Obituaries 8/20/15

Sarah R. Anderson, 77, of Greenwood, died on Aug. 15, 2015. She was born Dec. 24, 1937 in Indianapolis to the late John and Mamie (Smith) Budd. She is survived by her husband, Ronald A. Anderson; daughters, Debra Anderson and Norma (Scott) Riden; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Anderson; five brothers; and two sisters. Services will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.

 

Jerry Paul Backer, 77 died on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 after a long battle with heart disease. Jerry was born on Aug. 22, 1937 to John Paul and Jennie T. Backer in Tell City, Ind. Jerry graduated from Tell City High School and attended Indiana University where he played basketball. Jerry was an Army veteran and an avid golfer, and was a member of St. Rose of Lima parish in Franklin, Indiana. Jerry never met a stranger and will be remembered for his giant smile and good stories. He was the owner and a salesman for Enviro Group Inc. before retiring. Jerry is survived by his wife, Patricia (Piercy) Backer whom he married on May 7, 1982. Other survivors include his sister, Jane H. Backer; daughter, Angela M. Taylor; stepdaughter, Angela D. (Gabe) Schritter; stepsons, John H. Garver and James A. Muesing; grandchildren, Lauren, Kelsi, Morgan, Nick, Blake, Ashley, and Emily; brother-in-law, Bruce (Yueh) Piercy and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is Aug. 20, 7 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Friends may visit from 3 p.m. until the service time Thursday. Donations can be made in Jerry’s name to the American Heart Association.

 

Jamie Lynn Clark, 44, of Greenwood, died Aug. 13, 2015. Jamie was born on June 26, 1971 in Poplar Bluff, Mo. to James Evans and Rhonda (Ruble) Bell. On March 23, 1991 she married Bruce Clark in Piedmont, Mo. She was a member of the General Assembly Church of the First Born. Jamie Lynn is survived by her husband, Bruce Clark; children, Ryan, Sydney, and Trenton Clark; mother, Rhonda (Joe) Bell; father, James (Gloria) Evans; father and mother-in-law, James and Violet Clark; brother, Joey (Jen) Bell; sisters, Carrie Sudbring, Deanna Bishop, Gina French, Jennifer (Richard) Harness; and Brittany Mayville. Jamie is preceded in death by a brother, David Bell. Service for Jamie Lynn Clark was Aug. 17at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center.

 

Neil Thomas Copley, 51, died on July 31, 2015. He was born Dec. 23, 1963 to Thomas and Jean Copley of Rockford, Ill. He was always positive and upbeat, and lived his faith. Neil’s family moved to Indianapolis when he was young. He was a graduate of Southport High School and Butler University. Neil was the principal trombonist for the Indiana Wind Symphony, played organ for more than 20 years for the Indianapolis and Indian ice hockey teams. Neil also played organ for the Indiana Pacers home games. He enjoyed playing piano for VonMaur in Greenwood. His teaching positions include Mooresville Christian Academy, International School of Indiana and most recently was the band assistant at Brebeuf Preparatory School. Neil was a member of GracePoint Church in Whiteland, where he loved leading and playing in the praise band. Neil was also in numerous bands throughout his life, but especially loved his band, Horns of Praise. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Copley. He is survived by his father, Thomas Copley, aunts, uncles, cousins, his poodle Sammy, and many friends. A celebration of life took place Aug. 15 at GracePoint Church, 330 W. Whiteland Rd., Whiteland.

 

Mary I. Crump, 99, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 16, 2015. She was born Feb. 19, 1916 in Corydon, Ind., to the late John and Myrtle Creculis Quick. Mary married Chester A. Crump, Aug. 27, 1934 and he preceded her in death March 21, 1993. She was a devoted foster parent for 25 years. After her retirement, she continued providing child care for many children. Mary was a member of Englewood Christian Church for more than 70 years.  Visitation will be Aug. 22, 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Englewood Christian Church, 57 N. Rural St., Indianapolis. Mary is survived by her son, Chester W. Crump (Carolyn); foster son, Rik Slaven (Mary); grandchildren, Matthew W. Crump (Amy) and Stephanie G. Brake (Robert); and great-grandchildren, Stephen, Sydney and Sarah Brake, and Kayla and Kyler Crump. Three brothers, Cecil, Harold and Paul Quick; and two sisters, Edna Bailey and Violet Ashabranner, preceded her in death.  Preferred memorial contributions may be made to Englewood Christian Church and/or St. Francis Hospice.  Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Thompson Road Chapel.

