TIPPECANOE BELOW OAKDALE FEB 21, 2018 DRONE VIEW--COLLEEN McCORMICK PHOTO
TIPPECANOE BELOW OAKDALE FEB 21, 2018 DRONE VIEW--COLLEEN McCORMICK PHOTO
BELOW OAKDALE ON TIPPECANOE FEBRUARY 21, 2018--PHOTO BY LOURENDA SUE DEXTER
BELOW OAKDALE ON TIPPECANOE FEBRUARY 21, 2018--PHOTO BY COLLEEN McCORMICK
RICHARD L. WELCH
Richard L. Welch, 74, of the Buck Creek area passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at his residence following a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Richard was born on February 12, 1944, to the late Milford and Edna (Ade) Welch of rural Delphi. He married Joy (Lybrook) Welch on August 28, 1965 at the Manchester College Chapel in North Manchester.
Richard was a lifelong farmer of more than 50 years, still harvesting his crops last fall and preparing for planting this spring. He attended New Hope Grade School in rural Delphi, graduated from Delphi High School as a proud member of the Class of 1962, earned a B.S. in Agriculture from McPherson College in McPherson, KS, and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in West Lafayette. After finishing his degree, he and his wife, Joy, lived two years in the Chapare region of central Bolivia, South America. There they helped to improve the agricultural practices and nutrition of the local people, and they administered the via the Brethren Volunteer Service.
Upon returning to Indiana, Richard resumed farming with his brother, Myron Welch, establishing a successful corn, soybean, and hog farming operation. He continued farming after the death of his brother, eventually farming with his nephew, Todd, and then his daughter, Christy.
Richard was an active member of The Pyrmont Church of the Brethren and, more recently, The Living Stone Church in Rossville. His lifelong friendships with both congregations were some of the most treasured parts of his life. He was also an active member of his community. Richard helped organize servers for the annual Buck Creek Fish Fry for more than 50 years, which raises much needed funds for the local Buck Creek Volunteer Fire Department which happens to be the 4th Saturday in August, at the East Tipp Baseball Fields. New volunteer servers are always needed and appreciated! He had close friendships with many in the community, always ready to lend a helping hand, give advice, encourage others, and delivered countless bags of sweet corn. Richard was known for his witty remarks, and his sense of humor was unfailing through it all.
In addition to his wife, Joy, Richard is survived by a son, Chad (Alyson) Welch, of Lafayette; a daughter, Christy Welch (husband, Dallas Latia) of Lafayette; five grandchildren, Caleb, Addie, and Micah Welch, as well as, Chloe Bond-Latia and Eli Latia; brother-in-law, Roger Dilling, of New York City; sisters-in-law, Mary Welch, of Lafayette, and Lou Ann Lybrook, of Bloomington; and blessed with many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carole Dilling; a brother, Myron Welch; brother-in-law, Gary Lybrook; his maternal uncle, Wilbur Ade, of Brookston; maternal aunts, Lorene (Joe) Chancellor, of Lafayette, and Lillian Ade and Alberta Ade, both of Brookston; as well as a paternal aunt, Ellen Welch, of Rossville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Living Stone Church, 69 West Main, Rossville, with Pastor Eric Alwine officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Vale Cemetery in Lafayette. Visitation will be held from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, at The Living Stone Church in Rossville. Memorial contributions may be made to The Living Stone Church or the Buck Creek Community Association. Arrangements are entrusted to Genda Funeral Home Rossville Chapel with online condolences directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
RICHARD "DICK" DILLMAN
Richard Dean "Dick" Dillman, 71, of Delphi, died Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4:00am at his home, after a 3 year battle with lung cancer. He was born February 19, 1946 in Carroll County, to the late Raymond & Emma Schnepp Dillman.
Dick's marriage was to Patricia A. "Pat" Martin in Delphi, on March 19, 1965, and she survives. He was a 1964 graduate of Delphi High School, and had computer training through his work for his profession. His first job was with Carroll County REMC, from 1966-1973; he then was a farm hand for McCormick Farms, Delphi, 1973-1980; and worked for NIPSCO for 35 years in Monticello, retiring as a Supervisor in December 2010. He continued to work for NIPSCO for another 5 years, as a supervisor over contractor's doing work on gas lines.
Dick was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling with his family, enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sporting & school events, attending car show's, Delphi Community High School basketball games, Purdue University men's basketball games, mowing yards, and being outside. He enjoyed buying and fixing up cars & trucks and reselling them. He dearly loved his family, that was his life.
Surviving with his wife, Patricia A. "Pat" Dillman of Delphi are a son, Travis D. Dillman of Delphi; granddaughter, Madisyn M. Dillman of Delphi; grandson, Brayden L. Dillman of Delphi; sisters, Beverly J. Dillman of Inglewood, Calfornia, Barbara A. Cook of Hawthorne, California; brother, Jack & Jan Dillman of Lafayette; and brother in law, James "Jim" Quinlisk of Rossville. Preceded in death by a sister in law Barbara Quinlisk.
Friends may call Thursday, February 22, from 4-8pm at the Delphi United Methodist Church, funeral service Friday 11am at the Church, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Carroll Co. Cancer Association or Delphi United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Advisory: Forecast flooding changed from minor to moderate severity for the rivers in Indiana Tippecanoe River near Delphi area affected
FEBRUARY 19, 2018
FARMERS MARKET NEWS
2/17/2018--The Logansport Farmers Market will host an informational meeting for both current and prospective vendors at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Cass County Fairgrounds. Attendees are asked to meet at the Cloverleaf Building.
People from the following counties are eligible to participate as vendors: Cass, Howard, Miami, Fulton, White, Carroll and Pulaski. The Farmers Market is typically open two days per week through the growing season.
The Farmers Market, situated at Fourth and Market streets in downtown Logansport, will celebrate its opening day on Saturday, June 2. The market will continue to be open every Saturday through October from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays will be added beginning June 27th through the last week of September. Wednesday hours will be from 3 to 6 p.m.
In recent years the range of products from the Farmers Market has included vegetables, fruits, berries, plants, herbs, meats, eggs, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, honey wine (mead), unique hand-made crafts, baked goods, candy, homemade soaps and candles, knitted or crocheted projects, hand-woven rag rugs, hand-crafted sun catchers, and more. Questions concerning eligible items to sell can be addressed at the informational meeting.
For more information, contact Frank at 574-699-6971 or Brenda at 753-2230.
MARJORIE A. DILLON
Marjorie A. Burge Dillon, 87, of Camden, died Sat-Jan 27, 2018, at 6:20am, at St Elizabeth Healthcare Center, Delphi. She was born Oct 27, 1930 in Carroll Co., IN, to the late John & Sarah Rice Burge. Her marriage was to Wayne Lee Dillon in Young America, on Sept 10, 1950, and he survives. She was a 1949 graduate of Camden High School. She worked at JC Penney department store in Logansport for 27 years, starting in the fabric & material department, then was manager of the home furnishings department, retiring in 1993. She was a member of the Deer Creek Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed sewing, was an avid reader, her flower gardens, and her vegetable garden. She and her family enjoyed traveling and camping. Her greatest love was her family. She dearly loved them all, and made each one feel special in her own way. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's sporting events and school programs. Her family was her life, along with a great faith in the good Lord. Surviving: husband-Wayne L. Dillon of Camden; daughters-Sandy & Richard "Smitty" Smith of Logansport, Lisa & Andy Eikenberry of Flora; sons-Doug & Pat Dillon of Flora, Jeff & Deb Dillon of Camden. Brother-Meredith & Arvila Burge of Delphi. 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by an infant grandson Evan. Services were held at Abbott Funeral Home,Delphi. Rev Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at Camden Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the St. Elizabeth Healthcare Center Resident Fund, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
DONNA ELIZABETH OVERHOLSER
Donna Elizabeth (Kingery) Overholser, 87, Delphi, passed into heaven on Friday, January 26, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Donna was born to Irvin Kingery and Fannie Fern (Bowerman) Kingery on October 28, 1930 at their home near Flora.She graduated from Flora High School in 1948 and worked as secretary for Wilcox Lumber Company in Flora until she was married.August 8, 1951 she married Dean Overholser, who was an officer in the Army at Fort Benning, Georgia during the Korean conflict.They moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 1953 while Dean was in law school.In 1955, they began living in Delphi where Dean practiced law with George W. Obear.
For over 60 years, Donna was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church and its Wesley Weds Class.She served the Church in many capacities including financial assistant, Sunday school teacher, meal helper, and helper at the annual chicken barbeque.She was also a Girl Scout leader and delivered Meals on Wheels for several years. Donna had also been a member of Psi Iota Xi.She was employed by the Delphi Journal, which was renamed the Carroll County Comet at her and her husband’s suggestion after the Comet Kohoutek in 1973.
Surviving with her husband of 66 years are her children, Martin Dean Overholser (Sandra), Orange, California; Gail Ann Overholser, Bringhurst; Vicky Fern Snipes-Sorrells (Lon), Delphi; Susan Jane Fisher (Tim), West Lafayette.Also, surviving are her grandchildren, Aimee O’Connor (Rusty), Adam Snipes (Juli), Carly Eastin (Travis), Tony Fisher, Megan Bucur (Alec), Matthew Fisher, Lindsay Fisher and Ryan Fisher, and her great-grandchildren, Riley O’Connor, Addison O’Connor, Cole Snipes, Ayva Snipes, Ella Fisher, Victoria O’Connor, Jordan Eastin and baby on the way, and her son-in-law Dale Snipes.Donna is also survived by several nephews and a niece.
Donna was predeceased by her parents and her sisters, Roxie Crispen and Hazel Flora, and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Services were held at the Delphi United Methodist Church, Rev Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora. Psi Iota Xi service was on Tuesday. Memorial contributions to the Delphi United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Richard Dale Blickenstaff,89 of Lafayette passed away at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday January 31, 2018, at Williamsport Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. He was born in Delphi July 22,1928, the son of Robert and Mary Hufford Blickenstaff. He graduated from Delphi High School in 1947 He was married in Logansport to Rosemary Slate on April 12, 1947 and she preceded him in death June 25,2004. He worked at Ross Gyr for 32 years. He was a member of the Brady Lane Church of Christ in Lafayette.
He is survived by 2 sons, Ken (Susie) Blickenstaff and Karl (Tammy) Blickenstaff both of Lafayette, and a daughter Linda (Bob) Clark of Williamsport, 15 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter and two brothers.
Services will be at 1 pm Saturday February 3rd in the Chapel at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 11am until the time of services.
TMG Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee & Helen Catherine Shively, life-long Carroll County residents, passed into Heaven within days of each other. Robert passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Milner Community Health Care. Helen passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018, at IU Health Arnett Hospital.
Both born in Carroll County, Robert was born January 30, 1928, to Eldo and Leta Royer Shively, while Helen was born February 13, 1930, to Carl and Ruth Margaret (Harter) Wise. They married March 11, 1950, sharing 67 years together.
Robert attended Rossville High School; Helen graduated from Delphi High School in 1948. Robert farmed south of Delphi for most of his life with Helen helping on the farm and being a homemaker. Robert and Helen were members of Cutler Ridge Old German Baptist New Conference Church.
Robert and Helen are survived by their daughter, Linda Sue (Leon) Welk, of rural Delphi; daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann Shively, of rural Delphi; Robert’s sister, Anna Bell Eller, of Rossville; Helen’s sister-in-law, Carmen Wise, of Rossville; four grandchildren, Troy (Lori) Welk, of Delphi, Randy (Gretchen) Welk, of Rossville, Eric Shively, of Flora, and Lisa Hymel, of Buford, Georgia; and seven great-grandchildren.
They are preceded in death by their parents; son, Larry Alan Shively; Robert’s sister, Mary Catherine Ivie, and her husband, Joe; Helen’s brothers, Robert Wise, and his wife, Mary, and Ralph Wise; and Robert’s brother-in-law, Clarence Eller.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Cutler Ridge New Conference Old German Baptist Church from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Cutler Ridge Old German Baptist New Conference Church with the Home Brethren officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Flora. Memorials may be made to Buck Creek Volunteer Fire Department or Cutler Ridge New Conference Old German Baptist Church.
JOHN PHILLIP BEACH
John Phillip Beach, 91, of Delphi, died Mon-Jan 29, 2018 at 7:45am at his residence. He was born Oct 2, 1926 in Valentine, IN, to the late Harlow & Mildred Lambright Beach. His marriage was to Betty Marks in LaGrange, IN, on Nov 2 1947, and she preceded him in death on Feb 8, 2007. He graduated from LaGrange High School in 1944. He is a WW II Veteran, serving in the 8th Army, serving in the Pacific Theater, Philippian Islands, and Japan, from Feb 7, 1945 to Nov 29, 1946. He then received his BS from Purdue University in Industrial Education 1951, and his MA from Purdue in Industrial Education 1961. He taught for 1 year at Kendallville High School, then accepted the Industrial Arts position at Delphi Community High School, from 1952 until his retirement in 1989. He had a passion for teaching, and he loved his students. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church since 1953, and had served as a trustee. He belonged to the IN Retired Teachers Association, was a life member of both the Wabash & Erie Canal, and the Friends of the Delphi Library. He was a woodworking judge for the Carroll County 4-H fair, and had judged woodworking at other surrounding counties. After retirement, he and his wife had the Deer Creek Hollow Woodworking Shop, in the former Delphi Town Square Mall. He volunteered countless hours at the Delphi Food Pantry and delivered Meals on Wheels. He enjoyed Purdue University Sports, woodworking, and loved his neighborhood, and many friends. His greatest love was for his family. He dearly loved them all, and especially enjoyed going to his grandchildren's events. Surviving: sons-Terry & Nancy Beach of Delphi, Thomas & Sherry Beach of Wichita, KS, Mike & Denise Beach of Delphi. 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister Betty Wright. Services: The family will receive friends from 1pm until his memorial service at 2pm Saturday, at the Delphi United Methodist Church, 1796 N US 421 Delphi. Rev Todd Ladd officiating, private family interment to follow at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Carroll County Honor Guard providing Military Rites. Memorial contributions to the Delphi Food Pantry, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
DANIEL LEE ANDERSON
Daniel Lee Anderson, 74, of Lafayette, formerly of Delphi, died Thursday, January 25, 2018 at his residence.
He was born on July 20, 1943 in Delphi to the late CharlesAndersonandHelenAnderson. Hewas a 1961 graduate of Delphi High School and was drafted in to the United States Air Force in 1961 where Daniel served proudly from 1962 through 1966. He married Sandra (Lehman) Anderson on March 27, 1974 in Lafayette. She survives. He was employed at Fairfield Manufacturing as a Tool Grinder for 41 years. He was a 50 year member of the American Legion and 46 year member of the Free and Accepted Mason’s, Rossville Lodge 318.
Daniel enjoyed hiking state parks and kayaking with his granddaughters. He could be seen every morning and afternoon walking to Fuel Coffee Shop on Main St. for some good conversation. He also enjoyed playing golf, especially with his brother “Chuck” and son Andrew and always was trying to improve his game by watching golf daily. He loved Colorado and never got tired of visiting there. Above all, Daniel loved his family very much and always stayed up-to-date with their lives. He had a soft spot in his heart for his grandchildren, who brought out the child in him. He was appreciated, respected, and most importantly, loved by many.
Along with his wife, Sandra, he is survived by; 2 sons, Andrew (Rhonda) Friend of Lafayette, Lance Anderson of Colorado; a daughter, Danielle Anderson of Lafayette; 2 grandsons, Alex Friend and Jordan Friend; 3 granddaughters, Brooklyn Friend, Alyssa Miller, and Katelyn Miller; his mother, Helen Anderson of Delphi; 2 brothers, Charles (Jinx) Anderson of Bringhurst, Gary (Geri) Anderson of Golden Valley, AZ; 3 sisters, Geneva (Bill) Martin, Patricia (Wayne) Potts, and Claire (Terry Curin) Anderson of Michigan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; his sister, Betty Butcher; and his step-son, Gregory Friend.
Memorial Contributions in Daniel’s name may be given in honor of his son Gregory to the Cystic Fibrosis at www.cff.org or envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until time of service at 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Soller-Baker Funeral Home, Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd, Lafayette.
Share memories, leave condolences, and sign the guest book at www. soller-baker.com
John R. “Bob” Toole, 76, of Delphi, Indiana, passed away at 7:10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Florida.
Born on October 29, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana he was the son of the late John Earl and Mae Elizabeth (Riley) Toole. He graduated from Delphi High School in 1959 and attended Indiana State University for six months. Bob married LeAnn A. (Reppert) Toole on July 26, 1964 in Carroll County, she survives.
Bob owned and operated Sunoco gas station in the early 60’s, he then worked for Duncan Meter from 1963-1973 as a tool & die maker. He was employed by the Delphi City Police Department from 1969-1989 as a Reserves Police Officer. Bob worked for the REMC in Delphi as a Member Services Advisor and retired on April 14, 2006 after 34 years. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church. He was a past member of Delphi Jaycees. Bob truly loved fishing and golfing. He was a great craftsman and did a lot of wood working projects.
Bob leaves behind his wife, LeAnn; two sons, Shannon Toole of Rockfield, Indiana and Shane Toole of Brookston, Indiana; two grandchildren, Trevor L. Toole and Kerigan R. Toole; sister, Patricia (Tom) Porter of Lafayette, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Memorial visitation will on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a memorial service beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Hippensteel Tribute Center and Funeral Home (405 Cottage Street in Delphi). Pastor Todd Ladd will be officiating. Memorial contributions may be directed to Leukemia & Lymphomas Society, Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or the Delphi United Methodist Church
Shirley J. Clawson, 74, of Delphi, passed away on Jan. 23, 2018 at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette. Shirley was born on Sept. 24, 1943 in Lafayette to the late Orth and Dorothy (Kauffman) Pattengale. She attended East Tipp School and later earned her GED.
She married Gene E. Clawson on Feb. 14, 1960 in Delphi and he survives.
Shirley retired from Thoughtful Impressions in Delphi as a screen printer and had also worked at Essex Wire in Flora.
She was a member of the Delphi VFW Auxiliary.
Shirley enjoyed fishing, ginseng and mushroom hunting, birdwatching and loved the outdoors.
Along with her husband, Gene, she is survived by sons: Gregory Clawson (Janet Jones) of Lafayette, Bryon Clawson of Delphi, Douglas Clawson (Dawn) of Camden; sisters: Roxie Veach (Roy) of Burrows and Wilma Davis (Dick) of Colburn; 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded by a sister, Leorabelle Miller.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the 4:00 p.m. funeral service on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Kim Holley officiating.
Memorial contributions in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Delphi VFW.
TYLER J. WERTH
Tyler J. Werth, 16, of Delphi, passed away on Jan. 19, 2018 at his residence. Tyler was born on May 18, 2001 in Springfield, IL to Shaun A. and Sophia (Hagerman) Werth. He was a student at Delphi Community High School in Delphi.
Tyler was a employee with Delphi McDonalds and a member of the Delphi FFA. He enjoyed photography, hunting and fishing.
His survived by his parents; sister, Chelsey Werth of Lincoln, IL.; maternal grandmother: Deb & Dale DeWeese of Lone Dell, MO; maternal grandfather, Charles Hagerman of Sarasota FL; paternal grandmother: Kristy & Keith Raughman of Lincoln, IL and paternal grandfather, Richard Werth also of Lincoln, IL; and several aunts and uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life service will be held on Jan. 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Christian Church in Lincoln. IL with visitation from 4:00 until the 6:00 p.m. service.
Memorial contributions in Tyler’s memory may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
JUNE ANN ROGERS
June Ann Rogers, 72, of New Castle passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at her home. She was born October 12, 1945 in Carroll County, IN to Robert and Elnora (Johnson) Scott.
She retired from New Castle School Corporation as a teacher for 46 years, where she taught at Weir, Eastwood, Wilbur Wright and Greenstreet schools. June was a member of ABWA, DAR, and an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church. Affectionately known as “Ma” She loved teaching and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter, Anne Rogers of New Castle; her father, Robert Scott of Delphi, IN; sister, Mary Sealy (Bill) of Southport, IN; grandchildren, Victor Mukes, Alexandria, Sarah, and Sam Rogers; great-grandchildren, Annabelle and Owen Mukes; niece, Melanie (Jamie) Campbell; two nephews, Brian (Nicole) Scott and James Sealy; brother-in-law, Richard (Rox) Wagner, caregivers, Charles Love and Ashley Fields.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Elnora Scott, husband, Robert J. Rogers, son, Robert C. Rogers.
Services will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, January 22, 2018 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Father John Hall officiating. Visitation will be from 5 – 7 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hickory Grove Cemetery, Delphi, IN. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209. You may express condolences or share a memory of June at www.hinsey-brown.com.
Jack E. McGuire, 46 of Frankfort, died unexpectedly at Methodist Hospital Indianapolis at 7:26pm on Wednesday January 10th. He was born in Logansport on February 7,1971, the son of George and Linda McGuire.
Jack was a member of the DCHS Class of 1989, and was a self employed roofer.
Jack is survived by his parents of Peru, two daughters Jaden and Darlene McGuire of Monticello, two brothers Richard McGuire of Greenfield and Kevin (Hayley) Hostetler of Denver, IN and his fiancée Stacey Ayers of Frankfort.
Private Memorial Services have been entrusted to Cree Funeral Home, Camden.
Larry J. Wilson, 72, of Delphi, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at IU Health Arnett Hospital ER, from injuries he sustained in a automobile accident near Delphi.
Larry was born March 31, 1945 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to the late William Wilson, and Gaynell Roberts Rees. His marriage was to Ruth Ann Draper in Delphi, on December 3, 1976, and she preceded him in death on July 30, 2010.
He was a 1963 graduate of Delphi High School, and was in the Indiana National Guard for 4 years, and the reserves for 4 years. Larry worked for the former Peters-Revington Furniture Factory in Delphi from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Pittsburg, sang in the choir, and helped with the children's ministries of the church. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and scooters, and was proud of his motorcycle endorsement.
Larry enjoyed fishing, and being outdoors', always admiring the good Lord's creation.
Surviving: Daughters-Ronda & Dustan Strange of Oaktown, Susan & Chad Collier of West Lafayette; Sons-James A. and Shannon J. Wilson of Delphi; Sisters-Jeani "Sis" Allen of Indianapolis, Joyce Woods of Dayton, Peggy Agee of Indianapolis; Brother-Pat Rees of Elkhart; Grandchildren: Adrienne Daugherty, Rebecca Collier, Samuel Strange, Skylor Strange, Catherine Clark, Gaige Strange, Noah Strange; 5 great grandchildren.
Friends may call Saturday from 2pm until his funeral service at 4pm, at the Frist Assembly of God Church, Pittsburg, Pastor Brent Oliver officiating. Private family interment at a later date. Memorial contributions to the church, envelopes available there. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements.
Carroll County Sheriff files for Re-Election
SHERIFF TOBE LEAZENBY
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby has filed to seek a second term as Carroll County Sheriff. Sheriff Leazenby has served the citizens of Carroll County for almost 32 years, having started with the office as a part time jail officer in 1986. Since then, he has served in multiple capacities with the office. During his first term, Sheriff Leazenby has made improvements to the office including firearm upgrades for the enforcement division. He was also able to implement two, full time detectives to the small county agency’s line up, allowing for progressive criminal investigations. Additionally, Sheriff Leazenby, with a good working relationship with the county council, was able to bring animal control back to Carroll County after an almost ten-year hiatus. Sheriff Leazenby also completed the 113th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute, an executive level management course for Sheriffs, while in his first term. Sheriff Leazenby also continues to serve on the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Board of Directors and the ISA’s Scholarship Committee, serving as Lafayette area chairman for the committee. Sheriff Leazenby stated, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my first term as Carroll County Sheriff. I am not finished with my accomplishments yet and look forward to another four years to complete those goals. Granted, the past year has been challenging. Obviously some of those goals include resolve to the Flora and Delphi investigations. I thank the community which I serve and look forward to its support as we move forward the next four years.”
Delphi Resident Dies In HHC Accident
1/16/2018--A Delphi resident died on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, following an accident at the intersection of County Road 800 West (Dayton Road) and the Hoosier Heartland Highway.
Investigators say that Larry Wilson, 72, of Delphi, was driving a Minivan when his vehicle went into the path of a Pick Up truck shortly before 2:00 p.m. Wilson was taken to IU Health in Lafayette in Critical Condition but died from his injuries. The driver of the Pick Up, Nathan Frost of Logansport, was treated and released at the scene. The Hoosier Heartland Corridor was closed for about two hours.
Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the accident.
Delphi Double Homicide Investigation Continues
1/15/2018--ISP--Earlier today members of the Liberty German family and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter appeared on a live segment of the Megyn Kelly TODAY show to help keep the double homicide of Liberty German and Abigail Williams in the public eye. Late last year there was a similar appearance on the Dr. PHIL show.
Also, as part of the families’ efforts to develop investigative leads, information has been shared with numerous police agencies across the nation. One agency in Tennessee shared the information on their Facebook Site and added verbiage that stated “FBI has extended the search into south eastern Tennessee counties including Bledsoe”. In fact, this is a NATION WIDE search for the person or persons wanted for the murders of Abby and Libby. The Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department has updated their Facebook site which now states, “To Clarify this suspect HAS NOT BEEN SEEN IN BLEDSOE COUNTY or any other counties in Tn. It is a nationwide search.” The current Facebook post can be found at this link:
The timing of the original Bledsoe County Sheriff’s Department Facebook post and the live airing on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show resulted in misinformation being shared on the show and the purpose of this release is to correct the inadvertent misinformation.
Speaking on behalf of all the law enforcement agencies working on this active homicide investigation, we are grateful to the media and other police agencies for sharing the family poster about these murders. We are confident someone knows who was responsible for these murders and we encourage them to come forward with their tip information. The tip phone number is 844-459-5786 and callers may remain anonymous. Tips can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
As this remains an active investigation, the Indiana State Police is not speaking to specifics of any particular tips or leads that are being investigated. To date, more than 26,000 tips have been investigated. At such time that an arrest is made, media will be notified.
GORDON L. STEVENS
Gordon L. Stevens, 89, of Delphi, passed away on Jan. 12, 2018 at IU Health in Lafayette. He was born on Sept. 18, 1928 in Lafayette to the late Cecil and Sylvia (Hughes) Stevens.
He retired after 20 years from the US Army. He was a chief warrant officer. He served from 1946 – 1966.
His first marriage was to Carolyn Snyder and they later divorced. He later married his wife Carmen Jane (Randle) on April 21, 1985 in Delphi and she preceded him on Jan. 13, 2013.
Mr. Stevens had worked as a realtor for Godby Real Estate and had worked at National Homes. He was owner-operator of Stevens Residential Repairs.
He was a life member of the Lafayette VFW and Delphi American Legion, a member of the Delphi Lions, Wabash & Erie Canal Association, the Delphi I.O.O.F and Lafayette Moose Lodge. He was a past member and past president of the Monticello Moose Lodge and a member of the Lafayette Retired Officers Assoc.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and cats; and woodworking.
He is survived by his children: Gordon Lance Stevens (Joanne) of Garner, NC, Iris Maria Ausban (Dean) of Battle Ground; step-children: Randle Myers (Rebecca) of Delphi, Mary Carol Sparks (Larry) of Kokomo; brother, Herbert Stevens (Carol) of Lafayette; sister, Marilyn Rohlfing of Fishers;12 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.
Along with his wife, Carmen he was preceded by a step-son, Michael Myers; brothers: Leslie and Milford; and sisters: Dorothy Huffer and Maxine DeVos.
Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi with funeral services at 11:00 a.m. on Fri., Jan. 19, 2018 at the funeral home with Pastor Bob Duke officiating. A special IOOF service will be held there on Friday. Entombment will follow in Tippecanoe Memory Gardens, West Lafayette. Military Graveside Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to Wabash & Erie Canal Assoc. or the Special Olympics.
Margaret Ann Guckien, 95, of Mulberry and formerly of Carroll County, IN, passed away on Jan. 10, 2018 at Mulberry Health and Retirement Community.
Margaret was born on Sept. 27, 1922 in Lucerne, IN to the late James and Francis (Larkin) Montgomery. She graduated from Lucerne High School and Logansport Business School.
She married F. Michael Guckien on April 19, 1944 at Lucerne, IN and he preceded her on Sept. 24, 1984.
She was the former owner-operator of Burrows Lunch. She also worked for 16 years as a secretary for Logansport State Hospital. She retired as a house mother in various sororities at Purdue University.
Mrs. Guckien was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Alter & Rosary Society, St. Elizabeth Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Margaret enjoyed playing Euchre, cake decorating, crocheting, traveling and spending time with family..
She is survived by children: Sylvester Guckien (Pat) of Frankfort, Kay Trent (John) of Kokomo, Mary Guckien of West Lafayette, Marie Clawson (Michael) of Delphi; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Guckien was also preceded by a brother, J.W. Montgomery and a sister, Mary Hardy.
Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi with Rosary at 6:45 p.m. Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Tues., Jan. 16, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi with Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mulberry Alzheimer’s Annual Walk.
Clayton Combs, 85, of Delphi passed away on Jan. 6, 2018 at his daughter’s residence in Delphi. Clayton was born on May 23, 1932 in Carroll County, Indiana to the late Charles and Phoebe (Lamphier) Combs. He attended Pittsburg School in Pittsburg, Indiana.
He married Marcella J. “Tilly” Smith on July 30, 1951 at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and she preceded him on March 6, 2014.
Mr. Combs had been employed at G&G Farms and Southern Pines in Bonita Springs, FL; Prior to that he had worked at Loy Roofing.
He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Delphi and the United Cherokee Nation and was given the Cherokee name, “Broken Arrow.”
Clayton enjoyed fishing and making sunshine.
He is survived by his daughters: Teresa Houser (Jeff) of Delphi and Patricia Harner of Georgia; brothers: Floyd Combs (Darlene) of Monticello and Harrold Combs (Linda) of Burnettsville; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded by a daughter, Leigh Kiger, sons: Clayton M and Robert I. Combs; grandson, Danny Lehr; siblings: Marjorie Roland and Chuck and David Combs.
Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m. on Jan. 10, 2018 at Davidson Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2018 with Pastor John Wagner officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Run Cemetery, northern Carroll County.
Memorial contribution in Clayton’s memory may be made to Guardian Angels Hospice, 513 W. Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN 46902.
