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Urban B. Wilmer, 76
Urban B. Wilmer, 76, of Rushville, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. Born Dec. 8, 1926, in Ripley County, he was the son of Joseph and Marie (Bruns) Wilmer, both deceased. On Nov. 23, 1963, he married Donna McKee; she survives. Mr. Wilmer had lived in Rushville since 1960 and had resided in Millhousen prior to that. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had been employed for 30 years as a mechanic at Durbin's Garage, and Christian Chevrolet, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Rushville VFW and the Eagles Lodge. He was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Millhousen. Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Mark of West Virginia and Gary Wilmer (and wife Mary) and Benny Wilmer (and wife Linda), both of Rushville; one brother, Vernon Wilmer of Greensburg; two sisters, Alvina (Mrs. Alphors) Hodapp of Millhousen and Edna Harp of Osgood; and nine grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with the Rev. Roger Rudolf officiating. Burial, which will include a graveside military service, will follow in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville. Friends may call after noon Saturday at the mortuary.

Melissa Jane Roberts, 42
Melissa Jane Roberts, 42, of Laurel, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at her residence. Born Nov. 18, 1960, in Connersville, she was the daughter of Andrew and the late Jeanette (Jackson) Sizemore; he survives. On Feb. 12, 1993, she married Darrin Roberts; he survives. Mrs. Roberts spent most of her life in Fayette and Franklin counties. She was a member of the Local 919 I.U.E. and worked at Ford Electronics and Visteon until retiring in 2002 because of poor health. Survivors in addition to her father and husband include one daughter, Rachel Taylor of Laurel; one son, Bill Miracle (and wife Tricia) of Laurel; two brothers, Randy Sizemore of Alpine, Ind., and Kevin Sizemore of College Corner, Ind.; one sister, Jenny Amrhein of Bentonville; and grandfather Scott Jackson of Laurel. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by one sister and both grandmothers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Urban-Winkler Funeral Home, with Elder Dale Morris officiating. Burial will follow in Columbia Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Edith Arlene Mourey, 74
Edith Arlene Mourey, 74, of St. Paul, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville. Born July 1, 1928, in Muncie, she was the daughter of Leonard and Ruby (Shaw) Reeder, both deceased. On Nov. 2, 1947, she married Charles Eugene Mourey; he preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 2002. Mrs. Mourey had lived in the St. Paul area for 35 years and had resided in Rushville prior to that. She was a homemaker. Survivors include three sons, Chase E. and Jesse Mourey, both of St. Paul, and Charles E. Mourey Jr. of Greensburg; three daughters, Treva Slack, Diana Richerson, and Elaine Mourey, all of St. Paul; one brother, Forrest Reeder of Losantville, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenn E. George Funeral Home in St. Paul, with the Rev. Cameron Manifold officiating. Burial will follow in Paul Hill Cemetery in St. Paul. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to the Hospice of Decatur County in care of the funeral home.

Wallace A. Wall, 90
Wallace A. Wall, 90, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Morning Breeze Nursing Home in Greensburg. Born March 10, 1912, in Franklin County, he was the son of Ora and Ruby (Scott) Wall, both deceased. On Sept. 14, 1935, he married Mildred Filler; she preceded him in death in 1993. Mr. Wall was a retired member of the Greensburg Police Department. He had also worked as a deputy at the Decatur County Sheriff's Department and as a bailiff at the Decatur County Courthouse. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He was also active in the Republican party, having served as a precinct chairman, and was a former recipient of the Decatur County G.O.P.'s Man of the Year award. He was also a member of the F.O.P. Survivors include one son, John D. Wall (and wife Donna) of Rushville; one daughter, Linda (Mrs. David) Reynolds of Louisville, Ky.; one brother, Allen Wall of Rushville; one sister, Zella Timberman of Connersville; two half sisters, Betty Bender of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Emma Hainey of Ft. Collins, Colo.; three half brothers, Bill, Bob, and Martin Wall; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg, with the Rev. Thomas Holt officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the Decatur County Hospice.

