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Thelma Collins, 83, of Versailles passed away at 8:30am, Friday, June 29, 2018 at her home. She was born at Littcarr in Knott County, Kentucky on July 5, 1934 the daughter of Joner and Loretta Smith Moore. She was married to Bennett Collins and he preceded her in death on August 5, 2009. Survivors include two daughters Kathy (Martin) Smith of Versailles and Kendra (Kyle) Marks of Frankton; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; two brothers J. B. Moore of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jack Moore, Jr. of Delaware; one sister Elsie Collins of Indianapolis. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Tommy Moore, A. J. Moore, and General Dean Moore, and her sisters Maddie Moore and Myrtie Davis. Mrs. Collins was a homemaker and a member of the Madison Church of Christ. Thelma’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Ruth Eaton Smith, 99, of Versailles passed away at 8am, Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, one week short of her 100th birthday. She was born three miles south of Versailles on July 4, 1918 the daughter of James and Maude Rocca Benham. She was married to Bill Eaton on August 8, 1935 and he preceded her in death on September 7, 1980. She was married to Paul Smith in 1992 and he preceded her in death on May 21, 1998. Survivors include three daughters Ann (Bill) Gay of Versailles, Sally (David) Eaton of Evansville, and Jane Wirth of Evansville; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son-in-law Tom Wirth, and her sisters Helen Gordon and Mary Nell Westmeier. Mrs. Eaton was a homemaker, but was best known in the Versailles community as a pianist. When she was 11 years old she received piano lessons from Versailles musician Emma Creath. Ruth taught piano herself for over 50 years, sometimes having as many as 40 students. When she was in her 80’s she joined a band in Greensburg and played at senior centers in Greensburg and Versailles. Ruth was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church for over 60 years and also played the piano for her church. Ruth’s wishes were to be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Tanglewood Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. .

 

His children announce the passing of William E. (Bill) Holzer, born in the St. Magdalene community near New Marion on January 24, 1930 the son of Clem and Josephine Kieffer Holzer. He passed away June 23rd  in Yuma, Arizona after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer. Bill is preceded in death by wives Lois (Kelley) Holzer and Betty (Stickelman) Holzer. He’s survived by his children: Terry Guernsey & Karen Lally, Jerry & Carolyn Guernsey, William Anthony (Tony) & Candy Holzer, Robert & Peggy Holzer, Donna Holzer Durbin & Steve Durbin, David & Donna Holzer and Steve Holzer, as well as Betty’s daughters Patricia Morrow and Johnetta Huesman. His surviving siblings are sister Mary (Holzer) Roll and brother William Anthony (Tony) Holzer. Additionally, he is survived by a total of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Bill served proudly in the Korean War. He was a civilian gunner for the United States Army at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana, before transferring to Yuma Proving Ground at Yuma, Arizona in December 1972. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.  He attended both St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and later, St. John Neumann Parish in the Foothills. According to his wishes, on Saturday, June 30 there will be a viewing at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles beginning at 9am followed by Rosary services at 10:20am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood.  Bill will be cremated and his remains buried beside his wife, Lois.  Friends are welcome to join his family in a graveside service at Saint Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Madison on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10am. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion.  In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Jaclyn Renee Begley, 39, of Lawrenceburg passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at her home. She was born in Columbus, Ohio on May 29, 1979 the daughter of Charles Begley and Stephanie McMahan. Survivors include her father Charles Begley of Lawrenceburg, her mother Stephanie Hampton of Bell Buckle, Tennessee; her son Christopher Begley, and her daughter Ciarra Williams both of Hamilton, Ohio; two brothers Charles David (Maegan) Begley of Osgood, and James Michael Begley of Versailles, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son Matthew Willman, and her grandparents Jerry and Carol McMahan and David and Clara Begley. Ms. Begley was a 1997 graduate of Murfreesboro, Tennessee High School. She was employed with her father at Ever Dry Waterproofing in Fairfield, Ohio where she worked in warranty renewal and internet postings. Funeral services for Jaclyn will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Terry Unthank officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Janet A. Hewitt, 59, of Versailles passed away at 12:20am, Thursday, June 14, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. She was born at Margaret Mary on May 29, 1959 the daughter of Robert and Partha Lou Benham Bradford. She was married to Dennis Hewitt on March 4, 1989 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Amber (Chad) Asche of Osgood; one son Jared (Erica) Hewitt of Versailles; two sisters, Barbara (Eddie) Smith of Cross Plains, and Diane (Mark) Jeffries of Olean; one brother David (Lynette) Swingle of Versailles; also her mother-in-law Mabel Hewitt of Frankfort. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Hewitt was a 1977 graduate of South Ripley High School and was also a graduate of Ivy Tech. She was employed with Kelly’s in Versailles where she enjoyed meeting the public as a cashier. She was also a former employee of Ripley Publishing in Versailles. Janet was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held on Monday, June 18th from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Gary W. Allen, 56, of Moores Hill passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born at Batesville on November 13, 1961 the son of Raymond and Rita Palmer Allen. Survivors include one daughter Heather Allen; three grandchildren Alexandra, Nathan, and Briella of Hamilton, Ohio; one brother Larry (Lisa) Allen of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania; one sister Pam Allen Simpson and her partner David of Osgood, along with several nieces and nephews; also his uncles Arthur Allen of Osgood and Gene Allen of Dunreith; his aunts Alma Addison of Cleves, Ohio, Leta Palmer, and Brenda (Dennis) Luke both of Holton.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Gary was a 1980 graduate of South Ripley High School and a graduate of Northwest Truck Driving School and pursued his love of driving trucks for over thirty years. He was truly at peace when he was on the road. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with visitation beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Virginia L. Bradley, 78, of Westport passed away at 5:10am, Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born near North Vernon on September 4, 1939. She was married to Delmar Bradley on October 24, 1958 and he preceded her in death on March 7, 2012. Survivors include one son Jeff Bradley of Westport; two daughters Janet Bradley of Westport, and Kelly Mann of Sellersburg; five grandchildren Brandon Bradley of Columbus, Emily (Ben) Boynton of Salt Lake City, Utah, Erica Bradley of Columbus, Ohio, Samantha Mann of Bedford, and Alexander (Chelsea) Mann of Louisville, Kentucky; one brother Don Leahigh of Spencer. She was preceded in death by her sisters Theresa Griffith and Sandy Nance. Mrs. Bradley was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church near Osgood. She enjoyed cooking, collecting antiques, and going to yard sales. Most of all, Virginia was a full time homemaker and mother. With Delmar having a career in the military, their life consisted of many moves. Funeral services for Virginia will be held on Saturday, June 9th at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home. 

