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Abney, Lela S.  
Lela S. Abney, 86 Lela S. Abney, 86, of Lafayette died Friday, April 10, 2015 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. She was born September 10, 1928, in Brownsville, KY, to the late Patrick and Laura Mae Priddy Sanders. Lela graduated from Brownsville High School in Brownsville, KY. On May 6, 1950 she married Carl Abney Jr. in Jeffersonville and he survives. Lela was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, animals and jigsaw puzzles. Surviving along with her husband are her children Marcus Abney (Jan) of Lafayette, Pamela Snyder of Indianapolis, grandchildren, Melissa Abney, Matthew Abney (Julie), Cameron Snyder, Ben Snyder and a great-grandson Max Abney. Also surviving are her sisters, Pearl Hatfield of Castle Rock, CO and Thelma Myers (Ed) of Colorado Springs, CO. Lela was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Visitation will be 12:00-2:00 PM Monday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. A private service will be held. Interment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Those wishing may contribute to the Alzheimer's Association in Lela's memory. Sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2015
Adwell, Jack Burns  
Jack Burns Adwell, 89 Jack Burns Adwell, 89, of Otterbein, passed away, April 13, 2015, at 3 AM, at the Indiana Veteran's Home. He was born, December 8, 1925, with twin brother, Joe, to the late Elmer "Fritz" & Mary Lucille (Burns) Adwell. He had lived in Otterbein his entire life & graduated from Otterbein High School in 1943. He was a World War II Veteran, serving with the United States Marine Corp from 1943-1946. He married, Bernadine (Gick) Adwell, June 7, 1958, in Oxford, IN; she died December 2, 2010. Jack was in the meat cutting business since 1948. He was the meat manager at Smitty's Foodliner, for 31 years & then worked 12 years for Steve & Barb Beutler, at Beutler Meat Processing, Lafayette. He enjoyed all sports, except soccer & hockey. He was a New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Purdue & Jeff Gordon fan. He as a member of St. Charles Catholic Church & Lifetime Member & Past Commander of the Otterbein American Legion Martin Kennedy Post #125. He is survived by his Daughter, Cathy, Twin Sons, Brett & Brian & Son, Ron, eight Grandchildren & eight Great-Grandchildren. He proceeded in death by a Sister, Lois, Brothers Joe & Carl & Son, Danny. Visitation will be, Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5-8 PM, with Rosary at 5PM, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein. Funeral Mass will be, Friday, April 17, 2015, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Otterbein, with Father Robert Klemme officiating. Entombment to follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, with Military honors by, Otterbein American Legion Martin Kennedy Post #125. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Otterbein American Legion Martin Kennedy Post #125.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 14, 2015
Alkire, James F.  
James F. Alkire James F. Alkire, 82, of Lafayette, passed away Sunday April 12, 2015 at IU Health Arnett. He was born in Lafayette April 8, 1933 to Mildred and Chester Alkire. On July 23, 1966 he married Sally Raub Alkire in the First United Methodist Church of which he was a member. Jim graduated from Jefferson High School in 1952. His interest in photography began in 1957 with an apprenticeship at Phillip's Studio in Lafayette and in 1964 he opened his own photography studio at 214 North 5th Street. His first year in business he won the Severin Award presented by the Professional Photographers Association of Indiana for the best total exhibit. He was a photography judge for the Indiana State Fair in the years 1983,'85,'86 and '89, both amateur and professional divisions. He also judged the Scholastic Art Exhibition sponsored by L.S. Ayres and the Indianapolis Star, the Purdue Camera Club, the Riviera Camera Club of Indianapolis and the 4-H Fair Photo Contests. In 1989 he won the Kodak/Parade Magazine, "The American Woman" photo contest. Out of 115,000 entries, his photo, along with 99 others, was exhibited on a Kodak-Sponsored nationwide tour. It was later published in a book and used as a lead in on an ABC show. While in high school, Jim played drums in local bands. He played through the 50's with the Ray Gretencord quartet and Chet Bauch 18 piece band. In the 60's he was with Dan McGuire's group. In 1968, he formed the Jim Alkire jazz trio and played many venues around Lafayette. In 1969, he formed his first 5-piece band which later went to a 7-piece group. It was a very popular dance band in Lafayette and the State. He also had the Jim Alkire Dixieland Jazz Band. In 1981, he was the recipient of the Musician of the Year Award presented by the Lafayette Federation of Musicians Local #162. The band was in existence for 43 years. Jim always prided himself on giving back to the community. He and the band volunteered for many events which included The Tippecanoe Historical Association, the Lafayette Citizen's Band, the depot relocation to Riehle Plaza, etc. Jim is survived by his wife of 49 years; sisters Ruth Ann Alkire of West Lafayette, Mary Elizabeth Butler of Lafayette, and Marjorie Carder of Indianapolis. He is also survived by many numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Donald and Francis, and sisters Jane, Carmen and Mary Josephine. Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette from 5 until 7 PM Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home 11:00 AM Thursday, Fr. Timothy Alkire officiating, with interment to follow at Battle Ground Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Almost Home Animal Shelter in memory of Jim who was a lover of all animals. Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 14, 2015
