Obituaries

Obituaries2019-09-16T01:17:25+00:00

Jeffrey L. Heaston

Jeffrey Lynn Heaston, 68, of Alexandria, IN passed away on July 15, 2024 in his home surrounded by family. He was born in Huntington, IN on November 7, 1955 to Ronald J. and Sharon (Eagleson) Heaston.

Jeff grew up in the Fort Wayne area working alongside his Dad in the motorcycle industry. He was a certified motorcycle mechanic. They opened Ehlerding Heaston Kawasaki BMW in South Bend and were there from 1979-89. He had numerous mechanical positions over the years, from working on motorcycles, snowmobiles, jet ski’s, trucks, lawn equipment and golf carts.

You would find Jeff most weekends at the track, doing what he loved most, motocross racing. He loved his dogs, listening to music, golfing, tinkering in garage and his bonfires.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Beth (Stockton) Heaston, his step-son Andrew Mantei, his parents Ronald J and Sharon Heaston, his sister, Carla (Heaston) Datzman, and brothers-in-law, Tom Datzman and Denny Stockton. He has 4 nieces/nephews, Jennifer (Evans) Knight, Alayna (Datzman) Pabst, Tommy Datzman and D.J. Stockton, 8 great nieces/nephews, and numerous cousins. His dogs, Lexi and Logan and many great friends along the way.

Jeff has made his final jump and is now at peace with God.

Huge thank you to IU Health Hospice for thier love and support over the last year. Memorial Contributions can be made to IU Health Hospice East.

A Celebration of Life bonfire is scheduled for Oct. 5th. at 5:00pm

July 18th, 2024|2 Comments

Ralph Curtis Roysden

Ralph Curtis Roysden, age 69, passed away peacefully at his home in Muncie Indiana on Sunday, July 7, 2024. Curtis was born on May 28, 1955 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, Indiana. In 1973, he graduated from high school at Alvin C. York Agriculture Institute in Jamestown, Tennessee. After graduating high school, Curtis obtained his Class 1 Machinist Degree at Training and Technology in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He worked at Mueller Brass Company in Hartsville, Tennessee for several years and left there to open his own business, Bargain Hunters, in Lebanon, Tennessee. Curtis remained a Merchant/Vendor until his retirement.

Ralph Curtis Roysden was a Christian, Son, Brother, and Friend. He enjoyed playing and watching sports, playing billiards, music, music concerts, playing the guitar and singing. He was loved by many and will be forever missed.

Curtis leaves behind a Sister, Holly Jo Roysden, and a host of special aunts, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by Father, Ralph T. Roysden; Mother, Lola Faye Hull; Brother, Craig Landon Roysden; and Grandmother, Willie Joe Bilbrey.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Keller Mortuary Services in Lapel, Indiana.

A Memorial Service will be held in Jamestown, Tennessee to Curtis. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Mundy Funeral Home of Jamestown, Tennessee will be in charge of local arrangements.

July 15th, 2024|0 Comments

Dr. Phyllis V. Irwin

Phyllis Vivian (Roggenkamp) Irwin, 95, of Noblesville, IN, went to be with her Savior and Lord at 10:30 am on Sunday, June 23, 2024. Family gathered around her bed were watching the live stream of her son, Nate, preaching a powerful sermon at College Park Church on the preeminence of Christ. As the sermon ended her breathing slowed; she took her last breath on earth during the closing song, “Holy Forever”; with her next breath she joined the generations gone before, worshipping Jesus face-to-face.

Phyllis was born August 4, 1928, in New Albany, IN, to the late Albert and Bessie (Altes) Roggenkamp. Her parents raised her and two older brothers, Norman and Milton, in Milltown, IN, along the Blue River. It was her brothers who taught her to swim, to dive off the bridge, to ice skate on the river during the winter, and to ride a bike. She had her own paper delivery route on that bike, where neighborhood dogs would follow her home. Her love of animals and adventures began early!

