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Obituaries from September 2008

Marcus L. Reik Jr. (09/25/08)
Marcus L. Reik Jr., 72, Terre Haute, passed away Sept. 23, 2008. He was born April 7, 1936, in Indianapolis, to Marcus L. and Nannie Dowdy. He is survived by sister Katherine L. Smith and husband Herbert, Bel Air, Md., companion Donna Carlyle, children Donald Lee Reik, Camden, Ohio, Ronald Lewis Reik, Terre Haute, Jerry Allen Reik, Brazil, Jeannie Marie Evans and husband Thomas, Evansville, and Nancy Louise Evans and husband Randy, Evansville...
Leroy Cooper (09/30/08)
Leroy Cooper, 92, Brazil, died at 4:25 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008, at Holly Hill Healthcare, Brazil. He was born June 8, 1916, in Waveland, Ind., as the son of Charles Orn and Iota Mitchell Cooper. He worked for many years as a steam pipefitter and was an active member of the local union...
Florence L. Nees (09/30/08)
Florence L. Nees, 94, Knightsville, formerly of Poland, passed away at 6:05 a.m., at Cloverleaf Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sept. 28, 2008. She was born May 30, 1914, in Clay County, the daughter of Noe "Jeff" Jefferson and Minnie Florence (Neese) Nees...
Jane Ellen Krecker (09/28/08)
Jane Ellen Krecker, 64, Clay City, formerly from Elgin, Ill., died Sept. 26, 2008. She was born in Melrose Park, Ill., on Jan. 19, 1944, to Charles and Dorothy Platcher. She graduated from Fenton High School in 1962. Survivors include her husband Robert and children Gregory of Kingston, Ill., Ellen of East Dundee, Ill., Denise of East Dundee, Ill., Ann Gilbert and her husband Brian from Kingston, Ill., and four grandchildren, Taylor, Jacob, Emily and Mia, siblings, John Platcher, Francy Scott, Margaret Byerly and Mary Jo Wake.. ...
James Lee Rosser (09/28/08)
James Lee Rosser, 78, formerly of Rosedale and currently living in Bloomington, Ind., passed away at Bloomington Hospital, Sept. 27, 2008, following a brief illness. Born March 10, 1930, in Rosedale, he was the son of James and Harriet Rosser. Following graduation from Rosedale High School, he served his country in the United States Army, being honorably discharged in 1963...
Nora "Jane" Litz (09/28/08)
Nora "Jane" Litz went to be with the Lord, passing in her home Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at 4:30 a.m., following a long battle with cancer. Born Nov. 15, 1938, in Wellston, Ohio, she was the daughter of Evelyn and Frank McGinnis. She married Bill Litz on Nov. 24, 1959, moving to Brazil from Marion, Ohio...
Oletha M. Schauwecker (09/28/08)
Oletha M. Schauwecker Oletha M. Schauwecker, 88, Plainfield, formerly of Clay County, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Heartland Health Care Center, Avon. She was born May 15, 1920, in Clay County, to Arthur Ari Craig and Tilda Jane (Puckett) Craig. She married Gordon Mac Schauwecker on Feb. 24, 1940. He preceded her in death on March 24, 1990...
Robert M. Patten (09/26/08)
Robert M. Patten, 85, Cloverdale, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Mill Pond Health Campus, Greencastle. Born March 24, 1923, in Morgan County, Ind., he was the son of Grover Paul Patten and Minnie Marie (McGinnis) Patten. On Aug. 24, 1951, he married LaVaughn Smith. She survives...
Oletha M. Schauwecker (09/26/08)
Oletha M. Schauwecker, 88, Plainfield, formerly of Clay County, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, at Heartland Health Care Center, Avon. Arrangements are pending at Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale.
Bubba T. Wakeling (09/26/08)
Bubba T. Wakeling, infant son of Richard and Kendall Miller Wakeling, was born and died on Sept. 5, 22008, in West Midlands, England. He is survived by sisters Bethany and Emily, brother Michael Wakeling, maternal grandparents Chris and Lesa Miller, uncle Brodee Miller, maternal great-grandparents Rosemay and the late Harry D. Sherer, and paternal great-grandparents Kay and the late Everett Ray Miller...
Robert L. McLin (09/24/08)
Robert L. McLin, 69, Staunton, went to be with the Lord Sept. 23, 2008, at Union Hospital. Born in Clay County July 2, 1939, he was the son of George D. and Montana A. Smith McLin. He attended Staunton High School. He also served his country in the U.S. ...