Bair, Clarine  
Clarine Bair Clarine Bair, age 84, passed away on April 11, 2015. She was a resident of Albuquerque, NM after moving from Mesa, AZ and Lafayette, IN. Clarine spent most of her life in Indiana where see was a homemaker, hair dresser and avid bowler. She was also a member of Eastern Star. She is preceded in death by husband Albert Bair, son James Edward Foley, Brothers Joe, Bill, Kenneth, and Sister Joyce. She is survived by son Michael, step children Terry, Dee, Marla, Brother Jesse, and Sister Barbara, and many other family members. Clarine touched many lives and will be missed by many. Friends may call at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, Linden from 10 AM until the service at 11 AM Saturday, Rev. Dr. R Clayton Kendall officiating, with interment following at New Richmond Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be left at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 15, 2015
Balensiefer, Danny  
Danny "Dan" Balensiefer, 52 Danny "Dan" Balensiefer, 52, of Earl Park, IN, passed away, Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 in Ft. Myers, Florida. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am Monday, April 20th, at St. John's the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 205 S. Chestnut St. Earl Park, IN 47942, with a burial at St. John's Cemetery immediately after. Friends may visit with family at a dinner at St. John's following the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by visiting https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/6tg8/the-danny-balensiefer-memorial-fund . Dan was born July 9th, 1962 in Lafayette, IN to Frank and Laura (Garrett) Balensiefer. He graduated from Benton Central High School in 1980 and honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1982-84. Dan impacted all those he encountered with his warmth and enthusiasm, traits he carried from his extraordinarily loving family. He valued above all else his children; he took pride particularly in their selflessness and willingness to love and give with their whole hearts to others as he did. Dan found sanctuary in his involvement with the Great Banquet Christian community. He was an avid Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, as well as a great music lover, spending much time singing and performing while spending time with his family. Dan is survived by his parents, his girlfriend of 6 years, Lisa Moding (son Michael), his son, U.S. Army Sgt. Tyler Stephen Balensiefer (Kayla) of Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX, his four daughters, Chelsey Elizabeth Balensiefer (fiancé Jamie MacDougall) of Indianapolis, Aubrey Marie Balensiefer (fiancé Chris Dolick) of Wolcott, Megan Ryan Moffitt (fiancé Lorenzo Munoz) of Lafayette, and Emma Jewel Balensiefer of Lafayette, his three sisters, Kelly Balensiefer of Earl Park, IN, Joye Fischer (Aaron) of Lafayette, and Cheryl Coy (Rodney) of Earl Park, and several beloved nieces and nephews.
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2015
Beavens, Jerald G.  
Jerald G. Beavens, 81 Jerald G. Beavens, 81, of Frankfort, Indiana, died at 11:55 p.m. on April 14, 2015 at his home. Born December 16, 1933 in Dearborn, Missouri to the late John Morgan & Ethel L. (Atkinson) Beavens. He married Janice R. Magart on November 15, 1958 at the Karo Church in Carroll County and she preceded him in death on August 22, 2014. Mr. Beavens attended Frankfort High School and was a lifelong Frankfort resident. He was a Sgt. 1st Class in the National Guard. Mr. Beavens worked at Ing-Rich for 28 years, then Frankfort Parks Department for 14 years, retiring in 1999. He was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by a son: Eric (Amber) Beavens of Dayton; daughter: Angela (Tim) Newhart of Chalmers, IN; 2 brothers: Stanley (JoAnn) Beavens of Auburndale, FL & John Beavens of Mammoth Springs, AR; 8 grandchildren, Todd, Kendra, Jessica, Raelyn, Abbie, Amanda, Allee, Riley and 2 great-grandchildren, Kennedy & Payton. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Paul Beavens, and a sister, Donna Beavens. Inurnment will be in Green Lawn Mausoleum. A Private Family Service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Southern Care Hospice, Home Instead or American Heart Association. Goodwin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at goodwinfuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2015
Beckner, James Norman  
James Norman Beckner, 85, Monticello, died 04-10-2015. Arrangements: Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello.
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 13, 2015
Black, Paul L.  
