Carolyn Sue Ballard Dotson and Robert Doyle Dotson, Martin Erich Knippa, Richard A. Sparenberg

Carolyn Sue Ballard Dotson and Robert Doyle Dotson

Carolyn Sue Ballard Dotson, 79, passed away after a long illness on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Hospice House in Spokane, Washington. Just 19 days later, her beloved husband of 61 years, Robert Doyle “Bob” Dotson, 83, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington after suffering from a broken heart.

Carolyn was born Feb. 19, 1940 in Vincennes to Ervin “Bud” Ballard and Mary Kathryn “Kate” Ballard. Bob was born June 20, 1935 in Vincennes to George Harrison Dotson and Geneva Lorene Dotson. Bob and Carolyn were graduates of Lincoln High School.

Carolyn grew up in and worked alongside her family at Ballard’s Market in Vincennes. She worked at Packaging Corporation of America and at Vincennes University as a payroll clerk until her retirement. Bob worked at Wilkerson’s Sign Company and Packaging Corporation of America. After serving in the U.S. Navy in Korea, Bob and Carolyn were married in June of 1958 and Bob joined the family business until it closed in 1980. Bob worked at Schmidt’s Key Market and at Vincennes University as a mailroom supervisor until his retirement. Carolyn was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Bob was a member of the VFW, American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Eagles where they could often be found playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus during the holidays.

After retirement Carolyn and Bob set off on a grand adventure and moved to Cordova, Alaska, to be closer to their family. Carolyn came out of retirement and worked at Cordova Community Medical Center, Sound Alternatives and The Native Village of Eyak Illanka Community Health Center where she was known for her kindness and her infectious smile. Bob filled his days with salmon fishing, walking about town and solving the world’s problems over coffee at Noel’s. Bob and Carolyn cherished their time in Cordova, where they made many friends who held a special place in their hearts. Their greatest joy came from watching their grandsons grow up.

Carolyn is survived by her sister, Patricia Ann Meeks of Bruceville. Bob is survived by his half-sister, Lois Ann Goodwin of Robinson, Illinois. They leave behind their daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ann and George Mundy; their grandsons, Joshua Mundy and his husband, Jedidiah Lara and Kyle Mundy and his wife, Taylor; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Their parents and their son, Robert Patrick “Bob” Dotson preceded them in death.

At their request, they were cremated and no services will be held. Their ashes will be scattered at a later date and a gravestone will be placed on a family plot at a later date.

Martin Erich Knippa

Rev. Martin Erich Knippa, 93, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away at 7 a.m. CDT on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the Methodist Village.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1925 in Loebau, Texas, the son of Alwin J. and Martha Moerbe Knippa, and was baptized and confirmed there in Christ Lutheran Church. He attended Christian Day School and his high school education was at the Concordia College in Austin, Texas. His education continued at St. John’s College in Winfield, Kansas. He finished his training for the pastoral ministry in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis. During the latter time, his vicar years were at Immanuel Lutheran School, Giddings, Texas, and Holy Cross Lutheran School in Kerrville, Texas. During his extended ministry, he served many congregations and vacant congregations in Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. He was honored by his church family for serving his congregations and the ministry for more than 50 years before his retirement that preceded several years of continued service.

He married Beatrice Yvonne Hazelwood on Aug. 30, 1950 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cisco, Texas and the Lord blessed this union with four children, John Knippa, and his wife, Christina of Long Beach, California, David Knippa and his wife, Anchalee of Freeport, Maine, Kathryn Knippa of Vincennes, and Stephen Knippa, and his wife Sandy of Lawrenceville, Illinois. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, Karin Faiella, Audra Knippa, Lucas Knippa, Kira Knippa, Sara Knippa, Austin Hardig, Heather Hardig and Mindy Jenkins; six great-grandchildren, Madeline Faiella, Jayda Jenkins, Macey Jenkins, Taylor Hardig, Jayli Bonds and Aubri Jenkins. He is also survived by two sisters, Elma Schatte and Lillian Hohle, and her husband, Mel; as well as many treasured nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, B. Yvonne Knippa in 2010; his parents; four brothers, Arthur Knippa, Ludwig Knippa, Bill Knippa and Isedor Knippa; a sister, Hildegard Manichia; his brothers-in-law, Ed Schatte and Louis Manichia; and sisters-in- law, Ella Knippa, Adell Knippa and Leona Knippa.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Pastor Tom Kramer of Our Savior Lutheran Church, Lawrenceville officiating. Pastor Knippa will be laid to rest next to his wife in the Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Building Fund of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Lawrenceville,or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robinson. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Rev. Knippa during their time of loss.

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Richard A. Sparenberg

Richard A. “Dick” Sparenberg, 71, of Terre Haute, and formerly of Vincennes, passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at his home.

Born March 20, 1948, in Vincennes, he was the son of Howard and Hazel (Adams) Sparenberg. Dick had been manager of the Duff’s Smorgasbord in Terre Haute. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret (Vieke) Sparenberg of Terre Haute; his children, Diana Kay Hunter and her husband, David, of Fishers, Christopher A. Sparenberg and his wife, Ashley, of Terre Haute, and Natalie Millington and her husband, Jeff, of Terre Haute; his sister, Linda Barth of Evansville; his brothers, Jerry Sparenberg of Muncie and David Sparenberg of Linwood, New Jersey; and his grandchildren, Avery Sparenberg, Hanah Sparenberg, Grace Hunter, Morgan Sparenberg, Nate Millington, Ava Hunter, Chase Millington, Luke Millington, Mason Hunter, and Bryce Millington.

His parents; his sister, Diana Kay Sparenberg; and his brother, Jim Sparenberg preceded him.

Friends may visit with Dick’s family from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. A celebration of his life will follow at the funeral home.

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