Obituaries

Mary Jane Hoffman

Mary Jane Hoffman, nee Plyme, died on December 9, 2018, at Wesley Manor in Frankfort, Indiana where she had been a resident since 2010.  Jane, as she was called, was born in Lafayette, Indiana, on June 24, 1926, to Charles and Anita Plyme of Stockwell, Indiana.  After graduating from a high school class of 13…

Honorable Kathy Rae Smith

The Honorable Kathy Rae Smith, 66, of Frankfort, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018 at Witham Hospital in Lebanon. She was born January 7, 1952 in Goshen to Charles Dean and Lucille (Rapp) Smith. She was a graduate of Goshen High School, graduated from Ball State University in 1974 and got her law degree from Indiana University…

Danny Joe Abston, Sr.

Danny Joe Abston, Sr., 66, of Frankfort, passed away at his residence, Wednesday, December 5, 2018. He was born March 25, 1952 in Frankfort to William “Bill” and Marjorie (Campbell) Abston, Sr. He worked several jobs and was a jack of many trades. He ran his own painting business for years and was the owner…

Betty E. Smith

Betty E. Smith, 93, of Frankfort, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Wesley Manor Retirement Community.  She was born December 2, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan to Elmer and Thelma (Morgan) Harrer.  Betty received her bachelor’s degree from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and completed her graduate work at Butler University where she received…

Dwight L. Hensley

Dwight L. Hensley, 83, of Frankfort, formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Wesley Manor Retirement Community in Frankfort. He was born on March 19, 1935 in Kirklin to Lawrence B. and Sylvia M. (Smith) Hensley.  Dwight was a 1953 graduate of Kirklin High School and attended Anderson University.  He served…

Jerry L. Emery

Jerry L. Emery, 80, of Frankfort, died December 7, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.  He was born on January 31, 1938 in Frankfort to Archie B. and Elsie F. (Richardson) Emery.  He married Carol Ann Higgins on July 10, 1976 in Frankfort and she preceded him in death on December 5, 2003. Jerry…

Gerald D. McIlrath

Gerald D. McIlrath, 58, of Rossville, passed away with his family at his side on the evening of Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at IU Health University Hospital. He was born on March 28, 1960 in Logansport to Doyal and Evelyn (Taylor) McIlrath. He was a 1978 graduate of Carroll High School. He married Patricia Berkshire…

Thomas “Tom” Edward Smith

Thomas “Tom” Edward Smith, 56, of Thorntown, formerly of Frankfort, passed away, December 4, 2018. He was born September 2, 1962 in Frankfort to J.P. and Jarmila (Danner) Smith. He was a 1981 graduate of Clinton Prairie High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Anderson College where he also played catcher on…

Carol Stringer

Carol L. Stringer, 84, of Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Aperion Care of Frankfort.   She was born August 2, 1934 in Frankfort to Lloyd and Ruby (Reed) Ayers. She was a 1952 graduate of Frankfort High School. She married Samuel Stringer July 1, 1955, he preceded her in death. Carol worked as…

Betty M. Avery

Betty M. Avery, 92, of Frankfort, Ind., died December 3, 2018 at Wesley Manor.  She was born July 9, 1926 in Miami County, Ind. to the late Elmer & Anna (Watts) Hann.  She married Samuel B. “Barney” Avery on October 27, 1946 and he preceded her in death in February 2011. She was a 1944…