Area Obituaries

James R. Stevens

James Reginald Stevens, Sr., Commander (Ret. USN),  age 82,  set sail for his final voyage to Heaven to serve his most high commander Jesus Christ on April 9, 2014 at his winter home in Washington, while on hospice.    Stevens is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois (Gehring) Stevens, whom he married following graduation from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., in 1955; daughters Holly Stevens of Washington, and Heather Clymer of Cheboygan, Wisc.; son-in-law Ron Clymer; granddaughters Ashley, Brandy, and Valerie Clymer; and his faithful companion, Chloe, the French bassett hound. He is preceded in death by his mother, Leona Stevens, and son, James R. Stevens, Jr.    Stevens served in the United States Navy from 1949 through 1977, achieving the rank of commander. His duties included serving aboard many pre-nuclear submarines, teaching English at the German Naval Academy in Flensburg, Germany, and aiding the naval attache at the United States Embassy, Quito, Ecuador. Upon retirement, he served as NJROTC instructor along with Chief Sherby Hart and Chief Tom Tippery at Washington High School and North Daviess High School. After retiring from NJROTC, he taught physics and math at the local high school until retiring in 1986. He was known to play his trumpet with the WHS band at basketball games and he was an active member of Retired Officers Association, Navy League, Kiwanis and American Legion. His passions included sailing, serving as a BSA Scout Master, singing, and playing music. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, singing in the church choir, and associate member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Washington.   Following retirement, he and his wife spent winters in Washington and the rest of the year in Cheboygan, across from Mullett Lake, where he loved to sail with family and friends. He played trumpet during summer concerts in the park in Mackinaw, Mich., as a member of the Straits Area Concert Band and as leader of his German “ompa” band, “Gemutlishkeit.”
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gill Funeral Home immediately followed by a Christian service officiated by Pastors George Qualley and Cheryl Thorne. Burial will be in Sugarland Memory Gardens with full military honors by the local American Legion.
The family requests that donations be made to Helping Hands Hospice, WHS NJROTC, or the WHS James R. Stevens, Jr., Scholarship Fund.    On-line condolences may be sent to the family at

David Robert Davidson

David Robert Davidson, age 80, of Crane, died at 11:40 a.m. Friday April 11, 2014, at his residence.
The funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bramble, with Rev. Kenneth Walker officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, with military graveside rites by Crane VFW.
Visitation is from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday,  at the Poindexter-McClure Funeral Home, Odon Chapel.

Wilma Edmondson

 Wilma Edmondson,  age 87, of Odon, passed away April 2, 2014. at 9:40 a.m. surrounded by family.  She was born July 23, 1926, the daughter of Ross and Ethel (Courtney) Edmondson in Elnora - the Mudd Pike area.   After graduating from Elnora High School in 1944, she moved to Indianapolis and graduated from the Methodist School of Nursing where she continued to work until her retirement in 1974. She then moved to Naples, Fla., to enjoy retirement for the next 30 years, until health concerns caused her to move closer to family and into Parkview Village 18 months ago.    Survivors include one sister, Barbara Ketchem of Montezuma; one nephew, David Hurt of Kirksville, Mo.; and three nieces, Pamela Hart of Plainville, Jodi Rohr of Montezuma, and Jill Vandivier of Rockville; and several great-nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Joyce Edmondson Hurt; and one stillborn brother.   In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated.   A memorial service will be held at Parkview Village Friday 10:00 a.m. 

Lester "Norman" Wininger

Lester "Norman" Wininger, age 83, of Raglesville, passed away at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Bloomington Hospital.  He was born December 1, 1930, in Martin County, the son of Roy and Bertha (Collins) Wininger.  He attended Shoals schools, and was a member of Frady Memorial United Methodist Church, the Raglesville Men's Club, and Local 859 Carpenters Union.  He served on the Raglesville Community Board, and the Evans Memorial Raglesville Park Board.  He is survived by his wife Betty (Woodling) Wininger, whom he married May 31, 1959; children, Terry Wininger of Washington, Rick (Julia) Wininger of Jasper, Anita (Charles) Cooper of Bloomington, Scott (Jeannie) Wininger of Odon, Gregory Wininger of Odon, and Troy (Amber Bennett) Wininger of Odon; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Vonda Wininger; and two borthers, Kenneth (Anita Terrell) Wininger of Loogootee, adn Wilson (Louise) Wininger of Shoals.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Frady Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor Jann Heseman officiating.  Visitation will be at the church from 4:00 pm.. to 8:00 p.m Wednesday, and on Thursday, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.  Memorial donations may be sent to Frady Memorial United Methodist Church, Evans Memorial Raglesville Park, or Raglesville Cemetery Fund.

Robert C. "Bob" Bullock

Robert C. "Bob" Bullock of Cannelburg, passed away at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.  He was born September 8, 1925 in Daviess County the son of James Omer and Beatrice (McGuire) Bullock.  He retired as a purchasing manager with Precision Products after 33 years of service.  He enjoyed farmin and maintaining his beautiful home and property.  He was a 3rd degree memeber of the Knights of Columbus, and was also a member of the Washington Moose Lodge, and All Saints Catholic Church.  He is survived by six children, Gary (Phyllis) Bullock of Cannelburg, Nancy Gehl of California, Charlene (Jim) Myers of Ohio, Phillip (Sylvia) Bullock of Jasper, Sharon (John) Waller of Florida, and Donna (Dan) Watson of California; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Bernadette (Bernie) Williams of Cannelburg.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Jeanette (Showalter) Bullock, his parents, a brother, Donald Bullock, and a sister, Mary Catherine "Kate" Clements.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, at All Saints Catholic Church in Cannelburg.  Burial will follow in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Montgomery.  Visitation will be Tuesday, from 4:00 pm.. to 8:00 p.m. at the church.  Memorial donation, may be made to St. Peter Cemetery.  Condolences may be made to the family online at

Juanita Cravens

Juanita Cravens, age 89, of Odon, passed away Thursday at Ketcham Memorial Center in Odon.  Funeral were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Poindexter-McClure Funeral Home, Odon Chapel, with Rev. Trevor Stanley officiating.   Burial was in Mitchell Cemetery, in Mitchell, Indiana.  

Leo Barley, sr.

Leo Barley Sr., age 73, of Montgomery, died at his home, at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  He was born in Daviess County, August 12, 1940, the son of Arnold and Ethel (Franklin) Barley.  He was the former town marshal of Montgomery and retired with 20 years of service as a Daviess County deputy sheriff.  He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (Colvin) Barley, whom he married April 28, 1962; one son, Leo and wife Kristi Barley of Washington; two daughters, Chris and husband Dennis Clark of Washington, and Debbie Barley and partner Ann Elliott of Owensboro, Ky.; one brother, Leroy Barley of Washington; one sister, Verline Hill of Washington; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Ethel Barley.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Montgomery. Burial will follow at a later date.  Visitation is at the Brocksmith-Blake and Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Barr-Reeve Scholarship Fund of the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be made at

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