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January 26, 2016 • Obituaries
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Covell Mills

Well known area farmer and land developer Covell Mills, 63, of Dillsboro, passed away Friday, January 22, 2016 at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Covell was born Monday, November 17, 1952 in Milan, the son of Denver and Viola (Broughton) Mills. He married Connie (Cleeter) Mills March 14, 1981 and she survives.

Covell graduated from Milan High School in 1971 and Purdue University in 1974. Covell was a member of the Dillsboro Investment Club and a former member of the Ripley County Planning Commission. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, quad riding, grilling, playing cards, and telling jokes to his family and to the guys around the table at the Reservation. Covell loved spending time with his family and friends.

Covell is survived by wife: Connie Mills of Dillsboro; daughter: Sarah Mills of Milwaukee, WI; son: Tyler Mills and fiancée: Jessica Stark of Indianapolis; father: Denver Mills of Dillsboro; sisters: Maxine (Ron) Gall of Cincinnati and Charlene (Jerry) Olson of Kokomo. He was preceded in death his mother: Viola Mills; brother: Dennis Mills; nephew: Jeff Kersey.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 28 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, with Rev. Brent Raitz officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 27 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Milan Scholarship Fund, Milan Fire Department or Dillsboro Fire Department. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street, P.O. Box 243 Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. Go to to leave an online condolence message.

Eugene “Gene” Henry Crum

A lifetime farmer, great neighbor, and friend passed away Friday, January 22, 2016. Eugene “Gene” Henry Crum, 85, of Sunman, passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Gene was born March 2, 1930 in Sunman, to the late Henry and Lilly (Ross) Crum. Gene married Phyllis Jean Swift on July 7, 1959 at Adams Lutheran Church. Through this union, two children, son Alan and daughter Lori, were born.

Gene was a man of great faith. As a lifetime member of Adams Lutheran Church, he instilled this in his family. Gene, along with his family, ran a farming operation raising row crops and livestock. Many of us throughout the community remember holidays and always being served with the freshest Crum turkeys. Visitors knew when they drove down the long lane to the home place as it is known, Gene would be ready for good conversation and laughter. He defined the words hard work and dedication. He loved working with the land and Mother Nature. He loved to attend farm auctions and enjoyed following his son Alan and family at different singing events. At some of the singing events, Gene treated many to singing “I’m Walking the Floor over You” or the ever popular “Tennessee Waltz.” His family was recently asked how they viewed life. “Happiness isn’t getting what you want…it’s enjoying all you have.” Gene lived it to the fullest.

Gene is survived by wife Phyllis, who still remains at the home place, son Alan Crum of Sunman, and daughter Lori Crum of Ashland, Ohio. He is also survived by sister-in-law Janet Crum of Sunman and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers Melvin and Bill, his sisters Mabel Crum and Delores Kestler, and daughter-in-law Melissa Crum.

Services will all be held at Adams Lutheran Church near Batesville. Visitation will be Friday, January 29 from 5-8 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30 at 11 a.m. with doors opening at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Adams Church Cemetery. Memorials can be given to the church c/o the funeral home. Neal’s Funeral Home, Osgood, is handling the arrangements.

Travis J. Blair

Travis J. Blair, 65, of Holton, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. A funeral service was held Monday, January 25 at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service, North Vernon. Burial was in the Vernon Cemetery. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the donor’s choice of charity. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook and light a candle in his remembrance at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral & Cremation Service, North Vernon, was entrusted with arrangements.

Mark Taylor Begley

Mark Taylor Begley, 54, of North Vernon, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2016. In keeping with his wishes no services are planned. Burial will be in the Washington Baptist Cemetery in Elrod. Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, North Vernon, were entrusted with the care of these arrangements. Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Crossroads Community Church or Multiple Sclerosis Society. You are invited to leave the family a message of condolence at

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