Obituaries for Year 2020

 
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Gloria “Louise” Hunter Mitchell passed away peacefully at Mary Margaret Hospital in Batesville, Indiana on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Born in 1927, in Madison, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Mabel Hunter. She was preceded in death by her older brother, William “Billy Boy” Hunter; her husband, James Mitchell; and her daughter, Mary-Ann Mitchell Sainsbury. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Mitchell; her son-in-law, John Sainsbury; her three grandchildren, Allie Sainsbury, Hunter Sainsbury, and Brittney Mitchell; and her beloved cat Toby. Raised in Versailles, she was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School and went on to earn her degree in business education from Indiana University in 1949. While in Bloomington, she was a member of the cheerleading squad as well as Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. She met her husband of 42 years, James Mitchell, while student teaching in Noblesville. Her professional accomplishments include operating the family’s furniture and hardware business, pursing real estate, and winning numerous sales awards. Her lifelong dedication to serving the community led her to be an active member of Tri Kappa Inc and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served as a trustee at the Tyson Library and the Tyson United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed painting, which she received numerous awards, traveling, and spending time with family. A celebration of life will be held at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 PM. The family will start receiving friends at 12:00 PM. After the service, Louise Mitchell will be immediately laid to rest at the Cliff Hill Cemetery. In leu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ripley County Foundation – Louise H Mitchell / Hunter Fund or Cliff Hill Cemetery.

 

Beth Hewitt Kraus, 65, of Guilford passed away at 11:50am, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at her home. She was born in Batesville on April 13, 1955 the daughter of Gerald and Carolyn Schlotman Williams. She was married to James Kraus on July 26, 2014 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Micah Hewitt of Holton; one daughter Sarah (Ryan) Tekulve of Batesville; 5 grandchildren; three brothers Mark (Jana) Williams of Edinburgh, Steve (Beth) Williams of Nashville, Tennessee, and Andy (Theresa) Williams of Greensburg; one sister Lisa (Dennis) Granger of Batesville. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sue Rice. Mrs. Kraus attended school at Holton and was a 1973 graduate of South Ripley High School. She was a former employee of Seagrams in Lawrenceburg and retired this year from Eurostampa North America in Cincinnati where she worked in purchasing. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren, tending to her garden, baking for family and friends, and her trips to the old family farm at Flat Rock.  Beth attended the Lawrenceburg First Baptist Church. Beth’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 11am at the Union Flat Rock Baptist Church west of Osgood with Beth’s nephew Stephan Rice officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to Loving Hearts Hospice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

James (Jimmy) Hyatt Jr., 81, of Cross Plains passed away at 5am, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his home. He was born in Friendship on May 2, 1939 the son of James and Thelma Linkmeyer Hyatt. He was married to Patsy Eaton on October 17, 1959 and his wife of 61 years survives. Other survivors include one son Rodney (Kim) Hyatt of Versailles; one daughter Rhonda Hyatt of Versailles; two grandchildren Cody (Sealy) Hyatt of Milan and Kayla Hyatt of Versailles; 2 great-granddaughters Gracelynn and Adalynn, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Darrell Gene Hyatt. Mr. Hyatt was a 1958 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He worked for 33 years for Schenley Distilleries in Lawrenceburg and had also been employed with Green Construction. Jim was best known in the community as a Special Deputy for the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, a job he had for over 30 years. He had also worked security for the NMLRA in Friendship and was a former courier for the Friendship State Bank. Jim was a 60 year member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean where he participated in the church choir and on the church council. He was also a 50 year member of the Friendship Fire Department, a member of the NMLRA, and had served on the board of directors for Rescue 69. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Minister Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Paul Cemetery in Olean. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

 

Dorothy M. Holcomb, 94, of Holton passed away at 8:45pm, Thursday, October 1, 2020 at the Four Seasons Health Center in Columbus. She was born in Cincinnati on July 14, 1926 the daughter of Robert and Osa Fay Sullivan Rishforth. She was preceded in death by her husbands William John Eichler and John Holcomb. Survivors include one daughter Sherlyn (Robert) Kimball of Holton; one son Gary (Karen) Eichler of Fairfield, Ohio; 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her sister Helen Majors, and 4 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Holcomb was a 1944 graduate of St. Bernard High School in Cincinnati. Dorothy was a former resident of Fairfield, Ohio and also of Greensburg and spent her working career in accounting at various firms in  Ohio. She enjoyed time with her family, sewing, cooking, embroidery, and crocheting. Dorothy was a member of the Greensburg United Methodist Church and also the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 5th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Mitch Harrell of the Zenas Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Monday and will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Tim Demaree, 65, of Versailles passed away at 6:35pm, Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Batesville on November 23, 1954 the son of Delver and Jeanette Bliton Demaree. He was married to Melanie Grey on July 3, 2004 and she survives. Other survivors include three sons Jimmy (Clare) Demaree of Dupont, Weston Ellis of Bennington, and Ethan Ellis of North Vernon; three daughters Timea Demaree of Deputy, Dawn Bolton of Versailles, and Amanda (James) Gribbons of Knoxville, Tennessee; six grandchildren Tyler and Derek Hoskins, Lillian Cline, Sophia Renee` Gribbons, Luke Wyatt Demaree, and Lola Jo Sky Demaree; three brothers Duane Demaree of Benham, and Wes Demaree and Howard Lane Demaree both of Versailles; one sister Myrna of Dillsboro. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Verland Demaree. Mr. Demaree spent his entire working career as a trucker. He worked many years as an over the road driver and since 2006 he and Melanie owned and operated Demaree Trucking south of Versailles. Tim was a member of the Teamsters Union. The love of Tim’s life was his family, especially his grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 1st at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Minister Randy Thieman officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

 Louis N. Wilson, 73, of Amelia, Ohio passed away Friday, September 25, 2020 at Anderson Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Amelia on November 16, 1946 the son of Avery and Eula Brown Wilson. Survivors include one daughter Kristine (Eddie) Payne of Cleves, Ohio; two sons Jeff (Angie) Wilson of Batavia, Ohio, and Michael (Amy) Wilson of Louisville; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters Barbara McGlade of Cincinnati, and Kim (Wayne) Davis of Buford, Ohio.  Mr. Wilson was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War serving on the USS Juneau. For service to his country Louis received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. In civilian life Louis worked in maintenance at the University of Cincinnati for many years. His wishes were to be cremated. Contributions in Louis’ memory may be made to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles

 

William K. Bowling, 92, of Holton passed away at 5:10pm, Friday, September 11, 2020 at the Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born in Hazard, Kentucky on June 6, 1928 the son of William and Martha Mosley Bowling. He was married to Suscellia Baker and she survives. Other survivors include two sons William Ronald Bowling of Holton and Michael (Erin) Bowling of Dayton, Ohio; one daughter Carla (Tom) Poynter of Holton; 9 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brothers Paul and Floyd Bowling, sisters Ethel, Ruth, Bessie, Katherine, and Judy. He was preceded in death by his parents,  his sisters Geneva Knicely and Marie Baker, his brother Watt Baker. Bill left home at age 14 and his early days found him firing locomotives for the B & O. He later became a truck driver and drove independently and later drove for Consolidated Freightways in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. He drove over the road for 43 years and had been recognized several times with “Million Mile” Safe Driving patches from the company. Bill was a proud Marine Corp Veteran and spoke often of being one of the last China Marines.  Of all things in Bill’s life, his family was his greatest love. He would speak often of his children, grand-children and great grand-children with pride for each one. He was a true friend to anyone who knew him.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in West Carrollton, Ohio and also was a Shriner. Masonic services will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles followed by funeral services with minister Randy Thieman officiating. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will begin at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Holton Masonic Lodge in care of the funeral home

 

Corey J. Withered, 36, of Osgood passed away Friday, September 11, 2020 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at Batesville on November 15, 1983. Survivors include his father Douglas Withered of Bloomington; his mother Alena White of Versailles; one sister Charity White and one brother Daniel Withered both of Versailles; maternal grandfather Frank Braley of Versailles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mervin and Francis Withered, and his maternal grandmother Ruth Ann Braley. Mr. Withered was a 2002 graduate of Milan High School. Corey’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be hosted by his family at a later date. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Howard Young, 80, of Friendship passed away on June 8, 2020 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born on August 27, 1939 in Devils Lake, North Dakota the son of Roy and Edith Bartlett Young. He was married to Hester Chapman on June 24, 1973 and she survives. He was a 1957 graduate of Devils Lake High School and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University in 1961. He went to work for the FAA and spent five years traveling and installing airplane navigational aids and then in 1966 moved to the Kansas City office and did communications engineering. In 1973 he moved to Chicago and worked at the FAA regional office as automation manager, transferring to the FAA headquarters in Washington, DC in 1983. Howard worked in systems engineering there and retired from the FAA in 1994. He was active with the NMLRA in Friendship for many years and in July of 1994 he and Hester moved to Friendship. They had attended every shoot at Friendship since 1977. As part of the muzzle loading sport Howard became quite proficient at building flat priming and powder horns, and made most of the equipment he used, including building rifles and pistols for his personal use. Howard’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Monday, September 14 at 4pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with visitation beginning at 3pm.

