Category Archives: Funerals

Napoleon “Poli” Lumpkins – March 5, 1937 – December 7, 2017

Napoleon Lumpkins, 80, passed away at Colonial Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center, Marion, on December 7, 2017. He was born in Grays Knob, Kentucky on March 5, 1937 to the late Dewey and Georgia (Young) Lumpkins.

Napoleon served proudly in the United States Army from 1954 until 1957. He was employed with Fisher body and retired in 1993 after working thirty-three years. On October 22, 1971 he married June Newell. She preceded him in death on December 12, 2004. Napoleon was a member of the Fisher Body Sympathy Club. In his spare time he loved to go camping and gardening. He also loved working with his hands and enjoyed wood-working. Napoleon was also a listener of Country and Western music.

He is survived by his children, Aundra (Leroy) Sherman, Marion; Brenda Stambaugh, Marion; Joni (David) Glassburn, Converse; grandchildren, Lori, Kerri, Brian, Heather, Suzi , Tim, Steve and Lisa; fourteen great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.

Napoleon is also preceded in death by his brother, Mark Lumpkins; sister, Lola Jane Puritt and daughter, Linda Althouse.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 East Marion St. Converse, with Pastor Henry Favorite officiating. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at Converse Cemetery, Converse, Indiana. The visitation will be held from 4-7 pm, Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in the funeral home.

Phyllis Z. Lockwood – July 5, 1918 – December 7, 2017

Phyllis Z. Lockwood, 99, passed away at Rolling Meadows Health and Rehabilitation, LaFontaine on December 7, 2017. She was born on July 5, 1918 to the late Errol M. and Phyllis (Cowles) Zorn.

Phyllis was born in New York, New York but spent most of her life in Indiana. Phyllis was an only child but entered into a very large loving family when on November 13, 1937 she married Walter R. Lockwood. He was the youngest of ten children. He preceded her in death in November 2001. In her earlier years, she worked as a secretary and was proficient in shorthand. Phyllis enjoyed traveling with her spouse for business purposes. Phyllis attended the First Presbyterian Church of Grant County, Jonesboro. In her leisure time she enjoyed playing Bingo as well as other card games.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Walter Ray (Frances) Lockwood, Jr., Marion; Jill Anne (Charles) Price, Waukesha, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Jennie Matthews, Andrew Price, Mark Lockwood, Karen Taylor, nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11:30 am, Monday, December 11, 2017 with Pastor Laurie Wolcott officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana. Visitation will be held at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with making arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Grant County, 601 South Main Street, Jonesboro, IN 46938.

James K. Duncan – November 23, 1942 – December 1, 2017

Jim, 75, was born in Marion to the late James H. and Margaret E. (Denton) Duncan. Butch, as he was called as a kid, grew up in South Marion and loved the roots he had there. He was a 1960 graduate of Marion High School. After high school he worked for Kroger Milk Company and Raven Funeral Home where he learned to love the funeral business. At which point he decided to continue his education and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science. In 1964 he enlisted and honorably served in the Army National Guard.

“If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life.” His motto for working-nothing was more important to him and he lived to work and loved every minute of it. He began working as a kid with his brother mowing lawns and “passing papers”and no doubt still has the first dollar he ever made. On July 1, 1978 he bought Owen- Weilert Funeral Home, Marion and later expanded Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Homes to Converse and Gas City.

Jim loved Marion and Grant County-there is no better place to live and work. He was actively involved in Democrat and Republican politics for a long period of time. He served two mayors on the Marion Board of Public Works and the county on the Grant County Health Board. He was a former board member of the morning Exchange Club, Indiana Funeral Directors Association Hightower Board and the United Way. He was very patriotic and advocated for many veterans by volunteering and helping make sure a veteran would receive help and/or benefits. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 95, Marine Corps League Tripoli Detachment and Amvets.

When he wasn’t working he could be found at the Marion Aero Club hanging out with his buddies telling tall tales and laughing. For many years he enjoyed traveling to Longboat Key, Florida and made many trips to Canada. He was a collector of many things including antiques, crystal and coins. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends for many things, but his sense of humor (appropriate and inappropriate), his ornery laugh, his opinions and arguments, his great generosity to those in need and his enormous generous heart for everyone he loved.

Jim is survived by two daughters, Amy S. (Patrick) Larson, Syracuse, Indiana; Margaret “Anne” Duncan, Marion; sister, Juanita Bales, Thomasville, Georgia; brother, C. Thompson “Tom” Duncan, Ft. Wayne; two grandchildren, Lucas K. Larson, Rochester, Indiana; Emma A. Larson, Syracuse, Indiana; many nieces and nephews

He is also preceded in death by his sister, Virginia L. Atkinson.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30am, Thursday, December 7, 2017 in St. Paul Catholic Church, 1031 West Kem Road, Marion, Indiana with Rev. Richard Weisenberger officiating. The private committal service will follow in Bond Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4pm-7:30pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The prayer vigil will begin at 7:30pm.

