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Ernest Alder

Jul 12, 1931 - Nov 21, 2023

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Fortville, IN

"ANDERSON - Ernest "Ernie" Hugh Alder, age 92, died Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Bethany Pointe Health Campus, where he received kind and compassionate care in the final weeks of his life. Born on July 12, 1931 in Davenport, IA, he was the son of Ernest and Winona (Dundas) Alder. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI, attended Omaha University in Omaha, NE, and graduated from Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, IL. Ernie married Betty Lou Lewis on June 17, 1954, in...Read More

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Sharon Kay Spears

Sep 15, 1960 - Feb 17, 2024

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Fortville, IN

Sharon Kay (Stephenson) Spears, 63, of Fortville passed away on February 17, 2024. She was born on September 15, 1960, to Paul Nolan and Patricia Louise (Landes) Stephenson in Noblesville, Indiana. Sharon was affectionately known as “Lucy” to all that knew and loved her, due to her getting into situations that only she could find herself in. She was a 1978 graduate of Lapel High School, where she played varsity basketball. After high school, Sharon worked for a variety of transportation companies until she took a big leap of faith and started her own business, Spears Consulting Services, where she specialized in DOT safety. While she was extremely devoted to her work and growing her company, numerous individuals she has worked with over the decades have shared that she was “family first, business second” as she would always want to share photos and stories of her family, especially her five grandchildren, to whom she was affectionately known as “Mimi.” Sharon had many joys in this lifetime. One of her biggest was her love of flowers. She spent hours each week in the spring, summer, and fall tending to her flower gardens. Her flower beds were a highlight of the neighborhood, and she would often let neighborhood kids pick flowers for their mom from her well cared for garden. Much to the children’s enjoyment, she would send them home in plastic Disney character cups. One of her greatest character traits was her ability to never leave a stranger a stranger. She had the unique ability to make friends whether it was in line at a store, on a beach, or with an elevator mechanic at a Starbucks in downtown Chicago (true story). She loved talking and being social, and she had a phenomenal gift of making everyone feel welcome and comfortable around her. Her stories were ones that could bring forth the deepest of belly laughs and often left you wondering just how she would get herself into any certain predicament. Her love of life, positive outlook, and laughter will be dearly missed. The greatest love of her life was her family. She and Rex were married on July 18, 1981, and were happily married the last 42 years. Together, they raised three children and were able to celebrate the births of their five grandchildren. Sharon’s world revolved around her family, and she was a true definition of devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Sharon is survived by her husband Rex Allen Spears. She is also survived by her three children, Matthew (Sandra) Spears, Brittany Spears, and Ashley (Rolando) Escoto Ocampo; grandchildren Karrigan, Ava, Elfie, Pax and Theo; her mother Patricia Louise Stephenson; brothers Greg (Jill) Stephenson and Curt (Betty) Stephenson; sister Paula (Gary) Ingle; and numerous extended family members and friends. She is preceded in death by her father Paul Nolan Stephenson. Friends and family may call on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 11 am to 1 pm at Seals Funeral Home, 122 W. Staat Street, Fortville, IN 46040. Her funeral service will follow at the funeral home at 1 pm. Burial will take place at Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE TO: “Sharon “Lucy” Spears Angel Fund” Mt.Vernon Education Foundation 1806 W St Rd 234 Fortville, Indiana 46040 or online at To to the family or in memory of Sharon K.. (Stephenson) Spears, please

