OBITUARIES

Updated:  August 22nd, 2014

John T. Riester II
Age 75
Columbus

Died on Monday, August 18th, in Columbus.  He served in the U.S. Air Force as a photo intelligence specialist and processed photography from the Cuban Missile Crisis.  He worked at Cummins for 36 years in a number of senior marketing and engineering positions, including head of worldwide service and traveled extensively.  In 2000, he joined CyberMetrix in Columbus helping it to grow.  He was an accomplished sailor, and was a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church and Harrison Lake Country Club.

He is survived by his wife: Julie Walsh; 3 sons: John Thomas III, James P., & Mark E. Riester; wife: Laura Sue Wisehart; a daughter: Katherine M. Carr; and 4 grandchildren: William, John, Andrew, and John T. IV.

Calling will be on Thursday, August 21st, from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus and Friday from 9:00 - 9:45 AM at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church.  The funeral mass will be on Friday, August 22nd, at 10:00 AM at the church.  Private inurnment will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to St. Bartholomew School, IU Simon Cancer Center for Lymphoma, or Our Hospice of south Central Indiana. 


Geneva M. Ward
Age 72
Parkland Drive

Died on Monday, August 18th, at Columbus Regional Hospital.  She retired from Arvin Industries after 35 years.  She was a member of the Columbus Baptist Church, and enjoyed auctions, boutiques, collecting, traveling, swimming, card games, and cheering for her husband Don at his softball games.

She is survived by her husband: Don E. Ward; 2 daughters: Lesia Galloway and Connie Phegley; 2 sons: Mike & Kenny Phegley; 3 stepchildren: Cindy Gommel, Laura Aldridge, and David Ward; a sister: Barb Thompson; a brother: Bob Whittington; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and 11 step great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her father: Ott Whittington; mother and stepfather: Margaret and Carl Dobbs; a sister: Bernice Hobson; and daughter-in-law: Diane Phegley. 

Calling will be on Friday, August 22nd, from 4:00 - 8:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM until service time at the Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus.  The funeral service will be on Saturday, August 23rd, at 10:00 AM at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery.  Memorials may go to the American Lung Association.  You may view a video tribute and send condolences at www.barkesweaverglick.com.


Sandra K. Holcomb
Age 68
Columbus

Died on Tuesday, August 19th, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.  She worked at the Cummins Engine Company for 48 years in the clerical department.  She was a past secretary-treasurer of the Office Committee Union and a past board member at Ceraland.  She contributed to many local organizations.

She is survived by her husband: David L. Holcomb; a daughter: Dee Dee Haddad; a half sister: Karen Johnson; 2 grandchildren: Jake & Katie Haddad; a stepson: Chris Holcomb; a step grandchild: Shelby Holcomb; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents: Virgil and Edith Taylor Beasley; a half brother: Steve Jones; and a half sister: Phyllis Smith.

Calling will be on Saturday, August 23rd, from 1:00 PM until service time at the Barkes, Weaver, & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus.  A memorial service will follow at 4:00 PM at the funeral home.  Memorials may go to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, or the Brooke Nichole Lahr Foundation.  You may view a video tribute and send condolences at www.barkesweaverglick.com.


Dale Hull
Age 82
Columbus

Died on Wednesday, August 20th, at Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus.  He worked for 20 years at the Cummins Engine Company, ending as plant superintendent in 1971.  He was in upper management at Rupp Industries, Cincinnati Milicron, and Lunkenheimer Valve, and then returned to Columbus to begin a series of entrepreneurial activities until retiring in 1995.  He was Chairman of the Board of the Cummins Employees Recreational Association when Ceraland Park was opened in 1963, and was Chairman of the Board when Otter Creek Golf Course opened in 1964.

He is survived by his wife: Susan J. Hull; a brother: Eugene Hull; a daughter: Susan Jones; a son: David Hull; 3 stepsons: Jim, Steven, & David Lewis; 6 grandchildren: Justin Jones, Lauran Fox, and Kate, Megan, Emily, & Sarah Hull; and 3 great-grandchildren: Logan & Liberty Jones and Grace Hull.  He was preceded in death by his first wife: Martha J. Hull; a daughter: Teresa Lynn Baker Szarvas; and a brother: Donald Hull.

Calling will be on Monday, August 25th, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM at the Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home on 25th Street in Columbus.  There will be no funeral service.  You may light a virtual candle and send condolences at www.jewellrittman.com.