Category Archives: Funerals

Pauline Stewart – October 13, 1930 – April 13, 2018

Pauline Stewart, 87, passed away in Wesleyan Health Care on April 13, 2018. She was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas to the late Joe and Virgie Mae (Hall) Costner on October 13, 1930.

On December 21, 1946, she married Virgil Stewart. He preceded her in death in 1978. Pauline worked as a waitress for twenty years at Rosie’s Little Italy. She attended Hanfield United Methodist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed cooking, listening to country and western music, going to rummage sales and fishing. She also enjoyed a great cup of coffee. Pauline liked being able to watch her great granddaughters in their sporting activities.

She is survived by her son, Donald G. Stewart, Marion; brother, Jerry W. (Barbara) Costner, Fairmount; sister, Betty Jo (Kenneth) Rickett, Marion; grandchildren, Ronald D. Stewart, Jr., Fairmount; Travis B. Stewart, Gas City; Michael G. Stewart and Virgil Stewart, both in Indiana; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She is also preceded in death by her son, Ronald D. Stewart; brother, Joe Costner, Jr.; sisters, Margaret (Bill) Inman, Geneva Sinclair and Mary E. Mullen.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 4-7 pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 11:00 am with Dr. Thomas Mansbarger officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Grant Memorial Park, Marion, Indiana.

David L. Southwick – August 27, 1944 – April 2, 2018

David L. Southwick, 73, passed away in his home on April 2, 2018. He was born in Marion, Indiana to the late Edward N. and Marjorie T. (Listenfelt) Southwick on August 27, 1944.

David graduated from Marion High School in 1961. He married Helen L. Wooten on March 25, 1967. She preceded him in death April 10, 2014. David worked as an electrician for Thomson Consumer Electronics and retired in 2000 after 37 years of service. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. David enjoyed spending time working on his rental properties and relaxing with a good cup of coffee.

He is survived by his children, Tammy S. Miller and David B. (Shannon) Southwick, both of Marion; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his sister Carolann Shallenbarger.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 12-2 pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana.

The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm. Burial will immediately follow in Riverside Cemetery, Gas City, Indiana.

Walter “Ray” Lockwood, Jr. – September 8, 1938 – March 29, 2018

Ray was born in Redbank, New Jersey to the late Walter Ray and Phyllis (Zorn) Lockwood. He was able to travel one last time to Orlando where he spent his final days with his family.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University Ray accepted his first teaching position at Salem Center High School in Steubin County. In 1962 he accepted a teaching position with Marion Community Schools where he enthusiastically taught social studies and history at McCulloch and Justice. He earned his masters degree in education in 1964 and eventually left the class room and began his career in administration for the school system, retiring in 1997. There are countless former students that will always remember Mr. Lockwood as one of their favorite teachers. Whether he was making a history fact easy to remember or planning and chaperoning a Washington D.C. eighth grade trip, he always made learning exciting.

On March 6, 1965 he married Frances Schweitzer. This year they celebrated 53 wonderful years. Mrs. Lockwood survives in their Marion home.

Ray was active in community service with membership in the morning Exchange Club where he formally served as president. He was an avid coin collector and served as President and Governor of the Indiana State Numismatic Association. He was a life member of Central States Numismatic Society, a member of the Marion, Muncie and Anderson Coin Clubs, Royal Canadians Numismatic Association and honorary life member of the Michigan State Numismatic Association. After his retirement in 1997 Ray began working as a volunteer at Marion General Hospital. In his free time Ray and Fran enjoyed traveling the globe visiting historical places where they made many friendships. Ray was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Ray is also survived by two children, Karen Kay (Dan) Taylor, Hilliard, Ohio; Mark A. Lockwood, Gas City; sister, Jill Anne (Charles) Price, Waukesha, Wisconsin; 6 grand children, Chris Taylor, Ezekiel Lockwood, Andrew Taylor, Weston Lockwood, Kirsten Lockwood and Alyssa Lockwood.

Visitation will be held from 10am until services on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at First PC of Grant County Presbyterian Church, 601 South Main Street, Jonesboro.

The funeral service will begin at noon with Rev. Laurie Wolcott officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.

Please direct memorial contributions to Central States Numismatic Education Exhibit Awards or First PC of Grant County Presbyterian Church choir.