 

 Robert A. Strubbe, 74, of Versailles passed away at 7:45am, Thursday, September 10, 2020 at his home. He was born in the Tanglewood Community near Versailles on August 23, 1946 the son of Lee and Mary Ann Firth Strubbe. He was married to Mary Bartlett on August 14, 1970 and he and Mary just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Other survivors include two daughters Lydia (Greg) Gardner of Versailles and Laura Strubbe of Cincinnati; three grandchildren Jordan (Andrew) Griffith, Rylie Gardner, and Charlie Gardner all of Versailles; one brother Steve (Madeline) Strubbe of Summerville, South Carolina; one sister Judy Smith of Greendale. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Firth Shelpman, and his sister Caroline McCarty. Mr. Strubbe was a 1964 graduate of Versailles High School. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education at Ball State University and while there he was a member of the Lamda Chi Fraternity. Bob did his student teaching at Lawrenceburg High School and was later hired there where his career spanned 30 years, retiring in 2000. One of his great treasures while at Lawrenceburg was being sponsor of the Key Club, ultimately placing as the #1 Key Club in the state. He was also an Army Veteran where he served with the 2nd Squadron of the 3rd Army as a field radio mechanic in Germany. For service to his country Bob received the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was also a farmer and loved tending to his cattle. Bob was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church, the Versailles Masonic Lodge, and the Versailles American Legion. Bob’s wishes were to be cremated and a memorial graveside service will be held at 11am on Saturday, September 19th at the Tanglewood Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Hospice of Margaret Mary Hospital or the Versailles American Legion in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Josephine Lochard, 100, of Franklin passed away at 5:15am, Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. She was born at Batesville on April 12, 1920 the daughter of J. Francis and Ida Spencer Lochard. She was preceded in death by her parents and her companion Tommy Corcoran. Ms. Lochard was a 1938 graduate of Milan High School and received her Masters Degree from Indiana University. She spent her working career as a librarian, with most of those years spent in Florida. Josephine was an 80 year member of the Eastern Star. The Eastern Star will conduct services at 2:30pm, Monday, August 17 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles.

 

Dale G. Irvin, 85, of New Marion passed away at 7pm, Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Blanchester, Ohio on June 1, 1935 the son of Arthur and Ester Brothers Irvin. He was married to Eleanor Knittel on June 21, 1969 and his wife of 51 year survives. Other survivors include one daughter Beth (Rodney) Reed of Louisville; one son Glenn Irvin of Owensboro, Kentucky; one brother Cliff (Kathy) Rider of Carpentersville, Illinois; two sisters Mary Lou Walker of Cincinnati and Alice Irvin of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-sisters Jenny Neville and Jean Morris, and his step-brother James Ryder. Mr. Irvin was a 1953 graduate of Tech High School in Indianapolis. He served in the US Navy from May 6, 1954 until April 23, 1958 where he was stationed in Puerto Rico as an Industrial Manager with the Tenth Naval District. For service to his country Dale was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. In civilian life Dale taught industrial electronics at the Northern Campbell Technical Vocational School in Highland Heights, Kentucky. He and Ellie moved from Cincinnati to their home near New Marion in 2002. Dale was a member of the Oakland Masonic Lodge in Indianapolis and was a life member and past commander of the Versailles American Legion. Dale’s wishes were to be cremated and their will be a memorial graveside service at 11am on Saturday, August 29th at the New Marion cemetery with Rev. Ed Roberts officiating. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery or the Versailles American Legion in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Scott Edward Patrick, 59, of Clearwater Florida, formally of Versailles, Indiana. He passed upward from his Earthly home to his Heavenly home on July 30, 2020 at 10:10 AM.  Born in Cincinnati Ohio, also lived in Indiana then to Florida where he met his second wife, Suzette Elisa.  He is proceeded in death by his parents, Ed and Shrley(Chandler) Patrick. Survived by Step daughter- Chanel Marie and His 2 children Leah Marie and Jared Scott in whom has his 2 Grandchildren, offspring of Brenda Sturgeon whom he met and married after South Ripley High-school as well as meeting his best friend Curtis Sturgeon. Scott is also survived by his one brother Eddie. Eldest of sisters, Cynthia (Chris) Cohn with 2 sons Matthew and James. Cassandra Stotz with 2 children, Brandon and Lindsey. Misty with daughter, Hayley and grandson Jaceon. Scott had many of family and friends. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a Master printer for many years then had his dream job of being a Train Conductor. His dream job came to an abrupt end when little did he know that his lungs became the culprit and he became disabled. In 2018 he received a double lung transplant that eventually caused complications leading to his eyes closing forever here on Earth but wide open in Heaven. All that knew Scott will miss him dearly. His only regret was not surrendering to the Lord sooner. Scott's last words were, "I love you." He lives Forever in Glory with God ALMIGHTY! Thank you Jesus for providing a way for those that surrender to Your Will and not our own.

 

Marvin D. Hardesty, 91, of Osgood passed away at 10:30pm, Friday, July 31, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Dupont in Jefferson County on May 22, 1929 the son of Robert Denton and Ruth Richardson Hardesty. He was married to Evelyn Harlemert on December 1, 1951 and his wife of 68 years survives. Other survivors include two sons David (Jennifer) Hardesty and Mark (Patti) Hardesty both of Osgood; one daughter Marla (Gary) Simon of Osgood; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his great-granddaughter Addilyn Fern Hardesty, and his sisters Barbara Jean Lee and Betty Cranfill. Mr. Hardesty was a veteran of the Korean War where he served from October 5, 1948 to October 4, 1954 as a Sgt. with the 14th  Signal Company in Germany. For service to his country Marvin received the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. In civilian life Marvin was a well known farmer in the area as well as being the “gas man”, driving a gas truck for the Ripley County Farm Bureau for 20 years. He also drove a bus for the Jac-Cen-Del schools for 12 years. Marvin was a member of the St. Peters United Church of Christ at Finks Corner and the Osgood American Legion. Services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Charles Miller officiating. Burial will be at St. Peters Cemetery at Finks Corner with military graveside rites by the Osgood American Legion. Memorials may be given to St. Peters Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Betty Sue Lauber, of the Hopewell community near Holton, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 9:16pm, at the age of 83.  She was born in Holton on June 19, 1937 the daughter of Arthur and Blanche Hammon Ross.  Betty was married to Denver Lauber on June 19, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 22, 2018.  Survivors include four children: Garry (Marcia) Lauber of Plymouth, Barry (Cynthia) Lauber of Holton, Deborah (Terry) Baker of Loveland, Colorado, and Steven (Mindy) Lauber of Dillsboro.  She has 8 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren: three sisters Margaret (James) Gallenstein of Peoria, Arizona, Bonnie Walsh of Carmel and Mary Dennie of Columbus.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother William (Bill) Ross.  Betty was a 1958 graduate of Holton High School.  Besides being a homemaker, Betty worked for 33 years as a secretary in the Holton and South Ripley School Corporation. With a tremendous heart for children, she served as a Sunday school/Bible school teacher and church camp counselor. Her volunteer services included serving as a small group leader across Southeastern Indiana presenting the Think Smart Stay Safe Program, impacting the lives of many children.  Many hours were spent brightening the lives of the residents at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood by giving weekly manicures. Some of her many hobbies included coaching girls’ softball and boys’ baseball, baking and cake decorating, sewing, painting, tending her flowers, fishing, and was an avid reader. Betty was a longtime member of the Hopewell Baptist Church, serving in many roles. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 2nd from 5pm to 8pm at the Hopewell Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Dan Barringer officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church building fund or the Hopewell Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Due to current restrictions implicated by the Indiana governor during the Covid 19 pandemic, everyone will be respectfully asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

 

