Joseph W. Alvey Sr., 77 of Indianapolis, died July 19, 2013. He was born on Nov. 24, 1935 in St. Francis, Ky. son of Thomas B. and Ruby Margaret (Dant) Alvey. He retired from Renners Express (Teamsters 135). He is proceeded in death by his father, son Leslie and brother, Garland. He is survived by his wife, Patsy (Patrick) Alvey; mother, Margaret Alvey; sons, Joseph Jr., Donald and James Alvey; daughters, Cindy Leonard and Annette Prather; sisters, Joyce, Ina, Peggy, Marilyn and Debbie; brothers, John, Randy, Terry and Tony Alvey; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held July 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes. Arrangements are entrusted to Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Shangrila Chapel.
James O. Berger, 85, Indianapolis, died Wednesday July 24, 2013. He was born in Jasper, Ind. on Oct. 1, 1927 to Sylvester and Wilhemina Seger Berger. James was a 1945 graduate of Jasper High School and earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana State Teachers College (Indiana State University). While at Indiana State, he was a member of the basketball team that won the NAIB Championship in 1950. John Wooden was his first coach at Indiana State. He was drafted by the Fort Wayne Zollners (which later became the Detroit Pistons) in 1951. He later was inducted into the ISU Basketball Hall of Fame. He served in the US Army immediately after high school for one year and again during the Korean War. James began his career of teaching in Teutopolis, Ill. He taught at Bishop Schulte High School in Terre Haute and spent most of his career from 1968-1989 in the Indianapolis Public School system at Northwest High School. He also coached football, basketball and baseball. James was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660 and the Indiana State Teacher’s Association. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary H. Berger on April 5, 2012 and is survived by his children, Mike Berger (JoEllen), Linda King (Jim), Beth Dodds (David), Barb Irwin (Jim), Nina Eads (Jim), Marty Berger, and Joe Berger (Elaine); sisters, Margaret Ann Holler and Mary Elizabeth Keller; brother, William Berger; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 29in St. Mark Catholic Church and Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Lucille Bohlke, 90, of Indianapolis, died on July 23, 2013. She was born on March 7, 1923, daughter of the late Ernest and Harriett L. Buenting. Lucille was a graduate of Hanover College, and was a member of Wallace Street Evangelical Church, President’s Club of Nat’l Bank of Greenwood, Phi Mu Sorority, and the Southport Chapter #442 Order of the Eastern Star. She retired after over 40 years at National Bank of Greenwood. Survivors include her grandchildren, Lucinda Bragg and Stephanie (Alec) Clark; three great-grandchildren, Michelle Hodgin, Joel Bragg, and Alexis Bragg; sister, Rosemary (Harold) Timmer; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Bohlke; daughter, Sharon Woolley; and brother, Ernest Buenting. Services were held July 25 and 26 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home. Lucille will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA, aspca.org or 1-800-628-0028.
Michael Eugene Brown, 62, died on Monday, July 1, 2013. Formerly from Beech Grove, Michael was the owner of the Ben Franklin Store & Debbie’s Cards, Flowers & Gifts as well as an active member of the Lions Club organization. He is survived by his wife Nancy Brown, daughters Michelle Cook & Stephanie Hillman, step-daughters Lori Vandiver & Kathy Hilgart, and 12 grandkids. Also surviving are brothers Gary Brown and Keith Brown, and sister Tina Horton. He is preceded in death by his parents Donald Eugene and Ethel (Tiny) Brown. Michael loved spending time with his grandkids when he could. He also enjoyed square dancing, camping, and the Great Smokey Mountains. Per his request, no services will be held. His wishes are to be cremated and at a later date have a final resting spot in the Smokey Mountains.
