• Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Anna J. Cannon – April 4, 1949 – February 1, 2019

    Anna J. Cannon, 69, passed away on February 1, 2019 in Marion General Hospital. She was born in Marion to the late Roy and Faye (Larrison) Rennaker. Anna graduated from Oak Hill High School. After graduation she lived and worked in the Indianapolis and Fishers area. Upon retiring she moved back to the family home in Converse. She was a member of the Richland Chapel United Methodist Church and enjoyed the after church lunches and her Richland friends. She is survived by her brother, Don (Shirley) Rennaker, Converse; sister-in-law, Mary (Rennaker) Young, Branson, Missouri; nephews, Finley (Shirley) Rennaker, Noblesville, Royce (Darla) Rennaker, Converse, Aaron (Peni) Rennaker, Branson, Missouri; niece, Crystie…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Mary Edith Hovermale – May 9, 1928 – February 3, 2019

    “You have run the race and now you’re home!” With two of her daughters by her side, Mary quietly and peacefully left her earthly body and entered the gates of Heaven at 1:09am, Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Marion General Hospital, Marion. On May 9, 1928 Mary Edith was one of eleven children born in Bath County, Kentucky to the late William Henry and Sarah Minnie (Moore) Sparks. It’s hard to imagine Mary foreseeing how much her life would change after meeting Horace Monroe Hovermale in her early twenties. On December 22, 1949 the two were married and from their union they created a family of eleven children. Horace preceded…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    William D. “Bill” Whelchel – November 2, 1937 – February 3, 2019

    Bill was born in Marion on November 2, 1937. He was the oldest of thirteen children born to the late Alonzo and Gwenevere (Nall) Whelchel. He passed away in his home on February 3, 2019. Bill spent all of his life in Marion and during his working years he was employed with Dana Corporation until his retirement in 2001. He married Celia F. Risner on May 24, 1990. Mrs. Whelchel survives. In Bill’s free time he enjoyed fishing and was an excellent raccoon hunter. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had a strong character and was a great man that everyone loved to be…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Kenneth C. Robb – June 2, 1920 – January 29, 2019

    Kenneth was born on June 2, 1920 in Grant County to the late Cecil O. and Ada (Collins) Robb. He passed away in VA Northern Indiana Healthcare Systems, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Kenneth was a 1939 graduate of Marion High School and later honorably served in the United States Army during WWII. When Kenneth came home in 1945 he returned to work at Bell Fibre where he was employed 44 years until his retirement in 1984. He met Eloise E. Bowen while working and they were joined in marriage on June 20, 1948. Mrs. Robb preceded him in death on August 3, 2014. Kenneth was a dedicated family man and worked…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Alberta J. O’Dell – August 13, 1922 – Janury 28, 2019

    Alberta (Faunce) O’Dell peacefully passed away on January 28, 2019 in Michigan. She was born on August 13, 1922 to the late William and Lucy Faunce. Over the past 6 years until the time of her passing she lived with her daughter, Jackie and son-in-law, David in Michigan. She was the beloved wife of the late Isaac Dean O’Dell and mother of her two sons, the late Terry and Roger. She was always such a proud grandmother of her two grandson, David, Jr., and Derek and granddaughter-in-law and her great-grandchildren, Alexander and Olivia. A better Christian there could never be having kept strong in her faith throughout all of the…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Charles Lee Barbour – February 16, 1940 – January 21, 2019

    Charles was born in Canmer, Kentucky to the late William P. and Ida M. (Tinker) Barbour. He made his transition to Heaven on January 21, 2019 in Miller’s Merry Manor. Charles attended school through the 8th grade and then helped his father on their farm. He moved to Marion later in his life and met and on November 5, 1966 he married Jerry Ann Black. This union brought daughters, Deloris, Cheryl, Recca and Carla. Mrs. Barbour preceded Charles in death on September 12, 2012. Charles worked for Malleable for 20 years, for 10 years he worked as the first black guard for the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and for 25…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Lillie C. Mitchell – October 4,1987 – January 23, 2019

