Trapshooter Memorial


Melvin Hancock

Melvin Leon Hancock, age 95, formerly of Speedway, passed away Monday, December 12, 2016. Born October 26, 1921, in Boone County, IN, he was the son of the late Orville and Ruth (Ragsdale) Hancock. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Jean Hancock in 2011; his sons, Gary and Paul Hancock; his sisters, Dorothia Jarrett, Gloria McKenny, and Jo Ann Hamilton; and a brother, Richard Hamilton.

Melvin retired in 1987 after 47 years as a General Manager in the Molding Department at Electric Steel Casting. He was a World War II Navy Veteran.

Melvin was a member of the Indiana Gun Club, and was inducted into the Indiana Trap Shooters Hall of Fame in 2003. During his career he shot at 101600 sixteen yard targets, 64300 handicap, and 13000 doubles.

Survivors include his sister, LaVerne Castleman and his brother, Charles Hancock; one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.


Michael Beroshok

Michael William Beroshok, 75, Fairmount, passed away at 3:34 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, at St. Vincent Kokomo. He was born Nov. 15, 1941 in Morristown, New Jersey to Michael George and Margaret (Shroader) Beroshok. Michael married Loretta Yates on Dec. 1, 1984, in Fairmount, and she survives.

Michael was a 1959 Eastern High School graduate and served in the Army. He worked for Delco Electronics as a pipe fitter, retiring in 2010. Michael was a member of Greentown Masonic Lodge 341 and the NRA. Michael loved golfing, target shooting and was an expert in archery.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Beroshok, Fairmount; daughter, Nancy (Dennis) Clingaman, Kokomo; three sons, Craig (Nina) Beroshok, Largo, Florida, Richard (Angela) Phillips, and Decatur, Deric Beroshok, Kokomo; sister, Margaret (Bill) Ward, Kokomo; four grandchildren, Mary Kay Sallee, Tipton, Ben Clingaman, Kokomo, Joanna (Jarrett) Rose, Kokomo, and Timothy Phillips, Decatur; four great-grandchildren, Hailey Rose, Riddick Rose, Everett Sallee and Damon Sallee.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Michael George and Margaret Beroshok.

Following the wishes of Michael, no services will be held and cremation will take place.  Online condolences may be left at Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Source: Kokomo Tribune

Ruth Ann Stierwalt

James 'Jim' Clayton Swan

JAMES “JIM” CLAYTON SWAN, 82, of Hymera, Indiana passed away at 8:35 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016 in his residence.


He was born August 14, 1934 in Jasonville, IN to James Ernest “Criq” Swan and Nina (Arnold) Swan Greene.


Survivors include his daughter, Dawn Dennis of Goshen, IN; several cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Jim was a 1951 Midland High School Graduate. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service where he worked as a Utility Technician. Jim served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Jasonville American Legion Post #172. He was a trap shooter and traveled widely to compete. He also was a member of the Okoboji Indians Trap Shooters Club.


Arrangements were entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian Street; Jasonville, IN; Visitation was scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. service time Friday at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services were 1 p.m. Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Cox Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Rotman officiating.


Source: Cox Funeral Home

Derek Jordan Knowling

Derek Jordan Knowling, 31 Roachdale, passed away Friday, June 23, 2016. He was born Dec. 2, 1984 in Danville, Ind. to Catherine (Fischer) and Toby Knowling. On June 26, 2010 he married his long-time sweetheart, Kimberly Zaring. They have been blessed with two children, Kendall and Benjamin.

Mr. Knowling began his education at the Roachdale Preschool. While at Roachdale Elementary in third grade he was nominated and selected to attend Purdue University’s Gifted Program and studied architecture. While there his class was filmed for a documentary from Taiwan. During his senior year at North Putnam High School he was voted FFA president. After graduation, he continued his education at Vincennes University where he studied surveying. While at Vincennes he pledge to Sigma Pi fraternity and held many offices. He began working at the Roachdale Gun Club at the age of 13. With some practice it was clear he had a gift. Mr. Knowling is a four-event national champion trap shooter.He was a member of the Roachdale Christian Church, ATA, NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

He loved the outdoors. One of his dreams was to become the manager of the Gun Club, which he achieved in 2015 for a five-year term. He began working as a land surveyor in 2006. Survivors include his wife Kim; two children, Kendall and Benjamin; parents, Catherine and Toby Knowling; two sisters, Ashley (Fiance Drew Dawson) Asher and Katie (Jay) Burdine, all of Roachdale; grandparents Herbert and Bonnie Fischer of Barnard; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Theodore and Vera Knowling; an aunt, Rita Fischer Tinch; and two uncles, Patrick Joseph Fischer and Theodore Knowling.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Roachdale Christian Church, 1 North Walnut Street, Roachdale, with Pastor Braden Etchison officiating. Burial will follow at Roachdale Cemetery. Family and friends may pay their respects from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roachdale Christian Church or the Roachdale Gun Club. Online condolences may be made at

Ralph G. Dabney

73, of Fairland, Indiana, passed away at his residence May 3, 2016. Ralph was born on March 8, 1943 in Jamestown, Kentucky to the late James Bradley & Ora Flangan Dabney. He served in the United States Navy. Ralph owned and operated Dabney Well & Pump Service for 50 years, which is still in operation today. He was an avid trap shooter and won multiple awards.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Tom Glenn Dabney, brother, Keith Dabney. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Rosemary; son, Ralph Gene Dabney (Cori); sister, Chris Kanter.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, May 7th 1:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling - Gerber Chapel, 5950 East Thompson Road, Indianapolis with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Acton Cemetery. You are invited to read Ralph's obituary at, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.

Ralph G. Dabney
73, of Fairland, Indiana, passed away at his residence May 3, 2016. Ralph was born on March 8, 1943 in Jamestown, Kentucky to the late James Bradley & Ora Flangan Dabney. He served in the United States Navy. Ralph owned and operated Dabney Well & Pump Service for 50 years, which is still in operation today. He was an avid trap shooter and won multiple awards.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Tom Glenn Dabney, brother, Keith Dabney. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Rosemary; son, Ralph Gene Dabney (Cori); sister, Chris Kanter.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, May 7th 1:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling - Gerber Chapel, 5950 East Thompson Road, Indianapolis with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Acton Cemetery. You are invited to read Ralph's obituary at, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 6, 2016 - See more at:
Ralph G. Dabney

