Obituaries 04/18/2019

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Mrs. Wanda Louise (Gardner) Goodpaster Ellis, age 70, of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on March 11, 1949, in Milan, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell. She was raised in Wilmington, Indiana and Milan, Indiana and was a graduate of the Aurora High School. Wanda was united in marriage on November 6, 1967, in Milan, Indiana, to the late, Joseph Goodpaster. This happy union was blessed with three daughters, Jane, Betty and Wanda and two sons, John and Robert. Wanda and Joseph shared 12 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 21, 1979. Wanda was later united in marriage in 1982 in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Terry Lee Ellis. Wanda was employed for Pri-Pak Inc. in Greendale, Indiana, from 2006 – 2015. She resided in the Switzerland County community since 1981 and was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Wanda will be remembered for her love of crocheting, sewing, reading books and taking care of children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wanda passed away with her loving family by her side at 2:35 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

 Wanda will be missed by her daughters, Jane Smith of Lawrenceburg, IN, Betty South and her husband, Mike of Rising Sun, IN and Wanda Morton and her companion, Ryan Long of Patriot, IN; her sons, John Goodpaster of Patriot, IN and Robert Goodpaster of Patriot, IN; her step-daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Smith and her husband, Troy of East Enterprise, IN and Stacie Moore of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren, Vernon (April) Johnson, Jr., Kevin (Misty) Johnson, Christopher (Amy) Johnson, Troy (Alexis) Smith, Vincent Smith, Shayla Smith, Brittany (Aaron) Thayer, Grace Holmes and Brison Scudder; her 16-great-grandchildren; her step-grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Austin, Jason, Hannah and Evan; her 3-step-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Carolyn Matthews and her husband, Bill of Cross Plains, IN and Crystal Gonzales of Riverside, CA; her brothers, Wayne “Rick” McDaniel and his wife, Judy of Bowling Green, MO and Thomas Cornett and his wife, Nikki of Indianapolis, IN; her 4-half-sisters and 4-half-brothers and her numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell; her half-brother, Steve Darnell; her half-sister, June Gardner and her step-grandson, Gage Logan Moore.

 Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. C. Martin Justice at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. 

 Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.

 Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Switzerland Baptist Church or Pleasant Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com

Mrs. Wanda Louise (Gardner) Goodpaster Ellis, age 70, of Switzerland County, Indiana, entered this life on March 11, 1949, in Milan, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell. She was raised in Wilmington, Indiana and Milan, Indiana and was a graduate of the Aurora High School. Wanda was united in marriage on November 6, 1967, in Milan, Indiana, to the late, Joseph Goodpaster. This happy union was blessed with three daughters, Jane, Betty and Wanda and two sons, John and Robert. Wanda and Joseph shared 12 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 21, 1979. Wanda was later united in marriage in 1982 in Vevay, Indiana, to the late, Terry Lee Ellis. Wanda was employed for Pri-Pak Inc. in Greendale, Indiana, from 2006 – 2015. She resided in the Switzerland County community since 1981 and was a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, Indiana. Wanda will be remembered for her love of crocheting, sewing, reading books and taking care of children, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Wanda passed away with her loving family by her side at 2:35 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

 Wanda will be missed by her daughters, Jane Smith of Lawrenceburg, IN, Betty South and her husband, Mike of Rising Sun, IN and Wanda Morton and her companion, Ryan Long of Patriot, IN; her sons, John Goodpaster of Patriot, IN and Robert Goodpaster of Patriot, IN; her step-children, Rebecca “Becky” Smith and her husband, Troy of East Enterprise, IN, Stacie Moore of Vevay, IN, Mary Addison and her companion, Tom of Sunman, IN, Joe Goodpaster and his wife, Patty of Aurora, IN, Scott Goodpaster and his companion, Diana of Sunman, IN and Vernon Goodpaster and his wife, Loretta of Indianapolis, IN; her grandchildren, Vernon (April) Johnson, Jr., Kevin (Misty) Johnson, Christopher (Amy) Johnson, Troy (Alexis) Smith, Vincent Smith, Shayla Smith, Brittany (Aaron) Thayer, Grace Holmes and Brison Scudder; her 16-great-grandchildren; her step-grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Austin, Jason, Hannah and Evan; her 3-step-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Carolyn Matthews and her husband, Bill of Cross Plains, IN and Crystal Gonzales of Riverside, CA; her brothers, Wayne “Rick” McDaniel and his wife, Judy of Bowling Green, MO and Thomas Cornett and his wife, Nikki of Indianapolis, IN; her 4-half-sisters and 4-half-brothers and her numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, George Gardner and Violet (Brison) Darnell; her half-brother, Steve Darnell; her half-sister, June Gardner and her step-grandson, Gage Logan Moore.

 Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., by Rev. C. Martin Justice at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. 

 Interment will follow in the Pleasant Cemetery, Pleasant, Indiana.

 Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Switzerland Baptist Church or Pleasant Cemetery. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com

Mrs. Nelda Clara Wilson McKay Kinman, age 91, passed away peacefully at her home in the High Point Community in Brooksville, Florida surrounded by her children on Tuesday April 9th, 2019. Nelda was the third child of Charles Rueben and Marguerite Francis (McCann) Wilson. Nelda had one brother Jackie and two sisters, Marie and Peggy. Nelda was born on August 29th, 1927 on the family farm in Switzerland County on State Road 250 near Quercus Grove.

