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Martin, Terry Dean  
Terry D. Martin Sr. Terry Dean Martin Sr., 70, of Mulberry and formerly of Otterbein, passed away unexpectedly December 14, 2014, at Riverview, Florida, where he wintered. He was born January 11, 1944, in Tippecanoe County, to the late Kenneth Martin and Clara (Mounts) Martin Kaylor. He was raised south of Greenhill and was a 1961 graduate of Otterbein High School. On July 23, 1961, he married Janet Sue Byrd. They later divorced. She passed away March 1, 2004. He was a diesel mechanic and enjoyed fishing. He was a member of the original Otterbein Little League board of directors and helped to create what became a thriving program for the youth of the Otterbein area. He was a former member of the Otterbein Volunteer Fire Department and the Otterbein Volunteer Police Auxiliary. He is survived by 3 sons: Terry (Sheila) Martin Jr. of Pueblo West, Colorado, Jamie (Aimee) Martin of Zionsville, Craig (Stephanie) Martin of Otterbein; 1 daughter Cindy Martin-Wiggs (Jason Arnold) of Otterbein; 6 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, 3 great-granddaughters, and 4 great-grandsons, siblings Barbara Brewer (Brian), West Lafayette IN, Kenneth Martin(Dawn) Charlotte, NC, David Martin(Kelly), Whitestown, IN, Jody Pierson (Tim), Lafayette, IN, Pauline Steel, Arlington TX; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are a special Aunt and Uncle, Daniel "Carroll" and Audrey Martin of Lafayette, who were like his parents, and dear friends Edna Mae Brummett, George and Marlene Brummett, and Ashley and Lisa Stevenson. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Lawrence W. "Larry" Martin. Visitation will be Monday, December 29, 2014, from 5pm-8pm at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 405 East Oxford Street, in Otterbein. Services will be 10 am Tuesday, at the church, with Rev. John Randall officiating. Interment will take place at Pond Grove Cemetery near Otterbein. Memorials to the Otterbein Recreation Association, P.O. Box 412, Otterbein, Indiana 47970. Hippensteel Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 26, 2014
Reed, Jesse Dee  
Jesse Dee Reed, 86, Delphi, died 12-25-2014. Arrangements: Abbott Funeral Home, Delphi.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 26, 2014
Robson, Shirley  
Shirley Robson, 73, Lafayette, died 12-24-2014. Arrangements: Soller-Baker Funeral Homes of Lafayette.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 26, 2014
Todd, Gregg  
Gregg Todd, 69 Gregg Todd, aged 69, passed away peacefully at 8:10 PM on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Born Lonnie Gregg Todd on June 29, 1945, he lived his entire life in Lafayette, Indiana. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ann (Bergsma), as both attended and later graduated from Jefferson High School in 1963. The two later attended Purdue University, married and were blessed with three sons: Bradley married to Angie (VandeGriend), Brian married to LaTonya (Baldwin), and Blair married to Chelsea (Vander Ark). Gregg worked as a master scheduler and purchasing agent at the Ross Gear division of TRW in Lafayette for 42 years before retiring. He was predeceased by his parents Lonnie and Mary (Miller) Todd, and his brothers Myron and Peter. He is survived by his sisters Sandra (Leverenz) and Judy (Carroll), as well as his wife, children, and nine grandchildren: Spencer, Owen, Gabrielle, Hudson, Emma, Caleb, Josiah, Matthias, and Noah. Viewing will take place at Sunrise Christian Reformed Church, 909 East 500 South, in Lafayette, on Saturday, December 27, 2014, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. A service celebrating the life of Gregg will be conducted by Pastor Randy Bergsma at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Gregg's name to the Alzheimer's Association ( alz.org ). Gregg had a sense of humor that could always be counted on to bring a smile to those around him. Gregg was an exceptionally smart, funny, hardworking, and talented man who passionately loved his family. His family celebrates his life and anticipates the future day when they will be reunited with him in Christ. To sign the guestbook and leave memories for the family please visit www.soller-baker.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Dec. 26, 2014

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Barrick, Lewis D.  
