Category Archives: Funerals

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.

Mary Jane Downing – May 17, 1919 — February 9, 2018

Mary Jane Downing, 98, passed away in her home, surrounded by her family, on February 9, 2018. She was born in Marion to the late Gus and Helen (Broughman) Trostel.

Mary Jane was a life long resident of Grant County. She graduated from Marion High School and continued her education at Indiana University with a Bachelors of Science in Education. She married John Harland Downing in July of 1945. He preceded her in death in 1965. Mary Jane taught the third grade at Franklin and Kendall schools for 30 plus years, retiring in 1984. Mary Jane actively participated in the Hostess House, Mississinewa 1812 and Monday Conservation Club and she was on the board of directors for the YWCA. In her spare time Mary Jane loved to cook and often used food from her own garden. She loved to watch the Antique Roadshow, Indiana University basketball and cooking shows.

She is survived by her son, John (Nadene) Downing, Fairmount; brother, David Trostel, Austin, TX; sisters, Joan McConnel, Indianapolis; Virginia Drake, Mooresville; grandchildren, Lauren (Brian) Lin and John David (Naomi) Downing, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Ainsley and Selby Lin.

She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph and John Phillip Trostel.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. Her funeral service will begin at 12 noon with Pastor Colleen Harden officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Grant Memorial Park Cemetery, Marion.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 624 South Adams Street, Marion, IN 46953.

Rolland Edgar Clester – July1, 1937 – February 5, 2018

Rolland E. Clester, 80, passed away in Wesleyan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Marion on February 5, 2018. He was born in Marion to the late Ralph and Georgiana Clester on July 1, 1937.

Rolland graduated from Marion High School. He joined the United States Navy and proudly served from 1967-1969. Later he worked for General Motors and retired after thirty-one years. In his free time he enjoyed going to car shows and showing off his 1976 Corvette. Rolland also enjoyed building model cars and airplanes.

He is survived by his children, Michael Clester, Marion; Debra (Ray) Seager, Florida; Thomas (Melinda) Clester, Upland; lifetime companion, Eldiva Varner, Marion; brother-in-law, Howard McFarren, Nappanee; grandchildren, Derron (Tiffany) Clester, Marion; Derrek Robinson and David Robinson, both of Florida; Jared Clester, Mallory Clester, Andrew Clester, all of Upland; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Rolland is also preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph Clester, Jr, Earl Clester, Harold Clester, Dean Clester; sisters Donna May Clester, Beverley Clester, Patrica Clester and Sandra McFarren.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 11am – 1pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington, Marion, Indiana. The funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at Grant Memorial Park, Marion.

Darrell Gene Young – November 20, 1941 – February 2, 2018

Darrell Gene Young, 76, passed away February 2, 2018 in Marion General Hospital, Marion, Indiana. He was born in Marion, Indiana to Cleome “Smokey” and Patsy (Pinkerton) Young.

Darrell was a life long resident of Grant county. He graduated from Mississinewa High School in 1959. Darrell proudly served in the United States Army. Darrell worked with his father at Young Amusements Vending Machines. In his free time he loved gardening, especially growing tomatoes. He also enjoyed fishing and socializing with friends.

Darrell is survived by his mother, Patsy (Pinkerton) Young, Marion; daughter, Lesa (Mark) Grant, New Jersey; brother, Mike (Linda) Young, Ohio; sister, Kimberly K. (Mike) Bernier, Marion; granddaughter, Aislinn Grant, New Jersey; extended family, Brian (Robin) Morgan, Gas City; Susan (Aaron) Smith, Gas City; Amy Getchell, Carmel; special great-grandchildren, Ashley (Brandon) Fultz, Sean Carl, Kaitlyn Carl; special great-great-grandson, Ryder Fultz.

He is preceded in death by his father, Cleome “Smokey” Young; daughter, Chantel Weigand; brother, James Young.

A memorial service and committal service with military honors will be held at a later date. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana was entrusted with the arrangements.

Helen J. Denny – September 25, 1933 – January 16, 2017

Helen J. Denny, 84, passed away January 16, 2018 in Rolling Meadows Health and Rehabilitation, LaFontaine, Indiana. She was born in Elwood, Indiana to the late Raymond and Tessie L. (Rominger) Coty.

Helen was a life long resident of Grant County. She graduated from Fairmount High School and then on March 3, 1956 she married Alan R. Denny. Mr. Denny preceded her in death on September 21, 2013. Helen worked for (grocery store) for a short time before beginning her long-time employment with Indiana Bell. Helen was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She attended First Christian Church in Summitville. In her free time Helen loved playing card games, working cross word puzzles and picture puzzles. She made everyone feel at home and all were welcome in her home. She will be remembered as a wonderful mom, grandma, great-grandma and great-great-grandma.

