Bob “Ratman” Amick, 72, died Jan. 15, 2013. He was a Machine Operator for Ford Motor Co. for over 31 years; a P.M. of Beech Grove Masonic Lodge # 694; a member of Beech Grove Eagle # 4167, Beech Grove Moose # 2138 and Beech Grove American Legion # 276. He is survived by his girlfriend, Kelly Wise; father, Hugh Bothwell, Sr.; daughter, Bobbi (Greg) Holland; son, John (Ronda) Amick; grandchildren, Jeffrey and Jennie Wright, Samantha , Brandon and Nick Amick and Bonnie Holland; great-granddaughter, Carley Jo Wright; brothers, Charles (Sharon) Amick, Hugh (Sue) Bothwell, Jr., and Thomas (Brenda) Bothwell; and sisters, Joyce Grider and Deb (Guy) Tripp. He was preceded in death by his mother Virginia Bothwell. Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in New Crown Cemetery. lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Indiana Masonic Home.
Opal Josephine “Jo” Brown, 89, Indianapolis, died Jan. 15, 2013. She was born Sept. 27, 1923 in Bowling Green, Ky. to the late Frank and Eliza Flowers. She was a member of First Christian Church of Beech Grove and she worked as an Avon representative for 20 years. She is survived by her children, Billy (Jackie) Brown, Steven (Beth) Brown, and Angela Masengale; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Brown; daughter, Joyce Ragle; son, Bobby Brown; two sisters; two brothers; and one grandchild. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Washington Park East Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church of Beech Grove.
Martha Ruth Buis, 92, died Jan. 13, 2013. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Beech Grove Upholestry. She is survived by her daughter, Tamra S. (Ray) Hollenbaugh; son, Patrick S. (Deborah) Buis; grandchildren, Michelle England, Amanda-Scholtz- Hollenbaugh, David Hollenbaugh, Katelyn and Michael Buis, and Mollie Rust; step-grandchildren, Todd and Chris Bogart, Zack, Allon and Tariq Ramlawi; great-grandchildren Cody, Jenna and Trevor England; and brother, Joseph Bapka. Martha was preceded in death by her husband David R. Buis and son Michael D. Buis. Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
James Jerome (Jerry) Craney, 80, Beech Grove, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was born July 7, 1932 in Daviess County to Herman and Mary (Williams) Craney. He graduated from Montgomery High School in 1950. He joined the United States Army and was stationed in Trieste, Italy. After serving his country, he attended Butler University earning both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Music. After graduation, he worked for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He launched his career at St. Mary Catholic Church in 1958. In 1959, he settled in Beech Grove where he was hired as the music director for Holy Name Catholic Church. On Feb. 19, 1995, Jerry received the “Pro Ecclesia’s et Pontifical” Award from Pope John Paul II for his years of service to the Catholic Church. He is survived by his brother, Jack (Margaret) Craney of Montgomery, Ind.; sister, Carolyn (Norman) Bouchie of Washington, Ind.; sister-in-law, Leone Craney of Washington, Ind.; brothers-in-law, Timothy Wallner of Huntley, Ill. and Thomas Jones of Bella Vista, Ak.; and 32 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Howard, Thomas, Merle; and sisters, Mary Alma Jones and Joan Wallner. At his request, there will be no public viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. in Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17 Ave., Beech Grove. There will be a celebration of life luncheon following Mass in the Jerry Craney Performing Arts Center at Holy Name Catholic School. Burial will be at Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Montgomery, Ind. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Parish, the Jerry Craney Music Scholarship Fund, or Saint Peter Catholic Church, Montgomery, Ind.
Mary Lois Edwards, 89, Indianapolis, died Jan. 16, 2013. She was born on Aug. 24, 1923 in Indianapolis to the late Louis M. and Mary E. (Huges) Milli She was a homemaker and member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. She is survived by her sons, Irvin W. (Karen) Edwards, Jr., Michael A. (Colleen) Edwards, and Patrick J. Edwards; daughter, Mary Therese Edwards; granddaughters, Kathy Pine, and Emily Edwards; and great-granddaughter, Shelby Pine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin W. Edwards, Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 21 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with the burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.
Jeannine Mary Cordier Fouts, 83, Indianapolis, died Jan. 18, 2013. She was born March 3, 1929 in Beech Grove to the late Herbert and Elsie Cordier. She was a homemaker and former longtime member and graduate of Holy Name Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Fouts-Johnson (Howard Johnson); sons, David (Kathy Strack) and Stephen Fouts; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and special cousin, Patricia Wysong Hohs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fouts. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross.
Kenneth Eugene Gibson, 77, formerly of Indianapolis, died Jan. 7, 2013. She was born in Indianapolis on Sept. 8, 19359 to the late Clyde and Clarellen (Fields) Gibson. He was a retired dock worker for Indianapolis Fruit Co. Survivors include his son, Kenneth L. (Angela) Gibson; daughters, Jill and Karry Gibson; brothers, Grank and Philllip Gibson; sister, Ruth Kurbursky; and five grandchildren. Memorial service is set for a later date. Arrangements are by Fountain Square Mortuary.
