade Retirement Community. James served United Methodist Churches in Indiana for over 30 years. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. CST, Saturday, July 25 at...

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Moore, John Edward

JOHN EDWARD MOORE of Franklin, Indiana, 95, retired Elder, died June 26, 2020, at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community. Family have already convened for a private graveside service at  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Rich Valley, Indiana. Simplicity Funeral &...

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Lehman, Carol Ann

CAROL ANN LEHMAN of Dayton, Ohio, 73, mother-in-law to Rev. Roy Ice, Senior Pastor at Washington Bethel UMC, died Sunday, July 5, 2020. Services are pending. Newcomer Funeral Home in Dayton has been entrusted with the details. Carol is survived by her husband of 50...

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White, Ruth E.

RUTH E. WHITE of Columbia City, Indiana, 69, mother-in-law to Rev. Christopher Millay, Senior Pastor at Mt. Vernon First UMC, died June 10, 2020. A funeral service was held June 15 at Zion Lutheran Church. A graveside service followed in the church’s cemetery. Ruth is...

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Pippin, Richard Von

RICHARD VON PIPPIN of Terre Haute, Indiana, 84, retired Elder, died Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Services were held July 11 at Peniel United Methodist Church in Brazil, Indiana. Pastors Tom True and Kent Beckman officiated the service. Moore Funeral Home in Brazil was...

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Cowden, Corrine Leister

CORRINE LEISTER COWDEN of Terre Haute, Indiana, 87, mother to Rev. Dr. Clark Cowden, Senior Pastor at Northside Community UMC and West Terre Haute Emmanuel UMC, died Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Westminster Village, a senior living community. Visitation will be held...

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Thompson, Willadene

WILLADENE M. THOMPSON of Fort Wayne, 100, surviving spouse to the late Rev. Carl Thompson and longtime member of Taylor Chapel UMC, died Sunday, June 21, 2020. Services were held Thursday, June 25, at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne....

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Farmer, Mary

MARY FARMER of Indianapolis, 89, sister to Paulette Spicer, Conference Assistant serving East and Northeast Districts, died Saturday, June 27, 2020. A private graveside service will be held Friday, July 3, followed by internment at Washington Park North Cemetery in...

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Ward, Barbara Joan

BARBARA JOAN WARD of Ventura, Iowa, 66, sister-in-law to Pastor Pete Ward, Chair of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members and Senior Pastor at Hebron UMC, died Thursday, June 25, 2020. Services were held Saturday, June 27, at St. John’s Lutheran Church...

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Wimmer, John R.

JOHN R. WIMMER of Indianapolis, Indiana, 63, retired Elder, former Director of Indianapolis Center for Congregations and Religion Program Director at Lilly Endowment, Inc., and former professor at the University of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020. John's...

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Byrum, Joan Marie

JOAN MARIE BYRUM of Milltown, Indiana, 86, surviving spouse to Rev. Gordon Lee Byrum, died Friday, June 5, 2020. A funeral service was held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 7, at Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey, Ind. Burial took place in Milltown Cemetery. Joan is survived by...

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Wagner, Carolyn C.

CAROLYN C. WAGNER of Thorntown, Indiana, 81, spouse to Rev. Joseph Wagner, retired Elder, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Carolyn began her service as a missionary with The United Methodist Church in 1988. She and her...

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Smith, Laura Mae Watkins

LAURA MAE WATKINS SMITH of Anderson, Indiana, 78, spouse to Rev. Dr. Larry Smith, retired Elder, died Thursday, June 11, 2020. Services were held Tuesday, June 16 at New Horizons UMC in Anderson with Pastor Brad Hensley officiating. Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service was...

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Alley, George Edward “Ed”

GEORGE EDWARD “ED” ALLEY of Indianapolis, 85, retired Elder, died Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He served several congregations in Indiana, including Bourbon First, Logansport and Kokomo Grace. A private service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 22, at North UMC,...

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Bruner, Mary Carpenter

MARY CARPENTER BRUNER of Linton, Indiana, 84, mother to Pastor Bob Bruner, Senior Pastor at Newberry UMC and Scotland UMC, died May 6, 2020. A private visitation and funeral service was held on May 11 at Welch and Cornett Funeral Home in Linton. Burial will be held at...

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Runyan, Saundra L.

