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Christy Drane

Mar 12, 1980 - Nov 06, 2023

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Sullivan, IN

Christy Dawn Drane A beloved daughter, sister, mother, niece, cousin, and friend gained her angels wings far too soon, at 43, on November 6, 2023, at 12:43 AM at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in Moberly, MO on March 12, 1980, to Edward L. Drane and Patricia R. Wolfe. Christy attended Sullivan Elementary and High School. She lived with her longtime friend and love of 23 years Thane Boles in Sullivan. She was a beloved mother to Tyler Lee Drane (Mackenzie) of Sullivan, Kyra R...Read More

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Virginia McKee Gilman

Aug 18, 1925 - Feb 27, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Sullivan, Virginia McKee Gilman, passed away on 27 February at The Waters at Sullivan Skilled Nursing Facility. Born August 18,1925 to Albert and Verna McKee in Hymera. Virginia was the eldest of five siblings. She graduated from Hymera High School in 1943 and worked for a period of time for the Milwaukee Railroad. She married Robert (Bob) Gilman in 1946 and over the next eight years gave birth to three sons. She began attending Indiana State Teachers College one night per week and became a student there full-time in 1958. In 1962 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Indiana State College with a major in English education and a minor in Health. She did her student teaching at Sullivan High School and was hired as a member of the English department after graduation. She was a classroom teacher for the first few years of her career but completed her Masters Degree in Guidance in 1965 from Indiana State University. Most who knew her during her time at Sullivan High School knew her as a guidance counselor there for 25 years and eventually as the Dean of Girls before her retirement after 28 years at Sullivan High School. Having lived in Hymera all of her life, Virginia moved to Sullivan in 1972 where she lived on West Wolfe Street. She enjoyed walking across the road to go to work at the high school as well as watching and listening to the sounds of baseball and football games nearby. After her retirement she remained active in Sullivan County Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority, and as a volunteer for many years at Sullivan County Community Hospital. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Hymera for many years. Her first love, however, always was her family. Whether it was her children, her grandchildren or, in recent years, her great grandchildren, Virginia was the proud matriarch of an extended family. She was frequently present to witness as many important events as possible in the lives of her loved ones and took pride in their athletic, academic, and professional accomplishments. Preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Dale McKee and Bill McKee, her sister Beverly Rogers, her husband Bob, and her grandson’s wife, Amanda Gilbert Gilman. Virginia is survived by her sister Nancy Shriner (William), three sons, Robert of Shelburn, Jim (Jeffri) of Bethesda, Maryland, and Terry (Anita) who lives in Farmersburg. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Sarah Bryant (Kevin), Ryan Gilman (Hilary), Andrew Gilman (Aprill), Katy Gilman, Emily Gilman, and Caleb Gilman as well as 8 great grandchildren. She will be missed by all. The family wishes to express their appreciation to The Waters of Sullivan and Viaquest hospice for their care for Virginia during the last months of her life. Visitation will take place on Sunday March 3, 2024 from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Holmes Memorial Chapel in Sullivan. The funeral service will be on Monday March 4, 2024 at 11:00 am. with Pastor Jeffrey and Robin Blansett officiating. Burial will follow at K of P cemetery in Hymera. To to the family or in memory of Virginia (McKee) Gilman, please

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James William Koenig

Jan 05, 1936 - Feb 23, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

James "Jim" William Koenig, a lifetime resident of Carlisle, beloved by family and friends, entered into the presence of Jesus, on February 23, 2024 at Sullivan County Community Hospital. Jim was born in Sullivan IN on January 5, 1936 to Norman and Helen (Hoke) Koenig. He was a 1953 graduate of Carlisle High School and married his loving wife, Margaret (Vaughn) Koenig , on July 4, 1954. Jim was a faithful servant and member of, Followers of Christ Church. He retired from Hoosier Energy Power Plant after many years of service along with being a long time farmer in the area. Jim was well known for his love of wild and exotic animals. He raised and gently cared for numerous species over the years on his family farm . He entertained many visitors to share his love of animals with. He was a member of the Carlisle Odd Fellows, Pigeon Club, and was active in Sullivan County 4-H Club . Not one to be idle, he enjoyed working for Dinky's Auction barn in his later years. Jims, parents precede him, along with his wife, Margaret and a brother Jerry Koenig. Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Jane Thompson and her husband David, Jennie Falconbury, Sherry Gambill and Chris Vaughn; brother, Robert Koenig (Laura); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews and many special friends, whom will have a deep void with his passing. A celebration of life services will take place at Followers of Christ in Carlisle IN on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 am. with Pastor Glen Archer officiating . The staff at Holmes Memorial Chapel were honored to assist the family with arrangements. To to the family or in memory of James "Jim" William Koenig, please

