Obituaries, January 31, 2024

Written on 01/31/2024

Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Elizabeth (Gourley) Reed

Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Elizabeth (Gourley) Reed, 71, of Kokomo, passed away Thursday January 25, 2024, at her home. She was born in Kokomo, IN, on November 15, 1952, the daughter of the late Thomas Donald and Katie (Callis) Gourley.

Jackie was a 1971 graduate of Kokomo High School. She attended the Indiana School of Art in Indianapolis and the Indiana Beauty Academy for Modeling. She was the ultimate caretaker and homemaker who raised her children, grandchildren, and the neighborhood kids who claimed her as their grandma. Jackie was generous, free-spirited woman, and had a servant’s heart who would often volunteer at the Kokomo Rescue Mission. She was very resourceful and would help anybody in need. She was gifted with the skill of painting and taking pictures. She enjoyed gardening, landscaping, listening to music, and dancing.

Jackie is survived by her children, Jason (Heather Lanning) Reed, Shannon (John Bush) Porter, Ashley Reed; grandchildren, Michael Reed, Nicholas Reed, Josh Sturgell, Megan (Heath Allen) Porter, John Porter, Elora Bush, Will Crow, Connor Crow, Ayden Crow; and Brandon Baugher who she treated as a grandson; 5 great-grandchildren; sibling, Toni Ryan Gourley; and brother-in-law, Bob Bourff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Theresa Bourff; brother-in-law, Mike Ryan; and son-in-law, John Porter II.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home – Russiaville Chapel, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, IN 46979. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with David Reed officiating. Contributions may be made in Jackie’s memory to the Kokomo Rescue Mission or the Kokomo Humane Society.

Carol Genevieve Wimmer

Carol Genevieve Wimmer, 90, Greentown, passed away at 3:41 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2024, at Wellbrooke of Kokomo. She was born March 5, 1933, in Kokomo to Freddie and Cecil (Cole) Surface. On June 24, 1989, Carol Petty married Franklin Wimmer who preceded her in death on August 31, 2011.

Carol worked for Eastern Howard School Corporation as a bus driver, retiring after 38 years of service. She enjoyed dining out with family and friends, playing cards, and was a member of Jerome Christian Church. Most of all, Carol cherished time spent with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughters, Cindy (Dan) Simmons, Connie (Brian) Smith and Jill (Troy) Armstrong; grandchildren, Brandon (Emily) Smith, Joshua Smith, Krista (Jake) Gorski, Trent (Elizabeth) Armstrong and Trace Allen Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Hadalynn Gorski and Tyson Lee Armstrong; along with several nieces and nephews.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Mark Allen Petty; siblings, Harold Surface, Chester Surface, Paul Surface, Helen Miller, and Louise Kendall.

The family wishes to thank Wellbrooke of Kokomo and Guardian Angel Hospice for their loving care of Carol.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2024, at Jerome Christian Church, 9535 E. 100 South, Greentown, with Dick Moser officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association. Hasler & Stout Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at

Edith “Evon” Shirley

Edith “Evon” Shirley, age 82, of Tipton, passed away Monday, January 29, 2024, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on July 25, 1941, in Celina, Tennessee to her parents, Domer & Edith (Adams) Blakley. Evon shared 58 wonderful years with her husband, Rondal Shirley before his passing on February 1, 2018.

Evon attended Tipton High School. Many will remember Evon from her years working alongside her family at Radio Shack. She had a meek, humble demeanor, yet knew the store like the back of her hand and was incredibly efficient. She had the most welcoming, friendly face and made sure to make every customer feel important. Through the years, Evon also worked for Overstreet Chiropractic and Lewis Chiropractic.

Evon was a proud wife, mother and grandmother, and always considered it an honor to care for her family. Being a homemaker was a very natural role for Evon. She was selfless in many ways and loved her family sacrificially. Evon was strong in her faith and was a dedicated member of the Madison Street Church of Christ in Tipton. She was a Sunday school teacher and volunteered many summers to work with the migrant children. Evon kept herself busy, but in her spare time she enjoyed crafting, quilting, and making stained glass. Evon was one of a kind; unique in many ways, and a true blessing to all who knew and loved her. She will be greatly missed!

Those left to carry on Evon’s legacy of love are her children, Michele Russell (David), Tony Shirley (Margie), Greg Shirley (Laurie), Loretta Steffen; Debbie Shirley daughter-in-law, grandchildren, Nichole, Benjamin, Cynthia, Angela, Greg Jr., Samantha, Emily, Olivia, Colby, Conner; 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Raymond Blakley, Willie Blakley, sister-in-law, Sandy Blakley; many sisters and brothers-in-law, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Evon was welcomed into Heaven by her husband, Rondal Shirley; parents, Domer & Edith Blakley; son, Chris Shirley; grandson Alex Steffen, grandson Tyler Steffen, and brother, Fred Blakley.

A funeral service celebrating Evon’s life will take place on Friday, February 2, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main Street in Tipton, with Pastor Ronnie Whittemore officiating. Visitation for friends and family will be held before the service from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place immediately following the service in Tipton’s Fairview Cemetery.

