James R. Castor

James R. Castor, 78, of Muncie, passed away on June 22, 2023 at home while surrounded by his family. He was born on September 16, 1944 in Muncie, IN to William and Mable (Buffenbarger) Castor.

James worked as a Printing Pressman for Stone Container Corporation and Jefferson Smurfit in Muncie for more than 50 years. He was a proud member of the Teamsters Union.

James loved the outdoors! When he was young, he enjoyed deer hunting and driving 4-wheel drive trucks. He enjoyed watching old westerns in his camper and listening to classic country music. He will forever be remembered for his spirit, his willingness to supervise projects while others did the work, and his outspoken honesty. Above all, though, his love for his family – especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren – will forever be cherished.

James is survived by three children; James (Shelly Wentz) Castor of Munice, Shanda (Dickie) Gibbs of Farmland, and Kevin Castor of Muncie; one brother, Bill “Junior” (Chella) Castor of Homosassa, FL; one sister, Betty Castor of Bluffton; and many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his ex-wife, Naomi Castor; his brother, Paul Castor, a son, Michael Caster; a daughter, Lydia Richards; a granddaughter, Katrina Richards; and a great-grandson, Jraydon Xavier Lee Foust.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 2:00pm at Mr. Castor’s home (2307 N. Blaine Street, Muncie, IN 47303). Visitation will be held from 12:00pm until the time of service. Friends are encouraged to bring a camping chair as visitation and services will be held outdoors.

June 23rd, 2023|0 Comments

Perry D. Pope

Perry passed away peacefully on June 15, 2023, after a long battle with cancer.  Perry was born in Muncie on December 16, 1959 to Robert and Barbara (Dennis) Pope. He graduated from Delta High School in 1978.

Survivors include one son, Michael Pope (Amber); one daughter, Erika Breen (J.R.); grandchildren, Erin Breen, Tyler Breen, Ethan Norris, Bentley Pope and Lydia Pope; sister, Vicki Robertson (Steve); an aunt, Joyce Bird; two nephews, Jeffrey Bell (Amy) and Anthony Bell (Casey); and special friends, Amy Dobbs, Carol Williams, and Joe Thorn.

Perry was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Barbara (Dennis) Pope.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a date and site to be determined.

June 19th, 2023|Comments Off on Perry D. Pope

Jason R. Waters

Jason Ray Waters, 39, of Muncie, passed away on May 29, 2023, while surrounded by family at his residence. He was born May 31, 1983, in Muncie, IN.

Jason is survived by three children, Gage Waters (Arianna), Logan Waters, and Aubrey Waters; one grandson, Malakai Waters; and one brother, Josh Waters (Tamara Waters).  He is also survived by his nephews, Titus Waters and Lyric Waters; an aunt; an uncle, and other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jason served in the United States Army / Indiana Army National Guard as a 19D Scout, where he obtained the rank Sergeant (E5). He served in several unit assignments, to include Atterbury Range Control and a deployment during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF 2007-2008) with B Troop 1/152 Cavalry, where he received the beloved nickname “Fifty (50)”.

Jason loved being with his children, nephews, brother, and sister-in-law. He had a contagious laugh and had a beautiful, loving heart. He would give and give to make someone smile. He loved playing battleship with the kids, ghost hunting, he had all kinds of crafts he would work on and loved making knick knacks. He loved golfing, being outside, and just spending time with his family.

Jason’s celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 1:30pm. We will eat at 2:00pm and share stories until 4:00pm. It will be held at the American Legion Fraternal Organization. The address is 418 N Walnut St. Muncie, IN 47302.

May 30th, 2023|Comments Off on Jason R. Waters

Nancy L. Rybolt

Nancy Lee (Fanelli) Rybolt, 80, of Indianapolis passed away on April 30, 2023 while surrounded by family at Landmark of Lancaster Rehabilitation and Nursing Center In Kentucky.  She was born on August 11, 1942 in Dayton, OH to Joseph and Ruth (Burns) Fanelli.

Nancy is a former member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #2079 in Greenwood, IN and was baptized at the Diversity Church of Indianapolis.  She will be fondly remembered as a loving, compassionate woman who entirely devoted herself to her family.  She enjoyed fishing and riding horses, but her true joy was spending quality time with those she loved most.

