William P. Tennell
Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

GREENWOOD - William Parker Tennell, 91, formerly of Bloomington, passed quietly away Thursday, March 16, at The Hearth at Stones Crossing, Greenwood.

He was born in Francesville, on June 11, 1925, and was the son of the late William and Hazel Parker Tennell. He married Lou Ada Volkers in Bloomington. She preceded him in death in 1978.

He is survived by his daughter and best friend Claire Alt (husband Charles) of Greenwood, his grandsons Eric Andrew Alt and Ryan Connor Alt. He is also survived by his niece Diana Coulis (husband Paul) of Bloomington, two nephews Robert Harrer (wife Janis) of San Francisco, and James Harrer (wife Kathy) of Evansville, and his companion of 12 years, Wanda Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his son Jay, his sister Mary Jo Harrer, and three siblings who died in infancy: Mary, Elizabeth and Robert.

Mr. Tennell joined the U.S. Navy, becoming a lieutenant at the young age of 19. He served in the Navy from 1943-1946 in the South Pacific on an attack cargo ship, the USS Kenmore. He was a graduate of Indiana University. He was a wedding photographer for over 40 years in Bloomington. He was an avid reader, loved I.U. basketball, fishing, working in his yard, telling jokes and dancing every Friday night at the American Legion. Bill never met a stranger and was a loving, hands-on grandfather and wonderful role model to his two grandsons. He was a member of the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, Burton Woolery Post #18 American Legion, VFW Post 604, Free Mason Monroe Lodge 22, The Monroe County YMCA, IU Alumni Association and Sigma Phi Epsilon. He enjoyed spending his winter months in Florida, walking the beach.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 19, at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, 4150 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m.,  Monday, March 20, at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 2700 E. Rogers St., Bloomington, IN 47401 with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery with the Monroe County Honor Guard performing military honors.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 50 E. 91st St. STE 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

Online condolences may be made to www. Day

Joseph H. Cramer
Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

September 20, 1941 to March 16, 2017

HAWKINSVILLE, GA. - Joseph Harold “Joe” Cramer, 75, of Eastman, GA passed away Thursday, March 16, at the Regency Hospital, Macon, GA after a brief illness.  

He was born Sept. 20, 1941 in rural Franklin Township, Pulaski County, to the late Arthur and Lucille Riggleman Cramer. He was raised in the Winamac area and attended Winamac High School.

Survivors include:
Hazel Cramer, Wife
3 Daughters and 3 Sons
Robert “Bob” (Sharon) Cramer and Gerald “Jerry” Cramer, Brothers
Many Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren
Several Nieces and Nephews

Preceded in death by:
1 Grandson

In 1962, Mr. Cramer answered the call to serve his country. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1982 as a Master Sergeant with 20 years of service. He served two tours in Vietnam as well as a tour in the Philippines. His military career took him many places and also afforded him the opportunity to receive his GED. In 2016, he was proud to receive a Quilt of Valor honoring his service.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mr. Cramer began working for the U-Haul Rental Company, first as a field manager, then as a general manager, and upon retirement he had attained the position of senior staff vice president of South Georgia U-Haul Company. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, canning, and collecting just about anything. He especially enjoyed reminiscing and telling stories. His close friends and family all received unique nicknames over the years. He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and smile. He loved his family very much and will be sadly missed.

Funeral services and burial with full military honors took place at Georgia Veterans Cemetery in Milledgeville, GA, on Monday, March 20.

Memorial donations may be made to Pulaski County Quilts of Valor.

Arrangements were entrusted to Clark Funeral Home in Hawkinsville, GA.


Dr. Charles E. Hutton
Friday, 10 March 2017 02:50

December 7, 1925 to March 10, 2017

WINAMAC - Dr. Charles Edward Hutton, 91, of Rochester, passed away at 2:50 a.m., Friday, March 10, at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

He was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Logansport, to the late Roland and Signa T. Wilson Hutton. He graduated from Logansport High School in 1943 and Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1952. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Relief during World War II. On June 9, 1950, he married Lucreda A. Williams, EdD, in Logansport. She survives.

Survivors include: 
Dr. Charles R. "Randy" (Donna) Hutton, Winamac, Son 
Lucinda "Cindy" (Dr. Gene) McElhinney, Yakima, WA, Daughter 
Katherine (Kenyon) Maynard, Granddaughter 
Charles Aaron (Dr. Andrea) Hutton, Grandson 
Miles (Stephanie) McElhinney, Grandson 
Dr. Elizabeth (Michael Almador) McElhinney, Granddaughter 
3 Great Grandchildren 
Many Nieces and Nephews 

Preceded in death by: 
Betty Maple, Sister 
Elda Shaver, Sister 

Dr. Hutton was an oral maxillofacial surgeon in Indianapolis, and chairman of the Oral Surgery Department at Indiana University for many years. His real passion was training graduate dentists to be oral surgeons at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis. He held many leadership roles in various professional organizations and was instrumental in numerous research projects. He was a member and past president of the Indianapolis District Dental Society, Indiana Society of Oral Surgeons, Central Association of Dentists & Physicians and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He was also a member of the American Society of Oral Surgeons and Indiana Dental Association. 

