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Joyce Bates

Apr 28, 2023 - Nov 28, 2023

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Muncie, IN

Joyce Anne Bates, 89, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, November 26, 2023. She was born on April 28, 1934 in Delaware County, the daughter of George Curtis and Anna (Vining) Bantz. She married Howard L. Bates on March 4, 1949 and he preceded her. Joyce worked at First Merchants Bank as a teller and was a manager at W. T. Grants. Joyce is survived by her children, Andrea (Philip) Benson, Michael (Carolyn) Bates; grandchildren, Jason Russell, Carrie (Derek) Reed, Lisa (Jared) Haagen, J...Read More

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Christopher Cody Poore

Jun 26, 1991 - Feb 17, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Christopher Cody Poore, 32, tragically lost his battle with heart disease on February 17, 2024, in Muncie, Indiana. Christopher was born on June 26, 1991, the son of Brian Poore and Kimberle Sizemore. Christopher attended Muncie Central and most recently worked for Klean Restorations while living in Indianapolis. He was described as “the life of the party,” always smiling, and loved making people laugh. He enjoyed bowling and listening to music, and always had to “smell good” according this his family. The most important things in his life were his children, Josselynne, Nora Leigh, and Braxton. He loved spending time with them and they meant everything to him. Besides his children, Christopher is survived by his parents, Brian Poore and Kimberle Sizemore, his twin brother Branden Poore, his brother Aidan Sizemore, his sister Emma Terrell, and a special friend, whom he called a brother, Joseph Garcia. He was preceded in death by a brother, Conner Mason Terrell, and his grandparents Bobby and Jeannie Sizemore, and Peggy Ann Hewett. There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, February 25, 2024, at the Amvets Post 12, located at 7621 North Indiana State Road 3, just south of Royerton, Indiana. The family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Cremation is being handled by Parson Mortuary and Cremation Center. To to the family or in memory of Christopher Cody Poore, please

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Patricia L. Buntin

Nov 28, 1940 - Feb 22, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Patricia L. Buntin, 83, passed away Thursday morning, February 22, 2024, at Bethel Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center.Pat was born November 28, 1940, in New Castle, the daughter of Elwood and Marie (Charlton) Lewman. She was a graduate of Muncie Central High School.Pat married Gary Buntin on October 29, 1955 and began working for Prestige Portraits. In 1978, she began working for Dr. Robert Clark and became his Office Manager. In 1996, Pat was left Dr. Clark’s office to work in the Muncie Eye Center for several years. Most recently, she was employed with Christopher and Banks/CJ Banks, retiring in 2017.Mrs. Buntin was involved with Missionary work in Xocenpich, Mexico for almost 20 years. Pat also enjoyed working in her yard.She is survived by her husband, Gary Buntin; son Kevin (Cathy) Buntin; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Buntin; and her best friend, Sammie.Pat was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Sheryl Wooten; and a sister-in-law, Judith Buntin.Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.Graveside Services will be held at 12:30 pm Tuesday, February 27, 2024.in Elm Ridge Mausoleum.Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Rescue Fund (A.R.F.) 1209 W. Riggin Road, Muncie, IN 47303.Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Sharon (Young) Bicknell

Mar 10, 1944 - Feb 18, 2024

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Muncie, IN

"Sharon (Young) Bicknell, 79, passed away at her home on Sunday, February 18, 2024. Sharon was born on March 10, 1944 to the late Paul and Margaret (Terry) Young in Muncie, Indiana. Sharon made an everlasting impact on every heart she touched and will always be remembered for her own heart that loved others as if they were always a part of her family. Whether she was praising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, or the way she would bite her tongue, Sharon always had room at her table for one more neighborhood kid to call her "Grandma" for life.Sharon leaves behind a family who will miss her and her kind, loving soul dearly. Survived by Sharon are her children, John (Teresa) Lewis, Sherry (Glenn) Minton, Terry (Chuck) Durant, and Bryan Bicknell; grandchildren, Micah (Megan) Lewis and Tamara (Christopher) Crisp; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Christopher, Harmony, Lillian, Bellamy, and Nova; brother, Paul (Jean) Young, Jr. Sharon is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Margaret Young; daughter, Rhonda Lewis; brother, David A. Young; and great-granddaughter, Abrie Jaymes Lewis.At this time, no public arrangements have been made for Sharon. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a monetary donation in Sharon's honor to Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, 415 E Washington Street, Muncie, IN 47305, to help cover expenses."Thank you again for all of your help and continued support during this time.