 

Dorothy E. West, 90, of Cross Plains passed away at 2:10pm, Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Cross Plains on August 15th, 1927 the daughter of Otto and Elsie Werner West. Survivors include one daughter; Shirley Mingee of Bloomington; one son Larry West of Cross Plains; two grandchildren Kevin Burkett of Bloomington, and Leslie Allen of Greendale; three great-grandchildren; her nephew Doug (Regina) West of Versailles; her niece Joan (Carroll) Rohrig of Milan.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Raymond West, and her sons-in-law Captain William Burkett and Max Mingee. She retired from Reliance Electric in Madison and then worked for New Concepts in marketing at Kroger. She was also a former employee of the Delaney Wood Heel Factory in Versailles. Dorothy was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Dorothy loved to garden and enjoyed baking and donating pies and cakes for church events and the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department dinners. She cherished close relationships with the Highway 62 Gals, a group born and raised along the road between Cross Plains and Friendship.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018 at 1:00pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11am until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Lloyd T. Reuter, 78, of Cross Plains passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at his home. He was born at Vevay on November 14, 1939 the son of Lester Reuter and Juanita Trinkle McIntire. He was married to Charlotte Elston and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1999. Survivors include one son Tom (Maria) Reuter of Holton; two granddaughters Ciera and Brianna Reuter; one brother Leslie Reuter of Pleasant; two sisters Ruthie (Arnold) Curry of Hanover, and Jo Ann (Butch) Gullion of Mt. Sterling. Mr. Reuter was a 1958 graduate of Vevay High School. He was retired from the Indiana State Highway in Versailles. Lloyd was a member of the Cross Plains Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 1st at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Scott Elston officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden in Madison. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Claude “Bud” Palmer, Jr., 87, of Osgood passed away at 6am, Saturday, May 26, 2018 at his home. He was born near Dabney on November 29, 1930 the son of Claude and Edith Rayner Palmer. He was married to Billie Goad on February 10, 1950 and she preceded him in death on May 19, 2006. Survivors include three sons Steve (Dru) Palmer of Winnfield, Louisiana, Roy (Sharon) Palmer of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, and Clifford Palmer of Westport; three daughters Sharon (Herbert) Raines of Brookville, Norma (Ralph) Selby of Reelsville, and Blanche Cox of Osgood; 22 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; one brother Omer (Virginia) Palmer of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ronald and William Palmer, his sisters Waunetta Zaenglein, Phyllis Mulford, and Bonnie Palmer, his son-in-law Frank Cox, and his daughter-in-law Angela Palmer. Mr. Palmer served with the US Navy from 1948 to 1958 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He enlisted in 1958 with the US Air Force and served during the Vietnam War with the Army Air Corp in Iceland and North Africa until 1968, obtaining the rank of Tech Sergeant. He then served with the US Army Reserves until 1978. In civilian life Mr. Palmer retired in 1993 after 25 years with Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg. Bud enjoyed hunting, but his greatest joy in life was his large family and simply just being at home. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bud’s son Pastor Steve Palmer officiating. Burial will be in the Greendale Cemetery at Osgood with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Greendale Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Brian K. Evans, 48, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati on February 19, 1970 the son of Frank and Sherry Goodin Evans. He was married to Melanie Benham on June 17, 1995 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Elizabeth and Rachel both at home; two brothers Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro; his father and mother-in-law Jim and Donetta Benham of Benham. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Michele Hountz. Mr. Evans was a 1988 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a farmer and past member of the Versailles Fire Department where he had served as president and assistant chief. He was a member of the Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation Board and was Southeast Region Director of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Brian loved farming, his family, and was a great supporter of South Ripley sports. Brian was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 10am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Bro. Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Ripley County 4-H in care of the funeral home.

 

Wilma Sue Bates, 60, of Osgood passed away at 5am, Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. She was born in Chicago on July 17, 1957 the daughter of Paul and Grace Eversole Turner. She was married to Bruce Bates on March 7, 2014 and he survives. Other survivors include two daughters Rhonda (Donald) Clark, and Pamela DeWitt both of Versailles; one step-son Chris (Amanda) Bates of Greensburg; two step-daughters Amanda Bates of Westmoreland, Tennessee, and Brandy (Donald) Howington of Sunman; 8 grandchildren, and 10 step-grandchildren; one brother Arlie Turner of Milan. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Bates was a 1975 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. She was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and worked at Deoful in Sunman as a packer for 21 years. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 21st at 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Ray West officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm until time of services. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Darla Kay Jacobs, 54, of Versailles passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at her home. She was born at the King’s Daughters Hospital in Madison on September 20, 1963 the daughter of Glenn and Alethea Werner Jacobs. Survivors include her mother Alethea Jacobs of Versailles; three sisters Debbie Tewmey of Versailles, Denise Jacobs of Hillsborough, North Carolina, and DeeAnn Jacobs of Indianapolis; her aunt and Godmother Marilyn Werner of Cincinnati, and her aunt Janice May of Indianapolis; her cousins Randy May of Cape Town, South Africa, and Natalie (Scott) Ebaugh of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her father, and her grandparents Melvin and Irene Jacobs and Martin and Aurelia Werner. Ms. Jacobs was a 1981 graduate of South Ripley High School where she represented the Raiders on numerous athletic teams and in the marching band. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 1985 from Ball State University and her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1990. Darla taught at the Dillsboro Elementary School for 31 years and coached basketball and volleyball for the Bulldogs. She enjoyed playing softball and golf with her family and friends, family game nights, and camping outings. She was an avid fan of IU basketball, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Cincinnati Reds. Darla was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where she was co-leader of the Luther League for several years. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 11am the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Dillsboro Elementary School or St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert E. Robbins, 74, of Napoleon passed away at 10pm, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his home. He was born at Batesville on May 12, 1944 the son of Earl and Mary Sumner Robbins. He was married to Evelyn Craft Bultman on December 27, 2006 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Robert E. Robbins, Jr. of Indianapolis, and Michael Robbins of Milan; one daughter Sue Ann Thompson of Milan; one step-son Danial (Trina) Bultman of Napoleon; 4 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and 5 step-grandchildren; four sisters Helen (Sonny) Miller of Greensburg, Dot Huber of Penntown, Marsha (Kenny) Adams of Napoleon, and  Jeanie Coy of Michigan. Mr. Robbins was a 1963 graduate of Sunman High School. He worked as a machinist for Hil-Rom in Batesville for 42 years retiring in 2005. Robert’s wishes were to be cremated and there will be no services. The Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles is in charge of arrangements.

 

Alan “Jay” Phillippe, 67, of Rising Sun, formerly of Versailles passed away at 1:20am, Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at the Good Samaritan Hospital on September 5, 1950 the son of Jesse and Jinnie Durham Phillippe. He was married to Leanna Antras on September 29, 1984 and she survives. Other survivors include one son A. J. (Brittany) Phillippe of Rising Sun; one daughter Megan Phillippe and her husband Michael Hastings of Indianapolis; four grandchildren Maddie, Braysen, and Tanner Phillippe, and Eliza Hastings; one sister Rita (George) Speigelhalder of Uniontown; his father and mother-in-law Ed and Vickie Antras of Versailles, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Phillippe was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School. He attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky and also attended the Cincinnati Bible College. He was a 15 year employee of the CSX Railroad and retired after 15 years as a custodian for the South Ripley Schools. Jay was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and a former member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and trustee. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Sons of the American Legion and was former member of that organization in Versailles. In his spare time Jay enjoyed still board shooting, reading, fishing, golf, and sports, especially IU basketball. Funeral services for Jay will be on Wednesday, May 16 at 11am at the Rising Sun Church of Christ with Bro. Nathan Pelekowski and Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Rising Sun Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Strasemeier Relay for Life Team or the Rising Sun Church of Christ Youth Group in care of the funeral home.

