Obituaries, February 8, 2024

Written on 02/08/2024

Terri Lynn Schrock

Terri Lynn Schrock, 59, of Kokomo, passed away at 8:54 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at her home. She was born January 3, 1965, in Hayti, Missouri, to Richard D. and Rita J. (Parnell) Hawkins. On October 26, 2002, she married Gary L. Schrock, in Sevierville, Tennessee, and he survives.

Terri graduated from Lewis Cass High School in 1983. She worked as a tech for Health South Rehab. Terri loved her dogs and taking in homeless dogs. She was an avid Purdue Boilermaker fan.

In addition to her husband, survivors include her mother, Rita Malicote; stepchildren, Ryan Schrock and Lacey Schrock (Robert Schneider); step-grandchildren, Korbin Schrock and Kaylee Schrock; and sister, Tracy Hipshire.

She was preceded in death by her father; stepson, Christian Skyler Schrock; and grandparents, Lonnie and Atrina Parnell.

Friends may visit with the family from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo. Contributions may be made in Terri’s memory to Pals for Paws. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Deana Renee Kelly

Deana Renee Kelly, 65, of Cutler, Indiana passed away in her home on Thursday, February 1, 2024. She was born July 1, 1958 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Harvey Zuhde and Carol Shinske.

She graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1976. On September 20, 1997, she married Jim Kelly. Together they spent their days taking care of their little dogs and animal watching while sitting on their porch. Deana loved the outdoors. She had a true green thumb and she loved adding to her hosta garden beds. Deana was also exceptionally crafty. She loved to make dollhouse miniatures, she would gift them to her loved ones, and they all adored them. Family was important to Deana. She enjoyed cookouts and family gatherings. Deana will be deeply missed by her friends and loved ones.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years Jim Kelly; her daughters Beckie M. (Barry) Miller of Bringhurst and Brenda Hollatz of Kokomo; grandsons Cameron Langston of Lafayette and Blake Miller of Bringhurst; sisters Tamee Tenwinkel of Delphi and Cheri Kirby of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Deana is preceded in death by both of her parents.

A celebration of life for Deana will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 2:00 PM at Hillside Missionary Baptist Church, 125 N 1220 W, Kokomo, IN 46901, followed by a memorial gathering from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, Deana would've loved dog food donations to the local animal shelter.

Melvin Thurston

Melvin Thurston, 82 of Kokomo passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at Hamilton Trace in Fishers. Prior to moving to Fishers Melvin was a 60-year resident of Kokomo. He was born on June 15, 1941 in New Point, Indiana to Russell & Helen (Keaton) Thurston.

After high school, Melvin served in the United States Air Force; he was stationed at Grissom Air Force Base working in accounting. Later in life Melvin worked at Kokomo Gas and Fuel as a data processing manager for several years. Prior to that he worked for First National Bank. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching IU Basketball, UCONN Women Basketball, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Indianapolis Colts. Melvin also enjoyed watching tennis and golf. He had a strong bond with his family and cherished the time they spent together; especially the time he spent with his grandchildren. In his spare time, he also enjoyed playing golf, woodworking and fishing.

He is survived by his children, Laurie Dominguez and husband Frank of Arnold, Maryland, Michelle Greenwalt and husband Tim of Gambrills, Maryland, Sheila Clark and husband David of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Kim Senkus and partner Mike Zedrick of Fishers; grandchildren, Jake Senkus, Dylan Senkus, Austin Wells, Devin Castaneda and husband Nick, Garrett Wells, Aiden Dominquez, Tanner Greenwalt, Jayden Greenwalt, and Kyler Greenwalt. He is also survived by one sister, Karen Dial of Davenport, Florida and his ex-wife Rita Grosswiler and husband-in-law Bill. Melvin was preceded in death by one sister, Laverne Beagle.

