Obituaries from December 2008
Robert W. Corbin
Robert W. Corbin, 77, Ashland, Ohio, died Sunday evening, Dec. 28, 2008, at MedCentral Health System in Mansfield, Ohio, after a valiant battle with melanoma cancer. The eldest son of the late Ira Wayne Corbin and Marion Glenn (Barnhart) Corbin, Brazil, he was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Terre Haute...
Joseph "Sonny" Earl Eaglin
Joseph "Sonny" Earl Eaglin, 72, Brazil, passed away at his residence Dec. 29, 2008, following an extended illness. He was born July 19, 1936, in Putnam Co., to Harry Sr. and Letha (Sutherlin) Eaglin. As a young man Sonny worked at Saw Mills in Cloverdale, Martinsville and Reelsville. ...
Frank M. Brandebury
Frank M. Brandebury, 73, Brazil, passed away Dec. 30, 2008, at Westridge Healthcare, Terre Haute. He was born Nov. 6, 1935, in Marion County, Ill., to Henry M. Brandebury and Mary Ethel (Smith) Brandebury. Frank served in the United States Army for 20 years retiring as First Sergeant in 1974. He also retired from Digital in Phoenix, Ariz...
Mary K. Barrell
Mary K. Barrell, 95, Brazil, died at 3:55 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at Cloverleaf Healthcare, Knightsville. She was born Sept. 16, 1913, in Diamond, Ind., as the daughter of John and Mary Peperak Pelish. She had been employed as a housekeeper at the Clay County Hospital until her retirement. She was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church of Brazil...
L. Alden McCullough
L. Alden McCullough, 85, Naples, Fla., died Dec. 25, 2008, at Avow Hospice, Naples, Fla. He was born in Brazil, the son of the late Leo and Opal Campbell McCullough Fischer. In 1954, he received the National Accounting Award of the American Trucking Association. In 1957, he joined the Allied Van Lines to become one of their outstanding sales persons in the U.S., serving major corporations in the New York City area...
Marion Edward "Brub" Withers Sr.
Marion Edward "Brub" Withers Sr., 89, Brazil, died Dec. 25, 2008, at 2:15 p.m., at Union Hospital, Terre Haute, following a recent battle with leukemia. He was born Oct. 2, 1919, in Knightsville, one of six children of Charles and Molly Britton Withers. ...
William J. Douthitt
William J. Douthitt, 84, California, formerly of Greencastle, died Dec. 23, 2008. He was born Feb. 8, 1924. He was preceded in death by his brother Roy Douthitt. He is survived by sister Mary I. Hendrickson, Brazil. A memorial service may possibly be scheduled at a later date at First Christian Church, Greencastle...
Michael Austin Mornout
Michael Austin Mornout, 29, Brazil, died Dec. 21,2008, at Methodist Hospital following a motor vehicle accident in Clay County. Michael was born April 24, 1979, in Ft. Wayne, as the son of Loren Mornout and Kathy Herron Jesko. He was employed as a sales manager until his death...
Lela Maxine Chatham
Lela Maxine Chatham, 79, Brazil, passed away Dec. 21, 2008, at St. Vincent's Hospice, Indianapolis, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Center Point, to Terry and Vinnie (Boyce) Crafton. She graduated from Bowling Green High School with the class of 1947...
Frances Mae Davidson
Frances Mae Davidson, 57, rural Brazil, died at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at her residence. She was born Sept. 25, 1951, in Kissimmee, Fla., as the daughter of John "Jake" and Doris Horne Bass. She had been employed as the photo department manager at Sam's Club in Terre Haute...
Alma "Jackie" Lucille Barnes
Alma "Jackie" Lucille Barnes, 94, Brazil, died at 4:35 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 2, 1914, in Sylvania, Ala., as the daughter of William Alva and Frances Campbell Kernon. Following graduation from high school, she married Roy Harrison Barnes on Sept. 30, 1938. He has preceded her in death...
Faye Eggers, 71, Greencastle, passed away Saturday afternoon at her residence. She was born in Six Mile. W.Va., on Feb. 16, 1937, as the daughter of Wilbert and Opal Hager Arthur. She was a homemaker, had previously worked at Mallory's Inn, Greencastle, and had sold Park Lane Jewelry...
Shirley A. Thomas
Shirley A. Thomas, 80, South Bend, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend. Shirley was born May 20, 1928, in Brazil, to Arvil and Dorothy (Kaelber) Wells. She was preceded in death by her parents. On March 29, 1947, in Stearleyville, as the former Shirley Wells, she married Lawrence Thomas...
Jon William Lancaster
Jon William Lancaster, 45, Brazil, passed away at his residence Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 29, 1962, in Goshen, Ind., to Billy and Frances (McGinty) Lancaster. He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1981. Following high school, he attended Ivy Tech, earning a degree in Computer Technology in 1983...