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Mila Sue Berlin

Nov 20, 1963 - Feb 19, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Mila Sue Berlin 60, of Sullivan, Indiana passed away peacefully on Monday February 19th at 5:15 am. She was born on November 20, 1963 to Edward C. Mack and Barbara A. Mack of Oaktown, Indiana. Mila is preceded in death by her beloved husband Marschel W. Berlin, with whom she shared a loving marriage from 1998 until his passing in 2016. She is also preceded in death by both her parents Ed and Barb Mack, whom she cherished immensely. Mila is survived by her siblings Randy Mack of Oaktown and Paul Mack (wife Misty) of Evansville, as well as Edward R. Mack (wife Nicole) of Oaktown, and Angel Hardig (husband Shawn Hardig) of Vincennes, all of whom she loved fiercely. She also leaves behind many family members, including several nieces and nephews she adored: Sam and Ryan Mack, Bella Mack, Addison and Lilith Hardig, Hannah Mack and Erica Mack. Mila loved her family and Christ above all. She was known for caring deeply for others, her giving nature, and her kindness. She spent most of her working career as a caregiver. She also loved music, butterflies, crocheting, and had a smile and laugh that will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. There will not be a service as Mila had wished not to have a funeral, and instead family will gather privately. To to the family or in memory of Mila Sue (Mack) Berlin, please

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Karen Walters Layne

Mar 13, 1957 - Feb 05, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Karen Walters Layne of Sullivan, Indiana, passed away February 5, 2024 at Envive Health Care of Sullivan. She was born March 13, 1957 to Rex Walters and Pearl Hooker. Karen was a homemaker. She cherished time with her children and grandchildren. Karen was a devoted mother, sister, and friend. Karen is survived by her loving partner Wayne Shreve, as well as her children Sissy :Ann: Layne (Sammy), Crystal Downey (Matt), Brian Layne 9Tera); grandchildren Autumn, Jeffrey, Oliver, Christian, Caitlyn, Kimmy, and Marcus; brother and sisters Ralph Walters, Gary Walters, Raymond Wyrick, Dennis Wyrick, David Wyrick, Ernie Wyrick, Susie Newburn (Bill) and Dianna Walters; and several nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her parents; brothers Rex Bunting and Glen Walters; special cousin Lenny Hamblen and a lifelong partner Kenny Downey. Cremation has been chosen. A private burial and a celebration of life will be at a later date. She will be truly missed by family and friends. Cremation has been entrusted to Greiner Funeral Home. To to the family or in memory of Karen Walters Layne, please

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Kimberly Jo Knotts Grimes

Mar 17, 1958 - Feb 08, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Sullivan, Kimberly Jo Knotts Grimes passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on February 8, 2024 at The Waters of Sullivan. Kim was born in Sullivan IN on March 17, 1958 to LaVere Cruise and Velma Myers Knotts. She was a classmate of the 1976 class of Sullivan High School. She was a cook for Central Elementary, Baesler's (Stewart Street store) along with other various businesses, over the years. Kim was a loving Mother, grandmother and friend who deeply loved all children and animals. Her dream life would have been, having a rescue farm that took in every animal she knew needed a home, with her family by her side. She enjoyed fishing, camping, mushroom hunting, reading and being outdoors tending to her flowers or just sitting in the swing. Most of her life was lived on South Main Street (across from the park). Growing up it was a thriving family neighborhood. She affectionately called all her friends the "South End Gang", one where the neighbors all knew and looked out for one another. She always held fondly to her memories of the corner grocery store (Falconbury's) purchasing candy and treats for pennies along with her neighbors, Mam and Pap that she adopted as her grandparents. Kim, grew up in a time when life was slow and easy, neighbors were friends and time was spent visiting over the fence while hanging laundry. Her parents precede her, along with very special friends, Brad Brummett and Phil Mick. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, John Michael Grimes, Matt Grimes, his wife Misty; grandchildren, Shay’Lynn, Taylor, Thomas and Gracie; great-grandchildren, Jalynn, Braxton and Memphis, along with nieces and a nephew. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 1:00 pm at Center Ridge Cemetery. The staff at Holmes Memorial Chapel were honored to assist the family with arrangements. To to the family or in memory of Kimberly Jo (Knotts) Grimes, please

