INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 6, 2020) – Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs today announced 24 rural Hoosier communities will receive more than $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.
"By investing in our state's water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch. "These grants are supporting projects that are crucial to rural communities' continual economic development and improving the quality of life for its residents.”
The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.
“The leadership of these grant recipients embodies strategic planning, hard work and dedication to improving their communities,” said Matt Crouch, Interim Executive Director of OCRA. “Proper planning is necessary to ensure Hoosier’s quality of life can grow as we are coping through a pandemic.”
The City of Delphi is awarded $596,233 for water and sewer improvements. This project will reconnect 56 services, replace various lengths of two-inch galvanized piping and add eight new hydrants to six different service areas.
Delphi Mayor Shane Evans Resigns
DELPHI, INDIANA – August 3, 2020 – Delphi Mayor Shane Evans delivered his letter of resignation to the Carroll County Circuit Clerk today, effective August 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. He included the following letter to the community with his resignation.
August 3, 2020
The last four and a half years have been incredibly special to me. In that time, we have been able to accomplish more than I had imagined: completing the Stellar projects; significant improvements in roadways; expansion of the airport; construction of a new fire station and community center; and modernizing our water system to better serve customers and attract future industry. These are great accomplishments and they will be built upon to keep Delphi moving forward, but they are not why I have felt blessed to be in this position.
I have been blessed because I have had the opportunity to serve the people of this city who are strong in the face of tragedy. People whose care and commitment to one another can be evidenced everywhere you look. People who volunteer before you can ask and give as much of themselves as possible. I am blessed because good people and great role models live in Delphi and Delphi will always be my home.
While I had intended to complete this term as Mayor, life is ever changing and has presented an opportunity to further myself, my family, and my career while continuing to serve the citizens of this great county. After an incredibly challenging decision-making process, I will be resigning from the Office of the Mayor effective August 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. At that time, I will hand over the important responsibility of leading this city to my successor, who, by then, should have been selected by the Delphi City Council.
On August 17 I will begin serving as Chief Deputy Prosecutor under Carroll County Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland. I will be working in an office where I had the opportunity to intern while at Delphi schools. I look forward to working under the tutelage of Prosecutor McLeland who has made great strides since being appointed to the position.
It has been an incredible honor to serve as your Mayor since 2016. A very dedicated and talented city staff has been engaged in every step of the projects underway and planned in Delphi. While I have played a role in what is happening in the city, the department heads, Clerk-Treasurer, employees, and volunteers deserves the credit for improvements we have been able to achieve. Our future is in good hands.
Mayor Shane Evans
Pursuant to Indiana Code the Delphi City Council will fill the vacancy at a regular or special meeting.
Questions regarding this press release can be directed to Mayor Shane Evans: 765-564-3039 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Lou Stockton Covington, age 69, of Cleveland, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.
Mrs. Covington was born on July 8, 1951, in Lafayette, Indiana, to the late John (Buck) and Valley Crowe Stockton. After graduating from Delphi Community High School, in Delphi, IN, Linda attended Freed-Hardeman University and was later employed by Truett McConnell College as a library assistant. She was member of Mountain View Church of Christ. In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Terry Stockton.
Survivors include her sons, Adam Covington and Aaron Covington, both of Cleveland; grandchildren, Caleb Covington and Rachel Covington; great-grandchild, Noelle Covington; brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Debbie Stockton, CO, and Ronald and Ginger Stockton, NC; sisters-in-law, Shirley Stockton, IN and Shirley Calhoun, IN; special niece and spouse, Lori and Mike Phillips, IN; good friend, Janice Wilson, Cleveland; cousins, aunt, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
Graveside services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Yonah View Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, Georgia, Minister Bob Burt and the Rev. Michael Justus will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mountain View Church of Christ – 38 Thurmond Road, Cleveland, GA 30528 or Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort – P.O. Box 111180 – Nashville, TN 37222-1180.
To share a memory or to leave a condolence for the family please visit www.barrettfh.com
Virginia Rose Brumbaugh, 80, of Camden, IN was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Friday evening, July 24, 2020 at the home of her cousin in Nappanee, IN. Virginia was born to the late Roy and Lydia Royer Kinsley in Logansport, IN. Virginia was a bookkeeper for accountant Paul Austin in Flora and other local businesses. She was a faithful member of Deer Creek Old German Baptist Church near Camden. Virginia is survived by her son: Eddie D. Brumbaugh of Camden. Also, many cousins and great friends. She is preceded by her parents and sister, Janet.
Friends are invited to visit Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 9:00 am until time of funeral at 10:30 am at Deer Creek Old German Baptist Meeting House on State Road 75 near Camden. Officiating will be the Home Brethren. Burial to follow at Wise Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be given to Elara Caring Hospice. Envelopes will be available.
Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel is honored to serve the Brumbaugh Family.
William Hanlin “Bill” Emerson, 71, of Lafayette passed away Monday, July 20, 2020 at IU Health Methodist in Indianapolis.
He was born June 28, 1949 in Cincinnati, OH, to Edward S. Emerson and Virginia (Hanlin) Emerson. He was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School. He later obtained his bachelors degree in Business from Indiana University in 1971. Bill was involved in the Harness Horse Industry for many years.
Bill is survived by his mother, Virginia (Hanlin) Emerson and two brothers: Barry (Rebecca) Emerson of West Lafayette and Bruce Emerson (Annette Burgess) of Cincinnati, OH. He is also survived by nephews JT (Sarah) Emerson of Lafayette and Mark (Norma) Emerson of Indianapolis; and great nieces Brinley Kate Emerson and Cameran Grace Emerson.
A private graveside service will be held. Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center of Delphi assisting family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church of Delphi. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Leo James Lee, 79, of Monticello, died Saturday-July 11, 2020 at his residence, after a 3 year battle with cancer. He was born on December 28, 1940 in Gulf Summit, NY, to the late Henry & Beatrice Cleveland Lee. His marriage was to Vicki J. Boone in Clairemont, CA, on January 15, 1966, and she survives. He was a 1958 graduate of Deposit High School, in Deposit, NY. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving 6 years, stationed in San Diego, CA, 2nd Class Engineman. He worked at the former RCA Plant in Monticello, the former Metzger Lumber Company in Delphi, and the former Main Street Computers in Monticello. He and his family would travel back to New York State, where he was raised, to visit his family, for their yearly vacation. He and his wife enjoyed going to their grandchildren's sporting events, and school functions, always in the audience supporting them. He enjoyed watching the New York Giants football team; NASCAR; and I.U. & P.U. basketball teams. He dearly loved his family, and spending time with them. Surviving: wife-Vicki J. Lee of Monticello; son-Richard "Rich" Lee & Donna Wireman of Monticello; daughter-Edie Ann & Greg Kitzmiller of Logansport; sister-Mary Fuller of Binghamton, NY; mother in law-Judith J. Boone of Monticello; brother in law-Kenny & Sharon Boone of Delphi; grandchildren: Deven Lee; Kattie & Parker Runyon; Tori & Garrett Criswell; Tyler Wireman; great grandchildren: Raina Runyon; Tinley & Blakeley Criswell. Preceded in death by a brother Nelson Lee. Services: A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Monticello Police Department K-9 Fund, 229 N. Main St., Monticello, IN 47960. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Nellie Maxine (Tatlock) Ludwig, 92, died peacefully on July 8, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Gladys (Payne) Tatlock of Judyville, IN. A graduate of Delphi High School, she also attended and graduated from Huffers Beauty School in 1960 in Lafayette, IN. She owned and operated a beauty shop in her home for 20 years. Maxine enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint, quilting and oil painting.
She was married to Richard B. Woods in 1944 for 13 years and born to this union was Rita D. Snyder of Spring Hill, FL, and Richard M. Woods of Brookston, IN, who preceded his mother in death in 2009. Maxine had 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Maxine met and married Richard Ludwig. No children were born to this union and he preceded her in death.
She attended Purdue University classes for qualified aide and graduated. She was employed at Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette, IN, for 12 years. Maxine lived and was employed as a receptionist at Friendship House for 9 years. She lived in Spring Hill, FL, for 9 years. Maxine was a member of Mariner United Methodist Church in Spring Hill.
Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of the service at 11:00 am on Monday at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel, 1184 Sagamore Parkway West, Rev. Clint Fink officiating. She will be laid to rest at Locust Grove cemetery near Boswell, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in Maxine’s memory. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.
Shooter Arrested near Cass/Carroll County Line
ASS COUNTY SHERIFF--On July 13, 2020, at approximately 9:00 p.m. Deputy Joe Gentile was sitting stationary observing traffic flow on State Road 25 near the Cass County and Carroll County Line. Deputy Gentile started hearing what he believed to be gunshots and the sound of bullets passing by his vehicle. Deputy Gentile exited his vehicle and took cover while summoning immediate assistance.
A perimeter was established with arriving officers and the Indiana State Police Aviation Unit was called to assist. Prior to the Indiana State Police Aviation Unit arriving, officers found there were three individuals located on a property north east of the intersection of County Road 500 South and County Road 575 West. Further investigation revealed that the individuals were target shooting without a proper back stop. It was determined that an AK47 style firearm was being used and had been fired in the direction of the highway.
The Indiana State Police Aviation Unit arrived on scene and searched the area. It was determined that no other threat existed. This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Nies at 574-753-7800. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Logansport Police Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Conservation Officers, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Wabash County Sheriff’s Office, Flora Police Department, Phoenix Ambulance Service and Carroll County EMS.
“This was not an active shooter situation. It was a case of a gun owner target practicing with a high power rifle without taking safety precautions and shooting towards a safety backstop. Please be a responsible gun owner and ensure safe gun handling rules are followed”, stated Sheriff Ed Schroder.
Alexander Greene (18) of Galveston, Indiana, was incarcerated at the Cass County Jail on charges of Criminal Recklessness with a Firearm, a Level 6 Felony.
Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
CHARLES WILLIAM "CHUCK" MAXWELL
Charles William “Chuck” Maxwell of Delphi, IN passed away unexpectedly in a bicycle accident near his home in Ockley on the morning of July 4, 2020 at the age of 63.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Melissa Mears Maxwell of Delphi, IN; daughter, Lauren (Cooper) Lacy of Cutler, IN and son, Evan Maxwell of San Francisco, CA; parents, Bill and Judy Maxwell of Delphi, IN; brother, David (Susan) Maxwell of Delphi, IN; sister, Debra (Tom) Allbaugh of Bringhurst, IN; brother-in-law, Tom Dill of Delphi, IN; and by so many others who loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Dill of Delphi, IN.
Chuck was a graduate of Delphi High School and Purdue University. After 38 years of working at UPS, he was loving retirement. In the winter months, he enjoyed soaking up the Florida sun, relaxing by the beach, and sampling fresh seafood.
It was a running joke that Chuck wore many hats. Most recently, his hats were that of a gardener, fisherman, and brewmaster. His garden was meticulous and he enjoyed fishing adventures with his lifelong friend. He took pride in his brewhouse and frequently invited everyone he knew to join him in watching sports, tasting beer, and enjoying each other’s company.
He was an avid fan of the Boilermakers and Cubbies. He devoured books, as reading was a daily part of his life. He loved music that you feel in your soul and dancing to his own beat. Anyone who has ever boogied with him at a party has witnessed this.
As a husband and father, Chuck was devoted and selfless. He showed his love with continuous acts of kindness and devotion. He was so very proud of his children and their accomplishments. It was obvious that his family was his life. He loved his wife unconditionally and their relationship was one that most people only dream of. They were truly best friends.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Delphi Opera House at 109 S. Washington Street, P.O. Box 72, Delphi, IN, 46923. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, is assisting the family with arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Bicyclist Killed By Cell Phone User
TYLER LEVIN--CCSD PHOTO--
CCSD--7/4/2020--A Saturday morning Carroll County crash, involving a pickup truck and a bicyclist, resulted in the death of a 64 year old rural Delphi man. At 8:56 a.m., Carroll County E911 dispatch received a report of the accident on County Road 400S east of the town of Ockley. The location is approximately seven miles south of Delphi. Upon arrival, police found Charles W. Maxwell unresponsive at the scene. CPR was initiated on scene by Flora Police Officer Jarred Beaver. However, Mr. Maxwell was later pronounced dead, from what appeared to initially be internal injuries, at the scene by Carroll County Coroner Kristen Enoch.
Deputy Steven Tkachuk’s investigation indicated that Mr. Maxwell was bicycling eastbound on County Road 400S in the eastbound lane. Thirty-four year old Tyler Levin of Burlington was also eastbound on County Road 400S. Levin admitted to police that he was checking his cell phone and his attention was not on the roadway. Levin advised when he looked up, the bicyclist was in front of him, and he could not avoid striking him. Levin was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck (see attached photo). Levin struck the bicyclist with the right front fender and right side of the windshield of the truck. Mr. Maxwell was ejected from the bicycle and landed in a soybean field on the south side of County Road 400S. Mr. Maxwell was wearing a bicycle helmet.
Levin was taken into custody and booked into the Carroll County Jail on preliminary charges of Reckless Homicide and Criminal Recklessness involving a Vehicle, both level 5 felonies. Levin later posted a $10,000 cash bond and was released pending an initial hearing on the charges in Carroll Circuit Court on July 10th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.
Additional investigating and responding units included Sheriff’s Deputy Mitchell Catron; Sheriff’s Special Deputy Brad Burton; Delphi Police Officer Shane Bernhardt; Flora Police Officer Jarred Beaver; Indiana State Police; Carroll County Coroner Kristen Enoch; Carroll County EMS; Carroll County EMA Director Mike Fincher; and Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office.
Caucus Selects Hawkins As Judge Candidate
A Caucus of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee has chosen Chief Deputy Prosecutor Troy M. Hawkins to fill a vacancy for the office of Judge of the Carroll County Superior Court in the General Election of 2020. The Caucus was held on this evening, Monday June 29.
The vacancy on the ballot was created following the recent resignation of Carroll Superior Court Judge Kurtis Fouts which is effective July 31. Indiana Governor Holcomb will select a interim Judge to complete Fouts term.
Farmers Market Opening July 1
The Logansport Farmers’ Market, at Fourth and Market streets in downtown Logansport, has expanded its hours. The Market is now open on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Wednesday schedule will continue through September, and the Saturday hours will still be in effect through the end of October.
A variety of locally-produced items are currently for sale including: lettuce, rhubarb, beets, radishes, onions, squash and squash blossoms, peas, homemade jams, salsa, & pickles, black raspberries, eggs, chicken, fresh floral bouquets, hand-woven rag rugs, COVID-19 masks, baby quilts, wall art, and more. Additional garden produce will soon be available.
WIC checks and senior citizen vouchers are accepted.
New vendors are welcome at any time. As a local market, products should be produced in Cass, Howard, Miami, Fulton, White, Pulaski or Carroll counties. For more information, call Frank at 574-699-6971.
Richard Dean “Dick” Curts, 95, of Flora, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in Noblesville, IN. Dick was born in Cutler, IN June 20, 1925 to the late Clinton Earl and Florence M. Jacobs Curts. Dick was a 1943 graduate of Cutler High School. He was an active member of the Flora community. He drove a school bus for Carroll and Delphi schools, past director of Carroll County Emergency Management from 1988-2003, US Postal Service from 1953-1988, tax preparer for the IRS. working with low income, disabled and elderly. Member of the Flora First Christian Church, member and past president of the Flora Lion’s Club and former member of the Carroll County American Legion. Dick became an amateur radio operator in 1961 as station K9EFY. He proudly served our county in the US Army from 1943 to 1946, landed on Utah Beach with the Battle of the Bulge. On June 23, 1946 in Flora, Richard married Mildred Lucile Hayes and preceded him March 10, 2015.
Richard is survived by three daughters: Judith Kay Hamm of Fishers, Sondra Lee Wilfong of Lafayette and Carole Sue Raap of Wisconsin. One brother: Jerry Clinton Curts of Delphi and four grandsons. He is preceded by his parents, wife, two sisters: Mary Kleckner and Ruth Ferguson and one brother, William E. Curts.
A celebration of Richard Dean Curts life was held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the Flora First Christian Church with Pastor Kimberly Holley officiating. Burial followed with Carroll County Honor Guard rites at Maple Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church or Carroll County Cancer Society. Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel is honored to be assisting the Curts Family. Online condolences may be given at Wheeler Family Funeral Home Facebook page.
Charlotte Irene Disinger Crowder, 75, of Delphi, died Wednesday-June 24, 2020, at 3:50pm at her daughter Tracy's home after a brave fight with Alzheimer's. She was born August 14, 1944 in Logansport, to the late John & Edith Walters Disinger. She was a 1962 graduate of Delphi High School.
Charlotte worked at the former Hook's Pharmacy, now CVS, in Delphi for many years, and then at the Indiana Beach Hotel in housekeeping, and was on the janitorial staff at Delphi Community Elementary School for many years. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Pittsburg. She enjoyed playing BINGO & euchre, loved to attend auctions, collecting glass figurines and miniatures, and she collected writing pens from businesses and any place that would offer them. She liked horse racing, and her beloved dog Josie. Her three daughters, her grand & great grandchildren, sisters and extended family and many friends, were her life. She dearly loved her family, and loved being together for any reason.
Surviving: daughters-Terri & Gary Flora of Flora, Tracy & Scott Pearson of Camden, Tricia Baker of Flora; sisters-Virginia McKnight of Flora, Dorothy Rhine of Flora, Sue & Carl "Butch" Witt of Flora; sister in law-Ina Disinger of Americus; 7 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren survive. Preceded in death by 2 brother's William & Wayne Disinger and his wife Reva; brothers in law Rocky Rhine & Herb McKnight.
Services: Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until her funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Burial at IOOF Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Superior Court Judge Resigns
Carroll County Superior Court Judge Kurtis Fouts has submitted his resignation to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, effective July 31, 2020.
A interim Judge will be named by Governor Holcomb, and the Carroll County Republican Central Committee will be meeting to appoint a replacement for Fouts in the General Election this Fall.
Woman Dies Pinned Under Truck
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6/24/2020--CCSD--A rural Carroll County woman died after becoming pinned under her truck on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
Laura Wildman, 46, had backed her pickup truck out of a private lane on Carroll County Road 550S, and the vehicle rolled into a ravine. She attempted to get out of the vehicle while it was still moving and was knocked down by the open driver's side door according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Wildman was pinned under the pickup and pronouced dead at the scene .
The discovery of Wildman was made after Carroll County Officers responded to a report of a truck in a ditch at 9:12 A.M. on Tuesday.
6/23/2020--The stage has been completed at the Abby & Libby Memorial Park. The Park is located at the intersection of SR 25 and SR 218 in Delphi.
Brittney L. Smith, 29, of rural Frankfort, passed away unexpectedly Saturday-June 20, 2020 at 5:17pm at her home. She was born January 30, 1991 in Lafayette, to her mother Evelyn L. Bradford Brown, and her father Bret A. Smith, who both survive. She attended Delphi High School, and received her GED. She was a homemaker, and loved being a stay at home new mother to her daughter Ariah Nicole Smith. She loved to hula hoop, enjoyed outdoor activities, festivals and music. She was a free spirited hippie girl, and dearly loved her family.
Surviving: daughter-Ariah Nicole Smith at home; mother-Evelyn & Rick Brown of Delphi; father-Bret A. Smith of Summerville, SC; sister-Stephanie Moyer of Delphi; brother-Taylor & Stacey Smith of Frankfort; half brother-Tristen Smith of Summerville, SC; paternal grandma-Marlene Smith of Rossville. Many aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews and cousins survive. Preceded by a brother Cole Alan Smith; maternal grandparents Pat & Lorene Bradford; paternal grandpa Bob Smith. Visitation for Brittney will be Wednesday from 4pm-7pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Private family interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of her daughter Ariah. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
James B. "Jim" Hankins, 65, of Delphi, passed away Tuesday-June 16, 2020 at 3:45am surrounded by his loving family at his home. He had battled cancer for 14 years, and had been in failing health since March of this year. He was born February 21, 1955 in Logansport, to the late James F. Hankins and Shirley A. Hobaugh. His marriage was to Pamela S. Spencer in Delphi, on April 12, 1985, and she survives. He attended Delphi High School, and finished his GED. He also attended Ivy Tech, taking vocational classes, and completed the UAW millwright apprenticeship. He formerly worked at Gerber-Globe Valve Corp. in Delphi for 31 years, then worked at ALCOA-Arconic in Lafayette for 12 years, retiring from there on May 1, 2017. He was a member and past president of the Indiana Bass Chapter Federation Tournaments, he was an avid fisherman, and loved being outdoors'. He was involved with and managed a baseball team in the Town & Country League for many years. He was an avid Indianapolis Colts & Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed music and taught himself how to play the guitar. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, be it a short day trip or weekly vacation, just being together is what made him happy. He dearly loved his wife, children and grand & great grandchildren, his brother & sister, and extended family, and many friends. His family was his life.
Surviving: wife-Pamela S. Hankins of Delphi; daughter-Cari Lott of Brownsburg; stepchildren-Melissa Pence of Lafayette, Michael & Shannon Adams of Monon, Phillip Boice of Saratoga Springs, NY; brother-Bruce & Sue Hankins of Delphi; sister-Penny & David Robinson of Delphi; 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren. Services: Visitation will be Friday from 1pm until his funeral service at 3pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Bruce Hankins officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll County Cancer Association, envelopes available at the funeral home. Private family interment will take place. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
OLD SETTLERS FESTIVAL CANCELED FOR 2020
It is with sadness that the Greater Delphi Chamber of Commerce board has decided to cancel the 2020 Old Settlers Festival scheduled for August 5 - 8 due to the continuing uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. While larger public events are allowed to be held after July 4th, the Governor’s guidelines continue to call for social distancing, frequent sanitizing and hand washing, and other measures to ensure public health and safety. The Old Settlers Festival draws thousands of people in a normal year packing the grounds of the Courthouse and adjacent streets to enjoy the carnival, food booths, games, and bands on the Square. It requires distancing at the portable potties and hand-washing stations along with ticket booths and lines for the rides and food vendors. It is difficult to see how distancing and sanitizing requirements could be maintained to a degree that would safeguard the children and adults who attend the festival, the volunteers who run it, and the vendors and bands who make it a fun-filled festival.
Canceling this family event was a very hard decision. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to post-COVID celebrations in our community.
Another part of the weekend of celebration is the annual Old Settlers Association meeting held midday on Saturday. We have reached out to members of the Association, but as yet have not heard whether the meeting will be held as usual. Please watch for their announcement at a later date.
Lane closures scheduled for State Road 25 near Delphi
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures for State Road 25 between U.S. 421 and State Road 218 starting Thursday, June 18.
Crews will be replacing a concrete panel and updating a box culvert. The lane closures will alternate, but one lane will remain open in each direction throughout the project. Work is expected to be completed in mid-July, 2020.
INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area. Drivers should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.
Stay Informed Motorists in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via:
Jeffrey R. Duncan, 59, of Delphi, passed away on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at his home. He was born September 21, 1960, in Greenville, OH, to the late George and Marilyn (Bennett) Duncan.
Jeff graduated from Blackford High School in Hartford City. On December 5, 1987, he married Renee Duncan in Delphi and she survives.
Jeff worked in the IT Department at Purdue University and enjoyed being on campus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. Jeff recently found a love for drawing and painting.
Surviving along with his wife are his children Candace N. Duncan of Delphi, Shelby R. (Andrew) McNeany of West Lafayette, Jennifer K. (Dane) Smith of Effingham, IL, Matthew R. Duncan of Effingham, IL, Christopher P. (Kaili) Garlinger of Noblesville, grandchildren Kaleb, Sophie, Arya, Alilah, Peyton, Nevaeh, Adria, Laila, Kynzie, Aidan, Camryn and Tristin. Also surviving is his sister Cora J. (Richard) Calendine of Hagerstown, MD.
Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of the service at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Rev. William J. Messer officiating. Interment will be at Meadow View Cemetery in Lafayette. The family encourages the use of face coverings.
Zarayda J. "Zee" Hughes Houser, 74, of Logansport, passed away Saturday-June 13, 2020 at 6:13pm at Chase Center in Logansport, where she had resided since June 28, 2016. She was born April 27, 1946 in Lafayette, to the late Robert & Rosemary Hutton Hughes. She attended Delphi High School/. She was a cook and waitress at the Sandwich Shop in Delphi for over 30 years, she then worked at the Indiana Veteran's Home near West Lafayette for 10years as a cook for the residents, and then she worked at SAMS Club in Lafayette for 5 years. She was raised in Delphi, then moved later in life to Lafayette, and finally to Logansport, where she has lived for the past 14 years. She enjoyed crocheting, putting jigsaw puzzles together and working crossword puzzles. Surviving: son-Dana & Kim Hoard of Evansville; daughter-Shawna Yoder of Flora; daughter-Branda & Richard Dill of Peru; son-Chad & Alisa Jacobs of Delphi; brother-Robert Hughes Jr spouse Pamela of Cartersville, GA; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister Cindy; a brother Terry. Private family services will take place. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
William R. "Randy" Duff, 66, of Rantoul, IL, passed away Tuesday-June 9, 2020 at 12:30pm at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He had battled cancer. He was born November 12, 1953 in Lafayette, to the late William E. Duff, and his mother Wanda Hughes Duff, who survives. His marriage was to Martha Ann "Marty" Bridge Duff in Las Vegas, NV, on January 15, 1991, and she survives. He was a 1972 graduate of Delphi High School. He farmed in Carroll County until 1990, then took a position with Indiana Packers Corporation in Delphi, working there until 2004. He then moved to Rantoul, IL, and started working for Rantoul Foods from 2004 until his retirement this year. He truly loved to farm, raising grain and hogs, and loved all aspects of agriculture. He enjoyed being outside, especially during planting and harvest seasons. He and his wife enjoyed the company vacations they were honored to go on in the Caribbean and other tropical places. He dearly loved his family and spending time with them. Surviving: wife-Marty Duff of Rantoul, IL; children: Shae & Lee Savoie of Camden, Sesaly Reifert of Rossville, William & Lauren Duff of Delphi, Shari & Nelson Smith of Delphi, Jake & Jennifer Johns of Delphi, Nick J. Young of Terre Haute; mother-Wanda P. Duff of Delphi; brothers-Doug Duff, and Terry Duff spouse Terry of Delphi; 16 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother Eddie; sister in law Chris. Services: Visitation will be Tuesday from 5pm-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service there Wednesday at 10am, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Homes "Energized" By Electricity
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Tuesday evening, June 9, 2020, firefighters from Delphi, Camden, and Flora responded to East Columbia Street in Delphi for a report of smoke coming from multiple homes.
Arriving personnel found the area around an electrical meter burning at the first residence and active fire in the laundry room of another. It was determined that the house with the fire in the laundry room was “energized” meaning if someone touched anything metal, they would be shocked. This meant that firefighters could not safely fight the fire until Duke Energy could arrive and disconnect the power.
The fire in the home pictured above was contained to the laundry room and an adjoining bathroom. The fire at the first house was contained to the exterior wall near the electrical meter. Other homes were checked and no additional damage was located. It was determined a power line nearby was contacted by a tree branch. Eventually the power line burnt in two and made contact with the neutral line. This then energized the entire ground system to the next pole.
Delphi Fire was assisted by Camden Fire, Flora Fire, Carroll County EMS, Carroll County EMA, Carroll County 911 Dispatchers, Delphi Police, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies, Delphi Water Department, and Duke Energy.
Florence M. Fry, 57, of Frankfort, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born April 14, 1963 in White County to Leroy and Mary (Hubler) Pettit. She was a 1982 graduate of Delphi high School. She married Charles Fry, Sr. on November 6, 1983. He survives.
Florence worked several jobs over her years, including Marathon Gas Station in Burlington, McDonalds in Lafayette, and Budget Inn in Lafayette. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, especially Rummie, and loved being involved with her children and their activities.
Along with her husband of 36 years, she is survived by her sons, Charles Fry, Jr. (Fiance, Paula Harshman) and Brian Fry, both of Frankfort; brothers, J.D. Pettit, Leroy Pettit, Jr., John Pettit; sisters, Ida Pettit and Francis Hood; and step-grandchildren, Hayden and Tyeler Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Marvin Pettit; and sister, Margie Pettit.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2020 from 11am until the time of the funeral service at 1pm at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort. Burial will follow at Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler.
Online condolences may be made at www.gendafuneralhome.com.
OWEN LEE JONES
Owen Lee Jones, 4 years of age, passed on May 23, 2019 after an unfortunate accident. He is described as a boy who loved playing outside, exploring the outdoors, trains, and his imaginary dinosaur friend that lived in the wall of his bedroom. But he most loved being a brother to Zoey, Trustin, and Tobias.
Owen entered the world on June 12, 2014 and is survived by his parents, Colton and Britiney (Bayless) Jones and his siblings Zoey, Trustin, Tobias, and Trinity all of Monticello; grandparents, Jeffrey and Resa (Jones) Bayless, William Jones, and Cyndi (Jones) Dickison and the late Matt Dickison all of Wolcott; great-grandparents Rick and Teena Jones of Flora, John and Peggy (Jones) Haskins of Wolcott, Amy (Patchett) Bayless of Frankfort; great-great grandmother Marybelle Hicks of Flora; aunt and uncles, Shelby (Micah) Voss of Kettering, Ohio, Levi Bayless, Ed Jones, Gabe (Hayden) Jones of Wolcott; and his cousins, Ahmi Bayless, Anna, Hezekiah, and Silas Voss.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 beginning at 2 PM at the Monon Community Church located at 500 E. Broadway, Monon, IN, with Pastor Mark Newman and Pastor Brent Oliver presiding. The family requests that everyone follow the social distancing guidelines currently in effect due to COVID-19.
Owen's family wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks to Lt. Dan Dulin of Department of Natural Resources, the 911 Dispatcher and 911 Department of Carroll County, Delphi Police Department and Chief Mullin, Carroll County EMT's, Carroll County Homeland Security, Carroll County EMS, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Ed Selvidge, Carroll County Police Chaplain, Lafayette City Police, and the Indiana State Police. Thanks to everyone who furnished food, donated of their time or financially, and especially for all the prayers during this time.
Cecilia Ann Wallace Griffey passed away June 5,2020 after a lengthy illness. She was born June 6, 1946 to Cecil Wayne and Mary Jane (Moore) Wallace. At the age of 4 she contracted polio and was paralyzed from the waist down. Her parents were devoted to raising her in as normal a manner as possible, and between multiple surgeries, she attended school, took music lessons (accordion) and would play special music at church, attended summer camps and managed to participate in a multitude of activities with her classmates and friends, and was even invited to the White House. She was always involved in softball, baseball, bowling, and basketball, even though she never played, she was always there cheering you on and greatly looked forward to her weekly card games with her childhood friends. She graduated from Camden High School in 1964 and attended Fort Wayne Business College with some of her close friends. She married Dale Griffey in 1967 and on August 10,1971 they welcomed their only son, James (Jamey) William Griffey. The only thing she loved more than sports, was her family. She loved being a mother, aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Cecilia may have been physically handicapped, but that never slowed her down or kept her from living her life to the fullest.
Cecilia was preceded in death by both of her parents, Cecil Wayne Wallace and Mary Jane (Moore) Wallace, her brother Steven Wayne Wallace, her son James (Jamey) William Griffey, and her great niece Lara Christine Marsh.
She is survived by her grand-daughter Brianna Griffey and fiancé TJ White, great-grandchildren; Jaidyn Griffey, Elianna Treida, and Jesse White (Camden), daughter-in-law Shirley Griffey (Camden), her niece Heather (Wallace)Marvin and husband Andy(Nevada), great niece Allissa (Lissy) Thomson and husband Corey (Texas); great-nephew Bryant Marsh (Hawaii), her nephew S. Todd Wallace and wife Jodie (W. Lafayette), great niece Aspen Randolph and husband Corey great nephews Liam and Spencer Randolph (W. Lafayette), great niece Carrington Wallace and Rey Melendrez (Texas), ex-husband Dale Griffey (Camden), Aunt’s Phyllis Moore (Delphi), and Betty Decker (Florida), and a multitude of friends and cousins. She will be greatly missed.
Funeral Service will be at 1pm on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Camden United Methodist Church, 214 Cemetery Street, Camden, Indiana 46917. Visitation prior to service from 11am - 1pm.
Frances A. Cripe Stingley Lohrman, 90, of Delphi, passed away Thursday-June 4, 2020 at 11:57pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, where she has resided since December 2019. She was born May 5, 1930 in Newaygo, MI, to the late Dean & Cornelia Wolfsen Cripe. Her 1st marriage was to William E. Stingley on May 21, 1948, and he preceded her in death on May 26, 1954. She then married Dwight Dean Lohrman at the Pittsburg Church of the Brethren on October 6, 1956, and he preceded her in death on Aug 2, 1971. She attended Delphi High School. She worked for many years at the former Brosman's IGA in Delphi in the bakery, and she and her husband had Lohrman's Fruit & Vegetable Market, South of Delphi. She also was a clerk at the former Payne's & Golf Dime Store in Delphi, and at one time, she and her husband owned and operated the former Hilltop Shell, now Marathon Gas and Convenience Store in Delphi. She was a member of the Living Faith Church of the Brethren, where she taught Sunday school & vacation bible school, and participated in Women's Fellowship of the church. She also belonged to the Westside flower club, BUNKO club, and enjoyed playing euchre. She enjoyed cross stitching & tatting, and making her own Christmas ornaments for family and friends. She was known for her homemade noodles, Christmas candy, and all kinds of breads she would bake in her kitchen. She liked to put jigsaw puzzles together, a hobby she developed later in life. Her family was everything to her, she dearly loved them all, and enjoyed spending time with them. Surviving: daughter-Phyllis & Duane Volk of Ellensburg, WA; daughter-Janet & Richard Delaney of Grand Rapids, MI; daughter-Susan & John Strelow of Broken Arrow, OK; daughter-Mary & Kenneth "Kenny" Rodenbarger of Lafayette; son-Richard & Mary Lois Lohrman of Montgomery, IL; son-Michael & Connie Lohrman of Crown Point, IN; daughter-Melissa "Missy" & Jerry Jones of Delphi; brother-Vernon & Sandy Cripe of Delphi; 16 grandchildren; 23 and one on the way great grandchildren; 7 and one on the way great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son Daniel Lohrman; sisters Carolyn Reynolds, Delores Carson, & Betty Walker; brothers Robert & Ronald Cripe; granddaughter Jennifer; great granddaughter Zoe. Services: Visitation will be Thursday 5pm-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc, Delphi. Private family funeral service will take place Friday, burial to follow at Spring Vale Cemetery, Lafayette. Pastors Jeff Tomson & Brent Oliver officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Living Faith Church of the Brethren. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Gregory Mikels of Lakeland, FL, passed away May 31, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family. Born in Lafayette, IN July 25, 1961. He was baptized at Congress Street United Methodist Church. He graduated from Delphi Community High School, Class of 1979. He moved to Davenport, IA where he was employed by Brach’s Candy Corporation, before moving to Lakeland FL. He worked for the Southland Corporation where he was a Manager at their 7-11 stores. He later worked for Tony and Joan Leung, managing a local Subway store. Later in life, he worked for Sam’s Corporation where he worked in their Accounting office. Greg enjoyed spending time with his friends and family. He loved music, movies, dancing, as well as a few good drinks. He is survived by his mother Annabella Higgins of Lakeland FL, his father Jerry Mikels (Judy) of Sebring FL, his sister Ann Briggs (Terry) of Hedgesville WV, his brother Matthew Twitty (Jessica) of Sebring FL, as well as four nieces and nephew: Annie Mikels of Hedgesville WV, Sondra Mikels of Hedgesville WV, Macaela Twitty of Sebring FL, Corey Briggs of Hedgesville WV, and Avery Twitty of Sebring FL. Grandmother Donna Mikels of Lafayette IN, Aunts and Uncles in IN, Adopted Aunt and Uncle Debbie and Charles Whiting Lakeland FL. His best friend Jerry Price Lakeland FL. And many other good friends in IN, IA and Lakeland FL. And his cat Isabelle. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Diabetic Association.
DELPHI 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CANCELLED
Due to ongoing uncertainty over the COVID-19 virus and the continuing need for social distancing, it is with deep disappointment that the Greater Delphi Chamber of Commerce board has decided to cancel this year's Fireworks Display for the 4th of July.
Still under consideration is a Celebration of Freedom fireworks display later in 2020... perhaps around Labor Day. This will be dependent on the Governor's COVID-19 guidelines in effect at that time.
When it safe to do so, the GDCOC pledges to have a spectacular Celebration of Freedom with a "better-than-ever" fireworks display!
2020 PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS
In the Carroll County Primary elections of June 2, 2020, there were only two contested races, both on the Republican Party ticket.
For Clerk of Circuit Court, Sharon Milburn defeated Callie Schimmel to be the Republican Candidate in the November General Elections.
In the race for Carroll County Council At-Large, Lawrence W. Stauffer defeated five other candidates to be on the Republican ticket for the post in November.
•COVID-19 and the COMING SEASON at
DELPHI's CANAL PARK
“Much as we have all loved the events and gatherings for years at Canal Park in Delphi some changes are being announced by the Canal Association’s Board this year” according to Dan McCain, President. “We are experiencing the downside to the worldwide virus pandemic and yet we have offerings that may please our faithful members and the public in general.”
Canal Park and favorite haunts and overlooks along Delphi Historic Trails are still accessible to those that desire outdoors exercise and relaxation. Park and Trail access, with benches along the way, allows public use. Trail entrances with parking is available several places around Delphi. Caution should be observed by those older and with health risk factors.
Pioneer Village buildings will not be open although a stroll through the village will yield a feeling of walking through the 1850s with its log buildings and craft shops including interpretive signage placed outside. The popular annual CANAL DAYS FESTIVAL is postponed until July, 2021 when we all celebrate our most popular festival. The Delphi, our canal boat, won’t be running this year.
A stroll up and down the trails through CANAL PARK and beyond brings the nostalgic feelings of being there when the historic man-made waterway operated. On that towpath where horses and mules once pulling long ropes that towed canal boats to and from communities along the 468 miles separating Toledo, Ohio and Evansville, Indiana.
On the positive side visitors traveling in self-contained motor homes with their own showers and restrooms inside can stay in our RV Park by making reservations (765-564-2870) and prepaying for their stay. Otherwise no restrooms or showers are accessible in Canal Park, nor is the MUSEUM and historic 1844 Reed Case House open until later notice.
The Center’s reservations for indoor contracted meetings, weddings, etc. have been cautioned that special cleanings will be needed and all new events are being scheduled at least a week apart to protect our valued members, employees, volunteers and the public. For now, enjoy our enchanting campus and facilities outdoors.
Patty J. Prichard Cavanaugh, 66, of Indianapolis, passed away Thursday-May 28, 2020 at 12:05 pm at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis. She was born June 15, 1953 in Greenfield, IA, to the late Fred & Helen Bobo Prichard. Her marriage was to Charles Louis "Lou" Cavanaugh in Greenwood, IN, on November 1, 1980, and he survives. She was a 1970 graduate of Bridgewater-Fontenelle High School in Fontenelle, IA, and attended Northwest Missouri State College. She was a homemaker, drove a school bus for the Greenwood School District, and was grooming dogs for the past 10 years. She was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church in Indianapolis, and attended All Saints Catholic Church in Logansport. She enjoyed oil painting, her flower gardens, and loved her Golden Retrievers, which she raised and sold to loving families for many years. She dearly loved her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her family. Surviving: husband-Charles "Lou" Cavanaugh of Indianapolis; daughters-Amanda & Dr. Ben Anderson of Delphi, Allison J. Cavanaugh of Indianapolis; sons-Joe & Beth Cavanaugh, and Don & Margarita Cavanaugh of Indianapolis; sisters-Joan Moore of Indianapolis, Mary & Clifford Clayton of Pocahontas, IA; brothers-Paul & Melanie Prichard of Clemson, SC, Jay & Barbara Prichard of Billings, MT, Don & Stephanie Prichard of Greenwood; 6 grandchildren. Services: Graveside service will be Wednesday at 11am at Brown Church Cemetery near Rockfield. Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Waltraud Jutta "Judy" Schultz Blythe, 93, Delphi-- passed peacefully on May 28, 2020 surrounded by family & friends. Judy had suffered from Alzheimer's for the last 8 years & was currently living with her Granddaughter & family in Boswell.
Judy was born, February 16, 1927, to the late Margareta Frieda Schulz, in Heidelberg Germany. Judy married Robert Greenwalt in March 1950 & became an American citizen after moving to Delphi, Indiana. They later adopted Karin Judy Greenwalt, in Stuttgart Germany 1958. Robert & Judy divorced; she later married, William L. Blythe on May 8, 1965. They have spent the last 55 years living in their rural Delphi home. Judy has been a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother & friend. Along with being a homemaker, she enjoyed gardening, birds and wildlife, cooking, traveling, mushroom hunting & so much more.
Judy is survived by her Husband, Bill, Daughter, Karin (Robert) Budreau, Boswell, Granddaughter, Lisa (Alan) Dowell, Boswell, 4 Great-Grandchildren, Shelby, Madissen, Alexzandrea & Ethan Dowell & a Nephew, Jimmy Blythe. Judy is preceded in death by her Mother, Stepsister, Brother, Brother-in-Law & Nephew.
Private Family services will take place, with burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Delphi Public Library, 222 E. Main St., Delphi, IN 46923. Shoemaker Funeral Home, Otterbein, is assisting Judy's Family. Visit www.shoemakerfh.com or Shoemaker Funeral Home- Otterbein, Indiana Facebook page to leave any condolences or to share a memory of Judy.
Katie Wolf, whose buoyant smile and lifelong commitment to her community earned her the unofficial title of “First Lady of White County,” died Tuesday at White Oak Health Campus. She was 94.
She served 16 years in the Indiana General Assembly, 14 of them in the Senate, before retiring in 2000. She was adept at navigating the state bureaucracy to help her constituents. Her home telephone, which her family dubbed “The Hot Line,” rang continuously even years after she left the legislature.
Katie was instrumental in the founding of such community organizations as White County United Fund (now United Way), White County Mental Health Society and as one of three women on the organizing committee of Women Giving Together, under the auspices of the White County Community Foundation, which honored her as Woman of the Year in 2009.
“If you stop and think, about it, none of us ever does anything alone,” she said. “We have to reach out to others. And no one ever knows how far-reaching one small act may be”.
Katie had a lifelong mission to encourage women to become involved in civic affairs: politics, community groups, entrepreneurship, and entering the professions.
“She so believes in the power of women to change things for the better,” said Foundation Director Leslie Goss at the 2009 Foundation dinner.
A lifelong resident of White County, she was born to John and Helen Munsterman on July 9, 1925, in Wolcott and grew up on the family farm. The youngest of five children, she always stuck around when the grownups talked about politics (her dad was a Republican precinct committeeman) and graduated from Wolcott High School in 1943. Katie graduated from Indiana Business College and attended Purdue University.
She was a cheerleader at Wolcott and family lore had it that a Reynolds basketball star named Charlie Wolf would wink at her when the two schools played. They were married on Dec. 2, 1945. They lived in Reynolds until moving to Monticello in 1978. When Charlie was confined to a nursing home in 2006, Katie visited him twice a day to share meals and serve as his advocate. He passed away in 2010.
Both she and Charlie became active in politics in the late 1950s. She was elected to the Democratic National Committee in 1962, attended national conventions and visited the White House after Lyndon Johnson’s election in 1964.
Katie was appointed in 1965 to fill the unexpired term of the White County Clerk who died in office. She was elected to two full terms and was working late in her office preparing for an upcoming primary election on April 3, 1974, when a tornado roared through Monticello, devastating the downtown and killing eight people. Her first instinct was to seek shelter in the large office safe, but instead she ran to the front of the office and pulled the big oak door against her as the wind buffeted the old stone structure. When the tornado passed, she glanced at the safe and saw it was filled with debris that had fallen from the ceiling and roof.
She moved to the Senate in 1986 and served 16 years in the Legislature before retiring in 2000. She took great pride in being the first woman elected to both her House and Senate seats: “I guess if the good Lord thought it was important enough to bless you with a neck, he must have wanted you to stick it out,” she told the Monticello Herald-Journal, about campaigning as a Democrat and a woman.
Among her legislative accomplishments, few were as significant to her community as championing funding for Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman. As part of the effort, she invited a delegation of state officials to tour the lakes and surreptitiously arranged for local business, government and tourism officials to just happen to drop in on the group and explain the importance of the lakes to the community.
She co-authored the 21st Century Scholars program that helps Hoosier students in low- to moderate-income families afford a college education, authored the Indiana Safe Haven Law and advocated for women, farmers, the mentally ill and the elderly on a plethora of issues. She served on the Indiana Commission for Women, including a term as chairwoman.
She was both Freshman Legislator of the Year and Legislator of the Year and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Monticello Chamber of Commerce. Her Election Day operation - run out of her dining room table - was a model of organization and she tutored several women candidates about campaigning. She maintained a keen interest in politics up to the end of her life and was always eager to talk about current events.
She donned the robe and cowls when she was awarded a Doctor of Laws Honoris Causis degree from St. Joseph College in 2009, the same year she was named Woman of the Year by the White County Community Foundation. In her last major public appearance, she represented White County by carrying the Indiana Bicentennial Torch in 2016.
Away from her public life she was a loving wife, a role model to her children and a doting grandparent. The last time she traveled was to Nashville, Tenn., to celebrate the first birthday of her great grandchild Henry, whose birthday is just a few days away from her own.
She was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church in Reynolds, taught Sunday School and was a 4-H leader.
She was our matriarch and our inspiration and she will live in our hearts forever.
She is survived by her children, Marcia (Ray) Scheele of Chicago and Mark (Cheryl) of Littleton, CO., grandchildren Matthew (Lisa) of Littleton, and Michael (Kate) of Nashville, Tenn., and great-grandchildren Leila, Henry and Anabelle.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, sister Marcella and brothers Arnold, Leroy and Sylvester.
In the last major article printed about her, she talked about her legacy of service: “It’s not so much what we do for ourselves, because that dies with us. It’s what we do for others that lives on.”
Due to the pandemic, no service will be held at this time. A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to: Women Giving Together or the Katie and Charlie Wolf Endowment Fund, both at the Community Foundation of White County. Checks should be made out to the Community Foundation of White County and a note placed in the memo line for either Wolf or WGT.
Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello is entrusted with care.
Family and friends are encouraged to share a memory or messages of condolence at www.springerfuneralhome.com
Chrystal Ann Johns, 93 of Delphi passed away at IU Health in Lafayette. She was born in Lafayette to the late Earl J. and Elise “Elsie” (Sheets) Klemme on March 2, 1927.
Chrystal graduated on June 4, 1944 from St Francis High School in Lafayette. She attended college classes while in High School which was in the same building. When St. Francis moved to Fort Wayne, she studied there and then in Puerto Rico where all the classes were taught in Spanish. She transferred to Purdue University for her senior year and graduated in 1947. She was certified as a Clinical Laboratory Technician from St. Elizabeth on Sept. 30, 1949. She was employed at St. Elizabeth Hospital as a Lab Technician and assisted Pathologist James McFadden in setting up the Blood Bank.
She met her future husband, Jack at the St. Elizabeth Blood Bank where he was donating blood to the Blood Bank; She married Jack M. Johns on May 24, 1952 and he preceded her in death in 1985. Her daughter, Elisa Rosann Johns, their only child was born on their eleventh wedding anniversary. After the birth of Elisa, Mrs. Johns then stayed home to raise their daughter.
In recent years, she became more actively involved in the administration of Johns Liquor Store after the death of her husband, Jack. The business had originally been purchased from Jack’s parents.
Chrystal was a member of the West Lafayette Musicale.
She enjoyed playing the piano, ball room dancing and attending Lafayette Citizens Band concerts.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at IOOF Memorial Gardens in Pittsburg, Indiana. Pastor Grace Hammer will officiate.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Delphi Presbyterian Church or the donor’s favorite charity.
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Delphi Firefighters were called to the Sunoco station on West Main Street in Delphi Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020, for a vehicle fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it could spread to the nearby gas pumps or building.
Pittsburg Alumni Reunion
The Pittsburg Alumni Reunion that was being planned for September 20, 2020 at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center has been postponed for now, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Plans to reschedule in 2021 will be announced when the planning committee can safely gather again. We are sorry for any inconvenience this decision may cause, but we feel it is in the best interests of the alumni and friends. If you are an alumnus, or a former Pittsburg teacher, and would like to be notified when the plans are made, please send your information (mailing address, email, and/or phone) to email@example.com.
UPDATE: St. Joseph School Delphi Alumni Reunion: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus our planned reunion for May 30, 2020 is being postponed. We hope to reschedule at a later date when we can gather together safely. In the meantime, please let your friends know there is a St.JoeAlumni Facebook page where we can share memories and mementos. I pray each of you is able to stay safe and healthy so we can gather together at another time.
Thanks, Jo Ann Daly Carr
One year after 4-year-old’s disappearance, remember water safety
Delphi—IDNR--One year ago, 4-year-old Owen Jones of Monticello disappeared after being swept away in a flooded Deer Creek.
On the evening of May 23, 2019, Jones was playing at Delphi’s Riley Park with family and friends. Witnesses reported that the child and at least one other person from his group were playing near the edge the creek, near the old dam, just upstream of the U.S. 421 bridge.
Indiana Conservation Officers who investigated believe Jones removed his shoes, which were recovered from the scene, to wade in the normally shallow water, which had recently received heavy rain. Witnesses observed Jones being swept downstream before eventually disappearing below the surface of the water.
Multiple state and local agencies spent weeks searching Deer Creek and the Wabash River; however, Jones has never been located.
This Memorial Day weekend, Indiana Conservation Officers ask anyone boating, fishing, or hiking along Deer Creek or along the Wabash River downstream from Deer Creek to be observant for signs of Jones, who was last seen wearing a blue sleeveless shirt with a red and white star on the front, and blue shorts. If these, similar items of clothing, or any suspected human remains are located, please contact your local law enforcement agency or Indiana Conservation Officers at 812-837-9536
Indiana Conservation Officers remind Hoosiers planning to spend time around water during this holiday weekend that water levels in many local waterways are again higher than normal. Extra precautions should be taken when on or near the water. Wear a life jacket and be aware of floating debris. If the current appears fast and the water is muddy, stay out of the water. The danger of moving water is often underestimated and adding the cold water temperature currently present in many areas into any situation decreases the chance of surviving an accident.
DELPHI SPRING CLEANUP RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY JUNE 27
DELPHI, INDIANA – May 19, 2020 – Mayor Evans announced at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting last night that Advanced Disposal will be conducting Spring Cleanup for the City of Delphi on Saturday, June 27, 2020. The original date of May 2 was postponed due to COVID-19. Spring Cleanup will be curbside pickup. Items should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on the morning of pickup. Electronics, building materials, freon appliances, pain, tires, rock and brick will not be collected during Spring Cleanup. Carpet must be rolled and not exceed 4’ in length.
Advanced Disposal will resume collecting trash and bulk items with trash stickers and/or bulk stickers on Tuesday, May 26. Extra trash and bulk stickers can be purchased at City Hall and Wallmann’s Quality Foods.
Darla M. Cowell, 70, of Royal Center, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 in her residence.
Born on July 3, 1949 in Logansport, she is the daughter of the late Lee and Bessie (Conklin) Sterrett. On December 14, 2002 in Logansport, she married Kevin J. Cowell who survives.
Darla retired from Myers Spring Company after working there for 28 years. She had also worked for 10 years at Woodbridge Health Campus. Darla loved traveling, reading and loved to can veggies from the garden. She had been to Germany and Paris with cousins of the James family and to Australia with her husband Kevin to visit his sister Sharon. She had also traveled to Hawaii with Joy and Tammy. Darla was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School and a member of V.F.W. Post #3790 auxiliary.
Surviving along with her husband Kevin, are two sons, Chad (Corina) Walker, Monticello; Wade (Stephine) Walker, Logansport; stepdaughter, Jami (Jason) Godard, St. Louis, MO; two sisters, Jan (John) Riley, Burnettsville; Judi Zimmerman, Logansport; two brothers, Terry (Barb) Sterrett, Logansport; Chuck (Judy) Sterrett, Lake Cicott; three grandchildren, Kristie, Peri and Hannah; six step grandchildren, Jordyn, Darren, Sarah, Matthew, Corissa and Austin; several great grandchildren; several step great grandchildren; her beloved pets Saydee and Tilly.
Darla was preceded in death by one step granddaughter, Brooke Day and one brother in law Tim Zimmerman.
A private service for family will be held at the Gundrum Funeral Home with burial held at a later date in St. John’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.
Darla’s funeral may be viewed live at 2:00 pm Wednesday May 20, 2020 from the Gundrum Funeral Home website at www.gundrumcares.co
Dianna R. Griffith Johnson, 64, of Delphi, died Saturday-May 16, 2020 at 12:02pm at Aperion Care Center in Frankfort. She was born September 6, 1955 in Lafayette, to the late Lloyd & Ethel Shockley Griffith. She attended New Hope School. She was a private home health care provider in Delphi and the surrounding area for many years. She was a member of the Delphi VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing BINGO, going to yard sales, and loved the Indianapolis Colts, and Chicago Cubs. She loved her family and the time they would spend together. Surviving: sons-Kevin J. Johnson & Amy Hillary of Delphi, Jason L. Johnson & Holly Hamilton of Noblesville, Ryan M. Johnson of Delphi; brother-James L. Griffith of Camden; her companion for 33 years George M. Kerlin of Noblesville. 3 grandchildren: Zoe Johnson, Jaylynn Johnson, Jayce Johnson. Preceded in death by a brother Ricky; a sister Molly. Due to circumstances affecting our country, private family services will take place. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date to be announced. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Delores A. McDuff Kennedy, 70, of Delphi, passed away unexpectedly Friday-May 15, 2020 at 10:36am at St Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette. She was born October 28, 1949 in Shreveport, LA, to the late JT & Louise Norment McDuff. Her marriage was to Edgar R. Kennedy in Cotton Valley, LA, on January 16, 1966, and he survives. She graduated from Woodlawn High School in Shreveport in 1967, and graduated from cosmetology & beauty school, receiving her beautician license. She was a homemaker and worked at Wal-Mart in Lafayette for several years. She attended the First Assembly of God Church in Pittsburg. She enjoyed yard work, and her many flower gardens she planted around their home. She dearly loved her family and her grandchildren, and spending time with them. Surviving: husband-Edgar R. Kennedy of Delphi; daughter-Libby & Tony Steffel of Delphi; sons-Teddy & Sandra Kennedy of Monticello, James P. Kennedy & Amy Duff of Monticello; sister-Suzi & Mike Dickerson of Heflin, LA; brother-James McDuff of Heflin, LA; 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a brother JT Jr & Eugene; a sister Maryann. Services for Delores will take place in Minden, LA.
A celebration of her life service will be planned at a later date for family and friends in Delphi. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Gary Lee Michael, 72, of Camden, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2020 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, IN.
Born on April 28, 1948 in Logansport, he is the son to the late Harry J. and Kathleen G. (Appleton) Michael. On June 17, 1968 in Logansport, he married Lynn Angle who survives.
Gary was a lifelong farmer in Carroll County. He also worked as a mechanic and setup man for Grant Implement which later became Tri-Green of Logansport. He was a member of the Logansport Church of Christ and a 53-year member and past chief of the Clymer's Volunteer Fire Department for 27 years.
Surviving along with his wife Lynn, is a daughter, Shelley (Dave) Utley, Bloomington; two sons, Greg (Maggie) Michael, Rossville; Brad (Amie) Michael, Greenwood; brother, Bill (Nancy) Michael, Camden; seven grandchildren, Brittany Edmondson, Bryce Edmondson, Brody Edmondson, Jake Michael, Alex Michael, Ben Michael and Sam Michael, two nephews, Ryan (Chrissy) Michael and Kris (Amy) Michael.
A private funeral service will be held for the family. Burial will take place at St. John's Cemetery, Logansport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Logansport Church of Christ.
Lane closures begin Monday for US 421 northwest of Delphi
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures on U.S. 421 between the State Road 18 junction and the bridge over the Wabash River for HMA resurfacing beginning Monday, May 18.
U.S. 421 will be restricted to one lane during work hours. Flaggers will direct traffic so drivers should expect stop and go traffic. The project is expected to be completed in mid-August, 2020.
INDOT urges drivers to stay alert near crews and follow traffic directions carefully. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time when driving through this area. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.
Nina Irene Vaughan Stewart, 98, died at 11:52pm Saturday- May 9, 2020 at the home she shared with her son since December 2014. She was born February 21, 1922 in Tippecanoe Township, Carroll County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Davis & Belva Guthrie Vaughan. She married Fred J. Stewart in Delphi on February 2, 1947, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1993.
Irene was a 1940 graduate of Delphi High School and graduated from Lafayette Home Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1945. She remained active in nursing until 1977, working in Bloomington, Lafayette, and Kokomo hospitals. She also provided private duty nursing for many. A woman of boundless energy and numerous talents, she belonged to the Home Hospital Alumni Association, Orthopedic Nurses Association, former Tipwa Grange, and Gideon Auxiliary. Her church home was Living Faith Church of the Brethren where she worked on various committees and used her gifts to encourage and support. Irene enjoyed her family, cooking, baking, writing letters and stories, sewing, and gardening. She had a wonderful sense of humor.
Surviving are her 3 sons: Philip E. Stewart (Grace) of Greenfield, Rev. Timothy I. Stewart (Holly) of Delphi, and Gregory A. Stewart (Linda) of West Lafayette. She is also survived by a daughter Mollie R. Thompson of Illinois She generously included and fulfilled the roll of grandma to over 20 children and great grandma to 21. Many nieces & nephews are also among her survivors. Preceded in death in addition to her parents and her husband, are her twin sister Mabel Moore, her sister Anna Belle Coffee, and her son in law Donald Thompson.