James Robert “Bob” Jordan, 91, Indianapolis, died Jan. 19, 2013. He was born on March 6, 1921, to James J. and Belle O. Jordan. He was a US Navy veteran and a 1947 graduate of Purdue University with an electrical engineering degree. He retired from IPL after 36 years. A member of Pleasant Run UCC, he served as a trustee and a deacon. He was a member of the Central Indiana chapter of the American Theater Organ Society, the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Todd Jordan. He is survived by David (Maureen) and Alan (Kathy) Jordan and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at Pleasant Run United Church of Christ, 59 E. Pleasant Run Pkwy South Dr., Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service. Arrangements have been entrusted to G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, Indianapolis. Memorial contributions can be sent to Pleasant Run UCC or the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Thomas P. Moriarty, 81, Indianapolis, died Jan. 17, 2013. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1949, Indiana University in 1953 and Indiana University School of Law in 1969. He was a member of the Indiana Bar Association (retired), St. Barnabas Catholic Church (founding member), Knights of Columbus Council 3660 (life member) and Central Indiana Mensa. Returning to Indianapolis after graduation, he spent the next 20 years as a pharmaceutical representative. He retired in 1973 to open a private law practice, which he maintained until 2003. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Sue; children, Steven T. (Nancy) Moriarty, Kerry T. Moriarty, Daniel T. (Melinda) Moriarty, Patricia M. (Thomas) Janitz, John T. Moriarty, Joan M. (Jay) Tutino; brother, Patrick F. Moriarty; eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, John G. and Eleanor M. Moriarty; brother, Dr. John R. Moriarty; and infant son, Sean T. Moriarty. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 23 at Saint Barnabas Catholic Church. Contributions may be made to: Seminarian Scholarship Fund, Knights of Columbus Council 3660, 511 E. Thompson Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227.
Van Keith Noel, 65, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was born May 2, 1947 to Chester and Rose Noel. He was employed by Advance Plating as a waste water engineer and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his father; step-sons, Timothy and Danny McKinney and Douglas Porter; and daughter-in-law, Dawn Turner. Survivors include his wife, Doris (Lookebill) Noel; mother; step-father, Richard Doughty; sons, Robert and Doug Noel; Daughter, Jamie McKinney; step-daughter, Carol David; brother, Michael Noel; step-brother, Rick Doughty; step-sister, Vicky Bruce; and three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Jan. 27 at Lizards Pub. Arrangements were entrusted to Fountain Square Mortuary.
Tony Shields, 58, Indianapolis, died Jan. 18, 2013. He was born in Beech Grove on Nov. 19, 1954 to the late Charles and Stella Shields. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was Building Manager of FOP Lodge #86 for the past 18 years. He is survived by brothers, Edward and William; sisters, Alberta “Sis” (Lavalle) Willey and Charlene Black; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Doug Shields. He was informally adopted into the Fishburn Family by the matriarch Juanita, who preceded him in death in (2009.) David Fishburn was his lifelong best friend. Visitation for Tony will be held at GH Herrmann Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., on Jan. 24 from 4 – 8 p.m. Services will be held on Jan. 25, 2013 at 1 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Funeral Home, with the burial following in St. Joseph-Holy Cross Cemetery.
Gail Edmon Smith, 83, Indianapolis, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was born on April 30, 1929 to the late Waldo and Leafa Kohl Smith. He was a member of the University Heights Baptist Church and was a retired teacher from the IPS schools. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ruth Jann Smith; daughter, Marcia (Asa) Crandall; son, Steven (Rebekah) Smith; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three siblings. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at University Heights Baptist Church, 2200 E. Hanna Ave. Indianapolis, with the burial in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the University Heights Baptist Church or the donor’s choice.
Virginia B. Williams Stroud, 93, died Jan. 16, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Loretta Wilson and the late Allie Bray. She is survived by her children, Robert W. Williams (Mary Alice), Loretta J. Weddle, Carolyn C. Groschelle (Dale-deceased), and Shirley K. Kaler (Steven-deceased); half-brother, James Smith; 11 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at Little & Sons Funeral Home, Beech Grove Chapel, with the burial in Floral Park Cemetery.
Mary Catherine Vinci, 91, died Jan. 16, 2013. Her father was born on the island of Sicily and immigrated to the United States with his parents. She was raised in Indianapolis, her father owning and operating a commissioned produce house/business. Her life-long career was a civil servant with the finance center, U.S. Army, Fort Benjamin Harrison from which she retired. She served as administrative officer to Walter Schuchmann the special assistant to the Commanding General. She was a longtime contributor to the “Southside Times.” She was known throughout the city for her very pointed political letters to the editor and specialty articles on the days of importance such as her annual explanation of St. Patrick’s Day. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to S.E.N.D (Southeast Neighborhood Development) 1030 Orange St. Indianapolis, IN 46203
George W. Wessel, 85, Indianapolis, died Jan. 17, 2013. He was born on Dec. 28, 1927 in Indianapolis to the late Roy and Blanche (White) Wessel. He served as a member of the United States Navy during WWII. He is survived by his daughters, Sandra (Dan) Gaynor-Norris and Jayne Balogun; grandchildren, Angela Doody (Scott Pannicke), Robert (Renee) Gaynor, Gregory (Brittany) Wessel, Douglas Wessel, Evan and Kyle McGee; great-grandchildren, David Doody, Erik (Ashley) Doody, Ashley, Sara and Heather Gaynor and Gavin Wessel; and his siblings, Pauline Moore and Jerry Wessel. He is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Wessel; son, William Wessel and one brother, Charles Wessel. Funeral services were held Jan. 21 at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, with the burial in Floral Park Cemetery.