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Loren Kelley Sewell

Dec 30, 1949 - Feb 21, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Loren Kelley Sewell, 74, left this life Wednesday afternoon, February 21, 2024, at the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on December 30, 1949, in Portland, Indiana the son of Kelley and Virginia (Main) Sewell. Loren graduated from Wappahani High School in 1969 and later enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and honorably served from 1970-1972. He participated in two different Apollo Splash downs in 70’ and 71’. Eventually, he married the love of his life, Carolyn (Couch) Sewell on October 12, 1972, and she survives. Mr. Sewell had retired from Fisher-Body automotive metal fabricators for General Motors after working 30 years before his retirement in 2010. He was a member of the Old Town Hill Baptist Church where he served on the disaster team that would go to various disaster sites to aid the people who were victims. He and his wife also taught in the nursery class. The family recently started attending Riverview Church of the Nazarene. Mr. Sewell enjoyed fishing, kayaking with his daughter every Tuesday without fail, woodworking, and making various projects come to life for his family members and friends. Loren treasured being with his family and was known to be a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Besides his wife of 51 years, Carolyn, he is survived by two daughters, Melissa Sewell, Selma and Lori Guffey (Tommy), Muncie; seven grandchildren, Jason, Kellie, Matthew (Keyra), Trenton, Cody, Cierra, Kyle and Kelsey; two + one grandchildren, Braxton and Bellamie; two brothers, Ronald Sewell (Carolyn), Muncie and Tom Sewell (Krista), Parker City; one sister-in-law, Kathy Sewell, Muncie; several nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death: one sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Ben Martin, and one brother, Reginald Sewell. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 1:00 P.M. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery with Pastor Kelley Sewell officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Delaware County Honor Guard. Parson Mortuary is entrusted with these arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverview Church of the Nazarene 2600 E. Willard, Muncie, IN 47302 Online condolences may be made to the family in care of www.parsonmortuary.com.

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Darlena Fay Rogers

May 14, 1966 - Feb 10, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Darlena Fay Rogers, 57, of Muncie, Indiana passed away on February 10, 2024. She was born on May 14, 1966, in Muncie, IN to Goldman and Glenda (Slaven) Waters. Darlena loved the water, being at the beach, hanging out on the boat, and having her toes in the sand, she loved being with her family, and children, and she was a good baker. She was also a member of Westside United Baptist Church. Darlena is survived by her mother Glenda Silvey, children; Aaron (Amanda) and Brooke Rogers, and Tyler (Sasha) Janney, Fiancé Jack Janney, siblings; Robert Waters (Tracy), Denise New (Carl), Dorinda Reese, and Bruce Waters (Angel), grandchildren Michaela Rogers, Jerry Gore, Zachariah and Lily Janney, great-great-grandchildren; Makyiah, Devonta, Lyric, and Christ, great-niece Carlena, along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father Goldman, husband Bruce Rogers, and son Bruce Rogers II. Funeral services will be at Parson Mortuary on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. with Larry Waters officiating. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. until service time. The interment will be at Gardens of Memory Cemetery. To to the family or in memory of Darlena F. Rogers, please

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Judith L. Brown (Coulter)

