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2015

Norman C. Baggett

Norman Baggett

Norman Baggett

Norman Chester Baggett, 69, of Evansville, IN passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015, with his daughter by his side. He was born June 25, 1946, to James and Jaunice Baggett.
Norman was a member of the US Army, worked at Wilmes Windows for 15 years, member of the Hadi Temple Color Guard, Riverbend Association and enjoyed cooking and playing golf.
He is survived by his daughter Angela (Duane) Taylor, granddaughter Erin Wolfe (Fiance’ Kevin Moore II), great grandson Liam Wolfe, his companion of 30 years, Patsy McGee, sister Rita Lee, brothers David (Glenda) Baggett, Chuck (Debbie) Baggett, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Annette Aaron Baggett, granddaughter, Jessica Cheryl Wolf, parents, James (Boots) and Jaunice Baggett, and Brother Jimmy Baggett.

Danny Young

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Danny Young

Daniel (Danny) Elmer Young, 69, passed away December 16, 2015 at the Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. He was born on April 3, 1946 in Evansville, IN. He retired from Hansen’s Mfg in Princeton after 41 years of service.
Survivors include wife, Joyce (Davis) Young of Francisco, daughter and son-in-law Candy & Donnie Moser of Francisco, Son-in-law Bill Johnson of Francisco, granddaughters Brittany Johnson and McKenzie Moser, both of Francisco; and brothers and sisters, Judy Douglas of Princeton, Jennifer Thompson of Winslow, David Young of Patoka and Dennis Young of Oakland City. He was preceded in death by daughter, Penny (Young) Johnson and his parents, Elmer and Eleanor Young.

Pat Matthew

Pat Matthew

Pat Matthew

Patricia A. (Houchin) Mathew, 85, of Haubstadt went to be with her Lord Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Deaconess VNA Hospice Center in Evansville. She was born Nov. 21, 1929 in Fort Branch daughter of Arvil and Florence Houchin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 61 years, Harold Mathew; sister, Virginia Douglas; brother, Bob Houchin. She was a loving, supportive wife, mother and grandmother who worked tirelessly beside her husband on the farm. They enjoyed collectibles and antique cars. Pat also enjoyed her ceramic shop and the ladies who came. She was a member of the Cynthiana United Methodist Church for 50 years where she taught children in Sunday School for 30 years. She will be remembered for her sweet spirit, gift of hospitality and good cooking. Survivors include her daughter, Tamara Mathew, son, Brent (Tomi) Mathew; grandson, Austin Blaine Mathew.

Jo Cline

Jo Cline

Jo Cline

Jo Ann (Brown) Cline, 69, of Newburgh, IN, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2015. She was born June 14, 1946, in Salem, OH to the late Harold and Mary Brown.

As a long time style consultant for Ann Taylor Loft, Jo inspired numerous women through her work and belief that style is for every woman – not just models. Her honest and “Life Coach” approach to style consulting, helped many individuals see beyond the mirror and instead, focus on their intrinsic beauty. Jo’s passions included Ohio State Football; boating on Lake Barkley; her grandchildren; her dogs, Stoli and Lucky; Dairy Queen ice cream; and most of all spending time with her beloved husband, Jack.

“Live, Love, Laugh” – Jo lived by that philosophy; her love, laughter and giving heart – touched anyone who knew her.
She is survived by her husband, Jack M. Cline (born in Perrysville, OH); children, Jodi Peters of Evansville, IN, Jack C. Cline (Sara) of Newburgh, IN, Gretchen Cline of Spring Lake, MI, Craig Cline (Kellie) of Oakley, CA; grandchildren, Celika Christine Peters, Blake Daniel Peters, Ava Eleanor Cline, Ellis Louise Cline of Newburgh, Jack Harris Cline, Ashley DeJong and Lucas Bright all of Oakley, CA.

Lisa Rae Hayhurst

Lisa Hayhurst

Lisa Hayhurst

Lisa Rae Hayhurst, 46, of Evansville, went to be with the Lord Thursday October 22, 2015, at Brentwood/Golden Living Center. She was born November 23, 1968, in Princeton, Ind. Lisa was preceded in death by her fiancé, Al Stewart.

She is survived by her children, Sloane (Abby), Devin, Dalton, Stephen and Chayse; four grandchildren; mother, Judith Conley (Steve); father, Larry Faulkenburg (Nancy); sister, Kimberly Kuehn (Ben); and two nephews.

Rickey ‘Rick’ L. Winters

Ricky Winters

Ricky Winters

Rickey “Rick” L. Winters, 66, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2015, at his home. Although he is no longer suffering from the cancer he so heroically fought for almost four years, he will leave a tremendous gap that will never be filled.
Rick was born September 6, 1949, in Marion, Kentucky. After his high school graduation, Rick proudly served his country in Vietnam with the United States Marine Corps as a forward air controller with TACP 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. After his service, Rick went to ISUE and earned his bachelors’ degree in Political Science. His most recent employer was Premier Electric Inc. as a buyer and job coordinator. In the past, Rick was very involved in many organizations; Sr. Vice Commander, Chapter 7 D.A.V., Sr. Vice Commander Vanderburgh Veterans Council, Adjunct 9th District VFW, Board of Directors, Vanderburgh Veterans Council, VFW #1114, American Legion Post #8, SAR member, Leadership Evansville, and volunteered at the Coliseum. He also had great interest in genealogy, history, politics, gardening and USI archives. His family will remember Rickey as an awesome dad, paw paw, son, husband, brother, cousin, uncle, Marine “Semper Fi” and a friend to all.
He is survived by the love of his life whom he married over 42 years ago, Jean (Yeckering) Winters; daughter, Sharon Y. Winters-Ridener, of Henderson, Ky.; son, Brett L. Winters, of Washington D.C.; mother, Wanda Sue (Wilson) Winters, of Evansville; siblings, Linda S. Winters (Rick Tillotson), Raymond “Mike” Winters (Donna), Daniel “Dan” O. Winters (Kathy), and Steven R. “Randy” Winters (Debbie), all of Henderson, Ky.; grandchildren, Cameron Laine Ridener and Aubree Shay Ridener.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Lindy Winters and infant sister Sharon Y Winters.

Jimmie D. Hull

Jimmie Hull

Jimmie Hull

Jimmie D. Hull, 76, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Monday, August 10, 2015 at his home.

Jimmie was born in Craig, Colorado on November 12, 1938 to the late Louie Ray and Ethel (Hobbs) Hull. He worked as an ironworker for Local 103 and later worked mechanical maintenance at Alcoa. Jimmie was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting, woodworking, camping and gardening. He was the best handyman around and a great family man who adored his children, grandchildren and great grandchild. Jimmie was a great husband and Christian man who will be greatly missed.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Marie (Steinsultz) Hull of Evansville, IN; daughter, Sherry Lynn Jones (Rick) of Newburgh, IN; sons, Tony Dale Hull of Buffalo, KY, Gary Lee Hull of Cherokee Village, AR; sister, Louise Kellerman (Robert) of Reed Springs, MO; half sister, Marilyn Durst (John) of Branson, MO; step sisters, Darlene Reisner (Doug) of Yakima, WA, Patsy Crump; half brother, Michael Ray Hull (Paula) of Mary Esther, FL; step brothers, Jerry Davis (Alma) of Evansville, IN, Gerald Crump, Lonnie Crump; grandchildren, Chad, Jamie (Michael), Logan, Shawn; a great grandchild, Kennedy.

Jimmie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy; his step mother, Helen Hull; his step father, William “Bill” Crump; and a step brother, Roland Davis.

