Obituaries 11/25/16

Dorcie A. Brown, 83, died on Nov. 16, 2015. She was born Dec. 3, 1931 in West Virginia to the late Louis and Evelyn Hodge. She is survived by her sister, Deloris Henry; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim, Joe, and Jack Hodge. A memorial service will be conducted Dec. 3, 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Church, 2991 E. Troy Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46107. Memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis.


Patricia L. Canada, 62, of Indianapolis, died on Nov. 17, 2015. She was born on May 22, 1953, to Eldon and Nellie (Gonder) Light. On April 26, 1986 she married John Canada and worked for Kipp Brothers Company until her retirement. She was a member of Thompson Road Baptist Church. Patty is survived by her husband, John Canada; siblings, Rosita Brumley, Kenny Light, Della Arbuckle, Sheila (Robin) Light; three grandchildren, Jordan Hill, Nathan Hill and Callie Wilkerson. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, David L. Hill; brothers, Holly Light and Chuckie Van Normand. Funeral services were Nov. 20, at Thompson Road Baptist Church located at 1700 E. Thompson Rd. Interment followed at Round Hill Cemetery. Visitation was Nov. 21 at Newcomer Funeral Home, 925 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46227.


Kathleen “Kate” Gaughan Crosley, 68, Indianapolis, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. She was born in Indianapolis on June 15, 1947 to Terrence and Fairy Henderson Gaughan. Kate was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church where she was active in parish activities including volunteering at the parish center. She also was a volunteer at Birthline and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her father, Terrence Gaughan; her brother, John Gaughan; and is survived by her mother, Fairy Gaughan; her husband, Sherman Crosley; son, Patrick Crosley (Lori); daughter, Traci Beck; grandchildren, Jacob Beck, Margaret “Molly” Crosley and Elizabeth “Betsy” Crosley. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Roncalli High School.


Harold R. Day, Jr., 59, of Beech Grove, died on Nov. 7, 2015. Harold was a 1974 graduate of Southport High School and was employed as the Controller for the BMV. He had served the Republican Party for 25 years as a Precinct Committeeman and Ward Chairman. He was also a member of the Beech Grove Library Board. Harold loved to work in his yard, travel, and spend time with his family.Harold is survived by his wife, Susie; his children, Kevin Day, Kimberly Day and Casey Stephon; his grandchildren, Kevin Jr., Molly and Brody; his sisters, Norma McQueen and Judy (Kenny) Kerst; his brothers-in-law, Jack and Roger Reese; his aunt, Betty Hussion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Gertrude and Harold Day; his mother-in-law, Phyllis Reese; and his brothers-in-law, Dave McQueen and Ned Reese.Visitation was Nov. 11 in Little and Sons Stop 11 Chapel with a Funeral Service on Nov. 12 in St. Paul’s Hermitage. Donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.


Harold “Skip” Leo Dinsmore, 62, of Greenwood, died on Nov. 16, 2015. He was born on Nov. 30, 1952 to Harold Lee and Gloria Dean (McClure) Dinsmore in Indianapolis. Skip worked for Midwest Garage Door Systems, Inc. for over 20 years and served his country proudly in the Marine Corps. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Lee Dinsmore and grandchild, Delano Moore. Survivors include his mother, Gloria Dean (McClure) Shelton; children, Jenny Napolitan (Steve), DeeDee Dinsmore, Mindy Smith (Joel), Curtis Dinsmore, and Clint Dinsmore; brothers, Leonard Dinsmore and Kenneth Dinsmore; and six grandchildren with one on the way. A memorial service was held Nov. 24 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St. Indianapolis. Memorial donations may be made to help cover funeral expenses.


Michael Sean Ferrer, 44, Greenwood, died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. He was born May 31, 1971 in Beech Grove, he was a 1989 Warren Central Graduate. He grew up playing soccer and tennis. A passionate Raiders and Pacers fan, he was an avid music lover and talented guitar player. Mike’s love for the Old West and the film Tombstone landed him working reenactments in the Tombstone, Ariz. community for the last two years. Survivors include his parents, Mary Ann & Herb Senft and Dick & Dixie Ferrer; sister, Amanda (Clay) Chaney; brother, Geoff Ferrer; daughter, Brittany (Ryan) Evans; grandfather, Walter Johnes; step-siblings, Lisa Senft, Joe (Kristin) Aull, Delise (Kurt) Webber, Randy (Carrie) Aull; nieces & nephews, Jay (Amber) Chaney, Danielle (Corey) Ferling, Ethan Ferrer and Isaac Chaney; five great-nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial visitation was Nov. 24 at G. H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home at The Gardens at Olive Branch, 1605 S. State Rd. 135. Burial is at The Gardens at Olive Branch Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to his headstone fund at the funeral home.