73, of Fairland, Indiana, passed away at his residence May 3, 2016. Ralph was born on March 8, 1943 in Jamestown, Kentucky to the late James Bradley & Ora Flangan Dabney. He served in the United States Navy. Ralph owned and operated Dabney Well & Pump Service for 50 years, which is still in operation today. He was an avid trap shooter and won multiple awards.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Tom Glenn Dabney, brother, Keith Dabney. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Rosemary; son, Ralph Gene Dabney (Cori); sister, Chris Kanter.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, May 7th 1:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling - Gerber Chapel, 5950 East Thompson Road, Indianapolis with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Acton Cemetery. You are invited to read Ralph's obituary at, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.
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Ralph G. Dabney

73, of Fairland, Indiana, passed away at his residence May 3, 2016. Ralph was born on March 8, 1943 in Jamestown, Kentucky to the late James Bradley & Ora Flangan Dabney. He served in the United States Navy. Ralph owned and operated Dabney Well & Pump Service for 50 years, which is still in operation today. He was an avid trap shooter and won multiple awards.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Tom Glenn Dabney, brother, Keith Dabney. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Rosemary; son, Ralph Gene Dabney (Cori); sister, Chris Kanter.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, May 7th 1:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling - Gerber Chapel, 5950 East Thompson Road, Indianapolis with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Acton Cemetery. You are invited to read Ralph's obituary at, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 6, 2016 - See more at:
Ralph G. Dabney

73, of Fairland, Indiana, passed away at his residence May 3, 2016. Ralph was born on March 8, 1943 in Jamestown, Kentucky to the late James Bradley & Ora Flangan Dabney. He served in the United States Navy. Ralph owned and operated Dabney Well & Pump Service for 50 years, which is still in operation today. He was an avid trap shooter and won multiple awards.

Ralph was preceded in death by a son, Tom Glenn Dabney, brother, Keith Dabney. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Rosemary; son, Ralph Gene Dabney (Cori); sister, Chris Kanter.

A celebration of Ralph's life will be held Saturday, May 7th 1:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Stirling - Gerber Chapel, 5950 East Thompson Road, Indianapolis with calling from 10:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Acton Cemetery. You are invited to read Ralph's obituary at, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message for the family.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on May 6, 2016 - See more at:

Source: Indianapolis Star

Charles Bryant


Charles Bryant, 85. Wallace, passed away in the Presence United Samaritans Medical Center, Danville, IL, on Friday, January 1, 2016, at 7:57 a.m.

Charles was born in Wallace, Indiana, on December 21, 1930. He was the son of the late Martin Clifford and Ruth Nettie (Zackmire) Bryant. He was a life resident of the Wallace community. Charles graduated from Wallace High School in 1949. He owned and operated Bryant & Son LP Gas in Wallace until selling to Overpeck Gas in 1977. Charles also operated the Wallace Trapshooting Range in Wallace. Charles was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Charles was an avid trapshooter and a life long member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA). He had been inducted into the Indiana Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame. He was a promoter of the trapshooting sport. He enjoyed mentoring local youth, including the Attica High School Trapshooting Team. He was a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA); the American Legion Post # 263 of Cayuga and the Wallace Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf, boating and water skiing. Charlie never met a stranger. He loved his family, friends and he loved life!On March 18, 1956, Charles married Vivian Berniece Fisher in Raglesville, IN.


He leaves behind his wife, Vivian of 60 years; two daughters, Diana (companion-Mike Long) Butler, Lewes, DE; Cheryl (Brad) Francis, Lafayette; a son, Mark Charles (Terri) Bryant, Wallace; five grandchildren, Kevin Butler, Christopher (Amber) Bryant, Caleb Duncan (fiancée-Jacinda Shirley); Nick Bryant,  Madison Kaye Duncan "His Queen" ; two great-grandchildren, Dominick Martin Bryant and Lillian Bryant; his beloved pet dog, Suzie.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Kaye Bryant.

Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Hillsboro, on Monday, January 4th, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 5th, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor David Bock officiating. Burial with military honors will be held in the Wallace Lutheran Cemetery, Wallace, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Attica High School Trapshooting Team or the charity of one’s choice.




Raymond Strabavy


Raymond J. Strabavy, 77 of Whiting, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at the St. Vincent Heart Center, Indianapolis. He was the beloved husband of the late Paulette (Coppolillo) Strabavy who passed away December 19, 2014; loving father of Thomas (Janet), HPD, Michael (Dawn) and Richard; many nieces, nephews and cousins; devoted canine companion, “Brandee”. He was also preceded in death by his brother Gerald “Stormy” Strabavy.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 9:30am at the Baran Funeral Home, 1235-119th St., Whiting; a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:00am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting; interment, St. John Cemetery, Hammond; visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00pm.; members of the parish will offer prayers at the funeral home on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Ray Strabavy was born on October 13, 1938 to John “Peanuts” Strabavy and Ann (Butkovich) Strabavy Palagyi Bendis. He was a lifelong resident of the Whiting-Robertsdale Community and was a graduate of Whiting High School, Class of 1956. Ray was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Whiting and the Knights of Columbus, Pope John XXIII Council 1696 (prayers Sunday at  7:00pm). He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was a member of the American Legion, Whiting Post 80 (memorial service, Sunday at 6:00pm). Ray was a retiree of the Hammond Fire Department with a service of 28 years and was a member of the Brotherhood of Firefighters Local 556. A member of the Glen Park Izaac Walton League, Ray was the great outdoorsmans, enjoying hunting, fishing (particularly his annual trips to Minnesota with family and friends) and trapshooting. Ray was a 10-time Indiana Trapshooting Association All-State Team Member,  a 2012 Amateur Trapshooting Association Senior Vet All-American, and winner of several shotgun sports medals worldwide at the World Police & Fire Games. He loved all sports and was an avid Chicago Cubs Fan. A devoted husband and father, Ray will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, memorial to the SHARE Foundation for the Handicapped would be appreciated.


Source: Baran Funeral Home


G. Michael Seitz


Obituary could not be located, passed November 10, 2015


Source: United Community Bancorp press release


Jack (JT) Hughes


Jack Taylor Hughes passed away October 27, 2015 after a long, good life. He was born May 19, 1923 in Hominy, OK, to the late Ross G. and Helen Mitchell Hughes.

Jack grew up in Kansas City, MO, and attended the Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO. J.T. served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and he was in the European Theatre from 1943-1946. He was honorably discharged in 1946 returning home to Kansas City. On August 2, 1947, he married Jean Messick and the couple spent the next 68 years together as husband and wife. Jack’s civilian career included positions with Ford Aircraft, General Dynamics and the Kroger Company. In 1965, he joined the G.B. Stumpp Company as a manufacturer’s representative in the sporting goods business and spent nearly 40 years with the firm traveling Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

J.T. was a 7-time All-American Trap Shooter, lifetime member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and member of the Okoboji Indians trapshooting fraternity. In 1983, he was inducted into the Indiana Trapshooting Hall of Fame. During his life, Jack was a licensed pilot, avid card player and fantastic storyteller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, October 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, with visitation one hour prior.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Jean Hughes; daughter, Jan Hughes Hamilton and husband Mike; son, Jim Hughes and wife Jennifer Robbins Hughes; and two outstanding grandsons, Matt Hamilton and Alex Hughes. Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather and sportsman. J.T. was also blessed with countless friends around the country and all of us will truly miss him.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 931 E. 86th St., Ste. 208, Indianapolis, IN 46240.


