Joyce Spears Cholewa

Joyce Spears Cholewa, 56, of Oakland went home with the Lord on March 24, 2015.

Memorial services will be at a later date. Memorials: Ricky Spears, 504 Danville Road, Oakland, IL 61943. Send condolences:

Joyce was born Oct. 30, 1958. She attended Stephen Decatur High School. She worked several places as a cook.

Surviving are her children, Aaron Spears of Oakland; Cynthia Ann Spears of Decatur; mother, Nancy Keith of Oakland; brothers, Dale Ray Lyons of Monte Vista, Colo.; Ricky Spears and Mike Spears, both of Oakland; James McCallister of Oklahoma City, Okla.; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Earl.

Pamela Jean Thomas

Pamela Jean Thomas, 67 of Terre Haute passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at her residence. Pamela was born in Sleepy Eye, MN on April 25, 1947 the daughter of the late Dana and Elsie Anderson. She was retired from Columbia House and a United States Army Veteran. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents and son Todd A. Thomas. Survivors include her husband, John E. (Melissa) Thomas, Sheila K. Thomas of Greenwood, John E. Thomas Jr. of Indianapolis,; grandchildren, Jacob (Melissa), Megan, Cole, Cierra, Jonathan, Christina, Kaitlyn, Rachel and great grand son, Charlie John.
A private celebration of life will be held.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.
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Albert William Baker

Albert William Baker, Jr., 66, formerly of Columbus died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at his home in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He was born August 16, 1948 in Columbus the son of Albert William Baker, Sr. and Josephine Ballard Baker. He graduated from Columbus High School where he was the MVP of the baseball team. He went to Indiana State University before being drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as an artillery mechanic. He spent his career as a distribution manager of several large companies before retiring in 2006. He enjoyed his friends, boating, camping and watching sports.

He is survived by son, Zach Baker of Indianapolis; brothers, Mike Baker of Columbus and John (Sherry) Baker of Rockville, IN; sister, Diane (Stan) Bock of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be conducted 6:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street with Virgil Clotfelter officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to time of service at the funeral home.

Local Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.

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James N. Mishler

James N. Mishler 87 of Clay City passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at his home after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Mishler was born in Clay County on April 28, 1927 to Ralph and Adeline (Barding) Mishler. Jim was a World War II Army Veteran. He joined in 1945 and trained at Camp Wolters, TX. He served with the 793rd Battalion as a Military Policeman in Germany, for eight months he performed motorized patrol guard in the city of Nuremburg. He was honorably discharged in 1947 receiving The Victory Medal and The Army Occupation of Germany Medal. Jim was also a member of the American Legion post #0225. After serving in the Army he started working at the Arketex plant in Brazil until he took a position at Pillsbury, where he retired after 22 years of service. He enjoyed genealogy until his fight with Parkinson’s no longer allowed. Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Almeda Mishler; three children, Denny (Sherry) Mishler of Staunton, Michael Mishler of Venice CA, and Sherry (Scott) Griffith of Clay City, three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren, and sister, Shirley Bell of Staunton. He was preceded in death by brothers; Richard, Paul and Robert Mishler; sisters, Ruth and Virginia Mishler. Jim’s family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for their years of care, Shauna Poe-Ames for her many visits, and for all the many calls, food and flowers and all the many prayers for comfort and peace. Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials. Private services and interment will be at Beech Cemetery in Owen County.
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Donna Marie Pearson

Donna Marie Pearson, 63, of Terre Haute, Ind., formerly of Marshall, Ill., passed away at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Union Hospital.
She was born Feb. 28, 1952, in Terre Haute, to Donald and Chleada Pearson, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Pearson.
Survivors include her sister, Lynn Stout; brothers, Donald, Kevin and Brian Pearson; friend, Susan Kristich, who was her caregiver, and with whom she lived; and aunts, Kathy Headlee and Mary Jo Melvin; along with cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private celebration of life will be held
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Charlotte Ann Harden