Johnny H. Sizemore, 74, of Holton passed away at 11:20pm, Friday, July 24, 2020 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on October 22, 1945 the son of John and Erma Sparks Sizemore. He was married to Rita Siebein on June 19, 1965 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Candy Sizemore and her husband James Rork of Versailles and Penny Jo Sizemore and her companion Shane Melton of Holton; six grandchildren; one brother Tony (Cathy) Sizemore of St Cloud, Florida; one sister Charlotte Sizemore Davis also of St. Cloud; 5 nieces, 4 nephews, and numerous great and great-great-nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Glenn Sizemore, and his brother-in-law Randy Davis. Mr. Sizemore was a 1963 graduate of Holton High School. He was a 13 year employee of US Shoe in Osgood and then was employed with Skelgas in Osgood. He was also the service manager for Paul Walston Chevrolet in Versailles and worked with his brother and father at Sizemore’s Service Center in Holton. Johnny was a driver for Florida Coach for 35 years, driving over 4 million miles touring the continental United States and Canada. He drove for such celebrities as Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and the Oakridge Boys, just to name a few. Later in life, Johnny still drove a bus, but of a different variety, taking nursing home residents to the doctor and to community outings. His hobbies included anything to do with his grandchildren including everything from attending their school and sports functions to hauling them Iin his gator. Johnny was a member of the New Marion Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 29th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery or the Holton Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Teresa Mason, 64, of Rexville passed away at 3:48pm, Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 at her residence. She was born at Batesville on September 19th, 1955 the daughter of Everett and Dorothy Marion Cole. Survivors include her sons; Jason Platt of Manchester and Justin (Shannon) Platt of Loveland, Ohio, two step sons; David Mason of Corbin KY and Mark (Idella) Mason of Walhalla, SC, three granddaughters; Ashley, Emma and Ava, four step grandschildren; Jessica, Jennifer, Joey and Olivia, three step great grandchildren; five brothers Kenny (Judy) Cole of Osgood, Paul (Kim) Cole of Emerson, KY, Bobby Cole of Versailles, Randy Cole of New Marion and Wendell Cole of Benham, Four sisters; Brenda (Jim) Smith of New Marion, Barb & Dick) Shadday of Rexville, Beverly (Fred) Holler of New Marion, Lori Rudolph of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers; James Everett Cole and Charles Douglas Cole. Teresa was a homemaker and took long term loving care of her family in great need. Funeral Service will be 12noon, Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at New Marion Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Carter and Rev. Ed Roberts officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10:00am until time of service. Memorials may be given to Safe Passage, New Marion Cemetery or St. Jude’s Hospital in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Charles Lee Franklin, 83, of Versailles passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at his home. He was born in the Forest Corner neighborhood northwest of Holton on March 5, 1937 the son of Glenn and Josie Stratton Franklin. He was married to Bonnie Townsend on October 26, 1974 and she preceded him in death on August 26, 2017. Survivors include two sons Mark (Carla) Franklin of Holton and Geoff Franklin of Osgood; five grandchildren Ethan Franklin of Butlerville, Dana Franklin of Ashboro, North Carolina, Kendra Franklin of Holton, and Nicholas and Madelynn Franklin of Osgood. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Elmer and William Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a 1956 graduate of Holton High School. He was a 37 year employee of Bonn Aluminum in Greensburg where he worked in quality control. Charlie was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church, was a former member of the Ripley County Fair board, and was a member of the McDonald’s Coffee Club in Versailles. He enjoyed farming when he and Bonnie still lived in the Holton community and also collecting Farmall tractors. Charlie was a fan of IU basketball and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Bonnie loved country music and had made 43 trips to Branson, Missouri. He also served his country as a part of the National Guard. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 11am at the Dabney Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Dabney Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion.

 

Randy L. Riehle, 59, of Versailles passed away at 5pm, Thursday, July 16, 2020 at his home. He was born in Batesville on January 12, 1961 the son of Nicholas and Marlene Hoff Riehle. He was married to Jane Huff on November 19, 1983 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Marlene Riehle of Batesville; one son Nicholas (Chelsea) Riehle of Dallas, Texas; two daughters Danielle (Tom) Ogden of Osgood, and Regina (Aaron) Hansing of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren Thomas, Claire, Scarlett, and Scott Ogden; one brother Troy(Miki) Riehle of Dillsboro; two sisters Pam (Tom) Gutzwiller of Batesville and Bonnie (Roger) Huff of Osgood. He was preceded in death by his father, his in-laws Andy and Ginny Huff, and his sisters Lisa Gehl and Debbie Riehle. Randy was a 1979 graduate of Batesville High School. Randy worked for 25 years as the General Manager for the Day-Nite Food Marts in Ripley County and also for the Versailles Super-Valu. He and Jane were the former owners of the R & J Food Mart in Holton and are the current owners of R & J Bait & Tackle as well as co-owners of Riehle’s Fresh Meat & Deli in Osgood. Randy was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to spend time with his four grandchildren. He and Jane enjoyed family vacations and had taken cruises to Alaska, Mexico, Belize, Maine, Nova Scotia, Honduras, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and Cuba, just to name a few. Randy also found time to coach summer league softball for many years. He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ at Huntersville. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Joey Feldman officiating. Burial will be in the St. John Catholic Cemetery at Osgood. Visitation will be on Monday from 5pm to 8pm. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic Randy’s family encourages their friends and family to wear masks only if  comfortable doing so. Memorials may be given to the Randy Riehle Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Alice May McGuire, 67, of Rexville passed away at 7am, Friday, July 10, 2020 at her home. She was born at home in Franklin, Ohio on November 2, 1952 the daughter of J. T. and Barbara Gross McGuire. Survivors include three sisters Linda (John) Walston and Marilyn McGuire of Rexville, and Kim (Jim) White of Versailles; 4 nieces and one nephew along with several great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Alice was a homemaker and a member of the Rt. 46 Pentecostal Church at St. Leon. She was an excellent cook, especially known for her cornbread. She enjoyed following the Cincinnati Reds, watching game shows on TV, watching NASCAR, and was a big fan of driver Jimmy Johnson. Funeral services for Alice will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Vernon Wheeler officiating. Burial will be in the Rodney Cemetery in Decatur County. Visitation will be on Tuesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Josephine “Jo" Westmeyer, 95, of Versailles passed away in her home at 5:50am, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Born near New Marion January 8, 1925, the youngest daughter of Clyde and Mabel Armstrong Curry, she was married to Jesse Westmeyer Sr. December 9,1944 and he preceded her in death on April 12, 1991. Survivors include her son David Westmeyer Sr; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; daughters-in-law Jane Westmeyer of Versailles and Ann Westmeyer of Lexington, Kentucky; and special niece Carolyn (Bill) Brown of Greensburg. She was also preceded in death by her sons Jesse Westmeyer Jr. and Steve Westmeyer, her parents, brothers Halstead Curry and Robert Curry, and her sisters Clara Belle Vestal, Isabelle Heidorn, and Dorothy Cromer. Mrs. Westmeyer was a 1943 graduate of Versailles High School. Her working career involved helping her mother at “Ma Curry’s” Restaurant in Versailles as well as being a secretary at the Jefferson Proving Ground.   Jo was an 82-year member of the (Tyson) United Methodist Church where she participated in the UMW, a 69-year member of the Versailles OES, and a 75-year member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Her lifelong dedication to her family, church, and community was felt by all. She was devoted to community service and a passionate supporter of Uncle Jim Tyson’s legacy. Attending Girls State (1942), she never missed an opportunity to vote and was dedicated to providing that same experience for countless others. Jo was known for the beautiful roses in front of her home, sharing her “solo” with her church family by bringing endless flower arrangements and won an untold amount of Pumpkin Show blue ribbons. Jo shared her wonderful memories of Versailles with all, keeping many that had moved away still connected by sending newspaper articles and always sending her prayers. She truly loved her town and was proud to watch her family grow here as well as many others that felt just like family, reminding everyone that they were “good kids” and made of “good stuff”. She had the distinction of being the Tyson UMC Historian and served as a flower girl for Uncle Jim Tyson’s funeral in 1941.

 

 Marcella Myers Oropesa, 95, died in her sleep on July 6, 2020 in Bellefonte, PA.  She was born on July 23, 1924 to Harry and Abbie Myers in New Marion, Indiana, but grew up in nearby Holton. She spent most of her working life as the top “shoe dog” in the retail women’s shoe biz at the Morehouse Fashion and The Union department stores in Columbus, Ohio. She is survived by her son, Ralph Oropesa and his wife Nancy Landale of Charlotte, North Carolina, her grandchildren Sara Canady (Marcus) and Alexandra Oropesa, and her great-grandchildren Theo and Donovan Canady. She is also survived by a sister, Frances Myers, and was preceded in death by her siblings Virginia Dunn, Wilbur Myers, Violet Tyler, Paul Myers, Albert Myers, Alma Julos and Thelma Wilson. A small graveside service will be held at the convenience of her family at the Holton Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Audrey May Thieman, 93, of Cross Plains passed away at 8:55pm, Monday, July 6, 2020 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. She was born near Dewberry in Brown Township on May 12, 1927 the daughter of Frederick and Lula Stegemiller Hurelbrink. She was married to Orville Thieman on June 10, 1944 and he preceded her in death on January 10, 1990. Survivors include three daughters Becky Cutter of Versailles, Diana Harned of Louisville, and Kathy (Peter) Harlan of Dallas, Texas; one son David Thieman of Cross Plains; 7 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister Doris Cadena. Mrs. Thieman had worked at fabric stores in both Madison and Versailles and was a former employee of the Super-Valu in Versailles. Audrey had a tremendous zest for life which included her travels across the US including Hawaii and Alaska as well as Israel, the Caribbean, and Europe. She was very proud to be an American and even more so to be a Hoosier. She helped Orville on the farm and took great pride in her yard and in keeping the farm manicured and was also an accomplished seamstress making clothes for herself and her family. Audrey was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry where she taught Sunday school, Bible School, and participated in the Ladies Aid. She was also a member of the Benham Blue Bells Home Economics club and the local card club. Audrey was a local 4-H leader for several years and volunteered at the Ripley County Fair. She was very proud to have received her GED from South Ripley High School in 1972. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 12pm at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Benjamin Lorenz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be on Saturday at the church beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Mark D. Ruble, 61, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on May 22, 2020.  He was born on April 10, 1959 in Greensburg, Indiana to Raymond and Nina (Hafft) Ruble.