Source: Tarheel Trap


George L. Gresh


George L. Gresh, 72, passed away Thursday morning, August 6, 2015 peacefully at home.

He was born January 13, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of George and Irene (Lestock) Gresh. George graduated from Lakewood High School in Ohio and attended San Jose State University in California. He worked for Anchor Hocking for ten years before joining Ball Corporation in 1976. When he retired, from Ardagh Group in Muncie as Director of Production Planning in 2014, he had forty-eight years of experience in the glass container manufacturing industry.

George was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and the Amateur Trapshooting Association. A Past President of the Muncie Rifle and Pistol Club, George enjoyed competitive trap shooting for the past twenty years.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn (Pixie) Gresh, Muncie; daughter, Gina (husband, Neil) Behrman, Muncie; two grandchildren, Isabelle and Charles Behrman; mother-in-law, Virginia Wade, Cathedral City, CA; siblings, David (wife, Carol) Gresh, Creston, OH, Jane Shiley, Westfield, OH, and Paul (wife, Luann) Gresh, Wadsworth, OH; sister-in-law, Jenilee (husband, John) Bartolotti, Covina, CA; and ten nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers-in-law, Terry Shiley and Fred Wade.

Funeral Services will be held at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 11, 2015 with Rev. Robert Lim officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Covina, California.

Friends may call at The Meeks Mortuary and Crematory, Washington Street Chapel, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2015, or one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association of Indiana, 6525 E. 82nd Street, #115, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

Sources:  The Meeks Mortuary

Dan McIlrath

Dan McIlrath died on January 19, 2015, surrounded by those that he loved and those that loved him, on a sunny blue skied day in the house he loved overlooking the old mill on Sugar Creek near Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Dearest husband and proud father of seven, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight, he is survived by them all as well as two loving daughters-in-law and three admiring sons-in-law. His father, mother and brother all preceded him in death. Dan was born on May 18th, 1928 in Carroll County Indiana to Mable (Patty) and Lester L. McIlrath. He married his high school sweetheart, Martha McCord 66 years ago on December 27th, 1948 at St. Vincent's Church in Logansport, Indiana. While at Logansport High School, Dan was a 16 letter athlete, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball, and track as a sprinter and hurdler. He was the last student at LHS to earn a varsity letter in every sport offered.

Dan joined the United States Navy one week after high school graduation and served his country in the shore patrol. After the Navy, Dan studied Physical Education at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana. Dan played both sides of the ball, Defensive End and Tight End as number 33 for the Boilermakers, lean and mean after carrying hod in summers to build the red brick residence halls at Purdue, and after his coach hired the team out to the railroad to get them in shape without the benefit of today's modern gyms. He remained a true and loyal fan attending home games with Martha by his side through thick and thin, fair weather and foul.

After graduation, with two children in tow, a move to Kokomo promised a well-paying job at Continental Steel. From the back-breaking job of cleaning out the soot tunnels from the smelting hot pots, Dan worked his way up the ladder to the eventual position of Superintendent of the Wire Mill. In these years in Kokomo, Dan and Martha's family grew. Marie and David were joined by Ellie, James, Beth, Rob and Becky. After long days at the mill, he also worked nights at his own tool and die shop to generate income to provide for his family. His love of all things underwater led to a entrepreneurial venture in scuba diving, Martha again by his side diving salvage.

As well as being an avid hunter and fisherman, Dan became an expert trap shooter, ultimately recruited to try out for the United States Olympic Team. His awards in the sport include over two dozen wins on the state and national level, culminating as two-time winner of the Indiana Gun Club's coveted Highest of All trophy, the 2003 American Trap Association's Senior Veteran title, and 2004 ATA Grand American Championship winner. A telling of Dan's long and full life would not be complete without mentioning the game of golf. Beginning at Purdue, the passionate pursuit of the perfect drive, chip and putt would motivate him, frustrate him, and reward him enough to keep him coming back. He played a lead role in developing the back nine at the Crawfordsville Country Club and his many years there afforded him a close group of friends that he cherished.

Dan's work tenure in Crawfordsville began with a move to Midstates Steel and Wire in 1974 as Vice-President of Manufacturing and ended with his retirement in 1991 at Lithonia Lighting as Plant Manager. At Midstates and Lithonia, he walked the plant floor every day, inquiring after every employee and their family members by name. Dan was a long time member of the Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce acting as its president from 1985-86. He also served as president of Rotary those same years, and initiated the Office of Economic Development for Montgomery County, guiding it from 1995-2000. He served as the Chairman of the Indiana Manufacturers Association from 1987-88. Dan also served on the Board of Directors at Elston Bank and Saint Claire's Hospital.

Among his many accolades are being named Global Wire Man of the Year in 1975, a Kentucky Colonel, and Sagamore of the Wabash, an honorary title for those who have contributed greatly to our Hoosier Heritage. A man's man, Dan worked hard, played hard, loved hard and lived life to the fullest. He embodied the highest American ideals of honor, loyalty, duty, hard work and service to community and those less fortunate. He leaves behind a large and loving family, and countless friends, colleagues, and former employees of all ages, all of whom respected him and admired him greatly. He will be missed.

Dan is survived by his wife Martha (McCord), his seven children, Marie (John Vanada), David (Kathy Fleming), Ellie (Dennis Thurston), James, Beth, Rob (Cheryl Marquess-Calder), and Becky (Mike Owen); thirteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held 2:00 PM Saturday at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church with Father Dennis Faker officiating. Visitation will be 11:30 AM-2:00 PM Saturday in the church.

Sources:  Hunt and Son Funeral Home

Mark Burgess

Mark William Burgess, 62, of New Whiteland, passed away December 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Jo Burgess. Survivors include children Jeffrey Burgess and Stephani (Allen) Burgess.

Mark was a fixture in Indiana trapshooting for over 60 years. His first registered targets were in 1962 attaining his 25,000 singles pin in 1972 and 25,000 handicap pin in 1992. He won many trophies and accolades including winning the singles sub-junior title in the 1966 Grand American, earning a 3rd place trophy at the 2009 Grand American Handicap, and achieving his 27 yard pin in 2010. His more notable accomplishment was his 50th Grand American attendance patch received in 2012.

