Anthony E. Ave
Date of Death: February 7, 2010
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Anthony E. Ave, 49 Anthony E. “Tony” Ave, 49, of Lafayette, died at 9:08 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis. Born Dec. 16, 1960, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Gene A. and Norma N. Albright Ave, who survive. He received his bachelor?s degree in business from Indiana…

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Scott Scales left a message on February 14, 2010:
Gene and Norma, I was going though the Lafayette paper and saw the new&s about Tony. I am sorry to hear of your loss he was a great person, and aways nice to be around so close to my age it makes you just set and think. I think about the two of you often you the most Gene. I have been in the Insurance business now since you hired me in Feb. of 1984 for over 26 years it does not seem possible. I got out of the Life and Health business about two and a half years ago and opened an Allstate office in Frankfort where I had done the Life and Health for over 19 years. It has been very good to me. I have had a very good career in the insurance business, and I owe it all to you Gene for giving me the opertunity. Again I am sorry for your loss, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Scott Scales
Moe Smederovac left a message on February 12, 2010:
Mr. and Mrs. Ave,
I hope you receive this message, I just heard. I will Treasure my memories
i had with my good friend Tony... I have a real heavy heart. He made me
laugh like no other.. The best putter i ever met... I will never forget him.
God bless you and your Family. Moe Smederovac...
Brandon Carlson left a message on February 11, 2010:
Dear (Waite) Ave Family, & Family

When I learned of Tony&s passing I was very sad. Tony was a great person and a true gentleman! Not only did I get to spend many memorable moments around Tony, Waite and Kurt during the times he visited Houston for the family golfing event but I got to know Tony very well when he spent a few weeks in Houston following his back surgery in 2006 when I was living with Waite at the House on Laurel Caverns. This is when I really got to know Tony as we were essentially roomate&s for a short period of time. Tony was a giving person always looking out as I remember Tony giving me tips and advice in regards to marketing ideas when I was starting my business back then. I know for a fact that his great sense of personality and humor will be greatly missed by all those he touched.

Rest assured, Tony is in a better place now and in good hands!

God Bless and my regrets,

Brandon Carlson



Dale Hanke left a message on February 11, 2010:
I have known Tony for about 18 years now as our lab rep for Burrell, but more importantly as a friend. Tony would do anything for anybody and was one of those few people in life that genuinely cared about others more than he cared about himself. I was able to see him a couple times while he was in the hospital in Indianapolis, and even then he wanted to know how my family and I were doing - still putting others first. Tony had a gentle heart and a selfless attitude. The memorial service was beautiful today, and Tony would be proud of his family members. It is still hard to imagine that he is no longer with us, but the memories of his thoughtfulness and his love for life will live on in all of us. He will be missed, but there is a peace in knowing that he is no longer suffering. The Ave family is in our prayers.

Dale Hanke
Dale and Betty Roeschlein left a message on February 11, 2010:
We send our condolences to the family and wish you God&s comfort during this time of sorrow. We are photographers from Indianapolis and have known Tony for many years via Burrell Colour Labs and kept in touch many times with the family through our friends Dorisann and Bruce Albright.

The Memorial Service this morning was a beautiful tribute to a fine young man; his smile and kind words will be missed by all of us.

Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Anita Pippenger left a message on February 11, 2010:
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family and friends during this time. If it wasn&t for Tony I would have never met any of you and you have all touched my life in one way or another in the past few years and I will never let go of that.

Tony was loved and will be missed very much by myself and by all of his friends he has come in contact with and spent time with over the past few years.

We have all lost a wonderful man but have gained friendships thanks to Tony that I will never let go of.

Take care,
Anita
Kim (Naylor) Bartley left a message on February 11, 2010:
Kurt,
I&m very sorry to hear about Tony. I can&t imagine what you are going through. I have two sisters and loosing one of them would be devasting. Hopefully in time your memories will make you smile and it will become a little easier for all you.

