Indianapolis - Becky Jane Augustin also known as Momma Dog, Hiker Babe, Eat-More, Beck-a-do, Schuby, The Warden, Little Billy, and Mimi passed peacefully to heaven on December 13, 2018 at the age of 64.
As a 13-year lung cancer survivor, she was an inspiration to others in her strength, positivity, class, faith and warrior attitude.
Becky was born to William and Ina Schubert on December 26, 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She met her husband, Drew Augustin in 1972 during their senior year at North Central High School. After losing many rounds of golf to Becky, she collected on her debts and Drew proposed. They married on June 21, 1975. Becky graduated from Indiana University and she and Drew went on to have two amazing children, Bryan and Brooke. Becky worked in sales at IBM, as a special education aid at Amy Beverland Elementary School and later owned her own interior design company.
In addition to being a dedicated and loving wife, mom, and Mimi, Becky had a great love for the outdoors whether it was golfing, hiking, watching sunrises and sunsets, or sitting on the deck sipping scotch. She traveled near and far with friends and family in search of new adventures and experiences. She also was an avid and unwavering Colts fan and lover of all dogs.
Becky had deep faith in god and was very involved with Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis and continued with Coolwater Christian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Becky also helped others battling lung cancer to grow their faith and spiritual comfort.
Becky enters heaven to join her parents, William and Ina Schubert and numerous four-legged family members. She is survived by her husband Drew Augustin, her sister Julie Schubert, daughter Brooke (Ryan) Sipe, son Bryan (Amanda) Augustin, and grandchildren Isabel and Briella Augustin.
All are invited to a Celebration of Life service at Geist Christian Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 3:30 PM - 8550 Mud Creek Road, Indianapolis, IN 46256. Celebrations will continue at Old Oakland Golf Club from 5:00-7:30 PM - 11611 E. 75th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46236. Becky enjoyed vibrant colors so we invite all to dress colorfully in remembrance of her.
In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to the IU Simon Cancer Center for lung cancer research. Please make memorial gifts payable to IU Foundation/Thoracic Oncology Program Fund and indicate "In memory of Becky Augustin" on your gift. Mail to: IU Simon Cancer Center, PO Box 7072, Indianapolis, IN 46207.
Becky was my first grade crush at Crooked Creek Elementary in Mrs. Behrman's class. I'd try to catch her in the coat closet to help her with her coat or boots, or just say hi. She always had a sunny disposition and was just fun to be around. We lived only a few blocks apart and rode bikes around a local pond on occasion, or waded in the creek. We continued to be friends throughout our time at Westlane and North Central. She was definitely an outdoors person and golf suited her well. So sorry to hear of her untimely passing. Guess I'll find her in Heaven.
William (Bill) J. Baker, age 53 of Indianapolis , IN passed away September 8, 2007 after a lengthy battle with melanoma. Bill was born in Indianapolis where he would reside for the entirety of his life. He graduated from North Central High School in 1972, then matriculated to Purdue University. While at Purdue he joined the Delta Delta chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Upon Graduation in 1976, Bill started William J. Baker Realtors, LLC where he found great success for the next thirty years. Bill grounded his faith at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis where he served as their treasurer for many years, as well as being active in several bible study groups. Through the church and his selflessness, Bill became the treasurer and board member of the Edna Martin Christian Center. Bill was a natural born golfer. His passion for the game was evident through his participation in high school, college, and as a member of Highland Golf and Country Club. He was a past Board member, golf chairman and The Club Champion in 1982.
Hello everyone! Please notice the illuminated Post Clock at the first tee on the Highland golf course. Joe Glaser spearheaded this memorial in honor of Bill Baker for his steadfast friendship to all, as well as his contributions to golf and good times at Highland. The plaque reads "In memory of our dear friend, Billy Baker". I spoke with Joe this morning and he shared that the donation goal for the clock was met within days of his request.
From Cynthia England on June 6th, 2012
What can I say aboutmy friend Bill Baker? Anyone who knew him loved him! That smile, that laugh, that hug! So sadly missed while we are preparing to gather for our 40th reunion.
To this day, I will always believe that Larry and I were soul-mates. We shared the highs and lows of high school and college. Even after college, we spent a great deal of time together. Always calling each other on Christmas Eve if we were not together. He loved the holiday season. Cynthia put it so eloquently, "he always had a warm smile and gentle hug". He will always be a very important part of me. I miss him so.
From Don Higgs on June 8th, 2012
I really miss my dear friend Larry. I often chuckle when I think of some of the "situations" we made for ourselves. In private I might share a few.
From Cynthia England on June 6th, 2012
I have such fond memories of Larry, I first met him through his cousin, Judy Goodman but our friendship grew through Northview, North Central and beyond. Larry always had a warm smile, a gentle hug and a kind word every time I saw him. I hold him in my heart as one of my very special friends.
Margaret MacKenzie (Peggy) Best passed away peacefully at her home on August 8th, 2015. Peggy was born on May 6, 1954 to William Best, Sr. and Ruby Best Haag. She is survived by her parents, step-mother Barbara Best, husband Rick Edwards, step-daughters Amy Edwards, Amy Carroll, Jeanne Heiden and her husband Jon, grandchildren Carson and Reese Heiden, sisters Amy Wilmouth and her husband Kevin, Deb Robertson and her husband Steve, brother Bill Best, several nieces, nephews, cousins and their children, and her beloved Weimaraner Haley. Peggy attended North Central High School and graduated from Indiana University. She was a pioneer in the horse-drawn carriage business and started Yellow Rose Carriages, the first carriage company in Indianapolis, in 1983. Peggy succeeded in the business by putting the welfare of her horses first, and established a high standard for the industry. She was active in the Carriage Operators of North America, from which she gained many life-long friends. She shared her passion for horses with everyone she met. She was also active in the Indianapolis Police Horse Patrol and K-9 Associations. Peggy was the embodiment of all things good and kind. She possessed a brightness and goodness that people were attracted to and loved, resulting in strong friendships across the country. She was gracious and generous, always putting the needs of others ahead of her own. She deeply loved all living things â€“ from people to animals to the plants she so meticulously tended. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A celebration of Peggy's life will be held on Friday, August 14th at Flanner and Buchanan â€“ Decatur 5463 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation, Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources or Louisville Weimaraner Rescue. You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story. Sincerely, -Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan
D. Bruce Bibler Age 50, of Indianapolis died Jan. 28.
Mr. Bibler was in the retail business, working for Wal-Mart, Kmart and a variety of stores in the Indianapolis area. He was a Scoutmaster for Urban Scouting at Indianapolis Public Schools #46, #49 and #91.
A graduate of Valparaiso University, Mr. Bibler was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity.
He is survived by Rita M. Bibler; his daughter, Alyssa M. Bibler; his son, Ryan M. Bibler; his father, David A. Bibler; two sisters, Pamela Bibler Chapman and Deborah Bibler Gentry; a brother, Gregory A. Bibler; four stepchildren and 13 grandchildren.
Bruce was a great friend in high school. I remember when he wanted me to send him a Ball State shirt that said "Ball U". None of his friends believed that Ball State would sell shirts saying that. RIP Bruce.
BLOMBERG KAREN A. BLOMBERG The Reverend Karen A. Blomberg of Alexandria, VA died unexpectedly on July 21, 2008. Karen is survived by her father, Kenneth Blomberg, Indianapolis, IN; brother, Bruce Blomberg, Indianapolis; and brother, Ronald Blomberg, Hockenheim, Germany. She was predeceased by her mother, Isabel Blomberg. Karen is beloved by many whose lives she touched so deeply. For eighteen years, she served as Associate Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She also had a private counseling practice in Washington, DC.
I remember Karen from Eastwood and N.C. Such a nice girl who cared for everyone and never had an unkind thing to say. Karen wasn't someone I knew all that well personally, but admired her grace and friendly spirit. I was saddened to hear of her passing. God bless Karen.
From Mary Ann Wesselman on May 1st, 2012
She had an amusing sense of humor. She loved Mr. Gish's puns.
From Patti Schaefer Keene on April 30th, 2012
Karen was such a very kind person; I am sorry that she has passed so soon. I will always remember her.
61, Indianapolis, passed away on Feb. 23, 2016. Celebration of Life: 12 p.m., Feb. 27, 2016 at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 4958 Ribble Rd., with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment: Washington Park North Cemetery. Arrangements: Stuart Mortuary, Inc.
58, passed away Tuesday July 12, 2011 in Indianapolis. Born on October 27, 1952 in Beech Grove to James 'Red' and Alberta Broaddus of Indianapolis, he graduated from North Central High School in 1972.
He owned several auto repair business over his lifetime and was a teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf.
A memorial gathering will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the Wingate by Wyndham Indianapolis Northwest Hotel.
Steve was preceded in death by his second wife, Florence Morris Broaddus; his brother, James Broaddus of Greenfield, and an infant son, Raymond Broaddus.
He is survived by a large family including his parents, his brothers, Richard, Kevin, and Bruce Broaddus and his sister, Maureen Wilson all of Indianapolis; his children, Michael Broaddus and Kimberly Goldstein of Indianapolis; their mother, Lucinda Schoomer of Whitestown, and three grandchildren, Conner, Ellie, and Maggie of Indianapolis.
Deborah "Debbie" Ann Meek passed away at home in Whitman, Arizona on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. She leaves behind her husband, Richard Brock, daughter Toni Daughtery and sister Natalie Flora. Debbie was born March 22, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Marvin and Shirley Meek. She was the oldest of three children and preceded in death by her brother Marvin "Skip" Meek III. She moved from the Indianapolis area to Whitman, AZ where she spent much of her time with her parents. Debbie was able to reconnect late in life with her childhood sweetheart Richard Brock and they were married February 2020. Debbie was known as an animal lover and especially fond of dachshunds. She was constantly advocating for shelter animals and had opened her home to many rescues over the years. Days before her passing, she was looking to bring in two more rescues to her already large family of pets. She loved movies, music and literature. Debbie was diagnosed with End Stage Cirrhosis disease Summer 2020. At that time she stated "I'm in late stage cirrhosis. In the meantime I'll just keep on living the way I want." She always tried to make the best of any situation... For herself and others. She was baptized in December. Debbie is survived by her husband, daughter and four grandchildren, as well as her sister Natalie; Son-in-law Jeff; and a niece Katie; as well as many cousins.
I am deeply saddened to learn that Donna is gone from this world. I was so hopeful to "catch up" with her at our 50th Reunion this year. Donna was always fun, witty, and interesting to talk to. She had a deep faith and we enjoyed many talks about deeper things in life. I hope I will see her someday at the Greatest Reunion!
Deb Brooks, 64, of Carmel, Indiana, died peacefully on June 4, 2018. She was born in Richmond, Ind., on April 27, 1954, to Louise and Bill Willson. She was one of three girls and had the childhood nicknames of "Doodle Bug" and "Timmy" (she requested being called "Timmy," after the character on the TV show, Lassie).
To say that Deb was a "character" is quite an understatement. There is a photo of young Deb during the "Timmy" period, wearing a dress, and sporting a big black eye from an unfortunate encounter with a baseball. She stands before a small tree that her father had literally just planted; to his dismay, Deb split it perfectly down the middle with her bow and arrow.
When she was nine, her family moved to Toronto, Canada. They lived there for four years, long enough for Deb to catch a Beatles concert with her sister, Nancy, before moving to Indianapolis when Deb was 13.
Deb loved adventure and travel. She would not say "no" to a trip to Florida, Colorado, or Michigan, as she would rarely say "no" to anything fun. As a young girl, Deb was actively involved in her youth group at Northminster Presbyterian Church, touring Europe with the group during her high school years. She graduated from North Central High School (class of 1972), where she excelled in academics and was listed in the National Who's Who Among American High School Students. She graduated from Indiana University (1976) with a degree in elementary education. She loved her sisters of IU's Delta Gamma sorority and traveled with friends to watch IU's unbeaten basketball team win the 1976 NCAA Tournament. Deb received her Master's degree in Elementary Education in 1981 from Butler University.
In the fall of 1976, she began a 37-year teaching career in the Zionsville school system that impacted the lives of hundreds of students. She taught fifth grade at Union Elementary School from 1976-1996, third grade at Pleasant View Elementary School from 1996-2001 and third grade at Eagle Elementary from 2001-2013. She retired in 2013.
In 1980, she met her loving husband Duane, marrying him on January 28, 1984. She loved being a mother, more than anything, to her quadruplet children Nick (Jayne) Brooks, Tyler Brooks, Lauren (Mike Edmonds) Brooks, and Kate Brooks, and her stepchildren Angie Brooks, Jill (Matt Fechtman) Brooks, and Jason (Beth) Brooks. She loved spending time with grandchildren Sam, Liam, Finn, and Eva; her mother Louise Willson; her sisters Nancy (Steve) Kellam and Libby (Randy) Robertson and her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and innumerable, precious friends. Deb is preceded in death by her father, William (Bill) Willson.
Deb and Duane were actively involved at Grace Church in Noblesville, Ind., helping with the food pantry, running bible studies, holding babies during worship: whatever was needed. Deb walked in the light of Jesus and always put others before herself. Her ability to multi-task was uncanny. She could call, text, answer another phone, answer the door, order something online, plan a vacation, and remind her husband to call his children simultaneously. She was profoundly happy, always organized, and never once forgot to send a thank you note. Deb managed a full-time career and a family of seven children with ease. She was always ready to help others in need, whether the tiniest or greatest problem presented itself. She made countless meals for others, having her husband deliver them, because she didn't want the attention on her.
Deb was a bright light in anyone's day, and you could not beat her in the game Catch Phrase. Warm, witty, loyal and intelligent - she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on March 5, 2018. She handled the disease with grace and courage. Deb received hundreds of letters from family, friends and previous students during her battle with cancer. Not just a good mom: the best mom. Not just a kind person: the kindest. Not just a role model: the most significant. Not just a follower of Christ: a soldier.