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Michael Lee Kemerly

Apr 21, 1953 - Dec 22, 2023

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Fortville, IN

Lifelong Fortville resident Michael Lee Kemerly was born to Paul and Virginia Kemerly on April 21, 1953, and passed away on December 22, 2023. Like his allegiance to his hometown, Mike demonstrated this same loyalty in the other major parts of his life: his relationships with his family and friends and his love of culture and the arts. As the firstborn–and only–son, Mike inherited the gentle spirit and kind heart of his parents. Early on, he developed a close relationship with both his mother and his maternal grandmother, Helen Garris, with whom they lived while his father was serving overseas in the United States Army during the Korean War. Even after his parents purchased their own home when Paul returned, Mike continued to love spending Sunday afternoons at Grandma Garris’ farmstead; he and his cousins played in the barn hayloft and enjoyed the sugar cookies his grandma always had prepared for her grandchildren. Mike became the older brother of Vicki, Debra, and Jennifer, and fostered a love of music and sports through childhood and adolescence. He played baseball as a young boy and faithfully supported the Cincinnati Reds; as he aged, he played a variety of musical instruments and built a robust record collection. After graduating from Mount Vernon High School in 1971, Mike worked at General Motors Allison Transmission in Indianapolis for over 30 years. His tight-knit friendships from both school and the workplace followed Mike throughout the rest of his life. Outside of work, Mike dedicated his time to cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Celtics, and the Green Bay Packers; enjoying a variety of comedians, including The Three Stooges, the Marx Brothers, David Letterman, and Bob and Tom; experiencing the arts by seeing Broadway shows on trips to New York City; and making his rich inner world known through writing and cartooning. Mike wrote the humor columns “Pod’s Pearls” and “Kemerly’s Korner,” which the Fortville Tribune featured for nearly a decade. Mike’s passions translated easily to his love for his family and friends, whether that included taking his mother or nephew on a trip to New York or Cincinnati, gifting experiences to his siblings and their families, or attending his nieces’ and nephews’ sporting and musical/theater events. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his encouragement of his family’s endeavors, and his delight in his great-nephew’s love of trains. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his sisters Vicki Burt of Fishers, Debra (William) Stewart of Carmel, and Jennifer Moss of Fortville; nieces and nephews Paul Burt, Marisha (Michael) Boyle, Sarah (Andrew) Beltz, Michael (Brittany) Burt, Bethany Stewart (Justin Perry), Scott (Shay) Stewart, Parker (Riley) Stewart, and Bradley Moss (fiance Jessica Ellis); and great-nephews and nieces Matthew Price, Journee Ellis, Kessler Beltz, Kemerly Beltz, and William Perry. A celebration of Mike’s life will take place at the Memorial Park Shelter House in Fortville, Indiana, at 1pm on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Online condolences may be shared at www.sealsfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Michael Lee Kemerly, please

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Nova Gilliatte Jr

Feb 20, 1948 - Dec 19, 2023

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Fortville, IN

"Nova Ensor Gilliatte, Jr. , age 75, passed on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born on February 20, 1948. How on earth can anyone begin to describe Nova or what it meant to be his family? Or his friend. Or his colleague. Or his partner in church. Or his fishing partner. Or his hunting partner. Or his travel companion. Or his acquaintance in any kind of way, in any terrain, in any open field, or in any casino or church? Nova was larger than life. He was more giving than most. He was more difficult than some. He was more engaging than all. He was bigger than you. Louder than you. Funnier than you. More devoted than you. He was also more complicated than you. Nova had many passions and interests. He was an avid hunter and gambler. He loved his bird dogs, his gardens, and the woods. He loved to cook and to eat. He enjoyed the dramatic sports--Golden Gloves boxing, horse racing, hunting and the Indy 500. He was generous with his time. He was devoted to his faith, his church, the CRHP men's group, the Knights of Columbus, the Little Sisters of the Poor, the American Legion, the Seeds of Hope. He was a proud Army veteran, where he served in Germany after graduating from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Nova had a long and successful career as a carpenter and builder and was very active in the Carpenter's Union. Nova spent his entire career building things. Nova was proud to serve as the Building Chair of the St. Simon's Catholic Church and he served as Superintendent for Simon Properties. Nova was an affiliate of Gilliatte General Contrators and was later the founder of Gilliatte Builders. Nova loved his guns, and his truck, and his dog. He loved his faith, and his friends, and his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nova Gilliatte, Sr. and Lorraine (Haas) Gilliatte; his siblings, Michael Gilliatte, Gerry Gilliatte, and Marilyn Sue "Susie" Oqurcek (John); his son, Matthew Gilliatte; and his grandson, Noah Gilliatte. Nova is survived by his siblings, Adrienne Wossner, Patty Hatton (Ray), Joyce Webb (Dave), and Steven Gilliatte (Sarah). Nova's ferocious spirit and likeness lives on in his children, Michelle Gilliatte (Mark Hynes) and Mark Gilliatte (Angie); and his grandchildren, Aden DeYoung, Gavin DeYoung, Rory DeYoung, and Kaleb Gilliatte (Alexis), Josh Hall, Taylor Gilliatte, Seth Gilliatte, Nathan Gilliatte, Zach Gilliatte, and Kayla Gilliatte; as well as great grandchildren, Kayden Gilliatte and Karsyn Gilliatte; and many, many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd. Greenfield, IN 46140 on Thursday, December 28, 2023. Visitation will be from 9:00 a. m. until 11:00 a. m. A Mass of Christian Burial service will begin at 11:00 a. m. A military graveside service at Washington Park East Cemetery will follow with interment at Patriots Court. Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary \u0026amp; Crematory in Greenfield. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to any of his favorite charities: Little Sisters of the Poor, 2345 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260; Seeds of Hope, 1425 S. Mickley Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46241; and St. Joseph Knights of Columbus Council #5290, c/o St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 4650 Shadeland Ave. , Indianapolis, IN 46226. Envelopes will be available at the church. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www. erleweinmortuary. com. "