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to care for the Shirley family in their time of need.

Kristin Lane (Brockmann) Jansen

Kristin Lane (Brockmann) Jansen, 52, of Kokomo, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday January 24, 2024. She was born in Kokomo, IN, on October 15, 1971, the daughter of Robert and Diana (Wine) Brockmann. On November 1, 1997, she married Mark Jansen, and he survives.

Kristin was a 1990 graduate of Taylor High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University Bloomington where she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority. Kristin was the 1993 Miss Haynes Apperson. She was a member of Oakbrook Church and Grace United Methodist Church where she was baptized and married. She was also an active member in the P.E.O Chapter R in Kokomo. Kristin was a compassionate, thoughtful, and intelligent woman. She will be remembered for being quick-witted, having a great sense of humor, and always pulling pranks on her friends and family. She was a sports fanatic and enjoyed watching the Indianapolis Colts and Purdue University Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. She cherished time spent on cruises, vacations, and relaxing at Lake Manitou.

In addition to her husband Mark, she is survived by her children, Brooke Jansen, Jacob Jansen, Sydney Jansen; mother, Diana Brockmann; siblings, Lance Brockmann, Kelly (Greg) Hardin and their C4 group; four in-laws and their families.

She was preceded in death by her father Robert; and grandparents.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 2, 2024, at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 West Mulberry Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. Funeral service will begin 11 a.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the church, with Mark Malin officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kristin’s memory to the Kristin Brockmann Jansen Memorial Nursing Scholarship courtesy of the Community Foundation of Howard County, Stout & Son Funeral Home – Russiaville Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Elda Kathryn Moschell Briggs

Elda Kathryn Moschell Briggs, 94, Kokomo, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024. She was born at home on May 3, 1929, to William F and Alma (Stangohr) Moschell, Roswell, SD. She was married February 14, 1953, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Howard, SD, to Raman C Briggs who passed away on May 22, 2016.

Elda graduated from Fedora High School in SD in 1947. She attended General Beadle State Teachers College (now Dakota State College) in Madison, SD. She worked as a secretary in Madison, Brookings, and Rapid City, SD and also in Cody, WY. Her last employment was with Kokomo Center schools in Adult Basic Education for 26 years and was a member of the Retired Indiana Public Employee Association.

Elda became a member of 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church on March 26, 1958, and served on the Board of Deacons for six years, a member of Linea Souder Circle. She was Treasurer and Moderator for the Women's Association and participated in the Wednesday Bible Study and Young at Heart.

She had two sons, Tracy G (Theresa) Briggs, Columbus, NE, and their children, Katherine “Katie” Briggs and Curtis Briggs and John R (Lynne) Briggs, Germantown, WI, and their children, Whitney (Christopher) Benhatzel, Caitlin, and Erin Briggs, and one daughter, Joyce L Briggs Lantz, New Buffalo, MI, and her children, Emma and John “Jack” Lantz.

She is survived by one brother, Richard (Bonnie) Moschell, Kenosha, WI, one brother-in-law, Howard Moore, Howard, SD. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband (Raman Briggs), three brothers and three sisters with their spouses—Alan (Virginia) Moschell, Harold (Dolores) Moschell, Ardath (Sterne) Walker, Myrna (Howard, still living) Moore, and Deloris (Robert) Nelson, and William (Karen) Moschell.

A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2000 West Jefferson Street, Kokomo, IN, with Pastor Joyce Harris officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. A private burial of remains for her family will be held at Marion National Cemetery. Memorials may be given to 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church’s building fund, in Elda’s name. Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left at

Leonora "Lenny" Jean Hulet

Leonora "Lenny" Jean Hulet, 87, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2024. She was born March 12, 1936, in Ames, Kansas, to the late Leonard and Hazel Cyre. Lenny married Robert "Bob" Hulet Sr., and together they raised two children. Bob preceded her in 2000, and now they can finally dance together again in their eternal home.

Lenny was a member of the Del-Ra Nut Club, a club exclusively for Delco employees where she worked up until her retirement. Lenny was a master gardener, she spent most of her free time tending to her plants. She didn't have a favorite flower; she loved them all.

She enjoyed helping others. Any children or pets that entered her house would surely leave spoiled. She especially catered to her special dog, Bizzy.

She was a wonderful mom, wife, sister, daughter, "gran," and friend. She will be missed by many.

Lenny is survived by her two children Robert "Rob" Hulet Jr. of Kokomo, Indiana, and Julie (Mark) Adair of Carmel, Indiana; grandson Nathan (Leigh) Muller; step-granddaughter Lauren Adair; great-grandson Ryne Muller; sisters Patricia (Robert) Mills of Kokomo, Indiana, and Beverly Tannous of Plano, Texas.

In addition to her parents and husband Lenny is preceded in death by an infant son Michael Hulet and an infant sister Gloria Cyre.

A visitation for Lenny will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Ellers Mortuary & Crematory Center, 3400 S. Webster Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46902, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.

The family would like for you to consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation in lieu of flowers, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601.