A celebration of Deb's life will be held at Grace Church, in Noblesville, Ind., at 5504 E. 146th St (317-848-2722).
A visitation will be held Friday, June 8, from 4-7 p.m.
Another visitation will be held Saturday, June 9, from 10-11 a.m., with a funeral service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Cerebral Palsy Foundation, or any charity in need.
Artist, Actress, Revolutionary War Re-enactor and Historic Cookery Blogger. Caroline was born a Hoosier girl. The granddaughter on Sen. Homer Capehart (R) and daughter of well-known Indianapolis attorney Earl Capehart, she attended North View Junior High in Indianapolis, and she was a graduate of North Central High School, class of 1972, Indianapolis, IN. She continued her education at Principia College, earning a B.A.(1976), and later a Masters Degree from Ball State.
In 1994 Caroline moved to New York City to fulfill a dream. She dabbled in acting, stand-up comedy, and historical reenactments. She found her true calling as an expert in Colonial Open Hearth Cooking and presented live historical cooking demonstrations and authored a blog HistoricCookery.com. She participated in 6 Foodways Symposiums at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
In 2004, she purchased a 3 story, Victorian brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which fulfilled another dream. She lived there until her untimely death in 2017, several months after suffering a mild stroke.
Caroline had a wide variety of interests and talents, and a lively sense of humor. She enjoyed travel, especially cruising across the Atlantic to England on the QE2 and flying on the Concorde. She put her all into whatever pursuit she tackled.
May She Rest in Peace
Caroline Mary Capehart, age 63, passed away at her Brooklyn home on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
She was born in Indianapolis on January 18, 1954, to H. Earl Capehart, Jr. and Harriet Holmes Capehart.
She is preceded in death by her parents and paternal grandparents, former U.S. Senator, Homer E. Capehart, Sr. and Irma Mueller Capehart; and maternal grandparents Walter C. Holmes and Mary Gladys Copeland Holmes. Also by her dogs, Gussie and Casey, and her beloved companion cat, Kitty-Pooh.
A memorial service was held at her residence on June 9, 2017.
Arrangements and cremation under the direction of Joseph G. Duffy, Brooklyn.
Indianapolis – Randall Charles Cooper, died unexpectedly on Monday, September 6, 2021, in Indianapolis, IN., at the age of 66.
Randy will be lovingly remembered as a caring, happy, and family-oriented man by his loving companion, Diane Stiles; mother, Joan Cooper; sister, Kristi Oaf; sons Randall Cooper (wife Sarah) and Jordan Cooper; nephew, Chris Oaf; niece, Jessie Schmidt (husband Jake); two beautiful grandchildren, Mason and Scarlett; and one grandniece, Madelyn.
Randy was preceded in death by his father, Herbert R Cooper and his brother, Darrel G Cooper.
Randy was born on November 5, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio to Herbert R and Joan N. Cooper. He graduated from North Central High School in 1972. He received a Bachelor's Degree in business from Indiana University in 1981. Randy was the proud owner and operator of Cooper Moving and Storage for 12 years. The last few years of Randy's life he worked as a Class A CDL driver for Construction Waste in Indianapolis, IN.
Memorial contributions made in Randy's name may be made to Indyhumane, 7929 N Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Indyhumane.org
James Steven Currin was My Minister's only Son and the Husband to My Best Girlfriend from High School Yvonne Johnson-Currin and the Father of 2 Beautiful Daughter's, Christine and Melissa and they have between them 8 children and a Great Grand Child due November 12, 2022. He married again to a Woman named Anne Marieand he had 1 Son from this Marriage named Jayden.
Rochester/Albion: 64, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at home. David was born on July 31, 1952 in Rochester, NY and attended Rochester schools. He graduated from Vincennes University in Indiana. Following college, David lived and worked in Hawaii, living his dream. He eventually moved back to Rochester to be near his family. He then spent 30 years working for the Rochester school district as a bus driver. He spent countless hours for many years running the annual bus rodeo and helping to raise money.
David was the kindest soul with a heart of gold. He was always the first person there to help out in any way. David was a brother to his sister, Ginny, and to his brothers, Ned and Allen. He was also the best uncle, cousin and caregiver to so many. No matter who you were, he made you feel like the most important person. He never forgot a birthday, holiday or special event. There was always a card from Uncle Dave.
He was especially proud of his home and was enjoying his retirement, always working on numerous projects. He cared deeply for his animals, two cats and most recently a black lab mix, Buddy.
Deborah Brown Dollar SIMPSONVILLE, SC - Deborah Brown Dollar, 59, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, wife of Gordon Dollar entered into eternal rest Sunday, March 16, 2014. Her Funeral Service will be held Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 19 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL. Deborah was born August 4, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN, daughter of Ameda Watkins Brown of Simpsonville, SC and the late Paul Joseph Brown II. She attended the University of Indiana and was also a local artist, homemaker and had a long career in Marketing and Special Events. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Dollar of Simpsonville, SC; mother, Ameda Watkins Brown of Simpsonville, SC; two sons, Alfred Taylor Clarkson IV and Paul Joseph Clarkson, both of Charleston, SC; two brothers, Kevin Mathew Brown of Dallas, TX, and James Lee Brown of Del Ray Beach, FL; sister, Diane Marie Toth of Atlanta, GA.
Fishers - 63, died April 11, 2018. He was born August 6, 1954 in Indianapolis to Robert and Joan Lyons Dowling. David is survived by his sister Diane Dugan, brothers Dennis, Dan and Doug Dowling. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor or Fairbanks Center.
David and I were at St. Pius X together. He was a great guy; friendly and no pretenses. Just now saw his notice while looking at the reunion site and so sorry for the loss to his family. Thoughts and prayers...
Meredith Jean Dudley 53, died Monday, August 13, 2007 at IU Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Indianapolis July 3, 1954 to Richard N. and Virginia Lee Miller. She fought a courageous battle for five years against an extended illness and was sustained by her faith. She was an inspiration to her family and friends and will be dearly missed by them. She enjoyed her family and friends, needlepoint, and sports. She was an avid I. U. fan and followed the Colts and Pacers. She was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School and attended I. U. at Bloomington. In Los Angeles, California, she worked for a period at the Wells Fargo Bank and was a legal secretary. In Indianapolis she was last employed at the law firm of Barnes and Thornburg. She was a member of Lebanon Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the Indiana Heart to Heart Conference in care of Ann Neilsen, 127 West Fordice Street, Lebanon, IN 46052. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2007 at the Lebanon Christian Church, 610 West 250 North, with visitation from 2 p.m. until the service. Survivors include three sisters, Ann M. Neilsen and husband, Chris, Lebanon, Jody L. Miller and husband, Cal Brady, L.A., CA, Amy V. Miller, Indianapolis; brother, Richard N. Miller, Indianapolis; step-sister, Robin Beck, Beech Grove; step-brother, R. Scott Beck, Indianapolis; three nieces and three nephews.
John Charles Dykema 50, formerly of Indianapolis, son of Dr. and Mrs. Roland W. Dykema, passed away April 28, 2005 in Heidelberg, Germany. He was a graduate of North Central High School and Indiana University. At the time of his death, he was the non-appropriated fund branch managerfinancial manager and single fund manager for Installation Management Agency, U.S. Army Europe. John was a recent recipient of the White Plume Award, the most prestigious honor given to a civilian by Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation. A memorial service was held May 12, 2005 at the Mark Twain Village Chapel in Heidelberg. He is survived by his parents, of Monrovia; wife Helga, son Marc and daughter Rebecca, of Nussloch, Germany; sisters, Susan of Indianapolis and Julie Winter of Tell City; brothers, Richard of Saratoga, California and William of Holliston, Massachusetts.
67, of Indianapolis, passed away June 17, 2022. Laurie was born on August 20, 1954 in Pasadena, CA. Growing up in neighborhood communities of Los Angeles, she enjoyed a great family life with her parents, Wayne and Joyce, and brothers, Lance and Dave. The family moved to Indianapolis in 1965 and settled in the Steinmeier area on the northside. She attended Eastwood Middle School and graduated from North Central High School in 1972. Laurie attended Purdue University, earning a BS degree in Dietetics in 1976. Laurie then attended the University of Kentucky, where she earned her MS degree in Nutrition in 1977. She worked for a time in Owensboro, KY before accepting a position in the dietary department at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. In 1978, Laurie became the Head Dietician at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield, where she remained until 1987. During the early months of her return to Indianapolis, she started a relationship with Brad after the pair met at a wedding in the summer of 1977. Their romance quickly blossomed, and they married on November 3, 1979, which would be the beginning of a wonderful partnership lasting 42 years. Children Amy, Andrew, and Kari would soon follow. After her years at Hancock Memorial, Laurie worked as a consulting dietician. She then started her own business, Medical Claims Service, Inc., mainly assisting senior citizens with their insurance billing. The business grew to include billing for durable medical equipment and was later known as Home Care Plus. Leading a team of several employees, Laurie displayed natural organizational and business skills likely inherited from her father. She sold her business in 2006 and became a billing specialist for Roche Diagnostics, retiring in January, 2012. Laurie was a longtime member of both Epworth and Castleton United Methodist Churches as well as Irvington Presbyterian Church. Laurie's loves were quilting and being Nana to her grandchildren. A longtime seamstress, Laurie taught herself to quilt following her retirement. Over the years, she made countless quilts for friends, family members, and various charities. As Nana, she loved planning family vacations, hosting sleepovers, and caring for Ev, Nora, and Etta. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Road, Fishers, IN 46038; and Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 6450 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46220, from 1:30 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions are appreciated to American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/donate) and Lucky Dog Retreat Rescue (http://ldrrescue.org/donate.html). Laurie was preceded in death by her brother Dave in 2000, her mother Joyce in 2011, and her father Wayne in 2017. Surviving Laurie is the love of her life, husband Brad of 42 years, brother Lance (Denise), sister-in-law Cheryl, daughter Amy (Zack) Adams, son Andrew (Kelly), and daughter Kari, grandchildren Everett and Eleanor Adams and Etta Eshelman and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
I drove Bob to school every day during myJunior (or was it Senior?) year. Bob was a great kid, who lived everyday like everyone else despite the battle he was having with his health. Always smiling, always giving it 100%
Laura Harper 56, of Indianapolis, passed away on August 19, 2010 at home. She was born in Indianapolis. She graduated from North Central High School in 1972 and married in 1973. Laura was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend. She worked for the Topics Newspaper and the Indianapolis Star in sales, retiring early after being diagnosed with M.S. She is survived by her husband, Verner Harper; son, Andrew Harper; sisters, Ann Wilcox and Teresa O'Donoghue; granddaughter, Logan Harper; nieces and nephews.
Tom Harrison's Son Killed in Crash A Purdue University student, returning home to Indianapolis, was killed recently when his car slammed into a parked truck on I-65 in Clinton County.
State Police said Steven R. Harrison, 22, 4510 e. 80th, was killed when his car rammed the rear of a semitrailer truck parked partlly in the traveled portion of the highway near Frankfort.
A passenger in Harrison's car, Carol Atkinson, 19, Merrillville, was seriously injured.
State troopers said the trucker, Joseph Pelaquin, 50, Sstillwater, NY, was charged with failing to display warning devices around his disabled truck. Pelaquin was not injured.
Harrison, a Navy veteran and member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Purdue, made an unsuccessful attemp to qualify a gocart for his fraternity Saturday at Purdue's annual Grand Prix race. he was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School.
The Leppert & Copeland Mortuary in Indianapolis was in charge of arrangements. contributions may be made in Marrison's name to the Alpha Omega Memorial Fund.
Surviviors - parents Mr and Mrs. Thomas R. Harrison, Formaerly of Harrison, Ohio; grandparents Mr. and Mrs. R.F. Elrod, Springer G. Harrison, Holly, Thomas R. Jr.
If you have not already seen them, go look at the photos that Harry's sister, Holly, put up under the photo albums. The photos of his Corvair will bring memories to anyone who like me, spent a lot of time crusing around in that car.
See everyone this weekend.
From Holly Harrison Lee on June 18th, 2012
NCHS Class of '72...
The tributes to my brother, Steve, are awesome! After 36 years, I still think of him often and have loved staying in touch with some of his friends from back in the day! He definitely was one of a kind with such an amazing personality. Anyone who met "Harry" became his friend as you all know. I just wish he were here today to attend your 40th Class Reunion. I'm sure he would be the life of the party, haha!
This is the last photo our family has of him and it was during the 1 year he attended Purdue University ('75-'76). This is his ATΩ fraternity portrait. (I'll eventually be posting a couple other photos in the Photo Album...one will be with his corvair!)
Have a great time at your reunion and I’m sure Steve will be watching and laughing right along with you. Thank you all for remembering "Harry". He will never be forgotten!
Holly Harrison Lee
Class of '74
From Don Higgs on June 8th, 2012
It has all been said in the previous tributes to a one of a kind person. I am fortunate to stay in touch with Harry's little sister (Holly) so I am reminded often of my friend.
From Tom Willey on May 16th, 2012
I was very moved by the tributes to Harry from my old compadres from NCHS...and had forgotten that Steve had been invited to join the ATO/Purdue gang of ex-pat Panthers who I ran with for some years...great to read memories from GH Huff and Kent and Hix, etc....some of us know that Harry was more than just one thing...a character, a prankster, but also a thoughtful, sardonic, nimble and true spirit who was on the verge of launching himself into the world and shining his spirit just as he ran into some terrible glitch in the space and time contunuum...what was it...I think I remember a vehicle from a carnival that had pulled over on the wrong side of the highway...Harry with his new girlfriend and the radio turned up loud must have glanced out the window at the broken white lines and shaken his head at how far he had come ...and then it was over...even after all these years I remember Don Palmer finding Jeff and I in Greencastle, Indiana...and how we drove back to Indianapolis and sighed and wept together over his passisg...his Navy adventure will be chronicled one day in an upcoming novel or movie and will only add to his legendary status...oh, dear Harry...so many of us looked forward to seeing you at many reunions...oh how we would have all laughed and seen the sun come up together...but made sure to have looked back at each other as we all went back to our lives...until the next time...a good man Steven "Harry" Harrison...who left his mark and his footprints behind...he stomped on the earth...let's raise a glass to him at the 40th...
