In Loving Memory…
Gayle Elora (Slifer) Williams
Gayle Elora (Slifer) Williams, 77, of New Harmony, passed to the next life she so dearly treasured on Sunday, December 28, 2014. Her faith was strong and she richly deserves her place in heaven. She was born August 19, 1937, in Evansville, to the late Paul E. and Senora May (Robinson) Slifer.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald R. Williams; son Bryan J Williams of Gulfport, FL; brother, Paul E. (Janice) Slifer, Jr.; sisters, Patricia (Harold) Stovall, Sandra (Don) Hansen of Atlanta, GA, Janet (Glenn) Hotz of Leesburg, FL, and Amy (Larry) Mackey of Fairfield, OH; grandchildren, Zoë (Hisham) Madi and Zane Williams, both of Wilmington, NC; three beautiful great-grandchildren, Esmè, Miette, and Laszlo Madi; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Gayle was so very proud of her namesakes, Elora Amy Bowers and Miette Elora Madi.
John ‘Jack’ Groban
John ‘Jack’ R. Groban, 80, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. He was born January 14, 1934 in Evansville to the late John S. and Beatrice (Hoffman) Groban.
John was a 1951 graduate of Memorial High School and a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame University. He retired as president of Althoff-Howard Electric. John was a life member of St. Benedict Cathedral, member of the Downtown Kiwanas Club and was the Kiwanas Sports Representative for Mater Dei High School for over 30 years. He was a member of Kennel Club, Evansville Country Club and Downtown Quarterback Club.
John was a member of the Duplicate Bridge Club in Evansville. He was a Diamond Life Master and was Regional Bridge Champion many times and competed at National level bridge tournaments. He was regarded as the authority on bridge play and bidding throughout the Tri-State.
He is survived by his sister, Beverly J. Groban, of Evansville; special cousin, Phyllis Richardson; good friend, Ruth Ann Hyatt, and many cousins.
Richard E. Ivey
Richard E. Ivey, 70, of Evansville passed away Wednesday December 31, 2014 at his home. He was born October 29, 1944 in Evansville to the late Richard E. and Ruth J. (Foster) Ivey.
Richard worked at Alcoa for 28 years. He was a member of American Legion Kapperman Post, Red Brush Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by his daughters, Kemberle Weightman and Mindy Ivey-Hammond (Rodney); son, Scott Ivey (Dee Dee) all of Evansville; grandchildren, Jacob Ivey, Logan Ivey, Brandon Ivey, Jessica Ivey, Tyler Ivey, Sierah Weightman, Rhyan Weightman, Macey Hammond, Stephen March and Sarah March; great grandchildren, Riley March and Cambryn Ivey; sisters Karen Mayer (Don) and Sandra Ivey; 3 nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews.
Kathryn D. Hamer, age 59, of Evansville, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at her home. She was born Mary 1, 1955, in Evansville.
Kathy had worked for Sodexo at the University of Southern Indiana and also for Fischer Candy. She loved her family greatly, especially her grandsons. She had a strong faith in God and loved her church family at Salem United Methodist. She also loved the Beatles and any music from the 60’s or 70s. Kathy was a 1973 graduate of Harrison High School, a member of Salem United Methodist Church and the Riverbend Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving Kathy are her mother, Sue (Harper) Tevault; her husband, Steve Hamer; son, Christopher (Michelle) Hamer; daughter, Emily (Chawn) Hamer; grandsons, Brady Hamer and Adrian Alexander; sister, Jennifer Walden; and brothers, David (Tim) Tevault, Doug (Misty) Tevault and John (Tammy) Tevault.
Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Robert Elliott; stepfather, Wayne Tevault; and sister, Karen Vinson.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at Salem United Methodist Church, 6311 Kratzville Road, Evansville, IN, Pastor Randy Anderson officiating.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anthony Stephens, Chemo Buddies and the staff of Oncology Hematology Associates.
Nicholas D. Cheesman 60, of Boonville, IN, and formerly from Bloomington, IN, passed away peacefully on Sunday November 23, 2014 at his residence in Boonville with his family at his bedside after six years of battling cancer.
