Joseph K. Ake, Jr., 93, of Indianapolis, died February 17, 2009. He was born on April 27, 1915 in Indianapolis to the late Rev. Joseph K. and Lida (Conaway) Ake. Joe married Katherine Cooper June 28, 1939, who survives. He was a States Coast Guard during WWII. He is also survived by his nine children Ruth (Charles) Mercer, Vicki (Dwayne) VanMeter, Nancy Deem, Julia Butler, Sally (Mike) FitzGibbons, Carol (Roger) Evans, Deborah (Matthew) Kauffman, Joseph (Melahni) Ake and Katherine (Tracy) Zirkelbach, and 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his grandson Joshua Deem and sisters Esther Phillips, Dorothy Harger and Ruth Josephine Ake. Services were held February 23 at Christ United Methodist Church.
Keith A. Conaway, 64, of Beech Grove, died February 13, 2009. He was born to Kenneth and Emmajean Conaway on October 23, 1944. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rosalie; brother Dennis (Brenda); children Cynthia (Michelle), Bill (Sarah), Amanda (Ted) Polk, Chelse, Derek, Noel and Mikala; Nancy Lowe (special family friend) and Bill Morris (Paula); grandchildren Emily Lowe, Jessica, Kelsi, Kody, Jacob, Kaleb Conaway, Morgan and Cameron Gregson and great grandchild Merrick Conaway. The family of Keith invite you to attend a celebration of his life on Sunday, March 1, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Beech Grove, 75 N. 10th Ave., Beech Grove.
Betty Jo Jasper Gray, 75, of Indianapolis, died February 20, 2009. She was born January 12, 1934, in Covington, Ky., to Marvin and Ruby Jasper. Her husband, James E. Gray, preceded her in death. Survivors include children, Carol Gray, Donna McCoy, Bev (Ron) Magness, and David Gray; grandchildren Heidi (Jon) Spencer, Alyssa Magness, and Jared Magness; and great grandchildren Tyler McKinney, Jayden Spencer, and Halle Spencer. Services were held February 23, 2009.
Leota Mae “Lodie” Louden King (Mumsie), 90, of Beech Grove, IN, died February 19, 2009. She was born September 3, 1918, in Campbellsburg, Ky., to the late Falen and Lillian Louden. She is survived by daughter Lynda (Jerry) Habig, son Larry (Bobbi) King, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Her husband, Charles Russell King, and all her siblings preceded her in death. Funeral services were held February 23, 2009, at Little & Sons Funeral Home.
Wilma Todd Jordan, 88, of Indianapolis, died February 20, 2009. She was born June 9, 1920, in Indianapolis to Roscoe D. and Lulu B. Todd. She is survived by husband Bob Jordan, sons David Robert (Maureen) and Alan Todd (Kathy) Jordan, grandchildren Kevin, Rachel, Todd, Tony (Danaca), Christopher and Sara Jordan and brother Donald O. (Gloria) Todd. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, at Pleasant Run United Church of Christ, 59 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive, Indianapolis.
Paul Alfred (Smitty) Schmith, 81, of Beech Grove, died February 22, 2009, in Indianapolis. He was born November 5, 1927, in Beech Grove. He was a Navy veteran of WWII. He is survived by wife Betty Slaten Schmith, daughter Nina (Harry Jr.) Sutton, sons Paul Allen Schmith, Gregory (Lisa) Schmith, Eric (Tracie) Schmith, Zachary (Laurie) Schmith and 13 grandchildren. Services will be held at Bell Mortuary & Crematory March 2, 2009, at 5 p.m. Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
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