She is survived by her children, Jean A. Tedder and Gregory A. “Greg” Denny, both of Marion; sisters, Wanda Chevalier, Anderson; Rosemary (Ralph) Heiser, LaFontaine; Karen Talbott, Marion; brother-in-law, Jim Vinson, Summitville; grandsons, Jason Tedder, Marion; Jeff Tedder, Clearwater, Florida; great-grandchildren, Floyd Tedder, Hunter Tedder, Jesse Tedder, all of Marion, Kaycee Tedder, Peru, Keegan Tedder and Kyndell Tedder, both of Kokomo; Great-great-granddaughter, Lakelynn Tedder, Marion. Several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her brother, William Coty; sister, Dorothy Vinson.

In lieu of flowers please direct memorial contributions to The Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240 or on line at Alz.org or to First Christian Church, 712 East Walnut Street, Summitville, Indiana 46070.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Pastor Nathan Lutterman officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Grant Memorial Park, Marion.

Denis K. Lucas – March 28, 1936 – January 8, 2018

Denis K. Lucas, 81, was born on March 28, 1936 in Yale, Oklahoma. He passed away in Miller’s Merry Manor, Marion on Monday.

Denis was a life long resident of Grant County. In 1967 he married Virginia Wilkins, she preceded him in death in 2005. He worked for RCA, Hartson-Kennedy and retired after 31 years from Foster Forbes. Denis loved Upland and Hartford City and loved his country life. Family and friends will remember him as being an upfront and straight forward person. Denis was a NASCAR fan and he was a former member the Moose Lodge and Mississinewa Battlefield Society.

Denis is survived by his step children, Debra Keung, Larry Hickman, both from Kalamazoo, Michigan; Catherine (Randy) Eppard, Marion; grandchildren, Josh Hickman, Andy Hickman, Kelsey Goodrich, Crystal Keung; nephew and caretaker, Shawn (Alyssa) Sexton, Muncie; six great-grandchildren.

Denis is preceded in death by his foster parents, Fred and Faye Ferguson; biological mother, Leah Flemming; grandson, Mitchell Hickman.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 4-6 pm in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana.

Louise Jean Courtney – July 18, 1930 – January 4, 2018

Louise Jean Courtney was born July 18, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Wayne and Lucille (Umberger, Moore) Stilwell. She passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018 , at the home of her daughter Mary L. Shipley.

When Louise was an infant she moved with her family to Marion, Indiana where she continued to reside until her death. Louise graduated from St. Paul Catholic School in 1948. She attended St. Frances College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

On July 6, 1949 she married Roger E. Courtney. He preceded her in death October 31, 1979.
Louise worked several notable jobs throughout her lifetime in Marion. As a young girl she worked along side her parents at Stilwell’s Grocery, on Gallatin Street in Marion. She and Roger owned and operated the C & S Antenna Service until Roger’s death in 1979.

Louise also worked for several years at Brandt Jewelers in downtown Marion. Lastly, she was the Mayor’s receptionist at City Hall in Marion from 1988 until she retired in 1998. Louise was a life long member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She was a prolific knitter and excellent seamstress.

She is survived by her children; Mary L. (Larry) Shipley, Susan J. (David) Astolfi, Jennifer A. Courtney, Joan M. (Jill Thompson) Courtney, Ernest W. (Donna) Courtney, Margaret L. (Clinton) Garber. Grandchildren; Larry J. (Kristi) Shipley, Jeanne L. (Jeffrey Mansfield) Baker, Cheyenne J. (Sandra) Shipley, Joseph R. Astolfi, Courtney M. Astolfi, Wesley R. Courtney, Marshall E. Garber, Marlene R. Garber. Great-grandchildren; Kristi L. Baker, Brittany N. Baker, Dominique L. Shipley, Santana R. Shipley, Aurora C. Shipley, Jadden C. Shipley, Great-great-granddaughter; Callie Mae Jean Baker. Sisters; Joan Burton, Rosemary Carey and brother; John (Mimi) Stilwell. Daughter-in-law Jill Penrose and son-in-law Stephen Hall as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Roger, she was preceded in death by a son, Roger E. Courtney, Jr., daughter, Sally J. Hall, grandson, Roger E. Courtney III.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30am on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in St. Paul Catholic Church, 1031 Kem Road, Marion, Indiana with Rev. Richard Weisenberger officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-7:30pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. The rosary service will begin at 7:30pm.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Ronald McDonald House Charities, One Kroc Drive
Oak Brook, IL 60523? or Paralyzed Veterans of America at http://www.pva.org/ or 801 Eighteenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006-3517.