May 01, 1945 - Feb 19, 2024

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Muncie, IN

MUNCIE - Judith L. Brown (Coulter), passed away peacefully on February 19, 2024, surrounded by her loving family, and went to be in the presence of the Lord.Judy grew up in the Muncie and Parker City areas, graduated from Parker High School, and married her high school sweetheart, Lewis Coulter. Their family quickly grew, adding four daughters and a son. Judy was a full-time mother for many years, and worked thereafter in various jobs as an Avon home saleswoman, bookkeeper, and office manager. Judy later married Jim Brown and they spent 20 years together enjoying semi-retirement and their many shared interests.Judy doted on her family. Spending time with her five children, 14 grandchildren, and 19 great and great-great grandchildren was her favorite pastime. Her calendar was filled with grandparent days, school sporting events, band performances, other student recreational activities, babysitting, and being an all-around helper. Having her home packed with people and laughter during the holidays was the only gift she ever wanted. Babies were her sunshine and the cure for any bad day. Those in her company frequently received tidbits of her parenting wisdom, as Judy fervently hoped that her family and friends would be able to live a fulfilled and happy a life as she did.In addition to quality family time, Judy enjoyed many hobbies. She occupied her days with reading, often devouring an interesting book in just one day. She found peace in jigsaw puzzles. Stray cats frequently became beloved pets. Halloween costumes sewn for her own children still adorn young trick-or-treaters today. Her children will always cherish the made-from-scratch birthday cakes and pies, including German Chocolate Cake, Carrot Cake, Pecan Pie and her secret-recipe Cheesecake. She treasured time spent with friends and is immensely grateful for her lifelong camaraderie with her best friend, Kay Coulter.And Judy loved to travel. She shared many vacations with her children and grandchildren, and particularly loved cruises. She visited almost all U.S. states while driving RV’s and campers across the country with her second husband, Jim. Her finale vacation was a whirlwind, two-week tour of Europe, where she was able to visit many famous sites across eight countries.Judy is survived by her children Amy (Danny) Barton; Julie Wyman; Holly (Bret) Joseph; Kelly Peckham; and Richard (Sharon) Coulter; her first husband Lewis Coulter; and by her sister Ellen Stouffer.Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Iris Stultz and Norman Shores; by her sisters, Norma Scott and Deborah Curts; her husband James Brown; and by her granddaughter, Ashley Courtney.Those who knew Judy will always be touched by her warmth, generosity, humor and compassion. May all remember her beautiful smile and kind spirit, and honor her memory by giving to others the kindness that she shared with them.Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Burial will follow services at Mt. Tabor Cemetery.Family and friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024.To honor Judy’s love of animals and wildlife, please consider a donation to the Indiana Nongame Wildlife Fund or the National Wildlife Federation in her name, in lieu of flowers.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Ronald Joe Dowd

Sep 14, 1936 - Feb 15, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Ronald Joe Dowd, 87, of Muncie, IN was called home to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and join his beloved wife Patricia on Thursday, February 15, 2024. He was born September 14, 1936 in Muncie, IN to his loving parents William (Willie) and Rowena (Mays) Dowd. Ron graduated Muncie Central High School in 1954, and attended two years at Ball State University before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Ron proudly served four years as an Airman Second Class. While stationed in North Bend, Oregon, Ron met Pat and they married on April 11, 1959.The next year, Ron and Pat made the journey to Indiana where they would reside for over 60 years. They enjoyed playing cards and camping at Jayhawk next to their cherished friends Jerry and Judy Osborne. Trips to the family cottage on Hamilton Lake, traveling to Oregon and Myrtle Beach were also favorites.Ron had a long career at Westinghouse/ABB as a weldor-fabricator, retiring after 34 years. Ron was an adamant diet Pepsi-loving man, who had a high level of determination. He was on the first men’s swim team at Ball State, enjoyed square-dancing, was on the Westinghouse bowling team, a skilled archer, amateur photographer, a member of several Indiana walking clubs, a show-dog handler, a dedicated member of the Muncie YMCA, a gunman at the Muncie Rifle and Pistol Club, a passionate flower and vegetable gardener-all while putting God and family first. Ron was a true family-man who would boast that his greatest accomplishment was his children and grandchildren. Ron was a long-standing member of Yorktown Christian Church and served as Treasurer for many years.Ron was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Patricia, daughter, Kristy Dowd, brother, Jeffrey Dowd, sister-in-law, Corinne Dowd, sister-in-law, Vonnie Rondo, brother-in-law, J.A. Beck, best friend, Jerry Osborne and furry k9 companions Mickey and Missy.Ron is survived by his sons, Douglas (Dawn) Dowd, Kenton (Annie) Dowd, his grandchildren, Kristopher (Danielle) Dowd, Daylene (Andrew) Gentry, Kari (Kegan) Roszell, Sydney (William) Dowd, and his great-grandchildren, Kolten Wynn, Jaxon Dunn, Declan Dowd, Aria Dowd, Kenna Roszell, Wiley Balint, and Nora Gentry. His brothers, Michael (Susan) Dowd, Randy (Deb) Dowd, sister-in-law, Marlene Beck and many other beloved family members and friends.Please join us in celebrating Ron’s life on Friday, February 23, 2024 at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel. Visitation at 1:00 pm, funeral service at 2:00 pm; interment immediately following at Gardens of Memory in Muncie. Funeral messages provided by Pastor Jeff Castetter. Donations may be directed to Yorktown Christian Church.Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.meeksmortuary.com.

