Obituaries 9/24/15

Susan Marie Bate, 70, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 17. Susan was born to the late Charles E. and Georgia Alberta “Bert” (Farwell) Stewart and on Feb. 14, 1945, in Indianapolis. Susan earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from IU and went on to be a medical social worker for St. Vincent’s for many years. Susan was active spiritually. Over her life she was a member of many churches, before finally finding home in Liberty Baptist Church. She loved prayer groups, doing children’s ministry, and being a greeter for services. She also loved to read, knit, and travel. Susan is survived by her children Shane (Amy) Stewart and Tamara (Kevin) Browning; sisters, Karen (Bob) Manning, Donna (Gary) Bales-Scott, and Marty (Ray) Overstreet; and grandchildren Gavin and Charli Stewart, Devin Browning. Susan is preceded in death by her parents; and a daughter Georgia Ann Shipman. Service will be Sept. 25, 1 p.m., at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Visitation is 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the Liberty Baptist Church or to the Wheeler Mission Center for Women.


John Emerson Beemer, 82, of Indianapolis, died on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. John was born on Sept. 28, 1932 in Richmond, Ind. to the late Wilbur and Maude (Baker) Beemer. He was the head schedule maker at Indy Go for many years.  John is survived by his wife, Bette (Fitts) Beemer; his children, Glenya (Larry) Evans, Steven (Pam) Etheridge, Thomas (Tina) Etheridge, Donna Etheridge, Elizabeth (Jimmie) Carver, and Richard (Sharon) Beemer; sisters Wilma Brooks and Sue Wilson; 23 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. John is preceded in death by his son John Beemer Miller; sisters Velma Herr and Rose Dawson; brothers Gary and Richard Beemer. Service for John will be Sept. 25, 10 a.m. at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center.  Visitation will be Sept. 24, 4 – 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.


Kathlyn “Katie” Grace Bowerly, 85, of Greenwood, died on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. She was born on May 7, 1930 in Indianapolis, to the late Carl and Margaret (McShane) Kuhner. Katie was married to the late Paul Bowerly. She was a member of Women’s Aglow, and taught Bible study for many years. Katie was employed as a medical stenographer with IU Medical Center (Coleman Hospital). After retirement, she and Paul moved to the Bradenton, Fla. area for 20 years, before returning nine years ago to be with family. Katie is survived by her daughters, Karla (Tom) Booher and Jann (Gregg) Hillis; grandchildren, Sean (Erin) Booher, Jenni (Daniel) Johnson, Cassi Hillis, Adam (Leza) Hillis, Nikki Hillis, Corey Hillis, Ashlli Hillis, Torri Hillis, Lexxi Hillis, Jacob Hillis, Sydnni Hillis, and Rilli Hillis; and nine great-grandchildren. Katie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Paul Bowerly; and brother, Larry Kuhner. Services were Sept. 21 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. Graveside service was in Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, Ind. Memorial contributions have been suggested to Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S Meridian St, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509.


Alfred “Fred” C. Bowman, 88, of Martinsville, died Sept. 17, 2015. The son of William Collie and Mary Viola (Lambert) Bowman, Fred was born June 15, 1927 in Indianapolis. Fred served in the U.S. Merchant Marines near the end of WW II. He was active with the American Legion. Fred enjoyed fishing and hunting. Fred is survived by his wife, Carol Jean (Krebs) Bowman, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1948; son, Clifton Bowman; daughters, Marilyn (Garry) Sizemore and Julia (Rick) Cain; brother, Marvin Bowman; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Farrow and Richard Bowman and sisters, Della Fisher and Josephine V. Ridgeway. Pastor David Gibson conducted services on. Sept. 23 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood.


Steven Calvin Brown, 31, Indianapolis, died Sept. 10, 2015. Steve graduated from Center Grove High School in 2002. He went on to earn a BS from IU Kelley School of Business while working as a bartender for Palomino’s and Bartini’s, where he acquired the nickname “Downtownstevebrown” from his many friends and co-workers. He is survived by his mother, Amy Auberry (Rick), son, Ashton Burnham, and half-sister, Jazzmin Brown. A celebration of his life was Sept. 15 in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46225.


