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Billingsley, Brenda  
Attica - Brenda Sue (Welton) Billingsley, 54, Attica, passed away at her home, following a six month illness with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease),on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at 11:56 p.m. Brenda was born in Gary, on March 1, 1960. She was the daughter of Jeannette (Shields) Welton and the late Ronald Eugene Welton. Brenda was raised in Gary and Attica. She attended Attica High School. She later lived in Lafayette and for the past six years lived east of Attica. Brenda was working as a medical assistant for the past 22 years for IU Health Arnett. She was a member of the Bethel Community Church. She enjoyed being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. She especially enjoyed her Harley rides with her husband Dick. On July 5, 1987, Brenda married Richard L. Billingsley in Portland Arch. Brenda leaves behind her husband, Richard, of 27 years; her mother, Jeannette Welton, Summerfield, Fla.; her son, Danny Hoffa, Attica; a two month old granddaughter, Avery Hoffa, Attica; a step son, Shannon Billingsley, Attica; a step grandson, Marcus, Billingsley, Kokomo; a brother, Ron (Stacy) Welton, Lafayette; two sisters, Sherry Lynn (Tracy) Ward, Attica and Jacquelene Martin, Pine Village. She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Welton and a step son, Marc Richard Billingsley. Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 5 - 8 p.m. A service will follow at 8 p.m. with Pastor Harold Holt officiating. Memorial contributions are preferred to the Paws 'n Claws Animal Shelter. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 16, 2014 to Jan. 15, 2015
Butts, Carl  
VEEDERSBURG - Carl Philip Butts, 95, of Veedersburg, passed away 3:22 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Crawfordsville. Mr. Butts was born July 6, 1919 in Veedersburg the son of James Philip and Lula Ellen (Crawford) Butts. He married Beverly Jane Drollinger Aug. 19, 1943 in Veedersburg; she preceded him in death June 21, 2009. He is also preceded in death by three sisters Ina France, Gayle Coffman-Lee, Shirley Butts and two brothers Charlie Mearns and Jim Butts Surviving family include two sons, James Phillip (Rita) Butts, Avon; David (Janet) Butts, Veedersburg; a daughter Edith Ellen (Walter) Benefield, Greenwood; seven grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Carl was raised and lived most of his life on the farm north of Veedersburg. He attended school in Veedersburg, in later years received his G.E.D. at South Vermillion High School, and was more recently presented with an honorary diploma at Fountain Central High School. He attended the Navy Electrical School at Purdue University and Aviation Electrical School at Norfolk Air Station. Carl joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and served his country during World War II. He became the first World War II veteran to join the Veedersburg American Legion Post #288 in June 1943. After his discharge from the service he managed Emergency Transit Lines and Jackson Brothers Automobile Transit of Beaumont, Texas. In 1946 he leased the service station in Veedersburg and operated it until Dec. 27, 1981. He had also driven the Van Buren School Bus, transported brick from the Clay Co. Brickyard in Veedersburg. He served on the Veedersburg Fire Department, Van Buren Township Advisory Board, and the Fountain County Council His memberships include Sterling Christian Church, American Legion Post #288 where he had held most offices: Vice Commander of the 6th district American Legion, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Past Master and member of Masonic Lodge #491, Fountain County Genealogical Society, Fountain County Historical Society, Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society, Society of Indiana Pioneers in Indianapolis, and he had served on Representative Brian Kerns Veterans Committee. Funeral service was held Nov. 22 at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg with David Butts and Pastor Gary Johnson officiating. Burial was at Rockfield Cemetery with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post #288. Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Online condolences at www.dickersonfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Nov. 26 to Dec. 25, 2014
Cooper, LaVeda  
Veedersburg - LaVeda Jane Cooper, 80, formerly of Veedersburg and had been residing in the Williamsport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, passed away in the emergency room of the St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital, on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at 3:23 p.m. LaVeda was born in Fountain County, on Feb. 8, 1934. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Louise Emma (Verhey) Cooper. LaVeda was a life resident of Veedersburg, graduating from Veedersburg High School in 1952. LaVeda first worked at Guthman's in Attica and later worked for Radio Material Corp. in Attica until her retirement. She was a member of the Stone Bluff United Methodist Church. She enjoyed both flower and vegetable gardening and enjoyed reading. LaVeda leaves behind her four sisters, Margaret Austin, Indianapolis; Dorothy Adams, Rossville; Virginia (Henry) Adams and Alberta Cooper, both of Lafayette; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Russell Cooper; two sisters, Elizabeth and Bonnie Cooper. Funeral services were held at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Dec. 22. Burial followed in the Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 23, 2014 to Jan. 22, 2015
Cripe, Florence  
