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Deaths -- January 2009

KENNETH E. FOULKE, retired pastor (former NIC), died Nov. 21, 2008. A memorial service was held Nov. 24 at the Syracuse Calvary UMC, 801 South Huntington Street in Syracuse, Ind.

ELLIS PERRY HUKILL, JR., retired Elder (former SIC), died Dec. 3, 2008 at home in Indianapolis. A memorial service was held Dec. 8. Survivors include: wife, Delores "Dodie" (Thacker) (Wissing) Hukill; children, Ellis P. "Buddy" Hukill III, Mary Kathryne Hukill, Kent Wissing, Joe Wissing and Karen Long; three sisters, Martha Honican, Nancy Heller and Susan Gorey and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Center UMC, 5445 Bluff Road, Indianapolis, IN 46217.

BEATRICE ISCH, mother of Philip Isch (husband to the Rev. Michele D. Isch, serving Pleasant Mills UMC in the Huntington District of the former NIC), died Dec. 17, 2008. A memorial service was held on Dec. 20 in Geneva, Ind. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Michele and Philip Isch, 11104 S. 400 W, Geneva, IN 46740.

PAMELA HIXON KEITH, wife of the Rev. J. William (Bill) Keith, Jr., Superintendent of the Indianapolis East District, died Dec. 8, 2008. Memorial services were held Dec.12 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, in Carmel and Dec. 13 at DePauw Memorial UMC in New Albany. Survivors include: husband, Rev. J. William Keith, Jr.; mother, Evelyn Townsend Hixon, and brother, Kenneth Hixon, Jr. of New Albany, Ind. Memorial gifts can be sent to St. Mark's UMC, 4780 East 126th Street, Carmel, IN 46033 or DePauw Memorial UMC, 925 Vincennes Street, New Albany, IN 47150-3146. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Bill Keith, 1249 Black Oak Drive, Greenwood, IN 46143.

RICHARD EUGENE KISTLER, retired pastor and former North Indiana Conference Secretary (1973-1980), died Nov. 25, 2008. A memorial service was held Dec. 1. Survivors include: four daughters, Cheryl Targgart of Churubusco, Lucinda Merrill of Russiaville, Nina Peery of Goshen, Renny Yeoman of Elkhart; two sons, Lanny Kistler of Goshen; Les Kistler of Mishawaka; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to Seminary Scholarships in The United Methodist Church, North Indiana Conference, PO Box 869, Marion, IN 46952, or to the Wesley Manor Good Samaritan Fund, 1555 N. Main Street, Frankfort, IN 46041. Condolences can be sent to his daughter, Cindy Merrill, 4662 N. CR 1330 E, Russiaville, IN 46979.

HAZEL L. KILLION, wife of the late Rev. Clarence R. Killion (deceased Elder former SIC), died Nov. 16, 2008. Burial was at Bicknell Memorial Cemetery in Bicknell, Ind. Survivors include: a son, Robert L. Killion of Indianapolis. Memorial contributions can be made to ones favorite charity.

JANE LINCOLN, part-time local pastor (former SIC), died Nov. 17, 2008. A memorial service was held Nov. 20 in Corydon, Ind. Survivors include: husband, Richard Lincoln; son, Graham Lincoln; daughter, Shana Lincoln. Memorial contributions can be made payable to the "Pastor Jane Lincoln Fund" and mailed to Jim Wiseheart, Atkins Chapel UMC, 7834 Atkins Road, Floyd Knobs, IN 47119.

MARY FRANCES NOBLITT MILHOUSE, 97, widow of the late United Methodist Bishop Paul W. Milhouse, died Nov. 23, 2008. A memorial service was held on Nov. 26. Survivors include: a son, Paul David Milhouse of Columbus; two daughters, Mary Catherine Hauswald of New Albany and Pauline Joyce Vermillion of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to Oklahoma City University, the University of Indianapolis or Franklin United Methodist Community. A biography about the lives of Bishop and Mrs. Milhouse can be found online at http://eip.uindy.edu/profiles/additional/milhouse.pdf.

BERNICE MILLER, wife of the late Rev. Clifford Miller (deceased Elder former SIC), died Nov. 24, 2008. Survivors include: three daughters and two sons. Condolences can be sent to Everett Miller, 6455 Arroyo Drive, Viera, Florida 32940.

