Ralph H. Wood, the father of Morgantown resident Cheryl L. Wood Glasscock, died Saturday, September 4, at his home in Franklin. He was 66.
Mr. Wood was born March 5, 1933, in Indianapolis to John Francis and Ruby May Logan Wood.
His wife, Marilyn D. Curry Wood, survives.
Mr. Wood had worked as a rater for the American States Insurance Company for 10 years before retiring in 1980.
He had logged 27,000 hours as a volunteer at the Richard L. Roudebush Medical Center in Indianapolis as an AM Veterans Service Officer and advocate.
Mr. Wood was a member of North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Eagles Lodge, Counsel Club and Paralyzed Veterans of American.
He was a United States Army and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. For his wartime service, Mr. Wood was awarded three Purple Hearts.
Other survivors include two step-sons, James Davis of Franklin and Scott Davis of Greenwood; a step-daughter, Beth Ann Roberts of California; a brother, Lee Wood of Speedway; and two grandchildren.
A service was conducted Wednesday afternoon, September 8, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory’s Greenwood Chapel.
Cremation followed the service.
Leonard Lehman, former educator, dies in Goshen
Prolific letter writer and former Brown County school teacher Leonard W. Lehman died Friday, September 3, 1999, at Carriage Manor in Goshen. A resident of that city, he was 80.
Mr. Lehman was born November 7, 1918, in Goshen to Arthur Otis Lehman and Nora Weaver Lehman.
He and Marie Martin were married May 7, 1939. She survives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Lehman had been a member of East Goshen Men-nonite Church.
He graduated from Wakarusa High School in 1936 and began his teaching career at age 19 in 1938.
Mr. Lehman earned an undergraduate degree, majoring in biology and English from Goshen College. He received a master’s degree in education from Indiana University in 1947.
After completing college, he taught biology, English, driver’s training and health at the old Helmsburg High School in Brown County until 1949.
After moving back to northern Indiana, Mr. Lehman taught in Elkhart County’s Harrison Township.
During his stay in Brown County, Mr. Lehman attended Bean Blossom Mennonite Church.
In the 1986 book Brown County Remembers, Mr. Lehman recalled his years teaching at Helmsburg.
"During the school year at Helmsburg High School, the class showered me with a desk heaped with fresh fruit, and honored me with respect in many ways so encouraging to any conscientious teacher."
Many in the county, both young and old, often received letters from Mr. Lehman, writing from his home in Goshen. He corresponded with some folks for decades.
Last December, he penned his last letter to The Democrat. He had been a subscriber to the newspaper for more than 50 years.
In the letter, he included things he wished published in his obituary. Most of those things are published herein.
"I’m trying hard to get my life in order so there’s not a lot of burden on my family when I pass," he said.
Since recently diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, Mr. Lehman had been living in a nursing home for the last two months.
In his letter to The Democrat, Mr. Lehman faced the end with courage.
"I’ve been diagnosed with chronic leukemia, which is not as bleak as it sounds at my age," he wrote. "But all good things must come to an end sometime, and mine is approaching."
Survivors include a daughter, Letha Lehman of Knoxville, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Kirk Arthur Lehman and Natalie Mast; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ernest Lehman of Goshen.
Mr. Lehman was preceded in death by a son, Keith Lehman in 1985; and a sister, Esther Arlene Lehman.
Pastor Steve Slagel conducted a service Tuesday morning, September 7, at East Goshen Mennonite Church.
Burial was in that city’s Violett Cemetery.
The Yoder-Culp Funeral Home in Goshen was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to East Goshen Mennonite Church in northern Indiana.
Brown County resident Lucille Biddle died Monday, September 13, 1999, at her son’s home in Edinburgh. She was 75.
Mrs. Biddle was born October 4, 1923, in Freedom to James Madison and Etta Mae Haseman Lester.
She and Jerald Biddle were married October 11, 1941, in Spencer. He died November 4, 1996.
Mrs. Biddle was a homemaker.
She had attended Locust Grove Pentecostal Church near Spearsville.
Mrs. Biddle enjoyed sewing and cooking.
Survivors include four sons, Larry S. Biddle of Edinburgh, Kenny J. Biddle of Indianapolis, Steve A. Biddle of Trafalgar and Ron Biddle of Nineveh; a daughter, Delores L. Kinsey of Port Orange, Florida; two sisters, Barbara Poynter of Indianapolis and Alma McGuire of Spencer; a brother, Russell Dean Lester of Spencer; 27 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard Lester, Robert Lester and Clarence Lester.
