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Jacqueline Woolfolk White
 

Family and friends mourn the loss, while celebrating the life of Jacqueline Woolfolk White, who passed away on Sunday, July 28, 2013.
Jacqueline "Jackie" was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, the second of three children born to Nellie and Emmett Woolfolk. The Woolfolk household was filled with love and a great respect for education. As a child Jackie enjoyed learning to play the piano and performed in public piano recitals. She was a part of the first graduating class of Ullman High School in Birmingham and later attended Dillard University in New Orleans. Jackie engaged in many activities while at Dillard, including joining the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She also excelled academically, graduating cum laude with a B. A. degree in English in 1956.
During her years at Dillard she met Rev., Dr. Willie White, whom she married shortly after her graduation. The couple soon began raising a family which grew to six children while living in several locations including Chicago, IL; Nashville, TN; St. Peter, MN; Lansing MI; and Indianapolis, IN. They were married for over 32 years until he passed away in January of 1989.
While in Lansing, Jackie earned her Master's degree at Michigan State University. After settling in Indianapolis and seeing her youngest son established in school, she began her teaching career with the Indianapolis Public Schools. Jackie started teaching English at Howe High School and after several years moved to Arlington High School. Her compassion for and ability to work effectively with students led to her taking the position of guidance counselor at Arlington. After 33 years, Jackie retired from Indianapolis Public Schools as the Director of the Guidance Counseling Department at Arlington High School.
Jackie was involved in many pursuits outside of her professional accomplishments. She attended University United Methodist Church and North United Methodist Church for many years. She continually guided and encouraged her six children, was a voracious reader, loved to travel, enjoyed spending time with and supporting family and friends and volunteered for many organizations including the United Methodist Women and the Eiteljorg Museum. Jackie's kind and gentle spirit was a gift to all who knew her and though an irreplaceable loss, her time with us has been and will always be an unforgettable blessing.
Jackie is survived by her children, John Wesley White (Denise), Carol Michelle White, Carla Maurisa White-Brothers, Cheryl Maureen White (Landis York), Dr. Carmen White (Mensa Adinkra) and Charles Wesley White; her grandchildren, John Cameron White, Jacqueline Claire White, Maurice Brothers, Eric Brothers, Aaron Brothers and Hannah Adinkra; her siblings, Odessa Woolfolk and Emmett Woolfolk Jr. In addition, Jackie has many nieces, nephews and other beloved relatives.
Jackie was preceded in death by her mother, Nelly Woolfolk; father, Emmett Woolfolk; husband, Rev, Dr. Willie White, and sister-in-laws, Gloria Woolfolk, Martha, Edna and Francis White, and her sister-in law Gertrude White Hayes with whom she shared a close relationship.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Flanner and Buchanan - Washington Park North , 2706 Kessler Blvd West Drive, Indianapolis, IN. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. and the service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be in Washington Park North Cemetery. http://www.flannerbuchanan.com
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 4, 2013
 
 

 
 
William "Bill" Spencer Fishback
 

84, of Indianapolis, passed away on June 22, 2013. He was born on April 24, 1929 in Bloomington, IN to Edward L. and Georgia R. Fishback.
He worked at Allison's prior to serving in the Army during the KoreanWar as an interpreter, being assigned to the Pentagon and foreign correspondence in Italy. While in Italy, Bill was baptized in the Bay of Naples. After serving in the Army, he graduated as a proud Hoosier from Indiana University, receiving a Master's Degree in Education. He taught French at Arsenal Technical and Arlington High Schools, retiring as Head of the Foreign Language Department. He was a member of the Prospect Lodge No. 714 F.&A.M. and the Scottish Rite.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Edward (Barbara) Fishback.
He is survived by his brother, Richard L. Fishback; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27 in G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home , 5141 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis. Additional visitation will be held on Friday, June 28 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
William will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at: https://www.ghherrmann.com
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 25, 2013
 
 
 
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Benedict, Mary

Mary Benedict Long-time journalist professor and writer, 81, Indianapolis, IN died April 17, 2004. Ms. Benedict was born on May 24, 1922 in Indianapolis to the late Jerry and Antoinette (Montesano) Benedict. She graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and Butler University. Mary also attended the University of Iowa's writer's workshop on a regular basis. Before joining the faculty of Indiana University in Bloomington, Mary advised students in the production of both the newspaper and yearbook at Washington and Arlington High Schools in Indianapolis. While at I.U., she taught reporting, editing, and public relations and directed the High School Journalism Institute which brought about 800 journalism teachers and students to campus each summer. Among her many achievements, Mary was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. She was also named the National Journalism Teacher of the Year by Dow Jones Newspaper Fund. Mary also was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the late Governor O'Bannon. During retirement, Mary volunteered as editor of The Garden publication and was active with the Southeast Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, and Fresh Start. In addition, she was a member of the Indianapolis Press Club, Quill & Scroll, Society of Retired Executives, and Money Makers Investment Club. She enjoyed traveling, writing an occasional travel article, biking, and was an avid golfer. Mary was preceded in death by a brother, Clement "Joe" Benedict and a sister, Florence Benedict Cohen. Survivors include her sister, Geraldine Hines; brother, Frank Benedict; seven nieces and nephews; a host of great nieces and nephews. A celebration of her life will be held at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, home of The Garden, 9301 N. Michigan Road, on Thursday at 10 a.m. Per Mary's request, a party will be held immediately following, and all who knew and loved Mary are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Garden, Fresh Start, Southeast Community Services, Quill & Scroll, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel (317)844-3966
 
 
 
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Audra (Snyder) Lindley Bailey
 

Died: May 21, 2011
Audra (Snyder) Lindley Bailey, 102, Born 1909 was a prominent Indiana educator for more than half a century and Jefferson award recipient, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Columbus Regional Hospital. She resided recently in North Vernon, but previously in Indianapolis for more than 40 years. In 1955, Audra pioneered the American Field Service student exchange program in Indiana, first at Kokomo High School and then Arlington High School, Indianapolis. For more than 33 years, students came from over 30 countries with Arlington students going overseas in the summer.  Audra taught math in Kokomo Public schools for 14 years and served as Dean of Women there for eight.  She then taught math at Arlington from 1964 to 1979, winning awards with student service groups from Keep America Beautiful and Citizens Forum. Audra attended Indiana University, was initiated into Pi Beta Phi in 1929, and received an AB in mathematics in 1930, being selected to Phi Kappa Phi academic honorary.  She received a master's in education from Butler University in 1944. Audra held leadership positions in Indiana State Teachers Association and the Indiana Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors.  She was a member of The Propylaeum and the Indianapolis and Kokomo Alumnae Clubs of Pi Beta Phi. In the 70's, Audra served on Richard Lugar's Mayor's Task Force on Women and the Mayor's Task Force on Employment.  She was also president of a state coalition for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Audra's honors include the Freedoms Foundation Teaching Award, the National Science Foundation Scholarship and the Indianapolis Star Jefferson Award. Audra authored a memoir, "Hold Fast to Dreams: 60 Years in Indiana Education." She was a member of the Friends (Quaker) Church. Audra's memoirs and documents are collected in the Women in History archive at the Indiana History Center, Indianapolis. Born Audra Faye to parents Cora DePoy and Charles Wesley Snyder in Amboy, she was the widow of L. Rush Bailey, DDS and is survived by a son from a former marriage, Craig Lindley. A memorial service is 6:30 p.m., June 15 at Carmel Friends Church, 651 W. Main St., Carmel. Memorial donations may be made to the  Pi Beta Phi Foundation, 1154 Town & Country Commons Drive, Town & Country, MO 63017.
 
 
 
 
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Combs, Lyman P.
 