    Lillie C. Mitchell, 31, passed away on January 23, 2019 in Marion, Indiana. She was born in Marion to Patrick L. and Carmen M. Mitchell on October 4, 1987. Lillie graduated from Mississenewa High school in 2006 and attended Indiana Wesleyan University for two years. On January 14, 2014 she married Thomas Brotherton and he survives. Lillie was loved beyond her imagination. Her parents were so very proud of her for her loyal character and compassion for less fortunate people. She was courageous even in the face of overwhelming odds and once she was dedicated to something she was stunningly persistent. Lillie loved to the point of self sacrifice and…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Roger L. Byrd – February 26, 1949 – January 18, 2019

    Roger L. Byrd, age 69, died on January 18, 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Roger was born on February 26, 1949 in Summitville, Indiana, to the late Betty A. and Thomas G. Byrd. He graduated from Summitville High School Roger is survived by his daughters, Tina Byrd and Ashley Byrd, of Marion, Indiana; his grandchildren, Christopher, Chloe, and Phillip; his sister, Reta (Byrd) Holdcraft, Summitville, and brothers, Randy, Alexandria and Ronnie (Teresa) Byrd, Summitville, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his wife, Cynthia (Shaffer) Byrd, of Marion, Indiana; his brother, Richard Byrd, of Summitville. Indiana. Visitation will be held from 10am-until the funeral service at 11am on Tuesday January 22,…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Annabelle Burk – May 19, 1920 – December 30, 2018

    Annabelle, 98 was born in Richland Township on May 19, 1920 to the late Ora and Doretha Belle (Julian) Burk. She passed away on December 30, 2018 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Syracuse, Indiana. Annabelle graduated from Sweetser high school in 1937 and is the last survivor of the Sweetser Braves cheerleaders of 1935-1937. On March 31, 1940 she married Marion L. Burk. Mr. Burk preceded her in death in October, 1997. Annabelle loved spending time at their cottage on Lake Webster. She was an avid golfer and loved to watch sports, especially the Broncos, the Colts and Payton Manning. She also liked to play euchre and canasta. She was a…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Chester L. Hobbs – February 11, 1945 – December 22, 2018

    Chester L. Hobbs, 73, formally of Marion, passed away on December 22, 2018 in Mercy Memorial Hospital, Springfield, Ohio. He was born in Florence, Alabama on February 11, 1945. During his working years Chester was employed in the construction industry. In 2003 he moved to Ohio to be closer to his family. He is survived by his daughter, Angie Collier, Ohio; brothers, Bargie Hobbs, Georgia; Edward Lee Hobbs, Ohio; Tony Hobbs, Kansas; Jerry Hoarce Jr, Vernon Hoarce, Terry Hoarce, Jimmy Hoarce, all of Ohio; Sheldon R. Horace, Colorado; sisters, Lucille Jordan, Ohio; Catherine McDonald, Ohio; Jerriline Williams, Ohio. Chester is preceded in death by his wife, Lisa Hobbs; father, Wiley…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Michael R. Mankin – July 9, 1955 – December 14, 2018

    Michael R. Mankin, 63, passed away on December 14, 2018 in Marion General Hospital, Marion. He was born in Marion on July 9, 1955 to the late Raymond O. and Florence M. (Stith) Mankin. Mike was a 1973 graduate of Marion High School and attended Indiana University, Bloomington. He worked at a number of different professions including Wabash Alloy in Tipton. In his free time Mike enjoyed NASCAR, the Indianapolis Colts and I.U. Sports. He relaxed while doing yard work and gardening and had a fondness for his pets. Mike is survived by his children, Michael R. Mankin and Matthew R. Mankin, both of Angola; sister, Virginia (Martin) Lake, Marion;…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    John R. Nelson – August 6, 1941-December 19, 2018

    John was born in Marion on August 6, 1941 to the late Robert E. and Cora Belle (Futrell) Nelson. He passed away on December 19, 2018 in his Gas City home. John was a 1960 graduate of Mississinewa High School. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served until his retirement in 1980. On August 31, 1960 he married Mariam E. Singleton. Mrs. Nelson survives. In the Navy John was trained to be a radiological technologist. When he was discharged he returned to Indiana, passed his Indiana State Board and gained employment at Marion General Hospital as a X-ray Tech and retired in 2004. In…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Betty A. Spencer – December 31, 1930 – December 13, 2018