Mark had a tremendous impact on youth shooting. As the coach for the Indiana Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), he mentored many shooters. Mark's son Jeffrey posted a loving tribute to his father about his passion for coaching: “Each and every one of you brought so much joy to my father and he looked forward to seeing you all continue to grow in the sport that he loved so much. We all will miss him very much. Please continue to think about all the lessons and advice he gave. It truly was his honor to be your coach. The next time you are out on the field, you call for your bird, pull the trigger just an instant before you think you should and magically that target rises up enough to knock a chip off of it, just know it was probably my Dad, your coach, and your shooting angel giving you just that last bit of help. God bless you all and thank you for filling my Dad’s heart with so much joy while he was your coach.”

A service will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 W. Main Street, with calling Friday, December 19, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Greenwood, Indiana.

Sources:  Wilson St Pierre Funeral Home, Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation

James Hawkins

James W. "Hawk" Hawkins, 62, Tipton, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at his residence. He was born March 3, 1952, in Tipton to William A. & G. Virginia (Graham) Hawkins. He married Jane E. Tunmer on July 31, 1971, and she survives.

Hawk was a 1970 graduate of Tipton High School and worked at BRS Mechanical for 22 years. He was a member of the Kemp United Methodist Church; BPOE Elks, where he was a past exalted ruler; and belonged to the Alexandria Conservation & Gun Club. He was an avid fisherman, competitive trap shooter and enjoyed watching NASCAR.

Survivors include his wife, Jane; three children, Amy L. McKay and husband Johnny, Sharpsville, Stacey J. Hawkins, Tipton, and Meg E. Whitehead and husband Christopher, Clarksville, Tennessee; and three grandchildren, Hunter McKay, Karly McKay and Gabe Hawkins.

He is also survived by his nine brothers and sisters, Kathy Murphy, Tipton, Michael Hawkins, Tipton, Steve Hawkins, Elwood, Mark Hawkins and wife Barbara, Lynnwood, Washington, Lynn Cunniff and husband Chris, Pineville, North Carolina, Lisa Plake, Tipton, Joe Hawkins and wife Kelly, Tipton, Rich Hawkins and wife Paula, Tipton, and Rob Hawkins, Chicago.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, at Young-Nichols Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Ward presiding and burial to follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday with an Elks memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.

Source: Kokomo Tribune

Robert C. Turner, Sr.

Mr. Robert C. Turner, Sr., age 66, of Hanover, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana. He was born on March 12, 1947 in Madison, the son of Earl and Berneice L. (Eaglin) Turner.

Mr. Turner was a 1966 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, entering the United States Marie Corp following school and serving during the Vietnam War. He formerly owned and operated Turner’s Body Shop, later known as Hanover Collision and Paint, in Hanover for forty years.

He was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, VFW Post #1969, Jefferson Post #9 American Legion, the Amateur Trap Association where he won several awards, and the Indian Creek Gun Club, where he was nominated to the Hall of Fame. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapshooting.

Survivors include his wife, the former Donna L. Lorton, to whom he was married on April 2, 1968 in Jacksonville, North Carolina while serving in the Marines; one son, Robert C. Turner, Jr. and his wife Traci of Deputy, Indiana; one brother, Thomas Turner and his wife, Jane of Madison; and five grandchildren: Marcus Turner, Hayley Turner, Robert C. Turner, III, Danielle Albert and Corrina Albert.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Carolyn “Midge” Frost.

The Reverend John Meyer will conduct funeral services at 11:00 AM Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Lytle Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery where a detail from the United States Marine Corps will conduct military honors.

Friends and family may call at the Lytle Funeral Chapel from 5 to 8 PM Monday, April 8, 2013 and from 10 to 11 AM Tuesday. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM Monday at the funeral home.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Pope John PreSchool. Contribution envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Source: Lytle Funeral Chapel


Sharon A. Kingen     (click on name for memorial thread)


Sharon A. Kingen, age 68, of McCordsville, passed away on Jan. 8, 2013. Born on July 6, 1944, she was the daughter of Dennis “Dink” and Mildred Dale (Snyder) Kingen.

Dr. Kingen earned her doctorate in Literature & English from Ball State University. She was the owner of Kingen Gun Club and was formerly a teacher and professor at Ball State University and at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Kingen was a member of the Eden Order of the Eastern Star #101, Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, and the Indiana Trapshooting Association. She also won the Grand National Ladies Championship award for Trapshooting in Vandalia, Ohio.

Surviving her are her cousins, Karen Fleming of Greenfield, Marta Evry Bowman of California, and Dennis Fisk of Greenfield; and many great-cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and grandparents, Bob Kingen and Allen and Gertrude Snyder.

Visitation will be on from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield with an OES service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will take place on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church. Burial will take place at Washington Park East.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dennis Kingen Youth Memorial, c/o Kingen Gun Club, 5190 N. 500 W., McCordsville, IN, 46055, or to the Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church, 3179 N. 600 W., Greenfield, IN, 46140.

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Source: Daily Reporter


William H. Mains


Master Engraver William H. Mains of Knightstown, IN died Dec. 28th in Bandera, Texas. He was 76.


A native of Indiana, Mr. Mains began his career by serving in goldsmith and watchmaker apprenticeships while still in high school in Florida. In 1954 he graduated from Bowman Technical High School in Lancaster, Pa. as a hand jewelry engraver. While serving in the Air Force and Strategic Air Command in the 1950's, he began engraving guns. Following his discharge in 1963, he invented his rotary foot wheel engraving bench, which resembles a potter's wheel with a lathe chuck on top and allowed him to create his signature continuous-scroll style of hand engraving.


He and his family moved to Buffalo, NY then relocated to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1974. In 2001, he moved his home to Knightstown, Ind. but continued to travel the U.S. practicing his craft on the gun club circuit.

During his long career, he had been the contracted factory engraver for several firearm manufacturers. He was primary engraver for Colt from 1967 to 1972 and is attributed with having engraved more second generation Colt single actions than any other. (Most of his factory engraved Colts are stamped with a small buffalo under the cylinder pin, a reference to his home in Buffalo). He was also factory engraver for Ithaca Gun Company, engraving all their single-barrel trap guns plus many others for the last 11 years of their production.

During his 27 years in Las Vegas, he engraved guns, jewelry, and other items for celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Frank and Barbara Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Liberace, Steve Spielberg, Buddy Hackett, Wayne Newton, Shirley MacLaine, B.B. King, and Oliver North; boxers Riddick Bowe, the Spinks Brothers, Mike Tyson, and Oscar de la Hoya;  and the former leaders of Indonesia (Suharto) and Algeria (Houari Boumedienne).

He also engraved for thousands of private citizens, and his work has been featured in numerous books and magazines.

