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January 21, 2016 • Obituaries
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Glenn Sheets, Jr.

Glenn Sheets, Jr., Sharpsville, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at 2:15 a.m. at Community Howard Regional Hospital. He was born September 13, 1928 in Osgood, the son of Glenn and Pallas (Reynolds) Sheets. He married Tleana Firth in Versailles on March 16, 1953 at Tyson Temple Methodist Church.

Glenn was a graduate of Osgood High School. He was inducted into the Army Infantry and served as a Staff Sergeant. He fought for his country during 1951-1952 in the Korean War. After completing his service duty, he attended Ball State Teachers College and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business, a Masters Degree in Education and continued his education through a sixth year. During his educational journey, he belonged to three honorary fraternities, enjoying participation in the Social Studies and Business Honorary. He served as president of the Education Honorary during his senior year at Ball State. He was one of the founding members of Kokomo Center’s Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity. Glenn taught at New Castle and in the Kokomo Center School system at Roosevelt School and Maple Crest School for 39 years. He served as assistant principal at Sycamore School.

Glenn was a member of Howard Lodge #93 and an honorary member of the Napthali Lodge #389. He was a member of Shriners International whose purpose is building hospitals for children. Glenn was a former member of the Osgood Baptist Church and enjoyed hearing the sermons at Cornerstone Community Church in Kokomo.

Upon retirement, Glenn and his wife loved to travel. He was an avid reader of world history and enjoyed visiting the countries of Europe, Scandinavia and countries around the Baltic Sea. His favorite trips were those to Alaska where he enjoyed Nome and Kotzebue in the Arctic Circle. He and his wife enjoyed every trip with 10 other members of the Sheets family and always were thankful for those times together. Glenn’s favorite interests while living in Kokomo were the Wildcat Valley Muzzle Loader Club and continued to enjoy Isaac Walton and the Logansport Muzzle Loader Club. He wrote articles for the NMLRA magazine “Muzzle Blasts,” and enjoyed the historical data of that particular era. Then came the day to admit to old age and a time to give up his hobbies, sell out, and travel to places he had always wanted to see. He particularly enjoyed the many trips taken with the Fernung Tours. One of his retirement pleasures was spent with Bob Bourff Racing Team and was always ready to go to the races. He loved the sound of the engines and celebrating the wins. One of his interests was enjoying restoring his small collection of muscle cars which were sold to buyers as far away as Saudi Arabia. Glenn and his family loved camping when the children were younger and looking forward to their trips to Canada and various states of our country. He always enjoyed the trips to Florida during the winter months.

Those left behind to remember Glenn are his wife, Tleana; son, Kevin Glenn Sheets; daughter, Monica and husband Dr. Andrew McTaggart, Perth, Australia; sister-in-law, Lenna Ransburg; grandchildren, Robert Glenn McTaggart, Perth Australia; Doctorial Candidate Broc Sheets, Marietta Georgia; Brice Sheets, Sharpsville; and Dr. John and Kala (Sheets) Graves, Evansville. Nieces and nephews to remember Glenn are Dr. Holly Sheets and Greg Sieworek, St. Augustine, Florida; Kirby Sheets and family, Carmel; Kebe Sheets and family, Osgood; Tim Peters and family, Lees Summit, Missouri; Dr. Curt and Vicki (Peters) Fieleke, Belton, Missouri. Glenn was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Alice (Sheets) Peters, Independence, Missouri and brother Gayle Sheets of Osgood.

A celebration of life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo, with military honors provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team followed by a Masonic Service, with a celebration memorial service by Pastor Paul Enochs. According to his wishes, after cremation a private burial will take place at a later date. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 p.m. until time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, the Shriners Hospital in care of the Kokomo Shrine Club or IBN Saud Grotto. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Rita (Burch) Abplanalp

Rita (Burch) Abplanalp passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, December 30, 2015 at her residence outside of Franklin. She was born on May 18, 1932 at the family farm residence outside of Loogootee, Indiana in Daviess County to Walter and Beatrice (Seal) Burch.

She was a graduate from Cannelburg Elementary School in 1946 and was a 1950 graduate of Montgomery High School. After graduation, she attended and graduated from the Approved School of Beauty Culture in Indianapolis and from there was employed at the Vogue Beauty Salon in Franklin. Rita married Gil Abplanalp on August 2, 1952 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Loogootee and they then moved to Franklin. In 1954, they built their home in the country outside of Franklin and still reside at that location. After their first son was born, Rita worked part-time for a few years and after their second son was born, dedicated her working to caring for her family, home, helping others and the many related responsibilities. Rita was a devoted member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She was a member of the St. Rose Altar Society, and for many years assisted with work inside and outside the Rectory, along with fund raising efforts for the church. A very caring person, she especially enjoyed doing things for others outside of her family. She also enjoyed bowling, cards, traveling, watching high school sports and college basketball, and landscaping at her home.

She is survived by her husband Gil; sons, Garry (Laura) of Holland, Michigan, and Dean (Dorcas) of Franklin; along with numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sisters, Eleanor Wildman of Franklin and Margaret Walton of Loogootee and brother, James Burch of Loogootee. She was preceded in passing by her parents and brothers, Joe, Charles, Thomas and John.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, January 4 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Franklin. Burial was at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin. For those wishing to do so, memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 114 Lancelot Drive, Franklin, Indiana 46131. Online condolences may be received at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, Franklin, was entrusted with arrangements.

Erma June Kaiser

Erma June Kaiser, 87, Blue Mound, WI, formerly of Versailles, Aurora and Lawrenceburg, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016. Friends will be received Thursday, January 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora. Services will be held at 10:30 am Friday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Washington Park East Cemetery, Indianapolis. Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, is entrusted with arrangements. Visit:

Mable M. Puente

Mable M. Puente, 95, Batesville, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 23 from 12-2 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with funeral services immediately following. Burial will be in the St. Pius Cemetery. Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, is entrusted with arrangements.

Connie Kay Roy Hernandez

Connie Kay Roy Hernandez, 58, Greensburg, passed away on January 19, 2016. A private service has taken place. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

P. “Mitch” Bergman

P. “Mitch” Bergman, 56, Milan, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Mitch was born Thursday, September 17, 1959 in Lawrenceburg, the son of Ken and Ginny (Asche) Bergman.

Mitch was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. He worked at the Gap in Florence, KY for 15 years. Mitch enjoyed watching sports especially IU basketball and the Colts. Mitch loved spending time with his family and friends.

Mitch is survived by son: Dakota Bergman of Cincinnati, OH; stepson: Robbie (Kelly) LaFollette of Aurora; stepdaughter: Cara (George) Hackney of Milan; parents: Ken and Ginny Bergman of Milan; brothers: Doug (Jackie) Bergman, Chris (Lora) Bergman, Steven (Wendy) Bergman all of Milan; sisters: Kendra Roberts of Dillsboro, Melissa (Jeff) Ollman of Milan; five grandchildren: Brayden Cutter, Carson, Eli, Tyler Hackney, James Scott LaFollette; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Debbie Bergman March of 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, January 23 at Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US 50 Dillsboro, 47018, with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, is entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, IN 47031. (812)654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

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