Obituaries for Year 2021
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Glen Bush, 92, of Holton passed away at 1:40am, Monday, February 15, 2021 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born in Middletown, Ohio on November 12, 1928 the son of William and Dolly Alexandria Bush. He was married to Martha Tyler on March 18, 1951 and she preceded him in death on September 28, 2009. Survivors include five sons Don (Sandra) Bush of Versailles, Glen David (Sheryl) Bush of Indianapolis, William (Joyce) Bush of Holton, Hugh Michael (Patty) Bush of Cross Plains, and Martin (Tammy) Bush of Sunman; one daughter Denise (Rick Smith) Jesse of Holton; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Bill, Kenneth, and Tom Bush. Mr. Bush was a former truck driver and also worked for Consolidated Metals in Cincinnati. He retired from Tousley Bixler Construction Company in Indianapolis. Glen was an accomplished mechanic and was the neighbor who could fix your lawn mower, weed eater, car, or tractor. He specialized in the old Volkswagon beetles and once had a lady in California ship her VW to Holton for Glen to repair. He also enjoyed collecting die caste tractors and cars.
Phillip E. Gates, 83, of Olean passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Muncie on July 10, 1937 the son of Harold and Florence McDonald Gates. He was married to Sharon Sue Voiles on September 4, 1970 and his wife of 50 year survives. Other survivors include two sons Terry (Ruby) Gates of Denver, Colorado, and Larry Gates of Muncie; one daughter Jill (Kevin) McCutchens of Houston, Texas; two step-sons Tom (Ida) Stark and Steven (Mary) Stark both of Muncie; one step-daughter Traci (Bob) Haase of Manistee, Michigan; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Sharon (Wayman) Barlow of Muncie. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-son Russ Stark, and his brother Frank. Mr. Gates worked for Pepsi-Cola in Muncie for 19 years as a bottle manager. Upon he and Sharon’s move to Olean he worked for US Shoe in Osgood and also for Carl Dyer’s Moccasins in Friendship for 17 years. Phil was a master builder and mechanic, having restored 13 Model A Fords over the years and he had also built muzzle loading rifles. Several championships at the NMLRA in Friendship had been won with guns Phil had built. He also enjoyed hunting and trapping. Phil was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship and the NMLRA. Phil’s wishes were to be cremated and their will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.
Floyd G. Asche, 84, of Delaware passed away at 6am, Saturday, February 6, 2021 at his home. He was born near Delaware on March 11, 1936 the son of Charles and Esther Raney Asche. He was married to Christina Rose on September 12, 1957 and she preceded him in death on April 12, 2015. Survivors include one son Gayle (Jennifer) Asche of Benham; two daughters Carol (Mark) Owens of Osgood and Barbara (Dana) Hotko of Delaware; eight grandchildren Trevor (Jenny) Asche of Dillsboro, Tyler (Ashley) Asche of Rexville, Adam (Alisha) Eadens and Dylan (Amber) Eadens both of Delaware, Elijah (Kelly) Eadens of Dillsboro, Johnny Owens of Greensburg, Josh (Jessica) Owens of Hamilton, Ohio, and Jeremy (Jessica) Owens of Osgood; 17 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gerald, Hershel, Clarence, Carl, Leroy, Robert, and Gene Asche, and his sisters Goldie Richter, Clara Felix, and Sylvia Spurr. Mr. Asche was a former employee of INDOT where he worked as an inspector and retired after 40 years with IBEW Local 1393.
Zola Mae Sporleder, 95, of Butlerville passed away at 1pm, Thursday, February 4, 2021 at her home. She was born in Moores Hill on August 9, 1925 the daughter of Eber L. and Cora Opal Meehan Stroup. She was married to Elmer Sporleder on December 1, 1946 and he preceded her in death on July 15, 2004. Survivors include one son Joseph (Sandra) Sporleder of Butlerville; three daughters Bonita (Johnny) Hopkins of Indianapolis, Cathy (Dan) Meisberger of Holton, and Pam (Mason) Simmons of North Vernon; two sisters including Mae’s twin Mary Lewellen of Scipio, and Helen Poling of North Vernon; 10 grandchildren Karen (Kelly) Gaskill, Jessica Hopkins, and Ray Hopkins all of Indianapolis, Deanna (Ryan) Erny of Jasper, Adam (Amy) Meisberger of Reva, Virginia, Matthew (Andrea) Meisberger of Holton, Megan (Adam) Jines of Princeton, Jonathan (Dawn) Simmons of Seymour, Adriane Sporleder of Butlerville, and Patrick Sporleder of Salem, MA; 16 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Dorothy Smith and Grace Tomlinson, and her brother Eber Stroup, Jr. Mrs. Sporleder was a 1943 graduate of Zenas High School. After graduation she went to work for Arvins in Columbus for a few years and then became a homemaker and helped Elmer on the farm. She loved spending time with her family, watching movies, reading, embroidering, and working puzzle books. Mae was a faithful member of the Zenas Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8th at 10:30am at the Zenas Baptist Church with Pastor Mitch Harrell officiating. Burial will be in the Vernon Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Zenas Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.
