William “Bill” Allstatt 88, Beech Grove, died Feb. 22, 2013. He had been an Indianapolis Firefighter for 40 years. He won many awards, including medals from the Police and Fire Games and the Senior Classics. He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Allstatt (Forstel); one brother; and his wife of 50 years, Mary Allstatt (Waldo). He is survived by his two daughters, Judy Allstatt and Debbie Long (Jim); two grandchildren, Shelby (Ralph) and Adam (Kristin); seven great-grandchildren; and two special family friends, Melba Moore and Cheri Thompson. There will be a celebration of his life on March 2 from 1-4 p.m. with a eulogy given by the Indianapolis Fire Dept. at 3:30 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Annette C. Caudill, 48, Indianapolis, died Feb. 13, 2013. She was born on Dec. 26, 1964 to the late Green and Maxine Campbell Fugate in Indianapolis. Annette worked in Shapiro’s Delicatessen for over 22 years, with her husband, in the downtown location. She is survived by her husband, Carl Caudill; daughter, Clara Caudill; step-son, Billy Joe Caudill; sisters, Adious York, Shirley Fugate, Connie Duncan and Melissa Rockelman; brothers, Michael, Jay and David Fugate; and two step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on March 2 at 4 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services.
Paul Cento, 79, Indianapolis, died Feb. 21, 2013. He was born in Italy to Guerino and Carmela Cento. He was a famous Italian shoemaker, known for making shoes for Pope Pius XII and Sophia Loren in Italy. He served in the Italian Air Force. He married his wife, Lisa on Dec. 4, 1966. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lisa; two sons, Mike and Tony Cento; daughter-in-law, Gina Cento; six grandchildren, Olivia, Paul, Anthony, Michael, Isabella and Antonio Cento; sisters, Rosa Cento, Katherine LaMonaca and Antoinette Pizzi; brother, John Cento; sister-in-law, Pina Cento; brothers-in-law, Luca LaMonaca and Federico Pizzi; four nieces and eight nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 27 in St. Mark Catholic Church, with the entombment in Calvary Cemetery. *PHOTO
Richard A. “Rick” Denbo, 30, Greenwood, died Feb. 22, 2013. He was born July 12, 2982 in Indianapolis. Survivors include his wife, Jami (Miessen) Denbo of Greenwood; one step-son, Payton Young; step-daughters, Tiyler Wakley and Ruby Young; parents, Kevin and Roberta Denbo of Greenwood; one brother, Bryan Denbo of Greenwood; one sister, Sarah Bates of Indianapolis; one niece, Nyah Bates; and two nephews, Nolan and Brayden Denbo. Calling will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. on March 2 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1239 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis, with a funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel.
Elsie Jean Bell Taylor DesJean, 88, died Feb. 23, 2013. She was a graduate of St. Phillip Neri Elementary School and St. John Academy in Indianapolis. She worked as an administrative assistant for the United States Social Security Administration for several years prior to marrying her first husband, Jim Taylor. She is survived by children, Stephen (Janet), Lawrence (Janet), Philip(Theresa), Jeffrey (Carol) and Jeanne Goedde, (Vernon), Phillip (Susan), Thomas (Vicki), Colette Tellmann (John), John (Cindy), Mark, Denise Hunter (Michael) and Matthew (Julie); and husband, Cyril Deslean; 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mary Anna Bell; son, Robert Joseph; and first husband, James Walter Taylor. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church. Contributions may be sent to Franciscan Missions: Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart, Franciscan Mission Union (FMU), 3140 Meramec St., St. Louis, MO 63118-4399.
Robert W. Drake, 89, Indianapolis, died Feb. 21, 2013 He was born in Bell Point, Ky. to Granville and Emma Stamper Drake. He owned and operated Bob’s Century Service on Bluff Road for over 40 years. He served in the US Army during WWII and was the recipient of a Purple Heart for being wounded while in France. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reva Pasley Drake. He is survived by his step-son, Donald Caldwell; step-grandson, Shawn Caldwell; step-granddaughter, Holly Caldwell; step-great-grandson, Jacob Caldwell; step-nephew, Larry Pasley; caretaker and companion, Rageanne Smedley and her children, Alyssa, Deadra, Alaynia, Bubby and Shaylee Lou “Smiley”. Visitation will be Feb. 28 from 2 – 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home with funeral services being held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Mark Edward Griffin Sr., 39, Indianapolis, died Feb. 22, 2013. He was born on Aug. 24, 1973 in Oscoda, Mi. He is survived by his mother and step father, Miracle and Eugene Satterfield; father and step-mother, Donald and Deb Griffin; his children, Nancy (Dennis) Creek, Bobbi Jo (John) Morris, Kayla Griffin, and Mark Griffin, Jr.; six grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Julliann, Jeffrey Jr., Dant’e, Rachel, and Kalista; brother, Mike (Jamie) Griffin; sister, Becky (Chris) Blythe; step-sister, Sheri Satterfield; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were held Feb. 26 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, with the burial in New Crown Cemetery.
