Area Obituaries

Gary Lynn Kirk

Funeral services for Gary Lynn Kirk, 60 are Friday at 12pm at Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg. Visitation is from 10:30-am to service time.  Buriail will be in Walnut Hills Cemetery at Petersburg.
Gary Lynn Kirk was born October 20th, 1954 to Lester "Gene" Kirk and A. Imogene Shoaf.

Franklin M. Barnett

 Franklin M. Barnett, 81, Otwell, died at 9:51 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Jasper. 

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at the Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. 

Roberta "Bobbie" Ruth Brower

Roberta “Bobbie” Ruth Brower went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She was born March 16, 1925 to John Roy Goodwin and Zelma Catherine (Bacon) Goodwin of rural Washington, Indiana.  She married George Eldridge “Bill” Brower June 8, 1946 and lived most of their married life in Birmingham and Troy Michigan.  After her husband retired they moved to Washington for a short time and then moved to Brooksville, Florida.  That is where she enjoyed playing bridge with friends and was an avid golfer.  She also took art lessons and was an excellent artist.  She spent many hours painting for friends and family.  They returned back to Washington where she remained after losing her husband of 59 years in 2005.  In 2010 she moved to Canada and then to Colorado to be near her sons.
She has two sons, Jeffrey Louis (Annette) Brower of West Kelowna, British Columbia Canada, and Douglas Roy (Cheryl) Brower of Monument, Colorado; siblings, Dorris (Shorty) Allison, Bud (Betty) Goodwin, Joyce (Bob) Arthur, Nolan (Shirley) Goodwin, Cleo (Malcolm) Radcliffe, Bill (Ginny) Goodwin; several nieces and nephews and great nephews that she loved dearly and mourn the loss of their Aunt Bobbie.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her sister, Orma (Bert) Grimm. 
There will be a visitation from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Friday, October 24, 2014 at Gill Funeral Home, 308 E. Walnut ST. Washington, IN. A service will immediately follow with Pastor Steve Dayton officiating.  Roberta will be laid to rest in Sugarland Memory Gardens.  Memorial contributions may be made to Namaste Alzheimer’s Center, 2 Penrose Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80906 or Mt. Gilead Cemetery Fund in care of Todd Allison, 6235 S. 100 E. Washington, IN 47501.  You may visit our online guestbook at

Claudene Gross

            Claudene Gross went to her Heavenly Home, October 20, 2014.
            Claudene was born March 2, 1918 in Greene County, Indiana to Claude and Nora (Holt) Bowman.  Claudene graduated from Plainville in 1936.  She married Clarence Gross on September 8, 1940.  Clarence passed away January 26, 2007. 
            Claudene was a homemaker and seamstress.  She was a member of Bethel North.  Claudene enjoyed getting together with the Homemaker Club, gardening, canning, preparing big family dinners, spending time with her family, teaching Sunday School, which she did for over 70 years, and making wedding dresses and bridesmaid’s dresses, she made well over 200 dresses.
            Claudene is survived by her children Thomas (Phyllis) Gross of Washington, and Kendall (Donna) Gross of Washington, grandchildren Thomas W. (Jenny) Gross, Aaron (Jamie) Gross, Kurt Gross, and Kent (Madelyn) Gross, great-grandchildren Grace, Jeff, Matthew, Tyler, Allyson, and Kaden.  She is also survived by her twin sister Pauline Chaney.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and eight siblings Jeannette Young, Madge Watson, Vonnell Eaton, Jessie Eleanor Hart, Owen Bowman, Byron Bowman, Bill Bowman, and Duane Bowman. 
            Funeral Service for Claudene Gross is scheduled for Friday, October 24, 2014 at 10:00 am at Bethel North.  There will be a visitation from 4-8 pm on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Gill Funeral Home.

Lauren Michelle Guinn

Lauren Michelle Guinn, 29, of Washington, passed away at home following a long illness.

Born Oct. 16, 1985, in Washington, she was the daughter of Charles Michael and Brenda (Hill) Guinn.

A graduate of Washington High School, she attended Indiana University. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her parents; a brother, Clayton Michael Guinn; and her grandmothers, Zella Guinn and Doris Hill.

She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles Guinn and Alvin Hill; and a grandmother, Delores Hill.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gill Chapel, with Rev. Tim Baxter and Yvonne Evans officiating. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens.

Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends for Animals.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

Sharon Bohlinger

Sharon (Jones) Bohlinger, Age 70 of Newnan, Georgia and formerly of Loogootee, Indiana.

Died Friday, September 26, 2014 at Southwest Christian Care in Union City, Georgia.

She was born December 7, 1943 in Rusk, Indiana

To: Paul and Catherine (Boner) Jones

On June 21, 1964 she married William “Bill” Bohlinger and he survives.

She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Newnan, Georgia and served as the past National Defense Chair of the General Daniel chapter of the

Sharon was most proud of her children, Stephanie and Doug and her grandchildren, Clay Bohlinger and Shannon Cobb. She was huge I.U. basketball fan Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by:

Her Husband:    William “Bill” Bohlinger of Newnan, Georgia

One Daughter:    Stephanie Cobb of Marietta, Georgia

One Son:    Doug and wife Julie Bohlinger of Leo, Indiana

One Brother:    Gene Jones of La Porte, Indiana

Three Nephews:    David Jones of La Porte, Indiana
    Daniel Jones of Seattle, Washington
    Eric Jones of Evergreen, Colorado

One Cousin:    Charlotte (Kerns) Cooper of Jacksonville, Florida


Funeral Services:

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 25th at Goodwill cemetery in Loogootee. Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee is in charge of arrangements.

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