From Matt Kennedy on May 11th, 2012
I grew up with Harry in Ivy Hills before he moved down by Allisonville School on the golf course. He was one of a kind. Growing up he was this nerdy kid with glasses that had the best sense of humor. Sometimes as kids, he would say something and you'd look at him and just smile. Mel Arnold loved him. He was quite the practical joker. I remember him wearing black CONS all the time. We drifted apart later in junior and high school, but he was always "Harry". I too remember this day and where I was when I heard. People like Harry are hard to forget.
From Kent Sheets on May 11th, 2012
Harry We met at Eastwood, primarily through you being a friend of Mel Arnold's from Allisonville and being a fan of the basketball team. We umpired many Little League baseball games together, worked at Spickelmier's, and spent a lot of time cruising around in that Corvair (with on heat in the winter) and in the basement at your house listening to Booker T. and the MGs. Your boxing match with Matt Spickelmier at the Y was an event for the ages. I still remember the day you died in the car crash on I-65 and how Steve King tracked me down at work to let me know he had heard it on the radio. I look forward to telling some Steve "Harry" Harrison stories at the reunion in July. W.C.
From Jeff Hixon on May 2nd, 2012
Harry, tom Willey and I will never forget the legendary corvair and the night we egged Susie Richardson's house. Ah you were a clever one, coasting by the house with the engine off in neutral (I guess three times past the house was one too many!) Great times in your basement pad listening to Pink Floyd. I'll never forget you.
From Gary Huffman on May 2nd, 2012
Harry, it sure has been a long time since we lost you on your ride home from Purdue during Grand Prix week in 1976. Pick, Kautz, Boston, your ATO brothers, and everyone else sure miss you. I have stayed in touch with your sister Holly and she has been keeping us line! Harry, we sure miss you!
Andrew Eugene Henderson (Andy), age 65, passed away peacefully on the 12th of October 2019 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis, following a courageous fight against cancer. He was a 1975 graduate of Franklin College with a degree in English Literature and was a member of the Lamba Chi Alpha Fraternity. He also attended Purdue’s for classes in Civil Engineering. Andy married his best friend Jeannine Ogle Henderson (Jeannie) on October 20, 1990. He worked for several large retail organizations before pursuing entrepreneurship and management of a family real estate company.
Andy lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; hanging out with Jeannie and his family, taking photographs and spending time with his nieces and nephews. His greatest passions were music, photography and old unique cars. He enjoyed travel, good meals and a good glass of wine. He was a colorful character with a great sense of humor. He loved his wife, family and dogs fiercely.
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Henderson; his parents Gene and Mary Lou Henderson; his brother Joe Henderson; his sister Carrie Henderson (Jack Beatty); his sister in law Joni Kahn (Ralph); his brother in law Jim Ogle; his nieces and nephews Christy Walkup (Patrick McCarney); Mike Walkup; Matt Walkup (Stephanie); Joe Henderson (Sara); Paul Henderson (Maren); Patrick Kahn (Amanda); Madelyn Kahn; Julia Kahn.
Special thanks to Dr. Bhadia and his staff Chelsea and Esta for the loving care shown to Andy during his illness.
Robert Douglas Henshaw passed on in the early morning light of June 4, 2022 at home after a diagnosis of aggressive glioblastoma in September 2020. If the measure of a man is determined by the Love he holds for others and the friendships nurtured through the years, then Rob Henshaw was triumphantly successful.
Born in Indianapolis, IN on May 24, 1954 to Lucia Funk Corcoran and Gene C. Henshaw (deceased), Rob was the eldest of four children, who took seriously his job of being big brother to his siblings. He was a 1972 graduate from North Central High School and completed studies at Indiana University in 1976.
Rob never met a stranger, which prepared him well for a lengthy career in sales. Rob started his career in the paper industry, was Senior Vice President of Pizza King, and Vice President of EnviroForensics.
He is survived by his son, Joseph D. Henshaw of Santa Monica, California; his partner, Beth Porter; his mother, Lucia Corcoran; his siblings, Susan Henshaw Dugan of Decatur, GA (Lawrence), Elizabeth Leigh Dinelli of Grand Junction, CO (Richard), and Stephen Richard Henshaw of Indianapolis, IN (Dawn); along with numerous nieces and nephews and Beth's son.
Rob loved being with people, taking walks, listening to music, golfing with life-long friends, boating, fishing, and spending time on the beaches of Sarasota County, Florida. He recently celebrated his 68th birthday with gratitude, surrounded by family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at North Meridian United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 at 1 PM. A time of remembrance and Celebration of Life will follow the service at the church from 1:45 to 5:00pm. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of the donor's choosing.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Beth Porter and Betsy Dinelli for their compassionate love and devotion during Rob's hospice care.
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Obituary for Donald R. Higgs
Donald R. Higgs,
68, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, peacefully passed away April 21, 2022 with his children and family at his side. Don was born December 15, 1953 to the late Donald E. and Anna Margaret (Day) Higgs. Don was a graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis (’72) where he made lifelong friendships. He recently retired from Modular Devices, Inc., after working as a Compliance Director for many years.
Don was as funny as he was charming, a true friend to anyone who spent time with him. He enjoyed fishing and camping. Don was a fantastic cook who also liked to work in his garden. His beloved dog Buddy was his constant companion wherever he went, and his children and grandchildren were his greatest treasure.
A time to Gather & Remember will be held Friday, April 29, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a Eulogy Celebration time from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Friends and Family are welcomed.
Don is survived by his children, Ben Higgs (Nikki) and their sons Nathan and Owen, Emily Higgs (Greg Smith) and their sons Britton and Ethan, and Kelsey (J.R.) Connor and their children Castella and Cruz; sisters, Cindy Krebs and Deborah Query; five nieces and nephews; and countless cousins and friends.
Mary Kathryn Holdeman, 66, of Indianapolis, IN, left her earthly home on November 23, 2019
to be in the loving arms of the Lord. Mary was born in Indianapolis to Alice Dye (McAdams
Powers) and Russel Powers. Mary was a graduate of North Central High School in 1972 and
L.Everett Light School of Practical Nursing in 1982. Mary married Joseph Hunley in July 17, 1976.
Mary loved helping and taking care of people. Mary and Joe welcomed their daughter Jodi in
1979 and son Joe in 1987. Mary loved her children very much. Mary was a member of Eastern
Star for many years. Mary was a firm believer in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Following the passing of her first husband Joe, Mary met and married Brett Holdeman. Mary
and Brett were married for 9 years prior to her passing. It was through Brett that Mary found
her love of Christian music. Mary and Brett attended many Christian music concerts and
Mary is preceded in death by her mother, Alice Dye, first husband Joseph Hunley, Mother-inlaw
Elaine Hunley, Father-in-law Joseph Hunley.
Mary is survived by her husband Brett Holdeman; Daughter Jodi (Zachary) Bird; Son Joseph
(Kasie) Hunley; Step Daughter Diana (Sean) Spence; Step Son Frank Holdeman; Father Russel
Powers; Grand-daughters Ari and Brielle Spence; Siblings: Rex (Barb) Powers, Rita Pierce, Ron
(Nancy) Powers Dana (Duane) Hunt, Joe (Susie) Dye, Carrie (Carlos) Snow, Wendy Powers,
Buddy (Christina) Powers, and LeRoy Powers; and a multitude of Nieces, Nephews, greatnieces,
Mary touched many lives and will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent
to Victory Junction at 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or
https://victoryjunction.org/the-gift-of-camp/. We ask anyone attending either the viewing or
service wear something that reminds you of Mary and would make her smile. That means
anything purple, something with flamingos, University of Alabama, or breast cancer awareness
Mark Raymond Huntzinger (58) of Bloomington died at Gosport Nursing Home on Saturday, May 12, 2012. He was born in Indianapolis on November 16, 1953. He graduated from Butler University School of Pharmacy, where he was a member of the Butler chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He worked as a registered pharmacist until he retired due to health issues. Mark is survived by his daughter, Megan Huntzinger Prince, of Bloomington; his parents, Merrill and Jean Huntzinger, of Noblesville; his brother, Richard Huntzinger, of Greenfield; and several nephews and cousins in Indiana, Ohio and California.
Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 W Gourley Pike, Bloomington. A funeral service will be performed there at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012, followed by a short graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Monroe County Humane Society to honor Mark's love of animals.
Passed away June 18th in his home of Boulder, Colorado. He was the son of Patsy and the late Howard Jansen and was born in Indianapolis in March, 1954. He was a graduate of North Central High School and attended Wabash College. He earned multiple graduate degrees in entomology and computer graphics. Professionally he contributed to important programs at Naval Avionics, the Space Shuttle and Space Junk Risk Management for NASA. He was also involved in many industrial innovations in computer science. Mark was an accomplished and published poet, photographer and computer-art innovator. He loved nature and the out of doors, and saw the world around him with a perspective unknown to most. Through these eyes and talents came his artistic works.
He continued to maintain generous, creative and positive attitudes throughout his illness with cancer.
Optional memorial contributions may be directed to the recreation program at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church.
Mark is survived by his mother, Patsy Jansen, and his brother, Erik Jansen whose family lives in Seattle - wife Gretchen, his twin daughters Anika and Jill and son Charlie Jansen.
Kathleen J. Johnson, 53, of Camby, IN passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2007. She was born January 17, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Billy Gene DeFord and the late Mary Jo (Woods) DeFord. She married Eric M. Johnson on August 19, 1954.
Kathleen has lived in Camby for the last years, and in Indianapolis for 40 years. She was a 1972 North Central High School Graduate and liked to work on Geneology. She was also a Homemaker.
Kathleen is survived by her Husband, Eric M. Johnson of Camby, IN; 2 Daughters: Mary Chase of Mooresville, IN and Erica Tokiwa of Cookeville, TN; 3 Grandchildren: Xandria and Keagan Chase, Dakota Roberts; 2 Brothers: Billy Gene DeFord Jr. of Brownsburg and Howard Edward DeFord of Westfield.
Captain Philip Daniel Johnstone, of Spring, TX, made his last flight in July 2021 after a brief illness at 66 years young. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered. Philip leaves his loving and grateful family: wife Beth Ann Johnstone, mother Norma Cummings, and brother Daniel Cummings. He joins his father, Dr. Daniel M. Johnstone, in the skies above the stars. A native of Indianapolis, IN, graduate of Indiana University School of Business, Philip went on to achieve much in his adventurous life. He was a successful entrepreneur, building contractor, IT consultant, network engineer, accomplished 50-year airplane pilot and owner, competitive swimmer in early years, scuba diver, sky diver, world traveler and explorer……crossing the paths of many and forgotten by few. A Celebration of Life is to be held Saturday, September 18, 2021, 2:30 pm at Magnolia Cowboy Church, 23247 Glenmont Estates, Magnolia, TX 77355. Family, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend and to "keep the party goin'!"
Mr. Dominic C. Jordan, 63, Indianapolis, passed away on April 19, 2017.He had previously been a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Mr. Jordan received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, where he made the Dean's List. He retired as a Captain from the United States Army. He leves to cherish his memory, father, John K. Jorman; ex-wife, Bobbye A. Jorman; sons, Dominic Jorman, Jr., and Christopher A. Jorman; brother, Jerome J. Jorman, Sr.; sisters, Yolanda Jorman and Lisa Jorman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The visitation is Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9am - 11am, with the service at 11am in Williams & Bluitt Funeral Home. The interment is in Crown Hill Cemetery.
Indianapolis - 63, Erik passed from life on this earth on January 2, 2018. Born to Ed and Elizabeth Kassig on January 30, 1954, he was a life long resident of Indianapolis. A graduate of Purdue University, he held Bachelor's and Master's degrees in engineering. Erik combined a true knack for numbers with an incredible memory, and often recalled the times and dates of events long past. He retired from a position with the Indiana State Fire Marshal's office in 2012.
Throughout his life, he was always concerned with the safety and welfare of those around him. He retired early to care for our mom in her sunset years.
He enjoyed traveling with family. New Jersey, Cape Hatteras, and road trips "Out West" were his favorites. He had a special interest in Gettysburg and the activities of Indiana's units. Erik owned, and raced, a vintage Formula Ford. He derived much satisfaction from tinkering with his race car. In his later years, he became quite active in Chihuahua rescue efforts.
Erik was predeceased by his parents, Ed and Betty, and a nephew, Peter Kassig. He is survived by his brother, Edward (Paula), his sister, Julia McCormick (Matthew), their children Penny and Isaac, and many cousins and their children.
A memorial service celebrating Erik's life will be February 17, at his home church, Epworth United Methodist. Calling will begin at 1:00 PM followed by the service at 2:00.
Memorial contributions may be made to Chihuahua Rescue Indiana.
Fred Kelly was one of my best friends at North Central High School. We were very competitive and pushed each other to achieve higher levels of musical excellence. As drum major he was an outstanding leader of the marching band. We stayed in touch throughout the years. I still remember his attendance at my college senior recital and hearing him yell "Bravo!" at the end of my last selection. During my career as a music educator Fred worked with my drill team and choreographed our state champtionship routine. Fred embraced life and lived each day to the fullest.
From Mark Patterson on December 10th, 2021
Frederick A. Kelly Jr. March 8, 1993
Memorial service was held at Crooked Creek Baptist Church.
Fred played the clarinet at Westlane and North Central.
He also was the Drum Major at Indiana University.
From Sandy Anderson Walters on July 13th, 2012
Fred was a great drum major for the band. Lost track of him after high school, but he was a great addition to the marching band!!!