Mark was a 1978 graduate of South Ripley High School.  Shortly after graduation, he moved to Texas to pursue work in the construction industry.  Later, he worked as a manager for Albertsons and Walgreens.  His passion was always in construction, which he cherished, and that led him to establish Ruble’s Handyman Services in 2013, which he owned and operated until his death.

Mark was a genuine, caring man who was loved by all.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand and made an impact on everyone he encountered.

He married his loving wife, Corine De León, on December 31, 1999. They had renewed their wedding vows on January 1, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Corine Ruble; his daughters, Kristen Ruble, Genevieve Durnin, Kelly (Ruble) Broussard, Jessica Villanueva, and Gabrielle Rico; his sons, John Hernandez and Perfecto Rico; his eight grandchildren; his mother, Nina (Hafft) Ruble; his sisters, Joyce Franklin (Denny Wood), Janet Myers (Mert), Joan Deal, Sheila Ruble, and Anita Strack (Ray); his brothers, Raymond (Peach) Ruble Jr. (Linda), and Tony Ruble (Dionne Spears).

Mark was preceded in death by his father, Raymond and his sister, Phyllis.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Madison, Indiana with Father Chris Craig officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Magdalene Cemetery, Madison, Indiana.

A social gathering celebrating Mark’s life will be held from 5pm – 8pm on Friday, July 10, at the American Legion Park, Hwy 50, Versailles.

Memorials may be given to the St. Magdalene Cemetery Trust Fund in care of the Stratton -Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Robert H. Hurelbrink, 92, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home. He was born on July 5, 1927 the son of Henry and Louise Bokenkamp Hurelbrink and spent most of his life on the farm he was born on. He was married to Elsie June Firsich on April 21, 1951 and she preceded him in death on November 27, 2016. Survivors include two daughters Barbara (Ross) Peabody of Greenwood, and Diana Hurelbrink of Cincinnati; four grandchildren Ashley Peabody and Andrew (Megan) Peabody both of Indianapolis, and Robert (Rachel) Watka and Jessica (Stacy) Watka both of Cincinnati; three great-grandchildren Mia and Charley Watka and Aiden Peabody; two sisters Irma Obendorf Rohls of Versailles and Ruth Althoff of Greenwood. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ralph Hurelbrink. Mr. Hurelbrink was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with Company B of the 16th Battalion. For service to his country Bob was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupation of Japan Medal. In civilian life he worked as a rural mail carrier for the Versailles Post Office, but his main occupation was being a farmer on the land that he loved, and Bob farmed his ground until his 87th birthday. Bob was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean, was a member of the Versailles American Legion, and was a former board member of the Ripley County Farm Bureau. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with military honors by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Robert (Bobby) Wood, 65, of Versailles passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on March 17, 1955 the son of A. Everett and Myrle Hankins Wood. He was married to Dotty Lovins on October 5, 1972 and his wife of 47 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Bridget (Rob) Back of Versailles and Kelly (Dave) Gutzwiller of Batesville; one son Daren (Lisa May) Wood of Canaan; one brother Ralph (Faith Ann) Wood of Versailles; one sister Carol Berry of Versailles;  grandchildren Ethan & Katie Back, Sally and Joe Mortenson, Andy and Zach Gutzwiller, and Robbie and Ashley Wood; great-grandchildren Anna and Seth Back. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Wood was a 1973 graduate of South Ripley High School. Bobby was an active member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship, IN. At the age of 13, he professed his faith in Christ and spent his entire life serving. In the church he served as a Deacon, Treasurer, Sunday School teacher, Secretary, Trustee, Song leader, VBS volunteer, he faithfully sang in the church choir.  Bobby’s life of serving went beyond the walls of the church; he also served throughout his community.  His most recent way to serve the community was as co-owner of the Versailles IGA with his son Daren.   He was pleased to play Christian music in the store and used every opportunity given to share the love of Christ, the IGA store was his mission field.  He took very seriously the ministry God gave him at the store.  Bobby even stated the reason he started the IGA business was to be able to support the ministry of the After School Good News Clubs, a ministry through (CEF) Child Evangelism Fellowship.   His passion was to see people come to Christ. Bobby used his business skills to successfully start several other businesses including Bob’s Dog Supply, R. L. Wood Excavating, and Dotty’s Bulk Food Store. He also spent time in sales and management at Wood Farm & Industrial Supply in Versailles. He deeply loved his wife Dotty and his family and spending time with them was very important to him. Anyone who knew him was his friend and would quickly become like family. Funeral services for Bobby will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd 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 Monday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Tuesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be given to CEF, Bear Creek Baptist Church, Friendship Fire Department or Southeastern Baptist Youth Camp in care of the funeral home

 

Judith T. Black, 81, of Pensacola, Florida passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 at Wesley Haven Villa in Pensacola. She was born in Vevay on January 13, 1939 the daughter of Lewis and Talpha Aldred Truesdale and was raised by her adopted parents George and Roznita Oakley Lester. She was married to Harold Black on August 23, 1958 and he preceded her in death on March 8, 2016. Survivors include one son Jeffery (Lori) Black of Cadiz, Kentucky; two daughters Debra (John) Weale of Columbus, Ohio and Teresa (Mike) Varner of Pensacola; 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Black was a 1957 graduate of Cross Plains High School. She had worked for 30 years at Shilitos in Cincinnati, but her main occupation was being a homemaker and mom. Judy enjoyed being a seamstress and loved to garden as well. Graveside services for Judy will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 1pm at the Benham Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Brooks of the Benham United Methodist Church officiating. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Floyd H. Thieman, 88, of Bear Creek Road in Switzerland County south of Cross Plains passed away at 1:05am, Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison. He was born on the farm where he lived his entire life on January 15, 1932 the son of Ervin and Marie Torwelle Thieman. Survivors include his sister-in-law Audrey Thieman of Cross Plains; nephews David Thieman of Cross Plains and Gary Everhart of Indianapolis; nieces Diana Harned of Louisville, Becky Cutter of Versailles, Kathy Harland of Dallas, Texas, Tammy Myers of Greenfield, and Debbie Davis and Janet Everhart both of Morristown. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers Orville and Leo Thieman. Mr. Thieman was a 1950 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Corporal with the 38th Infantry Regiment. For service to his country Floyd was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Combat-Infantry Badge, and the Good Conduct Medal. Floyd was discharged from the service on November 30, 1954 and in civilian life he was a former employee of Segrams, the Indiana State Highway Department, and had driven a school bus for the Switzerland County Schools. Even with his other occupations, Floyd was always a farmer at heart. He loved tending his farm and especially baling hay, and he was also an avid fan and follower of the Cincinnati Reds. Floyd was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Dewberry and was also a member of the Brown Township American Legion. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 13th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Benjamin Lornez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will also be at the church on Saturday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Joyce Julia Klusman Swinney, 85, of Versailles passed away at 5:35am, Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born near Trosper in Knox County, Kentucky on November 13, 1934 the daughter of Ernest and Edna Lewellyn Hampton. She was married to Howard Klusman on June 27, 1953 and he preceded her in death on June 9, 2004. She was married to Edgar Lee Swinney on November 29, 2008 and he preceded her in death on September 13, 2019. Survivors include one son Mark Klusman of Parkersburg, Iowa; her step-mother Ruby Hampton of Texas; two step-children David Swinney of Osgood and Lisa (David) Ebinger of Holton; one grandson Dominick Klusman of Gilbertville, Iowa; four step-grandchildren Matthew (Bridget) Swinney of Osgood, Joshua Ebinger of Osgood, Samantha Swinney of Holton, and Rebecca (Jarred) Westerfeld of Holton; ten step-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her step-grandson Jeremy Ebinger, and her sister Betty Dickerson. Mrs. Swinney was a 1953 graduate of Rising Sun High School. She was a former employee of Thompson Industries in North Vernon and retired from Ohio Rod in Versailles. She was a member of the Ripley County Red Hatters and was a long time member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry. Joyce enjoyed playing euchre, sewing, shopping, and especially spending time with her large extended family. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 29th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Pastor Carolyn Williams, 80, of Greensburg, formerly of Holton passed away at 1pm, Wednesday, May 21, 2020 at the home of her son in Greensburg. She was born near Holton on November 30, 1939 the daughter of Lester and Madge Beach Schlotman. She was married to Gerald Williams on September 12, 1954 and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2012. Survivors include three sons Mark (Jana) Williams of Edinburg, Steve (Beth) Williams of Nashville, Tennessee, and Andy (Theresa) Williams of Greensburg; two daughters Beth (James) Kraus of Dover, and Lisa (Dennis) Granger of Batesville; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; one sister Donna (Gerimo) Hernandez of Batesville. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Sue Rice. Mrs. Williams was the former pastor of the Greensburg Free Methodist Church and had served as chaplain for the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Her calling in life was to share the Gospel of Christ and doing social and ministry work. Carolyn also enjoyed doing arts and crafts and spending time with her many grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 27th at 11am at the Flat Rock Baptist Church west of Osgood with Carolyn’s grandson Stephen Rice officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be at the church beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Flat Rock Baptist Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Mary Jeannette Brown Stegemiller, 96, of Cross Plains passed away at 12:45pm, Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor. She was born in Cross Plains on September 8, 1923 the daughter of Carl H. and Maude E. Johnson Brown. She was a lifelong

resident of Cross Plains and a 1941 graduate of Cross Plains High School. Both before and after graduation she was employed at the Cross Plains State Bank. She proudly served her community and aided the war effort during World War II. For her diligence she received a

commendation from US Congressman Earl Wilson for processing war bonds at the bank.

