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Obituaries For July 28, 2015
Updated July 28, 2015 11:40 AM
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Wilma Jean Gerkin - Bedford
May 21, 1973 - July 25, 2015

Wilma Jean Gerkin, 42, of Bedford, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

Born May 21, 1973, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Bernard Dean Gerkin and Wilma Joyce (Diamond) Gerkin.
Wilma attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and was a member of Eagles, Aerie #654, Bedford.

She is survived by her mother, Wilma Gerkin, Bedford; her long-time companion, Bruce Pace, Bedford; children, Brittany Carter and Brady Carter; one granddaughter, McKayla; brothers, Dean Gerkin, David Sexton, Randy Gerkin, Billy Gerkin and Jimmy Gerkin; sisters, Jackie Reynolds, Brenda Sutton, Annette Berry, Theresa Caswell, Tammy Wease, and Debbie Sexton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Dean Gerkin; two brothers, Roger Sexton and Mike Gerkin; one sister, Henrietta Pruett; grandparents Lawrence and Thelma Gerkin, Henley and Rachel Diamond; and one niece, Sarah Pruett.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Mike Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Springville West Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, from Noon till 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Mark W. Chase - Bedford

Mark W. Chase, 67, of Bedford, died at 12:05 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Brad Thompson - Mitchell
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May 5, 1956 - July 27, 2015

Brad Thompson, 59, of Mitchell, died at 7:05 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015 at his residence.

Born May 5, 1956, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Lee A and Velma R. (Williams) Thompson. He married Ronda Brown on July 25, 1975 and she survives. He was a mold designer/engineer for D & M Tool. He graduated with honors from Vincennes University in 1978 with degrees in drafting and machine trades. He loved spending time with his grandkids. He designed car decals and enjoyed motorcycle riding.

Survivors include his wife, Ronda, of Mitchell; his parents, Lee A and Velma; a son, Brandon D. Thompson and wife, Vicky, of Whitestown, IN; a daughter, Leslie L. Pemberton and husband, Chris, of Franklin, IN; seven grandchildren, Braden, Lukas, Ty and Dani Thompson, Aiden, Myah and Adalynn Pemberton; a brother, Brian Thompson and wife, Kathy, of Bedford; a brother-in-law, Robert Brown and wife, Theresa, of Orleans; a sister-in-law, Renita Brown, of Bedford; four nieces, three nephews, one aunt, two uncles and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Robert L. and Mary Ruth (Holaday) Brown and a grandson, Adam Pemberton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 30th and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday, July 31st at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For July 26, 2015
Updated July 27, 2015 1:50 PM
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Lillian A. Leahy - Bedford

Lillian A. Leahy, 93, of Bedford, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Edward R. Stevens - Evansville

Edward R. Stevens, 73, formerly of Bedford, passed away Saturday, July 25th at Evansville Hospital.

He was a painter and of the Pentecostal faith.

Private services will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Cecil Gary Goldsby - Bedford

April 29, 1933 - July 24, 2015

Cecil Gary Goldsby, 82, of Bedford, died at 7:10 a.m. Friday, July 24, 2015, at I.U. Health, Bloomington.

Born April 29, 1933, in Bedford, he was the son of John Monroe Goldsby and Nora (Brown) Goldsby Ritter.
He married Phyllis June Morgan on July 30, 1955; and she survives. Cecil worked in maintenance at G. M. Powertrain, Bedford, from where he retired, in 1989; he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea and attaining the rank of Corporal; he was of the Protestant Faith and was a member of American Legion, Cecil Martin Post #250, Mitchell.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis June Goldsby, Bedford; two daughters, Debbie (Jim) George and Cindy (Dayrl) Sears- Misamore, both of Bedford; eight grandchildren, Rusty A (Kristin) Sears, Mitchell, Steven L. Sears, Danny George and Andrea (Brian) Voigtschild, all of Bedford, Carla (Eric) Johnson, Springville, Dayrl Misamore, Jr., North Dakota, Annie (Darrell) Thornton, Salem, and Lula Misamore, Campbellsburg; four great grandchildren, Jackie L. Sears, Alex Marie Lashlee, Chase A. Sears and Matthew A. Sears; two brothers, Joe (Sue Jane) Goldsby, Mitchell and Wayne (Carolyn) Goldsby, Spencer; and his beloved cat, Mitzi.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Clyde Ritter; one sister, Marilyn Sears; and five brothers, Carl D. and Leslie F. Goldsby, James and Ronnie Ritter, and one brother in infancy; and his best friend, Buck Coulter.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, with Bro. Larry Dalton officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford. Friends may call from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the service, at the funeral home. Military Rites will be accorded at the grave by members of American Legion, Cecil Martin Post # 250, Mitchell.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Naomi Maxine Geary - Mitchell

March 17-1928 - July 25, 2015

Naomi Maxine Geary, 87, of Mitchell, passed away at 4:24 a.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born March 17, 1928, in Tipton, she was the daughter of Sean Ray and Gertrude (Spaulding) Austill. She married Charles Walter Geary in 1971, and he preceded her in death March 19, 1980. She had been employed in hospital food service and was a graduate of Tipton High School. Naomi was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include her children, Carl (Brenda) Clem, North Carolina, Fredrick L. Clem, Mitchell, Jeffery P. (Carol) Clem, Mitchell, P. Edward Geary, Mitchell, Jerry (Norma) Zearbaugh, Selma, Darlene M. (George) Shigley, Muncie, Brent W. (Carla) Geary, Florida, Brenda (Dana) Dunbar, Mitchell; 22 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren;14 great great grandchildren

