Obituaries, March 17, 2024

Written on 03/17/2024

Willard Gordon Harrington

Willard Gordon Harrington, 88, of Kokomo, passed away 12:25 pm Friday March 15, 2024, at his home. He was born in Kokomo, IN, on October 25, 1935, the son of the late Willard Harrington and Josephine F. (McKee) Harrington.

Gordon is survived by his children, Deborah Ploughe, Jeff Harrington, Brian Harrington, Sandy (Steve) Madden, Vickie (Denny) Brewer, Pam Cook, Tom Morrow, Mike (Lisa) Morrow, Sandy (Dave) Kushner, James (Anna) Paul, Vicky (Tim) James, Curt (Kim) Paul, Bret (Missy) Paul, Kim (Michael) Ryan; numerous grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Nutter, Wilma Thomas; uncle, Raymond Harrington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Martin; wife, Florabelle Morrow; wife, Velma Paul; sons, Michael Harrington, Harry Morrow; brothers, Gary Harrington, Eldon Harrington, Dale Harrington; and sister, Judy Armfield.

Gordon’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Guardian Angel Hospice, their nurses Terry, Angie, Maddie, and neighbors, Bruce Chalk, Anita Chalk, Judy Russell, Glen and Laurie for their loving and compassionate care.

Graveside service will be held at 11:30 am Monday March 18, 2024, at New London Cemetery, with Brent Faulkner officiating. Contributions may be made in Gordon’s memory to Guardian Angel Hospice. Stout & Son Funeral Home – Russiaville Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

Harold Wayne Beckom

Harold Wayne Beckom, 90, Hemlock, passed away at 1:50 pm on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at his home. He was born in Howard County on December 19, 1933, to the late William and Helen (Cedars) Beckom. He married Mary Padgett in Tipton on January 26, 1991, and she survives.

Harold graduated from Western High School in 1951. He retired from General Motors after 36 years as a Tool & Die maker. He was a member of the Russiaville Masonic Lodge #82, the Tipton Tractor Club, Portland Tractor Club, and Center Eastern Star. He attended Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Hemlock and First Baptist in Texas. He loved to travel to Steam Engine Shows, especially the Portland and Rushville shows. Harold enjoyed spending his winters in Texas and watching baseball.

Along with his wife Mary and adored cat Callie, Harold is survived by his children, Wayne (Cindy) Beckom, Rex Beckom, and Janice (Faron) Zell; stepchildren, Steve Fultz, and Bud Roark; grandchildren, Amanda (Cody) Beckom, Sam (Cassy) Beckom, Ashley (Jakob) Stage, Wes (Courtney) Beckom, Cassie (Kevin) Davin, six great grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou (Tim) Meadows-Horoho and brother, Donald (Yvonne) Beckom.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Barbara McCloskey.

Friends may visit with the family from 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville. A funeral service will take place at 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at the funeral home, with Pastor Steve Gollner officiating. Burial will follow in New London Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kokomo Rescue Mission. Messages of condolence may be made online at

Mary Lucille (Arthur) Lovelace

Mary Lucille (Arthur) Lovelace, 90, formerly of Russiaville, passed away Friday March 15, 2024, at her home. She was born in Fulton, IN, on May 14, 1933, the daughter of the late Franklin J. and Hazel Izola (Shook) Arthur. On January 1, 1955, she married Joseph Edgar Lovelace at Shiloh United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death on May 25, 2007.

Mary was a 1951 graduate of Tipton High School. She retired in December of 2021 after working 45 years in Russiaville at Martin Brothers – NAPA. Mary was dependable and the ultimate caretaker. She was a member of Russiaville United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school classes. She was also a member of the Russiaville Ladies Auxiliary and Russiaville United Methodist Women’s Group. Mary was passionate about spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary appreciated time spent playing Bunko with her friends.

Mary is survived by Joseph “Brent” (Missy) Lovelace, Joy Lebo, Jay Franklin (Lisa) Lovelace, Jan Marie (Jack) Lovegrove; grandchildren, Jessica and Eric, Adam and Erin, Hollee and Curtis, Steven and Jessica, Brandon and Becca, Kim and Brian, Kara and Ryan, Shannon, Sara, Emily; great-grandchildren, McKensi and Ava, Bowie and Remi, Laine and Gaige, Lilly, Hunter, Ginny, Garrett, Clayton, Brindan, Tristan, Keaton, Dylan; great-great-grandchildren, Kash, Ameiyah; several nieces, nephews, and special children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin J. and Hazel Arthur; husband, Joseph Edgar Lovelace; mother and father-in-law, Edgar and Grace Lovelace; all of her siblings and in-laws from both sides of the family; and her special friend, Bob Koytluk.

Mary’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Guardian Angel Hospice and their caretakers: Kay, Angie, Terry, Marti, Teresa, and Megan for their wonderful and loving care.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday March 20, 2024, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, IN 46979. Funeral service will begin 11 am on Thursday March 21, 2024, at Russiaville United Methodist Church, 180 North Union Street, Russiaville, IN 46979, with Pastor Tim McKaig officiating. A link will be available on Mary’s obituary page on Thursday at 11 am to view the funeral live. Burial will follow in Barnett Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the Russiaville United Methodist Church, Western Buddy Bags, or to Guardian Angel Hospice.

Patrick “Pat” F. Brown

Patrick “Pat” F. Brown, 75, of Kokomo, passed away 9:32 am Friday March 15, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Hospital – Kokomo. He was born at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C., on October 7, 1948, the son of the late Walter Albert Brown Jr. and Mary Irene (Shively) Brown. On May 17, 1975, he married Lucinda “Cindy” Ann Fisher at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kokomo, and she survives.

Pat was a 1966 graduate of Kokomo High School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Indiana University Kokomo in 1981. Pat served in the United States Army Reserve from 1968 to 1998 and earned the rank of E-8 Sergeant. He began working at Caterpillar Tractor in Lafayette until he retired in 2009 as a Quality Control Manager. Pat’s favorite hobbies were golfing, doing yard work, and antiquing.

In addition to his wife Cindy of 45 years, Pat is survived by his sisters, Teresa Ann Camden, Walton, Katherine Marie Frakes, Kokomo; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Brown Jr. and Mary Irene (Shively) Brown; and brother, Walter Albert Brown III.

In honor of Pat’s wishes, he will be cremated with no public services scheduled. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.