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Obituaries For April 19, 2014
Updated April 19, 2014 7:43 AM
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Phillip "Spook" Allen - Bedford

Phillip "Spook" Allen, 63, of Bedford, died at 1:10 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospice House.

Born October 15, 1950 in Bedford, he was the son of Estil Allen and Anna (Smoot) Turner. He was a stone quarry worker and loved fishing, hunting and auto racing. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his mother, Anna Turner of Bedford; two daughters, Melissa Gladden and husband, Carlos II, of Lexington, IN and Misty Deckard and husband, Chris, of Bedford; a son, Jack Spires and wife, Kelli, of Bedford; a brother, Paul E. Allen of Oolitic; a sister, Louise Allen of Ellettsville; two step-sisters; eight grandchildren, Carlos
Gladden III, Emily Gladden, Kayla and Sydney Deckard, Payton and Piper Spires, Draven Hughes and Rex Lovell;
several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Estil and a brother, Tony Allen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Wednesday, April 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott and Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery with military rites accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion and D.A.V. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, April 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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



Obituaries For April 17, 214
Updated April 18, 2014 11:51 AM
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Phillip Allen - Bedford

Phillip Allen, 63, of Bedford, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospice House.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Dean F. Kirk - Mitchell

Dean F. Kirk, 80, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Friday, April 18, 2014, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Mary E. Stewart - Oolitic

Mary E. Stewart, 91, of Oolitic, passed away Thursday morning at Garden Villa.

Born on December 24, 1922, she was the daughter of David H. and Inez (Lewis) Miller. She married Charles R. Stewart on September 20, 1941 and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2000. She retired as a cook from Oolitic Schools.

Survivors include her son, Danny Stewart and wife Nancy, of Oolitic, two daughters, Diana Flynn and husband Monet Dewayne, of Springville and Donna Chinn, of Garrettsville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; twenty-three great-grand children and five great great-grand children.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Charles; twin sister Marie Helen Bingham; sister Hilda Rose Mitchell; sister Dorothy Gayle Miller, in infancy.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church in Springville with Bob Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbok and light a candle in memory of Mary at www.daycarter.com

Marcella S. Russell - Shoals

Marcella S. Russell, 74, of Shoals, passed away Thursday at 5:55 a.m. at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

She was born on September 20, 1939 in Martin County to Donald Freeman and Evelyn (Richardson) Stewart. She married Donald W. Tedrow and he passed away in 2002. Marcella retired from RCA in Bloomington.

She is survived by her companion, Lester Gammon, of Shoals; two sons, William K. Tedrow, of Bedford and Warren B. Tedrow, of Sioux Falls, SD., two grandsons, William Tedrow and Robert Tedrow, both of Mitchell; five great grand-children; two brothers, Donald Richard Stewart of Jasper and Terry Lee Stewart of Otwell; two sisters, Mary Skobel, of Benton, IL and Carolyn Stewart, of Otwell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Trisha Tedrow and one sister Shelia.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Shoal.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.queenlee.com

Melvin Norman "Jiggs" Backherms - Mitchell

Melvin Norman "Jiggs" Backherms, 76, of Mitchell, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 7, 1938, in Corydon, he was the son of Laurel and Ada Mae (Crone) Backherms. He married Nita Kay Knable April 23, 1960.

He was a project engineer for the Indiana Department of Transportation and retired with 44 years of service. Melvin graduated from Corydon High School in 1957. Chief enjoyed watching all sports, going fishing; taking drives in the country, and being with his family. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Kay Backherms, Mitchell; children, Michael Edward (Susan) Backherms, Mitchell, Cindy Ann Farmer, Orleans, Suzie Marie (Andy) Sehr, Bedford; granddaughters, Nicole Backherms and Evie Sehr; brothers, Dennis (Kathy) Backherms, Corydon Laurel (Marcella) Backherms, Jr., Salem; several nieces and nephews

His parents and siblings, Shirley Backherms and Lonnie Backherms, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Family of Melvin Norman Backherms

Condolences may be sent to www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Nancy Jean Cogwell - Mitchell

Nancy Jean Cogwell, 74, of Mitchell, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Born February 1, 1940, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Gene Westerfield and Thelma (Cooper) Connerley. She married Ronald Eugene Cogwell July 25, 1958. Nancy had been employed at the First National Bank and was owner of Ma Nancy Antique Shop. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1958 and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviviors include her husband, Ronald Cogwell, Mitchell; son, John (Sharon) Cogwell, Mitchell; grandchildren, Jonathan (Alyssa) Cogwell; Stephanie Cogwell; great grandson, Brayden Cogwell.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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



Obituaries For April 17, 2014
Updated April 17, 2014 6:56 AM
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Melvin N. Backherm - Mitchell

Melvin N. Backherms, 76, of Mitchell, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Creamtion Center.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Nancy Cogwell - Mitchell

Nancy Cogwell, 74, of Mitchell, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.



Obituaries For April 16, 2014
Updated April 15, 2014 6:39 PM
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Robert W. "Bob" Fleetwood - Bedford

Robert W. "Bob" Fleetwood, 74, of Bedford, died at 8:30 A.M. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at his residence.

Born November 17, 1939 in Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the son of Leslie Fleetwood and Helen (Sturrock) Fleetwood. He married Mary Ann Deckard on March 13, 1958. He then married Penny Brock on October 27, 2001. He graduated from Heltonville High School, Class of 1958. He owned and operated Fleetwood Logging, where he retired in 2009. He was a race car driver at Bloomington Speedway, Brownstown Speedway, and many other area race tracks.

