Obituaries, March 29, 2024

Written on 03/29/2024

Jasmon "Jazzy" Rebecca Hizer

Jasmon "Jazzy" Rebecca Hizer, 38, of Kokomo, Indiana went home to the Lord on Tuesday March 26, 2024. She was born January 12, 1986, in Kokomo, Indiana.

Jasmon enjoyed singing to the Lord and with those who enjoyed music, her absolute favorites being Gospel and Disney music. If she wasn't listening to music, you could find her making her own on the guitar, piano, and tambourine. She loved animals of all sorts, including the comfort of her cat, Bella. Jasmon knew no strangers, she loved meeting new people and always adored giving new people the time. Jasmon exercised on a daily basis with her therapeutic balls and on her treadmill. When she was younger, she even participated in the Special Olympics. She enjoyed the culinary art of eating, some of her favorites being fish, chicken and BBQ!

She attended Bona Vista as a young child until she received services at East Cleveland Development Center and then continued her education through Kokomo Center Township Schools, Pettit Park, and KHS. She also received services through DSI/BV at their Community Connections Program, where she enjoyed the staff and fellow clients, making new friends all the time. She had the smile of an angel, Covid being the worst time for her, unable to express her love through kisses. We were told the odds were not in her favor, but Jasmon loved showing off God's work with walking, talking, and doing all the things they stated she would not.

Jasmon is survived by her parents Sterling and Stephanie Clark; grandparents Theresa Lundy and Obie R. Mitchell; biological sibling Jaylyn Akin (Dan); her sisters and brothers extended from God Renee, Chardonnay, Sheldon Clark; god brother TaCoy Hall; god cousins Navion Banks, Ronan Smith; great aunts Janice McDonald, Charlotte Jefferson (Jeff), and Kathy Tyree; aunts Lucretia McCary, Belinda Jackson (Tony), Glenda Fetterhoff (Tony), Jujuan and Latasha Mitchell; uncles Glenn Douglass (Elizabeth), Cedric McCarrol; uncles extended from God, Tobias and Chris Lundy; and numerous cousins.

Jasmon is preceded in death by grandmother Jacqueline Douglass; grandfather Paul Lundy; god-grandparents Ron and Cheryl Smith; sister Vivica Clark; extended nephew from God Kymari Clark; and numerous cousins, great aunts and uncles.

We would like to give special appreciation to those with us and to those who have gone on who have participated in the care of Jasmon through her lifetime and the blessings they bestowed upon her.

A viewing for Jazzy will be held Monday, April 1, 2024, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Ellers Mortuary and Cremation Center, 3400 South Webster Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46902, followed by a celebration of life at 12:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jazzy's memory may be made to Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, 1032 East Brandon Blvd #4744, Brandon, Florida 33511

Thomas G. Cox

Thomas G. Cox, age 80, of Kokomo, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024, at Brickyard Nursing Home in Kokomo, Indiana. He was born on July 13, 1943, in Muncie, Indiana, the son of the late Don Lester and Mary Catherine (George) Cox. Tom graduated from Muncie Memorial High School. He had his own band in high school, called the Sandman Band. Tom played the bass guitar and was really good at it. He also loved to dance, and was great at that as well. Shortly after graduation, he joined the army for a short period of time. On August 8, 1980, he married Carolyn Bitner. They had a daughter Andrea in September of 1981. After their divorce, he met Carolyn Barker, who was his life-long partner. Tom worked at Pizza King, Marhoefer, Adams Roofing Co. in Muncie, Indiana, before moving to Kokomo, where he worked for Chrysler and Z&H Construction, from which he later retired. He loved rock-n-roll and country music. He enjoyed sitting in his garage tinkering with his tools, collecting scrap and working on push lawn mowers. He loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed.

Tom is survived by his long-time partner, Carolyn Barker, of Kokomo; daughter, Andrea (Aaron) Locklear, of Kokomo; step-daughter, Tammy Herin, of Texas; step-son, Richard (Rhonda) Barker, of Florida; brother, Jerry Cox, of New Castle; sisters, Patty Nesbit, of Muncie, Barb Sharan, of Muncie, Karen Nessler, of Kokomo; grandchildren, Cameron Coombs, Ciara Coombs, and Corey Coombs, Joshua (Felicia) Barker, of Texas, Holly Murray, of Texas, and Chrystal Barker, of Florida; as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Mary; sisters, Susan Kay Cox and Judy Aguilana; brothers-in-law, Dr. Porter Nesbitt and Gary Shannon; and stepson, Kent Barker.

A time of visitation for Thomas will be held Monday, April 1, 2024, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM at Ellers Mortuary, 725 S. Main Street, Kokomo, Indiana 46901, followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM.

Thomas will be laid to rest in Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, IN 46902.

Wade D. Easter

Wade D. Easter, 62, of Kokomo, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenwood. He was born August 30, 1961, in Kokomo to Floyd D. and V. Dolores (Rush) Easter.

Wade was a 1979 graduate of Maconaquah High School in Bunker Hill. He became a Heavy Equipment operator after high school and worked for Mohr Construction for many years retiring in 2023. He enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley, and was an awesome griller. Nobody could make ribs like he could.

