Our Obituaries

Jody Lee Johnson

August 8, 1971 - June 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Connersville, IN.
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Joe Tillison

June 2, 1964 - June 11, 2017

Milroy, IN SGM Joe Tillison, 53, of Milroy, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Franklin County, as a result of a motorcycle accident on US 52. Joe was born in Rushville on June 2, 1964 to Robert Joseph, Sr. and Joyce Lorraine Smith Tillison. He graduated from Connersville High School in 1982 and received a bachelor degree from DeVry University, Chicago, Illinois. As a recent graduate of the Sergeant...
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Larry Dean Evans

June 3, 1965 - May 9, 2017

Larry Dean Evans, Jr., 51, of Brownsville, died May 9, 2017 at his residence. A Connersville native, Larry was born June 3, 1965 to Larry Sr. and Shirley Herbert Evans and was a 1983 graduate of Connersville High School. Until his retirement, he was employed at Visteon and its predecessors. Larry was a member of the American Legion Post 1 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 571, both of...
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Mark Edward Messer

November 30, 1953 - April 24, 2017

Mark Edward Messer, 63, passed away April 24, 2017 at his home in Connersville due to heart failure. Mark is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn Jo Harsh Messer and his daughters: Michele Baker and her husband, Ralph; Charity Sanders, all of Connersville. Grandchildren include: Vanesa McQueen and husband, Brad of Connersville; Makenzie Watts and husband, Tommy of Rushville; Haley Ernstes of Rushville...
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Charles Jaccaud

November 29, 1945 - April 11, 2017

Charles Wade "Jocko" Jaccaud, 71, of Connersville, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Reid Health, Richmond, with his loving wife by his side.Charles was born November 29, 1945, in Akron, Ohio, the only child of Wade Emer and Veda Marie Swope Jaccaud, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1963 graduate of Black River High School in Sullivan, Ohio and attended Ivy Tech in Richmond where...
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James R. Snider

March 15, 1968 - April 1, 2017

James Ronald Snider, Jr., 49 of Connersville, died Saturday, April 1, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. A Connersville native, James was born March 15, 1968 to James Ronald, Sr. and Jane Marlane Gaddis Snider. For several years, he was employed at The Davey Tree Expert Company and Nelson Tree Service, Inc. both of Indianapolis. James was a member of the Sons of the American Legion...
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Scott E. Smith

September 20, 1970 - March 28, 2017

Scott E. Smith, 46, of Connersville died March 28, 2017 at Fayette Regional Health System. A Louisville, Kentucky native, Scott was born September 20, 1970 to Robert T. and Wanda McCorkle Smith. In 1988, he graduated from Iroquois High School, Louisville and was employed as a certified electrician for several years. Scott was a member of Cloverleaf Baptist Church, Louisville and was an avid fan...
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Gevenna M. Gabbard Bottomley

November 6, 1966 - March 23, 2017

Gevenna M. Gabbard Bottomley, 50, of Connersville, died at Reid Health, Richmond, Thursday, March 23, 2017.A native of Connersville, Gevenna was born to Herschel Alvey and Freda Gabbard on November 6, 1966. She was a 1985 of Connersville High School and had been employed at Ford Electronics and Refrigeration for ten years. She had also worked as a retail clerk at Grandview Pharmacy. Gevenna was...
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Jenell James

February 22, 1944 - March 22, 2017

Jenell "Janie" James, 73, of Connersville died March 22, 2017 at her residence. Janie, a Connersville native was born February 22, 1944 to Walter K. and June D. Kendall James and graduated from Connersville High School in 1962. She was employed with Philco Ford and its predecessors until her retirement in 2005. Janie dedicated her life to God and was a lifetime member of Hill Top Tabernacle. She...
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Christine Wells

January 14, 1924 - March 16, 2017

Christine Wells, 93 of Connersville, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at The Springs of Richmond.Christine was born January 14, 1924 in Jackson County, Kentucky to Robert and Dora Cornelius Taylor. She was a graduate of the Annville Institute in Jackson County and had attended Berea College. On August 30, 1947 in Blooming Grove, Christine married Willie J. Wells. Together they owned and operated...
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Joyce M. Bradburn

July 7, 1949 - March 15, 2017

Joyce Bradburn, 67, of Connersville died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her residence after a brief and sudden illness. Joyce was born July 7, 1949 in Polk County, Des Moines, Iowa to Keith and Esther Mickesh and attended Polk County schools including Polk High School where she graduated in 1967. Joyce also graduated from Tulsa Junior College in Tulsa, Oklahoma with an Associate's Degree in...
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Virginia Readle Pearson

August 21, 1920 - March 6, 2017

Virginia Readle Pearson - a beloved mother, grandmother/nana, and friend to many - passed away on March 6 2017. She was born Virginia "Ginny" Rebecca Miller to her parents, Ira and Ann Miller of Connersville, on August 21, 1920. Virginia attended local schools, and, after graduating from Connersville High School in 1939, joined the work force at McQuay-Norris where she worked during WWII. She...
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Francis R. Powell

July 27, 1924 - February 24, 2017

Francis R. Powell, 92 of Connersville, died February 24, 2017 at Fayette Regional Health System. Francis was born July 27, 1924 in Aurora, Nebraska to William Henry and Grace I. Daniels Powell. He was a 1941 graduate of Connersville High School and enlisted in the United States Navy on October 14, 1941. Francis served in World War II as a 2nd class Boatsman Mate where he received numerous...
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Rosemary A. Sloan