From Dotsie Rybolt Longworth on July 10th, 2012
Fred and I had lunch together about every day our sophomore year. He was a great guy and a good friend. I remember seeing him at our 10 year reunion and danced with him -- he was dancing professionally in Chicago back then in 1982. I certainly was intimidated! The next I knew, he was gone. Frederick, my friend, rest in peace.
( January 29, 1955 - June 13, 2020 )
Robert Michael “Bob” Kilbourn
65 of Avon passed away June 13, 2020. He was born January 29, 1955 in Saratoga Springs, New York the son of David and Cora Kilbourn,
Bob was the owner and operator of CameraRepairs.com and had also worked for FedEx for several years. He was a member of The Society of Photo Technologist and Kingsway Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Helvaty Kilbourn; children, Timothy Kilbourn and his wife Fia, Paul Kilbourn, Joseph Kilbourn and his wife Jennifer, Christina Cline and her husband Kevin, Michelle Kilbourn, Stephen Kilbourn, and AnnaMarie Kilbourn; mother, Cora Kilbourn; siblings, Patricia Riedl, David Kilbourn, Candace Calvo, and Kathi Hull; grandchildren, Evelyn Kilbourn and Oliver Kilbourn.
A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday June 18, 2020 at Kingsway Christian Church with visitation from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in West Ridge Park Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 we request that everyone follow CDC guidelines and maintain social distancing.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to New Hope Children’s Mission Program in care of Kingsway Christian Church.
Bob was a good friend during our Junior and Senior years. He and his wife, Barb, led us to Kingsway Christian Church when we lived in Avon. They both loved kids, as you can tell by the numbers, and were a lot of fun. Bob sure knew his cameras and how to get the best out of them. We unfortunately lost touch with them when we moved to Wisconsin in the early '80's. Blessings to Barb and all their children and grands.
Jeff Lakin 56, passed away October 1 surrounded by family and friends. Jeff was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School. He is survived by his son, Conor; his sisters, Linda (Schafer) Simon and Cindy Huser; and his brother, Michael. A private service was held, followed by burial in Mooresville Cemetery beside his parents Roy and Margaret (Lois) Lakin.
Our 50th Reunion is comimg up and sure wish you could be there. Miss you Jeff, think of you often. If I live to make it to the 50th, I will channel you and hopefully we can experience it all through my eyes! Don't get me in trouble old friend. LOL
From Karen Starling on July 14th, 2012
Love you Jeff miss you!!
From Karen Starling on July 14th, 2012
Love you Jeff miss you!!
From Keith Starling on July 11th, 2012
Miss ya buddy, glad we were able to reconnect at the end. You meant the world to me and I will always chrish the adventures we shared in high school.
From Patti Stone on May 4th, 2012
Missed and remembered with love and laughter!
From Nancy St. John Kern on May 2nd, 2012
Jeff was one of the sweetest men I have ever known. He was kind to everyone and willingly helped friends and family when asked. We shared lots of laughs, skiing on the river and a few beers together (well maybe more than a FEW beers!) He will be remembered saying "God Love Ya!" to everyone and I sincerely believe he meant it. He was a real shining star in many people's lives. God Love Ya Jeff! We miss you.
Linda Larason 52, passed away at home on Sunday, November 5, 2006. Linda was born on October 23, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis. She was a Registered Nurse who worked as a Customer Care Specialist in Diabetes Care for nine years at Roche Diagnostics. Prior to that, she worked at the St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis, where she cared for the terminally ill. Linda lived a life of compassion for those who suffered and she will be remembered by many for her devoted service. She loved animals and adventure and her life was filled with both. Her smile was endearing and her laughter was contagious. Those who knew her were touched by her gifts. Linda was blessed with a son in 1992, Michael. This miracle was her reason for greeting each day. Most important to Linda was to teach Michael kindness, which she did. She will be missed by family and friends, but for Michael and Charlotte there will be an emptiness only kindness can fill, for one has lost a daughter, the other his Mother. Linda is survived by her son, Michael Holland, and her mother, Charlotte Larason, as well as her cousins, Susie Lane and Jennifer Sage. She will be met by her father, Charles Larason; her brother, Michael Larason; her cousin, Chris Lane; her aunt and uncle, Phyllis and Russell Lane; and her loving dog, Buddy.
William H. "Bill" Leibacher 55, Indianapolis, died Sept. 28, 2008. He was born July 7, 1953 in Johnstown, PA. Mr. Leibacher was the owner of Circle Reader Service and member of Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church. He graduated from North Central High School and Ivy Tech. He enjoyed bowling, golf and watching sports. Services will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 4, 2008 in Hendryx Mortuary Cumberland Chapel, 11636 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, with calling there from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 2008. He was preceded in death by father, William Henry Leibacher; mother, Mary (Grace) Leibacher; brother, Phillip Leibacher. Survivors include wife, Marsha Cameron Leibacher, they were high school sweethearts at North Central High School; daughter, Kathryn Leibacher, fiancee, John; son, David wife Trisha Leibacher; grandchild, Cameron Leibacher. Online condolences can be sent to: condolences@ hendryxmortuary.com
Jeffrey Earl Lenn 51, of Indianapolis, died Saturday, January 29, 2005. He was a graduate of North Central High School. Mr. Lenn had been a service technician for seven years with Tom O'Brien Company. His son, Sean Lenn, grandchildren Chassidy, Caeley and Mercedes Lenn, and his sister, Karen Doty, survive him. Memorial services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 5, 2005 in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center, Broad Ripple, with one hour of calling prior to service. Burial will be in Washington Park North Cemetery.
Obituary of Perry Wilkins Lesh II
Perry Wilkins Lesh, II passed away into the arms of his Savior on July 3, 2020 at 2:56 p.m. surrounded by his wife and daughters who serenaded him as he passed from this life into the next. Perry was born July 31, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Frederick Hoke Lesh and Nancy (Early) Lesh. He grew up playing with his two older brothers, Ricky and David. They also had a cottage on Burt Lake where he spent his summers with his family. Perry gave his life to Jesus on Oct 10, 1970 at the age of 16 years old when he attended a friend’s bible study. He began playing the drums at the age of 8, went on to play the drums in Marching and Jazz bands in both Junior High and High School as well as in various Rock-n-Roll and Blues Bands. He learned how to play all the percussion instruments and was instructed for 8 years by Richard Paul, Principal Percussionist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He also took many years of piano lessons. The first church he founded was “Church at the Barn.” Church at the Barn was started after he led a revival in the Methodist Youth Fellowship at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church of Indianapolis. He was ordained as a pastor later in his 30’s. He graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis, IN in June 1972. That summer, he studied in Boston at Famous Jazz School, Berkley College of Music. He studied with Alan Dawson, Dave Brubeck’s drummer. He then went to Taylor University in Upland, Indiana for a year where he majored in Music and Bible. While he was at Taylor, he did solo gigs each week at a Christian coffee house where he also shared his testimony. He was a music leader at Grace Church in Indianapolis and loved directing the congregation in singing hymns. He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education in December of 1977. He served his country in the Army National Guard, Rank E5 from July 1979 to July 1984. He was assigned to the 145th Army Division in Oklahoma City. His duty was to play the drums in the Jazz, Concert, and Marching bands. Also, because they did not have an official Chaplain, his Commanding Officer asked him to function as one, which he was delighted to do. Out of Boot Camp, he was a PFC, but over the next 6 years, he was gradually promoted to an E5. Perry met the love of his life, Rosemary Espinoza at a prayer meeting at church in 1985. Perry married Rosemary on April 4, 1987 at First Baptist in Jenks, Oklahoma. Over the next six years, they had four beautiful daughters: Amy, Stacy, Janelle and Hannah. Their home was always filled with music, laughter, and love. Perry received numerous awards as an employee in the field of hospitality over the years due to his outstanding service. He played the piano and sang at Town Village for the residents. He was very involved at his church, Southwood Baptist Church of Tulsa. He led Sunday School, was in the choir, played the drums and piano, and was involved with the church’s outreaches. Perry was preceded in death by both paternal and maternal grandparents, his father, Frederick Hoke Lesh; his mother, Nancy (Early) Lesh; his older brothers, Frederick Jr. and David Lesh; and his father-in-law, Julian. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Nancy Lesh and daughters, Amy Rose Lesh, Stacy Marie Chairez and her husband, Timothy and their sons, Paolo, Timothy, and August, Janelle Bethany Ross, and her husband, Joshua, their son, Kesed Ross and daughter, Karis Ross, Hannah Renee Lesh; his sister-n- law, Vicki Lesh and her sons, David and his wife Cacia and their two sons, and Joe Lesh. Perry Wilkins Lesh II was an amazing, gifted, and talented musician who loved people deeply and had a servant’s heart. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father, doting Grandpa and loved Jesus dearly. He touched many people’s lives and though he will be sorely missed, we know He is with Jesus joyfully singing with the angels and glorifying God.
I was blessed to know Perry as we were both in band under the direction of the ubiquitous Mr. Sam Reinsmith. I had no idea of Perry's training as noted in his memmorial but his talent was very evident as it says. I was also in percussion. I started my percussion at about 15, so a bit late, but was in awe and admiration of his skills; you could barely see his hands and sticks-they were a blur, as he played amazing riffs. I believe he wrote the marching band candences which I can still play to this day. RIP Perry and God bless!!
From Annie Dean Lowe on November 6th, 2021
He was one of my best friends. We shared music and our love of God together. I have missed him through the years and was very sad to hear of his passing. I got to briefly know his beautiful daughters. I know that he is in a glorious place.
Jane Ellen Lindstaedt, 64 of McCordsville entered eternal rest June 11, 2018.
Jane was born June 8, 1954 in Indianapolis to Marion A. and Esther L. Williams. She was a teacher for over 20 years most recently for the Warren Township School District. She loved animals but most of all she loved her time with her family and was a doting grandma.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years James Lindstaedt; daughter Virginia Cope (Jason); and grandchildren Paige and Dylan Cope.
Dorothy J. Linton 52, Indianapolis, died Friday May 18, 2007. She was born June 29, 1954 to the late Edgar and Betty (Ronk) Nelson. Dorothy was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School and earned an Associates degree in Xray Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Computer Programming from IUPUI. She was a Computer ProgrammerAnalyst for Indiana Lumberan's Insurance. Dorothy was a member of the Red Hats and Purple Chaps Society. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Mark Linton; son, Matt (wife Chrissy) and two grandchildren, Brianna and Austin. Friends may call from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, May 21 at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center -Broad Ripple. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the funeral center. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Bruce A. Lockwood, 69, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022 at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood Nursing Home in Lebanon, IN, after an extended illness. He was born on May 2, 1953 in Indianapolis to Gerald and Geraldine Lockwood. He previously lived near Arcadia and was a self- employed landscaper. He was a graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis. Survivors include his sister, Sharon (Roger) Orebaugh of Anderson; three nieces, two nephews and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pam Hetherington; grandparents, Rogers and Jo Carlisle and Fred and Bernice Lockwood. Special thank you to the nurses and staff at Parkwood and Cindy Smith NP with Optum. Cremation was chosen with no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard and Sons Funeral in Daleville. You may express condolences or share memories of Bruce at www.ballardandsons.com.
William J. Loeffler, 65, Noblesville, passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer on May 20, 2020. He leaves behind his wife, Peggy, three stepsons, and a beloved collection of orange shirts. In his own words, he lived a good life and was "kind of a big deal."
Born to John and Laverne (Maunder) on November 3, 1954 in Chicago, IL, Bill was the second oldest of a family of five and was known as "mom's favorite" according to his siblings, Barb, Gwen, John, and Terry. After graduating from North Central High School in 1972, he worked as a groundskeeper at the Meridian Hills Country Club, cementing a lifelong passion for maintaining home landscapes. He attended IUPUI and graduated in 1978 with a BS in Marketing. He worked at Rugby IPD Corp. as Purchasing Manager for 20+ years before becoming an Sales Representative at Aetna Plywood up until his retirement in 2019.
Bill married the love of his life, Peggy, on March 30, 2002. They shared a love of volleyball, summer concerts, and - over time - NASCAR. He was a devoted and loving father to sons Paul, Steven, and Neil, always the first to volunteer to help them with car or house maintenance. He loved going to car and airshows with them, a tradition that was started by his father and that Bill wanted to pass on. At family gatherings, he was known as the "baby whisperer" and could be reliably counted on to make children laugh.
He enjoyed the simple things: a good hamburger, chocolate milk, Pringles, ketchup (on everything), bowling, and a good game of golf. He was very proud to be able to add volunteering at PGA golf tournaments at Crooked Stick course to his list of accomplishments. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Carmel.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, John and Laverne. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; sons Paul Ahrendt (Amanda), Steven Ahrendt-Pham (Kat), Neil Ahrendt (Abbi Johnson); sister Barb Pitman, nephew Ryan; sister Gwen Scrogham (Phil), niece Kelli Cohan (John), great-nephew Chase, great-niece Addy; brother John Loeffler, and sister Terry Loeffler.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Flanner Buchanan in Carmel from 12-2 p.m. with a small service to follow at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society, St. Peter's UCC, or the Make A Wish Foundation.
Obituary for Douglas Lowry
Douglas Lowry, 67, of Greenfield passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at his residence. He was born April 17, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana, a son of the late Richard W. and Mildred F. (Walker) Lowry.
Doug received his Associates Degree in automotive technology and was Service Manager at Hubler Chevrolet and Ed Martin Automotive. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Justin (Joanna) Lowry of Louisiana and Erin (Ronald) Faber of Paragon; sister, Sandra K. Lowry of Michigan; and grandchildren Kindre J. Lowry, Abby Dransfield, Emily Dransfield, Kennedy Lowry and Landon Lowry.
AUBURNDALE - Patricia Jean Parrett Mader of Auburndale, Florida, passed away peacefully with her family around her on Saturday, July 18, 2015.
