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Obituaries from May 2004

THELMA ESTHER EWEN (05/03/04)
Thelma Esther Ewen, 85, of Brazil, formerly of Paris, Tenn., died May 1, 2004, at her residence. She was born June 19, 1918, in Tippecanoe, Ind., the daughter of Albert and Bessie Gaskill McGowen. She was married to Charles Knight who preceded her in death. They resided in Rochester, Ind. for 28 years. She relocated to the Paris, Tenn., area where she lived for over 30 years. She was married to Lonnie Ewen. He also preceded her in death...
Leroy A. Overman Jr. (05/18/04)
LEROY A. OVERMAN JR. Services for Leroy A. Overman Jr., 79, of Brazil, will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. in French Funeral Home with the Rev. Chester Haypenny and the Rev. Harold Plunkett officiating. Burial will follow in Clearview Cemetery. American Legion Post 2 and VFW 1127 will provide military graveside rites. Visitation will be today, 4-7 p.m., and Wednesday prior to services...
HELEN C. WHITE (05/20/04)
Helen C. White, 91, of Greencastle and formerly of Brazil, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 1 a.m. at Putnam County Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1913, in Beloit, Wisc., the daughter of Peter and Anna Ketuchesky Wassel. She was a 1930 graduate of Glenn High School...
ROBERT B. SCHROCK (05/20/04)
Robert B. Schrock, 73, of Lebanon, Ind., died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 9:56 a.m. in his home of natural causes, following an extended illness. He was born in Wolcottville, Ind., on March 27, 1931, the son of the late Ruben and Susan Yoder Schrock. He spent his early years in Wolcottville and then served during the Korean War in the U.S. ...
MARGARET ELLEN ROLLINS THOMAS (05/21/04)
Margaret Ellen Rollins Thomas, 60, of Clinton, died Thursday morning, May 20, 2004, after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Eleanor Kelley Rollins and Harold Rollins. She was married to Sam Thomas in 1959. She was a housewife and also worked at Wal-Mart, Cannon Inn and Meadows Manor North. She was a member of the Victory Baptist Church, the Moose Lodge Auxiliary and the Half Century Auxiliary...
CLAUDEAN VIRGINIA FISHER (05/21/04)
Claudean Virginia Fisher, 88, of Brazil, formerly of Millboro, Va., died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the home of her granddaughter, Billie J. Thompson and husband Drew G. Thompson. She had resided there since last September so they could care for her, with assistance from VistaCare, due to her failing health...
JOSEPH H. REESE (05/24/04)
Joseph H. "Hootie" Reese, 80, of Brazil, passed away at home on Friday, May 21, 2004. Born Oct. 5, 1923, in Brazil, he served with the CCC for four years prior to serving with the Army Airborne in World War II. He worked for Logan Clay Co., retiring in 1982, and worked for Skelton Tree Service...
MARGARET ELLEN ROLLINS THOMAS (05/24/04)
Margaret Ellen Rollins Thomas, 60, of Clinton, died Thursday morning, May 20, 2004, after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Eleanor Kelley Rollins and Harold Rollins. She was married to Sam Thomas in 1959. She was a housewife and also worked at Wal-Mart, Cannon Inn and Meadows Manor North. She was a member of the Victory Baptist Church, the Moose Lodge Auxiliary and the Half Century Auxiliary...
CLAUDEAN VIRGINIA FISHER (05/24/04)
Claudean Virginia Fisher, 88, of Brazil, formerly of Millboro, Va., died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at the home of her granddaughter, Billie J. Thompson and husband Drew G. Thompson. She had resided there since last September so they could care for her, with assistance from VistaCare, due to her failing health...
ROBERT W. WELLS (05/24/04)
Robert W. Wells, 75, of Brazil died Friday, May 21, 2004, at 8:36 p.m. in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He had been a resident of Southwood Healthcare Facility in Terre Haute for several years due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born Aug. 24, 1928, in Greencastle he was the son of Clarence Roscoe and Lena Josephine Branson Wells. He served in the Army and was later a truck driver, both over the road and locally. He worked for the Brazil City Coal Yard and Romas Trucking...
ROBERT LEE "JAKE" JOHNSON (05/24/04)
Robert Lee "Jake" Johnson, 67, of Brazil, died May 22, 2003, at Union Hospital. He was born Oct. 3, 1936, the son of Helen G. Meyers Johnson, in Clarion, Penn. He moved to Indiana in 1973 and worked for Amax Coal Company as Chief Electrician until his retirement in 1988. He then began his own business, known as "Jake's Electric" until his retirement in 2000...
