Obituaries, July 3, 2024

Written on 07/03/2024

Robert “Bob” Dean Hill

Robert “Bob” Dean Hill, 68, of Russiaville, passed away June 29, 2024. He was born in Kokomo, IN, on October 12, 1955, the son of the late Wilfred and Lucille (Doyle) Hill. On August 7, 1983, he married Deborah Grimes, and she survives.

Bob was a 1974 graduate of Haworth High School. He retired from Chrysler Corp. after 30 years of service as a transmission inspector. Bob was a passionate outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, camping, and mushroom hunting. He was a member of the Izaac Walton League, an organization that promotes natural resource protection and outdoor recreation. He enjoyed watching sports, especially the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana University football and basketball teams. Bob was an avid racing fan of all kinds, like NASCAR, drag-racing, sprint car, and dirt racing. He will be remembered for helping anybody in need and being the best Papaw/Grandpa to his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Debbie, Bob is survived by his children, Bridget (Scott) Swing, Rob (Ozzie) Dockemeyer, Jason Dean Hill, Chris (Shelby) Hill; grandchildren, AJ Swing, Ashley Swing, Alissa Swing, Dean and Wyatt Dockemeyer, Danielle and Payton Hill-Titus, Canton Hill, Emrick Hill, Savanna Hill, Harper Hill; sisters-in-law, Betty Hill, Sherill Hill; daughter-in-law, Jessica Hill-Titus; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilfred and Lucille Hill; and siblings, Harold Hill, Denny Hill, Mike Hill, Steve Hill.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home – Russiaville Chapel, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, IN 46979. Funeral service will begin at noon on Saturday at the funeral home with Jon Bittles officiating. Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery. In addition to flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to the Izaak Walton League.

Kyle William Carter Ogle

Kyle William Carter Ogle, 35, of Kokomo, passed away at 1:24 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at his home. He was born September 24, 1988, in Kokomo, the son of Kevin Allen Ogle and Tammie M. (Carter) Ramberger.

Kyle graduated from Kokomo High School in 2007. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, and video games, and loved his dog. He was a member of the Bunker Hill Fish & Game Club and Bridgeway Church.

Survivors include his father; sister, Tara L. Renard; brother, Nicholas C. (Allison) Ogle; nieces, Ava Ogle and Laina Ogle; maternal grandmother, Maudie L. Carter; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his mother; paternal grandparents, William & Shirley Ogle; and maternal grandfather, Maynard Carter.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Joel Larison officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Private burial will take place in Springdale Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Kyle’s memory to Bridgeway Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Ronald “Ronnie” Lee Clover

Ronald “Ronnie” Lee Clover passed away at home on June 25, 2024, with his wife, daughter, and mother at his side. He was born December 24, 1953, in Murphysboro, IL, to Billy Lee and Polly (Casey) Clover. His early years were spent in Alto Pass, IL, until the family moved to Kokomo, IN, in 1960. He graduated from Taylor High School in 1971. On July 7, 1973, he married Jacalyn “Jackie” (Pickett) Clover, and she survives.

Ronnie was a humble, hardworking man who enjoyed a simple life. He brought light and laughter to anyone that came within his radius. Ronnie had a zest for life and a sense of humor like no other. He was either going to make you belly laugh, spit out your beer, or make you shake your head in disbelief at his sometimes-dark humor. It was always a good time with Ronnie, and you more than likely walked away with a new nickname from him whether you liked it or not, and you were stuck with that name forever. He definitely left an impression on everyone he met as he was always the life of the party.

Starting at the age of 14 in 1967 he started his 57-year-long career of digging in the dirt. He worked alongside his father at Clover Excavating, installing septic systems and water lines. At the age of 18, Billy handed him the keys to the backhoe, and that kickstarted his love of operating heavy equipment. In 1977 he began working for Dick Lee at Lee Excavating, doing contract work for Indiana-American Water Company as well as pushing snow for the Howard County Highway Department. Ronnie has dug holes in nearly every street in Kokomo, repairing water lines and mains, sometimes in the middle of the night, in the rain or in the snow and frigid temps. He was on call 24/7 for the 27 years he worked for Dick Lee. You could give that man a street location, and he could tell you what size water main was there and exactly what repairs were made. His mind was like a steel trap, and for years after Lee Excavating was retired (2004) and he had moved on to a different job, he still served as a consult to the guys at Indiana-American. He was appreciated and valued for his extensive knowledge of the public water supply system beneath the City of Kokomo. After working a short time for Noland Excavating, he started working for Harvey Construction of Noblesville in 2006. He began his 18-year tenure at Harvey's on the water crew, installing 12-inch water mains for new housing developments and large construction projects across central Indiana. He eventually made his way to the dirt crew, operating loaders, bulldozers, road graters, rollers, you name it. He always said he would work until he couldn’t work anymore, and even at 70 years old, he was still working, up until two weeks before he passed away. He was a true “dirt dog” and was what they called “old school” with the strongest work ethic most people have ever seen. He was dedicated, reliable, productive, and did his job to the best of his ability. He loved “playing” in the dirt, and that dirt put food on the table for his family.

