Obituaries, February 1, 2024

Written on 02/01/2024

Dorothy Mae Tate

Dorothy Mae Tate, 95, of Kokomo, passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo.

Dorothy was born on October 13, 1928, in Mt. Vernon, IL, to the late Clyde Abernathy Compton and Blanche Marie (Waud) Compton-Hay.

On September 16, 1946, in KY, she married her high school sweetheart, Teddy "Ted" Lee Tate, who preceded her in death on January 10, 2022. Surviving Dorothy are her children, Timothy (Norma) Tate of Kokomo and Jacqueline Harvey-Reum of South Bend; 5 grandchildren, Matthew (Kathleen) Harvey of Indianapolis, Troy (Leanna) Tate of Kokomo, Lisa (Charlie) Novak of La Porte, Tina (Jason) Buch of Russiaville, and Michael (Cheryl) Harvey of Fishers; 12 great-grandchildren, Bretta (Alex) Hessling of Farmington Hills, MI, Madison Tate of Indianapolis, Elisabeth Novak of Wheelersburg, OH, Rebekah Novak of La Porte, Jackson Harvey of Indianapolis, Rose Buch of Russiaville, Cara Harvey of Fishers, Brennan Harvey of Fishers, Weston Harvey of Indianapolis, Anna Buch of Russiaville, Kate Harvey of Fishers, and Brett Harvey of Fishers; unborn Great-Great Granddaughter Hessling, as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and sisters, Helen (Paul) Newland; Martha Reum; and Maggie (William) Stout.

Prior to her retirement, Dorothy was the secretary at Tate Model & Engineering, Kokomo, creating a convenient location for her grandchildren to stop by to visit, play on her adding machine, doodle on carbon-copy invoice forms that were unusable, or steal a cookie from the cabinet. Beyond her occupation outside the home, Dorothy was known for her ability to fix just about anything! She was a skilled seamstress, taught by her mother, from a young age. Dorothy made clothing for herself, her children, as well as her grandchildren. She even assisted a few great-grandchildren in their sewing skills.

Dorothy loved sitting on her porch enjoying nature, whether it be viewing the Wildcat Creek from the sunroom of her previous home, viewing Lemon Bay from her Florida home, or viewing her flowers from the porch of the current home. In prior years, you would often find Dorothy traveling in her golf cart among the fields and woods of their farm, often searching for Ted or observing God's creation.

Dorothy enjoyed sipping coffee from her various teacups, particularly her favorite pink floral China cup. She will be fondly remembered for always having ice cream in her freezer, chewy orange slices and cookies in jars on her counter, and Tupperware labels in her kitchen drawer! Dorothy's grandchildren enjoyed getting her to laugh, because once she started, she would get so tickled at herself that her laughter just continued until tears formed!

Dorothy accepted Christ at a young age and was ready to meet Jesus face to face. She spoke that she longed to see her name in the Book of Life. For many years she attended Bible Baptist Church, Kokomo, until health issues didn't allow such. Later, she attended First Baptist Church, Russiaville, where she was warmly welcomed, especially after the passing of Ted. Dorothy treasured the dear relationships that were created at First Baptist.

A time of visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville. Burial will follow at Barnett Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made, in Dorothy's honor, to The Gideons International Processing Center, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251 or to First Baptist Church, 260 W Main St., Russiaville, IN 46979.

Kenneth “Kenny” Graves

Kenneth “Kenny” Graves, 80, of Kempton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a courageous battle with cancer. Kenny was born January 21, 1944, to Lawrence E. and Bertha I. (Robinson) Graves in Russiaville. He married Mary Alice Webster on July 10, 1965, and she survives.

Kenny was a 1962 graduate of Prairie High School. He was a lifelong farmer and retired from Delco Electronics with 35 years’ service. He served as Prairie Township Trustee in Tipton County for several years and worked for Ray-Wel motors as a parts manager in his younger years. After retirement he worked for Jeff Stout at Stout and Son funeral home in Russiaville. Kenny loved his church and served as a greeter, head usher and board member for First Church of the Nazarene, now One Church in Kokomo for over 40 years. A mission trip to Ecuador was a highlight for him. Kenny was also involved with Tipton County 4H for many years with his children showing hogs and cattle.

Surviving family include his wife Mary Alice of Kempton, his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Matt Williams of Kokomo, his son Jason Graves of Tipton, his grandchildren, Austin LaFollette, Grace Williams, Madison Williams, Kady Graves and Garrett Graves. He is also survived by one brother Ron and wife Betty Graves of Punta Gorda, FL; and brother-in-law, Alan Adler of Kokomo. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Kenny is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Phyllis Adler.

A time of visitation with family and friends will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service to follow visitation at 4:00 p.m. at One Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington Street with Pastor Tim Gates officiating. Private burial will be held at Liberty Cemetery in Tipton County.

Memorial contributions may be given to Missions at One Church of the Nazarene in Kenny’s memory. Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements.

Beverly J. Moss

Beverly J. Moss, 76, of Kokomo, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, friends, and caregivers Monday, January 29, 2024, at Blair Ridge in Peru, Indiana. She was born October 17, 1947, in Kokomo, the daughter of William and Kathern (Stanton) Davis. She married Michael G. Moss Jan. 2, 1982, and he preceded her in death Dec. 2, 2020.