Born March 22, 1954, in Elkhart, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Carey M. Parrett DVM, and Edith Jean Clayton Parrett.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy Paul Mader; two beautiful daughters, Jean Felicia Mader of St. Petersburg, Fl., and Holly Naapua Mader Jones, and her husband Joshua Shannon Jones of Davenport, Fl., two brothers: Thomas Clayton Parrett, spouse Therese, and William Hays Parrett, spouse Kathleen, of Boise, Idaho, and their families; nieces Christina Parrett of Indio Ca., Jessie Faller Parrett of Carlisle, Pa., Mia Dehner Parrett of Tempe, Arizona: nephews Jonathan Dehner Parrett of Moscow, Id., and Carey Montgomery Parrett, spouse Danielle and their daughters, great nieces Karissa, Marleyna, Tabitha, and Arabella of Fredricksburg, Va. Patti is also survived by her stepmother Janice Clayton of Montgomery Village, Md.
Patti began elementary school in Milford, IN. She attended junior high school and graduated from North Central high school in Indianapolis in 1972. Patti earned a BA in Journalism (1976) and an MS. (1985) and Ed S. (1987) in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University where she was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority and performed on the Red Steppers Dance team. During her graduate studies in the mid 1980s, she served as a research assistant in Counselor preparation programs in Bermuda and Scotland. During her K-12 school years and throughout her undergraduate studies Patti was an excellent student, earning Dean's list honors.
Following college, Patti followed her bliss traveling the world. She lived in Hawaii and worked for America Trans Air as a flight attendant traveling throughout the United States and the Americas including the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada. She also visited much of Europe; including Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, France, Spain, Germany, Ireland, and England.
Of all of her accomplishments in life, Patti loved being a Mom most. She and her husband Tim are the proud parents of Jeannie and Holly, both growing up in Auburndale, Florida. Patti lovingly cared for and guided Jeannie and Holly through their developmental, adolescent and college years with the wonderful support of family, many friends and the Auburndale First United Methodist Church. Jeannie and Holly were fully engaged in academics, clubs, sports and numerous church activities throughout their growing up. At graduation, each of the girls were among the top students in their classes and subsequently received full scholarships to attend the Honors colleges of the University of Florida (Gainesville, Fl) and Florida Southern University (Lakeland, Fl) respectively. Upon graduation Jeannie and Holly each were awarded the highest honors of Suma Cum Laude, again finishing in the top of their classes. Since earning their undergraduate degrees, Jeannie was accepted and completed a doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida and Holly has recently been accepted and has begun graduate work in the Physician Assistant (PA) program at Nova Southeastern University. Both daughters attribute their successes to the constant encouragement and importance their mother placed on education.
Growing up as the daughter of a veterinarian, Patti always had an intense love for and devotion to animals. Patti had a loving, caring, nurturing spirit and never turned away an animal in need. Jeannie reported countless times that they would rescue turtles from the road or nurse abandoned baby ducks and squirrels back to health. Growing up, Jeannie and Holly remember Patti always allowing them to have a full house of dogs, cats, bunnies, guinea pigs and hamsters. Patti always treated the pets like family and would include their names in greeting cards.
Finally, Patti was a devout Christian and her life was centered on her faith. She exemplified the love of Christ in word and action. A strong love of the Lord and commitment to moral integrity and selfless love is something that she instilled in her two children. She was also very proud of her 20+ years as a member of her Sunday school class, the Seekers. Even in the final days, Patti's faith was unshakable and she loved her Lord with all of her heart. She never doubted his plan for her.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 25th, 2015, at the First United Methodist Church of Auburndale, Fl., with Rev. Bruce Williams and Rev. Jim Mitchell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church, 316 Lake Ariana Blvd., Auburndale, Fl., 33823, or The Theresa Harpole Foundation for Metastatic Breast Cancer.
Roger Brian Mann of Silver Lake, Indiana went home to be with Jesus at 4:32 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 66.
He was born on May 24, 1953 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Barbara (Blowers) Mann and Robert K. Mann. On June 25, 2016 he was married to Barbara Gail (Shepherd) Honeycutt Mann.
Roger was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and later studied at Kenneth Hagin Ministries: Home of Rhema Ministries in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He had a passion for spreading the word of God and enjoyed teaching Sunday School at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God in Silver Lake, Indiana. He pastored for 13 years at Bread of Life Church in Westfield, Indiana. He always enjoyed fellowship with his church family and was never shy to enjoy everyone’s company at church functions.
He also worked at various places throughout his life…Zimmer Biomet in Warsaw, Adecco, Crossroads Easter Seals in Indianapolis, and Engledow in Carmel, Indiana.
Roger loved to travel and just enjoy seeing the beauty of God’s creations with his family. Vacations were fun and beaches especially brought a smile to his face. He enjoyed every moment when spending time with his family in Michigan or just anytime spent with loved ones. He loved to eat at White Castle, Dairy King, grilling out, and reading his Bible. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a friend to many. Roger would most want to be remembered for his faith in his Savior Jesus Christ and will be dearly missed by his family.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara “Barb” Gail Mann (Silver Lake, Indiana); two sons: Matthew Mann (Indianapolis, Indiana); Miles Blake (Silver Lake, Indiana); four daughters: Leah (Jason) Rector (Martinsville, Indiana); Abby (Matt) Flenar (Rochester, Indiana); Lindsay (Nathan) Romero (Chicago, Illinois); Tori Mann (Indianapolis, Indiana); and his father: Robert K. Mann (Westfield, Indiana). Also surviving are fourteen grandchildren, and his sister: Lisa (John) Schuast (Indianapolis, Indiana). He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Mann, and three sisters.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana. Roger’s life will be celebrated with a service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Gospel Hill Pentecostal Church of God, 303 S. Jefferson Street, Silver Lake, Indiana 46982 and officiated by Pastor Justin Harshman. There will also be an hour of visitation prior to the service on Thursday, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Swank Cemetery in North Manchester, Indiana.
It is with great sadness that we lost Thomas C. May, 65 beloved Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle, Dad, Step Dad and Baba. Tom was born April 30th 1954.
Tom was a sensitive and compassionate man. He never met a stranger. His soul and trademark infectious smile will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Tom was a true nature lover, his favorite hobby was hunting for and collecting artifacts with his best friend Dave Bybee. He loved and participated in many outdoor activities, especially skiing and hiking. Tom was passionate about music and enjoyed playing with many bands through his life. He loved all animals especially his dog Singer and cat Bebe.
Tom graduated from North Central High School in 1972. He moved to Colorado shortly thereafter. He worked on the Delores Archeological Project in southwest Colorado where he made lifelong friends. He later settled in Telluride Colorado becoming a certified massage therapist which he continued until his passing. In 1998 Tom returned to Indiana where he resided with the love of his life, Maureen.
Tom is survived by his wife, Maureen (Michael) May, his daughter, Britney May (Stephanie ) Kanan, his mother, Mary Ellen May, brother, Bernie May, sister, Janie Parr, brother in law, John ( Rhonda) Michael, step children, Katie (Mike) Carlson, Evan (Lauren) Habegger, grandchildren, Perry and Lux Kanan, Danica and Zach Carlson as well as nephews Steve May, Eric Parr, Nick ( Allie) Parr. He was preceded in death by his father Bernard E. May and his nephew Jeffrey C. May.
A celebration of life will be forthcoming when friends and family can gather safely to remember this kind and gentle man.
There is a Facebook page In Memory of Tom May if you wish to post pictures and remembrances.
Donations may be made through thetreesremember.com where a tree will be planted by the national forest service in Tom's honor'
Kimberly Foreste McClain, 64, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.
Kim was born in Pennsylvania on Feb. 17, 1954, and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, as a young child where she grew up and attended school. She married Michael Allen McClain in 1976, and they lived in Window Rock, Arizona, before moving to Prescott in 1978. Kim was an Interior Designer and owned two firms, Trompe Loeil and Bella Home Furnishings. Her talent and design work touched many homes and businesses, as well as many lives in the 40 years she called Prescott her home.
Kim’s legacy of faith and strength is evident in her family and in her many strong friendships.
Kim is survived by her husband, Michael; her two children, Jessica (David) and Travis (Lindsay); seven grandchildren; and three brothers, Mark, Eric and Peter Foreste. A celebration of life will be held April 7 at 2 p.m., at Lifepointe Church in Prescott Valley.
Terrance Patrick McGoff 51, of Auburndale, FL, passed away Monday, May 1, 2006, in Indianapolis, IN. Terry was born August 5, 1954 in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from North Central High School in 1972 and attended IUPUI. He entered the United States Marine Corps and served as a radio operator on a C-130 in the Pacific Theater. He founded TPM Distributing in Lakeland, FL, an aftermarket truck accessory firm. Terry is survived by his children Jennifer Bailey (Doug), son Christopher, daughter Amber and their mother Pam of Auburndale, FL, along with his parents, James P. and Dorothy; his brothers & sisters, Kevin P. (Patricia), Mary Therese, Madonna House, Canada, John P. (Karen), James P. (Sharon), Patricia A. Nowlan (Michael); eight nieces and nephews, and a grandson.
Daniel J. McShay, 49, of Indianapolis, passed away Sunday. He was born on May 25, 1954 in Schenectady, New York, to John E. and Mary Lou (Walz). Dan was a project supervisor for various construction companies, including, BMW Constructors, Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals, F.E. Irish Construction Company and Shardine Construction Company. He attended Ball State University. He was a member of the Elk's Lodge in Shelbyville, IN. Survivors include his Fiance', Jo Ann Stutz; daughters, Mindy Rheshell McShay, Colleen Julia McShay; brothers Michael J. McShay, Jeffrey D. McShay, Kevin D. McShay; parents, John E. and Mary Lou McShay. Friends may greet the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, with services Friday 11 a.m. in the chapel. Interment will be in Orchard Hill Cemetery, Wanamaker, IN. Memorial gifts may be given to American Heart Association.
Dr. Gregory B. Millis 55, of Columbus, passed away suddenly in his sleep early Saturday morning, October 17, 2009. Born in Indianapolis on September 3, 1954, Greg attended North Central High School. He received a scholarship to Wabash College, where he played tennis and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He went on to graduate from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his surgical training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After living and working for two years in Indianapolis, Greg and his family moved to Columbus, where he practiced surgery as a member of the Southern Indiana Surgery group for 23 years. He was a highly respected and talented surgeon who touched many lives in the Columbus community. An athlete throughout his life, he enjoyed playing competitive tennis and was scheduled to compete for the USTA 55+ National Doubles title later this week in Arizona. He also enjoyed playing golf at Harrison Lake Country Club where he and his family have been members since 1988. More than anything else, however, Gregory loved to spend time with his family. Those who knew Greg know that he was a wonderful husband, father, son, and friend. Greg is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 33 years, Barbara Schlegel Millis, his two sons, Matthew (Christie) and Brian (Ashley), his daughter, Elizabeth, and his parents, James and Sara Millis.
May 1985, three weeks after I had just given birth to my daughter Lauren, my appendix ruptured. As I was wheeled in for surgery, my surgeon came to me before I was to be operated on to ask whether I wanted him to perform the operation since I knew him. It was Greg. Of course I said yes. I knew he would take good care of me, and he did. I have a tiny scar that will always remind me of what a great doctor Greg was and an even better person.
From Don Higgs on June 8th, 2012
This picture is of Greg and I doing a Rowan and Martin parody sketch at Eastwood. It however is not what is the first thing I think of when I think of Greg. The prominent thought is how he ruined the grading curve in every class I was in with him. What a brilliant mind . Greg lived across the street from me and we shared many, many wonderful fun times.
From Jeff Hixon on May 15th, 2012
Greg lived across the street from me on Grandview Drive and as 9 and 10 year olds we became fast friends. I remember driving with Greg and his parents to Ohio (in another Corvair I think!) in 1964 when they moved away from Indianapolis. It was one of me first trips out of state and Greg and I had a great time meeting the kids in his new neighborhood. We re-connected whn Greg returned to NCHS. He was one of my first good friends and he was such a positive presence in so many lives through his work and family. Greatly missed.
Noblesville - 66, passed away April 19, 2020. She was born August 7, 1953 to the late George N. and Geraldine Gale. Deborah was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School. She was a bus driver for Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation and a member of ITOWN Church. Her greatest joy in life was all of her grandbabies, whom she lived for. She loved her girls and would drop anything no matter what, for each of them. She truly was such a servant of Christ with the biggest, giving heart of anyone we knew.
Deborah is survived by her loving daughters, Jennifer L. Mogg, Heather L. Thompson, Christy L. Mogg and Lindsay N. Hesemann (Hans); grandchildren, Brooklyn Bayles, Blakely Hesemann, Violet Thompson, Scarlett Hesemann and Nathan; and brothers, Bruce C. Gale (Katherine) and Charles C. Gale (Rebecca). Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.
Through the recommendation of our public health officials with regards to public health and safety, services will be held at a later date. Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel.
60. passed into the arms of our Lord on February 26, 2015. He was born June 14, 1954 in Covington, Kentucky to Charles Blaine Neal and Dorothy (Diel) Neal. Graduating with honors from Indiana University, Steve earned his B.S. degree in Biology with a concentration in Genetics. He then went on to do post graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. After completing genetic research at the Indiana School of Medicine, Steve began a successful 30 year career with Eli Lilly and Company. He worked in multiple capacities supporting Toxicology, Quality Assurance, Neuroscience, and Biotechnology. Before his retirement, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Lilly Research Laboratories. Throughout his career in all roles, Steve was well known for his strong work ethic, high standards and respect for people.
On August 5, 1978, Steve married his high school sweetheart, Dawn (Akers) and together they restored their 160 year old historic landmark home. They enjoyed extensive travel. In addition, Steve's passions included photography, genealogy, and master gardening. He volunteered as a member of the School of Science Dean's Advisory Council and the Millersville at Fall Creek Valley Board of Directors.