December 31, 1916 - February 21, 2017

Indianapolis, IN Rosemary Ann "Posey" Sloan, 100, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at St. Vincent's Hospice Center in Indianapolis, where she had been a patient for two days.The daughter of Bernard and Mary O'Donnell Sloan, she was born December 31, 1916, in Bryan, Ohio.As a child, she lived in northern Ohio but moved as a teenager to Syracuse, New York, where she...
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Howard Winstead

July 18, 1945 - February 17, 2017

Howard Winstead, 71, of Connersville, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at his residence.A Jackson County, Kentucky native, Howard was born July 18, 1945 to Albert and Ida Mae Gentry Winstead and was a 1965 graduate of McKee High School. For over twenty years, Howard was employed in the maintenance department at Fayette County School Corporation until his retirement in 2007. His favorite hobby was...
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Patricia Ann McNeely

June 10, 1940 - February 12, 2017

Patricia Ann McNeely, 76, of Connersville, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Fayette Regional Health System.A native of Rushville, she was born June 10, 1940 to Virgil E. and Lois Aileen Johnting Jones. She was a 1959 graduate of Rushville High School and was married May 28, 1960 to Barry McNeely at the First Baptist Church in Rushville. Patricia was a member of the First Baptist Church in...
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Willie Johnson

March 11, 1938 - January 19, 2017

Willie "Burgess" Johnson, 78, of Connersville, died Thursday morning, January 19, 2017, at Caroleton Manor in Connersville.Burgess was born in Jackson County, Kentucky, March 11, 1938, to William Everett and Bertha Katherine Pearson Johnson. He had farmed the family farm raising cattle and hogs. He loved life and was a hard worker. Burgess had also been employed at Connersville Casket Company,...
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Victor L. Harvey

July 22, 1963 - January 3, 2017

Victor L. Harvey, 53, of Milton, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at his residence.Victor is the son of Glen and Neva Bennett Harvey, born July 22, 1963 in Wayne County. He was a 1981 graduate of Connersville High School and had been employed as a roofer as a member of United Roofers and Waterproofers Union. Local 119. He primarily was employed as a foreman with Henry C. Smithers Roofing and...
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Virgil Irvin Steele

February 17, 1942 - December 22, 2016

Virgil Irvin Steele, 74, of Connersville died Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Hickory Creek of Connersville. A McKee, Kentucky native, Virgil was born February 17, 1942 to Luther and Pearl Hughes Steele and attended Sparks School in Jackson County, Kentucky. On February 12, 1966, Virgil married the former, Georgia Case at her mother's home. Virgil owned and operated Steele Brothers Roofing and he...
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Herbie Browning

January 30, 1965 - December 19, 2016

Herbie Browning, 51, of Connersville, died Monday, December 19, 2016 at Reid Health, Richmond after a courageous battle with cancer. Herbie, the son of Herbert and Lillie M. Norman Browning, was born in Fayette County on January 30, 1965. He attended Connersville area schools and was 1983 graduate of Connersville High School. Herbie worked at Central Indiana Transport in Richmond as an over the...
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Clifford R. Carter

January 27, 1939 - December 19, 2016

Clifford Ray "Sonny" Carter, 77, of Connersville, died Monday, December 19, 2016, at his residence. Clifford was born in Connersville, January 27, 1939, to Ray Kenneth and Marguerite Rebecca Powell Carter. He attended Connersville area schools and was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1962. Clifford served as a Specialist 4th Class with the 11th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division based at Fort Carson,...
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Avenell Riebsomer

September 20, 1939 - December 10, 2016

Avenell Riebsomer, of Connersville, passed away encircled by loving family on December 10, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Avenell was born September 20, 1939 in Waneta, Kentucky to Elmer and Dahlia Marcum Sparks. She moved to Connersville in 1956 and worked at the Mari-Nella Resturant until she married Donald Riebsomer on March 29, 1958 at East Side United Methodist Church. Avenell...
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Jason A. Rose

March 31, 1972 - December 9, 2016

Jason Andrew Rose, 44, passed away at home, Friday, December 9, 2016, after bravely battling non-Hodgkin's lymphoma since June. Born March 31, 1972 in Richmond, to James A. and Rickie L. Harris Rose, Jason lived on the family homestead with his wife and high school sweetheart, the former Bettina Hanson, and his three children, Jaeger A., Huntyr M., and Jayden V. Rose. In addition, Jason has...
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James J. Firsich

August 22, 1923 - December 5, 2016

James J. Firsich, 93, of Connersville, died Monday, December 5, 2016, at Premier Healthcare in Connersville. A Connersville native, James was born August 22, 1923, to Albert H. and Ida M. Dudley Firsich. In 1942, he graduated from Connersville High School and along with all of the males in his graduating class, he was drafted in to the U.S. Army the following year. James served three tours in...
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Lucille M. Walters

October 29, 1934 - December 3, 2016

Lucille M. Walters, 82, of Connersville, died Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Hickory Creek at Connersville.Lucille was a native of Gary, born October 29, 1934 to Arnold and Anna Marek Clark. On September 6. 1951, she was married to James L. Walters who died October 29, 2000. She was a member of the Park Road Christian Center and enjoyed her time spent with her children and grandchildren. For over...
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Ron .. Hockersmith