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Danny Ray Grissom

Feb 20, 1954 - Feb 11, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Danny Ray Grissom, 69, of Sullivan passed away Sunday February 11, 2024 in The Waters of Sullivan. Danny Ray had worked at The Will Center, Hamilton Center, and Scarc Industries. He was born February 20, 1954 in Sullivan, Indiana to Walter Franklin and Cynthia Winifred (Beadle) Grissom. Danny Ray is survived by his wife, Joyce Victoria (Dennis) Grissom; daughter, Megan LaRue (Donald “Eddie”); grandsons, Donnie LaRue and Logan LaRue and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Janet Tomey and Shirley Brown and brothers, Jerry Grissom, and Elbert “Frank” Grissom. Danny Ray was a graduate of Indiana State University. He loved woodworking and collecting cars and was an avid landscaper. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.debaunfuneralhomes.com To to the family or in memory of Danny Ray Grissom, please

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Barbara A. Wills

Mar 27, 1938 - Feb 04, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Barbara A. Wills, 85, of Sullivan, Indiana passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at Envive of Sullivan. She was born on March 27, 1938 in Sullivan County, Indiana the daughter of Hosea Wills and Ruth Harris Wills. Barbara graduated from high school and was an operator at GTE for 32 years before she retired. She was a member of the Merom United Methodist Church. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Frances Bauder. Survivors include two nieces; Julia True and Joyce Weston and one nephew, Richard Daniels. She is also survived by several great and great-great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 12:00 PM, Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Brust Funeral Home in Sullivan, Indiana with Rev. David Cox officiating. Interment will follow in Merom Cemetery in Merom, Indiana. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Brust Funeral Home in Sullivan, Indiana. To to the family, please

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John Marvin Ellington

Jan 01, 1949 - Jan 27, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Holmes Memorial Chapel PO Box 275 642 West Silver Street Sullivan IN 47802 812-268-0000 Sullivan, John Marvin Ellington, slipped peacefully into eternal life on Saturday, January 27, 2024. He was born January 1,1949 in Clayton IN to John and Nila Ellington. He was a graduate of Plainfield High School, later continuing his education at Vincennes University. On April 30, 1993, he married his best friend and loving wife Cathy Griffith Ellington. John owned and operated various businesses through the years, including Ellington Pest Control, landscaping and also Ellington Heating and Air. He also provided a delivery service for Chickadaunce Kawasaki. John held the office of Sullivan City Councilman, and prided himself on helping to better the city of Sullivan and those who call it home. He had a love for dirt bikes, and was an adrenaline junky for speed on one. He enjoyed boats and spent hours in his shop building his own wooden speed boat, and tinkering with any kind of engine. He also obtained his pilot's license. John was a loving and kind man to all he met, he believed in treating people with respect and kindness. He was a man of vast knowledge that knew a bit about everything and could engage in conversation with anyone about anything. He never met a stranger, and was a warm gentle soul that easily made friends, of which he had many. When the opportunity presented itself, he was not afraid to make a joke. He enjoyed reading, with a distinct curiosity of history. Most importantly John treasured the time spent with family and friends, he was a loving husband, dad, grandpa and friend. His parents precede him. Those that remain to cherish his memory are his best friend and wife, Cathy Ellington along with his children, Amy Burns (Butch), Susan Stoltz (Adam), Laura McGhee and Bobby Farmer (Katie); grandchildren, Shaye (Alexzadrian), Hailey, Regan, Evan, Camryn, Lilly, Jada, Luke, Landyn and Gavyn along with his sister, Patricia Quattrocchi. Services will be at the graveside at Center Ridge Cemetery on Friday February 2, 2024 at 2:30 pm. with Pastor David Cox officiating. Holmes Memorial Chapel was honored to assist the family with arrangements. To to the family or in memory of John Marvin Ellington, please

