Eugene Bartle, Thomas Edwin Elkins, Linda E. Grover-Holscher, Terry C. Shepard, Wesley R. Tumey, Charles R. Waggoner

Eugene Bartle

Eugene Bartle, 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital in Newburgh.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1938 in Breeze, Illinois, the son of Hershel Dale and Amelia Katherine (Miabaum) Bartle. He married Betty Lester on Feb. 12, 1960 and she survives. Eugene worked for Texaco Refinery for 18 years, Marathon Oil Company for four years, and Golden Rule for 11 years. He was a member of the Heritage Baptist Church in Vincennes. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1957 until 1960. He then served for 12 years with the National Guard Unit 631 in Lawrenceville.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; one son, Lloyd Dale Bartle of Lawrenceville; two daughters, Kimberly Kaye Hatton and her husband, Douglas, of Vincennes, and LaDonna Jean Cardinal and her husband, Douglas, of Bruceville; one sister, Virginia Worstell and her husband, Jim, of Bridgeport, Illinois; three grandchildren, Heather Gough and her husband, Neal, of O’Fallon, Illinois, Dustin Hatton and Cora Cochran of Vincennes, and Nathan Hatton of Vincennes; three great-grandchildren, Camden Gough, Grace Gough, and Dane Hatton; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one great-granddaughter, Eden Gough.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. CDT on Friday at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery with military rites. Visitation will be 11 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heritage Baptist Church.

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Thomas Edwin Elkins

Thomas Edwin Elkins, 68, of Vincennes, died on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Survivors include his daughters, Gabrielle Elkins and Stormy Elkins; and seven siblings.

Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Vincennes Chapel was entrusted with cremation services.

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Linda E. Grover-Holscher

Linda E. Grover-Holscher, 83, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Salt Lake City. She was born on Jan. 25 1936. A reception for celebration of life will be held at a date to be determined at Franklin Heights Christian Church.

Her son, Brad Holscher, offered the following eulogy:

My Mom epitomized what it means to be a great mom. Even in adulthood, she continually worried about me, on up until her last day. Being an only child, I was the center of her attention and she was very proud to dote over me to everyone she knew. If you had the privilege to know her, you know that she was honest, loyal, and stubborn — sometimes to a fault, but those are the qualities that made her so endearing. To say that she was willful would be an understatement. Once she set her mind to something, you would have a better chance of flying to the moon than to change her mind. A great example of this would be when after smoking for 30 years, she decided to quit … cold turkey. Boy Scouts was a very important organization to her, and she got me involved at an early age. She rolled up her sleeves and was my Cub Scout Leader. Scouting was one of the best experiences of my life and through introducing me to the outdoors, scouting instilled a passion and love for nature that I continue to live out today. Earning my Eagle Scout was a proud moment for Mom.

Mom had a wanderlust and enjoyed traveling immensely. At 70 years of age, she went on the trip of a lifetime, one that she had on her list since childhood, an African Safari. Dad did not fly, so Mom saved and went on her own. She enjoyed that trip with a retired Cornel and many wealthy individuals that were quite impressed with her je ne sais quoi, and with whom she became life-long friends. She flew out of a small airport in Evansville and I can imagine the look on the ticket agents face when he confirmed her final destination as Arusha Tanzania at her age, alone. I can’t imagine that happens every day. She traveled all over the United States, from Alaska to Hawaii (twice), to the Virgin Islands and east to Rhode Island where she enjoyed a visit with her safari friends. She attended the World’s Fair in Montreal, saw Niagara Falls and everywhere in between. She loved the National Parks, and together we visited 13 of them, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park where at 83 years old, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of whitewater rafting. Mom loved the water, she swam for exercise until she was 81, and her ashes will be spread over a beautiful body of water. She taught me how to swim, in contradiction to Dad’s wishes. Dad was a farm boy, he never learned to swim and was phobic of deep water, especially of me swimming in it.

Mom loved Vincennes and Lincoln High School along with all her classmates, whom she remembered by name at every class reunion she attended for 63 years, from 1954 to 2016, when only two classmates remained. Mom was always insecure about her book smarts, and never attained a college degree. But if you watched her, you wouldn’t have known that — she was meticulous and very good with numbers and money. She would’ve enjoyed being an accountant. As a young lady, Mom desired to be a police officer; at that time the only department that hired females was in Los Angeles. She wrote to them and received information but lived in an age where she was ahead of the times and those opportunities were limited due to her being a female. Her education did not come from books, but through life experiences and traveling. Mom loved her records, some of my favorite memories are dancing in the living room with her while we listened to her music from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s. I would occasionally make the floor shake and the record would skip, but she never told me to stop dancing. One of her favorite pastimes was going to a movie. She loved the fast-paced action movies and took me from a young age. I am certain I was probably too young to see some of those movies, but she would always reinforce that it was just entertainment and not real. She was an Al Jolson aficionado and watched every episode of “Law and Order.” She made me watch “Casablanca” and to this day, I still think it’s the best movie ever made.

