Milton Earl Chance Sr. died Thursday, February 18, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Beech Grove. A resident of Greenwood, he was 90.
Mr. Chance left survivors in Nashville.
He was born December 29, 1908, to Emmett Wesley and Lula Mae Grimsley Chance.
He and Mary Elizabeth Hubbard were married November 28, 1929, in Indianapolis. She survives.
Mr. Chance was graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1928.
He and his wife had owned and operated the Cross Town Coffee Shop in Indianapolis for 24 years. The couple then operated Chance's Cafeteria in Castleton for 15 years, retiring in 1970.
Mr. Chance was a member of Greenwood Christian Church, Masonic Lodge, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Murat Shrine, 50 Plus Club and Keiglers Senior Bowling League at Southern Bowl.
Other survivors include a son, Mel Chance of Nashville; a daughter, Judy Chance Bierman of Fort Wayne; a brother, Major Baker Chance of Sacramento, California; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a grandson.
The Reverend Shan Rutherford conducted a service Monday, February 22, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory's Greenwood Chapel.
Burial was in Washington Park East Cemetery at Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Christian Church, 512 South Madison Avenue, Greenwood, Indiana 46142, or Shriners Hospital for Children, 510 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.
Brown County native Clay Fritch died Sunday, February 21, 1999, at the Okeechobee Health Care Center in Okeechobee, Florida. A resident of Morgantown, he was 96.
Mr. Fritch was born November 19, 1902, in Brown County to Isaac Monroe and Laura McKee Fritch.
He and Dolly G. Fritch were married June 12, 1928, in Brown County. She survives.
Mr. Fritch had worked as a self-employed building contractor. He had built homes in Indiana and Florida before retiring in 1970. In retirement, Mr. Fritch did remodeling work and donated his time to several projects including the Real Life Children's Ranch in Florida.
He enjoyed gardening and doing things for others.
Mr. Fritch was a United States Army veteran.
Other survivors include a daughter, Colleen Hollett of Morgantown; four grandchildren, Gary C. Hollett of Morgantown, Linda G. Moore of Deltona, Florida, Cheryl L. Basham of Fort Worth, Texas and Janet L. Gault of Trafalgar; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Forrest Fritch; a sister, May Young; and two brothers, James Earl Fritch and Harold Fritch.
The Reverend Burt Brock will lead a service Friday, February 26, at 11 a.m. in Brown County's Bear Creek Cemetery.
Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown was in charge of arrangements.
Robert D. Jackson
Plum Creek Road resident Robert D. Jackson died Wednesday morning, February 17, 1999, at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was 43.
Mr. Jackson was born November 29, 1955, in Franklin to Charles and Eula Bell Foltz Jackson.
His wife, Rebecca Hart-Jackson, survives in Brown County.
Mr. Jackson had worked at American Motors General in Indianapolis before retiring in 1981.
Other survivors include a daughter, Becky Trevino of Bloomington; four brothers, Charles D. Jackson, Harold R. Jackson, Verel L. Jackson and Daniel W. Jackson, all of Nashville; and three sisters, Shirley A. Roberts of Columbus and Judy S. Biggs and Kathie J. Waltman, both of Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The Reverend Daryl Gressel led a service Saturday morning, February 20, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Brown County's Hickory Grove (Bond) Cemetery.
Bryan J. Metsig
Bryan J. Metsig, the son of Dawn Tucker Fischer, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, at his mother's home on Stray Deer Lane. A resident of Brown County, he was 28.
Mr. Metsig was born November 22, 1970, in Arlington Heights, Illinois to Dawn Tucker Fischer of Nashville and John G. Metsig of Barrington, Illinois.
He and Rachelle Gillette were married August 8, 1996, in Littleton, Colorado. She survives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Mr. Metsig had worked as a school bus and shuttle driver for 10 years. He drove a school bus for children in California, Colorado and Oregon as well as in retirement villages. Mr. Metsig last worked as airport shuttle driver in Bloomington.
He was graduated from high school in Palatine, Illinois and college in Santa Barbara, California.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Metsig participated in tennis and golf. He also enjoyed skiing and boating.
Mr. Metsig was an avid fan of John Denver. He possessed a large collection of the singer's memorabilia and also attended Mr. Denver's funeral two years ago.
Other survivors include his father and step-mother, John and Gail Metsig of Barrington, Illinois; two brothers, Rick Metsig of McKinleyville, California and Michael McCabe of Denver, Colorado; three sisters, Nicole Metsig and Lauren Metsig, both of Barrington, Illinois and Lisa McCabe of Denver, Colorado; two nieces; two nephews; several aunts and uncles, including Debi Bruggeman and Matt Tucker, both of Columbus; and his grandmother, Gretchen Tucker of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Norman Tucker; and his paternal grandparents, John and Barbara Metsig.
