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Elmer Earl Richards, 93
Elmer Earl Richards, 93, Greensburg, died at 12:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at the home of his daughter in Greenwood.
Born March 5, 1906, in Rushville, he was the son of Clarence and Lana (Roby) Richards. He married Marie Vivian Allen on July 31, 1947, in Indianapolis, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 14, 1978.
He lived most of his life in Decatur County. He retired in 1972 from Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg after 19 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Aerie Baptist Church at Letts for over 50 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a sergeant with the Army Air Force.
He is survived by one son, Norman Richards of Columbus; one daughter, Rita Richards of Greenwood; three sisters, Nora Walters of Toledo, Ohio, Zula Randolph of Findley, Ohio, and Ellen Maxey of Indianapolis; and two brothers, Don Richards and Marvin Richards, both of Indianapolis.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Fern Fultz and Mavis Knotts; and three brothers, Robert Richards, Carl Richards, and Roy Richards.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bass and Gasper Funeral Home in Westport, with the Revs. Ken Tingley and Robert Welling officiating.
Burial will be at Mt. Aerie Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis Hospice at Greenwood through the funeral home.

Dale E. Owens, 68
Dale E. Owens, 68, Greensburg, died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 8, 1931, in Greensburg, he was the son of Clifford C. and Bertie H. (Heavern) Owens. He married Judy (Gindling) Owens on June 27, 1959, and she survives.
He was a self-employed interior decorator. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Club. He was a former board member at September Place. He was a current board member of the Greensburg Housing Authority. He graduated from Greensburg High School. He was active in the Democratic Party.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Tony Owens of Greensburg; one daughter, Lisa (Mrs. Rick) Chambers of Greensburg; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Dean Owens.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Michael Kelley officiating.
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s School or to the Decatur County Hospice.

Herbert Gene Fritz, 66
Herbert Gene Fritz, 66, of Shelbyville, died Sunday, August 15, 1999 at Vencor Indianapolis South Hospital in Greenwood.
Born Feb. 20, 1933 in Shelby County, he was the son of Henry R. and Bessie E. (Howery) Fritz. He married Eleanor “Joan” Garnier on Aug. 30, 1952, and she survives.
He grew up in Rush County, but spent most of his life in Shelby County. He worked at Bohn in Rushville, Tokheim, Gen Pro, KT Corporation, and Overhead Door Corporation in Shelbyville. He was an avid sportsman, member of the board for men’s and women’s softball leagues, played in and coached for softball leagues in Shelbyville and Indianapolis. He graduated from Milroy High School in 1951. He was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, David “Gene” Fritz and William Dale Fritz, both of Shelbyville; a daughter, Melinda Sosbe of Dunreith; two brothers, Chester R. Fritz of Shirley, and Clarence E. Fritz of Shelbyville; one sister, Mrs. David (Esther) Ramer of Shelbyville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by one grandchild and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with the Rev. James Horner officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Grady Daniel Holly Sr., 91
Grady Daniel Holly Sr., 91, Tampa, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 16, 1999, at Tampa, Fla.
Born Nov. 5, 1907, in Scottsboro, Ala., he was the son of Henry Felix and Mary Jane (Davis) Holly. He married Evalyn Adams Holly on Feb. 19, 1940, and she survives.
He was a Nazarene minister all of his life. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Tampa, Fla. He was a member of the Caribbean Missionary Society.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Grail Holly of Tampa; one son, Grady D. Holly Jr. of Ila, Ga.; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Union Flatrock Cemetery near Osgood.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union Flatrock Cemetery through the funeral home.

Vivian Swango, 67
Vivian Swango, 67, Greensburg, died Friday, Sept. 10, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg.

Jonathan Michael Fox, 2 days
Jonathan Michael Fox, 2 days, Columbus, died at 1:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, in Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.
Born Feb. 22, 2000, in Columbus, he was the son of Michael and Kelly Fox, and they survive.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Stacy Kristine Fox of Columbus; and four grandparents, Ronald Cope of Rockville, Julia Grange of Clinton, and Raymond and John Fox of Marshall.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Marshall, with the Rev. Don Perry officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by Rice Funeral Home in Marshall.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children.