 
December 12, 2010
Lyman P. Combs 87, of Indianapolis, passed away December 10, 2010. He was born May 23, 1923 to Lyman P. and Thelma Combs. Lyman was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force serving as a Bomber Pilot in the Pacific during WW II. He taught at Thomas Carr Howe, Arlington and Warren Central High Schools and was a member of Friends Church, Indiana State Teachers Association, Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association, Reserved Officers Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Lyman was known for his kindness and humility. A man of integrity who loved Jesus. A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Irvington Friends Church, 831 N. Edmondson Ave. on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 with calling from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Lyman is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Harriet E. Combs; son, Craig Combs (Valarie); daughter, Donna Geiss (Bill); 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Irvington Friends Church, 831 N. Edmondson Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46219. Services entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel. www.shirleybrothers.com
 
 
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Ellis, James M.
 
July 5, 2006
James Mitchum Ellis 75, Muncie, departed this world on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 at Ball Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Hope, Arkansas on November 4, 1930, he was the son of Felix and Daisy Ellis. Jim moved to Bloomington, IN., as a child where he graduated from high school. While there, he was on the wrestling team and won the Indiana State Wrestling Title. Jim attended Indiana University where he combined his love for sports and education, receiving both his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in physical education and sociology. While at I.U., Jim won the Big 10 Wrestling Championship and was awarded the "Balfour Award", which recognizes the top athlete in all sporting events. He later went on to placing third in the U.S. Olympic tryouts. Jim was "one – of – a – kind," with a child-like love for frolic and fun, and had a heart of gold. He had a passion for so many things in life. Following his personal career in wrestling, he began coaching high school teams in Indianapolis, specifically at Arlington High School, before moving to Muncie. Teaching Sociology at Muncie Southside High School for 26 years, Mr. Ellis was known as a compassionate teacher who always went the extra distance to keep his students engaged and interested. Retiring in 1996 allowed him and his wife Jan to travel and enjoy life together. He was known as an avid hunter, gardener, fisherman and avid reader-- most days, he had more than 2 books going at the same time. Jim was a collector of pocket knives, and it was not unusual for him to have two or three with him at all times. Jim was known and will be remembered for his generosity and kind heart. His family and friends will surely miss him. Survivors include his two sons, Dr. Zach Ellis, (wife-Dr. Lisa), Sioux Falls, S.D; Steve Ellis, Johnson City, TN; grandsons, Daniel and Kevin Ellis, both of Sioux Falls; sister, Melissa Pardue. Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Janice, who died in April 2006, and their daughter, Melissa, who died in 1978. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Jim's life will be held at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Mt. Pleasant Chapel, 7901 West Isanogel Rd., on Wednesday, July 5, 2006 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com

 
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White, Donald B.
 
Donald Bruce White 70, Indianapolis, died Saturday March 8th, 2008. He was born in Indianapolis, August 2nd, 1937 to Donald J. White and Dorothy Vivian (Lane) White. He earned his Bachelors degree in Physics from Hanover College and his Masters degree in Science Education from Indiana State University. He completed further studies in Astronomy. He taught Physics at Arlington High School for 11 years and assumed the position of Planetarium Director at Pike High School until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife Frances Anne (Jeffery) White, and by his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Diane Elizabeth White (Greg Gillman) and Jennifer Lane (White) Wilck (Greg Wilck); son, Bruce White (Brigitte White); grandchildren Grace White, Joseph Gillman, Jeremiah, Ian and Benjamin Wilck; sister Phyllis (White) Geeslin, and dear friend Marilyn Celender. Calling will be held at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center- Broad Ripple on Friday, March 14th, 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m, and Memorial Service at Meridian Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Methodist Health Foundation, Meridian Street United Methodist Church, or your favorite charity. Condolences may be made online at www.flannerbuchanan.com
 
 
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Donald E. Clodfelter

Donald Edwin Clodfelter, 78, Greenwood, IN, died April 14, 2003. Born April 29, 1924, in rural Russellville, IN, he was married on March 30, 1947, to Wilma Irene Rutledge. Parents Elmer Alva Clodfelter and Bettie Mae Sewell Clodfelter. Donald attended all grades at Russellville and graduated Salutatorian from Russellville High School in 1942. He was a WWII veteran entering the service in Nov. 1942. He became a pilot of a B-24 based in Italy serving with the 15th Air Force, 781st Bomb Squadron, and the 465th Bomb Group. In Dec. 1944 the 10 men bomber crew had to bail out over Hungary. Prior to war's end, he became a 1st Liet. Donald was a teacher for IPS 37 years, teaching 12 years at School #73 and then became a mathematics teacher and department head at Arlington High School, retiring in 1986. He graduated from Butler University in 1949 with a B.S. and received his M.S. in Combined Science from the University of Mississippi in 1962. Family includes his wife Wilma Rutledge Clodfelter; children, Darrel Jay Clodfelter, killed in action in Vietnam 11271, Diane Clodfelter VanCleave, Dean Kenneth Clodfelter, and Denise Clodfelter Young; brothers Howard Clodfelter (deceased), Willard Clodfelter (deceased), Kenneth Clodfelter (deceased), Lloyd Clodfelter (deceased). His two surviving brothers are Lyle Coldfelter and William David Clodfelter; and he has 6 grandchildren. Visitation, Wednesday, April 16 2003, 4 to 8 p.m., with services at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home at 481 W. Main St., Greenwood, IN on Thursday, April 17, 2003, 11:30 a.m. Burial at Hebron Cemetery, Russellville, IN, Thursday, April 17, 2003, 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the
 
Alzheimer's Association , or to a charity of choice. Arrangements: Machledt Funeral Home, Waveland.
 
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on April 17, 2003
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Ralph Clayton Horine Jr.
 
Ralph Clayton Horine, Jr. 82, Indianapolis, died November 15, 2004. He was born in Darke County, Ohio on January 9, 1922, the third child of Ralph and Zella (Weaver) Horine. Mr. Horine taught school as band director and later as high school choral director for 26 years. He served in Albany, Indiana, for 2 years, Albion, IN; eleven years and for 12 years at Arlington High School in Indianapolis. After leaving teaching he owned and operated the Knot Shop in downtown Indianapolis, retiring in 1986. Mr Horine received his B.S. degree in music from Ball State University, and his M.A. degree after studying in Europe. During his teaching years he was a member of the American Choral Association, receive a Distinguished Service Award from the IMEA, and was awarded the School of Music Outstanding Alumnus award from Ball State University. Mr Horine directed church choirs at Asbury Methodist Church in Albion, The Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and for 15 years at Freidens United Church of Christ in Indianapolis. He was a tenor soloist in the Episcopal Church choir in Muncie for 5 years and sang in the Second Presbyterian Church Choir of which he was a member. He was a past president of the Lions Club in Noble County. Mr Horine is survived by his wife of 63 years, Reva M. Hinkle Horine, two grandchildren, Sondra Mall of Ossian, IN and Bradley Thompson of Fort Worth, Texas, and three great-grandchildren, also three sisters: Wilma Bunker, Albuquerque. N. Mexico, Wauneta Gibson, Union City, O.; Barbara Murphy, Celina, O.; and one brother, Keith, Winchester, IN. Two children, David and Sharon Thompson preceded him in death. Memorial services will be Thursday November 18 at 11 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church followed by burial at the Lisbon Cemetery, Union City, Indiana. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 17 at the Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Broad Ripple. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Second Presbyterian Church - SAGES. www.flannerbuchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 18, 2004
 
 
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Paul M. Hutson
 
Paul Milton Hutson 74, Indianapolis, died at Hooverwood on Friday, December 15, 2006. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 4, 1932 and graduated from Fort Wayne South Side High School in 1950. He graduated from Butler University in 1954, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. In 1956, he married Dorothy Ann Jeffries, who preceded him in 1976. He was an avid bridge player, fast-pitch softball enthusiast, and basketball coach. He was a teacher for most of his career, at Lawrence Central High School and Arlington High School, among others, and retired from Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1998. He was also a member of the Review Board of the Indiana Employment Security Division in the 1980s. He was a member of the Safety Patrol at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1976 to 1988. He was a member of the Meridian Street United Methodist Church, where he served for several years as Athletic Director. He is survived by his daughter, Pam Hutson (Eric Linne), Charlotte, NC, and two sons, Chris Hutson (Michelle), Indianapolis, and Jeff Hutson, Indianapolis, and a brother, Dr. Richard A. Hutson (Vivian), Indianapolis. He has seven grandchildren: Mason and Arthur Linne and Sara, Grace, Bridget, Mark and Dan Hutson. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 3 p.m. in Crown Hill Funeral Home, where friends may call Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and one prior to services on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to The Monna Linne Memorial Nurse of the Year Award co The Blue River Foundation, 54 West Broadway, Suite 1, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176, phone: (317)392-7955.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on December 17, 2006
 