Melba M. Thompson, 84, of Versailles passed away at 1:10am, Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. She was born near Versailles on April 12, 1936 the daughter of Durward and Leona Waters Aikins. She was married to Everett Thompson on June 11, 1955 and he preceded her in death on December 22, 2020. Survivors include one son Kevin (Kay McCammon) of Versailles; one daughter Connie Jo (Jon) Martin of Greensburg; four grandchildren Mandy (Micah) Lohrum of Greensburg, Amber (Terry) Jesse of Lawrenceburg, Andrew Martin of Greensburg, and JoBeth Martin of Cincinnati; five great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Charles Aikins and Ray Aikins, and her sisters Ruth Semon and an infant sister Norma. Mrs. Thompson was a 1954 graduate of Versailles High School. In her younger years Melba worked at the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood where she met her future husband. Her main career was with the US Postal Service where she worked at the Versailles Post Office. Her career there spanned over 30 years and she was eventually named postmaster. Melba was a lifelong member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church where she served in several capacities including being the church pianist and organist for over 60 years. She was also a member of the OES chapter 333 for over 50 years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Becky Pohle officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and also from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. Eastern Star services will be on Friday at 6:45pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Eastern Star or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Nina Joan Ruble, 88, of Versailles passed away at 4:45am, Monday, February 1, 2021 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Versailles on May 20, 1932 the daughter of Everett and Helen Handlon Hafft. She was married to Raymond Ruble and he preceded her in death on February 11, 1986. Survivors include two sons Raymond “Peach” (Linda) Ruble, Jr. of Greensburg and Tony (Dionne Spears) Ruble of Moores Hill; five daughters Joyce (Denny Wood) Franklin of Milan, Janet (Mert) Myers of Versailles, Joan Deal of Mishawaka, Sheila Ruble of Indianapolis, and Anita (Ray) Strack of Union, Kentucky; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Corine Ruble of Georgetown, Texas; two brothers Gene (Janice Gilpin) Hafft of Versailles and Ronald Hafft of Bloomington. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Phyllis, her son Mark and her granddaughter Sarah Ruble. Mrs. Ruble attended New Marion High School. She was a former employee of Berkel Electronics in Versailles and retired from Reliance Electric in Madison in 2002. Nina enjoyed gardening, flowers, sewing, quilting, bowling, and also found time to do babysitting in her home, but her mainstay in life was her family. She cherished her time with them and even with her busy life she found time to make quilts for her grandchildren. Nina was a member of the St. Magdalene Catholic Church in New Marion and upon its closure became a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. She was also a member of the Ripley County Red Hatters. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the St. Magdalene Cemetery at Madison. Memorials may be given to the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
James E. Evans, 80, of Versailles passed away at 2:15pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home. He was born in Batesville on June 4, 1940 the son of Ralph and Mabel Keith Evans. He was married to Arlene Hoeferkamp on August 24, 1958 and his wife of 62 years survives. Other survivors include three daughters Marla Luke of Milan, Kim (Vance) Furnish of Greensburg, and Susan (Duane) Webster of South Bend; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one brother Ron (Pam) Evans of Seymour. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Evans was a 1958 graduate of Versailles High School. In his early years Jim worked for Elvan Akers at the Shell station in Versailles. He then worked for 38 years as a dispatcher for the Indiana State Police in Versailles, retiring in 2002. Jim was a member of the Bridge of Hope Church. Jim’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 6 at the Bridge of Hope Church with Pastor Doug Norman officiating. Calling for friends will be held an hour prior to the service beginning at 1pm. Memorials may be given to the church’s food pantry, Greves Missionaries, or CEF in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
Bessie Phillips, 94, of Versailles, formerly of Delaware passed away at 4pm, Monday, February 1, 2021 at the home of her daughter near Osgood. She was born in West Harrison, Indiana on April 7, 1926 the daughter of Edward and Margretta Bourquein Stokes. She was married to James Phillips and he preceded her in death. Survivors include four daughters Hope Asche of Versailles, Ruth (Mike) Raymer of Anderson, Jamie (Jerry) Gambrel of Crothersville, and Tamie (Bill) Vornheder of Osgood; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Kenneth Beard, daughter Mary Margaret Beard, her sisters Jeanette Heinzelman and Florence Kennett, and her brothers Herman, Rolla, John, and Herbert Stokes. Bessie was a former employee of the Milan Tavern, Milan Furniture Factory, and Mr. Fred’s in Osgood. She enjoyed her garden and tending to her flowers, and would do karaoke when the opportunity presented itself. Bessie attended the Washington Baptist Church and the Delaware United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 4th at 11:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bessie’s son-in-law Jerry Gambrel officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 10:30am. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in care of the funeral home.