Please direct memorial contributions to St. Paul Catholic School, 1009 West Kem Road, Marion, Indiana 46952; or St. Martin Community Center, 901 South Branson, Marion, Indiana 46953; or Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Ft. Wayne, Indiana 46814

Retta M. Jones – June 1, 1939 – November 21, 2017

Retta M. Jones, 78, passed away at Wesleyan Health Care on November 21, 2017. She was born on June 1, 1939 to the late Paul L. Hillsamer and Leona (Lowe) Atkinson.

Retta was a 1957 graduate of Marion High School and continued her education at Marion College and Indiana Business College. Retta, a life long resident of the area, was a member of the Gethsemane Episcopal Church. She was a loyal and passionate Democrat and was very active with Grant County Democrats and belonged to the Grant County Women’s Democrat Club. Retta worked for her father on the News Herald Newspaper as a proofreader. Later she worked as a legal secretary for many years for George Milford and Bill Glickfield, retiring in 1972. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and making crafts. Retta loved her family very much and will be sadly missed.

Retta is survived by her children: Mary L. (Kim) Guy, Marion and Stephen Michael McCuan, both from Marion; Lisa (Bill) Rutledge, Fort Wayne; stepchildren, Henry Gunion, Cindy Mauller, Ben (Michelle) Gunion, Mike Jones, Jolane Fitchett and Lisa Helms; sisters, Frances Rozetta “Rosie” Woodcock, Marion, Connie Hernandez, California; Margaret Anne (Bill) Gibson, Fairmount; grandchildren, Jessica Ferguson, Indianapolis; Molly (Caleb) Schoberg, Bloomington; step grandchildren, Adam and Chelsea Gunion, Jessica Eagleson, Franklin; Jason and Stephanie Mauller, Jared and Brittney Lovern, Tisheena Lowe; Kalisha Woods; great grandson, Aedan Randazzo and many special nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Charles David Hillsamer; Paul Hillsamer; John Hillsamer; her former husbands, James Edward McCuan; Donald Gunion; James Riley “Bud” Jones, Jr.; special nephew Dustin R. Hartley

The funeral service will be at 2pm on December 3, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, with Pastor James Luttrull officiating. Visitation will be held on December 3, 2017 from 11-2 pm. A committal service will be scheduled at a later date.

Lowell E. Oyler – August 9, 1922 – November 22, 2017

Lowell E. Oyler, 95, passed away at Wesleyan Health Care on November 22, 2017. He was born on August 9, 1922 to the late Reed and Christina (Petterson) Oyler.

Lowell was a 1940 graduate of Sweetser High School. In 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army and served as military police in Washington. He served honorably until his discharge in 1946. Lowell worked as a farmer prior to working 30 years as a receiving clerk for Anaconda Wire and Cable. In November 1947 he married Betty J. Johnson. She preceded him in death on February 25, 2015. Lowell was a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church, he was a fifty plus year member of the Masonic Lodge of LaFontaine, Eastern Star and the American Legion, Lagro for twenty-five years. Lowell enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, and basketball, in particular IU, Purdue and Notre Dame. He also liked to work in the yard and he continued doing so until the age of 91.

Lowell is survived by his children, Cynthia (Bill) Mullinix, Converse; Rebecca Clark, Somerset, grandchildren, David (Lisa) Foy, Michael (Cristy) Mullinix, Valerie (Robert) Watkins; great grandchildren, Jakobe Mullinix; Breighton Mullinix, Chaz Foy, Elizabeth Jivery, Madison Jivery, Allison Jivery, John (Ashley) Williams; great-great grandchildren, Hunter Williams, Elliana Williams; several nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Lewis, Myron, Maurice and Paul; grandson, Matthew Clark; great granddaughter, Abbigail C. Mullinix.

The funeral service will be at 1 pm on November 28, 2017 in Converse Church of Christ, 301 East Wabash Street, Converse, Indiana, with Pastor John Clark officiating. Burial, with military honors will immediately follow at Mississinewa Cemetery, Somerset, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 11 until the time of service in the church.

Frederick L. “Butch” Adkins – September 28, 1948 – November 15, 2017

Butch was born in Marion to the late Paul E. and Verna Faye (Hayes) Adkins, Sr. He passed away on Wednesday in Marion General Hospital.

After completing his education Butch went to work for the former Essex Wire. He retired in 1983. On May 13, 1978 he married Sandra Cummings. He and Sandra were life long friends and enjoyed their three children and many grandchildren.

