Lois E. Norris, John M. Rohrer, Richard Charles Williams

Lois E. Norris

Our beloved mother, Lois E. Norris, 83, of Indianapolis, was reunited with the love of her life, Kenny, and her blessed Savior, Jesus, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

Lois Edna Cullop was born to Theodore Harvey Cullop Sr. and Hazel Marie Morley Cullop in Detroit on Nov. 12, 1935. When Lois was an infant, the Cullop family returned home to Bruceville, where Lois grew and attended school.

Soon her brothers joined the family, Theodore Harvey Cullop Jr. and his wife, Jannette, of Bruceville, both deceased, and William Thomas Cullop and his wife, Ann, of Anderson. Then God answered her young prayers and gave her two sisters, Senora Cullop Wilson and her husband, Jerry, of Greenfield, and Nancy Cullop Byrne and her husband, the late Dan Byrne, Dan, of Venice, Florida. After graduating from Bruceville High School in 1953, Lois attended Vincennes University where she studied home economics.

She met and fell in love with Kenneth Eugene Norris of Sandborn. They were married Jan. 6, 1955, and moved to Indianapolis, where they made a home and raised their family. They had just celebrated 49 years of marriage when Kenny passed in 2004. They were active members of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and were involved in many of the church’s programs.

Lois and Kenny were proud and devoted parents to Sally Ann Cope and her husband, Brian, of Algonquin, Illinois, Penny Lynn Bond and her husband, Ron, of Indianapolis, Lorraine Marie Taylor and her husband, Chuck, of Carmel, Karen Elaine Sylvester and her husband, Jeff, of Fortville, Julie Kay Bullard and her husband, Doug, of Indianapolis, and Daniel Alan Norris and his wife, Susan, of Beech Grove. They blessed her with 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren whom Lois loved and prayed for, and all of them survive her.

Lois spent her professional career in the bookkeeping field, working in the accounting department for the Indiana Department of Transportation 16 years before retiring in 2001.

For the past 14 years Lois cherished a special friendship with Richard E. Cox who preceded her in death.

Lois’s home was a welcome place where love, laughter, and noise abounded and where she held the needs of others high above her own. She was a homemaker, peacemaker, seamstress, referee, caregiver, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and a faithful prayer warrior for her growing family and others. Often her Irvington home yard was filled with extra cousins and neighborhood kids.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at Flanner Buchanan-Washington Park East in Indianapolis. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services at 11 a.m. on Monday at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Burial will be at 4 p.m. on Monday in Sandborn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International.

John M. Rohrer

John M. Rohrer, 61, of Lafayette, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at Franciscan Health Lafayette East.

He was born on Dec. 6, 1957, in Vincennes to the late Milton and Bonnie (Foster) Rohrer. John was a 1976 graduate of Lincoln High School. He received his associate degree in robotics from Vincennes University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University. He was a six-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

On Oct. 11, 2003, he married Sherri Wolf in Lafayette and she survives. John worked as a trainman for CSX Railroad. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Wildcat Gun Club and Smart Transportation Union.

John enjoyed shooting guns, playing cards, reading, watching movies, golfing, visiting with friends and family and going to the pond and watching the geese and ducks He was an avid Purdue, Colts, Bears and Cubs fan.

Surviving along with his wife are his sister, Linda Rice of Lawrenceville, Illinois; his aunt, Dorothy Rohrer; his uncle, Dr. Pat McMillen; his sister-in-law, Bev Wolf; and many special nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by his sisters Brenda Rohrer, Sandy Donnoe, and his dogs Buster and Gunner.

A special thanks to Dr. Narayan, nurses and Ryan, because you are our angels on earth and we love you all.

Visitation will be from noon until the hour of services at 2 p.m. on Friday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, with Pastor Rick Ryan officiating. The family requests that those attending dress casually. Interment will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Horizon Oncology.

You may sign the guest book, leave memories and photos at www.soller-baker.com.

Richard Charles Williams

Richard Charles Williams, 86, of Vincennes, went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.

Richard was born in Vincennes on March 16, 1933 to the late G. Raymond Williams and Elsie T. (Hess) Williams. He was a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church and was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus. He was a devoted member of the U. S. Air Force, from which he was retired. He served his country courageously in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. Richard was employed by Valley Electric of Vincennes. 

He is survived by his children, Rick  Williams and his wife, Maureen, of Troutdale, Oregon, Teresa Flory and her husband, Jeff, of Vincennes, Katheryn Litalien and her husband, Jim, of Ogden, Utah, Charles Ford Williams and his wife, Vickie, of Harrisville, Utah, and Karen Dierker and her husband, Joe, of Lonedell, Missouri; his grandchildren, William Tyler Earley and his wife, Tiffani, Cameron Earley, J. Levi Flory, Lindsey Flory, Amber Lewis and her husband, Dustin, Justin Williams, Jennifer Schuchman and her husband, Craig, Jeremy Ford, Laura Francisco and her husband, Richard, Michael Dierker, and John Paul Dierker and his wife, Dawn; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn Sue Ford; three brothers; and four sisters.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. on at St. Thomas Catholic Church, 6268 S. Street Thomas Road. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Washington. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

FUNERALS

Gilmore, Sidney B., died March 11. Services: 11 a.m. on Saturday at Walnut Grove United Methodist Church, Monroe City.

Richards, Roy C., died Aug. 15. Services: 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday at the Russellville, Illinois, Community Church. Memorials: Beadle Bunch Relay For Life or a Relay For Life of your choice.

Westfall, James J., died Dec. 24, 2018. Celebration of Life: 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Moose Lodge 281, 904 S. 17th St.

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