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Obituaries For October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014 9:05 AM
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Will D. Fortner - Bedford

Will D. Fortner, 29, of Bedford, died Wednesday, October 22nd at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.



Obituaries For October 23, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014 12:50 PM
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Michael C. Elliott - Bedford

A celebration of life service for Michael C. Elliott, 62, of Bedford, who died October 1st, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Bride of Christ Fellowship in Mitchell with Brother Jerry Allen officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service until 3 p.m.

Burial will be at 4:00 p.m. in Green Hill Cemetery.

Opal June "Junie" Roberts - Bedford

Opal June "Junie" (Fish) Roberts, 84, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Johnson's Christian Village in Bedford, Indiana.

Born March 26, 1930 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Raymond and Elizabeth (Cummings) Fish. She married George Richard Roberts on March 26, 1949 and he preceded her in death on July 18, 2005. Junie graduated from Shawswick High School and spent the rest of her life doting over her husband, children, grand-children, and great-grandchildren.

Known as "Grandma Junie" for the last forty years, she loved playing cards, cooking (at which she played second fiddle to none), singing Christian music, watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports, and fishing. She never saw a referee make a good call against her children, grand-children, or great-grandchildren. While raising fishermen and ladies for sixty-four years, she has still caught the largest bass, which weighed 11 3/4 pounds!

Survivors include daughters Mona (Steve) Miller and April Leann (Roy) Ritter both of Bedford; son, Randy (Emily) Roberts of Bloomington; grandchildren Michael (Beth) Miller of Bentonville, Arkansas; Audra (Adam) Sater of Ellettsville, Indiana; Paul (Bridgette) Owens of Mitchell, Indiana; Lucas (Jenny) Roberts of Bloomington, Indiana; Mitchell Roberts of Quinton, Virginia; and Maggie Roberts of Bloomington, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Lilly and Ella Miller; Kadesia and Javan Owens; Coleman and Winnie Sater; and Reece Roberts.

She was preceded in death by a sister Rhea Dawn Fish; her parents Raymond and Elizabeth Fish; her husband George Roberts; and a sister Maxine Dalton.

Private viewing will be handled by Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with graveside services at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Junie's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation Of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY, 10001 or online at www.alzfdn.org.

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



Obituaries For October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014 2:29 PM
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Barbara B. Allen - Huron
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Barbara B. Allen, 87, of Huron, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday morning at her residence.

Born March 17, 1928, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Lester H. and Bernice (Byrle) Talley. She married Thurman M. Allen March 28, 1947. Barbara had been a teacher's aide at Huron Elementary School and was a member of the Huron Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and sewing.

Survivors husband, Thurman Allen, Huron; son, Keven Mitchell (Robin) Allen, Huron.

Her parents; son, Stephen Melvin Allen; brother, Bruce William Talley; and sisters, Betty Byrle Casey and Doris Jacklyn Russell, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Huron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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



Obituaries For October 20, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014 8:46 PM
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Ralph L. Lee - Bedford

Ralph L. Lee, 56, of Bedford died at 8:15am on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Garden Villa.

Ralph L. Lee was born January 25, 1958 in Seymour, IN. The son of Charles Daniel and Mary Edith (Bennett) Lee, he lived all of his life in Lawrence County. He attended Tunnelton School until the time of consolidation and graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1976, having never missed a day of school. Ralph lived his life to the fullest and by the teaching of those who influenced him the most, especially his Grandparents Ebb and Edith Bennett, and his uncles Harold and Lemuel Bennett. Ralph enjoyed John Deere tractors, freight trains, and jigsaw puzzles and would often be seen outside mowing and cutting brush. He enjoyed working several places including Spring Mill State Park and The Old Buggy Restaurant. Ralph was a member of the White River Baptist Church in Buddha where he served as an usher.

Ralph is survived by his mother, Mary Edith of Bedford; two brothers: Curtis D. Lee and David L. Lee and wife Paula all of Bedford; one sister: Martha A. Hill and husband Mark of Medora; nieces and nephews, whom he adored, including Danie Norris and husband Mark of Bloomington, Tiffany Moody and husband Matt of Carmel, Kasey Franklin and husband Doug of Indianapolis, Amanda Herzner and husband TJ of Brownstown, Chelsea Lee and Steve Cassidy of Bedford, Jan Lee of Ohio, Evan Hill and wife Amanda J. of St. Louis, MO and Levi Lee and wife Victoria of Bedford; 14 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles D. Lee, one sister in law, Linda Jill Lee, one great niece Nora Moody, his maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 am on Wednesday, October 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in the Tunnelton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, October 21st at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ralph
at www.daycarter.com.

Benjamin Edward Cassidy - Bedford

Benjamin Edward Cassidy, 71, of Bedford died at 3:36 pm on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the IU Health Hospice House.

Born June 6, 1943 in Lawrence County he was the son of Joseph and Louisa (McDermen) Cassidy. He married Myla Farlee and she survives. He retired from General Motors and attended the House of Prayer Church.