Andrew John Morris

Andrew John Morris

Andrew John Morris

Andrew John Morris, 25, passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.
Andrew was a graduate of Boonville High School Class of 2008. He was a ten year member 4-H in Warrick County.
Andrew graduated from Oklahoma State University and was employed with Brandeis Machine & Supply for over 5 years. He enjoyed working on his 1949 Dodge Truck. Preceding him in death was his grandfather, John Ivey.
Surviving are his girlfriend, Ashlynn Bass of Cynthiana, IN, parents, Brian and Tammy Morris of Tennyson, IN, sister, Courtney Morris of Tennyson, IN, grandparents, Michael and Roseann Morris of Odon, IN, grandmother, Della Lovelace of Indianapolis, IN, great grandmother, Mary Ryan of Montgomery, IN, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jo Ann Finney

Joann Finney

Joann Finney

Jo Ann Finney, 79, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015 at her home in Boonville, IN. Jo Ann enjoyed decorating & flower gardening & arranging.
She had a great sense of fashion. She was an excellent cook, her trademark dishes were pasta salad, chicken & dumplings & potato salad.Jo Ann was a great Wife, Mom & Grand MA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oral Phillips and Florence (Meece) Phillips Goodwin, infant son, Terry Allen Skelton, brother, Oral Thomas Phillips & son in law, Kenny Nix.
Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 46 years, Charles Finney; 3 children, William (Bill) (Shelly) Skelton of Robards, KY and their children, Crystal, Kassie, Nicole & Josh, Tim Skelton of Evansville and his daughter, Heather and Tonja (Skelton) Nix (best friend, Joe Melhiser) of Boonville and her son, Logan (Dusty Persinger); 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Linda Kay Bowman of Boonville; 3 brothers, Gerald (Judi) & Larry Phillips of Boonville & Robert (Bob) (Anne) Phillips of Martinsville; & several nieces and nephews.

(Hazel) Faye VanBibber

Faye VanBibber

Faye VanBibber

Hazel Faye (Carr) Hansen VanBibber, 63, of Evansville departed this life on June 29, 2015. Faye was born on February 18, 1952 in Rosiclare, IL to Rev. J. Roy Carr and Ollen (Page) Carr. Faye worked for several years as a LPN in southern Illinois before obtaining her RN license. In 1981, she moved to Evansville and worked as a RN for St. Mary’s Medical Center and Surgicare for a combined 31 years.
Faye leaves behind her husband, Douglas, of 28 years; son, James (Christi) Hansen of Evansville; daughter, Lara (Jon) Hansen Hughes of Noblesville, IN; stepsons, Douglas II and Gordon VanBibber, both of Evansville; stepdaughters, Julie VanBibber Roth of Evansville and Amy (Jeff) VanBibber Leake of Las Vegas, NV; 12 grandchildren: Heather (Kelley) Hart, Tyler (Meagan) Lockyear, Gordon (Spencer) VanBibber II, Sydney (Austin) Clark, Kasey Gonzales, Caleb Smith, Zachary and Ryan Hansen, Jack, Bella, Bailey and Carly Hughes; 2 great grandchildren; brothers, Harold (Terri) Carr of Golconda, IL, Glen (Jodi) Carr of Andover, MN; sisters, Helen (Wayne) Mayer of Farr West, UT and Joy (Glenn) Copeland of Metropolis, IL; as well as many nieces, nephews and countless friends. Faye was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Harry, Harley Herbert and stepdaughter, Nikki Holsey.

John Stephan

John Stephan

John Stephan

John L. Stephan, 81, of Newburgh, IN, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Golden Living Center – Woodlands in Newburgh. He was born July 9, 1933, in Elberfeld, IN, to the late Henry L. and Lorene C. (Kissel) Stephan.

He worked at Alcoa for 29 years before retiring in 1993. Prior to Alcoa, he worked at Swift & Company Meat Packing for 11 years. He was a member of Aluminum & Gas Workers Local 104. John was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He was an avid fisherman, animal lover, a talented carpenter and horse racing enthusiast. He was very generous and loved his family very much. He always put others before himself.

John was preceded in death by his parents; one infant daughter and one infant son; brother, Hank Stephan; and sister, Anita Phillips.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley (Banko) Stephan; daughters, Lisa Stephan and Cindy Mrozinski (Greg); son, Randal Stephan (Suzieta); grandchildren, Stephani and Brad Mrozinski, Goran and Eldon Stephan; brother, Bill Stephan (Margie); sisters, Ruth Ann Owen (Mick) and Virginia Heidorn; and nieces and nephews.

Judy Mendenhall

Judith R. (Auberry) Mendenhall, 72, Vincennes, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Judith was born November 25, 1942, in Washington, IN, the daughter of Bernard and Dorothy (Taylor) Auberry. She married Philip Mendenhall on September 19, 1964, and he survives. She was a retired beautician at The Look and a member of St. John’s Catholic Church.
Along with her husband, Philip, Judith is survived by her daughter, Kim Eisenhut and husband Tony of Greenfield, IN; son, Jeff Mendenhall of Victoria, TX; granddaughter, Devin Mendenhall; sister-in-law, Carolyn Newport and husband Jerry of Fort Wayne, IN; and three granddogs, Leon, Noel, and Clarence.

Melinda ‘Mindy’ Hullett-Cosby

Mindy Hullett-Cosby, 57, of Evansville, passed away at 9:36 a.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at St. Mary’s Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mindy was born January 14, 1958 in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of the late Robert E. and Virginia R. (Fuller) Hullett. She was employed as a custodian at the Newburgh Elementary school for over 30 years. Mindy was an avid reader and enjoyed working in her gardens. She loved to spend time with her grandchildren and her dogs.
She is survived by daughters, Joni Downing (Philip), of Newburgh, and Amy Torres (Robert), of Evansville; sister, Tracy Hullett, from Seminole, Fla.; brother, David Hullett, of Boonville; and grandchildren, Sydnee and Joel Perkins, Caleb Clark, Nolan and Kade Downing.

Michael E. Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Michael Mitchell, 62, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2015 after a long battle with cancer, while surrounded at his home with family and loved ones.
Mike held many careers during his life, making friends wherever he went. Mike served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He spent most of his working career as the owner of Mitchell Transmissions in Newburgh, Indiana. Mike also worked at Mead Johnson Nutrition and was currently employed at Bristol Myers Squibb.
Mike spent his time outside of work riding his Harley motorcycle, hunting, drag racing, and watching NASCAR. Mike went on many trips out West hunting buffalo, jack rabbits, antelope, and wild boar.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold W. Mitchell. Surviving Mike is his loving life companion, Connie (Elpers) Schofield; mother, Ruth Lenko; stepfather, Joe Lenko; daughter, Melissa Mitchell; son, Michael J. Mitchell; sisters, Kay (Bruce) Arbeiter and Cheryl Najvar (John); brothers, Ted (Angel) Mitchell and Wes (JoAnn) Mitchell; stepbrother, Tom (Diane) Lenko; grandchildren, Hannah, Kaynah, Austin, Destinee, Serenity, Michael A, and Ranaelynn; great-granddaughter, Emma, many nieces, nephews, and numerous lifelong friends.

Frances Pruitt

Frances Pruitt

Frances Pruitt

Frances Lee (Pritchett) Pruitt, 73 of Henderson passed away Sunday May 10, 2015 at Lucy Smith King Care Center.  She was born in Henderson to James T. and Lucille Gough (Floyd) Pritchett on December 4, 1941. Frances was a produce manager at D&M Foods. She loved cooking, crosswords and her handheld poker game. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband of 15 years Robert Pruitt, Step-mother Rose Pritchett, 3 children Robert Boldry, Kimberly Creamer, Daniel Golday, 3 Step children – Robert Pruitt, Jr., Nathan Pruitt, Melissa Pruitt, 5 Brothers Jim, Greg, Chris, Ben, Judd Pritchett, 2 Sisters Shirley Bloyd, Jennifer Ditzer.

Seldon “Keith” Oxley

Keith Oxley

Keith Oxley

Seldon “Keith” Oxley passed away April 21 at Deaconess VNA Charlier Hospice Center. He was a member of Newburgh Mason Lodge. He retired from Alcoa after thirty years. He was also a proud member of “Senior Connection” of Chandler and the “Newburgh Hardee’s Coffee Club”.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis (Johnson). Two children, Darla Oxley Rhodes (Rick) and Darwin Oxley (Kelly). He had six grandchildren; Arron Rhodes, Krystal Humphrey (Eric), Joshua Sellers, Bailey Overturf, Madisyn Oxley & Zoey Oxley. Two sisters, Karen Bollinger (Bud), two great grandchildren, Carson & Alivia.