Joyce M. Vars, 70, of Versailles, formerly of Billings, Montana, passed away at 7:10am, Friday, January 29, 2021 at the home of her daughter south of Versailles. She was born in Cody, Wyoming on June 14, 1950 the daughter of Robert and Alice Elliott Treat. Survivors include two sons Lance (Melissa) Adamy of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Shane (Heather) Whipple of Colorado Springs, Colorado; one daughter Leanne (Ben) Lengerich of Versailles; two brothers Richard Treat of Dallas, Texas, and Dennis (Katherine) Treat of Billings, Montana; one sister Linda (Lee) Thrasher of Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Vars was a 1968 graduate of Billings West High School and attended the York Christian College in York, Nebraska. She worked as a seamstress for Dillard’s Department Store in several locations for many years. Joyce was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Joyce’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Richard G. Hutter, 86, of Benham passed away at 7am, Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at The Waters of Dillsboro Manor. He was born in Peru, Indiana on November 16, 1934 the son of Arthur and Pauline Bender Hutter. He was married to Luciel Harper on September 1, 1960 and his wife of 60 years survives. Other survivors include one son Robert Rogers of Rancho Mirage, California; four daughters Faith (Leo) Broerman of Cincinnati, Laura (Lonnie) Jester of Madison, Nancy (Gary) Bradburn of Brookville, and Joyce (Gerald) Steele of Davenport, Florida; 14 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren; one brother Paul Hutter of Versailles; three sisters Marian McKittrick of Versailles, and Gertrude Hutter and Clara Goldschmidt both of Ocala, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Richard Paul Hutter, brothers Arthur and Robert Hutter, and his sisters Pauline Hutter and Laura Coldren. Mr. Hutter was a 1953 graduate of Versailles High School. On November 18, 1953 he enlisted in the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Richard attained the rank of Sp 3 and served with the 1st Infantry Division. For service to his country Richard received the National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Korean Service Medal. He was discharged from the service on November 16, 1956. In civilian life he was a truck driver for Glen Morris in Versailles, worked in the machine shop at Cummins in Columbus for 30 years, and retired from Holset in Madison where he worked on the assembly line. Richard enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and travel. He and Luciel’s travels took them to nearly every state in the Continental United States and far from home as the North Pole. Richard was a member of the Concord Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 30th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Jerry Vandervort of the Concord Wesleyan Church officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Foundation or the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.
Erlene K. Meisberger, 87, of Holton passed away at 9:45pm, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born in Holton on July 2, 1933 the daughter of Orel J. and Maude Beach Montgomery. She was married to Junior Meisberger on June 18, 1951 and he preceded her in death on December 14, 1990. Survivors include two sons Dan (Cathy) Meisberger of Holton and Darrell (Cathy) Meisberger of Rising Sun; one daughter Debbie Schmaltz of Versailles; 8 grandchildren Deanna (Ryan) Erny of Jasper, Adam (Amy) Meisberger of Reva, Virginia, Matt (Andrea) Meisberger of Holton, Crystal (Alan) Welch, Shannon (Stacey) Schmaltz, and Keith (Beth) Schmaltz all of Versailles, Michelle Meisberger Imel of Greensburg, and Shawn (Miranda) Meisberger of New Castle; 25 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Barry Schmaltz, her sister Maxine Workman, and her brother-in-law Dewey Workman. Mrs. Meisberger was a 1951 graduate of Holton High School. Her working career spanned 40 years having employment with attorney Amos Jackson in Versailles, Vines in Osgood, Muscatatuck State Hospital, and 30 years with US Shoe in Osgood, retiring from there in 1991. Erlene enjoyed reading, sending cards, tending to her plants and garden, cheering for the Cincinnati Reds, and supporting her grandchildren that were playing for the South Ripley Raiders. She also helped with the Holton Jamboree for several years. Erlene always had a smile for everyone and always looked for the good in folks, never meeting a stranger. She was the rock for her family whom she loved very much. She was a lifelong member of the Holton Christian Church where she had served as church treasurer, Sunday school pianist, choir director, Sunday school teacher, greeter, participated in the Mother’s class, and was a stalwart prayer warrior. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at 12pm at the Holton Christian Church with Pastor Bob McCreary officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.
