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Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:29 pm, Sun Jul 7, 2013.

Loretta A. Blann

OAKTOWN — Loretta Aline (Like) Blann, 74, Oaktown, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her residence.

Loretta was born July 16, 1938, in Knox County, the daughter of Lester and Gladys (Frederick) Like. She graduated from Freelandville High School in 1957. She married Jerald Blann on Aug. 17, 1968, and he has passed. She was a homemaker and worked in the dietary department at Oak Village Nursing Home.

Loretta is survived by her daughters, Kim Gray and her husband, Eric, of Oaktown and Becky Woodward of Evansville; grandchildren Dusti Gray, Chance Gray, Cheyenne Gray, Levi Gray, Matt Howard and BriAnn Howard; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerald; and one brother, Harvey Like.

There will be a private graveside service with the Rev. Glenn Archer officiating. Arrangements were handled by Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Oaktown Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.fredrickandson.com.

Arthur R. Hall

BICKNELL — Arthur “Art” Ray Hall, 80, Bruceville, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013, at his residence.

Art was born June 10, 1933, in Bicknell, the son of Albert and Hetty Grace Hall. He married Betty Maxine Michalos on Sept. 8, 1951, and she survives him.

He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Bicknell United Methodist Church, the Bicknell VFW, Bicknell Eagles and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Art is survived by his wife, Betty; son Richard Hall and his wife, Tammy of Bicknell; grandchildren Jeremy Hall and Rogina Gabbart; and great-grandchildren Milee Lane and Brantlee Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Christopher; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Bicknell Chapel, with Jon McKinnon officiating. Burial will follow at Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.fredrickandson.com.

James A. Innis

BICKNELL — James A. Innis, 96, Edwardsport, died Saturday, June 22, 2013.

He was a locomotive engineer.

Per James’ request, he will be cremated and a service will be at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Bicknell Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.fredrickandson.com.

Henry M. Murphy

Henry Maurice Murphy, 87, Vincennes, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013.

He was born July 19, 1925, in Vincennes to the Rev. Francis A. and Violet (Newman) Marie Murphy. He was married to Joretta L. (Wilhite) Murphy for 50 years before her passing in 2004. Henry worked for 38 years as a repairman for Hamilton Glass before he retired in 1989. He was a lifetime member of the Bethlehem General Baptist Church.

On Sept. 23, 1943, Henry entered the U.S. Navy and went to boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill. He was assigned Dec. 21, 1943, to the USS Yorktown at Pearl Harbor. He worked on the flight deck spotting planes before he was promoted to first class seaman. After World War II ended, he was transferred to the USS Iowa BB61 in Tokyo. He was a licensed private pilot.

He is survived by his children, John Murphy of Lawrenceville, Ill., Francis Murphy of Tampa, Fla., Donna Rose Nix of Robinson, Illl., Dexter Murphy of Olney, Ill., Frank Bluebaum of Avon, Norman Bluebaum of Terre Haute, David Bluebaum of Edinburgh, Rebecca Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., and Philip Murphy of Oaktown. He is also survived by his brothers, Isaac Murphy and his wife, Linda, and Louis Murphy and his wife, Marlene; and a sister, Marie Deppe of Vincennes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anna Jane.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Bethlehem General Baptist Church, Nine W. Jefferson St., with the Rev. Pete White officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with Henry’s family from 11 a.m. until the hour of service today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethlehem General Baptist Church. Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent at: http://www.gardnerbrockman.com.

John C. Ortman

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ill. — John C. “Jack” Ortman, 92, Lawrenceville, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 23, 2013, at United Methodist Village North Campus.

He was born Nov. 9, 1920, in St. Cloud, Minn. He was the son of Casper J. Ortman and Elizabeth W. (Hansen) Ortman. On Aug. 18, 1942, he married June T. Niemela. She passed away Jan. 30, 2000. Later, he married Denise M. Brusseau. She passed away May 15, 2012.

On July 9, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and worked as an aviation electrician’s mate first class. He was honorably discharged Oct. 24, 1945.

Jack was an original investor and shareholder of Suttle, a manufacturing division of CSI-Communications Systems Inc., in Hector, Minn. He was executive vice-president of sales until his retirement in 1986. During his tenure with the company, Suttle accomplished both domestic and international success. He continued to serve as a special consultant to the CSI board of directors before being elected as a director in 1990. In 1999, he retired as a director and was retained as an honorary board member. Throughout his career and retirement, he enjoyed memberships in the Independent Telephone Association, the Pioneer Telephone Association and Roadrunner’s International.