THOMAS WAYNE KEMPF
Thomas Wayne Kempf, formerly of Crawfordsville, went to be with his Lord on Monday morning at North Woods Village of Kokomo. He was 84.
Born February 7, 1933 in Delphi he was the son of the late Paul and Margaret (Long) Kempf. He married Ruby M. Hathaway at the Delphi Baptist Church on February 28, 1954. She preceded him in death on May 21, 2006.
He graduated from Delphi High School as a member of the class of 1951. He later attended Bob Jones University and Taylor University.
Thomas served his country in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He received his basic training at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and artillery training at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He received his honorable discharge after being stationed at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.
He worked for Alcoa prior to being employed by Indiana Gas (now Vectren), retiring in 1998. He later worked for CVS.
Having been a member of Kossuth St. Baptist Church in Lafayette, Friendship Baptist Church and East Side Baptist Church in Crawfordsville, he was very active as the song leader and choir director as well as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher.
He enjoyed being with his family, reading, playing badminton and was a sports fan, especially Purdue.
Surviving family members include his daughter Sue (David) Atkisson of Kokomo, sons Jerry (Cec) Kempf of Crawfordsville, Joel Kempf of Denver, Colorado, daughter Dawn (Joe) Hieston of Crawfordsville; grandchildren Nathan Rawley, Eric Dupay, Keith Dupay, Courtney Kempf, Nina Kelly, Chris Locklin, Ally Kempf, Drew Hieston, Mitchell Hieston, Madelyenn Hieston and Aaron Morgan; great-grandchildren Mavric Collier, Easton Dupay, Karlee Bates, Jordynn Dupay, Alyssa Dupay and Alaina Kelly.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
A funeral service with military rites will be 3:00PM Saturday, January 13 at East Side Baptist Church officiated by Pastor Steve Whicker along with son Joel Kempf. Visitation will be Saturday at the church from 1:00PM until the time of service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North.
Contributions can be made to East Side Baptist Church, 2000 Traction Rd., Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
Mr. Kempf donated his blood for several years. In his memory, you are encouraged to become a blood donor.
Condolences can be made at www.BurkhartFH.com.
Delphi Homicide Investigation Headquarters
Moving Back to Delphi City Hall
1/8/2018--ISP--As we near the one year anniversary date of the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German the Indiana State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department are providing this brief update on the status of the investigation. Both agencies remain fully engaged with investigative personnel assigned to the case. Most recently, the result of the international attention from exposure of the investigation on the Dr. Phil Show, this investigation remains in the public eye and additional leads are being investigated.
As the second year of this investigation commences on February 13th, the most visible change will be the base of operations. As many will recall, the investigation was originally headquartered above the Delphi City Hall and later moved to the REMC building on Franklin Street, in Delphi. Now, moving forward, the need for such a large dedicated area is not necessary and the investigative base of operations will be relocated back to the office space above city hall.
It is important to acknowledge and thank the Carroll White REMC members, Board of Directors, Management Team and Employees for their gracious support providing a base of operations at the Franklin Street REMC building since February of 2017. This facility provided more than adequate space needed to investigate leads in the critical initial months of this ongoing investigation. Moving forward, Mayor Shane Evans, on behalf of the City of Delphi, has arranged for outside law enforcement personnel to utilize space in Delphi’s city municipal building where all involved investigators and support staff will be able to work closely with other local law enforcement officials.
Without doubt, someone, somewhere has the tip needed to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. We urge anyone with this information to either call the toll free number tip line at 844-459-5786 or email the tip to: email@example.com. Callers to the tip line may remain anonymous.
EDWARD JOE STANKARD
Edward “Eddie” Joe Stankard, 66, of Reno, Nevada, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2018.
He was born on April 24, 1951 in Lafayette, IN to Mary F. (Gramkow) Stankard and the late William J. Stankard. He graduated from Delphi Community High School in 1969. After high school he graduated from Columbia School of Broadcasting in Milwaukee, WI and he also attended classes at Ivy Tech in Lafayette, IN. He was the Sports Director for radio stations in Monticello and Rochester, Indiana. He later enlisted in the United States Air Force serving for 3 years. After he completed his term of service, he worked at Alcoa in Lafayette, IN and then moved to California where he retired from General Chemical Corp.
Eddie was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Purdue Boilermaker fan. His favorite sport was Major League Baseball and his favorite team was the Oakland A’s. Eddie was an avid golfer.
Eddie loved his family and is survived by his mother Mary F. Stankard of Delphi, IN, companion Linda Buffington of Reno, NV, daughter Emerald Keehan (Sean) of South San Francisco, CA and brother Dan Stankard (Pat) of Delphi, IN. He also leaves behind three special nephews Scott Stankard (Piper), Jeff Stankard (Libby) and Eric Stankard (Erica). He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will welcome visitors to a Celebration of Life that will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Delphi, IN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to: Libby & Abby Softball Park Fund, Carroll County Community Foundation, PO Box 538, Delphi, IN 46923-0538 or online athttp://www.cfcarroll.org/libby_abby_softball_park_fund_ca.html.
Chris Johnson of Crawfordsville passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 1, 2018 shortly after the new year in Ft. Wayne. He was 56.
Chris was the primary principal and CEO of Johnson & Williamson Insurance in Crawfordsville.
Born September 22, 1961 in Delphi, he was the son of Claude and Linda Lee (Beaumont) Johnson.
He graduated from Delphi High School in 1980 as Valedictorian. He then attended West Point Military Academy until an injury ended his service as a cadet. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wabash College class of 1984.
He married Raquel Nocus on August 8, 1999 in Crawfordsville. She survives.
He began his career working as an engineer for the United States Defense Department. Eventually, he returned to Indiana to join his father in the insurance business.
He was a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Crawfordsville Rotary Club as well as a State of Indiana Fire Commissioner. He also continually contributed to the community in various ways.
Chris pursued a lifelong passion as an engineer and scientist obtaining numerous patents for various designs and inventions. He loved travelling and was an avid reader and a lifelong student of history, particularly military history.
Surviving family includes his wife; daughter Sophia at home; son David (Lexi) Johnson of Franklin; daughter Teresa (Brad Farmer) Johnson of Pittsboro; father Claude Johnson of Crawfordsville; four grandsons and a granddaughter on the way.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
A celebration of his life will take place 6:00 P.M. Sunday, January 7th at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Montgomery County, 1001 Whitlock Ave., Crawfordsville, Indiana. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. Sunday at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to a volunteer fire department of your choosing or to the Crawfordsville Rotary Club-Mexico Fire Truck Initiative, P.O. Box 841, Crawfordsville, IN 47933.
Lanette L. Cunningham Sechrist, 86, of Lafayette, died Monday, January 1, 2018 at 3:30am at St. Mary's Healthcare Center, Lafayette. She had been a resident there for 4 years.
Lanette was born June 16, 1931 in Lafayette, to the late Lawrence Cunningham, and Mildred Lane Shepard. Her marriage was to Paul K. Sechrist in Delphi, on February 14, 1978, and he survives.
She was a 1949 graduate of Benjamin Bosse High School, Evansville, and worked for the former National Homes in Lafayette as a secretary, then was the administrative secretary for the purchasing agent at the former Gerber Globe Valve Corp in Delphi for 2 years, and was a homemaker.
Raised in Evansville, Indiana, she moved to Delphi in 1958. Then in the early 80's, she and her husband moved to Tucson, Arizona, for 30 years, then moved back to Lafayette in 2011.
Lanette loved to travel, and made it to 48 States, plus Mexico & Canada. She enjoyed ceramics, needle point, and her passion was sewing. She dearly loved her family.
Surviving are her husband, Paul K Sechrist of Lafayette; daughters Cheryl Shull of Jacksonville, Florida, Claudette & Lynn Brown of Flora, Vande & Tom Grimm of Evansville, and Renee Mitchell of Lafayette; son Brian & Lenora Gooch of Attica; step brothers, Gerry & Tana Shepard of Monticello, Terry Shepard of Delphi; stepson, Frank Sechrist of Delphi; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Jalayne Johns; son in law Larry Shull; brother Sonny Emmert; and step brother Lerry Shepard.
Friends may call Friday from 10am until her funeral at 12pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
James Alfred "Jim" Lichtenberger, 77, of Middlebury, Indiana, passed away Dec. 29, 2017 at Elkhart General Hospital.
Jim was born Sept. 15, 1940 in Elkhart, Indiana to the late Alfred and Charlene Lichtenberger. He graduated from Elkhart High School in 1958 and from Valparaiso University in 1962, where he played basketball for the Crusaders. On Aug. 26, 1961 he married the love of his life, Margaret "Peggy" Corns.
Jim was a teacher, basketball coach and school administrator. He coached at Concordia Teacher's College in River Forest, Illinois, Bristol High School, Northside Junior High, LaVille High School, Hobart High School and Delphi High School. He was an assistant principal at Fairfield Junior Senior High School and principal at Argos Junior Senior High School before becoming the principal at Northridge High School, where he retired in 2005.
Jim was a lifelong Cubs fan and was ecstatic to see them win the World Series. He also enjoyed Notre Dame basketball, Purdue football and basketball, and all Northridge High School extracurricular activities. Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family dearly.
Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Peggy, two daughters, Kathleen Lichtenberger of Middlebury, Deborah (Jack) McKissick of Granger, and Robert (Sherry) Lichtenberger of North Liberty, 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his sister Jill (Jim) Ferres of Terre Haute. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Steve Lichtenberger of Maysville, Kentucky.
Per Jim's request there will be no funeral service or visitation. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Northridge High School or the Middlebury Food Pantry.
BRANDON "TROY" VIBBERT
Brandon “Troy” Vibbert, 44,of Bringhurst was born January 15, 1973, in Lafayette, ended his constant battle with himself on December 25, 2017. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a Union member of Local 22 as an Ironworker.
Troy wore his heart on his sleeve and loved everyone he encountered. He was extremely passionate about music. Troy’s hobbies included playing guitar, making and writing music, spending time with his two grandchildren, making people laugh, and tinkering with random things; he was a jack-of-all-trades.
He is survived by his parents, Estal and Kay (Young) Vibbert; daughter, McKenzie Vibbert; grandchildren, Kaydence Vibbert and Knox Adams; brother, Shawn Ward; wife, Patricia Vibbert; stepson, Quiaton Lindsey and step granddaughter, Makenna Lindsey; niece, Lydia Ward; great niece, Ava Fryk; great nephew, Braydyn Brown; uncles, Bill Brower, Ernie Vibbert, and Bill Vibbert; aunts, Nancy Brower Haines, Bonnie Demerly, Nomie McCarty, and Emily Sanson; and numerous cousins.
Troy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Raymond and Marybell Brower, and Frank and Vira Mae Vibbert; aunt, Carol Brower Stockdale; and uncle, Eddie Vibbert.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel in Flora, from 4:00 p.m. to the start of the funeral service at 6:00 p.m. Pastor Joe Boggs will officiate. Inurnment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery in the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, Troy’s family asks that donations be made to Brady’s Hope or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255) in memory of Troy.
P. Joan Bush Rogers, 88, formerly of Camden, died Thurs-Dec 28, 2017 at 12:45am at St. Mary's Healthcare Center, Lafayette, where she had been a resident for 1 1/2 years.. She was born June 23, 1929 in Burrows, to the late Wilson & Helen Edging Rogers. Her marriage was to John A. Rogers in Knox, on Mar 23, 1954, and he preceded her in death on June 23, 1988. She was a 1947 graduate of Delphi High School, and a 1950 graduate of Methodist School of Nursing, Indianapolis. When she was first married, she helped her husband farm, and they had a dairy. She then went to work at Logansport Memorial Hospital for awhile, then worked at Family Practice Doctors Offices in the surrounding counties. She took a break from nursing to start her family, and drove a school bus and helped cook at the Camden Elementary School. After raising her family she went back to nursing and worked at the former Home Hospital in Lafayette for 14 years, retiring from there. She was a member of the Camden United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women, and served on the church executive board. She attended the Burrows Presbyterian Church in her younger days. She belonged to the Aim High Home Ec Club, participated and was a member of W.A.L.L.A. She volunteered at the Carroll County Council on Aging Area IV, enjoyed gardening, knitting, and exhibited her knitting pieces in the Carroll Co. Open 4-H contest. She was extremely involved with her kids activities and functions, and later on, in her grand & great grandchildren's activities. She dearly loved her family, and the time they spent together. Surviving: daughters-Joyce Johnson & Tom Canavan of Monticello, KY, Judy Kendall of Camden, Janet & Jerry Lecy of Lafayette, Jerlyn Rogers & William Gray of Indianapolis; sister-Jane George of Delphi; step sister-Thelma DeWitt of Kokomo. 13 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a step brother Ernest; step sister Virginia; step mother Rose. Services: Friends may call Friday-Jan 5, 2018, from 5pm-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service there Saturday at 11am, Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at Camden Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Carroll Manor Home or Carroll County Cancer Association, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
CALVIN CURTIS FIELEKE
Calvin Curtis Fieleke, 76, of Delphi, died Tuesday-Dec 26, 2017, at 8:55pm, at IU Health Arnett Hospital, Lafayette, after a 2 year fight with cancer. He was born March 11, 1941 in Kankakee, IL, to the late Walter & Cleta Doehring Fieleke.
He has two sisters, Carol & Garrett DeYoung of St Anne, IL, and Donna Romein of Delphi; an older brother Walter "Sonny" Fieleke Jr of Delphi. His marriage was to Patricia "Pat" Harter on October 18, 1963, at the First Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL, and she survives.
He attended schools in Momence, IL, and graduated in 1959 from Lakeland High School, Lakeland, FL. He co-managed the DuRa Brake Shop in Tampa, FL, then moved to Delphi, where he farmed for 40 years. He also spent a few years as a salesman for the former Coral Ford in Lafayette, and Dick Krieg Motors in Delphi. He retired from farming in 2006.
Calvin loved the Lord, and was a great example of a Christian father & husband. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Delphi, for over 52 years. At First Baptist he served the Lord many years as a deacon, usher, and a greeter. He was a member of the Lafayette Indiana Historic Auto Club, and was a past president. He enjoyed touring the country with his Model-A cars. He and his wife wintered for several years in Lakeland, FL. Calvin loved his family and always enjoyed being with them for any and all opportunities and occasions.
He is survived by his wife Patricia "Pat" Fieleke of Delphi; his two daughters; Kim & Patrick Kelley of Delphi, Eileen & Steve Fullenkamp of Valparaiso. He has 4 grandchildren: Jared & Hannah Kelley of Rossville, Danielle & Wes Schuiteman of Marion, Brooke & Logan Fullenkamp of Valparaiso. A great grandson that took his middle name: Isaac Curtis Kelley.
Friends may call Friday from 5pm-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service Saturday at 11am at the First Baptist Church, Delphi, Rev. Bill Glenn officiating. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contribution's to the First Baptist Church, IU Simon Cancer Center, or the Hope for Brazil, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
MARY MARGARET DELANEY
Mary Margaret Delaney, 91 of Delphi, passed away on December 24, 2017 at The Springs Health Center in Lafayette. Mary Margaret was born in Tippecanoe County on March 14, 1926 to the late Christopher and Catherine (Hazlett) Schnepp. She was a 1944 graduate of Delphi High School.
She married Lawrence “Bus” Lee Delaney on Aug. 21, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi and he preceded her on April 3, 1987.
She was a homemaker and had previously worked in the Athletic Dept. at Delphi High School.
Mrs. Delaney was a member of the St Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi, a member of the Rosary & Altar Society, Red Hat Society, and Lunch Bunch. She also enjoyed volunteering for the Canal Center and St. Elizabeth Healthcare.
She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, flower gardening and traveling. She also enjoyed playing cards, Euchre and Skip-O with her companion, Robert Quinn.
She is survived by her children: Brenda Robertson of Dayton and Jeffery Delaney (Cheryl) of Lafayette; grandchildren; Dawn Robertson of Charlotte, NC, Brett Robertson of Flora, Brad Delaney of Lafayette and Chad Delaney of Sheridan; 7 great grandchildren and her companion, Robert Quinn.
She was also preceded by her grandson, Shane Delaney; brother, William Schnepp and sister, Emma Dillman.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 until the 11:00 a.m. funeral mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi. Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery, Delphi.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
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CHRISTINA MARIE KELLY DUFF
Christina Marie Kelly Duff, 60, of Crawfordsville, died unexpectedly Thursday-Dec 21, 2017 at 8:20am, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, after a brief battle with cancer. She was born Apr 11, 1957 in Lafayette, to Donald W. Kelly, and her late mother Mary K Furst Kelly. Her marriage was to Douglas L. Duff in Delphi, on Feb 26, 1977, and he survives.
She was a 1975 graduate of Delphi Community High School, and attended Ball State University. She currently worked for Wabash College in administration to the Dean of the College, since 2004; prior to that, for the Montgomery County Courthouse, for Judge Milligan, and prior to that, for the Delphi Community High School, she was secretary to the principle for 19 1/2 years.
She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church; Psi Iota Xi Sorority; and she loved her job. Her greatest joy was her family and her grandchildren. She loved them all very much, and enjoyed all the time they spent together.
Surviving: husband-Douglas L Duff of Crawfordsville; daughter-Lindsey & Ashley Lucas of Crawfordsville; son-Jason & Hillary Duff of Plymouth, WI; father-Donald W. Kelly (companion Joyce Sullivan) of Delphi; sister-Jennifer & Steven Newberry of West Lafayette; brother-Jeff & Brenda Kelly of West Lafayette; mother in law-Wanda P. Duff of Delphi; 6 grandchildren. Preceded in death by a great nephew Jackson Fetter; father in law Bill Duff; brother in law Eddie Duff.
Services: friends may call Saturday from 10am until her funeral service at 2pm at the Delphi United Methodist Church, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Carroll County Cancer Assoc., envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
William J. Martin, 92, of rural Camden, died Thursday-Dec 21, 2017 at 8:47am at his daughter Carolyn's home, after a brief illness. He was born Oct 27, 1925 in Carroll County, IN, to the late Charles Gardner & Ora Jordan Martin. His marriage was to Peggy J. Dunderman at the Wheatland Ave United Methodist Church in Logansport, on Aug 31, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Aug 2, 2012.
He was a 1943 graduate of Delphi High School. He was in the U.S. Army at the end of WW II, stationed in the Pacific Theater, then switched to the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed their. He farmed in Liberty Township, Carroll County, for many years, raising hogs & cattle, and grain.
He was a member of the Burrows Presbyterian Church, where he was an Elder. He was a member of the Camden American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and camping, and for many years wintered in Sebring, FL. He dearly loved his family, and the many gatherings they shared together.
Surviving: daughters-Conny & Jerry Amstutz of Leo, Carolyn & Robin Maxwell of rural Camden; sons-William "Mike" & Sonya Martin of Abbeville, SC, Richard Martin of Burrows, Christopher & April Martin of rural Camden; brother-Charles "Max" & Catherine Martin of Burrows; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren.
Services: Friends may call Saturday at the Burrows Presbyterian Church from 1pm until his funeral service at 3pm, Rev Carolyn DeWitt, & Rev's John & Sally Gilbert officiating. Burial at Woodville Cemetery, rural Camden, Carroll County Honor Guard providing Military Rites. Memorial contributions to the Burrows Presbyterian Church, envelopes available there. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements.
--MARINE CORPS LEAGUE PHOTO--
The Marine Corps League, Michael Walters Detachment of Delphi was presented with a check for $2,000 from Rob Aldrich and American Family Insurance for their Scholarship Fund. Rob Aldrich, nephew of Michael Walters, and LeAnne Aldrich, sister of Michael Walters, are pictured in the photo with members of the Marine Corps League.
Bertie Smith, 86, of Delphi, passed away on December 19, 2017 at her residence. She was born in White County, Indiana on November 2, 1931 to the late Mearl “Hap” and Edna (McGill) Wamsher. She attended Delphi Schools. She married Gerald Smith on January 29, 1949 in Lebanon and he passed away in 1987.
Mrs. Smith retired in 1998 from Essex Wire in Flora where she had worked as a wire puller. She worked at Central Lab in West Lafayette as a score & brake operator. She had worked as a clerk for Mode-A-Day Dress Shop & I&W Fashion Center. She had also worked as a clerk for Wynkoop Holden Pharmacy.
She was a member of the Delphi Wesleyan Church.
She enjoyed playing cards and watching any and all basketball games.
She is survived by her daughter, Neta Danforth (Doug) of Monticello; son-in-law, Tom Soper of Delphi; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
She was also preceded by her daughter, Penny Soper and son-in-law, Roger Daniels.
A graveside service will be held at IOOF Memorial Gardens at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2017. Pastor Dan Fisher officiating.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Delphi Wesleyan Church at 501 N. Washington St., Delphi, IN 46923.
Phyllis Jean Hughes Hildebrandt, 91, of Delphi, died Thursday-December 14, at 9:00 p.m. at her daughters home, after a brief illness. She was born August 19, 1926 in Camden, to the late Archie Earl & Mary Magdalene Ward Hughes. Her marriage was to Charles E. Hildebrandt in Camden, on June 16, 1951, and he preceded her in death on May 23, 2004.
Jean was a 1944 graduate of Camden High School. Her first job was as a nanny for Donnabelle & Robert Seiber for 4 years, then she worked for the Carroll Telephone Co. for 4 years, then she was the office manager for Dr. John Byrne, then she worked for Dr Eldon E. Baker, & Dr T. Neal Petry in their family practice, assisting the doctor's and running the office. She worked a total of 33 years for the doctor's.
She joined the Delphi United Methodist Church in 1954, and was active in helping with the Rotary Meal, for 33 years. She was a charter & board member of the Carroll County Cancer Association for over 50 years, helping with the scholarship committee for our local students and the Purdue Cancer Research graduate program. She enjoyed sewing, and loved chocolate. She dearly loved her family and many close friends, and especially watching her grand & great grandchildren.
Surviving: daughter-Patti Jo "PJ" & Jeff Everett of Delphi; niece-Susie Manahan of Palm Springs, California; grandchildren: Charles Matthew Sturdivant, Dustin & Kyle Everett, step grandchildren-Riannon Porter, Jeremy Everett, great grandchildren-Aubrey, Bradley, Darryen, Haley, Kayden, Hannah, Merle, Rylan, Marissa, Lily, Erie; sisters-Ann & Phil Rogers of Terre Haute, Jo Powell of Mooresville, Mary Ellen & Roger Conen of El Paso, Texas; sister in law Phyllis J. Hildebrand of Lafayette; brother in law-Joe & Delores Hildebrandt of Delphi; preceded in death by a brother Robert, sister Esther Stipp, nephew Tom Stipp; & brother's & sisters in law.
Friends may call Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until her funeral service at 1:00 p.m.at the Union Center (former Delphi United Methodist Church, 118 N. Union St.) Rev Todd Ladd officiating, burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Carroll Co. Cancer Assoc., envelopes available there. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Trustee Celebrates 100th Birthday
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Clayton Hutson of Cutler has served as the Trustee of Democrat Township in Carroll County for 47 years, believed to be the longest any elected official in the history of the County. On Sunday, December 10th, a celebration of his 100th Birthday was held at the Cutler Presbyterian Church.
JUDITH HUFFMAN SCHOCK
Judith Kay Huffman Schock, 76, passed away Tuesday, December12, 2017 at 5:30pm at her home, after a battle with lymphoma. She was born to Betty J. Spotts Huffman, and her late father Donald M. Huffman, on Nov 19, 1941 in Franklin, Indiana. Her marriage was to Wilmer H. "Bill" Schock in Delphi, on November 19, 1961, and he survives.
Judy was a 1960 graduate of Delphi High School. She worked for the former Charlles Flora Insurance Agency, REMC Office, former Lewis N. Mullin Law Office, area Banks, and at the Carroll County Courthouse Treasurers Office, all in Delphi. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and received their Jewel of a Woman Award, was President of the Love Circle, longtime member of the Wesley Wed Sunday School Class, participated in the choir, and the hand bell choir, helped with the Rotary meal, and was a financial counter for the offering.
Judy was a 50 plus year member of the Psi Iota Xi Sorority, was a past president, a member of the sorority's auxiliary chapter and was a past president; member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Delphi Tri Township Fire Dept. Auxiliary. She enjoyed her monthly Bunco game night, she & her husband's euchre card club, was an avid reader, and enjoyed riding with her husband in their restored antique fire truck in many area parades and festivals. She and her husband dearly loved attending their grandchildren's sporting events and other activities they were in.
Judy dearly loved her entire family and many close friends, always with a smile and kind word to cheer you up.
Surviving is her husband, Wilmer H. "Bill" Schock of Delphi; daughters, Julia & Matt Leahy of Camden, Jennifer & Chad Myers of Camden; mother-Betty J. Huffman of Delphi; 4 grandchildren-Ryan & Shannon Leahy, Coy & Kinzie Myers. Judy was preceded in death by a brother Donald J. Huffman.
Friends may call Friday from 4pm-8pm at the Delphi United Methodist Church, with a Psi Iota Xi service at 7:30pm. Funeral service there Saturday at 10am, Rev. Todd Ladd officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Delphi United Methodist Church, or Carroll County Christmas Basket's, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Mary Jean Odano lived a long and rich life, filled with travel and adventure. She was the oldest of seven children born to Clara Faye Weaver and Martin Earl Hildebrandt in Delphi, Indiana. After graduating from high school, she left Delphi to attend college in Chicago. It was there that Mary Jean met Toshio Odano, her husband of 70 years. Her first big adventure was joining Tosh in Japan after the end of WWII. When Tosh completed his tour as part of the occupation forces, they returned to Indiana, but soon decided to move to Los Angeles where they would raise their four children. Mary Jean loved the Southern California climate, and began growing all kinds of plants and fruit trees. She loved being able to grow plants that she considered peculiar and exotic.
Mary Jean began exploring the canyons and valleys of the surrounding Southern California mountain ranges. She delighted in taking her children, her friends and their children along to hunt for fossils, butterflies, and other creatures. Always curious, one day she took some of her fossil finds to the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum. It was there that she discovered her true calling and began a storied and distinguished career in paleontology. She volunteered at the museum laboratory, and was quickly hired as a preparator. Mary Jean worked there for many years as well as at the George C. Page Museum, La Brea Tar Pits.
Well into her career at the museum, Mary Jean and Tosh started their own business making replications of fossil dinosaurs, as well as rare and endangered animals. Mary Jean quickly became sought after throughout the world for the quality and uniqueness of her reproductions. The business grew and she eventually hired several people to help her in the shop. Two of these people, Cristina and Martin, became part of the family. Mary Jean retired from the museum to devote all of her endless energy to the business, which she named Valley Anatomical Preparations. She traveled the world, visiting six of the seven continents, often engaging with other paleontologists, naturalists, and artists, many of who became lifelong friends. Mary Jean and Tosh retired in 2012, although their passion for travel and learning never faded.
Mary Jean was an ardent supporter of human rights and equality. She welcomed people of all ethnicities, faiths, and color. She volunteered with the League of Women Voters, assisted at polling sites, and helped AIDS patients at a local hospital. Mary Jean lived for political discussions and always stood for those who were underprivileged, denied access, socio-economically disadvantaged, or discriminated against.
Mary Jean was a woman with a keen intellect, great curiosity, and tremendous heart. She was a generous person, always willing to share her home, time, heart, and opinions, all the while there to help those in need and still finding the time to pursue her passions. She was an inspiration and role model for many, including her five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Mary Jean leaves her children, Dale, Steven (Nomi), Allyn, and Jan, her grandchildren, Tyler Haywood, Alfonso Carreon, Jacob Stapp, and Julia Odano, her great-grandchild, Natalie Haywood, her brother, Joe (Deloris) Hildebrandt, her beloved nieces, Ellen Rhine Hostetler and Peg Hildebrandt Minnicus, sisters-in-law, Jean (Charles) and Phyllis (Frank) Hildebrand, many nieces, nephews, and her extended family, Martin and Cristina and their families. Preceding her in death were her husband Toshio Odano, grandson Evan Carreon, brothers Charles and Frank, and sisters Ruth (John) Rhine, Mildred (Paul) Daniels, and Joan (Dean) Echler.
As she lived, she died surrounded by her children, family, and friends, enjoying all who came to visit, and eating ice cream and chocolate to the very last.
She will be missed.
A celebration of Mary Jean's life is planned for summer 2018 in Delphi, Indiana.
ROBERT C. ROGERS
Robert C. Rogers, 47, of Indianapolis, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Franciscan Health in Greenwood. He was born September 2, 1970 in Lafayette, the son of Robert J. and June Ann (Scott) Rogers.
A 1989 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School, Robert graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1994. He was an engineer with Farah and Sons Engineering in Indianapolis. He had previously worked for A&F Engineering, Master’s Heating and Cooling, and Indiana Department of Transportation. He also owned Rogers, Inc. He was a former member of St. Anne Catholic Church in New Castle and was a member of Nativity Catholic Church in Indianapolis.
An Eagle Scout, Robert was very active with Toastmasters in Greenwood, where he was presently serving as Treasurer, and had held other offices. He was active with the Sons of the American Revolution as well as Daughters of the American Revolution, assisting several with genealogical studies. An avid researcher, he enjoyed assisting Historical Societies with genealogical research, some including Johnson and Henry Counties. He also served on the Whiteland Volunteer Fire Department.
A natural teacher, he loved spending time with his son, Sam, and also loved his daughters.
Survivors include his children, Alexandria Marie, Sarah Nicole, and Samuel Scott Rogers, all of Indianapolis; his fiancé, Jannan De Carli of Brazil, and her children, Cara Fugate of Terre Haute, Mercedes and Kaylee Beasley, both of Brazil, and Eric Beasley of Indianapolis; his mother, June A. Rogers of New Castle; his sister, Anne M. Rogers of New Castle; nephew, Victor Mukes; great niece, Annabelle Mukes; great nephew, Owen Mukes; aunt, Mary (Bill) Seely of Indianapolis, and their son, James Seely; uncles, Richard (Roxann) Wagner of FL, John (Terri) Scott of Delphi, and their children, Brian (Nicole) Scott, Melanie (Jameson) Campbell; and his maternal grandfather, Robert Reed Scott of Delphi.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert J. Rogers in 2010; maternal grandmother, Elnora (Johnson) Scott, and his paternal grandparents, Delbert and Thelma Rogers.
