Elmo Markem Burks, 81, of Franklin, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born May 22, 1932 in Tennessee to the late Jess and Eva Burks. Elmo was employed by Kawneer and Stokely Van Camp before retiring. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, and trading knives. He is survived by his wife, Mary Burks; children, James Burks, Debra Hayes and Donna Speck; stepchildren, Alan Nalley and Steve Nalley; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Phillip Burks; and sister, Lorene Randolph. He was preceded in death by a son, George Burks; step son, Mike Nalley; and his siblings, Ray Burks, Houston Burks, Jesse Burks and Lovie Reed. A service will be conducted Aug. 29, 1 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel, 951 N. Main St., Franklin. Elmo will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Frank “Frankie” Kevin Coonfield, 59, of Indianapolis died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Beech Grove on July 22, 1954 to Glen M. and Eunice I. (Wallace) Coonfield who preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother, Edward L. (Barbara Davis) Kellett; sisters, Donna M. Hacker, Barbara J.(Darrell) Radford and Patti (Bart) Kreig. Visitation is Friday Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. until service at 7 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with Pastor Larry L. Dalton, officiating.
Rosita Cotter, 89, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. She was born in Rome, Italy on May 2, 1924 to Paolo and Ida Lentini. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Cotter on Sept. 23, 1998 and her sister, Silvana Ferri on July 3, 2012. Rosita is survived by her children, Robert L. (Jody) Cotter, Paul P. (Sue) Cotter, Daniel F. Cotter, Stephen J. Cotter, Kathleen Cotter, and Loretta Rachek (Paul); sisters, Mina Bushek, Adriana Suchy, Gianna Richardson; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Rosita enjoyed being a mother and raising her children. She was a wonderful grandmother and cherished spending time with her grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. in St. Jude Catholic Church. Visitation was Aug. 28 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Sharon Lee (Kemme) Domino, 66, of Indianapolis died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sharon married Michael Addison Domino prior to moving to Indianapolis. Michael preceded Sharon in death in 2009. Sharon was an Executive Administrative Secretary in the Indianapolis area for many years; she was artistic and loved crafting, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sharon is survived by son, Thomas A Domino (wife, Josetta); mother, Darlene “Polly” Parrott; sister, Judy “Jude” Bousquet; brother, Ralph Parrott; two grandchildren, Griffin & Hailey Domino; and nephew, Brett Jungbluth (wife Denise, and children, Liam & Emma). A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling-Gerber Chapel, 5950 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until service time. Donations may be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
*Photo: John Cameron Jackson, 62 of Indianapolis, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. He was born to the late Robert and Ruth Jackson. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. John is survived by his wife Christine Yvonne Jackson; children, Thomas Andrew (Anneka) Jackson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, James Jay (Noel) Jackson and Jay Cameron (Sara) Jackson. Grandchildren Katelin Jackson, Megan Jackson, Kodie Jackson, Cameron Jackson, Ava Jackson and Isaiah Jackson. Memorial services will be held Aug. 30 at Grinsteiner Neighborhood Funeral Home, 1601 E. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46201 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Burial will follow at New Crown Cemetery, 2101 Churchman Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203.
Jack Stuart Lewis, 82, of Greenwood, died Aug. 19, 2013. He was born Sept. 16, 1930 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Lenora Lewis. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (James) Lewis; his children, Karen (Bob) McAllister and Kevin Lewis; and his grandchildren, Hailey Bair, Tanner Bair, and Delaney Hyde. Services were held Aug. 23 at Washington Park East Cemetery and Aug. 22 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood.
Teresa Faye Oberting-McElroy, 49, Indianapolis, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. She was born Sept. 23, 1963 to Louis Gordon and Brenda Mae Frock Braswell. She was preceded in death by her brother, Todd Braswell and is survived by her daughters, Ashley Oberting-Robbins and Kristi Oberting; mother, Brenda Mae Westerfield; sister, Stephanie Westerfield; brother, Jim Braswell and grandmother, Ruth Frock. Teresa had a vibrant personality and was loved by everyone that she met. Services were held Aug. 24 at Daniel F. O’ Riley Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or pancan.org.