Betty L. Wright
Betty L. Wright, 71, Terre Haute, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008, at 1:30 a.m., in her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on May 20, 1937, in Terre Haute, to Clarence Gray and Bonnie James Gray. Betty was a graduate of Garfield High School. She enjoyed taking care of her home, working in her flower gardens, making crafts and spoiling her grandchildren and pets. She spent many years watching all four of her grandchildren swim in her pool and race quarter midgets and sprint cars...
Gregory A. Sims
Gregory A. Sims, 51, Terre Haute, died at Methodist Hospital Dec. 17, 2008. He was born March 1, 1957, in Paris, Ill., to Jack and Diana Payne Sims. He was a member, treasurer and faithful choir member of the Peniel United Methodist Church, Brazil. He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in mortuary science. He was an avid gardener and was very fond of his dogs...
Joseph "Joe" Lee Butts
Joseph "Joe" Lee Butts, 59, Lancaster, S.C., formerly of Center Point, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, N.C. He was born Sept. 12, 1949, in Center Point, the son of the late Edward T. Butt and Leona Everhart Butt, and was the fiancÚ of Judy Knight...
Nila Mae Mace
Nila Mae Mace, 81, Brazil, died Dec. 16, 2008, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Vigo County, the daughter of Roy and Maude Ringo Stearley.
Jack Alan Riggs
Jack Alan Riggs, 54, Camby, formerly of Brazil, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at his residence. He was born Nov. 3, 1954, in Clay County, the son of Jack Riggs and Carolyn Rosser Riggs. Jack attended Perth Elementary in Clay County, and then graduated from Brazil High School. ...
Barbara L. Reeves
Barbara L. Reeves, 77, Greencastle, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, at the Putnam County Hospital, after a sudden medical emergency. She was born at home on April 30, 1931, to Paul F. and L. DeMoine (Herbert) Nees, one-mile east of Poland (Owen County), Ind. ...
Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart
Richard Hays "Dick" Englehart, a retired insurance manager/agent who had homes in Indianapolis and Palm Desert, Calif., has died. He was 86. Englehart suffered a stroke after attending church on Dec. 7, at Palm Desert, Fla., and died the next day. He was born in Brazil, son of Ira and Virginia Englehart, and played high school basketball there under legendary coach Harold "Babe" Wheeler...
Jean W. Ray
Jean W. Ray, 85, Evansville, passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, in the Visiting Nurses Association Nursing Home, Evansville. She was born Aug. 5, 1923, in Saskatchewan, Canada, to Arlie and Dora (Botkin) Smith. In earlier years, Jean owned a small restaurant in Brazil...
Carl J. "Jack" Mercer
Carl J. "Jack" Mercer, 82, Speedway, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. Mr. Mercer was born March 9, 1926, in Brazil, to Carl W. and Vallie Mercer. Mr. Mercer served his country in the United States Army Air Corp. Jack was a graduate of Brazil High School and a 1950 graduate of Indiana University...
Wilbur Everett Trout
Wilbur Everett Trout, 87, Brazil, passed away unexpectedly at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, at his residence. He was born May 26, 1921, in Brazil, as the son of Roy and Sylvia Hoffman Trout. He worked for the Pennsylvania Rail Road as a young man and then as a supervisor at Gregory Furniture...
Donna Kay Crumley
Donna Kay Crumley, 57, Spencer, passed away Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, at Bloomington Hospital. She was born July 30, 1951, in Plainfield, to Carl and Lois (Lamberson) Wright. Donna was a graduate of Owen Valley High School in 1970. She worked for Cook Urological in Spencer and retired in 1999...
Jo Ann (Mayrose) House
Jo Ann (Mayrose) House, 85, Salem, Ind., formerly of Brazil, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Salem. She was a native and former resident of Brazil. Survivors include two sons John and Bill House, one sister Maxine Kelsey, her companion Mart Ribelin, two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter...
Gilbert "Gib" LeRoy Archer
Gilbert "Gib" LeRoy Archer, 85, Carbon, went to be with his Lord Dec. 11, 2008, at 3:15 a.m., following an extended illness. He was born July 26, 1923, in Coal Bluff, Ind., to Arizona "Dutch" and Louisa Jane (Wright) Archer. As a child he worked with his father in the coal mines as a boilermaker. ...
Richard Julius Strommel
Richard Julius Strommel, 80, Brazil, died at 8:10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Richard was born Oct. 20, 1928, in Detroit, as the son of Stephan Lewis and Dorothy Kunze. He worked as a supervisor in manufacturing plants...
Anne Lee Bennett
Anne Lee Bennett, 86, Brazil, died at 9:13 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at Cloverleaf Healthcare. She was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Martin County, Ind., as the daughter of Hubert and Nyta Gunkel Bond. She graduated from Garfield High School in Terre Haute...
Gilbert Archer, Carbon, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his residence.
Services are pending at French Funeral Home.