Services will be at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Father John Hall officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to the service. Burial will be at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Delphi. Memorial contributions may be given to the Toastmasters of Greenwood/ Community South, 1402 E. County Line Road, Indianapolis, IN 46227, or Boy Scouts, Troop #465/Hinsey-Brown, 3406 S. Memorial Dr., New Castle, IN 47362. You may share a memory or condolence of Robert at www.hinsey-brown.com.
Train Derails Near Rockfield
Rockfield, Indiana--Carroll County Emergency Management-- At approx. 8:42 AM December 7, 2017, , A Norflok & Southern train travelling southbound on a siding derailed with 6 cars coming off the track. 3 were empty tank cars and 3 were Gondola open cars.
The 3 tanks were empty, 1 empty Gondola car and 2 loaded Gondola cars. One Gondola was loaded with Rolled Steel and was not spilled. The other Gondola was loaded with Contaminated soil Placarded with #3432 and PCB Placards. This car was also not spilled and the load is intact and still sealed.
N&S Railroad personnel are on the scene and have their clean up crews enroute. The main rail will be reopened soon and no interruption of service is expected. The contaminated soil presents no danger to anyone at this time and no evacuations are expected at this time. Units from the Tippecanoe County HAZMAT Team assisted in this incident along with the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Situation will be updated as they are available.
Folowing are photographs of the scene provided by Carroll County Emergency Management Director Dana Jeffries.
Donald Rhine, 87, formerly of Carroll County, Indiana, passed away, surrounded by his family, on Dec. 5, 2017 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. Don was born on June 8, 1930 in Tippecanoe County to the late David S. and Mary A. (Merrill) Rhine. He was a 1948 graduate of Delphi High School and a 1962 graduate of Purdue University.
He served in the US Air Force from 1950-1953.
He married Helen L. Long at the Delphi Wesleyan Church on June 30, 1951 and she preceded him on June 5, 2007.
Mr. Rhine retired after 31 years as the Chief Agricultural Engineer in the Agriculture Dept. at Purdue University.
He had served from 1996-2004 as a Carroll County Commissioner. He was a member of the Rossville United Methodist Church and former member of the Delphi Lions Club.
He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his children: Monica Rhine of Monticello, Donald Dennis Rhine (Pam) of Lafayette, Marcia Young (Rodney) of Hebron and Terri Jo Webb (Scott) of Haskell, OK; sisters: Imogene Reed of Colorado Springs, CO and Betty Smith (Ray) of Sheridan, WY; 9 grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, 21great great grandchildren, 12 step-great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
He was also preceded by siblings: John Rhine, Virginia Morgan, Mary Lauderdale, Maxine Ward, Roscoe Rhine, Maurice Rhine, Paul Rhine and Ruth Davis.
Visitation will be from 3-7:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2017 with Pastor Bob Raschka officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi with Military Graveside Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions in Don's memory may be made to the Rossville United Methodist Church.
SARAH HOPE SANDORA of Delphi got to celebrate her birthday by riding on the Boy Scouts of America float during the Christmas Parade in Delphi on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Happy Birthday Sarah from us at the DelphiTimes.net.
Robert Dale Mills, 87, of Delphi, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017 at his residence in Delphi.
He was born on March 23, 1930 in Lafayette to the late Hubert “Dean” and Ruth Leone (Jones) Mills. On November 23, 1950 he married Dorothy Newell at the University Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette and she survives.
He was a 1948 graduate of Delphi High School and received an Associate Degree in Horology from West Coast University in Burbank, CA. Bob worked at Spicer-Gierke Jewelry store in West Lafayette until he was drafted into the Army in 1951 and was sent to Clerk Typist School at Camp Breckinridge and then to Stenographer’s school at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. On completion of this training, he was sent to Germany for a year’s tour of duty. In 1953, he began farming and continued for forty years until his retirement in 1993.
Bob served on the Carroll County REMC Board of Directors as President, Board of Indiana Statewide REMC, and he served as President on the Camp Tecumseh Board of Directors. He was named a Prairie Farmer Master Farmer in 1994. He was a regular speaker in John Kadelec’s Ag. Econ. classes at Purdue University. He was a member of Junto Club in Delphi for 54 years. Bob was a former member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Delphi, a former member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, and a current member and former Elder of First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.
He is also survived by four children, Debbie (Tom) Barker of Lafayette, Marsha (Ed) Oilar of Monticello, Lois (John) Anderson of Columbus, Mark (Michelle) Mills of Delphi; and foster daughter, Clara (David) Molden of Seabring, FL; nine grandchildren, Sarah Barker (Nathan) Whybrew, John (Melissa) Barker, Joe (Tiffany) Oilar, Jeff Oilar, Hannah Anderson, Sam Anderson, Lauren Mills (Joe) Wright, Blaine (Janelle) Mills, Evan (Lauren) Mills and 14 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Dean Mills.
Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Monticello.
Visitation will also be Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 9:30 am until the time of services at 11:00 am at the church with Pastors Brandon Eddy, Lyle Ewing and Nathan Whybrew officiating.
Private interment will follow at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello or Camp Tecumseh. Envelopes will be available at the church.
Camden Man Injured in Tree Stand Fall DNR--11/24/2017--Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a tree stand fall that occurred this evening. At approximately 5:22 pm, Conservation Officers and other first responders were dispatched to the 800 block west on 650 N in Carroll County for a man who had fallen from a ladder stand.
Larry Snapp (77) of Camden was attempting to climb into his ladder stand when he fell approximately 17 feet. Snapp then slid an additional 20-30 feet downhill from the base of the stand. Snapp was able to crawl back to the base of his stand before attempting to signal for help by firing his rifle in a sequence of shots. The landowner heard the shots and located Snapp about two hours later.
Snapp was transported to Franciscan Hospital in Lafayette to be treated for his injuries. Snapp sustained a broken leg in the fall. Other injuries are unknown at this time. Snapp was not wearing a safety harness at the time of the incident. Conservation Officers want to stress the importance of wearing a harness any time you are off the ground and recommend leaving a hunting plan with a point of contact that lists where you are hunting and when you plan to return. Investigating Officer: ICO Jarred Coffing. Assisting Agencies: Carroll County EMS, Jackson Township Fire Dept, Carroll County 911 Dispatch
Don “Burkie” Burkhalter, 83, of Delphi, passed away on November 22, 2017 at IU Health in Lafayette. He was born on February 25, 1934 in Clinton County, Indiana to the late Eugene Alfred “Jack” and Augusta “Gus” (Marshall) Burkhalter.
He was a 1952 graduate of Delphi High School and had served in the Army National Guard.
He married Elsie M. Brehmer on October 19, 1952 at the First Presbyterian Church in Delphi. She preceded him on September 11, 2014.
Mr. Burkhalter retired after 39 years from Globe Valve Manufacturing where he was chief manufacturing engineer.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Delphi, Indiana Coca Cola Assoc., and the Alcohol Beverage Board. He had served as trustee and secretary-treasurer for the I.O.O.F., and served on the Delphi Parks Board and as a former Delphi City Judge.
Donald enjoyed playing Euchre, coin collecting and refinishing furniture. He was an avid Purdue and Boston Celtics and Red Sox fan. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports and getting together for his families’ monthly dinners.
He is survived by his children: Lisa Cook (Jeff) of Delphi, Brent Burkhalter (Sally) of Lafayette, Amy Adams of Delphi; Daughter-in-law, Sandy Burkhalter of Attica; Siblings: Sue Penn (Bill) of Delphi, Max Burkhalter (comp: Linda) of Estes Park, CO, Mary DeFord (Francis) of Delphi, Robert Burkhalter (Shirley) of Kokomo; 13 grandchildren: Ashley, Kelli, Shannon, Brandon, Allison, Aaron, Mark, Quincy, Madeline, Carter, Keeton, Preston, and Gavin; 13 great grandchildren.
He was also preceded by his parents and son, Bruce and sister, Janice M. Burkhalter.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 3:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in Burkie’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association.
As Delphi Mayor Shane Evans nears the completion of two years in Office, it has become obvious that he is managing the most transparent Administration which Delphi has ever seen.
First of all, while some in past administrations did have video of meetings available to the public, Mayor Evans has taken it even farther with videos of all City Council and Board of Works Meetings on YouTube, which is fully accessible to the public, unlike previously when you needed to have cable service with the local provider.
Additionally, Mayor Evans maintains a Facebook page, Delphi Mayor Shane Evans, which advises all citizens of upcoming meetings, as well as the agenda and the packet which includes all details of prior meeting minutes, department reports, and each bill paid by the City of Delphi during the month, and to who.
At a time when Citizens are becoming more involved in their Communities, State and Nation, it is truly refreshing to see this action to fully inform the public on the affairs of the City of Delphi. We fully applaud Mayor Evans for these actions to keep the public informed.
A CROWD AWAITS THE START OF THE CHRISTMAS EXPRESS AT THE DELPHI OPERA HOUSE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2017--MARK A. SMITH PHOTO
Clifford A. Kurtz, 76 of Lafayette, passed away on Nov. 16, 2017 at Digby House in Lafayette, Indiana.
Clifford was born in Lafayette on August 14, 1941 to the late Clifford B. and Helen Ruth (Berry) Kurtz. He was a 1959 graduate of Delphi High School. Mr. Kurtz served in the Navy from 1963-1967, serving upon the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He retired from Delco GM in Kokomo.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 11 in Lafayette.
He enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by his niece, Angela Douglas of Colfax and nephew, Kenneth Henize of Dayton, OH. He was preceded by his parents; sisters: Madonna Ruth Kurtz and Frances Louise Henize and one nephew, Edward Henize.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 from noon until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Bob Duke officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi with Military Graveside Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Kurtz’s memory may be made to Natalie’s Second Chance at 10 S 16thStreet, Lafayette, IN 47901 or the Loving Animal Shelter,PO Box 4017, Lafayette, Indiana 47903-401.
VETERANS DAY 2017--COURTHOUSE SQUARE DELPHI--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Mrs. Martha Alene Sutter, age 91, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Mrs. Sutter was born on January 17, 1926. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Claudia Bishop; She married John Sutter on June 15, 1946 and was married for 50 years before his passing on July 26, 1996. She was the secretary for Meredith Hall at Purdue University from 1965 until 1989. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Colburn United Methodist Church in Colburn, Indiana.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Sutter and John Sutter; 5 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A visitation for Mrs. Martha Alene Sutter will be Friday, November 10, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, Georgia. A second visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi, Indiana on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm funeral service. Pastor Bob Duke officiating. A graveside service will follow at Colburn-Lutheran Cemetery, Colburn, Indiana.
Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, 1891 West McIntosh Road, Griffin, Georgia and Davidson Funeral Home, 121 N. Union Street, Delphi, IN are in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara A. “Bobbie” Sheetz Venters, 71, of rural Delphi, died Sun-Nov 12, 2017 at 9am at her home unexpectedly. She was born July 5, 1946 in Lafayette, to the late Lawrence & Mary Hackney Sheetz. Her marriage was to Clifford L.Venters in Delphi, on Jan. 3, 1964, and he survives.
She attended Delphi High School, and was a homemaker. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, reading, playing BINGO, Purdue University sports, fishing, the Chicago Cubs, and her beloved dog Danby. She dearly loved her family. Surviving: husband- Clifford L. Venters of Delphi; daughters-Aundrea & Michael Grimes, Natalie & TonyArnett both of Delphi; granddaughters-Samantha & Alexandria Grimes, Lauren Arnett.
Preceded in death by a daughter Jennifer; sister’s Freda & Donna. Services: The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5pm-7pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Private family burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg.
Maurice Robeson was born March 11, 1941 to and Charline (Yeager) Robeson, and LeRoy Robeson He was welcomed into the arms of his heavenly Father on November 12, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Janalie (Smith) Robeson, their two daughters, Miriam (David Pickens) and Michele (David Howard), and three grandchildren, Samantha Pickens, Benjamin Pickens and Caitlin Pickens. He is also survived by two brothers and their families, Lloyd Robeson (Sandy) and Carl Robeson (Dottye), and a sister-in-law, Arlene Pifer (Larry), and her family.
He has lived on a farm all his life. He grew up farming and raising hogs and dairy cattle with his dad. He graduated from Flora High School in 1959. In early 1960, he attended the Purdue University Agriculture 8-week short course where he graduated with top honors.
Maurice and Janalie Smith were married March 17, 1963, and moved from their first home in Washington Township to a home they designed and built south of Camden in 1965. During this time, he share-cropped and raised feeder pigs on his grandfather, Jesse Yeager, and uncle, Charles Yeager’s, farms.
In 1972, he built his first confinement hog-finishing unit. In 1976, he traveled to Europe where he toured some of the most modern farrowing facilities in the world. He brought his ideas back home and proceeded to build one of the most advanced farrowing facilities in the U.S. He invented a new brand of woven wire flooring for farrowing and nursery operations. This wire flooring is still being manufactured and used, with very little change from his original design.
The summer of 1996 he sold his farrow-to-finish hog operation, but it took until March of 2003 to get completely out of hogs.
Maurice engineered and built many hog buildings and designed and built two large grain complexes. He and Janalie also designed and built their present home northeast of Flora in 1978-79, and they, along with their daughters, were involved in the actual construction of their home. In the early 1970’s, he also engineered and built an early version of the 24-row corn planter.
At the time of his death with manager, Shawn Meek, grandson, Ben, and his valued employees, Maurice was actively farming, including land that has been in his family more than 100 years. He loved farming and enjoyed working with other farmers. He was generous with his time in helping others, and his wisdom was sought by many in the community.
He was a member of the Flora First Christian Church, served many terms as an elder and on the Church Board. He served as Chair of the Elders and Chair of the Board of Directors many times. He served as chair of several committees over the years, including a number of years as Chairman of the Education Committee.
Maurice is a founding member of the Carroll County Agriculture Association and served as the Treasurer for six years. In 2004, Maurice was inducted into the Carroll County Pork Producers Hall of Fame. In 2009, he was recognized as an Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer.
Maurice was well-loved by his family, his church family and many friends. He will be missed!
Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at Flora First Christian Church from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to the funeral service at the church on Friday. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the church with Pastor Kim Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Lawn Cemetery. Memorials in Maurice’s name may be made to Flora First Christian Church or Carroll County Agriculture Association. Arrangements are entrusted to Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel in Flora, with online condolences directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Dan Edward Fouts, 62, of Galveston, passed away after a three-year fight with Leukemia on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born on Nov. 5, 1955 in LaGrange, Illinois, he was the son of the late Tom C. and Eva L. (Sibbitt) Fouts. On April 2, 1977 in Walton, he married Beth A. Maughmer who survives.
Dan owned and operated Dan Fouts Construction. He also worked alongside his father "Captain Stubby" as "Captain Stubby Jr." and was a member of the SAG-AFTRA, an organization dedicated to actors, radio hosts and other media professionals.
Dan was a people person. He loved to make people laugh and wasted no time forming new friendships with people he came in contact with. This was extremely evident in his last days with the support from nurses, doctors and transport drivers who he had met during his three-year battle with cancer.
Dan's daughters, Amy and Lisa, along with his grandsons, were the joy of his life. He also loved fireworks, fishing, shooting guns and flipping houses.
Surviving along with his wife, Beth, are two daughters, Amy (Joey) Phillips, Camden, and Lisa Fouts, Galveston; grandsons, Sylas Rolls and Brann Phillips; sister, Connie (Tom) Livingston, LaGrange, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Tom L. Fouts of Delphi.
A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 in the Gundrum Funeral Home, Logansport. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Peyton Manning Children's Hospital or the Cass County Humane Society.
Replica Of Newest Sub Visits Delphi
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
A replica of the newest Nuclear Submarine to join the US fleet, the USS Indiana, visited Delphi Schools and the Courthouse Square in Delphi on Monday, November 6, 2017, and attracted a large number of visitors. The USS Indiana nuclear submarine construction began in 2015, and it was launched into service in June of this year.
Delphi Board of Works and Council Meeting
The Board of Works of the City of Delphi met on Monday evening, November 6, 2017, in regular session with Mayor Shane Evans and members Dick Bradshaw and Karyl Traeger present.
Claims in the amount of $637,495.91 were presented by the City Clerk and were approved without questions. Mayor Evans asked if there were any questions about Department head reports, and Bradshaw asked Police Chief Steve Mullins why no parking tickets had been written in October. Mullins said "we wrote 13 today", and said that at times situations occur where they don't get out, but that the Department would try to get out and do it.
Concerning bids for the Well 3 to 5 connection, Water Superintendent Myers said that he believes the City can get better prices on materials than what the bids stated. After a short discussion, Bradshaw made a motion to reject all bids which passed. The City will re-bid for the project after the first of next year.
There was a discussion of the expansion of the Community Development Department, and Mayor Evans presented a list of some ideas on projects which could be taken on by Volunteers in the Community. Bradshaw said there were some "great ideas" but that he believes that residents of the City should be asked what projects they believe need done. This will be further discussed at the next Work Session of the Board of Works.
Mayor Evans told the Board members that the City should apply for an ADA block grant to allow the City to make the Delphi City Building handicap accessible compliant. This would include an elevator to the second floor council meeting room, and it is believed the cost could be around $300,000. There would be a November 20 public hearing and estimate received by December 1st. Bradshaw said he has a problem with investing $300,000 in the City Building, and questioned if the cost to move the Council Meeting Room to the first floor was known. Mayor Evans said that he will get estimates for both options, and the subject was tabled until the next meeting.
City Clerk LeAnne Aldrich said that she believes it is too late to bid for a City Insurance Carrier this year, and suggested that the current policy and carrier be continued for another year. There would be no change in the policy as it was a three year bid. The Board agreed to allow the insurance to remain under the same policy for another year.
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
he regular monthly meeting of the Delphi City Council was held on Monday evening, November 6, 2017, with Mayor Shane Evans and Council Members Pearson, Seward, Shockley, Traeger and Garrison all present.
The meeting began with Council Member Dale Seward, the Council's representative for APC, saying that the Area Plan Commission had discussed a AirBNB Ordinance; and Member Mike Shockley reported that the construction of the new Community Center was coming along. Another fund raiser will be held on this coming Thursday evening with a silent auction from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In new business, the Council was presented with proposed City Ordinance 2017-17A, which would allow for two handicap parking spaces for the First Baptist Church on Indiana Street, and one handicap parking space by the new Fire Department building on Union Street. The Council voted 5-0 in favor on first reading, then suspended the rules to also pass it 5-0 on 2nd and 3rd readings.
The Council was then presented with proposed Ordinance 2017-18 which would make Columbia Street from Washington to Union Streets by the new Community Center a one-way street. Council members felt that it would be better to wait until the Community Center opens and then reconsider a Ordinance making it a one-way street.
The Council was then presented with proposed Ordinance 2017-19, which removes language specifying that the "Community Room" at the City Building be made available for use by local and non-local groups and organizations. The room has since been changed and now has two offices and some storage area there. The Council voted 5-0 on first reading to approve the Ordinance.
Mayor Evans presented a proposed Resolution to the Area Plan Commission concerning any AirBNB Ordinance. There was considerable discussion on the issue of AirBNB's and their definition. Member Pearson said that she would like to hear more from the public on the issue. Member Garrison said he thinks the AirBNB's are a good idea since there are no other motels or lodging in the City. Member Shockley said he had questions about the size limitations, that perhaps they were too large, and Garrison replied "we don't want someone renting their laundry room out." After much discussion, The Council voted 5-0 to have the City Attorney draft a recommendation to the Area Plan Commission that a vague definition of AirBNB properties be drafted, a maximum of 30 consecutive days of renting be defined in the AirBNB definition, and that AirBNB properties be allowed in all zoning districts of the City of Delphi.
Resolution 2017-9 which notifies the State of Indiana that the City of Delphi is "Broadband Ready" was approved by the Council 5-0.
In Council Member comments, Seward said that a unsafe Garage on High Street has been demolished. Shockley said that there is a Garage off of Summit Street on Hamilton Street that needs to be handled as the roof is collapsing.
The Mayor noted that it was the birthday of Council Member Brian Garrison and for everyone to wish him a Happy Birthday. Garrison said he is now 60.
Members of the public present in the audience continued to bring up the subject of the AirBNB's, but no decisions were to be made this evening. Garrison said he was ready to go home and "celebrate my birthday," and the meeting was adjourned.
Board of Works and City Council meetings are available for viewing on youtube.com at the City of Delphi Indiana page.
Marilyn J. Van Horn, 83, of Delphi, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Health Care in Delphi. Born on June 30, 1934 in Iowa to the late John and Lucile (Bears) King. Marilyn married Billy Van Horn on May 4, 1957 in Colorado, he preceded her in death on July 11, 2005. Marilyn was a faithful member of the Lockport Church. She enjoyed life and time spent with family. Marilyn will be deeply missed by those who knew her. She is survived by her children: Kellie (husband: Ivan) Brumbaugh of Logansport, Kathy (husband: Jerry) Snavely of Camden, Peggy (husband: Leonard) Flora of Camden, and Eddy (wife: Marnie) Van Horn of Lafayette; ten grandchildren: Glen Brumbaugh, Michelle Kennedy, Valorie and William Dison, Bobbi Pugh, Lee Snavely, Eddy and Andrew Van Horn, and Jessica and Joshua Flora; and eight great grandchildren: Carmen Myers, Keighen Snavely, Luke Thurman, Caitlyn Snavely, Glenna Myers, Alex Wimsett, Abigail Kennedy, and Reagan Pugh. Additionally, Marilyn is survived son-in-law Will Dison. Marilyn is preceded in death by her daughter Jeanette Dison. A Funeral Service will take place at 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center 405 Cottage Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923. Friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service. Pastor Ken Smith will officiate. Burial will follow at Musselman Cemetery in Carroll County. In lieu of usual remembrances, direct memorial contributions to Mission Pre-Born http://mpreborn.org/donate/. Please share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com. Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center Delphi entrusted with care.
Theresa Ann “Teak” Parks, 49, of Lafayette, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 30, 2017 at her residence.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1968 in Lafayette to the late Silas V. and Zelma H. (Brown) Parks. She was a 1986 graduate of Morristown Community High School in Tennessee.
She was a caretaker for Home Instead and also Help at Home, both in Lafayette.
She enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening and taking care of family and friends.
She is survived by her sons: Corey Parks of Indianapolis and Cody Walker of Lafayette; siblings: Michael Parks (Ann) of West Lafayette and Douglas Parks of Lafayette.
Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until the 5:00 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home. Pastor Troy Hostetler officiating.
Memorial donations in her memory may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Maxine Daniels, 93, of Monticello, passed away on Nov. 2, 2017 at her residence, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 13, 1924 in Colburn, Indiana to the late Harry and Myrtle (Keeler) Rodenbarger. She was a 1942 graduate of Buck Creek High School.
She married Robert C. Daniels on Feb. 19, 1950 and he preceded her in 2007.
She had been employed as a clerk for various businesses. She had also worked at RCA and Bryans Mfg. in Monticello and Fairfield Mfg. in Lafayette.
She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, playing cards and was a diehard Cubs fan.
She is survived by her children: Jackie Isaacson and Harburl “Dago” Daniels of Monticello; 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded by her parents, 2 sisters and 5 brothers.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Todd Ladd will officiate. Burial will follow in Colburn EUB Cemetery, Colburn.
Memorial donations in Maxine’s memory may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or American Kidney Foundation.
Joan Secrest, 80, of West Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette.
Born June 20, 1937 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Bernard and Pauline (Schooler) Nichols. Joan married her husband Robert Secrest Jr. on August 22, 1968 in Lafayette, Indiana, he preceded her in death in 1992.
Professionally, Joan worked as a clerk in retail establishments. She graduated from Delphi High School. Joan was an avid Bingo and card player. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with family. Joan loved shopping for clothing and jewelry. She was a member of the Moose Lodge.
Joan is survived by her children: Brad (wife: Michelle) Secrest and Delisa (husband: Sean) Bellon both of West Lafayette; siblings:Paul Nichols of Florida and Evelyn Pruitt of Macy, IN; and grandchildren: Dustin Hieatt of Indianapolis and Allison Bellon of West Lafayette.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by Buddy, Leroy, Harold, Elizabeth, and Betty.
A Funeral Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017 at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Pastor Owen Mason will officiate. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. In lieu of usual remembrances, direct memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org). Please share memories and condolences online atwww.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
Patricia A. Shepard, 68, of Delphi, passed away on October 24, 2017 at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette, IN. Patricia was born on Sept. 12, 1949 in Wayne County, Kentucky to the late Arnold and Lucille (Rust) Burris. She was a graduate of Delphi High School, and attended Ivy Tech and Purdue University, earning her nursing degree. She was a registered nurse.
She had worked as Director of Nursing at Indiana Soldiers Home and Mulberry Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Hospital and Wesley Manor. She retired after 33 years.
Her 2nd career was a teacher and she taught for Christian Heritage School in Frankfort, IN as a high school science teacher for 6 years.
She married Terrance S. Shepard on Dec. 23, 1966 in Lafayette and he survives.
Along with her husband, she is survived by her children: Curt Shepard (companion: Lisa Pickett) of Lafayette, Terry Lee Shepard (fiancée: Jo Wood) of Delphi and Lanette Mackey (companion: Jamie Olsen) of Muncie; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Patricia enjoyed gardening, traveling and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg, IN. Memorial contributions in Patricia's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The face plate and two ornamental iron pieces from the old Hamilton Street Bridge in Delphi are now part of a monument at the Trailhead Park on old highway 25 south of Delphi.
Theresa Jean Rock, 68, of Delphi, passed away at her residence on October 20, 2017. Theresa was born on October 14, 1949 in Delphi to the late Harold and Ethel (Oswalt) Rockhill.
She was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School.She married James. D. Rock, Sr. on Dec. 23, 1967 in Delphi and he preceded her on March 28, 2015.She had retired from the Indiana Veterans Home where she worked in housekeeping services.
Mrs. Rock was a member of the Delphi Wesleyan Church and the Delphi VFW Ladies Auxiliary.She loved the outdoors, enjoyed eating chocolate and spending time with family and her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children: Joyce Peters (Eric) of Lafayette, James D. Rock, Jr. (Lori) of Noblesville, Joe Rock (Cheryl) of Delphi and sister, Shelia Langsdorf (Jim) also of Delphi; and grandchildren: Bobby Hixson, Emily Hixson, and Destiny Paige Rock.Theresa was also preceded by her son, Jeff Rock and brother, Mike Rockhill.
Visitation will be from noon on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Dan Fisher officiating.Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart or Diabetes Association. www.davidsonfh.com
Harold Eugene "Gene" Rossetter, 74, of Delphi passed away at the Indiana Veterans Home in West Lafayette, Indiana on October 19, 2017. Gene was born on August 20, 1943 in Indianapolis to the late Bessie (Schumaker) and Marion B. Rossetter, Sr.
Gene served in the US Navy from 1961-1964.He was retired as a senior quality analyst for NASA. He worked at the Kennedy Space Center from 1978-1999.Gene was a member and former commander of the Delphi VFW, Battle Ground Masonic Lodge #313 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, the Murat Shrine and the NRA.He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching NASCAR, and gun collecting.
He is survived by his children: Lesli Gick (Tim) of Otterbein, Lori Ann Brady of Crawfordsville, Lisa K. Clark (Kenny) of Kissimmee, FL, Cody Rossetter (Shandra) of St. Cloud, FL, Stephanie Blum (James) of Deland, FL, and Rance Rossetter (Alita) of Palm Bay, FL; brothers: Marion B. Rossetter, Jr. (Treva) and Jerry Rossetter (Marsha) both of Delphi; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.He was preceded by his parents and his grandson, Justin Blum.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 until the 1:30 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Rev. Tom Covington officiating with eulogy by Mike Cook. Military Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard and Masonic Rites by the Battle Ground Masonic Lodge #313 F&AM.Memorial contributions may be to the Delphi VFW. www.davidsonfh.com
Jim M. Hodge, 59, of Camden, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at his residence.
Born December 9, 1957 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late Franklin and Gladys (Morgan) Hodge. Jim married Julia Godar on April 1, 2017, she survives.
Professionally, Jim was the sole owner of American Pumping since 1992.
Jim enjoyed riding his motorcycle and flying. He was on the board of Delphi Airport and a member of the EEA. He cherished and loved spending time with his children and grandkids. He recently was considering getting back into farming which was truly a love of his.
Jim is survived by his wife Julia (Godar) Hodge; children: Miles Hodge of San Francisco, CA, Courteny (husband: Gilverto) Martinez of Camden, IN, and Madison (husband: Josh) Morgan of TN; step-children: Sarah Swift, John Swift, and Ben Hamilton; siblings: Frank (wife: Sue) Hodge of Camden, IN, Cheryl (husband: Bill) Read of Columbus, IN, Diane (husband: Don) Nelson of South Bend, IN, and Cathy (husband: Tom) Hodge-Haggerty of Bloomington, IN; and grandchildren: Catalyna, Gael, and Avianna Hodge-Martinez and Owen Morgan.
Visitation from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center. A Memorial Service will take place on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. also at Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center – 405 Cottage Street, Delphi, Indiana 46923. Minister Jared Walker will officiate. In lieu of usual remembrances, direct memorial contributions to Delphi Airport. Please share memories and condolence online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Delphi City Council Fails To Override Mayor Vetos
At a special meeting of the Delphi City Council on Monday, October 16, 2017, the Council failed to override vetos by Delphi Mayor Shane Evans on line items in the City Budget for 2018.
Mayor Evans had vetoed four line items in the budget which cut funds for Code Enforcement, Mayor's Promotional Funds, Police Cars, and EDIT Grant Assistant. The Budget originally passed with a vote of 3-2 with Pearson, Seward and Shockley voting in favor; and Garrison and Traeger voting against. Evans vetos and explanation can be read in another article below. To override the Veto, there needed to be at least 4 council members vote to override, but when the vote was called on each, it remained at 3-2 with Pearson, Seward and Shockley voting to override, and Garrison and Traeger voting to sustain the vetos of the Mayor.
City Clerk LeAnne Aldrich said that she was confused as to what happens now when it comes to Budget amounts for the items which were subject to the vetos. She said that the State Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) was not totally clear as to what amount would now be in the budget for those items. Council Member Seward said that it was his understanding that those items would become zero, but Aldrich said that was not what the DLGF was telling her, that it might be the same as last year. Nobody seemed to have an answer on what amount will appear in the final budget at this time.