Daughter Kimberly Mains-Agee wrote, “he enjoyed a life of traveling, including regular stays at various gun clubs and trapshoots, meeting people and friends old and new and always enjoying the work he loved. Not only was he an artisan well respected and renowned across the globe, Bill also firmly owned the title of loving and devoted father and grandpa. Undoubtedly even now, he is keeping busy as usual, engraving heaven’s streets of gold”.

Survivors include two daughters, three granddaughters, a sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Source: Trap and Field Magazine


Michael A. Sulich


Michael A. Sulich, age 71, U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, of Whiting, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2012.


Beloved husband of Dorothy A. Sulich (nee Kaminsky); loving father of Kimberly Alahmadi and Lisa Marie Sulich; and cherished brother of Rose Marie (Lynn) Scofield. Michael was a member of the American Legion Whiting Post 80 and the Whiting/Robertsdale Boat Club. He was a sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and loved Trap Shooting at the Izaak Walton League of America, Glen Park Chapter. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending his winters in Arizona and summers in Minnesota.


Family and Friends are invited to meet on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in the Narthex of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 2011 Clark St., Whiting followed by a Memorial Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. with Father Stephen Muth officiating. Interment was Private.


Services were entrusted to OWENS-RUZICH FUNERAL HOME, 816 - 119th St., corner of (Rt. 41) Calumet Ave. at 119th St., Whiting. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Family would be appreciated. For further information regarding services, please contact OWENS- RUZICH FUNERAL HOME at 219/ 659-0417 or 219/ 659- 0018.


Patricia L. Matthews

Patricia L. “Pat” Matthews, age 57, of St. John, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012. She is survived by her husband Bernie Matthews; son Jay Matthews; daughter Amy (Albert) Throw; grandchildren: Dylan Petrovski, Colton Matthews, Dakoda Throw, Dean Matthews, and Desirée Throw; brother John (Barbara) Cox; sisters Edith (Olen) Keene and Rita (late Frank) Shea and numerous other friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Georgia Cox and brothers Robert and Fred Cox.

Funeral services will be held at the Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 8580 Wicker Ave in St. John on Monday, November 26, 2012 at 11:00 am with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Burial Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville. Friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the funeral home from 2-6 pm.

Pat was a member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association, was an excellent seamstress and very crafty. She thought of everyone else before herself and would do anything for anyone. Most of all she was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother.

Source: Fagan-Miller Funeral Home

Lesa Barker

Mrs. Lesa Barker, 48, Rochester, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1964 in Indianapolis, to Larry and Linda Bailey Greathouse.

A proud graduate of Plainfield High School, Lesa later attended Cedarville Christian College.

For 20 years, Lesa worked for National Car Rental as a loss control manager. She also worked as a substitute teacher and bus driver for the Avon School Corporation.

On March 19, 2011 Lesa and Donald J. Barker were married in Brown County. After their marriage and prior to losing her fight with cancer, Lesa assumed joint ownership of and operated the Fulton County Gun Club in Rochester.

Lisa loved her Lord and cherished the time spent with her family and friends.

Lesa will be lovingly remembered by her husband Don; her daughter, Savannah Jo Boone; mother, Linda Barker, of Bloomfield; father, Larry Greathouse and wife Delores, of Fishers; one sister, Cindy Schulte and husband Nathan, of Bloomfield; one brother, Anthony Greathouse and wife Lexi, of Monticello; nieces, Lacey Franklin, Kylie Greathouse, Rhylie Funk; nephews, Reese Schulte, Ryan Schulte, Kaden Greathouse, Rheagan Greathouse, Aspen Greathouse; and two stepdaughters: Ashley Boone and Lindsay Boone.


Source: Don Barker


Jerald A. Mitchell

Jerald A. Mitchell, Jr.,72, of Mesa, AZ, passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. He was born February, 23, 1940 in Terre Haute, IN to Jerald and Audrey M. Freed Mitchell.

He was a 1958 graduate of Otter Creek High School, a veteran of the Air Force National Guard, a past member of Masonic Lodge 669 and Scottish Rite. He was a life time member of the Amateur Trapshooters Association of America and was inducted into the Indiana State Trapshooters Hall of Fame. He retired as president of Mitchell Masonry, Inc. in 2001(1996).

He is survived by his daughter, Lori L. (Michael) Himmel and grandson, Mitchell R. (Megan) Wheeler and great-granddaughter, Mia; son, Mark A. (Jodie) Mitchell; grandsons, Brandt, Beau and Brian, who preceded him in death; a brother, Ronald E. (Nancy) Mitchell (and family) Scott, Bruce, Kelly, Theresa and Douglas. Jerald's former wife LaDonna also survives.

Private services will be held in Terre Haute, Indiana. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Source: Indy Star

Donald E. Cain

SUMMITVILLE, Ind. — Donald E. “Donnie” Cain, 67, Summitville, died Aug. 12, 2012, at Community Hospital, Anderson, after an extended illness.

Born Dec. 26, 1944, in Hartford City, the son of Charles C. Cain and Vera (Royal) Cain, he resided in the Summitville area for the past 16 years.

Don was a graduate of Upland Jefferson High School-Class of 1962. He retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad in 1987 after 23 years of employment. He was a member of the Lincoln Lodge 523 F&AM of Macy, Ind., the Scottish Rite of Terre Haute, the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the Epworth United Methodist Church at Alexandria. He enjoyed fishing and trapshooting.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Wade) Cain, whom he married March 20, 1964; son, Rod (Laura) Cain of Summitville; mother, Vera Cain of Upland; brothers, Mervin (Jean) Cain and Jay (Jody) Cain, all of Upland; grandchildren, Lydia, Brickson and Susanna Cain, all of Summitville; mother-in-law, Irene Campbell of Summitville; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 3957 E. 1250N, Alexandria, with Dr. Joyce Thornton and the Rev. Jim Miller officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to Community VNA Hospice or the American Cancer Society with envelopes available at the services.

Service and cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Owens-Noffze Funeral Home, Summitville.

Source: The Herald Bulletin

Jon Moore

Moore, Jon Franklin, age 79, beloved husband, father, and member of the community passed away Tuesday, April 10th, 2012. Jon was a faithful man of God which earned him the respect of both his family and the community that surrounded him, taking up public speaking, insurance services and education, and even writing. He was also an experienced trap shooter, earning many honors and awards all over the United States.  

He is survived by his wife Betty Moore, children Wayne Moore, Scott Moore, Brad Stockwell, Barry Stockwell, and Jonelle Cyr, grandchildren Adam, Rachel, Bryce, Ashley, Nathan, Taylor, Bethany, Timothy, Tanner, & two great-grandchildren.  

