Obituaries, February 4, 2024

Written on 02/04/2024

Jean Ann Rouse

Jean Ann Rouse, 91, of Kokomo, Indiana passed away February 1, 2024. She was born on May 28, 1932, in Sullivan, Illinois, the daughter of Charles Jerry and Thelma Marie (Newbould) Donovan.

Jean enjoyed cooking and spending time with her pets. She also enjoyed traveling to Florida and going to flea markets.

She is survived by her niece, Lauren Donovan; step-sons Frank (Nica) Rouse, Pete (Carol) Rouse, Rob (Kim) Rouse; step-daughters Lisa Rouse, Lauri (Richard) Frailley; nephew, Dru; and many other relatives and friends.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Frank; brothers, Richard, Charles, David.

Visitation will be from 11:00 - 12:00 Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home. Funeral services will take place at 12:00 Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home 2097 West Alto Road Kokomo, Indiana 46902. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Share a memory with the family at

Janet “Joan” Sutton

Janet “Joan” Sutton, 93, of Avon, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, February 1, 2024, at Brooke Knoll Village in Avon. She was born March 18, 1930, in Miami County, Indiana to Ralph and Caroline “Carrie” (Childers) Gibson. Joan was a 1948 graduate of Bunker Hill High School. She married Ferris D. Sutton March 17, 1951, in Kokomo. He preceded her in death February 24, 2004.

Joan retired from Bon Air elementary school in Kokomo as the cafeteria manager with 30 years’ service. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church for many years. She always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and volunteering at the Kokomo Senior Center helping with the elderly residents and reading to children through the Book Buddy Program in school for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and cooking.

Surviving family include her children, Vickie (Ron) Jerome of Avon; Larry (Julie) Sutton and Gary (Debbie) Sutton both of Carmel. Surviving grandchildren include Kristi (Mike) Shaffer; Holli Kemmerling; Dan Sutton; Courtney (Andrew) Pickerill; Elizabeth Sutton and Rebecca (Nickolas) O’Brien. Surviving great grandchildren are Kyle, Devin, Ashlyn, Ella, Archer, Nora, Sutton and Max. Great-great grandchildren, Gunner, Oakley and Wilder. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Ferris, brother, Carl, and sisters, Eva, Norma and Mary Louise.

A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastor Keith Treadway officiating. Visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Joan will be laid to rest next to her husband Ferris at Sunset Memory Gardens in Kokomo. Memorial contributions may be given to Bible Baptist Church in her memory. Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston has been entrusted with arrangements.

Cynthia “Sam” Ann Warner

Cynthia “Sam” Ann Warner, 62, of Kokomo, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her home. She was born on April 4, 1961, in Frankfort. On March 9, 1993, she married David Warner, in Kokomo.

Sam graduated from Kokomo High School in 1979. She retired from Sears after working in the Portrait Studio for 20 years. Sam enjoyed photography, gardening, and spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Along with her husband, David, Sam is survived by her children, Robert (Lindsey) Keesling, and April (Jeremy) Kranz; grandchildren, Baileigh Keesling- Mayer, Kyrstin Keesling, and Alexander Keesling; sisters, Jackie (Scott) Williams, and Betty (Dwayne) Day; nieces, Ashleigh (Isaac) Ruhf, and Jami (Curtis) Fawcett; nephew, Rob (Mandy) Comer; father of her children, Joseph Keesling; and many other extended family members of the Keesling and Comer families.

Sam was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W Lincoln Road, Kokomo, IN. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Gerald Dennis Griffin

Gerald Dennis Griffin, age 84, of Tipton, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 2, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 22, 1939, to his parents, Frank Griffin and Miriam (Valentine) Griffin. Gerry married the love of his life, Patricia Faith (Brenton) Griffin on November 26, 1960. The two shared 63 years of marriage before Patty passed away on February 6, 2019.

Gerry graduated from Durbin High School in the class of 1957. For many years he worked for Riverview Health in Maintenace; and supervised the operation of the boiler system. Gerry was a hard worker, with a wide range of skills. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Gerry absolutely loved being a grandpa. He beamed with pride for each of his grandchildren. In recent years, Gerry planned special hunting and fishing trips with them where so many wonderful memories were made.

Gerry was a people person. He was always very polite and made a point to express gratitude to his family, friends and caregivers. To put it simply, he was sweet! Gerry was a huge history buff; and loved storytelling and sharing his knowledge. He was fascinated with old airplanes and the engineering behind their design. He also enjoyed traveling and antiquing with his wife. The two made quite a pair; always finding something new to collect or refurbish. For down time, Gerry enjoyed settling in to watch a NASCAR race. Gerry lived a simple life. He loved his family with his whole heart and was always completely genuine in his efforts. He will be greatly missed!

Those left to carry on Gerry’s legacy of love are his daughter, Karen King; sons, Todd Griffin, Scott Griffin (Toni Ohler); grandchildren, Haley Lawson, Jake King (Stefanie), Dusty Griffin (Tara Lee Whalen), Sasha Reynolds (Jason), and Vader Ohler (Cydney).

Gerry was welcomed into Heaven by his wife, Patricia Griffin; parents, Frank and Miriam Griffin; brother, Darrell Griffin; son-in-law, Larry King; and grandson, Chad Lawson.

Out of respect for Gerry’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Griffin family in their time of need.