John was born on December 14, 1927 in Fairfield, Ohio where he grew up on a farm with his parents Hulda and Ralph Reed and his five brothers and sisters. He served in the Army at the end of WWII. After his service, he attended Bryan College in Tennessee and fell in love and married Erris Martin. They we were married for 68 years until her death in 2019. After graduating from college, he went on for further education to Grace Seminary for a Masters degree, a second Masters at Bowling Green University, and a doctorate at The Ohio State University. He retired as Lt. Colonel of the Air Force Reserve. Most recently he married Barbara Branch on March 18, 2020 and enjoyed his few remaining months with her and her family.
Although he had many jobs – pastoring churches, college professor, and public speaking, his longest tenure being those most dear to him were his chaplaincy with the Air National Guard, his pastorate at Sherman Bible Church and his professorship at Dallas Theological Seminary. He loved to guide, listen to and show love to those he came in contact with whether it be colleagues, students, congregants, or those in the military. In all his interactions his goal was to point people to Jesus Christ and His love and sacrifice that was made for everyone.
John loved his family and spent many holidays and vacations making wonderful memories. He enjoyed taking the grandkids fishing and on walks in the neighborhood. All of the family knew that he loved them and cared about the details of their lives. He loved baseball (the Texas Rangers), football (the Dallas Cowboys & Ohio State Buckeyes), fishing and woodworking. His love for woodworking lives on with his grandson. Some of his favorite quotes were: “Don’t sweat the small stuff”, “All of life is a process”, “It takes longer and costs more than you plan on”, and “God knows!”
The bottom line on John’s life is that he loved and served his Lord, Jesus Christ, and his deepest desire was to live a life that brought God glory and honor.
He was survived by wife, Barbara Branch Reed and her family; his sister, Evelyn Radcliffe; his daughter, Beth Hoover and husband, Jim; son-in-law, Rod Beam and wife, Martha; grandchildren, Jason Beam, Jana Powers, Julie Melville and husband Ken, Jordan Hoover, Jill Bolin and husband Eric, and Katy Jungman; great grandchildren, Dylan and Luke Powers, Ty and Ellie Bolin; and many nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by parents, Ralph & Hulda Reed; siblings Bob, Charles, Beverly and Frances; beloved wife, Erris M Reed; and daughter, Becky Beam.
John will be buried in Marion National Cemetery in a private ceremony with full military honors.
Donations in his memory may be made to Dallas Theological Seminary (https://secure.dts.edu/donate/).
Lori Lynn Steffen, 61, of New Whiteland, passed away unexpectedly on September 24, 2020 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born (with curly red hair!) in Franklin on March 8, 1959 to Thomas and Norma (Clark) Steffen.
Lori is a graduate of Whiteland Community High School (1977). She is a life-long resident of Johnson County and worked as an Information Specialist for a local Geographic Information Systems company. For more than 11 years, Lori was also a proud member of the Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority (Alpha Gamma Chapter) in New Whiteland.
Lori enjoyed bicycling, listening to all genres of music, going to concerts and spending evenings with friends at the Historic Artcraft Theatre. She particularly liked to watch people dance and, as an adult, even participated in an ice skating recital! She will forever be remembered for being a phenomenal friend to both people and animals.
She is survived by nine loving cousins; two sisters-by-love, Gail (Mike) Day of Franklin and Deanna Powell of Whiteland (along with the entire Powell family); and her feline “boys”, Jordy and Max.
She is preceded in death by her mother; her father; her maternal grandparents; and her paternal grandparents.
A celebration of Lori‘s life, officiated by Tom Jackson, will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, 2020 in the Arvin Meeting Room at the Franklin Parks Cultural Arts & Recreation Center (396 Branigin Boulevard, Franklin). Friends may gather from 1:00 PM until the time of the celebration.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Johnson County (3827 Graham Rd, Franklin, IN 46131).
Gregory A. Symoens, 56, of Anderson passed away unexpectedly on October 15, 2020.He was born on January 28, 1964 in Anderson to Ernest & Nondas (Alfrey) Symoens.
Greg is a graduate of Madison Heights High School (class of 1983) and most recently worked at Amacor Company in Anderson. Greg enjoyed driving in demolition derbies with his brother when he was younger.
He is survived by one son, Greg Symoens of Springport; one daughter, Deja Symoens of Sulphur Springs; one brother, Michael (Betty) Symoens of Anderson; two sisters, Vicky (Vic) Delaplane of Anderson and Bonnie (Richard) Gillespie of Ft. Wayne; and two grandchildren, Cameron Symoens and Layla Symoens of Anderson. Several loving extended family members also survive.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Theresa (Symoens) Shryock.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Cathy Teresa (Maze) Sedam, age 59, loving wife to Robert (Bob) and devoted mother to Tyler, went to be with her Lord and Savior, October 4th, 2020, surrounded by family and friends following a life-long courageous battle with Bronchiectasis.
