Obituaries, June 28, 2024

Written on 06/28/2024

Christiaan F. McDonnell

Christiaan F. McDonnell, known affectionately as Chris, passed away peacefully on June 26, 2024, at the age of 54, in Kokomo, IN. Born on May 1, 1970, in Jamesville, WI, Chris was a man of intelligence and skill whose presence enriched the lives of those around him.

Chris grew up in Jamesville, where he formed lifelong friendships and developed a love for the outdoors. He was the beloved son of Patrick J. McDonnell and the late Lea Cain. Chris carried the legacy of his loving grandparents, Joe and Clair McDonnell and Robert and Ella Willson, all of whom predeceased him. He was a devoted husband to Zaneta Gail McDonnell, and a loving father to his children, Sean McDonnell, Chloe McDonnell, and stepchild Marsha Jayne Jessup. His siblings, Shannon McDonnell, Meghan (Aaron) Dohring, and Jeremy (Susan Longhenry) McDonnell, will cherish his memory, as will his two nieces, one nephew, and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Marsha Jessup.

Chris was a man who could turn his hand to anything, a trait that served him well in his career in construction and remodeling. His work was not just a job but a passion, and the homes and spaces he transformed stand as a testament to his talent and attention to detail. Colleagues and clients alike respected Chris for his expertise and his dedication to his craft.

Outside of work, Chris's love for nature was evident. He found peace in watching the wildlife and changing seasons, a pastime that brought him great joy and solace. Fishing was more than a hobby for Chris; it was a time for contemplation and connection with the natural world. His love for these moments was deep and abiding, and he often shared this passion with his family and friends.

Chris's love for his family was the cornerstone of his life. He cherished every moment spent with them, from the simplest family dinners to the grandest holiday celebrations. His intelligence, handiness, and interesting stories made him the heart of every gathering. Chris's legacy is one of love, laughter, and the countless memories he created with those he held dear.

To know Chris was to know a man who could fix anything, offer a word of wisdom, and always had an interesting tale to share. He will be remembered not only for his abilities but also for his kindness, his warmth, and his unwavering integrity.

As we say goodbye to Christiaan F. McDonnell, we celebrate a life lived with purpose and love. Chris's memory will live on in the hearts of his family, friends, and all who had the privilege to know him. He has left an indelible mark on this world, and his spirit will continue to inspire those who carry his memory forward.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Higher Ground Fellowship Church at 2551 N. Washington St. in Kokomo with Pastor Aarron Beachy officiating.

City of Firsts Cremation and Funeral Services by Rose and Geiger was entrusted with handling the arrangements.

Terry Ann Sallee

Terry Ann Sallee, 70, of Tipton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 11, 1953, in Franklin, Indiana, to her parents, Orville Sallee and Celestine (Corbin) Sallee. Terry graduated from Tipton High School in the Class of 1971.

Terry was a homemaker and committed herself through the years to caring for her family. She was incredibly sweet, caring, and nurturing. She could also be a little spitfire at times, and often made others laugh with her brutal honesty. Terry’s transparent and genuine heart made her a person others could trust and depend on. She absolutely loved being a grandma; she beamed with pride for all of her grandchildren!

Terry really enjoyed helping others; she volunteered at Wilbur Wright Birthplace, her church food pantry, and Encore Senior Center. In her spare time, she loved to work on her home. She kept her yard and garden immaculate. She made the best chicken salad and homemade hot chocolate. Terry’s house was a place you always felt welcomed, and she was a person that many appreciated spending time with! Simply stated, she was precious and will be greatly missed!

Those left to carry on Terry’s legacy of love are her daughter, April Singleton; grandchildren, Peyton Maddox (Tyler), Gus Parker; great grandchildren, Ellanor Maddox; siblings, Joann Kendall, Margaret Delph, Jerry Sallee (Brenda), Gene Sallee (Camille), Betty Sallee, Doug Sallee; sisters-in-law, Kathy Sallee, Arlene Sallee; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Terry was preceded in death by her parents, Orville & Celestine Sallee; siblings, Freeman Sallee, Melvin Sallee, Bill Sallee, Elvin Ray Sallee, Freda Ward, JC Sallee; sister-in-law, Cindy Sallee; and brother-in-law, Ronnie Delph.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held for family and friends on Monday, July 8, 2024, at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main St. In Tipton from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Terry’s honor may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses.

Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sallee family in their time of need.