Obituaries, June 16, 2024

Written on 06/16/2024

Penny D. Hamilton

Penny D. Hamilton, 70, of Russiaville, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2024. She was born on January 3, 1954, the daughter of Philip Dimitt and Mabel Ileen (Bitner) Johnson. On July 20, 1979, she married Terry L. Hamilton in Noblesville, and he survives.

Penny graduated from Kokomo High School in 1972. She worked for 20 years in production for General Motors- Delco. Penny previously worked as an in-home health care taking care of elderly people. She enjoyed her flower garden, quilting, and being with her friends.

Along with her husband Terry, she is survived by her daughters, Amy Wilson and Kacey Hamilton; grandchildren, Andrew (Kylie Thompson) Boles, Christopher Wilson, Evan Wilson, and Aiden Hamilton; and great grandchildren, Kynslee Boles, Jaxson Boles, and Maddox Boles.

Penny was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers, Dennis Dimitt, Philip Dimitt, and Freddie Dimitt.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vietnam Veterans, Messages of condolence may be left online at

Florence Evadean (Belzer) Bayliff

Florence Evadean (Belzer) Bayliff, age 96, of Tipton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 14, 2024. She was born on September 19, 1927, to her parents, Arza Belzer and Nancy Lyndle (Thurston) Belzer. Dean married the love of her life, Maurice Bayliff on May 18, 1948, and the two shared many beautiful years together before Maurice passed away in 2020.

Dean graduated from Jackson Central High School (Hamilton Heights). Through the years Dean cleaned houses and worked for Power Equipment in Cicero to make extra money for her family. She was an excellent wife and mother and took great pride in caring for her family.

She was a long-time member of Ash Street Wesleyan Church, formerly Pilgrim Holiness Church in Tipton. She served in the Women’s Missionary Society as a secretary and was also a Sunday School teacher. Dean enjoyed her church family and friends. Her faith was very important to her throughout her life, and she was a very Godly woman.

Later in life, Dean had the privilege of becoming a grandma. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and beamed with pride for each of them. She loved family get togethers, working puzzles and playing games.

Those left to carry on Dean’s legacy of love are her children, Danny (Roni) Bayliff of Kokomo, Mona Goodmanson of Tipton, Kevin Bayliff of South Bend; 6 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren (with another due in December).

Dean was welcomed into Heaven by her husband, Maurice Bayliff; parents, Arza & Lyndle Belzer; daughter, Cheryl Coots; brothers, Johnny Jack Belzer and Jerry Belzer; and great granddaughter, Dorothy Letsinger.

A funeral service celebrating Dean’s life will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home located at 314 N. Main St. In Tipton with Pastor Jerry Smith officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will take place immediately following the service in Tipton’s Fairview Cemetery.

The family of Dean Bayliff would like to extend tremendous thanks to The Waters of Tipton, and Guardian Angel Hospice for the exceptional care they provided. Their services were so greatly appreciated!

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Bayliff family in their time of need. Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Dean with her family on her tribute wall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dean’s honor may be made to Ash Street Wesleyan Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home during visitation time.

Mark E. McDonald

Mark E. McDonald, 63, of Kokomo, passed away at 2:22 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo. He was born January 12, 1961, in New Castle, to James and Helen McDonald.

Mark graduated from Tri-High School and worked as a machine repairman for Ford for 23 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Survivors include his children, Matthew (Amber) McDonald, Mike (Makenzie) McDonald, and Hannah (Kylie) McDonald, and grandchildren, Emma McKay, Evan McDonald, Rowan McDonald, Josephine McDonald, Duncan Swift, and Teagan Swift.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Robert "Bud" Alfred Newell Sr.

Robert "Bud" Alfred Newell Sr., 78, Kokomo, went home to be with the Lord at 11:28 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2024, Community Hospital in Kokomo, while being surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 8, 1945, in Logansport, IN, the son of the late Donnell & Margaret (Harvey) Newell.

Bud met the love of his life, Nancy Boring, in 1962 and graduated from Kokomo High School in 1963. He married Nancy on January 23, 1965, and they would have celebrated 60 wonderful years together in January 2025. To this union, they were blessed with five children, Cynthia Lynn (Gary) Miller, late Franklin (Jake) Delano Newell, Robert A. Jr. (Tina) Newell, Victoria A. (Mike) Cody and Lydia A. (Megan) Pacheco; more blessings came with 15 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.

Bud worked for G&M Construction for 16 years, and 26 years as a self-employed skilled carpenter. Bud was a Boy Scout leader, 4H leader for 32 years, a member and deacon of Highland Park Church, and an honorary member of the Howard Co. Extension 23 Club. Bud was a member of the Investment Club and the Horseshoe Club. Bud loved to play cornhole (competition, too), pitch horseshoes, golf, fish, hunt, paint beautiful pictures, woodworking, gardening, spending time with the children and grandchildren, spending time with special friends and his beloved wife, Nancy.