WILLIAMSPORT - Florence C. Cripe, 92, Williamsport, passed away Monday, Nov. 24 at St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital. She was born on Dec. 10, 1921 in Carbondale to Cecil and Grace (Grames) Odle. On June 8, 1946, Florence married Herbert S. Cripe. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1984. Also preceding her in death are sisters Marilyn Renville and Elaine Fry and her brother, Bill Odle. Florence is survived by two sons, Dennis (Linda) and Doug (Carolyn) Cripe and four grandchildren: Brandon Cripe, Amy (Tom) Miller, Ryan (Erin) Cripe and Aaron (Lacy) Cripe. Also surviving are six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Florence graduated from Williamsport High School in 1940. She worked alongside her husband as co-editor and co-publisher of The Review Republican newspaper in Williamsport for 40 years. Funeral services were held Dec. 1 at the Williamsport Christian Church. Burial service followed at Highland Cemetery in Williamsport. Friends may sign her online guest book at www.indianafuneralcare.com. A tribute to Florence's life is available at: http://tinyurl.com/Days-With-My-Mom. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 2, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015
Cronkhite, Kenneth  
WILLIAMSPORT - Kenneth E. "Kenny" Cronkhite, age 81 of Williamsport died at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at St. Vincent Williamsport Hospital. Kenny was born near Marshfield on Dec. 20, 1932. He was the son of Earl and Grace (McIntosh) Cronkhite. He graduated from West Lebanon High School in 1950 and later attended Purdue University. He married Kathryn L. "Kay" Clark on June 17, 1951 in Williamsport. She survives. Kenny was a lifelong resident of Warren County working for Production Credit Association for 30 years. He also farmed with his son, David. He was a longtime member of Marshfield Presbyterian Church and later a member of West Lebanon Trinity Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the F & AM West Lebanon receiving his 50 year pin. He loved to go boating, spending time at Lake Freeman, playing cards and being with his friends. He also enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Surviving with his wife, Kay, are: a daughter, Kathy Lynn (Tom) Murray of Lafayette; a son, David Earl (Debby) Cronkhite of Williamsport; four grandchildren, Jackie (Preston) Green, Kristina (Ryan) Fallon, Bradley (Jennifer) Murray and Mike (Leanne) Cronkhite; six great-grandsons, Henry Murray, Brooks Murray, Clark Murray, Isaac Murray, Harrison Green, and Ethan "EJ" Cronkhite Kenny was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Cronkhite, and a sister, Mary Rose Davis. Funeral services were held at Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport, on Dec. 4 with Rev. Dr. Roger Andrew McDaniel officiating. Interment was at West Lebanon Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made at West Lebanon Trinity Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be made at www.gradyfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 9, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015
Gossett, Phyllis  
KINGMAN - Phyllis L. (Philpott) Gossett, age 76, of Kingman passed away at 10:12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at I.U. Health in Lafayette. She was born in Veedersburg on Aug. 11, 1938 to the late Myrle and Mildred (Keller) Philpott. Phyllis graduated from Veedersburg High School in 1958 and on May 5, 1959 she married Donald M. Gossett, who preceded her in death in 2005. Phyllis was a loving mother and housewife and cleaned the Kingman post office, bank, and doctor's office for many years. She was a member of the Kingman American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed fishing, hunting mushrooms and playing bingo. She is survived by two sons, Donald (Rhonda) Gossett Jr. of Kingman and Roger (Pam) Gossett of Perrysville; a daughter, Donna (Donnie) Hutson of Veedersburg; six grandchildren, Nickie, Lia, Amanda, Tyler, Dylan, and Tristen and six great grandchildren, Darrica, Gabriel, Alex, Austin, Emma, and Brady. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; her brother, Lelland; and grandson, Darrick. Funeral services were held at Sanders Funeral Care, 203 S 1st Street, in Kingman on Dec. 4 with Pastor Tim Lyons officiating. Burial followed at Bonebrake Cemetery in Veedersburg. Sanders Funeral Care entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.sandersfuneralcare.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 9, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015
Grenard, Michael  
CRAWFORDSVILLE - Michael Dean "Mike" Grenard, age 59, of Crawfordsville, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Mike was born Feb. 20, 1955 at Crawfordsville, the son of Donald E. and Mary Joan Foxworthy Grenard. He grew up just outside of Waynetown and graduated from Fountain Central Jr.-Sr. high School in 1973. He worked as a certified welder at Acuity Brand Lighting Mfg. of Crawfordsville. Mike married Ruth Ann Bell on May 25, 1990 and she survives him. Also surviving are sons: Marvin Lee and LeeAnn Curl Jr. of Bushnell Fla. and Robert and Ashley Curl of Greenville, Ohio; daughters: Tabitha Blackford (Rocky Vincent) of Ladoga and Alisha and Steve Walker of Crawfordsville; his sister and brother-in-law Holly and Randy Reed of Ladoga; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren along with several nephews, nieces and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two uncles, two aunts and his grandson, Nick Blackford. There will be a public gathering of remembrance for family and friends on Friday Nov. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Shoemaker Funeral Home, 202 Bratton Rd., Waynetown. It was Mike's wishes that he be cremated and then to have a private burial of his ashes. In lieu of flowers whose who wish may make memorial donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Assn., 9100 Purdue Rd. Indianapolis, IN 46268 or envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 2, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015