 

On September 24, 1949 Jeannette married Francis I. (Fritz) Stegemiller at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1962. She was a member of the Cross Plains United Methodist Church and attended regularly as the oldest member as long

as her health permitted. In earlier years she taught Sunday school classes, assisted with the Methodist Youth Fellowship and Vacation Bible School, and held offices in the Women’s Society of Christian Service. Jeannette also lovingly hosted Thanksgiving dinners for over 50

years for the extended Brown family.

 

Survivors include her daughter Janelle Stegemiller of Cross Plains; her sons Jon (Robin) Stegemiller also of Cross Plains, and Jeff Stegemiller of Versailles. Other survivors include her granddaughter Erin Stegemiller of Tennessee, her step-grandson Caleb Carlock of

Osgood, her step-granddaughter Hannah Carlock of Indianapolis, and her sister Martha Lea Orman of Beech Grove as well as her remaining nieces and nephews and their extended families. She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers J. C. Brown and

Lloyd Brown.

 

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 12th at 11am at the Cross Plains United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at the church at 10am, but due to the current health pandemic and

mandates set down by the Indiana governor’s office there will be a restriction on the number of individuals allowed in the church. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains United Methodist Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.  If you would

like to have a Hugs from Home card given to Jeannette’s family to express condolences in your absence, please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171.

 

Howard E. Luke, 94, of Farmers Retreat passed away at 8:20am, Monday, May 4, 2020 at the home of his daughter near Dillsboro. He was born on October 16, 1925 near Farmers Retreat and spent his entire life on the farm he was born on. He was married to Dorothy Elaine Wesemann on November 25, 1949 and she preceded him in death on November 19, 2013. Survivors include one son Dennis (Brenda) Luke of Holton; two daughters Connie (Kenneth) Griffin of Dillsboro, and Sandy (Gene) Lang of Aurora; five grandchildren Amy (Geoff) Ashcraft, Jason Luke, April (Duke) Johnson, David Luke, and Hannah Griffin; 3 great-grandchildren Madison and Elaina Ashcraft, and Aurora Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Keith Lang, his brothers Irvin and Edwin Luke, and his sisters Elma Schmale, Marida Kuhlman, and Loretta Thieme.                                                    

 

Mr. Luke was a 1944 graduate of Dillsboro High School. Howard was a lifelong farmer and also had worked for the Indiana State Highway Department in Aurora for 12 years. He was also active in many civic and political arenas. These included serving as a director and officer for the Southeastern Indiana Rural Telephone Company for 21 years and being active in Dearborn County Republican politics where he served as a precinct committeeman in Caesar Creek Township for 50 plus years. His time as a director for the phone co-op also gave him the opportunity to serve on committees on the state and national level. Howard also spent 40 years as a director and officer for the Southeastern Indiana Feeder Auction near Osgood and served as a president, director, and adjuster for the Farmers Mutual Aid Insurance Company. He was a bus driver for 16 years for the Dillsboro and South Dearborn schools and was very active in the Dillsboro Civic Club. Howard and Elaine were honored as senior king and queen for the Dillsboro Homecoming in 2007. Howard was a lifetime member of the St. John Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat. Howard was also selected as outstanding citizen of year for the town of Dillsboro.                          

 

 Due to the current health pandemic funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the St. John Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat with Pastor Ronald Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the St. John Lutheran Church or the Dillsboro Civic Club in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. If you would like a Hugs from Home card given to Howard’s family to express your condolences in your absence please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date..                          

 

 Due to the current health pandemic funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family at the St. John Lutheran Church in Farmers Retreat with Pastor Ronald Stephens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be given to the St. John Lutheran Church or the Dillsboro Civic Club in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. If you would like a Hugs from Home card given to Howard’s family to express your condolences in your absence please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171.  A celebration of live will be held at a later date.

 

Earl C. Moberly, 89, of Holton passed away at 6:10pm, Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born near Cottonsburg in Madison County, Kentucky on January 7, 1931 the son of Esker and Entha Adams Moberly. He was married to Myrtle Renfro Kamman on December 21, 1977 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Chris (Dawn) Kamman of Greenwood; daughter-in-law Teresa Wood of Columbus; six grandchildren Molly Hollister, Cassandra Roberts, Benjamin Kamman, Kelsey Scott-Miller, Mackenzie Pierce, amd  Isabella Kamman; 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Michael Kamman, his brothers Joe, Vaughn, Bert, and Lawrence Moberly, and his sisters Berthie, Dorothy, Mae, and Vlaire. Mr. Moberly was a 1949 graduate of Dupont High School and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He worked as a supervisor at the Muscatatuck State Hospital in Butlerville for 36 years and was also self-employed as a small home contractor specializing in remodeling. Earl loved his family and enjoyed fishing and camping. Due to the current health pandemic funeral services will be private and Earl’s son Chris Kamman will officiate. Burial will be in the Holton Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Memorials may be given to the Holton Cemetery, Dabney Baptist Church, or the American Cancer Society in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. . If you would like to have a Hugs from Home card given to Earl’s family to express condolences in your absence, please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171.

 

 Gene Sparks, 57, of Osgood passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on September 10, 1962 the son of Fred and Clarice Johnson Sparks. Survivors include his father Fred Sparks of Versailles; one brother Steve (Candy) Feller of Guilford; three sisters Joyce Sutton of New Marion, Sharon (Dean) Bonta of Columbus, and Karen (Tom) Poole of Dillsboro; nieces and nephews Bridget Feller, Holly Leach, Dee Dee McAdams, Jason and Derek Bonta, Crystal Moon, and Tommy, Jeff, and Alex Poole, along with several great and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Clarice Sparks Elston and his brother-in-law Richard Sutton. Mr. Sparks attended South Ripley and graduated from high school in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1981. He was a former employee of Delta Faucet and was currently employed with Honda in Greensburg.  Gene loved to travel and took several vacations with family members who have fond memories of the good times they shared with him. He enjoyed playing cards and outdoor family gatherings. Gene also loved technology, enjoying many happy hours on his computer.

 

June Marie Ingram McAdams, 65, of Versailles entered into rest at 1:20am, Sunday, April 26, 2020 at her residence. “Ju-Ju” as she was known by her grandchildren was a giving soul whose life was her family and friends. She was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on October 2, 1954 the daughter of Johney and Francis Colen Ingram who preceded her in death. June was married to Dennis McAdams on December 18, 1971 and her husband of 48 years survives. She is also survived by her daughter Denise (Shane) Russell of Connersville, her son John McAdams of Versailles; 6 grandchildren Denisha Howell, Blake Crain, Alexis Russell, Hunter McAdams, Jackson McAdams, and Shane McAdams; one great-grandson Allen Howell; one sister Jane (Ray) Vinup of Milan; four brothers Frank (Donna) Ingram of Rockport, Jim (Tracy) Ingram of Greensburg, and John (Lynn) Ingram and Jeff (Raydean) Ingram both of Milan;  her two great aunts to whom she was very close Carol Mulford of Aurora and Margie Edington of Burlington, Kentucky, along with 11 nieces and nephews and 19 great-nieces and nephews. June was a 1972 graduate of Milan High School. She enjoyed traveling, collecting unique items, and family gatherings. She grew up in Milan and moved to Versailles after starting her family. She worked at the Muscatatuck State Hospital in Butlerville and at Res-Care in Milan for many years. June’s giving heart helped her accept her residents as part of her family. June will be missed and will reside in the hearts of her family and friends forever. Due to the current health pandemic June’s services will be held at the convenience of the family with Bro. Tom Holt officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Ann Edwards, 67, of Versailles passed away at 1:30pm, Thursday, April 23, 2020 at the Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was born at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg on August 6, 1952 the daughter of Ralph and Loa McCauley Fischer. Survivors include her husband Don Edwards; her son Scott (Sherry) Hunter of Elrod; daughter Sandy (Keith) Morris of Greensburg; step-sons Jason (Rachel) Edwards of Holton and Jeff (Andrea) Edwards of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 2 great –grandchildren; two brothers Jack (Irene) Fischer of Greendale and Johnny (Janie) Fischer of Aurora. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Daniel Fischer. Mrs. Edwards was a 1970 graduate of South Ripley High School. She was a homemaker and had worked as a jailer at the Ripley County jail in Versailles.  She enjoyed the outdoors and mushroom hunting, but especially loved her family and took many over the road truck trips with her husband and son. Ann was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Dewberry and the Milan OES

 