Delphi resident David McCain and Sculpture Artist Ben Suiter asked the Council to sign a letter of intent to purchase the former Social Services Building by the Veterans and Bicentennial Plazas, and to then sale it to Suiter for the State sale price of $28,000, to be remodelled and turned into 65% private office space and 35% government use, perhaps a welcome center. Following a lengthy discussion with one neighbor, Tammy Metzinger, saying that she was opposed to the property being developed, the Council voted 4-1 not to sign a letter of intent to purchase the property from the State. The primary concern of Council members seemed to be that they did not want anything to occur where they would have future responsibilty for the building or adjacent property.
At the end of the meeting, Mayor Evans gave notebooks containing the City Sidewalk Inventory and asked Council Members to rate the sidewalks in their Districts as to condition for future use in City replacement projects.
It is time to nominate an alumni to the Delphi Community High School Wall of Distinction for 2018. The deadine for this is December 1st which is different from last year so you have about six weeks to do this. If you nominated an alumni last year but the individual was not selected that alumni is still in the running to be selected for 2018. If you want to add additional information to the alumni that you nominated last year you will have to send that before the deadline of December 1st.
One of the reasons Oracle Alumnus Association initiated this program was to provide a role model for the present day students. " I believe we were sucessful because the Interact club is raising money and collecting books to be sent to Africa, We want to thank Chris Bradshaw who was inducted on theWall last year for inspiring the students to follow in her footsteps", said Norm Miller.
State Road 29 Closure for Culvert Replacement in Carroll County
INDOT Crews will close the road to install a new box style culvert
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces the closure of State Road 29, between County Road 575 N. and County Road 550 N. at Tolen Ditch, near Deer Creek Monday, October 23 through the middle of December. INDOT Crews will close the road to dig out a section of State Road 29 to install a new box style drainage culvert. This project is a $750,000 drainage investment that INDOT has awarded to Northern Indiana Construction.
State road detours must be along state-maintained roadways only. Driver travelling north on State Road 29 will be detoured east on State Road 18, north on U.S. 35 and back to State Road 29. Driver travelling south on State Road 29 will be detoured south on U.S. 35, west on State Road 18 and back to State Road 29.
2017 Indiana State Hand Corn Husking Contest Results
Corn husking enthusiasts met on the Craig Geyer Farm, 20565 Tyler Road, Bremen Saturday, October 7, for the annual Indiana State Hand Corn Husking Contest in southern St. Joseph County.
Dennis Brown of Winchester defended his state title in the young men’s division, husking 372 pounds in 20 minutes. Other division winners were Ted Richard of Rochester, Larry Fervida of Nappanee, Barbara Amiss of North Manchester, Mary Hollett of Plymouth, David Schafer of Henderson, Michigan, Phyllis Calloway of Macy, Gage Richard, Abbi Richard, Shaylee Kelly all of Rochester.
The competitor’s final scores reflect the total weight of the corn husked minus deductions (for husks left on the ear). The top finishers in each category qualify to compete at the national contest October 21 in Marshall, Missouri.
Clay Geyer of Bremen placed second in the young men’s division, husking 293.55 pounds in 20 minutes. Brent Reed of Nappanee secured third place with 274.60 pounds and Jeremy Kane of West Lafayette placed fourth with 264.54 pounds.
In the men’s open division, Ted Richard husked 345.20 pounds in 20 minutes to place first. Michael Geyer of Bremen was second with 335.35 pounds, Atlee Lambright of Topeka finished third with 299.41 pounds and Richard Hinton of Warren placed fourth with 240.84 pounds.
In the 20-minute women’s open division, Barbara Amiss of North Manchester was the sole participant husking 115 pounds of corn.
Mary Hollett paced the young women, husking 189.39 pounds in 20 minutes. Ashley Reed of Nappanee was second with 175.65 pounds, and Heidi Sorkoram of Kalamazoo, Michigan placed third with 127.40.
David Schafer captured first place in the senior men with 244.61pounds in 20 minutes. Schafer edged out Rolland Miller of Plymouth, who had 240.94 pounds. Third place belonged to Arlen Miller of Plymouth with 220.10 pounds and Bill Redding of Cutler placed fourth with 209.52 pounds.
In the senior women’s contest, Phyllis Calloway of Macy, won with a total weight of 215.66 pounds, earning her bragging rights. Lois Hoffman of Sherwood, Michigan placed second with 152 pounds. Julie Smiddy of Walkerton placed third with 103.40 pounds and Peggy Smith of LaPorte placed fourth with 95.06 pounds. Sue Nielsen of Medaryville placed fifth with 89.90 pounds.
In the Golden Agers division, a veteran corn husker Larry Fervida of Nappanee, paced the field in the 10-minute contest. He husked 150.82 pounds. Jerry Krick of Fort Wayne was second in the division with 86.33 pounds, Vern Dowty and Wayne Haggard, both of Ossian, finished with 75.24 and 73.00 pounds respectively.
Gary Dunwoody of Logansport husked 110.96 pounds in 10 minutes to place first in the novice contest. Emily Williams of Middlebury placed second with 81.40 pounds.
In the youth competition, Gage Richard of Rochester claimed first place in the 14 and under boy’s contest. He husked 94 pounds in 10 minutes. Marshall Finke of Kewanna placed second with 59.09 pounds and Gabe Andrews of North Judson earned third with 34 pounds.
Abigail Richard placed first in young girls ages 14 and under, with 89 pounds in 10 minutes. Melanie Gebhart of Albion, was second with 80.13 pounds.
Shaylee Kelly of Rochester, husked 96 pounds in 10 minutes to place first in the youth girl’s 15 to 20 age class contest. Sophia Gebhart of Albion, placed second with 83.10 pounds.
In the team competition, Integrity Builders of Bremen captured first place with 281 pounds of husked corn. Gage Richard Team of Rochester was second with 198 pounds, and Diane Dent Team of North Judson placed third with 119.25 pounds. Each contestant on each team husked corn for five minutes.
Each state in the National Corn Husking Association (nine states) may send 36 participants to the national competition. The top three individuals from Indiana in each class qualifies for national competition. This year, nationals will be hosted in Marshall, Missouri, October 21 at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
Time is running short to make your reservations for Thursday October 19, 6:00 p.m. meet-n-greet; 6:30 p.m. meal at Delphi Presbyterian Church (handicap accessible) $15, for Carroll County Historical Society Annual Dinner Meeting. Call 765-564-5000 to rsvp and pay at the door. The program will be on WW I (100 years!!) and NEWS of upcoming work at the Museum. Tasty meal and good evening. Join the fun!!
Rozella M. Kerlin Mears, 86, of West Lafayette, died Tuesday-Oct 10, 2017 at 8:15pm at Cumberland Point Health Campus, West Lafayette. She lived for several years in Delphi, then moved to Lafayette & West Lafayette for the remainder of her life.
She was born Nov 21, 1930 in Romney, to the late Frank & Mattie Kitchen Kerlin. She was a 1948 graduate of Delphi High School, and attended Lafayette Business College. She worked for the former Home Hospital, Laf., in home healthcare for 10 years before retiring. She then did home healthcare for area residents on her own.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, West Lafayette, where she was very active. She formerly belonged to the Late Bloomers Singing Club, Tippecanoe County Genealogy Assoc., she volunteered at the Family History Center in Lafayette, she ushered and volunteered at both the Civic Theater and the Long Center in Lafayette, and worked at the Tippecanoe Co. Library book sales. She also was a member of the Helen Wells Modeling Agency, Carmel, and was in several TV commercial's, and printed advertisements. She enjoyed genealogy, acrylic & oil painting, sewing, upholstery, refinishing old furniture, garage sales, and Scrabble word games.
Surviving: daughters-Dorotha "Dottie" & Scott Rouse of Indianapolis, Melissa "Lisa" & Charles "Chuck" Maxwell of Ockley; sons-George & Debbie Mears, Thomas & Julie Mears both of Delphi; sister-Martha Clifford of West Lafayette; niece raised as a sister-Joyce Kerlin Lantz of Long Beach, CA; 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Preceded by 4 sister's.
Services: Friends may call Saturday from 11am-12:40pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3224 Jasper St., West Lafayette, IN 47906. Funeral service there at 1pm, Bishop Ben Dunford & President Ron Ellis officiating. Burial at Mt. Zion Citizens Cemetery, rural Carroll County,
Memorial contributions to Artful Connections, 1106 Valley Forge Rd, Lafayette, IN 47909; Family History Center, Carroll County Historical Society, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
DELPHI IS CHANGING--PHOTOS TAKEN OCTOBER 2017
FUTURE DELPHI FIRE DEPARTMENT--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G GRIFFEY
FUTURE COMMUNITY CENTER NORTH WASHINGTON--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G GRIFFEY
FUTURE CONVENIENCE STORE ON HOOSIER HEARTLAND--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G GRIFFEY
NEW DOLLAR GENERAL STORE--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G. GRIFFEY
CARROLL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM--PHOTO BY MICHAEL G GRIFFEY
Indiana State Police Seeks Recruits for Capitol Police Section
The Indiana State Police Capitol Police Section is now accepting applications for the 29th Capitol Police selection process. 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 Sunday, November 12, 2017.Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for a Capitol Police Officer:
1. Must be a United States citizen.
2. Must be at least 21 years of age when appointed as a police employee.
(Appointment date is June, 1, 2018)
3. 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.
4. Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
5. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED).
The starting salary for a Capitol Police Section Probationary Officer is $39,292.00 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.
FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Steve Smith (Big Smitty), Dix Weaver, Darrell Bailey, Penny Wertz Richards, Diana Bolinger Kauffman, Diane Nelson Reef, Nadine Ashba Kingsley, Marge Riley Potts, Kay McCarty Smith, Linda Sorenson Smith, Ellen Snyder Bruno, Mary Guckien, Saron Brown Everett, Claudann Brooks Burks.
SECOND ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Ron Scowden, Gene Benefiel, Rose Turner Benefiel, Anita Cable Brubaker, Shirley Wagoner Fisher, Pam Fossnock Smith, Mary Eileen Johnson Flower, Marsha Hill Crowe, Kathy Spear Dep, Joyce Pearson Ehrlich.
THIRD ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Jerry Henderson, Jesse McCarty, Mark Smith, John Riley, Bill Emerson, Connie Myers Hathaway, Marsha Kirkpatrick Pitty, Dan Sterrett, Mary Ann Coghill Best, Bill Kempf, Joyce Medley Furr, Tom Hedderich, Loran Lantz, Steve Smith (Little Smitty).
FOURTH ROW LEFT TO RIGHT: Jim Weddell, Tie Ebrite, Rob Baker, Bob Tolen, Jeff Ross, Dale Pettiner, Gerald Landes, Chuck Everett, Clayton Flora, Charles Clauser, Ron Israel, Phil Thomas, Mike Emmons, Steve Brehmer, George Collins.
DHS Class of 1962 55th Reunion
Front: Georgianna Bradshaw Southwick, Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, Mary Jane Fisher Swartz, Barbara Adams Betz, Carolyn White Pearson, Bonnie Maxwell, Marcia Mason Wilson Middle: Skip McMurray, Sherry Wagoner, Marge Liebert Franklin, Pat Thomson Calhoun, Dick Welch, Wayne Bowen, John Gingrich, Doug Cripe Back: Even Berninger, John Neff, Victor Brown, Mick Merrell, Dick Skiles, Jack Cohee, John Beale
DCHS CLASS OF 1982 REUNION
Front Row (L to R): Jack Gish, Garry Fuller, Holly Kendall, Kim Conner, Debra Schafer Mayhill, Deb Ballard Frier, Amy Brosman Livingston, Tonya Garrison Lake
Middle Row (L to R): Jeff Scott, Michelle Hartman Brown, Christy Flora Shock, Robin Haynes Jones, Janet Draper, Tony Burns
Back Row (L to R): Jeff Tyner, Patrick Shoemaker, Dale Lanham, Ron (Warren) Sink, Kirk Burge, Dennis Hall, Tim Young, Eric Duff, Rob Stasser.
Forrest Edward “Ed” Eiler, 59, of Delphi, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at his residence.
Born October 8, 1958 in Logansport, IN to the late Forrest and Wilma (Farris) Eiler. Ed married his wife Susan Darlene Hartman on August 18, 1984 in Logansport, she survives.
Professionally, Ed was an equipment operator at Delphi Stone Quarry.
Ed honorably served in the United States Marine Corpes. He enjoyed golfing, farming, and he loved his family especially his grandson Nolan. Ed was a cubmaster through Cub Scouts of America 739 in North Carolina. Ed was a member of the American Legion #75 in Delphi.
In addition to his wife Susan, Ed is survived by his children Michael A. Eiler of Lafayette, IN, Ryan E. (wife: Ali) Eiler of Delphi, IN, and Krista (fiancé: Brandon) Eiler of Anderson, IN; sisters Glenda Eiler of Lebanon, IN and Karen Johnson of Logansport, IN; and one grandson John Edward Nolan Phillips.
A Memorial Service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Hippensteel Tribute Center and Funeral Home - 405 Cottage Street, Delphi, IN 46923. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Officiating will be Dan Gottschalk. In lieu of flowers, direct memorial contributions to the American Heart Association. Please share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.
Fannie H. Bingaman Simons, 97, of Delphi, died Wed-Oct 4, 2017 at 3:25pm at Monticello Healthcare, where she resided. She was born Nov 4, 1919 in Carroll County, to the late Wilbur & Gertrude Rinier Bingaman. Her marriage was to Fred W. Simons in Peru, on April 8, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Jan 1, 1989. She lived for 15 years in Hoopeston, IL, then moved back to Delphi in 1944. She worked as an operator for the Delphi Telephone Co., and then worked for Dr. Robert Seese, Delphi, in family practice medicine, for 30 years, retiring in 1988. She graduated from Peru High School in 1937. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, and the Delphi VFW Auxiliary, and the Business Professional Women. While living in Hoopeston, she volunteered for Reader's Route, a tutoring program, that helps people get their GED, as a reading tutor at the John Greer Middle School. She enjoyed sewing & knitting, and loved to play euchre. She dearly loved her family. Surviving: daughters-Nancy & Chal Fowler of Flora, Judy Scherer of Lafayette; son-Mike & Teresa Simons of Phoenix, AZ; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren. Preceded by 2 brother's, a son in law Don. Services: Friends may call Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Graveside service to follow at Brown Church Cemetery, Rockfield. Memorial contributions to the Carroll Manor Home, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Delphi Mayor Shane Evans, following Indiana Law, announced Vetos of some line items in the proposed budget for the City of Delphi for 2018. And he was right in doing so. Because what is more important than the safety and continuing welfare of the community?
Concerning his Veto of the line item concerning Code Enforcement, as a former member of the Delphi Fire Department I can assure you that we prayed there would be no fire in certain business buildings that we would have to fight. And if we did, it would have been due to shoddy contractors who do not follow basic Code when it comes to installation of electric lines and other standard safe construction practices.
Understand this: the only people who do not want Code Enforcement are those who want to save money by cutting corners which could result in a fire, and even death of residents of properties which do not follow safe practices in construction. True that they may never catch on fire. But they may. And if they do, and the owner of the property has the attitude like at least one that his property will be paid for by insurance, will that insurance also replace the life of anyone who may die in that fire? You will probably see the names of those who oppose it on the contribution list of those on the City Council who oppose funding this position. Perhaps it would be better that they care for the whole community and not just their benefactor.
And as to the issue of Community Development, face it. Delphi can only survive with something that attracts people from outside. With Community Development we have the Opera House that draws people from near and far; storefronts that are no longer empty; a Canal Park that draws thousands of visitors. Unless you want Delphi to go back to the old days of empty buildings, this is important to the community.
Finally, lest we forget, the Mayor, running as a Independent, defeated the Republican and Democrat candidates to become Mayor because people agreed with his plan for the community. And to the obstructionists members of the Council....care about all the people, not just your private benefactors, or next election, you may find that you weren't that popular either.
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Delphi Mayor Vetos Line Items In City Budget
Delphi Mayor Shane Evans announced that he has exercised his right under Indiana law to Veto certain line items in the proposed 2018 City Budget. To read his full Veto with the line items he does not agree with, along with his explanation of why he disagrees, you can click on the PDF icon below.
On Thursday, October 5, 2017 the City of Delphi was presented with a check for $263,734.50 from Governor Eric Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness in Kokomo.
This Community Crossings Match grant will fund 75% of road construction projects in the City of Delphi in 2018, allowing for the treatment of over 6 miles of roads within the City of Delphi. The second photo shows roadways which will receive an overlay (yellow), microsurfacing (blue), crack sealing (black), and complete replacement (red).
"I must thank the leadership within the Indiana General Assembly for passing House Bill 1002 which allowed for the funding of the Community Crossings Matching Grant, Governor Holcomb for passing the bill into law, the members of the Common Council of the City of Delphi for ensuring available matching funds from the City of Delphi, and Superintendent Lyons for analyzing, planning, and acquiring quotes for these projects in 2018" Mayor Shane Evans said.
OCTOBER 3, 2017
Mayor Shane Evans called the meeting to order and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll call: Council President Pro Tempore Pearson, Councilman Garrison, Councilman Seward, Councilman Shockley, and Councilman Traeger were present.
Minutes from the meeting held October 2, 2017 were presented for approval. Councilman Seward expressed that he does not believe the minutes meet the requirements of the Delphi Code or the Indiana Code as they were drafted by the Mayor, not the Clerk-Treasurer. Councilman Seward stated he believes there need to be a separation of powers between the Executive and Legislative Branches. Councilman Garrison made a motion to approve the minutes. Second by Councilman Traeger. Motion carried (3-2) (Garrison, Pearson, and Traeger in favor. Seward and Shockley opposed.)
Proposed Ordinance 2017-13, City of Delphi 2018 Budget, as Amended. President Pro Tempore Pearson made a motion to pass proposed Ordinance 2017-13 on third and final reading. Second by Councilman Shockley. Motion carried (3-2) (Pearson, Seward, and Shockley in favor. Garrison and Traeger opposed.)
Proposed Ordinance 2017-16, Ordinance Assigning Zoning Designations to Properties within the City of Delphi Currently Unassigned. Councilman Seward made a motion to pass proposed Ordinance 2017-16 on second reading. Second by Councilman Traeger. Motion carried (5-0).
President Pro Tempore Pearson made a motion to proceed to third reading of proposed Ordinance 2017-16. Second by Councilman Traeger. Motion carried (5-0).
Councilman Traeger made a motion to pass proposed Ordinance 2017-16 on third and final reading. Second by Councilman Garrison. Motion carried (5-0).
Councilman Garrison made a motion to adjourn. Second by Councilman Seward. Motion carried (5-0). Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.
After the meeting Mayor Evans announced a special meeting of the Common Council would be held Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7 p.m. in anticipation of line item vetoes of the 2018 budget.
Indiana State Police Conclude Colorado Visit to Investigate Delphi Murder Tip
Delphi, IN – Thus far, the Indiana State Police, with assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, the FBI and many other police agencies have followed up on thousands of tips related to the murders Abigail Williams and Liberty German.Of these tips well over a hundred have included references to specific persons, some of which included photos.Each and every tip has been - and will continue to be - thoroughly investigated to determine any connection to the Delphi murder investigation.
Of the many tips being actively investigated, one tip was referred to the Indiana State Police about a person arrested in El Paso County, Colorado.This person, identified as Daniel Nations, was initially arrested by Colorado law enforcement on Sept. 25th and was later referred to ISP on Sept. 29th for follow-up as a potential suspect in the Delphi double murder investigation.
As earlier stated, each and every tip is thoroughly investigated, as was this tip, which resulted in two ISP detectives traveling to El Paso County, Colorado to comprehensively evaluate the circumstances of this tip.While the Indiana State Police does not, as a matter of practice, provide investigative information about specific tips, an exception has been made in this instance the result of numerous media inquiries made about this particular tip.
The Indiana State Police can share, that thus far, there has been no information developed to specifically include or exclude Daniel Nations as a suspect in the Delphi homicides.Both state police detectives returned to Indiana late afternoon of October 2nd and will continue to review information gathered over the course of their visit to El Paso County, Colorado.Mr. Nation does continue to be in custody of Colorado law enforcement personnel for local charges totally unrelated to the Delphi investigation.Media desiring more information about local Colorado charges should contact the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Media Relations Manager/PIO, Jacqueline Kirby, at cell number 719-323-8736, or by email at email@example.com.It is important to note the Indiana State Police is very grateful for assistance rendered by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
The Indiana State Police wants to remind all citizens and media, we are still actively seeking tip information related to the Delphi murders.To ensure tips are received and assigned for investigation it is important tips are referred to either 844-459-5786 or to this email address: Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com
Someone, somewhere has information related to the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German.With the latest media attention to this investigation, we remain hopeful those with information we seek will be moved to come forward with information that will help solve these murders.
More information, including the voice recording clip of the person believed responsible for these murders, is available on the Indiana State Police website AT THIS LINK.
Bill Harris, age 73, of North Ridgeville, who loved being a Marine, passed away from effects of Agent Orange on Wednesday, September 13, 2013. He served in the US Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He was a 1962 graduate of Delphi High School.
Bill worked at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland.
He was born in Plymouth, Indiana and had been a resident of North Ridgeville since 1983, moving from Elyria. Bill serveas an insurance agent at Allstate Insurance Company, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the Sertoma Club, Masonic Lodge in North Olmsted, VFW Post 9871 in North Ridgeville and the American Legion in Elyria.
He loved to travel, especially to the Bahamas, fish and was also an avid reader. He enjoyed cooking so much, that he wrote a cookbook.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Elaine (nee Coffin); children, Greg Harris, Gretta Harris, Jeff (Kim) Harris, Darryl (Vickie) Scheckel, Kirk (Cheryl) Scheckel; grandchildren, Kasey, Zack, Jake, Lindsey, Alex, Raquel and Amber; great- grandchild, Kinsley and sister, Betty (Clyde). He was a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Deloris (nee Mitchel) Harris.
Friends may call Friday from 2PM until the time of Memorial Service at 3:30PM at the Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville. Rev. Chuck Behrens will officiate.
James Lee Hargraves, 71, formerly of Delphi, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at North Naples, Fla. Born May 19, 1946, he was the son of the late Carl and Pauline Botts Hargraves. He was a 1964 graduate of Delphi High School and attended Fort Wayne Business School. He then moved to Bonita Springs, Fla., to help his parents run Hargraves Resort.
Delphi Artist To Be Featured
Watercolorist Rena Brouwer (Delphi, IN) will be the featured artist at the Brown County Art Guild during the month of October. Join us Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m. for a live music and painting collaboration with Rena & pianist Cheryl Kaldahl. Having created exceptional watercolors for more than 40 years, Rena Brouwer has taught watercolor at national art conventions, colleges, museums, state and nationwide community venues. In 2014, Rena collaborated with music conductor and director Nicholas Palmer and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, closing their season with the Prelude Project by painting live onstage to the music of Debussy. We hope that our patrons will enjoy Rena & Cheryl's collaboration as much as her other audiences have!
A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, October 14 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.Join us for an evening of light refreshments and fine art!
Located in the heart of Nashville, the Brown County Art Guild is open during the month of October Monday - Wednesday 11:00 am -5:00 pm, Thursday- Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information, call 812.988.6185 or visit http://www.browncountyartguild.org
Martin l. Gerbens of Delphi, Indiana died from cancer while staying in the home of his cousin, De Etta Koning of Lafayette, Indiana. He was the son of Jetse and Georgia (Blake) Gerbens.
Martin graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1963. He received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1969. M.F.A. Purdue University Graduate School, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1974. And M.L.I.S., Indiana University, Graduate School, Bloomington, Indiana.
He served as Curator of Oceania and Special Collections from 1997 through December, 2006 (concurrently Acting Director of Library Programs and Services, Northern Marianas College on the island of Saipan. As part of his tenure, he elicited and procured a commitment from the bank of Hong Kong and Shanghai to establish and fund a special collection comprised of 17th through 19th century european exploration maps and lithographic portraits and scenes. Martin represented the college on a board consisting of members of both the private sector and the commonwealth visitors authority. Tutored conversation english for students of primarily Korean and Chinese descent. At the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor, was an active member of the National Park Service Museum Advisory Committee. W.W.II Museum.
Martin is survived by his sisters, Mrs. Sue Ellen Childes (Tom), Ms. Marilou Steele and Mrs. Kathleen Champion (Joe). He is also survived by four nieces and two nephews.
He was predeceased by both of his parents and one nephew.
His family would like to make special mention of two of his dearest friends from China, Peter and Elisha. Martin considered China as his second home and truly loved his Chinese family , including the beauty and traditions of this country.
Patricia A. Burbage Robbins, 88, formerly of Delphi, died Thurs-Aug 31, 2017 at 9:50am, at The Springs of Lafayette. She was born Jan 13, 1929 in White County, to the late Roy & Fern Shoop Burbage. Her marriage was to Robert W. "Bob" Robbins in Delphi, on June 15, 1948, and he preceded her in death on June 14, 2009. She graduated from the former Rockfield High School in 1947. She was a homemaker and helped her husband & son on their family farm. She also worked for the Carroll County Assessor Office for many years, and was a former Deer Creek Township Trustee. She was a member of the Frist Presbyterian Church in Delphi. She was a member of the Tri Kappa Sorority, and a home ec club in Rockfield. She and her husband enjoyed square dancing, traveling, and wintered in Sarasota, FL, for many years. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed sewing, and playing euchre card games. She dearly loved her family. Surviving: daughters-Barbara & Greg Small of Lafayette, Janet & David Scherr of Folsom, CA; son-James & Jill Robbins of Delphi; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a great granddaughter Annabelle; a brother Robert. Services: Friends may call Monday from 11am to 12pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Graveside service immediately following, at Rockfield Cemetery, Pastor Tim Stewart officiating. Pat & her children lovingly helped her husband Bob, endure his affliction with Alzheimer's, and she would want memorial contributions given to the association in memory of her husband, and honoring all those survivors who have dealt with its effects. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Donna May Tharp Canen, 91, of Delphi, died Sat-Aug 26, 2017 at 7:25pm, at St Elizabeth East Hospital, Laf. She had lived for 2 years at St. Mary's Healthcare in Lafayette. She was born June 3, 1926 in Swayzee, to the late Donald Tharp, and Gladys Barker Rook. She was a 1944 graduate of Swayzee High School, and received her degree in business from the Elkhart Business University. She worked for 35 years for H&R Block Tax Service, in Delphi, retiring in 2001. She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church for many years, then attended the First Baptist Church of Delphi. She enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking, gardening, crafts, and jigsaw puzzles. She loved music, and enjoyed playing her piano. She enjoyed sports, and loved to play basketball and other games with her family and grandchildren. She was a house mother for a sorority at Purdue University, West Lafayette. She dearly loved her family, and going to her grandchildren's activities. Surviving: daughter-Nancy McCracken of Chalmers; sons-Tim & Beth Canen of Camden, Gary & Debbie Canen of Santa Claus, IN, Jeff Canen of Lafayette; daughter in law-Sandi Canen of Wyoming, MI. 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son Rick; 2 sister's; 1 brother. Services: friends may call Thursday from 5-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service there Friday 11am, Rev. Bill Glenn officiating. Private family interment at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Frist Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Assoc., envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Master Trooper Larry Mote Jr. is Promoted to the Rank of Sergeant
Last month, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter announced the promotion of Master Trooper Larry Mote Jr. to the rank of Sergeant where he will serve as District Squad Leader at the Indiana State Police Lafayette Post. Sergeant Mote was selected after competing in a stringent written and oral interview process. In this new capacity, Mote will oversee troopers in his squad in guiding them and assisting them in their duties.
A 1990 graduate of Carroll High School in Flora, IN, he applied and was accepted to Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 1996 and upon graduation, was assigned to the Lafayette District. In his 10 years as a trooper, Mote was a Field Training Officer and an EVOC instructor. In 2006, he was laterally promoted to the Drug Enforcement Section where he served as a detective for 5 years. In 2011, he returned back to the district for about one year before accepting a position in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Division for 4 years before returning again back to the district.
Sergeant Larry Mote Jr. resides in Carroll County with his family.
Tim Phillips, 53, passed away on August 30, 2017. Born in Delphi, IN, Tim was a graduate of Wabash College in Indiana, which included a year of graduate study in Oxford, and later a Master's degree in Urban Planning from Ball State. Prior to graduate school however, he began his career with a stint as a flight attendant In New York where his gregarious personality was put to good use. After his Master's, he worked in Economic Development for cities in Indiana. Moving on to Chicago, Tim found himself in the field of Fundraising for, among other organizations, Lyric Opera and multiple universities in Chicago. Although Chicago was the home of some of his happiest times, in an effort to move West, Tim continued his fundraising career in various jobs as he headed to Phoenix, and Riverside, CA, before settling in Long Beach in 2008. Throughout his career, whether he was in the air, bringing business to Indiana, or fundraising, Tim very appropriately chose jobs in which he could utilize his excellent people skills. Possessor of a keen and curious mind, Tim was known for his remarkable ability to synthesize and retain information (if only he had tried out for Jeopardy!). He often amazed his friends in conversation with his capacity for recalling details of anything he experienced or read. He was also an avid cyclist, having completed several AIDS rides in the Midwest and later riding for charity in California in addition to being a Masters swimmer. Tim is survived by his husband Jay Axup in Long Beach, parents Lloyd and Marcia of Lafayette, IN, and brothers Matthew and Andrew and their families in the Midwest. A celebration of life will be held later this year.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10, 2017
Draper Receives Old Settlers Heritage Award
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Monday evening, August 29, there was a presentation of the Old Settlers Heritage Award to Barb Draper of Cutler, Indiana, for Her Work In Preserving the Dr. William A. Trobaugh Home. As A Young Lady Dr. Trobaugh Assisted in Saving Barb's Life from Scarlet Fever. This Award Was Granted at the Promoting the Wildcat Valley Meeting at the Presbyterian Church of Cutler.
East Main Street Re-Opened In Delphi
East Main Street between Clyde Street and 300 N was reopened Monday, August 28. Please exercise caution in this area as parts of the shoulder still need to be filled with asphalt or concrete. Road work will continue from Clyde Street to Union Street but should be less invasive as traffic should have clear lanes of travel, with construction occurring on the sidewalk and curb and gutter.