 

Andrew J. “Andy” Huff, 86, of Osgood passed away at 1:45am, Friday, May 4, 2018 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Osgood on October 18, 1931 the son of Henry and Catherine Pollwine Huff. He was married to Virginia Back on May 9, 1959 and she preceded him in death on June 17, 2002. Survivors include five daughters Linda (Mike) Sexton of Radcliff, Kentucky, Jane (Randy) Riehle of Holton, Diane (Brent) Davis of Nashville, Sherry (Brad) Hawk of Milan, and Kathy (Rob) Plue of Shelbyville; two sons Roger (Bonnie) Huff of Osgood, and Scott (Kelly) Huff of Madison; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Susie Huff of Osgood, and Darlene Huff of Westport. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother Harold, and his brothers Virgil and Bernard Huff. Mr. Huff was a 1950 graduate of Napoleon High School and spent his entire life in the Napoleon and Osgood areas. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War where he served with the 43rd Infantry Division. For service to his country Andy received the National Defense Service Medal and the Occupation Medal. In civilian life Andy was best known throughout southeast Indiana as an auctioneer. He received his auctioneer training at the Reppert Auction School in Decatur and over a 60 year career conducted over 3,000 sales, canceling only 3. He and Ginny volunteered their time to conduct many auctions for charitable organizations in the community and for several years they manned the raffle booth at the Napoleon Firemen’s Picnic. Andy also was employed with Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg which he retired from in 1992. Andy was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood, the Knights of Columbus in Batesville, Knights of St. John at Milhousen, the Napoleon VFW, the Osgood American Legion, and was also a former Boy Scout leader in Napoleon. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, May 8th at 10am at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon with Fr. Bill Turner officiating. Burial will be in the St. Maurice Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary services beginning at 3:30pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Mary R. Elles, 87, of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Versailles passed away at 8:05pm, Monday, April 30, 2018 at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She was born in Newport, Kentucky on March 4, 1931 the daughter of Joseph and Lucy Duff McIntosh. She was married to Marvin Elles on September 8, 1973 and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1996. Survivors include two sons Kenneth Robertson of Las Cruse, New Mexico, and David (Janis) Robertson of Grove City, Ohio; two granddaughters Autumn (Brian) Leonard of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Christie Caswell of Grove City; two great-grandchildren Lucas Caswell and David Leonard; one brother Robert (Bonnie) McIntosh of New Marion; four sisters Ruby (Dale) Campbell, and Faye Perry both of Indianapolis, Joyce Oakes of Louisville, and Joan Mulligan of Jacksonville, Florida. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Joseph, Rudolph, Kenneth, Howard, and Silas McIntosh, and her sisters Ruth Graves and June Snowden. Mrs. Elles was a 1950 graduate of New Marion High School. She was a former employee of the Delaney Wood Heel Factory in Versailles, and retired from Conn Organ in Madison. She enjoyed bingo, reading and sewing. Mary was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Brenda K. Upchurch, 63, of Canaan passed away at 3:25pm, Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati on August 13, 1954 the daughter of Herman and Betty Madden Carr. She was married to Curtis Upchurch at the Rockdale United Methodist Church on June 27, 1978 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Kevin Barth of Lawrenceburg, and  Rodney (Alicia) Upchurch of Osgood; one sister Bonnie (Stephen) Haas of Bright; two brothers Chad Carr of Drewersburg, and Brad (Kim) Carr of Sunman, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Carol Baum. Mrs. Upchurch was a 1973 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio. She was primarily a homemaker, but had managed the Milan Video store, worked at Arbys in Lawrenceburg, and also at the Bob Evans in North Bend. Brenda loved being on the farm and also loved horses, having as many as 17 one time. Her hobbies included going to garage sales and attending flea markets. Brenda was a member of the Bridge of Hope Worship Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 4th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Bridge of Hope or the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Herman L. Stutler, Jr., 82, of Versailles passed away at 1:30pm, Thursday, April 26, 2018 at his home. He was born at Milan on August 18, 1935 the son of Herman Sr. and Dorothy Sheldon Stutler. He was married to Patricia “Patty” Jackson on July 20, 1957 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Cynthia Stutler of Mt. Orab, Ohio; one son Rev. Kurt (Jean) Stutler of Anderson, South Carolina; one grandson Jeremy (Danielle) Stutler of Milan; step-grandsons Michael Powell of Anderson, South Carolina and David Powell of Clemons, North Carolina; two great-grandchildren Jackson Stutler and Olivia Powell. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne Stutler, and his sister Elizabeth Andrews. Mr. Stutler was a 1953 graduate of Milan High School. He attended Butler University in Indianapolis and also Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Herman worked for the Southeastern Indiana REMC in Osgood for 23 years as an engineer, and retired in 1991 as Line Superintendent. He also worked as an insurance investigator for Equifax in Versailles and in his younger days worked at the Milan Drug Store. Herman was an avid golfer and participated in league play at Milan and Holton until he was 80. He was a former Boy Scout leader and Little League coach in Versailles for several years. Herman was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a former member of the Versailles Fire Department where he served as chief. Herman’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with Herman’s son Rev. Kurt Stutler officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will also be on Thursday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the South Main Chapel and Mercy Center in Anderson, South Carolina in care of the funeral home.

 

Claudia L. Franke, 81, of Napoleon passed away at 5:40am, Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Richmond on September 4, 1936 the daughter of Richard and Helen Dixon Schmidt. She was married to Harvey Franke on December 22, 1956 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Cecil (Andrea) Franke of Dublin, and Dexter (Nan) Franke of Batesville; one daughter Becky (Ed) Tichenor of Napoleon; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Harvey Franke, Jr., and her brothers James and Robert Schmidt. Claudia was a 1955 graduate of Sandcreek High School in Decatur County. She was a homemaker and a member of the North Vernon-Westport chapter of the Eastern Star. Claudia was also a former 4-H leader in Osgood. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Charles Cole officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Napoleon. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Salvation Army or the Fishes and Loaves Food Bank in care of the funeral home.