Isaac W. Crawford, 90, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 18, 2015. He was an outstanding Christian, husband, father, grandfather and brother. Isaac was an Army veteran of WWII. He experienced combat in the Battle of Okinawa as an infantryman. He retired from Chevrolet in 1980 after 32 years. He was a member of Garfield Heights Church of Christ.


Luella Grace McCammon Deckard died on Friday Sept. 18. Luella was born Feb. 3, 1936 to Irene Sowders McCammon and Harley G. McCammon in Monroe County, Bloomington area. She graduated from Smithville High School and married Melvin Jack Deckard in 1953. She is survived by her daughter Renee Linthicum (John); her son Tim Deckard (Gale); her sister Marilyn K Eakins; aunt Kate Deckard; a nephew and his family; and numerous cousins. She also has five grandchildren, Brandon Hillenburg (Crystal), Summer Thomas (Dave), T.J. Deckard, Josh Deckard, Alicia Deckard; great-grandchildren, Addison, Ella, Joshua and Alexis. She loved her family and she loved to travel. She was a caring grandmother and curious world traveler who organized several trips with all five of her grandchildren. Whether it was three hours north or halfway around the world in Greece, Egypt, and Israel, she loved visiting new places and loved to do so with her grandkids. Above all, however, Luella loved the Lord and she lived to share Him with others. She was an avid student of His word and eagerly shared its teachings. Reflecting on her life, she once wrote, “I have encountered many physical obstacles, but Jesus has delivered me from every one. Someday, whether 10 weeks or 10 years, it will be my time to go to heaven. I look forward to this with all my heart, and I will see you all again in our better home forever.” A memorial service will be Sept. 24, 7 p.m. at the Assembly of God church at 9181 S Gore Rd., Harrodsburg, IN 47434 with Pastor Bill Richardson officiating. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice or consider Sheltering Wings of Danville, In. Arrangements and care are by Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.


Betty Jane Ennis Edwards, 91, of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. She was born on May 20, 1924 to the late Clarence and Dorothy Ennis in Illinois. Survivors include her children, Karen Clayborn and husband, Robert, Angela Davis and husband, John D., Patricia Dozier and husband, James, Daniel Edwards and Louis Allen Edwards and companion, Charlene; brother, Donald Ennis and wife, Joanne; sister-in-law, Joyce Ennis; grandchildren, Timothy Michael Lannan, Robert Anthony Clayborn, Travis S. Boggs, Jennifer Davis, Deborah Clayborn, Corey Adams, Rachel Edwards, Erik N. Boggs and Derek Edwards; and great-grandchildren, Siera, Cameron, Carson and Lexie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert H. Edwards; son, Timothy Gerard Edwards; siblings, Mildred Johnson Deaver, Bud Ennis, Clyde Ennis and Charles Ennis. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 22 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with entombment in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1530 Union St., Indianapolis, IN 469225. Arrangements and care were entrusted to Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services.


