Judith Koontz

Judith Kay Koontz, 72, of Peru, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 at her residence. She was born in La Porte, Indiana on March 6, 1947 to Curtis R. Michael and Myra J. (Frantz) Michael. Judith graduated from Peru High School in 1965. She married James Williams Koontz in 1968, and he preceded her in death.

Judith worked for Classico in Peru until she retired, and continued to work for them part-time intermittently until 2015. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting, and genealogy.

Judith is survived by her son James and his wife Andrea (Butler) of Columbus, Indiana; her son Jeffrey of Peru; grandchildren Ashlyn Koontz and Joshua Koontz of Dunedin, Florida, Augustus Koontz of Columbus, and Damian and Jordan Koontz of Peru; several step-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and other friends and relatives. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Per Judith’s wishes, no service is planned. Memorial donations can be made to Heart to Heart Hospice.

July 19th, 2019|Comments Off on Judith Koontz

Larry Crouch, Sr.

Larry G. Crouch, Sr., 69, of Pendleton passed away in his home on June 15, 2019 following an extended illness.  He was born in Winchester, KY on August 7, 1949 to James and Mary (King) Crouch.

Larry was a life-long resident of Madison County.  He honorably served in the United States Army and retired from Amtrak in October 2014, where he worked as a Refrigeration Technician at the Beech Grove railway maintenance facility.   He was a Lifetime Member of the V.F.W., a member of the American Legion, a member of the Masonic Lodge (Pleasant Lodge No.134  F. & A.M.) and was the former Vice President of the Sheetmetal Workers Local 179. 

Larry was an amazing husband and father (and a friend to everyone he met!).   In the mid-80’s, he and his brother owned Crouch Brothers Racing, a successful mini stock car team; his love for Nascar stemmed from this. He was a sports fan who always rooted for the ‘underdog’, but only if the Colts and the Pacers were not playing.  Larry also loved nature.   Whether fishing, mowing, working in the yard or just sitting quietly by a campfire, he was always happy to be outdoors.  Larry will be lovingly remembered for the remarkable impact he had on the lives of his family and friends.   

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jane (Kelley) Crouch; three sons, Steve Crouch of Pendleton, Lonnie Crouch of Pendleton, and Larry (Jessica) Crouch of Ingalls; one brother, Doug (Lynn) Crouch of Alexandria;  three sisters, Nita Watkins of Marion, Marcia (Tim) Trueblood of Alexandria, and Lena Holaday of Anderson; nine grandchildren, Dusty, Kyle, Sara, Chelsea, Nita, Ethan, Caleb, Josh and Brooklyn; one great-granddaughter, Madisyn; and several family members and friends whom he loved dearly.

Special thanks for everything to our niece and precious Angel, Kim Easter. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joyce Abernathy.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held at 3:00PM on Friday, June 21, 2019 at Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services (504 W. 9th Street, Anderson, IN).  Friends may call from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.  A Masonic Service will be conducted just prior to the funeral. 

Cremation will follow.

June 15th, 2019|3 Comments

Elizabeth Gulley

Elizabeth Mary Gulley of Fortville, Indiana was called home to heaven on May 09, 2019. She was greeted by her grandparents, James and Louis Jester; parents, John and Lynda Lockhart and brother, John Lockhart.

Beth is survived by her wife, Lisa Manis; sisters, Katherine Locke and Amanda Feistel; nephews, Jacob Turner, Christopher Lockhart-Henderson, Jeffery Feistel and Hayden Feistel; niece, Elizabeth Feistel and great-niece, Henleigh Turner. 

Beth loved fishing, video games and The Walking Dead. She couldn’t be unkind to anyone no matter how much she disliked them. She was always respectful and always loyal to those she loved and cared about. She is loved by her family and friends. Beth will be greatly missed. 

A Celebration of Beth’s life will be held at a later date.

May 9th, 2019|1 Comment

Theodore “Ted” Barker

Theodore “Ted” C. Barker, 76, of Anderson passed away on March 28, 2019 at Community Hospital Anderson surrounded by family following an extended illness.  He was born in Noblesville on November 5, 1942 to Byron and Maxine (Clidence) Barker. 

Ted is a graduate of Vernon Township High School (1960) where he played trumpet in the marching band.  He worked in construction for most of his life and very much enjoyed woodworking.  He was a talented craftsman who had a passion for cars (well, FORDS!) and may have engaged in a drag race or two when he was younger.  Ted will be lovingly remembered as a storyteller with a great sense of humor who truly valued the relationships he had with his family and high school classmates with whom he became life-long friends.  Ted was also a member of Cyntheanne Christian Church.