July 10, 1946 - November 22, 2016

Ron Hockersmith. 70. of Connersville, died Tuesday evening, November 22, 2016, at his residence.Ron was born in Connersville, Wednesday, July 10, 1946, to William and Geraldine Brumback Hockersmith, both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1964 graduate of Connersville High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. Most recently, Ron was employed as the transportation director at...
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Norman Dale Rollins

July 19, 1928 - November 21, 2016

Norman D. Rollins, 88, left this world for a better place on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at his home. Norman was born July 19, 1928 in Connersville to John D. and Margaret Peters Rollins. He lived in Fayette County all of his life. He attended local grade schools through the eighth grade. He quit school at the age of fifteen to work on a farm near Nulltown. Norman then worked at Daum's Dairy Mart...
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Connie J. Rambo

October 3, 1952 - November 12, 2016

Connie J. Rambo, 64, of Connersville, died Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Reid Health in Richmond.Connie was a Connersville native, born October 3, 1952, to Walter Ray and Wanda Jean Martin Rambo and attended Connersville schools. She was an avid Elvis fan and collected many items including, shells and rocks. Connie enjoyed fishing and spending time on the beach. In her leisure time, she could...
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Jerry L. Hathaway

September 14, 1934 - November 3, 2016

Dr. Jerry Lee "Doc" Hathaway, 82, died on November 3, 2016, at home in Connersville, Indiana, surrounded by family, following a long battle with cancer.Jerry was born September 14, 1934, in Danville, Illinois, in his parents' back bedroom with Dr. Eugene Moore presiding. His parents, Marguerite Genevieve Hanna Hathaway and Rowland Francis Hathaway preceded him in death. Jerry lived in Danville...
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Rick D. Higgs

February 19, 1954 - October 19, 2016

Connersville, IN Rick D. Higgs, 62 of Connersville, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Reid Health, Richmond. The son of Richard G. Higgs, Sr. and Janice Grimme Kirn, Rick was born in Connersville, February 19, 1954 and was a 1972 graduate of Connersville High School. After graduation, Rick enlisted in the United States Army and served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky....
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Catherine P. Neal

February 28, 1917 - October 18, 2016

Catherine P. Neal, 99, of Connersville, died Tuesday morning, October 18, 2016, at Caroleton Manor Nursing Home.Catherine was born in Livingston, Kentucky, on February 28, 1917, to Samuel E. and Rebecca Woodson Pennington. On December 27, 1947, she was married in Ludlow, Kentucky to Winters Neal. Catherine is survived by her children and their spouses: Gregg Neal and Lesa; Vickie Neal, all of...
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Michael Edmund Jordan

August 28, 1975 - October 8, 2016

Michael E. Jordan, 41, of the Connersville area, died early Saturday morning, October 8, 2016, in Liberty.A Fayette County native, Michael was born August 28, 1975 to Jerry Pflug and Cynthia P. Jordan. He was a 1994 graduate of Connersville High School and was a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Mike had volunteered for several years with the Fayette County Emergency Management Team and was...
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Beverly Jean Heuer

October 6, 1954 - October 6, 2016

Beverly Jean Heuer, 62, of Connersville, died on her birthday, Thursday, October 6, 2016, at her residence.Beverly was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, October 6, 1954, to Arthur R. and Velma Margaret Frank Auen. In 1972, she graduated from Albert City Truesdale High School, Albert City, Iowa. Beverly furthered her education at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, graduating in 1976 and completed her...
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Matthew Lee Lewis

October 10, 1987 - October 2, 2016

Matthew Lee Lewis, 28, of Logansport, died Sunday, October 2, 2016, at his residence.Matthew was born in Fayette County, October 10, 1987, to Jerry Lewis and Sabrina B. Stewart Lewis. He attended Manual High School in Indianapolis and later earned his general education diploma. Matthew was a kind, generous and loving person. He was an accomplished tattoo artist, enjoyed fishing and loved animals...
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Virginia L. Baldwin

February 25, 1921 - October 2, 2016

Virginia L. "June" Baldwin, 95, of the Alpine community in Fayette County, died early Sunday morning, October 2, 2016, at her residence.June was born February 25, 1921, in Rush County to Christopher and Nellie Hamilton Rowe. She attended Connersville area schools and was a member of the Laurel Pentecostal Holiness Church. On August 15, 1941, June was married to Dewey Foster Baldwin at Grand...
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Alta Mae Bargo

April 26, 1938 - September 19, 2016

Alta Mae "Sue" Bargo, 78, of Connersville died early Monday morning, September 19, 2016 at Caroleton Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family. A Connersville native, Sue was born April 26, 1938, the daughter of Alvin and Anna Mae Ervin Laughlin. Sue graduated from Connersville High School in 1956 and had worked at Ford Electronics, Connersville and Hi-Shear airplane engines in Lomita,...
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Eunice Ann Hisle

March 22, 1949 - September 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Connersville, IN.
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Paul Edwin Morris

November 11, 1919 - September 3, 2016

Paul Edwin Morris, 96 of Connersville died Saturday evening, September 3, 2016 at Premier Healthcare of Connersville.Paul was born November 11, 1919 near Connersville, one of six children to Kenneth and Ruby Oldham Morris. He graduated from Charlottesville High School in 1939. On September 4, 1942 Paul was married to Lois Jean "Jeanie" Morris, who survives. They would have celebrated their 74th...
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Darrell Lee McIntyre

June 9, 1959 - August 28, 2016

Darrell Lee McIntyre, 57, of Connersville died Sunday morning, August 28, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Darrell, the son of John C. and Lucy Gaddis McIntyre, was born in Connersville, June 9, 1959. In 1979, he graduated from Connersville High School. Darrell was employed at Visteon for eighteen years and previously had been employed at Neal's Landscaping. Darrell attended First...
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Steven J.J. Fowler

February 12, 1992 - August 26, 2016

Steven J.J. "Bub" Fowler, 24, of Connersville, died as a result of a heart attack Friday, August 26, 2016, at Reid Hospital in Richmond .Steven was born February 12, 1992 in Connersville to Steven and Angela Cornett Fowler. He attended Connersville area schools and attended high school in Jackson County, Kentucky where he played football. Steven liked working out, fishing, hunting and shooting...
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Terry Gene Hobbs

May 10, 1948 - August 24, 2016

Terry G. Hobbs, 68, of Connersville, died Wednesday morning, August 24, 2016, at his residence.Terry was a native of Richmond, born May 10, 1948 to Walter and June Pierce Hobbs and attended New Salem High School in Rush County. In 2003, he retired from Visteon as a fork lift drive after 31 years of service. He also worked at Krogers for several years following retirement. Terry enjoyed collecting...
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Deborah J. Casey

September 15, 1961 - July 31, 2016

Debbie Casey, 54, of Connersville, died Sunday, July 31, 2016, in the emergency room at Fayette Regional Health System.Debbie was a Connersville native, born September 15, 1961, to Kenneth E. and Carol Kay Jones Throop. In 1980, she graduated from Connersville High School. She was the former owner of the Styles Inn and enjoyed practicing as a beautician and nail technician. Debbie loved her dogs,...
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Phyllis J. Jenkins

January 27, 1945 - July 26, 2016

Phyllis J. Jenkins, 71, of Connersville, died Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016, at Heritage House of Connersville.Phyllis was born in Richmond, Kentucky on January 27, 1945 to Lucian and Donna Mae Willis Collins. She attended Connersville area schools and the Full Gospel Holiness Church. Phyllis had been employed at Sperry Rubber near Brookville, Ford Electronics and most recently as a house...
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Pamela Jane Sullivan

January 18, 1951 - July 25, 2016

Pamela Jane Sullivan, 65, of Connersville died Monday morning, July 25, 2016 at Reid Health, Richmond. A Connersville native, Pamela was born January 18, 1951, the only child of Robert J. "Bob" and Pansy L. Gaddis Sheffy. She attended Connersville area schools and had previously been employed at the Connersville News-Examiner. Pamela's beloved past time was playing bingo at the American Legion...
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Alvin Cornett

June 28, 1947 - July 18, 2016

Alvin "Al" Cornett, 69 of Andersonville, went to be with the Lord, Monday July 18, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after battling several illnesses. Alvin was a Fayette County native, born to Theo and Dorothy Morgan Cornett on June 28, 1947. He was a 1966 graduate of Rushville High School. Alvin was employed as an over the road truck driver. He later returned to further his...
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Joe N. Tompkins

September 1, 1945 - July 18, 2016

Joe N. Tompkins, Sr., 70 of Connersville died Monday morning, July 18, 2016 in the emergency room at Fayette Regional Health System. A Connersville Native, Joe was born September 1, 1945, the son of Delbert and Mary Johnson Tompkins and attended Connersville area schools. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963 and honorably served his country for seven years. On March 3, 1973, Joe...
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Nevin Ray Selke

July 28, 1942 - July 15, 2016

Nevin R. Selke, 73, of Connersville, died Friday afternoon, July 15, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after becoming ill at home.A Connersville native, Nevin was born July 28, 1942 to Narvel W. and Geraldine E. Lawrence Selke. He was a 1960 graduate of Connersville High School and continued his education at Jones College and Troy State both in Jacksonville, Florida. He had also...
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Edgar LeRoy Lengle

March 5, 1933 - July 9, 2016

Edgar LeRoy "Cork" Lengle, 83, of Connersville died Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Millers Merry Manor in Rushville. A native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Cork was born March 5, 1933 to LeRoy L. and Dorothy C. Moore Lengle and was a 1949 graduate of Lebanon High School. Cork married the former, Nancy D. Gaddis in Connersville, on October 4, 1952. Cork nobly served in the United States Army, during the...
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James Richard McCreary

December 10, 1954 - July 8, 2016

James Richard "Rick" McCreary, 61, of Shelbyville and longtime Connersville resident, died Friday evening, July 8, 2016 at his residence.Rick was born December 10, 1954 in Harlan County, Kentucky, the son of James Charles and Doris Jean Howard McCreary. Rick was a 1973 graduate of Connersville High School and was the manager of the 1972 winning basketball team. Rick was enlisted in the United...
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Anna C. Holliday

September 24, 1931 - July 5, 2016

Anna Cornett Holliday, 84, of Connersville passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family Tuesday night, July 5, 2016.A native of Knott County, Kentucky, Anna was born at their family home, September 24, 1931 to Oscar and Orica Smith Cornett, the third of five children. Anna graduated from Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky and briefly attended Berea College in Berea,...
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Karon S. Miller

September 1, 1946 - July 1, 2016

Karon Sue Miller, 69, of Glenwood died Friday, July 1, 2016, at Major Hospital in Shelbyville.Karon was born in Xenia, Ohio, on September 1, 1946, to David and Katherine Graham Kennedy. Karon graduated from Rushville High School in 1964. On August 28, 1965, Karon married the love of her life, William Miller, in Rushville. She had worked as a beautician in earlier years and also worked as a...
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Hiram Wayne Collins