Jack P. Huskins, 80
Jack P. Huskins, 80, of Shelbyville, died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at his residence. Born May 25, 1922, in Erwin, Tenn., he was the son of Walter and Martha Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Jones) Huskins Linville, both deceased. He married Thea Alice McClure of Milroy on May 2, 1944, while stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C.; she preceded him in death on May 20, 1987. Mr. Huskins was a former resident of Milroy. He entered the U.S. Army Air Force on Nov. 6, 1942, and served in the China-Burma Theater. He worked as a welder at Chambers Range & Aircraft in Shelbyville, Air & Space Manufacturing in Muncie, and General Electric/Wellman Thermal Systems in Shelbyville before retiring in 1985. He was a member of Shelbyville American Legion Post 70, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Moose Lodge 2118, and Veterans of Foreign Wars 2695. Survivors include one son, Larry L. Huskins (and wife Sarah) of Rushville; one daughter-in-law, Patty Huskins Rockwell of Connersville; one brother, Paul Huskins of Erwin, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, one brother, four sisters, and one granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Burns Funeral Home in Milroy, with the Rev. Bill Jackson and the Rev. Phil Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Fisher Cemetery in Richland. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Courtney Anne Huskins Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Rush County Community Foundation, 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173.

Carl L. Nickel, 88
Carl L. Nickel, 88, of Rushville, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born Sept. 11, 1914, in Rush County, he was the son of Peter and Pearl Winnie (Shinkle) Nickel, both deceased. In 1937, he married Dorothy Newkirk; she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 1994. Mr. Nickel was a farmer and a factory worker. He was a member of the Homer Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, Norman Carl Nickel of Rushville and William Darryl Nickel of Shelbyville; two daughters, Dessie Arlene (Mrs. Melvin) Martin of Rushville and Kathy Jeanne Riddle of Texas; 20 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, three brothers, and one sister. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. in Hurst Cemetery in Rush County, with the Rev. Robb Barlow officiating. Burns Funeral Home in Milroy is handling arrangements. There will be no public visitation. Memorial contributions are requested to the American Cancer Society.

Johnathan C. Strong, 19
Johnathan C. "Big John" Strong, 19, of Spiceland, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born Sept. 11, 1983, in Muncie, he was the son of John and Nancy (Hickman) Strong; both survive. Mr. Strong was a 2002 graduate of Tri High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society for the New Castle Area Vocational Program. In high school, he was active in football, track, baseball, and wrestling. He had participated in FFA and was a member of the ABD Truck Club of 2002. He was employed at De Bruhl Construction in Cadiz. Survivors in addition to his parents include one sister, Holly Strong of Spiceland; his fiancée, Nicole Palacios of New Castle; maternal grandmother Ellen Hickman of Lewisville; and aunts and uncles, John Hickman (and wife Connie) of Spokane, Wash., Mike Hickman (and wife Susie) of Healdsburg, Calif., Susan (Mrs. Roger) Engle of Knightstown, Fred Hickman (and wife Anne) and Garry Hickman (and wife Deloris), all of Rushville, and Bruce Hickman (and wife Margo) of Fortville. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandfather. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the South Memorial Drive Church of God in New Castle, with Fred Hickman and John Hickman officiating. Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service of New Castle is handling arrangements. Burial will follow in Circle Grove Cemetery in Spiceland. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions are requested to the Johnathan C. Strong Scholarship Fund through South Henry Dollars for Scholars - envelopes will be available at the church and funeral home.