Surviving family include his father, Floyd Easter of Kokomo; his children, Quenten (Ashley) Easter of Galveston; Gretchen Taylor of Elwood; and Madelyn (Drew Simone) Easter of Fishers. He is also survived by his grandkids, Leland Taylor, Adeline Easter, Zander Taylor and Aiden Easter, and brother, Karl Easter of Wabash. He is preceded in death by his mother, Dolores.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday, April 1, 2024, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastor Bill Collins officiating. Visitation will take place from 4–7 p.m. prior to service time on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation in Wade’s memory.

Steven “Steve” Lowell Kuhns Sr.

Steven “Steve” Lowell Kuhns Sr., 73, of Kokomo, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Advent Health Tavares, Florida. He was born September 22, 1950, in Kokomo, the son of Lowell V. and Mable M. (Oldfather) Kuhns. On April 11, 1981, he married Kathy L. (Lytle) Kuhns at Morning Star Chapel in Kokomo, and she survives.

Steve was a 1968 graduate of Kokomo High School. He retired from Civil Service after 37 years and served with the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1974. Steve enjoyed golfing, boating, riding his motorcycle, camping, Jeep trailing, traveling with his wife and family, and spending time at their second home in Florida. He was a member of Judson Road Christian Church.

As a husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he filled our family with life, love and laughter. His jovial spirit will be greatly missed, and the memories of him will be deeply cherished. We are comforted in the knowledge that he is standing with the Lord.

Along with his wife, Kathy, he is survived by his children, Steven L. (Angie) Kuhns, Jr., James P. (Dana) Kuhns, James W. Schaaf, and Tina M. (Daniel) Greis; grandchildren, Mercedes Schaaf, Zachary (Alex) Schaaf, Lexus (Taylor) Hileman, Katelyn (Eli) Brubaker, and Colt Hileman; great grandchildren, Ayden, Natalie, and Aria Fehr, and Ivory Brubaker; brother, Larry A. (Shirley Ann) Kuhns; and six nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe (Shirley Rose) Kuhns and Tom Kuhns; sisters, Barbara Allen and Wilma (Ron) Galloway; grandchildren, Kayla and Joe Kuhns; and nephews Kevin Kuhns and Brad Kuhns.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Judson Road Christian Church, 2006 W. Judson Rd, Kokomo, with Dr. Gary Carpenter officiating. Military honors will be provided by the United States Air Force and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Steve’s memory to Judson Road Christian Church. Messages of condolences may be left online at Arrangements have been entrusted to Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, Kokomo.

David Lee Huntsman

David Lee Huntsman, age 59 passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Kokomo at 4:32 AM. David was born on September 14, 1964, in Kokomo to the late Louis Huntsman and Wilma (Acord) Benge.

David graduated from Haworth High School in 1983. He was a health care provider and worked in manufacturing. David was a big fan of UFC and mixed martial arts. He had a sarcastic humor that he will always be remembered for.

He is survived by brother, Danny Acord, of Kokomo, IN; sister, Tammy (Bob) Irwin, of Bunker Hill, IN; nephews, Joshua Acord, of Denver, CO, Corey Acord, of Peru, IN and Adam Irwin, of Kokomo, IN.

Preceded in death by his parents; and maternal grandparents, Daten and Zeda Acord.

David's family will hold a celebration of life at a later date.

Raymond Gerrit “Gerry” Walker

Raymond Gerrit “Gerry” Walker, 80, Kokomo, passed away the morning of Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at his home. Gerry was born July 28, 1943, in Kokomo, the son of Dr. Raymond & Ada (Eager) Walker. On August 14, 1965, in Kokomo, he married the love of his life, Patricia “Patty” Bagwell and she survives.

Gerry was a 1962 graduate of Kokomo High School and attended Ball State University. He retired from Delphi Corporation in 2002 after 44 years of service to Delphi and Delco Electronics. He was a dedicated father of 3 boys, and he never missed their sporting events. If not coaching baseball at UCT park, you could find him on the first base line. Gerry enjoyed traveling with his family and loved meeting new people. He never met a stranger.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 58 years, Patricia “Patty” Walker are his sons, Dr. Brian (Dr. Marisa) Walker, Fishers, IN, Todd (Brandi) Walker, Ft. Wayne; grandchildren, Trey Walker, Meg Walker, Mallory Walker, Leo Walker, Trey (Dr. Aline) Petersen, Jaxon Petersen; sister, Linda Thompson, Vancouver, British Columbia; and his faithful friend, Marley. Gerry was preceded in death by his parents; son, Chad Gerrit Walker and his sister, Nancy Farrar.

Gerry’s family would like to thank Paradigm Hospice and his loving nurses, Regina King and Karla Cohee for the care they gave Gerry during his illness.

No public services are planned at this time. A private family service will be planned later to celebrate the life of Gerry. Friends are invited to make memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Paradigm Hospice. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Kevin Michael Patrick Fields

Kevin Michael Patrick Fields, 69, Kokomo, passed away at 9:01 pm on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at his home. He was born in South Bend, on March 11, 1955, and was adopted by the late Ralph and Marie (Jankowski) Fields. He married Winnie Cole in Kokomo, on December 15, 2005, and she survives.

Kevin graduated from Penn High School and attended Indiana University in South Bend. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked for Americana Nursing Home as their Activities Director for three years. He loved bowling, watching Notre Dame football, and FOX News. He was a fan of Star Wars, science fiction, and military history.

Along with his wife, Winnie, Kevin is survived by his children, Faith Fields, and Depsy Fields.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Ricky Fields.

In keeping with Kevin’s wishes there will be no services. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation. Messages of condolence may be left online at