The viewing will be April 12th from 6 to 8 p.m. at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home on E. Altamonte Dr. in Altamonte Springs. The funeral service will be April 13th at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park followed by a graveside service.

Source: Unknown

Charles St. John


GREENFIELD-Charles S. St. John, age 89, of Greenfield, passed away on November 11, 2011. Born on April 8, 1922, he was the son of Elton and Sylvia (Farlow) St. John. Charles graduated from Newberry High School and married Frankie L. Borter on July 5, 1940. He worked as a car salesman at various automobile dealerships over the years. He was a Mason who loved to hunt, trap shoot, and play euchre. He was also a regular at Kingen’s gun club. 

Surviving him are his daughters, Charlotte Brandle of Fortville, Carol (Adam) Hays of Middletown, Teri Benjamin of Missoula, Montana, and Jaci (Benny) Owens of Greenfield; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; brother, Robert St. John of Greensburg; and a sister, June (Mont) Vore of Lafayette. Preceding him in death were his wife, Frankie; parents; infant son, Stuart; grandson, Casey Bradley; and siblings, Vera Slinkard, Sue Genero, and Jim St. John. 

Visitation will be on Monday, November 14, 2011, from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 p.m. Pastor John Davis will be officiating the service. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at Friends may sign the online guestbook at or email condolences to

Source: Erlewein Mortuary

Ralph E. Wade

Ralph Edward Wade, 82, of Columbus, formerly of Flat Rock, passed away at 6:12 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at Columbus Regional Hospital.


Mr. Wade had been a program specialist for ASCS for 32 years and retired in 1984. He was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church, Farmer's Masonic Lodge, Flat Rock Order of the Eastern Star, and Amateur Trapshooting Association. He loved trapshooting, flower and vegetable gardening and spending time with his grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Rev. Leslie Fix officiating. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic memorial service will be conducted at 8:00p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be at Flat Rock Cemetery in Flat Rock, IN. Memorials may be given to Flat Rock United Methodist Church through the funeral


Mr. Wade was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Bartholomew County, the son of Walter and Mamie Bell Snider Wade. He married Joanna Lawless on Jan. 21, 1951, at the Flat Rock United Methodist Church and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Logan Ralph Wade of Flat Rock; a daughter, Mary Bell (Rusty) Smiley of Flat Rock; grandchildren, Jesse Wade (Rochelle) Mathena of Greenwood, Donnell Edward (Lenora) Mathena of Shelbyville and Joseph Wayne (Kayla) Mathena II of Westport; great-grandchildren, Jesse Mathena Jr., Devon Mathena, Wade Mathena, Annabelle Mathena and Josey Mathena; a brother, Lawrence Edgar Wade of Cookeville, Tenn.; and a nephew, Larry Wade. Mr. Wade was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mamie Bell Wade.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wade family at


Source: Norman Funeral Home

Steven A. Dalby

Steven A. Dalbey of Crawfordsville died at 11:22 p.m. on June 16, 2011. Thursday in Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health-Crawfordsville. He was 61.

Mr. Dalbey retired after 40 years as a meat inspector for the Indiana Board of Health and was owner of Morton Hook & Sinker Country Store. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Trap Shooters Association, IRA-Indiana Ropers and Doggers Association and National Rifle Association.

He graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1968. He was born Sept. 16, 1949, at Williamsport, to Stanley R. and Violet L. (Long) Dalbey. He married Linda Cain on April 26, 1969, at Crawfordsville. She survives.Other survivors include: daughter Michelle (Colby) Montgomery of Waldorf, Md.; and sisters, Donna Crowder and Lenora Kilgore, both of Crawfordsville. Sister Della Jean Surber is deceased.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hunt & Son Funeral Home, 107 N. Grant Ave., with the Rev. Mike Sabens officiating. Burial will be at Darlington Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Source: Crawfordsville Journal and Review

John W. "Bill' Cooley

John W. "Bill" Cooley, 79, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born in Fawn Grove, MS, John owned BC Upholstery and was a member of ATA. Surviving are sons, Dennis (Lisa Hand) Cooley of Ft. Wayne and John (Tammy) Cooley of Indianapolis; daughters, Renee (Joel) Sherrill of Fishers, IN, June Riley of Mantachie, MS, and Paula (Tony) Christopher of Anniston, AL; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Frank; and sisters Doris and Ruth. John was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Hazel Mae Cooley; parents James Clayburn Cooley and Velora Cooley; brother Darrel; and sister Laura. Service is 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 11, 2011 at D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Avenue with Rev. Joel Sherrill and Rev. John Cooley officiating. Visitation from 6 to 8 pm Friday at the funeral home. Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Red Cross, in honor of his grandsons serving in the military.


Source: McComb and Sons Funeral Home

Thomas Mundell

Thomas E. Mundell, 74, Silver Lake, Indiana and formerly of Tipton, died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He was born September 28, 1936 in Tipton to Henry J. & Margaret J. (Phifer) Mundell.  On June 7, 1959 he married Beth Achenbach and she survives. He retired from General Motors in Kokomo.  Tom was a member of U.A.W. 292, American Trapshooter Association and the Indiana Trapshooters Hall of Fame.  He loved to fish and loved IU basketball and NASCAR.

Survivors besides his wife Beth include two daughters, Christina Elston and husband Darrell and Stacie Shaffer and husband Jim, all of Tipton; six grandchildren, Lindsay Timm and husband Zach, Bryan Elston, Derek Elston, Aubree Elston, Jordan Shaffer and Whitney Shaffer.  He will also be missed by his two little canine companions, Kaylee and Bella.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Mundell and William Mundell, and one sister, Janet Smedley. Tom's funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 6 at Young-Nichols
Funeral Home with Rev. Melissa Grishaw presiding.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caregiver Companion, 228 N. Main Street, Suite B, Tipton, Indiana, 46072.

Source: Young Nichols Funeral Home

Mildred Kingen

Mildred Kingen, 94, beloved wife of the late Dennis “Dink” Kingen and treasured mother of Sharon Kingen, passed into the embrace of the Savior Jesus on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010. 

Born on Christmas day of 1915 to Gertrude and Allen Snyder, she spent her childhood on the family farm a mile south of Mt. Comfort.  As a teenager during the Depression, she assisted in supplementing the family income by helping to cook and serve chicken dinners on Sundays.  Following her graduation from Mt. Comfort High School, she pursued a career as a comptometer operator at Eli Lilly Co.  On June 25, 1937, she wed her high school sweetheart, Dink Kingen, in Culver, Indiana.  