Due to the circumstances affecting our Country, private family services will take place. Pastor Jeff Tomson officiating, burial IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to the Living Faith Church of the Brethren or Birthright of Delphi. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Dorothy M. Garman, 95 of Camden passed away at 2:10 pm Sunday May 10, 2020 at St Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi. She was born August 25,1924 in Summer Shade, KY to the late Richard and Verna Ferguson Rutledge. Her marriage was in 1940 to Ray S. Garman and he preceded her in death on January 29,1975. Dorothy worked in housekeeping at Purdue University for twenty years until her retirement in 1985. Dorothy loved flowers, canning, traveling where she collected her "salt n pepper shakes" and spoons, talking with friends and helping others. She worked tirelessly to help her friends and neighbors.
Dorothy is survived by her daughter in law Linda Garman of GA, two granddaughters Kerry (Ben) Olmos of Cumming, GA and Kelly (Richard) Collier of Atlanta, GA and her great-granddaughters, Isabelle, Alyssa, Maya, and her sister in law Sharon Rutledge of Franklin, IN.
She was preceded in death by her son Richard Garman, her brothers Leonard and Darrell Rutledge and her sister Mabel Norman.
Funeral services will be at 2pm Friday May 15,2020 at Cree Funeral Home, Camden, IN with Pastor Ken Smith officiating, friends may call from 1pm until the time of services. Family and friends may attend remotely by going to zoom.us, click on the tab "join meeting" then enter the meeting number 7654904234 and the password Garman.
Road closure scheduled for SR 218 in Camden
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for State Road 218 from State Road 75 to E 450 N (N Meridian St) beginning Monday, May 18.
TPW will be rebuilding their railroad grade crossing. The road is expected to reopen in the evening on May 21.
Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow State Road 29, State Road 18 and State Road 75.
Sue E. Fesler, 72, of Brookston, passed away at 4:30 PM, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Creasy Springs Health Campus of Lafayette. She was born April 29, 1948 in Carroll County to the late Joseph and Audrey (Campbell) Brown. Sue was a 1966 graduate of Delphi High School.
Her marriage was to John K. Fesler on May 14, 1966 in Rockfield, IN; he survives. Sue was a longtime member of the Brookston Federated Church.
Surviving along with her husband are their children, Kim Fesler of Brookston, John J. (Tammy) Fesler of Brookston, and Ashaley (Jason) Smith of Colfax. Grandchildren, Tanner, Cole, Ty, Jake, Brennan, Braden, Veda, Courtney, Mariah, and Sarah. Also surviving is one great-grandson, Kallen.
Preceding her in death along with her parents is a sister, Frances Schwartz.
No public services will be conducted at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date for friends and family.
Eva Lou Shanks,92 of Camden passed away at IU Arnett Hospital at 9:40 am Monday May 4,2020. She was born June 25,1927 in Wheeling, IN to the late Claude Z. and Faye Brower Pearson. She received her Home Economics degree from Purdue. Her marriage was February 19,1950 to Frank Amos Shanks and he preceded her in death January 31,2008. Eva was a homemaker and an Avon Lady in the Camden area for many years, she was a member of Eastern Star, Home Ec Club, Missionary Society at the Camden First Baptist Church where she was a member. She was a former pianist and organist for the church for many years.
Eva is survived by her children Jeff (Roberta) Shanks of Bringhurst, Randy (Pam) Shanks of Delphi, Jim (Mary Beth) Shanks of Camden, Dan (Tara) Shanks of Camden and her daughter Barbara Shetler of McCordsville, IN, six grand and 7great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and two grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at 11am Friday May 8th at Cree Funeral Home, Camden with Pastor Paul Marcellino officiating. Friends and family may join the services virtually beginning at 10:50 am by going to zoom.us selecting "join meeting" and then entering the meeting number 765-490-4234 and the password Shanks. The family requests memorial contributions to the Camden First Baptist Church. The family wishes to thank the Staff at St Elizabeth Healthcare Center and IU Arnett Hospital for their kindness to the family and Eva Lou and for the quality care provided to her.
Claudine E. Martin, 85, passed away on April 30, 2020 at IU Arnett in Lafayette.
She was born in Delphi on Jan. 13, 1935 to the late Emery and Minnie L. (Smith) Martin. She was a 1953 graduate of Delphi High School.
She retired in 1997 from Globe Valve where she had worked for over 42 ½ years.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ariel in Monticello and a member of the John Purdue Club.
Claudine enjoyed going to auctions and watching all Purdue sports.
She is survived by her sister Betty Lou Martin of Delphi and special friends, the Hildebrandt and Minnicus families.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Lillian Jean Yoder.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at IOOF Cemetery in Delphi.
Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi has been entrusted with her final arrangements. www.davidsonfh.com.
L. Duane Meador, 92, of Delphi, Indiana passed away from this long earthly life to eternity to meet his heavenly savior on April 27, 2020 at the Milner Nursing Home in Rossville. Duane enjoyed a good, full, and healthy life until a weakness of the body required him to be admitted to the IU Arnett Hospital a few months ago.
He was born May 14, 1927 to Paul and Cozetta (Metzger) Meador in Tippecanoe County at the home of his parents. He attended several schools in his younger years and attended high school in Rossville. On May 22, 1948 Duane was married to Lois Evelyn Metzger until her passing in July of 2010.
Duane was a member of the North Fork Old German Baptist Brethren Church where he faithfully attended and had many dear friends. Duane was a plumber in the Lafayette area where he made many lifetime friends. Duane enjoyed socializing with friends and meeting new people wherever he would go.
Duane is survived by his four sons, Stuart (Marilyn), Craig (Vickie), Roger, and Dennis (Jada), 9 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother Ivan Meador (Clara), a sister Barbara Royer, and a sister-in-law Leora Wagoner. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois, his parents Paul and Cozetta, brother Joseph, sisters Lavaun Brovont (Chester), Bethel Maxine, and Joyce Ann, daughter-in-law Connie Meador, great granddaughter Hannah, brothers-in-law Robert Metzger (Barbara) and Gilbert Wagoner, sisters-in-law Erma Metzger, Velma Bean Zimmerman (Richard Bean and Kenneth Zimmerman) and Leona Selby (Elmer).
A Drive-Thru visitation will be held, 4-7pm, Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel. It is asked that entry be through Brown Street using the south funeral home drive and exit through the north drive. A private family graveside service will be held Friday, May 1, at North Fork Church Cemetery near Pyrmont.
In Memorial contributions may be made to the Milner Nursing Home in Rossville, Indiana.
The family would like to thank the wonderful doctors, nurses, and kind friends for their compassionate care at IU Arnett Hospital and Milner Nursing Home during Dad's last days. Their kindness to both Dad and the family during this difficult time was a special blessing.
Donald Wayne Morgan, 67, unexpectedly passed away in his home in Delphi on April 27, 2020. Don was born September 24, 1952 in Columbia City, IN to the late Wayne and Virginia Rhine Morgan.
Don graduated from Delphi community High School in 1970. Upon graduation, he became a lineman for Indiana Public Service. He then moved to Watkins Glenn, NY where he was employed as the construction supervisor with the Texas-Eastern gas pipeline. He was also a driver for Fertilizer Plants.
Don married Peggy Wagner in Lafayette on Oct. 15, 2004. They have lived in Delphi since 2010.
Don loved being with his family and friends. He also enjoyed all sports especially golf and IU basketball and working outdoors.
Don is survived by his wife Peggy, son Josh (Sharon) of Delhi, NY, his step-daughter Lorie Compton of NY, step-sons Jason and Mick Wagner, 7 grandchildren, his sister Jan (Steve) Mullen, and 4 nieces and nephew.
It was Don’s wish that he be cremated and buried without a funeral. Burial will be in the IOOF Memorial Gardens. A memorial is planned at a later date. Memorial contributions in Don's memory may be sent to Pawswap of Greater Lafayette, 1900 Iroquois Trl, Lafayette, IN 47909.
Davidson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Robert E. “Bob” Brooks, 73, of Delphi, Indiana passed away Friday, April 24th 2020 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 12, 1946 in Delphi to the late Claude & Anna Doerr Brooks and married Lynda K. McCain in Delphi on June 15, 1968. He graduated from Delphi High School in 1964 and received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1969. Bob then joined the US Navy and served for four years during the Vietnam conflict. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal while serving on USS Dixon and was proud of his service.
After his military service, Bob received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1974 and was CPA certified for the state of Illinois in 1977. He worked in commercial banking for Harris and Continental Banks in both Chicago and Houston. Bob eventually moved to Baton Rouge, LA and started his own gas and oil exploration company. He also sat on the LA Blue Cross Blue Shield Board of Directors for eleven years.
As an avid and passionate sailor, Bob journeyed across the Atlantic on his sailboat, Artemis, and spent two summers exploring the Mediterranean. He also sailed down to South America and extensively in the Caribbean, his favorite waters for cruising. One of his biggest joys was spending time sailing with his family and friends.
Bob was a devoted and proud husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Lynda K. Brooks of Delphi, IN, son David M. Brooks and wife Jennifer of Chicago, IL, sister Claudann Burks and husband David of Delphi, IN, and granddaughters Marcelle, Maia and Leia Brooks of Chicago, IL.
Due to the circumstances affecting our country, private family services will take place. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc. will be in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be shared with the family at http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name, Robert E. Brooks, to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
Dolorita Margaret “Rita” Gaunt, 82, of Lafayette passed away at Franciscan East St. Elizabeth Hospital 10:52 PM Tuesday April 21, 2020. Rita was born in Lafayette March 23, 1938, the daughter of the late William Michael “Pete” Vianco and Margaret Frances (Becker) Vianco and was a 1956 graduate of Delphi, IN High School. She married Roger Allan Gaunt in Peru, IN September 27, 1958, and he preceded her in death September 16, 1965 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Rita was a longtime employee of Indiana Bell Telephone Company, starting as an operator and retiring in 1993 as an auditor of operations. She was a member of St. Mary Cathedral in Lafayette, the Telephone Pioneers of America, the VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliaries, along with being an avid bowler. Surviving are two nieces, Gail Lynn Geisler Chadwell (Donald) of Lafayette and Judith Spohn (Jimmie Max) of Peru, IN. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Rose Ann Vianco, Alice Marie Stevens and Mary Louise DeWitt; and by a brother, Donald Vianco. Due to the current health emergency, a private family visitation and service will be held at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home in Lafayette with Fr. Coady Owens officiating. Interment will follow in Mt Hope Cemetery in Peru, IN. Please leave memories and condolences at www.hahngroeberfuneralhome. com. Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home of Lafayette is honored to serve the Gaunt family.
Ronnie S. Lewis, 61, of rural Monticello, passed away Wednesday-April 22, 2020 at 5:45am at his residence, after a 16 year battle with cancer. He had been in declining health since February 2019. He was born Nov 7, 1958 in Grundy, VA, to the late Robert & Zell Ramey Lewis. His marriage was to Yvonne A. Davis in Lafayette, on Nov 20, 1983, and she survives. He was a 1977 graduate of Jeff High School in Lafayette. He was a U.S. Marine Veteran. He worked in manufacturing at local area businesses. He was a handyman and mechanic, loved to tinker with cars and mechanical things. He enjoyed being outdoors', mowing the lawn and taking care of his property. He loved the river life, and liked to boat & fish. He enjoyed football, especially the Indianapolis Colts. He dearly loved his family and grandchildren, spending time with them. Surviving: wife-Yvonne A. Lewis of Monticello; son-Robert "Zeke" & Ginell Lewis of Lafayette; daughter-Kayla & Ricky Campos of Wichita Falls, TX; daughter-Shalee & Patrick Bailey of West Lafayette; daughter-Jami C. Miksell of Lafayette; brother-Robert L. Lewis of West Point; sisters-Betty Jo Wilson of Cicero, Elizabeth Lewis of Sheridan, Patricia Cox of Kirkland, Carolyn Kerchazel of Kirkland, Phyllis Crusenberry & Phill Harbey of Atlanta, Jean Woods of Lake Dallas, TX, Marie & Keith Avaline of Linden, Tammy & Blair Brindle of Attica. 9 grandchildren survive. Preceded by Kate Lewis, who he considered his mother and she and his brother helped raise him. Also a brother Wayne; sister Brenda; inf sister's Betsy & Imajean; 2 nephews Gary & Roger Worthan. Services: Due to the circumstances affecting our Country, private family services will take place. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. Share a condolence with the family and view his obit at http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Rosemary Wilson, Age 93, died on Tuesday, April 21, at her home in West Lafayette surrounded by her daughter and grandson. Born on January 29, 1927 in Colburn, Indiana, she was the only child of Claude “Frosty” and Pearl (Lowrey) Collins. She lived more than 80 years in Colburn before moving to her daughters’ home In West Lafayette in October 2015. She married John C. Wilson Jr. on April 26, 1947, where they lived and raised their family in Colburn. John preceded her in death March 1, 2014. They had been married for 67 years.
She went to school in Colburn and graduated from Buck Creek School. She stayed in touch with many of her classmates over the years.
Rosemary worked at Brown Rubber where she met John. They owned and operated Wilson’s Grocery Store in Colburn for about 14 years. Her and John also had such great fun parking cars and developing new friendships at Purdue home football games.
She is an 80+-year member of the Colburn United Methodist Church. She thought of her small country church as extended “family”. Even when she moved to West Lafayette, Wayne and Sheila Graves picked her up every Sunday to take her to Colburn for church.
She enjoyed flower gardening, playing euchre, solitaire and hand and foot cards (which she would play most Saturday and Sunday evenings with her daughter) and occasional trips to the casino in Michigan City.
Her daughter, Claudia Alenduff and grandson, Chad Alenduff, both of West Lafayette, survive her.
Along with her husband John, daughters, Barbara Wilson and Sherry Schnepp and a grandson Kristopher Schnepp preceded her in death.
We are so grateful for the love and friendship of so many but would like to give special thanks to the entire Franciscan Hospice staff, especially, Patty and Rhonda who gently cared for her during her final days. We are also very thankful for Dr. John Reisman of IU Health who cared and treated her during her bladder cancer and Pastor Tracey Leslie of Trinity United Methodist Church for praying and being with her during her surgeries as her minister, Dan Gottschalk, was out of town.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a private graveside service will be held. Burial will be in the Colburn EUB Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Colburn United Methodist Church at a later date.
We ask that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to her church, Colburn United Methodist Church, ATTN: Mary Schnepp, 7304 N. Countyline Road East, Lafayette, IN 47905 or to Franciscan Hospice, 1501 Hartford St, Suite G525, Lafayette, IN 47904.
Road closure scheduled for US 421 in Carroll County
CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. -INDOT--4/23/2020-- The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for U.S. 421 south of State Road 18 in Carroll County beginning Tuesday, May 5.
Crews will be completing a bridge deck overlay on US 421, 2.67 miles south of the State Road 18 junction. The project is expected to be completed in mid-June, 2020. All work is weather dependent.
Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow State Road 18, State Road 75 and State Road 26.
FIRE DESTROYS DELPHI BUSINESSES
A fire which broke out at the former Metzger Lumber Company building on North Washington Street in Delphi on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, destroyed two businesses and resulted in the total destruction of the building.
Allbq's, owned by Ron Allbaugh, and Treasures in the Woods were consumed by the fire. Delphi, Camden, Monticello, Flora and Rockfield Fire Departments arrived on the scene to fight the fire, which reportedly started near Allbqs. Fire inspectors were on the scene Wednesday to attempt to find the cause which was undetermined. The building is owned by Todd Price of W.P. Electric.
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Frank A. Herron, 84, of Delphi, passed away Sunday at 8:29pm, with his loving wife by his side, after a brief illness and failing health. His entire family had been with him all day, and he enjoyed the time they spent together. He was born October 9, 1935 in Cutler, to the late Tom & Martha M. Williams Herron Wagoner. His marriage was to Sharon M. DeVries in Flora, on June 13, 1965, and she survives.
Frank was a 1955 graduate of Delphi High School, and a U.S. Army Veteran, stationed in Germany, before his honorable discharge. He formerly worked at Delphi Body Works as a welder, then was a semi driver for over 50 years, driving for Bulk-A-Matic, National Homes, Foodliner, and Eikenberry Trucking. He also helped area farmers haul their grain during harvest. Frank was a hard worker, and took pride in working to his 80 birthday. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, and the Delphi American Legion Post 75. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, buying old cars & trucks, and even a tractor, restoring them for resale. He loved to tinker, and could build anything.
Frank was a people person. He enjoyed engaging in conversation with anyone young and old. Always smiling, and genuine to the core. He dearly loved the Lord and his Country. His greatest love was for his wife and family. The Sunday meals that they shared always brought a smile to his face, and if someone was missing, he would say, "Its just not the same". He dearly loved them all. His love of people and wanting to make them feel good, his family expressed the following quote, "Frankster the Prankster, I just wanna make you laugh"!!
Surviving: wife-Sharon M. Herron of Delphi; daughters-Lisa & Jeff Delaney of Delphi, Ann & Mike Hughes of Delphi, Heather & Carolyn Herron of Kokomo; sons-Frank Jr & Lisa Herron of Winter Haven, FL, Terry & Susan Herron of Winter Haven, FL; sister-Jacki Clingenpeel of Prairie Grove, Ark. 8 grandchildren and several great grandchildren survive. Preceded in death by a sister Francis; brother Tom; granddaughter Meagan.
Due to the circumstances affecting our Country, private family services will take place. A celebration of Frank's life will take place at a later date for any and all to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphi United Methodist Church; or a no kill animal shelter of your choice. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. This service will be live streamed on Friday-April 24 at 3pm. Check funeral home website for the link, http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Stanley M. Braden, 69, passed away a 4:41 pm Friday at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. He was born August 18,1950 in Logansport to the late Elmer Ray and Donna Dennis Braden. He was a 1968 graduate of Delphi Community High School and served as a munitions specialist with the US Air Force from 1970 to 1974.
Stan worked at Monon Trailer, Morning Star Fertilizer and SIA during his career. Stan enjoyed woodworking, golfing, yard work and spending time with his grandchildren. His marriage was September 25,1999 at Rensselaer to Penny Allen, she survives. Also surviving are sons Jack (Katelyn) Allen of Delphi, Mike (Shannon) Allen of Monticello, a daughter Caroline Steward of London, England and a sister-in-law Peggy Braden of Yeoman,IN and his three grandchildren Rylie Allen, Kaelyn Allen and Jackson Allen along with 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Steven.
Private family graveside will be held at the Burrows Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church 2110 N 3rd St. Logansport, IN. Online condolences may be left on the website at creefuneralhome.com.
Dennis R. Wilson, 66, of rural Lafayette, died unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday-April 15, 2020 at 10:25pm. He was born April 26, 1953 in Lafayette, to his late father James R. Wilson and his late mother Carol Beever Corwin. His marriage was to Sharon K. Lauderdale in Delphi on December 8, 1973, and she survives. He attended Delphi High School, and received his GED. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. He worked at Wabash National in Lafayette from 1985 until his retirement in 2018. He was a member of the Lafayette American Legion. He was an avid reader, and enjoyed working puzzles, and loved John Wayne movies, and collecting his memorabilia. He enjoyed being outdoors, and loved living on the river, especially around his fire pit, enjoying a fire with his family. He dearly loved his family and grandchildren, and spending time with them. Surviving: wife-Sharon K. Wilson of Lafayette; twin sons: Jason & Ashley Wilson of Delphi, Jamie & Michelle Wilson of Shelbyville; grandchildren: Ava, Lyla, & Ayden Wilson; step grandson-Talmadge Jasper. Preceded in death by an infant son Jared & an infant daughter Amy; and his sister Sherri Wilson. Services: due to the circumstances affecting our Country, private family services will take place. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. Please share an online condolence at http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Infant Maverick Daniel Hutsell, was born and passed away Friday-April 10, 2020, at 5:53pm at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. His parents are Ryan & Alisha Myers Hutsell of Delphi. He is also survived by a brother Cayden J. Robinson at home, and his sister Karalynn M. Shireman at home. Paternal grandparents are Darrell & Corina Hutsell of Brookston, maternal grandparents are Mark & Jennifer Myers of Lafayette, paternal great grandpa is Al Bunch of Brookston, paternal great grandma is Anne Bunch of Brookston, maternal great grandma Ruth Myers of Lafayette. Private family services will take place. You may sign the guest register book online or send a personal note to the family at http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the passing of Karen Kay Sparks, 53, at her home in Camden, IN. Her beloved family was by her bedside at the time of passing. She bravely battled colon cancer for 2 ½ years with grace and little complaining during numerous surgeries and treatments. Her quiet strength during her fight was inspirational to all she came in contact with during this battle.
Karen was born on November 23, 1966 in Kokomo. Her parents were the late Jack Johnson and present Donnabelle Johnson-Willis. She was a lifelong resident of Carroll County, she graduated from Carroll High School in 1985. She started working for Briggs in Flora her Junior year of high school and got a full time job after graduation. She worked there till 1996 then went to be a housewife on the farm and started driving school bus for Delphi Community School Corporation in 1997.
She married Jerry Sparks on August 20, 1994 and they had one child, Karlee in 1995, who she adored with all her heart.
Karen possessed a selfless soul that sought joy by helping and serving others. This devotion caused her to be loved by many. She loved playing bingo, watching the Cubs, gardening, sitting around a campfire, driving the grain cart, hauling grain in the fall in the semi, fishing, and watching her hummingbirds on the window feeders.
Her quiet strength, reliability, and “I’m going to fight this” attitude allowed her to continue to do what she wanted and not let her illness stand in her way. She always loved hauling her kids on the bus. She loved and respected her fellow bus drivers and enjoyed their get-togethers.
Karen is survived by her husband Jerry L. Sparks, daughter Karlee Kay Sparks, mother Donnabelle Johnson-Wllis, sister Kristy Jones, husband Steve Jones, brotherJohn Johnson, wife Angie Johnson and brother Kenneth Johnson, nieces Jessie and Jennah Jones, Erika Johnson and nephew Brent Johnson. She was preceded in death by her father Jack Johnson and stepfather George F. Willis.
The family would like to thank the many doctors and oncology nurses at Horizon Oncology and Research Center, Cancer Center of America Chicago, and Simon Cancer Center that performed many surgeries and treatments that helped to extend the life of Karen. They were always a tremendous comfort to the family during her struggle. Also, a special thank you to ViaQuest Hospice and nurse Erica for the care and prayers provided over the last months of her life.
And finally, our family rode the wave of unbelievable support and love from our many friends and family since her diagnosis. We love all of you for your endless support and prayers during this difficult time.
A private graveside service with the family will be held on April 11th at 2 pm at Paint Creek Cemetery outside Camden. The family is hoping to have a celebration of life later on this summer to commemorate Karen due the situation with the Coronavirus disease.
William C. "Bill" Clawson, 74, of Ft Wayne, IN, formerly of Delphi, IN passed away Monday, April 6, 2020 at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home in Ft Wayne, IN. Bill was born November 20, 1945 in Lafayette, IN to the late Wayne and Audrey (Roskuski) Clawson. He was a 1964 graduate of Delphi High School. He had also served 6 years in the Army reserves.
Bill enjoyed watching NASCAR.
He retired from Howard & Sons John Deere in Monticello, IN.
His marriage to Carol Loudon was on November 8, 1969 and she survives. Along with his wife Carol he is survived by their children: Michelle Stoffel (Kyle) of Ft Wayne, IN, Troy Clawson (Trisha) of Washington, IN, Heather Johnston (Jim) of Hobart, IN, and Brock Clawson (Tom) of Chicago, IL. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren. Bill was preceded by his parents and 1 brother, Michael.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic facing our Country, memorial services will be at a later date at the First Baptist Church, 103 S. Indiana St. in Delphi, IN with Pastor William Glenn officiating. Private burial at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora.
Memorial Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the Maple Lawn Cemetery. www.davidsonfh.com
Barbara Franklin, 64, of Delphi, passed away at her home on April 1, 2020. She was born on March 12, 1956 in Lafayette to David R. Schwarzkopf and the late Ada J. (Marcum) Schwarzkopf.
She married Steven L. Franklin on May 20, 1983 and he survives.
Barbara was a beautician at Debonair Beauty Salon for 43 years and at Pizazz Beauty Salon for 2 years.
She is also survived by her father and her children: Kari LeGrande of Frankfort, Aaron Franklin of Delphi, Matt Franklin (wife: Candy) of Dayton; grandchildren: Sierra Lee of Frankfort, Finn Franklin, Ella Franklin and Taylor Crane of Dayton; and sister, Beth Fields (George) of West Lafayette. She was preceded by sister, Belinda.
A private celebration of life will take place later this Summer.
Memorial contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Final Arrangements have been entrusted to Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi.
WILLIAM E. "BILL" KEMPF
William E. "Bill" Kempf, 70, passed away Saturday-Mar 28, 2020, from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident in Punta Gorda, FL. He was born August 24, 1949 in Lafayette, to the late Herman & Hilda Malott Kempf. His marriage was to Patrizia M. Pregara in Lafayette, on October 19, 2018, but have been together since 2008. He was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on October 7, 1974, and retired from the Army on October 16, 1992. He was stationed in California, Georgia, Kentucky, and lastly Louisianan. He was in food service, and was the manager of the kitchen on his last post. He also was in Germany & South Korea. He was born and raised in Delphi, and after his military career, he moved back to Delphi in 1992, and then to Lafayette from 1993, until they moved to Punta Gorda, FL, in September of 2019. He worked at SIA in Lafayette for 4 years, then was hired by the United States Postal Service in Lafayette in 1998, SR 26 facility, and retired from there in 2005. He was a member of the Delphi American Legion #75, and the Delphi American Legion Riders, The Elks of Punta Gorda, FL, 40 & 8 of Lafayette, life member of the Lafayette VFW, Life member of the Monticello AMVets, life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Lafayette Navy Club, Eagles & Moose Lodges of Lafayette, and the NRA. He was an avid Cubs fan, and liked Indiana University basketball. He loved to garden and cook, and loved to ride his Harley. Bill was proud of his service to his country, and his fellow veteran's, and was a true patriot to the USA. He dearly loved his family, and the gatherings they would share. Surviving: wife-Patrizia M. "Pat" Kempf of Punta Gorda, FL; daughter-Amy & Mark Fields of Mulberry; sister-Becky & Jeff Johnson of Delphi; step children: Nicole & Joseph Skowronski of North Riverside, IL, Alex & Peng Del Giudice of Brooklyn, NY, Chiara & Devin Del Giudice Poehlman of Portland, OR; 4 grandchildren: Isabella, Zoe, Chiron, & Leta; 2 nephews; 2 great nieces; 2 great nephews survive. Preceded by an infant brother Donald. Services: Due to the circumstances affecting our Country, private family services will take place. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Delphi American Legion, 3079 N. 900 W. Delphi, IN 46923, in memory and honor of Bill.
Vickie A. Wolf, 74, of Lafayette passed away at Milner’s Community Healthcare on March 29, 2020. She was born to the late Birl W. and Gladys (Henderson) Wolf on Dec. 3, 1945 in Lafayette. She attended East Tipp Schools and then was home schooled.
She enjoyed reading, word puzzles and listening to country music, especially Alan Jackson and Loretta Lynn.
She is survived by her brother, Stuart Wolf of Lafayette.
Family visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home on April 2nd from 1:00 p.m. until the 3:00 p.m. funeral service with Pastors Eric Alwine and Guy Studebaker officiating. Burial will follow in the Lutheran Cemetery at Colburn.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Living Stone Church in Rossville.
Shirley Mae Moore, 79, of Flora passed away Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her residence. She was born April 5, 1940 in Pittsburgh, IN to the late Ralph Kenneth Sr. and Sarah (McCormick) Dilling. On January 20, 1967 she married Larry L. Moore I and he survives. Shirley proudly served her country in the United States Navy. She worked for several restaurants in the area. Along with her husband, Larry, she is survived by her son Larry L. Moore II (wife: Linda) of Delphi; brother Ralph Kenneth Dilling Jr. of Delphi, and sister Lenora Gooch (husband: Brian) of Attica. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, daughter Nicole Howard, and sister-in-law Shirley Ann Dilling. Private family services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association – www.alz.org. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com Delphi Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center assisting the family with arrangements.
DONALD EUGENE WELLS
Donald Eugene Wells, age 71 of Orange, Texas passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 23, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date to honor and remember Don’s legacy at Family Worship Center in Orange, Texas. Arrangements will be handled by Dorman Funeral Home.
Don was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 5, 1948 to Phyllis Burge Wells and Clarence Eugene Wells. He proudly served his country in the United States Marines Corp and fought in Vietnam. After Vietnam He served his country in the National Guard in Indiana. Don retired after 30 years of service with Chemical Waste Management as a supervisor. Don earned his pilot’s license years ago and enjoyed the peace and thrill of flying. He enjoyed working on vehicles as a hobby.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Wells and Phyllis Burge.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Julie Ann Jackson Wells of Orange, TX., Brothers Rick Wells and his wife Karan, Kim Wells and his wife Julie, Jeff Wells, Toney Gill and his wife Linda, Frank and his wife Marty, Jamie and wife Dawn, Jerry Wells and wife Kimberly. Sisters Micky Veach, Chris Shoemaker, Shelia Best. Sons Paul Wells and Rusty Wells of Orange, Daughter Barbara Manning and her Husband William Manning of Beaumont TX, Son Jayson Wells and his wife Crystal Wells of Orange. Grand kids Sarah Bazan and her husband Louis Bazan Jr., Justin Stone, Emma-Lee wells, Brandon Wells, and Dylan Wells, Rachel Leigh Steward, Ami Wells, and Clark Wells. Great grandson Louis Xavier Bazan III and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to Family Worship Center Church, 2300 41st Street Orange, TX 77630.
