Obituaries, February 3, 2024

Written on 02/03/2024

Ramona “Ilene” Williamson

Ramona “Ilene” Williamson, 79, Kokomo, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at Waterford Health Campus. She was born September 30, 1944 in Varney, KY, the daughter of the late Raymond and Ollie (Scott) Gibson. On June 15, 1963, she married Phillip L. Williamson in Clintwood, VA, who preceded her in death on November 2, 2023.

Ilene graduated from Johns Creek High School in Meta, KY. She worked for Kmart for over 35 years, retiring in 2006. Ilene was a member of New Hope Church and loved spending time with her family and friends.

Ilene is survived by her children, Phillip L. (Julie) Williamson II and Scott M. (Tina) Williamson; grandchildren, Benjamin (Alexandra) Williamson, Vance (Felicia) Williamson, Jacob (Lydia) Williamson, Blake Williamson, and Charlene (Eddie) Prince; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Sophia, Olivia, Brady, Jaimesyn, Nahum, and Eleanor; step grandchildren, Ashley (Scott) Becker, Cory Fagel, and Garrett Fagel; nephews, Norman “Tinker” Gibson and Eric Gibson; and sisters-in-law, Doris Lowe and Phyllis (Barry) Lawson.

In addition to her husband Phillip of 60 years, Ilene was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Norman Gibson.

A funeral service will be held at 6 pm Monday, February 5, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Mike Sawyer officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 4 pm until the start of the service on Monday at the funeral home. A visitation will be held from 1 pm to 3 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Piso Freewill Baptist Church, 1875 Right Fork of Brushy Rd., in Varney KY, with a service beginning at 3 pm. Burial will follow in Maynard Runyon Cemetery in Piso, KY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to New Hope Church in Ilene’s memory. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home and R.E. Rogers Funeral Home in Belfry, KY have been entrusted with arrangements.

Lloyd A. Donnell

Lloyd A. Donnell, 71, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on February 1, 2024, peacefully at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born June 5, 1952 to the late Edward and Eileen (Dunn) Donnell in Kokomo. He was a 1971 Kokomo High School Graduate, and served in the United States Army as a teletype radio operator. He retired from Chrysler in 2021 after 30 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Diana (Shoffner) Donnell, one daughter, Jennifer (Travis) Donnell, one son, Chris (Laura) Donnell; 5 grandkids; Drew (Bre) Goins, Jared (Beth) Goins, Ethan Bryant, Emily Bryant and Nolan Donnell; and 5 great-grandkids; Kamden, AJ, Haisley, Kayden and baby girl Goins.

Lloyd's favorite pass time was spending time with his family, including watching his grandkids and great-grandkids play sports. He rarely missed any type of ball game they were playing in. He was an avid Cubs fan and IU basketball fan, as well as a Colts fan. When he wasn't attending a game, he could usually be found watching one on tv, or helping with any number of projects his kids or grandkids needed help with. He was great at supervising and overseeing those projects. He loved his big family vacations to Daytona Beach as well. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Lloyd was preceded in death by his twin daughters, Stacey Jo and Tracy Lynn Donnell, his sister Sharon (Donnell) Walls, his brother Mark Donnell, and his in-laws James and Joan Shoffner.

A memorial gathering will be 3:00 - 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. A memorial service will be 5:00 PM Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at the funeral home. Share a memory with the family at

Jennifer F. Shaffer

Jennifer F. Shaffer, age 81, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at 8:02 AM at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo. She was born on May 25, 1942, in Kokomo, Indiana to the late Ferrold and Josephine (Stanton) Alexander. Jennifer married James Shaffer on May 29, 1960, and he survives.

Jennifer was a homemaker most of her life. She enjoyed fishing, bowling, and cooking breakfast for her family. Jennifer enjoyed spending time with children and was known as the "neighborhood mom".

She was a past member of In His Image Church as well as past member of Eagles #255 and Eagles Auxiliary.

Surviving is her loving husband of 63 years, James; children, George Shaffer, Elizabeth Marie Wilson, Lottie Shaffer, James L. Shaffer, John L. Shaffer, Ferrold A. Shaffer, and Deven Abercrombie; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Penny Alexander and Judy Arthur; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death are two brothers, Jerry and Terry Alexander; and two sisters, Sally Alexander and Nancy Porter.

There will be a time of visitation for Jennifer on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM at Ellers Mortuary Main Chapel, 725 South Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. Dennis Chapman will be officiating.

Linda Sue Lawhead

Linda Sue Lawhead, age 79, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at Waterford Place Health Campus. She was born in Robinson, Illinois on December 31, 1944, to the late Jack Nebergall and Betty (White) King, who survives. Linda married David Lawhead and he preceded her in death on June 14, 1999.

Linda was a homemaker. She attended Crossroads Church. Linda enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Linda is survived by her daughters, DeAnna (Brent) Valdez and DiAnna Lawhead; mother, Betty King; grandchildren, Christian, Michael, Alexis, Carley, Denni, Autumn, Derek, and Lyndsey; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Julietta Buchanan, Benjamin King, Lavina Presley, Charles King, Anita Allender, and Kenneth King; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding in death is her husband, David; two sons, Dennis Lawhead and Danny Lawhead; and sister, Geanna Skaggs.

There will be a visitation for Linda on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM at Ellers Mortuary Main Chapel, 725 South Main Street, Kokomo, In. Pastor Jeff Harlow will be officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Larry Eugene Lanning

Larry Eugene Lanning, 80, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2024. He was born September 23, 1943, to the late Roy and Rosemary Lanning.

Larry served in the US Air Force from 1961 until 1966. He received an honorable discharge and then went on to work for Delco Electronics until his retirement. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go hunting any chance he got.

Larry is survived by his sons Gregory Hall, Tony Lanning, Kevin Lanning; siblings Kenneth (Connie) Lanning, Vicki (Bob) Draper, Pam (Rick) Dillman, Cindy (Scott) Ault; as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents Larry is preceded in death by the mother of his children Jenny (Jones) Lanning and his brother Ricky A. Lanning.

There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Larry's name may be made to the National Veterans Foundation, 5777 West Century Blvd., Ste. 350 Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Carl Francis Marks

Carl Francis Marks, 77, of Kokomo, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Community Regional Health in Kokomo. He was born in Peru, on January 31, 1946, to Charles and Velma (Townsend) Marks.

Carl graduated from Peru High School in 1965. After high school, he went on to serve his country in the United States Navy. Carl worked on the Assembly Line at Chrysler for many years, before retiring. He liked to bowl and meet up with friends for breakfast. Carl was a very giving person and loved to volunteer at the United Way and the UAW 685. Although he had no biological grandchildren, he was always a wonderful “grandpa figure” to his friends’ grandchildren.

Carl is survived by his sister, Phyllis Marks and family; as well as special friends, Becky Boettjer and family, Linda and Byron (Barney/Red Dog) Puett and family, and Ken and Cheryl Rupp and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A private burial will take place in Marion National Cemetery at a later date. Messages of condolence may be left online at