A service was conducted Wednesday, January 6, at Willow Creek Church in Barrington, Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Nineveh area native Florence Evaleen Mudd died Monday, February 15, 1999, at Johnson Memorial Hospital. A resident of Franklin, she was 80.
Mrs. Mudd was born February 27, 1918, in Nineveh to Fred and Minnie Evans Roberts.
She and Alva Abbott were married February 18, 1933. He died in 1967. She later married Herbert Mudd. He also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Mudd had worked as a nurse's aide at the Indiana Masonic Home, Welcome Nursing Home and Homeview Nursing Home, all in Franklin.
She was a member of the Franklin Church of Christ.
Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Roy of Bargersville and Alice Carolyn Bowman of Deltona, Florida; three sons, Eugene Abbott of Atoka, Tennessee, Lawson "Bud" Abbott of Nineveh and Tony Abbott of Greenwood; three sisters, Mary Grindstaff and Mable Burkhart, both of Edinburgh and Emma Ford of Franklin; 47 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A service was conducted Thursday, February 18, at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin.
Burial was in Johnson County's Nineveh Cemetery.
Brown County native Rachel L. Parker died Monday morning, February 15, 1999, at the Kennedy Living Center in Martinsville. A resident of that city, she was 82.
Mrs. Parker was born April 22, 1916, in Brown County to James Joshua Bowden and Laura Mae Bradley Bowden.
She and Artie L. Parker were married November 28, 1933. He died February 15, 1996.
Mrs. Parker had moved from Brown County to Martinsville in 1992.
She was graduated from Nashville High School in 1933.
Mrs. Parker was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, canning, playing piano and taking care of her family.
She was a member of Morgantown's First Assembly of God.
Survivors include two sons, James Parker of Morgantown and John Parker of Bloomington; three daughters, Mary E. Hacker and Olivemae Mobley, both of Martinsville and Ruthanne Murphy of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ralph Bowden of Eustis, Florida.
Mrs. Parker was preceded in death by her parents; four grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Bowden and Ray Bowden; and a sister, Ruth Moore.
The Reverend David Zempel led a service Thursday, February 18, at Neal and Summers Mortuary in Martinsville.
Burial was in that city's New South Park Cemetery.
Linda L. Pittman
State Road 46 East resident Linda Lou Pittman died Saturday evening, February 20, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. She was 39.
Miss Pittman was born July 6, 1959, in Columbus to William Leon Pittman and Wilma Noralee Brown Pittman. Her mother survives in Brown County.
She was graduated from Brown County High School in 1977 and Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1979.
Miss Pittman received a technical certificate in respiratory therapy from Indiana Vocational Technical College in 1980.
She had worked as a respiratory therapist at Bloomington Hospital. She was also office manager for her family's business, Pittman Oil.
Miss Pittman was a member of First Christian Church in Columbus, where she served as secretary of the church's primary department.
She also had served as treasurer of the South Central Indiana Dog Obedience Club.
Other survivors include a brother, Jerry L. Pittman of Nashville; a twin sister, Brenda Sue Harvey of Cicero; and several nieces and nephews.
Miss Pittman was preceded in death by her father June 13, 1996; and a brother, Leon Pittman in July 1982.
The Reverend Michael Hogg will lead a service today, February 24, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial will be in Nashville's Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, or the American Heart Association.
Stella I. Rice
Stella I. Rice, the mother of Morgantown resident Moyne Tackett, died Monday, February 15, 1999, at Bloomington Convalescent Center in Monroe County. A resident of Spencer, she was 97.
Mrs. Rice was born April 7, 1901, in Freedom to Samuel and Cora Lisman Rednour.
She was married to Charles E. Rice. He died in 1982.
Mrs. Rice had worked at the Spencer Music Store and Breeder's Gazette, also in Owen County.
She was a member of the Spencer United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include three sons, Charles Bill Rice, Shelton Rice and James R. Rice, all of Spencer; two other daughters, Barbara Macy and Nancy Hutchison, both of Spencer; 19 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Rice was preceded in death by a son, Milton Rice; and 12 brothers and sisters.
The Reverend Tom Pitcher led a service Thursday, February 18, at West and Parrish and Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.
Burial was in Owen County's Riverside Cemetery.
William A. Robertson died Wednesday, February 17, 1999, at his residence on Nashville's West South Drive. He was 75.
