News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 28, 2013

Eileen Harmless Shinn


GREENCASTLE — Eileen Harmless Shinn, 90, of Greencastle, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. She was born on Aug. 6, 1922, in Parke County, to Frederick DePlanty and Mallie Martin DePlanty.

Eileen was a 1939 graduate of Rockville High School. She was the previous owner of Branson Insurance Agency in Rockville, before retiring. Mrs. Shinn was a member of First Christian Church, where she was active in the Christian Women Fellowship (CWF) group. She also was an active member in the Business Professional Women (BPW) Organization, Putnam County Historical Association; ladies of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, and Moose organizations, and was an honorary member of the Army 5th Division.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Matthews and Helen Akers; a brother, Dale DePlanty; her husbands, Harris Harmless and Charles Leon Shinn; and a great-granddaughter, Megan Wade.

Surviving are two sons, Melvin Harmless and wife Olive of Catlin, and Malcolm Harmless of Greencastle; one daughter, Roseanna Spencer of Nashville; a sister, Florence Porter of Veedersburg; four grandchildren, Randy Harmless and wife Brenda of Clayton, N.C., Kim Wade of Terre Haute, Shanti Neice and husband Tony of Terre Haute, and Jason Spencer and wife Amanda of Morgantown; five great-grandchildren, Andrew Harmless, Adam Harmless, Jacob Wade, Damien Ball and Jordon Weaver; two stepdaughters, Sherry Aker and husband Terry of Rushville and Beverly Brown and husband Gib of Hereford, Ariz.; five stepgrandchildren, Stephanie Owen and husband Michael, Stacie Padgett and husband Robert, and Timothy “T.J.” Aker and wife Heather, all of Rushville, Robert Frazier and wife Jill of Seymour, and James Frazier of Plainfield; 15 stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-great-grandchildren.    

Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 1, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Paul Champion officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 30, 2013, from 2 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials in Mrs. Shinn’s memory may be directed to American Diabetes Association. Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: