Dr. Richard Holcomb

Richard Erskine Holcomb passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018, after an extended illness.  A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Holcomb was born May 30, 1951 to Robert Bradley and Dorothy Mae (Guel) Holcomb. He is preceded in death by both parents; his brother, Roger Lee Holcomb; and his sister, Helen Marie Holcomb.

Holcomb attended Notre Dame High School and graduated in 1969.  He graduated from Midwestern State University earning  both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Theatre Arts.  His education extended to Texas Tech University where he earned a Doctorate of Fine Arts Management.

Holcomb’s teaching career spanned more than three decades and four states.  He began his teaching career in Uvalde, Texas at Southwest Texas Junior College in 1977.  There he was the “one man” theatre department.  His duties included teaching classes, directing plays, as well as designing the scenery, costuming, and lighting for the various productions. Each summer the area communities looked forward to the annual dinner theater productions.   He implemented new curriculum to include a children’s theatre group that traveled throughout the Southwestern part of Texas.  At Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, he chaired the Department of Theatre Design for three years.  He left Beaumont, Texas to accept a position as Department Chair of Theatre Design for North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.  There, his scenery and costume designs were used for a variety of productions as well as for the Centennial Extravaganza Celebration.  His children’s theatre classes worked with surrounding schools, enabling students of many levels to enjoy the theatre arts.  From Texas, Holcomb secured an administrative position at Palm Beach Community College at the Lake Worth Campus in Florida.  He served as the Division Chair for the Humanities Department in addition to overseeing the Watson B. Duncan Theatre.  His expertise in fine arts management, curriculum, and budget strengthened his choice to remain at the community college level where the focus was the student. He assisted in designing the renovation of the Humanities Building on the Lake Worth Campus.  His design and input upgraded the arts building to a state of the art experience for the students, faculty, staff, and community in which to learn.  After ascending to the position of Associate Dean of Humanities, Holcomb chose a move to Torrington, Wyoming in 2007 to serve as the Vice-President of Eastern Wyoming College.  While there, he worked with curriculum across the college spectrum, renovated buildings, upgraded the quality and accessibility of the various departments to the surrounding communities, as well as worked with faculty, staff, and students.  At one point, he was the Interim President as well as the Vice-President of EWC.  When Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills,  Michigan offered Holcomb the position of Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, he saw his final opportunity to use his expertise with curriculum and student services.  While there, he revamped the curriculum, making certain that it was uniform for each of the five campuses before retiring.

Throughout his career, Holcomb received several honors and recognition.  He was named Designer of the Southwest  while a graduate student.  In addition to the honor, his designs were featured and hung at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Working with the Beaumont and Houston Opera Companies, he designed the scenery for several of the groups’ many opera productions.  Moreover, he designed productions for the Dallas Repertory Theatre in North Park. He served in leadership positions for the United States Institute for Technical Theatre Associations. Furthermore, Holcomb was a graduate of and leader for the Leadership Development Councils in both Palm Beach and Oakland Counties.

Holcomb is survived by his son Bradley Allan Holcomb and his wife Karen of Centennial, Colorado; his daughter Catherine Camille (Holcomb) James and her husband Anthony of Noblesville, Indiana, and three granddaughters Molly Grace James, Emily Paige James, and Ruby Claire James.  His surviving brothers and sisters include Barbara Ann Martini, Robert Edward Holcomb, Thomas Arthur Holcomb, and Marian Gail Lowery. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews in addition to cousins.

The family would like to acknowledge Richard’s lifelong best friend, Jeff Panther, as well as all of the students and faculty members for whom Holcomb cared so much throughout his career.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on March 24th at Colonial Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gift of Life Transplant House (724 Second Street SW, Rochester, MN 55902).


Raymond “Art” McVey

Raymond “Art” Arthur McVey passed October 21, 2017, after a lengthy battle with dementia.  He was born in Noblesville, IN on July 12, 1943.  His parents were William and Norma McVey.

Art lived most of his life in Anderson, IN.  After graduating from Anderson High School in 1962, he entered the Air Force where he served for six years.  In 1963 Arthur and E. Jane McVey married at Central Christian Church.  After serving his country, Art and Jane returned to Anderson where he worked at Nicholson File and St. John’s Hospital before beginning his time working in skilled trades at Guide Lamp.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years E. Jane McVey; his sons, Brian, Darren, and James.  He had six grandchildren (MaKayla Brown, Chesterfield; Brandin McVey, Noblesville; Caleb and Riley McVey, Pendleton; Benjamin and Bridget McVey, California), three great-grandchildren (Jozzlynn Brown, Zayden Stanner, MaKenzi McVey).

He is also survived by his two sisters, Joan Miller, Millie McVey; nieces Dena Willis, Pam Painter, Penny Wilhoite, Darla Carlisle, Amy Goodrich, and Barbra Hall and his nephew Jeff Ash.