Cathy was born November 3rd, 1960 to Gladys and Chester Maze. She was a graduate of Southport High School. Cathy loved her family, her friends, Pepsi, the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana Pacers, the Green Bay Packers, fishing and Kohl’s – especially when she had a 30 percent off coupon! She was known for spontaneous road trips, hosting special events and parties and her amazing ability to organize and store memorabilia, including every single card she ever received.
She is survived by her husband, Bob; her son, Tyler; her brother, Richard (Buck); her sisters, Carol and Delcia; her niece, Pam and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Cathy is also survived by her special sisters MeLita, Cheryl and Susie (who are amazing blessings to the family) who orchestrated her care; her beloved goddaughter, Lexi and countless others who knew her as “Aunt Cathy” or “Cathy with a C”.
She reunited in heaven with her parents, Chester and Gladys (Cox) Maze; her sister, Kay; her nephew, Toby; and her parents-in-law, Bob and Mildred Sedam, who loved Cathy as their own daughter.
Cathy retired from Navient Solutions after 20 years of service. She was known as a hard worker wherever she worked, including American Family Insurance and West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, where she was greeted as “Shazam” by the company President years after she had left there and moved back to Indiana.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at the Pendleton Christian Church (1170 S. Pendleton Avenue, Pendleton, IN 46064) with Discipleship Pastor Joey Colson officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Pendleton Christian Church.
As was her usual tendency towards caring for others, Cathy’s express wish was that memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, be directed to Pendleton Christian Church.
Cathy will be forever remembered for the impact she made on the lives of everyone who knew her — love genuinely radiated from her soul. As you think of Cathy, please never forget that she would want you to… 😁 “Have a smiley day!” 😁
Kenneth W. Burgess, Jr., 49 of Noblesville passed away at home following an extended illness on September 24, 2020 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Anderson, IN on January 6, 1971 to Kenneth and Marlene (Moyer) Burgess, Sr.
Ken attended Hamilton Southeastern High School and later served as a Supply Specialist in the U.S. Army. Ken worked as a butcher at for many years. He attended Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Noblesville.
Ken loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and was especially proud of his 1967 Camaro. He was an outdoorsman who loved to be in the woods. He also enjoyed gunsmithing and was an avid firearms enthusiast but, above all, Ken loved to spend time with his wife and family.
Ken is survived by his mother, Marlene; his wife, Lai (Sibayan), who is the love of his life; one son, Mark Louis; two daughters, Hayley Burgess and Courtney Burgess both of Virginia; one sister, Karmissa Foreman of Anderson; and two nieces, Kristina Cornett and Meagan Foreman both of Anderson. Ken’s great nieces Aleena, T’Nyla, Max, Tren and Harper also survive as does his beloved pit bull, Kane.
He is preceded in death by his father; Granny Margaret; Grandpa Bill; Weezie; and cousin Amy.
A private family service will be conducted at a later date.
Juanita L. “Nita” (Silvey) Louzon, 71, of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at Franciscan Health Indianapolis while surrounded by her family. She was born in Indianapolis on April 27, 1949 to Charles Gorman and Barbara (Russell) Silvey.
Nita graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and attended Indiana University where she attained both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree. She worked for Citizens Gas and retired after 26 years of service. Nita became a parishioner of Holy Name Catholic Church in 1978.
Nita had a heart for service. She is the former Director of Perry Senior Citizens Services, was involved with fundraising efforts with the United Way, was a member of Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis and spent many years as a volunteer with the Eiteljorg Museum and Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Indianapolis where she mentored many women.
NIta had a passion for traveling and especially enjoyed camping with her family. Memories of magical Disney trips will be forever cherished by her family. She also enjoyed genealogy and studying the history of religion. Above all, though, Nita’s joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Nita is survived by her loving husband of 42 years, Glenn; two daughters, Laura (Kevin) Winton of Indianapolis and Linda (Tad) Sperka of Brownsburg; two brothers Charles (Letha) Silvey of Colorado Springs, CO and Robert Silvey of Indianapolis; one sister, Beth (Mike) Winkler of Naperville, IL; and five grandchildren, Rose (Wesley) Gilmore, Eli WIlliams, Gabe Williams, Alice Sperka and Emeryk Sperka. Her parents-in-law, James and Lois Louzon, also survive as do many loving extended family members and her dearest friend, Margie Leive.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Robert Silvey; and her brother, Alllen Silvey.
A Funeral Mass will be held at Noon on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Holy Name Catholic Church (89 N 17th Ave, Beech Grove, IN 46107). Friends may call from 10:00am until the time of Mass. Social distancing will be observed and face coverings will be required per the Governor’s Executive Order.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Hospital Food Pantry (705 Riley Hospital Drive , Indianapolis , IN 46202) or to the Indianapolis Humane Society.