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Obituaries

Here is a list of obituaries in the Conference.

Anderson, Vada Lucille Heishman

VADA LUCILLE HEISHMAN ANDERSON, 91, of Corydon, Ind., grandmother of Pastor Stephen McAfee serving Bethany/Perseverance Chapel in the South District, died Thursday, August 1, 2013. A memorial service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, August 5, at Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon. Pastor Stephen McAfee will officiate. Burial will be in Heidelberg Cemetery near Corydon. Survivors include son Milton I. "Sonny" (Carol) Anderson of Corydon, Ind.; daughters Linda (Ronald) Watkins of...

Carmer, George Clayton

GEORGE CLAYTON CARMER, 93, father of the Rev. Scott Carmer and father-in-law of the Rev. Toni Carmer, pastors of First United Methodist Church of Warsaw, Ind., died Sunday, July, 28, 2013. Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McComb and Sons Lakeside Park, 1140 Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne, Ind. A memorial service will be held Friday, Aug. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Forest Park United Methodist Church, 2100 Kentucky Avenue in Fort Wayne. Survivors include his...

Walls, Charles Ancil 'Jack'

CHARLES ANCIL "JACK" WALLS of Indianapolis, 93, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Visitation will be Friday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan -- Broad Ripple, 1305 Broad Ripple Avenue in Indianapolis. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Meridian Street United Methodist Church, 5500 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis. Burial will be held at Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Ind. He was preceded in death by his...

Wake, Clyde Dahlan

CLYDE DAHLAN WAKE of Loogootee, Ind., 87, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Friday, July 19, 2013. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 23 from 3 to 8 p.m. CDT at Loogootee United Methodist Church, 208 West Main Street in Loogootee and Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. CDT until the service at the church. A memorial service will be Wednesday, July 24 at 11 a.m. CDT at Loogootee United Methodist Church, with burial following at the Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee. Survivors include...

Wilkins, Rayford

RAYFORD WILKINS, twin brother of the Rev. Raymond Wilkins, pastor of West Street UMC in Shelbyville, Ind., died Sunday, July 14, 2013. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 19 at Lavender's Funeral Service, 11233 Highway 17 South in Aliceville, Ala. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, July 20 at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Old Bethany Town Road in Aliceville, Ala. with burial at the Good Hope Cemetery. Survivors include wife, Cheryl and their blended...

Kavich, John David

JOHN DAVID "J.D." KAVICH of Anderson, 94, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Saturday, July 13, 2013. Visitation will be Monday, July 22, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service, 229 S. Rangeline Road in Anderson. A graveside memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. the same day at the Anderson Memorial Park, Survivors include his two children, Jean (Calvin) Bloom and David (Tammy) Kavich, all of Anderson; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He is...

Simpson, Letah Sarah

LETAH SARAH SIMPSON of Frankfort, Ind., 97, widow of the late Rev. William James Simpson, a clergy member of the Indiana Conference, died Thursday, July 11, 2013. A memorial service was held Saturday, July 13 in the Amanda Reid Memorial Chapel at Wesley Manor in Frankfort with Pastors Jake Fisher and Barbara Kinsler officiating. Burial followed at Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort. She served in pastorates with her husband in Marion, Galveston, Tipton, Rochester, Anderson, South Bend and Santa...

Crowder, Joyce Elain

JOYCE ELAIN CROWDER, sister of the Rev. Marion Miller, an Elder in the Indiana Conference serving at Later@St. Luke's (United Methodist Church), died Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, St. Luke's UMC, 100 W. 86 Street, Indianapolis, in the Robertson Chapel, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. Survivors include two sisters Marion (John) Miller of Fishers, Ind., Carolyn (Donald) Moore of Louisville,...

Carroll, Charles Daniel, Sr.

CHARLES DANIEL CARROLL, SR. of Punta Gorda, Fla., 86, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference and father-in-law of the Rev. Larry Marhanka, senior pastor of First UMC in Plymouth, Ind. died Tuesday, July 9, 2013. A memorial service will be held in Florida in mid-August. Survivors include his wife, Helen; five children, SueAnn, Linda, Faye, Dan and John; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Following a career with General Motors as head-experimental chemist, he was ordained an...

Gaus, Jessica

JESSICA GAUS, widow of the late Rev. John Gaus, a deceased Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Monday, July 8 in Ecuador, where she had been living with one of her daughters. According to tentative plans, a memorial service will be held at St. Mark"s United Methodist Church in Bloomington during the early part of August. Survivors include: Kathie Gaus-Woollen, Wilmington, Del.; Donna Gaus, Malacatos, Ecuador; Evan Gaus, Temple, Texas and Paula Turk of Elkhart, Ind.; and five grandchildren. We...