June 12, 1936 - June 25, 2016

Hiram Wayne Collins, Jr., 80 of Scenic, Arizona and formerly of Connersville, died Saturday morning, June 25, 2016 at his residence. A Connersville native, Wayne was born June 12, 1936, the son of Hiram Sr. and Ida Rose Collins. Wayne attended Connersville area schools and was a 1954 graduate of Connersville High School. For thirty six years, Wayne was employed at Dresser Roots as a parts and...
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David Colter

May 2, 1964 - June 7, 2016

David A. Colter, 52, of Middletown, Ohio, went peacefully to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, Ohio, with his family by his side.David was a Connersville native, born May 2, 1964 to Chester D. and Marilyn Chance Colter and attended Connersville area schools. He graduated from technical school in Indianapolis as an air conditioner technician. He had...
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Ruth I. McKee

March 2, 1925 - May 22, 2016

Ruth I. McKee, 91, of Connersville died Sunday night, May 22, 2016 at Heritage House of Connersville. Born March 2, 1925 in Connersville, she was the oldest of ten children of the late John and Rachel Dunn Carlin. Ruth attended Connersville area schools and married John Thomas McKee on June 18, 1943. Ruth was employed at Stant Manufacturing until her retirement in 1987. She had previously worked...
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Clara J. Noble

March 5, 1935 - May 12, 2016

Clara J. Noble, 81, of Connersville, died Thursday evening, May 12, 2016, Caroleton Manor Nursing Home.Clara was born in Bicknell in Knox County, March 5, 1935, to Floyd Henry and Alice May Vale Evans. She attended elementary school in Glenwood and was a 1953 graduate of Orange High School. On May 9, 1953, she was married to John O. Noble, who died February 18, 2005. Clara attended Anderson...
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Kristy M. Boulware

February 11, 1960 - May 10, 2016

Kristy M. Boulware, 56 of the Columbia community, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at her residence. Kristy was born in Connersville, February 11, 1960 to Robert J. and Janis L. Bunzendahl Krepp. She attended Connersville area schools and had been employed at Visteon. Kristy enjoyed her dogs and time spent with her family and friends. She also liked to fish, hunt mushrooms and work in her vegetable...
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Linda D. Willhelm

October 18, 1948 - May 2, 2016

Linda D. Willhelm, 67, of Connersville, died Monday morning, May 2, 2016, at her residence.Linda was the daughter of Frank L. and R. Vivian Holland May, born in Rushville on October 18, 1948. She attended Fayette County schools and was a 1966 graduate of Harrisburg High School. Linda was a 'stay at home Mom' while raising her family and later was employed at First Financial and its predecessor,...
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Beulah C. Gilland

February 26, 1921 - April 24, 2016

Beulah Christine Gilland, 95, went to her heavenly home Sunday, April 24, 2016, Fayette Reginal Health System Hospital with family by her side.Beulah was born to John Wesley and Elizabeth N. Powell Blaase near Tuscola, Illinois on February 26, 1921. The family moved to Connersville on March 31, 1928. Beulah attended Connersville area schools and was a 1939 graduate of Connersville High School. On...
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Wilma I. Davis

August 20, 1921 - April 12, 2016

Wilma I. Davis, 94, died Tuesday evening, April 12, 2016, at Heritage House of Richmond. She was born in Marion, August 20, 1921, to Virgil and Geneva Nash Poe. Wilma spent most her life in Connersville. Early on, she worked in her parent's furniture and grocery store. This began a life of hard work and independence. During WW II, she worked at Steel Kitchens making airplane parts. She was a...
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William S. Harris

November 29, 1947 - April 5, 2016

William S. Harris, 68, of Connersville died Tuesday night, April 5, 2016 at his residence, which was his family's original Indiana Homestead. A Connersville native, William was born November 29, 1947 to Lewis Jr. and Beatrice Stamper Harris and attended Columbia and Connersville area schools. For over twenty years, William was employed at H.H. Robertson and most recently, he owned and operated...
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Donna J. Powell

April 29, 1935 - March 31, 2016

Donna Wing Powell, 80, Connersville, went to be with her Lord and life eternal, Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Heritage House of Connersville.Donna was born in Connersville April 29, 1935, to Elsworth Monroe and Leona Showalter Wing. In 1953, she graduated from Connersville High School and on August 8th of that year, she was married in Rushville to Ray Kenneth "Kenny" Powell. Donna was employed for...
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Gary D. Bales

October 30, 1957 - March 20, 2016

Gary D. Bales, 58, of Connersville, died Sunday, March 20, 2016, at his residence.A Connersville native, Gary was born October 30, 1957 to Billy A. and Sally Shires Bales. He attended Connersville area schools and was a 1976 graduate of Connersville High School. In 2000, he graduated from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Gary had a passion for cooking, especially French...
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Arnold E. Isbell

October 21, 1939 - March 20, 2016

Arnold Edwin Isbell, Sr., 76, of Connersville, died Sunday afternoon, March 20, 2016 at Lincoln Centers East. Arnold was born October 21, 1939 in McCreary County, Kentucky, the son of Edwin Arlo and Elsie Barnette Isbell. Arnold was married in Pontiac, Michigan to the former, Mary Irene Brewer, who died in 2005. Arnold was a self- employed carpenter who could build anything and enjoyed rebuilding...
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Rheba McFarland

July 18, 1926 - March 19, 2016

Rheba Gabbard McFarland, 89, of Connersville, died Saturday evening, March 19, 2016, at Caroleton Manor Nursing Home, Connersville.A Foxtown, Kentucky native, Rheba was the last surviving child of twelve children born July 18, 1926 to Frank and Catherine Maupin Gabbard. On January 22, 1940, she was married in Jackson County, Kentucky to Marshall McFarland who died August 26, 1987. Rheba was a...
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James Edward Wafford

May 20, 1951 - March 13, 2016

James Edward Wafford, 64, of Connersville died in the Emergency Room at Fayette Regional Health System on Sunday, March 13, 2016. James, the son of Earl Clayton and Leota Grivie Wafford, was born in Portland, Indiana on May 20, 1951 and graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1971. James was married to the former, Carolyn Baker, in Millington, Tennessee on May 31, 1972. He enlisted in the United...
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Lisa Ann Bunch

November 29, 1958 - February 8, 2016

Lisa A. Bunch, 57, of Connersville, died Monday morning, February 8, 2016, at her residence.Lisa was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 29, 1958, to Dormon and Shirley Cook Hendry and attended Connersville area schools. She had been employed at Indalex and had also worked as a clerk at Northside Package Liquors. On September 27, 1998, she was married in Connersville to Keith E. Bunch. Lisa most...
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Thomas J. Dawson

July 19, 1949 - February 5, 2016

Thomas J. Dawson, 66, of Connersville, died Friday evening, February 5, 2016, at his residence.Tom was born in Batesville, July 19, 1949, to Troy Burdette and Wilda Alley Dawson and grew up in Metamora. He was a 1968 graduate of Laurel High School and began working at Ford Electronics in Connersville. In 1969, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a Specialist 4 with the First Calvary...
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Barbara D. Lackey

February 21, 1941 - January 31, 2016

Barbara D. Lackey, 74, formerly of the Springersville community, died Sunday evening, January 31, 2016, at her residence in Richmond.Barbara was born in Shelbyville, February 21, 1941, to James and Lorene Lambert Cook. From her childhood throughout her life raising her children, she was a hard worker. Barbara was dedicated to her family while gardening, canning, baking bread and caring for the...
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Bob Baltzell

March 12, 1936 - January 28, 2016

Former long-time educator, Bob Baltzell, 79, of Connersville, died early Thursday morning, January 28, 2016, at his residence.A Connersville native, Bob was born March 12, 1936, to Dr. Fay Boyd and Ava Lois Poore Baltzell. He was a 1954 graduate of Connersville High School and attended several universities including St. Mary's of Texas in San Antonio, Texas; Nanza University, Nagoya, Japan; and...
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Jean Kay Richardson

February 28, 1963 - January 25, 2016

Jean Kay Richardson, 52, of Connersville, died Monday, January 25, 2016, at her residence.A Connersville native, Jean was born February 28, 1963, to Joseph Eugene and Linda L. Lane Rowe. She attended Connersville area schools and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Jean collected dog, cat, dolphin and M & M figurines. She enjoyed embroidering and was an Elvis fan.Jean is survived by her...
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Sharon Jackson

December 31, 1931 - January 24, 2016

Sharon V. Jackson, 84, of Connersville, died Sunday morning, January 24, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.Sharon was born in Dublin, Indiana, December 31, 1931, the only child of Willard F. and Viola E. Brown Seal. In 1951, she graduated from Connersville High School and worked at the Indiana Statehouse as a key punch operator for two years. Sharon was a member of the Connersville...
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Richard D. Wilcox

December 3, 1943 - January 20, 2016

Richard D. "Dick" Wilcox, 72 of Franklin County, died Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in the emergency room at Fayette Regional Health Systems.Dick was born December 3, 1943 in Richmond to Roy and Alice Miller Wilcox. In 1961 he graduated with the final graduation class at Brownsville High School. Dick was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he attained the rank of Fire Control Technician 2nd Class....
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Sherry G. Courtney

January 28, 1960 - January 19, 2016

Sherry G. Courtney, 55 of Connersville, died Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, after suffering a fall at home.Sherry was born January 28, 1960 in Connersville to Fred and Hilda Marie Dunkelbarger Talbott and was a 1978 graduate of Connersville High School. She worked most of her life as a childcare provider, beginning at Pleasant Beginnings Childcare and...
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David Harrison

October 19, 1963 - January 18, 2016

David E. Harrison, 52, of Connersville, died Monday January 18th 2016, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. David was born October 19, 1963 in Connersville to Otis and Sarah Peters Harrison and attended Connersville area schools. On November 13, 1982, he was married to the former, Rhonda K. Boone in Connersville. David recently worked at Smith Dairy in Richmond as a hi - low driver. He...
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Carl Bennington

July 14, 1924 - January 9, 2016

Carl Bennington, Jr., 91 of Las Vegas and former Connersville resident, died Saturday, January 9, 2016, at his residence in Las Vegas, Nevada where he had resided the past two years.A Rushville native, Carl was born July 14, 1924 to Carl, Sr. and Edna Louise McDonald Bennington. He attended Connersville High School where he played football and basketball. In 1942, Carl enlisted in the U.S....
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Norma J. Kelley

