Sept. 8, 1923-March 1, 2014
Fred Crooks, 90, of Crawfordsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday. He passed peacefully in his sleep at Hickory Creek at Sunset in Greencastle, where he resided for the past four years. Fred was born to a happy family on Sept. 8, 1923 near Parkesville. The son of Fred S. Crooks and Sally Edith Swaim Crooks, he was one of 10 children.
Mr. Crooks graduated from Greene Township School in 1941, and then went on to work until retirement as a meat cutter.
Mr. Crooks met the love of his life, Margaret Smith, whom he married on April 11, 1969. She preceded him in death. He loved to travel, spend time with family, and meet new people, and could always be found at the State Fair horse shows. He was a Mason and a 32nd past Master of Waveland Lodge, and volunteered as a Red Coat at St. Clare Hospital in Crawfordsville. He was also past Chairman of the Board for Whitesville Christian Church.
He is survived by his son David K. Smith and wife Georgetta of New Market; a daughter Judith McDonald and husband Bob of Darlington; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Sylvia Crooks Linn; brothers Dale and Bill Crooks; niece Maxine Williamson and several other nieces and nephews.
Mr. Crooks will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. In lieu of cards and flowers, donations can be made to the Whitesville Christian Church.
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Whitesville Christian Church, 3603 S. Ladoga Rd., with Masonic services to be held at 11:30 a.m. and the funeral services immediately following, with Rev. Michael Whitacre officiating. Burial will be in the Ladoga Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to: powerspriebefh.com
Virginia L. Shubert, 90, Crawfordsville, passed away Saturday at Franciscan-St. Elizabeth Health.
She was born in Mt. Sterling, Ky. to Edward and Flossie (Pain) Curran on Nov. 8, 1923. She graduated from Waynetown High School and was a member of Smartsburg Christian Church. She had worked for Raybestos for over 30 years.
She married Guy Shubert who preceded her in death on June 13, 2010.
Survivors include son, Mike (Jill) Shubert of Crawfordsville; grandchildren, Shelly (Jay) Harris and Jennifer (Scott) Surber, both of Crawfordsville, Greg (Tina) Shubert and Angela (Mike) Smith, both of Kentucky; 10 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are two sons, Louie and Ronnie as well as several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hunt and Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery North. Friends may call one hour prior to the service in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Smartsburg Christian Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.hutandson.com
Kathryn Jo Tate
Oct. 22, 1968-Feb. 25, 2014
Kathryn Jo Tate, 45, of Cicero, passed away on Tuesday at home after her courageous four year-long battle with breast cancer. She was born Oct. 22, 1968 to Phillip and Patricia (Coventry) Bowman in Crawfordsville. Her mother preceded her in death.
She grew up in North Salem, and attended Tri-West High School graduating in 1987, and then graduated from IU Kelley School of Business. After graduating from college she spent her whole career in property casualty insurance.
In 1993 Kathy married the love of her life Scott Tate. Following her marriage to Scott she was blessed with the birth of her two daughters Alexandria and Courtney. Not only was she a loving wife and mother she was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Mrs. Tate was also very involved in the community through Girl Scout leader, 4-H, Race for the Cure, school functions, and her daughter's lives. She enjoyed camping, traveling, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.
She is survived by her husband, Scott Tate; daughters, Alexandria Tate and Courtney Tate; father, Phillip (Delaine) Bowman; three brothers, Dan (Angie) Bowman, Jeremiah Bowman and Jacob (Tara) Bowman; and, four nephews and one niece. Kathy also leaves behind many life-long friends, many aunts, uncles, and cousin that are too long to list. She also leaves behind her favorite puppy Moose.
Services will be held at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville on Saturday at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Hamilton Memorial Park Cemetery in Westfield.
Memorial contributions may be to Indiana Women In Need (I.W.I.N.) Foundation, P.O. Box 30648, Indianapolis, IN 46220 http://www.iwinfoundation.org/.
Joyce M. Birk
March 25, 1931-Feb. 24, 2014
Joyce M. Birk, 83, Crawfordsville, passed away Monday at St. Elizabeth Health in Crawfordsville.
She was born March 25 in Cambridge, Wisc. to Edmund and Luella (Shoemaker) Bergholz. She graduated from Cambridge High School and was a homemaker whose memberships included The Women's Club of Oregon, Ill., American Legion Auxiliary and the Presbyterian Church.
She married Herb Birk and he survives at Crawfordsville.
Also surviving are her children, Jeff (Debbie) Birk of Crawfordsville, Greg (Carroll) Birk of Switzerland and Vicki (Don) Horneck of Irrigon, Ore.; and six grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Oregon, Ill.. A private burial will follow on Sunday Lake Ripley Cemetery in Cambridge, Wisc.
Online condolences may be left at www.huntandson.com.