JAMES W. NAIM (05/25/04)
James W. Naim, 69, of Brazil died May 23, 2004, at the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born July 14, 1934, in Cardonia, in Clay County. He was the son of William and Ruth Lambert Nairn. He graduated from Van Buren High School, class of 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959. He worked at Great Dane and for Oxide Chemical and had last worked as a carpenter...
MISTY DAWN CLINGERMAN (05/26/04)
Misty Dawn Clingerman, 19, of Brazil, formerly of Cedar Lake, Ind., died Monday, May 24, 2004, following an accident on SR 59. She was born April 8, 1985, in Terre Haute, the daughter of Bruce Clingerman and Cheryl Brown Clingerman Hunt. She attended school through her senior year at Cedar Lake, before moving to Brazil with her family. She attended Northview High School her senior year...
GLEN E. MUNRO (05/26/04)
Glen E. Munro, 78, Westfield, Ind., died Monday, May 24, 2004, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and an educator, having served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in a number of school systems throughout Indiana. In addition, he was employed with Wood-Mizer for a number of years and retired as donations coordinator...
JOHN WESLEY "JACK" WOOLLEY (05/28/04)
John Wesley "Jack" Woolley, 78, of Brazil, formerly of West Terre Haute, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004, in St. Vincent Clay Hospital at Brazil. He was born Dec. 3, 1925, at Clinton, Ind., to Garnett Woolley and Myrtle Drake Woolley. He had formerly been employed by the Terre Haute Gas Co. for many years. He was an Army Veteran of WWII and was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both at Brazil...
WILLIAM 'BILL' J. ANGLETON (05/28/04)
William "Bill" J. Angleton, 80, of Danville, Ind., formerly of Brazil, died Thursday, May 27, 2004, at Hendricks Community Hospital. He was born April 25, 1924, in Brazil, the son of Otis and Agnes Mayfield Angleton. On Dec. 13, 1943, he married Emma Schlatter Angleton. She preceded him in death Aug. 1, 1997...
James E. Vandivier (05/18/04)
JAMES E. VANDIVIER James E. Vandivier, 68, of Bridgeton, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2004, at the Royal Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Terre Haute. He had been in failing health. Born on Nov. 27, 1935, in Rosedale, he was the son of Everett Vandivier and Dorothy Overpeck Vandivier. He was a 1954 graduate of Bridgeton High School...
Gilbert N. Ellis (05/18/04)
GILBERT N. ELLIS Gilbert N. Ellis, 72, of Brazil, died Sunday, May 16, 2004, at 3:55 a.m. at the Clay Health Center. He was born April 3, 1932, in Brazil, the son of Herschel and Dolly Orman Ellis. He was a lifelong farmer in Clay County. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards and singing gospel music. He attended Deliverance Temple Church in Brazil...
LEROY A. OVERMAN JR. (05/17/04)
Leroy A. Overman Jr., 79, of Brazil, died Friday, May 14, 2004, at 6:25 p.m. in Clay Health Center of Brazil. Born May 17, 1924, in Brazil, he was the son of Leroy A. Overman Sr. and Helen Yarde Overman. He attended school in Indianapolis and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater on the USS Princeton. He received several commendations including the Heroism Medal. He saved another man's life when their ship was attacked...
CHARLES W. 'BILL' JEFFRIES (05/03/04)
Charles W. "Bill" Jeffries, 81, Carbon, Ind., passed away May 2, 2004, in the St. Vincent Clay Hospital in Brazil. Born July 21, 1922, in Carbon, he was the son of Frank and Pearl Brooks Jeffries. He worked for Glen Gery Brick for 21 years retiring as a foreman in 1977. He was a WW II veteran of the United States Army Air Force, a member of the VFW Post 1127, Carbon Methodist Church and the Hod Carriers Union. He attended Van Buren High School...
ELAINE K. BRIDGEWATER (05/04/04)
Elaine K. Bridgewater, 57, of Brazil, died Friday, April 30, 2004, at 7:39 p.m. in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital. For the last year she had been a resident of the Clay Health Center due to failing health. She previously made her home in the Lamplight Apartments on East Pinckley Street...
MARTHA EDITH PECK (05/06/04)
Martha Edith Peck, 90, of Brazil, died at 10:40 p.m. Monday, May 3, 2004, at Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville. She was born May 12, 1913, in Rockville, Ind. She was the daughter of Floyd and Altha Monroe Clark. Following graduation from Mecca High School in the Class of 1932, she married Elmer Peck who has preceded her in death. She enjoyed flowers and gardening...
ROSE GUESS SIMPSON (05/06/04)
Rose Guess Simpson, 86, of Center Point, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at her residence. Born July 10, 1917, in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of Roy and Gertrude York Guess. A graduate of Brown's Business College and My Lady Beauty Academy, she was co-owner of Simpson's Market and she was the first school bus driver in Vigo County. She was a member of the Putnamville Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, Foster Grandmothers and Mother Bee's at Honey Creek...