Jayne A. Abbott, 56, of Delphi, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday-March 24, 2020 at 4:52am, at her home in Delphi, after a 4 month battle with cancer. She was born June 10, 1963 in Lafayette to Patricia A. Phillips Abbott, who survives, and her late father Coy Ray "Dick" Abbott. She was a 1981 graduate of Delphi High School, and received her Associate Degree in Business from Huntington College in 1983. She previously worked at Tarkington Hall on Purdue's Campus in administration for 10 years, then at Life Care Crisis Center in West Lafayette for 10 years, and recently for the Carroll County Comet Delphi Office for 10 years. She attended the Delphi Wesleyan Church, and started the Jewels for Jesus, a teenage girls ministry at the First Assembly of God Church in Lafayette. She was on the Deer Creek Township Advisory Board. She enjoyed her flower gardens around her home, doing yard work, just being outside, and enjoyed her daily walk around town. She enjoyed watching old TV show's and movies, especially on the Hallmark Channel. Jayne had a contagious smile, and never met a stranger. She always made you feel better about yourself after talking with her. She was always willing to share her deep seeded faith in Jesus, with any and all she would come across during her day. Her faith sustained her during her illness, and she was tremendously brave and not afraid right to the end, when she went home to heaven. Surviving: mom-Patricia A. "Pat" Abbott of Delphi; sister-Gayle A. Conner of Delphi; brother-Brian & Trisha Abbott of Huntington; Shawn R. Abbott of Fort Wayne; a niece-Briley; nephews-Tyler, Brendon, Cody, & Jamison. Preceded by grandparents. Services: Due to the circumstances affecting our Nation, private family services will take place. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Hospice, 1415 Salem St., Ste 202, Lafayette, IN 47904. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Joyce Ann Lamb Sullivan, 83, of Delphi, went to be in a better place on March 19, 2020 at the age of 83. She was born on September 9, 1936 to Duane & Mary Lamb in Delphi. Joyce graduated from Delphi High School in 1954 where she was a cheerleader and eventual lifelong friend to so many. On July 10, 1955 she wed her high school sweetheart Robert L. Sullivan who preceded her in death in 2000, after 45 years of marriage. They went on to have four loving children that she took great pride in and loved and nurtured her whole life. Joyce was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and continued to build her friendships over the years. She was a long-time member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority, and helped with countless church and charity events. She enjoyed needlepoint, cross stitching, and watching the Colts, along with local and college sports. But what she really excelled at the most was being a great mother, wife, grandmother, and homemaker for so many years. She truly passed on her great ability to love. She was preceded in death by her parents and an older brother Billy. She is survivied by one sister Rebecca Schrader; 4 children-Scot Sullivan (Julie), Jon Sullivan (Susie Budreau), Keltie Domina (Joe), and David Sullivan (Leah); 11 grandchildren-Andrea, Stephanie, Natalie, Lisa, Lindsey, Kristine, Benjamin, Joseph, Emily, Victoria, & Zachary; 12 great grandchildren, 4 nieces and nephews. Over the past several years of her life she was fortunate enough to have the love, adoration, and devotion of Donald Kelly, to whom we will always be grateful. Services will be held privately due to the ongoing worldwide Corona virus situation. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) to help end this tragic disease. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
City of Delphi Encouraging Social Distancing
DELPHI, INDIANA - March 16, 2020 - In an effort to protect citizens and employees, the Delphi City Hall will be closed to the public effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The City of Delphi will not be accepting in-person utility payments at City Hall. In keeping with mitigation strategies outlined by the United States Centers for Disease Control designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other contagious viruses, the City is encouraging all its utility customers to utilize an alternative payment option.
Utility Billing customers may choose to pay their water, wastewater, and trash bills:
• Online with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card at cityofdelphi.org;
• Via Phone at (765) 564-2097;
• By check, mailed to our office;
• Via an ACH bank draft sent directly from your bank; or
• By using our unattended drop box in the entryway of City Hall.
Customers are discouraged from dropping off cash payments at the unattended drop box. If customers choose to drop off a cash payment, exact change is not required and any overage will be credited to their account.
Customers currently required to pay in only cash or money order will be permitted to pay in all forms listed above during this period.
The City of Delphi remains committed to providing excellent customer service. For more information or for assistance with alternative payment options please call (765) 564-2097 during regular business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Dennis “Wayne” Stephens, 71 of Delphi, passed away on March 13, 2020 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. He was born on Dec. 3, 1948 in Glasgow, Kentucky to the late Paul and Maxine (Wood) Stephens.
He had worked at Industrial Cab Company where he was manger for 8 years. He also had worked for Alcoa for 10 years and retired from Lafayette Catholic Diocese after 10 years. He was also a certified welder
He married Kathy Williams Higdon in Pigeon Forge, TN on May 23, 1999 and she survives.
He was a member of the Dover Baptist Church in Glasgow, KY where he was baptized in the creek by Brother Martin and retained his faith throughout his life. He was also a member of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, and the NRA.
Wayne enjoyed restoring and trading watches, fixing his 57 Chevy and 55 Chevy Truck. He enjoyed doing various projects from mechanical to landscaping. He also enjoyed traveling in the United States, especially down any country road to see what was around the next corner.
Along with his wife, Kathy, he is survived by children: Tamie Stephens of Tampa, FL, Dustin Stephens (RhiAnna) of Sanford, NC, Amanda Mohler (Ben) of Logansport, Matt Higdon of Danville, IN and brother< Roger Dale Stephens (Wilma) of Lodi, IL; grandchildren: Sam, Brayden, Halle, Benjamin, William and Abigail; and his faithful companion, his dog Buster.
He was preceded by his parents, sons: Nicholas and Billy and daughter, Christina.
Family and friends will gather at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi from 10:30 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. memorial service on March 21, 2020. Pastor Lee Stephens will officiate. A private family burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions in Wayne’s memory may be made to the Amyloidosis Research Consortium, 320 Nevada St. Suite 210, Newton MA 02460.
M. LaVerne Crowe Andry, 91, of Delphi, died Monday-March 16, 2020 at 9:15pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, where she had resided for the past 3 years. She was born January 4, 1929 in Winchester, KY, to the late Charlie & Myrtle Powell Crowe. Her marriage was to Douglas L. "Pepper" Andry in Delphi, on August 31, 1968, and he survives. She was a 1947 graduate of Onward High School. She worked for 31 years at the Logansport State Hospital, as activities director, and then was the manager of the canteen store, retiring from there in 1991. She had also worked at Sears in Logansport for 15 years. She was a member of the Delphi Christian Church, and was an officer of the Christian Woman's Fellowship. She was a member of the Delphi American Legion Auxiliary, and a life member of the Logansport VFW Auxiliary. She was active with the Liberty Bells Home Ec Club, was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling, and ceramics. She was in a women's bowling league, and sold Mary Kay Cosmetics. She dearly loved her dog Olivia, and her dog Sugar. Surviving: husband-Douglas L. "Pepper" Andry of Delphi; daughter-Chere & Steve Nichols of Delphi; son-Ron & Phyllis Babb of Bradenton, FL; 4 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. Preceded in death by a brother Bill. Services: Private family services will take place on Friday at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Bob Duke officiating. Burial at Paint Creek Cemetery, Camden. Due to the current circumstances facing our Nation, this service will be live streamed on Friday-March 20, at 10:30am, the link to participate will be at
Candace Sue Butcher, 66 of Delphi, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2020 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. Candace was born May 18, 1953 in Tipton, IN to the late Virgil Lee and Violet Mae (Goodnight) Butcher. She was employed by Glove Valve Corporation for 26 years as a laborer. She enjoyed reading and going shopping. She is survived by her daughter, Dawn. M. (Joel) Wallace of West Lafayette, IN; siblings, Don R. Butcher, Cindy Gregory both of Delphi, IN and Joy (Charles) Pelphrey of Roann, IN; grandchildren, Aaron R. Barney and Kaleb T. Wallace. Candace is preceded in life by her parents and brother, Virgil Lee Butcher, Jr. There will be private family services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society-www.cancer.org. Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center in Delphi will be assisting the family with arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Timothy J. "TJ" Brown, 29, of Delphi, died unexpectedly Monday-March 9, 2020 at 4:10pm, in West Lafayette. He was born December 7, 1990 in Aurora, IL, to his father Timothy S. Brown, and his mother Teresa R. Peden Shockley, who survive. He was a 2009 graduate of the Marine Science Center in Jacksonville, FL. He previously worked for Wall-Mart in Lafayette in the automotive service center for 2 years, and at S.I.A. in Lafayette for a year, before retiring due to health issues. He enjoyed fishing, playing video games, movies, music and going to concerts. He liked the Chicago Bears Football Team. TJ was kind and generous, and would give you the shirt off his back if it would help you. He dearly loved his family, and enjoyed the time they all spent together for any occasion. Surviving: mother-Teresa & Chris Shockley of Delphi; father-Timothy S. Brown of Lady Lake, FL; sister-Renee & Bryan Dikty of Flora; brother-Casey G. Corrigan & Jennifer Moskal of Lafayette; sisters-Brandi & William Jenkins of Lafayette, and Kristin & Kaleb Culver of West Lafayette; paternal grandma-Eleanor Brown of Lady Lake, FL; nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by a nephew Maximus; & grandparents. Services: Visitation will be Tuesday from 12pm until his funeral service at 2pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Jimi Statton officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions may be directed to TJ's family, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Richard A. "Dick" Wasson, 89, of West Lafayette, died Wednesday-March 11, 2020 at 2:43am at St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette. He was born August 9, 1930 in Carroll County, near Burrows, to the late Brady & Florence Roth Wasson. His marriage was to Phyllis Anne Shaw in Indianapolis, on March 3, 1951, and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2019. He was a 1949 graduate of Delphi High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, in the signal corp., during the Korean Conflict, from Jan. 2, 1952, until being Honorably Discharged in Aug. of 1953. He worked in sales and was service manager for Wasson Buick, Pontiac, in Delphi, for several years, and was in sales for the former Loy Roofing Co., in Delphi. Then in 1968, he and his wife owned and operated Walnut Ridge Campground near Lake Freeman for many years. Dick knew as a small business owner, that you have to do all the maintenance and repairs you can by yourself to help with the overhead, and he truly was an innovator when it came to doing just that. He took great pride in keeping the campground in great shape for the many families that would use it, year after year. He was a member of Faith Church in Lafayette, and was very active in the church as a greeter, he participated in the church's annual living nativity, was active with Caleb's Kin, and Peacemaker ABF. He was a member of the former Delphi Masonic Lodge. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing, and after they retired, they became "campground hosts" at various IN State Parks. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, was an avid reader of western novels. He enjoyed buying cars that needed fixing up, and then selling them locally. He and his wife enjoyed attending the Covered Bridge Festival, and loved to drive through the country admiring the fall foliage. He loved his German Shepard Paige. Dick's greatest love was for his family. He enjoyed all the gatherings they would share. Dick also had a deep seeded faith in the good Lord. Always thankful for the many blessing he gave to his family. Surviving: son-Rick & Cindy Wasson of Monticello; daughter-Mindy & Jim Hoffman of Kerrville, TX; son-Grep & Kim Wasson of Long Grove, IL; son-Brad Wasson (sp) Joanna Lalich of Highland Park, IL; daughter-Terri & John Lhotka of Naperville, IL; 14 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister Melba Aldrich; a brother Virgil "Spud" Wasson. Services: There will be no visitation prior to his celebration of life service Sunday at 1:00pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Titus Curtis officiating, of the White Flag Christian Church in St. Louis, MO. Burial at Yeoman Cemetery, with Carroll County Honor Guard, providing Military Rites. Memorial contributions to Stephen Siller, Tunnel to Towers Foundation, envelopes available at the funeral home, or use this link, www.tunnel2towers.org
Carmelita K. Hawk, 78, of Delphi passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at Franciscan Health Lafayette.
She was born April 7, 1941 in Lafayette, to the late Carl Bales and Isabelle (Hann) Bales. She was a graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School.
Carma worked as a Beta Data Operator for 25 years. She then went to work for Globe Valve in Delphi as a Lab Technician before retiring.
On September 22, 2001 she married Edward Hawk in Delphi and he survives.
She was a member of the Monticello United Methodist Church. Carma enjoyed sewing, cooking and dancing. She spent her winters in Florida where she loved going to the beach with friends.
Surviving along with her husband Edward, are her children: Kenneth Patterson of Monticello, Patricia Patterson (Cindy) of Lafayette, William Patterson (Harmony) of Fort Wayne; step-children: Natalie Mantica (Roberto "Bert") of Peru, Tamara Sibbitt (Douglas) of Marselle, IL, and Curtis Hawk of Rossville; and brother Duane Johnson (Doris Ann) of Delphi. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Eli Prather (Mistie), Benjamin Prather, Justin Patterson, Jacob Patterson, Hayden Patterson, Devon Patterson, Derrick Sibbitt (Michelle), Jacob Sibbitt (Amy), Roberto "Robo" Mantica (Katy) and Marco Mantica; and seven great-grandchildren.
Carma is preceded in death by her parents, brother Billy Bales and grandson Douglas Patterson.
Visitation will be held from 5pm - 8pm Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Funeral service will 10am Friday, March 13, 2020 at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Beeks officiating. Interment to follow at Battle Ground Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Monticello United Methodist Church Soup for the Soul - 200 S Main St, Monticello, IN, 47960. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Betty J. Simons Sheehan, 85, of Delphi, died Saturday-March 7, 2020 at 1:35pm after a brief illness. She was born September 20, 1934 in Carroll County, IN, near Burrows, to the late George & Ethel Price Simons. Her marriage was to David O. Sheehan in Delphi on May 6, 1955, and he preceded her in death on November 14, 2001. She was a 1952 graduate of Delphi High School. She worked at the former Peters-Revington Furniture Factory in Delphi for several years, then worked at Carroll Manor Home in Delphi for 10 years, retiring from there, and was a homemaker. She had formerly attended the Delphi United Methodist Church. She enjoyed word puzzles, was an avid reader, and liked to watch classic movies. She enjoyed watching NASCAR racing, especially driver Tony Stewart. She dearly loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with them. Surviving: daughters-Vicki Ebling of Harbor Springs, MI, Patricia & Jeffrey Wood of Fort Myers, FL; son-Donald & Brenda Sheehan of Quincy, IL; 3 grandchildren: Sarah & Alex Calderon, Timothy & Amy Sheehan, Charity & Chris Davis. Preceded in death by a sister and 6 brother's. Services: Visitation will be Saturday from 12pm until her funeral service at 2pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Brown Church Cemetery, Rockfield. Memorial contributions to Carroll Manor Home, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
We would like to welcome a new face to the Delphi Police Department. Officer Nate Miller joined the department on a part-time basis. He will help fill in when needed. Nate spent 20 years with the Monticello Police Department.
David L. Isaacs, 73, of Delphi, died Saturday-March 7, 2020 at 11:20am at his home surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer. He was born in Terre Haute to the late Herbert & Letha Thompson Isaacs. His marriage was to Nancy L. Houser in Delphi on Sept. 22, 1969, and she survives. He was a 1965 graduate of Delphi High School, and served in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, stationed in Fort Knox, KY, and South Korea. He worked for The Anderson's in the cob mill and was a supervisor later in his career there, retiring in 2009, after 33 years with the company. He was a member of the Delphi Christian Church; and the Delphi American Legion Post 75. He enjoyed fishing and working in his yard, loved to have a yearly garden, and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears sporting teams. He dearly loved his family and spending time with them and his grandchildren. Surviving-wife: Nancy L. Isaacs of Delphi; daughters-Tami & Randy Maurer of Greentown, Chrissie M. Isaacs of Lafayette; sister-Patricia M. Mulbarger of Delphi; brother-Kevin & Tina Isaacs of Delphi; 5 grandchildren: Sidney, Noah, Nathaniel, Isaac, Alexa. Services: The family will receive friends on Friday from 5pm-7pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc. Private family interment at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carroll County Cancer Association, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Carroll County SWCD and Partners Receives Targeted Conservation Funding for the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek Watershed
DELPHI, Ind. — The Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announced that it has received targeted funding from Natural Resource Conservation Service Mississippi River Basin Initiative program. These funds augment on-going Section 319 funds received from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and local agencies to protect and improve water quality in the Deer Creek-Sugar Creek watershed which spans across parts of five counties (Cass, Carroll, Howard, Miami, and Tippecanoe). The project will support the implementation of soil health and water quality project focused throughout the drainage. Funds are available to target soil erosion, soil health, pasture and grazing land, confined livestock operations, organic producers, drainage water management, invasive plant control, and wildlife habitat improvement.
Indiana’s agricultural producers who want to improve natural resources and address concerns on their land are encouraged to sign up for the Mississippi River Basin Initiative through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Jerry Raynor, NRCS State Conservationist, announced that March 27, 2020 will be the EQIP application deadline in Indiana.
“While we take EQIP applications throughout the year, applications received after March 27th will be considered in future announced application rounds. I encourage producers with resource concerns on their land to submit an application by the deadline,” Raynor explains.
EQIP is a voluntary conservation program available for agricultural producers. Through EQIP, NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, improve soil health, improve water and air quality, and create wildlife habitat.
Producers interested in utilizing potential funds should visit their local NRCS field office in Carroll, Cass, Howard, Miami or Tippecanoe County to review funding options. Applications submitted by the March 27th deadline will be evaluated for the funding period submitted. Additional funding periods will occur through August 1st. Participants in EQIP or Section 319 progam must meet eligibility requirements. NRCS staff will work with producers to determine eligibility and complete necessary worksheets and rankings in order for the applicant to compete for funding.
Possible Intoxicated Driver Drives Through Liquor Store
BROOKSTON--ISP--On Sunday, 03/08/2020 at approximately 8:00AM, the White County Communications Center received a call of a possible intoxicated driver heading south on SR 43 from the Chalmers area. A short time later, White County Dispatch advised that the Ford F-150 crashed into the Brookston Spirits Liquor Store.
Senior Troopers Jerrad Foutch and Tyler Stinson arrived on scene and observed the male driver, identified as Michael Stowers, 23, of Valparaiso, crawling out of the vehicle. Medical personnel were called by the troopers, but Stowers refused medical treatment on scene. Stowers also refused field sobriety tests. A search warrant for Stowers blood was applied for and granted. Stowers was booked into the White County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. Results from the blood draw are pending.
Indiana State Troopers were assisted by the White County Communications Center, Deputies from the White County Sheriff’s Office, Brookston EMS & Fire, Monticello EMS & Mel’s Wrecker Service.
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Joshua Floyd Sterrett, 39, as life-long resident of Delphi passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at his residence.
He was born June 3, 1980 in Lafayette to Luther and Shirley (Boardman) Sterrett.
On May 28, 2000 he graduated with a Special Education Certificate from Twin Lakes High School. Joshua was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Delphi.
He enjoyed drawing, playing on the computer, watching movies and listening to music.
Along with his parents Luther and Shirley, he is survived by two sisters: Rachael (Tim) McClellan of Salem and Crystal (Kevin) Kiper of Crawfordsville; four nephews: Kyle, Caleb and Jacob McClellan and Philip Kiper and niece Elizabeth Anne Batta.
Visitation will be held from 3pm - 7pm Sunday March 8, 2020 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center- 405 Cottage St, Delphi IN. Funeral service will be 10am Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Tribute Center with Pastor Brent Oliver officiating. Interment will follow at Pretty Prairie Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Assembly of God Church in Delphi or Riley Children's Hospital. Share memories and condolences online a www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Betty Jean Sprague, 82, of Delphi passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at her residence.
She was born March 23, 1937 in Bone Cave, TN. She was the eighth child of ten children born to Walter and Minnie (Banker) Cole.
On July 10, 1955 she married Harold Sprague at the United Methodist Church in Delphi. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1990.
Betty Jean worked for the Delphi Community School Corporation as a Teacher’s Aide for 29 years. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church.She enjoyed playing bridge, cooking, catering, being with friends and especially being with family.
Surviving are her children: son Brad Sprague of Bloomington, IN, son Bart (wife Kelly) Sprague of Avon, daughter Erin (husband Dave) Fassnacht of Rockfield and Laurie Kinzie of Lafayette. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Along with her husband Harold, she is preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers and sisters, and son David Brian Sprague.
Memorial visitation will be from 3pm – 4pm Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center – 405 Cottage St. Delphi, IN. Memorial Service will begin 4pm with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. A celebration of Betty Jean’s Life will immediately follow the memorial service with food and fellowship with the family at the Tribute Center. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Delphi United Methodist Church. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Robert Eugene James Sr, 83, of Monticello, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette. He was born November 19, 1936 in Rossville to Woodrow Wilson and Nina (Keller) James. Robert married Leanna Sue Everett and she passed on March 26, 1997. He then married Mary J. Kittrell who survives.
Robert retired in 1996, from Delphi Body Works in Delphi after 30 years. He had attended Cambria Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing on the radio with his mom and sister. Robert loved watching “Family Matters” with Steve Urkle. He will always be remembered as a jokester.
Along with his wife, Robert is survived by his children, Robert Eugene Jr. of Delphi, John E. (Sandra) of Delphi, Franklin W. (Sandra) of Delphi, Deidre (Kenneth) Gephart of Frankfort, Susan (Bill) Ginn of Lafayette; one sister, Karen James of Delphi; 24 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, four sisters, one grandson and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be held, Monday, March 2, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until the start of funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at Genda Funeral Home in Rossville. Pastor Brett Rogers will officiate. Burial will follow at Ball Hill Cemetery in Cutler.
Online condolences may be made at www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Royal Center Woman Crashes into Police Car During Vehicle Pursuit
Cass/Carroll Counties –ISP--2/25/2020--This morning at approximately 1:07 a.m., a vehicle pursuit by the Cass County Sheriff’s Department ended when a Royal Center women crashed into the back of an Indiana State Police car.
Today at approximately 12:48 a.m., officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department initiated a traffic stop on a 2011 Toyota Sierra minivan, which was allegedly weaving from lane to lane, on State Road 35 near State Road 24 in Cass County. The driver, later identified as Melissa K Smith, 36, Royal Center, IN, allegedly failed to stop and led the officers on an approximately 19 minute vehicle pursuit.
The chase ended when the Toyota hit the back of a 2018 Dodge Charger on State Road 25 at Rockfield Road in Carroll County. The Dodge was a fully marked Indiana State Police car driven by Trooper Andrew Smith. The police car was off the roadway blocking the Rockfield Road intersection. Trooper Smith was out of the car preparing to deploy stop sticks and narrowly avoided being struck by the two vehicles after the crash impact. Preliminary evidence indicates Melissa Smith intentionally crashed into the police car.
Melissa Smith was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital with life threatening injuries. Trooper Andrew Smith was not injured.
Trooper Smith is a three year veteran of the Indiana State Police Department.
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ISP TROOPER SMITH VEHICLE--ISP PHOTO
Patricia C. (DeVault) Nord, 94, of Delphi, formerly of Monon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Health Care Center of Delphi.
She was born November 10, 1925 in Monon to the late Charles and Mildred (Conwell) DeVault. Patricia was a 1943 graduate of Monon High School. Her marriage was to Fred Nord in August of 1965 at the Methodist Church in Idaville; Fred passed away in April of 1989.
Patricia was Ward Secretary for 13 years at Munster Community Hospital and held the same position at a hospital in Ocala, FL. Prior to her work in the hospital, Patricia worked for Woodward Shumaker in Rensselaer making car radio parts. She was a faithful member of the Monon First Baptist Church.
Patricia enjoyed spending her time knitting, crocheting, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving is a granddaughter Anette P. Boardman of West Virginia and a sister, Charlene (husband: Jack) Reppert of Rossville, IN. Also surviving are several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death along with her parents and husband is a daughter, Candace Boardman and siblings, Dixie Cade, DeVonna Jo "Tootles" Allsbury, Phillip DeVault, and Grant "Bud" DeVault.
Friends may call from 10 AM (EST) until the time of Funeral Service 11 AM (EST) Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at Clapper Family Funeral Home of Monon. Interment to follow in Bedford Cemetery of Monon.
In lieu of floral arrangements, memorial contributions may be made in Patricia's name to the American Cancer Society.
Billy Joe Ridgway, 71, of Palmetto, FL, died Fri-Feb 21, 2020 at 3:25pm at Hospice House in Bradenton, FL, after a battle with cancer. He was born April 19, 1948 in Lafayette, to the late Bazzle Ridgway, and Juanita R. Stinson Scott. His marriage was to Lisa R. Best in Bradenton, FL, on Feb 16, 2007, and she survives. He had formerly worked at IPC in Delphi for 12 years, and prior to moving back to Indiana, he had a construction business in Florida for many years. He was a 1966 graduate of Delphi High School, and was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1968-1970. He was a life member and past commander of the Delphi VFW #9383, and a life member of the AMVETS. He was a member of the Palmetto American Legion Post 309, was on the executive board, and was chairman of the house committee, for 10 years. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge in Ruskin, FL, and the Moose Lodge in Palmetto, FL. He enjoyed riding his Harley with his wife, loved to fish, enjoyed watching NASCAR, was a Duke College basketball fan, and liked the Miami Dolphins football team. He dearly loved his wife and family, and was incredibly patriotic, and loved and supported his fellow Veterans, and the great country he lived in. Surviving: wife-Lisa R. Ridgway of Palmetto, FL; daughter-Melissa & Brian Hartman of Camden; son-Rodney Grimes of Monticello; sisters-Caroline Houser of Delphi, and Judy Cline of Monticello, IL; bro-Clyde & Anna Pearson of St. Petersburg, FL; 9 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son Billy Jr., sister Linda; brother Bruce; half brother Raymond. Services: Visitation will be Friday from 1pm until his funeral service at 3pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg, with Carroll County Honor Guard providing military rites. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Indiana Sons of the American Revolution
William Henry Harrison Chapter of the Indiana Society of Sons of the American Revolution Met on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Wolcott House. Carroll County Historican and member Mark A. Smith is pictured in the center.
Willis A. Snyder, 91, of Delphi, died at his home Tuesday-Feb 18, 2020 at 7am, after a brief illness. He was born April 13, 1928 in Fountain City, to the late Floyd & Flora May Harris Snyder. His marriage was to Patricia A. Tucker in Indianapolis, on August 26, 1949, married for 70 years, and she survives. He was a 1946 graduate of Lynn High School, and a 1951 graduate of the former Frankfort Bible College. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 5-3-1946 to 6-16-1947, stationed in South Korea. He served as pastor to many churches, from 1957-1977, and was the senior pastor at the Delphi Wesleyan Church for 3 years. He then worked for the Carroll County REMC as night dispatcher and maintenance for 20 years. He drove a school bus for Delphi Community School Corp, and worked for the former Daves IGA in Delphi, and Wallmann's Grocery Store, before retiring. He enjoyed woodworking, crocheting, loved to work in his yard and the flower gardens he would have around his house. Willis was a people person, never meeting a stranger, had a contagious smile and sense of humor, that always helped in starting good conversation with people he would meet. A devout christian man, he constantly shared his faith and witnessed to many people about our good Lord and Savior Jesus. He enjoyed music, loved to sing, and could play the piano by ear. He dearly loved all his family and being with them. Surviving: wife-Patricia A. Snyder of Delphi; daughter-Cheryl & Robert Thyer of Jacksonville, FL; son-Kenneth & Jane Snyder of Cannelton; daughter-Elizabeth "Liz" & Vernon Little of Monticello; son-Jonathan & Corina Snyder of Zionsville; 15 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a daughter Virginia N. Long; 3 brother's; 3 sister's; a grandson Timothy Snyder. Services: Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until his funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Family officiating. Private family interment. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital for Children, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Virginia R. Baker Smith, 89, of Delphi, died Sunday-Feb 16, 2020 at 2:58pm at Carroll Manor Home, where she resided. She was born August 29, 1930 in Colorado Springs, CO, to the late Elza & Agnes Greenfield Baker. She was formerly married to Joseph R. Smith in Alamosa, CO, on Dec 19, 1949, and he preceded her in death on Jan 26, 2005. She attended High School in Yoder, CO. She babysat children in her home for over 20 years, and did ironing for her neighborhood friends. She lived in Flora for many years before moving to Delphi in 1991. She then worked for the Stone Barn in Delphi in housekeeping, and did shopping for the residents, and helped with activities for the Carroll County Senior Citizens, through the Carroll County Council on Aging. She was very active with the Senior group, and always ready for one of the field trips they would take. She attended the Delphi Christian Church. She loved to quilt, making several for her family and close friends. She enjoyed sewing, and making her kids clothes for them when they were younger. She liked to bowl, and was on a women's league for many years, loved to cook and bake, enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She dearly loved her family and spending time with them. Surviving: daughters-Gayle Smith of West Lafayette, Jennifer & Kent Sales of Delphi; sons-James & Melissa Smith of Lafayette, John Smith of Lafayette; sister-Pauline of Oklahoma; brother-George Baker of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren: Jamie Houser, Amy Fultz, Julia Houser, Jeremy Ragan, Jimmy Gick, Amanda Isley, Aaron Smith, Alison Million, Haley Alderman; 9 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son Joseph R. Smith Jr; 3 inf daughters; 7 brother's; 2 sister's; a granddaughter. Services: Private family services will take place. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Pastor Bob Duke officiating. Memorial contributions to Carroll Manor Home, 6409 W. 100 N. Delphi, IN 46923. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Joan “Jo” Marie Ford, 60, of Geetingsville, passed away at her home, Tuesday, February 4, 2020. She was born in Terre Haute on August 24, 1959 to Jesse and Patricia (Flora) Boyd. She was a 1977 graduate of Delphi High School. Jo served her life as a Paramedic for many counties; including Carroll, Clinton, Cass, Howard, Tippecanoe and Marion. Her heart was for serving and teaching others through the care she gave as a paramedic. She was most proud of the 17 babies that she was able to help deliver during her time as a paramedic. Jo was a member of the Brothers of the Third Wheel, Trike club and she enjoyed riding trikes, crocheting and was a lover of cats.