Nick was born on July 18, 1954 to Charles and Phyllis (Davis) Cheesman. Nick graduated from Smithville High School in 1972, and earned his BS degree from Indiana University and his MS degree from Oakland City College.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Terri A (Nolan); and their three children. A daughter, Nichole Deann Blackwell (David) and their three children, Marina, Addisyn and Maddix Blackwell of Bloomington; A son, Nicholas D Cheesman Jr. (Florencia) and their three children, Sophie, Luli and Catalina Cheesman of New Waverly, TX; A daughter Natalie Wolfe (Ben), and their two children, Colin and Carter Wolfe of Boonville, IN. Brother, Pat Cheesman Brenda), of Mt Carmel, Illinois, Sisters-in-law, Carla Nolan and Jeana Kerr (Roger) of Bloomington; parent- in- laws; Turner & Edwynna Nolan, of Bloomington, IN as well as many nieces and nephews around the country.
Suzanne Aimone, 68 of Evansville passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 after a long courageous battle with cancer.
Suzanne was born February 4, 1946 in Clinton, Indiana the daughter of the late George and Virginia (Spurr) Randle. She was of Catholic Faith. She worked as a nurse’s aide and a teacher’s aide with special needs children in her younger years. Suzanne loved her family immensely and devoted herself to her husband, children and grandchildren. She especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. Suzanne will always be remembered as a caring and giving person. She enjoyed being outdoors in the sun and working in her yard. She also enjoyed traveling although her first love was her home. She had the good fortune to go on a hunting safari in Africa and many fishing trips to Canada with her husband. They also enjoyed cruises through the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas and many to the Caribbean.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 46 years, Gene Aimone of Evansville, sons, John Aimone (Honora) of Evansville and Mark Aimone (Kim) of Newburgh, sister, Nancy Chandler (Frank) of San Antonio, TX, grandchildren, Jenna, Mackenzie and Gene Aimone and step grandchildren, Gage and Haleigh Hocker.
Vicki Denise Kemp
Vicki D. Kemp, age 52, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her mother Judy Kay Hill & father Luther Leslie. Vicki is survived by her husband of 22 years Tony; daughters, Madison & Kathleen Kemp; special friend Jessica Phillips, in-laws Jerry & Judy Kemp, numerous aunts, uncles & cousins.
Joseph “Steve” Alvey
Joseph “Steve” Alvey, 67, of Evansville passed away Monday November 24, 2014 at Charlier Hospice Center. He was born March 22, 1947 to Joseph Benedict and Christine (Loftis) Alvey.Joe retired from EVSC after 27 years in supportive services. He was a graduate of Crittenden County High School. Joe was a member of the Teamsters Local 215 where he served as Union Steward for several years. He enjoyed traveling, RV camping, and NASCAR. Steve was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and always enjoyed being with his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Benedict Alvey and his brother, Perry Alvey. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, whom she met at the community center when she was 13, Linda (Dawson) Alvey of Evansville; daughters, Tina Dobbs and her husband, Rick of Evansville, Tristie Diehl and her fiancé, Blair Reeves of Newburgh; grandchildren, Brice Saddler, Ashley Coomes, Austin Diehl and Katelyne Diehl; great grandchildren, Lilly Saddler and Dallas Coomes; mother, Christine Alvey; brothers, Donald Alvey, Gerald Alvey and his wife, Diana and Scott Alvey.
Kathleen Marie Morris, age 56, of Evansville, passed away Friday, November 14, 2014.
Kathy had worked for American General Finance, now Springleaf, for over 35 years. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vanderburgh County, St. Ann’s Altar Society at the church. She enjoyed quilting, but she was famous for her baking; especially for her cookies. They were everyone’s favorite cookies.
Surviving Kathy are the love of her life and soul mate of 35 years, Richard Morris; her father, Joseph (Susie) Schapker; two sisters, Julia (Chris) Lothamer and Karen (Lori) Schapker; a brother, Joseph Schapker Jr, all of Evansville; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores (Becht) Schapker in 2004.
Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Eugene Heidorn
Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Heidorn, 66, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
Ronnie was born in Evansville, Indiana, on February 23, 1948, to Rolland H. and Mary (Callis) Heidorn. He retired from Ferro Corporation in maintenance after 33 years of service. Ronnie lived life to the fullest with his competitive spirit. A man of many dimensions Ronnie enjoyed fishing, golfing and model trains. He enjoyed car racing of all kinds, and drove his own modified race car in many races. He was a talented woodworker and could build or fix most anything. Family was the center of Ronnie’s life and his time spent with his family was the most cherished of all.