Glen Thomas Durham, 81, Indianapolis, died July 26, 2013. He was born March 31, 1932 to the late Thomas and Elcena (Bunge) Durham in Elgin, Ill. and was raised in Linton, Ind. He was a graduate of Linton High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in the Korean War. He retired from Ford Motor Company after 48 years, and was a volunteer firefighter in Franklin Township for several years. He was an avid racing fan who enjoyed attending the events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With all of his activities in life, nothing compared to the love of his family and especially his love for his two grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mabel (Clark) Durham; children, Gary (Valerie) Durham and Larry Durham; granddaughters, Rachel and Claudia Durham; and brother, Gerald (Miriam) Durham of Greencastle, Indiana. Services were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis. Burial was at Orchard Hill Cemetery in Wanamaker.
Bradford C. Fowler, Sr., 47, of Indianapolis, died on July 27, 2013. He was born on June 12, 1966 in Indianapolis to Archie C. Fowler and Lottie Mae Coppess. Survivors include, wife, Polly A. (Estep) Fowler; son, Bradford Fowler, Jr.; brothers, Brent Fowler, Archie Fowler, Danny Fowler and Keith Fowler; and sisters, Judy C. Fowler, Kathy Fowler and Marian Hoffman. He was preceded in death by both parents; and sisters, Debbie VanDyke and Molly Cloud. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 2 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at New Crown Cemetery.
Roy Dean Hunter, age 73, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, July 15, 2013. He was born in Huntington, W.V. to the late Charles Hunter, Sr. and Othella Nickels Hunter. Survivors include his children, Thomas Allen, Elizabeth Smith (Curtis), Dawn Faye Hunter, Shawn Johnson (Jody) and Tammy Thixton (Jamie); Sisters, Alma Hensley (William) and Shelia K. Gilbert (lee); brother, Donald Hunter (Sherry); step-brother, Robert Goins; step-sisters, Mary Roque and Kathy Goins; and nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 20 in Trinity Southern Baptist Church. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home.
Margaret Elizabeth Lowes Kappel, 88, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Lebanon to the late Curtis M. and Dorthy B. (Tinder) Nevins. Margaret worked at JC Penny’s, Walker’s Department Store and at Farm Bureau Insurance. In earlier years she was active in Franklin Township 4-H and the Four Corner’s Homemakers’ Club. She is survived by her children, Joe (Debby) Lowes; daughters, Janet (Lonny) Harts, Judy Craig and Jackie (Mike) Miller; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1p.m. Aug. 1 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel. Burial will be at Orchard Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Franciscan Alliance Foundation St. Francis Health, 5255 E. Stop 11 Rd., Suite 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237.
Francis Paul “Mac” Maguire died on July 23, 2013. He was born on Aug. 29, 1922 to John and Anne Maguire in Providence, R.I. He served honorably in World War II as part of the greatest generation, landing on Omaha Beach in 1944 with his fellow soldiers in the US Army’s 83rd Infantry Division. Following the war, he moved to Indianapolis and married Margaret O’Brien. They were married for 46 years until her death in 1993. Francis then married Nuala O’Connor and they celebrated their 18th anniversary on May 13, 2013. He had a 40-year career in the electrical contracting field, carrying his union card for IBEW 481. He also worked as an estimator and eventually retired as vice president of Sanborn Electric Company. He was a member of Saint Mark’s Catholic Church. He touched many lives through his generous spirit and active involvement, including hosting prayer groups, singing in the choir, Nocturnal Adoration, Christ Renews His Parish, and Saint Vincent DePaul. Mac could do it all: chef, golfer, mechanic, crossword puzzle expert, voracious reader and engineer. He is survived by his wife, Nuala; his children, Joseph (Rita) Maguire, James Maguire, and Elaine (Randy) Powers; stepchildren, Emer (Mike) O’Connor-Keller, Cormac (Jen) O’Connor, Cathal (Susie) O’Connor, Donal (Michelle) O’Connor; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Saint Mark Catholic Church, 535 E. Edgewood Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227, on Thursday, July 25 from 3-8 p.m. and Friday, July 26 from 9:30-11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mark Church on Friday, July 26 at 11 a.m. Contributions can be made to Saint Mark Catholic Church or The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.