In his free time Butch enjoyed watching football, NASCAR, bingo and was a member of several different bowling leagues over the years where he was an accomplished bowler. He especially loved watching his granddaughters play softball and in his early years he enjoyed fishing.

Butch is survived by three daughters, Frances F. Adkins, Joanna M. Adkins and Patrisha L. (Jose) Trejo, all of Marion; his lifelong friend, Sandra Cummings Adkins, Marion; three brothers, Paul E. “P.J.” Adkins, Jr., Tennessee; Donald Adkins and Chester Julian, both of Marion; step-brother, Jimmy (Stacy) Henry, Marion; three sisters, Thelma Holland, Kentucky; Paula (Willard) Gross, Tennessee; Millie (Randy Gregory) Adkins; three step-sisters, Mary (Steve) Cornett and Wilma Crouse, both of Marion; Lora Ellis, Denver, Indiana; 9 grandchildren, Denaia Rice, Karissa Adkins, Kylae Adkins, Patrick Adkins, Kaylei Adkins, Alejandra Trejo, Dakota Adkins, Sharae Hewitt and Jose Manzo, Jr.

He is preceded in death by his father, Paul E. Adkins, Sr.; mother and step-father, Verna Faye (Hayes) and Leon Henry; five brothers, Johnny Adkins, Chucky Adkins, Albert Adkins, Danny Adkins, Oren Adkins; one step-brother, Eddie Henry; one sister, Loretta Lewis.

The celebration of Butch’s life will be held at 4pm on Monday, November 20, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel,2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. Visitation will be held from 2pm until services on Monday in the funeral home.

Tonetta L. Richard – May 2, 1960 – October 20, 2017

Tonetta L. Richard, 57, passed away at Marion General Hospital on October 20, 2017. She was born in Marion, Indiana on May 2, 1960.

Tonetta, a long-time resident, graduated from Marion High School in 1978. She was employed with Comfort Suites as an executive housekeeper and at Five Seasons Sports Club in Indianapolis. In her free time, Tonetta enjoyed crocheting, bowling, gin rummy, other card games, and going to casinos. She was a former member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Tonetta will be fondly remembered for her big heart, caring attitude, and loving affection toward her family and friends.

Tonetta is survived by her children, Aisha J. Richard; Roberta A. (Larry) Thompson; Robert A. Richard, Jr., all of Marion; mother, Joan Reeves, Marion; brothers, C. Medgar (Debra) Barber, Cairo, Illinois; Janssen (Kimberly) Barber, Murrieta, California; Jeffery C. (Karen) Barber, Indianapolis; Vernon (Kimberly) Barber, Houston, Texas; sisters, Jolynn Peete, Ripley, Tennessee; Kim C. McCoy, Danville, Illinois; Drs. Michelle R. (Allerick) Knight, Suwanee, Georgia; aunt, Ruth Anne Nash, Danville, Illinois; grandchildren, Avari Richard and Jay-Qwaun Richard; and best friend, Robert Richard, Marion.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents and two cousins.

The family requests that memorials be made at Afena Federal Credit Union in care of Roberta Thompson or Aisha Richard, 1312 West 44th Street, Marion, Indiana 46953

The home going will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Lighthouse Assembly of God, 5909 South Jay Street, Marion, Indiana with Pastor Stanford Bolden officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 beginning at 9:00 until services in the church. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with the arrangements.

Jackie H. Burns – August 6, 1936 – October 23, 2017

Jackie H. Burns, 81, passed away at Marion General Hospital on October 23, 2017. He was born on August 6, 1936 to the late Everett and Lucille (Anderson) Burns.

Jack was a 1954 graduate of Marion High School and continued his education at Fort Wayne Business College where he earned his accounting degree. On weekends, after school and during the summer months Jack worked for his father and uncle’s service station, Burns Brothers. After his graduation from college he moved to Detroit to work for Cadillac until an opening at Fisher Body in Marion became available.

While working at Fisher Body he met Marydee Smith and a year later on January 18, 1958 they were married. Mrs. Burns survives. Jack worked for General Motors for thirty-five+ years until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, and he played in the city fast pitch softball league for 45 years. Jack never knew a stranger in his neighborhood and was often referred to as the Mayor of Burnsville. Nothing got by his watchful eye!

Jack is survived by his children, John (Jenn) Burns; Rob (Holly) Burns, both of Marion; Steve (Kerry) Burns, Camby; Dave (Connie) Burns, Roanoke; sister-in-law, Gladys Burns, Marion; grandson, Connor (Megan) Burns; great-granddaughter, Sophee Dee Burns.

