Eugene "Gene" Edward Sullivan died Tuesday morning, March 23, 1999, at Four Seasons Health Center in Columbus. A resident of that city, he was 85.
Mr. Sullivan attended services at St. Agnes Catholic Church on State Road 135 North, where he was a member.
He was born November 4, 1913, in Longview, Illinois to Timothy and Johannah Madigan Sullivan.
He and were married Gretchen Youch November 4, 1942. She died June 1, 1982.
Mr. Sullivan had worked as a funeral director, retiring from Lakeside Funeral Home in Danville, Illinois.
He was a United States Navy Merchant Marine veteran of World War II.
Mr. Sullivan was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. He had also been a member of Moose and Elks lodges while living in Illinois.
Survivors include a son, Jerry Sullivan of Columbus; a daughter, Katherine Sullivan of Fairplay, Colorado; and seven grandchildren, Sarah Sullivan, Jessica Sullivan, Alison Sullivan, Shawn Sullivan, Ryan Sullivan, Gretchen Jones and Maggie Jones.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tim Sullivan.
Father William Stumpf led a service Friday, March 26, at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville.
Burial was in Bondgard, Illinois.
Barkes, Inlow and Weaver Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
Zible R. Swinehart
Zible Renee Swinehart, the half-sister of Nashville resident Dorothy Borders, died Wednesday morning, March 24, 1999, at Memorial Hospital in Seymour. A resident of North Vernon, she was 94.
Mrs. Swinehart was born January 12, 1907, in Marietta to Charles and Mamie Wright Tucker.
She and Thomas Swinehart were married July 31, 1925. He died in November 1956.
Mrs. Swinehart was a homemaker. She had been a member of Shelbyville’s American Legion Auxiliary for 74 years. She had served in many offices of that organization.
Mrs. Swinehart had belonged to the Shelby County Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary for 46 years.
She was a former president of World War I Veterans Auxiliary. Mrs. Swinehart had been an honorary member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
She was also a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Swinehart was a former member of the Indiana Button Society.
Mrs. Swinehart enjoyed collecting stamps. During World War II, she was active in the American Red Cross.
Other survivors include a daughter, Charlene B. Comstock; a half-brother, Carl Tucker of Shelbyville; another half-sister, Martha VanSoyoc of Marietta; and a grandson, Greg Comstock of Seymour.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Charlene Ze Comstock; a half-brother, William Tucker; and a half-sister, Evelyn Gahimer.
The Reverend Joan Johnson led a service Friday morning, March 26, at Dove-Sharp and Rudicel Funeral Home in North Vernon.
Burial was in Shelbyville’s Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlene Ze Comstock Memorial Fund.
Maybelle "Vickie" Clayburn Willard died Saturday, March 27, 1999, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. A resident of that city, she was 70.
Mrs. Willard was born March 21, 1929, in Macon County, Tennessee to Isaac and Artie Butcher Pedigo.
She was married to James A. Willard. He died in 1982. She had also been married to Tommy H. Clayburn. He died in 1984.
Mrs. Willard was educated in Tennessee.
She had worked at MCL Cafeteria and Lotus Garden Restaurant and was a member of Fairhaven Christian Church near Trafalgar.
Mrs. Willard is survived by three daughters, Barbara Cave of Trafalgar, Lorene Cleefman of Nineveh and Dana McDonald of Franklin; two sons, Myles Clayburn of Trafalgar and Tony Clayburn of Franklin; two sisters, Pearl Hampton of Edinburgh and Georgia Thompson of Houston, Texas; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Anthony Clayburn and Joe Clayburn; a granddaughter, Carrie Clayburn; six brothers, four sisters; and special friend, Wallace Holman.
The Reverend Stan Icenogle will conduct a service today, March 31, at 2 p.m. in Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home at Franklin.
Burial was in that community’s Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.
Cecil R. Coffey, the father of Nashville resident Gloria Rudd, died Saturday morning, April 3, 1999, at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. A resident of that city, he was 85.
Mr. Coffey was born March 21, 1914, in Monticello, Kentucky to William Coffey and Sarah Lee Meadows.
He and Mildred Bottoms were married January 3, 1961. She survives.
Mr. Coffey lived in Rushville since 1960. Before that, he had lived in New Castle.
During the 1940s and 1950s, he had worked for the New Castle Police Department. Mr. Coffey had also worked at New Castle Chrysler for many years. After that, he worked with the Claude Wright Construction Company in Rushville.
Before retiring, Mr. Coffey had worked as a laborer at Philco Ford in Connersville during the 1970s.
He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion's Rushville post.
