Notable Deaths In 2018

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Archbishop of Indianapolis, Daniel M. Buechlein walks in the opening processional. The 175th Anniversary Jubilee Mass for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis was held Sunday 5/3/09 in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.(Photo: Rob Goebel)Buy Photo

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This year, like every year, Indiana lost a number of noteworthy citizens. Among them: musicians, sportswriters, criminals and police officers, artists, priests and restauranteurs.

Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, 79, Jan. 25: The former Archbishop of Indianapolis died at the St. Meinrad Archabbey, near Jasper. Buechlein served as the city's fifth archbishop from July 14, 1992, until his retirement on Sept. 21, 2011. During that time, he was a strong advocate for Catholic school education, social outreach and supporting the homeless.

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Boone County Sheriff's Deputy Jacob Pickett (left) was fatally wounded by a fleeing suspect on March 2, 2018. Terre Haute police officer Rob Pitts (right) was shot and killed on May 4, 2018, during a homicide investigation. (Photo: Provided by Indiana State Police)

Jacob Pickett, 34,

 March 2: Boone County Sheriff's deputy was fatally wounded while helping Lebanon police officers catch a suspect on the run, stemming from an unrelated effort to serve an arrest warrant.

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Robert Shawn "Rob" Pitts, 45, May 4: Terre Haute police officer was shot and killed while conducting a homicide investigation. The suspect in that homicide was being approached by four investigators when he opened fire, killing Pitts.

Mary Moriarty Adams, 64, Sept. 6: Longtime member of the City-County Council from 1988 to 2015, who earned a reputation as a true public servant who was willing to reach across the aisle. Adams spent much of her tenure as head of the Public Safety Committee.

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Judge Patricia Gifford Butsch (Photo: Provided by family.)

Patricia Gifford Butsch, 79, April 8: Marion Superior Court judge known for her even-handed leadership in the rape trial of Mike Tyson. For more than three decades, Gifford was one of the longest-serving judges in Indianapolis and a mainstay of the local judicial system.

Rick Benick, 66, June 13: Guitarist in the popular Indianapolis rock group Roadmaster during the 1970s and '80s. Benick was a member of the Kokomo-based rock band Nebula Spoon in the early 1970s.

Rev. Charles J. Ellis, 54, Sept. 9: Pastor of 25th Street Baptist Church on the north side served as the executive director of the Indiana Ten Point Coalition for five years, before being promoted to serve as the faith-based organization's state director.

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Rev. Charles Ellis in 2011. (Photo: Steve Sanchez/IndyStar)

Tommy Caito, 86, Nov. 21: Owner of John's Famous Stew on the southwest side and the northwest side's Galahad's Cafe and Spirits in the 1990s. An Army veteran, he served in the Korean War and had been active in his family's Indianapolis-based company, Caito & Mascari Produce Inc.

Mark Leonard, Jan. 30: The man considered the mastermind behind the 2012 Richmond Hill neighborhood explosion that killed two people and wounded at least a dozen others died in prison of natural causes. Leonard was at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Sullivan County serving two life sentences.

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Dr. Shahid Athar in 2012. (Photo: Joe Vitti/IndyStar)

Dr. Shahid Athar, 73, Aug. 4: Athar was many things in life: a father, a husband, an endocrinologist at St. Vincent's Health, an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and a creator of the Interfaith Alliance of Indianapolis. 

Gary Coons, 46, May 13: Former chief of homeland security for the city of Indianapolis, Coons was responsible for ensuring safety and security during some of the city's largest events, including Super Bowl XLVI, the Final Four and Indianapolis Colts games. He also was in charge of the investigation into the Richmond Hill explosion.

Donna Mikels Shea, 93, Aug. 2: At age 20, Shea took on a reporting job with The Indianapolis Times. She made her name as that rare "woman reporter" who, in an era of "women's pages" and "society news," worked in the rough-and-tumble city room. She interviewed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Adlai Stevenson, and the notorious Ku Klux Klan leader D.C. Stephenson.

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Lois Main Templeton, shown here in 2007. (Photo: Charlie Nye/IndyStar)

Lois Main Templeton, 90, Nov. 7: An iconic painter who pushed Indianapolis' art scene forward, Templeton began her career as an artist in 1981, when decided to paint and graduated from the Herron School of Art. Her work appeared in in the Indiana governor’s residence and Indianapolis top galleries and around the country. Templeton also write a children’s book, “Who Makes the Sun Rise?”

Robert Indiana, 89, May 19: Famous for his “LOVE” sculpture and an important player in the 1960s Pop Art scene in New York City. After an unsettling childhood spent mostly in Indianapolis as Robert Clark, he left Indiana as soon as he could, at age 18. "I had to leave Indiana to become Robert Indiana," he once said. 

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Artist Robert Indiana poses Thursday, Aug. 29, 2008 at his studio in Vinalhaven, Maine. Indiana, who in the 1960s created the pop icon LOVE, now has created a similar image with HOPE, with proceeds going to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Joel Page) (Photo: Joel Page AP)

 

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