The family had chosen to have private services for Melvin. Please leave condolences and fond memories of Melvin at the bottom of his obituary page at Young-Nichols Funeral Home is honored to serve the Thurston family in their time of need.

The family would also like you to plant a tree in honor of Melvin by supporting the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 North 12th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508 or online at

Carolyn May (Miller) Bolton Burket

Carolyn May (Miller) Bolton Burket, age 94, of Tipton, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 3, 2024. She was born on September 29, 1929, to the late Howard Miller and Ruth (Holsinger) Miller. She married Wendell Bolton in 1948, and he preceded her in death in 1987. In 2011, Carolyn married Donald Burket and he passed away in 2012.

Carolyn graduated from Jackson Central High School in the class of 1947. She worked for Tipton Hospital in admissions for many years. Carolyn was also secretary for First Baptist Church in Tipton.

Through the years Carolyn kept herself very busy! She of course tended to all the affairs of her home, but she was also very active in her church. She was bus captain, played the piano and sang in the church choir. Carolyn was incredibly dedicated to her family as well. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and knitting. For many years she made all of her children’s clothes. She was also incredibly dedicated to gardening. Carolyn would freeze and can all of her own veggies so they could be enjoyed all year long. Carolyn truly went the extra mile in everything she was involved in. She was kindhearted, dependable, and incredibly strong in her faith. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her!

Those left to carry on Carolyn’s legacy of love are her daughters, Debra (Timothy) Gensch of Florida, Susan (Lynch) Denicola of Elwood, Indiana; siblings, Jean (Alan) Dunn of Tipton, Indiana, Fred (Marilyn) Miller of Atlanta, Indiana; grandchildren, Christina Cumings of Alabama, Nancy (David) Monroe of North Carolina, Robert (Claire) Buecker of Maryland; great grandchildren, Collin (Sarah) Horton of Fishers, Indiana, Mikalya Cumings of Yorktown, Indiana, Britany & Ashley Heath of Tennessee; great-great grandchildren, Jane Twigg, Ellie Twigg, and Robert Buecker IV; and many great-great-great grandchildren.

Carolyn was welcomed into Heaven by her husband, Wendell Bolton; parents, Howard & Ruth Miller; brothers, James (Lou) Miller, Lawrence (Bonnie) Brehm; sister, Louise Webb; son, Thomas Wendell Bolton; grandson, Scott Heath; granddaughter, Susan Gensch.

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

Nancy Skiles

Nancy Skiles, 69, of Young America, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at her home. She was born June 8, 1954, the daughter of Howard L. “Jiggs” and Mary Lou (Daggett) Wolf. She married Dan Skiles September 1, 1973, in Young America and he survives.

Nancy was a homemaker and devoted her time to making sure her children and all their friends could have the most fun and fulfilling childhoods possible. She had a huge heart and would help anyone in need at any time, she could never say no. Even a short trip to town could take hours, as it seemed she had friends at every stop. She was very proud to work with her grandpa, father, husband and sons in the family business, Wolf Mack Truck Sales and Service, which she later helped to become Rowe Truck Equipment, and loved to see her grandchildren continue the tradition. In her later years, coffee with her mom was the start of each day. Family always came first for her. She enjoyed playing softball, going to the beach, golf cart rides, and reading any book she could get her hands on. The biggest smiles and loudest laughs came from her grandchildren, Justice, Kale, Brody and Leighton. Her amazing life can't be summed up in just a few sentences, but each person lucky enough to know her could tell you story after story of "that one time with Nance." She was an amazing person who wanted the memories of her to bring smiles. She did not want to be mourned but remembered by her friends for all the great times they had together.

She is survived by her husband Dan Skiles of Young America; sons, Casey (Ashleigh) Skiles and Lucas (Lindsey) Skiles all of Young America. And her four favorite people, her grandchildren, Justice, Kale, Brody and Leighton. She is preceded in death by her parents.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, no services are scheduled at this time. Murray Weaver Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.