Keith Cranor – December 16, 1930 – March 30th, 2018

Keith Cranor, 87, Marion, went to be with the Lord at 5:30 a.m. on March 30th, 2018. He was born at home on December 16, 1930, to the late Mode and Ruby Mae (Davis) Cranor in Greentown, IN.

He grew up on the family farm near Sweetser, IN and graduated from Sweetser High School in 1949. After graduating from high school he served in the Infantry Branch of the U.S. Army for 3 years where he obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and received the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. After his military service was complete, he returned home and on July 18, 1954 married Dolores M. (Miller) Cranor.

He was a dairy farmer until 1978 after which he worked as a Manufacturing Warehouse Manager for a division Sonoco Products Company from which he retired in 1992. Keith’s lifelong passion was serving the Lord through his church, Converse Church of Christ. He served in many roles including, elder, board chair, missions committee chair, Sunday school teacher and bible study leader. He was also a member of the local American Legion and will be having a military graveside service.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores, Marion; three sons, Brian (Jamie) Cranor, Fishers, Steven Cranor, Chicago, and David (Towana) Cranor, Fishers; grandchildren, Derrick Cranor, Indianapolis, Alissa Cranor, Indianapolis, and Lauren Lanteigne and children, Isaac, Madalyn, Beckham and Bella, Fishers, Lindsay (Mike) Siara and sons Isaiah & Abel, Noblesville, Lacey (Zack) Conner, Indianapolis, Christian Cranor, Fishers.

The family will receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Converse Church of Christ, 301 E. Wabash St., Converse, IN. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors John Clark and David Wheeler officiating.

The burial will immediately follow in Converse Cemetery. Local arrangements were entrusted to Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 E. Marion St., Converse, IN.

Online condolences may be made at www.owenweilertduncan.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to THE ARK Christian Ministries:online: http://thearkcm.org/home/get_involved/donate.html
mail: 3522 N 1000 W 27, Converse, IN 46919

Kathy J. Keal – August 8, 1954 – March 14, 2018

Kathy J. Keal, 63, passed away in Marion General Hospital, Marion on March 14, 2018. She was born in Marion to the late Kermit and Judy Maxine (Lowe) Warren on August 8, 1954.

Kathy graduated in 1972 from Oak Hill High School. On June 11, 1972 she married Richard E. Keal. He preceded her in death in 2001. While living in Germany for a short stint Kathy worked as a quartermaster in laundry and supply. She also worked for Marion Community Schools as a handicap bus aide and retired in 2009. Kathy was a member of the American Legion Post 293 Interlachen, Florida. She enjoyed listening to music, especially Elvis Presley.

She is survived by her children, John Keal and Misty Keal, both of Converse; Rex Keal, Gainesville, Florida; sisters, Barbara (Tim) Green, Amboy; Kimberly Marsee, Anderson; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 11am to 1pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 East Marion Street, Converse, Indiana. The funeral service will begin at 1 pm in the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow at Converse Cemetery, Converse, Indiana.

Sedora E. Thomas – June 14, 1955 – March 6, 2018

Sedora E. Thomas, 62, passed away in Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash on March 6, 2018. She was born in Indianapolis to the late John and Evelyn (Harper) Evans on June 14, 1955.

Sedora graduated from Marion High School and after took some college courses. She worked for Carey Services and later worked as a dietary aid for Emily Flynn Nursing Home. Sedora enjoyed knitting and watching television, especially “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Waltons”. She attended the College Wesleyan Church.

She is survived by her children, Theresa A (Chad) Vice, Richard E. Thomas, Jr., both of Marion; brother, Chris Evans, Marion; sisters, Anna (Mike) Cook, Tampa, Florida; Sarah (Fred) Turner, Spiceland, Indiana; four grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 11 am -1 pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm with Rev. Alex Mandura officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.

Dorothy F. McWhirt – April 9, 1925 – February 22, 2018

Dorothy F. McWhirt, 92, passed away in Colonial Oaks on February 22, 2018. She was born April 9, 1925 in Marion, to Lon and Lona (Ellis) Troxell.