 
 
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Harry D. Sullivan
 
Harry D. Sullivan 81, Greensburg, died Friday, October 15, 2004 at the St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove. He was a former teacher and coach. He was the first track and cross country coach at Arlington High School in Indianapolis. He then became the first Athletic Director at John Marshall High School in Indianapolis. Harry and his brother Tom led the efforts for the funding and construction of the football stadium at John Marshall High School. Because of these efforts, the stadium was named Sullivan Field. Harry retired from the Decatur County Schools. He was a member of the United Decatur County Education Association. He was a 1941 graduate of George Washington High School. He then graduated from Butler with a BS and MS degree. Harry was a Master Sgt. in the Army serving in WW II where he was a POW. He then served in the artillery in Korea. Survivors: two sons, Pat Sullivan and Kent Sullivan; one brother, Tom Sullivan. He has two grandsons. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 19 at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg and from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at the Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. Entombment will be held in the Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association .
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on October 17, 2004

 

Jerry J. Chance

Jerry James Chance age 73, of Sarasota, Florida, and a former resident of Indianapolis, passed away on April 10, 2011. He was born in Terre Haute, Indiana to the late John R. Chance and Hazel (Lidster) Chance. He is survived by his children, Lisa Mazza, Laura (Todd) Gosman, Jay Chance, and Joe (Holly) Chance. Also surviving is his companion, Linda O'Connell; and former wife, Bobbie Chance; brother, Bill Chance; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his grandsons, Eric Hendrickson and Christopher Chance; brothers, John, Herm and Gene Chance; sisters, Mary Stott and Edith Stott. Jerry graduated from Garfield High School, Class of 1956. He was awarded a Football and Basketball scholarship to the University of Louisville. He was one of the quarterbacks that took the team to the 1957 Sun Bowl. Jerry earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree from Indiana State University. He became a teacher and a successful football coach at Greencastle, Clinton, Shortridge, Jennings County, and Arlington High schools. He retired as a Vice Principal for the IPS school system in Indianapolis. Jerry was a confirmed Catholic from Sacred Heart in Indianapolis and attended Incarnation Catholic Church in Sarasota, Florida. He was also a member of the Elks, Moose, and American Legion. Jerry chose to give life after death by being an organ donor. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Reverend Daniel Sanders conducting a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Services & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023, www.diabetes.org. You are invited to visit www.wilsonstpierre.com where you may sign Jerry's guest book and leave the family a personal message.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on April 13, 2011

 

 

Robert Vernon Copeland

Robert Vernon Copeland 90, Lebanon, IN, died Aug. 12, 2004. Mr. Copeland was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 10, 1914, and was the son of the late Benjamin R. and Nora E. (Matthews) Copeland. He spent his early years in Omaha, and then in 1921 moved to Indianapolis and resided in the Maywood community. He was a graduate of Decatur Central High School. He graduated from DePauw University in 1937. He completed one semester of graduate work at Butler to secure his teaching license. He went on to teach and coach for 1½ years at Arlington High School and in Rush County. He married Josephine "Jody" (Scott) Copeland on November 23, 1939, in Valley Mills, Indiana. She died on February 25, 1980. Mr. Copeland was employed at Eli Lilly from 1940. He entered the U. S. Navy during World War II and served overseas. He participated in the D Day invasion at Normandy. He returned to Eli Lilly and Company where he his retired on January 31, 1973, as the manager of office services and printing operations. The Copeland Scholarship was established in 1989, for students from Lebanon High School to attend DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Each Copeland scholarship is good for four years of schooling. Mr. Copeland loved his family and friends. He enjoyed playing golf and travel having visited 49 states. Memberships and awards include Methodist Church, American Commons Club at DePauw University, Washington C DePauw Society, Ulen Country Club in Lebanon, West Newton Lodge No. 707, F & AM, Indianapolis Scottish Rite, Indianapolis Murat Shrine member since 1969, B.P.O.E. No. 635 in Lebanon. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 16, 2004 at Myers Chapel of Memories, 1502 North Lebanon Street, Lebanon, IN. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 15, 2004 at Myers Mortuary, Lebanon. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, 931 East 86th Street, Suite 208, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or to the charity of donor's choice. Survivors include cousin Jeanette "Jan" Hendren, Lebanon, IN; several nieces and nephews including Betty Forbes and husband Robert, Jacksonville, FL; several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son Ronald L. Copeland; brothers Harold A. Copeland, Winton Copeland and Derrill D. Copeland.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on August 14, 2004
 
 


 

 

Betty L. Watts Busick

Betty L. Watts Busick 76, of Noblesville, IN, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 2:45 p.m. at St. Vincent's Hospice Care Center. Born February 26, 1928, Betty had a fulfilling and joyous life with a generous heart. Her husband of 43 years, Charles G. Busick, who passed away on August 14, 1997, preceded her in death. Betty Busick was a loving and caring person, giving to all those who she was blessed to have in her life. She was a nurturing Mother and Grandmother, leaving a legacy of a loving family of three children Cindy, Linda, Rob, Grandchildren, her devoted canine companion April, sister Rosemary Sims and many extended family members, past and present. Betty Busick worked at the Indiana State Highway Department in her early adult years, donating her time to providing child daycare services, served as an administrative faculty member at Arlington High School and most recently served as a member of the New Life Community Church, Noblesville, IN. Betty L. Busick was an inspiration to all. Please join her family in celebrating the life of Betty L. Busick and Charles G. Busick at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 4, 2004 at the New Life Community Church, 17777 Little Chicago Rd., Noblesville, IN (317) 867-4714. Pastor Jim Walters will officiate. Donations can be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation ; American Lung Association; American Heart Association ; American Cancer Society ; Childhood Leukemia Foundation or New Life Community Church. God Bless and you will be greatly missed. Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center-Speedway entrusted with arrangements. www.flannerbuchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on December 3, 2004
 
 

Frances Brinkley Davis

Frances Brinkley Davis 86, died peacefully on Thursday, November 24, 2005. Frances was retired from the Indianapolis Public School system, where she worked in the cafeteria at School 53 and Arlington High School. Frances was born February 7, 1919 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and had been a resident of Indianapolis since 1955. She was the widow of Richard H. Davis of Winston-Salem, NC. Her children, Barbara Davis Carter of Knightstown, IN, Samuel B. Davis of Fishers, IN and four grandchildren Maj. Leslie Carter Higer, USAF, Bradley L. Carter, Graham Richard Davis and Claire Brinkley Davis, survive her. There will be no calling or service. Arrangements entrusted to A.R.N. Cremation Services.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 26, 2005
 
 

Zoearline G. Davis

Zoearline Grubbs Roberts Davis 81, Indianapolis, passed away November 4, 2009. Mrs. Davis's career was dedicated to working with teenage girls, which she did at the Marion County Juvenile Center as a probation officer and with IPS as a school social worker, counselor and Assistant Dean at School 101, Arsenal Technical High School and Arlington High School. She retired in 1988. A member of the Phi Delta Kappa educational fraternity chapter at Butler University, Mrs. Davis became the first African American female president in 1985. During the 80's and 90's, she was a delegate to the national and regional conferences of Top Ladies of Distinction and served as president of the local chapter for several years in the 1980's. As a life member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she served in leadership roles in the local chapter including first and second vice-president and president twice. She was elected as delegate to national and regional conferences from 1966 through 1994 and filled positions on the international level as well. She received honors from her local chapter, Soror of the Year in 1967 and Soror through the Years in 1985. Mrs. Davis was a long-time member and Deacon of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. "Zoe" attended IPS School 87 and Crispus Attucks High School graduating in 1946. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College and a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University. Mrs. Davis pursued further graduate studies at Butler University and IUPUI. She was preceded in death by her son, F. Maxie Davis, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory half-sisters, Marvinella Fisher, Chicago, Sarah Roberts, Chicago, Christine Vanderpool, Palm Springs, California; half-brothers, Gerald Roberts, Chicago, Kay Andre Luzon Roberts, Chicago, Leon Roberts, Paris, Kentucky and Francis Roberts, Cleveland; several nieces; former students and many sorority sisters and friends. A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the scholarship fund of Ivy Endowment. Arrangements entrusted to Crown Hill Funeral Home.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 10, 2009
 