Nelda grew up in the county attending Patriot Schools for which she was very proud of. She had many talents and dreams. She started playing the piano by ear when she was 3 years old knowing hundreds of songs. She continued playing until a week before her death. She sought to be a dress designer or fabric designer. Often making her own clothes. Nelda was a strong Christian Faith based individual being saved at a young age. She worked as a candy striper in Cincinnati at Deaconess Hospital up thru her teenage years. She was active in church, community, 4H programs, was very patriotic and proud to be an American. She also loved gardening.

Nelda married Thomas Dyer McKay of Vevay on June 8th, 1946. To this union four children were born: Thomas Dyer, Richard Wilson, Lois Cheri and Russell Lee.

Nelda was a loving and dedicated mother. As our family was growing up many children called her mom. They were always loved and welcomed for a hug, a talk and a meal etc.

Nelda held many jobs in our community, homemaking, PTA president, Matron for the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department, multitasking, playing the piano, housekeeping and food service for the Swiss Inn.

She moved to Cincinnati for a few years after being widowed on January 24th, 1977. There she worked at several jobs. Retiring from Buskins Bakery. She moved back to Rising Sun, Indiana.

On June 17th, 2001 Nelda married Robert Kinman from Rising Sun, Indiana. Robert and Nelda had a wonderful marriage for 14 years in Brooksville, Florida until his death on January 30th, 2014. Nelda remained in her home lovingly cared for by her children. Her son Rick caring for her for the last several years until her passing on April 9th, 2019.

Nelda was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Marguerite Wilson. Her brother Jackie and sisters, Marie and Peggy. Her husbands, Thomas McKay and Robert Kinman. 

Nelda is survived by her children Thomas (Kathy) of Rising Sun, Indiana, Rick (Tina) of Brooksville, Florida, Lois and Russell (Roberta) of Patriot, Indiana. Her grandchildren, Tommy, Joe, Zack, Aaron, Shelly, Anna, Kelsi, Trevor and Wilson. Several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Heaven gained a very special angel.

Written by Lois McKay

A memorial service will be held on April 27th from 11am to 1pm at the Patriot Baptist Church. Dinner will follow at the Town Hall

Arrangements were made through he Pinecrest Funeral Chapel in Spring Hill, Florida

Maurice Ray Stout, 93, passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019 at the Altenheim Family-first Senior Living facility in Indianapolis, IN. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Joan Stout, his 11 children Donald Stout (Kim), Robert Stout (Anne), Deena Tijunin (Nolik), David Stout, Sheri Stout (John), Stephen Stout, Henry Stout (Jonna), Linda Robertson (Gerry), Pam Stout (Don), Greg Stout (Dawn) and Brian Stout; his sister Lorraine Stout, 23 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Maurice Ray Stout, Sr. and Mariam Medcalf; brothers George Stout, Tom Stout and James Stout; sisters Virginia Hano, Jane Pritchard, Nancy Boals, and Barbara Stout; and granddaughter Carisa Johnson. 

He was born in Indianapolis on February 28, 1926. After spending a short time living in Chicago, his family moved back to Indiana. They lived in Fort Wayne and New Castle before finally settling back in Indianapolis. After quitting High School at Arsenal Tech in 1943, he worked several manufacturing jobs before tricking his father into signing his Navy enlistment papers to help fight in World War II. In October of that year, he is shipped off to Camp Greenbay in Great Lakes, Illinois for boot camp. After boot camp, he was sent to Dearborn, Michigan to the Naval School of Motor Maintenance conducted by the Ford Motor Company. Maurice got his Machinist’s Mates School certification. He is soon sent to the Pacific on the USS Guavina submarine making six patrols, destroying enemy ships and rescuing Allies whose planes had been shot down. 

After his time in the Navy, Mauri worked at the Veterans Administration, where he met his first wife Patricia Johnson. They are married in September of 1948. They go on to have 9 children together. 

In 1950, Maurice joined the Indianapolis Police Department. He would work as a uniform Police Officer and Detective for 34 years. As a detective in the 1970’s, he would be part of a team of detectives that solves a high profile murder case that would get national coverage in the magazine “Inside Detective”. 

In 1969 Mauri would marry his second wife Joan Shotts and would go on to have 2 children with her. Mauri and Joan would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this December 12th. 

Upon his retirement from the Police Department in 1984, Mauri started working for the Attorney General’s Office as a Medicaid Fraud Investigator. After working there for 5+ years, he worked for Indiana National Bank in the Security Division. He would work there until he finally retires from the workforce for good. 

Mauri was actively involved with the Wanamaker VFW, serving as Commander, District Commander and Quartermaster. In 2007, he was inducted into the US Submarine Veteran’s Holland Club. In 2012, he was a member of the first Indy Honor Flight. He and 79 other WWII vets were flown to Washington D.C. to attend a celebration in honor of our veterans and spend the day at the nation’s capital. He was also a member of Garfield Park Community Church, serving fora time on the council and singing in the choir. 

Mauri loved his family and enjoyed getting together with them as often as possible. He enjoyed attending ball games, going to the movies (mainly for the popcorn) and going to see his grandchildren participate in musical and sporting events. He will be missed greatly. 

Visitation 4:00 – 8:00 PM Tuesday at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home, 5141 Madison Avenue, Indianapolis. Funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Burial will be at New Crown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Indy Honor Flight, https://www.honorflight.org/donate-now/ or Wounded Warrior Project, support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Donate‎.