January 11, 1936 - January 4, 2016

Norma J. Kelley, 79, formerly of Connersville, died Monday, January 4, 2016, at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.Norma was born in Magoffin County, Kentucky, January 11, 1936, to Robert and Bessie Rice Smith. On January 25, 1952, she was married in Brookville to Robert L. Kelley who died March 15, 2013. Norma attended church faithfully and was a member of the First Church of the...
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Gloria Lynn Thurman

November 11, 1951 - December 29, 2015

Gloria Lynn Thurman, 64, of Connersville, died Tuesday, December 29, 2015, in the emergency room at Fayette Regional. Lynn was born November 11, 1951 in Connersville to Charles A. and Marguerite G. Williams Thurman. In 1971, she graduated from Connersville High School and then attended Bryman School of Dentistry in Indianapolis. Lynn worked as a dental assistant in Beverly Hills, California and...
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Betty F. Shepherd

July 3, 1929 - December 8, 2015

Betty F. Shepherd, 86, of Connersville, died early Tuesday morning, December 8, 2015 , at Stonebrooke Rehabilitation Centre, New Castle.Betty was born in Clay City, to Charles and Addie Raley Gorby. On September 24, 1949, she was married in Hymera to Austin Joseph Shepherd who died November 8, 2000. Betty was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church and had been employed at Ford Electronics as...
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Jeffery Allen Smith

July 25, 1963 - November 25, 2015

Jeffery Allen Smith, 52, of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, November 25. 2015, at Reid Hospital, Richmond.Jeff was born in Connersville, July 25, 1963 to Norman and Sandra L. Taylor Smith. He attended Connersville High School and liked to hunt, fish and follow NASCAR races. Jeff was employed with Nova Construction Millwork, Inc,, traveling throughout the country building retail shops.Jeff is...
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Sherri Yvette Stanton

September 13, 1965 - November 23, 2015

Sherri Yvette Stanton, 50, of Connersville, passed away Monday afternoon at Reid Hospital, Richmond, following a seven month battle with cancer. While she had been ill, her death was unexpected. Sherri was a Connersville native, born September 13, 1965 to Claude and Shirley Smith Counceller. In 1984, she graduated from Connersville High School and attended Ball State University from 1984-1986....
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Doris Weesner Higgs

September 6, 1931 - November 17, 2015

Doris Weesner Higgs, 84, of Richmond, died Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at her residence.Doris was born in Dublin, September 6, 1931 to Leo and Hazel Hillman Pohlman. She attended Connersville area schools and was a 1949 graduate of Harrisburg High School. Doris enjoyed her family, her time spent reading and playing cards with friends. She was an accomplished seamstress and liked to cross-stitch...
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Rodney J. Shepherd

July 14, 1966 - November 14, 2015

Rodney J. Shepherd, 49, of Connersville, died Saturday, November 14, 2015, at his residence.A Connersville native, Rodney was born July 14, 1966 to Austin Joseph and Betty Faye Gorby Shepherd and graduated from high school in 1985 from Connersville Christian Academy. He had been employed at Stant Manufacturing and was a member of Growing Branches for Christ where he had served as the sergeant of...
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James Spivey

October 26, 1923 - November 7, 2015

James Spivey, 92, of Connersville, died early Saturday morning, November 7, 2015, at Heritage House of Connersville.James was born on the farm in Jackson County, Kentucky, October 26, 1923 to Gentry and Almedia Brandenburg Spivey and attended school there. In 1943, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served during WW II as a gun crewman with the 120th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion...
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Diane R. Brown

August 12, 1946 - October 29, 2015

Diane R. Brown, 69, of Connersville, died Thursday morning, October 29, 2015 at her residence. Diane was born August 12, 1946, the only child of Everett and Anna Bane Lehman and graduated from Lincoln High School in Cambridge City with the Class of 1964. Diane was married to Larry B. Brown and together they owned and operated L.B. Brown and Son Septic Service since 1982. For many years, she had...
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Janie A. Selke

June 3, 1942 - October 22, 2015

Janie A. Selke, 73, of Connersville, died Thursday morning, October 22, 2015, at Reid Health in Richmond. Janie, a Connersville native, was born June 3, 1942 to Claude and Louise Adams Miller and later graduated from Connersville High School, Class of 1960. She then studied at Ball State University in Muncie. On April 16, 2002, Janie married Nevin R. Selke, at the Springersville Church by...
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Jane Adair Hamilton Brichford

November 3, 1923 - October 14, 2015

Jane Adair Hamilton Brichford, 91, of Urbana passed away Wednesday, October 14. Jane was born November 3, 1923 in Connersville Indiana, the only child of Chester and Gertrude Elliott Hamilton. She graduated from Everton High School in Everton, Indiana, and from Indiana State University. She taught in the Fayette County, Indiana, school system for five years before moving to Madison, Wisconsin,...
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James Robert Bates

June 22, 1941 - October 3, 2015

James Robert Bates Jr., 74, of Connersville, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born June 22, 1941, in Connersville, Indiana, he was the son of the late James Robert Bates Sr. and Betty Jane Roberts Bates. After graduating from Connersville High School in 1959, he attended Ball State University. He was a member of the First United...
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James Theo Adams

April 26, 1930 - September 26, 2015

James Theo "J.T." Adams, 85, of Connersville, died Saturday night, September 26, 2015 at his residence. James was born April 26, 1930 in Somerset, Kentucky to Walter D. and Rosa Meadows Adams and attended Clarksburg and Raleigh area schools. On September 24, 1955, he was married to the former, Sally B. Richmond, in Rushville. James was a United States Army veteran where he served as a Private...
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Loral S. DuBois