OPAL LATHROP MILLS, widow of the late Rev. Ray E. Mills (NIC), died Nov. 16, 2008. A memorial was held Nov. 20. Survivors include: three daughters, Doris Winans of Fort Wayne, Dorothy May of Landsdowne, Va., and Beckie Clawson of Elkhart; one son, Mark Mills of Logansport; one brother, Robert Hartleroad of Peru; and numerous grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, P. O. Box 747, Lebanon, IN 46052 or the Good Samaritan Fund, Wesley Manor, 1555 N. Main St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

CHARLES W. PORTERFIELD, prominent lay leader and SIC delegate to the 2000 and 2004 General and Jurisdictional Conferences, died Dec. 27, 2008 at home in Grifton, N.C. The family held a private prayer memorial service at Westminster UMC in Kinston, N.C. Surviors include: wife, Miriam; six children; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the Castleton UMC building fund, 7160 Shadeland Station, Indianapolis, IN 46256, or to the American Heart Association. Condolences can be sent to Mim Porterfield, 3568 Woods Edge Drive, Grifton, NC 28530.

JOHN ALDEN RANDALL, JR., father of the Rev. John A. Randall, III (Hope UMC of Hoagland, Ind. - former NIC), died Dec. 15, 2008. A private burial service was held on Dec. 21. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. John A. Randall, III, 9914 Hoagland Rd., Hoagland, IN 46745-9780.

BETTY G. RHODA, 85, widow of the late Rev. Raymond F. Rhoda (retired Associate Member of the former SIC) died on Dec. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held Dec. 30. Survivors include: two daughters, Marcia Golden and Patricia VanOsdol; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Gilbert. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and two sisters. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

IRENE SAUNDERS, widow of the late Rev. Warren Saunders (SIC) and grandmother of the Rev. Larry Saunders (Culver Wesley UMC-NIC), died Dec. 21, 2008. A memorial service was held Dec. 27. Survivors include: son, Stewart Saunders, 3703 Dayton Road, Lafayette, IN 47905; grandsons, the Rev. Larry Saunders, Wesley UMC, 511 School Street, Culver, IN 46511; Augustus Saunders of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughter, Emily Summers, 50l Mill Street, Tipton, IN 46072; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to Carmel UMC, 621 South Range Line Rd., Carmel, IN 46032 or Habitat for Humanity.

LARRY ROGER SCHWARTZ, retired Elder (former SIC), died Dec. 26, 2008. A memorial service was held Dec. 29. Survivors include: wife, Mary L. Schwartz; four children, Harold Schwartz of Carmel, Marie Kirkeiner of Fishers, Melissa Klaassen of Westchester, Ohio and Dan Crook of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Kristine, Phillip and Melynda Kirkeiner; John, Hannah and Zachary Klaassen; and Michael and Mathew Crook; and his sisters, Anna Jane Gilliom, Coleen Allmandinger, Gertrude Kropa. Condolences can be sent to Mary Lee Schwartz, 6469 Brokenhurst Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46220. Memorial can be sent to Fletcher Place Community Center, 1637 Prospect St., Indianapolis 46203.

ELSIE M. SHOUP, mother of Janet Ousley (Huntington District Administrative Assistant -former NIC), died Nov. 25, 2008. A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Gundrum Funeral Home in Logansport, Ind. Survivors include: her husband, Robert Shoup of Logansport; two daughters, Joyce Shoup of Lucerne and Janet Ousley of Huntington; one son, Jeff Shoup of South Bend; two sisters, Virginia Gohn of Rochester, and Lois Brandon Jeff of Winamac; one brother, Donnie Button of Kewanna; one granddaughter, Katherine Turner of Orlando, Fla.; and one grandson, Kyle Ousley of Fort Wayne. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences can be sent to Janet Ousley, Huntington District Office, 3 Stoneridge Dr., Huntington, IN 46750-1335.

JOHN THRASHER, retired Elder (former SIC), died Dec. 12, 2008. A Celebration of Life service was held Dec. 15 at Wesley Chapel UMC in New Albany. A second service was held Dec. 16 at Rose Chapel UMC in Carlisle, Ind. (near Sullivan). Survivors include: wife, Wilma; daughters, Cynthia Henderson, Sandy McCloskey, co-pastor of Glenns Valley UMC in Greenwood; and son, Charles Thrasher. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wesley Chapel UMC, 2212 State Street; New Albany, IN 47150 or Rose Chapel UMC, 5641 Buffalo Trace Road; Carlisle, IN 47838.

CHARLENE WARD, wife of the Rev. Tom Ward of Hopewell UMC in the Rushville District (former SIC), died Dec. 16, 2008. A memorial service was held Dec.18. Survivors include: husband, Tom Ward; a daughter. Condolences can be sent to the Rev. Tom Ward, 7752 E. 1100 S., Lynn, IN 47355.

MARY WIGNER, widow of the late Rev. Winfred Wigner (former SIC), died Jan. 5, 2009. A memorial service was held Jan. 10, at First UMC, 1409 K Street, Bedford, IN 4742, with burial at Green Hill Cemetery. Survivors include: son, Jerome Wigner, P.O. Box 53545, Cincinnati, OH 45253; and daughter, Elaine Hawkins of Paoli, Ind. Memorial can be made to flower fund at First UMC.