Dorothea F Draper Storey, 93, of Delphi, died Thurs-Aug 24, 2017 at 10:48am, at IU Health Arnett Hospital, Laf. She was born Apr 13, 1924 in Monon, to the late Phillip & Ada Belle Young Draper. Her marriage was to David W. Storey in Delphi, on Jan 17, 1942, and he preceded her in death on June 5, 1983. She attended Cutler High School. She worked for 33 years at the former Peters-Revington Furniture Factory, Delphi. After her retirement, she worked at several area restaurants for many years. She was a member of the Delphi Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed jig saw puzzles, adult coloring books, she enjoyed quilting and collecting angels. She dearly loved her family, that was her life.
Surviving: daughters-Ginger Huddleston & Maxine Cripe both of Delphi; sons-David "Ed" Storey of Delphi, John H. Storey of Arizona; 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 11 great great grandchildren; preceded by 5 sister's, 2 brother's. Services: Friends may call Wednesday from 11am until her funeral service at 1pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev Tim Stewart officiating, burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Mary Teresa Bossung Minnicus, 85, of Delphi, died Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Hospital East, Lafayette. She was born Mar 7, 1932 in Chalmers, to the late George & Esther Vogel Bossung.
Her marriage was to Charles A. Minnicus in Reynolds on Oct 9, 1954, and he preceded her in death on May 12, 2015. She graduated from Reynolds High School in 1950. She worked for the Bank of Reynolds, and then was a homemaker.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi, and was active with the alter and rosary society of the church. She enjoyed her flower gardens, and her large vegetable garden they would have. Her greatest love was her family. She dearly loved them all, babysat for many of her grandchildren, and loved all of the family gatherings they all would share together.
Surviving: daughter-Ann C. Minnicus of Delphi; sons-Steve E. Minnicus (fiancé' Tracey Slaven) of Delphi, Gordon & Kim Minnicus of Delphi, Mike R. Minnicus (Tara Finley) of Lapel, Jerry & Peggy Minnicus of Delphi, Tim & Linda Minnicus of Sheridan; sisters-Betty & Jim Kremer of West Lafayette, Marjorie & Bob Welsh of Lafayette; brothers-Richard Bossung of Reynolds, Edward Bossung of Monticello; 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandsons, 2 great granddaughters.
Preceded in death by a inf son Joseph R, son Thomas G, grandson Alan D, sister Patty, brother's Wendell & William.
Friends may call Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral mass Monday 10 a.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi, Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Reynolds.
Donna May Tharp Canen, 91, of Delphi, died Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 at 7:25 p.m., at St Elizabeth East Hospital, Laf. She had lived for 2 years at St. Mary's Healthcare in Lafayette. She was born June 3, 1926 in Swayzee, to the late Donald Tharp, and Gladys Barker Rook.
She was a 1944 graduate of Swayzee High School, and received her degree in business from the Elkhart Business University. She worked for 35 years for H&R Block Tax Service, in Delphi, retiring in 2001.
She was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church for many years, then attended the First Baptist Church of Delphi. She enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking, gardening, crafts, and jigsaw puzzles. She loved music, and enjoyed playing her piano. She enjoyed sports, and loved to play basketball and other games with her family and grandchildren. She was a house mother for a sorority at Purdue University, West Lafayette.
She dearly loved her family, and going to her grandchildren's activities. Surviving: daughter-Nancy McCracken of Chalmers; sons-Tim & Beth Canen of Camden, Gary & Debbie Canen of Santa Claus, IN, Jeff Canen of Lafayette; daughter in law-Sandi Canen of Wyoming, MI. 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a son Rick; 2 sister's; 1 brother.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service there Friday 11 a.m., Rev. Bill Glenn officiating. Private family interment at a later date.
Jon Russell of Russell Designs Cleaning and Polishing the World War One Plaque at the Southern Entrance of the Carroll County Courthouse on Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Indiana Bacon Festival is Saturday in Delphi
Delphi-The Fourth Annual Indiana Bacon Festival, presented by Indiana Packers Corporation, is on Saturday, August 26th on the square in downtown Delphi.The festival starts at 3pm and ends at 10:30pm.With over 300 volunteers to make this event possible, the Bacon Festival is a day of “Bacon, Bands, and Brew!” In the past three years, the Bacon Festival has been able to raise enough profit to donate $93,000 to local nonprofit organizations. The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is the lead organization with a committee comprised of over a dozen community representatives. There are almost 30 sponsors making this event financially possible. Come out and enjoy the family zone, the entertainment, and food, featuring 11 local restaurants and caterers, bringing you your local favorites with a bacon twist.
The Backyard BBQ Cook-off is newly sanctioned this year by the Kansas City BBQ Society with more than $1,000 in prizes to the top amateur BBQ teams. Crowds will enjoy the food and flare and will vote for the best in showmanship. Gateway Connection is the non-profit organization running the Cook-off for the 4th year in a row.
This year’s family zone has been expanded to included many fun things for people of all ages. Down on Main Street, there will be a zipline to test your love of adventure and a 30 foot rock climbing wall. Also to enjoy is the 4-person Euro bungee jump, obstacle course, and several games for the little ones. Rock painting and photo booth will round out the Family Zone, ran by volunteers of the Senior & Family Services. A special magic show on the Bacon Bits stage will be held at 3:15 followed by the bacon eating and hog calling contests.
Four great music acts will entertain on the Big Bacon Stage including local favorite, Caleb Stevens Lloyd Avenue. Everyone is sure to love Mr. Funnyman Band and the Empty Pockets with many familiar songs for the crowd to sing along. The headline band taking the stage at 8:45 is national favorite, Pure Prairie League with popular songs like Amie and Falling In and Out of Love.
The Brew Garden will be near the corner of Franklin and Washington Streets featuring local winery, Fruitshine Wine. Sun King Brewing Company, one of the largest breweries in the state of Indiana along with Beir Brewery will provide several craft brews. Whyte Horse Winery out of Monticello will round out the selection in the garden.
Entrance to the festival is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 2-12. All gate proceeds will directly benefit the non-profit organizations volunteering at the annual festival. Organizations include the Delphi Lions and Rotary clubs, Psi Iota Xi and Tri Kappa sororities, Bush Veterinary Clinic on behalf of the Carroll County Canines, Delphi VFW, Flora Main Street/Community Club, Radnor Methodist and St. Joseph Catholic Churches, Delphi Athletics & football team, plus the Libby & Abby Softball Park volunteers. Follow the event online at: www.IndianaBaconFestival.com or on Facebook/IndianaBaconFest.
Investigators looking into Business Fire in Flora
Initial investigation indicates fire was deliberately set
8/21/2017--CCSD--The Flora Police Department, Flora Fire Department, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate a fire which occurred at a plumbing and heating business in Flora Friday night.
At 8:35 p.m., Carroll County E911 received numerous 911 calls, reporting that the Lauderdale Plumbing and Heating building at 3 South Sycamore Street in Flora, was on fire. Flora Fire Department and many other emergency departments responded to the location, finding flames coming from the building. Fire personnel were able to take control of the fire quickly.
Preliminary investigation seemed to indicate the fire was intentionally started. No injuries were reported prior to or during the fighting of the fire. A reward, up to $5,000, has been established, for information which will lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone believed to be involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office non-emergency number at 765.564.2413, option #1. The investigation is continuing and more information will be released as it is followed into and received.
Doris Curts, 86, of Delphi passed away on August 20, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Delphi where she had resided for the past few years.
Doris was born on Feb. 23, 1931 at Thayer, Indiana to the late William and Eva (LaCosse)Clinton.
Doris was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School.
She married Jerry C. Curts on March 3, 1951 in Frankfort, Indiana and he survives.
Mrs. Curts retired from Globe Valve in Delphi where she worked in the Assembly dept.
Doris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Delphi and Presbyterian Women.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, serving in the Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sunday School and as a Church Deacon. She was an avid Purdue fan. She loved watching hummingbirds.
Along with her husband, Jerry, she is survived by her children: Dianne Curts of Indianapolis, Marilyn Owens (Dick) of Tipton, Richard "Rick" Curts (Pat) of Delphi, Lynette Small (Arthur) of Fishers; sister, Betty Gearheart and brother, Larry Clinton (Bonnie) both of Frankfort; 10 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded by a brother Russell Kise and sister, Evelyn Emery.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Pastor Nord Zootman officiating. Burial will follow in Camden Cemetery.
Marcella M. Yerkes, 96, of Camden, died unexpectedly Thursday August 17th, at 12:55 pm at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 10, 1921 in South Whitley IN to Halbert E. and Helen Rupley, and was married in Logansport to Lloyd R. Yerkes on October 2, 1938.
Marcella and Lloyd were co-owners of Yerkes Trucking Co. Inc., until the business closed in 1987.
Marcella was an active member of the Christian Science Church in Kokomo, IN and served as a Reader during services.
Marcella was a member of the Camden Preservation club and a supporter of many Camden community programs. Marcella loved being outside and on any nice day, Marcella could be seen on her front porch enjoying her home and community.
Surviving is her best friend and companion, Bud Kesling, her sons, Larry Joe (Pat) Yerkes, Camden, and Steven Lynn (Fran) Yerkes, Logansport, 5 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Friends may call at Cree Funeral Home of Camden, Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 from 10 a.m. to Noon with the funeral service at 12 p.m., with Stan Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Camden Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Camden-Jackson Township Public Library.
Alice L. Linn 97 of Camden passed away at 12:36pm on Saturday August 19th at St Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. She was born September 25, 1919 in Deer Creek Twp. Carroll County to Albert and Nellie M. Ray Cree. She was a 1937 Graduate of Camden High School. On September 14,1946 at Camden she married Claude T. Linn. He preceded in death on December 15,1968. She served as Clerk-Treasurer of the Town of Camden for 8 years. She served on the original Board of Directors of the Camden Senior Citizens Housing when the apartment complex was built.
Alice was a member of St Peters Lutheran Church at Camden, Charter member and co-organizer of American Legion Auxilary at Camden where she served several years a president and treasurer, 60 year plus member of Carroll Chapter of Eastern Star, where she was past Matron and served as treasurer for 30 years.
Surviving are a son Gary E. (Susan) Linn of Camden and a daughter Rita K. (Jim) Myers of Bloomington, IN. One grandson Ryan (Kendra) Linn of Camden, two granddaughters Tracy (Joe) Webster of Zionsville, and Amy (Scott) Guckien of Camden. She was preceded in death by one sister.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 pm Tuesday August 22nd at Cree Funeral Home, Camden. Funeral services will be at 10:30 am Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Marissa Tweed Harrison officiating. Burial in the Camden Cemetery.
2017 INDIANA CORN HUSKING CONTEST
Saturday, October 7, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Bremen will be the corn husking capital of Indiana on Saturday October 7th, as the Craig Geyer Farm will host the Indiana Hand Corn Husking Contest.
The Indiana Hand Corn Husking Contest will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This contest is open to all who enjoy old-fashioned corn husking. Participants in the timed contest husk corn from one row, throwing the ears into a horse-drawn wagon. The corn is then weighed and inspected for excess husks. Classes vary from 10 to 20 minutes.
The contests are open to both men and women of various age groups, from youth to Golden Agers. Team husking is a new event; four members husking for 5 minutes each. The cost is $20 per person; spectators will be admitted at no charge. Free parking.
The Craig Geyer Farm is located at 20565 Tyler Road, Bremen, IN. Directions: From US 30, travel north 7.5 miles on US 31 to (Exit 233) to US 6, then go west 1 mile to stoplight, then turn right, continue north on Michigan Street to 2nd flashing yellow light at LaVille High School. Turn right (east) and go (1.1) miles to the “T”. Turn left and continue 1 mile to Craig Geyer Farm following signs.
For more information, contact:
Clay Geyer, at 574/952-7197, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Payne, at 219/895-3767, email@example.com
Larry Smith, at 219/362-4041, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary E. Morris Lavy, 90, of rural Camden, died Thursday., August 10, 2017, at 9:15 a.m. in her home. She was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Carroll County, Indiana, to the late James & Phoeba Flora Morris.
Her marriage was to Andrew L. Lavy at her parents home, on February 6, 1949, and he preceded her in death on May 26, 2010. She attended the former Carrollton High School. She was a homemaker, and she and her husband owned Lavy's Orchard for over 40 years, raising apples, and making apple cider. She enjoyed the orchard, and all the help they would have during harvest, and loved the interaction she an her husband would have with the many customers that patronized their farm.
She was a member of Twin Oaks Old Brethren Church near Wakarusa. She enjoyed writing poetry, flower & vegetable gardening. She dearly loved her family, and all of the gatherings they would share.
The family wishes to express their most sincere appreciation to Ellen Just and her family for the wonderful care she gave our mother in her final years of life. It was truly a blessing to her, and us.
Surviving; sons: Keith & Claudia Lavy of Troy, Ohio, Wayne & Sheryl Lavy of Greenville, Ohio, Kenneth & Tammi Lavy of Camden; 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren. Preceded in death by 1 infant daughter, 2 infant sons, a brother Jonas, half brother Fred, sister Emma, half sister Eunice.
Services were held at the Deer Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Church, south of Camden, Shane Oberholzer officiating. Burial was at Musselman Cemetery, Camden.
Memorial contributions to the Carroll County Food Pantry. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Arrest Made in Deer Creek Investigation
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police have made an arrest regarding the suspicious death in the small northeastern Carroll County town of Deer Creek. James L. Haas, 59, of rural Burnettsville, was arrested late Friday afternoon by Sheriff’s detectives and ISP detectives. Police are also releasing the name of the deceased victim in the case. Robert M. Houchins, 62, of Deer Creek, has been identified as the decedent. Investigators are awaiting final autopsy results from Friday’s autopsy on the victim. However, enough information from the ongoing investigation had been garnered by Friday to provide detectives probable cause to arrest Haas. Until police receive final autopsy information, no information is being released related to the victim’s injuries except that fatal injuries were due to head trauma. Haas was booked into the Carroll County Jail in Delphi, held on one count of Murder, as it relates to Houchins’ death. He is being held without bond. Indiana State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office continue to follow into the investigation. More information will be released at a later time as the investigation progresses.
Crash on US 421 and Division Road in Carroll County sends two children to the hospital with minor injuries
Carroll County--On Friday August 11, 2017 Trooper Brad Mull, investigated a personal injury crash at Division Road and US 421 in Carroll County, IN.
At approximately 7:25 PM Kimberly Leal, age 37 ,of Sweetser, IN, was traveling west on Division Road at US 421. Leal disregarded a stop sign located at the intersection of Division Road and US 421. Her 2015 Black Chevrolet Cruze collided with a northbound 2016 Freightliner semi tractor trailer driven by Charles Collins, age 53, of Lafayette, IN. The collision caused the semi to leave the roadway and crash into a house. The passenger car collided with a separate semi trailer that had been parked in a lot next to the road and rolled onto its side. Both drivers in the crash were checked by medical personnel at the scene and were released. A 8 yr old child and a 12 yr old child, that had been riding in Leal's vehicle, were transported to IU Arnett in Lafayette with minor injuries.
Judith K. Brooks, 76, of Bringhurst, was called to her heavenly home, Friday, August 11, 2017 in Kokomo, Indiana. Judy was born to the late Hugh and Fern Kelly Bowman on January 17, 1941 in Carroll County.
Judy was a register nurse, working at Home Hospital in Lafayette for many years. She also had worked at Purdue University, Salin Bank in Flora, Wisler Electric in Flora and in Delphi with Medical Associates for Doctors Baker and Petry.
She graduated from Delphi High School and Indiana University-Kokomo. Judy was a member of the Flora United Methodist Church, Delta Theta Chi and was active at one time as an EMT with Carroll County for serval years. She enjoyed reading and gardening.
On June 28, 1959 in Carroll County Judith Bowman married and started a life together with Thomas Brooks and he preceded her on April 19, 2014. They lived in the Flora area for years and then moved to Clearwater, FL in 1997 till returning to Bringhurst in 2011.
Judy is survived by two daughters: Vicki ( Kevin ) Hinkle of Kokomo, Michelle ( Greg ) Barnes of Flora,. One son: Steve ( Misty ) Brooks of Flora. Nine Grandchildren: Cody (Samantha) Hinkle, Chaseton Hinkle ( Megan Whitcomb), Caylin Hinkle, Joshua, Paige, Kinsey Barnes. Alexsis, Addison, Kaia Brooks.
Great Grandchildren: Colton Hinkle, Kinley Brooks, Khloe Proffitt, and Cambreigh Hinkle.
Three nieces and three nephews.
The family of Judy invite friends to call Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM at Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel, 204 South Center Street, Flora, IN 46929. Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the funeral home. Officiating will be Rev Larry DeVos. Burial to follow at Ball Hill Cemetery, near Cutler. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Wayne L. Disinger, 85, of Delphi, passed away on August 6, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Delphi. Wayne was born on October 11, 1931 in Delphi to the late John I. and Edith Dorothy (Walters) Disinger.
He was a 1949 graduate of Delphi High School. Mr. Disinger served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955.
Wayne married Reva Hall on August 18, 1956 in Delphi and she survives.
Mr. Disinger was a printer by trade having worked for several newspapers in the area and also owned the Oracle Press Print Shop for 20 Years.
He had also worked at the Carroll County Courthouse as a custodian and drove for the Carroll County Senior Services.
He was also instrumental in establishing the Carroll County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity working with that organization for 20 years. He received a certificate of recognition from the City of Delphi for volunteering for 18 years filming numerous events and meetings for the City. He received the Dr. Crampton Outstanding Legionnaire award and coached Little League.
Mr. Disinger was a member of the Living Faith Church of the Brethren.
Along with his wife, Reva, he is survived by his children: Kimberly Alice Laxson, Beth Ann Hatke (Jack), Sarah Lynn Hoss (Andrew) and Joseph Wayne Disinger (Laura) all of Delphi; sisters: Virginia McKnight, Dorothy Rhine, Sue Witt all of Flora and Charlotte Crowder of Delphi; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
He was preceded by a brother, William.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home from 4-8:00 p.m. on August 9, 2017. Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home on August 10, 2017 with Pastor Jeff Tomson officiating. Burial will follow at IOOF Memorial Gardens at Pittsburg with Military Graveside Rites by the Carroll County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions in Wayne's memory may be made to the Living Faith Church.
UPDATE: The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office confirmed the two people killed in a crash on the Hoosier Heartland were 87 year-old Lois Green, the Passenger, and 65-year-old Kristine Swank, the Driver, both of Lafayette.
Two people died on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, when the car they were in went through a Stop Sign at the intersection of Old 25 onto the Hoosier Heartland striking a southbound Semi trailer at about 4:00 p.m. The accident was just inside Tippecanoe County near the Carroll County line.
Police say that for unknown reasons, a Toyota Corolla struck the trailer of the semi driven by Jerry K. Watkins, 48, of Michigantown, Indiana, wedging it under the trailer, causing the immediate deaths of the driver and passenger, who were not identitied pending notification of families.
According to Officials, it had been raining prior to the accident, but that the rain had subsided. The southbound lane of the HHC was closed until about 8:20 p.m. while the bodies were removed from the vehicle and a accident reconstruction team investigated the site.
G. Michael "Coach" Jones, 82, formerly of Delphi, died unexpectedly Wed-July 26, 2017 at 5:51am at St Elizabeth East Hospital, Laf. He was born Nov 19, 1934 in Falfurrias, TX, to the late Herman & Irene Pierce Jones. His marriage was to Harriette E. Sullivan in Oxford, on Feb 20, 1954, and she preceded him in death on Feb 10, 2003.
"Coach" graduated from Pine Village High School in 1953; received his BS in education from Indiana State University in 1959; received his MA in education from Indiana University; and received a soil science degree from Purdue University later in his life. He started his teaching and coaching career at Roachdale High School, teaching biology & coaching boys basketball (1959-1961); then Cathedral High School in Indianapolis (61-64); Rossville High School coaching & teaching, and was Athletic Director (64-78); Wawasee High School (78-81); and Delphi Community High School, teaching biology, coaching boys basketball, and the girls golf team, 1981 until his retirement in 1992.
He was named athlete of the year at ISU 1959, lettering in baseball 4 years & basketball 3 years. After college he was drafted by a pro baseball team, and Indiana's pro basketball team, turning both offers down, to start his teaching, coaching career, and to start his family. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a member of the IN State Teachers Assoc., & IN Basketball Coaches Assoc. He served 4 years in the IN National Guard. He was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi.
After his retirement from teaching, he did soil testing for Carroll and other surrounding counties, and was a member of the Professional Soil Science Classifiers Assoc. He had just recently moved to Mulberry, after living in Delphi since 1981. He enjoyed woodworking, flower gardening, golf, and his koi pond. He remained in close contact with his many former players and special students, long after their graduations. He was a devoted husband and father, and dearly loved his family and grandchildren, and the times they shared together. He and his wife enjoyed wintering in Mexico for many years.
Surviving: daughters-Ramona & Jeff Bass of Mulberry, Rene & Mamoun Hariri of Delphi; sons-Kristopher Jones of Frankfort, Shannon Jones of Mulberry; sisters-Joyce Wiltbank of Miromar Lakes, FL, Mary Lee Hamilton of Lafayette, Shelia McCloskey of Davidsonville, Maryland; brothers-Shannon & Cecilia Jones of Walton, Shane & CeeAnn Jones of Fowler; 10 grandchildren 2 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by sisters Janet & JoAnn; brothers James & Patrick.
Services: friends may call Sunday, July 30 from 3pm-7pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral mass Monday at 10am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphi; Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contribution's to the Delphi & Rossville Athletic Departments, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Phyllis M. Teel, 86, of rural Brookston, passed away on July 22, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. She was born October 1, 1930 in Carroll County, Indiana to the late Russell and Ruth (Lowther) Cole and graduated from Delphi High School in 1948. On March 18, 1951 she married Robert G. Teel in Delphi, Indiana and he proceeded her in death on October 13, 2015. Phyllis worked for a short period after graduation from high school for a bank, but after marriage devoted her time to being a housewife and mother. She and her husband spent two years in Fort Smith, Arkansas as Bob served in the Army and then returned to White County where they farmed with her husband’s family until 2006. Phyllis enjoyed gardening and canning the produce each year to provide for her family. Phyllis was a member of the Zion Bethel Church in Monticello, Indiana. During early years, she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and having her classes of girls to her home for fun activities. She was also active in the Worthwhile Club, a White County women’s group which met on a regular basis for fellowship. Surviving are a daughter, Melanie Nied (sp. Jim) of Maumee, Ohio, a son, Jeff Teel (sp. Angie) of Brookston, Indiana, and a daughter, Marcie Fairchild (sp. David) of West Chester, Ohio. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Dustin (sp. Leah) Walter, Danielle Helminiak (sp. Carson) and Dawn Walter (friend Nick Baldwin). She also has two great grandchildren, Alejandro Gonzalez and Avaya Helminiak. Preceded in death by a sister Dorothy King.Visitation will be at the Zion Bethel Church, 415 S. 3rd. Street, Monticello, Indiana from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 28. Pastor Jeff Messer officiating. Interment will be at the Tippecanoe Memory Gardens Cemetery in West Lafayette, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Bethel Church, envelopes available there. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi in charge of arrangements www.abbottfuneralhome.com.
Helen E. (Hickman) Cochran 83 of West Lafayette passed away on Saturday July 15, 2017 at The Springs at Lafayette, surrounded by her family. Born April 26, 1934 in Delphi, IN to the late John M. and Madge A. (Pontney) Hickman. On September26,1956 she married Eugene A. Cochran and he preceded her in death May 11,2012.
She graduated from St Elizabeth School of Nursing becoming an RN after passing the state boards and started her nursing career working at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Then she moved to Brook, IN where she worked in the office of Dr. Arthur Schoonveld MD and Dr. Harold Johnson MD. Following that she worked part time at the White County Hospital. Her greatest joy was working for the Rensselaer Home Care and later for Lafayette Home Care where she provided healthcare to patients in the surrounding rural communities. She loved driving the hundreds of miles she put in each week and the friendships she developed with each of her patients.
Outside of work Helen enjoyed reading, going to garage sales, shopping at the Goodwill Store, the companionship of her Scottish terrier Lady, and spending time with her family.
Surviving are her four loving children Mark (Barbara) Cochran of Lafayette, Lisa (Thomas) Wright of West Lafayette, Lori (Christopher) Bryant of West Lafayette and Matthew (Dawn) Cochran of Boswell. Also surviving are grandchildren Bethany and Whitney Wright, Megan (Tyler) Cotterman, Robert (Claire) Cochran, Nathan and Marissa Bryant and her fiancé Jayden Fackelman, Claudia, Owen, Adric, and Carolyn Cochran. There are three great grandchildren Rhett, Ruby, and Rhennie Cochran, and her sister-in-law Doris Hickman who was thought of as a sister.
She was preceded in death by her brothers John M. and Leonard K. Hickman.
Donations may be made to the St Elizabeth Alumni Association of the St Elizabeth School of Nursing.
Graveside services are Wednesday July 19th at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens at 11 am with Pastor Dwight Monical officiating.
TMG Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Delphi Investigation Continues; Identify This Person
The composite drawing is the result of information received during the course of this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about the murders or the person depicted in the composite sketch should call the established tip line at 844-459-5786 and can remain anonymous. Tips may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Delphi, IN --7/17/2017-- The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Delphi Police Department and the Indiana State Police are requesting assistance to identify the person depicted in this sketch who is believed to be connected to the murders of Abigail J. “Abby” Williams and Liberty Rose Lynn “Libby” German.
The person depicted in the composite sketch is described as a white male between 5’6” to 5’10”, weighing 180 to 220 pounds, with reddish brown hair, eye color unknown. This sketch depicts a hat that may not be accurate.We ask that you focus on the person’s facial features.
The composite drawing is the result of information received during the course of this ongoing investigation.Anyone with information about the murders or the person depicted in the composite sketch should call the established tip line at 844-459-5786 and can remain anonymous.Tips may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reward in excess of $230,000 is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for these murders.
**Notice of Road Closure**
FROM MAYOR SHANE EVANS--US 421/ SR 18/ SR 39 will be closed between Franklin and 10th Streets from Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 30. It is expected that local traffic will bypass the construction area by utilizing South Road or 9th Street and Washington Streets.
The official INDOT detour is as follows, "At Delphi SR 18 detours south on SR 25 to I65. North on I65 to SR 43. North on SR 43 to SR 18 at Brookston. US 421/SR 39 detour continues north on SR 43 to Reynolds. SR 39 detour turns east on US 24 at Reynolds and ends at the junction of SR 39 and US 24 in Monticello."
The closure is due to construction on the City of Delphi's levee project. A jack and bore method of pipe installation under the highway, which would not have closed the roadway, was initially proposed but denied by the Army Corps of Engineers due to the roadway's status as a levee.
Myers Becomes New Carroll County Auditor
Carroll County Treasurer Beth Myers was selected by a Republican Caucus as the new Auditor to complete the term of Tom Gray who died while in office. Myers took the Oath of Office on Wednesday, July 12.
Myers had previously served as the County Auditor from 2003 to 2010. She was selected over two other Candidates
The Delphi High School football team is hosting a blood drive at DCHS gymnasium on Thursday, July 13 from 3pm to 8pm. Our goal is to have at least 100 donors which will help improve the blood shortage in Indiana. Please come out and donate blood on Thursday, July 13th from 3 - 8 pm. located in the Delphi Community High School gymnasium.
Donald G. Larimore, 74, of West Lafayette, died Thursday-July 6, 2017, at 4am at his residence, after a 7 month battle with cancer. He was born Oct 23, 1942 in Lafayette, to the late Donald C. & Ruth H. Skiles Larimore. His marriage was to Arceli G. Tacdol in Las Vegas, NV, on July 21, 1999, and she survives.
Don was a 1960 graduate of Delphi High School, and received his BS in Visual Arts from Purdue University in 1971. He worked for the former Eli Lilly & Co., Lafayette, for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. He served for 4 years in the Indiana National Guard. He raced MG cars for several years, all over Indiana and surrounding States, and was a member of the SCCA. He loved to restore and paint cars, and enjoyed mechanics, doing all the work himself. He loved music, singing, and playing his guitar. He enjoyed photography, traveling with his wife, and wintering in Key Largo, FL, for many years, where he loved to boat & fish. He dearly loved his wife and children and all his immediate family.
Surviving: wife-Arceli G. Larimore of West Lafayette; daughters-Julie & Doug Patrick of Austin, TX, Heather & Micah Kinneman of Carmel; sons-David & Kristy Larimore of Indianapolis, Darin Larimore fiancé Alli Cunningham of Indianapolis; sisters-Claudia Hicks of Delphi, Pam & Karl Ferger of Lafayette; brother-Richard & Annabelle Larimore of Delphi; 5 grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister Beverly; brother in law Tom.
Services: Friends may call Monday from 11am until his funeral service at 1pm, at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Burial at Morning Heights Cemetery, Delphi. Memorial contributions to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
John (Jack) Freitag, 93, passed away on July 6, 2017 in Delphi, Indiana.
Services will be held Tuesday, July 11th at the Abbott Funeral Home Inc., 421 E. Main in Delphi, Indiana. Deacon James Rush will be officiating. There will be a visitation from 12pm until his funeral service at 2pm. The burial will take place at the Delphi Masonic Cemetery with Carroll County Honor Guard Military Rites.
Jack was born on March 8th, 1924 in Ashland, IL, son of the late William and Anna (Newell) Freitag. In 1936 the family moved to Indiana where he graduated from Delphi High School in 1943. Jack served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was in the second wave of the D-Day invasion at Normandy, France. He was later wounded in combat, captured by the Germans and held as a POW for six months. Jack received a Purple Heart for his wounds and was honorably discharged from the Army. Upon returning from the war, he settled in Delphi with his family and farmed for the remainder of his life.
He is survived by his partner of over 30 years Susie Stewart, his sister Helen Taylor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, nephews Bruce Owens (Jan), Leroy, IL, Mike Eckman (Mavis), St. Charles, IL, Bill Eckman (Teesa), Lafayette, IN and nieces Patti Plack (Jeff), Glenview, IL and Carol Sprague, Lafayette, IN. Jack is also survived by many loving grand and great nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, sisters Rosemary Owens and Kathryn Eckman and brother Bob Freitag.
Yolonda Kay Miller, daughter of David and Norma (Angle) Miller was born January 29, 1951 in Carroll County, Indiana. Yolonda was a member of the Old German Baptist Brethren Church, Oak Hill District which she faithfully supported till she was called home to be with her Lord.
