Robert K. Closser, Jr.

Robert Keith “Bob” Closser, Jr., 67, of Anderson, passed away on April 4, 2022 in his home following an extended illness.  He was born on May 14, 1954 in Anderson, IN to Robert Closser, Sr. and Stella “Joan” Reff.

Bob was an avid Purdue sports fan who enjoyed watching Colts football and Nascar. He also enjoyed working in his yard. Bob retired from Village Pantry after 34 years of service. After a short period of being retired, Bob realized he was no good at “not keeping busy” and began working part-time at Menards, which he very much enjoyed.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 24 years, Darla (Roberts) Closser; four children, Zachary Closser of Tampa, FL, Richard Closser of Mountain View, CA, Danielle (Tyler) Kuhns of Gaston, and Dustin Bennett of Anderson; and five grandchildren, Davie Closser, Gideon Closser, Kaystin Bennett, Kacee Bennett, Dustin Bennett Jr. and Ethan Kuhns.

He is also survived by his sister Cindy (James) Atwell of Anderson; two nieces, Tami Atwell of Anderson and Tawni (Brad) Dedman of Murfreesboro, TN; and special friends Dave and Karen Carmony.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Stella “Joan” Reff and his father, Robert K. Closser, Sr.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 PM on Monday, April 11, 2022 at East Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

April 6th, 2022|13 Comments

Thomas M. Ford

Thomas “Tom” Ford, passed away January 1, 2022, at the age of 71.

Tom, son of the late Sidney (Syd) and Mildred (Mid), was born December 14, 1950, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was the third of five children growing up in a Catholic home on the east side. Tom spent his childhood attending St. Simon Catholic Church, as well as being an altar boy in its parish.

In junior high school, Tom met his forever sweetheart, Debbie (Welsh). After graduation, they married and made a home on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Daughters Shannon and Melissa would soon follow, making their family complete. Tom looked forward to their annual trip to visit Debbie’s family in Wisconsin. Time spent on the Brenizer Farm and Wistrom Ranch was something he cherished. Annual Spring Break adventures to Jekyll Island, Georgia, with family and friends, were always enjoyable and relaxing. Summers were spent around the Ford pool where there would be birthday parties, weddings, graduations, karaoke, raft races, cornhole tournaments, and Tom saving the lives of drowning children. He was a true hero! Co-ed softball leagues, along with the Bob & Tom Bowling and Golf Scrambles, brought generations of life-long friends together for over 40 years. Tom could pitch horseshoes and toss cornhole with the best of them. He was also an avid golfer, capturing his first hole-in-one in 1984. Ford Family Thanksgivings always brought laughter, love, and inside jokes to the gatherings. Tom and Debbie relished their time spent cruising the Caribbean, with Aruba being their favorite island destination. Additional getaways where they made memorable moments included Las Vegas, Pebble Beach, San Francisco, and the Florida beaches. Tom never missed a game, school event, or celebration of his daughters or grandsons, Jacob, Kaden, and Benny. Tom and Debbie celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary last summer in Orange Beach, Alabama. Those who knew Tom understood his fierce love of his 3 girls, grandsons, extended family, and close friends. Tom recommitted his life to Jesus in 2010. Along with his family, he attended Northview Church in Carmel and Anderson, where he grew in his faith. He was baptized in 2019, and as part of the same ceremony, had the honor to participate in the baptism of his grandson, Kaden.

Tom was an active volunteer in the community of Lawrence. He served on the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Board, served on the Board of the Lawrence Elementary Football League, as well as being a coach. He coached baseball in Lawrence’s Youth Baseball League as well as coaching his daughter Shannon in their softball program. In the early 80’s, Tom collaborated with his brother-in-law to create the Lawrence Bearcat Basketball League (now called the Lawrence Township Boys Basketball League). He was active on the board for more than 20 years. His passion for youth basketball led him to become an official referee for the Indiana High School Athletic Association. In 1995, he received the Superintendent’s Award for his exemplary support of programs and services in the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township. In 1997, the Lawrence Township Boys Basketball League honored Tom by awarding annual scholarships to high school seniors, at both Lawrence Central and Lawrence North, in his name. Tom’s scholarship continues to this day. After moving to the Oaklandon area, Tom dedicated more than 10 years towards coaching Shannon and Melissa in St. Alban’s Episcopal Church’s softball league.