Nicholas Anthony Oberting, infant, was born on Aug. 15, 2013 and died on Aug. 17, 2013. He was the son of Michelle Oberting. He is also survived by his grandparents, Ken and B. Kyle Oberting; great-grandfather, Ken Oberting; aunt, Toni Oberting; uncle, Kenny (Nicole) Oberting and cousins, Payton, Teagan and Matthew. Services were held Aug. 24 at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 30 S. Meridian St., #200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
James “Jim” Alan Northcutt, 64, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 25, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 3, 1949 to Marvin James Northcutt and Mary “Bette” O’Neill Northcutt. He graduated from Chartrand High School in 1967 where he played basketball and baseball. He attended and played baseball at Marian College, and worked at Asphalt Materials for more than 40 years. Upon the birth of his first grandchild, he chose the nickname “Dodo” to which he was lovingly referred by family and friends. Throughout the years, he was active in Soap Box Derby with his daughters, supporting his sons in soccer, football, and wrestling and enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren. Jim was an avid country line dancer, enjoyed collecting antiques and in his last few years of life, dedicated his time to supporting fellow lung transplant patients. He is survived by his wife, Velma (Kaufmann); his two daughters, Kimberly Preciado (husband George), Kellie Estes (husband Michael); his sons, Brett Northcutt (wife Susan) and Benjamin Northcutt (wife Dania); step-sons, James Kaufmann (wife Heather), Kenneth Kaufmann and Brian Kaufmann (fiancée Megan Deakins); daughter-in-law, Adriane; 14 grandchildren; sisters, Maureen Madden (Joseph, deceased), Sheila Northcutt (partner Pam Vitale), Debbie Fabert (Eric), Donna Hinrichsen (Erik), Dora Trittipo (Paul); and brother Timothy Northcutt (Cheryl). Also surviving are the mothers of his children, Cathy Northcutt and Marcia Gordon Northcutt. Donations may be made in the name of James A. Northcutt to the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Roch Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. Friends may call on Aug. 29 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Wilma Jeanne Disney Pearcy, 80, of Indianapolis, died peacefully Aug. 21, 2013. She was born June 28, 1933 in North Salem, Ind. to the late Joe C. and Katherine Disney. She was preceded in death by herbrother Wayne “Diz”. She attended Arsenal Tech High School. However, her fondest school day memories are from the years she spent at
Florence Faye School 21. Jeanne worked at A&P Tea Company and retired from
Blue Cross Blue Shield. Jeanne also worked as a food server in various
restaurants. Jeanne is survived by her son Michael (Jackie) Pearcy; daughter Rhonda Smith (John Pyle); four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A Celebration of Life took place Aug. 26 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel,
7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. No graveside services will take place. Donations may be made to Shrine Hospital for Children, 510 N. New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Carl Eugene Pratt (Gene) was born on Nov. 18, 1931 in Indianapolis to the late Howard and Gertie Pratt. His grandfather Pratt moved the family to Boone County when Gene was five years of age. He is survived by his longtime companion Ines Lester, two daughters Lieta
LaRoche (Phil), Dawn Gibbs (Tony) and son Kim Michael. He is also survived by five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a sister Patty Wethington (Tom), Uncle Joe and Aunt Regina Hawkins, brother-in-law Bob Ping, sister-in-law Loretta Pratt, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He had a deep Christian faith. He knew the balance between having a good time and hard work. He enjoyed playing golf, square dancing, playing cards, travel, solving crossword puzzles, wood working, interacting with children and enjoyed the friendship of good friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bill, Raymond, Jim, Skip and sister Carole. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years, a member of the American Legion, Veteran of the United States Navy, and retired from Naval Avionics as a Forman for Quality Control. A Celebration of Life will be held at Community Church of Greenwood on Aug. 31 from 2 – 4 p.m. with service at 4 p.m.
Tracy Ann Radford, 51 of Indianapolis died Aug. 22, 2013. Tracy was born Sept. 5, 1961 in Beech Grove to the late James Radford and Betty(Huntsinger) Radford Jones. Tracy was also preceded in death by her step-father Gene Jones; sisters, Cindy Cambell and Debbie Trammel; and brother, Terry Radford. Tracy is survived by sisters, Sharon (Mike) Scott, Diana (Jack Buzzard) Radford, Donna (Scott Caraway) Radford; brother, Darrell (Barbara) Radford. There will be no visitation. Private Services will be held. Final arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.
Bobby E. Ross, 65, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. He was born on Feb. 14, 1948 to the late Silas Ross, Sr. and Pearlie (Watson) Ross in Danville, Ky. Bobby was proud to have served in Vietnam and was the past Commander of the V.F.W. Post 5626 in Beech Grove and a member of the V.F.W. Post 5127 in Whitley City, Ky. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Delores (Ghent) Ross; daughters, Tammy Farrar (Andy) and Tabitha McGuffin (Patrick); siblings, Janice Ross, Laura Partin (Earl) and Glenford Ross; and grandchildren, Shelby and Jacob Farrar and Chayse, Hunter and Katilyn McGuffin. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Silas Ross, Jr., Lois Collette and Thelma Ross. A memorial service was held on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Service, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
Billy “Blue” Joe Walker, 59, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 25, 2013. He was born Feb. 28, 1954 in Detroit, Mich. to Joseph H. and Helen L. (Morris) Walker who preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion of 27 years, Teresa June Stuart; son, Billy Joe Walker, Jr.; daughters, Raquel Walker, Reda and Brandy Stewart; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Visitation will take place Aug. 29, 6 – 8 p.m. at Fountain Square Mortuary with a cremation following.
Ruth O. Watson, 81, of Indianapolis, died on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. She was born on March 30, 1932 to the late William H. and Edith Mackey Scott in Indianapolis. Ruth was a proof-reader for Allison Coupon Co. prior to her retirement. She loved to work puzzles, read and watch the birds. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marion L. Watson; and her siblings, Robert J. Scott, Vivian Fifer and Edith L. Scott. She is survived by her children, Marsha K. Smith (David), Michael K. Watson, Carol J. Rhoades (Greg), William H. Watson (Tina) and Jeffrey L. Watson (Angela); and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 26 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial took place in Riverside Cemetery, Carthage, Ind.