On November 1, 1971 she began her journey to Virginia where she had accepted an invitation to live in the home of Glenn and Virginia Boone. She appreciated her home away from home, where the Boone family accepted her as a special part of their family. In June of 2016, she was diagnosed with cancer. She bore this with acceptance and submission.
We, her family and her church family, were privileged to travel with her and assist on this year long journey, which ended as she took her flight to her heavenly home on July 5, 2017 in her home in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Yolonda will be fondly remembered by her four sisters and their companions, Iris (Robert) Weber, Renee (Lee) Wallace, Rita (Ervin) Miller, Lou Anna (Stephen) Hufford, 15 nieces and nephews, and 26 great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Rodney and a great nephew.
Funeral services will be conducted at Oak Hill Old German Baptist Brethren Church, 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 with The Home Brethren officiating. Her family will receive friends 1-4 and 5-8 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Church, 101 Elam Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065. Visitation, Funeral and Burial will follow in the Musselman Cemetery near Camden, Indiana. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
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 e-mail by 11:59 pm (EDT), on August 6, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.
Basic Eligibility Requirements and consideration factors for a Capitol Police Officer:
1. Must be a United States citizen.
2. Must be at least 21 years of age when appointed as a police employee. (Appointment date is February 2, 2018)
3. 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.
4. Must possess a valid driver's license to operate an automobile.
5. Must be a high school graduate as evidenced by a diploma or general equivalencydiploma (GED).
The starting salary for a Capitol Police Section Probationary Officer is $39,292.00 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.
Alfred Edward "Ed" Nelson, 78, of Mulberry, passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born on November 22, 1938 in Lafayette, IN, the son of the late Clyde Edward and Sara Pauline (Wolfe) Nelson. He was a member of the Delphi High School Class of 1956. On June 3, 1959 in Mississippi he married Mary Lando Nickoles whom survives him.
Ed retired from GTE as a Tech repairman after 29 years. He was a member of the N.R.A. and the Wildcat Valley Rifle and Pistol Club. Lifetime hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed restoring old cars and driving them. Ed loved spending time with family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 58 years, sons; Mark Edward Nelson (Bridget Gregory),Norman Edward Nelson, daughter; Tina Lynn Maxfield, 6 grandchildren; Nikki (Nick) Oertel, Eric (Jessica) Nelson, Chelsea Nelson, Macy Maxfield, Josh Nelson and Jake (Alaina) Nelson, 8 great-grandchildren; Jocelyn, Reid, Keegan, Lane, Maverick, Hunter, Kayde and Marlee, brother; Ronald Arvin Nelson, sister;Nancy Eilene (Bill) Volmer.
Preceded in death by parents and infant sister; Betty Louise Nelson.
A gathering of family and friend will be on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Genda Funeral Home Mulberry Chapel. A Celebration of life service will be at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be later at Battleground Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in Ed's honor to the N.R.A. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
Delphi Yearbooks and More Available Online
Internet users can now take a look back at past Delphi Yearbooks, phone books, and other historical records at a new website from the Delphi Public Library.
To access this site and enjoy a look at the past, just CLICK HERE.
Marjorie A. Reese Wille , 84, of Elgin, Indiana, Delphi High School Class of 1951, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017, in her home. She was born on March 30, 1933 in Greenfield, IN the daughter of James L. & Emma M. (Scott) Reese. Marjorie loved her family, her church, and friends, visiting with many of them in the past few weeks of her life. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of West Dundee. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter and as such she was part of the Quilting group at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin. She is survived by her loving husband Robert D. Wille to whom she was married to on October 13, 1956, their children Randall Wille of Kernersville, NC and Dianne Korizon of Elgin. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Wait Ross Allanson Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel, 51 Center St., Elgin is assisting the family. www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.
Juvenile Airlifted after ORV Crash – Carroll County Pittsburg (Carroll County) –DNR--6/28/2017-- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating an off-road vehicle (ORV) accident involving a head injury that occurred this afternoon near Pittsburg in Carroll County. Witnesses at the scene stated a juvenile male, 14, of Delphi was operating a 1999 Yamaha Bear Tracker four-wheeler in the area of County Road 935 West, just south of County Road 310 North. He was accompanied on the ORV by an 11 year old male passenger and a 14 year old male passenger, both of Delphi. As they were traveling from a grass field onto the roadway, the 14 year old passenger’s ball cap flew off of his head. In an attempt to catch the ball cap, the 14 year old passenger lost his balance and fell off of the four-wheeler, hitting his head on the roadway. He was airlifted by IU Health Lifeline to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis to be treated for his head injury. No safety equipment was being worn at the time of the crash.
Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage anyone operating an ORV to wear the proper protective equipment along with a helmet. A new state law, effective July 1, requires operators and passengers of an ORV, that are under the age of 18, to wear a DOT approved helmet. A valid driver’s license is required while operating on a public roadway where permitted. Agencies assisting on the scene included the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Carroll County EMS, Delphi Fire Department, Carroll County EMA, and Indiana University Health Lifeline.
Clay M. Maxwell, 96, former Carroll County & Rossville resident, died Wed.-June 21, 2017 at 9:15am, at Cumberland Point Health Campus, West Lafayette. He was born Apr 20, 1921 in Carroll Co., IN, to the late Samuel & Bertha Million Maxwell. His marriage was to Maxine B. Lowery in Cutler, on Jan 4, 1941, and she preceded him in death on June 14, 2011. He farmed in Jefferson Township for many years, and worked at the former RCA Plant in Monticello, and drove a school bus for Twin Lakes School Corp., for many years. They lived in Jefferson Township, Carroll County, for many years, then moved to Monticello for 11 years, then to Bradenton, FL for 26 years, before moving back to Rossville in 2009. He attended Delphi High School. He was a member of the Hickory Grove Church. He enjoyed the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team, auto racing, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He liked to cook, and travel with his wife and family. He enjoyed playing euchre. Surviving: daughters-Diana Heckert of Lafayette, Sue & Jay Wolf of Vincennes, Jan Maxwell of Granger; son-Jack & Elizabeth Maxwell of Ottawa, KS; 7 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by inf twin sons; son in law David Hill; 2 sisters. Services: Friends may call Saturday-July 8, 2017 from 10am-11:30am at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Graveside committal service to follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery, rural Carroll County, Rev. Laura Penney Bade officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Grove Cemetery Association for perpetual care, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Restored Historic German Lutheran Church Dedicated
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Seen above is the dedication of the German Lutheran Church which was donated to the Canal Association by Carl Treece and lovingly restored for use in weddings or other small gatherings.
The messages were a point-counter-point delivery involving Pastor John Westfall on the left delivering the English half of the presentation, while Pastor Greg Fiechtner on the right responded in German. The service was punctuated with two hymns sung a cappela, those being "The Church's One Foundation" and the Doxology. Opening the event was done by Pastor Fiechtner with a rendition of the history of the church itself, researched in part by Historian Mark A. Smith. Closing prayer was offered by Pastor John Westfall, with light refreshments and fellowship following.,
Time Capsule Removed At Flora Church
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, Pastor Greg Brenneman of the Victory in Christ Fellowship, Flora, presided in the opening of a time capsule in the cornerstone of the Church building which was placed there on June 30, nearly a century ago.
Former members of the church were present in great number to witness this precious event and also to recount their experiences with various pastors, baptisms, and other momentous milestones in their spiritual life there in that church, which was originally the First :Brethren Church of Flora, Indiana.
Continued Community Assistance Requested for Flora, Indiana Arson Fire; Call Tips to the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628
Carroll County, Indiana--6/23/2017--ISP – The arson fire that occurred on November 21, 2016 and resulted in the deaths of four children; Keyana Davis, 11; Keyara Phillips, 9; Kerriele McDonald, 7; and, Konnie Welch, 5 remains a very active investigation being led by the Indiana State Police with investigative assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lafayette Fire Department.
The Carroll County Prosecutor, Robert Ives, has expressed his appreciation for the amount of investigative resources dedicated by each of the agencies engaged in this investigation as work continues to develop information to identify the person or persons responsible for the intentional setting of this fire.Prosecutor Ives also expressed that while he understands the level of public interest in this investigation, he is asking all investigative agencies to avoid further discussion of this active investigation which could impact successful prosecution of this case in the future.
In cooperation with the Carroll County Prosecutor’s Office, the Indiana State Police, and all other investigative agencies assisting with this investigation are honoring his request.
We also want to remind the media and public that there is a reward fund for information about this arson fire.Anyone with information about the Flora arson fire should contact the Indiana State Arson Hotline at 1-800-382-4628. Callers can remain anonymous and may receive up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.
Unfortunately there are elements of our society that try to profit from the tragedy of others and citizens are reminded to only donate to a trusted source.While there may be other legitimate funds established for the Flora fire, if citizens are not confident the source can be trusted, they are encouraged to direct their donation to the IDHS Flora Fire Reward.Citizens may send donations by check to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, 302 W. Washington Street Room E208, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204. To ensure the donation goes to the appropriate account, the memo line should read “Flora Fire Reward.”
On behalf of all agencies working to determine who the person or persons are that were responsible for the senseless loss of four innocent lives, we appreciate the public’s support.
Phillip E. Perdue, 58, was born in Rochester, Indiana, to Linda Nix Perdue and James Perdue, and died June 16, 2017, in Norfolk, VA. He is survived by his wife Melissa Lee Perdue, mother Linda, sister Kari Perdue Blackley, nieces Tia and Carmen Blackley, step-sister Sonya Hudson, step-mothers Joan Perdue and Suzannah Walker, mother-in-law Margaret Lee, sister-in-law Karen Lee, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as beloved canines Etta and Arlo.
Phillip was a graduate of Delphi Community High School, earned a baccalaureate degree from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He began his career in fundraising with the March of Dimes, leading the walk-a-thon in Sacramento, CA. Within a few years, he had advanced to managing walk-a-thons for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in more than 300 cities across the country. Later he served in a number of development roles at Virginia Commonwealth University, as Associate and then Interim Vice President for College Advancement at Virginia Wesleyan College, Senior Development Officer for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Foundation, and finally as Chief Development Officer for WHRO Public Media in Norfolk.
Phillip is the author of May I Cultivate You?, a light-hearted look at the humor, irony, and folly found in a career in fundraising, published in 2014. In 2015, he was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hampton Roads Chapter. Phillip delivered a daily email he called “Musical Upgrade,” to friends, family, colleagues, and friends of friends over the last several years. In it he shared his love of music through photos and notes about songs he found historically, musically, or toe-tappingly significant or entertaining. For many of his “fans,” Musical Upgrade became the signal that the day had begun.
Memorial contributions can be made in Phillip’s honor to WHRO, the ACLU, or Planned Parenthood. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 27, at 2:00 p.m., at WHRO, 5200 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk.
Baum's Landing Archaelogical Dig Continues
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
6/21/2017--DELPHI--Seen Here is Tom Smith, Descendant of Daniel Baum, Participating in the Baum's Landing Dig South of Delphi Where His Ancestor Settled. The continuing archaeological project is under the direction of Dr. Christopher Moore of the University of Indianapolis.
In 2013, Dr. Moore began a research project with the Carroll County Historical Society and the Carroll County Wabash & Erie Canal Association to locate the site of the 1825 Daniel Baum homestead. Daniel Baum was a leading member of the early Carroll County community, and his property hosted the first Carroll County courts and the first store. The site, now called Baum’s Landing, has been located and excavations are ongoing. Students from Dr. Moore’s courses regularly visit the Baum’s Landing site to hone their mapping, surveying, and excavation skills. In addition to the early 19th century farmstead, investigations at the site are recording a 19th and 20th century dairy farm and early 20th century interurban line.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
As A Part of the WWI Centennial Celebration the Carroll County Veteran's Service Office and County Historian Mark A. Smith are collaborating in collecting Funding for the cleaning of this WWI Plaque in the southern entrance of the Courthouse. For more information, please contact Anita Hartman at Veterans1@Carrollcountyin.gov.
Donald R. Thatcher, 78, of Delphi, passed away on June 18, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Delphi. He was born to the late Lester Paul and Effie (Ray) Thatcher on March 8, 1939 in Indianapolis.
He served in the US Army. He married Anna L. Smith on Sept. 4, 1964 in Monticello, Indiana and she preceded him on August 4, 2005.
He retired as a night watchman for Peters-Revington Manufacturing in Delphi. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, wildlife and fishing for catfish.
He is survived by children: Donald R. Thatcher II of Kentucky, Brenda Morris (Mike) and Robert May of Delphi, John L. Hayden (Kathy) of Monticello and sisters: June Sullivan of New Whiteland and Pat Muthik of Lafayette; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Along with his parents, and wife Anna, he was preceded by sister, Kay Shell.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. service at the funeral home on Friday, June 23, 2017. Pastor Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial will follow in IOOF Memorial Gardens.
Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.
Delphi Trails Security Group Meets
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
The Trails Security Group met on Monday, June 19, to discuss funding through grants and the recent run; a trails-related promotional video to be shot on the 26th of this month; security through cameras, etc. at entrance points; wi-fi for communication if possible; welcoming kiosks; rating the trails for accessibility in case of emergency and usual usage, and lighting. These meetings aren't for the leaders only---all are welcome. Next Meeting is on July 17th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Delphi City Building.
Flora Man Dies Following 2nd Rescue From Wildcat Creek
Cutler, IN–DNR--6/17/2017-- Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a drowning incident that took place in the area of 485 S and SR 75 late last evening.
At approximately 8:40 pm first responders were dispatched to the area for a male subject who was pulled out of the water unconscious. Upon arriving on scene, Officers and other personnel discovered the male that was pulled out of the water was one of the persons rescued from an incident in the same portion of the wildcat from the previous night.
On 6/15, first responders were dispatched to 485 S and SR 75 to assist 4 people who had capsized their boat on the flooded creek. All the subjects were located and were treated on scene for minor injuries. During the incident, several personal belongings were left behind on the bank of one of the nearby islands. Last evening the male of the group attempted to retrieve the belongings.
During the attempt to swim for the island bank, Frank Smith, 40, of Flora, became entangled in a rope that was attached to him. Witnesses told Conservation Officers the man was underwater for approximately 6-8 minutes before he was pulled to shore. Family on scene started CPR until EMS could arrive on scene. The male was transported to IU Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, where he later died.
AG Hill warns consumers of deceptive promotions pertaining to Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers not to fall for deceptive promotions implying that individual Indiana citizens may receive payments under the terms of the Tobacco Master Settlement.
In fact, the Indiana legislature directs the use of those settlement funds for state agencies -- and none of the money goes to individual payments.
Specifically, Hoosiers should beware a pitch inviting them to sign up for such payments through Money Map Press. This online promotion attempts to entice Hoosiers by indicating they could be eligible to receive cash under terms of the settlement. In reality, once consumers agree to pay for more information, the sponsors of the promotion simply provide them information about tobacco revenue bonds.
The website asks for consumers’ billing and payment information to subscribe to a monthly report in order to gain more information. After consumers enter their information, they are billed $5 for the first month of the subscription and then an additional $99 as a yearly subscription fee.
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) encourages individuals to avoid signing up for this subscription -- which may prove difficult to cancel once the subscriber has entered his or her billing information. As always, the CPD reminds Hoosiers to make sure the websites they are using are legitimate and credible sites. Residents should be especially wary whenever prompted to sign up for any sort of subscriber list that may request personal and sensitive information.
Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed. You can reach the CPD by visiting IndianaConsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.
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Saturday, June 17th, there will be having a memorial service for Mildred F. Hildebrandt Daniels. It will be held at the building where she used to attend church, which is now Hippensteel Tribute Center, in Delphi. From 11am to 1pm there will be food and visitation. Then at 1pm there will be the service. If you are coming from out of town, there is road construction on Main St., so the easiest way to get to the building, will be to take the Heartland all the way down to the Main St. exit. There are barriers but you can go around them and come right on in to the building. It will be on the left side of the road. Abbott's Funeral Home is in charge of the service, and Ed Selvidge will be officiating. Everyone is invited to come share in the celebration of Mildred's life.
Virginia L. Thompson, 91, of Delphi, passed away unexpectedly on June 8, 2017 at her home. She was born on June 12, 1925 in Delphi to the late John and Elizabeth (Merrell) Ratcliff. She was a 1943 graduate of Delphi High School.
She married Robert H. Thompson on Feb. 2, 1947 and he preceded her on Oct. 7, 1988.
She retired as a laborer from Globe Valve Manufacturing after 17 years.
She was a member of the Delphi First Presbyterian Church, The Session, and the Delphi Red Hat Society. She was also a member of the Christmas Basket committee and enjoyed helping put the baskets together.
She enjoyed family, painting landscapes, doing crossword puzzles, and flower gardening. Along with her 2nd career as being the soup lady at many festivals.
She is survived by her children: Steven L. Thompson (Barbara) of Aurora, IL, Carol Smith (Jerry) and David R. Thompson (Francie) all of Delphi, John R. Thompson (Bonnie) of Lafayette; brother, Dean Ratcliff (JoAnne); 14 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded by a brother, Robert M. Ratcliff.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Rev. Ann Williams will officiate. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi.
Memorial contributions in Virginia's memory may be made to the Delphi First Presbyterian Church.
Driver Lifelined to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis
6/9/2017--CCSD--Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate an early Friday morning moped crash involving a Delphi man.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday morning, Carroll County E911 received a report of a moped lying in the middle of Bicycle Bridge Road near County Road 1150W, west of Delphi. Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy Drew Yoder and Darron Giancola, along with Delphi Tri-Township Fire Territory and Carroll County EMS, responded to the area. Emergency units located 43 year old Robert F. Minniear III down a deep ravine, off the roadway. Minniear appeared to have been ejected from the moped and was suffering from serious bodily and internal injuries.
The initial investigation did not reflect that Minniear was wearing any safety equipment such as a helmet. Minniear was flown from the scene by medical helicopter to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Shortly after 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, he was listed in critical condition. Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate and believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash.
Thomas A. (Tommy G) Gray, 52, of Delphi passed away at 6:58 pm Wednesday at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette. He was born March 3, 1965 in Logansport, the son of Merle H. and Lorraine E. Ness Gray. Tom was a 1983 graduate of Delphi Community High School and a 1987 Graduate of Purdue University.
Tom was a County Republican precinct committeeman and a Carroll County Republican Chairman for many years. He was active in starting the Carroll County Young Republicans Club, served as a State Delegate at the Indiana Republican Convention, was on the Carroll County Election Board, and he actively participated in all Carroll County Republican Party activities, fund raisers, and events. Tom was active in Delphi Rotary Club, and a former president of Camden Lions Club.
Surviving are his mother, Lorraine at Camden, brothers Tim (Rhonda) Gray at Raleigh, NC, Ted Gray at Camden. Four sisters, Rachael (Eric) DeRudder of Lafayette, Beth (Randy) Stephens of Cutler, Melinda (Troy) Rossetter of Delphi, and Jennifer (Bryan) Clingenpeel of Camden. Preceded in death by his father.
Graveside services will be held at noon on Saturday June 10th at the Camden Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the Camden Cemetery, interment will follow. Cree Funeral Home, Camden is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carroll County Auditor Dies
6/8/2017--Carroll County Auditor Tom Gray, 52, has died following a extended illness, according to Carroll County Commissioner Bill Brown. According to Brown, Gray died on Wednesday evening. There will be more information as it becomes available.
This was the official notice by Commissioner Bill Brown on his Facebook page.
To my Carroll County Friends,
I am very sad to report to you the death today of Tom Gray, our county Auditor. I first met Tom in the fall of 1975 when he was ten years old and in the first class of 5th graders I taught at Camden. He was a kid who was usually smiling, sometimes very serious, incredibly bright, and was absolutely tenacious when he thought he was right. These are all traits he carried with him throughout his entire life.
I tried to dissuade Tom from taking on the impossible job of Carroll County Auditor. Tom was well aware he would be the seventh person in five years to fill that position either as Auditor or interim Auditor. But Tom felt a calling. He knew he could do the job and set things right. While not everyone agreed with all of his positions, no one could deny that Tom always did what he thought was lawful, the best and fairest for everyone, and what he thought was right. I know of no one who could of done a better job!
Tom helped me with my first campaign for office when I ran for County Council in 1996. He was with me for all of my five campaigns forCommissioner. Through the years we discussed, debated, disagreed, agreed, and worked together. Although not always in agreement, we always worked with respect and friendship. He became every bit as much of a mentor to me as I had been to him. True friends that last a lifetime are very few- today I, and all of us, have lost one of the best.
None of us can understand why God answers our prayers in ways like this. All we can do is have faith that His ways are above our ways and understandings. Tom's work here is now done, he is off to better things that we must wait to understand.
My prayers are with the Gray family and with all of you in this time of sorrow and loss.
Forrest Lee Appleton
Please join us on 13 June 2017 in celebrating the life of Forrest Lee Appleton with family and friends. The celebration will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 225 East Main Street, Camden, Indiana with a grave side service directly afterwards. Immediately following the proceedings, please join us back at the First Baptist Church for a luncheon to continue to celebrate together and share our best memories and moments of this wonderful man.
Shirley J. Horn, 86, of Delphi, passed away unexpectedly at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 in The Legacy at White Oaks Health Campus in Monticello. Born July 24, 1930 in Peru, IN, she was the daughter of the late Sydney G. and Agnes L. Smith Baker.
Shirley moved with her family to Lafayette as a young girl and was a 1948 graduate of Lafayette Jefferson High School. Her marriage was on April 14, 1951 at the Jackson Heights United Methodist Church to Donald E. Horn and he preceded her in death on December 29, 2003. After her children started school, she was a legal secretary for the late attorney Watson C. McCormick in Delphi from 1961 to 1971. Shirley then was a secretary for five years in the Carroll County Probation Department and following that worked another eight years as a clerk in the Carroll County Health Department before retiring. After retiring, Shirley and her husband spent several winters in Clearwater, Florida. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Delphi and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and reading.
Shirley is survived by a son, Denis E. Horn and his wife Bonnie of Lafayette, formerly of Delphi, a daughter, DeAnne Horn of Clearwater, Florida, two granddaughters, Heather E. VanRiper and her husband, Curt, of Chicago, IL, and Megan K. McConnell and her husband, Michael of Brownsburg, IN and two great grandsons, Owen and Grayson McConnell, and a sister, Mary S. Plantenga of Lafayette.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Donald and a sister, Joan L. Rostomily.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from noon until the service at 2:00 p.m. at the Hippensteel Funeral Home and Tribute Center, 405 Cottage St., in Delphi with Celebrants Amanda Atkins and Theresa Fischer officiating. Burial to follow at the Zions Citizen Cemetery near Bringhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delphi Public Library, envelopes available at the funeral home. Please share condolences and memories online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Norma Jean Smith, 81, of Delphi passed away on May 28, 2017 at IU Health Arnett in Lafayette.
She was born to the late William A. and Pearl Elizabeth (Davis) Crist on January 10, 1936 in Coal City, Illinois. She attended schools in Monticello, Indiana.
She married Donald E. Smith at the Delphi Church of Christ on April 6, 1969. He preceded her on Dec. 30, 2009.
She was a member of the Monticello VFW Ladies Auxiliary and lifetime member of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association.
Mrs. Smith enjoyed singing and watching animals and helping others.
She is survived by her children: Kathy Cottrell (Jeff) of Camden, Donnie Smith of Delphi, Karen Emmons (Mike) of Dittmer, MO, Gerry Dittman (Pam) of Coatesville; 3 brothers: Bill Crist (Kay) of Tennessee, Bobby Crist (Carolyn) and Elmer Crist (Patsy) of Monon and sister, Kay Burge (Rick) of Bringhurst; and grandchildren: April, Chris, Erica, Tasha, Dakota and great grandson, Walter.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home on Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with funeral services there on Friday, June 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Bruce Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Morning Heights Cemetery, rural Delphi.
Wilma Jean McCloskey Willy, 89, of Delphi, died Monday-May 29, 2017 at 7:50am at White Oak Health Campus Assisted Living, Monticello. She was born Jan 10, 1928 in Deer Creek, IN, to the late Willard McCloskey, and Rowena Campbell McCloskey Martin. After her father died, her mother remarried Charles Martin. Her marriage was to Donald B. Willy, in the Cathedral Chapel in Indianapolis, on Feb 3, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oct 3, 2016. She graduated from Deer Creek High School in 1946. She graduated from Wedekind Beauty School in Logansport in 1946. From 1955 to 1990 she had her own beauty shop in her home. While growing up in Deer Creek, she attended Hopewell Presbyterian Church. She was a deacon and very active member at Frist Presbyterian Church in Delphi, where she taught Sunday school, helped with funeral dinners, help serve the monthly senior meal, and volunteered in the Clothes Closet, a thrift shop for those in need. She was active with the Aim High Home Ec Club, she and her husband were on the board of directors of Camp Tecumseh, they enjoyed square dancing, and played in their euchre card club. They always went on a family vacation, and enjoyed camping, and traveling with her husband on REMC trips. She was an avid reader, and loved to cook. She dearly loved her family, and all of the gatherings they had together. That was her joy in life. Surviving: daughters-Diane & Brad Baker of Monticello, Denise & Jeff Craig of Delphi; son-Doug & Stephanie Willy of Delphi; sister-Jenny Appleton of Savanah, GA; brother-Eddie McCloskey of Naples, FL; grandchildren: Jessica & Mike Shea, Kodi Baker, Jenna & Kyle Richardson, Chad Willy, Portia Willy, Tim Brummett, Tara & Matt Welches; 5 great grandchildren. Preceded by a sister Dorothy Fulton. Services: Friends may call Thursday from 4-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service Friday 11am at First Presbyterian Church Delphi, Rev. Ed Selvidge & Father Robert Williams officiating. She will lie in state 1 hour prior to the funeral. Burial at IOOF Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg. Memorial contributions to donor's charity; 1st Presbyterian Church; White Oak Health Campus, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
IF YOU GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL IN DELPHI...
You should register at the official website Oraclealums.com on the internet. There is no charge to be a member on this site, and you can keep up on news for Alumnus. There is currently information for Class Reunions this year on that page for the Classes of 1997, 1955, 1967, 1977, 1982, 1957, 1962 and 1972. Check it out now by CLICKING HERE.
10,000 POUND LIMESTONE BENCH HONORS GIRLS
A new bench adorns the corner of State Road 18 and Center Street in downtown Flora, to honor six young girls that have had their lives taken in Carroll County over the past several months, four from Flora who were killed in a house fire there which has been ruled Arson; and two from Delphi whose lives were taken near the High Bridge Trail.
The unveiling ceremony was held on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Over 100 volunteers worked on the bench project for 22 days. The memorial was the idea of Carroll Junior-Senior High School Art Teacher Brandon Apitz and was a project of the school.
JAMES RICH PHOTO
Memorial Day 2017 at Carroll County Courthouse
The following images represent Memorial Day, 2017, a day devoted to honoring those who have served in War for the United States of America, and either survived or succumbed-for our freedom and way of life.
Joint assembly of Carroll Honor Guard and the Michael Walters Marine Detachment. PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Kenneth Berkshire giving an rendition of patriotic airs on his harmonica. PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Bugler Dick Grantham--90 years young. PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Chaplain Bob Duke offering prayer for the nation. PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Thomas E. Flora, 68, of Delphi passed away on May 28, 2017 on his farm.
He was born in Lafayette, Indiana on April 16, 1949 to the late Lee F. and Helen E. (Jones) Flora. He was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School. He had attended Purdue University.
He married Patricia K. (Sheagley) George on December 31, 2001 in Delphi and she survives.
Mr. Flora was owner and operator of Flora Farms in Delphi.
He was a member of the Carroll County Agriculture Hall of Fame, Delphi United Methodist Church, IOOF #28, and had served for over 40 years on the REMC board and was a long standing and current president.
He enjoyed riding his Harley, vacationing in Key West, FL, watching Purdue football, playing Euchre, and visiting with family and friends.
Along with his wife, Patricia, he is survived by his daughters: Chris Flora (Jerry Gygi) of Fishers, Gwen Flora (Dave Myers) of Phoenix, Arizona, Becky Flora of Tustin, CA; step-sons: Derrick George (Shena) of Cutler, Brett George (Tennille Turner) of Camden; brother, Carol Flora (Jan) of Delphi, sister, Phyllis Shoff (Dean) of Flora; 5 step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents and infant sister, Sharon.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home from 4-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Funeral Services will be on June 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Davidson Funeral Home with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Citizens Cemetery, Bringhurst.
Visit The New County Museum & Geneology Library
PHOTO BY ELIZABETH LARIMER
The Carroll County Historical Society Museum and Genealogy Library has opened. Hours are Tuesday. Thursday and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. at the Stone Barn on North Washington Street in Delphi just before the Canal Park. Their phone is 765-564-5000. Carroll County Historian Mark A. Smith is running the Museum and Library, and is very knowledgeable about the history of the County, State and Nation.
In preparation for Memorial Day, the Carroll County Historical Society will place flowers again this year on the final resting places of your loved one in Carroll County Cemeteries for $25 per arrangement. Those interested should e-mail the Museum at:email@example.com with: 1) the cemetery; 2) the location of same; and 3) general location of the stone. Please send a check prior to placement of arrangement to: Carroll County Historical Society; P.O. Box 277, Delphi, Indiana.
Patriot Grave Ceremony Held Saturday
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Carroll Honor Guard and the Daniel Tweed Ferrier Squadron at right angles to each other Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Patriot Grave Ceremony in Nemo Cemetery.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Dick Grantham playing taps at the Patriot Grave Ceremony Saturday morning, May 13, at Nebo Cemetery honoring patriots Willibe Nichols and John Ollinger.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
New stone marker at a Patriot's grave at Nebo Cemetery west of Camden, Indiana.
New Civil Air Patrol Wing Chartered in Carroll County
5/2/2017--CAP--The Indiana Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, has announced that the Indiana Wing has chartered a new Cadet Squadron, the Ferrier Cadet Squadron (GLR-IN-085). This squadron has been named after Sgt Daniel Tweed Ferrier, a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient from Carroll County, Indiana. The squadron is located within Group I in Camden, Indiana and its first Squadron Commander is 1st Lt Gary Stanley.
This squadron started as an off-shoot of the Grissom Cadet Squadron until they had enough members to form a separate squadron. This unit already has large community support, which is evident in it already having 20 members on the roster.