He was preceded in death by his parents William McVey and Norma McVey Browning; his in-laws Homer and Mildred Mathews; sister-in-law Phyllis Jean Miller, and brother-in-law Melvin Miller.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (1215 Jackson Street, Anderson) with the Rev. Don Deena Johnson officiating.  Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial donations may be made in his honor to UCSF Memory and Aging Center at www.makeagift.ucsf.edu/brain or to make a check donation mail checks to: UCSF Foundation, Lockbox 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.


Robert “Bob” Buck

Robert “Bob” Buck, 67, of Anderson passed away on October 7, 2017 at Community Hospital Anderson following a brief illness.  He was born on May 2, 1950 in Anderson, IN to Charles and Violet (Rooney) Buck.

Bob was a member of Anderson Central Wesleyan Church where he drove the church van for more than twenty years.

A lifelong resident of Anderson, Bob graduated from Anderson High School in 1970.  He retired from General Motors where he worked on the production line for more than thirty years.  He was a proud member of the UAW Local 1963.

Bob, an avid sports fan, loved attending Anderson High School basketball games and the Indianapolis Colts’ training camp while it was in Anderson.  He also spent many hours in front of the television thoroughly enjoying Purdue football games.

Bob loved to vacation with his family and, as a child, spent countless summer weekends at his parents’ cabin at Hill Lake.  He enjoyed playing pool and tinkering with his toy trains.  Bob’s sense of humor will be missed by everyone who has shared a laugh with him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Darlene (Packard); one son, Robbie Buck of Anderson; one daughter, Melanie Buck of Anderson; and three sisters, Sheila (Gary) Corbin of Petoskey, MI; Donna (David) Spangler of Carmel and Kathy (Rick) Ballard of East Lansing, MI.   Six nieces and three nephews also survive along with his sister-in-law, Peggy (Rex) Bowers of Anderson; and brother-in-law, Larry Packard of Anderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00pm at Anderson Central Wesleyan Church (2406 Delaware St, Anderson IN 46016) with Rev. Jerry Alexander officiating.  Friends may call from noon until the time of service.

Boyd K. Morris

January 7, 1962 – September 27, 2017

Boyd Morris died in an automobile accident in Arcadia, IN on September 27, 2017.

He was the son of Judi (David) Hunt of Cicero and Bennett (Noretta) Morris of Celina, TN.

Survivors include his parents; his brother, Bret (Ashley) Morris of Celina, TN; his daughter, Jessica Morris; his granddaughter, Jayda Morris; and his uncle Jeff Elder.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Sid and Phyllis Elder; his paternal grandparents, Eddie and Nola Morris; four uncles, Greg Elder, Jack Elder, Bertis Morris and Dick Mobley; and his aunt, Sharon Mobley.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Robert L. Keller

Robert L. Keller, 82 of Peru passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He was born on September 10, 1934 in Peru and was the son of Elbert and Julia (Flagg) Keller.

He was a life-long member of the Peru Church of the Brethren.

Bob graduated from Bunker Hill High School (1952) where he was active in sports, participated in school plays and was a drummer in the band. He then served our country as a helicopter mechanic in the United States Army and was stationed in Mannheim, Germany.

He married Renate Brandt in Heidelberg, Germany on July 27, 1957.

Bob then returned to Peru and worked for the Thrush Company while volunteering with the Circus City Festival. On March 16, 1968, Bob proudly launched his career as a police officer with the Peru Police Department. He retired after having served as an officer for more than 26 years. Following his retirement, he continued to be involved in the community. He held post-retirement positions with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Miami County Community Corrections and he served on the Peru Police Department’s Pension Board. Bob was also an active volunteer at Duke’s Memorial Hospital for more than eight years.

Bob had a true love for his hometown and the people of Peru! He enjoyed working on projects for anyone who asked (…except, of course, Renate!) There was always a project pending in his garage and you could easily find Bob tinkering with something – from outfitting police cars with new light bars, to rewiring and painting the little league scoreboard, to mowing neighbors’ yards to building a gazebo on his deck — Bob loved projects! No love was greater, though, than his unconditional love, support and the pride he felt for his family and closest friends. For that, he will be incredibly missed and fondly remembered.

Bob is survived by one son, Michael (Kathy) Keller of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, David (Hunter Foor) Keller of Indianapolis, Devyn (Kaleigh Julovich) Keller of Zionsville, Samuel Keller of Swayzee and Elijah Keller of Indianapolis. He is also survived by his beloved, Betty Ramberg of Peru; and one niece, Christine (Bret) Garst of Tipton.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 44 years, Renate; his sister, Barbara Chambers and his aunt, Mary Spangler.

A funeral service with military honors will be conducted at 2:00pm on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Peru Church of the Brethren (134 E. 5th Street, Peru) with Pastors Phil Cruea and Bob Clark officiating. Friends may call from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Bob’s family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the staff and servers at Gabriel’s Pancake House for their true love and care for Bob and Betty in the recent years. We would also like to sincerely thank everyone at Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home for their incredible generosity and kindness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Peru High School Band (401 N. Broadway, Peru, IN 46970).