Lewis D. Barrick Lewis D. Barrick, 94, of Pyrmont, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. He was born February 2, 1920, in Cutler, the son of Russell and Cora Heddrick Barrick. On November 21, 1942, he married Dorothy S. Myers; she survives. Lewis grew up in the Buck Creek area before moving to rural Pyrmont in 1986. Lewis served in the United States Army during World War II where he was stationed in the South Pacific including Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. He farmed most of his life in the Buck Creek area. Lewis belonged to the Pyrmont Church of the Brethren where he held several church offices including Life Time Deacon of the church. With his wife, Lewis attended North Fork Old German Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Thomas Dean (Karen) Barrick of Pyrmont, and Jay Lynn (Debra) Barrick of Buck Creek; two granddaughters, Mandy (Chuck) Murray and Darcy (Shawn) Keegan; two stepgranddaughters, Stephanie (Kirk) Saylor and Jennifer (Nic) Myers; four great-grandchildren, Daymia, Jayden, Elijah, and Adah; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren, Breanna, Payten, Griffey, Kelton, Quynten, Lukas, Matthew, and Miresa. In addition to his parents, Lewis is preceded in death by his brother, Russell Barrick. Visitation for Lewis will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 26, 2014, at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at the funeral home with ministers John Hess and Melvin Mohler officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Fork Old German Baptist Cemetery. Memorials in Lewis' name may be made to Milner Healthcare Activity Department or Honor Flight Network. Online condolences may be directed to www.genda funeralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
Dorsey, Bruce Byron  
Bruce Byron Dorsey, 92 Bruce Byron Dorsey, 92, of Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Wesley Manor Health and Retirement Community in Frankfort. He was born on December 23, 1922 in Clinton County, the son of Lore and Edith Beisel Dorsey. On April 7,1946, he married Florence M. Larson at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Frankfort; she survives. Mr. Dorsey was born and passed on December 23rd. He graduated in 1940 from Frankfort High School. He served in the U S Army from 1943-1946 where he was in Europe and Japan. Bruce Byron was a lifelong member of the Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder and held other offices in the church. He farmed for 68 years. Bruce Byron enjoyed working his land and fishing in the Dorsey Pond. Surviving are his wife Florence; son Paul (Wife Janet) Dorsey of Frankfort; two granddaughters Stacey Ann (Husband Aaron) Pedigo of Frankfort and Tara Kathleen (Husband Stephen) Henderson of Sarasota, Florida; sister Kathleen Michael of Frankfort; brother-in-law Paul (Wife Barbara) Larson of Frankfort; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brother Donald Dorsey and sister Eileen Stewart and infant son Thomas Bruce. Visitation for Bruce Bryon will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2014 at the funeral home with Certified Ruling Elder Donna Enerson of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church presiding. He will be entered into rest at Kilmore Cemetery. Memorials in Bruce Byron's name may be made to Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
Fell, Luella M.  
Luella M. Fell Luella M. Fell, 84, of Oxford, died at her residence at 11:17 AM Monday, December 22, 2014. Luella was born in Rossville, IL, November 4, 1930, the daughter of the late Alfa and Hazel Osborn Herriott, and was a graduate of Otterbein High School. She married Linden L. Fell in Oxford February 1, 1953 and he survives. Luella had been with the State Bank of Oxford as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1993 after over 30 years of employment. She was a member of the Federated Church of Oxford and a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary of Fowler. Surviving with her husband are two sons, Phillip Fell of Oxford, IN and Michael Fell (wife Cathy) of Lafayette, IN; a brother, Lawrence Herriott (wife Betty) of Phoenix, AZ; three sisters, Lola Moyars of Fowler, IN, Lois Herman of Evansville, IN and Juanita Bisher of Louisville, KY; four grandchildren, Jesse Fell, Bailey Akemon (husband Joshua), Jennifer Ellis (husband Rob) and Michelle Wholinski; and by two great-grandchildren, Zachary Ellis and Layton Akemon. Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, Oxford, from 10:00 AM until the funeral service at 11:00 AM Monday, December 29, Pastor Phil Rutledge officiating. The interment will follow at Justus Cemetery. If friends desire, memorials may be made to the Federated Church of Oxford. Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahn groeberfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
Fisher, Mary  
