Patricia A. (Crews) Burton died Sept. 22, 2013. She was born in Bartlesville, Okla. July 12, 1924. She was preceded in death by her husband, William N. Burton. She is survived by her sister, Betsy Dalton; four children, Daniel and Diane (Dee) Jackson and Larry and Dick Burton; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was a graduate of Shortridge High School and Indiana University. She was an AOπ at IU and kept contact with her sisters. She was a life-long United Methodist and involved herself in many charitable works including the PEO. Her creativity had an important role in making the Timothy Church Mouse Show successful in ministering to children when television was still black & White. She always found joy in her work, playfulness with others and intellectual stimulation in debating those she respected. She often said, “I like looking at the world through my rose colored glasses.” Celebration of Life services were conducted at the Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel.
Ralph Gerald Comstock, CEC, AAC, 77, died Sept. 27, 2013. He was born June 3, 1936 in St. Louis, Miss. to Roger and Lela (Hollingsworth) Comstock. Known as Chef Ralph to many, he was a retired executive chef from Aramark Food Services, receiving his cooking and baking training overseas through the United States Army. During his years at Aramark, he was executive chef at RCA Corporation, Farm Bureau Insurance. He was an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech’s Hospitality Administration since 1978. Chef Ralph was a certified executive chef by the ACF, where he is the treasurer of Indianapolis ACF Chapter. He is a member of Southview Wesleyan Church and Gideon’s International. Chef Ralph was involved in community organizations including Second Helpings, Camp Healing Tree, Dining A La Heart and Chef and Child. He received several honors some being named Indiana Chef of the Year in 1982, being inducted into the American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame, ACF President’s Medallion, Sharing Culinary Traditions Award, The Edmond Gass award for outstanding service in the culinary arts field, ACF Life Time Achievement Award. Ralph is preceded in death by his wife Helen Comstock and sister Dorothy Bryan. He is survived by his children Debbie (George Spears) Comstock, Kathie Miner, Martita (Terry) Wampler, Jack (Gerri) Comstock, grandchildren David (Melissa), Christopher, Kendra (Brian), Danielle, Michael and Zachary and great-grandchildren Ava, Colin and Bryden. A Celebration of Life will be Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. at Southview Wesleyan Church, 4700 Shelbyville Rd. Visitation will be Oct. 3 from 2 – 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be offered to Gideon’s International. Services entrusted to Little and Sons Beech Grove Funeral Home.
John K. Engel, 66, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 29, 2013. He was born Sept. 27, 1947 in Indianapolis to the late Henry K. and Ursula (Ragan) Engel. He is survived by his children, Stephanie Engel, Kathleen Harrison, Jessi Engel, Julie Engel and Laura Engel; step sons, Eric McKinney and Doug McMahan; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; brother, Richard K. Engel, and his former wife, Jackie Engel. John was a C.P.A. partner for Henry K. Engel & Co. He was a member of several C.P.A. organizations and the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis. A service will be conducted Oct. 4, 10 a.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Southport Chapel, 7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the funeral home. John will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Rd. Suite 140, Indianapolis, IN 46250.
Bob Hamilton, age 85, of Indianapolis, died on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. He was born on Aug.28, 1928 in Pine Bluff, Ark. to the late Merwin Sylvester Hamilton and Lucille Johnson Hamilton. Bob was editor and publisher of Indiana Always. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Thad D. and Nancy Q. Hamilton; nieces and nephews, Laura Brothers (Mark), Thad Dwight Hamilton (Micaela), Mark Joshua Hamilton (Angie), Matthew Jason Hamilton (Paula) and Rachel Eickman (Scott); and many great-nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. 4 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Arrangements and care are entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.
Ruth E. Jones, 83, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 30, 2013. She was born May 8, 1930 in Flippin, Ky. to the late Mosie and Plumie (Goodall) Agers. She married Robert “Bob” R. Jones on April 2, 1955 and he survives. She is also survived by her sons, Dale E. (Nancy) Jones and Dennis E. Jones; grandchildren, Kodi M. Jones and Jacob A. Jones; sister, Alice Williams; and a special friend, Deborah Boyken. She was preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Howard; brothers, Willie, Edison, Berlin, Rousseau, Edward and Lester Agers. Ruth retired from Perry Township School System with over 20 years of service. A service will be conducted on Oct. 3, 3 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Friends may call from 1 – 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Ruth will be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
Joseph “Kip” Overhage died on Sept. 27, 2013 at the age of 88. Kip was born in Dyer, Ind. on Oct. 13, 1924. He graduated from Dyer High School in 1942 and immediately began service in the Army where he attained the rank of corporal. After serving his country for three years, he worked for Western Union Telegraph Co. for 40 years followed by various other roles in the telecommunications industry. He enjoyed wood working and was known around the neighborhood as the guy who could fix anything. He and his wife Mary Lou were parishioners at St. Barnabas Catholic Church where Kip ushered for many years. Kip is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou. They were married in Humoldt, Tenn. on Jan. 5, 1957. His brother Norbert preceded him in death but he is survived by his two sisters, “Sis” (Marie Francis) Koepel and Evy Koepel. He is survived by three sons, Marc (Mary Brunner), Eric (Michelle Burgess), and Craig (Kim Martin); six granddaughters and one grandson and two great-grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation was held at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Indianapolis, on Oct. 2. A memorial was held at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Indy Honor Flight, 9093 S State Road 39, Mooresville, IN46158 or the charity of your choice.
Eulos O. Powell, 89, of Indianapolis died Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. Eulos was born in Ash Flat, Ariz. on Jan. 27, 1924 to Jesse and Agnes Harrison Powell. He had served in the United States Navy and stayed in the reserves for 20 years. In his retirement Eulos managed the Tidy Car Wash and worked at Mitsubishi Survivors include his son, Thomas Powell; brother, Tab Powell (Teresa); sister-in-law, Phyllis Powell several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death is his wife, Clara Powell; brother, Verne Powell. A Memorial Visitation will be on Oct. 10 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the Clara Margaret Powell Undergraduate Research Fund mail contributions to IUPUI at 425 University Blvd. Cavanaugh Hall 504J Indianapolis, IN 46202.