A service was conducted Thursday morning, September 16, at Edinburgh Weslyan Church.
Burial was in Morgan County’s Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery.
Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown was in charge of arrangements.
Ethel May Dunn, the sister of Morgantown resident Mary F. Hamilton, died Tuesday, September 14, 1999, at her home in Martinsville. She was 61.
Mrs. Dunn was born December 22, 1937, in Indianapolis to Clifford E. and Nellie M. Truex Heidenreich.
She was graduated from Martinsville High School in 1956.
Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker.
She had been a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church.
Other survivors include three sons, Robert B. Dunn Jr. and Sandy G. Dunn, both of Martinsville and Jonathan H. Dunn of Paragon; three daughters, Jennifer E. Dunn and Stephanie M. Riffel, both of Martinsville and Renee R. Barber of Monrovia; two brothers, Clifford E. Heidenreich of Coatesville and Charles R. Heidenreich of Bradenton, Florida; three other sisters, LaVerne A. Cornett, Charlotte B. Selburg and Priscilla L. Williams, all of Martinsville; and 14 grandchildren.
Mrs. Dunn was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Sammy Smith and Robin Smith.
The Reverend Jeff Hamilton led a service Thursday, September 16, at Costin Funeral Home in Martinsville.
Burial was in that city’s New South Park Cemetery.
State Road 135 North resident Dorothy O. Fox died Wednesday afternoon, September 15, 1999, at the Brown County Community Care Center in Salt Creek Park. She was 92.
Mrs. Fox was born March 31, 1907, in Blackford County to George T. Wayman and Ida Alice Kunce.
She was married to Isaac Fox. He died October 2, 1985.
Mrs. Fox was a homemaker.
She had attended services at the Bean Blossom Mennonite Church.
Survivors include a nephew, James Fox of Nashville; and several other nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Fox was preceded in death by six brothers; and two sisters.
A service was conducted Saturday morning, September 18, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Hamblen Township’s Goshen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brown County Humane Society.
Weldon T. Greene
Friendship Cabin Road resident Weldon T. "Don" Greene died Wednesday, September 15, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. He was 69.
Mr. Greene was born November 8, 1929, in Sadler, Texas to Robert Milam and Grace Siebman Greene.
He and Sharon Chenoweth were married August 2, 1974. She survives in Brown County.
Mr. Greene had worked as a television producer for the Indiana University School of Medicine for 14 years, retiring in 1982. In this position, Mr. Greene headed the school’s medical television facility, which produced programs for both curriculum support of the medical school and continuing education for practicing physicians.
He had been a member of Church of the Nativity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis and the Air Force Sergeants Association.
A veteran of two branches of the United States armed services, Mr. Greene served with the United States Navy for nine years and the United States Air Force for 11 years, retiring in 1968 as a Tech Sergeant. He had seen action in both Korea and Vietnam.
During his career in the Air Force, Mr. Greene was in charge of establishing radio and television facilities at Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey, where he also served as station manager.
The television station was awarded the American Heritage Award for Freedom in Broadcast Programming.
Before retiring from the military, Mr. Greene taught journalism and broadcast production at the Defense Information School headquartered at Fort Benjamin Harrison.
Other survivors include two sons, Scott Bleser Greene of Chicago and Kevin Troy Greene of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; a sister, June McCoy of Irving, Texas; two brothers, Wilbur Greene of Denison, Texas and Paul Greene of Dallas; and several nieces and nephews.
Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
A service was conducted Saturday afternoon, September 18, at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home.
Burial was in that city’s Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or Riley Hospital for Children.
Wanda Faye Nevins Gregory, the mother of Brown County resident Melodie Kaye Voils, died Monday, September 13, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. A resident of that city, she was 48.
Mrs. Gregory was born August 20, 1951, in Manchester, Kentucky to James H. Nevins and Della Grubbs Leinback. Her mother lives in Indianapolis.
She had worked as a sterilization clerk at the Indiana University School of Dentistry for five years.
Mrs. Gregory had been a member of the Westside Church of Christ.
Other survivors include a son, David B. Gregory Jr. of Indianapolis; two other daughters, Kelly Ann Green and Stacy Larrimore, both of Indianapolis; a brother, James H. Nevins Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Barbara Klein and Carol Key, both of Indianapolis; and eight grandchildren.