Devera Ann Stevenson, 67
Devera Ann Stevenson, 67, Cadillac, Mich., formerly of Greensburg, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at her winter home in Sanibel, Fla.
She married John Stevenson, and he survives. She was a registered dietitian with a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a master's degree from Michigan State University.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father, Garrett Moore of Sandusky, Ohio; one sister, Jeanne Aust of Toledo, Ohio; one brother, Pete Moore of Stongsville, Ohio; 10 children, Gerianne (Mrs. Mark) Stohlquist of Chicago, Linda Stevenson of Elkhart, John Stevenson of Lansing, Mich., Julie (Mrs. Dave) DiMatteo of Hamburg, N.Y., Nancy (Mrs. Mike) Barrett of Coldwater, Mich., Kathleen (Mrs. Rick) Bryan of Norton, Mass., Laura (Mrs. Tom) O'Brien of Lombard, Ill., David Stevenson of Elmhurst, Ill., Dan Stevenson of Cincinnati, and Jeffrey Stevenson of Omaha, Neb.; and 31 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ignatius in Luther, Mich.
Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Peterson Funeral Home in Cadillac, Mich.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isabel Church, 3559 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, c/o J. DiMatteo, 114 Maple Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075.

Charles J. DeWeese, 67
Charles J. DeWeese, 67, Greensburg, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Heritage House in Greensburg.
Born Feb. 2, 1933, in Glasgow, Ky., he was the son of William Paul and Myrtle Lee (Arnold) DeWeese, and his mother survives in Greensburg.
He was employed at Al Reynolds for 23 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by one son, Chris DeWeese; one grandson; and several aunts and uncles.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald DeWeese and Russell DeWeese. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home in Greensburg, with the Rev. Michael Lavender officiating.
Burial will be at Hebron Cemetery in Adams.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert "Bud" Edward Scott, 68
Robert "Bud" Edward Scott, 68, Montrose, Colo., died at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000, at the Montrose Memorial Hospital.
Born June 28, 1931, in Greenville, Tenn., he was the son of Fannie (Tillson) Scott.
He was manager of a petroleum station in Montrose, Colo.
He is survived by one son, Mike Scott of Montrose, Colo.; one daughter, Julie (Mrs. Robert) O'Dell of Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Thelma Meadows of Greensburg; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jim Scott; one brother, Raymond Scott; and one sister, Norma Scott.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Seventh-Day Adventist in Montrose, Colo., with the Pastor Lloyd Austin officiating.
Burial will be at Grand View Cemetery in Montrose, Colo.
Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Fred E. Owens, 87 
Fred E. Owens, 87, Alexandria, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at his residence. 
Born March 6, 1914 in Johnson County, he was the son of Earl and Minnie (Jones) Owens. He married Helen Stainbrook Aug. 29, 1936 and she survives.
He spent most of his life in the Shelby County and the Greensburg area, and had farmed in Shelby County for a number of years. He retired in 1978 from the Army Finance Center in Indianapolis. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Jeanette Guthrie of Alexandria; three grandchildren, Trisha Turner of Indianapolis, Todd Guthrie of Carmel and Troy Guthrie of Anderson; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, the Rev. Herbert Owens of Florida, William Owens of Shelbyville and Harold Owens of Florida; three sisters, Alberta Branson of Shelbyville, Mildred Eudaly of Florida and Ellamae Bowers of Pennsylvania.
The funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Owens Funeral Home in Alexandria with the Rev. Howard Bowers and the Rev. Ray Probasco officiating. A private family entombment service will be Friday in Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis. 
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexandria First United Methodist Church, or the Community VNA Hospice program through the funeral home. 

