Robert and Joyce Bills

Robert and Joyce Bills

TIPTON, Ind. – Robert C. "Bob" Bills, age 88, and his wife Joyce J. Bills, age 85, of Tipton both passed away as a result of an auto accident that occurred on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

Robert was born Aug. 24, 1924, to Clemmerd and Margaret (Tarkington) Bills. He was a 1942 graduate of Jefferson High School and served overseas for the U.S. Army for three and a half years.

Joyce J. Shadday was born June 10, 1927, to Anthony and Anna (VanHorn) Shadday. She was a 1945 graduate of Tipton High School. Robert and Joyce were married on Nov. 15, 1946, in Anderson, Ind.

He was a past employee at Delco Remy, Ellison Tractor Sales, Atlanta Crop Service and Pioneer. Joyce had previously worked at the Tipton Telephone Co., Dr. Chub Smith and Pioneer. They were both longtime members of West Street Christian Church and the Lions Club, both of Tipton.

Survivors include their three sons, Ronald Lee and wife Suzette Bills of Potomac, Mark Allan and wife Joyce Bills of Tipton, Ind., and Lawrence "Larry" Keith and wife LaVella Bills of Tipton, Ind.; along with granddaughters, Laura (Matt) Terry, Launa Bills and Christina Bills, all of Tipton, Ind., and a grandson, Matt Bills of Greenville, S.C. Joyce's brother, Gene, and wife Verna Shadday; and a sister-in-law, Marlene Shadday, also survive.

They both were preceded in death by a son, Michael Kent Bills, along with their parents. Robert was preceded by siblings, Eugene Deloss Bills and Elmer Lee Bills. Joyce was preceded by a brother, Dick Shadday.

Calling is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Porter Funeral Home, 726 E. North St., Tipton, Ind., and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at West Street Christian Church, 132 N. West St., Tipton, with the Rev. Linda McKeirnan-Allen officiating. Interment will take place in Tipton's Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests that memorial contribution be made to the Tipton Lions Club or West Street Christian Church. Online condolences may be offered at

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