• Jean Duke, 84 passed away November 23

    November 23, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    On Friday morning, November 23, 2012, Jean (Weddle) Duke left this life to go home to the Lord. She passed away peacefully at her home in the company of her husband and their daughters, at the age of 84. Jean was a resident of Trafalgar.


    She was born in Johnson County on May 30, 1928. Jean was the 11th child out of 17 siblings born to the late Robert R. & Amy C. (Boles) Weddle.  Jean was a 1948 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to marry her sweetheart of 64 years, Arnold F. Duke on June 20, 1948 at the Beech Grove Baptist Church in rural Trafalgar.


    She retired in 1989, alongside her husband, as the owner and operator of the Cinderella Flower Shop in Franklin, after 25 years of service. Jean was chosen by Teleflora Inc. as their 1975 designer of the year and was recognized at the Teleflora Convention. Prior to that, she worked at the Varnyt – Mills Garment Factory in Franklin. Jean was a faithful, sixty year member of the Morgantown Baptist Church where she was very active in Vacation Bible School, as a Youth Leader and as a Craft Worker. Prior to the Morgantown Baptist Church, she was a member of the Beech Grove Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday School Teacher.


    Jean’s true passion was in doing God’s work by helping those in need. She was one of the original founders of the Caring Hearts Clothes Closet in Morgantown where she volunteered for more than twenty-two years. Jean and her husband were both one of the founders who started Gateway Services in Franklin during the 1960’s and were part of a group who formed the Johnson County Association for Retarded Citizens. She enjoyed mushroom hunting in Michigan with her husband & siblings, tending to her vegetable & flower gardens and helping out on the family farm. Jean is now at peace and filled with joy for all eternity.


    She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Peggy (Homer) Crase, Connie Jo (David) Wiley & Lisa Duke all of Trafalgar; grandchildren: Amy & John Doyle, Becky & Joseph Crase, Angie & Aaron Wiley, Teresa Baxter, David & Willy Wilhelm; and eleven great grandchildren. She will be remembered by her siblings: Orpha McClary of Morgantown, Marjorie (Delbert) Bishop of Oran, MO, Kathleen (Jack) Bishop of Chaffee, MO, Forrest (Dorothy) Weddle of Franklin and Robert (Ike) Weddle of Shelbyville.


    Jean was preceded in death by her parents, as well as, five sisters: Christeen Castner, Hazel, Helen, Jane & Betty Ann Weddle; and six brothers: Dale, Jerry, Wilson, Carl, Merrill & Lester Weddle.


    The Revs. Ben Swopes & Lee Snider will conduct a funeral service 10:30 am on Tuesday at the Morgantown Baptist Church, 109 E. Elm Street.  Visitation will be on Monday at the Church from 4 to 8 pm. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery Morgantown. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.


    Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Jean to Gateway Services, 3500 N. Morton Ave, Franklin, IN  46131.


    Expressions of caring and kindness may made to the Weddle family at


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  • George “Leston” Kennedy, 76 passed away November 20

    November 21, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    George “Leston” Kennedy, 76, Bloomington, went to meet the Lord Tuesday, November 20, 2012. He was born  on February 21, 1936, in Brown County, he was the son of William Gratton and Beatrice (Deckard) Kennedy.


    George was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea. He was a top salesman for the Ford Motor Company for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Linton and many other organizations in Bloomington and surrounding areas.


    George is survived by his daughters, Rhonda Kennedy Beal, Linda Rollins, Vicki Castleberry, Kathy Morris, Rita Chestnut and Cheryl Wilber; 14 grandchildren, Tracy, Clayton, Robin, Jarrod, Eric, Emily, Wendel, Micah, Amanda, Sara, Megan, Cody, Kyler and Jolea; and 19 great-grandchildren, one of whom he had a special relationship with, Ashlee Boyce. He is also survived by four sisters, Vella Akers, Martha Nilson, Katrine Miller and Esther Percifield; two sisters-in-law, Martha Kennedy and Evelyn Kennedy; a cousin, MariBelle Webster; and special friends, Joe and Jill Smith.