Ronnie is survived by his wife of 27 years, Linda (Craven) Heidorn, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Diana “Gail” Walker (Aaron), of Boonville, Ind.; son, Ronald “Neil” Heidorn (Michelle), of Newburgh, Ind.; mother, Mary (Callis) Heidorn of Evansville, IN; brother, Randall Heidorn (Charlene) of Newburgh, Ind.; grandchildren, Alec Bannister, Allison Bannister, Abby Walker; and a nephew, Taylor Heidorn (Lara), of Louisville, Ky. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Rolland H. Heidorn in 2005.
J. Michael McGregor
J. Michael McGregor, 74, of Evansville, went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Charlier Hospice Center surrounded by his family. Mike was born on December 28, 1939 in Washington, IN to the late Dr. John W. and Rosalie (Jackson) McGregor.
Mike was a former member of the Northside Congregational Church and most recently attended Christian Fellowship Church. He had many talents and passions and was a man of strong Christian faith that guided him to be a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be truly missed by everyone whose life he touched. He and Barbara had many friends and the love and compassion they have for others has been passed onto their children, John and Susan and their four grandchildren.
Mike was a 1957 graduate of Bosse High School and served in the Army National Guard. Mike met the love of his life, Barbara, at the University of Evansville where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and graduated in 1964. He began working at Old National Bank in Evansville after graduation. Mike worked for the bank 15 years holding many positions; he finished his career there as Vice President of Operations. Mike went on to start his own business in auto and truck parts, Quality Automotive Distributions (QADCO) in 1979. QADCO became associated with NAPA in 2011. Mike retired from QADCO earlier this year.
He was an extremely active member of the community servicing on many boards and organizations, which included 2-time President of Evansville Country Club in 1987 and 2010. In addition, he was President of The Kennel Club, Evansville Philharmonic and Junior Achievement. He chaired Northside Congregational Church, March of Dimes, FEE Campaign for University of Evansville and United Way. He was also past Treasurer for Evansville Jaycees, Executive Board Member of the Evansville Chamber of Commerce and was on the National Advisory Council to General Motors – AC Delco Division.
Mike received many awards throughout his career but he was most proud of being awarded the “Outstanding Young Man of the Year” award from the Evansville Jaycees. He also received the “Alumni Achievement Award” from the University of Evansville and “Small Business Person of the Year” in 1994 from the Evansville Chamber of Commerce.
Mike enjoyed many activities and hobbies, which included travel, gardening, golf, reading, horseback riding, and the University of Evansville basketball, where he was a member of the 6th Man Club.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara (Nunn); a son, John Michael McGregor II (Jennifer); a daughter, Susan Knight; grandchildren, Nate and Ella McGregor and Marshall and Rebecca Knight; brother, William McGregor of Little Rock, AR; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Alan and Shirley Nunn, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Joyce Nunn; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Carol L. Melton
Carol L. Melton, age 73, passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at Woodmont Health Campus in Boonville. She is preceded in death by her parents Duane & Marjorie Vagts. Carol is survived by her daughter, Julie (Marvin) Sellner; grandsons, Travis (Amanda) Hillenbrand, Cody & Adam Hillenbrand.
Donald “Scotty” Scott
Donald “Scotty” Scott, 69, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Friday October 3, 2014 at Deaconess Hospital.
Don was born in Rockport, Indiana on February 16, 1945. He served in the United States Army. Don was self employed, a “master of all trades”, he was a real estate agent, owned a car lot, sold insurance and was also a car repo man. He retired from the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation as a bus driver. After retirement, Don drove a bus for Evansville METS. He was a life member of the VFW Post #1114, member of the Owls Club and the Shriners. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and p-paw, who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his dog, “Pooter”.
Don is survived by his high school sweet heart for over 50 years, Barbara (Schenk) Scott; daughters, Kim (Terry) Cavins and Kellie (Brad) Waller both of Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Taryn Cavins, Kaycee Cavins (Jake Horton), Shelby Mangold, Maxwell Mangold, Cameron Waller, Collin Waller; great grandchildren, Saige Mize, Drew Horton and Cortland Mangold; aunt, Etta Ramberger of Evansville, IN; several nieces; nephews; cousins and his Hickory Pit Buddies.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Lucian and Hazel (Ramberger) Dorris.
