Obituaries, March 30, 2024

Written on 03/30/2024

Aaron Patrick "McKay" Martin

Aaron Patrick "McKay" Martin, aged 31, passed away on March 25, 2024, in Miami County, IN, leaving behind a legacy of joy, adventure, and selfless love. Born in Kokomo, Indiana, on February 8, 1993, to the late Julie Martin and Patrick McKay, Aaron was a beacon of friendly energy and a source of unwavering support to all who knew him.

Aaron's life was characterized by his adventurous spirit and a natural ability to make every moment count. He took over the family drywall business following his father's passing, demonstrating not only his dedication to family tradition but also his entrepreneurial spirit. Aaron's leadership and hard work ensured the business continued to thrive and provide for the community.

He was the beloved father of Aarabella Martin, who was his pride and joy. Aaron's love for his daughter was evident in everything he did, from their shared excursions to the Kokomo Reservoir, where they enjoyed the tranquility of water and nature, to teaching her the value of laughter and adventure.

Aaron is survived by his sister Amanda McKay; brothers Robert McKay, Gerald McKay, Anthony Martin McKay, and Andrew Martin McKay; and his adored nieces and nephews Mason Martin, Tyler McKay, Braydon McKay, William McKay, Gabriella Martin, Breanna McKay, Shiana Varnado, and Tykashmirae Nix. Each family member held a special place in his heart, and he cherished the moments spent with them, whether playing pool, throwing darts, or simply sharing stories and creating memories.

He lived with his best friends Jordan and Sarah Hemming and their son, Raiden, who were like family to him. The laughter and camaraderie that filled their home were a testament to Aaron's ability to foster deep connections and lifelong friendships.

Aaron's approach to life was always to have fun, no matter what he was doing. This philosophy extended to his work, hobbies, and relationships. He was known for his selfless nature, always putting the needs of others before his own, and his friendly demeanor made him a cherished member of the community.

His interests were as diverse as his personality. Aaron was a skilled player of pool and darts, a hobby that allowed him to engage in friendly competition and strengthen his bonds with friends and family. Yet, it was his love for being with his loved ones that truly defined him. Aaron knew the importance of togetherness and made sure to cultivate it at every opportunity.

Aaron's passing is a profound loss to all who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be remembered as a man who lived life to the fullest, who loved unconditionally, and who brought joy and laughter to those around him. His adventurous spirit, selflessness, and friendly nature made him a beloved figure, and these qualities will continue to inspire those he leaves behind.

As we say goodbye to Aaron Patrick "McKay" Martin, we celebrate a life well-lived and cherish the memories he has given us. His story does not end with his passing but continues in the hearts of his daughter, siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, and all who were touched by his extraordinary presence. Aaron's light will continue to shine brightly, guiding us through our own journeys with the same joy and love he shared so generously.

A Celebration of life will be held Monday, April 1st at 5:30 pm at the First Church of the Nazarene, 331 W. 6th St. Peru, IN with Pastor Mark Elliott. City of Firsts Cremation and Funeral Services by Rose and Geiger was entrusted with handling the arrangements.

Bobby Wayne Shirley

Bobby Wayne Shirley, 82, of Tipton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 28, 2024, with his loving family by his side. Bob was born on November 11, 1941, to his parents, Cecil Shirley and Ruby (Strode) Shirley. On August 19, 1961, Bob married the love of his life, Barbara Jean (Driver) Shirley, and the two were thankful to share 62 years together.

Bob graduated from Tipton High School in the class of 1960. He worked for Steel Parts in Tipton; after 41 years of employment, he retired in 2004. Bob was truly one of those people who lived to work, and always kept himself busy. He had a broad skillset and could fix almost anything. He was an expert in woodworking as well as home building and repair. He was also a gifted mechanic and had several cars he completely rebuilt through the years. Mustangs were his favorite! Bob very much enjoyed sharing his hobbies with his sons and grandchildren.

Bob had a bit of a serious demeanor. He was very motived, goal oriented, and focused. He was an incredibly dependable husband, father and grandfather. Despite his attempt to sometimes present a tough exterior; he was actually a big softie with a very kind heart. There is nothing Bob enjoyed more than being a grandpa. He didn’t miss a single activity that one of his grandchildren was involved in. Sundays were always Bob’s favorite day of the week. It was the day he and his sweet wife set aside to practice thankfulness and reinvest in their family. Bob was a fearless leader for those he loved, and he will be missed beyond measure!

Those left to carry on Bob’s legacy of love are his wife, Barbara Shirley; sons, Jeff (Lisa) Shirley, Mark (Sabrin) Shirley, Brian Shirley (Shelly Grice); grandchildren, Adam Shirley, Zach (Carly) Shirley, Harlie Shirley, Taylor Shirley, Tyler Shirley, Candace Blaylock, Madison (Shane) Bullick, Hannah (Martin) Yocum, Savannah Shirley; great grandchildren, Zoey Shirley, Emma Shirley, Olivia Shirley, Nova Netherton, Atreus Netherton, Gabriel Yocum; siblings, Clara (Frank) Johns, Clotelle Grimsley, Edgar Morris (Patricia Rose) Shirley, Evelyn Lewellen, Jerry (Carolyn Sue) Shirley, Carolyn (Ronnie) Pickering; brother and sister in-laws, Pat England, Ronnie (Vicky) Driver, Rebecca Murray, Ralph Driver, Rick (Tammy) Driver, Ike (Liz) Driver, Terry Driver, Randy Driver, Tim Driver; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob was welcomed into Heaven by his parents, Cecil and Ruby Shirley; brothers, Carl Shirley – infant, Rondal Shirley, David Shirley; sister-in-law, Evon Shirley; brothers-in-law, John Grimsley, Mike Lewellen, and Vasco England.