Since Civil Air Patrol’s formation during the earliest days of World War II, this vigilant organization of citizen Airmen has been committed to service to America. Founded on Dec. 1, 1941, as a way to protect the nation’s shorelines from invading German U-boats, CAP has evolved into a premier public service organization that still carries out emergency service missions when needed — in the air and on the ground.
As a Total Force partner and Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, Civil Air Patrol is there to search for and find the lost, provide comfort in times of disaster and work to keep the homeland safe. Its 56,000 members selflessly devote their time, energy and expertise toward the well-being of their communities, while also promoting aviation and related fields through aerospace/STEM education and helping shape future leaders through CAP’s cadet program.
Civil Air Patrol’s missions for America are many, and today’s adults and cadets perform their duties with the same vigilance as its founding members — preserving CAP’s 75-year legacy of service while maintaining its commitment to nearly 1,500 communities nationwide.
Photos of Flooding in Delphi, May 5, 2017
DEER CREEK FLOODING RILEY PARK ANNEX--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
TRAIL UNDERWATER AT TRAILHEAD PARK BRIDGE--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
WABASH RIVER FLOODED IN FIELD ALONG BICYCLE BRIDGE ROAD--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
SIDE SLIP AND CANAL MERGE IN FLOOD TIDE--PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Delphi Alumni Select 2 for Inaugural Wall of Distinction
--Written by DCHS student Blaise Niles
Delphi Oracle Alumni Association is proud to announce their new alumni recognition, Wall of Distinction. This program consists of selecting delegates annually, debated and elected by a committee of seven Delphi alumni, to be displayed on the school’s campus for all students to see. The goal of this endeavor is to instill a sense of pride in DCHS students and inspire future alumni to excel above peer and societal restraints. These delegates will be heavily considered based on their personal achievements, public services and community impact after graduating from DCHS. All winning nominees will have their photo and biography placed on the recently added alumni television in DCHS gymnasium.
The winning nominees for this year’s Wall of Distinction are Chris Bradshaw, class of ‘71, and Dan McCain, class of ‘58. After graduation, Chris went on to launch what is now the African Library Project (ALP), gifting the opportunity of learning to hundreds of thousands of impoverished Africans. The ALP has shipped more than two million books to rural Africa in ten years, and has aided in constructing over 2,000 libraries. Dan McCain, after graduating from High School, attained a BS in Agronomy from Purdue University. Dan worked, for years, as a district conservationist, and near retirement became a public speaker for the Soil Conservation Service. He is now co-chairman of the all-volunteer Delphi Historic Trails and President of the Carroll County Wabash and Erie Canal Association.
The public is invited to congratulate the winning nominees at a reception held at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center on Thursday, May 18, at 7pm ET. The winning nominees will be sharing their experiences with DCHS students Friday, May 19, in the little theatre.
Spring Clean-Up and Delphi Youth Baseball Parade
1. Curb side spring clean-up will be occurring in the City of Delphi tomorrow, Saturday, May 6. Items must be out by 7 a.m. Advanced Disposal will not collect building materials, freon appliances, paint, tires, oil, rock or brick. Carpet must be rolled and should not exceed 4 feet in length.
2. The Delphi Youth Baseball and Softball Parade is scheduled to occur beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow beginning at City Hall located at 201 S. Union Street. The weather forecast currently calls for showers, but no lightning at that time, and a temperature in the low 40's.
**Downtown Construction Update**
From Monday, May 8 to Friday, May 19 US 421 will be closed between Front Street and Market Street (see photo below). The intersections of Front and US 421 and Market and US 421 will remain open. It is anticipated local traffic will utilize Front, Water, and Hamilton Streets to avoid this area. Truck traffic will be directed to utilize Old State Road 25 by Dairy Queen to avoid this area.
The Board of Public Works and Safety approved this request for closure from Milestone as it should expedite the construction in this area of the project, will limit truck traffic in the area during construction, and should provide a better final product.
Carroll County EMA, Commissioners, and Sheriff Caution Area Residents about the rising rivers and creeks in the Carroll County Area
CCEMA--5/4/2017--6:49 PM--Carroll County residents are reminded to be aware of the flooding conditions that we are currently experiencing. Heavy rains throughout the County have caused many roads to be flooded or washed out. The Carroll County Highway Department has exhausted their inventory of signs and barricades because of all the roads flooded. Currently the flow through Oakdale Dam along the Tippecanoe River is 6328 CFS. Levels above 13,000 will flood the Tippecanoe River and low lying areas south of Oakdale Dam. At this time the Tippecanoe River is NOT at Flood stage. The Deer Creek is also rising at this time as are smaller creeks and ditches/runoff from fields. Carroll County residents who live along those waterways should closely monitor the rising waters and seek shelter before they become stranded. As always do not attempt to drive through deep standing water and watch for low areas that can flood quickly. Residents can log into the National weather Service website at http://www.weather.gov/ind/ for current conditions. In addition Residents can log into the NIPSCO website at http://www.nipscohydro.com/ to access water flows through Oakdale and Norway Dams.
Everyone should be aware that changing weather conditions can adversely affect the flooding conditions along any waterway. As more rain is expected to fall in the area please be aware that conditions can rapidly change and Carroll County
Agencies cannot accurately predict how these conditions will affect residents. If you live in/near those areas prone to flooding make sure you closely monitor the conditions as they change. The Carroll County EMA Office, Carroll County Sheriff, and Carroll County Highway will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
5/1/2017--This past weekend, the Delphi Preservation Society was awarded the Cook Cup for their preservation of the Delphi Opera Hall. Above are pictured members of DPS with the Cup. For a full report including slide show of the award, CLICK HERE.
FROM MAYOR EVANS--4/28/17--Due to tomorrow's forecast, the parade will be postponed until Saturday, May 6. The Delphi Tri-Township Fire Department will still hold its Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Station tomorrow, April 29, from 6 - 10 a.m.
Robert Charles "Bob" Sales, 65, of Delphi, died Friday April 21, 2017 at 9:45am, at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born Sept 21, 1951 in Lafayette, to the late Robert C. & Lois Louise Weston Sales. His marriage was to Donna J. Arvin in Delphi, on Mar 8, 1969, and she survives.
Bob was a 1969 graduate of Delphi Community High School, and was center of their football team, when Delphi had winning season's for several years. He attended Purdue University, and completed their Agriculture Short Course. He worked for Eli Lilly Co. in Lafayette from 1982-2009, and was Captain of the HASMAT Team.
He was baptized at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Delphi. He was a mentor for the Arthritis Foundations in Fort Wayne & Indianapolis. He enjoyed flying RC airplanes, fishing, camping, always had a huge garden, and kept his yard in immaculate condition. He enjoyed recreational shooting, and would hunt pheasant & quail.
Surviving are is wife, Donna J. Sales of Delphi; daughter-Anita & Todd Hoshaw of Lebanon; son-Kent & Jennifer Sales of Delphi; sister-Debbie & Dr. Dave Harper of Gainesville, FL; grandchildren: Alison, Haley, Morgan Trey, Morgan Taylor, Makayla, & Katie.
Friends may call Saturday, April 29, from 11am until his funeral service at 2pm, at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Rev. Tim Stewart officiating. Memorial contributions to the Arthritis Foundation, envelopes available at the funeral home. Private family scattering will take place at a later date. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
The Delphi Business Women's Association met to install their 2017 leadership. The meeting began with Brenda Daly, Executive Director of Carroll County Senior and Family Services about the new Delphi Comm talking about the new community Center and how it will benefit the local senior community. Ground breaking scheduled for this Friday at 1:00 p.m.
Belinda Weatherwax of the Flower Shoppe will be the new president of the group. Her first vice president will be Carolyn Pearson and the second vice will be Clara Rider. Wanda Duff serving as the correspondence secretary, Donna Shockley as the recording secretary and Cathy Weaver as the treasurer.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
4/18/2017--Pictured above, Keven Stonerock provided entertainment this evening (Tuesday) for the annual meeting of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association in Delphi. The family of Jim French was presented with the Distinguished Service Award in honor of Jim's service of many years to the Canal Association.
Marilyn J. Shaffer Baldwin, 82, formerly of Delphi, died Sat., April 15, 2017 at 8:33 p.m. at Cumberland Point Health Campus, West Lafayette.
She had previously lived at Hawthorne Villas in Lafayette for 2 years. She was born May 22, 1934 in Ockley, to the late Benjamin Arthur & Blondel Dorothy Brown Shaffer.
Her marriage was to Clifford D. Baldwin in Ockley, on Aug 10, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 2009. She attended Delphi High School. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Church in Lafayette, attended adult bible fellowship, and was very active with Caleb’s Kin of the church.
She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and yard work. She loved her birds that would visit her many feeders at her home in Delphi. Marilyn always had a smile on her face, and always had an encouraging word for you.
She was joyful, and always made you feel better after being around her.
She touched so many lives during her time on earth.
A true believer in her Lord Jesus Christ.
Surviving: daughter-Dorothy & Tom Hessler of Lafayette; sons-Mike & Gail Baldwin of Lafayette, Matt & Tina Baldwin of Delphi; brother- James “Jimmy” Shaffer of Delphi; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. Preceded by a daughter Doris, inf daughter Susan, inf brother Richard, 2 sisters Marjorie & Jane, 1 niece, 2 nephews.
Friends may call Saturday at Faith Church, SR 26, Lafayette, from 11 a.m. until her funeral there at 2 p.m.
Pastor’s Steve Viars & Trey Garner officiating. Burial at Masonic Cemetery, Delphi.
Memorial contributions to the Vision of Hope, envelopes available at the church. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements.
Richard Lewis Funkhouser, 83, of Carmel, died Fri-April 14, 2017 at 6:15 p.m., at his residence. He was born April 13, 1934 in Lafayette, to the late Lewis & Leora Gingrich Funkhouser.
He was a 1952 graduate of Delphi High School. Received his B.S. in education in 1956, & his M.A. in 1957 from Indiana University.
He was Professor Emeritus of Library Science, Purdue University. Librarian at Purdue University, 1957-2001; positions held included Engineering Librarian and Science Librarian. He was a visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 1964-1966 as a member of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Kanpur-Indo American Program team in which Purdue University was a participant.
A resident of West Lafayette since 1979, having lived in Deer Creek Township since 1934. A member of the Special Libraries Assoc., offices held include member of the assoc. board of director’s, president of the Indiana chapter, chair of the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics division, chair of the Science-Technology Division, and member/ chair of various committee’s of the assoc. American Library Assoc., American assoc. of University Professors; served as treasurer & director of the Purdue University Chapter. Member of the Indiana State Library Advisory Council, 1984-1992. Honors include: The John H. Moriarty Award for Excellence in Librarianship awarded by Purdue University, 1987. The John H. Moriarty Award for outstanding contributions to the Indiana Chapter, Special Libraries Assoc. The Achievement Award for professional work marked by distinction to science librarianship, awarded by the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division of the Special Libraries Assoc. Received the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2001, and the Purdue University President’s Council Pinnacle Award, May 9, 2013.
A private scattering of his ashes will take place in Carroll County. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements.
Phillip B. Junkersfeld, 72, of Anderson, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning at his residence in Haine City, Florida. He was born on September 11, 1944 to the late Peter and Coletta (Riga) Junkersfeld in Anderson.
Phillip grew up in "The Acre" with his 10 brothers and sisters. He was a Journeyman and business owner in the local sheet metal trade. He enjoyed old cars, playing bridge, and golfing. He loved sports and coached youth basketball and baseball.
Phillip is survived by his wife, Kathy (Kerlin) Junkersfeld of Anderson; children, Julie (Peter) Gillis of Anderson, Lori (Steve) Kees of West Chester, Ohio, Steve Junkersfeld of Bradenton, Florida, Jeana Wagner of Anderson, Jodi (Randy) Moore of Powell, Ohio, and Aaron (Cammie) Junkersfeld of Carmel; siblings, Catherine Holtzleiter, Mary (Ron) Kimm, Henry (Vee) Junkersfeld, and Roy Junkersfeld; 19 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren with one on the way.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Hilda Gordon, Ray Junkersfeld, Herman Junkersfeld, Agnes Day, and Ernie Junkersfeld.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 20, at 11:00 am at St. Ambrose Catholic Church with Monsignor Robert Sell officiating. Burial will be at Anderson Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Wednesday, April 19, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Service & Crematory
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
Historical Society Opening In New Home at Stone Barn
The Carroll County Historical Society is opening their Geneology Library on April 20th in their new home at 700 N Washington St. Delphi in the Historic Peirce Stone Barn. Hours will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9-4. Phone 765-564-5000.
Madonna Ruth Kurtz, 70, of Lafayette, passed away on April 14, 2017 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. She was born to the late Clifford B. and Helen R. (Berry) Kurtz on July 28, 1946 in Delphi, Indiana.
She was a 1964 graduate of Delphi High School.
Madonna had worked at Landis Gyr in the quality control dept. for over 37 years.
She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Delphi.
Madonna enjoyed cooking, vacationing, and feeding the animals. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by children: Angela Douglas (Bill) of Lafayette, Lorrie Hill of Monticello, Ted Teel of Lafayette, her brother, Clifford A. Kurtz of Lafayette, and grandchildren: Rachel Gast & John James and great grandchildren: Jacob Burger, Mathew Gast, and Rose Howard.
She was preceded by her parents and sister, Frances Louise Henize.
Services are pending at this time.
David Douglas Ringer, 46, rural Camden, died unexpectedly at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
He was born Nov. 13, 1970, in Fort Wayne. He was the son of George M. and Nancy Johnson Ringer. He graduated from Delphi Community High School in 1989 and had attended Butler and Purdue universities. He previously worked at Caterpillar and was a self-employed automotive mechanic and farmer.
On July 17, 1997 at Camden, he married Lisa Jackson, who survives. Also surviving are sons Alex (Megan) of Cicero and A.J. of Camden. His sister, Debbie (Mark) McFatridge of Little Rock, Arkansas, and his granddaughter Camden also survive. He was preceded in death by his father.
David was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Camden, the NRA and NHRA. He enjoyed playing guitar, farming and working on automobiles.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Cree Funeral Home, Camden, with Pastor Malachi Jaggers officiating. Burial will follow in the Camden Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the funeral home.
Shirley Ann Clear Minix, of Logansport, passed away on April 11, 2017 at Woodbridge Healthcare in Logansport. Shirley was born on Aug. 30, 1942 in Lafayette, Indiana to the late William Alfred and Mary Ellen (Constance) Allen.She was a 1962 graduate of Monticello High School.
Shirley married Gerald Clear in 1959 and they divorced in 1979. She married Landon Minix on March 17, 1989 and he preceded her on April 26, 2012. She had worked at Fairfield Mtg. in Walkerton as a supervisor before her retirement.
Shirley attended Delphi United Methodist Church.
She loved spoiling her grandkids and spending time with her family, watching basketball games with Butler and the Indiana Pacers. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and was an Indy race fan. She also enjoyed fishing and mushroom hunting.
She is survived by her children: Julie Mears (husb: Tom) of Delphi; Thomas Clear (wife: Kim) of Logansport and Jake Clear (wife: Becky) of Camden; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded by her brother Jerry Allen and sisters: Nancy Allen and Barbara Robinson.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi, on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until the 5:00 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date in Fletcher Cemetery in Hamlet, Indiana.
Indiana Landmarks Announces Rescue of Monon High Bridge
Repairs scheduled for endangered span built in 1891
INDIANA LANDMARKS PHOTO
Indiana Landmarks--April 11, 2017--Indiana Landmarks announced today that it has scheduled predevelopment work on Delphi’s Monon High Bridge in preparation for taking ownership of the railroad span from CSX. The railroad requires the work before it will give the 1891 bridge to the nonprofit preservation organization. CSX vacated the span in 1987. Indiana Landmarks included the High Bridge on its annual 10 Most Endangered list in 2016.
“We have to do a land survey and a soil study to verify that there is no environmental contamination before we take title to the bridge,” said Tommy Kleckner, director of Indiana Landmarks’ Western Regional Office. “As soon as we have title, we’ll repair the deteriorated stone and iron pier—one of the bridge’s main supports—that caused us to list it as endangered,” he added.
He reported that Indiana Landmarks will erect a temporary chain-link security fence at the north end of the bridge with gates that will allow access for construction equipment. A sign on the fence will warn against trespassing until the refurbished bridge opens as part of the city’s trail system, a long-time goal of the Wabash & Erie Canal Association, Heartland Heritage, Inc., and Deer Creek Township.
“We began working with our local partners to acquire the Monon High Bridge back in 2012,” notes Indiana Landmarks’ President Marsh Davis. “Last year they appealed to us to acquire the bridge from CSX because no local entity could afford the liability, given the deteriorated condition of the pier. Our board weighed the risk and the importance of the High Bridge and voted to save the bridge. We expect to have the title by the end of June, when we’ll move quickly to rebuild the pier and address the cause of the deterioration,” he added.
The preparatory steps and the repair are expected to cost $121,000. CSX is contributing the bridge and nearly a half-mile of land on the approach. Indiana Landmarks is fronting the money for the repair and hopes to recover most of the project cost through grants.
As soon as the repairs are made, Indiana Landmarks will transfer ownership of the bridge to Deer Creek Township, which has received a grant from the state’s Department of Natural Resources to cover the cost of renovating the bridge for safe use as a trail amenity and improvements to extend the trail to the bridge. The township expects to enter into a lease with Heartland Heritage, Inc., a local nonprofit, to maintain the bridge in its use on the trail.
“While the High Bridge has been a popular destination for generations, including the period when it carried trains, it has never been considered a safe structure for pedestrians. This project will temporarily close off access in order to make it a much safer place for people of all ages to enjoy,” said Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby. At 63 feet above Deer Creek, it is believed to be Indiana’s second highest bridge after the Tulip Trestle near Bloomfield in Greene County.
Carroll County is known for preserving more than 30 historic bridges for vehicular and pedestrian uses. It imported and restored the 1914 Freedom Bridge, discarded by another county, to carry a trail across the new Hoosier Heartland Highway. “More visitors to the area have requested the Delphi Historic Trails map and brochure than any other brochure from the Carroll County Chamber and Tourism Office,” according to Julia Leahy, executive director of the chamber.
“After Indiana Landmarks rebuilds the pier, the township’s work will not only make the High Bridge safe for pedestrians, it will create a breathtaking public overlook in an inspiring natural setting,” says Deer Creek Township board member David McCain.
Nancy Cowen, 78, of Delphi, passed away on April 9, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Delphi. Nancy was born on June 3, 1938 in Carroll County, Indiana to the late Raymond R. and Mildred F. (Trapp) Cowen.
She was a 1956 graduate of Delphi High School.
Nancy retired in 1981, after 38 years with Kerlin Feed Mill in Delphi where she worked as a bookkeeper.
Nancy was a seamstress and did alterations, hand embroidery, and quilting and she enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, and reading Zane Gray novels.
She is survived by her sister, Karen Cowen of Kokomo, 2 nephews, Doug and Brad and a niece, Lee Ann; and several great and great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and brothers, Robert and James Cowen.
Visitation will be on Friday, April 14, 2017 from noon until the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi. Pastor Dan Gottschalk will officiate. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery, Delphi.
Memorial contributions in Nancy’s memory may be made to St. Jude or Shriner’s Hospitals www.davidsonfh.com
Orville K. Hathaway, 86, of Delphi, died Sun-Apr 9, 2017 at 6:05pm at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born Sept 17, 1930 in White Co., IN, to the late Earl & Hazel McClellan Hathaway. His marriage was to Frances M. Grassmyer in Bloomington, IN on Feb 8, 1948, and she survives.
Orville attended Cutler High School. He belonged to the I.U.O.E. Local #103 of Kokomo, as a heavy equipment operator for 40 years, retiring in 1991. He had previously worked at the former Brown Rubber plant in Lafayette for 2 years. He was an active member of the Radnor United Methodist Church, serving as lay leader, song leader, Sunday school teacher, and bible study leader, and was a former church board chairman, and served on many church committee's. He enjoyed singing, and was in a quartet at an early age, singing at church and with his family, "The Hathaway Family Singers". He enjoyed playing the banjo, guitar, lap steel guitar, and dulcimer. He belonged to a fast pitch softball league for many years, and helped coach some of his daughters in their summer rec softball league. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing, and his garden, which always produced giant produce. He also liked to work crossword puzzles.
Orville's love for his wife and family, and the good Lord, was deep seeded. He never met a stranger, and was always ready to give a hug and encouraging word to anyone he met. Our loss is his gain as he now resides with his Lord and Savior Jesus.
Surviving: wife-Frances M. Hathaway of Delphi; daughters: Elaine Latia of San Antonio, TX, Tara & Wayne Garrison of Monticello, Jennifer Best of Oskaloosa, KS, Carole & Eric Thomsen of Jacksonville, FL, Gail & Jeffrey Marshall of Elkhart; sons: Kenneth & Constance Hathaway of Lafayette, Kevin & Lori Hathaway of Delphi; sister-Nellie Peters of Camden; brother-Wayne Hathaway of Kokomo; 18 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; sister in laws: Suzanne Hathaway of Flora, Jan Hathaway of Camden, Jane Hathaway of Indianapolis. Preceded in death by 6 sister's & 7 brother's.
Services: Friends may call Thursday from 4-8pm at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral service Friday 10:30am at Radnor United Methodist Church, Rev. Ed Selvidge officiating. Burial at Zion Citizens Cemetery, rural Carroll County. Memorial contributions to the Radnor United Methodist Church, envelopes available at the funeral home. http://www.abbottfuneralhome.com/
Annual Canal Meeting April 18th
Come Hear Kevin Stonerock(pictured) Interpret the Roles of a Keelboatman, a Steamship Passenger on the J.M. White, A Showboat Barker from the 1870's, and a Steamboat Captain, Ebenezer Cline. The Program, Entitled "Steamboat's Comin" , will Be at the Annual Meeting of the Carroll County Wabash-Erie Canal, Inc. at 7:00 on April 18th at the Canal Interpretive Center at Canal Park, Delphi, Indiana, 1030 Washington, Delphi, Indiana.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
Surveying the Benjamin Angell Plot on Saturday, April 9, 2017. Dr. Benjamin Moore of Indianapolis University in charge of additional Archaeological studies of the property of one of Delphi's first Settlers.
Centennial Honoring Veterans of World War I
CARROLL COUNTY HONOR GUARD--MARK A. SMITH PHOTO
CARROLL COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER LARRY LEACH PLACES WREATH--MARK A. SMITH PHOTO
CCHS--4/6/2017--On Thursday morning, April 6, 2017, a service was held on the Carroll County Courthouse Lawn to recognize the beginning of World War I, the "war to end all wars", and the Veterans who served from our County.
Carroll County Historian Mark A. Smith read the history of the beginning of the War, and the Carroll County Honor Guard had a 16 gun salute. Carroll County Veterans Service Officer Larry Leach also placed a wreath on the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
4/5/2017--A short but well appointed ceremony will be held tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, at the Soldier's and Sailor's Monument on the lawn of the Carroll County Courthouse commemorating the United States' entry into World War One. Featured will be Larry Leach, Veterans' Service Officer, the Carroll Honor Guard, and the Daniel Tweed Ferrier Civil Patrol. Carroll County Historian Mark A. Smith will deliver a series of remarks on Carroll County's role in that conflict. The event commences at 11:00 a.m.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
HK--4/4/2017--The Heritage Keepers History Club went to the Wabash & Erie Canal Park in Delphi today, Tuesday, to learn about the art of a Blacksmith. Pictured are members with the daughter of Trudi Ratican assisting at the Forge.
CONSTRUCTION APPROVED FOR DELPHI COMMUNITY CENTER
4/3/2017--At the City Council meeting Monday evening there was a public hearing on an additional appropriation of just under $85,000.00 for a Community Center that the local Seniors will be able to lease and use. The money requested will be for the completion of the first of three phases on the project, which will be to get the outside shell of the building erected. After public and council comments a motion was made to grant the resolution for the expenditure. Of the five person council present, the vote was 4-0 in favor, with Councilman Dick Traeger abstaining.
CLASS REUNIONS for Delphi High School Class of 1957 and Delphi Community High School Classes of 1977 and 1982 are being planned. Alumnis of those classes can see more details online at www.oraclealums.com.
Joan L. Jackson 91, of Flora, passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Waterford Health Campus in Kokomo.
She was born in Deer Creek Township in Carroll County on November 4, 1925, the daughter of Charles T. and Jesse L. Kirkpatrick Beougher. Joan married James Ferres Abbott; he preceded her in death on April 22, 1954. On April 4, 1957, Joan married Matthew "Pete" Jackson; he preceded her in death on March 24, 2014.
Joan graduated from Camden High School. Throughout her life, she was an active member of the community. Joan was elected and served as the Carroll County Recorder from 1957 to 1964. She later ran for Carroll County Treasurer. Joan and Pete attended the 1964 National Democratic Convention. Joan's other professional career was in the area of real estate, working for Yount Realty and later Schook Agency in Lafayette. She owned and operated the Joan Jackson Real Estate Company in Flora for a period of time. Joan was an active member of the Carroll County Historical Society, inputting historical information in the computer system for the Society. She was a member of Flora First Christian Church where she sang in the choir, played the organ, and served in a variety of areas. Joan enjoyed reading and cross-word puzzles. She was always up for a board game or a game of cards with family and friends. Her smile was her trademark and filled the room with joy.
Surviving Joan are four children, Larry (Patti) Abbott, of Beverly Hills, FL, Penne Platt, of Kingwood, TX, Tom (Audrey) Abbott, of Williamsport, and Sandra Abbott, of Williston, FL; five step-children, Sandra Schafer, of Sycamore, OH, Alan (Linda) Jackson, of Burlington, Stephen (Carol) Jackson, of Peru, Scott (Pam) Jackson, of Huntington, and Marilyn (Mel) Lowery, of London, OH; sister, Doris Sink, of Marion; 18 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Joan is preceded in death by her son, Terry Abbott, brothers, George, Willis, and Don Beougher; and sister, Teresa Isaacs.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Genda Funeral Home Reinke Chapel in Flora, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. Funeral service to celebrate Joan's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Camden Cemetery.
Memorials in Joan's name may be made to the M.E. "Pete" and Joan Jackson Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) which benefits the Carroll County Historical Society. Online condolences may be directed to www.gendafuneralhome.com.
INDOT ANNOUNCES SR 18 CONSTRUCTION
INDOT--3/28/2017--The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting motorists of lane closures on State Road 18, between State Road 75 and U.S. 421 near Flora in Carroll County, Monday, April 3 through the beginning of May. Crews will mill away portions of the old roadway, then replace it with new asphalt. This project is a $3 million dollar State Road 18 restoration investment that INDOT has awarded to Milestone Contractors LP.
During the project, State Road 18 will remain open to all through traffic, but restricted in areas to one lane in both directions. Motorists should expect periodic delays and allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.
DELPHI--3/27/2017--Re-paving will begin on May 3rd on Main Street at the railroad tracks and will continue east to the stop light and then on south to the bridge just south of the Methodist Church on U.S. 421.
Re-paving will begin on April 03, 2017, for State Road 18 from the intersection with 421 and east to State Road 75.
Both projects are projected to be completed by July 28th. Neither road is expected to be fully closed during the construction.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
DELPHITIMES--3/27/2017--Demoltion will begin soon of the former Shaffer Service Station on East Main Street in Delphi to make way for construction of a new home for the Delphi Fire District Department. Harry Baum had a Blacksmith Shop at the site in the 1800's which was removed for a Standard Service Station in the 1900's. The original gas station was removed and replaced in the early 1960's, and was owned by James "Jimmy" Shaffer until it was closed.
Sheriff, Delphi Police, ISP, and FBI explain “Normalization” Process
ISP--3/24/2017--The Carroll County Sheriff, Delphi Police Department, Indiana State Police, and Federal Bureau of Investigation announce the operations involving the homicide investigations in Delphi, Indiana, will begin to take on a different appearance in the weeks to follow.
Through the excellent assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies the past several weeks, the number of remaining tips/leads are quickly becoming within the realm of manageability for the investigators who are involved in day to day operations. It is stressed that this does not mean the investigation is going “cold.” To the contrary, each investigator remains strongly committed to reaching resolution.
The Command Center will remain at the former Carroll/ White REMC building in Delphi and investigators will continue to follow up on leads and investigate this case from this location. ISP Superintendent Doug Carter stated, “We remain committed to this investigation and the Carroll County and Delphi community until “this evil” is eradicated. We are on board until the end to assist our fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters.” Investigators who may return to their “home base” will still be within a phone call’s reach and could potentially return to this assignment. As most would realize, crime in other jurisdictions has not ceased just because of this investigation. Those investigators are simply returning to their respective areas to follow up on investigations which have been temporarily delayed to assist Carroll County authorities.
Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby commented, “We have been extremely blessed with the invaluable law enforcement assets and resources afforded to us the past few weeks in Carroll County. We stress this investigation is ongoing and is not without resolve as we will find those responsible and reach proper closure for Abby and Libby and their families.”
--Indiana State Police Photo--
ISP--3/23/2017-- According to ISP Sgt Kim Riley, there is a big push today cutting down leads to follow up on. Getting the numbers down to a manageable number. Pictured above is the Command Center this morning.
Patricia Butcher of Delphi, was called home to be with the Lord on March 20, 2017 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Pat was born in Batesville, Arkansas on June 30, 1949 to the late Bly Lloyd and Joyce (Shirley) McTigue. She was a 1967 graduate of Delphi High School.
Pat married Donald Butcher on August 31, 1974 in Delphi and he survives.
Mrs. Butcher retired from Peters-Revington in 2008 where she worked as an inspector. She also had worked as a dishwasher for the Stone House Restaurant.
Pat was a member of the Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Delphi.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, watching hummingbirds. She loved spending time with family and friends and watching her daughter play sports.
Along with her husband, Don, she is survived by her daughter, Faith Butcher of Delphi; sister, Shirley Griffey; several nieces and nephews including her niece, Brianna Griffey who she and Don helped raise.
She was preceded by her parents and brother, Jerry McTigue.
Visitation will be at Davidson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 4-8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on March 24, 2017 at Grace Missionary Baptist Church at Delphi with Pastor Danny Jewel officiating. Burial will follow at I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens at Pittsburg.
Memorial contributions in Pat’s memory may be made to the Grace Missionary Baptist Church.