Kristina Mahalia (Asche) Jones, 36, of Holton, IN passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was born in Madison, IN on October 30,1984 and was married to Adam Jones on October 17, 2009 and he survives. She was a 2004 graduate of South Ripley High School and was a very compassionate licensed QMA health care worker who loved caring for the elderly; formerly employed at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood and Aspen Place in Greensburg. Kristina loved planting flowers in her garden, making crafts, being in nature collecting rocks, arrowheads, ginseng, and mushrooms. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and niece. Most of all her kids meant the world to her and she loved them dearly. Kristina was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and also attended the Holton Christian Church and the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church. Others surviving are her daughter Lilly Mahalia Jones; her son Jaxen Travis Marshall Jones; her father Alois (Tina) Asche of Holton and her mother Ella (Bill) Meyer of Batesville; her brother Dustin (Sarah) Asche of Holton; sister Heather (Jon) Humphries of Versailles; step-brothers Dustin, Eric (Tiffany), and Derrick Wade, and Jeremy (Kim) Back; father-in-law Marty Jones, brother-in-law Tom (Jamie) Jones, sisters-in-law Kelly (Joel) Carter, Jenny (Trevor) Asche, nieces and nephews Autumn, Layla, Kaiden, Kali, Konnor, Kaiya, Audrey, Hunter, Bryce, Allie, Evelyn, Grady, Dylan, Brayden, Kylie, Landen, Blake, Preston, and Brigham; uncles and aunts Jerry (Dosha) Asche of Holton, Sue (Omar) Bradley of Holton, Bobbie Poynter of Barboursville, Kentucky, and Eva (Jeff) Byard of Versailles and many, many cousins who she loved. Leroy Comer of Osgood and his late wife Louise were Kristina’s adopted grandparents. She was preceded in death by her sister Holly Laverne Asche, grandparents Fred and Alta (Geisler) Asche, Gilbert and Loretta (Jones) Goodall, aunt Carol (Goodall) Isaacs, uncle Gilbert Goodall Jr., and mother-in-law Paula (Hicks) Jones.
David Cizek, 50, of Versailles passed away at 5:40pm, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He was born in Chicago on June 8, 1970 the son of Norman and Florence Nicosia Cizek. Survivors include step-sisters Marge Martin of Versailles and Lucy Halvorsen of Huntley, Illinois; his nieces Debi Pavey of Dillsboro and Anna Stoeberl of Carol Stream, Illinois; also 8 great-nieces and nephews; he was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Cizek was attended Proviso West High School in Hillside, Illinois. David was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears and enjoyed doing puzzles and coloring. He was a resident of the Waters at Dillsboro and loved the staff and living there. David’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements
George Thomas Poole, 83, of Moores Hill, was called home to his creator and was reunited with his beloved wife of 50 years, Kay Poole, on January 12, 2021, at St. Elizabeth Dearborn Hospital in Lawrenceburg, IN. George was born in Ripley, Ohio, on September 30, 1937. He is the son of Mike and Mable (Howell) Poole. George married Kay Jett on November 14, 1964, in Ripley, Ohio. Kay preceded him in death on January 10, 2015. Survivors include one son, Derek Poole and his wife, Lindsay Poole, of Redondo Beach, California, his two grandchildren, Quincy Kay and Walker Joseph, one brother, Marion Poole, of Ripley, Ohio, and various nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and half-siblings.Mr. Poole was a 1955 graduate of Ripley High School, and he served his country in the Marines from 1955-1959. He was a retired Model Maker/Designer for Hill-Rom for 29 years and owner-operator of Accu-Form Plastics for 25 years. George loved spending time with his grandkids in person, either in Indiana or California, and seeing them on FaceTime as much as possible! When he wasn't with family, he enjoyed spending time with his loving and loyal friends and was an active member of the Moores Hill Church of Christ. George filled his time watching high school basketball/football, taking care of his land and animals, cooking barbecue, and making funnel cakes for the community. George was one-of-a-kind and will be greatly missed in his close-knit community. George’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services at this time. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.