Skip Van Vleet

Skip VanVleet

Skip VanVleet

Skip Van Vleet, 50, of Evansville, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Deaconess VNA Plus Charlier Hospice Center of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. He was born September 28, 1964, in Mt. Carmel, IL, to Herbert Van Vleet and Hazel Allen.
He worked for Fairmont Supply Co., Shamrock Engineering, Westside Automation, and Champion Laboratories.
Skip was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bea and Eddy Miller and Mike and Lilly Van Vleet; uncles, Charlie (Janet) Van Vleet and Don Lynch; and aunt, Margaret Ellen Van Vleet.
He is survived by his parents; brothers, Mark Van Vleet, C. (Jen) Van Vleet, and Ken Carter; sisters, Cathy (Darren) Cole and Pam (Chuck) Warren; nine nephews; and two nieces.

Dennis Lee Luigs

Dennis Luigs

Dennis Luigs

Dennis Lee “Hootch” Luigs, 62, of Evansville, passed away Friday, March 6, 2015 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.
Dennis graduated from North High School in 1970 and enlisted in the U. S. Air Force where he was stationed in England. After his honorable discharge he was employed at Bucyrus Erie for six years. He was employed by Elpers Brothers Construction prior to owning and operating Benham Tool.
He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, Indiana basketball and Harley Davidson motorcycles. He enjoyed throwing darts and won many awards. He also enjoyed spending time with his daughter.
He is survived by his daughter, Andrea Lee Luigs of St. Wendel, IN. and his mother, Doris (Helfrich) Peach of Haubstadt. Also surviving are four sisters, Brenda (Doug) Alexander of Darmstadt, IN, Patti Luigs, Lori (Jim) Schweikarth and Lisa Kissel, all of Evansville and four brothers, Gary (Yvonne) Luigs of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kenny (Colette) Luigs and Mel (Tammy) Luigs both of Evansville and Steve (Vernie) Luigs of Darmstadt, IN.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert C. Luigs and his stepfather, Herman Peach.

Elaine Vonita (Davis) Bakken

Elaine Bakken

Elaine Bakken

Elaine Vonita (Davis) Bakken, 59, of Evansville, IN, went to Heaven, Saturday, February 28, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.
She was an active volunteer for the Evansville Salvation Army. She also worked at Men’s Wearhouse for six years before opening Tri-Tate Tailoring with her close friend. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with cancer. She battled for two-and-a-half years, but ultimately the battle is the Lord’s and He called her Home.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, Glenwood and Rozella (Mosier) Davis.
She is survived by her husband, David Bakken; children, Debra Bakken Wyza (Jonathon) of Newburgh, James Bakken of Chicago; granddaughter, Claire Wyza; siblings, Monty Davis, Lynneta Davis Poff; and 5 nieces and nephews who also reside in Indiana.

Walter “Keith” Rice

Keith Rice

Keith Rice

Walter “Keith” Rice, 57, of Evansville passed away at 10:55 am, Saturday, February 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Keith was born June 28, 1957 in Evansville the son of the late Walter Lee and Hazel (Spells) Rice. He served honorably in the Navy and was a member of American Legion Kapperman Post #44 and was an auxiliary member of VFW Charles Denby Post # 2953. Keith was of the Baptist Faith. He had worked as an electrician for IBEW Local # 16. Keith had been a Hadi Funster from 1988 until 1993. During that time he was named Funster of the Year and received the Funster’s President Award. Keith loved his family dearly and was very involved in their activities and sporting events as children. He coached Little League for 6 years during that period and was a member of Thunderbolt Pass Men’s Club. Keith was also an avid golfer
He is survived by his beloved wife of 12 years, Amy (Nolen) Kishline Rice of Evansville;
daughter, Heather Boatman (Aaron) of Evansville; son, Kris Rice (Stephanie) of Newburgh, IN; sister, Sheila Cartwright (David) of Evansville; brothers, Ron Crawford (Brenda) of Evansville and Joe Rice (Sandy) of Gallatin, TN; grandchildren, Hunter, Shelby and Riley Rice, Austin Fisher and Arian Boatman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Howard and David Rice.

Ronald A. Berfanger

Ron Berfanger

Ron Berfanger

Ronald A. Berfanger, 60, of Evansville, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2015 at his home.
Ron was born in Evansville on April 5, 1954 to Jeanine (Duncan) and Jerry Ronald Berfanger. He was a 1972 graduate of Reitz High School and had worked for Silgan Containers for 30 years.
He had a love for all animals, especially his dogs. He enjoyed spending his free time with his family and many friends.
Ron is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 38 years, Sharon (Gilbert) Berfanger; three sisters, Cindy (Randy) Helmling, Vicki Berfanger and Debbie Berfanger, all of Evansville; and his aunt, Betty Geer, of Chandler, Ind. Also surviving are nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Lee Berfanger; his parents, Jerry and Jeanine Berfanger; and grandparents, Ted and Jeanette Berfanger.

Michelle Dawn (Baucom) Sharp

Michelle Sharp

Michelle Sharp

Michelle Dawn (Baucom) Sharp, 36, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at her home.
Michelle was born in Salem, Kentucky on August 8, 1978 to James and the late Christine (Rosettski) Baucom. She worked as a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital for 10 years, and was one semester away from her Master’s Degree to become a nurse practitioner. Michelle was very artistic, and enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her children.
Michelle is survived by her husband of 18 years, Jason Sharp; daughter, Makenzie Sharp; sons, Andrew and Christopher Sharp, all of Evansville; sister, Heather (Jacob) Snowden of Owensboro, Kentucky; brother, Daniel (Christin) Baucom of Uniontown, Kentucky; mother-in-law, Lucinda (Ted) Blady of Junction, Illinois; sister-in-law, Wanda Polley of Henderson, Kentucky; brother-in-law, Jim (Sherri) Sharp of Norris City, Illinois; nieces, Abriel Snowden, Braelyn Baucom Jaylyn Sharp, Jersee Sharp, and Jordan White; nephews, Eastin Snowden and Jase White; grandmother, Lois Ricketson of Louisville, Kentucky.
Michelle is preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Kelly Dunk and brother-in-law, Chris Sharp.

2014

Gayle Elora (Slifer) Williams

Gayle Williams

Gayle Williams

Gayle Elora (Slifer) Williams, 77, of New Harmony, passed to the next life she so dearly treasured on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Her faith was strong and she richly deserves her place in heaven. She was born August 19, 1937, in Evansville, to the late Paul E. and Senora May (Robinson) Slifer.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald R. Williams; son Bryan J Williams of Gulfport, FL; brother, Paul E. (Janice) Slifer, Jr.; sisters, Patricia (Harold) Stovall, Sandra (Don) Hansen of Atlanta, GA, Janet (Glenn) Hotz of Leesburg, FL, and Amy (Larry) Mackey of Fairfield, OH; grandchildren, Zoë (Hisham) Madi and Zane Williams, both of Wilmington, NC; three beautiful great-grandchildren, Esmè, Miette, and Laszlo Madi; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Gayle was so very proud of her namesakes, Elora Amy Bowers and Miette Elora Madi.

John ‘Jack’ Groban

Jack Groban

Jack Groban

John ‘Jack’ R. Groban, 80, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. He was born January 14, 1934 in Evansville to the late John S. and Beatrice (Hoffman) Groban.
John was a 1951 graduate of Memorial High School and a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame University. He retired as president of Althoff-Howard Electric. John was a life member of St. Benedict Cathedral, member of the Downtown Kiwanas Club and was the Kiwanas Sports Representative for Mater Dei High School for over 30 years. He was a member of Kennel Club, Evansville Country Club and Downtown Quarterback Club.
John was a member of the Duplicate Bridge Club in Evansville. He was a Diamond Life Master and was Regional Bridge Champion many times and competed at National level bridge tournaments. He was regarded as the authority on bridge play and bidding throughout the Tri-State.
He is survived by his sister, Beverly J. Groban, of Evansville; special cousin, Phyllis Richardson; good friend, Ruth Ann Hyatt, and many cousins.

