Paul Edward Barekman, Lois M. Becktell, Diane Fortner Toth, Sidney B. Gilmore, Elvin E. Hendrixson Jr.

Paul Edward Barekman

Paul Edward Barekman, 59, of Vincennes, died on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. 

He worked in shipping and receiving for Essex Wire for 31 years.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Carey Barekman; his son, Paul Barekman; his daughter, Renee Leydet; his mother, Marilyn Sue Mathews; a sister, Cindy Gardner; and a brother, Kenny Barekman.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to alleviate the burden of funeral expenses.

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Lois M. Becktell

Lois M. (Diggs) Becktell, 95, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019.

She had worked at FW Means/Clean Towel and attended the Free Methodist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty Jones and Cathaleen Balding.

A private service will be conducted, and there will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Humane Society, P.O. Box 564, Lawrenceville, IL 62439. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.

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Diane Fortner Toth

Diane Fortner Toth, 64, of Edinburgh, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 at the St. Francis Hospice House with her family at her bedside.

She was born on Sept. 5, 1954 in Vincennes, the daughter of Paul and Maryann Orey Fortner. She and her husband, Timothy, owned and operated Cherokee Development. She enjoyed taking care of her family and her friends and especially enjoyed cooking for them. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She married Timothy Toth on April 22, 1983 and they made their life together for 31 years until his death in 2014.

She is survived by her children, Dawn Clark and her husband, Ryan, of Fairland, Kristina Martin and her husband, Luke, of Birmingham, Alabama, Matthew Toth and his wife, Briana, of Edinburgh, and Justin Toth, also of Edinburgh; grandchildren Joy Martin, Ethan Martin, Ellie Martin, Jackson Clark and Alexandria Clark; her mother, Maryann Fortner of Vincennes; her brother, Michael Fortner of Newburg; and her sister, Lynn Toth of Santa Claus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Toth, and her father, Paul Fortner.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Father Tony Ernst officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends noon until the hour of services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Francis Hospice House, 8414 Franciscan Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46237.

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Sidney B. Gilmore

Sidney B. Gilmore, 71, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2019, at the Medical Center at Bowling Green after years of declining health.

Born Aug. 12, 1947, in Washington, he was the son of Harley and Anna Pauline Burke Gilmore, and they preceded him in death. Sidney was a graduate of Monroe City High School and graduated with his bachelor's degree in 1969 from Indiana University, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Sidney completed a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University and worked in banking for many years, eventually becoming vice-president of Northern Kentucky Bank and Trust.

Sidney also served in the U.S. Navy and was a supply officer aboard the U.S.S. Constellation during his active duty. He continued his military career as an officer in the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander.

In 1995, Sidney received a law degree from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and he practiced law in Kentucky for several years before retiring due to failing health.

Sidney is survived by his brother, Dr. Samuel J. Gilmore and his, wife, Kathryn, of Kinston, North Carolina; his niece, Anna Maureen Kelley Gilmore of Wallingford, Connecticut; nephews Samuel J. Gilmore Jr. and his wife, Christine, of Wilson, North Carolina, and Joel VanVleet Gilmore and his wife, Theresa, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; and three great-nieces, Madeline, Clair and Ella Grace.

A memorial service with a reception to follow is planned for 11 a.m. on Aug. 24 at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Monroe City.

Elvin E. Hendrixson Jr.

Elvin E. “JR” Hendrixson Jr., 42, of Vincennes, has passed away.

JR was born on Aug. 12, 1977 in Vincennes, the son of Elvin E. Hendrixson Sr. and Vickie Catt Ellerman. He formerly worked for Horizon Construction Co. and enjoyed fishing and tinkering with various items. He enjoyed being with his family in any activity they were evolved in.

He is survived by his sons, Kyle Hendrixson, Carter Hendrixson and Connor Hendrixson, all of Vincennes; his step-father, Arlen Ellerman of Vincennes; a brother, Eli Ellerman of Vincennes; a sister; Em Ellerman of Oceanside, California; and his former wife, Dawn Hendrixson of Vincennes.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Cole and Clint Hendrixson; his mother, Vickie Ellerman; and his father, Elvin E. Hendrixson Sr.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be announced at a later date. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., is honored to assist the Hendrixson family during their time of loss

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M. John Lane, 81, of Vincennes, passed away on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Funeral arrangements are pending at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Vincennes Chapel.


Cardinal, Shirley A., died Aug. 14. Services: 10 a.m. today at St. John’s Catholic Church, 803 Main St. Burial: St. Vincent Cemetery. Visitation: 8 a.m. until the hour of services today at the church. Memorials: Good Samaritan Hospice, 601 S. Ninth St. Vincennes, IN 47591, or the Knights of Columbus, 401 Felt King Drive, Vincennes, IN 47591. Condolences:

Dunbar, Leota Gladys, died Aug. 15. Services: 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association.

Westfall, James J., died Dec. 24, 2018. Celebration of Life: 5-9 p.m. on Aug. 24, Moose Lodge 281, 904 S. 17th St.


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