Leo M Buhr, Shirley A. Cardinal, Leota Gladys Dunbar, Robert E. Menke

Leo M Buhr

Leo M Buhr, 58, of Oaktown, died on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

He worked at Farbest in Huntingburg

Survivors include his daughters, Sam Adam, Heather Gilliham, Kayla Montgomery and Molly Buhr; eight sisters; and two brothers.

Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes and Crematory Oaktown Chapel assisted the family in cremation arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.fredrickandson.com.

Shirley A. Cardinal

Shirley A. Cardinal 84, of Vincennes, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

Shirley was born June 19, 1935 in Sullivan County to the late Charles and Ruby (Pigg) Meier. She was a 1952 graduate of Lincoln High School and owned and operated Cardinal Liquor Store for 21 years. Shirley was a devoted member of St. John’s Catholic Church and was very active in preparing bereavement meals. She was a kind soul who found joy in helping others. Shirley was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bunco Group (which she founded in 1955), and Euchre players of the K of C.

Shirley leaves behind her loving husband of 64 years, Dale Cardinal; two sons, both of Vincennes, Edward Cardinal and his wife, Jody, and Rick Cardinal and his wife, Sherri; a daughter, Tammy Bilskie  and her husband, Ronnie, of Vincennes; grandchildren Derek Cardinal, Brandt and Jaime Greer, Brock Cardinal, Rebecca Wonning, Ty and Jared DeBuisseret, Brandon and Ben Bilskie; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Faye Polarek; and two brothers, Charles Meier and his wife, Dixie, and Tom Meier and his wife, Sue.

Shirley was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Thomas and Shelby Cardinal.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church, 803 Main St., with Father Tony Ernstand and Deacon Clete Yochum officiating. Burial will be in St. Vincent Cemetery. The family will accept guests from 8 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 601 S. Ninth St. Vincennes, IN 47591, or the Knights of Columbus, 401 Felt King Drive, Vincennes, IN 47591. Arrangements entrusted to Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Vincennes Chapel.

You may leave an online condolence at www.fredrickandson.com

Leota Gladys Dunbar

Leota Gladys Dunbar, 84, of Indianapolis and formerly of Sullivan, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 at Harrison Terrace.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1934 in Knox County, the daughter of William Cecil McClure and Helen Mallory McClure. Gladys graduated from Bruceville High School in 1952 and married William T. “Bill” Dunbar on June 5, 1960. She was a homemaker and worked at the Sullivan Daily Times as circulation manager.

Survivors include her son, James David Dunbar of Indianapolis; two daughters, Melissa Dunbar of Indianapolis and Susan Dunbar of Sullivan; and her beloved friend and caretaker, Lois Ford of Greenwood. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Dunbar; a son, John Cecil Dunbar; three brothers, George McClure, Raymond McClure and Paul McClure; and three sisters, Daisy Bishop, Helen Agnus Smith and Betty McClure.

Graveside services will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Bicknell Memorial Cemetery, formerly Odd Fellows Cemetery, with Rev. David Cox officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Brust Funeral Home.

Robert E. Menke

Robert E. Menke, 91, of Vincennes, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his family.

He was born on March 23, 1928 in Indianapolis to Edward and Florence (Martin) Menke. Bob was the owner of Menke Oil Co. and after retirement spent many years working at Goodwin Funeral Home. He was past president of the Kiwanis Club and was a member of the Bicknell School Board. Bob attended the First Church of God in Vincennes and was an avid sports fan as he loved going to Indiana University football games. More than that, Bob loved traveling with his wife, Suzan, and spending time with his family.

On May 23, 1948, he married LaVirda (Johnson) Menke who preceded him in death in 2010. He was twice blessed when he married his current wife, Suzan, on May 6, 2012.

Surviving are his wife, Suzan Menke of Bruceville; six children, Brenda Burke and her husband, Sam, of Indianapolis, Susan Rode and her husband, Steve, of Brownsburg, Jim Menke and his wife, Randi, of Vincennes, Jane Hunckler and her husband, Greg, of Avon, Nancy Utt and her husband, Tim, of Vincennes and Steve Menke and his wife, Jeri, of Panama City Beach, Florida; a step-son, Jared Doyle of Bloomington; his brothers-in-law, Denny Williams and Ferdie Williams and his wife, Jean, of Vincennes; along with 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, LaVirda (Johnson) Menke; his sisters, Pat Snyder, Verea Menke; and his brothers, Kenneth and Dick Menke.

A Celebration of Life was held on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at the First Church of God in Vincennes with Dr. Georg Karl officiating. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to RETT Syndrome Research or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in honor of the people that he loved. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Bob Menke.

Online expressions may be sent at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com


Lois M. (Diggs) Becktell, 95, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. Arrangements are pending with Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home.

Elvin E. “JR” Hendrixson, 42, of Vincennes.  Arrangements are pending at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.

John W. Scarber, 70, of Bicknell. Arrangements are pending at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler-Shaw Chapel. 

Diane Fortner Toth, 64, of Edinburgh. Arrangements are pending at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.


Biehl, Ralph Edward, died Aug. 10. Services: 1 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences: at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Fischer, Elizabeth Ann, died Aug. 10. Services: 1 p.m. today at Fredrick & Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. Burial: Westlawn Cemetery, Farmersburg. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com

Miller, Dorothy R., died Aug. 12, Services: 1 p.m. on Friday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial: Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home.

Smith, James Robert, died Aug. 11. Services: 10 a.m. today at Cornerstone Ministries, 4370 N. U.S. 41. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials: Show Hope, at www.showhope.org.

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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