 
Martha A. Flannery
 
Martha A. Flannery 93, of Indianapolis, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 23, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Herman Flannery and a grandson, Steven Robert Flannery. Martha is survived by her son, David, and his wife Janice, of Englewood, Ohio; a niece, Dr. Joan R. Stewart, of Virginia Beach, VA; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Martha played active roles in the First United Church of Christ, and more recently Old Bethel United Methodist Church. She had worked at Arlington High School and the Army Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Westminister Village North, Sycamore Room. Arrangements entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 25, 2010
 
 
 
 
Jeffrey Alvin Gibson Sr.
 
Jeffrey Alvin Gibson, Sr., 46, Baton Rouge, LA, died April 20, 2003. In 1988 he taught at Arlington High School and was the coach of boys basketball team, and in the 1989-1990 basketball season won the City Tourney with the Junior Varsity team at Arlington High School. Mr. Gibson also taught in Wichita Falls, Beaumont, and Houston Texas. He was a member of Sunnymount Baptist Church. Mr. Gibson was a graduate of Mt. Hood Junior College and received his Bachelors Degree from Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, Texas. Services: 1 p.m. Monday, May 5 at Lavenia, Smith & Summers Home for Funerals with calling from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He is survived by one son, Jeffrey Alvin Gibson, Jr.; two brothers, Aldray Gibson, Sr. and Steven Allen Gibson.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 2, 2003
 
 
 
 
James B. Guillaume
 
James B. Guillaume 87, of Unionville, died at his residence Saturday morning. Born August 11, 1921 in Indianapolis, he was the son of the late Walter P. and Emma (Like) Guillaume. James was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army during WWII, after which he graduated from John Herron Art Institute in 1950, in 1951 he received a Bachelor of Arts, in 1963 James received his Master of Fine Ats (Sculpture) from John Herron, in 1968 James received his Master of Science from Butler University. He has several pieces of art on display including Moses at The Good Earth (Moses). James was head of the art Dept. at at Harry Wood High School in Indianapolis, Head of Art Dept. at Arlington High School in Indianapolis and was a substitute teacher at Brown County High School after retirement. He is survived by his loving wife, Carloyn (May) Guillaume of Unionville, IN; two daughters, Jeanne (Kevin) Hogan and Sandie S. (Paul) Adams; one granddaughter, Amber S. (Tim) Harmon; one great-grandson, Dakota Harmon and a niece, Terri L. (Randy) Shockley. Arrangements by Day Funeral Home. Online condolences to the family may be made at www.mem.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on September 9, 2008
 
 
 
 
Jean Hoilman
 
Jean Hoilman 87, died Sunday, May 28. She was born in Merom, IN, November 25, 1918. She graduated from Merom High School, Indiana State University, and Indiana University, earning a Master's degree in education. Although she worked briefly for Eli Lilly in the 1950's the rest of her 40-year career was in education, teaching business classes. She had students in the Washington, IN schools, Decatur Township, and Indianapolis, Public Schools: Arlington, Broad Ripple and Howe. She volunteered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and was also an active member of Welcome Wagon, Kappa Kappa Kappa, and Sunnyside Guild. She was also a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her sister, Carol (Jim) Landes, sister-in-law Eleanor Jane Dixon Hoilman, cousins Dennis (Dona) Hoilman and Shirley Dieckow, and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. Her brother, Bernard Hoilman, preceded her in death. Calling will be from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center- Broad Ripple, with memorial services to follow at 3 p.m. Memorials may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church, Habitat For Humanity, Riley Hospital, or Indiana State University. www.flannerbuchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 1, 2006
 
 
 
 
Betty L. Hungerford
 
Betty L. Hungerford 74, Indianapolis, passed away August 24, 2004. She was born March 8, 1930 in Rushville, IN to Robert Dale and Mabel Mahan Fisher. Betty received her Masters Degree from Butler University and worked as a Home Economics teacher for Arlington High School for 32 years. She was a member of Allisonville Christian Church, PEO Chapter G, and very active in local politics. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 26 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Fishers-Castleton Chapel, 9900 Allisonville Rd., with funeral services Friday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 Allisonville Rd. Betty is survived by her daughter, Anita Head (Bill) and granddaughter, Brittany Head.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on August 26, 2004
 
 
 
 
Fred A. Jones
Fred A. Jones 73, Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2006. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he attended Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee and graduated from Tennessee State University. He later earned a Master of Science degree from Indiana University and completed over 30 hours of post-graduate studies at Butler University. He was a noted educator in the Indianapolis Public School System who served as Dean of Students at Emmerich Manual High School, Vice Principal at John Marshall High School and Principal at Arlington High School. He retired from IPS in June of 1987. An education enthusiast, Fred worked at Ivy Technical College in Bloomington as a Student Retention Specialist. Fred was a long serving member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities, including Deacon, Trustee, Usher and as a member of the Advisory Board. An honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, The Romans Social Club, Bachelor Benedict Club, National Education Association, Indianapolis Chapter of the National Urban League and the NAACP. As a graduate of a Historical Black College, he channeled his energies and talents toward chartering annual football Classic events in Indianapolis and other cities. On Friday, January 5, 2007, there will be visitation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stuart Mortuary Chapel. On Saturday, January 6, 2007 there will be visitation from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with funeral service at 11 a.m. at the Crooked Creek Baptist Church, 5540 North Michigan Road. Interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Mr. Jones is survived by his loving wife, Nora; his daughter and her husband, Regina and Isaac E. Randolph, Jr.; his son and his wife, Mark Anthony and Martiza Jones, of Tempe, AZ; and two grandchildren, Nia and Sydney Randolph. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fred A. Jones scholarship Fund, co Chase Bank. Final arrangements entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Inc.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on January 6, 2007
 
 
 
 
Adolf B. Kerber
 
Adolf B. Kerber 87, died March 20 in Frankfort, KY. He taught for 35 years in the Indianapolis Public School System, half of those years at Arlington High School. A native of Terra Haute, he was a graduate of Butler University. Kerber was a professional actor for 20 years who also acted in local theatre productions. For 11 years, he was a volunteer broadcaster on WFYI. He was a World War II veteran. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; and daughters, Paula Manders and Gayle Ravit. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Nisenbaum Kerber.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on March 30, 2008
 
 
 