Mary Elizabeth Fisher Mary Elizabeth Fisher, 91, of Logansport, passed away at 10:16 p.m. Sunday, December 21, 2014 in the Woodbridge Health Campus. Born October 1, 1923 in Onward, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Cecil and Anna Rozella Fitzer Kesling. As a young girl, she was a helping hand to her mother, a devoted music student, a percussionist in band and a 4-H member, showing sheep. In 1941, she graduated from Royal Center High School. Mary was an accomplished pianist and violist, teaching piano and violin lessons to several area students. During WWII, Mary worked as a secretary at Logan Machine. It was during this time that Mary often stayed with her "Aunt Me," who owned a beauty shop above the former McCloskey funeral parlor. Aunt Me introduced her to John W. Fisher as she knew he would be a perfect match for her niece. The couple fell in love and courted long-distance while John attended the Indiana Institute of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. On April 20, 1945, in Royal Center, Mary and John were married. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Patricia Ann Fisher, who survives in Monticello and John David, who preceded in death April 8, 2009. After 67 years of marriage, her husband John preceded her in death on December 15, 2012. In 1950, John's parents, Fred and Margaret Fisher, found the perfect home to convert into a funeral chapel. It was located on the corner of Front and West Market Streets in Logansport. On Aug. 19, 1950, the young couple held an open house establishing Fisher Funeral Chapel in the Loganland community. Mary assisted her husband as pianist, organist, lady attendant, secretary and beautician…wearing the many hats of a funeral director's wife. The couple also owned the county's largest ambulance fleet from 1950-1976. Starting a business from the ground up required much sacrifice and dedication. Following Mary & John's semi-retirement, the couple watched the family business continue to grow into the second generation with a new chapel on Chase Road and then the third generation with a chapel in Lafayette. In 2009, she was recognized by the Indiana Funeral Directors Association for sixty years in the funeral business. Mary's faith was a very important part of her life. She was a devoted member of the Wheatland Avenue United Methodist Church where she played the organ for more than forty years. She loved her community and enjoyed giving back both in gifts of her time as a volunteer and her philanthropy to noble causes. Mary and John enjoyed traveling on many fun vacations over the years. She loved to entertain, take walks in the woods with her grandchildren and play the organ. Her house was spotless and she would never let you leave hungry. Surviving with her daughter Patricia Fisher are: her daughter-in-law, Dawn Fisher; six grandchildren, Nicole Stark of Chicago, and Jarrett (Melissa) Stark of Fairfax, VA, Jonathan (Nikki) Fisher of Lafayette, Jacob, Sarah and Chase Fisher, all of Logansport; three great-grandchildren Kiera and Caiden who will welcome a new baby brother in March and Gracelynn Fisher who will be a big sister in June; six brothers, Dick (Doris) Kesling, of North Carolina, Irvin (Bea) Kesling of Kokomo, Estell (Mary) Kesling and Norman (Mary Lou) Kesling, all of Logansport and Willis Kesling of Royal Center; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, brother, son and husband, Mary was preceded in death by her grandson Daniel Fisher in 1988. A funeral service celebrating the life of Mary Fisher will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2014 in Fisher Funeral Chapel with Pastor Carolyn DeWitt officiating. She will be laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 26th in the funeral chapel where an Eastern Star service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Endow-A-Chair program at McHale Performing Arts Center or to the Student Scholarship Fund of Royal Center Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 375. You may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Mary, share condolences in her guestbook and view her video tribute online at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
Garver, James Richard  
James Richard Garver, 59 James Richard Garver, age 59, of Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona and formerly of Middlebury, Lafayette, and LaGrange, Indiana, passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014 in his Phoenix home. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Targgart Garver Bickley, and his grandparents, Richard and Dorothy (Hodge) Targgart. Survivors include his wife, Loretta (Lorie Niemier) Garver, sister Deb (Bruce) Gulley, children Jessica Garver, Shane Garver, and Amanda (Ralphy) Garver Waugh; step-children Erin (Jeffery) Sparks Montgomery and Trevor Sparks; and grandchildren Arianna Waugh, Kiara Waugh, and Sloane Montgomery. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces, and nephews who adored their creative, irreverent, and fun-loving Uncle Jim. Jim was born February 9, 1955 on the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, TX, and raised in Wolcottville, IN. Active for ten years in 4-H, he earned countless local, state and national awards and recognition, including the Honorary Kentucky Colonel designation. He loved music and theatre, playing lead roles in high school and college productions, majoring in Drama and Speech at Ball State University. He taught English and Drama at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne; taught Speech and Drama at Lakeland HS in LaGrange; became assistant principal, then principal, of Lakeland HS; and principal of William Henry Harrison HS in West Lafayette, IN. He received a Master's degree in Education in 1979 from Indiana University, and a Doctorate in Education Administration in 2004, completing most coursework at Purdue University and obtaining the Ph.D. degree from Madison University, Gulfport, MS. His last position in