 

William G. McNeelan, Jr., 94 of Holton passed away at 8:30pm, Monday, April 23, 2018 at Westminster Village in Muncie. He was born at Holton on August 3, 1923 the son of William G. Sr. and Madge Ensminger McNeelan. He was married to Mary Jane Clerkin of North Vernon on November 2, 1947 and his wife of 70 years survives. Other survivors include one daughter Marsha (Kevin) Kile of Muncie; one grandson Greg (Jennifer) Kile of Albany; two great-grandsons Javin and William Kile. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Martin McNeelan, Sr., and his sisters Neva Jane Snider and Genevieve Curry. Mr. McNeelan was a 1941 graduate of Holton High School and was a Navy veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. He was sworn into the Navy on December 31, 1942 and served as a Radioman First Class in Oahu and Guam and was discharged on January 27, 1946. He reenlisted on November 20, 1950 and was stationed in Puerto Rico during the Korean War. He was discharged from the Navy a second time on July 5, 1951. For service to his country Bill received the Asiatic Pacific Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the Unit Commendation Medal. In civilian life Mr. McNeelan attended and was a 1948 graduate of the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis. He was a funeral director in the Holton and Versailles area for over 60 years beginning in partnership with Ern Duke at Holton in 1952. In 1957 he along with Clifford Smith formed the McNeelan & Smith Funeral Home and David Akers joined the firm in 1973. In 1980 he joined with the Bovard Funeral Home in Versailles and beginning in 2002 he worked with the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles until his retirement in 2012. Mr. McNeelan operated McNeelan’s Hardware in Holton for several years and was also in business with his father operating McNeelan’s Cash Store in Holton. Bill was a life long member of the Holton United Methodist Church, a 72 year member of the Holton Masonic Lodge, a member of the Versailles American Legion, and a former and long time member of the Holton Fire Department. Funeral services will be on Saturday, April 28th at 11am at the Holton United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Saturday at the church. The Holton Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7pm Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Holton United Methodist Church or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Arthur D. (Jack) Martin Jr., 68, of Versailles passed away at 1:35pm, Monday, April 23, 2018 at his home. He was born at home in Ohio County on November 23, 1949 the son of Arthur Sr. and Mary Smith Martin. He was married to Sharon Hubbard on May 26, 1972 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jim (Chrystal) Martin of Cross Plains; one daughter Jackie (John) Reinecke of Cold Spring, Kentucky; three grandchildren Jahlee, Jack, and Javis Reinecke; one sister Esther (Bill) Peters of Madison; also his father-in-law Lonnie Hubbard of Moores Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Leslie and David Martin. Mr. Martin was a 1968 graduate of Moores Hill High School. Jack learned the butchering trade from Mr. Joe Kelly while working for Mr. Bob Whitaker in Dillsboro and later spent his career working as a meat cutter in grocery stores in Versailles, Madison, and Vevay. Jack and Sharon resided on their farm south of Versailles for over 30 years where Jack raised cattle, hogs, and goats. He also worked a s a hod carrier for Bradford Masonry in Versailles. Jack was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 27th at 10:30am at the Dabney Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Bell officiating. Burial will be in the Dabney Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Friday at the Church. Memorials may be given to the Dabney Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Shirley Kay Borders, 72, of Benham passed away at 12:30pm, Monday, April 23, 2018 at her home. She was born at Lawrenceburg on September 3, 1945 the daughter of Alan and Louise Trapp Roth. She was married to Sherrill Borders on March 21, 1960 and he preceded her in death on June 17, 2007. Survivors include two sons David (Mary Ann) Borders of Rexville, and Brian Borders of Madison; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers Alan Roth of Nebraska, and Frank (Mary Etta) Roth of Butlerville; two sisters Donna Roth of Holton, and Betty (Roy) Gunter of New Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons Darrell and Steven Borders, and her sister Judy Tyler. Mrs. Borders was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental School where she worked as an attendant. In later years she also worked at the Silver Bell Nursing Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday at 10am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with graveside services at the Shelby Cemetery at 12 noon. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Mary E. Mann, 98, of Milan passed away at 7:15pm, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Ripley Crossing. She was born in Milan on May 21, 1919 the daughter of Anthony and Margaret Lattner Blanken. She was married to Robert Mann and he preceded her in death on October 1, 1997. Survivors include her sister Dorothy Bennett of Moores Hill along with several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Ralph and Lawrence Blanken, and her sister Clara Stahley. Mrs. Mann was a former employee of Dolly Madison Inc. and also was employed with the Milan Furniture Factory. The greatest love in Mary’s life besides her family was St. Charles Catholic Church in Milan of which she was a lifelong member. She was involved in many aspects of the church and worked as church custodian until she was 94. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the church or cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

John C. Gray, 67, of Cincinnati, passed away at 6:15am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Mercy Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born near Olean on September 17, 1950 the son of Gilbert and Evelyn Lane Gray. Survivors include one son Glen Edward Gray of Versailles; Three brothers Glen Gray of Milan, Robert (Linda) Gray of Versailles, and Ronald (Linda) Gray of Farmers Retreat; three sisters Wanda Gray of Versailles, Janice (Wayne) Linkmeyer of Cross Plains, and Hope Gray of Olean. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Gary Gray and Gene Gray. Mr. Gray was a 1968 graduate of South Ripley High School and studied diesel mechanics at the Southeastern Career Center. He was a former resident of Olean and Vevay and was a former bus driver for the Switzerland County Schools. He had also worked with his brother Gary in the excavation business. John was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Lila A. Shade, 87, of Versailles passed away at 12:45pm, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Lake Iola Assisted Living Center in Scottsburg. She was born near Versailles on November 30, 1930 the daughter of Howard and Waunetta Waters Lostutter. She was married to Douglas Halcomb in September of 1948 and he lost his life in the Korean War on March 9, 1953. She was married to Thomas Shade on October 22, 1955 and he preceded her in death on June 11, 2007. Survivors include one daughter Jacqueline (Lee) Benham of Scottsburg; one son Steven (Donna) Shade of Trinity, North Carolina; grandchildren Elizabeth Benham of Scottsburg, Adam Shade of Trinity, North Carolina, and William Shade of New Haven, Connecticut; one brother Don (Linda) Lostutter of Hanover; one sister Ava Smith of Versailles. She was also preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Shade was a 1948 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a homemaker and also a long time employee of the federal government working at the Jefferson Proving Ground and also at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Lila was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church and a former member of Tri-Kappa. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 24th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Richard Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Ruth E. Hunger, 85, of Versailles passed away at 4:15pm, Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Thornton Terrace in Hanover. She was born near Versailles on December 18, 1932 the daughter of Edward and Norma Lomatsch Swingle. Ruth spent her entire life near her birthplace and on May 12, 1956 she was united in marriage to Willard Keith Hunger and he preceded her in death on October 26, 2012. Survivors include two sons Kenny (Timothy Moore) Hunger of Columbus, Ohio, and Gary (Annette) Hunger of Greensburg; two daughters Brenda Goerlitz of Hanover, and Ellen (Larry) Siebert of Batesville; five grandchildren Emily (Corey) McDarment of Madison, Philip (Erin) Baker of Greensburg, Clare Siebert of Batesville, and Madelyn and Clay Hunger of Greensburg, and also 4 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother Howard Swingle. Mrs. Hunger was a 1951 graduate of Versailles High School. She was a homemaker and was a former employee of the Jefferson Proving Ground. She was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where she played the church organ for 70 years. She also participated in the WELC at church and served in other various capacities. Ruth’s greatest love besides her family was music and she served her community by playing for numerous weddings and funerals over the years. Ruth was also a member of the Ripley County Harmonettes. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 17th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Larry “Whitey” Huntington, 83, of Friendship passed away at 11:45pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born at Friendship on July 1, 1934 the son of Wilkie and Lulu Uhlman Huntington. He was married to Dorothy Otte on December 15, 1956 and she preceded him in death on February 20, 2012. Survivors include two sons Tim (Jennifer) Huntington of Cross Plains, and Mark (Mary) Huntington of Batesville; two granddaughters Hayley and Courtney Huntington; two brothers Gene Huntington of Farmers Retreat, and Jerome Huntington of Cross Plains. He was also preceded in death by his parents. Whitey served in the US Army from March of 1957 to March of 1959 where he qualified as a rifle sharpshooter, a carbine marksman, and received the Good Conduct Medal. For over 40 years he and Dorothy operated Whitey’s Auto Shop in Friendship and were well known in the area for auto body work. Whitey began his career as a young man working for H. R. Corson & Son Chevrolet in Friendship. Whitey was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean and was a former member of the Brown Township Advisory Board. He served with the Friendship Fire Department for over 50 years. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at 11a m at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Rev. Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Improvement Fund or the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

