Ruth V. Bastin

Ruth Vera (Eliason) Bastin, 99, of Anderson passed away on April 30, 2022 at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Anderson.  She was born on December 22, 1922 in Anderson, IN to Earl and Dorothy (Manis) Eliason.

Ruth graduated from Anderson High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Willis G. “Jiggs” Bastin in 1943.  Ruth was a member of United Methodist Churches in Anderson.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Willis G. Bastin, and her son, Phillip Gene Bastin.

Ruth is survived by her son, Willis G. “Butch” Bastin III; daughter, Lynn Ann Godby; grandchildren, Suzanne Finn, Willis G. Bastin IV, Erik Bastin, Angel Jones, Andrew Bastin, Thomas Burgess, and Paul Burgess; as well as several great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Ruth’s life will be scheduled at a later date.

May 19th, 2022|0 Comments

Larry D. Ancil

Larry Dwayne Ancil, 81, of Upland, passed away at home on Sunday, May 15, 2022 after a five month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Sweetser, IN at home to Joe and Blanche (Bowman) Ancil on October 5, 1940. He was a 1958 graduate of Mississinewa High School.  In August of 1958, he joined the US Navy, serving on the USS Putnam DD757, touring the Mediterranean Sea, and was honorably discharged in 1961. In 1978, Larry married Susan (Willhide); they were partners for nearly 44 years “Till death do us part.”

Larry was a self-employed painting and wallpapering contractor. He was called “the last of the artisans”, and followed his grandfather and father in this trade. He was well-trusted in customer’s homes, and carried keys to many a home in Marion. He was a regular coffee drinker at Kyle’s Paints, and had many friends there.
Larry was an excellent fly fisherman, and loved fishing at the family cottage on Palestine Lake. He also loved their country home, and enjoyed raising and entertaining grandchildren there, as well as rarely missing a soccer match. He was an animal lover, caring for many stray cats and dogs over the years. He is survived by beloved dogs, Polly and Pepper.

Larry will be forever loved and missed by wife, Susan, sons David Ancil, St. Augustine, Florida, and Doug Ancil, Sweden, daughter Jennifer Steele-Payne, Upland, son Andrew Preston and daughter-in-law Tammy Preston, Upland, and former son-in-law Stephen Payne, Gas City. Also missing ‘’Grampy’’ will be Jacob Steele, Charlie Steele, William Payne, Luke Payne, Kimberlee Preston, Abby Preston, and Andy Preston, all of Upland, and Marshal Hettinger, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Jay (Martha) Ancil, sisters Priscilla (Bill) Romine, Deloris (Sid) Stratton, and Arlene (John) Berry.

Per his wishes, there will be no services or celebration of life. His birthday was lovingly honored at each decade since his 40th with family and friends. You may honor his life and love of animals by donating to Marion-Grant County Humane Society (505 S. Miller Ave., Marion, IN 46953). A private family gathering will occur at Marion National Cemetery at a later date, where his remains will be laid.

Special thanks to Marion VA Hospital, Marion Health 5th Floor, Anderson Community Cancer Care, and Heart to Heart Hospice for their help and support to Susan and their loving care of Larry.

May 19th, 2022|0 Comments

John A. “Jay” Richards

John Allen “Jay” Richards, 33, of Anderson passed away on April 24, 2022 at Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born in Indianapolis, IN on September 22, 1988 to John Richards and Donna (Ruble) Bridges.

Jay worked as a cook at restaurants in the Anderson area. He was very proud of his pot roast and his ability to grill the “perfect steak”. He enjoyed playing the slot machines at local casinos and spending time at the Anderson Speedway. Jay was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan and cheered for T. Y. Hilton at every opportunity! Above all, though, Jay loved spending time with his kids and family.

