Kassandra Leann Rankin, 32, of Muncie passed away on April 19, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Muncie on April 13, 1989 to Ronald and Tammy (Cagle) Rankin.
Kassie is a graduate of Muncie Southside High Schooland obtained her certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant from Ivy Tech College. She will always be fondly remembered as being the “life of the party”. She loved to have fun and spend time with her friends. Kassie was a talented artist who could draw just about anything. Above all, though, she loved her children with all of her heart.
Kassie is survived by her mother, Tammy (James Garrett) Dunn of Muncie; one son, Billy Whitemire, Jr. of Chesterfield; one daughter, LeAyla Hughes of Chesterfield; grandmother, Alice Criswell of Muncie; two brothers, Justin (Sarah Arnold) Rankin of Muncie and Bryce (Molly) Reeder of Ft. Wayne; one half-brother, “Rowdy” (Krystina) Rankin of Muncie; five uncles, Hutch Rankin of Michigan, Jack Rankin of Muncie, Charles Nelson of Kokomo, David (Brenda) Nelson of Kokomo, Paul (Sara) Criswell of Parker City; and one aunt, April (Butch) Jones of Muncie. She will also be missed by many cousins and very dear friends.
Kassie is preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul Criswell, Clyde Rankin and Ellene Rankin.
Marlene P. (Nickol) Whited, 86, of Muncie passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Signature Healthcare of Muncie. Born in Delaware County on Tuesday, November 12, 1935, she was the child of Arthur and Mary Nickol.
On October 20, 1973, Marlene married the love of her life, William Elmo Whited of Jamestown, TN.
She was a dedicated mother to her daughter, JoEllen Campbell, who stayed by her side for her entire life – each helping the other through the journey of life.
Marlene is preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Elmo Whited, and her brother, Freddy Nickol.
Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter; JoEllen Campbell; stepdaughter, Melinda Ayers; three sons, Delmar (BobbieJo) Campbell, David Kiger and Larry Kiger; and one step-son, Mike (Tricia) Whited.
Though Marlene loved her husband and children very much, there is no doubt that the true fuel of her life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom she cherished deeply.
No services will be held. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in Duggan-Smith Linder Cemetery in Jamestown, TN, per her wishes.
The family would like to extend a very special “Thank You” to the staff at Signature Healthcare for their compassionate care and professionalism during this difficult time.
Gregory W. Pirrone, 57, of New Castle passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at his home. He was born in Muncie, IN on September 3, 1963 and was the son of Emanuel & Linda (Curtis) Hicks who preceded him in death.
Greg is a graduate of Muncie Southside High School (1983). He was a talented painter who worked for several years at Walt Disney World. Most recently, he worked for more than 15 years at Brook’s Painting in Muncie.
Greg loved to fish! One of his favorite places to be was on a boat in the middle of a lake. He enjoyed watching television and attending flea markets in Strawtown and Muncie. He will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and the nicknames (and playful harassment) that his friends and family happily endured.
Greg is survived by one sister, Doris McMahan of Portland, two sons, Tyler Hicks of Georgia and Zach Pirrone of Florida; one step-daughter, Joy Pirrone of Florida; four grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews. Greg’s loving companion of 17 years, Thelma Day of New Castle, also survives and will miss him dearly.
A celebration of Greg’s life will be held at a later date.
Nancy Leah (Frank) Whittinghill died at home April 6, 2021 three months short of her 99th birthday. Born July 10, 1922 to Albert and Alma Frank in Youngstown, Ohio, she was the oldest of seven children and survived five of them. A brother, Harry “Fritz” Frank lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A strong-willed and independent young woman, she moved to Miami Beach at 18 in the midst of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II in Europe. She met Bob Whittinghill through her father, who gave the names and address of his three eldest daughters to a group of service men he befriended at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. Two weeks later, Bob found the note in a shirt pocket he was sending out to launder. He wrote to Nancy, and that started a four-year correspondence while Bob served in the Army Air Corps in Burma. They first met in 1945, when he came home from the war and met her in Cleveland. They married March 5, 1946 and moved to Indianapolis where, except for a few brief years, they lived the rest of their lives. They raised four daughters – Gloria (1947), Diane (1948), Mary (1955) and Suzanne (1957), on the eastside where the family attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Bob died in 2002, and Nancy subsequently moved to the southside and lived independently until her last few years when she moved in with her daughter, Diane, at Geist Reservoir.
