Robert Boyer, Steven E. Decker, Sharon Lee Like, Charles Evans Roberts, Gloria Ellen Swettenam, Bonnie J. Wendhausen
Robert “Bob” Boyer, 90, of Vincennes, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at GentleCare Nursing Home.
Born on Aug. 8, 1929, in Vincennes, he was the son of Robert and Anna Clara (Brown) Boyer. Bob had retired as an assistant chief after 23 years on the Vincennes Fire Dept. He enjoyed woodworking, family carpentry, and helping his son, Mike, build houses. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he served during the Korean War. His memberships included the American Legion and the Bruceville Rod and Gun Club.
Surviving are his wife, Norma (McClellan) Boyer; his children, Karen VanKirk of Vincennes and Michael Boyer and his wife, Barbara, of Vincennes; his granddaughters, Rachel Garrett and her husband, Greg, of Morganfield, Kentucky, and Sarah Carie and her husband, Matt, of Vincennes; and his great-grandchildren, Makayla Carie, Maggie Carie, Wade Carie, Landon Henry, and Madison Garrett.
His parents; a son, Robert E. Boyer Jr.; a son-in-law, Ervin VanKirk; and a sister, Helen McNeece, preceded him.
Funeral services will be noon on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.
Steven E. Decker
Steven E. Decker, 74, of Vincennes, passed away on Tuesday Jan.14, 2020 at Good Samaritan Hospital with his family at his bedside.
Steven was born on June 20, 1945, in Vincennes, the son of Wendell H. and Clementine “Sis” Primus Decker. He was a lifelong farmer, raising registered Oxford sheep and various livestock. He was a 1963 graduate of Decker High School and a graduate of Purdue University having attained his degree in agronomy. He married Darlene White on Dec. 28, 1974, and they made their life together for over 45 years. He was a 4-H leader for over 20 years, held memberships in the American Oxford Sheep Association, the Purdue Alumni Association, and Farm Bureau. He attended the Decker Chapel Methodist Church. He loved the land and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Darlene Decker; their children, Ann Hitt and her husband, Dusty, of Carlisle, and Rex Decker and his wife, Bobbi, of Vincennes; grandchildren Makayla Hitt, Corban Hitt, Chloe Decker and Adron Decker; a sister-in-law, Jane Decker of Hazleton; a niece, Julie Dewig and her husband, Rob; a nephew, Alan Decker; and his several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Don Decker.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Pastors Evelyn Owens and Sam Palito officiating. Steven will be laid to rest near his parents in the Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends 3-7 p.m. on Friday and prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Knox County 4-H Livestock Committee or the South Knox Education Foundation. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist the Decker family during their time of loss
Online condolences can be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com.
Sharon Lee Like
Sharon Lee Like, 86, of Bloomington and formerly of Wheatland, passed peacefully from this world on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.
Sharon was born on Aug. 18, 1933, in Sullivan to James Harvey and Ernestine Smith. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Sharon attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis but heading into her senior year her family moved to the small town of Wheatland where her dad ran a small drug store. As might be imagined, a teenaged girl was less than thrilled to be moving from a city like Indianapolis to a small rural town. However, it was there that she met her future husband, Cameron Keith Like. Sharon graduated from Wheatland High School in 1951 and later from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1954.
During her career as a nurse she worked at the Good Samaritan Hospital as well as a local nursing home. But it was her 23 years as the school nurse at South Knox High School that was her passion. She so loved working there and enjoyed the students so much. She retired as the school nurse in May 1999 but continued working at the school as the attendance officer for a few more years. Until she was not able to attend she enjoyed the monthly “Lunch Bunch” gathering of her nursing school classmates.
Sharon married Cameron Keith Like on Sept. 12, 1954 and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in 2019. Sharon and Keith had a wonderful marriage and enjoyed traveling, camping, and anything to do with their children and grandchildren. They hauled their four children throughout the United States in their pickup truck camper providing many wonderful memories and exciting experiences. After the children were grown they upgraded their camper and continued traveling around the region. On many outings the children and grandchildren were able to join Sharon and Keith on their adventures.
Sharon was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren and never missed a chance to tell them how much she loved them and how proud of them she was. They will all miss the sound of her voice, her hugs, and the kiss on the back of their necks.
Sharon is survived by her husband of 65 years, Keith Like; her children, Steve Like and his wife, Mary, ofPhoenix, Jeff Like and his wife, Renita, of Richmond, Virginia, Lisa Pagano and her husband, Brian, of Deer Park, Illinois, and Lance Like and his wife, Karen, of Bloomington. In addition, she is survived by 18 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Margaret (Dougherty) Smith, and her brother, James Gary Smith.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the South Knox Education Foundation, 6116 East Ind. 61, Vincennes, IN 47591, where a scholarship fund for future nurses will be established. Condolences may be sent to: Keith Like at Apt. 1239, 901 S. Hastings Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401, or sent to the family online at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.
