Markus Lee Coonce

Markus Lee Coonce 80 of St. Bernice passed away Monday, July 7, 2014 at St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital.  Mr. Coonce was born in St. Bernice on August 20, 1933 the son of the late Bert and Lillian Coonce.  Mr. Coonce was retired from the Milwaukee Rail Road and the Indiana Department of Transportation.  He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marcus F. Coonce and sister, Janice Yates.  Survivors include his wife of 62 years Bettie L. (Hixon) Coonce,; daughter, Terri Potter of St. Perince; son, Tony (T.J.) Coonce of St. Bernice; foster sons, Jim McDonald, Jim Wallace; grandchildren, Kenna Pearman, Kenzie Clough, Brea Wright, Tony Coonce Jr. and Brittany Coonce, Tammy Mancourt, Justin McDonald, Chris Bridges, Larry Barbour and Bronson Moody.  He is also survived by 17 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Sugar Grove United Methodist Church (16362 N 2300th St

Chrisman, IL 61924) at 2:30 (Eastern Time) with Rev. Bill Duke Officating

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) Till time of services.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.

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Curtis B. Culver

Curtis B. Culver, 94 of Terre Haute went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, on Wed., July 2.  Mr. Culver was born in Joppa, Illinois, the son of the late Clyde W. and Bessie E. (Oliver) Culver.  Curtis was a Federal Compliance Officer for the General Services Administration. He was a minister, chaplain and missionary to Latvia, Costa Rica and helped build a youth camp in the Andes Mountains of Venezuela. He had the honor of receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash award from the governor of Indiana. He was the State President of the US Federation of Postal Workers. Curtis was an avid golfer, a private pilot and enjoyed flying his Mooney for many years. He was a WWII Army Veteran and Platoon leader who fought in the Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by brothers; R.D. “Johnny,” Pete and Deriel Culver, daughter, Sharon Ann Oliver and son, Robert L. “Bobby” Culver. Survivors include his wife, Lorena M. (Anderson) Culver; sons, Curtis Dean Culver, Zachary C. (Ellen) McCullough, Jacob D. (Christy) McCullough all of Terre Haute and Curtis B. (Linsay) Culver II of Boise, ID; 24 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He had some special friends; Ed Heesaker, Dale West and Bill Combs.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, July 7, 2014 12:00 Noon at Calvary Temple (2100 N. 6 1/2 St.) with Pastor Kyle Andrews officiating.  Burial will follow services at Roselawn Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 Noon.

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Bobby J Samm

BOBBY (Bob) J. SAMM, 75 of Terre Haute passed away from lung cancer and a long battle with vascular dementia, surrounded by loved ones at home on May 29, 2014.

Bob was born on December 3, 1938 in Sullivan County. Son of Claude and Geneva (Gene) Clouse Samm. He graduated class of 1956 from Hymera High School.

He played high school basketball. He attended Indiana University. He served in the Air Force for 4 years. He became a union electrician and worked in the Motion Picture Industry in CA for over 25 years and retired from Sony Picture Studios in Culver City, CA.

He was preceded in death by both parents and older brother Denver Samm.
Survivors include his wife of 16 + yrs., Dian Samm. Siblings Sue Tryon of Lyford, Christine Samm of Terre Haute, Mike Samm, wife Penny of Houston, TX. Children Sherry Samm, husband Steve Prevedello of Topeka, KS, Step-children Travis Medlin, wife Sarah. Sean Taylor, wife Becky. Kristin Medlin. Logan Chaney, significant other Brad Bunten, all in IN.

Five grandchildren Ronnie Lee Slack, wife Stephanie. Shiloh Holifield, Skyler Holifield, Elias Michael Blakley, Gracie Rose.

Two great-grand sons, Julian Lee and Kasen Ray
And several nieces and nephews.

Bob enjoyed bowling, golfing and IU basketball, and his beloved dogs.

A Memorial Service will be held for family and close friends to honor Bobby at his home on Saturday July 12, at 6:00pm military honors at 7pm, service concluding at 7:30.
Directions: North on Miami Garden St from the 40 / 340 intersection. Fifth drive on east side of street.

