Obituaries, May 19, 2024

Written on 05/19/2024

Peggy R. Stipes

Peggy R. Stipes, 88, of Tipton, formerly of Galveston, Indiana, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 3:24 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2024, at the Waters of Tipton in Tipton, Indiana. She was born June 15, 1935, in New Castle, Indiana, to Rev. J. A. Sutherland and Frances O. (Whited) Sutherland. She married James H. “Hank” Stipes on June 25, 1960, and he preceded her in death on June 4, 1992. At the ripe old age of 81, she married Charles Durbin of Wheatcroft, Kentucky, who survives and whom she loved very much.

Peggy was a homemaker and loved her family dearly. She was always on the go in her little red convertible Mustang and enjoyed Crochet, reading, playing cards and gardening in her spare time. But most of all she loved singing, especially gospel music. She and Charlie often traveled and sang in churches around Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. She had attended Mt. Zion Free Methodist Church in Kokomo.

Surviving family include her children, Cathy Bryant and partner Matthew Vent, Cindy (Mark) Hahn, Kevin Stipes, Keith (Sabrina) Stipes and daughter-in-law Jo Stipes. Surviving grandchildren are, Beth Bryant, Triston Bryant, Courtney (Chris) Kaylor, Stacy (Zach) Williams, Allison Stipes, Gabby Stipes, Kolton Stipes, Cody (Eve) Stipes and Olivia Jenkins and many great and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by siblings, Rev. Paul Sutherland and Carolyn Street.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Henry, son Jamie Stipes, granddaughter, Sophie Stipes, grandsons, Daniel and Dustin Stipes, brothers, Charles and Jim Sutherland and sisters, Marilyn Forkner, Sara Rood, Marie Brown, and Eva Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at Murray Weaver Funeral Home in Galveston with Pastor Lynn Coleman officiating. A time of visitation will be held prior to services from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow services in the Galveston Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Research, 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL17, Chicago, IL 60601. Murray Weaver Funeral Home has been entrusted with her arrangements.

Diane Sue Roberts

Diane Sue Roberts, 78, of Anderson, Indiana, passed away May 17, 2024, after a brief illness. Diane was born on September 9, 1945, in Lebanon, Indiana, the daughter of Dorsel and Madge (Lanning) Evans. She married William (“Bill”) Floyd Roberts on May 2, 1964. Together they raised three sons: Wade, Todd, and Chad. Diane loved her family and friends, cherishing every moment whether in person or on the phone. Diane’s Christian faith was very important to her and was evident with her smile and kindness she always showed regardless of who she might meet in her daily walks through life.

Left to cherish Diane’s memory are her husband of 60 years William “Bill” Roberts; sons, Wade Roberts (Amy), Todd Roberts (Kris), and Chad Roberts (Carol), grandchildren, Riley Roberts, Emilee Morgan, Chelsie Northern, Brennan Roberts, Nolan Roberts, Quentin Roberts, Mayln Roberts, Norah Roberts, Courtney Bodem, great-grandchildren Amaya Northern and Kingston Lyons.

Diane was preceded in death by her parents (Madge and Dorsel) and four siblings (Larry Evans, Kenneth Evans, Linda Cleveland, and Judy Hendrickson).

Visitation will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home from 10:00 a.m. until the start of funeral services at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Share a memory with the family at

Alvin D. Ash

Alvin D. Ash, age 66, of Kokomo, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024. He was born on April 15, 1958, in Muncie, IN, to the late William Scott Ash and Gladys (Brewer) Ash, who survives.

Alvin graduated from Southside High School in 1976 in Muncie, Indiana. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio State and earned his Master's degree in African studies from Ball State University. Alvin played the saxophone and enjoyed singing. He also enjoyed writing stories and ministering to others.

Alvin leaves to cherish his memories two sons, William Thomas Ash and Andrew Jurison Ash; two daughters, Kija Ash and Alessandra Michelle Ash; his mother, Gladys Ash; sisters, L'Tanya Joyce Pritchard, Kendra Yvonne Ash; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death is his father, William Scott Ash; brother, Scott Tyler Ash; maternal grandparents, William R. and Gladys A. Brewer; paternal grandparents, Scott and Lee Annie (Jolly) Ash; uncle, William R. Brewer; and aunt, LaWanda J. Jackson.

There will be a memorial gathering on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Ellers Mortuary and Cremation Center, 3400 South Webster Street, Kokomo, from 3:00 PM until the time of the service at 5:00 PM. Suffragan Bishop Eddie Robinson will be officiating.