Jo is survived by her husband of 16 years, Fred Ford; children, Brett Wood of Jasper, Brock Wood of Gettingsville, Will Ford, Brenna Ford, Brooke Ford, and Bailey Ford all of Kokomo; sister, Beth Irwin of Jefferson, OH; aunt, Sue Stingley of Flora; three grandchildren, Chris Wood, Kasyn Taylor and Za’Rya Taylor; and one grandchild on the way, Zamora Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeremy Wood.
A memorial service will be held 3pm, Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Delphi Wesleyan Church, 508 N. Union St., Delphi, IN 46923. Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel is assisting with the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jo Ford Memorial Fund c/o Horizon Bank, 102 S. Market St., Delphi, IN 46923.
Gary G. Moore, 69, of Carroll County, IN, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 in Delphi. He was born on Jan. 18, 1951 in Logansport to Phyllis J. (Davis) Moore and the late Don R. Moore 1st. He was baptized at the Delphi Christian Church. He attended Delphi Schools and had been a member of the Boy Scouts and Little League.
When he returned home, he went to work for his Uncle James Davis and then he joined the Carpenter’s Union 215 which he still belongs to. When he retired, he took over the Food Pantry and served as the Vice President of the GUCA Food Pantry.
He loved to fish and hunt mushrooms. He was a collector of discarded relics; and loved teaching his grandchildren.
He was a member of the Carroll County Historical Society and helped move the museum in 1973 from the 3rd floor to the ground floor. He was also a member of the Indiana Pioneers Carpenter’s Union 215.
He is survived by his mother, Phyllis (Davis) Moore of Delphi; his companion of 20 years, Connie Foreman of Monticello; his children: Cody L. Moore and Chase J. Moore (Connie) of Logansport, Kinzie D. (Moore) Walker (Kenneth) of Indianapolis and Jessica Smith whom he raised as his daughter; grandchildren: Ashton and Kelsey Moore, Xavier Kirby, Jewell Chorrushi, Kyla Conklin, Brooklyn McKelvin, Addison Matthews, Isaac Diaz and Staci and Mat Strough; great granddaughter, Lilly Laine Chorrushi; a brother, Don R. Moore 2nd (Bonnie) of Flora; aunts and uncle: James R. and June Davis and Betty Dekker and Wilma Davis; nieces and nephews: Diane and Mike Brandon, Isabella Hsia, Denise and Gavin Lofftin, Johnny Hitch, Thorn Hitch Walker Hitch, John and Kim Hitch.
He was preceded by his father, Don Moore 1st, brother, Jackie D. Moore; niece, Crystal Hitch and nephew, Nathaniel Forester and uncle, Dick Davis.
Visitation will be from noon on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 to the Funeral Service beginning at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Bob Duke officiating. Burial will follow in Morning Heights Cemetery in rural Delphi.
Memorial contributions in Gary’s name may be made to the GUCA Food Pantry or Carpenter’s Union 215.
The Delphi High School Class of 1960 will have a reunion on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the Delphi Opera House. The doors will be open at 5:30 PM. We will attempt to call and send invitations. If you do not receive one, please contact Joe Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call David Beale at 765-564-3243. If you are unable to attend, please send your current contact information so that we can contact you for the next reunion.
Jackie Hitch, 68 of Delphi passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was born on July 22, 1951 in Lafayette to the late Charles & Ann (Myers) Payne. She attended Rossville Schools.
She married Richard Hitch, Sr on August 5, 1967 and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2018.
Jackie retired from Pillsbury in Lafayette as a line worker.
She enjoyed sewing and finding treasurers.
She is survived by sons: John R. Hitch (Kim) of Delphi and Rick Hitch (Jenny) of Cutler, grandsons: Bryan, J.J. Thorn, Walker Hitch; brother, Chuck Payne (Patty) of Cutler, sisters: Cindy Payne of Americus, Joyce Bolinger (Dennis) of Indianapolis and Tammy Payne of Lafayette; and 7 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Crystal and brother Billy Payne.
Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. on Friday until the beginning of the memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January, 31, 2020 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Bob Duke officiating.
Arnold Lee Abbott, 86, of Delphi, passed away Friday-January 10, 2020, at 8:55pm, surrounded by his family, at St Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, where he has resided since July-2018. He was born August 13, 1933 in Benton County, IN, to the late Coy & Mabel Claunch Abbott. His marriage was to Mary Helen Mears in Delphi at the former Methodist Church, on June 10, 1956, and she survives. He was a 1951 graduate of Gilboa High School in Benton County, and was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the United States Army from Aug. 20, 1953 until being Honorably Discharged on June 9, 1955. He started working as a clerk for the Delphi Post Office, and worked his way up through the ranks to Post Master, serving the community for 30 years, retiring in 1987. He also farmed in Deer Creek Township and raised livestock. He was a longtime and active member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, serving as a trustee, and treasurer, and was a founding member of the Wesley Wed Sunday School Class. He enjoyed traveling, Chicago Cubs Baseball, Purdue men’s basketball & football, and a longtime supporter of the Delphi Oracles. He and his wife were members of a euchre card club with several of their closest friends for many years, and he loved to hunt mushrooms in his woods. He was an active dad with his children’s activities and 4-H projects, and later in life, a proud grandpa, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and club activities. He had to root for many other college sporting programs, as his many grandkids attended several different universities, always making them feel like theirs was his favorite. He was family oriented, and loved all of the gatherings he would host at his home for whatever reason. He dearly loved his wife and children, grand & great grandchildren, extended family and many friends. His deep seeded faith in God, the quiet way he lived his life and provided for his family reflects his beliefs in the good Lord’s teachings. We are at Peace knowing he is at home with Jesus. We would like to publicly thank the entire staff at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi for their outstanding care they gave Dad and our mother during his time there. We would also like to thank Guardian Angel Hospice for their kindness and care they provided him as well. Surviving: wife-Mary Helen Abbott of Delphi; daughter-Marcia & Matt Eppers of Union, MI; daughter-Susan & Dr. Gregory Norman of Flora; son-Mark L. Abbott & Jenn Phipps of Delphi; son-Carl R. Abbott & Abby Cunningham of Monticello; daughter-Connie & Steve Myer of Delphi; sisters-Fern “Jack” & Phil Stiver of Elkhart, Geneva Dowell of Lafayette. 16 grandchildren: Jonathan Eppers, Nicholas & Allie Eppers, Christopher & Mekayla Eppers, Zachary A. Eppers, Matthew J. Eppers, Dr. Cory & Dr. Polly Norman, Dr. Cameron & Courtney Norman, Dr. Chanler & Travis Demerly, Garrett M. Abbott, Braden L. Abbott, Noah C. Abbott, Myah N. Abbott, Elah C. Abbott, Kolby S. Myer, Kain T. Myer, Kooper A. Myer; 4 great grandchildren: Gabriel E. Norman, Luke A. Norman, Andrew L. Norman, Bodie N. Eppers. Preceded in death by a granddaughter Marlee; 2 sisters Betty & Louise; 4 brother’s Farris, Coy “Dick”, Tillman, David. Services: Visitation will be Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 10:30am at the Delphi United Methodist Church, Rev. Todd Ladd & Pastor Micah Hudson officiating. Burial at Morning Heights Cemetery, Delphi, with Carroll County Honor Guard preforming Military Honors. Memorial contributions to the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Resident Fund or the Delphi United Methodist Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home & church. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Betty J. Fincher Spear, 96, of Delphi, died Tuesday-Jan 7, 2020 at 5:00pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi, where she has resided for the past 18 months. She was born December 28, 1923 in Lafayette, to her late mother and step father Elizabeth Holsclaw Williams (Glenn). Her marriage was to Carl D. Spear in Delphi, on March 27, 1948, and he preceded her in death on July 4, 2008. She attended school in Dayton. She worked for over 30 years at the former Gerber Globe Valve Corp in Delphi, retiring in 1988. She was a longtime member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, and the Friendship Circle. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing with several couples every Sunday evening. She and her family enjoyed traveling, and later in life, she and her husband wintered in Leesburg, FL for 15 years. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed bird watching, and taking care of her feeders for all the birds to enjoy. She dearly loved her family, and spending time with them. Surviving: daughters-Donna & Ron Kleckner of Monticello, Kathy & Sissil Dep of Cape Coral, FL; sons-Terry & Jeanne Spear of Austin, TX, Steve D. Spear of Delphi, Richard C. “Rick” Spear of FL. 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. Preceded in death by a son Kenny “KK” Kite; 2 granddaughters Denise & Traci; 1 brother; 6 sisters. Services: Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until her funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev Todd Ladd & Chaplin Tom Covington officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to the Delphi United Methodist Church, envelopes available at the funeral home.
Alex Milburg is a sophomore at DCHS and videographer for the DCHS football team this fall. In October, Alex went for a routine physical exam and was sent to Riley Hospital for Children only to be diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. Even during this battle, Alex has continued his attendance at DCHS. Alex has 4 siblings and his mother at home. DCHS students and staff have continued their love and support of Alex, collecting donations at games and hosting a blood drive in his name. On February 6, Alex will undergo a lengthy surgery to further his cancer free mission. Donations are needed to assist the family. You can also follow his journey on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AlexMilburgStrong/ Donations can be dropped off at DCHS or made through GoFund Me "Beating Ewing Sarcoma" https://www.gofundme.com/f/yuquqr-beating-ewing-sarcoma?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
NICHES Land Trust Celebrates 25 Years!
2/3/2020--Lafayette, Indiana--Since 1995, NICHES Land Trust has been working locally to protect, restore and sustain Northern Indiana’s ecosystems by providing habitat for native species and offering natural places for the education, appreciation and enjoyment of current and future generations.
The beginning of NICHES came on July 29th, 1994 in Lafayette, Indiana when founding members Harry Potter, Persis Newman, and Susan Ulrich met to discuss a growing local interest in protecting the quickly vanishing natural areas in the region. A big step forward for the organization happened in March of 1995 when Sycamore Audubon Society held an event to promote the idea of starting a land trust. After hearing from representatives of other established land trusts in the state, a sign-up sheet was passed around for those interested in working to form a similar group locally. Many signed on including Mike Dana, NICHES first VP, Rod Evans, the first treasurer, and other founding board members Susan Horn, Don Bickel, Greg Shaner, and Brian Tunis. Later that year, NICHES Land Trust was officially incorporated and by the end of 1996, it was up and running managing two donated properties totaling 24 acres.
Twenty-five years later, NICHES has grown to protect over 3,500 acres of land across 40+ properties and operates in a 13-county service area (headquartered in Tippecanoe Co). Founding member, Susan Ulrich, “It is amazing what has happened since we formed NICHES. It has far exceeded our expectations. NICHES takes pride in not only acquiring and protecting land from development, but also rigorously stewarding it to maximize its ecological potential. They seek to bring balance back to local ecosystems by removing invasive species, reintroducing periodic fires, managing deer populations, and fostering sensitive native plant species. In some cases, they have gone to the lengths of introducing new genetics to isolated orchid populations through hand pollination.
Throughout the organization’s history, they have heavily relied on the community being invested and playing an active role in their work. For its first 12 years, NICHES was completely run by volunteers until Executive Director, Gus Nyberg, was hired as their first employee in 2007. He shares, “This year is NICHES 25th year of working to make a difference in our community, acquiring land, creating habitat for native plants and animals as well as creating places for people to explore, grow, and connect to the natural world. We have a lot of events planned for this year to celebrate. But it won’t all be play, we will be busy working at the preserves, reducing invasive species cover, implementing controlled burns, tending rare plants, and restoring habitats.”
The final piece of the land conservation puzzle is to share the places they protect with the community. Throughout the year, NICHES hosts a number of outreach and education events to bring the community together around the work they do. One particularly meaningful event for NICHES Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Sam Cody, is hosting two weeks of Summer Adventure Camp for kids ages, 11-14 years old in June. He recounts, “Watching young eyes light up with excitement while getting muddy and having fun out on the properties is what gives me hope for the future of local conservation. The natural places we protect are perhaps one of the greatest sanctuaries and instinctive sources of inspiration for people of all ages in our community. It’s truly a humbling thing to see how far this organization has gone in the last 25 years, but it will take a village to keep the momentum going and bring these preserves back to the state they need to be in. It’s all public land and its continued health and vitality into the future will rely on the hearts and hands of the public. Getting to open children’s eyes to the beauty that exists in their own backyards is a small, but nevertheless important, step towards that ultimate goal.”
NICHES would like to thank the community; without your support they could not have protected so many acres of local natural areas. Because of you, NICHES’ future looks bright! Join one of their celebration events this year and make it out to some of NICHES 40+ properties to see firsthand what it’s all about.
Come hear from NICHES founding members at their Annual Meeting scheduled for February 15, 2020 from 4-6 pm at Ross Camp Dining Hall in West Lafayette, Indiana. RSVPs are not required but are appreciated by calling 765-423-1605 or emailing email@example.com.
(Editor's Note: In Delphi NICHES property includes the Mary I. Gerard Preserve accessible from the High Bridge Trail.)
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NICHES 2020 Board Group: Photo by Julie Rubsam. This is a photo of current and past NICHES board members. Back Row: Jason Rakoczy (current), Dan Towery, Guillermo Pardillo, Bill Herbert, Joan Mohr Samuels, George Parker, Dan McCain, Bill McFee (current), Susan Horn, Lynn Corson. Front Row: Trent Hanthorn (current), Susan Ulrich, Bonnie Maxwell, Shirley Burd.
Paint the Plow with INDOT in 2020 Applications available now to Indiana middle and high schools
INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation has launched the 2020 Paint the Plow campaign and invites Indiana schools to submit an application to participate.
Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Schools/programs will be paired with a local INDOT unit to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork representing their school. Applications and additional program details can be found here: painttheplow.indot.in.gov
In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school.
Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.
For more information or questions about the Paint the Plow campaign, visit painttheplow.indot.in.gov to find the contact information for your District.
U Indy Students Searching For Graves
--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH--
--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH--
A University of Indianapolis Team Visited the Robinson-Baum Cemetery in Delphi on Sunday, February 2, 2020 to assess a new Ground Penetrating Radar device. Because this is the earliest Cemetery in Delphi it is hoped that all graves including unmarked ones can be located and mapped.
Donald L. Beattie, 69 of Burnettsville, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at IU Health White Memorial Hospital in Monticello, IN.
Born on July 22, 1950 in Winamac, he is the son to the late Charles and Vivian (Zeek) Beattie. On May 25, 2018 in Logansport, he married Deborah Enyart who survives.
Don worked as a welder for Bryan Steam in Peru. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bonfires, and drag racing. Don loved to watch westerns and spending time with his family.
Surviving along with his wife Deborah, is a daughter, Wende (Ralph) Sheets, Peru; son, Tommie (Lori) Beattie, Peru; step daughter, Shannon (Bryan) Lowry, Lafayette; step son, John O’Connor, Royal Center; grandchildren, Shelbee (Nick) Sheridan, Ft. Bragg, NC; Tayler Hutchins, Peru; Bailee Beattie, Peru and Karsynn Beattie, Peru; great grandchildren, Aydenn, Alex, Zaiden, Zoiee and Delyla; sister, Darlene Martin, Fulton; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; his K9 companion, Max.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Gundrum Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Ever-Rest Memorial Park, Logansport.
Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday, January 29, 2020, also at Gundrum Funeral Home & Crematory.
You may sign Don’s guestbook and leave condolences for the family at www.gundrumcares.com
Joan Evelyn Slavens, 87, of Frankfort, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Wellbrook of Avon.
Joan was born to Robert E. and Bessie A. (Lohrman) Ward on August 25, 1932 in Petit, IN. She was a 1950 graduate of Delphi High School and married Ralph E. Slavens on January 12, 1952. She and Ralph raised six children and she worked at Montgomery Ward, JC Penney, and as a Department Manager at Walmart until her retirement in 1999.
She is survived by her children, Beverley Carlson of Mt. Vernon, IL, Jeffrey Slavens of Indianapolis, Douglas (Jennifer) Slavens of Wingate, John (Phyllis) Slavens of New Castle, Christine (Timothy) Newbold of Bunn, NC, and Michael Slavens of Indianapolis; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph; her parents; brother, John R. Ward; sister, Norma Lee Tyrie; an infant sister, Mary; and her son-in-law, Doug Carlson.
Joan was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was involved in the Trinity Friendship Circle. She was also a member of Ladies of the Moose. She enjoyed sewing, reading, quilting, gardening, country music, water aerobics at Wesley Manor, and texting with her children and grandchildren.
She will be remembered for the love and patience she showed her children and grandchildren and made time every day to chat and catch up. She loved flowers, collecting piggy banks, and sweet treats. She was an avid fan of the Purdue Boilermakers and Chicago Cubs. Her homemade noodles were a beloved and cherished gift at Christmas and like her, they will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 1:00 pm at Genda Funeral Home in Frankfort. Pastor Paul Whitaker will officiate. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Gilboa United Methodist Church, 8322 E. 300 N., Fowler, IN 47944 Online condolences may be made at www.gendafuneralhome.com
ATTENTION DELPHI ALUMNI
Now is the time to support our Delphi Alumni Association with a or $ 15.oo membership fee for the year or if you would prefer to pay $30 for two years membership.
As you may now that there are costs that the Alumni Association has to be an effective organization which will better our schools such as programs that we sponser. Comvocations that we feel would be beneficial to our students, Alumni Scholarships in which at least one parent or one grandparent would be an alumni in order to be a recipient of the scholarship. Wall of Distinction in which the inductee would be a role model for our students especially since all inductees speak to our students in the Little Theater about how important education is. The alumni website (class creater) that we use is not for free but is certainly worth having!
PLEASE MAIL YOUR CHECK TO JAN ISRAEL OUR ALUMNI TREASURER AT 12281 W. GRANTHAM, MONTICELLO, IN 47960
THE DATE IS OFFICIAL! All of you who attended Pittsburg Grade School should mark your calendars now for Sunday, September 20, 2020. The Pittsburg Alumni Reunion will be held at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center in Delphi. The Center will open at noon. A catered meal is planned for 1 pm. More details will follow as we move ahead toward this momentous gathering. Spread the word to your friends and family.
REUNION FOR ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL DELPHI ALUMNI, May 28, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Delphi Indiana. Alumni and former students would like to mark this occasion with a reunion at Honan Hall from 1:30-4:30 followed by a Mass for Teachers, Students, Families, and Friends of St. Joseph's School.
Doris Jean Fouts, 88, of Deer Creek, passed away at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 21 at Miller's Merry Manor in Logansport.
She was born Sept. 6, 1932 in Liberty Township, Carroll County, to the late Arthur Sr. and Nellie Bernice Been Fross. She was a 1950 graduate of Delphi High School where she was Valedictorian. Her marriage of 63 years was March 14, 1953 at Ft. Smith, Arizona, to William G. Fouts. He preceded her in death on June 11, 2016.
Doris was a homemaker. She was a member of Cass County Extension Homemakers and Cass County Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was a devoted blood donor; she donated many gallons of blood over the years. She sewed and crocheted for many years for the Deer Creek Presbyterian Women's projects. She also devotedly sewed with her granddaughter Claire on her 4-H projects for 10 years. In 1992, she and her husband Bill were the recipients of the Pharos-Tribune Good Neighbor Award.
She is survived by her daughter Gretchen (Dennis) Crum of rural Galveston; her son Eric Fouts of rural Logansport; her grandchildren Claire Crum of West Lafayette and Jared Crum of Columbus, Ohio; also surviving is a brother Arthur (Linda) Fross Jr. of Kokomo. She was preceded in death by her brother Alan Fross.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26 at the Deer Creek Presbyterian Church and funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at Deer Creek Presbyterian Church with Pastor Harry Roselle officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Deer Creek. The family requests memorial contributions to the Deer Creek Presbyterian Church or the American Red Cross. Cree Funeral Home, Camden is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ronald E. Cripe, age 79, of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, formerly of Mount Prospect, passed away January 14, 2020. Ronald was born March 25, 1940 in Delphi, IN to parents Dean and Cornelius Cripe. Ronald was a 1958 graduate of Delphi High School. He married Nancy Jo Cripe, nee Naylor on February 9, 1963. Nancy Jo passed away May 17, 2015.
Ronald is survived by his brother Vernon (Sandy) Cripe, sister Frances (the late Dwight) Lohrman. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his 4 siblings.
Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2020, 1:00 P.M. until time of Funeral Service 2:00 P.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 605 W Golf Rd, Mt Prospect, IL 60056. Interment private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church.
Rob A. Strasser, 55, of West Lafayette, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 in Lafayette. He was born March 16, 1965, in Lafayette, to Richard M. and Marjorie L. Johns Strasser. Rob graduated from Delphi High School class of 1982. He was owner and operator of Appliance Connection here in Brookston. On July 9, 2004, he married Robin K. Vitale in Ross Park West Lafayette and she survives.
Rob enjoyed sail boating on Lake Michigan,camping, and huge fan of Purdue sports. He was a person who loved to socialize and be around his family and all his friends. Always there for his family and to lend a helping hand to anyone. He will truly be missed by all who knew him and loved him.
Surviving are wife, Robin K. Strasser of West Lafayette, IN, son, Ryan Alan Strasser of Indianapolis, daughter, Kali Colby of Lafayette, son, Corey J. Schumacher of Muncie, daughter, Jennifer Cooper of Covington, daughter, Christine Vitale of Lafayette, mother, Marjorie L. Strasser, sister, Jodi Rhoades of Flora, sister, Susan Hartman of Delphi, brother, Marty Strasser of Indianapolis, sister, Brenda Moore of Lafayette, brother, Tim Strasser of Burrows, brother, Randy Strasser of Delphi. 15 grand children in which he loved them all and 15 nieces and nephews. Rob was preceded in death by his father Richard M. Strasser.
Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday at Soller- Baker Funeral Home 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette. Service will be at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Soller- Baker Funeral Home Saturday 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Lafayette. Family request casual attire please.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Delphi Oracles Athletic Dept. You may sign the guest book, leave memories and photos at www.soller-baker.com
Newly Elected Delphi Common Council Holds First Meeting
DELPHI, IN – January 8, 2020 – The newly elected members of the Delphi Common Council conducted their first meeting on January 6. Councilors Gayle Conner, Sandy Flora, Mike Isley, Spencer Kinger, and Cody Nelson assembled at 6 p.m. at the Delphi Community Center, 311 N. Washington Street, to take action on appointments, ordinances, and resolutions.
Gayle Conner was appointed as President Pro Tempore to serve as presiding officer of the Council in the absence of the Mayor. “It will be my honor to serve in this capacity over the coming year,” said President Pro Tempore Conner.
Sandy Flora was appointed to represent the Council on the Carroll County Area Plan Commission. Cody Nelson was appointed to represent the City on the Northwest Solid Waste District. Mike Isley was appointed to represent the Council on the Carroll County Administrative Transportation Committee. Kevin Gaskill and Anita Werling were appointed by the Council to serve on the Delphi Redevelopment Commission.
Mayor Evans announced appointment of Council liaisons with Councilwoman Conner appointed to the Wastewater Department, Councilwoman Flora appointed to the Water Department and Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, Councilman Isley appointed to the Police Department and Mayor’s Office, Councilman Kingery appointed to the Streets and Park Department, and Councilman Nelson appointed to the Aviation and Fire Departments. “Assignment of Council liaisons is an excellent opportunity for the newly elected officials to learn more about the departments – the personnel, day-to-day operations, current and future projects, and needs. I look forward to seeing these newly elected officials learn more about the wide range of responsibilities of each department and the efficiency and dutifulness with which city employees serve the residents of Delphi.” Evans said.
The Common Council voted to adopt an update to the City of Delphi Code of Ordinances – generally done each January to ensure all ordinances passed in the previous year are codified and the public can access the most up-to-date version of the code. The Council also voted to authorize the Mayor to update the Code of Ordinances on the City of Delphi website throughout the year so as to provide real-time updates for readers looking to learn more about the laws of the city.
The Council adopted a regular and stated meeting schedule of the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Community Center, 311 N. Washington Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923. The September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8 at 6 p.m. at the Community Center as the first Monday is Labor Day.
The Council voted to establish a Riverfront Development District. Resident Anita Werling brought the resolution forward, “With its quote of six restaurant licenses already in use, Delphi was handcuffed in attracting new restaurants to the downtown. This resolution will encourage new restaurants to open in Delphi’s historic commercial district and spur economic development and tourist attraction,” said Anita Werling.
The Council passed a resolution committing to countywide goals and will be looking at the trolley lease in the coming months.
Mary Strong passed away on Jan. 1, 2020 at Creasy Springs Health Campus in Lafayette. She was born on Feb 27, 1922 in Lafayette to the late Vernon and Gladys (Hazlett) Wagoner. She graduated from Buck Creek High School.
She married Daniel E. Sheets in 1940 and they divorced after 26 years of marriage. She married Ova Strong in 1972 and they later divorced.
Mary retired as Postmaster for the Colburn Post Office after 29 years. After retiring from their she worked for MCL Cafeteria for a few years.
She was a member of the Lafayette VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. She was also a member of the Buck Creek United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing, crocheting and loved spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her children: Sandy Baker of Akron, OH, Dennis Sheets (Debra) of Battle Ground, Stan Sheets of Crawfordsville and Cindy Anderson (Mike) of Lafayette; 6 grandchildren: Erin Gillman, Brent Sheets, Scott Sheets, Ben Sheets, Blake Anderson, and Makayla Anderson; 4 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Vivian Haak and half-brother, Vernon Wagoner, Jr.
Visitation will be on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. until the beginning of the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor David French officiating. Burial will follow in Colburn EUB Cemetery in Colburn.
Raymond D. Ward, 82, of Delphi, died unexpectedly Friday-Jan 3, 2020 at 7:30pm in Advent Hospital in Sebring, FL. He was born August 18, 1937 in Rockfield, to the late Charles & Pearl Humphrey Ward. His marriage was to Janice Coghill in Delphi, on March 17, 1957, and she preceded him in death on August 29, 1999. Ray graduated from Delphi High School in 1955. He completed the Financial Management Program with General Electric in Bloomington, IL, in 1957. He started working for GE, and after 38 years of service, he retired in 1995, he then worked for 5 years for Valmont Electric. They lived in Georgetown, IL for 38 years, and then they moved to El Paso, TX for 5 years, before moving back to Delphi in 1999. Since 2006 he has been a companion to Earleen Alvarez of Delphi, and her family Dr. David Alvarez of Ann Arbor, MI, and Suzanne & David Kennedy of Jacksonville, FL, and their families. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1963, and the Army reserves, leaving as a Staff Sergeant. He attended the Frist Presbyterian Church in Delphi. He was a member of the Delphi American Legion Post 75; Delphi IOOF Lodge 28; and the Delphi Lions Club. Raymond never met a stranger, and his smile was contagious, and you always felt better after speaking with him. He dearly loved his family, extended family, and many friends in multiple State’s. He will be truly missed by all that loved him. Surviving: sons-Harold Ward of St. Augustine, FL, Darren Ward of Delphi; brother-Silas Ward of Delphi; sister and brother in law-Pat & Bob Duff of Delphi; sisters in law-Suzanne Coghill Jones, Donna Ward, & Patricia Ward. 4 grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by 4 brothers-Charles R., Kenneth, James & Richard Ward; a sister Meredith Doolan. Services: The family will receive friends Friday-Jan 10, 2020, from 9:30am until his memorial service at 11:30am, at the First Presbyterian Church in Delphi, Pastor Grace Hammer officiating. Private family interment of his ashes at Morning Heights Cemetery, Delphi, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphi American Legion; Parkinson’s Foundation of Indiana; Carroll Manor Home, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com.