Ercil Askren McCarty, 92 
Ercil Askren McCarty, 92, of Vero Beach, Fla. died June 1, 2001. Born in Greensburg Aug. 20, 1908, she was the daughter of Bert and Mary Askren. She married Frank McCarty in 1933 and he preceded her in death in 1985. 
She graduated from Butler University where she was president of Alpha Delta Theta Sorority, and received an award for the second best female athlete at the university by scoring 700 points playing basketball. She received her masters degree from Michigan State University. Before moving to Vero Beach in 1972, she taught Spanish and English in Windfall, Charlotte, N.C. and Lansing, Mich. She retired in 1971. 
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Naomi Circle of the church. The organizations to which she belonged include Tri Kappa Sorority, Order of the Eastern Star, Kles Club, Welcome Wagon, Vero Beach Yacht Club, Dodger Pines Golf Club and Golden Wheel. 
She is survived by one son, Bill McCarty of Kalamazoo, Mich.; one daughter Susan Sleaford of Vero Beach; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Ft. Pierce, Fla. 

Paul J. Geis, 78 
Paul J. Geis, 78, Greensburg, died Thursday, June 14, 2001 at home. 
Born Dec. 24, 1922 in Decatur County, he was the son of Lawrence and Rose (Volk) Geis. He married Margaret Hodapp Aug. 19, 1961 and she survives. 
He worked for 36 years at the telephone company in Greensburg, retiring in 1984, and was also a self employed farmer. He was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church in Enochsburg and the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II from Jan. 14, 1943 to Nov. 5, 1945, and was a prisoner of war for 14 months. The accounts of his plane going down in Amsterdam March 22, 1944 is recorded in "The Diary of Anne Frank." 
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Phillip Geis of Greensburg; one daughter Mary (Mrs. Paul) Bruns of Greensburg; four brothers, Anthony Geis of Vincennes, Francis Geis of Greensburg, the Rev. John Geis of Floyd Knobs, and Albert Geis of Batesville; two sisters, Rita Ambrose and Marian Raver, both of Anderson; and five grandchildren. 
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Enochsburg with the Rev. John Geis and the Rev. Gregory Bramlage officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. 
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home with a rosary at 6 p.m. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Decatur County Hospice. 

Edna Anna Schindler,94 
Edna Anna Schindler, 94, Sunman, died Thursday, June 14, 2001 at The Waters of Batesville. 
Born Sept. 10, 1906 at Lookout in Ripley County, she was the daughter of Charles and Dena (Schutte) Schindler. 
She was a member of Adams Lutheran Church in Batesville. She worked with her sister in the operation of the Lookout Grocery Store years ago. 
Surviving are two nephews, Richard Bredemeier of Atwater, Ohio and David Bredemeier of Celina, Ohio. 
Her sister, Gertrude Bredemeier, preceded her in death.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Neal's Funeral Home in Osgood with the Rev. Wm. Powlen officiating. Burial will be in Adams Lutheran Cemetery in Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Adams Lutheran church.

Earl J. Baker, 55 
Earl J. Baker, 55, Rushville, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday at the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.
Born, Jan. 14, 1946 in Rush County, he was the son of Eldred and Letha (Hobbs) Baker. He married Mary Robinson and she survives.
Prior to moving to Rushville last fall, he had lived in Jennings and Decatur counties. He was a self-employed driver for the Amish. 
In addition to his widow, survivors include three step-sons, Roland Thompson of Indianapolis, Kenneth Thompson of Kentucky and George Bartlett of Virginia; three step-daughters, Sandra Thompson of Westport, Sue Thompson of North Vernon and Gloria (Mrs. Mike) Roberts of Indianapolis; three sisters, Nina (Mrs. Billy Joe) West of Greensburg, Margie (Mrs. Ralph) Cummins of Clarksburg and Doris Jean (Mrs. Burchel) Moore of Connersville; two step-brothers, George Brock and Robert Harison, both of Connersville; one step-sister, Demie Robertson of Clarksburg; 14 step-grandchildren; and two nieces
He was preceded in death by both parents and one brother.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Hopewell Cemetery in Rush County with the Rev. John Rollards officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the cemetery. 
Arrangements are being made by Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville.


 

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