 
Patricia K. Maurey
 
 
Patricia "Lydia" Keiser Maurey
March 15, 1921 - November 10, 2011
The family and friends of Lydia Maurey mourn the death of this long-time citizen of Indianapolis. Lydia was born in Akron, OH, but spent most of her life in Indianapolis, attending IPS #84 and Shortridge High School. She attended Purdue University where she met and later married Eugene Maurey. Through the war years, she studied at Butler University while raising their young daughter, Elaine. Lydia received her BS from Butler in 1945. Her son Ed was born in 1946.
Lydia taught school at Tudor Hall while continuing graduate studies at Butler. After receiving her masters in history and education, she began teaching at IPS #43. In 1960 she transferred to Arlington H.S where she taught history until her retirement in 1985.
Lydia has been a member of the Meridian Street Methodist Church since 1957, where she sang in the choir and was active in several organizations. Lydia was an active member of several civic organizations, notably Hoosiers Against Gun Violence.
Lydia was an accomplished pianist. She provided music lessons for her children with excellent teachers. Elaine became a professional pianist and Ed is an orchestral clarinetist.
In 1960 Lydia became a member of Subud, an international, non-denominational spiritual organization. The Subud members of Indianapolis met at her home for many years until she moved to Boise. Through her involvement in Subud, her love of history, and while visiting her children, she made many trips abroad including trips to Europe, Indonesia, Ghana, Australia and Canada.
Nearly four years ago Lydia decided to move to Boise, ID in order to be near her daughter. She died there November 10, 2011. Though Boise is a lovely place to live she very much missed her Indianapolis.
Lydia is survived by her daughter, Halimah Elaine Brugger of Boise, Idaho; her son, Ed Maurey of Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada; 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Lydia's funeral will be on Wednesday, November 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Meridian Street United Methodist Church, 5500 N. Meridian Street, with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Lydia will be buried in Crown Hill Cemetery near her grandparents' graves. All of Lydia's many friends and acquaintances are most welcome. Arrangements are under the direction of Flanner and Buchanan- Broad Ripple .
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 21, 2011
 
 
 
 
John R. Minor
John Robert Minor 71, passed away at his home on June 30, 2006 after a brief illness. He was born in New Orleans, LA and had been a resident of Indianapolis, IN for many years. John was a decorated retiree of the United States Army and Vietnam War veteran. Upon his retirement from the armed services, John worked at Arlington High School as a JROTC instructor for 20 years. John is survived by his wife of 39 years, Eufemia Lorenzetti Minor, his son, Kevin Minor (wife, Michelle), three granddaughters: Kristina Marie, Jasmine Nicole, and Brienne Alexandra Minor, all of Mundelein, IL; brothers-in-law: Dr. Joseph Davis of New Orleans, LA, Fortunato Lorenzetti of Rome, Italy, and Renato Lorenzetti of Rome, Italy; sisters-in-law: Jean Douglas Minor of Boca Raton, FL and Catherine Minor of New Orleans, LA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Eola Minor; parents-in-law: Duilio Lorenzetti and Anna Carnevali of Rome, Italy; seven brothers: Charles, Christopher, Jr., Earl, Edward, George, Joseph, Vernon; five sisters: Adele Mercadel, Blooma Sterling, Eola Beatrice Minor Davis, Melba M. Berger and Serena M. Wallace. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6 at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Home, 1305 E. Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin two hours prior to this service. On-line condolences may be sent to: www.flannerbuchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 5, 2006
 
 
 
 
Arnold K. Nelson Jr.
Arnold K. Nelson, Jr. 67, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, passed away June 4, 2011. He was born May 18, 1944 to Arnold K. and Mary Agnes Helms Nelson. Arnold graduated from Warren Central High School where he wrestled for the WCHS Warriors. He was also on the swim team at the YMCA. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in education at Indiana University, and later obtained his Administrative Certification at Butler University. Arnold worked for Indianapolis Public Schools in education, guidance, and administration for 35 years, retiring in 2001. Arnold was the Dean of Arlington High school, and a guidance counselor at Manual High School. He was a teacher, guidance counselor, and Director of Guidance at Howe High School, where he also sponsored the Howe Student Council. Arnold was Skipper of the Irvington Presbyterian Church Mariners, and a member of Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge #398 and Scottish Rite. He was the Past President of Indianapolis Phi Delta Kappa teaching honorary and the East Side Optimist Club. Arnold was the Vice President of the Warren Township Lions Club. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, 9606 E. Washington St., with funeral services on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery following the service. Arnold was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, colleague, and a dedicated student mentor. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Elaine Nelson; children, Nancy Kathleen Logue (Matthew Damian), and Jeffrey Arnold Nelson; grandchildren, Nathan Everett and Kaitlyn Elizabeth Logue; brother Norman Helms Nelson; sister, Susan Lynn Manning; and other extended family. Unscented flowers or donations to the donor's favorite charity are preferred. Arnold was a friend to all and never knew a stranger.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 6, 2011
 
 
 
 
David Joseph Oberting
David Joseph Oberting 66, Carmel, IN, passed away suddenly on June 10, 2005. He was preceded in death by his parents William F. and Olga (Wernsing) Oberting and siblings Bill, Herb and Audrey (Oberting) Higgins. David grew up on the Eastside of Indianapolis, graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes grade school in 1953. He was in the first class at Scecina Memorial High School, where he was an outstanding athlete lettering in many sports. From there he attended Purdue, eventually graduating with a BS and MS from Butler University. Sports and coaching were his passion and he coached football at both Scecina and Arlington high schools, before joining the Butler University football staff and coaching until 1978. David decided it was time for a career move and became involved in the executive recruiting business and remained in that field until his retirement in 2004. Instead of coaching athletes, he became outstanding at coaching recruiters. In his business career, he attained the highest goals among his peers and often received the highest honors. This career spanned the major cities in Ohio, including Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. He returned to Indy in 1998, where he had enjoyed a partnership with George Ceryak until present. David was an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a particular affinity for sailing. Golf, swimming and reading were his major hobbies. He coached his sons in their youth and taught his wife how to play golf. There will be a gaping hole in the lives of his wife of 38 years, Karen (Michaelis) Oberting and sons David (Lisa) and Matthew (Stacey) and granddaughter Ava Marie. He will be missed by his sisters and their spouses Roseanne and Tommy Sergi and Helene and Bud Ashby, as well as his brothers-in-law Tom Michaelis and Mike (Mary) Michaelis. Good friends, especially Dave Felts, Buzz Ward, Ray Koers, Mark Jamison, Nick Walker, Bill Kuntz, Bill Sylvester, Mike Kolbus and Spike Ford will feel the void. He leaves several nieces including Rosemarie (Tom) Quill and Margaret (Bob) Robisch; nephews and great-nieces and nephews. A special thanks goes to his angels Bob and Lisa Fowler. Coach Oberting was a very active volunteer for the Mental Health Association of Marion County, currently serving on its board. He also was active in CYO and Scecina High School Alumni activities. Memorial contributions may be made to any of the above organizations. Calling will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 13 in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 14 in St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church. www.flannerbuchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 13, 2005

 
 
 
Donald L. Oldham Sr.
 
Donald L. Oldham, Sr., 71, Indianapolis, died Feb. 20, 2003 in St. Vincent's Hospice. Don Oldham was a life long resident of Indianapolis, born in Indianapolis March 10, 1931, he was educated in Indianapolis Public Schools. He graduated from Crispus Attucks High School in 1949 after attending schools 37 and 26. He was a true scholar athlete. He graduated in the top five percent of his class and was All-City top scorer in high school football in Indianapolis in 1948. This lead to a football scholarship in 1949 to the University of Michigan. From 1949-1954 he attended the University of Michigan, where he played football and baseball. He lettered in football three years and was on the 1951 Rose Bowl team. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education. After graduating he served in the Army for two years. He returned to Indianapolis in 1956 and began teaching math at his high school alma mater, Crispus Attucks. In addition to teaching at Attucks he was backfield coach for the football team, head coach of the baseball team, sponsor of the letterman's club and Neighborhood Youth Corps Director. In 1965 he was appointed curriculum counselor for the Attucks Evening Division. During his time he was continuing his education. He enrolled at Butler University where he earned his Masters Degree in 1958. By 1962 he had accumulated 30 hours past his Masters Degree and received his Ed.S. from Butler in 1966. He and Benjamin Johnson were the first African Americans in the state of Indiana to receive this degree. He also attended University of Illinois for three summers and a one year in-service training institute at Marion College studying modern math. He also spent four weeks at Wayne State University Adult Education. In 1967-1972 he coached Little League baseball for his sons through programs sponsored at Delaware Trails and Orchard Schools, and football at Meridian Street Methodist Church. In 1996 he was appointed vice principal at Arsenal Technical High School. From there he served at several other high schools in the capacity of vice principal. These included Shortridge High School, Manual High School and finally Arlington High School. He retired from Indianapolis Public Schools in 1991 after 38 years of service, 29 of those years he served as a vice principal. He was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church (life long member) and sang in the choir as a child, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Delta Kappa (a national educational honorary society). Armed forces: U.S. Army. Mr. Oldham was a 1949 graduate of Crispus Attacks High School, graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in Education, graduate of Butler University with a Masters Degree in Education Ed.S. degree from Butler University. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2003 in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Calling will be 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday February 24, 2003 in Lavenia, Smith and Summers Home for Funerals. Entombment will be in Crown Hill Cemetery. He was married to Jean Kersey Oldham. Survivors: children Donald Jr., Michael, Stephen and Dr. Janis Oldham; brother Warren and Willis; sisters Minta Knox and Norma Johnson; grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins. One daughter Dr. Sherrill Lynn Jones preceded him in death.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on February 24, 2003
 