Pauline Edith Lacy, 87
Pauline Edith Lacy, 87, of Knightstown, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2003, at Regency Place in Greenfield. Born April 27, 1915, in Carlton County, Minn., she was the daughter of Herman and Signe (Nelson) Carlson, both deceased. She married Paul Lacy; he preceded her in death in 1977. Mrs. Lacy was a longtime Henry County resident and a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church in Knightstown. She retired from Modernfold in New Castle in 1985 after more than 30 years of service. She was a member of the Raleigh Community Dance Club. Survivors include three daughters, Colleen M. (Mrs. LeRoy) Rich of Lewisville, Rita (Mrs. Larry) Haler of New Castle, and Karen (Mrs. Larry) Bennett of Knightstown; one brother, Lynn Carlson; three sisters, Elsie Roland, Vera Davis, and Millie Nelson; 10 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, two brothers, and five sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle, with the Rev. Eric Haler officiating. Burial will follow in Circle Grove Cemetery in Spiceland. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to Regency Place in Greenfield or the Alzheimer's Association in care of the funeral home.

Ruth Burns, 75
Ruth Burns, 75, of Laurel, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at her residence. Private funeral services will be held at the family's convenience. Burial will take place in the Laurel North Cemetery in Franklin County. There will be no public visitation. Moster & Cox Mortuary in Laurel is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions are requested to the American Cancer Society.

Melvin L. Richardson, 79
Melvin L. Richardson, 79, of Laurel, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Todd Funeral Home in Rushville. Burial will follow in Stipps Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

William E. Springman Sr., 76
William E. Springman Sr., 76, of Rushville, died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. Born April 1, 1927, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Dayton Springman Sr. and Jessie Paul, both deceased. On Oct. 3, 1947, he married Mary Turner; she survives. Mr. Springman had lived in Rushville since 1963. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, during which he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a retired auto mechanic and had worked for many years for the Rushville city garage. Survivors in addition to his wife include three sons, Bill, Kevin, and Steven Springman, all of Rushville; one daughter, Nancy (Mrs. Steven) Bucklew of Rushville; one brother, John E. Springman Sr. of Carthage; one sister, Mary (Mrs. Bob) Jenkins of Rushville; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with the Rev. Tom Marshall officiating. Burial, which include a graveside military service, will follow in Hannegan Cemetery in Rush County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Noel E. "Ramrod" Manning, 70
Noel E. "Ramrod" Manning, 70, of Connersville, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lick Creek Cemetery in Fayette County. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the cemetery. Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home in Connersville is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association.

Harley C. Purtee, 85
Harley C. Purtee, 85, of Knightstown, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to the American Heart Association.

Thanet L. Wisler, 81
Thanet L. Wisler, 81, of Denver, Ind., died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at Straub Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born Nov. 1, 1921, in Miami County, she was the daughter of Wendell T. and Esther (Geyer) Boswell, both deceased. She married Glen Wisler on April 18, 1942, in Miami County; he preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1999. Mrs. Wisler was a former resident of Rushville. She was a homemaker and former bookkeeper for Rush County Community School Corporation. She was a member of Chili United Methodist Church in Chili, Ind. Survivors include one daughter, Darlene Wedemeyer of Honolulu, Hawaii; one granddaughter; two step-grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Chili United Methodist Church in Chili, Ind., with Chaplain Steve Fleck officiating. McClain Funeral Home in Denver, Ind., is in charge of arrangements. Burial will follow in Chili Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Please give blood in memory of Thanet, or donate to your favorite charity.

Charlene R. Stoten, 81
Charlene R. Stoten, 81, of Knightstown, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at her residence. Born April 10, 1922, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Virgil T. and Florence Z. (Fewell) Fortner, both deceased. On Nov. 1, 1941, she married Lowell E. Stoten, he survives. Mrs. Stoten was a homemaker. She lived many years in Center Township, Rush County. She was a member of the Center Christian Church, where she was active in the Loyal Workers women's group. Survivors in addition to her husband include one son, Jack L. Stoten of Rush County; one daughter, Jean A. (Mrs. Larry) John of Shelbyville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother and five sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with Bill Worrell officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Hospice of Decatur County.