A meeting of the Trails Task Force was held at the Canal Center on Monday morning, March 13, 2017. The Task Force is discussing ways to improve Safety and Security on the Trails System around the City, and is a co-operative effort of the City of Delphi and Wabash & Erie Canal Trails.
Pictured below is some of the attendees of that meeting.
PHOTO BY MARK A. SMITH
INDOT PREPARES FOR POSSIBLE SNOWSTORM
INDOT--3/12/2017--Preparations are now underway for winter weather expected to hit Indiana late tonight and Monday. The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be cautious if traveling in what could be hazardous conditions.
INDOT is monitoring several weather forecasts, and the latest information from the National Weather Service predicts snow over the next 72 hours ranging between wintry mix in southern Indiana and up to 8 inches in northwest Indiana. About half of Indiana’s 92 counties are under a Winter Weather Advisory, mainly in northern and central Indiana.
Since late last week, INDOT yellow trucks have been pretreating interstates and state highways with a salt-water solution. Once the snow and ice begin falling, crews will switch from spraying salt brine to plowing and salting.
With this being such a mild winter, INDOT urges motorists to get back into winter driving habits. It’s been several weeks since roads have been covered with snow. Drive snow smart, give yourself extra time and limit non-essential travel during the heaviest snow.
INDOT has the following resources to respond to this late winter weather event:
1,092 Snow plows
200,000 tons of salt
100,000 gallons of brine
1,843 employees on call covering 28,000 lane miles
All regional districts have around the clock crews working 12-hour shifts to battle the snow
Motorists are urged to:
Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.
Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.
Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps late tonight and the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today’s cars, trucks and SUVs, but they cannot take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.
The National Weather Service offers an easy and convenient graphical forecast tool at digital.weather.gov.
INDOT offers links to many winter weather resources, including road condition information and winter driving safety tips, at winter.indot.in.gov.
Find links to INDOT’s regional Facebook and Twitter pages at http://bit.ly/INDOTsocial. INDOT will post winter operations updates tagged #INDOTWinterOps.
ISP ASKS PUBLIC TO NOT REPEAT SAME TIP
Delphi, IN--ISP--3/9/2017-- Investigators have received more than 11,000 tips related to the murder of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Every tip is reviewed and evaluated before being assigned to an investigative team. Due to the fact investigators may not contact the person providing the tip, the reporting person contacts the tip line a second time with the same information. This duplicate information requires screeners to re-enter data for evaluation resulting in duplication of effort.
Law enforcement continues to encourage the public to report tips about this investigation, not matter how small or insignificant they may seem. When submitting a tip please provide as much detailed information as possible, including names photos, dates, specific statements or any other information to assist the investigators.
Tips can submitted 24 hours a day to 844-459-5786 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
DELPHI HISTORIC TRAILS TRAIL SAFETY TASK FORCE
DELPHI, INDIANA --3/8/2017-- The Delphi Historic Trails will form a task force on trail safety. The Trail Safety Task Force will be comprised of community members from law enforcement, trail organizations, schools, other groups and the public. The task force will look at a wide variety of suggestions for improving trail safety, and it will develop a comprehensive plan to be implemented on the more than ten miles of trails in Delphi.
Among the many suggestions the Trail Safety Task Force will consider when it meets includes: educating the public on safety, using cameras, mapping and coordinating locations for 911 identification, placing appropriate signs, utilizing safety stations, conducting police patrols, etc. Dozens of suggestions are expected to be considered. Plans for safety improvement will likely vary with different trails depending on existing conditions.
The Wabash & Erie Canal Association is collecting donations for safety improvements. Several fund raising activities are being developed to provide funds for implementation of task force recommendations. A 5K benefit run will take place in Delphi on or near National Trails Day, June 3. Two banks, Security Federal Savings and Loan of Delphi and First Federal Savings and Loan of Greensburg, are currently collecting public donations specifically for trail cameras. Other fund raising activities will be considered.
Trail safety has become a top priority in Delphi since the horrific murder of two teenage girls near the Monon High Bridge on February 13. This area has long been a place to explore by generations of Delphi youth. The bridge is in deteriorating condition and not yet officially part of the trail system. Extensive plans are in place to rehabilitate the bridge for pedestrian use once it is finally acquired from the railroad. The rehabilitation and trail development in itself will likely lead to some safety improvement in the High Bridge area.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Delphi Historic Trails. The first of these trails followed the historic towpath of the Wabash & Erie Canal. Trails have also developed along other historic features, such as the old interurban rail line and a 19th century millrace. Over the years hundreds of volunteers, especially including youth, have helped construct and maintain the many trails. The nonprofit Wabash and Erie Canal Association and the City of Delphi have collaborated since 1987 to promote the informally organized Delphi Historic Trails.
The Family of Liberty German Will Speak to the Media Thursday
- What: The Family of murdered Delphi teenager Liberty German would like to make a public statement
- When: Thursday March 9th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Where: Carroll County Courthouse, 101 W. Main Street, Delphi, IN 46923. The news conference will take place in the County Museum in the west wing of the building.
Investigators continue to comb through thousands of tips, and are encouraging people to continue to submit those tips. At the time of this release there is no update on status of the investigation. Police will be on hand Thursday morning to answer questions from the media.
*Please note: The family representitve will answer questions from the media however he will not speak about the investigation.
Government Agencies Collaborate on Sexual Predator Video Release
INDIANAPOLIS—IDOE--3/7/2017--Today the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana State Police, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the release of an impactful training video designed to educate and inform school leaders and staff about sexual abuse. The video will be distributed by the Indiana Department of Education to all Indiana school corporations, encouraging them to share with all members of their staff.
“Keeping Indiana’s students safe is a top priority,” said Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick. “Our goal is that every teacher, administrator, and coach in Indiana sees this video and is then better equipped to identify dangerous behavior patterns that may put students at risk. This powerful video is one way to get the message to those who can help identify and stop this behavior.”
“Protecting innocent children remains a top priority of this office,” said United States Attorney Josh Minkler. “We prefer to protect them through prevention and education but if not, sexual predators will face the hammer of federal prosecution.”
Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter said, “Parents, as well as elementary to high school age youth, expect teachers to be role models and mentors.” Carter continued, “Administrators and teachers need to know and recognize signs of child exploitation and what action to take when such abuse may be occurring; this video provides the guidance needed to address such circumstances.”
Linda L. Maxwell, 68, of Lafayette, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at her residence. Born May 13, 1948 in Lafayette, she was the daughter of the late Gene Alden Maxwell and Wilma Conard Maxwell. After graduating from Delphi Community High School, Linda attended Purdue University.
At the time of her passing, she was employed with Journal and Courier as a secretary in the production department, where she had worked for many years. Linda enjoyed spending time with children and has played a surrogate grandmother role to her friend Carole Peterson's children Rylen, Melia, Bryna, and Jadin Peterson for over twenty years. She also enjoyed sewing, movies, reading, music, and computer games.
She is survived by two nieces, Sarah Maxwell Reef (husband: Mike) of Delphi; Rachele Maxwell Hodges (husband: Bryan) of Lexington, NC; Sam Clark of Lafayette; and Nathan William Curtis Dubes (wife: Robin) of Dayton.
Preceding her in death with her parents was her brother, George Gene Maxwell.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Boy Scout Cabin at Riley Park in Delphi. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Burglary Suspect arrested after short Carroll County pursuit
CCSD--3/6/2017--Michael Cunningham, 28, Monticello, was lodged in the Carroll County Jail Sunday afternoon, March 5, after leading police on a short pursuit in northwestern Carroll County. He was arrested for Burglary, Theft, Resisting Law Enforcement, and a Carroll Superior Court arrest warrant, charged with two counts of Theft.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies Jason Dunning and Mitchell Catron were alerted by a property owner on Sunday afternoon, after 1:00 p.m., that his barn had been burglarized in the 11000 West block of CR 1000N Monticello (Carroll County). The property owner located what was believed to be a suspect vehicle near his property but the individual, later identified as Cunningham, temporarily eluded the property owner and police.
Carroll County, Delphi Police, Monticello Police, and White County Sheriff’s Office caught up to the same vehicle later that afternoon and a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended when the driver, identifiedlater as Cunningham, crashed his car into a tree in western Carroll County. Cunningham was taken into custody, medically evaluated at IU White Hospital in Monticello, and then jailed.
Investigating Deputies and Agencies included: Carroll Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Dunning;Carroll Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Mitchell Catron; Delphi Police Officer Shane Bernhardt; Monticello Police; and White County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Lebanon Man arrested in Carroll County Auto Theft
Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s SRT (Special Response Team) called in to assist
CCSD--3/6/2017--Late Saturday night after 8:00 p.m. (03.04.2017), Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a report of a stolen pickup truck, taken from northwestern Carroll County. Shortly thereafter, an individual, identifying himself as Calvin Miller, reported to police that his friend’s dad’s car had been stolen. Miller was advised to have the actual owner contact police for a formal report.
The actual registered owner did contact Carroll County later to report his vehicle as stolen but claimed the alleged perpetrator was Miller himself. Utilizing a tip provided to police, Carroll County authorities located an address at 6045 North Hodges Drive Monticello (Carroll County) at a house trailer there. At the location, police located the stolen pickup truck, a tan 2002 Chevrolet, ¾ ton pickup. Sheriff’s Deputies learned the house trailer at the location was actually vacant and no one was living there. However, based on the lead information provided earlier, Deputies believed Miller may be at the location.
Deputies gained a consent to search the trailer from the trailer owner who advised police no one was to be at the property. When police approached the trailer to attempt to locate Miller, movement inside could be heard but no one responded to the police initial approach. Not knowing the number of individuals possibly inside, whether or not those individuals were armed, and for officer safety reasons, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s SRT (Special Response Team) was called to the scene to assist in searching the location. At approximately 5:00 a.m. Sunday morning March 5th, Carroll County authorities and SRT units located Miller, hiding underneath the trailer. No other individuals were located on the property after a thorough police search.
Calvin Miller, 20, Lebanon, Indiana was taken into custody and arrested on local charges for Auto Theft, Residential Entry, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Criminal Mischief. Miller was also held on a warrant charge, issued out of Warren County Circuit Court, charged with Failure to Return to Lawful Detention in that county.
Investigating Deputies and Agencies included: Carroll Co. Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Spencer Kingery; Carroll Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Steven Tkachuk; Tippecanoe Co. Sheriff’s Office and SRT Unit; and ISP K9 Unit.
The Delphi Fire Department, County Fire Departments, Carroll County E911, and American Red Cross will be doing another smoke detector blitz on March 11, 2017 from 9am-3pm.
Since Delphi is a rather large area and they want to make sure to cover everyone they are breaking it down into sections. They are going to be doing everything inside the city limits of Delphi that is NORTH of the Deer Creek. They will only be running that day from 9am to 3pm. They will try their hardest to reach as many homes as they can,but know that if you aren't home they will be leaving a door hanger for you to call and make arrangements from them to come back out.
For those homes SOUTH of Deer Creek we will be visiting your area on April 1st from 9am-3pm.
Please understand that they are there to provide a sense of safety for your family. This is a free service to the county with the testing and installation of new smoke detectors. They also understand that with the current investigation your sense of safety is heightened so if someone shows up at your door that day (or any day) do not hesitate to ask for credentials they will be glad to provide you with verifying information.
George Robert Hildebran, 92, Monticello (formerly of Brookston), passed away at 8:20 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the White Oak Health Campus of Monticello. He was born on Feb. 20, 1925, in Cass County to the late Harry Otto and Heddi Ferne (Griffin) Hildebran. On July 12, 1947, he and Mary Alice Martin were married by the late Rev. Jim Ault at the home of her parents; she survives. George attended Burrows grade school and graduated from Delphi High School in the class of 1942. He served in the United States Army in World War II in the South Pacific. George was a member of the VFW Post #2231 and the American Legion Post #81, both of Monticello. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Punta Gorda, Fla. George farmed near Brookston for over 40 years before retiring and moving to Florida. He enjoyed making wood crafts and also enjoyed fishing. Surviving are wife, Mary Alice Hildebran, Monticello; daughters, Shirley (John) Conrad, Salem, Ill., Sandra (Larry) Anderson, Rochester, and Susan Roberts, Buffalo; two grandsons; four granddaughters; six great-granddaughters; three great-grandsons; and two step-great-grandsons. George was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Otto and Heddi Ferne (Griffin) Hildebran; two sisters; son-in-law, John Roberts; and one niece. Visitation will be from noon - 2 p.m. Friday at the Miller-Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello. Celebration of Life Service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday with Rev. Josh Conley of the Kinmundy Christian Church of Salem, Ill., officiating. Burial with Full Military Rites by the Veterans Honor Guard of Monticello will follow at the Hughes Cemetery in rural Monticello. Memorials may be given to the wishes of the donor. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. See: www.miller-rosckafh.com
Sharon Sue (Shafer) Packard, 74, Kokomo, passed away at 3:15 am on Monday February 27, 2017, at her home. She was born on December 30, 1942, in Camden, the daughter of Meredeth “Bud” & Betty (Beall) Shafer.
Sharon was a 1960 graduate of Camden High School. She retired from Delco Electronics after 36 years of service. After retirement, Sharon worked for JoAnn Fabrics. Sharon was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and served as a Sunday school teacher in the past. She enjoyed church, quilting, bowling, and had been a Girl Scout Volunteer.
Sharon is survived by her children; Jodi Packard, Kokomo, and Ryan Packard, Indianapolis, grandchildren, Zach Packard, Savannah Packard, Everett Packard, Riley Packard, Paisley Moore, and Wyatt Moore; siblings, Rusty (Marsha) Shafer, Wolcott, Sandy (Steve) Prendergast, Camden, and Kevin (Pam) Shafer, Flora; best friend, Vicky (Jon) Blackman, Kokomo.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Merrill “Buddy” Shafer.
Funeral services for Sharon will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 705 Southway Blvd East, Kokomo, with Pastors William Allison and Barry Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Camden Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm on Thursday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo. Memorial contribution may be made in Sharon’s memory to the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Molly Garrison, 59, of Delphi, passed away on Feb. 24, 2017 at her residence. Molly was born on April 26, 1957 in Lafayette, IN to the late Lloyd W. and Ethel M. (Shockley) Griffith.
Molly had attended Delphi Community High School.
She married John E. Garrison on May 5, 1974 and they later divorced.
Molly had worked in the Sand Room at Peters-Revington in Delphi before they closed.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a member and past president of the Delphi VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Molly was an avid Purdue sports fan, enjoyed watching the Cubs and Colts play and she loved to sew.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Banes McCabe of Lafayette; son, Johnnie Garrison Jr. of Delphi; sister, Dianna Johnson of Delphi and brother, James Griffith of Delphi; and 7 grandchildren: Mason & Carson Banes, Breanna & Brooke McCabe, and Evan, Kaden & Stormy Garrison.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the 1:00 p.m. Funeral Service at Davidson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Pastor Dan Fisher officiating. Private burial will take place later at Hickory Grove Cemetery in northern Carroll County.
Memorials in Molly’s memory may be made to the Libby German and Abby Williams Fund.
Pat McAffee and Friends Raise Reward to $200,000
"The Indiana State Police Superintendent, Doug Carter told me, "Pat, someone knows something, we just need folks from across the country to see the picture and hear the audio file".. So, Internet... Let's go.. Myself, my former boss Jim Irsay, & many other incredible folks have sweetened the pot a bit.. $200,000 for a tip leading to this monster's arrest. Please help us spread the word, cheers". #Delphi#Murders#America#Justice#Together#HoosierForLife
The Yellow Device Isn't a Lawn Mower: This Is A Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of the Robinson-Baum Cemetery Saturday, February 25, 2017. Thanks to Dr.Christopher Moore and Leah Courtland the first Cemetery in Delphi is being surveyed to locate graves, including those whose stones may have been removed over the years. The Robinson-Baum Cemetery is located on Riley Road.
Photo by Mark A. Smith.
Delphi Murder Tip Line Being Manned by FBI Call Center
Delphi--ISP--2/23/2017-– Phone calls to the Delphi Murder Tip Line will now be answered at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Major Case Contact Center, in Washington D.C. The tip line number has not changed. It is still toll free at 1-844-459-5786. Information can also be reported by calling 1-800-225-5324 (800-Call FBI). Callers will have to follow a few prompts to report their information.
There is a $50,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.
Update Delphi Homicides: Reward Up to $50,000
Delphi--ISP--2/23/2017-- At approximately 12:15 p.m. on February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail J. Williams, 13, and Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, both from Delphi, IN, were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, east of Delphi, IN, in Carroll County. The teens had been reported missing the previous day by family members. Their bodies were discovered by volunteers who were helping in an organized search for the girls. Law enforcement is investigating the case as a double homicide.
Today, the reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams has increased to $50,000. The increase is because of a $9,000 dollar donation by the office of United States Representative Todd Rokita.
There have been approximately 3,900 tips received via phone and email. Approximately 1,900 of the tips were received after the release of a voice recovered from Liberty German’s cell phone.
The FBI is utilizing approximately 6,000 electronic bill boards, in 46 states, requesting information about this case.
The link of the audio of a suspect’s voice saying “down the hill” is available for download at www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htm. The audio, and a previously released photo of a suspect, were obtained from the cell phone of Liberty German.
The Indiana State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department announced a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in this case. The reward fund is currently at $50,000. The FBI has contributed $25.000, Indiana Packers Corporation has donated $10,000, the office of U.S. Representative Todd Rokita donated $9.000, and Lafayette Bank and Trust has donated $1,000. The Indiana State Police Alliance (ISPA) has established an account for individuals or businesses wishing to donate to the Delphi Reward Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Indiana State Police Alliance Foundation. “Delphi Reward” should be entered on the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 1415 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46203. Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 1-844-459-5786. Tips can also be reported by emailing Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Information can be reported anonymously.
Devon Humbarger, 97, formerly of Flora, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, February 17, 2017 in Peru, IN.
Devon was born to the late Fred E. and Ona Rohrabaugh Humbarger on November 22, 1919 in Bourban, IN. Devon spent all of his life in the Carroll County area farming for over 50 years.
He married Pauline L. Ross on June 26, 1943 in Flora and she survives. Devon was a 1938 graduate of Delphi High School. Devon was an active member of the former Flora First Brethren Church, serving as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher and other church offices. They later became members of Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Flora. He also was a member of the Farm Bureau and served on the REMC Board of Directors.
Surviving with his wife Pauline of 73 years are a son and daughter-in-law: Dr. Carl D. and Sandy Humbarger of Peru, IN. Daughter and son-inlaw: Carol Marie and Ron Pruden of Bloomington, IL. Four grandchildren: Charles Devon and Elizabeth Humbarger, Carl Douglas Humbarger, Chad Darin and Liz Humbarger and Chris David Humbarger. Great-grandchildren: Madison Taylor and Hayden Devon. He is preceded by his parents, two brothers: Earl and Francis and one granddaughter Carla Marie Humbarger.
Devon’s family invites friends to call Friday, February 24, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. till time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Wheeler Family Funeral Home-Baker Chapel, 204 South Center St. Flora, IN 46929. Pastor Jeff Tomson officiating. Burial to follow at Maple Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial may be given in Devon Humbarger memory to Living Faith Church of the Brethren or Gideons. Envelopes will be available at funeral home. Visit www.wheelerfamilyfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
Richard Lee Rick Walters, Jr.. 58, of rural Delphi, died unexpectedly Mon., Feb. 20, 2017 at his residence.
He was born Feb 2, 1959 in Lafayette, to Richard Lee “Dick” & Sally A. Hanaway Walters, who survive and reside in Rockfield.
He was a 1977 graduate of Delphi Community High School, and received his welding certification from Ivy Tech in Lafayette. He worked for Delphi Body Works, since 1978, and helped Jerry Minnicus on his farm. He helped coach Camden Little League Baseball for many years, until his daughter started playing softball, then helped coach her teams. He enjoyed deer hunting, and just being outdoors. He restored antique gas pumps, and also liked to restore and work on older Oliver tractors. He loved to go to local area tractor pulls.
Surviving: daughter-Brianna L. Walters of rural Bringhurst; parents-Richard “Dick” & Annie Walters of Rockfield; brothers-Popeye Walters & Russell Walters both of Delphi.
Services: Friends may call Thursday from 5-8 p.m.at Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi. Funeral Friday 10 a.m., at the funeral home, Pastor Bruce Hankins officiating. Burial at Rockfield Cemetery. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
Update Delphi Homicides: Audio and Reward
ISP--2/22/2017--At approximately 12:15 p.m. on February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail J. Williams, 13, and Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, both from Delphi, IN, were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, east of Delphi, IN, in Carroll County. The teens had been reported missing the previous day by family members. Their bodies were discovered by volunteers who were helping in an organized search for the girls. Law enforcement is investigating the case as a double homicide.
Today, at a press conference, law enforcement officers released audio of what appears to be a male voice saying “Down the Hill.” Investigators believe the voice is from a person who participated in the murders of the teens. The link of the audio is available for download at www.in.gov/isp/delphi.htm. The audio, and a previously released photo of a suspect, were obtained from the cell phone of Liberty German.
The Indiana State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department announced a monetary reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects in this case. The reward fund is currently at $41,000. The FBI has contributed $25.000, Indiana Packers Corporation has donated $10,000, and Lafayette Bank and Trust has donated $1,000.
The Indiana State Police Alliance (ISPA) has established an account for individuals or businesses wishing to donate to the Delphi Reward Fund. Checks should be made payable to the Indiana State Police Alliance Foundation. “Delphi Reward” should be entered on the memo line. Donations can be mailed to 1451 Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46203.
Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 1-844-459-5786. Tips can also be reported by emailing Abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com. Information can be reported anonymously.
(Update: Delphi Double Murder Investigation)
Delphi--ISP/CCSD--Feb 21, 2017-- Tomorrow, (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m., law enforcement will conduct a press conference to provide information on the murder investigation of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. The press conference will be held at the Delphi United Methodist Church, located at 1796 North U.S. 421, Delphi, IN.
What: Provide information about the ongoing double homicide of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.
Where: Delphi United Methodist Church at 1796 North U.S. 421, Delphi, IN.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
Message From Carroll County Prosecutor
Dean E. Goslee 92, of Yeoman, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Dean was a 1942 graduate of Delphi High School, and was a lifetime resident of Carroll County. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Monticello Christian Church of Monticello. Miller - Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello is in charge of arrangements.
Update Delphi Homicides: Man in Photo is Suspect Carroll County
ISP--CCSD--2/19/2017-- At approximately 12:15 p.m. on February 14, 2017, the bodies of Abigail J. Williams, 13, and Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14, both from Delphi, IN, were found in a wooded area near the Delphi Historic Trail, east of Delphi, IN, in Carroll County. The teens had been reported missing the previous day by family members. Their bodies were discovered by volunteers who were helping in an organized search for the girls. Law enforcement is investigating the case as a double homicide. Since Wednesday February 15th, law enforcement officers have distributed a photo of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail. The photo appears to depict a white male wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket, and a hoodie. During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the person, in the distributed photo, is suspected of having participated in the murders of Abigail Williams and Liberty German. Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi Murder Tip Line at 844-459-5786. Information can be reported anonymously.
Note: On Thursday night, February 16th, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on a home at 11036 West Bicycle Bridge Road, Delphi, IN. The warrant was part of the ongoing Delphi investigation. At this time, no person at this home is considered a suspect in the Delphi murder investigation.
LIBERTY "LIBBY" GERMAN
Liberty "Libby" German 14, of Delphi, went to be with the Lord on February 13, 2017. Liberty was born on December 27, 2002 in Lafayette, Indiana to Derrick A. German and Carrie (Hillenberg) German Timmons and they survive. Libby was an 8th grade student at Delphi Community Middle School.
Libby enjoyed playing volleyball, softball, soccer and swimming. She was also a band member and enjoyed preparing for the Academic Bowl in her High Ability class. She loved painting, doing crafts and going on vacations.
Along with her parents, Libby is survived by her sisters: Kelsi German and Glenna Myers of Delphi; Alexis Timmons and Hayden Timmons of Harrodsburg, KY; paternal grandparents, Becky and Mike Patty of Delphi; paternal grandparents, Brad & Terri German, also of Delphi; maternal grandparents, Chris & Dennis Bridge of Flora; maternal grandfather, Randy Hillenberg of Mt. Carmel, TN; paternal great grandmother, Rosalie Gray of Delphi; maternal great grandparents, Robert & Caroline Hillenberg of Brownsburg, IN; maternal great grandparents, Bernie & Mary Eisert of Buffalo, IN; and maternal great grandmother, Roberta Machal of Harrodsburg, KY.
She was preceded by her paternal great grandparents: Bill Marchand and Stella Hartman.
Visitation will be at Delphi Community High School from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Following the visitation will be a lantern release.
Private Family Services will be at Delphi United Methodist Church on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Todd Ladd officiating. Burial will follow in I.O.O.F. Memorial Gardens, Pittsburg, Indiana.
Memorial Contributions in Libby's memory may be made to the Liberty German Scholarship Fund at the Industrial Federal Credit Union c/o Mike and Cody Patty.
Davidson Funeral Home, Delphi will be assisting with the services.
ABIGAIL J. "ABBY" WILLIAMS
Abigail J. "Abby" Williams 13, of Delphi, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. She was born June 23, 2003 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, to her mother Anna M. Williams.
Abby was an 8th grader at Delphi Community Middle School, where she played saxophone in the school band, and was on the volleyball team. She had attended several area churches with her family. She enjoyed reading, and had a big reading counts number in her language arts class. She loved to camp and swim, and loved being outdoors, she liked riding ATV's with her family on camping trips to Michigan. She loved all animals, especially her cat Bongo. She enjoyed photography & art, drawing and creating little masterpiece's, that decorated her mothers home. She and her good friend Libby were excited and looking forward to planning their next 4 years of school together.
Surviving: mother-Anna M. Williams of Delphi; maternal grandparents: Diane & Eric Erskin of Delphi, Clif Williams of Grand Rapids, MI; maternal great grandparents: Jacqueline DeWeese of Rossville, Royal Erskin of Westaburg, MI; aunts & uncles; special cousins: Jayden & Aleah Erskin. Preceded in death by maternal great grandparents; & aunt Janie.
Services: Friends may call Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the Delphi Community High School Gymnasium, with a lantern release at 8 p.m. in front of the Middle School. Private family funeral & burial will take place Sunday. Abbott Funeral Home, Inc., Delphi, in charge of arrangements. www.abbottfuneralhome.com
A new Tip Line number has been setup for any information regarding the deaths of Liberty German and Abigail Williams. The number is 844-459-5786. All tips should be called into that number. You can remain anonymous if you wish. All information will be taken and followed up on by officers working the case.
Official Sheriff's Department News Release
Carroll County--2/15/2017--4:07 p.m.--The bodies found in the woods east of Delphi in Carroll County have been positively identified as Abigail J. Williams, 13 of Delphi and Liberty Rose Lynn German, 14 of Delphi. They were the two girls that were reported missing on Monday, February 13, 2017. The bodies were discovered about 12:15 p.m. on February 14, 2017 in the woods near the Dear Creek by volunteers helping in the search for the missing girls. The families have been notified.
This is now considered a double homicide investigation. No further information will be released as far as condition or cause of death of the two girls. We are asking for anyone to come forward with information or were in the area of the Delphi Historic Trails or Monon High Bridge that might have seen a person or persons, vehicles parked in the area or were taking pictures. Any information may be helpful to solving this case. You can contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department or the Delphi Police Department at 765-564-2413, option #1, or the Indiana State Police at 765-567-2125.
The families and all law enforcement would like to thank all those who volunteered their time in assisting in helping in the search for the two girls. Without their help, it may have taken longer to locate and find them.
Sheriff Seeks Help From Public
2/15/2017--The Carroll County Sheriff is asking that anyone who may have been on the Monon High Bridge Trail on Monday, February 13, please contact the Department at 765-564-2413, especially if any photos were taken.
A news conference was held to confirm that the two bodies found near Deer Creek on Tuesday were that of Abigail Williams, 13 years old, and Liberty German, 14 years old. Riley said that they were found about 50 feet from the shoreline of Deer Creek, not on the bank of the waterway as he had reported yesterday. Riley also said that this is a Homicide Investigation, and both Riley and Leazenby expressed confidence that the crime will be solved. "We will stay on the job till it's done", Riley said. "We're going to get to the bottom of this. We're confident," said Leazenby..
Asked about whether people should be concerned about walking on the Delphi Trails system, Sheriff Leazenby said that he doesn't think people should stop using the Trails, but that they should "be more mindful and watch your surroundings" and that anything suspicious should be reported to the Sheriff's Department.
Asked whether the cell phones of the girls had been recovered, Sgt Riley said he could not comment at this time. Leazenby had explained earlier in the conference that some information could be used in the prosecution, so that it must be protected at this time.
The investigation is continuing today with Law Enforcement and the Delphi Fire Department still collecting evidence from the crime scene. Sgt Riley said that the collection of evidence could continue into the night. The Carroll County Sheriff's Department is the lead investigator, being assisted by the Delphi Police Department, Indiana State Police, and the FBI Evidence Collection Team out of Indianapolis.
Delphi Community In Mourning
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS AND LIBERTY GERMAN
2/15/2017--Autopsies will be performed today in Terre Haute, Indiana, on two bodies found about 3/4 mile from the Monon Trail High Bridge on the bank of Deer Creek at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Two 13 year old Delphi Community Middle School students were last seen in the area of the High Bridge around 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13.
Enjoying a snow make-up day with no school, friends Abigail Williams and Liberty German were dropped off at the Monon Trail, and then were not at the place where they were later to be picked up. Police, Fire and Emergency personnel, as well as some Volunteers, searched for the girls into the evening on Monday, then resumed the search early Tuesday.
Police officials said at a news conference on Tuesday that there has been no positive identification of the bodies at this time, but that foul play is suspected. According to Indiana State Police Sgt Kim Riley, the crime scene is being investigated by the Indianapolis Office of the FBI as well as the Indiana State Police, Carroll County Sheriff Department and Delphi Police Department. Riley said on Tuesday evening that the investigation of the crime scene was ongoing and could continue through the night.
Updates will be published here as they are provided by official sources only. A Community Prayer Service was held for the two missing girls at the Delphi United Methodist Church on Tuesday evening, and Superintendent Briles of the Delphi Community School Corporation sent a voice message to all parents in the school system stating that Counselors from Wabash Valley and local Ministers will be available at the schools on Wednesday to help students as needed.
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