August 15, 1925 - September 13, 2015

Loral S. "Colonel" DuBois, 90, of Connersville, died Sunday afternoon, September 13, 2015 at Reid Health in Richmond. A Connersville native, Loral was born August 15, 1925 to Orville William and Helen Gladys Sherwood DuBois and attended Connersville area schools including Connersville High School. In 1989, he retired from Design Manufacturing after twenty-four years of employment in the service...
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Woodrow Larry Oliver

May 19, 1948 - September 4, 2015

Woodrow Larry "Woody" Oliver, 67, of Carthage died unexpectedly, Friday morning, September 4, 2015 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield. Woody was born May 19, 1948 to Joe and Creamy Rice Oliver in Perry County, Kentucky. In 1968, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Vietnam War until his discharge in 1970. On February 14, 1970, Woody was married to the former Betty...
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Eveline Harrison

September 16, 1924 - September 2, 2015

Eveline Mae Harrison, 90, formerly of Connersville, died early Wednesday morning, September 2, 2015, at Villa Springs in Erlanger, Kentucky.A Connersville native, Eveline was born September 16, 1924 to Robert and Maude Mills Garland. She was a 1942 graduate of Connersville High School and was a member of the New Heights Christian Church and its predecessor, Grandview Church of Christ. On August...
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Rachel Nicole Reece Woodham

June 26, 1988 - August 21, 2015

Rachel Nicole Reece Woodham, 27, of Connersville died unexpectedly Friday, August 21, 2015. Rachel was born June 26, 1988, in Connersville, to Walter and Judy Reece. She was a 2006 graduate of Connersville High School and served briefly in the United States Army. Rachel later graduated from the Art Instruction Schools, Inc. In addition to her parents, Rachel is survived by her daughters: Bailee ...
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Ollie M. Hunter

February 23, 1926 - August 21, 2015

Ollie May "Doodle" Hunter, 89 of Connersville, died Friday night, August 21, 2015 at Lincoln Center-East. Ollie was born February 23, 1926 in Franklin County to George and Ethel Abrams Roberts and attended Franklin County schools. On July 18, 1942 in Liberty, Ollie married William H. Hunter, who died July 2, 2001. She was a homemaker who enjoyed fishing, sewing, berry picking and...
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Peggy Mae Patton

February 25, 1946 - August 19, 2015

Peggy Mae Patton, 69, of Connersville died Wednesday morning, August 19, 2015 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. A Connersville native, Peggy was born February 25, 1946 to Frank H. and Opal Marie Harrell Winters and was a 1964 graduate of New Salem High School in Rush County. On September 4, 1964 she married Pete Patton at the First Church of the Nazarene. Peggy had been employed at Wells...
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Dee Dee Smith

June 16, 1924 - August 13, 2015

Dee Dee Smith, 91, of Connersville, died Thursday afternoon, August 13, 2015 at Heritage House of Connersville. Dee Dee was born June 16, 1924 in College Corner, Ohio to Orville and Ruby Marie Harvey Smith and was a 1942 graduate of Connersville High School. Dee Dee retired from Lawson Insurance in 1992 after fifty years of employment. She was a member of the Women's International Bowling...
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Larry Antonio Corsaro

August 12, 1949 - August 6, 2015

Larry Antonio CorsaroHello all, Larry passed away after a brief illness on Thursday afternoon, August 6, 2015, at , Richmond Hospice, at the age of 65 years.Larry was born in Charleston, West Virginia to Michael and Palma Tassone Corsaro of Italy,both of whom preceded him in death. He was a 1967 graduate of DuPont High School in Belle, WV and attended West Virginia University and Morris Harvey...
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William F. Klopp

June 8, 1945 - August 4, 2015

William F. "Bill" Klopp, 70, of Connersville, passed away at home on Tuesday morning, August 4, 2015. While he was under medical care, his death was unexpected. Bill was born June 8, 1945 in Connersville to Robert and Mary Ann Reeder Klopp. He grew up in Connersville and attended Connersville area schools. In his youth, Bill delivered the Connersville News Examiner for many years to numerous...
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Luann Irrgang

October 25, 1955 - July 10, 2015

Luann Irrgang, 59, of Connersville passed away Friday night, July 10, 2015 surrounded by her family. A Connersville native, Luann was born October 25, 1955 to Howard "Skeeter" and Mary Alice Allen Irrgang and was a 1973 graduate of Connersville High School. For several years, she was employed at the Connersville Parks and Recreation Department, coordinating events at the Miller Building. Luann...
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Fay L. Theders

September 30, 1943 - June 29, 2015

Fay L. Theders, 71 of Camby and former Connersville resident, died early Monday morning, June 29, 2015 at her residence. Fay was born September 30, 1943 in Jamestown, Tennessee to Clifton and Beadie Hinds. She graduated in 1961 from Chrysler High School, New Castle. Fay was married March 24, 1968 in New Castle to Charles A. "Tony" Theders, who died September 30, 2013. Fay and Tony owned and...
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Carol I. Farmer

November 1, 1929 - June 28, 2015

Carol Farmer, 85, departed this life on June 28, 2015 at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville, IN.Carol was born in Cressmont in Lee County, Kentucky on November 1, 1929 to Lewis and Geneva Smith Marcum. She graduated from Booneville High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University. Carol taught school at Mount Eagle School on Farmer Ridge in Lee County, Kentucky where she met Hershel Farmer...
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