Elzie Eugene Austin was born July 9, 1935 in Dunville, Ky. He was the son of Stanley Austin and Verna Lawless. Mr. Austin grew up in Fountain Square and attended and played football at Tech high school and graduated from Manual high school in 1953. He married Charlene Muse and had three sons Bart, Burt and Gene Austin. Mr. Austin received his degree in education from Indiana Central College was a biology teacher and coach. He went on to receive a master’s degree in administration and was the Vice Principal of Harry E. Wood high school and principal of Manual high school from 1978-1993. Mr. Austin was honored in 1980 by President Bush and the Dept. of Education for leadership in education and a drug a drug free school program. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching his three boys play football for Franklin Central High School and continued to follow them through their collegiate and coaching careers. Elzie served his community as a member of the Franklin Township School board and was instrumental in developing their tradition of excellence. He spent his last several years at Rosegate assisted-living and most recently Clairbridge of Carmel. Mr. Austin was preceded in death by his wife Charlene (Muse) Austin and is survived by his three sons, Bart (Stephanie) Austin, Burt (Barb) Austin, Gene Austin; and grandchildren Ashley, Aaron, Brooke, Jaida, Nicole and Blake. Visitation will be held Sept. 26, 4-8 p.m. at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. Funeral Services will be Sept. 27, 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home in Burial Acton Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Elzie “Gene” Austin’s name to the Flashes Football Foundation, Franklin Township Education Foundation or the Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana.
*Photo: Etsuko Bennett, 82, of Indianapolis died on Sept. 18, 2013. She was born on Sept. 15 in Sasebo, Japan. She is preceded in death by her husband Alan D. Bennett, daughter Barbara Bennett, and five brothers. Survivors include her daughter Brenda Mills, her sister Taeko Yamada Yamaguchi, and granddaughter Kelley Webb (Alex). Services too place at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimers Association, 50 E. 91rst St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209.
Lee G. Bishop, 73, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 22, 2013. He was born on March 9, 1940, in Salem, W.V. to the late Frank and Ora Bishop. Lee was a retired mechanic having worked for GMG Motors and City Motor Mart for several years. Lee is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Chris Bishop, and Garry Toney; daughters, Linda Toney, and Nikki Toney; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five brothers; four sisters; several cats and a dog. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Visitation was held Sept. 25 at G.H. Herrmann East Street Funeral Home, 1505 S. East St., Indianapolis. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at the funeral home. Lee will be laid to rest in New Crown Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Samuel E. Blair, 63, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 16, 2013. He was born June 2, 1950 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late Earl Lee & Martha Maxine (Lamb) Blair. Samuel retired from Navistar, where he worked as a pattern maker. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Kincaid) Blair; daughters, Rox-Anne Leveritt, Nicole Knight & Crystal Blancett; brother, Stephen Blair; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rachael Blair. Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel.
Gene E. Dietz, 82, Indianapolis, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Gene was born in Indianapolis on Jan. 18, 1931 to Harold V. and Mary Adeline Sweeney Dietz. Gene was a 1949 graduate of Southport High School and a 1953 graduate of Indiana Central College (University of Indianapolis) and served in the US Army from 1953-55. He was employed by Kennedy Tank & Manufacturing for 47 years before retiring in 2000 as secretary of the corporation and vice-president of finance. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Harold “Jack” Dietz. Gene is survived by his wife, Kathleen Beck Dietz; daughter, Diane Dietz-Ebbert; and his grandchildren, Kelsey and Jeff Ebbert. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 10 a.m in St. Roch Catholic Church. Visitation was Sept. 25 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home.
Mary E. Dunlop, 76, Indianapolis, died on Sept. 8, 2013. She was born on Aug. 5, 1937 to the late Charles Z. Monroe and Violet Doyel Monroe in Indianapolis. She was a long-time resident of the Villas of Sacred Heart and was known for her kindness in always offering a visitor or friend a Pepsi. She is survived by her sister, Phyllis Reeves of Mooresville. No services will be held and cremation will take place. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services.