He is also preceded in death by his brother, Richard Burns; his sister and his brother-in-law, Sue and John Sprinkle.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00am on Friday, October 27, 2017 in St. Paul Catholic Church, 1031 W. Kem Rd., Marion, Indiana, with Rev. Richard Weisenberger officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Estates of Serenity Cemetery, 2225 South Lincoln Blvd, Marion, Indiana.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5-730pm.The vigil service beginning at 7:30pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana.

Sixteen years ago Jack was a recipient of a heart transplant. Because of the loving act of a donor he was able live a healthy and happy life. Please direct memorial contributions to St. Vincent Cardiovascular Institute, 8402 Harcourt Rd., Ste. 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or directly at stvincent.org.

Janice L. Linn – October 30, 1933 – October 15, 2017

Janice, “The Queen” and unofficially the former Mayor of Gas City, 83, passed away surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was born in Huntington, West Virginia on October 30, 1933 to Herbert Hal and Virginia L. (Black) Johnson. Her family came to Jonesboro in 1939.

Throughout her young life she participated in many school activities and graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1951. On November 1, 1952 she married Eugene Linn. Mayor “Beaner” Linn preceded her in death on February 11, 2001. Together, they began their life in Gas City where their lasting legacy will live forever.

Janice had a steadfast rule that her family always came first. She was a community champion second. In her early years she served as a Girl Scout and Brownie leader for 18 years. Later she served on the Gas City Park Board and was a driving force for getting the Old Fashioned July Fourth celebration started. Janice’s generosity and commitment to her community led her to become one of the original founders of Gas City We Care that she proudly represented for 37 years. She was also a member of the Grant County Democrat Women and the Gas City Historical Society. She was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash award for her dedication to her Hoosier community.

Her commitment to family and her community will be remembered by all those hearts she touched with her sense of humor, orneriness and great generosity. She was a true treasure of determination and dedication. She was a true treasure of determination, dedication and love.

Janice is survived by five children, Kem E. Linn, David P. (Cindy) Linn and Jamie J. (Steve) Eckstein, all of Gas City; Mickey S. (Jim) Cain and Linda L. (Ted) Pearce, Upland; six grandchildren, Laura L. Eckstein, Upland; John Linn, Seattle, Washington; Kyle (Carley) Linn, Kaitlin Linn, Emilee Smith and Sophee Eckstein, all of Gas City; five great-grandchildren, Gracie Linn, Joseph Linn, Zachary Linn, Emersyn Linn and Milee’a Eckstein; two brothers, Richard P. Johnson, Holiday, Florida; Dennis R. (Linda) Johnson, Gas City; sister-in-law, Virginia Joann “Shorty” Frame, Gas City.

She is also preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Hal Johnson and Virginia L. (Arthur F.) Kem; brother, Hal Johnson, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Lavada “Pink” Linn.

The celebration of Janice’s life will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana with Pete McPherson officiating. The burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2pm-7pm, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gas City We Care, c/o Betty Harris, 1062 Walnut Creek Lane, Gas City, Indiana 46933. Grant County Humane Society, 505 Miller Avenue, Marion, Indiana.

 

Joe David Browder – July 20, 1927 – September 30, 2017

Joe David Browder, 90, passed away at University Nursing Center, Upland, Indiana on
September 30, 2017. He was born in Marion, Indiana on July 20, 1927 to the late Hartle M. and Thelma “Irene” (Pearson) Browder.

Joe graduated from Jefferson Township High School, Huntington. On August 28, 1949, he married Bonnie Lou Hudson, she preceded him in death on July 1, 1992. Joe was a long-time resident of the Grant County area. Joe was a self-employed carpenter by trade. On October 9, 1993, he married Patricia Kay Miller, she preceded him in death on October 30, 2016. Joe was a loving husband and father and never had an unkind word towards anyone.

Joe was an artist and loved to paint barns and covered bridges. He also enjoyed woodworking and sculpting of all kinds, fishing, hunting, cooking, making his own wine, telling stories and going on Sunday drives. He was a dedicated member of the Marion Church of the Brethren where he served as deacon. Joe was also a 32nd Degree Mason.

Joe is survived by his children, Linda J. (Tom) Lunn, Astor, Florida; Robert W. (Karen) Browder, Marion; Barbara J. (Michael) Burbank, Gas City; Michele A. (Michael Brisco) Browder, North Manchester; step-children, Kimberly (Rocky) Shanks, Marion; Max W. (Connie) Zirkle, Gas City; Jacqueline Zirkle, Florida; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe is also preceded in death by his brother, Carl Browder.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana. Burial will immediately follow at the Estates of Serenity, 2225 South Lincoln Blvd, Marion, Indiana. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 6-8 pm in the funeral home.