James Miller, 68, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 1:35am at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in Napoleon on July 31, 1949 the son of Floyd and Phyllis Stone Miller. He was married to Ruth Ann Beetz on October 26, 1973 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jared (Carrie) Miller of Holton; two daughters Rita Miller of Batesville and Brenda (Toby) Lewis also of Batesville; three grandsons Noah Lewis, Tyler Miller, and Bradlee Lewis; one brother Mark Miller of Florida; six sisters Donna Turi of Florida, Diane Moody of Nevada, Mary Stith of Michigan, Anita Chavez of Tennessee, Pattie Miller of California, and Judy Balcewicz. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Danny and Larry Miller. Mr. Miller was a driver for Billman Trucking. He was also an excellent lawn mower mechanic and enjoyed wood working. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, April 6th at 10am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Morris. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rosary Services beginning at 7:30pm. Memorials may be given to the St. Anthony Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Kenneth Shaw, 89, of Versailles, formerly of Osgood passed away at 9:10pm, Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Flat Rock in Shelby County, Indiana on September 9, 1928 the son of Ernest and Edna Kraus Shaw. He was married to Viola Vornheder on September 23, 1969 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Danny Halcomb of Milton, Kentucky, and Kenneth R. Shaw of California; two daughters Wanda (Raymond) Hoeppner, and Patricia (Roger) Truman both of Madison; one step-son Gordon (Linda) Hehe of Okeana, Ohio; three step-daughters Barbara Beach of Madison, Pamela (Gregory) Brandes of Milan, and Linda (Danny) Cyrus of Osgood; 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; one sister Bernice Loveall of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his son Darrell Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a 1946 graduate of Dupont High School. Kenneth was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a private with the 5th Army Infantry. For service to his country Kenneth received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Occupation of Japan Medal. In civilian life he worked for the Johnson Grocery in Greensburg and also at US Shoe in Osgood. He also was a self-employed trucker contracting with Lawrenceburg Trucking. Kenneth had an extensive electric train collection and he and Viola enjoyed camping. A big thrill for him was to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC, accompanied by his daughter Linda. Kenneth was a member of the Cedar Creek Community Church and the Osgood American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 5th at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Michael Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cedar Creek Community Church or Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.

 

Karl W. Droege, 84, of Olean passed away at 6:20am, Friday, March 30, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Dillsboro on April 8, 1933 the son of Wilkie and Martha Schutte Droege. He was married to Doris Thomas Tebbing on June 12, 1999 and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter Vicky Caviness of Seymour; one son Michael Droege of Versailles; one step-son Randy (Toni) Tebbing of Jamestown, Ohio; three step-daughters Cheryl Tebbing of Olean, Cathy (Ed) Meyer of Delhi,  Ohio, and Jenny (Larry) Martinez of Mission, Texas; 6 grandchildren; one brother Paul “Butch” (Cathy) Droege of Aurora; one sister Helen (Elvin) Newman of Aurora. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Droege was a 1951 graduate of Cross Plains High School where he played on the Wildcat basketball team. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa. He entered the US Army on July 22, 1953 and was discharged as a Corporal on June 3, 1955. For service to his country Karl received the National Defense Service Medal and the Sharpshooters M-1 Badge. Karl’s first job in civilian life was driving a huckster truck for the Farmers Retreat grocery. He later drove trucks for Wonder Bread and for Hussmans’ in Cincinnati. He later worked as an agent for Combined Insurance and was also employed with Delta Faucet in Greensburg. Karl was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean, the VFW, and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, April 4th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in St. Peters Cemetery at Olean with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to St. Peters Cemetery, the St. Paul Lutheran Church Improvement Fund, or the Fisher House in Cincinnati in care of the funeral home.

 

