November 20, 2015


Merle Eugene Lewis – Springville
April 30, 1925 – November 19, 2015
Merle Eugene Lewis, 90, of Springville, died Thursday, November 19, 2015 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.
Born April 30, 1925, in Martin Co., he was the son of James Whitcomb and Edith (Waggoner) Lewis. He was a graduate of Trinity Springs High School with the class of 1943 where he played basketball and met his future wife, Roberta who was a cheerleader. He married Roberta Maxine Freeman on January 1, 1944 and she survives. He retired as a railroad maintenance supervisor for NWSC Crane, and was a life-long farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a Pharmacist Mate and was a member of the Owensburg Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta, of Springville; a son, James Leslie Lewis and wife, Darlene, of Springville; two daughters, Jeanette Parsley and husband, Clovis, of Bedford and Karen DeFord and husband, Rex, of Honey Grove, TX; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Delores Lewis; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jan J. Armour; two brothers, Walter Grant and Russell Martin Lewis.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary where a church service will be conducted at 6 p.m. with Preston Boles officiating.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.
Betty June (Nicholson) Brown Bowden – Bedford
October 10, 1925 – November 19, 2015
Betty June Bowden, 90, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Loogootee Health Care.
Born October 10, 1925 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Herschel Earl and Violet Almeda (Hamilton) Nicholson. She graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1943. She worked as a bookkeeper for Weddle Brothers in Bloomington and Bedford School Administration for twenty years. She worked with Dr. Shadwani for fifteen years. She was a life- long member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and enjoyed their fellowship She loved spending time with and adored her family. She also loved shopping.
She had three daughters, Diana Lynn (David) Clark, of Collegedale, TN, Twinkle Dawn Cummings, of Bedford and Trenace Dalmeda (Bernie) Orender, of Plainfield, IN; Step-son, Gary (Debbie) Bowden of Idaho; four granddaughters, Melinda Dawn (Mark) Armstrong, of Shoals, Jennifer Lynn (Jamey), of Collegedale, TN, Stephanie Lynn (Tom) Goddard, of Collegedale, TN and Candace (Chad) Cooper of Idaho; three grandsons, Brenton Ray Orender and Kyle Robert Orender both of Plainfield, IN, Jeff (Rachel) Bowden of Idaho; thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Her husband, Ralph Bowden, Jr. whom she married December 10, 1970 passed away October 23, 2000. Other preceding her in death were her daughter, Twinkle Dawn; her sisters, Jeanette Thompson and Wanda DeBolt, a nephew, Donovan Lee Thompson and a brother-in-law, Robert DeBolt.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 21st and from Noon until the hour of service on Sunday, November 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Delong officiating. Burial will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

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