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April 21, 2015 • Obituaries

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April 21, 2015

Raymond “Junior” Schmeltz

Raymond “Junior” Schmeltz, 77, of Columbus, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at his home. Born in Chicago, December 9, 1937, Mr. Schmeltz was the son of Raymond P. and Vivian Rowe Schmeltz Sr.

Survivors include his daughters, Jerri Elkins of Madison and Carolee (Jimmy) Harless of Columbus; brothers, Richard (Ginny) Schmeltz of Osgood, William (Karen) Schmeltz of Columbus, Stewart Schmeltz of Osgood, Mark Schmeltz of Osgood and Steven (Rhonda) Schmeltz of Greensburg; sisters, Priscilla (Roger) Eadler of Osgood, Sharol Cox of Pensacola, FL and Carol (Danny) Iceberg of Cross Plains; grandchildren, Matthew Wilkerson, Benjamin Elkins and Ruby Elkins and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Janet Combs and his wife, Janet Dunn Schmeltz.|

Junior was employed at Cummins Engine Company for the past 51 years. He was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Eagles Lodge and enjoyed going to antique tractor shows and fishing.

Funeral services were held Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, Columbus, with Virgil Clotfelter officiating. Burial was at Mt. Healthy Cemetery with military honors presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard. Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Junior’s family at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, Columbus, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mary Lou Jolly

Mary Lou Jolly, 84, of Versailles, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Cross Plains on September 19, 1930, the daughter of Earl and Grace Porter Copeland. She was married to Carl Jolly on May 29, 1954 and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1994.

Survivors include two sons, David (Cheryl) Jolly, and Dwight Jolly both of Versailles; two daughters, Carol (Randy) Holcomb of Versailles and Janet (Terry) Icenogle of Bargersville; seven grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren with two more blessings this year; one brother, Kenneth (Earline) Copeland of Versailles; two sisters, Carolyn Morton of Pleasant and Nancy (Richard) Clem of Coatesville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her granddaughter Amanda Jolly, and her brothers Robert, Francis, and Ross Copeland.

Mrs. Jolly was a 1949 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She was a former employee of the Aetna Life Insurance Company in Indianapolis and had also worked at Morton’s Store in Pleasant. She also was a homemaker and loved the time she spent working on the farm with her husband. She had authored a book called “A Time of Peppermint” and was a great cook, especially known for her baked rolls. Mary Lou was a member of the Shelby Christian Church and had served as a volunteer for the Ripley County Cancer Unit.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. at the Shelby Christian Church with Bro. Robert “Pete” Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10 a.m. until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Cemetery or the Alzheimers Fund at Ripley Crossing in care of the funeral home.

Mary Janet (nee: Holtmeyer) Weber

Mary Janet (nee Holtmeyer) Weber, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Born in Lake Township, Janet worked as a teacher and chairman of the Foreign Language Department at Northrop High School for 42 years. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and various professional organizations.

Surviving are her niece, Mary Sue (Fred) Thompson of Madison and several cousins. Janet was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Weber, parents, Frederick and Mary Holtmeyer; and sister, Lois E. Holtmeyer.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18 at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Memorials may be made to ACRES, Inc. or St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. To sign the online guest book, go to D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, Ft. Wayne, was entrusted with arrangements.

Thomas Allen Cord

Thomas Allen Cord was born on June 11, 1947 and passed away on April 16, 2015. Tom was predeceased by his parents, Frieda and Karl Cord, his brothers, Jerry Cord and Ed Cord and his sister, Ruth Purdum. Tom is survived by his sisters, Janet Gorman and Margaret Jarvis and a host of nieces and nephews.