 

Doris Jean (Taylor) Austin Engleman, 85, of Franklin, died Aug. 14, 2015. She was born Aug. 1, 1930 in Pulaski County, Ky. to the late Robert Lee and Nora (Hash) Taylor. She is survived by her children, Ronnie Gene (Regina) Austin and Donna Sue (Taylor) Barger; sister, Armilda Phelps; brothers, Clinton (Emma) Taylor, Armel Taylor, Tilford (Doris) Taylor; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two step-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Engleman; her son, Ray Taylor; brothers, Glenn and Albert J. Taylor; two half-brothers; and two half-sisters. Doris retired from Arvin’s after 30 years. A service will be conducted Aug. 20, 10 a.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Doris will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Sadie M. Guerrieri, 67, of Beech Grove, died on Aug. 16, 2015. She was born on June 11, 1948 in Indianapolis to Angelo A. Guerrieri, Sr. and Mary E. (Ammerman) Guerrieri. Sadie retired from Crossroads after over 20 years. She entered her crochet work at the state fair for the past 40 years, and won numerous first place ribbons. Sadie is survived by her brothers, Howard (Eileen), Angelo (Rene), Joseph (Laura), and Thomas Guerrieri; sister, Esther (Dave) Turner; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Elizabeth; and brother, Salvatore. Visitation will be Aug. 21, 4 until 8 p.m. at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Prayers will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis. Sadie will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery.

 

Michelle R. Hutchison, 35, of Greenwood, died Aug. 13, 2015. She was born Jan. 29, 1980 in Millington, Tenn. She is survived by her husband, Joseph W. Hutchison; children, Ashley Hoffman and Brett Hutchison; mother, Janet Harvey; sister, Hannah Blue; brother, Jonathan Harvey; and grandparents, Nancy and Emil Harvey. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Harvey. A service was Aug. 18 at Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, 7520 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. Michelle will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery.

 

James O. Jones, 67, of Indianapolis, died Aug. 12, 2015. He was born March 30, 1948 in Hazard, Ky. to the late Coolie and Lorene (Flinchum) Jones. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Robin Jones; son, James (Glenna) Jones; daughter, Theresa Jauregui; stepdaughter, Allyson (Mike) Carter; two grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren; sisters, Karen (Chuck) Dorris, Barbara (Brad) Sims, and Tracy (Richie) Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Michael Jones. A memorial service will be Aug. 22, 1 p.m. at Crestwood Village South Ballroom. Arrangements were entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.

 

Mary Frances (Hunt) Kinder, 94, of Greenwood, died on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Mary was born on Dec. 27, 1920 in Urbana, Ill. to Harley and Bertha Gensheimer Hunt. On Aug. 15, 1941 she married Marvin Kinder in Lawton, Okla. She was a member of the Mt. Auburn United Methodist Church. Mary was a secretary for Clark Pleasant School Corporation for 10 years. Mary is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Bill) Drake, Kathryn (Wayne) Hasty, Cynthia (Steve) Drake, and Joni (John) Coy; her brothers, Dale, Donald, and Richard; her sister, Patricia Scot; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin; brothers William and Glenn Hunt; a sister, Jeanette Prickett; and a grandchild, Jason Drake. Service is Aug. 20, 1 p.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Memorial gifts may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E 91st St#100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

 

Glenda “Faye” Martin, 62, 0f Indianapolis, died on Aug. 18, 2015. She was born on Dec. 8, 1952 to the late Press and Esther (Price) Crawford. Faye is survived by her husband, Skip Martin; children, Chris (Carrie) Martin, Jessica (Anthony) Pritchard, and April Martin; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven siblings. She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandchild; and four siblings. Visitation will be Aug. 21 from 3 until 7 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue, Indianapolis. A funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

