Mark C. Pace

Mark C. Pace, 71, formerly of Sweet Home, OR, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Saturday, November 20, 2021.  He was born in Loudon County, TN on February 23, 1950 to Lush and Tina (Johnson) Pace.

Mark earned an Associate’s Degree from Linn Benton Community College and worked for Hewlett Packard where he assembled computer components for many years.  He later retired from Georgia Pacific after more than twenty years of faithful service.  He attended Northview Church in Carmel.

Mark was a man of many interests who liked to “tinker” and could fix anything!  He enjoyed woodworking, tying flies for fishing in the neighborhood pond, and driving convertible sports cars.  Mark was a friend to everyone he met.  He was always ready with a great story, a funny t-shirt, and a heart filled with kindness.  Mark will forever be remembered for the unwavering love that he had for his friends and family, who will miss him dearly.

Mark is survived by his wife of 43 years, Suzanne (Howlett) Pace; one daughter, Megan (Ryan) Jones of Albany, OR; one son, Charley (Kendra) Pace of Carmel; four brothers, Donald (Sandra) Pace of Lenoir City, TN, Jerry Pace of Eugene, OR, Jimmy pace of Lenoir City, TN, and Reggie (Dena) Pace of Sweet Home, OR; two sisters, Diane Bell of Lenoir City, TN, and Benda Helton of Lenoir City, TN; and five grandchildren, Evelyn, Avery, Finn, Nora and Lola.  Many very special nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members also survive.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Tommy, Hayden, Billy, Alton, Richard and Jeffrey; and his sister, Elizabeth.
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you practice an act of kindness toward someone in remembrance of Mark.
November 24th, 2021|4 Comments

John W. Stevens

John W. Stevens, 77, of Yorktown, passed away on November 1, 2021 at his home following an extended illness.  He was born in Alexandria, LA on April 14, 1944 to Homer and Opal (Jones) Stevens. 
John is a 1962 graduate of Yorktown High School and retired from Sears where he was a service technician for more than 35 years.  He was a member of his local Masonic Lodge and spent many years as a member of the Yorktown Lions Club. 
He was an avid hunter and loved to attend car shows that featured classic automobiles.  He will lovingly be remembered as a great neighbor who would drop everything to help anyone in need. 
John is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Bert;  two daughters, Lori (Jeff Garrison) Grayson of Pennville and Mandi (Scott) Dalton of Yorktown; two sons, Chad Gullett of Gaston and David (Amber) Stevens of Yorktown; three sisters, Karen Stevens of Anderson, Barbara Stevens of the State of Washington, and Rhonda Stevens of Maryville, TN; one brother, William Stevens of Yorktown; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.  Several loving nieces, nephews and cousins also survive as does John’s dog, Maggie. 
He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Modena Stevens; and step-father, Robert Lee, and his dog, Fancy.  
A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.
November 4th, 2021|2 Comments

Harold G. Rector

Our family is saddened to announce the passing of Harold G. Rector on October 8, 2021. Harold, a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, was born September 6, 1951. He grew up in the Fountain Square area of the city and he had a fondness for the 1950sera which included the music, cars, fashion, and television programs

He is predeceased by his father, Marion and his mother, Kathleen. He is survived by his children, Kathleen, Carl, and Patrick; also siblings Bonnie, Wanda, and Dennis

Harold had worked at Aero Drapery and also Morningside College Park

Though Harold was a private person, he was an important part of his community at Crestwood Village South. He enjoyed Wii tournaments and the friendships he developed over the years. He was a devoted fan of the Indy 500 Race. He liked to lend a helping hand when he could to those around him. He will be truly missed

Service is private. 

If you would like to honor his legacy, please make a donation to the American Heart Association.

November 2nd, 2021|2 Comments

Dr. Jerard G. Ruff

Jerard “Jerry” Goeke Ruff, MD, age 90, died peacefully with family by his side at IU Health Hospice House on October 19, 2021.

Longtime Bloomington physician, fitness advocate, athlete and sports fan, as well as a dedicated supporter of numerous community programs and organizations, Jerry was a proud and true Hoosier who thought globally while engaging and acting locally.

In 1965, the recently minted Dr. Ruff was thrilled to answer the call of need for an additional pediatrician in Bloomington, and he provided excellent care to countless area youths over the years; for some families he provided medical service for multiple generations before retiring from practice in 1996.

Jerry was born January 27, 1931, in Evansville, Indiana; he and two older sisters were raised by their strong and devoted mother, Ann Hermine Goeke Ruff LaChapelle. Throughout his life, he attributed the best of himself to the example of his mother, saying, “she was such a smart, hard-working, and amazing woman.”

As a boy in Evansville, Jerry began carrying newspapers, delivering to over 400 customers a day by age 10. In his early teens, he won a paid trip to Washington DC, as the top news carrier in the tri-state region.  Newspaper delivery was a job he truly enjoyed and continued throughout his medical school years and beyond, as he frequently helped his sons deliver their paper routes on the north side of Bloomington in the 1970s.

Jerry graduated from Evansville Central in 1949, and came to Bloomington as an Indiana University freshman that same year.  His experiences with student activities and especially intramural sports at IU made him a lifetime devotee of both Bloomington and the university. He rode in the inaugural Little 500 race in 1951, and his North Hall Friars team captured the winning trophy in the 1952 and ’53 races.  He also coached outstanding teams for Sigma Nu in the mid-50s and was elected to the first class of the Little 500 Hall of Fame.

