Michael “Kilroy” E. Beatty, age 51, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. He was born on June 2, 1962 to the late William Cecil Beatty and Carla Jean (Ferran) Beatty in Indianapolis. He was a drywall finisher and life-long Southsider. He is survived by his loving children, Misty Marie Conrad, Michael Edward Conrad and Steven Dale Conrad; siblings, William “Bill” Beatty, Donna Hammon, Robert Beatty and Kevin Beatty; and grandchildren, Donnie Garrigus IV, Christian Brand, Mykenzie Brand, Uriah Conrad and Jace Conrad. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 1, 5 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of service.
Ruby Ann (Coyle) Cole Begley, 74, Indianapolis died Jan. 4, 2014. She was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 2,1939 to Logan & Edith (Cossins) Coyle, who was preceded her in death along with her husbands, Cluster Glenn Cole, and Hirmon Carl Begley; son, Randy Cole and her siblings. Ruby retired from the State of Indiana in Financial Management. Survivors include sons, Rick (Stacey), Robert(Christina), and Russell Cole; daughter, Roseanne Massingille; six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Visitation was Jan. 8 at Fountain Square Mortuary. Burial immediately followed at Round Hill Cemetery.
Betty V. Burdine, 89, of Indianapolis, died on Jan. 24, 2014. She was born on March 5, 1924, daughter of the late Elmer and Mary Jacobs. Betty was a member of Westside Nazarene Church, and later attended Bethany Wesleyan. She was a Pacers fan, enjoyed embroidery, and some needle point and western movies. Betty is survived by her daughters, Donna (Tom) Alford, and Rebecca (Jeff) Mendenhall; four grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Visitation was Jan. 29 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. A funeral service will be Jan. 30, 11:30 am at the funeral home. Betty will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley.
Nancy Joanne Burgett, 80, of Greenwood, died Jan. 23, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1933 in Greenwood to the late Hubert Dale and Gladys (Lawrence) Burgett. Joanne was a graduate of the Indiana School for the Blind and Indianapolis Business School. She was a lifelong member of Rocklane Christian Church. Joanne was a medical stenographer for St. Vincent Hospital for 40 years retiring in 1996. She enjoyed traveling the world having visited over 30 countries, meeting life-long friends. Her favorite place was Hawaii. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Donna Marden, Jack (Heidi) Burgett, Veronica (Jim) Rosenau, Dale (Thelma) Burgett, Scott (Sally) Plummer, and Christy (Vance) Gibson; great-nieces and nephews, Valerie (Gary) Smith, Vanna (Brett) O’Neil, Leonore, D.J. & Casey Burgett, Bret and Gabby Burgett, Larry Weaver, Kris, Kyle, and Kassie Weaver, Ryan Rosenau, Kyle and Ryleigh Plummer; and great-great-nieces, Madison and Reaghan Smith and Peyton Burgett. She was preceded in death by her brother, H. Dale Burgett and her sister, Delores (James) Plummer. A service was Jan. 28 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St. Joanne will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, 8402 Harcourt Rd., Ste 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260.
Madeline V. Colebert, 85, of Greenwood, died on Jan. 23, 2014. She was born on July 7, 1928 in Petare, Italy to the late Giovanni and Olga Angelini Valeri. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and crafts. Survivors include, two sons, John (Debbie) Colebert, Harold Colebert, two grandchildren, Stephanie (Bryan) Foster, Cliff Colebert. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Colebert and three brothers. Visitation was Jan. 26 G. H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Rd. 135. A Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 27 at at Saints Frances and Clare Catholic Church, 5901 Olive Branch Rd., Greenwood. Burial will be at The Gardens at Olive Branch and Mausoleum Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Donor’s Favorite Charity.
*photo: Katherine (Katie) Irene Johnson Brown Gorman, of Franklin, died on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. She was born on Oct. 29, 1923 in Indianapolis to Benjamin and Lena Johnson. She worked for Eli Lilly and PR Mallory before retiring from Fletcher Avenue Savings and Loan in 1983. She was a member of Franklin Memorial Christian Church, Franklin, and First Christian Church, North Vernon, Ind., but often attended Mt. Pleasant Christian Church in Greenwood with her family. Katherine was preceded in death by her parents, her two sisters, four brothers, her infant son Paul Brown, and Son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cathy Brown. She is survived by daughters Joyce (Jim) Bandy, Paula (Larry) Fagersten, Mary Kaye (Jerry) Wells, Ruby Jo Walker, Kathleen Lockhart, Jane(Mark) Sutt; sons John(Becky) Gorman and Joseph (Lin) Gorman; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; nieces Dianne and Ginger; nephews Greg and Danny; and great-nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is Feb. 1, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Camp Atterbury Conference Center, 6000 S. Rd. 500 E., (Old Hospital Rd.) Edinburgh. Donations can be made to her son John’s ministry, True Freedom Ministries, P.O. Box 39632, Indianapolis, IN 46239.