Gene Cofield, 74, of Wildwood, Florida, formerly of Versailles passed away at 3:45am, Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the home of his daughter in Madison. He was born at Covington, Kentucky on May 27, 1943 the son of Houston and Ida Geneva Schaffer Cofield. He was married to Gail Yauger on September 16, 2000 and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters Julie Scudder of Greenwood, Sally Cofield of Fishers, and Jill (Victor) Grossman of Madison; one step-son Chris Richmond of Versailles; one stepdaughter Kelly Richmond of North Vernon; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; one brother Daryle (Michelle) Cofield of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dennis. Mr. Cofield was a 1961 graduate of Aurora High School where he excelled in track, setting school records in various events. He was a former employee of Cummins Engine Company and had worked as an insurance investigator for Equifax in Versailles. He also worked as vice-president of collections for Mainsource Bank. Gene was a member of the Tyson United Methodist Church and the Versailles Post Sons of the American Legion. He was a former member of the Versailles Fire Department, served as a scoutmaster, and was a former member and past president of the Versailles Town Board. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 11am at the Tyson United Methodist Church in Versailles with Rev. Mike Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Versailles American Legion or the Tyson United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Maxine Foster, 89, of Cape Coral, Florida, formerly of Holton passed away Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 at the Hope Hospice in Cape Coral. She was born in Cincinnati on May 12, 1928 the daughter of William Eb and Lou Burton Foster. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Samuel Foster and William A. Foster, and her sisters Alma Kennedy, Pearlie Allee, Hattie Cowan, and Annie Burton. Maxine attended the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. She learned sign language and was able to communicate with her friends and family, turning her handicap into her greatest asset. She was an avid follower of the Cincinnati Reds and watched every game she could. Maxine was a member of the Bridgetown Church of Christ. Visitation will be held at 10am, Saturday, March 10th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with graveside rites following at 11am at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Cliff Hill Cemetery or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Robert B. Underwood, 93, of Versailles passed away at 11:25am, Monday, March 5, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Correct on January 1, 1925 on the farm where he spent his entire life, the son of Clarence and Beulah Warfield Underwood. He was married to Marjorie R. Heath on June 27, 1948 and his wife of 69 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Susan (Danny Jackson) Underwood, and Sally (Greg) Griffin both of Versailles; one son Steven (Natalie German) Underwood of Correct. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law Norma Lee and Bill Hill. Bob was a 1943 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving from September 1944 to June of 1946. Bob rose to the rank of Corporal and served with the 276th Infantry Division in the Rhineland and Central Europe. For service to his country Bob received the European American Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and the Army Occupation of Germany Medal. After the war Bob attended Hanover College and later started his own bulk milk hauling business. He then operated Geisler/Underwood Trucking with his lifelong friend Gayle Geisler and was also a transport semi-truck driver for Reynolds Empire Gas in Osgood. Bob also farmed with his son Steven, retiring well after his 87th birthday.  Bob was a 65 year member of the Tyson United Methodist Church, a 67 year member of the Versailles Lions Club, and a life member of the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm with memorial services by the Versailles Lions Club at 7:45pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Lions Club or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Charles Allen Couch, 79, of Jensen Beach, Florida passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida. He was born at Stearns, Kentucky on July 15, 1938 the son of Clarence and Bearthena Charles Couch. He was married to Lilimae Patrick on June 1, 1976 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Christopher (Linda) Couch of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and Cary (Lisa) Couch of Batavia, Ohio; one step-son Richard (Bonnie) Pollard of Cincinnati; one step-daughter Vicki (David) Long of Indian Springs, Ohio; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; also surviving locally is his sister-in-law Iona Faye Tindle of Elrod. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-son Patrick Pollard, four brothers and two sisters. Mr. Couch enlisted with the US Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on October 23, 1956 and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. He received the Good Conduct Medal and was discharged on October 22, 1959. In civilian life Charles worked as a supervisor for the Formica Corporation in Cincinnati for 46 years, retiring in 2000. Charles was a member of the Nettles Island Community Church, Jensen Beach American Legion, Nettles Island Veteran’s Club, and the St. Lucie Elks. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Graveside services will follow at 3pm at the Washington Cemetery in Elrod with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Gail A. Walker, 77, of Versailles passed away at 4:55pm, Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born at Dayton, Ohio on July 1, 1940 the daughter of Robert and Gladys Glass Weikert. She was married to Frank Walker on October 29, 1977 and he survives. Other survivors include three sons John Hardy and Robert Hardy both of Cincinnati, and Jerry E. Walker of Holton; two daughters Diana Delmar of Holton and Teresa Johnson of Versailles; 5 grandchildren. Mrs. Walker was a graduate of the Dayton School of Nursing and worked 35 years as a registered nurse. During her career she worked as a surgical nurse at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati and from 1985 until her retirement in 2001 she worked as a nurse at the Bob Hope Eye Center while she and Frank lived in Oklahoma City. Upon retirement Gail and Frank returned to their home near Versailles. Gail’s wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Gary E. Conant, 72, of Versailles passed away at 7:10pm, Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born at Terre Haute on June 14, 1945 the son of Julius and Gladys Roys Conant. He was married to Patricia Scott on April 22, 1972 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Brian (Meghan) Conant of Charlotte, North Carolina; also twin grandsons Hank and Ronan Conant. He was preceded in death by his parents. Gary was a 1968 graduate of Purdue University where he received his degree in Wildlife Management. From 1968 to 1970 he served with the US Army in Korea. In civilian life Gary worked for the USDA as a Resource and Conservation Developer and this included being a coordinator for Historic Hoosier Hills. His 35 years with the USDA allowed him and Pat to live in five different Indiana communities. Gary also assisted Pat in operating Pat’s Bulk Foods at Correct for 26 years. Gary and Pat attended the North Madison Christian Church. Gary’s wishes were to be cremated and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials for Gary may be given to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation, or Rescue 69 in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Denver Lee Lauber, of Holton, known by his friends as “Lefty”, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:10pm at the age of 82. He was born December 31, 1935 on the farm where he lived his entire life. He was the son of Dennis and Madeline Daugherty Lauber. He was married to Betty Ross on June 19, 1954. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his four children; Garry (Marcia) Lauber of Plymouth, Barry (Cynthia) Lauber of Holton, Deborah (Terry) Baker of Loveland, Colorado, and Steve (Mindy) Lauber of Dillsboro; 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Merlin Lauber. Denver was a 1953 graduate of Holton High School where he played on the Warhorse basketball team. His occupation was farming, but there were many jobs over his career which included mail carrier and township assessor. Denver was a lifelong member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and served on the South Ripley School Board. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be on Friday, March 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at the Hopewell Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund or the Hopewell Cemetery Association in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

George L. Minch, 84, of Cross Plains passed away at 7:45pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born at Shelbyville, Kentucky on January 15, 1934 the son of Ollis and Virginia Mann Minch. He was married to Patricia Hambrick on August 28, 1953 and she preceded him in death on November 23, 2013. Survivors include one son Louis Minch of Osgood; two daughters Ruth Mann of Osgood and Lori (Jerry) McGuire of Greensburg; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; also surviving George was his dog Molly. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law John Mann, his sister Anita Jean Demaree, and his brother William Minch. Mr. Minch was a 1952 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran and was discharged from the Service on June 26, 1962. He spent his entire working career, 45 years, as a loader/operator for Berry Materials at Versailles, retiring in 1996. George was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church and was also an avid fisherman. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 27th at 1pm at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church with Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be held from 11am Tuesday until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.  

 

Dilbert Barrett, 89, of Versailles passed away at 2:20pm, Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home. He was born at Booneville in Owsley County, Kentucky on January 31, 1929 the son of Levi and Dora Baker Barrett. He was married to Martha Feller on September 3, 1949 and his wife of 68 years survives. Other survivors include one son Timothy (Candy) Barrett of Versailles; one daughter Marlene Smith of Westport; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother James (BJ) Barrett of Booneville, Kentucky; one sister Louise Rice of Beattyville, Kentucky.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Elaine Farrell, and his brothers Lee, Earl, Johnny, and Robert Barrett. Mr. Barrett retired in 1988 from Schenleys’ at Lawrenceburg where he worked as a blender for 31 years. Earlier in his career Dib worked at a veneer mill in Lawrenceburg, worked on the railroad, and also at Fisher Body. At home he was a farmer, raising tobacco, keeping bees, and producing a prize winning garden from seeds he’d saved the previous season. Retirement years also found him at McDonald’s in Versailles where he participated in the morning and afternoon “coffee clubs.” Dib was baptized at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship on October 15, 1967 and remained a faithful member until his passing. At church he served as a deacon from 1973 to present, and also served as Sunday school superintendent, assistant teacher, moderator, and as a trustee. He also participated in the Laughery Baptist Association Men’s Brotherhood and served on the association’s executive committee. He was also a member of the Hopewell Masonic Lodge at Dillsboro and in 1999 Dib was named a Kentucky Colonel. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Akers Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. The Hopewell Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 7pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church or the Akers Friendship Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Partha Lou Swingle, 83, of Olean passed away at 1:55am, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. She was born in Peotone, Illinois on Sunday, October 14, 1934 the daughter of Carl and Marjorie Handlon Benham. She was married to Robert Bradford who preceded her in death, and on December 14, 1963 she was married to Arthur Swingle and he survives. Other survivors include two sons David (Lynnette Young) Swingle of Versailles and Duane (Christy) Swingle of Sunman; three daughters Barbara (Eddie) Smith of Cross Plains, Janet (Dennis) Hewitt of Versailles, and Dianna (Mark) Jeffries of Olean; 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother Jerry (Sharon) Benham of Aurora. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Carlene, and her step-mother Velta Benham. Mrs. Swingle was a 1952 graduate of Versailles High School. Partha was a full time mom and also worked at the Jefferson Proving Ground where she did clerical work. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed being part of the local card club. Partha was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 16 at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will also be on Friday from 11am until time of services. Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Rev. Rand Hooton, 74, of Versailles passed away at 6:30am, Friday, February 9, 2018 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on Tuesday, July 13, 1943 the son of Damon and Ruth Laswell Hooton. He was married to Rosalie Henderson on June 14, 1968, and his wife of 49 years survives. Other survivors include one son Damon Hooton of Versailles; two daughters Dyveke (Mike) Cox of Martinsville and Charity (Bill) McGannon of Bloomington; four grandchildren Evan, Lauren, and Benjamin Cox, and Lillian McGannon; his mother-in-law Genelle Henderson of Versailles; three brothers Berke (Judy) Hooton of Nashville, Dana (Cheryl) Hooton of Madison, and Rob ( Linda) Hunger of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his parents,  his father-in-law Chester Henderson, and his sisters Elyse Hooton and Lolita Hooton. Mr. Hooton was a 1961 graduate of Milan High School. He received his BA degree in social studies from Purdue University in 1971. Rand was a long time employee of Williamson Heating and Air in Madison and also worked at ITT Thompson in North Vernon. In 1982 he graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and spent the rest of his career as a pastor. From 1980 to 2010 he pastored the Burney Baptist Church and had also served interim pastorates in Rising Sun, Osgood, and Richmond. Rand was currently a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a 24 year member of the Burney Fire Department and had also belonged to the Milford Masonic Lodge. He also spent several summers as a counselor and pastor for the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp at Westport. Funeral services for Rand will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Versailles Baptist Church or the Southeast Indiana Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home.