Dennis W. Culp, 74, of Osgood passed away at 9:15pm, Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Seymour on November 7, 1945 the son of Rev. O. H. and Maude McAllister Culp. He was married to Shirley Grills on December 23, 1966 and his wife of 53 years survives. Other survivors include one son Stephen (Kelly) Culp of Osgood; one daughter Lora (Bill) Collins of Milan; four grandchildren Brianna (Luke) Grow of Napoleon, Ashlynn Culp and her companion Jake Reilmann of Milan, Austin Collins of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, and Zachary Collins of Milan; one great grandson Bentley Reilmann; one brother Don (Jean) Culp of Seymour; two sisters Jewell Mack and Gerry Cordry both of Brownstown. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ranal, Bill, Charles, and Glenn Culp, and his sisters Judy Pindell and Ernestine Beineke. Mr. Culp was a 1966 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, inducted into the Armed Forces on October 3, 1966. He served with the 91st Engineer Battalion and for service to his country Dennis was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and was classified as a rifle sharpshooter. He was honorably discharged on October 2, 1972.  In civilian life he worked in maintenance at Delta Faucet in Greensburg for 43 years retiring in 2012. Dennis enjoyed woodworking and had mastered making wood boring bee traps. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Dennis was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osgood and attended the Bridge of Hope Church. Dennis’ wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later date. Because of Dennis’ love for children, his family requested memorials be given in his name to CEF (Good News Clubs) in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

 Raymond “Randy” Nugent, 76, of Versailles passed away at 2:10am, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born in Columbus on January 19, 1944 the son of Clyde and Itha Rand Nugent. He was married to Donna Creigmile on December 23, 1993 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Jeff Nugent of Tucson, Arizona; two daughters Susan Nugent of Hartsville and Sandy Nugent of Indianapolis; four nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Barbara Sue Calvin, and his great-nephew Jason Daniell. Mr. Nugent was a 1962 graduate of Columbus High School. He was a 33 year employee of Cummins Engine in Columbus where he repaired fuel pumps. In his spare time Randy enjoyed working on his farm with his cattle. He also enjoyed anything to do with horses and cowboys, and was a master of crossword puzzles. Randy was a member of the New Testament Christian Church in Osgood. Graveside rites will be held at the convenience of the family at the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Memorials may be given to the New Testament Christian Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. If you would like to have a Hugs from Home card given to Randy’s family to express condolences in your absence, please contact the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home at 812-689-1171.

 

Roy C. Gunter, 80, of New Marion passed away at 10am, Monday, April 20, 2020 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Vallonia on September 19, 1939 the son of Charley and Mary Louise Simpson Gunter. He was married to Betty Roth on March 12, 1961 and his wife of 59 years survives. Other survivors include two sons Daniel Gunter of North Vernon and Wayne (Mindy) Gunter of Osgood; two daughters Tamera (Martin) Stickans and Kimberly (Curtis) Tyler both of North Vernon; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; two brothers Willis Gunter of North Vernon and Ray (Edith) Gunter of Holton; two sisters Susan Mathews of Seymour and Brenda Sandlin of North Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Jim, Daniel, Charles, and Gene Gunter, and his sisters Lonnie Tyler and Linda Hurst. Mr. Gunter retired from North Vernon Forge where worked as a furnace operator. He was also a former employee of H. C. Brewer Masonry at Holton where worked as a bricklayer. Roy enjoyed spending time with his family and being in the outdoors hunting and fishing. His family shared that he was an avid follower of CNN and even in the hospital wanted to make sure that he could get CNN on TV. Roy served his country by giving 8 years to the Indiana National Guard. Due to the current health pandemic funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Karen Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. . If you would like to have a Hugs from Home card given to Roy’s family to express condolences in your absence, please contact the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in at 812-689-1171. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Thelma Schmaltz, 94, of Milan passed away at 3:20am, Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Ripley Crossing. She was born near Elrod on June 23, 1925 the daughter of R. Cecil and Mollie Huntington Delap. She was married to Wallace Schmaltz on January 13, 1945 and he preceded her in death on September 2, 1985. Survivors include three sons Larry (Janice) Schmaltz of Milan, David (Denise) Schmaltz of Napoleon, and Chris (Mary Jane) Schmaltz of Milan; 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Jerilyn Schmaltz, great-grandson Trey David Schmaltz, her brothers Roy and Alvin Delap, and her sister Marie Gault. Mrs. Schmaltz was a 1943 graduate of Versailles High School. Throughout her life Thelma had worked at the Jay C in Milan, Busteed’s 5 & 10 in Milan, and the Ripley County Farm Bureau Hatchery in Osgood. Thelma was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church where she was active in the ABWM and served as a trustee and deaconess. She was also a 60 year member of the Milan Esther Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed working with Wallace on the farm and spending time with her family. Due to the current health pandemic, funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rev. Mike Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery at Elrod. If you would like to have a Hugs from Home card given to the Schmaltz family, please contact the funeral home at 812-689-1171. The Schmaltz family will hold a celebration of life for Thelma at a later date. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery or the Versailles Baptist Church building fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Edythe A. Hollandsworth, 92, of North Vernon passed away at 7pm, Sunday, April 19, 2020 at her home. She was born near Zenas in Jennings County on October 11, 1927 the daughter of Walter and Rhoda Morris Franklin. She was married to Paul Hollandsworth on December 22, 1951 and he preceded her in death on October 17, 2005. Survivors include two brothers Lowell (Kay) Franklin and Duane (Carole) Franklin both of Holton; brother-in-law Jerry Burton of Osgood; sister-in-law Luella Franklin of Holton, and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Walter Franklin, Jr. and Lloyd Franklin, and her sister Odetta Burton. Mrs. Hollandsworth was a 1945 graduate of Holton High School and several years later furthered her education at the University of Maryland, Purdue University, and the University of South Carolina. She was a bookkeeper beginning her career at the Neal Motor Company in Osgood and Seagrams in Lawrenceburg. With her husband Paul being in the military she was moved with his transfers and worked in Texas, Libya, Nebraska, and South Carolina. Edythe’s hobbies included gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and quilting. She made many beautiful quilts and wall hangings. She was also an avid woodworker, making several pieces of furniture for her home. Edythe attended the Methodist Church.

 

 Shirley J. Smith, 70, of Milan passed away at 7:50am, Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on October 31, 1949 the daughter of Floyd and Ruby Herring Cutter. She was married to Jerry Smith on November 19, 1972 and he survives. Other survivors include two sons Travis (Sarah) Smith of Batesville, and Dustin Smith of Greensburg; one daughter Amy (Jock) Ralston of Greensburg; four grandchildren Allison and Jonathon Ralston, and Jaden and Jevan Smith; one sister Judy (Gary) Stutler of Friendship. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Smith attended Cross Plains High School and was in the first graduating class from South Ripley in 1967. She was a 1970 graduate of the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati. Shirley worked as a Registered Nurse at the Odd Fellows Home in Greensburg, the Milan Health Care Center, and Terrace View in Lawrenceburg, retiring in 2015. She was also a full time homemaker, wife, mom, and grandma (Ma). Shirley was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean.

 

Willie E. Grigsby, 70, of Versailles passed away at 10am, Friday, April 3, 2020 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born at home near Benham on August 22, 1949 the son of Ned and Geneva Stacey Grigsby. He was married to Janie Ruggles on May 15, 1973 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Michael Grigsby and Rodney Grigsby both of Versailles; two daughters Belinda and her companion Ernie Clift of Holton, and Amanda and her companion David Bonnlander of Milan; 7 grandchildren. Willie was one of 18 Grigsby children and was preceded in death by his parents. He had worked in construction and was employed as a mechanic with the Aurora Marina for 10 years. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at the Grigsby Cemetery in Delaware. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Ruby Phyllis (Huttsell) Spencer, 93, of Hicks Ridge passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at her home in Ripley County. She was born near Saluda in Jefferson County on February 22, 1927 the daughter of Bloomfield and Clara Ellen Tafflinger Huttsell. She was married to David Ora Spencer on May 10, 1947 and he preceded her in death on July 5, 2011. Survivors include one son Jerry Spencer of Hicks Ridge; four daughters Karen (Phillip) LeGrand of Mary Esther, Florida, Phyllis Michele Spencer of New York City, Jane (William) Spencer-Pierce of Salem, and Ann Spencer-King of Versailles; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Walter, Wayne, William, James, and Charles Hutsell, and her sisters Sopha Beck, Bertha Benham, and Hazel Vestal. Ruby was a graduate of Saluda High School. Together, she and David managed their Ripley County farm and Ruby shared his pride in 1966 when he received the Greener Pastures Award through the ASCS. During her child rearing years she served as a 4-H leader with neighbor Audrey Thieman. She spent many summers assisting her children in 4-H projects including forestry, entomology, flowers, food, and clothing. In later years she took special joy in the hummingbirds that returned each year outside her kitchen window. She especially enjoyed quilting and antiques. She was fond of the family’s various pets, and leaves behind her beloved black Labrador Hershey. Ruby was a member of the former Hicks Ridge Baptist Church and attended the Shelby Christian Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Benham Bluebells Home Ec club, and the Hicks Ridge Baptist Church Ladies Aide. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Benham Cemetery with Pastor Jeffery Pflug of the Faith Lutheran Church in Madison officiating. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Shelby Christian Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. A public Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date. Friends may call the funeral home at 812-689-1171 to have a Hugs from Home card filled out to convey your condolences to the Spencer family.