Van Horn, Linda Jane

LINDA JANE VAN HORN of Lyndhurst, NJ, 53, an Elder of the Indiana Conference on Incapacity (Disability) Leave, died Sunday, June 30, 2013. A memorial service in memory of Linda Van Horn will be held at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Aug. 14 at Broadway United Methodist Church, 1412 Carroll Street in South Bend. A memorial service was held July 6 at the Lyndhurst United Methodist Church in Lyndhurst, N.J. with interment in the George Washington Memorial Park. That service was attended by representatives...

Dixon, Richard H.

RONALD H. DIXON of South Bend, Ind., 75, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Visitation will be Saturday, June 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. EDT at Southlawn United Methodist Church, 60756 US 31 in South Bend. A memorial service will be the same day at 11 a.m. at the church. Survivors include wife Barbara S. Dixon; sons Michael (Jessica) Dixon of Plymouth and Kevin (Pamela) Dixon of New Carlisle; and five grandchildren. He was ordained in The United Methodist...

Wilks, Carmen Justice

CARMEN JUSTICE WILKS of Warren, Ind., 79, widow of the late Rev. Donald E. Wilks, a deceased clergy member of the Indiana Conference, died Monday, June 24, 2013. A memorial service to commemorate her life was held Sunday, June 30, at the Monroe United Methodist Church in Monroe, Ind. Survivors include four children, Doug (Tia) Wilks, Brad (Gardi) Wilks, Ron (Dawn) Wilks and Pam (Michael) Walcott; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Send memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's...

Blinn, Michael E.

MICHAEL E. "TANK" BLINN of Winamac, Ind., 50, brother of Rev. Lore Blinn Gibson serving Lafayette Grace, died Sunday, June 23, 2013. Visitation will be Friday, June 28, from 4 to 8 p.m.at Frain Mortuary, 305 E. Main Street, Winamac, Ind. A memorial service will be Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ruth Waite officiating. Burial will take place in the Star City West Cemetery, Star City, Ind. Survivors include his parents, Tom and Charlotte Haselby Blinn of Winamac;...

Hansen, Robert

ROBERT HANSEN, 78, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference and father of Rev. Andy Hansen serving Old Capitol UMC in the South District, died Saturday, June 22, 2013. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, June 27, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 7400 Vance Avenue in Fort Wayne. A celebration of life will follow the viewing at 11:30 a.m. at the church. Survivors include wife Bonnie Hansen; sons Tim (Inessa), Chris (Linda), Jeff...

Christopher, Richard

RICHARD LAWRENCE CHRISTOPHER, 85, retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Saturday, June 22, 2013. A memorial service will be Saturday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at the Franklin United Methodist Community, Wright Chapel in Franklin with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. A private graveside service will take place at South Mound Cemetery in New Castle, Indiana. Survivors include Alice Bishop Hopwood Christopher; daughters Carol (Lisa) Christopher of Noblesville, Ind., Beth Fuller of Tucson, Arizona...

Bastain, Berniece Eleanor

BERNIECE ELEANOR BASTAIN of Jasonville, Ind., 87, widow of the late Rev. James E. Bastain, clergy member of the Indiana Conference, died Friday, June 21, 2013. A memorial service was held June 29 at Nine Mile United Methodist Church in Linton, Ind. with Pastor John Pierce officiating. Interment was at K of P Cemetery in Hymera, Ind. Survivors include son, James E. (Margaret) Bastain II of Jasonville; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Boggs, John Robert

JOHN ROBERT BOGGS of Winona Lake, Ind., retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Arrangements are pending and will be made known in a future update. Boggs began serving churches in Indiana as a student beginning in 1944 at Bowerville, Sardinia, Summerside. He transferred to North Dakota in 1949 to June Beach and returned to Indiana in 1952 and served churches at Wallen/St. Joseph; Van Buren, Parker, Morris Chapel, Parr Memorial in Kokomo, Trinity in Portland,...

Nickles, James A.

JAMES A. NICKLES of Frankfort, Ind., formerly of Elwood, 73, a retired local pastor of the Indiana Conference, died Monday, June 10, 2013. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, June 13 with a memorial service at 5 p.m. at the St. Matthew UMC, 1951 Wilshire Drive in Frankfort. Visitation also will be held on Friday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home, 415 S. Anderson Street in Elwood. Survivors include: wife, Ella...

Gierhart, James W.

JAMES W. GIERHART of Indianapolis, 59, son of the late Rev. Bernard Willis Gierhart, deceased Elder of the Indiana Conference, died Sunday, June 9, 2013. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at East 91st Street Christian Church, 6049 E. 91st Street in Indianapolis. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Survivors include: his wife, Michelle S. Gray Gierhart; daughters, Lauren N. and Lindsay M. Wong; stepson, Nick A. (Tarah) Prince; mother, Dorothy P....
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