Nancy is survived by five children, Connie Durbin of Stanford KY, Troy (Milissa) Terry of Indianapolis, Jack (Selina) Harting of Indianapolis, Walter (Christy) Harting of Indianapolis, and Kristal (Justin Black) Simmons of Martinsville; six sisters, Ann Fanelli of Indianapolis, Cathy (Kenneth) Rainbolt of Indianapolis, Sandy Carter of Indianapolis, Mary Fish of Anderson, Carol Kratz of Indianapolis, Gladys (John) Allen; one brother, Joe Fanelli of TX; and four step-children, James Rybolt, John Rybolt, Elizabeth Rybolt and Margaret Dodson.

Nancy is also survived by her grandchildren, Cecelia Taylor, Robert and Tyler Nick, Brandon and Alex Lawson, Brooke Terry, Kayleehuana Rybolt, Kamilah and Kyden Bunch, Kyzaac Simmons, Warren, Kandace, Nevaeh and McKenzie Black, Isiaha, Jeremiah, Alijah, Kyra and Mia Harting, Shannon and Shawn Rybolt; and her great-grandchildren, Tatum and Tripp Taylor, Collette Harting, Ezmerelda Nick, Kyree, Brianna, and Cheyenne Rybolt, Emersyn Kinnick, and Ryder Burke.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fredrick Rybolt; one sister, Rose Shaw; and a step-son, Raymond Rybolt.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, May 5, 2023 at Mount Pleasant Christian Church (381 N Bluff Rd, Greenwood, IN 46142) with Pastor Mike Sheley officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00am until the time of service.  Burial will follow at Floral Park Cemetery.
May 3rd, 2023|1 Comment

Roberta M. Bendinger Gottschalk

Roberta (Bobbie) Marie (Paradise) Bendinger Gottschalk (age 93) passed away on April 24, 2023 in Franklin, Indiana. Bobbie was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 2, 1930 to Joseph David Paradise and Olga Marie (Fisher) Paradise.

Bobbie married Raymond L. Bendinger, DPM on June 24, 1950 in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in the early 1960s. A longtime member of Southport Presbyterian Church, Bobbie was a Bible Study Fellowship Discussion Leader for 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s, and served on the Brown County Women’s Retreat Board for several years in the mid-1970s.

Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents, her step-father Harry Doolittle, her husband Ray, her daughter Sandy Cooper Remetta, and her brother Roy E. Paradise. Bobbie willed her body to science with the Indiana University Anatomical Education Program, as did her husband Ray when he passed away in February of 2011. She was also preceded in death by Truman Gottschalk in June of 2013.

Bobbie was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is survived by her children Pastor Bruce (Pat) Bendinger, their children and grandchildren; Sandy’s children and her husband John Remetta along with his children and grandchildren; and Patti Kay (John) Warthen. Bobbie is also survived by her brother’s wife, Elaine, and the Paradise family.

A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at Greenwood Village South in the Meeting Room, Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 3:30 p.m., located at 295 Village Lane, Greenwood, Indiana 46143.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southport Presbyterian Church located at 7525 McFarland Boulevard, Indianapolis, Indiana 46237.

April 27th, 2023|Comments Off on Roberta M. Bendinger Gottschalk

Michael D. Kiger

Michael “Mike” Darrell Kiger, 70, passed away at home in Muncie on Sunday, April 23, 2023.

Mike enjoyed playing online computer games and spending time with his grandkids and family, especially his late wife, Patti Kiger.   He also loved eating pizza and having a beer or two.

He was born on August 23, 1952 in Muncie, Indiana.   He is preceded in death by his mother, Goldia Reece; his father, Darrell Kiger; and his brother, David Brewer.

Mike is survived by two sisters, Darla Stevenson and Patty Ruse; his children, Shane Kiger (Jessica), Cherie Chambers (Casey) and Michelle Cline; his grandchildren, Kevin Kiger, Raven Stephens, and Elijah Davis; and a host of extended family and friends.

No services will be held at this time.  The family will hold a Celebration of Mike’s life at a later date.

April 27th, 2023|3 Comments
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