Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Obituaries

February 18, 2014

Alan J. Goddard, 65 Nov. 6, 1948 - Feb. 15, 2014

Alan J. Goddard, 65, was born Nov. 6, 1948 in Greensburg to Judge John W. and Mrs. Alice Goddard.

Alan participated in many activities while growing up in Greensburg including: his church, Boy Scouts (Eagle), YMCA, and Life Guarding at the city pool.

While attending Greensburg High he excelled in several athletics. He was Honorable Mention All-Conference in football, and was noted as an excellent pitcher for the high school baseball team winning MVP for the Pirates. Alan attended Indiana University where he pledged Beta Theta Pi, obtained his Bachelors degree from Indiana State in Education and his Masters from Butler University.

He did his student teaching at Wood High School in Indianapolis. His 34-year teaching career was in Wayne Township, first at Fulton Junior High and then at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center in Indianapolis.

He taught social studies and world history while coaching baseball, football and wrestling.

Alan’s acclaim in coaching wrestling brought him many honors and he was inducted into the IHSWCA Hall of Fame in 1994. He received the ISWA John Hurrle Award in 2001. He became the Ben Davis Head Wrestling coach. He was known throughout Indiana by coaches and athletes who all admired and respected his hard work and sense of humor.

Alan was known for his sense of humanity and generosity and never hesitated to help a student who was in need. He was selected to Who’s Who Among American Teachers three times. Alan married Barbara Leininger in 1976.

Barbara supported Alan’s coaching endeavors. Alan and Barbara loved traveling and led many tours for students to Europe. Alan participated in the ISWA exchanges with Japan and made 2 of the trips there.

Alan died peacefully Feb. 15 at St. Vincent’s Hospital surrounded with his family and close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and nephew, John S. Goddard.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • obt-gb082114-Merritt obit pic Verdia Merritt, 82 Sept. 17, 1931 - Aug. 17, 2014 Verdia Merritt, 82, of Greensburg, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Verdia was born in Harlan, Kentucky, on Sept. 17, 1931, a daughter of the late Minnie (Brock) and Lloyd Clouse.She was the widow o

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Janice Sue Pursley, 74 Aug. 22, 1939 - Aug. 19, 2014 Janice Sue Pursley, 74, of Fairland, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 22, 1939, in London, Kentucky, to Shellie and Lula (Alsip) Anders.She married Richard Lee Pursley on Sept. 2, 1959, and he preceded her in

    August 21, 2014

  • Aaron J. McCrary, 21 Oct. 15, 1992 - Aug. 18, 2014 Aaron J. McCrary, 21, Greensburg, passed away on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center. Born, Oct. 15, 1992, in Batesville, he was the son of Don and Janice (Kohlman) McCrary. Aaron graduated from Greensburg High S

    August 19, 2014

  • Nancy L. (Sefton) King, 76 Nancy L. (Sefton) King, 76, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, in Spring Hill Cemetery in Decatur County. Rev. David Humphrey will officiate.Arrangemen

    August 19, 2014

  • Verdia Merritt, 82 Verdia Merritt, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday evening, Aug. 17, 2014, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.Arrangements are pending at Burns Funeral Home in Milroy.

    August 19, 2014

  • Vickie Lynn Wheeler, 62 July 20, 1952 - Aug. 14, 2014 Vickie Lynn Wheeler, 62, of Scipio, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. She was born July 20, 1952.Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17 at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home in North Vernon. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Monday

    August 16, 2014

  • Edith L. Lovegrove, 94 Aug. 23, 1919 - Aug. 10, 2014 Edith L. Lovegrove, 94, of North Vernon, passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Bass & Gasper Funeral Home in Westport. Funeral services begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, with Past

    August 16, 2014

  • obt-gb081614-Green obit pic William Talbert Green, 87 Oct. 29, 1926 - Aug. 6, 2014 William Talbert Green, 87, passed away Aug. 6, 2014, at the Hickory Creek Nursing Home in Greensburg. Bill was born on Oct. 29, 1926, in Hamilton County, Ohio. He was the son of Col. Roy L. and Dorothy (Talbert) Green.Bill graduated high school and l

    August 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Elsie F. (Robbins) Cuskaden, 90 March 23, 1924 - Aug. 13, 2014 Elsie F. (Robbins) Cuskaden, 90, of Greensburg, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital.Elsie was born in Greensburg, on March 23, 1924, to Oscar and Opal Lee (Ray) Robbins.Elsie was married George H. Cuskaden on Dec.

    August 14, 2014

  • Sr. Helen Saler O.S.F., 85 Feb. 10, 1929 – Aug. 4, 2014 Sr. Helen Saler O.S.F., formerly Sr. Devota, 85, of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at the convent. Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Enochsburg, she was the daughter of Charles and Pauline (Suding) Saler.She entered the convent

    August 13, 2014