Larry G. Hymer, 42
Larry G. Hymer, 42, of Connersville, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at Fayette Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Showalter-Blackwell-Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel in Connersville. Burial will follow in Orange North Cemetery in Fayette County. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Lorna Bills, 70
Lorna Bills, 70, of Connersville, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at her residence. Born May 3, 1933, in Rushville, she was the daughter of Raymond and Ida Louise (Alexander) Glover, both deceased. On Dec. 19, 1959, she married Alfred Bills Sr., he preceded her in death. Mrs. Bills was a homemaker. She had lived most of her life in Rushville, moving to Connersville in 1999. She was a member of the Rushville Church of God, and was an active horseshoe pitcher while living in Rushville. Survivors include three sons, John Wagner Jr. and Lawrence Wagner, both of Arizona, and Alfred Bills Jr. (and wife Bonnie) of Rushville; two daughters, Barb (Mrs. Tommie) Frye of Arizona, and Lorna (Mrs. Jimmy) Frye of Connersville; one sister, Helen Jarboe of Rushville; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter and one brother. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with Brother Larry Callahan officiating. Burial will follow in Layton Cemetery in Rush County. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

David A. Dickey, 60
David A. Dickey, 60, of Cambridge City, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond. Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Dublin. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday and prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Eulalia Sue Gahimer, 84
Eulalia Sue Gahimer, 84, of St. Peters, Mo., formerly of Blue Ridge, Ind., died Monday, June 16, 2003, St. Peters Manor in St. Peters, Mo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Scott W. Christian, 40
Scott W. Christian, 40, of Brookville, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 10066 Oxford Pike, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home in Brookville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church.

James E. Ellis, 82
James E. Ellis, 82, of Carthage, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at his residence. Born March 28, 1921, in Hancock County, he was the son of Edgar Raymond and Uva (VanDuyn) Ellis, both deceased. He married Catherine J. Stevens on Oct. 5, 1941; she preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1992. He married Virginia Joyce Harrold on April 23, 1993; she survives. Mr. Ellis was a lifelong resident of Carthage. He served in the 460th Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II; he was a prisoner of war from July 1944 to May 1945 and received a Purple Heart. He was a service station operator in Carthage. He was a member of East Street Christian Church in Carthage as well as Golden Rule Lodge #16 F&AM, Carthage Lions Club, and Knightstown American Legion. Survivors in addition to his wife include two sons, Jimmy of Orlando, Fla., and Steve Ellis of Franktown, Colo.; one daughter, Carole Ann Marsh of Knightstown; one stepson, Dr. Robert Harrold of Fargo, N.D.; two stepdaughters, Judith Muir of Carthage and Linda Burch of Plymouth; one brother, Keith Ellis of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Patricia Riggs of New Castle and Doris Linder of El Paso, Texas; seven step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren. Besides his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel in Carthage, with the Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Carthage. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to East Street Christian Church in Carthage.

Geraldine M. Lisby, 71
Geraldine M. Lisby, 71, of Indianapolis, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, in Indianapolis. Born April 24, 1932, in Franklin, she was the daughter of Ray A. and Mable R. (Dodd) Jones, both deceased. She married Richard W. Lisby; he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker. Survivors include five sons, Danny D., Bruce A., Ralph, Steve, and Dale Lisby; two daughters, Gail Wood and Sinda Hoover; two brothers, David and John Jones; two sisters, Betty Lisby and Delores Hancock; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Flanner & Buchanan Morris Street Funeral Center in Indianapolis. Burial will follow in Floral Park Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ruth F. Goddard, 80
Ruth F. Goddard, 80, of Greensburg, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003, at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Born May 25, 1923, in Decatur County, she was the daughter of Russell and Margarel (Willeford) French, both deceased. She married B. Howard Goddard on March 3, 1945; he preceded her in death on April 29, 1995. Mrs. Goddard had lived in Decatur County her entire life and had resided on North East Street in Greensburg since 1952. She was a 1941 graduate of Greensburg High School. She worked as a license branch manager until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Greensburg Presbyterian Church; Eastern Star; Psi Iota Xi Sorority, for which she was a past president; Shrine Guild; Scottish Rite; and Department Guild. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg, with the Rev. Joe Fields officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to the charity of the donor's choice.


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