Bud was a cancer survivor and volunteered for Relay for Life. Bud also volunteered at his children’s schools and was a member of the PTO. Bud worked on the “Day of Caring” and at the 4H Fair. Bud entered projects yearly, in the adult “Open-Class” at the 4-H fair. Bud helped with many community activities when there was a need.

Bud was a strong Christian man; he has arrived home.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Highland Park Church, 516 W. Sycamore Street, Kokomo, with Pastors Ed Vasicek and Luke Vasicek officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bud’s memory to Highland Park Church or Relay for Life. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.

Joan Louise (Kraner) Ingels

Joan Louise (Kraner) Ingels, 93, of Kokomo, passed away peacefully at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2024, at Hamilton Trace in Fishers, IN. She was born in Kokomo, IN, on May 27, 1930, the daughter of the late Harold and Osa Mae (Howe) Kraner. On December 21, 1958, she married John Emerson Ingels at Grace United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death on December 19, 2017. They were married almost 60 years.

Joan was a 1948 graduate of Kokomo High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1953. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and enjoyed the sisterhood during her time in Bloomington. She furthered her education with a Master of Arts degree in education from the University of Colorado in 1959. She so enjoyed her summer studies in Boulder, Colorado. She worked as an elementary teacher at Petit Park before starting a family. Joan devoted her time to being a farmer’s wife and a loving mother to three girls. However, she never gave up her love for teaching and returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher in the Kokomo and Taylor school systems. She was beloved by her many students over the years and worked into her 70s.

She was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo. She found joy in reading her Bible and spending quiet time with God in prayer. She enjoyed Bible studies at Grace Church with the 3M class. Her favorite hobbies were singing, dancing, listening to all kinds of music, reading, helping with the Howard County 4-H Fair and Greentown Lions Club, planning and participating in the Kokomo High School class reunions, doing arts & crafts, and creating with many home decorating projects. She was devoted to her 3 children and her 4 grandchildren. She loved spending time with them and found joy in their many activities. She will be affectionately remembered by many as wife, Mom, sister, Jo, Aunt Jody, Grandma Jo and more recently Jo Jo by the staff at Hamilton Trace.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Brian) Wuertemberger, Judy (Tony) Joostberns; grandchildren, Thomas (Angie) Wuertemberger, Nichol (Lauren) Wuertemberger, Anna Joostberns, Kyra Joostberns; great-grandchildren, Adeline Wuertemberger, Callahan Wuertemberger.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Nancy Ingels; and brothers, Jack Kraner, and Jerry Kraner.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 West Mulberry Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church, with Pastor Matt Swisher officiating. A burial will follow in Albright Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Teachers’ Treasures (, the American Heart Association ( or In Touch Ministries ( Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be left online at

William Charles “Bill” Achenbach

William Charles “Bill” Achenbach, age 72, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 13, 2024, with his loving wife by his side. He was born on February 5, 1952, to his parents, Joseph Achenbach and Patricia (Dunn) Achenbach. Bill married the love of his life, Margaret (Coffeen) Achenbach on September 8, 2005, and the two were blessed to spend 19 years together.

Bill graduated from Hamilton Heights High School in the Class of 1970. He went on to graduate from Ball State University in 1974 with a degree in architecture. In Bill’s younger years, he and his brother farmed together. He enjoyed the work, as well as working with his family. Later, Bill started his own business called TSI, a company dedicated to providing energy efficiency options for residential and commercial properties. Bill was an expert in his field, and he absolutely loved serving the public. He enjoyed 41 years of business ownership before he retired. Bill was a long-time member of the Moose Lodge in Tipton. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and dear family.

Bill was a true leader. He led by example; and was a man of excellent character. Kindness and honesty always led the way, with his business as well as his personal life. If you had Bill’s friendship, your life was richer for it! He naturally called out the best in people; priding himself on leaving people better than how he found them. With his loving heart, and straight-shooter approach, he was able to always be the voice of reason, while offering encouragement. He was impactful and will be greatly missed by so many!

Those left to carry on Bill’s legacy of love are his wife, Maggie Achenbach; siblings, Bonnie Riddle, Tommy Achenbach; nieces and nephews, Jenna (Zach) Burger, Sherry McCloud, Craig (Michelle) Riddle, Joanna (Ricky) Plew, Jason (Heidi) Riddle; great nieces, Harper, Memphis, Josie; and best friend, Bud Sowers.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph & Patricia Achenbach; mother-in-law, Rosemary Coffeen; brother-in-law, Johnny Riddle; sister-in-law, Lisa Achenbach; and best friend, Barbara Dee Sowers.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Information will be updated when available.

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Achenbach family in their time of need. Please feel free to leave an online condolence or share a special memory of Bill with his family on his tribute wall.