He was born August 23, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Alex and Nina Robertson, his mother survives.
An artist, Mr. Robertson was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army from 1943 until 1934.
Other survivors include a son, John Robertson of Nashville; a daughter, Suzanne Swartz of Denver, Colorado; and two step sons, Rex Gibson of Jasper and Jim Gibson on San Angelo, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a step-son, Brian Gibson.
There was no service held.
Joseph J. Ross
Former Nashville resident Joseph J. Ross died Sunday morning, February 21, 1999, at Four Seasons Health Care Center in Columbus. A resident of that city, he was 91.
Mr. Ross was born August 17, 1907, in Wilwaukee, Wisconsin to Frank H. Ross and Elizabeth Hintzen Ross.
His wife of 64 years, Ruth Joseph Ross, died in September 1990.
Mr. Ross worked as a switchman for the E.J.E. Railroad in Chicago, Illinois for 42 years before retiring in 1972.
Before that he had worked as a coal miner in Illinois.
He was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church on State Road 135 North and St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus.
Survivors include two sons, Frank Ross of Corrales, New Mexico and John Ross of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a granddaughter, Lora Berg of Elizabethtown; seven other grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Robert Ross of Merrillville.
Mr. Ross was preceded in death by a grandchild; and a great-grandchild.
A service will be conducted at a later date.
Burial was in Nashville's Greenlawn Cemetery.
Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North was in charge of arrangements.
Hilda P. Roth
Hilda Pearl Roth, the mother of Nineveh area resident Ellen Wilson, died Friday morning, February 19, 1999, at Todd-Aikens Health Care Center in Franklin. A resident of Franklin, she was 94.
Mrs. Roth was born July 27, 1904, in Bartholomew County to William and Ella Snyder Renner.
She and Clifton Roth were married August 23, 1922. He died July 8, 1997.
Mrs. Roth had worked as a bookkeeper at Edinburgh State Bank for many years.
She was a member of Edinburgh United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Roth is also survived by three other daughters, Norma Fox of Sarasota, Florida; Rose Marie Graham and Linda Richards, both of Franklin; a sister, Edna Ping of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sisters; and a brother.
The Reverend Byron Fritz conducted a service Monday, February 22, at Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh.
Burial was in that community's Rest Haven Cemetery.
Edna M. Steill
Edna M. Schmitt Steill died Wednesday, February 17, 1999, at St. Anthony Health Care Center in Lafayette. A resident of that city, she was 88.
Mrs. Steill left survivors in Brown County.
She was born August 6, 1910, in Sellersburg to Louis Schmitt and Theresa Yost Schmitt.
She and John J. Steill were married September 1, 1934, in Lafayette. He died November 23, 1973.
Mrs. Steill attended St. Lawrence High School in Tippecanoe County.
She had worked as a billing clerk for Public Service Indiana for five years prior to her marriage. Mrs. Steill was a homemaker.
Mrs. Steill was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lafayette, Sigma Phi Gamma sorority, St. Lawrence Quilters and St. Ann Altar Aid Society.
She was an avid bridge player. Mrs. Steill had also enjoyed Cubs baseball and Purdue University sports.
Survivors include three sons, Stan Steill of Buck Creek, Edward Steill of Battle Ground and Nicholas Steill of Columbia City; five daughters, Theresa L. Steill and Jean Murphy, both of Lafayette, Nancy Heich of Lebanon, Ruth Price of Nashville and Patricia Hayden of Monticello; a sister, Bernice Moser of Lafayette; 26 grandchildren including John Price of Nashville and former county resident Caron Kautz; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Steill was preceded in death by a brother, Bernice J. Schmitt; a sister, Regina Schmitt; and three grandchildren.
The Reverend Dan Gartland conducted a service Saturday, February 20, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church.
Burial was in Tippecanoe County's St. Boniface Cemetery.
Hahn Funeral Home in Lafayette was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lawrence Elementary School, or the American Cancer Society.
Former county resident Juanita N. Tharp died Thursday, February 18, 1999, at Deaconness Hospital in Evansville. A resident of that city, she was 90.
Mrs. Tharp was born January 7, 1909, to John and Barbara Hutcheson.
She was married to Harry E. Tharp. He preceded her in death.
Mrs. Tharp was a homemaker.
She was a member of Brown County's Unity Baptist Church and had belonged to Nineveh's Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Peg Hicks of Whiteland; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Tharp was preceded in death by four sisters.
A service was conducted Saturday, February 20, at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Hamblen Township.
Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Evansville was in charge of arrangements.