A funeral service celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Taylor & Cowan Funeral Home, located at 314 N. Main St. In Tipton with Pastor Edgar Shirley officiating. Visitation for family and friends will take place prior to the service from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be held directly after the service at Tipton’s Fairview Cemetery.

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

Patricia Ann Randall

Patricia Ann Randall, 90, of Kokomo, passed away at 3:50 pm on Sunday March 24, 2024, surrounded by her family at Ascension St. Vincent of Kokomo. She was born January 14, 1934, to Harley O. and Elsa (Marshall) Whisman. On November 14, 1952, she married Joseph Randall who preceded her in death on November 3, 2023. They were happily married for 70 years.

Patricia was a 1952 graduate of Kokomo High School. She worked at Delco Electronics for 33 years retiring in 1989. She was most proud of winning a Delco Electronics Suggestion Award and used her cash winnings to take the entire family to Disney World. She loved her family dearly. When close to retirement, she lost her beloved oldest daughter, Laura. Pat then became like a “mom” to her two granddaughters, Jenny and Christy; Jenny resided with Pat until her death. Pat spent her retirement years enjoying time with family and traveling with the Delco Goodtimers along with her best friend, Wanda Waltman. She was happiest when spending time with her family and always took great interest in their lives. She was the best grandma and mom ever! You could always count on her to have a pot of fresh coffee ready for when her family stopped by to visit. Pat was a member of Judson Road Christian Church; she loved the Lord and faithfully took her children and grandchildren to church. Pat enjoyed watching westerns, reading, gardening, and watching the birds and animals in the yard. She absolutely loved family gatherings and will always be remembered for making the most delicious cheese potatoes! She will be missed so much, but the family takes comfort in knowing she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and now resides with him.

She is survived by her daughter, JoDee (Charles) McClish of Kokomo; grandchildren, Jenny Tudor of Kokomo, Christy (Chris) Ruch of Carmel, IN, Chuck (Amanda) McClish of Wartburg, TN, Timothy McClish of Chandler, AZ, and Tyler (Mimi) McClish of Kokomo; great-grandchildren Maxwell, Addy and Ollie McClish, Nicholas Duncan, and Olivia Ruch; and son-in-law, Roger (Glenda) Tudor.

In addition to her husband, Joseph, she was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Laura A. Tudor; son, Thomas V. Randall; and brother, James Whisman.

Funeral services celebrating Patricia’s life will begin at 12 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road with Pastor Gary Carpenter officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Patricia’s memory to Judson Road Christian Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Steven Lyle Sandborn

Steven Lyle Sandborn, 77, passed away March 28, 2024. He was born on October 29, 1946, in Lansing, Michigan, to the late George and Norma (Atwell) Sandborn. He married Geraldine "Gerry" (Barger) Sandborn on September 1, 1991.

Steve was given the nickname Ivan. He loved his days of sports at Portland High school and graduated with the class of 1965. He participated in football, track, and golden gloves boxing. After high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served his country proudly. Many of his nieces and nephews always enjoyed his laughter and good humor.

Steve is survived by his wife Gerry of 37 years and stepdaughter Elizabeth, along with his brother Jim Sandborn (Brenda).

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Bill, Bud, Gary, and Chuck, and his five sisters, Jackie Whitfield, Beverly Fedewa, Janean West, Norma Kay Hill, and May Sandborn.

The family is following Steve's wishes with cremation. Please leave a memory or condolence for the family and Gerry if you feel inclined to do so. City of Firsts Cremation and Funeral Services by Rose and Geiger was entrusted with handling the arrangements.

Dawn Renee Comer

Dawn Renee Comer, a beacon of love and laughter, passed away peacefully on March 27, 2024, in Kokomo, Indiana, at the age of 55. Born on December 13, 1968, in Flora, Indiana, Dawn's early years were spent in the heart of the Hoosier State, where she cultivated a life marked by warmth, wisdom, and wit.

A proud graduate of Carroll Jr-Sr High School, Dawn's youthful energy and entrepreneurial spirit shone brightly as she delivered news and smiles as a paper girl for the Kokomo Tribune. Her work ethic and engaging personality were evident to all who knew her, and these traits would become a hallmark of her character throughout her life.

Dawn's creative flair was most vividly displayed in her passion for cake decorating, an art that brought joy to many and sweetness to every occasion. Her cakes were not just desserts; they were expressions of her love and care for those around her. Summers found Dawn in her happiest of places, lounging in the pool, where she relished the sun's embrace and the tranquility of the water.

Above all, Dawn's world revolved around her cherished family. She is survived by her loving daughters, Stephanie Crabtree and Emily Crabtree, and her adored granddaughter, Leah Kline, who brought immeasurable joy and purpose to her life. Dawn's role as a mother and grandmother was imbued with devotion, as she imparted lessons of love and life with a gentle hand and a ready laugh.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Ruth Ellen Stahl, whose memory Dawn held close to her heart, honoring her legacy through her own life's journey.

Those who knew Dawn will remember her as the embodiment of love, humor, and wisdom. Her presence was a comfort, her laughter contagious, and her advice sought after by many. Dawn's ability to light up a room with her funny anecdotes and sage insights will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of crossing her path.

As we bid farewell to Dawn Renee Comer, we celebrate a life lived with an open heart and a generous spirit. Her memory will continue to inspire and guide us, just as the dawn promises a new day filled with hope and possibility.

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