Richard E. Ivey

Richard Ivey

Richard Ivey

Richard E. Ivey, 70, of Evansville passed away Wednesday December 31, 2014 at his home. He was born October 29, 1944 in Evansville to the late Richard E. and Ruth J. (Foster) Ivey.
Richard worked at Alcoa for 28 years. He was a member of American Legion Kapperman Post, Red Brush Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his daughters, Kemberle Weightman and Mindy Ivey-Hammond (Rodney); son, Scott Ivey (Dee Dee) all of Evansville; grandchildren, Jacob Ivey, Logan Ivey, Brandon Ivey, Jessica Ivey, Tyler Ivey, Sierah Weightman, Rhyan Weightman, Macey Hammond, Stephen March and Sarah March; great grandchildren, Riley March and Cambryn Ivey; sisters Karen Mayer (Don) and Sandra Ivey; 3 nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews.

Kathryn Hamer

Kathy Hamer

Kathy Hamer

Kathryn D. Hamer, age 59, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at her home. She was born Mary 1, 1955, in Evansville.
Kathy had worked for Sodexo at the University of Southern Indiana and also for Fischer Candy. She loved her family greatly, especially her grandsons. She had a strong faith in God and loved her church family at Salem United Methodist. She also loved the Beatles and any music from the 60’s or 70s. Kathy was a 1973 graduate of Harrison High School, a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Riverbend Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving Kathy are her mother, Sue (Harper) Tevault; her husband, Steve Hamer; son, Christopher (Michelle) Hamer; daughter, Emily (Chawn) Hamer; grandsons, Brady Hamer and Adrian Alexander; sister, Jennifer Walden; and brothers, David (Tim) Tevault, Doug (Misty) Tevault and John (Tammy) Tevault.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Robert Elliott; stepfather, Wayne Tevault; and sister, Karen Vinson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Salem United Methodist Church, 6311 Kratzville Road, Evansville, IN, Pastor Randy Anderson officiating.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Stephens, Chemo Buddies and the staff of Oncology Hematology Associates.

Nicholas Cheesman

Nicholas Cheesman

Nicholas Cheesman

Nicholas D. Cheesman 60, of Boonville, IN, and formerly from Bloomington, IN, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 23, 2014 at his residence in Boonville with his family at his bedside after six years of battling cancer.

Nick was born on July 18, 1954 to Charles and Phyllis (Davis) Cheesman. Nick graduated from Smithville High School in 1972, and earned his BS degree from Indiana University and his MS degree from Oakland City College.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Terri A (Nolan); and their three children. A daughter, Nichole Deann Blackwell (David) and their three children, Marina, Addisyn and Maddix Blackwell of Bloomington; A son, Nicholas D Cheesman Jr. (Florencia) and their three children, Sophie, Luli and Catalina Cheesman of New Waverly, TX; A daughter Natalie Wolfe (Ben), and their two children, Colin and Carter Wolfe of Boonville, IN. Brother, Pat Cheesman Brenda), of Mt Carmel, Illinois, Sisters-in-law, Carla Nolan and Jeana Kerr (Roger) of Bloomington; parent- in- laws; Turner & Edwynna Nolan, of Bloomington, IN as well as many nieces and nephews around the country.

Suzanne Aimone

Suzanne Aimone

Suzanne Aimone

Suzanne Aimone, 68 of Evansville passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Suzanne was born February 4, 1946 in Clinton, Indiana the daughter of the late George and Virginia (Spurr) Randle. She was of Catholic Faith. She worked as a nurse’s aide and a teacher’s aide with special needs children in her younger years. Suzanne loved her family immensely and devoted herself to her husband, children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. Suzanne will always be remembered as a caring and giving person. She enjoyed being outdoors in the sun and working in her yard. She also enjoyed traveling although her first love was her home. She had the good fortune to go on a hunting safari in Africa and many fishing trips to Canada with her husband. They also enjoyed cruises through the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and many to the Caribbean.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Gene Aimone of Evansville, sons, John Aimone (Honora) of Evansville and Mark Aimone (Kim) of Newburgh, sister, Nancy Chandler (Frank) of San Antonio, TX, grandchildren, Jenna, Mackenzie and Gene Aimone and step grandchildren, Gage and Haleigh Hocker.

Vicki Denise Kemp

Vicki D. Kemp, age 52, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her mother Judy Kay Hill & father Luther Leslie. Vicki is survived by her husband of 22 years Tony; daughters, Madison & Kathleen Kemp; special friend Jessica Phillips, in-laws Jerry & Judy Kemp, numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.

Joseph “Steve” Alvey

Steve Alvey

Steve Alvey

Joseph “Steve” Alvey, 67, of Evansville passed away Monday November 24, 2014 at Charlier Hospice Center. He was born March 22, 1947 to Joseph Benedict and Christine (Loftis) Alvey.Joe retired from EVSC after 27 years in supportive services. He was a graduate of Crittenden County High School. Joe was a member of the Teamsters Local 215 where he served as Union Steward for several years. He enjoyed traveling, RV camping, and NASCAR. Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and always enjoyed being with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Benedict Alvey and his brother, Perry Alvey. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, whom she met at the community center when she was 13, Linda (Dawson) Alvey of Evansville; daughters, Tina Dobbs and her husband, Rick of Evansville, Tristie Diehl and her fiancé, Blair Reeves of Newburgh; grandchildren, Brice Saddler, Ashley Coomes, Austin Diehl and Katelyne Diehl; great grandchildren, Lilly Saddler and Dallas Coomes; mother, Christine Alvey; brothers, Donald Alvey, Gerald Alvey and his wife, Diana and Scott Alvey.

Kathleen Morris

Kathleen Morris

Kathleen Morris

Kathleen Marie Morris, age 56, of Evansville, passed away Friday, November 14, 2014.
Kathy had worked for American General Finance, now Springleaf, for over 35 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vanderburgh County, St. Ann’s Altar Society at the church. She enjoyed quilting, but she was famous for her baking; especially for her cookies. They were everyone’s favorite cookies.
Surviving Kathy are the love of her life and soul mate of 35 years, Richard Morris; her father, Joseph (Susie) Schapker; two sisters, Julia (Chris) Lothamer and Karen (Lori) Schapker; a brother, Joseph Schapker Jr, all of Evansville; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores (Becht) Schapker in 2004.

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Eugene Heidorn

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Ronnie Heidorn

Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Heidorn, 66, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Ronnie was born in Evansville, Indiana, on February 23, 1948, to Rolland H. and Mary (Callis) Heidorn. He retired from Ferro Corporation in maintenance after 33 years of service. Ronnie lived life to the fullest with his competitive spirit. A man of many dimensions Ronnie enjoyed fishing, golfing and model trains. He enjoyed car racing of all kinds, and drove his own modified race car in many races. He was a talented woodworker and could build or fix most anything. Family was the center of Ronnie’s life and his time spent with his family was the most cherished of all.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda (Craven) Heidorn, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Diana “Gail” Walker (Aaron), of Boonville, Ind.; son, Ronald “Neil” Heidorn (Michelle), of Newburgh, Ind.; mother, Mary (Callis) Heidorn of Evansville, IN; brother, Randall Heidorn (Charlene) of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren, Alec Bannister, Allison Bannister, Abby Walker; and a nephew, Taylor Heidorn (Lara), of Louisville, Ky. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Rolland H. Heidorn in 2005.