SAUNDRA L. RUNYAN of Belle Center, Ohio, 82, retired Elder, died April 9, 2020. A funeral service has been planned for July; details have not been confirmed. Chiles-Laman Funeral Home in Bluffton, Ohio, has been entrusted with the funeral details. Saundra is survived...

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Esterline, Shirley Jeanne

SHIRLEY JEANNE ESTERLINE of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 84, mother to Gordon Esterline, Senior Pastor at Monrovia UMC, died Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Visitation will be held 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, June 12 at Covington Memorial Funeral Home, 8408 Covington Road, Fort Wayne. A...

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Stuckey, Dean Vance

DEAN VANCE STUCKEY of Washington, Indiana, 82, retired Elder and former Conference Superintendent, died Saturday, May 30, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 5, at Christ UMC, 104 N. Meridian, Washington, IN 47501. Visitation will precede...

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Fannin, Virginia “Ginny” (Knight)

VIRGINIA “GINNY” KNIGHT FANNIN of Dale, Indiana, 97, mother to Rev. Lisa Resler, Senior Pastor at New Jerusalem UMC, died Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Private services will be held, followed by burial, at Dale Cemetery in Connersville, Ind.. Fuller Funeral Home has been...

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Miller, Jack

JACK MILLER of Carmel, Indiana, 82, a retired Elder and former Conference Superintendent, died Friday, May 29, 2020. In consideration of current social distancing guidelines, a drive-thru calling service will be held 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at Epworth United...

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Mae Crouse, Ileen

ILEEN MAE CROUSE of Shelbyville, Indiana, 82, spouse to the late Elder Rev. Jerry Crouse, died Sunday, April 12, 2020. A private graveside ceremony will be held at Hope Moravian Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ileen is survived by her...

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Elaine Vance, Deborah

DEBORAH ELAINE VANCE of Ndola, Zambia, 62, clergy spouse to Rev. Kenneth E. Vance, Jr., retired Elder, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Ken and Deborah have served as missionaries in Congo and Zambia for more than 30 years. A private ceremony and burial will be held in...

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Taylor, Mary

MARY TAYLOR of Indianapolis, 76, mother to Rev. Scott Taylor, Senior Pastor at Sumption Prairie UMC and North Liberty UMC, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. Private services will be held at a later date. Entombment will take place at Washington Park East Mausoleum in...

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Miller, Linda

LINDA MILLER of Franklin, Indiana, 64, spouse to the late Rev. Mark Miller and active member of Philadelphia UMC, died Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 30,12:00-2:00 p.m., at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40,...

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Wantz, Tamara K.

TAMARA K. “TAMI” WANTZ of Indianapolis, 58, spouse to Rev. John Wantz, a retired Elder, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. A private service has been scheduled for family and close ones. Leppert Mortuary and Crematory Services in Indianapolis has been entrusted with the...

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Brickey, Joan K.

JOAN K. BRICKEY of Bluffton, Indiana, 50, sister-in-law to Rev. Steve Austin, Senior Pastor at Sandy Hook UMC, sister to Sherry Austin, Pensions Support Assistant for the Indiana Conference, died Thursday, May 14, 2020. A private family graveside service will be held...

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Oechsle, Harold

HAROLD OECHSLE of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 91, retired Elder in the North Indiana Conference and former District Superintendent, died Saturday, May 9, 2020. Harold is survived by his children: Elaine (David) Stowell of Tarzana, Calif., Barbara Oechsle of Columbia City,...

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Tarner, Michel E.

MICHAEL E. TARNER of Madison, Indiana, 67, a retired Elder, died Monday, May 4, 2020. A private visitation for family will be held Thursday, May 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes and Cremation Service in Madison. A private funeral service will be held...

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Owens, Stephen

STEPHEN OWENS of Greenwood, Indiana, 40, son to Rev. David Owens, Lead Chaplain at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Due to complications caused by the ongoing pandemic, the family will gather for a private internment and plans to...

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Curtis, Nancy Elizabeth

NANCY ELIZABETH CURTIS of Yorktown, 80, surviving spouse to Rev. Larry Curtis, a retired Elder, died Sunday, April 19, 2020. A private Celebration of Life service for family will be held at a later date. The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, has...

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Moon, Bill

BILL MOON of West Brandywine, Pennsylvania, 87, retired Elder in the North Indiana Conference, died Friday, April 17, 2020. Bill is a veteran of the United States Air Force. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home,...

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