Other survivors include four step-sons, Bob Webb of Bloomington, Ed Webb of Huntington Beach, California and Charles Marion Webb and Jack Webb, both of Rushville; two step-daughters, Imogene Morris of Connersville and Barbara Carol Hamilton of Rushville; several grandchildren and step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and five step-great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Coffey was preceded in death by a step-son, Donald Keith Webb in 1976; two brothers, Porter Coffey and Orlin Coffey; two sisters, a grandson, Randall Webb; and a step-grandson.
The Reverend Timothy Bonney conducted a service Tuesday afternoon, April 6, at Moster and Cox Funeral Home in Rushville.
Burial was at Dale Cemetery in Connersville.
Geraldine Fluke, the sister of Nashville resident Danny Day, died Thursday, April 1, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. A resident of Ellettsville, she was 59.
Mrs. Fluke was born May 16, 1939, in Indianapolis to Balford C. and Mae Elizabeth Stinson Day.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Protestant faith.
Survivors include five sons, Chester Fluke, Andy Fluke, Randy Fluke and Kevin Fluke, all of Ellettsville and Leroy Fluke of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four daughters, Betty Ann Fluke and Jane Fishel, both of Freedom, Terry Jo Fluke of Bloomington and Kimberly Tackett of Spencer; three other brothers, Glen Barringer of Chicago, Illinois, David Earl Day of Ellettsville and Rodney Day of Stinesville; a sister, Carol Fluke of Ellettsville; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Fluke was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; and a sister.
Brother Larry Mitchell led a service Monday afternoon, April 5, at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville.
Burial was in Monroe County's Mount Olive Cemetery.
E. Roger Frey
Brown County Art Guild member artist E. Roger Frey died Monday, March 29, 1999. A resident of Indianapolis, he was 90.
A native Hoosier, he had lived in Indianapolis most of his life.
Mr. Frey was graduated from the Herron School of Art, where he studied with famed artist William Forsyth.
He had also studied at the Art Students League in New York and had taught classes at the Indianapolis Art League. Mr. Frey had worked as a consultant to the Board of Church Extension of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and had been an associate member of the Church Architectural Guild of America.
Mr. Frey also was a member of the Indiana Artist Association, Hoosier Salon. He had been a founding member of the Indiana Watercolor Society.
He was the recipient of numerous awards during his long career. His painting entitled Farmer's Market was displayed on the cover of the Indiana Bell Telephone Company directory in 1984-85.
Survivors include his widow, Mary W. Frey of Indianapolis; two daughters, Shirley Frey McConahay and Barbara Frey Wyle; a sister, Elizabeth Titus; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
A service was conducted Thursday morning, April 1, in Downey Avenue Christian Church in Indianapolis, where he had been a life-time member.
Burial was in that city's Washington Park East Cemetery.
Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel in Indianapolis was in charge of arrangements.
Brown County Community Care Center resident Adeline F. Gerzan died Saturday evening, March 27, 1999, at the center in Salt Creek Park. She was 88.
Mrs. Gerzan was born September 1, 1910, in Lombard, Illinois to Dietrick H. and Matilda Weideman Fleege.
She was married to Herbert A. Gerzan. He died in 1962.
Mrs. Gerzan had worked in the DuPage County, Illinois clerk's office before retiring.
She had been the first Lilac Queen in her home community in 1929. Mrs. Gerzan was grand marshal of the festival parade in the 1970s.
She enjoyed traveling.
She had been a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lombard, Illinois.
Mrs. Gerzan is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bob Malina of Brown County.
A private service will be conducted at a later date at Chapel Hill Gardens in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice of charities.
Fruitdale Road resident Martha Joan Henderson died Sunday morning, April 4, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. She was 67.
Mrs. Henderson was born February 4, 1932, in Kurtz to Glenn Lee and Lorene Hanner Fish.
She and Ollen Henderson were married February 3, 1951, in Morganfield, Kentucky. He survives in Brown County.
Mrs. Hend-erson had been active in community and religious activities throughout her life.
She served as Cub Scout den mother of Pack 112 and was a 4-H leader from 1965 until 1977, in both Brown and Bartholomew counties.
Mrs. Henderson and her husband were foster parents in Brown County from 1965 until 1969. The couple were co-owners of Henderson's Gun Shop in Bean Blossom.
More recently, she had served as an adult literacy tutor in Brown County.
Starting in 1954 and continuing throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Henderson had been active in several spiritual causes. She held leadership positions with the Assembly of God Women's Ministries and Christ's Ambassadors.
She had also been an active member of the Gideon's Auxiliary. She had taught Sunday school and served as a lay minister.
Mrs. Henderson was a member of the Morgantown Assembly of God and Villa Heights Church of God in Greenwood. She formerly belonged to the Seventh Street Church of God and Tenth Street Assembly of God, both of Columbus.
