Berl E. Adams, Robert D. Collins, Cathy Jean Higgins, Charles Michael Turner

Berl E. Adams

Berl E. Adams, 92, of Monroe City, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Golden Living Center in Petersburg.

Born on Oct. 25, 1926, in Knox County, he was the son of James and Clara Adams. Berl enjoyed going to church and serving God. He loved his family. Taking nature walks and watching birds were two of his favorite activities. He retired from the Monroe City Elementary School.

Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Evia Imogene (Stewart) Adams; his children, Evelyn Luzzi and her husband, John, of Hobart, Helen Carroll of Linton, Rosalie Hedge and her husband, John, of Vincennes, Sandra Hittle and her husband, Joe, of Milo, Iowa, Berl L. Adams and his wife, Diane, of Church Point, Louisiana, Tamer Adams and his wife, Wendy, of Monroe City, and Darrell Adams and his wife, Jeanne, of Monroe City; 22 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; his sisters-in-law, Mary Adams and Louise Adams; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first born son, William Isaac Adams; his grandson, William Exton Brockus III; his son-in-law, Timothy Frank Carroll; his sisters, Dorothy Parker and her husband, Roy, Annilee Thompson and her husband, Owen, Ruth Pankake and her husband, John, Gertrude Haines and her husband, Carl, and Caroll Adams; and his brothers, William Adams, Ulysses Adams, and James Adams and his wife, Virginia.

Friends may visit with Berl’s family from 9:30-11 a.m. today at the Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church near Monroe City. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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Robert D. Collins

Robert D. “Bob” Collins, 83, of Washington, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Born on Dec. 16, 1935, in Dubois County, he was the son of Harold Von and Alma (Clements) Collins. Bob was retired after having worked several years at People’s National Bank in Washington and at First National Bank in Rochester. He attended the Free Methodist Church and the Bethel United Methodist Church. A member of the Gideons International, he also served on the Daviess County Hospital Auxiliary.

Surviving are his children, Tami Harrod of Plainfield, Tanya Stoll and her husband, Lynn, of Washington, Traci Abel and her husband, Sam, of Plainfield, Tim Collins and his wife, Cheryl, of Greenville, Ohio, Tom Collins of Washington, and Terry Collins and his wife, Cheryl, of Venice, Florida; his sisters, Rose Sikes of Bloomington, Virginia Flick of French Lick, and Loretta Drake of Paoli; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jennifer Lee Elizabeth (Stamm) Collins; his sisters, Mavis Juarez, Melvin Dougherty, Jackie Rea, Joann McCarty, and Lorena Addis; and his brothers, Leonard, Adrian, and Elbert Collins.

Friends may visit with Bob’s family from 5-8 p.m. today at Goodwin Sievers Funeral Home in Washington. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideons International or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Indiana.

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Cathy Jean Higgins

Cathy Jean Higgins, 63, of Vincennes, passed away at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at her residence.

Cathy was born on Aug. 31, 1955 in Vincennes, the daughter of Junior Lee and Wilma (Stevens) Underhill.

Survivors include her children, Shane Underhill and his wife, Yuka, of Everett, Washington, and Kizzy Higgins of Vincennes; her grandchildren, who she adored and who referred to her as “Nana,” Dakota Lovellette, Kengo Underhill, Keiji Underhill, Nina Underhill and Lena Underhill; and one brother and one sister.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.

Friends may visit with Cathy’s family from 4-6 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to assist the Higgins family with arrangements

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Charles Michael Turner

Charles Michael Turner, 39, of Monroe City, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 with his mother at his side.

Born on Nov. 30, 1979 in Bedford to Charles and Connie (Lanning) Turner, Michael taught Spanish at South Knox High School for several years and tutored math students. He was “the Voice of the South Knox Spartans” boy's and girl's basketball teams and various other sporting events. He was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, National Education Association, and president of the VFW Post 1157 Auxiliary of Vincennes for several years, and volunteered and participated in programs for Riley Hospital, Pets Healing Vets, and Susan G. Komen Walks. Michael graduated from South Knox in 1998 and also from Vincennes University and Indiana State University.

Surviving are his parents, Charles and Connie (Lanning) Turner of Monroe City; his sister, Stacy Rothwell and her husband, Larry, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; his niece and nephew Carson and Grace Rothwell; his uncles Ray Foster and Tim Turner, both of Richmond, Virginia; his aunt, Lois Lanning of Vincennes; his cousins, Brian Lanning of Vincennes, Jeffery Lanning of Texas, and Glenda Schaefer of Vincennes; and his great-aunts, Nancy Battleson of Columbus, Phyllis Lanning of Monroe City, and Doris Creek of Bloomington.

Friends of Michael may visit with the family form 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the South Knox Education Foundation or the Vincennes Animal Shelter. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Michael Turner.


Mary Deerhake, 87, of Bicknell, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital. Arrangements are pending at  Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes and Crematory.


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