Professionally, Tom worked as a painter early on, even taking a job overseas painting castles for the King in Saudi Arabia. He transitioned into the food and beverage industry, taking a district sales position with Chesty Foods. Tom was an entrepreneur at heart. His endeavors included Walking Golf, Inc and TE-EL Voice and Data. Audio-visual technology and telecommunications sales is where Tom finished out his career. He retired in 2018, however it was short-lived. He says his most enjoyable job was his last, as Food Specialist at Pathways Learning Academy (inside Northview Church, Binford Campus), where he was known as “Chef Tom” to all the children he served.

Tom’s parents, Sidney (Syd) and Mildred (Mid), and sister Nancy Van Slyke, greeted him on the other side, along with his mother-in-law, Darlene Welsh, brothers-in-law Danny Welsh, Virgil Berry, and Albert Van Slyke, and nephew Andrew Welsh. He will be missed dearly by his wife, Debbie, daughters Shannon and Melissa, and grandsons Jacob, Kaden (Key), and Bennett (Nussbaum). He also leaves behind sisters Cyd Rice (Mike), JoLinda Hopper (Randy) and brother Greg Ford, sister-in-law Donna Baird, in addition to 24 nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, extended family and longtime friends. Finally, he leaves behind man’s best friends Mable, Esmay, and Prim.

Please join us for a celebration of Tom’s life Saturday, April 23, 1:00 – 4:30, at the Villas at Britton Falls, 16485 Del Webb Parkway, Fishers, IN 46037. We will take time out to share special words and memories from 2:00 – 3:00.

Contributions can be made, in Tom’s name, to the Lawrence Township Boys Basketball League.
Please send checks to:
PO BOX 36685
Indianapolis, IN 46236

March 28th, 2022|18 Comments

Charlene R. Moutray

Charlene R. Moutray, 32, of Indianapolis passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2022.  She was born in South Bend, IN on January 2, 1990 to Ronald Moutray and Ruth (Earnest) Parks.

Charlene was baptized in the Clinton Frame Church in Goshen, IN and was a proud graduate of Wheeler Mission’s Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program for Women.  She served in the Wheeler Mission Donation Center and Thrift Store and most recently worked for a private residential cleaning service.

Charlene will be remembered as a loyal friend who had a huge presence (and the biggest laugh you’ve ever heard!)  She was an artistic, articulate woman who had a talent for writing.  She was interested in cosmetology and loved to do her daughter, Lilly’s, hair and nails.  Charlene enjoyed tending to her plants, cooking her signature steak and, above all, spending quality time with Lilly.

Charlene is survived by her parents, Ronald (Laura) Moutray of South Bend and Ruth (Shawn) Parks of Indianapolis; her step-father, Brad Goertzen of Goshen, IN; one daughter, Lilly Manges of Indianapolis; one sister, Heather (Wilson Newell) Goertzen of Goshen; her maternal grandparents, Robert Earnest and Sandy Earnest of Fishers; her paternal grandmother, Marilyn Moutray of South Bend; her step-grandfather, Irvin Goertzen of Goessel, KS.  Many loving aunts, uncles and cousins also survive who were very special to Charlene.

She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Donald Moutray and her step-grandmother, Elaine Goertzen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeler Mission

A celebration of Charlene’s life will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at Clinton Frame Church (63846 CR 35, Goshen, IN  46528).

March 27th, 2022|2 Comments

Joseph E. Bailey

Joseph E. Bailey, (Joe), (80), was called home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2022. He passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side after a long battle with cancer. He was born April 8, 1941 in Middletown, Indiana the son of George and Delana Bailey.

