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Obituaries For Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Last updated on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The following obituaries were received for Tuesday -

Joy Fitzgerald - Bedford

Joy Fitzgerald, 64, of Bedford, passed away at 8:50 pm on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.

Born April 8, 1948 in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Kelsie and Wyrtis (Hughes) Fitzgerald. She had been a cashier at I.G.A. and attended Charity Chapel Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Tesa Hatfield Bunch and Cindy Vance, both of Bedford; a brother, Eddie Fitzgerald, of Bedford; a sister, Janet Jeffries, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Jacob and Justin Bunch, Jessica Bullock, Kayla and T.J. Bobbs; two great grandchildren, Jaxon Bunch.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

At her request, no services are scheduled. Cremation was chosen.

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

Gerald L. (Tom) Skinner - Oolitic

Gerald L. (Tom) Skinner, 76, of Oolitic, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born July 5, 1936, he was the son of Gerald H. and Wilma (Sullivan) Skinner.

Captain Tom was an avid fisherman and loved being on the White River. He was a lifetime member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club. He was a member of the New Life Trinity Holiness Tabernacle.

Tom is survived by his wife of 58 years, Verla (Parker) Skinner, his mother, Wilma Skinner of Oolitic; one son, Gerald F. (Buddy) Skinner and wife Dee of South Carolina; one daughter, Sherri and husband Dennis Hillenburg, of Bloomington; three grandchildren, and husband Nathan Cross Erik Millick and wife Heather,both of Bloomington, Brandon Millick and wife Starr, of Monrovia; seven great grandchildren, Elijah Fadely, Noah Hillenburg, Wren and Avery Millick, Page Corbett, Brayden and Trenton Millick.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Thursday, March 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Mark Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, March 13th and from 10 am until the hour of service on Thursday, March 14th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the New Life Trinity Holiness Tabernacle.

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

James R. Langley - Bedford

James R. Langley, 86, of Bedford, passed away on March 10, 2013 at 3:55 Am at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford,

Arrangements are pending at Cresthaven Funeral Home

Russell O. Schoolcraft - Bedford

Russell O. Schoolcraft, 92, of Bedford, passed away at 10:55 am on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Garden Villa. He formerly resided on N street in Bedford for over 20 years.

Born September 30, 1920 in Martinsville, he was the son of Lewis and Vada (Anderson) Schoolcraft. He married Norma Ward on April 12, 1946 and she preceded him in death on
November 25, 2006. Russell was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WW II, where he received three Bronze Stars and other medals of honor. He retired from Texas Gas as
a heavy equipment operator and truck driver. Russell was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post #33 and was recognized as the oldest member of the Eagles Club.

Survivors include one son, Thomas Schoolcraft and companion Amanda Evans, of Bedford; two daughters, Linda Jones and husband Greg, of Panama City, FL, and Mitzi Flynn and husband John, of Bedford; six grandsons, Todd Roberts, Bret Carmichael and wife Joni, Troy Schoolcraft and wife Brittany, Jesse Flynn and Micah Flynn, all of Bedford, and Thomas Schoolcraft and wife Heather, of Martinsville; two granddaughters, Mindy Schuth and husband Jon, of Bedford, and Jennifer Flynn and companion Mike Parks of Bedford; several great and great-great grandchildren; several siblings; and one niece, Judy Deckard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; step-father, Bob Owens; and several siblings.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm on Tuesday, March 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Bill Mckee officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, March 12th at the Day & Carter Mortuary where an Eagles service will be conducted at 1:30 pm.

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


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