    He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Bill, Clyde and James Robert Kennedy.


    Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington. A Masonic service will be conducted by the Linton Lodge No. 560 at 6 p.m. Friday. Visitation also will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at The Funeral Chapel with the funeral at noon. Cody Kennedy will officiate.


    Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6415 Castleway W. Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Online condolences can be made to the family at

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  • Shirley Howard David, 90 passed away November 18

    November 21, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Shirley Howard David, 90, passed away November 18, 2012. He was a resident of Greenwood. He was born October 2, 1922 in Helmsburg, Indiana to the late Shirley and Mary David, Sr. He married Rosemary Tinkle on May 1, 1942 and she preceded him in death on January 19, 2008.


    Shirley is survived by his children, Jeannie (Reinold) Von Fange, Kathy (Tom) Leslie, Patty (Warren) Craft, Steve David, and Mike (Elizabeth) David; ten grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Ford, Marjory Linehan, and Beulah McCracken.


    He graduated from Center Grove High School in 1940 before enrolling in the United States Air Force. He was a 22 year veteran of the Air Force serving in WWII where he piloted a B-24 on 22 combat missions over Germany, Austria and Northern Italy. He spent the last few years of his military service stationed at the Pentagon as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He achieved rank of Chief Master Sergeant.


    He later retired from the United States Postal Service after 20 years of service having served as Postmaster in both Crothersville, Indiana and Edinburg, Indiana.


    He had a passion for his family and sports, especially golf, having played his last round at The Legends Golf Club in October.

    His family will host an informal open house from 6:00- 8:00 pm Wednesday at the Indiana Golf Office, 2625 Hurricane Road, Franklin, IN 46141. Memorial contributions are suggested to The Indiana Golf Foundation/The First Tee of Indiana, P.O. Box 516, Franklin, IN 46131.


    Arrangements were entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Vandivier-Tudor Chapel.

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  • Barbara Joann Wenger Burbridge, 80 passed away November 18

    November 20, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Barbara Joann Wenger Burbridge, 80, of Columbus, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Kindred Health Care Center.

    Mrs. Burbridge retired from Dolly Madison and loved being with her family, doing puzzles and going to flea markets. She was an avid collector of oil lamps.


    The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Randy McCarty. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery.


    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana.


    Born in Brown County January 14, 1932, Mrs. Burbridge was the daughter of Clerance and Ruth Isley Wenger. She married Charles M. Burbridge on December 22, 1948, and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2005.


    Survivors include sons, David (Sue) Burbridge of Greensburg and Darrell (Carolyn) Burbridge of Hope; a daughter, Ruth Burbridge Crouch of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carlee Wenger of Missouri.


    Mrs. Burbridge was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Joe Mitchel Burbridge; a daughter, Joyce Marie Dixon; brothers, John and Clifton Wenger; sisters, Lois and Marion Wenger; and her parents.

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  • Kathleen “Kate” McCauley, 83 passed away November 17

    November 20, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Kathleen “Kate” McCauley, 83, of S. Gladstone Avenue, died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at her home. She was born in Metcalf County, Ky., November 3, 2012, the daughter of the late Enos “Bean” Henry England and Donna B. Coates.

    Kate enjoyed watching TV, especially old movies, being outdoors, babysitting children, as well as taking care of people. She also enjoyed flowers, attending family gatherings, gospel and country music and especially loved animals.

    Kate is survived by daughters, Debra (Daniel) Holmes of Columbus, Betty (Michael) Kelly of Columbus, and Mary Louise McCauley of Brown County; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Kate was preceded in death by a son, John Allen McCauley; a brother, Thurman Coates; a sister, Magdalene Scott, as well as another sister.


    Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, November 20 at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Fields officiating. Burial was at Garland Brook Cemetery. Calling was Monday eve and before the service Tuesday at the funeral home.


    Memorial contributions can be made to Premier Hospice & Palliative Care, 11550 N. Meridian St., Carmel, IN, 46032.


    View her video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the Internet at

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