Rodney Lee Gudinas, 75, Greenwood, died Feb. 18, 2013. He was born March 22, 1937 in Hamtramck, MI to the late Baltrus and Bessie (Sterbis) Gudinas. He is survived by his wife, Jo Gudinas; and best friend, Sam Conigliaro. Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.
James Henry “Red” Hooper, Sr., 80, Indianapolis, died Feb. 22, 2013. He was born May 16, 1932 in Ashland, Tenn. to Francis and Naomi (Glasgow) Ewing. He is survived by his wife, Irene (Dickens) Hooper; four sons, Terry Wayne Hooper of Indianapolis, James Henry Hooper, Jr., of Avon, William Johnny Hooper of Greenwood, and Larry Eugene Hooper of Kokomo; two daughters, Brenda Gail Smith and Karen Lynn Sullivan, both of Indianapolis; two brothers, Millard Hooper of Harrison, Tenn. and Cordell Hooper of Pensacola, Fla.; 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. A funeral service was held Feb. 25 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.
Sharon Lanham, 67, Greenwood, died Feb. 24, 2013. She was born on April 28, 1945, to the late C. Freeman and Edith Marie (Lashbrook) Geer. She worked for 20 years at American States Insurance Company. After retirement, she worked as an insurance underwriter. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, James F. Lanham; and brothers, Carl Geer, and Gary Geer. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis. There will be no services.
Herschell F. “Unk” Miles 68, Indianapolis, died Feb. 24, 2013. He was born May 17, 1944 to the late Robert F. and Ethel M. (Thompson) Miles. He was a fork lift operator for AAA Warehouse and a member of Moose Lodge 17. Survivors include his daughters, Angela K. and Jenny R. Miles; sister, Lois L. (Larry) Ballinger; grandchildren, Bailey, Hershella, Jocelyn; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Feb. 28 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary. The funeral will be held March 1 at 1 p.m. at the Mortuary with the burial at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Geneva L. Spear, 84, Greenwood, died Feb. 25, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1928 in Rome, Tenn. to Johnnie and Velma Estep Hughes. She retired form Quaker Oats in 1989 after 27 years of service. She was a member of Trueword Baptist Church and the Concord Senior Citizens Center. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Gordon Spear, Jr. and Noi; Marvin L. Spear and Cindy, Dianna Hutton and Tracy; daughter-in-law, Donna Spear; son-in-law, Terry Nevala; brother, Randall Hughes; sister, Geraldine Haney; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren several nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Gordon Spear, Sr.; daughter, Debra Nevala; brother, Johnnie M. Hughes; and sister, Myrtle Hammond. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on March 1 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Ave., with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Garden.
William Eugene Stroot, 84, Indianapolis, died Feb. 23, 2013. He was born Nov. 21, 1928, in Terre Haute to the late Edward and Pearl Stroot. He is survived by his children, Steve (Dawn) Stroot and Susie (Darrell) Spears; brothers, John and Paul Stroot; sister, Mary; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Zeke Stroot. Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.
Donald Edward Switzer, 63, Indianapolis, died Feb. 17, 2013. He was born on Jan. 7, 1950 in Indianapolis to Clinton and Margaret Switzer. He is survived by his siblings Paula (Robert Jr.) Yokum, David (Linda) Switzer and Paul (Jan) Switzer; three nephews and one niece. There will be no services. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.
Linda A. Wilder, 60, Indianapolis, died Feb. 19, 2013. She was born July 10, 1952 to the late Carl and Mary Koontz Ebert. She is survived by her husband, Greg; her daughter, Danna (Matt) Whitney; and her grandson, Camden. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 23. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Catholic Church, 5353 McFarland Rd., Indianapolis IN 46227.
Doris L. York, age 72, Indianapolis, died Feb. 19, 2013. She was born March 23, 1940 in Windy City, Ky., to the late Robert and Delia Abbott Stevens. She lived most of her life in Indianapolis and was a former employee of J.C. Hershman Mattress Company for 25 years. She is survived by four children, Bonnie (Willard) Morrow of Carthage, Indiana and Lynda Mullen of Indianapolis, Darrell (Teresa) York of Southport and Danny York of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Stevens of Indianapolis and Harry Stevens of McCordsville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Luther York; and one sister, Norma Johnson. A graveside service was held Feb. 22 at New Crown Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Macer-Hall Funeral Home & Cremation Services in New Castle.