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Kurt Mitchell

Feb 26, 1965 - Dec 11, 2023

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Fortville, IN

"GREENFIELD - Kurt Brian Mitchell, age 58, of Greenfield, walked into the arms of Jesus on Monday, December 11, 2023. He was born in Indianapolis during a snowstorm on February 26, 1965 to Kay (Martin) Mitchell and Richard J. Mitchell. Kurt was one of 10 kids and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School with the class of 1983. He survived a car train accident at 19 years of age and made the most of his life with a TBI and being wheelchair bound. Kurt loved his family and enjoyed the holidays, especially Christmas. He loved coffee, talking on the phone, bonfires and telling jokes. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Kurt is survived by his loving siblings, Mike Mitchell, Steve Mitchell, Carrie Tompkins, Jay Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Mark Mitchell, Jeff Mitchell, Marcy Bradway and Dave Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kay and Richard. Private family services are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary \u0026amp; Crematory in Greenfield. Kurt's final resting place will be at Washington Park East Cemetery. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www. erleweinmortuary. com. "

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Gloria Bainter

May 11, 1944 - Dec 04, 2023

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Fortville, IN

"FOUNTAINTOWN - Gloria J. (Bridgewater) Bainter, age 79, of Fountaintown, passed away Monday, December 4, 2023 at Morristown Manor. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky on May 11, 1944 to Morris Bridgewater and Odessa (Inman) Bridgewater. She graduated from Greenfield High School. On June 12, 1965, Gloria married Robert E. Bainter in Greenfield, Indiana. She was a homemaker for her family. For many years, Gloria was a member of the Greenfield Wesleyan Church, where she was the leader of the Children's Ministry. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and cooking. She loved spending time with her family. They were the joy of her life. Gloria is survived by her husband of 58 years, Robert; daughters, Angie Muse (David) and Amy Jones (Dan); grandchildren, Olivia Muse, Elizabeth Rogian (Seth), Benjamin Muse, Brittany Hampp (Scott), Caleb Jones (Katie), Emily Keuhn (Cameron) and Ethan Jones; great-grandchildren, Maximus Hampp, Addison Hampp, Jedidiah Jones, Titus Hampp, Gracelyn Hampp, Elijah Jones, Boaz Jones and Odessa Rogian; sister-in-law, Jacky Bridgewater; and brother-in-law, Jerry Pendlum. She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Odessa; brother, Morris Wayne Bridgewater; and sister, Nina Pendlum. Services will be held on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at Erlewein Mortuary \u0026amp; Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. Visitation will be from 11:00 a. m. until 1:00 p. m. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p. m. Burial will follow at Park Cemetery in Greenfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morristown Manor: ATTN Alzheimer's Unit Activities Department. Envelopes will be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www. erleweinmortuary. com. "

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Kacy Prewitt

Sep 27, 1981 - Dec 17, 2023

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Fortville, IN

Kacy Leigh Prewitt, 42, of New Orleans and formerly of Fortville, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 17, 2023. She was born on September 27, 1981, in Greenfield, Indiana, to Charles David Prewitt and Tanya Sue (Thompson) Prewitt. Kacy graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, class of 2000. She was kind, sweet and was known for her big heart and always looking to help others. Kacy loved her children and always wanted what was best for them. She loved animals and enjoyed cooking and making new recipes. Survivors include her children, Riley Prewitt, Yate Prent, Cameron "Cami" Prewitt, Adrianne "A. J. " Prewitt and Jackson Morlan; parents, Charlie (Cynthia) Prewitt and Sue Prewitt; siblings, Matt (Jeff) Prewitt and Haley Prewitt; nephews and niece, Dylan Koglin, Kai Prewitt and Arianna Prewitt; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Family and friends will gather on Thursday, December 28 from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. in St. Roch Catholic Church, 3600 S. Pennsylvania St. , Indianapolis, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1 p. m. in the church with Fr. Douglas Hunter presiding. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions have been suggested to St. Roch Catholic School, 3603 S. Meridian St. , Indianapolis, IN 46217. Envelopes will be provided at the church. To share a memory or order flowers, please visit www. LauckFuneralHome. com To to the family or in memory of Kacy Leigh Prewitt, please

