Deborah Slaven

Deborah L. Slaven, 67, of Frankfort passed away in her home on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  She was born on April 10, 1950 in Frankfort to Robert and Georgia (Copeland) Coy.

Deb is a graduate of Clinton Prairie High School (1968).  She worked for more than twenty years at Emerson Appliance Controls in Frankfort and previously worked for National Cigar Company.  Animals of all kinds held a special place in her heart, but she was especially fond of dogs and horses.

Deb is survived by one son, Robert (Laura Zimmerman) Slaven of Indianapolis; two grandchildren, Amanda Slaven and Isabella Slaven; and three nephews, Michael Coy, Bobby Coy and Patrick Coy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Donald L. Coy and Michael R. Coy.

No services are currently scheduled.

Mark A. Bland

Mark Allen Bland, 60, of Lapel passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Monday, April 24, 2017.  He was born on December 6, 1956 in Greenfield, IN to Robert and Phyllis (Fairfield) Bland.

At the age of sixteen, Mark served our country in the US Army and was very proud of the recognition he received for his accomplishments while in training.  A lifelong resident of the Lapel and Fortville area, he formerly worked for Reynolds Farm Equipment and Landmark Construction.  Mark had a wonderful sense of humor that will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched.  He enjoyed working on anything that had an engine — from Harley Davidson motorcycles to cars to lawnmowers — he spent hours working on projects in his garage.

Mark is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Jane (McDole) Bland;  one son, Allen Prickett of Lapel;  two step-sons, Kelly (Jean) Cochran of New Albany and  Jerry (Jennifer) Cochran of Anderson;  one step-daughter, Jannet (Dave) Jones of Lapel;  eight grandchildren, Kia Edwards, Marcus Edwards, Bryce Lutz, Alexis (Chris) Wiles, Ashley (Brice) Grey, Karissa Cochran, Dalton Cochran and Kyra Cochran.  Three great-grandchildren, six great step-grandchildren, and one great-great step-grandchild also survive as do his his closest friends Mike Stedham, Dave Nelson, Shane Huber, Mike Barker and Lamar Cosby;  special brother-in-law, Rod McDole;  and his shih tzu, Peady.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  his infant sister, Phyllis;  and his step-brother, Roy.

A cremation will be conducted and no services are planned at the present time.

Ethan Floyd Powers-Curry

Ethan Floyd Powers-Curry, 8 ½ , of Westfield passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  He was born in Noblesville on May 25, 2008 to Christian and Stephanie Curry.

Ethan was a third grade student at Smoky Row Elementary School in Carmel where his favorite subject was Science.  He loved bugs, frogs and animals of all kinds.  He especially loved his cats, Milo and “Pud-Pud” and his hamster, Charlie.  Ethan loved exploring the outdoors with his cousins, whom he considered to be his very best friends.

He attended Sheridan First United Methodist Church in Sheridan.

Ethan is survived by his parents; his maternal grandparents Terry Powers of Westfield and Tami (Barry Chamblin) Powers of Sheridan, his paternal grandparents, James W. Curry of Kempton and Sheena Hamilton of Sheridan; and his great-grandmothers, Judy Marsischke of Westfield and Linda Powers of Henderson, KY.  Many loving aunts, uncles and cousins also survive and will miss him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Robert Marsischke, his aunt, Sheanna Webber, his uncle Travis Webber, and many others.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 24th at the Sheridan First United Methodist Church (207 E. 2nd Street, Sheridan, IN) with Pastor Carol Fritz officiating.  Friends may call from 11:00am until the time of service.  Burial will be in Veneman Cemetery in Michigantown.

Fern (Farmer) Harris

Fern Elizabeth (Farmer) Harris, 86, a truly amazing woman, our Mom, our Grandma, our Great Grandmother, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on January 7, 2017 at Desert Regional Hospital in Palm Springs, CA.  She was born on June 10, 1930 in Oklahoma to Dave and Irene (Howard) Farmer. They soon moved to Arkansas where she grew up on a farm with her four brothers and sister.  Along the way she met a boy..there is always a boy,  and then moved here to Indiana.

Fern held many jobs here in Indiana but after graduating from Beauty school she became a well known hairdresser in the community.  She was also an active member of the First Missionary Baptist Church and made many life long friends.  In all of the years living in Elwood, she was probably best known for walking everywhere, whether it be to the post office, to work, or to volunteer at the church. Let’s not forget her baked delicious-nesses.  Let’s be real about her to-die-for peanut butter pies, people, or her pecan rolls and chicken and noodles.  All of which she was quick to donate for a church function.

One thing that most people didn’t know about this amazing woman is that she collected clowns. (Yes, CLOWNS!).  In her travels, and us kids’ travels, we would be sure to pick up a new souvenir for her.  She treasured them as well as all the trinkets that her grandchildren made or gave to her.

Fern is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Dave, Carl, Robert, Daniel, her sister Delana, an infant daughter Carolyn, and Granddaughter Jamie Weeks.

 She is survived by her Children, Lawrence Dennis (Sherrie), Betty Dennis Carlson (Don), Gary Harris partner Joseph Flores, and Rachelle Harris Devine (Randy).  She is also survived by nine grandchildren Michelle, Stephanie, Lauren, Derrick, Jason, Conner, Chayse, Kenleigh, And Kai as well as four Great Grandchildren, Caleb Hughes, Madison, Elizabeth, Natalie, and Jason Jr.

There will be a Celebration of Life service on June 10, 2017 (her birthday!) at 11am at the First Missionary Baptist Church of Elwood, IN with a lunch following in Fellowship Hall.  The family will then proceed to Sheridan for a graveside service where she will be laid to rest.

Edwin Ames

Edwin A. Ames, 73, of Rushville passed away unexpectedly at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis on December 30, 2016.  He was born on September 19, 1943 in Goodrich, MI to Ellis and Nellie Mae (Hale) Ames.

After graduating from Bendle High School (1962) in Burton, MI, Ed proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Officer.  He also earned an Associates Degree in Business from Baker Community College.

A retired bricklayer, Ed was a member of both the Michigan and Indiana Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union locals.  He was also a member of the NRA and supporter of the VFW.

Ed’s selfless spirit will be remembered by all who knew him – he would do anything for a friend and had a big heart.  Helping people gave him a sense of genuine joy.  He was a devoted grandfather who loved to fish and spend quality time with his family.

Mr. Ames is survived by two daughters, Babette (Mark) Faerber of Alpharetta, GA and Nancy (Mike) Shafer of Independence, KY;  two grandsons, Patrick and Sean and a grandhorse, Serenity.  A host of other family members who loved him dearly also survive as does his ex-wife and best friend, Setsuko Ames of Easley, SC.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Saturday, January 7th at 1:00pm at Todd Funeral Centre & Crematory (1600 S. State Road 3, Rushville, IN) with Pastor Darryl Cooper officiating.  Friends may call from 11:00am until the time of service.