Charles Evans Roberts
Charles Evans Roberts, 102, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020.
He was a World War II veteran.
He is survived by his daughters Cheryl Sink and Cindy Spillman.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. CST on Sunday at First Christian Church with Pastors Tom Akers and Jeff Shick officiating. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville City Cemetery. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. CST until the hour of services on Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1407 State St., Lawrenceville, IL 62439.
Online condolences may be made at www.cunninghamfuneralhomes.com.
Gloria Ellen Swettenam
Gloria Ellen Swettenam, 84, of Seymour, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on March 28, 1935 in Vincennes to the late E. C. and Naomi Retha (Cornett) Hamke. On Dec. 28, 1955, in Marshall, Illinois, Gloria married Leo Swettenam Jr.; he survives. She obtained her teaching degree from Vincennes University and taught in Olney, Illinois. She was a homemaker, wife, mother and grandmother who loved caring for her family.
Gloria is survived by her husband of 64 years, Leo Swettenam Jr.; her daughter, Deborah Sue Swettenam and her partner, Linda Humphreys; son, Michael T. Swettenam and his wife, Nancy Scott; and a grandson, Evan Alexander Scott Swettenam
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, JoeAnn Hamke Meier, Betty Jean Hamke Miller and Edna Lois Hamke Wagner.
Funeral services will be 6 p.m. on Friday at Voss & Sons Funeral Service. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. until the hour of services at the funeral on Friday.
Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.
Bonnie J. Wendhausen
Bonnie J. Wendhausen, 73, of Bicknell, died on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.
She was a member of the Bicknell Pilgrim Holiness Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Patsy Wendhausen
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. on Thursday at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Odon.
Online condolences may be made at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.
Cavanaugh, Barbara Ann, died Nov. 7, 2019. Services: 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 25 at The Harmony Society, 111 N. Second St.
Duesterberg, Virginia L., died Dec. 24. Services: 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 803 Main St. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Memorials: Christian Education Foundation, 229 Church St., Vincennes, IN 47591; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Suite 810, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80246; or the Daniel J. Duesterberg Scholarship Fund, in care of the Department of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.
Hughes, Rodger Wayne, died Jan. 11. Services: 1 p.m. CST today at the Hi-Way Church of God. Burial: Petty Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m. CST until the hour of services today at the church. Condolences: www.emmonsmaceysteffey.com
McFarland, Walter II, died Dec. 15. Services: 1 p.m. on Saturday at Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home, 505 Main St. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Jan. 18 at the funeral home.
McKee, Doris, died Jan. 11. Services: 3 p.m. on Sunday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Visitation: 1 p.m. until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials: Community United Methodist Church, 1548 S. Hart Street Road, Vincennes, IN 47591.
Obituary information should be submitted through a funeral home. An individual may submit an obituary but must pay in advance and provide The Sun-Commercial with a copy of the death certificate of the subject.
A cost estimate can be provided in advance of publication upon request.
The deadline for submitting an obituary for Tuesday through Friday editions is 4 p.m. Eastern time the preceding day. The deadline for Saturday editions will be 5 p.m. on the preceding Friday.
Submit obituaries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sun-Commercial offers both a free and paid obituary option.
Free obituaries are published for current residents of Knox County and Lawrence County, Illinois, and include the following information:
• Name, age, city or town of residence and date of death.
• Occupation or last place of employment if retired.
• Military service.
• Church membership.
• Survivors: Spouse or partner, children, parents, and siblings, with step- and half-relatives included.
• Time, date and location of visitation, funeral and burial.
• One memorial contribution.
• Web site at which online condolences may be made.
• Free obituaries are available only within two weeks of the date of death.
Paid obituaries may contain additional information and can be published for current as well as former residents of the area. Prepayment may be required for obituaries of former residents from outside the area.
Submitted obituaries will be formatted to comply with both The Sun-Commercial and Associated Press publication styles. An example of the formatting is available upon request.
Additional information included in a paid obituary may include:
• A life history such as date and location of birth, parents' names, wedding date and spouse's maiden name, educational attainments (high school, college degrees, etc.), work history, awards and honors received, hobbies and favorite activities, memberships in clubs, organizations and associations, expanded military service record, etc.
• Additional survivors and their spouses, partners or companions (who will be listed as "John Doe and his wife, Jane, of Everytown, Illinois.").
• Those who preceded the subject in death and their cities or towns of residence if desired.
• Notes of thanks or appreciation to caregivers or facilities.
• Additional memorials.
A photo of the deceased may be added for a $10 charge; a second photo of the deceased may be added for an additional $10. The Sun-Commercial reserves the right not to publish photos of poor quality or that are in bad taste.
Obituaries will be uploaded to The Sun-Commercial web site at www.suncommercial.com.
For more information contact Gayle R. Robbins at 812-886-9955, ext. 2449 or at email@example.com.