Charles (Chuck) Deane Garwood Jr., 66, of Indianapolis died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Charles was born to the late Charles Sr. and Marna (Iliff) Garwood in Watseka, Ill. on Feb. 19, 1949. He lived in Monon, Ind., went to Purdue before and after a stint in the Air Force (1969-73). He married Teresa Post in Brookston, Ind. on July 2, 1976. Charles loved computers, especially learning and researching all kinds of information off the web. His favorites were law, politics, health and nutrition articles. He did electrical and plumbing work. Charles is survived by his wife, Teresa; his brother Robert (Cindy) Garwood; and a nephew Christopher Garwood. Memorial Service for Charles were Sept. 19 at Indianapolis Baptist Temple, 4002 E. Southport Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46237. Memorial contributions have been suggested to the American Heart Association, 6100 W 96th St #200, Indianapolis, IN 46278, or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Mary Sue Belviy Geisendorff, 58, a native of Jeffersonville and resident of Indianapolis, died on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Duane Geisendorff; mother, Wilma Hutt Belviy; daughter, Andrea, and husband, Gary Lee; son, James Geisendorff; sisters, Donna Belviy Knight and husband, Randy, and Sandy Belviy Van Lieu and husband, Jerry; brothers, Gary Belviy and wife, Karen, Paul Belviy and wife, Roberta, and Joseph Belviy; nephews, Charles Klutts (Van Lieu) and wife, Heather, Brian Mayer and wife, Laura, Michael Knight and wife, Lindsey, and David Belviy and wife, Dr. Laura; nieces, Dr. Michelle Belviy and husband, Nicholas Coe, Katie Moran and husband, Chris, Rebecca Van Lieu and Lexie Belviy; grandchildren, Caleb and Alyssa Geisendorff, and Gracie and Brody Lee; in-laws, Maurie and Peggy, Bruce and Trudy, Eric Geisendorff and Lisa Owen and husband, Dennis; and nieces and nephews, Aaron Geisendorff, Jeremy Geisendorff and wife, Jill, Stephanie Shipp and husband, Ryan and John Owen. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Belviy; brothers, Tim and James Belviy; and sisters, Dorothy and Infant Girl Belviy. Mary worked for IU Pathology for 12 years and was a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church. Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. She fought courageously against the disease for the past two years. On May 29, 2015 the cancer spread to Mary’s lungs and lymph nodes. Mary was filled with hope, optimism and joy. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, Sept. 17 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church and burial followed in Brownsburg Cemetery. Memorial donations in honor of Mary’s battle with breast cancer may be made to the American Cancer Society.


John David Henry, 68 of Ellettsville died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in St Francis Hospital, Greenwood. He was born Feb. 9, 1947 in Shoals, Indiana to Ollie Henry and Mildred Henry. He was an Attorney having a practice in Indianapolis. John was a U.S. Army Veteran and loved spending time with his grandchildren and being outdoors any chance he got, he also got a great deal of enjoyment in going bargain shopping. Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Westfall and her husband Jarred of Ellettsville; three grandchildren, Abigail, Jayden and Clayton Westfall of Ellettsville; two good friends, Cathy Wheatly and Kelly Thrasher; a sister, Martha Blackwell; a brother Joe Henry and his wife Pam; two brothers-in-law, Dick and Don Blackwell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sue. A Memorial Service is Sept. 24,  6 p.m. at Christ Our Sheppard Church of the Brethren, 857 State Rd. 135, Greenwood, IN 46142. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services.


Robert A. Kremer, 96, died Sept. 16, 2015. He was born in Shelbyville, Ind. to the late Allie and Rose Kremer. Robert retired from Eli Lilly where he was a raw materials supervisor for 35 years. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a member of Holy Name Catholic Church for over 58 years. Robert is survived by his children Carol (Steve) Burkhardt, Anthony (Carol) Kremer, Michael (Cathy) Kremer, and Jeanne (Kremer) Dill; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and brother Aloysius Kremer. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Catherine Kremer. Visitation was Sept. 22 at Little & Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove. A Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 23 in Holy Name Catholic Church. Burial is at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name Catholic Church or St. Paul’s Hermitage.


Russell E. Lee, 80, of Indianapolis, died on Sept. 20, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Terry Lee, Roger Lee, Rhonda Collier, Sabrina Engh, Teresa Dutton, Sheila Stodder and Brenda Myers; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Lee. Visitation will be held on Sept. 24, 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12 p.m. at Family Funeral Care.


Dennis T. McCarthy, 97, of Libertyville, Ill., died on Sept. 17, 2015. Formerly of Alton and Edwardsville, Ill., Dennis was born and raised in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School. He attended Butler University and graduated from Rose Polytechnic Institute. Dennis spent his career as a chemical engineer with Amoco Oil in Whiting, Ind., and Wood River, Ill. Dennis was the husband of Ellen (nee Redd); father of Rosanne (Bernard) Sawyer, Terry McCarthy, Kay (Lou) Scudere, and Kevin (Kathy) McCarthy; and grandfather of Julie Sawyer (Ben Fishman), Amy Sawyer, Keri McCarthy, and Barry (Amie) Devine. Visitation is Sept. 24, 9:30-11 a.m. at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian, Indianapolis. Internment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Indianapolis. Memorials may be made to Brother James Court, 2508 St. James Rd., Springfield, IL 62707.