Groce, Margaret  
Hillsboro - Margaret E. (Toby) Groce, 86, Hillsboro, passed away at the St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at 10:05 a.m. Margaret was born in Perrysville on Sept. 16, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Harold C. and Rachel Landes. Margaret was raised in Perrysville and attended Perrysville Grade School. She later moved to Veedersburg and attended Veedersburg High School. On Dec. 14, 1944, Margaret married Eugene "Gene" Groce in the United Methodist Parsonage in Covington. In 1975, Gene and Margaret moved to the family farm east of Hillsboro and resided until retiring and moving into the town of Hillsboro in 2007. Margaret and Gene farmed many years in the Hillsboro area. Margaret was a dedicated farm wife and assisted her husband in the operation of the farm. She was an active member of the Hillsboro United Methodist Church and served on many committees and had served as a Sunday School Teacher of the WWU Sunday School class. Her favorite passion was spending countless hours attending the functions of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret leaves behind her husband, Gene, of 70 years; three daughters, Caroline Wilson-Davis, Hillsboro; Jeannie (Bob) Richey, Franklin and Deborah (Don) Richey, Veedersburg; seven grandchildren, Angie (Dan) McCloskey, Donald (Nicole) Wilson, Travis (Danielle) Richey, Brett (Marissa) Richey, Kirk (Nicole) Richey, Craig Richey and Cara (Clay) Brooks; nine great-grandchildren, Sean and Donovan McCloskey; Lauren and Nicholas Wilson; Sam, Avery, Chase, Fischer and Jack Richey. She was preceded in death by her two son-in-laws, Don Wilson and Tom Davis; two brothers, Keith and Bill Landes and a sister, Helen VanDorn-King. Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Hillsboro, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 5 - 8 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Greg McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery, Waynetown. In honor of Margaret's strong faith, the family request that donations be made to Sean McCloskey, to support her great-grandson's upcoming mission trip. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home or https://www.adventures.org/give/donate.asp?giveto=worldrace&desc=Sean%20McCloskey. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 2, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015
Hutson, Rev. Joel  
Joel E. Hutson, 80, Williamsport, passed away at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at his home with family. Joel was born in Hillsboro on Feb. 28, 1934. Joel had been a minister most of his adult life and was Pastor of Living Water Church until his retirement. Joel enjoyed whatever his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were doing. He loved to sing and especially enjoyed living and sharing his love for Jesus. On June 6, 1954, Joel married Alice Jane Allison, in Danville, Ill. Surviving with his wife of 60 years, Alice, are a son Timothy Joel (Janet) Hutson of Columbia, Tenn.; a son Mark E. (Kim) Hutson, of Williamsport; a daughter Christy (Marty) Hill, of Camby; a daughter Kelly (Brad) Coleman, of Crawfordsville; grandchildren: Erin, Jonathan, Joel Daniel, Alexander, Christy Lee, Hannah, Kendall and Karter, and great-grandchildren: Barak, Zeke, Ellie, Emmy, Cheleya, and Charlotte. Celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at Living Water Church on SR 63, rural Williamsport. Music and service officiated by family. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 9, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015
Ingram, Sandra  
COVINGTON - Sandra Lynn Ingram, 48, of Covington passed away at 9:57 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. She was born on April 13, 1966 in Danville, the daughter of Verne and Donna (Massey) Nicklas. She married David Ingram on Oct. 5, 1996 in Covington. He survives. Also surviving are her mother, Donna Nicklas; two step-sons, Blake and Evan Ingram, both of Champaign, Ill.; three sisters, Nancy Nicklas of Covington, Julie (Tom) Himelick of Ramah, N.M.; and Sharon (Joe) Randolph of Orleans; a granddaughter, Nora Elizabeth Ingram; and four nephews, Nicklas Randolph, Jason Mullendore, and Daniel and David Himelick. She was preceded in death by her father. Sandra graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor's degree and spent 20 years in banking and finance. For the last 12 years she was the staff accountant for Walgreens and Genpact. She enjoyed running and photography. Sandra was a member at Second Church of Christ in Danville and loved being involved with the church. She was especially devoted to her family, and spent as much time as possible with her mother. A service to celebrate the life of Sandra Ingram washeld at on Dec. 4 at Second Church of Christ in Danville. Pastor Drew Mentzer officiatee. Burial followed at Osborne Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Second Church of Christ. Please join Sandra's family in sharing memories, photos, and video of her life through her tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com. Visit our online guestbook at fountaincountyneighbor.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Dec. 9, 2014 to Jan. 8, 2015
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