Jane Ann O'Day (09/24/08)
Jane Ann O'Day, 56, Carbon, formerly of Richmond, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, near Carbon. She was born in Richmond July 10, 1952, to Henry and Charlotte Snodgrass Parker and had lived in the Terre Haute area since 1993 moving to Carbon four years ago...
Mary Rita Raney (09/23/08)
Mary Rita Raney, 70, Portland Mills, died on Sept. 22, 2008, due to injuries sustained following a motorcycle accident on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. She was born June 21, 1938, in Vincennes, the daughter of Bert L. Wininger and Mary Frances Blount Wininger...
Aiden Adam Bays (09/23/08)
Aiden Adam Bays, infant son of W. Cale Bays and Kelly Danielsen Bays, was born and died Sept. 20, 2008, at 3:37 p.m., at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Other survivors include maternal grandparents Paul and Kathy Danielsen, Brazil, and Jeannie Shaw, Terre Haute, sister Sydney Bays, brother Aaron Bays, aunt Carrie Loftus, and uncles Ted Danielsen and Seth Cavins...
Dennis E. Wolverton (09/23/08)
Dennis E. Wolverton, 65, Brazil, formerly of Kokomo, died Sept. 21, 2008, at 9:30 a.m., at Holly Hills Healthcare Facility. He was born Dec. 7, 1942, in Terre Haute, the son of Travis Wolverton and Delilah Thompson Williams. He was raised in Brazil in the loving home of his mother and stepfather, Hubert E. Williams, whom he called dad...
Steven Ray Swaim Jr. (09/22/08)
Steven Ray Swaim Jr., 35, Brazil, died due to injuries following an accident on State Road 59 N on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. He was born May 11, 1973, in Vermillion County, the son of Steven Swaim Sr., and Rebecca Koch Swaim. He graduated from Rockville High School and also attended Vincennes University...
Ethel Lorene Brown (09/22/08)
Ethel Lorene Brown, 99, went to be with the Lord Sept. 20, 2008, at Rockville Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born Sept. 26, 1908, the daughter of William Henry and Ida Ellen Campbell Miller. Ethel married Carl Brown in September 1927. Carl preceded her in death in 1978...
Sheldon D. Hurley (09/22/08)
Sheldon D. Hurley, 73, Greencastle, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. Mr. Hurley was born Aug. 30, 1935, in Kokomo, the son of Homer A. and Beulah W. Weaver Hurley. Sheldon attended school in Wallace and graduated in 1954 from Greencastle High School. Mr. Hurley served as a minister of the Greencastle Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses for 51 years. He was also a farmer and was active in new construction and remodeling of Kingdom Halls and participated in international disaster relief work...
Vernon "Skeeter" Lee Riggle (09/22/08)
Vernon "Skeeter" Lee Riggle, 83, Brazil, died at 8:28 a.m., Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. He was born April 13, 1925, in Jasonville, as the son of James and Ruth Haseman Riggle. During World War II, he joined the United States Army and served in the Ardennes and Rhineland campaigns. He was honorably discharged Nov. 30, 1945...
Norma C. Helton (09/22/08)
Norma C. Helton, 79, Center Point, passed away at 10:10 a.m., Sept. 22, 2008, at Meadows Manor North, Terre Haute, following an extended illness. She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Zanesville, Ohio, the daughter of David N. and Julia "Elthea" (Lockwood) Helton...
Linda "Penny" Vaughn Hoskins (09/21/08)
Linda "Penny" Vaughn Hoskins, 54, Brazil, formerly of New Orleans, died unexpectedly Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, at her residence. She was born Nov. 11, 1953, in New Orleans, the daughter of Lester and Priscilla Vaughn. Penny earned her Associate's Degree in Nursing at LSU and then later earned her BSN at Northwestern State University. She was proud to have served in the Louisiana Army National Guard for 8 years, leaving only for medical reasons...
Dorothy I. Reffett (09/21/08)
Dorothy I. Reffett, 88, Brazil, passed away at 12:45 p.m., Sept. 20, 2008, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 15, 1919, in Brazil, to George and Jessie (Ray) Ruddell. She attended Staunton High School and was a former resident of Meridian Towers and had been a resident at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility since 2004...
James M. Mager (09/21/08)
James M. Mager, 63 Carbon, died unexpectedly Sept. 20, 2008, at his residence. He was born Oct. 3, 1944, in Clay County, the son of Andrew and Elsie Philabaum Mager. He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1965-1967...
Jack McKain (09/21/08)
Jack McKain, 83, Brownstown, Ind., died at 7:26 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at Schneck Medical Center, Seymour. McKain was a World War II army veteran. He had served as a medic with the 375th Medical Corp. within the 75th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from R.E.M.C. as a line foreman after working with them for 26 years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing...