Indiana was assistant superintendent at Middlebury Community Schools. In 1999, Jim and Lorie moved to Arizona where he became director of curriculum and instruction in Alhambra Elementary School District, then associate superintendent of educational services at Deer Valley Unified School District from where he retired in 2005. For many years while still working in public education, he contributed to the professional development of teachers and administrators by presenting workshops and delivering keynotes filled with songs, stories, humor and powerful messages at national conferences through education companies National School Conference Institute, Learning 24/7, Teachscape, Solution Tree, and A+ Educators. He also taught education leadership courses as an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University. Jim was active in many education and community organizations, receiving honors throughout the years in Indiana and Arizona. Most notable were receiving an Educational Leadership grant through the Eli Lilly Foundation, being named an Andrews Fellow at Purdue University, being appointed by IN and AZ governors to state education committees, and serving on committees for state and national councils and associations for principals and superintendents. He was founder and director of the Land-of-Lakes Community Players in LaGrange, and appeared as a cast member in Civic Theatre productions in Lafayette. He remained a life-long member of numerous professional and civic organizations at the state and national level. In recent years, Jim had the pleasure of investing in Broadway productions, allowing him and Lorie to attend opening nights and cocktail parties with producers, directors, actors, and musicians, reveling in the up-close excitement of theatre in New York City. Jim was an avid follower of the Chicago Bears football team. In 2006, Jim and close friend, John Antonetti of Little Rock, AR, started an education consulting partnership, Colleagues on Call. He traveled throughout the US and Canada, working with teachers, principals, and central office administrators to improve school leadership, higher achievement, and academic success for students and teachers. Jim self-published two books, 10 Secrets to Higher Student Achievement, and Coaching for Achievement: A Playbook for Teachers and Their Leaders. With business partner Antonetti, he co-authored Focus on Learning: A Process for Personal and Collaborative Reflection and numerous training products. In February 2015, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development will publish their co-authored book, 17,000 Classroom Visits Can't Be Wrong. Chosen as one of their annual premium selections, the book will be distributed to ASCD's top-level members in the spring. The family thanks Dr. John Holder, general practitioner; Dr. Jeffrey Isaacs, oncologist; and Cathy Payne, nurse practitioner for their fine medical care over the years, and Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix for the loving and tender support they provided to Jim, Lorie, and their many family members during his final days. He will be cremated and his ashes spread in Sedona, a beautiful, spiritual place where he and Lorie purchased their retirement home in 2009 and spent many relaxing weeks together creating precious memories. A Celebration of Life will take place in the spring in LaGrange, IN. Donations in Jim's name may be made to a memorial fund set up at St. Jude's Children Hospital, continuing his life-long commitment to children. http://fundraising.stjude.org/goto/Jim_Garver An online Memorial Book is available at www.bestfuneralservices.com Jim was an exceptionally smart, funny, and talented man who passionately loved life, his work, his family and friends. He will be greatly missed. For so many, life will not be the same without him.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
Igney, Carolyn Ruth  
Carolyn Ruth Igney Carolyn Ruth Igney, 95, formerly of Frankfort, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Zionsville Meadows. She was born May 22, 1919, in Rossville, the daughter of Orville E. and Mabel G. Peters Steward. On December 11, 1940, she married Robert L. Igney; he preceded her in death on June 1, 1983. Ruth graduated from Rossville High School in 1937. Directly from high school, she worked at Home Hospital. After marriage, she was a homemaker and taught private piano lessons. Ruth was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Frankfort, where she played the piano and played in the hand bell choir. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and Circle of Deborah. Ruth was an active volunteer at Wesley Manor for fifteen years and at the Historical Society of Clinton County. Surviving Ruth are her sons, Gary Michael "Mike" (Sue) Igney of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Robert Alan (Rosemary) Igney of Indianapolis; one sister-in-law, Kate Steward of Fort Wayne; four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and four step great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Duane E. Steward. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort, from 1:00 p.m. to the start of the memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Justin Fisher will officiate. Inurnment will follow in Rossville Cemetery. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Dec. 24 to Dec. 25, 2014
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