You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love to you,
Kim (Naylor) Bartley
Steve Hruska left a message on February 11, 2010:
To the Ave Family,
My deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of Tony. I have such great memories of Tony, and am deeply shocked and saddened by his passing. Tony was one of those people that touched many peoples lives, and if you knew Tony, you loved Tony. He will be missed. If I can be of any help, in any way, don&t hesitate to contact me.
Again, my deepest condolences,
Steve Hruska
Mark and Mary Jane Wireman left a message on February 10, 2010:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chuck, Ana, and the entire family at the loss of their beloved Tony. What a wonderful smile we will miss! What a wonderful man we will remember.
Gary and Pamela Yohler left a message on February 10, 2010:
Tony was a business associate with us during his entire career at Burrell Colour, but most of all he was our treasured friend. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you at this sorrowful time.

The Staff at Tiffany Photography Studio -
Gary, Pam, Bob, Laralyn, Nate, and Anna
Grace Lechlitner left a message on February 10, 2010:

TO Tony&s family,
I&m so so sorry for your loss.
I&ve known Tony for a number of years and working with him on various photography events.
I will always remember Tonys "zest" for life and his willingness to help out.

God Bless you all as you walk through this time of tears when your missing him and smiles when you remember him....
Grace & Rex Lechlitner
David A. Lottes left a message on February 10, 2010:
Dear Mr. & Mrs Ave
I knew your son for the past eighteen years as a client and a friend. I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. I always looked forward to visiting with Tony on the phone, in the studio or at convention. My thoughts are with you and your family.
Sincerely, David A. Lottes
Brian Force left a message on February 10, 2010:
Tony was one of my best friends at Jeff we had a common bond and a very tight friendship, we went on together at Indiana University.
Tony&s ability to make the best out of any situation and maintain a smile on his faces is a attribute nobody can and will forget. Tony&s spirit will live with us forever.Rest in peace my friend.
Penny Anes-Toniolli left a message on February 10, 2010:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ave, Chuck, Kurt, Waite:

Words can&t express how sorry I am to hear of Tony&s passing. Our family will keep you and yours in our prayers through this difficult time, that God&s grace will sustain you and eventually bring peace.

God Bless,
Penny
Traci Jordan left a message on February 10, 2010:
I am so glad I got to see Tony at the Jeff reunion this past July. He was a sweetheart in school and he had a great sense of humor. I remember him borrowing his Dad&s car to take me out and I was impressed.

He is gone too soon and I am truly sorry for your loss.

Traci (Gibson) Jordan
Les & Sue Betz left a message on February 10, 2010:
Les and I are so sorry for your loss. We worked with Tony many years at Burrell.
He will be missed by many. His smile and personality always brightened up the room.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless,
Les and Sue Betz
Paul & Rebecca Melanson left a message on February 9, 2010:
I am a retired Technical Sales Representative from Eastman Kodak Co., and both my wife and I were very saddenned by the news of Tony&s death. I always thought highly of Tony, and we had some great times at conventions and sales meetings.
We did manage to do a little work. I&m sure Tony will be missed by all of us in the photo industry. We offer our condolences to all his family, and will have you and
Tony in our prayers.
Paul & Rebecca Melanson
Dianne M. Olleman left a message on February 9, 2010:
What a vibrant, energetic soul! May he rest in God&s care, forever! I knew him from being in all the photographic groups. ---dianne
Don Retherford left a message on February 9, 2010:
Chuck and family,

Words can never be enough to console the loss of a brother, Uncle, son, or friend. Susan and I&s prayer&s are with your family during your time of loss. May god bless you all and be with you during this difficult time.

While we leave this earth in body, the lives we have touched while we were here will always be remembered. I personally have enjoyed bowling with Tony as part of our league and while his legacy may not have been bowling, we had many laughs while he was around.

With deepest sympathy,

Don Retherford

Robert McCarty left a message on February 9, 2010:
It was with a great sense of loss that I learned of Tony&s passing.

Tony was a caring friend who worked hard for all his clients and customers. He would often go beyond the requirements of his job to follow up on questions and worked to get solid understandable answers that would solve problems.

He was always fun to be around, a wonderful addition to any gathering.

Photographers, as a group, especially members of professional associations, tend to develop close relationships very much like members of a family. Tony was very much part of each of our families.