Heaven-Lee Christine Faye & Serenity Reneé Hammons, died Sept. 19, 2013. They are survived by their parents, Ashley Daudy and John Hammons; siblings, John Hammons II, Bianca Hammons & Natalie Hammons; grandparents, Michael Fisher, Tamarra Jines, Paula Reddy, Billy Cook, Hattie-ella May Goad, Karen Cook & Lucille Daudy; and several aunts and uncles. Services will be at Sept.27, 12p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Chapel of the Chimes, with visitation from 11 a.m. until time of services. Burial will be at New Crown Cemetery.
James Bill Henson, 64 of Indianapolis died Sept. 19, 2013. He was born March 5, 1949 in Manchester, Ky. to the late Floyd C. Henson and Margaret (Root) Henson. He was self- employed as a truck driver for J and P Trucking retiring in 2003. James is survived by his daughter, Emily Ann Phillips; sisters, Eva Mae Henson and Ida Mae Schmidt- Henson. Funeral Services will be held Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Larry Dalton officiating services. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until time of service. Cremation to follow.
Alois Joseph “Al” Konermann, 78, Indianapolis, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. He was born in Brumsel, Germany on May 12, 1935 to Heinrich and Maria Ravermann Konermann. Alois was a cabinet maker by trade and worked for J.L. Fox Inc. before retiring in 2000. He served in the US Army from 1959-1962. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 3660, Heimats & Preussin, Indianapolis Sanger Chor, and a past member of Indianapolis Liederkrantz. Alois was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Alfred, Frances and Joseph; brothers, Heinrich, France, August, Gary, and Hubert; sister, Thersia Borgel and is survived by his wife, Hermine Binder Konermann; daughter, Erika Huffman (Butch); grandson, Derek Walker; granddaughters, Mary Jenkins (Shawn), Brandy Huffman; great granddaughters, Jaylee, Emma, and Amiyah; many nieces, nephews and cousins in the US and Germany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Sept. 26, 11 a.m. in St. Mark Catholic Church. Visitation was Sept. 25 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association.
Ruth Ellen Wells Miller, 82, Indianapolis, died on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. She was born on Aug. 24, 1931 to the late Ted and Serena Hemmer Wells in Beech Grove. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Richard A. Miller; children, Richard M. Miller (Judy), Mark J. Miller (Lora), Matt J. Miller (Dora), Jean Marie Miller (Gary), Camilla Mauzy (Gary), Edith Marie Miller and Laura Simmons (Lee); brothers, Art and Danny Wells; sisters, Serena McKay, Lois Copeland, Mary B. Giumetti and Rosy Hayes; and many grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Rebbeca Ann Yager and Frances Marie Miller; and brother, Ted Wells. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 25 in St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul.
Christian Friedrich “Fritz” Moeller, 80, died on Sept. 20, 2013. He was born on March 28, 1933 in Indianapolis. He graduated from Southport High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Butler University. He pursued graduate studies at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. He is a veteran of the Korean War and while stationed in Korea he personally funded the construction of an orphanage to serve the needs of blind Korean children. Fritz owned Moeller Food Services in Southport for over 50 years, previously called Moeller’s Grocery. He was an avid aviator, having flown from age 16. Fritz is survived by wife Helen Hardegen Moeller; children, Carol Moeller (James) Blume, Elizabeth Moeller (Kevin) O’Reilly; grandchildren, Esther Letha Moeller, Andrew Moeller, Bridget O’Reilly, Meghan O’Reilly, Brendan O’Reilly, Erin O’Reilly and Grace Blume; brothers Carol Summers, Esther (Dr. Larry) Stanton, Ruth (Dr. William) Whitehouse; and many nieces, nephews and countless friends. Fritz was preceded in death by his parents Christian Friedrich and Letha Chupp Moeller, and his sister Elinor Moeller Ryker. Visitation will be held at Singleton Funeral Home, 7602 Madison Ave. on Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral service was held Sept. 23 at Southwood Assembly, 8700 S. Meridian St. Memorial donations may be made to the church of your choice to further Fritz’ passion of continuing Christ’s ministry.