 

Hope Marie Gammons, 79, of Versailles passed away at 4:20am, Friday, February 9, 2018 at her home. She was born at Cross Plains on August 18, 1938 the daughter of Harold and Mae Cooper Melton. She was married to Edward Jolly who preceded her in death on March 16, 2003. She was married to Norris Gammons on February 12, 2006 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Mark McClure of Shelbyville; two daughters Pam (Randy) Bressert of Versailles and Brenda Vaughn of Seymour; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; four step-sons Rick Jolly of Hazard, Kentucky, Charles Jolly of Versailles, Jeff (Michelle) Gammons of Milan, and Anthony (Jamie) Gammons of Vevay; three step-daughters Lisa (Dennis) Sanders of Versailles, Linda (Ervin) Pettit of Moores Hill, and Cindy (Rachid) Cushing of Cleves, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers Harold Melton, Jr. and Lee Allen Melton, and her sister Kathy Melton Burton. Mrs. Gammons attended the Cross Plains School. She was a homemaker and did baby sitting in the Versailles and Cross Plains communities. She also was an employee of US Shoe in Vevay and Osgood for 30 years. Marie was a lifelong member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 12th at 11am at the Cross Plains Church of Christ with Bro. Logan Fugate officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery at Cross Plains. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Church of Christ or the Salem Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Dale A. Heber, 95, of Dabney passed away at 10:15am, Monday, January 29, 2018 at the St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. He was born in Cincinnati on January 23, 1923 the son of George and Ann Gilb Heber. He was married to Imogene Vanosdol on April 26, 1947 and his wife of 70 years survives. Other survivors include one son Jerry Heber of Madison; one daughter Doris Callis Jensen of Madison; his son-in-law Michael McKee of Florida; 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Jean McKee, and his sister Juanita Middleton. Mr. Heber was an Army veteran of WWII where he served in the 49th Combat Engineer Battalion as a Sergeant. His unit participated in battles at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and the Ardennes. For service to his country Dale was awarded the American Defense Ribbon, the EAME Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, and the Bronze Arrowhead. Dale was discharged from the Army on December 8, 1945. In civilian life Dale was a farmer and also worked as a CNA at the Madison State Hospital for 34 years, retiring in 1985. Dale was a member of the St. John Catholic Church in Osgood and the Versailles American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 2nd at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Father Frank Eckstein officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery in Osgood with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 9am until time of services. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

 

Paul J. Morris died Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born July 13, 1941 to Ruth (Smith) and Albert J. Morris who preceded him in death.  He graduated from Versailles High School in 1959. Paul was a builder and creator and always had a pencil and notepad close by to jot down ideas.    From laying hardwood in his daughter’s homes to reconstructing historical cabins to spending time operating his backhoe, Paul collected items others would often discard, saving them for just the right project.  His favorite projects included rebuilding a historical stone bridge and creating “Paul Henge,” a collection of well tops that shows the exact change of seasons.  It’s built to align perfectly with the angle of sunlight on the solstice and equinox, similar to Neolithic stone circles. In addition to building projects, Paul had many enterprises over the years.  He farmed, worked for Farm Bureau Insurance and was a national distributor for Bosch Lights, making lifelong friends at farm shows throughout the Midwest. Paul also loved traveling and telling stories.  His story telling was legendary and he always enjoyed sharing experiences and memories with friends and family. He traveled abroad and across the United States with his favorite trip being to Alaska in 2016.  He was an involved community member and a member of the Indiana Freemasons fraternity.  He was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He is survived by his special friend, Karla Shelpman, daughters Paula (David) Hall of St. Charles, IL and Amy (Jeff) Liter of Batesville, IN and grandchildren Austin (Meen) Hall, Allison (Brandon) Woods and Meg Liter. He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara Prarat Morris, and his brother, Ken Morris. Visitation will be Saturday, February 3 from 10am-12pm at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home with a service immediately following at 12pm. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Holton Cemetery.

 