Merietta Spears (09/19/08)
Merietta Spears, 70, Terre Haute, formerly of Clay County, passed away at her residence Sept. 18, 2008, at 8:30 a.m., after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children and family members. She was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Paragould, Ark., the daughter of Gilbert Franklin Jackson and Mary Evelyn Carmack Jackson...
Evelyn G. Huff (09/18/08)
Evelyn G. Huff, 86, Kokomo, formerly of Goldsmith and Brazil, died at 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at her residence. She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Millersville, Ind., as the daughter of Glenn and Elizabeth (Frazier) Crawford. Evelyn married William R. Huff on Oct. 3, 1938. He preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 2005...
R. Michael Loudermilk (09/14/08)
R. Michael Loudermilk, 59, Sullivan, formerly of Terre Haute, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at 1:20 a.m., at Sullivan County Community Hospital. He was born May 7, 1949, in Terre haute, the son of Raymond E. Loudermilk and Helen Sybert. He served in the United States Air Force and was a retired Sheriff's Deputy from Vigo County. He was retired from the Indiana National Guard and was chief of security at Hoosier Generation Stadium Memorial...
Betty L. Trinajstick (09/14/08)
Betty L. Trinajstick, 66, Brazil, passed away into God's Grace on Sept. 13, 2008, at 12:03 a.m., at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, after a short battle with cancer. She was born June 11, 1942, in Vigo County, the daughter of Edgar Fenton "Snap" Hilbert and Hazel (Mann) Hilbert...
Diane "Penny" Badger (09/14/08)
Diane "Penny" Badger, 67, Bloomington, Ind., passed away at her home early Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. Her husband, Joe (Jay), was the son of Joe and Lucy Badger. The elder Joe was advertising manager of The Brazil Times for nearly three decades, ending with his death in 1954...
Lawrence Ronald Cox (09/11/08)
Lawrence Ronald Cox, 78, Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Terre Haute, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, in Hamrick House, Hospice, Okeechobee, Fla. Larry worked at the Air National Guard as an instrument technician in Terre Haute for more than 30 years. He was born Sept. 15, 1929, in Muncie...
Jean Modesitt (09/10/08)
Jean Modesitt, 80, Harmony, passed away Sept. 8, 2008, at 5:50 p.m., at the Clay County Health Center. She was born Oct. 29, 1927, in Clay County, the daughter of Elmer Oscar "Jum" Lister and Eva Marie Flack Lister. She graduated from Brazil High School class of 1945. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Delta Theta Tau Sorority from 1945-1968 when she became part of the Beta Alumni group. She was a past president of both groups...
Forrest R. Northrop (09/09/08)
Forrest R. Northrop, 76, Clay City, died Sept. 8, 2008, at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 17, 1932, in Linton, the son of Ralph and Freda Sharpe Northrop. He graduated from Clay City High School, Class of 1950...
Yvonne Dale Turner (09/08/08)
Yvonne Dale Turner, 48, Reelsville, died Sept. 7, 2008, at her residence. She was born March 24, 1960, in Indianapolis, as the daughter of Henry S. and Ruby Arbuckle Hatcher Taylor. She worked as a cashier at the Cloverdale Shell Station. She attended the Croy Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, horses, Halloween and Christmas holidays and spending time with her family and friends...
Alvin L. Skinner (09/09/08)
Alvin L. Skinner, 69, Brazil, formerly of Vevay, Ind., died Sept. 8, 2008, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute. He was born April 7, 1939, in Vevay, Ind., as the son of Bob Skinner and Martha Bell Skinner. He had last worked as a janitor at Cooper Towers. Alvin enjoyed going to Dietz Lake, eating at the Coffee Cup, going to movies, working, and he loved animals...
Theresa J. Goldsmith (09/08/08)
Theresa J. Goldsmith, 45, Brazil, died Sept. 7, 2008, at 1:33 p.m., at Holly Hills Healthcare Facility, following a two-year battle with cancer. She was born Oct. 21, 1962, in Brazil, the daughter of Harley Buffington and Ida Reynolds Buffington. She last worked as a private investigator for Secure Detective and Security Agency...
Ernestine S. Kester (09/08/08)
Ernestine S. Kester, 86 of Brazil died September 8, 2008 at the Clay Health Center. She was born February 14, 1922 in Harmony, IN. the daughter of Ernest C. Snell and Sally McIntyre Snell. She graduated from Van Buren High School, Class of 1940. She continued her education with a B.S. ...