Betty Rhea Marvel, age 86, of Indianapolis, died on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. She was born on Nov. 26, 1928 to the late Clarence and Opal (Abney) Allen in Beech Grove. Betty was a lab tech with the John Sexton Company for 23 years working with the food industry. Survivors include her children, Nancy Davis (Mark) and Dennis Hickey; sister, Blanche Shemwell; grandchildren, Lisa Danley and Ken Donica; great-grandchildren, Tiffany Wanson and David Danley; and five great-great-grandchildren. She loved animals and is survived by her three pets, Stormy, Duke and Coco. She was preceded in death by husbands, John Hickey and Willie Marvel; and brothers, Donald and Lester Allen. A graveside service was held in Orchard Hill Cemetery in Wanamaker on Aug. 14. Arrangements and care were provided by Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.

 

Karen Hull Pershing, 75 of Terre Haute died Aug. 14, 2015. She was born Dec. 15, 1939 in Flint, Mich. to the late Frank and Norma (Hammer) Hull. She is survived by her children, Kristy (Paul) Engle and Kurt (Betsy) Pershing; grandchildren, Katie Botts, Lisa McKillop, Holly Toney, Nikki Haavisto, Elizabeth Hinds, Melissa Reynolds, Richard Reynolds, and Allison Pershing; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wes (Diane) Hull. Services will be private. Memorial contributions are suggested in Karen’s memory to I.U. Simon Cancer Center or Gentiva Hospice. Arrangements were entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.

 

Doris I. Pillow, 87, of Indianapolis, died on Aug. 12, 2015. She was born on June 26, 1928 in Worthington, Ind. to the late Floyd & Helen Thatcher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Pillow; daughter, Becky Zimmer; brothers, Isaac Thatcher, Charles Thatcher, Lewis Thatcher; sisters, Gladys Collenbaugh, Laura Fulk, Lillian Williams, Leona Rhoden, Geneva Abrams, and Lois Alumbaugh. She had 44 nieces and nephews. Doris was a mother to Bev (Eric) Frey, Cindi (Mike) Alvey, Doug (Jayne) Pillow, and Tim (Cheryle) Pillow and grandmother to Amy (Anthony) Hurt, Jason (Amanda) Frey, Stephanie (Michael) Lewis, Aaron (Stephanie) Lock, Brandon Zimmer (Amanda Boles), Ashley (Trent) Brunic, Nick Pillow, Austin Pillow, Karlee Pillow, and Alyssa Pillow. She had 11 great-grandchildren; Kayden Lewis, Blayne Lock, Tyler Hurt, Kelsi Lewis, Lexie Frey, Ryker Lock, Kori Lewis, Mya Frey, Hadley Lock, Jaxon Hurt, and baby Zimmer. She is survived by her brothers, Howard Thatcher and Clyde Thatcher. She spent her early adult life working at Stokley VanCamp, were she met her husband Eugene. She then spent more than 50 years caring for children in her home. She was an avid sports fan spending many evenings watching the Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds and Indianapolis Colts. She even followed the Indiana State Sycamores and Boston Celtics as Larry Bird was her favorite player and in her eyes, “the best player to ever play the game.” Visitation was Aug. 14 at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135. A funeral service was Aug. 15. Doris will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Dorothy Ann Rucker, 88, died on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Dorothy was born in Indianapolis on Feb. 9, 1927 to the late Erwin Volen and Carrie (McClain) Allbright. Dorothy was devoted to music and a talented organist. She graduated from Butler University Jordan College of Music with her Bachelor’s in Music. She was an organist for several churches around Indianapolis. She was a music teacher, both out of her own home or providing “curb side service” to her pupils where she traveled to their houses instead. She was a member of the Brookside Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity, and a United Missionary Woman. Dorothy is survived by her husband John H. Rucker of 66 years, whom she married on June 25, 1949. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Janet (James) McFarland; son, John E. Rucker; close family friend John McIntyre; Grandson Earl “EJ” Dickerson Jr.; two sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, and many friends. Dorothy is preceded in death by her brother, Alan Nicewander. Service for Dorothy will be Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Friedens United Church of Christ. Visitation was Aug. 19 from at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46217.