The family would like to give a special thanks to GENTIVA HOSPICE and COMFORT KEEPERS for helping give excellent care for Bobby in his final days.

Deverann Burkins

Deverann Burkins 63, of Terre Haute went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  Deverann was born in Terre Haute the daughter of Catherine E. (Rudd) Hayden.  Her beloved husband, James A. Burkins; preceded her in death; Step-Father, William J. Hayden and sister, Carolyn Crawford.  She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved mother, Catherine E. Hayden; loving children, Antwan Rudd, Lloyd Rudd and Deborah K. Sandifer all of Terre Haute.  Mrs. Burkins is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, siblings; Lester (Julie) Cohen of Terre Haute, Trent (Valerie) Hart of Smyrna, TN, Derrick Hart of Indianapolis, Rachel Brewer of Milwaukee, WI, Dedra (Rev. Ronald) Tyler of Terre Haute; uncle Will Kelly of Terre Haute; sister in law, Delores Cunningham of Sturgis, KY and a host of Nieces, Nephews and Friends.

A celebration of life will be held 1:00PM Saturday, July 5th at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (1000 South 15th Street Terre Haute) with Minister Ronnie Burkins officiating . The family will receive friends one half hour prior to services.

Deverann’s Family would like to thank Dr. Puchalapalli, the staff of Terre Haute Regional Hospital and Southern Care Hospice for the excellent care that they provided.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.

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Charles R. Travis

Charles R. Travis 61, of Terre Haute went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2014.   Charles was born in Brazil, Indiana on January 13, 1953 the son of the late Robert L. and Patricia L. (Spear) Travis.  Mr. Travis had several sales positions through out his life.  He is survived by cousins; Rita Girton of Brazil, and Janett Ryan of Fernandina Beach, Florida.  A celebration of life will be held Monday , June 30 7:00 PM at Clearview Cemetery with Rev. Fr. John Holowell officiating .  Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.  Please join Charles’s family in sharing memories at


Catherine Ruby Johnson

Catherine Ruby (Dickerson) (Bemis) Johnson 91 Passed away on June 20, 2014 at Regional Hospital Terre Haute Indiana. Catherine was born In Linton, Indiana on April 16th 1923 the daughter of Thomas and Harriet (Tribell) Dickerson.
Catherine was a lifelong resident of Jasonville Indiana and graduated from Jasonville High School class of 1941. Catherine married the love of her life Howard Johnson on September 7, 1946. Catherine enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, ceramics, gardening, reading and listening to music. She had a very full life raising 5 children. After retirement Catherine and Howard enjoyed spending their winters in N Ft Myers Florida. They owned a home in Horizon Village. Catherine loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Plus walking with her dogs.
Catherine was preceded in death By her parents, her first husband Paul Bemis on December 1942 Howard Johnson her Husband of 67 years on November 2013, a son Roger Johnson, 4 brothers Johnny, Thomas, Herschel, and James Dickerson.
Catherine will be greatly missed by her daughters Paula (Bemis) and Don Reed of Ft Wayne, Cathy (Johnson) and Bob Gorby of Terre Haute, Nancy (Johnson) and Bob Padgett of Jasonville, son Derry Johnson of Bloomington and daughter in law Becky (Schantz) Johnson of Spencer. 13 grandchildren Anne and Ron McRae, Amy Krieder, Chris and Fayanne Reed, Gordon and Tammy Reed, James and Jenny Reed, Rachel and Joe Loeffel, Richard and Jenny Johnson, Catherine and Allen Arney, Erin McCammon, Jessica and Jason Bell, Audrey and Trent Myers, Emily and Matt Mejean, and 24 Great-Grandchildren and 2 brothers Marion Dickerson of Louisville, KY and Guy Dickerson of Clay City. Her 2 Loving Dogs Otis and Priceless, and special family friend and companion Mary Strange.
A Memorial service and Celebration of life will be held in her garden at her home on 15140 W 500 N Jasonville, Indiana for family and friends on Tuesday June 24th at 1 pm. With a meal following the service. Reverend Rick Swan officiating the service with family sharing memories and stories.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.
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Alonzo Balach