J. Michael McGregor

Mike McGregor

Mike McGregor

J. Michael McGregor, 74, of Evansville, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Charlier Hospice Center surrounded by his family. Mike was born on December 28, 1939 in Washington, IN to the late Dr. John W. and Rosalie (Jackson) McGregor.
Mike was a former member of the Northside Congregational Church and most recently attended Christian Fellowship Church. He had many talents and passions and was a man of strong Christian faith that guided him to be a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed by everyone whose life he touched. He and Barbara had many friends and the love and compassion they have for others has been passed onto their children, John and Susan and their four grandchildren.
Mike was a 1957 graduate of Bosse High School and served in the Army National Guard. Mike met the love of his life, Barbara, at the University of Evansville where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and graduated in 1964. He began working at Old National Bank in Evansville after graduation. Mike worked for the bank 15 years holding many positions; he finished his career there as Vice President of Operations. Mike went on to start his own business in auto and truck parts, Quality Automotive Distributions (QADCO) in 1979. QADCO became associated with NAPA in 2011. Mike retired from QADCO earlier this year.
He was an extremely active member of the community servicing on many boards and organizations, which included 2-time President of Evansville Country Club in 1987 and 2010. In addition, he was President of The Kennel Club, Evansville Philharmonic and Junior Achievement. He chaired Northside Congregational Church, March of Dimes, FEE Campaign for University of Evansville and United Way. He was also past Treasurer for Evansville Jaycees, Executive Board Member of the Evansville Chamber of Commerce and was on the National Advisory Council to General Motors – AC Delco Division.
Mike received many awards throughout his career but he was most proud of being awarded the “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” award from the Evansville Jaycees. He also received the “Alumni Achievement Award” from the University of Evansville and “Small Business Person of the Year” in 1994 from the Evansville Chamber of Commerce.
Mike enjoyed many activities and hobbies, which included travel, gardening, golf, reading, horseback riding, and the University of Evansville basketball, where he was a member of the 6th Man Club.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Nunn); a son, John Michael McGregor II (Jennifer); a daughter, Susan Knight; grandchildren, Nate and Ella McGregor and Marshall and Rebecca Knight; brother, William McGregor of Little Rock, AR; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alan and Shirley Nunn, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Joyce Nunn; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carol L. Melton

Carol L. Melton, age 73, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at Woodmont Health Campus in Boonville. She is preceded in death by her parents Duane & Marjorie Vagts. Carol is survived by her daughter, Julie (Marvin) Sellner; grandsons, Travis (Amanda) Hillenbrand, Cody & Adam Hillenbrand.

Donald “Scotty” Scott

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Donald “Scotty” Scott

Donald “Scotty” Scott, 69, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Friday October 3, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital.
Don was born in Rockport, Indiana on February 16, 1945. He served in the United States Army. Don was self employed, a “master of all trades”, he was a real estate agent, owned a car lot, sold insurance and was also a car repo man. He retired from the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation as a bus driver. After retirement, Don drove a bus for Evansville METS. He was a life member of the VFW Post #1114, member of the Owls Club and the Shriners. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and p-paw, who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his dog, “Pooter”.
Don is survived by his high school sweet heart for over 50 years, Barbara (Schenk) Scott; daughters, Kim (Terry) Cavins and Kellie (Brad) Waller both of Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Taryn Cavins, Kaycee Cavins (Jake Horton), Shelby Mangold, Maxwell Mangold, Cameron Waller, Collin Waller; great grandchildren, Saige Mize, Drew Horton and Cortland Mangold; aunt, Etta Ramberger of Evansville, IN; several nieces; nephews; cousins and his Hickory Pit Buddies.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian and Hazel (Ramberger) Dorris.

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Jerry Haley

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Jerry Dee Haley, 62, of Evansville, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at his home.
He was born September 5, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri. Jerry has lost his long battle with cancer. He has left an abundance of family and friends to go home. There he will be able to walk and talk with his mom, dad, his brother Richard, nephew, Josh and baby, Tammy Jo.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Haley; two sisters, Sharon (Ken) Johnson and Linda Wahe; his adopted sister, Patty Sanders; three children, Kathy (Kevin) Selby, Jerry D (Kim) Haley and Mona Haley Gubber; two stepchildren, Michelle (Dave) Copeland and David Jarboe; 16 grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; mother of his children; cousins in Missouri, Iowa and Colorado.
Jerry was a people person. He held many functions to collect money for the needy. Cedar Hall School was very close to his heart.
Next to his wife, Barbara, he loved his motorcycle. He made many long distance trips with his riding buddy, Troyce Bates.

Evelyn Marie Smith

Evelyn Smith

Evelyn Smith

Evelyn Marie Smith, 84, of Evansville, died Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Hamilton Point Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Evansville on August 26, 1930, to John and Christine (Farney) Kissel.
Evelyn was a homemaker and active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was involved with SWIRCA activities and was an avid bingo player at St. Boniface Church for 50 years. She enjoyed visiting casinos, loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed going to all their activities. She will be missed by her family and friends, but is leaving wonderful memories that they will cherish.
She is survived by daughters Karen Lant, Julie Stephan (Daniel) and Stacie Garst, all of Evansville; sons, Gary Smith (Arlene) and Dale Smith, Keith Smith (Karla) and Ron Smith (Mary), all of Evansville; 12 grandchildren, Becca Lannan, Christine Walters, Debra Lindenschmit, Brian Stephan, Erin Stephan, Scott Vanover, Amanda Smith, Rob Smith, Katie Lindeman, Kyle Smith, Isaac Smith and Hillary Smith; nine great-grandchildren, Emma and Kayla Lindenschmidt, Tyler and Austin Vanover, Hadley Smith, Karlie Lindeman, Ava Smith, Corey Walters and Ember Lannan; brother, Richard Kissel (Ethel) and sisters, Delores Raley and Florence Saltzman (Ron); and sister-in-law, Aileen Kissel, all of Evansville.
Evelyn was an 18 year breast cancer survivor. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Browning and the staff at OHA, along with the staff at Hamilton Point Health and Rehabilitation, especially Colleen and Jamie for the extraordinary care of our mom and our family.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hilery Smith; sisters, Shirley Williams, Angie Lilly and Marylee Reis; brothers, Daniel Kissel and Jerry Kissel; and sons-in-law, Donald Lant Jr. and Vincent Garst.

William ‘Bill’ John Funk, Jr.

Bill Funk Jr.

Bill Funk Jr.

William “Bill” John Funk, Jr., 75, of Evansville, Ind., passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.

Bill was born to his parents William John, Sr. and Helen (Horr) Funk in Evansville, Ind., on April 3, 1939. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964 and was an equipment operator for Alcoa for 39 years before retiring in 2005.
Bill was a huge NASCAR fan and Carl Edwards was his favorite driver. Bill was a loyal Ford owner. He loved fishing and also traveling with Life Style Bus Tours (especially to Yellowstone, Gettysburg, and the Grand Canyon), and reading adventure books by Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy.
Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma (Holder) Funk, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Michelle Funk (Jerry Cockrell), of Wiesbaden, Germany; brother, Ronald Charles (Jeri) Funk, of East Carondelet, Ill.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Virginia Ellen Hall

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Jenny Hall

Virginia Ellen Hall, age 80, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Heritage Center.
Jenny was born July 30, 1933, to the late Ellis and Nellie Powell. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Evansville.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna Hogan, Kim Gilley and Theresa Storm; six sons, Rick Walker, Tony Walker, Joe Hall, Randy Head, Marcus Head, Jr. and Robert Head; two sisters, Bobbi Rushing and Rosie Haley; two brothers, Ellis and Gene Powell; twenty-six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Henry Head; a daughter, Mary Beth Wingert; two sons, John Hall and Grant Head; sisters, Louise Hall and Wilma Phillips; and by a brother, Mickey Powell.

Jennifer Lynn Murphy

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Jenn Murphy

Jennifer Lynn Murphy, 63, of Mt. Vernon, IN, lost her fight with cancer on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 4:08 p.m. at The Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. She was born on May 5, 1951, in Mt. Vernon, IN, to Bennie and Betty Newman.
Jennifer graduated from Mt.Vernon High School. Jennifer worked at Consolidated Grain and Barge for the past 19 years. She worked at the Southwind Maritime center in Mt. Vernon, IN, before starting at CGB. Jennifer touched many people during her time playing organized sports – softball, volleyball, bowling coaching and umpiring. She was also a member of Owen Dunn American Legion Post 5 Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Newman; mother, Betty Newman Reinitz; stepfather, Don Reinitz; and brother, Darrell Newman.
She is survived by her husband, Keith of over 39 years; daughter, Tawana (Duane) Cox; son, Eric (Robyn) Murphy; two grandsons, Trevor Cox and Hunter Murphy; sisters, Brenda (Larry) Bosecker, of Cadiz, Ky, Tammy McCarty, of Mt. Vernon, IN, and Robin Abbott, of Owensville, IN; one brother, Brett (Tina) Newman, of Mt. Vernon, IN; sister-in-law, Susan Newman, of Mt. Vernon; half brother, Benny Ray Newman, of Eldorado, IL; stepsister, Donna Reinitz Curtis; step-brother, Jim (Cinda) Reinitz, of Mt. Vernon, IN; and brother-in-law, Barry (Brenda) Murphy, of Mt.Vernon, IN.