But above all, Phyllis was a woman who loved Jesus with all her heart from the moment the Lord brought her into a personal experience of salvation just before her senior year of high school. During her years at Asbury College she sensed God leading her to medical missionary service and never again considered anything else. On her first date with the handsome Russ Irwin her freshman year of medical school at Indiana University, she made sure that he was planning on being a missionary—or there would not have been a second date! Russ regularly delighted in telling how she “popped the question” on their first date! They were married in 1952 and served together with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) at Bach Christian Hospital in northern Pakistan for 35 years, followed by 4 years in the Pakistani city of Lahore, before retiring to the U.S. in1995.

This talented, dedicated, hard-working, fearless, unassuming woman is survived by her children, Patty McGarvey (Carl), Nate Irwin (Marty), and Cindy Irwin; her grandchildren Kristy McGarvey (fiancé James), Nathan McGarvey, David McGarvey (Jennifer), Tim Irwin (Aimee), Jessica Irwin (Chad), and Leslie Esch (Mike); and 5 great-grandchildren, Silas and Auggie McGarvey, Titus and Elise Irwin, and Anna Esch. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Russell Irwin, who got to heaven first in 2019. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Norman who was killed in action during WWII and Milton who died last year after a long career as a pathologist (and to whom she would send pathology samples for diagnosis from the other side of the world!).
What a life was ensconced in the dash between the years 1928–2024! After finishing her M.D. at Indiana University School of Medicine while Russ completed his M.Div. at Grace Theological Seminary, they boarded a ship in 1956 with baby Patty and sailed to Karachi, Pakistan, via the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian Oceans. Then two hot days and one long night on a train took them north into the foothills of the Himalayan mountains.

And the adventures began! In Phyllis’s own words, taken from her self-published autobiography:

“We helped build a hospital in the Northwest Frontier of West Pakistan, raised a family of three, developed a hospital staff, and treated many thousands of patients annually. Our son Nate was born the day before I had my first-year language test (I think the test initiated labor!). I delivered him on a dining room table without anesthesia during a monsoon rainstorm in a mountain town in the Himalayas, attended by a lady missionary physician. Since no vehicular traffic was available, she arrived by horse just in time!

“Our younger daughter, Cindy, was born in relatively posh facilities back in the USA on our first furlough. Now I was challenged with the task of being a mom with three kids, wife, missionary, medical superintendent, and chief staff physician of a 50-bed hospital. I absolutely loved medicine, and although I worked many 12+ hour days for many years, I was fascinated by the variety of pathology and far advanced conditions that confronted us every clinic day. I was moved with compassion by the desperate needs of these poor Muslim patients. In those days a male doctor could not see women patients. As word spread that there was a lady doctor, patients came from many miles around, some traveling days to reach the hospital.“

We saw hopeless, far advanced TB of lung, TB of the spine, bone and joints, nodes, even kidney and skin. There were also horrid childbirth injuries, neglected fractures requiring amputation, disfiguring burn scars, parasitic infections, malnutrition of the worst degree in children, and the dreaded diarrheal diseases that take so many lives of babies and children. Complicated labor cases began coming. A lot of this I had never seen before, so we struggled and learned from reading books.

“We improvised, and prayed. We saw lots of extensive burns requiring skin grafting. We did hernias, bladder and urethral stones, drained huge TB abscesses containing quarts of gaseous pus. There were lots of Caesarian sections, even more tubal ligations, and lots of osteomyelitis operations to remove dead bone. The Lord’s hand was in every healing… We prayed with every patient before surgery in the name of Jesus. We distributed Bibles and literature freely… a few responded—most did not—but all respected us and our Christian message.

“We took the children with us on treks for clinics in the “boonies” back in the mountains. The kids watched surgery; the girls saw deliveries; and when they were older, the kids actually worked in the hospital as “aides” during vacations… And let’s see, I was also a wife. When was there time for that? The Lord gave me a very wonderful, spiritual, flexible, genial husband who was a great father when I often wasn’t there for the kids… We had to plan carefully to do things as a family when the kids had time at home [from boarding school]. A great love for each other, from the Lord himself, helped us to get through life with rejoicing.” All three of their children went on to serve the Lord overseas and in the US in various ministries.

