Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Betty Russell DeWitt, 76, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at her home.
Born Sept. 4, 1927, Indianapolis, d/o  Charles M. and Ruby J. (Overton) Russell.  Married  Hassel J. DeWitt Sr. on April 17, 1948; he preceded her in death May 7, 1971.
Survivors:  3 daughters, Veanna Kessler (husband, Gerald)  and  Jerrel Fair (husband, Steve), both of Shelbyville, and  Tina Shipe (husband, Mike) of Zionsville;  daughter-in-law, Darlene DeWitt of New Castle;  nine grandchildren, Brandon KesslerChrissy Tabeling  and  Cody Fair, all of Shelbyville,  Brooke Fair of Plainsboro, N.J., Rusty DeWitt of Fishers, Jennifer Dillon of New Castle, Ashley Shipe,  Joshua Shipe  and  Sam Shipe, all of Zionsville; one great-grandson, Wyatt Nolan Kessler of Shelbyville; and special friend, Robert Badger of Edinburgh.
Preceded in death by one son, Hassel J. “Butch” DeWitt Jr., and 2 brothers.
Realtor and broker for Century 21 for more than 20 years. Prior, bookkeeper for a local oil company.
Graduated in 1945 from Arsenal Technical High School, in Indianapolis.
President of Shelby County Board of Realtors in 1983.
Member of New Life United Methodist Church; Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Zeta Lambda Chapter; and Women of the Moose.
Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home, 819 S. Harrison St.
Interment will be in Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.
Memorials:  may be made to Hospice of Shelby County, 110 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176; or New Life United Methodist Church Cancer Fund, 6145 N. 400W, Fairland, IN 46126.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
Wilma Louise DeWitt, 78, of Needham, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at her home.
Born Oct. 13, 1923, Franklin Township, Marion Co, d/o  Jacob and Janie (Koldyke) Koopman.  She married  John S. DeWitt  on March 4, 1949
Survivors:  husband;  2 sons, John Jacob DeWitt  and  Harry Daniel DeWitt, both of Indianapolis; 3 daughters, Mrs. David (Phylis) Kramm  of Forest Lake, Minn., Jane Petry  of Indianapolis and  Mrs. Randy (Teddie) Records  of Batesville; one brother, John Koopman  of Wanamaker; two sisters, Florence Lombard  of Lawrence and  Mrs. Lee (Marjorie) Hamlyn  of Canoga Park, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, Susan Waltz,  Darry Waltz,  William Waltz,  Jill Harless,  Andy Petry,  Janica DeWitt,  Samuel DeWitt,  Lisa DeWitt,  Rachel DeWitt,  Travis DeWitt,  Sarah Records,  Amy Records  and  Staci Records; and three great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by three brothers,  Donald Koopman,  Raymond Koopman and  Arnold Jacob Koopman Jr., and one sister, Donna Eckle.
Lifelong Shelby County resident. 
Employed at IPC from 1971 to 1979.
Graduated in 1942 from Franklin Township High School.
Member of Bengal Christian Church, where she was a member of the ladies aid; Country Clubers Homemakers Club; Homemakers Bowling League; and a volunteer at Johnson Memorial Hospital for several years.
Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home, 232 W. Broadway St., with the Revs. James Farnsley and Jim Clifton officiating.
Burial:  Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Johnson County.
Memorials:  Hospice of Shelby County, 114 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, August 25, 2001
Walter F. DeWitt, 80, of New Ross, who is the father of a Morristown woman, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001, at Community East Hospital in Indianapolis. 
Born Oct. 31, 1920, Indianapolis, s/o  Simon and Henriette (Wouters) DeWitt.
Married  Clara Lucille Miller  on Feb. 7, 1942.
Survivors:  wife;  2 sons, Walter H. DeWitt  of Indianapolis and  Michael DeWitt  of Darlington; four daughters, Sharon Everhart  of Morristown, Carol Halsey  of New Ross, Christy Kingen  of McCordsville and  Terri Larenzana  of Lagootee; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one grandchild.
U.S. Army Air Corp veteran of World War II.
1938 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis.
Farmed in Hancock and Montgomery counties before retiring and had been employed with the Indianapolis Stockyards from 1938 to 1961.