Jerry Dee Haley
Jerry Dee Haley, 62, of Evansville, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014, at his home.
He was born September 5, 1951 in Kirksville, Missouri. Jerry has lost his long battle with cancer. He has left an abundance of family and friends to go home. There he will be able to walk and talk with his mom, dad, his brother Richard, nephew, Josh and baby, Tammy Jo.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Haley; two sisters, Sharon (Ken) Johnson and Linda Wahe; his adopted sister, Patty Sanders; three children, Kathy (Kevin) Selby, Jerry D (Kim) Haley and Mona Haley Gubber; two stepchildren, Michelle (Dave) Copeland and David Jarboe; 16 grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; mother of his children; cousins in Missouri, Iowa and Colorado.
Jerry was a people person. He held many functions to collect money for the needy. Cedar Hall School was very close to his heart.
Next to his wife, Barbara, he loved his motorcycle. He made many long distance trips with his riding buddy, Troyce Bates.
Evelyn Marie Smith
Evelyn Marie Smith, 84, of Evansville, died Saturday, August 30, 2014, at Hamilton Point Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Evansville on August 26, 1930, to John and Christine (Farney) Kissel.
Evelyn was a homemaker and active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was involved with SWIRCA activities and was an avid bingo player at St. Boniface Church for 50 years. She enjoyed visiting casinos, loved her grandchildren, and enjoyed going to all their activities. She will be missed by her family and friends, but is leaving wonderful memories that they will cherish.
She is survived by daughters Karen Lant, Julie Stephan (Daniel) and Stacie Garst, all of Evansville; sons, Gary Smith (Arlene) and Dale Smith, Keith Smith (Karla) and Ron Smith (Mary), all of Evansville; 12 grandchildren, Becca Lannan, Christine Walters, Debra Lindenschmit, Brian Stephan, Erin Stephan, Scott Vanover, Amanda Smith, Rob Smith, Katie Lindeman, Kyle Smith, Isaac Smith and Hillary Smith; nine great-grandchildren, Emma and Kayla Lindenschmidt, Tyler and Austin Vanover, Hadley Smith, Karlie Lindeman, Ava Smith, Corey Walters and Ember Lannan; brother, Richard Kissel (Ethel) and sisters, Delores Raley and Florence Saltzman (Ron); and sister-in-law, Aileen Kissel, all of Evansville.
Evelyn was an 18 year breast cancer survivor. The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Browning and the staff at OHA, along with the staff at Hamilton Point Health and Rehabilitation, especially Colleen and Jamie for the extraordinary care of our mom and our family.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hilery Smith; sisters, Shirley Williams, Angie Lilly and Marylee Reis; brothers, Daniel Kissel and Jerry Kissel; and sons-in-law, Donald Lant Jr. and Vincent Garst.
William ‘Bill’ John Funk, Jr.
William “Bill” John Funk, Jr., 75, of Evansville, Ind., passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home surrounded by family.
Bill was born to his parents William John, Sr. and Helen (Horr) Funk in Evansville, Ind., on April 3, 1939. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964 and was an equipment operator for Alcoa for 39 years before retiring in 2005.
Bill was a huge NASCAR fan and Carl Edwards was his favorite driver. Bill was a loyal Ford owner. He loved fishing and also traveling with Life Style Bus Tours (especially to Yellowstone, Gettysburg, and the Grand Canyon), and reading adventure books by Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy.
Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma (Holder) Funk, of Evansville, Ind.; daughter, Michelle Funk (Jerry Cockrell), of Wiesbaden, Germany; brother, Ronald Charles (Jeri) Funk, of East Carondelet, Ill.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Virginia Ellen Hall
Virginia Ellen Hall, age 80, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014, at the Heritage Center.
Jenny was born July 30, 1933, to the late Ellis and Nellie Powell. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Evansville.
She is survived by three daughters, Donna Hogan, Kim Gilley and Theresa Storm; six sons, Rick Walker, Tony Walker, Joe Hall, Randy Head, Marcus Head, Jr. and Robert Head; two sisters, Bobbi Rushing and Rosie Haley; two brothers, Ellis and Gene Powell; twenty-six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Henry Head; a daughter, Mary Beth Wingert; two sons, John Hall and Grant Head; sisters, Louise Hall and Wilma Phillips; and by a brother, Mickey Powell.