He will be greatly missed.

Sadly,
Robert and Judy McCarty
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Patricia Fitzwater left a message on February 9, 2010:
I am the mother of Terrence Fitzwater, Terrence always thought of Tony as a big brother, and grieves for his loss, i hope you find some kind of comfort in this most difficult time...God bless you and your family...Patricia Fitzwater
Ted Schilling left a message on February 9, 2010:
We will miss Tony&s smile, great sense of humor, and straight shooting communication syle. He was a great trumpet player and friend. Those of us that live outside of Indiana were blessed to be able to see him this summer at our reunion, not knowing it would be the last time we would see him.

Our prayers for his family and friends as we all deal with his loss . We all need to remember the great times we had with him and the way he influenced our lives.



Jamie Walters left a message on February 9, 2010:
Tony will be missed by many whose lives he touched.
I will never forget his smile and his sense of humor through all the changes in the
business.
I had a good time working with Tony over the brief time we worked together.
With deepest sympathy,
Jamie Walters
Former Burrell MSR-Montana
Linda Svihra left a message on February 9, 2010:
I would like you to know what a kind and caring guy Tony was. He talked with a smile in his voice. I worked with Tony for many years, and will miss him very much. His customers have been calling me all day,and are very sad to hear of his passing.
M. Anthony Luttrell left a message on February 9, 2010:
To the Ave Family:
It was with great sadness I heard of Tony&s passing. Though I only knew him as Chuck&s older brother, Tony was never without a kind word. I&m truly sorry he was taken from you at such a young age.

Saying good-bye to a loved one is extremely difficult, but trust that one day his memory will only bring you joy.

My thoughts are with all of you, but especially Tony&s parents who must be enduring the most difficult role imaginable to parents. May your love for Tony be your guidance through this difficult time.

Tony Luttrell
Seattle, Washington
Linda Krekeler left a message on February 9, 2010:
Ave Family,

I work with Ana at LSC and wanted to express my sympathy to the Ave family on the loss of your young son, brother, and brother-in-law.

My prayers are with you now in this time of sadness but also in this time of joy for he is with the Lord and free from all the trials of this earth. May you all find peace.

Linda Krekeler
Thomas Shoemaker left a message on February 9, 2010:
Tony I will miss you, Tony was the kind of man that brought" Joy" to everyone around him, When he walk into a room full of people Tony would light up that room, God gave Tony the Gift of "Kindness," Joy," and "Caring" toward others, Tony your in Heaven now Happy smiling looking down on us, We are not suppose to understand God&s Plans for you and why he needed you so soon, I going to miss you my Brother, Your Brother in Christ. Tommy Shoemaker
jay downham left a message on February 9, 2010:
Chuck & family, my condolences.

jay downham.
Joe Schaler left a message on February 9, 2010:
My prayers are with the Ave family for your loss. Tony was a great young man.
Mark Wastl left a message on February 9, 2010:
Dear Gene & Family,

I am so very sorry to hear of the untimely passing of Tony. Tony has been a good friend ever since your family moved to Lafayette in the 1970&s. The times spent at your house with Tony and your family during our high school days will always be some of my fondest memories. Tony&s jovial and outgoing personality was a signature trait given to him by his loving family and happy surroundings. He was fortunate to have such a loving family and we were all fortunate to have had Tony in our lives enriching our life experiences.

I was fortunate enough to spend a great weekend with Tony at our reunion this summer and to laugh again over all the great times we shared while in high school. I certainly expected to spend many more good times with Tony, but that will have to wait for another day in another place. I am very happy to see that Father Dan will be officiating over Tony&s funeral, as he is the one priest who shares Tony&s outgoing personality and jovial outlook.

May God be with you and your family during this difficult time and bring you peace and comfort, knowing that Tony has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior. My thoughts and prayers are with you as well, while we remember all the wonderful times spent with Tony.

Sincerely,
Mark Wastl
Elizabeth Bardon Hunt left a message on February 9, 2010:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.
Love, Ty and Elizabeth (Bardon) Hunt and Family
Jan (Satterfield) Rearick left a message on February 9, 2010:
I didn&t realize Tony and my son Todd were the same age, both born in December of 1960. I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a child and you have lost 2. My heart goes out to you. Please know you and your family are in our prayers. God be with you. Lynn & Jan Rearick
Jenni Souligne left a message on February 9, 2010:
Dear Waite and Family,
I&m very sorry for your loss. Please know you&re in my thoughts and prayers. Take care during this difficult time.
Jenni
Georgina Luttrell left a message on February 9, 2010:
Ave Family -

I graduated with Tony and feel bleesed to have seen him at our Reunion in August. He was a wonderful and caring individual. When I think of him all I see is that wonderful smile of his.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

May god bless!

Georgina Searson-Luttrell
knoddy weaver left a message on February 9, 2010:
Kurt . Sorry to here about your lost. Blessed are the merciful for they shall see the kingdom of heaven.. amen ... knoddy weaver
Sue Jess left a message on February 9, 2010:
I will miss working with tony, my heartfelt sympathy TO ALL OF THE FAMILY.
Lee and Mary Gagle left a message on February 9, 2010:

Dear Gene and Norma and family,

We offer our most sincere sympathy and are so sorry.

May God Bless you,
Lee and Mary Gagle
Dennis and Julie Du Bois left a message on February 9, 2010:
Ahh Tony, It only and always brings a smile to our face. We met Tony 18 years ago when he became our account rep for Burrell. He taught us many things through the years and I believe had only our interest in his heart. They say that personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open. Tony had both ! We would and did trust him guiding our business and regarded him as a very best friend. We miss him. We pray for your comfort in this difficult time.



Dennis, Julie, Thaddeus, Clarissa Du Bois
Tamara Cooper left a message on February 9, 2010:
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning&s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.
Tiffany Kovacs left a message on February 9, 2010:
Ave Family and loved ones of Tony,

I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Tony a few times through Waite and my sister when he came to visit Waite in Kingwood. Tony kept me laughing nonstop even after his back surgery when he was recovering and uncomfortable. I even remember a trip to the grocery store and helping Tony pick up a few items he needed - even then he kept me laughing in HEB. He had a contagious laugh and an unstoppable sense of humor. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to know Tony. I wish I could have spent more time with him and shared more laughs.

Love,
Tiffany (Coop&s sister)
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Thomas Shoemaker left a message on February 9, 2010:
Tony was a very happy soul, I will miss him very much, His bright smile his kind words, Tony was the kind of person that was kind to everyone , When he walk into a room full of people, God gave Tony the gift of Kindness, Thoughtfulness, and Giving of him self. He light up a room just as soon as he walk in. Tony! My Dear Friend , My Brother in Christ, I know your in Heaven now, Looking down with that big smile of yours, So Happy! God needed you even when we don&t understand why he took you so soon . We are not suppose to know what God plans are for you to serve him in Heaven. I will miss you Brother! Your Brother in Christ, Tommy Shoemaker
Thomas Shoemaker left a message on February 9, 2010:
Tony was a very happy soul, I will miss him very much, His bright smile his kind words, Tony was the kind of person that was kind to everyone , When he walk into a room full of people, God gave Tony the gift of Kindness, Thoughtfulness, and Giving of him self. He light up a room just as soon as he walk in. Tony! My Dear Friend , My Brother in Christ, I know your in Heaven now, Looking down with that big smile of yours, So Happy! God needed you even when we don&t understand why he took you so soon . We are not suppose to know what God plans are for you to serve him in Heaven. I will miss you Brother! Your Brother in Christ, Tommy Shoemaker
Tim McCool left a message on February 8, 2010:
I attended JHS with Tony and I&m deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
I was luckly enough to spend a short time with Tony this summer at the 1979 Class Reunion. Tony recognized me first and it was so great to see him. It had been a long time. Tony was a great guy in 1979 and was still the same in 2009.
This is a time of great sorrow for many of my former classmates. Tony was one of "those guys", the one you always remember as a friend,even 30 years on.
He will missed. He was one of the great ones.
May God hold you in his comforting hand during this difficult time.

-Tim McCool
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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