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Linda Halle

Mar 25, 1947 - Dec 17, 2023

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Fortville, IN

Linda Halle, 76, of Fortville, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2023 at her home. She was born on March 25, 1947 to Everett and Joyce (Lachman) Hodson in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Linda worked as an administrative assistant for Wentworth Institute in Boston, Marion College in Indianapolis, Washington Elementary in the Westfield Washington School district, and Head Start in Noblesville. She also helped her husband, Karl, run his marina. Linda was a member of Northview Christian Life, then Radiant Christian Church, and finally New Life Christian Fellowship when she moved near her daughter. She was also a part of the Friendly Eagles Home Ec Club. Linda is survived by her son, Jason (Vicki) Halle; daughter, Anissa (Ike) Strege; 6 grandchildren, Thaddeus Halle, Alexandra Halle, Halle Strege, Caleb Strege, Isabelle Strege, and Joshua Strege; and 2 sisters, Faith (Ross) Merchant, and Carolyn (Tom) Doiron. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Karlan Halle in 1990. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, with services at 2:00 pm, on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road, in Noblesville. Pastor Mark Adcock will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Indianapolis. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 (https://support. woundedwarriorproject. org). Condolences: www. randallroberts. com

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John Morris

Jun 01, 1926 - Nov 29, 2023

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Fortville, IN

John Worthington Morris, 97, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2023. He was born in Tipton, Indiana on June 1, 1926, to Vera Trittipo Morris and Ross Wellman Morris and was raised in Fortville. He proudly served in the United States Army as a munition specialist in World War II, earning a Bronze Star. He graduated from DePauw University where he was a Sigma Chi and received his master's in history from the University of Pennsylvania. John met Wilma (Bishop), his loving wife of over 69 years, while singing in the choir of the United Methodist church in Lakeville, where he began his teaching career. They were married on June 20, 1954, and began their life together in Indianapolis where he taught history at Broad Ripple High School. He went on to head the history department at Arlington High School from the time it opened in 1961 until his retirement. Words cannot sum up John's long and full life. He was a caring, loving, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed sharing his love of history, including the history of his McCord ancestors, who founded McCordsville. He gardened, wove beautiful baskets, and always appreciated a good limerick. John was preceded in death by his parents and sister Elizabeth DeSimone. He is survived by his wife; sister-in-law Norma Rhodes; children, Frank (Debbie), Amy (Ed Glennon), Betsy (John Lesch), and Sally; grandchildren Nathan and Andrew Morris, Opal Kesling, Keenan Joyce, Allison Lesch, Caroline Rollings-Lesch, Anna Scarbrough and Samuel Bryan; and five great grandchildren. A private service was held at Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville on December 5th. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made in John's honor to the Indiana Historical Society. Service entrusted to Seals Funeral Home where fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at SealsFuneralHome. com To to the family or in memory of John Worthington Morris, please