Robert “Bob” Lee McDonald, 55, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 8, 2015. He was born Sept. 17, 1960 in Beech Grove to Harry D. and Evelyn J. McDonald proceeding in death. He is survived by his son, Jason McDonald; daughter, Jessica Lyons; two step-children; granddaughters, Peyton Mathew and Dakota McDonald; two brothers; four sisters, 33 nieces and nephews. A memorial will be held Sept. 26, 1 p.m. at Saint Andrew United Methodist Church, 2560 Villa Ave., Indianapolis. Donations may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital.


Stephen “Stevie” Clark Moots, 65, of Indianapolis, died Sept. 15, 2015. The son of Otis C. and Lorene (Kiddoo) Moots, Stevie was born in Jackson County, Mo. After 17 years of service, he retired in 2010 as an instrument technician from Eli Lilly and Company. Stevie was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Aquarium Club (raising fresh water fish). He raced stock cars at the Indianapolis Speedrome and volunteered at Garfield Park in the conservatory. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid fan of NASCAR, following the racing careers of Dale Earnhart, Sr. and Dale Earnhart, Jr. Stevie is survived by his wife, Sharron K. (McKim) Moots of Indianapolis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Candice Kirkland. Ted Cutrell officiated a memorial service on Sept. 22 at Christ United Methodist Church, 8540 US 31 S. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 9100 Purdue Rd. STE 203 Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.


Beth Ann Woerdeman Russell, 78, of Indianapolis and formerly of New Albany, Ind., died on Sept. 18, 2015. She was born on May 6, 1937 to the late Lester Carl, Sr. and Elizabeth Roth Woerdeman, in Beech Grove. Beth was a graduate of St. Mary High School and the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lafayette before becoming a registered nurse. While in New Albany, the family belonged to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Beth was active in the Bridge Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Thomas Russell; daughter, Kelly Russell; sister, Dorothy Lynch; and brother, Lester Woerdeman, Jr. Survivors include her children, Lisa Hudson, Mary Ball (Michael) and Brian Russell (Tina); siblings, Kathy Baker (Marvin) and Chuck Woerdeman (Rhonda); sister-in-law, Diane Woerdeman; brother-in-law, Robert Lynch; and grandchildren, Carson, Hannah, Katie, Emily and Ella Hudson, Hadyn, Luci, Isabella and Landon Ball and Alaina and Josephine Russell. Visitation will be Sept. 24, 4 – 8 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Sept. 25, 10 a.m. in St. Jude Catholic Church with one hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will follow in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in New Albany at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions: St. Paul Hermitage Home for the Aged, Renovation Fund, 501 N. 17th Ave., Beech Grove, IN 46107.


Stanley Deverle Shaw, 61, of Indianapolis, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Stanley was born on Jan. 26, 1954, in Milford, Ind. to Oscar and Marilyn (Hepler) Shaw. He enjoyed playing softball and fishing. Stanley is survived by his parents, Oscar and Marilyn Shaw; his children, Jonathan Shaw, Whitnie & David Scott, and Dane Shaw; his grandchildren, Austin Shaw, Lea Scott, and Kayleigh Milton; his siblings, Juanita Lott, Bradley Shaw, Daniel Shaw, and Angela (Shaw) Oge. A Private Memorial Service for Stanley will be at Hepton Union Church, Nappanee, IN 46550 at the family’s convenience.


Jeffrey Alan Whittington, 49, of Greenwood, died Sept. 17, 2015. A native of Franklin, Ind., Jeffrey was born July 13, 1966. Jeff was a scheduler with Indianapolis Power and Light Company in Indianapolis since 1987. He was a member of Greenwood Church of Christ. Jeff was a weightlifter, enjoyed performing do-it-yourself projects around his home and family was his life – whether it be a party or on vacations. Jeff is survived by his wife, Stacey M. (Layne) Whittington, whom he married on July 23, 1988; daughters, Kaitlyn S. (Joel) Shouse of Fishers and Madelyn R. Whittington; mother and step-father, Sherry A. and John Myers; sisters, Julie A. (Brad) Bowling and Jeannie A. Tuttle. Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Rd. 135, Greenwood. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Greenwood. The family has suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278.