Betty M. Jordan, 90, of Indianapolis, died on Jan. 26, 2014. She was born on Aug. 29, 1923, daughter of the late Louis and Clara Shipman. As an avid bowler, Betty is honored in the Indianapolis Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the State of Indiana Hall of Fame. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, William K. Jordan; and brother, Charles Shipman. She is survived by her daughter, Leslee (David) Newhouse; two grandsons, Rod (Alissa) Newhouse and Chad (Zoe) Newhouse; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Louis (Doris) Shipman; sister, Janice (Joseph) Craven; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service is Jan. 30, 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis.
Sharon Mae Morgan, 70, Indianapolis, died on Jan. 21, 2014. Sharon was born Oct. 2, 1943, to Grace and Harry Hamilton, in Freeland Park, Ind. She enjoyed her horses, trail riding in Brown County State Park, traveling, planting and growing her flowers, her dogs, and spending time with her family, most notably her children and grandchildren. Sharon attended LifePoint Church. Before marrying and raising a family, Sharon worked at State Farm Insurance and Alcoa in Lafayette, Ind. She later took time off to raise her three children. She spent many years working at Golden Royal where she could be around the horse and tack industry before starting her custom drapery business, Sister Stitch, with her sister. Later Sharon spent eight years working at St. Francis Hospital. Sharon is survived by her children, Carla (Phil) Oehrle, Karl (Jill) Sanders, and Michael (Dana) Sanders; siblings Marie (Dwain) Hamilton and Sam Hamilton; and grandchildren Drew Oehrle, Aleksey Oehrle, Haley Sanders and Hayden Sanders. Sharon was preceded in death by her husbands Karlis Sanders and Junious Morgan. Visitation was Jan. 25 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel.
William J. (“Bill”, “Chief”) Patterson, born Sept. 1, 1933, died on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Bill married Mary “Dolly” (Rosebrock) Patterson on Oct. 20, 1951. She survives. He joined the Indianapolis Fire Department Dec. 1, 1955. He held every rank in the department, being appointed Chief of the Department on Dec. 29, 1975 by Mayor Richard Lugar. He retired as Chief from the IFD in 1979. He was Director of Training, Safety and Public Relations at Reilly Tar & Chemical from 1979 to 1981. He was appointed Indiana State Director of Civil Defense & Emergency Management by Governor Robert Orr in 1981. He then became Deputy State Fire Marshall in 1989 and retired in 1996. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Martha Layne Collins in 1985. He was appointed a Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Orr in 1988. Volunteer services included Chairman of the Perry Township Republican Party, State Treasurer of the Indiana Fireman’s Association, President of the Indiana Fire Chief’s Association, President of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, served on the White River Township Fire District Board of Directors for eight years, Treasurer to CentralNineCareerCenter, coached CYO basketball and taught industrial safety classes at IUPUI. He was an active member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin, Ind. for 31 years. Other survivors include children, Agnes (Tom) Hawley, Bill (Karen) Patterson, John (Kaye) Patterson, Mike (Debbie) Patterson, Patty (Mike) Kaschak, Dan Patterson, Mary Jo (Dave) McGowan, Tim (Sher) Patterson, Chris (Kelli) Patterson, Susie (Joe) Shanks; daughter-in-law, Jill Patterson; 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Matt & Bob Patterson; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. Visitation was Jan. 26 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home, 6107 S. East St., Indianapolis. Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 27 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 114 Lancelot Dr., Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made to United Cerebral Palsy Assoc of Central Indiana, IU Simon Cancer Center or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
Logan A. Atkins-Trefry, 16 died Jan. 20, 2014. He was a resident of Greenwood. He was born May 7, 1997 in Indianapolis. He is survived by his parents, Lesley (Struckman) Trefry and Timothy Trefry; sisters, Kylie Trefry and Alexis Trefry; grandparents, Carole and Butch Jerrell; Uncles, Brian (Biranda) Struckman and Jason (Sandy) Struckman; five cousins; and numerous friends. A service was Jan. 27 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Logan will be laid to rest at West Newton Cemetery.
Becky Lou (McCullough) Willliams, 62, of Largo, Fla. formerly of Indianapolis, died on Jan. 16, 2014. Becky was born April 22, 1951 in Beech Grove. Becky was very involved in her community and worked for Marion County for more than 25 years, serving 12 of those years as the Franklin Township Assessor. Becky is survived by her son, Michael Williams and his wife Khristina; Her beloved granddaughters, Casey and Cyanea Williams; ex-husband Richard Williams; brothers, John (Bridget), Jeff (Jeanne), and Joe (Tawnya) McCullough; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Betty McCullough. A memorial service will be Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Calling hours begin at 1 p.m. at Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Ave., Beech Grove. Memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Cancer Society or to a college fund for Becky’s granddaughters. Make checks payable to Becky Williams c/o John McCullough 7305 E. Edgewood Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46239 for the college fund.