Alonzo Balach, 89, of Blanford died June 17, 2014 at Vermillion Convalescent Center. He was the owner-operator of Balach Brothers. Born in Blanford on November 19, 1924, he was the son of George and Myrtle (Jackson) Balach. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 42 years, Mary; siblings; Junior Balach, Steve Balach, Mele Balach and Rose Balach. Alonzo is survived by his sister; Dorothy (Ernie) Gillio of Clinton, nieces Carolyn Gillio of Clinton and Lisa Hale of San Diego, CA ; nephews Mark Balach of Noblesville, Dean Balach of Cypress Inn, TN and Lee Gillio of Lake Alfred, FL; sisters-in-law Hazel Balach of Delta, PA and Irma Balach of Dana; and several great-nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM at Simple Cremations and Burials Celebration of Life Center, 459 North 9th Street with Rev. Bob Howard officiating. Burial will take place at Gorton Cemetery in Jacksonville. Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials. Please join Alonzo’s family in sharing memories at

William Dale Bennett

William Dale Bennett, 58 of Brazil, passed away quietly on Monday, June 9, 2014 at IU Methodist Hospital after suffering a debilitating stroke. Mr Bennett was born in Portsmouth, VA the son of Paul W. and Evelyn G. (Walker) Bennett  William was a retired Marine serving in California, Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina, and Texas.  He also served at the American Embassies in Moscow, USSR and Ottawa, Canada.  Willie enjoyed all sports, fishing, pool, cards and liked to watch ESPN.

William was preceded in death by his father, mother and son, Christopher Bennett.

Willie is survived by his son; Michael Bennett, brother; Robert L. Bennett, sisters; Diane Bennett-Jennings, Cathy Bennett-Williamson, Belinda Bennett and Lou-Anne Bennett-Pearman. many nieces, nephews cousins and his uncle; Fred and Aunt Arden Walker.

Graveside services will be at Danville National Cemetery at 1:00PM (CST) Monday, June 23, 2014 with Military Honors.

Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials

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Mickey S. Lewis

Mickey S. Lewis, 53 of Terre Haute went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Union Hospital-Terre Haute.  Mickey was born in Terre Haute the daughter of Bonnie Sekerak.  She worked at Canteen, Warren and Deming Elementary Schools and ended her career at Deals.  Mickey lived her life trying to support everyone in her family.  Mrs. Lewis is survived by her husband of 33 years, Robert L. Lewis, daughters; Monica Lewis, Millie (Jeremy) East, mother; Bonnie Sekerak, grandchild; Abigail Young, sisters; Bobbie Wilson, Teri Pritchard, Ginger Sekerak God Children; Breanna Franco, Shaun and Brandon Schwartz, Samantha Grycza, six nieces and nephews, 4 great nieces and nephews, several cousins and special friends.  Visitation will be Monday, June 2, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church (2331 Poplar Street) from 4:00PM to 8:00 PM. A celebration of life will be held 11:00AM Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the church with Rev. Donna Glazier officiating. Additional visitation from 10:00AM till time of services. Interment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park.  Arrangements are under the direction of Simple Cremations and Burials.  Please join Mickey’s family in sharing memories at

Dennis R. “Ray” Evans

Dennis R. “Ray” Evans 71, of Cloverdale died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.  Dennis was born in Middleboro, Ky the son Lawrence and Mary Ellen (Johnson) Evans on December 2, 1942. Ray was retired carpet layer and loved bowling and fishing.  Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his parents and daughter; Mary Elma Evans.   He is survived by his loving wife Linda S. (Miller) Evans, Children; Timothy D. Smith of South Bend, IN, Christina R. (Duane) Cambron of Cloverdale, Rayann Weldon, and Raylene Rhymes of Oklahoma.  4 grand children and 3 great grand children also survive him.

Private celebration of life will be held.

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