 

Gregory Wade Thayer, 69, of Osgood passed away Monday, March 23, 2020 at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on November 28, 1950 the son of J. Wade and Mary Kamman Thayer. He was married to Yolanda Kramer on October 22, 1977 and his wife of 42 years survives. Greg was the proud father of two sons Brian Wade Thayer of Osgood, and Evan Gregory (Layla) Thayer of Rockport; grandchildren Wade, Wyatt, Kendall, and Kramer; one sister Kaye (Steve) Callen of Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant sister Jane Ann Thayer. Mr. Thayer was a 1969 graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and received his Associates Degree from Vincennes University. He was a 1983 graduate of the Mid-America College of Mortuary Science. Greg began his working career helping his parents with their poultry business in Osgood. He later founded, owned, and operated Kages Inc. of Osgood and was a former Farm Bureau Insurance agent. Greg and Yolanda owned and operated the Thayer Funeral Home in Winchester for 30 years. While in Winchester Greg was a member of Winchester F &AM #56 where had served as Master and secretary. He was also a former member of the Winchester Lions Club, Winchester Rotary Club, and was former president of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce. He had also served as Randolph County Coroner for four years. He and Yolanda retired to Osgood where Greg was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osgood, Osgood F&AM #603, Mizpah Temple of the Ft. Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite, Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club, the Honor Guard of the Sons of the American Legion Post 267 in Osgood, and St. Louis Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council 1461. Greg was an active Republican and never met a stranger. He was also very proud of his collection of antique and classic old cars.

 

Connie D. Wallace, 79, of Milan passed away at 6:50am, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in Cincinnati on February 8, 1941 the daughter of Herbert and Marietta Menny Craig and was raised by her foster parents James and Mary Rudd. Connie was married to Robert Wallace and he preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons Lonnie (Donna) Sparks of Holton, and Shawn (Vicky) Sparks of Clanton, Alabama; one daughter Michelle Sparks of North Vernon; two step-sons Bob (Pam) Wallace and Greg Wallace both of Indianapolis; one step-daughter Marsha Bowers of Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson Wesley Shawn Sparks, and her brothers Michael and Johnny Craig.

 Mrs. Wallace retired as the assistant manager of the Lawrenceburg Wal-Mart. Many years ago when she made her home in Holton she worked as a meat cutter at Paul and Hazel’s Abattoir in Holton. Connie was well known in the Dabney and Holton community as an expert seamstress and made many clothes for her neighbors and friends. She also made doll clothes which she would sell and was always blessed to return that blessing by giving the proceeds to the youth of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Connie was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and attended church at Hopewell as long as she was able.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Dabney Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to youth programs at the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home

 

David G. May, 63, of Versailles passed away at 8:45pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020 at University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Milan on December 1, 1956 the son of Stanley and Catherine Farrell May. He was married to Melissa “Mitzi” Adkins on July 10, 1976 and she survives. Other survivors include his mother Catherine May of Versailles; one son Michael (Adrian Read) May of Coventry, England; two daughters Amber May of Holton and Meghan May of Versailles; three grandchildren Dylan, Michaela, and Mallory Brizius; three brothers Richard May of Versailles, Eddie May of Avon, and Gerald (Elena) May of Florida; one sister Linda (Barry) Borter of New Marion. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother Ronald May. Mr. May was a 1975 graduate of South Ripley High School and also attended the Southeastern Career Center in Versailles where studied auto mechanics. He was a 45 year employee of Delta Faucet in Greensburg where he was currently working in security. David was a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church and also the NMLRA where he worked the silhouette lines during the spring and fall shoots for 32 years. David mowed many yards in the Versailles area and enjoyed his grandchildren and following the UK Wildcats. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 17th at 11am at the Tanglewood Baptist Church with Rev. Becky Pohle and Rev. Stephen Mullins officiating. Visitation will be on Monday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Tanglewood Cemetery or the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

Edwena L. “Wendy” Mathews, 71, of Cross Plains passed away at 2:35am, Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Norton Hospital in Louisville. She was born in Dupont on January 28, 1949 the daughter of Arthur and Lorraine Rand Pyles. She was married to Lee Mathews on November 27, 1981 and he survives. Other survivors include one son Bryan (Cassandra) Mathews of Hebron, Kentucky; two daughters Cara (Bill) O’Connell of Richmond, Virginia, and Lisa (Brian) Zistler of Lawrenceburg; three grandchildren Lauren O’Connell, Kyle Holley, and Gemma Mathews; two brothers Rick (Darlene) Pyles of Phoenix, Arizona, and Daryle Pyles of Madison; three sisters Linda (David) Owens, Priscilla (Waylon) Huff, and Sonja (Gene) Drake all of North Vernon. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Janet Turner. Mrs. Mathews was a 1967 graduate of Madison High School. She was employed with the Versailles IGA, but most of her working career was spent with the Jay C stores where she worked in Milan, Columbus, Madison, and as a cashier at the Osgood store. Wendy was a member of the Shelby Christian Church and was currently serving on the Brown Township Advisory Board. Wendy enjoyed her family and spending time gardening. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 16th at 10:30am at the Shelby Christian Church with Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4pm to 7pm on Sunday 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 Shelby Christian Church building fund or the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Kenneth W. Copeland, 78, of Versailles passed away at 3:10pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at the University Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born in Cross Plains on November 30, 1941 the son of Earl and Grace Porter Copeland. He was married to Earline Pennington on August 23, 1963 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Kenneth “Sam” (Amy) Copeland of Versailles; three daughters Sandy Copeland of St. Paul, Carla (Steve) Miller of Osgood, and Darla Copeland of Versailles; 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren; one sister Nancy (Richard) Clem of Westfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Francis, and Ross Copeland, and his sisters Mary Lou Jolly and Caroline Morton. Mr. Copeland was a 1959 graduate of Cross Plains High School and was co-owner along with his son Sam of Copeland Excavating in Versailles. He had also been employed with Butternut Bread in Versailles, A. E. Wood Excavation, and had worked as a plasterer for Halcombs in Versailles. Kenny was active in Republican politics in Ripley County where he served as a county commissioner from 1972 to 1996, as a precinct committeeman in Brown Township for many years, and as Ripley County Republican party chairman from 1997 until 2007. He had also served for 25 years on the Sheriff’s Merit Board.  He was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award from both Indiana Governors Bowen and Daniels. Kenny was a member of the Benham United Methodist Church, was a 42 year member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge, and was a former member of the Friendship Fire Department. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Jerry Brooks officiating. Burial will be in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Michael Lee Ellis, 64, of Versailles passed away at 8:15am, Monday, March 9, 2020 at his home. He was born in Terre Haute on February 16, 1956 the son of Paul and Lucille Stockwell Ellis. He was married to Paula McWethy on November 6, 1993 and she survives. Other survivors include one step-son Andrew (Kelly) Heine of Greendale; one step-daughter Jennifer (Donnie) Bovard of Rising Sun; grandchildren Abby, Lizzy, Kinzee, Kelsi, Maggie, Olivia, Nya, Meghan, and Jacob; two brothers Benny (Connie) Ellis of Peru, and Paul (Fifi) Ellis of Chesterton; three sisters Penny (Terry) Dowell of Worthington, Susie (Bill) Hooker of Linton, and Tammy (Danny) Davenport of Terre Haute. He was preceded in death by his parents. Michael was a Journeyman Lineman for several years, belonging to IBEW 1393 in Indianapolis. He also enjoyed woodworking and for many years he and Paula did professional furniture re-finishing. Along with his family Mike’s Jack Russell Petey was also a faithful companion.  A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 11am at the Shelby Christian Church near Versailles with Mike’s brother-in-law Pastor Terry Dowell officiating. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

 

Ralph William Vogel, 69, of Versailles passed away at 12:55am, Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Norton Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Batesville on April 10, 1950 the son of Elmer and Anna Schwagmeier Vogel. He was married to Lois Schwanholt on May 8, 1976 and she survives. Other survivors include one son Adam (Allison) Vogel of Westfield; one daughter Kelly (Nick) Peelman of Seymour; three grandchildren Marshall Peelman, and Ryan and Magnolia Mae Vogel; one sister Eileen (Frank) LaGreca of Dillsboro. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Vogel was a 1969 graduate of South Ripley High School. He retired in 2016 from Ohio Rod in Versailles after 45 years with the company. Ralph was a kind, gentle, and compassionate man who enjoyed his precious time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed working the farm that he grew up on and was a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Ralph was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 9th at 11am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastors Wilmer Hallman and Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

Marvin L. Dilk, 74, of Holton passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at his home. He was born in North Vernon on September 12, 1945 the son of Nelson and Dorothy Johnson Dilk. Survivors include one son Kevin Dilk of Holton; grandchildren Mark, Tanner, and Lauryn Dilk; one sister Patty Campbell of Pekin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Kristin, and his brother Eddie Dilk. Mr. Dilk was a 1964 graduate of Versailles High School. He was a former employee of General Motors in Anderson and had been a truck driver for Beach Lumber at Holton. Marvin’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held on Friday, March 6th at 6pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Carter Corbrey of the First Southern Baptist Church in Versailles officiating. Visitation beginning at 5pm and memorials may be given to the donor’s choice.