Charlotte Ann Harden 71 of Terre Haute went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at her residence. Charlotte was born in Vigo County on March 21, 1943 the daughter of the late Charles C. and Dorothy L. (Wycoff) Robinson. Mrs. Harden was a self-employed housekeeper. She was preceded in death by her husband; Ernest Wayne Harden, siblings, Charles Robinson, Wanda Henry, John Robinson and Carol Robinson. Mrs. Harden is survived by children; Wayne Harden Jr., Eric Harden, Travis Harden, Colleen Harden, grandchildren, Chris Harden and Tyler Allen, siblings, Sandy Layton, Sharon Robinson.
A private celebration of Life will be held.
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Sharon K. Bennett

Sharon K. Bennett, 76, Roachdale, IN went to be with our lord and savior on March 10, 2015.  She was born October 11, 1938 at home in Dayton, IN to Royce and Donna (Rex) Cleveland.  She graduated from Linden High School in 1956 and was president of her senior class.  After graduation she worked at Mid-States Wire and Steel.    She drove a bus for North Putnam Community School Corporation for 13 years.   She worked at Kroger’s, retiring in 1998.  She married Harold Chilcote in 1957, later divorced.   In 1994 she married Raymond Bennett and they both survive.  Her hobbies were spending time with family and friends, critter watching at her home and traveling by motorcycle on vacations.  She is also survived by her mother Donna Cleveland of Frankfort, IN, her 4 children, Sheryle (Rick) Parrish of Greencastle, IN, Teresa (Dennis) Fordice, Sandra (Mark) Fordice both of Russellville and Allen Chilcote of Indianapolis, IN.   Her 2 Step-daughters Rayetta (Mark) Hoover of Mt. Morris, MI and Rhonda (Dave) Young of Edwardsville, IL.   Her 7 grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) White, Laurel (Isaac) Nolan, Derick (Jill) Fordice, Macy (Alisha Northrup) Fordice, Cory (Nicole) Fordice, Lee (Lesli) Fordice and Jared (Shelby) Fordice.   6 Step-grandchildren, Christopher (Samantha) Hoover, Monte Hoover, Brandon (Genna) Hoover, Amelia Hoover, Bryan and Nichole Young.   Also 9 great-grandchildren and 5 step-great grandchildren.   Also surviving are 2 sisters, Janice (Tom) Endicott of Crawfordsville, IN and Rita (Dave) Lewis of Frankfort, IN.   1 uncle Estel (Lois) Rex and severl nieces and nephews.   She was proceeded in death by her father Royce Cleveland.  Memorial Services will be conducted at noon on Saturday, March 14.   Visitation is 10 to 12 at the Russellville Community Church with Pastors Jim and Kathi Elliott Officiating.At the request of the family in lieu flowers, donations may be made to Gentiva  Hospice Care, 3401 South 4th Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802, in memory of Sharon Bennett.  Arrangements  are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.

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Larry G. Deckard

Larry G. Deckard 78 of Terre Haute, formerly of Solsberry died Saturday, February 14, 2015.  Larry was born in Smithville, IN on August 28, 1936 the son of the late Virgil and Pauline (Howell) Mr. Deckard was a track inspector for the Indiana Railroad Company. Mr. Deckard was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Wanda L. Deckard siblings; Gary L. Deckard, Terry L. Deckard, and Barbara Shields Larry is survived by his sons; Gary and his wife Dorothy Deckard of Bloomfield, Jerry Deckard of Solsberry, Kerry (and his companion Marsha Leshley), and Teresa Harden all of Terre Haute, siblings, Sandra Schulz of Bloomington, Brenda Chapman of Inverness, FL, Mark Deckard of Winterhaven, FL, and Clarence W. Ceckard of Solsberry, 14 Grand Children, 29 Great Grand Children.