Ralph George Francis, 72, of Indianapolis, died on Nov. 16, 2015. He was born on Jan. 4, 1943, Crawfordsville, Ind. to Ralph and Clara Bell(Bowman) Francis both of whom preceded him in death. On Sept. 18, 1971 he married Mary Anderson. He was a Mail Carrier for the United States Post Office until his retirement at age 33. He worked several other jobs until his health no longer allowed him to work. Ralph was a member of University Heights Baptist Church. Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary Francis; daughter, Mary Schwartz; granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Roller; siblings, Mark Francis, Garry Francis, Sandra Gilbert, Jacklin Sherrill and Rosedna Williams. Funeral services were Nov. 23 at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Indianapolis Chapel with Pastor Todd Thompson officiating with graveside services following at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation was Nov. 22, at Newcomer Funeral Home, 925 E. Hanna Ave. Indianapolis.


Marvin “Kenneth” Huff died on Nov. 10, 2015. He was born Sept. 9, 1919. in Louisville, Ky. to Leonora and Harold Huff and graduated from Louisville Male High School in 1937. During WWII he proudly served as a Sergeant in the 815th Engineer Aviation Battalion from 1941-1945, building and repairing airfields in England, North Africa, Sicily and mainland Italy. In 1945 he moved to Indianapolis, attended Indiana University and worked as an accountant at the Federal IRS until 1979 and the Indiana Department of Revenue from 1979 to 1981. In 1946 he and Dorothy married and they settled in the Southport community and raised their four children. Ken was a long-standing member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Southport. He was a faithful member of the Saturday morning men’s fellowship group and participant in multiple Bible study groups with his friends. He served the Lord through his works globally; he and Dorothy went on more than 60 mission trips to South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Mexico, and many prison ministry trips, witnessing and spreading the Gospel. He continued to serve the Southport community into his 90s, volunteering at Wheeler Mission, taking care of and transporting the infirm, bringing communion to Greenwood Village, helping patients at St. Francis Hospital and loading trucks at the Midwest Food Bank. He is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy, of 68 years. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Kenneth R. (Britt) Huff, Lawrence D. (Lyn) Huff, Celia J. (Jim) Thompson Rita M. Huff (Rod) Mathews; grandchildren and spouses, Rob Thompson, Stefanie (Joe) Wiley, Hana Huff, Sean Mathews and Hayley Mathews, and great-grandchild Charlotte Wiley. A memorial service will be Nov. 28, 10 a.m. at Southport Presbyterian Church. Donations may be submitted to the Huff Fund for Ministerial Scholarships, care of Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46237.


Crystal D. Lutz, 33, Indianapolis died Nov. 17, 2015. Born Jan. 30, 1982 in Manitowoc, Wis., to Lisa Lutz and the the late Mike Lutz. She was a residential and commercial painting contractor. She enjoyed her dogs, fishing, watersports and being out in the sun. Survivors include her son, Austin Kazee; mother, Lisa Lutz; brother, Derek Lutz; grandparents, Sherry & Paul Weinfurtner; three aunts, two uncles and two nephews. Visitation was Nov. 22 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home 5141 Madison Ave. The funeral service was Nov. 23 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Kathy J. (McGuire) Miller, 58, of Indianapolis, died on Nov. 13, 2015. Kathy was born on Dec. 22, 1956 in Indianapolis to John McGuire and the late Patricia (Jett) McGuire. Kathy graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1975. She graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance and was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Kathy was a vocalist in the North United Methodist Church choir and previously Trinity Episcopal Church, serving as the soprano section leader for both. She sang in performances with the Indianapolis Opera, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Lansing Opera Company. After college, Kathy traveled with the musical “Showboat.” Kathy also worked for many years as an office coordinator at Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery. Her many interests included gardening, bird watching, animals and her “puppies” Emma and Gracie. Kathy is survived by her husband of 33 years, Wayne Miller, and sons Ryan, Graham (Megan) and Colin; her father John McGuire; sisters Kristi Simonett (David) and Kelli Jacobs (Jason). The family held visitation on Nov. 20 at North United Methodist Church, 3808 N. Meridian St. A celebration of her life was Nov. 21, also at North United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made in Kathy’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at


Jessie Marie Mora, 75, of Greenwood, died Nov. 20, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Michaelangelo J. Mora; three children, Christopher L. Mora, Matthew R. Mora, Victoria A. Mora; two grandchildren, Jessica E. Mora and Andrew M. Mora. A celebration of Jessie’s life was Nov. 23 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory, Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Funeral Mass was Nov. 24 at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood.