Doris E. Hatt

Doris Hatt

Doris Hatt

Doris E. Hatt, 72, of Evansville, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital.
Doris was born July 5, 1941, in Union County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Walter “Buck” and Mildred (Hill) Roland. She was a 30 plus year member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Doris retired from the Vanderburgh County Recorder’s Office. She was a Kentucky Colonel and an avid bowler.
She is survived by daughter, Carrie Hatt-Figueroa (Tony), of Evansville; son, Daniel Hatt (Chanda), of Evansville; and two grandchildren, Zane and Zoey Hatt.

Veneta ‘Pete’ Wilson Labhart

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Pete Labhart

Veneta “Pete” Wilson Labhart, 82, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh.
Pete was a sports enthusiast, especially faithfully watching IU Basketball and St. Louis Cardinals. She loved cooking big dinners for family. Her grandchildren were her life and she enjoyed watching them play sports.
She worked for GE at Tell City for 25 years and at Peoples Furniture for 22 years.
Pete was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Henry A. Labhart, in 1997; and her brothers and sisters, Lillian Reis, Nila Smith, Roy Wilson, Ravelee Davis, Rosalee Goodwin, Earl Wilson and Yvonne Atkison.
Veneta is survived her children, Dennis Labhart, of Boonville, Debi Riggle (Robert), of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Vicky Hasenour (Michael), of Haubstadt, and Daniel Labhart (Vicki), of Newburgh; 11 grandchildren, Julie Labhart, Shane “Buc” Labhart, Jill Reynolds, Lisa King, Steve Riggle, Laci Scourfield, Clint Hasenour, Wade Hasenour, Ben Labhart, Beau Labhart and Bryce Labhart; four great-grandchildren, Kaycie and Sean Reynolds, Sawyer Labhart and Eli Labhart; two sisters, Mary Smith, of Rockport, and Emma Rose Wildt, of Boonville; sister-in-laws, Betty Wilson, of Rockport, and Betty Wilson, of Evansville.

Danny McFarling

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Danny McFarling

Jacen “Danny” McFarling, 70, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Charlier Hospice.
He was a truck driver for Tri-State Transit, M&W, and Pony Express. Jacen loved his family, auto racing, and car collecting. Jacen was preceded in death by his father, Jacen Thomas McFarling.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brenda; sons, Rick (Leann), Doug (Paige), and David (Beckie); eight grandchildren, Jake, Ansley, Rowan, Emmeline, Tiffany, Marcus, Marcie, and Marissa; 4 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Gage, Kendall, and Lydia; mother, Helen McFarling; and his brother, Gary (Joan).

William ‘Bill’ Gene Paddock

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Bill Paddock

William “Bill” Gene Paddock, 66, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Bill was born in Harrisburg, Illinois, on November 9, 1947, to Jerry and Naomi Ruth (Rose) Paddock. Bill was a man of faith believing in Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He was a 1965 graduate of Bosse High School. Bill worked for Koch Label Company for over 32 years. Bowling was truly his passion and later, Bill worked for Arc Lanes as the assistant manager. Bill bowled in tournaments and founded the Youth All Stars Bowling Tournament in Evansville. Teaching and helping young people with their bowling games was great source of joy for Bill. Throughout his life, Bill was an avid supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals and I.U. Basketball.
Bill is survived by his companion, Marilyn DeWitt, of Evansville, IN; daughters, Darla (Scott) Vote, of Newburgh, IN, and Ruth (Dan) Crawford, of Mt. Vernon, IN; son, William “Bill” Gene Paddock, II of Newburgh, IN; his mother, Naomi Ruth (Rose) Paddock, of Evansville, IN; sister, Rosemary (Gene) Lloyd, of Evansville, IN; brother, Jerry (Faye) Paddock, of Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Claudia Crawford, Olivia Paddock, Meredith Crawford and Allison Paddock. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Paddock, January 1, 1997.

Dinah (Decker) Dutton

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Dinah Dutton

Dinah (Decker) Dutton, 71, of Evansville passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center. She was born February 20, 1943 in Greenup, Ill., to Doyle and Hazel (Stewart) Decker.
Dinah formerly was employed with Erie Investments and retired from EVSC working at North High School in the Bookstore. She was a member of Methodist Temple for over 51 years, past board member of the Evansville Boys and Girls Club and past President of Evansville J C Wives. She was active in Evansville Girls and Boy Scouts and was room mother at Evansville Day School and Vogel School. Dinah was formerly Miss Cumberland County and Miss Evansville. She was an avid U of E Supporter.
Dinah was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Dutton.
She is survived by her, husband of 51 years, Jack Dutton; daughter, Jill Brown (Kevin); son, John T. Dutton III; grandchildren, Michael, Lauren and Christopher Dutton; brother, David Decker (Judith), of Thomson, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Juanita and James Decker, Elesha and Brian Downs, E. J. and Stephanie Becker; and great-nephews, Sam Decker and Brennan Downs.

Robert (Bob) Craig

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Bob Craig

Robert Craig, 80, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born January 1, 1934, in New Harmony, IN, to Dorris and Juanita (Bullock) Craig.
Bob retired as a truck driver at ADM. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ, Two Rivers Camping Club, and Mt. Vernon Conservation Club. He enjoyed hunting morels.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irma Kuhn; and brother, Gene Craig.
Bob is survived by his wife, Vivian (Davidson) Craig, of 59 years; daughters, Debbie Winstead and husband, Tony, of Evansville, and Barb Topper and husband, Bob, of Mt. Vernon; brothers, Lloyd Craig and wife, Mary, of Mt. Vernon, and David Craig and wife, Diana, of Owensboro; three grandchildren, Craig Topper, Cory Topper and wife, Valerie, Scott Winstead and wife, Charlene; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Skyler Winstead; and nieces and nephews.

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Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill

Carolyn Hill

Carolyn J. Hill, 73, passed away Friday, December 6, 2013, at her residence, after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born October 22, 1940, in Princeton, Indiana, to the late Fred C. and Naomi (Skelton) Davidson. She was a graduate of Mt. Olympus High School, Oakland City College, and Indiana State University.

She was a retired teacher from the Pike County School Corporation, teaching there for 27 years. She enjoyed antiques, spending time in her yard, and was an avid U.K. Basketball fan. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vesper Hill; a son, Brent Hill, of Evansville; and two grandsons, Alex and Austin Hill.The family would like to thank all the caregivers at the Oncology Hematology Association of Southwest Indiana Chemo Buddies, and Gentiva Hospice.

Joan “Joanie” Roberts

Joanie Roberts

Joanie Roberts

Joan Louise “Joanie” (Holzbog) Roberts, 76 of Evansville passed away at 8:26 am, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Joan was born June 3, 1937 in Evansville and graduated from Bosse High School in 1955. She served on the 1955 Class Reunion Committee and took pride in the fact that her class members remained close over the years. She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ for many years, and later became an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, serving on the Outreach Ministries Committee as a representative to the Ruth’s House. During her years St. John’s, she sang in the Chancel Choir, was a member of the A1 Angels Sunday School Class, taught Sunday School, was a Youth Sponsor with her husband, and served on the Church Council. She also served as Secretary on the Evansville Tri-State Association Board for the United Church of Christ Churches.