NORMA JEAN MORLAN (05/06/04)
Norma Jean Morlan, 78, of Brazil, died Jan. 2, 2004, at Clay County Health Center in Brazil. She was the daughter of Manuel and Ellen Hunter Thomas and the widow of Alvin Morlan. She was employed by Bridgeton Cafeteria as a cook for many years. She enjoyed mushroom hunting and watching her favorite teams play basketball on television...
RICKY L. BRUSH (05/08/04)
Ricky L. Brush, 40, of Brazil, died unexepctedly Thursday, May 6, 2004, in his residence. Born Feb. 1, 1964, in Clay County, he was the son of Donald "Reggie" and Jacquelyn Harden Brush. He graduated from Brazil High School in 1983 and began working as a machinist for Morris Manufacturing 10 years ago. He was employed there at the time of his death...
FRANCES 'MADGE' DOWNING (05/08/04)
Frances "Madge" Downing, 96, of rural Brazil, died at 1:54 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2004, in St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She was born in Jackson Township, Clay County, on Oct. 20, 1907, to Frank Englehart and Myrtle Sallady Englehart. They later moved to Marshall, Ill. After three years, they returned to Jackson Township where she resided the rest of her life...
CLAUDE 'BUCK' RAMSEY JR. (05/08/04)
Claude "Buck" Ramsey Jr., 82, of Brazil, formerly of Terre Haute, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at Union Hospital. He was born May 17, 1921, to Claude Ramsey Sr. and Grace Liggett Ramsey in West Terre Haute. He worked as a union electrician for Local 725 for 30 years. He was a member of the Masons, William Penn Lodge No. 727 for 50 years, the Shrine and Wabash Valley Scottish Rite. He served during World War II with the Air Force in the European Theatre...
IDA MILDRED McCANN (05/10/04)
Ida Mildred McCann, 80, of Evansville and formerly of Clay County, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. She was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Cloverland, Ind. She was the daughter of Reuben and Hallie Ringo Swearingen. Following graduation from Staunton High School in 1942 she attended and graduated from Union Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She worked for many years as a nurse at Union Hospital...
DAVID GODSEY (05/10/04)
David Godsey, 68, of Rosedale, Ind., died May 8, 2004, in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Born Oct. 1, 1935, in Freedom, Ind., he was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Crabb Godsey. Following high school, he entered the Army. On Feb. 18, 1958, he married Dorothy Clegg. She survives...
MYRON D. NICOSON (05/10/04)
Myron D. Nicoson, 75, of Brazil, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at 9:48 a.m. in the emergency room of St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Born April 29, 1929, in Bowling Green, Ind., he was the son of Wayne Sandford Nicoson and Iona Youngblood Nicoson. He graduated from Bowling Green High School in 1947...
EMERSON L. LIECHTY (05/11/04)
Emerson L. Liechty, 97, of Indianapolis, formerly of Clay City, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at West Side Retirement Village in Indianapolis. He was born May 6, 1907, in Clay County, the son of Jesse Liechty and Ida Schiele Liechty. He attended school in Clay City, then graduated in 1925 from Staunton High School...
ELMER PAUL 'PETE' THIEMANN (05/11/04)
Elmer Paul "Pete" Thiemann, 94, of Terre Haute, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, in his home. Born Sept. 10, 1909, in Louisville, Ky., he was the son of Herman and Mary Algeier Thiemann, the youngest of 10 children. He graduated fromn St. Xavier High School, attended the University of Louisville and studied accounting at LaSalle Extension University...
DON W. PHILLIPS (05/11/04)
Don W. Phillips, 79, of Greencastle, died Sunday, May 9, 2004, at Putnam County Hospital. He was born March 16, 1925, in Hadley, Ind., the son of Eber Phillips and Flora Purcell. He married Alberta Frazier on May 24, 1969; she survives. He was a set-up man at P.R. Mallory Capacitor, retiring after over 25 years in 1989...
GLENN ALBERT NESTY (05/12/04)
Glenn Albert Nesty, 92, of Bayside, Calif., died on April 21, 2004, in his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1911, to William H. Nesty and Esther Peakman Nesty and grew up in Harmony, Ind. He obtained his bachelor's degree from DePauw University and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois, where he met Martha Brooks, who later became his wife until she died in 1994...
DR. RICHARD D. HARRIS (05/28/04)
Dr. Richard D. Harris, 69, a resident of Columbia City, Ore., died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles, Ore. He was born July 4, 1933, in Brazil to Richard Wayne and Mary Lawson Harris. He grew up in the Midwest and served in the U.S. Army. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute and his doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich...