Obituaries

Conn, Shirley Ann Barker

Shirley Ann Barker Conn, 85, died Saturday, April 14, 2018.

With her husband, she owned and operated Eastview Auto Parts and Conn’s Auto Service. She was a graduate of Mercy Academy, enjoyed golfing and was a member of Owl Creek Bowling League.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Juanita Fahey (Larry), Janice Wolford (Jack) and Norman Barker (Alleene).

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, Edward R. Conn; beloved children, Reggie Conn (Jean), Debbie Mudd (Robert Woosley), Kenny Conn (Peggy), Terry Conn (Beth) and David Conn (Shawna); 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; siblings, Mary Helen Corbett (Pete), Del, Gerry (Cindy), Denny (Pam), Ronnie (Janice) and Alan (Debbie) Barker; a host of nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 5505 Bardstown Road with private burial. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Fern Creek Funeral Home, 5406 Bardstown Road. Memorial gifts may be given to her church.

Grass, Sylvia R.

Sylvia R. Grass, 81, of Louisville passed away April 12, 2018.

Sylvia was a radio/TV billing clerk at WAVE for eight years, then became the credit manager at WHAS for 16 years before her retirement. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her children, Christi J. Elbert (Larry), Charles W. Grass (Penny), Lori E. Corbett (Chris), Michael F. Grass (Jill) and Mark E. Grass (Chris) and eight grandchildren.

Her memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 901 Breckenridge Lane, with scattering service to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hosparus or the donor’s charity of choice.

Lutes, Stephen Edward

Stephen Edward Lutes, 28, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2018 after a year long battle with cancer. His wife, Caitlin, who never left his side, his dog, Milo, and his family supported him lovingly.

Stephen was a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School, class of 2007 in Naperville, Illinois. He attended the University of Louisville, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in business administration. Stephen was the associate director of finance and analysis at Sun Tan City and Planet Fitness. He was passionate about his career and was so proud to be a part of the Sun Tan City family.

Stephen was an easy going, fun-loving free spirit. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, friends and family. He loved golf, concerts and spending time at the lake. He was an avid sports fan who attended many bowl games, Final Fours and most recently the Super Bowl. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Lutes and Irvin Kupper.

He is survived by his loving wife, Caitlin Menhardt Lutes; his parents, Teresa and Steve Lutes; mother-in-law, Sharon Cantwell; father-in-law, Kurt Menhardt (Linda); sisters, Kathryn Tenzca (Zack) and Savannah Lutes; brothers, Nicholas and Jacob Lutes; grandmothers, Ann Kupper and Rosalie Lutes; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to extend gratitude to those who provided such loving care, prayers and support throughout the past year. A special thank you to MD Anderson and Dr. Cervera, Norton Infusion Center, unit 5J and Norton Pavilion Hosparus Unit for their expertise and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the Home of the Innocents or The DePaul School.

His funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1920 Newburg Road with burial following in Calvary Cemetery.

Porter, Herschel Dillon 

Herschel Dillon Porter, 95 years young, formerly of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died April 10, 2018, at Jefferson Place in Louisville. Mr. Porter was born on a farm near Lewisburg, Kentucky to the late William Herschel and Rachel Austin Dillon Porter. He was the youngest of four children. He attended a one-room grade school and later graduated from Lewisburg High School where he was class salutatorian. H.D. attended Bowling Green Business University, now Western Kentucky University, where he obtained an accounting degree in 1954. He was elected class president his senior year and belonged to a business and social fraternity.

Upon graduation, Western Kentucky Gas Company in Owensboro, Kentucky employed him as an internal auditor. He relocated to Bowling Green in 1971, where he remained with WKG (currently Atmos) until his retirement in 1988. Atria Springdale Assisted Living in Louisville became his and his wife’s residence in 2014.

H.D. served in WWII from March 1943 to January 1946 with the Army Air Corps. His specialty was radar mechanic sea search. He was stationed with the 425th Bombardment Squad 308th Bombardment Group in the China-Burma-India Theatre.

He was a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. His faith and God-given talents were shared through service in the choir, as a deacon, as a teacher and as an administrator at Buena Vista Baptist Church in Owensboro and later at Eastwood Baptist Church in Bowling Green.

H.D. was active with the National Association of Accountants. He also frequently served as a poll officer at a voting station in his neighborhood.

He demonstrated impeccable penmanship and manifested superb spelling skills until his death. His exceptional memory of facts, dates and names continued to amaze many. His faith in God and family and love of hymns/gospel music and UK basketball were manifested to those around him.

Left to honor H.D. is his wife of 66 years, Martha Jeanette (Coursey) Porter. Other survivors include four children, Kent Porter of Allen, Texas; Reba Porter (Ernest) Katsampes of Prospect, Kentucky; Rollie (Betty) Porter of Huntsville, Alabama and Ramsey Kyle Porter of Louisville; one nephew; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Pearsons Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane in Louisville. Visitation will also be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Eastwood Baptist Church, 500 Eastwood Ave. in Bowling Green on Sunday, April 22. The funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. followed by burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Lewisburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Eastwood Baptist Church.