Joan lived a full and active life; her biggest joy was to be with her family and friends. She planned many gatherings in her home, and always was happiest when she could spend time with those near and dear to her. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Nothing pleased her more than their happiness. She was active in PTA serving as President of the Hebron and Plaza Park School organizations, and was a member of Beta Phi Sorority serving as President. She also taught piano for many years, and was happy to maintain a close relationship with many of “her students” as they became adults. Music was a big interest in her life.During her professional career she worked as a secretary at Union Federal Savings & Loan Assn., the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation, Gaither, Koewler, Rohlfer & Luckett, CPA firm, and ended her career as a legal secretary working 20 years for Attorney Terry Noffsinger. During her service as a legal secretary, she was a member of the Evansville Legal Secretaries Association where she served as President. She was named Evansville Legal Secretary of the Year and later was named Indiana Legal Secretary of the Year. Her dedication to this organization brought about her volunteer work to the Evansville Bar Association doing testing and training for potential legal secretarial applicants, as well as organizing educational classes for legal secretaries in the Evansville area.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara (Hagemeyer) Holzbog. She is survived by her husband, David H. Roberts, III of 54 years, a daughter, Dawn (John) Hays, of Lafayette, Indiana, and a granddaughter, Clarissa Hays, of Lafayette, Indiana.Her family wishes to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Mark Browning and his staff, to all the wonderful blood donors, and to The Chemo Buddies who blessed her so much.

Tim Ogg

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Tim Ogg

Timothy L. Ogg, 58, journeyed to his new home, Monday, November 4, 2013. He was born November 26, 1954 in Evansville, Ind.He graduated from Central High School and began working with his dad. He was a former member of Scott Township Fire Department and an EMT for Alexander Ambulance Service. Tim owned Car Quest Auto Parts Store in Wadesville and later became an electrician with Reitz Electric Company. Tim was a fan of NASCAR, enjoyed horseback riding, camping and four-wheeling.He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna “Ma” Ogg.

Tim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Cathy (Stewart) Ogg; son, Matt and Nicole Ogg; daughter, Lori and Zach Marvel; grandchildren, Kyla, Jordan, Jhett, Lexi; father, Donald Ogg; sisters, Debbie and Greg Carlisle, New Harmony, Ind., Becky Ogg, Evansville, Ind., Penny and Mark Pinkston, Newburgh, Ind.; father and mother-in-law, John and Evelyn Stewart, Oakland City, Ind.; countless extended family and friends.

Ray Utley

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Ray Utley

Raymond “Ray” Utley, age 58 of Mt. Vernon, died Monday November 4, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. He was born November 29, 1954 at Evansville, the son of Roy B. and Dinah (Patmore) Utley. He married Pam Craig on March 21, 1981.

Ray had retired as a lab tech for G.E. Plastics and Sabic in Mt. Vernon. He had been a member of the Eagles Club. He loved gardening and all sports. He was a member of the Agape Family Ministries. He loved his family and grandson.

He is survived by his wife Pam; his mother, Dinah; 2 sons, Jason (Valerie) Utley and Travis Utley; 1 daughter, Angie Knapp; 1 grandson, Logan Knapp; 2 brothers, Dennis and David Utley; and 1 sister, Cindy (Bobby) Breneman.

Carolyn Evans

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Carolyn Evans

Carolyn Sue (Meredith) Evans, 61, of Boonville, Indiana, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.

Carolyn was born in Evansville, Indiana on July 2, 1952 to the late, Truman and Charlotte (Ritzert) Meredith. She graduated from North High School in 1970 and previously worked for Escalade Sports as a shipping clerk. Carolyn enjoyed spending time on the beaches of Florida, being outdoors, and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 43 years, James W. “Jimmy” Evans of Boonville, IN; daughter, Jennifer Evans; son, James (Connie) Evans, both of Chandler, IN; son-in-law, Roger Mason of Evansville, IN; sisters, Barbara (Larry) Dennis, Dora Casteel, and Linda (Mike) Coultas; brother, Rick (Connie) Meredith; sister-in-law, Sharon Meredith; grandson, Chase Evans; and many nieces and nephews.

Keith Hammonds

Keith Hammonds

Keith Hammonds

Keith Allen Hammonds passed away on October 27, 2013. He is survived by his wife of forty years Marilyn (Everett) Hammonds, daughters Andrea Campbell (Mike), Aleisha Titus (Ben), grandchildren; Anderson and Harrison Titus, Kristen Lappe (Dave), Kelsey Campbell (Brendan Kassel) and great grandchildren Cameron and Alison Lappe, sisters Maria Hicks (Steve) and Marilyn Hughes, mother-in- law Sally Hankins, sister- in- law Becky Overguaard, Nieces and nephews Erik and Dirk Hicks, Jessica Roberson, Amanda Gantner, Jeremy and Jennifer Uptain. He is preceded in death by his parents Leland and Mary Hammonds and nephew Richard Stone.

Keith enjoyed his work with Atlas Van Lines for twenty years. His hobbies were golf, bowling, horse racing and he loved music.

Donna Milner

Donna Milner

Donna Milner

Donna Rae Milner, age 70, died on July 22, 2013, at home surrounded by family, after a battle with cancer.
She was born in September 25, 1942, in St. Cloud, MN, to the late Ray and Lydia Lardy. She married David C. Milner at St. Peter’s Church in St. Cloud, MN. on August 17th, 1963.
Besides her parents, she is preceded in death by two older brothers, Ray and Ervin. She is survived by her husband, David; three daughters, Susan Rae (John) Payne, CA; Kelly Kathryn (Jason) McIntosh, KS; and Kayla Marie (Joseph) Keller, Ferdinand, IN; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Kathryn, Nicholas, Hannah, Jenna, and Zachary McIntosh, Austin and Zoe Payne; and Jacob Keller; one sister, Lois Danzl, MN; three brothers, Marvin, Robert and David Lardy, all of MN; and many beloved relatives and friends.

Lori Sue Dale

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Lori Sue Dale

Lori Sue Dale, 49, passed peacefully away Thursday, June 20, 2013 in her sleep at home.Lori was a 1981 graduate of F. J. Reitz High School and until her recent illness, was an Assistant Administrator at Specialty Health Care. Until her illness stopped most physical activities, Lori would Power Walk 5 miles a day. She also had taught aerobics. She was a wonderful daughter, mother to her two sons, sister and aunt. She always had a quick smile and kind word to anyone she met.Lori was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents, Maitland and Mary Maddox and Merrill and Loraine Smith.She is survived by her two sons, Nathan and Steven Dale, both of Evansville. Also surviving are her parents, Susan Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Keith Smith of Evansville, and his wife, Annette, Lori’s stepmother. She is also survived by twin brothers, Christopher Smith (Kalah) of Evansville and Craig Smith (Jill) of Lexington, KY; step-brothers, David McMurray of Evansville, Joseph and Tim McMurray of Pittsburgh, PA and Jason McMurray of Harrisburg, PA. Nieces and cousins survive and also a single nephew.

James Wayne Newman

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Wayne Newman

James Wayne Newman, 74, Henderson, died at 5:05 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at his home under the care of St. Anthony’s Hospice. He was a member of Bellfield Baptist Church. He worked as an insurance agent at Shelter Insurance for 20 years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Woodrow and Enorchia Sharp Newman. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Pamela Newman; two daughters, Toni Newman of Hamilton, Ohio, and Cheri Cannon of Henderson; two sons, Jeff Newman of Poole and Brian Newman of Henderson; one sister, Dottye Jo Conner of Jackson, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; niece and nephew.

Mike Maddox

Mike Maddox

Mike Maddox

Mike Maddox, 61, of Evansville passed away Tuesday January 8, 2013 at St. Mary’s Medical Center.The love of his life was his wife and family. Mike graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and was employed at TJ Maxx as Financial Control Supervisor for 26 years. He was a member of St. Benedict Cathedral, Bingo Association, and Boy Scout Troop #99. Mike enjoyed auctions, B.S. & T.ing and member of Evansville Knife Club.Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Maitland and Mary Maddox and brother, Mait Maddox.He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Phyllis; daughter, Michelle Beckner of Evansville, IN; sons, Joshua M. Maddox, Jacob M. Maddox both of Boise, ID, Matthew M. Maddox of Evansville, IN; sister, Susan Smith; brother, James Maddox; 11 nieces and nephews and 18 cousins.