His college studies were interrupted by two years in the Army, where he made some forever friends.  Inevitably, he returned to Bloomington and graduated from IU with a degree in history.  In Jerry’s final year working on courses for pre-med, he met IU freshman, Nancy Jane Rennaker.  They married in 1958, just prior to his entering the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.  Nancy was the true love of his life and his constant companion; they were privileged to work together for years in Jerry’s medical office, and she was by his side when he passed away.

Following graduation from medical school and his pediatric residency at Riley Hospital, Jerry and Nancy moved to Bloomington to raise their family of four boys.  In 1980 he began a two-year allergy and immunology fellowship at the University of Louisville, and afterward returned to practice in Bloomington until his retirement.

He served the Bloomington community in many additional capacities through the years– such as school physician for the MCCSC, as fundraiser and board member of the YMCA, and through countless hours and actions to support Harmony School with its innovative model of “whole-person support” for students.  A lifetime advocate for social justice and expanded civil rights, he served on the original Human Rights Commission in Bloomington from 1969 to 1971.

He was a legendarily spirited competitor and enjoyed playing many sports, but eventually focused his athletic passion on distance running. An early advocate for the benefits of running since the early 1970s,  Jerry was long active in the Bloomington Track Club, in addition to several other Indiana running and racing organizations. He completed fifty-three marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times, and ran innumerable races in every state in the country.  He served as director for several area road races over the course of three decades and was the organizer of the popular racing series, the Mag-7.

Jerry was suspicious of greed and never admired the acquisition of wealth for its own sake. He celebrated those who gave their time, energy, and resources generously; he was an inveterate booster of the underdog and little guys. He appreciated the fellowship of the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington where he attended with his family for decades, and he tried to put into practice Christian values of service and responsibility to others. He bequeathed his body to the Indiana University School of Medicine Anatomical Education Program.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, and four sons: Michael E. Ruff of Jasper, Indiana, Andrew J. Ruff of Bloomington, Theodore A. Ruff of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Joseph C. Ruff of Port Republic, Maryland. He is survived by daughters-in-law: Susan Bollman, Leslie Ruff, and Stacey Hann-Ruff. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren — Anna, Charlie, Paula Quinn, Abbie, Sophie, Camille, Hank,  JJ, Addy, Lauren, Lainey, and Cate — and 3 great grandchildren.

A memorial service/celebration of life will be at First Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, on November 27 at 11:00 am.  Visitation with the family will begin an hour prior at 10:00 am and will continue after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to IU Health Hospice House, Indiana Track Club, or First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington.
October 28th, 2021|5 Comments

Richard L. Puckett

Richard Lewis Puckett, 88, of Yorktown, passed away at home on October 19, 2021. He was born on June 23, 1933 in Muncie, Indiana to the late Thelma Grace (VanMatre) Puckett and the late Donald Earl Puckett.

Richard graduated from Yorktown High School in 1951 and married the late Christina Mitchell in 1953 while he was serving our country in the Army. He was a tool and die maker who had worked at various tool shops in the area and retired from General Motors. He had also farmed in Yorktown for many years.

Richard enjoyed maintaining the family farm, working puzzles, and getting together with fellow 1951 Yorktown High School graduates.

Richard is survived by his son Steve Puckett of Yorktown, a daughter and son-in-law Tammy and Dennis Conwell, grandchildren Cari Conwell (Jeffrey Swift) of New Castle and Dennis Conwell (Misty) of Muncie, great-grandchildren Brandon and Karli Conwell of Muncie and Isaiah, Blake, Teagan, and Duncan Swift of New Castle. He was anticipating the birth of another great-granddaughter in April of 2022.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Christina Louise (Mitchell) Puckett, parents, Thelma Grace and Donald Earl Puckett and his brother Jimmie Lee Puckett.

The family will be celebrating the lives of both Richard and Christina outside at the Puckett Farm on October 30, 2021 at 1:00 pm.  Family and friends are invited to participate in that celebration.

October 24th, 2021|1 Comment

Byron “Buz” Carrel

Byron “Buz” Boone Carrel, 73, of Indianapolis, IN, peacefully passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at home. He was born on June 2, 1948 in Frankfort, IN to Dr. Francis and Elizabeth Carrel. He graduated from Frankfort High School and attended Vincennes University. In 1968 he joined the United States Marines and served in the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1972. During his service he received the Meritorious Mast Commendation and the National Service Defense, Vietnam Service and Good Conduct Medals. After serving in the Marine Corps he worked in warehouse management and was a member of the Local 716 Teamsters Union. He remained an active member of his local VFW and American Legion throughout his life.

He is survived by his two children, three siblings and their families; his daughter Jennifer Carrel Picerno, her husband Angelo Picerno, and their two sons Santino and Francesco; and his son Mark Carrel and his wife Natasha; his brother Dr. Drew Carrel and wife Sharon, and his sisters Bailey Hindmarch and husband Jack, and Anne Varga and husband Andy, and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a future date.

October 22nd, 2021|2 Comments
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