Helen C. Edwards, Michael Bevan Jones, Shirley C. Jones, Philip K. Taylor

Helen C. Edwards

Helen C. Edwards, 91, formerly of Bruceville, passed away peacefully in Michigan on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, where she was cared for in her daughter's home for two years.  

Helen was born May 28, 1922, in Vincennes, the daughter of Samuel and Marie (Dahms) Pipher. She married Ralph L. Edwards on June 28, 1940, and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1983. During World War II, Helen worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” building P-38 airplanes for Lockheed. Later she worked for Brock Monument as an artist doing headstone layout work. She was also a house mother at Vincennes University during the last few years of her career. Helen was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary, and a lifetime member of the Northwest Art Guild. She was a gifted artist.

Helen is survived by her sons, Ralph L. Edwards Jr. and his wife, Rosalee, of Lexington, Ky., and Mark L. Edwards and his wife, Martha, of Grove City, Ohio; daughters, Kay Clevenger and her husband, Jay, of Indianapolis, and Patricia A. Putnam and her husband, Joseph, of Three Oaks, Mich.; grandchildren, Jennifer Edwards, Laura Edwards Probus and her husband, David, Shannon Edwards Points and her husband, Robert, and Kristy, Matthew and Cassie Putnam; and great-grandchildren, Anna Probus, Brandon and Sawyer Edwards; brothers, Robert Pipher of Vincennes, William Pipher and his wife, Ruby, of Vincennes, and Larry Pipher of Bloomington; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Edwards; her parents; two sisters, Bea Stevens and Dorothy Brasseur; and a brother, Ralph Pipher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church. She will be laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 9-9:45 a.m. on Saturday at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.fredrickandson.com.

Michael Bevan Jones

BICKNELL — Michael Bevan Jones, 62, of Dearborn, Mich., has died.

He was the devoted son of David and Dorothy Jones of Dearborn, Mich., by way of Bicknell.

He is survived by his brother, Tom Jones and his wife, Linda; daughters Bridget Chernauckas and her husband, Rob, Stephanie Lombard and her husband, Sam, and Susanne Maiberger and her husband, Kurt; and grandchildren Zac, Mathieu, Michon, Jake, Michael, Sammy and Victor.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday at Bicknell United Methodist Church, 309 W. Third St.

Arrangements were handled by Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Bicknell Chapel.

Shirley C. Jones

LAFAYETTE — Shirley C. Jones, 97, of West Lafayette, died Friday, May 16, 2014, at Rosewalk Village.

She was born May 24, 1916, in Fredericksburg, Va., to the late Herman and Ella Albrecht. Shirley graduated from Bruceville High School and was married to Karl K. Jones and he preceded her in death on May 8, 1993. She had been a bookkeeper for Robinson Clay Products and a hairdresser. Shirley volunteered at Home Hospital in the patient service area and received the Community Volunteer Award of Greater Lafayette in 1992.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Soller-Baker West Chapel, 1184 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette. Entombment will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in West Lafayette. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Rosewalk Village of Lafayette, 1903 Union St., Lafayette, IN 47904.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.soller-baker.com.

Philip K. Taylor

NOBLESVILLE — Philip K. Taylor, 61, of Noblesville, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on Sunday, May 18, 2014, just one month after his diagnosis with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Born Feb. 7, 1953, in Vincennes to Leland and Mida Taylor, Phil had a passion for life that was driven by his ever-present thirst for knowledge and an unmatched devotion to his family, his friends, and even those he did not know but hoped to help.

Phil cherished fond memories of his time in Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in classical studies from Indiana University in 1974. Phil then studied at Vincennes University to become a registered nurse, the profession through which he would meet the love of his life, Karen Kender. Karen and Phil were married in 1978 and became proud parents of Amber in 1982 and Marla in 1984. As an adoring husband and doting father, Phil brought endless joy, love, and laughter to his family. When Karen suddenly lost her life in 1996, Phil quickly filled the role of both parents, lovingly raising the girls to become strong, smart, and caring adults, just like their mom and dad.

While serving as a psychiatric nurse, he was beloved by his patients and colleagues for his patience, positive attitude, and devoted care. More recently, as a clinical consultant, Phil touched the lives of new friends and colleagues throughout the country where he shared his passion for teaching, solving problems, and learning from others.

As he did throughout every challenge in life, Phil maintained his strength, positive attitude, and devotion to his family throughout his last month with us. His warmth, intelligence, and humor will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue through the unforgettable memories he gave us all.

He is survived by his brothers, Elliott Taylor and Bruce Taylor; his daughters Amber Kemper and her husband, Michael, and Marla Taylor and her husband, Alex Tachtiris; and his granddaughters, Hallie and Zoey Kemper, both of whom brought him such joy.

A celebration of Phil’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center at Hamilton Memorial Park, 4180 Westfield Road, Noblesville, with a private burial to follow. Visitation will be from noon until the hour of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the Taylor family requests for remembrances to be made through donations in honor of Phil to one of his charities of choice: Futures for Children at http://www.futuresforchildren.org or WFYI at http://www.wfyi.org.

Online condolences may be made at http://www.flannerbuchanan.com.


Blackburn, Mary Jo, died May 18. Funeral: 1 p.m. Friday, Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with Pastor Debbie Salters officiating. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. Until the hour of service Friday. Memorials: to the family to defray expenses. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Miller, Jimmy J., died May 19. Funeral: 11 a.m. CDT Friday at Trinity Pentecostal Church in Lawrenceville, Ill. Memorials: the family or Good Samaritan Hospice. Condolences: http://www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com.

Rinehart, Ruel, died May 16. Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday, Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the hour of service Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials: Knox County Humane Society, 405 C Main St., Vincennes, IN 47591; Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011; American Heart Association AHA/ASA, 3816 Payshere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Thompson, Vera Overton, died May 19. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Friday, First Church of God, 1408 E. Saint Clair St., with Rev. Georg Karl officiating. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials: First Church of God or Gentle Care. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Tromley, George L., died May 17. Funeral: 6 p.m. Thursday, Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences: http://www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.