Paul L. Black, 97 Paul L. Black, 97, of Frankfort, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Wesley Manor. He was born March 29, 1918, to Orvee W. and Sarah E. Ditmire Black in Cass County, Indiana. Paul married Carol E. Baldwin on April 23, 1939 in Sharon, Indiana and she passed on January 25, 2006. Paul graduated from Metea High School in Cass County, in 1937 and graduated from Indiana School of Barber Science in Indianapolis in 1938. Paul was a long time member of the Sweetser United Methodist Church serving as a member of the Church Board, a trustee, volunteer Church Custodian, treasurer of the Methodist Men, Chairman of the Official Board, on the Missionary Committee, on the Board of Evangelism, Superintendent of Sunday School and Sunday School teacher and head usher. Paul also served Wesley Manor as usher and custodian of the wood shop. He enjoyed wood working as he made over 800 wooden bowls from various woods from all over the world. Paul was a life member of the Fulton County Historical Society in Rochester; he was a descendant of the Frank Ditmire family whose history is recorded in volume 2 of the Fulton County Folks. Before moving to Frankfort in 1983 he had resided in Fulton County and Sweetser for 42 years. Paul and Carol were very proud of their son David being named valedictorian of his 1959 Sweetser High School graduating class. Paul and Carol were instrumental forming the Mark Black Memorial Athletic Award given out yearly to a Senior Athlete at Oak Hill High School. They also started the Vietnam War Memorial at Oak Hill High School in memory of their son, Mark Black who was killed in the Vietnam War. Paul is survived by two grandsons, Mark R. Black II and David L. Black Jr., both of Tustin, CA; one granddaughter, Sherrie Carlile of Castle Rock, CO; one great-granddaughter, Courtnie Black; and one great-grandson, Brennan Black. In addition to his parents and his wife Paul was preceded by his sons Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Mark Ryan Black and David L. Black. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Grant Memorial Park Mausoleum beginning at 12:00 PM until start of service at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mick Wilson officiating. Memorials in Paul's name may be made to Sweetser Methodist Church or charity of donor's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Apr. 12, 2015
Bush, Violet Marie  
Violet Marie Bush Violet Marie Bush, 85, of Lafayette, passed away at 4:50 a.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at IU Health Arnett. Born December 4, 1929 in Tippecanoe County, she was the daughter of the late Archie and Beulah (Harvey) Smith. Her marriage was to Andrew C. Bush in Lafayette and he preceded her in death on January 16, 1996. Violet was a cook at Purdue University for over 20 years. She was a member of the Evergreen Wesleyan Church, and an Auxiliary member of the Red Hats, 40&8 Voiture, American Legion, VFW, and Moose Lodge. Violet also enjoyed decorating wedding cakes. Surviving are her sons, Don Bush (wife: Becky) of Lafayette, and Steven Bush (wife: Diana) of Dayton; sister. Shirley Baugues (husband: Don); brother, Harry Smith; her best friends, whom she considered family, Mary Lou Williams of Battleground and Margaret Chapman of Lafayette. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Donnie Lee Bush (wife: Leah), Cody Bush (wife: Aimee), Danae Rush (husband: Rob), Kelly McManomy (husband: Doug), and Heather Weida (husband: Michael) 11 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death with her parents and husband is a sister. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m Monday, April 20, 2015 at Hippensteel Funeral Home with Pastor Joseph Park Jr. officiating. Interment to follow in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens of West Lafayette. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2015
Campbell, Betty J.  
Betty J. Campbell Attica - Betty J. (Brimmer) Campbell, 92, passed away in the Woodland Manor Nursing Center, Attica, with her family at her side, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 3:05 p.m. Betty was the daughter of the late Daniel and May Bell (Daves) Brimmer. She was born on January 25, 1923 in Peoria, IL. When Betty was an infant her parents died and she was raised by her mother's sister and her husband, Mary and Will "Happy" Walter in Attica. Betty graduated from Attica High School in 1941. On June 18, 1942, Betty married Thomas R. Campbell in Williamsport, IN. He preceded her in death on April 24, 1990. She later moved to Warren County, residing in rural Williamsport. While living in Warren County, Betty served as the Warren County Deputy Recorder from 1965-1967; served as Warren County Clerk from 1968-1975 and worked as the Warren County Deputy Clerk from 1976 until her retirement in 1979. Betty was a good, kind woman, who loved God, her family and her friends. She was a long time member of the Williamsport Christian Church, where she sang in the choir. Betty leaves behind four children, Jill (Bill) Borst, Attica, H.B. Campbell III, of Terre Haute, Suzanne (Joe) Shoemaker, Lexington, SC and Park (Lucy) Campbell, Terre Haute; seven grandchildren, Leah Borst, Lafayette, Megan (Kyle) Cornelius, Washington, IN, Thomas, Vanessa and Duncan Campbell, Terre Haute, Molly (John) Hankinson, Columbia, SC and Park A.T. Campbell, Terre Haute; four great-grandchildren, Campbell Rae, Cash Ryan, Lilian Marie and John Parker. Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Tuesday, April 14th, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Don Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Attica. Memorial contributions may be made to the Guardian Angel Hospice or the Williamsport Christian Church. Condolences may be sent on line to www.mausfuneralhome.com .
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Apr. 10 to Apr. 11, 2015
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