The couple lived for a few years in Fortville before Dink enlisted in the Army Air Force to serve in World War II.  While he was listed as missing in action, she gave birth to their only child, daughter Sharon.  After his safe return to the United States, Pid and Dink set to farming on property owned by Dink’s father in Hancock County.  They lived together on this farm all of their 60 years of marriage.  Pid not only worked as a farm housewife, but she also cooked for 20 years in the Mt. Comfort and Mt. Vernon Schools.  In 1959, Pid and Dink began construction of the Kingen Gun Club on the farm property.  Her responsibility was the restaurant at the club, a duty she was fulfilling in August of 2010 shortly before she fell ill. 

Throughout all of her married life, she was the unofficial gun bearer and emotional support of her husband and daughter.  Although she never took part in shooting sports as a competitor, she was well known by hundreds of shooters throughout the nation.  The Indiana Trapshooting Association awarded her a plaque in honor of her many years of support of the sport.  She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron of the McCordsville Chapter.  She was also a very active member of the Mt. Comfort United Methodist Church.  She taught Sunday School classes, served as church treasurer for several years, worked as a member of the worship committee, sang in the church choir, and labored as church historian for many years, as well as volunteering for numerous duties associated with church activities including smorgasbords and funeral dinners.  Until her final illness took her mobility and energy, she was a vigorous, optimistic force to those who knew her, yet she was a woman of gentle touch and kind words to all. 

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon; her niece, Karen Fleming and her nephew, Dennis Fisk, both of Greenfield; her niece, Marta Evry Bowman of California; and many great nieces and nephews who grieve her passing but celebrate the opportunity to have known and loved a woman of sturdy strength, honesty, and virtue.  She will be greatly missed by many friends and acquaintances not only in the local community but across the state and the country. 

Source: Erlewein Mortuary

Clarence Earl Toliver

Clarence Earl Toliver, 97, of Orleans died Monday, July 19, 2010 at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford, Indiana.


Earl was born June 16, 1913 in Orange County, Indiana. His parents were Hayden W. and Ethel May Scarlett Toliver.


He married Maye E. Magner, August 17, 1940 and she preceded him in death on February 3, 2002.


He was the owned and operated the former Toliver Oil Products in Orleans for thirty-five years until he sold the business and retired in 1975.


Earl’s interest in trap shooting began in 1948 and that became his passion. He owned the Jenkins Gun Club in Mitchell from 1969 to 1973. In 1954, he was elected to the board of the Indiana Trapshooter’s Association and served as secretary, treasurer for many years and as president in 1961. He was elected to the Indiana Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1964 he was elected to the National Amateur Trapshooter’s Association and was president in 1968 and founder of the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame. He attended all of the Hall of Fame Induction Banquets from 1968 until 2009. In 1962 Earl was the world recordholder for the most 100s broken in a single year, 4000 targets consecutively. He held many other records. He was also an avid pilot from 1935 until 1970. He was a member of the Orleans Kiwanis Club and was past president and past Lt. Governor. He was a member of the Bedford Elks Club and was a member of the National Riflemen’s Association.


Surviving Mr. Toliver is a sister, Barbara Diech and her husband, David of Bedford, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Burgess of Crawfordsville, Indiana, also several nieces and nephews.  Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother, Max Toliver and one sister, Mildred Burton.


Source: Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home

Judith E. Barker

Mrs. Judith E. Barker, 60, of 3916 N. Meridian Road, Rochester, died Monday at her residence.

She was born in Roanoke, Va., on July 7, 1949, the daughter of the late Robert W. and Marcelle (Widner) Coley.

Judith became the bride of Donald J. Barker on July 1, 1977, in Cullman, Ala.

As a person who loved the outdoors, Judy managed the Fulton County Conservation Club. With great pride she kept the grounds manicured to perfection, from mowing down to the fine tuning of edging in preparation for the shooters' competitions. She enjoyed planting flowers to enhance the beauty of her home overlooking the Tippecanoe River.

To relax Judy and Don enjoyed boating in the glistening waters of various lakes in northern Indiana and southern Michigan. Many times these escapes included the children and later the grandchildren. Embracing the outdoors, Judy and Don would camp under the stars, sometimes in a trailer with friends, earlier in a pop-up camper, or even in tents carried on board.

The Barkers owned and loved their property in Park County. There were many quiet moments and great memories made there developing the land for the perfect retirement spot. Judy's greatest passion was for her family. As a consummate grandma, her best times were when her grandchildren surrounded her. As an active grandmother Judy taught the kids about nature. She enjoyed cheering them on in all of their sporting activities. Dialing long distance was the best method of staying in touch and talking with them, and keeping up on breaking news was her forte. 

Judy is remembered for her thoughtful, random acts of kindness that were unending. Whether it be for family or friends, Judy was there to lend a helping hand. She unselfishly put the needs of others before her own. Whether it was organizing Christmas dinner baskets for those less fortunate or helping with groceries or cash in a time of need, Judy was quietly in the background, always there to help out.

It was a family tradition that Judy and Don hosted the family Thanksgiving celebration in their home. There the grandchildren could be found helping Nana, as she was affectionately known, apply the finishing touches to the delicious feast. Judy leaves behind her loving lifelong partner, husband Don, her adoring children, treasured grandchildren, a brother and sisters, the grateful shooters of the conservation club, and the many friends she touched along life's journey to cherish her memory.

Judith is survived by her husband, Don, at home; a daughter, Michelle Runkel Karst and husband Scott, Madison; a son, Michael Runkel and wife Amanda, Valley Grove, Ala. Five grandchildren, Justin Sightes, LaPorte; Jack and A.J. Karst, Madison; and Meagan and Malachi Runkel, Valley Grove, Ala. Four sisters, Debbie Self and husband Michael, Fairview, Ala.; Donna Coley, Cullman, Ala.; Denise Parker and Donald Ray, Valley Grove, Ala.; and Robin Strickland, Madison, Ala. A brother, Robert Coley Jr. and wife Debbie, Walter, Ala; and very dear friends, Jim and Betty DeHaven, LaCrosse.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her mom, Marcelle Stricklin, in 1997; her dad, Robert Coley, in 1993; her youngest sister, Janice Coley, on Dec. 26, 2008; and her grandmother, Florence Young, in January of 2010.

A celebration of the life of Judith E. Barker will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with the Rev. Ray Squibb officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice of Fulton County or Friends of Fulton County Parks. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at

Source: The Rochester Sentinel

John F. Gould

Seven-time All American John F. Gould of Pleasant Lake, Ind., died of congestive heart failure on Sept 15, 2009. He was 64.

A shooter most of his adult life, he began his ATA career in 1988. Since then he had registered 52,800 singles, 47,700 handicap, and 38,100 doubles targets while earning numerous trophies and chair shooter championships. He placed on the ATA All American chair teams each year from 2004 through the current year (the 2010 squad, based on accomplishments during the 2009 target year). Twice he was the second-high points earner on the team.