Kenneth J. Clemons, 84, of Versailles passed away at 9:40am, Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born near Madison on February 24, 1936 the son of Elbert and Frances Jackson Clemons. He was married to Jean Holman on June 21, 1971 and she preceded him in death on December 30, 2011. Survivors include one son Bob (Courtney) Clemons of Osgood; one daughter Mary Frances (Robert) Creazzo of Fountaintown. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Clemons was a 1954 graduate of Vevay High School and was an Army veteran. He was a former mail carrier in Vevay and for several years he and Jean delivered the Indianapolis Star and News in the Versailles area. Kenny was a former columnist for the Versailles Republican with his weekly sports column Splinters and for several years was the driver examiner for the local BMV branch. He was also a former little league coach in Versailles and was active in local Republican politics. Kenny was a member of the Versailles Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 15th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Friday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Activities Fund at the Manderley Health Care Center in care of the funeral home.
Charles E. Baurley, 77, of Versailles passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at home near Rexville on March 19, 1943 the son of William and Eva Gigerich Baurley. He was married to Lynn Geisler on October 14, 1967 and his wife of 53 years survives. Other survivors include three daughters Tammy (Chris) Linville of Osgood, Amy (Edward) Rodriguez, and Lisa Baurley both of Versailles; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers Robert (Bernie) Baurley of Versailles and Ray (Linda) Baurley of Milan; one sister Doris (Ed) Korte of Clarksville; his mother-in-law Joan Geisler of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son John, brother George, and his sister Carol Ann Baurley. Mr. Baurley was a 1961 graduate of New Marion High School. He received his BS degree in education from Hanover College in 1965 and his Masters Degree from Indiana University in 1969. He began his teaching career at New Marion High School where he taught for one year and coached basketball. He then spent the next 39 years teaching business at South Ripley and in the early years did some junior varsity coaching as well. For most of the community he was simply “Mr. Baurley”, a very respected member of the teaching community. After school, he enjoyed his farm and his cattle and always found time for his favorite hobbies of fishing and hunting. Charles was a lifelong member of the St. Magdalene Catholic Church in New Marion and upon its closing became a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am, Thursday, January 14th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Madison. Burial will be in the St. Magdalene Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Magdalene Cemetery or the South Ripley Classroom Teachers Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.
Robert H. “Barney” Bales, 72, of Friendship passed away at 7:45pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on August 2, 1948 the son of Charles and Geneva McClain Bales. Survivors include two sisters Marilyn Hunt of Versailles and Kathern Meyer of Sunman along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his great-great nephew Nolan Gray, and his brothers-in-law Gene Gray and Jerry Meyer. Barney was in the last graduating class of Cross Plains High School in 1966. He enlisted in the US Navy on December 7, 1967 and served on the USS Northampton. He received the National Defense Service Medal for his military service and was discharged on October 1, 1969. He was a former resident of Goodlettsville, Tennessee where he worked in the Tappan factory. When he returned to Ripley County he worked as district one foreman with the Ripley County Highway Department. On the weekends he enjoyed working with and setting up for the Centerline Band. Barney was a former member of the Friendship Fire Department. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.
Dale Bell, 90, of Versailles passed away at 2:20am, Friday, January 1, 2021 at Thornton Terrace in Hanover. She was born at Cody in Knott County, Kentucky on August 9, 1930 the daughter of Harrison and Raney Blair Francis. She was married to Robert Bell on September 2, 1950 and he preceded her in death on March 16, 1984. Survivors include one son Ron (Sherrie) Bell of Taswell; one daughter Charlotte (Jeff) Logman of Versailles; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one brother Harrison (Alice) Francis, Jr. of Marion. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Coy, Hastel, Hubert, and Hobart Francis, and her sisters Donna Disney and Betty Francis. Mrs. Bell was a 1948 graduate of Milan High School and also attended beautician’s school in Columbus. Dale was a former employee of Seagram’s in Lawrenceburg and the Cross Plains State Bank. For several years she owned and operated Dale’s Beauty Shop in Cross Plains and also Dale’s Floral Designs. She also worked at the Versailles Super-Valu which she retired from in 1986. Dale enjoyed tending to her flowers and gardening. She founded Reaching Our Community’s Kids (ROCK) and for several years hosted Bible studies in her home. She was also active with the Good News Clubs through the South Ripley Elementary School. Dale was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church where she taught Bible School, sang in the choir, and sponsored the MYF. Dale attended the Hope Baptist Church at Dillsboro and also the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 6th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with pastor Mark Zerkel of the Tyson United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Methodist Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Good News Clubs (CEF) in care of the funeral home.