Martha Kerlin Clifford passed from this life, December 31, 2019 at Franciscan Hospital East in Lafayette one hour before the year 2020. She was the fourth of six daughters born to Frank and Mattie Kitchen Kerlin. Her sisters preceded her in death: Alberta (Charles) Beale, Florence (Todd) Wikle, Dottie (Bud) Ryder, Francis June, and Rozella Mears.
Martha was always proud to be a member of the Flora High School class of 1943.
After high school, she lived in Indianapolis for fourteen years, working at Indianapolis Life, Hoosier Mortgage Service, Veterans Administration Regional Office, and Royal McBee. While at Royal McBee, she trained employees of Brown Rubber Company and Fairfield Manufacturing on the LGP-30, one of the earliest computers.
In 1957, Martha married James Richard Clifford of Delphi, IN, who preceded her in death in 1971. Together they had three children: Frank Andrew (Drew) Clifford, who preceded her in death in 2018, James Hugh Clifford, and Suzanne Clifford. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Samantha and Francesca of Denver, CO. Martha remained close with the Clifford family throughout her life.
In 1980, Martha moved from Delphi to Lafayette, Indiana, where she retired from Dimension Cable. For ten years, from 1990 to 1999, she lived in Denver, Co, where she retired from Citibank. Since 2000 Martha has resided mainly in West Lafayette, IN. She enjoyed living at the Friendship House and with her children in West Lafayette. She also enjoyed travelling the world with her daughter. You can see her on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Marthatravels
Martha was always a great team player. She made everyday activities seem fun and indulgent. She will be missed greatly.
She wished to be cremated and private services will be held at a later date. Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center - 405 Cottage St., Delphi, IN 46923 assisting family with arrangements. Share memories and condolences online at hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Ryan J. Baughman, 42, of Delphi, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019 in Lafayette. He was born April 26, 1977, in Lafayette.
Ryan graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1995 and served in the Army from 1996 to 2000. Ryan was a HVAC Techinician for JL Anderson Heating and Cooling and most recently for D. A. Dodd. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, NRA, NAHA and HBA. Ryan enjoyed hunting, fishing, mens league softball and darts.
Surviving are his children Dakota A. (Aden) Bruhy of Mitchell, Hunter R. Baughman of Reynolds, grandsons Grayson and Lane Bruhy. Also surviving is his mother Katherine (James) Riegle of Lafayette, brother Christopher (Rachel) Baughman of Burnettsville, and nephew Justin Baughman of Clarks Hill. Ryan was preceded in death by father Louis Baughman.
Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. Private inurment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project in Ryan's memory. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com
Frances L. Latta Ashley, 99, of Delphi, died Monday-Dec 23, 2019 at 2:05pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi. She had resided there for the past 4 months. She was born January 6, 1920 in Findlay, OH, to the late David & Myrtle Lightfoot Latta. Her marriage was to the Rev. Donald W. Ashley in Findlay, OH, on August 30, 1942, and he preceded her in death on August 6, 2001. She was a 1938 graduate of Findlay High School. In 1943 she received her Bachelor of Scared Literature from the former Chicago Evangelical Institute. From 1968-1973 she taught speech at the CDC School in Monticello. She also was the activities director at the former Birchwood Manor Nursing Home in Delphi for 3 years. She loved being a ministers wife, and was very active in the churches they served together. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, Delphi United Methodist Women, and the Light Circle. She belonged to the North Indiana Ministers Spouse Organization. She was a member of the Delphi Preservation Society, the Delphi Art Club, and the Wabash & Erie Canal Association. She enjoyed water color painting, sewing, cross stitch, and crafts. She was a former Girl Scout Leader & 4-H leader. She loved bird watching, and being outdoors'. She dearly loved her family, and spending time with her grand & great grandchildren. Surviving: daughter-Shirley Ashley Couts of Greenwood; son-Garold & Petrine Ashley of Chicago, IL; daughter-Joycelin G. Brinkmeyer of Evansville. 8 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren. Foster daughter-Lois Lubiens of Fullerton, ND. Preceded in death by 2 sister's; a granddaughter & great granddaughter. Services: Visitation will be Saturday-Jan 4, 2020 from 11am until her funeral service at 1pm at the Delphi United Methodist Church, 1796 N. US 421, Delphi, IN 46923, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating, burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Delphi United Methodist Church or the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, Lebanon, envelopes will be available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
McCain Promoted to Delphi Chief of Police
Mullins hired as Criminal Investigator
for the Prosecutor’s Office
DELPHI, IN – January 6, 2020 – On January 7, 2020 Delphi Chief of Police Steve Mullin will be stepping down from his position with the City of Delphi. Steve has accepted a position with the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office as their Criminal Investigator.
Steve came to the Delphi Police Department in April of 2014 after completing 24 years with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. While serving with the Sheriff’s Department, Steve served his last 7 years as their department’s detective and polygraph operator. While with the Delphi Police Department, Steve not only ran the day to day operations of the department but was instrumental in clearing several criminal cases within the City of Delphi.
“Chief Mullin has been an invaluable asset to the City of Delphi for the last five and a half years. He is a model of professionalism and integrity and it has been an honor to work with him,” Evans said. “His work ethic is unparalleled and he epitomizes the values of leadership and public service. It is bittersweet to see Chief Mullin accept the position with the Prosecutor’s Office but I am grateful he will continue to serve the citizens of Delphi and Carroll County in his new role.”
“It has been my great honor and pleasure to have been able to have served the citizens of Delphi as police chief over the last five and a half years. It is my hope this new role at the Prosecutor's Office will allow me to continue to be of service to citizens of Delphi and throughout the community,” said Chief Mullin.
Prosecutor Nicholas McLeland said, “I am excited to have such a qualified member of law enforcement join the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office as our Criminal Investigator. I believe his knowledge and experience will help us better prepare our cases for trial and allow us to explore additional options to further curb criminal behavior in the community. The safety and well-being of the members of our community are my office’s highest priority. With Steve’s assistance, I know we can continue to strive towards that goal.”
Mayor Shane Evans has promoted Sergeant Brook L McCain to the position of Chief of Police. Chief McCain joined the Delphi Police Department as a Patrolman in August 8, 1990. In February 2001 Patrolman McCain was promoted to the position of Sergeant which he has held until now.
“It has been a privilege working with Steve during his time at the Delphi Police Department. Steve is a very thorough investigator and will be a great asset to the Prosecutor’s Office. Steve has also tried to instill those same practices in everyone at the Delphi Police Department. I’m looking forward to building on those practices and making the Delphi Police Department even better in the future,” said Sergeant McCain.
Patrolman First Class Colin Deckard has been promoted to the position of Sergeant. Sergeant Deckard joined the Delphi Police Department as a Patrolman August 26, 2013.
Laura T. Baker, 84 of Delphi passed away on Dec. 30, 2019 at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette. Laura was born on Dec. 7, 1935 in Moberly, Missouri to the late Murray and Helen (Gilhams) Tesh. She was a 1953 graduate of Camden High School. She received her Bachelors degree from Indiana University and her Masters degree from Purdue University.
She married Daniel G. Baker on Dec. 30 1956 and he preceded her in death on June 27, 2011.
Mrs. Baker taught English at Delphi Community High School for 27 years.
She was a former member of the Delphi Community School Board, life member of Sigma Kappa Sorority at Indiana University, a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, a member of the St. Matthews Lutheran Church where she served an organist.
Laura enjoyed playing bridge, music, reading and when she was in her 50’s, she loved scuba diving.
She is survived by her children: Pat Baker (Janet) of Delphi, and David Jay Baker (Debbie) of Sturgis, Michigan; daughter-in-law, Jill Baker of Terre Haute and a brother, Tom Tesh (Bonnie) of Caliente, NV; special cousin, Nancy Wagner of Lafayette; grandchildren: Nathan Baker (Mia), Scott Baker (Erica), Julie Moyers (A.J.), Alex Baker, Bernie Baker (Liz) and 6 great grandchildren.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Paul Baker.
Friends and family will gather from Noon until the beginning of the 1:00 p.m. Memorial Service on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2019 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Rev. John Westfall will officiate.
Memorial contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Delphi City Officials Sworn In
DELPHI CITY OFFICIALS effective on January 1, 2020, are pictured after being sworn into office this week by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Diener. Left to right are Gayle Conner, District 3 Council; Mike Isley, District 2 Council; LeAnne Aldrich, Clerk-Treasurer; Judge Diener; Shane Evans, Mayor; Cody Nelson, District 1 Council; Sandy Flora, District 4 Council; and Spencer Kingery, At-Large Council. Mayor Evans and Clerk-Treasurer Aldrich were re-elected in the November 2019 municipal election, and all Council members are serving their first term in Office.
Leila Geraldine Humberd of Winona Lake, Indiana went to her long-awaited Heavenly home at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2019. She passed away at Mason Health and Rehab in Warsaw, Indiana at the age of 97.
She was born on July 23, 1922 in Madison Township in Carroll County, Indiana to Hannah Inez (Ridder) Clawson and Leonard H. Clawson. On November 10, 1946 she was married to Paul Russell Humberd. They shared 59 years of marriage together before he passed away on September 27, 2005.
Leila was a 1940 graduate of Delphi High School. She worked as the purchasing agent for Globe Valve Corp. in Delphi, Indiana for 8 years, and later she worked in the Carroll County Clerks and Treasury office in Delphi. After marrying Paul, they farmed for over 40 years. Leila remembers taking many meals to Paul in the fields so he could continue working well after dark. After retiring from farming, Paul and Leila lived part of each year in Ft. Myers, Florida. They traveled around the U.S. and to other countries, including locations where Paul served during his four years in World War II. She was a member of the Flora, Indiana Grace Brethren Church and later Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. She lived a wonderful 97 years and was able to leave behind many memories for her family to remember her by. Leila will be dearly missed and forever loved.
She leaves behind her son: Stephen (Shirley) Humberd (Arlington, Texas); daughter: Susan (Rick) Brundage (Winona Lake, Indiana); two grandchildren: Noelle (Jim) Daley (Warsaw, Indiana); Nathan Brundage (Winona Lake, Indiana); and two great-grandchildren: Addisyn and Keira Daley (Warsaw, Indiana). Also surviving is her sister: Kathleen Cleaver (Rossville, Indiana). She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Paul Humberd in 2005, and a brother, Wayne Clawson of Delphi, Indiana.
Leila's life will be celebrated with a funeral service at 12:00 noon on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, Indiana and officiated by Pastor Tom Miller. Friends and family may visit prior to the service from 10:30-12:00 noon at the funeral home. Burial will follow with a graveside service at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw.
Memorial donations in Leila's name may be directed to Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 and would be appreciated by the family.
Robert “Bob” D. Cripe, age 85, of Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and a 1952 graduate of Delphi High School, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2019 while surrounded by loving family, after a short battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by devoted wife of 56 years, Iada. Survived by son, Daniel; granddaughters, Erin (Chris) Pickar and Lauren Cripe; great-grandchildren, Michael Hodge, Madelyn and Miles Pickar, and Maeve McGuire.
Bob was a proud US Air Force Veteran, who retired after 40 years of service. He will be remembered as an active member and volunteer of his local community.
Visitation 9-11 AM with Memorial Service beginning at 11 AM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN, 55016. Interment with military honors to follow at Cottage Grove Cemetery.
Lewis Reid Sales, 91, a life-long resident of Delphi passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019 at his home.
He was born December 14, 1928 in Delphi, to the late Lewis and Catherine (Morrow) Sales. Reid's proudest professional achievement was establishing Reid Sales Music in 1947, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 2000. Since his retirement, the company has been owned and operated by his eldest son, Mark Sales, and his two children, Brittany and Jonathan. He was also the inventor of the Ultimate Pool Table Mover, which was sold worldwide. He served his country for 18 years as a Master Sargent in the National Guard; and was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
On December 28, 1957 he married the love of his life, Marjorie Louise Brooks. They spent many winters together at their home in Ponce Inlet, Florida. She preceded him in death on January 5, 1999.
Reid is survived by his three children: Mark Sales, Diana Sales Dittman (Husband: Kevin), and Michael Sales (Wife: Lora). He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jonathan Sales, Brittany Sales Phillips (Husband: Ben), Brandon Dittman (Wife: Christine), Bryan Dittman, Andrew Dittman, Ashley Dittman, Joshua Sales, Zachery Sales, and Brooke Sales.
Along with his wife, Marjorie, he is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Regina (Husband: Robert Coomey) and brother Patrick Sales.
Visitation will be held from 12pm - 2pm Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center - 405 Cottage St, Delphi, IN. Funeral service will begin at 2pm with Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be directed to the American Foundation for the Blind or American Breast Cancer Awareness. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Another Cabin Going Up At Wabash & Erie Canal Park
The Monday-Wednesday-Friday construction crew at the Wabash & Erie Canal Park in Delphi is nearing completion of the third cabin to be finished in the last 15 months. It will serve as an overnight or weekend rental space for visitors wanting to experience living in a rustic cabin.
Mac and Chase work on filling in the gable ends of the loft. These round logs differ from most of other cabins in our Park. They came from Pittsburg across the Wabash River originally as part of the Monon Railroad crossing. These logs were salvaged the first time before WWII. The second time the logs were used they were to frame a house built near Oakdale Dam on Lake Freeman. Third time is a charm as they now become a cabin in Canal Park.
Volunteers are always welcome to come and assist on projects which make the Canal Park a very unique and wonderful place. Feel free to come by on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and join in!
Mary E. Yoder Holsinger, 90, of rural Delphi, died Wednesday-Dec 25, 2019 at 10:20 pm, in Brookville., OH. She was born July 13, 1929 in Carroll County, IN, to the late Daniel J & Anna Bowerman Yoder. Her marriage was to Lloyd D. Holsinger, in Carroll County on her parents farm, Oct 10, 1948, and he preceded her in death on Dec 21, 2013. She was a member of the Deer Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Church near Camden.
She had worked at Peters-Revington Furniture Factory in Delphi, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, caring for her many flowers around their home, and crocheting. She and her husband wintered in Lakeland, FL for many winters. Surviving: daughters: Sharol & Roland Kessler of Rossville, Wanda & Kent Brubaker of Birnamwood, WI, Teresa & Dennis Garber of Lewisburg, OH. 17 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. Preceded in death by 2 brothers & 3 sister's. Services: Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 29th from 2pm-5:00pm & 6pm-8pm at the Deer Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Church near Camden. Funeral service will be Monday, Dec. 30th at 10am at the church, with home brethren officiating. Burial at Musselman Cemetery, Camden. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Jane Cruz passed away peacefully at home on December 21 from ovarian cancer after a courageous struggle. Her life began December 17, 1948 in Richmond, Indiana as the child of Floyd and Gladys (Laughlin) Freeland. Her birth mother died before she was 2 and she was raised by her father and stepmother (Dorothy Miller) in a loving family. Graduating from Whitewater HS she went on to complete a degree in social studies from Ball State University in 1970 working throughout her time in school.
After college Jane began working as a social worker for unwed teen mothers. It was during this time she met and later married Michael Cruz on St. Patrick's Day (March 17, 1973) in Indianapolis. Over the course of their marriage she had two children, Annie and Ben, and nurtured her family with intelligence and kindness. She continued working in social services with emotionally impaired children before shifting to library work. A lifelong bookworm she loved sharing her enthusiasm with patrons and found the work to be richly rewarding. She retired last December from the Delphi Public Library and Northwest Carroll branch as the reference librarian after 20+ years of service. Jane actively supported her husband's work with developmentally disabled individuals throughout his career and was very concerned about environmental and social justice issues. Jane was a low-key individual with an easy sense of humor and great compassion for everyone. She enjoyed music, WBAA and all things British. She loved animals in general with a deep affection for her Corgi's and rescue kitties as well as watching hummingbirds out her window. A friend said she was "beautiful inside and out" -- so true!
Jane is survived by her children: Annie Cruz Porter (Andy), Ben (Erin), sisters: Marylou Freeland - Fountain City, IN, Marie Freeland - Sacramento, CA, Betsy Renyer (Don) - Tucson, AZ and Leah (Sherry) Freeland - Indianapolis; brothers Kent (Donna) Freeland - Richmond, IN and Phil (Jo) Freeland - Spokane, WA. Jane had one grandchild: Mark Cruz Porter in addition to many nieces and nephews who were close to her. Brother and sister in law Paul Cruz (Mary) - Evansville, IN and Vicki Cruz - Evansville, IN. Dear friends of Jane; Marilyn Leigh of West Lafayette, and Mary Heinzman of Hanover Park, IL. Her parents, stepmother as well as a brother, Tom, preceded her in death. The family will receive friends on Friday-Dec. 27, 2019, from 4pm-7pm, at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphi Public Library or CDC of Monticello, envelopes available at the funeral home. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH--
A new Flagpole was dedicated on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at Delphi American Legion Post 75. The Post is located in Pittsburg.
--MIKE STOMBAUGH EDITORIAL IMAGE FOR THE JOURNAL
--by Michael G. Griffey
Probably the most stressful experience as Editor of The Journal in Delphi was the issue of the pollution of Deer Creek by the City of Delphi in 1991.
There were dead fish below the sewage plant. But the administration of the City claimed that the water was fine. They even had their Purdue University "expert" who said the water was fine.
But it was a lie. The expert was a friend of the Mayor and actually rinsed the test tubes with chlorine before testing...which killed any bacteria in the water.
I went to independent sources who had valid tests. Obviously if fish are dying and floating on the water there is a problem even if they said there was not. I went to the late Congressman Jim Jontz who was too busy trying to save the spotted owl in Oregon to worry about his own district in Indiana. And then I went to Senator Richard Lugar, whose office embraced my concern.
They asked the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) investigate. They tested fish that were swimming before the treatment plant and ones after the treatment plant. Obviously there was severe pollution of Deer Creek by the City of Delphi.
I received thanks from the office of Senator Lugar and IDEM. I received serious hate from the Mayor's and Congressman's Office. So much so, that I took a week off just to drive with no destination in mind to clear my own mind before returning to work.
The cartoon was one that my friend Mike Stombaugh made for The Journal. We were hated by the establishment, but it was the right thing to do. I believe the reason so many people who call themselves Journalists today lie is because it is easy. It is not easy to tell the truth.
Day After Christmas Trail Walk
--MARK A. SMITH PHOTO--
There Will Be A Post Christmas Walk on December 26th, 2019 at 1:00-Meeting at Canal Park. Depending on the Weather, There Will Be A Short Walk at Canal Park and a Longer Excursion to the High Bridge and Monon Trail.
Stephen Dale “TT” McLeland, 63, a life-long resident of Delphi passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at his residence surrounded by family and loved ones.
He was born September 22, 1956 in Lafayette to James Richard and Doris Lucille (Heiny) McLeland. He was a 1974 graduate of Delphi Community High School. TT worked as a Boiler Operator for Cole Harwood for 8 years.
He was a member of the Antique Tractor Club of Carroll County. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.
TT is survived by his children: Nicholas C. McLeland of Delphi, Nicole McLeland of Loganpsort and Niedra McLeland of Delphi; parents Dick and Doris McLeland of Delphi; brothers Michael Richard “Mac” McLeland, Scott David (wife Renee) McLeland and Martin Wayne “Marty” McLeland all of Delphi. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Kash Long, Parker J. and Emersyn M. McLeland.
He is preceded in death by one brother Mark E. “Blondie” McLeland.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 4pm – 7pm Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center – 405 Cottage St, Delphi, IN. Service will begin at 7pm with Dave Smith officiating. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be directed to the Antique Tractor Club of Carroll County. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Eleodoro Lorenzo-Ormas, 88, of Delphi passed away on Dec. 14, 2019 St. Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette.. Eleodoro was born on Sept. 28, 1931 in Cuba to the late Manuel Lorenzo and Anna Oramas. He was a retired farmer. He married Manuela Olivia Valdez-Carrero and she survives. No services are planned at this time. Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi.
Flash Sale at Turkey Run Inn in beautiful Turkey Run State Park
Just $59.99 for any inn room (excludes Overlook Cabin and the Roost) for the month of December. Any day of the week!
You will also want to check out the kids eat free special (off of kids menu) with an adult entree purchase.
View the website for more information or to make reservations using the DASH rate or call our friendly agents at 1.877.LODGES 1.
(New reservations only. Cannot be used for groups. Offer ends Jan. 1, 2020)
And don’t forget about our Holiday Gift Pack. This offer ends Dec. 31, 2019. For just $99 you receive a state park entrance permit, a $65 inn or camp gift card, and a 1 year subscription to Outdoor IN magazine for a savings of $31. https://stores.innsgifts.com/holiday-packs/
Christmas Eve Buffets at all 7 state park inns
Join us on Christmas Eve for a delicious meal and some tasty desserts! Maybe take a hike or hang out near the cozy fireplace.
Mary V. Sizemore, 82, of Delphi passed away Sunday, December 8, 2019 at her residence.
She was born February 12, 1937 in Tompkinsville, KY to Dewey and Jewel (Botts) Wright. On July 7, 1971 she married Kinley (Kenny) F. Sizemore in Delphi, and he preceded her in death in 2007.
She worked for Globe Valve Industries for twenty-seven years as a production line worker.
Mary was a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed collecting figurines, and spending time with her beloved family.
She is survived by her children Theresa Loy and Darell Loy of Delphi; sister Jarene (Jim) Landis of Lafayette, IN; two grandchildren Darrell Loy Jr, Amanda Loy Lanum; three great- grandchildren Adam, Kimberly, Eli Loy; two step-grandchildren.
Mary is preceded in death by husband; parents, and five siblings.
Visitation will be 12p- 2pm Friday, December 13, 2019 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center - 405 Cottage St Delphi, IN 46293. Funeral service will begin at 2pm. Burial at Spring Vale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association. Please share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Elizabeth Anne "Beth" McClammy Reed, 54, of rural Delphi, died at her home Sunday-December 1, 2019 at 11:20am, after a 2 year battle with cancer. She was born May 19, 1965 in Mobile, AL, to her late father Carl Wayne McClammy and her mother Iris Tippin Weaver, who survives. Her marriage was to Alan D. Reed in Delphi, on May 24, 1991, and he survives. She was a 1983 graduate of Theodore High School in Theodore, AL. She had worked at the former Peters-Revington Furniture Factory in Delphi, for 5 years, then was self employed cleaning private homes for many years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Pittsburg, where she taught the Prims Sunday school class for 20 years, and was very active with the church's community outreach programs. She enjoyed crafts, and camping. She loved helping people in need. She enjoyed her cats, and liked being outdoors. She dearly loved her family, and all the activities they would do together. Surviving: husband-Alan D. Reed of Delphi; son-Noah C. Reed of Delphi; daughter-Kirsten E. Reed of Delphi; son-Micah D. Reed of Delphi; mother & stepfather-Iris & Paul Weaver of Mobile, AL; half sisters: Sandra Neyman of Gulf Breeze, FL, Lisa Laseter of Inman, SC, Jennifer Joyce "JJ" Huggins of Mobile, AL; half brothers-Carl McClammy of Mobile, AL, Jeff Weaver of Suffix, VA; mother in law-Bertha Jean Reed of Delphi; stepmother-Judy McClammy of Mobile, AL. Preceded in death by grandparents Nola McClammy & Eleanor Tippin. Services: Visitation will be Thursday from 11am until her funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Brent Oliver officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Elsie G. Myers
Elsie G. Myers, 92, passed away on Nov. 22, 2019 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Delphi. Elsie was born on April 12, 1927 in Yeoman, Indiana to the late Harry Galen and Ruth Victoria (Ballard) Overly. She attended Yeoman schools until 8th grade and was a 1945 graduate of Monticello High School.
She married Robert Lewis Myers on Sept. 16, 1950 and they later divorced.
Elsie had worked and managed Carroll County Abstract and Title Co. She received her real estate license in 1965 and became a broker in 1966. She established Myers Real Estate in 1967 and owned and operated it until 1993. Elsie was co-founder of the Carroll County Board of Realtors and served in several offices in that organization.
Elsie was a charter member of the Wabash an Erie Canal Association. She received the Samuel Milroy Award in 1992. She was honored as a Carroll County Realtor of the Year in 2001. She was also a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, Delphi American Legion Auxiliary, Delphi VFW Auxiliary and Delphi Rotary.
She enjoyed antique collecting, reading, and enjoyed her family.
She is survived by her children: Robert B. Myers (Beth) and Debra Been, both of Delphi; grandchildren: Chad Myers (Jennifer) of Camden, Craig Myers (Cassey) of Delphi, Celsie Myers of Delphi, Brandon Been of Delphi and Kyle Smith of Frankfort; great grandchildren: Caleb Myers, Coy Myers, MacKinzie Myers, Chase Almager, Cylie Sears, Caitlyn Sears, and Jordan Smith.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Fry, infant sister, Beatrice Overly and brother, Warren Overly.
Visitation will be from 1:30 pm until the 3:30pm funeral service on Nov. 27, 2019 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Rev. John Westfall will officiate. Burial will be in Yeoman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Elsie’s memory may be made to the CDC Resources in Monticello or the Delphi VFW Auxiliary.
Jesse A. Kelly, 71 of Delphi passed away on Nov. 19, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
Jesse was born on May 27, 1948 in Delphi to the late Jesse Vernon and Lova (McManus) Kelly. He attended schools in Delphi.
Mr. Kelly was formerly employed at Lahr Ford and Kreig Motors in Delphi and was semi retire, working at Carquest Automotive in Delphi.
He married Macle Donaldson in Sept. 1977 in Delphi and she survives.
Also surviving are his daughters: Deloris Pitts (Ernest) of Flora and Kari-ann Parks (Dennis) Of Delphi and son, Jesse Kelly (Shannon) also of Delphi; sister, Charlotte White (Alan) of Delphi and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded by his parents, 4 brothers: Mike, Terry, Gene, and Jeff.
Jesse enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren’s sports activities.
Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 22 from 4:00 pm until the 7:00 pm memorial service at Hickory Grove Church in Delphi. Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Burial will take place at a later date in IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg.
Memorial contributions in Jesse’s memory may be made to the Hickory Grove Missions or the Indiana Donor Network.
Joseph K. "Joe" Leinberger, 84, of Delphi, passed away Sunday-Nov 17, 2019 at 10:07am, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born May 13, 1935 in Monessen, PA, to the late Karl & Maria Vanoy Leinberger. His marriage was to Mildred "Mim" Meluch in Charleroi, PA, on September 8, 1956, and she survives. He was a 1953 graduate of Charleroi High School, in PA, and a U.S. Army Veteran serving from August 1953 to August 1956, a Corporal, stationed in Ft. Belvoir, VA. He worked for many years as a mechanic at International Harvester in Lafayette, the former Jackson, Lee, & Pearson John Deer Dealer (now Tri Green Tractor) in Flora, and for the former D.A. Garrison in Delphi. He also was a self employed mechanic, and farmed and raised cattle in Carroll County. He was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello, and had sung in the church choir. He enjoyed NASCAR and Indy Car auto racing, and loved country music. He loved mechanics, and could fix or build anything that he needed on his farm, or for his many clients. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to his neighbors and farming friends, whenever the need would arise. He dearly loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them. Surviving: wife-Mildred "Mim" Leinberger of Delphi; daughter-Mimi & John Woodhouse of Lucerne; daughter-Betty & Mike Schulz of Demorest, GA; son-Joe & Penny Leinberger of Marshall, IL; son-Bill & Mary Leinberger of Woodbury, MN; daughter-Rita & John Calloway of Carmel; daughter- Bernadette (Sister Mary Rosanna) Leinberger of Gypsum, CO; son-Alan Leinberger (Janee' Arnold) of Indianapolis; special friends-Sam & Brenda Johns; John & Trisha Davis; Doug & Stephanie Willy; Carl & Pat Holeman; and many others too numerous to mention. 9 grandsons & 5 granddaughters; 12 great grandchildren survive. Preceded in death by a inf son Robert Leinberger; brother Theodore Leinberger; sisters Mary Helzesour & Margot Leinberger; brother Herb Leinberger; Services: visitation will be Thursday from 10am until his funeral mass at 12pm at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Monticello. Monsignor Robert Sell officiating. Burial at Pleasant Run Cemetery, rural Carroll County. Memorial contributions to the St. Joseph Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325, firstname.lastname@example.org. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Carroll County ORV accident results in fatality
For immediate release: Dec. 1, 2019
UPDATE: Carroll County ORV accident results in fatality
Indiana Conservation Officers have identified the operator and passenger from the off-road vehicle accident that occurred early yesterday morning.
The operator of the ORV was Quentin Smith, age 25, of Lafayette. The passenger was Derek Hufford, age 25, of Lafayette.
Conservation Officers remind the public of the importance of wearing a helmet and other safety equipment when riding an ORV and the dangers of operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
DNR--Cutler, IN, 11/30/2019-- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident that resulted in the death of a passenger.
This morning (Saturday, 11/30) at approximately 1:20 a.m., Carroll County emergency dispatch received a 911 call of an ORV accident involving injury in the 5000 block South on 100 West. Conservation Officers and other first responders located the passenger of the machine on the ground and unresponsive.
The operator of the side by side ORV told officers he was traveling northbound on County Road 100 W when he attempted to turn into a driveway, missed the driveway, and crossed over a drainage ditch. The operator then lost control and the machine began to roll, ejecting the passenger.