Beverly retired from Delphi (formerly Delco Electronics) with over 30 years of service traveling as far as Singapore for her employer. She was a member of the American Legion Post in Galveston and enjoyed spending time there with her husband Mike. Beverly loved spending time with her family and friends, relationships were valuable to her. Beverly's smile could light up a room! She loved her new home, her neighbor Charlene, flower gardens, birds, traveling and spending time on any beach where she was likely to make friends with a pelican and a heron. At Blair Ridge she loved doing puzzles, spending time in the flower gardens, receiving beautiful flower arrangements made by her sister Carolyn and spending time with her new God best friend Linda Phillips. Their beautiful friendship was a witness to everyone around them that God's love knows no bounds. Together they participated in facility activities, therapy sessions, held each other’s hands for comfort, love, and support, they ate every meal together. Linda became Bev's voice and held her hand in love as God called her home.

Surviving family include her daughter and son-in-law, Wendi and Ray Oaks of Peru, stepson, Bradley and wife Chassidy Moss of Carmel; grandchildren, Ashlei (Andy) Pickett, Pricilla (Trinity) Akemon, step grandchildren, Alex Moss, Andrew Moss, Lucy (Josh) McKee, Michael Porter. She is also survived by 6 great grandchildren, Ray Dean Pickett, Porscha Pickett, step great grandchildren, Victoria Akemon, Jenna Akemon, Emma McKee and Audrey Arent and siblings Carolyn Hayes of Kokomo, William Davis Jr. of Russiaville and sister-in-law, Leanne Moss of Kokomo. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Michael, stepdaughter, Michelle Moss, sister-in-law, Barbara Davis, brothers-in-law, Thomas F. Hayes, and Gary Moss.

The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Blair Ridge, all the staff who became like family and Heartland Hospice for the loving care they gave Bev during her stay as well as her final days.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 4, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p.m. at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston. Beverly’s daughter Wendi Oaks will officiate services. Burial will follow in Galveston Cemetery. Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements.

Donna J. Sipes

Donna J. Sipes, 79, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Monday, January 29, 2024, at Community Howard Hospital, Kokomo. Born April 26, 1944, in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of Donald and Norma (Durflinger) Kimberlin. She is survived by her loving husband, Gary L. Sipes, whom she married on September 1, 1963.

Donna grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended Pike High School. She and her husband Gary met on a double date in high school, and they have remained by one another’s side ever since. She received her Master’s degree at Indiana University-Kokomo and taught second grade at Western Primary for 30 years. Upon her retirement, Donna served as a volunteer at Community Howard Hospital for many years, and she thoroughly enjoyed her time serving others. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and long-standing member of First Baptist Church in Russiaville, she was especially devoted to the Holy Bible, and she read scripture daily. Donna and Gary enjoyed traveling together over the years, particularly to see railroads, tour Civil War battlefields, spend quality time in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the Smoky Mountains, see Hawaii, Alaska, and Ireland, and enjoy many more destinations together. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching Purdue basketball and Colts football.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; son, Michael and (Melissa) Sipes and their children, Maggie and (Ande) Shipman, Katie and (Mark) Smith, Emma Oesterle, and Fischer Oesterle; son, Scott and (Lisa) Sipes and their children, Molly Sipes, Adam Sipes, and Matthew Sipes; sister, Carolyn Schwierk of New Jersey; sister-in-law, Pat Sipes; nieces Barbara and (Ronnie) Runyon, and Kathy and (Jeremy) Polk, Kim and (Dan) Nolan, Lauren and (Brian) Christian; grandnephews and nieces Jesse Polk, Jake Polk, Katie Runyon, Peyton Nolan, Brayden Nolan, Madalyn Nolan, Owen Christian, and Madison Christian; great-grandchildren Lilah and Norah Shipman and Luke and Willa Smith; and many dear family members and lifelong friends whom she cherished. The family is particularly thankful for the love and guidance from family members Ron and Paula Richey and Marydean Forman during Donna’s battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Norma Kimberlin; her stepfather, Carl Sims; her father and mother-in-law, Ralph and Virginia Sipes; and her brother-in-law, Jim Sipes.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 on Monday, February 5, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, IN 46979, with dear friend Pastor Ned Sutherland as officiant. Burial will be at Russiaville Cemetery immediately following. Friends may call from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Stout and Son in Russiaville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at Messages of condolence may be left online at

Donald W. Heinmiller

Donald W. Heinmiller, 74, of Kokomo, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2024, at Bethlehem Wood Nursing Home in Ft. Wayne. He was born March 1, 1949, in Kokomo. He married Glenna Suzanne Brown (Bloxham). She preceded him in death December 11, 2018. Don retired from Haynes International as a Machinery Mechanic. He enjoyed working on engines of all types and collecting tractors, and attending tractor shows.

Surviving family includes his daughter, Trina Heinmiller, and granddaughter, Haley, both of Texas. Brother Tyrone (Linda) Heinmiller, niece Lisa (Tony) Heinmiller Gentry, and nephew Theodore Simonelli II. Great nieces and nephews include Theodore Simonelli III, David Simonelli, Nick Gentry, Justin (Stephanie) Gentry, Josh Gentry, Tyler Gentry, Olivia Gentry, Hannah Heinmiller, Tyrone Heinmiller III, Chelsea Jewett, Zach Jewett, Nick Jewett, and Kyle Jewett.

He is preceded in death by his father Scott Heinmiller, wife Glenna, and sister and brother-in-law, Ramona (Richard) Beach, nephew Tyrone Heinmiller II, niece Kay (Heinmiller) Jewett.

Memorial services will be scheduled in a few weeks.