Steve was a loving husband, son and brother and a doting uncle. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Dorothy, his brother Paul (Hope), 7 nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces, and 5 great nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his father. Steve will be missed deeply by all who knew and loved him.
Visitation and service will take place Tuesday, March 3rd at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W 86th St., Indianapolis, IN. Visitation will be from 9:30 to noon and a service will immediately follow with a reception at the conclusion of the service. Steve was part of a master gardening team who are responsible for maintaining the grounds of The Benjamin Harrison Presidential site in Indianapolis. In honor of Steve's service and love for this volunteer activity, memorial contributions can be made to The Benjamin Harrison Presidential site and will benefit the maintenance of these beautiful grounds.
We are sad to announce that on May 4, 2021 we had to say goodbye to Dennis Nidlinger of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Dennis Nidlinger to show support.
He was loved and cherished by many people including : his parents, Lester Nidlinger and Dorothy Nidlinger; his sons, Brett Nidlinger (Carol), Jon Nidlinger (Rebecca) and Jeff Nidlinger; and his siblings, Cheryl Person (Mike), Jimm Nidlinger (Debbie), Kerry Nidlinger and Kathie Nidlinger. He was also cherished by seven grandchildren.
John Wayne Nims, 67, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. John was born in Indianapolis to the late Wayne E. Nims and Nelly Chlorine Parrish on June 13, 1953. John grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from North Central High School, Class of 1972. He was a lover of the race world, working as a USAC official and technical inspector for the Indy 500 for 20+ years. He had a passion for airplanes, was a pilot as well, and worked with Cessna.
John had many passions and accomplishments through out his life. He loved his animals. Most importantly, John was a family man. He was always there for family, friends and his neighbors. For those who knew him, knows the jokester and prankster side of John. He would do anything for a laugh, a big kid at heart.
Preceded in death by his father, Wayne E. Nims and mother, Nelly Chlorine Nims; also by his beloved dogs, Red, Six, Missy, and Spank.
John is survived by his wife, Debra R. Nims; son, John Wayne Nims Jr.; daughter, Lindsay D. Nims; step-children, John, Michael, and Brandie; grandchildren, Brylin, Ashlyn, Dylan, Daxxon, Seth, Nina, Olivia, Victoria, and Annakay; and sister, Frankie Dickey.
Joe William Oldenbroek, aged 53, passed away
unexpectedly on Saturday, June 16, 2007. He is survived by his mother, Helen J. Vander Baan, who takes comfort in having had the privilege of holding him in her arms at birth, and at the time of his passing. Also surviving him are his siblings, Gary (Donna) Oldenbroek of Nashville, TN, Jason Oldenbroek, Bill (Julie) Oldenbroek, Janet Oldenbroek of New York, NY; nephews, Justin Oldenbroek, Brandon (Brooke) Oldenbroek; niece, Stacy Oldenbroek; uncles, Jack (Lissy) Vander Baan, Sidney (Delores) Vander Baan; several uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, William Oldenbroek. The family wishes to express their profound gratitude to the compassionate and caring staff who cared for him in the Medical Critical Care Unit of Spectrum - Butterworth Hospital. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church, 3777 Ivanrest, Grandville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com. Romans 8:28-39 Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf
Dr. David J. Ottilie, DDS, 63, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home.
David was born in Rockford, Illinois on February 19, 1954 to J. Fred and Barbara Lee (Green) Ottilie. He was an Eagle Scout, a 1972 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 1976 where he was a Sigma Chi. David also received his doctorate in dentistry the same year that his son, Ryan was born in 1980. He sang at Crossroads Christian Church and was an active leader in the Boy Scout troop there. David enjoyed fly fishing, riding his Harley and was a gun enthusiast. He was a prominent dentist here in Evansville who earned the loyalty and respect of his patients and staff. David was the world's greatest joke teller but he was most known for being a great Pop-pop and spending time with his family, especially his two grandsons.
David is survived by his adoring wife of 41 years, Kim (Boring) Ottilie of Evansville, IN; son, Ryan Ottilie (Heather) of Evansville, IN; his mother, Barbara Lee (Green) Ottilie; sister, Julie Lee Broyles (Randy) of Morton, IL; brother, Daniel B. Ottilie (Sherry) of Indianapolis, IN; grandsons, Myles David Ottilie and Kyle Jacob Ottilie.
David was preceded in death by his father, J. Fred Ottilie.
Bradley A. Peeler 53, of Indianapolis passed away November 6, 2007. He was born January 10, 1954 in Kokomo, Indiana to Robert R. and Cynthia R. Reynolds Peeler. He graduated from North Central High School, Class of 1972 and from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1977. Brad was an engineer for Peeler Engineering, Inc. Visitation will be held Sunday, November 11, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Road, with funeral services Monday at 10:00 a.m. Bradley is survived by his daughter, Ashley E. Radilla (Moises); two sons, Daniel E. and Kyle A. Peeler; mother, Cynthia R. Peeler; a granddaughter, Lourdes I. Radilla; one brother, Dr. Christopher R. Peeler (Joanne); two sisters, Lisa A. Stephens (Rex), Susan E. Schupay (Michael) and several nieces and nephews. His father, Robert, preceded him in death in 2004. Memorial contributions may be made to The Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation, 3050 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208.
I so miss this guy. He was my Best Friend and wonderful Father to our boys. He often talked about "The Band" he was in while at North Central. It was some of his fondest years. His sense of humor and kindness will be in our hearts forever. I only wish he didn't love his "brewskies" so much... He would be joining us this July if that was not so. Brad and I did not know each other in HS, but at the 20th reunion we went to as a married couple we realized how many friends we had in common. I am so blessed to have had you in my life for such a short time.
Marianne "Mimi" Penington 56, Indianapolis, died comfortably the morning on December 25, 2010. A lifetime resident of Indianapolis, Marianne was born to parents, Leland Wayne
Penington and Mary Judith Lobraico-Penington of Indianapolis on May 30, 1954. She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her grandparents, Micahel Angelo Lobraico and Ivy Opal Wilson-Lobraico and Charles Alton Penington and Anna Rachel Rodgers-Penington, all of Indianapolis. She is survived by two brothers and six nieces and nephews, Michael Lee Penington and wife, Diana of Indianapolis and his children, Jennifer Lee Penington, Ryan Charles Penington and Melissa Lynn Penington and Harry Alton Penington and his wife, Barbara of Whitewater, Wisconsin and his children, Eric Andrew Penington, Caitlin Lee Penington Johnston-Urey and Mark Arthur Penington. Marianne had no children but, she is also survived by her dog, "Spirit" who provided great and close comfort to her until her final passing. No funeral services or memorials are immediately planned. "Mimi" requested that Rick Lawrence, as well as numerous close friends, gather to celebrate her life and passing at any scheduled services at the church she regularly attended or to celebrate her passing in their own personal ways. A memorial celebration will be conducted in early April with the gathering of her immediate family. "Mimi" has also requested that memorial contributions can be made to any animal shelter or humane society of your choice in the name of her dog, "Spirit." Arrangements handled by Bell Mortuary and Crematory, Royster-Askin-Sandrock Chapel. Please sign the online condolence book at: www.bellmortuary.com
Carmel - James "Jim" Pickering, Jr., 66 of Carmel, passed peacefully on the morning of October 13, 2020 in his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on March 9, 1954 in Indianapolis to the late Jack and Betty (Brown) Pickering. Jim married his best friend and love of his life, Susan (Lehr) Pickering. Jim was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School and continued his education at Purdue University where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science. He went on to attend Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis where he graduated in 1979 with a Juris Doctorate.
After graduation, he joined the law firm where he would eventually retire after 37 years of service--Richards, Boje, Pickering, Benner & Becker in Noblesville.
He was a co-owner of the Park Street Pub in Westfield, IN for over 20 years where he developed many friendships and was unofficially known as "The Mayor of Park Street."
Jim is survived by his wife, Susan (Lehr) Pickering; sister, Diane (David) Giltner; children, Lauren (Jason) Kashman and Griffin "Griff" Pickering; three granddaughters Claire, Caroline and Georgia Kashman; uncle, Bill (Ardelle) Pickering; cousins, nieces and nephews.
58, died suddenly May 6, 2013 in Quepos, Costa Rica, where he lived since 2006. Brian was born, July 13, 1954, in Lake Charles, LA, to James and Barbara Pierce. He spent his childhood in Indiana, where he enjoyed playing on many sports teams coached by his father. He excelled at baseball, and pitched for his high school team.
After graduating in 1972 from North Central High School, Indianapolis, IN, he obtained an undergraduate degree from Indiana University, a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, and a LLM degree, from DePaul Chicago School of Law. He practiced law in Chicago for 26 years. Brian will be remembered for his zest for life, and his gregarious personality. He loved the outdoors, and especially enjoyed fishing with his children in Montana, Wisconsin, and Costa Rica. His father, James Louis Pierce, predeceases him.
Surviving are two sons, James Brandon Pierce (Kristina), and Austin Ronald Pierce, Chicago, IL; granddaughter, Riley Nicole Pierce, Fox River Grove, IL; his mother, Barbara J. Pierce, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; sister, Julie Pierce Baumer (Christopher Byrd), Windermere, FL; brother, Bradley K. Pierce (Tamra), Madison, MS; and former wife, Kimberly Kleopfer Pierce, Chicago, IL.
died on October 6. He was a son, brother, bowler, gin rummy player, golfer, pool player, joker, gentleman, open minded, non judgmental, generous friend, and diehard White Sox fan.
He will be unbelievably missed by his mother, Dorthey Lancaster, sister, Victoria Young, brother-in-law, Jeffery Young, and many, many friends.
Mark will be cremated and his ashes will be spread in a private ceremony in the Gulf of Mexico, to join the ashes of his Father, Bill Platis, and his maternal grandparents, Francis and Edith Young.
Send donations to SFBEAR (San Francisco Bowlers Emergency Aid Relief Fund) at 214 Steiner St SF Ca 94117.
Memorial service in Colma at Serra Bowl on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., where we will bowl a game or two in MarkÃ•s honor followed by a celebration of his life. For additional information contact either Andy at 568-0032 or Gregg at 621-5459.
61, of Indianapolis, passed away March 28, 2015. He was a graduate of North Central High School and Eastern Illinois University. Wade served his country in the United States Air Force for over 20 years. He retired from the USAF as a SMSgt and then worked for Indiana Steel Fabricating. He was a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Wade is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Katie (husband Todd) Eaton and Matthew Porter; brothers, Stephen and David Porter; granddaughters, Shelby, Ellie, Abby and Audrey Eaton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Errol and Patricia Porter and sister, Barbara Osborne.
A Celebration of his life with Military Honors will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday April 4, in Leppert Mortuary - Smith Carmel Chapel, where all are invited to gather with the family from 11 a.m. until the life celebration.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts are suggested to the Indiana Veterans Home, Lafayette, IN. Thoughts may be shared with the Porter family by visiting: www.leppertmortuary.com
Continuing my tribute to Greg, I am sad that he and many of his friends are gone. They lived hard. I'll always remember your quiet, arty side, Greg. Love, Shelley
From Shelley Meshulam Smith on July 19th, 2012
I am so sad to find out that Greg has passed away. We became friends in sculpture class. He sat across from me and I admired his talent. He was an amazing artist. I had a secret crush on him entire year. Rumor was he was the guy who drove his motorcycle through the student center during Hallelujah Chorus! Someone opened the door to the auditorium and he just roared through! Still makes Me laugh to remember. He was friends with my next door neighbor, Alan Bernstein. Last time I saw Greg was at Alan's unveiling. That is when a Jewish person dies, and the headstone is put up a year layer. I saw Greg p
SALEM – Sharon “Kay” Rea, age 65 died at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at her home. She was born March 23, 1954 in Salem, the daughter of the late Leonard and Freda (Smith) Phillips Sr.
Kay was a housekeeper for families in the Salem area. She was a loving and faithful wife, mother and grandmother. Kay enjoyed reading, cooking and gardening, especially with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Steve Rea whom she married June 23, 1984; a son, James (Melissa) Rea of Salem; two daughters, Hollie O’Dell of Salem and Lisa (Dusty) Burch of Salem; a sister, Karen (Lloyd “Bud”) Morris of Salem; three brothers, Leonard (Kathy) Phillips of Florida, Larry (Randy) Phillips of Lincoln Park, MI and Charles Phillips of Canfield and five grandchildren, Austin, Jacob, Kasandra, Colsen, Conner.
Besides her parents, a brother, David “Pete” Phillips also preceded her in death.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 3, 2020 at Stark Memorial with Rev. Doug George officiating. Calling hours will be held Friday 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A private family burial will be at Franklin Square Cemetery in Leetonia.
To view Kay’s obituary, send condolences or to order flowers, visit www.starkmemorial.com.
June EllenRedelman passed away on May 19, 2009, after a short battle with cancer . She was born July 4, 1954 in Indianapolis, IN. June was the daughter of Floyd Dale and Carrie Mildred Dicks. June was an amazing person, who deeply valued family. Her family and friends were held near and dear to her heart. She had a zest for life and will be truly missed. June is survived by her husband of 35 years, James A. Redelman. She is also survived by three children; Jonelle Redelman, Jenna (Chad) Bales, and Jared (Christy) Redelman, one grandson, Owen Bales and one sister, Marilyn Jean Dicks. June leaves behind one nephew, Barrett Redelman, and two nieces, Allison Buckner and Betsy Redelman.
Robert Ian Reiter, 47, Carmel, died Jan. 5. He owned and operated the Indianapolis Army-Navy Surplus Store on East 21st Street. He had attended Indiana Unitversity. He was a member of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Jewish Community Center Association, Associated Surplus Dealers Association and Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. Survivers: wife Kathy Sax Reiter; daughters Jessical Mollie, Katie Eliszbeth Reither; brother Jeffrey H. Reiter.