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Mildred Svea Crutcher

Jan 02, 1938 - Feb 10, 2024

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Muncie, IN

On Saturday, February 10, 2024, Mildred Svea (Koons) Crutcher earned her angel wings. She was surrounded by her loving daughter Jill, son-in-law Jay, and grandchildren Jaycie and Jentry. Known to many as Boots, Mom, Grandma, and Nana, she loved her family more than anything. Born on January 2, 1938, to Wilbur J. Koons and Bertha Ethel (Cross) Koons in Muncie, Indiana. Boots was the youngest child of ten. She attended Muncie schools. In 1954, she met Ray Lee Crutcher, who had just returned from the service. He was at his grandmother’s house, who lived on the corner from the street she lived on. While she was walking home from school, he asked her to stop and talk to him for a little bit. She told him if he wanted to talk, he would have to come down to her house to talk. They met that Friday, went out the next Friday, and unbeknownst to her mother, were married the next Friday. They raised three girls and were married until Ray’s death on March 1, 2021. While Ray was afflicted with dementia, Boots stayed by his side and took care of him. She was a caregiver through and through in her life. Boots, alongside Ray, worked in the family business, Crutcher’s upholstery, for 35 years until their retirement. Boots loved her grandchildren with her whole heart and was one of the kindest and best grandmas ever. She worried about her children and grandchildren and checked in with all of them almost every day to make sure they were doing well. She was incredibly loving when it came to her family. Boots leaves to treasure her memory three daughters Jill Keesling (Jay), Ridgeville, Judy Reese (Bill), Parker City, and Sandi Frizzell (Dave), Pendleton; four grandchildren who called her grandma; Kandi, Kara, Roy, and Travis; two grandchildren who called her Nana; Jaycie and Jentry; three great-grandchildren; Dakota, Matthew, and Kasey; and one great, great-granddaughter; Elenor. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray, her parents, her siblings, and a grandson whom she loved very much, Taylor Reese. She was loved so much by so many and will be missed even more by them. I, her daughter Jill, want to thank Jaycie, Jentry, Kandi, and Kara for always checking on her and spending time with her as much as they could. Talking or seeing each of you always made her day. She cherished that time with you all more than you could ever know and loved all of you so much. Mom, I will love you forever, until we meet again. -Jill (Per Boot’s request, no services will be held. A private celebration of life is planned for a later date.) To to the family or in memory of Mildred Svea "Boots" (Koons) Crutcher, please

