Joylene A. “Joy” Hinshaw, 81, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, January 15. She was born in Wilmington, Ohio on July 5, 1939, to William A. & Florence V. Kearns Martin, both of whom preceded her in death. She was a 1957 graduate of Lynn High School and attended Miami Jacobs Business College. Joy married Robert “Bob” Hinshaw 62 years ago on November 22, 1958. They were blessed with two children.
Michael Ray Hinton, age 61, son of the late Cecil and Betty (Wilson) Hinton of New Castle, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after an extensive battle with cancer. Mike was a 1979 graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School. He retired from the Indiana Department of Corrections in 2019 after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Elks. He loved to play golf, go fishing, and spend time with his family.
Beatrice Dooley Chamness 93 of Richmond, a loving wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and aunt died January 17, 2021, at Arbor Trace. She was born March 6, 1927, in Wildie, Kentucky to James B. and Eva Pennington Dooley and lived here most of her life. She retired from Earlham College. Survivors include her son Joe (Marcie) Chamness of Richmond, her son-in-law Curt Albert five grandchildren David (Brenda) Albert, Steven (Jill) Chamness, Amy (Bill) Kemerer, Sara (James) Dungan, and Benjamin Chamness ten great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Her husband Earl died in 2006.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Kinsinger, 85, of New Castle passed away early Monday morning, January 18, 2021 at Stonebrooke in New Castle. She was born March 13, 1935 in New Castle, Indiana, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Gaynell (Thomas) Griffin. She was a member of New Castle Friends Church for several years. Jackie had been employed at the New Castle State Hospital for 15 years and The Courier Times for 10 years. She enjoyed spending her winters in Bradenton, Florida for the past 30 years and traveling all over the world.
Stephen (Steve) M. Shank died unexpectedly on January 16, 2021, at Reid Health He was born in Richmond on November 11, 1948, to Robert I. and Betty (Pace) Shank. He attended Hibberd Elementary and graduated from Richmond High School, Class of 1967 where he was president of the Electronics Club. Steve began working at WKBV radio station in 1966 and worked up until his death (almost 55 years). Affectionately referred to as ‘The Captain’, he loved what he did and the people he worked with. He broadcast some of the biggest and most historic events during his years there including the Richmond Explosion, the Blizzard of 1978, and 9/11.
Ella Fern Blount, formerly of Losantville, passed away at the age of 96, on January 17, 2021, following a bout of pneumonia (not covid related). Ella Fern was born December 30, 1924, in South Bend, IN, the daughter of Harold Seth & Leona (Morris) Smith. She was released into the care of the Knightstown Soldiers & Sailor’s Children’s Home at the age of 18 months, along with 4 siblings, when her mother became terminally ill of tuberculosis & her father found he could not adequately care for all of them at home. There she met many lifelong friends & was introduced to her loving Foster Parents, Harold & Virgil Botkin, formerly of Farmland, IN. She spent her school vacations and holidays with the Botkin family, whom she loved dearly & considered her closest family.
Martha T. Holtel of Connersville, Indiana died peacefully at home January 16, at the age of 105, surrounded by her loving family. Martha was born on September 5, 1915 in Enochsburg, Indiana, to Ferdinand Volk and Theresa Huser Volk, and was the youngest of ten children. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Enochsburg, and attended school in Batesville, Indiana and Oldenburg Academy, receiving her certification to teach elementary school, and received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marian College in 1997. Martha’s teaching career began in Oak Forest, Indiana, where she taught grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse, equipped with a wood stove and an outhouse. Her teaching career was put on hold when she met and married “her handsome soldier”, Marcellus T. Holtel of Oldenburg, Indiana on April 27, 1943.
Chelsea Cache Danielle Asse, 30, formerly of Connersville passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, in Indianapolis. She suffered a massive brain injury due to falling at her home on Tuesday. One of two children of John and Sherry Osborne Harmon, Chelsea was born on December 13, 1990 in Richmond, Indiana. A 2009 graduate of Connersville High School, she earned her CNA and began her career right out of high school. She had been employed at Lincoln Centers and Sycamore Springs in Liberty.
Beverly Sue Kovacs, 81, a resident of New Castle passed away at 10:25 P.M. Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Grand Brook Memory Care of Greenwood. Arrangements are pending at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle.
John Kochersperger, 81, of New Paris, Ohio, formerly of Randolph County, IN, passed away early Friday morning, January 15, 2021 at State of the Heart Hospice Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born May 14, 1939 in Randolph County, Indiana the son of Gerald and Dorothy Kochersperger. He was a 1957 graduate of Spartanburg High School. John was a lifelong farmer in Randolph County and he also owned and operated a trucking company, JK Trucking, for many years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed spending his leisure time fishing, playing cards, camping and square dancing.