Ronnie was a fisherman his entire life. His “after-work ritual” consisted of a beer in one hand and a fishing pole in the other, or you could find him in his usual spot in his mancave in the garage throwing a few back. He loved being outside and on the water. He spent several decades traveling with family and close friends to J.R.’s Marina on Weiss Lake in Cedar Bluff, AL. Those annual fishing trips supplied his family with the best crappie and walleye for years, but the memories he made on that lake with those he loved most will last forever. Ronnie was also an avid Colts fan and season ticket holder for well over two decades with his brother. The last five years of holding season tickets, his daughter and niece, Julieanne, were able to join their dads for father-daughter dates, tailgating and cheering on their favorite team inside the Hoosier Dome. Ronnie also enjoyed all kinds of racing, especially NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar. He loved going to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400. During the pandemic, he had to resort to watching marble racing on YouTube to get his racing fix in. One of Ronnie’s favorite hobbies was gardening with his wife. They spent many summers landscaping, planting, and caring for dozens upon dozens of different types of plants and flowers. They built a beautiful oasis in their backyard that is also home to many birds and squirrels that he enjoyed feeding and, of course, giving them nicknames.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Jackie; mother, Polly; daughter, Carrie Clover; nieces, Julianne (Nathan Rush) Clover, and Taylor (Zach) Graves; great-nephews, Matthew, Wayne, Gabriel, and Asher; and great-niece, London. Ronnie also leaves behind a host of lifelong friends and coworkers that became good friends. He loved you all, dearly, and cherished your friendships.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Billy Clover; son, Courtney Clover; brother, Gary Clover, his favorite aunt, Brenda (Clover) Quickle; and great-nieces, Isabella and Olympia Pasquale.

Ronnie’s family would like to extend a special thanks and appreciation for the care and kindness shown to Ronnie and his family by the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Community Oncology Center at Howard Community Regional Health as well as the nurses, aides, and staff at Guardian Angel Hospice.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, with a memorial service immediately following. A private burial will be planned at a later date at Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ronnie’s memory to the Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic.

Donna Georgene Fortune

Donna Georgene Fortune, 77, passed away June 30, 2024, at Wellbrooke of Kokomo after a brief illness. She was born October 17, 1946, to Ronald Wray and Gayle (Ogle) Daniels. On January 28, 1966, she married Jerry Fortune. They were married 58 years and shared the same birthday, and he survives.

She was a 1964 graduate of Kokomo High School and went to work for Delco Electronics where she worked for 30 years, retiring in 1996. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, completing crossword puzzles, competing with her family in Wordle and Jeopardy as well as participating in several mah-jongg groups both in Kokomo and in Sarasota, FL. Donna and Jerry spent most winters after retirement in Hilton Head and most recently in Sarasota, FL near their family and friends.

In addition to her husband Jerry, Donna is survived by her children, Jerelyn (Ray) Bradway and Jim (Kristy) Fortune; grandchildren, Jenna (Andrew) Wright, Jacob (Lindsey) Bradway, Brooke (Evan) Spell, and Trevor (fiancé, Bailey) Fortune; great-granddaughter, Ameilia Wright; brother, Clinton (Pauletta) Wray; brother-in-law, Dave Oldaker; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ronald Wray; mother, Gayle Ogle; stepfather, Wayne Ogle; and sisters, Debra Oldaker and Diana Wray.

The family would like to thank Dr. Reed, Community Howard Hospital, Paradigm Hospice and Wellbrooke of Kokomo for their exceptional care during her illness.

A memorial service will begin at noon on Monday July 8, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W Lincoln Road with Pastor Ron DeGraaff officiating. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home. Messages of condolences may be left online at

Betty Lou Garner

Betty Lou Garner, 93, of Kokomo, Indiana, passed away June 25, 2024. She was born on July 8, 1930, in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Glen and Sylvia (McCain) Isaacs. She married the late Everett Garner on May 2, 1948. She worked in the Morrison's cafeteria for many years and Delco. Betty loved her church, New Life Assembly. She taught Sunday School and a Wednesday Bible Study. She was very devoted to her church. Betty was an excellent cook and made Sunday dinner every week. She will always be remembered for her baking skills and the delicious food she made. She truly loved Jesus with her whole heart.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Catherine Bennett; grandchildren, Deborah Hatten, Cassandra Balentine, Ross Bennett; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Wilda (the late, Vernon Miller) Jean Miller, Phyllis (the late, Maynard Miller) Ann Miller, Michael G. Isaacs; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Lois Anne Isaacs, Cheri L. Isaacs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Marilyn Bagley, James F. Isaacs; son-in-law, Gary Bennett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Life Church to cover funeral expenses. A Celebration of Life service will take place on Friday, July 12, 2024, at New Life Church, 1803 E. Vaile Avenue, Kokomo at 12:00 pm. Share a memory with the family at

Kenneth M. Mahaney

Kenneth M. Mahaney, age 77, a resident of Tipton, peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at The Waters of Tipton. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, born on February 20, 1947, to Paul and Cherie (Tidler) Mahaney. Kenneth married Kathy Ripberger on July 25, 1980, until her passing on October 27, 1992. On November 18, 1995, he entered into marriage with Mary Schnerre, who survives him.

Kenneth dedicated a significant portion of his career to Delco Electronics in Kokomo until his retirement in 1998. A man of varied interests, he enjoyed activities such as golfing, boating, cherishing moments with his grandchildren, and traveling. Notably, Kenneth served with pride in the United States Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Mahaney; his daughter, Kelly Williams of Kokomo; brothers, Richard Mahaney and Davey Joe Mahaney with wife Geraldine in Tipton; as well as his beloved grandchildren - Brook Harshman, Blake Williams, Alyson Yoars accompanied by husband Tyler Yoars, Gavin Blanchard, Miracle Hunter, and Makenna Hunter. Preceding him in death were two stepchildren, Ashley Rich and Sarah Rich; sister, Betty Bray; and brother Dennis Mahaney.

Kenneth M. Mahaney will be remembered for his dedication to family and country. His presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Private family services are planned, and Kenneth will be buried in St. John’s Cemetery. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is handling his arrangements.

Memorial donations in Kenneth’s honor may be made to help veterans through the Jackson Street Commons, 322 E. Jackson Street, Kokomo, Indiana, 46901.