    Betty was born in Marion on December 31, 1930 to the late Irvin E. and Elma A. (Burchard) Smith. She passed away on December 13, 2018 in her daughter’s Alexandria home. Betty graduated from Marion High School and attended Ball State University. She worked for Indiana Michigan Power and the Social Security office before becoming a full time homemaker. Betty married George R. “Bob” Spencer on October 21, 1956. Mr. Spencer preceded her in death on July 3, 1999. Betty was an avid reader and enjoyed all genres of literature. She also enjoyed flower gardening and traveling to visit her children. Later in life she began a swimming regimen at…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Lois J. “Momma Jean” Whitt – April 12, 1952 – December 5, 2018

    Lois Jean Whitt, 66, passed away in Twin City Healthcare, Gas City on December 5, 2018. She was born on April 12, 1952 to the late Ralph Edward and Martha Frances (Smith) Goodwin. On August 5, 1970 Lois married John W. Whitt and he preceded her in death on October 22, 1998. Momma Jean was a homemaker who showed her love for her family by cooking for them. She enjoyed gardening and flowers as well as collecting angels. She was an avid card and Bingo player and never missed a chance to go rummaging at yard sales. She is survived by her daughter, Teresa L. Cope, Elwood; brothers, James (Myrna)…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Marlyn K. Cox – October 2, 1936 – December 4, 2018

    Marlyn K. Cox, 82, passed away at in Parkview Wabash Hospital, Wabash, Indiana on December 4, 2018. She was born in Grant County, Indiana on October 4, 1926 to the late James M. and Ellen (Kirkpatrick) Long. Marilyn was a 1954 graduate of Mississinewa High School. On March 20, 1971 she married Maniel B. Cox. Mr. Cox preceded her in death in 2001. Marilyn loved caring for her family and in her free time she enjoyed reading. She attended Trinity Assembly of God and she was a member of the Moose Lodge. Marlyn is survived by her son, Von Dwayne (Cindy) Whelchel, San Antonio, Texas; brother, Ralph L. (Leota) Long;…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Dorothy E. Cravens – May 5, 1927 – November 24, 2018

    Dorothy E. Cravens, 91, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Millers Merry Manor, Marion. She was born in Michigan City on May 5, 1927 to the late Samuel C. and Olga (Denow) Taylor. She spent most of her life in the Grant County area. In 1949 Dorothy married Merrett L. Cravens. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1993. She retired from Foster Forbes in 1988 after 34 years of service. When able, Dorothy attended Grace Community Church. She enjoyed playing cards, talking to people and going to church. She loved sweets and her favorite was strawberry ice cream. She is survived by her son, Merrett L.…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Glendora Berger – September 7, 1927 – October 29, 2018

    Glendora was born on September 7, 1927 in Upland to the late Rev. Noah E. and Edith C. (Byrd) Grile. She passed away on October 29, 2018 in Miller’s Merry Manor, Marion. She lived in Grant County for most of her life. Glendora was a graduate of Jefferson Township High School, Upland. A little known fact about Glendora is that she briefly lived in Bradenton, Florida while traveling with the circus. She was quick to point out that she wasn’t an acrobat but she was employed as the circus bookkeeper! After returning home she was employed with Local Finance that was located on South Washington Street in the South Marion Business…

  • Converse,  Gas City,  Marion

    Geneva M. Abernathy – August 10, 1927 – October 26, 2018

    Geneva M. Abernathy, 91, passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018 in Wesleyan Health Care Center, Marion. She was born in Athens, Alabama on August 10, 1927 to the late Charles and Aileen (Clem) Griffin. In the early 1950’s she moved to Swayzee and then later to Converse. Geneva worked as a cook for Converse Elementary School until 1987. She was a member of the Converse Church of Christ. Geneva enjoyed cooking and working in her yard most of all. She was very much a “southern lady” and at times could be stubborn and set in her ways. Geneva loved her children and her grandchildren. She is survived by her…