Jay is survived by his mother, Donna (Daniel George) Bridges of Shelbyville; his father, John (Maritiza) Richards of Noblesville; four children, Aiden, Bentley, Keighan, and McKaiden; two sisters, Jessica (Timmothy) Ransdell of Harrodsburg, KY and Ashley (Alex) Hicks of New Castle; his brother, Ronnie Means of Beech Grove; his grandmother, Eva Hermann of Greensburg; four nieces, Mystic, Karina, Gabby and McKenzie; and three nephews, Brett, Jason and Jaiden. Many loving aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

Jay is preceded in death by two children, McKayla and A.J.; his grandfather, Donald Ruble; his grandparents, John and Lela Richards; his great-grandmother, Laurie Land; and his step-father, Tom Bridges.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 11am-1pm at the Mooreland Friends Church (101 N Jefferson St, Mooreland, IN 47360). Pastor David Seeley will officiate Jay’s funeral service at 1pm on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.

Our family would like to sincerely thank the entire team in the Critical Care Unit of Ascension St. Vincent Anderson Hospital for their loving care, professionalism and comfort.

April 27th, 2022|6 Comments

Peggy S. Deardorf

Peggy S Deardorf, 82, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at home surrounded by her loved-ones after a brief illness. Peggy was a native of Logansport but had made Ft. Wayne her home for the past 16 years.

Peggy loved family with every fiber of her being and devoted many years showing them all just how much.  Peggy enjoyed church services at Brigade of Light Church in Ft Wayne prior to its closing. She enjoyed all the fellow congregates who were family and friends alike.

Peggy was preceded in death by her father, R.W. Deardorf; her mother, Betty Deardorf; and her brother, Melvin Deardorf.

Peggy is survived by her son, Timothy Houk; her grandchildren, Brittany, Alyssa (Marcello) and Maddix; her great-grandchildren, Trae-Sean, Zaidyn, Markell, and Zariyah; her sister-in-law, Barbara Deardorf; her niece Stephanie Krull; and her daughter-in-law, Pam Houk.

There will be a private Celebration of Life honoring Peggy and all she loved while here on earth at a later date.

April 14th, 2022|1 Comment

Donald K. Plain, Jr.

Donald K. Plain, Jr., 74, of Fortville passed away on Monday, April 4, 2022 at Hancock Regional Hospital. He was born on February 24, 1948 in Anderson, IN to Donald K. Plain, Sr. and Hyla (Johns) Kleyla.

He was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Donnie was a carpenter and worked in construction. He was a model train and airplane enthusiast who would tinker with anything mechanical or electrical. Donnie enjoyed the railroad and doing yard work — he especially enjoyed taking his dog, A.J., for lawnmower rides.

Donnie is survived by two sons, Michael (Michele) Plain, Sr., Greg (Emily Wilson) Plain; three grandchildren, Sasha Hall, Makayla Plain, and Michael Scott Plain, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Avery Hall; and one sister, Terrill (Paul) Nunn.

He was preceded in death by his fiance’, Rebecca Cook, and his parents.

In keeping with Donnie’s wishes, a simple cremation will take place.

April 14th, 2022|0 Comments

Brenda K. Jones

Brenda K. Jones, 68, of Elwood, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Monday, March 28, 2022 following an extended illness. She was born on October 7, 1953 in Elwood, IN to Vernon and JoAnn (Rockhill) Brummet.

Brenda is a graduate of Alexandria High School (1972) and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Ivy Tech Community College. Brenda worked as a Production Operator at the RCA plant in Marion for nearly 30 years. She was a member of IBEW Local 1160 in Marion and is a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Brenda will be remembered for the dedication that she had for her family. She worked hard to provide a stable life for her children. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought her much joy and she absolutely loved spending time with them. Brenda enjoyed long weekends in Brown County and traveling to Gatlinburg, TN. She spent her free time shopping, taking motorcycle rides and frequently took time to stop and smell the roses (her favorite flower).

Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Jerry Jones; one daughter, Katreena (Danny) Shirey of Elwood; one son, Eric Sullivan of Dunkirk; two step-daughters, Brooke (Ray) Mullen of Noblesville and Jennifer (Brad) Plank of Marion; five grandchildren, Wyatt Faulstich, Taylor Faulstich, Shellby Sullivan, Curtis Sullivan and Cameron Mullen; and three great-grandchildren, Bentley Faulstich, Blake Faulstich, and Bella Faulstich. Many loving extended family members and very close friends also survive as does her fur-baby, Max.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

A private celebration of Brenda’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

April 6th, 2022|0 Comments
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