 

Thelma Jahnigen, 95, of Versailles passed away at 5:10am, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born near Quercus Grove in Switzerland County on June 30, 1924 the daughter of Clifford and Hazel Scudder Koons. She was married to Herman Jahnigen on May 3, 1947 and he preceded her in death on May 23, 2005. Survivors include one daughter Jeanne (Jerry) Ison of Versailles; three grandchildren JJ (Kylee) Ison of Elrod, Nikki (Mike) Wissman of Elrod, and Lauren (Braedon) Lucy of Dolphin, Virginia; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother Donald (Jean) Koons of Nancy, Kentucky. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brothers Wesley, Denver, and Leon Koons, and her sister Doris Chalk. Along with her husband Mrs. Jahnigen operated Jahnigen Dry Cleaners in Versailles from 1947 to 1978. She also was employed with Berkel Digital Scales in Versailles for 5 years. She served as president of the Versailles Town Board from 1974 to 1977 and for 10 years was a Girl Scout and Brownie leader in Versailles.  Thelma was a member of the First Baptist Church in Patriot and was a life member of the Versailles American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 29th at 11am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Memorials may be given to the Legion Auxiliary in care of the funeral home.

 

Marvin Dean Bustle, 79, of Dabney passed away at 12:50pm, Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus. He was born in Mt. Vernon in Rockcastle County, Kentucky on February 19, 1940 the son of Tom and Dorothy Renner Bustle. He was married to Betty Lou Curran on April 1, 1958 and she preceded him in death on April 8, 2019. Survivors include four sons Mike (Michelle) Bustle of Commiskey, Mark Bustle and Brian Bustle both of Dabney, and Gary (Margaret) Bustle of Fargo, North Dakota; one daughter Terri Smith of Independence, Kentucky; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother Jack (Gay) Bustle of Holton. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son Ricky, and his brother Wayne. Mr. Bustle worked for over 40 years as a machinist for Art Technology/ Cincinnati Stamping. In his whole working career his family shared that Dean never missed a day of work. Dean also enjoyed fishing and was a beekeeper for many years. He was an accomplished musician, playing the guitar and banjo. Dean and Betty had made their home in Dabney for nearly 60 years. Funeral services for Dean will be held on Wednesday, February 19th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Bro. Bob McCreary of the Holton Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the New Marion Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday, beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

 

LaVonne (Bonnie) Harlemert, 90, of Osgood passed away at 5:30pm, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. She was born in Milan on July 10, 1929 the daughter of Lowell Sr. and Minnie Greenham Clapp. She was married to Paul Harlemert on June 5, 1948 and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2015. Survivors include one son Ron (Donna) Harlemert of Osgood; one daughter Julia (Ron) Quicksall of Greensburg; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Lowell Clapp, Jr. and Tom Clapp, and her sister Doris McClure. Mrs. Harlemert was a 1947 graduate of Milan High School. She worked for several years as the secretary for Napoleon High School and also assisted Paul on the farm. She enjoyed gardening and also spending time with all of her grandchildren. Bonnie was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ at Finks Corner where she was active in the Ladies Aide. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 11am at St. Peters United Church of Christ with Pastor Sandy Gruell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday at St. Peters beginning at 9am. Memorials may be given to St. Peters church or cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. 

 

Lucille C. Simon, 82, of Osgood passed away at 12 noon, Friday, January 31, 2020 at her home. She was born near Millhousen in Decatur County on March 15, 1937 the daughter of Dave and Elizabeth Effing Schwering. She was married to Charles Simon on October 16, 1957 and he survives. Other survivors include four sons Tony (Sandi) Simon, Mike (Janice) Simon, Joe (Renee) Simon, and Paul (Beth) Simon all of Osgood; three daughters Janet (Joe) Wagner, and Jennifer (Kevin) Ricke both of Osgood, and Sandy (Paul) Wenning of Greensburg; one brother Dennis (Janet) Schwering of Greensburg; two sisters Evelyn Johannigman of Millhousen, and Patricia (Gene) Simon of Osgood; 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Julie and husband Mark Eckstein, her grandson Scott Singleton, great-grandson Seth Holland, brothers Daniel, Tom, and Sam Schwering, and her sister Estella Merkel. Mrs. Simon was a 1955 graduate of Napoleon High School and was well known in the Jac-Cen-Del Schools where she worked as a cook at the high school for 27 years, retiring in 2010. In her spare time Lucille enjoyed being mom and grandma to her large family, and working in her garden and flowers. Lucille was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon where she participated in the Mary and Martha Circle. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, February 5th at 11am at the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon with Father John Geis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday 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 St. Maurice Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Pauline Rohrig, 81, of Versailles passed away at 9:15am, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Hindman in Knott County, Kentucky on June 15, 1938 the daughter of Gordon and Melda Johnson Reynolds. She was married to Jim Rohrig on June 8, 1957 and he preceded her in death on April 14, 2009. Survivors include four daughters Vickie (Jack) McMillan and Kim (Kim) Hoffman both of  Milan, and Tammy (Mark) Hartman and Robin (Bud) Davis both of Versailles; 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson; one brother Ray (Wanda) Reynolds of Noblesville; three sisters Ruth Hankins, Margaret Lochard, and Catherine (Maurice) Minger all of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert, Marion, Haskell, and Gordon Reynolds, and her sister Sue Reynolds. Mrs. Rohrig was a former employee of US Shoe in Osgood and she and Jim ran the concession stand and camp store at the Versailles State Park for several years. Pauline was best known in the South Ripley Schools where she had driven a bus for the corporation for 32 years. She enjoyed spending time with her large family and especially attending her grandchildren’s ball games. She also enjoyed traveling and was a big fan of bluegrass music. Pauline was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 31st at 11am at the Hope Baptist Church with Bro. Tom Holt officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Hope Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

 

Richard Carroll “Dick” Davies, 73, of Milan passed away at 5pm, Sunday, January 26, 2020 at his home. He was born at the Whitlatch Clinic in Milan on October 12, 1946 the son of Dale and Helen Stamper Davies. He was married to Sandy Johnson on September 12, 1963 and his wife of 56 years survives. Other survivors include two sons Richard (Jackie) Davies of Danville, Virginia, and  Jeffery (Patricia) Davies of Osgood; one daughter Teresa Davies Sparkman of Milan; grandchildren Carol An Poythress, Dylan and Kyle Sparkman, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Hanna, and Andrew Davies, and seven great-grandchildren; one brother William (Martha) Davies of Scipio; one sister Jean (Victor) McClure of Milan. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his great-granddaughter Kimberly Dawson. Mr. Davies was a 39 year employee of Delta Faucet in Greensburg where he worked as a maintenance supervisor, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time with his dog “Pickles”, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. Dick also raised and trained horses and had shown grand champions at the Indiana State Fair. He was a member of the NRA, NMLRA at Friendship, and attended the Bear Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 30th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery in Elrod. 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 donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

 

William J. Fletcher, 74, of Rexville passed away at 5:02pm, Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Cincinnati on August 21, 1946 the son of William Fletcher and June Swab.  He was married to Donna Oden on May 7, 1979 and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2019. Survivors include one son Richard (Michelle) Fletcher of Madison; one daughter Michelle (Kim) Johnson of Cincinnati; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; one brother Ed (Mary) Swab of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Fletcher was a 1964 graduate of Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. He joined the US Air Force and served in Vietnam.  After serving in the military, he received his BS degree in computer science from the University of Cincinnati. In civilian life Bill worked as a computer programmer. He was a former employee of McDonald-Douglas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and later in his career he established Fletcher Consulting. Bill was a Mason and was also a member of the Western Hills Amvets Post 41. Bill’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at 6pm, Wednesday, January 22nd at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 5pm and memorials may be given to the Wounded Warriors project in care of the funeral home.

 

 William J. Fletcher, 74, of Rexville passed away at 5:02pm, Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Cincinnati on August 21, 1946 the son of William Fletcher and June Swab.  He was married to Donna Oden on May 7, 1979 and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2019. Survivors include one son Richard (Michelle) Fletcher of Madison; one daughter Michelle (Kim) Johnson of Cincinnati; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; one brother Ed (Mary) Swab of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Fletcher was a 1964 graduate of Western Hills High School in Cincinnati. He joined the US Air Force and served in Vietnam.  After serving in the military, he received his BS degree in computer science from the University of Cincinnati. In civilian life Bill worked as a computer programmer. He was a former employee of McDonald-Douglas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and later in his career he established Fletcher Consulting. Bill was a Mason and was also a member of the Western Hills Amvets Post 41. Bill’s wishes were to be cremated and a celebration of his life will be held at 6pm, Wednesday, January 22nd at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 5pm and memorials may be given to the Wounded Warriors project in care of the funeral home.