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Goble – May 1, 1932 – December 24, 2017

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Goble, 85, passed away in her Gas City home on December 24, 2017. She was born on May 1, 1932 to the late Lawrence and Edna Fern Alice (Henderson) Downam.

On May 9, 1949, Liz married the love of her life, Paul E. Goble. He survives. They were the first couple to be married at Southside Wesleyan Church, a church she continued to attend. Liz was a fantastic homemaker and worked part time for Dynamite Building Maintenance. Later she worked for Wesley press and retired in 1993. In her free time she loved making crafts and homemade gifts for family and friends. She was a talented seamstress and made many things including wedding gowns, prom dresses, band uniforms and Barbie clothes. More than anything Liz loved her family and was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Liz is survived by her children, Paula Sue (Darnell) King, Marion; Pamela R. (Donald) Nash, Gas City; Diana L. Dile, Gas City; Kevin E. (Jeanne) Goble, Fairmount; Elizabeth “Kay” (Ron) Martin, Gas City; DELETE Paula Goble Gas City; adopted daughter, Becky (Rick) Henderson, Gas City; brothers, William “Bill” (Garnet) Downam, Sweetser; Larry (Cheryl) Downam, Jonesboro; Joe (Debbie) Downam, Jonesboro; sisters, Mary (Ron) Stivers, Marion; Wanda Nelson, Marion; Thelma (Jim) Sheets, Florida; Linda Owens, Marion; Shirley Kale, Ohio; Sue Levensky, Amboy; twenty-five grandchildren; a great big bunch of great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Liz is also preceded in death by her son, P. Douglas “Doug” Goble; brother, Donald Downam.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Southside Wesleyan Church, 312 East South “E” Street, Gas City, Indiana with Pastor Mark Atkinson and Pastor Brent Miller officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Riverside Cemetery, Gas City, Indiana. Visitation will be held Friday, December 29, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the church and December 30, 2017 from 10-11 am. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Gas City Chapel, 200 North 7th Street, Gas City, Indiana, was entrusted with making arrangements.

Troy L. Bigelow – May 7, 1970 – December 19, 2017

Troy L. Bigelow, was born on May 7, 1970 to Cecil L. and Janice M. (Holt) Bigelow. He passed away December 19, 2017 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Troy was a lifelong resident of Marion and worked with his father as a concrete finisher. He enjoyed music of all kinds but particularly loved rock and roll. Troy was fond of spending time with family and friends and lived his life to the fullest.

Troy is survived by his father, Cecil L. Bigelow; brother. Robbie Bigelow; sisters, Alisa (Tony) Bartrum and Teresa Bigelow, all of Marion.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Janice M. (Holt) Bigelow.

At the request of the family, there will be no services. Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana was entrusted with making arrangements.

Paul “Gregory” Strons – December 26, 1965 – December 8, 2017

Paul Gregory Strons, 51, formally of Connersville, passed away in his Marion home on December 8, 2017. He was born in Marion to the late Isiah and Donna June (Dungey) Strons.

Gregory was a graduate of Kokomo High School. For many years he lived in Connersville and worked for Schneider Electric in Oxford, Ohio before returning to the Marion area. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and he was an avid Michigan Football fan. He had many family members and a host of friends he also enjoyed spending time with especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Lisa (Heath) Presley, Cookeville Tennessee; Patrice (Pamela Perrin) Reynolds, Wabash; Jonice Mayberry and Charles G. Strons both of Connersville; brother, Charles P. Strons, Missouri; sisters, Ethel Teresa (Jeff) Davis and Melissa (DeVol) Tyson, Marion; grandchildren, Korbin, Xavier, Addison, Keva, Tytus, Cortez, Mollie; Josie; For 28 years Gregory was married to Andrea Rent Strons, Connersville; former spouse, Mona Lisa Reynolds, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Gregory is also preceded in death by his brother, Allen Jay Wright; sister, Carmen Dungey-Cole; grandson, Elvis.

The visitation will be held from 11am – 12pm, Friday, December 15, 2017 in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, 2722 South Washington Street, Marion, Indiana. Graveside services with military honors will be held at 12:30 pm in Grant Memorial Park, Marion, Indiana and the memorial service will be held at 1:30 on Friday in Trinity Victory Baptist Church, 2001 South Gallatin Street, Marion, Indiana with Pastor Stanford Bolden officiating.