 
 
 
Jeanette Walker Parker
 
Jeanette Walker Parker Age 64, Indianapolis, passed away October 21, 2004 at the Indiana Heart Hospital. A 1957 graduate of Crispus Attucks High School, she attended Indiana University, Bloomington and I.U.P.U.I. She earned a degree in Accounting from the Federal Government. A Master Barber & Beautician for over 30 years, she was a 1962 graduate of Poro Beauty Salon & Barber College and the proprietor of Jan's Barber & Beauty Salon at East 30th Street and N. Sherman Drive. She retired from the U.S. Army Finance & Accounting Center at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in 1988 after twenty-six years. She also worked as a science and special needs Educator with the Indianapolis Public School System from 1988 - 1994 at John Marshall and Arlington high schools. She operated a licensed day care center in her home and was a real estate entrepreneur and investor for over 40 years. She was a member of the Light of the World Christian Church. Services will be Tuesday October 26, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the Light of the World Church with calling from 10 a.m. until services. Interment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Her memory will be cherished by her son Joseph Allen Parker, III; daughters Vicki Lynn Parker Gayfield and Monique Erica Parker, son-in-law; Oliver Gayfield, grandchildren; Courtland Chauncey-Allen Crenshaw, Joi Alese Parker and Chloe Olivia-Rose Gayfield; siblings Rochelle G, Pauline Marie, Thelma, Carl S. Joan L. Nathaniel L. and Sarah F. Walker. Final care and arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary. Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on October 25, 2004
 
 
 
Wendell L. Parker
Wendell Lee Parker 80, Indianapolis, passed away on March 17, 2007. Born in Hannibal, Missouri, his childhood experiences were in Indianapolis, where he was baptized and confirmed at an early age at Our Savior Lutheran Evangelical Church, Missouri Synod and remained active and was a member of the Men's Club until his health impaired his activities. A graduate of the June 1944 class of Crispus Attucks High School, he was employed at the Finance Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison. During World War II, he served as a medical clerk in the US Army Air Force. In 1951, he received a bachelors of Science degree in education from Indiana University, Bloomington, and completed his Masters of Science degree in 1981 from Butler University, Indianapolis. Mr. Parker's career in the Indianapolis Public School System spanned over 45 years as a teacher and dean in several elementary schools. He retired from Arlington High School. Parker began his writing experience in the field of music and had four of his compositions published and recorded. One of his songs won first honors in a National Capitol records songwriting contest. He attributed the genesis of his songwriting to his days at IU. He was especially proud of his award winning poem, "Our freedom is a Precious Thing", which was published in a national bicentennial collection. In January of 1985, Mr. Parker became the first Indianapolis Poet Laureate of the 104th Indiana General Assembly of both the House and Senate. While a teacher at Arlington High School, he authored the celebrated, "Poems for People," was a winner in the "poetry on the Buses" competition and his poem, "People Make The World Go Round," appeared on metro buses during Black History Month in February of 1985. Parker, raised in a tradition of community service modeled by his father, gave freely of his personal talents and resources with lifelong involvement in many organizations. He served the Indiana Historical Society; founder of Music promoters; member of Music Cabinet of Indiana University; First Black Cabinet member; Midtown Writers Club; Falcon Club of IU; YMCA Cabinet member; NAACP; Inter-racial Commission; Sigma Theta Epsilon officer; member of IU University Theater; officer of Our Savior Lutheran Church; National Educational Association; Indiana State Teachers Association; recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and a long list of additional accomplishments, awards, medals and trophies. Wendell, "The Candy Man" has been rewarded a victory of peace after a life of dedication to fulfill his passion for writing poetry, music and his commitment to teaching students. Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stuart Mortuary and on Friday, March 23, 2007 from Noon to 1 p.m. at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, 261 West 25th Street, where services will be on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 1 p.m. Entombment will be at Field of Valor at Crown Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Douglass and Barbara Jean Carter; nieces, Esther Ellis, Barbara Dawn Willis, Margaret Stepp, Cerice Parker; great-niece, Tanya Ann (Nakia) Price; great-great-nieces, Nakia and Amaya Price; nephews, Roy Lee Parker and Phillip Parker; great-great nephew, Jaden Price. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary, Inc.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on March 22, 2007
 
 
 
 
Roy E. Simpson
 
Roy Ellsworth Simpson Was born on September 19, 1947, in Zanesville, Ohio was the tenth of thirteen children of Mary Frances and Waldo Simpson. Surrounded with a strong family ethos of love and encouragement, Roy was inspired and helped by his parents and older siblings to become educated so as to give back to his family and the world. Roy's boyhood activities included "protecting" his sisters and fishing, swimming, and playing ball with his brothers and friends. Upon graduation from Zanesville High School in 1965, Roy's athletic prowess gained him a full basketball scholarship to Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. Appreciating his warm, caring ways as well as his leadership abilities, his peers elected him their freshman class president and numerous positions in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Having received a B.S. in biology education in 1969, Roy began his career in education by teaching and coaching basketball in the Cleveland Public Schools from 1969 through 1978. He relished this engagement with students, just as they loved him. He then took his gusto for people and his delight in achievement to the business world, working in sales and marketing for Honeywell and Schlumberger from 1978 until 1991. His corporate work having brought him to Indianapolis, Roy returned to education in 1991, teaching science at Belzer Middle School (Lawrence Township) and concurrently earning a master's degree in education administration. He began his work with Indianapolis Public Schools in 1993 as assistant principal at Manual High School. The following year then Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas formed a three-person team of Roy, Rocky Grismore and Jethro Knaaze to serve as co-principals of Manual. The "Three Amigos," or "The Triumvirate," as they were dubbed, became friends for life. Roy went on to serve as co-principal with Dr. Jackie Greenwood at Arlington High School. From 1998 until 2007 he was principal of Northwest High School. Among the accomplishments of Northwest H.S. during his time were the formation of the International Baccalaureate program and numerous city athletic championships and community partnerships. In the spring of 2007 Roy was named Director of Student Services for Indianapolis Public Schools. Among his duties he represented IPS with various civic organizations. In 2001 he was elected to the IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association) Board, for which he represented Marion County and urban schools. Roy thrived on the multitude of people who were part of his wide and varied career. So , too, the people of Eastern Star Baptist Church, of which he, his wife, and his daughter were members since 1992, were integral to his life. Especially he enjoyed serving for the past several years on the senior usher board at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday services. He so appreciated how Pastor Jeffrey Johnson served in various capacities for students at Northwest H.S. during Roy's tenure there. Finally, other friends and, of course, his family - always close even when widely scattered geographically - were ever a joy to Roy. Most of all, Roy was a devoted family man. He was married to Charlotte (White) of Rockford, Illinois, on July 2, 1977, at Lane Metropolitan C.M.E. Church in Cleveland. Roy met his beloved Charlotte when she was a beginning teacher at Glenville High School in Cleveland, where she first spotted him and had an immediate attraction. Their only child, daughter Elizabeth Vi, was born March 11, 1981. Roy and Charlotte met their goal of traveling to all fifty states. Although they also made several trips to Europe and Caribbean, Roy most appreciated the variety of culture and nature within the U.S. He took great pleasure in animals, whether a rare species in a zoo, an eagle soaring in the sky over Yellowstone National Park, or the group of deer that were lying in the snow in his backyard on a recent Christmas morning. Roy also delighted in the humorous and whimsical—whether he was watching cartoons with daughter Liz or displaying yet another "desk toy" given him by a friend. Roy is survived by his wife Charlotte; daughter Elizabeth; ten siblings: twin sister Constance Simpson, as well as Allan Simpson (Wesselyn), Emerson Simpson, Glendora Black (James), Rosemary Allwood (Vernon), Stanley Simpson (Saundra), Martha Burch (Robert), Karen Hicks (William), John Simpson (Renee), and Richard Simpson (Sharon); twenty-two nieces and nephews; twenty-seven great-nieces and great-nephews; including his precious niece, Donna Simpson Leak (Spencer) of Chicago, Illinois who selflessly cared for him his final days. Calling will be on Monday, July 7, 2008 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Stuart Mortuary Chapel, additional calling will be on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the church with services at 11:00 a.m. at Eastern Star Church 5750 East 30th Street. Entombment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions, may be made to the Jewel Christian Academy 5750 East 30th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46218. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Stuart Mortuary.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 6, 2008
 