Director and past president of the Indiana Brown Swiss Association and a breed manager for over 40 years at the Indiana State Fair. He had been a director of the Miami Valley Milk Producers Association. He had been the Horse and Pony leader with Hancock County 4-H.
Member of Ladoga Christian Church, Boone County Dairy Association and American Legion Bryan Cox Post in Crawfordsville.
Porter Funeral Home at 315 W. Main St. in Jamestown, Rev. Del Hamon officiating. 
Burial:  New Ross Cemetery in New Ross.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 16, 1996
          Former Brandywine Township resident  Peter DeWitt,  58, Indianapolis, died Friday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  He was born on Jan 10, 1938, in Marion County, the son of   Harry and  Ruth (Vassailles) DeWitt.
          Mr. DeWitt lived in Indianapolis for 12 years after moving from Shelby County.  He had been a bank courier and was also a dairy farmer when he was younger.  He was a member of the New Life United Methodist Church and the National Dairy Shrine.
          Survivors include two brothers,  John S. DeWitt,Shelbyville, and  August DeWitt,  Indianapolis; and three sisters,  Annie Bowman,  Fairland,  Mrs. Edwin (Hattie) Stohry  and  Gertrude Wickliff,  both of Shelbyville.  He was prceded in death by a brother and a sister.
          Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  The Rev. Clara Mae Ripple will officiate.  Burial will be in Orchard Hill Cemetery in Wanamaker.  Memorial contributions may be made to the New Life United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday, May 27, 1907
Prominent and Highly Respected Resident of Sugar Creek Township
Passed Away -- Funeral Services to be Held Friday
          Hiram W. Dewitt,  one of the county's prominent residents, died at his home in Sugar Creek township at two o'clock this morning.  He was aged sixty-five years, seven months and twelve days.
          He is survived by a wife and by three sons and a daughter by a former marriage.  These are  Thomas Dewitt,  William Dewitt  of Blue Ridge and  Maggie Dewitt.  One brother, David Dewitt, also survives, as do two sisters,  Mrs. John Moberly  and  Mrs. Ann Talbert.
          The funeral services will be held at the Union M. P. church at nine-thrity Friday morning, the Rev. Mr. Schwartzkopf officiating.  The Red Men's lodge of Boggstown will participate in the services.  The interment will be in the Bennett cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
          Mr. Dewitt during his long career had earned the respect and esteem of a multitude of friends and these unite in extending to the relatives their most sincere sympathy.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, January 9, 1902
Page 6, column 2
          Mrs. Lydia DeWitt  died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Maggie Brooker, at Louisville, Kentucky at 9 a.m., Thursday, January 2, 1902, at the age of 77 years.  She leaves six children, William, of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Alfred Clark, of St. Louis;  Milton  and  Frank C., of Indianapolis;  Mrs. Annie Maple, of Cincinnati, and  Mrs. Maggie Brooker, of Louisville.  The remains arrived here Friday evening at 4:58 and were taken to the residence of  Mrs. William Wingate, her grand-daughter, corner of St. Mary and Mechanic streets, where funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 4, Rev. Hulten officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill, in charge of M.G. Tindall.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Vince & Sue Cameranesi
Note:  First published in  The Shelbyville Daily Democrat on Friday, January 3, 1902. -pmf

A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
February 11, 1892
          Charles DeWitt  died Indianapolis Monday age 45. Cooper by trade and leaves a family.   Was brother of  Frank DeWitt  and  Mrs. Alfred Clark  of this city.
Contributed by Melinda Weaver for  Patrick Raetzman

The  Daily  Republican
Monday January 18, 1886
Page 1 column 3
          Landy DeWitt, aged about twenty-five years, died at his home just east of Manilla on Saturday from scrofula, and was buried on Sunday at the Bennett graveyard near Ray's Crossing.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for  Patrick Raetzman

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