He was chair titlist in the 2005 and 2008 Grand American Doubles Championships, and the latter year he also led the category in the President's Handicap. In 2003 he placed 17th in the Grand American Handicap field.

He earned numerous chair trophies at Satellite Grands and state shoots, including the following in title events between 2003 and 2009: Great Lakes Grand, 16; Empire Grand, nine; Northeasetern Grand, Michigan, and Ohio, four each; Missouri, three; Southern Grand, two; and Dixie Grand, one.

A member of the Branch County and Williams County Conservation Club, "John and his big red scooter were a familiar sight at many of the big shoots," wrote Carol, his wife of 22 years. "He was the only shooter to break a perfect 50 at Williams County's 50-bird club championship July 26. He went out a winner".

For 38 years Mr. Gould was a machinist at Metaldyne (formerly Simpson Ind.) in Fremont.

Surviving are his widow, five sons, 10 grandchildren and two sisters.

Source: Trap & Field Magazine

William A. Gray

Bill A. Gray 67, Jamestown, died Sept. 3, 2009. He had been a tool repairman at Diamond Chain and formerly worked at Link Belt. An avid trapshooter, he was a member of the American Trapshooters Association. He is survived by his wife Glenda Gray; children Billy Wayne Gray, Cynthia Hardman, Brett A. Gray, and Charlotte Wehlerman; brother Bobby Gray; sisters Enona Brewington, Linda Gasper, and Sheila Kadel; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Sat. Sept. 5 at Matthews Mortuary, Brownsburg, with visitation there from 4 to 8 p.m. Fri. Sept. 4. Burial will be at Lizton K of P Cemetery.

Source: The Indianapolis Star

Arthur L. Horvath

Arthur L. Horvath, 1991 Indiana Hall of Fame enshrinee from Mishawaka, died March 5, 2009 at the age of 76.

Among his awards was the 1973 Indiana singles title, after his first 200 straight plus an 11 round shoot-off. His second career 200 straight put him into a tie for the 1982 Grand American Clay Target Championship, where he finished as Class A runner-up following three extra rounds.

Between 1959 and 1996, the ATA life member registered 68,100 singles, 59,000 handicap and 36,930 doubles targets.

He was past president of the Indiana Trapshooters Association and the Chain O' Lakes Gun Club in South Bend, and he was a member of the Mishawaka Conservation Club.

Mr. Horvath was a machinery repairman in the Navy and he worked as a tool and die maker.

Surviving are his widow Johna, three children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grand children.

Source: Trap & Field Magazine

William Lee "Bill" Jackson

William Lee “Bill” Jackson, age 64 of Clarks Hill, died at his residence on February 5, 2009. Born in Glasgow, KY on January 9, 1945, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Hodges) Davis. He was a graduate of Clinton Prairie High School and was an Army Veteran having served in Viet Nam. He married JoAnn Lockwood on May 16, 1964 in Clarks Hill and she survives. Mr. Jackson retired as a plumber for Brenneco for 21 years. He enjoyed trap shooting, fishing, traveling, and his grandkids. He was a member of the Amateur Trapshooters Association, shooting 18,850 targets; Roachdale Gun Club and the N.R.A. Surviving with his wife are two daughters, two sons, and fourteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Sgt. David L. Jackson.

Source:  Hippensteel Funeral Home

Bruce L. Kinsey

Bruce L. Kinsey Oct. 10, 1946 - June 14, 2008 WARSAW - Bruce L. Kinsey, 61, died at 4:31 p.m. Saturday in Kosciusko Community Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Kathy; a daughter, Brittney Kinsey of Warsaw; sons, Curtis (Catherine) Kinsey of Fort Wayne, Grant and Craig Kinsey, both of Warsaw; a granddaughter, Emily Kinsey; father, Edward B. Kinsey of South Bend; a sister, Linda (Dennis) Byers of South Bend; and brothers, Jerry Kinsey of North Webster and Duane Clemens of Indiana.

Source: South Bend Tribune

Robert Thompson

Bob Thompson, 82, passed away at his Largo, FL residence on March 11, 2008 following complications from knee surgery.

Mr. Thompson was a long time trapshooter registering his first target in 1954. He fired at 46,750 singles, 88,675 handicap, and 15,400 doubles targets in the ATA. He was a past president of the Indiana Trapshooters Association and was an inductee in the Indiana Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Bob also attended 50 Grand Americans in a row and received his 50 year pin last year in Vandalia, Ohio. He and his wife, Mary Sue, were the first couple to break 100 in handicap. He also owned and operated a sporting goods store in Columbus, IN as well as managed the Columbus Gun Club.

A memorial service is planned in Columbus, IN in the middle of April. Additional details to follow.

Survivors include his widow Mary Sue, three daughters Cindy, Missy, and Bertie, and grandchildren Robert Jacob Smith, Danny Smith, Courtney Smith, & Evan Menser.

Source: Indiana Trapshooters Association

Violet E. Hancock 

Violet Ethel Hancock 81, Indianapolis, died May 20, 2007. Violet was a cook for Pike Township Schools, retiring in 1990. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Lizton Christian Church. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Charles Wayne Hancock; her son, William Wayne Hancock and his wife, Sandy; her daughter Nadine Wein; four granddaughters; four great-grandsons, and one great- granddaughter, several nieces and nephews. A service will be held Noon, Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center Zionsville, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time. Burial will be at Lincoln Memory Gardens, Whitestown.

Violet was a member of the ATA and shot at 74,000 registered targets in her career.

Source: The Indianapolis Star & Trap & Field Magazine

Donald E. Hymer    

Donald E. Hymer of Roachdale, Indiana, passed away December 21, 2006 from natural causes at the age of 75. The ATA life member began his trapshooting career in 1966 and registered 60,875 total targets, winning many trophies along the journey.

He graduated from Earlham College, earned a Masters Degree from Illinois State University and taught school for 32 years. He was a Korean War Veteran serving with the Army Medical 19th Infantry Medical Corp.

Donnie was a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Roachdale Optimist Club, Past Master of Roachdale’s Masonic Lodge, Roachdale Veterans of Foreign Wars, past president of Roachdale Gun Club, and a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.

Donnie was best known for his service to the youth shooters of Indiana. He was one of the first certified youth instructors from the state of Indiana and trained hundreds of youth to shoot trap since 1980.  He spent countless hours at Roachdale Gun Club conducting safety classes and giving shooting instruction to youth shooters. Donnie attended many Indiana State Shoots selling raffle tickets to benefit the youth program and attended many Grands entering the kids and giving praise when they were done shooting.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews and grateful are many students from the classroom and the trap range.

Source: Trap & Field Magazine