Wildas A. Christy, John Scott Gray, Charles Leroy Hoke Jr., Herbert Martin Schlotterbeck Jr.

Wildas A. Christy

Wildas A. Christy, 83, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born on April 12, 1936 in Lawrenceville, the daughter of Curtis “Turk” Hill and Berneice J. (Johnson) Hill. She married Bob Christy on March 25, 1956, and he preceded her in death on June 5, 2013.

Wildas worked as a doctor's assistant for Dr. Tom Kirkwood, then as a bookkeeper for Christy Texaco as well as Lou’s in Bridgeport, Illinois. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Lawrenceville. She was a director and leader for the Lawrence County Camp Fire Girls, a member of a card club, and was very active in her class reunions. Wildas was described as the anchor of Nob Hill. Her children’s friends spent countless hours at the Christy residence while growing up.

Survivors include one son, Bob Christy and his wife, Kristi, of Sumner, Illinois; one daughter, Peggy Frederick and her husband, Dan, of Lawrenceville three sisters: Carolyn Fitch and her husband, Ed, of Champaign, Illinois, Julie Shick and her husband, David, of rural Lawrenceville, and Marilyn Wagner and her husband, Don, of Lawrenceville; three grandchildren: Riley Christy and his wife, Amber, Dana Goodwin and her husband, Josh, and Kaleb Christy; and one great-granddaughter, Rylan Goodwin.

Preceding Wildas in death were her parents and husband.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. CDT on Friday at Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. CDT on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or to Lawrence Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens.

Please visit www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com to view the tribute and to send condolences.

John Scott Gray

With great sadness, the family of John S. Gray, 83, of Bloomington, announces his death on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

John was born on Aug.30, 1935 in Lawrenceville, Illinois, and spent his childhood in Vincennes where he graduated from Lincoln High School. John graduated from Indiana University with a degree in finance and he was a member of ROTC and the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

John lived in Jasper for 35 years and worked at Wabash Valley Produce. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Indiana Air National Guard. Upon retirement, John and his wife relocated to Bloomington, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church. John was a man of deep faith, an ardent sports fan, an avid reader, and an American history enthusiast.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy (Seal) Gray; his two children, Elizabeth and Bryan; and two grandchildren, Mark and Marie.

Memorial services to celebrate his life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. A reception will follow after the memorial service in the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home Catering Reception Center. Private inurnment will be held at Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in Bloomington

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.DayDeremiahFrye.com

Charles Leroy Hoke Jr.

Charles Leroy Hoke Jr., 76, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

He had worked at the Lawrenceville Walmart and attended Calvary Apostolic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Beverley Sue (Smedley) Hoke; sons Charles Scot Hoke and Robert Charles Hoke; a step-son, John Swinehart; daughters Lori (Hoke) Keeran and Michelle (Hoke) Gleason; and a brother, Mike Hoke.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. CDT on Wednesday at Glasser Funeral Home in Bridgeport, Illinois, with Pastor Sechrest officiating with Masonic Rites. Visitation will be 5 p.m. CDT until the hour of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. His wishes were to be cremated with burial at a later date. Glasser Funeral Home is trusted with the arrangements.

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

Herbert Martin Schlotterbeck Jr.

Herbert Martin “Herb” Schlotterbeck Jr., 80, a resident of Bloom at Kokomo, died of natural causes at 12:35 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, with his family present to bring him comfort and to surround him with love.

Born in Hagerstown, Maryland on Nov. 14, 1938, Herb was the son and youngest child of the late Herbert M. Schlotterbeck Sr. and S. Esther (Hutson) Schlotterbeck. The Schlotterbecks were long-time members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

In 1956, Herb was a member of the last class to graduate from Hagerstown High School. He gathered with his classmates in October 2016 for a 60th reunion in Hagerstown. Herb attended Wittenberg University in the 1960s and graduated from Hamma School of Theology, now Trinity Lutheran Seminary, in 1966. Herb also studied child developmental psychology.

As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Herb first served the congregation at Grace Lutheran Church, in Dover, Ohio, as associate pastor and organist until 1970, when he and his family relocated to Vincennes for a calling to serve as pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In 1984, he joined the staff at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Kokomo, as associate pastor and minister of music. Herb also privately taught voice to several students while in Kokomo.

After moving from Kokomo to Indianapolis, where he lived for more than 25 years, Herb became an active member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints and supporter of Damien Center. He loved gardening and put his green thumb to use at the Nuthatch Bed & Breakfast and around his home at Franklin Trails, where he had been on the board of the Homeowners’ Association.

Throughout his life, Herb embodied the colorful and passionate soul of an artist, musician, and performer. Among his many endeavors, he was an avid participant in community performing arts as an actor, director, and set designer for multiple productions of the Old Town Players in Vincennes, including runs of “The Second Shepherds’ Play” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” and with the Kokomo Civic Theater. Herb was also a long-time season ticket holder for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, sang with the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, supported Indy Film Fest, and volunteered at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Herb is survived by his former wife, friend, and caregiver, Carol J. (Olson) Schlotterbeck; his eldest child and daughter, Amy L. (Schlotterbeck) Lucas and her husband, James E. Lucas Jr.; his daughter, Lara C. Schlotterbeck; his son, Geoffrey D. (Schlotterbeck) Hutson and his husband, Thommy J. (Wojciechowski) Hutson; his granddaughters, Brittany J. Lucas, Emily M. Lucas, and Harper A. Hutson; and several other close relatives.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia A. (Schlotterbeck) Thomas.

A memorial service and celebration of Herb’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a gesture in Herb’s honor are encouraged to support the local arts in Indiana and make a donation to the Kokomo Symphonic Society (kokomosymphony.com, 765-236-0251), Dance Kaleidoscope (dancekal.org, 317-940-6555), another favorite performing arts organization, or the Episcopal Church of All Saints (allsaintsindy.org, 317-635-2538).

Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Kokomo, has been entrusted with arrangements.

Messages of condolence may be left online at www.shirleyandstout.com.


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