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Mark Robert Van Meter

May 15, 1955 - Jan 27, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Sullivan, Mark Robert Van Meter, of Sullivan, IN was ushered into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the age of 68. Mark was born in Sullivan on May 15, 1955 to the loving parents of Isaac Eugene Van Meter and Mary Lou Hinkle, Van Meter. Mark was a graduate of Sullivan High School class of 1974. He worked for Hoosier Energy for 33 years, retiring in 2017. On December 15, 2001 he married the love of his life, Barbara Page Van Meter. Mark was an active member of CrossRoads Community Church, and Masonic Lodge #263 Sullivan. Following the legacy of his dad, he joined the Jaycees devoting 20 years of service, organizing The Corn Festival and many community events. In 1997 Mark earned the prestigious Jaycees International Senator Award for his distinguished service. Mark was a fiercely and loving family man, who also showed that same love and devotion to his friends and neighbors. He was willing to teach and share with others his knowledge, faith and insights with respect and kindness, yet unafraid to protect and stand up for what was right. This made him a deeply devoted husband, dad, Poppy, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. His favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends with plenty of stories to tell, laughter to share and comfort to give when tears arose. He loved restoring cars, music, writing, photography, collecting heirlooms, Cardinals Baseball, and studying God’s word. Travel and exploring were special to him, with many miles spent on his motorcycle. His favorite ride was to the Great Smoky Mountains for a quiet cabin and an adventurous ride on the Dragon Tail. While co-chaperoning a State 4-H Youth Exchange to Poland, he was inducted as an Honorary Member to the Opolski Club of Old Motorcycles. He lived life to the fullest and left a lifetime of memories to cherish. He was welcomed at the gates of heaven by his parents and brother-in-law, Danny Bradbury. Those left behind to celebrate his life is his soulmate and wife Barbara Page Van Meter; son Ronald Brock (Lynsey); granddaughters, Mylee Paige and Kynsey Grace Brock; sisters, Marigene Bradbury, Prescott, AZ and Melissa Merida (John Foster), New Albany, IN, along with all his nieces and nephews that he loved as his own. Family and friends may show their love and support on Thursday, February 1, 2024 at Holmes Memorial Chapel from 4:00-8:00 pm with Masonic services at 7:00 pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:00 am. with Pastors Ken Bovenschen and Peter Bales delivering the message. In lieu of flowers the family is honoring Mark’s love of animals and ask that donations be made to the Sullivan Humane Shelter in his memory. To to the family or in memory of Mark Robert Van Meter, please

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Billy Ray Burton

Aug 27, 1935 - Jan 24, 2024

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Sullivan, IN

Billy Ray Burton, 88, of Sullivan passed peacefully into eternal life at 9:50 a.m. on January 24, 2024 in the comfort of his home. He was born August 27, 1935 to Mabel Barnes Burton and Herbert Burton. Bill was born at home in Graysville. He was the last Burton brother. He was a graduate of Graysville High School. After graduation he was enlisted in The United States Army, where he was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of Sullivan American Legion, Elks 911, along with the Carlisle Masonic Lodge. He currently held the position of “Deputy Mayor’’ of Greenbriar Subdivision. After years of dedicated service he retired from Hutsonville Power Station. Bill was preceded in death by wife of 40 years, Dana McCammon Burton; brothers, Dwight Burton Sr. and Darrel Burton. Surviving him are his daughter and son in-law, Jerri and Chuck Prose along with his grandson Eric Tyler Prose and girlfriend, Genna Davis along with his companion of 20 years Pat Cummings of whom he spent many days full of Joy and Laughter. Bill was a member of the First Christian Church of Sullivan, where he was baptized in 2006 by Dale Wise. Bill was into Fast boats and Fast cars. He was a member of the Kentucky Drag Boat Association. Spending many hours at the boat races at Pisgah Bay, Kentucky Lake. Coffee and tall tales were one of his favorite past times spent at the picnic table at Bee Spring Lodge with the high performance mechanics talking racing strategy. His blue race boat named “Kwitcherbitchen” Bill always said it was “German” for “Loving Wife” was his favorite boat. Bill loved teaching all the neighborhood kids how to water ski and pulled 9 skiers at one time at Sullivan Lake. Bill took his father Herb Burton on a Colorado raft trip in the 80s. A trip of a lifetime, camping and eating over a fire nightly, white water rafting daily. Bill and Dana enjoyed camping out west with friends, visiting the Black Hills, Bad Lands and Jackson Hole then on to Banff, Alberta Canada. A special Thanks to Diane Mann for all the hours feeding the pet squirrels "Herb and Mable" in his later years. A special Thanks to Peggy Lovelady, who spent many years making my Dads life easier. Bill enjoyed his English Springer Spaniels, Meghan and Maggie who were no doubt lovingly waiting to play ball with their tails wagging. Bill's joy in his life was his grandson, Eric Tyler Prose. Many years were spent together rebuilding boats and cars. Their latest project was his pride and joy, a 1972 Corvette Stingray. Old stories were exchanged and new memories were made over hours of waxing and buffing. A special Thanks goes to D.J. Huff for buying the last cup of coffee and also for 75 years of friendship and mischief . Those stories are still being told today and for many years to come. Another special Thank You goes to Travis Rusch for being a buddy to my Dad and the best pharmacist around. Also to Tracies Girls, caregivers from Terre Haute that helped create a peaceful and calm passing for Dad. I am forever grateful. Bill rode into the sunset with Tom Selleck. ~ Ain't nobody sets a horse like Monty Walsh~ Visitation will be Saturday January 27, 2024 at Holmes Memorial Chapel from 11:00 am. until time of service with military honors given by Sullivan County Honor Guard. Erich Blevins will officiate the service at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Center Ridge Cemetery. To to the family or in memory of Billy Ray Burton, please

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