Obituaries


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).

Terry E. Johnson

Terry E. Johnson, 63, of Indianapolis (formerly of Coral Springs, FL) passed away unexpectedly on July 27, 2017. He was born on May 26, 1954 in Lafayette to Melvin and Alice (Black) Johnson.

Terry graduated from LaPorte High School (1972) and earned his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees at Ball State University. He was self-employed and worked in the finance industry.

He was a member of the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, FL.

Terry’s joy of music will be missed. You could often find him singing and playing his guitar… you knew by the sound of his whistling that he was close by. He also loved nature and spending time in the water – whether swimming the butterfly, lifeguarding, or just relaxing by a campfire on the ocean’s shore. Terry enjoyed the companionship of cats and dogs and was also an avid fan of the Chicago White Socks.

Terry is survived by his mother; one daughter, Kayla Johnson of Coral Springs, Fl; two sisters, Cynthia (Brian) Swanson of LaPorte and Kathy (Marty) Geiger of Indianapolis; one brother, Keith (Judy) Johnson of LaPorte; one niece, Sheila Corbett of LaPorte and one nephew, Byron Corbett of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Bruce Johnson.

A private family memorial service will be conducted after cremation.

Deborah Simon

Deborah (Eisenmenger) Simon, 74, of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2017 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born on January 22, 1943 in Elmhurst, IL and is the only child of Elmer and Phyllis (Regan) Eisenmenger.

She was a member of St. Monica’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

Deborah attended St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She then completed her Master’s Degree in English Literature from Loyola University in Chicago. She later served as a teacher at Southmont High School in Crawfordsville, IN. Deborah also enjoyed various social activities and volunteering at Fairbanks Hospital and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Deborah is survived by her daughter-in-law, Julia Simon Lyons of Las Vegas, NV; three nephews; one grandnephew; and two grandnieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Peter.

A memorial mass will be conducted at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 12th at St. Monica Catholic Church, 6131 Michigan Road, Indianapolis. Both Deborah and Peter’s ashes will be interred at Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, IL at a later date.

Richard Davis

 

Richard E. Davis, 83, of Lapel passed away at Riverview Health on Thursday, June 1, 2017.  He was born on April 15, 1934 in Hancock County, Indiana to George and Edith (Ward) Davis.

Richard served our country as a Weapons Mechanic in the United States Air Force.  He was a member of Fellowship Masonic Lodge #681 F.&A.M. in Anderson.  He retired from Delco Remy in 1981 after working there for 30 years.

Richard’s mechanical skills served him well in life.  He was well known for working on cars and had a passion for restoring Volkswagens.  He also loved the outdoors, spending much of his time hunting, fishing and camping.  He especially enjoyed traveling the country in his motor home and frequently took vacations to see family and friends.  He also enjoyed watching John Wayne movies, old Westerns, NASCAR racing, Cubs baseball, and Colts football.  He loved to play with Elvis, the family’s Miniature Schnauzer.  He was a great friend and a loving father.

Richard is survived by one son, Bill Davis of Lapel; and one sister, Barbara Pickel of Anderson.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his loving wife, Lillie.

A Masonic funeral service will be held at a later date.

Norman L. O’Rear

Norman Leon O’Rear, 78, of Indianapolis, Indiana passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2017 at Sydney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.  He was born August 23, 1939 in Danville, Indiana to Bernard and Ruth (Williamson) O’Rear.

Norman graduated from Noblesville High School in 1956.

Norman is survived by his three children, Teresa O’Rear, Sherry Townsend of Tipton, IN and Alan O’Rear of Indianapolis, IN; two grandchildren; and a brother, Jim O’Rear of Arlington, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Ruth O’Rear; and his brother, Wayne O’Rear.

A private service will be held by the immediate family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wheeler Mission or Shepherd Community Center.