Nancy was a mother and housewife before going to work in retail in the 1960’s, which was considered unusual at the time. She thrived as a salesclerk and ultimately a department manager for H.P. Wasson’s Company. She later helped Bob in various businesses and at the bar they owned on south East Street. She was artistic, with a sense of fashion and interior design. That artistry showed in the rugs she hooked and her ability to search out auctions and rummage through antique stores and thrift shops, always managing to find the one perfect item. She helped all her daughters establish their homes, sewing curtains and pillows and advising on color schemes and furniture layout. She came from a card-playing family and loved nothing more than a good game of euchre or pinochle. Amongst her family she was known as a fierce competitor, but something of a bad loser. She loved her nightly cocktail, good chocolates and butter pecan ice cream.
She had five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren who lived nearby and saw her often. She is preceded in death by Bob and a grandson, Chad Lepper (Kim). She is survived by her daughters Gloria Lepper (Rick, deceased) and Diane (Joseph) Walsh in Indianapolis. Grandsons Ryan Lepper, Matthew Walsh (Dylan Tracey) and Michael Walsh (Leanna) also live in the City, as does her only granddaughter, Amy Gillum (Michael). Her daughters Mary Thompson (Dick) and Suzanne Whittinghill (Bruce Dorrbecker) reside in Washington State. Great-grandchildren include Sofia and Olivia Gillum, Riley and Ryanne Lepper, and Nathan, Sam, and Avalee Walsh.
She was blessed with a good life and a good death, and her family grieves her passing.
Cecil T. Johns, 74, of Pendleton, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. He was born in Jessamine County, KY on December 12, 1946 to James and Marcella (Delaney) Johns.
Cecil was a very talented mechanic who had a passion for working on cement trucks. He retired from Sagamore Ready Mix after more than 20 years of service. Cecil will be remembered as a very hard worker whose work ethic was unparalleled. He was definitely one-of-a-kind.
He loved his family and was very proud to be able to provide a good life for them. Cecil was a confident man who was not afraid to stand-up for what he thought was right. He was an outdoorsman who loved to deer hunt, fish work in his yard and tend to his garden. More often than not, though, you could find Cecil relaxing on his back porch enjoying a cold beer.
Cecil is survived by a step-daughter, Dottie Sherrow of Lexington, KY; one daughter, Mary Johns of Anderson; four sons, Thomas Johns of Florida, James Johns, William Johns and Gavin Johns all of Anderson; and one great-grandchild (with one on the way!). He will be missed by countless loving family members and very close friends.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Brenda (Lee), who shared his life for more than 40 years.
A celebration of Cecil’s life will be held at a later date.
William E. Bartholomew, 81, entered the presence of his Saviour on March 17, 2021. Born in 1939 to Orlena and Harold Bartholomew, he was reared in Gary and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. After graduation, he took a job in California and there met Marvella, the love of his life, who became his wife several years later. He was a CPA, worked in Chicago and Valparaiso as an accountant, and was employed by Samuel C. Ennis Enterprises in Hammond for most of his career. For many years during tax season, he prepared tax returns for family and friends.
Bill had a lifelong love of numbers and faithfully maintained detailed records both at work and at home. He liked John Wayne movies, popcorn, and French silk pie. He loved food, so cooking for him was a very easy task. Although mowing their large lawn was not his favorite task, Bill did it faithfully, riding the lawn mower many days after work and on Saturdays and taking pride in maintaining their property.
He was treasurer at Faith Baptist Church in Hebron for many years, later joining Bethel Church in Crown Point, and then South Lake Church of the Nazarene in Crown Point for 28 years. In retirement, he spent many hours as a volunteer at Methodist Hospital for 7 years and then was a greeter at Wal-Mart for 9 years. He enjoyed good health until the last several years when Parkinson’s Disease took its toll and was ill only 4 weeks before his promotion to heaven.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marvella, son Doug of Fort Wayne, daughter Ruth (David) Kimmel doing missionary work in Romania, granddaughters Sierra, Celeste, and Amber, and great-granddaughter Summer. He is also survived by his brother Art (Marlene) Bartholomew, sister Dolores Wible, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Orlena Moreno Swider and father Harold Bartholomew.
A memorial service will be held in October. His body was donated to Indiana University School of Medicine Anatomical Education Program.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Answers in Genesis https://answersingenesis.org/donate/ or to Baptist Mid-Missions (bmm.org) designated for the ministry of David & Ruth Kimmel.