Steven Blue

Feb. 27, 1944 – Sept. 14, 2020

Steven Blue, age 76, of Greenfield, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, at Suburban Hospice of Hancock Regional Hospital.

Steve was born in Warsaw on Feb. 27, 1944, to Burwyn Adair and Almyrta Lois (Snyder) Blue. He graduated from Rochester High School, home of the Zebras, in 1962. In school he participated in football, baseball, and basketball and was known to his teammates as Yogi. Steve received his Bachelor of Science, Master’s, and Educational Specialist degrees in education from Indiana State University. He married Becky Morrett on Aug. 14, 1966, in Rochester, Indiana. Steve began his career as a teacher in Rockville and Crawfordsville. He later moved his family to Hancock County where he spent time as the principal of Weston Elementary School, assistant superintendent at Greenfield Central Schools, and principal at Harris Elementary School before retiring in 2003. Mr. Blue was a past member of Kiwanis and the Indiana Principal’s Association. He was a current member of Greenfield Christian Church and Hawk’s Tail Golf Course. After retiring from his many years as principal, Steve enjoyed spending his time taking flying lessons, dancing, listening to all types of music, and golfing with his family and friends. He had a passion for airplanes and always described a perfect day as a “beautiful day to fly.” Steve found joy in researching the genealogy of his and Becky’s family. He loved traveling with friends and had been to various places including New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Amelia Island and the Natchez Trail. Steve loved his life in education, especially the teachers and kids he had the pleasure of working alongside. He was always very proud when he would see a past Harris Elementary student.

Steve is survived by his wife, Becky Blue of Greenfield; daughter Stacy (Tony) Sturgeon of Noblesville; son Ryan (Kelly) Blue of Fishers; five grandchildren, Ben, Natalie, William, Sophie, and Maeve; sister-in-law Nancy (Mike) Romack; sisters Becky (Randy) Green of Rochester and Yvetta Waller of Washington, Ill.; and his dog, Theo. He was preceded in death by his parents, Burwyn and Almyrta Blue, and father and mother-in-law, Duke and Ann Morrett.

Visitation will be Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. U.S. Highway 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will be Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, at 10 a.m. at the mortuary. Rev. Frank Everett will be officiating. Burial will take place on a future date in Rochester,. As a reminder, masks are required in public indoor spaces and please practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made, by mail, to the Hancock Health Foundation to the Sue Wortman Cancer Center or Hospice at 801 N. State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140 or envelopes will be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com.

Michael “Mike” D. Burkett

March 23, 1956 – Sept. 13, 2020

Michael “Mike” D. Burkett, 64, Rochester, passed away at 7:19 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at his residence.

He was born on March 23, 1956, in Rochester, the son of Donald J. and Jacqueline “Jackie” (Couse) Burkett. He married Cheryl Tillman on Sept. 16, 2018, in Rochester, and she survives.

Mike had worked as a union millwright for many years before retirement. He had been a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliaries and enjoyed golf and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Burkett, Rochester; children Joey Burkett, Rochester, Stacia Conrad, Rochester, stepchildren, Craig Reeser, Akron, Geoffrey Reeser, South Whitley, Christopher Reeser, Claypool; three grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild; his mother, Jackie Burkett, Rochester; brothers William (Melinda) Burkett, Rochester, Patrick (Robin) Burkett, Rochester, father- and mother-in-law, Robert and Delores Tillman, Claypool; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and brother- and sister–in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father.

A time to celebrate Mike’s life will take place at a later date. Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester, Indiana. Online condolences may be expressed at www.zimemrmanbrosfh.com.

Ann Jonushaitis

Ann L. Jonushaitis Bode died Sept. 7, 2020, while traveling home from South Carolina.

She is survived by her husband Ken Bode, her son Martin Austin; her sisters Erica Gudas and Sally Bickneris.

Her memorial service will be St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rochester at a later date. Good Family Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Elizabeth Shultz

Elizabeth A. Shultz, 80, formerly of Deedsville, died 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at her residence.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Shultz, Peru; seven children, Tim Shultz, Kokomo, Porter Shultz, Denver, Crystal Hook, Alabama, Alisa Shultz, Nyona Lake, Shelley Stein, Chili, Kelly Shultz, Rochester; and Brandy Burns, Florida; two sisters, June Geyer and Barb Hoffman, both of Colorado; two brothers, David Guinn, Union City, and Larry Guinn, Winchester.

Visitation is 1-7 p.m. Friday at McClain Funeral Home, Denver. Service is Saturday at Deedsville Community Church and limited to family and close friends.

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