The quotes above only capture a glimpse of the life Phyllis gave gladly to her Lord. After retiring to their native Indiana, her pace of life barely slowed. She spent time pouring over years of journals to write her autobiography. She loved keeping a large garden, canning and sharing her bounty. She wrote and led many years of women’s Bible studies, and she and Russ connected with and cared for many immigrant families. They visited prisons together and were actively involved in the ministries of Faith Church and Prairie Baptist Church. They also returned to Pakistan several times for specific ministry opportunities.

In 2006, Phyllis was honored by the Indiana University School of Medicine as their distinguished alumnus of the year for her service to humanity. She had been one of only four women in her class of 150 and was inducted as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the only national medical honor society in the world. Phyllis’s desire was that her body be donated to the university for research and medical education. Special thanks to IU and Keller Mortuary Services for facilitating her request.

To give God the glory for the legacy of this amazing woman, a celebration of Phyllis’s life will be held at 3:00 pm on July 13, 2024, at Faith Church, 9125 N. College Ave, in Indianapolis. A reception will follow to greet the family and share memories.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to TEAM for Bach Christian Hospital at www.team.org or mailed to TEAM, PO Box 1683, Carol Stream, IL 60132-1683.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

July 3rd, 2024|19 Comments

Jeffrey T. Sills

Jeffrey Todd Sills, 49, of Anderson, passed away at home on July 1, 2024.

He was born in Anderson on June 3, 1975, the son of Joseph and Tonya (Woodall) Sills.  He was employed for 14 years with Miller Huggins and was also a machinist.  He enjoyed fishing, his C.B. Radio, and being outside.

He is survived by his father, Joseph Sills; three sons, Charles Bradley Sills, Christian Aleczander Sills, and Ethan Sills; his siblings, Greg Sills, Landon Sills, Casey Sills, Zachary Sills, Jose Rodriguez; and his great aunt, Jane Cline.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Tonya; and his grandparents, Charles and Ella Sills.

The family has chosen cremation with a celebration of life to be held later.

July 3rd, 2024|7 Comments

Kathryn E. Garrison

At 11:51 am on June 6th, 2024, Kathryn Elizabeth Garrison passed on and entered the pearly gates above.

She is survived in death by her boyfriend, Richard Baxter of Union City, IN; her 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne A. Vansel and April Vansel of Greenville, OH and Brian K. Keagy and Angela Keagy of Nokomis, IL; two grandchildren, Dustin Vansel of Huber Heights, OH and Coree Keagy of Nokomis, IL; one sister, Phyllis Grady of Brooklyn, NY and multiple nieces and nephews.

She loved her dogs and was a huge Tinkerbell fan.

She will be greatly missed.

June 28th, 2024|0 Comments

Shirley A. Brancheau

Shirley Ann (Yetter) Brancheau, 88, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2024.

Shirley was born in Indianapolis on December 23, 1935 to Edwin and Grace (Ridout) Yetter. She was a force of nature and an absolutely wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a graduate of Emmerich Manual HS. She held licenses in cosmetology, real estate sales and a Brokers’ license in real estate. She held positions as an optometric technician, did bridal alterations for several Indianapolis shops and sent countless brides and bridesmaids down the aisle in meticulously fitted gowns. She ended her career with FSSA in Indianapolis as an Administrative Assistant.

Shirley was the mother of seven children: Michael Brancheau, Susan (John) Edwards, Angelette Grafe, Kelley Brancheau, Daniel Brancheau (Debbie Seever), Sally (Ralph) Belknap and Wendy Brancheau.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Grace Yetter, her sister Helen Bliss and brother Ralph Yetter and three children, Michael, Kelley and Wendy.

She is survived by her children Susan, Angie, Dan and Sally, grandchildren Elizabeth (Jeff) Bryant, Trey Grafe and Tori (Jonathan) Penniston and great-grandchildren James and Vianne Bryant and Broxton Penniston.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held from 10:00am-Noon on Thursday, July 18th, 2024 at New Bethel Baptist Church (8936 Southeastern Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46239).

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or your favorite charity in her honor.

June 27th, 2024|2 Comments
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