Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The following obituaries were received for Wednesday –

Nathan Wade Dalton – Springville
Nathan Wade Dalton , 39, of Springville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, September 7, 2012. He was a Preacher’s kid, born to Larry and Karen Dalton. He had a happy childhood, enjoying his big wheel, playing sports and had many friends.
He attended school in Bedford, graduating in 1991. He went to Export Bible College, where he met his wife, Annette. They married at the age of 18 and went on to have four beautiful children, Levi, Lex, Lucas and Lydia. His children were the light of his life and he was the best Daddy to them.
Very early on, Nathan exhibited signs of being a hard worker. He had a paper route at the age of 11. He picked strawberries, put up hay, worked at Golden Corral and Cosner’s Ice. He was truly a hard worker and a good provider for his family.
Following in the steps of his grandfather, Dad, brother, uncle and cousin, he became a proud Union Ironworker out of Local 22 in 1992. He graduated from the Ironworkers Apprentice Program, becoming well known amongst ironworkers as one of the best of the best. He excelled in most all types of ironwork, but hanging iron was his favorite. He took pride in the buildings he helped raise.
Nathan was friendly, outgoing and had many friends. To know Nathan was to love Nathan.
He was a proud Dad. He often bragged about his Dad’s exploits as a Marine and had the utmost respect for his Dad’s Christian faith and confidence in his prayers. He loved his Mother and her happy, loving spirit; having many memories of good times together. He is survived by his brother, Louis Troy and a sister Kelly.
His crowning achievement was his children and he loved them more than life. He worked hard to provide a wonderful life for them. He was a loving, affectionate Daddy. He leaves behind a heartbroken wife of 20 years and four children who were much too young to lose a Daddy.
In lieu of flowers, a fund had been set up at Jackson County Bank to help cover expenses and a fund for the children.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 13th at the Assembly of God Church, at 2601 27th Street in Bedford. Expressions of sympathy will be received immediately following the ceremony. A private viewing will be held for the immediate family following the ceremony. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 17th at the Kansas Cemetery in Kansas, Oklahoma.
The family coverts your prayers during this shocking loss.
Phillip L. Hert – Bedford
Phillip L. Hert, 64, of Bedford, passed away at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012 at his home.
Born February 21, 1948 in Bedford, he was the son of Chester Wayne and Vaunda R. (Canada) Hert. He married Jennifer K. Bowden on May 18, 1974 and she survives. He retired from the Bedford Fire Department in 1995. He drove a bus for North Lawrence Community Schools, Indiana University and Bedford TASC. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and Bedford Noon Lions Club. Phil had a passion for his family, grandchildren, racing and Indiana basketball.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer, of Bedford; two daughters, Sarah Hall and husband Brian, of Virginia Beach, VA., Allison Moore and husband Jed, of Bedford; a son, Stephen Hart, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Garret and Hannah Hall, Brody, Bricton and Brenzlie Moore; his mother-in-law, Catherine Brown, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Erroll Wayne and Charles Earl Hert.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors John Lane and David Colgan officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. until the hour on Thursday, September 13th and from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday, September 14th at Day & Carter Mortuary.
The family asks friends make memorial contributions be made to the Thornton Memorial Boys Club.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Phillip at

Rhea Dawn (Harrell) Thomas – Bedford

Rhea Dawn (Harrell) Thomas, 79, of Bedford, passed away at 4:35 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2012 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.
Born on September 17, 1932 in Lawrence County to Lindley and Beache (Wright) Harrell. She was married October 21, 1950 to Harry Lee Thomas. She attended Shawswick High School with the class of 1951 and was a member of the Church of Christ in Pinhook.
Rhea Dawn was a talented homemaker, and worked outside the home for Purdue University in the Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program for 22 years. She was also active in Farm Bureau, serving as Women’s Leader for several years. She drove a school bus for North Lawrence Community Schools for a number of years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Scott and wife Kathi Mattox Thomas, John and wife Peggy Robbins Thomas and Todd and wife Donna Wilder Thomas, all of Bedford. Also Brett Thomas and Tyler Thomas, as well as two granddaughters, Jamie and husband Shawn Nikirk and Katie Thomas. She also had 8 great-grandchildren, Natalie Thomas, Dalton Nikirk, Garrett Thomas, Emily Thomas, Ashlie Thomas, Dylan Nikirk, Luke Thomas and Tori Nikirk, as well as two brothers, Victor Juan Harrell and Bobby Harrell. Also surviving are brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Betty Jean Ooley, Wilmer and Sue Alice and Nancy Fletcher, as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Joan Harrell Imhoff and brothers, Larwence Harrell, Gene Harrell and Virnard Harrell.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Pinhook Church of Christ, with Brother Walter Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.
Friends may call on Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at