Died on December 3, 2012 in Tampa FL, after her long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Robert Renzi; her sister, Susan (Neff) Long; her stepdaughter, Laura Clare Woody; her brother-in law, Mauro Agnelneri and her niece, Mary Jessica (Agnelneri) Franke. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ned and Mary Lee Neff and her sister, Mary Rebecca (Neff) Agnelneri. Laurie will be remembered for her love of life and laughter.
Clayton L. Rich passed away at age 57 in early 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, following a valiant fight against cancer. Clayton was born in Chicago and raised in Indianapolis where he attended Spring Mill Elementary, Northview Middle School and North Central High School; later he attended Florida International University. At age 20, Clayton moved to Florida, taking with him the Clayton Rich Enterprises Printing Company he founded as a teenager. His online memorial can be viewed at http://leppertmortuary.com/services.aspx?ID=1750.
I didn't know Clayton had passed until I read this. Clayton was a buddy, my wife and went to florida and visited him when he was going to College there.
He always was and certainly still is a charactor to remember.
From Laura Wilson on June 5th, 2012
I miss my big brother Clayton every day. To all of his North Central friends, please know that he treasured your loyal friendship throughout the years.
- Laura Rich Wilson, NCHS '77
From Mark Francis on June 1st, 2012
Clayton Rich never believed in destiny. From when I met him at Spring Mill School - for our entire fifty year friendship - he made his own fate.
Clayton was the best proof imaginable that someone could succeed without a fancy degree. He was always thinking outside the box, because no one had ever told him there WAS a box.
He was running a successful printing business when most of us were callow youths worrying about where our next allowance was hiding. In fact, I was one of his employees, running off business cards on the letter press in his parent's basement. Ten dollars a thousand, and it took about three hours or so. Good money in 1965, and you can bet Clayton still made a profit!
A linotype machine has something like 15,000 parts, and over 10,000 of them are moving. Clayton once showed me an enormous pile of metal doodads in his rented warehouse. He'd stripped down a linotype machine for a customer for refurb and cleaning. I figured there was no way he'd get the two-ton mechanical monstrosity back together again, and told him so. The stack of MANUALS for the thing was two feet high. Of course, Clayton got it assembled and the customer said it worked better than he could ever remember.
Right up until he passed, Clayton did the thing he loved most - brokering, maintaining, and refurbishing printing equipment. And he did it for 40+ years as his own boss, on his own terms.
Neither of us ever had much use for religion or faith, being much more inclined toward the "seeing is believing" school. But on the off-chance there really is a heaven, Clayton Rich is there with a big grin on his face, working on a lonnnnnnng backlog of busted presses.
I'll miss ya, dude.
(I didn't go to North Central, but was informed about this site by a NCHS '72 friend and wanted to say something about Clayton).
Kokomo - 66, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on June 20, 2020 at Bridgewater Healthcare Center in Carmel, IN from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver. She was born on October 5, 1953 in Princeton, IN, grew up in Marietta, GA and Indianapolis, and graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis in 1972. She was the oldest child of Dr. H T Risley, D.D.S. (1924-2018) and Georgia Ann (Ford) Risley (1925-1977), both of whom preceded her in death.
She was a dental assistant for 30 years in Kokomo (1974-2004), first for her father until he retired in 1982 and then for two other dentists until she retired in 2004. Then in 2005, she went to work at various Webb's Hallmark shops in Kokomo until she retired for good in 2019.
She was a loving sister and aunt, and is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Kerry Ford and Tina (Wash) Risley; a sister and brother-in-law, Kimberly Jean (Risley) Lakin and Michael Lakin; and a nephew, Matthew Lance Lakin.
GRADY, Melissa MELISSA LYNN GRADY Melissa Lynn Grady passed away on Friday, May 22, 2009. She was born in Anderson, Indiana on May 18, 1954. Melissa was the daughter of G. Mead Grady and Joanne Grady. Her parents, her sister, Cynthia Borem and husband James Borem, daughters, Danielle Robinson and Corri Parker and husband Riley Parker survive her. She had one grandchild, Alexis Parker.
Beloved mother and best friend, Julie Ann Roesch passed peacefully from her home on the morning of January 22, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald (Jerry) Herman and mother Marian Herman. Born on March 15, 1954 and raised in Indianapolis, Julie attended North Central High School and received her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University. Julie's lifelong loves centered on her children, her unending love and kindness to animals and her cherished writings and poems whom she shared with her many friends and family. Julie's unique ability to express herself through words was a special talent enjoyed by all who read her writings. Julie is survived by her two children, Edward Gerald Roesch, Emily Marie Roesch and step-mother, Lulu Kinnett-Herman. The family will be receiving friends at Flanner and Buchanan - Broad Ripple, 1305 Broadripple Avenue, Indianapolis, on January 29 between the hours of 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Mass celebrating her life will be held at Holy Spirit at Geist Parish, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, IN on January 30 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends may make donations to The Home for Friendless Animals, P.O. Box 217, Waynetown, IN 47990, The Indianapolis Humane Society, 7929 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268, or to the favorite charity of the donor's choice. Flanner and Buchanan - Geist handling arrangements.
Ernest Javade Sangar— chemical engineer and loving father passed away on June 27, 2022. Ernest was born in Punjab, Pakistan on February 22, 1954; the youngest of six children. In 1965 Ernest migrated to the United States with his mother to join his father in Indianapolis Indiana. At the age of 11, Ernest was admitted to IPS elementary school as a sixth grader. Later he joined West Lane Middle school and then graduated from North Central High School in 1972. He went on to graduate from the University of Indianapolis earning a double bachelor’s degree in both Chemistry and Biology. Ernest was a member of the Witherspoon Church and well-recognized in the Indianapolis community. He was a devoted father to his two daughters, Gena Sangar and Sabrina Sangar. Ernest was adored by his three sisters, two brothers, and nieces and nephews. He was genuine, witty and a treasured member of the Sangar family. He will be remembered with deep love.
I remember Ernie (or the teenage Ernie at least) well. He was in some of my math classes at Westlane and NCHS. He also lived just a couple blocks from my house -- his on Foxhill Dr, mine on Crooked Creek Dr. We rode on the same school busses.
His mother became friends with my mother, and I remember walking those two blocks to visit at the Sangar home.
I'm not at all surprised that he earned a double degree in the sciences.
It saddens me to here of his passing so recently. Had I known i would have wanted to pay my respects. May he know everlasting peace.
April 21, 1954 - April 11, 2022
Charlotte, North Carolina - Lynn Cutler Schnuck, of Charlotte, died at the age of 67 on April 11, 2022. Lynn was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 21, 1954, to the late Roswell and Helen Cutler. She was a graduate of Indiana University and a beloved educator with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for 27 years. Her joy in life was spending time with family and friends. Lynn is survived by her sister, Lee Cutler, of Carmel, Indiana; daughter Erica Tomashitis (Nathan), grandson Gavin Tomashitis of Charlotte; and former spouse, Tom Schnuck. Memorials may be made to PETA or The Humane Society of Charlotte.
Jason and I teamed up in the Magic Club at Westlane Junior High in 8th and 9th grades. The club was run by Mr. Kubit and we did shows for inner city schools, Westlane, and Noble School. We also got to attend a magic convention in Columbus, Ohio, and see the professionals perform. Jason was fun to be with, bubbly and upbeat, and we made a good team. I still have my magic tricks including the two tricks Jason and I performed. I'll miss you, buddy.
Kent Jeffrey Sheets, 65, died March 16, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan from complications following coronary surgery. He was born to Donald and Helen (Bitzer) Sheets on August 18, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Kent graduated from North Central High School in Indianapolis and attended Purdue University where he earned a B.A. and an M.S. Ed. degree in Instructional Research and Development. He later received a Ph.D. in Educational Systems Development at Michigan State University. He then spent his career studying and developing systems for the optimum education of physicians.
In 1982 Kent joined the faculty of the University of Michigan's Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine where he rose to the rank of professor and Director of Educational Development. He was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of many of the department's educational programs for medical students and faculty. He also directed the Family Medicine Faculty Development Institute, a program for family medicine faculty and senior residents from Michigan and northwest Ohio. He was a respected leader in the field of family medicine and was a popular speaker. Kent was widely published and did consulting work for over twenty U.S. medical schools.
His love for research and teaching was matched by his love for sports of all kinds, especially for his beloved Boilermakers. He studied the Civil War extensively, with particular interest in the Battle of Gettysburg, frequently attending seminars and private tutorials on specific aspects of the battleground and battles.
Kent is survived by his brothers: David (Christine) Sheets of Cicero, IN and John (Jessica) Sheets of Indianapolis, IN, as well as nephews: Andy (Amanda) Sheets of Noblesville, IN, Brian Sheets of Chicago, IL, and a great nephew and niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an older sister, Carolyn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kent J. Sheets, Ph.D. Family Medicine Education Endowment Fund, U-M Department of Family Medicine, Attn: KJSheets Fund, 1000 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
A celebration of his life will be planned at a later date. You may send condolences at www.hartleyfuneralhomes.com
SIGGINS, Sally D'Ann Sally passed away peacefully on September 5, 2013 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on February 19, 1954. She grew up in Indianapolis, graduated from Indiana University with bachelor's and master's degrees in Social Work and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She spent 12 years at Children's Medical Center as a Senior Medical Social Worker and was then named Director of Social Services at Clermont Mercy Hospital. In 1991, she was appointed Assistant Director of Social Work at the Cleveland Clinic where she supervised pediatric, emergency room, transplantation and oncology social workers. In 2010, Sally was promoted to Administrative Program Coordinator at the Clinic. She was an active volunteer and a member of the National Society for Social Work, Volunteer Guardians and the Cleveland Clinic Choir. Sally loved playing the piano and for years played at hospital events, weddings and parties. Her passion for music was matched by her love of her dogs. Sally was happiest when she was with family and friends at holidays and was fondly called "Aunt A-u-ga" by her niece and nephews, and she loved them all dearly. Sally was known for her sense of humor, strong will and determination. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Siggins and her sister Molly Siggins Thum. She is survived by her mother Pat; brothers Joe (Karen) Siggins and Frank (Olga) Siggins; brother-in-law Mike (Tiffany) Thum; nephews Casey, Ryan, Michael, Simon, Matt, Sean; niece Brittany; and many other extended family members. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Church of the Incarnation on Wednesday, September 11 at 11 AM. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to Mass. The family would like to thank Hospice of Miami Valley for their exceptional care. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Miami Valley, 46 N. Detroit St., Xenia, OH 45385. Just as she lived her life giving to others, Sally has donated her body to the Wright State University Anatomical Gift Program.
58, passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2012, with her family by her side. She was born on December 20, 1953 to the late Louis and Adele Silver and was sister to Michael Silver.
Margie was a devoted mother to Stacy and Jill Layton and wife to Jon Efroymson and stepmother to Alex and Anna Efroymson.
A graduate of North Central High School, Class of '72 and Eastern Michigan University. She first worked as a social worker, then for Israel Bonds, Lubavitch of Indiana and most recently The Travel Agent, Inc. where she planned hundreds of destination weddings, honeymoons and senior high school trips. Travel was her passion. She was a life-long member at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and was a member of ORT and Hadassah.
Margie was one of my best friends at School 84 -- we would walk to each other's houses after school. Then we were going to North Central. We didn't hang out much in high school, but did reconnect via Facebook. What a shock it was when I learned of her passing.
- - It is with great sadness that the family of Susan Kay Staples (Ardelean) announces her passing after a brief illness, on January 11, 2019, at age 64. Susie will be lovingly remembered by her husband Greg and son George, as well as, brothers Larry (Cathie), Joey (Daun), sister Sherri (J.B.), and brother Chris (Bridget). Susan will be reunited with her mother Virginia, father George, and stepmother Dixie. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a cancer charity of your choice. A celebration of Susie's life will be January 27, 2019, at 1 p.m., at the American Legion, 9950 E. 600 S. Zionsville, 46077
STARCK, DEBORAH BERGER, of Palm Bay, passed away on January 13, 2006 at William Childs Hospice Center in Palm Bay. She was 52. Deborah was the beloved mother of son Gator Starck, son Casey Starck, and daughter Kerri Aviles. She is also survived by her parents William and Judith Berger, sister Karen Berger Eide, brother Steven Berger and fiancé Winston Keene.
My mom debbie berger passed but will always be in our heart
she was a great mom and friend !
if anyone has picture please feel free to send them to me or has anything they would like to share.
Obituary for Karen Kay Stinson
Karen Kay Stinson, of Macomb Township, passed away on July 14, 2021 at the age of 66. Karen is the cherished wife of 39 years of Harry Stinson. Loving mother of Karl Stinson and Kristina (Cory Lockwood) Stinson. Adored daughter of Avis and the late Karl Kalsow. Beloved sister of Sharon Kalsow; and also survived by her dogs Peanut and Minnie Pearl. Karen was deeply devoted to her family and loved to travel with her dear friends. Karen had an immeasurable strength and beautiful soul. She has touched the lives of so many. In loving her, we are gifted with memories we will cherish forever.
Indianapolis - Georgia Sinclair Strickland of Indianapolis passed away April 5 2020, at age 66. She was born February 15, 1954. She attended North Central High School and was a proud graduate of Purdue University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Until her retirement, she was a senior gift development officer at Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition, she was heavily involved in many philanthropic organizations in the Indianapolis area. Above all, she was devoted to her family, faith, and friends.
She is preceded by her father R. Neal Sinclair Jr. and survived by her mother Beverly Sinclair, husband, Dr. William Capello, four sons Robert, Christopher (Elisa), David, and John, her step children Gregory Capello and Susan Sockel (Troy), brother, Neal Sinclair, and sister Susan Pluss (Tom) and 10 grandchildren.