He was an avid water skier and snow skier. In his retirement, he raised and showed llamas and alpacas and was a nationally recognized judge. He also founded the Boone County 4-H Llama Project. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation will be from2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 12, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. A scriptural wake service will be at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m., Monday, March 13, at St. Peters Catholic Church,  Winamac, with Rev. Leroy Kinnaman and Rev. Michael McKinney officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

Memorial donations may be made to The Boys Town of Nebraska or Pulaski Memorial Hospital.

Online Condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

Jack L. Overton
Friday, 10 March 2017 00:00

June 5, 1933 to March 10, 2017

FRANCESVILLE - Jack L. Overton, 83, of Francesville, passed away Friday, March 10, at his residence.

He was born June 5, 1933 in Lee, IN to the late Lloyd "Dutch" and Mildred "Lou" Waymire Overton. On June 23, 1956, he married Rose M. LaMone in Rensselaer. She passed away May 14, 2016.

Survivors include: 
Lloyd Tom (Jane) Overton, Monon, Son 
Stephen J. (Cathy) Overton, Francesville, Son 
Bob L. Overton, Francesville, Son 
13 Grandchildren 
19 Great grandchildren 
Kate (Jim) Britt, Wolcott, Sister

Mr. Overton was a member of the Francesville First Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was retired as a welder from NIPSCO. He enjoyed cooking and was a Chicago Cubs and NASCAR fan. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed. 

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 14 at Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel, Francesville. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., (Tuesday, March 14), at the funeral home with Pastor James Ketchen officiating. Private burial will be at a later date in Roseland Cemetery, Francesville. The American Legion will conduct military graveside services.

Memorial donations may be given to Francesville First Christian Church. 

James J. Jones
Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

July 26, 1926 to March 4, 2017

WINAMAC - James Joseph Jones, 90, of Winamac (formerly of Logansport), passed away Saturday, March 4.

He was born July 26, 1926 in Royal Center, to the late Howard and Thelma Huffman Jones. On Oct. 1, 1945, he married Joan Lowe in Logansport. She survives.

He is survived by: 
Jill (Bruce) Brumm, Winamac, Daughter 
Judi (Peter) Keay, Owosso, MI, Daughter 
Jody (Mike) Petrie, Carmel, Daughter 
Joe Jones, Logansport, Son 
9 Grandchildren 
12 Great Grandchildren

Preceded in death by: 
Jayne Porter, Sister 
William C. Jones, Brother

Mr. Jones served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Elks Lodge. He was a co-founder of Jones Brothers Construction, Engineering Construction Corporation, Engineering Aggregates Corporation, and Standard Auto Parts.

Private family services will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to the Winamac Town Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guest book at

Jason L. Shorter
Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

July 30, 1974 to March 4, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Lee Shorter, 42, of Indianapolis passed away Saturday, March 4, surrounded by his family.

He was born July 30, 1974, in Winamac.

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Patricia Shorter; his partner of 15 years, Casey Vannorsdall; his sister, Stacy Renee Adams (Austin); as well as numerous extended family and close friends.

Among his many interests Mr. Shorter enjoyed gardening (he was known for cultivating orchids among many other plants), he was also known to entertain family and friends; he brewed his own beer and enjoyed cooking for others. He also collected antique military medals, and enjoyed tending to his salt water fish tank. His love of travel led him to the Bahamas, California, and Washington, D.C., to name a few. He will be remembered for his upbeat personality……. 

 A celebration of Jason’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the home of Casey Vannorsdall.

Arrangements and care provided by Lauck and Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services, Indianapolis. To leave an online condolence, please visit


Maria L. Shidler
Friday, 03 March 2017 20:20

August 7, 1947 to March 3, 2017

WINAMAC - Maria L. Shidler, 69, of Bass Station (Knox), passed away peacefully at 8:20 p.m., Friday, March 3, at home, surrounded by her family.

She was born Aug.t 7, 1947 in Winamac, to the late Ray and Evelyn Cannon Weaver. As a child, she attended St. Peter's Catholic School and later graduated from Winamac High School. On Dec. 23, 1970, she married Oren Chris Shidler in Shawneetown, IL. He survives.

She is survived by: 
Timothy (Brenda) Shidler, Biloxi, MS, Son 
Charlotte Allen, Kewanna, Daughter 
Kristy (Tom Weaver) Shidler, Winamac, Daughter 
Oren Thomas "OT" Shidler, Bass Station, Son 
9 Grandchildren: Brian, Chris, Dustin, Panda, Chasity, Bud, Kenneth, Emily and Olivia. 
3 Great Grandchildren: Taylor, Elizabeth and Caroline 
Gary Weaver, Knightstown, Brother 
Brenda Armstrong, Cincinnati, OH, Sister 
Joann Weaver, Indianapolis, Sister-in-law 
Several Nieces and Nephews 
Rikki Norman, Bass Station, Caregiver

Preceded in death by: 
Larry Weaver, Brother

Mrs. Shidler was a lifetime member and Past Madam President of the Winamac Eagles Auxiliary #2580. She enjoyed bowling and was active in many bowling leagues and tournaments. She was a member of the WIBC and 300 Club. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening as well as canning, mushroom hunting, rabbit hunting, and trapping. She also enjoyed riding horses and motorcycles. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 8, at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. The Eagles Auxiliary service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home with Mark Foreman officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion-Franklin Township Cemetery, Winamac.

Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at



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