On July 15, 1955 she married David L. McWhirt. Mr. McWhirt preceded her in death on October 16, 1995. Dorothy retired from V&R TV Service in Upland. Her greatest love was her family. She also enjoyed working puzzles, taking pictures, sewing and doing craft projects. She also loved participating in the Upland Labor Day parade.

She will be missed by son, David L. McWhirt, Upland; daughters, Ethel (Dave) Williams, Upland; Dorothy Bell, Gas City; Ruth (Doug) Howard, Upland; brother, Fred Troxell, Marion; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Belle Williams; brothers, Jim, Frank and John Troxell; sisters, Ida Saunders and Florence Folk; grandson, Jimmy Howard.

The family will receive visitors on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 11am – 1pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana. Service will follow at 1:00 pm, with Dr. Thomas Mansbarger officiating. The burial will be at Jefferson Cemetery, Upland.

Don R. Fansler – January 19, 1940 – February 15, 2018

Don R. Fansler, 78, passed away in his home on February 15, 2018. He was born in Wabash to the late John D. and Virginia A (Waggoner) Fansler on January 19, 1940.

Don graduated from Van Buren High School in 1958. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1961-1962. On January 20, 1971 he married Rebecca Hawkins. Mrs. Fansler survives. Don was employed as a production worker with Butterworth Industries and retired in 2003. In his spare time, Don liked to grow greens and herbs in his garden. He also enjoyed racoon hunting. He loved spending as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren. Don also enjoyed watching Pacer’s and Indiana University basketball.

He is survived by his children, Cammi Fansler, Marion; Richard (Juanita) Fansler, Marion, Connie (Bob) Hulka, Russiaville; Jenni Camblin, Marion; brothers, Jerry Fansler, Marion; Toby (Pam) Fansler, Marion; Larry (Janet) Fansler, Gas City; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Don is also preceded in death by his son, Mark Fansler and his sister, Patsy Weaver.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 3-4:30 pm in First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 2353 West 14th Street, Marion, Indiana. Celebration of life service will begin at 4:30 pm immediately following visitation with Pastor Jay Shady officiating. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Grant County Cancer Services, 305 South Norton Street, Marion, Indiana 46952.

Stephen J. Hall – April 23, 1953 – February 9, 2018

Stephen J. Hall passed away in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, on February 9, 2018.
He was born in Marion to the late Russell and Marguerite (Dilts) Hall.

Steve was a Marion high school graduate, Class of 1971. Steve married Sally Courtney on March 17, 1973 and she preceded him in death on June 29, 2004. He worked as produce manager at Wal-Mart in Rochester, Indiana. He was a member of the VFW auxiliary.  He loved fishing, gardening and woodworking.

Steve is survived by his daughter, Jeanne (Jeffery) Baker, Converse;
sisters, Doris Bontrager, Rochester; Cindra Monts, Marion;
grandchildren, Kristi Baker and Brittany Baker,
great-grandchild, Callie Baker.

He is preceded in death by brother, Edward Hall and sister Joyce Layman.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6pm to 8pm in
Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Larrison-Martin Chapel, 308 East Marion Street, Converse, Indiana.

Burial will be at a later date.

Dixie S. Payne – September 23, 1941 – February 11, 2018

Dixie S. Payne, 76, passed away in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 11, 2018. She was born in Marion to the late Forrest Leroy and Thelma (Keeling) Spencer on September 23, 1941.

Dixie graduated in 1959 from the last graduating class of Sweetser High School. After high school she attended Indiana Business College. On June 26, 1960 she married Wallace R. Payne. He survives. Dixie enjoyed genealogy, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and going to her church, Sweetser Wesleyan. She was a devoted “Days of Our Lives” fan and never missed an episode since the program began in November 1965. Dixie liked listening to Elvis and she loved to play the computer game “Bubble Shooter.”

She is survived by her children, Kimberly A. (Jerry) Perdue, Wabash; Terry (Delvis) Payne, Jacksonville, Florida; Kelly Jeffrey, Wabash; Darrell Payne, Marion; grandchildren, Gerald Payne, Wesley Payne, Kayla (Tory) Mercado; great-grandchildren, Skylar Mercado and Draven Mercado.

Dixie is also preceded in death by her brothers, Richard Spencer and Darrell Eugene Spencer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 5-7 pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 11 am in the funeral home with Pastor Paul Brown officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Estates of Serenity Cemetery, Marion.