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Harvey Eugene Smith

Jul 28, 1956 - Feb 14, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Harvey Eugene Smith left this life on February 14th surrounded by his loving family to live in a land he had heard of with no goodbyes called Heaven. He was born on July 28, 1956, in Muncie, Indiana to the late Harvey L. Smith and Cora Wilson-Waters. Harvey worked as a manager at Ross Supermarket until its closing, Burlington Trucking Company, and retired from Community Health Network. The job Harvey felt was most important was serving his Lord and Savior. 46 years of his life were spent traveling and singing with The Cross Carrier's southern gospel singing group. In his spare time, he enjoyed always finding the best deals, shopping, cooking, and looking for the best donuts. He cares deeply for those around him always available to give advice and safety rules for traveling. He was most happy when he was with his family and his extended church family. What a journey this journey has been! Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Simon Waters, best friend and soulmate Trula Waters Smith, and stepbrother Wilburn Waters; two brothers-in-law, James Winningham and Tommy Waters; five ½ siblings, Rouser, Wallace, Walbert, Gladys and Beatrice. Harvey is survived by two daughters that he adored, Jacinna “Jay” (husband-Monty) Salyers of Alexandria and Sarah (husband-Robert) Goolsby of Daleville. Four grandchildren, Cameron Campbell, Paige Collins, Ronise Goolsby, and Elias Harvey Goolsby, and one great-granddaughter Mazilynn Collins. He is also survived by sister Mary Lou Spradlin and her husband, Carl of Muncie, stepbrother William Waters of Anderson, three brothers-in-law, Robert (Wife-June) Waters of Muncie, DeWayne (wife-Julie) Waters of Selma, and Larry (wife-Dedra) Waters of Yorktown; four sisters-in-law, Phyllis Winningham of Daleville, Janice (husband-William) Thornbro of Muncie, and Irene (husband-Terry) Legg of Peru, and Nila Waters, Gaston; many nieces and nephews, and a large extended family. Special adopted children, Amanda Coffey-Gray, Elizabeth Carroll, and Jeffrey Newton; and his precious princess Maggie (his pet dachshund). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 2:00 P.M. at the Westside United Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Waters officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunderland cemetery. Friends may call at the Westside United Baptist Church 3021 W. Cornbread Rd. Muncie, IN 47304 on Friday evening, February 23, 2024, from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and again at the church on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of the service. Parson Mortuary is entrusted with these arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Westside United Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made to the family in care of www.parsonmortuary.com. To to the family or in memory of Harvey Eugene Smith, please

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Aubrey C. Gouveia

May 29, 1934 - Feb 05, 2024

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Muncie, IN

Aubrey C. Gouveia, 89, died February 5, 2024, in Morrison Woods Health Club, Muncie, Indiana. He was born May 29, 1934, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), South America, to Amelia (Elliot) and Stanley P. Gouveia, and married Julia Kay Butz in Auburn, Indiana, February 15, 1957. Aubrey immigrated to America with his mother, a war bride, and two siblings, Joan Gouveia and Gordon Gouveia, in 1945, settling in Auburn, Indiana. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1953, attended Ball State Teachers College (now Ball State University) where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, was produce manager for Marsh Supermarkets, and retired from New Venture Gear (General Motors, Chevrolet Transmission) after thirty- three years of service, during which he was Committeeman and Financial Secretary for UAW Local 499. In Auburn, Aubrey played for the Auburn Red Devils basketball team, which advanced to the Muncie Semi-State round of the Sweet Sixteen in 1953. Among his later accomplishments was winning the Delaware County Old Timers Holiday Tournament Free Throw competition for eleven years. (A fellow GM worker had opined that free throw shooters are born, not made. Aubrey practiced religiously and began winning free-throw contests, proving that free-throw shooters can be made. In truth, however, Aubrey had always had excellent hand-eye coordination!) He is survived by his wife, Julia Kay, to whom he was married for sixty-six years, his son, Andre (Chicago), his daughter, Shelly (Tom Shubert) (Calabasas, California), his grandchildren, Taylor Shubert (New York City), Dylan Shubert (California), Dr. Madison Shubert (Texas), McKenzie Shubert (Virginia), his brothers, Gordon Gouveia (Indiana), Andrew Myers (South Carolina), Robert Myers (California), Clifford Myers, (Florida). He was preceded in death by his parents, Amelia and Stanley Gouveia, stepfather, Robert Myers, and sister, Joan. Aubrey was a loving, giving, dedicated husband, father, and son, who will be long remembered and loved. Final Rites were administered by Father Christian DeCarlo, Muncie Catholic. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, 4800 West Bradford Drive, Muncie, Indiana 47304. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.elmridgefuneralhome.com.

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