Phyllis Utter, 81, of Versailles passed away at 7:25am, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born at Holton on February 13, 1936 the daughter of John and Minnie Beach Gross. She was married to Robert Ensinger in 1954 and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1994. She was married to Jim Utter on October 24, 1998 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Diana (Tim) Lawler of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Chris (Carolyn) Foster of Chandler, Arizona, Brent (Chrissy) Foster of Herndon, Virginia, Katrina (Jeff) Savage and Brandy Herbert both of Versailles; 5 great-grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren; one step-son Jamie (Ruth) Utter of Park City, Montana; three step-daughters Peggy (Chad) Day of Covington, Kentucky, Becky (Steve) Chipman of Dillsboro, and Beverly Utter of Covington, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her son Michael Ensinger, and her brothers Robert Gross and Earl Gross. Mrs. Utter was a 1954 graduate of Holton High School. She once worked as a cook for the Jac-Cen-Del schools and finished her career as an administrative assistant for Contel Telephone in Versailles and Greensburg, a position she had for 14 years. In their retirement years Jim and Phyllis enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and throughout the continental United States. Phyllis was a member of the Osgood First Baptist Church, the Osgood-Versailles Eastern Star, and was a former member of the Osgood Beautification Committee. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 31st at 11am at the Osgood First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Osgood First Baptist Church or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Roy J. Wade, 86, of Holton passed away at 5:10am, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. He was born at Sullivan, Illinois on July 16, 1931 the son of Harvey and Josephine West Wade. Survivors include one son Tim (Karla) Wade of Burlington, Oklahoma; two daughters Gail Snyder of West Harrison, and Lisa (Roger) McQueen of Laurel; 7 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; one sister Betty Friend of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Danny. Mr. Wade was a tool & die maker. He was a former employee of Arvins in North Vernon and retired in 2009 after 36 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg. His hobbies included building muzzle loading rifles and he enjoyed horseback riding on his farm west of Dabney. Roy attended the Shelby Christian Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29th at 11am at the Shelby Christian Church with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 9am Monday and will also at the Shelby Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Dana M. Montgomery, 47, of Aurora passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born at Madison on March 31, 1970 the daughter of Donald and Ola Vae Roark Simon. She was married to Mark Montgomery on July 9, 2005 and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter Tiffany Barrett of Aurora; one son Nelson Montgomery of Aurora; one grandson Cooper Alan Burst; her in-laws William and Linda Montgomery of Franklin and George and Joyce Wonnell of Greensburg; three brothers James (Cindy) Simon, Wayne (Brenda) Simon, and Vincent (Kelli) Simon all of Osgood; four sisters Karen (James) Dyer of Greensburg, Shirley (Darren) Hornberger of Osgood, Donna (Lonnie) Sparks of Holton, and Barbie (Ryan) Bultman of Greensburg; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve and Terri Hake of Aurora, Leeann and George Bayne of Greensburg, and William Montgomery, Jr. of Aurora, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece Chelsa Simon. Mrs. Montgomery was a 1988 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and received her LPN degree from Ivy Tech. She worked as an LPN at the Heritage House of Greensburg for 15 years, retiring in 2012 due to health reasons. Dana enjoyed her time with her large family and for fun she enjoyed visiting the riverboats, playing euchre, and bingo. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 25th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Dana’s brother-in-law Lonnie Sparks will officiate the service. Burial will be in the Hogan Hill Cemetery at Moores Hill. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Leona E. Watson, 93, of Columbus, formerly of Osgood, passed away at 1pm, Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. She was born near Pleasant in Switzerland County on April 13, 1924 the daughter of Ulys and Bessie McFarland Spencer. She was married to Clint Watson on August 21, 1940 and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2011. Survivors include one daughter Ann Johnson of Columbus; three sons Clark (Franka) Watson of Sentinel, Oklahoma, Paul (Karen) Watson of Dillsboro, and Norman (Karen) Watson of Pell City, Alabama; 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy Spencer, and her sisters Norma Lee Leap and Pearl Herring. Mrs. Watson retired from US Shoe in Osgood. Leona was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Versailles of which she and Clint were founding members. She was also a member of the Osgood-Versailles Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 23rd at 1pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Carter Corbrey officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Tuesday from 11am until time of services. The Eastern Star will conduct services at 1pm Tuesday, immediately before the funeral. Memorials may be given to the First Southern Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Eula Sizemore, 75, of Osgood passed away at 7:32am, Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Manderley Health Care in Osgood. She was born in Linefork, Kentucky on May 9th, 1942 the daughter of Lue and Arnie Caudill Roark. Survivors include three sons; Randy (Lisa) Sizemore of Holton, Robert (Billie) Sizemore of Versailles and Edward Sizemore of Versailles, several grandchildren l; one great grandson; seven sisters; Lola Cook of Harrison, Ohio, Bonnie Kieffer of Holton, Thelma Osbourne of Vevay, Georgia Sparks of Osgood, Tina Wingate of Bennington, Bonnita Halcomb of Linefork, Kentucky and Martha Hammons of Canaan, five brothers; Harley Roark of Holton, John Roark of Madison, Joe Roark of Osgood, Jim Roark of Holton and Mark Roark of Linefork, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son; Joe, three sisters; Anna Mae Ahaus, Dana Craig and Ola Simon. Ms. Sizemore worked for more than 25 years at US Shoe in Osgood and retired from Madison Precision. Eula was a member of the Madison American Legion Auxiliary, Madison VFW Auxilary, Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church, and Madison Eagles. Eula loved to play Bingo, and loved to be with her family and friends.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 11:00am at Little Memory Old Regular Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Wingate officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday starting at 9:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or the Little Memory Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home.  

 

Larry T. Lothridge, 72, of Versailles, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his residence. He was born at Turner Station in Carroll County, Kentucky on November 7, 1945 the son of James Robert “Jim Bob” and Daisy Gully Bostic Lothridge. Survivors include one son; Chris (Audrey) of Versailles, one daughter; Charity (Andrew) Jones of Ozark, AL, step children; Terry Ford of Covington, KY, Amy (Steve) Kippler of Aurora, and Scott (Marlene) Ford of Milan, Daughter in law Sherry DeMoss of Osgood, 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his parents, wives; Nancy Carol Martin and Ruth Ann Grace, three children; Tammy, Jerry, and Delbert Lothridge. Mr. Lothridge retired from Hil-Rom in 1996. Larry loved being with his family and being outside, whether fishing or visiting at Brownings Camp Ground. Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 12th, at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Irvin Hart of the New Testament Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Green Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 12 noon until the time of service. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Lillie M. Magner Falch, 88, of Cross Plains passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. She was born in Cincinnati on September 6, 1929 the daughter of Dave Bates and Pearlie McIntosh Carra. She was married to Melvin Magner on August 28, 1948 and he preceded her in death on December 17, 1993, then she married Carl Falch on October 22, 1994 and he preceded her in death on September 30, 2009. Other survivors include two sons Michael (Pam Burnett) Magner of Cross Plains and Keith (Becky) Magner of Cincinnati; four daughters Karen Philip (Kenny Riddell) of Cross Plains, Carolyn Polly of Lawrenceburg, Tresa Kirby (Ron Wolfe) and Tammy Houston (Kevin Shea) of Cincinnati, 16 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers Rudolph Bates and Woodrow Bates, and three sisters Allie Miller, Beatrice Head and Ruby Done. Mrs. Falch retired as a seamstress from Ficks Reed Furniture Company. Lillie was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, and the Legion and AmVets Auxiliary.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 11:00am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. Visitation will be on Tuesday starting at 9:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the Bear Creek Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

 Wanda LaVerne Shook, 77, of Benham passed away at 12:45am, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg. She was born in the family home in Canaan on November 26, 1940 the daughter of Harold and Robena Cole Ferris. She was married to Harold “Tony” Shook on March 6, 1961 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean and he preceded her in death on July 11, 2012. Other survivors include one son Michael (Debby) Shook of Milhousen; three daughters Theresa (Kevin Dale) Shook-Elza of Versailles, Julie (Robert) McConnell of Sunman, Amanda (Ronald) Lawson of Benham; 7 grandchildren Bobbie Lynn Shook, Amy Jo Shook, Mika Sue Shook, Ashley Elza, Zachary Elza, Roger Lee McConnell and Iva Marie McConnell; six great grandchildren; two sisters Connie Bentley of Madison, Penny Jo Brim of Canaan; sister in law Eleanor Ferris of Canaan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gale Ferris; two brothers in laws Donald Bentley and Danny Brim. Mrs. Shook was a 1958 graduate of Central High School in Madison. Wanda was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church, the Benham blue Bells, UMC women, Versailles Eastern Star and numerous Card Clubs. Her grandchildren loved her baking and especially her yeast rolls. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Benham United Methodist Church with Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Saturday starting at 10:00am at the church. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the funeral home.