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Marcia Bavender

May 20, 1946 - Nov 28, 2023

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Fortville, IN

How do you sum up the life of an amazing woman? How do you convey how full of life she was, how much she loved her husband, her children and their spouses, her grandchildren, her siblings and her friends? How do you describe a smile that made everyone feel they were so lucky to be around her? How do you characterize a woman who was a surrogate mother to so many, and who made friends with complete strangers, taking time to hear about their lives? Marcia Bavender was all of those things and more. Sadly, her family lost this beautiful woman November 28, 2023. Marcia was born in LaGrange on May 20, 1946, to Howard and Eileen Morton and was the youngest of six siblings. Marcia was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Lois Caldwell. Marcia is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Spencer Bavender; and their children, Christine (Robert) Jennings, Noblesville; Cheri (Ned) Sutton, Indianapolis; Tina (John) Bales, Indianapolis; Michael (Jennifer) Bavender, Fishers; and Matthew (Samantha) Bavender, Indianapolis. Marcia's favorite role was that of grandmother to Gabrielle, William, Michael, Jessica, Jordan, Grace, Jake, Sofie, Ben, and her newest granddaughter, Isla. Marcia is also survived by her sisters, Marilyn Morton, Sheila Sachen and Donna (Gerry) York; her brother Jim (Diana) Morton; her sisters-in-law Sheila Lee, and Sharon (Jerry)Tomey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Spending time with her sisters for long girls' weekends was something Marcia always looked forward to - especially Shipshewana Pajama Days. She cherished her Euchre club friends and while the group didn't play cards in recent years, they still enjoyed dinners together. Marcia was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Fortville. She enjoyed her Bible study group, and helping with church activities. She formerly was a long-time member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Muncie. Visitation will be from 10 a. m. to noon Tuesday, December 5, at Seals Funeral Home in Fortville, followed by a funeral Mass at 12:30 p. m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Fortville. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Marcia's name may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To to the family or in memory of Marcia (Morton) Bavender, please

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Ernest Alder

Jul 12, 1931 - Nov 21, 2023

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Fortville, IN

"ANDERSON - Ernest "Ernie" Hugh Alder, age 92, died Tuesday, November 21, 2023 at Bethany Pointe Health Campus, where he received kind and compassionate care in the final weeks of his life. Born on July 12, 1931 in Davenport, IA, he was the son of Ernest and Winona (Dundas) Alder. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, MI, attended Omaha University in Omaha, NE, and graduated from Salvation Army Training College in Chicago, IL. Ernie married Betty Lou Lewis on June 17, 1954, in Detroit, MI. As Salvation Army officers they had postings in Huntington, Richmond and Indianapolis. In 1957 he applied to the Indiana State Police, was accepted and graduated from ISP Recruit School. He was in uniform and assigned to the Connersville Post while living in Henry County until 1977, then accepted a civilian position in 1982 directing ISP Youth Service Programs. In 1970 Ernie founded the ISP Youth Camp programs, still in operation. For high school, middle school and grade school youth in cooperation with service clubs around the state, more than 50,000 young people have attended. He also raised funding and built the ISP Youth Education and Historical Center in 1993 (also known as the ISP Museum) on 21st St. west of Post Road in Indianapolis. He also served as Chief of Security for the Indiana Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home in Knightstown and as Director for the Golay Center in Cambridge City. While always granting credit to others, Ernie received many awards and accolades for his work over a lifetime of service, These included Man of the Year, Huntington Jaycees (1954); Citizen of the Year, Cambridge City Kiwanis Club (1970); Freedoms Foundation George Washington Honor Medal (1973); Sagamore of the Wabash from Gov. Robert D. Orr (1983); ISP honorary Lt. Colonel from Supt. Lloyd Jennings (1991); and Hall of Fame Awardee from the American Red Cross (2010). He served as President of the Cambridge City Kiwanis Club (1972-73) and as Lt. Governor Kiwanis Rose Division. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cambridge City for nearly 40 years. After moving to Greenfield he and Betty began attending New Life Christian Fellowship in Fortville. In 2019 they moved to Crown Pointe Assisted Living in Anderson to be closer to their daughter Barbara. While there they made great friends among the residents and professional staff alike. Surviving Ernie are his wife of 69 years, Betty Alder of Anderson; daughter Barbara J. Alder of Anderson; grandson Michael E. (Amye) Alder of McCordsville; granddaughter Lauren N. Alder of Greenfield, ten great-grandchildren; brother Bob (Marilyn) Alder of Lake Wylie, SC; daughter-in-law Carla (Terry) Haston of Greenfield; nephews Robert (Michelle) Alder, Jr. of Independence, MO; and William (Ginny Odekirk) of Manitou Springs, CO. Ernie was predeceased by his parents; son Ernest "Butch" Alan Alder; sister-in-law Patricia Alder and numerous aunts and uncles. A private family graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Cambridge City, site of interment with Pastor Mark Adcock officiating. Arrangements were handled by Erlewein Mortuary and Crematory of Greenfield. Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Christian Fellowship, 1574 IN 234, Fortville, IN 46040; The Salvation Army Empty Stocking Fund, The Herald Bulletin, 1133 Jackson Street, Anderson, IN 46016; or Indiana Troopers Youth Services via PayPal at trooper. org. "

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