Ted is survived by his loving wife, Mariena (Misner) Barker; two sons, Jeffrey Barker of Holdenville, OK and Tommy Barker of Muncie; one daughter, Crystal (Scott Wagner) Kirby of Anderson; three step sons, Bob (Becky) Kramer of Fortville,  David (Melissa) Crull of Anderson, and Daniel (Amber) Crull of Alexandria; two step daughters, Tina (Karl) Moore of Anderson, Lori West of Anderson; and one daughter-in-law,  Kelly Jones.  Also surviving are two brothers, Philip (Cathi) Barker of Westfield and Tommy Huffman of Florida; two sisters, Nancy Pelsue of Lapel and Beth Warren of Noblesville; a special friend and caregiver, Anita Swafford; and many other loving family members, friends and classmates.   

Ted was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.    

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Cyntheanne Christian Church (13151 Cyntheanne Road, Fishers, IN) with Pastor Brent Emerick officiating.   Friends may call at the church from 10:00AM until the time of the service.  Cremation will follow. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Keller Mortuary to help defray funeral expenses.

March 28th, 2019|1 Comment

Jannet Jones

Jannet Lynn Jones, 46, of Lapel passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on March 25, 2019.  She was born in Noblesville on July 1, 1972 to David Cochran and Jane Bland (McDole).

Jannet worked as a cashier at Bauer’s Market
and held other cashier positions over the years. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family, her friends and any animal that she could love on.  In her free time, she often spent hours outside sitting in the sunshine just enjoying the cool breeze.

Jannet is survived by her loving husband of ten years, David Jones; her mother; one daughter, Alexis Lutz of Greenfield; one son, Preston Lutz of Greenfield; two brothers, Kelly (Jean) Cochran of Charlestown and Jerry (Jenny) Cochran of Anderson; one step-brother, Allen Prickett of Lapel; and her granddaughter, Lacy Wiles.  Also surviving are her life-long friend, Rachel Moreland of Lapel; cousin, Lisa “Pugs” (Tim) Weeks of Lapel and many other loving extended family members.

Jannet is preceded in death by her father; her step-father, Mark Bland; and her grandparents, Fred and Mary McDole.

No services are currently scheduled.   

March 25th, 2019|Comments Off on Jannet Jones

Darrell Blackburn

Darrell M. R. Blackburn, 79 of Fortville, IN passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on March 20, 2019.  He was born in Indianapolis on September 23, 1939 to Hanson “Art” and Gladys (Armstrong). 

Darrell was a true entrepreneur. He took great pride in his numerous different ventures throughout his life. From his time at Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to his time at Budweiser, Darrell enjoyed being on the road. He settled down for awhile as owner of Prospect Tavern and the Dairy Bar in Indianapolis, IN. Eventually, his thirst for the road returned with a new entrepreneurial endeavor as the owner of Blackburn & Son Trucking for twenty-nine years. Darrell took great pride in providing for his family and did an amazing job along the way.

Darrell had been a member of the Indianapolis Masonic Lodge #669 in Mooresville since 1965.

Darrell’s passion was being on the water!  He was very talented on water skis and would spend nearly every weekend on a boat.  His favorite hobbies included collecting coins, firearms and playing Euchre with his family.  He will always be fondly remembered as a great man who was always willing to help someone in their time of need. 

Darrell is survived by one son, Darrell Jr. (Robin) of Fortville; three daughters, April (Buddy) Maddux of Indianapolis, Jeana (Jack) Horner of Greenfield and Elizabeth (Jim) Helton of Greenfield; two brothers, James (Cecilia) of Maxwell and William of Poland; and one sister-in-law, Janice of Johnson City, TN.  He is also survived by 9 loving grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and several cherished nieces, nephews and cousins.  Abby, his beloved Toy Poodle, who was his very best friend in this world also survives.

Darrell is preceded in death by his wife of fifty-four years, Kenna Jean (Martin); his parents; his brothers Ralph, Ronald, and John as well as his sisters-in-law, Wanda and Thurby.

Masonic Services will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 4:00PM at Eden United Methodist Church (2122 E Eden Rd, Greenfield, IN) with a funeral service immediately following.    Friends may call from 2:00-4:00PM at the church. 

March 20th, 2019|4 Comments