Jennifer Lynn Murphy
Jennifer Lynn Murphy, 63, of Mt. Vernon, IN, lost her fight with cancer on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 4:08 p.m. at The Charlier Hospice Center in Evansville, IN. She was born on May 5, 1951, in Mt. Vernon, IN, to Bennie and Betty Newman.
Jennifer graduated from Mt.Vernon High School. Jennifer worked at Consolidated Grain and Barge for the past 19 years. She worked at the Southwind Maritime center in Mt. Vernon, IN, before starting at CGB. Jennifer touched many people during her time playing organized sports – softball, volleyball, bowling coaching and umpiring. She was also a member of Owen Dunn American Legion Post 5 Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Newman; mother, Betty Newman Reinitz; stepfather, Don Reinitz; and brother, Darrell Newman.
She is survived by her husband, Keith of over 39 years; daughter, Tawana (Duane) Cox; son, Eric (Robyn) Murphy; two grandsons, Trevor Cox and Hunter Murphy; sisters, Brenda (Larry) Bosecker, of Cadiz, Ky, Tammy McCarty, of Mt. Vernon, IN, and Robin Abbott, of Owensville, IN; one brother, Brett (Tina) Newman, of Mt. Vernon, IN; sister-in-law, Susan Newman, of Mt. Vernon; half brother, Benny Ray Newman, of Eldorado, IL; stepsister, Donna Reinitz Curtis; step-brother, Jim (Cinda) Reinitz, of Mt. Vernon, IN; and brother-in-law, Barry (Brenda) Murphy, of Mt.Vernon, IN.
Doris E. Hatt
Doris E. Hatt, 72, of Evansville, passed away at 11:50 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital.
Doris was born July 5, 1941, in Union County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Walter “Buck” and Mildred (Hill) Roland. She was a 30 plus year member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Doris retired from the Vanderburgh County Recorder’s Office. She was a Kentucky Colonel and an avid bowler.
She is survived by daughter, Carrie Hatt-Figueroa (Tony), of Evansville; son, Daniel Hatt (Chanda), of Evansville; and two grandchildren, Zane and Zoey Hatt.
Veneta ‘Pete’ Wilson Labhart
Veneta “Pete” Wilson Labhart, 82, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Hamilton Pointe in Newburgh.
Pete was a sports enthusiast, especially faithfully watching IU Basketball and St. Louis Cardinals. She loved cooking big dinners for family. Her grandchildren were her life and she enjoyed watching them play sports.
She worked for GE at Tell City for 25 years and at Peoples Furniture for 22 years.
Pete was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Henry A. Labhart, in 1997; and her brothers and sisters, Lillian Reis, Nila Smith, Roy Wilson, Ravelee Davis, Rosalee Goodwin, Earl Wilson and Yvonne Atkison.
Veneta is survived her children, Dennis Labhart, of Boonville, Debi Riggle (Robert), of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Vicky Hasenour (Michael), of Haubstadt, and Daniel Labhart (Vicki), of Newburgh; 11 grandchildren, Julie Labhart, Shane “Buc” Labhart, Jill Reynolds, Lisa King, Steve Riggle, Laci Scourfield, Clint Hasenour, Wade Hasenour, Ben Labhart, Beau Labhart and Bryce Labhart; four great-grandchildren, Kaycie and Sean Reynolds, Sawyer Labhart and Eli Labhart; two sisters, Mary Smith, of Rockport, and Emma Rose Wildt, of Boonville; sister-in-laws, Betty Wilson, of Rockport, and Betty Wilson, of Evansville.
Jacen “Danny” McFarling, 70, of Evansville, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Charlier Hospice.
He was a truck driver for Tri-State Transit, M&W, and Pony Express. Jacen loved his family, auto racing, and car collecting. Jacen was preceded in death by his father, Jacen Thomas McFarling.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Brenda; sons, Rick (Leann), Doug (Paige), and David (Beckie); eight grandchildren, Jake, Ansley, Rowan, Emmeline, Tiffany, Marcus, Marcie, and Marissa; 4 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Gage, Kendall, and Lydia; mother, Helen McFarling; and his brother, Gary (Joan).