Garland C. Napier, 85 died Nov. 20, 2015. He was born Oct. 11, 1930 in Scottsville, Ky. to the late Isaiah Samuel and Gladys (Cornwell) Napier. He is survived by his son, Vincent (Kathy) Napier; grandchildren, Kaitlin C. Napier, Tonya Perry, and Tina Perry; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Valentina, Margos, Lucius, and Jacob; sister, Jean Ragsdale. Garland retired from Mitchell and Scott Machine Company and was a member of Mt. Zion General Baptist Church. A service was held Nov. 24 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Garland will be laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested in Garland’s memory to Mt. Zion General Baptist Church, 3565 S. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46277.


  1. Michael Racer, 76, of Greenwood, died Nov. 17, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda J. Racer; three children, Kelly Shannon (Adam), Laurie Nelson (Ryan), Amy McQueen (Stephen); seven grandchildren, Michael, Annabelle, Dylan, Harrison, Lily, Jack Maggie. He was preceded in death by a sister, MaryAnn Thomas. Memorial service was Nov. 20 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main St. Greenwood.


  1. Joy (Mitchell) Roberts, 83, of Greenwood, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. She was born Jan. 12, 1932 in Attica, Ind. to the late Paul and Mirian (Martin) Mitchell. Joy was married to the late Lynn A. Robert. She was employed as the vice president and secretary of Roberts Mechanical for 25 years before retiring in 1989. Joy was active in the Indiana Quarter Horse Association and the Order of Eastern Star in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joy is survived by children, Kevin (Janet) Roberts and Kelly Joy Wheat; son-in-law, Chris Wheat; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in by her husband, parents and son Kerry A. Roberts. Service for Joy were Nov. 23 at the Gothic Chapel in Crown Hill Cemetery. Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center is handling the arrangements. Memorial gifts have been suggested to the Johnson County Humane Society or the American Lung Association.


Martha L. (Diefendorf) Shook, 92, of Greenwood died on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Martha was born to the late Burrell and Vere (Braman) Diefendorf on June 10, 1923 in Mitchell, Ind. She married the late C.K. Shook on Oct. 2, 1945. Martha was a member of Southport Christian Church. Martha is survived by her daughter Jackie (John) Hammer; her son Jeffrey (Gigi) Shook; sister Jo Ellen Trimble; grandchildren, Emily (Mike) Jackson, Becky (Michael) Hammer, Daniel (Sarah) Hammer, Julie (David) Papineau, Cathy Shook; and seven great-grandchildren. Martha is preceded in passing by her parents, husband, and sister Janet Diefendorf. Services for Martha will be Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Calling will be Nov. 28, 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the mortuary. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. The family has suggested that memorial gifts can be made to Southport Christian Church.


Oscar Sturgeon Jr., 83, of Greenwood, died Nov. 19, 2015. He was born to the late Oscar B. and Lillie Mae Sturgeon in Greenwood on July 8, 1932. Oscar retired from Citizen’s Gas as a supervisor for 37 years. He was a veteran of the US Army and served in the Korean War. Oscar was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Kay Sturgeon. He is survived by two sons, Benny (Vicki) and Chip (Sharon) Sturgeon; three daughters, Shan Sturgeon, Brenda Page and Linda (Bernard) Piotrowski; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren Services were Nov. 22 at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service, Greenwood Chapel 481 W. Main St., Greenwood. Funeral service was Nov. 23 at the funeral home. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery.


Evelyn Young, 83, of Indianapolis, died on Nov. 20, 2015. She was born on June 19,1932 in Delta, Ky. to the late Herman and Alta Benge, she was a graduate of Wayne County High School in Kentucky. A homemaker and excellent cook, she had briefly worked at Western Electric Company. Evelyn was a member at Burge Terrace Baptist Church. She loved babies & children and enjoyed working in the church nursery. Survivors include son, Danny; daughter, Kathy Gossett; granddaughter, Danielle Bellew (Blake); with her great-granddaughter on the way; siblings, Buford Benge, and Virgina Trent.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Young on Oct. 31, 2014 and siblings, Velda Tucker, Herman Benge Jr, Roy Benge and Windell Benge. Visitation was Nov. 23 at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Ave., Indianapolis. A funeral service was Nov. 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Orchard Hill Cemetery.