 
 
 
LeRoy Turner
LeRoy Turner Born January 6, 1914, the youngest of seven children born to Sandy and Chanie Turner. He had three brothers and three sisters, none of whom survive. His birth place was Franklin, Virginia. He professed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Old Cold Springs Baptist Church. After graduation from Hayden High, he enrolled and graduated from Virginia State College with a BS degree in agriculture in 1938. He began his teaching career at South Hampton High School in Courtland, Virginia. On January 26, 1941 he married Mattie Allyn Brandon of Nashville, TN. To this union were born Eleanor Lee, Robert LeRoy and Margaret Jean. After four years of residing in Virginia, he and his family moved to Nashville, where he taught in the Nashville Davidson County School System, until his age of retirement. Each years of his tenure he visited the parents of every student. July 1, 1980, they moved to Indianapolis and bought a home to be near their son and daughter who were teaching in the Indianapolis School System, and each had a little son. Although LeRoy continued keeping his property in mint condition, he helped to improve conditions in his community. Mrs. Mattie Coney heard of him and persuaded him to join her "City Beautiful" project. His civic volunteering was boundless. Thus a lasting friendship between him and Mayor Hudnut had been formed. His last community work before his prolonged illness was volunteering as a guidance counselor at Arlington High School. Dr. Jacquelyn Greenwood, principal. LeRoy had a master's degree in Guidance Counseling. Church attendance was the most important routine in the life of the Turner family. Throughout LeRoy's adult life he served positions as Sunday School Superintendent, choir member (bass) and Sunday School teacher. When they moved to Indianapolis, their next door neighbor, Mrs. Ruth Mayhoefer invited them to visit Covenant Presbyterian Church. That became their church choice. Everytime that membership moved to larger quarters, so did they. LeRoy enjoyed attending their beautiful new Christ Presbyterian Church for three years before his permanent illness. He leaves to mourn for him, Mattie B., his wife of 64 and a half years; Eleanor Brummer Francis (Anthony) and Robert LeRoy Turner; his youngest child, Margaret Jean Turner Chatman is deceased; grandchildren: Marcus Lee Brummer (Lorna) Margaret Tamara Brummer, Troy A. Turner and Forrest Turner (Mrs. Esther Turner Tominson, mother); Ranada Turner (Mother, Mrs. Martha Turner Manuel); extended family: John Manuel, little Madelle and Marlo Paul Manuel; and niece, Miss Yvonne Brandon. A memorial service will be held July 15, 2005 at 11 a.m. in Christ Presbyterian Church, located at 79th St. and Carroll Road, with visitation from 10:30 a.m. Pastor David Comstock officiating. On July 20, 2005 the family will arrive in Nashville, Tennessee for the burial service to be held at 12 Noon at Greenwood Cemetery for graveside services. His relatives there are Miss Evelyn Suggs, Dr. Howard and Hazel Suggs Burley, Mrs. Nan M. Forte, Li Fran Forte, Dr's. Charles and Evelyn Fancher and the daughters and son of Dr. J. LB and Jeanette Forrester and some very close friends. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Christ Presbyterian Church or Fisk University, Nashville, TN. Arrangements entrusted to: Moore & Kirk, Irvington Chapel.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 12, 2005
 
 
 
 
 
Anna V. Wessel
 
Anna Virginia Wessel 81, caring and loving sister of Pauline Sallwasser, dear sister-in-law of Charles Sallwasser, devoted aunt of Paul (Teri), Brad and Cheryl Sallwasser, great aunt to Jenny (Andre) Friederich, died on November 6, 2006. Other survivors include many cousins and friends. Anna taught in Indianapolis Public Schools for 42 years (K-12) where she touched and inspired the lives of many students. She introduced a new girl's sports program at Arlington High School. Anna taught and coached Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, and Track. She was named Coach of the Year for Volleyball in 1987. She retired from Arlington High School in 1989. Ever the dedicated coach, when funds were not available to hire a bus driver, Anna obtained a Commercial Driver's License and drove the girls' teams to the meets. Once in the rush to get ready, a basketball player realized she had two shoes for the same foot. When she told Anna, her reply was, "We don't have time to go back, you will just have to play with the shoes you have". The player, Angie, went on to play one of her best games of the season. Anna's interests included softball, bowling, and cards. In the 1960s and '70s, she played and helped manage softball teams, which regularly represented Indianapolis area at regionalnational tournaments. Her bowling skills earned her a place in the exclusive Women's International Bowling Congress with a high series score of 684. A lifelong member of Linwood Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Anna was active in many aspects of the church. Anna was a graduate from Indiana University with a BS and Masters in Physical Education. Family and friends will be received November 10 from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m. at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Washington Park East, 10722 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society .
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 9, 2006
 
 
 
 
Margaret L. Warner
 
Margaret "Peg" Louise Warner 83, Union City, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2007. She was born January 31, 1924 to Hugh and Grace Gettinger Warner, who precede her in death. She was a school teacher for Indianapolis Pub lic Schools, teaching at Strings, Manuel, Howe, and Arlington High Schools, and some elementary schools as well. She was a member of the First Christian Church, and loved to play cards with her friends. Graveside services will be held at the conven ience of the family at Lisbon Cemetery. There are no public calling hours or services. Me morials may be made to the donor's choice with envelopes available at Reichard Funeral Home Inc., which has been entrusted with the services.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on December 15, 2007
 
 
 
 
Maxine Thayer
 
Maxine Thayer Indy's 'First Lady of Softball' died Thursday, July 13, 2006. Maxine was born December 7, 1921 to Clara Bell and Hubert Jones in Galton, Illinois, the 7th of 10 children. She is survived by one sister, Marjorie Williams and two brothers, Paul and Richard Jones; living in Tuscola, Illinois. Maxine came to Indianapolis in 1941. She graduated with honors from the Practical School of Nursing in 1952 and worked at General Hospital and Wishard Hospital for 32 years, retiring in 1984. Maxine's life revolved around athletics, especially women's softball. She played from early 1940's to 1955. She coached and managed ASA Women's Fast Pitch teams for 29 years; participating in 7 National Tournaments with a 3rd place finish in 1974. She became the most winning coach with 1,118 wins and 475 losses. She also coached AAU basketball and took her team to a fourth place finish at the National AAU Tourney. In addition, she coached basketball and softball at Arlington High School and won the City Championship in 1980. She was co-owner of the Metro Softball Stadium; her teams provided entertainment at the Veterans Hospital for 22 years in softball, volleyball, and basketball; she bowled in the Indy Classic League and was on the City Championship team in 1960; she was a charter member of the Perry Sertoma Club. She was an avid Fever Basketball fan. Her distinguished lifetime achievements also include: in 1963 was presented the All Sports Award medal by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; was the Deputy Softball Commissioner for 28 years in Indy; was the league director of slow pitch for girls under 19 years old; nominated for 1976 Indianapolis Woman of the Year; included in 1977- 78 edition of Who's Who of American Women; was presented with Sagamore of the Wabash award by Governor Robert Orr in 1984; Mayor William Hudnut declared August 19, 1984 'Maxine Thayer Day'; became the first woman lifetime member of ASA in 1978; and was inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 1988. Maxine Thayer was much more than these statistics: she was a caring and compassionate woman who was intense about life and sports. She loved her athletes and wanted success for them both on and off the playing field. To that goal, she gave her all. She will be sorely missed and yet beautifully remembered by her family, friends, and "her girls." A special gathering to honor Maxine Thayer will be held at Garfield Park on September 2, 2006 at 3:00 pm at the ball diamond. A pitch-in picnic will follow. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Indiana.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on July 30, 2006
 
