Dorothy R. Miller, James Robert Smith

Dorothy R. Miller

Dorothy R. Miller, 93, of Mitchell, passed away at 12:58 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 at IU Health in Bedford.

She was born in Mitchell on Feb. 21, 1926 to Everett Gaines and Murl (Todd) Gaines. Dorothy married Gerald W. Miller in 1946 and he preceded her in death in 1986. Dorothy was a homemaker and beautician. She was a graduate of Mitchell High School Class of 1943.

Survivors include her son and caregiver, Steven Miller of Mitchell; one grandson, Anthony Miller of Hudson, Florida; and a great-granddaughter, Katalyn Miller of Hudson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Andrew Gaines, Jim Gaines and Dick Gaines; and a sister, Evelyn Davidson

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Friday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home.

James Robert Smith

James Robert “Jim” Smith, 67, of Vincennes, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

Born in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on Aug. 18, 1951, to Don and Barbara (Crowley) Smith, Jim was raised in Vincennes. He was a true entrepreneur, starting many new ventures such as Photo Pro, Quick Rent Video, Platinum Farms, Holiday Fireworks, and many others. In 1979, he and his brother, Randy, founded Midwest Marketing, a watermelon brokerage company, and they operated it for 37 years. In the winter months, he loved taking on new hobbies such as woodworking, building model airplanes, breeding aquarium fish, and starting small business ventures.

Jim was a lover of music who always had a song in his heart. In high school, he played trumpet in the marching band. He led barbershop groups, sang lead in The Commanders Quartet, and led choirs, cantatas, and Christmas plays. He served the Lord at Cornerstone Ministries as the worship director and treasurer.

Jim, like his father, kept up with technology from having video equipment for making family Christmas videos before the days of computerized video editing software, to installing and operating the latest song presentation software at the church.

Jim is remembered as a family man who loved spending time with his siblings, children and grandchildren, whether it was watching TV, playing games, reminiscing, or just being together. His style of fun was being hospitable and making fun for the ones he loved. Recently, he re-kindled a love for fishing and boating. He and his wife, Carrie, bought a home off Sullivan Lake and a pontoon boat and enjoyed several fishing and water sport excursions with various family members.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carrie; sons Toby, Sean and his wife, Andrea, Kyle and his wife, Emily, and Ryan Fields; daughters, Amberlee Berry and her husband, Mike, and Robin Anglin; 14 grandchildren; his sisters Sharon Speth and her husband, Larry, and Dolores Tyner and her husband, Mike; and his brothers RandySmith and his wife, Pam, Rick Smith, and Mick Smith and his companion, Sandi Decker.

Preceding his passing were his parents, Don R. Smith and Barbara Smith, and an infant daughter, Shirley.

Friends, family, and others whose lives were touched by Jim are invited to a visitation from 4-8 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Cornerstone Ministries, 4370 N. U.S. 41. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Afterwards, friends and family are invited to Cornerstone Ministries for a dinner.  In lieu of flowers, please honor Jim’s memory by donating to the non-profit adoption foundation, Show Hope, at www.showhope.org.

FUNERALS

Biehl, Ralph Edward, died Aug. 10. Services: 1 p.m. on Thursday 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. on Thursday 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

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