Norma Louise Francis Swain (09/08/08)
Norma Louise Francis Swain, 65, Terre haute, passed away early Monday morning, Sept. 8, 2008, at Union Hospital. She was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Terre Haute. She was a lifetime member of the Indiana Old Time Fiddler's. Survivors include her husband Robert Swain Sr., whom she married Dec. ...
Raymond H. Stearley (09/07/08)
Raymond H. Stearley, 81, Brazil, passed away at Cloverleaf Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, Knightsville, Sept. 6, 2008, following a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 17, 1927, in Brazil, to Sylvia and Harold Stearley. Following graduation from Brazil High School, he entered the Merchant Marines during World War II. Ray married Ellen Gard in 1950...
Judith "Judy" Young (09/05/08)
Judith "Judy" Young, 71, Brazil, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Sept. 3, 2008, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Ashboro, Ind., to Clayton and Pauline (Nichols) Carter. On Feb. 3, 1953, she married Grover Dean Young...
Steve Walk (09/05/08)
Steve Walk, 75, Brazil, passed away Sept. 3, 2008, at his daughter's home in Yale, Mich., following a short battle with cancer. He was born in War Eagle, W. Va., on Jan. 17, 1933. Steve was a coal miner in West Virginia until moving to the Indiana area in the late 50s, where he began working as a welder for Hoosier Fence, Indianapolis...
Mary D. Robison (09/05/08)
Mary D. Robison, 84, Brazil, died at 7:25 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008, at Clay County Health Center, Brazil. She was born April 17, 1924, in Clay County, as the daughter of William S. and Blanch Short Nicoson. She graduated from Brazil High School...
Mary Lou Coley (09/05/08)
Mary Lou Coley, 71, Bowling Green, passed away at 8:33 a.m., Sept. 5, 2008, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil, following a sudden illness. Born Feb. 1, 1937, in Brazil, she was the daughter of Virgil "Doc" and Nelle Royer. In 1955 she graduated from Bowling Green High School. ...
Judith "Judy" Young (09/04/08)
Judith "Judy" Young, 71, Brazil, passed away at 10:30 p.m., Sept. 3, 2008, at Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, following a brief illness. She was born Sept. 11, 1936, in Ashboro, Ind., to Clayton and Pauline (Nichols) Carter. On Feb. 3, 1953, she married Grover Dean Young...
Roscoe Petty (09/03/08)
Roscoe Petty, 23, Terre Haute, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. He was born Oct. 17, 1984, in Terre Haute, to Roscoe and Kimberly Osborn Petty. He is survived by his two children, son Preston Petty, and daughter Chloe Petty, whom he loved very much, his father Roscoe Petty, Yankee Town, Fla., mother Kimberly Petty, sister and brother-in-law Michelle and Covie Hurtt, all of Vigo County, grandfather and step-grandmother Tom and Irma Osborn, also of Vigo County, grandmother Shirley Osborn, Knoxville, Teen., nephews Bradley and Noah Jewett, niece Nevaeh Hurtt, several aunts and uncles, and best friend David Godsey.. ...
Deselee Ann Rhodes (09/02/08)
Deselee Ann Rhodes, 54, Fort Myers, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, after a short battle with cancer. She was born April 9, 1954, in Brazil, to Charles D. and Genevieve L. Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband Carl E. "Dusty" Rhodes...
Randy D. Crowder (09/02/08)
Randy D. Crowder, 49, Rockville, passed away at 5:20 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, in Union Hospital, Terre Haute. He was born Nov. 6, 1958, in Clinton, the son of Gerald and Nancy Coons Crowder. He was employed with Crowder Lawn and Garden, Rockville. He was a member of Immanual Southern Baptist Church. He graduated from Van Buren High School...
Betty Jo Fugate (09/02/08)
Betty Jo Fugate, 83, Brazil, passed away at St. Vincent Clay Hospital Sept. 2, 2008, at 3:10 a.m. Born July 9, 1925, in Brazil, she was the daughter of Cornwell R. "Cornie" and Anna (Stott) Treager. Mrs. Fugate graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1943. On July 5, 1945, she married Norman G. Fugate...
Audrey W. Cradick (09/01/08)
k Audrey W. Cradick, 85, Greencastle, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. He was born Nov. 13, 1922, in Putnam County. He was a graduate of Cloverdale High School and served his country in the United States Army during World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge...
Ellen Louise Wellings (09/01/08)
Ellen Louise Wellings, 89, Franklin, passed away Aug. 29, 22008, at 3:25 p.m., at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Franklin. Born April 18, 1919, in Poland, she was the daughter of Lola Cagle Bullerdick and Perry I. Bullerdick. She married Joseph Samuel Wellings, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1995...