A private celebration of life will be held

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Robert Joseph Truxal

Robert “Bob” Joseph Truxal 75, of Brazil passed away with his family by his bedside on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Signature Health Care of Terre Haute after a lengthy illness. Bob was born in West Terre Haute on September 3, 1939 to Herbert Raymond and Florence Ethel (McBride) Truxal. Bob graduated from Concannon High School in West Terre Haute, with four years of playing sports, earning a letter jacket. Upon graduating he entered the United States Navy. He enjoyed all Indiana State University Sporting events. His favorite was the Larry Bird years. Mr. Truxal helped coach at Terre Haute Boys Basketball Club, assisted with functions at Ryves Hall Youth Center, Helped charter the Brazil Lions Club and was a member of the Staunton United Methodist Church serving as Superintendent. He worked at Indiana State Food Service Department as management for many years and was employed by Sedexo upon retirement in 2004. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Samuel and Susan (Dishon) McBride; sisters, Nina Ruth (Truxal) Rolloff, Nellie Yvone Keys, Carolyn Sue (Truxal) Harshey Heizleman; brothers, Herbert Raymond Truxal Jr., Jackie Lee Truxal, John Wayne Truxal; niece, Sarah Truxal and nephews, Gary Keys and Brent Raymond Stewart. Surviving is his loving wife of 52 years, Edith “Kathy” Kathleen (Kindred) Truxal whom he married on November 17, 1962 at Maryland Community Church with Rev. James Albert Rowe officiating; loving daughter, Sherry Elaine (Truxal) Ferguson; sons, Robert Joseph (Deborah) Truxal II, and Kevin Wade (Michelle) Truxal. He is further survived by sisters, Mary Alice (Truxal) (Houston) Baker, Patricia Ann (Truxal) (Jack) VanHorn, Betty Jane (Truxal) Stewart, Linda Kay (Truxal) Runkle; brother, Kenneth Raymond (Joyce) Truxal. Also surviving are God’s gift grandchildren, Faith A. Ferguson, Cassandra R. Ferguson, Karley R. (Anderson) Schafer, Lance J. Anderson, Kristen H. Anderson, Shannon M. Hayes, Nicholas W. Truxal and Mia Elizabeth Kathaleen Truxal,; four wonderful great grandchildren and the joys of Bob’s life, Kaitlyn A. Swinford, Drake R. Swinford, Maximus L. Anderson and Dejah G. Schafer.
There are no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials. In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the family at any First Financial Bank branch to assist with medical costs.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to everyone that assisted with Bob’s care; Dr. John Stockraham and his staff, Dr. Stephen Schwartz and his staff, Union Hospital Staff, Signature Health Care, Heart To Heart Hospice, and our good neighbors, Jeff Bill, Steve, Matthew, Jazlyn and Matt Emre. “Its not the blood that binds us together, but the precious memory of life” Willie Nelson
“There is something in the water that makes us stronger” Carrie Underwood.
God Bless everyone
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Mary Ruth Purcell

Mary Ruth Purcell, 66 of Hymera went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Union Hospital-Terre Haute. Mary was born in Terre Haute on June 16, 1948 the daughter of the late John H. and Betty (Anderson) Gibbons. Mary was a homemaker, a ordained minister, and attended the Shelburne Church of God, where she was a Youth Pastor. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Henrietta Gibbons, and Sandra Cox, grandchild, Rachel Purcell, and great grand son, Kitrick Dunn. Mrs. Purcell is survived her loving husband of 43 years; Gary G. Purcell of Hymera, sons; James (Brenda) Dunn of Shelburn, Gary A. Dunn of Frankfort, Jeremy G. (Leona) Purcell of Hymera, Brian K. Purcell of Hymera; brother, John Gibbons of St. Bernice; sisters, Sharon (Delbert) Dickey of Paragon and Patricia (Stan) Szostek; 14 grand children, and 4 great grand children.

A celebration of life will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Shelburn Church of God, 426 West Mill Street, Shelburn, Indiana 47879 at 1:30 PM with Rev Jerry Adams officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM till the time of service at the church.

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