 
 
 
Warren Lee Sprunger
 
Warren Lee Sprunger, 69, Madison, formerly of Indianapolis, died May 7, 2003 in Lewisville, TX. He was previously a teacher at Arlington High School and School #103, and finished his career in 1992 as Manager of Marketing Services for Eli Lilly & Co. after 29 years. Warren was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Trinity United Methodist Church (Madison, IN), Indiana Artists Association, Hoosier Salon, and served in the U.S. Army 25th Infantry Division during the Korean conflict. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Stuart) Sprunger; sons, Kurt and Stephen Sprunger; daughter, Gayle (Sprunger) Spaulding; brother, M. Dewey Sprunger; sisters, Lucille Harris, Kathleen McClellan and Gyneth Stanley; and 9 grandchildren. Service will be Mon., May 12 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church with calling on Sun. from 4 to 8 p.m. in the church parlor, and on Mon. one hour prior to service. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics of Indiana, Lide White Boys & Girls Club (Madison, IN), or Lifestream Services Inc. of Delaware County. Warren's retirement was filled with wonderful times spent with his wife Nancy, his painting, and his grandchildren who he cherished. Arrangements are being handled by Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center - Washington Park East. www.flanner-buchanan.com
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 10, 2003
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don Russell Shambaugh
 
Don Russell Shambaugh 74, Brownsburg, died April 4, 2005. He was an educator, coach and counselor for 32 years. He had taught high school and middle school for Pike Twp. Metropolitan School Corp., retiring in 1989. Prior to that, he had taught at Arlington H.S., Indiana Boys School and Belzer Middle School. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-53. He was a 44 year member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Pike Twp. Lions Club (Past President); National Education Association, Indiana State Teachers Assoc., Greyhound Club of University of Indianapolis; and the American Legion. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Indianapolis and a Masters degree from Butler University. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia Society. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 7, 2005 at Bethel United Methodist Church, Indpls., with calling from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, Indpls. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Mary Calvert Shambaugh; sons, Bret Alan and Bart Edwin Shambaugh; daughter, Susan Marie Shambaugh; brother, Monte Shambaugh; grandchildren, Sophie and John Shambaugh. Arrangements handled by: Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on April 6, 2005
 
 
 
 
Rowena Graub Roush
Rowena "Sunny", Graub Roush 90, Indianapolis, died June 17, 2003. She was born on October 11, 1912 in Hammond, IL to the late Jesse and Clara (Bowen) South. She was the oldest of eight children. The South Family moved to Bainbridge, IN in 1927. Sunny taught for several years at Central Normal College in Danville, IN before earning her RN Degree from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She attained a Masters Degree in education from Butler University. Her nursing career was spent as the school nurse at Arsenal Technical High School, and at Arlington High School, from where she retired in 1974. Sunny was a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, and the Carolyn Scott Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In addition, she was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Sunny had genuine love for all members of her church, the Third Christian Church. She had a unique, God-given gift of being able to transfer her love in a way that motivated others to  respond in a joyous way. Sunny had an avid life-long interest in music and gardening, and will always be remembered for her compassion and love for others. She was the widow of John W. Graub. Survivors include her husband, Robert Louis Roush; one son, John W. Graub, II and his wife, Mary Bennett Graub; grandchildren, Ariana, Sarah, and John Nicholas Graub; sisters, Marjorie Akers, Evelyn Varner; brothers, Don and Dean South. Memorial services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Third Christian Church, 5220 N. Fall Creek Pkwy. Friends may greet the family following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship of John, co Robin Run Village, 5354 West 62nd St., Indpls., IN 46268. Arrangements are entrusted to Leppert & Hensley Mortuary, Nora Chapel.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on June 19, 2003
 
 
 
 
Alice L. Payne
Alice Lucille Payne 88, of Indianapolis, moved on to eternity on Sunday, January 15, 2006. Alice Lucille Hilliard was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1917. She was one of thirteen children of the late James and Minnie Hilliard. Alice was a graduate of Arkansas State University, Pine Bluff, Arkansas with a B.S. in Liberal Arts. After meeting her husband in Tyler, Texas, Alice moved to Indianapolis where she raised six children and began her career in education. Alice received a M.S. in Elementary Education from Butler University and a M.S. in Library Science from the University of Illinois. She was a teacher and administrator with the Indianapolis Public Schools for thirty-six years. She taught at Schools 87, 6 and 29. Completing her career as the Director of Media Services at Crispus Attucks and Arlington High Schools before retiring in 1989. Alice was appointed by the governor of Indiana to two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees for Indiana State University. After retirement, Alice was an active participant with the Executive Service Corp., mentoring students in science in preparation for the science fair. Alice was a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. This year she became a Golden Soror-attaining 50 years in the sorority. She was a founding member of her sorority's local scholarship fund committee. Alice had a strong love for reading. Instilling in her children the importance of going to college and becoming self-reliant. She was extremely proud that all six of her children obtained a college degree. She understood that having a good education was one of the keys for a successful life Alice also enjoyed writing, traveling and being involved in numerous civic organizations. She especially enjoyed playing bridge and socializing in her cherished Colony Club. Alice was the widow of Wilbur Mitchell Payne, Sr. She is survived by her children, Wilbur, Jr. (Marion), Hilton Head, South Carolina, Dr. Brownell (Ricardo), Los Angels, California, Charles (Karen), Indianapolis, Donald (Linda), Baltimore, Maryland, Alice, Danville, Illinois; brother, Stafford Hilliard, Detroit, Michigan; sister, Gloria Hilliard, Hot Springs, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. A son, Ronald preceded her in death. Alice will be greatly missed by her family, friends and school children who were influenced by her caring and good will. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpha Mu Omega Scholarship Fund co Barbara Hatcher, 2827 Sunnyfield Court, Indianapolis, IN 46228. Services will be held Saturday, January 21 at Light of the World Christian Church, 4646 Michigan Road, Indianapolis at 11 a.m. with calling from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Interment: Crown Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Stuart Mortuary.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on January 19, 2006
 
 
 
 
William G. Orme
William G. "Pop" Orme Went home to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. He was born April 16, 1914; the son of Dora and William Orme. Bill and his wife Mildred graduated together from Southport High School in 1932. They married on May 16, 1944. At that time, Bill had enlisted in the US Navy in Explosive Ordinance Disposal. Bill was known as a "Mustang," as he began military service as enlisted and retired as Lt. Commander after serving actively in WWII, the Korean War, and the Navy Reserve. After WWII, Bill, a Butler University graduate began a career in the Indianapolis Public School system. Bill taught junior high and high school students in history, government, science, and physical education. At Arlington High School as an athletic trainer, he was fondly known as "Doc Orme," a strong, soft spoken, and gentle man. Bill's legacy is that of a man embodying great dignity, honor, and integrity. He will be revered and missed by his inspired family members, and friends. Bill is survived by his loving wife Mildred; blessed children Bill Orme (Cathy) and Janet Brown (Bill); grandchildren Hannah Orme, Jeff (Amber) and Mark (Jill) Brown; and three great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at Washington Park East Cemetery (10612 E. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46229) on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions can be made to The National Military Family Association or Vista Care Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel. You are invited to read Bill's complete obituary at www.wilsonstpierre.com where you may sign the guest book.
 

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on November 8, 2010