Obituaries


Darrell Blackburn

Darrell M. R. Blackburn, 79 of Fortville, IN passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on March 20, 2019.  He was born in Indianapolis on September 23, 1939 to Hanson “Art” and Gladys (Armstrong). 

Darrell was a true entrepreneur. He took great pride in his numerous different ventures throughout his life. From his time at Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to his time at Budweiser, Darrell enjoyed being on the road. He settled down for awhile as owner of Prospect Tavern and the Dairy Bar in Indianapolis, IN. Eventually, his thirst for the road returned with a new entrepreneurial endeavor as the owner of Blackburn & Son Trucking for twenty-nine years. Darrell took great pride in providing for his family and did an amazing job along the way.

Darrell had been a member of the Indianapolis Masonic Lodge #669 in Mooresville since 1965.

Darrell’s passion was being on the water!  He was very talented on water skis and would spend nearly every weekend on a boat.  His favorite hobbies included collecting coins, firearms and playing Euchre with his family.  He will always be fondly remembered as a great man who was always willing to help someone in their time of need. 

Darrell is survived by one son, Darrell Jr. (Robin) of Fortville; three daughters, April (Buddy) Maddux of Indianapolis, Jeana (Jack) Horner of Greenfield and Elizabeth (Jim) Helton of Greenfield; two brothers, James (Cecilia) of Maxwell and William of Poland; and one sister-in-law, Janice of Johnson City, TN.  He is also survived by 9 loving grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.  Abby, his beloved Toy Poodle, who was his very best friend in this world also survives.

Darrell is preceded in death by his wife of fifty-four years, Kenna Jean (Martin); his parents; his brothers Ralph, Ronald, and John as well as his sisters-in-law, Wanda and Thurby.

Masonic Services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 4:00PM at Eden United Methodist Church (2122 E Eden Rd, Greenfield, IN) with a funeral service immediately following.    Friends may call from 2:00-4:00PM at the church. 

Rex Higgins

Rex Aaron Higgins, 68, passed away peacefully in his home in Fishers, IN on February 10, 2019.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Morton and Margaret (Cline) Higgins and his sister, Lynn Lawson.

Rex was a graduate of Southport High School, Ball State University and was an Army Reservist. Although an art major in college, Rex had an entrepreneurial spirit.  He was the owner of Ace Appliance Parts and Service in Bloomington, IN for more than 20 years.

Rex was a creative artist in many mediums: sculpture, painting, mixed media, and digital photography. He had a love of music whether it be in singing and playing the guitar with his friends, or just listening and sharing new tunes with others. Rex loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends at his home of 38 years on Lake Monroe enjoying the peacefulness and surrounding beauty that it provided.

He is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 45 years, Krystal Higgins, his daughter Kody Higgins of Portland Oregon, his son Ross Higgins of New York, NY and his sister Tina (Dan) Nohe of Bargersville, IN.

Rex was a member of Sherwood Oaks Church and volunteered in his community. In his memory, we ask that instead of flowers that you pay forward that “giving back” spirit….reaching out to others in need, visiting a sick friend, volunteering in your community,  or donating to Hospice, Parkinson’s or a favorite charity. That would make him smile.

A “Celebration of Life”  service will be announced at a later date.

Allan F. Decker

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Allan F. Decker, son of Reverend Oscar and June Decker, on Friday, November 30, 2018 in his home in Anderson, Indiana.

Allan is survived by his beloved wife, Teckla Stelling Decker; brother, Major General Oscar C. Decker, Jr. (Ella Mae); daughter, Kathryn; and son, Bill (Jean).

Allan worked hard throughout his life. Whether helping his brother run numerous entrepreneurial activities as a boy, running a soda counter at the local drugstore as a teen, or working as a prison guard to help pay for college, Allan carried his own weight, and the weight of those near him. While at the University of Nebraska, he was called to serve in the Army during the Korean War, and Allan later returned to complete his law degree. After graduating, Allan was a FBI agent, and later made a career in trust banking, as he and Teckla started a family.

He served his community in various positions over the years, including as: a member of the Charleston Beautification Committee, a member of the Charleston Yacht Club, President of the Southwest Florida Council of the Boy Scouts, a member of the board of Lee County Mental Health Association, and a member of the board of the Johnson County Airport Authority. Allan was a follower of the Lutheran faith, serving on numerous church boards over the years. In 2015, he received the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. Allan and his family lived in South Carolina and Florida during his professional career. While in Florida, he founded and served as the President of the National Trust Company. Allan and Teckla retired to Mountain City, Tennessee, and they also maintained a home near their son in Indiana.

Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Westover Memorial Park cemetery in Augusta, Georgia. Pastor David B. Hunter, Sr. of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made in Allan’s memory to the veterans’ organization of their choice.

Jeffery Short

Jeffery Michael Short, 36, of Gwynneville, IN passed away much too young on October 20, 2018.  He was born in Rushville, IN on August 1, 1982.

Jeff attended Morristown High School and was a member of the Franklin Chapter of DeMolay.  He worked at the Sunshine Café in Richmond where he enjoyed being a line cook.  His true passion, though, lies in the arts.  Jeff was a gifted singer/songwriter and spent countless hours playing his guitar.  He enjoyed writing (but hated spelling!) and could play any instrument he picked up.  He will forever be remembered for his loving spirit and his ability to make people smile.

Jeff leaves behind four beautiful children; Jordyn Short, Hayley Short, Isabella Riley Marr and Jeffery Michael Short II; loving parents, Tammra Marie (Short) Lime, Michael A Short and J. David Lime; siblings, Emily M. (Short) Salyer, Anthony M. Short, Jamie D. Short, Abbagail L. (Short) Isaac, Jacob M. Short, James Lime, Scott Lime, Patricia (Lime) Cox.  He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and loved-ones including his girlfriend, Sabrina Stewart.

Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Helen Marie Foster, Frank B. Furman, James E. Short and  Shirley Ann Short.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Overdose Lifeline, Inc. Contribute HERE

Elaine Pickens

Elaine Francine Pickens, 56, of Fishers passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 in her home following a long battle with ALS.

Elaine is survived by her husband of thirty years, Larry; her daughter, Bridget Pickens of Fishers; her father and step-mother, Philip and Peg Brummit of Indianapolis; and brother, Phil Brummit of Speedway. She was preceded in death by her mother Billy Jean (Alger) Brummit.

Elaine was born at Fort Belvoir, VA on April 6, 1962. She traveled the world with her Father who was in the military. Her favorite country was Germany where she lived twice. Her family moved back to Indianapolis 40 years ago. She received a bachelor’s degree from IUPUI and an MBA from Butler University. She worked for Ratheon as a Quality Engineer and a Proposal Lead.

Elaine was a long-time member of the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Fishers where she was a member of The Daughters of the King.

Elaine had a passion for dance! She and her husband, Larry, spent a great deal of their lives together as competitive ballroom dancers. Together, in 2001, they became American Rhythm Champions for their age category in a national amateur dance competition. Elaine shared her love of dance with her daughter and enjoyed nothing more than watching Bridget dance. When she wasn’t dancing or spending quality time with her family and many friends, Elaine enjoyed reading and relaxing quietly at home.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Holy Family Episcopal Church (11445 Fishers Pointe Blvd, Fishers, IN 46038) with Father Bruce Gray officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to:

1. The Indiana Chapter of the ALS Association – Community of Hope fund for Elaine Pickens
7202 E 87th St #102, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Donate Now:  Indiana ALS Association – Community of Hope Fund: Elaine Pickens
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2. The Holy Family Episcopal Church
11445 Fishers Pointe Blvd, Fishers, IN 46038