Surviving are his wife, Penny Fleetwood, of Bedford; two sons, Douglas Fleetwood, of Heltonville, and Scott (Nedra) Fleetwood, of Heltonville; two step-daughters, Amanda Parker, of Bedford, and Kelli Brock (Rich Goben), of Bedford; nine grandchildren, Britney (Brett) Baker, Lacie (Ricky) Riggle, Harrison Fleetwood, Alexzandra Fleetwood, Brock Fleetwood, Cadence Brock-Burkhart, Kolton Parker, Jesse Brock-Burkhart, and Kasen Parker; five great grandchildren, Jaxsen Baker, Blayton Chaillaux, Fynley Baker, Raden Riggle, and Ryatt Riggle; four sisters, Martha Davis, Bedford, Louise Meadows, Heltonville, Rickie Anderson, Bedford, and Tammy Reuter, Bedford; four brothers, Ray, Rex, Dean, of Heltonville, and Kevin, of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Edwin, Ronnie, Willard, and Dale Fleetwood; and one sister, Betty Jean Fleetwood.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, from 4-8 p.m. Services will conclude with prayer at 8 p.m.

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

Timothy Joe Brown - Bedford

Timothy Joe Brown, 57, of Bedford, died at 4:41 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at I.U. Health, Bloomington, IN.

Born September 23, 1956 in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Timothy Alva Brown and Renia May (Staggs) Brown. He married Sheena Feighner on September 19, 1999 and she survives. He was a member of the Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Dept. for 22 years, retiring in 2009. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Corps Reserves.

Surviving are his wife, Sheena Brown, Bedford; one son, Christopher Joseph (Kim) Brown, Bedford; one step-son, Bradley Terrell, Bedford; six grandchildren, Allyson, Carter, Mason, Madison, Peyton and Dylan; five brothers; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Barbara "Susie" Speer; and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford. Burial will be in Leesville Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service hour on Thursday, at the funeral home.

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



Obituaries For April 12, 2014
Updated April 12, 2014 10:07 PM
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Grace Elizabeth Shaff - Bedford

Grace Elizabeth Shaff, 97, of Bedford died at 6:42 am on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born June 22, 1916 in Munfordsville, KY she was the daughter of Virgil and Belle M. (Cobb) Srygler. She married Robert Shaff, Sr. in 1937 and he preceded her in death in 1966. She retired from Hook's Drugs Store as a pharmacist's assistant in 1983. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford.

Survivors include one son: Robert Shaff, Jr. and his wife Judy of Bedford; two daughters: Betty Cameron and her husband Richard, and Mary Mattox and her husband Bill all of Bedford; one sister in law Lucille Swigler of Bedford; seven grandchildren: Diane Jost and her husband Mark of Bedford, Kathi Thomas and her husband Scott of Bedford, Larry Dale Shaff and his wife Debbie of Centerville, IN , Cindy Goodin and her husband Tim of Bedford, Jim Shaff and his wife Terra of Bedford, Tracy Shaff of Ponchatoula, LA, John Ed Shaff and his wife Melanie of Mitchell;

18 grandchildren, 23 great great grandchildren; and one daughter in law, Janet Shaff of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son Virgil Shaff, two grandchildren, Greg Cameron and Richard Cameron; six sisters; one brother, and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in the White River Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 am until the hour of service on Monday.

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

Betty M. Glassco - Bedford

Betty M. Glassco, 87, of Bedford died at 4:12 am on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Born March 19, 1927 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Goldie Super. She married Ralph Glassco on October 21, 1943 and he preceded her in death. She retired from RCA, and was a member of the Silverville Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son: Jerry Glassco and his wife Roxanne of Bedford; one daughter: Jeanie Glassco of Bedford; two grandchildren: T.J. Glassco of Bedford, and Michelle Hardman of Bedford; two great grandsons: Dawson and Gibson Glassco; two sisters: Bonnie Vowell of Bedford and Joan Tincher of Bedford; caregiver: Margie Boling of Bedford, and a granddog Tahza.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son: Jack Glassco, two daughters: Janice May, and Brenda
Glassco, one sister: Phyllis Allen, and three brothers: Tommy Super, Gene Super, and Johnny Super.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jim Barr officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Pleasant Silverville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 pm until 8 pm on Monday, April 14th and from 11 am until the hour of service on Tuesday.

Family and friends are invited to sign he guestbook and light a candle in memory of Betty at www.daycarter.com.


Elizabeth Marie Duncan - Mitchell

Elizabeth Marie Duncan, 87, of Mitchell, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born September 5, 1926, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Henry Doyle and Fern Faye (Fountain) Wray. She married William G. Duncan November 8, 1946, and he preceded her in death November 5, 2002.

She was a homemaker and beautician, and had been employed at the First National Bank in Bedford and Holmes Hardware. Elizabeth graduated from Tunnelton High School in 1944 and Indianapolis Beauty College. She was a member of the First Christian Church and a charter member of Leesville Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving: children, William D. (Dianna) Duncan, Joseph, Oregon, Barbara G. (Randy) Powell, Mitchell, Pamela J. (Jerry) Freeman, Mitchell, Nancy E. Ryan, Williams; son in law, Dr. William E. Burgess, Brownstown; sister, Hettie (Cam) Anderson, Bedford; sisters in law, Sallyann Hall, Bedford, Dottie Duncan, Bedford; grandchildren, David (Melanie) Burgess, Debra (Jeff) Grant, Wes (Bridget) Burgess, Todd (Tammy) Burgess, Nicole (Derek) Winn, Dustin (Rachel) Powell, Jason (Erin) Powell, James (Julie) Freeman, Elizabeth Freeman, Meagan Ryan, Rob Ryan;11 great grandchildren.

Her father; mother, Fern Wray Mikels; husband; daughter, Marie Ann Burgess; and sisters, Dorabelle Dixon and Mildred Crane; and brother, Robert Vernon Wray,preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Michael Collins officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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



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