William ‘Bill’ Gene Paddock
William “Bill” Gene Paddock, 66, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Bill was born in Harrisburg, Illinois, on November 9, 1947, to Jerry and Naomi Ruth (Rose) Paddock. Bill was a man of faith believing in Jesus Christ as his personal savior. He was a 1965 graduate of Bosse High School. Bill worked for Koch Label Company for over 32 years. Bowling was truly his passion and later, Bill worked for Arc Lanes as the assistant manager. Bill bowled in tournaments and founded the Youth All Stars Bowling Tournament in Evansville. Teaching and helping young people with their bowling games was great source of joy for Bill. Throughout his life, Bill was an avid supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals and I.U. Basketball.
Bill is survived by his companion, Marilyn DeWitt, of Evansville, IN; daughters, Darla (Scott) Vote, of Newburgh, IN, and Ruth (Dan) Crawford, of Mt. Vernon, IN; son, William “Bill” Gene Paddock, II of Newburgh, IN; his mother, Naomi Ruth (Rose) Paddock, of Evansville, IN; sister, Rosemary (Gene) Lloyd, of Evansville, IN; brother, Jerry (Faye) Paddock, of Evansville, IN; grandchildren, Claudia Crawford, Olivia Paddock, Meredith Crawford and Allison Paddock. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Paddock, January 1, 1997.
Dinah (Decker) Dutton
Dinah (Decker) Dutton, 71, of Evansville passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at VNA Charlier Hospice Center. She was born February 20, 1943 in Greenup, Ill., to Doyle and Hazel (Stewart) Decker.
Dinah formerly was employed with Erie Investments and retired from EVSC working at North High School in the Bookstore. She was a member of Methodist Temple for over 51 years, past board member of the Evansville Boys and Girls Club and past President of Evansville J C Wives. She was active in Evansville Girls and Boy Scouts and was room mother at Evansville Day School and Vogel School. Dinah was formerly Miss Cumberland County and Miss Evansville. She was an avid U of E Supporter.
Dinah was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Stephanie Lynn Dutton.
She is survived by her, husband of 51 years, Jack Dutton; daughter, Jill Brown (Kevin); son, John T. Dutton III; grandchildren, Michael, Lauren and Christopher Dutton; brother, David Decker (Judith), of Thomson, Ga.; nieces and nephews, Juanita and James Decker, Elesha and Brian Downs, E. J. and Stephanie Becker; and great-nephews, Sam Decker and Brennan Downs.
Robert (Bob) Craig
Robert Craig, 80, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was born January 1, 1934, in New Harmony, IN, to Dorris and Juanita (Bullock) Craig.
Bob retired as a truck driver at ADM. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ, Two Rivers Camping Club, and Mt. Vernon Conservation Club. He enjoyed hunting morels.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irma Kuhn; and brother, Gene Craig.
Bob is survived by his wife, Vivian (Davidson) Craig, of 59 years; daughters, Debbie Winstead and husband, Tony, of Evansville, and Barb Topper and husband, Bob, of Mt. Vernon; brothers, Lloyd Craig and wife, Mary, of Mt. Vernon, and David Craig and wife, Diana, of Owensboro; three grandchildren, Craig Topper, Cory Topper and wife, Valerie, Scott Winstead and wife, Charlene; two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Skyler Winstead; and nieces and nephews.
Karen Wilhite Williams
Karen is the inspiration behind Chemo Buddies.
Karen Rene Wilhite Williams, 53, of Evansville, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at her home. Karen’s main passion in life were her children, Jeremy and Danielle. They have been a strong family of love and care. She has been a source of strength and a light to many friends and people as she battled her disease with determination, and grace.
Her message to those who knew her was the peace she felt with God and that she was embraced in his love and felt no fear.
Karen was an account manager for 15 years for South Central Media (WIKY). She was a graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Marketing. She was involved with “Water for People” for several years to raise funds to supply clean water for countries in need.
Karen is the inspiration for the Chemo Buddies program. She always had friends and family with her during chemo and her heart broke for others who were in chemo and seemed to have no one. As she looked around the chemo room, she said, “We’ve got to do something, no one should ever have to go through chemo alone.” Together with her sister, she co-wrote the proposal for what is now Chemo Buddies, while sitting in the treatment room getting her chemo. Her caring and nurturing spirit lives on through the volunteers who now serve.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Danielle Williams of Evansville and her son, Jeremy Jones of Tampa, Florida. Also surviving are her parents, Vernie and Jerry Wilhite and (sister) Jill and Johnny Kincaid of Evansville.