Neither occupant was wearing a helmet or seatbelt at the time of the accident. The operator was transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette to be evaluated. The passenger was pronounced deceased on scene by the Carroll County coroner.
In addition to excessive speed, alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in the accident. The operator was arrested on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated causing death, operating an ORV at unreasonable speed, and operating an ORV under the influence of alcohol.
Names of all involved parties are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Initial charges will be reviewed by the Carroll County prosecutor.
Assisting agencies include Carroll County Sheriff Department, Flora Police Department, Cutler Fire Department, Carroll County EMS, Carroll County Emergency Dispatch, and the Carroll County Coroner.
As We Approach The 3rd Year Anniversary of the Flora Fire
November 21st of 2016, four young girls lost their lives at an arson fire in Flora, IN. Three years later, the Indiana State Police continues to utilize State, Local, County and Federal resources to accomplish our goal. We will continue to actively investigate all tips and leads available to us and work to bring justice for Keyana, Keyara, Kerriele and Kionnie. We encourage anyone with knowledge about this crime to contact Detective Brock Russell or Detective Ben Rector at 765-567-2125.
THE DATE IS OFFICIAL! All of you who attended Pittsburg Grade School should mark your calendars now for Sunday, September 20, 2020. The Pittsburg Alumni Reunion will be held at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center in Delphi. The Center will open at noon. A catered meal is planned for 1 pm. More details will follow as we move ahead toward this momentous gathering. Spread the word to your friends and family.
Jon D. Marler, 49, of Columbus, OH, formerly of West Lafayette, died unexpectedly Tuesday-Nov 12, 2019 at 12:29pm at his residence. He was born January 30, 1970 in Kokomo to David R. Marler, and his mother Esther Wilson Conklin, who survive. He was a 1989 graduate of Harrison High School, and a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving 6 years, stationed in Pensacola, FL and Guam, as a IT security specialist. He worked in the IT field for several different companies. He attended Crossing Community Church in Columbus, and was very active with their men's group, and participated in several community service projects through his church. He enjoyed cooking, especially his homemade salsa. He liked to visit state parks, being outside enjoying nature, and photography while exploring whichever park he was in. He enjoyed the Indianapolis Colts, and Chicago Cubs, he also liked to watch WWE wrestling. Surviving: daughters-Meagan E. Marler of Delphi, Rebecca R. Marler of Zionsville; sons-Jeff Crowder & Sara Young of Columbus, OH, Randy Hoffman & Alyson Jackson of Flora; father-David R. Marler of West Lafayette; mother-Esther Wilson Conklin of Smithville, TN; sister-Coreliss & Richard Graves of Morgantown; paternal grandma-Marjorie Marler of Franklin; half sister-Ashley Guess of Smithville, TN; sister-Denise & Larry King of Florida; brothers-Stephen Wisehart of Kentucky, Kenny & Misty Day of Kentucky; biological mother-Ann Stanley; 5 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his paternal grandpa Raymond Marler; maternal grand parents Helen & Harold Wilson. Services: The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 11am until his memorial service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Chad Pumpelly officiating. Military Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard. Private family burial. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to any recovery program of the donors choice. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Roberta Alice Popejoy Mattio, 71, of Savannah Lakes Village, wife of the late Dennis A. Mattio, died Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the Hospice House in Greenwood. She was born in Muskegon, MI to the late Robert Z. and Martha Goff Popejoy of Delphi, Indiana.
Berta, as she was affectionately known, graduated from Delphi, IN schools and later attended Ball State University. She retired from Social Security Administration after 30 years of service as an account manager. An active member of the Women’s Golf Association in Savannah Lakes Village, Berta spent many happy hours on the golf course. When not on the golf course, you could find her planting flowers in her yard. During the Christmas holiday, she would spend hours in her kitchen baking dozens of cookies for neighbors and family. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband and parents, Berta was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Schock and two grandsons, Jeremiah and Zachery of Delphi, Indiana.
She is survived by her brother, Tom Popejoy (Deb) and their children, Mark Popejoy (Tara) and Laura Sewell (Mike); a grandson, Andrew Smith; and her sister-in-law, JoEllen Wolsko (John) and their children, Kevin and Emily Wolsko.
Services will be announced at a later date.
A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.harrisfuneral.com.
Harris Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Abbeville is assisting the Mattio family.
Evans Re-Elected Delphi Mayor
Aldrich Re-Elected Clerk-Treasurer
All New City Council To Take Office In January
Delphi Mayor Shane Evans and City Clerk-Treasurer LeAnne Aldrich both won easy re-election on Tuesday, November 6, 2019, in the General Elections. They will be joined in January with an all-new City Council as none of the current officeholders ran for re-election on those races.
RESULTS: Mayor, Evans (I) 435, Seward (R) 266; Clerk-Treasurer, Aldrich (D) 403, Dellenbach (R) 293; Council At Large, Kingery (R) 580; District 1 Council, Nelson (R) 577; District 2 Council Isley (I) 371, Myers (R) 319; District 3 Council, Conner (R) 278, Werling (I) 264, Strasser (D) 155; District 4 Council, Flora (I) 368, Gaskill (R) 317.
It was the first time that multiple Independent candidates have run for City office in Delphi, and three of the four Independent Candidates were successful. One Democrat and three Republicans also were among the winners.
The Germond Family welcomes you to join them in celebrating Mama Joanne Germond's light, love, and legacy in her most beloved outdoor spot on Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., Wabash & Erie Canal Center, Delphi, Indiana.
DELPHI CITY ELECTIONS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, to elect who will serve as Mayor and City Council members for the City of Delphi over the next four years.
Candidates for the Office of Mayor are Shane Evans, Independent, and Dale Seward, Republican. Evans is oompleting his first term as Mayor, and Seward has served a term as a member of the City Council.
Running for City Clerk-Treasurer are incumbent LeAnne Aldrich, Democrat, competing against Dee Dellenbach, Republican.
Beginning in January 2020, the City Council will have all new members, as no current members of the Council are on the ballot for those positions. There are uncontested Candidates in City Council District 1, where Cody Nelson will be the new member, and City Council At-Large where Spencer Kingery will serve. There are contested races in the remaining Districts.
District 2, Denny Myers, Republican and Michael Isley, Independent.
District 3, Gayle Connor, Republican; Randy Strasser, Democrat and Anita Wehrling, Independent.
District 4, Kevin Gaskill, Republican and Sandy Flora, Independent.
OUR ENDORSEMENTS FOR CITY ELECTIONS.
In the Delphi City Elections on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, we are endorsing 2 candidates, SHANE EVANS, Independent Candidate for MAYOR, and LEANNE ALDRICH, Democrat Candidate for Delphi City Clerk Treasurer.
SHANE EVANS in our opinion has been a very good Mayor for the City of Delphi over the past nearly four years, and deserves to be re-elected. Evans has been the most transparent Mayor in the history of Delphi, and shares more information on his facebook page and via videos on youtube than any predecessor. Citizens who are interested in knowing what is truly going on in the Administration of the City can access not only videos and the written minutes of Board of Works and City Council meetings, but can also see every expenditure of City funds itemized each month. Additionally, we believe that Evans has kept the City going in the correct direction of progressing for the future. Evans has also dealt with the problems facing City residents with the Water crisis which was not his fault, but which had been handed down from prior adminstrations who kicked the can down the road for someone else to face. And Evans has obtained $11,000,000 to date from a Grant and TIF funds to assist the City with the Water crisis. We believe that he deserves your vote.
LEANNE ALDRICH became the City Clerk-Treasurer several years ago during a time of turmoil and when there had been much mis-management of City funds. Aldrich completely turned the office of Clerk-Treasurer around and has operated it will full transparency and integrity. Considering the amount of funds which go through her office for both property taxes and water/sewage, Delphi needs someone who has proven that they can do the job with complete integrity, and Aldrich has proven that she can. Aldrich deserves your vote.
Betty J. Spotts Huffman, 99, of Delphi, died Wednesday-Oct 23, 2019 at 8:59am at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, where she has resided for the past 4 years. She was born September 24, 1920 in Fulton County, IN, to the late Charles & Hazel Lois Swearingen Spotts. Her marriage was to Donald M. Huffman in Grass Creek, IN, on October 13, 1940, and he preceded her in death on October 14, 1983. She was a 1938 graduate of Grass Creek High School, and the last surviving graduate from that class. She completed a 2 year program in business management, at the Indiana Business College in Fort Wayne. She was the bookkeeper for Edgar Stuntz, who owned the Delphi Limestone Quarry for 30 years, and was a homemaker. She was a longtime member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Love Circle. She was a member of the Modern Mrs Homemakers Club, and was very active with the Delphi American Legion Auxiliary, and was a past president. She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing cards, domino's, and working cross word puzzles. Her greatest love was for her family, and spending time with them. Surviving: 3 grandchildren, Julia & Matt Leahy of Camden, Jennifer & Chad Myers of Camden, Donald "Todd" & Alicia Huffman of Delphi; 6 great grandchildren, Ryan & Shannon Leahy; Coy & MacKinzie Myers; Hailey & Valerie Huffman; son in law-Bill Schock of Delphi. Preceded in death by a daughter Judy K. Schock; son Donald J. Huffman; sister Margery Jones; brother George Spotts. Services: Visitation will be Sunday from 12pm until her funeral service at 3pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Delphi American Legion Auxiliary, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Miami Nation Featured At Annual Meeting
--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
CC Historical Society--10/17/2019--Diane Hunter, representative of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma with offices at Fort Wayne (pictured above) was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Carroll County Historical Society, delivering a presentation on the development of the Miami Nation from its inception as “coming out of the waters” near the St.Joseph River and eventually descending and disseminating to Kekionga(Fort Wayne) and Vincennes. Further discussion was given to the development of the culture and social structure and the series of treaties which culminated in their forced removal from Peru in 1846 to Kansa Landing and also Oklahoma. Contemporary Miami culture was also discussed such as the renaissance of their language and recreation such as lacrosse.
Prior to her delivery recognition was given to both Alan Jackson(Burlington Township) and Cathy Justice(Liberty) for their fine work in maintaining cemeteries and James Rich’s work with the American House in Burlington and his published works.Present at the meeting was Dan McCain who was recognized for his receiving the John Corey award at the Bravo Luncheon. Progress on the new Museum was also highlighted. The presence of the Lord was invited to the meeting by Pastor Bruce Dunk.
Steven Lauderdale, 67, of Arlington, passed away October 17, 2019 in Shelbyville. Steve was born December 27, 1951 in Lafayette to Gaylon & Betty (Clawson) Lauderdale. He was a 1970 graduate of Delphi High School and obtained his Bachelor's in Theology from Inste Bible College. Steve married Debbie Dishon on October 25, 1974 and she survives. Steve worked 45 years for Industrial Cab in Flora, Rushville & Richmond, retiring as production manager in 2014. He served many churches as pastor over the years and was a man of great faith. Steve considered himself a retired professional fisherman and enjoyed the many beauties nature had to offer! In addition to his wife, Debbie, of Arlington, Steve is survived by his sons, Christopher (Patricia) Lauderdale and Kyle Lauderdale all of Rushville, a sister, Sharon (Dennis) Wilson of Delphi and his loving granddaughters, Charity, Honor & Samantha Lauderdale. Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Kari Lauderdale. Memorial contributions may be made to Benesse Cancer Center at Major Health Partners, Shelbyville. Private cremation will take place with no public services. Moster Mortuary, Rushville, entrusted with arrangements.
James E. Gascho, 66, of Battle Ground, formerly of Cutler, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette. He was born February 10, 1953 in Frankfort to Edwin and Doris Sue (Wagoner) Gascho. He was a 1971 graduate of Delphi High School. He married, Marletta Miller on March 6, 1976, she survives.
James was a hard worker and loved farming. Though he never owned an acre, he worked on several farms during his lifetime, with the most recent farm being with Purdue University’s Animal Science Research Farm (ASREC). His love for farming was only surpassed by the love he had for his wife, his daughters, and his two grandsons.
Along with his wife, James is survived by his daughters, Krista (Michael) Keim of Remington and Kenlyn (Joshua) Cadwallader of Lafayette; a sister, Carmen Hood of Brookville, OH; and two grandsons, Jaxson and Rutledge Cadwallader.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ralph Gascho.
Visitation will be Friday, May 24, 2019 from 10am until the time of the service at 1pm at Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel. Pastor Jeff Mikels will officiate. Burial will follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Institute, 29 Broadway, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10006-3111.
Peggy Marie King, 53 of Avon passed away at 2:51 pm Tuesday, October 15th at University Hospital, Indianapolis, surrounded by her family. She was born August 4,1966 in Lafayette to Tim and Ruby Cripe Roberson. She played softball with the Camden Girls Softball teams for 10 years. She was a 1984 graduate of Delphi Community High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business from Purdue University in 1988. Peggy was employed as an IT manager with the Broadbent Company in Indianapolis for 27 years retiring in 2017. Peg coached many softball, baseball, soccer and basketball teams over the years. She was a volunteer with Misty Eyes Animal Rescue, a court appointed special advocate for the Hendricks County Family Court and served as vice president of Avon Band Boosters. Her marriage was to James M. King, he survives, also surviving are her parents, a son Tyler King, three daughters Sydney King, Mykaela King, and Ryleigh King. One sister Terry Roberson, brother-in-law Patrick Jomini, niece Katia and nephew Noah.
Funeral services will be at 2pm on Sunday October 20th at the First Baptist Church in Camden with Pastor Jerry Long and Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Friends may call from 4-8pm on Saturday at Conkle Funeral Home Avon Chapel at 76 N Avon Ave. in Avon or from 12:30 to time of service at 2pm on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Camden. Burial will follow in Musselman Cemetery, rural Camden.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation www.nlmsf.org
Arrangements entrusted to Cree Funeral Home, Camden, IN.
Ed Mitchell, 76 of Lebanon and formerly of Delphi passed away at his home in Lebanon surrounded by family on Oct. 11, 2019. He was born on Jan. 23, 1943 in Nashville, TN to the late Edgar I. Mitchell, Jr. and Ella (Chrisman) Mitchell.
He served in the US Navy from 1960-1963.
He married Mary K. “Kathy” Wilson on March 24, 2000 at Franklin, TN and she survives.
He retired from working as a truck driver.
Ed was a member of the Delphi American Legion.
He enjoyed fishing, working on small engines, old radios, muzzleloaders, and tinkering around and camping.
He is also survived by his children: Kevin Mitchell, William Mitchell, Jeff Mitchell, Melody Victory, Virginia Diggs, and Stephanie Britten; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from noon until the 1:00 pm memorial service with Pastor Ray Gene Wilson officiating. Military Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society.
Art Federation Gives Awards and Grants
The John Corey Arts Leadership Award is given each year by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation to an individual that exhibits and embodies leadership in the arts. The prestigious John Corey Award went to Dan McCain. Dan has been a lifelong volunteer and leader in Carroll County serving on many of the Delphi community’s nonprofit boards of directors. Pictured above is Dan McCain of Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal, John Corey Arts Leadership Award Winner, pictured with Tetia Lee.
The Carroll County Historical Society was given a Bravo Grant of $35,000, and Delphi Opera House received Bravo Grants of $7,007 and $20,147.
Bravo for the Arts celebrates the arts and recognizes outstanding people, programs, and partners who are helping grow the arts in our community. In addition to serving as an annual convening of arts and community leaders, the luncheon highlights cultural organizations through the presentation of grant awards. Bravo also honors an individual and area business through the presentation of two awards, the John Corey award and the Bravo Award.
The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and arts council for 14 counties. TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of the arts within our region. More information is available at TippecanoeArts.org.
The Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art proudly presents the Delphi Invitational Art Show on Nov. 1-3, 2019. This is a fine art show featuring works by Indiana artists in several different mediums including ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, paintings, printmaking, glass, photography, woodworking, textiles, and more!
To enhance the artistic experience, there will be live music by Mike Almon in the Delphi Opera House Lobby on Saturday, Nov. 2nd, from 1:30 PM to 3 PM, and on Sunday afternoon, at 2 PM, David Matlack, a Bloomington storyteller, will present a grand history of the Delphi Opera House with his tale "The Oracle of Delphi." Visit www.delphioperahouse.org for ticket information for David Matlack's event.
The Art Show will be open to the public during the following times:
Nov. 1st: 7 - 8:30 PM
Nov. 2nd: 11 AM - 7:30 PM
Nov. 3rd: 11 AM - 3 PM
Become a Purchase Award Sponsor by pledging to purchase $50 or more during the show. You'll gain access to the show before it opens to the public and enjoy a private reception with the artists on Friday evening. Visit us online at www.ohartgallery.com or call us at (765) 201-7029 for more details.
Sponsored by Delphi Opera House and Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art.
ISP Trooper Peter R. Stephan
Vehicle Crash Claims Life of Indiana State Trooper
ISP--October 12, 2019--The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single vehicle crash late last night on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road. The crash claimed the life of Trooper Peter R. Stephan, 27, Lafayette, IN, who served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years.
The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown indicates at approximately 10:25 p.m., Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road, when his 2018 Dodge Charger police car entered a curve. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge left the east side of the roadway, rolled at least one time and struck a utility pole. Trooper Stephan was going to help another trooper who had called for assistance in Americus prior to the crash.
As a result of the crash, Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Trooper Stephan is survived by his wife and six month-old daughter. Family notifications have been made.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the entire Indiana State Police family. We will band together as we always do in support of Trooper Stephan’s family, friends and co-workers”, said Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas G. Carter.
The Indiana State Police was assisted at the scene by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff Department, White County Sheriff Department, Tippecanoe County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Buck Creek Fire Department, Tipmont REMC and troopers from neighboring Indiana State Police Districts.
Delphi Receives Water Funds
Through partnership with the State of Indiana and Federal EPA, the community of Delphi is receiving funds to help improve their water infrastructure. Partnering with our State and local communities to find innovative solutions is how we can continue to help improve quality of life for Hoosiers. Pictured above receiving the funds are Delphi Mayor Shane Evans and Delphi Clerk-Treasurer LeAnne Aldrich. US Congressman Jim Baird and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb are pictured with them.
50th Reunion DCHS Class of 1969
Front row - Wayne Holmes, Diana Cable Whitworth, Nora McCarthy Creed McClasky, Anita Geiser Whitlock; Row 2 - Allen White, Larry Stigers, Bob Adcock, Jeff Shanks, Mary Ellen Scott Grubbs; Row 3 - Carolyn Martin Maxwell, Bonnie Risley Westfall, Dallas Eikenberry, Barb Robbins Small, Gloria Blohm Maxwell; Row 4 - Pat Buschman Rhoads, Ellen Childers Williams, Lynn Yates, Hicks, Paula Been Foster, Mary Jo Meek Redmon, Leah Eikenberry, Carol Cunningham Bertrand; Row 5 - Marilyn Hancook Beeler, Rita Dittman Zawisza, Carmen Miller Slavens, Debra Bowman Whiteman, Tara Hathaway Garrison, Wayne Garrison, Carl Snipes, Darol Packard, * Roxanna Ragan Garbison is hidden by Paula Foster in front of her* Can't tell which row - Debbie Rosenbarger Hayden, Sue Davis Hoard, Jan Grantham Israel, Brian Appleton; Here's where my depth perception is giving me trouble seeing which row is which. Row 6, 7 & 8 - Sandy Orr, the top of Terry Bradshaw's head is directly behind Sandy (I think), Daniel Boone standing in back behind Terry, Connie Riley Rodenbarger, Dennis Oberkrom, Jeff Schnepp (in blue) behind Dennis, Esther Baer Hufford, Diana Myers Hershberger, Linda Hayden Taff (partially hidden), Carol Coble Bogart, Jack Harford, Kevin Goyer, Patsy Kelly Hasser, Richard Lybrook, Will (Bill) Weaver, Mike Pearson, Coy Riley, Barry Emerson, Gaye Groninger Ford; Standing - Terry Martin, Rex Wilson, Tom Robinson, Gary Wertz, and Don Beattie.
DELPHI OPERA HOUSE--COMING SOON
Kevin N. O'Farrell, 58, Delphi, died Friday-October 4, 2019 at 4:28pm in Lafayette. He was born April 21, 1961 in Lafayette, to his late father Pat O'Farrell, and his mother Sharon Hanna O'Farrell who survives. His marriage was to Kathi N. Salomon, at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello, on September 7, 1991, and she survives. He was a 1979 graduate of Twin Lakes High School, Monticello, and received his diploma from the Purdue University Agriculture Short Course. He worked for The Anderson's in Delphi for a few years, before returning to the farm, where he and his brother started K&K Farms, raising grain and hogs. He and his family have attended both Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church in Monticello and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi. He was active with the FSA Board, and the Carroll County Pork Board. He was a former member of the Delphi American Legion. He enjoyed 4-H, working on his 74 Road Runner, and helped build and pull a tractor at local area tractor pulls. He and his family enjoyed camping, Kevin liked to fish and hunt. His greatest love was for his wife and sons. Just hanging out with them, spending quality time together. He dearly loved his mother, brother and sister's, and extended family, and enjoyed family events they all shared together. Surviving: wife-Kathi N. O'Farrell of Delphi; sons-Nolan T. O'Farrell & Erica Geisler of Delphi, Nathan C. O'Farrell of Delphi; mother-Sharon O'Farrell of Delphi; sisters-Kathy & Tim Strasser of Camden, Tara & Dan Shanks of Camden; brother-Kyle & Tonya O'Farrell of Delphi; mother in law-Donna J. Salomon of Delphi; sister in law-Pamela C. Salomon of Fracesville; aunt-Deloris & Joe Hildebrandt of Delphi; uncle-Charles "Chuck" & Martha O'Farrell of Green Valley, AZ; many nieces & nephews, cousins survive. Preceded by his grandparents; father in law John F. Salomon; and other extended family.
Services: Visitation will be Thursday from 3pm to 8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral mass will be Friday 11am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi, Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery,
CCSD--October 1, 2019--A Tuesday afternoon police pursuit, involving multiple area law enforcement agencies culminated in the arrest of a 27 year old Harvey, Illinois man, after police believe he intentionally crashed the car he had allegedly stolen in Indianapolis. At approximately 1:06 p.m., Carroll County and Delphi authorities picked up on (by radio) a police pursuit, involving Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Deputies, who were northbound on old State Road 25, approaching the Tippecanoe County/Carroll County, county line. Police were pursuing the driver of a gray 2019 Dodge Challenger passenger car which had earlier been allegedly stolen from the lot of Avis car rental at Indianapolis International Airport. Top speeds along old State Road 25 were reported to reach 120 miles per hour. The driver of the alleged stolen vehicle entered Carroll County, continuing northbound on old State Road 25, heading toward the City of Delphi. Carroll County Sheriff’s authorities picked up on the pursuit at that time. Delphi Police quickly joined in. The driver continued into the City of Delphi and continued through various city streets. Speeds were lower at this point. The driver then lead police back out on to old State Road 25, traveling southbound on old State Road 25, south of the intersection of US 421/State Road 18. As the driver approached the bridge over the Deer Creek on old State Road 25, police accounts indicate the driver intentionally drove the Dodge Challenger toward the right side of the roadway, causing the car to enter the deep ditch alongside the road. Police believe the driver observed and was attempting to avoid Stop Sticks which had been set out by the Indiana State Police, south of the bridge.
When the car stopped, police verbally ordered the driver from the crashed car, at gunpoint. The driver complied and voluntarily surrendered without incident. A subsequent K9 sweep of the car by Carroll County Sheriff’s K9 “Grim” provided no indication of any other occupants of the vehicle. Police identified the sole occupant and driver as 27 year old Eddie Chest Gordon of Harvey, Illinois. Carroll County Sheriff’s Detectives also learned Gordon, earlier in the day, posted bond, and had been released from the Clark County, Indiana jail, in southern Indiana. Local police do not know what he was jailed for in Clark County but believe this event may cause his bond to be revoked in Clark County.
No reported injuries or property damage occurred during the pursuit. Gordon was lodged in the Carroll County Jail in Delphi, held on preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement, Reckless Driving, and Theft/Possession of Stolen Property. His bond was set at $10,000 surety.
Investigating Officers/Agencies-Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby, Carroll County Sheriff’s Detective Kevin Hammond, Carroll County Sheriff’s Detective Tony Liggett, Carroll County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Spencer Kingery and his K9 partner “Grim”, Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Hobbs, Delphi Police Officer Justin Wilson, Delphi Police Sergeant Brook McCain, Indiana Conservation Corporal Todd Pekny, Indiana State Police Sergeant Larry Mote, Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Units (Supervisor-Sergeant Roger Dickerson), Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, and Flora Chief of Police Paul Redmon.
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Ronald L. "Ron" Long, 81, of Camden, died Thursday-October 3, 2019 at 5:30am at his home. He had been in failing health for the past year and had lived in the Delphi area for 47 years, before moving to Camden a year ago. He was born March 8, 1938 in Lafayette, to the late Walter & Pearl Reef Long. His marriage was to Mary E. Pegg in Delphi on February 17, 1956, and she survives. He attended Delphi High School, and completed his GED. He worked for Anheuser-Busch, then Staleys in Lafayette for over 20 years, then for Eli Lilly & Co., in Lafayette for 10 years, retiring in 1996. He also had Long's Academy of Self Defense, teaching Jujutsu and Karate for 50 years. He was a Black Belt in both disciplines, and retired from teaching in 2008. He and his wife attend Hickory Grove Church. He loved to be outside, and enjoyed his yard work, keeping everything around his house mowed and trimmed. He and his family enjoyed their pool, and all the fun family gatherings they shared together. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, especially on their Honda Gold Wing Motorcycle. They, and a few close friends, have traveled all over the U.S., and Ron & Mary would also ride around Carroll County, and lots of day trips to wherever. He organized and played in a men's basketball league for many years. He enjoyed watching IU men's basketball, was an avid fan. He loved his dogs Ali & Baileigh. His greatest love was for his wife, children, grand & great grandchildren, and extended family. He loved being together for any occasion or sporting event. That was his greatest joy.
Surviving: wife Mary E. Long of Camden; daughter-Rhonda & Marty Strasser of Indianapolis; son-Gary & Kim Long of Indianapolis; grandchildren: Danielle & Andy Kelly, Mandy & Jimmy Werner, Ryan Long, Stephanie Wood, Matthew & Aliesha Long, Greg Benham, & Garrett Benham; 6 great grandchildren. Sister-Linda Nape of Brookston. Preceded in death by a son Greg; sister Helen Rhine.
Services: Visitation will be Saturday from 11am until his funeral service at 2pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Pastor Eric Riddle officiating. Private family interment at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Hickory Grove Church, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Jesse Lee Stapleton
Jesse Lee Stapleton, 38, of Colburn passed away on Sept. 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born on Nov. 20, 1980 in Lafayette to Leetta Darlene (Davis) and Ricky L. Stapleton. He was a graduate of Harrison High School.
He worked at Wabash National as a welder and was a member of the Local #274 Laborers Union.
He was a member of the Gamers Club at Harrison and enjoyed bow hunting, boating and singing.
He is survived by his parents: Ricky L. Stapleton (De) of Delphi and Darlene Siler (Kenny) of Colburn; maternal grandmother, Wilma Davis of Colburn; son, Gabriel Stapleton of Colburn; brother, Rickey Stapleton & Nephew Mason Stapleton of Colburn; step-brother, Shane Haygood of Camden; step-sisters: Tonya Haygood and Heather Haygood Coghill, both of Delphi.
He was preceded by his paternal grandparents: Orville & Janice Stapleton and maternal grandfather, Richard “Dick” Davis.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until the 2:30 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. Pastor Nord Zootman will officiate. Burial will follow in Colburn EUB Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Jesse’s memory may be made to the Colburn United Methodist Church.
Delphi Community High School Class of 84 - 35th Reunion
Kneeling: Jon Zink, Kathy Powlen Zink, Drew Tyner, Jon Snyder, David Kennedy, Suzi Alvarez Kennedy, Dave Hawn. Behind: Terri Roberson Hildebrandt, James Heffley, LouAnna Miller Hufford, Doug Parks, Brenda George Weaver, Kim Myers Cripe, Jeff Humbarger, Alisa Cornell Bieghler, Sandy Fogarsi, Dwayne Morrow, Peggy Roberson King, Boyd Penn, Stella Rose Moore, Evan Houston, Chuck Shockley, Anne Biederwolf King. Photobombing through the fence are two spouses who went to Twin Lakes wishing they had been Oracles.
Delphi High School Class of '59 - 60th Reunion
1st......Donna Kite Kleckner, Nancy Bradshaw Danley, Dea Duckwall Caid, and Dick Story 2nd... Betty Bell Gauze, Judy Justice Rodkey, Carolyn Thomson Landis, Carolyn Peterson Brower, Joyce Lucas Mount, Sandy Whitman Philllips, Judy Weaver Winger and Mary Van Goodman. 3rd..... Nancy Snipes Biederwolf and Mary Temple Lowdermilk. 4th:.....Carol Randle Oliver, Dick LaPrad, Jerry Goyer, Bob Merson, Muggs, Bill Shock, Keith Wolfe, Charlie Anderson and Howard May.