Other survivors include four children, Clarence Henderson of Manila, the Philiippines, Annabelle Moore of Columbus, Ruth Luna of Taylorsville and the Reverend Allen Henderson of Greenwood; and a grandson, Paul Ollen Henderson, for whom she was guardian.
She is also survived by 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jackie Fish of Clay City and Richard Fish of Columbus; and a sister, Gloria Martin of Columbus.
Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by a son, Paul Stephen Henderson in 1993; and two brothers, Jerry Fish in 1990 and James Fish in 1979.
The Reverend Allen Henderson, Pastor Gene McClain and Michael Bell will conduct a service today, April 7, at 11 a.m. in Villa Heights Church of God at Greenwood.
Burial was at Deckard Cemetery in southern Brown County.
Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International.
Former Brown County resident Thelma Irene Leffler died Monday morning, March 29, 1999, at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home at Hope. A resident of that city, she was 82.
Mrs. Leffler was born February 23, 1917, in Bartholomew County to Fred and Hazel Snyder Bay.
She and Virgil E. Leffler were married November 2, 1939, in Martinsville. He died April 10, 1978.
Mrs. Leffler was a homemaker and a member of Lighthouse Full Gospel Tabernacle in Columbus.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie Leffler of Seymour and Jim Leffler of Hope; a daughter, Mary Ann Monroe of Rushville; six brothers, Paul Bay of Brown County, Dean Bay of Columbus, Dale Bay of Beech Grove, Elza Bay of Franklin and Clarence Bay and Don Oren Bay, both of Bloomington; four sisters, Margaret Coffey of Martinsville, Leona Cox of Franklin and Esther Lucas and Dorothy Gross, both of Florida; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Freddie Lee Leffler; a brother, David Bay; and a great-granddaughter.
The Reverend Eli Johnson conducted a service Thursday morning, April 1, at Myers Funeral Service, Reed and Jewell Chapel in Columbus.
Burial was in Nashville's Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bartholomew County.
Darnell Parker, the father of Brown County residents Judy A. Parker and Shirley E. Parker, died Monday afternoon, March 29, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. A resident of that city, he was 78.
Mr. Parker was born January 27, 1921, in Gallatin, Tennessee to Clint and Sally Corum Parker.
He and Amy A. Likens were married February 2, 1942. She survives in Bartholomew County.
Mr. Parker had worked at Golden Foundry until retiring. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Tennessee.
He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, where he earned three Bronze Stars.
Mr. Parker is also survived by a step-grandson, John Hooton of Columbus; four sisters, Irene Sierp of Edinburgh, Lorene Gregory of Columbus, Sadie Law of Adairville, Kentucky and Joann Nickens of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; and one great-grandchild.
The Reverend Mark Gillespie led a service Thursday morning, April 1, at Barkes, Inlow and Weaver Funeral Home in Columbus.
Burial was in that city's Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.
Ellen E. Russ
Morgantown resident Ellen E. Russ died Sunday, March 28, 1999, at Morgan County Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. She was 97.
Mrs. Russ was born March 14, 1902, in Marengo, Illinois to Perry Samuel and Lizzie Woodard Thomas.
She first married Carl V. Hess in July 1920. He died March 4, 1945. She then married Orval J. Russ December 2, 1950. He died December 6, 1973.
Mrs. Russ had been a homemaker.
She was a member of Morgantown First Christian Church and enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, quilting and sewing.
During the spring months, Mrs. Russ enjoyed hunting mushrooms.
Survivors include a daughter, Leora Hall of Morgantown; a son, Thomas David Hess II of Springville; a step-daughter-in-law, Mary Grace Russ of Greenwood; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Smith of Boone, North Carolina and Polly Easton of West Lafayette; and a brother, David Thomas of Detroit, Michigan.
Mrs. Russ was preceded in death by four brothers.
A service was conducted Wednesday, March 31, at the Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown.
Burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery at Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, in care of Jim Powers at 2439 West 16th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222.
Ruth C. Stelting, the mother of Brown County resident Dale B. Stelting, died Saturday evening, April 3, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. A resident of that city, she was 77.
Mrs. Stelting was born August 31, 1921, in Winchester, Kentucky to Grover and Lula Hendry Burgess.
She and Alfred A. Stelting were married October 12, 1940. He died July 2, 1998.
Mrs. Stelting had worked at Bakalar Air Base for many years. She had also worked at Hartup Tool and Die.
She was a member of Shady Hook United Methodist Church.
Other survivors include two grandchildren, Zachariah Stelting and Samantha Stelting, both of Brown County.
The Reverend J. William Keith Jr. will lead a service today, April 7, at 10 a.m. in Barkes, Inlow and Weaver Funeral Home at Columbus.
Burial will be in that city's Garland Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bartholomew County.