Janice Snodgrass

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Jan Snodgrass

Janice E. (Arnold) Snodgrass, 75,of Yankeetown, went to be with our Lord on March 17, 2013.
Janice retired from Helfrich Vending in l998 after 20 plus years of service. She became the trustee of Anderson Township on January 1, 1983. She worked hard for the community and very closely with the Yankeetown Volunteer Fire Department,of which she was very proud of.
Janice was a dedicated servant to her community. She took pride in her family and hometown. She loved to quilt. You could always find her wearing a vibrant smile and with a welcoming hug. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Janice is preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Thomas (Gene) Snodgrass.
She is survived by a son, Terry (Sherry) Snodgrass, of Yankeetown, a daughter, Cheryl (Sherman) Cook, of Owensboro, KY; a daughter, Tonya (Eddie) Bell of Yankeetown, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and a sister and best friend, Judy Wessel of Yankeetown.

Katie Schwenk

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Katie Schwenk

Catherine Marie (Katie) Schwenk, 63, beloved sister, friend and teacher of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at VNA Charlier Hospice Center after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Katie was born on December 12, 1949, at home on the family farm near Jasper, Indiana. She was the youngest of the six children of Jerome and Magdalen (Reker) Schwenk both of whom preceded her in death.  Katie was a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand, Indiana for 10 years. She began her teaching career as “Sister Mary Brian, OSB.” She left the order in 1981.

In 2012, Katie celebrated 40 years of teaching in the Evansville Diocese. She taught third grade at St. Theresa School from 1971- 1981 and third grade at Corpus Christi School from 1981- 1997. For the past sixteen years she taught third grade at Holy Rosary School. She received the Diocesan Teacher of the Year Award in 1993. She was very active in the Evansville Reading Council and received a Reading Council Teacher of the Year Award as well as a Reading Council Literacy Award.

Katie’s devotion to teaching children was a driving force in her life. She was an enthusiastic and organized teacher; shortly after one school year closed, she would begin to prepare for the next. She said that her favorite thing was to be in a classroom with little children; and indeed, children found in her classroom, a peaceful place of learning and prayer. Often Katie would call out to the children, “God is good all the time!” and the children would respond, “All the time, God is good!”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” was the scripture verse that sustained Katie for years especially in her struggle with cancer, and one that she shared with all of her students. Katie’s faith, love, courage, and grace-filled manner inspired children and adults alike.

Katie is survived by her long time friend and “sister by another mother,” Karin Bagby, her sisters and brothers, Carol Schwenk Walters and husband, Joe of Indianapolis, IN, Patty Schwenk Sternberg and husband, Tom of Jasper, IN, Brother Flavian (Jerome) Schwenk, OSB of St. Meinrad, IN, Ambrose Schwenk and wife, Jane of Jasper, IN, Fred Schwenk and wife, Joyce of Washington, IN; by Karin’s family, all of Evansville; her parents, Osborne and Mary Ann Bagby; and siblings, Rick Bagby and wife, Beckey, Keith Bagby, Brian Bagby, Jill Bagby Wilhite and husband, Tom; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marvin Oeth

Marvin Oeth

Marvin Oeth

Marvin Oeth, 78, passed away, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at his home in Evansville, Ind. He was born at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, on September 25, 1934.
He was a U.S. Army decoder, now called the NSA, for four years. He worked at Mead Johnson for 34 years in the quality control stock room. He was a former member of St. James West United Methodist Church and was active in the church leadership. Marvin was first and foremost a family man. He enjoyed nature, camping, traveling and sports. He spent over 3000 hours volunteering on the LST. In later years he enjoyed riding his Harley.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Vivian Goodman Oeth; parents, Clem and Marcella Oeth; and brother, Lennert Von Clemm.
Marvin is survived by daughters, LaVon (Ben) Euler, Martinsville, Ind., Daphne (Don) Owen, of Evansville; grandchildren, Jacob and Clara Owen; sister, LaVonne (Bonnie) Spanos, Sarasota, Fla.; nieces; nephews; and best friends, Sam and Linda Richey, and Larry Hahn.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Mark Browning and the staff of OHA; Jonelle, Mary Jo, Sonja, Tom, Megan and staff of Heritage Hospice; and the congregation and pastors of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

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Kenny Parker Jr.

Kenny Parker Jr.

Kenny Parker Jr., 48, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012, at his home in Fort Branch. He was born May 27, 1964, in Princeton.
Kenny lived in Fort Branch his entire life. He was a supervisor for O’Neal Steel in Evansville, where he worked for 16 years. He was an avid Bass fisherman and a member of Bass Boat Central. He attended Bethel Memorial Church in Princeton.
Kenny is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dee Parker, of Fort Branch; a son, Jeremy Parker, of Fort Branch and his fiancée, Lacie Meny, of Haubstadt; mother, Donna Parker,
of Fort Branch; sister, Mistie Heiken, of Johnson; brother, Ty Parker, of Fort Branch; niece, Jamie Parker; nephew, Brandon Kiesel; and a great-niece, Lilly Kiesel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenny Parker Sr. on Feb. 13, 2008.

Dennis Paul

Dennis Paul

Dennis R. Paul, age 57 of Carmi, died Tuesday morning November 6, 2012 at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro. He was born September 7, 1955 in Carmi, the son of Kenneth and Emma Lee (Cherry) Paul. He married Tina M. Stokes on April 2, 1976 in Carmi and she survives.
Dennis retired after 22 years from Amax Coal Company in Kingsburg. He later worked at G.E. Sabic in Mt. Vernon, Ind. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of the Enfield Masonic Lodge and attended Carmi New Beginning Church of God. Dennis liked to fish, but mostly he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, helping with their sports and just going to the playground and spending time with them outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Tina; one son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Ashely Paul of Carmi; one daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Ryan Hoskins of Bowling Green, Ky.; two grandchildren, Alley Marvel Kristine Paul and Gabriel Keith Hoskins; his father, Kenneth of Carmi; two sisters and brother-in-law, Kimberly Hall of Evansville, Ind. and Crystal and Dana Wargel of Ridgway.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Emma Lee, and one brother, Carl Paul.

Lynda Stonestreet

Lynda Stonestreet

Lynda Fay (Walton) Stonestreet, 63, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012, at her residence.
Lynda was born in Caruthersville, Missouri, on September 5, 1949, to the late Robert Alton Walton Sr. and Audrey May (Howard) Walton. Lynda worked as an manager for Bonanza Steak House for 22 years. She was a member of GWRRA Chapter IN-O. Lynda and her husband, Mike loved to take long motorcycle trips on their Honda Gold Wing. She also enjoyed crocheting and cross stitching.
Lynda is survived by her husband of 43 years, V. Michael “Mike” Stonestreet, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Sharon (Mike) Daugherty, of Evansville, Ind.; son, Vernon M. “Stoney” Stonestreet Jr. and his fiance, Andrea Franks, of Evansville, Ind.; sister, Barbara Ann Franks, of Evansville, Ind.; brother, Kenneth David Walton, of Greenville, Ky.; grandchildren, Justin Gray, Staci Gray, Dale Daugherty, Brittany Daugherty, Katelynne Daugherty, Nicole Stonestreet, Ashley Franks, Hunter Stonestreet and Brooke Franks.
Lynda is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Robert Alton Walton Jr.; and daughter-in-law, C. JoAnn Stonestreet.


Karen Wilhite Williams

Karen is the inspiration behind Chemo Buddies.

Karen Wilhite Williams

Karen Rene Wilhite Williams, 53, of Evansville, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at her home. Karen’s main passion in life were her children, Jeremy and Danielle. They have been a strong family of love and care. She has been a source of strength and a light to many friends and people as she battled her disease with determination, and grace.

Her message to those who knew her was the peace she felt with God and that she was embraced in his love and felt no fear.

Karen was an account manager for 15 years for South Central Media (WIKY). She was a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Marketing. She was involved with “Water for People” for several years to raise funds to supply clean water for countries in need.

Karen is the inspiration for the Chemo Buddies program. She always had friends and family with her during chemo and her heart broke for others who were in chemo and seemed to have no one. As she looked around the chemo room, she said, “We’ve got to do something, no one should ever have to go through chemo alone.” Together with her sister, she co-wrote the proposal for what is now Chemo Buddies, while sitting in the treatment room getting her chemo. Her caring and nurturing spirit lives on through the volunteers who now serve.

Karen is survived by her daughter, Danielle Williams of Evansville and her son, Jeremy Jones of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving are her parents, Vernie and Jerry Wilhite and (sister) Jill and Johnny Kincaid of Evansville.