Sharyn L. Neibert, 75, died on Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. She was born in Indianapolis to the late Thelma Moody. Sharyn was an inspector for Eli Lilly. She had a passion for arts and crafts, cooking and enjoyed camping. Sharyn is survived by her sons Richard A. (Debbie) Neibert and Randall S. (Diana Anderson); daughters Cynthia Payne and Kimberly (George) Brown; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister Lynda Buchanan; and her faithful Corgi, Annabelle. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard E. Neibert. Visitation was held Sept. 19at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. Funeral Services were held Sept. 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church 6630 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis. Burial is in Acton Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to ALS Association Indiana Chapter 6525 E. 82nd St. Suite 115, Indpls., IN 46250
Raymond “Ray” Patrick Parksey, 54 of Indianapolis died Sept. 16, 2013. Ray was born in Kansas City, Miss. on March 11, 1959 to the late John A. Parksey Sr. and Rosemary (Goodman) Parksey. Ray was a truck driver for Heartland Ready-Mix for five years and previously drove for Builders Concrete. Ray is survived by his daughters, Christina “Dinnie” Bussell, Donna Parksey, Michelle Parksey, Shannon Simpson Skillern; six grandsons; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; brothers, Albert (Jeannie) Parksey and Tony Parksey; sisters, Flora Parksey, Roxanne Parksey, Priscilla (Jimmy) McGill, Teresa Parksey and Alberta Parksey; brother-in law, James Lee Winfrey. In addition to his parents Ray was preceded in death by his son Jason Simpson; brother John “Butch” Parksey; sisters, Ruth Ann Winfrey and Charlotte Parksey. Funeral Services were held in Fountain Square Mortuary September 19. Cremation followed service.
Infant Dwayne Robert Scott-Pennyman of Indianapolis died Sept. 14, 2013 at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children. He was born Sept. 12, 2013 at Community Hospital East to his adoring parents Jessie Robert Scott and Latonya Patrice Pennyman. Private Services were held at Fountain Square Mortuary. Cremation followed Services.
Marjorie “Pam” Ann Pierce 42, of Indianapolis died Sept. 6, 2013. She was born Oct.24,1970 in Indianapolis to the late James and Jane Gause. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her companion Ronnie L. Whitehead. No services will be held. Private cremation will be held. Final arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.
Eva June Brown Rabourn, 83, died Sept. 16, 2013. She was born in Brownsburg to the late Arthur and Christine Brown. Eva was married to Samuel Dwight Rabourn who preceded her in death. She is survived by daughter Cheryl Rabourn Cook Burger; son Samuel Rabourn; granddaughters Angela Lynn Cook and Jennifer Ann Cook; sister Elizabeth Amidon; brother Johnny Brown and special friend Robert Shinkle. Visitation was held Set. 20at Little & Sons Funeral Home Stop 11 Chapel. Funeral Services were held Sept 21 in the funeral home. Burial is in Acton Cemetery.
Fredrick J. Schoettle, 74, Greenwood, died Friday Sept. 20, 2013. He was born in Indianapolis on July 6, 1939 to Harold F. and Florence Jeanette Sims Schoettle. Fred was a 1957 graduate of Cathedral High School and was the vice-president of United Home Life Insurance from 1981-1997. He worked for the Dant Insurance Agency for the past 10 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3660, Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, and served as a member of the board of directors for Catholic Social Services. Fred volunteered his time as a coach for many of the St. Mark School sports teams. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Thomas Schoettle. He is survived by his wife, Sonja “Fay” (O’Brien) Schoettle; children, William “Butch” Schoettle (Carol), Chris Schoettle (Jody), Lora McKeand (Jim), Karen Parson (Jon), John Schoettle (Mary Ann); sisters, Mary Beth Bowling (Don), Perley “Penny” Bowling (Dick), Helen Gilkey, Susie Thornburg (Eddie), Theresa Hull; brothers, Paul, Mike (Jean), Jim (Pam), Ned (Anne), Mark (Theresa), Jeff (Liz), David (Jane); 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 24 in Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church and Sept. 23 at Daniel F. O’Riley Funeral Home. Entombment is in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Harold and Jeanette Schoettle Foundation.
Jeffrey Allen Schmidt, age 39, of Indianapolis, died on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. He was born on Jan. 23, 1974 to the late Joseph Wayne Schmidt, Sr. and Betty “Janie” Honeycutt Schmidt in Indianapolis. Jeff was a 1993 graduate of Emmerich Manual High School and worked for the carnival. He loved camping, fishing and being around family and friends. He is survived by his loving mother, Janie Johnson (step-father, Jerry); siblings, Wanda Sterrett (Tom), Joe Schmidt (Holly) and Waylon Schmidt; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jeff’s life was held on Sept. 20 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.