Mom had a love for animals and gave financially to help any organization she had information for. When she went to Tanzania the one animal she did not see was the rhinoceros and later confided to me that she was resentful that she had not seen one and that people should be better caretakers of God’s Creations. One of mom’s shortcomings was her temper, but in my opinion, it was righteous. That is a trait she passed on to me, along with being competitive. It was always reinforced to me to live my life how I wanted to and not worry what others might think — including my parents — but to be independent. Mom loved her family fiercely; she would have done anything for them. She was a powerful, special person who never let fear or social pressure influence her decisions or the way she chose to live out her life. Mom once said I was a quiet child, I replied that I had two overbearing parents and she agreed this was a true statement. But within my quietness is a confidence that I have been raised and had the opportunity to learn from the best. There are pros and cons to being an only child and I am thankful for the experiences I have had. Mom will continue to live on in what she has taught us, let us carry that wisdom forward and share it. Life has changed but has not ended.

Terry C. Shepard

Terry C. Shepard, 72, of Bruceville, passed away at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.

Terry was born on April 30, 1947 in Vincennes to Lucille (Loveall) and Roy William Shepard. He met his beautiful bride and wife of 50 years, Carolyn Dennison, and they married on Dec. 6, 1968. Terry was a 1965 graduate of Monroe City High School and retired from PSI (Duke Energy). He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved to go mushroom hunting every spring and spend time on the farm, he loved the outdoors, and attended Oaktown Christian Church.

Terry is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his daughter, Vanessa Shepard-Smith and her husband, Andrew; his granddaughter, Emily Smith; his sister, Sandy Holland and her husband, Milt; and brothers Cledus Shepard, Sam Shepard and his wife Kathy, Gene Shepard and his wife, Johnna, Aron Shepard and his wife, Tina, and Mark Shepard; his brother-in-law, Craig Toler; brother- and sister-in-law, Ray and Debbie Nightengale; and several nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Lucille and Roy Shepard; and a sister-in-law Susie (Briner)Toler.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery with Richard Stewart of Oaktown Christian Church officiating.  Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Terry Shepard.

Wesley R. Tumey

Wesley R. Tumey, 73, of Vincennes, passed away on Sunday April 28, 2019 with his family at his bedside.

Wes was born on May 12, 1945 in Vincennes, the son of Wesley Oren and Clara Rose McGavic Tumey. Wes served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for the Vincennes Community School Corp. and he drove a bus for the school. He married Mary M. Sanders on March 17, 1978. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and gun collector. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Mary M. Tumey; his sons, Scott Michael Tumey and his wife, Andrea, of Vincennes, Dustin Ray Tumey of Vincennes, and Thea Bond and her husband, Terry, of Union City, Tennessee, and Wesley O. “Duke” Tumey Smith of Illinois; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sisters, Ann Painter of Vincennes, Doris Mastro and her husband, Frank, of Dennison, Illinois, Barbara Tumey of Vincennes, Judy Swope of Huntingburg, and Mary Merryman and her husband, Harold, of Washington.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Matthew Tumey.

Gravesite services will be announced at a later date. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist the Tumey Family during their time of loss

Charles R. Waggoner

Charles R. “Dick” Waggoner, 80, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

He had retired from Union Carbide in Robinson, Illinois, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy (Vinson) Waggoner; three children, Ricky Waggoner, Tammy Parker, and Darby Waggoner; three brothers, Bob “BL” Waggoner, Bill Waggoner and Jerry Waggoner; and one sister, Connie Anspaugh.

His body will be cremated and there will be no formal services. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Christian Church. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.

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Beeson, Donna, died May 1. Services: 1 p.m. on Monday at Goodwin Family Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials: Free Methodist Church.

Merkel, Danny L., died May 1. Services: 1 p.m. on Sunday at Meng Family Funeral Home in Odon. Burial: Scotland Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. today and from noon until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials: Scotland Historical Society or the Scotland Cemetery. Condolences:

Swain, Joseph Franklin, died April 28. Services: 10:30 a.m. today in Blue River Wesleyan Church, Arlington. Burial: Blue River Wesleyan Cemetery. Memorials: Blue River Wesleyan Church or Rushville Gideons.

Vandermark, Jennie A., died May 2, 2019. Services: 11 a.m. CDT on Monday at the Zion United Methodist Church. Burial: Zion Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. CDT until the hour of services on Monday at the church. Memorials: Lawrence County Humane Society. Condolences:

Worland, William J., died April 30, 2019. Services: 10 a.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: St. Thomas Cemetery.


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