He was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, the Lawrence County Country Club, Elks and American Legion. He was a good family man and enjoyed golf, fishing and tennis.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Jon Ortman, D.D.S., and his wife, Rita, of Godfrey, and James Lee Ortman, R. Ph., and his wife, Alisa, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a daughter, Jacqueline “Jay” Creech and her husband, Jim, of Lawrenceville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ervin; and his sister, Malvern.

The family is grateful to Dr. Ramsaran, the medical professionals at the United Methodist Village North Campus and Good Samaritan Hospice. Thank you for your compassionate care and support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville, with the Rev. Bernardine Nganzi officiating. Military rites and burial will follow at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. CDT Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Lawrence Catholic Church or Lawrence County Cancer Resource Center and Wig Bank.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.

Bruce A. Stephens

BRUCEVILLE — Bruce Alan Stephens, 52, of 5516 Ind. 67, Bruceville, went to heaven at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013.

He was born May 10, 1961, in Vincennes to Wayne and Betty (Steimel) Stephens.

Bruce worked at McAllister Machinery in Washington. He was a member of the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church where he enjoyed helping in the church. He also enjoyed golfing and being around his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa (Myers) Stephens, whom he married Aug. 21, 1982; his children, Jessica Stephens of Bicknell, Chelsea Cummins and her husband, Tony, of Vincennes and Zachary Stephens of Bruceville; his brothers, Gary Stephens and his wife, Diane, of Knoxville, Tenn., Kevin Stephens of Bruceville and Roger Stephens and his wife, Dawn, of Brownsburg; and his two grandchildren, Jude Mulkey and Eva Cummins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Philip Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the Bruceville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Goodwin Crematory, Gardner Brockman Chapel. Memorial contributions may be to the St. Philip Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.gardnerbrockman.com.

James R. Wheatley

James R. Wheatley, 84, passed away at 11 p.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the New Willow Manor Nursing Home.

James was born July 9, 1928, in Vincennes, the son of Noble and Hazel (Nightengale) Wheatley. He married Barbara Thais on Nov. 25, 1948, and she preceded him in death March 30, 2008.

Jim worked as a route salesman for Colonial Bakery and later Lewis Bakery. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed playing euchre, being with his children and grandchildren and working in his yard. He was also a member of the American Legion and VFW. Jim was very active in organizing his class reunions. He frequently told his family that the only thing he wanted in his obituary was, “I Lived, I Died.”

Surviving are his son, Robert Wheatley and his wife, Amy, of Avon; a daughter, Debbie Garcia and her husband, John, of Fort Collins, Colo.; son Bruce Wheatley and his wife, Marcia, of Princeton; granddaughter Lori Lynn and her husband, Keith, of Columbus; granddaughter Karen Winders and her husband, William, of Mount Washington, Ky.; grandson John Ridge and his wife, Samantha, of Indianapolis; grandson Chris Bates and his wife, Lynsey, of Fort Collins; grandson Brad Bates of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; grandson Josh Wheatley and his wife, Anouska, of Chicago.; granddaughter Brooke Reed and her husband, Kyle, of Princeton; granddaughter Rachel Smith of Avon; grandson Alex Smith of Avon; grandson Jason Garcia and his wife, Allison, of Fort Collins; granddaughter Dawn Montoya and her husband, Dan, of Westminster, Colo.; grandson Travis Garcia of Fort Collins; and 14 great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, infant daughter Karin Wheatley and brother Robert Wheatley.

Funeral services for Jim will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with the Rev. David Fleck officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may visit with James family from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

FUNERALS

Miller, Alice E., died June 9. Memorial: 11 a.m. Saturday, St. James Episcopal Church. Contributions: Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund, c/o Knox County Community Foundation, PO Box 273, Vincennes, IN 47591; Vincennes Pet Port, 1128 River Road, Vincennes, IN 47591; St. James Episcopal Church, 610 Perry St., Vincennes, IN 47591; or Think Pink Charity through the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation.

Pool, Ruth E., died June 19. Funeral: Noon today, Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. to noon today, Goodwin Funeral Home. Contributions: Gentiva Hospice. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Rehwald, Roscoe E., died June 21. Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Peter Lutheran Church. Burial: St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 Wednesday, Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Contributions: St. Peter Lutheran Church. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.