Her parents; husband; children, Mary G. Box, Melody R. Henderson, and James K. Zearbaugh; and siblings, Edna Zearbaugh, Opal McComb, Virgil McComb, and Dallas Austill, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church with Reverend Steve Jones officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and from 11 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Thomas Jefferson Goen - Mitchell

Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Goen, 73, went home to be with the love of his life at 3 p.m. July 23, 2015 at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

He married Kathleen E. Knowling Wilkerson on July 21, 1964. They had 44 years together before her passing on August 20, 2007. Tom was born in Jackson County to Cletus and Dorothy (Hunsucker) Goen. He graduated from Medora High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962. He was a member of the Leesville Masonic Lodge No. 161 F&AM and Order of Eastern Star No. 422. Poppy retired from Cummins Engine with over 30 years of service.

Surviving: three granddaughters, caretaker, Ronnetta (Freddie) Hopper, Yolanda (Warren) Spicer, Tresa (Steve) Hamilton; great grandchildren, Audrey Wilkerson, Brandon Chastain, Matthew (Temple) Hopper; Miranda Hopper; Stewart, Isabella, Spencer Hamilton; great great grandchildren, Alexis and Carol; daughters-in-law, Kathy Wilkerson; Sue Ann Wilkerson; brothers, Paul Goen, Medora; Gary Goen, Florida; sister, Carol, Columbus; sisters-in-law, Mary Rose Goen, Bedford, Ruth Knowling, Wadesville many nieces, nephews, cousins, good friends and neighbors--thanks to all

He was preceded in death by his son, Ronnie F. Wilkerson in 2004; parents; two brothers; one sister; and two nephews.

As per his wishes, cremation was chosen with no services. Burial will be later in Talbott Cemetery next to Mam. Arrangements were entrusted to Haverly Funeral Chapel.

Poppy, I love and miss you so much already. But I know your heart is full again after seeing Mam. I'm sure there was rejoice at the pearly gates. Poppy was a wonderful giving man to all.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Haverly Funeral Chapel.



Obituaries For July 23, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 6:24 PM
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William C. "Bill" Silvers - Bedford

June 7, 1932 - July 22, 2015

William C. "Bill" Silvers, 83, of Bedford, died at 5:19 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born June 7, 1932 in Illinois, he was the son of William "Willie" and Bobbie (Cole) Silvers. He married Margaret Grant and she preceded him in death. He graduated from Pottsville High School in Pennsylvania, with the class of 1950. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Penn State.

Bill was the news director at radio station WBIW in Bedford, retiring after forty years. Following his retirement, he worked in the mayor's office under Mayor John Williams for several years. He was a member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsman's Club, a past president of the Bedford Public Library Board and a member of the Parks
Department Board. He was an avid golf enthusiast.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie White and husband, Jeff, of Bedford; a brother, Ronald Silvers, of Oolitic.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

At Bill's request, there are no services scheduled.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Claude E. Cobb - Moresville
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February 8, 1928 - July 22, 2015

Claude E. Cobb, 87, of Mooresville, formerly of Bedford, died at 5:39 pm on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis.

Born February 8, 1928 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Henry and Ollie (Childers) Cobb. He married Barbara Nikirk on August 31, 1950 and she survives. He was an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Church of God. He pastored churches in Newark, IN, Bedford, IN, Battle Creek, MI, Oak Grove in Springville, IN and at Bethel Faith Temple in Indianapolis for twenty-two years until his retirement. He was the first Youth Director of the Indiana District Pentecostal Church of God then served as Superintendent. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion Post #0777 of Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Mooresville; a daughter, Brenda Cochran and husband, Sherrill W., of Dallas, TX; two sons, Denny Cobb and wife, Phylis, of Springfield, MO and Benny Cobb and wife, René of Mooresville, IN; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Fields and husband, Carl, of Florida and Maggie Jones and husband, Raymond, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25th at Hilltop Pentecostal Church in Avoca with Denny Cobb and Thomas Branham officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery with military rites accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For July 23, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 8:07 AM
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Claude Cobb - Bedford

Claude Cobb, 87, of Bedford, died at 5:39 pm on Wednesday, July 22nd at Community Hospital South in Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary



Obituaries For July 22, 2015
Updated July 22, 2015 3:18 PM
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Jack L. Young - Bedford
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June 24, 1926 -July 21, 2015

Bedford - Jack L. Young, 89, of Bedford, died at 8:25 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born June 24, 1926 in Oolitic, he was the son of David and Blanche (George) Young. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma Soards who was the mother of his children. He married Lucille M. Wilkinson on March 4, 1997 and she preceded him in death. He was a graduate of Greene's Barber College in Detroit, MI, a graduate of Highland Park Junior College in Highland Park, MI and a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He was a signalman in the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. He was a member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM where he had served as a past Master. He was an associate editor and reporter for the Times-Mail. He had been an E.M.T. for Dunn Memorial Hospital a C.P.R. trainer/instructor for the American Red Cross and a member of the Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Carra (Robert) of FL, JoAnn Hall (Cliff) of Greenwood and Donna
Deckard (Roger) of Bedford; two sons, David Young (Kym) of Salem and Kevin Young (Lucy) of Bedford;; thirteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, David Andrew (in infancy), George Young and Richard Young; a sister, Evelyn Kruse.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dan Goens officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




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