Survivors include his wife, Myla of Bedford; three sons: Fred Cassidy of Mitchell, Toby Cassidy and his wife Tammy of Bedford, and James Cassidy of Bedford; four grandchildren: Zandra Jones and husband Andrew, Brandon Cassidy and wife Ashley, Shane Cassidy, and Jaylyn Cassidy; two great grandchildren: Chloe and Dakota Cassidy; two sisters: Margaret Brown and husband Richard and Jeanette Nikirk and husband Delvin; one sister in law: Faye Cassidy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Zachery Cassidy, three brothers: James, Carl, and William Cassidy; two sisters: Catherine Dorsett, and Virginia Ray.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1pm on Wednesday, October 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Max Abel officiating. Burial will follow in the
House of Prayer 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 pm until 8 pm on Tuesday, October 21st at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Benjamin at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014 3:12 PM
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Betty L. Hackler - Bedford

Betty L. Hackler, 79, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord at 1 pm on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at her residence with her children by her side.

Born July 26, 1935, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Howard and Ruth (Lynton) Bell. Betty attended Orleans High School and worked at the Forge Plant in Mitchell, as a CNA for the Westview Nursing Home in Bedford and in food service at the Bedford Medical Center. Betty was a devoted Christian and member of New Foundation Church of Bedford, where she had served in the food and clothing pantry helping those in need.

Betty had compassion to help those in need and enjoyed building encouraging relationships with all she met. Although Betty had been severely disabled by crippling rheumatoid arthritis, it did not prevent her from reaching out to others with the same hope and encouragement she had received from her relationship with Christ.

She will be lovingly remembered by her family whom she cherished.

Survivors include her children, Donna Howell of Lanesville, IN, Dana Jones and Deanna Young both of Bedford; step-children, Mary Jo Brooking, John Hackler and Jana Hackler; five grandchildren, David Young, Joshua Young, Caitlin Jones, Ethan Jones and Hannah Jones; three step-grandchildren, Chris Brooking, Mallory Hackler and Brooke Hackler; two great grandchildren, Emmah Young and Damion Hamilton; two brothers, Kenneth Bell and Larry Bell both of Mitchell; a sister, Emma Bell of Orleans.

Betty will be reunited with her loving husband, John Hackler and other family members in Heaven; a brother, Howard Wayne Bell and five sisters, Hazel Smith, Wanda Foster, Sylvia Watterson, Linda Bell and Elizabeth Bell; a step-son, Mike Hackler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Monday, October 20th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenny Walden and Dana Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Orleans. Visitation will be from 2 pm to 6 pm on Sunday, October 19th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Betty at www.daycarter.com .

Christopher "Chris" P. Knight - Orleans

Christopher "Chris" P. Knight, 41, of Orleans, passed at the University of Louisville Hospital on October 15, 2014 at 11:37 p.m.

He was born on November 16, 1972, the son of David Knight and Pam (Cornwell)
Bryant. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. The last several years served as a caregiver for his grandparents and assisted on the farm. He was a member of the American Legion Warren Brock Post 69 and of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Orleans High School class of 1990. He was also an eagle in the Boy Scouts

He is survived by his father, David (Carolyn) Knight of Orleans; one step son, Nathan of Bloomington; paternal grandparents, Elmo and Sara Knight of Orleans; three sisters, Heather Stone of Alabama, Amber (Russell) Mink of Noblesville, IN and Tara Bryant of FL; three brothers, Jeremy Carpenter of Denver, CO, Dustin Carpenter of Wyoming, MI and Jason Bryant of FL; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother and maternal grandparents, Paul and Betty Cornwell and great grandfather, Ed Ballard.

The Celebration of Life service will be on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home with the Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Burial will follow at a later date at Fairview Cemetery.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on 4 p.m. until service time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer association.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net

Kathleen Jeffries - Bedford

Kathleen Jeffries, 85, of Bedford, died at 6:10 am on Friday, October 17, 2014 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary

Betty Hackler - Bedford

Betty Hackler, of Bedford, died at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 16th at her residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Arnold Williamson - Bedford

Arnold Williamson, of Bedford, passed away at 6:39 am on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at his residence.

Born July 22, 1927 in Bloomington, he was the son of Arnold E. and Frances (Henderson) Williamson. He married Lois Hendrix and she preceded him in death on May 27, 2012. Arnold was a graduate of Bloomington High School and retired as a die maker at General Motors after forty-two years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a sixty-
two year member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge and a fifty-two year member of York Rite.

During retirement, Arnold enjoyed fishing, Indiana University basketball, woodworking and maintaining his backyard swimming pool. In addition, Arnold and his wife, Lois hosted an annual pig roast for family and friends at their residence for twenty-five years.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Ray (Bill) of Carmel, IN; sons, Mike Williamson of Poway, CA, Mark Williamson (Peggy) of Bedford; son-in-law, Dan Cook of AZ; grandchildren, Michael Conley of MN, Melissa Chouinard (Jason) of AZ, Jennifer Emmerson (Rob), Brian Ray (Misti), Nathanael Williamson, Brad Ray (Laura) all of Indiana; Max and Jesse Williamson of CA; eleven great grandchildren, Preston Conley, Tabatha, Arabella and Sophia Chouinard, Lauren and Audra Emmerson, Jace Tomlinson, Brianna and Porter Ray, Myles and Madelyn Ray.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois; daughter, Debby Cook; a grandson, Jeremiah Williamson; brothers, Paul and Ed Williamson; sisters, Frances Ratts, Estelle Knoy, Elizabeth Ratts and Helen Ridge.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm on Saturday, October 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Mark Hafenbreidel officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Friday, October 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary where Masonic services will be conducted at 7 pm.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Premier Hospice, 319 Ewing Street, Seymour, IN 47274 attn: Melissa.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Arnold at www.daycarter.com.




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