Indiana State Police Seeks Recruits for Capitol Police Section
The Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section is now accepting applications. Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as a Capitol Police Officer may apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2367.htm. This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police Department.
Applications must be received via online submission by 11:59 pm (EDT) on Monday, October 21, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for a Capitol Police Officer:
Must be a United States citizen.
Must be at least 21 years of age when appointed as a police employee.
(Appointment date is April 24, 2020)
Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.
Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma
The academy begins on January 13, 2020. The starting salary for a Capitol Police Section Probationary Officer is $44,497.00 a year. The Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section also offers an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees along with their families. The State maintains short-term and long-term disability plans for full time employees after six (6) months of continuous employment. As an Indiana State Police Capitol Police Officer, you are automatically enrolled in the Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF). The State will contribute to your retirement account.
Indiana State Police Hiring Program Director for Missing Children Clearinghouse
(Indianapolis, IN) - The Indiana State Police is currently accepting applications for the position of Program Director I for the Missing Children Clearinghouse. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 11, 2019.
The successful applicant will serve as a civilian employee for the Indiana State Police whose primary responsibility is to direct and administer the Missing Children Clearinghouse programs.
To qualify for the position each applicant must be a high school graduate or possess the equivalent GED. Must have an Associate’s Degree OR five (5) years management experience in a sensitive data driven field. Must obtain and maintain IDACS Operator and Coordinator certifications within the first six (6) months in the position. Must be able to represent the Clearinghouse to the media. Must have a general working knowledge of all state laws and requirements surrounding the Clearinghouse. Must be able to perform computerized analysis of data, and assemble information and/or intelligence of crimes involving missing persons.
One must also be able to maintain concentration on numerous tasks in a busy environment. Must be able to remain calm in emergency situations. Must be available and on call twenty-four (24) hours per day, seven (7) days per week. Must be able to travel across the state and throughout the country as needed. The starting annual salary for the position is $37,778.00
Join us as we celebrate this distinguished award of
Dick Bradshaw and Amy Boerger as exceptional alumni of the Delphi Community School Corporation
Charles Carroll Chapter Regent Nancy Whitaker and William Henry Harrison Chapter Member and County Historian Mark A. Smith are seen co-hosting a display in honor of Constitution Week , an event initiated by the DAR(Daughters of the American Revolution) to commemorate the signing of the original document on September 17th, 1787.
The DAR petitioned Congress toward this work, and it was signed into law August 7th, 1956 by President Dwight David Eisenhower. This will be on display until the twenty-third of the month.
JAMES MONROE SHAFFER
James M. "Jimmy" Shaffer, 96, of Delphi, died Sunday-Sept. 15, 2019 at 9:35pm at St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center in Delphi, where he has resided for the past 2 1/2 years. He was born July 15, 1923 in Lafayette, IN, to the late Benjamin & Blondel Dorothy Brown Shaffer. His marriage was to Mary Ellen Oaks in Delphi, on June 16, 1946, and she preceded him in death on April 7, 2013.
Jimmy was a 1941 graduate of Delphi High School. He was a U.S. Marine, serving in the Pacific Theater from 1941-1943. He was an honor flight participant, and and enjoyed that trip to Washington, D.C. so very much. He owned Shaffers Standard and Shaffers Marathon in Delphi, running it with his two sons for 53 years, retiring in 2003. He and his wife also had J&M Gem's, a jewelry making business for many years.
He was a longtime member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, was a usher for several years. He was a life member of the Delphi Lions Club, holding several offices, and was a top fruit salesman for many years for the club. He was very active with his local Gideon's Chapter, handing out bibles at schools and universities for several years. He and his family enjoyed traveling, and he and his wife traveled themselves later in life, and enjoyed extended stays in Florida.
Jimmy helped people all of the time, at his business and elsewhere. Never wanting any praise, was a selfless and humble individual, always a smile on his face, and ready for good conversation. You always felt better after speaking to him. His family was everything to him. He loved being with them for any occasion.
Surviving: sons-Garry D. Shaffer of Delphi, Greg & Claire Shaffer of Lafayette; daughter-Diana L. Pownell of Lafayette; grandchildren: Twyla & Andy Milam, Misty Fiedler, Shonya & Elijah Trueblood, Susan Pownell, Mindy Pownell, Troy Pownell; 17 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter. Preceded in death by an infant brother Richard; sisters Marjorie, Marilyn, and his twin Jane; daughter in law Tim; son in law Larry; 3 nieces; 2 nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, September 18 from 5pm-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service Thursday at 11am at the Delphi United Methodist Church, Rev Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Carroll County Honor Guard providing military rites at the cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Gideon's; Delphi Lions Club; Delphi United Methodist Church, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
RALPH ARTHUR ADDY, SR.
Ralph Addy Sr., 58 of Rossville in Rural Carroll County, passed away on Sept. 14, 2019 at his home. He was born on Sept. 29, 1960 in Lafayette to the late Ralph D. and Virginia L. (Wise) Addy. He attended Rossville Consolidated Schools.
He married Amber Robbins on June 25, 1977 at Monticello and she survives.
He was a crane operator for Twin Lakes Enterprises.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, antiquing, and sharing breakfast on Saturdays with his in-laws; and fellowship with his co-workers – especially Billy, Rob, and Doug.
He is also survived by his children: Ralph Arthur Addy, Jr. of Lafayette, Ralph (Barb) Hufford of Michigan, and Nicole (Bryan) Baker of Delphi; siblings: Leonard J. (Mary) Addy of Ohio, Cheryl A. (Joe) O’Donnell of Camden, Barbara L. (Les) Hawkins of Jamestown, Cathy S. (Randy) LaClair of New York; grandchildren: Alexis, Jayde, Preston, Bianca; and great grandchildren: Anastasia & Trinity.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandchild, Aubrey.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until the 6:00 p.m. funeral service on Sept. 19, 2019 at the First Assembly of God in Delphi with Pastors Brent Oliver and Larry Robbins officiating. Burial will follow on Friday at Rockfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in his memory. Davidson Funeral Home.
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Search efforts for Owen Jones continue in Deer Creek
DNR--8/28/2019--On Friday, Aug. 23, Indiana Conservation Officers, along with several state and local resources, conducted a search along Deer Creek for Owen Jones but were unable to locate him. Jones disappeared in Deer Creek on May 23. The search conducted on Friday was focused on an area of logs in the creek just downstream from where Jones was last seen.
Using equipment and sandbags from INDOT, J&J Crane Rental of Brookston began placing concrete traffic barriers on the footer of the old low head dam, near U.S. 421, to restrict the flow of water. Several area firefighters and police officers assisted with the barrier placement and the placement of sandbags to complete the formation of a temporary dam.
As the dam was being built, DNR fire personnel began cutting the trees into manageable pieces. The logs were then pulled across the creek with large equipment provided by the DNR Division of State Parks.
Once the water level decreased and the logs were removed, firefighters and police officers began searching by hand through the mud and the silt that had accumulated around the trees. Information provided by K9 teams from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security helped conservation officers and several other state and local agencies search the area.
Search efforts have been conducted along Deer Creek, as well as along several miles of the Wabash River, since Jones’s disappearance. On different occasions, with varying water levels, Conservation Officers have swam and waded Deer Creek looking for any sign of Jones.
DNR Public Safety Divers have checked the deeper areas of the creek, as well as areas where water flows under the bank or under large pieces of concrete. The only areas in the creek that officers could not thoroughly search included four to five log jams. It is very difficult, and often times hazardous, to remove log jams and search through the debris, mud, and silt that has accumulated around them.
The Jones family is currently working with out of state resources to have a different team of cadaver dogs search the area in the future, in case he is still trapped under an obstruction in Deer Creek. However it is very possible Jones made it into the Wabash River.
Conservation Officers are asking the public to be observant as they boat or hike in the area, and to report anything possibly related to this case to investigators. Jones was wearing a blue sleeveless t-shirt with a red and white star on the front, and blue shorts.
Conservation Officers will continue to conduct patrols in the area.
Investigators, and Jones’s family, are very thankful for the efforts of over 30 firefighters, sheriff’s deputies, police officers, paramedics, equipment operators, and public works staff that volunteered to help with this search effort.
Agencies involved: Indiana Conservation Officers: Indiana DNR Fire; Indiana DNR Division of State Parks; Carroll County Sheriff’s Department; Carroll County EMA; Carroll County EMS; Carroll County Coroner’s Office; Carroll County Communications; Delphi Police Department; Delphi Fire Department; City of Delphi Department of Public Works; City of Delphi Office of the Mayor; Indiana Department of Homeland Security; Indiana Department of Transportation; Indiana Department of Environmental Management; J&J Crane Rentals of Brookston; Burrows Fire Department; Camden Fire Department; and Tippecanoe County EMA.
Old Settlers Heritage Award
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Seen receiving the Old Settlers Heritage Award at the Promoting the Wildcat Valley Meeting at Cutler Monday evening, August 26, 2019 are: L-R-top row: James Rich and Dennis Kern;
L-R bottom row: Jon Russell and Don Reef.
Robert G. Myers (76) of Lafayette went home to be with the Lord at 5:22am on August 24, 2019. He passed at home with his wife and son at his side. He was born October 6, 1942 in Pittsburg, Indiana to the late William G. and Dorothy (Ottinger) Myers. On August 6, 1961 he married Susan A. Crone of Delphi. She survives. Bob graduated in 1960 from Delphi High School. He was educated at Pan American Tech & Palm Beach JC (Florida). After working for Pratt Whitney Aircraft as a draftsman, he returned to Lafayette and attended Purdue University while working for Rostone Corp. in the Engineering Dept. He retired in 1980 due to continuing health issues. Bob and Susan are members of Calvary Chapel (Lafayette). Bob’s hobbies included woodworking and Civil War Black Powder Competition where he was a member of the 19th Indiana Inf Company A (Union Guard) of the N-SSA. He was a founding member of the Star City Corvette Club. Surviving family includes: his son R. Scott Myers of Lafayette, his daughter, Cheryl Jordan (Michael) of Kapolei, Hawaii, his brother William L. Myers (Jean) of Naperville, IL, his sister Patricia A. Buchanan (Tom) of Logansport, his grandsons Radley Short of Washington Township, OH, R. Benjamin Myers (Kaitlin) of Brownsburg, A. Tyler Myers (Megan) of Plainfield, his granddaughters Courtney McNeely (Kyle) of Stevens City, VA, Kayla Woodrum (Phillip) of Bunker Hill, WV, and several nieces (AYMFN?) and nephews. His family was always most important. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held from 4pm-7pm Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Boulevard, Lafayette, IN 47909. Donations in memory of Bob Myers may be made to Calvary Chapel of Lafayette, 2111 E State St, Lafayette IN 47905. You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.
Indiana State Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint in Carroll County
Carroll County – The Indiana State Police at the Lafayette Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Carroll County on Friday, August 30, 2019. The exact time and location will not be released. Motorists that are not impaired can expect a very short delay of 2-3 minutes while passing through this checkpoint. After the checkpoint, troopers will be conducting saturation patrols in the area to further check for drunk and impaired drivers.
Motorist that find themselves entering the checkpoint area are encouraged to have their driver’s license and vehicle registration readily available to minimize their delay.
The Indiana State Police are committed to traffic safety and will continue to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in an effort to apprehend impaired drivers and to deter others from drinking and driving.
To assist law enforcement efforts in identifying and removing impaired drivers from our roadways, Troopers from the Lafayette Post would encourage all motorists that may observe a possible impaired driver to call 911 or the closest Indiana State Police Post. If you "See Something, Say Something". When calling, be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.
For those adults planning a night out on the town or hosting a social event where you know that you will either be consuming or serving alcoholic beverages, a few simple suggestions to keep yourself and others safe:
Plan ahead and always have a designated driver.
Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages.
Better safe than sorry: call a taxi, a sober friend, or a family member to come and get you.
If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages as an option, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
*Operation Pull-Over Blitz will continue through September 02, 2019
Donald D. McLemore, Sr., 80, of Delphi, passed away on August 23, 2019, at 8:35pm at his daughter’s home in Indianapolis, IN. Don was born November 18, 1938, in Russellville, AL, to the late Walter E. McLemore and Mable F. (McLemore) Mohler, but grew up, and lived most of his life in Delphi, IN.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Virginia F. (Ginny, Maynard) McLemore of Livingston, TN, a resident of Delphi.
Don graduated from Delphi Community High School and later General Motors Institute throughout his ownership of Todd-McLemore Motors, Inc.
Don will be remembered for his lifelong passion with cars, and he started his career working for Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo, IN. After leaving Chrysler, he worked for thirteen years at National Homes in Lafayette, IN. Having retained the passion, Don bought and sold cars on the side for many years before making his dream of owning his own dealership a reality.
Don was mentored by the late Robert (Bob) Bowman, of Todd-Bowman Motors, of Delphi, and in October of 1969, bought out Mr. Bowman and became Raymond Todd’s partner in the dealership that would become Todd-McLemore Motors. Don retired from the dealership in 1982, but, after a short time, he missed the automobile business and subsequently opened McLemore Motors. He partnered with his daughter, Kimberly McLemore-Page, in the operation of the business, until suffering a debilitating stroke in August 18th of 2006.
Seemingly everyone in Delphi knew Don, or “Mac”, as he was called by most. While best known for his passion of building and collecting street rods, and drag racing at Bunker Hill, he will also be remembered for his willingness to help others in need and his “seal the deal with a handshake”, and “your word is your bond” approach to doing business. A member of the Sons of the American Legion, Monticello Moose Lodge, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, and a former President/Secretary of the IOOF – Odd Fellows Lodge, Delphi Cub and Boy Scout’s. Don was active in the Delphi community.
Don loved his family, friends, and life in general. He was a “people person” and enjoyed his morning routine of breakfast with his friends. In addition to cars, he was also known for his passion for euchre, Alabama football, flea markets and John Wayne movies.
Don is survived by his wife, Ginny, his three children, Donald D. McLemore, Jr. (wife-Cindy) of Fulshear, TX, Gary M. McLemore of Indianapolis, and daughter Kimberly McLemore-Page (husband-Thomas) of Indianapolis, his two grandchildren, Erica L. McLemore and Jared E. McLemore (wife-Gillian) of Houston, TX.
Friends & Family may call from 4:30 to 8:00pm on Friday, August 30th, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel located at 400 Twyckenham Blvd., Lafayette, IN 47909.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31st, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel following to Tippecanoe Memory Gardens located at 1718 W. 350 N., West Lafayette, IN 47906.
**Memorials in Don’s name may be made to the American Stroke Association, or Humane Society, either online or with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Frances “Faye” Peters, 87, of rural Rossville, went to be with Jesus onThursday, August 22, 2019, at her home. She was born December 19, 1931, in Radnor, to John Wesley and Almira Jane (Felthoff ) Reef. On September 18, 1949, Faye married Delbert Dale Peters; he preceded her in death April 26, 1989.
After attending Delphi High School, Faye had worked as a nurse’s aide at the sanatorium in Lafayette as a teenager, and then at Halloway House in Lafayette, at Globe Valve and later at Mallory Controls. Faye was known for her faith and dedication to her church; she was a member at New Life Assembly of God in Frankfort. She was a past member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star. Faye greatly enjoyed playing cards especially euchre, fishing, reading, crocheting, playing the organ, and creating ceramics.
Surviving Faye are her children, Gilbert “Dale” (Barbara) Peters, of Lafayette, Kevin L. (Tammy) Peters, of Holladay, TN, Tim (Theresa) Peters, of Delphi, and Pam (Paul) Clear, of Rossville; seven grandchildren, P.J., J.D., Andrew, Alicia, Trevor, Troy, and J.P.; fourteen great grandchildren, and ten great, great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Faye is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters, and two grandchildren, Nathaniel and Holly.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019, at Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel in Flora, from 10:00 a.m. to the start of the funeral service at noon. Pastor Ken Rushing will officiate. Burial will follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery. Memorials in Faye’s name may be made to New Life Assembly of God or the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
CARROLL COUNTY ASSESSOR NEDA KAY DUFF, 2ND FROM LEFT, WITH AWARD
Carroll County Auditor Neda Kay Duff was one of 6 Indiana Auditors Awarded on Wednesday, August 22, 2019, at the Indiana County Assessors Association conference in Indianapolis.
Neda wrote: "Special thanks to my awesome staff who work hard to meet deadlines and keep the office going! I appreciate you and couldn't run my office without you. They are family. Love you all! Lauren, Rita, Mary and Jen!"
Opera House Directors 2019-2020 Chosen
Mears Family Wins
Rural Preservation Award
8/15/2019--INDIANAPOLIS--Today, Thursday, the Mears Family of Carroll County will be awarded the annual Indiana Landmarks John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
To view the entire story about the Award and the Preservation of two Carroll County farms by the family, please click this link:INDIANA LANDMARKS ARTICLE.
MEARS HOME ON OLD CAMDEN ROAD--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G. GRIFFEY
Mark J. Schilling, 67, of Monticello, passed away on Monday, August 11, 2019. Jennette, his wife lost the love of her life. Mark was born on June 26, 1952 in Lafayette to the late John J. and Helen L. (Weaver) Schilling. He transported cars off the line at SIA for WWL Transport, and before that worked for McGill in Heat Treat and Global Value as a Supervisor. Mark was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church. He also enjoyed pickleball, and was very passionate about playing with the Monticello Pickleball Group. Mark also enjoyed boating, water skiing, and the lake. He truly loved his family and friends, and his dog, Kayla! Surviving along with his loving wife, Jennette, are three children, Kyle (Lindy) Schilling of Brownsburg, Keenan (Jacqueline) Schilling of Noblesville, and Kendra (Scott) Simpson of Noblesville, one step-daughter, Amber (Brett) Benner of Georgia, and one step-son Alex (Emily) Andersen of Carmel. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Skyler, Kypton, Colton, Brittany and Jackson. He was preceded in death by one sister, Jacque Eaglebarger. Private family services. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Lakes Catholic Church. Share memories and condolences atwww.simplicity-funeralcare.com.
The Indiana State Police Reminds You To Stop For School Buses
The end of summer can only mean one thing, school is back in session. School buses will be back on the road and troopers with the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post will be hitting the roads to watch for stop arm violations. High visibility enforcement will be used to encourage motorists to stop for school buses and take enforcement action for those that don’t.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights, and stop arms. When approaching a school bus from any direction, which is stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of traffic.
Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.
Always be prepared to stop for a school bus and watch for children. Not only is disregarding a school bus stop arm dangerous, it is a serious offense.
The Indiana State Police are committed to the safety of our children and keeping Indiana’s roadways safe through enforcement and education.
164th Old Settlers Meeting
BO BRADSHAW, RUTH CRAWN, DICK BRADSHAW, DAVE BURKHARDT --Photo by Mark A. Smith
Carroll County history was celebrated in a unique way as the 164th Annual Meeting occurred at the Sanctuary at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, August 10th.
Greeters were welcomed by Carolyn Pearson and the event was initiated by both Karen Bradshaw who gave the welcome and the Delphi Scouts who led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pastor Tim Stewart led the invocation, followed by a unique presentation on the Daniel Tweed Ferrier Civil Air Patrol rendered by Lieutenant Steve Wanner.
Carroll County heritage was further celebrated by three awards, those being to the 1848 American House Stagecoach Museum at Burlington, Chapel Art Gallery at Delphi, and the Katheryn Weinberger addition to the Camden Library by Barb McCain.
Age met youth as recognition was given to Dick Bradshaw as the eldest man; Ruth Crawn as the eldest lady; Dave Burkhardt as the youngest, and a distance award was granted to Bo Bradshaw who ventured to Delphi from Atlanta, Georgia.
Thanks to the Sanctuary staff including Pastor Tim Stewart and Tech Support Drew Sandora, Eagle Signs and Awards, and all attendees.
Visit next year on August 8th, 2020 in the same location and time.
CAIDA LEE DARLAND
Caida L. Darland, 14, of West Lafayette passed away August 8, 2019 at Riley Children’s Hospital. She was born November 18, 2004 in Lafayette. She is the daughter of Casey and Cerene (Darland) Allen. Caida was an 8th grader at Battle Ground Middle School. She was also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Caida was an old soul who enjoyed hearing the birds sing in the mornings when she woke up. She was very outgoing and loved to have conversations with new and interesting people. She loved music, dancing and singing especially karaoke. She often enjoyed watching Full House, eating popcorn and watching movies. Caida loved her Tippy Stars Softball team, loved cuddling and being around babies. She is survived by her parents Casey and Cerene Allen, step-brother Justin Allen and step-sister Kaitlyn Allen; grandparents: Linda Lee Luna Lantana and Mike Darland of West Lafayette; great-grandparents: Marion Eugene and Karen Hall of Carbondale, IL; aunts: Celeste Fernandez and Charissa Demaree. Caida is also survived by several aunts, uncles and family members. Visitation will be held from 11am – 1pm Monday, August 12, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 3224 Jasper St. West Lafayette, IN. Funeral Service will begin at 1pm with Bishop Ryan Garner officiating. Interment to follow at Spring Vale Cemetery. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be directed to the Epilepsy Foundation –www.epilepsy.com/donate or the Riley Children’s Hospital – www.rileychildrens.org. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Class of 1969 - 50th Reunion
October 4, 2019 - DCHS football field endzone tailgate party - 7:00 PM
October 5, 2019 - 9 AM - Golf Scramble, 2-6 - Open House at Gaye Groninger Ford's House, 5:15 - Opera House Tour, 6:00 - Dinner Seating at Opera House with Dinner Served at 6:30
Reunion information on Facebook - DCHS Class of 1969
Indiana State Police Seeks Recruits for the 80th Recruit Academy
The Indiana State Police is now accepting applications for the 80th Recruit Academy. Individuals who are interested in beginning a rewarding career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at http://www.in.gov/isp/2368.htm. This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police.
Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm (EST) on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for the 80th Recruit Academy.
Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for an Indiana State Trooper:
Must be a United States citizen.
Must be at least 21 and less than 40 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is October 1, 2020)
Must meet a minimum vision standard (corrected or uncorrected) of 20/50 acuity in each eye and 20/50 distant binocular acuity in both eyes.
Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
Must be willing, if appointed, to reside and serve anywhere within the State of Indiana as designated by the Superintendent.
Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED)
The starting salary for an Indiana State Police Department Recruit is $1,615.39 bi-weekly during the academy training. At the completion of academy training, the starting salary is $48,000.00 a year. Recruits of the 80th Recruit Academy are offered an excellent health care plan, which includes medical, dental, vision and pharmacy coverage for both current and retired employees, along with their families, until reaching age 65. The Indiana State Police pension program provides a lifetime pension after 25 years of service. Additionally, the Indiana State Police Department provides comprehensive disability coverage and a life insurance program. Student loan forgiveness programs are being offered at this time through the following: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
Interested applicants can obtain additional information about a career as an Indiana State Trooper by visiting https://www.in.gov/isp/3041.htm to find the recruiter assigned to your area.
Indiana State Police Lafayette Post Troopers to Patrol for Drugged and Alcohol-Impaired Drivers
ISP--8/7/2019--The Indiana State Police Lafayette Post is joining about 230 law-enforcement agencies across Indiana and thousands nationwide in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization. From mid-August through Labor Day, police will be working overtime to arrest impaired drivers. Expect to see increased sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols.
A driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. The average DWI cost? About $10,000, including car towing and repairs, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses.
Overtime patrols are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). For more information, visit http://on.IN.gov/drivesober.
New impaired-driving equipment
In every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to 1 year.
But DWI includes more than alcohol, and there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can impair drivers. To assist with traffic enforcement, ICJI recently provided Indiana police agencies with:
2,600 portable breath tests to evaluate alcohol impairment in drivers,
1,000 RADAR and LIDAR speed-measurement devices, and
Android tablets for 248 highly trained police officers who document drugged drivers.
Tips for a safe and fun season
The annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign includes the Labor Day weekend, with thousands upon thousands of Hoosier families taking to their cars for end-of-summer barbecues, football games, lakes and pool parties. Sadly, it is also one of the deadliest times of year for impaired-driving deaths.
With all of today’s options for getting home safely, there’s no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired as it endangers you and everyone else around you. Law enforcement recommends these safe alternatives to impaired driving:
Designate, or be, a sober driver.
Use public transportation.
Call a cab or a ridesharing service.
Download the SaferRide mobile app on the Android Play Store or the Apple iTunes Store. This app only has three options: call a taxi, call a friend, and identify your location for pickup.
Celebrate at home or a place where you can stay until sober.
Throwing a party? Offer non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of food.
Never provide alcohol to minors.
Ask young drivers about their plans.
Friend or family member about to drive? Take the keys and make alternate arrangements.
Motorcycles are about 3 percent of registered vehicles, but are dramatically over-represented in impaired driving crashes. And the more that bikers are impaired, the less likely they are to wear helmets.
Report impaired drivers
If you see an impaired driver, turn off the road away from the vehicle and call 911. Signs of impaired driving include:
Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
Driving at a very slow speed
Making wide turns
Stopping without cause
Responding slowly to traffic signals
Driving after dark with headlights off
Closely missing an object or vehicle
Turning abruptly or illegally
Driving on the wrong side of the road
Drivers should also watch for impaired pedestrians who may not be paying attention to their surroundings.
Frances Shull-Britton, 93, of Lafayette, died on July 22, 2019, a month shy of being 94. She passed away at home with her daughters at her side. She was born August 21, 1925 in Delphi to Lloyd and Margaret Overhoslser Friday. Graduating from Delphi High School in 1943, her first job was at NIPSCO in Hammond, In. She later attended Beautician school so she could not only be a beautician but own her own salon.
Frances was the mother of two daughters; Pamela Friday Thomas and Denise Shull Brightman. She married Kenneth Shull of Hammond for 31 years, who preceded her in death in 1983. Kenneth and Frances moved to a farm near Oakdale Dam and became the owner of the Oakdale Inn transforming it from a cafe/bait shop to well known popular and thriving restaurant catfish house. After selling it, in 1976 they purchased the Landmark restaurant outside Delphi. Frances also had a successful career as a real estate broker and owner of her own company, Fran Shull Realty and developed her own rental ownership and business, as well.
In 1985,Bill Britton of Kokomo asked her to marry him. and with the marriage she acquired three stepsons; Bill, David and Dennis and numerous grandchild children. Bill preceded her in death in 2012.
Family was everything to her. She left behind 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
She adored her Shih Tzu's Baxter and Daisy plus her loving cat Cuddles. You could always hear ask for partners in Euchre, catch her out tending flowers in the yard, as well as, observing and listening to birds. She was a member of Yeoman United Methodist and Christ United Methodist Church after moving to Lafayette In 2011. She was loved by many, kind to many and accomplished much. We love you. May you Rest In Peace Mom.
Friends may visit from 3pm - 5pm with a Remembrance Service at 5pm. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S. 18th st. Lafayette. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Natalie's Second Chance, dog rescue of Lafayette, Indiana.
Linda L. Lachenmaier Lybrook, 79, of Delphi, died Monday-Aug. 5, 2019 at 5:55pm, at IU White Memorial Hospital, Monticello. She was born June 11, 1940 in Marysville, OH, to the late Frank & Frances Ford Lachenmaier. Her marriage was to Daniel Lee Lybrook in Delphi on Feb. 18, 1962, and he preceded her in death on Apr. 15, 2010. She was a 1958 graduate of Delphi High School, and received her certificate in advertising from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She was a homemaker, helped her husband on their farm, she and her husband co owned with their son Bruce the Carroll County Automotive Store in Delphi, and she worked for 10 years at the Delphi Community High School Cafeteria. She was a member of St. Mathews Lutheran Church, Delphi. She formerly attended a home ec club, enjoyed china painting, canvas painting, and crafts. She and her husband participated in a monthly euchre card club for over 40 years, with some of their closest friends. She enjoyed her garden, and many flower gardens, loved to mushroom hunt and go fishing. She dearly loved her family, and spending time with them. Surviving: sons-David A. Lybrook & Dawn Nulf of Delphi, Darryl & Michelle Lybrook of Chalmers; brother-Frank & Rae Lachenmaier of Kokomo; grandchildren: Shannon & Eric Shumard, Clint & Amber Lybrook, Garth & Kalee Lybrook, Holli Lybrook, fiance Caleb Weber; 4 great grandchildren: Boone Shumard, Ellie & Zoey Lybrook, Grayson Lybrook. Preceded by a son Bruce; sister Sue; brother John; sister in law Joann. Services: Friends may view from 11am Friday, until her funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Dan Gottschalk officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Distracted Driver Hits Horse & Buggy
CCSD--8/5/2019--Around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, Police and EMS were called to the scene of an accident on SR 75 and County Road 300 North near Camden with multiple injuries.
Krystal Mullet, 30, told police that she was driving northbound on SR 75 when she dropped something on the floor of her vehicle and was reaching to pick it up when she struck a bus type horse and buggy carrying 8 people of the Royer family that live near Camden.
Four adults and four children in the Royer buggy were taken to a Lafayette hospital with minor injuries, and Mullet was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said that Mullet was cited for the accident, but that it will be up to the Carroll County Prosecutor as to whether any charges will be filed.