There will be a private funeral service for family only. A celebration of live ceremony will be held at a later date. Donations can be made on her behalf to IU Foundation/Breast Cancer Research Fund, Boy Scouts of America, St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Online condolencs may be shared at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Walter Garvey Sturgill, Jr. 67, of Tompkinsville, KY passed away Wednesday, June 23rd, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Metcalfe County, KY.
He was born in VA on March 25, 1954, son of Nancy (Smith) Sturgill, of Indianapolis, IN and the late Walter Garvey Sturgill, Sr.
He was a retired computer programer for Hewlett Packard.
He is survived by, Companion, Regena (Lyon) Proffitt of Tompkinsville, son, Stevan Sturgill, of Muncie, IN; 2 grandchildren, three sisters, Dawn Sturgill, wife of Harold L. Hatfield, of Michigan; Karen G, wife of Allen Lyon, of TN; Robin K, wife of Jim Maher, of Indiana; brother, Mike L Sturgill, of Indiana; extended family, Tim Proffit & wife Jennifer of Tompkinsville & Christy Simmons & husband Billy of Fountain Run.
Graveside services & burial will be 11 AM, Saturday, June 26th at the Monroe County Memorial Lawn.
the following was provided to me by Rip's younger sister, Leesy (NCHS '74) -- Rip Taggart died December 11, 2014, after a 10-year remission from melanoma. That decade held satisfaction in work, service, and community theater. Rip graduated from North Central High School, Indianapolis, with the Class of 1972, then attended Princeton University, graduating in 1976. Rip majored in English, but his real love was singing with the PrincetonNassoons, a close harmony men's singing group. After graduation, Rip worked for Buster Brown Textiles in Indianapolis, then in Atlanta, where he met and married Debbie Rennolds in 1979. He took an MBA at Harvard and worked for IBM in Texas and Indianapolis until he left to start It’s Magic Productions in Indianapolis. Rip's work shifted into the non-profit world when he joined the start-up GuideStar and wove his knowledge of technology into the arts and public education. He capped his career as Executive Director of the TechPoint Foundation, implementing the first urban New Tech High School in Indianapolis. Graduation rates there rose to double the district average, and the school continues to flourish. Moving to North Carolina in 2009, Rip fell deeply into local theater, and was rehearsing King Arthur in Spamalot when he received his terminal diagnosis. He spent a beautiful last long summer in Northern Michigan. He is survived by Debbie, 4 children, two sisters, and a wide circle of friends.
Indianapolis - Kathrine Ann "Katie" Thompson, 64, died on December 18, 2018 after a brief illness. Katie was born on February 19, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Robert and Jo Ann Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Stephen Thompson (Susan) and sisters, Martha ("Sis") Drane and Elizabeth ("Libby") Thompson, nephew, Matthew Drane, and nieces, Mia and Nell Thompson. Katie grew up in Indianapolis where she attended North Central High School. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Economics in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration in 1994. Katie worked for the Social Security Administration for 33 years before retiring in 2012.
Katie's reach was far, and her interests varied. She backpacked in Colorado, Nevada and the Grand Canyon with family; traveled to Senegal and Guatemala on humanitarian missions with members of the Robert Parks Methodist Church; and made three trips to China with her sister and nieces. Katie fell in love with every cat and dog she met while volunteering at the Indianapolis Humane Society. She was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts and I.U. Basketball and enjoyed attending the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Katie was smart, kind, funny, and generous in love and in action. All who knew her are invited to a Celebration of her Life, Saturday, February 2, 3:00 p.m. at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, Indiana. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Indianapolis Humane Society, The Nature Conservancy or Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.
Indianapolis - 65, passed away February 1 1, 2020 . Missy fought metastatic breast cancer for four and a half years.Missy was born October 21, 1954 to William B. Baker and Janice H. Baker, in Alton, Illinois.
The family moved from Toledo, Ohio to Indianapolis, in 1959. Missy attended John Strange, Eastwood, and North Central High School. Upon graduating from high school Missy enrolled at Indiana University where she joined Delta Gamma sorority.
While on vacation Missy met Dr. William K. VanderWaal. They married and Missy moved to Streator, Illinois. Dr. VanderWaal and Missy had a beautiful baby boy, William K. VanderWaal, Jr. Sadly, "Billy" had a heart defect and passed away after three days. Sometime later Dr. VanderWaal and Missy divorced and Missy moved back to Indianapolis.
Missy embarked on a career involving long term care insurance. She started Long Term Care Benefits, Inc. She was actively involved in her business up to the day she passed. Missy was widely known throughout the surrounding area for her long term care insurance expertice and worked with many financial planners.
Missy is preceded in death by her son, William K. VanderWaal, Jr., and William B. Baker, her father.
Missy is survived by her mother, Janice H. Baker; her brother, Stephen Baker (Colleen); her nephew, Christopher Baker; and her great nephew, Brody Baker.
Funeral services will be held at Fairview Presbyterian Church, 4609 N. Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 1 :00pm. Immediately following a celebration of life will be held at Crown Hill Funeral Home.
Scott R. Vestal 49, Indianapolis, died June 27, 2004. He was born July 5, 1954. He spent the majority of his working years as a general contractor with the last two years as Project Manager for Mission Indy, a Christian equipping ministry. He was a graduate of North Central High School and was an Army veteran of Vietnam. As a heart transplant recipient, Scott volunteered for The Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. He was also very involved with inner-city programs, such as Jireh Sports, a state of the art gymnastics ministry for "at risk" youth, as well as, the Indianapolis Urban Initiative. Scott was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved boating, camping and sharing the beauty of God's creation with others. He is survived by wife Dolly Vestal; mother and step-father Marilyn and Ronald Beasley; sister Cindy Ware; step-brothers Jay and Todd Beasley; daughters Kellie Murphy and Sarah Spurlock; sons Raymond and Matthew Yeary; grandchildren Devon and Jeana Rose Murphy. Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Indy, 57 N. Rural St., Indianapolis, IN 46201, www.missionindy.com.
On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, Jean Anne Vollrath passed away peacefully at the age of 67.
Jean was born June 29th 1954, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Victor and Isabelle (Burnside) Vollrath.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Ruth and her husband Greg Talbott. She is survived by her sister Dona, stepson Matt Talbott (wife Angela) and his daughter Addilyn, and her children Jessie Talbott, Ben Talbott (wife Sydney Williams) along with many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jean came to North Carolina in the 1980's and proceeded to weave together a rich life full of chosen family and quirky children. An independent woman, Jean loved fiercely and gave everything she had to the project at hand. Together with her husband she ran two small businesses, Twin Birch Products and Hickory Mountain Weavery. When her love, Greg, was taken too soon, Jean worked through her grief and raised two teenagers while earning a Master of Library Science, one of several advanced degrees. Jean loved weaving and many of her lifelong friends were found through teaching the hand craft to others.
Jean often served as a moral compass, a voice of reason, and a role model but her favorite thing in life was being a mother to Jessie and Ben. She was so proud of the humans they became, and often gave credit not just to herself but to the many mentors that lent their love and knowledge. In her later years Jean became adventurous. She pushed through her fears and learned to kayak, bought a 5th wheel camper, and kept a travel blog that can be found at almostintrepid.blogspot. Jean drove into Canada more than once, across the US more than once, and burned up the roads of the South Eastern US with such ferocity that it was often hard for her kids and travel companions to keep up!
In her last months Jean reflected how lucky she was to know so much love and community in one lifetime. Though her speech waned, she made sure to express her love and gratitude daily. If you knew our mother and would like to join us, there will be a jolly potluck in the fellowship hall at Spring Friends Meeting after the service. Bring your comfort food but be ready to take a plate home with you because our pantries have already been filled with love this week!
Her funeral service will be held at 2pm on Saturday April 9th, 2022, at Spring Friends Meeting. 3323 E Greensboro Chapel Hill Road, Snow Camp NC. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Heifer Project International, an organization she supported throughout her life.
Marc was just the salt of the earth. He was a talented musician, a deep thinker, a loyal friend, and had a lot of common sense for one so young. Marc left us too early. Yet, he left great footprints that still cause those of us who knew him to pause and remember what a wonderful person he was.
From Patti Schaefer Keene on April 30th, 2012
Thanks for being my 1st boy"friend" in 2nd grade. I will always remember how nice you were and that surprise kiss that you planted on my cheek in the lunchroom at good old Delaware Trails.
From John Mueller on April 23rd, 2012
Marc was the organ player of our Group, Suede Fortress. he was a remarkable and fun guy who never tired of our silly humor.
The day Marc died it rained and continued until his burial. That day the clouds parted just enough to shine a little bit of sunshine on the memorial lawn. I'll never forget that.
Marc was special and touched so many of us. I still miss him.
58, of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly at home on May 28, 2013. A 1972 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis and a 1976 graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Retired from the Roofing industry, he enjoyed the game of golf whenever time permitted.
Surviving are his mother, Wilma Banas Ward of Carmel, IN, and his sister, Karen L. Johnson of Indianapolis. Bruce was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Wengler Ward of Indianapolis; grandparents, George C. Ward Sr., Kathryn Wengler Ward, Mary Sholtis Banas; great-grandparents, Frank and Kathryn Wengler, all from Sharon, PA.
Private services have already been held. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association and/or Boy Scouts of America.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Wash ington Memorial Chapel .
West Lafayette - Richard Philip Westerman (Rick), of West Lafayette Indiana, passed away peacefully on September 1, 2020 in his home, in the loving care of friends and family. After over two years of courageously dealing with Glioblastoma and the disabling effects of brain surgery, he was at peace and ready to pass. Due to his love for science and research, Rick participated in a clinical trial for over a year in hopes that it would get researchers one step closer in finding a cure for Glioblastoma. And although his encounter with Glioblastoma had many challenges and obstacles, he heroically and calmly coped until the end.
Rick was born on August 15, 1954, the first of four children, in Denver CO. His family moved to Indianapolis when he was eight. He graduated from North Central H.S. and then departed Indy to attend Purdue University in 1972. He became a student computer programmer in the early days of computers and way before the internet as we know it. He received his B.S. in Computer Science in 1987 but was a full-time Purdue employee for a number of years prior to earning his degree. He was appreciated and fondly regarded by faculty and staff in every one of the College of Agriculture departments in which he worked until his diagnosis in 2018.
Rick was an avid strategy gamer, winning his first tournament in 1974, where he also met his future best friend and gamer in arms. He was well-known in the community as a keen strategist and fierce competitor.
For most of three decades he was an active volunteer and volunteer coordinator in several community festivals and programs, including the Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering, Feast of the Hunters' Moon, Friends of Bob, and the Taste of Tippecanoe. In 2003 he and his wife, Linda Swihart, became involved in Warren Piece, a community of like-minded conservationists. A large part of his heart will always be with the prairie, the community, and the woods.
He was predeceased by his father, Richard Loucks Westerman, in March 2018, and his uncles John and Richard Perry in 2002 and 2010, respectively.
He will be interred at a small private cemetery in a private service. He is survived by his wife Linda Swihart, daughters India Gilham-Westerman and Naomi Wolsieffer, son Robert Wolf, mother Phyllis Westerman, siblings Perry Westerman, Amber Westerman, and Kaila Westerman, and best canine companion Barley. He will be missed terribly by friends and family and all others who have been touched by his gentle good nature, calm and quiet leadership, and his very silly and wonderfully childlike expressions of humor.
Donations in Rick's memory to NICHES land trust or to the American Cancer Society, or more specifically, Cleveland Hope Lodge, would be very meaningful to Rick and his family.
Hard to believe that it has been 34 years since the edge upon which you lived caught you. Times we had, times we never got a chance to have. Your spirit lives on in love of life expressed daily by my youngest, Nicholas Edward.
From Tom Willey on May 17th, 2012
When I first arrived in Indianapolis from New England and didn't know one person going into 7th grade...because I shared a last name with a W...I ended up sitting next to Ted on my first day of school...he was an old and good soul, Mr. Wohlgemuth...he introduced himself to me and shook my hand at being a newcomer...we talked everday all year...and though we were never close, Ted was always a friendly, kind, thoughtful and very funny guy (hey...he was a drummer...they often fool you...Ted had a big heart and soul)...he made me feel comfortable...years later we always acknowledged each other in the the hallways of NC...when Don Palmer told me of his terrible accident and final passing...I was deeply saddened...Ted was one of the good guys...I have not forgotten him. R.I.P old pal...you are missed, but you left some good behind...thank you buddy.
From Patti Schaefer Keene on April 30th, 2012
Thanks for the MEMORABLE school bus rides to Delaware Trails. You and Bill Harley were quite a pair! I will never forget you.
From John Mueller on April 23rd, 2012
Ted was the drummer of our group, The Suede Fortress. He, along with Ted Dunn, Mike Mogg, Bill Jeffries, Marc Wagman and myself (manager, Light guy and all-around Mr. fix-it) enjoyed some fun success with Ted and our music.
Oh, and who could forget prank phone calls in Ted's parents kitchen. Those were priceless. Ted was the real deal. Great friend and nutty personality. He too has been missed dearly by so many of us.
Judy Zimmerman, 62, of Westfield, died April 19 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born May 6, 1954 to Vaughan A. and Peggy E. (Plott) Kaforke in Roanoke, Va.
Judy was a 1972 graduate of North Central High School. She pursued a career at Howard W. Sams Co. as a Graphic Illustrator until 1989 when she and her husband, Russ, started their family. During her children’s school years, Judy was very involved in the activities of being a Room Mom and the PTO as well as extracurricular activities, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and soccer. She enjoyed knitting, cooking and was an avid reader. Judy’s life revolved around her family and her dogs and she derived great pleasure in the successes of her children and the unconditional love of her dogs. She was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Carmel.
Her memory will be everlasting and will be cherished forever in our hearts.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Russell R. Zimmerman; her daughter, Brittney Zimmerman; her son, Christopher Zimmerman; brothers, Stephen Kaforke and Timothy Kaforke; her sister, Betsy Shackelford and several nieces and nephews.