Ramons (Ray) Saksons, 76, passed away on November 30, following a brief, but courageous fight against cancer. Ray was preceded in death by his wife Sheryl, his parents Janis and Emilija, stepmother Helen Cotton Saksons and brother Harold. Ray’s memory lives on through his siblings Velta Saksons Houk, Hugo Saksons (Leslie) and Eddy Saksons (Debbie); Stepbrothers Mike Cotton (Teresa), Doug Cotton (Kit), Joe Cotton (Marvin) and Chris Cotton (Andrea); Son Jonathan Saksons, stepchildren Denise Smulevitz (Morry), Joe Farr (Jess), Allison Thorpe (Leonard), and 7 adoring grandchildren; Aidan, Olivia, Mackenzie, Madison, Sophia, Mason and Jaxson, along with many nephews and nieces.
Ray was born on September 27, 1945 in Drutte, Germany of Latvian heritage. His family immigrated to the United States in 1950 to pursue the American dream, after fleeing the communist state of Germany. Ray grew up in neighborhoods north of Indianapolis. In his youth, he was a pitcher for the Carmel High School baseball team and enjoyed competitive sailing. Ray served in the United States Army reserves between 1967 to 1971 and later as a two-term elected member of the Fishers Town Council, where he also helped launch the Fishers youth soccer program. In recognition of his dedication for the enhancement of the quality of life in Fishers, Ray was awarded with a “Key to the Town” in 1988. He became a skilled machine shop toolmaker, before a successful and impactful 41-year career as General Manager of Covert Industries, alongside his friend and mentor Jim Covert. Ray was an avid outdoorsman and master gardener who loved being near to water, fishing and was known as a devoted sports fan.
Ray’s family will welcome friends to a celebration of his life from 3pm to 8pm on December 10 at his home in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Roydon R. “Robbie” Fisher, 59, of Lapel, passed away at home surrounded by family on Friday, November 26, 2021 following a courageous three-year battle with cancer. He was born in Noblesville, IN on March 5, 1962 to James and Jane (Harvey) Fisher.
Robbie, a lifelong resident of Lapel, graduated from Lapel High School in 1980. He worked at Brockway Glass before joining the team at Elite Roofing in Noblesville where he worked for about 20 years. Toward the end of his life, though, he was fortunate to find his dream job — he became a truck driver for Bluegrass Farms in Anderson. He loved being on the road and seeing new places.
Robbie married his soul mate, Sandy Chaney, whom he met at a skating rink in Noblesville when he was 18 years old. Together they had two children, Zach and Danielle, both of which he was very proud of. As a family, they loved to attend concerts at Deer Creek, go camping, and vacation in his favorite place, California. Robbie loved to ride motorcycles and care for his dogs, but he will always be remembered for the love that he had for his family – especially his children and grandchildren.
Robbie is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Sandy; one son, Zachariah Fisher of Lapel; one daughter, Danielle (Chase) Walden of Lapel; two sisters, Brenda (Larry) Inskeep of McCordsville and Edie (Dan) Thompson of Lapel; six grandchildren, Draven Fisher, Ashe Fisher, McKenna Abel, Colton Walden, Charlee Walden and Cooper Walden; and many extended family members whom he loved dearly.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, James “Jimmie” and Paul.
A celebration of Robbie’s life will be held at The Lodge on Main Street (808 N. Main Street, Lapel) on Sunday, December 19th from 3pm-6pm.
Tony Allen Solomon, 63, of Anderson passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021 with his family nearby.
Tony was born on October 11, 1958 in New Castle, IN to Thomas Fred Solomon and Betty Jane (Marsh) Fugett. Tony lived in Anderson most of his life. He was an avid collector of whatever would catch his interest and enjoyed being outside in nature. He especially loved fishing, bird watching, and collecting rocks with his granddaughter, Kirsten.
Tony is survived by his four children, Betty Jo (Ryan) Shrack of Wichita, KS, Trinna Solomon of Indianapolis, IN, Tommy (Jessica) Solomon, and Tonya (Mike) Ashby both of Anderson, IN; his sister Connie (Solomon) Jones; brother Everett Solomon; seven grandchildren, Kirsten, Jeffery, Annalyse, Grant, Lauren, Michael, and Solomon; and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was preceded in death by both of his parents; maternal grandparents, Claude and Martha (Shelton) Marsh; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Lena (Smoot) Solomon; brother, Thomas Gann; and sister, Terry (Solomon) Starrett.
Memorial services will be held in the coming weeks.
Leo Martin Whitmore, 89, of Portage passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2021. He was born on July 16, 1932 in Pierre, South Dakota to Elmer and Stella (Smith) Whitmore.
He was a member of Zion Holiness Church of Portage for many years.
Leo leaves behind his children, Donna Mooney, Darryl Whitmore, Joyce Virge, Jerry (Deborah) Whitmore, Shirley (Larry) Mahler and Richard Whitmore; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Dale Whitmore and his wife, Mae Whitmore.
Leo willed his body to the Indiana University Anatomical Education Program in Indianapolis, IN. No services are currently scheduled.
Carole Lynn Topper, 69, passed away on Sunday evening, November 21, 2021, with family members at her bedside, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Carole was born on December 6, 1951 in Muncie, Indiana, the daughter of Carl Topper and Dorothy McMichael. She resided in Muncie her entire life.
Carole was a kind, loving soul who always had a smile on her face. She would help anyone and everyone whenever she could. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being outside working in her yard, getting her hands dirty pulling weeds and planting flowers.
She leaves behind her three siblings, Debbie Pittman (husband, Charlie), Dennis Topper and Jerry Ledbetter (wife, Brook); two sons, Lonnie Lambert and Larry Anderson; two grandchildren, Johnnie Lambert and Jodie Cook; three great-grandchildren, Liliana Lambert, Raven Cook and Wyatt Folley; many nieces and nephews; and an ex-husband that turned into a good friend, Norman Anderson.
Carole was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Jeffrey Pittman.
In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Cremation will take place.
Donald Lee Miller (73), born November 28, 1947, passed peacefully in his sleep on November 21, 2021. He was born in Ohio but spent most of his life in Central Indiana.
Donald was an avid reader and loved novels. Donald also was a craftsman in many areas, including woodworking and cutting hair. Donald enjoyed being outside and loved eating ice cream anytime he could.
He was a loving father and grandfather. Donald had a total of six children, Brandi Miller of Anderson, Erica Miller, Trista Miller of Noblesville, Racheal (Josh Mort) Miller of Elwood, Charles Miller of Indianapolis, and Kathryn Miller of Carmel.
He was loved dearly by his grandchildren all of whom he enjoyed being around. Eric, Jeremiah, Makxliam, Lovaiyah, Jazleiana, Samuel, and Abbygail. Each day he was around he wore the biggest smile.
Donald is proceeded in death by his father, mother, siblings, wife (Lou Ann Miller) and daughter (Erica).
He will be cremated and laid to rest in a peaceful, family ceremony at a later date.