He attended Anderson High school. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked at Nicholson File for several years before he joined the fire department. He retired from the City of Anderson Fire Department on July 1, 1996 after 28 years of service. He also worked in Security at the Hoosier Park Casino for 14 years.

Joe greatly enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and spending winters in Pahrump, Nevada. He was happiest spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Joe knew no stranger and after meeting him you left in a better mood. He was known for his corny jokes and generosity of time with a conversation. He made breakfast for all the firemen on his shift each morning he worked.

In lieu of services and to honor Joe’s wishes, cremation will take place. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Joe touched many lives throughout his lifetime and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Matthew 25:23: His Lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you a ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

Joe leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 38 years, Terrella Eskew Bailey; son Glen (Tammy) Bailey and grandsons Hunter and Camden Bailey; Joshua (Abbey) and their son Easton; granddaughter Brittany (Austin) Carroll and their son Benton; sisters-in-law Jeanetta Graham; and Carolyn Bailey; nieces Loralyn Bailey Toombs and her children Griffin and Bailey; Linda Almquist (David) Woschitz and her children Karleigh Davenport and Wynnie Almquist; and Susie (Tom) Lucey and her children Jonah, Charlie, and Tyler.  He is also survived by numerous cousins and many dear friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents George and Delana Bailey and his brothers Rex Bailey and Charles Bailey.

Those who knew Joe know he hated being fussed over and would rather give than receive. In lieu of funeral services, and to honor both Joe’s character and memory we ask that all who wish to participate make a donation to either St. Jude’s Hospital for Children or Southern Care Hospice in Muncie, Indiana.

A special thanks to Dr. David Mares and to the staff of Southern Care Hospice for their great care in our time of need. You made his remaining time as happy and comfortable as it could be.

March 14th, 2022|0 Comments

James R. Shrieve

James (Jim) Richard Shrieve, 75, of Muncie passed away on February 10, 2022. Jim was born on January 8th 1947 in Muncie to the late George and Katie Shrieve, and surviving are his brother’s Robert (Bob) Shrieve (wife Cheryl) and Jeff Shrieve(wife Shelly).

He was a 1965 Muncie Central High School graduate. Jim served in the US Air Force Reserves, then later worked in the family business of George Warner’s Beauty Salon. Jim was a car salesman for many years at Lockhart Cadillac in Indianapolis and locally at Munson’s of Muncie. He watched and invested in small stocks, he was an avid fisherman and a skilled golfer. Jim was a music lover and a collector of vinyl records. Jim was very knowledgeable about cars and was an old car enthusiast. He enjoyed cooking through out his life and was known to be very good at it. Jim enjoyed his home, his yard and his front porch that proudly displayed his American Flag.

Jim is survived by his daughter’s; Caroline Cox (Muncie) and Jaimie Shrieve (Carmel), and his four grandchildren. Jim’s daughter’s would like to thank and recognize the following; his companion of many years Mary Osborne, his uncle Harry (Butch) Shrieve, his nephew Doug Shrieve (wife Caroline) and his good neighbor and friend of several year’s Rick Spoonemore.

Per his request Jim did not wish to have funeral or memorial services.

March 8th, 2022|3 Comments

John E. Mann, Sr.

John E. Mann, of Indianapolis, passed away on March 6, 2022, at the age of 82.  In addition to his parents Wilford & Viola (Ennis) Mann, John was preceded in death by his wife Katherine (Gilbert) and his 7 brothers and sisters; Virginia Mann, Mathew Mann, Madylon Faulk, Clara Mann, William Mann, Nancy Taylor, Forrest Mann.  He is survived by his sons John E. Mann Jr. (Tina) and Chad Mann (Michelle) as well as his granddaughters Macey Schlepp, Megan Kidd, Meredith Mann, and Katherine Mann.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 5pm-7pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 110 N White River Parkway West Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to support the young men and young women groups.  Memorial contributions may be mailed directly to the Mann family at 6417 Mills Road, Indianapolis, IN 46221.

John will be missed by all who knew him.

March 7th, 2022|9 Comments
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