A sister, Joann Nevins, preceded her in death.
Sean Montgomery conducted a service Thursday afternoon, September 16, at Forest Lawn Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home’s State Road 135 Chapel near Greenwood.
Burial was in Johnson County’s Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Brown County Community Care Center resident Frances Opal McDaniel died Thursday afternoon, September 16, 1999, at the center in Salt Creek Park. She was 84.
Before moving into the nursing home, Mrs. McDaniel had lived on Chestnut Street in Columbus.
She was born October 2, 1914, in Morgan County to Christian Elwood Schoolcraft and Elsie Neal.
She and William Thomas McDaniel were married October 31, 1933. He died in August 1970.
Mrs. McDaniel was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Church of the First Born in Martinsville.
Survivors include two daughters, Laverne Hedrick-Andrew of Greensburg and Sharon McDaniel of Charlestown; four sons, Duane McDaniel of Edinburgh, Delbert McDaniel and Tom McDaniel, both of Columbus and Doyle McDaniel of North Vernon; a sister, Shirley Fleener of Helmsburg; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. McDaniel was preceded in death by a daughter, Delores Harden; two sisters; and three brothers.
A service was conducted Sunday afternoon, September 19, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Brown County’s Christiansburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons.
Karen L. Masters
Bellsville Pike resident Karen L. Masters died Friday evening, September 17, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. She was 56.
Ms. Masters was born April 8, 1943, in Newark, New Jersey to Harry Ritterbusch and Ruth Wolf Ritterbusch.
She had worked as office manager for Designscape in Belmont.
Ms. Masters was a familiar face at Pikes Peak during the Christmas holiday season. She drove the horse-drawn wagon that delivered Santa Claus to Crouch’s Market each December for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Amy Marshall of Chicago; three sons, Jeffrey Marshall of Indianapolis, Brett Marshall of Columbus and Gregory Marshall of San Diego; a sister, Judy Spitzer of Illinois; and two grandchildren.
Ms. Masters was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Tammy Jo Marshall.
Services will be conducted at a later date.
The Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brown County Humane Society.
Nellie Morrow, the father of Nashville resident Bruce Morrow, died Monday, September 6, 1999, at her son’s home in Brown County. A resident of Lawrence County, she was 76.
Mrs. Morrow was born August 12, 1923, in Kensworth, Bedfordshire, England to Arthur James and Lily Jane Roberts Allen.
She and Edward James Morrow were married September 24, 1949. He died July 8, 1990.
Mrs. Morrow was a homemaker. She also had been a professional knitter, operating the business from her home.
She had been a member of the Church of England and the Overseas War Brides Club.
Other survivors include another son, Mark Morrow of Brooklyn, New York; a sister, Betty Jane Bett Price of Mildenhall, England; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Morrow was preceded in death by her parents.
Charles Wright conducted a service Thursday, September 9, at Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford.
Burial was in that city’s Beech Grove Cemetery.
Brown County native Herschel Purtlebaugh died Thursday, September 16, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. A resident of Solsberry, he was 89.
Mr. Purtlebaugh was born March 28, 1910, in Brown County to Elias and Mandy Greenley Purtlebaugh.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Purtlebaugh was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Brother Tommy Shields led a service Tuesday afternoon, September 21, in Brown County’s Duncan Cemetery.
Day Mortuary in Bloomington was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Association of the Blind.
Artist Drive resident Cushing B. Roth died September 15, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital and Health Centers in Beech Grove. He was 78.
Mr. Roth was born December 3, 1920, in St. Paul, Minnesota to Albert Roth and Lola Vonenke.
He and Jean Honeysett were married Nov-ember 14, 1991. She survives.
Mr. Roth was regional sales director for Pasley Pro-ducts, retiring in 1970. After that, he owned and operated Cushing Tech-nical Corporation before retiring in 1990.
Mr. Roth had been a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Brown County Lions Club and the Masonic Lodge.
He had served as chief aviation radioman in the United States Navy during World War II from 1941 until 1945.
Other survivors include a son, Jim B. Roth of Nashville; two grandchildren; and his sister, Donita Shasten of St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mr. Roth was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ballman Roth in February 1991. The couple had been married September 8, 1943.
Jonathan Hutchison will lead a service today, September 22, in St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.