Tom was born at a time when there were very few resources for a person with Down’s Syndrome. Undaunted, Frieda and Karl raised Tom just the same way as his other siblings. Frieda drove Tom for over an hour to a school where he was taught by nuns. Karl taught Tom to do chores on the farm, including feeding and watering the cows, chickens, and cats. Tom attended a sheltered workshop in Versailles and later went to New Horizons Sheltered Workshop in Batesville. After Tom’s parents had passed, first his dad, and years later his mom, Tom moved to Dayton, Ohio to live with his sister, Janet Gorman, and his niece, Cathy Gorman. Tom worked at Monco, Goodwill, and eventually got a job working in the laundry room of a hotel. Tom retired from his job and began attending the Senior Resource Center, a great place that he absolutely loved.

After a bad fall and hospitalization in April of 2014, Tom moved into the Liberty Retirement Center. Tom quickly made many friends, the staff and the residents treated him like a king. He loved going to the dining room to eat, doing activities, and roaming all over the Center in his wheelchair. On April 6, 2015, Tom suffered a stroke and he passed away eleven days later. Tom will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Tom never met a stranger, loved to meet new people and make friends. In fact, he once invited the bag boy at the grocery store home for dinner. Tom was also very compassionate and concerned for others. Tom was at a basketball game and he saw the basketball hit one of the cheerleaders in the face. Tom could not stop crying until Cathy took him down to talk to the girl and he knew she was alright. Tom was also cunning, he usually managed to get his way. When he was told he could not take his camera to the Senior Resource Center because it was against the rules, Tom hid the camera outside the night before, grabbed it in the morning, and was on his merry way. Tom had an extraordinary talent with numbers and liked to memorize birthdays. He had every family member’s birthday and age memorized. He could even tell what age a person would be in any given year. Tom loved women. He liked to say, “May I?” and then kiss a lady’s hand. He proposed to most of the female members of the family and a few others. During a recent visit at his Retirement Center, Tom watched an attractive staff member walk by, then announced to Janet, Cathy, Craig, and David, “Me love me womans!” Tom was a very special man and a loving son, brother, and uncle and a much revered member of his family. Thomas Allen Cord was a good man.

Visitation is Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Milhousen. Mass of Christian Burial follows at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home Versailles.

Dorothy Dilk

Dorothy Dilk, 90 of Versailles, passed away Monday, April 20, 2015. Services are pending at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

Harold G. “Bud” Stevens

Harold G. “Bud” Stevens, 85, of Moores Hill, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Dearborn County Hospital at Lawrenceburg. Bud was born Tuesday, October 22, 1929 in Dearborn County the son of Clarence and Lula (Houston) Stevens. He married Marjorie (Stutler) Stevens July 8, 1950 and she preceded him in death November 10, 2014.

Bud served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Alton Box Factory in Aurora, and he was a farmer. Bud was a member of the Sparta Baptist Church, and sexton of Union Cemetery for many years. He was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion Post 209 for over 62 years. He enjoyed gardening, farming, cooking, and spending time with his family.

Bud is survived by daughters: Judy Ison of Moores Hill; Jill (Raymond) Mitchell of Moores Hill; sister, Emma Weber of Harrison; grandsons: Shawn Ison and Derek Stevens; great-grandson: Tyler Berry; and great-granddaughter: Shyanne Ison. Bud was preceded in death by his son Jack Stevens; wife, Marjorie Stevens; five brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday April 18, at the Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, with Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Burial followed in Union Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Moores Hill American Legions. Memorials may be made to the Sparta Baptist Church or Moores Hill Fire Department. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home, Moores Hill, was entrusted with arrangements 16717 Manchester Street Box 156 Moores Hill, In 47032 (812)744-3280. Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.

Arthur Lee

Arthur Lee, 57, of North Vernon, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial will be at the Glendale Cemetery in Osgood. Memorial donations made be made through the funeral home to the American Cancer Society. You are invited to leave a message of condolence for the family at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, North Vernon, is entrusted with arrangements.

Garland “Dale” Duke

Garland “Dale” Duke, 54, of Batesville, formerly of Bennington, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 23 at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay with burial in the Slawson Cemetery, Bennington. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Community Mental Health Center in Batesville, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, Vevay, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Lori Turner

Lori Turner, 48, of Madison, died on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

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