Ellen M. Dubois
Ellen M. Dubois, 83, Patricksburg, passed away Dec. 7, 2008. She was born June 26, 1925, in Clay County, and was the daughter of Roy Boling and Lula Irene Shields. She married Rex E. Dubois on April 21, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 13, 2008...
Daniel E. Hutcheson
Mr. Daniel E. "Danny" Hutcheson, 69, Greencastle, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, at Putnam County Hospital. Born Sept. 16, 1939, in Greencastle, he was the son of Forest and Crystal (Smith) Hutcheson. He was a graduate of Reelsville High School "Class of 1957."...
Max Leroy Modesitt
Max Leroy Modesitt, 91, rural Brazil, died at 4:19 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 at his residence. He was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Staunton, as the son of Everett L. and Lena Ell Modesitt. He was born in the outskirts of Staunton, in the home of his grandparents, Jacob and Alice Ell. ...
Charles Luther Fuetter
Charles Luther Fuetter, 87, Brazil, passed away at 6:05 a.m., Dec. 5, 2008, at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1921, in Brazil, to Joseph and Anna (Overbeck) Fuetter. He graduated from Brazil High School and attended Indiana Teachers College for two years prior to joining the United States Navy...
James Cooksey, 74, Brazil, passed away at 3:50 a.m., Dec. 5, 2008, at his home following a battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1934, in Brazil, to William and Mable (Batchelor) Cooksey. He attended Van Buren High School and later received his G.E.D. from the Army...
Lester Wayne Walden
Lester Wayne Walden, 73, Brazil, died at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis. Following his death he was an organ and tissue donor. Les was born April 14, 1935, in Johnson County, Indiana, as the son of Lester H. ...
Tammi Lynn Embry Schurick
Tammi Lynn Embry Schurick, 50, Brazil, died unexpectedly Dec. 4, 2008, at 4:02 a.m., at St. Vincent Clay Hospital. She was born March 1, 1958, in Marion County, the daughter of Clayton Embry and Beatrice Crabb Embry. She was a home health aide and was one of the primary caregivers for her grandparents, Harley "Dutch" Crabb and Mary Crabb...
Joseph E. Spugnardi
Joseph E. Spugnardi, 80, Brazil, died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2008, in the emergency room at St. Vincent Clay Hospital, at 7:30 p.m. Joe was born April 13, 1928, in Clay County, the son of Athony Spugnardi and Opal Smith Spugnardi. He graduated from Brazil High School on May 22, 1946. During high school, he was the captain of the football team...
Les Walden, Brazil, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Moore Funeral Home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.
Dorothy C. Brown
Dorothy C. Brown, 77, Clay City, passed away at Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, Dec. 3, 2008, following a short illness. She was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Center Point, the daughter of Roscoe and Fern (Siples) Glitz. She graduated from Ashboro High School with the class of 1949...
Marcus Robert LaGrange
Marcus Robert LaGrange, 79, Terre Haute, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at 1:55 a.m., in Indianapolis Methodist Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born May 22, 1929, in Apalona, Ind., the youngest of seven sons of Oscar LaGrange and Bertha Doogs LaGrange...
Joseph E. Spugnardi
Joseph E. Spugnardi, 80, Brazil, died unexpectedly Dec. 2, 2008, at 7:30 p.m., in the emergency room at St. Vincent Clay Hospital following a short illness. A complete obituary will follow in the Friday issue of The Brazil Times. French Funeral Home is handling arrangements...
Claudia M. Hensley Hayes
Claudia M. Hensley Hayes, 67, Brazil, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, due to injuries from a motor vehicle accident. She was born April 15, 1941, in Terre Haute, as the daughter of Horatio and Eva Howard Hensley. She and her husband Jack Hayes had worked as campground managers. She was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion, BPOE Elks and Moose Lodge...
Jack Gene Hayes
Jack Gene Hayes, 73, Brazil, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, due to injuries from a motor vehicle accident. He was born Sept. 1, 1935, in Clay County, as the son of John and Lelia Croy Hayes. Following graduation from high school, he served in the United States Army. Jack and his wife Claudia worked as campground managers...
Elsie Lorene (Fretz) Dunn
Elsie Lorene (Fretz) Dunn, 92, Green County, Georgia, passed away at 10:44 p.m., Nov. 30, 2008. She was born Feb. 5, 1916, in Clay County, to Anthony and Ora Estelle Laselle Fretz. Following high school, she attended Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She married Orlando H. Dunn in 1944. He preceded her in death in 1984...
Ruth S. Van Horn
Ruth S. Van Horn, 84, Brazil, died Nov. 30, 3:47 p.m., at Cloverleaf Healthcare Facility, following a short illness. She was born June 2, 1924, in Cullman, Ala., the daughter of Charles and Lena Jones Sawyer. On Aug. 20, 1944, she married Glenn A. Van Horn. ...